MONTGOMERY - Visitors to the W.A. Gayle Planetarium will get an even more out of this world experience thanks to a new full-dome digital projector and renovation unveiled this week.
Officials with Troy University and the City of Montgomery got their first look at the upgraded planetarium during a special premiere event today. The planetarium will reopen to the public on Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m.
"We researched the various projection systems on the market to determine the best fit for Montgomery," said planetarium director Rick Evans. "That research has paid off, and we are ecstatic with the new Super Mediaglobe. The projection is beyond brilliant, fully immersive and absolutely spectacular. The new astronomy software is beyond amazing. The stars in the night sky look fantastic, but there's so much more than stars. We now have a digital, three-dimensional map of the entire universe."Read More
TROY - Troy University's Hall School of Journalism and Communication will present its annual Awards Banquet on March 29 in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with dinner beginning at 7 p.m.
The event honors alumni and students for outstanding achievements and outstanding service to the Hall School.
"We have a growing number of alumni that are making great contributions in the world of journalism and communication, and this banquet allows us the opportunity to salute their work," said Dr. Steven Padgett, director of the Hall School. "The event also provides us with the opportunity to celebrate our students and recognize their achievements."Read More
TROY - Nimrod Frazer, author of the upcoming book "Send the Alabamians: WWI Fighters in the Rainbow Division," will deliver a free, public lecture on March 25 at the National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus.
Presented by Troy University, the lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. (ET) and will address the role Alabama's 167th Infantry Regiment played during World War I. It is the third of four such lectures presented by the University in celebration of the centennial anniversary of the war.
Frazer lectured on the University's Troy and Montgomery campuses in February and will lecture on the Dothan Campus on April 17.Read More
MONTGOMERY - The national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical "Sweet Charity" will come to Montgomery for one night only for a performance at Troy University's Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts on Thursday, March 13, at 7 p.m.
"Sweet Charity" is a tender, poignant and funny look at the adventures, or rather misadventures, in the ways of love encountered by the gullible and guileless Charity Valentine—an unlucky soul who always gives her heart and her earnings to the wrong man. The tuneful score by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields includes hits such as "Hey, Big Spender," "Rhythm of Life," "I'm A Brass Band" and "If My Friends Could See Me Now."
This classic Broadway musical premiered in 1966 and won five Tony Awards. It also ran in the West End as well as having revivals and international productions.Read More
DOTHAN - The sixth annual Gifted Education Conference for parents and teachers of high-ability K-2 students will be held at Troy University's Dothan Campus on Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Michelin Room in R. Terry Everett Hall.
The free event is sponsored by the College of Education and is aimed at helping parents and teachers better meet the needs of high-ability students in kindergarten through second grade.
"Typically, students are not identified and served in gifted programs until third grade. Therefore, we want to provide parents and classroom teachers with techniques that can enrich the curriculum for K-2 students prior to enrollment in a gifted program," said Dr. Victoria Morin, Professor of Special Education and Gifted Education.Read More
TROY - Troy University's vocal jazz ensemble, frequency, will present a free concert at 7 p.m. on March 20 at The Studio, 300 E. Walnut St. in downtown Troy.
TROY's ensemble will be joined by the Wallace Singers of Wallace Community College in Dothan to present an evening of fast-paced vocal jazz and contemporary a cappella vocal arrangements.
Both auditioned groups have 16 singers and vocal percussionists, while frequency is joined by a small instrumental combo on several musical numbers.Read More
TROY - Troy University will launch a new master’s program on its Dothan Campus this fall.
The Master of Social Work program will help the region provide needed clinical services in the Wiregrass region and the southern half of the state. The degree is considered the highest degree a student may earn in social work, or a "terminal" degree. Graduates are immediately qualified to sit for the licensure exam.
"This has been 23 years in the making," said Dr. Denise Green, a professor of social work and chair of the department. "It's long been the University's vision to provide social workers for southern Alabama and it fills a need for clinical services in the region."Read More
MONTGOMERY - An exhibit of photographs examining the region of Japan devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami will be on display at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum in March.
Sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta, "TOHOKU: Through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers" contains photographs taken from the 1940s to the present day documenting the Tohoku region of Japan, which suffered heavy damage during the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami.
Rather than focusing on the damage and recovery, the photographs celebrate the unique natural and cultural history of Tohoku, along with its people and their way of life.Read More
Wednesday, March 5, 1:30 p.m./Quad: AFC will present the Tree Campus USA plaque and flag to University officials. A free tree giveaway will take place as part of the observance. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your organization's coverage.
Wednesday, March 5, 1 - 3 p.m./Barnes and Noble patio: TROY's Office of Service Learning & Civic Engagement is sponsoring its Can Castle Contest. This is a highly visual event designed to provide can goods to the hungry through local food banks. New to this year's contest is the Freshman Forum's "Backpacks for Kids."
Friday, March 7, 8:30 a.m./Quad: Members of Alpha Tau Omega will begin their Walk Hard 2014 hike to Panama City Beach in an effort to raise awareness and funds for disabilities awareness. A Travel Channel documentary that includes Walk Hard airs at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 2. The walk will terminate at PCB's Pier Park and will feature a proclamation by the PCB mayor.Read More
TROY - Troy University students will have an opportunity to put their building skills to the test in the annual Can Castle Contest, designed to gather donations for Troy-area food pantries.
The contest, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 5 on the Barnes & Noble patio on the Troy Campus, is sponsored by the Office of Service Learning and Civic Engagement's Civic Scholars.
Student teams involved in the event will bring their group's collected canned goods and build the castles, which will be judged on soundness of structure, creativity, use of materials, theme and overall appearance. Winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m. Awards will be given for the best castle and most cans collected. Winning teams will receive a TROY t-shirts and plaque. Greek organizations are eligible for Greek Week points.Read More
TROY - The Information Technology Society at Troy University has received an official charter from the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Charter.
The Information Technology Society is a student organization that seeks to promote and foster an atmosphere conducive to all studies of the information technology fields and facilitates communication between students and practitioners from national, regional and local information technology companies. The organization provides opportunities for students to engage in individual and small group discussion with peer and practitioners of information technology companies regarding the interview process, education and job placement.
"This is truly an accomplishment for the men and women of this organization who have worked hard to make this happen," said M. Joann Rouse, lecturer in information systems and quantitative methods and the group's advisor.Read More
TROY - The quest to discover what it means to be human was the focus of a lecture to Troy University students by physics professor, and this lecture didn't include formulas or laboratory experiments.
Francis Slakey, a Georgetown University physics professor-turned-author, explained his journey into life to students as a part of TROY's Common Reading Initiative. His book "To the Last Breath: A Memoir of Going to Extremes" catalogs Slakey's global quest to learn the meaning of life, and was the subject of this semester's common reader.
Slakey told students that it was on the side of a California mountain - nearly falling to his death from a cot - where he decided "I wanted to break free from my boring job" as a physics teacher. The result: a personal challenge to climb the highest peak on each continent and surf each of the planet's ocean - a "surf-and-turf challenge."Read More
TROY - More than 100 middle- and high-school students will get in touch with their artistic side during the ninth annual District II Visual Arts Achievement Program at Troy University on Feb. 28.
"Trojan Art Day" features workshops, demonstrations and competitions, taught and judged by the faculty and students of the University's Art and Design Department, and expands the statewide VAAP, an art competition sponsored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
"The Visual Arts Achievement Program provides local and state recognition for student achievement in the visual arts and is really designed to encourage young artists to showcase their work and provide some advanced training beyond high school," said Larry Percy, an art professor who coordinates the program for TROY.Read More
TROY - World renowned clarinetist Evan Christopher will meet with music students, offer a master class and perform a concert this week at Troy University.
Christopher will join faculty members in a jazz concert at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19. in Claudia Crosby Theater, after having conducted a jazz history lecture with students in John M. Long Hall at 11 a.m. The concert is free and open to the public.
“Evan Christopher is one of the best jazz clarinetists in the world,” said Dr. Timothy Phillips, associate professor of clarinet. “Having him here will be an incredible experience for our students.”Read More