Education Commissioner challenges graduates

Posted: Friday, 16 December 2016

TROY - One of the state's top education leaders challenged Troy University graduates to work together, press through hardships and take opportunities during fall commencement exercises in Trojan Arena on Friday.

Randy McKinney, an attorney from Gulf Shores who is vice-chairman of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, offered the keynote remarks to more than 650 graduates participating in the ceremony.

"I submit to you that we have to do our part. It's really not optional . . . you have a responsibility and a duty to do your part," he said. "If we don't, we won't fly as far as fast."

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Air Force ROTC gains greater flexibility for admission

Posted: Thursday, 15 December 2016

TROY - Students interested in entering the U.S. Air Force have expanded options, thanks to the efforts of Troy University's Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps Detachment 17.

For a limited time, virtually any student -- from freshmen through graduate students -- have a potential path toward a career as an Air Force officer. With the Air Force's upgrade of the detachment to four-year status last summer, high school students wishing to enter ROTC at TROY may be eligible for the Air Force's High School Scholarship Program.

Another major enhancement has opened the doors for upperclassmen or even full-time graduate students to commission as second lieutenants through an abbreviated ROTC curriculum, an offer good through 2018 and made possible by manpower requirements within the service branch.

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Michelle Berry wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Michelle Berry

TROY - Michelle Berry, departmental secretary for Aerospace Studies at Troy University, has won the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Berry, who has been employed by the University since August 2014, received the award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during the annual faculty/staff Christmas luncheon in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus. She was nominated by Capt. John D. Strayn, assistant professor of Aerospace Studies, Air Force ROTC.

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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Media Advisory: Commencement Ceremonies set for Troy, Montgomery and Dothan campuses

Posted: Wednesday, 14 December 2016

TROY CAMPUS: Commencement begins at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16 in Trojan Arena. Randy McKinney, vice-chairman of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education is the keynote speaker.

Media are requested to be in place no later than 9:40 a.m. to cover the event.

DOTHAN CAMPUS: Commencement for Dothan Campus graduates is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 in the Dothan Civic Center. Dr. Imogene Mixson, TROY’s 2016 Alumna of the Year and former English instructor at the high school and community college levels. She served as interim president of both Wallace Community College-Dothan and the Alabama Aviation and Technical College-Ozark.

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More than 130 TROY students to graduate during Dothan Campus commencement

Posted: Wednesday, 14 December 2016

DOTHAN-About 135 Troy University students will participate in commencement exercises on Sunday, Dec. 18 in the Dothan Civic Center.

The exercises begin at 3 p.m.

The keynote speaker for this fall's commencement is longtime educator Dr. Imogene Mixson, who was recently honored as one of the University's Alumni of the Year for 2016.

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Higher Ed commissioner to address TROY graduates at fall commencement

Posted: Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Randy McKinney

TROY - Randy McKinney, vice-chairman of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education will provide the keynote address during Troy University's Fall Commencement Exercises at 10 a.m. on Dec. 16 in Trojan Arena.

More than 650 students representing 23 U.S. states, two U.S. territories, the District of Columbia and eight nations outside the United States are expected to participate in the ceremony.

McKinney was appointed to an at-large district on the Commission by Gov. Robert Bentley, and had previously served as vice-president of the Alabama State Board of Education, from 2003 - 2012. An attorney with the firm of McKinney and Associates in Gulf Shores, he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of South Alabama and a master's degree in religious education at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned a juris doctorate at Birmingham School of Law.

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New College of Education dean Dr. Hank Dasinger to address TROY graduates

Posted: Monday, 12 December 2016
Dr. Hank

MONTGOMERY - Dr. Hank Dasinger, who was recently introduced as the new dean of Troy University's College of Education, will deliver the keynote address to graduates at Troy University Montgomery during the fall commencement ceremony on Dec. 19.

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

Named as dean earlier this month, Dr. Dasinger has served as president of Ingram State Technical College, the state's only educational institution providing postsecondary career and technical education only to incarcerated adults and eligible parolees.

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Troy University recognizes faculty, staff for grant-writing efforts

Posted: Thursday, 08 December 2016
Chancellor's Award

TROY – Three faculty members from Troy University's College of Education, Dothan Campus, received the Chancellor's Award of Distinction in Sponsored Programs on Dec. 2 for their project to enable teachers and families to increase literacy rates among 4-year-olds at two area pre-K programs.

The presentation was made during the University's 25th annual Sponsored Programs Recognition Luncheon.

Made possible by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Dr. Cynthia Hicks, Pam Wimbish and Dr. Tonya Conner serve as co-directors of "Project Pre-K to K Transition," a program that has created three-year partnerships between the faculty members and Eastside Childcare Learning Center and Pal-A-Roos. The pre-K facilities were chosen based on their location in low-income areas.

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Dasinger named dean of College of Education at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 06 December 2016
Dr. Royce H.

TROY - Dr. Royce H. "Hank" Dasinger has been named dean of the College of Education at Troy University.

Dr. Dasinger has more than 30 years of experience in education and training and currently serves as president of Ingram State Technical College, the state's only educational institution providing postsecondary career and technical education only to incarcerated adults and eligible parolees.

"Troy University was founded as an institution to educate and prepare teachers, and it is still very much at the heart of our mission today," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. "We are pleased to announce that Dr. Dasinger will be joining us as dean of our College of Education. The breadth of his experience and proven leadership skills make him well equipped to lead our education faculty, staff and students."

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