DOTHAN — Troy University will present a summer camp in June at the Dothan Campus that aims to inspire local girls to excel in mathematics and science.
"Mathematics, the Queen of Sciences" will be held June 10-13 at the Dothan Campus for girls in 7th-9th grade. Admission is free and open to any girls with a strong interest in math or science; however the camp is limited to only 20 participants. Girls will be selected based on submitted essays, evaluation of recent grades and teacher recommendations.
The deadline for registration has been extended through Friday, May 3.Read More
TROY – Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will provide the keynote address to Troy University's largest-ever spring commencement exercise on May 10.
This spring's graduating class includes some 915 students who have filed intents to graduate, among those some 825 from the Troy Campus alone. In all, about 650 students representing 27 states and 14 countries will take part in the ceremonies.
Commencement exercises will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Trojan Arena, and will require a ticket for entry. Graduating students will receive instructions on how to obtain tickets for families and friends.Read More
Second District Congresswoman Martha Roby will address the skills necessary for women to succeed in today's world during a presentation at Troy University on May 1.
Presented by the University's Motivating and Instilling Sophisticated Students into an Elite Society (M.I.S.S. Elite), the program titled "Equipping Today's Women for Life's Journey" will be held at 11 a.m. in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Through a variety of seminars, discussions and campus and community involvement, M.I.S.S. Elite seeks to help students realize their full potential by building self-confidence, molding leadership skills and emphasizing good character and proper personal appearance.Read More
ATLANTA – Troy University will open its doors to Atlanta-area students and prospective students for a free seminar on the importance of accreditation in higher education.
Led by Dr. Hal Fulmer, the University's dean of undergraduate and first-year studies and associate provost, the seminar begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 2 in Sandy Springs at 1117 Perimeter Center West, Suite N101. Seating is limited and registration is recommended online at http://trojan.troy.edu/globalcampus/sites/atlanta/. The event will be streamed online for those who are interested but are unable to attend. Registration for the online event is also available at the same address.
"Given the current economic climate and job market, many are turning to higher education as a way to improve their own marketability," said Bill Glisson, district director for TROY's Atlanta District. "With the recent influx of collegiate options in Atlanta, many are unaware of the various accrediting bodies, what they mean, and how it affects the education they may receive at a given school. More importantly, many are unaware of the outcomes they may face if they pursue an education at a school that does not hold accreditation by a recognized accrediting body."Read More
TROY – Troy University's efforts at sustainability reach even downed limbs on the Troy Campus.
The University is highlighting Earth Week 2013 with a series of events designed to promote environmental awareness and recycling, in cooperation with KW Plastics and City of Troy.
Many efforts – from lighting considerations, to construction to grounds management – include specific steps aimed at reducing the campus' carbon footprint, said Mark Salmon, director of the University's Physical Plant.Read More
DOTHAN — Troy University's annual learning enrichment camp for local children, Summer Spectacular, will start June 4 at Kelly Springs Elementary School with the theme "Kids as NASA Scientists."
Open to children ages 4 to 12, the camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from June 4 to June 25. The cost is $30 per week, per child and registration will be held on May 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. inside Adams Hall room 112 at the TROY Dothan Campus.
Troy University students majoring in education lead the annual four-week summer learning enrichment program. Summer Spectacular provides a fun learning environment for children while giving TROY students hands-on experience in a classroom setting.Read More
TROY – An internationally acclaimed Chinese martial arts troupe from Beijing will bring their kung fu show to Montgomery and Troy this week, hosted by the Confucius Institute at Troy University.
The group will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25 in Sartain Hall on the Troy Campus, and at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26 in Davis Theatre on the Montgomery Campus. Both shows are free of charge, but tickets are required for the Davis Theatre performance. They may be acquired at the theater.
Tickets are also available at the Confucius Institute office at 307 Whitley Hall; King Buffet at 2727 Bell Rd., Seoul Market at 1841 Eastern Blvd., and at Hibachi Sushi Buffet at 181 Eastern Blvd.Read More
No barriers are too large to overcome with faith, belief and determination. That was the message delivered by representatives of the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind to those gathered on Tuesday for the 18th annual Helen Keller Lecture at Troy University.
The lecture series, held each spring, is designed to promote awareness of people who excel in their chosen fields despite physical and/or mental limitations.
"Helen Keller believed that anything was possible through hard work," said Dr. John Mascia, AIDB President. "Ms. Keller had a vision for the future and what could be for the deaf and blind. She knew from experience what could be and she wanted that for everyone. Her philosophy inspires me every day."Read More
TROY - Troy Campus students will have an opportunity to put their Lego skills to the test in the Hungry for a Change campaign's Can Castle Contest on Wed., April 24.
Eighteen of this year's Office of Student Services and Civic Engagement Civic Scholars will lead a Can Castle Contest on the Quad from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m., as the culmination of a number of service learning activities seeking to address hunger these past few months.
Student teams involved in the event will bring their group's collected canned goods and build can the castles, which will then be judged on soundness of structure, creativity, use of materials, theme and overall appearance. Three teams will be chosen as Best Overall, Runner-up, and Collecting the Most Cans awards. All winning teams will receive a plaque and have items donated in their name.Read More
DOTHAN - Troy University recognized outstanding student academic achievements during the annual Dothan Campus Honors Convocation on Friday, April 19.
The ceremony was held at 6 p.m. at the Dothan Campus inside Sony Hall.
More than 40 awards were presented recognizing the top undergraduate and graduate students in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Communication and Fine Arts, and Health and Human Services.Read More
Jonathan M. Miller, a Troy University alumnus and current member of the University’s Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences faculty, has won the Faculty Senate Excellence Award.
Miller, who earned both his bachelor’s degree in environmental science (2006) and his master’s in environmental and biological sciences (2009) from TROY, was presented with the award on April 15 from Faculty Senate President Dr. Scott Nokes during the University’s annual Honors Convocation on the Troy Campus. The award was created to salute the outstanding contributions of non-tenure track faculty and was presented for the first time in 2008.
As an adjunct lecturer, Miller teaches Principles of Biology and Biology Lab, Organismal Biology lab and ecology lab. He was nominated by Dr. Paul M. Stewart, professor of biological and environmental sciences and ALFA Eminent Scholar in Environmental Management and Agriculture.Read More
Dr. Warren received the award during the University’s annual Honors Convocation held April 15 in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.
The Ingalls Award is given annually to the teacher on the Troy Campus who has “most diligently, effectively and cheerfully conducted his or her classes during the current academic year.” Students nominate faculty members for the award, and a committee of students and faculty advisors selects the recipient. The award consists of a statue of Socrates, a plaque and a check for $1,000.
Dr. Patricia Warren, who has been a full-time member of the TROY faculty since 2008, holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Athens State College (1984), a master’s in elementary education from TROY (1994) and a doctorate in elementary education with an emphasis in reading education from Auburn University (2008). Her career in education began in 1984, serving as a K-3 teacher, first in the Geneva city schools and later in the Ozark city schools. Prior to joining the TROY faculty full-time, she also served as a reading coach at an Ozark kindergarten and an adjunct instructor for both the Troy and Dothan campuses of Troy University.Read More
TROY - Troy University students, faculty and staff are going green for Earth Week 2013 and taking a bite out of the University’s waste stream through a major recycling drive.
While recycling is encouraged on a daily basis – University offices, for example, are provided recycling containers which are emptied by the University’s Physical Plant staff, and some 38 permanent recycling stations are located on the campus – officials say Earth Week provides an opportunity to reinforce the issue.
“We want to emphasize recycling and waste reduction, and Earth Week is a great time for us to focus on sustainability and environmental awareness,” said Jonathan Cellon, coordinator of Learning Initiatives in the Office of First-Year Studies, who is coordinating the week with the City of Troy, the University’s Physical Plant Department, other University offices and KW Plastics to complete the drive.Read More
Troy University has honored two students and a member of the University’s faculty with the 2013 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards.
Kash Forrester, who graduated in December with a bachelor’s degree in education, Wes Tindell, a senior biology/biomedical sciences major, and Theresa Johnson, TROY English instructor were presented the awards during a luncheon on the Troy Campus on Monday. The recipients were also honored during the University’s annual Honors Convocation on Monday night.
The Sullivan Award, which is presented at select colleges and universities throughout the United States, recognizes recipients for their excellence of character, humanitarian service and spiritual qualities. The award has been presented annually to a male student, a female student and one non-student at TROY since 1981. Students, faculty and staff nominate candidates for the award.Read More
TROY – Dr. Kenneth Blankenship, executive director of the Central Alabama Sports Commission, has been awarded the Sport Management Lifetime Achievement Award by the Southern Sport Management Association at its conference at Troy University.
The award came on April 11 during the ninth annual Southern Sport Management Conference, and recognizes Blankenship for his significant contributions to the Sport Management industry.
A native of Wetumpka, Blankenship began his career as a coach, teacher and athletic director at schools in Macon County and Selma. He was one of the founders of the Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete Scholarship Program, serving as its executive director for 20 years. He served as executive director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association from 1996 until 2004. From 1992 until 1994, he served as Director of Athletics at TROY, successfully leading the University’s transition from Division II to Division I athletics.Read More
MONTGOMERY - A Troy University English professor will hand out free books in Montgomery on April 23 as part of the annual World Book Night celebration designed to spread the joy of reading.
Dr. Kirk Curnutt, chair of the English Department at the Montgomery Campus, was selected to represent World Book Night in Montgomery. Curnutt will be handing out copies of Walter Mosley’s “Devil in a Blue Dress” at Chris’ Hot Dogs, located at 138 Dexter Avenue, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Accompanying him will be Ashley Gordon, owner of Mockingbird Publishing in Fairhope. She will be offering patrons copies of Alexander McCall Smith’s “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.”
World Book Night is dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person. Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers.Read More
TROY - Dr. Milton Jones, president of the Christian Relief Fund, encouraged Troy University students to be grateful for what they have and to make a difference in the lives of others.
Speaking to the annual Honors Convocation Monday night in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus, Dr. Jones told the audience that he was amazed at the students he had met during his time on campus and was thrilled by their academic accomplishments and their caring spirit.
Founded in 1971 by Amarillo businessman and preacher Baxter Loe, Christian Relief Fund is a non-profit relief organization based in Amarillo, Texas with a focus on rescuing orphans and vulnerable children from poverty. CRF operates child sponsorship programs that are dedicated to providing food, clean water, education, spiritual training, health care and disaster relief to the glory of God worldwide.Read More
TROY - While the ways in which today’s consumer chooses to receive news is changing, journalism’s role as the “watchdog” remains a constant, a New York Times deputy editor told Troy University students on April 10.
Clifford Levy, deputy editor of the Metro Section of the New York Times and a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for his investigative reporting, spoke to classes and to a gathering of students, faculty, staff and the public in the Trojan Center Theatre on Wednesday as a part of TROY’s partnership with The New York Times. The partnership supports the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan to create a culture of engaged readers.
Pointing to recent examples of the scandal involving Rutgers University’s head basketball coach’s treatment of his players and a grade-changing scandal in public schools in and around Atlanta, Levy said the role of the investigative reporter is as important as ever.Read More
TROY - Dr. John Mascia, president of the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, will deliver the 18th annual Helen Keller Lecture at Troy University on April 23.
The lecture, which will begin at 10 a.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus, is designed to promote awareness of people who excel in their chosen fields despite physical and/or mental limitations. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.
Dr. Mascia will be joined by TROY alumnus Donovan J. Beitel, an instructor in AIDB’s Business Enterprise Program since 2010, and Patrick Robinson, director of AIDB’s Talladega Regional Center. Malia Thibado, a second grader at AIDB and the daughter of Paul and Karen Thibado of Pell City, will present the musical piece, “Who I Was Born to Be,” for the entertainment portion of the lecture.Read More
TROY - A pair of Troy University alumni will speak to early childhood/elementary music methods students on April 18.
Rob Lyda and Phil Wilson, both 2001 graduates of the John M. Long School of Music, will speak to a class in 201 Smith Hall beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Lyda earned a bachelor of music education from TROY and a master’s degree in music education from Auburn University in 2005 and currently serves as the sixth through eighth grade band and K-12 general music teacher at Notasula High School. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Notasulga, Lyda is the junior high department chair, serves as the school accreditation and technology chair, and serves on the Macon County Schools academic calendar and technology committees.Read More
MONTGOMERY - The smash hit musical adaptation of the “The Addams Family” will come to Montgomery for one night only with a performance at Troy University’s Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts on Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m.
“The Addams Family” musical brings to life the darkly comedic world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch, and features an original story that follows the fateful night when the family hosts a dinner party for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.
Single tickets for the performance are on sale now and range in price from $25-$50. Balcony tickets for this show and the remaining shows in the season are buy one get one free while supplies last.Read More
MONTGOMERY - Local families are invited to take a closer look at the night sky during the annual Astronomy Day celebration at the W.A. Gayle Planetarium on Saturday, April 20.
The event is held in partnership with the Auburn Astronomical Society and is designed to introduce families to the fun of astronomy. Admission is free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own telescopes or binoculars as well.
Starting at 3 p.m., early visitors will be able to view the seven-day-old moon and the sun in the light of hydrogen-alpha with PST Solar Scopes. Members of the Auburn Astronomical Society will conduct a “Telescope Clinic” starting at 5 p.m. in which guests can bring malfunctioning or disassembled telescopes for repair. At 6 p.m., Dr. Rodger G. Morrison, a TROY assistant professor of information systems, will give the presentation “Astrophotography: Taking Good Pictures of Cool Stuff with Amateur Equipment,” inside the planetarium auditorium.Read More
TROY – A Fox News contributor, WSB talk radio host and blogger urged student journalists to know their facts, understand historical context and “tell the story” when they report the news.
Erick Erickson provided the keynote address at Friday’s M. Stanton Evans Symposium on Money, Politics and the Media at Troy University. The annual event is co-hosted by the University’s Hall School of Journalism and Communication and the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy.
“There are three things to being a great journalist: One, know what the facts really are. What is the truth? Remember, truth can change. A few years ago, science told us we had nine planets and, today, we only have eight. Know the truth at the time of your writing,” he said. “Two, What is your historical perspective? What happened before? Three: Tell the story. Build the human element around the facts. People want to be drawn to something more than themselves -- they are hungry for intellectual pursuit.”Read More
DOTHAN - Troy University will celebrate its ties to the Wiregrass region with a number of special events during the annual Heritage Week celebration on the Dothan Campus April 15-19.
For more than 20 years the Dothan Campus has celebrated its history in the Wiregrass with the Heritage Week festivities, which include several free events that are open to the public.
Activities during the 2013 Heritage Week will include:Read More
TROY - Troy University students will be recognized for their achievements during the University’s annual Honors Convocation at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 15 in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.
Milton Jones, President of Christian Relief Fund, will serve as the keynote speaker for the convocation, which recognizes student achievement for the academic year.
Among the awards to be presented are the Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, presented to an outstanding faculty member, and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards, given to a senior male and female student and to a distinguished faculty or staff member.Read More
DOTHAN - Local high school students will put their public speaking skills to the test during the annual “Yes We Can Speak Out” competition on Friday, April 12, at Troy University’s Dothan Campus.
The competition will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the Sony Hall auditorium in the Library/Technology Building.
A group of 20 Dothan City Schools students will participate in the competition. The students will present original speeches of 5 to 8 minutes in length in either an informational, persuasive, humorous or storytelling style.Read More
TROY – Representatives of more than 24 universities will attend the ninth annual Sport Management Conference at Troy University Wednesday through Friday.
Hosted jointly by the University and the Southern Sport Management Association, the conference will focus on emerging scholars and student development, and more than 30 presenters will lecture, said Dr. Michael Martinez, an assistant professor of kinesiology and health promotion who is coordinating the conference.Read More
MONTGOMERY - Troy University will take part in the worldwide celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” on Tuesday, April 16, by hosting readings of the letter in Montgomery and Dothan.
Organized by the Birmingham Public Library, the worldwide celebration marks the 50th anniversary of the day King began writing his famous open letter. Public readings of the letter are scheduled around the world at schools, museums, churches and other locations.
Troy University will join the celebration with readings inside the Rosa Parks Museum auditorium on the Montgomery Campus and on the steps of the Library/Technology Building at the Dothan Campus. Both events start at noon and are open to the public.Read More
TROY - Clifford Levy, deputy editor of the Metro Section of the New York Times and a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for his investigative reporting, will speak to Troy University students at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Trojan Center Theatre on the Troy Campus.
Levy’s presentation is a part of the TROY’s partnership with The New York Times, which supports the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan to create a culture of engaged readers.
Levy also oversees investigative projects and specializes in social media. He has also served the Times as their Moscow Bureau Chief and secured one of his Pulitzer Prizes for a series of articles about human rights and freedom of speech in Russia.Read More
TROY – Troy University has become the first university in America to be designated a “Purple Heart University.”
The move comes in an effort to honor veterans who have been given the award that was created by Gen. George Washington. The Military Order of the Purple Heart is granted to those service members who have been killed or wounded in battle.
“Our status as the first Purple Heart University in America is a natural extension of TROY’s long history of service to the men and women in uniform,” said Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. “We are proud of the thousands of our students and graduates who are serving in harm’s way and it’s with pride that we serve them and support them.”Read More
TROY - Troy University MathFest 2013, a one-day undergraduate mathematics conference, will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 in Hawkins Hall on the Troy Campus.
Made possible by Troy University funding and a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant through the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), TROY MathFest, created in 2004, allows students from around the region to take part in presentations and discussions covering all areas of mathematics. The event is an initiative of the University’s Department of Mathematics, chaired by Diane Porter, in the College of Arts and Sciences.
“The purpose of the conference is to have a common mathematics forum accessible to all undergraduate students in the Southeast and beyond,” said Dr. Vijaya Gompa, professor of mathematics on the University’s Dothan Campus who is serving in her second year as the event’s director.Read More
TROY - The Troy University Sexual Assault and Violence Education (S.A.V.E.) Project will play host to a campus-wide campaign during April in observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
As part of the April campaign, the S.A.V.E. Project will place posters, banners, and safety and prevention flyers around the Troy Campus, as well as sharing statistics and information on Facebook and Twitter.
On April 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the S.A.V.E. Project will hold its annual “These Hands Don’t Hurt” event on the Bibb Graves Quad. Students, faculty and staff are invited to come place their handprints on the event banner to signify their commitment to a violence-free campus. Once complete, the banner will display in the Trojan Center.Read More
TROY - Identifying and preventing bullying will be the topic of an April 4 Civic Issues Forum at Troy University.
The forum, presented by the University’s Office of Service Learning and Civic Engagement in conjunction with the David Mathews Center for Civic Life, will be held in room 212 of the Trojan Center beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday. It is the second of four forums in which students from First-Year Learning Communities will lead discussions about topics of importance in today’s society.
Students from the Healthy Futures Learning Community will lead the discussion on identifying and preventing bullying.Read More
TROY - Troy University will host a Global Open House and Career Chat on Tuesday, April 16 to assist prospective students in the areas of academic strategy for career development, financial assistance and admissions and credit transfers.
Events will be held at the University’s four Alabama campuses and 22 of its Global Campus locations, as well as online. Those wishing to participate can register by location online at http://www.troy.edu/openhouse. Registration deadline for the events is April 12. Times vary by location.
Application fees will be waived for those who apply for admission to TROY during a Global Open House event at a location or online on April 16.Read More
TROY - Erick Erickson, a blogger, Fox News contributor and talk radio host, will speak Friday, April 5, at Troy University’s annual journalism symposium.
The event will start at 10 a.m. in the ballroom of the Trojan Center, the student center on the Troy Campus. The public is invited. Admission is free.
Erickson, who is editor-in-chief of the Washington blog RedState.com, will talk about journalism, business, politics and the economy. Sponsors are the Hall School of Journalism and Communication and the Sorrell College of Business’ Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy.Read More