TROY's Pied Pipers to perform for elementary schools

Posted: Tuesday, 30 November 2010
The Pied Pipers

TROY—Troy University’s popular theatre-for-youth ensemble “The Pied Pipers” takes its show on the road Dec. 1.

The group, sponsored by the College of Communication and Fine Arts’ Department of Theatre and Dance, will present 50-minute performances for kindergarten through fourth grade at at 9 a.m. at Luverne Elementary School and at 1:30 p.m. at Greenville Elementary School

The group is selected through an audition process primarily from first-year theatre students as part of the theatre program’s First Year Initiative.

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State Representative Chesteen to address TROY Dothan Campus graduates

Posted: Tuesday, 30 November 2010

DOTHAN—State representative Donnie Chesteen will deliver the keynote address to graduates at Troy University’s Dothan Campus during the fall commencement ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 12.

The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. at the Dothan Civic Center. Two hundred students will receive graduate and undergraduate degrees this semester at the Dothan Campus.

Chesteen was elected in November to represent District 87 in the Alabama House of Representatives. He is a 1975 TROY alumnus and a lifelong resident of Geneva County.

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Gen. John A. Shaud to address TROY Montgomery Campus graduates

Posted: Tuesday, 23 November 2010

MONTGOMERY—Gen. John A. Shaud, director of the Air Force Research Institute at Maxwell Air Force Base, will deliver the keynote address to graduates at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus during fall commencement on Tuesday, Dec. 14.

The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. More than 180 students will receive graduate and undergraduate degrees this fall at the Montgomery Campus.

As director of the Air Force Research Institute, Gen. Shaud oversees a team of researchers, editors and communicators charged with conducting independent research, outreach, and engagement to enhance national security and assure the effectiveness of the U.S. Air Force.

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Troy University sets fall commencement

Posted: Monday, 22 November 2010

TROY—Troy University will conduct fall commencement exercises on the Troy Campus Dec. 10.

The event in which about 400 students will graduate is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. in Sartain Hall. Tickets, free to guests, will be required.

The Hon. Kim Swan, a TROY alumnus and member of Bermuda’s parliament, will offer the commencement address.

Swan was TROY Golf’s Most Valuable Player 1978 and 1979, won two collegiate individual titles and his team finished fourth in the NCAA Division II Championship in 1979. After completing his bachelor of science degree in 1980, he went on to play golf on the PGA European Tour for three years.

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Journalism professor named national fellow

Posted: Friday, 19 November 2010
Dr. Bridgette Colaco

TROY—Troy University Hall School of Journalism and Communication professor Dr. Bridgette Colaco has been named a Business Journalism Professor Seminar Fellow through the Reynolds Foundation.

She is one of just 15 journalism professors in the United States to earn a slot in the program through the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

The Business Journalism Professors Seminar is Jan. 4-7 in Phoenix, Ariz.

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Troy University site of mock Congressional hearings for middle school students

Posted: Friday, 19 November 2010

TROY—Middle school students from southeast Alabama will visit Troy University Nov. 30 to learn how the U.S. Congress works through a hands-on exercise called We the People Mock Hearings.

According to Dr. Dianne Gossett, associate dean of the College of Education at TROY, teams of students from Brantley Middle School, Luverne Middle School, Conecuh Middle School and Thurgood Marshall Middle School of Evergreen will participate in the mock hearings. The hearings will be held in the Trojan Center Ballrooms beginning at 9:30 a.m. and will be judged by professionals from the University and the community.

As part of a No Child Left Behind Mastery of Content grant awarded Troy University by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, teachers from these school systems received training during spring 2010 in the We the People curriculum, Dr. Gossett said. Additional grant funding from the Library of Congress will help fund the hearings.

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Troy University to pay tribute to armed forces during football game on Nov. 27

Posted: Friday, 19 November 2010

TROY—Troy University will salute the men and women of the armed forced during the Trojans’ Nov. 27 football game against Western Kentucky at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Kickoff for the game is set for 2:30 p.m.

Since 2000, the University has honored both current and past members of the armed forces at one home football game each November as a Veterans Day tribute. This year, a special invitation was issued to active-duty military personnel at Fort Rucker, Fort Benning and Maxwell Air Force Base. Complimentary tickets were made available upon request.

Troy University First Lady Janice Hawkins, who chairs the University’s ongoing “TROY for Troops” effort to honor and support military men and women who are in harm’s way, said the Nov. 27 tribute is another way in which the University and the local community can acknowledge the sacrifice made by service members.

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Rosa Parks Museum to offer free tours on 10th anniversary

Posted: Friday, 19 November 2010

MONTGOMERY—In celebration of its first decade of operation, Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum will offer free tours on Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Constructed on the site of the Empire Theatre where Rosa Parks was famously arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery Bus, the museum opened in December 2000 with the mission of preserving and interpreting the story and lasting legacy of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

In its first 10 years the museum has become a major downtown landmark and has garnered state and national recognition, including a 2008 award from the Themed Entertainment Association for the museum’s interactive children’s exhibit, the Cleveland Avenue Time Machine.

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Local artists’ work on display at TROY Dothan Campus

Posted: Thursday, 18 November 2010

DOTHAN—More than 40 paintings by local artists are on display at Troy University’s Dothan Campus in an exhibit sponsored by the Dothan Wiregrass Art League.

The exhibit showcases work in a wide range of styles and themes, said art league member Patti Walker.

“We have a variety of really great pieces on display including oil on canvas, watercolors, some very realistic paintings and some loose, impressionistic work,” Walker said.

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Tourette Syndrome focus of speaker at TROY

Posted: Thursady, 18 November 2010

TROY—Rhett Sewell knows first hand the problems encountered by kids with Tourette Syndrome and will talk about his experiences at Troy University.

Sewell, now a student at University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, will speak about his classroom experiences to the public and to College of Education students from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 in Hawkins Hall room 122.

A public and keynote speaker for the past five years, Sewell speaks about his personal experience with Tourette Syndrome and serves as a camp counselor and program director for Camp Twitch and Shout, a camp in Georgia for children with the syndrome. His speeches are conducted to raise awareness and tolerance of the syndrome.

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Rosa Parks Museum to host Holiday Open House

Posted: Wednesday, 17 November 2010

MONTGOMERY—Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum will host its first Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will give visitors a chance to tour the museum and shop for unique Christmas gifts at the museum’s shop. During the open house the museum will offer a special selection of merchandise from nationally acclaimed painter Ted Ellis.

Other events during the open house will include a performance of holiday songs by the St. Jude Educational Institute Choir; a replica of a 1950s Montgomery Transit System bus, similar to the one on which Rosa Parks was arrested, which visitors can tour and a special art activity that families can enjoy together.

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Chinese artist and musician visit TROY

Posted: Wednesday, 17 November 2010

TROY—A pair of internationally acclaimed artists from the People’s Republic of China will make Troy University their home this week as part of the University’s International Education Week.

Dr. Liu Nan, an artist and calligrapher, and musical virtuoso Haiquiong Deng will speak to classes Nov. 18-19, and participate in a special colloquium and recital at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Trojan Center Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Hosted by the Confucius Institute at TROY and the John M. Long School of Music, the duo will perform, paint and discuss the artistic pursuits traditionally expected of a “cultivated member of Chinese society.”

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TROY information technology wins national security award

Posted: Wednesday, 17 November 2010

TROY—Troy University’s computer systems are among the safest in the world, according to SC Magazine.

For a third straight year, TROY’s IT security team has been recognized as a finalist in the 2011 SC Magazine Awards for exemplary professional leadership in information-technology security.

“Troy University’s IT department is a great beacon of leadership for the information security industry with its strong policies and procedures that have led to their selection as a finalist,” said SC Magazine Editor-in-Chief Illena Armstrong. “This is a category that is continually evolving as the industry learns best practices from each other, and it’s an honor to recognize Troy University’s efforts.”

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TROY Community Band to give free Christmas Concert

Posted: Wednesday, 17 November 2010

DOTHAN—The Troy University Community Band of Dothan will ring in the holiday season with a performance of classic Christmas songs during a free concert on Monday, Nov. 29, at the Dothan Campus.

The performance will start at 6 p.m. in Sony Hall inside the Library/Technology Building. The concert will include a variety of traditional, Old English and modern Christmas favorites.

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University renovates, renames former shopping center

Posted: Monday, 15 November 2010

TROY—Troy University has updated the look of a former shopping center, and officials have now announced a new name for the center.

Parklane Shopping Center will now be known officially as University Park, complete with new mailing addresses recently approved by the U.S. Postal Service.

Located between South Brundidge Street and Park Street near downtown Troy, the shopping center had fallen into disrepair before being purchased by the Troy University Foundation.

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Executive Building to be demolished at TROY Montgomery Campus

Posted: Monday, 15 November 2010

Troy University has begun demolition of the Executive Building, located at 312 Montgomery Street, starting today.

Also known as the Shepherd Building, the 8-story building is currently vacant and has become a hazard due to its disrepair.

The demolition is expected be finished in approximately two to three months. Questions regarding road closures or the rerouting of traffic as a result of the project should be directed to the City of Montgomery.

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Dowe crowned Homecoming Queen at Troy University

Posted: Saturday, 13 November 2010
Elizabeth Dowe

Elizabeth Dowe of Montgomery is crowned as Troy University's Homecoming queen by Gov. Bob Riley during halftime ceremonies at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Dowe, a senior broadcast journalism major from Montgomery, is the daughter of Mary and Kevin Dowe. She is president of Phi Mu sorority, an SGA Senator representing the College of Communication and Fine Arts, SGA Director of Elections, a Trojan Ambassador and an IMPACT Leader. She is a member of Lambda Pi Eta communications honor society and Order of Omega Greek honor society.

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Chinese Dance Company to perform at Troy University Nov. 16

Posted: Friday, 12 November 2010

TROY—A world renowned Chinese dance troupe will bring its blend of traditional and modern dance to Troy University at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 16.

The performance by the Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company will take place in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus and is presented by the University’s College of Communication and Fine Arts and the Troy Arts Council.

The San Francisco-based company, under the artistic direction of Lily Cai, offers contrasting views of Chinese culture, demonstrating dances of both power and grace.

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Troy University Symphony Band to salute veterans with concert on Monday

Posted: Tuesday, 09 November 2010

TROY—The Troy University Symphony Band will honor veterans of the nation’s armed forces on Monday with its annual “Salute to Veterans concert.

The performance is scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, in Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus and will feature a number of patriotic favorites, including “Duty, Honor, Country,” “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” conducted by Director of Bands Emeritus Dr. Johnny Long, and a patriotic sing-along. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

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Troy University to honor three alumni, one honorary alumnus at Homecoming

Posted: Tuesday, 09 November 2010

TROY—Troy University will honor three alumni and one honorary alumnus with Alumni of the Year awards at halftime of the Saturday, Nov. 13 Homecoming game against Florida International.

Nick Cervera of Troy, Danny Grant of Birmingham and Bobby Ross Phillips of Adel, Ga. will be honored with Alumni of the Year awards, while TROY instructor of finance and former Trojan Athletic Director Robert Earl Stewart will be honored as Honorary Alumnus of the Year. In addition to the presentation at halftime, the honorees will be recognized at an invitation-only dinner on Nov. 12 and an invitation-only breakfast reception in the Hawkins Hall Lobby on Nov. 13.

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W.A. Gayle Planetarium debuts new Hubble Space Telescope exhibit

Posted: Wednesday, 10 November 2010

MONTGOMERY—A new exhibit at the W.A. Gayle Planetarium will give visitors an up-close look at a replica of a famous piece of NASA hardware, the Hubble Space Telescope.

The 1:5 scale replica is an accurate recreation of the orbital telescope which has provided stunning images of space since its launch in April 1990.

“The Hubble Space Telescope has astounded us with unprecedented views of the cosmos—from the splendor of our own celestial neighborhood to galaxies billions of light years away,” said Planetarium Director Rick Evans. “This exhibit makes it possible for the general public to see and understand this amazing instrument that has made so many extraordinary discoveries since its launch.”

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Media Advisory:TROY Montgomery Campus to hold Homecoming Pep Rally

Posted: Monday, 08 November 2010

Tuesday, Nov. 9:Troy University’s Montgomery Campus will hold a Homecoming Pep Rally on Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in front of the Trojan Statue beside the Davis Theatre.

The event will include an appearance by the TROY cheerleaders and the Trojan mascot, T-Roy. Activities will include the Trojan Walk, a TROY trivia contest, an inflatable castle bounce, face-painting and a best-dressed “Little Trojan” contest for children.

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Gameday 5K race to help raise awareness of breast cancer

Posted: Thursday, 04 November 2010

TROY—Troy University’s Army ROTC will sponsor a Gameday 5K race on Saturday, Nov. 13 in conjunction with the University’s Homecoming activities.

A portion of the proceeds raised from the race, which will begin and end in front of the Army ROTC Department in Mitchell Hall located on Elm Street, will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama to help raise awareness and fund research efforts.

The race will begin a 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 13. Check-in and late registration will begin at 6:30 a.m.

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TROY grad finding educational opportunity in Spain

Posted: Thursday, 04 November 2010
The Pied Pipers

TROY—For Dothan native and Troy University alumna Heather Smith, going abroad has always piqued an interest.

Smith, a Rehobeth High School graduate who graduated from Troy University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and Spanish and an art minor, is a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar who will spend the next year working on a master’s degree in Malaga, Spain.

“I’ve always been interested in international education,” she said. “At Troy University, I took advantage of the study abroad options in the international programs office.”

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Browder named TROY Montgomery Campus Homecoming Representative

Posted: Thursday, 04 November 2010
PeKita Browder

MONTGOMERY—PeKita Browder of Montgomery has been named Homecoming Representative for Troy University’s Montgomery Campus.

Browder is a senior majoring in psychology. She will represent the Montgomery Campus during TROY’s Homecoming festivities on Saturday, Nov. 13, including riding in the annual Homecoming parade. She will be recognized along with other members the Homecoming Court during the pregame show at Move Gallery Veterans Stadium.

Browder is the granddaughter of civil rights pioneer and activist Aurelia S. Browder, lead plaintiff in Browder v. Gayle, the court case that desegregated Montgomery’s transportation system.

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Le named TROY Dothan Campus Homecoming Representative

Posted: Thursady, 04 November 2010
Joanne Le

DOTHAN—Joanne Le of Dothan has been selected as the Homecoming Representative for Troy University’s Dothan Campus.

Le, a junior pre-professional biology, will represent the Dothan Campus during TROY’s Homecoming festivities on Saturday, Nov. 13, including riding in the annual Homecoming parade. She will be recognized along with other members the Homecoming Court during the pregame show at Move Gallery Veterans Stadium.

Le is a member of the Student Government Association, Environmental Awareness Organization, Ambassador Program, and Student Support Services.

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Troy University announces Homecoming Court

Posted: Thursday, 04 November 2010

TROY—Troy University has announced its 2010 Homecoming Court following a vote of the University’s student body.

The members of the court will ride in the annual Homecoming parade in downtown Troy beginning at 10 a.m. on Nov. 13 and later will be introduced during pre-game festivities at Veterans Memorial Stadium beginning at 2 p.m. The Trojans will play host to Sun Belt Conference foe Florida International beginning at 2:30. The Homecoming Queen will be crowned at halftime.

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TROY earns national accreditation for social work

Posted: Tuesday, 03 November 2010

TROY—Troy University’s undergraduate program in social work has been reaffirmed by the Council on Social Work Education.

The accreditation by the national organization is good for eight years, and covers programs on the Troy, Dothan and Phenix City campuses.

“The reaffirmation bestowed upon us by the Council on Social Work Education is a strong testament to the quality and academic integrity of our undergraduate social work programs on the Troy, Phenix City and Dothan campuses,” said Dr. Damon Andrew, dean of the College of Health and Human Services.

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‘Right-brainers’ explored by College of Communication and Fine Arts

Posted: Tuesday, 03 November 2010

TROY—Troy University’s College of Communication and Fine Arts is exploring “A Whole New Mind.”

The College is using Daniel Pink’s “A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future,” as the basis of its Fall 2010 College Reading Initiative. The book examines the shift from “left-brain” dominant careers like lawyers, accountants and software engineers to creative, emphatic “right-brain” careers such as designing, teaching, inventing and storytelling.

As part of the initiative, the Department of Art and Design is holding a “Pink Poster” exhibit through Nov. 19 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Malone Hall foyer. The exhibit will feature 12 poster designs based on the book created by instructor Beverly Leach’s “Principles of Digital Design” class. The posters illustrate the six senses described in Pink’s book: Design, Story, Symphony, Empathy, Play and Meaning.

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Grant aims to increase number of rehabilitation counselors in three-state area

Posted: Tuesday, 02 November 2010

TROY—A $750,000 federal grant will help Troy University increase the number of rehabilitation counselors available to aid state programs in Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

The University’s College of Education received funding, which will cover a five-year period, from the U.S. Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration to provide a Rehabilitation Counseling Education program for state vocational rehabilitation agencies in the three states.

The funds will provide tuition and expense scholarships for a minimum of 60 students to earn master’s degrees in the University’s Rehabilitation Counseling program and will be offered on the University’s campuses in Troy, Dothan, Montgomery and Phenix City.

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Classic musical “Oklahoma!” coming to TROY’s Davis Theatre

Posted: Tuesday, 02 November 2010
The Pied Pipers

TROY—Winner of numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, “Oklahoma!” is the classic American musical that launched the songwriting collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.

Set in turn-of-the-century Oklahoma, amidst the high-spirited rivalry between local farmers and cowboys, “Oklahoma!” is the cherished love story of Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl. The musical features such favorite songs as “People Will Say We’re in Love,” “Oh What A Beautiful Mornin’,” and “Surrey With Fringe On Top.”

The show has a 7 p.m. curtain time.

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International festival slated for Nov. 12

Posted: Tuesday, 02 November 2010

TROY—Troy University’s International Student Cultural Organization will host the community to its 27th annual ISCO Festival.

The festival, which includes a buffet-styled selection of international cuisine and entertainment by some of TROY’s more than 750 international students, is scheduled for 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. November 12 in the Trojan Center Ballrooms.

This year, 12 delicacies from 12 countries will be served.

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'Al the Astronut' to connect local students to International Space Station

Posted: Monday, 01 November 2010
The Pied Pipers

DOTHAN—“Al the Astronut” has gone where no other peanut has gone before, with a mission to help teachers bring lessons on space travel, science and technology to Wiregrass area classrooms.

Troy University’s Wiregrass Math and Science Consortium designed the kid-friendly “astronut” mascot in honor of the National Peanut Festival and worked with NASA officials to have Al transported to the International Space Station this fall.

With the support of astronaut Doug Wheelock, the Consortium has designed a series of lesson plans based on Al’s adventures in space, which are being made available at no cost to local teachers. Wheelock is the current commander aboard the ISS and has worked closely with local schools through the Wiregrass Math and Science Consortium.

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