January 28, 2019
By Matt Clower
Nick Cervera, left, and wife Carmen Cervera. Cervera has worked at Troy University for more than 50 years.
In the spring of 1961, when Nick Cervera and his best friend Al Sansone arrived in Troy, Alabama, to study at then-Troy State Teachers College, they found a very different world than the home left behind in Brooklyn, New York.
Cervera jokes that when they arrived at Troy’s only blinking traffic light they thought perhaps…