Area law enforcement to take part in clandestine lab certification course at TROY

Posted: Friday, 31 July 2015

DOTHAN - Wiregrass area law enforcement agencies will be have a chance to participate in a free training and certification course Aug 3-6 on Troy University's Dothan Campus.

Troy University Police Department, in cooperation with the Dothan Police Department, Dothan Fire and Rescue, and the Houston County Sheriff's Office will provide a clandestine laboratory certification program at no cost to Wiregrass law enforcement agencies.

"The week-long program meets the OSHA standards and allows officers to identify the type of laboratory, assess the state of the lab and operate safely within a clandestine lab," said Jim Smith, public safety coordinator for the Dothan Campus and an adjunct faculty member of the Criminal Justice department.

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Former Trojan, NFL kicker Tynes encourages TROY graduates to challenge themselves

Posted: Friday, 24 July 2015
Troy University Commencement

TROY - Troy University alumnus and two-time Super Bowl champion Lawrence Tynes encouraged graduates on the Troy Campus on Friday to challenge themselves and not be afraid of failure.

Tynes, who played professionally for 13 years including nine in the NFL, delivered the keynote address at Friday's summer commencement ceremony inside Trojan Arena on the Troy Campus. Nearly 350 students representing 25 states and six nations received degrees.

"Don't be afraid to fail. It is often in times of failure that you learn the most," Tynes said. "Challenge yourself and don't be afraid to step outside the box. Take advantage of every opportunity. Opportunities are not lost because someone else will always take them."

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Awards cast spotlight on work of TROY Public Radio

Posted: Wednesday, 22 July 2015

TROY - Troy University Public Radio continues to receive recognition for its local programming – the latest coming in the form of a national Mark of Excellence award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Students Katy Ganaway, David Caddell and Winn Carroll received the award in the Radio News Reporting category for the segment "You Should Know: Bus Boycott Pioneer Mary Smith."

Mark of Excellence awards recognize collegiate work published or broadcast during 2014. The awards honor the best in student journalism, and each of the winners and finalists were previously recognized by receiving first-place in one of the Society's 12 regional competitions.

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Former Trojan, NFL standout to speak at summer commencement on July 24

Posted: Monday, 20 July 2015
Troy University Commencement

TROY - Former pro football player and Trojan standout Lawrence Tynes will provide the keynote address at the University's summer commencement exercises, scheduled for 10 a.m. on July 24 in Trojan Arena.

Some 350 students representing 25 states and six nations outside the United States are expected to participate in the exercises. Tickets are not required for attendance. The ceremony will also be streamed live at

Inducted in the TROY Sports Hall of Fame in 2013, Tynes, who was team captain for of the Troy Trojans football team in 1999 and 2000, was place kicker for six seasons with the New York Giants, and holds the distinction as the only National Football League kicker in history with two playoff game-winning field goals in overtime to put the Giants into the Super Bowl Championship game. He has been a member of two Giants Super Bowl-winning teams.

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Exhibit featuring art of Mose T opens at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Wednesday, 15 July 2015

MONTGOMERY - An exhibit featuring the artwork of renowned folk artist Mose T and others will be on display at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum through Aug. 14.

The exhibit, "Mose T and Friends: Artistic Reflections of Civil Rights," opened this week in the Museum's exhibit hall. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

In addition to Mose T, the exhibit will feature the artwork of several other folk artists such as Bernice Sims and Edwin Jeffery, Jr.

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Shari Carrothers-Ziebell wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 13 July 2015
McKinley Award

TROY - Shari Carrothers-Ziebell, enrollment coordinator at Troy University's Clarksville, Tenn. site, has won the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Carrothers-Ziebell, who has been employed by the University since 2009, received the award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during a ceremony on Wednesday in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. She was nominated by Kathleen Akers, area coordinator for Clarksville.

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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Troy University to host Summer Send-off parties to welcome new students

Posted: Monday, 13 July 2015

TROY - Troy University will host Summer Send-off Parties in locations in Alabama and the Florida Panhandle to welcome new students to the Trojan Nation.

Freshmen and incoming students will meet future classmates and learn more about TROY during the events, which are also open to parents, prospective students, alumni and other friends of TROY.

"Summer Send-Offs are our way of celebrating the new class of TROY Trojans by recognizing them in their home areas with their families and friends," said Tiffany Schmidt, director of enrollment services. "We also invite high school guidance counselors and prospective students to join us at our send-offs. By prospective students attending, they are able to learn more about the opportunities for them at TROY."

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Troy University officially opens Riverfront Campus in Phenix City

Posted: Friday, 10 July 2015
Troy University's Janice Hawkins Park

PHENIX CITY - Troy University officials and representatives from Phenix City celebrated the "realization of a grand vision" on Friday, officially dedicating the University's new Riverfront Campus along the banks of the Chattahoochee River.

The 48,000-square foot, four-story, $11.5 million building will house the Phenix City Campus' business, nursing and social work programs and will include three centers for excellence - the Center for Water Resource Economics, the Center for Risk Management Insurance and the Small Business Accelerator. The building will also serve as the center of the Phenix City Campus' community outreach program and will be available for community-hosted events.

"We are excited about what this new facility means for this community and for Troy University," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. "This building will serve as the core of what will ultimately be a larger facility that will house all of our programs in Phenix City. As Thoreau said, 'It's not what you are looking at, but what you see.' This is the realization of a grand vision that began more than a decade ago, and it is only through strong partnerships and community support that we stand here today."

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Troy University mourns the death of Dr. Cozetta Shannon

Posted: Wednesday, 01 July 2015

MONTGOMERY - Members of the Troy University family are mourning the death of a faculty member at the University's Montgomery Campus.

Dr. Cozetta D. Shannon, assistant professor and program coordinator in the Division of Counseling, Rehabilitation and Interpreter Training on the Montgomery Campus, died on Friday in Dallas, Texas. She was 35.

Dr. Shannon was returning from Beijing, China, where she had been one of 12 scholars to take part in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' first-ever China Studies Institute.

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Troy University to be featured on "The Balancing Act" airing on Lifetime Television

Posted: Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Balancing Act

Troy University will be featured in four upcoming episodes of the morning show "The Balancing Act" airing on Lifetime Television.

The four-episode miniseries marks the second time Troy University has been featured on "The Balancing Act," America's premier morning show that brings today's busy on-the-go modern women positive solutions and cutting-edge ideas to help balance and enrich their lives every day. An episode in August 2014 featured TROY alumna and professor Dr. Kelli Cleveland, who shared her experience balancing work and family while pursuing her doctorate degree, and how TROY's online learning options helped make the process easier.

That episode will re-air on July 6, kicking off the four-episode series featuring TROY faculty, staff and alumni.

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Anderson Monarchs Little League Baseball team tours TROY's Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Friday, 26 June 2015
Anderson Monarchs at the Rosa Parks Museum

MONTGOMERY – Members of the Philadelphia Youth Organization's Anderson Monarchs Little League Baseball team, including star pitcher Mo'ne Davis, toured Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum Thursday as a part of a 23-day, 21-city Civil Rights tour.

A tribute to Jackie Robinsons, the Negro Leagues and the Civil Rights Movement, the tour is intended to provide team members the opportunity to "experience, first hand, what life on the road was like for black players in the first half of the 20th century." As such, the team is making the tour aboard an authentic 1947 Flxible Clipper touring bus.

The tour, which is being documented by ESPN, made stops in Birmingham on Wednesday, including the 16th Street Baptist Church and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

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Victims of Charleston church shooting remembered at wreath-laying ceremony

Posted: Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Wreath Ceremony

MONTGOMERY - As a wreath was placed in the atrium of Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum on Friday afternoon in memory of the nine lives lost in a shooting at a Charleston, S.C. church, participants in the ceremony expressed their grief, found strength in their faith and vowed to make a difference by addressing troubling issues and having difficult discussions.

Troy University officials and members of the Montgomery community joined in the ceremony to remember those killed during a Wednesday evening prayer meeting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The church's pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney was among the victims.

Dr. Felicia Bell, director of the Rosa Parks Museum, led the program, explaining that not only was Mrs. Parks a longtime member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church but also a deaconess, the highest position for a laywoman within the denomination.

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Troy University and Montgomery community members express condolences for victims of South Carolina church shooting with a wreath laying at the Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Friday, 19 June 2015

MONTGOMERY – Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum and members of the Montgomery community are remembering victims of Wednesday's shooting that claimed nine lives at an historic African American Church in Charleston, S.C.

On Friday at 4 p.m., University officials and community leaders will place a wreath in the museum's atrium in remembrance of those who lost their lives during a prayer service at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. According to news reports, the church's pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, was among the victims.

Participating in the ceremony today are Dr. Felicia Bell, director of the Rosa Parks Museum; Dr. Farrell J. Duncombe, pastor of Saint Paul AME Church; Dr. Lawson Bryan, pastor of First United Methodist Church and Robert James, president of the Montgomery Improvement Association. The public, civic leaders and elected officials are invited to attend.

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TROY chancellor recognized for international leadership

Posted: Friday, 19 June 2015
Rosa Parks

TROY - Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. received an outstanding service award for creating and sustaining the Sino-American 1-2-1 Dual Degree Program, on the program's 15th anniversary.

The award was presented Tuesday in Xiamen, China during the 1-2-1 President's Conference at Huaqiao University. Dr. Hawkins also made remarks to the conference.

The 1-2-1 Program, which began at Troy University and has grown into a national model exchange program, brings students from Chinese universities who have completed their first year of studies to the United States for two years of study at a partnering American university, then returns those students to their home institutions for a final year. When the students complete their academic programs, they receive degrees from the home institution and the partnering American university.

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Troy University's John M. Long School of Music plays host to second annual Music Industry Camp

Posted: Wednesday, 17 June 2015

TROY - Troy University's John M. Long School of Music will play host to the second annual Music Industry Camp June 18-20 on the Troy Campus.

M.I.C. Check, as the camp is known, is designed to provide an educational experience for high school students who are interested in a career in the entertainment and music industries.

"M.I.C. Check at Troy University is a unique and invaluable opportunity for student musicians aspiring to have a career in the music industry," said Robert W. Smith, coordinator of TROY's Music Industry Program.

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Troy University's Sound of the South Marching Band hosts Leadership Camp this week

Posted: Tuesday, 16 June 2015
SOTS Leadership Camp

TROY - More than 500 middle and high school band students from Alabama, Florida and Georgia are on the Troy Campus this week taking part in the Sound of the South Marching Band's annual Leadership Camp.

The camp, which will run through June 18, includes courses in concert band, music theory, percussion ensemble, majorette, color guard, drum major and dance line that will help students develop skills necessary for individual and ensemble performance.

"Everyone benefits from the intensive instruction at the camp," said Dr. Mark Walker, director of university bands. "Hopefully, they will take what they learn at this camp back to their schools this fall and make their bands even better."

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Troy IT Wins 2015 SC Professional Award for Best Security Team in United States

Posted: Thursday, 11 June 2015
TROY's Secured Operations Team

TROY, Ala. – Troy University's Office of Information Technology has been awarded Best Security Team in the United States at the 2015 SC Awards.

The award was presented to TROY's Secured Operations Team in April during the 2015 SC Awards Gala held in San Francisco, Calif.

"Troy University is pleased to be recognized for its efforts in the Cyber Security arena," said Dr. W. Greg Price, chief technology and security officer for Troy University. "Our considerable efforts in information security are constructed on awareness programs and carefully designed computing environments."

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Troy University to host college prep camp for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students

Posted: Friday, 05 June 2015

TROY - High school upper classmen and recent graduates who are deaf or hard of hearing will get a preview of college life June 7-13 as Troy University plays host to Camp Success.

The camp is designed to provide training and information that will assist students in being successful in the college setting, said Judy Robertson, director of Troy University's Interpreter Training Program (ITP).

"This camp is designed to provide deaf and hard of hearing students an opportunity to come to a college setting and further develop skills that may not be covered in their individual classrooms," Robertson said. "We will teach budgeting, the do's and don'ts of interacting with a college professor and other skills that will benefit students."

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