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This Week at TROY

This Week at TROY

News and information from around TROY

Given the University’s history of service to the military, it should come as no surprise that many high-ranking military men and women call TROY their alma mater. What you may not know, however, is that the most powerful woman in the U.S. military earned a master’s degree from TROY.

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. Read more.

TROY recognized for unmanned aerial systems program

Troy University was recently ranked in the 15 Best Drone Training Colleges by The unmanned aerial systems minor is a part of the Bachelor of Applied Science in Resource and Technology Management – Aviation Operations program and was ranked seventh overall. The minor includes courses such as “Principles of Design,” “Human Factors: Operation and Accidents,” and “Ethical Considerations for UAS Operations.”

Faculty/Staff Convocation

The 2016 Faculty and Staff Convocation will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 12 in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. A reception will precede the event, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby of Hawkins Hall.

The convocation will also be available for viewing live at

University Photography, located on the first floor of Wallace Hall, will have an open studio on Aug. 12, beginning at 8 a.m. and resuming following the convocation. This provides a great opportunity for faculty and staff to have a new or updated photo taken. Photos will be taken first come, first served. Groups can be scheduled by appointment through a Helpdesk ticket to Photography/University Relations that includes requested times in the description, or by email to

Move-in Weekend, Odyssey Convocation

On the Troy Campus, volunteers are needed to welcome and assist students moving back to campus on Move-In Weekend, Aug. 13-14. Saturday hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., while Sunday hours will be 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Those wishing to volunteer should email Sara Jo Burks, including your name, t-shirt size and contact email.

Volunteers may check-in and receive their t-shirt at the Housing Office, 100 Shackelford Hall, on Friday, Aug. 12 or Saturday morning, Aug. 13. Volunteers will receive assigned work areas. For additional information, call 334-670-3346.

The Odyssey Convocation for new students will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14 in Trojan Arena. TROY alumnus and Emmy award-winning journalist Tom Foreman of CNN will serve as the keynote speaker. A reception will follow in the Trojan Arena practice gym.

    Upcoming Events
    • The Information Technology department offers a variety of ongoing training opportunities for faculty and staff. View upcoming training opportunities and register online.
    • The Phenix City Riverfront Campus will host the Phenix City Chamber of Commerce’s collaboration working group on Tuesday.
    • The Phenix City Riverfront Campus will host United Way’s “Home for Good: The Alliance to End Homelessness” annual meeting on Aug. 11.
    • The Phenix City Riverfront Campus will host Aflac’s strategic planning meeting on Aug. 11.
    • Term 1 classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 15, while classes on the Troy Campus will begin Aug. 17.
    • The Rosa Parks Museum will hold its final Family Free Day of the summer from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, featuring free admission to the museum, performances by TROY theatre student Adira Burton as Rosa Parks, art classes and voter registration.
    • Trojan Fan Day and the Football Kickoff Party will take place at Trojan Arena on Saturday, Aug. 20. The football team will hold its second scrimmage of fall camp at Veterans Memorial Stadium beginning at 11 a.m. Fan Day will follow from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. as members of the football, volleyball, soccer and cross country teams will be on hand, along with the TROY cheerleaders and T-Roy, to pose for pictures and sign autographs. Team posters will be provided for fans. Tickets for the kickoff party that evening are $125. Each ticket includes admission for two, heavy hors d’oeuvres, complementary beverages and an opportunity to win a $10,000 grand prize. For more information or to register, call 334-670-3683 or email
    • Save the date: The Chancellor’s Invitational Golf Tournament will be held at Capitol Hill Golf Course in Prattville on Wednesday, Sept. 28. For more information contact: Bronda Denison at 334-670-5843,; Faith Ward at 334-670-3397,; or Meredith Welch at 334-670-5924,
    Congratulations to the following for their achievements:
    • Dr. James Sherry, professor of modern languages and classics, won the National Senior Spelling Bee in July in Knoxville, Tenn.
    • Joseph Brame, a student affairs specialist at the Montgomery Campus, was named Montgomery Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Ambassador for the month of June.
    • Larry Percy, associate professor in the Department of Art and Design, had two pieces accepted for an international online exhibition, The gallery received more than 800 entries from 25 countries and 38 different states. Percy’s work received a 4th place in the 3D category and also a mention in the Special Recognition Artists section for 3D.

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