TROY Continuing Education offers introduction to Photoshop

Posted: Thursday, 28 October 2010

DOTHAN—An upcoming continuing education course at Troy University’s Dothan Campus will provide an introduction to Adobe Photoshop CS2.

The course will provide new Photoshop users with a thorough introduction to the program’s various tools and editing capabilities. Participants will learn about file creation, preferences, filters, layers, color setting and palettes among other topics.

The course will be held Thursday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dothan Campus Continuing Education Center. Registration is $80.

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Media Advisory: Chancellor available for interview on Turkey developments

Posted: Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Thursday, Oct. 28 and Friday, Oct. 29:TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., will be available for interview on the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 28 and the morning of Friday, Oct. 29 in follow up of his address to the World Universities Congress in Turkey and on the agreement signed between TROY and Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University.

A news release on the signing of the agreement can be found at:

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TROY Montgomery Campus to host Homecoming Pep Rally

Posted: Tuesday, 26 October 2010

MONTGOMERY—Troy University’s Montgomery Campus invites all members of the “Trojan Nation” to show their spirit during a Homecoming Pep Rally on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

Students, faculty and staff, along with family and friends, will gather in front of the Trojan statue beside the Davis Theatre from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for an afternoon of free food, festivities and prizes.

Activities will include the Trojan Walk, a TROY trivia contest, an inflatable castle bounce, face-painting and a best-dressed “Little Trojan” contest for children. Prizes will include gift certificates and cash giveaways.

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Author Kimberly Willis Holt to speak at TROY Phenix City Campus

Posted: Thursday, 28 October 2010

PHENIX CITY—Award-winning author Kimberly Willis Holt will share insight into her creative process during a presentation at Troy University’s Phenix City Campus on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

Holt, the author of 14 books for children and young adults, will discuss finding a story, creating characters and how to write from your own life experiences. The presentation will include a question-and-answer session.

The event will be from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. inside the Higginbotham Building, room 123. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Deadline nears for Troy University Homecoming Parade entries

Posted: Monday, 25 October 2010

TROY, Ala.—The Pike County Chamber of Commerce will host the 56th annual Troy University Homecoming Appreciation Day Parade on Nov. 13 and the deadline for entries is fast approaching.

The Homecoming parade is set for 10 a.m., Nov. 13 in downtown Troy, and Chamber President Leigh Anne Windham is encouraging local businesses and organizations to take part. Deadline for entries is Oct. 29.

“The homecoming parade gives us the opportunity to recognize Troy University and the important role it plays in our community,” Windham said. “We invite all businesses, industries and organizations to be a part of this annual community event.”

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Sandy Henry wins Troy University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for October

Posted: Monday, 25 October 2010
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TROY, Ala.—Sandy Henry, director of enrollment at Troy University’s Dothan Campus, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for October.

Henry, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 1997, received the award on Monday during a ceremony in Trojan Center ballrooms on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jim Bookout, senior vice chancellor for finance and business affairs, presented the award to Henry, who was nominated by Bob Willis, dean of student services at the Dothan Campus.

The McKinley Award is the highest honor that Troy University gives to a non-faculty staff member. It is presented monthly to an employee who has demonstrated outstanding attitude, innovation and work ethic. The award was established by former Texaco CEO John McKinley in honor of his father, Vergil Parks McKinley, who was a Troy University professor during the early 20th century and was key to the development of the University’s athletic program. Winners of this award receive an engraved clock and a $350 stipend.

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School of Music slates free concerts during homecoming week

Posted: Friday, 22 October 2010

TROY—Homecoming week at Troy University will be highlighted by displays of school pride, and by three free concerts from the John M. Long School of Music.

“Our students have worked diligently in preparing these performances,” said Dr. Diane Orlofsky, director of University Choirs and professor of music. “We are pleased to provide these as our gift to the community.”

The University’s 90-member Collegiate Singers will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9 at Troy’s First United Methodist Church under the direction of Laura Mixon, conductor and a lecturer in the School of Music. The group will perform selections from famous U.S. composers including “God Bless America,” “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “Set Me as a Seal.”

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Troy University Homecoming celebration set for Nov. 13

Posted: Thursday, 21 October 2010

TROY, Ala.—Troy University will welcome back alumni and friends on Nov. 13 as the University celebrates Homecoming under the theme of “Celebrating the Trojan Nation.”

“Homecoming continues to be bigger and better each year,” said Faith Ward, alumni affairs director. “There are more reunions for alumni groups and we continue to add activities that we feel will be of interest to alumni and friends of the University. This year’s theme, ‘Celebrating the Trojan Nation,’ is particularly relevant because of the University’s global emphasis. We hope all alumni and friends will join us as we celebrate what it means to be a part of the Trojan nation.”

Homecoming activities will get under way on Nov. 12 with a TROY Alumni Jazz Concert from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Trojan Center Theatre. The concert will benefit the Troy University Wesley Foundation.

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TROY trustees name academic building for Patterson

Posted: Thursday, 21 October 2010

TROY—The General Academic Building on the Troy Campus has been renamed to honor an administrator who served the University for almost 20 years.

The Troy University Board of Trustees passed unanimously on Saturday a resolution renaming the building Douglas C. Patterson Hall. The building, completed in 2005, houses classroom and academic office space. Dr. Patterson served as a senior administrator at Troy University from 1990 until 2007. He continues to serve the University in a part-time capacity.

“I am at a loss for words,” Dr. Patterson said after the board passed the resolution. “Thank you very much for this honor. But much of the work on which this honor is based was actually a team effort by many people throughout this University. I am humbled that you chose to honor me.”

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Facebook nets composer for TROY students

Posted: Thursday, 21 October 2010

TROY—An internationally known jazz composer and arranger will be personally involved in Troy University’s jazz ensemble frequency this semester thanks to social media.

The ten-member ensemble had been studying and rehearsing six of Greg Jasperse’s pieces this semester when Dr. Diane Orlofsky, a professor of music and director of University Choirs, struck up a conversation with the composer on Facebook.

“Greg wrote me and asked if he had ever met me before in one of his workshops,” Orlofsky said. “We started chatting about frequency, how much of his music we are studying, our kinship with his sound, and so on. I took a chance and invited him to Troy and he accepted the invitation.”

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New art exhibit features complex designs

Posted: Wednesday, 20 October 2010

TROY—An architect’s eye for art will invade Troy University’s Malone Art Gallery beginning Thursday when the “Sculptures” exhibit opens.

Tad Gloeckler, an associate professor art at the University of Georgia who teaches interior design, will open the exhibit with a lecture at 4 p.m. The exhibit will run throsugh Nov. 18.

A registered architect and certified interior designer in Minnesota, Gloeckler has a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master of architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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TROY’s Salute to Veterans concert coming to Davis Theatre

Posted: Wednesday, 20 October 2010

MONTGOMERY—Troy University’s Symphony Band will present a musical tribute to the men and women of America’s armed services during “A Salute to Our Nation’s Veterans” on Thursday, Nov. 4, at the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts.

The concert will feature classic overtures, works by American composers, marches, patriotic music and the premiere of a specially commissioned piece composed by TROY’s Director of Bands, Ralph Ford.

The evening’s program will culminate with a salute to the men and women who have served and are currently serving in the military.

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Jewelry is object of newest Malone Gallery exhibit

Posted: Tuesday, 19 October 2010

TROY—Jewelry and metal crafts are the subject of Troy University’s Malone Art Gallery’s newest show by Barbara Mann entitled “Form and Response.”

Mann will give a lecture at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28 and the show will run until Nov. 18.

Mann has more than 30 years of experience as a metal and jewelry artist. She has an both a masters and bachelors of fine arts from University of Georgia and is a self-employed studio artist, in addition to serving as an instructor for the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education.

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Tickets on sale for Rosa Parks Museum benefit featuring Sarah Jones

Posted: Tuesday, 19 October 2010

MONTGOMERY—Tickets are on sale now for the Rosa Parks Museum’s 10th anniversary celebration featuring a performance by Tony Award-winning actress and playwright Sarah Jones.

Jones will present her critically acclaimed one-woman show "An Evening with Sarah Jones" on Monday, Nov. 29, at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the festival stage.

Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will mark its first decade of operation in December. Constructed on the site of the Empire Theatre where Rosa Parks was famously arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery Bus, the museum opened in December 2000 with the mission of preserving and interpreting the story and lasting legacy of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

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TROY ranked in top 100 nationally for service to military

Posted: Monday, 18 October 2010

TROY—Troy University was named one of the top 50 universities in the county in terms of serving military students by Military Times Edge.

The “Best for Vets: 2010” ranking invited more than 4,000 colleges and universities to respond to a survey on their programs, policies and resources for veterans. The responses were evaluated on four criteria that included financial assistance, academic flexibility, campus culture and support services for veterans. The survey included public universities and both profit and nonprofit private universities and colleges.

“We are pleased that Troy University compared so well with some of the other institutions,” said Dr. Earl Ingram, Vice Chancellor of Global Campus and interim Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. “Taken alone it is an honor, but when considered in connection with how other organizations and students rate our effectiveness, a picture of quality education and service to military members becomes clear.”

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New York Times editor to speak at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 13 October 2010

TROY—An editor for the New York Times will speak at Troy University as part of the “We Read” initiative.

His lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in Claudia Crosby Theater. A reception precedes the lecture, said Eleanor Lee, Dean of first-year studies who is coordinating the lecture.

Sam Tanenhaus, currently the Book Review editor, has served as editor of the Week in Review for the Times and as assistant editor of the Opinion and Editorial pages of the newspaper.

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High School bands to perform at Troy University’s Band Day

Posted: Wednesday, 13 October 2010

TROY, Ala.—More than 2,300 high school band members representing 32 schools from three states will perform with Troy University’s Sound of the South marching band during halftime on Saturday as the University celebrates its annual Band Day.

The Trojans will welcome Louisiana-Lafayette to Veterans Memorial Stadium Saturday for a 6 p.m. kickoff. For tickets call 1-877-878-9467.

The annual event, which began in 1998, provides high school band students the opportunity to experience performing at the collegiate level.

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‘BeatleMania’ strikes Troy Campus

Posted: Wednesday, 13 October 2010

TROY—“BeatleMania” is expected to sweep Troy University Thursday when the College of Communication and Fine Arts teams with the Troy Arts Council to present a tribute to the British rock band.

“Yesterday and Today,” a four-member professional tribute band, will present its salute to the Beatles at 7:30 p.m. in Claudia Crosby Theater. General admission for the show is $20. Students with identification can purchase tickets for $5.

“The Troy Arts Council is presenting an amazing tribute to the Beatles’ music and the audience will actually get to request songs,” said Dr. Maryjo Cochran, Dean of the college. “Everyone knows the Beatles were the biggest band of the ’60s, but they are the top-selling brand of this decade as well.”

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TROY’s ‘Sounds of the Season’ holiday concert coming to Montgomery

Posted: Monday, 11 October 2010

MONTGOMERY—Troy University will bring its annual “Sounds of the Season” holiday concert to the capital city for the first time in December with a performance at the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts.

“Sounds of the Seasons: Illuminations of Light and Remembrance” will be performed on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. The holiday extravaganza will feature music, dance and theater performed by more than 300 students and 20 faculty members from TROY’s John M. Long School of Music and the Department of Theater and Dance.

The show will feature a mix of contemporary and traditional holiday favorites, including James Weldon Johnson’s “The Creation” told in music, dance and theater; solos from music faculty members Dr. Meg Jackson and Dr. Michael Hix; and a special segment entitled “I’ll be Home for Christmas” honoring members of the armed services.

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Media Advisory Board of Trustees to meet Saturday

Posted: Monday, 11 October 2010

2 p.m., Hawkins Hall:The Troy University Board of Trustees will meet Saturday, October 16 in the third-floor conference room.

Trustees will hear a report from Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., and reports by various board committees and University officials.

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Photographs by Eudora Welty to be displayed at Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Monday, 11 October 2010

MONTGOMERY—An exhibit featuring the Depression-era photography of famed Southern writer Eudora Welty will be on display at Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum starting in November.

“Eudora Welty: Exposures and Reflections” is a landmark exhibit of Welty’s photographs developed by the Museum of Mobile in partnership with the Southern Literary Trail, with funding from the Alabama Humanities Foundation. Created and organized by the Museum of Mobile using Welty’s original negatives, the exhibit will open at the Rosa Parks Museum on Thursday, Nov. 11, and will be on display through Jan. 7, 2011.

Welty is renowned for her short stories and novels about the American South, including the Pulitzer Prize winning “The Optimist’s Daughter,” but she was also a noted photographer who worked as a publicity agent for the Works Progress Administration during the 1930s.

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Birmingham junior crowned Miss Troy University Saturday

Posted: Saturday, 09 October 2010

TROY—Sydnii Todd, a junior broadcast journalism major from Birmingham, was crowned the 40th Miss Troy University Saturday afternoon and will represent the University in the 2011 Miss Alabama Pageant.

Ms. Todd was crowned by last year's Miss Troy University, Alison Farrington, and Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor at the culmination of the pageant, held at the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

Ms. Todd, who won the swimsuit competition, is the holder of the Alabama Center for Law and Civic Education Scholarship. She was a Top 8 finalist in Alabama’s Junior Miss, was captain of her high school varsity dance team and is a Certified Teen Court Volunteer. She was 2008 Jefferson County Junior Miss.

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TROY sponsoring robotics organization for Wiregrass area schools

Posted: Friday, 08 October 2010

DOTHAN—A new volunteer organization is aiming to boost interest in science, engineering and technology among Wiregrass area students through robotics competitions that put academics in action.

Troy University is one of several local businesses and organizations sponsoring Wiregrass BEST, a new local chapter of BEST, Inc., a non-profit organization that works to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science and technology through participation in sports-like robotics competitions.

BEST stands for “Boosting, Engineering, Science and Technology.”

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Local golfers raise money for TROY student scholarships

Posted: Wednesday, 06 October 2010

DOTHAN—More than 120 golfers hit the links at Highland Oaks in Dothan last week to raise money Troy University student scholarships.

The Wiregrass Chapter of the TROY Alumni Association hosted the 2010 Jackson Thornton Invitation Golf Tournament on Thursday, Sept. 30. The annual tournament is the group’s largest fundraiser.

This year's top two teams were:

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‘Drowsy Chaperone’ takes center stage at TROY

Posted: Thursday, 28 October 2010

TROY—The 2006 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” is being presented by Troy University’s Department of Theatre and Dance starting on Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

The musical comedy will be performed at the Trojan Center Theatre and will also be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 15 and Oct. 18 and on Oct. 17 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are now available for purchase at the Troy University Box Office. Reserved tickets are $10 and TROY students may purchase tickets for $5 with student ID.

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TROY Chancellor to lead discussions about future of global higher education

Posted: Tuesday, 05 October 2010

TROY—Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. will lead discussions about the future of global higher education later this month when he travels to Turkey.

The World Universities Congress, scheduled to meet Oct. 20 – 24 at Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University near ancient Troy, will focus on the global issues facing universities and the roles that universities should play in the future

Dr. Hawkins will delivery an address and chair a panel of university presidents in a discussion about the new roles and missions of universities.

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Troy University Public Radio fall membership drive begins Oct. 15

Posted: Tuesday, 05 October 2010

TROY—Troy University Public Radio's "Fall Membership Drive" is being conducted Oct. 15 -22 to help support the programming offered by the network.

"Our Fall Membership Drive is held to acquire new friends of Troy University Public Radio and acknowledge their tax-deductible financial support," said Buddy Johnson, director of Troy University's Broadcast and Digital Network.

"As a non-commercial, non-profit entity Troy University Public Radio depends on contributions from our listeners, businesses and organizational friends to help meet the ever rising costs of programming," he said. "Due to their generosity we can continue to air popular programs. Guests from within our listening area will be on the air in our Troy and Montgomery studios in support of Troy University Public Radio."

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40th annual Miss Troy University pageant set for Saturday

Posted: Tuesday, 05 October 2010

Fifteen Troy University students will compete for the title of Miss Troy University on Saturday, Oct. 9.

The 40th annual Miss Troy University Pageant will begin at 2 p.m. on Oct. 9 in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. Adult admission is $10 and student admission is $5.

The winner will serve as an ambassador for the University and will compete for the title of Miss Alabama in June. Contestants are judged on a private interview, an on-stage question, swimsuit, talent and evening gown.

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TROY Dothan Campus to offer course on coping with dementia, Alzheimer’s

Posted: Monday, 04 October 2010

DOTHAN—An upcoming course at Troy University’s Dothan Campus will provide assistance and information to individuals or families caring for older adults who are coping with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

The course will help participants learn to recognize the mental and physical changes in older adults suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s and how to plan for future care. The course will cover various care options, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities and home health.

David Morales, a certified trainer from the State of Alabama Department of Mental Health, Bureau of Geriatric Psychiatry, will be the instructor.

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TROY has insurance symposium and career fair

Posted: Monday, 04 October 2010

TROY—The 16th annual Troy University Excess and Surplus Lines Symposium and Career Fair will bring together students and insurance industry executives Oct. 8 – 9.

Sponsored by the Risk Management and Insurance Program, the career fair opens the symposium on Friday and gives insurance executives the opportunity to meet students from TROY and 15 other universities.

On Saturday, educational programs begin at 8 a.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Birmingham and run through the day. Presenters include:

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