February 2004 News Releases

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

Authors of 'Red, White, Black & Blue' at Marshall March 2

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Charleston natives and authors William M. Drennen Jr. and Kojo (William T.) Jones Jr. will visit Marshall University at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 2.

The authors will be at the Marshall University Bookstore, which is located on 5th Avenue and John Marshall Drive, to discuss and sign their new book, "Red, White, Black & Blue."

Both men grew up in the South Hills section of Charleston, but lived with one key difference. Drennen's parents were white and wealthy and Jones was born into a middle-class black family.

In 1992, Drennen and Jones decided to work together on a memoir of "growing up through the turmoil and anguish of desegregation." Their goal for the book was to foster an understanding between their distinct lifestyles both for themselves and for future generations.

In telling the stories of their Appalachian upbringings in homes less than a mile apart and their uses of the English language, they share memories and common meanings. The book reveals significant cultural connotations that transform standard American English into two different languages, which renders interracial communication problems.

The memoir was edited by Dolores M. Johnson, professor of English at Marshall.

For more information on the authors' visit to Marshall, persons may contact Joe Vance, operations manager of the Marshall Bookstore, at (304) 696-3622.

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

City attorney to speak at Marshall's Diversity Breakfast

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Herbert Henderson, a Huntington attorney and social and civil rights activist, will be the guest speaker Friday, Feb. 27, at Marshall University's fourth annual Diversity Breakfast in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room.

The breakfast, presented by Marshall's Black United Students in collaboration with several other campus groups, begins at 7:30 a.m. The Diversity Breakfast was created three years ago with the intent of promoting campus harmony and unity.

Maurice R. Cooley, Marshall's Director of the Center for African American Students' Programs, said about 280 people, including nearly 100 Marshall students, are expected to attend. Nearly every seat in the room has been reserved, he said. Cooley said those attending will hear "a very dynamic speaker" in Henderson.

"Herbert Henderson has a long and rich history in diversity and African American history and social justice," Cooley said. "He's also a Marshall supporter."

The Diversity Breakfast program includes a musical repertoire by international students, a vocal and piano piece by African American students, and other activities, Cooley said.

More information on the breakfast is available by calling Fran Jackson, Program Assistant II with the Center for African American Students' Programs, at (304) 696-6705.

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

Award-winning poet reads from her work March 4 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Poet Mary Ann Samyn will read from her work at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 4, at Marshall University.

The event, free to the public and sponsored by the English department and the College of Liberal Arts, will take place in the Memorial Student Center, room 2W16.

Samyn is the author of three collections of poems, including "Inside the Yellow Dress" from New Issues Press, and "Captivity Narrative" from Ohio State University Press. Her work also has appeared in such journals as "Field," "Denver Quarterly," "Kenyon Review," "The Ohio River Review" and "Virginia Quarterly."

Samyn has won many awards, including the Emily Dickinson Prize from the poetry Society of America and a creative artist grant from ArtServe Michigan. Her work also has been anthologized in "American Poetry: The Next Generation." She has served as poetry director for the journal, "Controlled Burn," and is teaching in the MFA Writing Program at West Virginia University.

More information is available by contacting English professor Art Stringer at (304) 696-2403.

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

Committed to Christ Campus Ministries sponsors 'Praisefest 2004'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The fifth annual College Praisefest sponsored by Committed to Christ Campus Ministries at Marshall University takes place March 5-7 at Marshall University and 20th Street Baptist Church, which is located at the corner of 5th Avenue and 20th Street.

"Praisefest 2004" showcases college choirs and performing arts groups from Marshall, Wright State University, Columbia University, Stonybrook University, Johns Hopkins University, St. Louis Citywide Mass, Bradley University and West Virginia State College.

The conference also includes seminars geared toward college students and young adults.

"Praisefest's main goal is to lift the human spirit through the medium of music and to educate and empower young people through seminars relevant to this next generation of leaders," said Nicole Yancey, president and founder of Committed to Christ Ministries.

"What we offer at Praisefest is unique because Praisefest is a conference created and run completely by young people. It is our hope that all people regardless of their age, race or religious background will come out and join the celebration."

"Praisefest 2004" begins at 8 p.m. Friday, March 5 with a praise and worship service at 20th Street Baptist Church. Seminars are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Marshall's Smith Hall.

A concert featuring the college choirs and performing arts groups takes place at 6 p.m. Saturday at 20th Street Baptist Church. The conference concludes at 10:30 a.m. Sunday with a worship service in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room.

Admission is free to the public. More information is available by contacting Committed to Christ Ministries at (304) 525-1360 or (304) 417-6190, or via email at committed2christministries@yahoo.com.

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

Nobel Peace Prize recipient at Marshall University for Women History Month celebration

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Jodi Williams, an advocate around the world for peace and human rights, and one of only 10 women to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, speaks at Marshall University on Tuesday, March 2.

Williams' appearance is presented by the Women's Center at Marshall and is part of the Women History Month celebration that continues throughout March. Williams speaks at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center's alumni lounge (room 2W16), and the event is free to the public.

Williams is only the third woman from the United States to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. She is founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), and has overseen its growth to more than 1,300 non-governmental organizations in more than 85 countries.

The ICBL has worked with governments, United Nations (UN) bodies, and the International Committee of the Red Cross in campaigns such as the one that achieved an international treaty banning antipersonnel landmines during the diplomatic conference held in Oslo, Norway, in September 1997.

Williams now serves as Campaign Ambassador for the ICBL, speaking on its behalf around the world in various forums, including at the UN, the European Parliament, and the Organization of African Unity.

Prior to beginning the ICBL, Williams worked for 11 years to build public awareness about U.S. policy toward Central America. From 1986 to 1992, she developed and directed humanitarian relief projects as the deputy director of the Los Angeles-based Medical Aid for El Salvador, and in that capacity she developed a network of hospitals in 20 cities across the United States that donated medical care to Salvadoran children wounded in the war in that country.

Williams has a master's degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, a master's degree in teaching Spanish and English as a Second Language from the School for International Training of Vermont, and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Vermont.

More information on Williams' visit to Marshall is available by calling Leah Tolliver at the MU Women's Center at (304) 696-3112, or via email at wcenter@marshall.edu.

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Thursday February 19, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

MU Language Bank to help meet increasing translation needs

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - As the Huntington/Charleston/Tri-State region welcomes increasing numbers of immigrants, the need for a free and accessible language interpretation and translation resource becomes especially important for government and nonprofit agencies.

Responding to this need, Marshall University's Center for International Programs, in cooperation with the International Women's Club of Huntington and the Cabell-Huntington Health Center, has established the Marshall University Language Bank, a group of volunteers that is on-call to help translate or interpret for local government agencies and nonprofit organizations serving residents with limited English proficiency.

Anyone who speaks, reads or writes a language other than English may help by becoming a Marshall University Language Bank volunteer.

Agencies who wish to take advantage of this service must be a nonprofit or public agency registered with the Marshall University Language Bank. Clients for the Language Bank may include school districts, social service organizations, county health departments, homeless shelters, women's shelters, and food banks.

The Language Bank will provide free language assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Situations for volunteering might include helping the manager at the domestic violence shelter with a client who just turned up at the shelter in the middle of the night; helping a school counselor who needs to let a parent know that his or her child is ill and needs to go home; or helping an agency to educate the different immigrant communities about disaster preparedness or medical emergencies in their own languages.

The Language Bank will not provide free assistance for all cases. Translation or interpretation services for legal, medical and business transactions may be offered for a fee to be negotiated between the client and Marshall University. Profits from these services and donations from the community will be used to support the volunteer services offered by the Language Bank.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer translator may visit the Center for International Programs, Old Main 320, to pick up a registration form.

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Thursday February 19, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Ceremony planned to recognize opening of new WMUL studio

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's student-run public radio station, WMUL 88.1 FM, is changing its image and unveiling a new digital studio.

As of Jan. 1, 2004, WMUL's on-air image and slogan became "The Cutting Edge." Now, the station is having a ceremony to recognize the opening of the NewsCenter digital production studio that has been in development for five years.

A brief ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23 at the WMUL-FM studio complex, located in Communications Building Room 201. Light refreshments and tours of the studio will be provided, followed by a regularly scheduled edition of NewsCenter 88.

The NewsCenter 88 digital studio will be used to produce a live daily newscast at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as specialty programs such as documentaries, public affairs programs, feature programs, radio dramas and comedy shows.

The digital studio includes a Wheatstone D-600 digital console, which was provided by the university. The new console was purchased after a long search for the best console that would meet the radio station's current and future needs.

Dr. Charles Bailey, associate professor of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications and faculty manager of the radio station, said the new studio will provide even greater opportunities to Marshall students.

"If you're attempting to learn a media profession, you must have the technical facilities available with which to work and gain experience," Bailey said. "I think aspiring journalists could not ask for any more than what will be available to them in the new WMUL-FM NewsCenter."

More information is available by calling Bailey at (304) 696-2294.

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Monday February 16, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Paul Robeson Stamp to be unveiled Feb. 23 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Unveiling of the Paul Robeson 2004 Black Heritage Commemorative U.S. Postage Stamp will take place in a 6 p.m. ceremony Monday, Feb. 23, in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room on the main campus of Marshall University.

The unveiling, a tribute to Black History and Robeson's contributions in American history, is one of numerous events at Marshall celebrating Black History Month. It will be conducted by members of the Marshall and Huntington communities, along with U.S. Postal Service representatives.

Marshall University's office of multicultural affairs and the U.S. Postal Service are sponsoring the event, and the public is invited to attend.

"The Unveiling of the Black Heritage Stamp honoring Paul Robeson gives visibility and recognition to a great American," said Dr. Betty Jane Cleckley, vice president for multicultural affairs at Marshall. "He added vast richness to my life and to millions of others at home and abroad."

The Paul Robeson Stamp is the 27th in the Postal Service's Black Heritage Series of stamps. Born in 1898, Robeson was a renowned actor, singer, activist and athlete who is remembered not only for his prodigious talents as a performer, but also for his tireless and uncompromising commitment to civil rights and social justice.

As a singer, Robeson helped establish African-American spirituals as a legitimate American art form, and became well known for performing folk songs around the world.

As an activist, Robeson was an outspoken participant in labor and peace movements. He was opposed to colonialism in Africa and worked to assist African liberation movements. He also supported the Allied war efford during World War II. In 1945, the NAACP awarded him the prestigious Spingarn Medal.

Robeson died on Jan. 23, 1976, at the age of 77. In 1978, he was honored by the United Nations for his opposition to apartheid in South Africa, in 1995 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, and in 1998 he received a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement.

Cleckley will be among several people speaking during the stamp unveiling. Among the others are Maurice Cooley, Director of the Center for African American Students' Programs at Marshall; Paul DuPont, Senior Manager of Post Office Operations in Charleston; David Roach, superintendent of Cabell County Schools, and Dr. Ervin Griffin, West Virginia State Community and Technical College provost.

Special music will be performed by Cooley, Cabell County Schools assistant superintendent William Smith, and John D. McCoy. Handouts and door prizes will be provided by the U.S. Postal Service, and a reception will follow the program.

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Monday February 16, 2004
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Blood drive planned this week at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - An American Red Cross blood drive will take place at Marshall University from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 18-19.

The drive will be in the Campus Christian Center, located at the corner of 5th Avenue and 17th Street. Students, faculty, staff and the community are welcome to donate. Students who participate will receive a voucher to pay for one Marshall parking ticket.

For more information about the blood drive, persons may contact Amy Saunders, coordinator for the Student Health Education Program, at (304) 696-4800.

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Friday February 13, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Two Marshall sophomores honored by Gov. Wise for their efforts in Vandalia Project

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Two Marshall University students were among those honored by Gov. Bob Wise for their outstanding scientific achievements at the first annual Research Day at the Capitol Feb. 9.

The students, Derek Gregg of Moatsville, W.Va., and Justin Swick of Chesapeake, Ohio, both sophomores majoring in Integrated Science and Technology, were presented with certificates of achievement recognizing their efforts in regard to the Vandalia Project.

The innovative Vandalia Project was initiated last year by a group of entrepreneurial Marshall students and faculty. Gregg and Swick are working with faculty members Dr. Elizabeth Murray, Dr. Michael Norton, and Dr. Herbert Tesser on the project.

"We're very proud of the progress these students have made in a relatively short amount of time," said Norton, professor of Chemistry. "It's been a learning experience for all of us."

Assisted by WV EPSoR (West Virginia Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research), the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) and an HEPC Research Challenge Grant, Vandalia Biotechnology is on the path to establishing itself as a force in the biotech industry.

Over the past year, Vandalia has developed a process, with patent pending, by which DNA fragments can be amplified quickly, easily and in large quantities. While DNA is currently amplified in several ways, this new method allows mass production in a way that has not yet been seen.

NOTE: A photo of Swick and Gregg accompanied by Gov. Wise is available for use by the media at http://www.marshall.edu/ucomm/muphoto.html.

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Thursday February 12, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall Psychology Clinic to conduct parenting classes

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Psychology Clinic is offering a program this spring on parenting, Dr. Keith Beard, director of the clinic, announced today.

Parenting classes run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. beginning Monday, March 8 and continuing at that same time each Monday for six weeks in Harris Hall Room 449. The class will not meet on Monday, March 15, because of spring break.

Cost to register is a one-time fee of $10, which will be refunded if the parent attends every session. To sign up for these classes, persons may call the Psychology Clinic at (304) 696-2772 and press option 2 to leave a message for Adrienne Bean. The deadline to register is Monday, March 1.

Bean, a second-year graduate student in the psychology doctoral program (Psy.D.) at Marshall, will run the sessions.

"This program will be beneficial for all parents," Bean said. "Many different topics will be discussed to help better some of their parenting skills."

A few topics that will be addressed include behavioral techniques (such as reinforcement and discipline), emotional issues, divorce, learning styles, family interactions, personality and socialization. Parents are welcome to offer suggestions for any other area that they would like information on, as well.

Beard said the program basically will target issues related to children from two to eight years of age, because adolescent issues often are somewhat different.

"This type of program can be beneficial to all types of care givers," Beard said. "Children don't come with instruction manuals and parents often feel like they must know how to handle every situation that may occur with their children. This program will give care givers a chance to learn some ways that have been scientifically studied to deal with various problems that their child may experience."

Beard also said the classes will allow for care givers to realize that they are not alone in dealing with their parenting concerns and they will be able to obtain support from other group members.


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Wednesday February 11, 2004
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Author Yolanda Young keynote speaker for Women of Color Program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Yolanda Young, author of the award-winning memoir, On Our Way to Beautiful, will be the keynote speaker for the annual Marshall University Women of Color Program which is scheduled to begin at noon, March 4, in the Alumni Lounge of the Memorial Student Center.

An attorney, Young is a graduate of Howard University and Georgetown University Law Center. Her column appears in USA Today.

As part of the program, Women of Color awards will be presented with a book signing and reception to follow.

The event is being coordinated by Fran L. Jackson of the Center for African American Students Programs; Leah Tolliver, Director of the Women's Center; Taella Hill, Coordinator of the School of Extended Education; Lisa Allen, of Student Development; and Marshall graduate student, LaRhonda Johnson.

The program is free and open to the public. Vendors and displays will be set up in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center throughout the day.

For additional information, contact Jackson at (304) 696-6705, or Tolliver at (304) 696-3112.


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Wednesday February 11, 2004
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Eleven Marshall University students to participate in Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol Feb. 26

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Eleven Marshall University students will be among 48 from colleges and universities throughout West Virginia participating Thursday, Feb. 26, in the first West Virginia Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Charleston.

The goal is for the students, by presenting posters and talking with the legislators, to show what they are doing in a variety of disciplines, said Marshall chemistry professor Michael Castellani, organizing committee chair.

"This event is designed to showcase the kinds of activities college students around the state do outside of the classroom as part of their education," Castellani said. "Many of the posters present projects that could have a positive impact on our economic development, some involve the study of the state's environment, and several examine living and working in West Virginia."

Undergraduate Research Day runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the upper rotunda of the capitol between the House and the Senate chambers.

Students who were hopeful of participating in Undergraduate Research Day applied online. Next, their applications were examined by a committee and those chosen to take part were notified.

The following is a list of the 11 Marshall students, their disciplines, their research posters to be presented and their advisors:

  • Jill Cox, Cassandra Eikey and Natalie Osborne (Psychology) - "The Extent, Rate, and Severity of Intimate Partner Violence in a Rural Sample of Young Adults." Dr. Sarah Lewis, advisor.
  • Taine Duncan (Psychology) - "Attachment, Happiness, and Psychopathology." Dr. Marc A. Lindberg, advisor.
  • Anna Fauber, Clifton Strange and Cortney Scott (Psychology) - "Dress Codes in Huntington Area High Schools: Are They Equally Enforced Among Social Groups?" Dr. Christopher LeGrow, advisor.
  • T. David Harris II (Chemistry) - "Synthesis of Molecular Magnets." Dr. Michael P. Castellani, advisor
  • Ashley Hunt and Anna Fauber (Psychology) - "Spirituality and Resilience in Victims of Intimate Partner Violence: An Investigation of Coping." Dr. Sarah Lewis, advisor.
  • Jessica Slash (Psychology) - "Parent Perceptions of Early Intervention Programs." Dr. Marianna Footo Linz, advisor.
  • Quan Yuan (Physics) - LabView program for Deconvolution of Phonon Flux from Superconducting Edge Bolometer Signal." Dr. Thomas Wilson, advisor.

Charles Somerville, a Marshall biology professor and member of the organizing committee, said Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol is important because it gives state legislators a chance to see the fruits of their investments in higher education.

"We hope that the folks at the capitol will be as proud of these students as we are," Somerville said. "We hope they will see that college and university budgets do more than pay for operations and salaries - they are creating the future of West Virginia."

Castellani said the students' research projects show how higher education in West Virginia is training them to enter society, to think about problems relevant to society, and to attempt to address those problems.

Other colleges and universities represented during Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol include: Alderson-Broaddus, Bethany, Davis & Elkins, Glenville State, Salem-International, Shepherd, the University of Charleston, West Liberty, Wheeling-Jesuit, West Virginia State, West Virginia University and West Virginia University-Tech.


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Tuesday February 10, 2004
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Marshall Community and Technical College sponsors Bassmaster University Feb. 21-22

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Bassmaster University, a program started 31 years ago to educate America's bass fishermen, will be in Huntington later this month offering two days of angling instruction.

Five top professionals, including Guido and Dion Hibdon - the only father and son to win the Bassmaster Classic, will share their expertise Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 21-22, at the Radisson Hotel Huntington. Bassmaster University is sponsored by the Marshall Community and Technical College.

Other instructors include Denny Brauer of Camdenton, Mo., who is bass fishing's all-time leading money winner; Greg Hawk of Vandalia, Ohio, and Rich Rauber of Camarillo, Calif.

Bassmaster University covers mainstream techniques such as plastic worms, crankbaits, topwater, flipping and pitching, and spinnerbaits. It also covers lesser-known techniques such as fishing the floating worm, finesse fishing and electronics, as well as advanced techniques for catching bass from mid-lake structure and when they suspend.

Classroom instruction begins at 8 a.m. and participants will attend 12 different workshop sessions during the two days. Activities recess at 3 p.m. both days, but participants are invited to attend a "Think Tank" question and answer session with instructors until 3:30 p.m.

Enrollment fee is $99. Spouses and children under 16 may attend for $50 with a full-paying adult.

Here is a brief look at each instructor:

  • Denny Brauer, Camdenton, Mo. - 1998 Bassmaster Classic champion; 1993 Megabucks champion; 1993 Superstars champion; 1987 BASS Angler of the Year; 18-time Bassmaster Classic finalist; Host of the ESPN series "Bass Class;" bass fishing's all-time money winner with more than $1.5 million.
  • Dion Hibdon, Stover, Mo. - 1997 Bassmaster Classic champion; 8-time Bassmaster Classic finalist; lure designer and bass fishing guide.
  • Guido Hibdon, Gravois Mills, Mo. - 1988 Bassmaster Classic champion; 1991 BASS Angler of the Year; 1990 BASS Angler of the Year; 10-time Bassmaster Classic finalist.
  • Rich Tauber, Camarillo, Calif. - Winner of the $50,000 U.S. Open; 3-time Bassmaster Classic finalist; nationally known for his finesse techniques and his enthusiasm and ability to instruct others in his methods.
  • Greg Hawk, Vandalia, Ohio - Bassmaster Classic finalist; Red Man All-American finalist.

Persons may register for Bassmaster University by calling the Marshall Community College at (304) 696-6855, or online at: http://proxy.espn.go.com/outdoors/bassmaster/members/bmu/westVirginia. More information may be obtained by calling the community college or (866) 732-2277.

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Monday February 9, 2004
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Enactment of Life of Harriett Tubman and Underground Railroad set for Monday, Feb. 16 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Ilene Evans, Artistic Director and Storyteller with Voices from the Earth Inc., will portray Harriett Tubman in an enactment of Tubman's life on Monday, Feb. 16, at Marshall University.

"Stories from the Life of Harriett Tubman and the Underground Railroad" will be enacted beginning at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room. The event is free to the public, and a reception with light refreshments will follow.

Tubman was born into slavery in Maryland but escaped through the Underground Railroad to Pennsylvania in 1849. She then became the most famous leader of that network, aiding more than 300 slaves in their escape to free states and Canada.

Tubman was known as "Moses" to the slaves and the thousands of others that she inspired. She never was caught and never lost a slave on the route to freedom.

Evans, noted for her choreography, teaching, acting and poetry, has performed as a storyteller in numerous venues throughout the country, showcasing her talents in fables and fairytales, poetry in motion, characterizations of African and Native American cultures and much more.

Her appearance at Marshall is sponsored by the Center for African American Students' Programs and the West Virginia Humanities Council. More information is available by contacting Maurice Cooley, director of the Center for African American Students' Programs, at (304) 696-5430, or via email.


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Monday February 9, 2004
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Marshall announces administrative restructuring

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The duties of Dr. K. Edward Grose, Marshall University's retiring senior vice president of operations, will be shared by current administrators in a restructuring move aimed at saving the university more than $100,000, President Dan Angel said today.

Grose is retiring effective March 1. Many of his responsibilities will be assumed at that time by Herbert J. Karlet, whose title will change from senior vice president for finance to senior vice president for finance and administration.

Marshall will advertise internally for a person to fill the new position of assistant vice president for administration. That person will report to Karlet.

In other changes announced today, Steve Hensley, dean of student affairs, will report to provost Sarah Denman, and Kemp Winfree, vice president for regional operations, will report to Chief of Staff Layton Cottrill. Both Hensley and Winfree currently report to Grose.

"Our goal is to provide administrative cost savings by not filling Dr. Grose's position," Angel said. "Because we recognize Dr. Grose's extensive value to the university, he will be retained in a consulting capacity for the foreseeable future to provide expertise in the facilities and management area. We anticipate a smooth and seamless transition."


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Monday February 9, 2004
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'The Vagina Monologues' to be performed at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - "The Vagina Monologues," a benefit production sponsored by the Marshall University Women's Center as part of the V-Day 2004 College Campaign, is coming to MU's main campus this week.

The benefit production will be performed by Marshall students at 8 p.m. daily Thursday, Feb. 12 through Saturday, Feb. 14 in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre located in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

This is the fourth consecutive year the Marshall Women's Center has sponsored "The Vagina Monologues." Hailed by The New York Times as "funny" and "poignant," the show dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement in women's experiences.

The play is performed in honor of V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations.

Local volunteers and college students produce the annual benefit performances to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities. The V-Day College Campaign has raised awareness of the problem of violence against women and girls on 1,500 college campuses worldwide.

V-Day, a nonprofit corporation, distributes funds to grassroots, national and international organizations and programs that work to stop violence against women and girls. In its first six years, the V-Day movement raised more than $20 million.

The play was first performed off-Broadway by Eve Ensler. The show has been performed throughout the world, from London to Seattle, from Jerusalem to Oklahoma City. "The Vagina Monologues" book was published in February 1998 and a special V-Day edition of the play with two sections about the College Campaign was released in February 2001.

Tickets for the show are $7 for Marshall students and $12 for the general public and may be purchased in advance at the Women's Center, Prichard Hall room 143, or at the box office the night of the performance. For more information contact the Women's Center at (304) 696-3338.

More information about V-Day and violence against women can be found at http://www.vday.org.

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Friday February 6, 2004
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MU graduate student receives grant from Sigma Xi

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University graduate student Nathan Head of Tyler, Texas, has been selected to receive a Grant In Aid of Research from Sigma Xi, the scientific research society.

Head is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Biomedical Sciences program at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. He is studying microbiology and specifically the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which is the major infectious organism for cystic fibrosis.

Applicants had to prepare a research proposal statement along with two letters of recommendation. Head's proposal, "Inhibition of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilms in Cystic Fibrosis," was one of 300 selected from 1,300 applicants from North America and abroad.

"I am happy that I can continue to provide funding for my project in combating the disease of CF and to also bring notoriety to our area of interest as well as our institution," Head said. "We are sometimes overshadowed by larger and better-funded institutions, but it is awards such as these that show that we can be competitive and successful in an environment."

To be eligible for the grants, applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student formally enrolled in a degree program. Membership in Sigma Xi is not required to receive a grant, but 75 percent of the awards are designated for applicants who themselves or their advisors are Sigma Xi members.

The program supports direct costs of the research such as the purchase of equipment and supplies, travel to and from the research site and reimbursement for human subjects in psychological studies.

Head said he plans to use his grant for laboratory supplies for his research in molecular genetics tools used to manipulate genes of interest and to sequence DNA.

"This research is important to me, because I realize that CF is a very important problem," Head said. "Removal of this organism from the CF lung should allow the patient to live a much healthier and longer life."

Sigma Xi promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning and close working relationships between students and faculty. Applications are available online at http://www.sigmaxi.org under the "Programs" section. Deadlines are March 15 and October 15, annually.

This is the fourth time in three years that students at Marshall have received the grants. Previous ones were awarded to Jennifer Smith and twice to Sarah Price, both in the Microbiology department.

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Friday February 6, 2004
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Marshall School of Journalism sponsoring career and internship fair

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A Journalism and Mass Communications career and internship fair is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 12 at Marshall University in the Marvin Stone Library, 330 Smith Hall.

The fair, sponsored by the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Representatives from advertising, public relations, radio, television and print publications will be available to talk to students and provide information about internships and careers.

Organizations scheduled to participate in the fair include: The Herald-Dispatch, Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston Gazette, Ironton Tribune, State Journal, West Virginia Media Holdings, Clear Channel Communications, WSAZ, WOWK, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, WRVC, WGDD, The Arnold Agency, Charles Ryan Agency, Herd Insider, MotionMasters, Marshall University Sports Information and public relations departments from Cabell-Huntington Hospital, St. Mary's Hospital, Charleston Area Medical Center, Columbia Gas Transmission and Marshall.

Two sessions earlier in the week, conducted by Sue Wright, director of Marshall's Career Services, will aid students in preparation for the fair. The first session at noon, Monday, Feb. 9, will offer advice on designing and writing resumes and cover letters. The second session at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 11, will provide guidelines and tips for interviewing. Both events will take place in the Marvin Stone Library.

The fair is open to anyone interested in a journalism or mass communications internship or career. For more information contact Dr. Harold Shaver, dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, at (304) 696-2738.

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Wednesday February 4, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Cabell County Schools administrator featured speaker for 2004 Spring Teacher Lecturer Series

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - William A. Smith, assistant superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Student Services for Cabell County schools, will be the featured lecturer for Marshall University's College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) 2004 Spring Teacher Lecturer Series.

Lectures will be presented on Marshall's Huntington campus Feb. 11, 12, 13 and 18. Dr. Jane McKee, associate dean for Academic Programs, said Smith is the latest speaker in a series started to meet the diversity needs of students in the COEHS.

"The Teacher Lecturer Program enables teacher candidates in the School of Education to interact and discuss diversity issues with an exemplary educator," McKee said. "Mr. Smith's presentations are open to the entire Marshall community and the general public."

Smith will speak on "Creating a Climate of Cultural Competence: Leaders Speak from the Classroom."

A graduate of Marshall, Smith has a B.A. degree in English and Speech as well as an M.A. in English and certifications in Gifted Education and Educational Administration.

Smith has had a long association with Cabell County Schools. He has been assistant superintendent for Cabell County schools since 1996. Prior to that he was coordinator of Federal Programs and Technology from 1988 to 1996, served in an interim position as Manager of Professional Personnel in 1993-94, and was coordinator of Continuing Education from 1982 through 1986.

Smith received Marshall University's Black Alumni Association Achievement Award in 1985. He is chairman of the Board of Advisors for Marshall Community and Technical College, and was a member of the Advisory Board for the Governor's Honors Academy from 1984 through 1988. He has been actively involved in numerous civic and community organizations and has been honored for his many contributions to these groups.

"Mr. Smith brings a variety of experiences in education and a deep understanding of the process of teaching and learning. His work with diverse children and their educational needs will be of great interest and significance to all who hear him," McKee said.

Smith's wife, Victoria, a kindergarten teacher at Geneva Kent Elementary School in Cabell County, was the first Teacher Lecturer for the COEHS and helped inaugurate the series in 1999.

"The Smiths are true treasures to the Huntington area and to the Cabell County schools," McKee said. "Their knowledge, commitment, and love of education and the children with whom they interact are wonderful!"

Lectures on secondary methods will be presented at 4 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Memorial Student Center Alumni Lounge and at 4 p.m. Feb. 12 in Harris Hall, room 134. Smith will speak to student teachers at 1 p.m. Feb. 13 in Corbly Hall, room 105. A session on elementary methods is scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 18 in the Memorial Student Center Shawkey Room.

For additional information, persons may contact McKee at (304) 696-2859 or via e-mail.

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Wednesday February 4, 2004
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Job Op Career Fair scheduled March 4 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The third-annual Community and Technical College Job Op Career Fair is scheduled for Thursday, March 4 in the Marshall University Memorial Student Center, according to Patricia Gallagher, recruiting coordinator with Marshall's Career Services Center.

The fair will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Don Morris Room. It is open to all Marshall students and alumni. The fair provides them an opportunity to meet with representatives from organizations about entry-level and career positions.

Pre-registration is not required, but participants are advised to bring resumes and dress professionally. Last year the fair brought in 49 recruiters from 25 organizations and a comparable number is expected this year.

For more information and an updated list of participants, persons may contact Gallagher at (304) 696-2371.

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