February 5, 2014



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  • Troika Ranch in residence at Marshall University as part of the Birke Fine Arts Festival

    Troika Ranch, an internationally renowned dance and theatre company, will perform their original work, SWARM, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7 and 8,  as part of the 2014 Birke Fine Arts Festival.  Both performances will take place at 7 p.m. in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse. Troika Ranch is the artistic platform for the collaborative works of its founders, choreographer Dawn Stoppiello and composer/media artist Mark Coniglio. Troika Ranch creates contemporary, hybrid artworks through an ongoing examination of the moving body and its relationship to technology, making them a perfect fit for the 2014 Birke Fine Arts Festival entitled Trending Now: Artists ...
  • Marshall to host College Goal Sunday event Feb. 9

    Marshall’s Huntington campus will be among the hosts of the College Goal Sunday event in West Virginia from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, in Corbly Hall. Workshops also will be offered at 24 other locations across the state, including Marshall’s Mid-Ohio Valley Center in Point Pleasant. Anyone who plans to attend a two-year or four-year college in the next 12 months can (and should) attend a College Goal Sunday workshop, said Angela L. Holley, director of Marshall’s Heart of Appalachia Talent Search Program. The workshops are open to everyone, regardless of age or income. High school seniors, current college ...
  • Spring International Film Festival begins Friday, Feb. 7

    The  weeklong Spring International Film Festival, featuring a diverse collection of films from six countries, takes place at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center Feb. 7-13 Kicking off this festival is A Royal Affair (Denmark), which is a story of brave idealists who pursue freedom for their people at any cost. It focuses on the love triangle among the insane Danish King Christian VII, a man of enlightenment and idealism named Struensee and the young Queen Caroline Mathilda. These individuals would soon be notified of a forbidden romance that would change the entire nation. A Royal Affair shows on Friday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 ...
  • Vickie Crager named Employee of the Month

    Vickie Crager, Program Assistant II, College of Science (Biological Sciences), has been named the Marshall University Employee of the Month for November, according to Michelle Brown Douglas, chair of the Employee of the Month Committee. Employed since January 1975, she was nominated by Dr. James E. Joy. In his nomination, he noted that Crager has served with every biology departmental chair since the College of Science was first formed.  “She has, essentially ‘trained’ every one of these chairs with the exception of the department’s first chair, Harold Ward.  Her winning personality allows her to interact effectively with faculty, staff, and students from ...
  • Reminder: Marshall University Day at the Capitol is Feb. 12

    Marshall University Day at the Capitol will take place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the upper rotunda of the State Capitol in Charleston. More than 34 colleges, schools and departments of the university will take part in the event, which will include tables set up for distributing information, food and giveaways. “Our theme this year is ‘I Love Marshall,’ due to the close proximity to Valentine’s Day” said Nancy Pelphrey, assistant director of alumni affairs. “And, as always, we will emphasize that every Marshall degree earned is an investment in the future of West Virginia.” Pelphrey said ...
  • Stringer Series to feature essayists Biss, Bresland next week

    The next two author appearances in the A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series will feature public readings by Eula Biss and John Bresland on Marshall’s Huntington campus. The two events are offered in conjunction with the 2014 Birke Fine Arts Festival. Biss will appear at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Shawkey Room in the Memorial Student Center. She won the National Book Critics Circle Award for her second book of essays, Notes from No Man’s Land. Her work has also been recognized by a Pushcart Prize, a Jaffe Writers’ Award, and a 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library. ...
  • Premiere of ‘The Vagappalachialogues’ to take place Saturday, Feb. 15

    The  Women’s Studies program will present The Vagappalachialogues, an original work inspired by Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in Marco’s in the Memorial Student Center. “This new production speaks to the experience of people in our own area,” said Dr. Laura Michele Diener, assistant professor of history at Marshall and one of the 11 writers represented in the work. The 90-minute production includes original monologues, stories and poems about sexuality and identity. Why the funny title?  “While Eve Ensler examines femininity and sexuality in a global context, the Appalachian women and men at Marshall have demonstrated ...
  • Library staff launches ‘Marshall Reads 150-Plus’ campaign

    Marshall University Libraries is encouraging students, faculty and staff to join a program of the West Virginia Center for the Book in reading 150 books or more during the course of 2014. A launch party will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in the Drinko Library Atrium,  said Sabrina Thomas of Marshall University Libraries. “Marshall University Libraries encourages our patrons to read 150-plus books individually or by joining a team here at the library to read 150-plus books collectively,” said Thomas, who is a digital learning librarian at Marshall. Teams can have any number of members, choose a name, select ...
  • Marshall University School of Medicine announces creation of new academic scholarship

    An endowed scholarship fund has been created at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine courtesy of long-time administrator, professor and pioneer of women’s sports at Marshall University, Dr. Dorothy “Dot” E. Hicks. The Dr. Dorothy E. Hicks Scholarship will be awarded to a first-year medical school student who is a resident of West Virginia. The award is renewable for three additional years pending normal academic progress. Hicks, whose generosity has led to the creation of eight scholarships at the university, says she decided to make the gift because of the outstanding medical care she received at Marshall and to honor ...
  • Faculty Achievement: Dr. Mark Zanter’s composition receives recognition

    Dr. Mark Zanter’s string orchestra piece,”Lament and dream” (2013) was recently recognized with special distinction in conjunction with the 2014 ASCAP Rudolph Nissim prize. The announcement noted that Zanter was recognized by  ASCAP for his skill and talent in concert composition with his piece for string orchestra, piano and percussion. His score for “Lament and dream” was chosen in addition to three other works for special distinction. There were nearly 300 submissions for the acclaimed Nissim Award, which was won this year by Matthew Peterson. The Nissim Award is presented annually to an ASCAP composer for a composition requiring a conductor that has ...
  • Fund in memory of John Burris established by Marshall Foundation

    The Marshall University Foundation Inc. has established a fund known as the John C. Burris Endowed Scholarship in memory of the former Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Services of Citrix Systems, an S&P 500 Corporation. Burris passed away from colon cancer in October 2012 at the age of 57. “John was a memorable leader at Citrix and a mentor to many, so it is only fitting that a scholarship be established in his name,” said David R. Friedman, general counsel and senior vice president in human resources with Citrix. “With his education from Marshall as a springboard, John became an ...
  • ‘Turtle-grams’ from Women’s Studies program to benefit Branches shelter

    The Marshall Women’s Studies program is selling “Turtle-grams” (cuddly stuffed turtles) for Valentine’s Day. Each turtle is “handmade with love,” according to organizers of the event. Purchasers who pre-order their turtles may have the initials of their choice embellished on the shell. Pre-orders must be received by Sunday, Feb. 9. Pre-ordered turtles can be picked up at the Memorial Student Center on Wednesday, Feb. 12, and Thursday, Feb. 13, between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.. Other turtles will be available for sale at those times as well. Each turtle is $10.00.  50% of the proceeds will go to Branches Domestic Violence Shelter. Contact Dr. ...
  • Note of Thanks

    The family of Dr. Sam Clagg thanks our Marshall Community for the cards, flowers, scholarship donations and words of remembrance shared during our time of sorrow. Your kindness reflects the love that Sam had for this university.  We appreciate your caring and thoughtfulness.
  • Marshall Catering can help you with your next event

    Enjoy the elegance and ease of a professional caterer, located within the community of Marshall University. We offer catering services at the Marshall University Huntington campus and Foundation Hall, as well as off-site catering. For any event for 10 – 450 guests, contact Marshall Catering… your area’s premier catering provider Our staff is ready to make your next event something to remember.
  • Stormwater Fact of the Month

    Now that the winter months are upon us, the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) department wants you to know that it is here to help keep the students, faculty and staff safe and environmentally conscious. Melting snow can potentially drain into the Ohio River, so please be sure to use ice melting material sparingly and make sure your car isn’t leaking any liquids. These practices will help reduce the impact we have on our rivers and streams.

The next issue of We Are…Marshall will be distributed Feb. 12, 2014. Please send any materials for consideration to Pat Dickson by 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10.