Troy University Graduate Finds Success in the World of Marketing

Posted: Monday, 30 June 2008
Gibson Vance

DOTHAN - Troy University alumna and mother of three Kellie Folger mastered the art of multitasking while at TROY and has since turned her degree into a successful career. Folger graduated from the Dothan Campus in December of 2004 with a degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing.

For the past year and a half, the Dothan resident has been her own boss, working from home as a marketing consultant.

“I’ve been involved in every aspect, including copywriting, press releases, ads, brochures, posters and layout,” she said.

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Troy University Students Look to Make a Difference in the Environment

Posted: Monday, 30 June 2008
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DOTHAN – Troy University students waded through muddy pond water in 90-degree heat on a recent Wednesday afternoon in an effort to provide a safe place for mallards and wood ducks to lay their eggs. The members of TROY’s Environmental Awareness Organization erected a hand-made, wooden nesting box on a post in the pond, located along the Harrison Walking Trail on the Dothan Campus.

TROY Environmental Awareness Organization President Nina Golden said small projects like this one can have a major impact on the environment.

“I hope to make people aware of the simple things they can do to help the environment such as using less water and recycling,” she said.

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Join TROY and the Alabama Department of Archives and History for a Symposium on World War I

Posted: Thursday, 26 June 2008

MONTGOMERY – Troy University and the Alabama Department of Archives and History invite teachers and the general public to attend Alabama and the “Great War: A Symposium on World War I.”

The two-day symposium is scheduled for July 25 and 26 in Montgomery. The Friday program for teachers will take place at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Dr. James H. Meredith, president of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society, will deliver the keynote address on war literature.

Also on Friday, a reception and birthday party for Zelda Fitzgerald is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. at the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum. Zelda, a writer and artist who lived from 1900 to 1948, was married to Great Gatsby Author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The daughter of Judge Sayre of the Alabama Supreme Court, Zelda was the archetypal “Flapper” of the 1920s.

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Register for Fall Semester 2008 at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 26 June 2008

MONTGOMERY – Troy University will hold early fall registration on the Montgomery Campus in July. All students, including new students can sign up for classes on July 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Returning students can also sign up online between June 18 and Aug. 18.

The Montgomery Campus offers 29 complete evening degrees for working adults, access to 17 complete Troy eCampus online degrees and two complete weekend degrees.

Classes begin Monday, Aug. 11. For information about admission requirements, contact the Montgomery Campus at 334-241-9506 or 18883578843 or visit troy.edu.

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Johnson named Director of Radio and Television for TROY

Posted: Thursday, 26 June 2008
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TROY - Buddy Johnson of Luverne has been named Director of Radio and Television at Troy University. His appointment was announced by Dr. John W. Schmidt, Senior Vice Chancellor of Advancement and External Relations.

“Buddy is a Trojan through and through, a TROY graduate with family members who are proud alumni,” Dr. Schmidt said. “He brings a wealth of broadcasting talent to his new position with 36 years of varied challenges in the field. We are pleased that he is on our team.”

As director, Johnson oversees the operation of the University’s three National Public Radio affiliates, WTSU-FM 89.9, Montgomery/Troy, WRWA-FM 88.7, Dothan and WTJB-FM 91.7, Phenix City/Columbus. The position also includes management of TrojanVision, the Troy Campus TV station; and the Montgomery Campus television stations.

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Andrew appointed dean of the College of Health and Human Services

Posted: Thursday, 26 June 2008
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TROY -- Dr. Damon Andrew has been appointed Dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Troy University. He will officially assume his duties in July.

“Dr. Andrew brings to TROY a wealth of experience and the enthusiasm we believe is necessary to the taking the College of Health and Human Services into a new era of growth and service,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor of Troy University. “He will add value to our leadership team.”

Dr. Andrew earned his doctorate in sport administration at Florida State University and holds a masters of science in exercise physiology from the University of South Alabama, a master of science in exercise and sport sciences in biomechanics and a master of science in exercise and sport sciences in sport management from the University of Florida. He earned an undergraduate degree in physical education/exercise science.

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Troy University fields new dance program, ensemble

Posted: Thursday, 26 June 2008
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TROY – A newly formed repertory dance ensemble will help kick off Troy University’s new dance minor in the Department of Theatre and Dance.

The Department of Theatre and Dance, created this spring within the College of Communication and Fine Arts, will begin offering the dance minor this fall. It marks the first time dance has been recognized at the University as an arts discipline, according to Adena Moree, director of theatre.

“With the revitalized program, we are envisioning a total package in dance,” she said. “The performance-based dance minor and the Ensemble will allow students with extensive dance training and performance experience prior to high school graduation to continue that tradition at Troy University.”

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Register for Fall Semester 2008 at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 23 June 2008

DOTHAN – Troy University will hold early fall registration on the Dothan Campus and at the Fort Rucker Location July 16 and 17 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Students who miss these dates can also register on campus August 6 and 7 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Returning students may sign up online at Trojan Web Express anytime from July 7 through August 7.

The Dothan Campus offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree options with a wide range of day, evening and online classes. The Fort Rucker Location offers evening classes for members of the military, their families and civilians.

Fall classes begin Monday, August 11. For more information about admissions requirements, contact the Dothan Campus at 334-983-6556 or visit troy.edu.

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Troy University AMSTI Site Hosts Summer Institute for Teachers

Posted: Friday, 20 June 2008
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ANDALUSIA/DOTHAN – Nearly 800 math and science teachers are spending part of their summer vacation mapping the length of the human digestive track, observing chemical reactions and learning journaling techniques through the Alabama Math, Science, Technology Initiative (AMSTI) site at Troy University.

The two-week summer institute, which is being held at Andalusia Elementary School in Andalusia and Honeysuckle Middle School in Dothan, provides intense professional development for K-12 math and science teachers. The program focuses on inquiry-based, hands-on activities teachers can take back to their classrooms.

Troy University’s AMSTI site provides math and science teachers with classroom materials and resources that not only actively engage students, but also build the content and knowledge base of educators. The activities make it possible for teachers to rely less on textbooks in the classroom.

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Register Now for the Bobby Pierce Troy University Baseball Camp

Posted: Thursday, 19 June 2008

DOTHAN – Troy University Head Baseball Coach Bobby Pierce invites boys and girls ages six to 13 (grades 1-8) to the Bobby Pierce Troy University Baseball Camp. The camp swings into action on Wednesday, July 23 at the Dixie Youth Complex at Westgate Park in Dothan.

Coach Pierce, his staff and players will help participants improve hitting, fielding and throwing skills during the one-day camp. The morning session, designed for children ages six through nine, will run from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The afternoon session will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will offer children ages 10 through 13 a chance to improve their game.

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,” The Dothan Eagle, Photorama and Burger King.

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Troy University Announces Dothan Campus Scholarship Recipients

Posted: Thursday, 19 June 2008

DOTHAN - Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., has announced the 2008-2009 Dothan Campus scholarship recipients. TROY offers academic, leadership and need-based awards on the Dothan Campus and at the Fort Rucker Location.

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Kids “Journey into the World of Books” at TROY Summer Spectacular

Posted: Wednesday, 18 June 2008
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DOTHAN - Wiregrass children are “journeying into the world of books” this month, as part of the Troy University Summer Spectacular. Nearly 150 children are participating in the four-week summer program at Kelly Springs Elementary School in Dothan.

In its 16th year, Summer Spectacular offers kids ages four to 11 knowledge and fun during the summer, while providing TROY education majors with rewarding, hands-on experience. TROY Early Childhood Instructor Rita Farver said the college students have a chance to apply what they are learning in the classroom.

“The experience they get with real children is invaluable,” Farver said.

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Teachers Take Flying Lessons at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 17 June 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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Fifth commencement set for People’s Republic of China

Posted: Monday, 16 June 2008

TROY – Troy University officials will travel to the People’s Republic of China to conduct the fifth commencement ceremonies for the Sino-American 1-2-1 Dual-Degree Program.

The ceremonies, scheduled for June 24 at Yunnan University in Kunming, China, will boast 47 graduates including 39 bachelor degrees and eight graduate. The 1-2-1 program allows Chinese students the opportunity to begin university studies at their home institution, transfer to the Troy Campus for two years and return to China to complete a final year of studies. Upon completion, the students receive both a degree from TROY and their home institution. Some return to TROY for graduate school.

TROY pioneered the program, which has become a model for international educational exchanges through the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

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Troy University Appoints Associate Dean in Dothan

Posted: Thursday, 12 June 2008
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DOTHAN – Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., has tapped Dr. Khamis Bilbeisi of Dothan to serve as interim associate dean of the Sorrell College of Business. In this capacity, Dr. Bilbeisi will oversee business programs on the Dothan Campus and at the Fort Rucker Location. He takes the place of Dr. Adair Gilbert, who recently retired after more than 25 years of service to the University.

Dr. Bilbeisi joined the TROY faculty in 1986. In addition to acting as interim associate dean, he will continue to teach accounting courses and serve as chairman of the department of accounting, economics, finance and business law, a position he has held since 1995. Over the years, the native of Jordan has also taught courses for Troy University in Taiwan, India and Germany.

“I am proud to be part of the Sorrell College of Business for the past 22 years,” Dr. Bilbeisi said, “and I am looking forward to serving the University and the community in this new capacity.”

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Paris family overcomes challenges to receive degrees at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 11 June 2008

PHENIX CITY, Ala. -- At one point in his life, a college degree was the farthest thing from Howard Paris’ mind.

On Saturday, however, he will share the Columbus Civic Center stage with his wife and two of their four children as they receive Troy University degrees.

The four family members will join 254 other graduates at 2 p.m. Saturday when the University’s Phenix City Campus conducts Spring commencement ceremonies. Alabama Sen. Ted Little will address the graduates.

Paris will graduate with honors with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, while his wife Sherby will earn her bachelor’s degree in elementary education. His son Eldrick, who works in TROY’s Phenix City Campus bookstore, and daughter Sherika, an employee in the campus’ records office, will both receive master’s degrees in business administration.

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TROY Band Program to host High School Summer Band Camp

Posted: Tuesday, 10 June 2008

TROY-Nearly 500 high school students will call Troy University home June 15-19, as the TROY band program holds its annual Summer Music/Leadership Camps and Directors’ Symposium.

The camp is composed of students representing 50 schools across the southeast. Campers have the opportunity to live on campus and practice their craft through this week-long event. Areas of study are auxiliaries, drum major, percussion ensemble, concert band and directors’ symposium. Directors attending the Directors’ Symposium can earn one graduate credit hour.

The camp is organized by TROY Director of Bands Ralph Ford, and Dr. Mark Walker is assistant director and camp coordinator.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Confucius Institute opening postponed

Posted: Tuesday, 10 June 2008

The opening celebration for the Confucius Institute at Troy University has been postponed and will not take place on June 17, as previously announced.

Due to a series of unforeseen events, including the recent earthquake in China, officials from Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology and government officials from Hebei Province are unable to travel to the United States at this time.

The opening celebration of the Confucius Institute at Troy University will be rescheduled for a future date in the fall of 2008.

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Young Football Players Learn the Fundamentals at TROY

Posted: Monday, 09 June 2008

Young athletes stretch it out before learning the fundamentals of football at the Larry Blakeney Troy University Football Camp at Rip Hewes Stadium in Dothan. Camp sponsors included 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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FOOTLOOSE dances its way to TROY

Posted: Sunday, 08 June 2008

TROY- Troy University Department of Theatre and Dance, the John M. Long School of Music and the Troy Arts Council presents “FOOTLOOSE, the musical” June 26 – 28 in the Claudia Crosby Theatre.

Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford, with music by Tom Snow and lyrics by Dean Pitchford, the musical will begin at 7:30 p.m. June 26 - 27 and on June 28 at 2:30 p.m. in a community wide theatrical experience.

Pitchford’s resume reaches back to 1984 when “FOOTLOOSE” was created. He’s performed on Broadway, appeared on soundtracks and has won two Oscars, one Golden Globe and nominated for many more awards. The musical’s original soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold more than 15 million copies. The Top-40 score was nominated for an Oscar and new songs have been added for the stage production.

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Shannon Grissette wins Troy University’s McKinley Award for June

Posted: Monday, 09 June 2008
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TROY-Shannon Grissette, a records specialist in the Academic Evaluation Center at Troy University, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for June.

Grissette, who has been a member of the TROY staff since 2001, received the award Monday during a ceremony in the General Academic Building on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., TROY chancellor, presented the award to Grissette, who was nominated by Donna Bragg, director of the Academic Evaluation Center and assistant registrar.

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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Interpreter Training Program to begin new program

Posted: Thursday, 05 June 2008

TROY -- Troy University will change the way it charges tuition by implementing a per-credit-hour tuition schedule beginning fall semester 2008, according to Dr. Richard Federinko, Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Services and Administration.

Dr. Federinko said the revenue expected to be generated by the new tuition schedule will only resolve a portion of the deep cuts of over $7 million in state appropriations for Troy University for the 2008-2009 academic year.

The new tuition schedule is structured to ensure that students pay for each credit hour when registering for courses in order that all students will be treated the same. Except for two universities, all other Alabama public two- and four-year colleges charge by the credit hour.

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Tuition change will be implemented in Fall 2008

Posted: Thursday, 05 June 2008

PHENIX CITY, Ala. -- At one point in his life, a college degree was the farthest thing from Howard Paris’ mind.

On Saturday, however, he will share the Columbus Civic Center stage with his wife and two of their four children as they receive Troy University degrees.

The four family members will join 254 other graduates at 2 p.m. Saturday when the University’s Phenix City Campus conducts Spring commencement ceremonies. Alabama Sen. Ted Little will address the graduates.

Paris will graduate with honors with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, while his wife Sherby will earn her bachelor’s degree in elementary education. His son Eldrick, who works in TROY’s Phenix City Campus bookstore, and daughter Sherika, an employee in the campus’ records office, will both receive master’s degrees in business administration.

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Girls State returning to TROY in June

Posted: Wednesday, 04 June 2008

TROY – Nearly 350 Alabama high school junior girls will call Troy University home June 8 - 13, as Girls State convenes for its ninth year on the campus.

A mission of the American Legion Auxiliary, the program provides the opportunity for students to participate in a hands-on citizenship training program that spans more than 50 years in Alabama and 60 years nationally.

“Troy University and Girls state share the goal of developing the next generation of leaders for our state, nation and world,” Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., chancellor, said. “Troy University believes in the ideals that Girls State represents, and we look forward to hosting the program again this year.”

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Gamma Beta Phi Inducts Members at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 03 June 2008
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The Gamma Beta Phi National Honor Society welcomes 38 new members, during a recent induction ceremony on the Dothan Campus. In order to be selected for membership in Gamma Beta Phi, a student must be in the top 20 percent of his or her class and be committed to excellence in education, good character and service. Inductees include: Gabe Bass, Melissa Martin, Jessica Bowen, Brandon Seth Michael, Anna Boynton, Laurie Miles, Keely L. Brown, John A. Milner IV, Marcus Carroll, Stacie Murray, Sarah Carroll, Casey McGriff, Renee Carter, LaShanda McKissic, Anika Cummings, Marrah McLain, Christopher Lee Daughtry, Jenny Nelson, Lun-Ya Draine, Trent Bradley Owens, Meagan R. Eleazer, Stevie Passante, Catherine Fuller, Theresa Ramirez, Julie N. Harris, Chanissa Raybon, Tyler Hughes, Evan Seay, Jaquetta Johnson, Katie Smith, LeAnn Johnson, Juliana Tamez-Solano, Rebecca M. Johnson, J.R. Stefanson, Stephen Jones, Nicolett Tice, Melanie Kirkland and Eloree Walker.

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Troy University Names Dothan Campus Ambassadors

Posted: Tuesday, 03 June 2008
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Troy University announces its 2008-2009 Ambassadors for the Dothan Campus. Student ambassadors assist the University by hosting campus tours and serving at a variety of TROY functions. They are selected based on their academic record and service to the University and community. Pictured (front - left) are Dorothea Culver, Headland; Eleanor Martin, Dothan; Veronica Rogers, Midland City; Cherry Alexander, Ft. Rucker; (back) Jennifer Maki, Dothan; Jason Simmons, Ashford; Seth Michael, Dothan; and Rhiannon Keel, Slocomb.





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Troy University to play host to Youth Leadership Forum June 8-12

Posted: Tuesday, 03 June 2008

TROY – Thirty-five high school students with disabilities will get lessons in how state government works and take part in team-building and leadership exercises as a part of the Alabama Governor’s Youth Leadership Forum at Troy University, June 8-12.

Some 35 volunteer staff members made up of TROY students and former YLF student delegates will join 15 health professionals, hearing-impaired interpreters and instructors on June 6-7 for training and orientation.

The Forum is co-sponsored by the University’s Institute for Leadership Development, the Alabama Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, the Alabama Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, the Alabama Department of Mental Health/Mental Retardation, the Alabama Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, the Montgomery Center for Independent Living, the Alabama Department of Education and Troy University.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Events this week

Posted: Tuesday, 03 June 2008

China’s Earthquake impacted TROY students

June 6: At 11 a.m., TROY student and Republic of China national Zeng Kailin will present “China’s Earthquake: Personal Experiences.” At home in the Chinese province hardest hit by the May 12 earthquake, Kailin will detail his daily life since the earthquake with a slide show and talk in Room 103 of the General Academic Building. He will take questions following his presentation.

Girls State convenes at TROY

June 8 – 13: Nearly 350 Alabama high school junior girls will call Troy University home June 8 - 13, as Girls State convenes for its ninth year on the campus. A mission of the American Legion Auxiliary, the program provides the opportunity for students to participate in a hands-on citizenship training program that spans more than 50 years in Alabama and 60 years nationally.

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