Media Advisory

Posted: Monday, 23 February 2015

Troy University to celebrate All-Steinway announcement during Tuesday night event

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., John M. Long Hall: Troy University will hold a celebration of the University's All-Steinway Initiative at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday in the band rehearsal room of John M. Long Hall on the Troy Campus. The celebration comes on the heels of the delivery of the largest current collection of new Steinway pianos in the state. Tuesday night's event will include remarks by Dr. Larry Blocher, Dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts; Dr. Hui-Ting Yang, Assistant Professor of Music and Steinway Artist; Jonathan Steinman, a senior music education major; and Mr. Walter Givhan, Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Economic Development. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, will make the official All-Steinway School announcement. Dr. John M. Long, Director of Bands Emeritus, will also direct a performance of "Stars and Stripes Forever," performed by Long School of Music faculty and students on the 29 Steinways that currently make up the School's inventory. For coverage, please contact Andy Ellis or Clif Lusk at 334-670-3196.

ACCESS Support Center Open House

2 p.m. Thursday, February 26; Extended Learning Center, South Brundidge St., Troy: Troy University's ACCESS Support Center will host an open house and showcase of the Pike County Virtual School at its headquarters at 1101 South Brundidge St. in Troy.

State and local education officials, University officials and members of the Legislature are expected to attend and will be on hand for a media availability. Providing specific remarks will be Pike County Superintendent of Education Mark Bazzell and Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr.

ACCESS (an acronym for Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators, and Students Statewide) Distance Learning is a fundamental program for the state, particularly when it comes to serving rural and/or underfunded school systems. It unlocks scholastic doors that were previously closed to students in rural areas of the state. Such systems often run on tight budgets, yet the fact remains that certain students will need, or want, classes such as AP Calculus or German. Hiring a full-time instructor for specialty courses such as these is simply not financially feasible for such school systems. ACCESS helps to address this dilemma by offering students the opportunity to take the courses they need, taught by certified Alabama teachers. Alabama tax dollars are used to pay Alabama teachers, who in turn educate Alabama's students. Our tax dollars are recirculated in the state – and it's a win-win for everyone.

Please contact the Office of University Relations to confirm your organization's coverage of this event.