TROY - The European Association for Sport Management has named its most prestigious award for a Troy University professor, and presented it to him in Dublin, Ireland.
EASM's 23rd annual conference in late September provided the stage for the association to present the Chelladurai Award to Dr. Packianathan Chelladurai for "significant worldwide contributions to the field of sport management through scholarship, research, and leadership."
"The impact that Dr. Chelladurai has had in the field of academic sport management during his career is beyond reproach. It is through his leadership that the academic discipline of sport management has now become recognized worldwide as can be readily seen by the naming of this most esteemed award in his honor," said Dr. John Miller, Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Services.Read More
TROY - Matthew Wright, enrollment coordinator at Troy University's Panama City Site, has won the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.
Wright, who has been employed full-time by the University since 2012, received the award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during a ceremony on Monday in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. He was nominated by Lisa Kitto, area coordinator for the Panama City Site.
The McKinley Award is the highest honor that Troy University gives to a non-faculty staff member. It is presented quarterly to an employee who has demonstrated outstanding attitude, innovation and work ethic. The award was established by the late John McKinley, former Texaco CEO, in honor of his father, Vergil Parks McKinley, who was a Troy University professor during the early 20th century and was key to the development of the University's athletic program. Winners of this award receive an engraved clock and a $1,000 stipend.Read More
TROY - Ishmael Beah, a former child soldier from Sierra Leone and author of "A Long Way Gone," will address students on the Troy Campus at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the Trojan Center Theater.
Beah's book, named as one of the Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2007, is the focus of the University's Common Reading Initiative, which provides a freshman text utilized across academic disciplines and encourages students to read more while in college.
Born in Sierra Leone in 1980, Beah's life was derailed by civil war when he was 11 years old. After his parents and two brothers were killed, he was recruited to fight as a child soldier in the army at age 13. Removed from the army by UNICEF and rehabilitated, Beah won a competition to attend a conference at the United Nations to talk about the effects of war on children in his country. He was later adopted by an American family.Read More
TROY - Gov. Robert Bentley has reappointed State Sen. Gerald Dial to a 12-year term on the Troy University Board of Trustees. Dial currently serves as president pro-tempore of the Board.
Dial's re-appointment must be confirmed by the Alabama Senate, but the governor's appointment is effective Oct. 25.
"Sen. Dial's reappointment is good news for the Troy University family. His leadership and vision as President Pro Tem have allowed us to continue a long-standing tradition of having a cohesive, cooperative Board that pulls together for the good of the University and its students," said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor.Read More
MONTGOMERY - The Confucius Institute at Troy University signed partnerships with Montgomery City Schools and Pike Road School officials today to provide Confucius Classrooms at Forest Avenue Academic Magnet School, Baldwin Arts and Academic Magnet School and Pike Road School.
Under the partnership, the Confucius Institute at Troy University, Alabama's only such center with a statewide mission, will provide instruction in the Mandarin Chinese language and in Chinese culture and arts. The Institute provided $20,000 grants to each school to help establish the classrooms.
"Today's partnerships are an important step on a long journey," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University. "The Confucius Institute at Troy University was established in 2007, and in many ways, has served as the center of our internationalization efforts at TROY. Now, through these Confucius Classrooms, we are beginning to share these opportunities statewide. It is vitally important that our children have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the Chinese language and culture because understanding yields appreciation and appreciation yields relationships."Read More
TROY - Gov. Robert Bentley has appointed Andalusia Mayor Earl Johnson to a 12-year term on the Troy University Board of Trustees.
Johnson's appointment must be confirmed by the Alabama Senate, but the governor's appointment was effective Sept. 18.
"Mayor Earl Johnson has been the model TROY alumnus, serving as a member of our Foundation Board of Directors, chairman of our Sports Hall of Fame Board of Advisors, and a driving force behind the creation of our planned giving society. His family's generosity led to the complete redesign and upgrade of our main Quad on the Troy Campus. His leadership and expertise in matters of policy will enhance an already strong Board of Trustees," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor.
A 1970 TROY graduate in economics and business administration, Johnson went on to attend Cumberland School of Law and Samford University, completing his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1974. He was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in Nov. 1974 and has practiced law in Andalusia since that time.Read More
TROY - Gov. Robert Bentley has reappointed Mobile attorney Forrest Latta to a 12-year term on the Troy University Board of Trustees.
Latta's reappointment must be confirmed by the Alabama Senate, but the governor's reappointment is effective Oct. 25. Latta was first appointed to the Board in 2005.
"Forrest Latta is an outstanding alumnus and one of the most student-centered trustees we have ever had. His devotion to student welfare and academic excellence are invaluable as the Board sets the policies for our University," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor.Read More
TROY – The Troy University Symphony Band will present its "MASTERWORKS" concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday Sept. 29 in Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.
This year's concert features the "British Band Classics" of the wind band literature, including Gustav Holst's "First Suite in Eb" and "Second Suite in F." The symphony band will open its performance with F. Vaughan "Toccata Marziale" and "Flourish for Wind Band," said Director of Bands Dr. Mark Walker.
"We are extremely pleased to offer this free performance to the public. Our students have prepared well and are excited to showcase their talents," he said. "This is a rare opportunity for band music enthusiasts to hear these pieces performed in the same program."Read More
DOTHAN - Officials with Michelin North America today presented $150,000 to Troy University to fund the creation of an innovative space for entrepreneurial collaboration and creativity at the Dothan Campus.
The gift will support creation of a "whiteboard room" inside the soon-to-be-built Coleman Hall as part of the University's Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Innovation. "The room will be uniquely designed to accommodate meetings between entrepreneurs in an environment that encourages creativity and energy," said Dr. Skip Ames, vice chancellor for the Dothan Campus.
"The room will be equipped with whiteboards and mobile furniture that will allow entrepreneurs to move around and do creative, free-flow thinking without being bounded by their environment," said Dr. Ames. "We could not think of a better company than Michelin to partner with to develop this room, which will be a one-of-a-kind resource for entrepreneurs in the Wiregrass."Read More
TROY - Nearly 400 high school students from throughout the state are expected to take part in the Hall School of Journalism and Communication’s annual journalism workshop on Thursday, Sept. 24, at Troy University.
J-Day, as the event is known, will begin at 9 a.m. in the Trojan Center Ballrooms. J-Day provides high school students the opportunity to experience the journalism and communication world through a series of informative and practical workshops and provide a better understanding of the career field.
“Dating back more than 20 years, J-Day provides the opportunity for high school students and advisers to learn more about various aspects within the fields of journalism and communication,” said Dr. Jeff Spurlock, Director of the Hall School of Journalism and Communication. “It gives students interested in pursuing careers in the field exposure to the faculty and programs available here at Troy University.”Read More
Troy University’s Small Business Development Center will offer “QuickBooks Training for Beginners” on Sept. 28 in Enterprise and on Sept. 30 in Eufaula.
Participants will learn about small business accounting and how to use QuickBooks Pro and Premier desktop versions. Topics will include how to use the software to work with customers, pay sales taxes, set up inventory, set up and work with bank accounts, set up and pay employees and pay payroll taxes.
A free trial version of the software will be made available prior to the training session. Those who already use QuickBooks may bring laptop computers containing the software.Read More