December 5, 2012


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  • Profile: Allan Stern

    His first try at college mostly fizzled but that was okay, because it landed him in Hawaii. He teaches safety, but he’s led a daredevil life … rocketing around on a Harley, skydiving, bungee jumping, scuba diving, traveling to remote corners of the world and flying not one, but two airplanes he’s built. His academic journey has been anything but orthodox. He earned three degrees then went to work as an auto mechanic. He never intended to be a teacher but he’s been on the Marshall faculty for the past 34 years. And oh yes, he’s a pretty good actor ...
  • Herd fans invited to reception before Marshall-West Virginia men’s game today

    Friends and fans of Marshall University are invited to gather in the South Hall of the Charleston Civic Center today (Wednesday, Dec. 5) for a free reception that will precede the annual Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic men’s basketball game between Marshall and West Virginia University. The Marshall University Alumni Association is hosting the reception, which is sponsored by Pepsi and runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The first 175 people to arrive will receive a free 175th anniversary Kelly green T-shirt. “Every Thundering Herd fan attending the game is encouraged to attend the reception,” said Nancy Pelphrey, coordinator of alumni programs. “We ...
  • Annual holiday party set for Dec. 13

    President and Mrs. Kopp will host Marshall’s annual holiday party for faculty, staff and their families from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Don Morris Room. The event includes activities for kids and a chance to visit with Santa. The invitation may be read online.
  • Chemistry faculty member secures grant to involve students in petroleum research

    Dr. Laura McCunn, a  Marshall faculty member in chemistry, has secured a three-year, $65,000 grant to do petroleum research with the assistance of undergraduate students. The funding, which was awarded by the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund through a competitive process, will begin in 2013. According to McCunn, she and seven undergraduate students will use the funds to study how several specific molecules decompose when they are heated in the absence of oxygen. McCunn says the results of their research will help shed light on biofuels and the mechanisms for combustion of conventional fossil fuels like petroleum. She and the students are ...
  • Visiting guitarist to perform Friday

    Erisvaldo Borges, a Brazilian guitar player and teacher, will be visiting Marshall  to perform for students, faculty and members of the community at  8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in the Smith Recital Hall. Dr. Júlio Alves, associate professor of guitar at Marshall, said he looks for someone who can make a positive contribution to the academic experience when looking for a visiting artist. “I focus on bringing guests who are not only talented performers, but who also like to share their artistry and are excited to work with our students,” Alves said. “Such is the case of Mr. Borges. He is both ...
  • Staff Council conducting holiday project

    There is still time to participate in the Classified Staff’s  Holiday Project, which gives aid to a local area of need. This year Staff Council has chosen to collect items for two local nursing homes in Cabell County, Madison Park and Wayne Nursing and Rehab. Suggested donations include toiletries (travel sizes are acceptable), personal care, clothing items, snacks and entertainment, and miscellaneous items. Items may be dropped off at any of the following locations through Monday, Dec. 10: Old Main Basement Mailroom – Leonard Lovely Memorial Student Center 2W6 – William “Tootie” Carter Department of Housing, Holderby Hall 104 – Miriah Young Physical Plant, Sorrell Maintenance ...
  • Fruth Pharmacy provides School of Pharmacy with scholarship support gift

    The School of Pharmacy has received a $10,000 gift for student scholarships from West Virginia-based Fruth Pharmacy. Dean Kevin Yingling, R.Ph, M.D., said the relationship with Fruth Pharmacy is fundamental to the growth of the school. “We are grateful for the unwavering support from the Fruth Pharmacy family,” Yingling said.  “Lynne Fruth and her team understand the importance of educating the pharmacists of tomorrow and they have become valued advisors to all of us at the Marshall School of Pharmacy.” Fruth said the company has a robust history of providing help to many students. “Fruth Pharmacy has long partnered with Marshall to provide scholarships ...
  • Charity badges for 2013 Greenbrier Classic available soon; portion of proceeds will go to Marshall scholarships

    Friends and fans of Marshall University and professional golf can make someone’s holiday truly “green” this year by giving them the gift of a 2013 Greenbrier Classic Charity Badge. Next year’s Greenbrier Classic, a PGA TOUR FedEx Cup event at the Greenbrier Resort is scheduled July 1-7.  Beginning Dec. 15, Marshall  will appear on the tournament’s ticket sales website,, under the Badges for Charity icon. Marshall will receive a percentage of the proceeds purchased through the Badges for Charity program. “The money that we receive from badges sold goes into our general scholarship fund,” said Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the ...
  • Dan Hollis is featured speaker at Commencement Dec. 16

    Dan Hollis, associate professor  of Journalism and Mass Communications and assistant dean of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, will be the keynote speaker at Marshall’s annual Winter Commencement Sunday, Dec. 16, at Cam Henderson Center on the Huntington campus. Commencement begins at 2 p.m. and is for students who graduated in July or August 2012, or are tentatively scheduled to graduate in December. Hollis was recently selected as the 2012 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching West Virginia Professor of the Year. “I think having a faculty member give the winter commencement address is a great tradition ...

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