Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum to receive donation of historic African American magazines

Posted: Friday, 26 February 2016

MONTGOMERY – Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will receive a donation of more than 500 historic African American magazines dating in the 1950s and 1960s during a press conference at 9 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 29, in the museum's atrium on the University's Montgomery Campus.

Dr. Felicia Bell, director of the museum, will speak to media about the donation and plans for using the donated magazines as an outreach to city schools and the community as a resource for discussion of the Civil Rights Movement and how it was covered by the African American media.

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Troy University's Confucius Institute to host acclaimed Chinese artist

Posted: Thursday, 25 February 2016
Heath Barton

TROY - Qin Bailan, an artist named in 2005 as one of China's "Ten Major Art Masters," will visit Troy University next week for a pair of exhibitions.

Bailan's visit, made possible by TROY's Confucius Institute, will feature free exhibitions and receptions in the studio gallery of the Johnson Center for the Arts, 301 E. Walnut St. in Troy, and at the Rosa Parks Museum on the University's Montgomery Campus.

The Johnson Center exhibit will be available for viewing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 1, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 2. A reception for the artist will be held at 10 a.m. on March 2.

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Troy University SGA president calls on Legislature to equitably fund higher education

Posted: Thursday, 25 February 2016
Heath Barton

MONTGOMERY - Troy University Student Government Association President Heath Barton cited the economic impact higher education has on the State of Alabama in calling for increased funding for the state's public universities during Thursday's Higher Education Day Rally on the State House steps.

The annual rally is sponsored by the Higher Education Partnership of Alabama and draws students, faculty and staff from the state's public colleges and universities in an effort to raise awareness about the impact of higher education and advocate for increased state funding.

"Alabama's universities currently have a combined economic impact of over $ 20 billion annually," Barton said. "This can continue to grow, as we now know that for every $ 1,000 increase in higher education funding, there is a direct $ 8.7 million increase in total per capita income. But, this number will drop dramatically if higher education continues to be overlooked and underappreciated. These facts cannot be overlooked because they are proof that higher education serves as a pillar of success for Alabama, the United States, and the world."

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Troy University wins 12 Southeast Journalism Conference awards

Posted: Thursday, 25 February 2016

TROY - Troy University students recently took home 12 awards from the Southeast Journalism Conference "Best of the South" competition.

The awards, handed out at the annual SEJC Convention in Clarksville, Tenn., were the most TROY has ever won at a single SEJC convention and included three first-place finishes.

"This was the best SEJC year ever for TROY," said Dr. Jeff Spurlock, director of the Hall School of Journalism and Communication. “It just says mountains about our program and our students. Showing we have among the best students in the South is a testament to our fantastic program. We have a wonderful faculty, wonderful staff and just the best students in the world. I can't be happier."

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Troy University, Johnson Center for the Arts to present exhibit by Mike Howard, Jerry Siegel

Posted: Wednesday, 24 February 2016

TROY - Painter Mike Howard and photographer Jerry Siegel will explore the scenes and images of their home state of Alabama in a pair of exhibits on display at the Johnson Center for the Arts.

Howard’s “A Journey Home” and Siegel’s “Responding to Home: In the Heart of Alabama” are on display at the Johnson Center through April 9, in partnership with Troy University.

Both artists are Alabama natives, and the exhibits explore the rural South through both artists’ respective mediums.

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Troy University dean garners national recognition

Posted: Wednesday, 24 February 2016
Dr. Judson Edwards

TROY - Troy University's Dr. Judson Edwards, dean of the Sorrell College of Business, has earned the accolades of a national organization.

Edwards has been named the recipient of the Robert W. MacVittie Emerging Leader Award by the American Association of University Administrators. The award will be formally presented at the organization’s Leadership Seminar in San Antonio, Texas in June.

"I am extremely honored to be selected as the MacVittie Award winner for 2016, but this recognition is shared with the entire faculty, staff and administration of the Sorrell College of Business," Edwards said. "We all work together in leading our students to future success through a steadfast commitment to high-quality teaching, engaging with the business community, caring for students, and producing relevant scholarship."

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Troy University wins national award for service to the military

Posted: Wednesday, 24 February 2016
CCME Award

TROY - The Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) has named Troy University this year’s recipient of its Institution Award.

The award was presented to TROY in recognition of its significant contributions to the cause of military education, and the quality of the education provided to members of the armed services.

CCME is an active proponent for the professional development of those serving in the military education community by providing a forum for the exchange of information on educational programs, strategies and innovation among its members and associated partners. CCME membership currently includes 95 institutions of higher education and some 1,600 individual members.

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TROY senior broke new ground for Greek system

Posted: Wednesday, 24 February 2016
Dexavia Turner

TROY - Carry on a conversation with Dexavia Turner and you'll hear words like "grateful," "thankful" and "we" more than words like "trailblazer," "innovator" and "I."

She's not one to tout her achievements, but the humble 22-year-old senior spent last year breaking new ground as Troy University's first African-American president of a National Panhellenic Conference sorority.

Turner, an accounting major from Tuscaloosa, served as Chi Omega's president on the Troy Campus from January through December 2015.

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Department of Theatre and Dance to present 'Our Vital Struggle'

Posted: Tuesday, 23 February 2016

TROY - The Troy University Department of Theatre and Dance will present "Our Vital Struggle" from Wednesday, Feb. 24 through Sunday, Feb. 28 at the New Long Hall Dance Studio.

Show times will be at 7 p.m. from Wednesday through Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

"This organic and physical studio production tackles the timeless issues of identity, equality, jealousy, love and dreams with help from some of theater's most influential and daring writers, including William Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Tom Stoppard and more," said Tori Lee Averett, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance.

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TROY professor serving as chief economist for U.S. Senate Banking Committee

Posted: Monday, 22 February 2016
Dr. Thomas Hogan and Sen. Richard Shelby

TROY - About a year into his transition from Troy University to Capitol Hill, Dr. Thomas Hogan is already making an impact on the country's economic policies.

As chief economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Hogan played an integral role last year in helping the committee's chairman, Sen. Richard Shelby, develop his financial reform bill.

Hogan and a staff of about a dozen people advise the committee, which consists of 22 senators.

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TROY students collect more than 200 pounds of clothing for Dothan charity

Posted: Friday, 19 February 2016
Dothan charity

DOTHAN - A clothing drive organized by Troy University students collected more than 200 pounds of clothes for charity Thursday.

Students from the Applications for Civic Engagement class on the Dothan Campus organized the clothing drive, which collected items to be donated to Mama Tina's Mission House, a local soup kitchen that helps the needy in the Dothan area.

"We put our minds together and decided we were going to do a clothing drive," said Chase Kelley, a 19-year-old business major. "It's been getting a lot colder, so we know people need clothes. A lot of people have clothes to spare. We wanted to make sure these clothes get straight to the people who need them."

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Polish professor, author to speak at Troy University

Posted: Friday, 19 February 2016

TROY - A renowned professor and author from Poland will speak at Troy University next week.

Dr. Wladyslaw Witalisz, dean of studies and professor of English at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, will deliver a lecture in the Hall of Honor on Feb. 23 at the Troy Campus.

The lecture, titled "The Trojan War in Medieval English Literature," starts at 2:30 p.m. and is open to students, faculty and the public free of charge.

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Acclaimed jazz pianist to perform, keynote annual Helen Keller Lecture at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 18 February 2016
Marcus Roberts

TROY - Acclaimed jazz pianist and Steinway Artist Marcus Roberts will share his incredible talents and story of perseverance while serving as keynote speaker of the 21st annual Helen Keller Lecture at Troy University on March 1.

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.

Later that day, Roberts, one of the world's most prominent modern jazz musicians and composers, will headline TROYs Steinway Artist Performance Series Concert at 7 p.m. in the Long Hall Band Room.

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Troy University to hold grand opening for new Pensacola location

Posted: Thursday, 18 February 2016

PENSACOLA - Troy University will celebrate the opening of its new Pensacola, Fla., support center on Friday, March 4.

TROY recently moved its Pensacola location from N. Warrington Road to a new office at 2114 Airport Blvd., Suite 1150/1250.

The grand opening ceremony will be held from noon to 3 p.m., with ribbon cuttings at noon and 2 p.m. sponsored by the Pensacola and Santa Rosa County Chambers Of Commerce.

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Media Advisory

Posted: Thursday, 18 February 2016

Troy University to host hunger, poverty summit at Montgomery Campus

MONTGOMERY - Sen. Gerald Dial and Dr. Robin O'Sullivan, a Troy University history lecturer, will serve as the keynote speakers for the second annual "Hungry for Justice: Student Poverty and Hunger Summit" on Friday, Feb. 19 at Troy University's Montgomery Campus.

Hungry for Justice Student Poverty and Hunger Summit
Feb. 19
Montgomery Campus of Troy University

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Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum to be featured on C-SPAN

Posted: Thursday, 18 February 2016

MONTGOMERY - Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will be among the locations featured in C-SPAN's 2016 Cities Tour of Montgomery.

C-SPAN Cities Tour, which visits selected communities throughout the United States focusing on local history and people, will make a week-long stop in Montgomery, beginning today. Representatives of the cable network took part in a kickoff event at the Rufus Lewis branch of the Montgomery City-County Public Library this morning, where they revealed the stories and segments that will be explored.

Working with its cable partners, Charter Communications, the C-SPAN production team will take specially outfitted Local Content Vehicles throughout Montgomery, Feb. 18-22, visiting various literary and historic sites to interview local historians, authors and civic leaders. The programming from Montgomery will air on Book TV (C-SPAN2) and American History TV (C-SPAN3) on March 19-20.

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Middle, high school students to attend TROY's Trojan Art Day

Posted: Thursday, 18 February 2016

TROY - More than 400 middle and high school students and their parents from 24 Alabama counties will participate in the third annual Trojan Art Day at Troy University on Friday, Feb. 19.

Trojan Art Day offers workshops and demonstrations led by students and faculty in the University's Department of Art and Design.

Trojan Art Day precedes the District II Visual Arts Achievement Program awards ceremony, the conclusion to an art competition sponsored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

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Troy University's Montgomery Campus to hold open house on Feb. 23

Posted: Wednesday, 17 February 2016

MONTGOMERY – Troy University's Montgomery Campus will host its Spring Open House to assist prospective students with the application and admissions process from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 23.

The event will take place in room 411 of Whitley Hall, and will offer two college preparatory seminars – one during the morning hours and one in the afternoon.

Those attending the event will have the opportunity have their transcript evaluated, receive academic advising, learn about available financial aid options and register for Term 4 classes, which begin in March.

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Online campaign raising money for TROY's Campus Kitchen program

Posted: Wednesday, 17 February 2016

TROY - A weeklong online fundraising competition will help support Troy University's Campus Kitchen program, which feeds the needy in the local community.

The "Raise the Dough" campaign lasts from Feb. 19 until Feb. 26, with the funds used to pay for a freezer needed for food storage and weekly costs of food preparation and delivery.

TROY's Campus Kitchen will compete against other Campus Kitchens across the country in the Raise the Dough Challenge.

All money raised through the website will go to TROY's Campus Kitchen, and the school that raises the most money will receive an additional cash prize to be used in its program.

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Troy University helping Wiregrass teachers through academy

Posted: Monday, 15 February 2016

DOTHAN - For the sixth consecutive year, Troy University will support teachers in the Wiregrass area and beyond through the Wiregrass Math, Science and Technology Leadership Academy.

Troy University recently received notification of a $55,000 grant award from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE), which will help the Academy continue its work in the Wiregrass.

Housed at the University’s Dothan Campus, the Academy is aimed at providing quality professional development for teachers in the areas of math, science and technology.

Teachers participate in a free week-long summer workshop, with follow-up meetings and contact support from the academy throughout the year. In addition to advanced teaching techniques and STEM-focused lesson plans taught during the workshop, teachers are provided technology supplies that will help them throughout the school year and beyond.

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Nursing history expert to speak Wednesday at southern history lecture in Troy

Posted: Monday, 15 February 2016

TROY - An author and expert in nursing history will speak at Troy University's annual McPherson-Mitchell Lecture in Southern History on Wednesday, Feb. 17 in Troy.

University of Virginia Centennial Distinguished Professor of Nursing Dr. Arlene W. Keeling, who also serves as assistant director of the Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Historical Nursing Inquiry, will deliver the lecture at 5 p.m. at Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy campus.

The lecture, titled "Providing Care in the 'Hoot Owl Hollers': The Frontier Nursing Service, 1925-1950," is presented by the Troy University History Department and Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society.

Keeling is the award-winning author of "Nursing and the Privilege of Prescription, 1893-2000" and is currently co-chair of the American Academy of Nursing's Expert Panel on Nursing History.

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Troy University to host hunger, poverty summit at Montgomery Campus

Posted: Monday, 15 February 2016

MONTGOMERY - Efforts to eliminate the sales tax on groceries in Alabama and food access and equity policies will be among the topics discussed during the second annual “Hungry for Justice: Student Poverty and Hunger Summit” on Feb. 19 at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus.

The free summit is presented by Troy University’s Office of Civic Engagement, TROY social sciences Professor Dr. Sharon Everhardt and Alabama Possible, a statewide non-profit organization that works to reduce systemic poverty in Alabama. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Gold Room, located on the second floor of Whitley Hall on the Montgomery Campus.

The event is designed to bring together students from Alabama’s two- and four-year colleges and universities for presentations and discussions on issues of poverty and hunger in the state in hopes of encouraging action on the issues, said Jonathan Cellon, coordinator of learning initiatives at TROY.

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Amy Waters joins staff of Troy University's Montgomery Campus as Director of Community Outreach

Posted: Monday, 15 February 2016
Amy Waters

MONTGOMERY – Amy Waters of Montgomery has joined the staff of Troy University's Montgomery Campus as Director of Community Outreach, Dr. Lance Tatum, Montgomery Campus Vice Chancellor, has announced.

A public relations, marketing and fundraising professional with more than 14 years of experience, Waters most recently served as senior market manager for community engagement with the American Cancer Society. A TROY alumna, Waters earned her bachelor's degree in marketing, management and research from the University’s Montgomery Campus.

In her new position, Waters will cultivate and sustain relationships within the Montgomery community, oversee volunteer and community outreach efforts of the Montgomery Campus, identify and cultivate corporate and community partnerships and work in conjunction with the University's media relations.

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Pulitzer winner Klibanoff talks dealing with unfinished business of Civil Rights-era cold cases

Posted: Friday, 12 February 2016
Hank Klibanoff

TROY - Pulitzer Prize winner Hank Klibanoff told a Troy University audience Thursday that through the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Case Project, he and his students are dealing with unfinished business about the injustices of decades past.

Klibanoff served as the keynote speaker of the M. Stanton Evans Symposium on Money, Politics and the Media at the Troy Campus. He and co-author Gene Roberts received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in history for “The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle and the Awakening of a Nation.” The book serves as suggested reading for the year at TROY’s Hall School of Journalism and Communication, which sponsored the symposium.

"'The Race Beat' gave me an opportunity to open a door on a history that had importance," Klibanoff said. "This gave me a front-row seat on a truth that hadn’t fully been revealed."

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"Cowboy Mike" to discuss black Seminoles during Troy University lectures"

Posted: Thursday, 11 February 2016
Cowboy Mike

TROY - "Cowboy Mike" will discuss the shared history of African Americans and Native Americans of the Seminole tribe during lectures at Troy University’s campuses in Dothan and Troy Feb. 23-24.

"Cowboy Mike" is the persona created by retired Augusta University history professor Michael Searles to help audiences better understand the Western experiences of black cowboys. As "Cowboy Mike," Searles dresses in authentic Western gear and displays his collection of Western artifacts, including chaps, spurs and lariat.

Searles will present the lecture "Black Seminoles: Independent Spirit, Shared Heritag" at the Dothan Campus on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m., inside the Sony Hall auditorium inside Everett Hall. He will speak at the Troy Campus on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. inside the library.

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Troy University student to star in CBS' 'The Amazing Race'

Posted: Thursday, 11 February 2016
Cole LaBrant

TROY - A Troy University freshman and his mother will be among the participants during season 28 of "The Amazing Race," which premieres on CBS Friday night, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.

Cole LaBrant, a freshman business major who grew up in Troy and graduated from Enterprise High School, will be one of several social media stars to be featured on the show this season.

LaBrant came to prominence in recent years due to his popularity on social media, particularly the website Vine, where his short videos have gained him 6.6 million followers.

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Leading economist to speak at Troy, Dothan campuses

Posted: Wednesday, 10 February 2016

TROY – Dr. Dean Stansel, author of the "Economic Freedom of North America Report," will speak at Troy University's campuses in Dothan and Troy later this month.

Co-hosted by the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the lectures will focus on expanding economic freedom in Alabama and the nation.

"The Dothan community reflects a growing hub of entrepreneurship in Alabama," said Dr. Dan Smith, assistant professor of economics in the Johnson Center. "Since Alabama has one of the lowest rates of entrepreneurship in the nation, it is important to continue to foster entrepreneurship in Dothan, and more broadly in Alabama, by expanding economic freedom."

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Troy University to welcome homeschoolers to campus

Posted: Wednesday, 10 February 2016

TROY - Homeschooled students throughout the region will have a chance to taste college life on Friday, Feb. 26 at Troy University.

Homeschool Day is designed for homeschoolers grades 9 - 12, and will offer a chance for them to connect with each other, tour the Troy Campus, and learn about what the University has to offer including its ACCELERATE Dual Enrollment Program, said Amber Carnathan, the ACCELERATE Program's coordinator.

"There will be breakout sessions in the morning that include meeting admissions counselors, learning about scholarship opportunities, financial aid and housing," she said. "They will also meet current TROY students who were homeschooled who want to share their experiences."

The University will provide lunch and tours of the campus and residence halls. The program runs from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. and the day begins in the Trojan Center Theater.

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State treasurer tells Troy University students to 'do the right thing, do it the right way and do it right away'

Posted: Wednesday, 10 February 2016
Young Boozer

TROY - State Treasurer Young Boozer told a packed crowd of Troy University students Monday that his business and political philosophies are unified and simple.

"Do the right thing, do it the right way and do it right away," Boozer told the students during a lecture at Bibb Graves Hall. "When I first got into office, I sat down with my staff and told them this is how we're going to do things."

The lecture was sponsored by the Troy University Economics Club and featured Boozer explaining, among other things, the duties of his office.

"As treasurer, I am basically the banker for the state," Boozer said. "My office takes in revenue from all over the state and deposits it into banks around the state."

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Troy University's Confucius Institute to offer Chinese language classes on the Montgomery Campus

Posted: Tuesday, 09 February 2016

MONTGOMERY - Troy University's Confucius Institute will offer a selection of 10-week Chinese language classes beginning in February at the University's Montgomery Campus.

The following adult classes will be offered:

    • Elementary Chinese Level I -- Tuesdays, Feb. 16-May, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Room 117, Rosa Parks Museum.
    • Elementary Chinese Level II -- Wednesdays, Feb. 17-May 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Room 117, Rosa Parks Museum.
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Troy University to present professional writing and grammar boot camp on Montgomery Campus

Posted: Tuesday, 09 February 2016

MONTGOMERY - Troy University will offer a professional writing and grammar boot camp workshop tailored specifically for professional business communications on Feb. 27 at the University's Montgomery Campus.

Presented by the campus' English Department, the event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Gold Room of Whitley Hall, located at 231 Montgomery Street. The workshop, "Do the Write Thing: Effective Communication Made Fun and Easy," is open to professionals, entrepreneurs, small businesses, students, and the general public and will provide participants with the opportunity to improve business communication and daily grammar skills.

"You will learn how to confidently express yourself clearly and correctly through a daylong adventure of activities and games focused on improving your grammar that can greatly impact workplace communications and improve success in your place of business," said Dr. Kirk Curnutt, chair of Troy University's Department of English.

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Abernathy opens Leadership Conference with call to ‘stand up’

Posted: Monday, 08 February 2016
Juanita Jones Abernathy

TROY - Renowned Civil Rights activist and speaker Juanita Jones Abernathy urged young people to stand up against injustice during Friday night’s opening session of the Leadership Conference Celebrating African American History Month at Troy University.

During the keynote address, Abernathy said America has come a long way, but has a long way to go. She urged today’s young people to become leaders.

“You all as young people see the injustices in America today, and you can make a difference if you stand up so that you are counted,” Abernathy said. “Because things are not like they should be.”

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Jasmine Guy urges Leadership Conference participants to converse, share ideas

Posted: Monday, 08 February 2016

TROY - People aren't sharing ideas as they did generations ago and it's time to remedy that problem.

Actor-director-dancer Jasmine Guy delivered that message during her keynote address Saturday at the closing luncheon of the 15th annual Leadership Conference Celebrating African American History Month at Troy University.

The conference, co-sponsored by the University and the City of Troy, concluded Saturday on the University's Troy Campus with a closing luncheon that featured an awards presentation and Guy's keynote speech.

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TROY Symphony Band to perform student's arrangement of ‘Star Spangled Banner'

Posted: Wednesday, 03 February 2016
Justin McCall

TROY - The Troy University Symphony Band, under the direction of Dr. Mark J. Walker, will perform a student's arrangement of the "Star Spangled Banner" at the 43rd Southeastern United States Clinic and Honor Bands.

The band's annual concert takes place Friday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. inside the Claudia Crosby Theater, which is free and open to the public.

Justin McCall, a 20-year-old junior from Prattville and the music department's head librarian, recently wrote an arrangement of the "Star Spangled Banner," his first attempt at writing for the symphony band.

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Chinese New Year celebration planned on the Troy Campus

Posted: Wednesday, 03 February 2016
Chinese New Year

TROY - Members of Troy University's Chinese Students and Scholars Association will celebrate Chinese New Year on the Troy Campus on Feb. 12 in the Trojan Center Ballrooms.

The annual event, also called Spring Festival, is open to the public and features traditional performances and food. Tickets to the event are $15 ($10 for students), and may be purchased from the International Program Office located in the basement of Hawkins Hall, in the Trojan Center ticket office and at the doors, which open at 5 p.m.

"This is the most important festival for the Chinese people and has more than 4,000 years of history," said Ruifeng Wang, CSSA’s president. "It is similar to Christmas in the West with families coming together to celebrate."

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Author, former inmate to discuss life story with TROY students

Posted: Monday, 01 February 2016

TROY – A leading national advocate on drug sentencing reform will speak at Troy University on Thursday, Feb. 4.

Kemba Smith, a rising college student at Hampton University who fell in love with a crack cocaine kingpin and landed in federal prison, uses her experiences to deliver a message about the consequences of life choices, and advocates for drug sentencing reform.

She speaks at 7 p.m. in the Trojan Center Ballrooms. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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