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The Newsletter for Marshall University        November 30, 2011

Winter commencement to feature speaker Dr. Jamie Warner, honorary degree recipient Bill Campbell


Dr. Jamie Warner, a professor of political science and MU’s Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award winner for 2010-2011, will deliver the keynote speech at Marshall’s 2011 Winter Commencement Saturday, Dec. 10.

Commencement begins at 10 a.m. at Cam Henderson Center.

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Left: William Cammack Campbell will receive an honorary
Doctor of Humane Letters at the Dec. 10 commencement.


Please join President and Mrs. Kopp
for the annual Family Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec. 8

Click to read invitation online.


Carolyn O'Lynn named Employee of the Month


Carolyn O’Lynn, Administrative Assistant in Parking, Public Safety, has been named the Marshall University Employee of the Month for September, according to Michelle Brown Douglas, chair of the Employee of the Month committee.

Employed since 2004, O'Lynn was nominated by Nancy Pelphrey and Jonathan Sutton, who are employees of Alumni Relations.

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Marshall Recreation Center to host Pump and Run competition

Pump and Run, a competition featuring a combination of weight lifting and a 5k run, will take place at 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Marshall Recreation Center.

Michele Muth, the recreation center’s assistant director of marketing and memberships, said Pump and Run is a great opportunity to get an intense workout, train for other Pump and Run races and enjoy the competition.

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Marshall to partner with Concord University and RCBI
for university-based jobs initiative

Officials from Marshall and Concord universities earlier this month joined U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall and deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Matt Erskine, in announcing federal funding of $500,000 over five years to establish the West Virginia EDA University Center.




A partnership among Marshall, Concord and the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI), the center will provide direct business and technical assistance to entrepreneurs, small businesses and manufacturers, and will primarily serve the southernmost 17 counties in West Virginia.

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Classified Staff Updates

Classified Staff collecting personal items for holiday project

For the past several years the classified staff has participated in a holiday project and this year they will be collecting items for the Barboursville Veterans Home.

Donationswill be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13.  Click for a list of dropoff locations.

Classified Staff announces election results, next election

In the recent Classified Staff election, Terrence Olson, Public Safety, and Donna Megquier, Physical Plant, have been elected to fill two vacant positions in EEO Group 60.70, Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance. They will serve until June 30, 2013.

Nominations for another vacancy, EEO Group 30, closed Nov. 29. All voting, which will be available from 6 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 through midnight Wednesday, Dec. 14, will be electronic.

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Faculty Achievement: Wilson presents invited paper

Dr. Thomas E. Wilson, Professor of Physics, presented an invited paper "Convenient and reproducible lift-off procedure of sputtered films by bilayer photolithography" during Track 8-2: Nano- Lithography of the BIT's 1st  

Annual World Congress of Nano-S&T, held  Oct. 23-26  in Dalian, China. His trip was funded by the WV Higher Education Policy Commission and NASA ESPCoR.

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Marshall University study shows nanoparticles being used
as additives in diesel fuels can travel from lungs to liver,
causing damage

Recent studies conducted at Marshall University have demonstrated that nanoparticles of cerium oxide – common diesel fuel additives used to increase the fuel efficiency of automobile engines – can travel from the lungs to the liver and that this process is associated with liver damage.  

The data in the study by Dr. Eric R. Blough and his colleagues at MU’s Center for Diagnostic Nanosystems indicate there is a dose-dependent increase in the concentration of cerium in the liver of animals that had been exposed to the nanoparticles, which are only about 1/40,000 times as large as the width of a human hair.

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Newsletter Contest: Where's This?






One winner will be drawn from the correct answers to the question of where or what is in this Marshall-related photograph.

Marshall students, faculty, staff and alumni are eligible. 

Send your entries to Entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5. Entries must have the person's name, affiliation (to Marshall), phone number and mailing address.

Click to view larger version of the contest photo.


Win two "We Are . . . Marshall" Kelly green shirts!

Mr. and Ms. Marshall are shown in the Kelly green shirts that will be given to one lucky winner!

Other Coming Events

Marshall groups, WV Symphony Chorus to present Haydn, Beethoven works

More than 200 musicians will join forces at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, as the Marshall University Choral Union and Chamber Choir, together with the MU Orchestra and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus, present Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Lord Nelson” Mass and Ludwig Van Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy.” The event will take place in Smith Recital Hall.

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Marshall University Jazz Ensemble 12.0 to present ‘Senior Day’ concert Saturday

The Marshall University Jazz Ensemble 12.0, under the direction of Dr. Ed Bingham, will present its finale performance of the fall semester at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in Smith Recital Hall. . Featured will be the music of the Maria Schneider Orchestra, The Radiohead Jazz Project, Stan Kenton, Bob Florence, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Gordon Goodwin.

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New environmental specialist hired at Marshall


Travis M. Bailey recently joined the Marshall University staff as the environmental specialist in the Health and Safety Department, according to Brian Carrico, director of health and safety.

Bailey, a native of Eleanor, W.Va., is a two-time graduate of Marshall, having earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and a master’s degree in biology. He has served as an adjunct faculty member for the past three years teaching microbiology, an endeavor he plans to continue.

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Morrow Library Stack Tower Reorganization to start in January


The Morrow Library Stack Tower will undergo a major reorganization project during the spring semester and summer sessions next year. The primary goal of the reorganization is to consolidate all the monographic material (books) and to place the periodical collection into Library of Congress call number sequence instead of the current scheme,  said Nat DeBruin, university archivist and member of the University Libraries staff.

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Profile: Brittney Emerson

  - a series on interesting Marshall University people


She became a lifeguard without ever having a swimming lesson, made the MU dance team and never took a lesson until she was in high school, has a budding decorative painting business, and no surprise here, never had an art class.

Brittney Emerson’s life brims with “cans” and very few “cant’s.” The bubbly administrative secretary in the College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE) embraces life with verve, grit and a joyous flair.

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The next issue of We Are…Marshall will be distributed Dec. 14, 2011. Please send any materials for consideration to Pat Dickson by Dec. 12.


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