March 26, 2014

 

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  • Marshall 20/20 planning team reviews progress, plans next steps

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    More than 50 faculty members, students, Board of Governors members, deans, administrators and classified staff gathered yesterday at the Heritage Farm Museum in Huntington to learn about the progress and celebrate successes of Marshall’s strategic planning process, which kicked off last October. Most importantly, participants in the MU 20/20 strategic planning also identified the challenges ahead and built a plan for the next steps. The Marshall 20/20 cooperative planning process is designed to help the university respond to market and economic challenges in the next 10 years. Work group updates included the communications team; the shared vision team; the academic portfolio review team; ...
  • Reminder: Retirement reception for Pat Gebhart is tomorrow, March 27


    The Office of Academic Affairs will host a retirement reception for Pat Gebhart, who has worked at Marshall for 40 years, Thursday, March 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Drinko Library atrium. ————- Click to view full invitation.    
  • Reminder: ‘The Truly Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ takes place March 27 on the Huntington campus

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    The women’s studies program will present a unique event for the Marshall and greater Huntington communities called “The Truly Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in the MU Foundation Hall. The event is based on a book by Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which spent more than three years on the New York Times bestseller list and is read at college campuses across the country, including Marshall. Lacks was an impoverished tobacco farmer who died of cervical cancer in 1951. A sample of her cells was retained without her knowledge or consent. Medical researchers ...
  • KIIS program for study abroad ready for this summer, accepting applications for 2015


    Several Marshall faculty members will be heading out all over the globe this summer—to Austria, Ecuador, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Tanzania, for example–to teach Marshall and Kentucky students through the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) program. Marshall has been participating in KIIS (pronounced “keys”) for only two years, but faculty response to the program has been enthusiastic, says Ryan Warner, Coordinator of Study Abroad and Global Engagement and Marshall’s KIIS campus representative. “It’s a phenomenal program but a lot of our faculty don’t really know about it,” he says. “The program is truly amazing. We’re excited about it.” Prior to joining ...
  • Reminder: Appalachian Studies Association Conference at Marshall expected to draw 700 to 1,000

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    An estimated 700 to 1,000 people from across the region and beyond are expected to attend the 37th annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference March 28-30 on the Huntington campus. The theme of the 2014 conference is “New Appalachia: Known Realities and Imagined Possibilities.” It will feature a keynote on contemporary Appalachian issues by Silas House and a series of three “New Appalachia” plenary sessions designed to explore stories from and about the region, said Dr. Linda Spatig, the conference chair and a professor of educational foundations in the College of Education and Professional Development. “The aim is to deepen our understanding of ...
  • Rain, rain go away (safely and efficiently with Marshall’s expertise and planning)

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    When it rains around here, it tends to pour. And when it pours, the streets around Huntington tend to back up and flood. This is a compounding problem for the Marshall community, its neighbors and the environment. But the water drainage problem has had at least one positive effect: It carved out a special position in Marshall’s Environmental Health and Safety Department for an expert to reduce the runoff and meet governmental regulations of a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Permit (MS4). The permit requires municipalities – or areas of high concentrations of people such as a college campus – to ...
  • Co-lead counsel from Kitzmiller case to conclude Amicus Curiae Lecture Series

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    The Amicus Curiae Lecture Series, sponsored by the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy, will conclude its 2013-14 series on Tuesday, April 1, when it welcomes Stephen G. Harvey to speak on the topic “Creationism on Trial:  Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District:  The 21st Century Monkey Trial.” Harvey served as co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in the Kitzmiller case, which was the first in the nation to test whether “intelligent design” can be introduced into the curriculum of public high school science classes. In a sweeping victory for the plaintiffs, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III, a Republican appointee ...
  • “Red Socks and Low Brass” to honor late Marshall professor

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    The Marshall University Trombone Ensemble and other area trombonists will be performing at “Red Socks and Low Brass: A Tribute to John Mead,” beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in Smith Recital Hall on the Huntington campus. The concert is in memory of 31-year Marshall low brass professor and trombonist Dr. John Mead, who died in February. Perhaps best recognized at performances for wearing red socks with his tuxedo, Mead was an accomplished trombonist, holding first chair in five symphonies and performing in numerous brass quintets and ensembles, sometimes accompanying star performers such as Glen Campbell, Bob Hope and Shirley Jones. ...
  • Application process begins for Summer Graduate Scholarship Tuition Waivers


    Applications are now being accepted for the Marshall University Graduate Scholarship Tuition Waiver program for the summer 2014 terms, according to Dr. David Pittenger, dean of the Graduate College. The program provides tuition assistance for a limited number of Marshall graduate students and Marshall full-time faculty and staff employees. Applicants must be currently admitted and enrolled in a graduate degree-granting or certificate program at Marshall University.  Up to three hours of waiver for graduate coursework will be awarded to qualified applicants. The waiver does not cover online courses. The awarding of waivers is competitive and is made on the basis of academic ...
  • Marshall School of Medicine researchers and students present their findings at national orthopaedics meeting


    Researchers with the Joan C. Edwards  School of Medicine presented their findings at the national  Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS)  meeting in New Orleans earlier this month.. Dr. Maria A. Serrat, assistant professor in the department of anatomy at the school of medicine and a clinical assistant professor in the department of orthopaedics, presented her team’s research model on the effects of temperature on the acceleration of bone growth in mice. “We developed a model to study how the application of heat on the body’s surface can stimulate bone elongation,” Serrat said.  “By validating this model, we are looking at future possible clinical ...
  • ‘The Anonymous People’ to be shown April 3 at Marshall University


    The Marshall community is invited to attend a free film screening of the groundbreaking documentary, “The Anonymous People,” at Marshall University. The film, which focuses on the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery and the emerging public recovery movement, will be shown in Room BE-5 of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 3. According to a news release from the filmmakers, the film questions why the United States has criminalized and too often given superficial treatment to a chronic illness – addiction. As a result, addiction now comes with an annual price ...
  • Psychology department to offer group sessions for parents, couples


    The psychology department is offering two support/therapy groups beginning this month. One of the groups, which is for parents of school-aged children who have been diagnosed with a specific learning disability or Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD),l began Wednesday, March 18. Sessions will be led by Higher Education for Learning Problems (H.E.L.P.) center staff members Elijah Wise, M.A., and Meg Stone, M.A., who will lead discussions on issues ranging from the basics of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), steps for pursuing and completing psycho-education testing, finding community resources and navigating the range of treatment options from behavior plans and medications. The ...
  • Countdown to Commencement attracts record 703 prospective graduates


    The Countdown to Commencement, an annual two-day event designed to assist those participating in commencement, attracted a record number of tentative graduates to this year’s event, which took place March 11-12 in the Memorial Student Center. Registrar Roberta Ferguson called this year’s Countdown to Commencement ceremony “our most successful event ever.” She said 395 tentative graduates attended the March 11 event, and 308 attended March 12, bringing the overall total to 703. Marshall has been conducting Countdown to Commencement since 2007. “Graduation is the culmination of the efforts and sacrifices of our students and their families,” Ferguson said. “I am so thankful ...
  • Indoor Triathlon raises funds for foster kids through NECCO


    The  Recreation Center’s Indoor Triathlon held last month to benefit NECCO, a program that serves foster children in the Tri-State area, raised $2,000 for NECCO and  $500 for Student Development at the  Rec Center. NECCO uses donations to provide children in the program with theme park tickets, gymnastic classes, sports equipment and other activities that grant normal childhood experiences. Student Development funds are used towards students interested in a future in the field of fitness and recreation. The race brought in 127 participants and consisted of each competitor swimming 300 yards, biking eight miles on a spinning bike and running two miles ...
  • Chamber Choir returns from tour to perform in Huntington March 30


    Fresh off a seven-concert tour, the Marshall University Chamber Choir returns home for a one-time performance beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3000 Washington Blvd, in Huntington. The free concert features the same compositions from the recent tour that spanned across West Virginia, Maryland, D.C. and Virginia in just five days. Under the direction of Dr. David Castleberry,  College of Arts and Media associate dean and director of choral activities, this select ensemble will perform works from the past five centuries, with music from 16th century compositions by Monteverdi, Gibbons and Hassler, to a newly ...
  • Eleventh annual Empty Bowls event to feature 1,500 bowls

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    The 11th annual Empty Bowls, a fundraiser that benefits the Huntington Area Food Bank, is set for Friday, April 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church at 1015 5th Ave., Huntington. Marshall University ceramics students have made almost 1,200 bowls for Empty Bowls 2014, according to Frederick Bartolovic,  ceramics faculty member. Additionally, area potters will provide an estimated 300 bowls. For $15, guests of the event will have the opportunity to receive a handmade ceramic bowl and a modest soup lunch meant to serve as a reminder of those in our area who go hungry. In addition, ...

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