October 21, 2015

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  • Welcome, Dr. Gilbert! Mississippi State provost named Marshall University president


    The Marshall University Board of Governors yesterday named Mississippi State University Provost Jerome A. “Jerry” Gilbert the 37th president of Marshall University. Gilbert will assume the presidency in January. Earlier this month, the Presidential Search Committee announced Gilbert as one of three finalists for the position following a national search. All three candidates participated in open forums last week with students, faculty, staff and members of the community, and the decision to hire Gilbert was made yesterday by the Board of Governors in executive session. Gilbert’s appointment and contract will require final approval from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. “What an ...
  • People with Marshall connections invited to presidential event today


    Five people with Marshall University connections have been invited to attend President Barack Obama’s community discussion of prescription drug and heroin abuse in Charleston Wednesday, Oct. 21. The invitees include Carrie Dean, a student in the Doctor of Psychology program; Dr. Mary (Mitzy) Payne, associate professor of neurology at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine; Amy Saunders, director of student health education programs; Dr. Joseph Shapiro, dean of the School of Medicine; and Kim White, counselor and interim director of military and veterans affairs. “I think this is a great learning opportunity as a future psychologist,” Dean said. “I hope this meeting ...
  • Changes in pay schedule described in this week’s sessions; materials available online


    Pay changes informational sessions are taking place this week. If you have not yet attended a session and would like to see the information presented, you may access it at the pay changes website. Additional sessions are planned for November and dates are expected to be announced soon. Also, once it is confirmed whether Marshall will go to bi-weekly pay in January, the information will be shared with the university community as soon as possible.
  • Homecoming festivities underway


    Plenty of events are yet to come as Marshall celebrates Homecoming with a theme of “Blast from the Past.” Thursday, Oct. 22 Homecoming car bash, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Take out your frustration in a healthy way by joining WMUL-FM for its annual homecoming car bash on Buskirk Field. Homecoming parade, 6:30 p.m. – Celebrate Marshall University during the annual homecoming parade. Floats, marching bands and everything you love about parades will fill the air, this time under the lights on Thursday night. Yell Like Hell, 6:30 p.m. – Student organizations participating in the parade show their pride and see which group ...
  • Job-A-Palooza underway today at Memorial Student Center


    Career Services will host Job-A-Palooza, a part-time job and internship fair, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the Memorial Student Center lobby. The event is open to all Marshall students, faculty and alumni. “Job-a-Palooza is an excellent opportunity for students to network with employers in a more casual environment,” Jennifer Brown, program manager for internships and experiential learning at Career Services, said. “This event is held once a semester and allows recruiters to reach out to Marshall students for their hiring needs during busy seasons.  Students have the opportunity to gain experiences that provide skills that can be transferred ...
  • Ethics and Policy of Cyberwarfare subject of Yeager Symposium lecture


    Dr. Randall Dipert will deliver his lecture, “The Ethics and Policy of Cyberwarfare,” at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in Marshall University’s Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center, as part of the 26th Annual Society of Yeager Scholars Symposium. Dipert is an associate professor of philosophy at the (SUNY) University at Buffalo and a founding member of the National Center for Ontological Research. Previously, Dipert taught at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and his most active current interests are military ethics and the philosophy of war and peace. The lecture comes during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which is ...
  • Marshall to celebrate Food Day tomorrow with the 100-Mile Meal


    Last year, over 300 universities across the U.S. organized events to celebrate Food Day and for the second year, Marshall University will join the movement. Food Day, a nationwide celebration of healthy and affordable foods, advocates for better food policies on a local, state and federal level. Casey Underwood, president of Marshall’s Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics, said the organization has partnered with Marshall’s Dining Services and the Sustainability Department to host a 100-Mile Meal Oct. 22 in Towers Marketplace. “Food for this dinner will be sourced within 100 miles of Marshall University, helping to support our area farmers and to ...
  • Toumas to serve as grand marshals in homecoming parade


    Dr. Joseph B. Touma and his wife, Dr. Omayma Touma, have been selected as the grand marshals for the 2015  homecoming parade, which will take place Thursday, Oct. 22, in downtown Huntington. “What a thrill it is to have Joe and Omayma Touma as the grand marshals of our homecoming parade this year,” Matt Hayes,  executive director of alumni relations, said of the Toumas, both of whom were born in Damascus, Syria. “We are so fortunate they picked Huntington to be their home when they moved to America 44 years ago. The community and the university have really prospered since because ...
  • Marshall Dining offers lunch discounts to faculty, staff


      Marshall Dining Services has announced that faculty, staff and military veterans can enjoy lunch without having to leave the Huntington campus. Price is only $7.00 (before tax) – that’s $1.50 off of the regular door price at either Towers Marketplace or Harless Dining Hall. The reduced rate is available for individuals only, no groups or meetings. A valid MU or military ID will be required.    
  • Rock music pioneer Boz Scaggs to take the Keith-Albee stage


    Grammy Award-winning rock pioneer Boz Scaggs will  perform at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. Scaggs’ career dates back to the late sixties, when he performed with the Steve Miller Band and has spanned decades with his solo hits. “I’m at a point where I’m having a lot of fun with music, more than ever,” Scaggs says about his new album A Fool to Care. “It’s like I’m just going wherever I want to go with it.” A Fool to Care was released in spring 2015 and features duets with Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams. His explorations in ...
  • Internationally recognized artist to speak at Visual Arts Center


    Internationally recognized multimedia artist Anila Quayyum Agha will lecture at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in Room 209 at Marshall University’s Visual Arts Center. The Lahore, Pakistan, native’s award-winning creations have been the featured fall exhibit at the Visual Arts Center’s Gallery at 927 Third Ave. since August and will be up until Friday, Oct. 30. An artist reception is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, in the gallery. Just last year, Agha captured the imagination of both the public and art experts alike as the first person in ArtPrize history to take home both the $200,000 Public ...
  • Marshall’s Traumatic Brain Injury support group recognized on Library Television Network


    A faculty member from Marshall University’s College of Health Professions appeared on the Library Television Network’s show “Access for All:  Support and Services in Your Community” for her work with the Brain Injury Group of Huntington, a support group for victims of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Dr. Carrie Childers, an assistant professor in the college’s Department of Communication Disorders, has served as an organizer of the TBI support group through a partnership with the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities since 2014.  Childers appeared on the Library Television Network Oct. 17 to help raise awareness for victims of TBI in West Virginia. “According ...
  • Special Collections sponsoring two Halloween-themed events


    The Special Collections Department on the 2nd Floor of Morrow Library will be hosting two events at the end of this month. A fall party for MUReads will take place Wednesday, Oct. 28  from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Enjoy cookies and punch and sign up to join the Marshall reading challenge.  Trick-or-Treat Tours in the Morrow Stacks will take place Wednesday, Oct. 28, and Thursday, Oct. 29. Tours begin at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day. Learn more about the materials in the Morrow Stacks while getting some treats along the way.
  • Marshall alum to portray Julia Child on South Charleston campus Oct. 28


    Marshall alumna Karen Vuranch will present a “History Alive!” portrayal of legendary chef Julia Child in the library and research commons of the South Charleston campus at 12:30 p.m. next Wednesday, Oct. 28. Child became an icon of gourmet cooking and, using her remarkable energy, humor and skill, changed the way Americans thought about eating. The First Lady of Food, as she has been called, convinced the nation that anyone could create gourmet meals, as she charmed the public with her passion for good food. “History Alive!” is a program of the West Virginia Humanities Council. ————- Click to view event flyer.
  • Kids invited to Trick or Treat in the Residence Halls


    Faculty and staff are invited to bring their children to the residence halls Wednesday, Oct. 28, for trick-or-treating from 5:30 to 8 p.m., according to Tracey Eggleston, assistant director of Housing and Residence Life.
  • GeoPRISMS Distinguished Lecturer to speak at Marshall


    The Geology Department will host Dr. Beatrice Magnani, Southern Methodist University seismology professor, on Friday Oct. 30, as part of the GeoPRISMS Distinguished Lectureship program. Magnani will present a public lecture titled “The legacy of ancient plate boundaries in continental intraplate deformation” at 5 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center, Room BE5.  This public lecture will present educational and informative to all audiences; both non-geoscientists and geoscientists alike. Magnani will give an additional talk earlier in the day, titled “From plate boundary to intraplate: understanding the role of paleotectonic structures in continental intraplate deformation” at 12:30 p.m. in Corbly Hall 117.  This talk ...
  • Countdown to Commencement set for Nov. 3-4 for July, August and December graduates


    Marshall will conduct its semi-annual Countdown to Commencement Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 3 and 4, in the Memorial Student Center’s Don Morris Room on the Huntington campus. The purpose of Countdown to Commencement is to assist those participating in this year’s winter commencement, which is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in downtown Huntington. It is for July, August and tentative December 2015 graduates. Countdown to Commencement is designed to assist graduates in communicating with campus administrative offices in a central location.
  • Marshall University research team publishes study in prestigious Science Advances


    Researchers with the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and the Marshall University Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (MIIR) have identified a mechanism for blocking the signal by which the cellular sodium-potassium pump amplifies oxidants (reactive oxygen species).  These oxidants lead to obesity and metabolic syndrome. Their research, “pNaKtide Inhibits Na/K-ATPase Reactive Oxygen Species Amplification and Attenuates Adipogenesis,” was published Oct. 16 in the journal Science Advances. Dr. Joseph I. Shapiro, dean of the school of medicine and the study’s senior author, says the study is a true collaborative effort. “I am extremely proud of this work, as the studies were conceived of, performed ...
  • Faculty/staff achievement: Art faculty member exhibits work in France, Italy


    Ian Hagarty, a member of the School of Art and Design faculty, has had work on display in two international art exhibitions in Paris, France and Verona, Italy. His works of video art were shown at the gallery Sincresis Arte in Empoli, Italy, and his paintings were at the gallery Montoro12 Contemporary Art at the Art Verona|Art Project Fair in Verona, Italy. He also will be be exhibiting works of painting with Montoro12 Contemporary Art at the YIA Art Fair in Paris beginning this Friday, Oct. 23. Each of the art fairs hosts art galleries and artists’ works from all over the globe. —————- Photo: Ascending (2015) by Ian Hagarty, which will be ...
  • Coalfield Development and CEGAS at Marshall announce joint job training program


    The community development nonprofit Coalfield Development Corporation today announced a new partnership with the Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS) at Marshall University called “The Quality Environmental Jobs Initiative.” Funded through an Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grant from the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection (U.S. EPA), the initiative will provide technical training in environmental remediation over the next two years. Initially geared toward laid-off coal miners, veterans and unemployed young adults, the training program is free of charge and open to the general public. The first courses are scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 26, at the West Edge ...
  • Trowbridge receives Heritage Tourism Award for Clio


    Dr. David Trowbridge, associate professor of history, has received the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia’s 2015 Heritage Tourism Award for his development of the Clio, a smartphone app that shows users the historical places and events near their location. The Clio, as it is called, guides the public to thousands of historical and cultural sites throughout the United States. Built by scholars for public benefit, each entry includes a concise summary and useful information about a historical site, museum, monument, landmark or other site of cultural or historical significance. In addition, “time capsule” entries allow users to learn about historical events that occurred ...
  • Journalism scholarship honors Bos Johnson


    Beginning in the spring of 2017, Marshall University’s College of Arts and Media will award the C. Bosworth “Bos” Johnson Memorial Scholarship in honor of the late journalist, Marshall alumnus and professor. “Whatever my Dad was doing—as news director or journalism professor or public relations executive—he was always teaching,” Dr. Beth Johnson Paulsen, Johnson’s daughter and professor of theology at Columbia Theological Seminary, said. “The best way to remember him is to keep doing what he did.” Janet Dooley, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, said Johnson, who received a Master of Arts from the university in 1969, was ...
  • RCBI to host competition to reward innovation


    The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) is hosting the first step of an innovation challenge to identify products and services that empower the lives of women and families. Sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the local InnovateHER Competition offers West Virginia entrepreneurs the chance to advance to the national competition March 16 and 17, 2016, in Washington, D.C., where finalists will vie for cash prizes up to $40,000. “Entrepreneurs and innovators in West Virginia consistently demonstrate their abilities to think outside the box using inventive ideas that improve the lives of ordinary citizens,” said Charlotte Weber, ...
  • Women’s Studies project featured on ‘The Green in Hygiene’ website


    Associate Professor of History Dr. Laura Michele Diener, who is also director of the women’s studies program, was featured in an article in the website “The Green in Hygiene.” The story is about a donation by Linda Pace, president of Workplace Essentials, to the project Diener started at Marshall to make feminine hygiene products available to students at no charge. “All young girls deserve the opportunity to further their education. We are hoping this small gesture will help eliminate one stressor from the day-to-day challenges these young women face, so they are able to focus on their academic goals,” Pace said ...

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