University Communications

The Newsletter for Marshall University        May 25, 2011

Bookwalter Named Dean of College of Education


Dr. Robert Bookwalter has been named dean of the Marshall University College of Education, according to Dr. Gayle Ormiston, senior vice president of academic affairs and provost. Bookwalter has been interim dean of the College of Education and Human Services since June 2010.

The College of Education and Human Services will be renamed the College of Education effective July 1. The Human Services units will be incorporated into other academic units or phased out.

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'Buy One, Get One' Offer for Greenbrier Classic Badges Ends May 31


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. The special offer will end Tuesday, May 31.

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Carolyn Quinlan Named Employee of the Month


Carolyn Quinlan, Administrative Secretary Senior for the Graduate Humanities Program and Graduate School of Education and Professional Development, has been named the Marshall University Employee of the Month for April, according to Michelle Brown Douglas, chair of the Employee of the Month Committee.


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Service Awards Luncheon Slated for June 9

Marshall University’s 27th annual Service Awards Luncheon will take place Wednesday, June 9, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Don Morris Room in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

  In addition to the service awards, the Employee of the Year will be named at this time.

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Andrew Gooding Named Director of Marshall's RBA program


Andrew Gooding, an instructor in Marshall University’s Department of Integrated Science and Technology since 1999, is the new director of MU’s Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) program, effective Monday, May 16.

Gooding replaces former interim director Dr. Elaine Baker, who retired.

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New Mobile Medical Clinic to Open Thursday

Children’s Health Fund and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine will launch a new mobile medical clinic for the West Virginia Children’s Health Project at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, May 26, at 9:30 a.m. at Spring Hill Elementary School in Huntington.

Staffed by Marshall physicians, the mobile clinic will take medical services,  including comprehensive primary care, to children and adolescents in five counties at 10 schools in Cabell, Lincoln and Wayne counties. The new clinic was funded in part by a grant from the Walmart Foundation designated for expansion of health care services in rural areas.


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Allen’s pottery to be Exhibited at 842 in Retrospective Exhibition


  After 41 years of teaching at Marshall University, ceramics professor Earline Allen is retiring – but not without a bang. An exhibition of her work, titled Becoming: An Earline Allen Retrospective, opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Friday, May 27, at Gallery 842 in downtown Huntington.

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Eleven Undergraduate Researchers Awarded Stipends for Summer Studies


Eleven undergraduate students have been selected to receive the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Fellowship, which provides each student with a $4,000 stipend and supplies for their research.

  Marshall has participated in the SURE program since 2005. The program is funded through the West Virginia Research Challenge Fund, and is administered by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, Division of Science and Research. SURE participants conduct their research during a 10-week time period, which this year began May 16 and concludes July 29.

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Kinesiology to Help Kids 'Lose the Training Wheels'

The School of Kinesiology will host “Lose the Training Wheels”™ Monday through Friday, July 18 through 22, at Huntington High School. The weeklong program teaches individuals with disabilities to independently ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle.



“Lose the Training Wheels”™ is a national organization that works with local organizations to host camps in individual communities. Approximately 85 percent of its campers learn to ride a conventional bicycle independently. The program makes use of adapted equipment, trained professionals and volunteers.

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Staff Council Election Change Announced

Monique Williams, who was elected to represent the clerical group EEO 50 on the upcoming 2011-2013 Classified Staff Council, has chosen not to serve,

  with the result that Maura Conway, who received the second highest number of votes in that category, has been appointed to serve out the term.

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Profile: Karen McComas

  - a series on interesting Marshall University people



Karen McComas and her family like to joke that they "bleed green" and indeed, with eight Marshall degrees among the four members of the family, that’s a pretty safe bet. Then add in her father’s degree, and that makes nine.

Actually, Karen is the latest to add more letters after her name, having graduated with a doctorate in curriculum and instruction last December. It was the culmination of a long academic journey that actually started when she left Michigan, where she was born, to follow in the footsteps of her father, a Huntington native.

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