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This Week at TROY

This Week at TROY

News and information from around TROY

The Office of University Relations is pleased to announce the launch of the official Troy University blog, TROY.Today.

The blog, which has been in place since last fall, provides a platform for news and feature content about Troy University and its faculty, staff, students and alumni. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to check it out. We welcome your story ideas, tips or comments at

Dr. Priya Menon receives Fulbright award

Dr. Priya Menon, associate professor in the Department of English in the College of Communication and Fine Arts, has been named as a recipient of a Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

The award will enable Dr. Menon to conduct research in India for the project, “The Absent Workers of Arabia: A Study of Gulf Emigrants in Postcolonial Literature from Kerala.” Specifically, the project will examine postcolonial literature to analyze the success stories of the emigrants from the south Indian State to the Arabian Gulf States that were disseminated by the mainstream media.

Artist Stephen Hayes discusses inspiration for “Cash Crop”

Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum is presenting the exhibit “Cash Crop” by Stephen Hayes during Black History Month.

The exhibit, located in the museum’s gallery and free and open to the public during normal business hours, seeks to capture the horror of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.

In an interview with Rosa Parks Museum Director Dr. Felicia A. Bell, Hayes described how the exhibit is meant to challenge viewers to consider not only the past, but how people are being exploited today. Read more, and view the interview.

Heritage Exhibition shares art of TROY faculty

Troy University has a long, rich art tradition, and the Janice Hawkins Cultural Art Park is bringing that tradition to the forefront.

The Huo Bao Zhu Gallery, located inside the International Arts Center, will house a revolving gallery of art and visiting exhibits, but the first such exhibit focuses on the art of TROY faculty past and present.

The Heritage Exhibition includes work done by faculty members throughout the history of Troy University, including several still working for the University. 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. at the Montgomery Campus. For additional information, visit
  • The Troy Campus Library will host an open mic read-in of African American literature on Feb. 16, as a part of a series of events for Black History Month. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. Each participant will have three minutes to read from a work written by an African American author. Read more.
  • Seven area public schools will host the Harlem Ambassador’s “Stay in School, Stay off Drugs, and Don’t Be a Bully” program on Thursday and Friday. Members of the team will share messages of inspiration and encouragement with the students, faculty, and staff through their basketball skills and personal stories. This program is being sponsored through the Troy University BullyProof Foundation, Division of Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Interpreter Training in the College of Education, and East Central Mental Health.
  • Women’s basketball will play host to Appalachian State at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Trojan Arena. The team will be back in action on Saturday at 2 p.m. as they welcome Coastal Carolina to Trojan Arena.
  • The Troy University NAACP chapter will present “Shattered but Not Broken,” a presentation by guest speaker Bridgett Blakely, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, in room 103 of Patterson Hall on the Troy Campus.
  • Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. will present a Black History Trivia Night, beginning at 7:05 p.m. in Patterson Hall on the Troy Campus.
  • The John M. Long School of Music will present a Guitar Festival on Friday in John M. Long Hall on the Troy Campus.
  • TROY softball will host the Troy University Tournament beginning on Friday at the TROY Softball Complex. The Trojans will take on Jacksonville at 3 p.m., Friday, followed by a game against Longwood, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The team will be back in action on Saturday against Longwood at 3 p.m. and against Samford at 5:30 p.m. The Trojans will close out the weekend on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. as they take on Jacksonville.
  • TROY baseball will open the season this weekend with a four-game series against Xavier at Riddle-Pace Field. The series will open at 6 p.m. on Friday and follow with a double header on Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m. The Trojans will close out the weekend series on Sunday with first pitch set for noon.
  • The Confucius Institute will present the finals of the Confucius Institute Cup Table Tennis Tournament on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Gold Room of Whitley Hall on the Montgomery Campus.
  • Men’s basketball will play host to Coastal Carolina on Saturday at 4:15 p.m. in Trojan Arena. The men will be back in action on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. as they host Appalachian State.
  • The National Pan-Hellenic Council at TROY presents the annual Black History Month Step Show at 7 p.m., Saturday, in Sartain Hall on the Troy Campus.
  • The Troy University Symphony Band will present a free concert at 7 p.m. on Feb. 20 in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.
  • The Troy University Department of Theatre and Dance will present “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams at 7 p.m., Feb. 23-25 and at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 26, in the Trojan Center Theater on the Troy Campus. Tickets are $10, and $5 for students with current University ID. Tickets can be purchased online at For additional information, call 334-808-6477.
  • 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:
  • Mrs. Janice Hawkins, First Lady of Troy University, was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Read more.
  • Troy University Trustee C. Gibson Vance has been elected a Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation. Read more.
  • Alyssa Martin and Dr. Chris Shaffer wrote “The Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant experience: A Case Study in Cooperation,” a book chapter in Library Outreach to Writers and Poets: Interviews and Case Studies of Cooperation (McFarland, February 2017).

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