Troy University History Major Recognized for Service to the University

Posted: Tuesday, 25 March 2008

DOTHAN – The word “busy” does not begin to describe Dee Anna Jordan’s schedule. The Dothan woman’s mornings are filled with classes at Troy University and work at the Wiregrass Archives of History and Culture. She spends afternoons at her full-time diagnostic imaging job at a Dothan hospital, before returning to the Dothan Campus for night classes.

The 34-year-old history major is the recipient of the 2008 TROY Student Service Award. Amy Farver, student services coordinator, will present the award to Jordan April 18 at the University’s annual Honors Convocation in Dothan.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive the Student Service Award,” Farver said. “A student must be actively involved in extracurricular activities at the University and must exemplify the Trojan spirit of service to receive this honor. We present just one Student Service Award each year.”

Jordan has helped revive the History and Social Science Club at TROY and serves as the organization’s program coordinator. She recently organized an overnight field trip to Mobile to explore the City’s historical sites and regularly brings speakers to the Dothan Campus. The organization’s membership has grown with each event Jordan has planned.

Dr. Marty Olliff, director of TROY’s Archives of Wiregrass History and Culture, was one of several faculty members who nominated Jordan for the honor.

“Dee Anna is modest,” Olliff wrote in a letter supporting her nomination. “She works effectively and efficiently in the background, making sure that all the support infrastructure is in place and working so the star of the show can shine brightly. She not only does not demand the credit that is her due, she shies away from it, but not falsely.”

Jordan recently represented Troy University at the Alabama Regional Meeting of Phi Alpha Theta in Birmingham. She presented a paper on Confederate privateers at the conference and earned an Outstanding Paper Award from the history honors society.

When Jordan graduates in December, she plans to attend graduate school. She would ultimately like to teach history at a university. She also hopes to make her professors at TROY proud.

“I’ve had a lot of support from the history teachers at TROY,” Jordan said. “They have encouraged me and guided me. I don’t want to let them down.”

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