Summer 2008
Summer 2008
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Trojans One and All

Dr. Kenneth R. Johnson (1950), professor emeritus of history at the University of North Alabama, recently served as the guest speaker for the American Legion Post No. 31’s 89th anniversary celebration in Tuscumbia.

Billy Long (1959) was selected as one of Leon County, FL, five finalists for School-Related Employee of the Year. He has served for the past seven years an Instructional Aide in Lincoln’s Trojan Tots, a day care for children of faculty and staff and a child care course for high school students. After over 30 years in the Leon County Schools as teacher, coach and athletic director, Coach Billy is greatly admired for his dedication, trustworthiness, attitude and positive personality.

Jean Alford Thompson (1959, 1963) received the 2008 Phi Theta Kappa International Hallmark Outstanding College Administrator Award at the International Convention in Philadelphia, PA, on April 4. Dr. Thompson is currently a member of the Greenville City Council, vice-chair of the L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, vice-president of the Butler County Historical Society and member of the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce. She is past president of the Greenville Rotary Club. Dr. Thompson is employed at the Greenville Campus of Lurleen B. Wallace Community College.

PublishAmerica has proudly presented the book Jane Ellen’s Path by Sue McDougald Watson (1972). The book is a fictional account of the struggles of two compelling women coming of age during the turbulent times of the 1960s. Watson currently resides in Opelika.

Max Bozeman (1975) of Elba was recently appointed to a three-year term on the Cattleman’s Beef Promotion and Research Board. The appointment was made by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture following Bozeman’s nomination by the Alabama Cattleman’s Association. He is past president and vice president of the Alabama association.

William Freeman (1977) has been named the new manager of post office operations for Area IV, Alabama District. He will be responsible for overseeing operations at 139 offices, branches and contract postal units. He has been with the U.S. Postal Service since 1982.

Charles “Coach O” Oliver (1977) was recently selected by the Amateur Athletic Union as the meet director for the AAU Junior Olympic Games. He has been involved in track and field for 36 years as an athlete, coach and administrator. Coach O has spent the past 12 years serving as event coordinator for track meets held at the University of Tennessee, which serves all ages of the competitive spectrum.

Colonel Rod Gillis (1980) has seen many changes in the Air Force during his 28 years of service. He will not miss the rigors of being an instructor pilot when he begins his next career as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, a global strategy and technology consulting firm in the Washington, D.C., area.

David G. Marsh (1980) was recently elected State President of the Alabama Power Service Organization (APSO) for 2008. Annually, APSO along with the Energizers (the company retiree organization) provides approximately 100,000 volunteer service hours in Alabama communities. APSO’s focus areas are the environment, education, and community enhancement.

Lois G. Russell (1982) has written her first book A Handbook for Christian Singles. A 19-year veteran in the field of broadcast journalism, she now serves as director of resource development at Regions University in Montgomery.

Cosby H. Martin, Jr., (1983) has been named to the advisory board of BankTrust of Brewton. He is an owner and president of Marco Land and Petroleum, Inc. He and his wife Bentley have four children – Mallory, Hayes, Nelson and Stone.

Walter D. Givhan (1989) was promoted to the rank of general in the U.S. Air Force during a ceremony at The Pentagon in January.

Mark Manning (1990) has been named to the advisory board of BankTrust of Brewton. Manning currently serves as the administrator of West Gate Village and is a co-owner of The Meadows, a group of assisted living homes in several towns throughout Alabama. He and his wife Jamie have two children, Jones and Morgan.

Yvonne Bowens Thomas (1990) coordinates programs for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System in Autauga County, working with various youth leadership projects.

Diane Buntyn (1991, 1995) has been named vice president of patient care services at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan. She previously served as interim chief nursing officer.

Ricky Locklar (1991), senior special agent with the Alabama Securities Commission, has been awarded the 2008 Enforcement Award presented by the North American Securities Administrators Association. After a 20-year career with the Montgomery Police Department, Locklar became a special agent for the Alabama Securities Commission in 2001 and was promoted to senior special for the Enforcement Division in 2006.

Creel Richardson, III, (1991, 1994) was awarded the 2007 George Furqueron Award for his outstanding work as a Court Referral Officer. The award was presented by the Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb. Richardson serves as the Director of the Shelby County Court Referral Program in Columbiana.

Charles T. Hearn (1992) has arrived for duty with the Department of Army Civilian at Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC.

Tricia Black (1993) is very active in the city of Athens. Black, who is married to Athens City Attorney Shane Black and the mother of two children, is past president and board member of Art on the Square, a board member for the Boys and Girls Club, an ambassador for the Athens Chamber of Commerce and a non-profit event planner for Southern Crossroads. Earlier this year, she was featured in the Athens News Courier’s series “The Top 20 Under 40.”

Robbye Crutchfield Smith (1994) was recently named “Teacher of the Year” at Bob Harding Shawmut Elementary School in Valley.

Maj. Desmond Bailey (1996) of Wetumpka is currently stated with the 3rd Infantry Division in Iraq.

Henry C. Ford (1996) returned to Heidelberg, Germany, after graduation as an operations officer for the U.S. Army. Presently, Ford is in Fort Bragg as deputy commander for the 2125th Garrison Support Unit (GSU).

Amy Lansdon Overton (1996) serves as the co-publisher of The Phenix Citizen. She was able to rebuild this paper from an eight-page weekly to a minimum 28-page, four-section weekly. Paid circulation has grown from a few thousand to almost 18,000.

Stephen Hauck (1997) has accepted a reporter/videographer position at CBS 42 in Birmingham. He anchors weekend news in addition to his weekday reporting duties.

John C. Murphy (1997) is presently serving as the director of the Alabama Department of Public Safety.

Nancy Gaskins (1998) has launched a nationwide, community-based competition known as “Challenge to Succeed: Transforming America ONE Community at a Time.” Gaskins is also author of a new book series: In Pursuit of the American Dream; Live like you are Dying; and How to Transform Your Life in 30-Days.

Will Hickman (1999) was recently promoted to vice president of Regions Bank. He is married to the former Tabitha Ann Thaggard of Montgomery, and the couple has a son, Parks.

Michael J. Walsh, Jr., (1999) has recently been named Human Resources Manager at Boston University Metropolitan College.

Dr. Craig Dowden (2000) graduated from medical school in 2005 from LSUHSC-Shreveport. He has completed a three-year family medicine residency at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. Dowden has accepted a position at Family Practice Associates in Fairhope.

Tayler Siskey (2000) has been named to the football coaching staff at Arkansas State University. Siskey comes to the Arkansas State staff as a wide receivers coach after serving the last four years at St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile, where he helped lead the Saints to the 2007 Alabama Class 5A state championship as the team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Bo Clark (2001) has been named director of sales operations for Triad Broadcasting in South Mississippi. In his new position, Clark is over the sales of seven stations in Mississippi.

Joseph F. K. Blythe (2002) is serving as an assistant executive in the Department of Programming and Development at Turner Studio’s in Atlanta, Georgia.

Cherry Creighton (2002) recently received a Doctorate in Audiologist from the University of South Alabama in Mobile. Dr. Creighton has joined the staff of The Hearing Center at the Medical Center Clinic in Pensacola, FL.

Dr. Michael Magonigal (2002) received his medical degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile on May 3. He will continue his medical education as a first-year resident in anesthesiology at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.

Brian Goddin (2003) serves as the community relations specialist with the Bay County Sheriff’s Department in Panama City, FL. His duties include producing and editing public service announcements. He also produces a 30-minute community education TV show titled “Raising the Standard,” as well as the department’s training films and documentaries. Goddin serves as emcee for various community and department award ceremonies and functions and enhances surveillance videos and still photographs for investigators. He also writes press releases for community service events put on by the sheriff’s department.

Hilary Perry (2003, 2007) currently holds the position of director of public relations and marketing for the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama. She is responsible for media relations in 36 counties, internal communications for six branches and six camps, rebranding the local Girl Scouts and responsible for managing a communications team.

Christopher Lee Rigby (2004) recently graduated from Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia with a master of science degree in nurse anesthesia.

Karen Shelley (2005) was recently named “2007-2008 Teacher of the Year” at Abbeville Middle School. Shelley, a seventh-grade science teacher, is married to Bill Shelley. The couple has three children. Shelley previously worked in the field of medicine for 25 years before returning to school to earn a degree in education.

Avon Thompson (2006), CPPO, CPPB, recently received the prestigious award of “2007 Procurement Manager of the Year” from the Georgia Chapter of the National Institute of Government Purchasing. Thompson will compete for the National Award at the NIGP National Forum to be held in July 2008 in Charlotte, NC. Thompson has been the Procurement Manager for Georgia Department of Economic Development for almost three years.

Christina Beauford (2007) has recently become the 911 Dispatcher for the city of Eufaula.

Ashley Brown (2007) is a 2007-2008 University of Alabama Rural Medical Scholar. Brown, now in her pre-med year studying rural community health and agromedicine at the University of Alabama, maintained a 4.0 grade-point average while at TROY and was named to several honoraries, including Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society, Mortar Board, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Mu Epsilon, Alpha Lambda Delta and Order of Omega.

Jennifer Edwards (2007), a fourth-grade teacher at Pinedale Elementary School in Enterprise, recently received a $1,000 grant from the Alabama Power Company Foundation. The grant will be used to buy teaching materials for the Dothan native’s classroom.

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Weddings and Engagements
Tammye Y. Harris (1995) to Joe Merida (2005)
Jane Middlebrooks (1997, 1999) to Richard Martin
Jennifer M. Ashley (2000) to Richard Savage
Kena L. Clark (2000) to Olufemi Oguntala (2000)
Stephen E. Smith (2000) to Jamye Morgan
Tara E. Parker (2003) to Derril L. Strickland
Shelley A. Pelham (2003) to Joseph B. Scarborough
D. Kelly White (2003) to Rodney Almaroad
Brandy D. Yates (2003) to Patrick McCulloch
Carlyn L. Bowser (2004) to Justin Nichols (2006)
Melanie Bennett (2005, 2006) to Charles D. Adams (1993, 1994)
Rachel G. Gary (2005) to Brian Goodson (2005)
Stephen C. Clemons (2006) to Adrienne Clemons
Kimberlee C. Hanvey (2006) to John W. Godwin (2007)
Jessica D. Anderson (2007) to Chris Morris (2006)
Christina A. Darr (2007) to Bill Tomlin
Amanda DePriest (2007) to Troy Hahn
Donna M. Jordan (2007) to Alex Smith
Alicia Mayes (2007) to George Bateman
Clint A. Pugh (2007) to Brittany Shepard (2007)

In remembrance
Troy University Alumni
1941 – James Churchwell
1944 – Willie Dell Harrod
1947 – Edwin C. Riddle, Sr.
1948 – Olive L. O’Gwynn
1951 – Floyd A. Carr
1956 – Wilbur Earl Thompson
1960 – Don H. Dean
1961 – Charles H. Anderson
1961 – Hazel B. Jackson
1965 – Linda W. Davis
1966 – John P. Lee
1970 – Hubert C. Pate
1972 – Dorothy C. Mullins
1973 – James M. Bowden
1975 – Andrew W. Boswell
1975 – Benjamin D. Stanley
1977 – Susie Crumpton
1977 – Davie D. Lane
1978 – Kathy C. Britt
1978 – Kathryn L. Hill
1978 – Harold L. Quimby
1979 – Bernett Bell
1979 – Ann Stewart Burch
1980 – George F. Clare
1980 – Marion Hopewell Woodham
1988 – Edward Don-Jordon, III
1988 – James Don Medders
1989 – Carol R. Owens
1991 – Johnnie W. Money
1992 – Ronnie C. Larrimore
1993 – Sonja Gray Ward
1994 – William G. Gourley
1995 – Harry J. Sartin
1996 – Ronald Dra Graham
1996 – Edgar Van Sutton
2000 – Troy Adam Thierry
2000 – Lindy White Lankford

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