December 2004 News Releases



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Tuesday December 21, 2004
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WMUL students claim four Communicator Awards

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from Marshall University's public radio station, WMUL-FM, received four awards in the Communicator Awards 2004 Audio Competition. The winners were named last month in Arlington, Texas.

Students were honored with one Crystal Award of Excellence, one Award of Distinction and two honorable mention awards. This is the seventh year for this competition to include an audio component for judging.

The Communicator Awards come from a national awards organization that recognizes outstanding work in the communications field. Entries are judged by industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry. There were 923 entries in The Communicator Awards 2004 Audio Competition.

The prestigious Crystal Award of Excellence is presented to those entrants whose ability to communicate makes them the best in their field. About 13 percent of the entries won this award. The Crystal Award of Excellence winners are listed on The Communicator's web site www.communicator-awards.com.

The Award of Distinction is given for projects that exceed industry standards in production or communication skills. About 10 percent of the entries won this award. An Honorable Mention certificate was granted to those entries that meet the high standards of the industry.

Winners of The Communicator Awards come from radio stations, production facilities, advertising and public relations agencies, corporate communications departments, government entities, technicians, narrators, writers, and other professionals associated with the production of audio broadcasts and materials.

"This is an outstanding accomplishment to be recognized as having produced some of the best sports programming, promo productions and documentaries in the country," said Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, professor of electronic media management in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall, and faculty manager of WMUL-FM. "I am proud of the honor this Award of Excellence, Award of Distinction and the honorable mentions awards bestow on WMUL-FM, the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications and Marshall University. This success demonstrates to our student staff that dedication and hard work do pay off in the end."

The Crystal Award of Excellence winning entry was in the Student Produced Radio Sports Event category:

  • WMUL-FM's live broadcast of the 2004 Capital Classic: Marshall University versus West Virginia University men's basketball game played at Charleston Civic Center Coliseum in Charleston, W. Va., Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004. The students calling the game which was broadcast over 88.1 in Huntington were basketball play-by-play announcer Vince Payne, a graduate student from Hansford; W.Va.; color commentator Travis Smith, a recent graduate from Charles Town, W.Va.; statistician Heather Berry, a sophomore from St. Albans, W.Va.; statistician Angela Bradley, a senior from Scott Depot, W.Va.; and engineer Michael Stanley, a junior from West Hamlin, W.Va..

The Award of Distinction winning entry was in the Student Produced Radio Documentary category:

  • "The Fight for Right: Same Gender Marriage" was written and produced by Christina Riffle, a recent graduate from Dunbar, W.Va. The documentary was created for JMC 273 Practice in Radio, Tuesday, May 4, 2004.

The honorable mention award winning entries by WMUL-FM were in the Student Produced Radio Sports Event Promo and Sports Event categories:

  • "Battle for the Bell," an in-house promotional announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM's Promotional Announcement rotation from Monday, Oct. 4, 2004 through Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004, written and produced by Alex Reed, a senior from Virginia Beach, Va.
  • WMUL-FM's broadcast of Marshall versus No. 9 Ohio State University football game played at the Horseshoe in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004. The students calling the game, which was broadcast over 88.1 in Huntington, were football play-by-play announcer Vince Payne, a graduate student from Hansford, W.Va.; color commentator Alex Reed, a senior from Virginia Beach, Va.; and engineer Brandon Millman, a sophomore from Huntington.

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Monday December 20, 2004
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Farrell identifies priorities heading into interim presidency

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Interim President Michael J. Farrell doesn't officially take over at Marshall University until Jan. 1, but he already has identified six priorities that will be the focus of his limited term.

Farrell was chairman of the MU Board of Governors academic committee before resigning on Friday, Dec. 17, to accept the position of interim president. In responding to inquiries following his appointment, Farrell identified six of his priorities as interim president. They include:

  • Promoting the academic agenda of the university better so that potential students from both West Virginia and out of state will select Marshall University because of its high quality faculty, safe campus, small classes and reasonable tuition.
     
  • Developing new friends for the university through an outreach program to Kanawha County and all of the other counties in Southern West Virginia. That way, our citizens can meet and personally have contact with Marshall students and faculty and appreciate the quality of the university's faculty and students.
     
  • Actively supporting the biotechnology and related research projects that will form and are essential to the economic growth of the City of Huntington, the Advantage Valley and the State of West Virginia. Marshall's Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center, currently under construction, is projected to open in August 2006.
     
  • Intensifying the efforts to secure funding for an on-campus student health and wellness center, which Marshall students overwhelmingly support.
     
  • Working with fellow gubernatorial transition team members and Governor-elect Joe Manchin, as well as the incoming Legislature, to further their understanding of Marshall's contribution to the State of West Virginia. With adequate funding, the quality and quantity of Marshall's potential will increase greatly.
     
  • Making the Marshall president position America's most attractive and irresistible opportunity for potential full-time candidates.
  • The board voted unanimously to name Farrell, a Huntington attorney, as interim president. He replaces Dr. Dan Angel, who is retiring, effective Dec. 31.


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    Friday December 17, 2004
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    Marshall Board of Governors names Farrell interim president

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Michael J. Farrell, a Huntington attorney and former member of Marshall University's Board of Governors, today was named interim president of the university, effective Jan. 1, 2005.

    The Board of Governors, during a meeting at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing, selected Farrell with a unanimous 15-0 vote. He was approved by West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission member Terry Sammons, who was authorized by the state governing group to review the appointment and act on its behalf.

    "I'm gratified by the confidence the Board of Governors has shown in asking me to assume this position," Farrell said. "I look forward to serving the interests of the faculty, staff and students during this interim period."

    Farrell will serve for the duration of the search process for a permanent president, which is expected to take about six months.

    During today's meeting and before the board approved Farrell, he resigned from the Board of Governors, which allowed him to accept the position of interim president. He is not eligible to be a candidate for the permanent position of president.

    "Mike is an excellent choice to be the interim president," said A. Michael Perry, chairman of MU's Board of Governors. "He has tremendous background and experience in academic affairs, having served on the Board of Regents and Board of Trustees and most recently on the Board of Governors. He is a longtime supporter of Marshall University and he has the support of the administrative staff at Marshall."

    Perry said the board is very appreciative that Farrell, a distinguished attorney with Huntington law firm of Farrell, Farrell & Farrell, L.C., has agreed to take a sabbatical from the law firm for the duration of the interim presidency and serve at significant personal expense. He will be paid $10,000 a month during his presidency.

    The board also determined that a search and screening committee for a new president will consist of its 15 members, along with Higher Education Policy Commission members Terry Sammons and Mike Garrison, Marshall faculty senate president Larry Stickler and Jan Fox, who is vice president for information technology at Marshall.

    The board members are Gary Adkins, Letitia Neese Chafin, Verna K. Gibson, John G. Hess, Menis E. Ketchum, Virginia King, Brent A. Marsteller, A. Michael Perry, Robert L. Shell, Jr., William Smith, Gary G. White, Joseph L. Williams, James M. Sottile, Sherri Noble and Seth Murphy. Perry and Ketchum, a vice chair of the board of governors, will serve as co-chairs of the search committee.

    Farrell had been a member of the Marshall Board of Governors since appointed by Gov. Bob Wise on July 7, 2003. He previously served on the board from 2001 to 2002, when he was vice-chairman. His most recent term was scheduled to end June 30, 2007.

    Farrell replaces Dr. Dan Angel, who in November announced his resignation, effective Dec. 31. Angel served five years at Marshall's helm.

    The Board of Governors is totally responsible for conducting the search for a new president, both procedurally and financially. This will be Marshall's first presidential search since the creation of the Board of Governors in 2001.

    Previously, the Institutional Board of Advisors served as the search and screening committee. The group that conducted the search when Angel was hired consisted of 22 people, including11 lay members and representatives of faculty, administration, staff and students.

    A consultant firm likely will be hired to assist in the search. In 1999, the firm of Korn/Ferry International was hired to aid the search committee in finding a new Marshall president. The board authorized Ketchum and Perry to request proposals from several consultant firms before one is chosen.

    Michael J. Farrell

    Following graduation from Marshall University, Michael J. Farrell served as an officer in the United States Army and was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant in 1971. At that time, he entered West Virginia University College of Law. During law school, his Jessup International Moot Court team won the national and world championships. In the world championship round, his team represented the United States and defeated Great Britain. He also served as senior class president and became the first Marshall student body president to be elected to membership in MOUNTAIN, the ranking Honorary at West Virginia University. He graduated from the College of Law in 1974 with a Doctorate in Jurisprudence.

    During his legal career, Farrell has been deeply involved in educational and academic endeavors at many levels. He has published two book chapters, four nationally published law review articles and a major nationally published monograph. He has published dozens of other educational articles for use by his students at various judicial, legal, medical, dental, civic and public service seminars. In both 2003 and 2004, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals invited Farrell to be a featured educational speaker at its annual Spring Judicial Conference. He has taught dozens of other educational seminars in the areas of employment law, medical malpractice, product liability and trial practice. He has been recognized both as a Person Injury Defense Lawyer and Business Law Litigator in each of the recent editions of the Best Lawyers in America book.

    He presently holds two clinical appointments to the faculty of the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. These appointments are as a clinical associate professor in the departments of surgery and family medicine. These academic appointments were bestowed in recognition of his 15 years of presenting mock trials and seminar lectures, without compensation, to the students, faculty and staff of the Marshall University School of Medicine.

    In 1999, Gov. Cecil Underwood appointed Farrell to serve as a member of the University System Board of Trustees, a board that governed West Virginia University, the Osteopathic Medical School and Marshall University. In 2000-01, Gov. Underwood appointed Farrell to be a member of the newly created West Virginia Higher Education Interim Governing Board.

    Farrell was elected vice chairman of that board and served as acting chairman when illness prevented the participation of the chairman. The governance responsibilities of this board were broader that the Board of Trustees in that it governed West Virginia's 14 state colleges in addition to Marshall University, West Virginia University and the Osteopathic Medical School.

    In addition to serving as vice chairman of the West Virginia Higher Education Interim Governing Board in 2000-01, Farrell served as chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee of that board. During this same period of time, Farrell was elected and served as vice chairman of the Marshall University Advisory Board. When Marshall University received the legislative authority to form its first Board of Governors in 2001, Farrell was appointed by Gov. Underwood and thereafter elected as its vice chairman of the board. Gov. Wise appointed Farrell again to the Marshall University Board of Governors in July 2003. In November 2004, Farrell was appointed by Governor-Elect Joe Manchin to serve on his transition team as a member of the Higher Education Subcommittee. Farrell served as a member of the 2004 Marshall University Board of Governors and chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee until today.

    Farrell has served the interests of Marshall University and public education in his capacity as a lawyer. Between 1992 and 1995, he served as a West Virginia Special Assistant General for the Marshall University Stadium litigation. He successfully prosecuted the malpractice case against the architect of the stadium that produced the fund of money to construct the bowl end of the stadium.

    Beginning in 1998, Farrell responded to the request by the West Virginia State Board of Education to serve again as a West Virginia Special Assistant Attorney General and represent it in the litigation that involved the constitutionality of the level of funding provided to public education. Farrell's efforts contributed to the resolution and dismissal of this case, generally referred to as the "Recht Decision," in 2004, 29 years after the case was filed.


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    Wednesday December 15, 2004
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    WMUL wins seven grand prize awards

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from Marshall University's public radio station, WMUL-FM, received seven grand prize awards during the National Broadcasting Society/Alpha Epsilon Rho Region 2 Student Electronic Media Production Competition awards ceremony last month in Knoxville, Tenn.

    Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, professor of electronic media management in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall, and faculty manager of WMUL-FM, said the students competed with other broadcasting students from colleges and universities throughout the NBS/AERho Region 2.

    The states of Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan and the District of Columbia comprise the NBS/AERho Region 2.

    "It is quite an accomplishment to win seven grand prizes in the NBS/AERho Region 2's 2004 awards audio competition," Bailey said. "This is another outstanding performance by our students. Winning always speaks well for the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications and Marshall University, as the student broadcasters of WMUL-FM earn top honors in direct competition with nationally recognized colleges and universities."

    The National Broadcasting Society has more than 1,500 student and professional members with chapters on more than 100 college campuses. Founded in 1943, NBS has a mission to enhance the development of college and university students in telecommunication, broadcasting, cable and other electronic media. Past and present members of the society number more than 35,000. Alpha Epsilon Rho, the national honorary society, is composed of members selected from NBS.

    WMUL's grand prize award winning entries were:

    NEWS/SPORTS/FEATURE SEGMENT - "Stranger with a Camera," written, produced and edited by Melanie Chapman, a senior from Stollings, W.Va., broadcast during "The 5 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003.

    NEWS/FEATURE PACKAGE - "Laura Bush Visits the Mountain State," written and produced by Melanie Chapman, broadcast during "The 5 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 8" Friday, Nov. 7, 2003.

    PUBLIC AFFAIRS/INTERVIEW PROGRAM - "The Tipton-Murphy Report," with hosts of the program Richard Tipton, a senior from Ona, W.Va., and Seth Murphy, a junior from Flemington, W.Va. The program's engineer was Mike Stanley, a sophomore from West Hamlin, W.Va. This political talk program was broadcast Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004.

    NEWS/SPORTS PROGRAM - "The 5 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," anchored by Ben Hunt, a senior from Pikeville, Ky.; Jen Smith, a sophomore from Huntington; and Brandon Millman, a sophomore from Huntington; broadcast Friday, Oct. 1, 2004. Reporters featured within the newscast were Scott Hall, a senior from Stephens City, Va.; Barry Hatfield, a sophomore from Belfry, Ky.; and Terry Bartley, a freshman from Foster, W.Va.

    COMMERCIALS/PROMOS/PSAS - "Battle for the Bell," an in-house promotional announcement, broadcast in WMUL-FM's Promotional Announcement rotation from Monday, Oct. 4, 2004 through Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004, written and produced by Alex Reed, a senior from Virginia Beach, Va.

    DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM - "The Fight for Right: Same-Gender Marriage," was written and produced by Christina Riffle, a recent graduate from Dunbar, W.Va. The documentary was created for JMC 273 Practice in Radio Tuesday, May 4, 2004.

    SPORTS PLAY-BY-PLAY - WMUL-FM's broadcast of the Marshall University versus 9th-ranked Ohio State University football game played in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004. The students calling the game, which was broadcast over 88.1 in Huntington, were: football play-by-play announcer Vince Payne, a graduate student from Hansford, W.Va.; color commentator Alex Reed, a senior from Virginia Beach, Va.; and engineer Brandon Millman, a sophomore from Huntington.


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    Tuesday December 14, 2004
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    Marshall professor awarded Fulbright Scholar grant

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Victor Fet, professor of biological sciences at Marshall University, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to do research at the Institute of Zoology in Sofia, Bulgaria during the 2004-2005 academic year, according to the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

    Dr. Fet will conduct research in animal evolutionary biology in collaboration with Bulgarian zoologists.

    The Marshall professor is one of about 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to some 140 countries for the 2004-05 academic year through the Fulbright Scholar Program. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program's purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

    A noted expert on scorpions, Dr. Fet's research examines the various aspects of their evolution, genetics, biogeography and taxonomy. He was one of the authors of the recently published Catalogs of the Scorpions of the World, a "yellow page" book listing about 1,300 species and 170 genera of the existing scorpions in addition to 100 fossil species.

    Dr. Fet's scholarly work has taken him all over the world, where he has conducted research for both field and museum work. In 2001-02, the National Geographic Society sponsored his expedition to Central Asian deserts to study scorpions there. In recent years, his research has taken him to Mexico, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Greece, Austria, Slovenia and New Zealand. In addition, he worked with scorpion collections in the natural history museums on England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Russia and Bulgaria and he has studied collections from dozens of other museums.

    His Fulbright work will focus on conducting research and investigating the historical formation and evolution of Bulgarian fauna through genetic diversity analysis of geographic populations applying modern DNA technique to the model animal group of scorpions.

    While in Bulgaria, Dr, Fet will collect animal specimens from natural habitats in the Balkan mountains and will collaborate with Bulgarian specialists to gain ecological information and guidance to the field sites. He will provide assistance and training experience for Bulgarian zoologists in the techniques of collection and analysis of DNA that are pertinent to the studies.

    Recipients of Fulbright Scholar are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields.


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    Friday December 10, 2004
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    KERA will air 'Ashes to Glory' before bowl game

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - In response to requests by Herd Nation and other members of the Marshall University family, Dallas/Fort Worth public television station KERA will broadcast "Ashes to Glory" at 10 p.m. (CST) Wednesday, Dec. 22.

    The broadcast will precede the PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 23, and will serve to acquaint PBS viewers in Texas with the legendary traditions of Marshall football. The Thundering Herd plays Cincinnati at 6:30 p.m. EST in the Fort Worth Bowl.

    The Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex has a population of 5,222,000, making it the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the United States. KERA consistently ranks as one of the most-watched PBS stations in the country.

    "Ashes to Glory" is a video documentary profiling the 1970 Marshall air disaster and the rebirth of the Thundering Herd football program. The film, which debuted in 2000, is provided to public television stations free of charge by its producers, Deborah Novak and John Witek. It already has appeared on 56 PBS stations nationwide.


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    Harless Dining Hall architects receive Merit Award

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The architects who designed Marshall University's Harless Dining Hall have been presented with a Merit Award for achievement in architecture by AIA West Virginia, a chapter of The American Institute of Architects.

    The architects for the dining hall, which opened in January of this year, were Bastian & Harris Architects of Charleston, W.Va., along with Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture & Engineering in Washington, D.C. The general contractor was Neighborgall Construction Company of Huntington, and Marshall University owns the facility.

    The dining hall was part of a $40 million project that included a 1,000-space parking garage and the first new on-campus housing in more than 30 years. Total cost of the housing/dining facility was $28 million.

    "We're certainly honored on behalf of the architects, but also for the entire design team, for the contractor and for the facilities planning department," said John Harris of Bastian & Harris. "This was truly a team effort. It has been a tremendous project for us."

    Harris said Marshall challenged the architects to create a "wow" factor at the location on 5th Avenue in Huntington, yet keep the project within budget.

    "To have done it all within budget, and to be recognized by our peers in having done that is truly an honor," Harris said.

    The dining hall is a single story steel frame and masonry structure that features a 24-foot tall, green tinted glass curtain wall overlooking the pedestrian terrace. Food service provides for seven individual stations of varying food types. The main dining area seats about 350 people.

    Mike Meadows, director of facilities planning and management at Marshall, said this is the first time a particular building at MU has been recognized with a Merit Award.

    "This building probably will not only receive regional recognition, but national recognition as well," Meadows said.

    Architects from the Chicago area selected the Harless Hall from among 28 entries for a design award. Winston Baker, Marshall's director of residence services, accepted the award Nov. 20 at the American Institute of Architects West Virginia Design Awards ceremony at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Charleston.


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    Wednesday December 8, 2004
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    Chadwick urges Herd fans to wear green during 'Jam the Cam'

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University women's basketball coach Royce Chadwick is urging Thundering Herd fans to wear green Sunday during Jam the Cam IV at Cam Henderson Center.

    Marshall (3-2) plays the University of Kentucky (4-3 before its home game Friday with Charleston Southern) at 2 p.m. Sunday. The goal of Jam the Cam is to break the Mid-American Conference single-game attendance record of 5,660.

    "We not only want to break the attendance record, but we also want the Kentucky players and fans who attend to see what dedicated, great fans we have at Marshall," Chadwick said. "We play our best basketball in front of big crowds, and seeing all that green in the stands will motivate us that much more. As Coach Pruett said, 'Don't be seen without your green!' "

    Chadwick was referring to Marshall football coach Bobby Pruett, who joined in a campaign this fall to persuade Herd fans to wear green during MU football games. The campaign worked as thousands of MU fans wore green to Herd football games throughout the season.

    Jam the Cam is sponsored by St. Mary's Medical Center, which purchased a significant allotment of tickets to assist Marshall in its final attempts to break the MAC attendance record. The Herd moves to Conference USA next season.

    Complimentary tickets to the game, courtesy of St. Mary's, are available at Glenn's Sporting Goods in Huntington and Summit Sporting Goods in Ashland, Ky.

    The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a commemorative Jam the Cam IV t-shirt, sponsored by Pepsi. At halftime, employees from St. Mary's Medical Center and Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Ashland will compete in a brief basketball game.


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    Tuesday December 7, 2004
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    Marshall receives one of largest gifts ever from an individual; estate of Bliss Livingston Charles leaves $2.8 million

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University today announced it has received one of the largest individual gifts in its 167-year history.

    The estate of Bliss Livingston Charles, a former Certified Public Accountant and Attorney at Law in the Huntington area, left Marshall $2.8 million. Charles, though not a graduate of the university, was a great fan and strong supporter of Marshall. He was 92 years old when he died on June 21, 2003 - one year after he retired.

    The gift was announced at the Drinko Library during a ceremony in which a plaque displaying Charles' name was unveiled. It will be added to the Pathway of Prominence on Marshall's campus. The Pathway, which now has 15 members, honors those who have given $1 million or more to Marshall.

    "This is a remarkable gift," said Glen Kerkian, Senior Vice President for Development at Marshall. "Not only is this a substantial amount, but the nature of the gift will allow the university greater latitude in its funding of worthwhile projects. Clearly, Mr. Charles had great foresight as to the impact of Marshall University on this region."

    A. Michael Perry, Chairman of Marshall's Board of Governors and longtime friend of Charles, praised him as "a true community person."

    "Even though Bliss was not a graduate of Marshall, he realized the importance of the university, not only in the education of students, but in its economic and cultural benefits for the community," Perry said.

    Charles was born Oct. 7, 1910, in West Union (Adams County), Ohio, a son of Olen G. and Nellie Miller Charles. He graduated from Huntington High School in 1928, then briefly attended Marshall College. He enrolled at the University of Illinois, from where he graduated in 1932. Charles also was a 1953 graduate of the Ohio State University College of Law. He was admitted to the West Virginia Bar Association in 1954.

    During World War II, Charles served as Chief Accountant at the T. & T. Ammunition Plant located in Point Pleasant, W.Va.

    An avid golfer, he was a member of Guyan Golf and Country Club. He also was a member of the B.P.O. Elks 313 and was a Kentucky Colonel.

    Longtime close friend Kyle Meabon said she and Charles attended many community functions, enjoyed Charles' country retreat and loved to travel.

    "He was a conservative and hard-working man," Meabon said. "Mr. Charles would be proud that his wishes have been carried out and his contribution will be of great benefit and appreciated by Marshall University."

    Perry and Menis Ketchum, also a member of the Board of Governors, initiated the university's recognition of Charles.


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    UNT Health Science Center president to speak at Marshall

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Ronald R. Blanck, president of the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas, will be the guest speaker Dec. 7 as Celebrity Series II continues at Marshall University.

    Blanck, a retired Lieutenant General in the U.S. Army, speaks at 2 p.m. in the Booth Experimental Theater at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. His presentation, titled "Technology and the Future of Healthcare," is free to the public.

    The Celebrity Series features higher education experts from around the country. Dr. Don Brown, former Commissioner of Higher Education for Texas, spoke at Marshall in November.

    As president of the North Texas Health Science Center, Blanck oversees a growing academic health center that includes the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and School of Public Health.

    More than 190 full-time faculty and 300 volunteer community physicians work with nearly 1,000 students who are training to be osteopathic physicians, researchers, public health officers, physician assistants and other health professionals.

    A graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Blanck is board certified in internal medicine. He joined the UNT Health Science Center in August 2000 after retiring from the U.S. Army.

    Blanck began his military career in 1968 as a medical officer and battalion surgeon in Vietnam. He retired 32 years later as the Surgeon General of the U.S. Army and commander of the U.S. Army Medical Command - with more than 46,000 military personnel and 26,000 civilian employees throughout the world.

    During his distinguished military career, Blanck served as commander of the Walter Reed Medical Center North Atlantic Region Medical Command and director of professional services and chief of Medical Corps Affairs for the U.S. Army Surgeon General.

    Other assignments included assistant chief of the General Medicine Service in the Department of Medicine at Walter Reed, assistant dean of student affairs at the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine and chief of the Department of Medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center.

    Blanck's military honors include Distinguished Service Medals, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service and Army Commendation Medals.

    He continues to be consulted as an advisor on bio-terrorism issues and an expert in preparing the medical community to respond to mass casualty incidents or those involving weapons of mass destruction.

    In addition to his many speaking engagements and advisory positions, Blanck now chairs task forces on bio-terrorism for both the Texas Medical Association and the American Osteopathic Association.


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