Troy University Johnson Center to release study on Improving Lives in Alabama

Posted: Tuesday, 31 March 2015

TROY - The Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University is today releasing a study on "Improving Lives in Alabama: A Vision for Economic Freedom and Prosperity." The document has 12 chapters that cover topics that have an impact on the health of Alabama's economy and the well-being of its citizens.

"It lays out a vision for free markets and limited government in Alabama," said Dr. Daniel Sutter, Charles G. Koch Professor of Economics at Troy University and editor of the volume, "and how this could help lead to greater prosperity and I think more human happiness, and flourishing in our state."

Research findings and in-depth study topics covered in the study include tax and healthcare policy, labor and legal regulations, pension, education, and economic development policies. The study calls for both short and long-term policy goals to increase freedom and prosperity in Alabama.

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Troy University's spring career fair set for April 1

Posted: Friday, 27 March 2015

TROY - Troy University will hold its Fall Career Fair for students and alumni on April 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Sartain Hall on the Troy Campus.

Approximately 50 employers will be in attendance searching to fill positions or internships, according to Lauren Cole, Career Services coordinator.

"Current students and alumni are encouraged to bring copies of their resume and dress professionally to make the best impression," Cole said. "Upon arrival, attendees will be given the opportunity to have a free professional photo taken and emailed to them for use in their portfolios or social media sites such as LinkedIn."

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TROY students to enjoy free food, prizes, bookstore discount during Student Appreciation Day

Posted: Friday, 27 March 2015

The faculty and staff of Troy University will show their appreciation for students during the University's first Student Appreciation Day on Wednesday, April 1.

Students will be able to enjoy free food, prizes and activities at all four of TROY's campuses in Alabama and teaching sites throughout the U.S. All current TROY students will also receive a 25-percent discount coupon for Troy University's Barnes & Noble bookstores via email which can be used online at or TROY campus bookstores.

The event was organized so that faculty and staff could celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of TROY students everywhere, said Dr. Dionne Rosser-Mims, associate professor of adult education and chair of the Student Appreciation Day advisory council.

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Troy University to host prospective students March 28 for Spring Trojan Day

Posted: Friday, 20 March 2015

TROY - Troy University invites prospective students to the 2015 Spring Trojan Day on March 28. This event will allow prospective students to learn more about TROY's academic programs, financial aid, housing, and participate in a tailgate lunch for TROY baseball games.

"Trojan Day is a great time for any prospective students to come and learn about the opportunities that TROY has for them," said Tiffani Schmidt, director of enrollment services. "Whether it is academics or student involvement, it's a great opportunity for them to get their questions answered by faculty and staff."

The event begins at 10 a.m. with an academic browse session, followed by a presentation from admissions at 11 a.m. A campus tour will start at noon and house tours for sororities, fraternities, and campus ministries will start at 2 p.m.

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Troy University theatre, music students claim seven awards at competition

Posted: Thursday, 19 March 2015

TROY - Troy University music and theatre students came out on top at the Alabama Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (ALANATS) 2015 competition, claiming seven awards during the recent event.

"These kids were great," said Christie Amonson, assistant professor in TROY's John M. Long School of Music. "We got more awards than any other university in the state of Alabama, so I'm really proud."

In the classical category, Allyson Anger, a junior theatre major from Enterprise, won first place. Audra Goss Weaver, a senior English major from Greenville, won third place, and Haley Bagget, a freshman music industry major from Brewton, was a semi finalist.

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Author of 'The Bible's Cutting Room Floor' to speak at Troy University events

Posted: Thursday, 19 March 2015

TROY - International speaker and author Dr. Joel Hoffman will

discuss translations of The Bible through time during presentations on March 31 at Troy University and at Temple Emanu-El in Dothan.

Dr. Hoffman's lectures, presented by Troy University libraries, will cover the full spectrum of holy writings from which the Bible was culled, as well as some reasons behind what was included and what was cut. He will also speak on how extra-Biblical material elucidates the text of the Bible and three ancient answers to good and evil that were omitted from the Bible.

Dr. Hoffman will speak at 11 a.m. on March 31, at the Troy Campus Library, and then at 7 p.m. at Dothan's Temple Emanu-El, 188 North Park Ave.

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Troy University journalism students claim 14 awards at Southeast Journalism Conference

Posted: Thursday, 19 March 2015

TROY - Students in Troy University's Hall School of Journalism and Communication recently received 14 awards in the "Best in the South" awards competition at the Southeast Journalism Conference in Atlanta, including first place for best college TV station and best college video news program.

"We're just on cloud nine right now because this is fantastic news, which tells everybody that Troy University is on top," said Dr. Jeff Spurlock, Director of the Hall School of Journalism and Communication. "People are looking at TROY saying 'These guys are good' and that we're tough to compete with."

The SEJC chose David Caddell, a senior broadcast journalism major from Greenville, for best radio journalist for his work with Troy University Public Radio. The SEJC also chose Katy Ganaway, a graduate student from Madison studying multimedia journalism, for second place in the best radio news feature reporter and fifth for best college journalist of the year.

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Troy University to host free Health and Wellness Fair

Posted: Wednesday, 18 March 2015

DOTHAN - Local community healthcare providers and organizations will provide free checks, screenings and information during the annual Health and Wellness Fair at Troy University on Tuesday, April 14.

The fair will be held at the Dothan Campus from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. inside the Harrison Room in Malone Hall.

Local healthcare providers and organizations will be on hand to provide information about health and wellness topics including exercise, nutrition and personal safety. The fair will also feature free access to a range of services including blood pressure checks, vision screenings and body composition analysis.

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TROY to host musical revue "Life of Dorothy Dandridge" at the Dothan Campus

Posted: Wednesday, 18 March 2015

DOTHAN - In celebration of Women's History Month, Troy University will host a free performance at the Dothan Campus for local students highlighting the life of groundbreaking entertainer Dorothy Dandridge.

Written and produced by local playwright and poet Lamesa Danzey, "Reflections of a Diva: Life of Dorothy Dandridge" is a musical revue that celebrates the life and accomplishments of the trailblazing actress and singer who was the first African-American woman to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

The performance will be held on Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m., inside the Sony Hall Auditorium in Everett Hall. Admission is free for local college, high school and middle school students.

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Hall-Waters Prize to be awarded to "Prince of Tides" author Pat Conroy

Posted: Tuesday, 17 March 2015

MONTGOMERY - Troy University will award its Hall-Waters Prize to renowned author Pat Conroy at the Alabama Book Festival in Montgomery next month.

One of the most popular Southern writers in the past 40 years, Conroy's work includes the bestselling novels "The Great Santini" and "The Prince of Tides," published in 1986 and adapted to the screen for the 1991 Academy Award-nominated film by the same title.

The Hall-Waters Prize established by TROY alumnus Dr. Wade Hall, an author, former member of the faculty at the University of Florida and professor emeritus of English at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. Dr. Hall, a native of Bullock County, endowed the prize as a memorial to his parents, Wade Hall Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Waters Hall. The award is presented regularly to a person who has made significant contributions to Southern heritage and culture in history, literature or the arts. Past winners include Rep. John Lewis, Rick Bragg and Bobbie Ann Mason.

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TROY SBDC will offer free social media programs in Dothan and Andalusia

Posted: Wednesday, 11 March 2015

TROY - Troy University's Small Business Development Center will offer two free programs in south Alabama. Small business owners will learn how to incorporate social media and a smart phone app into their marketing mix.

The Dothan event will be held at the Chamber of Commerce on March 25 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Andalusia event will be held at the Chamber of Commerce on April 15 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Speakers for both events will include Kathryn Cariglino, marketing and management consultant for Never Give up Enterprises and a Constant Contact representative. Cariglino will speak on the use of email and its effectiveness on promoting your business.

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TROY's John M. Long School of Music to host two-day vocal jazz workshop March 18-19

Posted: Tuesday, 10 March 2015

TROY - Troy University's John M. Long School of Music will welcome internationally renowned vocal jazz composer and arranger, Kerry Marsh, and acclaimed vocal jazz performer, Julia Dollison, to the Troy Campus for a two-day workshop, March 18-19.

The workshop, which is supported by a grant from the Herb Albert Foundation, the Jazz Education Network, the Office of Sponsored Programs and the John M. Long School of Music, will benefit TROY's vocal jazz ensemble, frequency, and area high school singers.

Marsh is a composer and arranger specializing in contemporary music for vocal jazz ensembles. In high demand as a commissioned arranger for many of the nation's top educational vocal and instrumental jazz ensembles, Marsh is a member of the jazz studies faculty at The University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, where he directs Northern Colorado Voices and Vocal Jazz Ensemble 1. Previously, he served as the director of vocal jazz ensembles at Sacramento State, during which his ensembles and individual students earned 13 Down Beat Magazine Student Music Awards and were twice invited to perform at conference of the International Association for Jazz Education.

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Rosa Parks Museum welcomes special guests during 50th anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday'

Posted: Monday, 09 March 2015
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MONTGOMERY - While most eyes were focused on the city of Selma and the Edmund Pettis Bridge this weekend in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," a museum highlighting another milestone event in the Civil Rights Movement was also receiving attention.

Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum hosted a pair of events in conjunction with the weekend commemoration, beginning on Friday night with a red-carpet 50th anniversary reception presented by Hyundai. Bernice King, daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Civil Rights attorney Fred Gray, Tuskegee Mayor Johnnie Ford, Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange and Hyundai Motor America President and CEO Dave Zuchowski and Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama President Jun Ha Kim were among those in attendance at the reception, which featured the theme: "51 Miles Forward."

Zuchowski presented a $10,000 check on behalf of Hyundai Motor America to Troy University Trustee Lamar P. Higgins to allow for free tours to be held at the museum throughout the day on Saturday.

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Troy University, Jefferson Davis Community College sign Reverse Transfer agreement

Posted: Thursday, 05 March 2015
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BREWTON – Troy University and Jefferson Davis Community College officials signed an agreement that would enable transfer students to complete their associate's degree while pursuing their bachelor's degree.

The Reverse Transfer agreement permits former Jefferson Davis Community College students who transfer to Troy University to transfer eligible credits back to JDCC for the purpose of attaining an associate degree. Students qualified for reverse transfer will have earned at least 15 semester credit hours from JDCC, 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 and that such agreements make good sense.

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Find the good in life's struggles, alumnus tells Troy University students

Posted: Thursday, 05 March 2015
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TROY – Troy University alumnus Mackenzie Westmoreland told students on the Troy Campus on Tuesday to find the good things that grow out of life's struggles.

Westmoreland, a director and producer with Historia Films who lost his sight due to diabetic retinopathy in 2009, delivered Troy University's 20th annual Helen Keller Lecture on Tuesday in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. The lecture is designed to promote awareness of people who excel in their chosen fields despite physical or mental challenges.

"We often experience fear of the unknown, but the unknown is also the address of potential and possibility," Westmoreland said. "We must reach an awareness that good things can be found in life's struggles and that success can be found despite our failures."

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Chinese New Year opportunity for promoting relationships

Posted: Wednesday, 04 March 2015
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MONTGOMERY - Celebration of a new year and Alabama's ties with China was the dual focus of the Confucius Institute at Troy University's event at the Montgomery Country Club on Feb. 26.

Highlighted by a keynote address by Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield, the evening event provided a platform to discuss Alabama-China business relations as well as the University's impact on the state and in language and culture education in places like Montgomery's LAMP school.

"It is through the sharing of the economy and education and culture that creates the bridge that creates the ability to recognize that we are different as governments, but we may not be so different as people and that's what's important," Canfield said. "Troy University has been a very strong partner in this effort, and … we have been the beneficiary of the leadership at TROY."

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TROY to host free conference for parents, teachers of gifted students

Posted: Monday, 02 March 2015

DOTHAN - The seventh annual Gifted Education Conference for parents and teachers of high-ability K-2 students will be held at Troy University's Dothan Campus on Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Michelin Room in R. Terry Everett Hall.

This year's theme is "Growing 21st Century Leaders."

The free event is sponsored by the College of Education and is aimed at helping parents and teachers better meet the needs of high-ability students in kindergarten through second grade.

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Alumnus to deliver 20th annual Helen Keller Lecture at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 02 March 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 10 a.m., Claudia Crosby Theater: Troy University alumnus Mackenzie Westmoreland will deliver the 20th annual Helen Keller Lecture at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 3, in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

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."

The lecture 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.

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Troy University to host middle school students for Model United Nations assembly

Posted: Monday, 02 March 2015

TROY - Nearly 200 middle school students will tackle global issues and gain insight into the history and culture of other nations March 5-6 as they gather at Troy University for the Southeast Alabama Model United Nations (SAMUN) Assembly.

During the two-day event, which is sponsored by the Wiregrass Writing Project and the Southeast Alabama Regional Inservice Center at Troy University, 34 delegations from Brewton City, Dothan City, Ozark City, Troy City school systems, and Houston Academy from the Alabama Association of Independent Schools will dress in costumes native to the country they represent and meet together to debate issues and pass resolutions.

"This Model United Nations event provides students with a new awareness of the world and international affairs," said Terry White, program development specialist for the Southeast Alabama Regional Inservice Center at Troy University. "Model United Nations can help students build self confidence and provides them an opportunity to learn by doing. During this assembly, they will have the opportunity to develop consensus-building, research and communications skills."

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