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TROY Magazine
Alumni encouraged to take part in
Homecoming celebration
Troy University will celebrate its 2014 homecoming on Oct. 11, as the Trojans welcome New Mexico State to Veterans
Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m.
“We are looking forward to our 2014 homecoming celebration and hope that all Troy University alumni and friends will
make plans to be with us,” said Faith Ward, director of Alumni Affairs. “Homecoming is always a special time in the life of
the University and we especially want to invite our alumni to come home, see the changes that have taken place on campus,
renew old friendships and cheer the Trojans on to victory.”
Activities on Oct. 11 will include the annual homecoming parade presented by the Pike County Chamber of Commerce
in downtown Troy, followed by various tailgating activities on campus and at the Alumni House on the corner of George
Wallace Drive and Highland Avenue and by Trojan Walk. Pre-game festivities will include introduction of the Homecoming
Court and a performance by the Sound of the South Marching Band.
Halftime activities will include
the crowning of the homecoming
queen, performances by the Sound
of the South and Alumni bands and
recognition of the Alumni of the
Nominations for the Alumni of
the Year are currently being sought
by the Alumni Association Board
of Directors. A nomination form is
available online at
alumni. Nominations are due no
later than Aug. 8.
For the first time in its history, the College Republican Federation of Alabama is being led by a Troy University student.
Cole Lawson, a senior political science and journalism major from Smiths Station, was elected during the party’s annual convention
on the Troy Campus in March. As chairman, Lawson becomes a voting member of the Alabama Republican Party Steering
Committee, the 21-member committee that defines the direction of the Republican Party in Alabama.
Lawson said he is ready to build the organization and wants its members to become involved in many aspects of their communities.
“I want to make philanthropy a big focus. If we don’t step up and do our fair share of charity work, then the government is going
to fill that void,” he said. “I will be appointing a philanthropy director for the first time and focus a major pillar of the organization on
doing a charity event.”
Lawson said he would also focus on working with the state party and the Republican leadership in the Legislature, put volunteers to
work who want to get involved politically or who need an internship, and create a network for students and Republican candidates.
The College Republican Federation of Alabama is an affiliate of the College Republican National Committee, and an organization
that works with campus chapters within the state of Alabama to help them provide their student bodies a fun, politically oriented
organization that interacts directly with local and state political leaders and their election campaigns. The University’s chapter has more
than 480 members, making it the second-largest such group in the state.
Lawson wants to have a minimum of 20 College Republican Federation of Alabama campus chapters across the state of Alabama
by the time he leaves office; currently there are 13 chapters.
TROY Magazine
With the ring of an Exchange Club bell, the nation’s first Collegiate Exchange Club at a public institution of higher learning came
into the being at Troy University in March.
The 103-year old National Exchange Club has more than 20,000 members and 700 clubs throughout the United States and Puerto
Rico and stands on four pillars: Americanism, Youth Programs, Community Service and the Prevention of Child Abuse. In the
Alabama District, there are about 750 Exchange Club members.
“We are honored to be a part of the group of people,” said Troy University Exchange Club President Ronald Dowdell, a junior
psychology major from Duncanville. “We not only want to be a part of the community but we also want to work to change our
community for the better.”
Some 35 charter members were installed, making the TROY chapter the largest chartering class for a collegiate club in America.
Other nearby Collegiate Exchange Clubs are Berry College in Georgia and Huntingdon College in Montgomery, which presented a gift
to the newly formed TROY club.
In addition to Dowdell, charter officers are: Madison McPhillips, president-elect, a freshman nursing major from Florence; Whitley
Turner, secretary, a junior accounting major from Tallassee; Kelsei Chambers, treasurer, a senior psychology major from Clayton;
Katherine Clohan, parliamentary authority, a junior biology
major from Cottonwood; and Jacquelyn Holcomb, chaplain, a
freshman social work major from Jemison.
Charter members are: Katricia Armstrong, Meagon Bean,
Logan Blake, Mary Bovington, Randi Choice, Chris Felton,
Jason Fowler, Robert Furlong, Katelyn Gee, Quinta Goines,
Melissa Hendley, Andrea Herrington, Lindsay Holloway, Aleeza
Kempton, Xavier Kennedy, Cameron Lord, Alandra Love,
Josh Odom, Dakota Purzel, Ashley Richardson, Adina Ross,
Stephanie Sconiers, Hunter Stewart, Caitlyn Taylor, Brittany
Wright and Erin White.
Students form nation’s first Collegiate Exchange Club
Stephanie Sconier receives her Exchange Club pen.
TROY student Cole Lawson to lead Alabama College Republicans
• Tailgating on Trojan Terrace Aug. 8
• Alumni House tailgate
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