TROY – Troy University has named veteran financial aid officer Carol Precise Supri to the post of Associate Vice Chancellor for Financial Aid.
Supri, who has been filling the office on an interim basis, is currently the University’s Director of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs – a post she’s held since 1995.
“The majority of students rely upon scholarships, grants and loans to underwrite their education. Our financial aid office processed $194 million last year,” said Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. “It’s big business which deserves a servant-oriented leader. Carol Supri is an outstanding leader who will place our students first in all she does.”Read More
TROY—Former Oklahoma State University football Martel Van Zant, who gained national attention after being featured on ESPN, will delivered the 13th annual Helen Keller Lecture on April 8 at Troy University.
The lecture, which will be held at 10 a.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theater, is designed to promote awareness of people who excel in their chosen fields despite physical and/or mental limitations. The lecture is sponsored by Troy University, and co-sponsored by the Alabama Department of Education, the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, the Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education, the Janice Capilouto Center for the Deaf/Easter Seals and the Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. The event is free and open to the public.
Van Zant, who is deaf, will share his life story through his interpreter Allie Lee. A 22-year-old Texas native, Van Zant was born without ear drums after his mother contracted chicken pox during her pregnancy. An active child and a talented athlete, Van Zant never let his deafness slow him down. He went on to become a standout cornerback at Lee High School in Tyler, Texas, and chose to play his collegiate football at Oklahoma State, turning down scholarship offers from Texas A&M, Colorado, Southern Methodist, Texas Christian and Arizona.Read More
TROY – Troy University Public Radio launches its Spring Friendraiser April 4 with a new twist to its lineup.
This year, as the public radio provider sails into its 40th year, a switch to hybrid digital radio, or HD radio, is nearing. In addition to regular programming, the radio service will add two new digital channels, Classical Music 24 and BBC World News Service.
“HD radio is ‘value-added radio,’” said program manager Fred Azbell. “Unlike satellite radio, HD radio has no monthly subscription fee.”Read More
TROY—Al Head, the Executive Director of the Alabama Council on the Arts was honored for his service to the state and to his alma mater Saturday, as he received the Distinguished Leadership Award, Troy University’s most prestigious award for a graduate.
Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented the award at the annual Spring Alumni Reunion Banquet, held in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus with more than 200 members of the Troy University family in attendance. The Distinguished Leadership Award was created to recognize the achievements of TROY alumni and friends who have distinguished themselves through exemplary work, philanthropy, leadership and service to their profession, community and alma mater.
Head, who has served in arts administration for more than 30 years, is a member of the TROY class of 1971. Chancellor Hawkins, in presenting the award to Head, made note of the honoree’s distinguished academic and athletic record at Troy University, where he was a member of the 1968 NAIA national championship football team and two-year starter at quarterback for the Red Wave.Read More
TROY, Ala. – Two high school students have earned scholarships to Troy University for their skill with the trumpet.
Leanna Reeves, a senior at Highland Home High School, was awarded a $2,500 per year scholarship to TROY, a $250 cash prize and her name inscribed on a plaque in Smith Hall for her performance of “Andante et Allegro” by Guy Ropartz.
Jenetta McGee, a senior at South Walton High School from Miramar Beach, Fla., earned a $1,500 per year scholarship for her performance of “Ode for Trumpet” by Alfred Reed.Read More
TROY – Troy University’s Relay for Life is scheduled for April 5 from 3 p.m. until 3 a.m. April 6 on the University’s band practice field.
Entertainment begins at 3 p.m. with a survivors’ reception at 5 p.m. and opening ceremonies at 6 p.m.
“We invite everyone to come out and join us as we celebrate life with those who have won their battle with cancer and remember those we have lost to this dreaded disease,” said Kay Franklin, a community representative with the American Cancer Society.
“We have lots of great entertainment and activities planned for everyone, so bring your lawn chair and join us for a good time,” she added.Read More
TROY – For many in Alabama, early spring signals more than just the arrival of warmer temperatures. It’s the beginning of baseball season.
Athletic trainers at Troy University – who see and treat many youth sports injuries in southeast Alabama – say conditioning is the key to a successful baseball season, whether its school-based play or on recreational league teams.
“Warming up properly is a key,” said John “Doc” Anderson, associate professor and chair of Athletic Training Education at the University.Read More
MONTGOMERY—Troy University Trustee Milton McGregor presented a $1 million check to Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., Wednesday night as the initial gift toward a new multipurpose arena to be built on the Troy Campus.
The check presentation was made at Milton and Pat McGregor’s Montgomery home with members of the Troy University Board of Trustees, the Troy University Foundation Board of Directors and invited guests in attendance.
“We appreciate Milton and Pat McGregor’s willingness to invest in the future of Troy University,” Chancellor Hawkins said. “This gift is an important first step as we determine the feasibility of building such an arena for TROY. It will be a challenge, but with support such as the McGregors have shown, we can make the dream a reality.”Read More
TROY-Kim Barron, scheduling manager for Troy University’s eCampus, has won the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for March.
Barron, who has been a member of the TROY staff since 1998, 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 Barron, who was nominated by Gayle Nelson, eCampus operations director.
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.Read More
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.”Read More
DOTHAN – Several hundred Troy University faculty and staff members, who are at the forefront of the burgeoning online learning field, will gather in Dothan to discuss the latest trends and issues in distance learning during the annual eCampus Colloquium. The theme of the four-day conference, which kicks off April 14 on the Dothan Campus, is “Don’t Hesitate to Communicate – Building Relationships through Communication.”
In recent years, eCampus has experienced tremendous growth. The University’s online branch currently serves more than 10,000 students. Undergraduate and graduate students choose from more than 600 courses each term. New classes are added constantly, according to eCampus Director Dr. Deb Gearhart.
“I think online programs are attractive to adult learners because of their flexibility,” Dr. Gearhart said. “Learners don’t have to give up their job and home life to go to school.”Read More
TROY -- Troy University students have taken a national organization and made it their own.
The Troy University American Red Cross Campus Club is one of only two ARC student organizations in the state of Alabama, and student organizers say their aim is serving the campus and Troy community.
“I felt that Troy University needed an organization that not only holds blood drives but does so much more,” said Kristen Carter, a senior human services major from Mobile and club chairperson. “We needed an organization that promoted safety awareness, weather awareness and helping others.”Read More
TROY, Ala.—Troy University’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion will hold the 2008 Nick Costes 5-K and team relay run on April 5 on the Troy Campus.
The run, which will take participants on a route through the University’s campus, will begin at 8:30 a.m. on University Avenue across from Trojan Arena.
New to this year’s event is the 5 by 1-K Team Relay. Teams of five people can run the 5K route as a relay; each member running 1k. Team members will be directed to their exchange zones ahead of race start. Each team member must turn in a registration form.Read More
DOTHAN – Rediscover Alabama through the eyes of a 19th century naturalist and painter. As part of the Troy University Woodham Lecture Series, Dr. Gary Mullen will discuss the life and works of Philip Henry Gosse. The lecture is scheduled for Monday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. in Sony Hall on the Dothan Campus. The event, which is made possible in part by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, is free and open to the public.
Gosse was one of the leading naturalists of his day. During the 1830s, the Englishman captured Alabama’s plant and insect life in the Black Belt region in a series of watercolors. “Entomologia Alabamensis” never made it into print, but many of Gosse’s other books and illustrations on nature and the relationship between science and religion became best-sellers.Read More
TROY, ALA—Troy University will welcome alumni and friends to the Troy Campus on March 28-29 for the University’s annual Spring Reunion weekend.
TROY Alumni Affairs Director Faith Ward said alumni will have a variety of events in which to take part, including the Alumni Reunion Banquet on March 29.
“We are excited about the activities we have planned, and I would like to encourage all of our alumni and friends to join us for a great time of fellowship,” Ward said. “The reunion provides a great chance for alumni to return to campus to see the tremendous growth that is taking place at their alma mater, and we hope that all alumni will take advantage of this opportunity.”Read More
TROY- Troy University’s Trojan Vision television and senior broadcast journalism student Mary King took top honors at the 22nd annual meeting of the Southeastern Journalism Conference held recently at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss.
Trojan Vision was named the Best College Television Station during the annual event, which is comprised of 40 colleges and universities from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
King of Bethany, Conn., the daughter of George and Aggie King, was named Best College Television Journalist. King is currently completing an internship with Fox News in New York City.Read More
TROY, Ala. – Dr. Jeff Spurlock, associate professor in Troy University’s Hall School of Journalism, has been selected to participate in the 2008 Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy at Louisiana State University (LSU), June 1-5.
Organized and hosted by LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication and funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Academic Leadership Academy brings together up-and-coming professionals and scholars with seasoned administrators to share strategies and insights on academic programs in journalism and mass communications.
“I am thrilled to have been selected to take part in the Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy,” Dr. Spurlock said. “Traditionally there are anywhere from 12 to 15 people selected from colleges and universities throughout the country. The opportunities presented through participation in this academy are endless. This opens the door to so many things and will provide me with the opportunity to gain valuable leadership skills. I am looking forward to networking with other faculty members from across the country and sharing insights and ideas on communications.”Read More
During a veterans’ reception at Troy University, Alex McMahan, TROY assistant director of Financial Aid and Veterans’ Affairs, presents a 50-dollar savings bond and certificate to 14-year-old Sydney Woodham (center). The Midland City teen, who is pictured with her mother, Janet Woodham, is one of six Fleet Reserve Association essay contest winners in the region. The students wrote about why they are proud to be Americans. The Fleet Reserve is made up of current and former enlisted members of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The University also collected “thank-you” notes for soldiers serving overseas, during the event on the Dothan Campus.Read More
TROY -- The John M. Long School of Music presents the Troy University Concert Chorale in its annual Spring Concert at 7 p.m. April 1 in the Claudia Crosby Theatre.
“The concert will feature some the best of the Chorale’s 2007-2008 performance repertoire,” said Dr. Diane Orlosfsky, the group’s director.
This year’s concert also features the Women’s Chorus and Concert Choir of Enterprise High School.Read More
TROY -- Troy University Fall Career Fair is scheduled for 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. March 26 in the Trojan Center ballrooms.
Both students and alumni are invited to attend.
The event provides students and alumni the opportunity to meet with representatives from several career fields to discuss employment opportunities and a chance to win prizes. TROY students of every major are welcome to participate, according to Dava Snell, a career development counselor at TROY.
Attending the career fair are a variety of well-known companies such as Southern Nuclear, Alabama Department of Corrections, Auto-Owners Insurance Company, WTVY-TV, Bell Microproducts, Frito Lay, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Target Stores Inc., Computer Technology Solutions, J. Smith Lanier & Co., Altec Inc., Cintas Corp., Wal-Mart Distribution Center, and over 50 more employers.Read More
This St. Patrick’s Day (Monday, March 17), Troy University will honor military veterans with a reception on the Dothan Campus. Photos and memorabilia from veterans close to University faculty, staff and students will be on display at the reception, which is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Harrison Room in Malone Hall. Those who attend the reception will be asked to fill out “thank-you” cards, which will be sent to troops serving overseas. At 11:45 a.m., a representative from the Fleet Reserve Association, which is made up of current and former enlisted members of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, will present a 50-dollar savings bond to eighth-grader Sydney Woodham. The Midland City student is one of six essay contest winners in the region. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Keith Seagle at 334-983-6556, ext. 1-221.Read More
TROY, Ala. – Troy University’s Student Government Association (SGA) is hoping that an upcoming concert featuring the band Switchfoot will provide the surrounding community with a howling good time and at the same time benefit the Pike Animal Shelter.
One dollar from each ticket sold for the April 18 concert will go to the Shelter, an initiative of the Troy Animal Shelter Coalition and the citizens of Pike County. The Coalition’s goal is to provide a quality, accessible animal shelter that serves as the pillar for all animal welfare efforts and adds to the quality of life of the community.
TROY SGA President Andrea Roberts said the organization is working with OuterLight Concerts to present the concert.Read More
TROY, Ala. – Nearly seven months after making his first visit to Troy as a member of the Oklahoma State University football team, Martel Van Zant will make a return visit to Troy University in April. This time, however, he won’t be facing off against the Trojans’ football team in Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium.
Instead, Van Zant, deaf since birth, will be sharing his inspirational life story through his interpreter Allie Lee at the University’s 13th annual Helen Keller Lecture, set for 10 a.m. on April 8 in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. There is no admission charge and the lecture is open to the public.
The Helen Keller lecture is designed to promote awareness of people who excel in their chosen fields despite physical and/or mental limitations. The lecture is sponsored by Troy University, and co-sponsored by the Alabama Department of Education, the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, the Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education, the Janice Capilouto Center for the Deaf/Easter Seals and the Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.Read More
TROY – Troy University has garnered seven national awards for its marketing efforts from the Admissions Marketing Report, a national publication for college and university admissions marketing issues, topics and programs.
The 23-year old competition is the largest educational advertising awards competition in the country. TROY’s submissions were among 2,000 entries from more than 1,000 colleges, universities and secondary schools from all 50 states and several foreign countries. Admissions Marketing Report is the nation’s leading marketing publication for higher education.
“These awards validate our strategy to highlight our University and her success through those who know TROY the best – our current students and alumni,” said Dr. John Schmidt, senior vice chancellor for advancement and external affairs, who is responsible for the University’s marketing efforts.Read More
TROY – Troy University will hold its Spring Fling Parade on Saturday, March 29, and local businesses and organizations are invited to take part in the event.
The Spring Fling Parade, which will begin at noon and progress through the Troy Campus along University Avenue, is being held in lieu of the University’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade will coincide with the University’s annual Spring Alumni Reunion and Spring Preview Day for prospective students.Read More
TROY- Troy University’s Hall School of Journalism will host its annual M. Stanton Evans Symposium on March 27 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.
The theme of this year’s symposium is “Politics in the Media: Who influences Who?”
Chris Warden, professor of journalism, said that they chose the theme because of the political season. “It will be interesting to see what the media thinks about the presidential race,” said Warden.Read More
TROY – International students will honor the community April 5 with the 25th Annual ISCO Festival at 6 p.m. in the Trojan Center ballrooms.
“The festival is our annual banquet and floor show where Troy University international students reach out to the Troy community,” said Dr. Scott Nokes, associate professor of English and advisor for the International Student Cultural Organization. “Throughout the year, these students learn about American culture from the community and once a year they return the favor.”
This year’s Silver Jubilee festival features a variety of international activities and cuisines for the community to enjoy.Read More
Troy University students and staff gather on the steps of the Alabama State House in Montgomery during Higher Education Day. They joined thousands of others, who shared concerns about higher education funding and urged lawmakers to show support for the state’s universities. Students from all four of Troy University’s Alabama campuses participated in the rally. Pictured (front – left) are Dothan Campus students LaTonya Fluellen, Jessica Saulsberry, Stephanie Fields and Rita Smith, all of Dothan; Amy Wise, of Hartford; (2nd row) Marquita Jones, of Daleville; Katie Reynolds, of Dothan; Student Support Services Director Dr. Debora Pettway; (4th row) Dothan Campus Vice Chancellor Dr. Don Jeffrey; Events Coordinator Shirley Cobbs; LaTrenda Jackson and Jennifer Maki, of Dothan; (5th row) Professional Development Coordinator Mary Davis; Matthew Barron, of Newton; Andy Wise, of Hartford; and Mark Roberts, of DeFuniak Springs, Fl.Read More
TROY -- Troy University Collegiate Singers present the annual Choral Masterworks Concert at 7:30 p.m. March 7 in the Claudia Crosby Theater.
Johannes Brahms delightful Liebeslieder Walzer or Lovesong Waltzes¸ as they’re known in English, will anchor the evening that also includes folk songs by Brahms and folk settings of two popular American songs by Aaron Copland.
The Collegiate Singers are the largest choral ensemble at Troy University and are under the direction of Dr. Catherine Allard. The membership of the chorus is drawn from throughout the University’s student body. This semester students from Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi join students from China, Korea and Viet Nam to make music at TROY.Read More
TROY, Ala. – Troy University students will compete in the Ms. Venus Pageant at 7 p.m. on March 20 in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.
The pageant, which was formerly known as the Ms. Shamrock Pageant, is open to all female students, regardless of age or marital status, who currently attend a Troy University campus in Alabama.
According to the pageant’s organizer Brenda Campbell, contestants will be judged in the categories of poise, evening gown and overall appearance and must attend a mandatory practice on the day of the pageant.Read More
TROY, Ala. – Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. has announced the selection of five Chancellor’s Fellows for 2008.
Selected were: Stephen Cooper, professor of English, Bernita Hamiton, director and professor of the School of Nursing, and Herbert Reeves, Dean of Student Services, all of the Troy Campus. Also selected were Joe Reynolds, who coordinates the Adult and Postsecondary Education programs at TROY’s Montgomery Campus, and Keith Seagle, director of Counseling and Career Services at the Dothan Campus.
“The Chancellor’s Faculty and Staff Fellowship Program enables qualified full-time faculty and staff to develop increased knowledge and understanding of the programs and operations of Troy University,” said Dr. John A. Kline, director of the TROY Institute for Leadership Development.Read More
TROY, ALA—Troy University is extending an invitation to all alumni to attend the University’s annual Spring Reunion weekend, March 28-29, on the Troy Campus.
Alumni Affairs Director Faith Ward said the event provides alumni with the opportunity to reconnect with former classmates, as well as the University.
“The annual alumni reunion is a great chance for alumni to return to campus to renew old friendships and see the tremendous growth that is taking place here at Troy University,” Ward said. “This year, we will pay special tribute to graduates from the classes of 1948, 1958, 1968, 1978, 1988 and 1998. In addition to our annual activities, we also will be offering a band party for young alumni this year. We are excited about the activities we have planned, and I would like to encourage all of our alumni and friends to join us for a great time of fellowship.”Read More
DOTHAN – A Troy University librarian is among twenty educators nationwide selected to receive a fellowship from the Japan Studies Institute (JSI). The fellowship will allow Chris Shaffer, library director at the Dothan Campus, to travel to San Diego, Cal., this summer to learn about modern Japan.
Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Troy University chancellor, nominated Shaffer for the program. The three-week summer institute exposes participants to Japanese language, history and culture, along with information about the nation’s educational system and government. JSI is designed for university faculty, administrators and librarians without a Japanese studies background.
Shaffer joined the staff at Troy University in 2005 as a reference librarian on the Troy Campus, before becoming director of the Dothan Campus Library in 2006. Previously, he taught high school history in Augusta, Pelham and Dahlonega, Ga., and English as a Second Language in Banska, Bystrica, Slovakia.
Last summer, Shaffer travelled to Germany on a scholarship from the Goethe Institute. He is a three-time participant in the institute’s Transatlantic Outreach Program.Read More
Montgomery, AL – Civil, government and military information technology professionals and students will tackle “adversarial risk analysis” during the University’s Ninth Annual Colloquium on Information Technology on April 7.
The colloquium begins at 5:30 p.m. in Troy University’s Rosa Parks Library and Museum Auditorium and features Dr. David Banks as the key presenter.
Dr. Banks is a professor of the practice of statistics at Duke University and is currently the coordinating editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association, chair of the American Statistical Association section on Defense and National Security. He is a member of the ASA Board of Directors. Previously, he held three positions in the federal government (the FDA, the DOT, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology) and academic positions at Carnegie Mellon and the University of Cambridge. His research involves risk analysis, metabolomics, network models and data mining.Read More