March 27, 2013


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  • Thundering Herd makes its mark in China

    People in Kelly green jerseys catching American footballs and rushing frantically to score touchdowns are not common sights in Yangshou in the Guangxi Province of China. But on March 2 and 3, the Thundering Herd made a symbolic appearance with around 25 education counselors from across China and Hong Kong and 8 members of the INTO recruitment team at the official Chinese INTO Marshall University launch event. During the two-day event, participants had the opportunity to experience first-hand more about what the university and the small town of Huntington, West Virginia have to offer. From an American football night with an ...
  • Rev. Jennifer Crumpton to speak March 28 on Huntington campus

    In celebration of  Women’s History Month, the Women’s Center, Women’s Studies, PROWL, and the History department have teamed up to host guest speaker, author, and blogger Rev. Jennifer Crumpton as she takes on the topic of feminism and Christianity. She will speak on Thursday, March 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. in room BE-5 in the basement of the Memorial Student Center. Come prepared for a frank discussion, and come with questions.  For more information, contact Kim White at ext. 6-6115.
  • Riddel to discuss medical missions to Ecuador tonight

    Dr. Maria Carmen Riddel, Marshall alumna and retired professor and chair of the Department of Modern Languages, will speak about medical missions to Ecuador this evening, Wednesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the Shawkey Dining Room in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus. The event is free and open to the public. The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages, and will be followed by refreshments and an opportunity to talk with the speaker.  
  • Study focuses on potential lung cancer therapies

    Scientists from Marshall University, along with colleagues at Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, have completed a study that may eventually help lead to the development of new treatments for lung cancer. Their results were published in the Feb. 15 issue of Cancer Research, the most frequently cited cancer journal in the world. At Marshall, Dr. Piyali Dasgupta, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Toxicology in the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, worked on the study with her research team of Jamie Lau, Kathleen Brown and Brent Thornhill, and undergraduate students Cody Stover and Christopher McNees. Researchers in Dasgupta’s lab explore ...
  • Visiting piano trio to perform Thursday, March 28

    The Sarasvati Trio will give a performance on Marshall University’s Huntington campus at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in Smith Recital Hall, said Dr. Henning Vauth, assistant professor of piano at Marshall. The concert will include a performance of a trio by American composer Jennifer Higdon, written in 2003. “I met Dr. Christine Kefferstan, the pianist of the Sarasvati Trio, through the West Virginia Music Teachers Association, in which both of us are very active,” Vauth said. “I invited her and her trio, because here in West Virginia we have some exceptional musicians  and it’s wonderful to show off this fact.” In addition ...
  • Facilitators sought for this fall’s UNI 100

    Applications are still being accepted for UNI 100 course facilitators for Fall 2013, according to Sherri Stepp, director of University College. Facilitating a section of UNI 100 provides an opportunity to mentor a group of incoming freshmen, Stepp said.  “A mentoring relationship such as this can encourage greater student success and retention.  We hope that you will consider taking advantage of this opportunity.” Facilitators will be responsible for convening a class during the Week of Welcome (WOW) for four non-consecutive hours and during designated class meetings.  Class sections will also meet once per week for 50 minutes during the first eight weeks ...
  • Public Relations Campaign Club will host ‘Questions’ Trivia Night

    The Public Relations Campaign Club will be hosting its annual “Questions” Trivia Night on Friday, April 5, to benefit River Valley Child Development Services. The event will be held in the Grand Ball Room of the Big Sandy Superstore Arena  in Huntington.  The doors will open at 7 p.m. for the silent auction, and the trivia event will begin at 7:40 p.m. All proceeds from “Questions” will benefit River Valley’s T.I.P.S. (Tuition Investment Program Support) scholarship program. The T.I.P.S. scholarship program helps low-income families afford quality child care. “The first five years of a child’s life makes or breaks a child’s future,” Suzi ...
  • Popular fiction writer to read from his work, visit class at Marshall University

    Popular fiction writer Andrew (A.J.) Hartley will conduct a public reading of his work when he visits Marshall Thursday, April 4. Hartley’s appearance represents the finale of this year’s A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series. His reading will take place at 7 p.m. in Smith Hall 154, with a book signing immediately following. The event is free to the public. Hartley received his B.A. from Manchester University (UK), and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston University in 1996, where he established Willing Suspension Productions, a student theatre group specializing in non-Shakespearean Renaissance drama. He currently teaches in the theatre department at the University of ...
  • Annual J-School Golf Scramble fundraiser returns

    The  W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications will host its third annual “J-School Golf Scramble” fundraiser at the Twin Silos Golf Course in Lavalette on Friday, April 26. Janet Dooley, the school’s interim dean, said she is looking forward to another successful golf scramble. “It’s gratifying to see the students engaged in directing and organizing an event that will benefit their school and that puts their classroom skills to work in a real-world project,” Dooley said. Participants will have an opportunity to win several prizes, including West Virginia Golf Association VIP cards, tickets for the Greenbrier Classic, a round for ...
  • J-School faculty member publishes tale for dog lovers

    Rebecca Johnson, associate professor in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, has just published a book recounting the fictional  adventures—or misadventures—of her real-life rescued Basset Hound. Titled Gone: Cleo’s Misadventures, the book is based on an actual event which became a fanciful recounting of a three-week period when the real Cleo went missing but then, hungry and bedraggled, miraculously found her way home. The tale unfolds as the fictional Cleo, engrossed in chasing a deer trail, gets separated from the loving family that had rescued her from a harsh former life. Frightened and alone, she’s picked up by ...
  • Criminal Justice professors examine proposed ‘school shield’ policy

    Two faculty members in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology have just published an article in a national journal critiquing the National Rifle Association’s “National School Shield” proposal to place armed guards in every U.S. school. Professors Angela D. Crews and Gordon A. Crews, along with co-author Dr. Catherine E. Burton of The Citadel,  wrote “The Only Thing That Stops a Guy with a Bad Policy is a Guy with a Good Policy:  An examination of the NRA’s ‘National School Shield’ Proposal” for the March issue of the American Journal of Criminal Justice. “We believe this is timely, given all the ...
  • ‘Day of Training’ on South Charleston campus takes place March 28

    Thursday, March 28 has been  designated a day of training for the South Charleston campus as presented by Online Learning and Libraries and IT representatives.  Courses include: Blackboard IM Camtasia Relay Ensemble Video Improving Student Interaction with MUOnLine Introduction to Understanding Social Media Online registration and complete course information about these training programs is online at
  • Staff Council nominations due March 28

    Nominations are currently being taken for the 2013 Staff Council general election to choose Classified Staff Council members to serve for the 2013-2015 term in the positions of Staff Council chair, Institutional Board of Governors (IBOG) representative and Advisory Council for Classified Employees (ACCE) representative, as well as the 25 council members. The 25 council members are composed of 5 Classified Staff members from each of the 5 EEO groups: Administrative/Managerial, Technical/Paraprofessional, Clerical, Skilled Crafts/Service Maintenance, and Other Professionals. Nomination forms have been sent to all Classified Staff Members and are due back in the Staff Council office no later than ...
  • Film Society seeking adviser

    The Marshall University Film Society is currently seeking an adviser for the startup of their club. If interested, please contact Sarah Nott at

The next issue of We Are…Marshall will be distributed April 3, 2013. Please send any materials for consideration to Pat Dickson by noon, April 1.