University Communications

The Newsletter for Marshall University        October 26, 2011

Marshall receives strong financial report, bond rating upgrade

Marshall’s Board of Governors received a strong financial report from the university’s auditors during a meeting on the Huntington campus last week. Also, the bond rating firm Fitch Rating has has given an AA- rating to new revenue bonds to be issued by Marshall University’s Board of Governors at an expected issuance amount of $50 million. The new rating represents an upgrade from the previous rating of A+.  

According to the accounting firm of Deloitte and Touche, LLP, Marshall’s unrestricted net assets were 20 percent of the school’s operating expenses for Fiscal Year 2010-2011.

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WeCar program to kick off Monday, Oct. 31


The kickoff to mark Marshall’s much-anticipated participation in Enterprise Rent-a-Car's WeCar program will take place at 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 31, on the Memorial Student Center plaza.

The popular program, now used by more than 50 colleges in 20 states, will allow students to have transportation on demand and at their convenience by renting vehicles that are available right on the Huntington campus.

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Forensic Science Center to assist New Orleans police with DNA testing

More than 800 untested New Orleans, La. rape kits will be tested by the Marshall University Forensic Science Center (MUFSC) by the beginning of next year, according to a New Orleans police official quoted in the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

  The tests are expected to clear up a backlog that includes physical evidence from sexual assaults that date back to the 1980s.

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Application process under way for Spring 2012 Graduate Scholarship Tuition Waivers

Applications are now being accepted through Friday, Nov. 11, for the Marshall University Graduate Scholarship Tuition Waiver Program for Spring 2012, according to Dr. Donna Spindel, dean of the Graduate College.


The scholarship program provides tuition assistance for MU graduate students and full-time faculty and staff employees.

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Two fundraising positions filled


Christine Anderson of Culloden, W.Va., (left) is Marshall's new assistant vice president for development, and Beverly Crabtree of Jackson, Ohio, is the new associate director for planned giving. Both started at Marshall Oct. 3.

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Marshall Psychology Department to offer Social Anxiety Group

Marshall’s psychology department will soon begin a series of twice-a-week sessions for people dealing with social anxiety. People who deal with social anxiety often feel uncomfortable in social situations, worry about embarrassing  

themselves in social situations, avoid being around others because it “stresses them out,” or fear that others will judge and evaluate them.

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In Memoriam: Dr. James Brumfield

Dr. James Otis Brumfield, known as "Brummy" to his colleagues in the College of Science at Marshall, passed away Saturday, Oct. 8.


Brumfield, 71, was the longest-tenured faculty member, taking that mantle when Dr. Simon Perry retired in 2010. Brumfield was in his 48th year with the university.

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Other Coming Events

Faculty woodwind and percussion trio to perform tonight

Triptych, a woodwind and percussion trio composed of music faculty members Dr. Ann Marie Bingham, Dr. Ed Bingham and Steve Hall, will perform at 8 p.m. tonight, Oct. 26, in Smith Music Hall.  The concert is free and open to the public.

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Lecture on Tel Dor in Israel to be given tonight

The College of Liberal Arts (COLA), in conjunction with the department of classics, will host a lecture about the coastal town of Tel Dor in Israel at 7 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, Oct. 26) in room BES of the Memorial Student Center when Dr. Christina Franzen, assistant professor of classics, presents “Listening to the Past: The archeology of Dor.”

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Genomics and Bioinformatics forum set for Thursday, Oct. 27

Any member of the Marshall community who is interested in genomics and/or bioinformatics is invited to attend the free forum, “Next Generation Sequencing and Bioinformatics,” Thursday, Oct. 27, from 1-4:30 p.m. in room 402 of the Drinko Library on the Huntington campus.

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Musicians to celebrate 'Tubaween' Oct. 31

Members of the Marshall University tuba and euphonium studio in the Department of Music, known as Tubonium, will give a concert Monday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. in Smith Recital Hall.

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Social Work department to present panel about suicide

Understanding warning signs, risk factors, and the process for getting help are critical pieces of suicide prevention, and to address these issues and others, the Huntington Branch of Social Workers, West Virginia chapter, along with Marshall’s Department of Social Work will host a panel with question and answer forum, Monday, Nov. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Harless  Auditorium at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

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'Young Frankenstein' (the musical) comes
to the Keith-Albee Nov. 10

The season of ghosts and ghoulies lives on a bit beyond Halloween as the New Mel  Brooks musical "Young Frankenstein" visits the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in a musical re-telling of a classic tale.

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Library Campaign to Aid Confederate Collection

The Marshall University Library Associates group has selected the Rosanna Blake Library of Confederate History as the recipient of its second annual silent fund-raising campaign. The group hopes to raise $10,000 to aid the collection.

Last year’s campaign by the Library Associates garnered $10,000 to help digitize the WSAZ News Film Archive. Both the WSAZ Archive and the Confederate History collection are part of MU’s Special Collections, housed in the James E. Morrow Library.

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Profile: Min Kook Kim

  - a series on interesting Marshall University people


The lush rolling hills of West Virginia and the abundant natural resources of the state remind Dr. Min Kook Kim of the country of South Korea in which he grew up, infused even as a child with a fierce determination to conserve and sustain natural resources wherever they exist.

In fact, it was this intense interest in preservation and management that led him into a career in environmental planning and conservation.

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The next issue of We Are…Marshall will be distributed Nov. 9, 2011. Please send any materials for consideration to Pat Dickson by Nov. 7.


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