June 4, 2014

 

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  • Group Updates: Budget Work Group, Rapid Response Teams

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    The Budget Work Group will continue to work online through SharePoint while taking a break from in-person meetings. The in-person meetings are expected to resume the week of July 14. If you have ideas or suggestions, please feel free to contact the leader of the appropriate team: The seven Rapid Response Teams launched as part of the university’s Marshall 20/20 strategic planning process have begun meeting weekly. The teams’ goal is to find a total of $7-10 million in cost savings/revenue enhancements—with a focus on addressing some of the structural issues that prevent the university from delivering top-notch services to students, faculty and ...
  • Presidents Kopp, Gee discuss shared future of higher education in West Virginia

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      President Stephen J. Kopp met with West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee yesterday. Kopp gave Gee a tour of the Huntington campus and the two discussed West Virginia’s higher education issues. After their meeting, the presidents met with the media in the lobby of the Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center. Both of them indicated the need for cooperation among not just Marshall and West Virginia University, but all of the higher education institutions in the state. “Competition between institutions has done more harm to public higher education across the nation than anything else I can think of,” Kopp said. ...
  • Ambrose Health Policy Forum to take place June 18


    The  Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, in partnership with the Robert C. Byrd Center for Rural Health, the Department of Family and Community Health, the Paul Ambrose Health Fellows and the West Virginia Higher Education Commission, invite the university community to attend the Third Annual Paul W. Ambrose Health Policy Forum at 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 18. The event will be held in the Harless Auditorium at the Marshall University Medical Center. This year’s guest speaker is Christopher Koller, president of the Milbank Memorial Fund, an endowed operating foundation that works to improve the health of populations around the world. Koller ...
  • State finance system changes to affect Marshall in addition to payroll changes


    The State of West Virginia is in the process of implementing a new system (wvOASIS) for finance, procurement, payroll and other administrative functions.  As a state agency, Marshall University must use the state’s systems for processing paychecks, vendor checks and cash receipts, since they provide appropriations and hold our cash balances in the state treasury. “Although we utilize Banner for much of our activity, behind the scenes we are interfacing with state systems and some employees interact with those systems directly,” said Mary Ellen Heuton, senior vice president for finance and chief financial officer. “As a result of the implementation, we ...
  • Hovland, dietetics student win recognition at state conference

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    The Department of Dietetics, which is housed in the College of Health Professions, had two of its own honored recently at the West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (WVAND) state conference. Jana Hovland, an assistant professor, received the 2014 Outstanding Young Dietitian Award and Tonya Davis, a recent graduate of the program, was chosen for the 2014 Outstanding Dietetic Student Award. Both individuals were selected based on their commitment to the profession and their passion for creating opportunities to improve the health of those in West Virginia, according to department chair, Dr. Kelli Williams. “Since moving to our state several years ago, ...
  • Faculty Achievement: Dr. Venkat Gudivada


    Dr. Venkat Gudivada, interim chair and professor in the Weisberg Division of Computer Science, has been selected as a guest editor on a special edition of Computer magazine, considered the flagship publication of the IEEE Computer Society. The issue will focus on  “Big Data: Management and Applications.” According to the magazine, “With the synergistic confluence of multicore and multiprocessor computers, pervasive sensing and wireless sensor networks, cloud and mobile computing, along with groundbreaking advances in storage devices, we are generating unprecedented levels of data. It is estimated that 90 percent of the world’s data has been generated in the past two years. Data too big and ...
  • Trumpet ensemble appears at international conference

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    The Marshall University Trumpet Ensemble performed at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Philadelphia last month, winning praise from composer Eric Ewazen for performing one of his compositions. “Thank you to the Marshall University Trumpet Ensemble!  They really brought the energy to the piece that I intended when I wrote that work back in 1992,” Ewazen, a prolific composer for several instruments, but especially for brass, told the audience. Further testament to the students’ work was given by the other featured artist, Chris Gekker, according to Dr Martin Saunders, director of jazz studies and professor of trumpet in the School of Music and ...
  • MU program for kids K-12 extends registration deadline


    The enrollment deadline for Marshall University’s summer enrichment program in the Charleston area for students in grades K-12 has been extended to Monday, June 9. The five-week program, which integrates hands-on, activity-based learning experiences with supervised clinical training for Marshall graduate students, will take place each Monday through Thursday from June 16-July 17 at Stonewall Jackson Middle School. Sessions will run from 8 to 11:30 a.m., with breakfast and lunch provided for those under 18 years of age. Students from the university’s special education, school counseling and school psychology departments will work with participants, offering learning experiences in reading, writing and math. ...
  • Service awards luncheon to honor classified, nonclassified employees


    The  30th annual Service Awards Luncheon will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 26, in the Don Morris Room in the Memorial Student Center.  In addition to the service awards, the Employee of the Year will be named during the luncheon. The following is the list of university staff members who will receive awards: For 10 Years of Service:  Jason Adkins, Phillip Alexander, Cathrine Alford, Richard Bledsoe, Arthur Brown, Cynthia Canterberry, Mary Chapman, Cynthia Cole, Richard Combs,  Laura Drake, Sonia Ford, Stacy Good, Andrew Gooding, Melanie Griffis, Greta Hill, Joshua Hoover, Kevin Hughes, Teah Miller, Betty Morrell, Brian Patton, ...
  • Election results announced for Staff Council


    The results of the  election that ran May 16-19  to fill several vacancies on the Classified Staff Council are as follows: EEO 40 – Elizabeth Coffey, Autism Training Center EEO 40 – Gail Rice, School of Pharmacy EEO 50 – Lisa Poteete, Autism Training Center EEO 60/70 – Dwayne McCallister, Housing EEO 60/70 – Tony Waugh, Plant Operations These new Classified Staff Council members will serve until June 30, 2015. “Thanks to all who participated in this election,” said Joe Wortham, election committee chair for the council.    
  • Marshall Psychology Clinic to offer transgender group beginning June 10


    The Marshall University Psychology Clinic will be conducting a group focusing on transgender-related issues this summer from June 10 until July 3. The group sessions will be conducted by Kellee Boster, M.A., and Corey Wilks, B.A. “It is important to provide and assist in giving needed support and resources to individuals who may be experiencing any type of problems related to being transgender,” Boster said. “There are limited resources or support networks available in this area for the transgender community. We’ve received several requests for a transgender group in the Psychology Clinic, and we want to make the group available to ...

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