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Rowe named winner of 2019 award from national advising association

Posted on February 5, 2019

Kandice Rowe, director of the Student Center of Professional Education Services (SCoPES) in the College of Education and Professional Development, and a current doctoral student, has been selected as the 2019 Winner of the Region 3 Excellence in Advising – Advising Administrator. The award is from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

The award  recognizes individuals who may provide direct academic advising services to students, but whose primary responsibility is as an administrator or director of an academic advising program for a minimum of three years in that role.

According to the organization’s website, NACADA is an association of professional advisors, counselors, faculty, administrators and students working to enhance the educational development of students.

“I am so pleased to see Kandice receive this award,” said Dr. Teresa Eagle, dean of the College of Education and Professional Development. “She always has the best interests of our students at heart.”

The award will be presented at the NACADA Region 3 Conference, which will take place March 18-20 in Charleston, West Virginia.

Marc Shoemaker, a current doctoral student in the C&I program, received a Research in Progress award for the presentation of his paper Using Book Clubs to Encourage Middle School Reading Interest: A Qualitative Case Study at the annual meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association in Pensacola, Florida, this past November, 2018.

Currrent doctoral student Lisa Hildebrand organized a cultural and religious diversity event at Sherman High School in Boone County, where she teaches history and math, featuring Rabbi Victor Urecki of B’nai Jacob Synagogue in Charleston. Urecki spoke about the differences between Christmas an Hannukah and took questions from students.

Thomas Walker, current doctoral student and music and digital services librarian at Marshall, has been invited to give a lecture on copyright and intellectual property as it pertains to academic libraries and musicians as part of the UnB Guitar Festival June 4-8 at the Universidade de Brasilia in Brazil. The presentation will be titled “Copyright and Music Collections in the Modern Library.”

As part of his work at Marshall, Walker is an administrator for Marshall Digital Scholar, the institutional repository of Marshall University. Walker works exclusively with the authors and publishers to obtain republishing rights for the scholarly output of faculty, staff and students.

The festival will feature a series of concerts, master classes, workshops and lectures. Walker said his lecture will show students coming to America that there are ways to protect their interests.

“Copyright is an important topic in music,” Walker said. “So many performers have lost their creative work over the years by either signing away their rights or just not knowing. Giving this presentation will hopefully inform new musicians to follow the rules not just for them, but their colleagues as well.”

For more information, contact Walker by e-mail at or by phone at 304-696-2309.

Dr. Melanie White, 2012 C&I graduate, was recently awarded 2017 Assistant Principal of the Year by the West Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals.

Dr. Jay Wildt, a December 2016 graduate of Marshall’s EdD Program in Curriculum and Instruction, won first place in the Faculty Research category at the University of Charleston’s recent Ideas, Invention, and Innovation Exhibition held April 19 in the new Russell and Martha Wehrle Innovation Center on the University of Charleston campus.  Dr. Wildt’s presentation was the final step in a juried competition where more than 100 students, faculty, and staff presented their work and competed for more than $20,000. in prizes and awards. Dr. Wildt’s presentation, A Study of Outcome-Based Educational Interventions and Moral Development of Undergraduate College Students, was an outgrowth of his dissertation completed in December 2016. Two other EdD Program graduates and University of Charleston faculty members, Dr. Beth Pauley and Dr. Janet Rorrer, also presented their research during the event.

Dr. Tamara Gravano, recent graduate of the doc program, has been featured in the Marshall Newsletter for her appointment to the board of directors for Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.

One of our doc students, Amy Gannon, was recently featured in a short radio story on Huntington’s kitchen. Check it out here.

Kim White, doc student and Director of Military and Veterans Affairs, recently made the news! Here is the story from Stars and Stripes. The story also appeared in the  Charleston Gazette.

Laura McCollough, doc student and Vice President at BridgeValley Community and Technical College, was recently quoted in the Logan Banner.