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  • James C. Smith, Thomson Reuters CEO and Marshall grad, to deliver commencement speech to undergraduates May 11

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    James C. Smith, president and chief executive officer of Thomson Reuters, will deliver the keynote address at Marshall University’s 176th commencement Saturday, May 11, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in downtown Huntington. Smith, a native of Carlisle, Ky., is a 1981 graduate of Marshall, which he attended on a football scholarship. He will speak at the 9 a.m. commencement for undergraduates. Commencement for graduate students begins at 2 p.m. that same day at the arena. “It’s humbling, absolutely humbling, and gratifying at the same time,” Smith said of being selected to not only speak at commencement, but to receive an honorary ...
  • Awards of distinction to be presented during spring general faculty meeting


    Awards of distinction will be presented and retiring faculty recognized during Marshall’s spring general faculty meeting Tuesday, April 30, at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on the Huntington campus. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. and will include remarks from Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp and Faculty Senate Chair Eldon Larsen. Six people will receive the Distinguished Service Award and five will receive the Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award. To qualify for Distinguished Service Awards, persons must have at least 20 years of service at Marshall University, a record of distinguished service to the university and/or college, and a record of ...
  • Dr. Kateryna Schray selected as Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award winner; Reynolds, Pickens-Queen winners also announced

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    Dr. Kateryna Schray,  professor of English,  has been selected as MU’s Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award winner for 2012-2013.  In addition, the  Center for Teaching and Learning has announced the Hedrick Award and two others honoring four faculty members. Schray will receive $5,000 through a grant from Charles B. and Mary Jo Locke Hedrick. The award is named in honor of Charles Hedrick’s father, Charles E. Hedrick, a former history professor and later Chairman of the Graduate Council, and one of the founders of Marshall’s graduate program. Other awards honoring faculty include the Marshall & Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Teacher Award, which will ...
  • Marshall to kick off Cultural Immersion Workshop Series April 30


    Marshall University community members, particularly staff members, are being encouraged to attend the kickoff of a new Cultural Immersion Workshop Series at a luncheon that will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 30. It will be located in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus. Featured on this initial program are the Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre and Workshop of New Zealand. Dr. Shari Clarke, vice president of multicultural affairs at Marshall, said that the workshop series, to continue this summer, will focus on providing culturally specific information on various countries, using both ...
  • Marshall students to participate in Donning of Kente Thursday, May 2


    The Center for African American Students’ Programs is making plans for the annual Donning of Kente Celebration of Achievement. The event will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse. The celebration and cap-and-gown ceremony will begin with a processional that will include graduating students, university deans, faculty and President Stephen J. Kopp. The keynote speaker will be William A. Smith, superintendent of schools in Cabell County, who is an alumnus of Marshall. “We take pride once again to bring to our campus and community the richness of this centuries-old and unusual ceremony,” said Maurice Cooley, director ...
  • Butch Brodtrick named Employee of the Month

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    Frank “Butch” Brodtrick, Database Specialist, Finance Information Technology,  has been named the Marshall University Employee of the Month for February , according to Michelle Brown Douglas, chair of the Employee of the Month Committee. Employed at Marshall for nearly 11 years, he was nominated by Barry Beckett and Robert Walker. In their nomination they wrote:  “Butch’s primary job duty is to maintain and enhance the student online payment portal.  Butch’s efforts have allowed the university to save in excess of $400,000  in credit card fees as well as over $100,000 in yearly fees that it would cost to purchase similar services from ...
  • Marshall Business Hall of Fame adds five new members


    Five highly successful business leaders were inducted into Marshall University’s Business Hall of Fame yesterday,  April 23. The induction reception and ceremony took place in the Marshall University Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center. This year’s inductees are: David A. Graley, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation, a longtime banker and former chair of the Huntington Area Development Council; C. Frederick Shewey (who died in January 2012), founder of International Industries, Inc., president and owner of Grey Eagle Construction Company, Inc., a major force in the state’s natural resource industries, and an influential community and business ...
  • Area poets Houchin, Stringer launch new books


    Poets Ron Houchin  and A. E. Stringer will read from their work at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in the Shawkey Room of the Memorial Student Center.  The reading marks the American release of Houchin’s The Quiet Jars and Stringer’s Late Breaking, both recently published by Salmon Poetry of Ireland. Stringer is professor of English and the author of three poetry collections.  His work has appeared in such journals as The Nation, Shenandoah, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner and Denver Quarterly.  He has also edited and introduced an edition of Louise McNeill’s classic Appalachian poetry book Paradox Hill (West Virginia University Press, ...
  • Alumni awards to be given Saturday at annual banquet


    Twenty people and one club will be honored at the Marshall University Alumni Association’s 76th annual Alumni Awards Banquet Saturday, April 27, in the Memorial Student Center’s Don Morris Room. The awards banquet highlights Marshall’s 2013 Alumni Weekend, which takes place this Friday and Saturday, April 26-27. Honoring distinguished alumni, friends and students, the banquet starts at 7 p.m. Cost to attend the banquet is $75 per person or $140 per couple. Here is a complete list of the distinguished alumni award winners for 2013, who will be honored at the banquet:   National Awards  Distinguished Alumnus Award Dr. David Wiley is an associate professor of ...
  • Civil Rights Movement topic for Woodson Foundation speaker

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    Joan C. Browning, a freelance writer and lecturer living in Lewisburg, W.Va., will speak on the  Civil Rights Movement  and then discuss “the most fascinating person to call Greenbrier County home” at the 21st annual Carter G. Woodson Memorial Foundation Inc., fundraising banquet Saturday, April 27. The banquet begins at 6 p.m. in Room BE5 on the lower level of the Memorial Student Center. Proceeds will help fund a scholarship endowment to support outstanding Marshall University students, as well as the purchase of materials on black culture and history. Browning participated in the Paine College Steering Committee demonstrations in Augusta, Ga., in ...
  • Researchers receive second patent for railroad track inspection system

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    Two Marshall professors have received a second patent for an invention they say will make inspection of railroad tracks safer, more accurate and less expensive than current methods. Engineering professors Dr. Richard Begley and Dr. Tony Szwilski recently were notified that their Canadian patent application has been approved. It is the first Canadian patent awarded for an invention developed at Marshall. They were awarded a U.S. patent last year. Their system, which uses a combination of GPS devices, cameras and ground penetrating radar to measure track wear and other problems, has taken more than 10 years to develop. Currently, they say, track inspectors ...
  • Marshall senior to exhibit poster at Posters on the Hill event in D.C.


    Senior Courtney Hatten  of Wayne is being recognized this spring for her physical chemistry research at the annual Posters on the Hill event today (Wednesday, April 24) in Washington, D.C.  She was the only student chosen from West Virginia. Hatten, a chemistry major whose faculty advisor is Dr. Laura McCunn, will exhibit a poster on The Thermal Decomposition of Butyraldehyde, which examines how the molecule butyraldehyde breaks down at high temperatures through a process called matrix-isolation Fourier Transform-Infrared (MI-FTIR).  Her research is one of 60 projects chosen from more than 700 applications. The Council on Undergraduate Research sponsors the April event, which ...
  • ‘Empty Bowls’ organizers express thanks

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    Dear Marshall community, Thank you for supporting the 10th annual Empty Bowls event last Friday. Together, we raised more than $15,000 for the Huntington Area Food Bank. If $1 allows them to provide about 10 meals, imagine how many people we were able to help. All of us at the College of Fine Arts, the food bank, and the many volunteers who help Empty Bowls happen, are grateful for your support. If you weren’t able to make it to the event, there are still bowls and t-shirts available for purchase – $12/bowl, $20/t-shirt – in Smith Hall 160. Each person who buys a bowl/t-shirt ...
  • Service Awards Brunch set for May 15


    This year’s Service Awards event to honor employees who have completed 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years of service to the university will be a brunch beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 15,  in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center. Staff members will be receiving additional information and reservation forms in the next few days.
  • Ice Cream Social set for Tuesday, April 30


    Members of the Marshall University community will be treated to ice cream on the Memorial Student Center plaza on the Huntington campus from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, courtesy of the Office of Student Affairs and the School of Music and Theatre. Marshall’s Wind Symphony will perform.

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