University Communications

The Newsletter for Marshall University        November 9, 2011

Former Young Thundering Herd star Rick Meckstroth to speak
at memorial service honoring 1970 plane crash victims

Rick Meckstroth, a freshman member of Marshall’s 1970 football team and later a three-year starter for the Young Thundering Herd, will be the keynote speaker at the annual memorial service honoring the 75 victims of the 1970 Marshall plane crash.

The service, conducted by the Student Government Association, starts at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14, on the Memorial Student Center plaza. The public is invited to attend.

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Enterprise partners with Marshall University
to offer car sharing on Huntington campus

President Kopp shows off one of the Marshall WeCars, a Ford Fiesta.


Marshall University and Enterprise Rent-A-Car kicked off the WeCar program on the Huntington campus Oct. 31.

WeCar by Enterprise is a membership-based, automated car rental option that offers a sustainable and efficient transportation alternative to the Marshall community. Registered members have access to two vehicles.

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Closing ceremony for United Way drive set for Nov. 11


The 2011 United Way MU Campus Campaign is nearing completion--running through Friday, Nov. 11--but there is still time to make donations and  pledges. 

On Friday, a closing ceremony will take place in the in the MSC Lobby from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  At that time raffle winners will be selected for a customized Xbox 360 with Kinect along with a crystal buffalo sculpture. In addition, the winners of a pair of MU men’s basketball season tickets and the residence hall fundraising champions will be announced.

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International Education Week kicks off Nov. 13 at Marshall

Marshall kicks off International Education Week Sunday, Nov. 13, with the 48th annual International Festival in the Memorial Student Center’s Don Morris Room.




The theme of this year’s International Festival, which takes place from 3 to 6 p.m., is “Living in a Global Society,” which emphasizes the pressing need for universities in the United States to prepare their students to live and work in a globalized environment.

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First Honors College da Vinci Faculty Fellows named


Dr. Jamie Warner (left), professor of political science, and Dr. Allison Carey (right), assistant professor of English, are the Marshall University Honors College’s first da Vinci Faculty Fellows, Dean Mary Todd has announced.
Da Vinci Fellows are Marshall faculty who will teach one course a semester for the Honors College.

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Marshall physics professor receives NASA EPSCoR
award of nearly $479,000


Physics professor Dr. Thomas Wilson has been awarded $478,709 to conduct research to help improve the propulsion systems NASA uses for deep-space missions.

The three-year award was one of 28 made nationally this summer through the NASA EPSCoR program.

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Marshall University gets federal funds to develop
Virtual Mine Safety Training Academy

Work is under way to develop a Virtual Mine Safety Training Academy at Marshall University as a result of a $117,000 award from the Brookwood-Sago federal grant program.  

The grant program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and


Health Administration, was named in remembrance of the 12 men who died in an explosion at the Sago Mine in Tallsmanville, W.Va., in 2006, and the 13 men who died in two explosions at the Jim Walter Resources Inc. No. 5 Mine in Brookwood, Ala., in 2001. 

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Other Coming Events

Unheard Voices Exhibition open through Saturday at Gallery 842

To bring awareness to this issue, CONTACT, in cooperation with the Marshall University Women’s Center and the Department of Art and Design, is hosting Unheard Voices, an interactive art exhibit featuring 20 handcrafted portrait castings and viewer-activated oral histories of people who have experienced sexual assault.

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MU Chorus to perform
‘Bluegrass Mass’

The Marshall University Chorus will present The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass, at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in Smith Recital Hall. The performance will feature well-known bluegrass performer Don Rigsby and Friends.

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Chamber Choir to perform Nov. 13

The Marshall University Chamber Choir, under the direction of Dr. David Castleberry, will present a free concert at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall’s Huntington campus.

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Marshall to showcase student work at GIS Day Nov. 16

Marshall is joining 40 other states and more than 80 countries around the world in celebrating GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Day on November 16 by sponsoring a series of activities scheduled for the Memorial Student Center.

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Nov. 16 collection date set for ‘Baskets for Branches’

Last spring, Marshall University’s College of Fine Arts (COFA), led by three dedicated students, was able to collect more than 150 laundry baskets filled with essential items for victims of domestic violence – requiring a U-Haul truck for delivery. This year they hope to surpass that number.

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, they will once again collect donated baskets on Marshall’s Huntington campus.

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Classified Staff Council to hold elections Dec. 13-14; nominations due Nov. 29

The Classified Staff Council will hold an election Dec. 13-14 to fill two vacancies in the EEO Group 50 – Clerical EEO groups and one vacancy in EEO group 30—Other Professionals. The three staff members elected will finish the remainder of the current term, which ends June 30, 2013.

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Marines can earn Master of Arts in Leadership Studies at Marshall


Marshall University is partnering with the United States Marine Corps College of Distance Education and Training (CDET) in Quantico, Va., to provide active duty Marine Corps officers the opportunity to earn a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies.

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Three from Marshall win awards in 2011 WV Juried Exhibition


Three artists with Marshall University connections – two faculty members and an M.A. graduate – were among those who won awards in the biennial West Virginia Juried Exhibition this year, sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

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Left: 'The Lace Stretchers' by Mary Grassell.

Profile: Pam Holland

  - a series on interesting Marshall University people


Fortunately for the community and countless nonprofit groups and agencies, college students tend to be generous with their time, burgeoning academic expertise and creativity. And it is to tap into that vast well of talent and energy that Pam Holland, the Director of Clinical Education in the Department of Communication Disorders recently agreed to wear yet another hat, this time as the Director of the Service Learning Program, a program that pairs faculty and students in designated classes with community partners for earned academic credits.

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The next issue of We Are…Marshall will be distributed Nov. 30, 2011. Please send any materials for consideration to Pat Dickson by Nov. 28.


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