March 4, 2015

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  • Reminder: Open house takes place today


    Interim President Gary White and members of the university’s senior management team will host another informal monthly open house for members of the Marshall University community today, Wednesday, March 4, from 3 to 4 p.m. The open houses are taking place on the first Wednesday of each month in the reception area of the Office of University Communications, 213 Old Main. Refreshments will be served. All members of the Marshall community–faculty, staff and students–are welcome and encouraged to attend to meet and talk with administrators with a range of topics of their choice, which could include such matters as updates on the ...
  • Presidential search process gets underway


    AGB Search consultants Jim Lanier and Dr. Arnie Speert have been on the Huntington campus the last couple of days.  They’ve met with the Marshall community to get their perspectives on qualities and traits they would like to see in the next president. Lanier and Speert met with the board of governors, faculty groups, students, staff and community members. They will use the input from the meetings to develop an advertisement and profile to solicit candidates for the position. Those who were not able to attend a meeting can provide feedback online here.
  • Hardmans present Marshall University with substantial gift


    Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the Marshall Foundation, Inc., describes Doug and Sue Ellen Hardman as “loyal and great friends of Marshall University.” “Not only are he and his wife generous donors, but Doug has provided outstanding leadership for our fundraising effort to equip the new Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex with specialized engineering equipment,” said Area. “We are truly grateful for all he and Sue Ellen do for Marshall.” The Hardmans recently presented the engineering program with a gift of $150,000. In addition, Doug is the volunteer chairman of the fund-raising effort to equip the Weisberg complex. He also serves ...
  • University family mourns passing of A. Michael Perry


    A. Michael Perry, who served Marshall University in a number of capacities including as president in 1999 and as member and chair of the Board of Governors, died Feb. 25. Perry served as Marshall’s president for six months, leaving office at the end of the year, when Dan Angel took office. “Mike had an unbelievable passion for life, his family, his church, Marshall University, Huntington and the state of West Virginia; and, for the wonderful Heritage Farm Museum and Village, which he built over the past 40-plus years,” said Marshall Interim President Gary G. White. “What a wonderful treasure he has left ...
  • Scholar of African American history in West Virginia to deliver public lecture at Marshall University


    Dr. Joe William Trotter, a prominent scholar and native West Virginian, will speak at Marshall Tuesday, March 10, on the topic “Coal, Class, and Color: The African American History of the Southern American Coalfields.” The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. at Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center. “African Americans were involved in every aspect of West Virginia’s mining history,” said Dr. David Trowbridge, associate professor of history and director of African and African American Studies.  “African Americans worked in salt mines, cleared timber, and built rail tunnels and tracks. ...
  • School of Medicine announces new administrative chair of radiation oncology


    Sanjeev S. Sharma, M.D., a 1993 graduate of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and board-certified radiation oncologist, has been named administrative chairman of the newly formed department of radiation oncology at the School of Medicine, Joseph I. Shapiro, M.D., dean of the school, announced last week. “Dr. Sharma is a perfect match for this position,” Shapiro said.  “He understands the mission of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, and he understands the importance of providing outstanding medical education in all areas to our students.  Dr. Sharma is a dynamic, forward-thinking addition to our team as we work to ...
  • Chief legal advisor honored at Civil Rights Day Awards Luncheon in Charleston


    F. Layton Cottrill Jr., Esq., senior vice president for executive affairs and general counsel at Marshall University, was honored last week by the West Virginia Human Rights Commission. Cottrill was one of 24 people who were honored at the Governor’s 12th annual Civil Rights Day Awards Luncheon held in Charleston. Cottrill, who has served as the chief legal advisor for Marshall since 1989, was recognized at the ceremony by Karen Bowling, cabinet secretary of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, as “a professional, caring communicator who has created a foundation of equality for the university.” As Marshall’s chief legal advisor, ...
  • Reminder: Distinguished Faculty Service Award nominations due March 13


    Nominations are being accepted until Friday, March 13, for this year’s Dr. Carolyn B. Hunter, Distinguished Faculty Service Award. The recipient of this prestigious award, which will honor an outstanding faculty member with 30 or more years of service to Marshall University, will receive $1,000 and be recognized during the annual Marshall UAA Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 25. The nomination form can be completed at: www.marshall.edu/ucomm/files/web/CarolynBHunterOutstandingFacultyAwardCallforNominations.pdf and should be forwarded to the office of alumni relations by campus mail, or e-mail at alumni@marshall.edu. For additional information contact Larry Crum, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, by phone at 6-3134 or by e-mail ...
  • Diversity Breakfast rescheduled for Friday, April 10


    The annual Diversity Breakfast, postponed last month because of cold, snowy weather, has been rescheduled for Friday, April 10, in the Memorial Student Center’s Don Morris Room. “We look forward to this exciting affair as we continue to recognize the importance of diversity and the richness of inclusiveness at Marshall University and around the entire globe,” said Maurice Cooley, associate vice president of intercultural affairs. Dr. Eduardo Pino, associate professor of pediatrics at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, and the medical director of the Pediatric Intensive Care unit at Cabell Huntington Hospital, will be the keynote speaker. The theme for the ...
  • Hagarty’s painting featured in Utah exhibition


      The work of Ian Hagarty, associate professor of painting, is being featured at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, until April 10 in an exhibition titled “Pure Paint for Now People.” Hagarty said Lydia Gravis, gallery director of the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery at Weber State, contacted him about the exhibition last year. “I worked with both Lydia and the chair of Department of Visual Art and Design, Matthew Choberka, over the preceding months to the buildup of the exhibition to identify which work of mine they wanted to curate into the show,” Hagarty said. “To be included in ...
  • Faculty achievement: Diener featured in H-D article


    Dr. Laura Michele Diener, associate professor of history and director of the Women’s Studies program, was the subject of a detailed article that appeared in the Feb. 24 issue of the Huntington Herald-Dispatch. Titled “Connecting education, community,” the article paid tribute to her commitment to the community through both her volunteer work and her teaching, as well as her efforts to involve students with the community, both as students and later when they leave the classroom. The article can be accessed at www.herald-dispatch.com/features/x406442442/MU-professor-connects-education-community-service. (Note: paid access may be required.)
  • New food bank executive director visits staging site for Empty Bowls


    Facing Hunger Foodbank Executive Director Cynthia Kirkhart visited Marshall’s Art Warehouse last week for a behind-the-scenes view of the food bank’s largest fundraiser of the year, Empty Bowls. Kirkhart spoke about the impact of the class of 10 students tasked with producing a chunk of this year’s bowl count. “Your efforts and the range of money that we have brought in with Empty Bowls has been anywhere from $13,000 to almost $20,000,” Kirkhart said. “You really are the best source of money that I’ve come across, and I’ve worked with nonprofits for 30 years.” Frederick Bartolovic, assistant professor of ceramics, described how unique ...
  • Marshall continues traumatic brain injury support group


    Faculty members in the College of Health Professions have partnered with the Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED) at West Virginia University to offer a local support group for those with traumatic brain injuries. The support group held its first meeting Jan. 28 and continued with another Feb. 25 at the main branch of the Cabell County Library. Dr. Carrie Childers, group organizer and professor in the college’s Department of Communication Disorders, said the Brain Injury Group (BIG) was created to provide support, education and information about services for individuals with brain injuries and the people associated with them. Future meetings are scheduled ...
  • Marshall Psychology Clinic to offer transgender support group beginning in March


    The Psychology Clinic will be conducting a support group focusing on transgender-related issues beginning this month. The group sessions will be conducted by Alyssa Frye, M.A., and Whitney Myers, B.A. Plans call for the sessions to be held on Mondays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The exact start date will be set after consulting potential participants. “The group is currently being formed and available slots in the group are limited,” said Dr. Keith Beard, professor of psychology and director of the Psy.D. program. The group is available to Marshall University students and staff, as well as members of the community who identify ...
  • Marshall to host West Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association Conference and Sports Medicine Symposium in Flatwoods


    The Department of Athletic Training will host the West Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association (WVATA) Conference and Sports Medicine Symposium March 6-7 in Flatwoods. The conference will provide an opportunity for athletic trainers across the state to discuss the introduction of House Bill 2746 and Senate Bill No. 506, which require that athletic trainers be licensed, instead of registered, according to program director, Dr. Joseph Beckett. “We traveled to the Capitol on Jan. 29 to represent the WVATA and advocate for athletic training licensure for the state of West Virginia,” Beckett said. “Currently, 43 out of 50 states, including all states surrounding West ...
  • Thundering Word’s Victoria Ledford leads team to fifth consecutive state tournament championship


    Victoria Ledford isn’t predicting a national championship for Marshall University’s Thundering Word speech and debate team, but she believes they can finish in the Final Four. And, who’s going to argue with the best debater in West Virginia? Ledford and the rest of the Marshall team head to Athens, Ohio, tomorrow to compete in the Pi Kappa Delta National Convention Tournament at Ohio University. The tournament concludes Sunday. I expect that we will do very well,” Ledford said. “Last year, we received fourth as a team at this tournament, which is a huge feat considering there are typically about 80 schools in ...


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