TROY's UAS courses prepare students to manage drone operations

Posted: Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Al Allenback

With the implementation this week of the Federal Aviation Administration's Part 107 rules governing drone usage in the country, many commercial operators now have a clear path forward in the use of unmanned aerial systems.

"These vehicles are in use everywhere," said Troy University adjunct professor Al Allenback, a retired Air Force colonel and fighter pilot. "Entertainment, business, forestry, engineering, surveying - the applications are endless."

Allenback is the mastermind behind TROY's new UAS courses, and is excited about bringing the study of the management and applications of drones to students at the University.

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TROY alum credits Dothan experience with career path

Posted: Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Veterans reading

DOTHAN - A Troy University alumna has put her degrees to good use by making a difference in the fight to preserve one of the most important historical eras in U.S. history.

Dothan native Hayden McDaniel has spent the last year organizing and digitizing interviews with men and women who lived through the Civil Rights Era in Mississippi, a major project affiliated with the University of Southern Mississippi's Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage.

"What we were doing was taking 425 interviews about the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, digitizing them off of old cassettes and reel-to-reel tapes and into a digital form and onto our library's database," said McDaniel, who served as project coordinator. "You can listen to the full audio of these interviews on the website."

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TROY ATO chapter is best in America

Posted: Monday, 22 August 2016
Veterans reading

TROY - A Troy University fraternity is once again the top chapter in the nation.

The Kappa Beta Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity was recognized with the national organization's 2016 Top Chapter Award during the ATO's 82nd Biennial Congress in Charlotte, N.C. in August. A year ago, the chapter celebrated its 10-year anniversary at TROY.

"(Winning the award) shows there's no limits here at TROY, and it demonstrates what a group of people - especially fraternities and sororities - are capable of achieving," said chapter president Blake Swicord.

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Former State Sen. Hank Erwin to speak in Troy on 'Woodlawn' experiences

Posted: Thursday, 18 August 2016

TROY - Former State Sen. Hank Erwin, a focus of the 2015 movie "Woodlawn," will be in the Troy this month speaking about the experience that transformed the Birmingham-area high school in the midst of the '70s racial strife.

Erwin will address the University community at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22 in Claudia Crosby Theater, and the Pike County community at large at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23 at the Johnson Center for the Arts in downtown Troy, to which the public is invited.

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Troy University to present Veterans reading initiative at Montgomery Campus

Posted: Thursday, 18 August 2016
Veterans reading

MONTGOMERY - Troy University will launch a new initiative on Aug. 25, designed to help Montgomery area veterans and their families address issues unique to military service.

Sponsored by Troy University and supported by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the 11-week reading and discussion program will take place at the Montgomery Campus each Thursday from Aug. 25 - Nov. 3, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The discussions will take place in room 109 of Bartlett Hall.

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'Become more interesting' should be goal of entering college students

Posted: Monday, 15 August 2016

TROY - National journalist and author Tom Foreman told new students at Troy University Sunday to walk through doors and make those doors matter.

Speaking to TROY's Odyssey Convocation for new students, Foreman, an alumnus who is a journalist at CNN, challenged the entering class to become "interesting people" and take advantage of opportunities that TROY presented.

"The most important thing you can do while you are in college is to become a more interesting person," he said. "Interesting people have interesting friends and they have interesting jobs and take interesting trips, and lead interesting lives."

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Troy University's Confucius Institute to offer Chinese language classes in Montgomery

Posted: Monday, 15 August 2016

MONTGOMERY - The Confucius Institute at Troy University will offer Chinese language classes for adults and children beginning in September at the University's Montgomery Campus.

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Troy University welcomes new faculty members as new academic year kicks off

Posted: Monday, 15 August 2016

TROY - Troy University welcomed new faculty members for the 2016-2017 Academic Year during Friday’s Faculty/Staff Convocation.

The annual event, which signals the start of a new year, was held in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus and live streamed through the University website. Term classes at TROY begin today, while classes on the Troy Campus begin on Wednesday.

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Dr. Ben P. Robertson receives Troy University's Malone Award

Posted: Monday, 15 August 2016
Tom Foreman

TROY - Dr. Ben P. Robertson, professor of English, has been awarded Troy University's Wallace D. Malone, Jr. Distinguished Faculty Award.

Dr. Robertson, who joined the TROY faculty in 2003, was presented the award by Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, and Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, during the University's annual Faculty/Staff Convocation on Friday at the Troy Campus.

The award consists of a $1,000 cash prize and a medallion to be worn with academic regalia. The award is made possible through a $100,000 endowment by the SouthTrust Corporation. Wallace Malone, former chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of SouthTrust, served as a TROY trustee from 1975-1995.

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Posted: Friday, 12 August 2016

8:15/9:30 Elm St. Gym and Sorority Hill: Troy University's NPC sororities host Bid Day 2016. Participants will gather in the Elm Street Gymnasium (across the street from Sorority Hill) at 8:15 a.m. where bids will be received.

At 9:30 a.m., the Bid Run from the Elm Street Gym by pledges to their respective houses takes place. Traffic along that segment of Elm Street is shut down for this event.


8 a.m. - Until/TROY CAMPUS: The University community comes together to assist students with moving into their living quarters on the Troy Campus. Campus organizations are on standby at each residential hall to assist. This year, the Troy Trojans football team will be assisting as a unit, following their 11 a.m. scrimmage, and TROY's Army ROTC cadre will be on hand to help with heavy lifting.

For coordination for either of these events, contact Matt Clower via cell at 334-434-2923 on Saturday. Coverage of either of these events can be confirmed via email to

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Troy University partnering with two Dothan child care centers

Posted: Tuesday, 09 August 2016

DOTHAN - Troy University is partnering with two Dothan child care centers to help 4-year-olds better transition into kindergarten.

Project Pre-K to K Transition will provide teaching assistance to Eastside Childcare Learning Center, located on Columbia Highway, and Pal-A-Roos Daycare, located on Hodgesville Road, starting Sept. 12.

"The Pre-K to K Transition Project was formed from recognizing the need in our community to better prepare 4-year-olds to enter kindergarten ready to learn the rigorous standards currently expected," said Project Co-Director Pam Wimbish, a lecturer in the College of Education at the Dothan Campus. "By supporting their learning in a comprehensive research-based curriculum program, the pre-K 4-year-old project will help bridge the academic gap to the majority of the kindergarten classrooms' curriculum programs."

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CNN's Tom Foreman to address incoming students at Troy University's Odyssey Convocation

Posted: Monday, 08 August 2016
Tom Foreman

TROY - Emmy award-winning journalist and Troy University alumnus Tom Foreman of CNN will deliver the keynote address to new students during the University's Odyssey Convocation at 2 p.m. on Sunday in Trojan Arena on the Troy Campus.

The 12th annual Odyssey Convocation will highlight the University's Welcome Weekend 2016, which includes sorority bid day on Saturday and residence hall move-in days on Saturday and Sunday. A number of TROY faculty and staff, as well as members of the community will be on hand to assist with hospitality and moving between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Fall semester classes will begin on the Troy Campus on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

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Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum to host Family Free Day on Aug. 20

Posted: Monday, 08 August 2016
Adira Burton

MONTGOMERY - Free tours, arts and crafts and a Troy University theatre student's portrayal of Rosa Parks will highlight Family Free Day at TROY's Rosa Parks Museum on Saturday, Aug. 20.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will also feature voter registration in the museum's atrium.

Adira Burton, a sophomore from Gautier, Miss. will perform as Mrs. Parks in the Museum's auditorium. Performances will be held hourly from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about Family Free Days, call 334-268-9983. The Museum is located at 252 Montgomery St., on the University's Montgomery Campus.

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Troy University Surveying and Geomatics Sciences program wins national recognition

Posted: Wednesday, 03 August 2016
Topographic Survey

TROY – Troy University's Surveying and Geomatics Sciences program is one of 10 in the nation to be honored with the Surveying Education Award by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).

The award, which includes a $10,000 prize, recognizes programs that best reflect the organization's mission to advance licensure for engineers and surveyors in order to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the public. The award jury considered criteria such as student outcomes, student involvement, outreach and recruitment.

The award will be used to fund scholarships and recruit new students to the program, according to Dr. Steve Ramroop, program director and associate professor.

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Highest ranking woman in U.S. military history is TROY alumna

Posted: Tuesday, 02 August 2016

TROY - The most powerful woman in the U.S. military earned a master's degree from Troy University.

Earlier this year, Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson was named commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM), making her the first female combatant commander in the country's history.

"While I recognize it's historic, I don't dwell on that description," Robinson said. "I am the NORAD-NORTHCOM commander. I am a general. I am an Airman. I just happen to be a woman. I am a part of something bigger than myself. I represent all those in the military who make sacrifices everyday along with their peers in order to defend this great nation."

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University traffic flow changes at McKinley and Madison and College Drive

Posted: Monday, 01 August 2016

TROY - Traffic planners and University officials are changing the traffic pattern near Troy University's lagoon to better reflect actual traffic usage, beginning on Monday, August 1.

The change will result in new stop signs for traffic, and motorists who use the routes are urged to use caution as the intersection changes become familiar.

Specifically, at the intersection of McKinley Drive and East Madison Street, McKinley will gain a stop sign traveling northeast from the Chancellor's Residence.

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