January 21, 2015

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  • Marshall community welcomes President White


    The Marshall University community came out to welcome Interim President Gary G. White and his wife, Jo Ann, with a reception Jan. 16. A businessman and coal mining executive, White graduated from Marshall in 1997 with a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree. He is a former member and past chairman of the university’s Board of Governors, former member and vice president of the West Virginia Board of Education, and former member of the University of Pikeville Board of Trustees. He has been executive vice president of Blackhawk Mining LLC since October. He was president and chief executive officer of International Industries Inc. for ...
  • Greetings from Interim President White


    Dear Marshall Community, I write to you today both honored and humbled to have been asked to serve as your interim president. Thank you for welcoming Jo Ann and me with open arms. The reception we have received has been nothing short of overwhelming, and we appreciate it more than you know. I enjoyed meeting many of you on Friday at the reception and look forward to meeting more of you in the coming weeks and months. The sudden death of President Kopp left a void that will be impossible to fill, not only because we lost a man with tremendous vision, leadership ...
  • Reminder: Applications sought for next year’s Hedrick Faculty Teaching Fellow


    The Center for Teaching and Learning has opened the application period for a fellowship opportunity for Marshall University faculty. Made possible by a gift from Charles B. and Mary Jo Locke Hedrick, the $5,000 fellowship will give a full-time faculty member the opportunity to pursue a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project, collaborate with the CTL staff in shaping the strategic plan for campus-wide faculty development, and develop a niche area of expertise in faculty development, thus adding to the programming regularly offered by the center. Eligibility: Full-time faculty on a 3-year term appointment, tenure-track appointment, or tenured appointment are eligible ...
  • Marshall to test MU Alert emergency messaging system


    Marshall University communications officials will conduct a test of the MU Alert emergency messaging system at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28. Marshall community members who are subscribed to MU Alert are asked to be sure that they have received the message that morning. If a message has not been received by noon, a subscriber should review and update his or her contact information in the myMU/MU Alert Web interface. If this contact information was already correct, but a message was still not received, then he or she should send an e-mail to mualert@marshall.edu with details on which contact method (text, e-mail, ...
  • Bob Hall named Employee of the Month


    Bob Hall, IT Consultant Senior for Information Technology Service Desk, has been named the Marshall University Employee of the Month for November, according  to the Employee of the Month Committee. Employed since February 2012, he was nominated by JoAnn Black. In her nomination, Black wrote:  “Bob Hall is one of the best service desk employees I have ever had in my eight years as supervisor of the service desk. He is always ready to help in any way possible. He is very dependable and always here. He has excellent customer service skills. He gets the job done and never complains …. He is ...
  • Dr. Suzanne Holroyd recognized as one of Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors®


    Dr. Suzanne Holroyd, professor and chair of the department of psychiatry at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, is the latest to have been recognized by her peers by inclusion in Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors.® More than 100,000 physicians are nominated each year, with only a select number receiving the official honor. It is based on a foundation of peer nominations. Holroyd graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed a residency in adult psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University followed by a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at Hopkins as well. She is board-certified in adult psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry. Holroyd ...
  • First in new art series now featured at Birke Art Gallery


    “Amalgam,” the first in a new series, is on exhibit at the Birke Art Gallery in Smith Hall on the Huntington campus. Megan Schultz, gallery director and facilities coordinator, said Amalgam is the first in the Foundations Series, a group of exhibitions that will each take a core principle from the foundations courses taught in the School of Art and Design as its central theme. “Amalgam refers to the combining or melding of materials,” Schultz said. “Invited artists were encouraged to explore the theme of amalgam as it applies to works of mixed media, issues of development and identity, and beyond. As a result we ...
  • Annual Soul Food Feast set for Feb. 8


    Marshall’s annual Soul Food Feast, sponsored by the Center for African American Students, will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, in the John Marshall Dining Room on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center. Maurice Cooley, Associate Vice President of Intercultural Affairs, said this annual celebration is a time of fellowship. “It is a joyful time to celebrate in the spirit of love, while enjoying  the company  and conversation with family, friends, faculty, students and others from throughout the community, enhanced by some of the most appetizing and traditional African American dishes,” Cooley said. The soulful buffet will include chitterlings, ...
  • La Bohème to arrive at the Keith-Albee Feb. 10


    Giacomo Puccini’s operatic masterpiece, La Bohème, will weave a tale of love and misery on the stage of the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Presented by Teatro Lirico D’Europa and Artistic Director Giorgio Lalov, this production is presented in Italian with English supertitles and a full orchestra. This is the romantic, yet poignant story of the poet Rodolfo, the beautiful Mimi, and their friends, set in the garrets of 1830 Paris and the raucous streets of the Latin Quarter. Mimi, a young seamstress living in the same building as four male roommates–a poet, a painter, a musician ...
  • Pitsenbarger chosen as January Resident of the Month


    Dr. Jodi M. Pitsenbarger, M.D., a third-year resident in pediatrics,  has been selected as January’s Resident of the Month, Dr. Paulette S. Wehner, vice dean for graduate medical education, announced last week. Pitsenbarger, a West Virginia native, also is currently serving as the chief resident and is the first chief to be selected by peers in pediatrics. Historically, pediatric chief residents have been chosen by faculty. “We had a lot of fantastic nominees this month,” Wehner said.  “It was a difficult decision given the caliber of all of the nominees.  But what really set Dr. Pitsenbarger’s nomination apart from the others is ...
  • Reminder: Flu vaccinations tomorrow, Jan. 22


    The Cabell Huntington Health Department will be on the Huntington campus on Thursday, Jan. 22, from noon to 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center to give FREE flu vaccinations. The vaccine is available for everyone–students, faculty, staff, and all community members. The Centers for Disease Control continue to recommend that unvaccinated people get vaccinated. While some of the viruses spreading this season are different from those in the vaccine, vaccination can still provide protection and might reduce severe outcomes. For more information, contact Student Health Education Programs at 6-4103.  
  • Faculty Achievement: three criminal justice professors co-author book on West Virginia’s system


    Carolina Academic Press has announced the publication of West Virginia’s Criminal Justice System by Kimberly A. DeTardo-Bora, Dhruba J. Bora and Samuel L. Dameron, all professors of criminal justice and criminology at Marshall. The book is a practical examination of crime, process, and policy responses in the Mountain State. The United States allows each state the freedom to develop individualized criminal justice systems to meet the needs of its citizens and, while there are commonalities among the states, there are also vast differences. According to the publisher’s release, this book gives readers an opportunity to closely evaluate these issues as they are relevant to West Virginia. ...
  • Faculty achievement: Brunty nominated to digital evidence committee


    Joshua Brunty, assistant professor of integrated science and technology, was recently nominated as one of 23 members of the newly formed NIST (National Institute of Standards & Technology) Organization for Scientific Area Committee (OSAC) on Digital Evidence. Since digital evidence plays a growing role in a wide variety of crimes as cell phones, computers, GPS and other digital devices carry increasing amounts of information about everyday lives, in order to support development of standards and guidance for digital forensics, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Department of Justice have named 20 experts to the Digital Evidence ...
  • Faculty Achievement: Dr. Thomas Wilson


    Dr. Thomas Wilson, professor of physics, has had a manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS and MOEMS (JM3), (www.spie.org/x865.xml) titled “Bilayer lift-off process for aluminum metallization.” Coauthors are Konstantin Korolev, Research Associate, Department of Physics; and Nathaniel Crowe, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. The paper describes a safe, robust and novel method for the patterning of thin (100-nm or less) sputtered aluminum films with micron feature sizes on semiconductor substrates.
  • Santanam receives undergraduate student research award


    Dr. Nalini Santanam of the department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Toxicology at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, and her team have received the Great Rivers Affiliate Undergraduate Student Research Program Award from the American Heart Association for a program at Marshall scheduled for summer 2015. The grant encourages promising students from all disciplines, including women and members of minority groups underrepresented in the sciences, to consider research careers while supporting high quality scientific investigation broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke. The peer-reviewed process focuses on evaluation of program organization, training opportunities, science and academic qualifications of faculty, resources and funding available to ...
  • Doctoral research to investigate motivation to commit fraud


    A doctoral student has invited the Marshall University community to participate in her research on what motivates people to commit fraud. Participants in the survey may enter to win an Amazon gift card worth $100. The survey is open to everyone 18 years of age or older. To participate, persons should visit the survey link at www.surveymonkey.com/s/N3H7SF7.  The complete text of the invitation to participate is shown below. ———– LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!  Be part of something special and you could win a $100 AMAZON GIFT CARD! Open to everyone 18 years old or older! Just complete an online survey which should only ...
  • Choral Union rehearsals open to all


    The Marshall University Choral Union resumes Monday rehearsals at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Choral Rehearsal Room in Smith Music Hall on Marshall’s Huntington campus. The Choral Union, open to Marshall students and community members alike, will prepare a set of madrigals, Mozart’s Coronation Mass (K. 317), and selections from Copland’s “Old American Songs,” to be performed one-night-only at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2, in Smith Music’s Recital Hall. Joining the Choral Union as director is Dr. John W. Campbell, a director of college and university choirs for 25 years before joining Huntington’s Fifth Avenue Baptist Church as full-time minister of ...


The next issue of We Are…Marshall will be distributed Jan. 28, 2015. Please send any materials for consideration to Pat Dickson by 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26.