Troy University's Small Business Development Center plans tax workshops for March 5

Posted: Wednesday, 25 February 2015

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

ADOR staff members will address sales tax, property tax and withholding tax topics during the workshops, which offer an excellent opportunity to ask tax questions and network with resource representatives and other participants. An overview of Alabama's business tax electronic filing programs will also be presented. Information about Alabama's new ONE SPOT, a free internet filing and payment portal that allows business taxpayers to file and pay state, county and city sales, use and rental taxes all in one place will be made available.

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Alumnus to deliver Troy University's Helen Keller Lecture on March 3

Posted: Tuesday, 24 February 2015

TROY - Film producer/director and Troy University alumnus Mackenzie Westmoreland will deliver the University's 20th annual Helen Keller Lecture on March 3.

The lecture, which will begin at 10 a.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus, is designed to promote awareness of people who excel in their chosen fields despite physical and/or mental limitations. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Westmoreland is a director and producer with Historia Films. His first feature film, "The Historian," was recently released across numerous on-demand platforms and was winner of "Best First Feature Film" at the 2014 Long Island International Film Expo, as well as taking awards for "Best Actor" and "Best Supporting Actor."

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Simulation brings awareness to the challenges of poverty

Posted: Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Poverty Simulation

MONTGOMERY - Eye-opening. It was a descriptor used frequently Thursday night in Gold Room of Whitley Hall on the Montgomery Campus as students and community residents caught a glimpse of what it is like to face poverty.

Presented by Troy University and Alabama Possible, a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing poverty and its root causes, took participants through four, 15-minute "weeks" and presented them with the challenges that many area families living in poverty experience every day.

"I thought it was a very interesting activity," said Andrea Lane, a graduate student in TROY's clinical mental health counseling program. "The things we had to deal with were frustrating and demonstrated what people facing poverty would actually experience."

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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.

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.

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Walk Hard 2015 to benefit vets, first responders

Posted: Monday, 23 February 2015

TROY - Troy University fraternity members will walk for wounded warriors, veterans and first responders during Alpha Tau Omega's Walk Hard.

The 128.3-mile walk will commence at 8 a.m. on March 6 on the Troy University Quad and will wrap up on March 11, with a reception at the Pier Park Boardwalk in Panama City Beach, Fla. Sixteen brothers of Alpha Tau Omega will participate in the five-day walk, fourteen for the first time.

All proceeds raised from this year's walk will be donated to Wounded Warrior Project and Jeep Sullivan's Outdoor Adventures. The organization offers wounded warriors, veterans, and first responders an opportunity to refresh and recharge while enjoying nature.

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Troy University to take delivery of state's largest collection of new Steinway pianos

Posted: Saturday, 21 February 2015

TROY - Troy University will celebrate the delivery of the largest current collection of new Steinway pianos in the state on Monday, culminating its initiative to become an All-Steinway School.

The delivery will bring the John M. Long School of Music's inventory to 29 Steinway pianos, including the first two Sterling Steinways ever produced.

Troy University began the All-Steinway initiative in fall 2013, with a formal announcement of the effort taking place last March. All-Steinway Schools are institutions that have only Steinways or Steinway-designed pianos such as Boston or Essex in their inventory. Troy University is the first Steinway University in the state of Alabama and the 17th in the world to feature only Steinway pianos.

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TROY Campus Kitchen to take part in "Raise the Dough" fundraiser

Posted: Thursday, 19 February 2015

TROY - The Campus Kitchen at Troy University will compete with other schools in the Campus Kitchens network during an online fundraiser the week of Feb. 20-27.

The "Raise the Dough" campaign seeks to raise funds to support that Campus Kitchen's weekly operations at TROY, nutritional education efforts and future plans for community gardening.

Last fall, Troy University became the 40th school in the nation to join the Campus Kitchens Project, which seeks to fight hunger and reduce food waste by turning unused food from campus dining facilities into meals for local residents in need.

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Troy University gears up for second annual Trojan Art Day

Posted: Tuesday, 17 February 2015

TROY - More than 300 middle- and high-school students will demonstrate and hone their artistic skills during the second annual Trojan Art Day at Troy University on Feb. 20.

Trojan Art Day will offer workshops and demonstrations led by students and faculty in the University's Department of Art and Design culminating in competitions and expanding the statewide Visual Arts Award Program, an art competition sponsored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

"The Visual Arts Achievement Program provides local and state recognition for student achievement in the visual arts and is designed to encourage and showcase the work of young artists," said Larry Percy, an art professor who coordinates the program for TROY. "As an arts-in-education program, it awards students in grades 6 through 12 that are participating in arts programs within their academic institutions."

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Troy University recognized for wetlands restoration project at Janice Hawkins Park

Posted: Friday, 13 February 2015
Troy University's Janice Hawkins Park

TROY - A project to restore wetlands and remove non-native plants at Troy University's Janice Hawkins Park is one of 10 projects in the region recognized recently by the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Alabama Power and its parent company Southern Company.

The project, "Persimmon Branch Wetlands Enhancement," was awarded a grant under the Five Star and Urban Waters program in 2013 and was recognized during a Region 4 ceremony at the Sam Nunn Federal Center in Atlanta. Mark Salmon, director of the University's Physical Plant, served as director of the project, and Dr. Jim Bookout, Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business Affairs, served as co-director.

The Five Star and Urban Waters Program develops and supports community stewardship of local natural resources in cities and towns across the country. The program funds projects that will preserve these resources for future generations while at the same time enhance habitat for local wildlife. Projects seek to address water quality issues in priority watersheds, such as erosion due to unstable stream banks, pollution from stormwater runoff and degraded shorelines caused by development.

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TROY professor named as official Steinway & Sons Artist

Posted: Friday, 13 February 2015
Dr. Hui-Ting Yang, Steinway Artist

TROY - Dr. Hui-Ting Yang, assistant professor of piano and coordinator of piano activities in Troy University's John M. Long School of Music, has been named as an official Steinway Artist.

Steinway and Sons has cultivated relationships with pianists from every genre and has named close to 1,600 official Steinway Artists worldwide. Artists such as classical pianist Lang Lang, jazz pianist Diana Krall, pop icons Billy Joel and Harry Connick, Jr., as well as the likes of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Arthur Rubinstein have worn the mantle of Steinway Artist.

Steinway Artists must go through a lengthy application process and satisfy three main criteria: have musical ability and recording history, be a currently performing pianist and be a purchaser and owner of their own personal Steinway piano, said Dr. Larry Blocher, Dean of TROY's College of Communication and Fine Arts.

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Troy University to present Dialogue on Race Relations at the Dothan Campus

Posted: Thursday, 12 February 2015

DOTHAN - Local community, law enforcement and government leaders will participate in a Dialogue on Race Relations at Troy University's Dothan Campus on Saturday, Feb. 21.

The event will be held at 1 p.m. in the Sony Hall Auditorium inside Everett Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

The event will explore issues of community race relations brought to the forefront of national debate by recent events in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City, said Dr. Jeneve Brooks, Assistant Professor of Sociology and lead organizer for the event.

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TROY selected for dance and theater residency program

Posted: Thursday, 12 February 2015
Hill Harper

TROY - A nationally acclaimed performance company will conduct a weeklong residency in Troy University's Department of Theatre and Dance at the end of the month.

Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater, based in Minneapolis, Minn., selected the University for its 35th anniversary residency program through a competitive application process and will work with both area schools and University theater and dance students, as well as students in other disciplines, in connection with the University's Big Read project, sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts.

A performance, open and free to the public, is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 in Claudia Crosby Theater.

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Exhibit at TROY focuses on teens in the Holocaust

Posted: Monday, 09 February 2015

TROY - A travelling exhibit on display in Troy University's Lurleen B. Wallace Library sheds light on the experiences of teenagers during the Holocaust.

"Parallel Journeys: World War II and the Holocaust through the Eyes of Teens" will be on display on the library's main floor. The display tells the stories of six teenagers who were witnesses, participants and, often, victims of World War II and the Holocaust. Although Anne Frank is one of the most famous teenagers in history, with her diary translated into more than 67 languages, her story alone does not document the complexity of the war. The testimonies document different experiences of the war.

Featured in the exhibit is Frank, Olympian Margaret Lambert and Adolf Hitler's personal secretary Traudl Junge, as well as other teens and young adults who survived the concentration camps, hid from the Nazis, led rescue efforts, served as soldiers, remained on the home front or aided individuals who were targets of Nazi oppression.

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TROY professor pens First Amendment study

Posted: Monday, 09 February 2015

TROY - A Troy University professor has co-authored a landmark study in First Amendment protections of speech on social media.

The paper was published in October 2014 in the Taylor & Francis journal, "First Amendment Studies," and has become the journal's most widely downloaded study, with more than 1,000 downloads in less than four months.

"This accomplishment is a testament to the significant academic interest in social media behavior and the First Amendment," said Dr. Susan Sarapin, an assistant professor in the Hall School of Journalism and Communication who co-authored the paper with Dr. Pamela Morris, an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.

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Harper challenges Leadership Conference participants to live with passion, reason and courage

Posted: Monday, 09 February 2015
Hill Harper

TROY - Passion, reason and courage are needed to transform the world. That was the message of award-winning actor and bestselling author Hill Harper during Friday night's opening session of the Leadership Conference Celebrating African American History Month at Troy University.

Launched in 2002, the Conference is co-sponsored by the University and the City of Troy and seeks to promote dialogue that fosters multicultural collaboration and equip diverse leaders with the tools to better serve their organizations and communities. The theme of this year's conference is "A Century of Achievement: A Salute to African American History and Culture."

"Most of us live lives that are much smaller than we were intended to live because we lack passion; we lack energy," Harper told the crowd gathered in Sartain Hall on the Troy Campus. "If we see an issue or a problem that needs to be changed, energy is required to change it. There is potential energy within all of us. We must turn that potential energy into radiant energy - the energy of light. We have the potential to shine light on the injustice in the world and bring light to the places of darkness."

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'Treat your legacy with care,' Admiral Ponds tells Leadership Conference participants

Posted: Monday, 09 February 2015
Navy Rear Admiral Fernandez Ponds

TROY - U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Fernandez "Frank" Ponds encouraged those gathered for the closing session of the Leadership Conference Celebrating African American History Month to give great consideration to their legacy.

The conference, co-sponsored by Troy University and the City of Troy, concluded Saturday on the University's Troy Campus with a closing luncheon that featured an awards presentation to two TROY seniors and Ponds' keynote address.

"In the corporate world and in the military, we have a concept in which we put great stock – value proposition," Ponds said. "Stated simply, your value proposition is what you are known or recognized for. Today, I challenge you to step up and ask yourself, 'what is your value proposition?' What do you want to be known for, recognized for and, ultimately, remembered for?"

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Veteran journalist Jason L. Riley to speak at Troy University

Posted: Friday, 06 February 2015

TROY - Veteran journalist Jason L. Riley will address Troy University students in a Manuel Johnson Center for Political Economy-sponsored lecture.

Free and open to the public, Riley's address is scheduled for 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10 in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus and will focus on his most recent book, "Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make it Harder for Blacks to Succeed."

Riley, a Buffalo, N.Y. native, is a member of the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board and a Fox News contributor. He joined the WSJ staff in 1994. He served the newspaper in several editorial positions, and, in 2000, was named senior editorial page writer. In 2005, he was named to the Editorial Board. He has also worked for "USA Today" and the "Buffalo News."

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Troy University, Alabama Possible to host poverty simulation in Montgomery

Posted: Friday, 06 February 2015

MONTGOMERY - River Region residents are invited to learn more about the challenges faced daily by impoverished families during a poverty simulation led by Troy University and Alabama Possible, a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing poverty and its root causes.

The event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 19, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Troy University's Montgomery Campus. Admission is free and open to the public, but participants are asked to RSVP at

During the event, participants will work through a simulated month of what many area families living in poverty experience each day. To help Alabamians understand the challenges these families face, Alabama Possible uses the Community Action Poverty Simulation created by the Missouri Association for Community Action. During the simulation, participants role-play the lives of low-income families during the course of four, 15-minute "weeks."

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Award-winning actor, Navy admiral headline annual Leadership Conference at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 03 February 2015

TROY - An award-winning actor and a Navy admiral will headline the annual Leadership Conference Celebrating African American History Month at Troy University on Feb. 6-7.

Hill Harper, best known for his award-winning portrayal of "Dr. Sheldon Hawkes" on the hit CBS drama "CSI: NY" and as "Calder Michaels" on USA Network's spy drama "Covert Affairs," will provide the conference's opening address at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 6, in Sartain Hall on the Troy Campus. Also a bestselling author, Harper's credits include the award-winning "Letters to a Young Brother," and the New York Times bestseller "Letters to a Young Sister."

U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Frank Ponds, a native of Autaugaville who serves as commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 3, will provide the keynote address at the Conference's closing luncheon, beginning at noon on Feb. 7, in the Trojan Center Ballrooms.

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Troy University online education programs recognized as 'Best Value'

Posted: Monday, 02 February 2015

TROY - Troy University's online master's degree program in instructional technology has been recognized as a "Best Value" university in the first-ever Top Masters in Education rankings.

A leading resource for educators looking to enhance their own educational foundation, Top Masters in Education seeks through its rankings to highlight the lowest priced, highest quality, regionally accredited online education degree programs.

Programs were evaluated based on publicly available information about accreditation, academic quality, student satisfaction, reputation in the field and cost.

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