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This Week at TROY

This Week at TROY

News and information from around TROY

Troy University will honor author Cassandra King with the Hall-Waters Prize on Friday, April 21. King is the wife of the late author Pat Conroy, who was honored with the prize in 2015.

The author of five novels, including the critically acclaimed “Moonrise,” King is a native of south Alabama and now makes her home in the Low Country of South Carolina.

King will speak at the University’s Dothan Campus on Thursday, April 20 at 7 p.m. in Sony Hall. The event is free and open to the public. On Friday, April 21, King will take part in an interview and reading in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. She will then be honored during an invitation-only Hall-Waters Prize Luncheon and Awards Ceremony at the Troy Campus. On Saturday, April 22, King will appear in the South Tent at the Alabama Book Festival on Columbus Street in Montgomery, beginning at 11 a.m.

The Hall-Waters Prize was endowed by the late TROY alumnus Dr. Wade Hall, an author, former member of the faculty at the University of Florida and professor emeritus of English at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. Dr. Hall, a native of Bullock County, endowed the prize as a memorial to his parents, Wade Hall Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Waters Hall. The award is presented regularly to a person who has made significant contributions to Southern heritage and culture in history, literature or the arts.

TROY gifts two terracotta warriors to Montgomery library

A pair of replica terracotta warriors now grace the Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library in Montgomery.

The pair – a gift from Troy University to the City of Montgomery – will reside in the downtown library until permanent quarters are established in the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Read more.

Earth Week activities planned for Troy Campus

Troy University will host a week of educational events and activities aimed at increasing knowledge and understanding about the environment.

Earth Week, presented by the TROY Environmental Club, kicks off Monday, April 17 on the main quad at the Troy Campus and lasts through Saturday, April 22. Read more.

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.
  • A free film screening of “The Color Purple” will be held at 6 p.m., tonight, 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.
  • Troy University will honor student achievement tonight during the annual Honors Convocation on the Troy Campus. The event is set for 7 p.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theater. Dr. John W. Schmidt, a former Troy University senior administrator, will serve as the keynote speaker for the convocation.
  • TROY softball will host a double header against Florida State on Tuesday with game times set for 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Admission is free. Softball will be back in action hosting a weekend series against Appalachian State at the TROY Softball Complex. First game of a double header will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday’s game will start at noon.
  • TROY baseball will host UAB at Riddle-Pace Field on Tuesday at 6 p.m. It is a $2 Tuesday, meaning general admission tickets are $2. Baseball will be back in action for a weekend series against Texas State at Riddle-Pace Field. Games are set for 6 p.m. on Friday, 3 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday.
  • Troy University Public Radio will welcome NPR’s Debbie Elliott on Wednesday. Elliott will deliver a public lecture at 10 a.m. in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus. Elliott will also meet with journalism students during the day and be honored that evening at an invitation-only reception on the University’s Montgomery Campus.
  • An All-Majors Career Fair will be held Wednesday, 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.
  • The 46th English Department Forum on Language and Literature will be held at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday in Smith Hall room 164 on the Troy Campus. Patricia Harris will present “Bringing Transmedia Projects in the Humanities Back to Literary Studies: Remaking ‘Moby Dick’, ‘The Shadows of Orpheus’, and the Composition Classroom.”
  • Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum will hold an opening reception for the exhibit “The Fabric of Race,” by Renee Billingslea at 6 p.m. Thursday in the museum’s exhibit hall. Prior to the opening reception, the museum will host a pair of artist talks with Billingslea, beginning at 6 p.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday in the museum’s auditorium.
  • TROY baseball and softball teams will take part in Children’s Funfest at the Troy Parks and Recreation Sportsplex on Thursday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event, which is open to children of all ages, is hosted by Troy Parks and Recreation and Troy University’s School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management.
  • Troy University Libraries will present Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow, at 9 a.m. on Friday in the Whitley Hall Gold Room on the Montgomery Campus. Jones’ book is the focus of the University’s National Endowment for the Arts Big Read grant activities. The event is free and open to the public. Jones will also take part in the Alabama Book Festival in Montgomery on Saturday.
  • Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum will dedicate its atrium during a ceremony on Saturday. The atrium will honor Charles Cahn Baum and the Baum family. Reared in Montgomery in a prominent Jewish family, Charles Baum graduated from Princeton, Harvard Business School and the University of Maryland Law School. A resident of Baltimore, Md. for most of his life, he had a passion for civic and philanthropic causes, always maintaining his devotion to Alabama. He died in 2015.
  • SAVE THE DATE: 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 Hall 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.
Congratulations to the following for their achievements:
  • Michael Camden, enrollment coordinator in Hampton, Va., for TROY Online, has won Troy University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award. Camden, who has been employed by the University since 2012, received the award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during a ceremony on April 7, in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. He was nominated by Roger A. Smith, area coordinator for TROY Online in Hampton Roads. Read more.
  • Dr. William Heisler, professor of human resources management in the Sorrell College of Business, has had a chapter published in the edited volume Corporate Social Irresponsibility: Individual Behaviors and Organizational Practices. His chapter, titled "A Glimpse into the Darker Side of Human Resource Management: Addressing Employee Misconduct in the United States," discusses areas of employee misconduct against organizations (e.g., FMLA abuse) and others in the organization (e.g., workplace violence) and suggests ways to manage each. The book is published by Information Age Publishing.
  • Dr. Robert B. Kane, adjunct professor of history for TROY Online, will take part in the annual Alabama Book Festival in Montgomery’s Old Alabama Town on Saturday. He is the author of “So Far from Home: Royal Air Force and Free French Air Force Flight Training at Maxwell and Gunter Fields during World War II.” For more information, visit the Alabama Book Festival website.
  • Dr. Hank Dasinger, Dean of the College of Education, has been selected to the Board of Directors of USA Diving. Read more.

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