Workshop takes aim at fraud in Wiregrass

Posted: Friday, 29 January 2016

DOTHAN - Troy University wants to help Wiregrass businesses combat fraud.

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Innovation will present a workshop in February at the Dothan Campus aimed at showing small businesses how to battle the growing problem of fraud within the workplace.

The workshop, titled “Reducing Risks of Fraud and Corruption: Creating an Ethical Culture,” takes place Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Harrison Room in Malone Hall.

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Troy University to play host to Southeastern U.S. Band Clinic Feb. 4-6

Posted: Thursday, 28 January 2016

TROY - About 600 high school band students will take part in the 43rd annual Southeastern United States Concert Band Clinic and Honor Bands at Troy University Feb. 4-6.

The students, who represent 156 schools from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina, will receive instruction from internationally recognized clinicians and audition for inclusion in one of three honor bands.

"This music education weekend will feature a variety of events including concerts, rehearsals, scholarship auditions, and music education clinics," said Dr. Carla Gallahan, executive director of the Clinic. "Each of these events is designed to provide an educational and enriching music experience for all participants."

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Rosa Parks Museum to celebrate Parks' birthday with free tours, special performances

Posted: Thursday, 28 January 2016

MONTGOMERY – Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will celebrate Rosa Parks' birthday on Thursday, Feb. 4 by offering free tours and hosting special performances throughout the day.

Students from Montgomery's Bellingrath Middle School will offer jazz and vocal performances from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the museum's atrium, and Troy University theatre student Adira Burton of Gautier, Miss., will offer theatrical performances throughout the day, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Museum's auditorium. In addition, visitors will be able to enjoy a complimentary piece of birthday cake in honor of what would have been Mrs. Parks’ 103rd birthday.

"Mrs. Parks was an American hero and the Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University's Montgomery Campus is so excited to celebrate her legacy of courage on her birthday," said Dr. Felicia Bell, the museum's director. “We look forward to sharing a day of special activities with the public."

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Three Troy pieces to be performed at Alabama Dance Festival

Posted: Thursday, 28 January 2016

TROY - Three pieces from the Troy University dance production "Reflections" have been selected to represent the University at the Alabama Dance Festival from Jan. 29-31 at Samford University.

"Finding Our Way," choreographed by Kenzie Haynes, and "Return to Me," choreographed by Dominique Angel and Porter Grubbs, were chosen by a jury review for the New Works showcase at the festival.

"Together We…," choreographed by Kameron Porter, will be featured at the festival's closing workshop show.

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Dr. Iris Xu selected for Alabama World Languages Association's Outstanding Administrator Award

Posted: Thursday, 28 January 2016

TROY – Dr. Iris Xu, Director of the Confucius Institute at Troy University, will be honored with the Alabama World Languages Association's Outstanding Administrator Award during the organization's conference awards luncheon on the Troy Campus on Jan. 30.

More than 200 language educators are expected to attend the organization's annual conference hosted by Troy University on Jan. 29-30. The conference will get under way on Jan. 29, with registration, pre-conference workshops and the official opening ceremony for the event.

The conference will continue on Saturday with language association chapter meetings, additional workshops and the awards luncheon beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Trojan Center Ballrooms. Dr. Tommy Bice, State Superintendent of Education, will deliver in the keynote address, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Trojan Center Ballrooms.

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Troy University Theatre and Dance production selected for regional competition

Posted: Wednesday, 27 January 2016

TROY - A production of the Troy University Department of Theatre and Dance has been selected for regional competition in the Kennedy Center's American College Theater Festival.

TROY students will perform "29," a faculty-written musical, in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region IV contest, which takes place Feb. 2-6 at the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C.

Sixty-five participating productions in the Southeast were considered for inclusion in the regional festival, with "29" making it to the final field of six.

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Pulitzer-winning co-author of 'Race Beat' will speak at Troy University on Feb. 11

Posted: Tuesday, 26 January 2016

TROY - Journalist Hank Klibanoff, a Florence native who co-wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning book about press coverage of the civil rights movement, will speak Feb. 11 at Troy University during the annual M. Stanton Evans Symposium on Money, Politics and the Media.

Journalists and the public are invited to the event at 10 a.m. in the ballroom of the Trojan Center on the Troy Campus. Admission is free.

Klibanoff and Gene Roberts wrote "The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation," which won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in history.

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Founders of TROY's Kappa Delta chapter celebrate 50 years

Posted: Monday, 25 January 2016

TROY - In January 1966, a group of women helped change the course of Troy University history.

This January, that same group of women gathered once again in Troy to celebrate 50 years of their creation: TROY's branch of Kappa Delta, one of the university's original sororities.

Delta Delta, the University's KD branch, hosted its 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Jan. 16 and included members of the original class, which pledged in 1965 and was initiated in 1966.

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Troy University to offer 'Instant Piano' course in Dothan, Phenix City

Posted: Friday, 22 January 2016

DOTHAN - Troy University's Continuing Education Center will offer two sessions of the popular "Instant Piano" course for novice musicians on Feb. 2 at the Dothan Campus and on Feb. 8 at the Phenix City Campus.

The one-night class will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at both locations.

Perfect for anyone who has always wanted to play the piano but felt they did not have the time to learn, "Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People" will introduce participants to the basic techniques needed to make piano playing a part of their lives. Instructor Michael McMillan focuses on chord techniques, and will teach participants the skills needed to play any song in any style or key.

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Former congresswoman, U.S. ambassador to lecture on TROY campus

Posted: Thursday, 21 January 2016
Connie Morella

TROY - Former congresswoman and U.S. Ambassador Connie Morella will serve as Troy University's Ambassador-in-Residence this spring. The former ambassador to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris will deliver a public address to the Troy community on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

Morella served as U.S. ambassador to the OECD in Paris from 2003 to 2007, after having represented Maryland's 8th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987 to 2003. While in Congress, Morella, a Republican, successfully initiated legislation addressing domestic violence and child support, as well as programs for the elderly, environmental protection, health care reform, and human rights issues.

"We are looking forward to hosting Ambassador Morella as the TROY Ambassador-in-Residence," said Dr. Jonathan Harrington, professor of political science and director of the University's graduate program in international relations.

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Monroe County Trojans organize first alumni chapter in the county

Posted: Thursday, 21 January 2016

MONROEVILLE – Troy University alumni and friends are set to bring into reality the Monroe County Alumni Chapter on Jan. 28.

The University's 61st alumni chapter -- and the first ever organized in Monroe County - will officially charter in a 6 p.m. meeting at the Vanity Fair Golf Club, which will be highlighted by an address by the University's Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. Both Dr. Hawkins and Director of Alumni Affairs Faith Ward will install the chapter’s first officers during the event.

Slated for the inaugural set of officers are Jack Weaver, president, Terry Wilkerson, vice president, and Marthe Weaver, secretary/treasurer.

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TROY named among best in traditional and online programs

Posted: Wednesday, 20 January 2016

TROY - Troy University has been listed among the best schools by U.S. News and World Report for its overall performance, graduate schools and online programs.

The news organization ranked TROY among the top 30 best public universities in the South, and in the top tier of all universities and colleges in the region.

Added to that, U.S. News listed TROY's graduate programs in nursing, public affairs and administration, and rehabilitation counseling among the best in the nation, along with the online graduate education program and the Master of Business Administration program, which was listed for the first time. The University was ranked in the top 100 "Best Online Bachelor's Programs" and rated among the best nationally for online graduate programs in criminal justice and business (not MBA).

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TROY's Orlofsky to receive Alabama Music Educators Association's Outstanding Music Educator Award

Posted: Wednesday, 20 January 2016
Dr. Diane D. Orlofsky

TROY - Dr. Diane D. Orlofsky, professor of music and director of choirs in Troy University's John M. Long School of Music, has been selected to receive the 2016 Outstanding Educator Award from the Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA).

Dr. Orlofsky will receive the award during the annual AMEA In-Service Conference at 10:30 a.m., Jan. 22, in the Montgomery Performing Arts Center at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel.

Dr. Orlofsky, in her 30th year at Troy University, currently serves on the Alabama ACDA Board as the state Repertoire and Standards chair for Vocal Jazz and is also active in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Jazz Education Network, the Alabama Music Education Association, Phi Kappa Phi and the American Association of University Women.

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TROY's Kosiba provides introduction for award-winning novel by John Herrmann

Posted: Wednesday, 20 January 2016
What Happens

MONTGOMERY - A book featuring an introduction by a Troy University English professor has garnered a 2016 Michigan Notable Book Award, the state of Michigan's major literary award. The novel was one of 20 books selected by a committee after reviewing close to 250 submissions.

Dr. Sara A. Kosiba, associate professor of English at TROY’s Montgomery Campus, used portions of the research conducted during her one-week research fellowship at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin in 2014, to pen the introduction for the first American publication of John Herrmann's novel, "What Happens." Her research fellowship was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Fellowship Endowment from the Ransom Center.

"This is a huge honor for a relatively obscure author and novel," Dr. Kosiba said. "Hopefully this award will increase recognition of Herrmann's life and work not only within his home state of Michigan, but also within the larger reading public."

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Troy University students celebrating King's legacy through service projects

Posted: Tuesday, 19 January 2016

TROY - Troy University students will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week by taking part in several service opportunities in the surrounding community.

Activities during the week kicked off Tuesday, Jan. 19 with students reading to children at Head Start in Troy and engaging in after-school activities with Troy Elementary students.

Events will continue Wednesday, Jan. 20 with a Backpack for Kids event set from 2 to 3 p.m.

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Troy hosts high school honor choir

Posted: Friday, 15 January 2016

TROY - Troy University's John M. Long School of Music hosts the 9th Annual Southeastern United States Honor Choir Jan. 15-16.

This high school recruiting event will involve 15 schools and 163 participants.

30 students will also be auditioning for scholarships to TROY University during the event.

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Seven local high schools to compete in EnviroBowl at TROY's Dothan Campus

Posted: Friday, 15 January 2016

DOTHAN - Seven local high schools will compete at the 2016 EnviroBowl on Friday, Jan. 22 at Troy University's Dothan Campus.

Students will test their knowledge of various environmental topics during the competition, which takes place at 9 a.m. inside the Harrison Room in Malone Hall.

EnviroBowl, sponsored by Legacy, Partners in Environmental Education, is a double-elimination tournament with each game played in two rounds.

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Former news reporter joins TROY University Relations staff

Posted: Thursday, 14 January 2016
Greg Phillips

TROY - Troy University officials have announced the hiring of Greg Phillips as a University Relations coordinator.

Phillips' duties will include working closely with local media and covering news, features and other events for the university.

"Greg's enthusiasm and news experience will allow us to better serve not only our TROY family but the news media and public as well," said Matt Clower, director of University Relations.

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Valentine's Day Career Fair seeking businesses, organizations

Posted: Thursday, 14 January 2016

DOTHAN - Troy University is seeking businesses, school systems and other organizations to participate in the 2016 Valentine's Day Career Fair.

The fair, which takes place Thursday, Feb. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon on the Dothan Campus, is aimed at helping Troy University students, upcoming graduates and alumni find careers they'll enjoy.

More than 20 vendors have already signed up for the event.

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Civil Rights icon, acclaimed actress headline Leadership Conference at TROY

Posted: Monday, 11 January 2016

TROY - A critically acclaimed actress and performer and a pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement will highlight the Leadership Conference Celebrating Black History Month at Troy University in February.

The theme for this year's conference, which is Feb. 5-6 on the Troy Campus, is "Remembering our Origins, Opportunities, Truth and Spirituality." The conference was launched in 2002 by the University and the City of Troy to promote dialogue that fosters multicultural collaboration and equip diverse leaders with tools to better serve their organizations and communities.

Providing the keynote address for the opening session at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Sartain Hall will be Civil Rights pioneer Juanita Jones Abernathy. As the widow of the Rev. Dr. Ralph David Abernathy, Martin Luther King Jr.'s closest associate, she became pivotally involved in the Civil Rights Movement from the inception of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. For much of her life, her work has taken her worldwide working for justice and equality for all people.

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Troy University receives federal grant for Wiregrass archiving project

Posted: Monday, 11 January 2016

DOTHAN - Troy University is giving Wiregrass residents a chance to digitally preserve their family histories thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Wiregrass Common Heritage Project will allow community members to scan photographs, letters, diaries and other items, preserving them for future generations and even sharing them through an online database.

The project is entirely funded by a $12,000 NEH Common Heritage grant to the University’s Wiregrass Archives at the Dothan Campus.

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Troy University to focus attention on the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Innovation and on military affairs

Posted: Thursday, 08 January 2016

TROY – Troy University officials have announced an administrative reorganization aimed at increasing the University's commitment to entrepreneurship as well as enhancing the University’s support for military students and their families.

Dr. Skip Ames, currently Vice Chancellor for the Dothan Campus, has been named Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Innovation.

"Dr. Skip Ames helped bring the Center concept to fruition in 2014. The further development of the Center now needs his leadership full time. The Center will provide important resources to enhance economic growth throughout the University's service area," said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor.

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TROY professor suggests N. Korea exaggerating for domestic reasons

Posted: Thursday, 07 January 2016

TROY - North Korea's claims of successfully testing a hydrogen bomb may be aimed at bolstering domestic support rather than intimidating international rivals, a Troy University international relations expert suggests.

Reports surfaced Wednesday that North Korean leadership claimed to have successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb in an underground test, a claim that, if true, would represent a major step up in the country's nuclear capabilities.

With international analysts skeptical about the official report of the test, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his regime may have exaggerated their nuclear capabilities in order to build support within the country’s borders.

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Hughston Healthcare CEO Mark Baker to address Troy University graduates

Posted: Thursday, 07 January 2016

PHENIX CITY - Mark Baker, CEO of the Hughston Healthcare System, will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates in Columbus, Ga., on Friday, Jan. 15.

The joint fall commencement ceremony for the Phenix City Campus and the Columbus/Ft. Benning Site will be held at 7 p.m. inside the Columbus Georgia Convention and Trade Center. About 140 students will receive degrees during the ceremony.

Baker has served as CEO of the Hughston Healthcare System, including the Hughston Clinic and Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital, since 2009.

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