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The Newsletter for Marshall University        January 12, 2011

Actor Jim Lucas keynote speaker at MLK celebration in Huntington


Actor Jim Lucas, who is known across the nation for his stirring and dramatic recitations and interpretations depicting the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will be the keynote speaker on Monday, Jan. 17, for Huntington’s annual celebration of the life of the late civil rights leader. The event is presented by the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Marshall University.

Lucas, whose portrayal was called the “most authentic and exhilarating I have ever seen” by former President Bill Clinton, will present “REFLECTIONS: The Life and Times of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.,” following a candlelight ceremony which begins at 6 p.m. at Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church at 513 10th St. in Huntington.

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Rick Haye named Employee of the Month

For years he’s been the man behind the camera who has photographed dozens of Marshall Employee of the Month presentation ceremonies. Now it’s Rick Haye’s turn in front of the camera as he has been named the November 2010 Marshall University Employee of the Month, according to Michelle Brown Douglas, chair of the Employee of the Month Committee.

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Marshall research institute adds expert in bone growth and development

  Dr. Jingwei Xie has been named senior scientist at the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (MIIR), effective Jan. 3.

He is the third senior scientist to join the institute, which was created in 2008 through the state’s “Bucks for Brains” West Virginia Research Trust Fund. Scientists at MIIR are conducting vital biotechnology research designed to improve the lives of people everywhere who suffer from Huntington’s disease, muscular dystrophy, sickle cell anemia, juvenile macular degeneration and other diseases. The institute has experienced steady growth since its inception, and recently signed its second co-development agreement with a major biotechnology company.

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Recreation center offers public fitness classes, demos and ‘freebies’ Jan. 13

Community residents are invited to start the new year with friends, fitness and “freebies” with a no-charge visit to the Marshall Recreation Center on the Huntington campus Thursday, Jan. 13.


  “Improving your fitness with a new group, or friends and family, is one of the best ways to stay motivated,” said Heather Smith, senior assistant director of fitness at the recreation center. “Everyone should try a new fitness activity in the new year.”

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Forensic Science Center commended by D.C. police department

Marshall’s Forensic Science Center was awarded a commendation from the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department in appreciation of providing intensive DNA training to its forensic analysts.

Dr. Terry W. Fenger, director of the Forensic Science Center, said it is an honor to receive recognition from Metropolitan Police Department Chief of Police Cathy Lanier for the collaborative effort between the agencies to develop and implement a customized DNA analysis training program conducted at the center.

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In Memoriam: Dr. Patricia Logan

The Marshall University community is extending its condolences to the family of Dr. Patricia Logan, Associate Professor of Information Systems in the College of Information Technology and Engineering and member of the Graduate Faculty, who died Dec. 13.

  She taught graduate courses in computer security, networks, information security, and IT disaster recovery planning.

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Student Juried Exhibition continues until Feb. 4

The 25th Annual Student Juried Exhibition, featuring artwork created by undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Art and Design, is now on display in the Birke Art Gallery. The exhibition opened Jan. 10 and runs through Friday, Feb. 4.

  In a juried exhibition, art is submitted and pieces to be exhibited are chosen by jurors, said John Farley, Marshall University graduate and director of the Birke Art Gallery. He emphasized the eclectic nature of the show.

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Choral Union resumes rehearsals

The Marshall University Choral Union has welcomed back Dr. David Castleberry as its director for the Spring 2011 season, with rehearsals now taking place on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in Smith Music Hall, Room 150. Formerly, the choir rehearsed on Monday evenings.

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E-Mentors sought for West Virginia high school students

The Education Alliance is asking Marshall University community members to consider becoming an "e-mentor" for West Virginia high school students in order to reduce the number of high school dropouts.

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Visiting professor edits book on 19th century sermons and religion

Dr. Robert H. Ellison has edited a collection of innovative studies of sacred rhetoric in the 19th century. Ellison, a visiting professor of English at Marshall, edited “A New History of the Sermon: The Nineteenth Century” for Brill Academic Publishers.

The book’s three sections – Theory and Theology, Sermon and Society in the British Empire, and Sermon and Society in America – contain a total of 16 essays on such topics as biblical criticism, Charles Darwin, the Oxford Movement, the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, English Catholicism, sermon-novels and the slave trade on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Profile: Maurice Cooley
 - a series on interesting Marshall University people


When Maurice Cooley, a gifted artist, first came to Marshall as a freshman from his hometown of Lewisburg, he had every intention of majoring in art. But, in a twist that would shape his future life and eventually bring him full circle back to Marshall, he instead chose a path that led first to a B.A. degree in sociology and later a M.A. in counseling.

He’s spent his life in the helping professions and since 2003 has been the director of Marshall’s Center for African American Students' Programs, a role he relishes for the opportunities it offers to help nurture and support the university’s community of African American students. He’s also avid about getting the word out about the opportunities offered by Marshall for all prospective students.
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The next issue of We Are…Marshall will be distributed Jan. 26, 2011. Please send any materials for consideration to Pat Dickson by  Jan. 24.

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