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This Week at TROY

This Week at TROY

News and information from around TROY

Happy New Year and welcome back! Be sure to check out the list of achievements below. Troy University is blessed with great faculty and staff who are accomplishing great things, and we are pleased to share with the TROY family. If you have an accomplishment/achievement to share, please do so by emailing

Trojans win Dollar General Bowl

Congratulations to head coach Neal Brown, the coaching staff and the Trojan football team for their win over Ohio in the Dollar General Bowl on Dec. 23. With the victory, the Trojans reached the 10-win threshold for the first time since the move to the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Mileage rate change

Per Internal Revenue Service guidelines, the standard mileage rate for transportation or travel expense has changed to 53.5 cents per mile effective Jan. 1. Travel occurring after Jan. 1, 2017, will be reimbursed at this new rate.

Windows 10, Office 2016 deployment schedule

A schedule and additional information about the deployment of Windows 10 and Office 2016 is available at This will apply to University-owned devices for faculty and staff.

Three-year grant sponsoring partnership between TROY, Republic of Georgia institution concludes

A three-year U.S. State Department grant that fostered a partnership between Troy University and the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) in the Republic of Georgia recently concluded.

The $495,000 grant, administered by the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, funded a partnership with the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs to augment the institution’s graduate International Affairs Program with faculty and student exchange, strengthen its research capacity, collaboratively develop a master’s level program in International Development and build a sustainable long-term relationship between TROY and GIPA. Read more.

Confucius Institute’s Table Tennis tournament moves towards finals

Following three rounds of preliminary competition at the Dothan, Troy and Montgomery campuses, the Confucius Institute’s first Table Tennis Competition is heading towards final round competition in February.

The preliminaries, held Dec. 3, 4 and 10, drew players from seven cities, including Troy, Dothan, Montgomery, Birmingham, Pensacola, Valley and Auburn, and featured both university and community participation. Competitors ranged in age from 20 to 75 years old in both the men’s singles and women’s singles divisions.

The top 12 finishers from the preliminaries qualified for the finals.

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.
  • Term 3 classes will begin on Jan. 9, while spring semester classes will begin on the Troy Campus on Jan. 11.
  • The Alabama World Affairs Council will present “A Celebration of Korea,” on Jan. 10 in the Gold Room of Whitley Hall on the Montgomery Campus. The event will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m., and will feature Nam Jin, First Secretary, Economic Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea; Mark Tokola, Vice President of the Korea Economic Institute of America; and James Applegate, chief of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Unit, Office of Korean Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Admission is free to ALWAC members and $20 for guests.
Congratulations to the following for their achievements:
  • Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Iris Xu, director of the Confucius Institute, attended the 11th World Confucius Institute Conference in Kunming, Yunnan, China, Dec. 10-11. Dr. Ingram presented “Developing Confucius Institute and Business Partnerships,” during the event. To date, the Confucius Institute at Troy University has received $350,000 by Hanban, as Alabama’s only Confucius Institute with the statewide mission of Chinese language and culture education.
  • Michelle Berry, departmental secretary for Aerospace Studies at Troy University, has won the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award. Berry, who has been employed by the University since August 2014, received the award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during the annual faculty/staff Christmas luncheon in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus. She was nominated by Capt. John D. Strayn, assistant professor of Aerospace Studies, Air Force ROTC. Read more.
  • Dean of Student Services Herb Reeves has been honored by the Boy Scouts of America with its highest award for distinguished service to youth throughout the region. Reeves received the National Council’s North Star Award during the University’s annual Christmas Luncheon on the Troy Campus in December. Read more.
  • Dr. Lance Tatum, vice chancellor of the Montgomery Campus, presented the Montgomery Campus Excellence Awards during the campus’ annual Christmas luncheon in December. Nominations for the awards, which have been presented annually for more than 20 years, are made by co-workers, supervisors or subordinates and winners are selected by a committee of previous winners. Each winner receives a check for $100 and an engraved award. The 2016 recipients were: Jeri Chance, full-time professional staff; Joseph Brame, full-time classified staff; Nellie Robinson, part-time classified staff; Dr. Kanessa Doss, faculty; and, Michael Humphries, adjunct faculty.
  • Jerry Johnson, professor of design, was informed that his work, “The Joyous Exchange: Stasis,” will be featured in the 25th Southeast Regional Juried Art Exhibition at the Mattie Kelly Art Center Galleries in Niceville, Fla. The juror for this exhibit was Dr. Jenny McComas, curator of European and American Art, Eskenazi Museum of Art, University of Indiana Bloomington. The exhibit will run from Jan. 21-March 3.
  • Jessica Hasson, purchasing and asset management specialist, has been awarded Certified Purchasing Card Professional designation through the National Association of Purchasing Card Professionals.
  • Dr. Leora Waldner, professor of political science, recently received the 2016 “Spotlight Award” from Blacks in Government Region IV.
  • Dr. Keith Cates, associate professor in the Division of Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Interpreter Training, has been appointed by the governor of Alabama to serve on the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling (ABEC). ABEC is a state regulatory agency comprised of Licensed Professional Counselors and the public and is tasked with the protection of the public welfare regarding the licensing and professional practices of counselors in the state of Alabama.
  • Robert Smith, professor of music and coordinator of the music industry program, attended the 75th anniversary remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor where he premiered his original musical score, “The Greatest Generation.” Smith conducted the piece as a part of the 75th Anniversary Remembrance Gala Concert on Dec. 6.
  • The following employees were honored with Reward Caller Awards during the Christmas Luncheon in December on the Troy Campus: Morgan Sims, departmental secretary, Hospitality, Sports and Tourism Management; Dr. Chris Shaffer, dean of libraries; Malerie Hill, project coordinator, Marketing and Communication; Dr. Larry Fogelberg, assistant professor of finance; Dr. Dianne Eppler, assistant professor, Management/Marketing; and, Denise Adams, math/science specialist, AMSTI.

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