September 9, 2015

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  • Quoits tournament highlights Constitution Week activities


    Marshall  is once again celebrating Constitution Week this year with its annual  Quoits Tournament for faculty, staff, students, fraternities and sororities. Quoits, which is similar to horseshoes, was John Marshall’s favorite game. Quoits are rings of iron that, like horseshoes, are pitched at stakes. The 10th annual Marshall Quoits Tournament begins today and concludes Friday, Sept. 11. Here is the complete schedule for the tournament: Wednesday, Sept. 9 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., quoits play begins; Thursday, Sept. 10 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., quoits play continues; Friday, Sept. 11 – Quoits finals; times to be announced. On Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m., Interim ...
  • Title IX training begins; faculty/staff need to complete by Oct. 1


    As announced last month in “We Are…Marshall,” a new Title IX training course is being distributed by e-mail to Marshall faculty and staff. Many faculty and staff have already received the e-mail, which is from a company called Workplace Answers. The e-mail contains a link to the training materials. The course, which is mandatory for all faculty and staff, is intended to help ensure an environment free from unlawful sexual discrimination in all aspects of the university experience. The course must be completed by Oct. 1. For your convenience, once you log on, you may take sections of the training as your schedule permits. ...
  • Marshall celebrates Hispanic Heritage month with renowned guest speaker; Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Jose Galvez to present lecture, photo exhibit Sept. 15


    Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Jose Galvez will present a lecture and photo exhibit titled “Hispanic in the U.S.: History, Culture and Image,” Tuesday, Sept. 15, in the Memorial Student Center’s Shawkey Room. Galvez’ appearance at Marshall is in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and the Latino culture, and is sponsored by Herd Information Technology; Office of Intercultural Affairs; the Department of Modern Languages, Latin American Studies Minor and the College of Liberal Arts. The event begins at 7 p.m. and is free to the public. Marshall students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to attend. For more than 40 years, Galvez ...
  • School of Medicine recognizes Drs. Joseph B. and Omayma T. Touma for diversity efforts


    Drs. Joseph B. and Omayma T. Touma have been honored by the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine with a lifetime achievement diversity award that bears their names.   The inaugural award was presented in July. Joseph Touma is a former chairman of the Marshall University Board of Governors and Omayma Touma is retired medical director of the Cabell Huntington Health Department. The Drs. Joseph B. and Omayma T. Touma Excellence in Diversity Lifetime Achievement Award was created this year by the School of Medicine’s Multicultural Advisory Committee to recognize and honor demonstrated commitment and outstanding efforts to create a diverse and inclusive community. “The ...
  • Reminder: Retirement reception for Jeff Edwards is Sept. 15


    Jeff Edwards, who works for Facilities, Planning and Management, will be honored at a retirement reception Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the John Marshall Dining Room in the Memorial Student Center. Light refreshments will be served. ——- Click on the graphic at left to view the invitation.
  • Marshall named ‘most LGBT friendly’ in West Virginia


    The website e-CollegeFinder has named Marshall the most LGBT friendly higher education institution in West Virginia. “We have worked tremendously hard over the past academic year to embrace students from all backgrounds, including our LGBT community of students,” said Maurice R. Cooley, associate vice president for intercultural affairs at Marshall. “Our new programs, which include the LGBT Speaker Series, Safe Zone, Lending Library, and more, offer new dimensions for our students. We are looking forward to another great year. Marshall is a great environment for all students to grow, learn, and gain acceptance from other, irrespective of our differences.”  
  • INTO Marshall University invites faculty, staff to strike up a conversation


    Marshall faculty, staff and students can help an INTO Marshall student learn about American culture and also learn about that student’s culture through the Campus Conversation Partners program. INTO’s Campus Conversation Partners pairs American students, faculty, and staff with international students. An application process focuses on a student’s interests and hobbies, in order to provide the international students with another outlet to practice their conversational English speaking skills. Participants (both American and international) learn about other cultures through a peer-to-peer environment. Some of the cultures represented through the center include Russia, India, Saudi Arabia, China, Japan, Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria and others. “Once students ...
  • Dr. Farzad Amiri chosen August Resident of the Month


    Dr. Farzad Amiri, a second-year surgery resident at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, has been selected as the August 2015 Resident of the Month. In announcing the selection, Dr. Paulette Wehner, vice dean for graduate medical education, praised Amiri for his efforts in several areas. “To be recognized by a medical student for your dedication, or your teaching ability or being a great physician is an honor by itself,” Wehner said.  “Our August recipient was nominated for being all three – a truly dedicated physician, a great teacher and a great physician.  Despite his busy and stressful schedule, Dr. Amiri takes the ...
  • Reminder: deadline nears for Higher Learning Commission comments


    Marshall University is preparing for its 10-year comprehensive evaluation by its regional accrediting agency, The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The university will host a site-visit team from HLC Oct. 12-13. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the commission’s Criteria for Accreditation. Marshall has been accredited by HLC since 1928. The public is invited to submit comments regarding Marshall University. Comments must be in writing and must address substantive matters related to the quality of instruction or academic programs. Comments should be sent to: Public Comment on Marshall University The Higher Learning Commission 230 ...
  • Annual Miners’ Celebration to take place Oct. 1


    Miners, community members and others connected with the state’s coal mining industry will gather at Tamarack in Beckley on Thursday, Oct. 1, for the 2015 Miners’ Celebration, which is sponsored in part by Marshall University’s Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS). The annual event will feature a reception and dinner to recognize those who play a role in the success of the state’s mining industry. “Every person who works in the industry—whether they are a safety engineer, miner, environmental professional or equipment supplier—contributes to each ton of coal produced, as do countless community leaders, educators and mining families,” said Dr. ...
  • Rec Center announces dates for Kids’ Night Out; first is Friday, Sept. 18


    The first Kids’ Night Out of the year will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at the Recreation Center. Children will climb on the Rec Center’s rock wall, swim in the indoor pool, play ball on the courts, and have a pizza party. Potty-trained children ages 4-12 will be able to interact with other kids during a fun, safe night at the  Rec Center. The cost for members is $20 ($15 for each additional sibling), and  for non-members it’s $25 ($20 for each additional sibling). Parents can register their children at the Welcome Desk or on the Recreation Center website. Or, ...
  • Huntington Area Art Society to return to Cellar Door starting this evening


    The Huntington Area Art Society lecture series will return this fall with “Post-Impressionism to Cubism” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the Cellar Door, 905 Third Ave. The series’ lead presenter, Dr. Heather Stark, assistant professor of art and design,  noted that she developed the season’s enveloping theme, “Visual Revolutions: the 20th Century,” in response to the interest of community members who attended the pilot sessions last spring. Although the lecture beings at 6:30 p.m., participants are welcome to arrive early for conversation and refreshments. The society’s fall lecture series will continue at the same time and place Oct. 7, Nov. 11 ...

The next regular issue of We Are…Marshall will be distributed Sept. 16, 2015. Please send any materials for consideration to Pat Dickson by 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14.