November 13, 2013


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  • Backgrounder: Student Recruitment at Marshall

    The following is the first in a series of informational articles describing the key functions in operating a university the size of Marshall.     —————- Among the most important activities in running Marshall University is the student recruitment process. The university is always looking for outstanding potential students, and keeping our numbers high is important in fulfilling our mission and preserving our financial health. Beth Wolfe, director of recruitment, leads a team of five recruiters, who travel to 11 states and make more than 100 high school visits each year. They also participate in college fairs—for example, since Sept. 1 and continuing through Nov. ...
  • Observance of Native American Heritage Month highlighted by luncheon Nov. 19

    Marshall’s observance of Native American Heritage Month will be highlighted by a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, on Marshall’s Huntington campus in room BE-5 of the Memorial Student Center. The luncheon will be free to all who make reservations by Thursday, Nov. 14, said Dr. Shari Clarke, vice president of multicultural affairs at Marshall. The guest speaker will be Cork Bomberry, who is a member of the Bear Clan on the Tuscarora Reservation in New York. The program also will include Native American dance demonstrations. Luncheon reservations may be made by calling 304-696-4677 or e-mailing Clarke at
  • GIS Day returns to Marshall Nov. 20

    For the third consecutive year, Marshall University will conduct GIS Day activities on the Huntington campus. GIS Day, Wednesday, Nov. 20, provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society. Dr. Jamie Leonard, who works in the geography department at Marshall, said GIS is a computer technology for presentation and analysis of all types of science and social data referenced to the earth’s surface. GIS uses an infinite variety of mapped data, aerial photographs, digital elevation models, satellite imagery, and more to solve problems and answer ...
  • Reminder: Memorial service is tomorrow, Nov. 14

      Huntington attorney John Proctor, whose parents were among the 75 victims of the 1970 Marshall University plane crash, will be the featured speaker in this year’s annual memorial service honoring all who died in the tragedy. The service, conducted by Marshall’s Student Government Association, starts at noon Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Memorial Student Center plaza on the Huntington campus. The public is invited to attend. The crash on Saturday, Nov. 14, 1970, occurred at about 7:47 p.m. when a DC-9 jetliner, returning Marshall home from its football game at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., clipped some treetops just short of ...
  • Award-winning authors Julia Watts, Lila Quintero Weaver to appear at Marshall Nov. 19

    Julia Watts, author of a dozen novels, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning young-adult Novel Finding H.F., and Lila Quintero Weaver, who was named a finalist for the Small Press Expo 2012 Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent, will be the featured guests in the next A. E. Stringer Visiting Writer Series. The readings are scheduled at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Smith Hall 154. The A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series received support for this event from The College of Liberal Arts, the Honors College, the Center for African-American Students and Sexuality Studies. Watts’ latest young adult novel, Secret City, is set ...
  • Marshall University organizations sponsor collection drive for Barboursville veterans home

    The Heart of Appalachia Talent Search Program, ROTC  and the  Military and Veterans Affairs office, are working together to collect donations for residents of the West Virginia Veterans Home in Barboursville. Items will be collected on the Huntington campus through Friday, Dec. 6. Donation boxes are located in the Memorial Student Center, Smith Hall, Corbly Hall and the  Recreation Center. The following items are requested for donation: Shampoo Deodorant Toothpaste Toothbrush Shaving Lotion/Gel Soap/Body Wash Socks Board Games Additional information about this project can be found at
  • Marshall faculty member’s research to be published for her work with text messaging as innovative teaching tool

    Dr. Kay Swartzwelder of the College of Health Professions has had her manuscript, “Examining the Effect of Texting on Students’ Perception of Learning,” accepted for publication in Nursing Education Perspectives. Swartzwelder, an assistant professor in the college’s School of Nursing, said the purpose of her research was to examine the effects of utilizing text messaging as an instructional tool in an online learning environment. “Each student learns differently and the techniques used in the past won’t be effective forever – we have to change how we are teaching our students in order to reach them,” Swartzwelder said. “With my research, I learned ...
  • Ranavaya gives keynote at Academy of Insurance Medicine

    Mohammed I. Ranavaya, M.D., J.D., professor in the department of family and community health and chief of the division of occupational, environmental and disability medicine at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, recently presented a keynote lecture at the Academy of Insurance Medicine of Asia’s 9th Scientific Conference in Taiwan. Ranavaya’s presentation, “Psychiatric Disability Claims-Where to with Functionality and Impairment Assessment?” highlighted the latest findings in evaluating disability claims based on scientific methodology and why psychiatric diagnosis is not necessarily equivalent to disability. “There are many psychiatric disability claims that are valid, but some are not,” Ranavaya said. “My presentation covered ...
  • Statistician Dr. Thomas Mathew to speak at Marshall next week

    Dr. Thomas Mathew, Presidential Research Professor at the University of Maryland, will give two talks on statistical methodology at Marshall next week.  Mathew’s work includes the development of statistical procedures for analyzing workplace exposure to contaminants and research on statistical calibration. On Monday, Nov. 18, he will give a general audience talk, “The Assessment of Bioequivalence: A Statistical Overview,” at 4 p.m.  in Memorial Student Center 105. On Tuesday, Nov. 19, he will give a research talk on “Methodology and Some Applications” at 4 p.m. in Corbly Hall 105. Mathew is speaking at Marshall as part of the Advanced Research Initiative of ...
  • International Film Festival starts Friday, Nov. 15

    The International Film Festival takes place at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center from November 15-21, with intriguing films from France, Italy, Germany, UK/Scotland/Belgium, Denmark and Chile. The schedule includes: The Untouchables (France), which is a comedy about trust, friendship, and human possibility.  This film tells the true story of a physically disabled, wealthy risk taker who lost his wife in an accident and whose world is in a cluster.  However, after hiring a young and good-humored ex-con as his caretaker, he finds that the omniscience and power of love and friendship can conquer all differences The Untouchables shows on Saturday, Nov. 16, ...

The next issue of We Are…Marshall will be distributed Nov. 20, 2013. Please send any materials for consideration to Pat Dickson by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18.