Marshall students participate in Locked Shields international cyber defense exercise

Marshall University students and faculty again had the opportunity to participate in the world’s largest international cyber defense exercise, run virtually by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn, Estonia. The students traveled to Morgantown to partner with the U.S. Blue Team for the exercise, hosted at West Virginia University under the leadership of Joint Force Headquarters – Department of Defense Information Network, a component of United States Cyber Command.

This was the third year that Marshall participated, along with students from other institutions. They joined cyber experts and representatives from federal and state agencies simulating a national cyber rapid reaction team deployed to defend against a large-scale cyber attack. This year, 18 teams participated, representing 40 countries.

Locked Shields provides students with invaluable hands-on experience in practical  cyber defense skills in areas like incident reporting, strategic decision-making, forensics, legal issues and media relations. They can test classroom knowledge in a realistic simulated environment and collaborate with experienced professionals, fostering teamwork, communication and working under pressure.… Read More

Cayuse Sponsored Projects’ go-live date announced

Marshall University Research Corporation (MURC) is announcing the launch of Cayuse Sponsored Projects (SP), set to go live on May 6. This marks the completion of rigorous data integration, testing and careful planning to ensure an efficient and effective deployment of this additional Cayuse module, supplementing S2S.

Cayuse SP aims to simplify and modernize the proposal-routing process by offering an intuitive online platform. The proposal record form within Cayuse SP will replace the Authorization to Submit (ATS) form used for required institutional approval for proposals submitted on behalf of the university. With Cayuse SP, this process is digitized, eliminating the need for cumbersome paper copies.

Benefits of Cayuse SP include:

Automated notifications and routing, ensuring that proposals move smoothly through the approval process without delays. Messaging within the platform, facilitating collaboration directly within the platform and keeping all communication organized and accessible. Enhanced tracking and system of record, allowing users to keep tabs on their proposals’ progress with enhanced tracking features. Cayuse SP serves as an effective system of record, storing all proposal-related information in one centralized location for easy access and reference. Streamlined approvals, so that users can focus more on developing grant projects, rather than navigating administrative hurdles.

In preparation for this rollout, training sessions have been conducted and recorded in their entirety and are available here for review. Those interested in a department-specific or individual training sessions may contact Brittany Bruce at Read More

Japanese Outreach Program expands outreach throughout region

The Marshall University Japanese Outreach Program, housed in the Marshall University Research Corporation, continues its mission to foster cultural understanding and education by engaging with local elementary and middle schools. Since February 2023, the program has visited over 30 schools, reaching more than 1,000 students across the region.

Over the past year, the Japanese Outreach Program expanded its reach to Cabell County, Putnam County and Wayne County, with plans to extend even further. A strategic partnership with the Marshall University Heart of Appalachia Talent Search (HATS) Program, led by Director Zackary Jenkins, helps provide cultural enrichment and educational experiences for middle school students.

The Japanese Outreach Program brings the richness of Japanese culture directly into the classroom. Native Japanese experts, each holding an honorable certificate in their respective specialties, lead each presentation and performance. Despite its concise 1.5-hour duration, the program leaves a lasting impact beyond mere cultural exposure. The program contributes to a welcoming environment for multi-cultural business investments by nurturing curiosity and creating a foundation for diversity.

Notably, two program members have temporarily relocated to West Virginia due to their spouses’ work assignments at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, West Virginia. Their presence further integrates the Japanese program into the local community.

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Marshall Sustainability Department selling Herd Dirt at The Wild Ramp

The Marshall University Compost Facility has Herd Dirt compost available for sale at The Wild Ramp. It is selling 40-lb. bags of premium compost for $10, as well as Compost Tea Liquid Soil Amendment for $7.99 per pint and $12.99 per quart.

Marshall is a leader in West Virginia with innovative waste management, with the inception of the Marshall University Compost Facility, which diverts food waste, lawn waste, shredded paper and cardboard from campus that would otherwise go to a landfill and transforms them into premium compost. The compost facility has reduced waste haul spending and the university’s carbon footprint by diverting over 50,000 gallons of food waste and 5 tons of paper from the landfill, resulting in a reduction of 108 net tons of carbon dioxide production.

“Composting organic waste from campus is just one way that Marshall University shows its commitment to sustainability on our campus and in our community,” said Amy Parsons-White, sustainability manager at Marshall. “By purchasing Herd Dirt Premium Compost and Herd Dirt Compost Tea Liquid Soil Amendment, you are helping to naturally enrich your soil, reduce toxins in our environment and remove carbon from the atmosphere, all while supporting our students and staff who work to make this happen.”

Herd Dirt Premium Compost and Herd Dirt Compost Tea Liquid Soil Amendment can be used in vegetable and flower gardens, on houseplants, or on your lawn to amend soil without the use of toxins and promote healthy plant growth.… Read More

Marshall University Research Corporation hosts Grantsmanship Celebration

The Marshall University Research Corporation (MURC) and Marshall University’s Office of Academic Affairs hosted the 2023 Excellence in Grantsmanship Celebration on April 16. This inaugural event recognized the outstanding achievements and groundbreaking research endeavors during fiscal year 2023. The celebration highlighted the remarkable efforts of faculty and staff that have propelled Marshall to new levels of externally funded programs.

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The Marshall Skills Exchange enhances lifelong learning

Marshall University is excited to announce the official launch of its microcredential program, the Marshall Skills Exchange. These microcredentials are designed to empower individuals with in-demand skills, enhance their knowledge and provide a competitive edge in today’s dynamic job market.

“We are thrilled to introduce the Marshall Skills Exchange, which represents a significant step forward in our efforts to provide accessible and relevant education to learners at all levels,” said Dr. Julia Spears, assistant provost of Online Education and Certification. “In today’s rapidly changing job market, individuals need opportunities to acquire new skills efficiently and effectively. Our microcredentials program addresses this need by offering targeted courses that equip participants with the expertise they need to succeed.”

Marshall University’s Skills Exchange is open to individuals from all backgrounds and levels of experience. Whether individuals are looking to enhance their current skillset, explore a new field or advance their careers, the program provides a flexible and accessible pathway to achieving their goals.

“Our in-demand microcredential offerings are an important innovation to further our mission of Marshall For All, Marshall Forever,” said Brad D. Smith, president of Marshall University. “Education is a lifelong journey and a uniquely personalized one. This initiative gives students and professionals the skills and knowledge needed to excel in today’s increasingly competitive world. I’m excited to see how these offerings will empower people and change communities.”

What are microcredentials?… Read More

School of Medicine conducts 44th doctoral graduation, 2nd physician assistant hooding ceremony

The Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine awarded 61 doctoral degrees and recognized 23 Master of Medical Science graduates at ceremonies this week.

At its 44th annual doctoral graduation and investiture Friday, April 26, at the Marshall Health Network Arena in Huntington, Marshall University President Brad D. Smith and David Gozal, M.D., M.B.A., Ph.D. (Hon), vice president of health affairs and dean of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, conferred 58 Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degrees, two Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in biomedical research and one combined M.D./Ph.D. degree. 

Members of the M.D. class matched to residency training programs at locations including Duke University Medical Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, University of Florida College of Medicine and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Two Marshall students matched in military residency programs and one student matched in Marshall’s new rural psychiatry residency program. Thirty-one students will remain in West Virginia to complete their residency training. Read More

Marshall faculty member’s documentary to be broadcast on West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A documentary film co-created by Tijah Bumgarner, an associate professor of filmmaking in Marshall’s School of Art & Design, will be shown on West Virginia Public Broadcasting in May 2024. Broadcast times can be found at

Bumgarner created the feature documentary, “Picture Proof,” with Dr. Jena Seiler of the University of Kentucky. The film delves into the intergenerational repercussions of addiction through the compelling narrative of Ashley Elizabeth Ellis (Feb. 10, 1987- Nov. 6, 2021). Chronicling the profound impact of substance abuse on her family, the film offers an intimate exploration of the bonds that unite them amidst the constant threat of division posed by addiction.

The genesis of the film was a chance meeting between Bumgarner and Ellis’ mother in 2018 and getting to know Ellis, who was open with Bumgarner and Seiler about her struggles with substance use. The film traces the deep bond between family members and their remarkable strength as they faced the turbulence and despair of addiction. “Picture Proof” aims to honor Ellis’ life and connect with others who can relate to struggles with addiction, recovery and loss.… Read More

Collins becomes first West Virginian appointed to Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council

The Marshall University Center of Excellence for Recovery (COE) proudly announces the appointment of Tammy Collins, PhD, as a voting member of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) National Advisory Council (NAC). Dr. Collins’ appointment marks a significant milestone as she becomes the first West Virginian to serve on the council, bringing invaluable expertise and perspectives to the national stage.

The CSAP NAC, comprised of 12 distinguished members appointed by the Secretary, plays a pivotal role in advising the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, the SAMHSA Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use (Assistant Secretary), and the CSAP Director on critical matters related to substance abuse prevention. Members of the council, at least half of whom possess advanced degrees in various relevant fields, collaborate to develop state and local prevention systems and implement evidence-based programs to address substance abuse challenges nationwide.

Dr. Tammy Collins, a native of West Virginia, and Associate Director of Marshall University’s Center of Excellence for Recovery, holds a research-intensive Doctorate in Human Development and Family Science from The Ohio State University with a specialization in youth behavioral health protective and risk factors. Her extensive background in prevention, combined with her years of applied research at the local and state levels, makes her a valuable addition to the CSAP NAC. Dr. Collins has led groundbreaking research initiatives and spearheaded community-based prevention programs, earning recognition for her contributions to the field.

“We are thrilled that… Read More

Registration deadline approaching for Marshall University’s Community Cares Week; alumni and supporters invited to campus   

Marshall University will soon welcome hundreds of volunteers to its campuses for Community Cares Week: Giving Back to the Herd. Final planning is under way and the deadline for registration is approaching.

The sweat equity event is scheduled for May 14-17, as all members of the #MarshallUFamily, including alumni, community members, students, faculty and staff are invited to volunteer their time and effort for the beautification and betterment of the university’s campuses.

On Tuesday, May 14, children of all ages are invited to work alongside a parent or guardian, as many schools in the region are closed for Election Day. Age-appropriate tasks for younger volunteers have been designated for that day and would serve as an excellent opportunity for required school community service hours.

Businesses, organizations and groups are also welcome to sign up to work together.

The deadline to sign up and be guaranteed a T-shirt is Friday, April 26. Volunteers will also enjoy a free lunch on the day they serve and be entered to win door prizes. Volunteer shifts range from indoor to outdoor work, are 2.5 hours long and can be chosen at registration. Read More