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Marshall Chamber Choir to tour starting March 16

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Chamber Choir, a 35-voice ensemble, will give eight concerts at high schools and churches in West Virginia and Virginia beginning Wednesday, March 16, and concluding Sunday, March 20.

"This is a particularly exciting year for the Chamber Choir," said Dr. David Castleberry, the choir's director. "We have some wonderful music in our repertoire that ranges from Palestrina and Handel up to recently composed works by Evan Mack and Dan Forrest. We particularly enjoy the opportunity to interact with student audiences and connect with Marshall alumni outside our immediate area to share a year's worth of repertoire with new listeners."

"Vocal modeling is vital to the choral ensemble, and therefore observing older, more advanced singers helps provide something for high school students to emulate," said Joel Bremner, choral director at both Lord Botetourt and James River high schools in Virginia, where the Marshall group will perform Friday, March 18. "University choir visits to high schools provide the ideal circumstances for building enthusiasm for both repertoire and the choral ensemble experience at this level." 

This spring, the Chamber Choir will present music of Palestrina, Schtz, Handel, Brahms, and Ginastera, among others, along with contemporary works by Mack (Of Fire and Form) and Forrest (Three Nocturnes). The singers performed recently with the West Virginia's ACDA conference Collegiate Honor Choir in Charleston, and will sing in a production of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" with the Huntington Symphony Orchestra March 12, before starting the tour.

Chamber Choir members are selected from the College of Fine Arts' 200 music majors and the university's 14,000 students. Under Castleberry's direction, the Chamber Choir has performed for the American Choral Directors Association and the West Virginia Music Educators Association, as well as in annual concert tours. The ensemble has performed for an award-winning televised documentary, Choral Fusion, in 10 performances for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C., and in a variety of broadcasts and other presentations. Their repertoire spans five centuries, a dozen languages, and an enormous breadth of styles and sounds. 

Castleberry is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Marshall. A member of the faculty at Marshall University since 1990, he is a past president of the Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the West Virginia ACDA, and serves currently on the editorial board for Choral Journal. In addition to the Chamber Choir, he directs the Marshall University Choral Union, the West Virginia Symphony Chorus, and the choir of Saint John's Episcopal Church in Huntington.

Following is a list of the Chamber Choir tour performances:

Wednesday, March 16

  • 10:30 a.m., concert at Ripley (W.Va.) High School
  • 7 p.m., concert at Stout Memorial United Methodist Church, Parkersburg, W.Va.

Thursday, March 17

  • 11:30 a.m., concert at Capital High School (Charleston, W.Va.)
  • 7:30 p.m., concert at R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church, Lexington, Va.

Friday, March 18

  • morning, concert at Lord Botetourt High School, Daleville, Va.
  • afternoon, concert at James River High School, Buchanan, Va.

Saturday, March 19

  • 7:30 p.m., concert at St. Andrews, Roanoke, Va.
  • alumni reception following concert

Sunday, March 20

  • 10:30 a.m., morning worship at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Salem, Va.

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Cutline: Marshall University's Chamber Choir will begin its spring tour Wednesday, March 16.

 
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Marshall to celebrate 50 years as a university at State Capitol on Wednesday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - On March 2, 1961, Marshall College officially became Marshall University when then-Governor W.W. Barron signed the bill into law. Exactly 50 years later, Marshall University faculty, staff, students and alumni will head to the State Capitol to mark the event.

Members of the Marshall University community will greet visitors and interact with lawmakers in the Upper Rotunda from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 2. Visitors will be treated to historical displays as well as information about the University's 12 colleges featuring 159 majors and 105 degrees. Resolutions will be read in the House and the Senate declaring March 2 to be "Marshall University Day." At 10:30 a.m., Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will make a special proclamation regarding Marshall in the Governor's Reception Room.

"Historical accounts tell us it took great maneuvering and political debate for our institution of higher learning to become a university," said Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp. "The change did not manifest from a simple petition or a common declaration. It was the culmination of a lengthy struggle led by one of my predecessors, President Stewart Smith, along with colleagues, friends of Marshall, legislators and other supporters.

"It was indeed a defining moment in the history of Marshall University," Kopp said. "Today, I am proud to say that Marshall University is fulfilling the dreams of those who foresaw the institution's extraordinary potential and had the courage to pursue it."

The event is organized by the MU Alumni Association.

In addition to a flurry of green and white, visitors can expect free giveaways, including the alumni association's signature popcorn in a commemorative container and free soft drinks. Marco, the mascot of the Thundering Herd, also will be on hand. Visitors can speak with representatives from a variety of programs from Marshall Athletics and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine to engineering and journalism, according to Nancy Pelphrey, coordinator of alumni programs.

"Marshall Day at the Capitol is a great opportunity for our state leaders and other visitors to see what we do on a daily basis and what we have to offer on our campuses in Huntington, South Charleston and Point Pleasant," Pelphrey said. "This year our event fell perfectly on the date we were granted university status, so expect to see some very special displays celebrating the past 50 years of Marshall."

For a historical look at the events surrounding Marshall's quest for university status, visit www.marshall.edu/50years.

For more information, contact the MU Alumni Association at 304-696-2901.

 

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Photo: Marshall students proudly show off The Parthenon, the school newspaper, after Marshall was granted university status in 1961. Photo courtesy of Marshall University.


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SGA's election process begins Feb. 27 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Student Government Association will conduct its annual election process beginning Sunday, Feb. 27.

Student senate seats are open for any full-time students who meet the following minimum requirements: full-time registered student for the 2011 fall term, 2.5 GPA, and free to meet at 4 p.m. Tuesdays for senate meetings.

Student senators represent their respective colleges and are assigned proportionally based on the number of students enrolled in each college.

The offices of student body president and vice-president also are up for election. The two positions run as a team and are voted on as a combined ticket. All those interested and who meet the minimum requirements (a full-time undergraduate student for the fall and spring of next year, minimum 2.5 GPA) can run for the seats.

A mandatory meeting for all those wishing to run for an open seat will occur at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27, in the student government offices, across from the Office of Student Affairs on the second floor of the student center. All those interested may contact Election Commissioner Josh Sime for further details (585-747-7274, sime@marshall.edu).

Applications may be obtained at the filing meeting or in the student government offices.


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Marshall's late-night show 'Up Late' aglow with Thundering Herd spirit

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "Up Late," Marshall University's student-produced, late-night show, really glows this week.

Mark Campbell is a HerdNation member, Marshall alumnus and avid Big Green supporter who spearheaded a recent movement to light up the Cam Henderson Center with bright green glow sticks for Thundering Herd basketball games. Campbell talks with "Up Late" host Jamie LoFiego about The Marshall Fan Plan and Operation Glowout and, as the lights go out on the show's set, Campbell illustrates the impact of a Fan Plan.

Also this week, co-host Kyle Hobstetter, a journalism graduate student from Portsmouth, Ohio,  rehabilitates junior Patrick Webb, a broadcast major from Huntington, who forgot how to be funny while studying abroad last semester in Australia. Footage of extensive comedy training ensues. Andrew Colegrove, a Marshall alumnus, helps "Up Late" celebrate President's Day by getting the student body in the proper celebratory spirit.

This week's musical guest is Sasha Colette, a singer-songwriter from Morehead, Ky., whose music can be classified as American meets Blues meets Indie.

This episode airs on MyZ-TV at 11 p.m. Saturday and on WSAZ-3 at 4:30 a.m. Sunday. The show also can be seen on Comcast Channel 25 throughout the week and on Suddenlink Communications Channels 19 and 22 in its different markets. "Up Late" also can be found online at www.marshall.edu/uplate.

"Up Late" grew out of Marshall's Introduction to Video Production class taught by instructors LoFiego and Eric Himes, who both work with the university'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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Marshall asks for student feedback on national survey

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Approximately 3,800 Marshall University students are being invited to participate in a national survey in which they can rate different aspects of their educational experience at Marshall.

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), which is scheduled to launch March 1, will be sent to 1,874 freshmen and 1,893 seniors who have been randomly selected for participation.

According to Dr. Mary Beth Reynolds, director of assessment at Marshall, the students will receive e-mail notification from the NSSE about the online survey.

"We want to know what our students think of their curricular and co-curricular experiences, their surroundings, their activities, their professors and their Marshall experience as a whole," Reynolds said. "The results of NSSE will help us to assess our strengths and weaknesses as an institution.  What we learn will help us to enhance students' experiences at Marshall so that they are given the maximum opportunity to grow intellectually, personally and socially during their time here."

Marshall has made its 2010 NSSE results available to the public in USA Today.  Marshall's past three years of NSSE results also can be viewed on the Assessment Web page at http://www.marshall.edu/assessment/surveydata.htm.   The data have provided essential material for the design of Marshall's core curriculum and in the development of its retention plan.

Reynolds said the survey will take about 15 minutes to complete and students who take the survey will be eligible for prize drawings described in the invitation e-mail. The survey examines five benchmark areas, including level of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, enriching educational experiences and supportive campus environment.

The NSSE survey is administered by Indiana University.  It gathers information from more than 1,200 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide to enhance student learning and personal development. The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college.

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New awards at Marshall endowed by music professor

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Leslie Petteys, Marshall University professor of piano, and her husband, Skip Campbell, have made a significant contribution to the College of Fine Arts as an endowment. The gift will provide for awards to an outstanding student in art and music each year.

"Philanthropy is essential to sustaining and distinguishing the College of Fine Arts at Marshall University," College of Fine Arts Director of Development Melanie Griffis said. "Many individuals and families support the work of COFA. Every gift is meaningful."

"From time to time a contribution is rooted in an extraordinary story," Griffis said. "The establishment of the Bob and Chris Petteys Awards in Art and Design and Music represents a gift not only to found a legacy fund for exceptional students in art and music, but to celebrate the history of a family of artists, musicians and writers who, for generations, have made it part of their family culture to give."

According to Petteys, the endowment has been named the Bob and Chris Petteys Awards in Art and Music for her parents, who instilled strong values of education, support for the arts and the importance of giving in their children from an early age.

"Education has always been a valued commodity in the Petteys family," Petteys said. Her mother wrote the International Dictionary of Women Artists Before 1900, which was published by  G. K. Hall in 1985.

Dr. Jeffrey Pappas, chair of the Marshall Department of Music, notes that Petteys has instilled the same values in her students.

"Leslie had already built a strong legacy of generosity and dedication to her students prior to this gift through her many years of service to our department and the university," Pappas said. "This scholarship will ensure that legacy continues far into the future and positively affect future students, all the while honoring two people, her father and mother, who obviously had a profound effect on her life and career."

Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp echoed these sentiments about Petteys' dedication to the students.

"Marshall University is blessed to have high caliber professors, like Professor Leslie Petteys, who through their knowledge, expertise and passion bring enrichment and inspiration to the learning experiences of our students," Kopp said. "Under the mentoring of these 'difference makers,' our students discover qualities and aptitudes they may not have known they possessed. Leslie and Skip have taken their calling to another level. Through their most generous gift to the College of Fine Arts, they have certainly created a legacy and I am delighted that their endowment will benefit rising stars in art and music for many decades to come."


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More than 70 employers will seek to network and hire students, alumni at Spring Career Expo

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students and alumni are invited to discover new career opportunities at the annual Spring Career Expo Wednesday, March 2, on MU's Huntington campus.

The expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Don Morris Room on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center. More than 70 employers representing corporate, government and nonprofit sectors plan to attend. They will be seeking to network with and hire students and alumni.

Denise Hogsett, director of MU Career Services, said it is important for students and alumni to dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes. She also advises students to have their "elevator speech" or 30-second commercial ready when introducing themselves to employers.

Students may visit the Career Services Center at the corner of 5th Avenue and 17th Street to print their resumes or business cards before the Career Expo.  They also may call 304-696-2370 to schedule a mock interview or practice their 30-second commercial before talking with employers.

Students and alumni may visit www.marshall.edu/career-services to view a complete up-to-date list of employers who plan to attend the expo.  Employers may visit the same site to log on to their JobTrax account to register for the event. Deadline to register for employers is Tuesday, March 1.

For more information on the expo, call 304-696-2370. Employers also may e-mail Debby Stoler, assistant director for development and outreach, with questions at stolerd@marshall.edu.


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Selby Wellman to be keynote speaker at April CI Day event

Program to promote cyberinfrastructure and high-performance computing

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - F. Selby Wellman, retired senior vice president of Cisco Systems Inc., will be the keynote speaker for the April 7 Cyberinfrastructure Day (CI Day) program at Marshall University.

Wellman, a Williamson native and 1963 graduate of Marshall, will talk about the future of the Internet.

The free, one-day CI Day conference, which will showcase state-of-the-art computing technologies available to researchers at Marshall and across the region, will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the university's Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus, Room BE5.

Faculty, staff and students from any field and all higher education institutions are encouraged to attend. Members of the high-tech business community, representatives of government agencies, technology providers and other interested parties also are welcome.

According to Dr. Tony Szwilski, director of Marshall's Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences and chairman of the CI Day planning committee, the goal of CI Day is to help researchers - at Marshall and elsewhere - understand the potential of technology and supercomputing to enhance research, teaching and research funding.

"We could not be more pleased to welcome Selby Wellman back to Marshall for CI Day," Szwilski said. "His experience in the computing industry and his commitment to technology for scholarship and research makes him the ideal keynote speaker for our event. His message is powerful and inspiring, and I urge anyone with an interest in technology to attend."

Wellman spent his entire career in the high-technology industry. Prior to joining Cisco, worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, he spent five years as corporate vice president of sales, marketing and operations at FiberCom. He also was corporate vice president of sales and marketing at Paradyne, a Florida-based networking company. Wellman started his career at IBM, where he spent 15 years in various marketing and management positions.

He remains involved in education through his private family foundation, which has funded scholarships for a number of West Virginia students to attend Marshall. The foundation also has funded the SAS Institute Curriculum Pathways software for all West Virginia schools, grades 8-12.

Wellman said, "I continue to be fascinated by the evolution of the Internet and the impact it continues to have on all of our lives throughout the world in so many ways. I always look forward to returning to the Marshall campus to participate in discussions about future technology."

Szwilski said that cyberinfrastructure makes possible scholarly innovation and discoveries that were not possible even a decade ago, and that through targeted investments in cyberinfrastructure and visualization capabilities, Marshall now has computing power that was, until recently, available only at the most prestigious research institutions. He added that the university's advancing cyberinfrastructure resources should be of significant interest to businesses in the region.

He said that in addition to Wellman's talk, the CI Day program will feature presentations from faculty members who are already taking advantage of technological resources to advance research and research collaborations, win grant funding and enhance students' classroom experiences.

Szwilski added that attendees will have the opportunity to showcase their own research in project demonstrations and a student poster competition.

A special community reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Arthur Weisberg Family Engineering Laboratories will close out the program.

The CI Day event is free, but advance registration is requested.

Marshall's CI Day is made possible through a National Science Foundation grant that funds "Cyberinfrastructure for Transformational Scientific Discovery in West Virginia and Arkansas (CI-TRAIN)," a partnership among eight higher education institutions in West Virginia and Arkansas.

Event sponsors include Cisco Systems Inc.; Dell; the Marshall University Research Corporation; Verizon; Frontier Communications; Visualization Sciences Group; Organic Motion Inc.; Strictly Business Computer Systems Inc.; the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission; and Marshall University's College of Information Technology and Engineering, College of Science, and Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences.

To register online or for more information about CI Day, including a full agenda and calls for project demonstrations and student posters, visit www.marshall.edu/ciday.


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Visiting Writers Series marks Black History Month with Tony Grooms

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Anthony "Tony" Grooms will read from his work at 8 p.m.  Tuesday, March 1 in Room BE-5 of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Grooms is the award-winning author of the well-known novel, Bombingham, which is set during the civil rights movement in the 1960s.  He also will speak at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 in Corbly Hall 268 on the Huntington campus.

His other books include Ice Poems and Trouble No More, a collection of short stories. His stories and poems also have been published in Callaloo, African American Review, Crab Orchard Review, George Washington Review, and other literary journals.

Grooms is the recipient of the Lillian Smith Prize for Fiction.  He also has won the Sokolov Scholarship from the Breadloaf Writers Conference, and earned a Lamar lectureship from Wesleyan College, and an Arts Administration Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Reviewer D. Pattanaik writes that Grooms demonstrates "the insider's profound knowledge of the history and struggles of African Americans, while consistently managing to circumscribe his breadth of understanding with a tender story-telling art."

He has taught at Clark State University, the University of Georgia, and the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, West Africa, and currently teaches creative writing and literature at Kennesaw State University outside of Atlanta.

Both events are free and open to the public.  The Visiting Writers Series is supported by the Marshall English Department, College of Liberal Arts and Office of Multicultural Affairs, along with the West Virginia Humanities Council and the law firm of Jenkins-Fenstermaker.

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


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Marshall students collect bags of clothing to benefit local charities, sustainability

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University community donated 287 pounds of used clothing today as part of the oneSHIRT National Collegiate Clothing Drive.

The project was coordinated by the Marshall University Sustainability Department in conjunction with SustainU, a Morgantown-based producer of university-related apparel using fabrics made from 100 percent recycled materials.

Used clothing was collected on the Huntington campus at residence halls as well as the Memorial Student Center. Fraternities and sororities, commuter students, faculty and staff were all invited to contribute. The clothing will be used to benefit various charities in the area. Any items that they cannot use will be recycled by SustainU to make new clothing.

Elizabeth Rutherford, recycling coordinator for Marshall, said the Marshall University Interfraternity Council was an integral part of the event.

"We hope that this event raised awareness for the Marshall University community," Rutherford said. "We all have clothing we don't or can't wear and we all have clothing that isn't fit to donate to charity. This was an opportunity to clean out clutter and know that your donation is making a difference. Those who donated can also feel good that those badly ripped T-shirts and jeans won't end up in our landfill."

Students at schools throughout the country - including UCLA, Trinity University, West Virginia University, North Carolina State University, Boston College and Florida International University - also participated in similar events on their campuses.

"Most people don't realize that approximately 68 pounds of clothing per person is thrown away in the United States every year," stated Chris Yura, founder and CEO of SustainU. "That amounts to about 10 percent of all the waste in landfills today. Through the oneSHIRT drive, we're hoping to collect over 120 tons - about 240,000 pounds - of clothing that would otherwise end up in the trash."

SustainU produces high performance apparel using fabrics made from 100 percent recycled materials that are manufactured in the USA to provide extraordinary comfort and wear, while reducing environmental waste, carbon emissions and water use. Its mission is to change the way clothes are made to improve the environment, reinvigorate America's manufacturing sector, and educate the world about how clothing can positively impact people's lives. For more information about SustainU and the oneSHIRT National Collegiate Clothing Drive, visit www.sustainUclothing.com.

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Marshall University sponsors regional biotechnology conference

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is one of the organizers of the ninth annual Ohio Valley Affiliates for Life Sciences (OVALS) conference to be held April 14-15 in Cincinnati.

With the theme "Startups and the Innovation Ecosystem," this year's conference will bring together the region's research institutions, federal agencies, industry, investors and service providers to discuss biotechnology innovation and commercialization opportunities.

The target audience includes university researchers, technology transfer professionals, corporate scientists, business development professionals, state and local economic development officials, attorneys, investors and entrepreneurs.

According to Jennifer Kmiec, Marshall's associate vice president for economic development, the conference will provide a forum for exposure to the thinking of national leaders, opening up strategic dialogues, expanding opportunities and networking.

"We are encouraging anyone interested in commercialization of biotechnology, collaboration opportunities and creating economic impact to attend the OVALS conference," she said. "The organizers have an exciting lineup of speakers, and the agenda really complements Marshall's strengths in biotech research and focus on innovation."

She added that representatives of Marshall spin-out company Progenesis Technologies LLC will be making a presentation during a session highlighting promising new venture opportunities in the region.

Other conference sponsors include the University of Cincinnati, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Ohio University, BioOhio, Bluegrass Business Development Partnership, CincyTechUSA and Edison Biotechnology Institute.

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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 several local organizations, including two Marshall University student groups, in an effort to raise awareness and help change this trend.

The 8th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser will take place Friday, April 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1015 5th Ave., in Huntington. B'nai Sholom Congregation, Christian Associates and the two student groups, Keramos Potters Guild and Out Loud Creative, are working with Marshall's College of Fine Arts to host this event.

Empty Bowls is a national initiative. Huntington's version offers patrons a handmade ceramic bowl and modest soup lunch for a $12 donation to the Huntington Area Food Bank.

"The lunch is modest on purpose," Jaye Ike, special projects coordinator for the College of Fine Arts at Marshall, said. "It serves as a reminder that many in our area go hungry. We are fortunate that our 'modest' lunch is a variety of delicious items donated from area businesses, so it may not seem modest to some; but our goal is that it be a small soup lunch."

Ike added that donations are just some of the ways the community has gotten involved with this project.

"The support we've received from the community thus far is amazing," said Ike. "There's a lot of collaboration - a shared enthusiasm for the Empty Bowls project - among students and faculty, and the community at large. Now the goal is to raise as much money as we did last year."

Last year's event raised nearly $15,000, which was donated to 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. Dr. Lynne Mayer, B'nai Sholom member, said her congregation is a longtime supporter of HAFB.

"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," Mayer 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. Their goal is to "raise" 100 gallons.

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 student-run groups. Keramos is busy creating a variety of bowls to be sold at the event while Out Loud assists with all aspects of advertising and public relations.

HAFB serves more than 95,000 people in the Tri-State area. This is a service region of 17 counties. All proceeds from Empty Bowls will be presented to HAFB.

For more information on Empty Bowls contact Ike by e-mail at jaye.ike@marshall.edu.


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MU-ADVANCE program to be featured on 'This Week in West Virginia'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A segment featuring Marshall University's acclaimed MU-ADVANCE program will air at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25 on the West Virginia Public Television program "This Week in West Virginia."

The National Science Foundation's Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE) program supports projects, like the one at Marshall, to help institutions transform long-standing practices and academic climate that discourage women from pursuing careers in high-tech fields. The MU-ADVANCE program was established in 2006 with a $1.2 million NSF grant. Additional funding of $750,000 in 2009 extended the program for two years.

The story set to air on Friday will explore the innovative recruitment, retention and policy efforts undertaken to increase the number of female science, technology, engineering and mathematics faculty members at the university over the past five years. Dr. Marcia Harrison, professor of biological sciences; Dr. Piyali Dasgupta, assistant professor of pharmacology, physiology and toxicology; Dr. Laura McCunn, assistant professor of chemistry; and Dr. Shari Clarke, vice president for multicultural affairs, are featured.

According to Harrison, who is the principal investigator for MU-ADVANCE, research indicates that the lack of women's full participation in science and engineering academic careers is unrelated to their ability, interest and technical skills, but is more often a systemic consequence of the culture and organizational structure at institutions of higher education. Difficulty balancing work and family demands also plays a key role.

In addition, she said, the MU-ADVANCE goal of increasing the number of female faculty members in science and technology fields represents broader impacts both by providing much-needed role models for West Virginia's young, female students and by providing an additional economic development stimulus.

The story is part of a new series, "Mountain State Science," intended to highlight science and research in West Virginia. The series is made possible with support from the West Virginia Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.


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Annual 'Women of Color' celebration and awards takes place March 1

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "Be the Change" is the theme of this year's Women of Color celebration scheduled to take place at noon on Tuesday, March 1, in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

The keynote speaker is June Cross, an award-winning producer and author with 35 years of television news and documentary experience.  She has worked for CBS News, as well as PBS's Frontline and the MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour.  She is the author of "Secret Daughter" published by Viking Press in 2006.

Women of Color Awards will follow the buffet luncheon. 

The program is free and open to the public.  Vendors and displays will be set up in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center throughout the day.

The Women of Color activities are coordinated by Fran L. Jackson, program assistant II, Center for African American Students Programs; Leah Tolliver, director of the Women's Center; Lisa Allen, administrative assistant, Multicultural Affairs; and Kesha Glover, assistant director of Residence Services.

For more information, contact Jackson at 304-696-6705.


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Two Marshall debate team members reach semifinals in Ohio championship

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Two members of Marshall University's "Thundering Word" speech and debate team reached the semifinal round in the state of Ohio's varsity championship this past weekend at Ohio State University in Columbus.

Kendrick Vonderschmitt, a junior political science major from Louisville, Ky., was a semifinalist and the third-best speaker in Ohio. Kai Stewart, a freshman oral communication education major from Parkersburg, was a semifinalist and the sixth-best speaker in Ohio.

MU Debate Coach Danny Ray described the performances of Vonderschmitt and Stewart as "huge."

"First of all it is huge that they invited us," Ray said. "It shows that our program has respect. And the fact that both of our debaters made the semifinals is amazing. Our program is very young. To achieve that success is a good thing."

Marshall's full speech and debate team returns to competition this weekend in the West Virginia state tournament at West Liberty University.


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Marshall University sponsors regional biotechnology conference

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is one of the organizers of the ninth annual Ohio Valley Affiliates for Life Sciences (OVALS) conference to be held April 14-15 in Cincinnati.

With the theme "Startups and the Innovation Ecosystem," this year's conference will bring together the region's research institutions, federal agencies, industry, investors and service providers to discuss biotechnology innovation and commercialization opportunities.

The target audience includes university researchers, technology transfer professionals, corporate scientists, business development professionals, state and local economic development officials, attorneys, investors and entrepreneurs.

According to Jennifer Kmiec, Marshall's associate vice president for economic development, the conference will provide a forum for exposure to the thinking of national leaders, opening up strategic dialogues, expanding opportunities and networking.

"We are encouraging anyone interested in commercialization of biotechnology, collaboration opportunities and creating economic impact to attend the OVALS conference," she said. "The organizers have an exciting lineup of speakers, and the agenda really complements Marshall's strengths in biotech research and focus on innovation."

She added that representatives of Marshall spin-out company Progenesis Technologies LLC will be making a presentation during a session highlighting promising new venture opportunities in the region.

Other conference sponsors include the University of Cincinnati, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Ohio University, BioOhio, Bluegrass Business Development Partnership, CincyTechUSA and Edison Biotechnology Institute.

For more information and registration information, visit www.ovalsgroup.org.


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More than 70 compete in Marshall Recreation Center Indoor Triathlon

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - More than 70 competitors took part in the Marshall Recreation Center Indoor Triathlon this past Saturday, swimming, biking and running their way to the finish line.

Racers swam 300 yards, biked eight miles on state-of-the-art spin bikes, then ran two miles on treadmills. Proceeds will benefit Children's Place and the Sue-Niestroy Wilson Memorial Fitness Scholarship.

Alex Overmiller placed first for overall male, with a time of 29 minutes, 41 seconds. Kathleen Taylog Bartley placed first for overall female, with a time of 34 minutes, 24 seconds.

The top team in the race was "Team Grady p.s. Bronx p.p.s. Buddy," whose members, Rachael Sofie, Michael Vecchi and Laura Bredehorst, had a combined time of 30 minutes, 36 seconds.

Competitors in the children's race swam 150 yards, biked four miles and ran two miles on the track. Bojena Gross took the gold for the female category, and the male winner was Kaleb Angle.

Winners received Blenko collectors' glass awards.


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'The Tennessee Tramp' visits 'Up Late' this week

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "The Tennessee Tramp" visits the set of Marshall University's student-produced "Up Late" this week.

"The Tennessee Tramp" is really Janet Williams, a nationally touring comedian sporting a crazy grandmother, wacky aunt and nutty neighbor routine. Williams speaks with host Jamie LoFiego and manages to make him blush.

Also this week, the cast and crew really get into the Valentine's Day spirit. A girlfriend receives special gifts from her sweetheart, new conversation heart candies are revealed and during a blind date segment a lucky woman gets set up with "J.J. Smart," portrayed by Patrick Webb, a junior broadcast major from Huntington.

This episode airs on MyZ-TV at 11 p.m. Saturday and on WSAZ at 4:30 a.m. Sunday. The show also can be seen on Comcast Channel 25 throughout the week and on Suddenlink Communications Channels 19 and 22 in its different markets. "Up Late" also can be found online at www.marshall.edu/uplate.

"Up Late" grew out of Marshall's Introduction to Video Production class taught by instructors LoFiego and Eric Himes, who both work with the university'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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Gallery 842 to open exhibition by students, local artists

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Gallery 842, an art space connected with Marshall University, will open a juried exhibition Friday, Feb. 25, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

John Farley, director of the Gallery 842 and Marshall's Birke Art Gallery, noted the quality of work that was submitted by area artists.

"I am always pleasantly surprised by the variety and high quality of work that we receive - both from Marshall art and design students, as well as the local community," Farley said. "We have received and accepted entries from across the region, representing numerous disciplines, created by students as well as seasoned professionals. In addition to many fine examples of painting, drawing, sculpture, and other traditional media, viewers can expect to see examples of cutting-edge digital and photographic works and video installations."

Daniel Kaufmann, a Marshall faculty member who teaches photography and serves as faculty liaison on the galleries committee, said Gallery 842 allows artists a valuable asset - a space to showcase their work.

"Gallery 842 offers local artists a much-needed venue and a competitive opportunity to professionally display their work, right here in their own community," Kaufmann said. "By encouraging and seeking community participation, we also 'raise the bar' for our art students, giving them a chance to compete professionally with not only their immediate peers, but also the many talented local artists working and creating in this region." 

The exhibition will run through April 8. Gallery 842, located at 842 4th Ave. in Huntington, is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

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Photo: "Eye-dentity," a piece accepted into the exhibition, was created by Mallonee Meritt, a sophomore art education student from Beckley, W.Va.


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Digital forensics professor will help Cabell County fight Internet crimes against children, child pornography

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A Marshall University faculty member has been appointed to work with the Cabell County Prosecuting Attorney's Office to fight Internet crimes against children and child pornography.

John E. Sammons, an assistant professor of digital forensics in the Department of Integrated Science and Technology, will begin work immediately as a part-time investigator, according to Chris Chiles, Cabell County Prosecutor. During this morning's meeting of the Cabell County Commission, members voted unanimously to support the new position.

Sammons, a father of two daughters and a former police officer for the City of Huntington, said he is eager to share his expertise in digital forensics to help protect the children in his community.

"The exploitation of children via the Internet is a huge and tragic problem and, unfortunately, Cabell County isn't unique," Sammons said. "This is not just a state or national problem. This is an ongoing global tragedy that impacts our local community. Our goal is to work with other law enforcement agencies to combat this problem and protect our children."

In addition to his faculty position at Marshall, Sammons is the director and founder of the Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence, which provides training and research to digital forensics, electronic discovery, first responders and network/information security.


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'Baskets for Branches' collection scheduled for March 2

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Last spring, the College of Fine Arts, led by three Marshall University students, was able to collect 115 baskets of essential items for victims of domestic violence - requiring a U-Haul truck for delivery. Students and college officials hope to surpass that number in this year's Baskets for Branches campaign.

On Wednesday, March 2, they will once again collect donated baskets.

Baskets for Branches supports the Branches Domestic Violence Shelter, a nonprofit organization serving Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln, Mason and Putnam counties in West Virginia. In addition to providing advocacy assistance to victims of domestic assault, Branches also provides free temporary shelter, food and clothing to anyone who needs assistance to flee a dangerous domestic situation.

Lindsay DiFatta (music education), Nikki Gilliam (art and design) and Alli Forlines (art and design) will once again serve as student representatives of the Baskets for Branches committee.

 "A campaign like Baskets for Branches is important because so many people look the other way at domestic violence," DiFatta said. "It's so common. You always hear about it on the news and people have been desensitized to this huge problem. We wanted to put the issue back in the front of peopl's minds and then provide them with a way to help someone affected by it."

The shelter's needs are great. Personal items (such as underwear, pajamas, toothbrushes and hairbrushes), pillows, books, toys and even paper goods such as toilet paper, paper plates and cups are often in short supply. Adults who are rebuilding their lives also need products that will boost their self-esteem and confidence as they search for jobs or confront their abusers in court.  Thus, even make-up, hair care products and professional-looking clothes are important needs.  

"The College of Fine Arts invites you to join us in this collection drive," Special Projects Coordinator Jaye Ike said. "Last year, we were fortunate to have the help of organizations getting involved. Local businesses, doctor's offices, the residence halls at Marshall - several groups worked together to collect items at their locations and we picked them up. We hope that we'll be just as successful this year." 

For more information, or a list of suggested donations, contact Ike by phone at 304-696-3296 or by e-mail at jaye.ike@marshall.edu.  


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Presentation of 'Slave Dwellings' set for Tuesday at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "Slave Dwellings," an historical overview with slides of more than 100 slave cabins found throughout the southern United States, will be presented at Marshall University at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, in Room BE5 of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

Joseph McGill Jr., a preservationist, historian, and current program officer with the Southern Office of the National Trust for Historical Preservation in Charleston, S.C., will conduct the program. The presentation is free to the public.

McGill's visit to Marshall is part of an ongoing celebration honoring African American History month, according to Maurice Cooley, director of Marshall's Center for African American Students' Programs. The lecture has been partially financed with federal funds from the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior, through the West Virginia Division of Culture and History - State Historic Preservation Office.

"It is imperative that we continue the legacy, embraced by Carter G. Woodson, to educate our fellow Americans about the contributions of African Americans in our society and realize the importance of inviting our community to as many of these programs as possible," Cooley said.

Cooley said McGill has conducted research on slave cabins in more than 100 villages and towns. He has slept in the cabins and thus can describe the living conditions firsthand. Prior to his current position, McGill was the executive director of the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa.

McGill is the former director of History and Culture at Penn Center, St. Helena Island, S.C. Penn School was the first school built during the Civil War for the education of recently freed slaves. He also was employed by the National Park Service, serving as a park ranger at Fort Sumter National Monument in Charleston, S.C.

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Marshall to host Festival Band Weekend

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Department of Music will host its 10th annual Festival Band Weekend beginning this evening and concluding with a final concert Saturday on the Huntington campus.

Steve Barnett, Marshall's director of bands, who is coordinating the event, said it will be the largest ever, with 57 schools participating from Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. More than 1,000 students were nominated by their directors. The top 360 students were selected and placed into three honor bands: the John Marshall Band, the Thundering Herd Band and the Marco's Marauders Band.

Guest conductor and clinician for the weekend will be Richard Saucedo, a composer and music educator from Carmel High School in Carmel, Ind. He will conduct one of his own new, unpublished works, titled "A Guide into the Pathway," as part of the Showcase Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 in Smith Recital Hall. Marshall's Wind Symphony and percussionist Steve Hall, a Marshall faculty member, will perform the new work. The concert will also feature the Marshall Symphonic Band conducted by Dr. Ben Miller, professor of music at Marshall.

The concluding concert, featuring all three honor bands, will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, in Smith Recital Hall. Saucedo will conduct the John Marshall Band. The Thundering Herd Band will be conducted by Tom Chaffin from Spring Valley High School in Huntington and the Marco's Marauders Band will be conducted by Julia Kade from Princeton Senior High School in Princeton, W.Va.

Both festival concerts are free and open to the public.

Saucedo is director of bands and department chair at the William H. Duke Center for the Performing Arts at Carmel High School. Under his direction, Carmel bands have received numerous state and national honors in the areas of concert band, jazz band and marching band. 

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More than 800 to attend Green and White Day at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - More than 800 high school students and their parents, from a number of states, will visit Marshall University's Huntington campus Monday, Feb. 21, to take part in the Office of Recruitment's Green and White Day.

In addition to the District of Columbia, states represented at Green and White Day - also known as open house - are West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, California, Florida, Mississippi and Indiana, according to Megan Jude in the Office of Recruitment.

The students will have the opportunity to speak with representatives of academic colleges and  student services offices, as well as faculty members. They also will receive information about financial aid and admissions requirements. Other features of Green and White Day include a panel discussion involving current MU students, an academic showcase and campus tours.

The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at various sites on campus.


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Intent to Plan new Master of Science in Athletic Training degree approved today in MU Board of Governors meeting

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Board of Governors today approved the Intent to Plan for the Master of Science in Athletic Training degree during the board's regular meeting on the Huntington campus.

The School of Kinesiology, which is part of the College of Health Professions, requested permission to establish the M.S. in Athletic Training. The Intent to Plan contains a thorough investigation of the program's demand, cost and expectations. Approval of the degree is expected to take place in a future board meeting, with effective term and year of the degree planned for fall 2011.

The M.S. in Athletic Training would prepare students to enter the profession of Athletic Training with an enhanced knowledge of orthopedic assessment, therapeutic modalities, and rehabilitation focusing on evidence-based practice.

The program is designed to build on existing knowledge and skills the student has acquired in his or her respective undergraduate program. The course of study for the degree is a two-year program with a 36-hour requirement.

Once the major is approved, Marshall would seek accreditation by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA). There are only 12 NATA accredited programs in the country, and none in West Virginia.

In other action today, the financial statements and investment report for the six months ending Dec. 31, 2010, were submitted to and approved by the Board of Governors.

Also today, the board designated March 2, 2011 as "Marshall University Day" in celebration of MU's 50th anniversary of achieving university status. Then-Gov. W.W. Barron signed into law a bill granting university status to Marshall College on March 2, 1961.

The next Board of Governors meeting is April 28.


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2nd Annual Financial Aid Festival to take place at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Office of Student Financial Assistance will present a week of programs and events regarding financial aid beginning Monday, Feb. 21. Included will be advice, reminders about financial aid filing deadlines, information on ways to receive aid and other information to assist with college financial aid planning and money skills.

"We want to underscore the importance of students filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the preferred filing deadline of March 1, 2011 to ensure they maximize their eligibility for financial aid," said Kathy Bialk, director of student financial assistance at Marshall. "Also, we want to remind West Virginia residents that April 15  is the deadline to file the FAFSA for West Virginia Higher Education Grant consideration."

From Monday to Thursday, a table will be set up in the Memorial Student Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for students to pick up financial aid resource handouts, ask questions and be reminded of financial aid and scholarship application deadlines.

Highlighting the program will be three hour-long workshops for students:

Tuesday, Feb. 22             "The Experts Are In"
Wednesday, Feb. 23        "Get Ahead in Summer School"
Thursday, Feb. 24            "Ultimate Money Skills: College"

All workshops will take place at the Student Resource Center (2W16) in the Memorial Student Center from 2 to 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served and there will be a raffle for a prize at each of these events.

"Calm your concerns about completing the FAFSA," Bialk said. "Completion of the FAFSA has gotten easier. Students and parents now have the ability to retrieve their federal income tax information from the IRS while they file the FAFSA."

Bialk said about 72 percent of Marshall University undergraduate students receive financial assistance in the form of grants, loans, student employment and/or academic scholarships. The Office of Student Assistance awards approximately $126 million in financial aid to undergraduate, graduate and medical students.

Students who have questions or want more information about this event may contact Bialk by phone at 304-696-2281 or by e-mail at bialkk@marshall.edu. Reservations for the workshops may be made by posting on the office's Facebook wall at http://www.marshall.edu/sfafacebook.


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Area Boy Scouts converge on Marshall's campus for Merit Badge College

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will host hundreds of tri-state area Boy Scouts for a day of interactive learning on Saturday, Feb. 19 as it opens its Huntington campus for the 15th annual Merit Badge College.

The day-long event is a partnership between Marshall and the Tri-State Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. 

"This is an excellent way for scouts to earn one or two badges and see a college campus," said Dr. Steven P. Mewaldt, a psychology professor and campus coordinator for the event. "The idea is for the boys to get a chance to work on a merit badge with an expert they would not usually have access to and of course it's a chance for Marshall to showcase its faculty and facilities to what we hope will be our future students."

More than two dozen faculty members are participating in the event which features instruction on merit badges in such diverse fields as archaeology, chemistry and music.    

Merit Badge College registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Memorial Student Center.    The day's program gets under way at 9 a.m. with a morning session, followed by lunch at the Twin Towers Cafeteria and then an afternoon session.  

For more information, contact Mewaldt at Mewaldt@marshall.edu or 304-696-2777.


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Marshall University's annual Diversity Breakfast set for Friday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's annual Diversity Breakfast, featuring MU Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Gayle Ormiston as keynote speaker, is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 18.

The event will take place at 7:30 a.m. in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room on the university's Huntington campus.

"As we look forward to celebrating the importance of diversity, globally and at this university, we are pleased that Dr. Ormiston has accepted our invitation to deliver the keynote this year," said Maurice Cooley, director of Marshall's Center for African American Students' Programs. "As a philosopher and one who is, indeed, sensitive to and supportive of inclusiveness, he will be giving a message we look forward to hearing."

Cooley said the annual Diversity Breakfast is a "great celebration and fellowship with our brothers and sisters."

"More importantly, we must truly recognize that we still have great work to do and Marshall University should be as progressive as possible," he said.

Ormiston has been with Marshall since August 2008 when he was appointed to his current position. Prior to his appointment at Marshall, he was Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Curriculum at Kent State University, where he held faculty and administrative appointments for 19 years.

Blessing of the food will be led by three students: Malak M. Khader, representing the Muslim tradition; Megan Garrett, representing the Jewish tradition; and Bisodun Joyce Ishola, representing the Christian tradition.

Music will be performed by the Marshall University Jazz Combo II. Members include Ben Stern, trumpet; Raice Stevens, tenor sax; Bryce Duncan, alto sax; Andrew Winter, guitar; Brad Goodall, piano; Jeff Smith, bass; Ross Patrick, drums; and Pat Billups, director.

Marshall's Diversity Breakfast was started in 2001 with the intent of promoting campus harmony and unity. For more information, contact Cooley at 304-696-5430.


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Marshall hosts solo and ensemble festival

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -  Marshall University's Department of Music hosted the West Virginia Music Educators Association Region 2 Solo and Ensemble Festival Saturday, Feb. 12. More than 100 individual performers and small ensembles from Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo and Wayne counties participated, according to Dr. Michael Stroeher, professor of music at Marshall and festival coordinator.

"This is a chance for students to learn and display their individual musicianship," Stroeher said. "Performing by yourself, rather than as part of a large group, is another level of ability. It takes a lot of hard work, preparation, and even courage. I congratulate everyone who participated, and especially the teachers who helped them."

 

The following students received certificates for superior performance:

 

Beverly Hills Middle School

Heather Petrie, Trumpet Solo

 

Cabell Midland High School

Stuart Adkins, Clarinet Solo

Katie Morrison, Euphonium Solo

Emma Hensley, Euphonium Solo

Allison Eason, Tuba Solo

 

Ceredo-Kenova Middle School

Abby Chaffins/Garrett Lageman, Trumpet Duet

Cory Davies/Garrett Lageman, Trumpet Duet

Dana Deerfield, Soprano Solo

Taylor Perdue, Alto Solo

Tessa Fuller, Alto Solo

Alex Webb/Taylor Perdue, Vocal Duet

Olivia Davis/Makayla Sansom/Laken Jarrell, Vocal Trio

 

The Studio at Euclid Place

Laken Jarrell, Vocal Solo

 

Hamlin Middle School

Caleb Cook, Mallet Solo

 

Huntington High School

Margaret Capehart, Flute Solo

Flute Trio

Jo Beth Kuhn, Piano Solo

 

Lincoln County High School

Edward Jones, Baritone Sax Solo

Allyson Ashworth, Bass Clarinet Solo

Allyson Ashworth, Clarinet Solo

Woodwind Trio

Emily Madden/Kristen Hildreth, Flute Duet

Shelby Hildreth, Trumpet Solo

Dustin Cooper, Euphonium Solo

Allyson Ashworth/Dustin Cooper, Clarinet/Euphonium Duet

 

Milton Elementary School

Cole Bedway, Piano Solo

 

Note-by-Note Studio

Trumpet Quintet

 

Our Lady of Fatima School

Sophia Oliashirazi/Sheridan Collins, Trumpet/Clarinet Duet

Olivia Woodward/Bojena Gross, Flute/Clarinet Duet

Olivia Woodard, Flute Solo

Delayna Tschaye, Flute Solo

Hunter Adams , Saxophone Solo

Jacob Gross, Saxophone Solo

Mary Piaskowski, Flute Solo

Bojena Gross, Clarinet Solo

Emily Branam, Trombone Solo

Bryce Parker, Trumpet Solo

 

Point Pleasant High School

Steel Pan Ensembles

Flute Trio

 

Spring Valley High School

Jackie Maynard, Alto Sax Solo

Lucy Ward, Alto Sax Solo

Makayla Gilkerson, Clarinet Solo

Adam O'Neal, Bari Sax Solo

Flute Quintet

Clarinet Trio

Shelby Napier, Flute Solo

Sax Ensemble 

Mallet Ensemble

Colton Brumfield, Trumpet Solo

Amy Clagg, Trumpet Solo

Levi Kelly, Bass Solo

Edan May, Soprano Solo

Andrew Boyles, Tenor Solo

Olivia Hughes, Soprano Solo

William Caudill, Bass Solo

Terry Thompson, Jr., Tenor Solo

 

Wayne Elementary School

4th Grade  Vocal Ensemble

5th Grade Vocal Ensemble

 

Wayne High School

Olivia Watson, Alto Solo


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Marshall to observe Military Appreciation Night Feb. 16

Anyone with military ID will be admitted free to Thundering Herd's
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va.
-  Marshall University will observe Military Appreciation Night when the Thundering Herd men's basketball team plays host to Rice Wednesday, Feb. 16 at Cam Henderson Center. Game time is 7 p.m.

 

Frank Giardina, associate director of athletics for external affairs, said anyone with a military ID can receive a complimentary ticket to the game by showing his or her ID at the ticket window.

 

"Our state, region and area are very proud of their military contributions to this country," Giardina said. "For example, the National Guard here in West Virginia has a reputation for always being ready and willing to serve as do the units in southern Ohio and eastern Kentucky. This also is a chance to say thank you to troops that have recently served in Afghanistan and Iraq."

 

Numerous special guests are expected to attend and be introduced, including Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, West Virginia's adjutant general, and recently retired Maj. Gen. Allen Tackett, who was named West Virginian of the Year by the Gazette-Mail. Hoyer took over for Tackett as adjutant general when Tackett retired.

 

Military Appreciation Night is planned in conjunction with a visit to Marshall by the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps from Washington, D.C.  The Corps is part of the United States Army Third Infantry and has the distinction of being the official escort to the President. It will  perform at halftime of the basketball game.

 

Three Marshall alumnae serve in the Corps. Among these, Jennifer Raczok Bailey, class of 1996, serves as a fifer with the Corps and will perform with the group during its visit to Huntington. Other Marshall alums in the Corps are Lutricia Tampa Fields, class of 1997, and Deanna Bertsche, class of 2001.

 

The Corps will visit Marshall's Department of Music Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 15-16. It will perform during the department's Music Convocation at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Smith Recital Hall. The general public is welcome to attend.


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Marshall University Theatre to present Tim Robbins' 'Dead Man Walking'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's cast of "Dead Man Walking" will take the stage beginning Wednesday, Feb. 23, as part of a theatre project designed to raise awareness and replace apathy regarding the death penalty.

Marshall's Theatre Alliance will perform "Dead Man Walking" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, through Saturday, Feb. 26, in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse on the Huntington campus. At 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, the Department of Theatre will host a roundtable discussion about the death penalty in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre.

The play, written by actor Tim Robbins in 2002, is based on the experiences of Sister Helen Prejean as the spiritual advisor of a death row inmate at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, La. Rather than producing the play professionally, Robbins offered it to schools and colleges across the United States as part of a project designed to foster discourse and discussion about the death penalty. The project, titled "The Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project," is managed by the Death Penalty Discourse Center (www.dpdiscourse.org), where Prejean now bases her work.

Participants in the Feb. 25 roundtable include Dr. Shari Clarke, vice president of multicultural affairs at Marshall University; Rabbi James Cohn from Temple Israel in Charleston, W.Va.; Frank Crabtree, head of the American Civil Liberties Union for West Virginia; and Dr. Charles Gallmeier, professor of sociology at Indiana University Northwest. The discussion will be led by Steve Crimaldi, national coordinator of the Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project. 

"It is our hope that the audience will include a variety of university and community members," said Dr. Julie Jackson, chair of the Department of Theatre.  "Anyone who is interested in participating may give us a call."


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SURE program continues this summer; applications being accepted

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is accepting applications for the 2011 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Fellowship.

This program has been conducted at Marshall since 2005, and is funded through the West Virginia Research Challenge Fund, administered by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, Division of Science and Research. The SURE program is designed specifically to enable West Virginia undergraduate students with a history of research to work at Marshall. Each student will receive a stipend of $4,000, plus support for travel and supplies.

SURE supports undergraduate researchers over a 10-week period. This year's program runs from May 16 through July 29. The SURE program is now accepting applications through 5 p.m. Feb. 25.  Application forms are available at the SURE website:   www.marshall.edu/SURE.

"Anyone who is an undergraduate in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields at Marshall University is eligible to perform research at Marshall through the SURE program," said Dr. Michael Norton, professor of chemistry and director of the SURE program at MU.

Last summer, several Marshall University students received grants for research in the STEM fields. The students were Nate Crow (Biology/Chemistry), Khyra Fullen (Biology), Nicholas Gardner (Biology), Brandon George (Biotechnology), Hannah Mick (Biology), Deborah Moore (Biology),  Yashoni H. Shah (Biology), Michael Tanner (Biology/Chemistry), Erica Thompson (IST), Adam Van Horn (Biochemistry), and Amy White (Biology).

For more information, contact Norton by phone at 304-696-6627 or by e-mailing him at Norton@Marshall.edu. More detailed summaries of past SURE students' projects are available on the SURE website.


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Marshall's late-night show 'Up Late' features video game composer Tallarico

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Video game industry icon Tommy Tallarico visits the set of "Up Late" this week.

Tallarico, who is widely considered to be one of the most successful video game composers in history, talks with host Jamie LoFiego about how he has helped revolutionize the gaming world with unique audio landscapes taking it from bleeps and chimes to real music.

Some of Tallarico's top titles include Earthworm Jim, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, Disney's Aladdin, Spider-Man and Metroid Prime as well as top selling popular game franchises such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Pac-Man, Madden Football, Mortal Kombat, Time Crisis, Unreal, Lineage, James Bond, Blitz Football, Knockout Kings, Test Drive, Scooby Doo, WWE & Twisted Metal. His score for Advent Rising has been called "one of the greatest musical scores of all time" by websites such as Yahoo and Gamespot.

While on the set, Tallarico takes on the crew in an old-school video game, Atari 7800 series owned by LoFiego and still in mint condition.

Also this week, Eric Rogers, a freshman R-TV major from Charleston, W.Va., reviews movies, good and bad.

This episode airs on MyZ-TV at 11 p.m. Saturday and on WSAZ at 4:30 a.m. Sunday. The show also can be seen on Comcast Channel 25 throughout the week and on Suddenlink Communications Channels 19 and 22 in its different markets. "Up Late" also can be found online at www.marshall.edu/uplate.

"Up Late" grew out of Marshall's Introduction to Video Production class taught by instructors LoFiego and Eric Himes, who both work with the university'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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Tommy Tallarico, one of the most successful video game composers in history, is a guest this week on "Up Late."


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Media Advisory: Dean's list available on Marshall website

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The names of Marshall University students who made the dean's list for the Fall 2010 semester are available on the Marshall website for use by the media.

To make the dean's list, students must have a 3.3 or above grade point average for a minimum of 12 hours. Marshall has 2,461 students included on the website. Students who requested their names not be published are excluded from the list.

Many students and their parents have requested that Marshall make the dean's list available to publications that cover their hometowns.

Each student's name, hometown, county (for West Virginia) and state are included on the dean's list, which is accessible at www.marshall.edu/ucomm/deanslist/deanslist.html.


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Marshall to welcome Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps from Washington, D.C., part of the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry which has the distinction of being the official escort to the President, will visit Marshall University's Huntington campus on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 15 and 16.

Several Marshall alumnae serve in the Corps, said Dr. Wendell Dobbs, professor of flute at Marshall. One of them, Jennifer Raczok Bailey (Class of 1996), is a fifer with the Corps and will perform with the group during this visit.

During their visit, the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps will perform during the Department of Music's convocation at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15. The general public is welcome to attend the convocation, Dobbs said. On Wednesday, members of the Corps will offer master classes to various groups of music majors in the department.

The group's visit will culminate with a performance during halftime of Marshall's basketball game with Rice at Cam Henderson Center Wednesday evening, Feb. 16. The game begins at 7  p.m. Persons may contact Frank Giardina in MU Athletics for more information on this event by phone at 304-696-4367 or by e-mail at giardina1@marshall.edu.

Dobbs said he remembers Bailey as an extraordinarily talented flutist.

"She possessed wisdom far beyond her years and was the height of organization," Dobbs said. "She took care of most the details involved in her course of study. She was a delightful individual who inspired enthusiasm, a natural-born leader. She performed with the University Orchestra and played all four years with Marshall's Marching Thunder. She graduated Summa Cum Laude."

After she graduated from Marshall, Bailey joined the United States Marine Corps. She served as a music instructor at the Navy's School of Music at Little Creek near Norfolk, Va., and then in the band at Quantico outside of Washington, D.C. She then switched services and joined the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps in Washington, D.C., where one of her classmates from Marshall, Lutricia Tampa Fields (Class of 1997), was already serving.

Bailey and Fields were joined last year by a third Marshall University alumna, Deanna Bertsche Hamm (Class of 2001).

For information on the Corps' visit, contact the Marshall Department of Music at 304-696-3117.


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Frontier presents June Harless Center with $200,000; Grant supports Virtual S.T.E.M. Academy

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Frontier Communications today presented Marshall University's June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development $200,000 during a ceremony at the MU Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center, on the Huntington campus.

The grant is for 21st century technology to advance educational programs and training in West Virginia. Specifically, it involves support for a Virtual S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Academy.

"The June Harless Center is extremely grateful for this gift from Frontier Communications," said Dr. Stan Maynard, director of the June Harless Center. "We are pleased that Frontier has the confidence not only in Marshall University, but the June Harless Center in making this initiative successful."

Dennis Bloss, Area General Manager for Frontier, said the telecommunications services provider recognizes the commitment that June Harless and her family have made to improve education in West Virginia. The late June Harless was the wife of James "Buck" Harless of Gilbert and one of southern West Virginia's most avid supporters of education and medical research.

"The June Harless Center and Marshall University have a clear and bold mission - to provide West Virginia's young people with the skills they will need to compete globally in an economically competitive world," Bloss said. "An academy that uses technology to support the teaching of science, math and other critical subjects is the right program at the right place at the right time."

Maynard said the focus of the Virtual S.T.E.M. Academy will be to assist schools in providing special training in integrating technology into Pre-K - 12 classrooms; enrich S.T.E.M.  curricular opportunities for rural students who may have difficulty accessing advanced S.T.E.M. classes; provide tutoring support for students enrolled in Advanced Placement S.T.E.M. courses; and provide training for educators in utilizing an academic management system for efficient on-line instruction and assessment.

"The announcement of this dynamic, technology-based initiative represents a vital technological portal for launching other June Harless Center partnerships with other education and business agencies," Maynard said.

Frontier Communications Corporation (NYSE: FTR) offers voice, High-Speed Internet, satellite video, wireless Internet data access, data security solutions, bundled offerings, specialized bundles for small businesses and home offices, and advanced business communications Access Solutions for medium and large businesses in 27 states and with approximately 14,800 employees. More information is available at www.frontier.com and www.frontier.com/ir.

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Above: Dr. Stan Maynard, left, director of the June Harless Center, and Dennis Bloss, right, Area General Manager for Frontier Communications, unveil an oversized check for $200,000 today at Marshall University. Frontier presented the check to the June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development.

Below: Dr. Stan Maynard, left, director of the June Harless Center, Dr. Gayle Ormiston, provost at Marshall University, Dr. Robert Bookwalter, interim dean of Marshall's College of Education and Human Services, and Dennis Bloss, Area General Manager for Frontier Communications, stand around an oversized check for $200,000 today at Marshall University. Frontier presented the check to the June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development.

Below: From left, Sen. Bob Plymale, chair of the Senate Education Committee; Dennis Bloss, Area General Manager for Frontier Communications; Dr. Gayle Ormiston, provost at Marshall University; Dr. Stan Maynard, director of the June Harless Center; and Dr. Robert Bookwalter, dean of Marshall's College of Education and Human Services, pose behind an oversized check for $200,000 presented today by Frontier to the June Harless Center.

Photos by Rick Haye/Marshall University.


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Haiti expert to make presentation Feb. 9 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A special presentation by Haiti expert Kiran Jayaram one year after the earthquake that killed 300,000 people will take place Wednesday, Feb. 9 on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Jayaram, an anthropologist specializing in Haiti and a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University, will be talking about Haitian history and culture as well as the aftermath of the earthquake. He also will be speaking to several classes before and after his presentation.

The presentation, titled "Disaster in Haiti Then Came 2010," starts at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center Shawkey Room. It is free to the public and is sponsored by Latin American Studies, African American Studies, Multicultural Affairs, Modern Languages, Political Science, History and STAR (Students Taking Action and Response).

Dr. Chris White, associate professor in Marshall's history department and a member of the Latin American Studies committee, said the university became intimately involved in the relief effort by sending much-needed donations and medical personnel, "demonstrating our community's solidarity with that suffering island nation."

"Let's continue our solidarity with Haiti by attending this special presentation," White said.


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Marshall continues series on preparing for graduate school

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will continue its new workshop series for undergraduates, "Graduate School 101," at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, in the Student Resource Center in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

"We are hoping this series will be the first of many we will present to prepare our undergraduates for graduate school," said Dr. Donna Spindel, dean of the Graduate College, one of the sponsors of the series in addition to the Student Resource Center.

Tuesday's session will include a discussion about what graduate school is like by Josh Titlow, a recent M.S. graduate in biology; Lauren Angel, a current M.A. student in history; and Dr. Whitney Douglas, a Marshall faculty member in English who received her Ph.D. in 2008.

Here is a schedule for the remaining sessions of the series:

  • "What is Graduate School like?" - Tuesday, Feb. 8

  • "Graduate School Admissions Tests" - Tuesday, Feb. 22

  • "The Application Process" - Tuesday, March 8

  • "The Graduate School Interview" - Tuesday, March 29

  • "Preparing an Academic Resume" - Tuesday, April 12

  • "Letters of Recommendation" - Tuesday, April 26

All sessions will take place from 3:30 to 4 p.m. in the Student Resource Center.


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After-school STEM program planned at Marshall University for children in grades 1 through 5

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The June Harless Center at Marshall University will be conducting an after-school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program for children in grades 1 through 5.

Meetings of the STEM-tastic Club, which is part of the Harless Center's STEM outreach, will begin Thursday, Feb. 3, and continue from 3:30 to 5 p.m. each Thursday through April.  Meetings will be held in Jenkins Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus.

Children will participate in LEGO engineering projects in which students use their critical thinking skills to solve real-world problems.  One of this year's themes will be "Food Factor- Focusing on the Engineering Behind Keeping Food Safe."

The mission of the June Harless Center is to provide leadership in educational initiatives for West Virginia educators and students, providing educators and families of rural West Virginia with a support system that addresses educational problems, sustains school improvement and provides positive growth in all educational factors.

The June Harless Center currently has ongoing projects with many counties in the state providing support and professional development.  For more information, contact Jenny Nash by phone at 304-710-0990 or e-mail her at jennynash7@gmail.com.


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Poets from Ireland to read from their work Feb. 7 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Poets Kevin Higgins and Susan DuMars will read from their work at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, in the Shawkey Room of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Higgins is the author of three collections, most recently Frightening New Furniture from Salmon Poetry.  His work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including the Best of Irish Poetry 2009 and New British and Irish Poets (Bloodaxe, 2010). His first collection of poems, The Boy With No Face, was short-listed for the 2006 Strong Award.  He is co-organizer of Over The Edge literary events in Galway, Ireland and teaches at Galway Technical Institute.

DuMars is the author of the new collection of poems Big Pink Umbrella, as well as the chapbook Everyone Loves Me.  Her poems and short stories have been published widely in the United States, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Her poetry was included in the 2004 Anthology I, published by Ainnir, and she has received an Irish Arts Council Bursary for her fiction.  American Girls, a volume of her short stories, was published by Lapwing in 2007.  She lives in Galway, Ireland and co-directs the successful Over the Edge reading series.

Their appearance is sponsored by the Marshall Visiting Writers Series with support from the English Department, the College of Liberal Arts, Jenkins Fenstermaker PLLC, and the West Virginia Humanities Council.

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


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