January 7, 2015

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  • Marshall to celebrate life and legacy of President Kopp Jan. 13 with memorial service


    Marshall University will celebrate the life and legacy of the late President Stephen J. Kopp with a memorial service to be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the Cam Henderson Center Arena on the Huntington campus. Kopp died suddenly Dec. 17, 2014. The service is open to the public. Parking on campus will be free the day of the ceremony. Visitors are urged to arrive early, since classes are in session and parking spaces are limited. The doors of the Henderson Center will open at 1 p.m. The service will be live streamed at www.marshall.edu/it/livestream beginning at 2 p.m. All classes ...
  • Board of Governors names White interim president


    The Marshall University Board of Governors named Gary G. White interim president of the university.  His appointment became effective Jan. 1. The board selected White with a unanimous 14-0 vote during an emergency meeting Dec. 29 on the Huntington campus. “I’m gratified and humbled the board of governors has asked me to serve in this important interim role,” said White. “I look forward to working with members of the board, the faculty and the staff to keep our university moving ahead and focused on students.” White will serve for the duration of the search process for a permanent president, which is expected to take approximately ...
  • Shaunte Polk named Employee of the Month


    Shaunte Polk, Admissions Assistant II, Undergraduate Admissions, has been named the Marshall University Employee of the Month for October, according to the Employee of the Month Committee. Employed since January 2013, she was nominated by Heather Brooks. In her nomination, Brooks wrote, “During the hiring freeze Shaunte has been amazing in covering the duties of our vacant position. It was recently approved—but that was uncertain for over three months.  She routinely stayed late to keep work flow moving knowing that she would not be compensated.  Excellent attitude!  Incredible hard worker!” Polk was presented with a certificate and a check for $100 by President Stephen J. ...
  • In Memoriam: Dr. Clayton McNearney


    Dr.  Clayton L. McNearney, who retired last year after serving Marshall as a long time faculty member and chair of the Department of Religious Studies, died Jan. 4.  He had retired just a year ago after serving for many years as a faculty member and chair of the Religious Studies department. “The COLA family is saddened by the news that Dr. Clay McNearney passed away on Jan. 4,” said Dr. Robert Bookwalter, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “He was an inspiration to his students and a well-known figure on campus. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Clay’s family and friends.” Born in ...
  • Bi-weekly pay changes delayed


    The change to bi-weekly pay will not take place as soon as originally anticipated, Chief Financial Officer Mary Ellen Heuton said. According to a notification received from the state’s wvOASIS team, “…not all agencies will go live as originally planned.  Departments will now go live in waves during the course of 2015. This also means that biweekly pay will be implemented in waves.”  Heuton said, “We do not yet know which wave we might be part of, but we know that we will not be in the first wave. “ Heuton said that what this means to Marshall employees is that payroll will continue ...
  • Woodward writes account of U.S. role in World War I


    The American Army and the First World War, the most recent book written by Dr. David R. Woodward, emeritus professor of history, is the latest addition to Cambridge University Press’ Armies of the Great War series. The series is published in honor of the war’s centenary. This volume by Woodward, his second book since retiring in 2006, has been described as the first truly holistic account of the U.S.’s role on the battlefields of Europe in 1917-1918 because of its examination of social, political and economic factors. Through firsthand accounts from their diaries, letters and memoirs, Woodward depicts the doughboys’ first encounters ...
  • Carrolls make major commitment to Marshall University for special projects and scholarships


    Charles and Norma Carroll, longtime Huntington residents and benefactors to Marshall University, have made a generous financial commitment to the Marshall University Foundation Inc. to support scholarships and other university projects close to the couple’s hearts. The bequest, which is in their wills in the form of a planned gift, will bring their total contributions to Marshall to at least $1 million. “This major commitment from the Carrolls will support 14 different programs across the university,” said Dr. Ron Area, Foundation CEO. Among those programs, Area said, are eight scholarships and six endowments. The scholarships are for students in the School of ...
  • Deadline is Friday for ‘Rally for Autism’ design contest


    The “Rally for Autism”, a walk, run and bike ride event that is the major fund raiser for three Huntington/Tri-State area agencies that work with people on the Autism Spectrum—Autism Society River Cities, the Autism Services Center and the West Virginia  Autism Training Center housed in Old Main—will take place April 25 in Huntington Now for the first time an opportunity to let imaginations soar by designing the official  rally t-shirt is being offered through a design contest.  Entrants can use choose from colors that include red, yellow, blue, white and black.  According to contest rules, one of these colors will ...
  • Faculty Achievement: Hoey publishes ‘Opting for Elsewhere’


    Dr. Brian A. Hoey, associate professor of anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, has published a book with Vanderbilt University Press, Opting for Elsewhere: Lifestyle Migration in the American Middle Class. Hoey’s book examines stories of everyday Americans who move to new places as a way to redefine themselves through reordering work, family, and personal priorities.  According to Hoey, their act of relocation expresses longstanding cultural values while also demonstrating developing responses to distinctive contemporary challenges and opportunities. Based on Hoey’s community-based, ethnographic research, the book is about the impulse to start over. Whether downshifting from stressful careers or the victims ...
  • Faculty Achievement: College of Business trio complete paper for HOPE Community Development Corporation


    College of Business faculty members Drs. Rishav Bista, Michael Newsome and Becky Tomasik recently completed a technical paper for the HOPE Community Development Corporation, a non-profit organization working to improve the lives of residents living on the West Side of Charleston, West Virginia. This report, titled “A General Consideration of Possible Economic Impacts of Potentially Reducing Crime through West Side Demonstration Projects”, presents an analytical framework that focuses on how HOPE project investments can lead to reduced crime and recidivism, which have measurable economic impacts on the West Side community and greater Kanawha County. Using the general sociodemographic characteristics of the West ...
  • Walker named Resident of the Month at med school


    Johnson B. Walker, M.D., a third-year surgery resident physician with the  Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, has been selected as the December recipient of the Resident of the Month Award.  The award was announced by Paulette S. Wehner, M.D., vice dean, graduate medical education. Walker is the second recipient of the new recognition award. “The School of Medicine is fortunate to have Dr. Walker in a leadership position to utilize his fervor and passion for bettering the medical education training process,” Wehner said.  “As the chair of the Resident Advisory Committee, Dr. Walker has taken on extra responsibilities and projects ...
  • Marshall School of Pharmacy receives grant money from Walgreens for diversity initiatives


    The School of Pharmacy has received a $10,000 grant from Walgreens to support diversity outreach and inclusion initiatives. The grant, to be disseminated as scholarships and funding for pipeline programs and other cultural initiatives, is part of Walgreens’ national effort to support increasing diversity among professional student programs. Receiving Walgreens scholarships this academic year are James W. Frazier, Louisville, Ky.. Yanick N. Hicks, Marietta, Ga., and Minh Thu T. Tran, Jacksonville, Fla. “These students are exemplary in their commitment to diversity on campus,” said Dr. Shelvy L. Campbell, assistant dean for diversity. “They have been important partners in our mission to create an ...


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