University Communications

The Newsletter for Marshall University        May 11, 2011

Journalism faculty member named Drinko Fellow for 2011-2012


Burnis R. Morris, Marshall’s Carter G. Woodson Professor, has been selected as the 2011-2012 Distinguished John Deaver Drinko Academy Fellow, according to Dr. Alan Gould, executive director of the John Deaver Drinko Academy.

Morris is the 20th faculty member to have been appointed as a Drinko Fellow. Dr. Simon Perry was the first Drinko Fellow in the 1994-1995 academic year.

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‘100 Cities, One Night for Autism’ features
acclaimed documentary, ‘Wretches & Jabberers’

Huntington is one of 100 cities across the United States participating Thursday, May 12, in “100 Cities, One Night for Autism,” a unique theatrical screening of the critically acclaimed documentary, “Wretches & Jabberers,” sponsored nationally by the John P. Hussman Foundation and the Autism Society.


Locally the film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in the Marquee Cinema in downtown Huntington. This showing is sponsored by the West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall University, the Autism Services Center and the Autism Society – River Cities.


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Marshall to benefit from Badges for Charity program at 2011 Greenbrier Classic


Marshall University alumni and friends can purchase an Alumni Badge and get one free for the 2011 Greenbrier Classic, a PGA event that takes place July 25-31 at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

This week, it was announced that the Black Eyed Peas would be performing, in addition to country music performers Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert. Also, golfer Phil Mickelson, who has won the Masters three times, is expected to play in the tournament.


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Retrospective exhibit on artist Hank Keeling on display in South Charleston

  A retrospective art exhibition, “Hank Keeling: A Life in Art,” honoring the local artist who died in 2010, is on display in the Marshall University South Charleston Library and Research Commons on Marshall’s South Charleston campus. The show is being sponsored by Marshall’s Graduate Humanities Program. 

Keeling, who was born in St. Albans, achieved recognition far beyond the borders of his home state with his engaging images achieved through combining collage, drawing and painting.

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Graduate College announces summer thesis grant recipients

Eight graduate students at Marshall University have received summer thesis grants for this year, according to Dr. Donna J. Spindel, dean of the graduate college.



The purpose of the grant is to provide funding for students who are working on thesis projects, Spindel said. The selection is made on the quality and significance of the thesis research, the likelihood that the research will eventuate in a completed thesis and the justification of need for support.

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Stringer to read from his work in Ireland


English Professor Art Stringer will be reading from his work at the May Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering at The Kitchen @ The Museum in Galway, Ireland Friday, May 13.

  He will be joined by Ron Houchin of Huntington and others in the readings.

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Marshall University K-12 Summer Program starts June 27

Marshall University is once again offering a month-long K-12 Summer Program in Charleston, designed to provide children under 18 with activity-based learning experiences in writing, reading and math.



Students will explore the theme “Many Lands, Many Stories” and have opportunities to become involved in hands-on activities.

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English professor recognized for short story

A Marshall professor has been awarded a prestigious prize for his fictional short story which chronicles a day in the lives of four young boys.   John Van Kirk, a professor of English, was recognized by The Iowa Review which sponsors a yearly contest in poetry, fiction and nonfiction.

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2011 Staff Council General Election Results Announced

The results of the 2011 Staff Council General Election are as follows:

  • Chair
    Nina Barrett – Accounting

  • Institutional Board of Governor’s Representative
    Mike Dunn – Plant Operations

  • Advisory Council of Classified Employees Representative
    Mike Dunn – Plant Operations

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Profile: Connie Zirkle

  - a series on interesting Marshall University people



Connie Zirkle has a great fondness for the Chinese proverb that says, "Birds sing because they have a song,” and she’s translated that to her own life by focusing on figuratively singing a song rather than dwelling on darker moods.

“It keeps you from getting involved in all kind of craziness,” the Program Assistant II in Psychology and adjunct faculty member in Sociology, admits. And the mantra has helped her through good times as well as some tough ones. It took a lot of hard work and a few hard knocks along the way but she’s proud of where she is today and what she’s accomplished through grit and determination.

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The next issue of We Are…Marshall will be distributed May 25, 2011. Please send any materials for consideration to Pat Dickson by May 23.

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