Alumnus appointed to Board of Trustees at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 29 February 2012
Gibson Vance

TROY - Troy University alumnus C. Gibson Vance has been named to the University's Board of Trustees by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley.

Vance, a shareholder in the Montgomery law firm of Beasley Allen, was selected by Gov. Bentley and approved by the Alabama Senate. In addition, two current members – Allen Owen and Roy Drinkard -- were reappointed to the Board. Trustees are appointed to 12-year terms.

"We are pleased to welcome Mr. Vance to our Board of Trustees," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. "As an alumnus, he has served as a wonderful ambassador for Troy University, and we look forward to the vision and leadership he will provide as a Trustee."

Vance practices in Beasley Allen's personal injury and consumer fraud sections, concentrating in actions against those who negligently or intentionally harm others. His clients include both individuals and small businesses.

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Troy University to host teacher recruitment fair

Posted: Wednesday, 29 February 2012

DOTHAN—Aspiring teachers looking for work will get the chance to meet with representatives from area school systems during the Dothan Teachers Fair at Troy University on Wednesday, February 29.

The fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Dothan Campus inside the Harrison Room in Malone Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Attendees will get the chance to discuss employment opportunities with representatives from several area school systems including Calhoun County Schools, Clay County Schools, Coffee County Schools, Dothan City Schools, Early County Schools, Eufaula City Schools, Houston County Schools and Russell County Schools.

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Presidential politics topic of Troy University's Civic Engagement Series on March 5

Posted: Wednesday, 29 February 2012

TROY - Presidential politics will be the topic of discussion during the fifth installment of Troy University's Civic Engagement Series on March 5.

The event, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the Trojan Center Ballrooms, will focus on the topic "Should There Be a Change in the Presidential Leadership" and will feature position statements from TROY students Cody Farrill and Ryan Williams, as well as discussion and questions from the audience.

"In light of the Alabama primary on March 13, we will examine the future political direction of the United States," said Jonathan T. Cellon, coordinator of student learning initiatives at TROY. "Students in attendance will have an opportunity to participate, express their views and ask questions."

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Agreement establishes pathway to MD degree

Posted: Wednesday, 29 February 2012

TROY – Troy University students can now transition into medical school thanks to an international partnership.

The direct admission agreement signed Wednesday on the Troy Campus with the Universidad De Iberoamerica's College of Medicine will clear the way for TROY students in certain College of Arts and Sciences disciplines to easily transition into medical school at the Costa Rican university.

"We are quite excited about the opportunities this new agreement offers our students at Troy University," said Dr. James Rinehart, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "It sets the stage for a wonderful partnership of substantive study-abroad programs in the health-related professions that will be of importance for TROY students well into the future."

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Register for B session classes at Troy University's Montgomery Campus

Posted: Wednesday, 29 February 2012

MONTGOMERY - Troy University is currently accepting applications and registering students for spring semester B session classes at its Montgomery Campus.

The Montgomery Campus offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees in arts and sciences, business, counseling, education and psychology with a wide range of day, evening and online classes designed especially to meet the needs of adult learners.

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Daniel Foundation supports TROY riverfront project in Phenix City with $600,000 gift

Posted: Tuesday, 28 February 2012

PHENIX CITY—Troy University's proposed riverfront building in Phenix City has received a major boost in the form of a $600,000 gift from the Daniel Foundation.

The University, which established a campus in Phenix City in 1975, and the City have joined forces on the project, which will build a multi-story building which includes classrooms and offices in downtown Phenix City.

"Troy University, through the development of its campus, planted the seed of Renaissance in downtown Montgomery," said Charles W. Daniel of the Daniel Foundation, which is based in Birmingham. "I believe the Troy University riverfront project in Phenix City will have a similar effect. The Daniel Foundation is proud to be a part of this important initiative."

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TROY celebrates 125th birthday

Posted: Friday, 24 February 2012
125th Cake

TROY – Troy University turned 125 years old today amid a giant birthday party for students, faculty, staff and guests in Sartain Hall on the Troy Campus – and at sites around the world.

"As we celebrate 125 years of service, we can take pride that not only have we survived, but that we have thrived," said Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. "We have excelled because we stand on the rock of our founding principles captured in the motto: Educate the mind to think, the heart to feel and the body to act. That was true in 1887, and it's certainly true today."

An act of the Alabama Legislature established the State Normal School at Troy in 1887. Friday's birthday party, a simultaneous event with campuses in Montgomery, Phenix City, Dothan and other sites throughout the U.S. and the world, featured a balloon drop, birthday cake, speeches, and was streamed live across the Internet.

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Trojan Vision Nightly News takes 'best in south' designation

Posted: Friday, 24 February 2012
Best College TV Station

TROY - For the 11th time in 12 years, Troy University's Trojan Vision Nightly News was awarded the Best College TV Station by the Southeast Journalism Conference.

The award came during the conference's 26th annual convention in Martin, Tenn. Feb. 9 -11. The competition is judged by journalism professionals from newspapers, broadcast outlets and magazines from across the country, and included more than 300 entries from 33 eligible member schools.

"The SEJC is a wonderful avenue for our students to network with different schools that have mass communication departments and to compete against the other member institutions in contests, such as the Best of the South and On-Site competitions," said Jefferson Spurlock, associate director of TROY's Hall School of Journalism, and a two-time SEJC president.

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MathFest conference comes to Troy University's Montgomery Campus on Saturday

Posted: Wednesday, 22 February 2012

MONTGOMERY - Troy University's MathFest 2012 will be held at the University's Rosa Parks Museum Auditorium on the Montgomery Campus on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

"This is the only math conference in the state of Alabama dedicated primarily to undergraduate mathematics students and their work, and it is one of only a few in the southeast," said Dr. Vijaya Gompa, professor and department chair in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University's Dothan Campus. "It is growing each year, and the goal is to make this something that students around the state and beyond will look forward to."

Made possible by Troy University funding and a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant through the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), TROY MathFest, created in 2004, allows students from around the region to gather to take part in presentations and discussions covering all areas of mathematics.

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Troy University to celebrate 125th birthday with worldwide celebration

Posted: Monday, 20 February 2012

TROY—Troy University will mark its 125th birthday on Friday, Feb. 24, with a day of festivities at all of its campuses in Alabama and around the world.

TROY's worldwide 125th birthday celebration will start at 11:30 a.m. on the Troy Campus, inside Sartain Hall. The event will include a balloon drop at noon, followed by a cake cutting, music, and remarks from speakers including Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr.

The campuses in Dothan, Montgomery and Phenix City will be holding simultaneous celebrations, and other national and international sites will be participating as well.

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Congressman tells students 'never give up'

Posted: Monday, 20 February 2012

TROY - For the 11th time in 12 years, Troy University's Trojan Vision Nightly News was awarded the Best College TV Station by the Southeast Journalism Conference.

The award came during the conference's 26th annual convention in Martin, Tenn. Feb. 9 -11. The competition is judged by journalism professionals from newspapers, broadcast outlets and magazines from across the country, and included more than 300 entries from 33 eligible member schools.

"The SEJC is a wonderful avenue for our students to network with different schools that have mass communication departments and to compete against the other member institutions in contests, such as the Best of the South and On-Site competitions," said Jefferson Spurlock, associate director of TROY's Hall School of Journalism, and a two-time SEJC president.

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TROY Army ROTC cadets make mark on Fort Benning

Posted: Friday, 17 February 2012

TROY –Troy University Army ROTC cadets showed their leadership skills and physical prowess in a Leaders Reaction Course at Fort Benning, Ga.

Thirty-two junior-level cadets were evaluated by Army and ROTC instructors to see how they stack up against other junior-level cadets nationwide in a series of challenging obstacles designed to test effective leadership, situational thinking and adapting to challenge with limited resources to complete the mission.

The training was conducted on Saturday, Feb. 11.

"I feel like the training we receive at Troy University is doing a great job preparing us, not only for evaluations like (LRC), but to be a good leader in the Army," said Cadet Taylor Oaks, a junior criminal justice major from Charlotte, N.C.

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Emmy-winner Ed Asner to perform in "FDR" at the Davis Theatre

Posted: Thursday, 16 February 2012
Ed Asner

MONTGOMERY—Emmy-winning actor Ed Asner will portray President Franklin D. Roosevelt on stage at Troy University's Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts in the one-man show "FDR" on Tuesday, March 6, at 7 p.m.

Asner is the recipient of seven Emmy Awards (for the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Lou Grant") and 16 nominations, five Golden Globe Awards, and a member of the TV Academy Hall of Fame. He will star in the solo performance drama "FDR" based on Dore Schary's Broadway hit "Sunrise at Campobello", which ran 70 weeks on Broadway.

"FDR" explores the life of one of America's best-loved presidents and the events and decisions that shaped a nation. The play follows the iconic president as he reflects on his years in office, from inauguration to the trials of World War II.

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Congressman John Lewis to speak at Troy University on Freedom Riders

Posted: Wednesday, 15 February 2012

TROY – As a special part of the McPherson-Mitchell Lecture Series on Southern History, a Pike County native, United States congressman and a leader of the Civil Rights Movement, will address faculty, staff, students and guests at Troy University.

U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) will conduct the address at Noon on Monday, Feb. 20 in the Claudia Crosby Theater.

"John Lewis is one of the major figures of the Civil Rights era. As a native of Troy, he - better than anyone else - can bring that important period of American history alive for students of this University," said Dr. David Carlson, an assistant professor of history at TROY who coordinates the lecture series.

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New website aims at providing rapid response to prospective students

Posted: Wednesday, 15 February 2012

TROY — Troy University has unveiled a new student recruiting and outreach website designed to provide rapid response to people seeking information about the University, especially prospective students.

Called myTROYu, the site is designed to meet the needs of a variety of different types of students, including first-time students, international students, adult learners and transfer students, according to Buddy Starling, dean of enrollment management.

"myTROYu was designed with responsiveness in mind and gives us an effective platform to build relationships," Dean Starling said. "Student types are so varied today and we expect that solutions like myTROYu will be what differentiates us from our competitors."

The site was developed by the University's Department of Information Technology and designed for functionality and ease of use, said Greg Price, chief technology and security officer.

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Troy University to offer "Instant Piano" course

Posted: Tuesday, 14 February 2012

DOTHAN—Troy University will offer a one-night piano class on Monday, Feb. 20, designed to get novice musicians playing instantly.

The class will be held from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Dothan Campus Continuing Education Center.

Perfect for anyone who has always wanted to play the piano but felt they did not have the time to learn, "Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People" will introduce participants to the basic techniques needed to make piano playing a part of their lives.

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TROY announces more than $160 million raised to date in capital campaign

Posted: Saturday, 11 February 2012
Building Beyond Boundaries

TROY — Troy University officials tonight revealed that the University has raised more than $167 million towards completion of a $200 million capital campaign that will support continued growth and development at TROY for years to come.

Launched in 2008, the Building Beyond Boundaries capital campaign is a fundraising initiative with the goal of helping the University attract the best and brightest students and faculty, excel in athletics, provide infrastructure to propel growth and lead the way in global education. To date the campaign has raised $167,925,923.

University officials made the public announcement of the campaign during TROY's 125th Birthday Gala Celebration at the Troy Campus on Saturday, Feb. 11. The event also recognized TROY donors including members of the Shield Society, the University's planned giving society, and the Circle of 125, a special group of donors who are supporting the University's yearlong 125th birthday celebration.

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Coleman family gift paves way for new Dothan Campus building

Posted: Saturday, 11 February 2012
Jeff Coleman

TROY—A donation to Troy University from the James F. Coleman family of Dothan will help pave the way for construction of a new academic building at the Dothan Campus.

TROY alumnus Jeff Coleman presented the donation on behalf of the family to the University Saturday night during TROY's 125th Birthday Gala Celebration at the Troy Campus.

The new building will bear the name James F. Coleman Hall in honor of Coleman's father.

"We've been talking about this project in a silent period for a number of years now, and in December I thought of great way to get involved," Coleman said. "I went back to my family, and we thought this was a great way to honor a great man in my life, my father."

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Free market economics and students futures aim for new center

Posted: Saturday, 11 February 2012
Dr. Johnson

TROY – A focus on protecting freedom and prosperity for future generations will guide the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University.

The Center's namesake outlined the agenda Friday at the official dedication of the Center inside the newly completed 40,000 square-foot expansion of Bibb Graves Hall, home to the Sorrell College of Business on the Troy Campus.

Speaking before about 200 community, business, government, student and University leaders, Dr. Manley Johnson said that while the center for the study of free-market economics bears his name, its creation was due to the collaboration of many individuals, educators and business leaders.

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Moral argument is key in preservation of free enterprise system, economist says

Posted: Saturday, 11 February 2012
Arthur C.

TROY, Ala. - The fight for the free enterprise system is not an economic struggle, but rather a moral imperative, a leading U.S. free-market economist told students and guests at Troy University on Friday.

Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI), lectured at TROY in conjunction with the dedication of the University's Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy and called the center's development "an important achievement for Troy University and America."

Dr. Brooks said the battle for free enterprise is being lost because free-market proponents are failing to make the moral argument.

"There are three explanations for why the free enterprise system is losing ground – the liberal explanation, the conservative explanation and the correct explanation," Brooks told a standing-room-only crowd in the University's Trojan Center Theatre. "The liberal argument is that the American people don't love the free enterprise system. The conservatives say that we need more data. The correct answer for why we are not succeeding in our arguments for the free enterprise system is that we are approaching a moral argument with materialistic tools. If we don't make the moral argument, we are going to lose the free enterprise system."

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TROY Library continues Civil War series

Posted: Saturday, 11 February 2012
Dr. Brooks

TROY – Troy University Library continues its Civil War series Monday, Feb. 13, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the war.

"Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War" is a five-part reading and discussion series, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and local sponsors and developed by the American Library Association. Dr. David Carlson, assistant professor of history at TROY, will lead discussions and moderate each session. The first session was Jan. 23.

Monday's session, "Choosing Sides," will include discussion of selections from the anthology "America's War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries."

According to Social Science Librarian John Phil McLaney, Jr., who's helping coordinate the series, the specific readings will include selections from Frederick Douglas, Henry David Thoreau, Abraham Lincoln, Alexander Stephens, Robert Montague, Chapman Stuart, Elizabeth Brown Pryor, Mark Twain and Sarah Morgan.

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Video Available for Johnson Center dedication

Posted: Friday, 10 February 2012

Video is now available for download from today's Johnson Center dedication. You may access it here:

Right click the link links and select "save target as" to download. There are three spots available.

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Career Fair set for Feb. 29 at Troy University

Posted: Friday, 10 February 2012

TROY - Troy University's Office of Career Services will hold a career fair on the Troy Campus on Feb. 29, in the Trojan Center ballrooms from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This event is free and open to all students, alumni and employers and will allow participants to discuss positions within a variety of fields, including business, information systems, computer science, accounting, finance, management, insurance, customer service, biology and liberal arts.

All participating students and alumni are encouraged to bring their resumes.

"Troy University's career fair is a fantastic opportunity for our students to meet a variety of businesses from across the state and beyond," said Lauren Cole, coordinator of career services. "All students should attend whether they are freshmen who are just starting to explore career options or seniors whose goal it is to attain a job by graduation. Students from every major will find opportunities to discuss with employers their resumes and whether they are a good fit for that industry or business.

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Troy University's NABJ chapter to hold annual Apollo Night Feb. 8

Posted: Friday, 10 February 2012

TROY - Troy University's chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will hold its annual Apollo Night student talent show on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

The event is one of several Black History Month activities scheduled at the Troy Campus. A portion of the proceeds from Apollo Night will benefit the Christian Love Center in Troy.

Derived from Amateur Night at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem, N.Y., Apollo Night is a talent competition that allows the audience to choose the winner.

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TROY kicks off 125-year anniversary celebration

Posted: Tuesday, 07 February 2012

Feb. 11: On Saturday, Feb. 11, Troy University will conduct special ceremonies kicking off the 125th anniversary of the University. All events are open for coverage at the following venues and times:

  • 4 p.m. Trojan Shield Society Induction Trojan Center Theater
  • 6 p.m. Reception Trojan Center Lobby
  • 7 p.m. Birthday Dinner Celebration Trojan Center Ballrooms
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CNN Reporter Tom Foreman to host TROY 125th Birthday gala Saturday

Posted: Tuesday, 07 February 2012

TROY—Emmy-winning CNN reporter Tom Foreman will return to his alma mater on Saturday, Feb. 11, to serve as master of ceremonies for Troy University's 125th Birthday Gala Celebration at the Troy Campus.

"I am tremendously excited to be returning to TROY for this celebration," Foreman said. "So much of what has made my career a success began on that campus, in those classrooms, and I am honored to be part of this anniversary observance."

Foreman, a 1981 graduate of TROY's Hall School of Journalism, will host the University's 125th birthday gala celebration on Saturday, starting with a 6 p.m. reception followed by dinner at 7 p.m. inside the Trojan Center ballroom. The event will kickoff TROY's yearlong 125th Birthday celebration and will feature special recognition of University donors and supporters. While on campus, Foreman will also meet with students in the Hall School of Journalism and Communications.

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Leadership Conference participants challenged to make a difference

Posted: Saturday, 04 February 2012
Rev. Raphael G. Warnock

TROY - Participants in the 11th annual Leadership Conference Celebrating Black History Month left Troy University on Saturday with a challenge – do something to make a difference.

That challenge came from the Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, who closed the two-day event on Saturday with stirring words that drew several standing ovations from conference participants gathered in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus.

"There is a phrase I often hear as I travel around but it is one I have yet to understand," Dr. Warnock said. "The phrase is 'somebody ought to do something about that.' I find it interesting because it is a phrase that clearly demonstrates one's grasp of the issue while simultaneously absolving oneself of the responsibility and accountability. I hear the question: 'What are they going to do about it,' but 'they' have never shown up. 'They' are missing in action."

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TROY dancers benefit from guest choreographers

Posted: Friday, 03 February 2012

TROY – A renowned choreographer, dancer and director will work with Troy University students Saturday, Feb. 4 in the creation of a hip-hop production for a spring concert.

CiCi Kelley, an Atlanta native who studied at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Penn., will work with the students on the Troy Campus in the Elm Street gym. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and auditions begin at 1 p.m. Rehearsals will be the rest of Saturday and on Sunday, said Deborah Hicks, a coordinator for TROY Dance Repertoire Ensemble.

Kelley began her professional career in high school and, by age 21, had choreographed dances for New York City's "Showtime at the Apollo" and "Good Morning Philadelphia." Within a year of returning to Atlanta following her studies, she began working with prominent hip-hop artists. Her choreography has been seen on the WB's "Pepsi Smash" in Los Angeles, and "106 and Park" with the Atlanta-based "Ying Yang Twins." She has also performed with "Lil Jon & the Eastside Boys," "Petey Pablo," and the "Ying Yang Twins" on the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Speaker: Leave a legacy of greatness by serving others

Posted: Friday, 03 February 2012
Dr. Randal Pinkett

TROY—The keynote speaker of the 11th annual Leadership Conference Celebrating African-American History Month urged an audience of almost 400 to strive for greatness through a life of serving others.

The speaker, Dr. Randal Pinkett, co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of BCT Partners, a management, technology and consulting firm, opened the conference Friday at the Trojan Center Theatre on the Troy University campus. Dr. Pinkett, known nationally for winning season four of the hit TV reality show “The Apprentice,” drew on the life lessons of noted African-Americans to make his points, citing such figures as Harriett Tubman, Oprah Winfrey and President Barack Obama.

Dr. Pinkett said that success is fleeting and finite, while greatness is about “ building a legacy.”

“Success is what you do for yourself,” he said. “Greatness is what you do for somebody else. Leadership has little to do with the pursuit of success but it has everything to do with the pursuit of greatness.”

Dr. Pinkett, who was introduced by TROY Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. as an outstanding entrepreneur, author and leader, shared his three “Ls” of greatness:

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High school band members head to TROY for clinic and honor bands

Posted: Thursday, 02 February 2012

TROY – More than 450 high school band members will take part in the 39th annual Southeastern United States Concert Band Clinic and Honor Bands at Troy University Feb. 2-4.

Hosted by the University's College of Communication and Fine Arts and the John M. Long School of Music, SEUS Clinic and Honor Bands features three honor bands – Cardinal, Silver and Gold -- under the direction of guest conductors. This year's guest conductors are Dr. Frank Tracz from Kansas State University, Dr. Michael Burch-Pesses, of Pacific University and Mr. Jody Dunn, of Crestview High School in Florida.

In addition, Mr. James Swearingen of Capital University Conservatory of Music in Columbus, Ohio will serve as the 2012 Composer-in-Residence, said Dr. Maryjo Cochran, Dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts.

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Nanjing University Traditional Instruments Orchestra performance

Posted: Wednesday, 01 February 2012

Troy University will host a concert by the Nanjing University Traditional Instruments Orchestra for Beverlye Magnet School students on Friday, Feb. 3.

The concert will be held at the Dothan Campus at 10 a.m. inside the Sony Hall auditorium in the Library/Technology Building.

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