Anna Jacobson (left), sophomore nursing major from Union Springs, lived with Emily Call, sophomore political science major from Raleigh, Missouri, in Hamil Hall. They became best friends and expect to be roommates in the future.

A-list tips for roommate friendships

Hannah Crews Camri Martin-Bowen said she is glad she got to experience having a roommate early in her college career. “It’s brought me out of my shell,” said Martin-Bowen, a nursing major from Wetumpka who was a freshman in the spring. “I was tired of being an introvert all my life.” A roommate can end up being friend or enemy. Here is some advice from past roommates, resident assistants and housing staff. n Contacting the roommate: “It did take a long time to contact my roommate because she didn’t check her […]

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Kaitlyn Boswell (left), a political science major from Rapid City, South Dakota, who was a sophomore in the spring, and Nikki Thompson, an exercise science major from Alexander City who was a senior in the spring, catch up as they walk on the treadmill in the gym in the Trojan Center.

A guide to avoid the freshman 15

Emily Paige Blodgett Students can learn how to avoid the freshman 15 and stay well by knowing the services offered at Troy University and nearby. “How far do you have to walk to get an apple?” said Dr. Theresa Johnson, associate professor teaching classes in nutrition, as she explained what a food desert is. It’s when you don’t have a lot of access to fresh fruits, and you do have access to fat and sugar. This happens when the cafeteria shuts down at night. Troy students have food options on […]

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Jalen Mims, a sport and fitness management major from Bay Minette who was a junior in the spring, spends time with girlfriend Kayla Gordon, a psychology major from Dothan who was a junior.

Put your dating on a checklist

Tamela Staples A relationship with a significant other can be hard to handle while in college, but trust and time management are the keys, said Jalen Mims. Mims, a sport and fitness management major from Bay Minette who was a junior in the spring, transferred to Troy from Talladega College in spring 2015 for a better school opportunity and a better relationship. “It’s about maturity when it comes to relationships,” Mims said, reflecting on his relationship with Kayla Gordon, a psychology major from Dothan who was a junior in the […]

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Jack Hawkins

Chancellor’s guidance for achievement

Jack Hawkins Jr., Ph.D. Chancellor On behalf of the Troy University family, welcome to the 2015 IMPACT sessions, which are designed to provide an orientation to your college home. By choosing TROY, you have selected a University steeped in tradition, as we were founded in 1887 as a teacher-training institution. Today, we are a doctoral-level University that offers more than 70 different major fields of study. TROY is recognized consistently for outstanding student service and campus safety, as The Princeton Review has named us as a “best value” University for […]

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Chad Downs, a marketing major from Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, who was a senior in the spring, met the native tribal women in Vietnam during his study abroad in 2012. Downs said his time abroad was a valuable experience for him.

Experience college beyond boundaries

Ngoc Vo His first journey to Vietnam started a different chapter of his life. Chad Downs, a marketing major from Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, who was a senior in the spring, took part in the Troy Study Abroad program to Vietnam in the summer of 2012. That was where he met Yen Bui, a Vietnamese Troy student who is now his wife. The diverse student population at Troy University poses a variety of opportunities for students to advance personally and professionally whether they stay on campus or travel. Downs said […]

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This is a radial chart  that shows the various reasons students have visited the Student Counseling Center from Jan. 2014 to Dec. 2014. Stress/Anxiety: 457, Depression: 331, Suicidal thoughts 149.

Strategies, resources help you defeat stress

Kimberly Steele 792. That’s how many Troy students were seen last year by the Student Counseling Center. That number may seem big, but a University of Pittsburgh psychologist, Robert Gallagher, has noted that the ages of 18 to 25 are the prime time for serious mental conditions to emerge. Fran Scheel, a counselor and coordinator at the Student Counseling Center for 17 years, understands this. “Some of the common stressors for incoming students are adjusting to a new environment, learning to balance the social and academic demands of the college […]

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New football coach Neal Brown has players run offense techniques during spring practice on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

New season, new coach, new prospects

Kiara McClellan Troy University’s new head football coach, Neal Brown, said his team is preparing for the 2015 season by working on physical and mental toughness, discipline, confidence and accountability. “We’ve got to get bigger and stronger,” Brown said. “That’s our No. 1 emphasis.” Brown succeeded coach Larry Blakeney, whose record was 178-113-1 in his 24 seasons at Troy. Blakeney retired after the 2014 season, in which the Trojans won three games and lost nine. Brown is Troy’s 21st head coach. At 35, he is the second-youngest head coach in […]

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Careless parking will get you a ticket, but you can appeal it

Hannah Crews Larry Willis, a multimedia journalism major from Daphne who was a junior in the spring, didn’t want to walk in the rain to class, so he thought it would be a good idea to drive closer to his classroom. “I live in the Newman Center, and that’s farther from most of the major buildings on campus than the other dorms,” Willis said. “If I drive, I get a ticket.” And on this occasion, he did. Color-coded stickers govern parking. If you live on east campus, your sticker will […]

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Shackelford Resident Assistant Jasmine Philyaw (left), a transfer student from Faulkner University, speaks with resident Rachael Bray, an accounting major who was a freshman in the spring, during a routine dorm walk.

STARS guide transfer students

Hannah Hartline Troy University offers resources to help students who have transferred from community colleges, including assistance when a plan goes awry. Chandni Patel, an accounting major from Andalusia, who was a senior in the spring, said that being a transfer student gave her multiple benefits. “It was being able to have a high GPA, cost saving and being able to know what degree I wanted,” Patel said. Patel said that the STARS guide helped her transfer all her credits because it told her what classes to take. STARS stands […]

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Student loans could leave you clenching for cash

Jeff Davis Gamble Chynna McKillion knew that while she was in college she had to have extra money, so she took out student loans. When you are planning for college, essential decisions have to be made about balancing income and expenditures as a student. Student debt is a real and daunting problem many graduates face while starting their lives after college. Today McKillion, who graduated in 2013, works as a graphic designer and marketing assistant at Henig Furs in Montgomery. She explained that even though having the extra money while […]

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