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This Week at TROY

This Week at TROY

News and information from around TROY

Troy University celebrated the impact of its international education efforts on Thursday night, highlighting the work of its Confucius Institute during a Chinese New Year Appreciation Banquet at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.

In addition, the University presented two replica terracotta warriors to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in honor of Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange. Read more.

Leadership Conference Celebrating African American History Month set for Friday, Saturday

Two nationally acclaimed speakers will highlight the Leadership Conference Celebrating African American History Month at Troy University on February 3-4.

Providing the keynote address for the opening session is Birmingham native Rickey Smiley, a comedian, actor, radio personality and television host. Providing the keynote speech at the conference’s closing luncheon on Saturday, Feb. 4, is Bishop James Levert Davis. The session takes place in the Trojan Center Ballrooms. Read more.

Rosa Parks Museum to celebrate Mrs. Parks’ birthday on Saturday

Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum, located on the Montgomery Campus, will celebrate what would have been Mrs. Parks’ 104th birthday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday with free admission.

Visitors will have an opportunity to board the 1955-era Montgomery City bus, enjoy a piece of birthday cake and see performances by TROY student Adira Burton as Rosa Parks. Entertainment will also be provided by the jazz ensemble Troubled Soul.

For more information, contact the museum at. 334-241-8616.

Annual Fund Faculty/Staff Campaign kicks off

Troy University’s Annual Fund Faculty/Staff Campaign will kick off this week. Gifts by faculty and staff are vital to the University’s efforts.

The following kickoff events are scheduled for:

  • The Phenix City Campus, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Room 213, Riverfront Campus;
  • The Dothan Campus, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Harrison Room;
  • The Troy Campus, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday in the Bibb Graves Atrium; and,
  • The Montgomery Campus Feb. 9 in the Civic Room in Whitley Hall.

For more information, visit the website.

Dr. David C. Griffin, who died on Jan. 18, was an associate professor of geomatics. His rank appeared incorrectly in last week’s edition. 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 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
  • Men’s basketball will host Georgia Southern at Trojan Arena at 7 p.m. tonight.
  • A reception celebrating the Wade Hall Postcard Traveling Exhibits will be held for faculty and staff at 4 p.m., Tuesday, at the Troy University Library on the Troy Campus.
  • Professor Robert B. Kane, the director of history at the Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base and an adjunct professor of history at TROY’s Montgomery Campus, will give the inaugural Troy History Club/Phi Alpha Theta Faculty Colloquium at 4 p.m. on Tuesday in 203 Patterson Hall. Professor Kane will speak on the topic: “So Far From Home: Royal Air Force and Free French Air Force Flight Training at Maxwell and Gunter Fields during World War II.” Light refreshments will be served.
  • Troy University’s children’s theater group, the Pied Pipers, will perform at the Dothan Opera House at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Read more.
  • TROY football will hold its third annual Football Signing Day party, beginning at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday in the Stadium Club at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Admission to the event is free for all TROY football season ticket holders and Trojan Warrior Fund members and $15 for all other attendees. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase 2017 season tickets and to become a participant in the Trojan Warrior Fund. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the event.
  • The John M. Long School of Music will host the Southeast United States High School Band Clinic Thursday through Saturday on the Troy Campus. The Troy University Symphony Band will perform a special concert at 8 p.m., Friday, in the Claudia Crosby Theater.
  • Women’s and men’s basketball will host South Alabama at Trojan Arena on Saturday. The women will tip off at 2 p.m., while the men are scheduled for a 4:15 p.m. start.
  • SAVE THE DATE: Student Appreciation Day has been set for April 5. Watch for more details on the event and how you can participate.
  • SAVE THE DATE: The 15th annual Troy University Psychology Conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 28. The one-day conference will include paper presentations, poster sessions, lunch and a keynote address. Undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members/professionals are encouraged to submit posters and paper presentations. Any topic related to psychology, including topics dealing with any area of the behavior of humans or other animals, is appropriate. Past conferences have included such diverse topics as marketing, education, counseling, music, and criminal justice. Submission deadline is March 31. For more information, and to submit presentations and/or posters, visit the conference website.
Congratulations to the following for their achievements:
  • Dr. Rui Feng of Modern Languages and Classics, in cooperation with Dr. Iris Hong Xu, distinguished professor of Chinese culture and language, at Center for International Cultures and Languages (CILC), and her team, has secured approximately $112,000 in funding through a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, National Security Agency, to fund STARTALK 2017. The 15-day, residential workshops, which will be held this summer, are designed for high school students and Chinese language teachers or those who aspire to teach the language and culture.
  • Amy Cox, Denise Green, John Miller, Sheryl Matney, Joel Willis, Kimber Wickersham, Suzanne Tew-Washburn, and Sherrionda Crawford were among the scholars who recently published contributions to the international text, “Mental Health Promotion in Schools Volume II: Special Topics, Special Challenges,” the second installment of a proposed four-volume set, edited by Raymond Waller, professor and director of the Master of Social Work program.
  • Marty Olliff, associate professor of history and director of the Wiregrass Archives at the Dothan Campus, has been selected for membership on the Alabama Folklife Association board of directors for a three-year term.
  • Dr. Kirk Curnutt, professor of English and interim department chair, was recently interviewed for the article, “Touring F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Baltimore – Reborn and Revitalized,” by Nina Sovich that appeared in the Jan. 24 edition of “The Wall Street Journal.”
  • Dr. William Heisler and Dr. Lesa Hanlin have had their case, "Nepotism and the Jackson County School Board," accepted for publication in the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, a SAGE publication. Dr. Heisler is a professor of human resource management in the Sorrell College of Business and Dr. Hanlin is Director of three Virginia Tech Commonwealth Campus Centers. Dr. Hanlin also adjuncts for the College of Education at TROY.
  • Dr. Stephan Berry, Dr. Keith Cates, Dr. Sherrionda Crawford, Dr. D. Andrew Creamer, Dr. Patrick K. Faircloth and Dr. Laura I. Hodges, all faculty in the Division of Counseling, Rehabilitation and Interpreter Training, will be presenting at the Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA) Chp.IX Division’s Ethics Seminar in February 2017. This seminar is focused on the ethical and professional development of Clinical Mental Health and School Counselors in South Central and Southeast Alabama.
  • Dr. Keith Cates, faculty in the Division of Counseling, Rehabilitation and Interpreter Training, has published his latest manuscript in the Journal of Military and Government Counseling. This manuscript, entitled Understanding the Emergency Service culture: A primer for counseling professionals, addresses the needs of emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, law enforcement, police, public safety, first responders, and emergency dispatch personnel in relation to mental health development and clinical mental health services. The article can be viewed at
  • Dr. Jackie Chavez, assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, was awarded the 2017 Ron Pincomb Memorial Fund award from the American Criminal Justice Association (ACJA). This award is given to a deserving professional that has been active in their region and has attended at least two regional meetings.
  • Dr. Eddie Clark and Dr. Patrick Faircloth, both faculty with the Division of Counseling, Rehabilitation and Interpreter Training, were selected as the Alabama Counseling Association’s 2016 Research Award recipients. This award was presented to them at the Alabama Counseling Association’s annual conference in Montgomery in November 2016.

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