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Undergraduate Research Projects on Display in Drinko Library

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Dean of Libraries Barbara Winters and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts David Pittenger are encouraging the display of more student scholarship in Drinko Library.  (2-4-09)

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Nineteenth Century Africa Through the Eyes of American Painters-Travelers

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In celebration of African-American History Month, Helen Majdalany, of the Marshall University Theatre Department, has made available prints by American Orientalist painters Frederick Arthur Bridgman, Henry Roderick Newman, Elihu Vedder, John Singer Sargent, Elizabeth Nourse, Harry Fenn, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Edwin Lord Weeks, and others courtesy of the Dahesh Museum. The artists' prints can be seen on 1st and 3rd floors of Drinko Library throughout the month of February. To learn more about the American Orientalist painters, visit the Dahesh Museum online.  For more information on this month's display, you may contact Paris Webb, Digital Resources/Systems Support Librarian.  (02-02-2009)

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Writing Center Annex in Drinko Library

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The Marshall University Department of English's Writing Center, which offers free tutoring for all MU students who want help with their writing, has expanded its services by adding a second center on the Huntington campus, Dr. Kelli Prejean, director, announced today.

In addition to its current location in Corbly Hall 353, the Writing Center now offers its services in the legal section on the first floor of the Drinko Library.

The goal of the expansion is to make the services of the center more accessible to all Marshall University students. The professional staff of the center helps students improve drafts of papers and other writing assignments.

"The Writing Center is a valuable resource for all Marshall University students," said Dr. David Pittenger, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. "The support the staff provides not only allows students to enhance the quality of drafts of their writing projects, it helps them become more effective writers. By opening a second center in the Drinko Library we are hopeful that we better serve students. I highly recommend that all students use the Writing Center as a way to enhance their writing skills."

The Writing Center is open in Corbly Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and will hold its evening hours in Drinko Library from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

"We are really thrilled to get the opportunity to collaborate with the Writing Center and the College of Liberal Arts," said Barbara Winters, Marshall's dean of libraries. "We are working to develop an information discovery commons in Drinko Library, and this is a big step toward that."

Although part of the English Department, the Writing Center staff is trained to help with papers in all disciplines and in almost any genre. Students are encouraged to stop by as soon as they receive a writing assignment so that they can get help from the start of a writing project. Tutors provide real audiences for students' writing and can help them through any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming and research to organization and revision. The Writing Center also offers both synchronous and asynchronous online tutoring, which is useful for students who are not on the Huntington campus.

"More and more professors are beginning to utilize writing as a mode of inquiry and learning, and employers demand good writing skills, so learning how to write well is probably one of the most important abilities students should acquire in college," Prejean said. "The Writing Center provides a comfortable atmosphere where students can come to get the assistance they need to not just produce better papers but to become better writers."

For more information on the Department of English's Writing Center, visit its Web site at http://www.marshall.edu/english/writingcenter/ or e-mail questions to writing@marshall.edu. (1-23-09)

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What's Happening at the Graduate College Library?

A traveling exhibit that celebrates the rich history of the historic Glenwood Estate on Charleston's West Side can be viewed beginning Friday, Jan. 23 when it will be unveiled at a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Marshall University Graduate College Library in South Charleston. The reception is free and open to the public.

The six-panel display with an accompanying extensive Web site will give a detailed look at the estate, which was home to three of the Kanawha Valley's most prominent families: the Laidleys, Quarriers and Summers. The display and Web site will give a glimpse into the complex history and the impact the Glenwood Estate has had on the Kanawha Valley both historically and culturally.

Glenwood is a pre-Civil War mansion that was built in 1852 on a vast estate that extended over much of what is now the West Side of Charleston. The early owners passed the estate down to heirs until the last owner, Lucy Quarrier, deeded the remaining property to the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies Foundation in 1978. Last year ownership was transferred to the newly established Historic Glenwood Foundation, Inc., which now maintains it.

The traveling exhibit is Phase II of a three-part Glenwood Project initiated by the Graduate Humanities Program, which is housed on the South Charleston campus. The Glenwood Project is funded in large part by the West Virginia Humanities Council.

Students in two graduate seminars developed and constructed the exhibit, which will be circulating for the next two years. One aim of the project is to make the carefully documented history, made in part through archaeological finds and historic analysis, more accessible to the public.

Organizations can book the exhibit for four to six weeks by contacting Dr. Luke Eric Lassiter, Graduate Humanities Program Director, at 304-746-1923 or lassiter@marshall.edu. Additional information about the project or the Glenwood Estate can be found at http://www.marshall.edu/gsepd/humn/.

More information may also be found in this article in the Charleston Gazette: http://www.wvgazette.com/News/200901210654  (1-23-09)

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