August 26, 2015

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  • Annual ‘Paint the Capital’ event set for tomorrow, Aug. 27


    Thundering Herd fans have just a day remaining to buy tickets for Marshall’s annual Paint the Capital City Green pep rally in Charleston Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Embassy Suites hotel. Special guests, including Marshall University Head Football Coach Doc Holliday and his senior players, will speak about what is sure to be an exciting 2015 season. Marshall football players will also be seated at with sponsors at their tables. “This event is the one pre-season opportunity for fans to hear directly from me and from our student-athletes,” Holliday said. “Don’t miss it. It’s one night in Charleston, and then it’s back ...
  • Freshmen join the Herd, participate in convocation


    Approximately 1,900 Marshall University freshmen, escorted by MU police, walked in one large group from the Huntington campus to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center Friday morning via Fourth Avenue for the annual President’s Freshman Convocation. The format of the convocation, the purpose of which is to formally celebrate the class’s official start as the class of 2019, was altered somewhat this year. One change is that there is a theme this year, which is “My Marshall Story,” and the theme serves three purposes: 1) to celebrate the diverse background of what each person brings to the Marshall family; 2) to celebrate the stories of those who ...
  • Reminder: public comments invited on Marshall accreditation


    Marshall University is preparing for its 10-year comprehensive evaluation by its regional accrediting agency, The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The university will host a site-visit team from HLC Oct. 12-13. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the commission’s Criteria for Accreditation. Marshall has been accredited by HLC since 1928. The public is invited to submit comments regarding Marshall University. Comments must be in writing and must address substantive matters related to the quality of instruction or academic programs. Comments should be sent to: Public Comment on Marshall University The Higher Learning Commission 230 ...
  • Introductory sessions for PEIA Pathways to Wellness underway


    The PEIA Pathways to Wellness program offers one series of onsite fitness classes per plan year to all PEIA insured above the age of 18. Marshall is an eligible work site for this benefit, which consists of 2 classes per week for 8 weeks. At least 8 eligible people must attend in order to take advantage of this opportunity. If you are interested in participating in these onsite exercise classes,  register for an introductory session by clicking here.  Registrants will be contacted by a PEIA representative to confirm eligibility to participate in this program. The sessions are being offered until Thursday, Aug. 27. ...
  • Marshall to host discussion of K-12 academic standards Sept. 3


    Marshall’s Huntington campus will host one of a series of “town hall” meetings to discuss the West Virginia Next Generation Standards for grades K-12. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in the Shawkey Room in the Memorial Student Center. Sarah Stewart, director of policy and government relations in the state superintendent’s office, said the purpose of the discussion is to evaluate the state’s K-12 academic standards, which were phased in from 2011 to 2014. The standards serve as benchmarks for what students in West Virginia should know at the end of each grade level. “We are looking ...
  • All group fitness classes are free for members of Marshall Recreation Center


    The Marshall Recreation Center is  offering  all group fitness classes free to its members. This fall the Rec Center will have 35 group fitness classes offered each week. Some of the classes that will now be free are Les Mills BODYPUMP®, PiYo and C.U.T. (Crosstraining Under Thirty Minutes). “We are excited to now be offering some of our most popular classes, like C.U.T., free to our members,” said Heather Smith, senior assistant director of fitness. “We are also excited members can try out some of our new classes like BODYPUMP® and PiYo for free.” BODYPUMP® is a low-to-moderate weight class that features high repetitions, ...
  • Marshall receives large federal grant to provide substance abuse prevention training for health care students


    Marshall University has been awarded a nearly $1 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide substance abuse prevention and early intervention training to students in a number of health care-related programs. Amy Saunders, director of student health education programs and principal investigator of the project, said she and others in her field are excited for the opportunity to develop and teach Marshall students the needed skills to deliver the Screening, Brief Interventions and Referral for Treatment (SBIRT) training. “This training will increase the number of our students ...
  • Appalachian Studies Association seeks interns


    The Appalachian Studies Association has internship opportunities available for qualified graduate and undergraduate students. The Appalachian Studies Association (ASA) is a national/international association with a regional focus and diverse membership of scholars, educators, practitioners, grassroots activists, students, individuals, groups and institutions. The ASA is headquartered at Marshall University and publishes the Journal of Appalachian Studies. Each year, the Association holds an annual conference that rotates throughout Appalachia and draws between 900 and 1,000 attendees. Students who work with the ASA will develop a broad skillset through hands-on professional experience. Interns may be asked to work with the Appalachian studies conference, the ...
  • University of Rio Grande collection to be on display at Birke Art Gallery


    Beginning Thursday, Aug. 27, collected prints from the University of Rio Grande’s Greer Museum will be available to view at the Birke Art Gallery in Smith Hall. The works represent several projects conducted at the University of Rio Grande’s printmaking studio under the guidance of Rio Grande Professor of Art Benjy Davies, according to Megan Schultz,  Visual Arts Center gallery director. Among the works to be exhibited, “Identity Project” by Brooklyn-based artist Traci Molloy addresses issues of violence, suicide and trauma in adolescents. Working with young people across the U.S. and adolescent refugees from distressed parts of the world, Molloy created collaborative ...
  • Established primary care practice joins Marshall Health


    Thacker Family Physicians, a Milton-based practice, has joined Marshall Health, the faculty practice plan of the  Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Thacker Family Physicians provides primary care for infants through adults, including sick visits, well baby visits, immunizations, specialist referrals and minor procedures. Its practitioners include the husband-wife team of Teresa Y. Thacker, M.D., and A. Wayne Thacker, M.D., both 1990 graduates from the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Teresa Y. Thacker, M.D. has practiced family medicine for more than 20 years in the Huntington area. She completed her residency at Roanoke (Virginia) Memorial Hospital. She was named ...
  • MURC fall 2015 Workshops announced for researchers, administrative staff


    The Marshall University Research Corporation has announced its schedule of professional development opportunities in Grantsmanship, designed specifically for Marshall researchers and administrative staff. All sessions are free and open to the university community. While lunch is not provided, participants may bring their own lunches to the workshops.  Registration is strongly encouraged, and is available online at  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BNKL827. For more information about any of these sessions or to inquire about scheduling personalized Grantsmanship workshops for your department or school, call Lisa Daniels, at ext. 6-3368 or email adkins244@marshall.edu . More information is available online at the MURC Professional Development Web page. All workshops will be in Drinko Library ...
  • New faculty members join School of Pharmacy


    The  School of Pharmacy welcomed three new faculty members over the summer.  The following individuals officially joined the school of pharmacy July 1: Charles “C.K.” Babcock, Pharm. D., has been named an assistant professor in the department of pharmacy practice, administration and research.   Babcock graduated from the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy with a doctor of pharmacy degree in 2002 and completed a community pharmacy practice residency at Fruth Pharmacy.  He comes to Marshall after most recently serving as a clinical assistant professor at West Virginia University School of Pharmacy in Charleston. Abigail S. Hay, Pharm. D., joins the school ...
  • Choral Union rehearsals to begin Aug. 31; open to all


    The Marshall University Choral Union will resume Monday rehearsals at 7 p.m. Aug. 31 in Room 150 of Smith Music Hall on the Huntington campus. The Choral Union, open to students and community members alike, will be led by the new Director of Bands Brian Walden, who joined Marshall’s music faculty following his retirement as Commanding Officer of the United States Navy Band. Walden said he is excited to continue the rich tradition of performances with the Choral Union. “It is a fantastic means of bridging the wonderful surrounding communities with the Marshall family, plus we get to have fun making great music together in ...


The next regular issue of We Are…Marshall will be distributed Sept. 2, 2015. Please send any materials for consideration to Pat Dickson by 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31.