Remaining Events in the Birke Fine Arts Festival, Jan. 30-March 6, 2014


Dead Man’s Cell Phone // a play by Sarah Ruhl
Wednesday, Feb. 19 – Saturday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. each evening
Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre
Note: there is a charge for this event. Call 696-ARTS for tickets.

Dan Senn // Sound Installation Exhibit
8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25
Gallery 842

Marshall University Festival of New Music Concert 1
Music of Dan Senn
8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26
Smith Music Recital Hall

Marshall University Festival of New Music Concert 2
Music of Dan Senn
8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27
Jomie Jazz Center Forum

Marshall University Festival of New Music Concert 3
Lindsey Goodman, flute // Guest Artist Recital
Noon, Friday, Feb. 28
First Presbyterian Church, 1015 Fifth Ave., Huntington

Marshall University Festival of New Music // Soundwalk
2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28
Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center Atrium and Jomie Jazz Center Forum

Marshall University Festival of New Music Concert 4
Music of Dan Senn
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28
Smith Music Recital Hall

Vanessa German // Artist Talk
7 p.m. Thursday, March 6
Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre
Birke Festival Closing Reception immediately to follow in the Playhouse Lobby


Click to read news release about the festival.

Click to view the festival brochure online.


Classes cancelled Jan. 21 beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Due to worsening winter road conditions and temperatures expected to reach the single digits this evening, Marshall University is canceling all classes beginning at 3:30 p.m. and later Tuesday, Jan. 21. This applies to all campuses and centers, and includes night classes.

Students are advised to contact their instructors for any updates to their course schedules and assignments.

Marshall’s Housing and Residence Life Department is offering free overnight accommodations for students, faculty and staff who do not wish to commute home this evening. Those students and employees who are interested should contact Tracey Eggleston at 304-696-6004 or email their name and 901# to

Important Information about Health Care Coverage


Dear Students,

Open Enrollment for health care coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is currently being conducted.  You must sign up by December 23, 2013 for coverage to start on January 1, 2014.  Open Enrollment will end on March 31, 2014 for the Marketplace but will continue for Medicaid.  

Students who file their own tax returns and earn less than $15,856 a year, or $1,320 a month, may qualify for Medicaid, coverage with no premiums, no deductibles and modest copays. 

Students can enroll in the following ways:

  • If you are a WV resident, enroll electronically at
  • Students can enroll electronically at
  • Students can enroll by phone by calling 800-318-2596.

Students will need their most recent W2 or pay stubs for a month. Students should enter their own personal data (ex. social security number, birthday) electronically and should not share any of their personal information with anyone.

If you have questions call Student Health Education Programs at 304-696-4103.


Stephen Hensley

Dean of Student Affairs

Survey on Residential and Business Broadband

Members of the Marshall University community living in Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo, and Wayne Counties are asked to participate in a survey regarding broadband access.  The survey site describes the purpose:

Please assist the Region II Broadband Planning and Development Council by completing the survey by Friday, Sept. 20.



This request has been forwarded at the request of Allen Taylor, 304-696-6195.

Budget Conservation Measures

Frequently Asked Questions                                                         


General FAQs

Why were these actions necessary?

These measures are a proactive approach to to help manage and monitor the university’s cash flow in the face of expected cuts to the university’s state budget allocation for next year.

The budget cuts are anticipated due to declining state tax revenues. The university’s administration expects the portion of the institution’s budget that comes from the state to be cut 8.94%—approximately $5.11 million for the main campus—for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

By taking action now, we hope to avoid some of the drastic measures already happening at universities in other states, including layoffs and huge increases in tuition.

Decisions have been—and will continue to be—framed around the priorities and mission of our university, and as such, the best interests of our students, faculty and staff. The most important consideration in every spending decision will be the delivery of services to our students.

I heard months ago that there was going to be a 7.5% cut. Where did the 8.94% figure come from?

The 7.5% figure came from the West Virginia Department of Revenue and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission in August 2012.

In November 2012, it was reported that the amount might be as much as 8.72%.

The latest figure (8.94%) came from the Governor’s Executive Budget document, which was released in February. This is the most recent information we have.

Why wasn’t more notice given?

It was clear from the latest state budget projections that we had to act now. We are in the final quarter of this fiscal year and there has been no indication the state’s financial condition is improving. We have been watching the situation for signs it will get better, but the latest figures show a continuing decline in state tax revenues.

We understand these new measures will be somewhat of an inconvenience for the university community, but this is the best possible course of action. This proactive approach should put us in a much better position to face those cuts we have been told to expect.

What portion of Marshall’s budget comes from the state?

State appropriations made up nearly one-third of the university’s total revenues last year.

Besides state appropriations, what are the university’s sources of income?

The university’s other sources of revenue are grants and contracts, tuition and fees, investment income, auxiliary enterprises (like housing), and sales and services of educational activities (like tutoring).

Is the university in financial trouble?

Absolutely not. To the contrary, careful stewardship and planning over the past few years have left Marshall University in strong financial condition compared to most other universities across the country.

How long will this situation last?

We don’t know the answer. What happens in the future will largely depend on the state’s budget situation in fiscal year 2014 and beyond. However, it is clear that permanent changes to the university’s financial model will be necessary. We must become more flexible and able to respond quickly to economic downturns like the one the state is now experiencing.


Budget FAQs

What exactly is a “sweep” of funds?

It means most of the available balances in targeted revenue accounts have been consolidated into a single account from which departments will need to request withdrawals. The departments’ existing bills and commitments will be paid from that consolidated account. A minimum of $5,000 or the existing balance, whichever is less, was left to assist departments during the transition to the new system. 

How much money was “swept” from these revenue accounts?

The final figure will likely be in the millions. A firm figure is not yet available because budget officers are still sorting out all the encumbrances and other commitments.

What about money that is already encumbered or otherwise committed?

All encumbered commitments will be honored and adjustments will be made to cover unencumbered March Purchasing Card transactions.

What about fees that have been collected for specific purposes—like course/lab fees or clinic fees?

The purposes for which specific fees were collected will be preserved.

Does this mean our department can’t spend any of the money from these accounts?

No. This doesn’t mean that the money is absolutely not available to spend. It simply means that people have to ask first and be able to justify expenses from those accounts.

These revenue accounts represent funds that are generally more discretionary or flexible in nature. People may be asked to delay some purchases—a piece of equipment, for instance—or to look at less expensive options.

If a department requests a release and it is granted, those funds will be restored to that account and will be available for spending. In fact, some requests have already been granted and those funds have been released.

How do we request funds be released?

There is a simple process in place for people to request a release of funds from those revenue accounts. Quick turnaround of all requests is guaranteed. Details and the one-page request form are available here.


Hiring FAQs

What does the hiring freeze mean?

It means that vacant positions, including full-time faculty and staff, cannot be filled unless permission is requested and received through the new process outlined below.

What if we already have a search in progress?

This hiring freeze does not apply to searches already in progress. Those searches may proceed.

What positions are exempt from the freeze?

Positions that are considered “mission-critical” are exempt from these new measures. Remember, though, recruitment for all vacant positions will need to be approved through the process and a “mission critical” determination will be made on a case-by-case basis. More information and a list of the types of positions that may be exempted are available here.

How do we request permission to hire someone?

Details about the process for requesting permission to fill a position, along with the necessary forms, are available here.

Copier and toner cartridges available from Financial Aid

We have a color copier and some toner cartridges that are no longer needed in our office. The items are as follows:

• Lanier LD 032c color copier
• 3 Toshiba T-3520 toner cartridges
• 2 HP 82X toner cartridges
• Toshiba T-170F toner cartridge
• Toshiba TK-18 toner cartridge

These items will be given away to faculty and staff on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested, please contact Rachel Hagen at 304-696-3513 or Thank you.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week Starts Feb. 25

February 25th-March 2nd is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Join us in the fight against eating disorders!

Join us for these events:

The Truth About Pro-Anorexia

Monday, February 25th @ 7 p.m.

Memorial Student Center, BE5


The War on Obesity: More Harm than Good?

Wednesday, February 27th @ 7 p.m.

Memorial Student Center, 2W22


Real or Illusion?: Photo-Shopping in the Media

Thursday, February 28th @ 7 p.m.

Harris Hall 134


All events on Marshall University’s Huntington Campus

Sponsored by the MU Women’s Center

For more info contact

Stormwater Slogan Contest Winners Announced

The Environmental Health & Safety Department would like to congratulate Bethany Deborde and Rebecca Young for winning the Annual Stormwater Slogan Contest. Their participation and knowledge captured the effects polluted stormwater has on our environment. These slogans will be used throughout the semester to help spread the knowledge about how our actions impact stormwater and our environment. Marshall University is fortunate to have an environmentally conscious student body. We want to thank all of the participants for their time and efforts in this contest.

Winning slogans:

Don’t let your nightlife affect wildlife. Recycle or put your trash in the can.

-Bethany Deborde

Pollution is here we all agree.
If we don’t stop we will pay a fee.
We all know what the fee will be,
It will be our lives it’s plain to see.

-Rebecca Young

Honors College Dean Search – presentations next week

I am inviting all interested members of the Marshall University community to attend presentations by the two candidates for the position of Dean, Honors College.


Candidate:    K. L. Cook, Professor of Creative Writing and Literature, Prescott College

Date:               Tuesday, February 5

Time:              11- 11:45 a.m.

Location:        Memorial Student Center,  Student Resource Center


Candidate:    Dennis Hart, Director, Visiting International Professional Program, Michigan State University

Date:               Thursday, February 7

Time:              11 – 11:45 a.m.

Location:        Memorial Student Center, Student Resource Center


Thank you,

Steve Hensley
Search Committee Chair


The candidates have been given the following outline:

As part of the on-campus interview process, you will give a presentation to a group of faculty, staff, department chairs, students, and other campus and community stakeholders regarding your vision for the continued successful growth and development of the Honors College at Marshall University.  The presentation should last no more than 30 minutes (not including questions/discussion) and should address the following points, as well as any other topics you consider applicable and appropriate:  structure of the college and its programs, external funding issues and opportunities, engagement with other campus academic units and faculty, enhancing student enrichment and campus leadership opportunities, professional and community outreach, and student recruitment.  A computer and projector will be provided if you need such.


HP Printer Cartridges Available

Please contact Jyotsna Patel, Program Assistant in the Center for International Programs if you are interested in any of the following:

  • HP 22
  • HP 75
  • HP 57
  • HP 56
  • HP15
  • HP60