Health Fair, student picnic and Dothan’s camellia history featured during Dothan Campus’ annual Heritage Week

Heritage Week is celebrated each spring with community and student events.

Heritage Week is celebrated each spring with community and student events.

Troy University invites the public to the annual TROY Health and Wellness Fair, the Woodham Memorial Lecture and other Heritage Week events at the University’s Dothan Campus beginning April 16.

Vendors from the medical community will attend the fair to answer questions, give advice and administer health screenings, such as vision assessments, blood pressure checks, glucose testing, oximetry levels, hearing screenings and more.

Over 35 service providers will be on campus to offer health screenings and valuable information, including Southeast Health, Houston County Chiropractic, Waxing the City, Essential Oils, Mary Kay, the Alabama Department of Public Health, Vita-Fuse, SpectraCare, SARCOA, Nature’s Point CBD, Harper’s Innovative Counseling, Deep South Home Medical, Eye Center South, Troy School of Nursing and more. 

This event is open to TROY students as well as the general public. The fair will be held on Tuesday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Harrison Room in Malone Hall.

“This will be our biggest Health and Wellness event since 2019,” said Sandra Sauls, Director of the Center for Student Success and the Chair of the Health Fair Committee. “We understand the importance of maintaining physical and mental health and we look forward to providing the Dothan Campus students, staff and faculty, as well as the public, with services that can assist with living a healthy lifestyle.”

The fair is part of the Dothan Campus’ annual Heritage Week, which is celebrated each spring and consists of a series of student and community events, including a picnic and the Woodham Memorial Lecture.

Students having a picnic on the Dothan Campus quad.
A campus picnic will be held on Wednesday, April 17 beginning at 11 a.m.

This year’s lecture speaker is Troy University Trustee Forrest Latta, who currently serves as a lawyer in Mobile, Ala., where he has practiced law since 1983. He is Immediate Past President of the Mobile Bar Association and is a member of the Alabama Board of Bar Examiners, as well as the Alabama Supreme Court Standing Committee on Rules of Evidence. Latta is a graduate of Cumberland Law School and Troy University.

Latta’s lecture, “Dothan’s Rich Camellia History,” features horticulture, community organizing, botany and the culture that flourished in the post-World War II years. Alabama’s State Flower, the camellia japonica, has deep roots in the Dothan area that began during World War II when America’s civilian population was confined mostly to home. For many, the war years were a time of reconnecting with their gardens. 

One product of Dothan’s post-WW2 era was the creation of a local camellia society in 1947 by the city’s leading citizens that led to a “camellia fever.” Many of the gardens that were grown in the years that followed remain intact and have been passed down to new owners. Meanwhile, Dothan’s rich gardening culture produced many national camellia experts as well as famous varieties that are still grown in gardens worldwide. Latta’s presentation aims to highlight those men and women and their influence on the camellia world—a floral heritage that can still be seen in the Wiregrass region.

The week wraps up Friday night with the annual Honors Convocation recognizing student achievements.

The schedule of events for Heritage Week is as follows:

  • Tuesday, April 16 — Health and Wellness Fair, Harrison Room, 9 a.m.-noon
  • Wednesday, April 17 —Picnic on the Quad, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Grab and go dinner boxes will be available at the Switchboard and Adams Hall from 5-6 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 18 — Woodham Memorial Lecture, Harrison Room, noon-1 p.m.
  • Friday, April 19 — Honors Convocation. The Honoree Reception begins at 5 p.m. in Everett Hall, and the ceremony begins at 6 p.m. in the Sony Auditorium.