September 30, 2015

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  • Next Monthly Open House set for Wednesday, 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 next week. It will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, 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.
  • Update on Beginning of Bi-Weekly Pay


    Employees may have heard that Higher Education will be in Wave 2 of the wvOASIS payroll Go Live that is to occur in November. Marshall University is not in Wave 2, although many other institutions are. We are awaiting updates from the State with regards to our Go Live with a new payroll process, which could have the first check utilizing this new process in early January.  As soon as we have more definitive information, we will share it with our employees, as well as provide informational sessions about any resulting changes. See www.marshall.edu/paychanges for the latest information.
  • Artist-In-Residence to join Marshall University jazz students, faculty in concert


    Jazz composer, arranger, pianist and educator Earl MacDonald will perform with the School of Music and Theatre students and faculty with his own compositions and arrangements at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Smith Recital Hall. During his three-day artist-in-residence visit, MacDonald will spend time with jazz majors and Jazz I, the school’s top jazz ensemble, said Dr. Martin Saunders, director of jazz studies.. Currently associate professor and director of jazz studies at the University of Connecticut, MacDonald earned a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz performance at McGill University and a Master of Music degree at Rutgers, where he apprenticed with Kenny Barron. ...
  • Update: Mandatory Title IX training for faculty/staff


    Debbie Hart, Marshall’s director of equity programs, is expressing her appreciation to the hundreds of Marshall faculty and staff who have completed the Title IX training, required by the federal government, thus far. The course is intended to help ensure an environment free from unlawful sexual discrimination in all aspects of the university experience. “Thank you for your dedication and commitment to ensure safe campuses and centers at Marshall University,” Hart said. Hart added that the Information Technology department at Marshall and Workplace Answers have worked diligently to ensure this offer is provided for all faculty and staff. Some new faculty and staff may have received the link ...
  • Professor receives award for book about Barcelona’s food markets


    A Marshall University faculty member has tied for the top award in a competition for first-time authors for her book examining Barcelona’s successful system of food markets. The history honor society Phi Alpha Theta awarded Dr. Montserrat Miller its prestigious Best First Book award for “Feeding Barcelona, 1714-1975,” which was published earlier this year by the Louisiana State University Press. Miller is a professor of history at Marshall, where she specializes in food markets, gender studies and modern Spain. According to the publisher, the book is the first detailed account of the historical and social influences that create urban food markets. The markets of ...
  • Wills, former military personnel technician, to be honored Saturday


    A ceremony honoring Joyce B. Wills will take place at the U.S. Army ROTC Office located in Gullickson Hall,  at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. She served as the Military Personnel Technician for the U.S. Army ROTC Detachment at Marshall from February 1975 through March 2001.  A memorial plaque dedicated to her service will be unveiled during the ceremony.  Current and former Marshall ROTC cadets and cadre are cordially invited to attend the event.  Questions concerning the event should be directed to the U.S. Army ROTC Office at  ext.6-6450.
  • Memorial service for Michael Krasnow to take place Monday


    The Marshall community is invited to celebrate the life of Michael A. Krasnow, D.O., Ph.D., on Monday, Oct. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the John Marshall Room of the Memorial Student Center. In order to share his legacy and tell treasured stories about him, an “open mic” begins at 6:45 p.m. The attire is “Krasnow like”—no ties.
  • Take Back The Night rally to raise awareness of sexual, domestic violence


    Marshall’s Women’s Studies Student Association and Women’s Center will join CONTACT of Huntington and Branches in a rally at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, 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: Tuesday, Oct. 6: A poster-making party will be held from 7 to 9 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 also lead a ...
  • Unity Walk to take place Oct. 20


    The 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,” is scheduled for 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20, on the Huntington campus. All students, faculty, staff, alumni, student organizations, athletic teams, fraternities and sororities are invited to take part. Participants in this year’s walk are asked to begin lining up at the Marshall Recreation Center at 4:30 p.m. The walk will be enhanced by group banners, cheers, chants and music. “We are Marshall and we are one,” said Maurice Cooley, ...
  • Marshall going for recognition in ‘Exercise is Medicine on Campus’ program; activities planned for next week


    Marshall is an officially registered “Exercise is Medicine” campus–the only one in West Virginia. Exercise is Medicine® on Campus (EIM-OC) is a program calling upon universities and colleges to engage in the promotion of physical activity as a vital sign of health. This year EIM-OC launches its Recognition Program, which will allow campuses to be recognized for their participation and engagement in EIM. “Although our university is registered, we are seeking recognition this fall and in order to do so, we have secured the support from various departments and organizations across Marshall’s campus to make this campaign a success,” said Megan Archer, public relations specialist for ...
  • Marshall University ‘Brain Expo’ for elementary school students to take place Oct. 2


    More than 400 elementary school children from around the tri-state region will visit Marshall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, to learn about the brain and nervous system through activities and games. Usually held in the spring, the Brain Expo was scheduled for Oct. 2 as a make-up day for the March 2015 event canceled due to extreme weather. This is the seventh Brain Expo to be held at Marshall. The event features 27 interactive stations in the Memorial Student Center, where children explore various parts of their nervous systems. They also learn how the brain controls their bodies ...
  • Special Collections, Morrow Stacks to be closed Oct. 6


    The Special Collections Department and the Morrow Stacks in the James E. Morrow Library on the Huntington campus will be closed Tuesday, Oct. 6. Regular hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) for the Special Collections Department and the Morrow Stacks will resume Wednesday, Oct. 7. For additional information, please contact the Special Collections Department at 304-696-2343.
  • South Charleston library celebrating Banned Books Week with mugshots


    In recognition of Banned Books Week, everyone is invited to stop by the South Charleston Library and get “Caught Reading a Banned Book.” You can bring your own favorite banned book or choose from their collection and they’ll take a mugshot of you with a book. You can also be entered into a drawing for a Banned Books mug. Library hours are: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday
  • Faculty/Staff Achievement: Armstead, ‘Creek Geeks’ present research in Pittsburgh


    Dr. Mindy Armstead, Associate Professor in the Integrated Science and Technology Department, along with members of her research team, the self-titled “Creek Geeks,” traveled to Pittsburgh last week to give oral presentations about their research at the 2nd Environmental Considerations in Energy Production Conference. Armstead gave a talk on an “Ongoing evaluation of the effects of watershed disturbance on aquatic ecosystems.” Mandee Wilson discussed “An evaluation of seasonal selenium bioaccumulation in mining influenced streams.” Kevin Rowsey presented “Development of culturing methods for native mayfly taxa for use in laboratory toxicity testing.” The Creek Geeks conduct and present research on a wide variety ...
  • Marshall to observe National Cybersecurity Awareness Month


    Oct. 1 marks the start of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), according to Jon Cutler, chief information security officer at Marshall. NCSAM is an annual, month-long effort to increase awareness and prevention of online security problems, spearheaded by the U.S .Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). This year’s theme is “Our Shared Responsibility.” “Cyber Security Awareness is important to because each of us has a responsibility to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information in today’s highly-networked system environment,” Cutler said. Cybersecurity does not have to be complicated, he added. Throughout the month of ...
  • Country music singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves to come to Huntington Oct. 2


    Kacey Musgraves, who was recently honored with three 2015 Country Music Association Award nominations, takes to the stage at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center Friday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. A Texas native, Musgraves began singing publicly at eight and wrote her first song when she was nine. She made her public singing debut at church, and from there hit the regional opry circuit. “In Texas, every few towns have an opry house,” she explains. “Performers come up on stage and sing old country songs with a live band. I did that every weekend. It got me familiar with being in ...
  • More than 95 employers expected to attend this fall’s Career Expo


    Career Services will conduct its annual fall Career Expo from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the Memorial Student Center’s Don Morris Room. The expo is open to all Marshall students and alumni. MU faculty, too, are encouraged to support the event not only by attending themselves to network, but also by encouraging students to attend. Recruiters will be sharing information on part-time, full-time and internship positions. Career Services has made some revisions to this fall’s event, changing it from Wednesday to Tuesday and adjusting the event time to 1 to 4 p.m. “We felt that it was time to ...
  • Harless Center receives grant for early childhood literacy


    The June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development, College of Education and Professional Development, has recently been awarded a $500,000 grant from the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) to assist with the implementation of the West Virginia Leaders of Literacy: Campaign for Grade Level Reading. The WVDE Office of Early Learning is leading the campaign that aims to close the reading achievement gap by third grade by focusing on four main components: school readiness, attendance, extended school day and high-quality instruction. Individual counties will develop personalized literacy plans that attend to each of these components based on county-specific ...
  • Online registration underway for Homecoming events


    Marshall will be stepping back in time during Homecoming 2015 with this year’s nostalgic theme – Blast from the Past. In addition to the ‘80s theme, Homecoming 2015 will be filled with activities for students, alums and Herd fans of all ages with a full week of activities beginning on Sunday, Oct. 18, and leading up to the 2015 Homecoming game against North Texas on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 3:30 p.m. This is everyone’s opportunity to throw on some green and white, reunite with old friends, and cheer on the Thundering Herd. For a full list of Homecoming 2015 activities, visit HerdAlum.com. Here ...
  • Sports fans reminded about hearing health


    As fans gear up for Herd football games, their enthusiasm is often measured by the amount of noise they create on game day, and, according Dr. Kathy Newman, clinical audiologist of Marshall Health Ear, Nose and Throat specialists, this can lead to hearing problems. “The average volume during a Marshall football game is estimated to be in the mid-90-decibel range – about the level of power tools. Repeated exposure to sounds that are louder than 85 decibels can cause permanent hearing loss,” she said. And according to Newman, it’s the actual noise on the field and in the stands that can ...
  • Town Hall meeting to discuss documentary, Inequality for All


    The special viewing of the documentary Inequality for All, which took place last night in the Memorial Student Center, is part of a unique collaboration between two different university classes: a First-Year Seminar paired with a course in an academic discipline to form a learning community. The core group of students in these linked courses have the opportunity to examine common themes from the perspective of a course designed for first-year students as well as a course in a specific academic discipline. One week after the documentary, students from both classes, Dr. Donna Sullivan’s Sociology 200 and Professor Jennifer Sias’ FYS ...
  • ‘Thundering Word’ team shows well at Forensic Fiesta


    Junior Alyssa Hager took first place in Prose Interpretation recently as Marshall ‘s Thundering Word competed in the Forensic Fiesta, a speech and debate tournament on the campus of Western Kentucky University. Hager is a Communication Studies major from West Hamlin. Also for Marshall, Logan Spence, a junior Communication Studies major from Davie, Florida, placed second in Communication Analysis and fourth in Informative Speaking. Taryss Mandt, a senior Geology major from Alexandria, Virginia, took third place in Dramatic Interpretation. The Thundering Word competed in two separate tournaments. Five varsity members and five novices competed for MU. “It’s amazing to realize how far we have ...

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