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This Week at TROY

This Week at TROY

News and information from around TROY

Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, was inducted today into the Alabama Academy of Honor during a ceremony at the State Capitol.

Established in 1965, the Academy bestows honor and recognition upon living Alabamians for their outstanding accomplishments and services to the state and the nation. Membership is limited to 100 distinguished Alabamians and all of the state’s living governors. In the course of the Academy’s history, more than 260 members have been elected, recognizing men and women from a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of achievement. Read more.

Dedication of Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park set for Nov. 4

Troy University will dedicate the Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park and the International Arts Center on Friday, Nov. 4 with a ceremony and reception. The ceremony will take place in the Park’s amphitheater and faculty and staff are invited to attend.

The Park consists of:

  • The International Arts Center, located inside the renovated former Stewart Hall, is one of the most comprehensive art galleries in the southeastern United States, which will house a permanent gallery featuring the works of Fred “Nall” Hollis, a Pike County native whose work has been internationally acclaimed; the Huo Bau Zhu Gallery, which will house a revolving gallery of art and host visiting exhibits; and student educational space in the form a classroom, a lab and visiting artist areas;
  • An outdoor green-space park and amphitheater that is home to works of art from Hou Bau Zhu, an artist from Xian, China whose statues grace other locations on the campus as well;
  • “Warriors Unearthed,” a collection of and interpretive center for some 200 replica terracotta warriors, believed to be the largest such collection of statuaries outside of China, and
  • “Violata Pax,” “Nall” Hollis’ centerpiece work, on the International Arts Center’s plaza.
University mourns the loss of staff member

Donna C. Sanders, coordinator for compliance records in the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness, died on Friday. Funeral services were held today at Dillard Funeral Home in Troy.

Sanders was a resident of Goshen and had been a dedicated member of the Troy University staff since 1999. She is survived by her husband, Steve Sanders; children, Chad Sanders, Justin Sanders (Whitney), Caylee Sanders; a grandson, Gavin Sanders; sister, Marsha Calhoun; brother, Chris Calhoun, father, Leo Calhoun; mother, Argie Harrod; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and other family. Please remember the Sanders family in your thoughts during this difficult time.

    Upcoming Events
    • Information Technology has several upcoming training opportunities available, many of which are available both on-site and via WebEx. Learn more and register online for upcoming sessions.
    • The Tournees French Films Festival selection for this week will be “Francofonia.” The film will be shown at 4 p.m., Tuesday in 103 Patterson Hall on the Troy Campus.
    • The TROY volleyball team will host South Alabama at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in Trojan Arena. The team will be back in action on Friday at 6 p.m., hosting Appalachian State, and on Saturday at 6 p.m., hosting Coastal Carolina.
    • The TROY softball team will host its third annual Trunk-or-Treat for children 14 and younger on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the TROY Softball Complex.
    • The TROY Cross Country team will compete in the Sun Belt Championships in Dothan on Saturday.
    • Troy University Libraries, the Department of Modern Language and Classics and Pragda will present “El Pais del Miedo” as a part of the Spanish Film Festival at 4 p.m. on Thursday, in room 129 of Bibb Graves Hall. There will be a $20 fee for AWAC members and a $40 fee for non-members. Payment should be made in advance by mail to the Alabama World Affairs Council, P.O. Box 241462, Montgomery, AL 36124. Those interested may also request registration by calling Donna Gilliand at 334-241-9501 or Dahdee Bullen at 334-567-0953.
    • The College of Arts and Sciences will present “1956 Polish, Hungarian and Suez Crises: 60 Years On” at 1 p.m. on Nov. 1. The presentation, held in conjunction with International Education Week, will be held in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Panelists will include: Maj. Gen. Walter D. Givhan, Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Economic Development; Dr. Doug Davis, associate professor of political science; Dr. Margaret K. Gnoinska, associate professor of history; and, Dr. Michael Slobodchikoff, assistant professor of political science.
    • “In the Courtyard” will be shown as a part of the Tournees French Films Festival at 4 p.m. on Nov. 1 in 129 Bibb Graves Hall on the Troy Campus.
    • The Faculty Senate will present a roundtable discussion on “Teaching International Students” at 10 a.m. on Nov. 2, in 330 Patterson Hall on the Troy Campus. The discussion is presented in conjunction with International Education Week and will feature: Dr. Margaret K. Gnoinska, associate professor of history (College of Arts and Sciences) – moderator; Dr. Jamie Todhunter, assistant professor of political science (College of Arts and Sciences); Dr. Shari Hoppin, associate professor of journalism and communication studies (College of Communication and Fine Arts); Dr. Kelly Johnson, assistant professor of nursing (College of Health and Human Services); Dr. Scott Bailey, associate professor of quantitative methods (Sorrell College of Business); and Dr. Gina Mariano, associate professor of psychology (College of Education).
    • “Valley of Love” will be shown as a part of the Tournees French Films Festival on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. in 129 Bibb Graves Hall on the Troy Campus.
    • The TROY for Troops Center will hold its third annual Ruck-a-Thon beginning at noon on Friday, Nov. 11 on the Troy University Track on the Troy Campus. Money raised will help support the TROY for Troops Scholarship. For more information or to sign up a five-member team, contact the TROY for Troops Center at 334-670-3856 or visit the TROY for Troops Center on the Troy Campus, located in room 122 of the Trojan Center.
    • SAVE THE DATE: Troy University will pay tribute to the military during its annual Military Appreciation football game on Nov. 12. The Trojans will take on Appalachian State at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Military can receive free admission to the game, but tickets must be obtained in advance. Current military I.D. must be shown at the TROY Ticket Office. Discounted tickets are available for military family members for $8. Tickets must be pre-purchased online at, by phone at 877-878-9467 or in person at the ticket office. The promotional code “MIL” should be used when purchasing Military Appreciation Game tickets.
    • In coordination with the Military Appreciation football game, the TROY for Troops Committee will once again sponsor “The Drop” on Nov. 12, three hours prior to kickoff. The purpose of the event is to raise money for both current and endowed scholarships for men and women who have served our country or for spouses of those currently serving. A parachutist will land on a grid on the football practice field. Tickets are $20 per square. The winning square will win $1,000. To learn more or purchase tickets, contact the Office of Development at 334-670-3608.
    • SAVE THE DATE: The 22nd annual Helen Keller Lecture series will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. The event will feature a performance choreographed by world-renowned dancer Adria Ferrali.
    • The Charles Brooks Political Cartoon exhibit will be on display in the Everett Hall Art Gallery on the Dothan Campus through Nov. 15.

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