PHENIX CITY, Ala- The homecoming football game for Troy University is still about two weeks away, but the celebrations are already starting. Monday morning, the Phenix City campus became the first of the university’s three satellite campuses to kick off the fun.
Monday was all about the Trojan spirit, as the Phenix City campus of Troy University started its homecoming celebration.
The festivities started by taking the torch used in the Alabama Special Olympics this summer on a ride down the Chattahoochee before bringing it back to campus for a special ceremony. The torch will visit all Troy satellite campuses before making its way back to Troy’s main campus for homecoming.
“We are very pleased the University chose to have this sort of interesting ceremony of moving the torch around and sort of connecting all of the Alabama campuses back to the home campus at Troy,” said Dr. David White, Vice Chancellor of Troy University – Phenix City.
“We’ve had the run, and as far as the torch run, it’s been a great honor to be a part of that,” said Dr. Charod Dodd, Professor of Finance at Troy University.
And students say it’s a great honor to be a part of Troy.
“It’s very exciting. It’s really cool to be a part of a school that believes so much in the community and in education,” said Israel Jane, a Troy University Senior.
The celebration also involved crowning a new homecoming queen.
“All my classmates, the faculty, the advisors, everyone here has a special place in my heart,” says Jenna Walker, Homecoming Queen for Troy University-Phenix City for 2016-17.
After that, the torch was passed along, making it to Phenix City Mayor Eddie Lowe. From Phenix City, the torch will be making its way to Montgomery and Dothan before ending up at the main Troy campus in time for the homecoming game.
Troy’s homecoming game will be held in Troy on October 15 when the Trojans take on Georgia State.
This was the first homecoming celebration at Troy University’s new riverfront campus in Phenix City.