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BrickStreet presents gift of $50,000 to Marshall University for new Insurance and Risk Management program



HUNTINGTON, W.Va.
- BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Company has announced a $50,000 gift to Marshall University to benefit the Lewis College of Business.

Dr. Stephen Kopp, president of Marshall University; Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the Marshall University Foundation, Inc.; and Dr. Chong Kim, dean of the college of business, accepted the gift Tuesday during a check presentation at the new Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center.

The contribution will further the development of an Insurance and Risk Management program at the university. According to Marshall officials, no other institution in West Virginia offers a similar program.

"This is a great opportunity for BrickStreet to partner with Marshall University to help foster careers in the insurance industry," said Greg Burton, president and CEO of BrickStreet. "We have been a proud sponsor of Marshall for several years, and are pleased to make a donation that will offer students educational opportunities in an area so crucial to our business and our industry as a whole."

Kim said demand from the insurance industry prompted development of the program.

"College graduates in this field are in high demand, but without help from the private sector, it would be difficult to implement a program like this," he said. "BrickStreet's gift will help provide our students with an education in a field that offers tremendous career opportunities. We are honored to accept their donation."

Kopp added, "We are pleased BrickStreet has chosen to make this gift, particularly given the current difficult economic conditions facing businesses. Their donation is a generous demonstration of support for our students, the Lewis College of Business, Marshall University and the community at large."

Kim also acknowledged the work of the steering committee and chairman Ross Johnson, president of Mountain State Insurance Agency, Inc., for their work to develop the program.

"The committee, made up predominantly of representatives of the insurance industry, has been working hard to help with fundraising, staffing and curriculum development. This effort has truly been a team approach, and will ensure the program is developed to meet the needs of the industry," he said.

Kim said the first course in the new program was available this semester, and the minor will be offered beginning next spring. The major in Insurance and Risk Management will be offered beginning in fall 2011 or spring 2012.

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Photo: From left, Dr. Chong Kim, dean of Marshall University's Lewis College of Business; Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the Marshall University Foundation, Inc.; Greg Burton, president and CEO of BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Company; and Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp display a check of $50,000 presented Tuesday, March 30 from BrickStreet to Marshall. The check will benefit MU's Lewis College of Business


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Marshall to host Michael Rohd as part of Birke Symposium



HUNTINGTON, W.Va. --
Michael Rohd, founding artistic director of Sojourn Theatre in Portland, Ore., will visit Marshall University's Huntington campus this weekend for a presentation and workshop. Both events are part of this year's Birke Fine Arts Symposium, Giving Voice: Social Justice and the Arts, sponsored by Marshall's College of Fine Arts, and are free and open to the public.

Author of the book Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue, Rohd has been exploring the intersection of theatre and democracy for years, both with Sojourn Theatre and through his projects with collaborators and universities around the United States. An associate artist with Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles and an artistic associate with Ping Chong & Co. in New York City, he also is on the faculty of Northwestern University's theater department. His work has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the National Education Association, the Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund, the Doris Duke Foundation and arts councils in a number of states in the nation.

Rohd's work at Sojourn Theatre as creator/director/performer includes BUILT (presented as part of Portland's TBA 2008 Festival), GOOD (winner of a 2008 Portland Drammy for Outstanding Production of the Season), The War Project (winner of a 2005 Drammy for Best Ensemble), 7 Great Loves (winner of five 2003 Drammy awards including Best Production and Best Director) and Witness Our Schools (9 months of touring in Oregon and nationwide). Sojourn Theatre was a 2005 recipient of Americans for the Arts Animating Democracy Exemplar Award.

Rohd also is a recipient of the Theatre Communication Group's 2001 New Generations Grant, as well as their 2002 Extended Collaboration Grant with Atlanta's Alliance Theatre. More recent projects as a creator and/or director include Chuck Mee's Full Circle at Woolly Mammoth Theater in Washington, D.C., and his own Wilson Wants it All at The House Theater in Chicago. Current projects include creating the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's first company-devised, site-specific work titled Willful, a new Sojourn piece called On The Table and a commission at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

Here is a schedule of the weekend's events with Michael Rohd:

Friday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.
Presentation by Michael Rohd
Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre
Reception to follow, Joan C. Edwards Playhouse Lobby
 
Saturday, April 3
9:30 a.m. - Registration and coffee
Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre
10  a.m. - Workshop
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Career Services Center to host 'Job-A-Palooza' week April 5-9



HUNTINGTON, W.Va.
- Just in time for the spring job search, Marshall University's Career Services Center has announced its "Job-A-Palooza" week for April 5-9.

Each day that week, the Career Services Center will be hosting a table from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lobby of Corbly Hall near the Career Services kiosk. Each day will feature a different theme with popcorn and other giveaways being available to students who stop by.

Monday will be " 'POP' into your Job Search" day where students will be able to enjoy popcorn and pop while learning about what the Career Services Center can offer those seeking a job or internship.

Career planning information, as well as notes about the variety of services offered at the Career Services Center, will be provided.

Tuesday will be "Count on these Rsum Tips" day. Students can pick up a calculator while they learn tips and hints for making their rsums and cover letters as strong as possible.  Also, students can bring their resumes for quick reviews with a career advisor using a program called Wordle.

The week of events will shift into job search mode Wednesday with "Make 'Trax' - Call in an Agent." On this day, students will be able to set up their account with JobTrax and learn how to set up a job search agent, which will send alerts when suitable jobs are posted on JobTrax.

Computers will be logged on to allow students access to the Internet and the JobTrax system as part of the event.  Assistance and tips on how to use the kiosk located in the Corbly Hall lobby also will be available.

Thursday will be students' day to "Test the Market."  With tips on the job search and options available on JobTrax, visitors will be allowed to begin trying to find, and apply for, the job or internship they desire.

The week will conclude with an opportunity for students to find out how to close with "Seal the Deal; Get your Payday."  There, students can enjoy some candy while they get some tips on securing a job once they've gotten the interview.

Assistance from Career Services does not stop at the conclusion of Job-A-Palooza. The Career Services Center is open the year around, allowing students to stop by the office across from Harless Dining Hall and get help on anything in the job search process, ranging from rsum tips and job search help to career planning and mock interview sessions.

The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information about the Career Services Center, call 304-696-2370 or visit www.marshall.edu/career-services.


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Marshall University brings Disney Institute professional development program to Huntington

'Disney's Approach to Business Excellence' program will explore topics of creativity, leadership, management, service and loyalty

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Disney Institute is bringing its renowned professional development program, "Disney's Approach to Business Excellence," to Huntington on May 18. Sponsored locally by Marshall University, the full-day event will give area professionals an opportunity to "experience the business behind the magic."

The program will bring the best of Disney Institute content to the Don Morris Room in the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's Huntington campus.

"This is a convenient way to experience Disney Institute programs in local business communities," said Jeff James, vice president for Disney Institute.  "Our programs teach easily-adaptable strategies and best practices that have been part of our company for more than 80 years."

The full-day "Disney's Approach to Business Excellence" program introduces participants to five core Disney business principles:

  • Disney's Approach to Inspiring Creativity - Focused on strategies and tactics that have helped Disney maintain its creative and innovative culture in good times and bad, this program can help other organizations be equally successful. 

 

  • Disney's Approach to Leadership Excellence -- Strong leadership is fundamental for organizations to grow and succeed. Participants will explore strategies and methods for improving team results through proven leadership philosophies that are used to exhibit the values and behaviors that generate results.

 

  • Disney's Approach to People Management - The Disney corporate culture instills pride and ownership in Disney Cast Members (employees). The same can be true for any organization looking to inspire and motivate employees. Participants explore the Disney approach to selection, training, retention, and communication, all of which sustain a supportive and interactive culture.

 

  • Disney's Approach to Quality Service - In an era where everyone is competing for business and market share, excellent customer service isn't a luxury, it is mission critical.  Participants discover how Disney exceeds expectations through its service infrastructure, ongoing research, and established service standards.

 

  • Disney's Approach to Brand Loyalty - The relationship between consumer experiences and a company's brand is vital and can generate superior bottom-line results.  Participants explore strategies that deliver on an organization's brand and retain customers for life.

"What makes the Disney learning experience so different and meaningful is that we don't simply teach theory," said James. "We give participants an 'insider's look' at business philosophies that have helped Disney consistently rank as one of the world's most admired companies and brands.  Engaging content presented in an entertaining fashion provides participants with tools that can literally transform their organizations."

Program registration fee includes all course materials plus catered breakfast, breaks, and lunch. Group discounts are available.

For more information and to register for the Disney's Approach to Business Excellence program, call 877-544-2384 ext. 1 or visit www.KeysHuntington.com.

About Disney Institute

Disney Institute was created to showcase "the business behind the magic" - Disney best practices that easily adapt to other organizations. One of the most recognized names in professional development, Disney Institute travels the world offering engaging seminars, workshops and presentations, as well as fully customized programming. Immersive learning experiences are also offered at Disney destinations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, enabling participants to go behind the scenes and see firsthand how business theory drives operational excellence. The Disney Institute client roster includes more than half of the Fortune 500 and a wide range of small businesses, non-profits and government agencies.  To learn more about Disney Institute, visit www.disneyinstitute.com or follow it at www.twitter.com/disneyinstitute.


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Marshall evaluates its progress on 5th annual Assessment Day

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's fifth annual Assessment Day, which is designed to determine how well the university is meeting its goals, will take place Wednesday, April 7.

 Classes will not meet as scheduled most of that day, which allows students, faculty and staff to participate in Assessment Day activities. The normal class schedule resumes at 4 p.m. for late afternoon and evening classes.

"We've made some changes in the Assessment Day schedule based on feedback from last year and previous years," said Dr. Mary Beth Reynolds, Director of Assessment, who is heading up the Assessment Day activities once again this year.

This year, university-wide activities will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a general session titled "Student Success at Marshall: Opportunities and Challenges." That session will be followed by two groups of breakout sessions on topics ranging from the First Year Seminar to service learning.  The morning sessions address both successes and challenges that Marshall has identified through previous Assessment Day activities and other campus-wide initiatives.  These sessions are being conducted by Marshall faculty and staff to share what they have learned with regard to encouraging student success and engagement. 

Members of the Marshall community participating in Assessment Day activities will receive a free lunch catered by Buddy's BBQ, Sodexo and Pepsi. A vegetarian option has been added to the menu, based on suggestions from previous years' participants. Lunchtime entertainment will include the MU Rock Ensemble "Looking Glass," under the direction of Dr. Martin Saunders, and the John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps, under the direction of Dr. Wendell Dobbs. They will give special performances beginning at 11:45 a.m.

Reynolds said that, in addition to the university-wide activities, most departments have activities scheduled. These activities, which vary by unit, include "town hall" meetings, portfolio presentations, focus groups, exit interviews, and other types of program-level assessment activities. Students should check with their major departments for departmental schedules.

Campus offices will ask students to provide feedback via electronic surveys again this year.  Students will receive survey invitations through their Marshall e-mail addresses on March 31, with one reminder sent on April 7.  Assessment Day surveys will close on April 8.  Students may receive different numbers of surveys depending on class rank and major, Reynolds said.

Students, faculty, and staff will be eligible to win prizes donated by area businesses and other groups. Prizes include a laptop computer, four one-day passes to Paramount Kings Island, a Dell color printer, a whitewater rafting trip from ACE Adventure, rounds of golf at Orchard Hills Golf Course, a Winterplace ski lift package for two, gift certificates to local businesses, Marshall athletic wear, tickets to the Marshall Artists Series presentation of Lord of the Dance, iTunes gift cards and a one-month employee membership to the Marshall Recreation Center.  Additional prizes are currently being added and a complete list will be available on the Assessment Day Web site. 

The number of times Assessment Day participants will be entered into prize drawings will equal the number of activities in which they participate.  For example, if a student completes 10 electronic surveys and participates in his or her department's afternoon focus group session, he or she would be entered into prize drawings 11 times. 

Seniors who will graduate in May, summer or December of this year will have two opportunities to help Marshall assess its effectiveness by taking the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA).  Sessions will be available from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Corbly Hall 332.  To be eligible to take the CLA students must be graduating (receiving a bachelor's degree) this calendar year (May, Summer, or December 2010), have ACT or SAT scores on file at Marshall, and have no more than 30 hours of transfer credit from other institutions. Those who complete the CLA will receive $20 cash in addition to be entered into Assessment Day prize drawings. There are only 40 slots available for the CLA, so students MUST register in advance by going to http://isat-cit.marshall.edu/CLAExam and entering the requested information.

All students may take the iCritical Thinking Certification exam.  iCritical Thinking Certification is designed to assess and demonstrate individual cognitive skills in a technology-enabled education or work environment and takes about one hour to complete.  Two testing sessions will be held in Drinko Classroom 138, the first at 1 p.m. and the second at 2 p.m.  iCritical Thinking Certification powered by ETS is the only certification program based on a globally defined ICT/digital literacy framework that allows persons to demonstrate the ability to think critically within technology-enabled academic and workplace environments.

Developed by ETS and Certiport, the leaders in educational assessment and ICT certification respectively, the iCritical Thinking Certification program features real-time, simulated, scenario-based exam items. Not only will participants be eligible to obtain a critical thinking certificate (must score above 270 to qualify) but they will be entered in a drawing for an iPod courtesy of Information Technology.

Reynolds also said she encourages everyone who participates in any of Wednesday's activities to complete an Assessment Day evaluation form, which participants will receive via their Marshall e-mail addreses on April 14. Results will be used as a guide in planning future Assessment Days.

"Assessment Day is an opportunity for faculty and students to evaluate the things they care about most: teaching and learning and the services that support those two," said Dr. Frances Hensley, associate vice president of academic affairs. "I can't imagine that a student has no interest in providing feedback to his or her institution. Here is the chance."

Here is a schedule of activities for Assessment Day:

  • 8:30-9 a.m. - Student Success at Marshall: Opportunities and Challenges

  •  9:10-10:20 a.m. - Breakout sessions, Group 1

  • Study Abroad: Creative ways to enable students to experience other cultures;

  • Learn by Serving-Serve by Learning: Consider making your course a "service learning" course!

  •   Program Review: Reduce stress while highlighting your program's strengths!

  • 10:30-11:40 a.m. - Breakout sessions, Group 2

  • Living/Learning Communities: Learn how these communities can build valuable connections among students, faculty and staff

  •  Developing Rubrics to assess program-level student learning outcomes.

  • First Year Seminar: Adding active and experiential learning, that connects the domains of thinking, to the freshman experience.

  • 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch on the plaza, with performances by Looking Glass and the John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps

  • 1-4 p.m.- Program-level assessment activities involving faculty, students and community partners.

For more information, visit www.marshall.edu/assessment.


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Marshall associate professor wins 2009 Weatherford Award

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Dr. Chris Green, associate professor of English at Marshall University, has won a 2009 Weatherford Award for his book The Social Life of Poetry: Appalachia, Race, and Radical Modernism (Palgrave Macmillan).

The Weatherford Award for nonfiction is given annually to a work that "best illuminates the challenges, personalities, and unique qualities of the Appalachian South." 

"The conferring of this annual award has come to be recognized as a major Appalachian event," notes the award's Web site.  Past winners include The Encyclopedia of Appalachia, Homer Hickam's Rocket Boys: A Memoir, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Colored People: A Memoir, and Denise Giardina's The Unquiet Earth.

The Social Life explores American racial history and reveals how "mountain whites" helped shape America's understanding of African Americans, Anglos, Jews, southerners and immigrants. It then describes how poetry books by Jesse Stuart, James Still, Don West and Muriel Rukeyser affected American understandings of Appalachia and race.

Commenting on Green's book, John C. Inscoe, Professor of History, University of Georgia, writes, "Never have we seen the mountain South and its literature portrayed on so large a canvas or in so compelling a context."

The award is given by Berea College and the Appalachian Studies Association. The award's Web site explains, "The award commemorates the life and achievements of W. D. Weatherford, Sr., a pioneer and leading figure for many years in Appalachian development, youth work and race relations, and of his son, Willis D. Weatherford, Jr., late Berea College President."

Green states, "Winning the Weatherford places my book in a line of authors who have helped to shape our understanding of Appalachia.  That's humbling, and I'm honored. Appalachians are currently excluded from every multicultural history of America, and I want to help change that."

A native of central Kentucky, Green says, "Working at Marshall University has united my deep care for place, poetry, justice and scholarship.  Every day I am motivated as I help students from across the region to tell their stories, value their culture, and fight for their worlds."  Green has also authored Rushlight: Poems and edited Coal: A Poetry Anthology.


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Criminal Justice Awareness Week starts today at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - In conjunction with National Criminal Justice Awareness Month, the Marshall University Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology is hosting a Criminal Justice Awareness Week program from today, Monday, March 29 to Thursday, April 1.

The purpose of this event is to educate Americans on the criminal justice system and provide awareness to the public on the causes and consequences of, and how to prevent, crime. There are several events encompassing a variety of topics that will be open to the university community. Events will take place in the Memorial Student Center.

Today is Victim Advocacy Day, with victim advocates from Branches Domestic Violence Center, the Cabell County Victim's Advocate Office, the Court Appointed Special Advocates Office, CONTACT Rape Crisis Center, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and the West Virginia Crime Victims Compensation Fund taking part. They will have informational tables set up in the Memorial Student Center (MSC) lobby beginning at 11 a.m.

There will be a presentation by a victim advocate from Mothers Against Drunk Driving from 1 to 2 p.m. in MSC 2W16. A women's-only rape aggression defense demonstration will be given by officers from the Marshall University Police Department from 2 to 3 p.m. in Marco's. The day will end with a victim advocacy panel from 3 to 4 p.m. in MSC 2W16.

Tuesday, March 30, will be Law Enforcement Day. There will be officers from Huntington Police Department, Marshall Police Department and the West Virginia State Police available on the student center plaza to speak with and answer questions from students.

Throughout the day, the officers will be showcasing some of the tools they use on the drug task force, crime scene investigations and fingerprinting. A K-9 demonstration will also take place on Buskirk Field. Finally, the day will conclude with a presentation by the Huntington Weed and Seed Program in MSC 2W16. Event times will be announced via the event Web site (www.marshall.edu/criminal-justice/CJWeek.htm).

Courts and Corrections Day will be Wednesday, March 31. The day will begin with a presentation from the Cabell County Public Defender's Office. From 1 to 2 p.m., there will be a corrections presentation by Federal Corrections Institute (FCI) Ashland, and from 2 to 3 p.m. a presentation will be given by the Robert Shell Juvenile Center and the Cabell County Day Report Center. From 3 to 4 p.m., a representative from the warden's staff from United States Penitentiary (USP) Big Sandy will give a presentation.  All of the events for the day will take place in the Memorial Student Center in Room 2W16.

The week will conclude on Thursday, April 1 with a Forensics and Special Topics Day. The day will begin with a tour of the forensic science program's crime scene house at 10 a.m. Those interested in participating need to meet in the Shawkey Dining Room in the Memorial Student Center at 9:45 a.m. Due to limited space in the house, the tour will be limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

From 11 a.m. to noon, there will be a digital forensics presentation, from 1 to 2 p.m., a presentation on private sector careers in criminal justice, and from 2 to 3 p.m. a forensic sciences panel. All of the events for the day will be held in the Memorial Student Center in the Shawkey Dining Room.

For more information, visit the event Web site at www.marshall.edu/criminal-justice/CJWeek.htm or check out the Facebook Event titled "Criminal Justice Awareness Week." For additional questions, contact Andrew Walker at 304-696-2716 or Dr. Kimberly DeTardo-Bora at 304-696-3084.


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Celebration of Academics is April 8-9 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Eldon Larsen, the 2009-2010 Drinko Fellow, and Dr. David Wiley, a Marshall University alumnus and Associate Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, will be the featured speakers in MU's 16th annual Celebration of Academics in April.

Larsen will speak on the topic "Practical Project Management - Principles and Fundamentals" at the John Deaver Drinko Symposium, which takes place at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 8 in the Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center.

Drinko Fellows receive reduced teaching loads to undertake research or curriculum development, significant stipends and financial support for their research, and the ability to name a student as their research assistant.

Wiley, who also leads the Access to Knowledge Initiative in the David O. McKay School of Education's Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling, will speak on "A Permanent State of Transition" as part of the Elizabeth Gibson Drinko Honors Convocation.

The Elizabeth Gibson Drinko Honors Convocation is the one time of the year in which the university recognizes its honor students. The convocation begins at 7 p.m. Friday, April 9 in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. 

Each program is free and open to the public and will be followed by a public reception. The Celebration of Academics is sponsored by Marshall University's Drinko Academy.

"We are fortunate to have two outstanding speakers at this year's Celebration of Academics," said Dr. Alan Gould, executive director of the Drinko Academy. "Dr. Larsen is the first faculty member from the College of Information Technology and Engineering to be named a Drinko Fellow. And Dr. Wiley was recently named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. We are indebted to both for taking the time to help make the 16th Celebration of Academics a very special occasion."

Larsen is a professor of engineering at Marshall University. He has three degrees in chemical engineering, a B.S. and an M.S. from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

He was a development and project scientist and senior engineer for Union Carbide Corporation before becoming a full-time faculty member at Marshall University in 1999. Widely published, he has received numerous awards, including the Ashland Outstanding Graduate Advisor of the Year Award in 2004 and the Union Carbide Corporation Chairman's Award, the corporation's highest recognition award for individual achievement, in 1996.

Wiley, who earned a B.F.A. in Music (vocal performance) from Marshall in 1997, received a Ph.D. in Instructional Psychology and Technology from Brigham Young in 2000. He is founder and board member of the Open High School of Utah and Chief Openness Officer of Flat World Knowledge.

Wiley is a former Associate Professor of Instructional Technology and Director of the Center of Open and Sustainable Learning at Utah State University. He has been a Nonresident Fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, a Visiting Scholar at the Open University of the Netherlands, and a recipient of the U.S. National Science Foundation's CAREER grant. Wiley also is the founder of OpenContent.org.

Here is the schedule for the 16th annual Celebration of Academics:

Thursday, April 8

2 p.m. - The Drinko Symposium, Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center; speaker: Dr. Eldon Larsen; topic: "Practical Project Management - Principles and Fundamentals."

3 p.m. - Public reception

Friday, April 9

7 p.m. - The Elizabeth Gibson Drinko Honors Convocation, Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center; speaker: Dr. David Wiley; topic: "A Permanent State of Transition."

8:30 p.m. - Public reception

 

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Photos: Dr. Eldon Larsen (above) and Dr. David Wiley (below).


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Google lauds Marshall University for being quick on the draw

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University may not be the first to give its entire University community access to Google Apps, but it certainly is the fastest.

In record time, according to Google, the entire Marshall University Community had easy access to a Google application pilot that offers them a bundle of collaboration options for educational institutions including Web site publishing, calendar sharing, e-mail, presentations, documents, and instant messaging via the Internet not previously available directly through the University's integrated systems.

A six-member team of information technology employees managed to deploy the service infrastructure in record time. They were able to provision 55,000 accounts for faculty, staff, students and alumni, anyone with an active University e-mail account - with gapps.marshall.edu in under 100 hours, according to Ed Aractingi, assistant director of information technology infrastructure at Marshall. The task for a group this size can take weeks.

"We hope that as Marshall users explore this service that they will give us feedback and let us know how it is working for them," Aractingi said. "It was our plan to get this service out during the summer, but because we deployed it so quickly, now everyone has access to it as our students return from Spring Break."

The speed with which the app was deployed to the marshall.edu community is a feat unparalleled, according to Google. The Internet search engine giant sent Aractingi's team T-shirts, has been lauding the accomplishment via social networking sites like Twitter and even took out a full-page ad in the University's student newspaper, The Parthenon, that reads: "While Google Apps Education Edition is designed to make enterprise-scale deployments fast and painless, we're pretty sure that the IT department at Marshall has set a new speed record for launching Apps - up and running with 14,000 accounts provisioned within 24 hours, and 41,000 more soon after. So we're especially pleased to welcome the students and staff at Marshall University to the growing community of colleges and universities that use Google Apps."

The ad also explained that users now have the option to use an @gapps.marshall.edu address with Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, and Google Sites, as well as domain-level sharing controls that let people securely collaborate and share work within the Marshall.edu community.

Dr. Jan Fox, senior vice president of information technology and interim chief of staff, is extremely pleased with the accomplishment and partnership with Google.

"We are always looking for opportunities to provide our Marshall University Community with better ways to collaborate that will broaden our educational reach and enrich the experiences of our students, faculty, staff and alumni," Fox said. "We are committed to keeping on top of our evolving networking needs and look to opportunities like gapps.marshall.edu as a shining example of the excellence and powerful technology that Google provides. In this spirit, it is even clearer why the City of Huntington is so committed to becoming a Google Fiber Community and why we enthusiastically support that effort."

Members of the MU Community can go to http://gapps.marshall.edu/ to begin the process of exploring the service. They just need their Marshall username and password to log in.

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Photos: (Above) A six-member team of information technology employees managed was able to provision 55,000 accounts for the Marshall.edu Community with gapps.marshall.edu in under 100 hours. Team members include Gerald Hevener, Jaymz Mynes, Eric Wolfe, Edward Aractingi, John Cummings and Jason Carter.(Below) Google posted congratulations to Marshall University on Twitter.


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MU math professor Dr. Karen Mitchell wins 'Chair' award

 

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Karen Mitchell, a Marshall University mathematics professor, won the prestigious "Chair" award from the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (WVCTM) Friday, March 19, during the council's annual conference at the Days Inn in Flatwoods, W.Va.

The "Chair" is the organization's most distinguished service award. It is bestowed upon a member who has consistently served the organization and mathematics community of West Virginia. The award consists of a Captain's Chair with an engraved plaque and life membership in the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Dr. Evelyn Pupplo-Cody, also a Marshall University mathematics professor, said the award recognizes Mitchell for her "dedication and hard work in her outreach efforts in K-12 mathematics."

Mitchell's mother, Mrs. Ruth Mitchell, surprised her daughter by traveling to Flatwoods to be with her at the conference.

"I was thrilled, and the fact that Mother was there to see me receive the award made it that much more thrilling," Mitchell said. "It's an honor to receive an award from the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics. All of the stakeholders in math education in West Virginia are represented by that organization and they all are extremely hard workers. They recognize what high quality service is because they are all doing it."

Mitchell was honored previously by the WVCTM, being named the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics College/University Mathematics Teacher of the Year in 2005. A Huntington native and graduate of Huntington East High School and Marshall University, she has been teaching math at Marshall for about 25 years.

Mitchell has won other teaching awards while at Marshall. Two of the more significant ones were in 1995, when she won the Marshall and Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Teacher Award from the university and was named West Virginia Professor of the Year by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


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Foundation, Alumni Association to benefit from Greenbrier Classic 'Badges for Charity'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University fans who are also golf fans will have an opportunity to purchase weekly admission badges for the upcoming Greenbrier Classic and benefit the Marshall University Foundation and the Marshall University Alumni Association.

The Greenbrier Classic, which will take place July 26 - Aug. 1, will be played on the historic, links-style Old White, The Greenbrier's first 18-hole course. Organizers say it will be the biggest golf event in West Virginia history.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to participate in this program and offer our alumni and friends a way to be a part of West Virginia's history and help advance Marshall," said Marshall University Foundation CEO, Ron Area.

The Marshall University Foundation and the Marshall University Alumni Association will receive 30 percent of the proceeds of all badges purchased on their behalf between now and April 30. Weekly badges for the event range from $147 to $5,000 each, at the levels described below.

  • The Grounds badge provides tournament admittance for the entire week for $147.
  • The $275 Benefactor badge includes entry to select air-conditioned hospitality tents, as well as premium food and beverage options.
  • The Alumni Tent badge is available for $495. Guests of this special alumni hospitality area will enjoy unlimited tailgate-style food and non-alcoholic beverages as well as guest appearances from celebrity alumni.
  • For the ultimate Greenbrier Classic experience, the Clubhouse badge at $5,000 provides a limited number of people with exclusive access to the event, including prime viewing areas on Old White #1 and #18, unlimited food and beverage at Sam Snead's at the Golf Club and access to all hospitality tents. In addition, Clubhouse badge holders will also receive one complimentary two-night stay at The Greenbrier, including one round of golf on The Old White Course for two and $1,000 in special amenity vouchers. For information on this VIP opportunity, persons should contact Rob Booth at 304-536-7758.

To support the Marshall University Foundation and the Marshall University Alumni Association, persons should visit www.greenbrierclassic.com and select Buy Tickets, then Buy Badges for Charity now, then the badge level to be purchased. The Marshall University Foundation and the Marshall University Alumni Association should be selected from the drop-down menu.

"We applaud the efforts of our alumnus, Jim Justice, for his dedication and hard work in bringing the tournament to our great state.  Further, his philanthropic passion toward education and community serves as an example of what it means to be a true Son of Marshall," Area noted.

For more information about this program, contact Kristi Arrowood of the Marshall University Foundation at 304-696-3505.


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WMUL students dominate competition with 22 awards

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from WMUL-FM, Marshall University's public radio station, received eight grand prize awards and 14 honorable mention awards during the National Broadcasting Society/Alpha Epsilon Rho (NBS/AERho) 19th annual National Student Audio/Video Scriptwriting and 47th Annual Audio/Video Production Awards Competition Ceremony.

The event took place Saturday, March 13 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dallas.

Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, professor of Radio-Television Production and Management in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University and faculty manager of WMUL-FM, said the students competed with other broadcasting students from colleges and universities throughout the United States. 

Bailey said no other school won more grand prizes or overall awards than WMUL-FM's student broadcasters in the NBS scriptwriting, audio and online categories.

"Winning speaks well for Marshall University and the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, as the student broadcasters of WMUL-FM consistently earn top honors in direct competition with nationally recognized colleges and universities," Bailey said.

National Broadcasting Society/Alpha Epsilon Rho (NBS/AERho) has more than 1,500 student and professional members and has chapters on 88 college campuses.  The National Broadcasting Society (NBS) was founded in 1943, and its mission is to enhance the development of college and university students in telecommunication, broadcasting, cable and other electronic media.  Past and present members of the society number more than 35,000.  Alpha Epsilon Rho is the national honorary society composed of members selected from National Broadcasting Society (NBS) Chapters.

The grand prize award winning entry in scriptwriting was:

Audio Documentary Script

The script for the documentary program "Failing Infrastructure: Saving Huntington's Sewage System" was written by Adam Cavalier, a graduate student from Montgomery.  The documentary script was completed Monday, May 4, 2009. 

The grand prize award winning entries in production were:

Audio News Package

"Hungry for Change," written and produced by Leannda Carey, a junior from Wellsburg, that was broadcast during the "5:00 p.m.  Edition of Newscenter 88," Friday, Nov. 6, 2009.

Audio News Segment

"Salvation for the Powerless," written and produced by Adam Cavalier, that was broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," and available online Monday, Feb. 2, 2009.

Audio Feature Package

"Weathering the Weather," written and produced by Leannda Carey, that was broadcast during the "5:00 p.m.  Edition of Newscenter 88," Friday, April 10, 2009.

Audio Documentary Program

"Failing Infrastructure:  Saving Huntington's Sewage System," written and produced by Adam Cavalier. The documentary was broadcast during "Aircheck" Thursday, May 7, 2009. 

Audio Sports Program

"The Longest Yards:  The 2008 Marshall Football Season in Review," written and produced by Adam Cavalier, broadcast during the WMUL-FM pregame program before the Marshall-Southern Illinois football game Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009.

Audio Sports Play-By-Play Programming


WMUL-FM's broadcast of the Marshall University versus Tulane University men's basketball game played at the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009. The students calling the game were basketball play-by-play announcer Adam Cavalier; color commentator Brian Dalek, a recent graduate from McMechen; and engineer Tony Viola, a freshman from Follansbee.

Overall Web Site

WMUL-FM's Web site is www.marshall.edu/wmul. The 2009 Web master for WMUL-FM Online is Deven Swartz, a senior from Philippi.

The honorable mention awards in production went to:

Audio News Program

"The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," broadcast Friday, April 3, 2009. Robert Iddings, a senior from St. Albans, was producer; Adam Cavalier was news anchor; Whitney Thomas, a recent graduate from Wheeling, was news anchor; and Robbert Iddings was sports anchor.

Audio News Program

"The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," broadcast Friday, Sept. 30, 2009. Kenneth Cox, a senior from Glen White, was producer; Deven Swartz was news anchor; Ashton Bias, a sophomore from Madison, was news anchor; and Jarrod Clay, a freshman from Barboursville, was sports anchor.

Audio News Package

"Faculty Senate Issues," written and produced by Leannda Carey, that was broadcast during the "5:00 p.m.  Edition of Newscenter 88," Friday, Nov. 20, 2009.

Audio Comedy Segment

"Who's Got the Best Hair," written and produced by Adam Cavalier and Tom Bragg, a senior from Nitro, that was broadcast during "Trash Talk Sports," Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009.

Audio Promos

"News Leader," an in-house promotional announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM's Promotion Announcement rotation from Friday, May 1, 2009, through the present time, written and produced by Leannda Carey.

Audio Promos

"Breakup Countdown," an in-house promotional announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM's Promotion Announcement rotation from Monday, Nov. 2 through Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, written and produced by Delaney McLemore, a sophomore from Philomath, Oregon.

Audio Sports Package

"Lutz Goes Nuts," written and produced by Adam Cavalier, broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Monday, Feb. 9, 2009.

Audio Sports Package

"Gameplanning for Joe Webb," written and produced by Robert Iddings, broadcast during the WMUL-FM pregame program before the Marshall-Alabama-Birmingham football game Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009.

Audio Sports Package

"Herd Out for R-E-S-P-E-C-T," written and produced by Andrew Ramspacher, a senior from Dublin, Ohio, broadcast during the WMUL-FM pregame program before the Marshall-West Virginia football game Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009.

Audio Sports Segment

"Sean McClellan:  Marshall's Most Known Unknown," written and produced by Andrew Ramspacher, broadcast during the WMUL-FM pregame program before the Marshall-Virginia Tech football game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009.

Audio Magazine Program

"Herd Roundup:  Spring Season Finale," with hosts Adam Cavalier and Andrew Ramspacher, broadcast Friday, May 1, 2009.

Audio Magazine Program

"The Old West C-USA Report," with host Dave Traube, a senior from Beckley, and the following reporters: Adam Cavalier; Andrew Ramspacher; Tom Bragg, a senior from Nitro; James Roach, a senior from Richwood; Boom Madison, a senior from Olympia, Wash.; Leannda Carey; Aaron Payne, a junior from Huntington; Josh Rose, a freshman from Olney, Md.; Jarrod Clay; and Andrew Frobel, a freshman from Marlborough, Conn., broadcast Friday, Sept. 18, 2009.

Audio Sports Play-By-Play Programming

WMUL-FM's broadcast of the Marshall University versus East Carolina University men's basketball game played at the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009. The students calling the game were basketball play-by-play announcer Adam Cavalier, color commentator Brian Dalek, and engineer Andrew Ramspacher.

Audio Sports Play-By-Play Programming

WMUL-FM's broadcast of the Little League Baseball Southeast Regional Tournament game with Tullahoma, Tenn., playing Chantilly, Va., at Mitch Stadium in Kenova, W.Va., Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009.  The students calling the game were play-by-play announcer Robert Iddings; Ryan Epling, a recent master's degree graduate from Wayne; and engineer Leannda Carey.

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Photo: Students from WMUL-FM are shown after the awards ceremony in Dallas. From left in the front row are Deven Swartz, Delaney McLemore, Leannda Carey and Adam Cavalier. Standing in the back is Dave Traube.


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Empty Bowls raises awareness while helping hungry people throughout the region

HUNTINGON, W.Va. - For some area residents, the idea of going to bed hungry is something they've never had to worry about. However, it's a part of everyday life for thousands in the Tri-State. The Huntington Area Food Bank (HAFB) is partnering with two Marshall University student groups, as well as the B'nai Sholom Congregation and Christian Associates, in an effort to raise awareness and help change this statistic.

The 7th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 23 at First Presbyterian Church, 1015 5th Ave., in Huntington.

Keramos Potters Guild, of the Marshall University Department of Art and Design, and Out Loud Creative, of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, are the student groups participating in the project. Members of Keramos are busy creating a variety of bowls to be sold at the event while members of Out Loud assist with all aspects of advertising and public relations.

"The support we've received from the community thus far is amazing," said Jaye Ike, special projects coordinator for the College of Fine Arts at Marshall. "There's a lot of collaboration - a shared enthusiasm for the Empty Bowls project. Now the goal is to raise as much money as we did last year."

Last year's event raised nearly $18,000 for the Huntington Area Food Bank.

B'nai Sholom is an organized Jewish community which began in Huntington 120 years ago. Currently, they are seeking items for the silent auction to be held the day of the event. Lynne Mayer, B'nai Sholom member, said her congregation is a long time supporter of HAFB and is happy to take part in this unique effort. "We are delighted to partner in this year's Empty Bowls project in raising awareness of needed funds for the Huntington Area Food Bank, which provides a vital and essential service to our community," she said.  

Christian Associates, an area organization of churches, is seeking donations of soup, bread and other food to be served at the event. At this time, they have commitments for more than 70 gallons of soup. Their goal is to "raise" 100 gallons.

According to hunger facts listed on HAFB's official Web site, approximately 91,000 people in the Tri-State area are struggling to put food on the table, representing a service region of 17 counties. As in previous years, all proceeds from the Empty Bowls event will be presented to HAFB.

For more information on Empty Bowls, contact Jaye Ike by e-mail at jaye.ike@marshall.edu or visit the Web site at www.marshall.edu/emptybowls.

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MU Visiting Professor of International Affairs to receive Publication Award of the Association of American Geographers


HUNTINGTON, W.Va.
- Victor H. Winston, Visiting Professor of International Affairs at Marshall University, has been selected to receive the Publication Award of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) for 2010.

Winston is head of Bellwether Publishing, a small publishing house headquartered in Columbia, Md., that publishes five academic journals. The award goes to Winston and Bellwether Publishing in recognition of 50 years of sustained support for the discipline of geography that they have provided.

"We are proud of our association with Victor Winston who, as a world renowned geographer, has made many contributions to our Department of Geography as a visiting professor and guest lecturer," said Dr. David Pittenger, dean of Marshall's College of Liberal Arts. "The honor given by the AAG captures but a small portion of the many contributions he has made to the discipline, this college, and our students."

The five journals printed by Bellwether Publishing are: Eurasian Geography and Economics, GIScience and Remote Sensing, Physical Geography, Urban Geography, and Post-Soviet Affairs.

All of the journals have served as outlets for junior and senior scholars alike, and have become important in shaping the intellectual trajectory of the discipline over several decades. Over more than 30 years, the journals combined have published more than 3,000 refereed geography papers.

Winston and his staff at Bellwether have long been active in the AAG specialty groups associated with these topics, and developed a constructive corporate model that has been highly productive for scholarly and academic geographic programs, people and efforts.

In recognition of his many years of service as a rare combination of scholar and publisher, and for the contributions of Bellwether Publications to the discipline, the AAG acknowledges the numerous contributions that Winston and the staff of his firm have made with the AAG Publication Award.

Winston will receive the award at the annual meeting awards luncheon Sunday, April 18 in Washington, D.C.


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Marshall faculty, students to attend national conference in St. Louis

Ideas of American popular culture to be discussed

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University faculty and students will attend the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) National Conference March 31 to April 3 in St. Louis, Mo.

The conference offers scholars of all realms of American popular culture an opportunity to present their ideas and engage in discussions pertaining to those ideas. The conference will feature special-topics presentations, keynote speakers, film presentations and receptions.

"Conferences like this are a great opportunity for scholars to present new work and to network with other scholars in the field," said Robert Rabe, assistant professor of journalism. "The PCA/ACA Conference is especially fun because of the wide range of topics on the panels. I'm also pleased that students from Marshall are taking part this year and helping to demonstrate that our students are doing high-quality work."

The following faculty and students from the MU W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications will make presentations at the conference:

  • Robert Rabe, assistant professor: "Combating a Hidden Enemy: The War Advertising Council and the Controversy Over Anti-VD Campaigns in World War II" and "How Deep the Scars of Chicago?: The 1968 Democratic National Convention and Anti-Media Backlash."
  • Christine Ingersoll, assistant professor: "Advertising Art: The Work of E. McKnight Kauffer."
  • Matt Haught, second-year graduate student: "A Patriot in Print: How Mary Crouch's Newspapers Added to the Cause for Independence."
  • Kaylin Adkins, senior public relations major: "L.A. Times Coverage of the Black Dahlia and Manson Family Murders."
  • Amanda White, junior print journalism and history major: "Always His Girl: Women Journalists in Film."

White said she became interested in popular culture studies during her freshman year of college and has been immersed in the field since.

"Since then, I have presented research at two conferences in the pop culture field," White said. "This time, I am presenting research on the image of journalists in film that greatly expands upon research I presented at a conference in October. I am looking forward to sharing my work with other pop culture enthusiasts and getting ideas for further improvements or expansion."

Haught said he first discovered Mary Crouch's works while researching in the Library of Congress and has since researched her in depth. He said he thinks his research would be good for this conference and for his future Ph.D. endeavors at the University of South Carolina.

"I spent so much time reading her writings that I felt like I became friends with her," Haught said. "I've had to present my research before, and it's like I'm not up there presenting about this woman I've studied. It's like I'm saying, 'Hi, I want you to meet my friend Mary' because I feel like I know so much about her. The presentation experience will be great because I'm sure I'll have to continue presenting work through my Ph.D. program."

Other Marshall presenters include:

  • William Denman, Department of Communication Studies: "Edward R. Murrow, William L. Shirer & their CBS Broadcasts to America, 1939-1941: What did Americans Hear?"
  • Michele Schiavone, Department of English: "Negro League Baseball and the Alternative History Novel."
  • John Teel, Department of English: "ESP, the Paranormal, and Detective Fiction: Breaking the Rules, or New Rules."

According to its Web site, the PCA/ACA consists of scholars and enthusiasts who engage in writing, sharing information and publishing interests and findings in relation to popular culture. The PCA/ACA National Conference is hosted in a major U.S. city each year. Some previous conferences were in Boston, New Orleans, Atlanta and San Antonio.

For more information about the annual PCA/ACA National Conference, visit www.pcaaca.org.


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'Up Late' talks with radio personality about his bit on reality TV



HUNTINGTON, W.Va.
- "Up Late" goes to the dawgs this weekend.

Host Jamie LoFiego talks with radio personalities Rocky and Rod from Huntington's 93.7 "The Dawg" about the upcoming Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution reality television show on ABC and the role Rod plays in an episode.

LoFiego's son makes his first appearance on the show because his mommy is out of town. The cast and crew report that at 8 months and 18 days old, the baby behaves better than his father. While the host is away caring for his children, Jennifer Seay, a Barboursville senior, goes a little crazy on the set and Cat Rayson, a junior exchange student from the United Kingdom, makes a bid for the Marshall University Prime Minister during Student Government Association elections.

Patrick Webb, a Huntington sophomore, shares his campus survival tactics. Musical guest Sasha Colette performs.

This episode of "Up Late" airs at 11 p.m. Saturday on MyZ-TV 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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WMUL-FM 88.1 efforts benefit Locks of Love

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - WMUL-FM 88.1, the student broadcast voice of Marshall University, will be host to an event to benefit Locks of Love Friday, April 23 at the Memorial Student Center plaza on the Huntington campus. The three-hour event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Haircuts and styles will be provided free of charge to any Marshall student who is willing to donate 10 inches or more of his/her hair. The new styles will be provided by the Huntington School of Beauty Culture.

Adam Cavalier, the student station manager of WMUL-FM, said each person who donates hair will impact the life of a child.

"This is a chance for someone to make a difference for a child somewhere," Cavalier said. "I hope Marshall students take advantage of the great opportunity for them to make a difference and let their hair grow so that it can make a beautiful wig for a child."

Hair from the Herd will benefit Locks of Love, 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 does not require the use of tape or glue.

Most of the applicants suffer from an autoimmune condition called alopecia areata for which unfortunately there is 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.

The Locks of Love organization, which began operation in 1998, 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, and television programs.  More than 80 percent of the donors are children, making this a charity where children have an opportunity to help 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. Hair that has been dyed or permed can be used.

For more information about Locks of Love, call 561-963-1677, or 1-888-896-1588 for toll-free recorded information.  Locks of Love may also be reached at www.locksoflove.org or by e-mail at volunteer@locksoflove.org.


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Graduate Scholarship Tuition Waivers available for Summer 2010

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Applications are being accepted through Friday, April 9 for the Marshall University Graduate Scholarship Tuition Waiver Program for Summer 2010. The program provides tuition assistance for Marshall University graduate students and Marshall University faculty and staff employees.

To be eligible, applicants must currently be admitted and enrolled in a graduate degree-granting or certificate program at Marshall University.

Student waivers have a maximum value of $750 to cover the cost of up to three credit hours for graduate course work. The waiver does not cover online courses.

Faculty/staff employee benefit waivers cover the complete cost of up to three credit hours for graduate course work (with the exception of required fees). The waiver does not cover online courses.

Waivers awards are competitive and are made on the basis of academic achievement and promise.

  • Applicants who are awarded waivers will be notified by e-mail. Waivers are posted to student accounts within 10 business days of approval and registration. Award recipients are responsible for any amount not covered by the waiver. Balances must be paid by the tuition/fee due date noted on the Bursar site: http://www.marshall.edu/bursar/tuition/dates.html
  • Award recipients must be registered for graduate courses for Summer 2010 terms by Monday, May 3, 2010. Waivers for students who are not registered by Monday, May 3 will be assigned to other qualified applicants.

Applications are available in the Graduate College office (Old Main 113) on the Huntington campus, through a student's academic department office on the South Charleston campus, or online: http://www.marshall.edu/graduate/tuitionwaivers.asp.


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Marshall journalism professor honored for television news feature story

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Professor Dan Hollis recently won first place in the News/Sports/Public Affairs category of the National Broadcasting Society's professional video competition held in Dallas, Texas.

Hollis received the honor for his television news feature story about the Vandalia Gathering on the West Virginia state capitol grounds last summer.

"The Vandalia Gathering is the perfect opportunity for me to combine great video, natural sound and interviews with storytelling," Hollis said. "It ended up being one of the best videos I've ever done."

This is the fourth year in a row, and sixth out of the past seven, Hollis has won first place in this category of the NBS awards.

Hollis also received second-place honors in the documentary category of the NBS awards for his 30-minute retrospective that included many videos from his first 10 years at Marshall.

Both the Vandalia Gathering piece and "A Collection by Dan Hollis" can be found on the Marshall University channel of youtube.com.

Hollis is an associate professor in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He has been with Marshall University since 1999.


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American Museum of Natural History curator to speak at MIIR "Culture, Technology and Society" Seminar Series

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The construction and interpretation of the tree of life and the relationships and diversity of species on the planet will be the focus of an upcoming program featuring biologist Dr. Rob DeSalle, curator of entomology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

The event, which is the second in a series of public seminars to be hosted by the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (MIIR), will be held Thursday, April 22, at the newly constructed Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center, at 519 John Marshall Dr. in Huntington. A reception will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

DeSalle has been the curator of entomology at the museum since 1999; he studies population growth and conservation in a wide array of life forms. His seminar will detail the relationships of the 1.7 million named species on the planet and how the tree of life helps us understand our future in the diversity of life.

"Rob DeSalle is one of the most innovative and exciting scientists working today. His research brings together diverse fields of the animal kingdom in a way that reminds me of the recent BBC documentary 'The Blue Planet,' " said Dr. Eric Kmiec, director of MIIR and the institute's lead research scientist. "He is also able to communicate beautifully and simultaneously with everyone regardless of their scientific background. This characteristic is most evident in his efforts to teach young people about the museum's educational programs."

DeSalle creates magazines for children, books of essays and the content for the museum's supplemental children's Web site, OLogy, which allows children to learn about science through interactive projects on topics ranging from archaeology to Einstein. He also creates online science courses to help teachers meet the national science education standards. These Seminars on Science teach scientific inquiry and knowledge through the most current research in relevant fields such as genetics and genomics.

"He is an excellent example of an educator who utilizes his own first-rate, technologically relevant research on a problem that has wide-ranging implications to teach the general public," said Kmiec.

Desalle is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, distinguished professor in residence at New York University, adjunct professor at City University of New York and professor at the museum's Richard Gilder Graduate School.

He received his B.A. in Biology from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Washington University.

Sponsors of the event include Huddleston Bolen, LLP, the Marshall University Foundation, Erickson Alumni Center and the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research.

The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested.


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Helping Hungry Hearts campaign offers online race registration

Participants encouraged to help hungry Tri-State residents

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Online registration is now available for those wanting to participate in the Outrunning Hunger 5K Run/Walk in April.

The race is hosted by Helping Hungry Hearts, a student-run public relations agency from the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University. The race will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 10 at Pullman Square in downtown Huntington. Early registration costs $15, and registration the day of the race will cost $20. Proceeds will help the Huntington Area Food Bank (HAFB) curb hunger in the Tri-State.

Registration forms and payments can be completed online at www.marshall.edu/helpinghungryhearts. PDF forms may also be printed, filled out and sent to the HAFB.

The Helping Hungry Hearts Web site was launched Feb. 19 and offers information about the race, the student-run agency and the HAFB. The site also provides links to the HAFB's Web site and Facebook pages. Follow HAFBfood4all on Twitter for the latest information about the Helping Hungry Hearts campaign and other HAFB initiatives.

For more information about Helping Hungry Hearts or the Outrunning Hunger 5K Run/Walk, visit www.marshall.edu/helpinghungryhearts, e-mail the agency at helpinghungryhearts@marshall.edu, or contact co-director Whitney Parsley at 304-389-0390. To learn more about the HAFB, contact Brooke Ash at 304-523-6029 or brooke@hafb.org.

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The Huntington Area Food Bank (HAFB) is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1983 and based in Huntington, W.Va. The HAFB is affiliated with Feeding America, the country's largest hunger-relief organization. The HAFB serves more than 250 agencies in 17 counties in West Virginia, southeastern Ohio and northeastern Kentucky.

The HAFB's main mission is to curb the hunger problem in the Tri-State. The HAFB relies on grants, community donations and the United Way to provide food to its agencies. Agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, senior citizen programs, youth programs and residential programs. For more information, visit www.hafb.org.


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Marshall community encouraged to get involved in campaign to convince Google to choose Huntington



HUNTINGTON, W.Va.
- Marshall University is encouraging students, faculty and staff to get involved in a campaign to persuade Google to choose Huntington as a trial location for a high speed fiber network.

Google is planning to test ultra-high speed broadband networks in one or more trial locations across the country. The networks will deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than most Americans have access to today over special 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections.

Through Friday, March 26, Google is asking municipalities to provide it with information about their communities to help it determine where to build the networks. Marshall students, faculty and staff can get involved by going to http://googlefiberhuntington.com and nominating Huntington.

"You can still help our effort beyond the March 26th nomination deadline by continuing to submit creative ideas, videos, pictures or stories about how you think Google Fiber would impact Huntington," said John Cummings, University Portal Administrator at Marshall. "The primary thing we need and want students, faculty and staff to do is to nominate the Huntington community, but we also want them to come up with creative reasons why Google should choose Huntington, and submit those ideas to us."

Interested parties are asked to submit videos to YouTube, and then let the central site know by e-mailing the YouTube URL to why@whyhuntington.com. Photos, stories or other similar submissions can be sent to this same address.

Other things people can do, as suggested on the Google Fiber Huntington homepage, include:

  • tweet about it (as often as possible);

  • mention it in your Facebook status (a couple times a day);

  • make a YouTube video telling Google how much you want it here;

  • post a song or poem about how much you want Google Fiber;

  • tell all of your friends and family to get involved; and,

  • use the hashtag #googleFiberHTG on all your tweets/Facebook posts, etc., to help Google find everything.

And, of course, everyone is asked to "get out there and spread the word; spread the excitement, and make some noise so Google knows we are here!" Cummings said.

Members of the Google Fiber Huntington team will be at Starbucks at Pullman Square this Thursday, March 18 from 5:30 to 9 p.m., helping people complete nomination forms and recording their video messages to Google. People are encouraged to stop by to find out more about the project.

For more information, contact Cummings at 304-696-6670 or via e-mail at cumming7@marshall.edu.


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WVFREE to show documentary, speak at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Members of WVFREE, a nonprofit organization from Charleston working on reproductive rights issues, will speak at Marshall University on Thursday, March 18.

WVFREE will show its documentary, "Mobilized for Women's Lives: The Reproductive Justice Movement in West Virginia," with keynote speaker Margaret Chapman Pomponio, the executive director for WVFREE.

The event, sponsored by the Marshall Women's Center, will take place at 7 p.m. in Room 2w16 of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

For more information, contact Claire Snyder at 304-696-3338 or snyder71@marshall.edu or Dominique Elmore at 304-696-3338 or elmore11@marshall.edu.


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'Up Late' alum gets a tattoo on set on a dare

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Ryan Worley, owner of Epicenter Studios, a Huntington tattoo and piercing establishment, is "Up Late's" special guest this weekend.

Host Jamie LoFiego talks with Worley about the studio's fifth year in business. Meanwhile, in his first appearance on "Up Late" since graduating, Adam "The Challenger" Ede gets a tattoo with cameras rolling.

"The Challenger," a seasoned alum of "Up Late," is best known for his dramatic dares on the show's set, such as the time he attempted to down a giant hotdog in under 12 minutes or when he tried to drink a gallon of milk in an hour. This week, Ede gets a tattoo from a sketch penned on a napkin in a bar by his twin brother, who also challenged him to get the tattoo.

Also this week, the band Downtrend from Pikeville, Ky., performs and Stefano Chiabrando, a foreign exchange student from Brazil, debuts his new show, "Sexy Time with Sexy Stefano."

"Up Late" cast and crew captures on camera the path of destruction made by a 10-story robot as it tries to destroy downtown Huntington. Morgan Shillingburg, a senior from Charleston, manages to defeat the robot that was cunningly created by his mastermind younger brother Todd, a mere freshman.

Rounding out the show, "Captain Kat" goes to a school in Ohio for National Read-To-Me Day and reads to a kindergarten class much to their delight.

This episode of "Up Late" will air at 11 p.m. Saturday on MyZ-TV 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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Photo: Adam "The Challenger" Ede, right, gets a tattoo on the set of "Up Late," Marshall University's student-produced late-night show. Photo by Cat Rayson.


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Tuba and Euphonium Day scheduled for Saturday, April 10

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Department of Music will host its first Tuba and Euphonium Day beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 10. The event will be under the direction of Dr. George Palton, who teaches tuba at the university.

"The day will include performances, clinics, and conclude with a mass ensemble," Palton said.  "Bring your horns!"

Guest artists will include Lloyd Bone, euphonium, (assistant professor of music at Glenville State University); Zach Collins, tuba (assistant professor of music at Indiana University of Pennsylvania); Sean Greene, tuba (assistant professor of music at Lincoln Memorial University); the Ohio University Tuba Euphonium Ensemble, directed by Jason Smith; and the Capital University Tuba Euphonium Ensemble, directed by Tony Zilincik.

The day's activities will include a performance of the winner of the 2010 Ralph Taylor Award in Composition, Soaring, by Andy Francis. The award is sponsored by the Marshall University chapters of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association and the Society of Composers Inc. and is named for Dr. Ralph Taylor, an emeritus faculty member at Marshall who is an avid amateur low brass musician and supporter of the arts in Huntington. The judging panel consisted of Oystein Baadsvik, international tuba soloist; Velvet Brown, associate professor of tuba and euphonium at Penn State University; and Jason Smith, associate professor of tuba, euphonium, and theory at Ohio University and editor of the Journal for the International Tuba Euphonium Association.

Francis is a graduate student in composition at Central Michigan University.

Palton is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and earned his doctorate in tuba performance from the University of Kentucky. He is an active tuba soloist and his accomplishments include being named winner of the tuba artist competition at the 2006 International Tuba Euphonium Conference. As a teacher, he is very active in the public schools in addition to his work at Marshall. Palton is known for his arranging and development of pedagogical materials and has numerous publications with the Tuba-Euphonium Press, Cimarron Music, and in the Journal for the International Tuba Euphonium Association.

Admission is free and open to the public. For further information about this event or music at Marshall University, call 304-696-3117 or e-mail Palton at palton@marshall.edu


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Marshall University undergraduate game design program one of nation's top 50, according to survey

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is one of the 50 best undergraduate institutions in the U.S. and Canada to study game design, according to The Princeton Review, one of America's most widely known education services and test preparation companies. 

The Princeton Review developed its "Top 50 Undergraduate Game Design Programs" list - the first project of its kind - in partnership with GamePro, one of the most respected brands in the video game industry, reaching more than 3 million gamers a month.

The list is reported in GamePro's April 2010 issue and on the websites of The Princeton Review (www.princetonreview.com) and GamePro (www.gamepro.com
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Director of Marshall University's Women's Studies program is new chair of West Virginia Women's Commission

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Kat D. Williams, director of Marshall University's Women's Studies program, is the new chair of the West Virginia Women's Commission.

Williams, who also is an associate professor of history at Marshall, served as vice-chair of the Women's Commission prior to becoming chair in January.

A native of Louisville, Ky., Williams earned bachelor's and master's degrees in history from the University of Louisville, and a doctorate in history from the University of Kentucky.  She has lived in West Virginia for the past 10 years.

Williams has served in numerous management and advocacy roles over the past several years.

"It is an honor to be chosen by the governor to chair this very important commission.  Women of West Virginia rank near the bottom in political participation. We make 77 cents on the dollar and we struggle to find and afford healthcare," Williams said.  "The commission wants women to know they have a voice and in the commission they also have advocates.  I am excited to represent women of this state and want them to know that the West Virginia Women's Commission will listen to their concerns and fight for them in every level of state government."

The West Virginia Women's Commission has 11 commissioners serving women and families across the state.  Information about the commission is available online at WV Women's Commission on Facebook.


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Marshall alumnae to present recital Friday, March 12

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - West Virginia soprano and Marshall University alumna Marlayna Maynard will return in recital at 8 p.m. Friday, March 12 in the Jomie Jazz Forum on Marshall's Huntington campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Maynard will sing a program of German songs in a wide range of musical styles, accompanied by pianist Alanna Cushing, also a graduate of Marshall. 

A native of Wayne County, W.Va., Maynard holds degrees from Marshall University (B.A.) and Bowling Green State University (M.M.). Her recent solo performances include New York-based composer Drew Hemenger's The Unforgettable Hour, a large work for soprano and orchestra, and her operatic credits include two North American premieres, Einojuhani Rautavaara's House of the Sun and Francesco Cavalli's La virtu de' strali d'Amore, for which the Toledo Blade praised her performance as "memorable" and "earthy." She is currently a member of the ten-voice professional choir of the Historic Mariners' Church of Detroit and is currently on the voice faculty of Bowling Green State University.

While in Huntington, Maynard appeared frequently as a soloist with the Marshall University and was active in Marshall University's Opera Theatre. She was a choral scholar at Trinity Episcopal Church, where she later volunteered as a member of the Chancel Choir. 

Cushing also earned degrees from Marshall University and Bowling Green State University. She has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout West Virginia and Ohio. While playing with the New Music Ensemble at Bowling Green, she premiered works by Kristen Kuster, Dante de Silva, and Scott Hawkinson. She has also worked with composers such as Mark Zanter, Erik Lund, and Graham Lynch. In 2006, Cushing attended the Contemporary Music Festival in Cortona, Italy, where she premiered a work by Lynch. She is an active teacher and served as a guest instructor at Bowling Green's Summer Music Institute in 2008. Cushing recently returned to Huntington and is currently teaching piano and music theory at Marshall University.

For further information, contact Marshall's Department of Music at 304-696-3117.


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International Brain Awareness Campaign returns to Marshall University

2nd annual Brain Expo features hands-on science stations about the brain and more

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -  Marshall University's Cell Differentiation and Development Center will sponsor a "Brain Expo" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 12 in the Memorial Student Center on the university's Huntington campus.

The event is a part of an International Brain Awareness Campaign founded by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. It is under the direction of Dr. Nadja Spitzer, a research neuroscientist at Marshall, and co-directed by Dr. Brian Antonsen, a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences at Marshall.

"Be prepared to have you mind boggled at Brain Expo," Spitzer said. "This event features a collection of fun and curious exhibits with hands-on activities and games. Dozens of faculty and students from diverse departments and institutions have come together to 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."

Brain Expo brings scientists and students from Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, St. Mary's Medical Center, and MCTC together with children from local schools and the general public in a reverse science fair format.

"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," said Spitzer. "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."

After participating in the activities at eight stations, kids may enter to win exciting door prizes. The interactive stations at Brain Expo address topics ranging from brain anatomy to reflexes. After exploring optical illusions, visitors can explore other 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.

In addition to the interactive learning stations, Marshall University's College of Science 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 that will be given away as door prizes.

Spitzer and Antonsen have also begun a program to take Brain Expo on the road, bringing smaller exhibitions to local schools for on-site demonstrations.

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


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Georgia Poet Laureate David Bottoms to read from his work at Museum

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Georgia Poet Laureate David Bottoms will read from his work at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 11, in the auditorium of the Huntington Museum of Art.

Bottoms is the author of seven collections of poems, including the Walt Whitman Award-winning Shooting Rats at the Bibb County Dump, praised by Robert Penn Warren as having "a vision [in which] the actual world is not transformed, but illuminated."  Recent books include his selected poems, Armored Hearts, and Waltzing Through the Endtime.

He has earned fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Among his other awards are the Levinson and Frederick Bock Prizes of Poetry magazine, an Ingram Merrill Award, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. 

As a Southern writer, Bottoms' style is both narrative and contemplative, possessed of what James Dickey has called a "sardonic yet compassionate countryman's voice."  His poems explore both our natural and human-created landscapes, uncovering the history of a place in the collective memory of its people.  He holds the Amos Distinguished Chair in English Letters at Georgia State University.

Bottoms' appearance is a featured presentation of the Visiting Writers Series, sponsored by the Marshall University English Department and the College of Liberal Arts.  It is free and open to the public.

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


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Story of Nuru's efforts to end extreme poverty to be told April 1 at Marshall University



HUNTINGTON, W.Va.
- Nuru International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to holistic sustainable development among the world's rural extreme poor, has initiated a nationwide journey to invite others to join in Nuru's efforts to end extreme poverty, together, one community at a time.

Three members of the Nuru grassroots team, Derek Roberts, Tiffany Newcomb, and Lisa Hough, are spending 10 weeks (Jan. 18-April 2) traveling the country to invite people to join Nuru's story and make a difference by getting involved.

Everyone is invited to set aside one evening to hear Nuru's story and learn more about what they can do to end extreme poverty, said Kati Bailey, Service Projects Director with Marshall University's Student Government Association. She said the tour will visit Marshall in the Memorial Student Center (Room BE5) from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 1. The event is open to the community, faculty, staff and students.

"It is our hope that you will come to see Nuru and the amazing things they are doing," Bailey said. "This night could just change your life."

She said those attending will learn about a tangible way to help on Wednesday, April 14.

"Right here (at Marshall), we will host 'Be Hope to Her,' an event through Nuru to help raise money and awareness for the lack of clean drinking water and the effects it has on women and young girls all over the world," she said.

"Be Hope to Her" starts at 12:30 p.m. April 14 near the Memorial Student Center.

For more information on either event, contact Bailey at 304-544-9319.


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Marshall University forensic chemistry professor named to editorial board



HUNTINGTON, W.Va.
- Dr. J. Graham Rankin, associate professor of the Marshall University forensic science graduate program, has been named to the editorial board of the Journal of ASTM International.

One of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world, ASTM International is a source for technical standards for materials, products, systems and services.

A forensic chemist, Rankin will serve as associate editor of the journal's Medical, Health, and Safety section, which is expanding its coverage of forensic science. He brings to the position experience with developing new standards and improving existing ones. He incorporates ASTM standard methods in his teaching and research, and also serves on several ASTM committees, including Forensic Science, Homeland Security Applications and Environmental Standards. He is the co-chairman of the Criminalistics subcommittee, which develops standard methods used by forensic laboratories around the world. 

Rankin says he looks forward to making contributions to the journal.

"As associate editor, I will be soliciting peer reviewers who judge the manuscript as appropriate for the journal, the quality of the research reported, clarity of the text, figures and tables, and overall completeness of the work," he said.

At the recent Academy of Forensic Sciences annual meeting in Seattle, WA, Rankin networked with the organization's members in preparation for development of a future special issue on forensics.


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Marshall to welcome saxophone and guitar duo

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -  Marshall University's Department of Music will present Duo Montagnard in recital at 8 p.m. Monday, March 8 in Smith Recital Hall on the Huntington campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Members of the duo are Dr. Joseph Murphy, saxophone, and Dr. Matthew Slotkin, guitar. Both teach at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.

Murphy has been the saxophone professor at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania since 1987. In 1985, he received a Fulbright Award for a year of study in Bordeaux, France, where he received a Premier Prix.  In June of 1996, he performed a solo recital at Lincoln Center in New York.  He has performed in 13 countries including Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, Greece, and several countries in western Europe. He is a clinician for the Selmer Corporation and Rico Corporation and has been recorded on Erol (France), Mark, and Opus One labels.

Slotkin is an acclaimed performer, teacher, and scholar and has appeared in leading venues throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.  He has achieved success in solo performance, chamber music, and as a soloist with orchestra. He directs the guitar programs at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and also at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pa.  He has given master classes at numerous institutions and festivals including the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the University of Melbourne, and the Alexandria Guitar Festival. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts, Master of Music, and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied guitar with Nicholas Goluses and historical performance practice with Paul O'Dette.

Duo Montagnard, formed in 2002, has performed more than 130 concerts in 25 states, Canada, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Greece, Thailand, New Zealand, and Australia. Festival performances have included the Chautauqua Institution, the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival, and the Alexandria Guitar Festival. Recent commissions include pieces by John Anthony Lennon, George Daravelis, John Orfe and Charles Stolte.


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Marshall University Career Services to host 'Educator Expo' March 8-9

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Marshall University's Office of Career Services is scheduled to hosts its annual Educator Expo on Monday and Tuesday, March 8-9, in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

The Educator Expo provides those in the area an opportunity to meet with and be interviewed in the same place by representatives from a number of different school districts.

The event kicks off Monday, March 8, with a 5 p.m. networking reception in Room BE5 (basement) of the Memorial Student Center. It continues Tuesday, March 9 with open registration for students beginning at 8 a.m. Representatives from the various school districts will be interviewing prospective employees from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information concerning the Educator Expo, visit www.marshall.edu/career-services. Those with further questions may contact the Career Services Center by calling 304-696-2370.


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Marshall mathematics professor honored by Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia as Professor of the Year

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Bonita Lawrence, professor and associate chair of mathematics at Marshall University, was named 2009 Professor of the Year by the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia Wednesday evening at a banquet in the Great Hall of the Cultural Center in Charleston.

Lawrence, who was one of five finalists attending the banquet, received $10,000 and a trophy. The runner-up received $1,000 and the remaining three finalists received $500 each.

The Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia each year honors an outstanding faculty member at a West Virginia college or university.

"[At Marshall] I have found a nice home where I can teach young people about the beauty of mathematics in such a way that is a creative outlet for me,"  Lawrence said.  "I am happy."

"As a teacher, her most distinguishing characteristic is her enthusiasm - enthusiasm for her students, for learning and for her great love of mathematics," said Dr. Gayle A. Ormiston, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Marshall. "In her classes, her enthusiasm translates into the expectation that everyone is capable of learning even the most difficult mathematical material."

Lawrence has been at Marshall since August 2001 when she was hired as an assistant professor of mathematics. She was promoted to associate professor in 2003, granted tenure in 2005 and promoted to professor in 2007. She received the Marshall University Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award for 2001 and 2006, the Marshall and Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Teacher Award for 2004 and the Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award in 2009.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics in 1979 from Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., her Master of Science in Mathematics in 1990 from Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., and her Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences in 1994 from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Lawrence is an avid knitter and says she enjoys teaching and learning from others about the craft.  She also is active in running, cycling, and rowing her sculling boat in the Ohio River.  A volunteer with the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center in Huntington, she has been part of all the major refurbishing efforts that have occurred in the past four years. She is married to Dr. Clayton T. Brooks, who is also a member of the Marshall faculty.

For more information on the award, contact Lawrence at 304-696-3040.


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Doc Holliday tries to coach 'Up Late' crew

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Thundering Herd's new football coach joins the cast and crew of "Up Late" this weekend.

Coach Doc Holliday talks with host Jamie LoFiego about his team and coming to Marshall University. Holliday also reveals some very important strategies as he helps the athletically inept cast and crew through a game of paper football.

Also this week, the band Blues Crossing from Ona, W.Va., performs with members Ray Hensley and Mike Lyzenga. The "Up Late" crew tries to promote the show in downtown Huntington using a bikini-clad woman. Three fans of the show from New York City stop by the show to talk about LoFiego's "mudda" and the ever-giving crew gives back with some public service announcements that shouldn't be missed.

This episode of "Up Late" will air at 11 p.m. Saturday on MyZ-TV 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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Photo: "Up Late" cast member Courtney Coberly, left, teams up with the show's host, Jamie LoFiego, while new Marshall football coach Doc Holliday, center, attempts to help students Kyle Hobstetter and Bradleigh Ewing win a game of paper football.


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Countdown to Commencement is March 16-17 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 this month on the Huntington campus.

Numerous services will be available for students as they prepare for graduation at the event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 16-17, in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room.

Countdown to Commencement 2010 is for tentative May 2010 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 2010 provides an opportunity for Marshall's graduates to confirm arrangements for participation in the annual commencement exercises in a one-stop-shopping experience.

"The 'Countdown to Commencement' event is all about convenience for our graduating students," Ferguson said. "It is the perfect opportunity for them to take care of those pre-commencement responsibilities early so they can focus on the ceremony in May and totally enjoy the experience of graduating from college." 

Marshall University will celebrate its 173rd commencement at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 8 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

The following services will be available:

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 2010 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 paths. 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 29, 2010 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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Marshall University Foundation launches Facebook fan page



HUNTINGTON, W.Va.
 - The Marshall University Foundation, Inc. has a new Facebook fan page designed to keep Marshall University supporters and friends in touch with the priorities of the foundation and upcoming events at the Foundation Hall: Home of the Erickson Alumni Center.

The Marshall University Foundation, Inc. invites supporters, friends and alumni to become fans of The Marshall University Foundation on Facebook.  Fans are the first to receive announcements of major gifts to the university, upcoming events in the new Foundation Hall, and have access to photographs of the new facility. The page is designed as part of an effort to increase communication with donors and friends while promoting the new Foundation Hall: Home of the Erickson Alumni Center, which opened to the public in February.

Foundation CEO Dr. Ron Area said he hopes the new page will increase the Foundation's communication efforts.

"We are most interested in the opportunity social media sites provide in helping communicate with our donors and the Marshall community," Area said. "This is also another excellent way to acknowledge the contributions made by many of our loyal supporters.  We want to say thank you to those who continue to assist our work in advancing the university. Facebook provides another effective way to do this."

The Marshall University Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization formed in 1947 to solicit, receive, manage and administer gifts received on behalf of Marshall University.  The Foundation supports the university's priority funding initiatives including scholarship support, capital projects and research. 

For more information, contact Rebecca McPhail-Samples, Assistant Vice President of Development, at 304-696-3292 or visit http://www.marshall.edu/foundation.


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Georgia Poet Laureate David Bottoms to read from his work at Museum

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Georgia Poet Laureate David Bottoms will read from his work at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 11, in the auditorium of the Huntington Museum of Art.

Bottoms is the author of seven collections of poems, including the Walt Whitman Award-winning Shooting Rats at the Bibb County Dump, praised by Robert Penn Warren as having "a vision [in which] the actual world is not transformed, but illuminated."  Recent books include his selected poems, Armored Hearts, and Waltzing Through the Endtime.

He has earned fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Among his other awards are the Levinson and Frederick Bock Prizes of Poetry magazine, an Ingram Merrill Award, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. 

As a Southern writer, Bottoms' style is both narrative and contemplative, possessed of what James Dickey has called a "sardonic yet compassionate countryman's voice."  His poems explore both our natural and human-created landscapes, uncovering the history of a place in the collective memory of its people.  He holds the Amos Distinguished Chair in English Letters at Georgia State University.

Bottoms' appearance is a featured presentation of the Visiting Writers Series, sponsored by the Marshall University English Department and the College of Liberal Arts.  It is free and open to the public.

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


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MU College of Fine Arts begins basket drive for victims of domestic violence

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Hoping to help victims of domestic violence in a tangible way, students with Marshall University's College of Fine Arts have launched a fundraiser called "Baskets for Branches."

Branches Domestic Violence Shelter is a nonprofit organization serving Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln, Mason and Putnam counties in West Virginia. In addition to providing advocate assistance to victims of domestic assault, Branches also provides free temporary shelter, food and clothing to anyone - male or female - who needs assistance to flee a dangerous domestic situation.

"Our students are collecting laundry baskets with essential and personal items for individuals who are, in many cases, leaving a situation with literally the clothes on their backs," said Don Van Horn, dean of the College of Fine Arts.  "We are asking everyone community-wide to support this fundraiser, as we hope to collect a minimum of 50 baskets."

Essential items requested for the fundraiser include a laundry basket filled with a pillow, hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste and laundry detergent.  Other items might include diapers, baby wipes, school supplies, books, toys, disposable razors and other toiletries.  Baskets are needed for men, women and children.   The donated baskets will be collected in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 17.

The fundraiser is a part of the 2010 Marshall University Birke Fine Arts Symposium: Giving Voice: Social Justice and the Arts.

For more information contact Jaye Ike, special projects coordinator for COFA, at 304-696-3296 or jaye.ike@marshall.edu.

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Photo: Posing with example baskets are Nikki Gilliam, art major, Lindsay DiFatta, music major, and Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts special projects coordinator. Gilliam and DiFatta are members of a College of Fine Arts student group involved in the "Baskets for Branches" fundraiser. Photo by Sholten Singer.


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Lockridge, Mhango receive MU Women of Color Awards

 

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  - Marshall University employees Anita Lockridge and Dr. Mary Mhango received the MU Women of Color Awards Monday, March 1 during the annual Women of Color program in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

Lockridge is Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration at Marshall, a position she has held since July 2007. Mhango, who is an associate professor and program coordinator with Family and Consumer Sciences, has been at Marshall since fall 2006.

Nominees for the award must be Cabell County residents or Marshall University employees or students. Selections are based on community and/or university service, and contribution towards promoting multicultural understanding and gender equality.

"I am very excited and honored to have been selected from among the many outstanding women at Marshall University and in the community," Lockridge said. "I am a passionate advocate of the development of women and am grateful to others who have paved the way.  I remain hopeful that I am doing my part to continue their most admirable work."

Mhango said receiving the award serves as "quite an incentive" for her.

"Receiving this award makes me want to do more," she said.  "It is a source of inspiration. It is a great honor and I really appreciate the recognition."

Lockridge was nominated for the award by Dr. Shari Clarke, vice president for multicultural affairs at Marshall. Mhango was nominated by Dr. Kathy Seelinger, professor of education at MU.

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Photos: Top, Anita Lockridge; Bottom, Dr. Mary Mhango.

 


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Marshall to host Society of Composers student national conference

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Department of Music will host the Society of Composers Inc. (SCI) student national conference on the Huntington campus Friday and Saturday, March 5 and 6.  Conference events are free and open to the public and will take place in Smith Recital Hall.

Concerts will feature performances of new music composed by the 35 participating composers and world premieres of three new works by the 2009 SCI/ASCAP Commissioned Composer winners: Eric Nathan, Clint Needham, and Jose Luis Hurtado. 

Conference performances will feature Marshall music faculty and students, including the faculty brass quintet; pianist Alanna Cushing and several of Marshall University's premier student ensembles.

The conference keynote address, "The Artist as Citizen," will be given by Frank J. Oteri, editor of the American Music Center's NewMusicBox.

Dedicated to the promotion of composition, performance, understanding and dissemination of contemporary music, Society of Composers Inc. is an organization concerned with the fellowship, collaboration, and objectives of contemporary music composers and issues surrounding musical composition. This year's student conference is tied in with Marshall's Birke Symposium theme: Giving Voice: Social Justice in the Arts.

A complete conference schedule is available online at www.marshall.edu/ucomm/flyers/SCI_10.pdf.


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Marshall University Up 'til Dawn program unites students for one evening and for one cause - to support kids battling cancer

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - More than 500 Marshall University students will enjoy nonstop games and activities during the Up 'til Dawn program, a fundraiser that takes place from noon to 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 10 at the MU Recreation Center.

Faculty vs. student basketball competition, wacky relays, Zumba, free throw competition, Mr. and Ms. Marshall pageant, Rec Caf and a dive-in movie are among the special events and activities planned for Up 'til Dawn.

Participants also will send letters to friends and family asking them to join the fight against childhood cancer by supporting the groundbreaking research and lifesaving care of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Now in its fourth year, the Marshall University Up 'til Dawn program has raised more than $45,000 for St. Jude.  Raffle tickets will go on sale this week at the Recreation Center for $1 per ticket, $6 for 5 tickets or $12 for 10 tickets.  A ski package, iPod, and many gift certificates to local businesses will be raffled.

Starting in 1999, the student-led Up 'til Dawn program has been hosted by 375 colleges and universities across the country. The program unites faculty, staff and students in the fight against pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. Students learn about the mission of St. Jude and hold fundraising events including the Up 'til Dawn event. The total donation amount raised by each campus is then announced at a campus event. Since 1999, the Up 'til Dawn program has raised more than $24.5 million for St. Jude.


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Feminist art exhibition begins March 12

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Mavens Nine, an exhibition by The Feminist Art Project, will open at 6 p.m. Friday, March 12 at Gallery 842 in Huntington. The exhibition will continue until Friday, April 23.

The Feminist Art Project is an established group of local artists who share the common goal of highlighting the talent and significance of female artists. The collection of artists is a continuation of the group previously launched by Katherine Cox in 2008.

Featured artists in Mavens Nine include Earline Allen, Natalie Burdette, Katherine Cox, Mary Grassell, Linda Helgason, Natalie Larsen, Staci Leech, Carter Seaton and Kristen Zammiello, many of whom are part-time or full-time faculty at Marshall University's College of Fine Arts. The work included in the exhibition is an eclectic collection, varying in both medium and subject matter. Media range from graphite drawings and oil paintings to pottery and other three-dimensional pieces.

"As a member of the local chapter of The Feminist Art Project, I'm excited to be participating in the upcoming exhibition, Mavens Nine, at Gallery 842," said Natalie Larsen, assistant professor of art at Marshall. "I'm honored to be associated with a group of inspired women who are curious and capable artists engaged in bringing good art and challenging new ideas to the local community."

Larsen said her work is inspired by many things: children's books and illustrations, literature, American history, religious studies, genealogy and art history. "I strive to make art work that is accessible to a wide audience, but also challenges viewers to ask questions and move beyond what is comfortable," she said.

Gallery 842 is both a community- and university-held space to promote local talent and initiative. The gallery is a free cultural experience for any artist or art enthusiast, located at 842 4th Ave. in downtown Huntington. It is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information or questions about The Feminist Art Project, contact Jaye Ike by phone at 304-696-3296 or by e-mail at jaye.ike@marshall.edu.


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Study Abroad Fair set for Thursday, March 4 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Representatives from 14 organizations will be at Marshall University Thursday, March 4 to participate in a Study Abroad Fair in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

The purpose of the fair, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is sponsored by Marshall's Center for International Programs, is to inform students about study abroad possibilities while they are attending Marshall University.

"The fair is a great time for students to collect information if they are interested in going abroad at some point in their four years here at Marshall," said Kylie Gallagher, Marshall's executive study abroad advisor. "Having a representative there to answer questions for each specific program is very helpful for students."

Representatives from the following organizations will attend the fair:

  • Center for International Studies

  • Athena Abroad

  • International Studies Abroad

  • AHA International

  • Amizade

  • Academic Programs International

  • Semester at Sea

  • American Institute for Foreign Study

  • Study Abroad Italy

  • Centers for Academic Programs Abroad

  • Institute for Study Abroad Butler University

  • World Learning SIT

  • Returning Students from Abroad

  • Marshall University's Study Abroad Office

Gallagher said study abroad survival packs containing items that will come in handy for traveling will be given away during the event. The university sends about 150 students each year to study abroad. For more information, contact Gallagher at 304-696-2379.


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