Partnerships vital in internationalization efforts at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 27 June 2013

International partnerships forged by Troy University are changing the lives of the University's students, Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. said during a keynote address at the 1-2-1 Dual-Degree Program Annual Conference's Presidents Forum on June 26 in Guangzhou, China.

Speaking to representatives of 100 Chinese universities and 21 U.S. universities at the conference, Dr. Hawkins said the University employed a "three-legged stool" approach to its international efforts – recruiting international students, encouraging faculty development and creating study-abroad programs. It is this approach and the vital partnerships that have helped TROY become Alabama's International University.

"Each 'leg' required linkages and partnerships in order to succeed," he said.

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Troy University launches master mentoring certification for professional interpreters

Posted: Wednesday, 26 June 2013

DOTHAN — Troy University has launched an online certification program that allows professional sign language interpreters to become "master mentors" able to guide and direct less experienced professionals.

TROY's Continuing Education Center, in conjunction with the Interpreter Training Program in the College of Education, will offer the first course in the new Master Mentor Program in August.

The Master Mentor Program is a completely online certificate program preparing professionals to serve as mentors—experienced professionals and specialized educators who provide guidance, support and direction to newly graduating and less experienced professional incumbents at all skill levels. Mentors guide adult learners in a process of professional self-discovery, helping them make the transition from education programs to the working environment. Mentors can also provide support to working professionals looking to move to the next level or acquire a new skill.

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Paintings, fabric art by John and Yemaya Jones coming to the Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Thursday, 20 June 2013

MONTGOMERY — The jazz and blues inspired paintings of John Obafemi Jones and the vibrant fabric art of Yemaya Jones will be featured in an upcoming exhibit at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum.

For 35 years, this talented and dynamic married couple have lived and worked at their studio home on the Caribbean Island of Saint Croix. The Rosa Parks Museum will feature the couple's art inside the exhibit hall from July 3 to Aug. 29.

Working with jazz and blues as principle elements of inspiration, John's paintings explore tones, moods and improvisation in vivid colors and expressive compositions.

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Troy University to participate in 10th commencement in China

Posted: Thursday, 20 June 2013

TROY — Thirty-five Troy University students will receive their diplomas June 26 at a special commencement ceremony in China.

The students compose the 10th graduating class of the Sino-American 1-2-1 Dual Degree Program, a consortium of American and Chinese universities, operating under the auspices of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the China Center for International Educational Exchange (CCIEE). TROY was the first U.S. university to participate in the program, with the first class of students arriving in fall 2001, and the University has been used by AASCU as a model for other institutions participating in the 1-2-1 program.

The program allows Chinese students at partner institutions to start their degree program, transfer to TROY for two years and then return to their home institutions to complete their degree requirements. At the conclusion of the program, the students receive a diploma from both the home institution and TROY.

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Summer Spectacular provides fun for children, experience for TROY students

Posted: Monday, 17 June 2013

DOTHAN — Whether its gluing marshmallow teeth into a model mouth or making straw paper rockets, Troy University education majors are working hands on this summer helping local children learn more about science, math and technology.

The Summer Spectacular learning enrichment program held each year by the College of Education at the Dothan Campus gives junior and senior education majors classroom management experience while providing a fun educational environment for children.

Open to children ages 4 to 12, the four-week camp is under way this month at Kelly Springs Elementary School in Dothan, with about 80 children taking part. The camp's last day is June 27.

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Stephanie Burgans wins Troy University's McKinley Award

Posted: Friday, 14 June 2013

Stephanie Burgans, administrative secretary to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business Affairs, has won the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Burgans, who has been a member of the University's staff since 2007, received the award on June 12 during a ceremony at the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented the award to Burgans, who was nominated by Lauri Dorrill, associate controller.

The McKinley Award is the highest honor that Troy University gives to a non-faculty staff member. It is presented quarterly 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 $1,000 stipend.

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TROY to play host to tax workshops for new business owners June 20

Posted: Thursday, 13 June 2013

The Troy University Small Business Development Center will offer a session of the Alabama Department of Revenue's Tax Workshop for new business owners in the Troy area on June 20.

The free workshop, which will begin at 5:30 p.m., will be held at the Pike County Economic Development Corporation, located at 100 Industrial Boulevard in Troy.

Presented by the Office of Taxpayer Advocacy, the workshops will present information on a variety of state tax and business topics, including employer withholding taxes, state and local sales taxes, property taxes, business licensing requirements and Alabama's child labor law. In addition, an overview of Alabama's business tax electronic filing programs will be presented.

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TROY to host International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Conference in Montgomery

Posted: Tuesday, 11 June 2013

MONTGOMERY— The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society will hold its 12th International Fitzgerald Society Conference at Troy University's Montgomery Campus Nov. 6-10.

The Society selected TROY as the site for its biennial event because Montgomery is the birthplace of Zelda Sayre (1900-1948) and the city in which she met F. Scott Fitzgerald, then a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, in 1918.

“Montgomery is a natural site for the conference," said Dr. Sara A. Kosiba, assistant professor of English on the Montgomery Campus and the conference program director. “It's one of the top two or three sites in (F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald's) biography, right up there with New York, Paris, and Hollywood. The Fitzgeralds are a major tourism draw in Montgomery, and with TROY's Montgomery Campus located downtown, we're right in the heart of the history."

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Troy University awarded grant to support “Muslim Journeys" discussion series

Posted: Tuesday, 11 June 2013

DOTHAN — Troy University's Dothan Campus library was recently awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association that will fund a series of book discussions based around the “Muslim Journeys" collection.

The “Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys" grant program is a scholar-led reading and discussion project sponsored by the NEH and ALA. The "Muslim Journeys Bookshelf" is a collection of books, DVDs, and other programming resources selected to help public audiences become more familiar with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the U.S.

The Dothan Campus library will be hosting a series of five book discussions based around the “Muslim Journeys" collection starting in January 2014.

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Troy University students compete in Miss Alabama

Posted: Friday, 07 June 2013

TROY – Five Trojans are among those vying for the title of Miss Alabama 2013, currently under way near Birmingham.

An entering freshman, an alumna and three current students – including two Miss Troy Universitys -- all hail from Troy University in the pageant.

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Design professor earns national recognition

Posted: Thursday, 06 June 2013

TROY – A Troy University design professor has been awarded the FATE Distinguished Service Award.

The national arts organization Foundations in Art: Theory and Education presented its award to Jerry Johnson for his strong commitment and increasing contribution to the organization, dedication to foundation teaching and administration, his capacity for innovating and a willingness to share knowledge with colleagues.

Termed an “impassioned teacher and leader in the arts," Johnson has been the voice of FATE as its three-term Vice President for Communications.

“For seven years, Jerry has worked closely with FATE leaders and members to create consistent, relevant communications, delivery methods for which have evolved to keep pace with technology and the needs of FATE members," said Greg Skaggs, also a TROY art professor and its new communications vice president. “His redesign of FATE communications, including the organization's website and newsletter, has ensured leaders, members and the general public access to available research and opportunities."

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Summer Seminar Series links careers and higher education

Posted: Thursday, 06 June 2013

TROY – Troy University's Summer Seminar Series is designed to help people advance or start their careers through higher education.

In all, nine seminars are scheduled in Alabama, Georgia and Florida, focusing on careers in global business, healthcare and hospitality, sport and tourism management. All are free to attend, and include networking opportunities, a panel of industry experts and a “career chat" with faculty, advisors and financial aid specialists.

“Careers in Global Business" seminars are scheduled in Montgomery on June 11, Atlanta on June 18 and Prattville on June 20.

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