Chancellor Hawkins appointed to Marine Corps University board

Posted: Friday, 27 June 2014
Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr.

TROY - Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. has been appointed to the Board of Visitors of Marine Corps University, based in Quantico, Va.

The board, created in 1995 by Congress in 1995, meets semi-annually to provide assistance and recommendations to the Marine Corps University president. Board members serve in an advisory role.

"Serving in the U.S. Marines was one of the high points of my life and everything I learned about leadership I learned as a platoon leader in Vietnam, so this is a great honor both personally and professionally," Dr. Hawkins said. "I am looking forward to continuing my service to the Corps in a new role."

Dr. Hawkins was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1967 as a lieutenant and served as a platoon leader during the Vietnam War. For his combat duty, he received the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and a citation from the Korean Marine Corps.

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Donna Riley wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 26 June 2014
Donna Riley

TROY - Donna Riley, Human Resources Specialist at Troy University, has won the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Riley, who has been employed by the University since 2004, received the award on Wednesday during a ceremony in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. John Dew, Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Services, presented the award to Riley, who was nominated by Dr. Toni Taylor, Senior Human Resources Director.

The McKinley Award is the highest honor that Troy University gives to a non-faculty staff member. It is presented quarterly to an employee who has demonstrated outstanding attitude, innovation and work ethic. The award was established by the late John McKinley, former Texaco CEO, in honor of his father, Vergil Parks McKinley, who was a Troy University professor during the early 20th century and was key to the development of the University's athletic program. Winners of this award receive an engraved clock and a $1,000 stipend.

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Troy University awarded National Endowment for the Arts 'Big Read' grant

Posted: Thursday, 26 June 2014

TROY - Troy University has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to host "The Big Read," a program designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture.

Managed by Arts Midwest, "The Big Read" program exposes citizens to great works of literature and encourages them to read for pleasure and enrichment. The program provides communities nationwide with the opportunity to read, discuss and celebrate one of 36 selections from U.S. and world literature. The grants will enable selected organizations to promote and carry out community-based reading programs featuring activities such as read-a-thons, book discussions, lectures, movie screenings and performing arts events.

"It is a real honor for Troy University to receive a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read award for the Fall 2014," said Dr. Hal Fulmer, Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate and First-Year Studies. "We were the only Big Read awarded in the state of Alabama in this upcoming cycle. This award marks the culmination of a significant effort by the University to create a culture of engaged readers as part of its multi-year Quality Enhancement Plan."

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Givhan named to senior leadership position at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Maj. Gen. Walter D. Givhan

TROY - Maj. Gen. Walter D. Givhan has been named Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Economic Development at Troy University, according to Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor.

Givhan, a native of Safford, Ala., who earned a master's degree from TROY, retired this year as a major general in the U.S. Air Force, serving as Vice Commander of Air University in Montgomery, where he oversaw all of the Air Force's higher education-with the exception of the Air Force Academy-including the Community College of the Air Force, the world's largest community college system. He has also served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in charge of U.S. global assistance programs and as Commandant of the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, Ohio, the Air Force's graduate school of engineering and management as well as its institution for technical professional continuing education.

In his role at TROY, Givhan will lead development and outreach efforts, including fundraising, sponsored programs, governmental relations and marketing and communication. In addition, he will lead the University's efforts at promoting economic development across the state and region.

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TROY professor selected to participate in Advanced Placement reading

Posted: Thursday, 12 June 2014

TROY - Greg Skaggs, associate professor of art at Troy University, has been selected to participate in the College Board's annual Advanced Placement reading.

Each June, Advanced Placement teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP exams. During the scoring sessions, more than 12,500 readers will evaluate more than 4.2 million AP exams.

"The reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers ad professors that the world has to offer," said Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President, AP and Instruction at the College Board. "It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like TROY's Greg Skaggs."

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Troy University professor elected president of North American Society for Sport Management

Posted: Wednesday, 11 June 2014
Dr. Marlene Dixon

Dr. Marlene Dixon, professor in the School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management at Troy University, has been elected president of the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), the world's flagship association for sport management academicians and professionals.

Dr. Dixon will serve a three-year commitment, the first a one-year term as president-elect followed by a one-year term as president and a one-year term as past president.

"I am very pleased to be chosen to serve NASSM as its next president," said Dr. Dixon, who is based at the University's location in San Antonio, Texas. "I have been involved in the organization for 15 years and have found that NASSM has been instrumental to my professional growth. The people involved are excellent scholars with a vision for moving sport management forward as a discipline and practice."

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Troy University online criminal justice programs ranked in top 15 nationally as 'best buys'

Posted: Wednesday, 11 June 2014

TROY - Two Troy University online degree programs in criminal justice have been highly ranked nationally as "Best Buys" by, a consumer group that provides comparative data on some 3,800 regionally accredited online programs as a service to help students, ranked TROY's online Master of Science in Criminal Justice program eighth among competing options nationwide, while the bachelor's program was ranked 15th.

The Best Buy rankings listed 18 affordable online master's degree programs in criminal justice. The rankings were calculated by comparing tuition and distance education fees at 31 regionally accredited universities in the U.S.

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Tuskegee Airmen exhibit on display at the Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Friday, 06 June 2014
James C. "Jimmy" Gardner

MONTGOMERY - An exhibit celebrating the nation's first African-American military aviators, the Tuskegee Airmen, is currently on display at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum.

The exhibit "Red Tails, Silver Wings: Painting and Drawings of the Tuskegee Airmen by Chris Hopkins" will be on display in the museum's exhibit hall through July 31.

Hopkins, a nationally acclaimed artist and illustrator, celebrates the pilots and support staff of the Tuskegee Airmen with a series of portraits that tell the story of the historic unit of aviators who trained at Moton Field in Tuskegee.

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Troy University's John M. Long School of Music to host Summer Music/Leadership Camp

Posted: Wednesday, 04 June 2014

TROY - Nearly 400 eighth through 12th grade band students will visit Troy University June 15-19 as the John M. Long School of Music plays host to its annual "Sound of the South" Summer Music/Leadership Camp.

The camp on the University's Troy Campus will offer classes in percussion ensemble, majorette, dance line, color guard, drum major and concert band/theory.

The camp will begin at 4 p.m. on June 15 with an opening assembly in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. The camp will conclude on Thursday, June 19 with a Camp Show and Awards Ceremony in Sartain Hall, beginning at 12:45 p.m.

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TROY graduate selected for Japan Exchange and Teaching Program

Posted: Wednesday, 04 June 2014

TROY - A recent Troy University graduate has been selected to participate in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program.

John Michael Wilson, a Dothan resident and the son of Anne and Bruce Hall, graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Wilson will be departing for Japan on July 26, and have the opportunity spend one year completely immersed in Japanese culture as an assistant language teacher in Ena-shi, Gifu Prefecture, Japan.

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'Crazy in Alabama' author to deliver keynote at Troy University's Reading Matters conference

Posted: Wednesday, 04 June 2014

TROY - Mark Childress, award-winning southern author and screenwriter perhaps best known for his novel and screenplay "Crazy in Alabama," will deliver the keynote address at the Reading Matters Interdisciplinary Summer Conference at Troy University on June 12.

The conference, which will be held in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus, will kick off on June 11 with an inaugural address delivered by Dr. Hal Fulmer, Associate Provost and Dean of First-Year and Undergraduate Studies. The inaugural address will be followed by a session of presentations by conference participants and a reception.

"As part of the University's multi-year Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) to create a culture of engaged readers, the summer reading conference provides an opportunity to assist our faculty with ideas about how to encourage our students to become more active readers and learners," Dr. Fulmer said. "This faculty development piece is one of three major focus areas for our QEP, along with the Common Reading Initiative and the College Reading selections. We are excited to present this conference which will include a major keynote address by Mark Childress, a spotlight lecture by Frye Gaillard, presentations by Troy University faculty, staff and students, as well as presentations by faculty from across the region and the country."

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Troy University English Professor selected for fellowship program

Posted: Tuesday, 03 June 2014

MONTGOMERY - Dr. Sara A. Kosiba, assistant professor of English at Troy University's Montgomery Campus, has been selected as a Harry Ransom Center research fellow.

The Center, a humanities research library and museum at the University of Texas at Austin, is supporting more than 80 research fellows for 2014-2015, the 25th anniversary of the fellowship program. Since the program's inception, the Center has awarded fellowships to more than 900 scholars from around the world.

The fellowships support research projects in the humanities that require substantial on-site use of the Center's collections of manuscripts, rare books, film, photography, art and performing arts materials.

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TROY's John M. Long School of Music to host Music Industry Camp June 19-21

Posted: Tuesday, 03 June 2014

TROY - Troy University and the John M. Long School of Music will host the first ever Music Industry Camp June 19-21 on the Troy Campus.

The camp, M.I.C. Check, will provide an educational experience for high school student musicians who are interested in a future career in the music and entertainment industries. Music professionals from throughout the country will teach master classes focused on performance, engineering, songwriting, artist management and music business, among others.

Clinicians include: Jilla Webb, vocals; Dr. Robby Gibson, Guitar; Robert W. Smith, songwriting/publishing/copyright; George McCain, artist management; Brad Green, audio engineering; Austin Thompson, engineering and percussion; and, Clark Young, bass.

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