February 25, 2015

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  • Sixth Annual Festival of New Music brings new works, guest performers


    The School of Music and Theatre again brings new musical works to the Tri-State during the Sixth Annual Festival of New Music, which begins Friday, Feb. 27, and continues through Sunday, March 1. This year’s festival will feature internationally recognized composers and a host of guest performers, including guitar duo Lubet/Radovanlija and violinist Anyano Yarbo-Davenport. It will also feature performances by the Millefiori Trio, Marshall students and faculty, and School of Music and Theatre Director Dr. Richard Kravchak, who will premiere new works for oboe and orchestra. Millefiori Trio will kick off the festival with a concert of new works by Beach, ...
  • Message from the President: Marshall family pulls together to deal with last week’s winter challenges


    I want to thank each person who worked so hard last week to help keep our students, faculty and staff safe during the severe weather conditions we faced. I can’t say enough about how hard everyone worked, including long hours–many of them spent outdoors in the snow and bitter temperatures. They cleared and salted parking lots and sidewalks, dealt with frozen and bursting pipes and roof leaks, housed and fed students, processed payroll for all our employees, and staffed Marshall Health clinics, Drinko Library, athletic events and theater performances. When a water pipe broke in one of the residence halls on ...
  • Reminder: Next open house to take place Wednesday, March 4


    Interim President Gary White and members of the university’s senior management team will host the next in a series of informal monthly open houses for members of the Marshall University community next week. It will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in the reception area of the Office of University Communications, 213 Old Main.
  • Presidential search process kicks off next week


    University community invited to provide input Representatives of presidential search firm AGB Search will be on the Huntington campus March 2-4 to meet with constituencies across the university. During their visit, consultants Jim Lanier and Dr. Arnold Speert are scheduled to meet with representatives of the faculty, students, staff, alumni, board of governors and community to gather input about what traits and characteristics the next Marshall president should possess. The information will be provided to the search committee and developed into a profile of desired presidential attributes to be used to invite applications and nominations for the position. An open forum for faculty will ...
  • Wind Symphony to perform this evening


    The Marshall University Wind Symphony Concert, originally part of the canceled Honor Band Festival last weekend, will now play at 8:30 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 25) in Smith Recital Hall. Under the direction of conductor Steven Trinkle, the concert will feature the music of Ernst Toch, Charles Gounod, Karel Husa, Harry Lockwood and more.
  • Reminder: full-time exempt employees to start using online leave reporting procedure


    Full-time exempt employees such as 12-month faculty, exempt classified staff, and non-classified staff will begin using a new, online system to report their annual and sick leave next month. The new system will be used beginning March 17 for leave used from March 1 to 16. Training on using the new system is now underway. “This new process is another step toward improving our efficiency by automating processes that are currently done on paper,” said Mary Ellen Heuton, senior vice president for finance and chief financial officer. Juanita Parsons, director of accounts payable and payroll, said that training sessions are still available on ...
  • Reminder: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame executive to appear in West Virginia Feb. 26 and 27


    Dr. Lauren Onkey, Vice President of Education and Public Programs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, will deliver lectures in Charleston and Huntington Feb. 26 and 27 as part of the Graduate Humanities Major Scholar Seminars. This is an initiative offered in partnership with the Glenwood Center for Scholarship in the Humanities. Her appearance is part of the Spring 2015 Major Scholar Seminar, “Fight the Power: Can Pop Music Foster Social Change?” More information is on the Graduate Humanities Program website at www.marshall.edu/graduatehumanities. Onkey’s campus lectures are part of a Marshall University and West Virginia State University series of ...
  • Marshall Center for Wellness in the Arts prepares performing artists for ‘Cabaret’


    For decades, world-renowned performing groups such as Disney World, Cirque du Soleil and Radio City Music Hall have worked with athletic trainers to keep their performers in peak condition and now, Marshall University student performers have the same opportunity. Since August 2014, the Center for Wellness in the Arts (CWA) has given performing arts students the chance to work with certified athletic trainers to prevent injury from occurring during performances, according to Dr. Michael W. Prewitt, dean of the College of Health Professions. “Last semester, our athletic trainers provided specialized rehabilitative care and injury prevention to the student musicians, vocalists and dancers ...
  • Dr. Jennifer Lawless to give next Amicus Curiae lecture March 3


    Dr. Jennifer Lawless, the director of the Women and Politics Institute at the American University School of Public Affairs, will give the next Amicus Curiae lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center. Lawless will speak on the topic “Why Women Don’t Run for Office and What Happens When They Do.” “Study after study finds that when women run for office, they perform as well as men, both in terms of the amount of money they raise and the votes they receive,” Lawless said. “Yet women remain severely under-represented in U.S. politics. When Congress convened in ...
  • Alternatives to incarceration for substance abusers to be explored March 4


    Women Connect is sponsoring a panel discussion on alternative approaches to treating substance use disorder within the correctional setting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in room BE5 of the Memorial Student Center. “Rehabilitation is the New Incarceration: How Can Our Community Benefit from an Alternative Model?” will include guest speakers from STAR Community Justice Center in Ohio and MU clinical psychology faculty. For more information contact Amy Saunders (saunde22@marshall.edu), Dr. Laura Michele Diener (diener@marshall.edu), or Dr. Penny Koontz (koontz7@marshall.edu)    
  • Date changed to Feb. 28 for Science Olympiad in West Virginia


    Because of last week’s weather conditions, the Science Olympiad at Marshall will take place on its backup date of Saturday, Feb. 28, instead of Feb. 21. The event, which organizers say is the “nation’s most exciting K-12 science competition,” will take place in West Virginia for the first time on the Huntington campus. Teams moving to national standing will compete in events chosen from a series of 23 challenges. In the West Virginia  state tournament, about 15 events will be offered for competition. Trophies and medals will be awarded. Winners of the West Virginia competition will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, for the National ...
  • Students working on upcoming events to benefit local Ronald McDonald House


    A group of students in a public relations capstone class is helping the local Ronald McDonald House raise funds with events this week and next month . An all-day event Thursday, Feb. 26,  at the Rio Grande will help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Tri-State. The event at Rio Grande will allow customers to mention the Ronald McDonald House, and 10 percent of their bills will be donated to the RMHC of the Tri-State. At the end of the night, the Rio Grande will also match  the amount raised throughout the day and make an additional donation. “This is ...
  • Reminder: Please participate in the tree survey


    You are invited to share your opinions regarding the composition of trees on Marshall University’s Huntington campus.  Sadly, the Ash trees that currently line the edge of Buskirk field (adjacent to the science building) have become fatally infested with an invasive species known as the Emerald Ash Borer.  Due to safety concerns and regulations, chemical treatment of these trees is not an option and a decision has been made to remove the Ash trees later this semester.  Though this situation is unfortunate, it presents us with an opportunity to involve the campus community in deciding how to replace these trees.  ...
  • Collaborative education helps Marshall health care students prepare for future


      More than 300 Marshall students, including ones from the School of  Medicine, School of Pharmacy and the College of Health Professions,  are gathering over the next several weeks for a series of interprofessional education sessions designed to teach health care students collaborative team skills for providing high-quality patient care. This is the third year for the program, which encourages students from different disciplines to learn team-building skills in the delivery of health care.   The concept of interprofessional education or common learning has gained traction over the past few years as a way to break down the traditional “silos” associated with higher ...
  • Faculty Achievement: Dr. Jeffrey Powell


    Dr. Jeffrey L. Powell, professor of philosophy and a John Deaver Drinko Fellow, will be part of a panel with Will McNeill and Sean Kirkland, both of DePaul University, that will be discussing Martin Heidegger’s text, The History of Being (trans. by Powell and Will McNeill), at the annual North Texas Heidegger Symposium  May 1 and 2. The meeting will be held on the campus of the University of Texas-Dallas. He also has been invited as a participant at the 2015 Collegium Phaenomenologicum, an annual international philosophical colloquium held in Città di Castello, Italy, July 12-31.  More information is available at www.collegiumphaenomenologicum.org/wp-content/uploads/Collegium-Flyer-2015.2-nov25.pdf.
  • School of Medicine marks Gold Humanism in Medicine Week


    Students in the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine who are members of the school’s chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society launched a weeklong project in cooperation with Cabell Huntington Hospital (CHH) that encourages patients to express their feelings about illness through art. The event was part of Gold Humanism Week, a national observation created by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to spotlight compassionate and respectful health care. Last week Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a proclamation declaring it Gold Humanism Week in West Virginia. Gold Cards, small 4×6 blank cards, were distributed by medical students and nurses ...


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