May 13, 2015

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  • From the President: Marshall 20/20 Update


    Dear Colleagues: As we move into our final phases of the Marshall 20/20 implementation project, I want to provide a quick update of the process and some of the early findings and recommendations emerging from the implementation teams. The seven teams have been working hard since January and have already produced some “early wins.” You will see more results this summer as the university begins to execute on all the 20/20 initiatives. Early Wins Several projects have already been completed or are close to being launched. These include the following: Rebid of Cable Service – The university’s contract for cable services was reviewed and rebid, ...
  • Honoring the latest Marshall graduates


    It was a busy Commencement weekend May 8 and 9, as 64 medical school graduates received their degrees Friday evening, and nearly 1,600 students received bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at two ceremonies on Saturday. Click to view photo galleries for the medical school investiture and the Saturday morning and afternoon commencements.
  • Service Awards to be given June 23


    The 31th annual Service Awards Luncheon, which is in the form of a brunch this year, will take place Tuesday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Don Morris Room in the Memorial Student Center. In addition to the service awards, the Employee of the Year will be named at this time. Following is the list of university staff members who will receive awards: 10 Years of Service: Phillip Adkins, Jason Bays, Mark Bays, Helen Bonham, Johnny Bradley, Averill Burriss, Dyanna Collins, Ivory Damron, Carl Dillman, Tara Helton, Andrew Hutchinson, Jennifer Jimison, Samuel Kincaid, Paula Kouns, Zachary Littleton, Helen Majdalany, ...
  • Twelfth annual Empty Bowls raises $17,700 for local food bank


    A check for $17,700 from Huntington’s 2015 Empty Bowls event was presented to Facing Hunger Foodbank Executive Director Cynthia Kirkhart last week on the Memorial Student Center plaza. Ceramics Assistant Professor Frederick Bartolovic and students, as well as representatives from B’nai Sholom Congregation and Christian Associates, presented the check. Together they worked to host the 12th annual event on April 17 at First Presbyterian Church. The funds raised will allow the food bank to put nearly 106,200 meals on Tri-State tables, according to Kirkhart. Marshall ceramics students created about 1,200 bowls for the day, while local area potters, the Huntington Museum of Art ...
  • Marshall University’s Journalism and Mass Communications program is reaccredited


    The W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications was reaccredited for another six-year cycle by Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). The council vote was the culmination of a yearlong review process. The organization has accredited 119 schools in the United States and outside the country. Interim President Gary White in a statement offered his congratulations and said, “I was pleased and proud of the impression the SOJMC made on the accreditation team.” The site team report noted a strong reputation and visibility of the program in the Tri-State and beyond, a cohesive student body ...
  • Annual Security and Fire Safety Report available


    Marshall University is committed to assisting all members of the MU community in providing for their own safety and security.  The 2014-15 “Annual Security and Fire Safety Report” is available at  www.marshall.edu/disclosures/securityreport. A printed copy of the report is available by calling the MU Police Department at ext.6-4357. The “Annual Security and Fire Safety Report” contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, fire safety polices, disciplinary procedures and other matters of importance related to security on campus.  The report also contains information about fire statistics in the ...
  • Pediatric plastic surgeon Peter D. Ray, M.D., joins Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine


    Peter D. Ray, M.D., a board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric plastic surgeon who specializes in cleft and craniofacial surgery, has joined the department of surgery at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. He was most recently at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) where he served as assistant professor of surgery and provided treatment to children with cleft and craniofacial conditions, as well as children with deformities secondary to trauma or burns. “We are thrilled to have Dr. Ray join us at Marshall Surgery,” said Adel A. Faltaous, M.D., chief of the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery. “Dr. Ray is ...
  • Rec center ‘shutdown week’ is underway; kids’ swim lessons to begin May 18


    Monday, May 11, marked the beginning of the seventh annual Shut-Down Week for the Marshall Recreation Center. The facility will reopen Monday, May 18. Shut-Down Week is when the entire Recreation Center staff will be cleaning and renovating the facility. Staff members will be working as a team to complete the duties assigned to them. Some duties include deep cleaning of equipment and the climbing wall, pool maintenance and repair, and locker room cleaning and maintenance. Some renovations will occur, including the addition of a new room that will accommodate the babysitting program, camps, birthday parties and meetings. Also,  the Rec  Center is ...
  • Faculty Achievement: Dr. Nancy Elkins


    Dr. Nancy Elkins of the  College of Health Professions recently had her nursing student retention research published in the latest issue of Open Journal of Nursing, a peer-reviewed, international journal dedicated to the latest advancements in nursing. Elkins, an associate professor in the college’s School of Nursing, said her quantitative research on retention is vital to the understanding of our current higher education environment. “Attrition is a serious issue nationwide, with some nursing programs’ attrition rates reported to have been around 50 percent,” Elkins said. “The Government Affairs Committee of the American Nurses Association (2014) predicts that by 2022, the United States ...
  • Riley Selected as May Resident of the Month


    Thomas Dailey Riley IV, M.D., has been selected as the May Resident of the Month at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Paulette S. Wehner, M.D., vice dean and designated institutional official for graduate medical education, has announced. Riley is currently finishing his last (fifth) year as a chief resident in orthopaedics. “Dr. Riley was nominated by one of his former senior residents,” Wehner said.  “To be recognized by a senior resident speaks volumes about his demonstration of exemplary characteristics.” Jonathan Salava, M.D., was that senior resident and now serves as a faculty member and  assistant director of the residency program. He ...


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