TROY Bobby Pierce Baseball Camp set for July 22 in Dothan

Posted: Wednesday, 30 June 2010

DOTHAN—The Troy University Dothan Campus invites boys and girls ages 6 to 13 to learn more about baseball fundamentals from TROY head baseball coach Bobby Pierce during a one-day camp on Thursday, July 22.

The Troy University Bobby Pierce Baseball Camp will be held at the Dixie Youth Complex at Westgate Park in Dothan. Coach Pierce, along with members of the TROY coaching staff and players, will help participants improve their hitting, fielding and throwing skills.

The morning session, designed for children ages 6 through 9, 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 is open to children ages 10 through 13.

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Troy University programs offer outreach to international students

Posted: Wednesday, 30 June 2010

TROY—Troy University enrolls more than 850 students from other nations on its Troy Campus, which provides area residents plenty of opportunity to extend Southern hospitality to international visitors.

The University’s Office of International Programs sponsors two initiatives—called “Homestay” and “International Friends”— that make it easy to help international students during their time in Troy, according to Maria Frigge, international student advisor.

“Many of our international students have never visited the United States, so they are naturally a little nervous about leaving home for the first time and they are curious about American education and culture,” Frigge said. “These programs help them make a smoother transition to college life in another nation.”

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Beth Sasser wins Troy University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award for June

Posted: Wednesday, 30 June 2010
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TROY, Ala.—Beth Sasser, administrative secretary for the associate provost and graduate dean’s office at Troy University, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for June.

Sasser, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 2006, received the award during a ceremony Tuesday in the General Academic Building on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented the award to Sasser, who was nominated by Dr. Dianne Barron, associate provost and graduate school dean.

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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Underground Railroad quilt donated to Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Tuesday, 29 June 2010
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MONTGOMERY—A quilt replicating designs said to have been used to send coded messages to slaves escaping along the Underground Railroad has been donated to the permanent collection at Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum.

Dorothy Logan of Harrisonburg, VA, said the story of the Underground Railroad, and the strength and character of Harriet Tubman inspired her to create the quilt. Its design is based on those in the book “Underground Railroad Sampler.”

“The ‘Underground Railroad Sampler’ provided a means for me to transform my stitches into prayers for action: that injustice today might be brought to justice, bondage to freedom and disrespect to respect,” Logan said.

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Troy University honored for communications efforts

Posted: Monday, 28 June 2010

TROY—Troy University’s Advancement and External Relations Division has been honored for its communication and marketing efforts by the International Academy of the Visual Arts’ (IAVA) Communicator Awards.

Troy University was recognized with four awards in the 16th annual competition, including Awards of Excellence for the “Troy University Magazine” and the “Parent Degree Program Brochure.”

The University also received Awards of Distinction for “Think Pink Nursing Print Advertisement” and the “International Programs Brochure.”

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Local students assemble computers during summer technology camps

Posted: Thursday, 24 June 2010

DOTHAN—Local children are learning more about computers, and some are even building their own, during technology camps this month at Troy University’s Dothan Campus.

About 30 rising sixth graders from Dothan and the surrounding area took part in the four-day camp which started on Monday. Students learned about the inner workings of computers and how to operate various types of software.

Fourteen campers who passed a pretest on current technology knowledge were chosen to build their own laptop computers from a kit. The students learned how to install processors, hard drives and other components and once completed, the students will take home their new creations.

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China is home soil for TROY graduates

Posted: Thursday, 24 June 2010

TROY—The People’s Republic of China is being made a better place, thanks to 19 freshly minted Troy University graduates.

Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., and other University officials, presided over commencement exercises of the Sino-American 1-2-1 Dual Degree Program at the Ministry of Education in Beijing Wednesday, marking the seventh such commencement and the 10th anniversary of the TROY-developed program that has now become the United States model for dual degree programs.

A 10th anniversary celebration was conducted in the Great Hall of the People on Tuesday.

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TROY Summer Spectacular makes learning fun for local children

Posted: Thursday, 17 June 2010
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DOTHAN—About 130 local schoolchildren are learning more about world cultures this month during Troy University’s Summer Spectacular program.

The four-week summer learning enrichment program started on June 8 and is led by students in the TROY Dothan Campus education program. It provides a fun learning environment for children while giving TROY’s education majors rewarding hands-on experience in a classroom setting.

Sessions are held on Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon at Kelly Springs Elementary School. This year’s theme, “Continental Connections,” is designed to introduce children to the history and cultures of Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia and South America.

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Wiregrass businesses can learn to write effective proposals for federal government

Posted: Thursday, 17 June 2010

TROY—Troy University’s Center for International Business and Economic Development and the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to help Wiregrass businesses learn effective practices to develop federal government proposals.

“Effective Federal Government Proposal Preparation Methods & Practices” is scheduled for 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. July 28 on the University’s Dothan Campus. Sponsored by the Alabama Procurement Technical Assistance Program, the cost of the one-day seminar is $20.

Participants will receive two hours of instruction followed by six hours of scenario-based training, said Judy Callin, a consultant with the Troy University Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

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Bryan Collier illustrations on display at Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Wednesday, 16 June 2010

MONTGOMERY—An exhibit of children’s book illustrations by award-winning author and illustrator Bryan Collier is on display at Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum through Aug. 25.

Combining the media of watercolor and collage, Collier’s unique art has been featured in numerous children’s books including the Caldecott Award-wining “Rosa” by Nikki Giovanni and “Martin’s Big Words” by Doreen Rappaport. His first book as an author and illustrator, “Uptown,” won the Coretta Scott King Award.

Original art from those books and others is featured in the exhibit “Defining Moments: The Works of Bryan Collier” organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature.

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TROY hosts unique conference for sign language interpreters

Posted: Tuesday, 15 June 2010

TROY—The need to provide students with educational experiences beyond the classroom has led to the creation of a first-ever conference for deaf interpreters.

“Alabama Interpreting Metamorphosis (AIM) Training,” a multi-track conference June 19-23 on the Troy Campus will be broadcast nationwide on Wimba and to seven Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind centers around the state.

Lynne Wiesman, who heads TROY’s Interpreter Training Program, said the conference was unique in that it is the first such known to offer multiple track sessions both face-to-face and remotely via videoconferencing and the internet.

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Alabama Lions High School Leadership Forum

Posted: Friday, 11 June 2010
June 11 – 13 (Troy Campus) – The Alabama Lions Club is hosting its leadership forum on the Troy Campus over the weekend. The schedule of events is copied below for your convenience.
Beth Holloway, mother of missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway, is the keynote speaker for Saturday’s luncheon.
The Lions Club has asked that the following coverage guidelines be conveyed:
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'Learning Fest' brings "Power of One" to TROY

Posted: Thursday, 10 June 2010

TROY—The power one person can have to impact the life of a child will be the focus of the keynote address to Troy University’s “Learning Fest ’10,” a one-day seminar for K-12 teachers and education students on June 14.

Brad Cohen, an Atlanta-area school administrator and former lower elementary teacher, will provide the address that kicks off the seminar, sponsored by the Southeast Alabama Regional Inservice Center and the College of Education, said Terry White, who is coordinating the seminar.

Cohen, whose Tourette Syndrome causes him to make uncontrollable twitches, jerks and noises, was ridiculed, beaten, mocked and shunned as a child. He found it equally challenging to find work as an adult. A native of St. Louis, Mo., he earned a bachelors degree from Bradley University, a masters and specialist degree from Georgia State University and was named Georgia’s “First Class Teacher of the Year.”

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Troy University now offering criminal justice degrees in Phenix City

Posted: Wednesday, 09 June 2010

PHENIX CITY—Troy University is now offering undergraduate degrees in criminal justice at the Phenix City Campus.

The new degree program started this summer and enrollment is currently under way for fall classes. The program consists of bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice and criminal justice with a concentration in homeland security.

The program was added in response to strong community demand, said Jack Miller, associate dean of student services at the Phenix City Campus.

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TROY's dance ensemble to perform in 'Great Hall'

Posted: Wednesday, 09 June 2010
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TROY—For nine dancers from Troy University, the opportunity to dance in the People’s Republic of China as part of the celebration of the Sino-American 1-2-1 Dual Degree Program’s 10th anniversary is monumental.

The TROY Dance Repertory Ensemble will perform, among other venues, in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China June 22.

“The opportunity for our dancers to perform in the Great Hall of the People is beyond belief -- it would be like dancing in the White House or Buckingham Palace,” said Dr. Maryjo Cochran, dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts.

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TROY celebrates 10th anniversary of 1-2-1 program in China

Posted: Wednesday, 09 June 2010

TROY—Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. will represent American universities during a 10th anniversary celebration of the Sino-American 1-2-1 Dual Degree Program in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, June 22.

“I believe the partnership that has resulted from the 1-2-1 program has facilitated an understanding among the world’s people – particularly those in China and the United States. It’s through understanding that appreciation develops,” said Dr. Hawkins, who will deliver the celebration’s keynote address.

The 1-2-1 program allows Chinese students at partner institutions to start their degree program, transfer to TROY for two years and then return to their home institutions to complete their degree requirements. At the conclusion of the program, the students receive a diploma from both the home institution and TROY.

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TROY professor cited for distinguished contributions

Posted: Tuesday, 08 June 2010
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TROY—A Troy University professor has earned the applause of his peers in the southeast.

Dr. Glenn M. Cohen, a professor of biology and chair of the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, was recently presented the Southeastern Microscopy Society’s Distinguished Scientist Award at its annual meeting in Charleston, S.C.

“I have been fortunate to have joined and participated in a Society with so many outstanding scientists as members,” Dr. Cohen said. “Recognition by one’s peers represents the highest and most satisfying professional honor.”

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Troy University Small Business Development Center hosts NxLeveL

Posted: Friday, 04 June 2010

TROY—The Troy University Small Business Development Center and the Dothan Chamber of Commerce will host the NxLeveL Business Planning series beginning June 14 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on the University’s Dothan Campus.

The 10-week course will be conducted on subsequent Monday evenings, with the exception of July 5.

According to Judy Callin, a small business consultant at TROY, NxLeveL is designed to enhance entrepreneurial skills and assist in creating a comprehensive business plan.

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Troy University to offer intensive theatre training July 18-22

Posted: Thursday, 03 June 2010

The Troy University Department of Theatre and Dance is offering area high school students and recent high school graduates the opportunity to take part in an intensive 5-day program this summer that will immerse participants in all phases of theatre performance.

The Department’s “Performance Intensive,” set for July 18-22 will provide training in the areas of beginning, intermediate and advanced acting, scene study, musical theatre vocals and dance, stage combat, play writing, auditioning and interviewing, beginning directing, Shakespeare study, monologue selection and preparation and the business side of theatre.

“The ‘Performance Intensive’ is not a camp or a workshop, but rather an ensemble of high school theatre students, all at various stages of their development, who are committed to their potential in theatre,” said Adena Moree, TROY’s director of theatre. “It’s also an important opportunity for recent graduates who will be entering university theatre programs.”

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Summer workshops challenge students to "Think!! Write!!"

Posted: Wednesday, 02 June 2010

DOTHAN—A series of summer workshops starting in June will help Wiregrass students improve their writing and thinking skills while learning about other cultures.

During the four-day “Think!! Write!!” workshops students will research and study the cultures and customs of Central and South America and write about what they’ve learned.

“Through these workshops, students will gain knowledge and enhance their writing skills through the study of multicultural literature,” said Dr. Robin Bynum, associate dean of the College of Education at Troy University’s Dothan Campus. “Students will compile an anthology of their writings and be on their way to making a start as young authors.”

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Three Troy University students to compete in Miss Alabama Pageant

Posted: Wednesday, 02 June 2010

TROY—Three Troy University students are among the 48 contestant competing for the crown of Miss Alabama, June 9-12 on the campus of Samford University in Birmingham.

Troy students Allison Farrington, Sydnii Todd and Marjorie Yessick will compete for the title and the opportunity to represent the state of Alabama in the Miss America Pageant.

Farrington, a 23-year-old graduate student from Andalusia, will represent the University as the 2010 winner of the Miss Troy University Pageant. Farrington, who is pursuing a master’s degree in education, received her bachelor’s degree from TROY in 2009. She is the daughter of Jay and Beverly Farrington and her platform is “Changing the Lives of Children through Reading.” She will perform the vocal selection “I Believe” for her talent.

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