April 9, 2014

 

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  • Marshall donors, recipients honored at brunch

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    Marshall University donors and current recipients of privately funded scholarships were honored Saturday, April 5, at the Scholarship Honor Brunch in the Memorial Student Center’s Don Morris Room. The event, sponsored by the Marshall University Foundation Inc., was attended by a record crowd of more than 400 people.  President Stephen J. Kopp spoke on “The Impact of Scholarships,” and Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the MU Foundation Inc., served as master of ceremonies. Other speakers included students Joycelyn Morton, a sophomore from Bluefield, and Ellen Castro, a freshman from Huntington. Kopp said the event was “a celebration of the importance of our scholarship donors ...
  • Harrison-Pitaniello named 20th Drinko Fellow; President Kopp honored for support of the Drinko Academy

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    Dr. Marcia Harrison-Pitaniello, a professor in the department of biological sciences, has been selected as the 2014-2015 Distinguished John Deaver Drinko Academy Fellow, according to Dr. Alan Gould, executive director of the academy. Gould announced Harrison-Pitaniello’s selection as the latest – and 20th overall – fellow during the annual Drinko Symposium Saturday night in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre, in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.  He also honored  President Stephen J. Kopp by naming him a Distinguished John Deaver  Drinko Fellow, and presenting him with a medallion and a plaque. “Since his appointment to the presidency in July 2005, he has ...
  • Hart named to West Virginia advisory committee to U.S. Commission on Human Rights

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    Debra Hart, director of equity programs at Marshall, has been appointed to the West Virginia State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Human Rights. This is her second term on the advisory board, as she was appointed for a previous two-year term in 1996. The U.S. Commission on Human Rights is an independent, bipartisan and fact-finding federal agency with the mission to inform the development of national civil rights policy and enhance enforcement of federal civil rights laws.  This mission is pursued by studying alleged deprivations of voting rights and alleged discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, disability or ...
  • Rally for Autism to take place April 26

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    The West Virginia Autism Training Center (WVATC), located on the Huntington campus, is inviting everyone to join the 13th Annual Rally for Autism, which takes place Saturday, April 26, at Ritter Park in Huntington. The event will feature the Seaton and Moira Taylor 5K Walk, sponsored by Campbell Woods PLLC; a Rally for Autism 5K run; and a Rally for Autism 25-mile bike ride. There are two types of participation, individual or team, and members of the public are invited to either create a team or join an existing one. The event benefits the West Virginia Autism Training Center; the Autism Society ...
  • Artists Series presents ‘American Idiot’ April 24

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    The  Broadway musical “American Idiot,”  which was inspired  by Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album “American Idiot,”  comes to the  Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 24, at 8 p.m. A 2010 Tony Award-nominated Best Musical and Grammy Award winner of Best Musical Show Album, “American Idiot” gives an uncensored look at the misguided lives of suburban youths.  In an effort to stay true to the  music featured in the show, audience members can expect to hear little dialogue between songs. Set in the mid-2000s, the musical focuses on three friends – Johnny, Will and Tunny – who are desperate to leave their ...
  • Marshall Women’s Center to host screening and panel discussion for documentary on military sexual assault


    The Marshall University Women’s Center, in conjunction with CONTACT Rape Crisis Center, will sponsor a screening of “The Invisible War,” an investigative documentary about rape within the U.S. military. It will be shown at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in room BE-5 of the Memorial Student Center, and is free and open to the public. The film follows several veteran survivors of military sexual assault who tell their powerfully emotional stories and their efforts to rebuild their lives and seek justice, while revealing the systemic cover-up of rapes within the military. Nominated for an Academy Award and the winner of an ...
  • Reminder: Empty Bowls is this Friday, April 11; projected to exceed one million meals donated

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    This year’s Empty Bowls event is expected to exceed one million meals raised for Facing Hunger Foodbank (formerly Huntington Area Food Bank) since Huntington’s version of the national initiative began in 2003. “We knew we were close to — if not over — that total last year,” said Diana Van Horn, director of the Cridlin Food and Clothing Pantry, an agency partly supported by Facing Hunger Foodbank. “With the figures we have and estimations from the earliest campaigns, we’re confident this year’s earnings will put us over that one-million-meal mark.” The 11th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser will take place from 10:30 a.m. ...
  • 5k training class being offered at the Marshall Recreation Center


    The Marshall Recreation Center is offering a 5k training class to help runners train for the 2014 Herald-Dispatch West Virginia 5k Championship taking place on Saturday, June 21, in downtown Huntington. The class will be offered to both members and non-members and take place on Tuesdays from April 15 through June 17 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Recreation Center. The course is designed to focus on training for the race, and is for runners of all types, both experienced and those with a goal of finishing their very first 5k. The class will be taught by Julia Galloway, a Huntington ...
  • Budget Work Group meets April 4 and 7 to continue budget process for FY 2015

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    The budget work group continued its work on Friday afternoon, April 4. The beginning of the FY15 budget process started with an estimated $14 million deficit in the operating budget. Through efforts of the budget team and the budget work group, and initial work by some areas of administration, the deficit was reduced to $7.7 million. This was accomplished by cancelling some vacant positions, utilizing revenue items generated in the prior year such as investment income and summer overhead share, as well as “scrubbing” the placeholder pay increase.  Budget units then submitted their FY 15 budget requests, where they identified ...
  • Career Services and Generation Huntington are suiting students for success with a men’s professional clothing drive


    Generation Huntington, a committee of the Huntington Chamber of Commerce, is assisting  Career Services in taking on the task of dressing male students and recent graduates for interviews, internships and new jobs. While discussing ways Generation Huntington and Career Services could partner to best benefit the students of Marshall University, the need for men’s professional clothing was brought up, said Tiffany Bajus, Generation Huntington Vice Chair. “We approached Career Services director Denise Hogsett about a month ago to come up with some ideas for ways our members could become more involved with their programs and initiatives to assist Marshall students and graduates,” ...
  • Arley Johnson to speak at Woodson fundraising banquet


    Arley Johnson, who has worked with Congress on behalf of community service organizations since 2009, will be the keynote speaker at the 22nd annual Carter G. Woodson Memorial Foundation Inc., fundraising banquet Saturday, April 12. The banquet begins at 6 p.m. in Room BE5 on the lower level of the Memorial Student Center. Proceeds will help fund a scholarship endowment to support outstanding Marshall University students, as well as the purchase of materials on black culture and history. Tickets for the event are available for a donation of $30. Corporate tables also are available. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact ...
  • Herd to battle the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee State in Oct. 11 Homecoming game

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    The Thundering Herd football team’s Oct. 11 matchup with the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders will be Marshall’s Homecoming game, it was announced last week. That Saturday’s game kickoff time will be announced later. “The Raiders pulled a sly one last fall and upset our Thundering Herd on their home turf in Murfreesboro, which turned out to be our only conference loss of the year,” said Matt Hayes, executive director of the Marshall University Alumni Association. “Now, it’s our turn to welcome them to Huntington with a Cato air show. October is an absolutely beautiful time to be in the hills ...
  • Robbie Layne named Employee of the Month

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    Robbie Layne, Accounting Assistant I in the Bursar’s Office, has been named the Marshall Employee of the Month for February, according to Michelle Brown Douglas, chair of the Employee of the Month Committee. Employed since March 1990, she was nominated by Jamie Henry. In her nomination Henry wrote, “Robbie has been a dedicated and integral part of the Office of the Bursar since she was employed 24 years ago.  She has handled situations too numerous to mention with patience, accuracy and efficiency, no matter the person or problem, be it student, parent or staff member.  She has been faithful in her attendance ...
  • Marshall, along with all other State of West Virginia employers, to move to bi-weekly paychecks in January


    As part of the State of West Virginia’s move to the wvOASIS Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP), Marshall, like all state agencies, will move to a bi-weekly pay system in January 2015. So instead of being paid twice a month as they are now, employees will be paid on the same day every other week. The transition is part of a system-wide plan to bring employees at all state locations into a standardized pay schedule. In preparation for the move to bi-weekly, employees who are now paid on a current basis will be moved to an arrears basis. This means that  work performed from ...

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