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Special offer for Marshall supporters available for 2011 Greenbrier Classic Tournament

Marshall University to benefit from Badges for Charity Program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University alumni and friends can purchase an Alumni Badge and get one free for the 2011 Greenbrier Classic, a PGA event that takes place July 25-31 at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

 

A percentage of proceeds from each badge purchased will benefit Marshall University, thanks to The Greenbrier Classic Badges for Charity Program in partnership with The Marshall University Foundation, Inc.

 

The Alumni Badge provides tournament admittance for the entire week and access to special hospitality areas with air-conditioning, upgraded restroom facilities, flat-screen televisions to watch all the tournament action, complimentary dry snacks and non-alcoholic beverages (Monday and Tuesday), as well as unlimited tailgate style food and non-alcoholic beverages (Wednesday-Sunday).

Also, Marshall University coaches, administrators and alumni athletes will make special appearances. Weekly parking is included. Tickets to the 2011 Greenbrier Classic Concert Series with headliners Tim McGraw and Keith Urban are complimentary with purchase of an Alumni Badge.

Those interested in purchasing Alumni Badges during this promotion can do so online at www.greenbrierclassic.com, and apply the promotion code MUBOGO to the promotion discount field during check-out. Alumni Badges also may be purchased using the promotion code by calling the ticket hotline at 304-536-5322. Quantities are limited and early purchase is encouraged.

For additional information, contact Rebecca McPhail Randolph at 866-308-1346.


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Alumni Weekend is April 8-9 at Marshall University

Theme is 'Marshall Memories, Some Kind of Wonderful!'


HUNTINGTON, W.Va.
- Marshall University will celebrate Alumni Weekend 2011 Friday-Saturday, April 8-9, with numerous events highlighted by the 74th annual Alumni Awards Banquet.


The theme of Alumni Weekend is "Marshall Memories, Some Kind of Wonderful!" The Alumni Awards Banquet, in which distinguished Marshall alumni and friends are honored, is at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.


Alumni awards will be given to James L. Farley, of Cincinnati, Ohio; Rick Slater, of Huntington; Christopher Sizemore, of St. Albans, W.Va.; Samuel Moore, of Huntington; and posthumously to Dr. Roscoe Hale Jr., of Huntington. Dr. Caroline Perkins, professor of classics, will receive the Carolyn Hunter Faculty Service Award.


Farley will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Slater will receive the Service to Marshall award, Sizemore will receive the Young Alumni Award and Moore will receive the Community Achievement Award. Jeffrey Hale will receive the College of Education and Human Services Distinguished Alumni and Friends Award on behalf of his late father, Dr. Roscoe Hale Jr. Perkins, a member of the Marshall faculty since 1988, is chair of the Department of Classics, as well as interim chair of the Department of Modern Languages.


Also to be honored will be three students - Benjamin M. Jurevicius, a member of the Thundering Herd baseball team; Andrew Lowers, cheerleading; and Olivia J. Hughes, majorette for the marching band. Jurevicius will receive the Cam Henderson Scholarship Award and Lowers and Hughes will each receive the Nancy Pelphrey - Herd Village Scholarship.


"We are so thrilled to be honoring this wonderful group of alumni and students at the awards banquet," said Nancy Pelphrey, coordinator of Alumni Programs. "It promises to be a great, memorable event. In fact, the entire Alumni Weekend is filled with exciting events in which many old friendships will be renewed and memories shared. Hopefully, many alums who haven't been to campus for a while will join us for a spectacular weekend."


Here is a brief look at some of the events planned for Alumni Weekend 2011:


Friday, April 8

  • The Marshall University Alumni Association Board of Directors will meet in the Conference Center of the Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     

  • The first official event of Alumni Weekend is a Champagne Reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center. Cost is $15 per person. Tours of the building will follow. The Marshall University Chorus, under the direction of Assistant Professor Robert Wray, will perform during the reception.

Saturday, April 9

  • The third annual President's Coffee, hosted by the Marshall University Foundation, takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on the second-floor mezzanine in the Foundation Hall. Admission is free.  Call Ed Zimmerman at 304-696-3739 for more information.
     

  • The Class Luncheon will honor the Golden Reunion of the class of 1961 - the year Marshall was granted university status - and the Grand Class, which are those who graduated before 1961. This event begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Foundation Hall. Cost is $20 per person. A complimentary trolley tour of campus will follow the class luncheon.
     

  • The President's Social is from 6 to 7 p.m. on the Memorial Student Center plaza. Admission is free.
     

  • The Alumni Awards Banquet begins at 7 p.m. in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center. The cost is $50 per person and $95 per couple.
     

For more information about Alumni Weekend 2011 or to make reservations, call 304-696-2901.


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Marshall Recreation Center offers classes to motivate beginning and experienced 5K runners

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Crossing the finish line of a 5K race is all about taking the first step, and the Marshall Recreation Center is making that step easy with nine-week training sessions for runners planning to take part in the West Virginia 5K Championship.

 

Experts will work with runners at their own pace to prepare them for the 5K in June. Registration for the class also includes entry to the race, as well as a race T-shirt.

 

"The goal of the West Virginia 5K Championship has always been to promote running and fitness in our community," said Pat Riley, the director of the race. "The classes will help motivate more people and give them a goal to work toward."

 

Weekly classes will take place on Tuesday mornings or Thursday evenings. Registrants have a choice of morning sessions, which begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, or evening sessions, which begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21.

 

"Running helps people stay in shape and helps them reduce stress," said class instructor Mo Khan. "I am trying to get the participants to learn to pace themselves, but also perform their best."

 

Runners have the chance not only to achieve personally, but also earn rewards. Cash and special prizes are awarded to the top competitors in each category and overall.

 

The first-place overall runner will receive $300. The second-place runner will win $200, and third will win $100. The first-place winner in each age group will receive $50 and a special prize, and the second-place runner in each age group will receive $25.

 

The West Virginia 5K Championship will be Saturday, June 25 in downtown Huntington. Class participants will join more than 500 runners in more than 20 age categories.

 

Persons may sign up for the classes at the front desk in the Marshall Recreation Center on the Huntington campus. For more information, call Michele Muth at 304-696-2943.


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Marshall Executive MBA hosts information session April 1; next class of students to begin in July

SOUTH CHARLESTON - The Marshall University Lewis College of Business is looking for professionals interested in earning an accredited Executive MBA. The next cohort will begin classes in July 2011.

 

There will be an informational session from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 1, in the Allegheny Room of the Marriott Town Center, 200 Lee St. E., Charleston. Professors and administrators will be on hand to answer questions about admissions, curriculum, financial aid and offerings unique to the Marshall program.

 

The Marshall University Executive MBA is an accelerated program focusing on the needs of working professionals so they can earn an internationally accredited MBA without great disruption to work and family schedules. The program is comprised of 12 face-to-face cutting-edge courses taught over a 16-month time frame. It follows a cohort format (students move through the program as a team in a set sequence) and meets on Saturdays at the Marshall University South Charleston campus.

 

Diverse classes focus on business ethics, leadership and global issues that, along with management skills and tools, are crafted to enrich the career accomplishments of students with or without business backgrounds. The program also includes a domestic business trip as well as an international residency abroad.

 

Dr. Gayle L. Ormiston, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs, encourages interested professionals to consider current economic challenges when deciding to pursue advanced degrees.

 

"In today's economy, America's corporate culture is re-thinking how to plan and how to conduct business ethically and efficiently," Ormiston said. "Despite the current economic obstacles facing us all, we must consider the business challenges of the time as a critical moment of opportunity for educational enrichment, personal growth, and the chance to diversify our professional skill sets."

 

For more information, call 304-696-2627 or go to http://www.marshall.edu/lcob/graduate/emba/.

 

The current Executive MBA cohort is finishing its capstone course and will be hooded in a ceremony in Charleston on May 14 after completing an international residency in Frankfurt, Germany, and Budapest, Hungary.


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First 'Stand for Women' Conference set for April 2 at Pullman Hotel

Marshall University Women's Studies Program is host

 

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Women's Studies Program will host the first "Stand for Women" Conference Saturday, April 2, at the Pullman Plaza Hotel in downtown Huntington.

 

Dr. Wendy R. Williams, director of the Women's Studies Program and conference organizer, said the event was conceived to be a regional academic conference dedicated to crossing boundaries between disciplines and exploring a wide range of women's issues.

 

With the theme "Stand up. Stand out. Stand With. Stand for Women," the works presented at the conference are an exploration of the role that activism plays in women's lives. As such, the presentations examine both the historical roots of women's activism as well as present day activists. They examine the global context of women's lives, and they examine the personal and political consequences of policies that affect women.

 

"This is going to be a wonderful conference filled with exciting panels, presentations and discussions," Williams said. "Through a variety of mediums (art, literature, social inquiry, etc.), the presentations will examine women's action, and we hope it will inspire people to take action of their own."

 

Leslee Browning, who is the graduate assistant for the Women's Studies Program, added, "It is a great opportunity for students to present their work, as well as to network with other people interested in women's issues and activism."

 

Seventy people representing six states (West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Indiana) and one international country (Australia) have registered for the conference.

 

The opening session will begin at 8:15 a.m. and the conference will end at 7:30 p.m.  At lunch, author Marie Manilla will give the plenary talk and read from her highly acclaimed new novel "Still Life with Plums." The conference also will feature a keynote speech by Zohreh Sullivan, who will be discussing her book, "Exiled Memories: Stories of the Iranian Diaspora."

 

Space still is available for those wanting to attend the conference, and individuals wishing to register for the event can contact Williams via email at williamw@marshall.edu. More information on the conference can be found on the Women's Studies homepage, www.marshall.edu/womenstu.


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Marshall University's College of Health Professions to offer first Bachelor of Science in Public Health in West Virginia

 

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's College of Health Professions is offering a new bachelor program in Public Health on its Huntington campus, the first such degree to be offered in West Virginia.

 

"Public health is an exciting and growing field of study, and challenges its professionals to confront complex health issues, such as improving access to health care particularly in remote areas of West Virginia, controlling infectious disease, and reducing environmental hazards, violence, substance abuse and injury," said Dr. Michael Prewitt, dean of the College of Health Professions.

 

"This degree will expose our students to the principles of public health necessary to assist West Virginians move toward living a healthier lifestyle."

 

Marshall is a regional university with ties across the state and is uniquely situated close to the southern counties of West Virginia where the need for better public health infrastructure and access is the greatest. The addition of the Marshall University medical training facility located in Chapmanville greatly enhances the visibility of Marshall and its resources in southern West Virginia and is complimentary to other ongoing efforts in the region.

 

This is the first of the public health programs planned for Marshall University. The Master of Science in Public Health is currently in the final stages of development and should be available to MU students in the near future.

 

"We are working with our communities to identify areas of health care disparities and then developing programs of study that will alleviate concerns that have been identified," said COHP Associate Dean Charles Hossler. "Given the poor health status of West Virginians documented in nearly every government report, public health is certainly one area of concern identified and new programs in public health are essential to improving the health status of our citizens in West Virginia." 

 

Public health professionals work to optimize the health of populations and communities through participation in scholarship of discovery, integration and teaching. Their goal is preventing problems from happening or re-occurring through implementing educational programs, developing policies, administering services and conducting and applying research.

 

In contrast, clinical professionals such as doctors and nurses focus primarily on treating individuals with illnesses or injuries. The field is deeply concerned with limiting health disparities. A large part of public health is the fight for health care equity, quality and accessibility for marginalized and disparate populations.

 

Admissions to Public Health begin now for the fall 2011 inaugural class. For applications, persons may contact the admissions office of Marshall University at 1-800-642-3499 or 1-304-696-3160. More information is available on the College of Health Professions Web pages or by calling the college at 304-696-2620.


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Marshall journalism professor earns first-place award for seventh time



HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - For the fifth year in a row and seventh in eight years, Marshall University Professor Dan Hollis has earned a first place in the National Broadcasting Society's professional competition.

Hollis won in the Video News, Sports, or Public Affairs category for a feature on a kickball league in Huntington. He received his award in mid-March in Los Angeles.

"Kickball has all the elements of a great story," said Hollis, an associate professor in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications. "Great action, great sound and great people are involved. I really enjoyed shooting, writing and editing it.

All three videos can be seen on www.youtube.com.

Hollis uses the videos he shoots to illustrate key elements of storytelling to his classes and to kick start class discussions. He has been with Marshall since 1999.


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Marshall University to co-sponsor summit focusing on obesity in Appalachia



HUNTINGTON, W.Va.
- Marshall University is partnering with the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Kentucky (UK) to present a one-day conference, "Appalachian Health Summit:  Focus on Obesity," on April 21 at the Lexington Convention Center.

Four Marshall researchers will present at the conference, and others will participate in the conference's scientific sessions, which will address the obesity problem from angles as diverse as research collaboratives and social networking.

Dr. Richard M. Niles, the Marshall medical school's senior associate dean for research and graduate education, said that although the summit is a scientific-based conference targeted at faculty and research personnel, anyone interested in improving the health status of citizens across the region is encouraged to attend the free program.

"We hope to also have representation from government agencies, private foundations and community organizations," added Niles, who will lead a session about the relationship between obesity and cancer.

Noting that the obesity problem is more prevalent in Appalachia than elsewhere, Niles said links between obesity and diseases such as diabetes and hypertension are well recognized, but the fact that obesity increases the risk for multiple types of cancer is less well known.

"Marshall has a number of faculty members doing research in this important field. The summit is designed to help us learn more about the obesity problem and its prevalence, and to map strategies to counteract it," he said.

Also presenting will be Dr. W. Elaine Hardman, director of the Marshall University Nutrition and Cancer Center, Dr. Nalini Santanam, professor of pharmacology, physiology and toxicology, and Dr. Richard Crespo, professor of family and community health.

The summit will feature a keynote address by Dr. William Dietz, director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Other sessions will focus on health disparities and health behaviors in Appalachia; childhood obesity, food and nutrition; research networks and collaboratives; and social networking for energy balance.

The summit is the kickoff event for the Appalachian Translational Research Network, whose mission is to enhance research collaborations among partner institutions, and to establish a platform for interaction and sharing best practices among academic institutions, healthcare providers and community organizations.

In addition to Marshall and UK, summit partners include the Appalachian Regional Commission, Ohio State University, Pikeville College and the University of Cincinnati.

There is no registration fee for the conference; however, anyone planning to attend must register online.

For more information or to register, visit http://ccts.uky.edu/events


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Visiting Writers Series to present centennial celebration of late West Virginia Poet Laureate Louise McNeill

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Visiting Writers Series will present a centennial celebration of the late West Virginia Poet Laureate Louise McNeill on Monday, April 4.

The celebration will feature noted area poets Mark DeFoe, Marianne Worthington, Devon McNamara and Chris Green.  They will present a panel on the life and work of McNeill at 3:30 p.m. and a tribute poetry reading at 7:30 p.m. Both events will take place in the Shawkey Room of the Memorial Student Center on MU's Huntington campus.

Until her death in 1993, McNeill was West Virginia Poet Laureate for 16 years.  Her work was widely published in national magazines like Atlantic Monthly and Saturday Review during her lifetime. Hill Daughter, her selected poems, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 1991, and her poems continue to be anthologized.  A new edition of her seminal work, Paradox Hill, was published by West Virginia University Press in 2009.

DeFoe is the author of nine chapbooks of poems. His work has appeared in many journals and anthologies. He has conducted workshops for writers of all ages and has read his work at colleges, libraries and art centers. DeFoe has received two Artists Fellowships from the state of West Virginia. He is professor emeritus at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

McNamara's poems, essays and reviews have appeared widely in literary journals.  Her new poetry collection is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry of Ireland.  She is the recipient of a fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council and from the Yaddo Arts Community.  She has conducted writing workshops throughout West Virginia and has served on the Governor's Task Force on Arts in Education.  She is Professor of English, Irish Literature, and Creative Writing at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Green, a poet and scholar, is the author of Rushlight, a new collection of poems.  He co-edited Coal: A Poetry Anthology and recently published a major historical study of race and social justice in Appalachian writing, The Social Life of Poetry (Palgrave Macmillan).  He teaches writing and literature in Marshall University's English department.

Worthington is the author of Larger Bodies Than Mine, which was chosen for the New Women's Voices Series and received the 2007 Appalachian Book of the Year Award in Poetry. She has published both poems and non-fiction in a variety of literary and scholarly journals. She is an associate professor of Communication Arts and Journalism at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky.

The panel and reading are free and open to the public.  The Visiting Writers Series is supported by the Marshall English Department, the College of Liberal Arts 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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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation funds Marshall research

 

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has awarded a Marshall University scientist a two-year, $194,400 grant.

 

The grant to Dr. Hongwei Yu, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at the university's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, will help further his lab's work to explore the factors that control the overproduction of mucus in the lungs of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients.

 

According to Yu, chronic bronchial pneumonia caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a life-threatening condition for patients with CF.

 

"During these infections in CF patients, the bacterium is capable of producing copious amounts of alginate - a thick, sugar-like polymer that plugs the airways, making breathing difficult," he said. "The alginate also helps form a thick, slimy 'biofilm' around the colonies of bacteria, protecting them from the body's immune defense mechanisms and making antibiotic treatment less effective."

 

Yu said the long-range goal of his research is to better understand the mechanisms of how this bacterium regulates production of the alginate biofilms in order to develop a more effective treatment option to inhibit or suppress the formation of alginate biofilms in the lungs of CF patients.

 

"For this project, we will be accessing the relevance of two newly identified proteins that act as alginate regulators. Once the mechanisms controlling alginate production are fully understood, it may be possible to improve treatment of these bacterial infections in CF patients by modulating or suppressing that production," he added.

 

Dr. John Maher, Marshall's vice president for research, congratulated Yu and praised him and his team for obtaining the grant.

 

"Dr. Yu's work is an excellent example of the vital research here at Marshall University that can affect the health and welfare of people everywhere. Research in his lab has the potential to have a real impact on the quality of life for people with cystic fibrosis," said Maher.

 

Maher also noted that Yu's research has had a regional economic development impact, saying his work has led to a patent and the development of Progenesis Technologies LLC, a West Virginia-based biotech research and development company. A second patent is pending.

 

Prior to joining Marshall in 1999, Yu was on the research faculty of the University of Michigan Medical School. In addition to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, his work has been funded by NASA, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the West Virginia NASA Space Grant Consortium.


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About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world's leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. The foundation funds more CF research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of foundation support. Based in Bethesda, Md., the foundation also supports and accredits a national care center network that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease. The CF Foundation is a donor-supported nonprofit organization. For more information, go to www.cff.org.


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Ivy Academy at Marshall focuses on leadership, self-esteem, motivation

 

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Seventy Tri-State Area young women in grades 8-12 will visit Marshall University's Huntington campus Friday, April 1 to take part in the Ivy Academy, a leadership conference sponsored by MU's Office of Multicultural Affairs in partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Beta Tau Omega chapter.

 

The conference, which runs from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center, will feature a Marshall University admissions fair and interactive workshops focused on leadership, self-esteem and motivation.  The highlight of the academy will be the Girls Rock & Rule Luncheon where participants will network with women on campus and community leaders.

 

"I am thrilled to welcome 70 young women to the Ivy Academy at Marshall University for a focus on leadership and self-esteem enhancement," said Dr. Shari Clarke, Vice President of Multicultural Affairs. "We hope the day will fulfill all expectations for this exciting event. I welcome the opportunity for future collaborations between Marshall University, area schools and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc."

 

Tish Norman, M.Ed, will be the conference's keynote speaker. She is the founder of Transforming Leaders Now, Inc., a consulting company that provides educational programs in leadership and personal development.  She has been educating students and addressing large crowds for more than a decade and is an influential voice on topics such as African-American culture, women, leadership and education. 

 

Norman previously was in show business, performing in motion pictures such as Phone Booth, Two Can Play That Game, and A View from the Top.  She's also appeared on television's Boston Public, The Practice and The Jamie Foxx Show. 

 

She is a former beauty queen, having held the titles of Miss Black Cincinnati, Miss San Diego All-American, and 1st runner up to Miss Black California.  Her greatest passion, however, is using humor, energy and stylish motivation to deliver her highly regarded programs that teach audiences practical approaches to valuable success strategies.

 

This award-winning speaker has addressed audiences in 39 states nationwide, as well as Ireland, Scotland, Australia, the UK and The British Virgin Islands. She is a cum laude graduate of Kentucky State University and earned a master's in Education from Pepperdine University.

 

Norman will speak at about 12:15 p.m. in Room BE 5 of the student center, which is where most of the conference will take place.


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Five to be inducted into Business Hall of Fame at Marshall University

 

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Five successful business leaders, including a husband and wife, will be honored by Marshall University when they are inducted into the Lewis College of Business Hall of Fame Tuesday, April 26.

 

This year's inductees are Bob Agee, currently vice president of Frederick Holding Company; Earleen Agee, of C.F. Reuschlein Company and vice president of Leigh-Hi Corporation;  Joe Gillette, a franchisee for Wendy's and owner of 16 restaurants; Bob O'Dell, co-founder of Lanham, O'Dell & Company, Inc., certified financial planners; and Brad Smith, president and chief executive officer of Intuit.

 

The induction reception and ceremony will take place in the Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center, on the Huntington campus.  The celebration will begin with a VIP reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by a general reception at 6:15 p.m. and an awards ceremony at 7 p.m.

 

The Hall of Fame honors those people in the business community who have an outstanding record of long-standing achievement in their career fields.  It is the most distinguished honor granted by the Lewis College of Business.

 

"I would like to congratulate all five inductees of the LCOB Hall of Fame for this year's event," said Dr. Chong Kim, dean of the College of Business.  "It is a life award conferred upon leaders who have an outstanding record of achievement in their fields and have dedicated themselves to excellence."

 

Here is a look at each of the 2011 inductees:

 

Bob Agee grew up in Huntington and attended among other schools, Marshall Model School.  He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English in 1951. After employment as a foreman with Zenith Optical Company, he enlisted in the Navy where he was a personnel administrative officer in a Tactical Air Squadron.

 

After leaving the service in 1956, he joined the family owned Heiner's Bakery and eventually became vice president and secretary as sales grew from $2 million to $43 million.  He also was vice president/secretary of the former Agee Department Store and Bankers Finance Corporations.

 

Devoted to community service, he served as president of the Huntington YMCA, and was a board member of the Salvation Army, Elkins College and the Huntington Municipal Parking Authority.  He chaired the major gifts division of United Way, and was the president of Stella Fuller Settlement, Inc., for 25 years.  Currently he is Vice President of Frederick Holding Company and a member of the Board of Directors of Huntington Federal Savings Bank.  He and his wife, Earleen, met in 1950 and were married in 1952.

 

Earleen Heiner Agee attended Marshall Model School from grades one through 12.  She graduated from Stephens College with an AA degree in 1952 and earned a B.A. in Art from Marshall  in 1972.  A tireless volunteer, she served as president of the local Red Cross and was active with its "Bundles for Britain" program where she and other volunteers knitted countless bandages which were used for soldiers around the world.

 

A member of the Junior League, she continues to knit caps for cancer patients who are undergoing treatment.  She has been secretary for the Marshall University Foundation for a number of years and also serves as the secretary of the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation.  A former chairman of the Junior Art Museum and board member of the City of Huntington Foundation, she also was a founding board member of Hospice.  She has been a pioneer in the development of quality downtown living facilities.

 

Gillette's association with Marshall University began in 1969 when as a first-team All-Ohio defensive end and wide receiver, he was recruited to play football for the Thundering Herd.  A shoulder injury would limit him to one season's service but he went on to graduate in 1973.  Today he is a franchisee for Wendy's and the owner of 16 restaurants,

 

Gillette is on the board of the Society of Yeager Scholars and has served as president of the Thunder Club which helps with financial support for Marshall's athletic department staff.  He is a past president of the Atlanta, Ga., chapter of the Marshall Alumni Association.  He and his wife, Pat, have actively supported Marshall for many years.

 

In addition to generous financial support, he has provided dedicated leadership by serving on numerous boards of directors, including the Society of Yeager Scholars, the MU Alumni Association and the Marshall Foundation.  In 2006, he established the Joseph M. Gillette Scholar award, named in memory of his father, which goes to a student selected to be a Yeager Scholar.

 

O'Dell graduated from Marshall in 1974 with a B.A. degree in Business Administration.  In 1981, along with David Lanham,  he co-founded Lanham, O'Dell & Company, Inc., and the two were the first Certified Financial Planners in West Virginia through the 1980s.  Today, the company is focused exclusively on being a leader nationally in risk adjusted performance in the investment management profession.

 

He serves as president and chief investment officer for the company which is the oldest and largest privately held Registered Investment Adviser in the state.   The company serves clients located in 31 states from its corporate headquarters in Hurricane, W.Va.

 

Since his graduation he has been active in community leadership in Putnam County and the Advantage Valley, an organization focused on regional economic development.   He was involved from the inception with the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and Tri-County YMCA and served as board chairman for each group.  He was active in helping start Putnam General Hospital which today is CAMC, Teays  Valley.

 

O'Dell has long taken an interest in the local public school system and helped form a Rotary Club in Putnam County. While serving on the West Virginia Roundtable he reviewed potential solutions for the state's underfunded public retirement plans.  For their continuing efforts, he and his associates at Lanham and O'Dell have been recognized with Putnam County's highest individual and corporate honors for community service.

 

Smith, who is from Kenova, has a B.A. degree in Business Administration from Marshall and a master's degree in Management from Aquinas College in Michigan. He became president and chief executive officer of Intuit in January, 2008, culminating a five-year rise through the company where he successfully led several of its major businesses. Intuit is a leading provider of business and financial management solutions for small and mid-sized businesses, financial institutions, consumers and accounting professionals and is consistently ranked as one of the most-admired software companies and best places to work.

 

Before being named CEO, Smith was senior vice president and general manager of Intuit's   Small Business Division.  Appointed to this position in 2006, he was responsible for the division which included the portfolio of QuickBooks, Quicken and Payroll products serving seven million small businesses.  Prior to that he led the company's Consumer Tax Group in San Diego, a group that produces TurboTax, the nation's leading tax preparation software.

 

He joined the company in 2003 as vice president and general manager of Intuit's Accountant Central and Development Network. Previously he was senior vice president of marketing and business development at ADP and also held various sales, marketing and general management positions with Pepsi, Seven-Up and Advo, Inc.


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Research at Marshall University may lead to new treatments for Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders

 

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A group of scientists at Marshall University is conducting research that may someday lead to new treatments for repair of the central nervous system.

 

Dr. Elmer M. Price, who heads the research team and is chairman of Marshall's Department of Biological Sciences, said his group has identified and analyzed unique adult animal stem cells that can turn into neurons.

 

Price said the neurons they found appear to have many of the qualities desired for cells being used in development of therapies for slowly progressing, degenerative conditions like Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease and multiple sclerosis, and for damage due to stroke or spinal cord injury.

 

According to Price, what makes the discovery especially interesting is that the source of these neural stem cells is adult blood, a readily available and safe source. Unlike embryonic stem cells, which have a tendency to cause cancer when transplanted for therapy, adult stems like those identified in Price's lab are found in the bodies of all living animals and do not appear to be carcinogenic.

 

"Neural stem cells are usually found in specific regions of the brain, but our observation of neural-like stem cells in blood raises the potential that this may prove to be a source of cells for therapies aimed at neurological disorders," Price added.

 

So far, the group at Marshall has been able to isolate the unique neural cells from pig blood. Price said pigs are often used as models of human diseases due to their anatomical and physiological similarities to humans. In the future, his lab will work to isolate similar cells from human blood, paving the way for patients to perhaps one day be treated with stem cells derived from their own blood.

 

The team's research was published in a recent issue of the Journal of Cellular Physiology. The lead author of the article is Dr. Nadja Spitzer, a research associate in Price's lab. Other contributors include Dr. Lawrence M. Grover, a ssociate professor of pharmacology, physiology and toxicology at Marshall's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine; and Gregory S. Sammons and Heather M. Butts, who were both undergraduate students when the research was conducted.

 

The study was supported with funding from the National Science Foundation's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and the National Institutes of Health.

 

For more information, contact Price at pricee@marshall.edu or call 304-696-3611.


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A reverend, a pastor, and ping pong training this week on 'Up Late'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - This week, Pastor Steve Willis visits the set of Marshall University's student-produced show "Up Late."

Willis is most widely known for joining the mission of celebrity TV chef Jamie Oliver when he came to Huntington to tape "Food Revolution." He talks with host Jamie LoFiego about his travels with the "Revolution" crew on the talk show circuit. Willis gains co-host Kyle Hobstetter's respect for meeting his hero, Justin Bieber.

This week, Derek Hagler, a junior radio-TV major from Charleston, and Pete Wilson, a junior radio-TV major from Lewis County, gear up for spring break with some interesting exercises and some rigorous ping pong cross training.

Reverend Jimmy Nash, a junior broadcast major from Huntington, reports on Huntington campus action.  Plus, fans can look forward to another installment of "A Random Fish."

This week's musical guest is Alexis Cunningham, a freshman from Huntington. She is a singer-songwriter who began writing songs when she was 7. At the age of 16, her grandfather bought her a guitar and she got serious about her music. She performs "When Summer Comes" on the show.

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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Authors to discuss upcoming book about Huntington's efforts to build a healthy food culture

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Marshall University alumnus and Charleston native Brent Cunningham will discuss his upcoming book on the effort to build a healthy food culture in Huntington.


His talk - "The Revolution Has Been Televised. Now What?" - will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at the Marshall University South Charleston Campus Library, 100 Angus E. Peyton Dr. The event is hosted by the Greater Kanawha Valley Alumni Club.


Cunningham and his wife, former Washington Post food writer Jane Black, are exploring Huntington's struggle to change the way it eats and whether the food "revolution" can cross geographical, cultural and class boundaries in the wake of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's Emmy-winning TV series, "Food Revolution." Oliver focused on Huntington because it had been dubbed the unhealthiest city in America based on government statistics.

Cunningham attended Marshall University from 1984 to 1990 earning a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in political science. He worked at the Charleston Daily Mail before moving on to write for The Nation, The Washington Post, USA Today,  CNN.com and Harvard's Neiman Reports, among other publications.

He is now Managing Editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, the nation's oldest journal of media criticism, as well as a member of the adjunct faculty at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism. He has been a lecturer at the American Journalism Center Budapest and at Hungary's Etvs Lorand University and h is critical writing on the press was included in the anthology "Our Unfree Press: 100 Years of Radical Media Criticism."

Black covers food politics, trends and sustainability issues and has written for the likes of the BBC, Businessweek Online, Boston Magazine, Food & Wine, The New York Times, Slate, Gourmet and Body & Soul. She attended the Leiths School of Food and Wine in London and her podcast, Smart Food, airs on Edible Radio.


Their new book is set to be published by Simon & Schuster in 2013.


Black is now unable to attend Tuesday's event with Cunningham due to unexpected obligations regarding the book.

 

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.


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Marshall spinathon raises more than $3,000 for Paul Ambrose trail

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's chapter of the American Medical Association Medical Student Section partnered with the Marshall Recreation Center to host the second annual Pedal-for-PATH Spinathon to benefit the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health (PATH) on Tuesday, March 15.

Ambrose was a graduate of the Marshall University School of Medicine and was working with the Surgeon General to raise awareness about obesity when he was killed in one of the attacks of September 11, 2001.

In his memory, the Rahall Transportation Institute and the City of Huntington have designed a 26-mile trail system to encourage active lifestyles and alternative modes of transportation.  The Pedal-for-PATH fundraiser brought together more than 80 members of the community and raised nearly $3,000 for the proposed trail system.

Participants were eligible for door prizes donated by many local businesses including Marshall Recreation Center, Velocity Bicycles, the HIT Center, Crossfit Thunder, Fat Patty's, Chili Willi's, Dick's Sporting Goods, Outback Steakhouse, Qdoba, Latta's Toy Station, The Pottery Place, Huntington Physical Therapy, Top Hat Ballroom Dancing, The Shape Shop, Jimmy John's, Professional Hair Design, Starbucks, Glenn's Sporting Goods, Taste of Asia, Max & Erma's, Jeff's Bike Shop, Robert's Running & Walking Shop, Pita Pit, Jim's Steak & Spaghetti House, Gino's, Buddy's BBQ, Stadium Bookstore, Chili's, 3rd & 9th Deli, The Thai House, Huntington Road Runners, Uno's, Jared Miller Tennis and Ritter Park Tennis Center. 

The 2012 Pedal-for-PATH will take place during the week of St. Patrick's Day.


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Marshall University public relations academic program wins top honor for campaign

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A Marshall University academic program has received a diamond - award, that is.

The public relations academic program in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall was recently awarded the Diamond Award from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) East Central District (ECD), which includes 11 PRSA chapters in a six-state region.

Terry Hapney, assistant professor of public relations at MU, said the Helping Hungry Hearts campaign agency - composed of 22 graduate and undergraduate public relations students - received the "highly selective" award based on their 2010 campaign work for the Huntington Area Food Bank. The award was in the "Campaigns" division for "Community Relations" programs.

"This year's contest included 74 entries from 11 ECD chapters," Hapney said. "My spring 2010 JMC 439/539 - Public Relations Campaign Management - class, as the Helping Hungry Hearts agency, received the Diamond Award. I'm very proud of my students and the high-quality work they produced for a worthy cause."

Hapney said the contest judges came from the Capital Region New York chapter of PRSA and were very complimentary of the quality of the contest entries. 

The East Central District includes West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

"We were the only university public relations academic program to receive this prestigious award," Hapney said.

Students in the public relations campaign management class carried out the research, planning, communication and evaluation of a complete public relations campaign for the HAFB, Hapney said.

"The Media Relations, Creative, Business and Promotions team members - composed of my students - did an excellent job producing and carrying out plans, and creating tactics to communicate with all involved publics, based on the research the students had conducted," Hapney said. "It was a very successful campaign, and I'm pleased my students were recognized for pouring their hearts and souls into it."

Kaylin Adkins, resource development and marketing assistant with United Way of the River Cities and 2010 MU public relations alumna, said she feels fortunate to have worked on this public relations campaign.

"Helping Hungry Hearts was an exceedingly successful campaign, and it garnered support from Marshall University and the entire Tri-State community," Adkins said. "Winning a PRSA Diamond Award is the icing on the cake, per se. We all knew that we tried our best to outreach to multiple publics, and now we know that we were successful in our endeavors. Not only does the Tri-State community know about the campaign, but people in other states do as well. It means a lot to me to have been associated with this campaign and the group of students who made it all possible."

Adkins said the campaign changed her perspective on the field of public relations.

"It prepared me to handle situations once I graduated from Marshall University," she said. "Public relations courses in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications have already helped me immensely in my career. They are versatile enough to accommodate each realm of public relations, and each course is valuable. These courses go beyond obtaining a degree. They will aid future PR practitioners for the rest of their careers."

Whitney Somerville, volunteer development specialist for the American Red Cross, Mid Alabama Region in Birmingham, Ala., and a 2010 MU public relations master's degree recipient, said winning this award was "gratifying" because the students put their hearts into every aspect of the campaign.

"It was much more than a grade to our class and I think this award represents our dedication," Somerville said. "I'm very honored to have been part of such a successful public relations campaign. The MU public relations academic program has given me an extra boost of confidence in my work and self as I pursue my career goals. Marshall's School of Journalism and Mass Communications allows students to learn beyond textbooks and actually practice what we are taught in a professional, hands-on setting."

Helping Hungry Hearts raised more than $10,000 for the HAFB during spring 2010, and other campaigns executed by MU public relations students have raised a total of $50,000 for worthy causes during two academic years, Hapney said. Money was used to purchase food for distribution to food pantries in the West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio Tri-State region, as well as benefitting other nonprofit causes.

For more information about the public relations academic program in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University, visit www.marshall.edu/sojmc on the Web, or call 304-696-2735.

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Photo: The Public Relations Society of America East Central Division awarded the public relations academic program in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University the Diamond Award recently. PRSA-WV chapter officials make the official presentation in Charleston. From left to right are PRSA-WV Chapter President-elect Debbie Starks, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield; Terry Hapney, assistant professor of public relations at MU; Kaylin Adkins, MU PR alumna from the United Way; Jessica Wintz, MU PR alumna from The Education Alliance; Corley Dennison, dean of the MU School of Journalism and Mass Communications; and PRSA-WV Chapter President Lisa Wharton, Saint Joseph's Hospital.  


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Medical Technology degree program transitions to online format

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's College of Health Professions has transitioned its Medical Technology degree program to an online format, thus becoming the first MT program offered completely online in West Virginia. 

"Marshall University is proud to be the first in West Virginia to offer the complete Medical Technology degree program online," said Dr. Charles Hossler, associate dean of the College of Health Professions. "This unique feature allows folks working in the field the opportunity to further their education without having to sacrifice their incomes or schedules."

Hossler said graduates continue to receive high quality courses, but with the convenience of completing their assignments in their local communities or at home. The totally online format was implemented this spring.

"Our students have been very responsive to our online BSMT degree," said Jennifer Perry, department chairperson for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. "Most students obtain full-time employment in laboratories after completing the associate degree in Medical Laboratory Technology, so this online format offers the flexibility they need to further their education, which gives them options for advanced positions in the field."

Students entering the MT program join one of the fastest growing health profession fields in the country. Marshall's MT program offers students with the associate degree in laboratory science and the Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLT) the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree with minimal interruption to their daily schedules.

 

Being based heavily in the sciences, the MT degree serves as a natural springboard to other master or doctoral level programs. For example, with little modifications to the original curriculum, the MT degree offers an excellent choice for a pre-medicine degree.

 

Hossler said timing for the change to an online format is opportunistic. Across the nation there remains a deficit of applicants for well compensated professional positions in the field of laboratory sciences. Nearly every facility that employs MTs has current openings and the need for more MTs is expected to increase rapidly over the next decade.

 

The MT program at Marshall University is fully accredited through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

Admissions to the Medical Technology online program are accepted on a rolling basis. For applications, persons may contact Perry by phone at 304-696-3188 or by e-mail at jennifer.perry@marshall.edu.

Information is available on the College of Health Professions Web pages or by calling the college at 304-696-2620.

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Marshall freshman is West Virginia finalist for National Symphony Summer Music Institute

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - John Bruce, a freshman trombone and music education major at Marshall University, was named as one of the five finalists from West Virginia for the National Symphony Summer Music Institute. He is now awaiting the results of the national judging, which will determine if he is able to participate in the program.

Bruce, who has played trombone for about nine years, credits trombone professor Dr. Michael Stroeher for getting him involved in the competition.

"Dr. Stroeher sent me the information and asked me if I was interested in auditioning for the program," Bruce said. "The music faculty are not only great teachers, but great players.  Studying with Dr. Stroeher has improved my abilities by a lot."

The Kennedy Center/National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute is a 4-week summer music program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., for student instrumentalists. The program is designed for serious music students between the ages of 15 and 20.  Each student accepted into the program attends on a full scholarship.

Bruce,  the son of Robert and Patricia Bruce of Huntington, is a 2010 graduate of Huntington High School. He is a member of the Marshall University Wind Symphony and Trombone Choir, and was previously a member of the Cabell All-County Band, the All-Area Band, the Marshall and Morehead honor bands, and the West Virginia All-State Band. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in July 2010.


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Alumni Awards Banquet set for April 9 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Alumni Association will host the 74th annual Alumni Awards Banquet Saturday, April 9, on the Huntington campus.

One distinguished alumnus, four other outstanding alumni and one distinguished faculty member will be among those honored at events April 8-9.  Alumni awards will be given to James L. Farley of Cincinnati, Ohio; Rick Slater of Charleston, W.Va.; Christopher Sizemore of St. Albans, W.Va.; the Rev. Samuel Moore of Huntington, W.Va.;  Dr. Caroline A. Perkins  of Huntington, W.Va., and posthumously to Dr. Roscoe Hale Jr. of Huntington.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award, given to an alum for outstanding national achievement in his or her particular field of endeavor, will be awarded to Farley, a graduate of Marsh Fork High School, who earned his B.B.A. degree from Marshall in 1965 and his master's degree in Hospital Administration from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University in 1967.

He is the president, managing partner and co-founder of Nursing Care Management of America Inc., a privately held health care company with ownership and management of long-term care nursing facilities and home health and hospice care companies in several states.

Professionally, he served as a hospital executive for 13 years, including serving as assistant administrator of Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, and as administrator of Pleasant Valley Hospital in Point Pleasant, W.Va. He was president of the West Virginia Hospital Association in Charleston, W.Va., for two years and president of the 11-state Southeastern Hospital Conference with its regional office located in Montgomery, Ala.

He served on the Ohio Health Care Administrators Licensure Board in Columbus for six years, including four years as chairman.  He was honored as the Most Outstanding Young Hospital Administrator in the nation with the Hudgens Award in 1977 by the American College of Hospital Executives.

Farley served on the board of the American College of Health Care Administrators for 10 years and was elected national president and chairman of that organization, serving from 1989 to 1990. In southwest Ohio, he assisted several universities with their health care administration programs, including service on the advisory boards of Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati and as a lecturer and preceptor at Miami University.

Highly active in civic and community organizations, he served as president of his local Chamber of Commerce, a bank director, and a member of the Rotary Club. Farley has served in many capacities as a volunteer in the tennis community at the local, regional and national levels.  He served as president of the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Association for four years and chaired various committees of the GCTA, the Ohio Valley Tennis Association and the USTA/Midwest Tennis Association.

In 2010, Farley was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame Board of Directors and in 1990, the Jim and Bobbie Farley family was selected by the United State Tennis Association as the National Tennis Family of the Year. 

Farley has served Marshall University in a variety of ways, including serving as National President of the Marshall University Alumni Association from 1973 to 1975. In 1980, the Marshall University Alumni Association honored him with the Distinguished Community Service Award. 

Slater, who earned his B.S. degree from Marshall, will receive the Distinguished Service to Marshall award. Currently serving as the chair of the advisory board for the Lewis College of Business, he is a corporate tax consultant and Managing Member of Dixon Hughes West Virginia.

Slater and Dixon Hughes helped Marshall's accounting department become one of only 169 programs in the world to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).   In addition, Slater helped Dixon Hughes form the Passion & Excellence Scholarship, which is awarded to outstanding accounting majors at Marshall and West Virginia University each year. Dixon Hughes also hosts an internship program each summer at which the majority are often from Marshall.

Slater and other Dixon Hughes staff members regularly donate time and resources to the professional development of Marshall's accounting students. Dixon Hughes donated laptops to the Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) honor fraternity to assist its VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. Slater was named BAP's Business Professional of the Year for 2009.

Sizemore, who received his M.B.A. degree from Marshall, will receive the Young Alumni Award. He is the CEO of Loop Pharmacy in St. Albans, W.Va.

Sizemore is active in organizations in his community and state, in addition to the alumni association. In his local area, he serves as chair of the United Way, as secretary of the St. Albans Rotary Club and as a member of the St. Albans Chamber of Commerce.  Statewide, he is a member of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Birth-to-Three Task Force.

Along with his wife, Melissa, he is active in the National Hydrocephalus Association, working toward a cure for the condition that affects the couple's 3-year-old son, Andrew.

Moore, who earned his M.A. in education from Marshall, will receive the Community Achievement Award.  Retired from the Cabell County Schools, he is an ordained minister with the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc.  He has served as pastor of Full Gospel Mission (later changed to Full Gospel Assembly) since 1983.

Moore currently sits on the Board of Directors for Cabell Huntington Hospital, serving on multiple committees, and is secretary of the Black Pastors Ministerial Association.  His efforts have gained him recognition in Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; Who's Who Among American Teachers; Outstanding Young Men in America; and as Tri-Cities African-American Citizen of the Year. In 2001, he was one of two teachers from West Virginia named to receive the prestigious Milken Family Foundation Educator Award.

Perkins, a member of the Marshall faculty since 1988, will be awarded the Carolyn B. Hunter, Distinguished Faculty Service Award.  She currently serves as chair of the Department of Classics, as well as interim chair of the Department of Modern Languages. She is co-author of two textbooks on the Roman poet Ovid, and has published a number of articles on Ovid and the Roman historian Tacitus.

Perkins previously served on the faculties of St. Bonaventure and Northwestern universities. She earned her B.A. in classics with honors from McGill University in 1973, her M.A. from the State University of New York in Buffalo in 1975, and her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1984.

Hale, who died in October, will receive the College of Education and Human Services Distinguished Alumni and Friends award posthumously. He received both his bachelor's degree (in 1956) and his master's degree (in 1960) from Marshall. He also received his doctorate in Education Administration from Ohio University in 1973. He was also a longtime faculty member in the School of Education until his retirement in 1990. He served as chair of the secondary education faculty and later as interim dean of the College of Education and Human Services.

The Alumni Club of the Year award goes to the River Cities Alumni Club based in Huntington.  This group of energetic alumni have shown to be innovative and dedicated in their attempts to promote Marshall University during events and activities they have hosted. 

The Cam Henderson Scholarship Award, given to a student athlete at Marshall University, will be awarded to baseball player Benjamin M. Jurevicius.

The alumni awards banquet will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus. It will be preceded by the President's Social from 6 to 7 p.m. on the plaza of the Memorial Student Center.  For further information, persons may call the Marshall University Alumni Association at 304-696-2901. 


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Schmidlapp Distinguished Lectureship set for March 31 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Zohreh Sullivan, Emeritus Professor of English and African Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will be the featured speaker in the Schmidlapp Distinguished Lectureship in Women's Studies Thursday, March 31 at Marshall University.

Sullivan's presentation, "The Currency of Islam:  Feminism, History, and Iran," will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Shawkey Dining Room  on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's Huntington campus.  The event is free to the public and a reception will follow.

Sullivan is the author of two books, Narratives of Empire: The Fictions of Rudyard Kipling and Exiled Memories: Stories of Iranian Diaspora, as well as numerous articles on British, colonial and postcolonial literatures.

The Schmidlapp lectureship is sponsored by the Charlotte M. Schmidlapp Fund, Fifth Third Bank Trustee.

For more information, contact Dr. Greta Rensenbrink by phone at 304-696-2955 or by e-mail at rensenbrink@marshall.edu.


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Local alumna presents drawing to Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Ed Zimmerman, director of planned giving at Marshall University, says a recent gift to the school from an MU alumna simply was "a labor of love."

At Zimmerman's request, Sue Sisson, a Huntington resident and Marshall graduate, created a pen and ink drawing of the Marshall University Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center, which is located on MU's Huntington campus.

"I've looked at it and looked at it, and it's flawless," Zimmerman said of Sisson's drawing.

Sisson presented the drawing to Marshall as a gift to use however the university sees fit. It currently is on display in the lobby of the Foundation Hall.

"It's still up in the air exactly how we are going to use it," Zimmerman said. He said copies of the drawing likely will be made, and it might be used in marketing pieces.

Sisson received her master of art degree, with an emphasis on print making and abstract expressionism, from Marshall in 1993.

"I consider it quite a compliment that I was asked to do the drawing for Marshall," she said. "It's a good way to give back."

Sisson owns a company called Fine Home Portraits. She also is a dental hygienist and works for her husband, Dr. Charles W. Sisson, who is a dentist in Huntington. But it was her volunteer work with the Junior League of Huntington that led to her success with pen and ink drawings.

"I've now done over 400 pieces," she said. "I'm proud of the fact that it became a business for me because of my volunteer work with the Junior League. Volunteer work can lead to personal success. In my case, my clients find me mainly through word of mouth."

Sisson bases her drawings on photographs of the subject. For the drawing of the Foundation Hall, she used photos of the building taken by Marshall photographer Rick Haye.

"It's technically challenging, trying to take the details of the building and reducing it," she said. "You have to leave some things out. That's probably the most difficult part."

Sisson's work includes items such as business cards and church bulletins, and she has done drawings seen in magazines such as Huntington Quarterly and of signature holes for golf courses. She also does drawings of pets, with the proceeds going to the animal shelter of the pet owner's choice.

When asked how long it took her to draw the Foundation Hall for Marshall, she replied, "Two days and 30 years (of experience)."

"She is a very proud alumna of Marshall and offered this labor of love to help the school," Zimmerman said. "She used her talents to give back to Marshall, which I think is great."

For more information on Sisson's drawing, contact Zimmerman at 304-696-3739.

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Photo: Sue Sisson created a pen and ink drawing of the Marshall University Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center, then presented the drawing to Marshall as a gift. Photo by Rick Haye/Marshall University.


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2011 United High School Media Winners Announced

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications hosted the 84th United High School Media convention, Friday, March 11, on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

High school journalism students and their advisers from the Tri-State area participated in workshops, a Media Challenge, and an awards ceremony.

The workshops covered newspaper, yearbook and broadcast topics. The workshop leaders were Marshall University faculty and students.

Ernie Anderson hosted the Media Challenge, which tests student knowledge of journalism; Anderson is known nationally for his work with quiz shows.

The keynote speaker was Susan Nicholas, anchor and reporter for WSAZ-TV in Huntington.

Awards were presented this year for the best entries in newspaper, yearbook and online publications in the categories of writing, design and overall quality.

Newspaper

 

Best Newspaper Art

Division I

First- Braxton County  "The Banner"

Second- Wayne High "The Pioneer"

Third- Lewis County "The Blue & Grey"

 

Division II

First- Cabell Midland "The Medieval Times"

Second- Parkersburg South "The Continental Clarion"

Third- Huntington High "The Highlander Press"

 

Best Newspaper Design

 

Division I

First- Wayne High "The Pioneer"

Second- Braxton County "The Banner"

Third-Lewis County "The Blue & Grey"

 

Division II

First- Huntington High "The Highlander Press"

Second- Parkersburg South "The Continental Clarion"

Third- Cabell Midland "The Medieval Times"

 

Best Newspaper Pages

 

Division I

First -Braxton County "The Banner"

Second- Shady Spring High "The Tiger Times

Third- No third place

 

Divion II

First-Parkersburg South "The Continental Clarion"  

Second-Cabell Midland "The Medieval Times"

Third-No third plaec

 

Best Feature/Special Events Pages

 

Division I

First- Braxton County "The Banner"

Second- Wayne High "The Pioneer"

Third- Lewis County "The Blue & Grey"

 

Division II

First- Cabell Midland "The Medieval Times"

Second- Huntington High "The Highlander Press"

Third- No third place

 

Best Editorial Pages

 

Division I

First- Wayne High "The Pioneer"

Second- Braxton County "The Banner"

Third- Lewis County "The Blue & Grey"

 

Division II

First- Parkersburg South "The Continental Clarion"

Second- Huntington High "The Highlander Press"

Third- Cabell Midland "The Medieval Times"

 

Best Sports Pages

 

Division I

First- Wayne High "The Pioneer"

Second- Braxton County "The Banner"

Third- Lewis County "The Blue & Grey"

 

Division II

First- Parkersburg South "The Continental Clarion"

Second- Huntington High "The Highlander Press"

Third- Cabell Midland "The Medieval Times"

 

Best News Pages

 

Division I

First- Wayne High "The Pioneer"

Second- Braxton County "The Banner"

Third- No Third Place

 

Division II

First- Parkersburg South "The Continental Clarion"

Second- Huntington High "The Highlander Press"

Third- No third place

 

Best In-depth Reporting

 

Division I

First- Braxton County "The Banner" 

Second- Wayne High "The Pioneer"

Third- Lewis County "The Blue & Grey"

 

Division II

First- Cabell Midland "The Medieval Times"

Second- Huntington High "The Highlander Press"

Third- No Third Place
 

Best Original Newspaper Advertisements

 

Division I

First- Braxton County "The Banner"

Second- Wayne High "The Pioneer"

Third- no third place

 

Division II

First- Huntington High "The Highlander Press"

Second- Parkersburg South "The Continental Clarion"

Third- Cabell Midland "The Medieval Times"

 

Best Newspaper Photography

 

Division I

First- Wayne High "The Pioneer"

Second- Lewis County "The Blue & Grey"

Third- Braxton County "The Banner"           

 

Division II

First- Cabell Midland "The Medieval Times"

Second- Parkersburg South "The Continental Clarion"

Third- Huntington High "The Highlander Press"

 

Best Overall Newspaper

 

Division I

First- Braxton County "The Banner"

Second- Wayne High  "The Pioneer"

Third- Lewis County "The Blue and Grey"

 

Division II

First- Parkersburg South "Continental Clarion"

Second- Tie: Cabell Midland "The Medieval Times"

And Huntington High "The Highlander Press"

Third- No Third Place

 

 

Individual Awards

 

Best Editorial Writing

First- Shannon Rutherford, Wayne High

Second- Aly Drown, Huntington High

Third- Emily Backus, Braxton County


 

Best Feature Writing

First- Sarah Glover, Wayne High School

Second- Heather Carico, Wayne High School

Third- Eli Tracewell, Parkersburg South High School

 

Best News Writing

First- Matt Enoch, Parkersburg South

Second- Tabytha Bills, Wayne High 

Third- Josh Holland, Wayne High

 

Best Sports Writing

First- Shannon Rutherford, Wayne High School

Second- Nate Kemper, Lewis County High School

Third- Sara Ryan, Lewis County High School

 

Best Column Writing

First- Emily Backus, Braxton County

Second- Grace Sorah, Shady Spring High

Third -Kayla Johnson, Wayne High 

 

Best Feature Photo

First- Abbie Sweeny, Parkersburg South

Second- Kayla Johnson, Wayne High

Third- Heather Carico, Wayne high

 

Best Informational Graphic

First- Spencer Stephens, Wayne High

Second- Tie: Kylie Rutherford, Wayne High

And Kenny Townsend, Wayne High

Third- Tim Bedunah, Braxton County

 

 

Yearbook

 

Best Yearbook Graphics

 

Division I

First- Wayne High

Second-Braxton County

Third- Parkersburg Catholic

 

Division II

First- Huntington High

Second-Parkersburg South

Third- Cabell Midland

 

Best Yearbook Cover

 

Division I

First- Wayne High

Second- Lewis County

Third- Braxton County

 

Division II

First- Cabell Midland

Second- Huntington High

Third- Parkersburg South

 

Best Yearbook Design

 

Division I

First- Lewis County

Second- Wayne High

Third- Braxton County

 

Division II

First- Huntington High

Second- Parkersburg South

Third- Cabell Midland

 

Best Yearbook Copywriting

 

Division I

First- Wayne High

Second- Braxton County

Third- No third place

 

Division II

First- Cabell Midland

Second- Parkersburg South

Third- Huntington High

 

Best Yearbook Original Advertisements

 

Division I

First- Wayne High

Second- Braxton County

Third- Lewis County


 

Division II

First- Parkersburg South

Second- Cabell Midland

Third- No third place

 

Best Yearbook Theme

 

Division I

First- Lewis County

Second- Braxton County

Third- Wayne High 

 

Division II

First- Parkersburg South

Second- Cabell Midland

Third- No third place

 

Best Yearbook Photography

 

Division I

First- Braxton County

Second- Lewis County

Third- Wayne High

 

Division II

First- Cabell Midland

Second- Huntington High

Third- Parkersburg South

 

Best Yearbook Division Pages

 

Division I

First- Tie: Wayne High & Braxton County

Second- Shady Spring

Third- Lewis County

 

Division II

First- Huntington High

Second- Cabell Midland

Third- Parkersburg South
 

Best Overall Yearbook

 

Division I

First- Wayne High     

Second- Braxton County
Third- Lewis County

 

Division II

First- Cabell Midland

Second- Parkersburg South

Third- Huntington High

 

Best Affiliate Website Publication

Winner- Parkersburg South


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General Corporation gives Marshall University $1 million to support work of scientist engaged in dementia research

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - General Corporation of Charleston today announced a gift of $1 million to Marshall University for establishment of the Maier Clinical Research Professorship at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

The gift, announced during a news conference at Station Place in Charleston, is being made in honor of General Corporation President Ed Maier and will support research in the area of dementia. The donation will be matched through the state's "Bucks for Brains" West Virginia Research Trust Fund.

"I am very humbled to be honored in this manner," Maier said. "The 'Bucks for Brains' program instituted by the West Virginia State Legislature is a compelling reason for our company to give back to my alma mater."

Sally Maier Rowe, corporate secretary with General Corporation, said the Maier family is grateful to Ed Maier for his selfless leadership of the family companies for 42 years.

"Since his graduation from college, his entire professional career has ensured that the companies flourish," Rowe said. "It is fitting that we honor him with a gift to his alma mater, Marshall University, within the state where he has lived and worked."

Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp proudly accepted the gift from General Corporation while praising the Maier family.

"The Maiers personify the gold standard for leadership and philanthropy," Kopp said. "The endowed professorship recognizing this significant gift will serve as a perpetual tribute to Ed, the entire Maier family and General Corporation. Marshall University is proud and honored to accept this gift, which is dedicated to advancing promising, interdisciplinary researchers working in the field of dementia with the goal of eventually preventing this debilitating brain condition."

The professorship will support the work of a biomedical/clinical scientist in the School of Medicine engaged in dementia research. This support will foster research dedicated to investigating the cause or causes of dementia, improving the clinical management, treatment and therapeutic outcomes for present and future generations of people who are at risk or are already suffering with dementia.

"The Maier family has a rich tradition in philanthropic giving," said Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the Marshall University Foundation Inc. "We greatly appreciate their generosity in presenting Marshall University with this gift that we hope will help make dementia a thing of the past for future generations."

Dr. Kevin W. Yingling, chair of Marshall's Department of Internal Medicine and dean of the university's new School of Pharmacy, said the focus of the professorship will be research to better define the causes and to better treat patients who suffer from dementia.

"Dementia is a terrible illness that robs years of full life experience from patients," Yingling said. "Treatment options are extremely limited; at best, they slow the progression of the disease. Dementia remains an enigma, and we have not begun to touch how to prevent it. There is enormous opportunity for discovering key components of its underlying mechanisms that could provide the impetus for therapeutic breakthroughs. Our research emphasis will be interdisciplinary to draw on the expertise of the whole university, and it will be translational, geared toward moving discoveries from the laboratory to patient care."

Dr. Charles H. McKown Jr., Marshall's vice president for health sciences and medical school dean, said the gift is both timely and a good fit for Marshall's capabilities.

"This huge charitable and humanitarian effort by the Maier family comes at a time when the burden of dementia is rapidly growing in West Virginia and when the accelerated pace of biomedical discovery makes it likely the gift will lead to meaningful breakthroughs in preventing dementia or treating it," he said. "Those breakthroughs will need to be evaluated, and with its extensive patient network including rural areas, Marshall is ideally positioned to do the clinical evaluations authenticating successful projects while guaranteeing patient safety."

Yingling said a committee, which includes Ed Maier, will provide guidance on recruiting the professor or professors.

The West Virginia Research Trust Fund was established in 2008 to serve as a catalyst for economic development across the state. The trust fund program allows Marshall to double private gifts that support expansions to research faculty and infrastructure in key areas linked to economic development, health care and job growth.

Including today's announcement, private gifts to date combined with the state's match bring Marshall's current total for the trust fund program to just over $5.1 million to be used for investments in research at the university.

 

The West Virginia Legislature initially appropriated $15 million in the trust fund for Marshall. Qualifying private gifts to the university are matched dollar for dollar by the state's fund. For more information about the trust fund, visit www.marshall.edu/b4b or call the Marshall University Foundation at 304-696-5407 or toll free at 866-632-5386.

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Photo: Officials of General Corporation presented a $1 millon gift to Marshall University March 11 to endow the Maier Clinical Research Professorship at the medical school. From left: Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp; Betty Maier Culwell, General Corporation board member; Dr. Charles McKown, vice president for health sciences and dean, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine; Susan Maier, wife of Ed Maier; Ed Maier, whom the professorship honors; Sally Maier Rowe, General Corporation board member; and Dr. Kevin Yingling, chair, department of internal medicine and dean, Marshall School of Pharmacy. Photo by Rick Haye/Marshall University.


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MU Foundation sponsoring drawing for Greenbrier Classic Alumni Badges

Proceeds go to scholarships; event is July 25-31

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Foundation, in collaboration with the Greenbrier Classic Tournament and select retail partners, is sponsoring a drawing for Greenbrier Classic alumni badges, with proceeds benefiting scholarships at Marshall.

"We appreciate the generosity of Mr. Jim Justice and The Greenbrier Classic in providing the Marshall University Foundation with Alumni Badges to help raise funds for scholarships at Marshall.  With the philanthropic focus of the Badges for Charity Program, the economic impact of the tournament is felt throughout West Virginia," said Rebecca Randolph, assistant vice president of development at Marshall University.

Ticket sales for the drawing began today and conclude on Sunday, April 17.  They are $1 each and are available at the following locations:

  • Fat Patty's in Huntington and Barboursville

  • Fifth Third Bank, West Virginia and eastern Kentucky branch locations

  • Hometown Sportswear in Barboursville

  • MacReedo's in Huntington

  • Marshall Hall of Fame Caf in Huntington

  • Shoop's in Huntington

  • Sport Mart in Charleston
     

The winners will be selected and announced at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 22, at the Marshall University Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center on MU's Huntington campus.

Alumni badge packages for two, valued at $990, include:

  • Grounds passes for the duration of the tournament

  • Access to special hospitality areas with air conditioning, upgraded restroom facilities, flat screen televisions to watch all the tournament action, complimentary dry snacks and nonalcoholic beverages (Monday and Tuesday

  • The above, plus unlimited tailgate-style food and nonalcoholic beverages (Wednesday and Sunday)
    Special appearances by Marshall University coaches and alumni athletes

  • Parking

  • Tickets to the Greenbrier Classic Concert Series, headlined by two of country music's biggest stars, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban

The Greenbrier Classic, which debuted last summer, is a PGA Tour event that takes place July 25-31 at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.  

More information is available by calling 304-767-5189 or visiting www.marshall.edu/wingolf.


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Countdown to Commencement 2011 is March 15-16 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University graduating students can take care of pre-commencement responsibilities by attending Countdown to Commencement 2011, a two-day event planned next week 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 15 and 16, in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room.

Countdown to Commencement 2011 is for tentative May 2011 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 2011 provides an opportunity for Marshall's graduates to confirm arrangements for participation in the annual commencement exercises in a one-stop-shopping experience.

"We encourage our tentative graduates to use this opportunity to take care of pre-commencement responsibilities early," Ferguson said. "Countdown to Commencement is a convenient way to get those responsibilities out of the way so the students can thoroughly enjoy the experience of graduating from college."

Marshall University will celebrate its spring commencement at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

The following services will be available at Countdown to Commencement:

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 2011 rings. All rings are on sale and priced as low as $299.

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.

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 28 Donning of Kente Celebration of Achievement. They also will be provided with academic advising for graduate school and post-graduate employmen

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.

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

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


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Local writers to read from their work at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Writers Andrea Fekete and Phil St. Clair will read from their work at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, in the Shawkey Room of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Fekete, a poet and writer from Logan County in West Virginia, is the author of a new novel set in the West Virginia coalfields, Waters Run Wild, from Sweetgum Press.  Her work has appeared in journals such as The Adirondack Review and The Smithville Journal, and has been collected in The Appalachian Writer's Guild Anthology and Wild Sweet Notes II.  Fekete earned a master's degree at Marshall, where she has taught writing and literature.  She currently teaches at Ashland Community College.

St. Clair, a veteran poet, is the author of four books, including Acid Creek, which appeared in Human Landscapes from Bottom Dog Press in 1997.  His poems have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Gettysburg Review, Harper's, Poetry Review (London), Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Quarterly West, and elsewhere.

He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kentucky Arts Council and was awarded the Bullis Prize from Poetry Northwest.  He has taught at Kent State, Bowling Green State, and Southern Illinois universities and served for many years as chair of the Humanities Division at Ashland Community College.

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

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


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Jazz ensembles to perform Friday at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's 12.0 Jazz Ensemble will be joined by the Illinois Wesleyan University Jazz Ensemble in a performance at 8 p.m. Friday, March 11, in the Smith Recital Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus.

IWU's Jazz Ensemble will be led by Dr. Tom Streeter, director of the jazz program and professor of music at Illinois Wesleyan. Selections on the program will include "Summertime" (George and Ira Gershwin), "Evergreen" (Barbra Streisand and Paul Williams) and "A Nightingale Sang on Berkeley Square" (Sherwin and Maschwitz).

The Marshall group, under the direction of Dr. Ed Bingham, professor of music and director of jazz studies at Marshall, will play, among other selections, "Basie Straight Ahead" (Lennie Niehaus), "Katy-Do" (Benny Carter) and "That Old Black Magic" (Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen).

Admission is free and open to the public. For further information, contact Marshall's Department of Music at 304-696-3117.

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Marshall University offering educational session on cervical cancer

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Office of Student Health Education Programs and the Cabell-Huntington Health Department are hosting an educational session on cervical cancer and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, on the Huntington campus.

The free event is scheduled in the Ed Grose Room of the Harless Dining Hall, which is located at the intersection of 5th Avenue and 17th Street.

Guest speaker is cervical cancer survivor Deborah Grose. She will speak on the importance of vaccination and early detection of the disease. Organizers say students also will learn about the different strains of HPV which include the cervical cancer and genital warts strain.

A vaccine clinic will follow the education session.   Both males and females are eligible for the vaccine which will be offered at the following cost:

  • 18 years old and younger - free

  • 19 years old and up - free, if the person qualifies for the patient assistance program

  • 19 years old and up - $128, if the person does not qualify for the patient assistance program

Students may apply for the patient assistance program prior to the event on March 9 in the Memorial Student Center on the first floor.   Hours of application are 2 to 6 p.m.

This session is part of the West Virginia Adolescent Project: Take Your Best Shot campaign, a statewide initiative aimed at increasing the number of college students being vaccinated against a variety of diseases and infections.

The event also will include take-home educational materials, free food and giveaways.

For more information contact the Office of Student Health Programs at 304-696-4800.


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Authority in the study of violence and hate to speak at Marshall University

Dr. Jack Levin to present 'Hate and Violence - American Style' March 14

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A nationally recognized authority in the study of violence and hate comes to Marshall University's Huntington campus to present "Hate and Violence - American Style," Monday, March 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Room BE5 in the Memorial Student Center.

Dr. Jack Levin, the Irving Brudnick professor of sociology and criminology and co-director of the Brudnick  Center on Violence and Conflict at Northeastern University,  has been studying the methods and mentality of brutal killers, including serial killers, for the past 25 years.

He is the author or co-author of more than 30 books and more than 150 published articles in journals and newspapers.  Levin has appeared numerous times on national television, including the programs "48 Hours," "20/20," "NBC's Dateline," and "The Today Show."

In 2009, Levin received the American Sociological Association's Public Understanding of Sociology Award.  He has spoken to a wide variety of audiences including the White House Conference on Hate Crimes, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Education, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

The program is free to the public and refreshments will be served.

Levin's appearance is being sponsored by Marshall's College of Liberal Arts, Office of Academic Affairs, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and departments of sociology/anthropology, criminal justice and political science. 


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Student body president, vice president candidates to debate Wednesday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Candidates for Marshall University student body president and vice president will take part in their second and final debate at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center on MU's Huntington campus.

The candidates include the teams of Raymond Harrel Jr. and Kelly Kutzavitch, Joe Stefanov and Ashley Quaranta, and Dakota Nelson and Rocco Muriale Jr.

The elections are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15 and 16 in the lobbies of the student center and the Marshall Recreation Center.


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Career Services hosts Educator Expo today and Tuesday at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Career Services will host its annual Educator Expo today and Tuesday (March 7-8) in Room BE 5 of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

The event begins with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. today. The expo runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday. Nearly 20 school districts in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina will be in attendance to conduct interviews for job opportunities in their respective school districts.

School Districts participating include Berkeley County, Boone County, Cabell County, Clay County, Fayette County, Jackson County, Kanawha County, Lincoln County, Putnam County, Tyler County, Wayne County, Webster County and Wood County, all from West Virginia; the West Virginia Department of Education; the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind; and from other states: Loudon County (Va.), Stafford County (Va.) and Northampton County (N.C.).

Current student teachers, alumni, and residents of the tri-state area are welcome to attend this free event. For more information concerning the Educator Expo, visit Career Services' website at www.marshall.edu/carreer-services.edu.  More information is available by calling the Career Services Center at 304-696-2370.

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Marshall announces top scoring freshmen on national assessment exam

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Last fall, 102 Marshall University freshmen voluntarily took the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA), a national assessment examination that measures students' critical thinking, problem solving, analytical reasoning and written communication skills.  

Dr. Mary Reynolds, director of assessment of Marshall, said the test is an open-ended exam that asks students to solve real-world problems.

The following students scored the highest on the test. They are listed alphabetically, with their hometowns, majors, and colleges:

  • Brittanee Barton of Dublin, Ohio, Broadcast Journalism, W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications

  • Laura Der of  Clarksville, Ind.,  Advertising, W. Page Pitt School  of Journalism and Mass Communications

  • Caroline Harwell of Mooresville, N.C., History, College of Liberal Arts

  • Jenna Hilgefort of Hebron, Ky., Pre-Health, College of Health Professions 

  • Michelle Hogmire of Gerrardstown, W.Va., English, College of Liberal Arts

  • Cassandra Jones of  Leivasy, W.Va., Pre-Science,  College of Science 

  • Spenser Kaufman of Clinton, Ohio,  Forensic Chemistry, College of Science 

  • Justin O'Bryon of Williamstown, W.Va., Business, Lewis College of  Business

  • Kasey Roth of Wheelersburg, Ohio,  Athletic Training, College of Health Professions

For more information contact Reynolds at 304-696-2987.


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Virginia State University's Gospel Choir to perform at Marshall March 11

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Virginia State University's award-winning Gospel Chorale will perform in concert at Marshall University at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 11, at the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse on Marshall's Huntington campus.

"This will be an extraordinary evening and one of the best choral performances of the year in our community," said Maurice Cooley, director of Marshall's Center for African American Students' Programs, which is presenting the concert.

In addition to U.S. tours, the chorale has toured in the U.S. Virgin Islands, northern and southern Italy, Paris, Hungary and for the Pope's Vatican Christmas Concert. They have performed with a host of international artists, including blues legend B. B. King, jazz artist Dee Dee Bridgewater, rhythm and blues artist Solomon Burke, and pop artist Michael Bolton.

Also appearing on the concert will be the Praise & Worship Team and Mass Choir of the First Baptist Church of Charleston, W.Va.

Cooley said the concert is free and open to the public, and doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

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Application process begins for Graduate Scholarship Tuition Waivers

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Applications are now being accepted for the Marshall University Graduate Scholarship Tuition Waiver program, according to Dr. Donna Spindel, dean of the Graduate College. The program provides tuition assistance for Marshall University graduate students and Marshall University full-time faculty and staff employees

Applicants must be currently admitted and enrolled in a graduate degree-granting or certificate program at Marshall University.  Up to three hours of waiver for graduate coursework will be awarded to qualified applicants. The waiver does not cover online courses.

The awarding of waivers is competitive and is made on the basis of academic achievement and promise, Spindel said.  Preference may be given to students who did not receive a waiver the previous semester.

  • Deadline for the applications is Friday, April 8. 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 website at www.marshall.edu/bursar/tuition/dates.html.

  • Applicants must be registered for graduate courses for spring 2011 by Monday, May 2, in order to receive a waiver. Spindel said applicants are encouraged to register for classes at the same time they submit a waiver application. Waivers for students who are not registered by May 2 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 at www.marshall.edu/graduate/tuitionwaivers.asp. Completed waiver applications  can be submitted in person, by U.S. mail, or by e-mail.

For more information, contact the Graduate College office at 304-696-6606.


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West Virginia Rosies to make presentation at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Rosies, women who served on the home front as defense workers during World War II, will make a presentation about their experiences on Thursday, March 10, at Marshall University.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on MU's Huntington campus. It is free to the public, and the first 100 attendees will receive a complimentary button and poster that can be autographed by the Rosies after a question and answer session.

The Rosies are being brought together through the Rosie the Riveter Project, which is sponsored by Thanks! Plain and Simple, Inc. (TPS), whose mission is to unify the people of West Virginia around the well-being of our soldiers and veterans.

The Rosie the Riveter Project was developed by Anne Montague, the executive director and founder of TPS, Anne Montague, as a way to honor the Rosies and enlighten people today and in the future about their contribution to the war effort.

Following the event, attendees will have an opportunity to ask the Rosies questions about their experiences during a question-and-answer session. Those who arrive 15 minutes early can enjoy music provided by Project Postbop, a jazz band directed by MU music faculty member Dr. Sean Parsons.

The Rosies' presentation is sponsored by the West Virginia Humanities Council, the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia, Marshall University Multicultural Affairs, Marshall University Student Affairs, Marshall University Women's Studies, and the Marshall University Women's Center.

For additional information, contact Dr. Linda Spatig at 304-696-2875.


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'Body Shots V: Vampires' to be presented March 17 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "Body Shots V: Vampires," a collaborative effort involving Marshall University students and faculty from across disciplines, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17, in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center's Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre on MU's Huntington campus.

The hour-long show will be preceded at 7 p.m. by an art opening in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center. The work of four artists (students and faculty) will be hung in the lobby, and the artists will then be participating in the show. Refreshments will be served.

Body Shots participants are from History, Political Science, Art and Design, English and others.  Performers use a host of creative forms - dance, theater, performance art, painting, and sculpture - to explore themes relating to gender and the body.

This year's performance will be in six acts.  The first will present the image of the vampire in contemporary culture.  The following five acts will explore, examine and deconstruct that image. 

"Body Shots" is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Fine Arts, Allan Diener, The Women's Center, Sexuality Studies, Women's Studies, the Department of Art and Design and the History Department.

Admission is free.

For more information, contact Dr. Greta Rensenbrink, an associate professor in the history department, at 304-696-2955, or by e-mail at rensenbrink@marshall.edu.


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Two administrative positions filled at Marshall's School of Pharmacy

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Two administrative positions at Marshall University's new School of Pharmacy have been filled, Dr. Kevin Yingling, dean of the school, announced today.

Yingling said Dr. Robert Stanton has been hired as Director of the Office of Experiential Learning, effective Feb. 15, and Terri Moran has been hired as the Director of Student Affairs and Assessment, effective March 1.

Stanton, a native of Eleanor, W.Va., comes to Marshall from Comprehensive Pharmacy Services, the nation's leading independent pharmacy services provider, where he was a Regional Clinical Director. Yingling said Stanton will oversee the professional experience program, including both early and advanced pharmacy practice experiences.

This integral part of the pharmacy curriculum provides students the opportunity to apply their classroom and laboratory training in the basic pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice and to solve drug-related problems in practice during their final year of the Pharm. D. program.

Stanton will be responsible for establishing practice sites and placing students in appropriate rotations.  He also will coordinate training for and negotiate experience content with the staff person at the rotations site.  Stanton also will oversee community service and outreach activities that promote the profession and the School of Pharmacy.

Stanton obtained his undergraduate degree in pharmacy from West Virginia University, his master's in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky.  He has passed the national exam for a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

"Dr. Stanton is a proven and successful leader who brings significant experience in clinical pharmacy practice and management to our school," Yingling said. "His outstanding reputation and knowledge are recognized throughout the region and the state.  He is an outstanding asset for our school and to the successful development of the important area of pharmacy practice experience for our students."

Moran, who received her master's degree in training and development and adult education from Marshall in 2005, has worked at MU for 16 years. Most recently she has served as assistant registrar.

Yingling said Moran will serve as the school liaison with university units, outside organizations, and the general public.  She will coordinate with affiliated hospitals and programs to provide necessary student information and data management support. 

Moran will serve as official custodian of student academic records and will oversee all daily operations related to registration and the maintenance of those records.  Additionally, she will coordinate course evaluations, will prepare the exam schedule, and will work with Academic Affairs to provide support services for full-time and adjunct faculty.

"Ms. Moran has been an integral part of student development and assessment for several programs at Marshall University," Yingling said. "She will bring the experience, commitment and connection to the outstanding student services of Marshall University that will further develop the Marshall Advantage culture for our students."

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Photos: Robert Stanton (above) and Terri Moran (below) have been appointed to positions in Marshall's School of Pharmacy.


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Marshall University to host Festival of New Music

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Department of Music will host a festival of new music featuring the work of Pulitzer Prize nominee Morgan Powell March 3 and 4.

The festival will feature three concerts, including performances by Powell, Dorothy Martirano, the Violauta Duo, the Nevelson Duo, HZS and the Marshall University Contemporary Music Ensemble, as well as other Marshall faculty members and students.

In addition to Powell, other composers featured on the festival are Christopher Frye, Julianna Hall, Rodrigo, Lima, Zachary Merritt, David Williams, Joan Tower and Dr. Mark Zanter, a Marshall faculty member who is the festival coordinator.

"There are more composers of concert music now than in any previous era, and yet there are few people who know or have experienced this music live in performance," Zanter said. "The creation of a New Music Festival at Marshall is a natural extension of what we teach at the school. It is an event that we plan to continue annually."

Concerts will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at Smith Music Recital Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus; at noon Friday, March 4, at the First Presbyterian Church, 1015 5th Ave. in Huntington; and at 8 p.m. Friday, March 4, in the Jomie Jazz Forum on the Huntington campus.

More information on the festival is available by contacting Zanter by e-mail at zanter@marshall.edu. More information on Powell is available online at www.morganpowellmusic.com.


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Marshall wins state championship in speech and debate tournament

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University was crowned the West Virginia state champion in speech and debate Friday, Feb. 25, on the campus of West Liberty University.

The Thundering Word, competing in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Forensics Association's (WVIFA) state tournament, won the state championship in overall team sweepstakes, debate sweepstakes and Individual Event Sweepstakes. In addition to the team success, Marshall had the top five individual speakers at the tournament, the top debate speaker, and individual champions in 11 of 12 individual events and Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

"The amazing results of this year's state tournament are an indication of the possibility of success for the future of the forensic program at Marshall University," said MU Debate Coach Danny Ray.

Ray said Marshall entered the tournament with 41 individual slots in combined speech and debate events and placed in the final round in 36 of them. Marshall has now qualified 42 slots for the nationals.

The Thundering Word totaled 532.5 points in the state tournament. Alderson-Broaddus College was second with 286 points and Shepherd University was third with 86 points. Fairmont State and WVU-Parkersburg finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Here are Marshall's results:

Kayla Johnson, a junior John Marshall Scholar and French/English education major from Gallipolis, Ohio, was the overall tournament champion with 123 points. She won seven individual championships which, according to Ray, is a rare accomplishment. She placed fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking, first in Prose Interpretation, first in Programmed Oral Interpretation, second in Dramatic Duo Interpretation with Ryan Jackson, first in Impromptu Speaking, first in Persuasion, first in Rhetorical Criticism, first in Informative Speaking and first in Pentathlon, which are the top five events across all three genres.

Ryan Jackson, a junior Political Science major from Huntington, placed first in After-Dinner Speaking, second in Prose Interpretation, second in Dramatic Duo with Kayla Johnson, third in Dramatic Duo with Jasmine Lewis, fourth in Impromptu Speaking, second in Poetry Interpretation, second in Informative Speaking, first in Dramatic Interpretation, and second in Pentathlon with 110 points.

Kendrick Vonderschmitt, a junior John Marshall Scholar and Political Science major from Louisville, Ky., was the top speaker in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and a semifinalist. He placed second in Extemporaneous Speaking, fourth in Programmed Oral Interpretation, second in Impromptu Speaking, second in Persuasive Speaking, third in Rhetorical Criticism, third in Informative Speaking and third in Pentathlon with 91 points.

Mikyla Stewart, a freshman Oral Communication Education Major from Parkersburg, W.Va., was the state champion in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and the sixth-best debate speaker. In the Individual Events tournament, she placed third in Impromptu Speaking and first in Poetry Interpretation as well as fourth in Pentathlon. Stewart scored 52 points.

Zach Woods, a senior Yeager Scholar and History major from Newnan, Ga., was the state champion in Extemporaneous Speaking.

Elaine Adkins, a freshman Oral Communications/French Education major from Huntington, placed third in Prose Interpretation, second in Programmed Oral Interpretation, fourth in Dramatic Duo with Jasmine Lewis, third in Poetry Interpretation, and second in Dramatic Interpretation. Adkins scored 63 points.

Jasmine Lewis, a freshman Political Science major from Huntington, placed third in Programmed Oral Interpretation, fourth in Dramatic Duo with Adkins and third in Dramatic Duo with Jackson, third in Persuasion, fifth in Poetry Interpretation, third in Dramatic Interpretation and fifth in Pentathlon with 71 points.

Laurance Raines, a freshman Biology major from Winfield, W.Va., placed second in After-Dinner Speaking and fifth in Impromptu Speaking.

Marshall students Kayla Johnson and Kendrick Vonderschmitt have qualified for the Interstate Oratorical Contest which is the longest running speech organization in the nation, dating back to the 1870s. The top two in each state's Persuasive Speaking category qualify for this national honor, which will be held this year April 22-24 in Harrisonburg, Va., on the campus of James Madison University.

Marshall's next competition is a debate tournament this weekend (March 4-7) at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.


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