November 11, 2015

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  • Wyatt, Casto to sign books at bookstore open house Nov. 18-19


    Two local authors with Marshall connections will have book-signing sessions for their recent books during the Marshall University Bookstore open house Nov. 18-19. Dr. Joseph Wyatt, author of The Breaking Point Killing and Other True Cases of Murder and Malice: A West Virginia Forensic Psychologist Remembers, will be at the Wednesday, Nov. 18, beginning at 11 a.m. Wyatt is emeritus professor of psychology at Marshall.  More information about his book can be found at   http://wyatt54.wix.com/breakingpointkilling. James E. Casto, retired from the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, where he was a reporter and editor for more than 40 years, will be signing books from 11 ...
  • Ethnographic collection on display at Birke Art Gallery


    The Department of Sociology and Anthropology, with the assistance of the College of Arts and Media, is showcasing its ethnographic collection at the Birke Art Gallery in Smith Hall. An open reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at the gallery. The exhibit will continue through Friday, Dec. 4. The Marshall University ethnographic collection includes more than 450 objects from all over the world, from the barren tundra of the Arctic Circle to the hot sands of the Kalahari desert of southern Africa, and from the coral atolls of the Pacific to the rain forests of the Amazon.  ...
  • Public hearings to continue on proposed PEIA changes


    To learn more about the proposed Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) changes for the coming year, plan to attend one of the two remaining public hearings: Thursday, Nov. 12 Tamarack – Ballroom A One Tamarack Park, Beckley, WV Tuesday, Nov. 17 Marshall University School of Medicine – Harless Auditorium 1600 Medical Center Drive, Huntington, WV The hearings begin at 6 p.m. The presentation that will be given at the hearings is available here. If you cannot attend a hearing, you may complete the online survey. You may also submit comments in writing to PEIA, 601 57th St., SE, Suite 2, Charleston, WV 25304-2345 or by e-mail to PEIA.Help@wv.gov. For ...
  • Latino American Who’s Who recognizes MU’s Monica Brooks


    Dr. Monica García Brooks, assistant vice president for information technology, online learning and libraries with Marshall University, was selected for inclusion in Volume IV of The Latino American Who’s Who. Brooks has been with Marshall University for 20 years, having started her career there as a member of the library faculty. Brooks said her secret to success is “a lot of hard work and a little bit of theater.” She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from West Virginia University, a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of Kentucky, and an education specialist degree and doctorate in leadership studies from Marshall ...
  • Marshall University pledges increased support for student veterans; ‘5 Star Challenge’ commitment ceremony to be held today on Huntington campus


    In honor of Veterans Day, Marshall University is pledging increased support for student veterans as part of West Virginia’s ‘5 Star Challenge’ initiative  which launched earlier this fall. The challenge, which calls on institutions to adopt a set of exemplary standards for supporting student veterans, is a tribute to the military tradition of issuing “challenge coins” to service members who embody the values and standards of their military units. The event at Marshall, which starts at 1 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center’s Shawkey Room, will begin with a brief keynote speech by Marshall alumnus Lt. Col. Timothy Vance, who is currently studying at ...
  • Red Dawson to be featured on WMUL’s Sportsview


    WMUL-FM 88.1 MHz, Marshall’s student-run radio station, will feature Red Dawson on Sportsview this evening, Wednesday, Nov. 11. Dawson was the only returning coach to the 1971 Marshall football team after the 1970 plane crash, which took the lives of 75 people. Sportsview is a weekly sports talk show in which the FM88 Sports Team speaks with Marshall Olympic athletes, or other notable people attached to Marshall athletics. This show airs at 7 p.m., as part of WMUL-FM’s Sports Night. Dawson will be on the program from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Also, the program will be streamed live online at www.marshall.edu/wmul. Discussion will ...
  • Marshall University Chamber Choir to perform, prepare for trip to Spain


    The Marshall University Chamber Choir, under the direction of Dr. David Castleberry, will perform its first concert of the season at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, in Smith Recital Hall. The performance will feature music of Bruckner, Barber, Messiaen, Tedesco and others. The program’s centerpiece will be movements selected from Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s “Romancero Gitano,” sung in Spanish and accompanied by guitarist Dr. Júlio Alves. The work will be an important part of the program the choir takes to Spain in March 2016 as part of a 10-day tour. The Chamber Choir is a select group of 32 singers who have traveled and ...
  • EarthScope Distinguished Speaker Program to host research associate from Maryland at Marshall


    The Geology Department will host Dr. Melodie French, a University of Maryland research associate, on Thursday, Nov. 12, as part of the EarthScope Distinguished Speaker Program. French will present a public lecture titled “Sampling the San Andreas Fault at depth: lessons in fault mechanics from continental drilling” from 5 to 6 p. m.  in the Memorial Student Center, Room BE5. This public lecture presentation will be educational and informative to all audiences, both non-geoscientists and geoscientists alike. Earlier in the day, French will give a talk, “Creep and seismicity along the central segment of the San Andreas Fault” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Drinko Library, ...
  • Autism Training Center assisting with T-shirt design contest for spring autism rally


    The West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall is assisting the Autism Society River Cities with the 2nd annual Participant Shirt Design Contest as part of the 15th annual Rally for Autism®, which will take place April 30, 2016, in Huntington. The training center is one of the local programs that helps put the rally together and receives proceeds from it as well. The winning artist in the design contest will receive a framed certificate, and his or her design will be used on the participant and volunteer T-shirts, as well as in related media promotions. The artist will also be highlighted on ...
  • Son to speak at annual Memorial Service Nov. 14; ceremony to begin at 10 a.m.


    Stephen Ward was five years old when the Marshall plane crash occurred. Today, he’s 50. His father, Parker Ward, died in the crash near Tri-State Airport along with 74 others. Parker Ward owned Hez Ward Buick in Huntington. Sadly, he never came close to 50. Parker was just 36 when the DC-9 jetliner carrying Marshall University’s football players, coaches, staff and supporters, along with the crew of five, crashed, killing everyone aboard. In the 45 years since the tragedy, Marshall’s Student Government Association has done its best to keep the victims’ memories alive. The SGA annually conducts a memorial service on Nov. 14—the ...
  • School of Music and Theatre to present ‘A Christmas Carol’


    Marshall’s School of Music and Theatre continues its 2015-2016 theatre season with a production of the classic Charles Dickens work “A Christmas Carol” in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on Marshall’s Huntington campus. The show will run at 7:30 p.m. daily from Wednesday, Nov. 18, through Saturday, Nov. 21. A matinee performance will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. Nicole Perrone, associate professor of theatre at Marshall, directs the production, while Jack Cirillo, professor and program director for the theatre program, stars as Ebenezer Scrooge. Romulus Linney’s adaptation of the story follows Scrooge from an embittered, ungenerous creature into ...
  • Faculty/Staff Achievement: Dr. Jeffrey Powell publishes translation of Heidegger work


    Dr. Jeffrey Powell, John Deaver Drinko Fellow and professor of philosophy, and William McNeill have translated a book by Martin Heidegger, The History of Beyng, which is now available. According to the publisher, Indiana University Press, the History of Beyng belongs to a series of Heidegger’s reflections from the 1930s that concern how to think about being, not just as a series of occurrences, but as essentially historical or fundamentally as an event. Originally published in 1998 as Volume 69 of Heidegger’s Complete Works, this translation opens new avenues for understanding the trajectory of Heidegger’s thinking during that time. The link to ...
  • Engineering dean appointed to a prestigious national expert panel


    Dr. Wael Zatar, dean of the College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE), has been appointed to serve as a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) National Expert Panel on “Use of Fiber Reinforced Polymers in Transportation Infrastructure,” which is being conducted as one of the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis Studies. The main objective of projects under this program is to synthesize existing information on a topic of relevance to highway objectives. Synthesis publications have proven to be useful and authoritative reports on highway problems and practices. As a member of the expert panel, Zatar is expected ...
  • MUsic Mondays continue with study of Mahler


    The Marshall University School of Music and Theatre’s music lecture series, MUsic Mondays, continues with the third lecture in the fall series at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at the Cellar Door, 905 3rd Ave. The lecture, “Mahler and the Music of an Inner Necessity,” focuses on the symphonies of Austrian composer Gustav Mahler and the secret meaning behind them. Lead presenter Dr. Vicki Stroeher, professor of music history at Marshall, said Mahler, who conducted operas at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, tried to capture the weariness of the world in his symphonies. “Mahler wore his emotions on his sleeve, and ...
  • Documentary ‘Unseen Tears’ to be shown tomorrow


    As a part of Native American Heritage Month and Marshall Libraries’ Cultural Literacy Series, the documentary “Unseen Tears” will be shown at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in Drinko 402. This film explores the physical, emotional and sexual abuse suffered by Native American students at the hands of the teachers in the American Indian boarding schools of the late 19th and early 20th century in the United States. The showing will be followed by a reception, where snacks will be provided, and a discussion moderated by MU Native American Students Organization President Autumn Lee. For more information, contact Kelli Johnson by e-mail at johnson28@marshall.edu.
  • Reminder: Retirement Symposium to take place tomorrow, Nov. 12


    Invitations to the 2015 Retirement Symposium hosted by Marshall have gone out. The event, “Paying Yourself,” will take place Thursday, Nov. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center. Lunch will be provided. Invited participants are encouraged to bring a spouse or someone who helps with important life decisions to the symposium. To register, follow instructions on the invitation, or for help, call 1-800-732-8353.

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