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The Newsletter for Marshall University        May 19, 2010

Annual Service Awards Luncheon Set for June 2

Marshall University’s 26th annual Service Awards Luncheon will take place Wednesday, June 2  from noon to 2 p.m. in the Don Morris Room in the Memorial Student Center. In addition to the service awards, the Employee of the Year will be named at the luncheon.

The following is a list of university staff members who will receive awards:

For 10 Years of Service: Robert Bailey, Scott Ballou, Tara Hensley, Carol Hurula, William James, Anita Mathis, Cyndi Miller, James Morris, Cynthia Obregon, Rudy Pauley, Tamara Reynolds, Carolyn Schwarz, Stephen Shumlas, Sherri Smith, Jonathan Thompson, Mary Waller, and Philann White.

For 15 Years of Service: Mary Adkins, Kevin Bannon, Eleanore Beckett, Jean Bevans, Roy Bias, Bernice Bullock, C. Jill Burcham, Ernest Cartwright, Joann Haley, Gary Hall, Elizabeth Hanrahan, Susan Luther, Juanita Marley, Molly McClennen, Garnet McKinley, Martha Mozingo, Rhonda Mullins, Babette Napier, Jan Parker, Alice Roberts, John Smith, Denise Smith, Jason Sturgill, Bethsaida Thacker, Jeffrey Tomblin, Leonard Varney, Donald Vaughn, Robert Walker, Patricia Webb, and Lance West.

For 20 Years of Service: Lisa Allen, Teresa Bailey, Karen Beach, Richard Begley, Frances Browning, Debra Chapman, Sandra Clements, Robert Collier, F. Layton Cottrill, Brenda Flemings, Mark Gale, Melissa Gebhardt, Barbara Hicks, Thomas Jessup, Terry Kates, Anna Lawhon, Robbie Layne, James Parker, Carolyn Plybon, Ann Pofahl, Bonnie Ross, Sabrina Simpson, Olive Smith, John Stepp, Sandra Toppings, William Thornhill, Meena Wadhwa, Susan Weinstein, Vickie White, Suzann Workman, and Katherine Zimmerman.

For 25 Years of Service: Betty Adkins, John Bailey, Linda Beaver, Merry Brown, William Burdette, Edna Cole, James Eans, Jan Fox, Patricia Gallagher, Karen Haney, Ronnie Hicks, Randy Layne, Charles Newton, Richard Petit Jr., Victoria Seguin, and Evelyn Tooley.

For 30 Years of Service: Carla Adkins, Timothy Calvert, Dennis Casey, Jerri Clagg, Russell Dobbins, Deborah Dorsey, Bernie Elliott, Frances Hensley, James Jones, Edna Justice, Karen Kirtley, Sharon Lake, Thomas Laney, William Lewis, Sherri Noble, Dale Osburn, Wanda Peters, Jacqueline Smith, and Jack Wilson.

For 35 Years of Service: Patsy Dickson, Jeffery Edwards, Nadine Hamrick, and Cynthia Warren.

Retirees: Jack Blake, Frances Browning, Deirdre Carrico, Woodrow Edmonds, Jerry Gray, David Greene, Charlotte Hardin, Charlene Hawkins, Linda Javins, Darrell Kendrick, Carl Knopp, Patricia Lee, Robert Marcum, Chris McGuffin, Garnet McKinley, Michael Meadows, Linda Mollohan, Shirley Oden, Barbara Roberts, Carol Skaggs, Olive Smith, James Stephens, Bethsaida Thacker, Evelyn Tooley, Willanna Wales, Kemp Winfree, Barbara Winters, and Jacqueline Woolfolk.

To be eligible for awards employees must have completed 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, or 35, years of service to Marshall University by May 1, 2010.

If any award recipients have been left off of the above list, please contact Joe Wortham at  ext. 6-5402.

Marshall Artists Series Fundraiser is Saturday


Tickets are now on sale  for the Marshall Artists Series annual fundraiser "Uncorked!: A Food & Wine Festival Fundraiser," Saturday, May 22, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Fourth Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets, and inside the Arcade Galleria, in downtown Huntington.


Patrons are invited to shop the street food fair for organic, locally sourced, fresh market produce and enjoy appetizers, main tastes and desserts, prepared by regional chefs, local restaurants and specialty shops. The street fair and food vendors are cash only. 

Festival goers will have the opportunity to taste more than forty wines complimented by the smooth jazz sounds of Laura Evans & Company.   Additionally, participants may bid on a number of items during a silent auction to be held from 1-3 p.m., concluding with a live auction for exclusive items during the final hour of the festival. 

Offerings include:  a VIP Suite for a Justin Bieber concert, prime Cleveland Indians baseball tickets, an exclusive Sparkle and Stars Champagne pairing party, dinners courtesy of 21 at the Frederick Restaurant, Blackhawk Grille, Huntington Prime and Rocco’s Ristorante and multiple dinners hosted by local supporters of the arts and entertainment in the community.

Tickets are $35 and may be purchased the day of the event in the lobby of the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center, or in advance at the Marshall Artists Series box office, by phone at ext. 6-6656.


Harless Center to host summer camps with a scientific focus

Marshall’s June Harless Center for Rural Education and Research and Development will conduct six summer camps designed to encourage curiosity and to promote 21st century learning in a fun STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Math) environment.

Titled “A Series of Unusual Camps,” the camps are geared for students ranging in grades from three through nine and will take place at Kellogg Elementary School at 4415 Piedmont Road in Huntington. Morning camps will be from 9 to 11 a.m. while afternoon camps run from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Participants will be taken on a series of learning adventures that will include, among others, becoming CSI detectives using forensic skills to solve a weeklong mystery; playing the role of an engineer programming LEGO robots to complete missions; helping NASA to return to the moon and prepare for a voyage to Mars; and racing to save the island of Montserrat from a volcanic eruption and approaching Category 3 hurricane.

Other camps will take students on a race around the world while challenging them to complete tasks and overcome roadblocks, or allow them to go “techie” to learn the ins and outs of popular technology including Windows Movie Maker, Microsoft Office and the Internet.


Dates and times of the camps are as follows:

July 12-15
CSI, 9-11 a.m., grades 3-5; Going Techie, 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m., grades 3-5

July 19-23
Going Techie, 9-11 a.m., grades 3-5; Let’s Build with LEGO, 11:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m., grades 6-9

July 26-30
Let’s Build with LEGO, 9-11 a.m., grades 3-5; The Amazing Race, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., grades 3-5

August 2-5
9:11 a.m., XplorStation Harless, grades 3-6; Island Rescue, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., grades 6-9

The fee for each camp is $60 with lunch being served for both camps from 11 to 11:30 a.m. They will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis and a camp must be at 50 percent capacity to be conducted. Registration deadline is June 15, 2010. Parents will be responsible for transportation to and from the camps.

For additional information, contact Debbie Workman at 304-417-1804.


Note of Thanks
Fraud Alert from Metro Community Federal Credit Union
Thank you for the expressions of kindness shown to me and our family during my husband’s illness and passing. The visits, cards, flowers, words of encouragement, prayers, love, and support were not only a comfort, but a source of strength for us during this difficult time.

Deborah Watson

  Jan Pelfrey, director of the Metro Community Federal Credit Union in Huntington, reports that the credit union's members, many of whom are Marshall students and faculty/staff members, are receiving fraudulent cell phone calls and text messages asking them to provide their 16-digit card numbers.

According to Pelfrey, anyone who has responded to one of the calls or text messages should contact the credit union or call one of the numbers on the back of the credit card immediately.

The best advice, Pelfrey said, regardless of where you have your banking accounts, is NOT TO PROVIDE THIS INFORMATION. Contact your financial institution to see if the request is valid.

Thesis Award Winners Named

The 2010 recipients of the Marshall University Graduate College’s Summer Thesis Awards have been announced, according to Dr. Donna J. Spindel, dean of the Graduate College.

Recipients were selected based on the quality and significance of their thesis research, the likelihood that the research will result in a completed thesis, and on the need for financial support.

The $500 that went with each award was provided in part by the Marshall University Research Corporation and the Graduate College Advisory Board.

Those receiving awards are:

  • Christopher Atkins, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, M.A.J., News Organizations’ Perceptions of Viewer Generated Content. Adviser: Dr. Christopher Swindell
  • Tyler Hern, Biological Sciences, M.S., Rediscovering the Maryland Darter, Etheostoma sellare. Adviser: Dr. Thomas Jones
  • Waymon Holloway, Biological Sciences, M.S., Virtual endocasts of phytosaurs and their implications for the behavior and evolution of archosaurs. Adviser: Dr. Robin O’Keefe
  • Paul Hughes, Biology, M.S., Status and distribution of Cambarus veteranus in WV. Adviser: Dr. Thomas Jones
  • Jennifer Mills, Psychology, Psy.D., Does the Theory of Planned Behavior Predict Intentions to Seek Help for Suicidality? Adviser: Dr. Martin Amerikaner
  • Courtney Richards, Biological Sciences, M.S., Plesiosaur Body Shape and Its Impact on Hydrodynamic Properties. Adviser: Dr. Robin O’Keefe
  • Shelia Robinett, Psychology, Psy.D., Correlates of Early Overt and Covert Sexual Behaviors in Men and Women: Predictors of Adult Sexual Behaviors and Sexual Orientation. Adviser: Dr. Keith Beard
  • Emily Selby, Psychology, Psy.D., The application of the Lamaze method in the treatment of acute pain: a comparison of alternative pain management techniques. Adviser: Dr. Marc Lindberg
  • Josh Titlow, Biological Sciences, M.S., Combined Modulatory Effects of Dopamine and Serotonin in a Reflex Circuit. Adviser: Dr. Brian Antonsen
  • Stephanie Wemm, Psychology, M.A., A multidimensional approach to assessing risk for problematic drinking among undergraduate college students. Adviser: Dr. Massimo Bardi
  • Nathaniel Williamson, Geography, M.S., Landslide Susceptibility and Database Management of Cabell County, WV. Adviser: Dr. Anita Walz

Profile: Keith Beard - a series on interesting Marshall University people

Room 449 in Harris Hall can be a veritable beehive of activity, but it’s also a helping place where all are welcome, says Dr. Keith Beard, associate director of the psychology doctoral program.

And he would know. Beard is director of the Marshall University Psychology Clinic, located in room 449. The clinic serves a two-fold purpose—it provides low-cost psychological services to students, faculty, staff and the community while giving supervised training to doctoral students working toward their Psy.D. degrees.

“All of our doctoral students go through this clinic as a way for us to evaluate their skills, increase their supervised clinical experience, and make sure they’re on par and where they ought to be before we send them out into the community.” he says. “All sessions are supervised by faculty who are licensed, doctoral-level psychologists.”

Actually Marshall operates three psychology clinics, Beard explains, each with a slight variation. In addition to the clinic in Harris Hall, there is the Marshall University Community Psychology Clinic, which recently located to new quarters near Huntington Internal Medicine Group. It is mainly focused on providing services to the community, although Marshall students and personnel also can use its services. The Community Clinical Services Clinic, located in Dunbar, utilizes faculty and master's-level students from Marshall’s South Charleston campus.

The three clinics are different from the campus counseling center, in Pritchard Hall, which is available only for students and which does not perform assessments, Beard says. The three clinics offer a range of services that include standard mental health services such as individual, group, family and marital psychotherapy, as well as psychological assessment, which can include intelligence, diagnostic and neuropsychological testing for a wide age range of clients.

There are six clinical faculty members who rotate clinic duties in the Harris Hall clinic because of teaching schedules, Beard says. Students assigned to the clinic are in the second year of the doctoral program or have entered the doctoral program with a master’s degree and are closely supervised. “In the students, you’re getting people who are fresh and new and are learning all about recent literature and then you have the supervisors who have been in the field and have experience so you’re getting the best of both worlds. We say it’s like getting two psychologists for the price of one,” he quips.

Sessions are observed in a variety of ways. The staff can utilize video or audio tape and then there’s the popular “bug in the ear.” That’s a one-way microphone, inserted in the ear of the student which allows the supervisor, who is another room looking at a monitor, to guide the therapist directly. “I can talk directly into the mike and I can say, ask the client this, or look at the body language, or the question you asked is being avoided so you need to come back to that. It’s live, directed therapy. Students usually are anxious about using it initially but typically they, and their clients, grow to love it and want to use it more and more.”

The clinic does a good deal of assessment and testing and, being a college clinic, a good bit of the testing is for learning disabilities as well as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, according to Beard. “We see people who are having trouble in courses as well as those who have already been diagnosed with learning disorders. Once a person has been diagnosed, they are required to be re-tested every few years. We do a lot of work with ADHD as well as behavior assessment for children with autism and other conditions.”

  One of the advantages of the clinics is the low cost. They are operated on a sliding scale based on income. Services are free for Marshall students, with the exception of assessment, and there is a 50 percent reduction for staff and faculty from the community member’s fees. A complete listing of fees is available on the website. Appointments can be made by calling ext. 6-2772 and selecting the appropriate option.

The MU Psychology Clinic is the only one of the three clinics in which all doctoral-level students in the Psy.D. program will work. The Psy.D degree, which began admitting students in 2002, is the only one of its kind in the state. Students in the five-year program begin a practicum in their second year, or in their first year if they enter the program with a master’s degree, Beard says.

As the son of a United Methodist minister, growing up Beard saw a great deal of West Virginia as his father moved around the state. In fact, the family spent six years in Huntington when his father was the district superintendent of the churches and ministers in Huntington and the surrounding area. He graduated from Parkersburg High School and then headed north to “the other university,” he says, laughing.

There never was much doubt as to what field he would enter, as he has always been drawn to the helping professions. “I wanted to do something that would make a difference in people’s lives; I also knew I wanted to teach.” he says. To attain that goal, all three of his degrees are in psychology, including a M.A. from Marshall followed by a Psy.D. degree from Wright State University. As part of his doctoral work at Wright State he did an internship at the University of Pittsburgh Counseling Center and as he was finishing up there he applied for and was hired for a faculty position at Marshall. “I packed up my truck on Thursday, unpacked in Huntington on Friday and started teaching on Monday!”

These days he stays very busy juggling clinic and teaching duties—there really isn’t much down time at the clinic in the summer, he says—and he has been pursuing research on Internet addiction, which has been the topic of several journal articles he's written, with a book chapter to be published soon.
And on the lighter side he does have a not-so-guilty pleasure—he loves Disney World. “It really is the happiest place on earth,” he says fondly. “You get to be a kid again. I first went there when I was five and it was such a wonderful experience that I’ve been hooked ever since although I don’t get there as often as I would like. When a psychology conference was scheduled in Orlando in February, I just said, ‘Well if you have to have it there, I guess I’ll just sacrifice and go!' And as a tribute to that fantasy world, his home office is decorated with whimsical Mickey Mouse artifacts.

But his profession is never far from his mind.

“Psychologists can change people’s lives. We’re here to help people and part of Marshall’s mission is to serve the community. We want people to take advantage of the services that are available to them and get the help they need. We talk with people and try to give them encouragement. We’re here to help them and if we can’t, we’ll find someone who can.”


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