July 30, 2014

 

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  • Marshall staffers to assume new roles


    The president’s office has announced several promotions and interim appointments. Senior Vice President for Operations Brandi Jacobs-Jones will be promoted and assume additional responsibilities effective Aug. 1 as the chief of staff/liaison to the Marshall University Board of Governors, reporting directly to the president. In this new capacity, Jacobs-Jones will continue to serve as senior vice president of operations, while additionally providing executive-level support to the president and serving as liaison to the board. Ginny Painter, communications director for the Marshall University Research Corporation since 2009, will be promoted and named interim senior vice president for communications and marketing, also effective Aug. ...
  • Tickets, sponsorships available for Paint the Capital City Green


    Individual tickets and corporate sponsorships are now available for the annual  Paint the Capital City Green pep rally in Charleston Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Embassy Suites hotel. To order tickets or become a sponsor, call ext.6-7138 or e-mail paintthecapital@marshall.edu. Individual tickets are $60 and will not be sold at the door. Ticket sales close Friday, Aug. 15. Paint the Capital City Green is the nation’s largest indoor pep rally for the Thundering Herd. Fans will enjoy a tailgate spread and entertainment by  Marco, the cheerleading squad, dance team and members of the  Marching Thunder. Special guests include Head Football Coach Doc Holliday and ...
  • Details on Personnel Action processing to be provided in sessions this week and next


    Due to recent changes in processing personnel actions in Banner, departmental personnel coordinators are invited to register for one of the remaining training sessions on The Processing of Personnel Actions. Sessions began yesterday and will continue tomorrow. Tomorrow’s session is full, but other sessions are available, which will take place Friday, Aug. 1, Monday, Aug. 4, and Tuesday, Aug. 5. Recent changes, including the Affordable Care Act as well as the upcoming change in state payroll in January, have made it necessary for us to change some of our processes and forms, said Juanita Parsons, Director of Accounts Payable and Payroll. “This training, which is a joint effort ...
  • Tracey Eggleston named Employee of the Month


    Tracey Eggleston, Assistant Director (Housing Operations Manager) in Housing and Residence Life, has been named the Marshall Employee of the Month for May, according to the Employee of the Month Committee. Employed since 2009, she was nominated by Lakesha Glover and Jim Clagg. As Eggleston’s supervisor, Glover says that her attention to detail and commitment to the HRL department is unmatched. “…When Tracey is in control of a project I do not have to worry about it being completed……I have complete faith in the work that she will do from its purpose to its implementation.” Glover commended her on her work ethic and ...
  • Greenhouse nurtures student, staff green thumbs


    What do a College of Science dean, housing personnel, sustainability employees and students have in common at Marshall University? They are all getting their hands dirty in a greenhouse. Attached to the back of the Science Building in the 1970s, Marshall’s greenhouse served as a research hub for students and faculty for many years. The structure is adjacent to labs and classrooms, but began to fall into disrepair in the late 1990s. When he became dean of the College of Science about five years ago, Dr. Charles Somerville said, the greenhouse had definitely seen better days. “Many glass panels were broken and the ...
  • Dalton named Marshall University Director of Athletic Bands


    Beginning this fall, Adam Dalton will assume the lead role in the Marching Thunder. Formerly a high school and elementary school band teacher in Atlanta, Georgia, the new Director of Athletic Bands said he is excited to be teaching at the university level. “It kind of just hits me,” Dalton said. “I think, ‘You’re director of athletic bands at a university right now.’ That’s a big deal!” School of Music and Theatre Director Dr. Richard Kravchak said Dalton’s wide range of experience, including working with the Million Dollar Band at the University of Alabama, to serving as one of the color guard captain heads ...
  • University Communications, students honored by PRSA


    The Office of University Communications recently was recognized with a Crystal Award from the West Virginia chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. The award was for the university’s Best. Decision. Ever. commercial, which aired locally and nationally on television and was shown during Marshall home football and basketball games. The spot was selected as the winner in the audiovisual presentation/non-profit category. University Communications also received an honorable mention for its campaign last summer and fall to select and unveil a new look for university mascot Marco. In the student category, Marshall’s Public Relations Campaign Management class (JMC439/539) was recognized for campaigns ...
  • Brian Bracey named associate vice president for development at MU


    Brian Bracey, who enjoyed a successful career in pharmaceutical sales and marketing, has been named an associate vice president for development with the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., Dr. Ron Area, the foundation’s CEO, announced last week. “Brian brings a wealth of experiences in sales and marketing to the foundation,” Area said. “He is bright, smart and a relationship-builder.  Brian will help the foundation and the university go to the next level of private support.” The Foundation’s newest major gift officer has lived in Huntington for just nine years, but it wasn’t long after his arrival from the southern part of the country ...
  • Marshall medical students provide treatment to more than a thousand Hondurans during international mission


    A team of Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine students, faculty physicians, a medical resident andother health care workers from the tri-state community traveled to Honduras earlier this month for an international mission that resulted in medical care for nearly 1,060 patients. The Marshall team provided health care to men, women and children including general physicals, medication dispensing, Pap smears and dental care. John M. Davitt, a fourth-year medical student and co-organizer of the trip said,  “The level of compassion, teamwork, and enthusiasm that everyone displayed throughout the week was truly inspiring, and was responsible for making this such a successful brigade.” Aaron ...
  • Marshall faculty member receives NASA research award for microgravity research in animals


    Dr. Kumika Toma of the  College of Health Professions has received a research award to study sex and age differences in skeletal muscle responses to weakness and recovery.  As part of a NASA-funded project in space biology and medicine, Toma’s study is aimed at better understanding how microgravity will impact crew members on extended missions. Toma, program director for the undergraduate exercise science program in the School of Kinesiology, said the study will use rats to examine the long-term exposure to microgravity. Toma said decreased skeletal muscle size, or what is known as atrophy, due to space flight is well known and ...
  • Faculty Achievement: Center for Community Growth and Development


    College of Business faculty members Dr. Rishav Bista, Dr. Michael Newsome and Dr. Becky Tomasik recently completed two technical papers for the Cabell County Planning Commission (CCPC). The CCPC will use the information from the two reports to develop the Cabell County Comprehensive Plan, the primary public planning document required by the state government. The first paper, “Characteristics, Preferences, and Opinions of Cabell County, WV Residents” analyzes the results of a survey of 478 Cabell County residents. The survey was conducted by students in the Spring 2014 economics capstone, now an official service learning course. The survey was a door-to-door, face-to-face, ...
  • Production begins on life-size fiberglass bison


    A six-foot-tall by eight-foot-long fiberglass bison has been delivered to the art warehouse, where it is going through a transformation by Brianna Jarvis, winner of a public art competition called New Connections. The final project will be unveiled at Pullman Square during the Visual Arts Center community open house Friday, Sept. 19. Jarvis, a sophomore graphic design major, said she would use the $2,500 prize money toward her room and board at Marshall. “I’m a strong believer in education being the key to success, and paying for college can be quite the financial struggle sometimes,” Jarvis said. “I haven’t had to take out any ...
  • Donna Underwood creates two scholarships to honor her late husband


    A pair of scholarships are being funded by Donna Underwood to honor her late husband, John, and to provide students with opportunities she didn’t have after graduating from high school. The new scholarships, established by the Marshall University Foundation Inc., are an endowment called the John and Donna Underwood Endowment for the Yeager Scholars Program, and an expendable scholarship called the John and Donna Underwood Scholarship for the School of Pharmacy. “I wasn’t privileged to be able to go to college after I graduated from high school,” said Underwood, who was raised on a working farm near Lafayette, Ind.  Yet, she was ...
  • Grant from Enterprise Holdings Foundation to MU Career Services to fund student internships


    Marshall University Career Services recently received a $2,000 grant from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the company that operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands.  This grant will be used to fund four six-week student internships at local nonprofit agencies. “Our nonprofit agencies in the Huntington area can provide valuable work experiences for our students who are interested in the nonprofit sector.  Unfortunately, these agencies do not always have funding to provide a paid internship.  This grant will allow four Marshall students to have a six-week paid internship in the nonprofit sector,” ...
  • Marshall University Forensic Science Graduate Program again ranks number one in the nation on national assessment test scores


    The Marshall  Forensic Science Graduate Program once again ranked number one in the country for its students receiving the highest overall test scores on the Forensic Science Assessment Test, a qualifying test offered each year by the American Board of Criminalistics. This is the fifth time the program achieved the number one ranking in eight years since its students began taking the test in 2007. Of the top 26 highest test scores ranked, six were students from the Marshall Forensic Science Graduate Program. Marshall’s students captured the number one and number two rankings for highest overall test results among 202 students ...

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