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  • Marshall Foundation kicks off 30-day donor challenge

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    The Office of Development  kicked off “MU Challenge: 630 by 6/30”  June 1. It will continue through Thursday, June 30. “We want 630 donors to the annual fund by June 30 in order to have a strong closing for our fiscal year,” said Griffin Talbott, director of annual giving.  “It’s an ambitious goal, but Marshall has the most generous alumni, friends and family. Any gift, no matter what amount, will help us reach it.” In addition, Dr. Greg Crews and Dr. Dallas Nibert, who have a family dentistry practice in Huntington, have agreed to contribute $10,000 to the annual fund when the ...
  • Marshall University Professional Education Unit Receives Accreditation


    Marshall University’s Professional Education Unit has received continuing accreditation for both the initial teacher preparation and advanced preparation levels by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). “This is truly something to celebrate,” said Dr. Teresa Eagle, dean of the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development. “This accreditation decision means that we are achieving the goals we have set for ourselves. I thank Dr. Ron Childress, who chaired the accreditation team, and the rest of the professional education faculty and staff for their untiring efforts on behalf of students and teachers.” Dr. Robert Bookwalter, dean of the College of ...
  • Fundraisers to benefit son of faculty member June 8 in Huntington


    Two fundraisers have been set for June 8 for six-year-old  Avery Patterson, who became ill with Guillain-Barre Syndrome for a second time last fall.  His parents, Brent Patterson and Stacy Bisker, are known in the Huntington community for their volunteerism and for raising awareness for bicycling. Brent Patterson is a graphic design and new media professor at Marshall. Guillain-Barré Syndrome is a rare  condition  and having it twice is nearly unheard of.  These events will assist  the family to offset expensive medical bills and costs incurred during the boy’s time receiving treatment in Columbus, Ohio. The fundraisers will begin with a $5 ...
  • Marshall engineering seniors achieve perfect passing rate in Fundamentals of Engineering exam


    Seniors in Marshall University’s Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree program, a total of 23, have all passed the Fundamentals of Engineering examination (FE) administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying in April. “This is an impressive result,” said Dr. Wael Zatar, dean of the College of Information Technology and Engineering. “I am proud to say that I personally have not heard of another school of Marshall’s size and situation reporting such an achievement. Congratulations to the B.S.E. Class of 2013 on their success.” “Passing the FE is a huge accomplishment for anyone; it takes a ton of ...
  • Events for alumni, faculty/staff and friends return this summer

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    Two popular alumni events are coming up this summer, the  annual  Maryland Crabfest and cookout set for later this month and the  Paint the Capital City Green gala, which is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 22 in Charleston. The Crabfest will take place at Bill and Phyllis Eaton’s farm at 300 Walnut Grove Farm Lane in Centreville, Md., Saturday, June 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $25 per person, with children and current MU students with a Marshall ID admitted free.  Reservations must be made by June 18. This is the eighth year that Phyllis, a 1963 graduate, and ...
  • In Memoriam: John Huxley

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    John Huxley, director of distance education in the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development at Marshall, died May 29 in Charleston. A lifelong educator, he was a graduate of Glenville State with a B.A. degree and  earned two master’s degrees, from West Virginia Graduate College and Marshall University Graduate College.  During his career he taught in Kanawha and Boone counties and at Charleston Catholic High School.  Prior to coming to work at Marshall University Graduate College, he was employed by the West Virginia Department of Education in the Office of Special Education. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and ...
  • Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine physician authors book on medical poetry

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    Dr. Aaron M. McGuffin, senior associate dean for medical education in the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, has published a new poetry book titled Common Illness that showcases creative writings from his experiences as a physician. McGuffin, who is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics, credits his mother, an English teacher, for stoking his passion for creative writing. “My mom inspired me to write and express my feelings in a way that isn’t always synonymous with the medical profession,” McGuffin said.   “Writing provides a release for me and in some ways has helped me become a better doctor by improving ...
  • BB&T continues support for capitalism center at Marshall

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    Marshall University has received the sixth installment in a series of gifts from BB&T supporting the BB&T Center for the Advancement of American Capitalism at the College of Business. David L. Helmer, Senior Vice President and Regional Corporate Banking Manager for BB&T, presented the latest check for $100,000 to  President Dr. Stephen J. Kopp and Dr. Ronald Area, CEO of the University Foundation. “We are grateful to BB&T for their ongoing support,” Kopp said. The Center for the Advancement of American Capitalism sponsors a lecture series and upper-division course in capitalism for business students, among other activities. Photo: David L. Helmer, Senior Vice President ...
  • School of Medicine expands clinical research operations with appointment of new personnel

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    Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine officials have announced  the appointment of Dr. Todd H. Davies as the new director of research development and translation for the Marshall Clinical Research Center.  He also has a faculty appointment as research clinical associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. Davies, who previously served as the chief executive officer for ADS Biotechnologies in Toledo, Ohio, is  responsible for developing and maintaining a plan for long-term, sustained research growth, including building a framework for accelerating the clinical trial process; developing administrative policies and procedures; working with the university’s Technology Transfer Office to develop patenting ...
  • Marshall hosting students from eight institutions for biomedical research internships

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    Twelve undergraduate students from eight institutions are spending their summer doing biomedical research in Marshall University’s laboratories. The students are participating in nine-week programs sponsored by the West Virginia IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE) and the university’s Summer Research Internship for Minority Students (SRIMS) program. Dr. Elsa I. Mangiarua, of the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Toxicology at the  Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, directs the WV-INBRE summer program. She said both programs give participants the opportunity to do meaningful research and much more. “Over the summer, these students will gain valuable, hands-on experience doing graduate-level research in the ...
  • ‘New roadmap of world history’ provided in book written by Marshall associate professor Dr. Christopher M. White


    Dr. Christopher M. White, associate professor of Latin American history and director of graduate studies in the history department, has written a book that provides the reader with a new roadmap of world history, according to one reviewer. A Global History of the Developing World is a 288-page book that will be released in both paperback and hardback Sept. 18 by Routledge. The book has 12 chapters and is organized into four thematic units, each containing one chapter on Asia, Latin America and Africa. According to the book description on the Routledge website, these units cover different commonly-experienced phenomena among the peoples ...
  • Japanese photo exhibition featured at Gallery 842

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    A Japanese World Heritage Photo Exhibition, featuring the work of renowned Japanese photographer Kazuyoshi Miyoshi, will be on display through June 15 at Gallery 842 at 842 Fourth Ave. Funded by the Japan Foundation, the exhibition was organized by the Japanese program in the Department of Modern Languages in the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Art and Design in the College of Fine Arts and the Japan outreach coordinator. Miyoshi has focused in recent years on taking photographs of various scenic locations in Japan, including his hometown of Yoshinogawa, as well as Mt. Fuji and Yakushima Island. His work ...
  • Marshall School of Medicine announces new academic scholarships


    Five new academic awards that will assist medical students with educational costs have been announced at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. The five gifts listed are all courtesy of clinical departments in the School of Medicine: The Marshall Family Medicine Scholarship is an endowed scholarship created by the Department of Family Medicine, under the leadership of chair Dr. John B. Walden.  The scholarship will assist a future physician who exhibits financial need and aspires to a career in family medicine.  The recipient of the award will be a fourth-year medical student. The Mahmood Heydarian, M.D. Scholarship is an endowed fund that ...
  • Jazz-MU-Tazz music camp starts June 10; closing performance is June 15


    The School of Music and Theatre will host its 15th Jazz-MU-Tazz festival, a jazz camp for high school students, June 10 to 15 on the Huntington campus. The camp will culminate with a concert performance at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Pullman Square. Students who attend Jazz-MU-Tazz participate in rehearsals, discussion forums and jam sessions. Throughout the week, they perform in big bands and combos while learning about jazz improvisation, history and theory. This year, Jazz-MU-Tazz participants will work with, in addition to Marshall music faculty, guest artist Dr. Sim Flora, a jazz trombone player and professor emeritus of music theory ...
  • Faculty and students awarded 13 grants from NASA consortium

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    Marshall  faculty members and students have been awarded 13 grants totaling $107,000 for aerospace-related research and educational programs. The grants from the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium support projects of scientific interest to NASA. The projects funded at Marshall range from a study to explore how obesity affects bone health to a grassroots outreach program showcasing 3-D printing technology. The awards fall into five categories. Faculty members and students who received grants and the titles of their projects and the amount of each award are: Research Seed Grants to support faculty efforts to start research activities, conduct pilot experiments or demonstrate new ...
  • Reminder: 6th Avenue parking facility open weekdays this summer


    The 6th Avenue parking facility is now  open through Aug. 16, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The north gate entrance off John Marshall Drive will be open for summer parking.  Only payment by cash is accepted.  No credit cards or debit cards are accepted.
  • Marshall Recreation Center PEIA Weight Management clients to learn about healthy eating at dinner in June


    The Marshall Recreation Center and Huntington’s Kitchen are hosting a dinner for PEIA Weight Management Program participants from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at Huntington’s Kitchen, which is located at 911 Third Ave. The focus is on portion control and healthy cooking options. Dietician Daniel Jarvis and Mo Khan, an exercise physiologist from the Rec Center, are organizing the event. There currently are 48 active participants in the Rec’s PEIA weight management group. The dinner allows clients to receive a cooking lesson as well as meet others in the same program to share tips and discuss challenges they face when ...

The next issue of We Are…Marshall will be distributed June 19, 2013. Please send any materials for consideration to Pat Dickson by noon, June 17.