Congratulations to Dr. Habiba-Chirchir
27th Distinguished Drinko Fellow

April 23, 2022












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Art exhibition by Sandra Reed


Faculty Book Celebration


Earth Day 2022: Invest in the Planet


Animal Actions, Human Reactions


Faces of Appalachia


A “Singing Lecture”



International Women’s Day


The Wars Within, The Wars Without





U.S. Constitution Kick Off Program


Marshall University Annual U.S. Constitution Programs
































Fall 2021 Take the Pledge Campaign

Because our democracy depends upon civic literacy, the Drinko Academy has partnered with the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy to launch a new Take the Pledge Campaign.  We are distributing U.S. Constitutions and pledge cards to our campus community.

The pledge cards ask signatories to commit to: reading the Constitution of the United States of America; being conversant with its contents; discussing it with classmates, friends, and family; and exercising the rights and  responsibilities incumbent of citizenship. To date 393 students, faculty, and staff have signed the pledge. Please join us in doing so.

To request a U.S. Constitution, contact us at drinkoacademy@marshall.edu
To Take the Pledge electronically, here
To learn more about the U.S. Constitution, visit: https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution













Jean Edward Smith Memorial Symposium












Marshall University presents: Jean Edward Smith Memorial Symposium

An event honoring the work of acclaimed author Jean Edward Smith with syndicated columnist George F. Will and three other national guests.

The featured speakers for this event are nationally syndicated columnist, political commentator, and author George F. Will; Simon & Schuster vice president and executive editor Robert Bender; retired William and Mary historian, documentary editor and author Charles F. Hobson; and Princeton University professor of politics and author Jan-Werner Müller.

To view the recorded event click here.

To view the photo gallery click here.

Distinguished Drinko Fellows News








In Memory of Dr. Dan K. Evans

Dr. Dan Evans earned a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from Murray State University in 1961, an M.S. in Botany from Southern Illinois University in 1972, and a Ph.D. in Botany from Southern Illinois University in 1976. He joined the faculty at Marshall in 1974 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology. Dr. Evan’s research interests include the restoration of wetlands and riparian habitat, rare and endangered plant species, medicinal plants and the ethnobotany of Ecuador. He served for many years as Curator of the Marshall University Herbarium. Additionally, during his tenure at Marshall, he directed the Master’s Theses of 24 graduate students. Dr. Evans provided scores of significant studies for, among others, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, American Electric Power, the Ohio Power Company and the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources. Among numerous awards and honors, Dr. Evans is a National Science Fellow and the recipient of the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society’s Bartholomew Award for Service to Botany. His membership in professional organizations includes the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, the Society of Herbarium Curators (Past President), the Herb Research Foundation, the South American Explorers Club and the West Virginia Academy of Science. He retired from Marshall as Professor of Biological Science Emeritus.



Dr. James Becker is continuing his mission through the COVID pandemic to bring addiction training to the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine primary care programs.  Board certified in Addiction Medicine, Becker has secured approval from the American Council of Graduate Medical Education for a Fellowship program in Addiction Medicine and, in collaboration with Dr. Amy Saunders, is preparing for the second year of that initiative.


Dr. Rachael Peckham will be presenting “How Working Remotely Shaped a Year-Long Study of What it Means to Teach Communication Fluency,” from 9:45 to 10:45 on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 as part of Marshall’s TRACE (Teaching, Research, and Community Engagement) conference. For more information, click here.

Dr. Peckham has received the 2020 Love of Learning Award from Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society. The award supports Dr. Peckham’s work to complete her book manuscript, The Aviatrix: Essays on Flying and Falling. For more information about Dr. Peckham’s work, see: Marshall professor explores unique grief of aviation loss


Aesthetic Reason and Imaginative Freedom: Friedrich Schiller and Philosophy, edited by María del Rosario Acosta López and Jeffrey L. Powell (Albany: SUNY Press, 2018) was positively reviewed by Sabin Roehr in the January 2020 issue of the Journal of Philosophy and by Alexandra Martínez Ruiz in the September 2020 issue of Ideas y Valores.  Professor Powell’s most recent work, “To Speak of Art … at the Limit,” appears in Philosophy, Art and the Imagination:  Essays on the Work of John Sallis, edited by James Risser (Leiden: Brill, 2022).


Professor Burnis Morris has been recognized as a Trailblazer of Diversity by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.  For more information on the AEJMC Trailblazer of Diversity Initiative, visit: https://www.aejmc.org/home/resources/trailblazers/

On Wednesday, October 14th, 2020, Professor Burnis Morris was featured as part of Fairmont State University’s Phyllis Wilson Moore Online Author Series, presented by the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center.  Professor Morris read from his 2017 University Press of Mississippi book, Carter G. Woodson: History, The Black Press, and Public Relations.

Professor Morris, with the support of a John Marshall University Scholars Award, has authored a book chapter entitled “Woodson and a Century of Making Black Lives Matter,” which will be published in Denise Meringolo, ed., Radical Roots: Public History and Social Justice, Amherst University Press, forthcoming April 2021.


Dr. Wendell Dobbs is currently serving as the Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Media, which includes the School of Art and Design, the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, the School of Music, the School of Theatre, the CAM Video Production program, and the Marshall Artist Series. The last months have been challenging ones in the face of the COVID crisis, but he considers it an honor to serve alongside devoted and skilled colleagues—faculty, staff and directors.

Flute Talk – July/August 2008 Vol. 27, No10


On Thursday, October 15 2020, the Marshall University School of Music presented Dr. Ed Bingham in a Faculty Saxophone Recital, accompanied on the piano by Dr. Johan Botes. The recital can be viewed on YouTube here. Program notes are available here.







Dr. Mary Beth Reynolds will be presenting “Marshall University’s HLC Quality Initiative: Building a Stronger and More Inclusive Marshall Community” from 1:00 to 2:15 on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 as part of Marshall’s TRACE (Teaching, Research, and Community Engagement) conference. For more information, click here.

Dr. Reynolds serves as Marshall University’s accreditation liaison officer to its regional accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). She also serves as an HLC Peer Corps Member. This semester, in initial collaborations with key colleagues, she has begun the process of planning the university’s next HLC Quality Initiative.

Dr. Reynolds and colleagues from Academic Affairs and the Registrar’s Office are working with staff from the Education Advisory Board to refine an online platform (Academic Performance Solutions) with the goal of helping program leadership make data driven decisions that will strengthen and streamline academic offerings.

Dr. Reynolds collaborates closely with colleagues from the Summer Assessment Team and the University Assessment Committee to facilitate improvement in practices used to assess student learning and program improvement. This collaboration has been especially important as we adjust practices and discover new opportunities to assess student learning during the current pandemic.


11/13/2018 Left to right Back Row: Bob Alexander, Eldon Larsen, Wendell Dobbs, Ed Bingham, Robin O’Keefe, Chuck Sommerville. Left to right Front Row: Mary Beth Reynolds, Jean Edward Smith, Rachael Peckham, Montserrat Miller, Alan Gould, Jeff Powell, Maria Carmen Riddel. Not Pictured: Simon Perry, Bill Denman, Shirley Lumpkin, Ken Ambrose, Beverly Marchant, Edwina Pendarvis, Michael Little, Linda Spatig, Dan Evans, Burnis Morris, Marcia Harrison-Pitaniello

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