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The Newsletter for Marshall University        April 13, 2011

Dr. Ancella R. Bickley to deliver Moffat Lecture



Dr. Ancella R. Bickley, professor emeritus of English and former Vice President of Academic Affairs at West Virginia State University, will deliver the 2011 Charles Hill Moffat Lecture Thursday, April 21, at Marshall University.

The lecture, which is free to the public, will take place at 4 p.m. in Room BE 5 of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall’s Huntington campus. The title of Bickley’s lecture is “African American History of West Virginia.”

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General Faculty Meeting to Honor Retirees, Award Winners

The spring General Faculty Meeting of the 2010-11 academic year will be Wednesday, April 27, beginning at 2 p.m. in the Playhouse of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

  All faculty, staff, students, and members of the public are invited to attend. After the meeting a reception to honor the retiring and award-winning faculty will be in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center.

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Marshall launches Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy


The Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy, a new and innovative academic program that will promote the study of the history and contemporary significance of this nation’s Constitution, has officially been launched.


Dr. David J. Pittenger, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said the college already has raised funds well in excess of $500,000 to support the program. It is named after Dr. Simon Perry, a professor of political science who served Marshall University for 48 years and developed many of the program’s signature courses. The college is now working to raise an additional $1 million for the center’s endowment.

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Wine Festival to benefit Marshall Artists Series

A wine festival fundraiser to benefit the Marshall Artists Series will take place Saturday, April 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the lobby of the Frederick Building on Fourth Ave. in downtown Huntington.

“Uncorked” will allow participants to sample nearly 60 different wines and savor a sampling of cheeses while enjoying music by Laura Evans & Company. Live and silent auctions will include items such as a week-long vacation trip, dining experiences, and a chance to acquire all-access badges to the Greenbrier Classic.

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Former Ashland Inc. Foundation president to speak
at Woodson Memorial Foundation, Inc. fundraising banquet


Charles Whitehead, former president of the Ashland Inc. Foundation, will be the keynote speaker at the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Foundation Inc. fundraising banquet Saturday, April 23.

The 19th annual banquet begins at 6 p.m. in Room BE5 on the lower level of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University’s Huntington campus. Proceeds will help fund a scholarship endowment to support outstanding Marshall University students, as well as the purchase of materials on black culture and history.

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President and Mrs. Kopp, Farley receive awards from Herald-Dispatch

Photo by Lori Wolfe; courtesy of The Herald-Dispatch.


Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp and his wife, Jane, have been named The Herald-Dispatch Citizens of the Year. The award is part of the newspaper's 2010 Citizen Awards.

In announcing the award, the newspaper said, "President Stephen Kopp and his wife, Jane, still find time to do more — much more as they work in a variety of other ways to boost the community and the people in it."

The Kopps were nominated by several members of the Huntington community.

Read complete story on Herald-Dispatch website.



John Farley, director of both the Birke Art Gallery and Gallery 842 and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Art and Design, has received The Herald-Dispatch Award for the Arts. The award is part of the newspaper's 2010 Citizen Awards.

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Marshall to participate in new graduate school association

Marshall University is among the founding members of the new West Virginia Association of Graduate Schools, according to Dr. Donna J. Spindel, dean of Marshall’s graduate college.



“This new association is committed to building an awareness of the importance of graduate education in the State of West Virginia,” Spindel said, “and its enormous potential for enhancing the health and future of the state.”

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Upcoming Events

Marshall University Jazz Ensemble 12.0 to welcome guest saxophonist Craig Treinen Thursday

Marshall’s Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Ed Bingham, will present its final performance of the 2011 spring semester at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in Smith Recital Hall. This concert will feature the music of the Count Basie Big Band and will feature guest soloist Craig Treinen, a Kansas City-style saxophonist.

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More than 100 low brass musicians to converge on Marshall University April 16

The Department of Music will host “Low Brass Day 2011” beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 16, in Smith Music Hall. The events will be hosted by Marshall faculty members Dr. George Palton and Dr. Michael Stroeher.

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African Drumming and Dance Ensemble to perform April 26

The Marshall University African Drumming and Dance Ensemble will perform a concert at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in Smith Recital Hall on the Huntington campus. The group, under the direction of Steven Hall, coordinator of percussion at the university, will perform traditional music from the West African countries of Benin, Guinea, Togo, and Ghana.

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Campus Conversations continue April 15 and 25

Two more sessions of Campus Conversations will take place focusing on the book Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, published this year by the University of Chicago Press.

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Profile: Jan Parker
  - a series on interesting Marshall University people


When Jan Parker says she “did a little traveling” after graduating from Wahama High School, she isn’t kidding. In fact, the teenager, with her parents' permission, took off across the county with a friend for a five-year odyssey that would take her to the mountains of New Mexico, the heart of Kansas City, and to the seashore in San Diego, Calif.

Actually  there was no master plan to her travels.  “I just wanted to see what it was like in the West,” she says matter-of-factly.  She supported herself with a series of jobs, secretarial gigs and selling cosmetics among others. It was a grand adventure, a carefree life the young Mason County girl  had dreamed about, a cure for her wanderlust.   But eventually she longed for the  green hills of her home state and knew it was time to head home.


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