October 22, 2014

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  • Marshall officials continuing infectious disease preparedness efforts


    Infectious diseases have been in the news lately and although the risk of a case of the Ebola virus in the Marshall University campus community is remote, university leaders and health officials have been working to make sure the university is prepared to deal with that possibility, as well as the potential for outbreaks of influenza and Enterovirus D68. Tracy Smith, director of the Department of Environmental Health and Safety, says representatives of his office, the Student Health Education Programs, Student Health Services, Department of Housing and Residence Life, and the INTO  program for international students have been coordinating infectious disease ...
  • Apel named Employee of the Month


    John Apel, Trades Specialist, Physical Plant, has been named the Marshall University Employee of the Month for July, according to the Employee of the Month Committee. Nominated by Eric Wallace, Apel has been employed at Marshall for nearly five years. In his nomination, Wallace wrote, “John has proven time after time how valuable he is to the  HVAC Shop and to Marshall University as a whole.”  Since Apel’s father was employed at the Morrow Library during the late 1960s into the early 1970s, Wallace says, “John can still recall the difficult phone calls his father had the burden of making after the ...
  • Marshall to celebrate Food Day with the 100-Mile Meal Oct.23


    Last year, over 300 universities across the U.S. organized events to celebrate Food Day and this year, Marshall University is joining the movement. Food Day, a nationwide celebration of healthy and affordable foods, advocates for better food policies on a local, state and federal level. Christina Gayheart, president of Marshall’s Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics, said the organization has partnered with Marshall’s Dining Services and Sustainability Department to host a “100-Mile Meal” Oct. 23 in Towers Marketplace from 4 to 7 p.m.. “Food for this dinner will be sourced within 100 miles of Marshall University, helping to support our area farmers ...
  • Marshall band faculty to present first performance together


    The  School of Music and Theatre will present the  Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in Smith Recital Hall . The concert, which will include nearly 200 performers, will be the first to include both new band directors at Marshall as conductors. Director of Bands Steven Trinkle, who will be conducting the Wind Symphony, said this matchup with the Symphonic Band, conducted by  Director of Athletic Bands Dr. Adam Dalton, will bring a new musical approach to the city. “This is a big change for this school,” Trinkle said. “The setup, the size—it’s just radically different from what’s ...
  • Reminder: Flu vaccines available on the Huntington campus Thursday, Oct. 23


    A reminder—the Cabell Huntington Health Department will be on the Huntington campus Thursday, October 23rd, from 12:30 – 2 p.m. in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center to give free flu vaccinations. The vaccine is available for everyone. If you would like to expedite the vaccination process, print and complete the form provided from the following link and bring it with you.  If you have any questions, contact Student Health Education Programs at ext.6-4103. Flu Vaccination Form: http://www.cabellhealth.org/docs/Flu%20Form%202014%20-%202015%20Online%20Version.pdf
  • Edmonds retirement reception is today, Oct. 22


    A retirement reception for Dana Edmonds, Manager, Physical Plant, Housing & Residence Life, who is retiring after 26 years of service to Marshall, will take place today, Oct. 22, from 2:30 – 4 p.m. in the Ed Grose Room of the Harless Dining Hall.  It’s a  ”come and go” event and everyone is invited to stop by, thank him for his service to Marshall,  and wish him well on his retirement.
  • Marshall nursing faculty to conduct research on student retention to meet demand for nurses; participants for study needed


    A  nursing faculty member is seeking persons who started, but did not complete, Bachelor of Nursing degrees in the last ten years to participate in a study. Participants will be compensated for their time. Dr. Nancy Elkins of the  College of Health Professions will begin her qualitative research soon with students who did not complete their four-year baccalaureate nursing programs in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Virginia. Elkins said the results from this research study would help to improve retention rates at Marshall University and surrounding universities. Volunteers who are interested in participating in the study can contact Elkins by e-mail at ...
  • Important information for same-sex couples


    Marshall University employees are now eligible to cover same-sex spouses on their WV PEIA health insurance plan. This benefit change is the result of a recent decision by the U. S. Supreme Court declining to review a case concerning same-sex marriage, along with West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey’s statement that his office will no longer defend a same-sex marriage ban in West Virginia. Benefit-eligible employees who were previously married to their same-sex spouse in another state have through Dec. 31, 2014, to add their spouse to coverage. Newly married participants have the month in which the marriage transpires, plus the two ...
  • Trick-or-Treat in the residence halls is next Wednesday, Oct. 29


    Ghosts and ghouls, along with princesses and pirates, will be invading the residence halls on Wednesday, Oct. 29,  from 6-8 p.m., when  the Department of Housing and Residence Life  sponsors its annual Trick or Treat  night at all residence halls. Faculty and staff are invited to bring children dressed as their favorite characters to canvass the halls for tasty treats.
  • Reminder: Marshall alumnus to return as visiting scholar Oct. 28


    Dr. Todd Snyder, who received both B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Marshall, will return to the Huntington campus Tuesday, Oct. 28 as a visiting scholar. He will speak from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Shawkey Dining Room in the Memorial Student Center. Snyder, now an assistant professor of English at Siena College in Loudonville, New York, is returning to Marshall to celebrate the publication of his first book, The Rhetoric of Appalachian Identity, which, according to the promotional material from the publisher, “blends critical theory, ethnographic research, and personal narrative to demonstrate how family work histories and community ...


The next issue of We Are…Marshall will be distributed Oct. 29, 2014. Please send any materials for consideration to Pat Dickson by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27.