Troy University students participating in YMCA Collegiate Legislature this week

Posted: Thursday, 28 February 2008

TROY—Students from Troy University are traveling to Montgomery for the weekend of Feb. 28-March 1 to participate in the Alabama YMCA Collegiate Legislature.

Founded in 1995, this program allows students to have a first-hand experience of legislation in the making. Students are able to debate important issues, to have opportunities to meet elected officials, and to develop personal leadership skills.

The Legislature also provides workshops in lobbying and ethics. “This hands-on learning experience provides college students with a better understanding of the legislative process in Alabama, and the elements necessary for effecting positive change through legislative procedure,” according to the YMCA Collegiate Legislature web site.

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Troy University confers degrees in Vietnam

Posted: Thursday, 28 February 2008

Twenty-six students at two universities in Vietnam became the latest Troy University graduates this week, as Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. led the University’s first two commencement ceremonies in that southeast Asia nation.

Thirteen students from the College of Economics at Vietnam National University received TROY diplomas on Wednesday, Feb. 27, while an additional 13 students from Hanoi University of Technology received diplomas on Thursday, Feb. 28. Both schools are partners with Troy University on this international venture.

“We live in a changing world,” Dr. Hawkins told the graduates. “How many of us would have believed 40 years ago that an American university would ever hold a graduation ceremony in Vietnam?”

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Troy University Observes Black History Month

Posted: Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Troy University psychology major Stephanie Graves (left) and criminal justice major LaTonya Fluellen, both of Dothan, admire a portrait of Harriet Wadsworth, during a Black History Month reception on the Dothan Campus. The 19th century charcoal likeness of the Geneva County woman is part of a collection of family treasures handed down to Agnes Windsor (not pictured). The retired teacher has conducted extensive research that provides a glimpse into rural, African-American life in the Wiregrass.

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Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum ‘Time Machine’ chosen for national award

Posted: Monday, 25 February 2008

MONTGOMERY—An exhibit at Troy University’s Rosa Parks Library and Museum will receive an award from a worldwide trade association which recognizes excellence in the entertainment industry.

The TEA (formerly known at the Themed Entertainment Association) has chosen the “Cleveland Avenue Time Machine” in the Children’s Wing of the Rosa Parks Library and Museum for its highest honor, a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement. The Time Machine will be honored in the area of “Exhibit on a Limited Budget.” The 14th Annual Thea Awards Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, March 8 at a black-tie event at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA.

“This is outstanding recognition for Troy University and the Rosa Parks Library and Museum,” said Ray White, Vice Chancellor of Troy University’s Montgomery Campus, who served as the project manager for the building of the museum and children’s wing. “Thea Awards have been presented to attractions such as Disneyland, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois, so we are proud to join that distinguished company of honorees.”

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Troy University to achieve “first” with its first commencement in Vietnam

Posted: Tuesday, 26 February 2008

When Chancellor Jack Hawkins presents the first Troy University diplomas to 13 students at Vietnam National University’s College of Economics on Wednesday, Feb. 27, it will mark another significant milestone.

Troy University officials in country for the commencement ceremonies this week confirmed with the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training that the University will become the first U.S. institution to award baccalaureate degrees to students in Vietnam. Troy University will also hold similar graduation exercises at Hanoi University of Technology on Feb. 28, when an additional 13 students will receive diplomas. Students at both universities will receive degrees in business administration and computer science.

Dr. Hawkins, who led a platoon of U.S. Marines in Vietnam almost 40 years ago, said he is pleased to return to Southeast Asia armed with “books and not bullets.”

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Troy University honored by service industry advertising organization

Posted: Tuesday, 26 February 2008

TROY—Troy University’s Department of Marketing and Communications has received nine awards in the fifth annual Service Industry Advertising Awards (SIAA) competition, including two gold medals for the “Measure of Success” alumni broadcasting spots.

Nearly 2,000 entries were received in the SIAA competition, which recognizes advertising excellence from the service industry nation-wide. SIAA is the only such program for service industry providers, as most other advertising awards competitions are dominated by consumer goods, packaged goods and other tangible products.

“These awards truly reflect the spirit of service excellence that we provide at Troy University, where we place the needs of our students first,” said Dr. John Schmidt, Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Relations. “We are pleased that the hard work that goes into promoting Troy University was validated by a third party. This tells us we are on the right track in terms of telling Troy University’s story to the world.”

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NASA Astronaut Shares Impressions of Space with Teachers at TROY

Posted: Tuesday, 26 February 2008

DOTHAN – Wiregrass teachers got the rare chance to ask a NASA astronaut about his recent journey into space during a Troy University Wiregrass Math & Science Consortium meeting at the Dothan Campus. Members of the Consortium spoke with NASA Mission Specialist Doug Wheelock via teleconference about his October mission aboard Space Shuttle Discovery.

Wheelock told the teachers that he experienced lift off from the shuttle’s flight deck. From that vantage point, the airplane pilot and engineer was able to experience all the sights, sounds and smells of lift off.

“Sitting on the shuttle was like riding on an I-beam or a steal beam,” Wheelock said. “You can feel the vibrations pass you.”

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Posted: Friday, 22 February 2008

EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS: A number of interesting events are upcoming at Troy University. These events are open for coverage. As always, if your organization has any special coverage requirements, please contact the University Relations Office.

Medieval Demonstration

Feb. 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Troy University's MediEvolution Project and the International Student Cultural Organization will conduct a Medieval Demonstration on Shackelford Quad on the Troy Campus. This event features the Society for Creative Anachronism, a non-profit educational organization devoted to the study of the Middle Ages. The event will feature weapons demonstration, dance, arts and crafts, and much more.

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‘Doc’ Anderson inducted into hall of fame

Posted: Thursday, 21 February 2008

TROY -- The Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association (SEATA) has inducted one of Troy University’s faculty members into its Hall of Fame.

John “Doc” Anderson, associate professor of athletic training, received the recognition for his contributions to SEATA and his devotion to the profession, according to MaryBeth Horodyski, the organization’s president.

“It is because you have chosen to be involved in SEATA, as well as serve your state and the [National Athletic Trainers’ Association] that you have been selected for this acknowledgment,” she said.

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Arts educators gather at Troy University for 2008 Arts Education Summit

Posted: Thursday, 21 February 2008

TROY- Educators, school administrators and artists from throughout the state will gather at Troy University, today through Saturday for the 2008 Alabama Arts Education Summit.

The summit, presented by the Alabama Alliance for Arts Education, is designed to bring policy-makers, community leaders and educators together to address ways to improve education for all Alabama students.

Donna Russell, the executive director for the Alabama Alliance for Arts Education, said that the summit would serve as a conversation about arts education.

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Study Abroad Fair teams students with travel, adventure and learning

Posted: Thursday, 21 February 2008

TROY – More than a half dozen companies will be at Troy University March 19 helping students tie up travel, adventure and learning into one package.

TROY’s Study Abroad fair, which will last from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 119 of the Trojan Center, is focused on bringing information to students, faculty, and parents through companies that sponsor study abroad.

“It’s a way to provide an in-depth understanding of what the companies offer,” said John Grice, Director of Study Abroad at TROY.

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Troy University’s College of Education Unveils its Unified “Conceptual Framework”

Posted: Monday, 18 February 2008

Montgomery, AL - The College of Education on the Montgomery Campus will unveil its unified “Conceptual Framework” for the preparation of teacher candidates and instructional support personnel during a reception at 4:45 p.m. Feb. 19 in Whitley Hall, Room 141.

Teacher education programs on the Montgomery, Troy, Dothan and Phenix City campuses will seek accreditation for their united curriculum by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The revised framework will help unify the program philosophically before the College of Education seeks accreditation as a single unit this year, according to Dr. Lance Tatum, dean of the College of Education.

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Troy University College of Education to Host Open House

Posted: Friday, 15 February 2008

DOTHAN – The Troy University College of Education invites prospective students to attend an open house Saturday, March 1 on the Dothan Campus. The event, which is designed to share information on undergraduate teacher education and psychology programs, will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. in Sony Hall, which is located in the Library/Technology Building.

During the open house, TROY faculty and staff will provide information on the application process, program requirements, projected course schedules and financial aid. Campus tours will also be conducted, and participants will have an opportunity to meet with faculty advisors.

On the Dothan Campus, the College of Education offers bachelor’s degrees in early childhood and elementary education, along with collaborative teacher (K-6) and psychology. Secondary education degrees with concentrations in biology, chemistry, general science, history, English/language arts, math and social science are also available

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Troy University Connects Job Seekers and Employers

Posted: Thursday, 14 February 2008

Fred Azbell, program manager for TROY Public Radio, discusses career options with jobseeker Sheila West, of Dothan, during the Troy University Career Fair on the Dothan Campus. TROY Public Radio can be heard on WTSU- FM 89.9 in Troy, WRWA-FM 88.7 in Dothan and WTJB-FM 91.7 in Phenix City/Columbus.
Preston Hornsby, of the Alabama Department of Human Resources, shares information about job openings with Valerie Delarosa, of Fort Rucker. Recruiters from a number of state agencies, corporations and non-profit organizations participated in the Valentine’s Day Career Fair at Troy University.

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Troy University Students Volunteer for Children's Miracle Network

Posted: Thursday, 14 February 2008

Candance Barnes, Troy University Web coordinator, presents recent TROY graduate and Gamma Beta Phi member Jennifer Black, of Midland City, with a donation for Children’s Hospital. Members of the honor society joined 96.9 WDJR at Northside Wal-Mart in Dothan for the Toyota of Dothan Children’s Miracle Network Radio-Thon.

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Monique Crawley wins Troy University’s McKinley Award for February

Posted: Tuesday, 12 February 2008

TROY-Monique Crawley, departmental secretary for Troy University Bands, has won the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for February.

Crawley, who has been a full-time member of the TROY staff since 2003, received the award Monday during a ceremony in the Hawkins-Adam-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., TROY chancellor, presented the award to Crawley, who was nominated by Ralph Ford, director of bands.

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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Guitarist Adam del Monte to perform at Troy University Feb. 20

Posted: Tuesday, 12 February 2008

TROY- Troy University’s John M. Long School of Music will welcome a world renowned guitarist to campus for a pair of concerts on Feb. 20.

Adam del Monte will perform a concert for area high school students at 10 a.m. and a 1 p.m. concert for Troy University students and the public. The concerts will be held in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus.

Del Monte has studied flamenco and classical guitar in Spain, Israel, and England. He was the first prize winner at the Stotsenberg International Classical Guitar Competition and has performed on stages such as the Teatro Real in Madrid and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. He is a member of the faculty of the Thornton Studio Jazz Guitar Department at the University of Southern California where he teaches flamenco and coaches the World Guitar Ensemble.

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Small business planning series offered

Posted: Tuesday, 12 February 2008

TROY -- Alabama residents who want to start their own businesses or achieve the next level of business success will have the opportunity to receive specialized training through a program that will be offered beginning in March in two locations – Dothan and Enterprise.

The program—NxLeveL Business Planning Series— is sponsored by the Troy University Small Business Development Center (TROY-SBDC). It is co-sponsored in Dothan by the Troy University Continuing Education Center and the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce. The Enterprise program is cosponsored by the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce, the Enterprise, Coffee, Geneva Economic Development Corporation, and Enterprise Ozark Community College (EOCC).

The TROY-SBDC will be providing this training in 10 weekly sessions on Monday evenings in Dothan at Troy University beginning March 3 and Thursday evenings in Enterprise at EOCC beginning March 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Ella Joyce and Troy University Pay Tribute to Rosa Parks

Posted: Thursday, 07 February 2008

MONTGOMERY – The Troy University Rosa Parks Museum celebrated the ninety-fifth birthday of its namesake with a theatrical performance by acclaimed actress Ella Joyce.

From the stage at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery, Joyce delivered an eloquent and emotional tribute to Parks, who passed away two years ago.

The actress brought the crowd of more than six hundred to its feet with “A Rose Among Thorns.” The one-act play tells the story of the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of Parks. “A Rose Among Thorns,” which is written and performed by Joyce and directed by her husband, Dan Martin, also pays homage to lesser know heroes like E. D. Nixon, former NAACP – Montgomery Chapter president.

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Troy University helping to rebuild Cambodian education infrastructure

Posted: Wednesday, 06 February 2008

TROY, Ala. – Troy University officials hope their efforts will help rebuild an education system destroyed by civil war.

The University, at the request of officials of the Kingdom of Cambodia, will meet with Cambodian education officials Feb. 19 – 21 in the southeast Asian nation once ruled by the Khmer Rouge.

The visit comes on the first leg of a trip that will end in Hanoi, Vietnam, where the University will conduct its first-ever commencement ceremonies at the Vietnam National University’s College of Economics on Feb. 27 and at Hanoi University of Technology on Feb. 28.

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TROY chancellor calls Vietnam commencement an interesting paradox

Posted: Wednesday, 06 February 2008

TROY – Almost 40 years after he led a platoon of U.S. Marines in the war-torn southeast Asian nation of Vietnam, Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. will return to Vietnam on another mission of leadership.

In February, the University, which has 63 teaching sites outside of Alabama, will conduct commencement exercises at both Vietnam National University and Hanoi University of Technology. It is the first such TROY commencement in the southeast Asian nation where TROY began its first degree programs six years ago. Graduates will receive TROY diplomas either in business administration or computer science.

Dr. Hawkins calls the mission “an interesting paradox.” It’s with good reason, as he returns to the “littered battlefield” where he says his Marine service was “a defining event in my career” and to the city where U.S. Senator and presidential candidate John McCain was held a prisoner of war.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning editorialist closes leadership conference

Posted: Saturday, 02 February 2008

TROY, Ala. – Times have changed for blacks in America, and without change there would be no reason to forge ahead in the areas of civil rights, cultural and societal initiatives.

That was the message that Pulitzer Prize winner Cynthia Tucker, editorial page editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, delivered as the closing keynote speaker at the Seventh Annual Leadership Conference Celebrating Black History Month presented by Troy University and the City of Troy.

Ms. Tucker won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2007. Her column “As I See It” is syndicated to more than 70 newspaper nationwide by Universal Press Syndicate. She is a graduate of Auburn University and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University for the 1988-89 academic year. In 2000, Tucker won the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ Distinguished Writing Award. In 2006, the National Association of Black Journalists selected her at its Journalist of the Year. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2004 and again in 2006.

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Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum Presents On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail by Charles E. Cobb Jr.

Posted: Friday, 01 February 2008

Montgomery, AL – Charles E. Cobb Jr., will conduct a lecture and book signing at 12 p.m. Feb. 20 in Troy University’s Rosa Parks Library and Museum Auditorium, featuring his hot-off-the-press book On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail.

Mr. Cobb will give a second lecture, “Women of the Civil Rights Movement: Madonnas” at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium, which is in conjunction with the Museum’s current exhibit “Black Madonna.”

The event, sponsored by the University’s Black History Committee, is free and open to the public.

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