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TROY Magazine
This has been a busy spring at Troy University.We
celebrated a major milestone and held two events
that will have an impact far beyond the walls of our
institution for years to come: the dedication of the
Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy and
the dedication of the new home for our Confucius
The 125th celebration gala on Feb. 11 was one of
my best days in almost 23 years at Troy University as
it included the formal, public announcement of our
“Building Beyond Boundaries” fundraising campaign.
At that event, we revealed that we have raised $167
million toward our $200 million campaign goal. That
was exciting, but capital campaigns are not about mere
dollars, they are about lives touched.
The money raised through our “Building Beyond
Boundaries” campaign is crucial to our University’s
success during challenging economic times. The
process of recruiting good students is more
competitive than ever before, and extramural dollars
for scholarships and facilities improvements are vital.
Read more about our capital campaign in this issue of
the Troy University Magazine. And, if you have not
supported the campaign, please get in touch with us to
find out how you can help your alma mater go from
good to great!
We kicked off our 125th year celebration on Feb. 10
with the dedication of the Manuel H. Johnson Center
for Political Economy, which is part of our new wing
of Bibb Graves Hall. Dr. Johnson is one of the most
distinguished graduates of the Sorrell College of
Business and was the catalyst in securing the funding
to make this Center possible. I believe the work that
will take place in the Johnson Center over the next
decade will be truly transformational. One day in the
not-so-distant future, Troy University will be looked to
as a Center of economics expertise and scholarship, all
because an alumnus believed in his University.
On March 29, we welcomed visitors from China and
across the state for the formal opening of our new
Confucius Institute, also housed in our new wing at
Bibb Graves Hall. Among our many special guests
were Consul General Xu Erwen, whose consulate
in Houston, Texas, represents China in 13 states,
including Alabama, and Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey, a good
friend of Troy University.
The dedication was part of our first Alabama-China
Education Symposium, which will become an annual
event. Troy University takes seriously our role as
Alabama’s international university. Our cover story
focuses on the events and the vital role the institute
has to play.
This issue also includes coverage of other 125th
birthday celebratory events, including one that features
the work of one of our most distinguished graduates in
the areas of music, speech and theater. Tommy Newman
went from TROY to the Tisch School of the Arts at
New York University and is making a name for himself
in musical theater. Our students are staging his original
production of “Band Geeks” across Alabama to help
mark our celebration.
This issue also shines the spotlight on an alumna
excelling in the world of fashion, and an alumnus who
was an outstanding track athlete who is contributing to
his alma mater through his work in the classroom. Of
course, the recent Super Bowl victory of the New York
Giants—and three Trojans on the Giants’ roster—did
not escape our attention. We are proud of all our alumni
who excel in their chosen fields and we urge you to keep
in touch. Email us at and let us
know how you are doing. We want to hear from you!
Jack Hawkins, Jr., Ph.D.