University Communications

The Newsletter for Marshall University        June 29, 2011

Nearly 200 attend President Kopp’s State of the University
address in D.C.


Nearly 200 Marshall University supporters, including members of West Virginia’s congressional delegation, joined Marshall’s president, athletic director and football and basketball coaches at the nation’s capital June 21 to celebrate the university’s recent growth and expansion projects now under way.


The crowd, which included many Big Green members, gathered during Marshall’s annual State of the University address and reception at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. 

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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (left) responds to Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp's State of the University address at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. June 21.   Dr. Tony Szwilski (standing) demonstrates to Congressman Nick J. Rahall, II the virtual mine safety and health academy and a simulation of a large fire and emergency response in the virtual underground coal mine. It can be viewed in stereo using the new head-mounted display (HMD) technology.

Marshall University and spinouts
to be showcased at BIO International Convention

Marshall University biotechnology research and three of the university’s high-tech spinout companies are being showcased as part of this week’s BIO International Convention in Washington, D.C.



The largest annual global event for the biotechnology industry, the BIO International Convention attracts an audience of more than 15,000 biotech business leaders, scientists, executives and investors from around the world.

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Jim Booth named Employee of the Month


James Booth, Instructional Technologist in the College of Science, has been named the Marshall University Employee of the Month for May, according to Michelle Brown Douglas, chair of the Employee of the Month Committee.


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Photo: From left, Matt Turner, Chief of Staff, who made the presentation; Employee of the Month Jim Booth; and Dr. Charles Somerville, Dean of the College of Science.

Victor Fet receives Fulbright Award


Dr. Victor Fet, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research at the University of Athens and University of Crete, Greece, during the 2011-2012 academic year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.


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Marshall’s Early Education STEM Center
to be featured Friday on ‘This Week in West Virginia’


A segment featuring Marshall’s Early Education STEM Center for pre-kindergarten children will air at 8 p.m. Friday on the West Virginia Public Television program “This Week in West Virginia.”


A collaborative effort of the June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development and Cabell County Schools, the center is designed to be a model program of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) preschool education.


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Health Professions to offer master's degree in public health

The College of Health Professions (COHP) has been granted permission by the MU Board of Governors to establish a plan to create the second Master of Science degree in Public Health (MPH) in West Virginia.


Approval of the program took place earlier this month during the board’s regular meeting in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.


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Marshall sponsoring regional forum on geohazards and transportation

Engineers, geologists and transportation planners from across the region will gather in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 2-4 for the Appalachian States Coalition for Geohazards in Transportation’s 11th annual technical forum, “Geohazards Impacting Transportation in the Appalachian Region.”


  Coordinated by MU’s Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS) and sponsored in conjunction with the Nick J. Rahall II Appalachian Transportation Institute, the forum will be hosted this year by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

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Marshall community encouraged to sign up for MUAlert

Active Marshall community members (faculty, staff and students) are reminded of the MU Alert system, which provides emergency messages by several notification methods, and asked to consider signing up or updating their contact information.


The MU Alert system, which is operated by Marshall in partnership with third-party vendor Everbridge, allows Marshall students, faculty and staff to provide several methods for the university to use when making emergency contacts. Most common are text messages, cell phone calls and e-mail.

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Profile: Daniel Kaufmann

  - a series on interesting Marshall University people



Like a lot of young newly minted college graduates, Daniel Kaufmann, who had just earned a B.S. in biology, wondered what was next for him. However, unlike many uncertain graduates he took a bold step by examining his priorities, listening to his heart, and making an abrupt career switch that found him returning to school to earn a second bachelor’s degree, this time in studio art.

And it was a dynamic teacher at Florida State University who ultimately caused him to veer off his original career path.

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The next issue of We Are…Marshall will be distributed July 20, 2011. Please send any materials for consideration to Pat Dickson by July 18.

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