June 2004 News Releases

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

Credit Fair/Open House is July 13 at Marshall Community College

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall Community and Technical College (MCTC) is host to a Credit Fair/Open House on Tuesday, July 13, 2004 in the lower level of the Community and Technical College Building.

Marshall employees are invited to drop in from 4 to 5 p.m. and the public is welcomed from 5 to 7 p.m.

Marshall Community college staff will offer to evaluate for college credit previous work experience/certifications/college courses, military training, and continuing education courses. Visitors might discover that they are closer to earning a degree than they know.

Refreshments will be provided, and parking is free at any campus lot or parking garage after 4 p.m. West Virginia residents may enter a drawing for the opportunity to be awarded a one-semester tuition waiver. For additional information, persons may call (304) 696-6282.

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

Kosins to perform with Bluetrane; show to be televised on Channel 25

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Jazz singer and composer Kathy Kosins will be performing with Bluetrane, Marshall University's Faculty Jazz Ensemble, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, at the Jomie Jazz Center. Admission is $5.

The performance will be televised live on Adelphia Cable Channel 25. Kosins, a six-time American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers award winner, has been described as "one of the most alluring voices in Jazz" by the Chicago Tribune. She will be joining Bluetrane as part of the annual Jazz-MU-Tazz festival.

For more information, contact David W. Johnson, Executive Director of Distributed Education Technology at Marshall University, at (304) 696-6474.

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

MU welcomes 168 high school seniors for Governor's Honors Academy

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will welcome 168 high school seniors, all but five of whom are from West Virginia, to its Huntington campus June 27-July 18 for the annual West Virginia Governor's Honors Academy.

This is the third consecutive year Marshall is the academy host. The opening ceremony is at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 27, at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. A. Michael Perry, Chairman of Marshall's Board of Governors, will deliver the keynote address.

Also speaking during the opening ceremony will be Sarah Denman, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Marshall; Cheryl A. Keffer, coordinator of Gifted Education and Governor's Schools with the West Virginia Department of Education; Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary for Education and the Arts in West Virginia, and Robert E. Brown III, Governor's Honors Academy resident director.

"We are deeply honored to host the West Virginia Governor's Honors Academy for a third year," said Martha Woodward, Dean of the Governor's Honors Academy and Executive Director of Marshall's John R. Hall Center for Academic Excellence. "Having GHA on campus gives us the opportunity to showcase Marshall University and the Huntington community."

More importantly, Woodward said, is the chance the outstanding students that participate in the academy are given to grow.

"This is the first time many of them have been a part of an intense academic experience, indeed the first time they have been far from home," Woodward said. "GHA opens doors they never knew and leads them to think in different ways."

The Governor's Honors Academy is an intensive learning experience that challenges the students' academic skills while enhancing and clarifying their post-secondary education goals. The program's mission is to help the students grow intellectually and creatively in a culturally diverse atmosphere.

Intensive and broad based courses are offered in the following three categories: Mathematics, Science and Technology; Humanities; and Fine and Performing Arts. The students also will be taking some field trips, locally to the Huntington Museum of Art and A. Michael Perry's Heritage Farm and Museum. They also will spend two days in Washington, D.C., visiting various museums and monuments.

The program annually selects two students, one boy and one girl, from each of West Virginia's 55 counties and then a state committee picks students at large that also qualify. This year, 53 counties are represented. Also, five students and one instructor from Russia will participate in the academy.

To qualify, West Virginia students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or be in the top 10 percent in their class, score in the 90 percentile on a nationally normed test or be in the top 10 percent of the county. They also must have no grade below a C and be a resident of West Virginia or attend high school in West Virginia.

The staff of instructors totals 17 along with Woodward and Delores Johnson, Assistant Dean of the Governor's Honors Academy. Five of the instructors are full-time Marshall professors. The Russian instructor is Nadia Kochkareva, and Yumiko Esail will teach Japanese language and culture.

West Virginia students in the 2004 Governor's Honors Academy are listed below by county:

  • Barbour: Tim Wright, Amber Zambelli.
  • Berkeley: Jonathan Quigley, Sarah Pearson, Kristin Lemaster, Colleen Black, Jeremy Hansford.
  • Boone: Brad Price, Margaret Santonia, Amelia Jarrell, Kyle Estep.
  • Braxton: Brandon Foster, Tiffany Campbell, Laura Atkins.
  • Brooke: Ashley Berardi.
  • Cabell: Cassidy Lawson, Emily Asbury, Ginny Campbell, Brandon Anderson, Gregory Vallejos, Rachel Bailey.
  • Calhoun: Cynthia Wildfire.
  • Doddridge: Samantha Stefanov, Isaac Swisher.
  • Fayette: Laurel Ackison, Shane Dragan, Daphne O'Hara, Franklin Stone, Kevin Jones, John Pino.
  • Gilmer: Samantha Smith, Allison Butler, Amanda Duelley, Morgan Ames.
  • Grant: Sarah Cullers, Josh Taylor.
  • Hampshire: Craig Iser, Connie Asbury, Josh Wood.
  • Hancock: Michael Emery, Gina Denjen.
  • Hardy: Laura Kessel, Kevin Leatherman, Richard Hulver.
  • Harrison: Meghan Frum, Brittany Audia, Geneva Davis, Tiffany Alastanos, James Wise, Liam Davis.
  • Jackson: Kelsey Batten, Matthew McGrew, Ivy Crank.
  • Jefferson: Cara Vogler, Thomas Flanagan.
  • Kanawha: Aarzu Moghal, Chase Turner, Billy King, Morgan Yates, Karina Geronilla, Angela Carter, Nick DiCarlo, Allison Broadwater.
  • Lewis: Claire Berlin, Shea Garrison-Kimmel.
  • Lincoln: Allisun Browning.
  • Logan: Erin Long, Casey Woody.
  • Marion: Zachary Gouzd, Brandon Domico, Anna Simis, Rebecca Pyles, Sonni Pellillo.
  • Marshall: Brian Dalek, Dina Graves, Colby Mozingo, Megan Schubert.
  • Mason: Holt Barnitz, Emily Kayser.
  • McDowell: Brittany Addair, Kevin Richardson.
  • Mercer: Alexia Fernandez, William Hardy III, Jessica McClung, Kayla Williams.
  • Mineral: Sadie Green, Ryan Imperio, Seema Shroff.
  • Mingo: Amy Jones, Amy Newsome, Gregory Sammons, Kelly Trimble.
  • Monongalia: Johanna Collins, Nicole Shumiloff, Deepti Gupta, Tanya Klinkachorn, Jessica Duda, Lee Zaniewski, Yonina Hoffman.
  • Monroe: William Johnson, Jason Walters, Vanessa Wallace, Rachel Tingler.
  • Morgan: Jesse Potts.
  • Nicholas: Kevin Hanna, William Waters, Callie Thayer.
  • Ohio: Robert Tappe, Michael Wakim, Nevin Sharma, Anne Seabright.
  • Pendleton: Steven Redman, Jonie Nelson.
  • Pleasants: Kristin Milhoan, Mitchell Parlett.
  • Pocahontas: Danielle Holstine, Jonathan Burns.
  • Preston: Kristin Szilagyi, Andrew Cary
  • Putnam: Jason Van Meter, Morgan Chambers, Bennett Anderson, Margaret Cunningham.
  • Raleigh: Courtney Staton, Steven Richmond, Nick Yurick, Sarah Wilkinson, Alexandra Zsoldos, Rachel Romero.
  • Randolph: Michael Zorger, Amber Simmons.
  • Ritchie: Michael Hardbarger.
  • Roane: Heather Ramsey, A.J. Cooper.
  • Summers: Kimberly Eagle, Rebecca Eerenberg, Todd Willey.
  • Taylor: Ryan Mick, Elijah Flesher, Tonya Smith.
  • Tucker: Laura Smith, Dustin Mauzy.
  • Tyler: Elijah Richie, Samantha Moore, Broc Hissam, AnaRosa Stender.
  • Upshur: Jessica Lantz, Amanda Scott, Donovan Godwin.
  • Wayne: Matthew Price, Jessica Bergquist.
  • Webster: Conley Stout, Liz Short.
  • Wetzel: Kayla Poling, Michael Lemasters.
  • Wood: Drew Hicks, Matthew Cayton, Michael Hardman, Shaina Meyers, Nathan Dailey, Emily Rader, Audrey Hylton.
  • Wyoming: Jatanna Lester.

The following students from Russia will participate in the academy: Vera Babenko, Evgeny Platonov, Edouard Potchivaline, Dmitri Jiovotnev, and Jouri Bourtsev.

The Governor's Honors Academy was established in 1984 by Gov. John D. Rockefeller IV. Host schools have included West Virginia Wesleyan College, Shepherd College, Fairmont State College, West Virginia University, Concord College, West Virginia State College and Marshall. The GHA returns to Fairmont State in 2005.

For more information on this summer's Governors Honors Academy, persons may contact Martha Woodward at (304) 696-2475 before it begins, or (304) 696-4802 once it starts.

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

MU's Jazz-MU-Tazz features national artist Kathy Kosins

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's sixth annual Jazz-MU-Tazz Festival takes place Wednesday, June 23 through Friday, June 25 at the Jomie Jazz Center and the Ritter Park Amphitheater.

This year's guest artist is six-time American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers award winner, Kathy Kosins.

Kosins will be performing throughout the week alongside Bluetrane, Marshall University's faculty jazz ensemble, and in the finale with the students of the Jazz Band Camp.

Here is the schedule:

"Kathy Kosins with Bluetrane"

  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, Jomie Jazz Center, located across 5th Avenue from the Memorial Student Center. Admission is $5.

"Jazz Jam Session"

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, June 24, Jomie Jazz Center. Admission is free.

"Finale Concert"

  • 6 p.m. Friday, June 25, Ritter Park Amphitheater, Huntington. Admission is $5 per person, of $10 per family.

Admission to the events is on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating in the Jomie Jazz Center is limited. For further information, email  Dr. Ed Bingham or call him at (304) 696-2452.

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

Youth Technology Camp begins June 21 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - The first of three week-long selections of Youth Technology Camp 2004, conducted by the Marshall University Technology Outreach Center, begins Monday, June 21 at the Drinko Library on MU's main campus.

Youth Technology Camp is for middle school age students. The camp not only will entertain the students, but also will assist them in advancing their computer skills and knowledge.

"Youth Technology Camp 2004 will give aspiring middle school students the opportunity to share exciting high-tech adventures," said Kelli R. Mayes, Director of the Marshall Technology Outreach Center. "In doing so, they will turn technology inside out and increase their science and computer skills, as well as their oral and written communication skills."

Mayes said the camp is a fun-filled experience for students who will be in middle school this fall. The camp will provide hands-on exercises, using computers and real-life puzzles, which will help students excel in school, she said.

"The creative one-week programs will engage students in fantastic activities they will not find anywhere else," Mayes said. "They will make new friends while improving their ability to think critically, solve problems, and work in teams."

Youth Technology Camp class sizes are kept small to allow for personalized, individual attention. Class registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. The following camp selections will be offered this summer:

June 21-25, Excel with Computers: Students will have fun while improving their word processing skills, spreadsheet skills, and Internet safety skills. Campers will learn valuable skills using Microsoft Office and Excel.

July 12-16, Presentation Pizzazz!: Campers learn how to spice up school projects and presentations using PowerPoint, Internet research, and digital photographs.

July 26-July 30, Web Page Design: Students learn how to design, lay out, and create terrific looking Web pages using the popular authoring software program, Microsoft FrontPage.

Campers should be entering middle school, grades 6-8, in the fall of 2004. Camp will take place from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in Drinko Library Room 138. Campers will receive t-shirts, MU lanyards, and certificates of completion. Cost is $80 per student, per week, although a multiple class discount of 10 percent will be given.

Persons interested in obtaining more information or registering for Youth Technology Camp 2004 may contact Kelli R. Mayes, Director of the Marshall Technology Outreach Center, at (304) 696-3325 or via e-mail.

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Thursday June 17, 2004
Contact: Beverly McCoy, , (304) 691-1713

Marshall, Walter Reed launch historic health care partnership Friday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Starting tomorrow, West Virginia patients who have diabetes will become the nation's first non-military patients to reap the benefits of disease management tools developed to keep America's fighting forces and their families in top form.

The award-winning technology is being made available for civilian use through a three-way partnership initiated by U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D W.Va. In the partnership, the Walter Reed Army Medical Center is providing its HEALTHeFORCES program, using the newest information technology to implement medical best practices, to the Robert C. Byrd Center for Rural Health at Marshall. The Center for Rural Health will begin the HEALTHeWV program at the Marshall University Medical Center and rural clinics as pilot sites. The National Technology Transfer Center, in turn, will lay the groundwork for the program to be implemented at other sites in West Virginia and throughout the nation.

"The HEALTHeWV program is a shining example of linking national advancements with local expertise to meet West Virginia's needs," Byrd said. "This collaboration between Walter Reed, Marshall University, and the NTTC will help to ensure that chronically ill patients, including those in some of the state's most medically underserved regions, will receive higher quality health care. The program will allow doctors to better treat the whole person, taking into account his or her full medical history, rather than one particular symptom or illness. I am pleased to have helped make this important initiative a reality."

"The impact of the HEALTHeFORCES program on patient outcomes is remarkable," said Col. Jill S. Phillips of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The program, which has won national awards, has positive effects on both patient safety and disease outcomes, she said.

Compared to national benchmarks, HEALTHeFORCES patients who have diabetes are far more likely to have appropriate testing and better test results, she said. Because the program ensures that critical annual tests are done, its patients rank higher than the benchmarked group on certain clinical measures. High risk hemoglobin A1c levels are improved 98 percent of the time, for example, compared to 68 percent of the time for the national group. Checks for kidney complications are done far more frequently in the HEALTHeFORCES group than in the benchmark group (95 percent vs. 52 percent); so are required blood lipid (fat) lab tests (99.7 percent vs. 72 percent).

Similar positive outcomes have been shown for patients with heart disease and children with asthma, she said.

"These positive indicators, consistently improving over the past 3 years, go hand in hand with published best practices, proving the effectiveness of this disease management program," Phillips said.

Marshall is implementing the first component of the program Friday at the University Family Practice office at the Marshall University Medical Center. While waiting for their physicians, patients who have diabetes will use hand held computerized devices to respond to questions about their illness and any disease related physical and mental limitations they are experiencing that affect their daily lives. Their answers will help their doctors pinpoint areas that need special attention to improve the patients' quality of life and the management of their diabetes.

Additional surveys will be added to focus on the care of patients with heart disease and chronic lung disease. As funds become available, Marshall also will begin deploying the technology to rural clinics in southern West Virginia by providing training and setting up the necessary technology and communication interfaces at the clinic sites.

When fully deployed, HEALTHeWV will give providers disease specific tracking cards that display key information and help assure that care complies with clinical practice guidelines. An electronic clinic notes system will round out the program, improving physicians' access to patient information and speeding physician to physician communication.

Diabetes was a natural choice for the program's first target, said Dr. Robert B. Walker of Marshall, noting that West Virginia's incidence of diabetes is 41 percent above the national average.

"No disease stresses rural West Virginia families and health providers more than diabetes," Walker said. "Best care for diabetes requires attention to acute, chronic preventive and emergency care and special care for the eyes, skin, oral cavity, heart, kidneys, vascular system, feet and nervous system. Patients have extensive educational, nutritional and psychological needs. Special equipment, transportation to care and opportunities for exercise are critical. Management and coordination of all of these components of care is extremely difficult for rural health providers.

"It is vital that a system is in place to treat these patients," added Walker, chairman of the Department of Family and Community Health and executive vice dean for the School of Medicine.

"Gaps in services or care can create drastic outcomes blindness, loss of limbs, infections, and premature heart disease and stroke," he said. "HEALTHeWV provides a system to document, track and audit care while prompting the provider on key issues and allowing patients to participate more actively in their own health care."

Dr. Charles H. McKown Jr., dean of the School of Medicine, said the program is an exciting example of technology transfer. "Once again, Sen. Byrd has demonstrated his uncanny ability to make connections that cross domains," he said. "It takes a true visionary to recognize that this technologically integrated system designed to meet the needs of millions of service people around the world also has such great potential to also address some of the most pressing needs of small rural health centers and their patients."

Marshall takes pride in its role of working with Walter Reed and the National Technology Transfer Center to put that technology to use for West Virginians and other Americans, said President Dan Angel. "It's certainly an honor that Marshall's national level expertise in rural health and primary care has been tapped for this important project," he said. "Given our state's special problems with chronic diseases, it's fitting that our citizens will be the first civilians to gain access to this powerful disease management system for improving their health."

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

University Physicians & Surgeons Inc. receives $440,000 grant

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - University Physicians & Surgeons Inc. at Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine has been awarded a grant of $440,000 from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Under the direction of Richard Crespo, Ph.D., professor of family and community health with the School of Medicine, the funds are being used over a 30-month period (May 1, 2004 through Oct. 31, 2006) to support an effort to promote diabetes self-management in rural West Virginia. The grant was made under the Foundation's program, Advancing Diabetes Self-Management.

"For us it's an opportunity to build on what we have been doing over the last six years with outcome monitoring in collaboration with a network of 22 rural health centers," Crespo said. "What we're doing with this project is piloting systems for integrating self-management into the clinic system of care and equipping patients with tools for self-management so we can diffuse that through the whole network of rural health centers we're working with."

Crespo said communication is a key in promoting diabetes self-management in rural West Virginia. Specifically, the message is threefold: balance your plate, choose to move and kick the habit. Posters and informative brochures are among the many ways the message is communicated.

The need for diabetes self-management, as it is for cardiovascular disease self-management, is high and getting higher in rural West Virginia - and in Appalachia in general, Crespo said.

"Diabetes and cardiovascular disease are chronic and progressively debilitating," he said. "The percentage - or the burden - is higher in Appalachian. And that's the case among all racial and ethnic groups."

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, based in Princeton, N.J., is the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care. It concentrates its grantmaking in four goal areas: to assure that all Americans have access to quality health care at reasonable cost; to improve the quality of care and support for people with chronic health conditions; to promote healthy communities and lifestyles; and to reduce the personal, social and economic harm caused by substance abuse - tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs.

More information on the grant is available by contacting Crespo at (304) 691-1193.

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

MU President treated at Weston hospital, returns to Huntington

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University President Dan Angel was treated for an undisclosed medical ailment at a Weston, W.Va., hospital and released earlier this afternoon.

Angel was attending the West Virginia Leadership Conference at the Stonewall Jackson Resort and Conference Center in Lewis County, W.Va., where he became ill early Wednesday morning. He was transported to Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital shortly after 7 a.m., where he was treated in the hospital's emergency room and released.

"Dr Angel awoke this morning to some pain and discomfort and sought a thorough examination at a local hospital. It was determined very early upon Dr. Angel's arrival at the hospital that this was not a life-threatening situation or a cardiac-related issue. He will consult with his regular physician upon his return to Huntington and looks forward to a speedy recovery," said Dr. H. Keith Spears, Marshall University vice president for communications.

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Tuesday June 15, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall's SGA vice president resigns after two months in office

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - After only two months as Marshall University Student Government Association vice president for 2004-05, Joshua D. Cassidy has resigned from his position, effective June 19. He will be replaced by Chris Hickok, current student senate president pro-tempore.

In his letter of resignation, Cassidy did not cite any particular reason for the move, but wrote, "This decision has not been an easy one to make, but the right choices are not always the easy ones."

SGA president Jenn Gaston said she was upset by Cassidy's resignation, but respects his decision.

"I sympathize with him and his family for (Cassidy) being a husband, father, full-time employee, student and fraternity brother," Gaston said. "Those are all very demanding personas."

Gaston said she hadn't anticipated making a vice-presidential appointment during her administration. However, after considering the skills needed for the position, she said she knew Hickok was right for the position.

Hickok, a junior business major from Beckley, said he is excited to take on his new role with SGA.

"Jenn and I are already meshing well as a team, which points to good things for the not-so-distant future," Hickok said. "I am excited to see what things we can accomplish for the students together."

Gaston said she is extremely confident that Hickok will do well. "He works great with our student senate and is an excellent example of a student leader," Gaston said.

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Friday June 11, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

WebCT again names Marshall Digital Content Leader

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - For the second consecutive year, Marshall University has been named a Digital Content Leader by WebCT, the world's leading provider of e-learning solutions for higher education.

"Being named a Digital Content Leader for the second straight year is proof positive that the faculty at Marshall University is on the leading edge of instructional technology," said Matt Christian, Director of MU's Center for Instructional Technology.

Marshall was selected by a Digital Content Leaders Advisory Committee based on the University's "e-learning mission, the ability to reach an extensive number of faculty with the message about digital content solutions, the vision for the role digital content solutions will play over the next few years, and dedication to moving the e-learning mission forward."

"Our faculty is innovative and have adapted to the technology with tremendous spirit," Christian said. "It's exciting to see our faculty thrive in an era of new technology."

Digital Content Leaders for 2004 will be formally announced at IMPACT 2004: The 6th annual WebCT User Conference July 11-15 in Orlando, Fla. The conference will include colleges and universities from more than 70 countries throughout the world. At the conference, Marshall's representatives will attend a panel discussion led by the WebCT Digital Content Leaders Advisory Committee.

For more information regarding WebCT online learning at Marshall, persons may contact Matt Christian at (304) 696-7121 or via e-mail.

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Wednesday June 9, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Upward Bound Program brings 60 students to MU campus

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Sixty high school students from Cabell, Wayne and Mingo counties in West Virginia will be on Marshall University's Huntington campus Sunday, June 13 through Friday, July 23 to participate in the school's annual Upward Bound Program.

The sophomores, juniors and seniors will receive a stipend and be housed in Marshall Commons. The federally funded program is for low-income or potential first-generation college students, of whom neither parent has completed a four-year college degree.

The program has taken place at Marshall since 1972. This year's program begins with orientation for the students and parents on Sunday, June 13.

"Over 60 percent of our program graduates are either still enrolled in college or have graduated after six years," Jackie Hersman, director of the Upward Bound Program, said.

The students can earn one elective credit at their respective high school from courses taken during the program. The courses include math, science, study skills, performing arts, etiquette, PowerPoint, desktop publishing, career class, fitness and foreign languages. The students will be involved in sports, attend cultural and social activities, and travel to Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Some will work in a department on campus.

While in northern Ohio, students will go to Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio, visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland and tour the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. While in Columbus, students will visit the Columbus Zoo and the Center of Science and Industry (C.O.S.I.).

More information on the Upward Bound Program is available by contacting Hersman at (304) 696-6846 or by email.

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Wednesday June 9, 2004
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Marshall professor writes book on Southeastern Indian art

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University art professor Susan C. Power has concluded a 10-year project with publication of a 254-page hardcover book she authored titled Early Art of the Southeastern Indians, Feathered Serpents and Winged Beings.

The book, published by the University of Georgia Press and described in one catalog as "a visual journey through time," contains full color pictures of artifacts originating in the Archaic through the Mississippian periods - from thousands of years ago through 1600 A.D.

"Susan Power offers us a rare opportunity to enter the art world of early southeastern Indians," said Lawana Trout, editor of Native American Literature: An Anthology. "She skillfully demonstrates how their art emerged over centuries within cultural and historical contexts."

Power, who has taught at Marshall for 13 years, said the book's list price is $39.95 and it can be ordered online through companies such as Borders Books, Amazon.com and Wal-Mart. It also will be placed in different locations, such as museums, university libraries and archeology associations, and is available at the Marshall Bookstore, she said.

"This was an absolute passion of mine," Power said of the book. "When I was in grad school at the University of Georgia, taking a pre-Columbian art history course, I became very curious about what existed in the southeastern United States - where I'd grown up - at that time. I started researching and wrote a master's thesis and dissertation, and I continued to research for the book. It required a lot of research."

The pieces in the book were drawn from as far north as the Ohio River Valley and as far west as Oklahoma, and many areas in between. Power said the most complex works were linked to male (and sometimes female) leaders wearing bold ensembles consisting of symbolic colors, sacred media and richly complex designs.

In the book, Power comments on the artists' subjects starting with small animals and insects, then expanding to humans and on through to supernatural combinations. She also discusses how a piece can function as a visual shorthand in local style and expression.

The book offers " a fresh view of the origins, context, language, and organization of Southeastern prehistoric art (it is) a welcomed and much needed addition to the literature from a well-respected art historian," said David Dye, chair of the University of Memphis' department of Anthropology.

Power said the University of Georgia Press is marketing the book not only in the United States, but in London, and to scholarly groups as well as the general public. She currently is on one-year sabbatical to finish two other books. One is on beads and beadwork of the early southeastern Indians, and the other is about Cherokee art history.

"The University of Georgia Press has been absolutely terrific," Power said. "And, I'm so grateful to Marshall (for the sabbatical)."

More information is available by e-mailing Power at power@susanpower.com, or by accessing her Web site at www.susanpower.com. She also may be reached by calling (304) 697-8732.

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Tuesday June 8, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

New Student Orientation begins June 15

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The dreams of college life may become more of a reality to new Marshall University students when New Student Orientation begins June 15.

During orientation, students and parents will be able to take part in many activities. These include presentations about campus public safety, financial aid, the new I.D. system, and various sessions about student life, computing services, commuting, registration and campus food.

Sabrina Simpson, New Student Orientation coordinator/senior admissions counselor, said orientation is a great opportunity to learn more about the university and what it has to offer.

"Students and parents will have the opportunity to tour campus and the residence halls," Simpson said. "We try to encourage them to see more of campus."

Simpson said it is very important that all students attend orientation so they will know what to expect and be well prepared when classes begin in the fall.

"We encourage all students to come to orientation because we take them through the steps and we get them acclimated to the registration process which will be very helpful in the fall," Simpson said. "Students also run the risk of not having the best selection of courses when they don't attend orientation."

Students only need to remember a few things to prepare for their orientation. Simpson said all students must have a picture I.D. so they can obtain their Student I.D. Simpson also said students are encouraged to talk to someone they trust about college life.

"We encourage new students to talk with friends and family already at Marshall University so they will know what to expect during their transition," Simpson said.

She said the orientation process is just as important to parents as it is to students.

"This may be the only time some parents see the campus, and we don't want them to get lost in the shuffle," Simpson said.

The schedule for orientation is as follows:

  • June: 15-16, Outstanding Scholar Days; 17, transfer students; 18-19, any new students; 21-25, any new students
  • July: 19-23, any new students
  • August: 19, any new students

Registration begins at 8 a.m. on all orientation days.

For more information about New Student Orientation, contact Simpson at (304) 696-2354 or visit www.marshall.edu/orientation.

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Monday June 7, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Application Process Begins for Graduate Fee Waivers

Applications for graduate tuition waivers for Marshall University's fall term will be accepted through Friday, July 30 in the Graduate Dean's Office, 113 Old Main, on the Huntington campus and by the students' academic area offices on the South Charleston campus.

Priority consideration will be given to faculty and staff of the state's public and private colleges and universities.

Academic merit, which will be determined using grade point average and scores on required graduate admissions examinations, will be the major consideration in awarding the waivers that cover tuition. Students who receive waivers are responsible for paying student center and activity fees and some department specific fees.

Up to three hours of waiver for graduate coursework will be awarded to qualified applicants.

Students interested in being considered for a tuition waiver based on financial need criteria should contact the Graduate Dean's Office in Huntington or the Graduate Admissions Office in South Charleston.

Students who previously held waivers must reapply to be considered for fall term waivers.

Applicants who are awarded waivers will be notified by mail or email. Huntington campus students may pick up approved waivers in 113 Old Main beginning Friday, Aug. 13 and take them to the Bursar. Waivers not claimed by Friday, Aug. 20 will be assigned to other qualified applicants.

South Charleston campus students must be registered for fall classes by Friday, August 20, 2004 to receive the waivers and to have the payments posted to their accounts. Waivers for students who are not registered by August 20 will be assigned to other qualified applicants.

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Monday June 7, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Bluetrane to perform during parade for pets at Ritter Park

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Bluetrane, Marshall University's faculty jazz ensemble, will perform during Cause for Paws, a parade for pets, Saturday, June 19 at Huntington's Ritter Park.

The sponsored walk, which begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. at the Ritter Park shelter, will benefit two local organizations - Little Victories Animal Rescue Group, which is planning to build a no-kill shelter, and Help for Animals, Inc., which provides low-cost spay-neuter services.

Vicki Stroeher, a part-time instructor in MU's department of music and one of the event organizers, said activities run from 9:30 a.m. to noon. "People can walk alone or they can bring their pet to walk with them," Stroeher said of the parade.

Entry fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children, and donations will be accepted. T-shirts will be given to all participants. Among the other activities during the event are a pet costume contest and pet toenail cutting. Pet vendors also will be on hand, and pet photos may be taken.

Pre-registration runs through Saturday, June 12. Registration forms are accessible at www.littlevictories.net, and more information is available by calling (304) 526-9107.

Performing for Bluetrane, beginning at about 10 a.m., will be Ed Bingham on saxophone, Marshall Onofrio on trumpet, Mike Stroeher on trombone, Jay Flippin on piano, Mark Zanter on bass and Ben Miller on drums. Several other Marshall faculty members are involved in the organization and running of the event.

Bluetrane has been in existence since 1999. It played at the Showshoe Institute last summer at Snowshoe Mountain, and will return there in July. It also performed at the Buddy Rogers Jazz Festival in Dayton, Ohio, and will be running the jazz band camp during the annual Jazz-MU-Tazz festival later this month.

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Thursday June 3, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University Alumni Association partners with Liberty Mutual to save graduates money on auto, home insurance

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A diploma from Marshall University affords graduates many benefits, and a new partnership with Liberty Mutual adds insurance savings to that list.

The Marshall University Alumni Association recently began an affinity program with the nation's eighth-largest auto and home insurer that makes the more than 90,000 Marshall alumni instantly eligible to receive an additional discount - up to 15 percent on auto and 5 percent on homeowners insurance. Discounts are available where state law and regulations allow, and may vary by state.

"We are excited to begin a partnership with Liberty Mutual, and provide our alumni and friends of Marshall University services that can benefit them," said Marshall University Alumni Association President Tom Harris. "Liberty Mutual is a well-known, national company with a wonderful reputation for service."

In addition to the premium discounts, the Marshall/Liberty Mutual program offers 24-hour claims reporting, 12-month guaranteed rates, the convenience of premium payment through direct-billing or automatic checking account deduction, and a dedicated customer phone number with extended sales and service hours.

Interested alumni can enroll in Group Savings Plus or obtain a no-obligation quote by visiting one of Liberty Mutual's 360 personal insurance sales offices across the U.S., or by calling 1 (800) 279-1387 in West Virginia, or 1 (800) 524-9400 out-of-state. Or, they may visit the Marshall Alumni Association Web site at www.marshall.edu/alumni/, and click on the marketplace link to access the Liberty Mutual Web site.

"More than 300 alumni associations have recognized that a partnership with Liberty Mutual is a valuable addition to their member benefits, and we welcome the graduates of Marshall University into our Group Savings Plus program," said Anne Herbster, Liberty Mutual vice president and manager, Affinity Marketing.

Boston-based Liberty Mutual Group (www.libertymutual.com), a diversified international group of insurance companies, is the eighth-largest provider of personal insurance products in the U.S., including private passenger auto, homeowners, valuable possessions and personal liability.

Liberty Mutual is an industry leader in group-sponsored voluntary auto and homeowners insurance programs, offering personal lines insurance through payroll deduction and direct billing to employees and members of more than 8,300 companies, credit unions and associations.

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Wednesday June 2, 2004
Contact: Tom Hunter, University Communications, (304) 545-1555

Power outage forces closure of Marshall South Charleston campus, cancellation of evening classes

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Widespread power outages in the South Charleston area have forced the closure of Marshall University's South Charleston campus for the remainder of today, and the cancellation of today's evening classes in the Kanawha Valley.

The campus is expected to resume normal operating hours on Thursday, June 3, according to Kemp Winfree, vice president for regional operations.

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Tuesday June 1, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Service Awards Luncheon honors MU staff members

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Ninety-three Marshall University staff employees and retirees will be honored at the 20th annual Service Awards Luncheon, scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 10, in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room.

Staff members who have completed 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 or 40 years of service will be honored. They include:

15 years of service

Raddar Atchely, Paula Brillhart, Lorna Browning, Terri Byrd, Dana Edmonds, Florence Harshbarger, Teresa Holschuh, Barbara J. Lanham, Barbara S. Lanham, Judy Little, Leslie Lucas, Linda McComas, Raleigh McSweeney, Tammy Moore, James Napier, Carolyn Roberts, Deandre Turner, Tony Waugh, Sandra White, Phyllis White-Sellards and Nancy Wooten.

20 years of service

Sherry Adkins, Tammy Aliff, Karen Baumgarner, Gregory Beach, Paul Benford, Karen Bledsoe, Alberta Bowyer, Tommy Burchell, Mary Curtis, Thomas Dorsey, Joyce Ellis, Elizabeth Graybeal, Jacquelyn Hersman, Carol Kilgore, Sandra Lloyd, William Lucas, Margaret McFarland, David McKenzie, Marty Newman, Terrence Olson, Chrystal Rowe, Sherry Salyers, Phillip Sergent, Johnny Walker, Barbara Williams and Jacqueline Woolfolk.

25 years of service

Lynette Boyes, Beverly Bunch, Katharine Coffey, Edward Dzierzak, James Faulkner, David Fenney, Rick Haye, Joann Jordan, Adrian Lawson, Faye Malone, Lynne Mayer, Judith Napier, Arissa Prichard, Barbara Roberts, Judith Russell, Allen Taylor, Lahoma Weekley, and Sara Wilson.

30 years of service

Carolyn Endicott, Patricia Gebhart, Delbert Harless, Charlene Hawkins, Frank Lambert, Susan Lewis, Lynn Mayfield, Vicki Navy, and Karl Shanholtzer.

35 years of service

Lois Fry.

40 years of service

Lola Stratton.

Retirees to be honored include:

Barbara Begil, Linda Blatt, Alberta Bowyer, Lynette Boyes, Kitty Carver, Shirley Dyer, Orville France, Lois Fry, K. Edward Grose, Bonnie Harris, Lucy Jackson, Paula Kelly, James Richendollar, Penny Smoot, Janet Turner, George Wales, and JoAnn Wetherall.

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