September 24, 2014

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  • State of the University address praises faculty, emphasizes ‘pioneering’ role in higher education


    Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp addressed the faculty and the greater university community yesterday with his annual State of the University address on the Huntington campus. “The challenges that we have confronted, and will continue to confront, demonstrate … the incredible commitment of our faculty and our university to not just being problem solvers, but being pioneers,” Kopp said in the address. The address may be viewed at www.marshall.edu/it/livestream and an online PDF version of the handout is available at www.marshall.edu/wamnewsletter/files/Presidents-Update_General-Faculty-Meeting_Fall-2014.pdf or on the president’s website at www.marshall.edu/president/presentations.html.  
  • Marshall celebrates grand opening of ‘world-class’ Visual Arts Center in downtown Huntington


    Marshall College introduced an art program on the school’s Huntington campus in 1902, despite having no facility dedicated to the arts. It took a while—a little more than 112 years to be exact—but finally  the Marshall University School of Art and Design has its own facility. A large crowd of members of the Marshall and Huntington communities witnessed the official opening of the university’s Visual Arts Center, which was celebrated last week with a ribbon cutting at the renovated, six-story former Anderson-Newcomb (Stone & Thomas) Department Store building. President Dr. Stephen J. Kopp joined with Donald Van Horn, dean of the College ...
  • Salary increases to take effect Oct. 1


    Some Marshall employees will see increases in their salaries, effective Oct. 1. All university employees who were employed on June 30, 2014, (May 2, 2014, for faculty) and are continuing in that same appointment for the current fiscal year received a salary increase of $504, adjusted for Full Time Equivalent. The Marshall University Board of Governors at its Sept. 3 meeting approved additional salary increases for some university employees. See the categories of employees below for details. These salary increases do not include raises for faculty in the professional schools of medicine, pharmacy and physical therapy or for new faculty starting in ...
  • University-wide strategic planning retreat scheduled for Oct. 17


    A campus planning retreat has been scheduled to formulate an action plan for moving forward with recommendations from the Marshall 20/20 strategic planning workgroups. The day-long retreat is set for Friday, Oct. 17, at an off-campus location in Huntington. Representatives from all campus constituencies—including faculty, classified staff, students, the board of governors and administrators—will be participating. Over the past several months, the Academic Portfolio Review and Services Portfolio Review workgroups looked at the university’s academic programs and services with the goal of identifying all potential opportunities for cost savings and revenue enhancement. The teams also were focused on addressing some of the structural issues ...
  • Payroll office provides update on coming pay changes


    A few staff members participated in a conference last week hosted by the State Auditor where they learned more about what is going on with the implementation of the State’s new system.  There were sessions covering the finance portion which went live in July as well as the human resource system which is slated to go live in January 2015.  As part of this, they did provide some additional insight into the arrears conversion and the switch to bi-weekly. With regard to the upcoming arrears conversion for current paid employees, the State has informed us that in lieu of seeing a ...
  • Information Technology reports what’s new for fall


    Campus-wide Subscription to the Chronicle of Higher Education Effective immediately, all Marshall University (MU) faculty, staff and students may take advantage of a campus-wide digital subscription to the Chronicle of Higher Education. This university-wide subscription provides a more efficient and cost-effective way for the university to remain up to date on the issues and opportunities facing higher education. Anyone in the Marshall University community can now set up an account and access the digital articles and features on Chronicle.com from a campus computer. Everyone with a MU email address who sets up a free account may also access the on-line content from anywhere, ...
  • Graduate Humanities Program inaugurates Major Scholar Seminar series


    Dr. Arijit Sen, associate professor of architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will be on Marshall campuses Oct. 2 and 3 as part of the Graduate Humanities Program’s new Major Scholar Seminars, an initiative offered in partnership with the Glenwood Center for Scholarship for the Humanities. Sen, who is also co-coordinator of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Milwaukee Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures collaborative doctoral program, will visit both the South Charleston and Huntington campuses.  His visit is sponsored by the Graduate Humanities Program and the Glenwood Center for Scholarship in the Humanities, along with the College of Liberal Arts, Department of History and the ...
  • Poets to read from their work Oct. 6


    Glenn Shaheen and Eric LeMay will read from their work at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, in room 402 of the Drinko Library on the Huntington campus. Their appearance at MU is part of the A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series. Shaheen is the author of the poetry collection Predatory (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011), which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize and was the runner-up for the Norma Farber First Book Award. He is also the author of a chapbook of flash fiction, Unchecked Savagery (Ricochet Editions, 2013). His work has appeared in The New Republic, Subtropics Ploughshares and elsewhere. He lives ...
  • Office decoration contest announced for Homecoming


    The Alumni Association has announced the Homecoming 2014 office decorating contest with judging in three categories to take place Thursday, Oct. 9 by members of the Alumni Association. The Homecoming theme this year is “Marco’s Favorite Heroes and Toughest Villains”  when Marshall plays Middle Tennessee. The divisions include small—offices with fewer than seven people—and large, those with eight or more staff. Categories are Most Creative, Best Fits Homecoming Spirit, and Most Attractive.  Entries will be scored with the highest score being ten and the lowest one.  The grand prize will go to the office with the highest number of points total from ...
  • Greening Marshall Committee continues monthly meetings Oct. 14 and Nov. 17


    The Greening Marshall Committee has begun monthly meetings and the Marshall community is invited to attend and take part. Meetings last approximately one and a half hours and are located in Conference Room SMB at the Sorrell Maintenance Building, (Physical Plant building.) Attendees make recommendations to the Sustainability Department for Marshall’s green initiatives. Fall meetings will take place Tuesday, Oct. 14, from1 to 2:30 p.m., and  Monday, Nov. 17, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.  The committee will not meet in December, but will resume meetings in January at a date to be determined. Margie J. Phillips, manager of the Sustainability Department, says students ...
  • Grant-related workshops for staff begin this week


    The Marshall University Research Corporation has announced its schedule of professional development opportunities in grantsmanship, designed specifically for Marshall researchers and administrative staff. All sessions are free and open to the university community.  Lunch is not provided, however, participants may bring their own lunches to the workshops. Registration is strongly encouraged. Please register online here. For more information about any of these sessions or to inquire about scheduling personalized grantsmanship workshops for your department or school, call ext. 6.6598.   Introduction to MURC/Research Process Those interested in external funding will need to become familiar with MURC and how its services can navigate the world of external funding. In addition ...
  • Marshall faculty, staff asked to host 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 ...
  • Reminder: Huntington mayor to speak Sept. 25


    Huntington Mayor Steve Williams is the guest lecturer for the Robert C. Byrd Forum on Civic Responsibility, the last major event hosted during Constitution Week on the Huntington campus. His address, “Civic Responsibility and Obligations Citizens Have to Local Government,” will be presented at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre, Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. The Drinko Academy extends an invitation to attend and to support the mayor at this special event.  


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