August 2004 News Releases

Tuesday August 31, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

WVU Tech Engineering Degree to be available on Marshall University's campus

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - In an effort to increase student access to engineering throughout the Advantage Valley region, West Virginia University, Marshall University and WVU Institute of Technology have partnered to offer an undergraduate engineering degree on Marshall's Huntington campus.

"This degree model demonstrates effective collaboration among West Virginia's colleges and universities. Sharing resources and expertise allows the partners to provide greater access to engineering education for the citizens of West Virginia," said Dr. Sarah N. Denman, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Marshall.

Through the partnership, WVU Tech and WVU will provide junior and senior civil engineering courses to Marshall students that will supplement Marshall's existing freshman/sophomore undergraduate engineering program. Many courses will be available on Marshall's Huntington campus, and some will be available on MU's South Charleston campus.

Courses will be offered in accordance with Tech's current civil engineering curriculum, which has long been accredited by the national Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Marshall students who successfully complete the curriculum will earn a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from WVU Tech.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with WVU and WVU Tech to meet the demand for this type of program from our current and future students," Denman said. "In addition, Marshall is excited to be a part of increasing the availability of engineering to larger numbers of students at a time when the national engineering community is concerned about filling the ranks of engineers in the near future."

Dr. Gerald Lang, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research at West Virginia University, said WVU is pleased to be a part of the collaboration.

"All students in southern West Virginia will have the advantage of access to a Civil Engineering degree through this partnership which offers courses leading to a four-year degree in all three locations," Lang said.

"We are very excited to be able to expand our program availability, especially at a time when all of higher education is facing serious financial challenges," added WVU Tech interim President Dr. Galan Janeksela.

Although Marshall's four-year degree program in engineering was discontinued in 1970, freshmen- and sophomore-level courses common to most fields in engineering have remained available. Until now, students needed to transfer to other institutions to complete the final two years of their engineering programs.

The freshman/sophomore program also will remain available to students interested in other fields of engineering. Marshall is currently working through the campus and state-wide approval process associated with offering its own undergraduate engineering degree program in the near future.

The first junior-level courses in civil engineering at Marshall University will be offered in fall 2005, making the degree program available for current Marshall freshmen and sophomores, in addition to students entering Marshall in fall 2005 and beyond. WVU Tech and Marshall plan to make scheduling and registration for the program and courses a one-step process for students.

For more information, persons may contact the dean's office of Marshall's College of Information Technology and Engineering at (304) 696-5453, or Or, contact Tech's Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering at (304) 442-3161. Updates on program development and availability will be available at

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Monday August 30, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Welcome reception planned at MU for new African American students

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Center for African American Students' Programs is sponsoring its annual Harambee, an informal welcome reception for all African American freshmen and transfer students.

Harambee begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room on Marshall's Huntington campus. The event is open to all students and organizations.

Maurice Cooley, director of the Center for African American Students' Programs, said Harambee is Swahili for "let's pull together." The reception is to recognize and celebrate the new black students on campus as they prepare for the coming year.

"We want the students to feel welcome and enjoy Marshall," Cooley said.

Cooley said he hopes many MU administrators, faculty members, deans, coaches and athletes will attend Harambee. Last year, he said, the entire Marshall women's basketball team attended. In all, about 90 new students took part in last year's event, and Cooley hopes for at least 150 this year. Marshall has about 275 new black students this year, he said.

More information on the event is available by calling Cooley at (304) 696-5430.

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Monday August 30, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Four to join Marshall University Business Hall of Fame

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Four local men will receive Marshall University's highest honor for achievement in business this fall when they are inducted into the institution's Business Hall of Fame.

The inductees are: Richard A. "Dick" Muth, president of Muth Lumber Company, Inc.; Glenn W. Hall, retired partner of Somerville and Company; James C. "Jim" Hamer of Jim C. Hamer Company, Inc., and Charles R. "Charlie" Neighborgall III, president and CEO of Neighborgall Construction Company.

The induction ceremony takes place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. It will be preceded by a formal reception at 6:30 p.m. There will not be a dinner this year.

Proceeds support the Marshall University Lewis College of Business. For more information or to purchase tickets, persons may contact Lana Egnatoff at (304) 696-3319 or Mary Copley at (304) 696-2316.

Muth, Hall, Hamer and Neighborgall will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in recognition of their success in business and for demonstrating the highest standards of public service and ethical performance.

For the past two years, the Hall of Fame induction ceremony has taken place in Charleston. In future years, the event will alternate between Huntington and Charleston. The Lewis College of Business undergraduate programs are located on the Huntington campus and the Graduate School of Management is located on the South Charleston campus.
Here is a brief look at each inductee:

  • Richard A. "Dick" Muth is president of Muth Lumber Company, Inc., in Ironton, Ohio. He is a native of Huntington, where he graduated from St. Joseph's High School and attended Marshall University. Muth and his brother, Tim, purchased Muth Lumber and Kiln Drying from their father, William Muth Jr., in March 1984, forming Muth Lumber Company, Inc., in Kenova. They moved to a larger parcel of land in Ironton, Ohio, in 1987. The company has grown sixfold since the move. Muth has won many awards, including Lawrence County (Ohio) Businessman of the Year in 2001. He was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in 1998. Muth is a member of the John Marshall Society.
  • Glenn W. Hall is a retired partner with Somerville and Company in Huntington. A native West Virginian, he grew up in Ceredo, W.Va., graduating from Ceredo-Kenova High School. After serving in the 85th Fighter Wing of the 20th Air Force in the South Pacific during World War II, he returned to the Tri-State and enrolled at Marshall College, graduating in 1949. In 1954, Hall became a CPA and joined Somerville and Company, a CPA firm, in Huntington. Hall, the youngest of the original partners, practiced at Somerville for 36 years. He has been active on many community boards, and is a member of the John Marshall Society. In 2003, the City of Ceredo honored Hall with Volunteer of the Year award.
  • James C. "Jim" Hamer reestablished the family wood products business in 1976, three years after it was sold by his father, JP Hamer, thus realizing a lifelong dream. Hamer was born and still lives in Kenova, W.Va., and he is a Ceredo-Kenova High School graduate. Since 1976, the company has grown from a small single circular sawmill operation to a multi-location company with operations to manufacture more than 80 million board feet. The company's products are sold to the global market, and Jim C. Hamer Co. is known and respected world wide for their high quality. For many years, Hamer and his family have been major contributors to Marshall University.
  • Charles R. "Charlie" Neighborgall III is president and CEO of Neighborgall Construction Co. He is a native of Huntington, graduating from Christchurch School in Christchurch, Va., where he was salutatorian. He started working with Neighborgall Construction Co., the family business, when he was only 14, carrying water to the workmen. He gradually moved up the company ladder, assuming his current position in 1983. His company has built many structures in Huntington, including the recently completed Harless Dining Hall and student housing project at Marshall University. Neighborgall is a 1967 cum laude graduate of Marshall.

Note: Photos of the new inductees are available for use by the media at

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Thursday August 26, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

MU Alumni Association plans 'follow the Herd' tailgate at OSU

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Tickets for the Marshall University Alumni Association's "follow the Herd" tailgate party, which is sponsored by Appalachian Power and coincides with the Thundering Herd's football game with Ohio State University Sept. 11 in Columbus, Ohio, are on sale now.

Tickets cost $10 in advance and $15 at the door, and cover admission to the tailgate only. Food and beverages, which will be catered by the Marshall Hall of Fame Caf, will be sold separately.

Marshall plays Ohio State at 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. The tailgate party runs from 11 a.m. through 9 p.m. at the River Watch Towers on Lane Avenue near the stadium.

"This is going to be a tailgate party no Herd fan wants to miss," said Nancy Pelphrey, coordinator of alumni programs. "Even if you don't have a ticket to the game, you'll want to experience the excitement of one of Marshall's largest tailgate parties ever before one of our biggest games ever. And, you might even win tickets to the game!"

Tailgate tickets may be purchased in advance at the Marshall Hall of Fame Caf in Huntington and the Buckeye Hall of Fame Caf in Columbus; through Ticketmaster outlets in Huntington (304) 523-5757 or Columbus (614) 431-3600, or at

The tailgate party will feature live entertainment before and after the game, and it will have a big screen TV on which the game will be shown. Herd fans that don't have tickets to the game are encouraged to buy tickets to the tailgate. Pelphrey said five pair of game tickets will be given away during the tailgate party.

The Marshall pep band and cheerleaders will perform during the party, WDGG-FM "The DAWG" will broadcast live, and fans will have a chance to win other prizes.

For more information, persons may call the alumni association at (304) 696-5869 or (800) 682-5869.

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Thursday August 26, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Herd Village returns this year with a new twist

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University football enthusiasts can start their game days early again this season at the Herd Village tailgate party, where they also may purchase many of their game day needs.

For the first time, Herd Village's major sponsor, Marshall University Bookstore, will be set up in the tailgate area to sell everything green and white from shirts to pom-poms.

"Herd Village is a fun place for Marshall fans to gather before every Herd game," Nancy Pelphrey, coordinator of alumni programs, said. "We are thrilled that the Marshall Bookstore has agreed to be our sponsor this year along with radio stations The Planet 92.7 and 93.7 The DAWG."

Herd Village is located on the infield of Walter "Lefty" Rollins Track next to Cam Henderson Center. Block ticket discounts, catering and tent rental arrangements can be made through the Marshall University alumni office.

All profits from Herd Village help fund scholarships for a Marshall band member and a cheerleader.

Home games for the 2004 season are Troy State, Sept. 4, 4:30 p.m.; Miami (Ohio), Sept. 29, 7 p.m.; Buffalo, Oct. 23, 4:30 p.m.; Central Florida, Oct. 30, 2:30 p.m.; and Western Michigan, Nov. 20, 4:30 p.m.

For more information or to reserve a space, persons may contact the alumni association at (304) 696-3134 or (800) 682-5869.

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Wednesday August 25, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

'Miss Julia' author to speak at luncheon for supporters of libraries at Marshall, WVU

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Ann B. Ross, author of the Miss Julia series and a former instructor of literature at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, will be the featured speaker at the second annual author luncheon for supporters of the libraries at Marshall University and West Virginia University.

The event is at noon Thursday, Sept. 9 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston. Lunch will be served, followed by a presentation by Ross and then a book signing. Admission is $12 at the door, or $8 for Friends of the Library.

"(WVU Libraries) Dean Frances O'Brien and I heard a speaker at a library meeting last year and decided that our fiction-loving Friends groups would enjoy her talk. That led to the first joint luncheon of the groups, in the spring of 2003," said Barbara Winters, dean of the Marshall University Libraries. "Since it was such an enjoyable event, we decided to make it an annual one."

This time, guests will learn from Ross, whose books include Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind, Miss Julia Takes Over, Miss Julia Throws a Wedding, and Miss Julia Hits the Road, and the latest contribution, Miss Julia Meets Her Match.

O'Brien and Winters say they believe their guests will enjoy hearing from Ross. Winters was immediately drawn to Ross upon discovering her in a book group.

"She is a marvelous mixture of old-fashioned propriety with a dose of feminism and panache. Every character in the series is endearing - well, most of them, at any rate," Winters said. "Readers simply fall in love with Miss Julia."

Still, for some, the most interesting part of the story is the partnership between WVU and Marshall.

Collaboration, though, is nothing new for O'Brien and Winters. The two play active roles in the West Virginia Library Association and visit the Legislature each year to fight for funding for libraries around the state.

"West Virginia is a small state so it only makes sense for the two largest universities to work together," O'Brien said. "We share an academic mission, and we both are struggling with enhancing our collections and resources in the midst of budget concerns.

"Finances have been a chief issue everywhere. Across the nation, state colleges and universities and their libraries have been hit hard by the sluggish economy. With smaller portions of the state coffers being directed toward higher education, private support has become even more critical to bridge the gap."

Winters and O'Brien hope to use the luncheon to convey their appreciation.

"The amount of information - both print and electronic - is growing at a phenomenal rate. The cost to libraries for purchasing that information is increasing much faster than the Consumer Price Index," Winters said. "Donations help us maintain and build upon our current resources."

More information is available by calling Winters at (304) 696-2318.

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Tuesday August 24, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

MU music professor receives grant from ASCAP

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University music professor Mark Zanter has been selected to receive a 2004-2005 grant from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). This is the fourth consecutive year that Zanter has received the award.

The awards are given to assist and encourage ASCAP composers as well as support the growth and development of the nation's and educational institution's musical future.

"This is a valuable service for concert music," Zanter said. "It is very difficult for people wanting to write concert music to earn a living so the program provides worthwhile recognition for composers of concert music."

Awards are granted by an independent panel of judges who evaluate the prestige value of each writer's compositions and recent performances in areas not surveyed by the society.

The panel of judges included: Peter Filichia, drama critic for the (Newark) Star Ledger; Peter Keepnews, a journalist specializing in jazz and popular culture; Melinda Newman, West Coast bureau chief of Billboard; Pat Prescott, veteran radio personality who is host of the morning show on KTWV ("The Wave") in Los Angeles; Michael Morgan, conductor of the Oakland-East Bay Symphony Orchestra; H. Robert Reynolds, professor emeritus at the University of Michigan; and Steve Smith, classical music critic for Time Out New York.

More information is available by calling Zanter at (304) 696-2482.

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Friday August 20, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Fall semester begins Monday at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Predicting Marshall University's enrollment for the fall 2004 semester, which begins Monday, Aug. 23, is not easy, and the final numbers won't be in for some time. But one prediction is easy - the pace at Marshall and in Huntington is about to pick up drastically.

Pedestrian and automobile traffic near MU's Huntington campus already has increased with the beginning earlier today of Welcome Weekend 2004, which brought many new students and their families to Marshall for three days of activities heading into the start of school. An estimated 2,500 people - not counting the 240-member Marching Thunder - attended the traditional Welcome Weekend family picnic this afternoon on Buskirk Field and the Memorial Student Center Plaza.

"Its always exciting to see the students come back," said Sarah Denman, Marshall's Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. "It's exciting for the students, the faculty and staff. It picks up the pace and makes it a lot of more exciting around here. It reminds us of why we're here."

By 8 a.m. Monday, when the first classes of the semester begin, the changes will be evident. Students will flock to nearby surface parking spots, all of which have been reserved, according to Jim Terry, Director of Public Safety at Marshall. As of late this afternoon, fewer than 100 spaces remained in the school's 1,009-space parking garage.

Terry said MU police officers will be visible Monday as they assist students in their quest to find particular parking lots or areas. Those without permits will be directed to other areas, such as meter parking on nearby streets.

Those who purchased a parking permit and mailed their payment in recently, but too late to receive the permit in the mail, may pick the permit up at MU's Department of Public Safety from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday. The Department of Public Safety is located inside the Welcome Center at 5th Avenue and 18th Street. Garage permits may be purchased at the bursar's office in Old Main. More information on parking is available by calling (304) 696-6406.

Terry cautioned motorists to drive slowly around Marshall's campus because many students will be walking to and from classes at all hours of the day. "We don't want anyone hitting our kids," he said.

Marshall's enrollment has consistently stayed above 16,000 the past few years, reaching a record high of 16,551 in fall 2002. One reason for the high enrollment has been the PROMISE Scholarship, implemented in 2002 for West Virginia residents. Marshall currently has 702 new PROMISE scholars for the upcoming year.

Frances Hensley, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, said Marshall has hired 45 new faculty for the 2004-05 school year. Marshall also has contracted with a new plagiarism prevention service, which students soon will hear a lot about.

"It will make it easier for faculty to detect plagiarism," Hensley said. "Therefore, we hope it will decrease the incidences of plagiarism, especially on the Internet."

Beginning Monday, volunteers from faculty and staff will be out on campus greeting students and helping them find their way around.

Students who haven't been to campus since last spring will note significant progress in construction of the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center on 3rd Avenue. The $40 million building is scheduled to open in August 2006.

Later in the fall, students will be able to go to the movies, new restaurants and even a comedy club without traveling far as Pullman Square opens in downtown Huntington. A three-day grand opening is planned for Nov. 18-20. The complex will include a 16-screen movie theater, currently under construction.

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Wednesday August 18, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marching Thunder grows to 240 members

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Steve Barnett likes what he sees - and hears - from the Marshall University marching band as eight-hour-a-day summer practices continue.

"The band is really kickin,' " said Barnett, MU's second-year director of athletic bands. "We're young but we don't sound young."

The 2004-05 Marching Thunder has 240 members, which many believe is the highest number in school history. The band grew from 160 members in 2002 to 198 last year. In 2001, according to Barnett, it had about 100 members.

The band, bolstered by a larger and improved horn section, will perform in public Friday, Aug. 20, during the annual Welcome Weekend Kick-Off Family Picnic on Buskirk Field and the Memorial Student Center plaza. It will practice at 3:30 p.m. at Lefty Rollins Field, then move over to Buskirk and the plaza at 4:30 p.m.

Its first official performance will be at Marshall's season-opening football game Sept. 4 against Troy State at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Kickoff is at 4:30 p.m.

Of the 240 members, 100 are new, Barnett said. He praised members of the Marshall music department for their recruiting efforts, and said his own experience directing several all-county or region bands in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky, along with judging contests this year has paid off.

"In my 30-year knowledge of the Marshall marching band, 240 members would be the largest enrollment we've had," said Ben Miller, a professor of music at MU. "We are quite pleased with all of the efforts Mr. Barnett has put towards the band. Hopefully we can build on the enthusiasm and continue to build the band program."

More information on the band is available by calling Barnett at (304) 696-2317.

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Tuesday August 17, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Welcome Weekend 2004 expected to draw 2,500 to MU

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - About 2,500 new students and members of their families will take part in Welcome Weekend 2004 activities beginning Friday, Aug. 20, on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Ryan Helton, senior admissions counselor and on-campus events coordinator for Marshall's admissions office, said numerous activities are planned from 9 a.m. Friday through the evening of Sunday, Aug. 22. The first day of fall classes is Monday, Aug. 23.

"Welcome Weekend is a great opportunity for students to get to know each other," Helton said. "We want the new students to be comfortable with their new surroundings and focus on personal relationships in the first few days. In the past, even though the weekend went very well, it wasn't conducive to 'Let's get together and make new friends.' That's our focus this year."

The biggest event of the three days is the Welcome Weekend Kick-Off Family Picnic, which begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday on the Memorial Student Center plaza. MU President Dan Angel will greet the new students and their families, and the Marching Thunder, under second-year director Steve Barnett, will perform.

Here is the complete schedule of Welcome Weekend 2004 activities:

Friday, Aug. 20

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Welcome Weekend Check-In - MU Welcome Center, Memorial Student Center lobby, Marshall Commons plaza.

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Move into the Residence Halls - Students will go to the front desk of their assigned residence hall, and public safety will direct parking for vehicle unloading. Student organizations will be available to help students move into the residence halls.

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Stewart's Welcome Weekend Hotdog Social - Memorial Student Center plaza, sponsored by Stewart's Hotdogs.

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.: Welcome Weekend Kick-Off Family Picnic - located on the Memorial Student Center plaza and Buskirk Field. Students will meet deans, departments and support staff, the Marching Thunder and Color Guard will perform, and President Dan Angel will greet the students and their families.

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.: WMUL Live Remote - in conjunction with the Family Picnic.

5 - 10 p.m.: 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament - sponsored by Alpha Sigma Phi, all students are welcome; outside on the basketball courts between Lefty Rollins Track and Twin Towers East. Equipment will be provided.

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.: Sorority Parent/Student Information Night - All female students are welcome; located in Memorial Student Center Room 2W16.

Saturday, Aug. 21

9 a.m. - 11 a.m.: Continental Breakfast -- Memorial Student Center lobby.

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Welcome Weekend Check-In - MU Welcome Center, Memorial Student Center lobby, Marshall Commons plaza.

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Tennis Party - MU tennis courts. Students may bring their own racquet or use one provided by Marshall. All levels of play, from beginner to advanced.

Noon - 1 p.m.: Papa John's Pizza Party, Memorial Student Center plaza.

2 - 4 p.m.: Tie-Dye T-shirts - Buskirk Field (shirts provided).

4 - 7 p.m.: Student Government Social, Memorial Student Center plaza. Food and fun with new students and their Student Government representatives.

7 - 10 p.m.: Welcome Weekend Carnival, Memorial Student Center plaza. Events include:

HALO LAN Party sponsored by the Student Activities Programming Board, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Music featuring The Beautiful Down & The Ones that Got Away

Popcorn, cotton candy, and snow cones available.

Sunday, Aug. 22

Noon - 2 p.m.: Interfraternity Council Picnic - Buskirk Field

1 - 3 p.m.: Class Walk Through - students meet on Memorial Student Center plaza. Orientation leaders and MU Student Ambassadors will walk new students through their schedule.

4 - 5:30 p.m.: Dinner Picnic -- Harless Dining Hall Commons Area, for residence hall students only (sponsored by Sodexho).

6 - 8 p.m.: Brian Brushwood's Bizarre Magic - Memorial Student Center, Don Morris Room.

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Saturday August 14, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Parthenon editors, writers win 12 WVPA awards

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Editors and writers with The Parthenon, Marshall University's student newspaper, won 12 awards in the 2004 Better Newspaper contest of the West Virginia Press Association.

The awards were announced and presented Aug. 7 at Snowshoe Mountain Resort. The contest was judged by press associations from the northeast United States.

Marilyn McClure, faculty member and Parthenon adviser, said the 12 awards are double the highest number of awards won in past WVPA contests by the newspaper. In addition, she said, 40 Marshall alumni won awards for their work on newspapers throughout West Virginia.

The Press Association said there was record participation this year with 3,102 entries. The Parthenon is in Division III, which consists of all daily newspapers in West Virginia with circulation under 15,000.

Here are the awards won by Parthenon editors and writers:

  • Sports section, Thundering Herd Football Issue - first place, staff;
  • Lifestyle pages, "Fighting Incivility," second place, Beth Davis, from Jumping Branch, W.Va., in Summers County, former Parthenon Life! Editor;
  • Lifestyle feature, "Teacher's Pet," Alice Green, honorable mention, from Salem, W.Va., Doddridge County, former Parthenon columnist and reporter;
  • Lifestyle feature, "Torn from the Pages," Ryan Epling, second place, from Wayne County, former reporter;
  • Sports feature writing, "Ready for the Challenge," Jason McClure, honorable mention, from Charleston, former reporter;
  • Sports feature writing, "Before the Game Whistle Blows," Jamie Dempsey, third place, from Lenore in Mingo County, former wire editor;
  • Front page design, Oct. 28, 2003, Mike Andrick, first place, from Bridgeport, W.Va., Harrison County, former managing editor, Life! editor; photo editor;
  • Cartoon or drawing, "Belly from the Delly," Will Miller, second place, from Branchland, W.Va., former cartoonist;
  • Info Graphic, "Still Remembering," Mike Andrick, second place (9-11 anniversary);
  • News photo, "Please Let the Dogs Out," Mike Andrick, second place;
  • Photo essay, "Great American Ballpark," Matt Riley, third place, from Barboursville; former executive editor and sports editor;
  • Photo essay, "Recreation, Racing & Rain," Mike Andrick, first place.

Former Parthenon reporter Tom Matthew Lockhart of Huntington won the Roy Owens Memorial Scholarship, one of the five the West Virginia Press Association Foundation awards annually.

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