Templeton named Associate Dean of Troy University's Graduate School

Posted: Tuesday, 26 November 2013

TROY — Troy University officials have named Dr. Mary Anne Templeton as the new Associate Dean of the Graduate School.

Dr. Templeton has been with TROY almost 8 years and is an associate professor in the College of Education. She holds the PhD. In Counselor Education, M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling and the B.A. in Psychology from the University of Alabama.

“The Graduate School is pleased to welcome Dr. Templeton to her new role of Associate Dean," said Dr. Dianne Barron, Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School. “She is a certified rehabilitation counselor, was a Chancellor's Fellow in 2013, has served as interim Coordinator for Counseling for Global Campus and is very familiar with the preparation and review processes related to specialized accreditation and grant writing. Dr. Templeton will be a wonderful asset to the Graduate School, particularly as Troy University prepares for our Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges' 5th Assessment and as TROY develops its doctoral role."

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Rosa Parks Museum to celebrate anniversary of bus boycott with free tours

Posted: Monday, 25 November 2013

MONTGOMERY — Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will offer free tours on Monday, Dec. 2, to celebrate the 58th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and Rosa Parks' historic arrest.

The museum will offer free admission to both the main Rosa Parks Museum and the Children's Wing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 2. Groups of 10 or more are asked to make reservations by calling (334) 241-8661.

The Montgomery Bus Boycott started with Rosa Parks' arrest on Dec. 1, 1955.

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Troy University dedicates R. Terry Everett Hall at Dothan Campus

Posted: Posted: Friday, 22 November 2013

DOTHAN — Troy University celebrated the career and service of former Congressman Terry Everett on Friday morning, dedicating R. Terry Everett Hall and opening the Everett Congressional Library on the University's Dothan Campus.

The TROY Board of Trustees voted in July to rename the Library/Technology Building at the Dothan Campus in honor of Everett, the eight-term congressman from Dothan. In addition, the Wiregrass Archives at the Dothan Campus, located inside Everett Hall, will serve as the permanent home for Everett's congressional papers and other memorabilia documenting his time in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Terry Everett has always been a great statesman, patriot and friend, but he has also been a role model of ethical behavior," TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., said during the ceremony. “The entire Wiregrass owes a tremendous debt to Terry Everett, so the naming of this building in his honor is a lasting tribute to a gentleman and true patriot."

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Business tax issues addressed by Dothan workshops

Posted: Thursday, 21 November 2013

TROY – Troy University and the Alabama Department of Revenue will sponsor a New Business Tax Workshop on the Dothan Campus on Dec. 5.

The free workshops, arranged by TROY's Small Business Development Center, will be offered from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m., and repeated from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Continuing Education Center in Adams Hall.

“If you are trying to start a business, or if you have been in business for years, you don't want to miss this program," said Sandra Lucas, the Center's director. “There's no one better to explain ‘the why, the when, the where, the how, and the who' other than the tax experts who examine submitted tax forms."

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TROY makes top 25 list for service to military students

Posted: Thursday, 21 November 2013

TROY – Troy University is among the top 25 universities in the South when it comes to helping active duty military and veterans pursue a college education, according to U.S. News and World Report.

The new rankings provide information on schools that offer federal benefits, including tuition and housing assistance, to veterans and active service members, and to qualify for the rankings, the schools had to be certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program and Servicemembers Opportunities Colleges Consortium.

“We work every day to support the academic success of our military students," said Dave Barron, Associate Vice Chancellor for Military Affairs. “It is an effort we are pledged to do, and are undertaking new initiatives to enhance our service to military affiliated students."

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Construction of new residence hall nearing start

Posted: Tuesday, 19 November 2013

TROY – Troy University students will soon see the demolition of Alumni Hall, the male residence hall built in 1966, and the construction of a new, state-of-the-art facility that will house 428 students.

The construction project, still in the planning stages, will have 280 single-bed suites, 68 double occupancy suites and 12 handicapped suites on four floors totaling 118,754 square feet. The entire project is estimated to cost $15.6 million, including $500,000 in technology.

“Our new Alumni Hall will be equipped with the very latest in high-technology amenities that can be used for both academic study and recreation," said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor. “We will never build another traditional-style dormitory at Troy University because we have learned that our students respond to residence halls that could be more accurately called ‘learning communities'."

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Troy University to dedicate R. Terry Everett Hall at the Dothan Campus on November 22

Posted: Friday, 15 November 2013

DOTHAN — Troy University will celebrate the career and service of former Congressman Terry Everett on Friday, Nov. 22, with the dedication of R. Terry Everett Hall at the Dothan Campus and the opening of the Everett Congressional Library.

The TROY Board of Trustees voted in July to rename the Library/Technology Building at the Dothan Campus in honor of Everett, the eight-term congressman from Dothan. In addition, the Wiregrass Archives at the Dothan Campus, located inside Everett Hall, will serve the as the permanent home for Everett's congressional papers and other memorabilia documenting his time in the U.S. House of Representatives. Following the building dedication, the University will formally unveil the R. Terry Everett Congressional Library.

The ceremony will start at 9 a.m. in front of the building.

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Week focuses on importance of international education

Posted: Wednesday, 13 November 2013

TROY – Troy University's celebration of International Education Week seeks to focus attention on the benefits of internationalization.

Known as Alabama's international university, TROY is home to 712 international students this fall, and routinely hosts about 900 international students each year on its Troy Campus.

“We want to bring a special focus to global concerns, campus cross-cultural talents and resources, study abroad opportunities, and international academic opportunities," said Darlene Schmurr-Stewart, Dean of International Student Services.

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Troy University Symphony Band to salute veterans with Nov. 12 concert

Posted: Tuesday, 12 November 2013

TROY, Ala. – The Troy University Symphony Band will present its annual Salute to Veterans Concert Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The Troy University Concert Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Diane Orlofsky, will join the Symphony Band in a performance of Aaron Copland's “Promise of Living."

The concert will also include performances of “Suite of Old American Dances" by Robert Russell Bennet, the world premiere of “Hero" by Troy University graduate student Tyler Arcari, Henry Fillmore's “The Circus Bee," conducted by Charles Henderson High School Director of Bands Trent Burkett and the “Salute to Veterans," a sing along of patriotic tunes.

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Brandi White crowned Miss Troy University

Posted: Friday, 08 November 2013

TROY - Brandi White, a sophomore elementary education major from Dothan, was crowned Miss Troy University on Saturday during the annual pageant on the Troy Campus.

Thirteen students competed for the crown in the 43rd annual pageant, which was held in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. Contestants were judged on a private interview, an on-stage question, swimsuit, talent and evening gown.

As Miss TROY, White will serve as an ambassador for the University and will compete for the title of Miss Alabama in June.

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Billy Turner named founding director of TROY's new Center for Water Resource Economics

Posted: Friday, 08 November 2013

PHENIX CITY — Troy University has tapped the former President of the Columbus Water Works, Billy Turner, to head the new Center for Water Resource Economics which will be housed at the University's new Phenix City riverfront campus.

Turner, who has more than 50 years of water resource management experience in both the public and private sectors, will guide the new center's research into the economic impact of water in the region as well as the issue of shared-water and the policies surrounding it.

“Our vision is that the Center for Water Resource Economics will become the predominant institution in the region dedicated to the use of economic tools in addressing water resource issues and in archiving important water resource information," Turner said.

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Troy University Collegiate Singers to present free concert Nov. 15

Posted: Friday, 08 November 2013

TROY, Ala. – Troy University's Collegiate Singers will present their annual fall concert at 7 p.m. on Nov. 15 at Troy First Baptist Church. The concert is free and open to the public.

The ensemble will collaborate with members of the instrumental and percussion departments at TROY, as well as Dr. John Jinright on organ, in the presentation of Rutter's “Gloria." In addition, TROY professor Dr. Robert Gibson's Guitar Ensemble will share in the concert, which will include music from composers such as Brouwer, Beethoven, Boccherini and Tchaikovsky.

Other works to be included in the performance are: Benjamin Britten's “Jubilate Deo," an arrangement of “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty" by John Rutter, Mendelssohn's “Verleih uns Frieden," and a piece titled “What Shall I Render To My God" by Jason Metheney.

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Troy University to host performance of “Letter From Birmingham Jail"

Posted: Friday, 08 November 2013

TROY, Ala. – Troy University has partnered with the award-winning Red Mountain Theatre Company to bring their dramatic interpretation of the “Letter From Birmingham Jail" to the Trojan Center Theatre on the Troy Campus on Nov. 12. The performance is set for 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

In 1963, eight white clergymen from a variety of Christian denominations in the Birmingham area wrote a letter to Dr. Martin Luther King admonishing him to allow local laws to deliver justice to Blacks suffering a variety of injustices at the time. On April 16, 1963, Dr. King responded to the clergy letter with a powerful, eloquent response which has become required reading in high schools and universities ever since.

The central character in the play, Dr. King, is being portrayed by Red Mountain Theatre Company principal actor, Cecil Washington. In addition, members of the Troy University faculty will portray the clergymen and read portions of the play. Faculty members participating include: Dr. Jeff Spurlock, associate professor in TROY's Hall School of Journalism and Communication; Dr. Marty Olliff, associate professor and director of archives on the Dothan Campus; Dr. Robert Saunders, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Stephen Cooper, professor of English; Dr. Bill Thompson, associate professor of English; Chris Shaffer, assistant professor and director of the Dothan Campus library; and Joe McCall, lecturer in the History Department.

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TROY Chapter earns national recognition

Posted: Thursday, 07 November 2013

TROY - Troy University's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi has been named a Chapter of Merit by the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

The award is given to chapters that excel in recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engaging the community of scholars in service to others. The Troy chapter was one of just 50 worldwide to earn the distinction.

“Being recognized as a Phi Kappa Phi Chapter of Merit from among more than 300 campus chapters worldwide demonstrates, in particular, the high caliber of our students and their faculty leaders in the Troy Chapter, and the high academic and service-oriented qualities of the University in general. We are all very proud of the Chapter's accomplishment both this year and in years past," said Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.

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Troy University Concert Chorale to offer free fall concert Nov. 19

Posted: Thursday, 07 November 2013

TROY - The Troy University Concert Chorale will present its annual free fall concert at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 at Bush Memorial Baptist Church.

The Concert Chorale, which consists of 36 singers, will be joined by a string quartet featuring Peter Povey and Delyana Lazarova on violins; Dawn Heese, viola; and Katerina Juraskova, cello on the “Mass in G" by Franz Schubert. This small masterwork features student soloists as well.

“We are thrilled to be able to perform a beautiful, small jewel masterwork," said Diane Orlofsky, conductor of the Concert Chorale. “The piece takes about 24 minutes to perform and it is a perfect example of the delicacy, lyricism and expressiveness of Schubert's music. We are also looking forward to working with these wonderful string players."

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TROY's Davis Theatre will host “The Heart Behind the Music: Christmas Showcase" on Dec. 3

Posted: Wednesday, 06 November 2013

MONTGOMERY — Troy University's Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts will host “The Heart Behind the Music: Christmas Showcase" on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m., featuring Susan Ashton, Lenny LeBlanc, Billy Dean and Richie McDonald.

"The Heart Behind the Music" brings to the stage some of the world's best singers and songwriters who share the meaning and music behind their hit songs. The “Christmas Showcase" will feature both the well-known hits from these talented artists along with a selection of classic Christmas songs.

Richie McDonald is both a solo country artist and the lead singer of the award-winning country music group Lonestar. McDonald is known for providing vocals on such hits as, “I'm Already There," “Walking in Memphis" and “Amazed." Joining McDonald is the multi-talented singer, songwriter, and actor Billy Dean. Some of Dean's hits include “Only Here for a Little While," “Somewhere in My Broken Heart" and “If There Hadn't Been You."

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