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Tuesday March 31, 2009
Contact: Leah Tolliver, MU Women's Center Coordinator, 304-696-3112

Women veterans turned peace activists to speak at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Three female former and current U.S. military personnel who now participate in peace activism will speak on Marshall University's Huntington campus at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, in the Shawkey Dining Room, which is on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center.

The event will include speakers Ann Wright, a retired Army colonel; Ellen Barfield, a former Army member; and Chantelle Bateman, an active Marine. They will speak to students, faculty, staff, and community members about their perspectives on serving in the U.S. military.

Ann Wright is a 29-year U.S. Army/Army Reserve veteran who served primarily in Special Operations units and retired as a colonel.  She was also a 16-year U.S. diplomat and served in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan and Mongolia. She resigned from the diplomatic corps in March, 2003 in opposition to the Iraq war.  She is the co-author of "Dissent: Voices of Conscience."

Full-time peace and justice activist Ellen Barfield served in the U.S. Army from 1977 to 1981, stationed in Kitzingen, Germany; Ft Hood, Texas; Pyong Taek, South Korea; and Ft Riley, Kansas. Barfield has participated nationally as a board member of the War Resisters League, as an immediate past board member of Veterans for Peace, as a member of the Legislative Working Group of School of the Americas Watch, and as a member of the Disarmament Committee of the  Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. She also heads the local chapter of Veterans for Peace in her home of Baltimore, Md., and works with several other Baltimore peace and social justice organizations. She has traveled as a peace delegate to Iraq four times with the Voices in the Wilderness Iraq Peace Team and to Palestine five times, most recently to attend the first public event of Combatants for Peace, the Palestinian and Israeli former fighters who have renounced violence.

Corporal Chantelle Bateman, a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, was deployed to Al Asad, Iraq, from August 2004 through March 2005.  She currently serves as the secretary of Iraq Veterans Against the War-DC Chapter. She remains under an active contract and is stationed at Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove in Willow Grove, Pa.  She is still eligible for redeployment.

The event is sponsored by the Marshall University Women's Center, the Marshall Women's Studies program and the Marshall history department.

For more information, contact Leah Tolliver, MU Women's Center Coordinator, at 304-696-3112.


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Monday March 30, 2009
Contact: Bill Bissett, Chief of Staff, 304-696-6713

Two films with divergent viewpoints of Israeli-Palestinian conflict to be shown

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - To facilitate a discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Middle East, two films presenting divergent viewpoints will be screened on the Huntington campus of Marshall University.

The film series, titled "Israel and Palestine: Is Peace Possible?", will begin with a screening of each documentary followed by a panel discussion and a question-and-answer session led by three Marshall University faculty members with specializations in this area.

"Occupation 101," which presents a viewpoint supporting the Palestinian perspective, will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2. The second film, "The Case for Israel: Democracy's Outpost," an Israeli documentary that portrays the Israeli perspective, will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7. Both presentations will be in the new multipurpose room in the lower level of the Memorial Student Center (MSC BE5) on Marshall's Huntington campus.

The members of the panel are:  Dr. David Mills, Department of History; Dr. Richard Garnett, Department of Sociology; and Dr. Stephen Cooper, Communication Studies.  Mills is a historian who specializes in the Middle East. Garnett teaches a course on the Holocaust and researches territorial conflicts giving consideration to resource allocation. Cooper researches media criticism.

Dr. David J. Pittenger, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, will make welcoming remarks at both events and Dr. Marybeth Beller, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, will serve as moderator.

The presentation of the film series is not an endorsement of either perspective by Marshall University or the College of Liberal Arts.

"The two films present pointedly different perspectives of the history and current conditions related to Israel and Palestine, and represent one of the more politically charged debates of our time," acknowledged Pittenger.  "As an institution of higher education, we are the open marketplace of ideas that provides a forum for the forthright and respectful discussion of divergent viewpoints. This freedom of expression is an essential protection of the engaged citizen living in a contemporary democracy."

The Marshall University community and the public are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Dr. Marybeth Beller at 304-696-2763.

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'Thundering Word' forensics and debate team performs well at Ohio State

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Forensics and Debate team, also known as "The Thundering Word," capped a year-long effort to rebuild its program with a successful performance on March 7 in the Ohio State University Forensics and Debate Tournament in Columbus.

Financial support from Marshall's Office of Academic Affairs and the College of Liberal Arts enabled the squad to participate in one tournament this year. The support was rewarded as the team performed well at Ohio State in its only competition of the year.

Two "Thundering Word" squad members performed so well that they qualified for the national tournament in April in Springfield, Mo. Kendrick Vondershmitt, a freshman from Louisville, was a finalist in the Lincoln-Douglas debate. He is a John Marshall Scholar double-majoring in history and political science. Zach Frame, a junior from St. Albans, placed third in Prose Interpretation, thus qualifying him for the national tournament. He is an oral communications major.

Coach Danny Ray said it is unusual for a freshman to place in debate, especially this late in the competition season. But Vondershmitt, competing against debaters from around the region who have honed their arguments in several tournaments since the beginning of the school year, did just that.

Two other competitors from Marshall reached the final round in their respective events. Kayla Johnson, a Gallipolis, Ohio freshman, placed fourth in Poetry. Johnson is a John Marshall Scholar majoring in French Education with a Communication Studies minor. Kegan Angel, a freshman from Gallipolis, took sixth place in Informative Speaking. He is a chemistry major.

Sarah Ison of Rusell, Ky., a Yeager Scholar and sophomore double-major in biology and humanities, and Kelsey McCallister of Huntington, a freshman Japanese major, also competed at Ohio State.

"We could not be more proud of the performance of our coaches and competitors," said Dr. Robert Bookwalter, chair of the Department of Communication Studies.

Ray and Sarah Craiger, both graduate students in Communication Studies, coach the squad. Robert Heath, a former Marshall debater, coaches the young debaters on the squad. He is a senior double-majoring in political science and music. The coaches were accompanied and advised by former Marshall debate coach Dr. Kristine Greenwood.

The squad is seeking financial help to revive the program and take part in future tournaments. For information on how to contribute, call Cory Dennison, Director of Development with the College of Liberal Arts, at 304-696-2435.


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Friday March 27, 2009
Contact: Adam Russell, Empty Bowls Campaign Representative, 304-521-3754

Sixth annual Empty Bowls event helps those in need


Two student groups at Marshall University join to raise hunger awareness

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Marshall University students are helping the Huntington Area Food Bank (HAFB) in its efforts to raise awareness of the hunger problem in the Tri-State Area.

The Marshall University Keramos Student Pottery Guild and public relations students from the MU W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications are involved in the planning and execution of the event.

Empty Bowls is a national campaign that raises awareness of the hunger issue. Empty Bowls has been successful in the Tri-State Area, with last year's event raising more than $9,000 for the HAFB.

"This event helps the Food Bank tremendously year after year," Brooke Ash, director of public relations for the HAFB, said. "It's great to see the students come together for this cause."

The event will feature live entertainment and a silent auction featuring items donated by local celebrities. A person donating $12 receives a lunch of soup, bread and Pepsi as well as a bowl handcrafted by members of the MU Keramos Student Pottery Guild.

This year, some of the silent auction items include signed memorabilia from former Marshall football star Chad Pennington, an autographed bowl from Gov. Joe Manchin III and an assortment of local gifts that were donated by area businesses, including a $250 Pullman Plaza Hotel package.

Each year Empty Bowls continues to expand and this year is no different. Students from the Keramos Student Pottery Guild have pledged to donate 1,000 bowls for this year's event. In addition, approximately 60 gallons of soup has been donated by local restaurants, which will be used for the soup lunch.

"I'd really like to see this event continue to grow," Ash said. "It has really started to become a tradition in our city."

Along with the various auction items for sale, local celebrities will be on hand to serve soup and mingle with those in attendance.

Empty Bowls is from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 at First Presbyterian Church, 1015 5th Ave. in Huntington. For more information about the HAFB, contact Ash at 304-523-6029 or e-mail hafbmail@hafb.org. For more information regarding the Empty Bowls event, call Campaign Director Meagan Sellards at 304-412-5900 or e-mail emptybowls@marshall.edu. For more information about the College of Fine Arts, contact Jaye Ike at 304-696-3296 or e-mail jaye.ike@marshall.edu. Erica Rife, the media representative, can be reached at 304-360-3394,or by e-mail at emptybowls@marshall.edu.

The Huntington Area Food Bank Inc. is a private, nonprofit, charitable organization affiliated with Feeding America, the largest hunger relief agency in the United States. The HAFB is the hub in a network of food donors and more than 290 agencies that serve hungry people in West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio.

The HAFB assists food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, senior citizen programs, youth programs and residential programs that directly serve the needs of the hungry. The HAFB member agencies are located in 17 counties throughout the Tri-State area. All member agencies served by the HAFB are private and nonprofit. For more information, visit www.hafb.org.

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This week's 'Up Late' is a 'hand' full of fun

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - This week's "Up Late" episode starts out in its typical format with host Jamie LoFiego, who lets things get out of hand on the Marshall University late night show. 

LoFiego is asked to wait in his office by his student-led production crew. Unbeknownst to the host, the show's format of comedy, guest interviews and live music is replaced by a full episode of the kitschy soap opera, "The Hand You Were Given," which was created and produced by the "Up Late" crew.

During this episode of "The Hand," a little boy, Mickey, still in a coma, undergoes an intensive surgery by Dr. Jeremy Wayne and special guest, Dr. Gale Gratt. An epic fight to the death ensues between a famous astronaut, Randolph, and his wife's not-so-secret lover, James. Covering all of the action are award-winning journalist Han Dollis and anchor Biff Smartly.

This special episode of "Up Late" will air from 11 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28 on MyZTV and on Comcast Channel 25 throughout the week. Suddenlink Communications is also airing the show on Channels 19 and 22 in its different markets. "Up Late" can be found online at www.marshall.edu/uplate.

The show grew out of Marshall's Introduction to Video Production class taught by instructors LoFiego and Eric Himes, who both work with Marshall's Instructional Television Channel 25. It is produced entirely by students and has a late-night show quality featuring interviews, skits, ridiculous stunts, guest bands and comedy.


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COLA Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference is April 16-17 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Approximately 50 students will take part in Marshall University's College of Liberal Arts 2009 Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference scheduled Thursday and Friday, April 16-17, in the Drinko Library on Marshall's Huntington campus. 

The conference is designed to showcase the best intellectual work being done in the 13 departments of the college.  The event offers students an opportunity to display the quality work they have produced as part of their coursework, senior capstone projects and other educational experiences.

Presentations will examine varied topics such as "Convenience Store Ethnography," "Shifting Behaviors in Appalachia," "American Foreign Policy and the Consequences for Coca Farmers" and "Biodiversity's Effects on Inhabitants of St. Lucia."

To qualify to present their work at the conference, students were required to submit their work to a committee of COLA faculty for evaluation after receiving a recommendation from a sponsoring faculty member. 

Dr. Christopher White, assistant professor of history at Marshall, will give the keynote speech from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Friday, April 17 in the Shawkey Dining Room in the Marshall Memorial Student Center.  White's most recent book, The History of El Salvador, looks at the political, economic and social variables through the eyes of that country's people. 

Fifteen panel presentations will be given throughout Thursday and on Friday until 12:15 p.m.  Topics on Thursday, April 16 include:

Section A:  Panel 1, Better Off Dead:  Voices Beyond the Grave; Panel 2, Topics in Deviance and Subcultures;

Section B:  Panel 3, Topics in Political Science; Panel 4, The Classical World:  Inspiration, Power, Danger and the Devine;

Section C:  Panel 5, Criminological Theory and Research Approaches; Panel 6, Language, Culture and Diversity in Latin American Societies;

Section D:  Panel 7, Oppressed Groups in Latin America; Panel 8, Roundtable, Beliefs about Economic Opportunities:  Is the "American Dream" Still Alive and Well?;

Section E:  Panel 9, Gender Studies; Panel 10, Culture:  Events and Identity.

Topics on Friday, April 17 include:

Section F:  Panel 11, Psychology Poster Session and Panel 12, Geography Poster Session, both to take place on the third floor of the Drinko Library Atrium; Panel 13, Social Control and Civil Disobedience;

Section G:  Panel 14, Philosophical Inquiries; Panel 15, Eyes on Humanity:  Classical Giants, Convenience Stores, and Hitchhiking.

The conference is open to the public.

For additional information on the conference and its events, contact Dr. Kimberly DeTardo-Bora at 304-696-3084 or via e-mail at detardobora@marshall.edu.


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Tuesday March 24, 2009
Contact: Dr. Nadja Spitzer, Dept. of Biological Sciences and Cell Differentiation/Development Center, 304 696 3778

International brain awareness campaign coming to Marshall University

'Brain Expo' features hands-on science stations about the brain and more

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.
- Children and adults are invited to a Brain Expo Friday, April 3 at the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus for fun, exploration, education and prizes. The expo will take place from 2 to 7 p.m.

"Be prepared to have your mind boggled at Brain Expo on Friday, April 3," said Dr. Nadja Spitzer, a research neuroscientist at Marshall and director of the event. "Brain Expo will feature a collection of fun and intriguing exhibits, with hands-on activities and games."

The interactive stations at Brain Expo address topics ranging from brain anatomy to reflexes. After exploring unbelievable optical illusions and losing their own hand, a visitor can explore other exciting hands-on activities such as:

        Amazing Memories: play memory games and see how your memory can be fooled

        Eating Pizza is NOT a No-Brainer: explore all the parts of the brain involved in a simple activity such as eating pizza

        The Electrical Cell: build your own neuron keychain

        Do Bugs (and other creepy-crawly critters) Have Brains?: explore the simplest of nervous systems

        Color Your Own Brain Hat: you'll be the smartest kid in class sporting your color-coded brain on the outside of your head

        Get Conditioned: can you be trained to scratch your ear at the sound of a bell?

A complete listing of all the stations is available on the Web at www.marshall.edu/baw. After participating in the activities at eight stations at the expo, children may enter to win door prizes.

In addition to a collection of interactive learning stations, Marshall University and Marshall Community and Technical College will be offering information about professional and academic career opportunities in neuroscience. St. Mary's Medical Center will present an interactive station about brain and spinal cord safety and Latta's School Supplies will exhibit a collection of educational resources related to neuroscience.

"Events such as Brain Expo are important and effective ways to work with local schools and the community to address the challenge of science literacy," Spitzer said. "Studies at similar events around the country have demonstrated that students find neuroscience more 'fun' and more 'interesting' after participating. This gets them more excited about science at a younger age and makes them more likely to consider neuroscience as a potential career choice."

Brain Expo is a part of an International Brain Awareness Campaign founded by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. "Dozens of faculty and students from diverse departments and institutions have come together to conceptualize, build and present these interactive stations. It is a fantastic effort of collaboration in reaching out to kids and the public to motivate interest in the brain and science," Spitzer said.

The event brings scientists and students from Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall Community and Technical College and St. Mary's Medical Center together with children and the general public in a "reverse science fair format." This event is an excellent opportunity for kids to talk with real scientists and take part in fun activities that demonstrate how the brain and nervous system work, according to Spitzer.

Brain Expo is sponsored by the Cell Differentiation and Development Center, the College of Science, the Biomedical Science program, the Department of Biological Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts at Marshall University, as well as St. Mary's Medical Center, Marshall Community and Technical College, and Latta's School Supplies of Huntington, W.Va.


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West Virginia Poet Laureate Irene McKinney to read from her work at MU

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - West Virginia Poet Laureate Irene McKinney will read from her work at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2 in Room 2W16 of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

McKinney is the author of six books.  A collection of her selected poems, Unthinkable, was published recently by Red Hen Press.  Other poetry collections include Vivid Companion (WVU Press, 2006) and Six O'clock Mine Report

Her poems have appeared in many leading publications, including The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, American Voice, and Arts & Letters. She is the recipient of fellowships in poetry from both the National Endowment for the Arts and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. 

McKinney has taught at Western Washington University, the University of New Mexico and other institutions.  She was appointed Poet Laureate of West Virginia in 1994 and is Professor Emeritus of English at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Her appearance is sponsored by the Marshall English Department and the College of Liberal Arts.  It is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Art Stringer in Marshall's English Department at 304-696-2403.


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Tuesday March 24, 2009
Contact: Katherine Reasons,, Empty Bowls Campaign Representative, 304-621-9841

Ashland agency to benefit from Huntington event


Ashland Community Kitchen receives assistance from Empty Bowls fundraiser

ASHLAND, Ky. - The struggling economy has made it difficult for one Ashland soup kitchen to meet the growing needs of its community.

"Donations are down, and the need is up," said Alfreda Moore, director of Ashland Community Kitchen.  "We have noticed an increase in the number of people that we serve, and economically, we're upside-down."

The Ashland Community Kitchen serves an average of 91 people every day, even in the midst of its economic hardship.  The kitchen offers more than just soup - it provides entrees, vegetables and even dessert when it's available.  The kitchen is open for lunch Monday through Friday and for dinner on Tuesday and Thursday.  It also provides food to Ashland's "Meals on Wheels" program.  But Moore said fewer donations have forced the kitchen to cut back on what it can provide.

The kitchen receives some of its food from the Huntington Area Food Bank (HAFB), a nonprofit distribution center in Huntington, W.Va., that provides food to 290 hunger programs throughout the Tri-State.  In an effort to raise money for the HAFB and help agencies like Ashland Community Kitchen, two student groups at Marshall University have joined together for the sixth annual Empty Bowls event.

The Marshall University Department of Art and Design in the College of Fine Arts, Keramos Student Pottery Guild and public relations students from the MU W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications have joined to host an event in Huntington on April 7 to increase awareness of the hunger program in the Tri-State.  Their goal is to raise money for the HAFB and its member agencies.

The event, called Empty Bowls, will be Tuesday, April 7, at First Presbyterian Church, 1015 5th Ave., in Huntington. At Empty Bowls, guests have the opportunity to donate $12 to receive a lunch of soup, bread and Pepsi as well as a bowl handcrafted by members of the Marshall University Keramos Pottery Guild. The guild has produced 1,000 bowls for the event. The lunch resembles the kind of meal served at Ashland Community Kitchen, and the ceramic bowl serves as a reminder of those who go hungry in our region.

"This fundraiser gives people the opportunity to help alleviate hunger in our area," Moore said.  "I believe it's a great thing."

For more information about the Empty Bowls event, call Campaign Director Meagan Sellards at 304-412-5900 or e-mail emptybowls@marshall.edu. For more information about Ashland Community Kitchen, call Alfreda Moore at 606-325-8144.  Visit www.hafb.org for additional information about the programs and services provided by the Huntington Area Food Bank. For more information about the College of Fine Arts, contact Jaye Ike at 304-696-3296 or by e-mail at jaye.ike@marshall.edu. Erica Rife, the Empty Bowls media representative, can be reached at 304-360-3394, by e-mail at emptybowls@marshall.edu or by visiting www.marshall.edu/SOJMC.

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The Huntington Area Food Bank Inc. is a private, nonprofit, charitable organization affiliated with Feeding America, the largest hunger relief agency in the United States.  The HAFB is the hub in a network of food donors and more than 290 agencies that serve hungry people in West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio.  The HAFB assists food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, senior citizen programs, youth programs and residential programs that directly serve the needs of the hungry.  The HAFB member agencies are located in 17 counties throughout the Tri-State area. All member agencies served by the HAFB are private and nonprofit. For more information, visit www.hafb.org.

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Monday March 23, 2009
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Intuit and Marshall University offer free, easy FAFSA solution to West Virginia families

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Intuit, Inc., (Nasdaq: INTU), the maker of TurboTax tax preparation software, in collaboration with Marshall University, is offering a new, simple option for families who need to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

FAFSA is the application used by nearly all colleges and universities to determine eligibility for federal, state, and college-sponsored financial aid, including grants, educational loans, and work-study programs. The new online service, TurboTax FAFSA, automatically transfers information from TurboTax software directly onto the FAFSA form, making it easier for students and parents to get money for college.

The idea of producing TurboTax FAFSA was initiated through a conversation last fall between Brad Smith, CEO and president of Intuit, and Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp. Smith is a Marshall University graduate and native of Kenova, W.Va.

"I explained to Brad the problem parents and students are having filling out the FAFSA and the barriers they face," Kopp said. "I asked him if his company could conceivably create an interface that would be 'family-friendly' with regard to simplifying the filling out of the FAFSA form. Such a product seemed like a logical extension of his business and one that would benefit current and future generations of college-bound students."

Smith responded positively and the result has been an ongoing collaboration between Marshall and Intuit.

"As a fellow West Virginian and Marshall University alumnus, I know how important it is for families to help their children succeed and achieve their dreams," Smith said. "To receive much-needed financial aid, qualified students must complete the FAFSA. With TurboTax FAFSA, up to half of the information a student needs to complete the FAFSA form can be automatically transferred right to their FAFSA. We are proud to work with Marshall University to let West Virginia families know about TurboTax FAFSA and to help students access more money for college."

Kopp said Smith, whom he described as "very innovative and imaginative," clearly appreciates the importance of higher education and the need to make access to financial aid easier.

"This product is good for everybody concerned," Kopp said. "Marshall University and the State of West Virginia are taking the lead with a major corporation to facilitate access to federal financial aid, while at the same time helping aspiring West Virginia students achieve the dream of pursuing a college education."

Here is what students or parents need to do to take advantage of a free, limited-time offer only for West Virginia families:

For more information, contact Dr. Jan Fox, Senior Vice President for Information Technology/CIO at Marshall University, at 304-696-6706, or Kathy Bialk, Director of Student Financial Assistance at Marshall University, at 304-696-2280.

Or, visit https://fafsa.intuit.com.


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Marshall homecoming game set for Oct. 3 against ECU

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will celebrate its 2009 homecoming the week of Sept. 27 and play its homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 3 against East Carolina University.

Kickoff time for the Conference USA game with the Pirates at Joan C. Edwards Stadium, along with details of other homecoming activities, will be announced later.


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KISRA Empowerment Conference is March 28 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Kanawha Institute for Social Research & Action, Inc. (KISRA) Empowerment Conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28 in the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

The conference is titled "A Season to Learn and Grow" and features numerous workshops in various rooms in the student center. The registration fee of $20 includes a credit report, breakfast and lunch. To register, go to www.KISRA.org.

KISRA was established as a 501(c)(3) organization in 1993 by Ferguson Memorial Baptist Church. Its mission is to assess, develop and implement educational and socio-economic initiatives that serve and empower the citizens of the community.

This West Virginia-based organization has two locations, one in West Dunbar in Kanawha County and another in Huntington in Cabell County. KISRA's many services are in the areas of education, employment and economic empowerment. The organization serves children, youth, adults and families of West Virginia.

Among the workshop topics for the conference at Marshall University are:

         Great credit is attainable;

         Investing for beginners;

         Becoming financially fit;

         Are you ready for homeownership?

         Getting your house in order: wills and estate planning;

         Hanging on to the American dream: foreclosure prevention.

The event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Office of Community Service. For more information about the conference, call 304-529-0337.


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Capstone Team donates $55,000 to MU Foundation for MIIR

 

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Capstone Development Corp. of Birmingham, Ala., Mascaro Construction of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Brailsford and Dunlavey of Washington, D.C., all part of the development/construction/management team for the new Marshall Housing and Recreation Center, have made a combined $55,000 contribution to the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., for the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (MIIR) as part of West Virginia's "Bucks for Brains" initiative.

The Capstone Team developed and operates Marshall's First Year Freshman Residence Halls, which opened in August 2008.  The Team also developed the Marshall Recreation Center, which opened in February of this year.  Brailsford and Dunlavey, a facilities planning and program management firm, provided programming services for the Marshall Recreation Center, and is also providing management services for the recreation center through its division known as Centers.  Mascaro Construction Co. was the general contractor for both the First Year Freshman Residence Halls and the Marshall Recreation Center.

"We always like to give back to our university partners," said Alton Irwin, Executive Vice President of Marketing with Capstone. "The Capstone Team is a long-term partner, and we want to see the Marshall students succeed.  We have seen first-hand President (Stephen) Kopp's vision and passion for taking Marshall to the next level and we are honored to be a part of that vision."

The "Bucks for Brains" initiative, also known as the Research Trust Fund, was passed by the West Virginia Legislature last year. It allocates $15 million to Marshall University and $35 million to West Virginia University as a research endowment trust fund to be matched by contributions from each institution's foundation.

The research endowment is modeled after a highly successful program in Kentucky. As envisioned, the principal funds in each endowment will produce interest income for each account and fund research grants in specialized fields such as biotechnology and biometrics. The goal is for the universities to create new spin-off businesses and high-paying jobs as research results in breakthroughs, patents and products.

"We thank Capstone for its support of the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research with this generous gift," Kopp said. "This partnership with Capstone has been wonderful from the onset helping to propel the growth of Marshall's physical campus. This latest gift will help us attain our goal of creating new, high-value job opportunities through MIIR, thus expanding the intellectual capital base of our region. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Capstone Development as opportunities to do so develop."


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Oley named interim dean of Marshall College of Health Professions

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Gretchen E. Oley, M.D., professor emeritus, has been appointed interim dean of Marshall University's College of Health Professions, MU Vice President for Health Sciences Charles H. McKown Jr., M.D., announced today.

Oley retired last summer as senior associate dean for clinical affairs and professor of medicine at Marshall's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. She also was chief medical officer of University Physicians & Surgeons Inc.

"Dr. Oley brings an outstanding track record as a health professional and as a leader of medical teams to this new position," McKown said. "She is exceptionally qualified in the medical field and as an administrator, and we appreciate her willingness to serve as we conduct our search for a new permanent dean."

A native of Chillicothe, Ohio, Oley is a 1969 graduate of Pennsylvania State University. She earned a master's in political science, with an emphasis on public administration, from Marshall in 1979. Since graduating from Marshall's School of Medicine in 1982, her faculty roles have included section chief of general medicine, director of clinical practice for the Department of Internal Medicine, and vice chair of that department.

Her dozens of committees and appointments included membership on the West Virginia Health Care Authority Panel for Statewide Diabetes Management and the West Virginia Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee of the Bureau for Medical Services.

In addition to her residency training in internal medicine, she participated in a Harvard School of Public Health continuing professional education course in leadership development for physicians in academic health centers.

The College of Health Professions includes Marshall's School of Nursing and the Departments of Communication Disorders, Clinical Lab Sciences, Dietetics and Social Work.


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'Up Late' focuses on hotdogs and drama this weekend

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Special guest stars on this week's "Up Late" are Sonny and Sherrie Knight from Hillbilly Hotdogs, who talk about how their business got its start and offer to add an "Up Late" hotdog to their menu.

Adam "Challenger" Ede takes on the "Homewrecker Challenge" at Hillbilly Hotdogs of eating a three-pound hotdog in under four minutes!

This week's doorkeeper is Angela Sunstrom, a junior public relations major from Fayetteville. Musical guest is Downtrend playing the song, "Once for Keeps."

Also this week: The crew takes an in-depth look at an actor from the drama, "The Hand You Were Given." 

The show will air late Saturday night - actually early Sunday morning - this week because of the Kentucky High School Basketball Championship, which is scheduled to run from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

"Up Late" will air at approximately 12:30 a.m. Sunday, March 22, on MyZTV and on Comcast Channel 25 throughout the week. Suddenlink Communications is also airing the show on Channels 19 and 22 in its different markets. "Up Late" can be found online at www.marshall.edu/uplate.

The show grew out of Marshall's Introduction to Video Production class taught by instructors LoFiego and Eric Himes, who both work with Marshall's Instructional Television Channel 25. It is produced entirely by students and has a late-night show quality featuring interviews, skits, ridiculous stunts, guest bands and comedy.


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Donations for 2009 Empty Bowls silent auction making progress

Art students, local businesses and celebrities all donate items

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Donated prizes for a silent auction and hundreds of bowls in a Marshall University ceramics lab are two clear signs that plans for the 2009 Empty Bowls event are well underway.

Businesses and celebrities have donated items ranging from gift cards to autographed guitar picks and ceramics students from the Marshall University Department of Art and Design in the College of Fine Arts Keramos Pottery Guild are working hard to reach their goal of handcrafting 1,000 ceramic bowls for the event.

Ceramics professor Earline Allen said that she is not sure exactly how many bowls have been made, but feels confident that the ceramics students will reach their goal. Students visit the ceramics lab in their spare time to reach their individual goal of making dozens - or for some, even hundreds - of bowls.

"I have all the hopes in the world that we will reach our goal of making 1,000 bowls," Allen said. "Many bowls have already been completed and many more need to be painted."

Organizations at Marshall University are helping secure donations for the silent auction that will take place during the Empty Bowls event. Gov. Joe Manchin and some of Marshall's famous alumni have donated items as well.

When Manchin visited Marshall on March 5, he signed a bowl that will be auctioned. Marshall University President Dr. Stephen Kopp also signed a bowl.

The Marshall Athletic Department has donated many items toward the silent auction, including two end zone tickets for the 2009 football season. Marshall's football program donated a signed mini helmet and a bowl autographed by head coach Mark Snyder.

Both the Marshall men's and women's teams signed a basketball with associate head coach Roxanne White signing a ceramic bowl on behalf of the women's basketball team. Marshall's mascot, Marco, also signed a bowl, and the cheerleaders are donating an authentic cheerleading uniform.

A framed "We are Marshall" t-shirt with pictures was signed by former Marshall assistant football coach Red Dawson. Former Marshall head football coach Bob Pruett is also donating a signed memorabilia gift.

"We are grateful to everyone who has been willing to donate items to the auction," said Meagan Sellards, Empty Bowls campaign director. "All of the proceeds are going to the Huntington Area Food Bank to help fight hunger, so we appreciate any support we can get to help raise money and awareness."

Other local donations include a radio control airplane from Hobbytown U.S.A. in South Point, Ohio and gift cards from local restaurants. Wal-Mart has donated a gift card, and Pullman Plaza Hotel is providing a $250 gift basket.

Various pieces from local artists will be donated as well as a hand-blown glass bowl from Oglebay Park in Wheeling.

The Empty Bowls silent auction will feature celebrity memorabilia as well. The local business Celebrity Auctions has donated items that are signed by prominent figures in the sports and entertainment industries.

Some of the 16 items include signed and framed jerseys from Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Hal Greer and Randy Moss. Others include a signed and framed "home plate" and a 30' x 40' "First Game" photo from Pete Rose.

The auction will also offer signed and framed photos from Kobe Bryant, Derek Jeter and Pat White, as well as a signed mini helmet and case from Ben Roethlisberger.

People who enjoy country music can bid on signed photos and guitar picks from Taylor Swift and Brad Paisley. Also offered are signed photos from all three of the Jonas Brothers and a signed photo from the Hannah Montana cast including Miley Cyrus.

The Empty Bowls event is from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 at First Presbyterian Church, 1015 5th Ave., in Huntington. For a $12 donation, guests receive a handcrafted bowl and a lunch of soup, bread and Pepsi. Anytime during the event, guests may bid on any of the silent auction items and mingle with celebrity guests.

For more information about the HAFB, call Brooke Ash at 304-523-6029 or e-mail hafbmail@hafb.org. For more information about the College of Fine Arts, contact Jaye Ike at jaye.ike@marshall.edu or at 304-696-3296. For more information about the Empty Bowls campaign, call Campaign Director Meagan Sellards at 304-412-5900 or e-mail emptybowls@marshall.edu. Erica Rife, the media representative, can be reached at 304-360-3394, by e-mail at emptybowls@marshall.edu or by visiting www.marshall.edu/SOJMC.

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The Huntington Area Food Bank Inc. is a private, nonprofit, charitable organization affiliated with Feeding America, the largest hunger relief agency in the United States. The HAFB is the hub in a network of food donors and more than 290 agencies that serve hungry people in West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio. The HAFB assists food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, senior citizen programs, youth programs and residential programs that directly serve the needs of the hungry. The HAFB member agencies are located in 17 counties throughout the Tri-State area. All member agencies served by the HAFB are private and nonprofit. For more information, visit www.hafb.org/.

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Mason food pantry benefits from Huntington event


Bend Area Food Pantry receives assistance from Empty Bowls fundraiser

MASON, W. Va. - For one married couple in Mason, W.Va., going into business together was something they just had to do. Ralph and Sally Ross have directed the Bend Area Food Pantry since 2001. The pantry's service area includes all of Mason County.

"Sally's my cohort," Ross said. "She does a lot of the bookkeeping, and I do some. We just kind of do this together."

Since Ross and his wife began working at the pantry eight years ago, they have served 19,100 families, equal to 43,287 individuals. Ross said their goal was simply to help meet the needs of their community.

"We saw so many people that really didn't have a lot," he said, "and we thought if we could help them out with food, then maybe they would have money left to buy the clothing and medicines that they needed."

However, the national economic crisis has not avoided Mason County. Ross said local job losses have created an increase in the Bend Area Food Pantry's clientele. As one of only two food pantries open to the public in the county, it continues to have a need for donations.

The pantry receives some of its food from the Huntington Area Food Bank (HAFB), a nonprofit distribution center that provides food to 290 hunger programs throughout the Tri-State. Ross and his wife purchase food items from the HAFB for less than 15 cents a pound and then pass along those items to the people they serve at the Bend Area Food Pantry.

"We couldn't stay open without the food bank," Ross said. "Receiving food from them has been such a blessing to us."

The HAFB is in need of increased support as well. Students from the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University and from the Marshall University Keramos Potters' Guild ceramic students in the Department of Art and Design in the College of Fine Arts have joined together to host an event that will raise money for the HAFB. The money raised at the event will help the HAFB provide food to agencies like the Bend Area Food Pantry.

The event, called Empty Bowls, is Tuesday, April 7, at First Presbyterian Church, 1015 5th Ave. in Huntington. At Empty Bowls, guests have the opportunity to donate $12 to receive a lunch of soup, bread and Pepsi as well as a bowl handcrafted by members of the Keramos Student Potters' Guild at Marshall University. The bowl serves as a reminder of all those who go hungry in our region.

For more information about the Bend Area Food Pantry, call Ralph Ross at 304-773-5476. For more information about the Empty Bowls event, e-mail emptybowls@marshall.edu or call Campaign Director Meagan Sellards at 304-412-5900. Visit www.hafb.org for more information about the programs and services provided by the Huntington Area Food Bank.

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The Huntington Area Food Bank Inc. is a private, nonprofit, charitable organization affiliated with Feeding America, the largest hunger relief agency in the United States. The HAFB is the hub in a network of food donors and more than 290 agencies that serve hungry people in West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio. The HAFB assists food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, senior citizen programs, youth programs and residential programs that directly serve the needs of the hungry. The HAFB member agencies are located in 17 counties throughout the Tri-State area. All member agencies served by the HAFB are private and nonprofit. For more information, visit www.hafb.org.

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Vaccination clinic for Marshall students is Wednesday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Cabell-Huntington Health Department and Student Health Education Programs will host a vaccination clinic for Marshall University students from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 in the Memorial Student Center lobby on the Huntington campus.

All vaccines are free for students that are under 19 years old.  The meningococcal vaccine (meningitis) will be free to any student living in the residence halls.  The following vaccinations will be offered:

Meningococcal (Meningitis) - free to students under 19 and to students living in the residence halls; $91 to others

HPV vaccine - free to students under 19; others $128 per shot; three shots

Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) - free

MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) - free to students under 19; $51 per shot;

Hepatitis B - free to students under 19; $30 per shot; three shots.

For more information, call Amy Saunders at 304-696-6115.


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Marshall University student dedicated to fighting hunger: Ceramics graduate student volunteers for sixth year

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Huntington's First Presbyterian Church will be filled with hand-crafted ceramic bowls for the sixth annual Empty Bowls campaign on Tuesday, April 7, but until then the bowls are slowly filling up Marshall University's Department of Art and Design in the College of Fine Arts Ceramics Department.

Tommy Warf, a ceramics graduate student from Huntington, has pledged to make 200 bowls for this year's Empty Bowls campaign, and he is well on his way.

Warf said he has been making bowls since the event began six years ago. He has made about 1,000 bowls throughout his tenure with the campaign.

Each January, Warf gets in the Empty Bowls spirit. He said he begins to think constantly about bowls, even in his sleep, until the event is over.

"I make so many bowls for the fundraiser that I really don't make them too much throughout the rest of the year," Warf said. "But I have a soft heart, and it's not a big deal to take the time and effort to show my support for something I'm so passionate about."

Warf said last year's Empty Bowls was special to him. He wanted to honor former ceramics major Linda Walker who recently passed away.

"Empty Bowls was so important to her," Warf said. "She was so passionate about it. Last year was in memory of her, but she's always in our thoughts as we prepare for the event."

To meet his goal of 200, Warf said he does not craft fancy bowls. He creates simple bowls that take him about five to seven minutes to create on the wheel. However, it's still an extensive process because it takes 10 hours just to make the clay.

"People don't realize all the work that goes into producing one bowl," Warf said. "It's time consuming, but at the same time, it's rewarding."

Warf said he believes that once you start helping with Empty Bowls, it's an ongoing thing. It gets in your blood and it sticks.

"I really do it for the food bank," Warf said. "Huntington has such a need because so many people go to bed hungry, and the food bank has really come to rely on the money raised."

Empty Bowls typically raises about $10,000 each year to benefit the Huntington Area Food Bank, and each year the event gets bigger.

"It's funny to think about the first year when we wondered if people were going to show up," Warf said. "Now, we have to worry about having enough bowls."

This year's Empty Bowls event will be from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 7 at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 1015 5th Ave. in Huntington. For more information about the HAFB, call Brooke Ash at 304-523-6029 or e-mail hafbmail@hafb.org. For more information about the Empty Bowls campaign, call Campaign Director Meagan Sellards at 304-412-5900 or e-mail emptybowls@marshall.edu.

The Huntington Area Food Bank Inc. is a private, nonprofit, charitable organization affiliated with Feeding America, the largest hunger relief agency in the United States. The HAFB is the hub in a network of food donors and more than 290 agencies that serve hungry people in West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio.

The HAFB assists food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, senior citizen programs, youth programs and residential programs that directly serve the needs of the hungry. The HAFB member agencies are located in 17 counties throughout the Tri-State area. All member agencies served by the HAFB are private and nonprofit. For more information, visit www.hafb.org.



Photo: Tommy Warf, a ceramics graduate student from Huntington, handcrafts a ceramic bowl to be donated for the Empty Bowls event on Tuesday, April 7.

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Countdown to Commencement is March 17-18 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University graduating students can take care of pre-commencement responsibilities by attending Countdown to Commencement, a two-day event planned next week on the Huntington campus.

Numerous services will be available for students as they prepare for graduation at Countdown to Commencement 2009, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 17-18, in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room.

Countdown to Commencement 2009 is for all July 2008, August 2008, December 2008 and May 2009 graduates of Marshall University. Students will be able to purchase academic regalia, announcements, diploma frames, class rings and other items to commemorate their graduation.

MU Registrar Roberta Ferguson said Countdown to Commencement 2009 provides an opportunity for Marshall's graduates to confirm arrangements for participation in the annual commencement exercises in a one-stop-shop experience.

"This event grows in popularity every year because of the convenience it provides for our graduating students," Ferguson said.  "We encourage our graduates to attend this year's 'Countdown' so they can further enjoy this special time of their lives and not have to worry about pre-commencement responsibilities."

Marshall University will celebrate its 172nd commencement at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 9 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

The following services will be available at Countdown to Commencement 2009:

Registrar's Office - Students can verify graduation status, name format, and address for mailing diploma; confirm commencement participation; receive commencement instructions; pick up honor cords and tassels (if graduating with academic honors); and have an opportunity to ask any questions related to commencement.

Marshall University Bookstore - Students can be measured for and purchase their caps and gowns, as well as purchase tassels, diploma frames, class rings, graduation announcements and much more. They also can order personalized graduation announcements at this time.

Jostens - Students can purchase their Marshall University Class of 2009 rings. All rings are on sale and priced as low as $149. Delivery by graduation is guaranteed. Students also may ask about interest-free installment plans.

Classic Photography - Cap and Gown portraits will be taken. There is no sitting fee, no obligation to purchase and free proofs will be available within 24 hours of the sitting.

Framing Success - Diploma frames will be available for purchase.

Alumni Relations - Students can learn about the benefits of a Marshall University Alumni Association membership.

Graduate College - A graduate admission counselor will be available to discuss graduate programs and assist with the admission process.

Career Services - Students are encouraged to let the Career Center know their post-graduation plans so it can help them along their career path. Students may stop by the Career Services table to register for JOBTRAX (online job search assistance). Information and support will be available on job-related questions, resume assistance, interview skills and much more.

Office of the Bursar - Students may talk with staff about anything concerning their student accounts, holds, account balances and loan counseling interviews. For loan counseling, students will need to bring their Student IDs and the addresses and phone numbers of two references.

Financial Aid - Students may pick up information about federal student loan consolidation programs.

Campus ID Office - Issues regarding students' HigherOne accounts or Points accounts may be resolved.

Center for African American Students' Programs - Students may enroll and prepare for the April 30, 2009 Donning of Kente Celebration of Achievement. They also will be provided with academic advising for graduate school and post-graduate employment.

Center for International Programs - Graduating study abroad students and international students will be able to purchase international flag sashes. Also, information about work, teaching and study opportunities abroad will be distributed.

For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar at 304-696-6410.


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College of Fine Arts hosts 'Bowl-a-thon'

Local celebrities and public relations students create bowls

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A ball of clay, creativity and the willingness to get a little dirty were the only requirements needed for the Empty Bowls campaign's "bowl-a-thon." 

The Marshall University Keramos Pottery Guild ceramics students in the Department of Art and Design in the College of Fine Arts invited local celebrities and public relations students from the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications to participate in the making of the bowls from 9 a.m. until noon today (Friday).  

"It's just another aspect of the event that allows people to get involved," said Brooke Ash, Huntington Area Food Bank (HAFB) public relations coordinator. "It not only allows the PR students working on the event to put some sweat into the other side of the campaign, but it also allows Marshall professors, Marshall coaches and the media to see the craft behind Empty Bowls."  

Marshall University football head coach Mark Snyder, Marshall University women's basketball associate head coach Roxanne White and Marshall's mascot Marco were among the celebrities from the athletics department who took part in the "bowl-a-thon."

 "We always talk to young people about giving back to the community," Snyder said. "We take advantage of every opportunity we can to help out." 

"The community is so supportive of us," White said.  "It's nice to give back, especially now in the difficult times." 

Marshall University assistant professor of broadcast journalism Dan Hollis was another celebrity among the potters.  "It's always good to help," Hollis said. "I've supported Empty Bowls since it first started, so it's nice to be a part of the making of the bowls."

The "bowl-a-thon" is an enjoyable way to show support for the HAFB and get involved with fighting hunger. Jon Rickey, executive director of the HAFB, enjoys listening to the students' excitement about Empty Bowls as they produce bowls to feed the hungry. 

"The 'bowl-a-thon' brings enthusiasm to the Empty Bowls event," said Earline Allen, Marshall art and ceramics professor. "Creating the bowls is a new experience for everyone, and it's wonderful to see them reacting to the process. We're really pleased about the support from the pottery students and are happy to see so many PR students helping out."

Public relations students were eager to make bowls to get a better feel for the art aspect of the campaign.

"We got to see the hard work the ceramics students put into the campaign," said Kacie Chambers, senior public relations major and Empty Bowls Campaign Representative. "I'm very appreciative of their dedication in helping us make the event a success."

 "It's interesting to see the creativity everyone puts into the bowls," said Summer Patrick, freshman "bowl-a-thon" volunteer planning to minor in ceramics. "I was really surprised at how good all their bowls turned out."

The Empty Bowls campaign will be from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 7 at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 1015 5th Ave. in Huntington. Each person who gives a $12 donation receives a lunch of soup, bread, Pepsi, and a handcrafted ceramic bowl to serve as a continued reminder of the empty bowls in our community and the ongoing hunger problem all over the world.

For more information about the HAFB, call Brooke Ash at 304-523-6029 or e-mail hafbmail@hafb.org.  For more information about the Empty Bowls event, call Campaign Director Meagan Sellards at 304-412-5900 or e-mail emptybowls@marshall.edu. Erica Rife, the media representative, can be reached at 304-360-3394, by e-mail at emptybowls@marshall.edu or by visiting www.marshall.edu/SOJMC

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The Huntington Area Food Bank, Inc., is a private, nonprofit, charitable organization affiliated with Feeding America, the largest hunger relief agency in the United States.  The HAFB is the hub in a network of food donors and more than 290 agencies that serve hungry people in West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio.  The HAFB assists food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, senior citizens programs, youth programs and residential programs that directly serve the needs of the hungry.  The HAFB member agencies are located in 17 counties throughout the Tri-State area. All member agencies served by the HAFB are private and nonprofit. For more information, please visit www.hafb.org.

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Chamber Choir Goes on Tour Beginning March 18

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Residents of West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. will have the opportunity to hear Marshall University's premier vocal ensemble in March. The Marshall University Chamber Choir will take its spring concerts on the road beginning March 18, stopping to perform in several venues. 

As is characteristic of the Chamber Choir, the ensemble will perform music in a wide range of style periods and languages.

"Our concerts explore a wide range of styles, sacred and secular from the 17th century to the present, including works that stretch from late renaissance music of the Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi to a recent work by William Bolcom, "The Mask," that assembles poetry from the Harlem Renaissance poets," said Dr. David Castleberry, the choir's conductor.

"The Marshall University chamber choir is one of the finest choirs in the region. They've toured extensively, they've recorded, been on West Virginia Public Television and Radio. So, it's a wonderful opportunity to showcase one of our most valued student resources in a wider venue."

The tour is, in part, an initiative by the College of Fine Arts to reach a larger student base beyond the West Virginia border.

"Robert Wray, a member of our choral music education faculty, has taught in the Maryland public school system, and his contacts have helped us connect with some of the finest choral programs in the VA/DC/MD area," Castleberry said. "We're hoping that students who may not have heard of us will take a look at Marshall University and the outstanding program we offer."

Castleberry also notes that the trip is an opportunity for current students, as well. "For our students, it's an opportunity to perform for, and interact with, new audiences that include high school students, Marshall alumni and other audiences along the way. It will also be exciting to visit Washington, D.C., on the heels of the recent presidential inauguration."

As for the students' free time in our nation's capital, "We'll visit the National Mall, of course, where students can choose the Smithsonian, National Gallery, Supreme Court - or any of the other wonderful museums, monuments or memorials," Castleberry said.

 "Traveling to the Washington and Baltimore area allows us to involve Marshall alumni in the choir's tour," COFA Director of Development Melanie Griffis said. "We are lining up meals, housing, and a special event to allow the students and alumni to get to know one another.  This is a fabulous ensemble and worthy of the university and the attention of our alumni.  Plus, our alumni will enjoy getting to know students involved in musical performance at Marshall and our students will make contacts for the future.  It is a great opportunity."

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Concerts and other Appearances:

  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at James Monroe High School, 2300 Washington Ave.,  Fredericksburg, Va.
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19 at La Plata High School, 6035 Radio Station Rd., La Plata, Md.
  • Sing for high school choirs at 10:45 a.m. Friday, March 20 at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, 8100 Wise Ave., Baltimore, Md.
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 20, at Calvary United Methodist Church, 301 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, Md.
  • Sing for 9:00 a.m. and  11:15 a.m. services Sunday, March 22 at Grace Episcopal Church, 3601 Russell Rd., Alexandria, Va.
  • Alumni/Choir Reception for Baltimore and Richmond Chapters, from 6  to 8  p.m. Sunday, March 22 at The Barking Dog; 4723 Elm St., Bethesda, Md. 20814, 301-654-0022. (Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages provided; other food and beverages may be ordered from the menu.) Chamber Choir will give an informal performance at 7 p.m. including Rob Wray, Assistant Professor of Music's new arrangement of the MU Alma Mater.
  • Sing for choirs at 9:09 a.m. Monday, March 23 of Walt Whitman High School, 7100 Whittier Blvd., Bethesda, Md.
  • Monday, March 23 evening concert in Parkersburg, W.Va., with choirs of Parkersburg High School and Parkersburg South High School, 7:30 p.m. at Stout Memorial United Methodist Church, 34th/Broad Streets, Parkersburg, W.Va.

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A Beloved Son of Marshall Remembers His Roots

Pennington donates autographed items to benefit the HAFB

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Chad Pennington, NFL veteran and Marshall University alumnus, remains an important figure to many people in the Tri-State area.

Pennington, who led the MU football program to many years of success in the '90s, maintains a relationship with Huntington and the Tri-State area through his charity, the 1ST and 10 Foundation, as well as donating his time to other worthy causes, such as the Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity. 

"Sometimes we take the simple things for granted, such as food and shelter," Pennington explained. "As fellow citizens, we must understand there is a need to fight hunger in our own country and not just abroad."

The 1ST and 10 Foundation was created in 2003 to fund programs in order to raise the quality of life for those in need.  In addition to the Tri-State area, the foundation also helps citizens in East Tennessee and South Florida.  According to the foundation's Web site, it has now given out over $500,000 in grant money to worthy organizations.

"The people of the Tri-State area helped mold me into the man I am today," Pennington stated. "I can never repay them but want to give back to show my appreciation." 

Recently, Pennington has donated his time to help the Empty Bowls event in Huntington.  The event, sponsored by the MU W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SOJMC) and students from MU Department of Art and Design in the College of Fine Arts' Keramos Student Potters' Guild, helps raise awareness to the hunger problem in our local area.  The event includes a soup lunch, handcrafted bowls and a silent auction featuring items donated by Pennington and other donors.   

Pennington, who is a graduate of the SOJMC, remembers his time at MU fondly.  

"The journalism school prepared me for some of the challenges of the NFL and taught me how to be a professional," he explained about his time at MU.

In the past, Pennington signed a bowl that was then sold during the silent auction.  For this year's event, he has donated an autographed football and a photograph.

The sixth annual Empty Bowls event is from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 7 at First Presbyterian Church, 1015 Fifth Ave., Huntington, W. Va. All proceeds benefit the Huntington Area Food Bank.

"I had an amazing experience as a student-athlete in the southern West Virginia area while attending Marshall," Pennington added.

For more information about the HAFB, please contact Brooke Ash at 304-523-6029 or e-mail hafbmail@hafb.org. For more information regarding the Empty Bowls event, call Campaign Director Meagan Sellards at 304-412-5900 or e-mail emptybowls@marshall.edu. Erica Rife, the media representative, can be reached at 304-360-3394 or e-mail emptybowls@marshall.edu.

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Marshall University South Charleston Campus offering undergraduate courses this summer

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will offer undergraduate courses at its South Charleston campus beginning May 11.

Thirteen face-to-face courses and seven electronic courses have been scheduled. Most of the on-campus courses will be taught during the day and a few will be offered in the evenings.

Traditionally, the South Charleston campus has catered to professionals working toward advanced degrees by offering graduate-level courses in the evenings and on weekends. This schedule leaves most of the classrooms open during the day giving the university an opportunity to reach out to undergraduate students in the Kanawha Valley, said Dr. Gayle L. Ormiston, Marshall University's provost.

"We look at our summer sessions as an opportunity to help our students graduate in a timely manner," Ormiston said. "We base our course offerings on what they might need. As a result, we are bringing a small group of business, journalism, education, science, safety and fine arts courses to the Kanawha Valley."

Marshall's South Charleston campus features two state-of-the art buildings, free parking and is located minutes from I-64, the Mound District and downtown Charleston. Ormiston said students preparing to go to college in the fall will find the intimate size of the campus easy to navigate.

"I also believe students will find the South Charleston campus to be beautiful, quiet, convenient and conducive to study," he said.

A four-week intersession will run from May 11 through June 5. The Lewis College of Business will offer Principles of Accounting and Principles of Marketing. The College of Education and Human Services will offer Introduction to Computers in the Classroom, Introduction to Counseling, and Clinical Placement. The College of Fine Arts will offer Appreciation of Music.

A 12-week session will run from May 26 through August 14. The College of Liberal Arts will offer General Psychology, Child Development, and Pyschometrics.

The first five-week session will run from June 8 through July 10. The W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications will offer Fundamentals of Public Relations and the College of Education and Human Services will offer the course Child with Exceptionalities. The second five-week course will run from July 14 through August 14. The Lewis College of Business will offer Legal Environment of Business and the College of Liberal Arts will offer Scope and Method of Political Science.

The College of Information Technology and Engineering will offer a safety and technology television workshop from July 13 to August 14 on Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response.  Also, during that same session, the following Web courses will be offered: Cultural Anthropology and Psychology of Learning (College of Liberal Arts), Introduction to Visual Art and Tribal Arts (College of Fine Arts), Chemistry I and Chemistry II (College of Science).

All daytime sessions will be taught in the Robert C. Byrd Academic and Technology Center on the South Charleston campus. For the most up-to-date summer class schedule, go to http://www.marshall.edu/milo/milocou.asp.

Questions about admission for undergraduate students should be directed to the Admissions Office at 800-642-3499 or 304-696-3160 or online at www.marshall.edu/admissions/. Questions about course requirements should be directed to the appropriate department or college offering the course. Information for individual programs is available online at www.marshall.edu.


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Educator Expo Begins March 9



HUNTINGTON, W.Va.
- Marshall University's Career Services is hosting its annual Educator Expo today and Tuesday, March 9-10, in the Memorial Student Center on MU's Huntington campus.

Nearly 30 local, regional, state and national school districts which include West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Arizona are in attendance to interview candidates for job opportunities in their respective school districts.

West Virginia school districts and organizations participating include Berkeley County Schools, Cabell County Schools, Our Lady of Fatima Parish School, Clay County Schools, Jackson County Schools, Kanawha County Board of Education, Marshall University ROTC, Wayne County Schools, West Virginia Department of Education and West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.

"Candidates of all majors seeking full-time teaching positions should be professionally dressed, bring plenty of copies of their updated resumes, and be prepared to interview," said Denise Hogsett, Career Services director.

A networking reception is scheduled from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. today in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center.  Tuesday, interviews will be take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All candidates must be registered to attend the event.

Current student teachers, alumni, and members of the tri-state area are welcome to attend this free event. For more information concerning the Educator Expo, contact the Career Services Center by calling 304-696-2370.


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Catherine Pancake to speak Wednesday at MU Graduate College

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Filmmaker and musician Catherine Pancake will speak about the barriers, both conceptual and socioeconomic, that confront native Appalachians who are developing visual media, in a talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 in Room 319 at Marshall University's Graduate College in South Charleston.

Pancake is a native Appalachian who grew up in the West Virginia towns of Romney and Summersville.  Based in Baltimore, Md., since 1993, Pancake co-founded the Red Room Collective (http://www.redroom.org/) and High Zero Foundation, a festival of improvised, experimental music.

She became a self-improvising percussionist and began making films which ranged from short experimental meditations to feature-length narratives and documentaries.  Pancake is a founding member of the Charm City Kitty Club and the Transmodern Festival http://www.trans.modernfestival.org/2009about.

Pancake made the award-winning feature documentary, Black Diamonds:  Mountaintop Removal and the Fight for Coalfield Justice in 2006. The film explores radical community resistance to the explosive rise of mountaintop removal coal mines in Appalachian states.  It illustrates the effects of mountaintop removal as seen through the eyes of local citizens as well as national experts.  In the film, the choice to place citizens' dramatic stories at the forefront in the ongoing battle over Appalachia's mountains led the Village Voice to call the film "searing."

Pancake's presentation is part of a project of Dr. Chris Green and his "Documenting Appalachia" Graduate Humanities seminar sponsored by Friends of the Humanities - Marshall University Graduate Humanities program.

The event is free to the public.


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Child Development Academy at Marshall University earns national accreditation


Program is among first in nation to complete more rigorous accreditation process

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Child Development Academy at Marshall University is one of the first early childhood programs to earn accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) under that organization's revised and more rigorous standards. NAEYC is considered the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals.

"We're proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards," said Susan Miller, director of the Child Development Academy at Marshall University.  "NAEYC accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible."

 

The mission of the Child Development Academy at Marshall University is first and foremost to provide high quality child care and education to families of the Marshall University community with priority to children of Marshall University students. Second, the mission of the Child Development Academy at Marshall is to provide high quality learning opportunities for Marshall University students.  Third, the Child Development Academy at MU strives for excellence in program and service and positions itself as a model of best practice for early care and education in the wider community.

To earn NAEYC accreditation in the new system, the academy went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the 10 new NAEYC early childhood program standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria.  The program received NAEYC accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the 10 NAEYC program standards.  NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts five years.

In the 20 years since NAEYC accreditation was originally established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high quality early childhood education.  More than 11,000 programs, serving one million young children, are currently accredited by NAEYC - approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.  "The new NAEYC accreditation system raises the bar for preschools, child care centers and other early childhood programs," said Mark Ginsberg, Ph.D., executive director of NAEYC.  "Child Development Academy's NAEYC accreditation is a sign that they are a leader in a national effort to invest in high quality early childhood education, and to help give all children a better start."

The NAEYC accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for programs for young children since 1985.  As of September 2006, the Association's revised program standards and criteria have introduced a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs.  The new standards reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development.  NAEYC is committed to utilizing the newest studies and analysis on positive child outcomes to ensure young children continue receiving the highest-quality care and education possible.

For more information on the Child Development Academy at Marshall University's accreditation call 304-696-5803 or e-mail millers@marshall.edu.


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Affrilachian Poets to appear at Marshall March 13

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Huntington campus will be host to the spring bus tour of Affrilachian Poets at 4 p.m. Friday, March 13 in Marco's in the Memorial Student Center.

The word "Affrilachian" was coined by poet Frank X Walker to reflect African Americans who are part of the Appalachian region, which has often been described as all white and poor. The Lexington, Ky.-based writing group has slowly established a regional and national presence with their collective publishing efforts, accumulated awards and reputations as accomplished teaching artists at some of the nation's most notable institutions and writing programs.

While in West Virginia, the group also plans two appearances in Charleston on Thursday, March 12. They'll be at the Capitol Market, 800 Smith Street, at noon and at the Tricky Fish, 1611 Washington Street East, at 8 p.m.

Members taking part in the various readings and events on the tour include Walker, Crystal Wilkinson, Ricardo Nazario-Colon, Kelly Norman Ellis, Ellen Hagan, Parneshia Jones, Mitchell L.H. Douglas, Keith Wilson, Bianca Spriggs, Tania James, Crystal Goodwoman, Norman Jordan and Amanda Johnston. For more information about the poets, visit www.affrilachianpoets.com.

The tour events will also introduce the new publication, "PLUCK! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts and Culture." It is also available online at  www.pluckonline.com.

The Affrilachian Poets' appearance in Huntington is sponsored by the Marshall Student Government Association, Center for African American Students' Programs, the English department, and the College of Liberal Arts.

For more information about the tour, call Walker at 513-375-7221 or e-mail Affrilachia@aol.com. .


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WMUL-FM's Hair from the Herd seeks male hair donations

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - WMUL-FM, the student broadcast voice of Marshall University, is seeking donations of male hair for its second Hair from the Herd event, scheduled Thursday, April 23 on the Marshall Memorial Student Center plaza on the Huntington campus. The event starts at 11 a.m. and is scheduled to finish at 3 p.m.

Two males donated hair in the first Hair from the Herd event on the Marshall campus and organizers are hoping to increase that number for the 2009 event.

"There are plenty of men on the Marshall campus who have the minimum of 10 inches of hair to be able to donate," Jason Van Meter, WMUL-FM promotions director, said. "The promotions staff at the radio station wants the Marshall community to know that the individuals who may donate to Locks of Love are not limited to women."

WMUL-FM's first Hair from the Herd event collected nearly 400 inches of hair that was donated to Locks of Love. Twenty of those 400 inches of hair were donated by men.

"When you put the totals donated in comparison, the male portion is only five percent," Van Meter said. "Marshall men can do better."

Haircuts and styles will be provided free of charge by the Huntington School of Beauty Culture to any student or faculty member who supplies 10 inches or more of his/her hair.

Locks of Love is a not-for-profit organization that provides recipients with a custom, vacuum-fitted hairpiece made entirely from donated human hair.  The vacuum fit is designed for children who have experienced a total loss of scalp hair, and it does not require the use of tape or glue.

Most of the wig applicants suffer from an autoimmune condition called alopecia areata for which there is unfortunately no known cause or cure. Others have suffered severe burns or injuries or endured radiation treatment to the brain stem or other dermatological conditions that resulted in permanent hair loss.

Founded in 1998, the Locks of Love organization has helped more than 2,000 children since its first year of operation. Thousands of bundles of donated hair are received as a result of the national publicity that Locks of Love has received from newspapers, magazines, radio and television programs.  More than 80 percent of the donors are children, making this a charity where children have an opportunity to help other children.

Donated hair is evaluated for its usefulness according to the following guidelines:

  • It must be at least 10 inches in length.

  • It must be bundled in a pony-tail or braid.

  • Bleached hair cannot be used, but hair that has been dyed or permed can be used.

For more information about Hair from the Herd, contact WMUL-FM Station Manager Meagan Sellards at 304-696-2295 or log on to www.marshall.edu/wmul.


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Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp issues statement on selection of Dr. James P. Clements as president of WVU



HUNTINGTON, W.Va.
- Dr. Stephen J. Kopp, president of Marshall University, issued the following statement on the selection of Dr. James P. Clements as president of West Virginia University:

"On behalf of the students, faculty, staff and alumni of Marshall University, I congratulate Dr. James P. Clements on his selection as President of West Virginia University. I also want to thank Interim President C. Peter Magrath for his open collaboration and friendship. I am optimistic that we will advance the strong working relationship that has been forged with WVU as Dr. Clements assumes his presidency."


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'Real World' personality visits 'Up Late'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Theo Von of Comedy Central's "Reality Bites Back," NBC's "Last Comic Standing" Season 4 and Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham" joins the cast of "Up Late" this weekend.

Von stops by Studio A at Marshall University to talk with host Jamie LoFiego. The 25-year-old Louisiana native got his start on MTV's "Real World" and "Real World/Road Rules Challenges" and is touring comedy clubs across the nation.

This week's doorkeeper is Danielle Molina, a biology major from Barboursville. Musician Benji Taylor plays his song "Metaphor."

Herd Homes tours the Delta Zeta house and Executive Producer Aaron Varble shares a strategy to appeal to different demographics for "Up Late."

"Up Late" will air from 11 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7 on MyZTV and on Comcast Channel 25 throughout the week. Suddenlink Communications is also airing the show on Channels 19 and 22 in its different markets. "Up Late" can be found online at www.marshall.edu/uplate.

The show grew out of Marshall's Introduction to Video Production class taught by instructors LoFiego and Eric Himes, who both work with Marshall's Instructional Television Channel 25. It is produced entirely by students and has a late-night show quality featuring interviews, skits, ridiculous stunts, guest bands and comedy.


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Governor Manchin, President Kopp sign bowls to help fight hunger

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - "I'm going to try to make that 'h' a little better," Gov. Joe Manchin said today as he carefully signed one of the first bowls produced for the 2009 Empty Bowls campaign during a visit to Marshall University's Huntington campus.

The autographed bowl will be auctioned off on April 7 at the Empty Bowls event.  All proceeds benefit the Huntington Area Food Bank, which supplies food to 17 counties in the Tri-State area.  Painting his signature on the bowl was difficult, but Manchin said he has signed even trickier autographs in his four-plus years as governor.

"Do you know how hard it is to sign a baseball?" Manchin asked Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp.

The governor and President Kopp each signed a bowl to support the campaign.  Manchin said he is honored to help in this way.

"Everyone deserves food, shelter, and clothing," he said.  "Anytime people come on hardships and hard times, and we can do something to reach out - that's what this is all about."

The Empty Bowls lunch and silent auction will be from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at First Presbyterian Church, 1015 5th Ave. in Huntington. Each guest who makes a $12 donation will receive a bowl handcrafted by the Marshall University Keramos Student Potters' Guild and a lunch of soup and bread.  At the event, guests will have the opportunity to bid on additional bowls, memorabilia and other prizes, including the bowls signed by Gov. Manchin and President Kopp.

Public relations students at Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications are working with pottery students from the Marshall University College of Fine Arts and the Huntington Area Food Bank to carry out the campaign and event.  Kopp said he is proud of all the students who have dedicated their time and talents to this cause.

"These are very difficult times, and all of us need to take a look at what we can do to help others," Kopp said.  "This is just a great program, and I cannot thank our students enough."

All community members are welcome to attend the event.  For more information, call Campaign Director Meagan Sellards at 304-412-5900 or e-mail emptybowls@marshall.edu.  For more information about the Huntington Area Food Bank, contact Brooke Ash at 304-523-6029 or hafbmail@hafb.org.

 

Photo: Gov. Joe Manchin displays the bowls he and Marshall University President Stephen Kopp, left, signed for the 2009 Empty Bowls event.  The bowls will be auctioned off to raise money for the Huntington Area Food Bank.

 

The Huntington Area Food Bank Inc. is a private, nonprofit, charitable organization affiliated with Feeding America, the largest hunger relief agency in the United States.  The HAFB is the hub in a network of food donors and more than 290 agencies that serve hungry people in West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio.  The HAFB assists food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, senior citizen programs, youth programs and residential programs that directly serve the needs of the hungry.  The HAFB member agencies are located in 17 counties throughout the Tri-State area. All member agencies served by the HAFB are private and nonprofit. For more information, please visit www.hafb.org

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Participate in a Master Class with 4 Time Tony Nominee Tovah Feldshuh

10:00AM 12:00PM, Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Marshall Artists Series and the Marshall University Department of Theatre are pleased to present a Master Class entitled "Audition:  Stopping the Conveyor Belt" with Tovah Feldshuh on Sunday, March 8th from 10:00am 12:00pm in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse.  Please be our guest to observe as she works with Marshall University Theatre students on monologue selections and provides direction and insight about the professional audition experience. 

Tovah first appeared on Broadway in "Cyrano" starring Christopher Plummer in 1973. This jump started her career and before she knew it, she had been nominated for the Tony Award four times: as Best Actress (Play) in 1976 for "Yentl"; Best Actress (Musical) in 1979 for "Sarava;" Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) in 1989 for "Lend Me a Tenor"; and as Best Actress (Play) in 2004 for "Golda's Balcony".  She is a true inspiration to all generations that dreams can come true.

There will be a 45 minute Q & A after Tovah's teaching session.  Audience members must present their ticket stubs to Golda's Balcony for entrance to the Master Class.  Seating is limited.

Tickets for GOLDA'S BALCONY are on sale NOW, and may be purchased at The Marshall Artists Series Box Office, located in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse, open Monday Friday, noon 5 P.M.  Patrons my also call the Box Office at (304)-696-6656, or (304)-523-5757. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.marshallartistsseries.org, or www.ticketmaster.com.

GOLDA'S BLACONY is presented by Farrell, Farrell & Farrell, Huntington Federal, Allied Logistics, B'nai Sholom Congregation, B'nai Sholom Sisterhood, The Huntington Jewish Benevolent Association, State Electric Company, Commercial Insurance Company, The Federated Jewish Charities of Huntington, Jonathan Andrew Broh & Nancy Miller Broh, WKEE, WTCR, WSAZ, The Herald Dispatch, Marshall University, College of Fine Arts, and the Marshall Artists Series.


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Concert to blend klezmer, bluegrass musical traditions

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys, a nationally known group, will present a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 8 at B'nai Sholom Congregation, 949 10th Ave. in Huntington. The concert is free and open to the public.

The group creates a rich and unique blend of klezmer and bluegrass music, two art forms originating from opposite ends of the earth: eastern European Jewish traditions and gospel traditions from rural America. Klezmer clarinetist Margot Leverett joins forces with today's stars of klezmer and bluegrass in the Klezmer Mountain Boys. Appalachian and southern fiddle tunes by Bill Monroe meet klezmer melodies from pre-war Russia and Eastern Europe, some newly discovered. The resulting medleys and improvisations are at once raw, funny, soulful and foot-stomping.

Dr. Jeffrey Pappas, chair of the Department of Music, emphasizes the significance of this performance. "This is a wonderful and unique opportunity not only for our students, but for music aficionados in our region," Pappas said. "Music is multicultural by its very nature, but when you blend bluegrasss and klezmer music, the unlimited opportunities and pairings in our field only become that much more diverse and interesting."

"The Huntington Jewish community is very happy to have been a part of the effort to bring Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys back to Huntington," Thomas Scarr, President of B'nai Sholom Congregation, said.  "They visited several years ago and performed to a packed audience of Marshall University students and faculty, area musicians, members of B'nai Sholom Congregation and the general Huntington area community. Their music is fun, eclectic and addictive. We hope people take full advantage of this wonderful opportunity."

With assistance from Marshall University Multicultural Affairs, the group will also present a master class in Marshall's "Introduction to World Music" class at 11 a.m. Monday, March 9 in Smith Music Hall 143. Students and faculty will receive instruction and experience a demonstration of this unique approach of blending klezmer and bluegrass music. Participants in the master class will gain a basic understanding of the rudiments of klezmer modes, rhythm and ornamentation. The master class is also free and open to the public.

The music of the Klezmer Mountain Boys has been featured in film, theatre and dance, most notably in a piece by the Paul Taylor Dance Company entitled "Klezmerbluegrass," commissioned by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture to celebrate the creative synergy between Jewish and American culture, on the occasion of the 350th anniversary of Jewish life in America (1654-2004).

Sponsors  include Marilyn Polan, Herman and Mary Lee Glaser, The Cinema Theater and the Huntington B'nai B'rith Lodge.

More information on the artists can be found at: http://www.klezmermountainboys.com.


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Marshall students to host 2009 Empty Bowls; students team with Huntington Area Food Bank to help fight hunger


HUNTINGTON, W.Va.
- Marshall University students are joining together to fight hunger in the Tri-State area one bowl at a time through the sixth annual Empty Bowls event.

Students in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications' public relations campaigns class are working with the Huntington Area Food Bank (HAFB) and Marshall University's Keramos Student Potters Guild to host the sixth annual Empty Bowls event from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 7. The event will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 1015 5th Ave., in Huntington.

Empty Bowls is a project that raises money for HAFB to help fight hunger. Its goal is to raise awareness throughout the community by reminding people that there are hungry people everywhere throughout the United States, according to the HAFB.

Each person who gives a $12 donation receives a handcrafted bowl and a lunch of soup, bread, and Pepsi donated by local restaurants and organizations. The idea is to have a simple meal in what resembles an actual soup kitchen.

The event will feature live entertainment as well as a silent auction, during which participants will have the opportunity to bid on additional bowls, hand-blown glass, an authentic Marshall University cheerleading uniform, and signed memorabilia from Chad Pennington and Red Dawson. All proceeds from the event benefit the HAFB.

The HAFB serves more than 290 agencies in 17 counties, including Cabell, Wayne, Putnam, and Kanawha in West Virginia; Lawrence County in Ohio; Boyd, Greenup, Carter and Lawrence counties in Kentucky, and eight other counties in the Tri-State area. Executive Director Jon Rickey said the Empty Bowls campaign truly makes a difference in the work of the HAFB.

"Empty Bowls is wonderful because everyone contributes something in order to make it successful," Rickey said.  "Whether it is public relations students at Marshall promoting and helping with the event, Keramos Potters Guild creating 1,000 bowls for sale or members of the community by attending and donating to the cause, it helps to raise awareness of just how many hungry people there are in the nation and what people can do to help."

Empty Bowls is a service project that takes place throughout the country. It is promoted by the Imagine Render Group, a nonprofit organization based in Burnsville, N.C.

The Empty Bowls campaign was initiated in 1990 by an art teacher from Michigan, according to the Imagine Render Group. He wanted to organize a charitable event that gave students a way to make a difference. It became a class project to make ceramic bowls and organize a fundraiser where guests who could attend make a donation and receive their own bowl as well as a simple lunch.

By the next year, the concept of the fundraiser became known as Empty Bowls. It provides food and donations for food banks, soup kitchens, food pantries, emergency shelters and residential programs.

Since then, high schools, colleges, churches, and other nonprofit organizations across the nation have caught onto the idea of hosting yearly Empty Bowls campaigns to fight hunger in their own communities.

"What's great about Empty Bowls is that every year there is a new element," said Brooke Ash, HAFB public relations coordinator. "It becomes more challenging; it's more creative and a smoother production. I think the people who faithfully attend every year would agree that it reaches new heights each year."

In 2008, the Empty Bowls campaign was able to raise nearly $10,000 for the HAFB.

For more information about the HAFB, call Ash at 304-523-6029 or e-mail hafbmail@hafb.org.  For more information about the Empty Bowls event, call Campaign Director Meagan Sellards at 304-412-5900 or e-mail emptybowls@marshall.edu. Erica Rife, the media representative, can be reached at 304-360-3394. Those interested in the event may also e-mail emptybowls@marshall.edu or visit www.marshall.edu/SOJMC.

The Huntington Area Food Bank, Inc., is a private, nonprofit, charitable organization affiliated with Feeding America, the largest hunger relief agency in the United States.  The HAFB is the hub in a network of food donors and more than 290 agencies that serve hungry people in West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio.  The HAFB assists food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, senior citizens programs, youth programs and residential programs that directly serve the needs of the hungry.  The HAFB member agencies served by the HAFB are private and nonprofit. For more information, please visit www.hafb.org.

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Marshall scientist wins prestigious award for lung cancer research


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A Marshall University medical scientist studying nicotine's effect on lung cancer has won a national award of $30,000 to continue research that could help both smokers and people exposed to nicotine through second-hand smoke or products such as nicotine patches and gums.
 
 The researcher, Dr. Piyali Dasgupta, is one of only three nationwide to receive the 2009 ASPET-Astellas Award in Translational Pharmacology from The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. The society will present the award in April at the society's annual meeting, which is part of the Experimental Biology 2009 meeting in New Orleans.
 
"Dr. Dasgupta's work reflects our school's cutting-edge contributions to the accelerated pace of biomedical discovery," said Dr. Charles H. McKown Jr., dean of Marshall's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. "She is very deserving of the recognition that she has brought to herself and Marshall by virtue of her scientific efforts." 
 
Dasgupta's team studies how components of tobacco facilitate the growth of small cell lung cancer cells. She said that although nicotine doesn't cause cancer, her studies show it can promote the ability of lung cancer cells to grow, arrange blood supply for themselves, and spread to other parts of the body. Nicotine also can protect the cancer cells from chemotherapy drugs. 
 
Nicotine binds to specific receptors on the lung cancer cells, and Dasgupta's research tries to decipher the signaling pathways that allow nicotine to promote the growth and survival of the tumors. She also is trying to identify and test novel small molecules that could disrupt those pathways. 
 
Dasgupta is an assistant professor of pharmacology. Originally from India, she came to Marshall after completing postdoctoral fellowships at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.
 
The ASPET-Astellas Awards in Translational Pharmacology are intended to recognize pharmacological research accomplishments that seek to extend fundamental research closer to applications directed toward improving human health. The awards are given to 1) recognize those individuals whose research has the potential to lead to the introduction of novel pharmacologic approaches or technologies that may offer significant advances in clinical medicine in the future, and 2) to facilitate that translational process.


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Nick J. Rahall, II Appalachian Transportation Institute sponsors first Student GIS Project Competition

 

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Nick J. Rahall II Appalachian Transportation Institute (RTI) is sponsoring its first Student GIS Project Competition to challenge undergraduate and graduate students to demonstrate the development and effective use of Geographic Information Science (GIS) and technology in their field of study and the community.

The first-place winner receives $500 and a certificate, and the second-place winner receives $300 and a certificate.

To be eligible for the competition, participants must be enrolled in Marshall University for the 2008‐2009 academic year. Projects may be class projects, research projects or internship projects related to Geographic Information Science (GIS) and technology. For projects resulting from an internship, a letter from a direct supervisor is required to verify that the majority of the work was done by the participant and that the project report was written solely by the participant. Projects that were completed in previous years are eligible as long as the projects were conducted at Marshall University and the participant is a current Marshall University student for the academic year 2008‐2009.

The winning project must meet the following criteria:

1) The project makes significant contribution to advance new theories and methods of Geographic Information Science and technology.

2) The project demonstrates excellence and innovation in applying theories and methods of Geographic Information Science and technology.

To enter, graduate and undergraduate students must submit a research paper, which must not exceed eight pages, double-spaced with a 12-point font, in electronic form (.pdf) to RTI Research Associate Sang Yoo at syoo@njarati.org. The deadline for entry is 4 p.m., Friday, May 1. Winners are announced Friday, May 15.

A committee of RTI researchers and Marshall University faculty will review and evaluate submitted papers and choose the two winning projects. Awards will be presented at RTI headquarters. The competition judges and award committee are: Juan Barrios, David Lawson and Sang Yoo, RTI; Dr. James Leonard and Dr. Anita Walz, Marshall University Department of Geography; and James Wolfe, Marshall University College of Information Technology and Engineering.

For more information, contact Errin Jewell, Public Affairs Specialist, at 304-696-7165 or ejewell@njrati.org, or Sang Yoo, Research Associate, at syoo@njrati.org.


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Tuesday March 3, 2009
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, 304-696-3296

Artist Doug Beube to lecture March 5

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Birke Art Gallery on Marshall University's Huntington campus will host a lecture by visiting artist Doug Beube at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5 in room 154 of Smith Hall, adjacent to the gallery. The event, titled "Doug Beube: Bibliclast, Piercing the Veil of Knowledge," is free and open to the public.

Beube will discuss the processes involved in creating his one-of-a-kind books called "bookworks," an amalgam of mixed-media techniques that the artist employs to physically deconstruct books, reassembling and sculpting them into forms that mirror the original book's implied content.

Beube works in collage, digital animation, installation, photography and sculpture. He is known internationally as one of the few book artists working with aesthetic and intellectual integrity and creativity in the genre of altered books. In 1993 he began curating a private collection of artist's books titled "The Allan Chasanoff Bookworks Collection: The Book Under Pressure."

The artist graduated from York University in Toronto with a B.F.A. in filmmaking and received an M.F.A. in photography at the Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY. Beube teaches artist's books, mixed media, and photography and lectures at various universities and art programs around the country. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally, and his bookworks and photography are in numerous private and public collections.

The Birke Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays.

 

Photo: "Botticelli," an altered bookwork by Doug Beube, who will speak at Marshall University March 5.

 


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Monday March 2, 2009
Contact: Ryan Epling, , 304-617-3186

Winners announced in United High School Media competition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications was host to the 82nd United High School Media competition Friday, Feb. 27.  Students from high schools in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky competed for awards in newspaper and yearbook journalism.

Students attended workshops taught by media professionals and Marshall professors and students. Workshop subjects included yearbook design, First Amendment, interviewing techniques, advertising, covering sports, photography, broadcast television and how to identify important facts within a story.  Teams of students from each school competed in the popular Media Challenge quiz bowl.

More than 100 awards were presented at the awards banquet, including the Cash Contest, in which schools won money for equipment, and the SOJMC Alumni Association Scholarship.  Keynote speaker was Rebecca Tallent, assistant professor at the University of Idaho School of Journalism and Mass Media.

United High School Media was started in 1927 by W. Page Pitt as the United High School Press Program.  The goal of UHSM is to support high school journalists and encourage their future participation in journalism as college and professional journalists.  UHSM is sponsored each year by the West Virginia Press Association and the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

2009 United High School Media Award Winners

Newspaper

Best Newspaper Art

Division I: First - Shady Spring; Second - Wayne; Third - Braxton County
Division II: First - Parkersburg South; Second - Parkersburg; Third - Cabell Midland

Best Newspaper Design

Division I: First - Wayne; Second - Braxton County; Third - Shady Spring

Division II: First - Parkersburg South; Second - Cabell Midland; Third - Parkersburg

Best Feature/Special Events Pages

Division I: First - Shady Spring; Second - Braxton County; Third - Wayne

Division II: First - Parkersburg; Second - Parkersburg South; Third - Huntington

Best Editorial Pages

Division I: First - Braxton County; Second - Wayne; Third - Shady Spring

Division II: First - Parkersburg South; Second - Parkersburg

Best Sports Pages

Division I: First - Shady Spring; Second - Wayne; Third - Braxton County

Division II: First - Huntington; Second - Parkersburg; Third - Parkersburg South

Best News Pages

Division I: First - Shady Spring; Second - Wayne

Division II: First - Parkersburg South; Second - Parkersburg

Best In-depth Reporting

Division I: First - Wayne; Second - Braxton County; Third - Shady Spring

Division II: First - Cabell Midland

Best Original Newspaper Advertisements

Division I: First - Shady Spring; Second - Wayne; Third - Braxton County
Division II: First - Parkersburg South; Second - Huntington; Third - Cabell Midland

Best Newspaper Photography

Division I: First - Wayne; Second - Braxton County; Third - Shady Spring

Division II: First - Parkersburg South; Second - Cabell Midland
 

Best Overall Newspaper

Division I: First - "The Pioneer," Wayne; Second - "The Tiger Times," Shady Spring; Third - "The Braxton Banner," Braxton County

Division II: First - "Continental Clarion," Parkersburg South; Second - "Journal," Parkersburg; Third - "The Medieval Times," Cabell Midland
 

Individual Awards

Best Editorial Writing

First - Casey Shreve, Wayne; Second - Olivia Carroll-Hefner, Parkersburg; Third - Katie Hamer, Huntington

Best Feature Writing

First - Casey Shreve, Wayne; Second - Jenny Long, Shady Spring; Third - Emily Damron, Huntington

 

Best News Writing

First - Zack Waddell, Shady Spring; Second - Ashley Clemens, Shady Spring; Third - Jenny Long, Shady Spring

 

Best Sports Writing

First - Nikki Dotson, Wayne; Second - Brad Jenkins, Cabell Midland; Third - Tabytha Bills, Wayne

 

Best Column Writing

First - Drew Thomas, Shady Spring; Second - Alle Settle, Parkersburg; Third (tie) - Megan Russell, Wayne; Ryan Skidmore, Braxton County

 

Best Feature Photo

First - Olivia Carroll-Hefner, Parkersburg; Second - Casey Shreve, Wayne

 

Best Informational Graphic

First - Jenny Long, Shady Spring; Second - Casey Shreve, Wayne; Third - Joshua Paul Adams, Parkersburg

 

Yearbook

Best Yearbook Graphics

Division I: First - Parkersburg Catholic; Second - Wayne; Third - St. Marys

Division II: First - Parkersburg South; Second - Morgantown; Third - Parkersburg

 

Best Yearbook Cover

Division I: First - Wayne; Second - Braxton County; Third - Parkersburg Catholic

Division II: First - Huntington; Second - Parkersburg South; Third - Parkersburg

 

Best Yearbook Design

Division I: First - Shady Spring; Second - Wayne; Third - Braxton County

Division II: First - Parkersburg South; Second - Morgantown; Third - Cabell Midland

Best Yearbook Copywriting

Division I: First - Wayne; Second - Braxton County; Third - Shady Spring

Division II: First - Parkersburg South; Second - Huntington; Third - Morgantown

Best Yearbook Original Advertisements

Division I: First - Wayne; Second - Braxton County; Third - St. Marys

Division II: First - Cabell Midland; Second - Parkersburg South

 

Best Yearbook Theme

Division I: First - Wayne; Second - Shady Spring; Third - Braxton County

Division II: First - Huntington; Second - Parkersburg South; Third - Cabell Midland

Best Yearbook Photography

Division I: First - Shady Spring; Second - Braxton County; Third - Wayne

Division II: First - Parkersburg South; Second - Morgantown; Third - Cabell Midland
 

Best Yearbook Division Pages

Division I: First - Braxton County; Second - Shady Spring; Third - Wayne

Division II: First - Parkersburg South; Second - Parkersburg; Third - Huntington

 

Best Overall Yearbook

Division I: First - Wayne; Second - Braxton County; Third - Shady Spring

Division II: First - Parkersburg South; Second - Huntington; Third - Morgantown

 

Cash Contest

Wayne

SOJMC Alumni Association Scholarship

Casey Shreve, Wayne High School


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Monday March 2, 2009
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, 304-746-2038

Early Education Center enrollment begins for 2009-2010



HUNTINGTON, W.Va.
- Marshall University's Early Education Center (MUEEC) is now enrolling children for the 2009-2010 school year. Children must be 3 years old by Sept. 1, 2009 to qualify for enrollment.

A collaborative Cabell County Pre-K program, the center is open throughout the fall and spring semesters (August through June of the following year) and follows the Marshall University calendar with a few exceptions. It is open from 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

"MUEEC's inquiry approach to early education promotes social competency, communication abilities, thinking processes, feelings of self-worth, aesthetic appreciation and independence," said Kelly Walker, lead teacher for the center. "Our staff has worked diligently to develop teaching methods, support, and resources for both pre-service and in-service early childhood professionals who seek to incorporate co-constructed learning while dealing with contemporary issues in assessment, standards and accountability. The MUEEC staff believes that a quality early childhood experience should not be lost in today's tendency to rush childhood."

For more information, contact Walker at 304-696-3498 or by e-mail at kirk9@marshall.edu.


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