University Communications

The Newsletter for Marshall University                   March 28, 2012

Dr. Corley Dennison named associate VP for academic affairs,
dean of undergraduate studies at Marshall University

  Dr. Corley Dennison has been named associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of undergraduate studies at Marshall University. He will begin his new duties July 1.

Dennison has been dean of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications since March 2005. Dr. Gayle Ormiston, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said Dennison was chosen after a national search. He replaces Dr. Frances Hensley, who is retiring.

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MU female athletes to be recognized
as part of Title IX celebration

 In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Title IX, Women’s Studies has planned a week of events April 2-7 to celebrate and recognize Marshall’s female athletes   The week begins on Monday, April 2 with a reception to honor Marshall’s female athletes from 5 to 7 p.m. in the third-floor atrium of the Drinko Library on MU’s Huntington campus.

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John Sutherland named Employee of the Month


John Sutherland, Associate Athletic Director and Executive Director of Big Green, Athletics, has been named the Marshall University Employee of the Month for December, according to Michelle Brown Douglas, chair of the Employee of the Month Committee.

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Annual Assessment Day to take place Wednesday, April 4


To support Marshall’s participation in the Higher Learning Commission’s Open Pathways Demonstration Project, the theme of Assessment Day 2012, set for Wednesday, April 4, is “The Pathway to a Better Marshall,” said Dr. Mary Beth Reynolds, director of assessment at Marshall.

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Marshall community responds to storm disaster situations

Slone spearheads drive to help Kentucky storm victims

On the evening of March 2 as Tina Slone watched in horror the unfolding televised pictures of the devastating storms and tornadoes which were wrecking havocs on parts of Kentucky near Prestonsburg where she grew up, she knew she had to do something to help.

It started out with a modest dream of filling her car to make a run to the affected area, but as word spread, thanks to the generosity of co-workers and Marshall staff, faculty and students, the goods poured in necessitating an upgrade first to two cars, then a U-Haul van and finally to a 10-foot box truck packed to the door.

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Marshall organizations conducting drive for supplies
to aid Logan County

In an effort to help Logan County, W.Va., recover from recent and devastating flooding, the Office of Community Engagement and the Student Government Association  are conducting a drive for supplies.

Items needed include brooms, mops, shovels, paper towels, bleach, bottled water, anti-bacterial soap, laundry detergent, rubber gloves, work gloves, dishwashing detergent, buckets, hand sanitizer, disinfectants,  garbage bags, cleansers, plastic cups/plates/utensils, flashlights/batteries, scrubbing towels, dust pans, disinfectant wipes,  bathroom cleaners,  glass cleaners, scouring pads, sponges, floor cleaners, spray bottles, scrub brushes, baking soda and white vinegar.

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Marshall Artists Series recognized with state award

  The Marshall Artists Series, celebrating its 75th season, was presented with the Distinguished Service to the Arts Award at the 2012 Governor’s Arts Awards gala March 8. The event took place at the Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston and was hosted by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

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Campbell named Director of Diversity for Marshall
Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy


Dr. Shelvy L. Campbell has been named Director of Diversity for the Marshall University Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy. She assumed her duties March 1.

Campbell is responsible for developing diversity and equity programs for the schools of medicine and pharmacy ensuring a quality and inclusive educational experience for all students, faculty and staff.

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Marshall University School of Medicine
places 100 percent of graduating seniors in national match

  Every graduating medical student from the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine has been placed in a residency program via the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), marking the first time ever 100 percent of the class has matched.

The NRMP pairs graduating seniors with graduate medical programs across the country where they will train for the next three to five years.

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Newsletter Contest: Where's This?


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

Marshall students, faculty, staff (below the level of director) and alumni are eligible. 

Send your entries to Entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 3. Entries must have the answer (both the identification of the item and its location) 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.

Winner from March 7

The winner of the contest in the March 7 edition of the newsletter was Dr. Michael Cunningham, professor and program director of leadership studies on the South Charleston campus. He correctly identified the portion of the South Charleston campus sign on the driveway leading up to the campus.

Dr. Donna Sullivan to speak on caregiving in the Tri-state
at the Sarah Denman Faces of Appalachia Symposium

Dr. Donna Sullivan, associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology will present “Carework: The Provision of Care in Appalachia” Tuesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. The symposium is free and will be followed by a dessert reception.   Sullivan said the purpose of her study is to better understand the extent of informal carework within families and friendship networks in the West Virginia-Kentucky-Ohio Tri-state region.

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Other Coming Events

History of Black Panthers lecture is tonight

Dr. Jakobi Williams, an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky, will be discussing the topic of his upcoming book, the history of the Black Panthers Party, on Wednesday, March 28, at 7 p.m. in the Shawkey Room of the Memorial Student Center. Sponsored by the African and African-American Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Marshall University to co-sponsor upcoming
Appalachian Health Summit on neurological disorders

Marshall University is partnering with the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Kentucky (UK) to present a one-day conference, “Appalachian Health Summit – Neurological Disorders: Quality of Life and Potential for Recovery,” on Thursday, March 29, at the Lexington Convention Center.

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Chamber Choir celebrates return with hometown concert April 1

The Marshall University Chamber Choir, which returned Monday from a 10-day performance tour to France that began March 15, will perform their tour repertoire at a concert in Huntington Sunday, April 1. The performance, under the direction of Dr. David Castleberry, will take place at 3 p.m. in Smith Music Hall.

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Award-Winning Poet to Appear at Marshall University

Poet Kathryn Kirkpatrick will read from her work at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in the Shawkey Room of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University’s Huntington campus.


Paul D. Stewart Lectureship to take place April 6
Marshall’s Department of Political Science will present Dr. Charles Anthony Smith, author of The Rise and Fall of War Crimes Trials: From Charles I to Bush II, at 3 p.m. Friday, April 6, in the Shawkey Dining Room in the Memorial Student Center. The lecture is open to the public.
College of Business to recognize Adkins upon retirement

The university community is invited to a reception to honor and recognize Dr. Roger Adkins for his contributions to Marshall upon his forthcoming retirement, said  Dr. Harlan Smith, division head of finance and economics for the College of Business. It will take place Wednesday, April 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Shawkey Dining Room in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

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Note of Thanks

Terry and Gina Kates would like to thank everyone for the floral arrangement, cards and calls following the death of Terry’s father, Nelson Kates.

Researchers present at international scientific meetings

  Marshall University biomedical sciences researchers are presenting their work in the fields of toxicology and cancer biology at international scientific meetings.

Dr. Monica Valentovic, a professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Toxicology, presented in mid-March at the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Her talk focused on her lab’s work to evaluate ways to reduce the side effects of cancer chemotherapeutic drugs.

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Profile: Elizabeth Sheets

  - a series on interesting Marshall University people


Take a group of eager Marshall students brimming with enthusiasm and mindful of the needs of others, pair them with cash- and staff-strapped nonprofit agencies and community groups, and you have the essence of the recently reconfigured Office of Community Engagement, presided over by its charismatic coordinator, Elizabeth Sheets.

It’s not a new office, Sheets confirms, it’s been around for years as part of the Office of Student Affairs. But last summer it was given a full-time focus and renamed to reflect the office’s emphasis.

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


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