Nighttime Edition


The Troy University, Montgomery Campus Nighttime Edition is a bi-yearly publication that focuses on Montgomery Campus Student Life. Fall and Spring editions grant students the opportunity to submit their works, experiences, talents, inspiration and motivations to share with fellow students while expressing their Trojan Pride in The Trojan Way. Our goal is to provide a student newsletter written by the students for the students, keeping them informed and up to date on what's happening with Troy and our Montgomery Campus. Troy is an awesome school with limitless possibilities, serving the non-traditional student with opportunities to enhance their lives in a way that promotes success. We welcome your submissions year round. The latest edition can be viewed at the following link: Submit articles, poetry and school related news and interests for submission to the following email address:

Educate the mind to think, the heart to feel, the body to act.
TROY Motto 18


by Pam Tharp


Welcome to the Nighttime Edition, your student newsletter where Montgomery Campus students can let their voice be heard. The Nighttime Edition is published every year in the Spring and Fall and we look forward to your input and support as Trojan Montgomery Campus students and what you have to offer. Troy offers the non-traditional student the opportunity to continue their education in spite of the busy lives we lead, including work and family. Read about fellow students and learn how they are making their dreams come true and living out their passions. Learn which teachers are making a difference and how. Keep up with the latest classes being offered, upcoming events and more.
Success in life will come if we never stop learning and always remain teachable. Plan to take time to make time for the important things in your life by empowering yourself with the knowledge you need to succeed by continuing your education. We are always open to student ideas and submissions. We want to hear about your experiences at Troy in your lives and plans for the future, what's happening in your community and what you are doing to make a difference and make our world a better place. Enjoy your 2013 Spring Edition and let us know what you think. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Have a great and successful semester!
Pam Tharp Editor


“TIPS FOR SUCCESS”FOR TROY STUDENTS - from the Office of the Vice Chancellor
  1. Don’t procrastinate in studying for courses.  Break your studying up into small “bites” and study a little each day.  “Cramming for exams” is bad for the nerves, as well as bad for grades.  Procrastination in studying is especially bad when taking online courses.
  2. Don’t drop courses or withdraw from the University unless you have a serious emergency.  Once you start, stick with it.  Dropping or withdrawing only delays the goal of obtaining your degree.
  3. If you must drop a course or withdraw from the university, and you’re a financial aid student, check with the Financial Aid Office before dropping or withdrawing.  Depending on when you drop or withdraw from the courses, it could result in the federal funds or loans being returned to the government or the lender.  If this happens, you will be indebted to the university for the funds returned.  Also, if you drop or withdraw, it could result in a lower “hours-attempted completion rate” for financial aid qualification.  Potentially, you could be ineligible for further financial aid.  CHECK WITH THE FINANCIAL AID OFFICE BEFORE TAKING ACTION TO DROP OR WITHDRAW.  
  4. Be certain that you’re in the degree program in which you really want to get your degree.  If you bounce from major-to-major, you may take an unnecessary number of courses because each degree program has different required courses.  Example:  A student recently finally graduated with his bachelor’s degree after taking 227 semester hours.  The reason for this was that he changed degree major six times.  He paid tuition and fees for approximately 100 more hours than needed for a bachelor’s degree.  While this may be an unusual case, it is common for students to take more courses because of changing their majors.  SAVE MONEY:  Talk to an Advisor before changing your major.
  5. . When taking courses in subjects that are difficult for you, or courses that you don’t particularly have an interest, DOUBLE-DOWN on your study efforts for these type courses.  It’s a fact that some courses seem easier than other courses.  If this is the case, spend more time and effort on these.  Also, discuss difficult concepts and theories with your faculty member and ask for advice on how to get back “on track”.
When you register for classes, you assume the responsibility for all actions related to your enrollment. That is, should you decide to withdraw from the University or not attend classes, or drop courses, it is your responsibility to notify the University of your decision.  You may drop or withdraw by going the Whitley Hall, Room 431, or notify the Student Services Office by email (from your Troy account) or by fax to 334-241-5455 (include a copy of your student ID).  We will act accordingly to facilitate that action.  Registration for classes indicates your intent to use our educational services.  Tell us within the first week of classes of your decision to withdraw from the University or drop courses in order to avoid paying full semester charges and/or having your financial aid cancelled or reduced.

“SHOWDOWN IN COLLEGE TOWN”  is only a month away, On April 6th, ASU, AUM, FAULKNER, HUNTINGDON, TRENHOLM, TROY, TUSKEGEE AND SOUTH UNIVERSITY students are invited to the first-ever event where all 8 colleges get together in town for a college “fun day”.  This event will take place in Cloverdale from 11:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (or there about).  
Please add this event to your calendars, and bring family members as well.  RAIN OR SHINE!


The following persons achieved a grade-point-average of 4.0
ASHBURN, Zachary D.
BROWN, Joseph A.
BROWN, Karen S.
BRYARS, Jennifer
CALLOWAY, Jessica E.
COLE, Shannon W.
CROUT, Nicholas F.
DENNIS, Rachelle L.
EDMAN, James B.
FULLER, Tametrices M.
GREEN, Donald J.
GUIDRY, Kimberly R.
HENDON, Tameka
HOLDREN, Stephen L.
JOFFRION, Chelsea A.
JOHNSON, Leshandra M.
JONES, Krista H.
KYLE, Valeri J.
LAW, Stephanie L.
LITTLE, Jessica N.
MCQUEEN, Christian D.
MOORE, Gabrielle R.
MORGAN, Phillip W.
NELMS, David G.
NOLAN, Regis C.
PAIR, Patrick T.
PAZMINO, Jonathan D.
SAUCHUK, Catherine J.
SMITH, Lyndon E.
SMITH, Ronald J.
SULLIVAN, Victoria P.
SVEJDA, Stephanie A.
THOMAS, Christopher D.
THOMAS, Halie E.
WU, Wei


The following persons achieved a grade-point-average of 3.65
ADAMS, Albert L.
ALFROD, Elisah S.
BOWEN, Charlotte M.
BRASWELL, Roselyn R.
BRAXTON, Niketha A.
BROADNAX, Sekeena H.
COX, Gina W.
DANIELS, Tiffiney L.
DAVIS, Sandi D.
DENNIS, Stacy A.
DURHAM, Benjamin S.
EAKIN, Jeremy S.
EISLER, Terry L.
EMBREY, Grant W.
FREEMAN, Michael D.
GAUNTT, Rosemary
GUNN, August M.
HAMBY, William L.
HARDY, Alisha L.
HARRELL, Glenda C.
HARRIS, Kiarah C.
HILL, Amy M.
JAMES, April L.
JOHNSON, Michelle R.
JOHNSON, Shundra N.
LI, Jianpeng
MANNING, Melissa D.
MARAGH, Joquida G.
MARSH, Cleve W.
MOORE, Carrie B.
NOSTIN, Thomas A.
PEAK, Simanetris M.
PECK, Jonathan W.
POWELL, Rebecca D.
QUANDT, Gudrun M.
RAWLINGS, Marketa J.
SMITH, Pamela L.
SURLS, La'tonya R.
THOMPSON, Alexander
WARREN, Daniel K.
WATTS, Amber A.
WIEBE, Steven M.


by Lynn Watts, Registrar

Candidates for graduation must file the Intent to Graduate form. The Intent to Graduate form is the official notice to the Registrar's Office that a student plans on completing their degree requirements soon. The Intent form must be filed by the deadlines as established in the academic calendar. These deadlines are published in the Class Schedule and on the TROY homepage. The Intent to Graduate form is available online ONLY.  To file the Intent you must:

  • Go to
  • Click on Graduation Center.
  • Select “Click here for Intent to Graduate Information”
  • .Select “Click here to File an Intent to Graduate
  • Sign in using your Troy email and email password
  • Complete Intent to Graduate form
  • Sign, date, and select “Submit” to proceed to confirmation page.
  • $60 Intent to Graduate Fee will be placed on your student account within 3 working days after you complete this form.

  • All requirements must be met by the end of the semester for which you've filed. This includes course substitutions, incompletes, submission and approval of thesis/major project and comprehensive exams. The residency requirement must also be complete. No changes in grades or names may be made to the transcript after graduation. Grade appeals and repeated courses must be resolved before degrees are conferred at commencement. Names of candidates for graduation will appear in the Commencement Program and on the diploma as they appear on the student's transcript. All name changes to academic records must take place before degrees are conferred and must be accompanied by official documentation such as marriage certificates, court ordered name changes, etc. Degrees are conferred in May, July and December at the commencement ceremonies. Participation in the ceremonies is not mandatory but is encouraged. Students who have filed and are eligible to graduate will be notified by e-mail and asked to respond in writing of their intent to participate. If notification is not received, students should contact the associate registrar or registrar at (334) 241-9511.

    To be eligible for graduation honors, students must be pursuing a bachelor's degree, and have earned a minimum of 30 semester hours of non-pass/fail work at Troy University. Honors will be computed based on the average of all hours attempted at Troy University and transfer credit, excluding any remedial courses.

    Undergraduate honor students are awarded differentiated diplomas as follows:

    -Cum Laude: Grade point average of 3.40
    -Magna Cum Laude: Grade point average of 3.60
    -Summa Cum Laude: Grade point average of 3.80
    -Highest honors Summa Cum Laude:  Grade point average of 4.00


    Would you know where to go if you needed help? Who to turn to? What to say? Troy University Montgomery Campus has undergraduate advisors ready to answer any question. Advisors provide comprehensive advising services. They serve as links between students' academic and personal goals. Advisors provide an atmosphere of active listening and are here to assist students to be successful in their endeavors. Advisors are at Whitley Hall (241-9511). Stop in, stay awhile, and get your educational future on track.


    VOTE NOW!!! BY APRIL 1, 2013.  Help your favorite teacher receive the deserving recognition he or she deserves Send your votes in now for that favorite teacher to be awarded a most prestigious yearly award presented by Gamma Beta Phi and the Troy Alumni Association at the upcoming Troy Montgomery spring graduation ceremony on May 20, 2013.  Submit your vote along with 2-3 reasons why you have chosen that teacher by APRIL 1, 2013 DEADLINE to Sherika Burt-Sheldon at

    Student Profiles


    by Keith Winn

    I work in the Gene Elrod Success Center as a Testing Clerk at Troy University Montgomery Campus.  The Student Abroad Trips I have been on were sponsored by Dr. Dan Puckett from the History Department on the Montgomery Campus.  Places we visited were the following countries:  France, Central Europe, Poland, Germany, Czechoslovakia Republic, and Italy. I am currently enrolled at Troy University pursuing a degree in the Master of Business Finance Option Program.  My hobbies are:  reading, history, traveling, and watching college football.
    Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to experience the “Renaissance Tour of Italy” that lasted 13 days, and I found it very interesting to visit and discover many historical locations that I have previously studied in my educational experience.  This tour was sponsored by Dr. Puckett and Troy-Montgomery History Department.  The cities we visited on this tour were the following:  Venice, Naples, Rome, Assisi, Bologna, Florence, Sorrento, Vatican City, San Marco, Ancient City of Pompeii and Isle of Capri.
    When we first arrived in Venice, the city built on water, we met our tour guide, Enrico, from Naples who greeted us with a typical Italian morning greeting of “Buon Giorno”, along with our bus driver Claudio.  We soon met with other college student groups on our tour.  They were Wyoming University and the University of West Alabama Troy University Main Campus.  The next day we began our tour of Venice.  We took a ferry ride across the Bay of Venice to a glass making factory where the Venetian glassmakers are legendary for producing masterpieces of art for customers all over the world.  We watched expert glassmakers create works of art like an orange flame amber glass horse.  The city was very active with international shipping, trading, cruise liners, ferries and many personal yachts, along with seeing many boats practicing for the American Cup Award, the oldest trophy in sport.  We also got to experience the famous Gondola rides through the city canals.  One student was even allowed to steer us through the historical sites of Venice.  We visited many sites, including the II Merletto Lace School in San Marco, Italy Lace School which is the last surviving lace school in Venice, and learned its purpose is to pass on the art of lace work for future generations.
    The village of Sorrento, Italy has a magnificent view of the mountains and beautiful coastlines which was my favorite part of the tour.  Our hotel, the Piccolo Paradiso, was in the mountains next to a church whose bells rang every hour on the hour until eight o’clock in the evening.  Another favorite of mine was the Trevi Fountain where you could toss a coin for a wish to come back to Rome.  The tour gave me a better understanding of Italy and a close up look and feel of the culture of this beautiful city.  
    I highly recommend anyone to take part and enjoy the many opportunities Troy University offers to students worldwide.  I have enjoyed many tours and plan to continue experiencing the world through such tours.
    Troy University has many Student Abroad Trips opportunities throughout the year.  The trip for the Montgomery Campus is to Greece, “The Treasures of Greece Tour”, sponsored by Troy University’s History Department in Montgomery in May 2013.  Information will be provided at EF Tours website at  For more information, please contact Dr. Dan Puckett at (334) 241-5478 or email

    Importance of Attending a Professional Conference

    by Freda Bryson
            Attending a professional conference in your field can be a meaningful experience.  For example, if you are planning to work with adults, you could attend the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE).  This forum lasts at least 3-5 days, and draws leaders from K-12 to military education. It is a festival of networking opportunities to meet new friends, plus the opportunity to gain insight from other graduate students who are currently pursing doctoral degrees.  A gathering designed to communicate the latest development in the field of adult education and foster great ideas for future research, the site for the conference shifts every year. This year I attended the AAACE 61st annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference theme was Developing and Sustaining Learners in the 21st Century, and the program included professional presentations in many formats on exciting initiatives, projects and accomplishments over a broad range of subjects in adult and continuing educational endeavors.
            As a participant in this 2012 conference, I had the opportunity to choose from more than 300 concurrent, symposia, roundtable, and poster sessions concerning specialized interest within AAACE, such as:  international education, post-secondary education, military education, workforce training and development, human resource development, community programs, literacy, and program management. I had the opportunity to meet and talk with leaders in the adult education field. I also had the opportunity to have my photo taken with Dr. Ralph Brockett, Ph.D., professor at University of Tennessee, a well-known researcher in adult education. I attended a presentation by Dr. Jonathan Taylor (Montgomery campus faculty) and Jonathan McKissack (Montgomery campus student) titled, Zones of Intervention: Facilitating Change Inside and Outside the Classroom. I was not sure exactly what to expect from their presentation, but it was very similar to an in-depth classroom presentation and discussion.
            Another benefit to attending a professional conference was my accumulation of business cards and the interests held in common with people in this field.  The most enlightening and stimulating exchanges I had came from the casual contacts over lunch or dinner with my new acquaintances.  For example, I went with a group of students to visit another hotel on the Vegas strip where we had dinner and discussed the benefits of attending this conference, and the things they had done to prepare for their doctoral programs.
             Additionally, one of the most important aspects of attending this conference was the numerous forums for graduate student presentations. AAACE is a graduate student-friendly association. I attended several sessions where students presented along with faculty members on a variety of subjects.  If you are nervous about presenting, think of it as an extension of how you make a class presentation at Troy. Graduate presentation is a great way to get experience or exposure and list your presentation on your résumé or curriculum vitae (CV).
            I also met students who were able to attend the conference due to their respective departments providing the funds to do so. When I returned home from the conference, I wrote Mr. Ray White, Vice Chancellor of the Montgomery Campus, and suggested the possibility of future funding opportunities for graduate students to attend professional conferences. Unfortunately, Mr. White indicated that no funds are currently available.
            My idea for next year’s conference, which will be in Lexington, Kentucky, is to talk to other graduate students who are planning to attend, and perhaps share some of the expense. Despite the cost, graduate students stand to gain substantial advantages from participating in national conferences.  You will walk away with complimentary freebies and new networking contacts from people you’ve mingled with at the exhibits, lunches, and/or dinners.  The most important and inspiring feature was the encouragement to write a proposal for the next convention. This can be a wonderful opportunity to widen and enhance your circle of friends and professional contacts as well as stretch your professional and academic muscles in the area of writing and presentation.


    A Generation, Lost.
    by Zachery Ashburn

    At one time we were called dreamers
    Now we are the fools; such creatures.
    Minds beyond our means
    The eyes that no one sees
    Hands that won’t stay clean
    The substance of what’s free.
    Hope fades.
    Don’t say, such creatures,…
    A word.

    by Zachery Ashburn
    How many of us were left behind?
    How many of us did we let die?
    Lost in a mist of forgotten memories
    Torn from thought and choice
    Fighting for the rights of the undeserving.
    How many of us have all but faded?
    How many of us….

    Hide and Seek  
    by Joseph Cook
    I don’t know if I've met you yet. I don't know who you are.
    We could have crossed paths when I took a Greyhound to Orlando. Me on a bus. You in the car.
    Back in highschool, we could have crossed paths when I took a trip to D.C. Me on a plane. You on another.
    Maybe you sat right in front of me and I didn't even know it.
    I do know this though, I miss you.
    I miss you as if we've spent eight lifetimes together and I haven't found you in this one yet.
    It's a game we play in each life. A game of Hide and Seek and Where's Waldo?
    And I play, seeking you among a crowd of look-a-likes, not really knowing what you look like in this life, just letting my soul lead me, because for some reason memories of past lives are wiped clean.
    Sometimes I look to God the way a laughing child on the playground would look to the Nanny to seek a clue of your whereabouts, but He just turns his head and whistles with a smile in His eyes to keep from blurting out your hiding spot.
    A few times I thought I found you but it turns out I'm still in the process of developing this soulful photograph, and they were just blurry resemblances of you.
    I don't have a clue what you'll look like physically, only what you'll be like. Beautiful in spirit, intelligent, a lover of the arts, secure in self, loyal, honest, giving, and a kiss from you will be like 1Cor. 13.
    You see, when our souls fell in love millenniums ago, God knew we meant eternity.
    He knew we meant a love that would outlast physical bodies. So He grants us each a lifetime to fulfill our purpose of finding and loving each other a thousand more ways.
    I miss you. God knows I miss you.
    My friends tell me that I'm in love with the idea of being in love, but they don't understand that I'm in love with a love that I've had for thousands of years before, and I hunger for it. As of now, the last bite I had of it was 24 years ago right before I was born, and right as I died as an old man. When your final kiss from the bedside whispered to me, “Find me in the next...”

    by Pamela Elaine Tharp
    Thank you Jesus for loving me
    in all my yesterdays
    For blessing me and bringing me
    to where I am today
    I tried to live my life alone
    Thought I controlled it all
    And only can I see it now
    That led me to my fall
    Each valley deep and mountain high
    I tried and tried each one
    Thinking that was the only way
    To end the race as won
    I tried to think that only I
    was in control each day
    Until my life turned upside down
    Then through you, I found the way!
    Twas till I had more than enough
    Till I could start again
    To change the paths that led nowhere
    That seemed to have no end.
    Till I went down on bended knee
    And gave control to you
    My life would always be the same
    Til I gave it all to you!
    Help me share your love with all
    and guide me through your plans
    For now I leave the rest to you
    for I know tomorrows in your hands




    The Annual Fitzgerald Gala and events are an inspiring opening for the Troy Montgomery Campus English Club members to begin a new student involvement with members of the new English Club.  The Troy University Montgomery Campus now offers an English Club open to all students.  We welcome and invite you to join us in creating a professional club for members to learn and share their talents and desires as prospective writers and community leaders. 

    Our Mission Statement and intended purpose is to offer members a forum of expression and knowledge through a shared interest in writing and the literary world. 

    We offer editing, publishing tips, tutoring, mentoring, writing workshops, campus poetry readings, work with the Fitzgerald Museum, Alabama Book Festivals and Writers Forum and include service projects to promote and enhance literacy in our communities.  Opportunities for valuable experience in writing fields including internships and Editor positions will be awarded.

    We currently plan to meet on the last Sunday of each month at 3PM in room 215 at the Rosa Parks Library.  If interested, contact Pam Tharp at or Vicki Morrison at

    We welcome your ideas and suggestions in creating an English Club that will
    promote your needs and desires as writers and teachers, along with pride in
    your school and community.

    We look forward to hearing from you soon.


    by Ashley Hicks
    Did you know that the Montgomery campus has a student government association (SGA) with the goals to:
    • Improve student life by helping to identify and lead needed or desired student services or activities
    • Provide a formal voice and process for communicating student concerns to the University Staff and Faculty
    • Provide opportunities for good citizenship (serve the community)
    Your 2012-2013 Montgomery SGA officers are:
    President Ashley Hicks
    Vice-President Jessica Calloway
    Secretary/Treasurer Antoinette Harris
    Senator (A&S) Joseph Brown
    Senator (Bus) Latisha Lewis
    Senator (Nur) Glorinest Crenshaw
    Elections for the 2013-2014 school year will be held in late April.  More information will follow during the spring semester, but if you are interested in being involved contact James Smith at or call (334) 241-9532.



    The International Student Organization (ISO) is on campus to benefit both
    international and American students. One of our many goals is for the
    organization to provide international culture exchange for all students fun,
    friendship and activities for the Montgomery Campus. The main goal of the
    organization is to provide a venue for cultural exchange between the
    American and international students, build relationships, help international
    students better understand/experience the American way of life, develop
    American students understanding of the international environment, promote
    social activities, and provide opportunities for international students to
    improve their English language proficiency and American students to learn or
    improve in another language. Everyone is welcome! Check us out on the
    International Students Organization Facebook page. Club news and meeting
    dates will be posted. Come join this new club on the Montgomery Campus. If
    you have any questions, email or you can find us on
    facebook. The faculty advisor is Dr Sara Kosiba. The club officers for the
    2012-2013 are the following:

    President: Gerald Odolo
    Vice President: Maylis Allah-Kouame
    Secretary: Jian Peng Li
    Treasurer: Keith Winn
    Publicity: Ngahangondi Frank Kayisavera

    Gamma Beta Phi

    The Gamma Beta Phi Society is an honor and service organization for students in colleges and universities in the United States. The Montgomery Chapter is very involved with our community. Members come together in community service projects like Back to School Supply projects for Davis Elementary School, McInnis Village residents, The Salvation Army, Friendship Mission, Nellie Burgess Community Center, Adullam House, The Sunshine Center, making Easter and seasonal baskets for Brantwood Children's Home, Elderly Nursing Homes like Crowne Nursing Home in Montgomery, Alabama among many others.
    You can help support Gamma Beta Phi and the Child Protect Center by purchasing raffle tickets from members on sale now to help children living in violent and unhealthy environments through Montgomery’s Child Protect Center who helps protect physically and mentally abused children by minimizing trauma going through the justice and restoration processes.
    We also host the Teacher of the Year Award each year and present a plaque and monies given by the Alumni Association during the spring graduation ceremony. Nominations for this year's award are now being accepted through April 1, 2013.  Send in your nomination and 2-3 reasons why you think that teacher deserves this prestigious award now to Scherika Burt-Shelton, Chapter President at
    The Gamma Beta Phi Spring and Fall Induction Ceremonies are held each year followed by a reception in the Gold Room at Whitley Hall.   New inductees are chosen above others of worthy character and are recognized as most intelligent, highly motivated and well intentioned students who are honored with ceremonial ropes to be worn at their graduation.We will be hosting our Spring Induction May 17, 2013; welcoming our 17 newest members.

    Jennifer Brown
    Kimberly Guidry
    Lisa Trammel
    Jennifer Smith
    Victoria Sullivan
    Evelyn Williams
    Brittany Childerss
    Karen Wright
    Laura Skipper
    Jean Bostick
    Carrie Moore
    Elisah Alford
    Nathania Walters
    Teresa Deschene
    Ramona Evans
    Re Bechia Curry
    Navaris Andrews

    Gamma Beta Phi represents the epitome of leadership.  What is the business of a Leader?  The business of a leader is to turn weakness into strength, obstacles into stepping stones, and disaster into triumph.  A good leader inspires men and women to have confidence in themselves.  A great leader inspires them to lead with that confidence and spread that confidence to others.  The world is looking for leaders who can show them the way to the light.  Gamma Beta Phi has been called to leadership and through this national honor society and service organization for college and university students throughout the United States this is what we are called to become, leaders.  We are a non-secret, non-profit, and co-educational society, that takes great pride in our three main objectives: Scholarship, Character, and Service.  These are the watchwords of this organization and they represent the ideals and purpose, of the GAMMA BETA PHI SOCIETY.

    STAR (Students of TROY for Action and Recreation)

    The former History and Social Science Association (HSSA) has a new name. We are now STAR (Students of TROY for Action and Recreation). Our name change represents our continued mission to be inclusive; open to all faculty, students, employees and family members of Troy University. Our goal is to maintain an active presence on campus and in the community at large. We provide several opportunities for member involvement including fundraisers, field trips, philanthropic projects, and free movies. STAR is an excellent opportunity for students to build relationships with faculty members, staff and students, which can prove difficult on a non-traditional campus. Emails are sent to each Troy affiliate announcing future events.


    TmSHRM is a student organization that is linked to an International professional association, the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and sponsored by SHRM Montgomery, it’s local professional chapter. SHRM is the largest HR professional organization in the world. TmSHRM’s mission is to 1) introduce undergraduate and graduate students of all majors to industry leaders who share knowledge that is valuable to advance in today’s business world, and 2) give a little something back to our community. TmSHRM has one meeting every month, usually the last Thursday of the month, where we serve refreshments and we welcome students of all majors to attend.  Projects that we are currently working on are a Business Etiquette Dinner, scheduled to be held on March 29th, and a Resume Book, which we plan to distribute to many of the business leaders in the area.
     If you would like to become involved in any of our upcoming events (etiquette dinner, volunteer work, etc.), we encourage you to email either our Vice President, Shaun Clark at ( or Secretary, Nick Letlow at ( 

    We are proud to announce the public opening of the Troy University, Montgomery Campus Computer Science (CS) Club!

    The CS Club was cofounded by Frank Kayisavera and Lori Menefee in April of 2012. Our mission is to engage learning minds in activities designed to further their knowledge in the field of Computer Science and prepare them for the workplace. In addition to meetings where topics discussed include Technology Fairs, internships, scholarships, and employment opportunities, the CS Club also has several projects started and planned for the future.
    Our projects are team-building exercises designed to show developers and coders how to program within a group setting with different parameters from those typical in class. All levels of skill can be accommodated. Whether you have never coded before and want some experience, or you are master programmer looking for a challenge, we have some aspect of a project on which you could comfortably work.
    The CS Club has two major projects underway currently:
    Desktop Search Engine- The first is a desktop search engine. Using a crawler, this engine runs through the directory of a computer and saves everything to a database to make for a split second search. This project is written in Java and is a little more than halfway coded.
    Interactive Website- The second project is a website for the club. The site will include member roster and bios, news about the club and other Computer Science related topics and an interactive testing session where students can try practice tests in various languages. We have a template built by member David Nelms, and plan to use some of this template for the actual design. This project uses several web scripting languages: HTML, CSS, and PHP. It is likely that some JavaScript and SQL will be used in the design of the site as well.
    The only requirement for membership is participation in projects. We are also full-time students and workers, so we understand the pressures of time. The CS Club is intended to make you a better programmer, not a more stressed student. With that in mind, we are flexible with our meeting times and are more than happy to meet with students online, if necessary. Again, any level of skill is welcome.
    If you have any questions or want to join, contact:
    Joseph Brown, CS Club Secretary

    Student Support Services - ∑∑∑ Leadership Club

    by Dr. Ronda R. Westry, Ph.D.

    Student Support Services (SSS) congratulates SSS participants LaTasha Fultz, Shatera Garrett, Candace Russell, and Alicia Walker who were inducted into the ∑∑∑ leadership club on October 3, 2012. ∑∑∑ is a professional development and service-project oriented club dedicated to providing SSS participants with the opportunity to develop solid leadership skills needed for their respective professions. Each year ∑∑∑ advisor and co-founder, Ms. Trenda Echols-Woods, invites SSS students to join the club by completing a series of tasks before being selected for induction. A formal candle lighting induction ceremony is then held to recognize new members to fold. The ∑∑∑ began in 2009 with 12 inductees. Of the first 12 inductees, nine have completed their degrees, and the remaining three inductees are scheduled to graduate within the year. Former original ∑∑∑ inductee and first club President, Mr. Keith Winn, GESC Clerk, continues to serve as co-advisor to Ms. Woods. ∑∑∑’s official club motto is: Excuses are monuments of NOTHING that build bridges that lead to NOWHERE. And those who use them are INCOMPETENT and masters of NOTHING!
    ∑∑∑ official club quote is: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams Student Support Services (SSS) SSS is a comprehensive academic support program sponsored through the U.S. Department of Education. Services include professional tutoring in critical core areas, study skills instruction, academic advising, career guidance, personal counseling, and graduate school planning at no cost to eligible undergraduate students. In addition to the services, the benefits of joining SSS are cultural enrichment activities, a fully equipped resource lab, financial assistance to qualified participants the ∑∑∑ Leadership Club, and student development workshops/online modules. For more information about SSS and how to join, come by the office located on the 3rd floor of Bartlett Hall, Suite 304 for a brochure and application.
    “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire”
    -William Butler Yeats-

    Gene Elrod Center

    by Mr. Bill Llwellen

    Have you ever had a research paper to write and didn’t know where to begin? Have you taken a graduate exam and struggled with the verbal section? Do you feel like you’re struggling to grasp MLA and/or APA format? Or, do you just want to brush up on a few grammar rules? Well, look no further! The Gene Elrod Success Center is here to help you!
    The Gene Elrod Success Center (GESC) provides English language tutors to help you with the language hurdles in your class work. Mr. Bill Llewellyn is at the Center from 11:00 to 8:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 8:30 to 5:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 8:00 to 12:00 on Fridays. You can talk with him at 241-5430 or set up an appointment at 241-9530 or 241-9531. He will be glad to help you with any of the academic tasks below :

    • An understanding of various aspects of ENG 0096, ENG 1100, or ENG 1101.
    • Approaches to assignments in ENG 1102.
    • Reading and English tests given in the GESC.
    • Reading improvement in general.
    • Some techniques for vocabulary building.
    • Techniques for approaching class assignments.
    • Discussion of aspects of approaching and completing research papers.
    • Help with APA or MLA formats.
    • Study techniques
    Pay him a visit. Mr. Llewellyn is looking forward to working with you!


    by Janice Patrick

    Troy University Montgomery Campus
    Spring 2013 Career Fair

    Troy University, Montgomery Campus Career Services Office will host its annual
     Career Fair
    Thursday, March 21, 2013, in the Gold Room, Whitley Hall,
     1:00 p.m. – 4:00 pm.

    Students, alumni, faculty, staff and the public are invited to attend and talk to employers about career opportunities in their particular area: accounting, banking and finance, government, business, computer information systems, resources management, human resources, social sciences, liberal arts, nursing, etc.

    The career fair is the center of the recruiting industry. You will likely find yourself to be one of the many applicants lined up to meet with the more popular employers. Because of the time constraints, you have a very small window of opportunity for creating a very big impression.

    The most important thing that you will need to understand is that every conversation with a recruiter is an interview and needs to be treated like one. The company representatives are usually Human Resource recruiters, not the hiring managers. Their job is to eliminate all but a few candidates so that the hiring managers can devote more time to the few. Their job is to screen you, not to hire you. Your job is to convince them that you are one of the few that they want to put their seal of approval to. To do that you need to come to the Career fair prepared.

    • Get a list of the companies that will be participating ahead of time so that you can research each organization that is of interest to you.
    • Come dressed for an interview. Your dress is even more critical than at a traditional interview. The first impression formed of you is visual!
    • Bring plenty of copies of your resume. If you have multiple job objectives, bring multiple resumes, one for each objective.
    • Bring copies of your top three letters of recommendation, one set for each copy of your resume. Make sure that each company get copies of your letters of recommendations. It will force them to file your resume differently from the stack.
    • Once you are finished with the interview, write down any details you will need to remember. It’s amazing how easy it is to have different conversations confused by the end of the day.
    • Be prepared to discuss the company, to answer questions about yourself, and to always present yourself at your very best.
    When you first arrive at the fair walk around and take notes of where the recruiters of most interest to you are. Know whom you want to talk to and in what order.

    Don’t waste time on companies whose openings are of no interest to you or which you are not qualified. GOOD LUCK!

    Montgomery Metro Alumni Chapter

    The Montgomery Metro Alumni Chapter has had a successful 2012. Our quarterly after-hours networking socials at the Alley Bar have given Troy alumni the opportunity to meet in casual surroundings and enjoy conversation about Troy University, family and business.  The 2012 Coach Larry Blakeney Kickoff Classic in July was a huge success after a move to 129 Coosa, a beautiful downtown meeting facility overlooking The Alley entertainment district. More than 125 Trojan faithful heard Coach Blakeney preview the upcoming season and everyone got in the Trojan spirit with the cheerleaders leading.
    Rain on October 1st took its toll on our MMAC Golf Tournament. Rescheduling cost us a few teams, but the tournament was still a success. Moving the tournament to Wynlakes Country Club got nothing but positive responses and we are scheduling our 2013 tournament there. We are grateful to the sponsors, players, golf tournament committee and the alumni office for their participation and support. Some of our events are fundraisers for financial support of our scholarship program for Troy University students. Scholarship recipients for the Fall semester were Glenda Harrell, senior, psychology major; Jacqueline Kelly, senior, criminal justice major; and Steven Wiebe, senior, finance major. All three students attend the Montgomery Campus.
    If you are a Troy alumnus, a parent of a Troy student or a friend of Troy University, you are invited to join the Montgomery Metro Alumni Chapter. Annuals dues are $25 for individual membership and $30 for couple membership. Lifetime membership is also available. Call the Montgomery campus alumni office at 241-9715. We’re having fun – won’t you join us?


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