August 19, 2015

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  • Update to the University Community regarding the presidential search


    Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni: Hello! I hope each of you had a wonderful summer. Now that everyone is returning to campus and focused on the new semester, I am pleased to provide an update on our presidential search. As we announced in May would happen, our consultants with AGB Search Inc. spent the summer in an active recruitment phase—reaching out through their network in higher education to identify people who might be a good fit for our presidency but who did not respond to the initial advertisements. Our goal is to find the best person to be our next president and ...
  • Marshall to host Thundering Herd Rally tomorrow evening


    As part of the Pullman Summer Concert Series, Marshall University and Kindred Communications will host a special night to kick off the school year and football season Thursday, Aug. 20, at Pullman Square in downtown Huntington. The event will take place from 6 until 10 p.m. In addition to the vendors and activities that have taken place each week of the concert series, this event will also include a fashion show, photo booth, the Marching Thunder, Marco and Marshall University Athletics. The first hour will include music from the popular local radio station Hits 97.9 and a Herd Fan Fashion Show featuring some ...
  • WOW begins today with move-in


    Week of Welcome begins today, Wednesday, Aug. 19, when first-year students begin to move in to their residence halls. The WOW committee has dedicated much time and energy to ensure the first few days on campus are fun, exciting, informative and enjoyable for these students, but they are asking the help of the entire Marshall community to make this happen. “If you see someone who looks lost, confused or a little overwhelmed, please take the time to reach out to him or her,” committee members said in an e-mail message to Marshall faculty and staff. Information on the complete WOW schedule is available at www.marshall.edu/wow. Faculty ...
  • Reminder: presidential open house is today


    Interim President Gary White and members of the university’s senior management team are hosting an  informal monthly open house today for members of the Marshall community on from 3 to 4 p.m. Although the monthly open houses normally take place in the reception area of the Office of University Communications, today’s event will be held in the lobby of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Refreshments will be served. Faculty, staff, students and their families are welcome and encouraged to attend to meet and talk with administrators about topics of their choice.  
  • Marshall University and West Virginia University partner for three-year, $1.5 million health care and research funding program


    Marshall University and West Virginia University have each pledged $250,000 annually for a three-year combined effort to support innovative clinical projects and translational research that ultimately will help faculty members at both schools attract future external funding. The program will accept applications for awards of up to $50,000 for initiatives that include project leaders from both WVU and Marshall. Leaders from both institutions  gathered on Monday at Stonewall Jackson Resort to discuss the program. Deans and department chairs from health sciences disciplines as well as clinical leadership  discussed targeted research and clinical care areas to address West Virginia’s biggest health concerns. “This collaborative ...
  • Reminder: 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. The Title IX training module will be received directly from Workplace Answers.  Staff and faculty will receive a personal link, which will lead them to the course as it has been assigned.  If you have any questions or do not receive an e-mail with the course link ...
  • Honors Residential College to open Tuesday, Aug. 25


    The grand opening of Marshall’s first Honors Residential College will take place Tuesday, Aug. 25, from 1 to 1:45 p.m. at Willis Hall, located in the Marshall Commons residence halls. The Honors Residential College will offer programs and activities to foster learning and intellectual growth in an environment that serves as an extension of the traditional classroom. This new academic and living-learning community is intended to strengthen the connections between students’ curricular and co-curricular experiences by offering live-in faculty, a new state-of-the-art classroom, study spaces and student and professional staff trained to meet the needs of Honors students. Beginning this fall, several Honors ...
  • Engineering Complex officially opens


    Members of the Marshall University family and the community got to see firsthand Aug. 13 why the Arthur Weisberg Family Engineering Complex has attracted so much attention since ground was broken in October 2012. No one, including Interim President Gary G. White–who had toured the building before–was disappointed. “This magnificent facility will provide an unparalleled educational experience for Marshall students for many years to come,” White said. “We are fortunate to have the generous support of the Weisberg family and all those who made this day possible. I wish Art was here to see this dream come true.” The university and Huntington celebrated the opening ...
  • Italian Duo Savoyard, named distinguished professors, to visit MU next week


    Duo Savoyard, composed of flutist Paolo Dalmoro and guitarist Giorgio Signorile, will teach and perform 4,400 miles from home during their visit to Marshall next week. Named 2015 Joan C. Edwards Distinguished Professors in the Arts, the two Italian musicians will begin with master classes on flute and guitar performance Monday, Aug. 24, at the Jomie Jazz Center . Gallipolis, Ohio residents can catch the pair at the Ariel Theatre, 426 Second Ave. in Gallipolis, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25. The duo will be joined at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, by Marshall music students, as well as music faculty members Dr. Júlio ...
  • Kindermusik to begin Saturday


    Kindermusik, an internationally recognized program that promotes childhood development through music, will be offered at the Speech and Hearing Center beginning Aug. 22 “Kindermusik is such a personal experience for everyone. Every child learns differently, and every parent has different expectations and goals for their child,” said Carrie Wellman, licensed Kindermusik teacher and a 2013 graduate of the Department of Communication Disorders. “We focus so much on process. Our goal is not to make a maestro musician out of every person that comes through our door, but simply to use music to bring out the best in the child and their caregiver ...
  • Faculty Achievement: Dr. Thomas E. Wilson


    Dr. Thomas E. Wilson, professor of physics, had an abstract accepted for an oral presentation at the 15th International Conference on Phonon Scattering in Condensed Matter (Phonons 2015), held at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom July 12-17.   Phonons 2015 was the latest in the pre-eminent conference series on the physics of phonons and phonon interactions. Wilson’s paper was titled “Generation of coherent single-polarization 246 GHz nanosecond-pulsed longitudinal acoustic phonons in n-i-p-i silicon doping superlattices.” Wilson’s research has been funded by grants from the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation and NASA. Faculty interested in seeing a novel terahertz nanosecond-pulsed optically-pumped molecular ...
  • Forensic Science Graduate Program ranks number one in the nation on national assessment test scores


    The Marshall University Forensic Science Graduate Program once again ranked number one in the country for its students receiving the highest overall test score, compared to other graduate programs participating in the Forensic Science Assessment Test, a national assessment test offered each year by the American Board of Criminalistics. Marshall  was one of 10 graduate programs that participated this year. In total, 101 graduate students were tested. The Forensic Science Graduate Program ranked first or second in 14 of 18 subject matter areas that included drugs, crime scene, evidence handling, fire debris, forensic biology, latent prints, legal, pattern evidence, questioned documents, toxicology, ...
  • New ophthalmologist to join Marshall Health


    Dr. Vishal Verma will join the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine as an assistant professor and a member of University Eye Surgeons, a department of Marshall Health, Sept. 1. Verma, a Nitro, West Virginia, native, has offered comprehensive and surgical eye care in central Ohio since 2011. He has served as an ophthalmologist at Greater Ohio Eye Surgeons, Eye Surgical and Medical Center. He most recently worked as a cataract and refractive surgeon at the Columbus Laser and Cataract Center, specializing in cataract and LASIK surgeries. “We’re so pleased Dr. Verma has decided to return to our region,” said Dr. ...
  • Internationally recognized artist’s work to be featured at MU Visual Arts Center starting this month


    An exhibition by internationally recognized artist Anila Quayyum Agha will open this month at the Visual Arts Center Gallery. Selected mixed-media works from the Lahore, Pakistan, native’s award-winning creations will be exhibited weekdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning Monday, Aug. 24, at the gallery at 927 Third Ave. The show will be displayed until Friday, Oct. 30. An artist reception is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, in the gallery, and Agha will provide an artist’s lecture at 5:30 p.m. in Room 209. Last year, Agha became the first person in ArtPrize history to take home both the ...
  • School of Pharmacy welcomes Class of 2019


    The School of Pharmacy officially welcomed the class of 2019 on Friday, Aug. 14, with a traditional White Coat Ceremony signifying the beginning of their pharmacy education. The entrance of this class brings the school of pharmacy to its total capacity with four classes. The featured keynote speaker for the event was state Sen. Robert H. Plymale, who has served for several decades in the West Virginia Legislature. Other speakers included Dr. Kevin Yingling, dean of the School of Pharmacy; Dr. H. Glenn Anderson Jr., associate dean of the school; Dr. Kimberly Broedel-Zaugg, chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, Administration and Research; ...
  • Men’s soccer team begins its preseason this week


    The men’s soccer team is kicking off its preseason this week with two exhibition matches at home. On Thursday, Aug. 20, the Thundering Herd is scheduled to take on Salem International University at 6 p.m.  and then will return to action Sunday, Aug. 23, when they take on NCAA Division II power University of Charleston at 5 p.m. All home games are played on the Hoops Family Field at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex. Marshall faculty and staff can get in for free by showing their Marshall ID.
  • Retirement reception for Jeff Edwards is Sept. 15


    Jeff Edwards, who works for Facilities, Planning and Management, will be honored at a retirement reception Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the John Marshall Dining Room in the Memorial Student Center. Light refreshments will be served. ——- Click on the graphic at left to view the invitation.


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