October 29, 2014

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  • University community marks first year of Marshall 20/20


    Members of the Marshall University community gathered to celebrate the first year of progress and decide on next steps at a retreat at St. Mary’s conference center in Huntington Oct. 17. “We are taking on one of the most significant and complex challenges in the history of Marshall University,” said President Kopp in a message to those who attended. “In doing so, we have mobilized one of the strongest and most collaborative team efforts I have ever witnessed.” At the retreat, participants began to assemble and connect the separate products resulting from all the hard work that has taken place since the initial ...
  • Assistant professor of science and religion at Harvard Divinity School to speak at Visual Arts Center Friday, Nov. 7


    Dr. Ahmed Ragab, the Richard T. Watson assistant professor of science and religion at Harvard  Divinity School, will speak at  the Visual Arts Center in downtown Huntington at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7. Ragab will be the guest speaker at the 5th annual da Vinci Lecture, sponsored by the Honors College and the Office of the Provost.  Ragab’s talk,  “From Plague to Ebola: The Social Life of Epidemics and the Making of Global Health,” is free to the public. “This talk will address the ‘social making of epidemics;’ how societies were and are affected by academics, what makes a particular infectious disease an ...
  • University to host series of forums focused on higher education funding


    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 ...
  • New associate dean for medical education named at med school


    Dr. Charles A. Gullo has been named associate dean for medical education at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, according to Dr. Joseph I. Shapiro, dean of the school. Gullo, who most recently was in Singapore with the Duke/NUS Medical School and the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, will be responsible for oversight of the medical education program including curriculum improvement, development and implementation, as well as assessment and improvement of medical education evaluation methods. Additionally, he will assist in faculty development and student assessment. “I am very happy to be here at Marshall after eleven years in Singapore,” Gullo ...
  • Marshall Artists Series to present Phillip Phillips, Dancing Pros and international film festival starting next week


    There’s another great week of entertainment on tap as early November sees American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, the Dancing Pros Live and the Fall International Film Festival all come to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.   Phillips, the 2011 winner of the popular television competition, performs Monday, Nov. 3, followed by the Dancing Pros on Thursday, Nov. 6 and the film festival, which runs Nov. 7-13. Phillips first began creating music when he was 14 years old in his native town of Leesburg, Georgia. Teaching himself to play the guitar, Phillips soon formed an acoustic band with his sister and brother-in-law and started ...
  • Barbie Norvell named Employee of the Month


    Barbie Norvell, Administrative Secretary Sr., College of Education and Professional Development, Literacy Education, has been named the Marshall University Employee of the Month for August, according to the Employee of the Month Committee. She was nominated by Gabriella Dahalia, Becky Sloan and Dr. Terrence Stange. In their nomination, Dahalia and Sloan wrote:  “Barbie Norvell’s willingness to go above and beyond the responsibilities of her own job duties, her performance, professionalism and demeanor is such a wonderful asset to Marshall University.  Barbie has undertaken the additional duties of other program areas that are currently without staff support. She works a great deal on ...
  • Retirement reception for Doug Hennig set for Friday, Oct. 31


    A farewell reception for Doug Hennig, Financial Aid Counselor, Sr. will take place Friday, Oct. 31, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Financial Aid Office, Old Main 119. Everyone is invited to stop by and wish him well as he heads to the farm to enjoy his retirement.
  • Reminder: weekend event to support domestic violence shelter, Women’s Studies


    The  Women’s Studies Masquerade Ball and Silent Auction will take place from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center. Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the Women’s Studies program and SAFE, Inc., a domestic violence shelter serving McDowell, Mercer and Wyoming counties in West Virginia. “We encourage our guests to come in costume or to come in formal wear and a mask,” said Dr. Jill M. Treftz, assistant professor of English.. “We will also have some masks available at the party.  We welcome community involvement and hope that members of ...
  • Dr. Richard F. McCormick honored with Koch Award by the West Virginia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers


    Dr. Richard F. McCormick,  professor of engineering, was given the Roy D. Koch Award for his lifetime of service to the West Virginia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at the section’s annual meeting last month at Oglebay Park in Wheeling. The award is the highest honor given by the West Virginia Section of ASCE, and it was established in 1974 “to recognize those individuals who have provided meritorious service to the West Virginia Section for an extended period of time.” McCormick served as treasurer, vice president and president of the section in the late 1980s, wrote the first ...
  • Kathy Eddy New Horizons Fund established for accounting students


    The Kathy Eddy New Horizons Fund has been established by the Marshall University Foundation Inc. The purpose of the new fund is to enable motivated students to expand their horizons by visiting with established professionals in the field of accounting in order to introduce them to varied career options. The fund, which will provide financial assistance to pay for expenses incurred to make these visits, was announced last week during a meeting of Beta Alpha Psi, the university’s accounting honorary and service group. “We are grateful for the support and interest by Kathy Eddy to endow the Kathy Eddy New Horizons Fund,” ...
  • Marshall School of Pharmacy sponsors first Research Days event


    Posters and presentations are on display  at the School of Pharmacy through today, Oct. 29, as faculty and students showcase their research projects during the school’s first Research Days event. Dr. Chris Gillette, event organizer and assistant professor of pharmacy practice, administration and research, said the three-day event is meant to encourage pharmacy students to explore areas of research, as well as serve as a catalyst for interdisciplinary engagement. “We hope this event will become an annual platform that allows students to see the wide spectrum of research opportunities available to them not only through the School of Pharmacy, but also through interdisciplinary projects with ...
  • Countdown to Commencement is Nov. 4-5; graduates can take care of pre-commencement responsibilities in central location


    Marshall  will conduct its semi-annual Countdown to Commencement Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 4 and 5, in the Memorial Student Center’s Don Morris Room. The purpose of Countdown to Commencement is to assist those participating in this year’s winter commencement, which is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in downtown Huntington. It is for July, August and tentative December 2014 graduates. Previous winter commencement ceremonies took place in the Henderson Center but the continued growth in the number of graduates forced the university to switch to the Big Sandy. Countdown to Commencement is designed to assist graduates ...
  • COEPD undergoes numerous major transitions; clinical experiences office and student services office merge


    The College of Education and Professional Development (COEPD) has undergone major transitions since last semester. From a total basement renovation in Jenkins Hall, to office and classroom relocations across campus, there have been many changes within the college. The clinical experiences office and student services office have been transformed into S.C.o.P.E.S – Student Center of Professional Education Services.  S.C.o.P.E.S has merged two offices into one in hopes of better serving the students. The office provides a one-stop shop for all questions and concerns relating to COEPD advising, certification, clinical experiences and graduation. “We want to provide consistency to both our students and ...
  • Reminder: Deadline is Nov. 7 for hosting INTO students for Thanksgiving


    INTO Marshall is offering an opportunity for faculty and staff to welcome an INTO student into their home for Thanksgiving dinner. “Over the holiday, many of our students will stay in Huntington for the short break period. 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,”  said Kelli Kerbawy, INTO Student Services Coordinator. “If you are staying in town over break, please consider hosting a student for dinner. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about a new culture and share a traditional American meal.  Dinner ...
  • Chamber choir to give free concert Nov. 9


    Fresh off opening for Jay Leno Oct. 16, the Marshall University Chamber Choir will be offering a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, in Smith Recital Hall. Directed by College of Arts and Media Associate Dean Dr. David Castleberry, the performance will include music by Brahms, Vaughan Williams and Victoria, as well as a variety of folk and contemporary selections. Castleberry said the members of this year’s Chamber Choir were chosen by audition. “I’m excited about the number and quality of the new singers in this year’s choir,” Castleberry said. “I’m looking forward to many upcoming projects.” Castleberry said the group has ...


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