Arkansas artist presents 'Altars of Transition' at Troy University

Posted: Friday, 29 August 2014
Dr. Larry Blocher

TROY - Troy University's Department of Art and Design is hosting a transmedia art exhibit by Arkansas artist, Bryan Alexis.

The exhibit is being held in Malone Gallery on the Troy Campus and will run through Thursday, Oct. 2. The exhibit, comprised of a series of six sculptures collectively titled "Altars of Transitions," can be viewed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. or by appointment.

According to Alexis, the series of three-dimensional altar pieces mark signal points in his lifetime where he had to "put away childish things" in order to move to the next phase of his life.

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Troy University, Southern Union State Community College sign Reverse Transfer agreement

Posted: Thursday, 28 August 2014

MONTGOMERY - Troy University and Southern Union State Community College officials signed an agreement today that would enable transfer students to complete their associate's degree while pursuing their bachelor's degree.

The Reverse Transfer agreement permits former Southern Union students who transfer to Troy University to transfer eligible credits back to Southern Union State Community College for the purpose of attaining an associate degree. Students qualified for reverse transfer will have earned at least 15 semester credit hours from Southern Union State Community College, will have earned at least three semester credit hours from Troy University, and will be in good standing at both institutions.

Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, said there has always been a strong link between the Alabama Community College System and TROY. Nearly 500 current TROY students formerly attended Southern Union.

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Troy University's School of Accountancy to host annual Accountancy Day

Posted: Wednesday, 27 August 2014

TROY – Troy University's School of Accountancy will play host to the 23rd annual Accountancy Day program on Sept. 4 on the Troy Campus.

The event will begin with a "Practitioners in the Classroom" session at 8:30 a.m. in Room 129, Bibb Graves Hall, where TROY students will have the opportunity to hear from professionals in the field. A "Meet the Firms" browse session follows from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Bibb Graves Atrium.

An Awards luncheon will wrap up the day's activities, beginning at noon in the Trojan Center Ballrooms. During the program, students will be recognized and honored for their accomplishments. In addition, the Outstanding Professor in Accounting, as voted on by the students, will be announced. Three professionals – two alumni and one non-alumnus supporter, will be inducted into the Accounting Hall of Honor and the Young Alumnus of the Year will be awarded.

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Troy University, Southern Union State Community College agreement signing

Posted: Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Aug. 28, 10 a.m.: Troy University and Southern Union State Community College will sign a "Reverse Transfer" agreement during a ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 10 a.m. in the Civic Room, Whitley Hall on TROY's Montgomery Campus. The Reverse Transfer Agreement permits former Southern Union State Community College students who transfer to Troy University to transfer eligible credits back to Southern Union to count toward their associate degree.

Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Troy University Chancellor, and Dr. Glenda Colagross, President of Southern Union State Community College, will make comments during the ceremony and be available following the ceremony for interviews.

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Troy University's Small Business Development Center plans tax workshops for Sept. 4

Posted: Friday, 22 August 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 Sept. 4.

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 University welcomes new faculty for the 2014-2015 academic year

Posted: Friday, 22 August 2014

TROY – Troy University welcomed new faculty members for the 2014-2015 academic year during the University's annual Faculty/Staff Convocation on Aug. 8.

New faculty members, by college, are:

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Blocher named Dean of College of Communication and Fine Arts

Posted: Friday, 22 August 2014
Dr. Larry Blocher

TROY - Longtime John M. Long School of Music Director Dr. Larry Blocher has been appointed Dean of Troy University's College of Communication and Fine Arts.

"Dr. Blocher has proven himself a capable leader and an extraordinary advocate for student success during his time as a professor of music and director of the John M. Long School of Music," said Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. "The fine arts and humanities play an important role at TROY not only for our students, faculty and staff but also for the public at large who attend our performances and have their lives enriched through the arts. Dr. Blocher understands the crucial role the fine arts play on our campus and beyond. He is the right leader to take this college into a new era of success."

Blocher, who was named director of the School of Music in 2005, takes the reigns of the college from Dr. Don Jeffrey, who served as interim dean following the departure of Dr. Mary Jo Cochran.

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Dr. Diane Orlofsky receives Troy University's Malone Award

Posted: Thursday, 21 August 2014
Dr. Diane Orlofsky

TROY – Dr. Diane Orlofsky, professor in the John M. Long School of Music at Troy University, has been awarded the Wallace D. Malone, Jr. Distinguished Faculty Award.

Dr. Orlofsky, who joined the TROY faculty in 1986 as an assistant professor of music and music education, was presented the award by Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, and Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, during the University's annual Faculty/Staff Convocation on Aug. 8, at the Troy Campus.

The award consists of a $1,500 cash prize and a medallion to be worn with academic regalia. The award is made possible through a $100,000 endowment by the SouthTrust Corporation. Wallace Malone, former chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of SouthTrust, served as a TROY trustee from 1975-1995.

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Troy University to offer professional development course in social media security

Posted: Thursday, 21 August 2014

TROY - Troy University's Professional Development Institute will offer a new online course in social media security starting in September that will help individuals identify social media security risks and guard sensitive personal information.

The course starts Sept. 8, and registration must be complete by Sept. 3. The course prepares participants for the Social Media Security Professional (SMSP) certification exam.

The SMSP certification is designed for people who work, or plan to work in, professions dealing with social media solutions or cyber security, including information security technicians, security administrators, security architects, security engineers or any other role that is responsible for information security.

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Alumnus named superintendent of Jefferson County schools

Posted: Friday, 15 August 2014

Troy University graduate Dr. Craig Pouncey (1980, 1985) was recently named superintendent of the Jefferson County School System.

Dr. Pouncey most recently served as chief of staff of the Alabama Department of Education during which he was responsible for day-to-day operations of the department including financial matters. He also served as deputy state superintendent for administrative and financial services in 2010, assistant state superintendent in 2005 and director of administrative and financial services.

As deputy state superintendent of education, Dr. Pouncey was responsible for areas including student transportation services, child nutrition programs, school facilities and technology initiatives for school systems across Alabama.

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Troy University appoints Dean of Library Services

Posted: Friday, 15 August 2014
Dr. Chris Shaffer

TROY - Troy University officials have appointed Dr. Chris Shaffer as Dean of Library Services, effective immediately.

Shaffer, who joined the University's staff in 2005 as a social sciences reference librarian, has served as Director of the Dothan Campus Library since 2007 and is an associate professor. He assumes the post left vacant by the retirement of longtime dean, Dr. Henry Stewart.

"Dr. Shaffer's experience and his dedication to serving the needs of our students make him a good choice to carry on the outstanding work of Dr. Henry Stewart," said Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. "Our library services are a strength of this University and impact every facet of academic life, so we conducted an extensive search to ensure we appointed the right leader. Dr. Shaffer's academic and international experience, coupled with his proven stewardship, suggests he is that leader."

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Troy University launches new Professional Development Institute focused on career advancement

Posted: Thursday, 14 August 2014

TROY — Troy University's Continuing Education Center has launched a new Professional Development Institute which will offer a variety of courses designed to help individuals advance in their careers through skill training, licensing and state or industry certifications.

The PDI houses online and in-class programs that will help individuals develop new skills or advance in various professions including life and health insurance, property and casualty insurance, cyber security, social media security, personal training and pharmacy technician.

"The PDI's programs teach participants to recognize issues, take effective action and create results," said Kathy Farley, coordinator for Business and Industry Training at TROY. "Our goal is to deliver value for your education and training dollars while using flexible delivery methods to meet your busy schedule."

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TROY professor, grad Dr. Kelli Cleveland to be featured on Lifetime Television's "The Balancing Act"

Posted: Tuesday, 12 August 2014
Col. Richard H. Boutwell

TROY - Troy University alumna and professor Dr. Kelli Cleveland will be featured on the Lifetime Television program "The Balancing Act" on Monday, Aug. 18, to discuss how adults can balance work and family while pursuing a college education.

Dr. Cleveland, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing, was also a member of the University's first graduating class for the Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2011. She also received her master's and bachelor's degrees from TROY.

On the program, Dr. Cleveland reflects on balancing work and family while pursuing her doctorate degree and how TROY's online learning options helped make the process easier.

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TROY graduate takes command at Nellis Air Force Base

Posted: Thursday, 07 August 2014
Col. Richard H. Boutwell

A 1991 Troy University graduate took command of the 99th Air Base Wing at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada this summer.

Col. Richard H. Boutwell, who received a bachelor's degree in health and physical education from TROY, took over during a change of command ceremony earlier this summer. As commander of the 99th Air Base Wing, Col. Boutwell oversees Nellis Air Force Base, Creech Air Force Base and the 2.9 million-acre Nevada Test and Training Range. He is responsible for three Groups and 14 Squadrons providing installation support for operational testing, tactics development and advanced training in air, space and cyberspace as well as global remotely piloted aircraft operations.

Col. Boutwell entered the Air Force in 1991 as a distinguished graduate of TROY's ROTC program. He earned his wings at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. in 1993. He is a command pilot with more than 3,500 flying hours and was a demonstration pilot for the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron, the "Thunderbirds." He also has flown 149 hours in combat and served in Operations Uphold Democracy, Southern Watch, Northern Watch and Provide Comfort.

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Seminars provide small businesses with insights into working with federal government

Posted: Wednesday, 06 August 2014

TROY - Troy University's Small Business Development Center will offer free seminars in Auburn and Phenix City for small businesses wanting to do business with the federal government.

The seminars, "Small Business Certifications for Government Contractors," will cover the 8(a) Business Development Program and the HUBZone Program, including the qualifications to participate, the application processes and the benefits of the programs in government contracting. Representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration District Office in Birmingham will serve as presenters for the programs.

The Auburn event will be held Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Auburn Business Incubator, 570 Devall Drive, while the Phenix City event will be held Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon in room A302, Adams Building on Troy University's Phenix City Campus.

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Troy University named Best in the Southeast

Posted: Wednesday, 06 August 2014

TROY - Troy University has been named among the best colleges and universities in the southeastern United States by The Princeton Review.

The designation marks the 10th year in a row TROY has been named to the list that includes only 648 colleges and universities nationwide and 139 colleges and universities in the 12-state southeastern region. These institutions represent about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

"The most important thing we do at Troy University is serve students," said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., the University's chancellor. "The fact that we have been recognized every year for a decade is a reflection of this commitment to students."

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Welcome Weekend kicks off fall semester at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 04 August 2014
Mucha Marapa

TROY - Troy University's "Welcome Weekend 2014," scheduled for the Troy Campus on Aug. 9-10, will include the official move-in weekend for on-campus residents and the 10th annual Odyssey Convocation for New Students.

Students will be able to move into the University's residence halls beginning on Saturday, Aug. 9, 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 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday move-in will take place between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Fall semester classes begin on Wednesday, Aug. 13, on the Troy Campus.

Troy University alumnus Mucha Murapa will serve as the keynote speaker for the Odyssey Convocation for new students on Sunday, Aug.10. The convocation, designed to introduce new students and their parents to the University's customs, traditions, people and places, will begin at 3 p.m. in Trojan Arena.

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Troy University Student Success Center named in honor of retiring administrator

Posted: Monday, 04 August 2014
Presentation to Dr. John Schmidt

TROY - Troy University's Student Success Center has been named in honor of Dr. John W. Schmidt, a longtime senior administrator who retired at the end of July.

Troy University Trustees approved a resolution during their July 24 meeting renaming the center, which is located inside Eldridge Hall on the Troy Campus and provides programs and services that enhance students' academic achievement, personal and social growth, campus and civic engagement, career development and persistence to graduation.

"The naming recognition is humbling and an honor," said Dr. Schmidt. "Yet, the real satisfaction comes from knowing that this center now adds value to students' lives and their own success here at Troy University. That of itself is its own reward and recognition – one that I will always treasure in a spirit of service to Troy University."

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"Slavery By Another Name" exhibit coming to the Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Friday, 01 August 2014
"Here is a Wound That Will Never Heal" by R. Morris.

MONTGOMERY - The practice of convict leasing, which led to a new era of slavery for many African Americans following the end of reconstruction in the South, will be the focus of an art exhibit coming to Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum in August.

"Slavery By Another Name: Paintings and Assemblages by Robert Claiborne Morris" will be on display at the Rosa Parks Museum from Aug. 8 through Oct. 25.

The exhibit is inspired by the Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name by Douglas A. Blackmon. Blackmon's book explores convict leasing in the South following the Reconstruction period, in which African American convicts were leased as labor to private individuals and corporations—a practice that continued in some southern states until World War II.

"Artist Robert Claiborne Morris saw an early draft of Blackmon's groundbreaking work and was powerfully moved to create a visual understanding of this terrible period in American life," said Daniel Neil, curator of the Rosa Parks Museum. "Many southern states profited greatly from the criminalization of Blackness and subsequent leasing of both legitimately and falsely incarcerated African Americans from Reconstruction until World War II."

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