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  • Annual Winter Jazz Festival begins Thursday

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    Marshall’s School of Music and Theatre will present its 45th Annual Winter Jazz Festival, beginning Thursday, Jan. 30 and continuing through Saturday, Feb. 1. Twelve regional middle school and high school bands will be present for adjudication on Friday and Saturday, said Dr. Martin Saunders, professor of music and director of jazz studies. Special guest artists include Butch Miles, world-renowned percussionist and former drummer with the Count Basie Band, who was inducted into the West Virginia Musicians Hall of Fame in 2013.  Miles will be performing with the Marshall University Jazz Ensemble I on Friday night, along with several other guest performers. In ...
  • Scott Miller joins Marshall development office as vice president

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    Scott Miller, most recently a United Bank executive, has joined the Office of Development where he is serving as vice president. “Scott brings with him a wealth of sales experience and a myriad of career accomplishments,” said Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the Marshall University Foundation Inc.  “He has served in many capacities as a banking executive and received many wonderful accolades. He is a welcomed addition to our team.” Miller has served the past five years at United Bank, where he was market president for Cabell County. Prior to that, Miller was responsible for founding and managing Citizens First Bank in ...
  • 2014 Birke Fine Arts Festival to open Thursday with exhibition, artist talk

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    The College of Arts and Media will kick off its Birke Fine Arts Festival this Thursday, Jan. 30, with the opening of an exhibition of collaborative student art projects created with the guidance of guest artist Harrell Fletcher and Marshall faculty members Natalie Larsen and Daniel Kaufmann. For more than 15 years, Fletcher has been at the forefront of an art field called social practice, a medium engaging audiences directly through the creation of intangible, collaborative experiences. The exhibition, titled “27 Marshall University Students Research and Represent Aspects of the City of Huntington, West Virginia,” will open at 6 p.m. in the ...
  • Marshall Day at the Capitol set for Feb. 12

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    Marshall University Day at the Capitol will take place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the upper rotunda of the State Capitol in Charleston. More than 30 colleges, schools and departments of the university will take part in the event, which will include tables set up for distributing information, food and giveaways. “Our theme this year is ‘I Love Marshall,’ due to the close proximity to Valentine’s Day” said Nancy Pelphrey, assistant director of alumni affairs. “And, as always, we will emphasize that every Marshall degree earned is an investment in the future of West Virginia.” Pelphrey said ...
  • Pauley’s interview in the Charleston Gazette highlights Marshall reptile and amphibian collection


    Marshall University’s extensive reptile and amphibian collection is fast becoming a “go-to” resource for graduate students and researchers not only at Marshall, but from other institutions as well. Located in the Science Building, the collection has hundreds of containers that house the preserved remains of salamanders, lizards, turtles and snakes that have been collected throughout West Virginia. Overseeing the collection as curator is Dr. Tom Pauley, a renowned herpetologist and retired Marshall professor of biological sciences.  Since his retirement last May, Pauley has continued his work to turn the 107-year-old collection into a noted research center. “Having a collection allows researchers to dissect ...
  • Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra to appear in Huntington Jan. 30


    The Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra will perform at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30. Featuring conductor Philippe Entremont and guest pianist and Grammy nominee Sebastian Knauer, the evening’s program will include works by Mozart, Beethoven, Lehar and Strauss, among others. The Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra has gained international fame in part thanks to its conductor, Philippe Entremont.  This renowned orchestral conductor has a dedication to developing an orchestra’s artistic potential and has helped ensembles achieve international tours throughout Europe and Asia. In 1997, he created the biennial Santo Domingo Music Festival in the Dominican Republic. Awards and accolades are ...
  • Marshall facilities staff battles weather, water conditions


    When numerous almanacs and other folk weather prognosticators—even the wooly worms—predicted a wicked winter for our region, it turns out they weren’t just fooling around. And no one knows that better than the maintenance crews at Marshall’s campuses and centers. Winters, even relatively mild ones, are always a challenging time for the crews that are responsible for maintaining the facilities, according to Mark Cutlip, director of physical plant on the Huntington campus. This year, however, with the year barely under way, there were problems not seen in decades—and a water problem never seen before—as crews scrambled to keep the university ...
  • MU Women Connect sponsoring blanket drive

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    MU Women Connect is collecting blankets of all sizes for the Huntington City Mission through Friday, Feb. 14. Contributions may be dropped of in the Women’s Center, located in room 143 in Prichard Hall on the Huntington campus. Fleece tie blankets and t-shirt quilts are welcome, according to Dr. Laura Michele Diener, assistant professor of history. Participants are asked to either make a blanket or quilt or donate a new item to the drive. A prize of $100, in the form of cash or donation to a local charity of the winner’s choice, will be awarded for the most creative entry. The ...
  • Marshall Internal Medicine opens specialized hypertension clinic


    Marshall Internal Medicine has opened a new clinic aimed at treating patients with resistant and difficult-to-treat hypertension, commonly referred to as high blood pressure. The clinic is located at the Marshall Kidney Care and Hypertension Center at the J. Robert Pritchard Dialysis Center on 1690 Medical Center Dr. in Huntington.   The physicians also provide inpatient and consultative services at Cabell Huntington Hospital and, beginning next month, at St. Mary’s Medical Center. Dr. Joseph I. Shapiro, dean of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and a nephrologist (kidney specialist), has teamed up with division of nephrology colleagues Drs. Hala M. Alshayeb, Wafa ...
  • Marshall Choral Union rehearsals under way


    Marshall’s Choral Union began rehearsals this week in Smith Hall for its spring performance. Robert Wray, associate professor of music  and director of the group, said this concert will highlight 20th-century American composers including Randall Thompson, Norman Dello Joio and Leonard Bernstein. Choral Union is open to all interested residents of the Tri-state area.  Rehearsals are Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. Music will be available for purchase at rehearsal. Music reading skills are a plus, but not necessary, and any singing level is accepted, Wray said. For further information, contact Wray by phone at ext.6-2399 or by e-mail at wrayr@marshall.edu.
  • Students to showcase their work Thursday at Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol


    Fifteen Marshall students will be among approximately 80 student researchers from across West Virginia who will present their discoveries at the 11th Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Charleston Thursday, Jan. 30. The event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to noon in the rotunda of the State Capitol, is intended to showcase the importance of student research by giving policymakers and capitol visitors the opportunity to talk directly with the students who conducted the research projects, which range from modeling influenza pandemics to developing a weather reporting app to predicting population growth. The students’ projects are original research and ...
  • Four receive “Living the Legacy” awards


    Four individuals were honored for their contributions at the “Living the Legacy” awards luncheon Jan. 23. The event, which was in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, took place in the Memorial  Student Center. Phillip Carter, professor of social work, and Dr. Kat Williams, associate professor of history, received Living the Legacy Awards for Outstanding Faculty Services.  Margaret Mary Layne was honored for Outstanding Community Services and Alicia Torres was named Outstanding Student.
  • Human Resources office announces professional development opportunities


    Educational opportunities are being offered by Human Resource Services and other MU departments. The current schedule includes WordPress Essential Training, Microsoft Office 2013 – New Features via Lynda.com and Word Basic Training. In addition to new courses, regular and recurring programming includes MU Supervisor Training, beginning April 16, a three-part series designed to provide basic supervisory tools for both new supervisors and seasoned veterans. Emphasis is placed on performing the supervisory role successfully in the context of policies and statutes that impact the employment process at Marshall University. Personal and Professional Development courses include Introduction to Classification and Compensation, Purchase Card Processes, Travel ...

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