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Nearly 1,400 students will graduate from Marshall
University on Saturday, May 8, when the university
celebrates its 173rd commencement at the Big Sandy
Superstore Arena. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m.
Among the 1,389 students receiving degrees are 818 undergraduates and 468 graduate students, 62 from the School of Medicine and 41 who will receive associate degrees.
The commencement ceremony is for tentative May 2010 graduates only. Past spring commencements included summer and December graduates from the previous year, but Marshall University conducted a winter commencement for those graduates in December 2009.
Registrar Roberta Ferguson said about 700 students have indicated they plan to participate in the commencement ceremony.
Ferguson said 355 students will graduate with honors. Seventy will graduate summa cum laude (3.85 to 4.0 GPA), 120 magna cum laude (3.6 to 3.84 GPA), and 158 cum laude (3.3 to 3.59 GPA). Two students receiving associate degrees will graduate with high honors, and five associate degree recipients will graduate with honors.
Marshall will continue a practice that began in 2006
of recognizing individually each graduate who
attends commencement. Each graduate will walk to the
area in front of the stage, where his or her name
will be announced and he or she will receive
congratulations and a representative scroll from the
Marshall Alumni Association.
Marshall also will recognize its graduating honor students during commencement. Based on tentative grade point averages calculated through seven semesters, 15 students will complete their baccalaureate degrees with perfect 4.0 GPAs.
A list of upcoming commencement-related events
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Callebs, a 1983 Marshall University graduate and general assignment
correspondent for CNN based in New Orleans, will deliver his alma
mater’s commencement address this spring.
Callebs was a reporter and anchor for local television station WSAZ-3 in the 1980s. He began working for CNN in 1989 as an environmental reporter, and joined CNN Newsource in September 1998, covering stories around the world. He has reported from places such as Afghanistan, Jordan, Kuwait, Cuba, Japan, China, Mexico and Central America.
“I can’t tell you what an honor it is coming back to Marshall University to speak to the 2010 graduating class,” Callebs said. “Marshall, and Huntington, is where it all began for me, and gave me the foundation that allowed me to work at CNN and travel the world for more than 20 years.”
Callebs has covered many history-making stories while at CNN, often receiving awards for his efforts, including an Emmy and the prestigious Headliner Press Award. In addition to reporting on numerous headline-making stories, he also served for two years as an anchor and correspondent for CNN Financial News.
honored that Sean Callebs has agreed to deliver our spring
commencement address,” President Stephen J. Kopp said. “During more
than two decades with CNN, he certainly has distinguished himself,
earning the trust of viewers worldwide. Every time he is on the air,
he makes the Marshall University community immensely proud. I look
forward to hearing this true ‘Son of Marshall’ inspire our new
In 2004, Callebs received the Marshall University Distinguished Alumni Award, which is given to Marshall alumni for outstanding national achievements in their particular fields of endeavor. He said it is “rather ironic” that he will be speaking at Marshall’s commencement 27 years after graduating.
“I did not have a chance to attend my own commencement because I was working as a young reporter at WSAZ,” Callebs said. “So, for a few hours I will pretend I am a gangly kid again with my whole life in front of me and act as if this is my graduating class.”
He said he remembers fondly his days as a student at Marshall University. “It’s hard for 22- or 23-year-olds to realize how much they learned at Marshall, and how the lessons there will help them each and every day for the rest of their lives,” Callebs said.
Awards of distinction and teaching awards were presented during
the spring faculty meeting April 27. Retiring faculty also were
recognized during the meeting, which took place at the Joan C.
Edwards Performing Arts Center.
Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award
To be eligible for the Distinguished Artists and Scholars Awards, faculty members must either be tenured or hold tenure-track appointments. The purpose of the award is to recognize distinction in the fields of artistic and scholarly activity on the part of the Marshall faculty. The senior recipients of the Distinguished Artists and Scholars Awards receive $2,000 apiece while the junior recipient receives $1,000. The Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award was given to:
John & Frances Rucker Graduate Advisor of the Year
Two people received the John & Frances Rucker Graduate Advisor of the Year Award. They are:
Marshall recognized 16 retiring faculty who have a combined 396 years of service. They are:
Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award
Dr. Maria Carmen Riddel, a professor of Spanish, is MU’s Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award winner for 2009-10. She will receive $5,000 through a grant from Charles B. and Mary Jo Locke Hedrick.
The award is named in honor of Charles Hedrick’s
father, Charles E. Hedrick, a former history
professor and later Chairman of the Graduate
Council, and one of the founders of Marshall’s
graduate program. This award recognizes a full-time
faculty member who has a minimum of seven years
teaching experience at Marshall and has a record of
outstanding classroom teaching, scholarship,
research and creative activities.
Riddel said her classes are interactive and lively, and to keep
the students engaged, she plans three to five different activities
per class session. These include grammatical explanations, readings,
drills, question-and-answer sessions, translations, dictation,
listening comprehension quizzes, PowerPoint presentations, and
Jennifer Mak, professor and director of sport management at Marshall
University, co-authored a paper that was selected the 2010 Best
Paper in Sport Marketing Track at the annual Association of
Marketing Theory and Practice’s conference in Hilton Head, S.C.
the Marshall University science faculty have received three of eight
grants recently awarded statewide by the Division of Science and
Research, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC).
The awards, worth $5,000 each, are intended to assist tenured or tenure-track, or research faculty members at institutions of higher education in the state with the preparation of research or research equipment proposals for submission to external funding agencies or foundations.
Marshall faculty members awarded the grants include Dr. Derrick R.J. Kolling, assistant professor of chemistry; Dr. Suzanne G. Strait, professor of biological sciences; and Dr. Wendy C. Trzyna, associate professor of biological sciences.
Faculty members are expected to prepare research proposals as part of their routine activities. These summer stipends are designed to provide uninterrupted work, allowing development of stronger, more-competitive proposals in a timelier manner.
According to the HEPC, this year saw the largest number of applications in the grant program’s history, with 22 submissions from faculty from institutions across the state. The grants are funded competitively through the state’s Research Challenge Fund.
“Herding Cats,” an exhibition of work by Marshall University College of Fine Arts students Mark Earnhart and Jason Kiley, opened Friday, April 30, in Gallery 842 and will run through May 27. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Earnhart’s and Kiley’s show consists primarily of sculpture,
including installations and freestanding forms. Most are new works,
but some are collaborative pieces. According to the artists, the
work engages the viewer beyond the visual and uses space to create
that I am currently producing is rooted within my observational
self,” Earnhart said. “I have found that by looking at the physical
details of my own space and place I am able to create work that
Earnhart earned a B.F.A. in sculpture from Ohio University. He came to Marshall in 2007 as an academic lab manager. Kiley came to West Virginia when his wife accepted a position as a federal park ranger with the Army Corps of Engineers.
Gallery 842 is both a community and university held space to promote local talent and initiative. The gallery is a free cultural experience for any artist or art enthusiast and is located at 842 4th Ave. in downtown Huntington.
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Jerri Clagg understands how hard it is to juggle a family,
job, and on top of those, classes and study, so the soft-spoken
academic advisor has total empathy for the nontraditional
students who come to the Regents Bachelor of Arts program
offices. They're eager to begin or complete an academic journey
that will lead to a degree. And she’s there to listen and
skillfully guide them through the process with understanding and
She’s been with that office for nearly 31 years, an enthusiastic ambassador of goodwill for the program as well as a veritable font of information who is always willing to go the extra mile. There’s little she doesn’t know about the RBA, and she warmly welcomes newcomers and shares her years of experience that will help them earn those coveted letters after their names.
The RBA she explains, is a degree without a major. Students can complete their degrees in shorter time frames with the option to receive credit for life and work experience and the flexibility to take online and evening classes. Also, the RBA accepts military credit as well as credit by examination through CLEP and DANTES. Although there are no majors, a student can choose an area of emphasis, and a new component of RBA now lets them select a minor. Key to the program are the versatility and flexibility afforded to participants.
“Our students are different; they have various reasons for getting a degree," says Clagg. "Some have been out of school for years, others may have spent several years on campus, skipping around majors without completing degree requirements. Some find they need a degree to get a promotion and some want it for self-satisfaction. Whatever their reason, we’re here to help them graduate.”
|Students sometimes take unorthodox routes getting through the
program, both literally and figuratively, and they come from all
kinds of backgrounds. Clagg fondly remembers one memorable
student whose first impression definitely proved to be
deceiving. Glancing out her office window one day she spotted “a
huge burly guy” climbing off a motorcycle. With wild hair flying
and a big bushy beard, he appeared at first glance to be faintly
menacing. Moments later he was in the RBA office explaining that
he had never taken a college course nor stepped foot on a
college campus but he wanted to get a degree and someone had
pointed him to the RBA. He had come to the right place for sure.
“He was great ... so much fun; he was such a hard worker. He was
really serious about his classes and we were all delighted when
he graduated and wanted to go through commencement. He was so
proud, he rode his motorcycle to the ceremony wearing his cap
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