January 28, 2015

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  • Marshall community to welcome interim president with receptions in Point Pleasant and South Charleston


    The Marshall University community in the Point Pleasant and South Charleston areas will welcome Interim President Gary G. White with receptions in February. Both receptions will run from 5-6 p.m. and are open to all Marshall students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. The first reception will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the university’s Mid-Ohio Valley Center, 1 John Marshall Way, Point Pleasant. Then, on Thursday, Feb. 19, there will be a reception at the South Charleston campus, 100 Angus E. Peyton Dr., South Charleston. White was appointed by the Marshall University Board of Governors last month to replace Dr. Stephen ...
  • Marshall to host 46th Annual Winter Jazz Festival


    Marshall will host one of the longest running collegiate jazz festivals in the nation when the School of Music and Theatre presents the 46th Annual Winter Jazz Festival Jan. 29-31. Dr. Martin Saunders, director of jazz studies, said the festival provides a venue for middle school, high school and collegiate musicians to meet, perform for and learn from the best of jazz professionals. “Students learn through critique and feedback of their performances, participation in clinics and workshops, and through observation of stellar evening performances,” Saunders said. The festival kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Joan ...
  • ‘Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain,’ to be shown this evening on the Huntington campus


    Marshall University’s Women Connect will present a screening of the new film, “Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain,” from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight in room BE5 on the lower level of the Memorial Student Center. The film marks the 30th anniversary of the Union Carbide pesticide leak in Bhopal, India. More than 10,000 people were killed while others continue to suffer long-term effects from the leak. Tickets cost $5 for faculty, staff and community members and can be purchased at the door. The Office of Student Activities will be providing free tickets to students. For more information, contact Dr. Laura Michele Diener ...
  • Deadline nears for Science Olympiad for K-12 students in West Virginia


    The Science Olympiad at Marshall University, which organizers say is the “nation’s most exciting K-12 science competition,” will take place in West Virginia for the first time Saturday, Feb. 21, on the Huntington campus. Dr. John Winfrey, assistant professor of physics, who is coordinating the West Virginia event, said that several scholarships will be available for registrants who are unable to pay the fee. Teams may register until Jan. 30, with registration fees due no later than Feb. 6. Cost per team is $250, with $60 going to the national organization. Registration may be accomplished online either at www.marshall.edu/cos/communityoutreach/scienceolympiad or www.marshall.edu/so. There ...
  • ‘What’s Next, Huntington’ discussion to take place tomorrow night


    Members of the Marshall University community are invited to participate in “What’s Next, West Virginia?”—a series of conversations taking place in communities all over the state this year. The events are designed to encourage talking, thinking and actions based on West Virginians’ own ideas for building a more vibrant and diverse economy. Much work is already underway across the state to strengthen local economies. “What’s Next, West Virginia?” is intended to connect work that is already happening and to bring new people and new ideas into the mix. The next public forum, “What’s Next, Huntington?” will take place tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 29, ...
  • President White, cabinet to host monthly open houses


    Beginning next Wednesday, Feb. 4, Interim President Gary White and members of the university’s senior management team will be hosting informal monthly open houses for members of the Marshall University community. The open houses will be held  from 3-4 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month in the reception area of the Office of University Communications, 213 Old Main. “We want to give students, faculty and staff an opportunity to ‘drop in’ and discuss an idea or suggestion, or to ask a question in a relaxed environment,” said Ginny Painter, senior vice president for communications and marketing. “With the legislature in ...
  • ‘Valentine’s Day Storytime’ set for Feb. 14 in Drinko Library


    The Marshall University Libraries will host a free Valentine’s Day storytime for children ages 2-8 at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14. The event, which is a part of the Libraries’  “MU Reads in 2015” campaign, will take place in the Drinko Library juvenile area on the 2nd floor. Storytime will include several Valentine’s Day book readings, a craft and a snack. Preregistration is required and can be done by contacting Gretchen Beach, beachgr@marshall.edu or ext.6-2312 by Thursday, Feb. 12. “MU Reads in 2015” is a reading initiative that encourages reading at all ages. Families can form teams and read during the year, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Faculty Achievement: Dr. Montserrat Miller publishes ‘Feeding Barcelona’


    A new book, Feeding Barcelona, 1714-1975, by Dr. Montserrat Miller, professor of history, has been published this month by LSU Press. The food markets of Barcelona host thousands of customers daily, from tourists eager to sample fresh fruits and grilled seafood to neighborhood cooks in search of high quality ingredients. While other countries experienced major shifts away from the public-market model in the 20th century, Barcelona’s food markets remained fundamental to the city’s identity, economy and culture. Feeding Barcelona, 1714–1975 examines the causes behind the vibrancy and tenacity of the Barcelonan market system. Miller says that recurrent revolutionary uprisings in Barcelona, beginning in the ...
  • Saunders recognized for anti-tobacco work


    Amy Saunders, director of the Office of Student Health Education Programs, received recognition as “Outstanding Coalition Member” for her work with the @gainst Tobacco program at Marshall and her work with the Cabell County Coalition for Tobacco-Free Environments during the West Virginia Conference on Spit Tobacco last month at the Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia. A conference co-chair noted that “Amy embodies the perfect example of a coalition member—she is passionate, dependable, and works diligently to save young people from the sickness, disease and death caused by tobacco use.” To help continue that work, the Office of Student ...
  • School of Pharmacy schedules first Preview Day; March event provides a look at pharmacy education


    The School of Pharmacy has scheduled its first Preview Day for 2 p.m., Saturday, March 28 at the school located adjacent to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. “We are very excited to offer this first-ever Preview Day to students who may be interested in becoming pharmacists,” said Laura Rudolph, director of recruitment and development for the School of Pharmacy. “As students begin to discover their possible career interests, it’s imperative to explore every avenue. We felt that a Preview Day would showcase not only the vast career options in the pharmacy field, but provide area students an opportunity to experience Marshall’s ...
  • Health informatics program offers new accelerated master’s degree


    The health informatics program now offers a new accelerated master’s degree (AMD) which began this semester. Health informatics, an evolving specialization that links information technology, communication and healthcare, seeks to improve the quality and safety of patient care, according to the program’s director, Dr. Girmay Berhie. “We have partnered with the department of integrated science and technology (IST) to offer our accelerated master’s degree in health informatics,” Berhie said. “This new degree will provide these students the opportunity to graduate faster and earn a degree that can help them to get a job with a salary range from $60,000 to $125,000 ...
  • Marshall Special Collections receives two sets of materials


    The Special Collections department of University Libraries received two sets of historical materials recently. The Rosanna Blake Collection, part of Special Collections, received a significant group of original print newspapers spanning the years 1859 through 1870. The 13 bound volumes contain a complete set of Harper’s Weekly newspapers for that period, which includes the Civil War and Reconstruction periods. Harper’s is one of the most referenced and desired newspapers of the Civil War period, due to its liberal use of maps, engravings and images. A significant feature is the newspaper’s coverage of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and funeral. The newspapers ...


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