October 8, 2014

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  • Marshall community looks forward to Homecoming this weekend


    With an early kickoff of the Homecoming game, Marshall’s alumni association is making sure the university community has the facts on Homecoming activities this weekend, according to Rob Ellis, associate director of alumni affairs. “With an early kickoff, please be advised that some times have changed,” Ellis said. Weekend activities include the following: Friday, Oct. 10, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Picnic on the Plaza.  This event will be on the plaza of the Memorial Student Center. In case of rain, it will take place in the MSC lobby. Friday, Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m. – Champagne Reception in the Don Morris Room in partnership with the Black ...
  • United Way campaign extended to Oct. 10; winner of autographed football announced


    Marshall’s annual United Way drive has been extended to this Friday, Oct. 10, according to Megan Archer from the College of Health Professions, who is the chair of this year’s drive. “It’s not too late to give back!” Archer said. “University wide, we’ve received a little over 30 pledges (15% of our goal), and with this in mind, we wanted to give you more time to participate in the 2014 United Way university campaign. Collectively, Marshall employees have made a huge impact in the community and I’d like to encourage you to continue that wonderful trend.” Terri Runyon from the Registrar’s Office was ...
  • Reminder: Strategic planning retreat scheduled for Oct. 17


    Members of the university community will be participating in a planning retreat next week to begin to formulate an action plan for moving forward with recommendations from the Marshall 20/20 strategic planning work groups. The retreat is set for 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at the St. Mary’s Conference Center at 2825 Fifth Ave., Huntington. More than 125 representatives from all university constituencies—including faculty, classified staff, students, the board of governors and administrators—have been invited to participate, including all those who participated in the Marshall 20/20 kick-off retreat last October and members of the Budget Work Group and Services Portfolio Review’s ...
  • School of Medicine sponsors Ambrose Health Policy Panel on the cost of Hepatitis C drugs


    A panel discussion focused on the cost of new medications aimed at treating Hepatitis C is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Harless Auditorium in the Marshall University Medical Center on the campus of Cabell Huntington Hospital. The Paul Wesley Ambrose Health Policy Panel is sponsored by the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine (MU JCESOM) and its department of family and community health and health policy residency track. Panelists include: James B. Becker, M.D., Director of WV Medicaid and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, MU JCESOM Harry K. Tweel, M.D., Physician Director, Cabell-Huntington Health Department Yaser M. Rayyan M.D., Associate  ...
  • Unity Walk to take place Oct. 13 after rain postponement


    Marshall’s third annual “We Are … Family Unity Walk Celebration,” an event created to give all Marshall students, faculty and staff an opportunity to celebrate their unity and the fact that they are all members of the same “family,” has been rescheduled  to 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 13, on the Huntington campus. Participants in this year’s walk, with an anticipated attendance of more than 1,500 students and alumni, are asked to begin lining up at the Marshall Recreation Center at 4:30 p.m. “The Unity Walk” will be enhanced by group banners, cheers, chants and music. “We are Marshall and we are one,” said Maurice Cooley, associate vice president ...
  • ‘Take Back the Night’ event Oct. 14 to combat domestic and sexual violence


    Marshall’s Women’s Studies Student Association and Women’s Center will join CONTACT of Huntington and Branches in a rally at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, on the Memorial Student Center Plaza to raise awareness of sexual and domestic violence. The rally will be accompanied by several other events, said Dr. Dawn Howerton, assistant professor of psychology. Here is a list of the events: Monday, Oct. 13: A poster-making party will be held at 8 p.m. in the First-Year South residence hall lobby in preparation for the Take Back the Night Rally. The Marshall University Women’s Studies Student Association will lead a consent workshop. Tuesday, ...
  • Anticipated change to bi-weekly pay delayed


    This is a reminder that the implementation of the State of West Virginia’s new payroll system in wvOASIS has been delayed from January 2015 to at least April 2015. As a result, the anticipated conversion to bi-weekly pay also is postponed. Employees are encouraged to continue making preparations for the eventual change in the pay cycle. Directions for accessing a bi-weekly pay estimator is available at http://www.marshall.edu/paychanges/. Information regarding the schedule for the switch to bi-weekly pay will be shared with the university community as it is received from the State.
  • Marshall herbarium plays key role in NSF-funded digitization initiative to document a biodiversity hotspot


    Marshall’s herbarium is playing a key role in a National Science Foundation-funded effort to digitize collections that chronicle a global hotspot of plant diversity in the southeastern United States. The  Herbarium is located on the third floor of the Science Building and is directed by Dr. Emily Gillespie, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. In all, the NSF awarded six grants this year totaling approximately $7.5 million to digitize biodiversity collections, a nationwide effort coordinated by the iDigBio (www.idigbio.org) program based at the University of Florida. MU has united with dozens of other southeastern universities in a Thematic Collections ...
  • Marshall audiologists observe National Protect Your Hearing Month


    October is National Protect Your Hearing Month and audiologists across the nation, including those at Marshall, are encouraging Americans to protect their hearing.  Prolonged exposure to noise can cause permanent hearing loss, they point out.  It’s estimated that 12 million Americans have hearing loss as a result of exposure to noise. “Noise-induced hearing loss is caused by damage to the microscopic hair cells, or cilia, which are found in the inner ear,”  explained Dr. Cathy Newman, an audiologist with the Marshall Health Ear Nose and Throat Specialists. If you have decreased or “muffled” hearing for several hours after exposure to loud ...
  • Mathematics faculty member awarded grant to prepare students for local industries


    Dr. Michael Schroeder, assistant professor of mathematics at Marshall University, has been awarded a competitive grant to prepare students for local careers in applied mathematics.  The grant is part of the Preparation for Industrial Careers in Mathematical Sciences (PIC Math) program. “Students are sometimes not aware of the relationship between careers and what they learn in class,” Schroeder said. “The goal of PIC Math is to show students how mathematics is integral to business, industry and government.” Schroeder was selected by the national PIC Math program to teach a section of a special course for mathematics majors, in which students focus on ...
  • Faculty Achievement: Dr. Thomas E. Wilson


    Dr. Thomas E. Wilson, professor of physics, has had a paper accepted for publication in the journal IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering titled “Evidence of Longitudinal Acoustic Phonon Generation in Si Doping Superlattices by Ge Prism-Coupled THz Laser Radiation.” Co-authors were Erich Kasper, Michael Oehme, and Joerg Schulze of the Institute for Semiconductor Engineering at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, and Konstantin A. Korolev of the Department of Physics at Marshall University. Wilson also will present a contributed paper at the Optical Society of America’s Frontiers in Optics international conference, to be held in Tucson, AZ from Oct. 19-23. His talk is titled ...
  • Women’s Studies program to host masquerade fundraiser


    The Women’s Studies program will be holding a Masquerade Ball and Silent Auction on Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center. Ticket prices are $15 for students and $25 for non-students. The price includes desserts, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, an open wine bar for those twenty-one and older, and the chance to win door prizes. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from Jill Treftz (Corbly Hall 312), Laura Michele Diener (Harris Hall 107), Robin Conley (Smith Hall 740B), Dawn Howerton (Harris Hall 305) or Zelideth Rivas (Smith Hall 743). Proceeds benefit Women’s Studies and SAFE, Inc. For ...
  • American Pharmacists Month continues


    October marks American Pharmacists Month and the  School of Pharmacy has organized several activities to promote awareness of a career that is expected to be one of the top health care professions in the next decade. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the pharmacy profession is expected to grow 14.5 percent by 2022.   Pharmacists mix technical, organizational and people skills in research, hospital, clinic and retail environments worldwide. This month’s awareness activities include the following: Student Societies of Health-System Pharmacy (SSHP) health event, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Drug Emporium, #3 Mall Road, Barboursville.  “Health Check” will feature blood pressure ...
  • Alumni Association launches redesigned website


    Herdalum.com, the Marshall University Alumni Association’s website, has a whole new look now after a complete design overhaul that was unveiled last week. The new design is a result of feedback and recommendations from alumni and fans. “We began the redesign process last year with the help and support of our web partner, iModules,” said Matt Hayes, executive director of the association. “From our research and recommendations from the iModules design team, we were able to put together a variety of elements we believe will position us at the forefront of alumni association sites.” The new design addresses requests for more photos, ...


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