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The Newsletter for Marshall University        December 8, 2010

Winter Commencement honors more than 1,000

  Nearly 1,100 students graduated from Marshall University on Sunday, Dec. 5, when the university celebrated its 2010 Winter Commencement at Cam Henderson Center.

Among the 1,069 students receiving degrees were 650 undergraduates, 414 with graduate degrees and five from the School of Medicine. The Winter Commencement honored graduates from July and August 2010, and tentative December 2010 graduates.

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Plymale receives award from National Trails Association

The National Trails Association has awarded its 2010 Trails Public Service Awards to Rahall Transportation Institute Director and CEO Robert H. Plymale for his demonstration of significant and consistent support of trail planning, design, or implementation through strong leadership and legislative efforts.

  Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said, “I want to thank Bob Plymale and the Rahall Transportation Institute for their diligent work to make West Virginia’s trail system one of the finest in the country. As an avid and fellow trail enthusiast, I know how important it is to continue to expand our trail system and keep this segment of our tourism industry strong. I am proud of Bob’s recognition and look forward to many more years of success from him and RTI.”

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Myke Watts named Employee of the Month

Myke Watts, assistant director, Enterprise Applications, Information Technology, has been named the October 2010 Employee of the Month, according to Michelle Brown Douglas, chairwoman of the Employee of the Month Committee.

Employed since April 1999, he was nominated by Brent Maynard in Information Technology.

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Honor society installs Marshall chapter

  Marshall University’s chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, which was approved by the organization’s board of directors last spring, was formally installed last month, according to Dr. Mary Todd, dean of the Honors College.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society.

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Tickets available for "Video Games Live" Feb. 3

"Video Games Live" will arrive at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center in Huntington at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3. Turn off the X-Box, shut down the Wii and walk away from the PS3; it’s time for everything you ever knew, heard, saw and remember about video games to come to life right before your eyes.

  In anticipation of the show, radio station WKEE will broadcast live from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at Cabell Huntington Hospital’s Healthy Kids Playground at the Huntington Mall. Those who stop by can have the chance to win family 4-packs of tickets to the show. In addition, $1 raffle tickets can be purchased for the Grand Prize package containing a red anniversary Wii, Guitar Hero, a family four pack of tickets to the show and other prizes valued at more than $500. Proceeds from the raffle benefit the Children’s Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

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Holiday Party Set for Dec. 14


Faculty Achievements

Marshall’s annual gala holiday party will take place Tuesday, Dec. 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center.

Santa is scheduled to arrive at 5:45 p.m. to pose for photos with children. In addition there will be crafts, Lego presentations, entertainment and refreshments.

To RSVP, phone ext. 6-3977.


Women of Color Nominations Under Way

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 Women of Color Awards.

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Faculty in Marshall’s Natural Resources and Recreation Management Program recently have had articles accepted in scholarly journals.  Dr. Min-Kook Kim’s article titled “Detecting vegetation cover change on the summit of Cadillac Mountain using multi-temporal remote sensing datasets: 1979, 2011, and 2007” is accepted and will be published in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment.

Dr. James Farmer has two articles forthcoming, “Motivations for using conservation easements as a land protection mechanism: a mixed methods analysis,” to be published in the Natural Areas Journal, and a second titled “Land trusts and tourism entities: A sustainable approach to natural resource preservation?” to be published in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism. 

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Profile: Bizunesh Wubie
 - a series on interesting Marshall University people


The shy young girl stood on the school playground, a wishful visitor to a world she could not enter. She could only watch from the outside as classes were conducted inside for the lucky few, mostly boys. Regretfully on that day, Bizunesh Wubie was not among those few.

In the 1950s and 1960s, as in decades past, though the government of Emperor Haileselassie of Ethiopia was trying to expand education both for boys and girls, many families, particularly, in rural areas where an early marriage for a daughter was a badge of honor, were adamant or unwilling to send their daughters to schools.
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The next issue of We Are…Marshall will be distributed Jan. 12, 2011. Please send any materials for consideration to Pat Dickson by  Jan. 10.


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