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This Week at TROY

This Week at TROY

News and information from around TROY

Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. has selected four faculty members and a member of the professional staff to participate in the University’s 2017 Chancellor’s Fellows Program.

Selected were: Lauren Cole, coordinator of career services; Dr. Jeffery Wade Forehand, associate professor and coordinator for community partnerships and practice for the School of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Services; Dr. Carmen C. Lewis, assistant dean of administration in the Sorrell College of Business on the University’s Dothan Campus and an associate professor of quantitative methods and information systems; Dr. LaKerri R. Mack, assistant professor of political science, public administration and criminal justice; and, Dr. Dionne M. Rosser-Mims, associate professor of adult education and associate dean in the College of Education. Read more.

University mourns deaths of Dr. Neil Billington, Dr. David C. Griffin

The Troy University family was saddened to learn of the deaths of two faculty members last week.

Dr. Neil Billington, professor of molecular ecology, was found dead in his Troy home on Wednesday, Jan. 18, of apparent natural causes. He was 59. Read more.

Dr. David C. Griffin, assistant professor of geomatics, died Jan. 18 at UAB Hospital after an illness. Funeral services for Dr. Griffin were held on Saturday. Read more. Read more.

Special Pike Piddlers’ Storytelling Performance set for Friday

Troy faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a special free storytelling performance by Josh Goforth at noon on Friday in the Trojan Center Theatre.

A nationally known storyteller, Goforth will share humorous stories and musical vignettes during the performance, which is sponsored by the Pike Piddlers of Brundidge, “The Troy Messenger” and the Hall School of Journalism and Communication.

Tickets, which are $10 and $15, are still available for the Storytelling Festival on Saturday with performances at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the Trojan Center Theatre. The Festival features nationally acclaimed storytellers such as Goforth, Donald Davis, Michael Reno Harrell and Adam Booth. For more information, call 334-670-6302 or 334-685-5524.

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 Alabama World Affairs Council’s Great Decisions series is held each Tuesday through March 8 at 1 p.m. today at the Montgomery Campus. For additional information, visit
  • A Study Abroad Fair will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 25 in Trojan Center Ballroom A on the Troy Campus.
  • Women’s basketball will host Georgia Southern at Trojan Arena at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The team will be back in action at 2 p.m. on Saturday, hosting Georgia State.
  • Dr. Brenda Coley, TROY alumna and superintendent of Russell County Schools, will deliver the keynote address to TROY graduates on Friday, during a joint fall commencement ceremony for the Phenix City Campus and the Columbus/Fort Benning Site. The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. (EST) at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center. Read more.
  • Men’s basketball will host Georgia State at Trojan Arena at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday. The team will be back in action on Jan. 30, hosting Georgia Southern at 7 p.m.
  • A reception celebrating the Wade Hall Postcard Traveling Exhibits will be held for faculty and staff at 4 p.m., Jan. 31, at the Troy University Library on the Troy Campus.
  • Troy University’s children’s theater group, the Pied Pipers, will perform at the Dothan Opera House at 6 p.m. on Jan. 31. Read more.
  • 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. Read More.
Congratulations to the following for their achievements:
  • Kenyon Holder, lecturer of art history, recently presented an ArtTalk on the Christian symbols in art since the Protestant Reformation at the Johnson Center for the Arts in Troy.
  • Renita Davis, MSW site coordinator on the Phenix City Campus, recently co-authored a book chapter, “Caring for individuals on a continuum: An interdisciplinary approach between music therapy and nursing,” that was published by InTech and is currently the most-viewed chapter with more than 1,000 reads.
  • Brad Phillips, assistant baseball coach, was honored as Assistant Coach of the Year by the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association during the group’s 22nd annual State Coaches Convention this past weekend. Phillips is entering his seventh season as coach of the Trojans’ pitching staff.

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