Troy University to celebrate Heritage Week at Dothan Campus

Posted: Monday, 14 April 2014

DOTHAN - Troy University is celebrating its ties to the Wiregrass region with a number of special events during the annual Heritage Week celebration on the Dothan Campus this week.

For more than 20 years the Dothan Campus has celebrated its history in the Wiregrass with the Heritage Week festivities, which include several free events that are open to the public.

Activities during the 2013 Heritage Week will include:

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Research findings focus of two Dothan Campus events

Posted: Monday, 14 April 2014

DOTHAN - Troy University students will present findings during the fifth annual Student Research Forum on April 13.

A dozen graduate and undergraduate students majoring in Education Specialist, Criminal Justice/Social Work and History will make their presentations from 2 until 5:30 p.m. in the Harrison Room in the Dothan Campus' Malone Hall.

"It provides students an academically sound but supportive venue to enter the world of professional presentations," said Dr. Marty Oliff, who helps coordinate the research presentations.

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Troy University to host lecture on the Emancipation Proclamation at the Dothan Campus

Posted: Wednesday, 09 April 2014

DOTHAN - Troy University will host a lecture at the Dothan Campus exploring the effects of the Emancipation Proclamation on Alabama by history professor Dr. Bertis English on Tuesday, April 15.

The lecture, entitled "Southern Honor in Black and White Alabama during the Emancipation and Early Reconstruction Years," looks at how the Emancipation Proclamation affected the "cradle of the Confederacy," from its issuance through Alabama's second post-Civil War constitutional convention in 1867.

Dr. English is a professor of history at Alabama State University.

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Troy University to recognize students at annual Honors Convocation April 22

Posted: Wednesday, 09 April 2014
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TROY - Troy University students will be recognized for their achievements during the University's annual Honors Convocation at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

Maj. Gen. Steven Kwast, Commander of the Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education and Vice Commander of Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, will serve as the keynote speaker for the convocation.

Among the awards to be presented are the Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, presented to an outstanding faculty member, and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards, given to a senior male and female student and to a distinguished faculty or staff member.

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TROY faculty, students aid Barbour County Junior High with help of Lowe's grant

Posted: Tuesday, 08 April 2014
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TROY - Troy University Kinesiology and Health Promotion faculty and students are helping to create two locker rooms for the physical education program at Barbour County Junior High School thanks to a Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant.

The project grew out of Dr. Gayle Bush's Programs in Health and Physical Education course. Dr. Bush and graduate student Deborah Countryman served as co-directors of the project, along with Merri Burks, a TROY alumna who teaches physical education at Barbour County Junior High. The $5,000 grant will turn an empty, unused room at the school into two lockers rooms, including a fresh coat of paint, lockers and new flooring.

"There is little to no funding available for remodeling projects, due to other critical needs throughout the Barbour County school system that take precedence," Dr. Bush said. "Mrs. Countryman worked with Coach Burks, as well as the school staff and the Lowe's store in Troy, to prepare the grant for remodeled locker rooms in the gymnasium area."

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Troy University, Alabama Blues Project present Wiregrass Blues Fest 2014

Posted: Tuesday, 08 April 2014

DOTHAN - Troy University and the Alabama Blues Project will present the third Wiregrass Blues Fest's main event on Saturday, May 3, at the Wiregrass Museum of Art's Yard, to pay tribute to the Wiregrass blues pioneer of boogie-woogie piano playing, the late Clarence "Pine Top" Smith.

Co-sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Dothan, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Alabama Humanities Foundation, and Wells Fargo, the Wiregrass Blues Fest will feature performances by a lineup of top performers including Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots; Scarlet Blue, Lil' Jimmy Reed, and the Alabama blues women - Debbie Bond, Shar Baby and Rachel Edwards.

Gil Anthony, host of the Blues Power radio show, will emcee. The gates will open at 6:15 p.m. with music starting at 6:30 p.m. Advanced tickets for the performances are $15 and can be purchased either at the museum or online through the Facebook page—Wiregrass Blues Fest. Tickets will be $20 at the door. Attendees should bring outdoor chairs for this yard party and the show will go on rain or shine.

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Troy University to host free Health and Wellness Fair

Posted: Tuesday, 08 April 2014

DOTHAN - Local community healthcare providers and organizations will provide free checks, screenings and information during the annual Health and Wellness Fair at Troy University on Tuesday, April 15.

The fair will be held at the Dothan Campus from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. inside the Harrison Room in Malone Hall.

More than 20 local healthcare providers and organizations will be on hand to provide information about health and wellness topics including exercise, nutrition and personal safety. The fair will also feature free access to a range of services including blood pressure checks, vision tests and body composition analysis.

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Troy University Symphony Band to present free concert on April 21

Posted: Tuesday, 08 April 2014

TROY - The Troy University Symphony Band will present its final concert of the academic year at 7 p.m., April 21 in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will include variety of musical styles, including compositions by Dubussy and Grainger and the regional premiere of the commissioned ensemble piece "Fractured Rondo," by American composer James Stephenson.

In addition to the student symphony, the concert will feature John M. Long School of Music faculty members Dr. Tim Phillips on clarinet and Professor Carol Franks on flute.

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Troy University Public Radio spring fund drive under way

Posted: Tuesday, 08 April 2014

TROY - "Communities Coming Together" is the theme for Troy University Public Radio's Spring Fund Drive, which helps support the programming offered by the network.

The drive, which is currently under way, encourages listeners to lend their support through financial gifts for the network that provides coverage in Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

"This fund drive marks a year that we are carrying programs that have become very popular with our audience, such as 'Fresh Air' from WHYY in Philadelphia, the call-in show 'On Point', 'Travels with Rick Steves', 'TED Radio Hour' from National Public Radio and 'On Being' with Krista Tippett," said Kyle D. Gassiott, TROY Public Radio Operations Manager. "At TROY Public Radio, we are honored to provide a voice for people who live in our communities. Each week we speak with individuals from across Southeast Alabama, Northern Florida and Western Georgia, creating a place where their stories can be heard and connecting them to each other and the world."

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New study could assist Weather Service in saving lives

Posted: Tuesday, 08 April 2014

TROY - A new Troy University study could help the National Weather Service make tornadoes less deadly.

The study found that in more than 20,000 tornadoes over a 20-year period, tornado watches are not effective in reducing deaths or injuries. The study was published in the March issue of the "International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters" and authored by Dr. Daniel Sutter and Dr. Kevin Simmons of Austin College.

"Our research finds that tornado warnings reduce fatalities and injuries," Dr. Sutter said. "This study sought to discover if tornado watches provide any additional life-saving effects. We could document no such effects."

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