TROY to play host to tax workshops for new business owners June 6

Posted: Friday, 31 May 2013

The Troy University Small Business Development Center will offer two sessions of the Alabama Department of Revenue's Tax Workshop for new business owners in the Dothan area on June 6.

The free workshops, which are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., will be held in the Continuing Education Center, Adams Hall room 206 on TROY's Dothan Campus.

Presented by the Office of Taxpayer Advocacy, the workshops will present information on a variety of state tax and business topics, including employer withholding taxes, state and local sales taxes, property taxes, business licensing requirements and Alabama's child labor law. In addition, an overview of Alabama's business tax electronic filing programs will be presented.

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Troy University student interns as Play-By-Play Announcer

Posted: Friday, 31 May 2013

Troy University student and TrojanVision anchor Danielle Percival of Wetumpka will intern this summer with the Florida Collegiate Summer League.

The Florida League is one of 10 leagues affiliated with the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball (NACSB) – an alliance of college summer wood bat leagues which operates under National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) legislation.

Percival will be serving as a broadcast intern with the College Park Freedom in Orlando and will be the play-by-play announcer for all Freedom home games. She will also be responsible for a weekly video interview with players and coaches. Percival will do 22 regular season games and will also have the opportunity to cover Freedom playoff games, including the play-by-play for the championship game which will be on Aug. 4 at the home of the Tampa Bay Rays, Tropicana Field.

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New director named for TROY Risk Management Insurance program

Posted: Thursday, 30 May 2013

TROY – A longtime professor of insurance has been tapped to lead Troy University's Risk Management Insurance program.

Dr. Ed Duett will take the reins of the program for the upcoming fall semester, said Dr. Judson Edwards, Dean of the Sorrell College of Business.

“Dr. Duett brings to the College an established record of excellence in insurance education and research," said Dr. Edwards. “I am confident that, under his leadership, the program will continue its strong tradition of producing high quality graduates, ready to succeed in the risk management insurance industry.“

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TROY students return to Ashkelon archeological expedition in Israel

Posted: Thursday, 30 May 2013

TROY — For the fifth year, a group from Troy University will spend part of the summer in Israel working with a team of scholars and students excavating the ancient seaport city of Ashkelon.

Five TROY students, under the direction of anthropology professor Dr. Bill Grantham, will spend June 9 through July 20 working and learning alongside top scholars in the fields of Near Eastern and biblical archaeology. The expedition is part of TROY's ongoing partnership with Harvard University, Wheaton College, Boston College and the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon.

Located on a 150-acre site alongside the Mediterranean in southern Israel, the Ashkelon area is home to at least 20 ancient cities dating from at 3500 B.C. to 1500 A.D. Canaanite, Philistine, Babylonian, Persian, Phoencian and Israeli civilizations are reflected in the strata of the excavation.

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Troy University names new Dothan Campus Ambassadors

Posted: Wednesday, 29 May 2013

DOTHAN — Troy University has appointed ten students to serve as the Dothan Campus Ambassadors for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The Dothan Campus Ambassadors work to represent and promote TROY in the community, during campus functions and throughout the University's service area. They serve and assist the office of student development in student recruitment, orientation and registration.

The 2013-2014 Dothan Campus Ambassadors are:

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Youth Leadership Forum concentrates on success for disabled high school students

Posted: Wednesday, 29 May 2013

TROY - Thirty-one high school students with disabilities will take part in leadership exercises and get lessons in how state government works as a part of the Alabama Governor's Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) at Troy University, June 2-6.

The forum is co-sponsored by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and Troy's Institute of Leadership Development with support from agencies including the Alabama Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, the Alabama Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and the Alabama Department of Education.

“The forum is a unique opportunity to learn a variety of life skills," said Dr. Denise Green, Chair of the Department of Human Services, Rehabilitation and Social Work and co-chair of this event. “We focus on relationship building, self-advocacy and continued growth and development for a life-time of positive achievement."

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Summer Spotlight offers learning for students of all ages

Posted: Tuesday, 28 May 2013

TROY – Troy University will shine the spotlight on drama and dance in July for its Summer Spotlight programs.

Hosted by the College of Communication and Fine Arts and the Department of Theatre and Dance, four camps take place during the month, beginning July 8-12 with Spotlight on Dance for ages eight through 12. Julie Mulivihill, a choreographer, professional dancer and teacher currently based in Georgia, will serve as the camp's guest artist.

July 14-19 is Summer Spotlight's Creative Drama Camp for ages four – 13. Participants here for this camp will spend a week studying acting, movement, storytelling, stagecrafts, and playwriting. Carson Butterworth, a graduate of Georgia College and State University, will serve as this camp's guest artist. An actress and teacher, Butterworth holds a master's degree in art education and an undergraduate degree in theatre.

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Columbus Tech president challenges, inspires TROY grads

Posted: Saturday, 25 May 2013

COLUMBUS, Ga. — The president of Columbus Technical College, J. Robert Jones, told Troy University graduates Friday night that life is not easy, or fair, but education can help them overcome challenges.

Jones delivered the keynote address during a joint commencement ceremony for the Phenix City Campus and the Columbus/Fort Benning Site on Friday, May 24, at the Columbus Civic Center. Some 314 students earned degrees this spring in Phenix City and Columbus/Fort Benning.

"When you were born, no one promised you an easy life," Jones said.

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Small businesses can connect with specialists

Posted: Wednesday, 22 May 2013

TROY – Troy University's Small Business Development Center and the Alabama Procurement Technical Assistance Center will offer a free seminar to small businesses wanting to do business with the federal government.

“Working with a Small Business Specialist" will be from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 4 at the Soldier Service Center, Room 282, Building 5700 at Fort Rucker. The center is located on Novosel Street. The seminar presenter is Fort Rucker's small business specialist Michael Faire.

Each federal agency has a small business program and many have a small business specialist who serves as a liaison between the agency and the small businesses that want to sell to them, said Judy Callin, a senior consultant with the TROY SBDC.

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Air Force Maj. Gen. Walter D. Givhan talks value of education with TROY grads

Posted: Wednesday, 22 May 2013

MONTGOMERY — U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Walter D. Givhan, a Troy University alumnus, told TROY graduates that education will help them deal with new challenges and demanding situations as they move forward with their careers.

Givhan delivered the keynote address to graduates during spring commencement for the Montgomery Campus on Monday, May 20, inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. Some 140 students took part in the 7 p.m. ceremony.

In all, 192 students earned undergraduate and graduate degrees this spring at the Montgomery Campus.

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TROY professor earns national award

Posted: Monday, 20 May 2013

TROY – A Troy University professor and associate dean has been awarded the Sport Management Outstanding Achievement Award by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.

Dr. John Miller, a professor of sport management and associate dean of the College of Health and Human Services, earned the accolade for outstanding contributions and leadership in the field during the 128th National Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).

“Since it has been suggested that AAHPERD was the first place that Sport Management academicians could present pertinent research a number of years ago, I am humbled and honored to have been selected for this award," Dr. Miller said. “I am especially pleased to be included with past recipients such as David Stotlar, Janet Parks, and Herb Appenzeller who are recognized as the foremost authorities in their areas of sport management. “

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Culver talks choices with TROY grads during Dothan commencement

Posted: Monday, 20 May 2013

DOTHAN — Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver told Troy University graduates on Sunday that it's not where you start, but the choices you make that determine one's course in life.

Culver delivered the keynote address to graduates during the spring commencement ceremony for the Dothan Campus on Sunday, May 19, inside the Dothan Civic Center. Some 190 students received graduate and undergraduate degrees this spring at the Dothan Campus.

Culver told graduates that Yogi Berra was on to something when he famously said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it."

“How many people do you know who come to a fork in the road and do nothing," Culver said. “That's an easy choice, a safe choice, but you have made choices, and taken paths or else you wouldn't be here today."

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Journalism students get real world experience on Goat Hill

Posted: Friday, 17 May 2013

Troy University journalism students get a dose of the real thing in Steve Stewart's advanced reporting class.

Their assignment: write a legislative story for an Alabama newspaper.

Sponsored by the Alabama Press Association Journalism Foundation, the third-year program includes taking students from the Hall School of Journalism and Communication to the State House on a legislative committee day. There the student journalists attend committee meetings and hearings, and meet with Capitol reporters, lobbyists, legislators and legislative staffers.

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17-year-old earns master's degree from TROY

Posted: Friday, 17 May 2013

MONTGOMERY — At Troy University's Montgomery Campus this spring, some 180 students will reach the milestone of completing a college degree, but only one of them will have earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees before he is old enough to vote.

Heath Harding of Montgomery will walk across the Davis Theatre stage Monday night to accept his Master of Computer Science degree. At 17-years-old, he is most likely the youngest degree recipient in TROY's history.

And while his achievement may seem extraordinary, for the Harding family it's pretty routine. Six of the family's 10 children started college by the age of 12.

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TROY graduation set for Sunday

Posted: Thursday, 16 May 2013

TROY – Dr. John R. Dew will provide the keynote address at Troy University's commencement exercises Sunday, May 19 on Saint Simons Island.

About 50 students from Brunswick and Savannah sites will participate in the event, which begins at 3 p.m. at Strickland Auditorium, Epworth By-the-Sea.

Dr. Dew serves as Senior Vice Chancellor of Student Services and Administration at the University, after having served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness from 2007 until 2010.

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Columbus Technical College president to address TROY graduates

Posted: Thursday, 16 May 2013

PHENIX CITY — The president of Columbus Technical College, J. Robert Jones, will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates on Friday, May 24, during a joint spring commencement ceremony for the Phenix City Campus and the Columbus/Ft. Benning site.

The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. EST inside the Columbus Civic Center. About 314 students will receive degrees this spring from the Phenix City Campus and the Columbus/Ft. Benning site.

Jones has been president of Columbus Technical College since 1999. His tenure has seen a threefold growth in enrollment, an expanded campus and a host of new degrees and programs in high growth areas.

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Special Olympics Alabama State Games to be conducted at TROY

Posted: Wednesday, 15 May 2013

TROY – Nearly 1,000 athletes with intellectual and functional disabilities and about 350 of their coaches and chaperons will compete May 17-19 in the Special Olympics Alabama State Games at Troy University.

This year's event marks the seventh year Special Olympians have competed at TROY. Competitions will include 11 sports conducted both on the Troy Campus and at venues in the city of Troy and Montgomery, beginning with the opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. May 17 in Trojan Arena. The ceremony will include a parade of athletes and entertainment.

The opening ceremonies are preceded by the Special Olympics Torch Run by law enforcement officers state wide. In Troy, the run will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the City of Troy Police Department. The route will take runners south on South Brundidge Street and onto University Avenue, arriving at Sartain Hall about 2:15 p.m.

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Albany man named area coordinator for Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 15 May 2013

ALBANY – Troy University has named Albany resident Keith Gaines its Albany Area Coordinator. Gaines, who previously served as the assistant director of TROY's Albany operations, had served as executive director of The Anchorage, Inc. since Oct. 2011. Under his leadership, the Albany site will serve southwestern Georgia.

“I am excited to, once again, work for my alma mater. I look forward to continuing to grow the strong relationship between Troy University and the Albany area," said Gaines, who holds a Master of Science degree in counseling and psychology from the University. “The Albany and Southwest Georgia area is home to a large number of Troy University alumni and I look forward to adding even more in the years to come."

Gaines has lived in the Albany area since 1991, and previously worked for Albany's First Baptist Church and Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. He currently serves as part-time pastor of Edison Baptist Church.

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TROY senior administrators to take to the river on Wednesday

Posted: Tuesday, 14 May 2013

As a build-up to May 25's opening of the Chattahoochee River whitewater course, senior officials from Troy University, one of the cornerstone residents of new development along the riverfront, have chosen to chance the rapids.

Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, along with the University's senior administrators will meet on Wednesday afternoon at the site of what will be home to the Phenix City Campus' new riverfront academic building, enjoy a picnic lunch and then take to the river.

"Dr. Hawkins wanted to see, first hand, what the new whitewater course is all about and what this will mean for the Phenix City and Columbus areas," said Dr. David White, Vice Chancellor of the University's Phenix City Campus.

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Smash Broadway hit "Dreamgirls" coming to the Davis Theatre May 25

Posted: Monday, 13 May 2013

MONTGOMERY — The 2012-2013 season at Troy University's Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts will close in style on Saturday, May 25, at 7 p.m. with a performance of the award-winning Broadway musical "Dreamgirls."

Full of onstage joy and backstage drama, this Tony and Academy Award winning musical tells the story of an up-and-coming 1960s singing girl group and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune.

With music by Academy Award nominee Henry Krieger and book and lyrics by Tony and Grammy Award winner Tom Eyen, "Dreamgirls" features a lineup of unforgettable hits including "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," "One Night Only" and "Listen."

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Troy University to present Forensic Science Summer Program for high school students

Posted: Monday, 13 May 2013

DOTHAN — Local high school students will get hands-on training in crime scene investigation during a Forensic Science Summer Program hosted by Troy University July 8-12 at the Dothan Campus.

Presented by the TROY College of Arts and Sciences in conjunction with the Dothan Police Department and the Houston County Sheriff's Department, the program will teach students about the different sciences that make up crime scene investigation. This year, the camp will focus on the science of forensic death investigation. Students will learn how experts solve murder investigations using forensic chemistry, biology, fingerprinting and the use of dogs in finding evidence.

"This will be a hands-on experience in which students will work alongside local law enforcement professionals using some of the most state-of-the-art crime scene investigation equipment and techniques that Dothan and Houston County have to offer," said Dr. Vicki Lindsay, professor of criminal justice at the Dothan Campus and a co-director for the summer program.

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Gov. Bentley to TROY graduates: Make a difference, stay true to core principles

Posted: Friday, 10 May 2013

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley on Friday encouraged Troy University graduates to apply their knowledge and skill to make a difference in their communities.

Speaking to nearly 650 students taking part in Friday's spring commencement ceremony in Trojan Arena, Gov. Bentley told graduates they were embarking on a "new journey."

"This is a great accomplishment to receive your diploma after years of hard work," he said. "Now, you enter the next phase of your life, the next challenge, the next opportunity. No matter where you go from here, you have the chance and you can make the choice to be what I like to call a servant leader."

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Music Industry graduate finds success in independent film composing

Posted: Friday, 10 May 2013

TROY – Troy University and the Cannes Film Festival have something in common: a music industry major from Mobile.

Paul Melancon, who graduates with a bachelor's degree from the John M. Long School of Music today, has something most freshly minted music majors don't see for many years: composing credits in a film being screened at Marche du Film during the international film festival in France.

"It's almost unheard of to have a student intern gaining official composer credits in their internship," he said. "It's a rare thing and a very special thing."

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Air University's Major General Walter D. Givhan to address TROY graduates

Posted: Tuesday, 07 May 2013

MONTGOMERY — Major General Walter D. Givhan of Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates on Monday, May 20, during the spring commencement ceremony for the Montgomery Campus.

The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. About 180 students will receive undergraduate and graduate degrees this semester at the Montgomery Campus.

General Givhan, a TROY alumnus, serves as Commander of the Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education and Vice Commander of Air University. The LeMay Center is responsible for the research, development and production of Air Force doctrine and input for joint and multinational doctrine development activities.

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Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver to address TROY graduates in Dothan

Posted: Tuesday, 07 May 2013

DOTHAN — Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates during the spring commencement ceremony for the Dothan Campus on Sunday, May 19. The ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. at the Dothan Civic Center. More than 190 students are set to receive undergraduate and graduate degrees this semester at the Dothan Campus.

Culver, a lifelong resident of Dothan, was first elected to the Houston County Commission as District 4 representative in 1986, the youngest person ever elected to the commission. He was appointed chairman in 1997 by then Governor Fob James to fill a vacancy, and was elected to a full term the following year. He has been re-elected three times.

During his more than 25 years on the commission, Culver has played an active role in recruiting new business and industry to the area, and was president of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama in 2001.

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New scholarship aims at rewarding adult students for degree completion

Posted: Monday, 06 May 2013

TROY – In an effort to make college more affordable and to encourage students to complete their academic programs quickly, Troy University is making 500 new scholarships available to new students.

Under the program, qualified students – 400 seeking bachelor's degrees and 100 seeking graduate degrees – will receive a refund of the application fee and credits for tuition valued at approximately $3,000.

"The University is trying to help students stretch their money to make a college degree more affordable," said Dr. Lance Tatum, Vice Chancellor of Global Campus. "The scholarship will help our adult students to stay on track with their programs once they've begun."

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Rosa Parks Museum to host exhibit by local artist Pamela Boggs

Posted: Thursday, 02 May 2013

MONTGOMERY — Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will host an exhibit this month featuring a selection of paintings by local artist Pamela Boggs of Montgomery.

Exploring a wide range of themes and subject matters with a unique visual style, "Truth & Spirit: The Paintings of Pamela Boggs," will be on display inside the exhibit hall from May 6 to June 28.

Part of the long and honored tradition of self-taught artists in Alabama, Boggs' paintings draw viewers into a greater understanding of life's joys, struggles and mysteries through the representation of dreams, visions and events from everyday life, said Daniel Neil, curator of the Rosa Parks Museum.

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Success results from belief, hard work, Rep. Roby tells Troy University students

Posted: Wednesday, 01 May 2013

Calling on her father's dinner-table wisdom remembered from her childhood, Congresswoman Martha Roby told Troy University students on Wednesday that they could achieve anything they wanted to achieve as long as they were willing to work for it.

The event was presented by the University's Motivating and Instilling Sophisticated Students into an Elite Society (M.I.S.S. Elite), a student organization seeking to help students realize their full potential through building self-confidence, molding leadership skills and emphasizing good character and proper personal appearance.

"I grew up in a home where my dad said often around the dinner table, 'You can be anything you want to be.' I felt really empowered by those words," Rep. Roby said. "It never occurred to me that I would face challenges because I was a woman. I believed that I could be anything I wanted to be because my dad told me so."

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Troy University Alumni Association launches membership campaign

Posted: Wednesday, 01 May 2013

The Troy University Alumni Association has launched its annual "Membership in May" campaign, an effort to keep more alumni engaged with University as a part of the Association, according to Alumni Affairs Director Faith Ward.

The Association currently serves alumni through 52 chapters in the United States and two international chapters located in China and Russia, Ward said.

"In 2012, Troy University celebrated 125 years of service to students in Alabama, the United States and around the world, and we look forward with anticipation to reaching even greater heights this year," Ward said. "This is the perfect time for our alumni to celebrate our treasured past while looking forward to a bright future."

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