Welcome Weekend kicks off fall semester at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 04 August 2011

TROY- Troy University's "Welcome Weekend 2011," scheduled for the Troy Campus on Aug. 13-14, will include the official move-in day for on-campus residents and the seventh annual Odyssey Convocation for New Students.

Students will be able to move into the University's residence halls beginning on Saturday, Aug. 13, and a number of TROY faculty and staff, as well as members of the community will be on hand to assist with hospitality and moving between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Fall semester classes begin on Wednesday, Aug. 17, on the Troy Campus.

"Welcome Weekend is a great way for the Troy University community to help our students become acquainted with our campus and community," said Charlesetta T. Jones, coordinator of the event.

For more information about Welcome Weekend, contact the Troy University Housing Office at 334-670-3346.

Troy University alumnus Carl Cole will serve as the keynote speaker for the Odyssey Convocation for new students on Sunday, Aug.14, which will also feature an address by TROY Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. The convocation, designed to introduce new students to the University's customs, traditions, people and places, will begin at 3 p.m. in Trojan Arena.

"The Odyssey Convocation is mile marker zero of the University journey for our entering students," said Dr. Hal Fulmer, associate provost of undergraduate studies and dean of first year studies. "It's an opportunity to bring the members of the Class of 2011 together and formally signal the beginning of their new experiences as Troy University Trojans."

Cole currently serves as a partner in the law firm of EysterKey in Decatur and is registered as a mediator by the State of Alabama. He graduated from TROY with a degree in political science in 1997. He was named the University's Political Science Student of the Year in 1995 and was a member of numerous honor societies during his time at TROY. Cole received a juris doctor degree from the University of Alabama School of law in 2000.

Cole is a member of Rotary International and the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce. He is past president of Troy University's Young Alumni Council. In 2004, Cole was the Democratic Party nominee for the District 4 seat in the United States House of Representatives.