Crowell to deliver keynote address to Troy University graduates on June 2

Posted: Friday, 26 May 2017
Gibson Vance

PHENIX CITY - Brig. Gen. Edward F. Crowell (USAF, ret.), a Troy University alumnus and a member of the University's Board of Trustees, will deliver the keynote address to TROY graduates on June 2, during a joint spring 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. Nearly 130 graduates will be recognized during the ceremony.

Crowell is currently president and chief executive officer for VT Miltope, a leading manufacturer of computers, servers, storage, network peripherals and airborne solutions geared toward top performance under the most demanding environmental conditions. His corporate career spans more than 25 years and includes work with VT Miltope and Blount, Inc.

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HOBY conference aims to improve leadership in youth

Posted: Friday, 26 May 2017

TROY - More than 300 rising high school juniors are on Troy University's Troy Campus for the Alabama Leadership Seminar's Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Conference May 26-28.

The event marks the 13th time in the conference's 32-year history in Alabama that it will be held at the University.

Modeled after HOBY's World Leadership Congress, and part of the HOBY program, the seminar provides an opportunity to build on leadership skills already possessed by the student ambassadors. Students are nominated by their respective high schools and are chosen to attend based on emerging leadership ability, the ability to work well with others, a desire for new pursuits and a willingness to learn and share.

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Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum to offer summer day camp June 13-15

Posted: Tuesday, 23 May 2017

MONTGOMERY - Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will offer a three-day summer day camp focusing on conflict resolution and Civil Rights history for area middle school students.

Designed for students who will be in grades six through eight in the 2017-2018 school year, the second annual camp will run from June 13-15 and will examine non-violent conflict resolution techniques utilized by Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.

The Museum will partner with New Way from the Atlanta, Ga.-based Something New, whose goal is to train people how to effectively and peacefully handle conflict by building on the principles of Ghandi, Nelson Mandela and Dr. King.

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Kwast encourages Troy University graduates to uplift others

Posted: Friday, 12 May 2017
Lt. Gen. Steven L. Kwast

Troy - Lt. Gen. Steven L. Kwast, commander and president of Air University, encouraged Troy University graduates on Friday to discover their passions and then hone those gifts to serve others.

Gen. Kwast delivered the keynote address to nearly 950 graduates during Spring Commencement exercises in Trojan Arena on the Troy Campus. Graduates represented 29 states and 13 nations.

Calling graduates the "pioneers of the future," Gen. Kwast said there were two secrets to gaining happiness and success in life.

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Community leader, author Frazer to address Troy University graduates at Montgomery Campus

Posted: Thursday, 11 May 2017
Nimrod T. “Rod” Frazer

MONTGOMERY - Nimrod T. "Rod" Frazer, a community leader, author and retired investment banker, will deliver the keynote address to graduates at Troy University Montgomery during the spring commencement ceremony on May 15.

The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. in the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. Nearly 170 students are expected to receive degrees this spring at the Montgomery Campus.

A native of Montgomery, Frazer was chairman of the board and co-founder of The Frazer Lanier Company, and later led the Enstar Group, Inc., increasing its net worth by more than $400 million. He is a 1954 graduate of Huntingdon College and earned his Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1956. He is a member of the Alabama Business Hall of Fame.

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Air War College instructors to address Alabama World Affairs Council on May 9

Posted: Tuesday, 02 May 2017

MONTGOMERY - A panel of instructors from the Air War College at Air University will discuss regions of the world they recently visited as a part of a two-week regional and cultural study on May 9 during a presentation of the Alabama World Affairs Council.

The event will take place in the Gold Room in Whitley Hall at Troy University Montgomery, beginning with a 5:30 p.m. reception and the presentation to follow. Admission is free for World Affairs Council members and $20 for non-members.

The panel will include Dr. Christopher Hemmer, a professor of international security studies and dean of the Air War College; Dr. Mark J. Conversino, professor of strategy and security studies at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies at Air University; and, Dr. Dawn Murphy, an assistant professor of international security studies at the Air War College.

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Annual Groundwater Festival set for Wednesday at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 02 May 2017

TROY - Close to 500 fourth graders from schools throughout Pike County will have the opportunity to get "hands-on" experiences with activities promoting environmental awareness and water education on Wednesday during the Pike County Groundwater Festival at Troy University.

The one-day festival will allow students and teachers to participate in three lab activities: "Edible Aquifer," "Water Bracelet" and "Drop in the Bucket." In addition, this year's event will include a poster contest with an overall winner and winners from each participating class being selected. An awards ceremony will be held during the festival.

Students will be greeted by "Ruby Raindrop" and "Sammy Soil" when they arrive on campus and will have the opportunity to visit the Saltwater Aquarium display and environmental education booths. Representatives from Alabama P.A.L.S. will be on hand to teach the students about the effects of littering and how they can play a role in protecting the state's waterways and environment, said Janet Gaston, senior lecturer in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, who coordinates the event for the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Shaffer honored with Alabama Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Award

Posted: Thursday, 27 April 2017
Dr. Chris Shaffer

TROY - Dr. Chris Shaffer, dean of library services at Troy University, has received the Alabama Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Award.

The Intellectual Freedom Award is presented to an individual or a group that conducts programming in support of intellectual freedom and in opposition to censorship. The award was presented during the Alabama Library Association's Annual Convention in Montgomery, April 18-21.

"I am deeply honored that the Alabama Library Association chose to recognize me with this year's Intellectual Freedom Award," Dr. Shaffer said. "Over the past 10 years, my favorite part of my role at the Troy University Libraries has been to bring to our campuses unique and interesting programming that encourages thought-provoking discussions, while exposing our students to new ideas and perspectives."

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Special Olympics Alabama State Games Return to TROY for the 11th Year

Posted: Thursday, 27 April 2017
Astronomy Day

TROY - Nearly 1,000 athletes and approximately 350 of their coaches and chaperones will compete May 19 - 21 in the Special Olympics Alabama State Games at Troy University.

This year's event marks the 11th anniversary Special Olympians have competed at TROY. This year's theme is "Making a Difference".

The weekend will kick off with the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run on Friday, May 19. Law enforcement officers from all over the state will bring the torch into Troy about 2 p.m. The public is invited to the last leg of the run as it leaves the Troy Police Department and travels along South Brundidge Street to University Avenue and into Sartain Hall.

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W.A. Gayle Planetarium to host annual Astronomy Day on Saturday

Posted: Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Astronomy Day

MONTGOMERY - The W.A. Gayle Planetarium, operated by Troy University Montgomery, will be hosting a special free event at 6 p.m., Saturday in support of National Astronomy Day.

The event will include telescopic viewing of stars planets and the moon (weather permitting), as well as the auditorium presentations "Saving the Night Sky," "Two Small Pieces of Glass" and "Great American Solar Eclipse 2017." Planetarium staff will also share tips on how to view the eclipse safely and demonstrate exactly what the eclipse will look like in the River Region.

Personnel will also be on hand to answer all your questions about telescopes. Seating for the event is limited.

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Three honored with Sullivan Awards at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Sullivan Awards

TROY - Troy University has honored two students and a member of the University's faculty with the 2017 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards.

Sarah Talbot, a senior graphic design major from Montgomery, Maxwell D. Herman, a senior hospitality, sport and tourism management major from Panama City, and Dr. John Kline, distinguished professor of leadership and director of the Institute for Leadership Development, received the Sullivan Awards during a luncheon in their honor on the Troy Campus. The recipients were also honored during the University's annual Honors Convocation on April 17.

The Sullivan Award, which is presented at select colleges and universities throughout the United States, recognizes recipients for their excellence of character, humanitarian service and spiritual qualities. The award has been presented annually to a male student, a female student and one non-student at TROY since 1981. Students, faculty and staff nominate candidates for the award.

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Dr. Margaret Gnoinska receives Troy University's Ingalls Award

Posted: Tuesday, 25 April 2017
Dr. Margaret K. Gnoinska

TROY - Dr. Margaret K. Gnoinska, associate professor in Troy University's Division of History and Philosophy, is the recipient of the University's 2017 Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching.

Gnoinska received the award during the University's annual Honors Convocation held in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

The Ingalls Award is given annually to the teacher on the Troy Campus who has "most diligently, effectively and cheerfully conducted his or her classes during the current academic year." Students nominate faculty members for the award, and a committee of students and faculty advisors selects the recipient. The award consists of a statue of Socrates, a plaque and a check for $1,000.

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Cassandra King receives Troy University's Hall-Waters Prize

Posted: Monday, 24 April 2017
Cassandra King

TROY - Cassandra King, author of five novels including the critically acclaimed "Moonrise," has received Troy University's Hall-Waters Prize.

Presented during a luncheon on Friday at the International Arts Center on the Troy Campus, the Hall-Waters Prize recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to Southern heritage and culture in history, literature or the arts. The award was endowed by the late Dr. Wade Hall, a TROY alumnus, an author, former member of the faculty at the University of Florida and professor emeritus of English at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky. The Bullock County native endowed the prize as a memorial to his parents, Wade Hall Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Waters Hall. Past winners include Rep. John Lewis, Rick Bragg, Bobbie Ann Mason, Natasha Trethewey and King's late husband, Pat Conroy.

"I am deeply honored in ways I can't even begin to express," King said. "When you receive an honor from your home folks it means so much more than anything else. I'm sorry that I never had the opportunity to meet Dr. Hall, but what a wonderful way for him to honor his parents."

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