Chief Justice to deliver commencement address at TROY

Posted: Tuesday, 25 November 2008

TROY – Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb will deliver the Fall Commencement address at Troy University at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12 in Sartain Hall.

Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., TROY’s chancellor, will present diplomas to about 350 graduates during the ceremony.

Formerly of Evergreen, Chief Justice Cobb ascended to her current position in 2007 after having been elected to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals in 1994. In 1981, she became one of the state’s youngest judges when she was appointed District Court Judge of Conecuh County, a position to which she was elected in 1982 and re-elected in 1988. In 1997 she was appointed by the Alabama Supreme Court to serve as the alternate chief judge of the Court of the Judiciary. She is also a faculty member in the Alabama Judicial College.

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Sounds of the Season is Dec.

Posted: Tuesday, 25 November 2008

TROY – Troy University’s John M. Long School of Music and the College of Communication and Fine Arts will present “Sounds of the Season: Illuminations” Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theater.

This year’s performance is free and open to the public but requires an admission ticket, available through the Trojan Center Box Office. The box office is located on the first floor of the Trojan Center, directly beneath the Barnes & Noble bookstore and adjacent to the fitness center. Seating for the event is limited. For more information, contact the box office at 334-670-3293.

“Illuminations” will feature performances from the Symphony Band, Gospel Choir, Theatre Ensemble, Collegiate Singers, Concert Chorale, Show Choir, the Brass Quintet, the Jazz Combo, as well as a number of soloists.

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Media Advisory - Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum celebrates eighth anniversary

Posted: Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Dec. 1: Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum will celebrate its eighth anniversary on Monday, Dec. 1 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Museum’s auditorium with a special presentation of She’s Got a Ticket to Ride: An Interview with Mrs. Rosa Parks by Doreen Griffin of Trenton, New Jersey.

The program begins with a short PowerPoint presentation that places the Montgomery Bus Boycott in historical perspective and uses important Civil Rights cases prior to Dec. 1, 1955, when Mrs. Parks sat in the right place at the right time to become a world symbol of human and civil rights. Rosa Parks, as portrayed by Doreen Griffin, tells of the people and events through an interview accompanied by images important to the chronicles of her life.

The event is free and open to the public. Members of the media are asked to be place by 6:30 p.m. in order to cover the event.

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TROY sends first-ever ensemble to International Saxophone Symposium

Posted: Tuesday, 25 November 2008
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TROY – Three Troy University students in the John M. Long School of Music and their professor will perform at the International Saxophone Symposium Jan. 23-24.

Sponsored by the United States Navy Band and conducted at George Mason University in Washington, D.C., the Symposium is the first time TROY students have been selected to participate.

“Performance at an event that has internationally known artists will not only increase our students’ exposure, but will allow them to evaluate their performance level with the benchmark of outstanding artistry,” said Raymond Smith, an associate professor of music who will lead the TROY contingent.

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Troy University to host the Walter Trumbauer Theatre Festival

Posted: Tuesday, 25 November 2008

TROY -- Troy University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will play host to the Walter Trumbauer High School Theatre Festival for the Alabama Conference of Theatre Dec. 4 -6.

“This event will bring more than 1,300 high school students to the Troy Campus, largely from north Alabama and the Mobile area,” said Adena Moree, director of theatre and associate professor.

The festival will begin with a statewide scholarship audition for high school seniors in acting, and in technical and design fields. A panel will select three recipients for the scholarships. There will also be representatives from across the state acting as scouts, choosing students for call backs and interviews.

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Alabama's first astronaut headlines Troy University's Aerospace Day

Posted: Tuesday, 25 November 2008

DOTHAN – Hank Hartsfield, a Birmingham native who became Alabama’s first astronaut, shared memories of his three space flights Friday during the fifth annual Aerospace Day at Troy University’s Dothan campus.

The free event aimed to provide area teachers with ideas on how to incorporate aerospace studies into classrooms, said Sandy Armstrong, director of TROY’s Wiregrass Math and Science Consortium.

“This event allows teachers and students to meet astronauts, and we hope it encourages them to use aerospace education as a tool to teach math, science and technology in grades K-8,” Armstrong said.

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Confucius Institute at Troy University officially dedicated

Posted: Friday, 21 November 2008

TROY – Officials from Troy University and the People’s Republic of China officially opened the Confucius Institute at Troy University today with a gala luncheon.

The Confucius Institute at Troy University, announced in a Beijing news conference October 2007, began operations at TROY in September, and is aimed at promoting Chinese language and culture and supporting local Chinese teaching through affiliated institutes worldwide.

“My favorite Chinese proverb states: ‘a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.’ Today, Troy University takes an important step in our journey toward building the best Confucius Institute in the United States,” said TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. “The road is long but I have no doubt that, working together, we will reach our destination.”

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Peruvian biologist speaks to Troy University students

Posted: Thursday, 20 November 2008
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TROY – A Peruvian biologist on Thursday told Troy University students deforestation and global climate change could affect every country in the world.

In conjunction with International Education Week, the Troy University Environmental Club and the Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences sponsored a lecture by Dr. Dennis Del Castillo Torres, director of the Terrestrial Research Institute of Investigations of the Peruvian Amazon.

Dr. Castillo is a member of the Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture’s Special Advisory Group, the United Nations Development Program’s Special Advisory Group on Human Development, and other international groups.

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TROY alumni can get lifetime email address

Posted: Thursday, 20 November 2008

TROY – Troy University alumni can get lifetime email forwarding through a new program offered by the Alumni Affairs Office.

TROY alumni can register for the special service that will forward email to their active email account online at in the Alumni section of the website.

“The neat part about this service is that no matter how many times you change your email address, you will have a permanent, easy-to-remember address to give family, friends and business associates,” said Dr. Jean Laliberte, associate vice chancellor for development.

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Media Advisory: Confucius Institute dedication ceremony

Posted: Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Nov. 21: The Confucius Institute at Troy University will officially be dedicated Friday, Nov. 21 during a gala luncheon event in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. and will include a ceremony and entertainment. In addition, a special statue will be unveiled by Troy University and its Confucius Institute partner Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology.

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Media Advisory: Troy University's Phenix City Riverfront demolition to begin Thursday

Posted: Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Nov. 20: The River View Apartments on the Riverfront in Phenix City are scheduled for demolition at approximately 10 a.m. EST. In September, the City of Phenix City donated about 4 acres of land to Troy University.

To serve as an anchor for future development, the University expects to begin construction on a 30,000 square-foot building on the site, once funds have been raised to cover the construction costs. The University’s intent for the building is to house Sorrell College of Business programs along with various other educational opportunities the University offers. Its current campus near Phenix City will continue to operate.

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John M. Long School of Music students to perform honors recitalY

Posted: Monday, 17 November 2008

TROY – Seven Troy University music education majors will perform in the fall Honors Recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor.

The students, including two seniors, were selected last week after auditions before a panel of TROY music faculty, according to Dr. James Zingara, associate professor of music. Before auditioning, the students must be recommended by their instructors.

“This biennial formal concert features outstanding individual performers,” he said.

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Troy University salutes armed forces Nov. 22

Posted: Friday, 14 November 2008

TROY – Troy University will once again shine the spotlight on the men and women of the armed forces during the Nov. 22 football game against the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium.

The University’s “Salute to Armed Forces” honors both current and past members of the armed forces at one home football game each November as a Veterans Day tribute. The tradition began in 2000.

This year, a special invitation was issued to all active-duty military personnel, and to the soldiers and airmen at Fort Rucker, Fort Benning and Maxwell Air Force Base – including their families.

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International Education Week focuses attention on global environment at TROY

Posted: Thursday, 13 November 2008
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TROY – An international festival and the formal introduction of the Confucius Institute at TROY highlight a week of activities aimed at promoting internationalization at Troy University.

International Education Week, a nationwide week designated to showcase the benefits of international student exchange and cultural diversity, is Nov. 17 – 21 at Troy University and begins with an international soccer tournament Nov. 15-16.

“We want to educate our students and the community about international study and the benefits of international education and exchange,” said Marie Frigge, an international student advisor who is coordinating the week.

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Troy University hosts Asthma Safari

Posted: Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Friday, Nov. 14: Troy University, and the College of Health and Human Services' Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, is sponsoring the annual Asthma Safari for children k-2 from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Witherington Family Center near the intersection of North Three Notch Street and Gibbs Street in Troy.

This event will involve about 300 children with asthma and will offer many stations designed to help them cope with their disease. This event is open to media for coverage.

Additionally, those desiring advance stories may do so between 9:30 a.m. and 12 Noon Thursday at the Center. Please contact the University Relations Office to more closely coordinate any interviews on Thursday. Set up will be taking place during this time period.

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Aerospace Day provides look at bringing space into the classroom

Posted: Monday, 10 November 2008

DOTHAN – Troy University’s Wiregrass Math and Science Consortium will have its 5th Annual Aerospace Day on Nov. 21 in Sony Hall on the Dothan Campus.

The free event provides area teachers with ideas to incorporate aerospace into classroom learning, said Sandy Armstrong, a coordinator for the program.

Highlighting this year’s program is Alabama’s first astronaut Hank Hartsfield, a Birmingham native who went on to serve NASA in both military and civilian capacities.

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Troy University Theatre opens Nov. 13 with “A Lesson Before Dying”

Posted: Monday, 10 November 2008
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TROY – The Troy University Theatre will present “A Lesson Before Dying” by Romulus Linney Nov. 13-15 and Nov. 19-21 in the Trojan Center Theatre.

The play, based on the novel by Ernest Gaines, centers on a young black man who is wrongly condemned to death in backwoods Louisiana in 1948. His godmother asks a schoolteacher to teach him to die like a man.

Headlining this year’s cast are students:

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Troy University Fall Choral Concert is Nov. 16

Posted: Monday, 10 November 2008

TROY – Troy University’s John M. Long School of Music will present its Fall Choral Concert at 4 p.m. on Nov. 16 in the Claudia Crosby Theatre.

“Angels Breathing Out” includes performances by the Concert Chorale, Sedici and Collegiate Singers, and features more than 120 singers.

“Members of the three choirs come from many different majors and backgrounds,” said Dr. Diane Orlofsky, conductor.

She is assisted by choral graduate assistant Laura Aaron and undergraduate student conductors Scott Sexton, of Troy, and Jeff Watson of Albany, Ga.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Homecoming Photo Gallery Available

Posted: Saturday, 08 November 2008

Below copied is a link to homecoming festivities at Troy University, including the homecoming parade, homecoming court and homecoming crowing, alumni of the year presentations and various other feature photos.

You may download and reproduce these images and cutlines at will.

Access high-rez photos at

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Homecoming Photos

Posted: Friday, 07 November 2008

On Saturday, Nov. 8, photo galleries will be available of homecoming festivities for download. These galleries will include the homecoming parade, tailgating photos, homecoming court and crowning photos, alumni of the year investitures and various other shots.

We anticipate having the photo galleries up by 4:30 p.m. We will issue a media advisory containing the link to the index page. If there is an alternative email address we should send the media advisory to on Saturday, please respond to this email and include the alternate address.

Game shots will be available through Sports Information as normal.
As always, your organization may cover any of the activities for homecoming. Should your reporters or photographers require assistance on Saturday, please contact with Tom Davis 334-268-9981 or Clif Lusk

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Register for Spring Semester 2009 at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 05 November 2008

MONTGOMERY – Troy University will hold early spring registration on the Montgomery Campus in November. All students, including new students can sign up for classes on Nov. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Returning students can also sign up online between Nov. 6, 2008 and Jan. 12, 2009.

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, Jan. 5, 2009. For information about admission requirements, contact the Montgomery Campus at 334-241-9506 or 1-888-357-8843 or visit

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Troy University Symphony Band Presents A Salute to Our Nation’s Veterans Concert

Posted: Wednesday, 05 November 2008

MONTGOMERY – The Troy University Symphony Band has scheduled its annual musical salute to U.S. Veterans for Tuesday, Nov 11, beginning at 7 p.m. at Troy University’s Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts.

The Symphony Band, a concert ensemble of 80 players – most of whom are music majors, is under the baton of Director of Bands Mr. Ralph Ford. Conductor Ralph Ford will present a wide selection of repertoire that will include the music of American Composer John Williams, marches by John Phillip Sousa and Karl King, and the Symphony in B Flat by Paul Hindemith.

The Symphony Band will be joined by the vocal group, The Patriots, to perform such traditional favorites as “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “America the Beautiful.” Dr. Michael Hix, of the Long School of Music faculty will also be featured with the winds in a performance of Aaron Copland’s “Old American Songs.” Conductor Emeritus, Dr. Johnny Long, will close the concert with the official march of the United States, “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Statue / Homecoming Week

Posted: Tuesday, 04 November 2008

Trojan Warrior statue dedication

Nov. 6, 10 a.m. (Dothan Campus): Troy University will dedicate a bronze Trojan statue on its Dothan Campus with a ceremony at the statue.

This statue is a replica of the bronze statue donated by Chinese artist Hou Bau Zhu that sits on the Troy Campus Quad and forming the centerpiece of a fountain.

Speaking at the event will be TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Dr. Don Jeffrey, vice chancellor of the Dothan Campus, and Mr. Charles Nailen, a Dothan business leader and Troy University trustee. Mrs. Shelia Jackson, of Troy, will provide special music.

Trojan Homecoming Week

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Risk Management symposium slated for Nov. 7 in Birmingham

Posted: Monday, 03 November 2008

TROY – Troy University’s Risk Management and Insurance Program will host its annual Risk Management and Insurance Symposium Nov. 7-8 at the Embassy Suites hotel in Birmingham.

Some 75 students from 11 universities will attend, and insurance professional may receive up to 9 hours of continuing education credit for attending the symposium, said Dr. Carol Jordan, director of the program in TROY’s Sorrell College of Business.

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