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Marshall advertising majors win one competition, advance in two others

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University advertising majors in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications took first place in a statewide public service announcement competition. In two other challenges, one student's resume design and a team's media plan are advancing to national level contests.

 

A five-member student team prepared the winning strategy, script and video for a 30-second PSA to deter underage drinking in a competition organized by the Underage Drinking Prevention and Social Marketing Project. The team will work with a professional crew June 13-15 to produce the PSA for statewide distribution. Advertising seniors Wm. Travis Stephens of Parkersburg, W.Va., Chelsey Hughes of Elkins, W.Va., Morgan Miller of South Point, Ohio, Elizabeth Whanger of Cross Lanes, W.Va., and Dale Johnson, a broadcast journalism major from Kenova, W.Va., are on the team.

 

The Underage Drinking Prevention and Social Marketing Project is funded by the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws program, which is administered in West Virginia by the State Division of Justice and Community Services.

 

In a media planning competition, two senior advertising majors made up one of only six teams selected from across the nation to participate in Media Scholars Week June 5-10 in Washington, D.C. Ashley Hesson of Chesapeake, Ohio, and Morgan Miller of South Point, Ohio, earned the invitation by participating in the Media Scholars Case Competition. Their strategic media plan for a hypothetical special election referendum issue was selected from among all national submissions as finalists.

 

The Washington Media Scholars Foundation, an "inside the beltway" non-partisan, non-profit organization, sponsors the competition that introduces students to nationally recognized media industry leaders. Following a week of tours and meetings with media executives, Hesson and Miller will present their strategic plan to a panel of judges for the chance to win the National Excellence in Media Award.

 

The foundation organizes programs that connect deserving students with top executives from broadcast, cable, radio, digital, print, media research, planning and placement, public policy and major trade associations.

 

In the third contest, a resume design by Millwood, W.Va., senior Wade McComas has advanced to the National Student Addy Competition June 4 in San Diego, Calif. McComas won a Gold Addy from the West Virginia Advertising Federation that earned entry into the District 5 (Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia) Addy Competition. At the district level the design was awarded a Silver Addy and was forwarded to the national competition.


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Marshall University student artist chosen for 'Best of West Virginia'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. Marshall University College of Fine Arts student G.W. Lanham has been chosen as one of the "Best of West Virginia" in Tamarack's upcoming juried exhibition of artwork. It's a show that Tamarack officials say showcases the most talented and creative artists in the state.

Located off I-77/64 at Exit 45, Tamarack specializes in handcrafted products made in West Virginia, and in food court dining, catering and conference center services. The "Best of West Virginia" exhibition will open with a reception at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 19, and run through Saturday, Aug. 13.

Lanham is an art major at Marshall, with an emphasis in ceramics. "I like to make functional things that are inspired by nature," he said. "I like to see my work in peoples' hands."

Ceramics professor Earline Allen, who retired this spring after 41 years of teaching at Marshall, encouraged him to enter the show. "I'm glad that I have a professor who goes above and beyond," Lanham said. "She'll spend an evening looking for shows that her students should enter, and customize the opportunities to our work styles. She really has put her all into us."

Lanham was thrilled that his work was accepted into the show, and noted the amount of talent in Appalachian ceramic artists.

"I was ecstatic," he said. "I didn't think I would get into this show especially since I'm still a student. There are so many artists in the area who are amazing potters. I bought a pitcher from a guy who didn't even realize the extent of his talent - and to me it's a superb piece!"

Some of Lanham's pottery is available for purchase at the Red Caboose, the retail shop in the Convention and Visitors Bureau at Heritage Station near Harris Riverfront Park and Pullman Square. For him, it's about making something for someone - not just an object.

"I make pots for individuals and families to use, not to be placed on a shelf and forgotten about. My interest is in how they are used in everyday life," Lanham said. "I want people to create memories around the use of my pots, even if it's just drinking that morning cup of coffee out of a favorite mug A beloved mug or bowl can have an intimate connection to memory through the ritual ways it is used."


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WMUL-FM students surpass 100 awards for 2010-2011 academic year

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from WMUL-FM, Marshall University's public radio station, received six Platinum awards, five Gold awards and two Honorable Mention awards in The Hermes Creative Awards 2011 Competition. 

In addition, the station received nine Broadcast Education Association awards and 12 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence awards in April.

The Hermes winners were named in a letter dated Friday, May 4, from Arlington, Texas. With the addition of those 13 awards, the student broadcasters have won a record-setting 101 awards for the 2010-2011 academic year with two contests still remaining -  the Communicator Awards and the West Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Association's Awards.  The total includes 30 first-place awards, 31 second-place awards, 10 third-place awards and 30 honorable mention awards.

"I am proud and grateful for the honor these Hermes Creative Platinum awards bestow on WMUL-FM, the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications and Marshall University," said Dr. Chuck Bailey, professor of radio-television production and management in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University and faculty manager of WMUL-FM.

The Hermes Creative Awards are administered and evaluated by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.  It is an international competition created to honor outstanding creativity, skill, craft and talent in the concept, writing and design of traditional and emerging media.  There were approximately 4,400 entries in The Hermes Creative Awards 2011 competition.

The Platinum Award-winning entries by WMUL-FM were:

Radio Newscast

"The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" broadcast Friday, April 9, 2010. Participants included Robert Iddings, a senior from St. Albans, producer; Leannda Carey, a senior from Wellsburg, anchor; Adam Cavalier, a graduate student from Montgomery, anchor; and Dave Traube, a graduate student from Beckley, sports anchor.                                                                                                

Radio Comedy Script

The script for the comedy program "The Hand You Were Given" was written by Morgan Shillingburg, a senior from Charleston. The documentary script was completed Friday, Sept. 10, 2010.

Radio Sports Program

"Marshall Football 2009:  The End of the Line" was written and produced by Adam Cavalier,  broadcast and  made available online before the Marshall 2010 season opener at Ohio State, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010.

Radio Sports Play-By-Play

WMUL-FM's broadcast of the Marshall University versus Bowling Green State University football game played at Doyt Perry Stadium in Bowling Green, Ohio, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010.  The students calling the football game were Adam Cavalier, play-by-play; Robert Iddings, color; and Scott Hall, a graduate student from Stevens City, Va., engineer.

Radio Sports Play-By-Play

WMUL-FM's broadcast of the Marshall University versus the University of Southern Mississippi women's basketball game played at Cam Henderson Center Saturday, Jan. 31, 2011.  The student broadcast team included Adam Cavalier, play-by-play; Dave Traube, color; and Will Vance, a freshman from Charleston, engineer.

Overall Website

WMUL-FM's website is www.marshall.edu/wmul.  The 2010-2011 webmaster for WMUL-FM Online is Tyler Kes, a sophomore from Burnsville, Minn.

The Gold Award-winning entries by WMUL-FM were:

Radio Newscast

"The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" broadcast Friday, Oct. 1, 2010. Participants were Robert Iddings, producer; Leannda Carey, anchor; Adam Cavalier, anchor; and Jimmy Sanders, a senior from Stroudsburg, Pa., sports anchor.

News Reporting Podcast

"Coping with Disaster:  Montcoal, West Virginia" by Leannda Carey, broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" and made available online Friday, April 9, 2010.

Radio Sports Play-By-Play

WMUL-FM's broadcast of the Marshall University versus Ohio State University football game played at the Horseshoe in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010.  The student broadcast team included Robert Iddings, play-by-play; Adam Cavalier, color; and Aaron Payne, a senior from Winfield, engineer.

Radio Sports Play-By-Play

WMUL-FM's broadcast of the Marshall University versus the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga men's basketball game played at Cam Henderson Center Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. The student broadcast team included Dave Traube, play-by-play; Jarrod Clay, a junior from Barboursville, color; and Tyler Kes, engineer.

Radio Promotional Announcement

"Moviephone," an in-house promotional announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM's Promotion Announcement rotation from Monday, May 3, 2010, through the present time, written and produced by Patrick Webb, a senior from Huntington.

The Honorable Mention award-winning entries were:

Radio Sports Program

"Herd Roundup" with hosts Adam Cavalier and Dave Traube, broadcast Friday, Oct. 15, 2010.

Radio Sports Play-By-Play

WMUL-FM's broadcast of the Little League Baseball Tournament of State Champions game between West Virginia and Virginia played at Mitch Stadium in Kenova, W.Va., Monday, Aug. 2, 2010.  The student broadcast team included Aaron Payne, play-by-play; Ryan Epling, a graduate student from Wayne, analyst; and Jarrod Clay, engineer.

 

Broadcast Education Association Awards

WMUL students received one Best of Festival award, three first-place awards, one second-place award, two third-place awards and two honorable mention awards during the Ninth Annual Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts Student Audio Competition ceremony in April at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

BEA has more than 1,400 academic and professional members and 250 academic institutional members.

The Broadcast Education Association and the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation's (www.kingfoundation.org) 2011 Best of Festival award for audio news was:

News reporting

"Coping with Disaster:  Montcoal, West Virginia" by Leannda Carey, broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," Friday, April 9, 2010. "Leannda Carey has received the ultimate compliment for her on-air news reporting at WMUL-FM by being presented the Best of Festival award for her report of the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster from Montcoal, West Virginia," Bailey said. "This highest of honors bestowed by BEA upon Leannda Carey is well-deserved.  I am excited about the prospects for her professional future."

The first-place award winning entries in audio were:

Newscast

"The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" broadcast Friday, April 9, 2010. Participants were Robert Iddings, producer; Leannda Carey, anchor; Adam Cavalier, anchor; Dave Traube, sports anchor.

Feature Reporting 

"Model Trains:  A Family Affair," written and produced by Adam Cavalier that was broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," Monday, April 12, 2010.

Sports Reporting

"The Mitch Express," written and produced by Adam Cavalier, broadcast during the "Tournament of State Champions," from Mitch Stadium in Kenova, W.Va., Wednesday, Aug.  4, 2010.

The second-place award-winning entry in audio was:

Sports Play-By-Play

WMUL-FM's broadcast of the Marshall University versus Bowling Green State University football game played at Doyt Perry Stadium in Bowling Green, Ohio, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010.  The student broadcast team included Adam Cavalier, play-by-play; Robert Iddings, color; Scott Hall, engineer.

The third-place award-winning entries in audio were:

Promo, PSA, Commercial

"Moviephone," an in-house promotional announcement broadcast in WMUL's Promotion Announcement rotation from Monday, May 3, 2010, through the present time, written and produced by Patrick Webb. 

Sports Play-By-Play

Marshall versus Memphis men's basketball game at Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, broadcast Saturday, Jan. 27, 2010. Calling the game were Robert Iddings, play-by-play; Andrew Ramspacher, a  recent graduate from Dublin, Ohio, color; and Aaron Payne, a senior from Winfield, engineer.

The honorable mention award winning entries in audio were:

Comedy or Drama

"The Hand You Were Given," written and produced by Morgan Shillingburg, broadcast Friday, Sept. 10, 2010.

Sports Reporting

"Facing the 3-3 Stack" by Leannda Carey, broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," Friday, Sept. 10, 2010.

 

Mark of Excellence Awards

Students from the School of Journalism also did well in another contest, receiving 12 Mark of Excellence awards from the Society of Professional Journalists at a ceremony in April.

The ceremony, which took place in Erlanger, Ky., was part of the Region 4 and 5 Spring Conference. According to the national SPJ website, 4,000 entries were judged and 100 awards were presented in categories ranging from news reports to features to opinions to photography in the areas of newspaper, online, radio and television.

 

Of the 100 awards handed out and 16 universities represented, WMUL secured 11 awards. Adam Cavalier broke his record by receiving seven awards, three of them for first place.

 

"This solid performance in SPJ's Mark of Excellence Contest is further evidence of the quality of the work performed by the talented broadcasting students at WMUL-FM and the W. Page Pitt School of journalism and Mass Communications," said Cavalier, station manager for WMUL. "I am thrilled to have been a part of it for the last few years."

 

First-place winners advanced to the national competition.

 

Students from WMUL-FM won four first-place awards, four second-place awards and three third-place awards.

The first-place award-winning entries in radio were:

Radio Newscast, Category 23

The three required newscasts used to enter this category were:

"The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," broadcast Friday, Oct. 1, 2010. Participants were Robert Iddings, producer; Leannda Carey, anchor; Adam Cavalier, anchor; and Jimmy Sanders, sports anchor.

"The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," broadcast Friday, March 5, 2010.  Participants were Robert Iddings, producer; Leannda Carey, anchor; Adam Cavalier, anchor; and Kyle Hobstetter, a senior from Portsmouth, Ohio, sports anchor.

"The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," broadcast Friday, Dec. 3, 2010. Participants were Adam Cavalier, producer; Robert Iddings, news anchor; Adam Cavalier, news anchor; and Anthony Easterling, community volunteer, Philadelphia, sports anchor.

Best News Reporting, Category 19

"Coping with Disaster:  Montcoal, West Virginia" by Leannda Carey, broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," Friday, April 9, 2010. Carey's entry was designated as a national finalist in the Radio News Reporting-4 Year College/University category. 

Best Feature, Category 20

"Model Trains:  A Family Affair," written and produced by Adam Cavalier, broadcast during the 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," Monday, April 12, 2010.

Radio Sports Reporting, Category 22

"The Mitch Express," written and produced by Adam Cavalier, broadcast during the "Tournament of State Champions" from Mitch Stadium in Kenova Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010. Cavalier's entry was designated as a national winner in the Radio Sports Reporting-4 Year College/University category.

The second-place award-winning entries in radio were:

Best News Reporting, Category 19

"SGA Election Complaints," by Leannda Carey, broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," Friday, April 9, 2010.

Best Feature, Category 20

"Serving Students: Jessica Jordan," by Leannda Carey, broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," Friday, Dec. 3, 2010.

Radio In-depth Reporting, Category 21

"Marshall Football 2009:  The End of the Line" was written and produced by  Adam Cavalier, broadcast and  made available online before the Marshall 2010 season opener at Ohio State, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010.

Radio Sports Reporting, Category 22

"Spring Practice Brings Intensity," written and produced by Adam Cavalier, broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Wednesday, April 7, 2010.

The third-place award-winning entries in radio were:

Best Feature, Category 20

"The Drumline," written and produced by Adam Cavalier, broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010.

Radio In-depth Reporting, Category 21 

"The Marshall Women's Basketball 2009-2010 Season in Review," written and produced by Adam Cavalier, broadcast before the Marshall - West Virginia Wesleyan  women's basketball game Monday, Nov. 1, 2010.

Radio Sports Reporting, Category 22

"Whiteside versus Jordan" by Robert Iddings, broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010.


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Spring graduate Elizabeth Fleming awarded Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

 

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.
- Elizabeth Fleming, a May 2011 graduate of Marshall University, has been awarded a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship for graduate study, Dr. Mary Todd, dean of the Honors College, announced today.

 

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi annually awards 57 fellowships of $5,000 each and three at $15,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Fleming is one of the $5,000 recipients.

 

She plans to attend the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C., and to pursue a career in the Foreign Service, working for the State Department or serving in the U.S. International Diplomatic Corps.

 

"Receiving the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship is such a wonderful blessing from the Lord," Fleming said. "I am very passionate about studying international politics at American University and hope to make Phi Kappa Phi proud of my efforts."

 

Marshall's chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, which was approved by the organization's board of directors in spring 2010, was formally installed in November. Initiation of the new members took place in April.

 

"The new Marshall chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is delighted that one of our inaugural initiates has been awarded a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship," Todd said. "Liz Fleming is a wonderful model of the academic excellence and service the Society promotes."

 

Susan Gilpin, associate dean of the Honors College and secretary of Marshall's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, nominated Fleming for the fellowship.

 

"Traditional expressions of support are not adequate for a student of Elizabeth's intellect and passion," Gilpin said. "Phi Kappa Phi will be proud to list Elizabeth among its graduate fellowship recipients and even more proud of what she is certain to achieve in her graduate career."

 

Fleming is serving as a summer intern in the office of Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

 

"I am absolutely loving the D.C. area and am looking forward to learning more about our nation's government and foreign policies when I am here this fall," she said.

 

Fleming, a native of South Bend, Ind., excelled in her academic and athletic endeavors at Marshall. A Yeager Scholar studying International Affairs, she graduated this spring with an overall 4.0 grade point average. A four-year starter on Marshall's volleyball team, she earned numerous honors, including being named an ESPN Academic All-American and making the Conference USA All-Academic Team for three consecutive years.


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Allen's pottery to be exhibited at Gallery 842 in retrospective exhibition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - After 41 years of teaching at Marshall University, ceramics professor Earline Allen is retiring - but not without a bang.  An exhibition of her work, titled Becoming: An Earline Allen Retrospective, opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Friday, May 27,  at Gallery 842 in downtown Huntington.

 "I have chosen 'Becoming'  as the title of my retrospective because it symbolizes my quest to become that which marks a particular aesthetic and technical achievement in my work," Allen said.  "This mark is elusive;  it is a moving target, ever changing.  I like to think of my journey as a remarkable destination which constantly invites me to continue my exploration." 

Gallery 842 is located at 842 4th Ave. and is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

"Earline Allen has devoted 41 years to Marshall University, her students, and this community," said John Farley, director of Gallery 842. "For me, exhibits such as this are always particularly rewarding because the inspiration is just as much about the impact of the individual. It is an opportunity to showcase the work of an artist who is equally renowned as an exceptional professor, mentor, advocate and citizen."

Allen was born  in Long Island, N.Y. At the age of three, she moved with her family to Logan, W.Va., to live near her father's family. From an early age her family encouraged her to go into teaching, a field in which Allen admits she had little interest initially. She had other interests in life, such as music and art, but after one classroom experience she changed her mind.

 

"I didn't go to school to become a teacher," Allen said. "I majored in biology to start with, then went over completely to art." 

 

Allen said that after her first classroom observation, she knew what she wanted to do.

 

"I didn't think I would like it, but I did and I haven't regretted becoming a teacher at all," Allen said. "I really love teaching. I think it's the best thing a person can do."

 

Allen got her first job teaching at Spring Hill Junior High School in South Charleston, W.Va. In her first year she taught science, then for the following three years she taught art while earning her Master of Fine Arts degree. She began teaching full time at Marshall as an art professor in 1970.

 

Tommy Warf, a student of Allen's who also serves as president of Keramos, the student pottery organization that Allen advised, sees her as more than just a teacher.

 

"She is a woman who has spent her life and her passion to try to not just teach students but to help students become functioning members of society," Warf said.

 

In addition to teaching, for the past eight years Allen has been heavily involved in Empty Bowls, a national initiative to combat hunger.  Allen says she had heard about the project while attending a national conference and thought that it would be great to do at Marshall.

 

"Empty Bowls has become the most successful fundraiser on campus and she's the driving force," Jaye Ike, coordinator of special projects for the College of Fine Arts, said. "She's the reason we have it. She's the unsung hero."

 

There have always been interests for Allen outside of teaching, some of which she plans to pursue after her final semester of teaching.

 

"I'm thinking about maybe doing a little bit of writing and I have an intense interest in music as well that I would like to continue," Allen said. "I love performing, I love singing. I'd like to become better prepared as a musician."

 

Allen says that she's always enjoyed her time teaching and is somewhat nervous about leaving Marshall, but is looking forward to her future and opportunities to do what she loves and enjoy life.

 

"Leaving is very bittersweet because I love what I do, but being a teacher, I have less time to pursue my other interests," Allen said. "I'm looking forward to becoming a better, more involved artist in my own right. I'll have the time I need to develop my work. I plan to travel as well and have some fun."


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Eleven undergraduate researchers awarded stipends for summer studies

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Eleven undergraduate students at Marshall University have been selected to receive the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Fellowship which provides each student with a $4,000 stipend and supplies for their research.

Marshall University has participated in the SURE program since 2005. The program is funded through the West Virginia Research Challenge Fund, and is administered by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, Division of Science and Research. SURE participants conduct their research during a 10-week time period which this year began May 16 and concludes July 29.

"We want students to know how strongly Marshall supports undergraduate research," said Dr. Mike Norton, director of the SURE program. "This is the time when these young minds start utilizing their research skills in preparation for graduate school."

The following students have been awarded SURE Fellowships for summer 2011. They are listed with their project name, their class ranking, field of study, and research faculty mentor.

  • Kevin Adkins, senior, forensic chemistry, The Design and Development of RNA Nanostructures for Drug Delivery, Dr. Bin Wang

  • Emily Beckelhimer, senior, biology, Microspectroscopic Evaluation of Human Lung Tissues Sections: A Study Employing Chemometric Analysis, Dr. Menashi Cohenford

  • Sumaiya Chaudhry, sophomore, biochemistry,  Fatty Acid Signatures in Obesity, Dr. Nalini Santanam

  • Lori Coyner, senior, molecular biology, The Cellular Localization of Fuzzy, Fritz, and Inturned Effector Proteins and the Link to Cell Polarity, Dr. Simon Collier

  • John Cuchta, junior, geology, Determining Engineering and Geochemical Properties of Paleosols, Dr. William Niemann

  • Megan Graham, senior, biology, Ex Vivo Studies of Endothelium, Dr. Elmer Price

  • Evan Riley, junior, chemistry, Microalga Chlorella Vulgaris as a Potential Source for Biodiesel, Dr. Jagan Valluri

  • Margaret Stephens, senior, ecology, An Assessment of the Ecosystem of the Cheat Mountain Salamander, Dr. Thomas K. Pauley

  • Erica Thompson, senior, integrated science and technology, The Diversity and Distribution of Freshwater Mussels in Twelve-pole Creek, West Virginia, Dr. Thomas Jones

  • Megan Welch, senior, integrated science and technology, Fecal Coliform Levels for Fourpole Creek Watershed, West Virginia, Dr. Mike Little

  • Benjamin Woodworth, junior, biochemistry, Sustainable Biodiesel from Microalgae: Metabolome Mapping of Chlorella Vulgaris, Dr. Derrick Kolling

For more information contact Norton at 304-696-6627.


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Career Services workshops at Marshall focus on career development

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Career Services is offering a series of free workshops this summer that focus on career development. 


The workshops are open to the community and Marshall students, and will take place at 3:30 p.m. June 14-16 in the Marshall Career Services Center at 1681 5th Ave.


Topics include:

  • Tuesday, June 14:  Resume Development

  • Wednesday, June 15:  Job Search Strategies

  • Thursday,  June 16:  Interviewing Tips


Glen Midkiff with Career Services said space is limited for the workshops. Those wanting to attend are asked to RSVP by calling 304-696-2370.


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Physical Therapy program offers informational sessions for students

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's new physical therapy department is offering informational sessions every third Friday of the month to introduce potential students to the program.

 

Marshall University's Board of Governors approved the Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2009 and the program is presently seeking candidacy from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.  If candidacy is granted, in November 2011 the program can begin accepting applications for the first class, set to commence in May 2012.  Students interested in applying to the program will be required to hold a baccalaureate degree by May 2012 and have completed prescribed prerequisites.


"This series of information sessions will allow students to meet with faculty on an informal basis to determine what is needed to apply," said Dr. Penny Kroll, chair of the physical therapy department. "We'll give them all the information they need to apply to the program and answer any questions they might have regarding the curriculum and the application process."

 

The information sessions are scheduled as follows: June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16, October 21, November 18 and December 16.


 All sessions are scheduled from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Pritchard Hall, Room 324 on the Huntington campus. Potential students are asked to email the program at physicaltherapy@marshall.edu with the date of the session they'd like to attend.

 


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Service Awards Luncheon set for June 9 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's 27th annual Service Awards Luncheon will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 9, in the Don Morris Room in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus. The Employee of the Year will be named during the luncheon.

The following is a list of university staff members who will receive awards:

For 10 Years of Service: Eleanor Anders, Terry Blake, Thomas Burnside, Travis Callihan, Patricia Campbell, Royce Chadwick, David Daniel, Rodney Elliott, Paul Glover, Anna Gue, Gregory Harmon, Nancy Heffernan, John Huxley, Ian Levstein, Tawnia Mathis, Gloria McFann, Linda McLain-Hartlage, Karen Midkiff, Kandice Napier, Leonard Nida, Joseph Perry, Holly Simpkins, Tracy Smith, Michael Smith, Timothy Sowards, Rita Spears, Crystal Stewart, Heather Stirewalt, John Sutherland, Julia White and Daniel Williamson.

For 15 Years of Service: Monica Brooks, Dennis Chappelle, Lisa Christopher, Kimberly Fry, Paul Hermansdorfer, David Steele, Denise Wiley and Timothy Woolum.

For 20 Years of Service: Barbara Becker-Cottrill, Thomas Bergquist, Judy Blevins, Pamela Bowen, Charles Carico, Linda Eastham, Tami Fletcher, Christopher Kennedy, Beverly Lee, Mark Nethercutt, Carolyn Plybon, Barbara Simpkins, Patsy Smith, Sherri Stepp, Barbara Tubbs-Ford and Debra Wood.

For 25 Years of Service: Dianne Anestis, John Ball, Linda Bowen, Jonathan Brown, Virginia Campbell-Turner, Leslie Cavender, Harold Cook, Pamela Hamilton, Gina Kates, Betty Lewis, John McComas, Melinda Morgan, James Morris-Smith, Gael Setliff, LuAnn South and Wilma Thomas.

For 30 Years of Service: Ruby Dean, Mike Dunn, Marilyn Fox, James McKeny, Elizabeth Nickell, Nancy Schultz and Wanda Webb.

For 35 Years of Service: Stephanie Gray, Charles McKown, Glenna Racer, Kristine Standifur and Sheila Wiley.

For 40 Years of Service:  Paul Dempsey.

Retirees: Sherry Adkins, Thomas Bergquist, Bonnie Berry, Leslie Cavender, Janet Clark, John Curry, Brenda Flemings, Elizabeth Graybeal, Florence Harshbarger, Carol Henson, Jacqueline Hersman, Sharon Lake, Henry Lambert, Karen Lucas, Juanita Marley, Joyce Maynard, Dennis Meadows, Vickie Navy, Nancy Person, Faye Ronk, Nancy Schultz, Stephen Shumlas, James Sinnette, Samuel Stanley, Mary Wolfe, and Nancy Wooten.

To be eligible for awards employees must have completed 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service to Marshall University by May 1, 2011.

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Andrew Gooding named director of Marshall's RBA program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Andrew Gooding, an instructor in Marshall University's Department of Integrated Science and Technology since 1999, is the new director of MU's Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) program, effective Monday, May 16.

 

Gooding replaces former interim director Dr. Elaine Baker, who retired.

 

"I'm excited about the position," Gooding said. "The RBA staff really tries to do what's best for students. Helping students get ready for life after college is something I like to do."

 

Dr. Rudy Pauley, associate vice president for Outreach and Continuing Studies, said his office is excited to have Gooding as director of the RBA program, which is part of the Office of Outreach and Continuing Studies.

 

"Andrew brings a rich background and great enthusiasm to the office which will enhance our students' experience," Pauley said.

 

As director of the RBA program, Gooding works with returning students who have graduated from high school a minimum of four years ago to help them complete their undergraduate degrees in a timely manner.  He works with longtime RBA advisors Jerri Clagg and Rita Spears.

 

Gooding was raised in Ithaca, N.Y., received his bachelor's degree at Bates College and did graduate work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. His graduate work focused on rhetorical theory and criticism and his research focuses on collective memory and trauma.

 

Gooding was hired by the IST department to teach courses in public speaking, technical writing, group communication and the impact of science and technology on society and bioethics, as well as to prepare students for senior projects. 

 

He is certified as a writing-intensive instructor by the Writing Across the Curriculum program at Marshall.  He also teaches the IST Connections courses as Core I Critical thinking courses.

 

Gooding has been the speech mentor for the Yeager seminar series and worked for the Rahall Transportation Institute completing reports, writing grant proposals, and editing technical papers.

He lives on the south side of Huntington with his wife, Grace, and two children, Evan and Christopher. He helps coach the Marshall University table tennis club, assists with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, and coaches youth soccer and fencing.

 


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Intuit CEO Brad Smith keynote speaker for Marshall University Executive MBA hooding ceremony

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Thirty professional students in the current Marshall University Executive Master of Business Administration class were honored Saturday during a special hooding ceremony at the Charleston Marriott.

Brad Smith, president and CEO of Intuit, delivered the keynote address. Smith, who just last month was inducted in the Lewis College of Business Hall of Fame, is from Kenova, W.Va., and has a Bachelor of Arts 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 of 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.

The students were formally hooded with their academic regalia during the ceremony by Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp with assistance from College of Business Dean Chong Kim.

The cohort has successfully completed all the requirements of the Executive MBA program including a recent international residency in Frankfurt, Germany, and Budapest, Hungary, according to Dr. Uday Tate, director of Marshall's Executive MBA program.

"This ceremony recognizes the accomplishments of our professional business students in a formal, professional setting befitting the hard work and dedication that went into earning their Executive MBA degrees," Tate said. "They have studied together for more than 60 Saturdays on the South Charleston campus. We are proud of these students and we appreciate the sacrifices they made to advance their education and careers."

The Marshall University Executive MBA cohort, Class of 2011, includes: Michael Allen of Huntington, Troy Andes of Hurricane, Shannon Bailey of Princeton, Todd Beane of South Charleston, Shawna Boyer of Barboursville, Kayla Brown of Cross Lanes, Kevin Chikombero of Harare, Zimbabwe, Christina Dalton of Charleston, Clayton Ferguson of Morgantown, Brian Gartley of Morgantown, Walt Hawthorne of Beckley, David Hayes of Dunbar, LTC, John J. Hess of Barboursville, Gregory Hutton of Teays Valley, Carl Jimison of Huntington, Evan Johnson of St. Albans, Tom Johnson of Charleston, Courtney Kovach of Huntington, Michael Little of Huntington, Michael Moncada of Scott Depot, Joy Dee "Xan" Mooney of Wayne, Lalena Price of Charleston, Anthony Ridenour of Hurricane, Kathy Rittenhouse of Hurricane, Megan Roush of Charleston, Jason Shepherd of Boomer, Jennifer Thacker of Welch, Gordon Waters of Proctorville, Ohio, Shad West of South Charleston and Cody Wiseman of Cross Lanes.


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June Harless Center to hold year-end GigaPan celebration

 

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development, part of Marshall University's College of Education and Human Services, will have a year-end GigaPan celebration Monday, May 23.

 

The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. in Room BE 5 of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's Huntington campus.

 

The GigaPan camera is a simple robotic platform for capturing very high-resolution panoramic images with a standard digital camera.  These images are then downloaded onto a computer where the software stitches the pictures together to create a single navigable image.  The images are easily stored on the Web, browsed and zoomed

 

On display will be projects from the first year of a two-year grant, which was funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and enabled teachers to integrate innovative technology into existing curriculum. In addition, the project supported local and regional students to take GigaPan panoramic images of their communities and activities and share them with peers across the world. 

 

The grant aims to foster a spirit of global citizenship and understanding using technology in a safe forum for young people to share thoughts and ideas about their world.  Schools showcasing projects are from Marshall University Professional Development Partnership Schools and include Huntington High, Kellogg and Ceredo elementaries, Vinson Middle, Cherry River Elementary in Nicholas County and Beverly Elementary in Randolph County. 

 

This celebration on May 23 is free to the public and anyone interested is encouraged to attend.  For more information, contact Carrie-Meghan Quick at quickblanco@marshall.edu or visit gigapan.org. 


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Marshall Fly Fishing Team Prepares for Tournament

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. For the second time in two years, Marshall University is endorsing a fly-fishing team in a nationally broadcast tournament scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, May 19- 21, in Cabins, W.Va.

The team, called "Team Marshall Fly Fishing," is composed of Brady Hanson of Arlington, Va., and Dr. David Zieg of Ranchland, Colo. The two anglers have a total of more than 30 years in fly-fishing experience and will compete as part of a 10-team field.

"This event continues to bring exposure to both Marshall University and the state of West Virginia," said Greg Hall, co-director of the tournament and a 1973 graduate of Marshall University. "Fly fishing is a sport that is experiencing major growth, particularly among professionals and women."

Hall previously fished as part of Team Marshall, but opted to help with tournament administration this year.

"I'm grateful that the College of Science and the Career Services office at Marshall are helping us with this team," said Hall.   "I just can't say enough about the support we've been given."

The tournament will be broadcast nationally on a future episode of "Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming," (www.flyrodchronicles.tv) which is carried on the Sportsman Channel.  Check local listings for show times.

For more information contact Hall at greg@flyrodchronicles.tv


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Application period under way for "Jazz-MU-Tazz"

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. Applications are now being accepted for Marshall University's 13th annual Jazz-MU-Tazz festival for high school musicians who will be entering grades 9 through 12 in the fall, according to Dr. Ed Bingham, professor of music and director of jazz studies at the university.

The festival will take place from Monday, June 13, through Saturday, June 18. Applications and a $25 registration fee are due Wednesday, June 1.

The festival will include classes in jazz performance and improvisation as well as other related music topics, Bingham said. Participants will perform in the Jazz-MU-Tazz Festival Jazz Ensemble as well as have the opportunity to perform in small groups, culminating with a final concert at the Pullman Square Plaza June 18.  In addition to the daily classes, evening activities such as concerts, jam sessions, movies and recreational activities will round out each day.

"Students who attend Jazz-MU-Tazz have a great time during the week in rehearsals, discussion forums, jam sessions and other social activities," Bingham said. "If you don't believe us, ask one of the previous year's participants!"

Jazz-MU-Tazz participants have the choice of staying on the Huntington campus or commuting from their homes. Campus housing will be at Marshall Commons and meals are available at the Harless Dining Room (in the same complex). High school-age students will be supervised by Jazz-MU-Tazz staff members and by residence hall personnel. 

In addition to music faculty members from Marshall, trombonist Dr. Dave Dickey will serve as guest instructor/artist. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Dickey attended the University of North Texas and received a bachelor's degree in jazz studies. While at North Texas, he recorded two CDs with the famed One O' Clock Lab Band directed by Neil Slater Dickey. He then moved to Miami and lived there for six years as a performing and touring musician and jazz radio disc jockey for WDNA-Miami. While living in Miami, he received his master's in jazz performance from Florida International University.  He then moved to Urbana, Ill., to work on his D.M.A. in jazz performance the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Dickey currently lives in Saint Louis, Mo., teaching jazz trombone at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Further information on the festival and a downloadable brochure and application form are available on the Marshall website at www.marshall.edu/jazz.


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English professor wins writing award

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A Marshall University professor has been awarded a prestigious prize for his fictional short story which chronicles a day in the lives of four young boys.

 

John Van Kirk, a professor of English, was recognized by The Iowa Review which sponsors a yearly contest in poetry, fiction and nonfiction.  Van Kirk will receive a $1,000 cash prize and his story, "Landscape with Boys," will be published in the magazine later this year.

 

"The story is set in a suburban cemetery," Van Kirk said.  "It's based on a real place where my brothers and I often played when we were boys."

 

Van Kirk has been teaching courses in creative writing and international literature at Marshall University since 1993.  He has written a novel, "The Enchanted Pond," which is scheduled to be published by Red Hen Press in 2013.


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'100 Cities, One Night for Autism' features acclaimed documentary, 'Wretches & Jabberers'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Huntington is one of 100 cities across the United States participating Thursday, May 12, in "100 Cities, One Night for Autism," a unique theatrical screening of the critically acclaimed documentary, "Wretches & Jabberers," sponsored nationally by the John P. Hussman Foundation and the Autism Society.

 

Locally the film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in the Marquee Cinema in downtown Huntington. This showing is sponsored by the West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall University, the Autism Services Center and the Autism Society - River Cities.

 

"Wretches & Jabberers" follows two men with autism, Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette, who embark on a global quest to change attitudes about disability, intelligence and communication. The feature film is about personal struggles and the power of relationships and the personal connections people make through communication.

 

"We encourage everyone in our community to come and see this film. It is an eye opener about perceptions of disability," said Dr. Barbara Becker-Cottrill, director of the West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall University.

 

The documentary was directed by Academy Award winner Gerardine Wurzburg ("Educating Peter") with a soundtrack featuring original music by composer J. Ralph.

 

The Autism Society is the nation's leading grassroots autism organization dedicated to improving the lives of all affected by autism. The mission of the John P. Hussman Foundation is to provide life-changing assistance through medical research, education and direct aid to vulnerable individuals having urgent needs or significant disabilities.

 

For more information, call 1-800-344-5115.


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Students collect canned food for professor to deliver to Alabama tornado victims

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students in a health sciences medical terminology class at Marshall University held a canned food drive to benefit victims of the recent deadly tornadoes that ravaged several southern states.

 

The students collected approximately 2,000 canned food items for Alabama residents out of respect for Dr. Tim Tolbert, an assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, who is an Alabama native. Tolbert is driving to his home state this week to deliver the goods to an organization based in Northeast Alabama, specifically Calhoun, Dekalb and Etowah counties.

 

"I know all too well the needs of the affected communities," Tolbert said. "I'm very proud of our students and I know their efforts will be appreciated.


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Marshall University K-12 Summer Program starts June 27

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. Marshall University is once again offering a month-long K-12 Summer Program in Charleston, designed to provide children under 18 with activity-based learning experiences in writing, reading and math.


Students will explore the theme "Many Lands, Many Stories" and have opportunities to become involved in hands-on activities. The program will take place at Stonewall Jackson Middle School from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, June 27 through July 28.  Assessment and counseling services also will be available.


The cost for each child is $100 and includes breakfast and lunch. Scholarships are available on a need basis. Participants will be scheduled for an orientation session from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on either Wednesday, June 22 or Tuesday, June 23. Since this is a full inclusion program, both regular and special education students are encouraged to apply. 


The program utilizes supervised graduate students in clinical experiences leading to certification or licensure.


Enrollment forms and additional information can be obtained by contacting Dr. Joyce Meikamp, Director of Clinical and Field-Based Experiences at Marshall, by phone at 304-746-1983 or by e-mail at jmeikamp@marshall.edu.


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Graduate College announces summer thesis grant recipients

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Eight graduate students at Marshall University have received summer thesis grants for this year, Dr. Donna J. Spindel, dean of the graduate college, announced today.

The purpose of the grant is to provide funding for students who are working on thesis projects, Spindel said.  The selection is made on the quality and significance of the thesis research, the likelihood that the research will eventuate in a completed thesis and the justification of need for support. The grant amount is $500 and is provided by the Marshall University Research Corporation.

Following is a list of recipients:

  • Lauren Angel, M.A., History, The West Virginia Dance Festival: An Enduring and Evolving Community (Thesis Adviser: Dr. Kevin Barksdale).
  • Derek Bozzell, M.S., Biological Sciences, The Effects of Auditory Call Playback on Anuran Visual Encounter Surveys (Thesis Adviser: Dr. Thomas K. Pauley).
  • Elizabeth V. Fet, M.S., Biological Sciences, Fish population dynamics within the Ohio River: Are dams acting as barriers? (Thesis Adviser: Dr. Philippe Georgel).
  • Derek S. Hancock, M.S., Environmental Science, Digital Conversion of Scientific Technical Manuals (Thesis Adviser: Dr. Tracy Christofero).
  • Jennifer L. Hancock, Psy.D., Psychology, Assessing the Needs of West Virginia Cancer Survivors (Thesis Adviser: Dr. Pamela Mulder).
  • Sarah M. McConnell, M.A., English, Portrait of an Appalachian Woman Writer: Investigating the relationship between literacy and identity among Appalachian Women of the working-class (Thesis Adviser: Dr. Chris Green).
  • Robert Desmond Shura, Psy.D., Psychology, Effects of Partner Attachment Quality on PTSD Severity with Combat-Exposed Veterans (Thesis Adviser: Dr. Marc Lindberg).
  • Claire E. Snyder, M.A., History, Change by Coalition: WV FREE and the Reproductive Rights Movement in West Virginia (Thesis Adviser: Dr. Greta Rensenbrink).

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Retrospective exhibit on artist Hank Keeling begins Friday evening in South Charleston

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. A retrospective art exhibition, "Hank Keeling: A Life in Art," honoring the local artist who died in 2010, will open Friday, May 6, in the Marshall University South Charleston Library and Research Commons on Marshall's South Charleston campus. The show is being sponsored by Marshall's Graduate Humanities Program.

 

An opening reception will take place that evening from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the library.  Introductions will be made at 6 p.m. and Richard Ressmeyer will give a gallery talk at 6:15 p.m.

 

Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

 

Keeling, who was born in St. Albans, achieved recognition far beyond the borders of his home state with his engaging images achieved through combining collage, drawing and painting. His effervescent yet significant works can be found throughout the United States, Europe and China. His contemporary modern art has been featured in numerous exhibits, museums and art stores, and his work has been the subject of several feature articles.

 

After receiving a B.F.A. in Interior Design in 1947 from Pratt Institute, Keeling attended classes for several years at the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Art, Art Students League and Brooklyn Museum of Art, all in New York City. He also participated in several summer workshops in Provincetown, Mass., where he studied with artists Leo Manso and Victor Kandell. In the late 1960s Keeling returned to this area and received a master's degree in fine arts from Marshall in 1969.       

 

Keeling found recognition not only as an artist but also as a teacher and mentor. As a teacher and chair of the art department at the University of Charleston, he was a strong force in modeling the careers of countless artists, public school teachers and university professors. Keeling was always generous in sharing his talents and his knowledge of art, teaching classes throughout the community and at local art museums.  Some West Virginia collections that include his work are the Avampato Museum (formerly Sunrise Museum), the Parkersburg Art Center and the West Virginia State Art collection. He also was listed in Who's Who in American Art as an influential American artist. Keeling retired from the University of Charleston as an Associate Professor of Art, Emeritus.

 

The Keeling exhibit at Marshall came about in part because of a Graduate Humanities spring seminar taught by Mark Tobin Moore, also titled "A Life in Art: Hank Keeling." The seminar included biographical research, art preparation, and the writing and producing of a catalog of the exhibition. Students assisted in curating and installing the Keeling exhibit, which will run through August 12.

 

The Keeling show is one of a rotating series of exhibits designed to showcase the work of local artists or those with local ties. The exhibits are free and open to the public.

 

The Marshall University South Charleston campus is on Angus E. Peyton Drive, off Kanawha Turnpike, just past the Dow Center. Free parking is available on site. For additional information, call  304-746-2022.      


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MU professor to read from his work in Galway, Ireland

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University English Professor Art Stringer will be reading from his work at the May Over The Edge Writers' Gathering at The Kitchen @ The Museum in Galway, Ireland Friday, May 13.

 

He will be joined by Ron Houchin of Huntington and others in the 8 p.m. readings.

 

Stringer is the author of two collections of poems, Channel Markers (Wesleyan University Press) and Human Costume (Salmon Poetry). His work has appeared in such journals as The Nation, Antaeus, The Ohio Review, Denver Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah and Poetry Northwest, as well as in Backcountry: Contemporary Writing in West Virginia.

 

He has edited and introduced a new edition of Louise McNeill's Paradox Hill, (West Virginia University Press, 2009).  He has read his work in a wide range of American locales and also previously in Galway.  For 20 years, he has taught writing and literature at Marshall University.

 

For 30 years, Houchin taught public school in the Appalachian region of southernmost Ohio. He has three books published by Salmon Publishing, Death And The River (1997), Moveable Darkness (2002), andMuseum Crows (2009).

 

His other books Among Wordless Things (2004) and Birds In The Tops Of Winter Trees (2008) were published by Wind Publications of Nicholasville, Ky. His awards include Appalachian-Book-of-the-Year-in-Poetry, a National Society of Arts and Letters Prize, an Ohio Arts Council Fellowship, a poetry prize from Indiana University and a Writer's Digest Award. 


Houchin earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Marshall.


For more information, visit http://www.overtheedgeliteraryevents.blogspot.com/ or call Stringer at 304-696-2403.


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Burnis R. Morris, MU's Carter G. Woodson Professor, selected as 20th Distinguished John Deaver Drinko Academy Fellow


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Burnis R. Morris, Marshall University's Carter G. Woodson Professor, has been selected as the 2011-2012 Distinguished John Deaver Drinko Academy Fellow, according to Dr. Alan Gould, executive director of the John Deaver Drinko Academy.

Morris is the 20th faculty member to have been appointed as a Drinko Fellow. Dr. Simon Perry was the first Drinko Fellow in the 1994-1995 academic year.

 

"Burnis has been an outstanding addition to the Marshall University faculty," Gould said. "He certainly merits the title of Distinguished John Deaver Drinko Fellow. I am especially pleased that he will be using his time as Drinko Fellow in the next academic year to work on certain aspects of the life of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a one-time resident of Huntington, a distinguished scholar and father of African American history."

 

Appointed annually, the Fellow receives a generous stipend, a reduced teaching load, and other financial and clerical support for two academic years to undertake research projects and other scholarly pursuits.

 

Morris will present the results of his work to the university community at a symposium next spring during Marshall's annual Celebration of Academics.

 

Morris, known nationally for his work advising and training professional journalists who cover philanthropy and tax-exempt issues, has held the position of Carter G. Woodson Professor in the Marshall University School of Journalism and Mass Communications since 2003.

"The Drinko Academy Fellowship is one of the most prestigious honors a faculty member can receive in West Virginia higher education," Morris said. "I am grateful to the Drinko Academy for its support and recognition. I look forward to an exciting year."

Morris said he will continue his research into Woodson's career and revisit his most famous work, "Mis-Education of the Negro," first published in 1933.

"The book, now a classic, was a strong indictment of American education, especially how it systematically ignored contributions from racial minorities," Morris said. "Although the education system has been more inclusive in the decades since Woodson's observations, one would have to be Rip Van Winkle not to notice the system still has major problems; it is attacked from the left and the right, incessantly. I hope to figure out whether any of Woodson's major criticisms in 'Mis-Education' are relevant 78 years later - and of course, whether many of today's criticisms echo Woodson's observations. There should be enough material for a book."

Morris has served as head of the Journalism Division at Marshall since 2006. He has created two courses, copy editing and sports reporting, and taught other courses across a wide spectrum in mass communications -- including advanced reporting, public affairs reporting, computer-assisted reporting, mass media history, women, minorities and the media and public relations. He is a member of the Marshall University Faculty Senate and its Executive Committee, chair of the JMC Diversity Committee and Special Projects Committee and former chair of the Faculty Senate's Student Conduct and Welfare Committee.


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