November 4, 2015

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  • Bookstore open house coming up Nov. 18-19


    The Marshall University Bookstore, located in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus, is inviting all faculty and staff to an open house November 18-19. The event will feature 25% discounts on selected items throughout the store and refreshments and snacks will be served.
  • Reminder: Next open house to take place today, Nov. 4


    Members of the senior management team will host the next in a series of informal monthly open houses for members of the Marshall community today, Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the reception area of the Office of University Communications, 213 Old Main. Representatives of the Student Government Association have been invited to be on hand to talk about their organization and answer any questions those in attendance may have.  Everyone is cordially invited to attend.
  • Foundation Hall at Marshall renamed to honor Brad D. Smith


    The Marshall University Foundation Hall was renamed the Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall last Friday in a ceremony attended by Smith, the highly successful president and CEO of Intuit, who has been described as a “generous benefactor and loyal alum” of Marshall. The unveiling of the building and its new name occurred in conjunction with the foundation’s fifth annual Donor Recognition Dinner, which recognizes and celebrates the generosity of donors with a lifetime giving of over $100,000 to Marshall University. Smith, a Kenova, West Virginia native, has long been a major donor to Marshall, said Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the MU ...
  • Research Computing workshop to take place tomorrow


    The Research Computing Advisory Council is hosting a workshop, Volumetric visualization/segmentation of MRI/CAT scans with Avizo (Part1) tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m to noon. The presentation is facilitated by Dr. Jack Smith and hosted at the Visualization Lab on 3rd Avenue in Huntington.   The workshop is offered to all students, faculty and staff and will be streamed using Skype for business videoconferencing. Click on this link to Join Skype Meeting.
  • University Communications welcomes new staff members


    As part of the Marshall 20/20 effort, the consolidation of communications and marketing functions across campus is continuing. Effective Nov. 1, the Office of University Communications welcomed Beth Caruthers and Megan Archer as university communications specialists. Caruthers previously worked in the College of Arts and Media, and Archer was in the College of Health Professions. The changes follow the consolidation of Printing Services into the office in July. Ginny Painter, senior vice president for communications and marketing, said, “We are excited for Beth and Megan to join our office. They are two extremely talented communications professionals and I look forward to the contributions ...
  • Reminder regarding pay changes: start date of biweekly pay has been delayed, upcoming info sessions canceled


    The following is a message from Mary Ellen Heuton, senior vice president for finance and CFO, which also was distributed by a mass e-mail Nov. 2: We have just received an update from the wvOASIS team and as promised we are passing the information along to you. The group who is managing the project for the State voted at their meeting today to “delay the deployment….including the conversion from semimonthly to biweekly pay indefinitely”. Although we do not know when they might set the next date, we believe it will be after January.  Thus, the calendars, slides and other information we have shared ...
  • Board of Governors approves new degree programs, receives enrollment and budget updates; overall and new freshman enrollment up this fall


    The Marshall University Board of Governors approved three new degree programs and received updates about the university’s fall enrollment and operating budget at their meeting on the Huntington campus last week. The degrees approved  include the bachelor of arts in sport management, master of science in clinical and translational science, and master of social work. All three programs are slated to be offered beginning with the fall 2016 semester. In a report to the board, Senior Vice President of Institutional Research and Planning Michael McGuffey said final enrollment numbers for the fall semester are in, with overall enrollment up 257 students, or ...
  • Upcoming music recitals to feature tuba-euphonium quartet, Jazz I for veterans


    The School of Music and Theatre will present concerts next week on Sunday and Wednesday. The Four Horsemen Tuba/Euphonium Quartet will perform a free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church at 513 10th St. in Huntington. Then, on Wednesday, Nov. 11, the school will honor U.S. military veterans with a free concert at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall’s Huntington campus. Four Horsemen Tuba/Euphonium Quartet “The quartet joined to perform fresh, enlivened interpretations of standard quartet repertoire, as well to introduce audiences to exciting original music and new transcriptions,” said Dr. George Palton, who teaches tuba ...
  • Writer Kristen Iverson to read from her work Nov. 9 at Marshall


    Dr. Kristen Iversen, author of Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats, will read from her work  on  Monday, Nov. 9, as part of the A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series. The reading will take place at 8 p.m. in the Shawkey Room in the Memorial Student Center. Iversen’s book was the winner of the Colorado Book Award and the Reading the West Book Award, and selected as one of the Best Books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews, the American Library Association, and Mother Jones magazine. Full Body Burden was also chosen as Best Book about Justice by The ...
  • College of Business partners with Google and UPGlobal to spur local entrepreneurship; Marshall alumnus to speak


    The Lewis College of Business is set to host West Virginia’s first Startup Weekend event Friday, Nov. 13, through Sunday, Nov. 15, at the Robert C. Byrd Institute in Huntington. Startup Weekend, which is funded by Google, is an intense, action-oriented 54-hour event where anyone interested can pitch a startup idea and work with a team the entire weekend to build a new venture. The partnership with Google and UPGlobal is part of a coordinated effort to boost startup rates in West Virginia, which has the lowest new venture startup rate in the U.S. according to a 2012 study by the ...
  • 52nd annual International Festival planned for Sunday, Nov. 15


    The 52nd annual Marshall University International Festival is providing a multicultural experience to the Tri-State community from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Admission to the festival is free and the public is welcome. Guests can purchase food tickets to sample dishes from around the world. Participating restaurants include Black Sheep Burrito & Brews, Chateau D’Italia, Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse, Julian’s Market, New China Garden Buffet, Marshall Dining by Sodexo, La Famiglia, Fratelli’s Italian Restaurant, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Casa Grande. International students and faculty will represent about 20 countries at the festival with display ...
  • ‘Great American Smokeout,’ open insurance information slated for November


    Student Health Education Programs is sponsoring programs regarding smoking cessation and health insurance coming up in November. On Tuesday, Nov. 17, the Great American Smokeout takes place in Memorial Student Center with a booth that will feature information, cessation materials, giveaways and refreshments. In addition, a free tobacco cessation class is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 4 p.m. in the Wellness Suite of the Recreation Center. The Cabell-Huntington Health Department is co-sponsor of these events. Information about insurance open enrollment plans, aimed at students and community members who do not have insurance provided through their workplaces, will take place in the Don ...
  • Walk The Moon show Nov. 19 at the Keith-Albee Theatre canceled


    Due to their participation in the American Music Awards broadcast on Nov. 22, and that show’s rehearsal schedule, Walk The Moon will regrettably have to cancel their performance scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. At this time, a make-up date could not be scheduled due to their upcoming World Tour. Not only will the artists be performing on the broadcast, but Walk the Moon is nominated for 3 prestigious awards at the American Music Awards including – Best New Artist, Favorite Duo or Group and Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock. “The Marshall Artists Series is disappointed for ...
  • Faculty, staff asked to host INTO Marshall students at Thanksgiving


    INTO Marshall has announced an opportunity over Thanksgiving break for Marshall University faculty and staff. “Over the holiday, many of our students will stay in Huntington for the short break period. Last year, we placed more than 50 students in American homes to share a meal,” said Kelli Kerbawy, staff member at INTO Marshall. “As such, we are looking for faculty and staff who would be interested in hosting one of our students in their home for Thanksgiving dinner. If you are staying in town over break, please consider hosting a student or students for dinner. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn ...
  • Freshman scholars meet Gen. Yeager


    The freshman class of Yeager Scholars met with the general Oct 28. From left: Aaron Roberts, Hunter Barclay, Clayton Curry, Megan Haffner, Victoria Endres, Caroline Kimbro, Kayleigh Nerhood and Liz Adams. In addition, the  29th Annual Yeager Symposium Dinner took place Oct. 23. “It was a wonderful evening; such a treat to see the students well-dressed and to meet their parents,” said Cara Bailey, coordinator of Yeager Society outreach. “Next year will be the 30th Anniversary of the program, and the students are already planning.”      
  • University Eye Surgeons becomes Marshall Eye Surgeons


    Marshall Health officials have announced that University Eye Surgeons is now practicing under the name Marshall Eye Surgeons. This change comes as a result of rebranding efforts that began in 2013 when University Physicians & Surgeons Inc. launched the marketing name Marshall Health as a means to reaffirm its affiliation as the faculty practice plan of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Most of its departments followed suit shortly thereafter, rebranding themselves as Marshall Health-affiliated practices. “As we welcome new physicians and expand the scope of our practice, we recognize the added value in closely identifying ourselves with our parent ...
  • Center for Wellness in the Arts tailors hearing screenings to music students


    The Center for Wellness in the Arts now offers hearing screenings for its demographic, and music students are all ears. Dr. Rebecca Brashears, an audiologist with the Department of Communication Disorders, said the aim of the screenings is to educate students on the importance of hearing and on products available to protect their ears from loud noises. “Most students don’t realize that just going to a noisy restaurant or playing their instruments for a few hours per day can be damaging to their ears,” Brashears said. “Exposure to sounds over 80 decibels, comparable to a dog’s loud bark, for even an hour ...
  • Sports medicine fellowship approved for department of family and community health at med school


    The Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine has been approved for an accredited sports medicine fellowship in the department of family and community health, Dr. Joseph I. Shapiro, dean of the school, announced last week. “Approval from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to begin a new fellowship at Marshall is truly the culmination of outstanding work by many people at our institution,” Shapiro said. “Drs. Steve Petrany and Paulette Wehner, as well as their dedicated teams of physicians and administrative staff, are to be commended on this wonderful achievement for our school.” The fellowship will launch in July with one ...
  • Arts and media students benefit from Barnes Agency


    Students in the College of Arts and Media are taking full advantage of the opportunities offered by a local, full-service advertising, marketing and public relations firm. Within the past year, the Barnes Agency has established a scholarship in the college, moved a digital studio into the new Visual Arts Center downtown and implemented a formal internship program exclusively for students who are pursuing degrees from the School of Art and Design. Mary Grassell, program director and professor at the School of Art and Design, said, “Having the Barnes Agency as part of the Visual Arts Center has to be unprecedented in the ...

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