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sotsclarinet08
04-11-2009, 01:47 PM
Hey everyone. I was taking a walk and decided to take some pics and update on the progress of the park for those who can't make it to campus. They had to stop working on it for about a week because it rained here for a week straight the week before last. Its still under construction, its blocked off but people have started walking through it.

Some new sod going down
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g224/nhs_bandgeek07/DSCN0149.jpg

New shrubs and trees by the finished sign
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g224/nhs_bandgeek07/DSCN0154.jpg

View of the park and alumni hall
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g224/nhs_bandgeek07/DSCN0158.jpg

Not sure if I like all the pine straw...
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g224/nhs_bandgeek07/DSCN0159-1.jpg

sotsclarinet08
04-11-2009, 01:49 PM
New lamp posts that will have banners, cool!
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g224/nhs_bandgeek07/DSCN0160.jpg

Another view from the street
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g224/nhs_bandgeek07/DSCN0164.jpg

The main area (courtyard i guess)
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g224/nhs_bandgeek07/DSCN0165.jpg

view from the courtyard
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g224/nhs_bandgeek07/DSCN0166.jpg

sotsclarinet08
04-11-2009, 01:51 PM
A water feature that isn't complete yet
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g224/nhs_bandgeek07/DSCN0169.jpg

I just really liked the trees in this one
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g224/nhs_bandgeek07/DSCN0171.jpg

Another view
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g224/nhs_bandgeek07/DSCN0179.jpg

A new staircase by alumni hall
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g224/nhs_bandgeek07/DSCN0184.jpg

sotsclarinet08
04-11-2009, 01:52 PM
View of Trojan Village and the "China Man" statue
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g224/nhs_bandgeek07/DSCN0187.jpg

Mike Cunningham
04-11-2009, 02:53 PM
Thanks for the pictures. Very cool to see. Can you explain for us what the 'china man' statue is?

sotsclarinet08
04-11-2009, 03:53 PM
haha its my name for the statue... But its a replication of a Terracotta warrior from the Terracotta Army built for Qin Shi Huangdi the First Emperor of China (History major, sorry). I'm assuming, not sure if its true, that that the statue and the other one that is at Trojan Village 100 & 200 are to thank china for their donations. What I've heard is that the Chinese paid for Trojan Village to be built because of our close relations and the 1-2-1 program with our international students.

But that picture is the Warrior outside of Trojan Village 400 & 300, there is a similar one in the courtyard of building 100 & 200 where he is kneeling. The "Thinker" statue and the new Trojan Warrior statue at MGVS are more gifts from the Chinese, through (I'm assuming) our close relations with them.

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g224/nhs_bandgeek07/DSCN0203.jpg

henrimasters
04-12-2009, 07:03 PM
What has Janice Hawkins done for the University that makes her deserving of a park naming? Someone, please list the reasons!

sotsclarinet08
04-12-2009, 07:10 PM
What has Janice Hawkins done for the University that makes her deserving of a park naming? Someone, please list the reasons!

A hell of a lot more than you have I can be sure...

fbfan
04-12-2009, 07:35 PM
What has Janice Hawkins done for the University that makes her deserving of a park naming? Someone, please list the reasons!

I was kind of thinking the same thing but didn't want to say it and get slammed like you did. Glad I didn't mention it.

FoulPolePhenom
04-12-2009, 07:53 PM
What has Janice Hawkins done for the University that makes her deserving of a park naming? Someone, please list the reasons!


She does a lot with the beautification of the campus... she decides alot about the landscaping and such.

http://www.troy.edu/administration/mrs_janice_hawkins.html

Janice Hawkins’ career has been marked by a strong commitment to education and public service in her roles as both Troy University’s first lady and as teacher of the visually impaired.

As first lady of the University, Mrs. Hawkins has played leadership roles in a wide variety of areas. Her vision has added luster to an already beautiful campus. For example, when the university purchased property that had been a Baptist Children’s Home, Mrs. Hawkins was instrumental in helping convert it into houses for five sororities at TROY. She was also the driving force behind the rose garden that complements the beauty of TROY’s main Quad area.

One of the University’s first alumni travel-abroad programs began with a trip to Ireland, the land of Mrs. Hawkins’ heritage as her minister father grew up there. She was the backbone of the origins of the Troy University Irish Celebration held annually in conjunction with Spring Reunion.

Mrs. Hawkins also enjoys working with students at TROY to develop leadership skills. Each year she holds a special etiquette training class for students enrolled in the Capstone Honors Program. Mrs. Hawkins helps prepare these students for life after college by teaching the proper behavior at formal banquets and other official functions.

Her role as mentor and friend extends to TROY’s growing international student population. The Hawkins family “adopts” an international student each year to serve as a surrogate family, thus easing the transition to life in the southern United States. Dr. and Mrs. Hawkins host all graduating seniors and their parents to a breakfast in their home on the day of the ceremony, in addition to numerous other occasions that they open their home to special visitors. She also helps to oversee the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts’ subscription season production shows.

Our first lady has had a rewarding lifetime career working with the blind and visually impaired. She continues serving in that area with the State Department of Education as a Specialist for Vision Impairment and Blindness, as well as a Specialist for the State Improvement Grant for the activities with the Alabama higher education institutions. She serves on a number of boards, including the Board of Directors of the Alabama Board of Transliterators for Interpreters for the Deaf, Alabama Historical Commission, the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts, the N.A.L.L. Foundation, as well as other state and community boards. In addition, Mrs. Hawkins gives presentations nationally on the education of the blind and visually impaired.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from David Lipscomb College with a major in Social Work and Home Economics and a Master of Science from the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a major in Special Education for the Multiple Disabled with Emphasis on the Visually Impaired. She also has completed postgraduate courses.

She and Chancellor Hawkins are most proud of their two daughters. Katherine “Katie” Hawkins Beall, who graduated from TROY in May 2002 and now lives in Hawaii with her husband, who is serving in the active duty Air Force at the Joint Intelligence Operations Center, Pearl Harbor, as an Intelligence Officer, and their son, Noah, who was born February 12, 2008. In fall of 2008, she completed a master’s degree program through Troy University’s eCampus. Kelly Burns Hawkins, who graduated from TROY in 2002, earned her law degree from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. She serves as Director of the Family Protection Unit in the Office of Alabama Attorney General Troy King. Her area of interest in the Law is children’s advocacy. She was instrumental in the passing of the 2001 Alabama law which makes clergy mandatory reporters of child abuse. She is a former Miss TROY and twice a first runner-up in the Miss Alabama Pageant.

Discophobia
04-13-2009, 09:58 AM
Thanks for the photos. The campus gets more and more beautiful everytime I see it. I know several high school kids and parents that came up to Troy a few months ago for a dance competition and decided they wanted to go to Troy just based on the look and feel of the campus. I dont know Janice Hawkins, but I would assume just by nature of being the wife of the Chancellor that she has been very involved in the University. I have no problem with naming a park after her. Oh, a kneeling terra cotta warrior is known as an archer. They all represented positions in the order of battle.

tntrojan
04-13-2009, 08:02 PM
Yes, thanks for the photos. Anytime there is an improvement to campus, I am all for it. But what is with the post about the Chinese paying for the student village? True? I don't remember that in any of the PR or media when they broke ground. I guess the Chinese really do own everything over here. :)

sotsclarinet08
04-13-2009, 08:16 PM
Yes, thanks for the photos. Anytime there is an improvement to campus, I am all for it. But what is with the post about the Chinese paying for the student village? True? I don't remember that in any of the PR or media when they broke ground. I guess the Chinese really do own everything over here. :)

Of course this is all speculation and my assumptions, don't take my word for it... More or less they gave us donations, why else would we have so many dedications to them. And the plaques next to the statues state that they are erected for their generous donations. The Chancellor has great relations with the Chinese and through that we have benefited a lot. Our 1-2-1 program is great and Hawkins has doubled the International student attendance at Troy campus over a short amount of time. With the addition of the Confucius Institute at Troy the Governor granted us i think like $6 million to build an extra wing onto Bibb Graves to house the Institute.

troyw
04-14-2009, 09:08 AM
How do the local or national economies benefit from educating Chinese students that will return to China when their time here is done?

TrojanDogg
04-14-2009, 11:07 AM
Any chance now that they will finally do something with that money to detonate and rebuild my fist residence....the roach motel known as Alumni Hall? or Slumni Hall as most of the residents through the years have labeled it. Its one of the oldest buildings on campus but seems to be the most neglected. But the Park is nice and a great tribute to The First Lady of the campus. Should be named for their daughters...What a pair of hotties?

Discophobia
04-14-2009, 12:01 PM
How do the local or national economies benefit from educating Chinese students that will return to China when their time here is done?

How would it benefit Pike County to have them stay in Troy after they graduate.

sotsclarinet08
04-14-2009, 01:06 PM
How do the local or national economies benefit from educating Chinese students that will return to China when their time here is done?

I know a good deal of internationals, not just Chinese, but Europeans and Middle Eastern that love America and wish to stay here to further their education and/or get a job after their 1-2-1 programs are over.


Any chance now that they will finally do something with that money to detonate and rebuild my fist residence....the roach motel known as Alumni Hall? or Slumni Hall as most of the residents through the years have labeled it. Its one of the oldest buildings on campus but seems to be the most neglected. But the Park is nice and a great tribute to The First Lady of the campus. Should be named for their daughters...What a pair of hotties?

And the whole thing with Alumni is ridiculous... I lived there I know how bad it is. Thing is you can tell by how the University is ashamed of the building... Never on my tour of the campus did they take us over to Alumni... They now take prospect students to Clements and Trojan Village (the Crown jewels of Troy) Then when u get here (males) you get stuck in the crap hole... That alone should be made into a argument that the University doesn't even have enough balls to show male students where they will be living, because when I came for my tour I knew i wouldn't get Clements, Shack, or Trojan Village. So I asked to see Alumni... And I'm pretty sure a lot of male and female students turn away from troy because of these buildings (Alumni, Gardner, and Hamil).

So why not fix them? Who knows... Reeves has said ever since I've been here (Spring 08 ) that Alumni is next on their list... Yeah well I didn't buy it so I got outta there and now live in Clements. But I have noticed some hopes that Alumni will be taken care of. They have run articles about construction and renovations around campus in the Trop for a few months now. And Reeves has stated in all of them that it'll soon become a reality. Here is a part of the article im talking about:

While the dining hall and fraternity housing are in the bond stages, the topic of the renovation of Alumni Hall is only at the point of discussion at this time.

'We met (yesterday,) and we had some preliminary discussions, but it's nothing definitive yet,' Reeves said.

'We're going back and pulling some numbers together, but we have no definitive timetable on anything or we haven't made any decisions on how.

'Are we going to do it in halves or are we going to do it over three to five years because of the size and because of the cost?' Reeves added.

While only a discussion is being held over a renovation project that has been anticipated by the university's former and present students, Reeves said this time he thinks the university is ready to take the renovation seriously.

troyw
04-14-2009, 01:25 PM
How would it benefit Pike County to have them stay in Troy after they graduate.

I could think of several reasons - highly educated individuals working in higher paid positions offers more of a pay back for the university.

BuzzkillTrojan08
04-14-2009, 02:42 PM
Any chance now that they will finally do something with that money to detonate and rebuild my fist residence....the roach motel known as Alumni Hall? or Slumni Hall as most of the residents through the years have labeled it. Its one of the oldest buildings on campus but seems to be the most neglected. But the Park is nice and a great tribute to The First Lady of the campus. Should be named for their daughters...What a pair of hotties?

The problem with renovating Alumni Hall is that they don't want to spend the money to make it nice and all and then have it torn down in a week. The same hoodlums are gonna be living there who made it disgusting in the first place. As it is, every time they fix something it's broken again in two weeks (for example, the doorlocks where you have to scan your card to get in - they never last). Not a knock on all the people that live there, but we all know some of those 18 year old kids that will probably fail out in a year aren't gonna take care of the place.

I think it may get a facelift on the outside and some of the major liability issues fixed, but it will probably still be a cinder-block POS.

sotsclarinet08
04-14-2009, 05:05 PM
The problem with renovating Alumni Hall is that they don't want to spend the money to make it nice and all and then have it torn down in a week. The same hoodlums are gonna be living there who made it disgusting in the first place. As it is, every time they fix something it's broken again in two weeks (for example, the doorlocks where you have to scan your card to get in - they never last). Not a knock on all the people that live there, but we all know some of those 18 year old kids that will probably fail out in a year aren't gonna take care of the place.

I think it may get a facelift on the outside and some of the major liability issues fixed, but it will probably still be a cinder-block POS.

Yes I completely agree. I know that is a major reason why they haven't because of the trash that live there, which make it worse and unpleasant for those who are forced to stay there. I dreaded going back to my room in the afternoon and at nights... Having to listen to idiots in the halls yelling and screaming, bouncing balls in their rooms, playing rap at 3X normal human allowable decibels.... having to listen to the idiots outside in their cars doing the same thing... feeling unsafe... and not wanting to leave expensive things in my room... its ridiculous. of course since the time i moved out last spring they have started up clean up slumni and it has gotten a little better. You can actually hear your self think at times and it doesnt smell or look bad in the halls anymore. so i do respect what the RA's have done, however the housing department hasn't done anything for anyone so they deserve any credit what so ever...

TROYgirl128
05-01-2009, 06:38 PM
Thanks for posting the pictures!! I've only made it back a few times since I graduated and find myself absolutely amazed everytime I return.

Thank you, also, whoever posted the article about Mrs. Hawkins.

sotsclarinet08
05-29-2009, 03:13 PM
Just got back for Summer Semester Session A and here is what the park looks like right now, not sure if has been "officially" opened yet. They are still working on the water feature in the middle of the park...

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g224/nhs_bandgeek07/DSCN0031.jpg

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g224/nhs_bandgeek07/DSCN0032.jpg

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g224/nhs_bandgeek07/DSCN0033.jpg

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g224/nhs_bandgeek07/DSCN0035.jpg

They sure do love to use pine straw here lol.