TROY - Among a sea of graduates Friday at Troy University's summer commencement were two Atlanta women for whom the experience was doubly special.
Pam Austin and her daughter, Michonda, both walked across the stage at Trojan Arena to accept criminal justice diplomas Friday -- Pam's a bachelor's and Michonda's a master's.
The two women said they've always planned to graduate together.
"My kids really inspired me to go back to school," said Pam, who took classes with her daughter through TROY Online.Read More
TROY - Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill challenged graduates at Troy University to be prepared to overcome roadblocks to success and live a life of service to others.
His remarks came during the University's summer commencement exercises Friday in Trojan Arena, where about 500 students participated in the ceremony representing 21 U.S. states and seven countries outside the United States.
"What I hope you will remember about today... is that it is important to live a life of significance. You have to decide that you want to live a life of service and that you want to be a servant," he said.
"Be more committed to serving others than getting recognition for yourself," he told the graduates.Read More
MONTGOMERY – Troy University Montgomery will host an Open House to assist prospective students with the application and admissions process from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 20.
The event will take place in room 411 of Whitley Hall, and application fees will be waived for prospective students attending the Open House.
Those attending the event will have the opportunity to have their transcript evaluated, receive academic advising, learn about available financial aid options and register for Term 1 classes, which begin in August.
Refreshments will be provided in the Enrollment Office.Read More
TROY - Five Troy University students were part of an archeological expedition that recently announced a major find in Ashkelon, Israel, that may provide clues to a Biblical mystery.
The Leon Levy Expedition, a 30-year excavation of Ashkelon, recently announced the discovery of what its archeologists believe to be the world’s first discovered Philistine cemetery.
The discovery could reveal answers to questions about the origins of the Philistines, an ancient people who migrated to southern Israel thousands of years ago.
To this point, most of what’s known about the Philistines has come from the Bible, in which they are enemies of the Israelites.Read More
TROY - Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill will deliver the keynote address at Troy University's summer commencement exercises on July 22 in Trojan Arena.
The 10 a.m. ceremony, which does not require tickets for admission, will feature about 500 students representing 21 U.S. states and seven nations outside the United States.
Elected in 2014 as Alabama's 53rd Secretary of State, Merrill grew up in Heflin, earned the Eagle Scout rank, graduated from Cleburne County High School and the University of Alabama, where he served as president of the Student Government Association.Read More
TROY - Troy University students will have a chance this fall to learn about history in a rather unconventional manner: by playing games.
Dr. Scout Blum, a professor in the University's Department of History and Philosophy, will teach History Through Games, a hands-on interactive course that marries popular board, roleplaying and video games with a history curriculum.
Blum debuted the course as a pilot in the spring, and the success has led to its place being secured in the fall semester.
"When students play games, they tend to be thinking a lot more in analytical ways," Blum said. "They were thinking of things I hadn't thought of. It was amazing. There was a much higher level of thought than I normally see, because they were interacting with these games."Read More
DOTHAN - Preserving the past is vital for the future.
Those were the sentiments expressed by Dothan resident Mary Eddins last Saturday at one of two community-focused archiving events put on by Troy University's Wiregrass Archives as part of the Wiregrass Common Heritage Project.
Eddins and other Wiregrass residents brought in about 130 family pictures and documents to scan during the two Community Scanning Days, one held June 18 at the downtown branch of the Dothan Houston County Library and the other held June 25 at Landmark Park.
"We were working with three families – my husband's, mine and ours," said Eddins, who attended the scanning event at Landmark Park. "There's a picture of my grandfather's house, which is 100 years old. We have a lot of pictures that have relatives of my husband's sister, and we're going to put them in an album for her. She is now in a condition where she enjoys looking at them, and that helps her to remember things."Read More
TROY - Troy University will shine the spotlight on theatre and dance throughout July.
The Department of Theatre and Dance presents the Summer Spotlight, a series of camps and programs for youth ages 4 and up. Spotlight on Dance (July 11-15) introduces participants ages 8-12 to the world of dance and creative movement, and the Creative Drama Camp (July 17-22) features a variety of activities, classes and rehearsals in creative drama, stage crafts, technical theatre and more, with a showcase of a Disney, Jr. musical at the end of the week.
The culminating week of Summer Spotlight (July 24-30) features the Intensives for high school students and incoming college students - the Performance Intensive for actors, singers and dancers, and the Tech and Management Intensive for designers, stage managers and technicians.Read More
MONTGOMERY - The bird and reptiles of the Montgomery Zoo and storytelling by Montgomery resident Betty McDuffee will highlight Family Free Day at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum on Saturday, July 16.
The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will also feature free tours of the museum, arts and crafts, and voter registration in the museum's atrium. The replica 1955 Montgomery City bus will also be on hand for viewing.
McDuffee adapted and narrated the stories of Peter Painter, an elf with magic pants, from the original manuscripts written by Frank Martin Webber. These stories were recorded at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. The three, one-hour tapes, each with six stories, feature cover designs by artist Cyd Moore.Read More
PHENIX CITY - Troy University hopes to develop about 20 new published authors July 11-22 through a literacy program targeting below-level readers in grades four and five.
The "What"s Your Story? Reading, Writing and Storytelling" project, directed by Paige Paquette, an assistant professor of English for TROY"s Phenix City/Columbus location, will lead the students from oral storytelling, reading and, finally, writing. It is supported by a $1,265 grant from the Dollar General Foundation, and is part of the Phenix City Housing Authority"s "YES!" summer program, for Young Exceptional Students.
"Our goal is to increase the students" reading comprehension levels after gaining an understanding of the value of analyzing aspects of short stories," Paquette said.Read More