August 14, 2013

 

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  • Marshall prepares to WOW new students starting Aug. 21


    The best way to make incoming freshmen  comfortable when fall classes begin  is to treat them to some fun, informative, relaxing activities during the annual Week of Welcome (WOW), MU officials believe. “It’s all about making the transition to university life smoother for first-year students,” said Dr. Gayle Ormiston, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “Week of Welcome is just that – a welcome to all freshmen. It is important that they feel comfortable with the university before classes begin. And it is equally important for first-year students to be introduced to the expectations faculty will have of them when they begin classes on Monday, August 26th.” From Wednesday, Aug. 21, through Saturday, ...
  • Artists Series announces 2013-14 season


    As the Marshall Artists Series prepares to celebrate its 77th season, theatergoers can expect to be taken on an eclectic musical journey that runs from centuries-old music to current Broadway hits—a real trailblazing season, promises Penny Watkins, Executive Director for the series. “We’ve got a wide variety of genres to explore. Don’t miss a minute of our exciting 77th season!” she says. All performances will take place at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center with the exception of an appearance by Roslyn Kind March 11, which will take place at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. The opening event, billed as a special ...
  • Herd fans make it clear they want ‘Old Marco’; winner resembles previous Marco, collects 76 percent of the vote


    Thundering Herd fans have made clear their choice on a new mascot costume: They want the new Marco to look a lot like, well, an old one. Up to Aug. 10, fans and friends of the university have been voting on Facebook social media to determine whether Marco will keep his current design or be given a new or updated look. His current costume, after five years of extensive wear, travel, cleaning and repair, is worn out and needs to be replaced. Marshall decided to let the fans determine which of three options they preferred. They overwhelmingly selected option No. 3, or ...
  • Reminder: Tickets still on sale for ‘Paint the Capital City Green’ Aug. 22


    Tickets are currently on sale for the 16th annual Paint the Capital City Green celebration coming to Charleston Embassy Suites Thursday, Aug. 22. Thundering Herd fans will hear from head football coach Doc Holliday, athletic director Mike Hamrick and President Stephen J. Kopp, as well as key members of this year’s team as they talk about the future of MU football. In addition, Miss West Virginia, Miranda Harrision, will be greeting fans. She is a Marshall journalism student. Fans will also enjoy a pep rally atmosphere that includes a tailgate spread, entertainment by  Marco, the cheerleading squad, dance team and members of ...
  • Hillary Brown named Employee of the Month


    Hillary Brown, Student Support Specialist in the Autism Training Center’s College Program for Students with Asperger’s Syndrome, has been named the Marshall University Employee of the Month for April, according to Michelle Brown-Douglas, chair of the Employee of the Month Committee. Employed at Marshall for almost two years, she was nominated by Jackie Clark, Rebecca Hansen, Kerrie Harris, and Bianca Hynes. Clark wrote in her nomination that  since her employment Brown has done an outstanding job in her role of Student Support Specialist.  “Hillary always goes the ‘extra mile’ and has an extreme work ethic.  She has built amazing relationships with students ...
  • Carol Smith elected president of state counselor organization


    Dr. Carol M. Smith, associate professor of counseling and a nationally certified Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC, NCC), has been elected president of the West Virginia Counseling Association (WVCA), a state chapter of the American Counseling Association (ACA).  Her term as president began in July 2013 and will continue to June 2015. “It is a privilege to serve the professional counselors of our state, and to have the trust of my colleagues in the field.”  Smith said.   “ Both the WVCA and ACA have offered amazing opportunities to grow and learn from leaders in the field of professional counseling.  I hope I ...
  • MIIR scientist awarded $293,000 NIH grant


    Dr. Jingwei Xie, a senior scientist at the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (MIIR), has been awarded a $293,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to lead a project to develop a technique that may improve surgical repair of rotator cuff injuries. The project will combine the expertise of two research groups at Marshall University. Xie, who is an expert in bone growth and development, and his team at MIIR will be working with Dr. Franklin D. Shuler, associate professor and vice chair of research in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. According to ...
  • Tracy Smith named Director of Environmental Health and Safety


    Tracy Smith, a health and safety specialist at Marshall for the past six years, has been named Director of Environmental Health and Safety,  according to Dr. Karen Kirtley, senior vice president for administration.  Smith assumed his position this summer. “Tracy has done an excellent job as a health and safety specialist,” Kirtley said. “He has extensive training in that field. We are very pleased that a person with Tracy’s talents was already on board at Marshall, which made the decision to move him into the director’s position an easy one.” Smith has worked on Marshall’s Huntington campus since 2007. He spent the ...
  • Marshall University School of Pharmacy announces creation of new academic scholarship honoring Charleston pharmacist


    Dr. Kevin W. Yingling, dean of the Marshall University School of Pharmacy, has  announced the creation of a new endowed scholarship fund, the Paula Campbell Butterfield Scholarship for the School of Pharmacy. The scholarship honors Butterfield, a pharmacist and longtime owner of Trivillian’s Pharmacy, an independently owned pharmacy in Charleston. Butterfield, who completed her pharmacy degree at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, has owned and operated Trivillian’s for more than 30 years. In announcing the scholarship, Yingling praised Butterfield for her years of mentoring young women and men in the field of pharmacy. “Ms. Butterfield’s generosity is obvious, not only in ...
  • Marshall to participate in initiative marking history of civil rights in U.S.


    Marshall  University has been selected to participate in Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities, according to Dr. Majed Khader, director of the Morrow Library. The initiative includes a series of four documentary films, including new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in the U.S., as well as programmatic and support materials developed by NEH in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The films include The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders, and The Loving Story and include dramatic scenes of events in the 150-year effort to achieve equal ...
  • Painter, Hapney recognized by West Virginia public relations group


    Ginny Painter, Communications Director for the Marshall University Research Corporation, and Dr. Terry Hapney, faculty member in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, were honored recently at the annual awards dinner of the Public Relations Society of America, West Virginia Chapter. Painter was recognized with a TriCrystal Award, an award presented to the nine members in the chapter’s 33-year history who have received both the groups’ highest honor, the Practitioner of the Year Award, and its Chapter Service Award, and who have served as chapter president. Hapney, the adviser to the Public Relations Student Society of America chapter ...
  • ‘Legendary’ music educator recognized by scholarship at Marshall University


    The Marshall University Foundation Inc. has announced a significant endowment to provide scholarships for music education students at Marshall University. The Janice Chandler Gold Scholarship was established through a gift from Dr. Stephen M. Wilks (’68) and Robin Chandler Wilks (’71), with additional contributions from friends and former students of Janice Chandler Gold. Gold is being recognized for her years of service to the musical life of the Huntington community, including her years of teaching music to students in Cabell County; training of teachers as mentors and student teaching supervisors; and as the director/conductor of numerous vocal ensembles and choral ...
  • Marshall community to honor Spindel


    An  open house honoring Dr. Donna Spindel, Professor of History and Dean of the Graduate College, will take place Thursday, Aug. 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Drinko Library Atrium.  Everyone is cordially invited to come by and congratulate her on her retirement and her 37 years of service to Marshall University.

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