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The Newsletter for Marshall University        August 25, 2010

Marshall welcomes Class of 2014, expected to be a record number


Marshall University’s Huntington campus was buzzing last week with incoming freshmen exploring their home for the next four years as Week of Welcome (WOW) activities got into full swing.

Early estimates indicate that a school record of approximately 2,000 freshmen will attend fall classes, which started on Monday, Aug. 23.

An estimated 1,800 freshmen attended Thursday’s Freshman Academic Convocation at Cam Henderson Center, then later in the morning blanketed the Memorial Student Center plaza for a picnic lunch.

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Verlin Hughes named Employee of the Month

Verlin Hughes, Landscape Worker in Physical Plant, has been named the Marshall University Employee of the Month for July, according to Michelle Brown Douglas, chair of the Employee of the Month Committee.

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Kroll named Physical Therapy department chair



Dr. Penny Kroll has been named founding director of its new Physical Therapy Department. She comes to Marshall after serving for four years as head of the Physical Therapy Department at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center where she directed and taught in the physical therapy doctoral program as well as coordinated and directed clinical care aspects of LSU Health Care Services contracts in South Louisiana.

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HerdFest to feature street fair, free concert Sept. 9

  A pair of rockin’ country music bands, numerous vendors and thousands of football fans from across the state will converge on downtown Huntington on Thursday, Sept. 9, to celebrate HerdFest 2010, a concert and street festival preceding the Marshall-West Virginia University football game.

Marshall and the MU Alumni Association are presenting HerdFest 2010, which begins with a street fair at 5 p.m. on 3rd Avenue in front of Pullman Square. Music will be provided by “The DAWG.”

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Marshall to observe 'Green Spirit Days' Starting Sept. 1

Marshall University faculty, staff, students, alumni and fans show their support of the Thundering Herd in many ways. During the upcoming football season, Herd fans have one more way of displaying their pride – by wearing their Marshall green on Green Spirit Days.

  On Wednesday, Sept. 1, the day before Marshall opens the 2010 football season at Ohio State University, the entire Marshall community is encouraged to participate in Green Spirit Day and wear green in support of the Thundering Herd.

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Marshall community mourns Elizabeth Gibson Drinko

  Dr. Elizabeth Gibson Drinko, an outstanding supporter of academic programs at Marshall University, including the John Deaver Drinko Library as well as other major contributions and endowments, died recently. A memorial service in northeastern Ohio will take place Saturday, Aug. 28.

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Research and technology update: Marshall to host statewide conference;  NSF grant to support Internet2


The biennial statewide science and research conference is scheduled for Sept. 27-28 on Marshall's Huntington campus. This will be the first time the event has been held in Huntington.

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Marshall University will receive $525,874 from a $1,176,470 National Foundation (NSF) grant to enable inter-campus Internet2® access for the state’s predominantly undergraduate institutions, community and technical colleges, and the K-12 community.

The grant went to West Virginia’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). It is expected to enhance cyberinfrastructure across the state’s higher education system over the next two years.

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Marshall faculty member to present species discovery to Chinese science foundation


  A Marshall University professor, whose fossil research led to the discovery of a new species of marine animal, has accepted a prestigious invitation from the Chinese government to share his findings with its National Science Foundation of China.

Dr. Robin O’Keefe, an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, will present his recent plesiosaur discoveries from the Jurassic Sundance Formation in Wyoming during the International Symposium on Triassic and later Marine Vertebrate Faunas at Peking University in Beijing.

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Marshall greets new faculty


  Along with new students, more than 40 new faculty members were welcomed to Marshall. They participated in orientation activities last week

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Profile: Sharon Lake - a series on interesting Marshall University people

Sharon Lake was busily pursuing a doctorate in music when she faced a dilemma—finish the degree or enter the workforce. With a job offer from Marshall, she chose to refocus and enter a new phase of her life.


“I gave up my music studies to work and that might sound odd to some people. But I’m a great believer in lifelong learning,” says Lake, who is the Associate Registrar at Marshall University, "so I’m still learning. I hope I never stop, and that helps me do my job better."

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The next issue of We Are…Marshall will be distributed Sept. 8, 2010. Please send any materials for consideration to Pat Dickson by  Sept. 3.



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