August 12, 2015

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  • Opening of Weisberg complex to take place tomorrow; university community encouraged to attend


    The opening of its $56 million Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex will be celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug.13, on the Morrow Library lawn, across Third Ave. from the complex. Members of the university community are welcome and encouraged to attend . A portion of Third Ave. between 20th St. and Hal Greer Blvd. will be closed from 2:30 to 4 p.m. for the ceremony. All west-bound traffic will be rerouted during that time. Among the guest speakers will be: Dr. Gayle Ormiston, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs; Pamela L. Weisberg, Esq.; Interim President Gary G. White; U.S. Sen. Joe ...
  • WOW activities begin next Wednesday, Aug. 19


    This year’s Week of Welcome (WOW) for incoming freshmen officially runs Wednesday, Aug. 19, through Sunday, Aug. 21, although there are many WOW-related events continuing Aug. 22 and 23. The complete schedule of WOW activities, which leads up to the opening day of the fall semester, can be found at www.marshall.edu/wow. “Week of Welcome and UNI 100 provide incoming freshmen with an opportunity to arrive on campus early and meet new friends and classmates,” said Sherri Stepp, director of University College at Marshall. “They will find a team of staff volunteers and peer mentors who are ready to provide support in their transition ...
  • New Marshall website design launched


    Marshall rolled out a newly revamped website last week. The site, which is compatible with all browsers and mobile devices, offers an enhanced user experience and is part of Marshall’s ongoing efforts to improve the information available to its current and prospective students. Ginny Painter, senior vice president for communications and marketing, said the university’s main goal was to design a user-friendly site with streamlined navigation and increased functionality, with a special focus on serving students and making information about attending Marshall easy to find. “We are so pleased to have this fresh, new design for the website,” she said. “It is ...
  • Payroll reminder: Sept. 15 is first payday for 9-month faculty for new academic year


    As a reminder from information previously shared in the spring, the first paycheck for 9-month faculty whose contract period begins in mid-August will be Sept. 15, 2015.  This is due to all employees being paid in arrears now. If a 9-month faculty member chose to spread his/her pay over 12 months, then he/she will receive the final pay from the previous year’s contract on Aug. 31. If he/she chose to be paid over the contract period, then he/she will not receive a paycheck on Aug. 31 as in previous years. The paycheck received on May 29 was the final pay for the ...
  • Marshall officer receives national award from Rape Aggressive Defense Systems


    Scott Ballou’s passion for the work he does has just won him a prestigious national award. And ironically, for the mild-mannered Ballou, it’s known as the Aggressor Award. That’s fine with him, because the award came from Rape Aggressive Defense Systems (RAD) a national program that educates women about how to be safe by learning about risks and how to deal with them. It’s a program he’s been teaching at Marshall since 2000, an elective course he would like to see expanded to include more women. Nationally, RAD only gives two aggressor awards annually at their annual conference and while Ballou may ...
  • Reminder: Deadline for Marshall Artists Series season packages is today


    A reminder: the deadline to purchase or renew season packages for the Marshall Artists Series is today, Wednesday, Aug. 12.. All orders will be processed in order of date and time received. Tickets to individual events go on sale, Monday, Aug. 31. The Marshall Artists Series is again offering a two-payment plan which can be ordered at ext. 6-3313. Season packages may be ordered by calling ext.6-3326, faxing (304) 696-6658 or e-mailing artistsseries@marshall.edu. The Artists Series box office is located in the Jomie Jazz Center on the Huntington campus, with hours Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Presidential open house to take place Aug. 19


    Interim President Gary White and members of the university’s senior management team will host their next informal monthly open house for members of the Marshall community on Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 3 to 4 p.m. Although the open houses normally take place each month in the reception area of the Office of University Communications, this month’s event will take place in the lobby of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Refreshments will be served. Faculty, staff and students are welcome and encouraged to attend to meet and talk with administrators about a range of topics of their choice.
  • New Title IX training to be offered; deadline is Oct. 1


    The offices of the General Counsel and Equity Programs are rolling out a new online Title IX training course. The course, which is mandatory for all faculty and staff, is intended to help ensure an environment free from unlawful sexual discrimination in all aspects of the university experience. The course must be completed by Oct. 1. Each employee will receive an e-mail with a unique link to access the course. For your convenience, once you log on, you may take sections of the training as your schedule permits. It is not necessary to complete the training in one session. If you have any ...
  • College of Health Professions dean honored as WSAZ’s Hometown Hero


    Dr. Michael Prewitt, dean of the  College of Health Professions, has been named WSAZ’s most recent Hometown Hero. Every week, WSAZ recognizes people who have made a significant difference in other people’s lives and their communities. Winners are chosen based on their voluntary positive impact on a person or community, according to WSAZ. Prewitt said he was only trying to help the owners of a local business after a severe storm blew out their storefront windows in late June. “I was driving by Avant-Garde on 4th Avenue after going grocery shopping and noticed they had no windows,” Prewitt said. “The owners seemed ...
  • Marshall contracts with PNC Bank


    PNC Bank, N.A., a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., (NYSE: PNC) has announced that it will provide banking services to Marshall students. Under this new agreement, PNC will provide student and workplace banking, as well as financial literacy programs for the school’s more than 13,000 students, faculty and staff. “We believe the tools and services PNC provides will allow our students to stay on the right path for financial success,” said Barry A. Beckett, Director of Student Financial Systems and Bursar. “Their technology and commitment to financial education will be a great benefit to all of Marshall.” Additional highlights ...
  • School of Medicine marks annual White Coat Ceremony


    The Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine officially welcomed 76 new students Friday, Aug. 7, in the school’s annual White Coat Ceremony. The White Coat Ceremony was first introduced at Marshall in 1996. It is considered a rite of passage for first-year students and is designed to instill the values of professionalism, humanism and compassionate care. Among this year’s class of students are a 54-year-old who recently received her undergraduate degree, a former missionary worker who survived a serious earthquake in Chile, a veteran who boxed during his collegiate career at West Point and four students who all play the violin. Some interesting statistics ...
  • New Internet access service to assist Marshall community, guests with secure access


    The Division of Information Technology has partnered with eduroam, a secure, worldwide roaming Internet access service developed for the international research and education communities, according to Dr. Jan Fox, Senior Vice President for Information Technology/CIO. Marshall faculty, staff and students visiting other participating institutions around the world can use their MU email address and password to gain instant wireless Internet access. Conversely, visitors from eduroam partners and Internet2 member institutions can connect to MU’s wireless network using their home institution credentials. For example, when visiting WVU your MU email address and password provides access to the WVU Wi-Fi network. Eduroam is based ...


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