Troy Rotary Club recognizes international students, has peace conference

Posted: Thursday, 25 October 2012

TROY - Troy University international students were treated to a luncheon by the Troy Rotary Club as part of its peace forum initiative. The Troy Campus is home to almost 900 international students from 66 countries, in addition to serving students in nine countries outside the United States and across every time zone in the world via its eTROY online portal. The Troy Rotary Club, acting on a mandate by its Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka of Japan, organized its annual international student luncheon around the theme of “Peace through Service.” “Troy Rotary Club has been instrumental in helping build and shape our international program,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor and Rotarian. “When I came in 1989, we had 40 international students. Through the years since, the Rotary Club has partnered with us on a Pace Hall renovation and provided a very significant $125,000 in funding. Today, you will hear more than 80 languages being spoken on the Troy Campus. We have more than 1,000 students studying with us in Vietnam, and we are truly Alabama’s ‘international university’ largely due to Rotary’s influence and support.” Dr. Hawkins said other significant partnerships between the University and Rotary include the naming of the entry plaza into Pace Hall, headquarters of TROY’s international program, as the Nolan Hatcher International Gateway. Dr. Hatcher, a long-time TROY professor and Rotarian, created the University’s first international programming. During the course of the program, students were presented a program led by Troy Club president Dr. John Dew, Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Services and Administration, that included a presentation on polio eradication, a major Rotary International initiative, and were treated to a Tibetan dance by visiting scholar Qian Chen, a faculty member from Sichuan Normal University in China who is classically trained in Chinese folk dance. As part of the program, the flags of the top 10 nations represented on campus were presented to Rotarians by student flag bearers in native dress. Of those nations, China has the largest student representation on the Troy Campus with 343 students, followed by Vietnam, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, India, Nepal, France, Kenya, Azerbaijan and Bangladesh. The University will celebrate International Education Week Nov. 3 - 9, with the International Student Cultural Organization’s ISCO Festival scheduled for Nov. 8. The Festival is an annual event where international students oversee the preparation of native dishes and provide entertainment.