Girls State to call TSU home

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 3, 2003

This year’s Alabama Girls State marks the fourth year it has called Troy State University home and it looks like it will be here for another three years.

Alabama Girls State Director Lee Sellers said the Girls State Board of Trustees met Sunday and decided to renew the three-year contract it had with TSU.

'We are delighted,' Sellers said.

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'The Troy State University staff go out of their way to make us happy.'

Sellers especially praised Barbara Patterson, TSU’s Student Involvement/Leadership Director.

Patterson has been involved with Girls State long before it was at TSU and Sellers said she is one of the reasons Girls State came to TSU.

She also complimented Chancellor Jack Hawkins and his staff for their cooperation with Girls State.

'The facilities at Troy State are marvelous and the dorms are luxurious,' Sellers said.

She said the TSU administration, facilities and food are three things that stand out to both her and the girls.

'This is so atypical of a university, but I have not heard a single complaint about the food,' Sellers said.

'Everybody seems to be able to find something they like.'

The size of the campus doesn’t hurt, either.

'There is a sense of community,' she said.

'And it’s not overwhelming to the girls.'

For some girls, it is their first experience on a college campus and TSU’s size and hospitality make the girls feel at ease.

'Troy State University really treats us so well,' Sellers said.

John Schmidt, who is Vice Chancellor for Student Services at TSU, said he was excited to 'have the ladies on campus.'

He said their presence on campus is positive and brings with it a 'vibrancy.'

'It is also a great way to showcase the campus and Troy,' Schmidt said.