December 3, 2014

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  • Schray earns national honors as top professor in West Virginia


    The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education have named Dr. Kateryna Schray of Marshall the 2014 West Virginia Professor of the Year. Schray was among nearly 400 top professors in the United States who were finalists. Schray, an English professor, describes her teaching philosophy as “embarrassingly simple: provide students with a supportive learning environment, identify and build on their strengths, and make each person an active participant in his/her own education, all the while remembering that learning is inherently joyful.” She credited colleagues for playing a large part in her receiving the ...
  • Marshall community to get behind the Herd for a different kind of Green Friday


    Marshall students, faculty and staff will have an opportunity to record a short video “good luck” message for the Thundering Herd football team on Friday before its Conference USA title game Saturday. Videos will be recorded in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5. A composite video will be made from the recordings and played for the team later that day. In addition, Marshall community members will have the opportunity to join in a group photo outside near the memorial fountain at approximately 12:15 p.m. (In case of bad weather, the photo will ...
  • Reminder: Library to celebrate conclusion of MU Reads 150+ this afternoon


    The Marshall University Libraries are celebrating a great year of reading by sponsoring the MU Reads 150+ End-of-the-Year Celebration in the Drinko Library Atrium Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. The libraries are inviting everyone to attend to meet local authors, have a chance to win prizes, and enjoy free refreshments.  
  • MIIR seminar series continues today


    The series of seminars sponsored by the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research continues this afternoon with a talk titled “Ouabain-induced and Na+/K+-ATPase mediated effects in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease” by Dr. V. Gustavo Blanco. The presentation by Blanco, who is a professor in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Kansas Medical Center, will begin at 3:15 p.m. in Room 102 of the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center. Refreshments will be served beginning at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call 304-696-3549.  
  • Local writers Marie Manilla and Nicole Lawrence to read from their work tonight on the Huntington campus


    Tri-State area natives Marie Manilla and Nicole Lawrence will read from their work at 8 p.m. tonight  at the Foundation Hall. The event, called Writers Harvest, is part of the A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series, which receives support from the College of Liberal Arts, the Honors College, the West Virginia Humanities Council and the English department. The literary reading is being done in support of the Facing Hunger Foodbank. A suggested donation of 2 to 3 nonperishable food items is requested for admission, and a book signing will follow. Manilla is a Huntington native and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her fiction has ...
  • ’Tis the season for giving…and Broadway Thursday night


    Just when little kids finally learned to name all of Santa’s reindeer and to reel them off —Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen—along came a waifish little misfit with a freakish blinking nose and the decidedly un-reindeer name of Rudolph. At age 50 he’s as spunky as ever, a star of song, television special, and now a musical comedy, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical,” which spins the tender tale of how an outcast persevered and used his unusual attributes to save Christmas one stormy winter night. Rudolph first debuted in a hit song, which caught the nation’s fancy, and ...
  • Panel discussion on Ebola set for Thursday


    The Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine International Health Interest Group is presenting a panel discussion about the Ebola virus at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4. It will take place in the Harless Auditorium at the Marshall University Medical Center on the campus of Cabell Huntington Hospital. Tentative panelists include: Hoyt J. Burdick, M.D.,  Vice President, Medical Affairs, Cabell Huntington Hospital Ahmad R. Nusair, M.D., Section Chief, Infectious Disease, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine William F. Pewen, Ph.D.,  Infectious Disease and Microbiology, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and MU College of Health Professions The public is invited to this event. For more information about this ...
  • Low brass players bring TUBACHRISTMAS to town


    Sounds of the area’s low brass will be filling the Huntington Mall with holiday cheer at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, as the city celebrates the 40th anniversary of TUBACHRISTMAS. In addition to the West Virginia TUBACHRISTMAS, it is expected that 250 more cities worldwide will present the concerts, according to West Virginia TUBACHRISTMAS Coordinator Dr. George Palton, who is also the instructor of tuba and euphonium at Marshall. “Depending on the population of any given geographic area, TUBACHRISTMAS ensembles may attract multiples of 100 participants aged 8 to 95 years,” Palton said. “To my knowledge, Huntington has been participating since 2003.” TUBACHRISTMAS ...
  • Employee Holiday Party is Thursday, Dec. 11


    President and Mrs. Stephen J. Kopp are inviting faculty and staff and their families to attend the annual Family Holiday Party, which takes place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center. Santa is expected to make an appearance at 5:45 p.m., giving children an opportunity to have their photos taken with him. In addition, there will be crafts, cookie decorating, a Lego presentation and lots of good food.
  • In memoriam: Daniel Babb and Bos Johnson


    The Marshall community has lost two well-known former faculty members who died recently. Dr. Daniel Babb, professor of chemistry who taught at Marshall for 42 years and who also served for a time as chair of the chemistry department and an associate dean of the College of Science, died Nov. 18. Bos Johnson, a former  news anchor and news director for WSAZ-TV who served 12 years as an associate professor of journalism, died Nov. 23. Upon his recent retirement, Babb was named professor emeritus and continued to be a presence on the Huntington campus.  It is estimated that during his tenure he mentored ...
  • Marshall site featured by National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment


    The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) has chosen Marshall’s Office of Assessment and Program Review website to be featured on the NILOA website. A link to Marshall’s site is now at www.learningoutcomeassessment.org/FeaturedWebsiteCurrent.html. The NILOA Featured Website is a service intended to point others to promising practices in innovative and transparent online communication of student learning outcomes assessment. The selection criteria for determining a featured student learning outcomes assessment website include: Communication. The website clearly presents information on student learning outcomes assessment and/or results to multiple or specific internal and/or external audiences using layperson’s language and contextualized examples. Information is found on multiple ...
  • Children’s book drive to help children in McDowell, Mingo counties


    The College of Education and Professional Development, in conjunction with the West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services, is conducting the third annual joint children’s book drive for youth in McDowell County, as well as a new Mingo County preschool. New or gently used young children’s books can be donated at the Learning Resource Center in Jenkins Hall or in the lobby of the administration building on the South Charleston campus. Donations are being accepted through Friday, Dec. 19.
  • Marshall faculty member travels to Rome to present international biomechanics research


    Dr. Suzanne Konz of the  College of Health Professions traveled to Rome last month to give an oral presentation on her biomechanics research during the 2014 International Congress on Sport Science Research and Technology Support (icSPORTS) conference. Konz, director of the college’s biomechanics laboratory, said her research focused on the reliability and validity of the XOS Motion Capture System, which is housed in the basement of the Henderson Center on the Huntington campus. “We have several motion analysis systems in our biomechanics lab at Marshall and the XOS system is relatively unknown and untested,” Konz said. “My graduate assistant and I did ...
  • Marshall Health launches new online patient portal for easier access to health information


    Marshall Health has launched a new patient portal program called “Follow My Health™,” which offers patients a secure option to view their health records online. Follow My Health™ allows patients to conveniently view, manage, transmit and download medical records of items that include office visits, immunizations and certain test results.  The portal also provides the patient with the option of requesting appointments and prescription refills, as well as the ability to send secure e-mails to the health care team, at any hour and wherever Internet access is available. The portal is for non-urgent communication only. “We are pleased to offer this new and ...
  • Employees asked to consider retirement contributions


    It’s that time of year–to consider increasing your 401(a), 403(b), and/or 457(b) contributions. On Oct. 23, the IRS announced cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) affecting the dollar limits for pension plans and other retirement-related items for the 2015 tax year. Most annual limits are going to increase in 2015 from $17,500 to $18,000. The “age 50” catch-up contribution limits are also increasing from $5,500 to $6,000. If you are interested in increasing your employee retirement plan contributions, download a payroll deduction form by clicking on the below link. If you need assistance or have questions, contact Lisa Henry at ext.6-6240 or henry29@marshall.edu ———– Payroll Deduction ...
  • Marshall receives in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software


    Marshall University has received an in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software, with a commercial value of nearly $134 million. The in-kind grant gives students access to the same technology that companies around the world depend on every day to develop innovative products in a wide variety of industries including automotive, aerospace, machinery, shipbuilding, high-tech electronics and many more. Graduates with this type of software training are highly-recruited candidates for advanced technology jobs. President Dr. Stephen J. Kopp said the university is excited to work with Siemens to provide industry-leading technology in its classrooms. “By using the same technology in the classroom that is ...


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