Troy University dedicates Rosa Parks Library and Museum exhibit made possible by Hyundai donation

Posted: Thursday, 29 November 2007

MONTGOMERY – Troy University and Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama officials dedicated 10 bronze plaques that will form an outdoor exhibit at the Rosa Parks Library and Museum.

The exhibit features 10 36-inch bronze roundels depicting significant scenes and events that took place during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and were created by Montgomery artist and native Winfred A. Hawkins and The Plaxx Company, of Charlottesville, Va.. The exhibit was made possible by a grant from HMMA for $80,000.

“This is a great day for Alabama, the city of Montgomery, Troy University but, most of all, it’s a great day for America,” Dr. Hawkins said. “Excellence is not free and it was a very generous gift by Hyundai that made this exhibit possible.”

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MEDIA ADVISORY:Walter Trumbauer Theatre Festival ongoing at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 29 November 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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Velma Tribue to Speak at Troy University Commencement Exercises in Dothan

Posted: Wednesday, 28 November 2007

DOTHAN – Velma Tribue, chairman of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, will deliver the keynote address to Troy University’s newest graduates during commencement exercises Sunday, December 16 in Dothan. TROY will confer degrees on more than 260 students during the 3 p.m. ceremony at the Dothan Civic Center.

An agent with Velma J. Tribue State Farm Insurance in Dothan, Tribue assumed the top spot on the Chamber Board of Directors in October. She holds a master’s degree in social work; and during her tenure as chair, she has made education her top priority.

Active in a variety of other community organizations, Tribue is a member of the Board of Directors for the Wiregrass United Way and part of Leadership Alabama Class XVI. She sits on the Southeast Alabama Regional Planning & Development Commission Revolving Loan Administration Board and is part of the Dothan Envision Steering Committee and the P-16+ Education Task Force. Tribue is actively affiliated with the Houston County Industrial Development Authority and the Wiregrass Region Health Committee.

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Sandi Gouge wins Troy University’s McKinley Award for November

Posted: Wednesday, 28 November 2007

TROY-Sandi Gouge, associate vice chancellor for marketing and communication at Troy University, has won the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for November.

Gouge, who has been a member of the TROY staff since 1986, 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 Gouge, who was nominated by Dr. Cameron Martindale, senior vice chancellor for advancement and external relations.

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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Alabama Shakespeare Festival Partners with the Troy University Rosa Parks Museum to Present A Rose Among Thorns Written and Performed by Ella Joyce

Posted: Tuesday, 27 November 2007

MONTGOMERY - From Los Angeles to Montgomery, actress Ella Joyce performs a tribute to the late Rosa Parks on the Festival Stage, Feb. 4, in celebration of the “Mother of Civil Rights Movement” and her birthday.

“A Rose Among Thorns” is the perfect opportunity for a long sought-after partnership between the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Rosa Parks Museum.

The critically acclaimed one-woman production places the viewer at the heart of the pivotal incident for the Civil Rights Movement and gives a name and face to the anonymous civil rights ambassadors as seen through the eyes of Ms. Rosa Parks. “A Rose Among Thorns” was first performed to a standing ovation in Los Angeles and went on to perform for an audience of 1,000 at the Black Academy of Arts & Letters at the Dallas Convention Center. Since then, the demand for the tour has skyrocketed and the critics are singing the show’s praises.

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Register for Spring Semester 2008 at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 27 November 2007

MONTGOMERY – Troy University will hold early spring registration on the Montgomery Campus in November. All students, including new students can sign up for classes on Nov. 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Returning students can also sign up online between Nov. 7 and Jan. 13.

The Montgomery Campus offers 29 complete evening degrees for working adults, access to 17 complete Troy eCampus online degrees and two complete weekend degrees.

Classes begin Monday, Jan. 7. For information about admission requirements, contact the Montgomery Campus at 334-241-9506 or 18883578843 or visit troy.edu.

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Troy Symphony Orchestra to present holiday concert Dec. 2

Posted: Tuesday, 27 November 2007

TROY--The Troy Symphony Orchestra will present a holiday concert on Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy University campus.

This ensemble is conducted by Dr. James and Ginger Zingara, professors in the John M. Long School of Music at Troy University.

“The orchestra, which combines area string, woodwind, brass and percussion musicians, integrates college students and community members from the Wiregrass region,” said Mrs. Zingara.

The concert will include a performance by featured vocalist Clay Paramore of Ozark and an audience sing-along.

The concert is free and open to the public.


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Media Advisory: 121 convocation on Nov 28

Posted: Monday, 26 November 2007

NOV. 28 TROY CAMPUS -- Higher education officials from the People’s Republic of China will be on the Troy Campus for the 1-2-1 Sino-American Dual Degree Program’s convocation. During this visit, the Chinese delegation will hold talks with University officials regarding educational opportunities between the two nations.

The convocation will begin at 9:15 a.m. at the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor and last about one hour.

A media availability with Chancellor Hawkins and the delegation leadership will be immediately prior to the Convocation. Media are requested to be in place at HAL Hall by 8:45 a.m. in order to take advantage of this opportunity.

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Postponement of Celtic Legends at Davis Theatre announced

Posted: Tuesday, 20 November 2007

MONTGOMERY – Troy University’s Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts has announced that the production of Celtic Legends scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 27, has been postponed due to international travel problems bringing in the company members from overseas. This performance will be rescheduled for a later date. Patrons are asked to keep their original tickets that will be honored at the rescheduled date that is yet to be announced.

Troy University’s Davis Theatre was recently notified by the booking agency for Celtic Legends that there was a problem receiving visas for bringing in the dancers from overseas. Despite the agency’s best efforts to find a substitute replacement group of high-quality Irish step dancers for the evening of Nov. 27, the agency was unable to find replacements for the performance.

Once a new performance date for Celtic Legends is rescheduled, ticket holders will be notified of the new date and time. The management of the Theatre sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience in this unavoidable situation.

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Amber Dodson crowned Miss Troy University

Posted: Monday, 19 November 2007

TROY, Ala.—Amber Dodson was crowned Miss Troy University Sunday afternoon at the 37th annual Miss Troy University pageant to earn the right to represent the University in next year’s Miss Alabama Pageant.

Miss Dodson, a senior nursing major from Cullman, is the daughter of Lisa and Greg Dodson. A graduate of Cullman High School, Dodson also won the talent and swimsuit competitions and was the winner of the People’s Choice Award.

Miss Dodson was crowned by Laura McDonald of Prattville, Miss Troy University 2007. Contestants competed in private interview, casual wear, swimsuit, talent, evening wear and on-stage question.

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Blood Bowl precedes MTSU game

Posted: Monday, 19 November 2007

TROY -- This year as the Troy University Trojans get ready to take on Sunbelt Conference rival Middle Tennessee State University, students are shedding some blood before hitting the field.

The Student Government Association hosted the first-ever “Blood Bowl” on Nov. 13 in the Trojan Center Lobby and Nov. 15 at the Baptist Campus Ministries building.

MTSU also held a blood drive on its campus, competing with TROY to see who could give more “pints of school pride.”

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Troy University plans ‘Salute to Veterans’ Nov. 20

Posted: Friday, 16 November 2007

TROY, Ala.—Troy University will shine the spotlight on the men and women of the U.S. military during Tuesday night’s home football game against Middle Tennessee State University at Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium.

Since 2000, the University has honored members of the armed forces at one home football game in November as a Veterans Day tribute.

This year, a special invitation to the game was extended to all military personnel and their families who have responded to the University’s TROY for Troops campaign, an effort launched more than a year ago to identify and thank current students, alumni, faculty or staff members or members of their immediate families who are currently serving in the military. The effort, spearheaded by TROY First Lady Janice Hawkins, has included sending letters to all service men and women who responded to the University’s call for contact information, as well as care packages sent to those serving in harm’s way.

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Miss Troy University Pageant showcases beauty, talent and knowledge

Posted: Friday, 16 November 2007

TROY -- The 37th Annual Miss Troy University Pageant, a Miss Alabama Preliminary, will begin at 2 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Claudia Crosby Theater.

This year, 18 contestants will be judged on interview, answering an on-stage question, swimsuit, talent and evening wear.

Participating in this year’s contest is:

Jessica Kelley, a freshman from Andalusia, whose talent is dance and platform is “Discovering the Secret to a Happy Life.” She is sponsored in the pageant by the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.

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‘Big Beowulf Bash’ set for Nov. 17

Posted: Friday, 16 November 2007

TROY -- The Troy University English Department and Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, will be hosting the “Big Beowulf Bash” in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor at 4 p.m. Saturday.

The “Big Beowulf Bash” will include a public discussion of Beowulf in literature, movies, television, and comic books. It will also include a dramatic reading contest, a trivia contest, and prizes.

Richard Nokes, professor of English at Troy University, said that the department decided to do “Beowulf” because of all the attention surrounding the classic lately.

“The last couple of years have seen a surge in interest in Beowulf, including several film versions, comic books and even a rock opera,” he said.

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Troy University and Hyundai Manufacturing to dedicate plaques for Rosa Parks Library and Museum

Posted: Thursday, 15 November 2007

Nov. 29: At 3 p.m., Troy University and Hyundai Manufacturing officials will dedicate 10 bronze plaques that will form an exterior exhibit at the Rosa Parks Library and Museum.

Representing the University will be Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. and representing Hyundai will be HMMA Vice-President Rick Neal.

The exhibit will include 10 36-inch bronze roundels depicting significant scenes and events that took place during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Created by Montgomery native Winfred A. Hawkins and The Plaxx Company, the exhibit is made possible through an $80,000 grant from HMMA. The roundels are described through their titles:

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Interim dean appointed for Troy University’s College of Arts and Sciences

Posted: Thursday, 15 November 2007

TROY— Dr. Bill Richardson will serve as the interim dean of Troy University’s College of Arts and Sciences, according to Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor.

Dr. Richardson currently serves as Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences and is based on the Montgomery Campus. He replaces Dr. Don Jeffrey, who was appointed Vice Chancellor of the University’s Dothan Campus.

“Dr. Richardson will provide strong leadership for our College of Arts and Sciences,” Chancellor Hawkins said. “He is an outstanding educator and a proven administrator. I am certain that we are placing the College of Arts and Sciences in good hands.”

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Register for Spring Semester 2008 at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 15 November 2007

DOTHAN – Troy University will hold early spring registration on the Dothan Campus and at the Fort Rucker Location in November. Newly admitted students can sign up for classes on November 29 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Currently enrolled students can register for classes November 28 and 29 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Returning students can also sign up online between November 28 and January 4.

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

Classes begin Monday, January 7. For information about admission requirements, contact the Dothan Campus at 334-983-6556 or visit troy.edu.

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Troy University to Unveil New Conceptual Framework to Partner Schools

Posted: Thursday, 15 November 2007

DOTHAN – DeVonta Butler is at ease in front of a room full of children. On a recent Thursday morning, the Troy University elementary education major led a class of fourth graders in a discussion about the Great Depression, as he introduced the book, A Year Down Yonder.

After working with kindergartners at another Dothan school, Butler is currently student teaching in Ms. Kirkby’s class at Kelly Springs Elementary. It is the 29-year-old’s final graduation requirement before he receives his diploma at the Dothan Civic Center in December.

“Ms. Kirkby has been very good at giving me advice on classroom management,” Butler said. “She has opened her class to me as though it was my classroom.”

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Troy University to Present Workshop on “Teaching the Whole Child”

Posted: Tuesday, 13 November 2007

DOTHAN – Troy University invites area K-12 teachers and administrators to learn more about “Teaching the Whole Child,” during the Wiregrass Conference on Education. The two-day workshop, which is scheduled for January 6 and 7 on the Dothan Campus, will provide an opportunity to rethink education in the 21st Century.

Teachers will come away with strategies for educating knowledgeable, healthy, motivated and engaged children. PTA members, central office staff, Boards of Education and others will also benefit from attending and participating.

The Wiregrass Conference on Education is sponsored by the TROY College of Education, the Dothan Campus and the Southeast Region, along with the education honors society Kappa Delta Pi. For registration information, contact Dr. Rodney Davis at 334-983-6556, ext. 1-365, or e-mail wiregrass@troy.edu.

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Convention gives students a chance to network

Posted: Tuesday, 13 November 2007

TROY -- A few months after attending the National Broadcasting Society (NBS) National Convention in Chicago and meeting Ernie Anastos, Fox News 5 news anchor in New York, Josh Gauntt landed an internship in New York himself.

Gauntt, a senior broadcast journalism major from Valley and president of the TROY chapter of NBS, and 10 other students, are headed to a NBS convention again, except this time it’s regional. The students will leave the Troy Campus Nov. 15 enroute to Boca Raton, Fla. for the Region 3 Convention.

The convention will include guest speakers, workshops and an audio-visual competition, but for Mary King, a senior broadcast journalism major from Bethany, Conn., the networking aspect of the trip is what she is looking forward to.

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Troy University offers “A Gift of Song” to start holiday season

Posted: Tuesday, 13 November 2007

TROY- The Troy University Concert Chorale will present “A Gift of Song” featuring traditional choral music, carol anthems and soul-lifting spirituals.

The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at Bush Memorial Baptist Church, located at 605 George Wallace Drive in Troy.

Diane Orlofsky, professor of music and director of Troy University Concert Chorale said the program is “an outstanding way to start the holiday season.”

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NASA Astronaut Meets with Teachers at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 13 November 2007

DOTHAN – Wiregrass teachers picked up some out of this world ideas for motivating young learners, during Aerospace Day 2007 at Troy University. They also met an astronaut.

Former NASA Mission Specialist Winston Scott and Inventor Dr. Zoon (Bill Holden) were the featured speakers at the one-day event sponsored by TROY’s Wiregrass Math & Science Consortium.

Scott shared personal details of his twenty-four days in space with an auditorium full of teachers and students from area schools. During missions in 1996 and 1997, the astronaut participated in three spacewalks totaling more than nineteen hours.

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Fall honors recitals set for Wednesday

Posted: Tuesday, 13 December 2007

TROY – Troy University’s John M. Long School of Music is hosting the Troy University Fall Honors Recital at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor.

The biennial formal concert features outstanding individual performers who have successfully completed an audition before a panel of Troy University music faculty, according to Dr. Jim Zingara, associate professor of music.

Those auditions are held just a week prior to the concert, he said.

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Campus Concert Band is performing

Posted: Wednesday, 07 November 2007

TROY – Troy University’s John M. Long School of Music will offer a night of music to the public on Nov. 19.

The Campus Concert Band will perform a concert at 7 p.m. in Claudia Crosby Theater, and the University’s Trumpet Ensemble will perform at 6:30 p.m.

Comprised of students, faculty and staff from across the University, the Campus Concert Band gives instrumentalists an opportunity to perform standard band literature in an informal setting.

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Troy University SGA says thanks for campus improvements

Posted: Tuesday, 06 November 2007

FORT RUCKER – Troy University will observe American Education Week with a Student Celebration November 15 at the Fort Rucker Location. The public is invited to join TROY students, faculty and staff for free sandwiches and chips from 6 to 8 p.m. in Building 4502 (Troy University Administration Building), located on Kingsman Street.

Troy University has offered evening classes at the Fort Rucker Location since the 1950s. Soldiers, their families and civilians can earn bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice, psychology, sociology, general business and management. A master’s degree in human resource management is also available.

Administrators will be on hand at the celebration to answer questions about TROY programs. For more information, contact Chris Bryant at 334-598-2443.

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Troy University to Host Student Celebration at Fort Rucker

Posted: Tuesday, 06 November 2007

TROY – International unity is the theme of a celebration at Troy University on Wednesday.

The International Festival that begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Shackelford Quad on the Troy Campus features demonstrations and displays by members of TROY’s international student community.

Foreign cuisines and cultural performances will also be conducted, said Dean of International Student Services Darlene Stewart.

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Troy University alumnus writes first novel

Posted: Tuesday, 06 November 2007

TROY—A Troy University alumnus has channeled a passion for history and writing into his first novel, a revisionist history called “If Yesterday Never Comes.”

The alumnus, Thomas Quatrini of Enterprise, attended the Dothan Campus from 1997-99. He said much of his inspiration for the novel came from his time at TROY.

“I recall gaining great insight into areas of literature, history, world religion and political science by observing and participating in classroom lectures,” Quatrini said. “The passion the professors had for their areas of expertise made attending classes an invaluable experience.”

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Troy University Symphony Band salutes veterans of the Armed Forces

Posted: Tuesday, 06 November 2007

TROY – The Troy University Symphony Band will provide its ninth annual “Salute to Our Veterans and Armed Forces” in three concerts this month.

The symphony band, under the direction of conductor Ralph Ford, will open its concert series at 7 p.m. Thursday in Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. On Nov. 9, a special performance will be conducted at 10 a.m. at Troy Elementary School, and at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Montgomery Campus’ Davis Theatre.

Ford calls the performances a way to give special recognition to the current and past members of the American military.

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TROY Mortar Board Chapter wins Silver Torch Award

Posted: Monday, 05 November 2007

TROY – Troy University’s Spires Chapter of Mortar Board was named the Silver Torch Award recipient by its national organization for the third year in a row.

The award was presented to the chapter at the organization’s annual conference in Columbus, Ohio. TROY’s chapter was one of 51 Mortar Board chapters in the country to receive the award. Motor Board operates 223 chapters nationwide. The chapters are selected for their timeliness and dedication while exemplifying the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service.

Brenda Campbell, Mortar Board advisor at TROY, attributes the chapter’s success to the students.

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Historian to Speak about Civil War Naval History at Troy University

Posted: Friday, 02 November 2007

DOTHAN – Join the Troy University History and Social Science Club November 8 on the Dothan Campus for an evening of discussion about Civil War naval history. Jeffrey Seymour, interim curator of the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus, Ga., will be the guest speaker.

Seymour will provide information about the role sailors played in the Civil War, along with details about the museum and its collections. The lecture, which begins at 7 p.m. in Sony Hall in the Library/Technology Building, is free and open to the public. History buffs and students of all ages are encouraged to attend.

Port Columbus is home to an extensive collection of war relics. The museum brings history to life each year as visitors “enlist” during River Blast and discover what it was like to be a sailor in the 1860s.

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TROY students earn sports medicine scholarships

Posted: Friday, 02 November 2007

TROY—Two Troy University athletic training students have been awarded scholarships from the American Sports Medicine Institute for 2007-2008.

Mallory Cescutti and Brittany Desotell will receive the scholarship from the Birmingham-based American Sports Medicine Institute in January.

Cescutti, from Trussville, maintains a 3.5 grade- point average and is a member of the Athletic Training Club and the Iota Tau Alpha Honor Society. Cescutti has been nominated for Outstanding Freshmen and Who's Who.

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TROY Chancellor announces changes to senior administrative team

Posted: Thursday, 01 November 2007

TROY – Troy University has appointed a new senior vice chancellor and assigned new duties to an existing administrator as part of a reorganization of the University’s leadership team, according to Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. Chancellor.

Richard J. Federinko, a TROY alumnus who has been president of Middle Georgia College since 2002, is the new addition. Dr. Federinko will serve as senior vice chancellor for student services and administration. Dr. John Schmidt, who joined the University administration in 1994, will move from his position of Senior Vice Chancellor of Student Services to the post of Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Relations.

Both moves were made necessary by the retirements, effective Dec. 31, of Dr. Douglas Patterson, Senior Vice Chancellor for Administration, and Dr. Cameron Martindale, Senior Vice Chancellor of Advancement and External Relations.

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“Haunted Hill” tradition a service for University families

Posted: Thursday, 01 November 2007

TROY -- Twenty-one years ago, Barbara Patterson, director of student involvement at Troy University, had an idea for an event that would allow students to show their appreciation to the University and its faculty and staff that work for them everyday.

It would be a Halloween event that would provide a safe place for the children of these faculty and staff members to trick-or-treat.

At the time, all of the sororities were located in Pace Hall. This provided a location for the event to take place and “Pace Haunted Hall” was begun.

“The sororities would decorate each hall and the children of faculty and staff could come trick-or-treat there,” said Patterson.

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