A newly appointed Marshall University researcher has received funding from the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for an ongoing project on the pharmacogenetics of immunosuppressive drugs.
The Alliance for the Economic Development for Southern West Virginia (Alliance), the WV Community Development Hub and Coalfield Development recognized six community programs at the Small Communities, Big Solutions Conference in South Charleston Tuesday.
The Power of Performance Awards recognize individuals, organizations or employers who have put people to work, revitalized communities or changed lives. The recipients were the nominees that received the top scores in each of these three categories. The nominations were scored by an independent panel of judges.
The Revitalizing Communities Award was presented to Vicki Webb with the Community Transformation Project in Raleigh County, which works with children of all ages helping them grow their STEM skills. The second recipient was Ashland Scenic Campground in McDowell County, the largest ATV lodging facility in the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System, which contributes to the local economy and introduced more than 10,000 out-of-state guests to West Virginia last year.
“Some of the dominant themes that emerged from our conference were the need to prepare people, especially young people, for the workforce, and the need to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit in order to grow our economy,” said Brandon Dennison, Chief Executive Officer for Coalfield Development. “These recipients are shining examples of how both can revitalize communities.”
The Putting People to Work Award was presented to Tammy Jordan with Fruits of Labor in Greenbrier and Fayette Counties, which has developed a comprehensive training-to employment program with the goal of improving the lives of at-risk youth and adults in recovery. Also honored was Judy Moore, with the West Virginia Hive Network in Raleigh County, who connects small businesses and entrepreneurs with resources and expertise to help them grow and prosper.
“Connecting people who want to work with training and opportunities is often the first step to changing a life,” said Sara Payne Scarbro, chair of the Alliance’s Operations Council, “Programs like Fruits of Labor and the West Virginia Hive Network are valuable resources for those who are just starting out or who need a fresh start.”
The Changing Lives Award was presented to Sarah Riley with High Rocks Educational Corporation in Pocahontas County, who has created valuable partnerships with AmeriCorps, the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine and the National Science Foundation to help make higher education more accessible for hundreds of underserved students in Southern West Virginia. Also honored in this category was the Healthy Grandfamilies Project in Kanawha County, which provides support to grandparent-headed households that has resulted in improved health and the ability to cope with the demands of parenting later in life.
“There are so many deserving organizations doing so many innovative things to change lives around the state,” Stephanie Tyree, West Virginia Community Development Hub’s executive director said. “By honoring programs like the High Rocks Educational Corporation and the Healthy Grandfamilies Project, we can encourage others who feel compelled to do something similar in their communities to make a difference.”
The Small Communities, Big Solutions Conference took place Monday and Tuesday, at BridgeValley’s Advanced Technology Center in South Charleston.
Sponsors for the conference include AEP, AARP, Sodexo, Marshall Health, N3, West Virginia Executive Magazine, Savage Grant, United Bank and Marshall University Research Corporation. A complete agenda with additional details on our conference partners can be accessed here: https:l/www.eventbrite.com/e/small-communities-biq-solutions-conference tickets-49349268992.
Overall student enrollment at Marshall University is up this fall, according to a report delivered at today’s Board of Governors meeting on the Huntington campus.
Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall Health and Cabell Huntington Hospital medical and dental staff welcome Farzad Amiri, M.D., and Shawna Grimm, D.O., to their surgery teams of providers.
Marshall University’s School of Music will present its University Chorus, along with its campus a capella group, 3rd Avenue, in a concert titled “Songs of Love and Light” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Smith Recital Hall on Marshall’s Huntington campus.
Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall Health and Cabell Huntington Hospital medical and dental staff welcome three new specialists in the areas of geriatrics and primary care.
Marshall University’s Digital Forensics and Information Assurance program will screen the documentary Operation Toussaint from the nonprofit organization Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in Room BE5 of the Memorial Student Center.
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has announced Marshall University as one of 35 awardees for its $26.5 million program to expand and diversify the economy in Appalachia’s coal-impacted communities through the POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative.
The Alliance for the Economic Development for Southern West Virginia, the West Virginia Community Development Hub and Coalfield Development Corporation have organized a two-day conference that focuses on sharing southern West Virginia successes, building connections and exploring economic opportunities. More than 125 people have registered for the sold-out “Small Communities, Big Solutions” conference.
Marshall University’s College of Information Technology and Engineering has announced the accreditation of two of its most popular programs. The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree program and the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program have received accreditation from the ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). ABET accredits institutions of higher education in computing, engineering, engineering technology and applied and natural science, to ensure that when their graduates leave, they are well prepared to enter the global workforce. Continue reading…