University’s Pied Pipers back as part of First Year Initiative

Posted: Thursday, 20 December 2007
Gibson Vance

TROY – Troy University’s acclaimed theater touring troupe the Pied Pipers are back in action.

Selected from first-year theatre majors as part of the Department of Speech and Theatre’s First-Year Initiative, the Pied Pipers were originally formed in 1970 reaching a zenith of some 60 performances a year at elementary schools around the state. When the University shifted from the quarter system to the semester system, the Pied Pipers discontinued touring because the performances interfered too heavily with class schedules, said Adena Moree, director of the Department of Theatre and co-chair of the Department Speech and Theatre.

“Last year, with the inauguration of the Department of Speech and Theatre’s First-Year Initiative, the group was brought back under the direction of Dr. David Dye and Alexander Stephano, assistant professor of theatre and speech,” she said.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Feature stories available

Posted: Tuesday, 16 December 2007

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The University Relations Office has posted several feature stories for use over the holiday break. These features, as well as other releases and photos, are available for download and use at Please feel free to use any of the materials located in the media room. Be sure to check the photo gallery for pictures and cutlines.

The University will close for Christmas at 5 p.m. Dec. 19 and remain closed until Jan. 3, 2008. During this period, please direct calls to the University Relations staff at:

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TROY journalism students bring home top awards

Posted: Wednesday, 19 December 2007

TROY - Troy University broadcast journalism students brought home a mass of awards after attending the 2008 Regional National Broadcasting Society Convention.

The region consists of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina. Among those five states, TROY students won first place in five of the seven categories.

The categories were: news package, feature package, sports package, news/sports/feature segment, documentary program, news program, and magazine program.

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TROY counselor says holidays don’t have to be stressful

Posted: Wednesday, 19 December 2007

TROY — The holiday season may be “the most wonderful time of the year,” as the song says, but it can also be the most stressful, according to a Troy University counselor.

Fran Scheel, coordinator of the University’s SAVE project, said recognizing that stress and anxiety are as prevalent during the holidays as fruitcake and egg nog is the first step to celebrating, and not just surviving, the season.

“The holiday season is always stressful, for many reasons,” she said. “There are plenty of extra chores, such as shopping, decorating and cooking, that have to be done, so our calendars are filled.”

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TROY student raises awareness for local center

Posted: Wednesday, 19 December 2007

TROY – More than 70 people turned out to support the Troy Nutrition Center in December thanks to a class project of Troy University junior Ryan Charles.

The “Jingle Bell Jog,” a 5K run that started and ended on the Square in historic downtown Troy, raised about $500 for the center on Dec. 1.

“I like to run. It’s something I am familiar with and something that would benefit the community,” Charles said.

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TROY counselor offers tips to make transition to college life easier

Posted: Wednesday, 19 December 2007

TROY— For many students, the freshman year of college is an exciting time but it doesn’t necessarily have to be a stressful time, according to counselors at Troy University.

TROY counselor and Director of Student Development Teresa Rodgers said following a few guidelines will make that transition to college life easier.

“I think the first thing to tell them is that they’re normal because most students come in their first semester not knowing what they are going to face and what issues there are going to be and that college in the first few months is so much fun,” said Rodgers. “Most people have confidence and then they do poorly. There is that shock factor that sits in.”

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Farley Tapped to Lead Business and Industry Training at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 19 December 2007

DOTHAN – Troy University welcomes Kathy Farley as the coordinator of business and industry training at the Continuing Education Center on the Dothan Campus. In her new role, Farley will help meet the educational needs of area businesses and individuals.

The TROY Continuing Education Center serves nearly two-thousand people annually through certificate programs, seminars and special events. The Center offers everything from OSHA certification to classes on real estate, computers and health and wellness.

Farley plans to work closely with Mary Davis, Continuing Education Center coordinator of professional development, to create a number of new programs in the coming year.

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Kim Shaver wins Troy University’s McKinley Award for December

Posted: Tuesday, 18 December 2007

TROY-Kim Shaver, associate director for online learning systems/Blackboard at Troy University, has won the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for December.

Shaver, who has been a member of the TROY staff since 1996, received the award Tuesday during the University’s annual faculty/staff Christmas luncheon in Sartain Hall on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., TROY chancellor, presented the award to Shaver, who was nominated by Ronnie Creel, eCampus director of educational technology. 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 Gathers Toys for Tots

Posted: Tuesday, 18 December 2007

On behalf of the students, faculty and staff at Troy University, Sandra Hatfield-Sauls (center), TROY student counselor, and Bob Willis (right), TROY dean of students at the Dothan Campus, present donated toys to Frank Freeland of the Marine Corps League. The toys will be distributed to area children through the Toys for Tots program. Also pictured are TROY Events Coordinator Shirley Cobbs, Elementary Education major Rita Smith, Clerk/Typist III Joanne Krist, Director of Student Support Services Dr. Debora Pettway, Recruiter Amy Farver, English Specialist Jason Griggs, Distance Learning Specialist Tyson McDaniel and Library Director Chris Shaffer.

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Troy University Spring Classes Begin January 7

Posted: Tuesday, 18 December 2007

DOTHAN – Troy University will hold spring registration at the Dothan Campus and Fort Rucker Location Thursday, January 3 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, January 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students, who are currently enrolled, can also register online now. Spring classes begin January 7.

The University offers a full range of day and evening classes and more than 60 degree options at the Dothan Campus. The Fort Rucker Location offers evening programs for soldiers, their families and civilians. Online courses are also available through eCampus.

Students from Florida and Georgia, who reside in counties within 50 miles of the Dothan Campus, qualify for in-state tuition. To learn how to enroll, call (334) 983-6556. For information about TROY campuses and locations around the world, log on to

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Troy University Awards Diplomas to New Graduates

Posted: Monday, 17 December 2007

At Troy University Commencement Exercises in Dothan, new graduate C.J. San Miguel, of Midland City, shares a hug with her 7-month-old daughter, Catalena. San Miguel earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the Dothan Campus.

Jessica Fisher (left) and Kimberly Bailey, both of Dothan, pose for a graduation photo at the Dothan Civic Center before receiving their TROY diplomas. Bailey earned a bachelor’s degree in English, while Fisher received a bachelor’s in psychology. A member of the Alabama National Guard, Fisher plans to work with soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

After receiving her diploma during Commencement Exercises at the Dothan Civic Center, Troy University accounting graduate Jennifer Johnson, of Enterprise, is congratulated by her sons, Tamorris (left), Timothy and Curtis. Johnson plans to pursue graduate studies at TROY, while working as a social service advocate in the community.

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USMC Commandant urges TROY graduates to support troops at war

Posted: Friday, 14 December 2007

TROY—The Commandant of the United States Marine Corps urged Troy University graduates Friday to develop an understanding of the war against terrorism and support the U.S. troops fighting that war.

The speaker, Gen. James T. Conway, said the American public doesn’t fully understand the nature of the war on terrorism. He also said that to discontinue combat efforts in the Middle East would be a mistake.

“We are at war with a growing movement of religious extremism,” Gen. Conway said. “Whether or not we want to accept it, Afghanistan and Iraq are the first battles of that war. If you win the first battles, the war is shorter. If you lose those first battles, the war is only longer and tougher to win.”

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Cottonwood High Students Win Big in the Alabama Stock Market Game

Posted: Wednesday, 12 December 2007

DOTHAN - Playing the Alabama Stock Market Game paid off for a Cottonwood High School class. The Center for Economic Education at Troy University and the Alabama Council on Economic Education recently presented a check for $250 to four students in Gayle Higley’s algebraic connections class.

Dr. Lane Boyte, Troy University assistant professor of economics and director of the Center for Economic Education at Troy University, awarded the winnings to 11th graders Stephanie Garrett and Kendra Thomas and 12th graders Rachel Morgan and Katlin Skipper. Competing against more than 150 teams, the students placed 2nd in the South Region, Upper Division during the 10-week online trading experience.

Working with $100,000 in imaginary money, they earned a profit of nearly $12,000. The experience taught Skipper and her teammates how to be more responsible with their money.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Commencements

Posted: Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Commencement set for Friday

Dec. 14: Fall commencement begins at 10:30 a.m. in Sartain Hall with about 400 graduates participating. General James Conway, a native of Walnut Ridge, Ark. and the nation’s 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps, will deliver the commencement address. Gen. Conway, a four-star Marine general, commanded Marine forces during Iraqi Freedom.

Media are requested to be in place in Sartain Hall by 10 am. Reserved seating for the working members of the media will be located at the scorers’ table and the row immediately behind the scorers’ table. Parking the event will be in the lot adjacent to Sartain Hall, or elsewhere on campus as is commonly available.

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“A Christmas Carol” comes to Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 11 December 2007

TROY – Uncle Scrooge will have the run of Troy University’s Claudia Crosby Theatre Friday when the Troy Arts Council hosts “A Christmas Carol.”

The one-night-only performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and is suitable for children of all ages. The production is co-sponsored by Troy Bank and Trust in cooperation with the John M. Long School of Music and the College of Communication and Fine Arts.

The musical production features traditional Christmas carols and is on national tour.

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Troy University Honors Outstanding Faculty and Staff

Posted: Monday, 10 December 2007
p>During Troy University’s annual Outstanding Faculty and Staff Ceremony, Dothan Campus Vice Chancellor Dr. Don Jeffrey (center) presents the Outstanding College of Education Faculty Award to Dr. Quan Yang (left), of Dothan, and the Outstanding College of Education Adjunct Instructor Award to Dr. Lawrence Katz, of Geneva. Dr. Yang is an assistant professor of educational technology. Dr. Katz teaches psychology classes at the Fort Rucker Location and the Dothan Campus.

Troy University Associate Dean Dr. Alan Belsches (left) and Dothan Campus Vice Chancellor Dr. Don Jeffrey (right) present the College of Arts and Sciences Adjunct Instructor of the Year Award to Todd Tolar (2nd from left) and the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award to Dr. Gary Manfready, both of Dothan. Dr. Manfready is an assistant professor of biology on the Dothan Campus. Tolar also teaches biology classes.

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Nursing doctoral program approved for Troy University

Posted: Friday, 07 December 2007

TROY—Troy University received formal approval Friday to award its first doctoral degree, as the Alabama Commission on Higher Education recommended TROY for one of two new Doctor in Nursing Practice (DNP) programs.

The commission approved the DNP for Troy University by a 7-3 vote in Montgomery Friday morning. The commission, meeting Thursday afternoon as a committee of the whole, recommended two new DNP programs for Alabama, one for Troy University and a joint DNP program for the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, said the commission’s action is good news for Alabama citizens because it will lead to an improved health-care system.

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Sounds of the Season set for Thursday

Posted: Tuesday, 04 December 2007

TROY – Troy University’s John M. Long School of Music will present “Sounds of the Season: Illuminations” Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theater.

This year’s performance is free and open to the public but requires an admission ticket, available through the Trojan Center Box Office. The box office is located on the first floor of the Trojan Center, directly beneath the Barnes & Noble bookstore and adjacent to the fitness center. Seating for the event is limited. For more information, contact the box office at 334-670-3293.

“Illuminations” will feature performances from the Trumpet Ensemble, Chamber Choir, Symphony Band, Gospel Choir, Theatre Ensemble, Collegiate Singers, Concert Chorale, Show Choir, the Brass Quintet, the Jazz Combo, as well as a number of soloists.

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TROY Students Volunteer at Downtown Christmas Festival Photos

Posted: Tuesday, 04 December 2007

With the help of TROY education majors Lesley Howard (center), of Dothan, and Kerry Butler, of Slocomb, 7-year-old Anna Grace Smith, of Dothan, decorates a visor at Dothan’s Downtown Christmas Festival. More than 40 TROY students from the Dothan Campus volunteered to work with area children at the event.

Troy University elementary education major Megan Hatcher, of Dothan, works on a beading project with 7-year-old Kevin Jackson, of Dothan, at the Downtown Christmas Festival on Foster Street. TROY provides free children’s activities each year at the celebration.

During Dothan’s annual Downtown Christmas Festival, 6-year-old Kishawn Dawsey displays a Christmas ornament he painted with the help of TROY elementary education major Miranda Caldwell, of Dothan. Each year, TROY provides a variety of free holiday arts and crafts for kids. The festival is organized by the City of Dothan and the Downtown Group.

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Mr. Todd Strange to deliver commencement addresses at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 20 December 2007

MONTGOMERY – Troy University will hold two commencement ceremonies at its Montgomery Campus on Monday, Dec. 17, with Mr. Todd Strange, chairman of the Montgomery County Commission, delivering the keynote addresses.

Graduate commencement is scheduled for 5 p.m. and undergraduate commencement ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. Both ceremonies will be held in Troy University’s Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Mr. Strange is also President and CEO of Blount Strange Holdings, LLC. Formerly, Mr. Strange was the Director of the Alabama Development Office. In 2005, Mr. Strange was selected to serve on Governor Riley’s Blue Ribbon Commission for Reform and State Government and he serves on a number of local boards and committees.

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Marine Corps commandant to address TROY graduates

Posted: Monday, 03 December 2007

TROY – The commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps will provide the keynote address at Troy University’s commencement on the Troy Campus on Dec. 14.

Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. will present diplomas to about 420 graduates during the ceremony that begins at 10:30 a.m. in Sartain Hall.

General James T. Conway, a native of Walnut Ridge, Ark., became the 34th Marine Corps commandant on Nov. 13, 2006, after having served as director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. A combat veteran, he commanded the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force from 2002-2004, commanding the force through two combat tours. Prior to that assignment, he commanded the 1st Marine Division. In 1990, he assumed command of Third Battalion, Second Division Marines leading Battalion Landing Team 3/2 during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

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FIPSE awards grant to Troy University

Posted: Monday, 03 December 2007

MONTGOMERY – A grant for $180,000 will help Troy University establish an international collaboration in computer science education.

The grant, fully funded by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) for the International Cooperation in Ambient Computing Education Project, will establish an international knowledge-building community for a broader computer science education aimed at preparing students for real-world problems in a multidisciplinary, global world. The FIPSE grant is a part of the U.S. – European Union Atlantis Program, aimed at promoting a student-centered, transatlantic dimension to higher education and training in a wide range of academic and professional disciplines.

“This project, which began in Sept. 2007 and will end on Aug. 31, 2011, is expected to lead to development of joint- or dual-degree programs among the partner institutions.” said Dr. Emrah Orhun, a professor of computer science on the Montgomery Campus who is directing the project. “The project, on its completion, will allow a common degree to be defined in terms of combinations of the programs offered at partner institutions which will satisfy degree requirements set by accreditation organizations on both sides of the Atlantic. “

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TROY is named nation’s 25th leading university for international students

Posted: Monday, 03 December 2007

TROY – Troy University has been named the nation’s 25th leading masters-level institution for international student enrollment, according to a nationwide study.

The “Open Doors” report is published by the Institute of International Education, the leading not-for-profit educational and cultural exchange organization in the United States. IIE has conducted the annual statistical survey of the international students in the United States since 1949 and with support from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since the early 1970s. The census is based on a survey of almost 3,000 accredited U.S. institutions. “Open Doors” also reports on U.S. students studying abroad and on international scholars at U.S. universities, among other items.

The report finds that the number of international students enrolled in colleges and universities in the United States increased by 3 percent to a total of 582,984 in the 2006 -2007 academic year. This is the first significant increase in total international student enrollments since 2001-2002. Open Doors reports an even higher increase in the number of new international students, those enrolled for the first time at a college or university in fall 2006, which rose 10 percent from the previous year.

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Senior art and design students showcase talents

Posted: Monday, 03 December 2007

TROY -- Troy University’s College of Communications and Fire Arts and Department of Art and Design will have a senior art exhibition Dec. 3-14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Malone Gallery.

“Work in the Senior Thesis Exhibition will vary from innovative photography techniques, personalized farmer’s almanacs, advertising campaigns for brand named footwear, religious comparisons and much more,” said Jerry Johnson, chairman of TROY’s Art and Design Department. “Senior shows are always very eclectic and this year is no exception.”

The exhibits will showcase each senior’s final work as well as their portfolios, which have been accumulated over the past years.

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