Troy University professor receives NEH grant to preserves plays of Elizabeth Inchbald

Posted: Thursday, 31 March 2016
Dr. Ben P. Robertson

TROY - A Troy University English professor will compile the first complete scholarly edition of plays by English writer Elizabeth Inchbald thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dr. Ben P. Robertson was recently awarded a $6,000 NEH Summer Stipend, which will fund two months of travel and research for the project.

Elizabeth Inchbald was a British actor, playwright, novelist, and literary critic who lived from 1753 to 1821. She was the author of more than a dozen plays and two novels, including "A Simple Story," which remains in print today.

Robertson describes her as a significant figure in Romantic-era Britain-one who defied the gender conventions of her day.

"Inchbald has been a significant interest of mine for about 15 years, partly because she was able to make it on her own as a woman in a culture that didn't especially value women's contributions," Robertson said. "I admire her bravery-her daring. She literally ran away from home at the age of eighteen (a very dangerous move at the time) to become an actor."

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Reba Davis wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 31 March 2016
Vergil Parks McKinley Award

TROY - Reba Davis, director of the South Regional Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators and Students Statewide (ACCESS) Center at Troy University, has won the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Davis, who has been employed by the University since 1995 and served in her current role since 2006, received the award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during a ceremony on Tuesday in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. She was nominated by Dr. Kathy Hildebrand, dean of the University's College of Education.

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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Troy University to host 10th MathFest on April 2

Posted: Wednesday, 30 March 2016

TROY - Troy University's Department of Mathematics will present the 10th TROY MathFest, a one-day conference for undergraduate students to share their research, on April 2 at Hawkins Hall on the Troy Campus.

Students and faculty from TROY, Birmingham-Southern College, the University of South Alabama, Gadsden State Community College and Darton College are registered for the conference, which will feature research presentations from primarily undergraduate students, a calculus competition, a graduate school information area and an invited talk by Professor Pete Johnson of Auburn University.

"This is the only such forum in the state of Alabama," said Dr. Kenneth Roblee, associate chair of the Department of Mathematics. "The idea is to have a forum for undergraduate research projects in mathematics for students in Alabama and beyond."

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Area small businesses can receive help from TROY

Posted: Wednesday, 30 March 2016

TROY - Representatives from the Small Business Development Center at Troy University will be providing free counseling at several area Chambers of Commerce in April.

TROY's SBDC, a part of a statewide network of centers that partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration, works to strengthen Alabama's economy by providing high quality, one-on-one, confidential assistance, training and education to small businesses targeted for increasing employment, fostering growth and improving financial stability.

The counseling sessions give SBDC consultants an opportunity to work with small business owners on a wide range of business issues such as testing new business propositions, shaping business plans, investigating funding opportunities and other issues.

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Troy University's Alabama campuses receive Tree Campus USA designation

Posted: Tuesday, 29 March 2016

TROY - For the first time, all four of Troy University's Alabama campuses have received the prestigious Tree Campus USA designation from the Arbor Day Foundation.

The campuses, located in Troy, Dothan, Montgomery and Phenix City, had to meet five requirements to receive the designation.

"[The program] gives the University recognition for initiatives such as planting trees and trying to do things that beautify and are sustainable in our region of the country," said University-wide Physical Plant Director Mark Salmon. "It really is a reflection of the University's care and attention to making sure we have a nice tree population."

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Troy University students ready for job hunt

Posted: Monday, 28 March 2016

TROY - Troy University students will have job hunting on their minds March 28-30.

The Office of Career Services is hosting a series of events aimed at helping students find employment after graduation, and culminating in a career fair on Wednesday that will put about 400 students and some 48 companies together for networking and preliminary interviews.

"We believe it's important for students to interact with employers as often as possible for several reasons," said Lauren Cole, coordinator of Career Services. "The first is to obviously obtain a job or internship. It's never too early for students to begin visiting career fairs."

Cole said the activities are a wise time investment for any of the students.

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Troy University prepares for second annual Student Appreciation Day on April 6

Posted: Friday, 25 March 2016

TROY - Troy University faculty and staff will show their appreciation for students during the University's second annual Student Appreciation Day on Wednesday, April 6.

Students will be able to enjoy free food, prizes and activities at all four of TROY's campuses in Alabama, and support centers throughout the United States. TROY Online students will also have the opportunity to win prizes throughout the day through Trojan Café.

The theme of this year's event is "Making a Difference at Troy University."

"April 6 is the day faculty and staff have the opportunity to demonstrate to all TROY students that it is truly a privilege for us to help mentor and guide students' academic success at Troy University," said Dr. Dionne Rosser-Mims, president of the Faculty Senate and chair of the Student Appreciation Day advisory council. "It is also a wonderful way to promote Trojan pride."

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TROY Freshman balancing school books with novel

Posted: Thursday, 24 March 2016
Slay James

TROY - Troy University accounting freshman Slay James of Vestavia Hills is, in many ways, the typical college freshman.

In the fall, he entered college and pledged Sigma Chi Fraternity. He got into the sport of Ultimate Frisbee and became involved in Campus Outreach and Chi Alpha, a Christian student organization. He's looking to get more involved in campus life. Like many freshmen, he struggles to find that balance between school life and social life.

And, he's trying to find time to write.

James came to TROY with a nearly-edited draft of his first novel, "Hero." It was published in September 2015 by Books-A-Million.

A good student in high school and a track athlete, James admitted the novel's roots are found in a daydreaming session during Algebra 2 class at Vestavia Hills High School.

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

Posted: Thursday, 24 March 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, April 6.

The address will be from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. in the Math and Science Complex Auditorium, room 114. Her presentation is entitled, "A political and personal journey through minefields and milestones – in heels." She was previously scheduled to visit TROY in January, but that trip was delayed due to a massive winter storm that impacted much of the eastern United States.

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.

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Troy University Summer Spectacular children's camp coming to Dothan Campus starting June 7

Posted: Wednesday, 23 March 2016

DOTHAN - Local children will have a chance to learn about transportation during Troy University's Summer Spectacular, an annual learning enrichment camp.

The event, open to children ages 4 to 12, will be held in Adams Hall at the Dothan Campus from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Thursday, beginning June 7 and ending June 30.

Troy University students majoring in education lead the annual four-week summer learning enrichment program. Summer Spectacular gives TROY students hands-on experience in a classroom setting while providing a fun learning environment for children.

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Pankey named director of Troy for Troops

Posted: Monday, 21 March 2016
Danielle Pankey

TROY – Troy University officials have named Danielle Pankey director of its Troy for Troops Center.

As director, she will oversee the support services for veterans and active duty military members at all Alabama campuses, as well as the University's virtual veteran support center. The Center functions as a one-stop hub for service members who are TROY students.

"In this role, she will be responsible for the continued enhancement of support for veteran services," said Dr. Don Jeffrey, Vice Chancellor for Military Affairs.

Pankey has previously been responsible for veteran state authorizations and participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, coordinating community college articulation agreements and partnerships in support of military families transferring to TROY. A 10-year employee, she previously was the University's Veterans Affairs certifying official at the Tampa service center and MacDill Air Force Base.

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Wiregrass leadership academy taking applications

Posted: Monday, 21 March 2016

DOTHAN - The Wiregrass Math, Science and Technology Leadership Academy is inviting applications for 2016-17.

The academy is supported by Alabama Commission on Higher Education and Troy University.

Improving teacher quality is a high priority for the academy. This is accomplished by using a variety of science, math and technology themed teacher workshops throughout the year. The academy is inviting applications for participation in this year's summer institute and the follow up in the next academic year. There is no charge for participation and participants may receive CEUs through our in-service center.

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Troy University Concert Chorale to deliver "A Serenade to Music"

Posted: Friday, 18 March 2016

TROY - The Troy University Concert Chorale invites the public to attend its spring concert "A Serenade to Music" on Sunday, April 3.

This free concert will begin at 3 p.m. at Bush Memorial Baptist Church on George Wallace Drive in Troy.

The Concert Chorale is TROY's auditioned 37-voice choir, and its performance will feature some special guest artists, student soloists and guest conductors.

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TROY's Rosa Parks Museum among Montgomery locations featured this weekend on C-SPAN

Posted: Friday, 18 March 2016

MONTGOMERY – Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum on the Montgomery Campus will be among the locations featured on C-SPAN this weekend as a part of the networks annual Cities Tour.

Hosted by its cable partners, Charter Communication, C-SPAN's Cities Tour crews visited numerous Montgomery locations in February, focusing on the city's history and literary culture and conducting several interviews.

The weekend programming will kick off on Friday when an interview with Montgomery Todd Strange air on C-SPAN's Washington Journal between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. C-SPAN is available in Montgomery on Charter channel 98, and will be followed by literary features on Saturday on C-SPAN2 and historical features on Sunday on C-SPAN3.

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Troy University's Confucius Institute to take high school students on trip to China

Posted: Thursday, 17 March 2016

TROY - More than 20 high school students from seven states will gain first-hand experience of Chinese language and culture during an upcoming 12-day trip to China made possible by the Confucius Institute at Troy University.

The students making the trip were previously part of the University's STARTALK Chinese program, a 15-day residential program for students learning the Chinese language and Chinese language teachers held on the Troy Campus. The STARTALK program, funded through a grant from the National Security Agency, is in its sixth year at TROY and attracts students and teachers from across Alabama and throughout the U.S.

STARTALK 's mission is to increase the number of Americans learning, speaking and teaching critical-need foreign languages by offering high school students and language teachers creative and engaging summer experiences that strive to exemplify the best practices in language education and in language teacher development.

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Dr. Steven L. Taylor named dean of College of Arts and Sciences at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 17 March 2016
Dr. Steven L. Taylor

TROY - Dr. Steven L. Taylor has been named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Troy University, effective immediately.

Dr. Taylor, who joined the TROY faculty in the fall of 1998 as an assistant professor, has served as chair of the Department of Political Science since 2012.

"Dr. Taylor is a distinguished scholar who has long demonstrated his dedication to student success in his role as a professor and department chair," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. "Throughout his service as a member of our faculty, Dr. Taylor has been a tremendous ambassador for Troy University, and I am pleased he will bring his leadership abilities to the role of dean of the College of Arts and Sciences."

Dr. Taylor said he was honored to be selected for the position.

"I am humbled and gratified by the opportunity to serve Troy University in this capacity," Dr. Taylor said. "I look forward to working with the faculty and staff of the College of Arts and Sciences in fostering a quality learning environment for our students, here in Alabama and around the world."

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Troy University to present free documentary screening in Dothan

Posted: Thursday, 17 March 2016

DOTHAN - To celebrate Women's History Month, Troy University will present a free public screening of the 2015 documentary film "He Named Me Malala" on Sunday, March 20 at the Dothan Campus.

The screening takes place in the Sony Hall auditorium in Everett Hall at 2 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

"He Named Me Malala" tells the story of young female activist Malala Yousafzai. She was shot in the face by the Taliban, but healed and continued to fight for women's rights, particularly in the education field.

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Rosa Parks Museum Director Dr. Felicia Bell honored by Alabama Legislature

Posted: Wednesday, 16 March 2016
Dr. Felicia Bell

MONTGOMERY - Dr. Felicia Bell, director of the Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University's Montgomery Campus, has been honored by the Alabama House of Representatives with a joint resolution.

The resolution (HR84) was presented by Reps. Laura Hall, Alan Boothe, Chris Blackshear, James Buskey, Ralph Howard, Barbara Boyd, George Bandy, Barry Forte, Adline Clarke, Barbara Drummond, Pebblin Warren, Kelvin Lawrence, Thad McClammy, Artis A.J. McCampbell, Christopher England and John Knight of the Legislative Black Caucus. It recognized Dr. Bell for her "record of excellence" at the museum and officially welcomed her to Alabama.

"Dr. Felicia A. Bell is such a remarkable individual whose accomplishments we take pride in recognizing," the resolution said. "Since entering her esteemed position as Director of the Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University Montgomery, Dr. Bell has secured proper housing for rare objects in the museum's collection, garnered national and international attention for the museum through major media outlets during the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and accepted a gift of rare and out-of-print African American magazines from the 1950s and 1960s on behalf of the museum. Through the years, Dr. Bell has earned respect for her tireless dedication and exceptional abilities; her outstanding record of excellence reflects tremendous credit upon Montgomery and the entire State of Alabama, and is truly deserving of special recognition."

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Troy University to present social media seminar series in Montgomery

Posted: Tuesday, 15 March 2016

MONTGOMERY - Troy University's Continuing Education Center will offer a seminar series in Montgomery designed to help business professionals navigate the fast-moving world of social media.

"Social Media for Business Professionals: A Three Part Seminar Series," will give professionals a better understanding of how to effectively use social media to communicate with the public. The seminar will take participants through the basics of launching and managing a social media platform, to more advanced skills like developing a long-term content strategy and using software to monitor multiple social platforms.

The series will be offered at TROY's Montgomery Campus on April 5, 12 and 19 from 6-8 p.m., each session inside Whitley Hall, Room 329.

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Troy University co-sponsoring bee workshop in Dothan

Posted: Tuesday, 15 March 2016

DOTHAN - In celebration of the start of spring, Troy University's Dothan Campus along with Alabama Master Gardeners and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System will present a bee workshop on Saturday, March 19 at Sony Hall in the Everett Building from 10 a.m. until noon.

The workshop, titled Supporting Native Pollinators, will teach participants how to identify native bees and attract them to their yards, and allow them to tour the soon-to-be pollinator habitat at TROY's Dothan Campus.

This workshop will explain how important pollinators are to the environment.

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TROY's Continuing Education to offer leadership course in Dothan

Posted: Monday, 14 March 2016

DOTHAN - Emerging leaders will have a chance to hone their skills and apply them to their organizations thanks to a course coming to Troy University's Dothan Campus.

Troy University's Continuing Education will offer a leadership course from April 5 through April 7 at the Dothan Campus.

The course will be divided into four phases: Connecting with Strategic Leadership, Engaging as a Strategic Leader, Partnering as a Strategic Leader and Leading as a Strategic Leader.

In this course, participants will learn the five levels of leadership, gain understanding of the three fundamental principles of culture, examine the importance of engaging leaders, identify challenges to building strategic leadership, identify important concepts for change within their organizations and more.

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Veteran, wounded in Afghanistan, encourages 'Walk Hard' participants to keep going

Posted: Tuesday, 08 March 2016
Bobby Dove

BONIFAY, Fla. - Sometimes it helps to put your problems into perspective.

That's exactly what happened Sunday night for 31 members of Troy University's Alpha Tau Omega fraternity who are in the midst of walking from Troy to Panama City, Fla., to raise money for a local veterans' charity.

After finishing the third day of their six-day "Walk Hard for Heroes" journey, the walkers were exhausted physically and mentally when they stopped for a meal and some words of encouragement at the First Baptist Church of Bonifay.

Enter retired Army Staff Sgt. Bobby Dove.

Dove was wounded in Afghanistan in 2012, losing two limbs in the process.

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New equipment allows Troy University students to exercise while studying

Posted: Monday, 07 March 2016
Exercise bikes

TROY - Troy University Libraries are giving students the opportunity to work out and study at the same time thanks to some new equipment.

Exercise bikes containing stations for laptop computers were installed at the Troy and Dothan campuses in February, and the response has been so positive that several more have been ordered.

The FitDesk equipment turns a traditional exercise bike into a work station, where students can use the desk area to read or use laptops.

The first three machines were installed at the Dothan Campus, followed by three more at the Troy Campus.

"In the library, we want to be sure we are supporting our students' physical wellness just as much as their intellectual," said Dr. Christopher Shaffer, dean of library services. "The response from students has been incredibly positive, and we are now planning to expand the program by installing more bike and elliptical study stations. Our mission at the TROY Libraries is to constantly innovate and challenge perceptions of what a modern library can be."

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Troy University mourns the passing of 2015 Hall-Waters Prize recipient Pat Conroy

Posted: Saturday, 05 March 2016
Historic Magazines

MONTGOMERY – Renowned author Pat Conroy is being remembered today as not only a gifted story-teller, but also as an advocate for change.

Conroy, author of best-selling novels such as “The Great Santini,” “The Lords of Discipline” and “The Prince of Tides,” which was adapted for the screen for the 1991 Academy Award-nominated film by the same title, died on Friday at the age of 70. Conroy was honored by Troy University in 2015, with the University's Hall-Waters Prize. The presentation was made last April during the Alabama Book Festival in Montgomery's Old Alabama Town. Established by TROY alumnus Dr. Wade Hall, who passed away in September, the Hall-Waters Prize honors persons who have made significant contributions to Southern heritage and culture in history, literature or the arts.

“We've lost a great and powerful voice in Southern literature, whom we were honored to recognize with the Hall-Waters Prize last year,” said Walter Givhan, TROY's Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Economic Development, who took part in last year's award presentation to Conroy. “No one wrote with more passion and energy about the South and its people. We will miss him terribly.”

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TROY Vocal Jazz Invitational brings 'world class instruction' to 150 students for free

Posted: Friday, 04 March 2016

TROY - More than 150 students from six schools will converge at Troy University's Troy Campus for the second annual Vocal Jazz Invitational on March 16 and 17.

The event, sponsored by the John M. Long School of Music and the Troy University Choral Department, will bring students from six schools of varying grade levels to participate in clinics by award-winning jazz performers, arrangers and educators Kerry Marsh and Julia Dollison.

Marsh and Dollison will work with TROY's vocal jazz ensemble, Frequency, on March 16, then work with the visiting schools in 30-minute individual clinics the next day.

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Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum receives large donation of historic African American magazines

Posted: Wednesday, 02 March 2016
Historic Magazines

MONTGOMERY – Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum on the Montgomery Campus has received a donation of more than 500 African American magazines from the height of the Civil Rights Movement.

Carefully kept for many decades, this rare collection, dating from the 1950s and 1960s, documents the social, political and cultural aspects of black life in America during the modern Civil Rights Movement. Appraised at more than $7,000, the majority of the collection is comprised of Jet and Hue magazines. There are fewer and some single editions of magazines such as Say and Our Life, which are no longer in print.

Rosa Parks Museum staff will visit local schools and exhibit the magazines to students as a part of a presentation. In addition, the magazines will be featured in future exhibits at the museum.

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