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This Week at TROY

This Week at TROY

News and information from around TROY

Troy University faculty and staff will show their appreciation for students during the University’s third annual Student Appreciation Day on Wednesday, April 5.

Students will be able to enjoy free food, prizes and activities at all four of TROY’s campuses in Alabama, and support centers throughout the United States. TROY Online students will also have the opportunity to win prizes throughout the day through Trojan Café. Read more.

Troy University Public Radio launches spring fund drive

Troy University Public Radio’s spring fund drive, which helps support the programming offered by the network, kicked off on Saturday, celebrating 40 years of service to listeners.

The drive will run through April 8, and offers different options through which supporters can make donations. Listeners can contribute to Troy University Public Radio by calling 1-800-800-6616 or online. Contributions may also be sent by mail to Troy University Public Radio, Wallace Hall, Troy University, Troy, AL 36082. All contributions are tax deductible. Read more.

Registration begins for 2nd annual Alabama Leadership Conference

Continuing Education and Outreach is currently taking registrations for the 2nd Annual Alabama Leadership Conference to be held May 18. This intense, one-day conference will be held in the Gold Room of Whitley Hallh on the Montgomery Campus.

Whether you are a young professional beginning the road of leadership, mid-level manager continuing to shape your leadership or a senior executive looking at what legacy you might leave in retirement, now is the time to gain insight into the significant impression you make professionally and personally.

To register or for more information, contact Continuing Education and Outreach at 334-983-0005, or visit the website.

Upcoming Events
  • Human Resources will offer mandatory Americans with Disabilities Act training in April to view via WebEx the previously recorded presentation. Register for one of those sessions here.
  • Dr. Felicia Bell, director of the Rosa Parks Museum, will present “The Influence of History on Our Everyday Lives,” at 11:30 a.m., April 4, at Trenholm State Community College in Montgomery. The presentation is a part of Troy University’s National Endowment for the Arts Big Read events.
  • TROY baseball will play host to Alabama at Riddle-Pace Field on Tuesday. Game time is set for 6 p.m. The team will travel to Tuscaloosa on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. match up with Alabama before returning to Sun Belt Conference play with a home weekend series against Georgia Southern. Game times for the weekend series are 6 p.m. on Friday, 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. On April 11, the Trojans will travel to Montgomery to take on Alabama State. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
  • The Troy University Writing Center and Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society will partner to present a marathon reading of Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” on Thursday, on the main quad of the Troy Campus. The reading will start at 6:30 a.m. and continue through the early afternoon. Participants will read the book aloud, non-stop, and anyone may volunteer for two to five minutes of reading. Groups, classes, teams and social organizations are encouraged to participate by volunteering for larger blocks of time. Copies of “Leaves of Grass” will be available, but participants can also bring their own copies. For more information, or to sign up to read in advance, email Trish Harris. Details are available at the Writing Center’s Facebook event page.
  • Cassie Rockette-Rogers of the Troy University English Department will present “The Importance of Hair in Silver Sparrow,” as a part of TROY’s National Endowment for the Arts Big Read activities at 6 p.m., April 6 in the Rosa Parks Museum Auditorium. TROY’s NEA Big Read events are focused on the book Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones.
  • Men’s tennis will host a pair of matches on April 8 at the Lunsford Tennis Complex. The match against Columbus State is scheduled for 11 a.m., while the match against Alabama A&M is set for 2:30 p.m.
  • Dr. Kanessa Doss, assistant professor of psychology, and Dr. Sharon Everhardt, assistant professor of sociology, will present “Family Relationships in Silver Sparrow,” as a part of TROY’s National Endowment for the Arts Big Read activities at 6 p.m., April 11, in the Rosa Parks Museum Auditorium.
  • The Troy University Writing Center will offer a workshop on the art of letter writing on Saturday, April 15, in the Troy University library from 10 a.m. until noon. Participants will learn the basic elements of traditional letter writing, read and discuss letters from the epistolary past and write three letters of their own. All materials and readings will be provided, and the workshop is offered free of charge. For more information, or to register, email Trish Harris. Information is also available at the Writing Center’s Facebook event page.
  • The nursing honor society, Alpha Psi Nu, is having a fundraiser bake sale for the Children’s Advocacy Center “Child Protect” program on April 17 in the lobby of the School of Nursing on the Montgomery Campus from 7:30 am-noon. Child Protect is a nonprofit agency that provides counseling to children who are victims of abuse. The group will be selling baked goods with proceeds going to provide needed items such as cleaning items, snacks and drinks for the children.
  • A free film screening of “The Color Purple” will be held at 6 p.m., April 17, as a part of the University’s National Endowment for the Arts Big Read activities. The screening, hosted by Dr. Sara Kosiba, associate professor of English, will be held in the Rosa Parks Museum Auditorium.
Congratulations to the following for their achievements:
  • Dr. Jonathan P. Lewis, assistant professor of English, presented the paper, “Stephenson’s Eves: Engineering New Human Races after the End of the World,” at the North East Modern Language Association conference in Baltimore. In addition, his essay, “Confronting Dystopia: The Power of Cognition in Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash and The Diamond Age,” will be published in the upcoming issue of “Extrapolation.”
  • Dr. Robert B. Kane, adjunct professor of history with TROY Online, gave a presentation "The Doolittle Raid--America Strikes Back," marking the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid Japan, April 18, 1942, to 25 members and guests of the Mississippi Wing, Commemorative Air Force, Madison, Miss., on March 25.
  • Dr. Leora Waldner, professor of public administration, has published a co-authored article, “Why Majority-Minority Cities Form: Municipal Incorporation in Majority-Minority Cities in the United States, 1990-2010,” in Urban Geography.
  • Dr. Fred Meine, professor of public administration, served as moderator for the session “Diversity and the Advancement of Ethics” at the recent American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) annual conference in Atlanta, where he also presented a paper titled “Social Engineering and the Military: Ethical, Moral and Practical Issues Revisited,” coauthored with Dr. Tom Dunn, associate professor of social science. Dr Meine, an executive board member of ASPA’s Section on Ethics and Integrity in Government (SEIGov) has also been appointed to the Editorial Board for Public Integrity and the Online Learning Consortium’s Online Learning Journal.
  • Dr. Riad Aisami of TROY’s Augusta, Ga. location presented “Building the Learning Blocks for Online Courses” at the University of Oxford’s Spring Education and Research Symposium on March 20.
  • Dr. Cynthia Hicks, associate professor and Reading Education assistant chair in the Department of Teacher Education, has been appointed to the Alabama State Department of Education’s Strategic Planning Committee on Reading. The committee will evaluate core issues related to Alabama’s student achievement challenges, examine current content expectations for teachers, plan for the recruitment of talented reading teachers, compare Alabama’s content standards for students against those of the most educationally advanced nations, research models to raise student achievement and develop a plan to promote excellence in the teaching and learning of reading in the state.
  • Dr. Jackie Chavez, assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, recently attended the American Criminal Justice Association-Lambda Alpha Epsilon's 80th National Conference in Austin, Texas. Dr. Chavez won 2nd place in the Academic Juvenile Justice Competition and 3rd place in the Academic LAE Knowledge Competition.

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