November 12, 2014

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  • West Virginia’s largest and longest-running international festival is scheduled for Nov. 15 in Huntington


    The 51st Annual Marshall University International Festival will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Admission to the festival is free and the event is open to the public. Food tickets will be available for purchase, allowing guests to sample a variety of dishes from around the world. Participating restaurants include Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse, Chateau D’ Italia, Julian’s Market, Marshall Dining by Sodexo, River & Rail Bakery, New China Garden Buffett, Cedar Market, Black Sheep Burritos & Brews, Margarita’s and Marco’s Pizza. “This festival is a great way to go around the world ...
  • Reminder: Annual memorial service is Friday, Nov. 14


    Had Ted Shoebridge lived, he would now be 64 years old, and long since retired from a playing career in the NFL or major league baseball. At least that’s the opinion of Shoebridge’s brother, Tom, who will be the featured speaker at this year’s annual Memorial Service to honor the 75 victims of the 1970 Marshall University plane crash. The service sponsored by Marshall’s Student Government Association starts at noon Friday, Nov. 14, on the Memorial Student Center plaza on the university’s Huntington campus. That day marks the 44th anniversary of the worst sports tragedy in U.S. history. The service also may be viewed ...
  • Veterans honored this week


    Marshall is celebrating the lives and contributions of its veterans and all veterans in the community with a variety of activities being staged this week in conjunction with Veterans Day, which was Nov. 11. A Military Appreciation Board is on display in the Memorial Student Center  through Friday, Nov. 14. “Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to share messages of appreciation for our military,” said Tommy Reynolds, director of Military and Veterans Affairs. Photos of loved ones who have served or are serving may be placed on the board, along with the messages, Reynolds said. On Tuesday the Charleston chapter of the ...
  • PEIA hearings underway throughout West Virginia


    The PEIA Finance Board is proposing significant changes for Plan Year 2016 and is conducting a series of public hearings to discuss the changes. A PowerPoint presentation is available online at http://www.peia.wv.gov/forms-and-downloads/Documents/other_documents_members/Public_Hearing_Presentation_Plan_Year_2016.zip. Registration for each of the 6 p.m. hearings below starts at 5 p.m. Attendees must register to speak. Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 – Huntington Marshall Medical School – Harless Auditorium 1600 Medical Center Drive, Huntington, WV Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 – Martinsburg Holiday Inn – Foxcroft Ballroom 301 Foxcroft Avenue, Martinsburg, WV Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 – Morgantown Ramada Inn – Grand Ballroom 20 Scott Avenue, Morgantown, WV Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 – Wheeling WV Northern Community College – Auditorium 1704 Market Street, Wheeling, WV Thursday, ...
  • Reminder: Higher education forums begin tomorrow evening


    For the second consecutive year, Marshall University will host a series of forums designed for faculty, students and members of the community to discuss the future of higher education funding in West Virginia. Forums will take place over a one-week span in mid-November at three of the university’s locations. The forums, which are sponsored by the office of President Stephen J. Kopp and the Marshall University Faculty Senate, will again be moderated by Beth Vorhees, news director for West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Each forum begins at 6 p.m. and will run as follows: Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Drinko Library on the Huntington ...
  • ‘Coffee with the Mayor’ series continues tomorrow


    The second session of “Coffee with the Mayor” for this semester will take place on Thursday, Nov.13  from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Memorial Student  Center Plaza. The series of chats with the mayor are a partnership between the Student Government Association and the Mayor’s Office. This is the time for students, faculty and staff members to share their concerns and visions for the community.  Everyone is invited to come out and have a cup of coffee with Mayor Steve Williams. The next event will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2.
  • Granddaughter of Jacques Costeau to speak in Charleston


    Alexandra Cousteau, award-winning filmmaker, National Geographic explorer and granddaughter of the late Jacques Cousteau, will speak at the West Virginia Culture Center Theater in Charleston at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested via a link on the homepage (www.wvresearch.org) of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Science and Research, which is hosting the event. Cousteau continues the work of her renowned grandfather and will bring the audience of this event on a story-telling journey from her earliest memories with her grandfather teaching her to scuba dive to ...
  • Hubble astrophysicist to speak at Yeager Symposium


    Renowned astrophysicist and best-selling author Mario Livio will be on the Huntington campus today, Nov. 12, as the featured lecturer for the Society of Yeager Scholars annual symposium. Livio’s lecture will take place at 3 p.m. in Room BE-5 of the Memorial Student Center. His visit is sponsored by the Society of Yeager Scholars and the Honors College, and is open to the public. A book-signing and reception will take place after the talk. Livio, an astrophysicist with the Space Telescope Science Institute, recently wrote a national best-seller titled “Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein, colossal mistakes by great scientists that changed ...
  • ‘Elf’ the Broadway musical arrives in Huntington Monday


    “Elf” the Broadway musical, the engaging story of  Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole, makes it way to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17. Initially unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. The New York Times says  “ELF,” which is based on ...
  • Student-athletes to conduct food drive Nov. 14-18


    The Marshall Athletics Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has announced food drive activities beginning Nov. 14, all benefiting the Marshall University Food Pantry. The Marshall SAAC will collect canned food, non-perishable food items, and donations at the Marshall-Rice football game on Nov. 15 and at men’s basketball games Nov. 14, Nov. 16 and Nov. 18. All those who donate will receive a coupon for $5 off a ticket purchased for that game. Also, fans who donate a canned food item at the Nov. 18 basketball game will also get a free serving of popcorn, courtesy of Sodexo. Fans also may donate online at yougivegoods.com/products-3477. Additionally, the committee ...
  • Ashley B. Zawodniak, D.O., chosen as first Resident of the Month recipient


    Dr. Ashley B. Zawodniak, a second-year internal medicine resident, has been selected as the first recipient of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine’s Resident of the Month program, according to Dr. Paulette S. Wehner, vice dean for graduate medical education. “It is fitting that our first recognition of a resident be someone of Dr. Zawodniak’s caliber,” Wehner said. “She is a conscientious and hard-working resident who takes excellent care of patients daily and who has an immense passion for community service and caring for the less fortunate.” In his nomination of Zawodniak, Dr. Larry D. Dial, chair of internal medicine, wrote that Zawodniak ...
  • Marshall’s department of public health seeks participants for breast cancer research


    Marshall’s undergraduate department of public health is searching for women in 23 West Virginia counties to participate in breast cancer research. Dr. Monika Sawhney, director of the undergraduate public health program, said she received a grant to conduct breast cancer research in West Virginia last spring. Sawhney said her department will have educational sessions in each of the 23 counties for those interested in learning more about early prevention of breast cancer. “We want to reach these underserved populations in our state to raise awareness about breast cancer and help these women understand the importance of timely screenings,” Sawhney said. “Participants will ...
  • Coloring contest offers tickets to ‘Rudolph’ the musical


    The Marshall Artists Series and Gino’s Pizza are offering an exclusive coloring contest opportunity to win a pizza party, cash and tickets to see “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical” at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4. The first-place winner will be given the opportunity for a holiday extravaganza with food and fun that can be shared with 19 friends. Upon being selected as the winner, he or she will receive 20 tickets to the show, a pizza party for 20 at Gino’s Pub and $50 in cash.  The second-place winner can choose three family members or friends ...
  • Faculty achievement: Gardner receives Creative Cone Award


    Bill Gardner, associate professor of Integrated Science and Technology, has been named a 2014 Creative Cone Award winner by Create West Virginia. The Cone awards recognize the leadership and contributions made by West Virginians in five pillars of creative community development: entrepreneurship, diversity, technology, education and quality of place. Create West Virginia is the statewide grass-roots community development initiative stimulating innovation and economy growth in the state. Gardner is a founder of 304Geeks, a technology peer community, and Hack3rCon, a gathering of  “white hat” hackers and technologists who seek to improve technology security, Hack3rCon is celebrating its fifth anniversary (http://hack3rcon.org) during its ...
  • Rob Wheeler Memorial Scholarship established at Marshall University


    A fund known as the Rob Wheeler Memorial Scholarship, named in honor of former South Point High School teacher Rob Wheeler, has been established by the Marshall University Foundation Inc. The recipient of the scholarship will be a full-time undergraduate student who graduated from South Point High School in South Point, Ohio, with at least a 3.0 GPA. The Office of Student Financial Assistance will select the recipient. The scholarship was transferred from South Point High School to the MU Foundation. Wheeler died April 25, 1994, after a long battle with cancer. “ ‘I am firm in my belief a teacher lives on and ...


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