Groundwater Festival set to draw 500 fourth graders

Posted: Tuesday, 29 April 2014

TROY - Some 500 fourth graders representing 19 classes from each school in Pike County will take part in the Pike County Groundwater Festival at Troy University tomorrow.

This year's theme is "Be a Water Hero." The students will attend three classes, "Edible Aquifer," "Drop in a Bucket," and "Water Bracelet," each that demonstrates a water quality principle, said Janet Gaston, an instructor in the Department of Biological Sciences who coordinates the event. In addition to the classroom demonstrations, the students will visit the Alabama PALS booth, a crayfish display and an aquarium display.

Held first in 2002, the annual festival's funding and in-kind support comes from Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Legacy, and local donors. In addition to ADEM and Legacy, the Pike County festival has enjoyed support over the years from the City of Brundidge, Troy University, and numerous businesses and organizations including, Lockheed Martin, The Choctawhatchee Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority, the Pike County Soil and Water Conservation District, Sodexo, the Troy University Environmental Club, the Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper, and other donors and volunteers.

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Three honored with Sullivan Awards at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 28 April 2014
Sullivan Award Winners

TROY - Troy University has honored two students and a member of the University's faculty with the 2014 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards.

KeLeigh Edwards, a senior elementary education major, Tyler Vaughn, a senior chemistry major, and Ivan Merritt, Associate Dean of First-Year Studies and Professor of Leadership Development, were presented the awards during a luncheon on the Troy Campus on Tuesday. The recipients were also honored during the University's annual Honors Convocation on Tuesday 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.

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TROY honors outstanding students at the Dothan Campus

Posted: Thursday, 24 April 2014

DOTHAN- Troy University recognized outstanding student academic achievements during the annual Dothan Campus Honors Convocation on Friday, April 18.

The ceremony was held at 6 p.m. at the Dothan Campus inside the Sony Hall Auditorium.

More than 30 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.

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Department of History's McCall receives Ingalls Award at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 24 April 2014
Joe McCall, lecturer in the Department of History

TROY - Joe McCall, lecturer in the Department of History, is the recipient of the 2014 Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching at Troy University.

McCall received the award during the University's annual Honors Convocation held Tuesday night 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.

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Troy University plays host to 12th annual Psychology Conference on Friday

Posted: Thursday, 24 April 2014

TROY - More than 70 students and 16 faculty members from six universities will present research during the 12th annual Troy University Psychology Conference on Friday in Hawkins Hall on the Troy Campus.

Participants will include students and faculty from TROY, Alabama State University, Alabama A & M University, the University of Montevallo, the University of North Alabama and the University of Alabama-Huntsville.

Papers will be presented during morning sessions beginning at 9:15 a.m. and 10:25 a.m., followed by a luncheon at 11:35 a.m. Troy University Student Research and Creative Works Showcase winners will be recognized during a luncheon ceremony.

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Former NORAD commander to speak for TROY commencement

Posted: Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Lee fondly remembered

TROY - The former commander of NORAD and the United States Northern Command will provide Troy University's commencement speech on May 9 on the Troy Campus.

More than 700 students representing 24 states and 14 nations will participate in Spring Commencement Exercises beginning at 10 a.m. in Trojan Arena.

General Victor E. Renuart, Jr., who earned a master's degree in psychology from then-Troy State University, entered the Air Force in 1971, and has commanded a fighter squadron, a NATO support group and a fighter wing. He served as commander of the 76th Fighter Squadron during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and supported Operation Deny Flight as director of plans for the NATO Combined Air Operations Center at Headquarters 5th Allied Tactical Air Force. He also commanded Joint Task Force –Southwest Asia and 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Southwest Asia, where he was responsible for the control and execution of Operation Southern Watch.

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Troy University celebrates Earth Week with events, recycling drive

Posted: Tuesday, 22 April 2014

TROY - Troy University's students, faculty and staff are going green for Earth Week 2014 and continuing its recycling efforts on the Troy Campus.

This year, offices were targeted to make an extra push at recycling, curbing the University's carbon footprint. The recycling effort is being led by Dean of Students Herbert Reeves.

"We recognize the need for recycling and many of our offices do so on a regular basis," Reeves said. "We want to actively demonstrate just how much of what we use daily can be recycled."

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TROY Theatre presents 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

Posted: Tuesday, 22 April 2014

TROY - Troy University's Department of Theatre and Dance will present "A Midsummer Night's Dream," a classic tale by William Shakespeare Thursday – Sunday in the Trojan Center Theater.

Tickets for the event, which runs nightly at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2:30 p.m., are $10 and $5 for student ID holders, and can be purchased in the Trojan Center Theater Box Office or online at www.troytheatre.org.

The play follows the story of four young lovers and a group of novice actors who find themselves lost in a forest unlike anything they've seen. They are thrust into a world fairies, mischievous sprites, spells a man with the head of donkey, and powerful kings and queens.

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Troy University looking to promote reading among Phenix City teens

Posted: Monday, 21 April 2014

PHENIX CITY - Faculty and staff from Troy University's Phenix City Campus and the Columbus/Ft. Benning Site are looking to help local teenage girls develop a love of reading during an event scheduled to coincide with World Book Night on Wednesday, April 23.

TROY has partnered with the Phenix City Housing Authority to host a "Royal Reading Pizza Party" for about 30 ninth-grade girls. The girls will be given free copies of the book "Tears of a Tiger" by Sharon Draper, along with a journal. The group will meet again in May to discuss the novel together.

"The purpose of World Book Night is to encourage students to read, and enjoy it," said Dr. Paige Paquette. "I just wanted to go a step further and use this to try to create mentoring opportunities with these young ladies."

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Lee fondly remembered for impact he had on Troy University

Posted: Friday, 18 April 2014
Lee fondly remembered

TROY - Each day, students and visitors to the Troy Campus pass by a building bearing his name - the McDowell Lee Natatorium. But the impact Charles McDowell Lee had on Troy University goes far beyond that.

The 1950 TROY graduate and former secretary of the Alabama Senate passed away on April 17 at the age of 89, and he is being remembered as a "giant" for his service to his alma mater.

Lee served as president of the TROY Alumni Association from 1964 to 1966, and was appointed to the University's first Board of Trustees.

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Troy University plays supporting role in annual Alabama Book Festival

Posted: Friday, 18 April 2014

MONTGOMERY - Book lovers from around the state will gather at Montgomery's Old Alabama Town on Saturday for the ninth annual Alabama Book Festival.

The free, daylong event will feature some 55 authors who will give readings, answer questions and sign books. Capitol Book & News will be onsite with books by every author on the bill.

Troy University will join with the Alabama Writers' Forum again this year to host the Poetry Tent, featuring Kelly Norman Ellis, Randall Horton and T.J. Beitleman, among others. In addition, TROY is also supporting the Festival's teachers' workshop.

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Troy University takes pair of top broadcast awards

Posted: Thursday, 17 April 2014
Troy University Public Radio wins two broadcasting awards

TROY - A pair of Troy University Public Radio programs have garnered top awards in the Alabama Broadcasters Association's Abby Awards competition.

For the second year in a row, "Community Focus," hosted and produced by Carolyn Hutcheson, produced by Robert Barner and Kyle Gassiott, was named Best Radio Talk Show (medium market), and Kyle Gassiott was named Best Radio Reporter.

"Everyone has a story, and it is a tremendous privilege to bring the voices behind those stories to the airwaves of TROY Public Radio," said Hutcheson, who for 17 years has hosted her "Community Focus" show weekly from TROY Public Radio studios in Montgomery. "To receive the award for both 2013 and 2014 reflects Troy University's steadfast commitment to outreach and service to the listeners in Alabama, Georgia and Florida."

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Grant helps spread Chinese language and culture in Alabama

Posted: Thursday, 17 April 2014

TROY - A federal grant from the U.S. Department of Defense National Security Agency will help Troy University teach two summer workshops in Mandarin Chinese.

The workshops are designed for 9th through 12th-grade Chinese language teachers - or those who aspire to teach the language - and high school students.

A 15-day residential program to train 12 teachers and 24 high school students from throughout Alabama and the southeast region is being supported by approximately $100,000 in federal funds for the Troy-STARTALK Program in Chinese.

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Troy University to give out free books during World Book Night

Posted: Thursday, 17 April 2014

TROY - Troy University faculty and staff members will hand out free books at locations in six different cities on April 23 as a part of the annual World Book Night celebration designed to spread the joy of reading.

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. Thirty to 35 books are chosen annually by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed World Book Night U.S. editions.

TROY's World Book Night Sites and books include:

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Troy University to celebrate Heritage Week at Dothan Campus

Posted: Monday, 14 April 2014

DOTHAN - Troy University is celebrating its ties to the Wiregrass region with a number of special events during the annual Heritage Week celebration on the Dothan Campus this week.

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:

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Research findings focus of two Dothan Campus events

Posted: Monday, 14 April 2014

DOTHAN - Troy University students will present findings during the fifth annual Student Research Forum on April 13.

A dozen graduate and undergraduate students majoring in Education Specialist, Criminal Justice/Social Work and History will make their presentations from 2 until 5:30 p.m. in the Harrison Room in the Dothan Campus' Malone Hall.

"It provides students an academically sound but supportive venue to enter the world of professional presentations," said Dr. Marty Oliff, who helps coordinate the research presentations.

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Troy University to host lecture on the Emancipation Proclamation at the Dothan Campus

Posted: Wednesday, 09 April 2014

DOTHAN - Troy University will host a lecture at the Dothan Campus exploring the effects of the Emancipation Proclamation on Alabama by history professor Dr. Bertis English on Tuesday, April 15.

The lecture, entitled "Southern Honor in Black and White Alabama during the Emancipation and Early Reconstruction Years," looks at how the Emancipation Proclamation affected the "cradle of the Confederacy," from its issuance through Alabama's second post-Civil War constitutional convention in 1867.

Dr. English is a professor of history at Alabama State University.

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Troy University to recognize students at annual Honors Convocation April 22

Posted: Wednesday, 09 April 2014
TROY Workday

TROY - Troy University students will be recognized for their achievements during the University's annual Honors Convocation at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

Maj. Gen. Steven Kwast, Commander of the Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education and Vice Commander of Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, will serve as the keynote speaker for the convocation.

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.

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TROY faculty, students aid Barbour County Junior High with help of Lowe's grant

Posted: Tuesday, 08 April 2014
TROY Workday

TROY - Troy University Kinesiology and Health Promotion faculty and students are helping to create two locker rooms for the physical education program at Barbour County Junior High School thanks to a Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant.

The project grew out of Dr. Gayle Bush's Programs in Health and Physical Education course. Dr. Bush and graduate student Deborah Countryman served as co-directors of the project, along with Merri Burks, a TROY alumna who teaches physical education at Barbour County Junior High. The $5,000 grant will turn an empty, unused room at the school into two lockers rooms, including a fresh coat of paint, lockers and new flooring.

"There is little to no funding available for remodeling projects, due to other critical needs throughout the Barbour County school system that take precedence," Dr. Bush said. "Mrs. Countryman worked with Coach Burks, as well as the school staff and the Lowe's store in Troy, to prepare the grant for remodeled locker rooms in the gymnasium area."

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Troy University, Alabama Blues Project present Wiregrass Blues Fest 2014

Posted: Tuesday, 08 April 2014

DOTHAN - Troy University and the Alabama Blues Project will present the third Wiregrass Blues Fest's main event on Saturday, May 3, at the Wiregrass Museum of Art's Yard, to pay tribute to the Wiregrass blues pioneer of boogie-woogie piano playing, the late Clarence "Pine Top" Smith.

Co-sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Dothan, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Alabama Humanities Foundation, and Wells Fargo, the Wiregrass Blues Fest will feature performances by a lineup of top performers including Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots; Scarlet Blue, Lil' Jimmy Reed, and the Alabama blues women - Debbie Bond, Shar Baby and Rachel Edwards.

Gil Anthony, host of the Blues Power radio show, will emcee. The gates will open at 6:15 p.m. with music starting at 6:30 p.m. Advanced tickets for the performances are $15 and can be purchased either at the museum or online through the Facebook page—Wiregrass Blues Fest. Tickets will be $20 at the door. Attendees should bring outdoor chairs for this yard party and the show will go on rain or shine.

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Troy University to host free Health and Wellness Fair

Posted: Tuesday, 08 April 2014

DOTHAN - Local community healthcare providers and organizations will provide free checks, screenings and information during the annual Health and Wellness Fair at Troy University on Tuesday, April 15.

The fair will be held at the Dothan Campus from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. inside the Harrison Room in Malone Hall.

More than 20 local healthcare providers and organizations will be on hand to provide information about health and wellness topics including exercise, nutrition and personal safety. The fair will also feature free access to a range of services including blood pressure checks, vision tests and body composition analysis.

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Troy University Symphony Band to present free concert on April 21

Posted: Tuesday, 08 April 2014

TROY - The Troy University Symphony Band will present its final concert of the academic year at 7 p.m., April 21 in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will include variety of musical styles, including compositions by Dubussy and Grainger and the regional premiere of the commissioned ensemble piece "Fractured Rondo," by American composer James Stephenson.

In addition to the student symphony, the concert will feature John M. Long School of Music faculty members Dr. Tim Phillips on clarinet and Professor Carol Franks on flute.

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Troy University Public Radio spring fund drive under way

Posted: Tuesday, 08 April 2014

TROY - "Communities Coming Together" is the theme for Troy University Public Radio's Spring Fund Drive, which helps support the programming offered by the network.

The drive, which is currently under way, encourages listeners to lend their support through financial gifts for the network that provides coverage in Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

"This fund drive marks a year that we are carrying programs that have become very popular with our audience, such as 'Fresh Air' from WHYY in Philadelphia, the call-in show 'On Point', 'Travels with Rick Steves', 'TED Radio Hour' from National Public Radio and 'On Being' with Krista Tippett," said Kyle D. Gassiott, TROY Public Radio Operations Manager. "At TROY Public Radio, we are honored to provide a voice for people who live in our communities. Each week we speak with individuals from across Southeast Alabama, Northern Florida and Western Georgia, creating a place where their stories can be heard and connecting them to each other and the world."

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New study could assist Weather Service in saving lives

Posted: Tuesday, 08 April 2014

TROY - A new Troy University study could help the National Weather Service make tornadoes less deadly.

The study found that in more than 20,000 tornadoes over a 20-year period, tornado watches are not effective in reducing deaths or injuries. The study was published in the March issue of the "International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters" and authored by Dr. Daniel Sutter and Dr. Kevin Simmons of Austin College.

"Our research finds that tornado warnings reduce fatalities and injuries," Dr. Sutter said. "This study sought to discover if tornado watches provide any additional life-saving effects. We could document no such effects."

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World War I lecture series wraps up at TROY's Dothan Campus on April 17

Posted: Monday, 07 April 2014

Dothan – Nimrod Frazer, author of the upcoming book "Send the Alabamians: WWI Fighters in the Rainbow Division," will deliver a free, public lecture on April 17 at Troy University's Dothan Campus.

Presented by Troy University, the lecture will begin at 1 p.m. in the Harrison Room in Malone Hall and will address the role Alabama's 167th Infantry Regiment played during World War I. It is the final in a series of four lectures presented by the University in celebration of the centennial anniversary of the war.

Frazer lectured on the University's Troy and Montgomery campuses in February and at the National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus in March.

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Special Olympics Alabama State Games Return to TROY

Posted: Friday, 04 April 2014

TROY - Nearly 1,000 athletes and about 350 of their coaches and chaperones will compete May 16 - 18 in the Special Olympics Alabama State Games at Troy University.

This year's event marks the eighth straight year Special Olympians have competed at TROY.

Competitions will include 10 sports conducted both on the Troy Campus and at venues in the city of Troy, beginning with the opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. May 16 in Trojan Arena. The ceremony will include a parade of athletes, special welcomes and entertainment.

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Troy University counseling center seeks to raise awareness of crime victims' rights

Posted: Thursday, 03 April 2014

TROY - Troy University's Student Counseling Center, will seek to bring public awareness to the rights of crime victims next week thanks to a grant from the National Association of Victims of Crime Act Assistance Administrators (NAVAA).

The grant will help fund an awareness campaign designed to promote National Crime Victims' Rights Week, which is April 6-12, according to Fran Scheel, SAVE Project director and co-director of the project. The theme of this year's national observance is "30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice."

Passed in 1984, the Victims of Crime Act established the Crime Victims Fund, made up of federal criminal fines, penalties and bond forfeitures, to support state victim compensation and local victim assistance programs.

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Troy University students lead projects focused on civic engagement

Posted: Wednesday, 02 April 2014

TROY - Issues such as community service and involvement and the environment will be addressed throughout the month of April as Troy University Center for Student Success' First Year Learning Community program hosts a series of student forums.

The forums will begin on Thursday, April 3, at 4 p.m. in room 103 of Patterson Hall on the Troy Campus with "Promoting a Culture of Involvement - Ways Troy University Students Can Become Invested in the City of Troy."

"During their first year at TROY, students in the learning community program take classes together centered on social issues such as sustainability, issues within the State of Alabama, leadership and providing healthy futures for young children," said Jonathan Cellon, Coordinator of Learning Initiatives. "Through each community, students develop projects aimed at addressing various community needs."

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National expert on the economy to speak at TROY

Posted: Wednesday, 02 April 2014

TROY - A nationally recognized economist will focus on income inequality in the United States in a lecture at Troy University Thursday, April 3.

Dr. N. Gregory Mankiw, chair and professor of economics at Harvard University, will begin the lecture at 9 a.m. in the Trojan Center Theater on the Troy Campus.

"We are fortunate to be hosting Dr. Mankiw, and the topic of his talk is very timely given the country's focus on inequality, the reviled one-percent income earners, and the constant calls for more progressive policies," said Dr. Scott Beaulier, director the Manley Johnson Center for Political Economy at TROY and chair and professor of the University's economics department.

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Troy University Career Fair set for Wednesday, April 2

Posted: Tuesday, 01 April 2014

TROY - Troy University will hold its 2014 Spring Career Fair for students and alumni on Wednesday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Sartain Hall on the Troy Campus.

Approximately 50 employers will be in attendance searching to fill positions or internships, according to Lauren Cole, Career Services coordinator.

"Current students and alumni are encouraged to bring copies of their resume and dress professionally," Cole said. "Upon arrival, attendees will be given the opportunity to have a free professional headshot taken and emailed to them to use on professional social media sites such as Linked In. The fair is also a very valuable networking opportunity, and we hope current students, as well as alumni will take advantage of this event."

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Troy University Continuing Education to present Basic GIS Workshop

Posted: Tuesday, 01 April 2014

TROY - An upcoming workshop presented by Troy University's Continuing Education Center will introduce the basics of geographic information systems (GIS) for working professionals.

"Participants will learn how GIS is used to store, manage, analyze and visualize spatial data to assist professionals in making better decisions," said Dr. Steve Ramroop, Associate Professor and Director of the GIS program.

The two-day workshop will help anyone working in fields that involve the collection of data. The workshop will cover an overview of GIS and data collection, including the use of public domain GIS software and common processing tasks.

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Rosa Parks Museum to host "Two Lines" exhibit exploring Korea, Germany

Posted: Tuesday, 01 April 2014
Two Lines Alabama

MONTGOMERY - Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will host a collection of photographs exploring two nations divided by war-Germany and Korea-with the exhibit "Two Lines" opening April 3.

Sponsored by the Alabama-Korea Education and Economic Partnership, the photos trace the tragedy and destruction of war, along with the revival and survival of these nations, commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the European Green Belt, the 25th anniversary of the removal of the Berlin Wall and the 60-year anniversary of the Korean Armistice.

The exhibit will be on display inside the museum's exhibit hall through April 30. Admission is free and open to the public.

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