University Communications

The Newsletter for Marshall University        July 7, 2010

University Community Pauses to Remember Sen. Byrd


Marshall University was closed July 2, in accordance with Governor Joe Manchin’s executive order declaring a special day of honor and mourning for U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd.

“It is only fitting that we will take a brief pause from our daily activities in order to remember and commemorate the extraordinary life and service of one of Marshall University’s most distinguished alumni, Senator Robert C. Byrd,” said  President Stephen J. Kopp.

The Office of University Communications has assembled a group of videos, photos, and other materials in tribute to Sen. Byrd. It is located online at


Sharon Jenkins Named Employee of the Month


  Sharon Jenkins, Administrative Secretary Senior in the Division of Marketing, Management and MIS of the Lewis College of Business, has been named the Marshall University Employee of the Month for May, according to Michelle Brown Douglas, chair of the Employee of the Month Committee.

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Hedrick Award Nominations Sought

The Center for Teaching and Learning is seeking nominations for the thirteenth annual Dr. Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award.   The $5,000 award, made possible by a grant from Charles B. and Mary Jo Locke Hedrick, is named in honor of Mr. Hedrick’s father, a former history professor and founder of the Graduate School.


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Marshall Names Director of Military and Veterans Affairs

Kelly Sweetman-Nekvinda has been named Director of Military and Veterans Affairs at Marshall University, according to Steve Hensley, Dean of Student Affairs.

  Sweetman-Nekvinda, who began her duties with Marshall on June 16, came to MU from Copper Mountain Community College, which is on the Marine Corps Base 29 Palms in California where she worked with active duty marines. She is a native of New Zealand.

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Human Resources  Offers Supervisory Training this Fall
Faculty/Staff Achievements
The Office of Human Resources has announced a four-part series of workshops designed to provide basic supervisory tools for both new supervisors and seasoned supervisors who want a fresh look at their supervisory practices.


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  Dr. Thomas E. Wilson, professor of physics, is presenting a paper (coauthored by Drs. Michael Oehme and Erich Kasper, the Academic Director, and Head, respectively, of the Institute of Semiconductor Engineering, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany) titled “Superlattice Ultrasonic Generation by Pulsed Far-Infrared Laser Radiation” at the 2nd International Symposium on Laser-Ultrasonics LU2010, which is taking place from July 5 to 8 in Bordeaux, France.

Departmental Name Changes Take Effect

Several academic and service departments have undergone name or phone number changes recently.

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Profile: Eldon Larsen - a series on interesting Marshall University people

When Eldon Larsen was a junior in high school, he took an engineering aptitude test, but when the results came back a counselor solemnly advised him he might want to consider going into another field of study.

Now after three engineering degrees, a distinguished career as a practicing chemical engineer, and a second career as an award-winning engineering professor, Larsen can have a hearty laugh at that earlier advice.

  A whiz at math (it was like a game to him, he says) and good in science, Larsen, who is professor of engineering and a Certified Project Management Professional, had decided to be an electrical engineer. Luckily, a high school chemistry teacher realized his potential and at his own expense took him to a Saturday open house at Brigham Young University, 100 miles away from his home, the farming town of Willard, Utah.

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