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This Week at TROY

This Week at TROY

News and information from around TROY

Troy University is pleased to announce that Dr. Royce H. “Hank” Dasinger has been named the Dean of the College of Education.

Dr. Dasinger currently serves as president of Ingram State Technical College. In addition, he has served as a faculty member at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and as a leader in curriculum development and academic affairs at the SACSCOC-accredited Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base.

Dr. Dasinger earned the Ph.D. in counseling and psychology from the University of Georgia, the Ed.S. in counseling and college student development from Auburn University, the M.Ed. in counseling from Auburn University Montgomery, and the B.S. in education from the University of Alabama.

TROY recognizes faculty, staff for grant-writing efforts

Three faculty members from Troy University’s College of Education received the Chancellor’s Award of Distinction in Sponsored Programs on Friday for their grant to help Dothan area pre-K teachers better educate 4-year-olds.

The presentation was made during the University’s 25th annual Sponsored Programs Recognition Luncheon.

Dr. Cynthia Hicks, Lecturer Pam Wimbish and Dr. Tonya Conner received the honor from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, for securing a $363,096 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The three, who teach at the University’s Dothan Campus, serve as co-directors for the grant, which is funding “Project Pre-K to K Transition,” a program that has created three-year partnerships between the faculty members and Eastside Childcare Learning Center and Pal-A-Roos. The pre-K facilities were chosen based on their location in low-income areas.

Dr. Bill Grantham received the Director’s Award of Distinction for Sponsored Program Success, for his work with the University’s participation in the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon.

In all, 214 faculty and staff members were recognized during the luncheon for seeking more than $20 million in partner funding with a little more than $2 million in grant proposals still pending.

Trojans to face Ohio in Dollar General Bowl Dec. 23

TROY will make its sixth FBS bowl appearance when the Trojans play in the Dollar General Bowl in Mobile on Dec. 23 against the Ohio Bobcats of the Mid-American Conference. For full coverage, ticket information and additional bowl week activities, visit the Troy Athletics website.

Watershed Authority grant will bring walking trails to Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park

A $5,000 grant from the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority will help Troy University continue to fight invasive species of plants and help build walking trails in the Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park. Read more.

Newly redesigned TROY car tag available starting in January

A newly redesigned Troy University license plate will be available throughout Alabama beginning Jan. 1. The new tag design features the Trojan sword, a key part of TROY’s identity, for the first time. In addition, the plates now have six digits instead of five, due to new state regulations. Read more.

Holiday outreach

The Montgomery Campus is taking part in the Salvation Army’s “Stuff a Stocking” program. Stockings are available for pick up from room 400 Whitley Hall, and will be collected until Dec. 12. A list of items will available with the stocking.

The Rosa Parks Museum is serving as a collection point for Toys for Tots and will be collecting items through Dec. 9. Bins are set up in the main lobby, as well as the Children’s Wing. Donations may be dropped off Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If your group, campus or location is involved in an outreach project this holiday season, you may send this information to

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 Russell County Department of Human Resources is conducting a workshop, sponsored by Goodwill Career Center Services, today at the Phenix City Campus for students wishing to pursue a career in human services and social work. The workshop will address career opportunities with the State of Alabama.
  • The Dothan Campus Library’s Festival of Trees will kick off on Tuesday, Dec. 6 with a performance by students from two Dothan elementary schools. The performance will be held in Sony Hall and is set for 12:15 p.m. Read more about additional Festival of Trees events.
  • Students from the Housing Authority’s Afterschool Program will sing Christmas Carols in the lobby of the Phenix City Riverfront Campus on Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. Following their performance the students will enjoy treats and visit with TROY faculty, staff and students.
  • The Confucius Institute’s Montgomery Campus Chinese Culture Club will hold a presentation on “Baduanjin,” a type of Tai Chi, on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in room 114 of Bartlett Hall on the Montgomery Campus.
  • The Phenix City Riverfront Campus will host the Russell County School System’s planning meeting with community and state representatives on Dec. 9.
  • The annual faculty/staff Christmas luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 14 in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus. In an effort to support local needs for children in the Troy area, the University will once again participate in its “Toys for Tickets” campaign. Those wishing to attend can bring a toy, valued between $7 and $10 to exchange for a luncheon ticket through 5 p.m. on Dec. 12 in the Student Services Office in room 231 of the Trojan Center. The event is presented by the Division of Student Services and Sodexo Dining Services.
  • The Montgomery Campus faculty/staff Christmas luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m., Dec. 15 in the Gold Room of Whitley Hall. Ticket information will be provided via email to Montgomery Campus faculty and staff.
  • The Veterans’ Voices exhibit is now on display through the first week in January at the Rosa Parks Museum’s gallery.
Congratulations to the following for their achievements:
  • Dr. Linda Ouellette and Dr. Sandra Pollock, of the Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation and Interpreter Training (CRIT), published an article entitled, “Nontraditional Students in Counselor Education: Informing Recruitment and Retention,” in the Fall 2016 issue of The Alabama Counseling Association Journal.
  • Dr. Sandra Pollock and Dr. Greg Meek, of the Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation and Interpreter Training (CRIT), published an article entitled, “What about Our Lesbian/Gay Students? Results of a Survey Exploring the Experiences of Counseling Students Who Are Lesbian and Gay,” in the current issue of the Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling.
  • Dr. Robert Saunders, associate professor in the Department of History and Philosophy, will speak at the Dothan Houston County Library System’s Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Lecture at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the main/downtown branch. Dr. Saunders will address the controversial accusation that President Franklin D. Roosevelt had prior knowledge of attacks, one of the leading myths surrounding the Pearl Harbor attacks.
  • Dr. Michael Huff, associate professor of trumpet in the John M. Long School of Music, will perform as a part of the Columbus Sings Messiah Orchestra and Chorus’ presentation of Handel’s “Messiah,” at the Annunciation Catholic Church on Dec. 13.

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