Three honored with Sullivan Awards at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Sullivan Awards

TROY - Troy University has honored two students and a member of the University's faculty with the 2017 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards.

Sarah Talbot, a senior graphic design major from Montgomery, Maxwell D. Herman, a senior hospitality, sport and tourism management major from Panama City, and Dr. John Kline, distinguished professor of leadership and director of the Institute for Leadership Development, received the Sullivan Awards during a luncheon in their honor on the Troy Campus. The recipients were also honored during the University's annual Honors Convocation on April 17.

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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Dr. Margaret Gnoinska receives Troy University's Ingalls Award

Posted: Tuesday, 25 April 2017
Dr. Margaret K. Gnoinska

TROY - Dr. Margaret K. Gnoinska, associate professor in Troy University's Division of History and Philosophy, is the recipient of the University's 2017 Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching.

Gnoinska received the award during the University's annual Honors Convocation held 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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Cassandra King receives Troy University's Hall-Waters Prize

Posted: Monday, 24 April 2017
Cassandra King

TROY - Cassandra King, author of five novels including the critically acclaimed "Moonrise," has received Troy University's Hall-Waters Prize.

Presented during a luncheon on Friday at the International Arts Center on the Troy Campus, the Hall-Waters Prize recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to Southern heritage and culture in history, literature or the arts. The award was endowed by the late Dr. Wade Hall, a TROY alumnus, an author, former member of the faculty at the University of Florida and professor emeritus of English at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky. The Bullock County native endowed the prize as a memorial to his parents, Wade Hall Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Waters Hall. Past winners include Rep. John Lewis, Rick Bragg, Bobbie Ann Mason, Natasha Trethewey and King's late husband, Pat Conroy.

"I am deeply honored in ways I can't even begin to express," King said. "When you receive an honor from your home folks it means so much more than anything else. I'm sorry that I never had the opportunity to meet Dr. Hall, but what a wonderful way for him to honor his parents."

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TROY offers 'Bootcamp' this weekend

Posted: Thursday, 20 April 2017

TROY - Troy University's Sorrell College of Business will be in class Saturday when it hosts for the second year the Global Azure Bootcamp.

The 100-person class is full, and the TROY site is one of about 180 sites in 65 countries that will host the deep-dive session into Microsoft Azure, a growing collection of integrated cloud services that developers and information technology professionals use to build, deploy and manage applications through Microsoft's global network of data centers.

"This is the fifth year the Azure community has organized this worldwide event, and the second straight year we have presented it here at Troy University," said Sven Aelterman, the College of Business' IT director. "We will have attendees from Mobile and Birmingham and everywhere in between."

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Author Tayari Jones to speak at Troy University Montgomery

Posted: Thursday, 20 April 2017
Tayari Jones

MONTGOMERY - Tayari Jones, author of the book "Silver Sparrow," will speak at Troy University Montgomery on Friday, beginning at 9 a.m.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Gold Room, located on the second floor of Whitley Hall. A book signing will follow the presentation in the Barnes & Noble Trojan Café, located on the first floor of Whitley Hall.

Jones' book "Silver Sparrow" has been the focus of Troy University Libraries' National Endowment for the Arts Big Read activities. Through the grant from NEA and Arts Midwest, Troy University Libraries has organized events such as reading groups, lectures, a film screening and discussion and a photography exhibit by internationally renowned photographer Laylah Amatullah. The NEA Big Read program is designed to broaden understanding of the world through communitywide programs that encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences.

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Cassandra King to receive Troy University's Hall-Waters Prize

Posted: Wednesday, 19 April 2017

TROY - Cassandra King, author of five novels including the critically acclaimed "Moonrise," will receive the Hall-Waters Prize from Troy University on Friday, April 21.

The Hall-Waters Prize was endowed by the late TROY alumnus Dr. Wade Hall, an author, former member of the faculty at the University of Florida and professor emeritus of English at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky.

Dr. Hall, a native of Bullock County, endowed the prize as a memorial to his parents, Wade Hall Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Waters Hall. The award is presented regularly to a person who has made significant contributions to Southern heritage and culture in history, literature or the arts. Past winners include Rep. John Lewis, Rick Bragg and Bobbie Ann Mason.

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NPR's Debbie Elliott to speak to students, public during visit to Troy University on Wednesday

Posted: Thursday, 18 April 2017

TROY - National Public Radio national correspondent Debbie Elliott will visit Troy University on Wednesday as a part of TROY Public Radio's ongoing 40th anniversary celebration.

Elliott will present a public lecture at 10 a.m., Wednesday, in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

During her visit, Elliott will also meet with students from Troy University's Hall School of Journalism, and be honored with an invitation-only reception on the Montgomery Campus Wednesday evening.

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Exhibit examining racial violence, lynching coming to Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Thursday, 13 April 2017

MONTGOMERY - "The Fabric of Race," an exhibit by Renee Billingslea that examines racial violence and lynching in America, will open at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum on April 20 with an opening reception set for 6 p.m.

The exhibit, described as "a visual enivronment for all to enter, learn and contemplate racial violence and lynching," is free for viewing in the museum's Exhibit Hall during regular business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Ahead of Thursday's opening reception, the museum will present Artist Talks with Billingslea at 6 p.m. on April 18 and 19 in the musuem's auditorium. Those wishing to attend the Artist Talks are asked to RSVP to Madeline Burkhardt, adult education coordinator, at 334-241-8701 or by email at

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Michael Camden wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 13 April 2017

TROY - Michael Camden, enrollment coordinator in Hampton, Va., for TROY Online, has won Troy University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Camden, who has been employed by the University since 2012, received the award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during a ceremony on Friday in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. He was nominated by Roger A. Smith, area coordinator for TROY Online in Hampton Roads.

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.

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Summer program to train teachers on use of games in teaching Alabama history

Posted: Tuesday, 11 April 2017

TROY - Troy University will offer a three-day, residential workshop this June to help train Alabama teachers on incorporating the use of games in teaching the state's history.

"Alabama Fever: A Games-based Discovery of Territorial Alabama," an Alabama Humanities Foundation SUPER Teacher Workshop, will be held June 20-23 on the Troy Campus. For more than 25 years, the Alabama Humanities Foundation has partnered with archivists, scholars, higher education institutions and historic sites to deliver engaging professional development experiences rooted in the humanities to teachers throughout Alabama through the School and University Partners for Educational Renewal (SUPER) Teacher Program. SUPER is available to all Alabama educators teaching in grades 4-12. In its 25-year history, SUPER has served more than 4,000 teachers of the humanities, social sciences and the arts reaching more than 500,000 students.

The workshop will be led by Dr. David Carlson and Dr. Scout Blum of Troy University's Department of History and Philosophy and Dr. Thomas C. Hagood, director of the Division of Academic Enhancement at the University of Georgia and co-director of UGA Reacting to the Past.

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Application fees waived during TROY’s Worldwide Open House April 26

Posted: Friday, 07 April 2017

Application fees waived during TROY’s Worldwide Open House April 26

Troy University will host a Worldwide Open House on Wednesday, April 26, to assist prospective students in the areas of admissions and academic strategy for career development.

During the event, expert advisers will be on hand to help prospective students decide on a major, and answer questions about financial aid or credit transfers.

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Ambassador Marc Grossman to address Alabama World Affairs Council on April 11

Posted: Friday, 07 April 2017

MONTGOMERY - Ambassador Marc Grossman, one of the country's most distinguished and experienced diplomats, will present "Turkey, Europe and the United States" during a presentation of the Alabama World Affairs Council on April 11 at Troy University Montgomery.

The event, which is free for World Affairs Council members and $20 for non-members, will be held in the Gold Room in Whitley Hall at Troy University Montgomery, beginning with a 5:30 p.m. reception and a presentation to follow.

Grossman served as the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the State Department's third ranking official, until his retirement in 2005, after 29 years in the U.S. Foreign Service. Prior to his retirement, he obtained the highest rank of Career Ambassador and was awarded the Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award.

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Troy University to host 11th annual MathFest on April 8

Posted: Thursday, 06 April 2017
Dr. Voloshin

TROY - Troy University's Department of Mathematics will present the 11th annual TROY MathFest, a one-day conference for undergraduate students to share their research, on April 8 in Bibb Graves Hall on the Troy Campus.

The event, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., is supported from a grant from Pi Mu Epsilon, national mathematics honor society, and Troy University. Students from Auburn University, the University of South Alabama, Seminole State College of Florida and TROY will take part in the event.

The conference will feature research presentations from undergraduate students, a calculus competition, a poster presentation session and a keynote address by Dr. Vitaly Voloshin, professor of mathematics at Troy University.

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Troy University Public Radio launches spring fund drive

Posted: Friday, 31 March 2017

TROY - Troy University Public Radio's spring fund drive, which helps support the programming offered by the network, will kick off Saturday, celebrating 40 years of service to listeners.

The drive will run through April 8, and offers different options through which supporters can make donations. Listeners can contribute to Troy University Public Radio by calling 1-800-800-6616 or online at Contributions may also be sent by mail to Troy University Public Radio, Wallace Hall, Troy University, Troy, AL 36082. All contributions are tax deductible.

"The service provided by TROY Public Radio is made possible through the support of listeners," said Kyle Gassiott, operations manager. "It has been that way for four decades, and we're committed to serving listeners for the next 40 years."

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Troy University to welcome homeschoolers to campus

Posted: Wednesday, 29 March 2017

TROY - Homeschooled students throughout the region will have a chance to taste college life on Friday, March 31 at Troy University.

Homeschool Day is designed for homeschoolers grades 9 -12, and will offer a chance for them to connect with each other, tour the Troy Campus, meet with academic departments, and learn about what the University has to offer including its ACCELERATE Dual Enrollment Program, said Amber Carnathan, the ACCELERATE Program's coordinator.

"There will be breakout sessions in the morning that include meeting admissions counselors, learning about scholarship opportunities, financial aid and housing," she said. "They will also meet current TROY students who were homeschooled who want to share their experiences."

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