Two Troy University students to compete for Miss Alabama title

Posted: Friday, 30 May 2008

TROY—Two Troy University students will be heading to Birmingham this week to compete for the title of Miss Alabama and the possible chance to represent the state at the Miss America pageant.

TROY students Amber Dodson will represent Troy as Miss Troy University and Tyler Looney will represent her hometown as Miss Sylacauga.

Dodson is a senior nursing major and her platform is GOLD- Gift of Life Donation. She will perform a baton routine for her talent. Looney is a junior elementary education major from Sylacauga. Her platform is Passion for Pets and she will be performing a vocal piece for her talent.

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Troy University Library Holds Free Summer Film Series

Posted: Thursday, 30 May 2008

DOTHAN— The Troy University Library offers a break from the heat this summer with its free film series on Dothan Campus. The library will air classic movies Monday nights June through August starting at 7 p.m. Each screening will take place in Sony Hall, located in the Library-Technology building. For more information, contact Chris Shaffer at (334) 983-6556, ext. 1-320.

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TROY College of Education gets high marks on state ‘report card’

Posted: Wednesday, 28 May 2008

TROY—College professors are more accustomed to giving grades than getting them, but the Troy University College of Education is celebrating its overall grade of “A” on the Teacher Preparation Performance Profile announced today by the State of Alabama Department of Education.

“We believe our program does an outstanding job every day, but it is rewarding to receive outside validation of our efforts,” Dr. Lance Tatum, dean of the College of Education, said. “This high grade accurately reflects the work of an excellent faculty of dedicated education professionals and a wonderful support staff. It is their award.”

Dr. Tatum said the grade of “A” was based on several criteria, including pass rates on professional tests such as the Basic Skills Assessment, Praxis II and Professional Education Personnel Evaluation (PEPE). The grade was also determined by surveys of recent graduates of the College of Education and the administrators who employed them.

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Media Advisory: HOBY Alabama Youth Leadership Semina

Posted: Wednesday, 28 May 2008

May 29 – June 1: The Hugh O’Brien Youth Foundation’s Alabama Leadership Seminar will be conducted on the Troy Campus through June 1.

Modeled after HOBY’s World Leadership Congress, and part of the HOBY program, the seminar provides an opportunity to build on leadership skills already possessed by the student ambassadors. Students are nominated by their respective high schools and are chosen to attend based on emerging leadership ability, the ability to work well with others, a desire for new pursuits and a willingness to learn and share.

Students will hear from a wide variety of speakers on volunteerism, public and civic service and current events. They will also develop skits, write papers and meet with business and government leaders during the weekend.

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Constance Flowers wins Troy University’s McKinley Award for May

Posted: Tuesday, 27 May 2008
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TROY-Troy resident Constance Flowers, a clerk typist in the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership at Troy University, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for May.

Flowers, who has been a member of the TROY staff since 1999, received the award Tuesday 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 Flowers, who was nominated by Barbara Patterson, director of student involvement and leadership.

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 Announces Dothan Campus Honor Students

Posted: Tuesday, 27 May 2008

DOTHAN – Troy University has announced its Dothan Campus honor students for the spring 2008 semester, according to Dr. Don Jeffrey, Dothan Campus vice chancellor. Full-time undergraduate students who earn a grade point average of 4.0 qualify for the Chancellor’s List, the University’s top honor roll. Part-time students who earn a 4.0 grade point average on 12 consecutive semester hours of credit are also named to the Chancellor’s List. Full-time undergraduate students with a grade point average of 3.65 or higher qualify for the Provost’s List. Part-time students who average 3.65 or higher on 12 consecutive semester hours of credit are also named to the Provost’s List.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Prayer service for victims of China’s earthquake set for TROY

Posted: Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Wednesday, May 28: At 5:15 p.m., a prayer service for the victims of China’s earthquake will be conducted by the Chinese Student Association at the Trojan Warrior Fountain on the Troy Campus’ Quad. In case of rain, this service will be moved to the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor.

Huang Yixin, Chinese Student Association president, said the event’s theme is “strengthening the community.”

Both the CSA and the University’s Confucius Institute are operating a fund-raising drive to provide financial assistance to the disaster relief efforts in China. Donations can be made at the prayer service.

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TROY Educators Strengthen Ties in the Philippines

Posted: Wednesday, 21 May 2008

DOTHAN – Troy University, a leader in teacher education and global learning, is preparing to send a delegation to the Philippines this summer to strengthen the University’s ties in the Southeast Asian nation. During the trip, TROY faculty members will collaborate with Filipino educators, conduct teacher workshops and work to develop study abroad opportunities for TROY education majors.

Visiting the Philippines from May 30 to June 25 are Dr. Robin Bynum, associate dean of the College of Education; Dr. Rodney Davis, assistant professor of Educational Administration and Leadership; and Dr. Mike Rippy, assistant professor of Educational Leadership. The educators are based on the Dothan Campus, but will represent the entire College of Education.

This is the second TROY delegation to visit the island nation. Last summer, Drs. Davis and Rippy were part of a group that met with the nation’s top education leaders. They also shared information about K-12 and higher education in the United States with teachers, administrators and education majors at St. La Salle University. The school, which has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students, invited the TROY educators back this summer.

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Alabama HOBY Leadership Conference brings student leaders to Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 21 May 2008

TROY – More than 230 rising high school juniors will descend on Troy University to attend the Alabama Leadership Seminar’s Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Conference May 29 – June 1.

The event marks the fourth time in the conference’s 27-year history in Alabama that it will be held at the University.

Modeled after HOBY’s World Leadership Congress, and part of the HOBY program, the seminar provides an opportunity to build on leadership skills already possessed by the student ambassadors. Students are nominated by their respective high schools and are chosen to attend based on emerging leadership ability, the ability to work well with others, a desire for new pursuits and a willingness to learn and share.

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TROY journalism wins national recognition

Posted: Tuesday, 20 May 2 2008

TROY – Troy University’s TrojanVision News has been named one of the top three campus television news programs in the nation by the Society of Professional Journalists.

This year, collegiate journalists submitted more than 3,400 entries in 39 categories in SPJ’s Mark of Excellence competition. Troy University received a finalist award for the television newscast category.

“One of the things that makes the SPJ Mark of Excellence such a ‘big deal’ is that it is not a test of ‘what is the very best you can do,’ but rather it is a test of ‘what do you do every day’,” said Kyle Bozeman, TROY’s director of television. “SPJ doesn’t ask you to send your best effort -- it asks you to submit the everyday shows you do on three dates SPJ specifies at random during the broadcast year. It’s a measure of everyday performance, of consistent excellence.”

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Confucius Institute at Troy University raising funds for earthquake disaster relief

Posted: Tuesday, 30 May 2008

TROY—An institute at Troy University designed to promote Chinese language and culture is accepting donations to aid China in the wake of the devastating earthquake that killed thousands on May 12.

The Confucius Institute at Troy University has set up a special fund through the Troy University Foundation, according to Dr. Maryjo Cochran, dean of the College of Communications and Fine Arts and president of the board of directors of the institute. Dr. Cochran said any funds raised by Troy University for this purpose will be turned over to the International Red Cross.

Dr. Cochran said Troy University started this project because “it’s the right thing to do” and because approximately 300 students on the Troy Campus are from China.

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Troy University Announces Spring 2008 Dothan Campus Graduates

Posted: Monday, 19 May 2008

DOTHAN – Troy University conferred degrees on approximately 150 students during Spring 2008 Commencement Exercises at the Dothan Civic Center Sunday, May 18. Diplomas were awarded to students who completed requirements for associate, bachelor’s, master’s and education specialist degrees. Alabama Attorney General and TROY Alumnus Troy King delivered the keynote address to the graduates.

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Troy University Confers Degrees in Dothan

Posted: Monday, 19 May 2008
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During a recent Wiregrass Math & Science Consortium workshop at Troy University, World Record Holder Ken Blackburn (back—center) shows Wiregrass educators how paper airplanes can help their students soar in math and science. Blackburn, who set the Guinness World Record for time aloft for a paper airplane, shared folding and creasing techniques with the teachers. Rick Soria, assistant principal at Choctawhatchee High School in Ft. Walton Beach, Fl., also offered ideas for incorporating the gliders into classroom lessons. The Consortium is based on the Dothan Campus. Pictured (front-left) are Diane Watson, Webb Elementary; Charm Russler, Carver Magnet School; Denise Weems, Enterprise High School; Rick Soria, Choctawhatchee High School; (back – left) Sandy Sanders, Headland Elementary; Myra Hicks, Admiral Moorer Middle School; Ken Blackburn, world record holder; Wendy Paulk, Rehobeth High School; and Kellie Moore, Enterprise Junior High.

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Troy University Awarded Connecting to Collections Bookshelf

Posted: Friday, 16 May 2008
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Troy University Archivist Dr. Marty Olliff (left) and Library Director Chris Shaffer display books, charts and DVDs the University recently received through a Connecting to Collections Bookshelf grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Troy University is one of 13 entities in Alabama to receive the collection, which is designed to help universities, museums and other facilities preserve important pieces of Americana. Shaffer successfully wrote the grant for the resources, which provide detailed information relating to the preservation of photographs, art and antiques. The Archives of Wiregrass History and Culture, which is located on the Dothan Campus, houses items ranging from the papers of U.S. Congressman Terry Everett to the letters of Civil War Soldier Hardy Scarborough and early Peanut Festival records. Materials from the Connecting to Collections Bookshelf are available for use on a reference basis by anyone interested in learning more about how to preserve their own heirlooms. For more information, contact Dr. Olliff at 334-983-6556, ext. 1-327.

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Register Now for the Larry Blakeney Troy University Football Camp

Posted: Friday, 16 May 2008

DOTHAN – Troy University Head Football Coach Larry Blakeney invites children ages 6 to 13 to join him Wednesday, June 4 on the field at Rip Hewes Stadium in Dothan for the sixth annual Larry Blakeney Troy University Football Camp. Coach Blakeney and his staff will help participants improve in the areas of running, passing, pass protection and zone coverage, during the one-day camp.

The morning session, which is designed for students in 1st through 4th grades, runs from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The afternoon session, which is for those in 5th through 8th grades, is set for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Camp sponsors include the Troy University Wiregrass Alumni Chapter, ScreenTech, CenturyTel, Express by Holiday Inn, Dairy Fresh, Dothan Leisure Services, WOOF 99.7 FM, SportsTalk AM 560 WOOF “The Ball,” Dothan Eagle, Photorama and Burger King.

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Troy University students collecting money to aid China’s earthquake victims

Posted: Thursday, 15 May 2008
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TROY—The earthquake that struck parts of China earlier this week created an emotional aftershock at Troy University, as almost 300 Chinese students are enrolled on the Troy Campus.

Debbie Davis, director of international student life, said she has heard from several of the TROY students from China who were visiting their homeland when the earthquake hit.

“TROY has many students from Sichuan Province and the nearby provinces that were devastated by the earthquake,” Davis said. “So far, we have no reports of any injuries among our students or alumni, but a current student who is visiting home during the break was in his hometown of Dujiangyan, one of the hardest hit cities, at the time of the earthquake.”

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Special Olympics this weekend

Posted: Thursday, 15 May 2008

May 16 – 18: Troy University will be the site for the 2008 Special Olympics Alabama State Games May 16 - 18 for about 700 athletes with mental retardation and some 350 coaches and chaperones.

Opening Ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. in Movie Gallery Veterans Memorial Stadium. No credentialing is required to cover this event.

Competition events begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The venues are as follows:

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Troy University professor offers a diet that preaches conservation

Posted: Monday, 12 May 2008
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SEATTLE, WASH. – Troy University professor Dr. Jonathan Harrington is interested in saving the planet for his young daughter Kela.

His plan do that can be found in his newly published book “The Climate Diet: How You Can Cut Carbon, Cut Costs & Save the Planet,” published by Earthscan and distributed by Stylus Publishing of Sterling, Va.

“The first and foremost message of my book is that we only have one realistic option to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in the short time we have available before the climate system reaches a tipping point,” said Dr. Harrington. “That option is conservation.”

“The Climate Diet” helps the average citizen make life more eco-friendly and lower the “carbon footprint” in daily activities.

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BCA chief to TROY students: Be ‘agents of change’

Posted: Friday, 09 May 2008
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TROY—The head of the Business Council of Alabama encouraged Troy University graduates Friday to become “agents of change” in the world.

Billy Canary, president and chief executive officer of the BCA, addressed more than 400 graduates participating in spring commencement exercises at Sartain Hall on the Troy Campus. He told graduates not to fear change, but embrace it, because they will see more changes than any preceding generation.

“You see the amount of knowledge we possess as a people double every two years,” he said. “However, with all the continuous change that has surrounded you since birth, the rate at which that change will continue will only accelerate as you enter your place in society.”

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Troy University nominee selected as state’s Small Business Person of the Year

Posted: Thursday, 08 May 2008
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WETUMPKA – Troy University’s Small Business Development Center has recognized a Wetumpka businesswoman as Alabama’s Small Business Person of the Year.

Lynn Carter, owner of Southeast Cherokee Construction, Inc., based in Wetumpka, received the award after being submitted for the U.S. Small Business Administration award program. She was recognized with a reception on May 7.

“Lynn Carter/Southeast Cherokee Construction is the perfect example of why the work of the Troy University Small Business Development Center is so important,” said Dr. Judson Edwards, director of the University’s Center for International Business and Economic Development.

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Mr. James Allen Main to Deliver Commencement Address at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 08 May 2008

MONTGOMERY – Mr. James Allen (Jim) Main, Director of Finance for the State of Alabama, will deliver the keynote address at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus spring commencement at 7 p.m. on May 20 in the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts on the University’s Montgomery Campus.

Mr. Main currently serves as Director of Finance for the State of Alabama, and as such is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the state, as well as policy advisor to Governor Bob Riley. Recent significant initiatives led by Main include transitioning the government to SMART Governing, developing a State Financial Management Review program and modernizing the real estate management methods for state owned and leased buildings.

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Youth Leadership Dothan Visits Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 07 May 2008
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Members of the Youth Leadership Dothan Class of 2007-2008 visit Troy University on their final day of the program to learn about the educational opportunities available at the Dothan Campus and the University’s more than 60 other campuses and sites worldwide. Administered by the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, Youth Leadership Dothan introduces young leaders to government and community programs and issues. Pictured with the students are Amy Farver (left), Troy University student services coordinator, and Linda Kelley (right), Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce director of community development. Members of Youth Leadership Dothan include: Hannah Griggs and Anthony Telfair - Ashford High School; Tori Blount, Makario Lewis, Lee Peters and Jordan Smith - Emmanuel Christian School; Andrew Cain and Courtney Hart – Cottonwood High School; Sarah Caskey and Cole Norris – Dothan High School; Lit Flowers, Ben Hewitt, Sydney King, Raeann Lamere, Sarah Catherine Purvis and Drew Smyth – Houston Academy; Deveni Clark, Kanandas Dawsey, Alicia Payne and Colby Sellers – Houston County High School; Anna Armstrong, Krystle Doty, Priya Patel and Brittany Webb – Northside Methodist Academy; Harris Barnard, Katie Crawford, Christian Dean, Nikea Freeman and Elizabeth Loftin – Northview High School; Jacy Brown, William Dorminy, Clare Harp, Preston Jones, Samuel Maddox, Hayden Olive-Talley, Amy Pearson, Rebekah Powell, Jackie Turner, Cody Walker and Josiah Yance – Providence Christian School; Blake McCallister and Madison Morrow – Rehobeth High School; DeLancey Bond and Dustin Thomley – Wicksburg High School.

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Troy University Students Volunteer at the Wiregrass Festival of Murals

Posted: Wednesday, 07 May 2008
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At the recent Wiregrass Festival of Murals, Nick and Lilly Savannah of Dothan and Amanda Wiggins of Headland are all smiles as they display the sand pails they decorated with the assistance of Troy University Elementary Education major Michelle Murray and Math Education major Gabriel Bass of Dothan. It is one of the many ways Troy University students volunteer within the community.

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Alabama Attorney General to Speak at Troy University Commencement Exercises in Dothan

Posted: Tuesday, 06 May 2008
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DOTHAN – Alabama Attorney General and Troy University Alumnus Troy King will deliver the keynote address during Troy University’s Spring 2008 Commencement Exercises Sunday, May 18, at the Dothan Civic Center. TROY will confer degrees on nearly 160 students from the Dothan Campus during the 3 p.m. ceremony.

King has served as Alabama attorney general since 2004, when Governor Bob Riley tapped him to fill the post which had been left vacant by a federal appointment. In 2006, Alabama residents elected the Elba native to a four-year term in the Attorney General’s Office. At his swearing in, Governor Riley described King as “a man of great integrity, a man of principle and a man who knows the law.”

Over the years, King has also acted as Alabama’s assistant attorney general and has held a number of other top-level positions in the administrations of Governors Riley and Fob James.

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For three graduates, Troy University is a family affair

Posted: Tuesday, 06 May 2008
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TROY – Friday will mark the beginning for some 500 graduates participating in commencement exercises, but for one Prattville family it also marks an end.

Siblings Ben, Karen and Sara Skelton will all walk the commencement stage in Sartain Hall Friday. While college chums heading in different directions isn’t uncommon, it is for this trio. They have been together since kindergarten.

“It’s exciting that we’re graduating, but it’s also kind of scary because we’ve been together for 22 years. I’m not going to be there for my sisters if their car breaks down or if they have any problems,” 23-year old Ben said.

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McCall earns Faculty Council’s Excellence Award at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 06 May 2008
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TROY, Ala. – Joseph McCall, lecturer in the Department of History, is the first-ever recipient of the Troy University Faculty Council’s Excellence Award.

McCall, a Troy resident, was honored during the University’s annual Honors Convocation held recently on the Troy Campus.

The award was created to the salute outstanding contributions of non-tenure track faculty, according to Dr. Elizabeth Blum, Faculty Council president.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Troy University May events

Posted: Monday, 05 May 2008

Small Business Person of the Year

May 7: The Small Business Person of the Year for Alabama will be recognized at 2 p.m. at the Wetumpka Civic Center at 410 South Main St. in Wetumpka. Nominated by the Troy University Small Business Development Center, Mrs. Lynn M. Carter, owner of Southeast Cherokee Construction, Inc. was selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the state’s Small Business Person of the Year 2008. Mrs. Carter is also nominated for the U.S. Small Business Person of the Year. Please contact the University Relations Office to confirm your attendance at this announcement. You may respond via email to clusk@troy.edu or by phone at 334-670-3196.

Commencement on Troy Campus

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Special Olympics returns to TROY May 16-18

Posted: Monday, 05 May 2008

TROY – Troy University will be the site for the 2008 Special Olympics Alabama State Games May 16 - 18 for about 700 athletes with mental retardation and some 350 coaches and chaperons.

It marks the second year in a row TROY has played host to Special Olympics.

“The athletes are very excited to be returning to TROY,” said Dean of Students Herb Reeves, who coordinates the event for the University. “On their behalf, we would like to invite everyone to participate during the weekend but especially at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.”

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Troy University professor’s book looks at race, class and gender at Love Canal

Posted: Monday, 05 May 2008
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TROY – For Troy University associate professor of history Dr. Elizabeth Blum, a toxic waste-riddled neighborhood in New York state says a lot about environmentalism.

Blum, author of the newly published “Love Canal Revisited: Race, Class and Gender in Environmental Activism,” shows the activists at Love Canal, a neighborhood in Niagara Falls, N.Y., were diverse and that much more than toxins lurked beneath the surface in the neighbor’s struggle to gain relocation.

On May 9, she will be the featured author at a Barnes & Noble Campus Bookstores book signing event from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. on the Troy Campus. Spring Commencement begins at 10:30 a.m. in Sartain Hall. The book, published by University Press of Kansas, will be available for purchase at the bookstore.

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Troy Students Excel at Public Speaking

Posted: Friday, 02 May 2008

TROY -- The Department of Communication Studies hosted Troy University’s 17th Annual Intramural Debate and Speech Tournament recently with students competing in five categories: informative speaking, persuasive speaking, prose interpretation, poetry interpretation and storytelling.

University staff and faculty joined community members as judges for the tournament. The roster of judges included Derrick Brewster, Ursula Bryant, Sara Jo Burks, Maryjo Cochran, Bridgette Colaco, Sara Dismukes, David Dye, Judy Dye, Cathy Flynn, Jeffrey Gibson, Peter Howard, Michelle Johnson, Rebecca Money, Barbara Patterson, Patrick Rossi, Donna Sanders, Jeff Spurlock, Lottie Summerville and Anne Tolson.

Kimberly Frost, who won the Prose category and placed third in Persuasive Speaking, won the Overall Best Speaker Award and will receive the Boyd-King Debate and Forensics Scholarship. Her name will be displayed on a plaque within the Communication Studies Department. Kimberly is a junior from Birmingham, majoring in Communication Studies.

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TROY students take studies global

Posted: Friday, 02 May 2008

TROY - The sights and sounds of wild animals on a Kenyan safari, or the mouth-watering taste of fresh French crepes in a small Paris bistro, or the hustle and bustle of London’s financial district. Whatever the fancy, Troy University students are finding their own global experience.

Troy University has supported study-abroad trips for years to help students see more of the world and expand their knowledge of foreign countries and cultures. This summer’s round of trips begin May 3 and include visits to London, Paris, Kenya and Greece.

Dr. Carol Jordan, eminent scholar of risk management and insurance at TROY, has been making an annual trip to Lloyd’s of London since 2001. This year, she’ll take four students and one student intern with her May 3-8.

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Troy University student’s artwork pays off

Posted: Friday, 02 May 2008

TROY—A Troy University art and design student has received a $1,500 cash prize from a South Carolina-based technology manufacturing firm for designing a poster promoting the company’s main product.

Turgay Tuncer, 27, competed with more than 100 other student artists from around the nation in the poster contest sponsored by eDR Solutions of Greenville, SC. The poster promotes the Hard Drive Crusher, which physically destroys obsolete hard drives so that no information can be recovered from them. Tuncer’s winning artwork resulted in a donation of a Hard Drive Crusher, valued at $11,500, to the information technology department at Troy University.

Charles Smith, president and founder of eDR Solutions, presented Tuncer with a check and presented Dr. Jack Hawkins, Chancellor of Troy University, with the Hard Drive Crusher Thursday morning.

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Troy University Helps Educate Voters through Candidate Forums

Posted: Thursday, 01 May 2008

DOTHAN – Troy University student Alicha Frank, of Dothan, was an undecided voter until she attended the recent 2nd Congressional District Candidate Forum held on the Dothan Campus. During the two-hour debate, Frank listened as candidates fielded questions on healthcare, alternative energy sources, the economy, the military and other topics.

“I thought the questions were good,” Frank said. “The candidates seem to have a lot of experience with the issues. The information and the answers they gave helped me decide how I’ll vote.”

Nine candidates are vying for the seat currently held by Congressman Terry Everett, who is not seeking a ninth term in office. They include: Bobby Bright, Cendie Crawley, David Grimes, Jay Love, John Martin, Cheryl Sabel, Craig Schmidtke, Harri Anne Smith and David Woods.

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Chi Sigma Iota Inducts Members at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 01 May 2008

The Troy University Tau Delta Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota welcomes 13 student and professional members. The new members were inducted during a recent ceremony on the Dothan Campus. Chi Sigma Iota is an international honor society for students, professional counselors and counselor educators. Pictured (front – left) are Darrell Griffin, Latrisha McCauley, Mia Pittman, Sue Wilson, Anthoneal Adeyeri, Toshia Harrison, Faculty Advisor Dr. Virginia Mayer, (back – left) Shatanya Ward, Rachel Matthews, Sonja Palmer, Paige Ellison, Vicki Watson, Amanda Clark and Stacy West. For more information about Chi Sigma Iota, contact Dr. Mayer at vmayer@troy.edu. (Inga Oberst/Troy University)

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W.A. Gayle Planetarium to host 11th Annual Astronomy Day

Posted: Thursday, 01 May 2008

Montgomery—A telescope clinic and a “Tour of the Night Sky” are among the activities scheduled for the 11th annual Astronomy Day to be held at the W.A. Gayle Planetarium on May 10. The planetarium is operated for the City of Montgomery by Troy University.

The event is being held in conjunction with the Auburn Astronomical Society.

Activities will get under way at 5 p.m. with solar viewing to be followed by a planetarium show at 6 p.m. A “Tour of the Night Sky,” will be offered at 7 p.m. along with a telescopic viewing at 8 p.m. Through these events, visitors will have the opportunity to view Saturn and its rings and retinues of moons and craters of the five-day-old moon. Door prizes will also be given throughout the event.

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Troy University Helps Educate Voters through Candidate Forums

Posted: Thursday, 01 May 2008
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DOTHAN – Troy University student Alicha Frank, of Dothan, was an undecided voter until she attended the recent 2nd Congressional District Candidate Forum held on the Dothan Campus. During the two-hour debate, Frank listened as candidates fielded questions on healthcare, alternative energy sources, the economy, the military and other topics.

“I thought the questions were good,” Frank said. “The candidates seem to have a lot of experience with the issues. The information and the answers they gave helped me decide how I’ll vote.”

Nine candidates are vying for the seat currently held by Congressman Terry Everett, who is not seeking a ninth term in office. They include: Bobby Bright, Cendie Crawley, David Grimes, Jay Love, John Martin, Cheryl Sabel, Craig Schmidtke, Harri Anne Smith and David Woods.

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TRIO Program Recognizes Outstanding Students at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 01 May 2008
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Troy University recognizes outstanding TRIO students for their academic achievement, tutoring abilities and attitude. During a recent luncheon on the Dothan Campus, 17 students received certificates for their accomplishments. The federally-funded TRIO Program serves first-generation college students, those with disabilities and those from low-income homes. Pictured (1st row – left ) are Frankie Johnson, English Achievers Award; Tiffany Hollis, Participation Award; Felicia Adams, Participation Award; Chastity Rhodes, English Achievers Award; Lori Miles, Math Achievers Award; (2nd row) Jeania Johnson, Math Achievers Award; Melanie Kirkland, Participation Award; Vicky Roberts, Tutor Award; Jo Wolf, Spirit Award; Lindra Hill, Appreciation Award; Holley Brundidge, Persistence Award; (3rd row) Kenneth Ivey, Persistence Award; Yolanda McHenry-Murckson, Persistence Award; Rhonda Fitch, Tutor Award; Steve Holland, Tutor Award; Beverly Davidson, Math Achievers Award; and Rick Pearson, Tutor Award.

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