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This Week at TROY

This Week at TROY

News and information from around TROY

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 encouraged to participate in this momentous occasion.

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 Bao 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 Huo Bao 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’s centerpiece work, on the International Arts Center’s plaza.
TROY celebrates International Education Week

Troy University is celebrating the importance of international education this week with a series of events, including a women’s basketball exhibition game featuring a traveling international squad on Tuesday, the annual ISCO Festival at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the Trojan Center Ballrooms and the Parade of Flags prior to Saturday’s football game at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Read more.

Dothan Campus librarian an internationally recognized knitter

In the midst of the books and technology found at Troy University’s Dothan Campus library is someone with a unique talent that has brought her international acclaim.

Technical services librarian Olga Casey, a native of Ukraine, spends her free time pursuing her lifelong hobby of knitting. And she’s good – her designs have landed on the covers and interiors of magazines across the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Read more.

    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 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 Tuesday in 129 Bibb Graves Hall on the Troy Campus.
    • Women’s basketball will host an exhibition game at 6 p.m., Tuesday in Trojan Arena.
    • Dr. David White will hold his annual Strategic Planning Conference for the Phenix City Campus and Columbus/Fort Benning site on Wednesday at the Riverfront Campus. The five strategic vector teams will give an update and discuss plans for the upcoming year. The conference includes leaders from the community, as well as employees from the Troy Campus.
    • The Faculty Senate will present a roundtable discussion on “Teaching International Students” at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 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).
    • TROY soccer will open Sun Belt Tournament play in Foley on Wednesday at 7 p.m. as they take on top-seed South Alabama.
    • The Department of Political Science will hold a pair of forums on Thursday, beginning at 2 p.m. The first will address Middle East security issues focusing on ISIS and will feature four air force officers from Middle Eastern states aligned with the U.S. The second panel, scheduled for 3:15 p.m. will consider East Asian security with a particular focus on the rise of China and the South China Sea and will feature six officers from East Asian states confronting Beijing. The panels will take place in room 114 of the Math-Science Complex on the Troy Campus.
    • “Valley of Love” will be shown as a part of the Tournees French Films Festival on Thursday at 4 p.m. in 129 Bibb Graves Hall on the Troy Campus.
    • The Trojan Café will host a webinar called “Trojan Student-Moms Panel Discussion” on Thursday at 5:15 p.m. CDT. Learn more.
    • Men’s basketball will host an exhibition game against AUM at 7 p.m. on Thursday in Trojan Arena.
    • The Alabama-Korea Education & Economic Partnership (A-KEEP) will host the Korean Cultural Experience on Nov. 4-5 at the Montgomery Campus. The two-day event will feature the Alabama-Korea Community Conference, a Taste of Korea and a performance of “The Lady Hwang Jinee.” The Taste of Korea is a buffet-styled dinner event where participants can try authentic Korean foods and learn about their history and cultural experience. The Taste of Korea will be held Friday, Nov. 4 at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. in Tine’s Alley, located in Whitley Hall on the Montgomery Campus. Tickets are $28. Performances of the musical “The Lady Hwang Jinee” will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday and at 3 p.m. on Saturday in the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts on the Montgomery Campus. Performance tickets are $34 for adults; $24 for those with valid student, military or senior identification. Learn more.
    • TROY football will play host to UMass on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 2:30 p.m. in Veterans Memorial Stadium.
    • The Phenix City Riverfront Campus will dedicate the statue of the Phoenix, created by artist Huo Bao Zhu, during a ceremony led by Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. at 10 a.m. on Nov. 9. The statue, the second of Huo Bao Zhu’s works to be located at the Riverfront Campus, serves as a symbol of Troy University's commitment to international education and service. The statue, standing just over seven feet tall, will be placed on the Phenix City Riverwalk between the Riverfront Campus and the Marriott Courtyard.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Three longtime educators will be inducted into the Alabama Educational Leadership Hall of Fame at Troy University during a ceremony at 10:30 a.m., Nov. 18, in Jack Hawkins, Jr. Hall on the Troy Campus. Read more.
    Congratulations to the following for their achievements:
    • Recent publications accepted and presentations from Troy University Panama City include: “Narrative group therapy as an approach to improve body image in women,” by Gulnara McCullough, graduate student, Jennifer Marshall, associate professor, and Trey Fitch, associate professor, in the Kentucky Counseling Association Journal; “Multi Modal therapy group for new parents,” by Fitch and McCullough, in D. Viers Group Therapists Notebook; “Changing superpowers into coping skills,” by Marshall, in D. Viers Group Therapists Notebook; and, “Creative activities across all 5 stages on group counseling,” by Marshall and graduate student Gayle Branson at the Florida Counseling Association poster session.
    • Jerry Johnson, professor of design, presented a juried paper on Oct. 27 at the Mid-America College Art Association Conference STUDIOSHIFTS held at the University of Cincinnati's Department of Architecture, Art and Planning. His presentation titled “ArtXDesign: A Semantic Dance” was part of a session titled “Artist/Designer: Hybrid & Forbidden Identities.”
    • Dr. Jacqueline Chavez took members of Lambda Alpha Epsilon's Criminal Justice Club to Chattanooga, Tenn., Oct. 20-22, to participate in lower division, upper division, and the professional division of a variety of competitions including pistol shooting, physical agility, crime scene investigation, and academics (corrections, juvenile justice, police administration, LAE knowledge, and criminal law). Dr. Chavez and members Victoria Hughes, Evan Roberts, Ben Jacks, Hayden Fontaine, Nick Rayburn, Josh McNett and Kyle Maxwell won the following awards: first place-upper division team shooting; first place-professional team shooting; first place-lower division individual shooting; first place-upper division individual shooting, second place-upper division individual shooting; third place upper division individual shooting; first place-professional individual shooting. The group also won first place in the professional team crime scene investigation, third place in the upper division team crime scene investigation, first place female and first place male under 25 years old in the physical agility competition and five first place awards and a third place award in the upper and professional division within the academics competition, including at least one in every topic.

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