July 8, 2015

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  • Marshall 20/20 Update: Changes in organization for Finance and University Communications, computer purchases


      The implementation phase of the Marshall 20/20 process officially began last week. Starting with this issue, We Are … Marshall will include regular updates regarding the status of these initiatives.    Effective July 1, the Printing Services unit became part of the Office of University Communications. This first phase of the consolidation of the university’s marketing and communications-related functions ultimately will make graphic design services and printing easier, faster and cheaper for departments across all campuses. The coordination that will result from having all these functions under one organizational umbrella also will leverage the abilities of the entire staff and integrate the ...
  • Laura Christopher named 2014 Employee of the Year


    Laura Christopher, program coordinator with the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine’s Office of Student Affairs, was named Marshall’s 2014 Employee of the Year at the 31st annual Service Awards Brunch June 23. Christopher has been employed at Marshall for almost 10 years and was the Employee of the Month for December 2014. She was nominated by Amy Smith, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Director of Clinical Skills for the School of Medicine, and medical students Aaron Dom and Jonathan Seibert, who nominated her on behalf of the MUSOM Class of 2015. Interim Marshall President Gary White announced Christopher’s selection as Employee ...
  • Lapelle, James serving in new roles in Student Affairs


    Carla Lapelle, who has been serving as associate dean of student affairs, has been promoted to interim dean of student affairs replacing longtime dean Steve Hensley, who retired. In addition, former student body president Matt James, who has worked at the Student Resource Center for the past four years, is the new assistant dean of student affairs, replacing Vanessa Keadle, who left Marshall in January. Lapelle has worked at Marshall for nearly 29 years. She has been associate dean of student affairs since 2001 and, before that, she was coordinator of student health education programs and a counselor. Lapelle said her focus will be on the services ...
  • Marco Cornhole Classic to debut Aug. 1


    A new event, featuring fun for the whole family and a spirited cornhole tournament is coming to Marshall’s Huntington campus on Saturday, Aug. 1. The Marco Cornhole Classic and Marshall Family Fun Day, presented by Huntington Bank, will feature an afternoon of activities for Marshall alums, faculty, family and friends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Harless Field, according to the Marshall University Alumni Association. Designed to bring members of the Herd family together, the day will feature the Cornhole Classic tournament, which is open to everyone. Organizers say that there will be  activities for children of all ages, which will ...
  • School of Medicine and Cabell Huntington Hospital announce successful surgical treatment with new light-curable bone stabilization system


    The first two U.S. patients have been successfully treated with an innovative medical device through a clinical trial underway at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, in collaboration with the Marshall Clinical Research Center and Cabell Huntington Hospital. The institutions are working in conjunction with IlluminOss Medical, a commercial-stage medical device company focused on minimally invasive orthopedic fracture repair, as part of its U.S. Lightfix clinical trial for the treatment of impending and pathologic fractures in the humerus due to metastatic carcinoma. The surgeries were performed by Felix Cheung, M.D., associate professor and chief of the division of orthopaedic oncology at ...
  • BB&T continues support for capitalism center


    Marshall University has received the eighth installment in a series of $100,000 gifts from BB&T supporting the BB&T Center for the Advancement of American Capitalism at MU’s College of Business. David L. Helmer, Senior Vice President and Regional Corporate Banking Manager for BB&T, presented the latest check of $100,000 to Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the MU Foundation Inc, Dr. Haiyang Chen, dean of the College of Business, and Dr. Deanna Mader, recently appointed director of the BB&T Center for the Advancement of American Capitalism, during a brief ceremony in the MU Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center. This gift ...
  • New retail pharmacy opens at Byrd Clinical Center


    Marshall Health officially opened the doors to a new retail pharmacy in the Erma Ora Byrd Clinical Center, on the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine’s health sciences campus, July 1. In addition to prescription services, Marshall Pharmacy offers injectables, over-the-counter items, diabetic supplies and limited compounded products. Services also include online prescription refills and transfers, medications delivered by mail and a smartphone app. The new pharmacy, located on the second floor of the facility, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. To contact the pharmacy, call 304-696-5000. “Marshall Health is dedicated to providing comprehensive health care services to our ...
  • Ohio Valley Bank awards first-ever Marshall Mid-Ohio Valley Center Scholarship


    Mario Liberatore, president of Ohio Valley Bank West Virginia, presented the first-ever Ohio Valley Bank Scholarship for the MU’s Mid-Ohio Valley Center in Point Pleasant last week. Sophomore nursing student Shelby Rodgers received $1,500 in scholarship funds from the bank. The fund for the Ohio Valley Bank Scholarship was established in 2013, with its first beneficiary being named this year. The scholarship for full-time students who have passed their freshman year requires a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average, with priority given to students in Mason County, West Virginia, first, then Gallia and Meigs counties in Ohio. “Marshall’s involvement in our ...
  • Reynolds receives grant from Phi Kappa Phi


    Dr. Mary Beth Reynolds, associate vice president for assessment and quality initiatives, recently was awarded a 2015 Literacy Grant from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Reynolds is one of 14 recipients nationwide to receive the award. The $2,500 grant will be used to support a two-tier literacy program at St. John’s House in Huntington. The program, developed through a key partnership with Marshall University, strives to improve the literacy skills of children aged 3-18 living in a local subsidized housing community. The Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant ...
  • Kinesiology prepares for ‘Lose the Training Wheels’ camp beginning July 20


    For the fifth consecutive year, the School of Kinesiology is hosting the Lose the Training Wheels Camp July 20-24 at Huntington High School. The program, offered in cooperation with the nonprofit charity iCanShine, teaches participants with disabilities how to ride a two-wheel bicycle independently. Funding for the camp was a concern earlier this year, but with the help of local donors and community support, the Lose the Training Wheels program will be offered for children with special needs who want to learn to ride, according to the camp’s director, Dr. Gregg Twietmeyer, associate professor in the College of Health Professions. Twietmeyer said the ...
  • Colorado doctor establishes Marshall endowment for addiction research


    Robert W. Schrier, M.D., and Barbara L. Schrier of Englewood, Colo., have established a research endowment with the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine to study the effects of drugs on infants. Schrier, professor emeritus of medicine and former chairman of the department of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine for 26 years and head of the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension for 20 years, delivered the keynote address at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine’s graduation and investiture ceremony May 8. “The Schriers enjoyed their visit to Huntington, but were so discouraged by the infestation of ...
  • HSTA students on the Huntington campus this week


    Marshall University, in collaboration with West Virginia University, is hosting its annual Health Science and Technology Academy (HSTA) Summer Institute this week through Friday, July 10, on the Huntington campus. HSTA is a highly innovative and extraordinarily successful initiative designed to encourage high school students to pursue college degrees in the health sciences. This statewide initiative was created to inspire and teach first-generation, rural and African American youth to attend college and offset the disparity of this population in science and health care professions. The activities get underway Sunday with an opening ceremony and dinner. David Cartwright, director of the summer institute, said ...


The next regular issue of We Are…Marshall will be distributed July 22, 2015. Please send any materials for consideration to Pat Dickson by 5 p.m. Monday, July 20.