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The Newsletter for Marshall University        March 30, 2011

General Corporation gives Marshall University $1 million
to support work of scientist engaged in dementia research



General Corporation of Charleston has announced a gift of $1 million to Marshall University for establishment of the Maier Clinical Research Professorship at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

The gift, announced during a news conference at Station Place in Charleston, is being made in honor of General Corporation President Ed Maier and will support research in the area of dementia. The donation will be matched through the state’s “Bucks for Brains” West Virginia Research Trust Fund.

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Alumni Awards Banquet set for April 9

James Farley will receive the Distinguished Alumni award April 9.









Marshall University’s Alumni Association will host the 74th annual Alumni Awards Banquet Saturday, April 9, on the Huntington campus.

One distinguished alumnus, four other outstanding alumni and one distinguished faculty member will be among those honored at events April 8-9. Alumni awards will be given to James L. Farley of Cincinnati, Ohio; Rick Slater of Charleston, W.Va.; Christopher Sizemore of St. Albans, W.Va.; the Rev. Samuel Moore of Huntington, W.Va.; Dr. Caroline A. Perkins of Huntington, W.Va., and posthumously to Dr. Roscoe Hale Jr. of Huntington.

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Cammy Holley named Employee of the Month

Cammy Holley, administrative assistant senior in the College of information, Technology and Engineering, has been named the Marshall University Employee of the Month for February, according to Michelle Brown Douglas, chair of the Employee of the Month Committee.

Employed since 1998, she was nominated by Brittney Emerson and Tina Slone.

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MU Foundation sponsoring drawing for Greenbrier Classic Alumni Badges


The Marshall University Foundation, in collaboration with the Greenbrier Classic Tournament and select retail partners, is sponsoring a drawing for Greenbrier Classic alumni badges, with proceeds benefiting scholarships at Marshall.

Ticket sales for the drawing are under way and conclude on Sunday, April 17.  They are $1 each and are available at a number of locations.

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Artists Series season closes with 'The Color Purple'


The 74th season of the Marshall Artist Series closes when "The Color Purple," the musical based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, comes to the Keith Albee Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday, April 1.

The story recounts the tale of an inspiring woman named Celie, who is in search of her unique voice in the world. Supported by a celebrated and joyous score featuring gospel, jazz, pop and the blues, this groundbreaking Broadway hit was nominated for 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical.

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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation makes award to medical school

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has awarded a Marshall University scientist a two-year, $194,400 grant.

The grant to Dr. Hongwei Yu, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at the


Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, will help further his lab’s work to explore the factors that control the overproduction of mucus in the lungs of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients.

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Local alumna presents drawing to Marshall University



Ed Zimmerman, director of planned giving at Marshall University, says a recent gift to the school from an MU alumna simply was “a labor of love.”

At Zimmerman’s request, Sue Sisson, a Huntington resident and Marshall graduate, created a pen-and-ink drawing of the Marshall University Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center.

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Upcoming Events

Schmidlapp Lectureship takes place Thursday

Dr. Zohreh Sullivan, Emeritus Professor of English and African Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will be the featured speaker in the Schmidlapp Distinguished Lectureship in Women’s Studies Thursday, March 31.

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Visiting Writers Series presents tribute to poet laureate Louise McNeill

Marshall’s Visiting Writers Series will present a centennial celebration of the late West Virginia Poet Laureate Louise McNeill on Monday, April 4.

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LCOB Hall of Fame to induct five April 26

Five successful business leaders, including a husband and wife, will be honored by Marshall University when they are inducted into the Lewis College of Business Hall of Fame Tuesday, April 26.

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Classified Staff Election Coming April 12

The Classified Staff Council will hold an election to select no more than five representatives from each of the University’s five EE0 groups, along with the Staff Council Chair, the Institutional Board of Governors (IBOG) Representative, and the Advisory Council of Classified Employees (ACCE) Representative. Elected candidates will serve from July 1, 2011 until June 30, 2013.

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Hollis earns first place in National Broadcasting Society competition

For the fifth year in a row and seventh in eight years, Dan Hollis, a member of Marshall's journalism faculty, has earned a first place in the National Broadcasting Society’s professional competition.


Hollis won in the Video News, Sports, or Public Affairs category for a feature on a kickball league in Huntington. He received his award in mid-March in Los Angeles.

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Profile: Tina Slone
  - a series on interesting Marshall University people


Tina Slone came to Marshall on a wave of pain, reeling from an unimaginable tragedy that took the life of her baby daughter.

Born in April 2006 to Kelly and Tina Slone, Jaylin entered the world with multiple health problems and died the following January. But the family’s Marshall connections were deep and enduring, Tina, who is an administrative secretary senior in the College of Information Technology and Engineering, and the Center for Environmental Geotechnical and Applied Sciences, says.

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The next issue of We Are…Marshall will be distributed April 13, 2011. Please send any materials for consideration to Pat Dickson by April 11.

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