Trustees name two buildings in honor of Trojans

Posted: Friday, 27 July 2007

EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS: A photo gallery of high-res photos covering all of today’s events (commencement and building dedications) is available at http://www.troy.edu/news/photogallery/index.html.

TROY – The Troy University Board of Trustees today unanimously approved the naming of two Troy Campus buildings, one to honor Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., the other to honor the board’s President Pro-tem Dr. Doug Hawkins.

The University’s new College of Education building will be named “Jack Hawkins, Jr. Hall” and the Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium Athletic Tower will be named the R. Douglas Hawkins Tower.

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Be an entrepreneur, Barnes and Noble exec tells TROY grads

Posted: Friday, 27 July 2007

EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS: A photo gallery of high-res photos covering all of today’s events (commencement and building dedications) is available at http://www.troy.edu/news/photogallery/index.html.

TROY—Max Roberts, President of Barnes and Noble College Booksellers, urged Troy University graduates to follow the lead of America’s entrepreneurs in pursing their dreams, regardless of their career choice.

Roberts spoke to almost 200 graduates Friday at the summer commencement ceremony held in Sartain Hall on the Troy Campus.

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Ribbons cut on new TROY facilities

Posted: Friday, 27 July 2007

EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS: Radio actualities of Barnes and Noble store manager Shawn Jannelle and Dean of Students Herb Reeves may be downloaded at http://www.troy.edu/news/radios. A photo gallery of high-res photos covering all of today’s events (commencement, ribbon cutting ceremonies, and board of trustees meeting) is available at http://www.troy.edu/news/photogallery/index.html.

TROY – Troy University officially dedicated two new facilities on its Troy Campus Friday, a residence hall and a Barnes & Noble University Superstore.

Following summer commencement exercises, the University dedicated its new four-building Trojan Village, a residential four-story complex that will add 524 new beds to the campus.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: NASA Engineer Paul Johnson

Posted: Thursday, 26 July 2007

EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS: NASA Engineer and Motivational Speaker Paul Johnson will visit Troy University tomorrow (Friday, July 27) to share ideas on using aerospace education in the classroom. He will address TROY’s Wiregrass Math & Science Consortium, which is made up of area teachers. The one-day event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Harrison Room located in Malone Hall on the Dothan Campus. The conference will break for lunch from approximately 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact Inga Oberst at 334-983-6556, ext. 1-217.

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Sigma Tau Delta Inducts New Members at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 26 July 2007

The Alpha Zeta Gamma Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta welcomes two new initiates at Troy University. Professors at the Dothan Campus nominated Linda Perry (left) of Ozark and Melanie Hicks of Dothan to the English Literature and Humanities honor society. To join, students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. They must also display dedication, motivation and leadership. Hicks is a graduate student majoring in Secondary English/Language Arts, while Perry is working toward a bachelor’s degree in English. For more information about Sigma Tau Delta, contact Dr. Bill Lipscomb, advisor, at 334-983-6556, ext. 1-308

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Troy University Baseball Camp is a Hit with Young Players

Posted: Wednesday, 25 July 2007

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Troy University Outfielder Daniel Porter demonstrates proper throwing techniques to young players at the Bobby Pierce Troy University Baseball Camp in Dothan. Children ages 6 to 13 participated in the one-day camp. Event sponsors included the Troy University Wiregrass Alumni Association, Dothan Leisure Services, Dothan Eagle, CenturyTel, Photorama, ScreenTech, Holiday Inn Express, Quality Inn, Coca-Cola, Sports Talk AM 560 WOOF “The Ball,” WOOF 99.7, Durden Outdoor, Burger King, AB&T National Bank and Regions Bank.Photos by: Inga Oberst/Troy University

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Dothan native awarded scholarship to TROY

Posted: Friday, 20 July 2007

TROY – Dothan native Cameron Pearson have been awarded the Hugh G. Rose Foundation Scholarship at Troy University.

Pearson, a Dothan High School graduate, plans to study pre-engineering on the Troy Campus this fall. Awarded on the basis of financial need and academic achievement, the Hugh G. Rose scholarship was endowed in 1990.

Mr. Rose, a Covington County native, attended then-Troy State Teachers College after joining the Civilian Conservation Corps after completing high school at Pleasant Home, alternating school attendance with his brother in order to work the family farm through the Great Depression. While at TROY, Mr. Rose joined the Alabama National Guard and was later federalized during World War II. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army in 1942, serving in combat operations in Palau and Philippine islands. He was released from active duty in 1946 at the rank of captain, and joined the Army Reserves. He retired from the Reserves in 1978 at the rank of lieutenant colonel.

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Register for the Fall Semester at Troy University

Posted: Friday, 20 July 2007

DOTHAN – Troy University will hold fall registration on the Dothan Campus and at the Fort Rucker Location August 8 and 9. Currently enrolled and newly admitted students can register from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Returning students can also sign up online through August 9.

The Dothan Campus offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degree options. Day, evening and on-line classes are available. The Fort Rucker Location also provides a variety of evening programs for members of the military and civilians.

Classes begin August 13. For information about admission requirements, contact the Dothan Campus at 334-983-6556 or log on to troy.edu.

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JULY 27 EVENTS AT TROY UNIVERSITY

Posted: Thursday, 19 July 2007

EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS: On July 27, there are a number of events taking place on Troy University’s Troy Campus. Because of these activities, and in an effort to help facilitate your organization’s coverage, Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr., has invited members of the working media to join him at the commencement luncheon honoring summer commencement speaker Max Roberts, president of Barnes & Noble College Booksellers. A commencement press release is available at http://www.troy.edu/news/archives/2007/july/07162007_commencement.html.

Please RSVP to the University Relations Office no later than Friday, July 20, so that reservations may be made for your reporters and photographers. You may respond via email to clusk@troy.edu or by calling 334-670-3196.

The schedule of events on July 27 is:

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Renowned Author and Former POW Speaks at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 19 July 2007

Photo Caption: Mike Durant, author of the best seller In the Company of Heroes, poses for a photo with several members of the Troy University Wiregrass Math & Science Consortium. During a recent visit to the Dothan Campus, the former black hawk pilot spoke to area teachers about his days as a POW in Somalia. Durant’s story appeared on the big screen in the movie Black Hawk Down, which is based on the book by Mark Bowden. Pictured with Durant (from left) are Crystal Weems, Enterprise City Schools; Sandy Armstrong, Wiregrass Math & Science Consortium co-director; Judy Williams, Consortium elementary advisor; Sandy Everhart, Enterprise City Schools; Christina Johnson, Consortium co-director; Sandy Sanders, Henry County Schools; and Renee Merritt, Houston County Schools.
Photo by: Inga Oberst/Troy University

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Troy University Honors Retirees

Posted: Wednesday, 18 July 2007

Troy University Interim Dothan Campus Vice Chancellor Bob Willis (right) and Grounds Director Scot Craig (left) congratulate Ronnie Childree of Dothan on his retirement. As a groundskeeper for the past 11 years, Childree helped to make the Dothan Campus one of the most beautifully landscaped sites in the Wiregrass. He plans to spend his retirement working on his own yard and with his family. Also honored was Campus Registrar Lynda Salisbury (not pictured) of Dothan who retires with 32 years of service.

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Odyssey Convocation to welcome new Troy University students on Aug. 12

Posted: Wednesday, 18 July 2007

TROY – Troy University alumna and Fox News’ New York Entertainment Correspondent Jill Dobson will be the keynote speaker for the University’s Odyssey Convocation for new students on Aug. 12.

The convocation, which will be held in Trojan Arena beginning at 3 p.m., serves as the official welcoming and convocation for new TROY students. A parents’ reception will follow in the Trojan Tower Stadium Club, while students will be treated to refreshments and entertainment in the Trojan Student Center.

“Odyssey provides us the opportunity to illustrate the traditions that make college life enjoyable,” said Buddy Starling, dean of admissions. “We are very fortunate to be able to bring in outstanding alumni like Jill Dobson to share how their TROY experience has helped them to be successful.”

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Troy University Counseling Majors Offer Assistance to Displaced Workers

Posted: Wednesday, 18 July 2007

ABBEVILLE – Tammy Evans has a better idea of where to turn for help with food, utilities and other necessities thanks to Brian Duhaime, a Troy University community counseling graduate student from Enterprise. Duhaime and his Dothan Campus classmates recently spent two days at the WestPoint Stevens plant in Abbeville offering advice and referrals to workers, who will be displaced when the plant closes its doors later this year.

Students in TROY’s crisis response management and vocational counseling classes met one-on-one with the textile workers to discuss their options. The students volunteered in conjunction with the Henry County Family Service Center and Living Waters, a non-profit, faith-based counseling provider.

TROY school counseling major Lisa Tolar of Dothan helped to organize the effort.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Summer Commencement

Posted: Wednesday, 18 July 2007

EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS: Troy University will hold Summer Commencement ceremonies on its Montgomery Campus on Thursday, July 19. The ceremony will be held in the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts and will begin at 7 p.m.

Dr. John Kline, director of Troy University’s Institute for Leadership Development, will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Kline served as provost of Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base from 1991 until 2000. In 2000, Dr. Kline retired from the Air Force and joined Troy University as professor of education.

Dr. Kline has a distinguished career of service and a record of successful leadership in educational, volunteer, civic and religious organizations. He was a co-founder of Leadership Montgomery, has served on many boards, committees and is a member of the Taylor Road Baptist Church. He speaks and writes on leadership and communications and conducts training nationally on writing, speaking and listening.

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Dr. Bai Kang wins July McKinley Award at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 18 July 2007

TROY, Ala. –Dr. Bai Kang, coordinator of institutional research, planning and effectiveness (IRPE) for Troy University’s Dothan Campus, has won the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for July.

Kang, a member of the University’s staff since 1998, received the award Tuesday during a ceremony at the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., chancellor, presented the award to Kang, who was nominated by Dr. Angie Roling, associate vice chancellor for IRPE.

The McKinley Award is the highest honor that Troy University gives to a non-faculty staff member. It is presented monthly to an employee who has demonstrated outstanding attitude, innovation and work ethic. The award was established by former Texaco CEO John McKinley in honor of his father, Vergil Parks McKinley, who was a Troy University professor during the early 20th century and was key to the development of the University’s athletic program. Winners of this award receive an engraved clock and a $350 stipend.

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TROY Chancellor appointed to national advisory board

Posted: Monday, 16 July 2007

TROY – Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. has been appointed to a national grants advisory board.

He will serve a two-year term as one of three university presidents on the American Association of State Colleges and University’s Grants Resource Center Advisory Board.

AASCU membership is comprised of 400 public colleges and universities nationwide and its Grant Resource Center affords member institutions an avenue to take advantage of funding opportunities among state and federal agencies and private foundations.

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Commencement scheduled for July 27

Posted: Monday, 16 July 2007

TROY – The president of a large national bookseller will keynote Troy University’s summer commencement July 27.

The commencement exercises will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Sartain Hall on the Troy Campus. About 175 students are expected to participate.

Max Roberts, president of Barnes & Noble College Booksellers will provide the commencement address.

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TROY Graduate Aids in the Rebuilding of Iraq

Posted: Friday, 13 July 2007

DOTHAN – Sometimes life leads you in unexpected directions. That is definitely the case for Troy University graduate Jason Swain.

Swain’s degree from TROY has carried him a long way from Southeast Alabama. The 28-year-old Ozark resident is a satellite communications specialist employed in Iraq. The civilian contractor is deployed at Camp Ramadi where he works for DataPath, Inc., a satellite equipment manufacturer and service provider.

“I directly support the Army 1st Brigade 3rd Infantry Division out of Fort Stewart, Georgia,” Swain said. “I am a field service representative for the deployable tactical satellite tracking terminals that make up the Joint Network Node.”

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Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum Presents Chicago Children’s Choir “Freedom Tour”

Posted: Friday, 13 July 2007

Montgomery, AL – The Concert Choir of the Chicago Children’s Choir will perform at Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum Auditorium on July 16 at 1 p.m.

The concert is part of the choir’s 10-day, six city “Freedom Tour” of the southern United States, honoring the organization’s founding 50 years ago at the very height of the Civil Rights Movement. The tour will include stops in three Alabama cities (Birmingham, Selma and Montgomery), Tennessee (Memphis), as well as coastal Mississippi (Waveland) and Louisiana (New Orleans). McCormick Tribune Foundation is partially underwriting the ‘Freedom Tour.’

The Choir’s annual tours are designed to be a cultural exchange. The “Freedom Tour” provides an opportunity for Chicago Children’s Choir singers to meet people who experienced the rich history and struggles of the Civil Rights Movement firsthand. In turn, the Choir will demonstrate to audiences the beauty of youth from different backgrounds working and singing together.

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Troy University Employee and Alumnus Elected to Dothan City Commission

Posted: Friday, 13 July 2007

DOTHAN – Voters in Dothan have elected a TROY employee to the City Commission. Keith Seagle, Dothan Campus director of Counseling and Career Services, will represent District 6 for the next four years.

“It is a humbling experience to think about all of the people who got out and worked and supported me,” Seagle reflected, “and now to think that I will be working for all of these good people in the district.”

Seagle beat out incumbent Phillip Tidwell with 1,013 votes to Tidwell’s 942 votes. During his term in office, Seagle plans to encourage his constituents to become more active in city government.

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Gearhart named eCampus director

Posted: Thursday, 12 July 2007

TROY – Troy University officials have named Dr. Deb Gearhart director of the University’s eCampus, the branch of University College that oversees all online learning at the University.

With more than 20 years of experience in online and distance education, Dr. Gearhart, was named to the post in June after serving as founding director of E-Education Services at Dakota State University for the past 11 years. Prior to that, she was affiliated with Pennsylvania State University’s Department of Distance Education for 10 years.

“We are very fortunate to have been able to recruit a person with such a full range of online education leadership experience,” said Dr. Earl Ingram, vice chancellor of University College. “With Dr. Gearhart leading the eCampus, TROY soon will be recognized as a world-class provider of education to adult and traditional learners by combining the best of both online and in-class teaching methods.”

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TROY hires new administrator for institutional research, planning and effectiveness

Posted: Thursday, 12 July 2007

TROY—Dr. John Dew will join Troy University’s administrative team as Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness on Aug. 1, according to Dr. Doug Patterson, Senior Vice Chancellor for Administration.

Dr. Dew currently serves as Director for Continuous Quality Improvement and Planning at the University of Alabama, a position he has held since 1998. Dr. Dew’s experience in strategic planning and academic accreditation—particularly his experience in dealing with the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)—made him an attractive candidate for the position, Dr. Patterson said.

“Dr. John Dew has a great deal of quality assurance experience in both the university setting and the private sector,” Dr. Patterson said. “He will also be called upon to play a major leadership role in TROY’s upcoming reaffirmation of accreditation process with SACS.”

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Learn to Build a Home at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 11 July 2007

MONTGOMERY – Dr. John A. Kline, director of Troy University’s Institute for Leadership Development, will deliver the keynote address at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus summer commencement at 7 p.m. on July 19 in the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Dr. Kline served as provost of Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base from 1991 until 2000. In 2000, Dr. Kline retired from the Air Force and joined Troy University as professor of education.

Dr. Kline has a distinguished career of service and a record of successful leadership in educational, volunteer, civic and religious organizations. He was a co-founder of Leadership Montgomery, has served on many boards, committees and is a member of the Taylor Road Baptist Church. He speaks and writes on leadership and communications and conducts training on writing, speaking and listening.

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Troy University offers pre-license classes for insurance professionals

Posted: Tuesday, 10 July 2007

TROY – Troy University’s Risk Management and Insurance program will offer two pre-license classes in August.

Both are designed to help insurance professionals meet certification standards within the insurance industry, said Dr. Carol Jordan, eminent scholar in risk management and insurance who heads up TROY’s RMI program.

“Property and Casualty” will be offered from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Aug. 10-12 in Room 243 of Bibb Graves Hall on the Troy Campus. The fee for the course, which includes the textbook, is $250.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Summer Commencement

Posted: Thursday, 05 July 2007

EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS: On July 27, there are a number of events taking place on Troy University’s Troy Campus. Because of these activities, and in an effort to help facilitate your organization’s coverage, Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr., has invited members of the working media to join him at the commencement luncheon honoring summer commencement speaker Max Roberts, president of Barnes & Noble College Booksellers.

The tentative schedule of events on July 27 are:

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Troy University’s Montgomery Metro Alumni Chapter to hold kickoff event

Posted: Monday, 02 July 2007

MONTGOMERY, ALA.—Troy University head football Coach Larry Blakeney will be the guest speaker for a kickoff celebration and pep rally hosted by the University’s Montgomery Metro Alumni Chapter on Monday, July 16 at Pete Peterson Lodge at Lagoon Park.

The doors will open at 5 p.m. with a barbecue dinner, catered by Boomer T’s Barbecue, beginning at 6 p.m. Barbecue plates are $10 per person. Alumni wishing to become members of the chapter may do so for $25 for individuals or $30 for couples.

Coach Blakeney will offer a look ahead to the upcoming football season, which features a visit to TROY by Oklahoma State on Sept. 14, road games against Arkansas (Sept. 1), Florida (Sept. 8) and Georgia (Nov. 3). The Trojans will be looking to defend their 2006 Sun Belt Conference championship and make a return trip to the New Orleans Bowl, the site of the program’s first ever bowl victory last December.

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Troy University to Host Baseball Camp in Dothan

Posted: Tuesday, 03 July 2007

DOTHAN – The Bobby Pierce Troy University Baseball Camp swings into action Wednesday, July 25 in Dothan. Boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 13 (grades 1-8) are invited to participate in the camp, which will be held at the Dixie Youth Complex at Westgate Park.

During the one-day camp, Troy University Head Baseball Coach Bobby Pierce, his coaching staff and players will help campers improve their hitting, fielding, catching and throwing skills. The morning session, which runs from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., is designed for children ages 6 through 9. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., children ages 10 through 13 will learn to improve their game.

Camp sponsors include the Troy University Wiregrass Alumni Association, Dothan Leisure Services, Dothan Eagle, CenturyTel, Photorama, ScreenTech, Holiday Inn Express, Quality Inn, Coca-Cola, Sports Talk AM 560 WOOF “The Ball,” WOOF 99.7, Durden Outdoor, Burger King, AB&T National Bank and Regions Bank.

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