Arkansas artist presents 'Altars of Transition' at Troy University

Posted: Friday, 29 August 2014
Dr. Larry Blocher

TROY - Troy University's Department of Art and Design is hosting a transmedia art exhibit by Arkansas artist, Bryan Alexis.

The exhibit is being held in Malone Gallery on the Troy Campus and will run through Thursday, Oct. 2. The exhibit, comprised of a series of six sculptures collectively titled "Altars of Transitions," can be viewed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. or by appointment.

According to Alexis, the series of three-dimensional altar pieces mark signal points in his lifetime where he had to "put away childish things" in order to move to the next phase of his life.

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Troy University, Southern Union State Community College sign Reverse Transfer agreement

Posted: Thursday, 28 August 2014

MONTGOMERY - Troy University and Southern Union State Community College officials signed an agreement today that would enable transfer students to complete their associate's degree while pursuing their bachelor's degree.

The Reverse Transfer agreement permits former Southern Union students who transfer to Troy University to transfer eligible credits back to Southern Union State Community College for the purpose of attaining an associate degree. Students qualified for reverse transfer will have earned at least 15 semester credit hours from Southern Union State Community College, 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 has always been a strong link between the Alabama Community College System and TROY. Nearly 500 current TROY students formerly attended Southern Union.

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Troy University's School of Accountancy to host annual Accountancy Day

Posted: Wednesday, 27 August 2014

TROY – Troy University's School of Accountancy will play host to the 23rd annual Accountancy Day program on Sept. 4 on the Troy Campus.

The event will begin with a "Practitioners in the Classroom" session at 8:30 a.m. in Room 129, Bibb Graves Hall, where TROY students will have the opportunity to hear from professionals in the field. A "Meet the Firms" browse session follows from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Bibb Graves Atrium.

An Awards luncheon will wrap up the day's activities, beginning at noon in the Trojan Center Ballrooms. During the program, students will be recognized and honored for their accomplishments. In addition, the Outstanding Professor in Accounting, as voted on by the students, will be announced. Three professionals – two alumni and one non-alumnus supporter, will be inducted into the Accounting Hall of Honor and the Young Alumnus of the Year will be awarded.

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Troy University, Southern Union State Community College agreement signing

Posted: Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Aug. 28, 10 a.m.: Troy University and Southern Union State Community College will sign a "Reverse Transfer" agreement during a ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 10 a.m. in the Civic Room, Whitley Hall on TROY's Montgomery Campus. The Reverse Transfer Agreement permits former Southern Union State Community College students who transfer to Troy University to transfer eligible credits back to Southern Union to count toward their associate degree.

Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Troy University Chancellor, and Dr. Glenda Colagross, President of Southern Union State Community College, will make comments during the ceremony and be available following the ceremony for interviews.

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Troy University's Small Business Development Center plans tax workshops for Sept. 4

Posted: Friday, 22 August 2014

DOTHAN - Troy University and the Alabama Department of Revenue will sponsor two sessions of the New Business Tax Workshop on the Dothan Campus on Sept. 4.

The free workshops, arranged by TROY's Small Business Development Center, will be offered from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m., and repeated from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Continuing Education Center on the second floor of Adams Hall on the Dothan Campus.

"If you are trying to start a business, or if you have been in business for years, you don't want to miss this program," said Sandra Lucas, the Center's director. "There's no one better to explain 'the why, the when, the where, the how, and the who' other than the tax experts who examine submitted tax forms."

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Blocher named Dean of College of Communication and Fine Arts

Posted: Friday, 22 August 2014
Dr. Larry Blocher

TROY - Longtime John M. Long School of Music Director Dr. Larry Blocher has been appointed Dean of Troy University's College of Communication and Fine Arts.

"Dr. Blocher has proven himself a capable leader and an extraordinary advocate for student success during his time as a professor of music and director of the John M. Long School of Music," said Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. "The fine arts and humanities play an important role at TROY not only for our students, faculty and staff but also for the public at large who attend our performances and have their lives enriched through the arts. Dr. Blocher understands the crucial role the fine arts play on our campus and beyond. He is the right leader to take this college into a new era of success."

Blocher, who was named director of the School of Music in 2005, takes the reigns of the college from Dr. Don Jeffrey, who served as interim dean following the departure of Dr. Mary Jo Cochran.

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Dr. Diane Orlofsky receives Troy University's Malone Award

Posted: Thursday, 21 August 2014
Dr. Diane Orlofsky

TROY – Dr. Diane Orlofsky, professor in the John M. Long School of Music at Troy University, has been awarded the Wallace D. Malone, Jr. Distinguished Faculty Award.

Dr. Orlofsky, who joined the TROY faculty in 1986 as an assistant professor of music and music education, was presented the award by Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, and Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, during the University's annual Faculty/Staff Convocation on Aug. 8, at the Troy Campus.

The award consists of a $1,500 cash prize and a medallion to be worn with academic regalia. The award is made possible through a $100,000 endowment by the SouthTrust Corporation. Wallace Malone, former chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of SouthTrust, served as a TROY trustee from 1975-1995.

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Troy University to offer professional development course in social media security

Posted: Thursday, 21 August 2014

TROY - Troy University's Professional Development Institute will offer a new online course in social media security starting in September that will help individuals identify social media security risks and guard sensitive personal information.

The course starts Sept. 8, and registration must be complete by Sept. 3. The course prepares participants for the Social Media Security Professional (SMSP) certification exam.

The SMSP certification is designed for people who work, or plan to work in, professions dealing with social media solutions or cyber security, including information security technicians, security administrators, security architects, security engineers or any other role that is responsible for information security.

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Troy University appoints Dean of Library Services

Posted: Friday, 15 August 2014
Dr. Chris Shaffer

TROY - Troy University officials have appointed Dr. Chris Shaffer as Dean of Library Services, effective immediately.

Shaffer, who joined the University's staff in 2005 as a social sciences reference librarian, has served as Director of the Dothan Campus Library since 2007 and is an associate professor. He assumes the post left vacant by the retirement of longtime dean, Dr. Henry Stewart.

"Dr. Shaffer's experience and his dedication to serving the needs of our students make him a good choice to carry on the outstanding work of Dr. Henry Stewart," said Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. "Our library services are a strength of this University and impact every facet of academic life, so we conducted an extensive search to ensure we appointed the right leader. Dr. Shaffer's academic and international experience, coupled with his proven stewardship, suggests he is that leader."

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Troy University launches new Professional Development Institute focused on career advancement

Posted: Thursday, 14 August 2014

TROY — Troy University's Continuing Education Center has launched a new Professional Development Institute which will offer a variety of courses designed to help individuals advance in their careers through skill training, licensing and state or industry certifications.

The PDI houses online and in-class programs that will help individuals develop new skills or advance in various professions including life and health insurance, property and casualty insurance, cyber security, social media security, personal training and pharmacy technician.

"The PDI's programs teach participants to recognize issues, take effective action and create results," said Kathy Farley, coordinator for Business and Industry Training at TROY. "Our goal is to deliver value for your education and training dollars while using flexible delivery methods to meet your busy schedule."

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TROY professor, grad Dr. Kelli Cleveland to be featured on Lifetime Television's "The Balancing Act"

Posted: Tuesday, 12 August 2014
Col. Richard H. Boutwell

TROY - Troy University alumna and professor Dr. Kelli Cleveland will be featured on the Lifetime Television program "The Balancing Act" on Monday, Aug. 18, to discuss how adults can balance work and family while pursuing a college education.

Dr. Cleveland, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing, was also a member of the University's first graduating class for the Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2011. She also received her master's and bachelor's degrees from TROY.

On the program, Dr. Cleveland reflects on balancing work and family while pursuing her doctorate degree and how TROY's online learning options helped make the process easier.

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Troy University named Best in the Southeast

Posted: Wednesday, 06 August 2014

TROY - Troy University has been named among the best colleges and universities in the southeastern United States by The Princeton Review.

The designation marks the 10th year in a row TROY has been named to the list that includes only 648 colleges and universities nationwide and 139 colleges and universities in the 12-state southeastern region. These institutions represent about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

"The most important thing we do at Troy University is serve students," said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., the University's chancellor. "The fact that we have been recognized every year for a decade is a reflection of this commitment to students."

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Welcome Weekend kicks off fall semester at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 04 August 2014
Mucha Marapa

TROY - Troy University's "Welcome Weekend 2014," scheduled for the Troy Campus on Aug. 9-10, will include the official move-in weekend for on-campus residents and the 10th annual Odyssey Convocation for New Students.

Students will be able to move into the University's residence halls beginning on Saturday, Aug. 9, and a number of TROY faculty and staff, as well as members of the community will be on hand to assist with hospitality and moving between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday move-in will take place between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Fall semester classes begin on Wednesday, Aug. 13, on the Troy Campus.

Troy University alumnus Mucha Murapa will serve as the keynote speaker for the Odyssey Convocation for new students on Sunday, Aug.10. The convocation, designed to introduce new students and their parents to the University's customs, traditions, people and places, will begin at 3 p.m. in Trojan Arena.

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Troy University Student Success Center named in honor of retiring administrator

Posted: Monday, 04 August 2014
Presentation to Dr. John Schmidt

TROY - Troy University's Student Success Center has been named in honor of Dr. John W. Schmidt, a longtime senior administrator who retired at the end of July.

Troy University Trustees approved a resolution during their July 24 meeting renaming the center, which is located inside Eldridge Hall on the Troy Campus and provides programs and services that enhance students' academic achievement, personal and social growth, campus and civic engagement, career development and persistence to graduation.

"The naming recognition is humbling and an honor," said Dr. Schmidt. "Yet, the real satisfaction comes from knowing that this center now adds value to students' lives and their own success here at Troy University. That of itself is its own reward and recognition – one that I will always treasure in a spirit of service to Troy University."

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"Slavery By Another Name" exhibit coming to the Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Friday, 01 August 2014
"Here is a Wound That Will Never Heal" by R. Morris.

MONTGOMERY - The practice of convict leasing, which led to a new era of slavery for many African Americans following the end of reconstruction in the South, will be the focus of an art exhibit coming to Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum in August.

"Slavery By Another Name: Paintings and Assemblages by Robert Claiborne Morris" will be on display at the Rosa Parks Museum from Aug. 8 through Oct. 25.

The exhibit is inspired by the Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name by Douglas A. Blackmon. Blackmon's book explores convict leasing in the South following the Reconstruction period, in which African American convicts were leased as labor to private individuals and corporations—a practice that continued in some southern states until World War II.

"Artist Robert Claiborne Morris saw an early draft of Blackmon's groundbreaking work and was powerfully moved to create a visual understanding of this terrible period in American life," said Daniel Neil, curator of the Rosa Parks Museum. "Many southern states profited greatly from the criminalization of Blackness and subsequent leasing of both legitimately and falsely incarcerated African Americans from Reconstruction until World War II."

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TROY trains Chilean team in English

Posted: Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Robert Granfeldt

TROY - For nine Chilean professionals, a month at Troy University was about learning English and seeing the United States for the first time.

The group, organized by Chile's Sociedad Nacional de Agricultura for the participants who were studying English online in the South American nation, spent most of July on the Troy Campus in a first-of-its-kind program conducted by the English and a Second Language Program.

"SNA was looking for a program to augment their student's English studies, and the U.S. State Department asked us if we would provide the services," said David Kent, the University's ESL instructor.

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New Trojan Café to provide virtual community for online students

Posted: Tuesday, 29 July 2014

TROY - Troy University's eTROY division is launching a new service in August that will allow online students to connect with one another and share experiences—all inside a virtual café.

The Trojan Café, which will be available starting Aug. 8 through Blackboard, will be an online gathering place for eTROY students. Trojan Café gives online students access for the first time to a casual discussion area where they can interact with peers and utilize a variety of tools to enhance and support their academic experience.

"Since its inception, Troy University's distance learning program has served as a model for delivering quality education online," said Amanda Smothers, assistant director of Student Engagement for eTROY. "However, we know it can be difficult for online students to feel connected with their fellow classmates or professors. The Trojan Café will help online students grow a sense of community, inspiring success and growing the Trojan Warrior Spirit online."

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Montgomery Advertiser Publisher Robert Granfeldt urges TROY grads to always be leaders

Posted: Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Robert Granfeldt

MONTGOMERY - The President and Publisher of the Montgomery Advertiser, Robert Granfeldt, Jr., told Troy University graduates at the Montgomery Campus that leaders come from all levels of successful organizations.

Granfeldt delivered the keynote address to graduates during the summer commencement ceremony for the Montgomery Campus on Monday, July 28, inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. About 125 students received degrees this summer at the Montgomery Campus.

Granfeldt urged graduates to become leaders no matter what their role is in an organization.

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Troy University presents honorary doctorate to Roy Drinkard

Posted: Friday, 25 July 2014

Troy University on Friday honored a member of its Board of Trustees with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during Summer Commencement ceremonies on the Troy Campus.

Roy Henry Drinkard, a native of Falkville who has served as a University Trustee since 2000, was presented with a framed degree and hooded with academic regalia by Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Troy University Chancellor.

“Through his countless contributions as a businessman and as a dedicated community leader, Mr. Roy Drinkard has made the State of Alabama a better place,” Dr. Hawkins said. “As a member of our Board of Trustees, his commitment to sound fiscal management and student service has made Troy University a better place. We are pleased to be able to honor him in this fashion today with this honorary degree.”

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Medal of Honor recipient encourages TROY graduates to give back

Posted: Friday, 25 July 2014

Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and former prisoner of war Leo Thorsness on Friday encouraged Troy University graduates to strive to be their best in their chosen careers and to give more than they take.

More than 300 students representing 20 states and nine nations received degrees during the ceremony on Friday in Trojan Arena.

“Make the most of your career field,” Thorsness said. “Just always be sure to put back more than you take out.”

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Media Advisory: Board of Trustees meeting

Posted: Friday, 18 July 2014

July 24, 2 p.m., Hawkins Hall: The Troy University Board of Trustees will meet in the third-floor conference room in Hawkins Hall.

The agenda includes:

  • I. Call to order
  • II. Roll Call
  • III. Approval of Minutes
  • IV. Reports
    • a. Chancellor's Report
    • b. Board Committee Reports
      • i. Academic Affairs Committee, Hon. Karen Carter
      • ii. Student Affairs Committee, Hon. Lamar P. Higgins
      • iii. Finance Committee, Hon. John Harrison
      • iv. Institutional Advancement Committee, Hon. Charles Nailen
      • v. Athletic Policy Committee, Hon. Allen Owen
  • V. Adjournment

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Media Advisory: Expert on Russia and Ukraine available for interview

Posted: Thursday, 17 July 2014

A Troy University professor believes that regardless of who shot down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over the Ukraine on Thursday, the incident may prove to be a "game changer" in the region's ongoing confrontation.

Dr. Michael O. Slobodchikoff, an expert on Russia and Ukraine, specializes in relations between Russia and the former Soviet states, international conflict and peace, and comparative politics, and has offered his insights into the recent Ukrainian developments as an analyst for BBC World News and Voice of Russia Radio.

Some of his observations of the current incident:

  • If separatists shot down the airliner, any sympathy they had garnered at the hands of strong Ukrainian government tactics will erode on the world's radar.
  • Separatists have argued they don't have a weapon capable of reaching an airliner's altitude, but if it's proven they do, Russia could find itself in a precarious position for supplying advanced weaponry to the separatists.
  • It's plausible the Ukrainian military could have tragically mistook the airliner for a plane headed to Russia that could have aided separatists.
  • While it's too early for any definitive assessments, the incident could force the European Union to add more sanctions against Russia, prompting a Russian response and an escalation in the conflict.

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Troy University to launch new Minor in Public Service and Civic Engagement

Posted: Thursday, 17 July 2014

TROY - A new minor in public service and civic engagement will help Troy University students better understand societal and public problems and form creative, realistic solutions.

The minor will be offered for the first time during the upcoming fall 2014 semester. The Minor in Public Service and Civic Engagement is designed to help students become effective leaders in communities, non-profit organizations or government institutions.

"We are excited to offer this minor as it complements the strong academic programs that we have at TROY and enables our students who are passionate about social issues to address those issues through scholarship and application," said Jonathan Cellon, Coordinator of Service Learning and Civic Engagement at TROY. "Students in the minor will develop advanced skills in ethical decision making, project management, and program development and assessment."

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Exhibit, lecture exploring lives of 19th century physicians coming to TROY's Dothan Campus

Posted: Tuesday, 15 July 2014

DOTHAN - The practice of medicine in the days before antibiotics and anesthesia will be the focus of an exhibit and lecture hosted by Troy University at the Dothan Campus.

The exhibit "The Henkel Physicians: A Family's Life in Letters," developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, is currently on display inside the library at the Dothan Campus. The exhibit includes selections from the letters and writings of the Henkel family, several generations of physicians who settled in the New Market, Virginia, area in 1790.

The letters of the Henkel family richly document the daily life of men in medicine in the 19th century and reveal the challenges, rewards and responsibilities of the profession. Covering more than a century of life in the Shenandoah Valley, this exhibition features a selection of writings that detail local events, professional jealousies, the national crisis of the Civil War and the dramatic testimony of the Henkel physicians in a murder trial.

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