January 2015 Press Releases



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Saturday January 31, 2015
Contact: Michele Muth, Assistant Director of Marketing and Memberships, (304) 696-7153

Marshall Recreation Center to celebrate sixth anniversary Thursday, Feb. 5

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall Recreation Center will celebrate its 6th anniversary Thursday, Feb. 5. A variety of activities will take place and prizes will be given out. A membership special will also be offered.

Since opening in 2009, the Marshall Recreation Center has aided many students, employees and members of the community on their journey to a more healthful lifestyle.

Anyone who wishes to join the Recreation Center that day can do so and receive their first month free with a 12-month membership commitment.

Potential new members are eligible to join the Recreation Center if they have an affiliation with Marshall University such as alumni status, or memberships in campus groups such as Big Green.
Members who attend the celebration and participate in at least one fitness class listed below will receive water bottles and other goodies.

A special reception, which is open to the public, will be held in the Rec Center lobby at 12:30 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.

Informational sessions will be available for Marshall employees at 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. about joining and learning all the benefits of the Marshall Health Fitness program. Interested employees must have PEIA insurance to participate.

All fitness classes are free and open the entire day of the anniversary.

A full list of the class schedule is listed below. Campus Recreation also will be raffling off a one-year membership along with other great prizes. The raffle will be held at the Welcome Desk and patrons and guests are encouraged to enter to win as they come in the building.

The Rec Center is encouraging members to document the celebration on social media using the hashtag #6YearsStrong.

Fitness Schedule:
Cross Training Under Thirty Minutes - 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.
Express Cycle - 5:15 to 5:45 p.m.
Water Training Workshop - 6 to 7 p.m.
Cycle 60 - 6 to 7 p.m.
Buti Yoga - 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.
High Intensity Interval Training -7:30 to 8 p.m.
Hard Core - 8:15 to 8:45 p.m.


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Friday January 30, 2015
Contact: Beth Caruthers, College of Arts and Media, 304=696-3296

Marshall's tuba ensemble to play at US Army Band Workshop

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -The Marshall University tuba/euphonium ensemble has been invited to perform at the United States Army Band's annual Tuba-Euphonium Workshop for the first time. Their performance will take place this weekend in Fort Myer, Virginia.

Sgt. Maj. Donald "Don" J. Palmire Jr., group leader of the army band's tuba-euphonium workshop, said Marshall's ensemble, selected as one of the best based on knowledge of the group's director, would gain exposure.

"Their performance at our workshop will allow hundreds of amateurs and professionals alike to enjoy their music," Palmire said.

Marshall's conductor Dr. George Palton, adjunct professor of tuba and euphonium at the university, said the Marshall students and Huntington community members, who number nearly 20, will be highlighted during their exclusive concert.

"It's a concert that will feature only our ensemble," Palton said, "so it's a very good opportunity for our students."

Marshall University music education major Anthony Reynolds said he is looking forward to the people he could meet on the trip.

"You can get connections with people at the conferences that can help you when you get a teaching job," Reynolds said.

Marshall's tuba/euphonium ensemble is scheduled to play at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. Their performance is the last before the Grand Concert by the U.S. Army Concert Band at 7:30 p.m.

The ensemble is traveling with the support of Marshall University's College of Arts and Media, Student Government Association and the university's chapter of the International Tuba/Euphonium Association via a travel grant. For more information, e-mail palton@marshall.edu or visit www.georgepalton.com.


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Friday January 30, 2015
Contact: Megan Archer, College of Health Professions, 304-488-8863

Marshall biomechanics expert to conduct medical testing on 300-plus collegiate athletes at NFL Combine

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Suzanne Konz of the Marshall University College of Health Professions is heading to next month's NFL Combine to assist in the medical evaluation of more than 300 professional football hopefuls.

Konz, director of the biomechanics laboratory and an associate professor in the college, said this is her seventh year attending the combine to conduct isokinetic testing on collegiate athletes from across the U.S.

"Isokinetic testing is a speed-based test which measures the strength and endurance of a muscle. This type of testing is necessary to determine the stability of the knee and possible longevity of these athletes," Konz said. "To be invited back for the seventh year in a row gives me the opportunity to build upon my knowledge of these testing devices, which benefits our own athletes here at Marshall University."

Konz said isokinetic testing was performed on members of the Marshall football, basketball, soccer and baseball teams this past year. Brandi Anders, assistant athletic trainer for the Marshall women's basketball and tennis teams, said the information provided by the isokinetic testing helps show if the players were at risk for injury or already had an injury, which may need to be addressed further.

"We conducted the test twice: once at the beginning of the semester and again following their pre-season. We compared results to see if the athletes had improved their  muscle balance between the hamstring and quadriceps. Additionally, we will conduct testing following the season and going into their off-season workouts," Anders said. "Dr. K does an excellent job of explaining the benefits of this testing to the athlete and the gains it can help him or her achieve athletically. By providing these numbers, the athletes can focus more on ways to improve their body and decrease risk of injury moving forward."

Dr. Gary McIlvain, chair of the School of Kinesiology and associate dean for the college, said many people do not know the benefits of studying biomechanics and how the university has its own expert here on the Huntington campus.

"Dr. Konz and her expertise in isokinetic testing is a valuable resource for the School of Kinesiology programs, our students and campus athletes. Her experience in testing Olympic, collegiate and professional athletes is a resource students seek out when learning to administer and interpret isokinetic testing," McIlvain said. "There is nothing that brings the classroom to life more than real-life experience and that is exactly what Suzanne Konz brings to those studying biomechanics here at Marshall University."

Konz will travel to Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis Feb. 16-20 for the 2015 NFL Combine. Media are invited to attend an isokinetic testing demonstration at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4 in the Athletic Training Laboratory located in Gullickson Hall room 209 on Marshall's Huntington campus. To learn more about Konz's work with isokinetic testing in this year's combine, contact her at konz@marshall.edu or by calling 304-696-2926. For more information on the Marshall School of Kinesiology and the programs and services offered, visit www.marshall.edu/cohp online.

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Photos: (Above) Dr. Suzanne Konz, director of the biomechanics laboratory and an associate professor in the college, said this is her seventh year attending the NFL Combine to assist in the medical evaluation of more than 300 professional football hopefuls. (Below, Left to right): Russell Smotherman, the football athletic training graduate assistant, and Brian Pieper, the football strength and conditioning graduate assistant, are shown conducting isokinetic testing on Marshall football player Brandon Byrd.


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Thursday January 29, 2015
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Three investigators join Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Three investigators have joined the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research.

Research at the institute is focused on a protein, Na/K-ATPase, that directs many cellular processes in the heart, kidney and other tissues. By studying how this cellular signaling occurs, MIIR researchers are working to develop new treatments for cancer, heart and kidney disease.

Dr. Jinsong Hao, an assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences and research at the Marshall University School of Pharmacy since 2013, has been named adjunct assistant investigator at MIIR. An expert in drug formulation and drug delivery to the nail, eye and inner ear, Hao obtained her bachelor of engineering degree and Ph.D., both in pharmaceutics, from Shenyang Pharmaceutical University in China. Before joining Marshall, she held various academic and research appointments at the School of Pharmacy of the National University of Singapore, the College of Pharmacy of Nova Southeastern University in Florida and the College of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati. She has more than 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has published several book chapters.

Dr. Jiang Liu, an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Toxicology at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, has been named MIIR associate investigator. He holds an M.D. from Peking University School of Medicine and a Ph.D. from the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine. Before joining Marshall in 2012, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toledo. Liu's research at MIIR focuses on how endogenous cardiotonic steroids stimulate Na/K-ATPase signaling and its role in renal pathophysiology.

Dr. M. Isabel Larre Perez has been named assistant investigator in residence. She obtained her bachelor's degree in experimental biology from the Metropolitan Autonomous University of Mexico and earned a master's degree and a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular physiology, both from the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV) in Mexico. In 2012, she secured a postdoctoral fellowship from the Institute of Science and Technology of D.F. for women, Rosalind Franklin, at CINVESTAV. She most recently was on the faculty of CINVESTAV, where she had served since 2013 as a visiting professor in the Department of Neurosciences, Biophysics and Cell Physiology. Her research at MIIR focuses on receptor pathway in the regulation of epithelial cell physiology.

Therapeutically, the mechanisms she studies are critical to cellular dysfunctions observed in numerous conditions, ranging from cognitive disorders to cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

MIIR is Marshall University's key vehicle to advancing regional economic development through entrepreneurship and commercialization of scientific discoveries. Scientists at the institute are developing an intensive program of biotechnology research dedicated to producing patentable scientific breakthroughs and creating new businesses based on those discoveries.

For more information, visit www.marshall.edu/miir.


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Thursday January 29, 2015
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall names Larry Crum new assistant director of alumni relations

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Larry Crum, a 2005 graduate of Marshall University with a degree in public relations, has been named the new assistant director of alumni relations at Marshall.

He assumed his new position Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Crum joins the Marshall University Alumni Association after more than six years as the media and public relations manager for the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) in Norwalk, Ohio, where he oversaw the daily media and PR functions for one of the largest motorsports sanctioning bodies in the United States.

Prior to that, from 2004 to 2009, Crum worked as sports editor at Ohio Valley Publishing, which included newspapers in Gallipolis, Ohio, Pomeroy, Ohio, and Point Pleasant, W.Va. Crum is a native of Point Pleasant.

"I am thrilled to have this wonderful opportunity to return home and give back to Marshall University. Marshall has been a big part of my life and I look forward to supporting the many wonderful programs, events and opportunities that the Marshall University Alumni Association affords to Herd alumni around the globe," Crum said. "Right now is a very exciting time to be here and I truly look forward to working with the university, students and MU alumni in promoting this great institution."

Matt Hayes, executive director of Marshall University Alumni Relations, said Crum is a tremendous addition to the alumni relations team.

"His extensive experience in the area of event planning and execution will provide our organization with both fresh perspective and the ability to continue our tradition of creating memorable experiences for all alumni and friends of Marshall University," Hayes said.

Crum plans to use social media to grow the alumni membership. While working with the IHRA, he generated record growth utilizing social media campaigns, live event coverage, unique fan interaction and contests using Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

"We are very fortunate to attract and add Larry Crum to our alumni relations staff," said Dr. Ron Area, chief executive officer of the Marshall Foundation Inc. "His career experiences and expertise in multiple areas of marketing and social media complement the new avenues we are pursuing in alumni relations."

Crum's wife, Amanda, graduated from Marshall with a business degree in 2008. They are the parents of Peyton, who is 3 years old.

"There are a lot of big things coming around," Crum said. "There's a lot of potential here. I just want to help in any little way I can."


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Wednesday January 28, 2015
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

CSX makes $25,000 gift to Rahall Appalachian Transportation Institute

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - CSX Corporation presented a gift of $25,000 to the Rahall Appalachian Transportation Institute, a National University Transportation Center based at Marshall University, in a ceremony Friday, Jan. 16.

The presentation took place in the office of Interim MU President Gary White in Old Main on the Huntington campus.

The gift increased the total amount of donations from CSX to Marshall to more than $814,000 since 1984, according to Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the Marshall University Foundation Inc.

Randy Cheetham, regional vice president for CSX, presented the check to Frank Betz, RTI's executive director and CEO.

"The Rahall Transportation Institute has become a great partner with CSX," Cheetham said. "We've worked with them on several research projects, and we've found them to be a tremendous resource. We're very fortunate to have them right here in our own backyard."

Betz called CSX "a great company" that has been partnering with RTI in rail research for a long time. "We appreciate this latest donation," he said.

Betz said this donation is going towards future advancements in technology and research at RTI.

Cheetham added, "We have a long history with Marshall University and we are very proud of that partnership. We want to continue to keep it strong and to keep it going."

CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the nation's leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. The company's transportation network spans approximately 21,000 miles, with service to 23 eastern states and the District of Columbia, and connects to more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports.

RTI is a leader in multimodal transportation and economic development. It is recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation for transportation excellence focused on applied technology, research, education, outreach and training.

Photo: From left, Lance West, Marshall University's vice president for development; Frank Betz, executive director and CEO of the Rahall Appalachian Transportation Institute; Randy Cheetham, regional vice president with CSX; Gary White, MU's interim president; Michael Sellards, chairman of the Marshall board of governors, and Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the Marshall Foundation Inc., pose with a check for $25,000 presented from CSX to RTI. Photo by Rick Haye/Marshall University.


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Wednesday January 28, 2015
Contact: Pat Dickson, University Communications, 304-746-1971

Noted Lincoln scholar to speak at next Amicus Curiae Lecture

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Amicus Curiae Lecture Series, sponsored by the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy at Marshall University, will mark the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's celebrated Second Inaugural Address. Dr. Lucas Morel, professor of ethics and politics and head of the politics department at Washington and Lee University, will be the featured speaker.

The lecture, "War and Remembrance in Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address," will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in the Marshall University Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center, on the Huntington campus.

Morel, a noted Lincoln scholar, is the author of Lincoln's Sacred Effort:  Defining Religion's Role in American Self-Government (2000), and is the editor of Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope:  A Political Companion to Invisible Man (2004).  His newest book, Lincoln and the American Founders, will be published by Southern Illinois University Press as part of its Concise Lincoln Library series.  

Morel earned his B.A. cum laude from Claremont McKenna College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate University. 

As Morel describes, Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address is most famous for its closing exhortation, "With malice toward none, with charity for all," but the bulk of his 700-word speech was devoted not to the president's plans for the future but to a recollection of the past.  Lincoln offered an interpretation of the war and slavery as a way to reunite the divided nation."

Describing the speech, Morel said, "The war's devastation, Lincoln supposed, was God's punishment for the national sin of slavery, and the eradication of the American slavery -- and not simply the preservation of the Union -- was a just outcome of the conflict.  Only with a common memory of the nation's greatest trial could Americans have any hope that Reconstruction would succeed.  The refusal to accept Lincoln's reading of the war postponed America's  'new birth of freedom' for almost a century." 

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is supported by a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council.

The final lecture of the 2014-15 series will feature Dr. Jennifer Lawless, professor of government, the director of the Women & Politics Institute and the faculty affiliate for the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University's School of Public Affairs. She will address underrepresentation of women in American politics in her lecture "Why Women Don't Run for Office and What Happens When They Do" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the Foundation Hall.    

Lawless , who earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University, is a frequent commentator on women and politics, lending her expertise to publications such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the New Yorker.  She has also been cited on CNN.com, MSNBC.com and FOXNews.com and featured on various public radio stations throughout the country.  She is the co-author, with Richard L. Fox, of It Still Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don't Run for Office, published by the Cambridge University Press.

Patricia Proctor, director of the Simon Perry Center, said, "We are delighted to welcome these highly qualified scholars to lecture this semester. Both lectures promise to inspire reflection, one on America's past that is part of our national identity, and the other on America's political future."


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Tuesday January 27, 2015
Contact: Dr. Terry Hapney, Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications, 304-696-2735

MU student work receives Public Relations Society of America regional awards

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -  Marshall University students from  past public relations campaign management sections have received 2014 awards in the East Central District Diamond Award competition of the Public Relations Society of America, according to Dr. Terry Hapney, associate professor of public relations at Marshall.
 
"What is special about the awards from PRSA-ECD is the fact that the entries come from 16 professional PRSA chapters in six states--Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky," Hapney said. "These are professional awards--not student awards."
 
Hapney added that the judging is by PRSA professional chapters in very large areas of the U.S.  In addition, awards are not granted in categories unless the work meets a minimum score based on research, planning, execution and evaluation. This means that categories can have no winning entries.
 
Marshall's public relations academic program's winning entries were as follows:

Diamond Award (first place) in Community Relations
"Questions" Campaign
for River Valley Child Development Services
 
Merit Award in Internal Communications
"MU Living-Learning Communities Smartphone Application"
for MU's Department of Housing and Residence Life
 
Merit Award in Internal Communications
"MU Living-Learning Communities Campaign"
for MU's Department of Housing and Residence Life


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Tuesday January 27, 2015
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall community to welcome interim president with receptions in Point Pleasant and South Charleston

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University community in the Point Pleasant and South Charleston areas will welcome Interim President Gary G. White with receptions in February. Both receptions will run from 5 to 6 p.m. and are open to all Marshall students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends.

The first reception will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the university's Mid-Ohio Valley Center, 1 John Marshall Way, Point Pleasant. Then, on Thursday, Feb. 19, there will be a reception at the South Charleston campus, 100 Angus E. Peyton Dr., South Charleston.

White was appointed by the Marshall University Board of Governors last month to replace Dr. Stephen J. Kopp.

A businessman and coal mining executive, White graduated from Marshall in 1997 with a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree. He is a former member and past chairman of the university's Board of Governors, former member and vice president of the West Virginia Board of Education, and former member of the University of Pikeville Board of Trustees.

He has been executive vice president of Blackhawk Mining LLC since October. He was president and chief executive officer of International Industries Inc. for a large part of his career from 1992 to 2007. He also previously served as president and chief operating officer of International Resource Partners LP, a subsidiary of James River Coal Company, president and chief executive officer of the West Virginia Coal Association, manager of underground mining at Amherst Coal Company and corporate training coordinator at Island Creek Coal Company.

White is on the boards of directors of United Bankshares Inc., ARC Logistics Partners LP, Cabell Huntington Hospital, the Marshall University Foundation, the West Virginia Coal Association and the Larry Joe Harless Community Center Foundation Inc. He also serves on the board of advisors of West Virginia Media Holdings LLC.

He received the 2006 Distinguished Achievement Award from the West Virginia Education Alliance, the 2004 Distinguished Service to the Community Award from the Marshall University Alumni Association, the City of Hope "Spirit of Life Award" in 2003 and, also in 2003, was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame at Marshall. In 2006 and again in 2008, he was named one of the "Fifty Most Influential Individuals in West Virginia" by West Virginia Executive magazine.

A reception for White was held on the Huntington campus earlier this month.


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Tuesday January 27, 2015
Contact: Megan Archer, College of Health Professions, 304-488-8863

Marshall faculty joins with CED to offer traumatic brain injury support group; 22,000 new cases diagnosed each year in state

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Faculty members in the Marshall University College of Health Professions have partnered with the Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED) at West Virginia University to offer a local support group for those with traumatic brain injuries.

According to a study conducted by the West Virginia University Injury Control Research Center, there are 22,000 new traumatic brain injury cases each year in West Virginia. In addition, there have been 1.3-3.8 million sports-and-recreation-related traumatic brain injuries in the United States each year, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Due to the increasing number of these life-altering injuries, communication disorders professor Dr. Carrie Childers said the Brain Injury Group (BIG) was created to provide support, education and information about services for individuals with brain injuries and the people associated with them.

"My colleague Kelly Rutherford and I have clinical expertise working with individuals who have experienced traumatic brain injury," Childers said. "We learned the CED had recently received a grant to provide community-based services throughout the state and they were very interested in providing support for the group we were planning. Since then, we have been collaborating with the CED to develop and implement the Brain Injury Group."

Jennifer Tenney, program manager for the CED's traumatic brain injury group, said as the state's designated lead agency on traumatic brain injury services, the CED has specific responsibilities to the federal and state governments regarding service to survivors of traumatic brain injury as they navigate the rough waters after experiencing such an injury.

"We felt that the Cabell County area has a significant need for this type of support group, especially with the location of the VA hospital in the area.  We were excited when Dr. Childers and her team reached out to us in regard to starting this group in Huntington," Tenney said. "The Center for Excellence in Disabilities looks to create strong partnerships with Marshall University on many grant levels, and we feel that working with the university is critical to the success of the support group and any other traumatic brain injury-related work done in Cabell County."

The Brain Injury Group will have two groups at each meeting: one for individuals with traumatic brain injuries and one for those associated with them.  Tenney said she hoped traumatic brain injury survivors and their family members would find the support group to be a place to share ideas, concerns and identify areas for more work to be done. Tenney said, most importantly, this is a place for traumatic brain injury survivors and their support systems to make connections with other families who are experiencing the same issues.

The first support group will meet 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28 at the main branch of the Cabell County Library. Subsequent meetings are scheduled for Feb. 25, March 25 and April 29.

To attend Wednesday's first meeting, RSVP to Childers at childersca@marshall.edu or by calling 304-696-2984.

For more information on the CED, contact Tenney at jtenney@hsc.wvu.edu or visit http://www.cedwvu.org. To learn more about the programs and services in Marshall's College of Health Professions. visit www.marshall.edu/cohp.


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Monday January 26, 2015
Contact: Megan Archer, Public Relations Specialist, College of Health Professions, (304) 696-7153

Health informatics program offers new accelerated master's degree

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's health informatics program now offers a new accelerated master's degree (AMD) which began this spring semester. Health informatics, an evolving specialization that links information technology, communication and healthcare, seeks to improve the quality and safety of patient care, according to the program's director, Dr. Girmay Berhie.

"We have partnered with the department of integrated science and technology (IST) to offer our accelerated master's degree in health informatics," Berhie said. "This new degree will provide these students the opportunity to graduate faster and earn a degree that can help them to get a job with a salary range from $60,000 to $125,000 a year."

Brian Morgan, chairman of the integrated science and technology department, said the partnership between the IST department and health informatics is the perfect collaboration for students who want to turn their skills into something marketable upon graduation.

"Our department prides itself on being an applied program and the hands-on nature in which we structure our classes," Morgan said. "This was a way to give students the same skills in five years instead of six years, which saves time and money. The AMD program is a win-win situation for everyone involved and we are happy to be a part of it."

Nikki Spence, 27, of West Hamlin, West Virginia, is one of the first students to take advantage of the new accelerated master's program. Spence said programs like these demonstrate the university's commitment to providing educational opportunities that best fit students' needs.
 
"This partnership will definitely give Marshall an advantage over other institutions. With the cost of tuition and the growing concern of student debt, students want to graduate as early as possible while still receiving a quality education," Spence said. "Students in IST will already be proficient in many key technology areas such as database, programming and web development.  These skills will give them an advantage in upcoming health informatics courses, as well as add to their marketability later when searching for jobs."

To learn more about the programs and services offered through Marshall's IST department, visit www.marshall.edu/isat. For more information on the health informatics AMD program, contact Berhie at berhie@marshall.edu or visit www.marshall.edu/cohp.


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Monday January 26, 2015
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, (304) 696-7153

'Valentine's Day Storytime' set for Feb. 14 in Marshall's Drinko Library

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Libraries will host a free Valentine's Day storytime for children ages 2-8 at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14. The event, which is a part of the Libraries'  "MUReads in 2015" campaign, will take place in the Drinko Library juvenile area on the 2nd floor.

Storytime will include several Valentine's Day book readings, a craft and a snack.

Preregistration is required and can be done by contacting Gretchen Beach, beachgr@marshall.edu or 304-696-2312 by Thursday, Feb. 12.

"MUReads in 2015" is a reading initiative that encourages reading at all ages. Families can form teams and read during the year, submitting book totals and attending a final party in December.


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Monday January 26, 2015
Contact: Beth Caruthers, College of Arts and Media, 304-696-3296

Marshall to host 46th Annual Winter Jazz Festival

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will host one of the longest running collegiate jazz festivals in the nation when the School of Music and Theatre presents the 46th Annual Winter Jazz Festival Jan. 29-31.  

Dr. Martin Saunders, director of jazz studies at Marshall University, said the festival provides a venue for middle school, high school and collegiate musicians to meet, perform for and learn from the best of jazz professionals.

"Students learn through critique and feedback of their performances, participation in clinics and workshops, and through observation of stellar evening performances," Saunders said.

The festival kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse on Marshall's Huntington campus with a concert featuring Bridgeport High School's Honor Band, Glenville State College's Jazz Combo, Marshall's Jazz Combo I and the university's Faculty Jazz Combo.

Friday's evening concert at 7 p.m. will feature Marshall's Alumni Band and the MU Jazz Ensemble I with special guests Mark Sherman, vibes; Marty Ojeda, tenor saxophone; and Ryan Kennedy, guitar. The finale concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, will feature the Thundering Herd All-Star Band and the Sean Jones Quartet, jam-packed with arguably some of the top jazz artists in the world today, including Jones, who was recently designated as the Head of Brasses at Berklee College of Music.

Twelve regional middle school and high school bands will perform on Friday and Saturday, with performances beginning at 9 a.m. and ending after 3 p.m. each day.

All Winter Jazz Festival 2015 events will take place in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse. While it is free to attend the evening concerts on Thursday and Friday, tickets must be picked up at the playhouse ticket office prior to each evening concert. Tickets for the Sean Jones Quartet concert are $10 for adults, $5 for students with ID. Tickets may be picked up at the box office from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or after 5:30 p.m. before each concert. 

For more information about the Marshall University School of Music and Theatre's Winter Jazz Festival, call the box office at 304-696-ARTS or Saunders at 304-696-4316.

Marshall University offers a multitude of academic scholarships, and the School of Music and Theatre awards tuition waivers, scholarships, work-study and/or student assistant employment positions. The Joan C. Edwards Jazz Endowment provides a significant source of scholarship funding. Graduate teaching assistantships are available for qualified applicants. Visit www.marshall.edu/somt for more information.



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Thursday January 22, 2015
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, 304-746-2038

Marshall Special Collections receives two sets of materials

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Special Collections department of University Libraries received two sets of historical materials recently.

The Rosanna Blake Collection, part of Special Collections, received a significant group of original print newspapers spanning the years 1859 through 1870. The 13 bound volumes contain a complete set of Harper's Weekly newspapers for that period, which includes the Civil War and Reconstruction periods. 

Harper's is one of the most referenced and desired newspapers of the Civil War period, due to its liberal use of maps, engravings and images. A significant feature is the newspaper's coverage of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination and funeral. The newspapers are bound in hard covers and are in excellent condition. The collection was a donation from the Denver Public Library. 

Persons may contact Marshall's Special Collections Department at 304-696-2343 for access to this resource.

Special Collections also received a set of historic documents, images and relics that spans the period from the 1820s to the 1970s. A gift of brothers Larry and Steve Stark, the materials cover the founding and settlement of Ceredo and Kenova, as well as northern Wayne County, West Virginia. Among the images are rare daguerreotypes and hundreds of cabinet card photos of a trip to Europe in the 1870s. Among the relics are objects unearthed in Ceredo and northern Wayne County.

Many of the documents are from Congressman Charles B. Hoard and his family. The Hoards were the financial backers of Congressman Eli Thayer, who founded Ceredo before the Civil War. The collection consists of more than 3,500 items and is of large historical significance to this area.

Of local significance are the hundreds of documents involved in the land transfers, agreements and several court cases revolving around boundary and other land disputes among Thayer, Hoard, Thomas Jordan, the original property owner, and the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. These documents shed new light on questions that have surfaced regarding the history of Ceredo, Kenova, Wayne County and the individuals involved. 

This collection is open to the public during regular Special Collections Department hours.


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Thursday January 22, 2015
Contact: Dr. Laura Michele Diener, Director of Women's Studies, 304-696-2954

'Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain,' to be shown Jan. 28 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Women Connect will present a screening of the new film, "Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain," from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in room BE5 on the lower level of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

The film marks the 30th anniversary of the Union Carbide pesticide leak in Bhopal, India. More than 10,000 people were killed while others continue to suffer long-term effects from the leak.

Tickets cost $5 for faculty, staff and community members and can be purchased at the door. The MU Office of Student Activities will be providing free tickets to students. For more information, contact Dr. Laura Michele Diener (diener@marshall.edu), an associate professor in the department of history and director of women's studies.

A Q&A, featuring Dr. Charles Somerville, dean of the College of Science, and Maya Nye, president and spokesperson of People Concerned about Chemical Safety, will follow the movie.

Sponsors are Marshall University Student Activities, People Concerned about Chemical Safety and Marshall University Student Health Education Programs.


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Wednesday January 21, 2015
Contact: John Winfrey, Assistant Professor of Physics, 304-696-2755

Deadline nears for Science Olympiad for K-12 students in West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Less than two weeks remain for West Virginia students in grades K-12 to register for the Science Olympiad at Marshall University.
 
The Science Olympiad, which organizers say is the "nation's most exciting K-12 science competition," will take place in West Virginia for the first time Saturday, Feb. 21, on Marshall's Huntington campus.
 
Dr. John Winfrey, assistant professor of physics at Marshall who is coordinating the West Virginia event, said that several scholarships will be available for registrants who are unable to pay the fee.
 
Teams may register until Jan. 30, with registration fees due no later than Feb. 6. Cost per team is $250, with $60 going to the national organization. Registration may be accomplished online either at www.marshall.edu/cos/communityoutreach/scienceolympiad or www.marshall.edu/so.
 
There will be a free "Coaches and Potential Coaches" Q&A session at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 in room 277 of the Science Building on Marshall's Huntington campus. All are welcome, Winfrey said.
 
In most cases, individual schools will form teams of 15 students for the competition. However, in the case of more rural locations, a team of students may represent several schools. There are also opportunities for home-schooled students.
 
Teams moving to national standing will compete in events chosen from a series of 23 challenges, including those in life and social sciences; earth and space science, physical science and chemistry; technology and engineering; and scientific inquiry. Topics include entomology, fossils, crime science, bridge building and experimental design. A complete list is available online at www.soinc.org/short_event_descriptions.
 
In the West Virginia  state tournament at Marshall, about 15 events will be offered for competition. Trophies and medals will be awarded.
 
Winners of the West Virginia competition will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, for the National Tournament in May.
 
For further information, visit the Science Olympiad website at www.soinc.org or contact Winfrey by e-mail at winfreyj@marshall.edu or by phone at 304-696-2755.

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Wednesday January 21, 2015
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall to test MU Alert emergency messaging system

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -Marshall University communications officials will conduct a test of the MU Alert emergency messaging system at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28.

Marshall community members who are subscribed to MU Alert are asked to be sure that they have received the message that morning. If a message has not been received by noon, a subscriber should review and update his or her contact information in the myMU/MU Alert Web interface. If this contact information was already correct, but a message was still not received, then he or she should send an e-mail to mualert@marshall.edu with details on which contact method (text, e-mail, voice) did not work as expected.

"We never know when a communication of this kind will be needed," said Jim Terry, director of public safety for the university. "As always, our primary concern is protecting the safety and health of university community members."

The most recent test of the system occurred Sept. 10.

The MU Alert system, which is operated by Marshall and delivered thru the Blackboard Connect service, allows Marshall students, faculty and staff to provide several methods for the university to use when making emergency contacts. Most common are text messages, cell phone calls and e-mail. Those who would like to subscribe or update their information for this test are asked to visit the myMU page at http://www.marshall.edu/MyMU, log in, click on the MU Alert red triangle and complete their subscription or update by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27. Others external to the campuses or centers (i.e. news media, alumni, campus neighbors) should watch other outlets, such as the Marshall website, Twitter, Facebook, etc., for relevant news releases.


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Tuesday January 20, 2015
Contact: Leah C. Payne, Director of Public Affairs, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, 304-691-1713

School of Pharmacy schedules first Preview Day

March event provides a look at pharmacy education


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. The Marshall University School of Pharmacy has scheduled its first Preview Day for 2 p.m., Saturday, March 28 at the school located adjacent to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Huntington.

"We are very excited to offer this first-ever Preview Day to students who may be interested in becoming a pharmacist," said Laura Rudolph, director of recruitment and development for the School of Pharmacy.  "As students begin to discover their possible career interests, it's imperative to explore every avenue.  We felt that a Preview Day would showcase not only the vast career options in the pharmacy field, but provide area students an opportunity to experience Marshall's unique active learning curriculum firsthand."

In addition to a student-led School of Pharmacy tour, the Preview Day will offer many sessions, including the following:

-  "Ask the Students" Student Panel - Q & A Student Panel
-  Where Can I Go From Here? - Career Options in Pharmacy
-  Experience Active Learning - Classroom Interaction
-  The Admissions Process

Students also will have the opportunity to visit the Pharmacy Fair, where they can meet and greet individuals from different departments such as financial aid, experiential learning, student organizations, and pharmaceutical research.

In the weeks after registration, each registrant will receive an e-mail confirmation with program details, directions and parking instructions.

Registration is required and is due by March 14.  Students can register at https://jfe.qualtrics.com/form/SV_25FxiRvHd5k0ItL.


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Tuesday January 20, 2015
Contact: Maurice Cooley, Associate V.P., Intercultural Affairs, 304-696-5430

Marshall University's annual Soul Food Feast set for Sunday, Feb. 8

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's annual Soul Food Feast, sponsored by the Center for African American Students, will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, in the John Marshall Dining Room on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

Maurice Cooley, associate vice president of intercultural affairs at Marshall, said this annual celebration is a time to fellowship.

"It is a joyful time to celebrate in the spirit of love, while enjoying  the company  and conversation with family, friends, faculty, students and others from throughout the community, enhanced by some of the most appetizing and traditional African American dishes," Cooley said.

The soulful buffet will include chitterlings, crispy fried chicken, barbeque ribs, mac and cheese, collard greens, candied yams, potato salad, beverages and an assortment of tasty desserts. The cost is $7 for students and $15 for adults.

For more information, or to purchase tickets in advance, call 304-696-6705. Tickets also will be available at the door.


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Tuesday January 20, 2015
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Choral Union rehearsals open to all

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Choral Union resumes Monday rehearsals at 7 p.m., Jan. 26 in the Choral Rehearsal Room in Smith Music Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus.

The Choral Union, open to Marshall students and community members alike, will prepare a set of madrigals, Mozart's Coronation Mass (K. 317) and selections from Copland's "Old American Songs," to be performed one night only at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2, in Smith Music's Recital Hall.
 
Joining the Choral Union as director is Dr. John W. Campbell, a director of college and university choirs for 25 years before joining Huntington's Fifth Avenue Baptist Church as full-time minister of music in August 2013.
 
College credit for participation in the union is available but not required. For more information about the Choral Union, contact Campbell by phone at 859-684-8392 or by e-mail to campbelljo@live.marshall.edu.


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Friday January 16, 2015
Contact: Beth Caruthers, College of Arts and Media, (304) 696-3296

New art series to be featured at Birke Art Gallery

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's College of Arts and Media and the School of Art & Design will give an opening reception for "Amalgam," the first in a new series, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 20. It will  take place at the Birke Art Gallery in Smith Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus. 

Megan Schultz, gallery director and facilities coordinator, said Amalgam is the first in the Foundations Series, a group of exhibitions that will each take a core principle from the foundations courses taught in the School of Art & Design as its central theme.

"Amalgam refers to the combining or melding of materials," Schultz said. "Invited artists were encouraged to explore the theme of amalgam as it applies to works of mixed media, issues of development and identity, and beyond. As a result we have put together a remarkable show of works ranging in materials from digital video to acrylic sculpture."

Free and open to the public, the exhibition will be on display until Feb. 18 during the Birke Art Gallery's normal business hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and noon to 4 p.m. Fridays.

For more information about the exhibition, visit www.marshall.edu/cam, e-mail galleries@marshall.edu, or call 304-696-2296.


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Thursday January 15, 2015
Contact: Leah C. Payne, Director of Public Affairs, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, 304-691-1713

Pitsenbarger chosen as January Resident of the Month

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Jodi M. Pitsenbarger, M.D., a third-year resident in pediatrics, has been selected as January's Resident of the Month, Paulette S. Wehner, M.D., vice dean for graduate medical education, announced today. 

Pitsenbarger, a West Virginia native, also is currently serving as the chief resident and is the first chief to be selected by peers in pediatrics. Historically, pediatric chief residents have been chosen by faculty.

"We had a lot of fantastic nominees this month," Wehner said. "It was a difficult decision given the caliber of all of the nominees. But what really set Dr. Pitsenbarger's nomination apart from the others is that she is such a consummate professional in so many different areas.  Her demonstrated leadership as a chief resident and true compassion for her patients deserve recognition and we commend her for her efforts."

In her nomination of Pitsenbarger, Susan L. Flesher, M.D., residency program director for pediatrics, described her as an excellent role model.

"She goes above and beyond in assuring that she is fair to all our residents, taking into account each person's scheduling request, and then making sure she shows no favoritism. Dr. Pitsenbarger often schedules herself to work undesirable shifts around weekends or holidays in order to fulfill as many scheduling requests as possible.  I can always count on her to maintain all sensitive issues in complete confidentiality," Flesher said.

Pitsenbarger is a 2012 graduate of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and is a native of Franklin, in Pendleton County. She also holds an undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences from Marshall University.  Pitsenbarger intends to enter general pediatrics upon completion of residency in late June.

As part of her recognition as the January Resident of the Month, Pitsenbarger will receive items including a certificate of recognition and a designated parking spot. Monthly winners also will be automatically entered into the Resident of the Year Award to be announced in May.  

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Photo: Jodi M. Pitsenbarger, M.D., (left) receives Resident of the Month recognition from program director Susan L. Flesher, M.D., who nominated her for the award.


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Wednesday January 14, 2015
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Marshall community to welcome interim president with reception Friday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University community will welcome Interim President Gary G. White and his wife, Jo Ann, with a reception this Friday in the third-floor atrium of the John Deaver Drinko Library on the Huntington campus. The event, which will last from 4 to 6 p.m., is open to all Marshall students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, as well as the Huntington community.

White was appointed by the Marshall University Board of Governors last month to replace Dr. Stephen J. Kopp, who died Dec. 17.

A businessman and coal mining executive, White graduated from Marshall in 1997 with a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree. He is a former member and past chairman of the university's Board of Governors, former member and vice president of the West Virginia Board of Education, and former member of the University of Pikeville Board of Trustees.

He has been executive vice president of Blackhawk Mining LLC since October. He was president and chief executive officer of International Industries Inc. for a large part of his career from 1992 to 2007. He also previously served as president and chief operating officer of International Resource Partners LP, a subsidiary of James River Coal Company, president and chief executive officer of the West Virginia Coal Association, manager of underground mining at Amherst Coal Company and corporate training coordinator at Island Creek Coal Company.

White is on the boards of directors of United Bankshares Inc., ARC Logistics Partners LP, Cabell Huntington Hospital, the Marshall University Foundation, the West Virginia Coal Association and the Larry Joe Harless Community Center Foundation Inc. He also serves on the board of advisors of West Virginia Media Holdings LLC.

He received the 2006 Distinguished Achievement Award from the West Virginia Education Alliance, the 2004 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Marshall University Alumni Association, the City of Hope "Spirit of Life Award" and in 2003 was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame at Marshall. In 2006 and again in 2008, he was named one of the "Fifty Most Influential Individuals in West Virginia" by West Virginia Executive magazine.


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Wednesday January 14, 2015
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Dr. Suzanne Holroyd recognized as one of Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Suzanne Holroyd, M.D., professor and chairman of the department of psychiatry at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, has been recognized by her peers to be included among Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors.

More than 100,000 physicians are nominated each year, with only a select number receiving the official honor. It is based on a foundation of peer nominations.

Holroyd graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed a residency in adult psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University followed by a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at Hopkins as well. She is board-certified in adult psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry.

Holroyd specializes in geriatric psychiatry as well as memory disorders, dementia and behavioral disorders in the elderly and is currently accepting new patients at the Marshall Psychiatry location, 1115 20th St., Suite 205 in Huntington. Please call 304-691-1500 for more information or visit www.marshallhealth.org.

Other Marshall Health physicians who have the Castle Connolly distinction are: Charles Giangarra, Orthopaedics; Zeid Khitan, Nephrology; Ali Oliashirazi, Orthopaedics; Joseph Shapiro, Nephrology; Frank Shuler, Orthopaedics; Rebecca Wolfer, Surgery; Jacqueline Ray, Pediatrics and Deborah Klimek, Pediatric Ophthalmology.


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Monday January 12, 2015
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Marshall, local branch of NAACP planning activities for MLK Jr. Day

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - In conjunction with the Huntington-Cabell Branch of the NAACP, Marshall University will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 19, with various activities, including the MLK Jr. Traditional March.

Maurice Cooley, associate vice president of Intercultural Affairs, said his office and the NAACP are co-planning this year's activities with the local community, churches, pastors, community leaders, and various other constituents in the area.

"We hope to have strong support from our Marshall family," Cooley said. "Our goal at Marshall is to have 250 faculty, staff and/or students attending at least the traditional march and as many as possible to attend the unique observance day program at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, immediately following the march."

When he moved into the position of associate vice president of Intercultural Affairs last year, one of the first things Cooley did was contact Sylvia Ridgeway, president of the local NAACP chapter, to express his desire to co-plan all future MLK Day events - including the traditional march - with the community each year.

"King's principles are fully consistent with neighbors becoming brothers," Cooley said. "King once said, 'The large house in which we live demands that we transform this world-wide neighborhood into a world-wide brotherhood.' Consequently, this year we have had a great collaboration with the NAACP and we look forward to a great celebration on January 19th."

The march will be led by Pastor Donte' Jackson of First Baptist Church, other local ministers, the NAACP and Marshall University leaders. It starts at 4:30 p.m. at 16th Street Baptist Church, located at 1647 9th Ave., and ends at Marshall's Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, located across 5th Avenue from the Memorial Student Center.

A celebration will follow the march at 5:30 p.m. in the performing arts center. It will feature a performance by the Marshall University Chamber Choir; original poetry readings by Tim Meadows, a performance by the Jehovah's Warriors Praise-Dance Team, and a rendition of King's "I Have a Dream" speech by Lynn Edwards.

Gary White, Marshall University's interim president, will speak during the celebration, as will Ridgeway. The Huntington High School Chamber Choir also will perform.

"We want to demonstrate our support for community integration and inclusion, while continuing to raise awareness of Dr. King's contributions," Cooley said. "This is the time and a most worthy occasion to show our support for social justice in memory of Dr. King. We want everyone to pour out their support for this historical occasion in recognition of the social unrest in our country, even today."

A light reception will follow the celebration in the performing arts center.


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Friday January 9, 2015
Contact: Michele Muth, Race Director, 304-696-2943

Marshall Recreation Center to host Pump and Run competition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Pump and Run, a competition that features a combination of weight lifting and a 5K run, will take place at the Marshall Recreation Center on the Huntington campus Saturday, Jan. 31. The event begins at 8 a.m.

Participants will be able to take up to 15 minutes off their running time by shedding 30 seconds off their time with each bench press rep.

The 5K run (3.1 miles) will be completed outside, around the Marshall University campus, and will include chip timing. In the case of inclement weather, the run will take place on the Rec Center treadmills.

The pump portion of the race, which precedes the run, will take place in the Rec Center. Participants will weigh in with an event representative to determine the amount of weight to be bench pressed. One max attempt is allowed.

In the younger men categories, boys ages 12-14 will lift 65 percent of their body weight, and boys ages 15-18 will lift 85 percent of their body weight.

Men ages 19-39 will be responsible for lifting 100 percent of their body weight. Men ages 40-49 will lift 90 percent of their body weight, and men ages 50-59 will lift 80 percent of their body weight. Men ages 60 and over will lift 70 percent of their body weight.

In the younger women category, girls ages 12-14 will lift 45 percent of their body weight, and girls ages 15-18 will lift 55 percent of their body weight. Women ages 19-39 will be responsible for lifting 70 percent of their body weight. Women ages 40-49 will lift 60 percent of their body weight. Women ages 50-59 will be responsible for lifting 50 percent of their body weight. Women ages 60 and over will lift 40 percent of their body weight.

There will be seven age divisions ranging from 12 to 60 and older as well as male and female divisions. Scores will be determined by the 5K time minus number of reps x 30 seconds. Awards will be given to the overall top male and female contenders and to the first-place finishers in each of the men's and women's divisions.

Participants can sign up for Pump and Run at the Marshall Recreation Center welcome desk or online at www.tristateracer.com. Participants will be able to sign up the day of the event. The entry fee for the Pump and Run is $20.

For more information or to sponsor the race, contact Michele Muth, the race director, by phone at 304-696-2943, or by e-mail at pallante1@marshall.edu.


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Thursday January 8, 2015
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Marshall University to celebrate life and legacy of President Kopp Jan. 13 with public memorial service

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will celebrate the life and legacy of the late President Stephen J. Kopp with a memorial service to be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the Cam Henderson Center Arena on the Huntington campus. Kopp died suddenly Dec. 17, 2014.

The service is open to the public and parking on campus will be free the day of the ceremony. Visitors are urged to arrive early, since classes are in session and parking spaces are limited. The doors of the Henderson Center will open at 1 p.m.

The service will be live streamed at www.marshall.edu/it/livestream beginning at 2 p.m.

All classes will be cancelled from 2 to 4 p.m. so students and faculty can attend the service. Classes that convene in the afternoon prior to that timeframe will recess at 2 p.m.

Central university offices will remain staffed to serve returning students. Those offices include, but are not limited to, Admissions, Bursar, Registrar, Financial Aid, Campus ID, and Housing and Residence Life.


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Wednesday January 7, 2015
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Marshall juried art exhibition receives record number of entries from across U.S.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Fourth Annual National Juried Exhibition has been narrowed from the more than 200 submissions nationwide to 18 exhibitors.

Free and open to the public, the exhibition's opening reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Visual Arts Center Gallery at 927 Third Ave. The exhibition will be on display until Feb. 20 during the gallery's normal business hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

"We received more than double the number of entries from last year," said Megan Schultz, Visual Arts Center gallery director and facilities coordinator.

Juror Arif Khan, who whittled the list, will select one artist to receive the Juror's Choice award and a cash prize of $200 prior to the opening reception.

"The selected artists represent an impressive range of media, from photography to sculpture," said Khan, the Mary Price Ratrie Curator of Art at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston, West Virginia.

The exhibition is presented by Marshall University's College of Arts and Media and the School of Art & Design. For more information about the exhibition, visit www.marshall.edu/cam, e-mail galleries@marshall.edu, or call 304-696-7299.


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Wednesday January 7, 2015
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Scholarship created at School of Medicine in honor of lifelong West Virginia couple

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. The Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine announced today creation of the C. Douglas Phillips, M.D., F.A.C.R., Scholarship to assist a medical student with educational expenses.

The scholarship was created by Dr. Doug Phillips, Class of 1984, in honor of his parents, Mr. Clifford R. and Mrs. Angelia E. Phillips, lifelong West Virginia residents who reside in Randolph County.   In making the scholarship, Doug Phillips credited his parents with instilling in him a love of learning.

"My parents' selfless commitment to higher education and their love and guidance are a constant inspiration," Phillips said.  "In addition to my parents, the scholarship is also established in honor of my children, Caitlin and Kiel, and my wife, Dr. Deborah Shatzkes.  I'm very pleased to honor my family in a way that 'pays it forward' for a Marshall medical student."

Phillips graduated in just three years from Marshall University in 1981 with a regents bachelor of arts degree while simultaneously attending his first year of medical school.   After graduating from Marshall's medical school in 1984, he then completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Virginia, followed by a fellowship in neuroradiology at Virginia. 

Last year, Phillips was named the 2014 Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus.  He is currently a professor of radiology at the Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York.

The recipient of the Phillips award will be an entering first-year medical student with preference to a resident of Randolph County.  Second preference will go to a resident of one of the surrounding counties, including Barbour, Pendleton, Tucker, Webster or Upshur.  The award is renewable for three additional years pending normal academic progress.


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Tuesday January 6, 2015
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MU Board approves new arts degree

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Beginning in the fall, Marshall University students will be able to pursue a new type of arts degree through the College of Arts and Media.

The newly approved Bachelor of Arts in the Arts degree focuses on breadth with a liberal arts orientation as opposed to the "arts-intense" Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, College of Arts and Media Dean Donald Van Horn said.

"The new B.A. in the Arts is really just an entirely different degree," Van Horn said. "Students will be able to major in art, music, theatre or allied arts, a mix of the three."

Dr. Vicki Stroeher, Marshall's coordinator of music history and literature, who chaired the effort, said although the degree proposal process is laborious, the new possibilities now available to students are worth it.

"With this degree, students can explore arts-related careers and interests, including arts management, arts administration, arts criticism, arts therapy, and art or music history," Stroeher said. "Students will truly be able to design their curriculum in support of a dream in the arts."

"We anticipate a new cadre of students enrolling as majors in the College of Arts and Media with interest in alternative careers in the arts who would not have chosen Marshall or would have opted for a major in a different college at Marshall," Van Horn said.
 
For more information about the Bachelor of Arts in Arts degree, visit www.marshall.edu/cam.


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Researchers celebrate silver anniversary together at School of Medicine

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. For just over a quarter of a century, Ronald J. Stanek, M.S., and Maurice A. Mufson, M.D., have worked as a team in the Virus Research Laboratory, Department of Internal Medicine, at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

Stanek received his master's degree in biological sciences from Marshall University in 1984, and began working with Mufson five years later.  Mufson had been hired in the late 1970s as the inaugural chairman of the department of internal medicine at Marshall. He and Stanek set about conducting virus research in the areas of pulmonary diseases, including pneumonia and bronchiolitis in children, serious lung diseases due to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and pneumonia and meningitis in adults due to the most common bacterial pathogen, the pneumococcus.

"Ronald's technical expertise quickly moved our research forward and eventually into interesting investigations on the molecular biology of the pneumococcus," Mufson said.

Mufson began the research on the pneumococcus more than 35 years ago, 10 years before Stanek joined the effort. Mufson said he believes it is the longest continuous research on the occurrence of the bacterial pathogen in one community in the United States. Stanek and Mufson also were the first investigators to demonstrate and report that serious pneumococcal pneumonia responded significantly better to treatment with two antibiotics rather than with one.

"My achievements were only possible through the exceptional mentoring from Dr. Mufson," Stanek said. "Our years together in the lab have been good ones." 

Stanek has authored dozens of publications and abstracts in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has presented his research findings at numerous international and national scientific meetings.

Mufson now serves as professor and chairman emeritus of the department of internal medicine.

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Photo:  Maurice Mufson, M.D., (left) and Ronald Stanek, M.S., have been research partners for 25 years at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.


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