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This Week at TROY

This Week at TROY

News and information from around TROY

The first week of classes has arrived with Term I beginning today and Troy Campus classes beginning on Wednesday.

On Friday, Chancellor Hawkins addressed his 28th Faculty/Staff convocation, saying he was optimistic about the University future.

“We face challenges, but those challenges represent opportunities,” Dr. Hawkins said. “I am optimistic about our future. We have the best students, best faculty and staff and most beautiful campuses in our history.”

Embarking on a new academic year, Dr. Hawkins challenged faculty and staff to adopt four principles to help students reach their potential: “Know our students by name, not number;” engage because “the retention of the engaged is far greater than those on the sideline;” challenge our students; and, demand classroom attendance and that students dress the part.

Dr. Hawkins announced a 2 percent raise for employees making $50,000 or less effective Jan. 1. For those who earn $50,000 or above, fall enrollment will dictate an increase. Dr. Hawkins said the University must reach 384,000 in credit hour production in the fall in order to provide a 1 percent raise for those earning above $50,000. An announcement will be made on Oct. 1.

In closing, Dr. Hawkins drew on an African proverb to stress the importance of unity.

“We are poised for success, but it will take unity of mission and unity of purpose. It will take us working together,” he said. “There is an African proverb that says, ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’ The best is yet to be for Troy University, and I am certain we will do it together.”

Dr. Ben P. Robertson receives Malone Award

Congratulations to Dr. Ben P. Robertson, professor of English and a member of the TROY faculty since 2003, for receiving the Wallace D. Malone, Jr. Distinguished Faculty Award during Friday’s convocation.

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. Read more.

New faculty welcomed

Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, announced and welcomed new faculty members in each of the University’s five colleges and the Library for the 2016-2017 academic year during Friday’s Faculty/Staff Convocation. Read more.

    Upcoming Events
    • Gov. Robert Bentley will visit the Phenix City Riverfront Campus to learn more about the RiverCity Foundry StartUp Accelerator during his day in Phenix City on Wednesday.
    • The Montgomery Campus will present “Snacks and Facts,” an event for students and prospective students from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday Aug. 18, in the Whitley Hall Lobby. Students will have the opportunity to meet and greet campus representatives, enjoy food samples provided by downtown Montgomery restaurants, enter for a chance to win a book scholarship from Barnes and Noble and win prizes and other giveaways.
    • The Dothan Campus will host the Wiregrass Writing Project workshop Aug. 19-21.
    • 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
    • The Montgomery Campus will host a Veterans Initiative reading and discussion program series for Veterans, spouses, families and friends each Thursday, beginning Aug. 25, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in room 109 of Bartlett Hall. Discussions will center on several books that focus on difficulties of coming home and confronting the issue of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. A graduation day for the program will be held on Nov. 3.
    • The Phenix City Riverfront Campus will host SQLSaturday, a free training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server, on Aug. 27. While this is a free event, seating is limited and those interested are encouraged to register online soon.
    • 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. Sandra Pollock, assistant professor, and Dr. Greg Meek, lecturer, both in the College of Education Division of Counseling, Rehabilitation & Interpreter Training, were accepted to present at the American Counseling Association’s annual conference March 2017 in San Francisco. Their presentation entitled “What About our Lesbian and Gay Colleagues? Are we Affirming Our LG Students?” is based on their research study.
    • Dr. Mary Anne Templeton, associate dean of the Graduate School, has been selected as Chair-Elect of the Alabama Council of Graduate Deans for the 2016-2017 academic year and will move into the role of Chair of the Council in the 2017-2018 academic year.
    • Faith Ward, director of Alumni Affairs, has been chosen as TROY’s staff representative on the Higher Education Partnership Board. The board met on Aug. 2, in conjunction with the annual STARS Leadership and University Advocates Conference in Destin, Fla.
    • Dr. Zhiyong Wang, assistant professor of chemistry, has been invited to present “Study of Pd Nanoparticle and Metal-Organic Framework Composite as Heterogeneous Catalyst” at the International Conference on Applied Chemistry in Houston, Texas, in October.

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