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This Week at TROY

This Week at TROY

News and information from around TROY

Today marks the first official day of summer and Term 5 classes. Please note that due to the Memorial Day holiday on May 30, next week’s edition of "This Week at TROY" will be distributed on Tuesday, May 31.

Staff changes announced

Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, has announced staff changes in preparation for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The following leadership changes will take effect on June 1.

Dr. Kathryn Hildebrand, Dean of the College of Education, will return to full-time teaching, where her experience in teacher education will benefit TROY’s undergraduate and graduate students.

"Dr. Hildebrand has led the College of Education to the threshold of its accreditation review," Dr. Ingram said. "Because of her work, I am confident that the accreditation review will be successful."

Dr. Lance Tatum, Vice Chancellor of the Montgomery Campus, will serve as Interim Dean of the College of Education while a nationwide search is conducted for the dean’s role. Dr. Tatum will continue to serve in his current leadership role at the Montgomery Campus during this time.

Dr. Robin Bynum, Associate Dean of the College of Education, will serve as Interim Dean of the Graduate School.

"Dr. Bynum’s experience as a dean and associate dean will allow her to guide the Graduate School, as well as represent Troy University to accrediting agencies," Dr. Ingram said.

Dr. Dionne Rosser-Mims, Associate Professor in the College of Education will serve the College of Education as the Interim Associate Dean.

Upcoming Events
  • The Phenix City Riverfront Campus will host the monthly meeting of the Chattahoochee Valley Community Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) meeting today.
  • The Phenix City Riverfront Campus will host board meetings for both the Crisis Center of Russell County and the Alabama Clean Water Partnership on May 25.
  • The Phenix City Riverfront Campus will host the development and planning meeting of the faculty and staff from Ladonia Elementary School on May 26.
  • 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 continue 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 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.
  • Trojan Tour 2016, sponsored by Guardian Credit Union, will kick off at 5:30 p.m. on May 31 in the Stadium Club at Veterans Memorial Stadium. This year’s Trojan Tour will make stops in Birmingham, Greenville, Montgomery, Dothan, Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach. For more information, email or call 334-670-3683. RSVP or learn more online.
  • 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
  • The free workshop "Preserving Your Family Archives," presented by Dana Chandler, archivist at Tuskegee University, will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 4 at Dothan Landmark Park. The workshop is a part of the Wiregrass Common Heritage Project, which is funded through a National Endowment for the Humanities grant received by the University’s Wiregrass Archives and the History Department at the Dothan Campus. The program, developed by Dr. Marty Olliff and Dr. Robert Saunders, Jr., will also offer two free Community Scanning Days next month – June 18, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Downtown Branch of the Dothan Library and June 25, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Landmark Park. Wiregrass residents can bring up to 12 photos, letters or other items that will be scanned by teams that will collect relevant indexing information. Residents will receive a digital copy of the scanned items and may also donate digital copies to the Wiregrass Archives, which will share them through an online database.
  • 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:
  • Robert Saunders, Jr.’s article, "A Flower at Elmira: The Prisoner of War Diary of Wilbur Wightman Gramling," was published in The Florida Historical Quarterly, Special Edition: 500 Years of Florida History-The Nineteenth Century: 1800-1870. Volume 94, No. 3.
  • Greg Skaggs, associate professor of art, has been selected to teach independent studies at the Sarah Carlisle Towery Alabama Art Colony this fall. The 2016 Colony is set for Sept. 30-Oct. 5 at Children’s Harbor.
  • Vicki Lindsay, assistant professor of criminal justice, has co-edited the book "Alabama’s Criminal Justice System," along with Jeffrey P. Rush. The book, which is a compilation of original chapters by experts in the Alabama justice system, was published by Carolina Academic Press.
  • The Campus Kitchens at Troy University recently received the Community Impact Award at the Food Waste and Hunger Summit held at the University of Arkansas. The Community Impact Award honors a Campus Kitchen that has made "a measurable impact on food insecurity in their community and has put in the effort to track their outcomes." The TROY Campus Kitchens program was noted for making "a profound impact on their community through not only their meals but the numerous other programs they provide to their clients," including three community gardens in Troy and nearby cities and nutritional and gardening educational programming for youth and older adults.

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