January 2004 News Releases

Friday January 30, 2004
Contact: Tom Hunter, University Communications, (304) 746-2038

Marshall president's new TV show to premiere

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "Marshall Headliners," a new public affairs program hosted by Marshall University President Dan Angel, will premiere next week on cable systems throughout the Advantage Valley region.

The first "Marshall Headliners" program will feature West Virginia Delegate John Doyle (D-Shepherdstown), vice-chairman of the House Finance Committee, as Angel's guest.

Produced in cooperation with Marshall University Instructional Television and Video Services, this half-hour program is intended to provide a platform for the discussion of critical issues affecting Marshall University, West Virginia, and the region.

"Marshall Headliners" is expected to reach a total audience of more than 425,000 through distribution on the Educational Informational Channel (Channel 25) on Adelphia Cable systems in Cabell, Wayne and Putnam counties and the West Virginia Library Television Network (Channel 11) on Charter Communications throughout the Advantage Valley region, which includes Fayette, Lincoln, Kanawha and Putnam counties.

"Marshall Headliners" will premiere in the Huntington area at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, on the Educational Information Channel (Channel 25) on Adelphia Cable. In the Kanawha Valley, the show will premiere at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6, on the West Virginia Library Television Network, (Channel 11) on Charter Communications.

For more information on "Marshall Headliners," visit http://www.marshall.edu/president/.

"Marshall Headliners" air dates (Week of Feb. 1-7, 2004)

Huntington area:
Educational Information Channel (Channel 25),
Adelphia Cable

Sunday, Feb. 1: 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 7 p.m.;
Monday, Feb. 2 - Friday, Feb. 6: 10 a.m., 7 p.m.;
Saturday, Feb. 7: 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 7 p.m.

Kanawha Valley region:
West Virginia Library Television Network (Channel 11), Charter Communications

Friday, Feb. 6: 10 a.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.;
Saturday, Feb. 7: 4 a.m., 10 p.m.

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Thursday January 29, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall Community & Technical College's Physical Therapist Assistant Program accredited through 2012

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall Community & Technical College's Physical Therapist Assistant Program has been granted accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (CAPTE) through 2012.

CAPTE grants specialized accreditation status to qualified entry-level education programs for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. CAPTE is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE).

Specialized accreditation is a system for recognizing professional education programs for a level of performance, integrity, and quality that entitles them to the confidence of the educational community and the public they serve. Accreditation status signifies that the program meets established and nationally accepted standards of scope, quality, and relevance.

Once awarded accreditation status, a program must submit reports regularly to the Commission ensuring continuing compliance with the evaluative criteria and is formally reviewed every five to 10 years.

Marshall Community & Technical College's Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program prepares students to work as skilled health care providers who work under the supervision of a physical therapist. Duties of the PTA include assisting the physical therapist in implementing treatment programs and training patients in exercises and activities of daily living.

Physical therapist assistants work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, and educational settings. Marshall Community & Technical College's PTA program is full-time and offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree, which prepares graduates for entry-level positions.

For more information, persons may contact program coordinator Travis H. Carlton, PTA, M.S., at (304) 696-3353, or visit the program's Web page at: http://www.marshall.edu/ctc/Allied%20Health/allied_health_pta.htm.

For additional information relating to the accreditation status of the program, persons may contact the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, 1111 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) 684-2782 or (703) 706-3245; accreditation@apta.org.

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Tuesday January 27, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Autism Training Center at Marshall featured in segment on NPR; story selected as a top 3 editors' pick'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A segment which aired Monday on National Public Radio highlighting the West Virginia Autism Training Center's efforts to identify autistic children in West Virginia has drawn attention and accolades from listeners across the nation.

The Training Center is housed on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Autism is a neurological disorder that affects communication and social skills. Individuals with autism have a restricted range of activities and interests. It is estimated that 50 percent of those with autism do not speak at all.

The nearly 10-minute segment was narrated by NPR staff member Jon Hamilton, who visited families of autistic children in Huntington in preparation for the feature. After its airing, the story was selected as a "top 3 editors' pick" on the NPR Web site and was the most frequently e-mailed from that site for the day.

West Virginia is one of 17 states receiving funding from the Centers for Disease Control in an effort to obtain the first accurate count of children with autism. As the number of individuals diagnosed with autism appears to be increasing, studies are underway to determine whether autism is becoming more common or just more likely to be recognized.

"We must answer questions about the number of individuals with autism because without understanding of how many people this affects, we can't tackle the problem itself," said Dr. Barbara Becker-Cottrill, Executive Director of the West Virginia Autism Training Center.

"The diagnosis is made solely based on observation. There is no test for autism. You can't get a blood sample and detect it and you can't give a standard IQ test and detect it," she said.

The West Virginia project involves researchers sifting through the files of every child born in the state in 1992 who was ever placed in a special education class. Researchers search for key phrases and traits to identify autism. The files number in the thousands and each one can involve hours of work.

In addition to identifying individuals with autism, the results of the project could affect funding and the direction of autism research.

The link to the NPR segment is: http://www.npr.org/display_pages/features/feature_1617147.html.

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

Annual awards banquet highlights Alumni Weekend April 2-3

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Eleven Marshall University alumni and students will be honored at this spring's Alumni Awards banquet, which highlights the annual Alumni Weekend Friday and Saturday, April 2-3, on the Huntington campus.

The banquet starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 3 in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room. It will be preceded by the President's Social from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on the student center plaza. The cost is $40 per person or $70 per couple.

The theme of Alumni Weekend 2004 is "Swing Time at Marshall." The theme will be in full force with swing time entertainment throughout the two days.

Here is a look at the six alumni awards and the 11 people who will receive them at the banquet, along with a look at the Alumni Association Club of the Year.

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to attorney William "Bill" Willis and CNN news correspondent Sean Callebs. This award is given to Marshall alumni for outstanding national achievements in their particular fields of endeavor.

Willis, Class of 1948, practices law, concentrating in commercial litigation in courts throughout the United States. He is a retired partner with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City and still serves as senior counsel.

After graduating from Marshall summa cum laude, Willis attended Harvard University where he received his juris doctor degree cum laude in 1951. He received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Marshall in 1997.

He has been involved in numerous high profile cases, including the AT&T break-up decree, National Football League player disputes and the Exxon Valdez case, as well as a number of securities and banking law cases and antitrust litigations.

Willis is married to the former Joyce Litteral and they have three children.

Callebs, Class of 1983, is an Atlanta-based national correspondent for CNN Newsource, the world's most extensively syndicated news feed service with more than 750 network affiliates and independent stations nationwide. In 1993, he won an Emmy Award for coverage of midwestern floods, and was honored the same year with a gold medal at the New York Film Festival for a special on Alaska dealing with the after effects of the Exxon Valdez spill.

Before joining CNN, Callebs was an anchor and editor for WSAZ-TV in Huntington-Charleston, and, before that, an anchor and producer for CNN and NBC affiliate WIS-TV in Columbia, S.C.

Community Achievement Award

The Community Achievement Award will be presented to educator William Smith and speech pathologists Jaqueline "Jackie" Scaggs Frazier and Vickie Hinzman Pullins. This award is given to alumni for success in their fields of endeavor and personal contributions to their respective communities.

Frazier and Pullins graduated from Marshall in 1974 with degrees in speech pathology. They both went on to earn their masters degrees in that field.

In 1990, they decided to form a private practice in speech pathology in Charleston. Since then, LinguaCare Associates Inc. has been providing services to children in public school systems and to adults in nursing homes and hospitals. LinguaCare employs six full-time and nine part-time speech pathologists, serving four hospitals and nine county school systems. They also provide training to Marshall and West Virginia University students and continuing education programs to speech pathologists nationwide.

Frazier and Pullins are active in their communities supporting various programs to encourage children and youth.

Frazier is married to Barney Warren Frazier and has two children. Pullins is married to Charles Adrian Pullins and has three children.

Smith, assistant superintendent of Cabell County Public Schools, graduated from Marshall with a bachelor of arts degree in 1973 and a master of arts in 1976. He received a Gifted Education Certification in 1977 and an educational administration certification in 1989. He is responsible for, among other things, the development and implementation of the instructional program for pre-school through adult basic education; Title 1 programs; special education programs; and student services such as alternative education, at-risk student programs and drop-out prevention.

Smith received the Marshall University Black Alumni Association Achievement Award in 1985 and the Huntington Black Professional and Business Women's Association Recognition Award for Contributions in the Field of Education in 1986.

He is a member of the West Virginia State Department's Education First Committee for The National Goals 2000, and a member of Leadership Tri-State. Among his numerous community activities are chairman of the board of advisers for Marshall's Community and Technical College; chairman of the board for Tri-State Occupation and Industrialization Center (OIC); and a member of the Martin Luther King Symposium Committee, the Tri-State area Council of Boys Scouts of America, the HOSPICE of Huntington board of directors and the Huntington/Ironton Enpowerment Zone Inc.

He is married to Victoria L. Smith, Marshall Class of 1975.

Distinguished Service to the Community Award

The Distinguished Service to the Community Award will be presented to businessmen Gary G. White and Joseph L. Williams Jr.

White, who earned his Marshall degree in 1997, is president and chief executive officer of International Industries Inc., a natural resources and manufacturing company with locations in five states, headquartered in Gilbert, W.Va. He is a member and immediate past chairman of the Marshall University Institutional Board of Governors and second vice president of the Marshall University Foundation Inc.

In addition, he serves as vice president of the Larry Joe Harless Community Center Foundation Inc.; chairman of the board of trustees of the Appalachian Hardwoods Manufacturers Association; and is a member of the board of directors of West Virginia Media Holding LLC, RAF America's Riverton Coal Company and The West Virginia Coal Association, among others.

White was appointed by former Gov. Cecil H. Underwood for his transition team in 1996-97 and by former Gov. Gaston Caperton to the West Virginia Board of Education.

In 2003, he was honored as the recipient of the City of Hope "Spirit of Life" award and was inducted into Marshall's Elizabeth McDowell Lewis College of Business Hall of Fame.

White and his wife, Jo Ann, reside in Logan, W.Va., with their daughter.

Williams, MU Class of 1978, is chairman, president and chief executive officer of BASIC Supply Company Inc. in Huntington. His also serves as director of First Sentry Bank in Huntington, Adams National Bank in Washington, D.C., and the West Virginia Capital Corporation. He is a member of the Marshall University Institutional Board of Governors, the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation board of directors and the State of West Virginia Workforce Investment Council.

Among his many awards and recognitions are the Marshall University Most Outstanding Black Alumni Award in 1984; Who's Who Among Black Americans; a profile in The Herald-Dispatch's "Movers & Shakers" feature (1988), and one of the paper's "50 Most Influential People in the 20th Century" (1999).

Williams was founder and director of the Ebony Golf Classic, is a former member of the Huntington City Council and former mayor and assistant mayor of Huntington.

Williams is married to Shirley Ann Johnson Williams and they have four children.

Carolyn B. Hunter Distinguished Faculty Service Award

This award will be presented to Dr. Marcia Harrison, professor of biological sciences at Marshall University. Harrison has been a member of the Marshall community since 1986. Her professional service to the community includes director of the West Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair, director of the West Virginia Junior Academy of Science and a member of the Educational Committee of the American Society of Gravitational Space Biology.

On campus, she is chair of the NASA Space Grant Committee, manages the College of Science Greenhouse and the teaching lab "Cell Central," and serves on the advisory group for the new biotechnology building, among other responsibilities. She also excels as a mentor and advisor to her students.

The Hunter Award was created by the MUAA for the purpose of recognizing outstanding achievements and providing incentives for continued service from faculty to the community, the university and students in their respective fields. Award nominees were evaluated on their professional service to the community and their service to the university and its students.

Nancy Pelphrey Herd Village Scholarships

The Herd Village Scholarships will be awarded to Michaelyn Ann Butcher, Class of 2006, and Nicholas Slate, Class of 2005.

Butcher will receive the Cheerleader Scholarship. A pre-communications disorders major, Butcher is active in a number of campus and community projects, including reading programs in elementary schools, campus blood drives, care packages to troops, Branches (domestic shelter), the Robby Page Memorial Walk, Sweatequity Day and the Wild Dawg Safe Trick-or-Treat Night.

Slate will receive the Marching Band Scholarship. He is an integrated science and technology major. His activities and accomplishments include director of the Handbell Choir at Aldersgate and Barboursville First United Methodist churches; teaching assistant for Marshall IST courses; and assistant instructor for the Sissonville High School marching band. He is employed in Charleston, providing contract-based technology services.

Cam Henderson Scholarship Award

This athletic scholarship will be presented to John Ryan Stewart, a senior from Barboursville and a member of the Thundering Herd golf team. He is active in the Student Advisory Committee, the Golden Key Honor Society, and has made the Dean's List every semester in college while majoring in accounting and finance.

The Cam Henderson Scholarship was established by the Alumni Association in the name of legendary football and basketball coach Cam Henderson. It is given yearly to the student athlete who best exemplifies the spirit of scholarship while participating in athletics.

Alumni Association Club of the Year

The Boone County (W.Va.) Friends of Marshall Club has been chosen as the Alumni Association Club of the Year for the second consecutive year. President Rodney Miller, Class of 1981, and club members have done a tremendous job, according to Nancy Pelphrey, coordinator of alumni programs.

"The club has raised the visibility of Marshall University in the Boone County area and has promoted Marshall at every opportunity," Pelphrey said. "They have done a great job recruiting students from the area and have funded six scholarships to graduating seniors. This club always goes the extra mile whether they are having a golf outing, fundraiser or just cheering for the Herd. I am not surprised the Alumni Association chose to honor them with this award for the second year."

The Friends of Boone County also sponsored a tour of Marshall University for Madison Middle School students with 118 students attending a football game, a women's basketball game and band day, and speaking with coaches and faculty. The club also donated $1,000 to the Erickson Alumni Center Building Fund and monies toward the television broadcast of football games.

Alumni Weekend

Alumni Weekend coincides with the annual John Deaver Drinko Symposium at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 1, and the Elizabeth Gibson Drinko Honors Convention, set for 7 p.m. on Friday, April 2. Both of those events will take place in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

The first official event of Alumni Weekend is a champagne reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 2, at the home of President Dan Angel. The reception is for individuals who have contributed to the Erickson Alumni Center campaign.

On Saturday, April 3, the Class Luncheon will honor the 50th reunion class (1954) and the 60th reunion class (1944). They will be joined by the Grand Class - those who graduated before 1954. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Black Box Theater of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, and the cost to attend is $20.

The annual Green and White football scrimmage, which marks the end of Marshall's spring practice, starts at 4 p.m. Saturday at Marshall Stadium. Cost to attend is $5 per person.

Glade Springs Resort and Cooper Land Development of Daniels, W.Va., are major sponsors of Alumni Weekend.

For information on how to order tickets to any Alumni Weekend event, persons may contact the Alumni Association office at (800) MUALUMX or (304) 696-2901, or via email.

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Friday January 23, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall meets national information security standards

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University has been designated by the Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation center as meeting the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Standards 4011 and 4012.

The CNSS represents a broad cross-section of federal departments and agencies, which set the training standards for information assurance professionals in government and industry.

These standards reflect the federal awareness that consistency in training and education for information assurance is critical to the national infrastructure. The curriculum in Information Systems within the College of Information Technology and Engineering and in Forensic Sciences at Marshall University was approved for certification.

Dr. Patricia Logan, associate professor in the College of Information Technology and Engineering, and Ron Jewell, CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) administrator in Forensic Sciences, led the effort for Marshall to be recognized as the first institution in West Virginia to have met the two standards in the areas of information assurance, networks, computer security, computer forensics, enterprise management, database, digital imaging, operating systems, software development, and engineering.

Marshall will receive recognition and a certificate during the CNSS annual conference April 13-15 in Norfolk, Va. Presentations will be made by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence. The conference is attended by more than 200 representatives from federal departments and agencies, private industry, and academia.

For more information, persons may contact Dr. Logan at (304) 746-1951 or via e-mail.

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Friday January 23, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall enrollment records established during fall 2003 semester

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University set records in the major enrollment categories of full-time students, first-time freshmen, full-time equivalent students, and out-of-state students during the fall 2003 semester, MU officials announced today.

In the end-of-semester submission of enrollment data to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, Marshall reported an overall head count enrollment of 16,360 students, the second-highest in the institution's 167-year history.

Of those students, 12,356 were undergraduates, 199 were in the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, and 3,805 were graduate students on the Huntington and South Charleston campuses and across the state of West Virginia in Marshall's network of graduate locations. Marshall Community and Technical College enrolled 2,393 students, about 19 percent of the total undergraduates.

"We're very gratified that our enrollment for last fall was our second-highest ever, and that we set a number of important enrollment milestones," MU President Dan Angel said. "This just shows that our students like what we're doing and the programs we have to offer. Overall, I'm very pleased."

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) enrollment was 12,664, an increase of 199 (1.6 percent) over last year's FTE enrollment of 12,465. The previous record was set last year. FTE enrollment is a commonly used method for calculating enrollment by giving more weight to full-time students.

First-time freshmen enrollment was 2,409, an increase of 99 (4.3 percent) over last year. The previous record enrollment for first-time freshmen was 2,381 set in fall 1998. There were 1,932 first-time freshmen from West Virginia, an increase of 143 (8 percent) over last year's 1,789. Among those first-time freshmen from West Virginia were 823 PROMISE scholarship recipients, an increase of 14 percent over the 722 PROMISE recipients last year.

Full-time student enrollment was 11,178, an increase of 153 (1.4 percent) over last year's previous record full-time enrollment of 11,025. A record number of the full-time students are from West Virginia: 8,973 vs. 8,857 for last year, an increase of 116 (1.3 percent).

Out-of-state enrollment is 2,768, an increase of 25 (0.9 percent) over last year's record count of 2,743. Out-of-state enrollment represents about 17 percent of the total headcount enrollment.

"The growth in West Virginia first-time freshmen and non-resident students, and an increase in continuing students are the result of the quality teaching of our faculty and the hard work of our enrollment management staff," said Sarah Denman, Marshall's Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Overall, undergraduate enrollment was 12,356, an increase of 134 (1.1 percent) over last year's count of 12,222, the previous record. Of that undergraduate total, 10,162 are from West Virginia.

"The number of undergraduates from West Virginia is more than Marshall has ever seen and more than we've seen at any state institution in many years," said Michael McGuffey, Marshall's Director of Institutional Research and Planning.

Ironically, with the large number of major enrollment records set this year, the total headcount enrollment decreased last fall by 191 from the record 16,551 in fall 2002. The decline is due to a decrease in part-time students, and most of that decrease occurred at the graduate level.

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Thursday January 22, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University Libraries announces new digital museum exhibit

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Libraries' newest exhibit in its Virtual Museum is Camp Washington-Carver, a summer camp established in 1942 for African American youth.

The exhibit can be found online at:


Initially called the "West Virginia Negro 4-H Camp," its name was soon changed to "Camp Washington-Carver" in honor of two prominent black Americans: Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver. It was the first 4-H camp for African American youth in the nation.

The camp is located in Fayette County (W.Va.), near Babcock State Park, and is a state and national treasure. Its Great Chestnut Lodge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, and it is the largest chestnut log building in the nation.

The camp originally was administered by West Virginia State College. In 1978, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History received responsibility for the camp, which was rededicated in 1980. Since that time, it has continued to serve as a mountain cultural arts center, as well as a general camp for various groups.

The online exhibition focuses on the camp's early period through the eyes of those who either worked there or enjoyed its facilities as children. The camp's story is presented through the use of still pictures, audio recordings, transcribed interviews, and moving pictures.

"Only a few West Virginians know of Camp Washington-Carver and its important role in West Virginia's history," said Lisle Brown, Curator of Special Collections at Marshall, and the exhibit developer. "I hope that those who view the exhibit will enjoy it and will also come away more knowledgeable about the camp and the significant place it played in the lives of the state's African American children."

Of special interest in the exhibit are three video clips of early motion picture footage of children participating in camp activities. These rare images, shot in color in the 1940's soon after the camp opened, provide the visitor to the exhibit with an immediate and intimate view of the camp and its activities.

The exhibit includes many rare photographs of the camp buildings, its personnel, and participants engaging in a variety of activities, such as arts and crafts, swimming, gun safety, horseshoes, and many other events. Also included in the exhibit are transcripts, and some actual audio, of interviews with persons associated with the camp. These interviews give a full and fascinating glimpse of the camp by those who either worked there as adults or attended it as children.

In addition, the exhibit includes an illustrated article by Norman Jordan that appeared in the Winter 1999 issue of Goldenseal, giving his personal account of the history and importance of the camp.

The online exhibit uses many resources throughout the state, including those of Camp Washington-Carver, Marshall University Special Collections, Marshall University Instructional Television and Video Services, West Virginia State College Archives, the Archives and History Section of West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the Cabell County Public Library.

For more information, persons may contact Barbara Winters, Dean of Marshall University Libraries, at (304) 696-2318 or via e-mail.

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Wednesday January 21, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Board of Governors completes evaluation of Marshall president

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Board of Governors recently completed a performance evaluation of its president, Dan Angel, as required by West Virginia law and the Higher Education Policy Commission.

The purpose of the evaluation was to ensure that the institution is being well managed, pursuing sound institutional goals, and to help the president improve his performance. The board is required to conduct a written performance evaluation of Marshall's president every fourth year of employment as president. President Angel has been at Marshall since Jan. 1, 2000.

The primary vehicle for the evaluation was a 12-member presidential evaluation committee composed of representatives from the faculty, staff, students, administration and external community. The evaluation committee conducted meetings that were promptly noticed starting June 17, 2003 and concluded in early December.

The committee's findings were reported to the Board of Governors after it concluded its evaluation. The evaluation process was open, inclusive and comprehensive. The evaluation committee was assisted by Dr. Clifford M. Trump, former chancellor of the State College System of West Virginia and a former university president.

The evaluation concluded that "President Angel is performing very well in areas which are substantive, on-the-ground measures vital to Marshall University. By way of example, student enrollment and graduation numbers are up, much needed facilities have been constructed or are in the planning stage, research volume and research dollars are higher, the Governor's higher education budget cuts were managed extremely well and also the increasing donor contribution is bringing considerable attention."

These were sighted as "positive" and "strong" indicators of a president focused upon the improvement of Marshall University."

A handful of areas were singled out for additional attention, renewed focus and long-term institutional betterment. The board will follow up with President Angel to address these areas of emphasis over the next four-year evaluation period.

President Angel issued the following statement regarding the evaluation:

"I was impressed with the inclusive and openness of the evaluation. There were many positives and also some areas to be improved. That's what presidential evaluations are all about and it is the most thorough evaluation that I've had during my 25 years of being a president, in California, Texas and West Virginia. It was a constructive process and will have some significant benefits for the institution and West Virginia. After four years serving as president of Marshall University, I have even more passion for the institution and its mission and betterment than I had when I arrived in January of 2000. I love Marshall University and it's an honor to serve as its president."

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

Team trivia game show coming to Marshall's campus

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "Brain Storm! Team Trivia Game Show" is coming to Marshall University's campus on Wednesday, Feb. 4.

The show, to be staged at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room, will be based entirely on African American history to help promote February as Black History Month. It is sponsored by Marshall's Center for African American Students and the Student Activities Programming Board.

All Marshall student organizations, such as clubs, the Student Government Association, fraternities and sororities, may form their own teams of five to 10 participants and take part in Brain Storm! Or, students may enter as singles and be placed in a group. The winning team will collect $200, with $125 going to the runner-up and $75 to the third-place team.

"It's a Hollywood style game show and it should be a blast," said Maurice Cooley, Director of Marshall's Center for African American Students' Programs. "It's a fun opportunity for the students to enjoy themselves and possibly win some money."

Participants will use remote control handsets to answer questions displayed on a 10-foot video screen. All teams play at the same time while the host keeps the game moving. Among the categories for the game are politics, medicine, drama, television, music and sports.

"We want all students to come together, all classes and races, to have fun and be exposed to African American history," Cooley said. "No preparation is required. We'll see how much we know and how much we don't know about African American history. It should be a festive experience."

The show, presented by Simplified Entertainment of New York, has visited campuses throughout the United States. Brain Storm! is free to those who want to play, including community groups. Community groups should, however, call Cooley at (304) 696-5430 if they're interested in playing.

"Students should not feel intimidated," Cooley said. "We do not want the student body to think it's primarily for African American students. It's for all students. Everyone should come out and have fun."

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

MUAA seeks new members for Board of Directors

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Alumni Association is seeking names to place on a ballot as it prepares to elect new members to its board of directors.

Anyone who wishes to nominate a person for the board may do so by contacting the alumni office at (304) 696-2901 or (800) 682-5869, or by sending an email to hudson2@marshall.edu by Monday, Jan. 26. The MUAA plans to send ballots to active members early in February 2004.

The Marshall University Alumni Association, founded in 1931, has four primary goals. They include:

  • Raising $3 million for construction of a new Erickson Alumni Center;
  • Marketing the online community;
  • Recruiting students; and,
  • Developing the alumni club network around the country.

"Now is a great time to be an active participant in the alumni association," said Lance West, vice president for alumni development at Marshall. "Now, more than ever, we need alumni and friends to get involved as we continue to grow and spread the word about this great university."

To qualify as a board member, a person must:

  • Be an active member of the alumni association, which includes making an annual gift to the Marshall University Foundation, Inc.;
  • Be energetic and enthusiastic in support of the university, and concerned that it will realize its full growth and potential;
  • Be available to attend two on-campus board meetings a year, and serve on various MUAA board committees; and,
  • Be willing to assist in his or her home area in promoting Marshall University and the alumni association.

"We need help in finding candidates who are interested in serving the university in this important capacity," said Tom Harris, president of the alumni association. "We're looking for people who have a passion for Marshall and a desire to see the university grow and prosper."

Those elected to the board will serve a term of three years, beginning July 1, 2004. Ten new members will be elected, including five from the local community and five at-large.

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

Marshall to provide webcast for State of the State address

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - For the sixth consecutive year, Marshall University will provide the webcast for West Virginia's State of the State address.

Gov. Bob Wise will deliver his final State of the State address at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14 from the House chambers at the state capitol in Charleston.

The address may be accessed at http://www.marshall.edu/www/stateofstate2004/. The webcast is made possible in part through West Virginia Public Broadcasting, which provides the live video via satellite. The webcast from last year's address is available at http://www.marshall.edu/www/stateofstate2003/.

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Thursday January 8, 2004
Contact: Tom Hunter, University Communications, (304) 746-2038

Herd fans to gear up for annual Marshall/WVU Capital Classic with two major game-day events

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Marshall University alumni, fans and friends will have an opportunity to gear up for the Thundering Herd's annual Capital Classic men's and women's basketball doubleheader with West Virginia University during two special game-day events, Wednesday, Jan. 21.

The Marshall Tip-Off Club of Charleston will be host to a noon luncheon honoring the Marshall men's and women's basketball teams at the Charleston Marriott. Speakers will include men's basketball Coach Ron Jirsa, women's basketball Coach Royce Chadwick and head football Coach Bob Pruett. Tickets are $20 each and reservations are required. For more information, call (304) 343-2900.

The Marshall University Alumni Association, Big Green Scholarship Foundation, Inc., and Greater Kanawha Valley Marshall Club will be hosts to a Capital Classic pre-game reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the South Hall of the Charleston Civic Center. Sponsored in part by the Friends of Coal, this free event is open to the public. Hot and cold hors d'oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available.

Marshall President Dan Angel, university staff and representatives will greet visitors during the reception. Marco and the Marshall University cheerleaders will be on hand to entertain the crowd.

Marshall and WVU meet in a women's game at 5:30 p.m., and the Thundering Herd and West Virginia men play at 8 p.m. in the annual Capital Classic.

Tickets for the doubleheader are still available by calling the Marshall ticket office at 1-800-THE HERD or the Charleston Civic Center box office at (304) 345-7469.

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Wednesday January 7, 2004
Contact: Office of Multicultural Affairs, , (304) 696-4677

Marshall to Host Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Eleventh Annual Symposium, scheduled to run Jan. 19-20 in Huntington, will be celebrated through an array of panels, forums, memorial programs, a march, a Chautauqua impersonation and other activities in honor of the late civil rights leader.

Established by Marshall's Office of Multicultural Affairs and partially funded by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, this year's theme will be "Continuing the Legacy and the Struggle for Justice and Equality in the 21st Century."

As Dr. Betty Jane Cleckley, Vice President for Multicultural Affairs, observes, "Each annual symposium is an opportunity to promote Martin Luther King Jr.'s ideals of peace, equality, justice and unity, and to encourage the Marshall family and the Tri-state community's participation in programs of service and action."

The Symposium gets underway Monday, Jan. 19, with a Focus on Youth program from 11 a.m. to l p.m., presented by the Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA) at the A.D. Lewis Community Center at 1450 A.D. Lewis Avenue.

The program will be followed by a luncheon, and a roundtable panel discussion with the theme, "What would Dr. King do about violence and drugs in our community?" from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. It will be coordinated by Rev. Paul Willis, Sr., pastor of the First Baptist Church at 901 Sixth Avenue.

A highlight of each year's symposium is the traditional march, which begins this year with a line-up at 4:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. Beginning at 5 p.m., marchers will make their way to the Sixteenth Street Missionary Baptist Church located at 1647 Ninth Avenue, where the annual memorial service begins at 6:30 p.m.

During the service, the winners of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Competition will be announced by Dr. Christina Murphy, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and chair of the awards competition. In addition, a community mass choir will perform.

Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City will be the speaker. A recipient of six honorary degrees, Butts has gained renown for his professional and religious activities. He serves as President of the Council of Churches of New York, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of United Way of New York City, and he is a member of the leadership boards of the September 11th Fund, the Boy Scouts of America, the American Baptist College and the Community Development Corporation of Long Island.

Following the memorial service, a reception will be held in the Church Fellowship Hall, beginning at 8 p.m. A Chautauqua impersonation (costumed characterization) of A. Phillip Randolph is scheduled Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Randolph was a political and civic activist who in 1917 co-founded "The Messenger," an African American magazine dedicated to ending the exploitation of workers. He led the successful campaign to outlaw racial discrimination in the Federal government and defense industries during World War II. He has been called the architect of the August 28, 1963 March on Washington.

Portraying Randolph will be Joseph Bundy, a native of Bluefield, W.Va., and a Marshall University Graduate College alumnus. Bundy is the founder and director of the Afro Appalachian Performance Company and drama instructor for the West Virginia African American Arts and Heritage Academy, and has served as an adjunct instructor at Glenville State Community and Technical College. He is well known for portraying, among others, such influential historical figures as Booker T. Washington and former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Bundy has made presentations at the West Virginia Black History and Appalachian Studies Conferences, and coordinated West Virginia's first African American Team Chautauqua. He is a playwright, and his poetry appears in "Wild Sweet Notes," an anthology of West Virginia poets.

Dr. Rainey Duke and Sylvia Ridgeway are co-chairs of this year's symposium planning committee. Committee members include Phillip W. Carter, Maurice Cooley, Edward Dawson, Margot Durbin, Rebecca Glass, Stephen Hensley, Rev. David Johnson, Dr. Dolores Johnson, Sally Lind, Dr. Charles O. Lloyd, Rev. Samuel Moore, Dr. Christina Murphy, Rev. Larry Patterson, Feon Smith, William Smith, Brandon Stevens, Susan Tams, Rev. Paul Wills, Sr., and Barbara Winters.

"We thank the Eleventh Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Symposium Planning Committee, sponsors, speakers, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Competition evaluation committee, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission for their invaluable assistance in making this symposium a success," said Cleckley.

NOTE: Photos of Butts and Bundy for use by the media are available at http://www.marshall.edu/ucomm/muphoto.html.

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