University Communications

The Newsletter for Marshall University        December 14, 2011

Winter Commencement honors nearly 1,250


Marshall University’s 2011 Winter Commencement  took place Dec 10  and honored nearly 1,250 students who graduated in July or August 2011 or were on track to graduate this month.

Among the 1,247 students were 754 undergraduates and 493 with graduate degrees. Approximately  400 students  participated  in the ceremony.

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Marshall University Board of Governors
approves school color change, greets new member


The Marshall University Board of Governors during its meeting Dec. 14 adopted a resolution to change the university’s official green color to PANTONE Matching System (PMS) 356, referred by Thundering Herd fans as Kelly green.

The resolution was adopted unanimously and is effective January 1, 2012.

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At left: Logan businessman Wyatt Scaggs has joined the Marshall University Board of Governors.

Translational Genomic Research Institute
dedicated at Marshall

  The new Charles H. McKown, M.D., Translational Genomic Research Institute at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine was dedicated in a ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 6.

The facility was named in honor of McKown, who served as the school’s dean for more than 22 years before becoming Marshall’s vice president for health sciences advancement this summer.

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Marines, VETS4VETS to 'wrap up' Toys for Tots
campaign this week

  For the second consecutive year, Marshall is teaming with the United States Marine Corps Reserves in supporting a drive to collect toys for needy children in the 2011 Toys for Tots regional campaign.

The campaign is scheduled to run through Saturday, Dec. 17. Marshall’s student group, VETS4VETS, and the Marines will be distributing the toys after the campaign ends.

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Aquatic ecotoxicologist joins Marshall as Eminent Scholar


Dr. Mindy Yeager Armstead has joined the faculty of Marshall University’s College of Science through the state’s Eminent Scholars Recruitment and Enhancement initiative.

A nationally respected aquatic ecotoxicologist with 15 years experience in the commercial sector, Armstead will lead an interdisciplinary team of Marshall scientists focused on research and economic development activities associated with the region’s water and energy resources.

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Classified Staff Special Election Under Way

A special Classified Staff l election to fill vacancies on Staff Council in two groups—EEO Group 30 and EEO Group 50,  is currently under way with voting running until  midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 14. All voting will be electronic using the E-Voter system on myMU.

  EEO Group 30 – Other Professionals,  will be electing one new member and EEO Group 50 – Clerical, will be electing two new members.

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Faculty/Staff Achievement

Lynne Weston, Ed.S, director of the Marshall University H.E.L.P. program, was invited to the NASA Educational Summit in Washington, D.C., to participate in a panel presentation Dec. 1.

  NASA is working towards attracting more students with disabilities to participate in their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs.

Nicholas County students learn about cyber safety

Marshall University played  host to 33 high school students from Nicholas County for a cyber safety seminar on Friday, Dec. 9.



Sponsored by the Department of Integrated Science and Technology and the MU Forensic Science Center, the program focused on cyber security threats to students who use the Internet.

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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. 19. Entries must have the answer and the entering 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, as well as two tickets for a home men’s basketball game.

Contest Results from the Nov. 30 Issue

Lance West Jr. was the winner of the contest in the Nov. 30 issue. He correctly identified the newly renovated Twin Towers Dining Hall and won the two shirts described above.

Other Coming Events

Glen Campbell show rescheduled to Jan. 5

Due to a severe bout with laryngitis, organizers have postponed Glen Campbell’s concert, originally scheduled on Dec. 11, to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center in Huntington. All tickets for the Dec. 11 date will be honored at the concert on Jan. 5.

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'Riverdance' to offer farewell show May 29

Recently, the producer of "Riverdance," Moya Doherty, announced that the United States touring production of the internationally-acclaimed worldwide phenomenon will close in June 2012. Riverdance will play one farewell performance at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center in Huntington May 29. Tickets will go on sale at noon Friday, Dec. 16, and may be purchased at the Marshall Artists Series Box Office, located on the right side of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, or by calling ext.6-6656. The box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5:00 p.m.

GSEPD holds hooding ceremony for graduate students


Marshall’s Graduate School of Education and Professional Development honored 171 students who graduated in July, August, and December 2011, in a special hooding ceremony, which took place Dec. 8 at South Charleston High School.

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At left: Dr. Dixie Billheimer was the keynote speaker at the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development's hooding ceremony Dec. 8.

Profile: David Daniel

  - a series on interesting Marshall University people


Music circles his life; it’s inexorably woven into the fabric of his being. You could almost say he is addicted to how it shapes his soul.

David Daniel has an unabashed love of music. He has speakers in every room of his house. That’s every single room, even the bathroom, he emphasizes, and near-permanently attached earphones that keep the tunes flowing. But it’s a freeing relationship, opening him up to potential depths he otherwise might not have imagined, he believes.

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The next issue of We Are…Marshall will be distributed Jan. 11, 2012. Please send any materials for consideration to Pat Dickson by Jan. 9, 2012.


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