September 2, 2015

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  • This week’s Business Summit to feature Marshall alumnus, Intuit President and CEO Brad Smith


    Marshall alumnus and Intuit President and CEO Brad D. Smith will be speaking tomorrow at the West Virginia Chamber’s Annual Meeting & Business Summit. Smith’s session, “Innovation and Workforce Needs of the 21st Century,” is scheduled for Thursday morning. Marshall is a sponsor of the conference, which runs through Friday at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs. “Brad Smith exemplifies everything that is good about West Virginia and Marshall University,” said Interim President Gary G. White. “Not only is he an inspiring leader for one of the world’s most exciting companies, he is generous and humble and everything his parents raised him ...
  • Sports Medicine Institute to be dedicated with Sept. 6 ribbon-cutting ceremony


    Marshall University, Marshall Health and Cabell Huntington Hospital will celebrate the opening of the 22,500-square-foot Marshall Sports Medicine Institute, the final piece of the Chris Cline Athletic Complex, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon, Sunday, Sept. 6, at the Sports Medicine Institute, 2211 Third Ave. Among the speakers will be Mike Hamrick, Director of Athletics; Chad Pennington, Co-Chair, MU Athletics Vision Campaign; Gary G. White, Interim President; Kevin N. Fowler, President and CEO of Cabell Huntington Hospital; Dr. Charles E. “Chuck” Giangarra, Professor of Orthopaedics and Section Chief, Sports Medicine; Dr. Joseph I. Shapiro, Dean of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Tours of the building ...
  • Reminder: Marshall to host discussion of K-12 academic standards Sept. 3


    The Huntington campus will host one of a series of “town hall” meetings to discuss the West Virginia Next Generation Standards for grades K-12. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in the Shawkey Room in the Memorial Student Center. Sarah Stewart, director of policy and government relations in the state superintendent’s office, said the purpose of the discussion is to evaluate the state’s K-12 academic standards, which were phased in from 2011 to 2014. The standards serve as benchmarks for what students in West Virginia should know at the end of each grade level. “We are looking ...
  • Marshall Recreation Center to host to Rec Fitness Night tomorrow


    The Rec Center is offering several fall fitness classes, and Rec officials are inviting the MU community to try some for free from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3. The event will feature eight classes, and free personal training consultations will be available for the Marshall community to try. “Rec Fitness Night is a way to show people what we have to offer,” said Heather Smith, Senior Assistant Director of Fitness. “We don’t just offer group fitness classes but we also have personal trainers who will be there to provide consultations to Marshall community members who visit.” Rec Fitness Night will also ...
  • In Memoriam: Fran Jackson


    Fran Jackson, long a welcoming face in the Center for African American Students, died Saturday, Aug. 29. Services will take place Friday, Sept. 4 at First Baptist Church, 801 Fifth Ave. in Huntington. The visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon, with funeral services to follow. A two-time graduate of Marshall with a B.A. degree in business education and a M.S. in adult education, she came to the center shortly after graduation and remained on the job for 28 years. As one of the first staff members students met when they came to the center, she was an encouraging and compassionate ...
  • Marshall music professors to perform on historical instruments during free performance


    Two faculty members will perform on historical instruments when they present “Pastorale: Woodwinds from the 19th Century” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in Smith Recital Hall.. Oboist Dr. Richard Kravchak and flutist Dr. Wendell Dobbs will be joined by a third faculty member, pianist Dr. Henning Vauth, when they perform on 19th century instruments for the free performance. According to Dobbs, this practice is making a comeback in higher education. “The historical predecessors of modern woodwind instruments are receiving ever-increasing attention on college campuses,” Dobbs said. “It offers a unique look into the longevity of the tools, as well as into ...
  • Tri-State Arts Association to hold community drawing sessions in Marshall’s Visual Arts Center


    The Tri-State Arts Association, in collaboration with the School of Art and Design, will pilot community drawing sessions in the Visual Arts Center’s drawing studio on each second Tuesday of the month during the fall semester. Sessions for the community will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8 on the 5th floor of the 927 3rd Avenue facility. Participants are asked to arrive by 6:15 p.m. “The purpose of the pilot is to provide a supportive environment for self-directed drawing sessions, with a costumed or draped model as the subject, including portrait drawing,” said Rabert ...
  • ‘Lunch for a Buck’ available Tuesday, Sept. 8


    Want something different for lunch? The Campus Christian Center is offering lunch for a buck ($1.00) on Tuesday, Sept. 8 from 12 to 1:30pm. Open to all students, staff, and faculty. Come join us!! GOOD FOOD!
  • Marshall to test MU Alert emergency messaging system


    University Communications officials will conduct a test of the MU Alert emergency messaging system at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9. Marshall community members who are subscribed to MU Alert are asked to be sure that they have received the message that morning. If a message has not been received by noon, a subscriber should review and update his or her contact information in the myMU/MU Alert Web interface. If this contact information was already correct, but a message was still not received, then he or she should send an e-mail to mualert@marshall.edu with details on which contact method (text, e-mail, voice) ...
  • Yale Law School professor featured speaker as fall 2015 Amicus Curiae series begins


    Heather Gerken, the J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale Law School, will be the featured speaker Thursday Sept. 10, as the fall 2015 Amicus Curiae Lecture Series opens at Marshall University. The Amicus Curiae or “Friend of the Court” Lecture Series on Constitutional Democracy focuses on issues of law, history, politics and governance in the United States. Sponsored by the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy, with support from the West Virginia Humanities Council, the series brings scholars from throughout the U.S. to Marshall to speak on important historical and contemporary Constitutional and governmental issues. Gerken’s lecture, “The Real Problem ...
  • Engineering dean named chairman of prestigious national committee


    Dr. Wael Zatar, dean of the College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE), has been appointed as the chairman of the National Committee on Structural Fiber Reinforced Polymers of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academics. The committee is among the largest and most prestigious national – and international – committees on the subject of Structural Fiber Reinforced Polymers. Zatar’s initial service is for three years, from 2015 to 2018, although he said it is expected to be extended for another three years to 2021. “As a proud Marshall employee, it is my great honor to serve in this ...
  • School of Medicine and College of Health Professions launch joint M.D./M.P.H. program


    The Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and the College of Health Professions (COHP) are partnering to offer a new dual degree program that will lead to a Doctor of Medicine degree and a master’s degree in public health. Dr. Bobby Miller, vice dean for medical education at the School of Medicine, says the new collaboration will address the complexity of providing health care in the globalized world. “This program will provide our student doctors with the opportunity to acquire public health knowledge and skills,” Miller said. “Our goal is to enable them to recognize, diagnose and address health problems and risk ...
  • Visiting Writers Series to begin with Writers Harvest Sept. 16


    The annual A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series will begin Wednesday, Sept. 16, with Writers Harvest, featuring Rajia Hassib and Dr. Rachael Peckham. The event will take place at 8 p.m. in the Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center. This literary reading is part of a national literary event to support local food banks, since September is National Hunger Action Month. Those attending the reading are asked to bring at least 2 to 3 nonperishable food items for donation to the Facing Hunger Foodbank. Hassib was born and raised in Egypt and moved to the United States when she ...
  • Wellness Fair slated for Sept. 29


    A MU Employee Wellness Fair, sponsored by Marshall’s departments of human resource services and sustainability, Marshall Health, University Physicians, Cabell-Huntington Hospital, the Marshall Recreation Center and PEIA, is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 29. A flu vaccine clinic will provide flu shots. The shots are NOT limited to PEIA Insured employees, but persons must provide proof of insurance at the time of service. More information will be provided at a later date, according to Pamela Alcala, Training and Development Specialist, Human Resource Services.
  • Hygiene products to be available on Huntington campus


    The Women’s Studies Program, The Women’s Center and Student Health Education will be providing free feminine hygiene products to students, faculty and staff. They are available in the following women’s restrooms: Harris Hall (First and Third Floors), Smith Hall (Fifth Floor), and Corbly Hall (Third Floor). Full boxes of these supplies will be available at the Women’s Center, again for free. It is requested that students be advised that this resource is available to them. Dropboxes for donations are located at The Women’s Center and outside of Harris Hall 107. Sponsors will also accept monetary donations from faculty and staff to ...
  • Orientation welcomes new members of faculty Herd


    Thirty-three new members of the faculty participated in New Faculty Orientation, hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning, in the week before the start of classes. Participants learned about academic policies and procedures, faculty resources and technology in the classroom. Future orientation activities include learning about availability and uses of technologies and a social outing. Those participating were: C.K. Babcock, Chuck Bethel, Jeff Boggess, Brittany Canady, Habiba Chirchir, Wanyong Choi, Sarah Clemins, Holly Cyphert, Travis Cyphert, Priya Dasgupta, Sonia Dent, Kathleen Fincham, Bill Ford, Amy Gannon, Abigail Hay, Amber Jones, Cynthia Jones, Faruk Khan, Brian Kinghorn, Hanna Kozlowski-Slone, Wendi Kozma, ...

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