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This Week at TROY

This Week at TROY

News and information from around TROY

You will notice a different look to this edition of “This Week at TROY.” We appreciate your feedback and participation as our internal communication efforts continue to evolve. As always, we welcome your news of upcoming events or faculty/staff achievements. Please send those to

Dr. Mark Tillman accepts new position

Dr. Mark Tillman, dean of the College of Health and Human Services, has accepted the position of dean of the Wellstar College of Health and Human Services at Kennesaw State University, effective July 1.

Dr. Tillman, who joined the TROY faculty in 2013, served as chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion before serving for a year as interim dean of the College of Health and Human Services and becoming dean in 2015.

“I am very proud to have served the faculty, staff and students of TROY, and I am confident that growth and success lay ahead,” Dr. Tillman said.

Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, said a transition plan for the position is being developed.

“Even though Dr. Tillman’s time with TROY has been short, he has made a positive impact on the College of Health and Human Services,” Dr. Ingram said. “We appreciate his service to our University, our faculty and staff, and, most importantly, our students.”

Special Olympics Alabama State Games set for Troy Campus

The Special Olympic Alabama State Games will be held on the Troy Campus May 20-22, attracting nearly 1,400 athletes, coaches and chaperones from throughout the state.

The theme of this year’s games is “United We Win - The Perfect Ten,” and competitions will take place in 10 sports conducted on the Troy Campus and at locations in the city of Troy.

Opening ceremonies will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 20, in Trojan Arena. Closing ceremonies will take place on Sunday, May 22, at 9 a.m. in Trojan Arena. For additional information, contact Student Services at 334-670-3203.

Upcoming Events
  • About 150 students will take part in commencement exercises on the Montgomery Campus on May 17. The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. in the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. Montgomery District 3 County Commissioner Ronda M. Walker will deliver the keynote address to graduates. Walker is a TROY alumna, earning a bachelor’s degree in history and political science. Read more.
  • Troy University will offer the following Information Technology Training: “GIMP Photo Editing Training,” May 19. For more information or to register, visit
  • The Phenix City Riverfront Campus will host an exhibit and artist talk featuring renowned painter Mike Howard, a native of Phenix City, on Thursday, May 19. The artist talk and reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Read more.
  • The TROY baseball team will close out the regular season May 19-21 with a three-game series against South Alabama. Game times are 6 p.m. on May 19 and 20 and 1 p.m. on May 21. The Sun Belt Conference tournament will begin on May 25 in San Marcos, Texas. The top eight teams in the conference standings make the tournament.
  • The 8th annual Community Lecture Series, sponsored by the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities, the Medical AIDS Outreach of Alabama and the Troy University Department of Social Work, will be held this month. The lecture series was in Dothan on Friday and events are scheduled for May 20 in room 213 of the Phenix City Riverfront Campus and May 27 in the Rosa Parks Auditorium on the Montgomery Campus. The free series is approved for social workers with four free contact hours and three hours in Ethics available. Seats may be reserved by calling 334-670-3366 or 334-983-6556, ext. 1435.
  • The Rosa Parks Museum will host Family Free Days this summer, featuring free admission to the museum and fun family-friendly activities. The first Family Free Day is scheduled for May 21 and will feature the women of Gee’s Bend, Ala., who will provide a free quilt-making workship with “make-and-take” art, storytelling and special music. The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with activities scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Read more.
  • A workshop on the challenges and best research practices for researching African-American family histories will be held at the downtown branch of the Dothan Houston County Library on Saturday, May 21. Presented by Troy University, the workshop is a part of the Wiregrass Common Heritage Project and will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Read more.
  • A Dialogue on Race Relations, sponsored by Troy University Dothan and the Dothan Community Relations Group, will be held on May 21 from 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Sony Hall, the Everett Building on the Dothan Campus. The event is free and open to the public.
  • A Dialogue on Race Relations, sponsored by Troy University Dothan and the Dothan Community Relations Group, will be held on May 21 from 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Sony Hall, the Everett Building on the Dothan Campus. The event is free and open to the public.
  • • The Confucius Institute on the Montgomery Campus will present the program “Traditional Festivals” at 3:30 p.m. on May 27 at the E.L. Lowder Branch of the Montgomery City-County Public Library.
  • The W.A. Gayle Planetarium will host a joint conference of the Southeast Planetarium Association and the Western Alliance May 31-June 4.
  • The Alumni Association is in the midst of its Membership in May campaign. Those joining or renewing their membership this month will receive a free gift, and all faculty and staff joining during the month of May will have their name put into a drawing for TROY memorabilia. One-year memberships are $25, and lifetime memberships are also available. For more information or to join or renew your membership, visit or call 334-670-3318.
  • Human Resources will provide a training workshop presented by Behavioral Health Systems, Inc. on June 2 on various behavioral issues as they relate to work. The workshop will be held in the Civic Room of Troy Campus Dining and will also be offered via WebEx. For additional information, email
  • Troy University will host several camps throughout the summer, offering a variety of educational opportunities for students and adults. Learn more about these offerings at
Congratulations to the following for their achievements:
  • Dr. Christopher Shaffer, Dean of Troy University Libraries, and Alyssa Martin, Instruction & Reference Librarian at Troy University Rosa Parks Library, Montgomery Campus received a $16,600 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for the 2016 NEA Big Read. Troy University is one of 77 organizations to receive the 2016 NEA Big Read and the only institution in the State of Alabama to receive the award this year.

If you have news of upcoming events or faculty/staff achievements, please send to or call (334) 268-9983.

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