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  • Marshall receives $2.5 million BrickStreet Foundation gift for research

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    Marshall University has received a $2.5 million gift from the BrickStreet Insurance Foundation Inc. to establish a research endowment. The donatio is expected to be matched through the state’s “Bucks for Brains” West Virginia Research Trust Fund, for a total benefit to Marshall of $5 million. Proceeds from the endowment will be used to support research at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, particularly projects related to occupational and environmental health. Greg Burton, president and chief executive officer of BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Company, presented the donation to university representatives Jan. 3 at the company’s headquarters in Charleston. “Through the leadership and vision of ...
  • Amber Bentley named Employee of the Month

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    Amber Bentley, academic adviser in University College, has been named the Marshall University Employee of the Month for September, according to Michelle Brown-Douglas, chair of the Employee of the Month Committee. Employed at Marshall for more than 12 years, Bentley was nominated by Chris Adkins, who wrote in his nomination: “Amber is wonderful when working with her advisees.  She always goes well above and beyond the call of duty to ensure students get the service they need.  She also single-handedly organized the adviser chats, which are having a huge  positive impact on advisers across campus.” Bentley  received a plaque and a check ...
  • New lecture series to examine the history and culture of West Virginia


    Four regional scholars will present talks on the forces that shaped the commerce and identity of West Virginia in a lecture series at Marshall University sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts. “The History and Culture of West Virginia: A Lecture Series” features one event per month from January through April. Each lecture takes place at 7 p.m. in the Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center. “Farming, railroads, river boat commerce and the Civil War have each defined this great state,” said Dr. David J. Pittenger, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “The speakers in this series ...
  • Martin Luther King Day activities to take place Feb. 6


    Because of the inauguration of President Barack Obama on Monday, Jan. 21, in Washington, D.C., the Marshall University activities in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day have been postponed until Wednesday, Feb. 6. Details of upcoming Marshall events honoring King will be featured in future newsletters.
  • Alpha Natural Resources presents Marshall Foundation with gift of $20,000 to support engineering majors in CITE

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    Alpha Natural Resources, the fourth largest coal company in the United States based on produced coal revenue, has  presented the Marshall University Foundation with a gift of $20,000 to support engineering majors in the College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE). The expendable fund originally was established in 2009 as the Massey Energy Scholarship for Engineering with a five-year pledge of $100,000. Today’s gift represents Alpha Natural Resources’ continuing commitment toward the pledge. Alpha Natural Resources acquired Massey Energy Company in 2011. “We are very, very grateful to Alpha Natural Resources for continuing to support this scholarship,” said Dr. Ron Area, CEO of ...
  • Harless Center receives gift from DIRECTV


    The June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development has received a $10,000 donation from DIRECTV to fund local, innovative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math) programs for students PreK-12. A STEAM-themed jamboree was held last November for DIRECTV families as a result of the collaborative effort between the June Harless Center and DIRECTV. The purpose of the event was to engage all children and their families with creative hands-on, interactive technology focused on science, engineering and mathematics. The funding will be used to continue STEAM initiatives in the Tri-state area, promoting creativity and innovative skills for students. Future ...
  • Marshall visiting professor ‘consultant editor’ for Oxford handbook


    Dr. Robert Ellison, a visiting assistant professor of English, recently served as a “consultant editor” on The Oxford Handbook of the British Sermon, 1689-1901. As the book jacket states, “The period 1689-1901 was ‘the golden age’ of the sermon in Britain. It was the best-selling printed work and dominated the print trade until the mid-nineteenth century. Sermons were highly influential in religious and spiritual matters, but they also played important roles in elections and politics, science and ideas and campaigns for reform. Sermons touched the lives of ordinary people and formed a dominant part of their lives.” The goal of the Handbook ...
  • School of Pharmacy receives diversity grant from Walgreens

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    The Marshall University School of Pharmacy has received a $10,000 diversity grant from Walgreens as part of the national pharmacy chain’s Diversity Donation program. Half of the funding will be distributed as scholarships to students of underrepresented minority groups and to a student who embraces diversity and promotes inclusion initiatives on campus.   In addition, the grant will be used to facilitate “pipeline” programs aimed at increasing the enrollment of diverse groups at the school of pharmacy. “Walgreens has shown its dedication to ensuring the next generation of pharmacists understands the importance of being educated in a truly diverse environment,” said Dr. Kevin Yingling, ...
  • Choral Union to start rehearsals for spring semester


    Members of Marshall’s Choral Union, an ensemble dedicated to outstanding performance of choral masterworks, are once again inviting members of the Tri-State area to join them for the spring season. Rehearsals begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15. The year 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten’s birth and the 70th birthday of Morten Lauridsen, who is still very active composing and teaching in the United States. The pieces to be performed in the spring semester include Britten’s Festival Te Deum, Lauridsen’s “Sure on this Shining Night,” and Edward Elgar’s Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands. Directing the chorus this ...

The next issue of We Are…Marshall will be distributed Jan. 16, 2013. Please send any materials for consideration to Pat Dickson by noon, Jan. 14.