Five named as Chancellor’s Fellows at Troy University

Posted: Friday, 20 January 2017
Chancellor’s Fellows

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
Cash Crop

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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Alabama World Affairs Council to present 'A Celebration of Korea' on Jan. 10

Posted: Wednesday, 04 January 2017

MONTGOMERY - U.S. and Korean officials will join the Alabama World Affairs Council on Jan. 10 for "A Celebration of Korea."

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.

James Applegate, chief of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Unit of the Office of Korean Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, Sarah Cho, a researcher with the Economic Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, and Mark Tokola, vice president of the Korea Economic Institute of America, will serve as speakers for the event.

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Education Commissioner challenges graduates

Posted: Friday, 16 December 2016
McKinney

TROY - One of the state's top education leaders challenged Troy University graduates to work together, press through hardships and take opportunities during fall commencement exercises in Trojan Arena on Friday.

Randy McKinney, an attorney from Gulf Shores who is vice-chairman of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, offered the keynote remarks to more than 650 graduates participating in the ceremony.

"I submit to you that we have to do our part. It's really not optional . . . you have a responsibility and a duty to do your part," he said. "If we don't, we won't fly as far as fast."

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Air Force ROTC gains greater flexibility for admission

Posted: Thursday, 15 December 2016
ROTC

TROY - Students interested in entering the U.S. Air Force have expanded options, thanks to the efforts of Troy University's Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps Detachment 17.

For a limited time, virtually any student -- from freshmen through graduate students -- have a potential path toward a career as an Air Force officer. With the Air Force's upgrade of the detachment to four-year status last summer, high school students wishing to enter ROTC at TROY may be eligible for the Air Force's High School Scholarship Program.

Another major enhancement has opened the doors for upperclassmen or even full-time graduate students to commission as second lieutenants through an abbreviated ROTC curriculum, an offer good through 2018 and made possible by manpower requirements within the service branch.

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Michelle Berry wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Michelle Berry

TROY - Michelle Berry, departmental secretary for Aerospace Studies at Troy University, has won the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Berry, who has been employed by the University since August 2014, received the award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during the annual faculty/staff Christmas luncheon in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus. She was nominated by Capt. John D. Strayn, assistant professor of Aerospace Studies, Air Force ROTC.

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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Michelle Berry wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Michelle Berry

TROY - Michelle Berry, departmental secretary for Aerospace Studies at Troy University, has won the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Berry, who has been employed by the University since August 2014, received the award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during the annual faculty/staff Christmas luncheon in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus. She was nominated by Capt. John D. Strayn, assistant professor of Aerospace Studies, Air Force ROTC.

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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More than 130 TROY students to graduate during Dothan Campus commencement

Posted: Wednesday, 14 December 2016

DOTHAN-About 135 Troy University students will participate in commencement exercises on Sunday, Dec. 18 in the Dothan Civic Center.

The exercises begin at 3 p.m.

The keynote speaker for this fall's commencement is longtime educator Dr. Imogene Mixson, who was recently honored as one of the University's Alumni of the Year for 2016.

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Higher Ed commissioner to address TROY graduates at fall commencement

Posted: Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Randy McKinney

TROY - Randy McKinney, vice-chairman of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education will provide the keynote address during Troy University's Fall Commencement Exercises at 10 a.m. on Dec. 16 in Trojan Arena.

More than 650 students representing 23 U.S. states, two U.S. territories, the District of Columbia and eight nations outside the United States are expected to participate in the ceremony.

McKinney was appointed to an at-large district on the Commission by Gov. Robert Bentley, and had previously served as vice-president of the Alabama State Board of Education, from 2003 - 2012. An attorney with the firm of McKinney and Associates in Gulf Shores, he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of South Alabama and a master's degree in religious education at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned a juris doctorate at Birmingham School of Law.

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New College of Education dean Dr. Hank Dasinger to address TROY graduates

Posted: Monday, 12 December 2016
Dr. Hank

MONTGOMERY - Dr. Hank Dasinger, who was recently introduced as the new dean of Troy University's College of Education, will deliver the keynote address to graduates at Troy University Montgomery during the fall commencement ceremony on Dec. 19.

The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. in the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. Nearly 200 students are expected to receive degrees this fall at the Montgomery Campus.

Named as dean earlier this month, Dr. Dasinger has served as president of Ingram State Technical College, the state's only educational institution providing postsecondary career and technical education only to incarcerated adults and eligible parolees.

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Troy University recognizes faculty, staff for grant-writing efforts

Posted: Thursday, 08 December 2016
Chancellor's Award

TROY – Three faculty members from Troy University's College of Education, Dothan Campus, received the Chancellor's Award of Distinction in Sponsored Programs on Dec. 2 for their project to enable teachers and families to increase literacy rates among 4-year-olds at two area pre-K programs.

The presentation was made during the University's 25th annual Sponsored Programs Recognition Luncheon.

Made possible by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Dr. Cynthia Hicks, Pam Wimbish and Dr. Tonya Conner serve as co-directors of "Project Pre-K to K Transition," a program that has created three-year partnerships between the faculty members and Eastside Childcare Learning Center and Pal-A-Roos. The pre-K facilities were chosen based on their location in low-income areas.

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Dasinger named dean of College of Education at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 06 December 2016
Dr. Royce H.

TROY - Dr. Royce H. "Hank" Dasinger has been named dean of the College of Education at Troy University.

Dr. Dasinger has more than 30 years of experience in education and training and currently serves as president of Ingram State Technical College, the state's only educational institution providing postsecondary career and technical education only to incarcerated adults and eligible parolees.

"Troy University was founded as an institution to educate and prepare teachers, and it is still very much at the heart of our mission today," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. "We are pleased to announce that Dr. Dasinger will be joining us as dean of our College of Education. The breadth of his experience and proven leadership skills make him well equipped to lead our education faculty, staff and students."

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'Sounds of the Season' concert Thursday at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 30 November 2016
sounds-of-the-season

TROY - Troy University's John M. Long School of Music presents "Sounds of the Season," an annual concert that heralds the holiday season.

The concert is slated for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus, and is free and open to the public. A ceremony to light the campus Christmas Tree by the Student Government Association immediately follows the concert on the theater's plaza.

The production, entitled "Illuminations," will feature performances by the Symphony Band, Collegiate Singers, Troy Theatre Ensemble, Concert Chorale, frequency, Gospel Choir, Jazz Ensemble, POPulus, an Irish Duo, and faculty soloists, said Dr. Larry Blocher, Dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts and director of the School of Music.

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Watershed Authority partners with TROY for walking trail growth in Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park

Posted: Monday, 28 November 2016
vocal jazz

TROY - A $5,000 grant from the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority will help Troy University continue to fight invasive species of plants and help build walking trails in the Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park.

The grant was presented Nov. 28 to TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. by Authority Board member Randy Hale, Authority Board Chairman and Enterprise Mayor Kenneth Boswell, and Authority Executive Director Barbara Gibson.

Mark Salmon, Director of the University's Physical Plant, said TROY is grateful for the continued support of the Authority, and that work will continue on the improvement of the area south of the new amphitheater.

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