TROY receives $363,000 grant from W.K. Kellogg Foundation to help area pre-K education

Posted: Tuesday, 24 May 2016

DOTHAN - Troy University's Department of Teacher Education will help local pre-K facilities better educate 4-year-olds thanks to a $363,096 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

The grant will fund Project Pre-K to K Transition, a program that will create partnerships between three TROY education faculty members and two childcare facilities per year for three years.

The pre-K facilities, which will be chosen based on their location in low-income areas of Dothan, will serve about 30 families.

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Panelists discuss Wiregrass race issues at Troy University Dothan Campus

Posted: Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Race Relations

DOTHAN - Not all problems have easy solutions.

The panelists at Saturday’s “Dialogue on Race Relations” in Troy University’s Sony Hall auditorium made one thing clear, though — having a conversation is the first step.

Five diverse panelists fielded questions involving race relations during the panel, which drew a crowd of dozens to the Dothan Campus.

Topics included law enforcement, education and institutional racism, among others.

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TROY returns to Ashkelon for final year of consortium

Posted: Tuesday, 24 May 2016

What started in 2009 with one student and a professor's prior field experience reaches a culmination this summer in Israel as six Troy University students will take part in the final archeological dig of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon.

Troy University's consortium with Boston College, Harvard University, Wheaton College and the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon officially ends this summer, as the final "dig" of the expedition closes in the ancient Philistine city overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

One of the five major Philistine cities mentioned in the Bible, ancient Ashkelon was occupied mainly from the Bronze Age through the Byzantine Period and is, today, surrounded by the modern city that shares its name, said Dr. Bill Grantham, professor of anthropology and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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W.A. Gayle Planetarium to host national conference of planetarium professionals

Posted: Monday, 23 May 2016

MONTGOMERY - Close to 150 planetarium professionals are expected to attend the first-ever planetarium conference held in the state of Alabama, May 31-June 4, at Montgomery's W.A. Gayle Planetarium.

The Planetarium, operated for the City of Montgomery by Troy University, will host the joint conference of the Southeastern Planetarium Association (SEPA) and the Western Alliance Conference (WAC). In preparation for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse, the theme of the conference is "Eclipsed by No Other."

"The conference will bring in people from 37 states and three foreign countries," said Rick Evans, director of the Gayle Planetarium. "This conference will help people working in this field be better prepared to provide information and answer questions about the 2017 solar eclipse."

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Troy University to host 'Dialogue on Race Relations' Saturday

Posted: Thursday, 19 May 2016

DOTHAN - Troy University will host a panel discussion between community leaders focused on improving community race relations in the Wiregrass.

"The Dialogue on Race Relations - Be a Part of the Solution," co-sponsored by the Dothan Community Relations Group and Troy University, takes place Saturday, May 21 from 1 to 4:15 p.m. inside Sony Hall auditorium in Everett Hall on the University's Dothan Campus.

"Troy University is always proud to serve as a venue for events that promote public discussion and dialogue about issues of importance to our region," said Dr. Don Jeffrey, vice chancellor of the Dothan Campus.

The panel discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience, which will then be invited to participate in smaller discussion groups.

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Fellowship award allows recent Troy University graduate to pursue master's degree in Russia

Posted: Thursday, 19 May 2016
Xavia Bree Alloway

TROY - A Troy University graduate was recently selected for a prestigious award that will allow her to pursue a master's degree in Russia.

Xavia Bree Alloway, 23, who graduated this spring, received a fellowship award from the Carmel Institute of Russian Culture and History that will pay for tuition and room costs for two years of graduate studies in Russia, where she will pursue a master's degree in International Relations-Russian Studies.

"They provide funding for a master's program in Russia," said Dr. Michael Slobodchikoff, an assistant professor of political science at Troy University who fostered Alloway's interest in Russia. "It's a very prestigious award, and she was chosen to win that award."

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Walker challenges TROY graduates to pursue their passion, persevere through difficulties

Posted: Thursday, 19 May 2016
Ronda Walker

MONTGOMERY - District 3 Montgomery County Commissioner Ronda Walker on Tuesday encouraged graduates at Troy University Montgomery to pursue their passion and continue to prepare for the opportunities that lay ahead.

Speaking to the nearly 150 students who received diplomas during the ceremony inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts, Walker, a TROY alumna, told graduates to take action on their goals and dreams.

"What are the goals and ideas that motivate you? Go and do them," Walker said. "If you can utilize the skills you have developed during your time at TROY and couple those skills with the work that you are passionate about, you will discover a satisfaction and success beyond what most people ever achieve in their lifetimes."

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Troy University celebrates 'A Perfect 10' with Alabama Special Olympics

Posted: Tuesday, 17 May 2016

TROY – Troy University celebrates "A Perfect Ten" at the 2016 Alabama Special Olympics State Games.

This year marks the 10th year the University has hosted the games, attended by more than 1,300 special Olympians.

The weekend's theme is "United We Win – The Perfect Ten."

"We're very excited to host the 10th State Games at TROY," said Dean of Student Services Herb Reeves, who has coordinated the state games for the University since its beginning on the Troy Campus. "The athletes enjoy coming to the University, and we believe the University and surrounding communities provide the level of support through volunteerism necessary to sustain a great program."

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CHANGE OF TIME: Achilles Kids Presentation at Troy Elementary School. RECOGNITION IS NOW AT 9 A.M.

Posted: Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 9 a.m., Troy Elementary School Cafeteria: Troy University, Troy City Schools and Achilles International will conduct a recognition ceremony for children in Dana Haley's special education class. Eight students will receive awards from Achilles International for their efforts in running, walking or wheeling the distance of a marathon (26.2 miles).

Students will receive a certificate, medallion, a t-shirt and new tennis shoes, among other items during the presentation. Troy University's KHP 4462 Physical Education for Exceptional Children class assisted in the implementation of the program.

Background on Achilles Kids may be found at:

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Retired Army Brigadier General outlines six attributes of leadership to TROY graduates

Posted: Monday, 16 May 2016
Brigadier General

DOTHAN - Retired Army Brig. Gen. Rodney D. Wolfe told a crowd of more than 150 Troy University graduates Sunday that there are six attributes shared by successful leaders.

Wolfe delivered the keynote speech at the Dothan Campus' spring commencement exercises, which took place Sunday afternoon at the Dothan Civic Center.

"Our country needs leaders - today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow," Wolfe said.

The first key leadership attribute Wolfe pointed to was expertise.

"Know your job," Wolfe said. "Expertise is never ceasing to learn. You start at the apprentice level (and) hopefully you'll advance to the master level one day."

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Confucius Institute at Troy University Montgomery to present programs at local libraries

Posted: Monday, 16 May 2016

MONTGOMERY – The Confucius Institute at Troy University Montgomery will offer a pair of free programs in the coming weeks at branches of the Montgomery City-County Public Library.

Confucius Institute scholars will offer a presentation on traditional Chinese festivals at 3:30 p.m. on May 27 at the E.L. Lowder Library, 2590 Bell Road.

On June 15, the Confucius Institute will offer a presentation on the "Chinese Tea Culture," beginning at 10 a.m. at the Coliseum Boulevard Library branch, 840 Coliseum Blvd.

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Troy University awarded National Endowment for the Arts 'Big Read' grant

Posted: Wednesday, 11 May 2016

MONTGOMERY - Troy University has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to host "The Big Read," a program designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture.

Managed by Arts Midwest, "The Big Read" program exposes citizens to great works of literature and encourages them to read for pleasure and enrichment. The grants enable selected organizations to promote and carry out community-based reading programs around a single book, featuring activities such as read-a-thons, book discussions, lectures, movie screenings and performing arts events.

Troy University, one of 77 organizations nationally to be awarded an NEA Big Read grant, will organize activities around the book, "Silver Sparrow," by Tayari Jones.

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Montgomery County Commission Ronda M. Walker to address TROY graduates

Posted: Monday, 09 May 2016

MONTGOMERY – Montgomery District 3 County Commission and Troy University alumna Ronda M. Walker will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates during the spring commencement ceremony for the Montgomery Campus on May 17.

The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. in the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. Close to 150 students are expected to receive degrees this spring at the Montgomery Campus.

Walker, a Montgomery native and a 1990 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in history and political science from TROY.

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Small Business Week provides opportunity for Troy University training

Posted: Friday, 06 May 2016

TROY – Troy University's Small Business Development Center will be hosting a pair of training courses and one-on-one business counseling next week as part of Small Business Week in Pike County.

On Monday, May 9, "Simple Tips to Get Your Business Found Online" will be taught from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the Pike County Economic Development Center, at 100 Industrial Blvd., in Troy's Industrial Park on U.S. Highway 231 South. The SBDC is teaming with Google to host the workshop, which is free to attend. RSVP for this course at The class is limited to 25 participants, who will receive a free Google Swag Bag.

"QuickBooks Training for Beginners," will be taught from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11

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International education expert urges graduates to be ‘global citizens'

Posted: Friday, 06 May 2016
Arlene Jackson

TROY - One of the nation's foremost experts in international higher education told Troy University graduates not to be afraid of failure, but, rather, use life and work experiences to become change agents and "global citizens."

Arlene Jackson, associate vice president for global initiatives at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, made the remarks in Trojan Arena before more than 800 graduates during the University's spring commencement exercises, which included the University's first two dual enrollment high school students to receive the associate degree.

"Don't stress on changing the whole world. Focus instead, like (TROY Chancellor) Dr. Hawkins, on changing the world where you are," she said. "Make a change by looking at the person next you and saying ‘let's make a change'."

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Troy University launches new website to assist prospective online students

Posted: Thursday, 05 May 2016

TROY – Troy University has launched a new website that provides a “one-stop shop” for those wishing to learn more about the University’s online programs.

The new site for TROY Online,, launched this week, and includes information about online degree programs, the benefits of pursuing a degree through TROY Online, affordability of TROY online programs, service and benefits offered to military students and benefits available to TROY business, organization and municipal partners. The site also provides a step-by-step explanation of how to apply and offers information about transfer credits and the University “Free in 48” unofficial transfer equivalency report program.

“The purpose was to create a unique site where students could in one location learn all they need to know about Troy University’s career-enhancing online programs,” said Dr. Glynn Cavin, Associate Vice Chancellor for TROY Online. “We believe prospective students will find is easy to navigate and is highly accessible because it can be viewed on any device.”

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TROY professor, partners from Denmark hunt for 'mud dragons' on the Gulf Coast

Posted: Thursday, 05 May 2016

This spring, cruising through the muddy waters of Barataria Bay off the coast of Louisiana, Troy University biology professor Dr. Stephen Landers and partner Dr. Martin Sørensen of Denmark were on the hunt for dragons.

Not so much the fire-breathing variety, however. Think smaller, muddier, and much less ferocious.

Since 2012, Landers and Sørensen, of the Natural History Museum of Denmark at the University of Copenhagen, have been studying representatives of the phylum Kinorhyncha, also known as mud dragons. These tiny invertebrates, most less than a millimeter long, live in the sediment on the ocean floor, subsisting on a diet of detritus and other digestible matter scrounged from the sea floor.

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Troy University to host exhibit, talk by artist Mike Howard at Riverfront Campus

Posted: Thursday, 05 May 2016

PHENIX CITY - Troy University will host an exhibit and artist talk featuring renowned painter Mike Howard, a native of Phenix City, at the Riverfront Campus on Thursday, May 19.

The exhibit, titled "A Journey Home," will feature about 40 of Howard's paintings, including depictions of famous Phenix City landmarks and scenes from local history, like the assassination of Albert Patterson.

Howard will discuss his work and career during an artist talk and reception starting at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Howard served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps before going on to study at the University of Georgia. Before graduation, he was accepted to the prestigious Whitney Museum Independent Study program in New York City. He later received an MFA from Rutgers University.

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Expert to present TROY workshop on African-American genealogical research in Dothan

Posted: Tuesday, 03 May 2016

DOTHAN - A renowned expert on Alabama genealogical records will lead a workshop on the challenges and best research practices for researching African-American family histories at the downtown branch of the Dothan Houston County Library on Saturday, May 21.

Presented by Troy University, the "African American Genealogical Research in Alabama" workshop is part of the Wiregrass Common Heritage Project, a summer event aimed at enhancing Wiregrass residents' understanding of the importance of their historical documents and photographs as well as preserving them for researchers across the state.

Frazine K. Taylor, former head of reference for the Alabama Department of Archives and History, will present the workshop, which will contain three lessons: Useful Resources in Overcoming the Challenges of African-American Genealogical Research, Genealogy at Its Worst: Researching Convicts' Records, and Speaking from the Grave: What Will Your Ancestors Tell You?

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TROY Commencement set for May 15 in Dothan

Posted: Tuesday, 03 May 2016

Dothan - About 160 Troy University students will participate in commencement exercises at the Dothan Civic Center on Sunday, May 15.

The event begins at 3 p.m. and features 111 students receiving undergraduate degrees, while 46 students will receive graduate degrees.

The keynote speaker will be retired Army Brig. Gen. Rodney D. Wolfe, who previously served as Deputy Commanding General/Assistant Commandant for the U.S. Army Aviation Center at Fort Rucker.

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Troy University Public Radio launches spring fund drive

Posted: Thursday, 29 April 2016

TROY – Troy University Public Radio's spring fund drive, which helps support the programming offered by the network, will kick off Saturday under the theme "Always Connected."

The drive will run through May 7, and offers different options through which supporters can make donations.

"TROY Public Radio is hard at work planning new ways to strengthen your connections to us and the world," said Kyle D. Gassiott, operations manager. "TROY Public Radio recently added the news program 'Here & Now,' produced by NPR and WBUR, to the noon hour. We've already heard from listeners how much they appreciate the way that 'Here & Now,' along with 'In Focus with Carolyn Hutcheson,' brings you the latest news and information from around the world and across our listening area."

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Troy University Montgomery cuts ribbon on new Barnes & Noble Trojan Cafe

Posted: Thursday, 26 April 2016

MONTGOMERY - Troy University, Barnes & Noble and Montgomery officials cut the ribbon Thursday on the new Trojan Cafe on the University's Montgomery Campus.

The Trojan Cafe proudly serving Starbucks™ is located inside Whitley Hall on Montgomery Street and is part of the continued revitalization of downtown Montgomery.

"Troy University has a long history in Montgomery, and we are proud to be a part of that original push that got downtown Montgomery started," said Dr. Lance Tatum, Vice Chancellor of Troy University Montgomery. "Part of our responsibility is to keep that moving going forward. Twenty months ago we began discussing with Barnes & Noble about how we could reinvent the bookstore experience to include an area that students, faculty and staff could come relax and get a cup of coffee but also provide something for the downtown community. We are extremely proud of how this turned out."

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Troy University's master in communications in nation's top 45

Posted: Thursday, 28 April 2016

TROY - Troy University's Hall School of Journalism and Communication has been recognized as one of the top 45 online communications master's degree in the nation.

The Master of Science in Strategic Communication was ranked 41 by Affordable Online Colleges, an education and industry resource for online education information. The ranking comes on the heels of the Hall School being recognized as the sixth best journalism school in the nation by the Radio Television Digital news Association's 2014 Best College Journalism Schools survey.

"The master's program has been in existence for less than five years and the accolade is a tremendous testament of the program's academic success, its outstanding faculty and students, and TROY's most supportive administration," said Dr. Jeff Spurlock, the school's director.

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Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum to host Family Free Days this summer

Posted: Thursday, 28 April 2016

MONTGOMERY - Family Free Days are coming to Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum this summer.

The museum, located at Troy University Montgomery, will welcome families for fun activities and free admission on May 21, June 18, July 16 and Aug. 20. Activities, designed with the entire family in mind, will include hands-on art projects, performance art, storytelling and more. Each month will feature a different theme.

The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each of these days with activities scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Troy University, Central Alabama Community College sign Reverse Transfer agreement

Posted: Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Alexander City – Troy University and Central Alabama Community College officials signed an agreement that would enable transfer students to complete their associate's degree while pursuing their bachelor's degree.

The Reverse Transfer agreement permits former Central Alabama Community College students who transfer to Troy University to transfer eligible credits back to CACC for the purpose of attaining an associate degree. Students qualified for reverse transfer will have earned at least 15 semester credit hours from Central Alabama, will have earned at least three semester credit hours from Troy University, and will be in good standing at both institutions.

Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, said there are currently nearly 200 former Central Alabama Community College students enrolled at TROY, and that today's agreement will provide further opportunities for CACC students.

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Troy University announces summer 2016 camps schedule

Posted: Tuesday, 26 April 2016

TROY - Troy University will host several camps throughout the summer, offering a variety of educational opportunities for students and adults.

The Wiregrass Math, Science and Technology Leadership Academy will be held June 2-3 and June 6-8 on the University's Dothan Campus. Made possible through a grant from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, the Leadership Academy is designed to improve teacher quality through a series of science, math and technology-themed workshops and activities.

Troy University's Sound of the South marching band will offer its annual Summer Music/Leadership Camp June 12-16 on the Troy Campus. The camp will feature instruction in concert band, percussion ensemble, drum major, majorette, dance and color guard.

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Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum adds to staff

Posted: Tuesday, 26 April 2016

MONTGOMERY - The staff of Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum is growing to assist in the museum's efforts to increase its educational programming.

Two new employees were added this month - D. Keith Worthington, who will serve as operations manager, and Madeline Burkhardt, who will serve as the museum's adult education coordinator - and an existing staff member, Donna Beisel, has been moved into the position of K-12 education coordinator.

A former adjunct professor of business management with Central Texas College, Worthington previously served as program manager with Appleton Learning, as well as a secondary assistant administrator.

Worthington, a life-long advocate for justice, equality and equity, received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Winston-Salem State University and his master's degree in education from the University of Phoenix.

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