Southeast Alabama Model United Nations to be held at Troy University March 2-3

Posted: Friday, 24 February 2017

TROY - More than 140 middle school students from seven schools will gain a new awareness of the world and international affairs on March 2-3 as they gather at Troy University for the Southeast Alabama Model United Nations Assembly (SAMUN).

The event is hosted by the Southeast Alabama Regional Inservice Center, which is located at TROY, and funding is provided from the Alabama Department of Education and the Wiregrass Writing Project.

Participants will have the opportunity to experience the United Nations first-hand with each delegation representing a different nation and deciding important issues that affect the world.

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Walk Hard for Heroes 2017 kicks off with first Memorial Walk on Monday

Posted: Friday, 24 February 2017

TROY - Troy University's chapter of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity begins its trek to the Emerald Coast by inviting students, faculty, staff and community members to join them in the first-ever Walk Hard Memorial Walk on Monday, Feb. 27.

Walk Hard 2017 Week kicks off the fraternity's annual philanthropy that supports wounded warriors through a northwest Florida charity, Jeep Sullivan's Wounded Warrior Outdoor Adventures, Inc. Developed at TROY in 2009, Walk Hard has now become a national model for the fraternity with similar Walk Hard events carried out by ATO chapters at universities across the nation.

The Memorial Walk leaves the Troy Campus Quad at 4 p.m. and processes off campus to Troy's historic downtown Square, where Milky Moos, Momma Goldberg's and Sips on the Square and other stores will donate a portion of the proceeds of sales to the event. Live music will be offered on the Squared and University shuttles will be available to transport walkers and guests back to the campus.

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Troy University to partner with schools in Troy, Montgomery in garden project

Posted: Thursday, 23 February 2017
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MONTGOMERY - A new partnership between Troy University's Office of Civic Engagement and schools in Troy and Montgomery will help improve children's access to fresh produce, while also increasing their nutritional knowledge.

Made possible through a United States Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop grant, the project will include a raised-bed garden at Troy Elementary School and a milk crate garden operated on the University's Montgomery Campus in cooperation with Valiant Cross Academy, along with weekly nutrition and wellness activities. The grant was written by Jonathan Cellon, associate dean of First Year Studies, Dr. Sharon Everhardt, assistant professor of sociology, and Dr. Christopher Bradley, associate professor of sociology, who will share oversight of the project.

TROY students will assist in the project, which will also prepare educators at the schools to continue to utilize the gardens as teaching tools after the initial project. The project will initially impact around 60 students in sixth and seventh grade at Valiant Cross in Montgomery and about 49 fifth graders at Troy Elementary.

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TROY Trustee President pro-tem Dial honored by Higher Education Partnership

Posted: Thursday, 23 February 2017
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MONTGOMERY - Troy University Board of Trustees President pro-tem Gerald Dial was tonight honored by the Higher Education Partnership of Alabama with its 2017 Alumni Advocates' Leadership Award.

The award, presented by TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. and Partnership Executive Director Gordon Stone, recognizes Dial's commitment to public universities and a willingness to advocate on their behalf. It was made as part of the Partnership's annual Alumni Leaders' Advocacy Banquet on the eve of Higher Education Day.

"Sen. Gerald Dial is one of the best public servants that I have met throughout my life in Alabama," Dr. Hawkins said. "For 26 years he has served as a member of the Troy University Board of Trustees and he has served well. Leadership in its truest sense is about pulling people together and focusing them in a common direction. Sen. Dial is the essence of a servant leader and one of whom we can all be proud."

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Troy University''s Rosa Parks Museum to present 'Conversation with Mrs. Lucille Times''

Posted: Monday, 20 February 2017

MONTGOMERY - Troy University''s Rosa Parks Museum will present "A Conversation with Mrs. Lucille Times," at 6 p.m. on Feb. 23 in the museum''s auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public. However, seating is limited and those wishing to participate are asked to RSVP to Dr. Felicia Bell, director of the Rosa Parks Museum, and Attorney Troy King will host the conversation.

On June 15, 1955, six months prior to the arrest of Rosa Parks, Mrs. Times had a confrontation with a white bus driver who tried to run her car off the road. She argued with the bus driver, who called the police, but Mrs. Times was not arrested. After the incident, Mrs. Times started boycotting the city buses by driving by bus stops to pick up waiting black passengers. When the official boycott began on Dec. 5, 1955, Times and her husband, Charlie, continued providing rides to individuals in need.

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Troy University to host poverty, hunger summit at the Montgomery Campus on Feb. 24

Posted: Monday, 20 February 2017
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MONTGOMERY - Students from Alabama's colleges and universities will come together on Feb. 24 to examine food and housing insecurity among college students during the third annual Hungry for Justice Student Summit at Troy University Montgomery.

The free summit is presented by Troy University's Office of Civic Engagement in conjunction with Alabama Possible, a statewide non-profit organization that works to reduce systemic poverty in Alabama.

"The summit is focusing on college student food and housing insecurity and mechanisms that colleges and universities have to address the needs of their student body," said Jonathan Cellon, associate dean of First Year Studies at Troy University. "The conference will be more interactive and hands-on than in past years with students taking an active role in developing plans to address food and housing insecurity on their own campuses." Clare Cady, director and co-founder of the College and University Food Bank Alliance, and Marcy Stidum, founder of Kennesaw State University's nationally-recognized CARE Center, will lead interactive, hands-on sessions focused on developing student-led, campus-based strategies for removing barriers to college completion.

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Middle, high school students to attend Trojan Art Day at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 20 February 2017
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TROY - Nearly 400 middle and high school students and their parents from 24 Alabama counties will participate in the fourth annual Trojan Art Day at Troy University on Friday, Feb. 24.

Trojan Art Day offers workshops and demonstrations led by students and faculty in the University's Department of Art and Design, preceding the District II Visual Arts Achievement Program awards ceremony, the conclusion to an art competition sponsored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Trojan Art Day and VAAP are partially funded by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

"Troy University and the Department of Art and Design are proud to continue the tradition, begun in 2005, of hosting the District II Visual Arts Achievement Program exhibition and competition," said Larry Percy, associate professor of art and design. "This statewide competition, sponsored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts, allows Alabama junior high and high school students to showcase their skills and talents in the visual arts."

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Birthday celebration set for Saturday at TROY's Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Thursday, 02 February 2017
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MONTGOMERY - Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will celebrate what would have been Mrs. Parks' 104th birthday on Saturday with free tours, musical and theatrical performances and birthday cake.

The celebration will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum, located at 252 Montgomery St., on the Troy University Montgomery Campus.

"Mrs. Parks was an American hero and the Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University Montgomery is so excited to celebrate her legacy of courage on her birthday," said Dr. Felicia Bell, the museum's director. "We look forward to sharing a day of special activities with the public."

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Small businesses can discover funding options at seminar

Posted: Thursday, 26 January 2017

TROY - Troy University's Small Business Development Center is joining forces with Southern Independent Bank to help small businesses find funding for their projects.

"Small Business Lenders Panel: Show Me the Money" takes place from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 at the Covington County Economic Development Commission officers at the South Alabama Regional Airport.

"As we all know, access to capital is one of the most critical and sometimes challenging aspects of starting and growing a small business," said Betsy Baker, a senior advisor in the center.

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Chinese New Year celebration planned on the Troy Campus

Posted: Tuesday, 24 January 2017
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TROY - Members of Troy University's Chinese Students and Scholars Association will celebrate Chinese New Year on the Troy Campus on January 27 in the Trojan Center Ballrooms.

The annual event, also called Spring Festival, is open to the public and features traditional performances and food. Tickets to the event are $15 ($10 for students), and may be purchased from the International Program Office located in the basement of Hawkins Hall, in the Trojan Center food court during lunch and at the doors, which open at 5 p.m.

"This is the most important festival for the Chinese people and has more than 4,000 years of history," said Ruifeng Wang, CSSA's president. "It is similar to Christmas in the West with families coming together to celebrate."

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Five named as Chancellor’s Fellows at Troy University

Posted: Friday, 20 January 2017
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TROY – Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, has selected four faculty members and a member of the professional staff to participate in the University's 2017 Chancellor's Fellows Program.

Selected were: Lauren Cole, coordinator of career services; Dr. Jeffery Wade Forehand, associate professor and coordinator for community partnerships and practice for the School of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Services; Dr. Carmen C. Lewis, assistant dean of administration in the Sorrell College of Business on the University's Dothan Campus and an associate professor of quantitative methods and information systems; Dr. LaKerri R. Mack, assistant professor of political science, public administration and criminal justice; and, Dr. Dionne M. Rosser-Mims, associate professor of adult education and associate dean in the College of Education.

The program is directed by Dr. John Kline, distinguished professor of leadership and director of TROY's Institute for Leadership Development. Kline, a former university provost and senior executive in the federal government, is uniquely qualified to direct the program - a program Chancellor Hawkins believes will "help selected faculty and staff members move into positions of responsibility, prepared for the task of leading Troy University in the years ahead."

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Poarch Band of Creek Indians' archivist to deliver McPherson-Mitchell Lecture at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 17 January 2017
TROY - The tribal archivist for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians will discuss the tribe's past educational struggles and how they continue to impact the collection and maintenance of the current archives during the annual McPherson-Mitchell Lecture in Southern History at Troy University.

The lecture, which will take place at 5 p.m., Jan. 19, in the Claudia Crosby Theatre on the Troy Campus, will feature Dr. Deidra Suwanee Dees, tribal archivist and director of the tribe's Office of Archives and Records Management in Atmore. Her lecture, "Discovering Lost Treasures: The Muscogee Education Movement's Influence on Archival Acquisition at the Poarch Band of Creek Indians," will focus on the historic struggles encountered by the Poarch Band through the Muscogee Education Movement of the 1920s through the 1940s.

"The McPherson-Mitchell lecture series has welcomed some of the country's leading historians to campus and this year is no exception," said David Carlson, lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy. "It is important, as Alabama begins its bicentennial celebrations, to recognize the contributions the region's indigenous peoples have made to this state's history. As tribal archivist for the Poarch Indians, Dr. Dees is a significant voice for the Muscogee people of south Alabama and we look forward to hearing her talk."

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Alumna, Russell County Superintendent Brenda Coley to address Troy University graduates

Posted: Wednesday, 17 January 2017

PHENIX CITY - Dr. Brenda Coley, superintendent of Russell County Schools, will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates on Friday, Jan. 27, during a joint fall commencement ceremony for the Phenix City Campus and the Columbus/Fort Benning Site.

The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center. More than 140 graduates will be recognized during the ceremony.

Dr. Coley was named to her current post in October 2015, but she is no stranger to Russell County schools. The Hurtsboro native graduated from Russell County High School in 1984. She received her bachelor's degree from Auburn University before receiving a master's degree, and later an education specialist degree from Troy University. In 2015, she received her Doctorate of Education in administrative leadership from Walden University.

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'Cash Crop' sculpture exhibit to open at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum on Thursday

Posted: Monday, 09 January 2017
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MONTGOMERY - An exhibit of the works of award-winning artist Stephen Hayes will open Thursday in the gallery at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum.

The sculpture exhibit, "Cash Crop," depicts the horrors of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and seeks to create a connection between human rights violations of the past and the present. The exhibit will open with a public reception in the museum's atrium at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

"We're excited about hosting the exhibit, 'Cash Crop,' by artist Stephen Hayes," said Dr. Felicia Bell, the museum's director. "I'm always looking for ways to challenge our visitors to think critically about the continuing struggle for civil and human rights. This exhibit does exactly that, as Stephen brilliantly juxtaposes the conditions of forced migration with the conditions of exploited labor. Although the Trans-Atlantic slave trade ended many years ago, remnants of the trade—exploited labor with minimal investment and maximum profit for the investor—remain alive and well today. My hope is that visitors are reminded that the fight for equality and justice extends far beyond Mrs. Parks and the Modern Civil Rights Movement in America."

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