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The Newsletter for Marshall University        August 17, 2011

Hello, new freshmen: prepare to be WOWed

  Marshall University is welcoming the Class of 2015 with a Week of Welcome (WOW), an immersion program designed to facilitate successful entry into college life.

“These first few days of the fall semester give our freshman students a chance to connect with their colleges, their fellow students and the campus,” said Dr. Frances Hensley, Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of Undergraduate Studies.

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Marshall paleontologist helps make scientific history with 78-million-year-old 'pregnant plesiosaur'

Visitors to the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum view the "pregnant plesiosaur" discovered by MU paleontologist Dr. Robin O'Keefe and colleagues. Photo by Rachel Ormiston.

  Marshall University paleontologist Dr. F. Robin O’Keefe, an associate professor of Biology, and Dr. Luis Chiappe, director of the Natural History Museum (NHM) Dinosaur Institute in Los Angeles, have determined that a unique specimen now displayed in the museum’s Dinosaur Hall is the fossil of an embryonic marine reptile contained within the fossil of its mother.

Their findings were published last week in the journal Science.

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Sarah Quarles Named Employee of the Month


Sarah Quarles, IT Consultant Senior with the IT Service Desk, has been named the Marshall University Employee of the Month for August, according to Michelle Brown Douglas, chair of the Employee of the Month Committee.

An employee since 2008, she was nominated by JoAnn Black and Stephen Robinson.

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Huntington attorney named founding director
of Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy

  Patricia Proctor, a Huntington attorney and Marshall University alumna, has been named founding director of the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy at Marshall. Proctor assumed her duties Aug. 15.

The center is a new interdisciplinary academic program that honors the lengthy service of Dr. Simon D. Perry, retired professor of Political Science, to Marshall and its students. It promotes the teaching and original research regarding the formation and evolution of the Constitution, and examines its importance in contemporary legal, political, civil and cultural matters.

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School of Pharmacy names new department chair

  Dr. Kimberly Broedel-Zaugg, formerly a professor of pharmacy at Ohio Northern University, has been named Founding Chair of Pharmacy Practice and Administration for the Marshall University School of Pharmacy. Broedel-Zaugg began her duties July 17.

Currently she is responsible for development of the department and assisting the leadership team as it builds the pharmacy program. When the first class is admitted in 2012, Broedel-Zaugg will assume teaching responsibilities as well. Her areas of expertise include sterile products, over-the-counter products, and health care systems.

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Marshall accepting applications for new medical school initiative

Marshall University has created a new initiative to enable undergraduate students of color to explore and experience the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Applications for  PROJECT  P.R.E. M.E.D. (Providing Real World Experiences for future Marshall Educated Doctors)  will be accepted through Friday, Sept. 9.

  “Through this program, we’ll be giving students an in-depth understanding of the processes and preparation for applying to and attending medical school,” said Dr. Shari Clarke, Vice President for Multicultural Affairs.

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Marshall professor presents oral cancer research

Dr. Pier Paolo Claudio, associate professor in the cancer biology research cluster at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, recently returned from Italy, where he gave two presentations of his research at the International Congress of the Italian Society of Pathology and Oral Medicine.   The conference, which was held June 16-18 in Pugnochiuso, Italy, featured the most recent scientific findings in oral medicine, pathology, maxillofacial surgery, oral surgery and dental hygiene.

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Lecture series on Constitution planned this fall at Marshall

  A lecture series on the Constitution of the United States of America titled Amicus Curiae, or Friend of the Court, will take place this fall at Marshall University.

The three-part series is sponsored by the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy and the College of Liberal Arts, with financial support from the West Virginia Humanities Council.

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Photo: Prof. Jean Edward Smith will be the first speaker in the Amicus Curiae lecture series.

Marshall medical graduate wins national award for medical student teaching

Marshall medical graduate Scott E. Davis, M.D., is one of 16 family physicians in the United States chosen to receive a 2011 Pfizer Teacher Development Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation.

  The award honors family physicians who teach medical students and residents on a part-time basis with little or no payment. Award recipients are selected based on their scholastic achievement, leadership qualities and dedication to family medicine.

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Artists with Marshall connections to open exhibition Aug. 19

  Visual artists John Farley (left), director of art galleries at Marshall University, and Marshall art and design major Lorin Michki will present a joint exhibition of their work at Gallery 842 in Huntington beginning Friday, Aug. 19.

Their exhibition, (re)discovery, opens at 6 p.m. Aug. 19 with a reception, which is free and open to the public.

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Faculty/Staff Achievements

Jody Perry, Director, Information Resources & Services, Information Technology, and Kelli Johnson, Research and Instruction Services Team Leader, Online Learning and Libraries, presented at the American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans in June. The presentation was titled “From Library to Learning Commons: The Evolution of the Marshall University Libraries” and detailed the collaborative efforts of librarians and IT staff since the libraries merged with Information Technology in the mid-1990s, culminating with the design and

  development of the Drinko Library Learning Commons and the Graduate College Research Commons. Marshall is on the cutting edge in the field with its successful implementation of the Learning Commons spaces on campus.

The American Library Association is a national organization dedicated to promoting library service and librarianship.

Choral Union to begin 20th year with Castleberry as director

Marshall University’s Choral Union is seeking new singers to join it, according to Dr. David Castleberry, who is beginning his 20th year as director of the group. Rehearsals begin Tuesday, Aug. 23.


  This fall, the ensemble will join with the MU Orchestra and the West Virginia Symphony Chorus to present performances of Franz Joseph Haydn’s Mass in D Minor, also known as the “Nelson” Mass, along with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Castleberry said.

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Profile: Kimberly Fry

  - a series on interesting Marshall University people



Her clear, strong voice is often raised in joyous song, paying tribute to her roots and her heritage from an exceptional musical family.

Kim Fry just loves to sing and always has. Active in Huntington East school choral groups, and the Marshall choir, today she sings lead in the Southern gospel trio, Bloodline.

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