August 20, 2014


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  • Marshall freshmen to be greeted with numerous Week of Welcome activities

    Dr. Gayle Ormiston, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, says that just as in past years, Marshall officials have planned a large number of fun and informative activities for  incoming freshmen as part of the annual Week of Welcome (WOW), which runs from today through Sunday, Aug. 24, on the Huntington campus. “Week of Welcome is exactly that – a week dedicated to all freshmen, a week welcoming them to Marshall University,” Ormiston said. “It is important that the freshmen feel comfortable with the university before classes start on Aug. 25. We really want to make the transition into college ...
  • Marshall to premiere new TV spot this week; faculty and staff can get a look today

    Marshall’s Office of University Communications will unveil its new TV spot later this week, but faculty and staff can get a look today by following this non-public link. “The spot takes the ‘Best. Decision. Ever’ theme in a slightly different direction,” said Tiffany Bajus, communications specialist in University Communications, who worked with advertising agency Bulldog Creative Services in producing the spots. “We show a student, portrayed by Student Body President Duncan Waugaman, making the decision to attend Marshall with his parents, and then show a number of students who have already made the decision to come to Marshall.” The spot will be seen during televised ...
  • Marshall to host Thundering Herd community kick-off event

    Marshall University and Kindred Communications will host a community event to kick off the school year and fall sports Friday, Aug. 22, at Pullman Square in downtown Huntington. The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. with a fashion show, music, activities and Thundering Herd athletes. The first hour will include music from the popular local radio station Hits 97.9 and a Green Fridays Fashion Show featuring some of Marshall’s licensed gear. The show will give fans the opportunity to view some of the new fall apparel available at various local retail locations. “Marshall University employees, students and fans everywhere are ...
  • Marshall and Mountwest team up to offer collaborative programs

    The  College of Health Professions and Mountwest Community & Technical College have joined together to provide collaborative programs that will allow students to earn an Associate of Science degree at Mountwest and then transfer to Marshall for a bachelor’s degree. Dr. Carol Perry, dean of the Liberal Arts & Transfer Division at Mountwest, said for many students, higher education is an intimidating undertaking. Perry said collaborative programs such as these help ease the transition of transfer students by providing a clear pathway to earning a bachelor’s degree. “By starting at a community and technical college, students can enjoy smaller class sizes, adjust ...
  • School of Medicine names Amy Smith new assistant dean of student affairs

    Amy M. Smith, BSN, M.Ed., has been appointed assistant dean of student affairs at the  Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, according to Dean Joseph I. Shapiro, M.D.  She  began her new role Aug. 1. “I’m very excited about Ms. Amy Smith for this position,” Shapiro said.  “She has a terrific connection with our students; in fact, during the search process students spontaneously came together to endorse her candidacy. She is also a dedicated and caring teacher who understands the unique mission of our medical school. I couldn’t be more pleased that she has taken on this expanded role with the ...
  • Marshall University Choral Union rehearsals begin Sept. 8

    For anyone interested in being a part of a unique choral ensemble that combines talented students with enthusiastic, choral music-loving members of the greater Huntington community, Marshall University Choral Union Conductor Robert Wray knows the place for you. Open to any interested community members, the Choral Union will hold its first rehearsal of Handel’s “Messiah” at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, in room 150 of Smith Music Hall. Following about a dozen Monday rehearsals, the group will perform with Marshall University’s orchestra at 7:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, and Sunday, Dec. 7, respectively, at the Fifth Avenue Baptist ...
  • Kids in Motion underway in Huntington

    Kids in Motion, a program that provides a fun and innovative exercise and nutrition program to improve the health of Tri-State area children, is being offered by the Huntington YMCA through a collaboration of Cabell Huntington Hospital, Cabell County Schools, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and St. Mary’s Medical Center. This program combines having fun and playing games with important nutritional education through several activities, including grocery store tours and classes at Huntington’s Kitchen. Although the program began yesterday, late registration may still be possible. More information is available at

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