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This Week at TROY

This Week at TROY

News and information from around TROY

Staff changes announced for Center for Student Success

Jonathan Cellon has been named the new associate dean of First Year Studies, according to Dr. Hal Fulmer, associate provost, dean of undergraduate and first year studies and director of the John W. Schmidt Center for Student Success. The move became effective Jan. 3.

Cellon joined TROY in 2009 as coordinator of civic engagement, helping to create the Office of Civic Engagement and Service and building high-profile partnerships such as Campus Kitchens, Backpacks for Kids, anti-bullying campaigns, the Civic Engagement minor and a variety of sustainability-based projects.

Cellon, who is completing his doctoral degree in public policy from Auburn University, fills the role previously held by Ivan Merritt, who retired in the fall.

Also within the Center for Student Success, Trish Harris has been named coordinator of the Writing Center. Harris previously served as an instructional designer for TROY Online and as an undergraduate student served as a student tutor in the Writing Center.

Harris has extensive work in English as Second Language-related activities, as well as online learning and course design. She has previously worked at academic and corporate institutions in Michigan, Maryland, New York, South Carolina and Arizona. She will fill the role previously held by Elaine Bassett, who retired in the fall.

‘Cash Crop’ exhibit to open at Rosa Parks Museum on Thursday with public reception

An exhibit of the works of award-winning artist Stephen Hayes will open Thursday in the gallery at Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum.

The sculpture exhibit, “Cash Crop,” depicts the horrors of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and seeks to create a connection between human rights violations of the past and the present. The exhibit will open with a public reception in the museum’s atrium at 6 p.m. on Thursday. 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.
  • Term 3 classes begin today, while spring semester classes will begin on the Troy Campus on Wednesday.
  • 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. Read more.
  • The Phenix City Riverfront Campus will host a strategic planning session of the Phenix City Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.
  • The Phenix City Riverfront Campus will host a planning session of the Russell County School District on Thursday.
  • Women’s basketball will host Texas State at Trojan Arena at 6 p.m. at Trojan Arena. The team will be back in action on Saturday at 2 p.m. as UT Arlington visits Trojan Arena.
  • Men’s basketball will be in action on Saturday at 4:15 p.m. at Trojan Arena against UT Arlington. They will be back in action at Trojan Arena on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. against Texas State.
  • SAVE THE DATE: The Leadership Conference Celebrating African American History Month will be held Feb. 3-4 at Troy University. Keynote speakers for the event are radio personality, television host, actor and comedian Rickey Smiley and Bishop James Levert Davis, the 123rd bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Visit the Leadership Conference website for additional information and registration details.
Congratulations to the following for their achievements:
  • Dr. Matt Elbeck, professor of marketing, was interviewed for the article “Why You Shouldn’t Invest in Bitcoin,” in “Money Magazine.”
  • Dr. Steven Taylor, professor of political science and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed for the article, “How an AG Jeff Sessions Could Change the Conversation on Criminal Justice,” in “The Christian Science Monitor.”
  • Dr. Kirk Curnutt, professor and chair of the English Department, will speak on how “The Great Gatsby” captures the idealistic nature of the American psyche and continues to appeal to readers of all ages during a Feb. 11 presentation at the Ormond Beach (Fla.) Regional Library. The presentation is a part of Volusia County Public Library’s focus on the American classic by F. Scott Fitzgerald during a series of National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read events.
  • Dr. Manfred Meine, professor of public administration, provided free ethics training sessions for the Fort Walton Beach Police Department on Dec. 1 and Dec. 15.

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