TROY students earn information scholarships

Posted: Tuesday, 31 October 2007

PHENIX CITY – Two Troy University students majoring in information systems have earned $2,000 scholarships from the Society for Information Management.

The students, Mary B. Kilgore and James E. Jackson were each awarded $2,000 scholarships by the Alabama Chapter of SIM through proceeds provided by the organization’s annual golf tournament.

The scholarships were presented Oct. 17 during the SIM dinner meeting. The two were selected based on six criteria in a competitive awards process, said Jim Ryan, an assistant professor of information systems on the Phenix City Campus.

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Troy University Flag Reaches New Heights with Space Flight

Posted: Monday, 30 October 2007

Nov. 29-Dec. 1: Troy University’s Department of Speech and Theater is hosting the Walter Trumbauer High School Theatre Festival today (Thursday) through Saturday. The event will bring about 1,000 high school students and their parents to the Troy Campus from across the state.

The Festival will conclude with an awards banquet on Saturday night, where students and student productions will receive the top awards in state competition.

The Festival is organized by the Alabama Conference of Theatre, and competitors are selected for state-level competition through a series of district competitions. The winner of the one-act competition represents the state of Alabama at the Southeastern Theatre Conference competition in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Betty Carter wins Troy University’s McKinley Award for October

Posted: Monday, 30 October 2007

TROY-Betty Carter, assistant network administrator for the Computer Resources Department on Troy University’s Montgomery Campus, has won the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for October.

Carter, who has been a member of the TROY staff since 2004, received the award Tuesday during a ceremony at the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., TROY chancellor, presented the award to Carter, who was nominated by Charles L. Weaver, director of computer resources on the Montgomery Campus. 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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Three Troy University singers attend master classes

Posted: Monday, 30 October 2007

TROY – Three Troy University were selected to participate in a National Association of Teachers of Singing’s Fall Workshop and Master Class.

Erica Jones, a senior broadcast journalism major from Heflin, Clay Paramore, a freshman music education major from Ozark, and Bryant Stokes, a sophomore theater major from Goshen, attended the weekend workshop Oct. 5-6 at the University of Montevallo.

Dr. Wanda Brister, an associate professor of voice at Florida State University, conducted the master classes. She has sung in 40 of the United States and 11 European countries, and has performed more than 40 operatic roles with opera companies such as Opera Orchestra of New York, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Baltimore Opera, New Orleans Opera, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, New York Opera Ensemble, Annapolis Opera, Pittsburgh Opera Theater and Connecticut Grand Opera. In the summer of 2006, Dr. Brister joined the Schlern (Italy) International Music Festival as artist/faculty-in-residence.

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NASA Astronaut Winston Scott to Speak at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 30 October 2007

DOTHAN – An astronaut and a well-known science educator will be among the featured speakers at Aerospace Day 2007 at Troy University. Former NASA Mission Specialist Winston Scott will share tales about his twenty-four days in space, while Dr. Zoon (Scientist Bill Holden) will demonstrate hands-on science projects teachers can take back to their classrooms.

Sponsored by TROY’s Wiregrass Math & Science Consortium, Aerospace Day is designed to inspire teachers to ignite the imaginations of their students. The free event is scheduled for November 9 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Sony Hall on the Dothan Campus. Educators, space enthusiasts and members of the public are invited to attend.

Scott traveled to space in 1996 aboard Endeavour, and again the following year on Columbia. The retired Navy captain completed three spacewalks totaling more than nineteen hours, and recorded his experiences in the book, Reflections from Earth Orbit.

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Troy University to have 13th annual insurance symposium

Posted: Monday, 30 October 2007

TROY – Troy University’s Risk Management and Insurance Program will host the 13th annual Collegiate Symposium for Excess & Surplus Lines Nov. 2-3 in Birmingham.

The symposium brings together Troy University students with students from other universities, insurance industry executives and insurance professionals, who can earn nine hours of Alabama Continuing Education Credit.

Troy University, in association with the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices, will offer symposium attendees sessions on “The Role of Lloyd’s of London in the Global Economy,” “The Future of Insurance Regulation,” “Surplus Lines Distribution Systems,” “Navigating the Uncharted Risks of China,” “Medical Malpractice Insurance,” and “The Necessity of Underwriting Profit.”

Featured speakers for this year’s symposium includes:

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“Chamber Music Showcase” set for Nov. 5

Posted: Sunday, 29 October 2007

TROY – Troy University’s John M. Long School of Music will present its “Chamber Music Showcase” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center in downtown Troy.

The concert will feature soloists from the University as well as performers from the community, including Dr. Catherine Allard, soprano, Dr. Timothy Phillips, clarinet and matt Dunlap, guitarist. Also performing will be Troy Brass, a group comprised of University faculty and professional musicians in the region.

The concert is free and open to the public. The Cultural Arts Studio is located at 301 E. Walnut Street in downtown Troy, directly behind the Tourism building (at the corner of N. Market Street and E. Walnut Street.) Look for the black and white vinyl sign over the door. For further directions call 334-670-2287.

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“American Tapestry” takes to the Troy University stage

Posted: Sunday, 29 October 2007

TROY -- The Collegiate Singers of Troy University will perform a concert entitled “American Tapestry: Songs of the People” at 7:30 pm. Oct. 30 in the Claudia Crosby Theater.

The Collegiate Singers, the largest choral ensemble at Troy University, will be under the direction of Dr. Catherine Allard, Professor of Music.

Visiting professor Dai Yuan, from Yunnan University in the People’s Republic of China, will sing two Yunnan province folk songs as part of the performance.

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Troy University degree program with Russian university

Posted: Wednesday, 25 October 2007

TROY – Troy University officials today signed a formal agreement creating the University’s first dual-degree program in Russia.

Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., and V.S. Danyushenkov, rector of Vyatka State University of Humanities in Kirov, Russia, signed the agreement that will allow students from Vyatka State to begin either TROY’s bachelor of business administration degree or bachelor of science in environmental science degree at Vyatka, spending the final three semesters on the Troy Campus. When completed, students will be awarded a diploma from both Vyatka State and TROY.

“This agreement was built methodically and on a very strong foundation, but the most important aspect is the people-to-people dimension. As the world shrinks, it’s important that we develop new opportunities with other universities because in the future our students won’t be competing for ‘American jobs,’ but rather they will be competing for ‘jobs.’,” Dr. Hawkins said.

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Media Advisory: Troy University Homecoming photos available online

Posted: Friday, 20 October 2007

EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS: High rez photos of Troy University Homecoming 2007 are available to download at The complete photo gallery (including alumni of the year and the homecoming queen and king will be available by 6 p.m. or sooner.

Photos of the game will be available at as usual.

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Media Advisory: Russian University president update

Posted: Thursday, 19 October 2007

Oct. 22-25: Dr. Vladimir S. Danyushenkov, rector of Vyatka State Humanities University in Kirov, Russia will be at Troy University with various media availabilities.

On Oct. 25, Dr. Danyushenkov and Chancellor Hawkins will sign a formal agreement establishing an academic partnership between TROY and Vyatka State. This signing ceremony will be conducted at 10 a.m. in the General Academic Building Conference Room on the third floor. Both Dr. Danyushenkov and Dr. Hawkins will be available for interviews at this time.

Additional opportunities to interview Dr. Danyushenkov are:

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‘Think Pink’ Breast Cancer Conference slated for Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 17 October 2007

TROY – Troy University’s School of Nursing is going pink on Oct. 23 to focus attention on breast cancer as part of its October breast cancer awareness initiative.

The School of Nursing, the Iota Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International and the College of Health and Human Services are teaming up to present the first-ever Think Pink Breast Cancer Conference from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. on the fourth floor of the R. Douglas Hawkins Stadium Tower at Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium.

Lucille Latham, a two-time breast cancer survivor and an Avon Breast Cancer Foundation national speaker, will talk about the important woman’s issue. The conference is free and open to the public.

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Asthma Safari Coming to Troy University

Posted: Monday, 16 October 2007

TROY- Troy University’s Healthy Schools Healthy Kids program is co-sponsoring the Asthma Safari Nov. 2 from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Joel Witherington Family Center, near the intersection of North Three Notch Street and Gibb Street.

HSHK and Steps to a Healthier Alabama host the event with Charles Henderson Child Health Center, Troy University, Troy Regional Medical Center and the American Lung Association for children kindergarten through second grade who are diagnosed with asthma to help teach and encourage both children and their parents how to gain control over and manage asthma.

The program allows children to empower and recognize their own triggers and warning signs, while making it less frightening and laying the ground work for future asthma education, said HSHK nurse Lauren Kilcrease.

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Troy University Theatre presents “Picasso at the Lapin Agile”

Posted: Wednesday, 11 October 2007

TROY – The Troy University Theatre will kick off its theater season with “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” by Steve Martin Oct. 23-25 and Oct. 28 in the Trojan Center Theater.

The play, written by Steve Martin is a comical and lighthearted play about a fictional meeting between Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, set at the Paris tavern in 1904 and before both men achieved great status.

Play times for performances Oct. 23-25 are 7:30 p.m. The performance on Oct. 28 begins at 2:30 p.m.

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Confucius Institute to open at Troy University

Posted: Wenesday, 11 October 2007

BEIJING, China – Gov. Bob Riley and Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. today announced the creation of the Confucius Institute at Troy University.

The non-profit center will expand Chinese language and cultural education, provide business and industry ties to China and expand the use of the Governor’s Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators and Students Statewide, or ACCESS, program to Alabama high schools. The Confucius Institute at Troy University is the first such established in Alabama and the 25th in the United States.

“The Confucius Institute is an important step in the continued internationalization of Troy University. It will promote the understanding of Chinese language, history and culture to the students we teach and the communities we serve,” said Dr. Hawkins in a joint announcement between Chinese officials and the State of Alabama.

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Troy University to honor outstanding alums, honorary alumnus on Oct. 20

Posted: Tuesday, 10 October 2007

TROY, Ala. – Troy University will honor three alumni and one honorary alumnus with Alumni of the Year awards at halftime of its Oct. 20 Homecoming game against North Texas.

Stacy Faison of Phenix City, Lee “Bubba” Pinckard of Elba and Samuel Whalum, Jr. of Montgomery will be honored as Alumni of the Year, while Dr. Douglas C. Patterson of Troy will be recognized as the Honorary Alumnus of the Year.

The awards are presented annually by the University as a part of its Homecoming celebration. Nominations are solicited, and winners are selected by the Troy University Alumni Association’s Board of Directors based on outstanding professional accomplishments, civic achievements and loyalty and service to Troy University.

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Troy University Public Radio ‘friendraiser’ begins Oct. 12

Posted: Tuesday, 10 October 2007

TROY – Troy University Public Radio’s “Fall Friendraiser” is being conducted Oct. 12 - 19 to help support the programming offered by the network.

“Our financial goal is $45,000, which will be used to cover the cost of purchasing programming such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Car Talk and A Prairie Home Companion,” said Fred Azbell, TROY Public Radio’s program director. “This week is dedicated to the listeners who inspire Troy University Public Radio’s celebration of community and the arts in southeast Alabama, southwest Georgia and the Florida Panhandle.”

Corporate matching grants offer businesses an exciting opportunity to match pledges from listeners and increase support for public radio, Azbell added.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Beijing and Russia

Posted: Tuesday, 10 October 2007

Beijing and Russia

Beijing news conference update

EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS: We anticipate sending a news release with still photos and a link to b-roll of the event in the 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. time frame on Thursday, Oct. 11.

This package will have one or two photos attached as jpeg and contain links to video b-roll (30 seconds worth of the signing, of Gov. Riley speaking, of Chancellor Hawkins speaking, and pans of the event for “pomp and circumstance.” A link to the media kit will also be included.

B-roll will be available for 48 hours after it is posted.

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Troy University to celebrate Homecoming on Oct. 20

Posted: Monday, 09 October 2007

TROY, Ala.—Troy University will celebrate its Homecoming on Oct. 20, under the theme “Homecoming ’007: A Bonding Experience.”

Activities will get under way on Oct. 20 with the annual Homecoming Parade, which will begin at 10 a.m. and process through downtown Troy. Following the parade, various tailgating activities will take place throughout campus. The Homecoming court will be introduced during pre-game festivities at 2 p.m. in Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium. The Trojans will take on North Texas beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Halftime activities will include the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen, presentation of the Alumni and Honorary Alumnus of the Year awards and performances by the Alumni Band and Troy University’s Sound of the South marching band.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Beijing news conference to announce Confucius Institute

Posted: Monday, 09 October 2007

Oct. 11: Alabama Gov. Bob Riley, Troy University and officials of the Peoples Republic of China will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. (local time) at the Landmark Beijing Hotel, 8 North Dongsanhuan Road (Chaoyang District), Beijing 100004.

The news conference will announce the establishment of the Confucius Institute at Troy University on the campus of Troy University in partnership with Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology.

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Troy University sets aside homecoming queen court election

Posted: Tuesday, 08 October 2007

TROY – Troy University has set aside its election for its 2007 homecoming queen court due to apparent voting irregularities. A new election has been scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 16, according to Herb Reeves, dean of student services.

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, TROY students cast votes for the homecoming queen court via an online voting system, which was used earlier in the year for Student Government Association elections. The new procedure calls for students to vote for the five members of the homecoming court at the Computer Works center, 164 Smith Hall, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Students will return to the Computer Works on Wednesday, Oct. 17, to elect a homecoming queen from among the five finalists. The polling hours will remain 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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NWhite Joins Troy University Advancement Team

Posted: Thursday, 05 October 2007

DOTHAN – Troy University welcomes Gayla White as regional director of institutional development.

In this role, White will be responsible for cultivating and strengthening University ties within Dothan and the surrounding communities.

A TROY alumnus, White is enthusiastic about returning to her alma mater and joining the University’s Advancement Office. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social science, with minors in psychology and history.

“Troy University makes a tremendous difference in the lives of so many in the community,” White said. “My TROY degree has opened many doors for me, and I want to give back to the University.”

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Troy University bringing sign language to forefront of education

Posted: Wednesday, 04 October 2007

TROY – Troy University officials today announced with Gov. Bob Riley a $250,000 grant from the Department of Education that will be used to implement a bachelor’s degree program aimed at increasing the number of interpreters for the deaf and hearing impaired.

Through the Interpreter Training Program, TROY will offer the state’s first bachelor of science degree in education with a comprehensive program in interpreting and eventually establish a Center on Deafness on its Troy Campus. In addition to the grant, the University will provide $250,000 in matching funds, and commitments from several other partners will help establish student scholarships. Partnering with the University and the Department of Education will be the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Alabama Department of Mental Health.

In announcing the grant, Gov. Riley said TROY’s program will set a national standard.

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Troy University names leaders for campuses in Dothan, Montgomery

Posted: Wednesday, 04 October 2007

TROY—Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., chancellor of Troy University, announced today that Vice Chancellors have been chosen to lead the University’s campuses in Dothan and Montgomery.

Dr. Don Jeffrey, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and former dean of the College of Health and Human Services, has been named Campus Vice Chancellor for Dothan. Ray White, interim campus vice chancellor in Montgomery, will lead the Montgomery Campus.

“Don Jeffrey and Ray White are two outstanding gentlemen who will provide excellent leadership for their campuses,” Dr. Hawkins said. “Our extensive search process revealed that we already had the right people for the jobs on our administrative team.”

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Armstrong Named to Troy University Homecoming Court

Posted: Tuesday, 03 October 2007

Troy University secondary education major Megan Armstrong will represent the Dothan Campus at Homecoming, when the Trojans take on North Texas at Movie Gallery Stadium in Troy October 20. Armstrong will join other members of the Homecoming Court on the field at half-time. The Abbeville resident will also participate in the Homecoming Parade in Troy and the Tailgate Party on the Dothan Campus. Armstrong is the daughter of Sandy and Wayne Armstrong of Abbeville. Active on Campus and in the community, the TROY junior is a member of the Trojan Ambassadors and serves as a vacation Bible school teacher at Abbeville United Methodist Church. She is also a former Miss Abbeville, a Flowers Hospital volunteer and a student tutor. For more information about Homecoming at Troy University, visit

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Glenda Locklar wins September McKinley Award at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 03 October 2007

TROY, Ala.-- Glenda Locklar, departmental secretary of the kinesiology and health promotions department at Troy University, has won the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for September.

Locklar, a member of the TROY staff for 27 years, received the award Sept. 25 during a ceremony in the Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., chancellor, presented the award to Locklar, who was nominated by Dr. Candace Howard-Shaughnessy, associate professor and interim chair of the kinesiology and health promotion department.

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 University to Host Safe Day for Small Businesses

Posted: Monday, 02 October 2007

DOTHAN – Small business owners and employees are invited to learn about the latest safety advances and regulations during Safe Day at Troy University. The free event, which is sponsored by the Wiregrass Safety Alliance, is scheduled for Friday, October 5 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Library-Technology Building on the Dothan Campus.

Representatives from OSHA, the U.S. Department of Labor, Sony Magnetic Products, Longbow Falcon LLC, the City of Dothan and the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce will provide participants with the latest information on accident prevention. Sessions will cover electrical safety, machine guarding, child labor laws, lockout/tagout practices and working in confined spaces. Exhibitors will also be available to demonstrate products and services.

Wiregrass Safety Alliance members include the American Society of Safety Engineers, Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, Durden Outdoor Displays, Houston County EMA, OSHA, U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center and Troy University.

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Troy University Offers Evening Classes for Working Professionals

Posted: Monday, 02 October 2007

DOTHAN – Marketing executive Belinda Whatley did not have to give up her high-powered job to return to college. Troy University’s flexible night programs have allowed the Dothan woman to work her studies around her position at Southeast Alabama Medical Center.

Recognizing that flexibility is crucial for adult learners like Whatley, TROY offers a full range of day and evening classes, according to Director of Graduate Admissions P.J. Hamm. In fact, more than seventy percent of the students at the Dothan Campus attend classes that begin at 5:30 p.m. or later.

“Many of our students are employed full-time and have family responsibilities,” Hamm said. “We try to provide flexible scheduling to meet the educational needs of these students.”

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Media Advisory: Cambodian Minister of Education visits TROY

Posted: Sunday, 01 October 2007

Oct. 3: Dr. Kol Pheng, Senior Minister and Minister of Education, Youth and Sports; Chairman, Board of Trustees, Pannasastra University of Cambodia, will visit Troy University in Troy and in Montgomery on Oct. 3. He is the highest-ranking foreign education official to the Troy Campus.

Dr. Kol Pheng will be available for interview at the following times and locations:

Troy Campus - General Academic Building 3rd Floor    10:40 a.m.
Montgomery Campus – Rosa Parks Library and Museum    1:45 p.m.

While on the Troy Campus, Dr. Pheng will meet with Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr., tour the campus and be briefed by senior academic leadership. He will also attend a luncheon with the Faculty Council.

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