June 24, 2015

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  • Message from the President


    June 24, 2015 Dear Colleagues, As I mentioned in my last message to the university community on May 13, the seven Marshall 20/20 teams have finished their initial work and I am pleased to report the outcomes to you. At a wrap-up meeting of all the team members on June 11, each team’s leader presented a summary of recommendations and the amount of money each initiative is expected to save the university for the fiscal year that begins in just a couple of weeks on July 1. The results are simply outstanding. These teams met the challenge to leave no stone unturned in looking ...
  • Community discussion on improving downtown Huntington to take place this morning


    The Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Cross-Sector Partnership, made up of a diverse group of stakeholders, will hold a community discussion about issues related to further improving the downtown Huntington area and reducing crime and drug use. The event, which is open to the public, will take place from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, June 24, in the Shawkey Dining Room. Marshall faculty and staff are urged to attend the meeting. A stakeholder discussion for Marshall students will follow at noon. BCJI stakeholders include the Huntington Police Department, Marshall University, the city of Huntington, Marshall’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER), ...
  • Marshall to host Olympic-style opening ceremony for soccer championships


    Marshall University will host an Olympic-style opening ceremony Thursday, June 25, for the U.S. Youth Soccer Region I Championships that get underway Friday at the Barboursville Soccer Complex and on fields in Huntington. The festive opening ceremony will take place at Marshall’s Joan C. Edwards Stadium on the Huntington campus, beginning at 3:45 p.m., when the Team Fastrax Professional Skydiving Team parachutes into the stadium. Gates open to the public at 2 p.m. and admission is free. Free parking will be available on all Marshall University surface lots. Pre-opening ceremony activities at the stadium are planned as well. From 2 to 3 p.m. ...
  • Somerville appointed to Environmental Advisory Board


    Dr. Charles C. “Chuck” Somerville, a professor of biological sciences and dean of the College of Science, has been appointed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board (EAB), Rollin Hotchkiss, chair of the board, has announced. The advisory board was created by the Chief of Engineers, Lt. Gen. Frederick J. Clarke, in 1970, as a means for the chief to gain outside, expert and independent advice on environmental issues facing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Board membership consists of 5-10 people. Selected members are eminent authorities in the field of natural, social and related sciences. ...
  • University Communications, Recruitment staff, public relations students receive awards from WV chapter of public relations organization


    Marshall University’s offices of recruitment and university communications received Crystal Awards last week from the West Virginia Public Relations Society of America chapter. The awards were in the following categories: Community Relations Campaign for “Herd Holiday” Direct Mail for “Best. Decision. Ever.” fold-out recruitment piece Brochure for “Block M recruitment piece” Video Commercial for “2014 Institutional Spot” The university also received honorable mentions for the 2015 Winter issue of Marshall Magazine and for a program of student-run social media accounts. The PRSA-East Central District, encompassing a six-state region of the United States, awarded the 2013 MU public relations campaign management class—Shaver Media Group—with its 2014 Diamond Award—a first-place ...
  • Visual arts fund established in honor of late Marshall University president and wife


    Beginning spring 2016, the College of Arts and Media will make an award from the Stephen J. Kopp Memorial Endowment Fund for Achievement in the Visual Arts to a student. The fund is in honor of the Marshall’s late president, and his wife, Jane. Established by the Marshall University Foundation Inc. to reward students’ exhibition work, the endowment will place priority with standouts from the Annual Student Juried Exhibition Each year during his tenure, Stephen Kopp hand-selected art from the Annual Student Juried Exhibition to be featured in a special, one-year exhibition located in his office, according to Jane Kopp. “It meant a ...
  • White delivers State of the University address in Washington, D.C.


    Interim President Gary G. White spread the word about the ongoing success and growth of the university to Marshall alumni and supporters from the Washington D.C. area and to members of West Virginia’s congressional delegation in his State of the University address last week in Washington, D.C. White shared with policymakers the results of the Marshall 20/20 strategic planning process, which has resulted in projected budget savings of $3.4 million for the coming fiscal year. “For more than a year, teams of employees from across the university have been working to identify and implement cost savings opportunities,” he told them. “The results ...
  • Jared Brownfield Chosen June Resident of the Month


    Jared T. Brownfield, M.D., a third-year obstetrics and gynecology resident at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, has been selected as the June 2015 Resident of the Month, according to Paulette S. Wehner, M.D., vice dean for graduate medical education. “It’s exciting to see residents take the time to nominate another resident for recognition of a job well done,” Wehner said.  “Medical residents are super busy.  For Dr. Brownfield to be nominated by another busy resident in a different specialty is evidence of an outstanding physician who deserves recognition.” In his nomination letter, Daniel J. Poole, M.D., a senior resident in ...
  • Marshall Ph.D. candidate, 18 others meet with members of Congress to discuss matters of science policy


    Kristeena Wright of Richmond, Virginia, a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate at Marshall was one of 19 young scientists from colleges and universities across the United States who arrived on Capitol Hill earlier this month to meet with senators and representatives about the value of biomedical research. Now in its seventh year, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s (ASBMB) Hill Day gave Wright and 18 other young researchers the chance to participate in up to 90 meetings with lawmakers and congressional staff about the work they are doing. Undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars participating in the program come from academic institutions ...
  • LEGO robotics competitions receive support from RCBI, NASA


    LEGO robotics competitions in southern West Virginia are getting a boost from the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) thanks to a grant from the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium. The grant will help fund FIRST LEGO League (FLL) regional qualifiers in Huntington, Parkersburg, South Charleston, Lewisburg and Weston, giving at least 60 teams the opportunity to compete for a change to advance to the state tournament in Fairmont. FIRST LEGO League is a program for 9- to 14-year-olds designed to get students excited about the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math while teaching important life ...
  • US Navy Band officer to join music faculty


    Capt. Brian O. Walden will join the Marshall music faculty in August as the new Director of Bands, following his July retirement as commanding officer of the United States Navy Band. Walden earned a bachelor’s degree in music with a double major in religious studies from Saint Leo University in Florida and a master’s degree in wind ensemble conducting from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he was given the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2012. He also holds a graduate diploma in national security strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He is ...
  • Staff Achievement: Denise Hogsett


    Denise Hogsett, director of Career Services, will present a seminar on human resources  with Sherri Taylor at a “Lunch and Learn” event sponsored by the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce. It will take place Tuesday, July 14 at The River Tower, 1108 Third Ave., Huntington, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The workshop will focus on Human Resources legislation that could affect small businesses, as well as recruitment tips and internships. This seminar is free for Chamber members, $20 for non-members. Registration is required to attend due to limited seating. To register, call 304-525-5131.  
  • Herd to host weeklong day camp for soccer


    Marshall University men’s soccer is excited for its summer camp season to continue, according to Marshall Assistant Coach Thomas Olivier. The Marshall Soccer School is under the direction of Head Coach Bob Gray and Olivier, and will also include other Marshall Soccer staff members. Groups will be determined by age and ability in order to create the best environment for learning, development, and fun, Olivier said. No experience is necessary; these camps are open to any and all players between the ages of 5 and 13. All levels of ability are welcome, and spots are open for all age groups. Each camper ...
  • Deadline for ‘Because of You’ awards nominations extended to July 1


    The deadline for nominations from the public for the “Because of You” awards for the 2015 Coal Miners’ Celebration has been extended to July 1. Miners, community members and others connected with the state’s coal mining industry will gather at Tamarack in Beckley Thursday, Oct. 1, to celebrate the past, present and future of coal mining in West Virginia with a reception and dinner.  The purpose of the annual event is to recognize those who play a role in the success of the state’s mining enterprise. Nominations for the “Because of You” awards are requested for outstanding individuals or groups that have ...
  • Volunteers sought for ‘Lose the Training Wheels’ program next month


    Volunteers are needed for the 2015 Lose the Training Wheels™ camp, a program that teaches individuals with disabilities to independently ride a two-wheel bicycle. The Lose the Training Wheels camp is offered through a partnership between the School of Kinesiology and the nonprofit charity, iCanShine. The camp uses adapted bicycles, a specialized instructional program and trained professionals to enable individuals with disabilities to learn to ride. This year’s summer program will take place from July 20 to 24 at Huntington High School. With 75 minutes of daily instruction over five days, over 80% of the disabled campers learn to ride a conventional bicycle ...
  • Marshall faculty member to train hammer throw athletes at World Track and Field Championships


    Dr. Suzanne Konz of the College of Health Professions will travel to Chiba, Japan, in August to train hammer throw athletes for the 2015 International Association of Athletics Federation Track and Field World Championships. Konz, associate professor and director of the college’s biomechanics lab, said although she’s worked with USA Track and Field since 2003, this is her first invitation to cover training camp for the World Championships. “I will work with six athletes, three men and three women, during the training camp. Many people don’t appreciate the amazing athleticism of a hammer thrower – it is amazing how fast they move ...
  • Small business workshop to take place at RCBI Huntington


    A workshop titled “Business Fundamentals,” part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 30. It will take place at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI), 1050 Fourth Avenue, Huntington. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop, and registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, call Amber Wilson at 304-528-5616 or e-mail amber.c.wilson@wv.gov. After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC ...
  • Reminder: Herd basketball camps underway


    Two basketball camps remain this summer at Cam Henderson Center, directed by Coach Dan D’Antoni. The Herd’s Individual Camp for boys ages 7 to 17 will take place June 29-July 2, and the Little Herd Camp for boys and girls ages 7 to entering 7th grade is set for July 6-9. At each camp, participants will be able to learn and play alongside Marshall’s very own, as players will serve as counselors to develop the skills of each individual. The camps will be led by Coach D’Antoni and his staff, who have amassed decades of coaching experience at both the collegiate and professional ...


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