Dr. Felicia A. Bell named director of Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Friday, 29 May 2015

MONTGOMERY - Dr. Felicia A. Bell has been named as the new director of Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum. She will begin her new position June 1.

An Assistant Professor of History at Savannah State University since 2011, Dr. Bell previously served as director of education and outreach for the United States Capitol Historical Society in Washington, D.C. She also previously served as director of education and programs for the Coastal Heritage Society in Savannah, Ga.

"Troy University is excited about the appointment of Dr. Felicia Bell to Director of the Rosa Parks Museum," said Dr. Lance Tatum, Vice Chancellor of the University's Montgomery Campus. "The University went through an exhaustive search and Dr. Bell's museum experiences and academic background matched very well to the current and future activities of the museum."

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Troy University to host free workshop on compiling local histories, genealogies

Posted: Thursday, 28 May 2015

DOTHAN - Aspiring historians, genealogists or researchers can learn more about how to organize and present the histories of families or organizations during a workshop hosted by Troy University on Thursday, June 11.

"Local History WORKS! Using Your Past to Understand Your Future," will be presented at the Dothan Campus from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the Harrison Room in Malone Hall.

Taught by history professor Dr. John Kvach, "Local History WORKS!" focuses on identifying, collecting, and organizing personal and family history within the larger community context. The workshop provides the practical skills needed to begin a family tree, write a history of a business or other organization, and become more aware of the history surrounding everyday life.

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Business start-up seminar begins July 16

Posted: Thursday, 28 May 2015

DOTHAN - Troy University, in cooperation with the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, will host another NxLeveL for Business Start-ups Planning Series in Dothan on July 16 - Sept. 17.

The nine-session course is designed for people who want to start a business and need the skills to test the feasibility of their business concept, said Judy Callin, a senior consultant with the University's Small Business Development Center.

During the course, participants will develop a business plan that acts as a blueprint for their start-up venture.

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Governor's Youth Leadership Forum set for May 31-June 4 at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 26 May 2015
Rosa Parks

TROY - About 30 high school students with disabilities will take part in leadership activities and get lessons in how state government works as a part of the Alabama Governor's Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) at Troy University May 31-June 4.

The forum is sponsored by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, the Alabama Department of Mental Health, the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities and Troy University.

"Witnessing the transformation these delegates undergo in a matter of days is such a positive experience," said Karen Jenkins, Alabama YLF coordinator.

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Troy University's Small Business Development Center plans tax workshops

Posted: Tuesday, 26 May 2015

DOTHAN - Troy University and the Alabama Department of Revenue will sponsor three sessions of the New Business Tax Workshop in June.

Two sessions of the workshop will be held on the Dothan Campus on June 4, one beginning at 3 p.m. and the second at 6 p.m. in the Continuing Education Center on the second floor of Adams Hall. The workshop also will be held at the Pike County Economic Development Center, 100 Industrial Blvd. in Troy, on June 23 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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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Troy University Board of Trustees advocates for inclusion of Parks' image on U.S. currency

Posted: Tuesday, 26 May 2015
Rosa Parks

TROY - The Troy University Board of Trustees would like to see the image of Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks adorn some denomination of U.S. currency.

At their spring meeting earlier this month, the Board passed a resolution advocating for the inclusion of Mrs. Parks' image on U.S. currency on a permanent basis. The resolution will be shared with the President of the United States, the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Alabama's two U.S. Senators, the U.S. Representative from the Second Congressional District of Alabama, the Governor and both houses of the Alabama Legislature.

The resolution said the late Civil Rights icon was "instrumental in bringing about major social and legal change to American society after her arrest for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala. Bus, which spurred the Montgomery Bus Boycott."

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Author to discuss biography of Robert Trent Jones Tuesday at Highland Oaks in Dothan

Posted: Friday, 22 May 2015

DOTHAN - History professor Dr. James R. Hansen will discuss his award-winning book, "A Difficult Par: Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and the Making of Modern Golf," during a book talk on Tuesday, May 26, at the Highland Oaks Golf Course in Dothan. The event will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

This book talk is part of the public programming planned by the local hosts of "The Way We Worked," a Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street program traveling exhibition on display at Troy University's Dothan Campus library through June 25. The local hosts are TROY and The Cultural Arts Center of Dothan. For more info, visit http://spectrum.troy.edu/TWWW, or contact Dr. Martin Olliff at molliff@troy.edu.

Hansen's profile of renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones is an expertly researched and written reflection on the life and career of one of the most prolific, well-respected and transformational figures in the history of golf. "A Difficult Par" focuses not only on Jones' achievements in design and architecture, but also on the personal and financial challenges that he faced throughout his career. It won the Herbert Warren Wind Award for best golf writing in 2014 from the U.S. Golf Association.

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Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce President urges TROY graduates to keep learning

Posted: Thursday, 21 May 2015
TROY Dothan Campus Commencement - Matt Parker

DOTHAN - Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce President Matt Parker urged Troy University graduates on Monday to become lifelong learners equipped to make a difference in their communities.

"You are opening the door to a lifetime of learning potential," Parker said.

Parker delivered the keynote address to TROY graduates during the spring commencement ceremony for the Dothan Campus on Monday, May 18, at the Dothan Civic Center. About 150 students received degrees this spring in Dothan.

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Maj. Gen. Seng encourages TROY graduates to be lifelong learners

Posted: Thursday, 21 May 2015
TROY Montgomery Campus Commencement

MONTGOMERY - U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jocelyn M. Seng on Tuesday encouraged Troy University graduates at the University's Montgomery Campus to commit to being lifelong learners.

Nearly 160 graduates received degrees during the ceremony on Tuesday night inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts on the Montgomery Campus.

"There is likely a common theme running through each mind tonight - that you have made it and you need to give yourself a break," Seng said. "Pause if you must, but don't stop now. You've got this. Making a commitment to lifelong learning and possessing drive and perseverance are the keys to success. Learning shouldn't stop when you leave TROY. A degree doesn't mean you are done learning. I challenge and encourage you to strive to learn something new every day."

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Alabama HOBY Leadership Conference brings student leaders to Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 20 May 2015

TROY - More than 300 rising high school juniors will descend on Troy University to attend the Alabama Leadership Seminar's Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Conference May 29 - 31.

The event marks the 11th time in the conference's 31-year history in Alabama that it will be held at the University.

Modeled after HOBY's World Leadership Congress, and part of the HOBY program, the seminar provides an opportunity to build on leadership skills already possessed by the student ambassadors. Students are nominated by their respective high schools and are chosen to attend based on emerging leadership ability, the ability to work well with others, a desire for new pursuits and a willingness to learn and share.

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TROY to host several camps for summer 2015

Posted: Tuesday, 19 May 2015
Troy University Summer Camps

TROY - Troy University will host several camps throughout the summer, offering a variety of educational opportunities for students and adults.

The Wiregrass Math, Science and Technology Leadership Academy will be held June 1-5 on the University's Dothan Campus. Made possible through a grant from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, the Leadership Academy is designed to improve teacher quality through a series of science, math and technology-themed workshops and activities.

Troy University's Sound of the South marching band will offer its annual Summer Music/Leadership Camp June 14-18 on the Troy Campus. The camp will feature instruction in concert band, percussion ensemble, drum major, majorette, dance and color guard.

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Troy University's online Master of Public Administration program ranked among nation's best

Posted: Friday, 15 May 2015

TROY - Troy University's online Master of Public Administration degree program has been recognized among the top 50 best programs in the nation by online business education and career guided, Top Management Degrees.

The ranking combines the results of two of the most influential higher education rankings in order to give a well-rounded ranking of the available programs. The data was additionally calculated with each school's average graduate school tuition and average early career salary to factor in a return-on-investment on the program. Finally, each school was ranked on an accreditation from the NASPAA, the highest recognized global accrediting body of master's degree programs in the fields of public policy, public affairs and public administration.

"Public administration is a complex field that mixes business, policies and public impact," said Tammie Cagle, editor of Top Management Degrees. "An online master's degree in public administration can provide the critical preparation for upcoming public and nonprofit leaders and is flexible enough to fit into the complex schedules of today's professionals."

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'Online Military Education' ranks Troy University in its top 15 best online programs for 2015

Posted: Friday, 15 May 2015

TROY - Online Military Education has ranked Troy University in its top 15 best online programs for military and G.I. Bill.

TROY came in at No. 11 in the ranking for its "long history with the military" and the "strong focus on the vibrancy and strength of its community."

The rankings also noted the University's TROY for Troops Center, which facilitates veterans' needs across the academic spectrum and brings focus to support military students' academic and career success. Centers are located on both the University's Troy and Montgomery campuses, as well as virtually through the Blackboard academic learning environment.

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Media Advisory - Special Olympics Alabama State Games

Posted: Tuesday, 12 May 2015

May 15-17: The Special Olympics 2015 Alabama State Games will take place this weekend at Troy University, and a various venues in the city of Troy. Please see the schedule below. This event is open for coverage.

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Troy University mourns untimely death of Arts and Sciences Dean James Rinehart

Posted: Monday, 11 May 2015
Dr. James F. "Jim" Rinehart

TROY - Dr. James F. "Jim" Rinehart, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of international relations at Troy University, died on Sunday in a Montgomery hospital. He was 64.

Dr. Rinehart had served as dean since 2012 and previously served as associate dean from 2008 to 2012, and chair of the Department of Political Science from 2001-2008.

"Troy University has lost a true Trojan," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. "Dr. Rinehart's 20 years of service to Troy University as a professor and later as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences was characterized by dedicated service, effective leadership, and a commitment to putting students first. He and his wife, Betty, have made a huge difference in the life of our University and the Troy community, and he will be greatly missed."

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Chukwu challenges fellow TROY graduates to 'make the most of every moment'

Posted: Friday, 08 May 2015
Mac-Jane Chukwu

TROY - Troy University graduate student Mac-Jane Chukwu of Lagos, Nigeria, encouraged her fellow graduates to devote themselves to the service of others, dream big and make the most of every moment.

Chukwu, who received her Master of Science degree in international relations with a focus in national security affairs, delivered the keynote address during Friday's commencement ceremony inside Trojan Arena on the Troy Campus.

More than 880 students, representing 30 states and 14 countries, received degrees during the spring commencement.

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New Johnson Center director named

Posted: Thursday, 07 May 2015
Dr. Stephen C. Miller

TROY - Troy University officials have named Dr. Stephen C. Miller Director of the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy in the Sorrell College of Business.

Dr. Miller joins the Center from Western Carolina University where he most recently served as director of the university's accreditation committee and was an associate professor of economics. He joined WCU's economics faculty in 2006.

"Under Dr. Miller's leadership, I am confident the Johnson Center will continue on its path to becoming one of the leading free-market policy centers in the country," said Dr. Judson Edwards, Dean of the Sorrell College of Business. "In addition to his strong...

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Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce President to address Troy University graduates

Posted: Thursday, 07 May 2015

DOTHAN - The president of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, Matt Parker, will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates in Dothan on Monday, May 18.

The spring commencement ceremony for the Dothan Campus will be held at the Dothan Civic Center starting at 10 a.m. About 140 students will receive degrees during the ceremony.

As President of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, Parker serves as the chief economic developer for recruiting new business investment and supporting existing industry growth in the Dothan area. He has been professionally involved in community and economic development since 1989.

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Troy University's online education master's degree receives national ranking

Posted: Wednesday, 06 May 2015

TROY - Troy University's Master of Science in Adult Education has been ranked 12th nationally by Best Online Education Master's Programs.

OnlineMastersPrograms.org analyzes data from thousands of universities and weighs it against research from major U.S. education databases and rankings organizations to better inform potential students of top online programs throughout the country. OnlineMastersPrograms.org seeks to help prospective graduate students begin, finance and successfully complete their graduate-level studies.

The organization's ranking takes into account schools' dedication to online or hybrid education, commitment to providing excellent graduate-level curriculum and comprehensive academic and career services.

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Troy University Public Radio spring fund drive ongoing

Posted: Wednesday, 06 May 2015

TROY - Troy University Public Radio's Spring Fund Drive, which helps support the programming offered by the network, is currently under way and will run through Saturday.

The drive encourages listeners to lend their support through financial gifts for the network that provides coverage in Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

"If your daily life or even just your daily commute has been changed by what you've heard on Troy Public Radio, then now is the time to support the station that is committed to bringing you the best stories and storytellers on the air," said Kyle Gassiott, Troy University Public Radio operations manager. "We can only provide this service with your support. The story continues when you do your part to support Troy Public Radio."

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Troy University student selected to participate in Oxfam's CHANGE Initiative

Posted: Wednesday, 06 May 2015
Leebo Tyler

TROY - Troy University junior Leebo Tyler is one of 50 students from across the country to be selected to participate in a year-long program through Oxfam, a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger and injustice.

Oxfam's CHANGE Initiative annually brings 50 college students from throughout the country together in Boston for a rigorous weeklong training that combines group activities, expert panels and workshops. The training session kicks off the yearlong leadership training program that builds students' leadership and advocacy skills and introduces them to sophisticated and powerful models for social change.

Founded in 2000, CHANGE has trained more than 770 student leaders from more than 340 colleges and universities.

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More than 1,200 degrees to be awarded during spring commencement ceremonies in Troy, Dothan, Montgomery and Phenix City/Columbus

Posted: Wednesday, 06 May 2015

Troy University will award more than 1,200 diplomas in the coming days as the University hosts spring commencement ceremonies on its Troy, Dothan, Montgomery and Phenix City campuses.

More than 880 students representing 29 states and 13 countries are expected to participate in commencement exercises on the Troy Campus on Friday, May 8. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in Trojan Arena. The ceremony will be streamed live at www.troy.edu/live and also will air live on TROY TrojanVision. To find the TROY TrojanVision channel in your area, visit the online channel listing at http://troytrojanvision.org/channel-listing.html.

Mac-Jane Chukwu, a graduate student in international relations with a focus in national security affairs from Lagos, Nigeria, will address her fellow graduates during Friday's ceremony. Chukwu is the author of "Open Secret" and "My Father's Girlfriend" and is executive vice president of the International Student Cultural Organization. She also has served as an officer of the Troy African Students Association and played an instrumental role in the University's International Women's Forum.

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CB&T East Alabama president to address Troy University graduates in Columbus

Posted: Wednesday, 06 May 2015

PHENIX CITY - The President and CEO of CB&T of East Alabama, Wade M. Burford, will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates in Columbus on Friday, May 29.

The spring commencement ceremony for the Phenix City Campus and the Columbus/Ft. Benning Site will be held starting at 7 p.m. at the Columbus Georgia Convention & Trade Center. About 150 students will receive degrees during the ceremony.

Burford started his career with Columbus Bank and Trust as a part-time teller in 1977 before rising to several leadership positions, including serving as a branch manager and division head. He has served as President/CEO of CB&T of East Alabama since 2010.

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Special Olympics Alabama State Games Return to TROY

Posted: Wednesday, 06 May 2015

TROY - Nearly 1,000 athletes and about 350 of their coaches and chaperones will compete May 15 - 17 in the Special Olympics Alabama State Games at Troy University.

This year's event marks the ninth straight year Special Olympians have competed at TROY. This year's theme is "United We Win."

The weekend will kick off with the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run on Friday, May 15th. Law enforcement officers from all over the state will bring the torch into Troy around 2:00 p.m.

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USAF Maj. Gen. Jocelyn Seng to address Troy University graduates in Montgomery

Posted: Tuesday, 05 May 2015
U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jocelyn M. Seng

MONTGOMERY - U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jocelyn M. Seng will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates during spring commencement ceremony for the Montgomery Campus on Tuesday, May 19.

The ceremony will start at 7 p.m. inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. About 150 students will receive degrees this spring at the Montgomery Campus.

Seng is the mobilization assistant to the Commander and President of Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base. She assists in providing full spectrum education, research, and outreach at every level through professional military education, professional continuing education, and academic degree granting. She assists in leading the intellectual and leadership center of the U.S. Air Force, graduating more than 50,000 resident and 120,000 nonresident officers, enlisted and civilian personnel each year. Additionally, she assists with officer commissioning through Officer Training School and the Reserve Officer Training Corps.

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Troy University to host free fan event in Phenix City featuring coach Neal Brown

Posted: Tuesday, 05 May 2015

PHENIX CITY - Troy University alumni and fans in the Chattahoochee Valley can meet new head football coach Neal Brown and learn more about TROY's plans for the region during an event on Tuesday, May 12, in Phenix City.

TROY's Chattahoochee Valley Alumni Chapter is hosting the fan event, which starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott in Phenix City. The evening will feature remarks from Brown, discussion of TROY's future plan on the riverfront, and a tour of the new riverfront campus.

Admission is free and open to the public.

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TROY student to address graduates at commencement

Posted: Friday, 01 May 2015

TROY – Troy University students participating in commencement exercises will hear from a fellow graduate during ceremonies on May 8 inside Trojan Arena.

Some 885 students, representing 29 states and 13 countries, will receive their degrees in the 10 a.m. exercises. The event is ticketed.

Mac-Jane Chukwu, a graduate student in International Relations with a focus in National Security Affairs from Lagos, Nigeria and author of "Open Secret" and "My Father's Girlfriend," will deliver the keynote address. Named TROY's Most Outstanding Woman for 2015, Chukwu hopes to become the first female and youngest president of Nigeria.

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