TROY students receive research grants

Posted: Thursday, 17 December 2015
research grants

TROY - Five Troy University students have received research grants from the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society.

The grants, which total $1,700, will support student research in microbial studies in the University's Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences.

William Heath Sapp, a senior biology major from Maylene, received funding to continue studying the development of yeast cells. He hopes his research will confirm the discovery of a new assessment method. The research project is under the direction of faculty member Dr. Christi Magrath.

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Murphy encourages TROY graduates to make sound decisions, do good deeds

Posted: Thursday, 17 December 2015
MONTGOMERY - Christopher Murphy, director of public safety for the city of Montgomery, provided both a warning and encouragement to Troy University graduates during commencement on the Montgomery Campus, Monday night.

Speaking to the nearly 180 graduates participating in the fall commencement ceremony, held inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts, Murphy told graduates they would face many choices in life and encouraged them to make wise decisions.

"You will face many decisions and choices in your life," he said. "Those decisions can cost you, but it is up to you to make sure those choices don't cost you your future. The choices you make can open doors or they can close them. When you make bad decisions, life is all about picking yourself up again and again and again. Learn from your mistakes and move forward."

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Holly Dickerson wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 17 December 2015
McKinley Award

TROY - Holly Dickerson, a housing specialist at Troy University, has won the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Dickerson, who has been employed full-time by the University since 2008, received the award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during the annual Christmas luncheon on Wednesday in the Trojan Center ballrooms on the Troy Campus. She was nominated by Sara Jo Burks, assistant director of housing and residential life.

The McKinley Award is the highest honor that Troy University gives to a non-faculty staff member. It is presented quarterly to an employee who has demonstrated outstanding attitude, innovation and work ethic. The award was established by the late John McKinley, former Texaco CEO, in honor of his father, Vergil Parks McKinley, who was a Troy University professor during the early 20th century and was key to the development of the University's athletic program. Winners of this award receive an engraved clock and a $1,000 stipend.

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'Time' is valuable for TROY graduates

Posted: Tuesday, 15 December 2015

DOTHAN - Alabama's Commissioner of Mental Health Jim Perdue told Troy University graduates that time may be free, but it is priceless.

Perdue made the remarks during TROY's Dothan Campus commencement Sunday, Dec. 13 in the Dothan Civic Center where about 150 students participated in graduation. Ninety-eight students received their undergraduate degrees, 46 received their graduate degrees, two received the Education Specialist degree and three received associate degrees.

"Your challenge is to decide how to spend some of your time because how we spend our time defines who we are," he said, appealing to the graduates to take time to help people with disabilities, substance abuse and depression.

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Former Lt. Gov. Beasley tells graduates to set priorities

Posted: Friday, 11 December 2015
Lt. Gov. Jere Beasley

TROY - Nationally prominent trial lawyer and former Lt. Gov. Jere Beasley told Troy University graduates to set priorities, goals and have a plan for the future.

Beasley made the remarks during Friday's fall commencement ceremony inside Trojan Arena on the Troy Campus where more than 400 undergraduate and graduate students received degrees.

"I have a very simple formula for success. I learned years ago to set priorities in my life: set them and be firm, never wavering," he said. "Then function at a high level morally and intelligently."

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Grant continues aid for Janice Hawkins Park project at Troy University

Posted: Thrusday, 10 December 2015
Grant continues aid

TROY - A $5,000 grant from the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority will help Troy University continue to fight invasive species of plants in the Janice Hawkins Park on the Troy Campus. Authority Executive Director Barbara Gibson and Authority Board members Alan Boothe, Randy Hale and Board Chairman Jack Pelfrey presented the check to Troy University officials on Thursday, Dec. 10

"This check represents the continuation of our support for the Janice Hawkins Park project at Troy University," Gibson said. "We are very proud to be able to participate with TROY in such an important project."

Mark Salmon, Director of the University's Physical Plant, said TROY is grateful for the continued support of the Authority.

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Montgomery Director of Public Safety Christopher Murphy to address TROY graduates

Posted: Wednesday, 09 December 2015

MONTGOMERY - Montgomery Director of Public Safety J. Christopher Murphy will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates during the fall commencement ceremony for the Montgomery Campus on Dec. 14.

The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. in the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. More than 200 students are expected to receive degrees this fall at the Montgomery Campus.

Murphy was appointed as director of public safety by Mayor Todd Strange on Oct. 1, 2010. A Birmingham native, Murphy earned an undergraduate degree in criminal justice from Auburn University and a master's degree in the administration of criminal justice from Troy University.

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TROY Commencement set for Dec. 13 in Dothan

Posted: Tuesday, 08 December 2015

Dothan - About 150 Troy University students will participate in commencement exercises on Sunday, Dec. 13 in the Dothan Civic Center.

The exercises begin at 3 p.m. and no tickets are required for attendance. Ninety-eight students will receive their undergraduate degrees, 46 will receive graduate degrees, two will be awarded the Education Specialist degree and three will receive associates degrees.

The keynote speaker for this fall's commencement is Commissioner of Mental Health Jim Purdue, appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley to lead the Department of Mental Health in 2015. Prior to his appointment, Purdue served for 12 years as Crenshaw County's probate judge.

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Jere Beasley to give commencement address at TROY

Posted: Tuesday, 08 December 2015

TROY - Former lieutenant governor and nationally prominent trial lawyer Jere Beasley will provide the keynote address at Troy University's fall commencement on the Troy Campus, scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 11.

Some 400 students representing 28 U.S. states and one territory, and 16 other nations, are expected to participate the in the exercises, which do not require tickets for attendance.

Beasley was the state's 22nd lieutenant governor, who served as acting governor of Alabama from June 5 to July 7, 1972 while Gov. George C. Wallace was recovering from an assassination attempt in Laurel, Maryland. He served as lieutenant governor until 1979.

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Troy University's Dr. Christopher Shaffer receives 2015 I Love My Librarian Award

Posted: Friday, 04 December 2015
Dr. Christopher Shaffer

TROY - Dr. Christopher A. Shaffer, dean of university libraries at Troy University, is one of only 10 librarians in the United States selected to receive the I Love My Librarian Award.

Shaffer, who was honored for his outstanding public service to the community and ongoing commitment to transforming lives through education and lifelong learning, received a $5,000 prize at an award ceremony and reception, hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York, Thursday in New York City. The New York Public Library and The New York Times are co-sponsors of the award, which is administered by the American Library Association.

As a part of the award process, library users nationwide are invited to nominate their favorite librarians working in public, school, college, community college and university libraries. This year, more than 1,300 nominations were received.

Shaffer has transformed the libraries at Troy University into a positive force by providing more opportunities for dynamic learning and community engagement for students as well as local residents.

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New Troy University scholarship caps tuition for military members and families

Posted: Wednesday, 02 December 2015

TROY - Troy University has created a scholarship that effectively caps the cost of tuition for active duty military, National Guard and Reservists, along with their spouse and dependents.

The TROY Military and Family Scholarship pays all tuition costs above $250 per credit hour for any military student-or their spouse and dependents-enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs.

The capped tuition rate matches the amount covered by Military Tuition Assistance, meaning that currently serving military members will have no out of pocket costs associated with tuition at TROY, while spouses and dependents will see savings of up to 25-percent for undergraduate programs and 50-percent for graduate programs.

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Reception officially opens 60th anniversary exhibit at Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Tuesday, 01 December 2015

MONTGOMERY - The Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University's Montgomery Campus officially kicked off its celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott Monday night with a gallery reception to open two special exhibits.

"The Montgomery Bus Boycott: A Reflection of 60 Years," which will be on display through Feb. 29 in the museum's gallery, explores how media covered the boycott through a series of photographs, images of newspapers and editorial cartoons. The exhibit was curated by Dr. Felicia Bell, director of the Rosa Parks Museum, and Scotty and Jacqlyn Kirkland of Kirkland Creative Group. In addition, a weeklong exhibit of special bus boycott artifacts opened Monday, including the original fingerprint arrest record of Rosa Parks, a fare machine from a 1955 bus and a Jim Crow-era waiting room sign.

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Troy University offers 'Sounds of the Season' Thursday night

Posted: Tuesday, 01 December 2015

TROY - Troy University will ring in the holiday season with its traditional "Sounds of the Season" concert Thursday, Dec. 3 presented by the John M. Long School of Music and the College of Communication and Fine Arts.

The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Claudia Crosby Theater.

The production, entitled "Illuminations," will feature performances by the Symphony Band, Collegiate Singers, Troy Dance Theatre, Concert Chorale, frequency, Gospel Choir, Jazz Ensemble, POPulus, Guitar Ensemble, an Irish Ensemble, and faculty soloists, said Dr. Larry Blocher, Dean of the College and Director of the Long School.

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Theater Festival will draw more than 2,000 thespians to Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 01 December 2015

TROY - Troy University will play host to more than 2,000 theater students, teachers, parents and chaperons for the 75th annual Walter F. Trumbauer State Secondary Theatre Festival Dec. 3-5.

Sponsored by the Alabama Conference of Theatre, more than 1,000 individual events from 85 high schools have advanced from the six district festivals. Sixteen high schools are competing in the One-Act Play Festival and 11 high school are competing in the Studio Theatre One-Act Festival, according to Pat Putman, the Conference's executive director. In addition, 26 Individual Events that include acting, musical theater, pantomime, reader's theater, playwriting, lighting design, costume design, make-up design, scene design and stage management will compete.

On Thursday, the Conference's College/University Division will have a college fair and scholarship audition, featuring college and university representatives who will meet and interview students for various theater programs across the state.

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TROY vocal jazz ensemble has free concert on Dec. 1

Posted: Tuesday, 01 December 2015
Troy University's vocal jazz ensemble

TROY - Troy University's vocal jazz ensemble, frequency, will present its fall program, "Beginnings" at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1 in the Long Hall Choral Room.

Guest artists, the Troy University Guitar Ensemble, will also be featured performers in this program, which is free and open to the public.

"The title, 'Beginnings', is significant. Ten out of 12 of the frequency vocalists are brand new to the group this year and for many of them, this is their first experience with ensemble vocal jazz," said Dr. Diane Orlofsky, the music director of the group

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