Perspectives

Memorable moments from the 2017/2018 school year

May 16, 2018

This year has been a year full of new opportunities and big moments for the Trojan family.

From the best football season in Troy’s FBS history, to many new additions around campus, there have been countless moments for all Trojans to be proud of during the 2017-18 school year.

Sodexo food venues on Jan. 31, 2018 in various locations on the Troy Campus. (TROY photo/Clif Lusk)

The updated Trojan Center food court brought new dining options to the campus this year.

1. Trojan Center Remodel

Students were welcomed to campus in the fall with a remodel of the Trojan Center Food Court. The renovations included new tables and a face lift to the entire food court with the additions of new food options such as Steak and Shake, Marble Slab Creamery, Great American Cookie and a TC location of Boars Head.

Students looking at the 2017 solar eclipse.

Students looking at the 2017 solar eclipse.

2. Solar Eclipse

On Monday, Aug. 21, Trojans gathered on the quad with solar eclipse glasses to view the first total solar eclipse in the United States since 1918.

Troy University's chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi welcomed charter members during a Bid Day celebration Sept. 16.

Troy University’s chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi welcomed charter members during a Bid Day celebration Sept. 16.

3. A New Sorority

The Troy Greek community welcomed a new chapter with the addition of Alpha Omicron Pi.

Troy University football players after a win over LSU.

Troy University football players after a win over LSU.

4. “We just beat LSU!”

Trojan fans traveled to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sept. 30, to watch the football team take on the LSU Tigers. The Trojans went in to Death Valley 20.5-underdogs and walked away with a convincing 24-21 victory.

Sara Schoffner is granted Troy University's first Ph.D. during TROY commencement on Dec. 15, 2017.

Sara Schoffner is granted Troy University’s first Ph.D. during TROY commencement on Dec. 15, 2017.

5. Graduation

Fall commencement was one to remember. On Dec. 15, Sara Shoffner received the first Doctor of Philosophy degree from Troy earning her Ph. D. in Sport Management. The key note speaker for the graduation ceremony was alumnus Demarcus Ware, who was presented with an honorary doctorate.

A view of the new Troy Campus parking lot under construction in November, 2017.

A view of the new Troy Campus parking lot under construction in November, 2017.

6. Increased Parking

Construction for a new parking lot began over the summer and was completed by the beginning of the spring semester. The new lot located across from the Trojan Center is now the largest commuter lot with 548 spaces. With the closing of the Sartain lot the university still gained 300 spaces.

The TROY Trojans hold up the New Orleans Bowl trophy.

The TROY Trojans hold up the New Orleans Bowl trophy.

7. Champions

After the victory over LSU the Trojans went on to have a program best 11-2 season capturing a share of the Sun Belt title and a win in the New Orleans Bowl.

The University reopened for business on Jan. 2, 2018 amid freezing conditions, evidenced with a partially frozen globe fountain at the Nolan Hatcher Gateway on the Rotary International Plaza at Pace Hall, home to the University's International Programs. (TROY photo/Clif Lusk)

The University reopened for business on Jan. 2, 2018 amid freezing conditions, evidenced with a partially frozen globe fountain at the Nolan Hatcher Gateway on the Rotary International Plaza at Pace Hall, home to the University’s International Programs. (TROY photo/Clif Lusk)

8. Snow Days

Troy saw snow and a frozen fountain a couple of times throughout the winter. Winter Storm Inga brought an unusual wintry mix to the southeast, canceling or delaying university hours for three days the week of Jan. 17.

About 950 students graduated during the 2018 spring commencement ceremony at the Troy Campus, the largest in school history.

About 950 students graduated during the 2018 spring commencement ceremony at the Troy Campus, the largest in school history.

9. The Largest Graduating Class in School History

The spring graduating class at the Troy Campus was one for the record books, with about 950 students graduating, representing 10 states and 26 nations.

Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall

10. Concert Chorale heads to Carnegie Hall

The TROY Concert Chorale will also make history this spring when the group gives their first ever performance on stage at historic Carnegie Hall in New York City.