University mourns death of former alumni president Gardner

Posted: Friday, 30 May 2014
James C. "Jimmy" Gardner

TROY - James C. "Jimmy" Gardner, a 1975 alumnus and past president of the Troy University Alumni Association, passed away on May 28 following a battle with cancer. He was 65.

Gardner owned Jimmy Gardner State Farm Insurance and has been a State Farm agent for more than 30 years. In addition he coached high school football for 41 years, earning him recognition in the Fort Dale Academy Athletic Hall of Fame and the Alabama Independent Schools Association Sports Hall of Fame.

He was co-founder of the Butler County TROY Alumni Chapter in 1999, and is a Lifetime Member of the TROY Alumni Association, a member of the Trojan Warriors and the Troy University Shield Society.

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Troy University to present math camp for girls at the Dothan Campus

Posted: Friday, 30 May 2014

DOTHAN - Troy University will present a summer camp in June at the Dothan Campus that aims to inspire local girls to excel in mathematics and science.

"Mathematics, the Queen of Sciences" will be held June 9-13 at the Dothan Campus for 27 girls in 7th-10th grade who have shown a strong interest in math and science. Participants were selected based on submitted essays, evaluation of recent grades and teacher recommendations.

In addition to enrichment activities designed to boost the girls' math knowledge, the camp will also give girls the chance to meet with and hear from women currently working in the fields of science, technology and math.

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TROY to play host to tax workshops for new business owners June 17

Posted: Friday, 30 May 2014

TROY - The Troy University Small Business Development Center will offer a session of the Alabama Department of Revenue's Tax Workshop for new business owners in the Troy area on June 17.

The free workshop, which will begin at 5:30 p.m., will be held at the Pike County Economic Development Corporation, located at 100 Industrial Boulevard.

Presented by the Office of Taxpayer Advocacy, the workshops will present information on a variety of state tax and business topics, including employer withholding taxes, state and local sales taxes, property taxes, business licensing requirements and Alabama's child labor law. In addition, an overview of Alabama's business tax electronic filing programs will be presented.

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Students with disabilities to participate in Governor's Youth Leadership Forum

Posted: Thursday, 29 May 2014

TROY - About 30 high school students with disabilities will take part in leadership exercises and get lessons in how state government works as a part of the Alabama Governor's Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) at Troy University, June 1 - 5.

The forum is co-sponsored by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and Troy's Institute of Leadership Development with support from agencies including the Alabama Department of Education, the Alabama Department of Mental Health, the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities, and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

This year's YLF will feature sessions on career exploration and technology available to assist people with disabilities, as well as "Living on My Own," a panel discussion led by successful Alabamians with disabilities. Other sessions will look at self-advocacy, team building, and life goals.

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Alabama HOBY Leadership Conference brings student leaders to Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 29 May 2014

TROY - More than 300 rising high school juniors will descend on Troy University to attend the Alabama Leadership Seminar's Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Conference May 30.

The event marks the tenth time in the conference's 31-year history in Alabama that it will be held at the University.

Modeled after HOBY's World Leadership Congress, and part of the HOBY program, the seminar provides an opportunity to build on leadership skills already possessed by the student ambassadors. Students are nominated by their respective high schools and are chosen to attend based on emerging leadership ability, the ability to work well with others, a desire for new pursuits and a willingness to learn and share.

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Troy University's Small Business Development Center plans tax workshops for June 05

Posted: Tuesday, 27 May 2014

DOTHAN - Troy University and the Alabama Department of Revenue will sponsor two sessions of the New Business Tax Workshop on the Dothan Campus on June 5.

The free workshops, arranged by TROY's Small Business Development Center, will be offered from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m., and repeated from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Continuing Education Center on the second floor of Adams Hall on the Dothan Campus.

"If you are trying to start a business, or if you have been in business for years, you don't want to miss this program," said Sandra Lucas, the Center's director. "There's no one better to explain 'the why, the when, the where, the how, and the who' other than the tax experts who examine submitted tax forms."

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TROY named best for veterans

Posted: Thursday, 22 May 2014

TROY – U.S. News and World Report has named Troy University one of the best for veterans to attend in its "Best Online Programs for Veterans."

The rankings, now in their second year, were designed to help veterans identify high-quality online degree programs that suit their educational needs.

TROY was ranked in the overall Top 20 for Best Colleges for Veterans in the region, and its online bachelor's programs were ranked at 27 overall. The University made the list in the 13th spot for Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans; at 16 for its online education programs; and was ranked 32 on the Best Online Graduate Business Programs for Veterans.

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Troy University to present Summer Spectacular children's camp starting June 10

Posted: Tuesday, 20 May 2014

DOTHAN - Troy University's annual learning enrichment camp for local children, Summer Spectacular, will explore global cultures starting June 10 at Kelly Springs Elementary School.

Open to children ages 4 to 12, the camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, from June 10-July 3. The cost is $30 per week, per child.

Troy University students majoring in education lead the annual four-week summer learning enrichment program. Summer Spectacular provides a fun learning environment for children while giving TROY students hands-on experience in a classroom setting.

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Phenix City Public Schools superintendent to address TROY graduates

Posted: Monday, 19 May 2014

PHENIX CITY - Dr. Rodney S. Hinton, the interim superintendent of Phenix City Public Schools, will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates on Friday, May 30, during a joint spring commencement ceremony for the Phenix City Campus and the Columbus/Fort Benning site.

The ceremony will be held starting at 7 p.m. inside the Columbus Civic Center. Approximately 250 students will receive degrees this spring at TROY's Phenix City and Columbus locations.

Dr. Hinton has served as a teacher on the secondary and university levels, as an elementary and secondary principal and as a director of curriculum and instruction on the central office level.

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Pat Thomas challenges Troy University graduates to give back

Posted: Monday, 19 May 2014
Pat Thomas speaks at the Dothan Commencement

DOTHAN - Former Dothan Mayor Pat Thomas challenged Troy University graduates to mentor others and make a difference in their communities by giving back.

Thomas delivered the keynote address during the spring commencement ceremony for TROY's Dothan Campus on Friday, May 16, at the Dothan Civic Center. About 153 students received degrees this spring at the Dothan Campus.

Thomas challenged graduates to continue to achieve.

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Troy University to present Forensic Science Summer Program for high school students

Posted: Thursday, 15 May 2014

DOTHAN - Local high school students will get hands-on training in crime scene investigation during the third annual Forensic Science Summer Program hosted by Troy University June 9-13 at the Dothan Campus.

Presented by the TROY College of Arts and Sciences in conjunction with the Dothan Police Department and the Houston County Sheriff's Department, the program teaches high school students about the different sciences that make up crime scene investigation. This year, the camp will focus on the science of forensic entomology and toxicology. Participants will learn how insects provide important clues in a death investigation.

"We will learn about the life cycle of the common house fly and how these creatures can help determine the way in which a victim died," said Dr. Vicki Lindsay, professor of criminal justice at the Dothan Campus and a co-director for the summer program. "This will be a hands-on experience in which students will work alongside the top experts in their fields as well as our nationally accredited local law enforcement professionals."

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Special Olympics State Games Friday - Saturday in Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 14 May 2014

May 16-17: The 2014 Alabama Special Olympics State Games will be conducted in Troy and on the Troy Campus beginning with opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. Friday in Trojan Arena. Below follows a more detailed schedule.

Law enforcement officers from throughout the state will be conducting the annual Torch Run. It will terminate near Trojan Arena and Veterans Memorial Stadium about 2 p.m. on Friday.

The run will enter the city of Troy and will be at the Troy Police Department at about 1:30 p.m. There is a brief ceremony, however, this presents an outstanding photo opportunity of the runners as they come across the Square on Elm Street in route to the police department. It is recommended media be in place on the bridge prior to 1:30 p.m. The run will proceed from TPD along South Brundidge Street to University Avenue, ending at the stadium.

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TROY alumnus, former NORAD commander challenges TROY graduates

Posted: Friday, 09 May 2014

TROY - Troy University alumnus and former commander of NORAD and the United States Northern Command Gen. Victor E. Renuart, Jr., challenged TROY graduates on Friday to approach their next steps with a positive outlook.

Speaking to more than 700 graduates representing 24 states and 14 nations, who took part in the Friday morning ceremony at Trojan Arena on the Troy Campus, Gen. Renuart said commencement marks a beginning rather than an end.

"You are all sitting here this morning thinking 'I'm finally finished'," he said. "However, commencement really isn't an ending but rather a beginning – a beginning of the next stage of your lives."

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TROY announces partnership to introduce flight training

Posted: Friday, 09 May 2014
Troy University announces the creation of a new pilot training program

TROY - Troy University officials, together with City of Troy and Mauna Loa Helicopters, today announced the establishment of a program aimed at training commercial aviators at N. Kenneth Campbell Field.

The program, that will allow students at the University to earn a minor in aviation operations with either fixed-wing or rotary-wing tracts, will begin in fall 2014.

"We are excited to bring into creation the first academic program at TROY that is designed to train pilots, although our roots in aviation - particularly military aviation - are deep," said Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. "Southeast Alabama, with Fort Rucker, Sikorsky, Lockheed Martin and the aviation program at Enterprise-Ozark Community College, is the hub of Alabama aviation. I am proud that TROY - with this partnership - will play a role in continuing this tradition."

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Alabama Power Vice President to address TROY graduates in Montgomery

Posted: Wednesday, 07 May 2014

MONTGOMERY - Leslie Sanders, the Southern Division Vice President for Alabama Power Company, will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates during the Spring Commencement ceremony for the Montgomery Campus on Monday, May 19.

The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. About 145 students will receive degrees this spring at the Montgomery Campus.

Sanders is responsible for Alabama Power's operations in parts of 19 counties in south central Alabama, including Montgomery. The Southern Division employs more than 660 people and serves about 220,000 customers. A 26-year veteran of Alabama Power, Sanders previously served as Vice President of Governmental Relations.

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May 06 Media Advisory

Posted: Tuesday, 06 May 2014

Internationally renowned sculptor visiting Troy University

May 6-9: HOU BAU ZHU, internationally renowned sculptor, is visiting Troy University and is available for interviews. He is responsible for the replica of The Thinker on the Troy Campus, the Trojan Warrior statues located on the Dothan and Montgomery campuses and in Veterans Memorial Stadium, as well as many other sculptures on the Troy Campus. His visit will culminate on Friday, May 9, as he will be awarded an honorary doctorate degree during commencement ceremonies on the Troy Campus. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in Trojan Arena. Contact Andy Ellis ( or Clif Lusk ( to arrange interviews.

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May 05 Media Advisory

Posted: Monday, 05 May 2014

TROY to announce partnership with flight training company

May 8, 2 p.m.; Troy Municipal Airport: Troy University, the City of Troy and Mauna Loa Helicopters will announce the creation of a new program aimed at training commercial pilots at the main terminal building at the Troy Municipal Airport. The event will begin at 2 p.m.

Beginning at 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., orientation flights for media will be available with Mauna Loa aircraft. These flights, in fixed wing training aircraft, will last 15 minutes in duration and will allow media to get background footage and still photography from inside the aircraft. Media wishing to take advantage of this opportunity must contact Clif Lusk via email at no later than Wednesday at 12 p.m. to schedule.

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Former Dothan Mayor Pat Thomas to address TROY graduates

Posted: Monday, 05 May 2014

DOTHAN - Former Dothan Mayor Pat Thomas will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates during the Spring Commencement ceremony for the Dothan Campus on Friday, May 16.

The ceremony will be held starting at 10 a.m. inside the Dothan Civic Center. About 153 students will receive degrees this spring at the Dothan Campus.

Thomas served as Mayor of Dothan from 2005-2009. Prior to that, he served on the Dothan City Commission from 1997-2001.

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Trojan Arena receives national recognition

Posted: Monday, 05 May 2014

TROY - Troy University's "Trojan Arena" has been named by "Learning By Design" as an outstanding project in its Spring 2014 Architectural Review Showcase.

In association with the American Institute of Architects Academy, the Council of Educational Facility Planners International, and the American Architectural Foundation Design for Learning Council, Ed Spaces and others, "Learning By Design" recognizes some of the most exceptional education design projects in the United States.

"We are delighted that Trojan Arena has been recognized as one of the best facilities of its kind in the nation," said Troy Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. "This award is testament to the vision of our trustees and staff and it reflects the talent of our architectural partners Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood. Through intense 'value engineering' the end result exceeded the financial investment we made in the Arena."

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W.A. Gayle Planetarium to host Astronomy Day activities

Posted: Friday, 02 May 2014

MONTGOMERY - Local families can experience the W.A. Gayle Planetarium's new digital projection system and take a closer look at the night sky during the annual Astronomy Day celebration on Saturday, May 10.

The event is held in partnership with the Auburn Astronomical Society and is designed to introduce families to the fun of astronomy.

This is a "rain or shine" event, and admission is free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own telescopes or binoculars as well.

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