University Communications

The Newsletter for Marshall University        September 28, 2011

General Faculty Meeting, State of the University Address to take place today

The fall general faculty meeting of Marshall University’s 2011-12 academic year will take place at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Sept. 28) in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

The agenda will consist of welcoming remarks by the faculty senate chair, Dr. Cam Brammer; the introduction of new administrators by provost Dr. Gayle Ormiston, and the introduction of 46 new

faculty by Brammer, School of Medicine senior associate dean for clinical affairs, Dr. Joseph Werthammer, and School of Pharmacy dean, Dr. Kevin Yingling; a State of the Faculty address by Brammer; and a State of the University address by President Dr. Stephen J. Kopp.

All faculty, staff, students and members of the public are invited to attend.

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Gillettes join Pathway of Prominence at Marshall

  Longtime Marshall University supporters Joe and Pam Gillette became the latest to be honored with a plaque on the prestigious Pathway of Prominence in a recognition ceremony last week on the Huntington campus. Donors who present gifts of $1 million or more to Marshall are honored with a plaque on the Pathway, which is located between Old Main and the Memorial Student Center.

The Gillettes’ plaque is the 21st on the Pathway.

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Author of 'The Looming Tower' to speak Sept. 29

Author, screenwriter, playwright and staff writer for The New Yorker magazine Lawrence Wright is coming to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, Thursday, Sept. 29 as part of the Marshall Artists Series. He will discuss his firsthand experience traveling through the Middle East.   Wright’s book, The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, is a narrative history of the events leading to September 11, 2001, attacks. Based on five years of research, the book includes more than 500 interviews ranging from Bin Laden’s best friend in college, Jamal Khalifa, to a reporter for Al Jazeera, to the former White House counterterrorism chief, Richard A. Clarke.

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Schloss named founding chair of pharmaceutical science and research at School of Pharmacy


Dr. John V. Schloss, an academic and industrial researcher with more than 30 years of combined experience, has been named founding chair of pharmaceutical science and research at the School of Pharmacy. He also will serve as a member of the Pharmacy Executive Council.

“Marshall University School of Pharmacy is starting with an impressive infrastructure for teaching and research,” Schloss said. “This will be the third time I have helped start a new pharmacy program and the Marshall program has the potential to become a leader in the area of pharmacy education and pharmaceutical research. It is an exciting time to be a part of Marshall University.”

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President Kopp elected chairman of West Virginia business organization


President  Stephen  J. Kopp has been elected chairman of the West Virginia Roundtable, an independent, nonprofit and non-partisan business organization dedicated to creating a viable business climate in the Mountain State.

Kopp has served as a member of the Roundtable since 2006 alongside educational, business and community leaders from around the state.

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Marshall to host Native American powwow


Marshall University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mekoce Shawnee Nation of West Virginia, will present a traditional Native American powwow Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 8, at Buskirk Field on the Huntington campus.

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Maj. Gen. Anthony G. Crutchfield to return to Marshall University to serve as grand marshal in 2011 homecoming parade


Maj. Gen. Anthony G. Crutchfield, commanding general of the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence in Fort Rucker, Ala., will be the grand marshal in Marshall’s homecoming parade next month. Crutchfield is a 1982 Marshall graduate.

The parade is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in downtown Huntington. It starts at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena and ends at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Marshall plays its homecoming football game Saturday, Oct. 15, taking on Rice at 3 p.m.

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Other Coming Events

Local poets Oeding, Shaw to read at event tonight

Poets Carrie Oeding and Kent Shaw will read from their work at 8 p.m. tonight, Sept. 28, in Corbly Hall Room 105. The reading marks the release of Oeding’s new poetry collection Our List of Solutions.

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School of Journalism and Mass Communications to host golf scramble fundraiser at Twin Silos

The W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SOJMC) will host its 2nd annual golf scramble at the Twin Silos Golf Course in Lavalette Friday, Sept. 30. Registration begins at noon and tee-off is at 1 p.m.

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Movie ‘Freedom’ to be shown Oct. 3

The Sustainability Department will host a showing of the movie “Freedom” at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, in room BE5 of the Memorial Student Center.

Elizabeth Rutherford, the recycling coordinator, said that a question-and-answer session will follow at which three signed copies of the DVD of the movie will be handed out to audience members.

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‘A Much Curious Coop’ on display on South Charleston campus

Images of fanciful birds dressed in colorful fine clothing depicting their individuality and personalities are the basis of A Much Curious Coop, the latest art exhibit now on display in the library on the South Charleston campus.

The current collection features the work of Nitro resident Staci Leech-Cornell, a versatile artist and sculptor, who has had her work displayed in numerous shows and exhibitions. The exhibit will be on display through Oct.21.

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Next Campus Conversation to take place Oct. 12

A Campus Conversation  offered as a forum for introducing an innovative approach to regional accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association, is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 12  from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Drinko Library 402 and simultaneously to South Charleston, Room GC 134.

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Elvis Costello, Jungle Jack Hanna next up for Marshall Artists Series

A celebrated singer-song writer along with America’s favorite zookeeper will be helping the Marshall Artists Series continue the celebration of their 75th anniversary with appearances at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center in early October.

Elvis Costello, known for his quirky lyrics which are full of word plays, instrumentation and vocal styles, will perform with his group, the Imposters, Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. He will be followed by Jungle Jack Hanna: Into the Wild Live! Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.

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Gallery 842 to showcase photographer George Bedell

An exhibit titled "The Wasteland" by photographer George Bedell will open at Gallery 842 Friday, Sept. 30, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. It will continue until Friday, Oct. 28.

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Two Health/Wellness Screenings Coming Up Wednesday, Oct. 5

Marshall faculty and staff can take advantage of two health screening opportunities on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Breast exams and Pap smears will be available at the Cabell-Huntington Health Department from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are recommended; call 304-523-6483. Click to view more information.

PEIA Worksite Health Screenings will take place from 7 a.m. to noon. These include, but are not limited to, blood pressure, waist circumference, total cholesterol and HDL/LDL. Contact Amy Saunders at 304-696-4103 to schedule an appointment. Click to view more information.

Dr. Calvin Kent awarded designation of Assessment Administration Specialist

Dr. Calvin Kent, Vice President for Business and Economic Research, was awarded the designation of Assessment Administration Specialist (AAS) at the annual meeting of the International Association of Assessors (IAAO) Sept. 20 in Phoenix, Ariz.   Kent was only the 155th person to receive this designation in the 75-year history of the international organization. The IAAO designation “… recognizes professionalism and competency in administration of a variety of functions for property tax purposes.”

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Doctoral student and professor write chapter for molecular biology publication


Doctoral student J. Adam Hall and faculty member Dr. Philippe T. Georgel have collaborated to write a chapter for a new book focusing on RNA processing in animal and plant cells.

Their chapter describes the interaction between RNA splicing and chromatin, and appears in the book “RNA Processing,” which was edited by Paula Grabowski and published in August. The book is freely available online through open access publisher InTech.


In describing their research, Hall explains that RNA, or ribonucleic acid, acts as the “middle man” of molecular biology. DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is the carrier of basic genetic information. A cell uses DNA to make RNA, which in turn makes proteins.

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Profile: Tracy Smith

  - a series on interesting Marshall University people



It could be the weather—flood, gusty winds, or snow and ice. Or it could be a fire, a chemical spill, or other potentially hazardous situations...even an earthquake. Perhaps it's just the everyday work environment for those in certain university occupations. But no matter the scenario, when there’s an unforeseen occurrence, the Health and Safety Department is ready to handle it.

And Tracy Smith, Safety and Health Specialist in that department, will be the first to tell you that most of the safety procedures put into place begin with training—lots and lots of training. This includes sessions for both students and employees.

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