October 7, 2015

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  • Presidential finalists named; to visit South Charleston, Huntington campuses next week


    Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni: I’m pleased to announce that following a national search, the presidential search committee has identified three finalists. These finalists were selected following a very competitive search process. The quality of these candidates is testament to Marshall’s reputation and the opportunities our presidency affords. The presidential finalists are, in alphabetical order:  Dr. Jerome A. Gilbert, provost and executive vice president of Mississippi State University; Dr. Christopher G. Maples, president of Oregon Institute of Technology; and Dr. Denis A. Wiesenburg, professor of marine science and former provost/vice president for academic affairs of the University of Southern Mississippi. Each finalist will ...
  • Reminder: next presidential open house is today, Oct. 7


    Interim President Gary White and members of the university’s senior management team will host the next in a series of informal monthly open houses for members of the Marshall University community today, Wednesday, Oct. 7. It will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. in the reception area of the Office of University Communications, 213 Old Main. White has invited representatives of INTO Marshall to be on hand to talk about their program and answer any questions those in attendance may have.
  • Music faculty hope to bring music to life with ‘Flute Stories’


    Three faculty members with the School of Music and Theatre will perform a program of “Flute Stories” at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, Oct. 7) in Smith Recital Hall. Dr. Wendell Dobbs, flute, will perform alongside colleagues Dr. Elizabeth Reed Smith, violin, and Dr. Johan Botes, piano. “In a general sense, music, especially instrumental music, falls into two categories: program music, music that recounts a story, and absolute music, that which has no extramusical reference,” Dobbs said. “We’re proposing a program of ‘Flute Stories,’ flute music that recounts, with a little help from friends, a story, or at least an image.” The program ...
  • Free activities scheduled until Oct. 9 for “Exercise is Medicine” on the Huntington campus


    As the first registered Exercise is Medicine® campus in West Virginia, Marshall is hosting a series of events this week to promote the message that exercise is both fun and important for everyone’s health and wellness. Exercise is Medicine® on Campus (EIM-OC) is a program endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine that calls upon universities and colleges to engage in the promotion of physical activity as a vital sign of health. Sponsors for these events include the College of Health Professions and its School of Kinesiology, the  Recreation Center, the Student Health Education Program, Marshall Health and Cabell Huntington Hospital.  Prizes will ...
  • Marshall production of “Ah, Wilderness!” continues this week


    The  School of Music and Theatre is presenting  “Ah, Wilderness!” by Eugene O’Neill running nightly Thursday, Oct. 8, through Saturday, Oct. 10. All performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. The production is directed by guest artist Terry Layman, whose Broadway credits include “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” (with Scarlett Johansson), “Twelve Angry Men,” “Proof” (with Anne Heche) and “The Ride Down Mount Morgan” (with Patrick Stewart). Layman is also an adjunct professor and director at the Hartt School in Connecticut. “Ah, Wilderness!” is a  departure from the gritty reality ...
  • Higher Learning Commission representatives to visit Oct. 12-13


    The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools is conducting a periodic (10-year) comprehensive evaluation of Marshall University for the purpose of reaffirming Marshall’s continuous accreditation with the HLC. The HLC accreditation site visit will take place Monday, Oct. 12, and Tuesday, Oct. 13. A full schedule of the visit may be viewed at www.marshall.edu/hlcaccreditationreview/files/Marshall-University-Open-Pathways-Visit_Schedule12.pdf. Drop-in sessions for students, faculty and staff  during the site visit are scheduled as follows: Students: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, Memorial Student Center, room 2W37 Faculty: 5-6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, in the Memorial Student Center, Shawkey Dining Room. Staff (classified and non-classified): 8:30-9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13, in ...
  • Marshall University Forensic Identification Association to host Women’s Expo at Pullman Square


    The Marshall University Forensic Identification Association (MUFIA) will be hosting a Women’s Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Pullman Square. A fashion show sponsored by Goodwill Industries of KYOVA and Dress for Success River Cities will be at 1 p.m. More than 20 local vendors and non-profit organizations will participate. Exhibitors will include Beachbody®, Jamberry, Thirty-One, Younique, Zumba, Two Trees Jewelry, Le Vita Sana, The Crafty Warrior, Miss Priss Designs, Handmade Baubles, Branches Domestic Violence Shelter of Huntington, Contact of Huntington, Damsel in Defense, New Testament Freewill Baptist Church, Mission West Virginia, Dress for Success River Cities, MUFIA ...
  • Women Connect to focus on sex workers with events, request for donations


    The screening of the film “Very Young Girls” next Wednesday is one of series of events this fall on the Huntington campus that highlights sex work, including sex work in the Huntington area. “Very Young Girls,” which will be shown at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, documents the work of Rachael Lloyd, founder of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS). A former sex worker herself, Lloyd helps girls of New York City escape the sex industry. Dr. Maggie Stone, a Marshall sociology faculty member whose research is in sex trafficking, will lead a discussion following the movie. A book club discussion of Lloyd’s book, Girls ...
  • Quinones to give presentation on sale of drugs Oct. 15


    Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland:  The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, will give a presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 , in Memorial Student Center BE5. Dreamland   explores how the relentless marketing of pain pills, coupled with crews from a small town on the West coast of Mexico who sell heroin freely in America’s heartland, has resulted in a collision that has led to America’s greatest drug scourge. The program is sponsored by HIMG, Create Huntington, the Adam Johnson Scholarship, the history department, Student Health Programs, Military and Veterans Affairs, and the social work department.
  • Master’s in health care administration program recognized


    Marshall University’s M.S. degree in health care administration has been named as one of the most affordable in the U.S. by Healthcare Administration Degree Programs. The no. 18  ranking for affordability was calculated using information from the  National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator database, which is published by the National Center for Education Statistics. The editors made note of the AACSB-accredited College of Business at Marshall, highlighting the South Charleston campus, where the health care administration program is administratively housed. The program is offered on both the South Charleston and Huntington campuses. The article can be found here: http://www.healthcare-administration-degree.net/best/affordable-masters-healthcare-administration-degree-programs/. In citing Marshall’s program, ...
  • Marshall expands Drinko Library’s hours


    Library hours for the first floor of Drinko Library have been extended, allowing for more study space. Beginning  this week, the first floor has been staying open until 2 a.m.  The upper floors will still close at 11 p.m., but the available space for studying has been doubled.
  • White receives award at Miners’ Celebration


    Interim President Gary White received a “Because of You” award in the category of Management Professional at the 2015 Miners’ Celebration, which took place at  Tamarack in Beckley Thursday, Oct. 1. The event is sponsored in part by Marshall University’s Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS). The annual reception and dinner recognized some of those who play a role in the success of the state’s mining industry. Also at the event, Logan native Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., the winner of the 2011 “America’s Got Talent” TV show and a successful performing and recording artist, was honored with a Spirit of the Coalfields award, which is presented to ...
  • Next ‘Lunch for a Buck’ to take place Oct. 13


    The Campus Christian Center’s popular ‘Lunch for a Buck’ series will take place next Tuesday, Oct. 13. Future lunches in the series are planned for Oct. 27, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8.  
  • Student Support Services Program at Marshall University awarded $1.4 million in US Department of Education Funding


    The federal Student Support Services (SSS) TRiO Program housed within Marshall University – one of the oldest such programs in the nation – has received a grant award totaling $1.4 million from the U.S. Department of Education. The SSS program, a retention and graduation program, has been operating at Marshall since 1971 and serves first-generation and low-income students, as well as those with disabilities. Services are designed to help them persist and graduate with their degrees. The program offers the following services to the SSS participants: academic advising; financial literacy; assistance with financial aid process and concerns; access to computer labs with ...
  • Faculty/Staff Achievement: Dr. Slav Gratchev


    Dr. Slav N. Gratchev, assistant professor of Spanish, has published a scholarly article, “Prince Myshkin as a Tragic Interpretation of Don Quixote,” in Cervantes 35.1 (2015). Cervantes is one of the most influential scholarly journals in the field of Hispanic Studies and publishes scholarly articles concerned with Miguel de Cervantes’ works and life. In his article, Gratchev argues that while Don Quixote can be considered a primary model for Prince Myshkin, the protagonist of the famous Dostoevsky novel The Idiot, Jesus Christ has always been the primary philosophical agent of his literary appearance. By exploring the phenomenon of Myshkin’s double orientation, ...
  • Marshall movie shown to educational counselors in Thailand


    INTO Marshall representatives in Thailand showed the “We Are Marshall” movie to educational counselors last month. Participants were were ferried to the event on a tuk-tuk adorned with Marshall pennants and flags, said Tom Keenan, INTO’s recruitment director for east Asia. “We  ran a short presentation, put on a light dinner and then got down to the business of watching the movie,” Keenan reported. “They loved the movie and maybe even a few of them cried.” He added that after the movie,  they gave a quiz on the movie and Marshall. The following day, participants received a thank you by e-mail with a short PowerPoint ...
  • Marshall to help bring Science Olympiad to West Virginia for students grades 6-12


    The College of Science is bringing the Science Olympiad to West Virginia for its second year. The opportunity is for students in grades 6 through 12. The Science Olympiad, which organizers say is the “nation’s most exciting K-12 science competition,” will take place in West Virginia Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, on the Huntington campus. Winners of the West Virginia competition will travel to the University of Wisconsin-Stout, for the national tournament in May. Teams will compete in a series of 23 challenges, including those in life and social sciences; earth and space science, physical science and chemistry; technology and engineering; and scientific ...
  • Proposals sought for anthropological conference next spring


    The  51st Annual Meeting of the Southern Anthropological Society will be held in Huntington from  April 7-9, 2016, according to Dr. Brian A. Hoey from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, who is serving as conference and program chair. The orienting theme of the conference is publicly engaged, locally committed applications of social and allied sciences. Hoey is seeking proposals for organized sessions, forums and special events, as well as individually volunteered papers and posters, that bring together a variety of inter-disciplinary as well as non-academic interpretations, document processes of change at the local level, and imagine possible resilient futures for the places ...

The next regular issue of We Are…Marshall will be distributed Oct. 14, 2015. Please send any materials for consideration to Pat Dickson by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12.