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This Week at TROY

This Week at TROY

News and information from around TROY

The TROY men’s and women’s basketball teams pulled off a sweep of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championships on Sunday, earning automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament.

The Trojans, who came into the conference tournament as the 6 seed, defeated Texas State 59-53 on Sunday afternoon, while the third-seeded women’s team knocked off Louisiana Lafayette in the title game, 78-64. The win marked the second consecutive Sun Belt Tournament title for the TROY women, and back-to-back berths in the NCAA Tournament.

Coach Phil Cunningham and his team didn’t have to wait long before learning they had earned a 15-seed in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament. The Trojans will face No. 2 seed Duke at 6:20 p.m. on Friday in Greenville, S.C. The game will be televised live on TBS. The tournament berth is the second in program history for the men’s team, the last coming in 2003.

Coach Chanda Rigby and her team will learn their opponent during the Women’s NCAA Tournament Selection Show. A viewing party, which is open to the public, will be held at Trojan Arena, beginning at 5:15 p.m. today. 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 will welcome award-winning journalist and author John Pomfret at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, in the Gold Room of Whitley Hall on the Montgomery Campus. Pomfret will offer insights on China, as well as discuss U.S. -- China relations. The event is free for ALWAC members and $20 for non-members. Read more.
  • The Rosa Parks Museum will present a series of free community forums on issues affecting women this month in recognition of Women’s History Month. The events, which will be held in the museum’s auditorium at 252 Montgomery St., will begin at 6 p.m. on March 14, 21 and 28 and will be moderated by Dr. Felicia Bell, the museum’s director. Read more.
  • The Office of Civic Engagement will present the annual student organization Can Castle Contest on the Barnes & Noble patio on the Troy Campus, beginning at noon on Wednesday.
  • Microsoft experts will be on the Troy Campus on Wednesday, for an all-day training event specifically geared toward their device, the Microsoft Surface. The scheduled training events are: Windows 10 for EDU (Hands on Windows 10 and Surface), Patterson Hall Room 101, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; 10 Class Hacks Using Microsoft Office, Patterson Hall Room 105, noon to 1 p.m.; Providing Quality Feedback with OneNote, Patterson Hall Room 105, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; 7 Steps to Making Learning More Accessible, Patterson Hall Room 105, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Redefine Learning with Microsoft Classroom in Office 365, Patterson Hall Room 105, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and, Flip your Classroom with Office Mix, Patterson Hall Room 105, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Seating is limited. Register online.
  • Troy University will kick off its National Endowment for the Arts “Big Read” events with the opening of the photography exhibit, “Her Word as Witness: Women Writers of the African Diaspora” by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, at 6 p.m., Thursday in the gallery at the Rosa Parks Museum on the Montgomery Campus. The event is free and open to the public. NEA “Big Read” has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest. Read More.
  • Human Resources will offer People Admin training at 10 a.m. on March 21 in the IT Training Lab at University Park. The training will also will be available through WebEx.
  • Morris Dees, co-founder and chief trail counsel of the Southern Poverty Law Center, will speak March 22 during the Hall School of Journalism and Communication’s annual journalism symposium. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and is open to the public. “With Justice for All in a Changing America” will be Dees’ topic. Read More.
  • Major Madness-Career and Major Exploration Fair will be held Wednesday, March 29, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Trojan Arena. Faculty are encouraged to register for a table to represent their major and give students insight on the variety of careers that can be pursued by graduating in that program. Email for more information. Students, especially lower classmen, are encouraged to come narrow down their “Major Madness” bracket to their Final Four and ultimately their winning major by speaking to faculty from a large variety of programs that Troy University has to offer.
  • Student Appreciation Day has been set for April 5. Learn More.
  • An All-Majors Career Fair will be held Wednesday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Sartain Hall. Employers from a variety of majors and career paths will be present to speak with students about internships and job opportunities. Please dress professionally and log into Trojan LINK to view attending employers. Professional headshots will be taken free of charge for the students and raffle tickets will be given away to the students who impress employers the most with their professionalism. Door prizes will be drawn the following day. Career coaches will be on site the day of the fair to assist students and even conduct any last minute resume checks. All students should attend ranging from lower classmen, who are focusing on internships and getting practice conversing with employers, to juniors and seniors, who should be networking and lining up job opportunities for post-graduation. For additional information, visit the Career Services website.
  • 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. Marty Olliff received the University of Alabama Press’s 2017 Anne B. and James B. McMillan Award, presented to the “most deserving manuscript in Alabama or Southern history,” for his forthcoming book, “Getting Out of the Mud: The Alabama Good Roads Movement and Highway Administration, 1898-1928.” The editorial board has presented this award since 1995.
  • Dr. Kirk Curnutt, chair and professor of English, is the recipient of the Association of College English Teachers of Alabama’s 2017 Eugene Current-Garcia Distinguished Scholar Award.
  • Dr. Kewei Yu, associate professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, was invited to collaborate and present the research project, “Soil Oxidation-Reduction Status and Greenhouse Gas Concentration in Coastal Forest of Louisiana,” at the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago.

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