March 2004 News Releases

Tuesday March 30, 2004
Contact: Tom Hunter, University Communications, (304) 746-2038

Second annual Marshall Academic Expo offers information, fun and prizes

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students can explore various career fields and opportunities during the second annual Marshall Academic Expo, Thursday, April 1 in the Don Morris Room at the Memorial Student Center.

The 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. event is designed to encourage undecided students to choose a major, to assist students who wish to change a major, to inform students interested in graduate education opportunities, and to provide students with important information about their academic careers. Faculty representatives from the university's colleges and departments will be available to meet with students on an individual basis.

In addition to academic displays and exhibits, representatives from several university departments will be on hand to share information with students, including the Drinko Library, Center for Academic Excellence, ROTC, tutoring center, computing services, career services, financial aid, student activities, student affairs and student support. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Irish band and African drumming classes from the Music Department of the College of Fine Arts.

Free cotton candy, snow cones, peanuts and popcorn will be available for attendees, as well as refreshments. Several prize giveaways will be conducted, including seven (7) $100 credits for the Marshall University Points Card and a one semester book "loan" from the Marshall University Bookstore.

For more information, contact Michelle Duncan, University College director, at (304) 696-7038, or Sarah Stough, Expo coordinator, at (304) 696-7039.

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Monday March 29, 2004
Contact: Dr. Chuck Bailey, WMUL-FM, (304) 696-2294

WMUL-FM student broadcasters capture top honors at 2004 National Broadcasting Society conference

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's public radio station, WMUL-FM, achieved a new level of national prominence during the recent National Broadcasting Society/Alpha Epsilon Rho awards in Miami Beach, Fla., with Marshall student broadcasters earning 27 of the 45 awards in this year's competition.

Student broadcasters from WMUL received 12 grand prize honors and 15 honorable mention awards during The National Broadcasting Society/Alpha Epsilon Rho (NBS/AERho) 13th annual National Student Audio/Video Scriptwriting and 39th annual Audio/Video Production Awards, held March 13, 2004, at Miami's Sheraton Colony Square Hotel.

"It is a tremendous accomplishment to win a dozen grand prizes out of the 19 total recognized in the audio scriptwriting, audio production, and overall Web site categories in the National Broadcasting Society's competition in a single year," said Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, associate professor of broadcasting in Marshall's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

"This is a dominating performance by our radio students. Winning speaks well for Marshall University, as the student broadcasters of WMUL-FM consistently earn top honors in direct competition with nationally recognized colleges and universities."

National Broadcasting Society-Alpha Epsilon Rho (NBS/AERho) has a membership of more than 1,500 students and professionals with chapters on 86 college campuses. The National Broadcasting Society (NBS) was founded in 1943 and its mission is to enhance the development of college and university students in telecommunication, broadcasting, cable and other electronic media. Alpha Epsilon Rho is the national honorary society composed of members selected from NBS chapters.

During the past decade, the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communication and WMUL-FM have established a national reputation for excellence with an outstanding record of achievement in national competition. Since 1994, WMUL-FM student broadcasters have earned 119 National Broadcasting Society-Alpha Epsilon Rho awards, including 64 grand prizes and 55 honorable mention awards.

The grand prize award winning entries in scriptwriting were:

  • Audio Documentary Program Script: "Old Main: A Living Tradition," written by recent graduate Trent Garnes of Hurricane, W.Va.; and,
  • Audio Comedy Program Script: "Roosevelt Bias Christmas Spectacular," written by juniors Victor Imperi and Michael Valentine, both of Huntington.

The grand prize award winning entries in production were:

  • Audio News Package: "Laura Bush visits the Mountain State," written and produced by senior Melanie P. Chapman of Stollings, W.Va.;
  • Audio Feature Package: "Stranger with a Camera," written and produced by Chapman;
  • Audio News Program: "5 p.m. edition of Newscenter 88, Sept. 29, 2002," anchored by graduate student Vince Payne of Hansford, W.Va., sophomore Emily Ingle of Barboursville, W.Va., and senior Jamie Dempsey of Lenore, W.Va, and produced by junior Kourtney Bess of Belle, W.Va.;
  • Audio Commercial/Promo/Public Service Announcement: "W-M-U-L Car Dealer," written and produced by sophomore Daniel Clay Stimeling of Buckhannon, W.Va.;
  • Audio Drama Program: "Dr. Love," written and produced by recent graduate Kevin Justus of Ashland, Ky.;
  • Audio News/Sports/Feature Program: "5 p.m. edition of Newscenter 88 (Sports segment), Nov. 5, 2003," anchored by junior Alex Reed of Virginia Beach, Va.;
  • Audio Public Affairs/Interview Program: "Sportsview, Marshall University Women's Basketball Team, Nov. 5, 2003," written and produced by Vince Payne;
  • Audio Sports Package: "Marshall Moves On, March 11, 2003," written and produced by Payne;
  • Audio Sports Program: "The Ring Is The Thing - The 2003 Marshall Football Season Preview," written and produced by Payne, Bess and Stimeling; and,
  • Audio Sports Play-by-Play Programming: "Marshall vs. Northern Illinois women's basketball, March 8, 2003." Announcers were graduate student Robert Harper of Hurricane, W.Va., and senior Travis Smith of Martinsburg, W.Va.

The honorable mention award entry in scriptwriting was:

  • Audio Drama Program Script: "Dr. Love," written by Kevin Justus.

The honorable mention award entries in production were:

  • Audio News Program: "5 p.m. edition of Newscenter 88, Sept. 22, 2002," anchored by Payne, Ingle, Dempsey, freshman Shane Irwin of Huntington, and produced by Bess;
  • Audio Public Affairs/Interview Program: "Campus Concern: Free Speech versus Morality," written and produced by Stimeling;
  • Audio Documentary Program: "Old Main: A Living Tradition," written and produced by Garnes, and "9/11: Where Are We Now?," written and produced by Stimeling;
  • Audio News/Sports/Feature Program: "5 p.m. edition of Newscenter 88 (Sports segment), Nov. 12, 2003," anchored by Payne with reporters Harper and Imperi;
  • Audio Sports Package: "Marshall Moves To Conference USA, Nov. 5, 2003," written and produced by Reed, and "Marshall University Volleyball Recap," written and produced by Payne and sophomore Jennifer Pierce of Louisville, Ky.;
  • Audio Sports Program: "The MAC Report, Sept. 12, 2003," written and produced by Reed, and "One More First: The 2003-04 Marshall Women's Basketball Preseason Special," written and produced by Harper, Smith, sophomore Jennifer Bailey of Mineral Wells, W.Va., and senior Efren Creamer of Charles Town, W.Va.;
  • Audio Sports Play-by-Play Programming: "Marshall vs. Tennessee football, Sept. 6, 2003," with announcers Payne, Smith and Reed, and "Marshall vs. Morehead State men's basketball,
  • Nov. 29, 2003," with announcers Payne, Harper and statisticians Baileys, Imperi and senior Scott Hall of Stephen City, Va.;
  • Audio Music/Variety/Special Program or Segment: "The Rat and the Duck," written and produced by Imperi;
  • Audio Comedy Program or Segment: "Unsolved Mysteries," and "Everybody Loves Nigel," both written and produced by Imperi and Valentine.

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

'To Kill a Mockingbird' runs April 21-24 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Christopher Sergel's "To Kill a Mockingbird," adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee, will be presented next month by the Marshall University Theatre Department.

"To Kill a Mockingbird," directed by Jack Cirillo, concerns a young girl's struggle to understand the people in a small town in Alabama during the 1930s. The struggle comes about because her father, Atticus Finch, is a lawyer who defends a wrongfully accused young African American man against a white prosecutor.

The show runs at 8 p.m. daily Wednesday, April 21, through Saturday, April 24, in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Tickets go on sale at the Marshall University Theatre Box Office, located at the performing arts center, April 10, and are priced as follows:

Marshall students and retired faculty, free
Adults, $12
Children, senior citizens and Marshall faculty and staff, $10
Group rates also are available.

For more information, call Clara Crisp, Program Assistant II in the Theatre Department, at (304) 696-7184. Or, call the box office at (304) 696-2787.

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

Award-winning actress Jane Alexander featured speaker at Elizabeth Gibson Drinko Honors Convocation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Jane Alexander, an award-winning actress and former chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), will be the featured speaker at the Elizabeth Gibson Drinko Honors Convocation Friday, April 2, at Marshall University.

The event, which begins at 7 p.m. and is free to the public, is one of the highlights of the 10th annual John Deaver Drinko and Elizabeth Gibson Drinko Celebration of Academics, which takes place Thursday, April 1, Friday, April 2 and Sunday, April 4 at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

The Honors Convocation is an awards and recognition ceremony for Marshall's outstanding honors students, and precedes Alexander's appearance.

The Celebration of Academics begins at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 1 with the John Deaver Drinko Symposium, which also is free to the public. Dr. W. Edwin Bingham, Drinko Fellow, professor of music and director of jazz studies at Marshall, will be the guest speaker. His topic will be "Reflections from the Bridge: Observations of the Creative Process." A Marshall faculty member is featured each year during the Symposium.

"This year, we are featuring and showcasing the faculty and the performing arts in our Symposium and Convocation," said Dr. Alan Gould, executive director of the Drinko Academy. "I can think of no one better than Jane Alexander as our speaker at the Convocation."

The Celebration of Academics concludes Sunday, April 4 with the premier of a documentary on Chief Justice John Marshall entitled John Marshall: Citizen, Statesman and Jurist. The hour-long film is a biography of Marshall University's namesake and was produced by the Drinko Academy at Marshall. It begins at 3:30 p.m. and is free to the public.

Preceding the documentary at 2:30 p.m. is the 11th Scholarship Honor Reception, which recognizes donors and contact persons of private scholarships at Marshall, and those who have received their scholarships. The reception is in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

Alexander appeared in numerous stage, film and television productions in the 1960s, '70s and '80s. Among her most notable films were All the President's Men in 1976, Kramer vs. Kramer in 1979, and Glory in 1989. Her television credits include Eleanor and Franklin in 1976 and its sequel, Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years in 1977. She won an Emmy for Playing for Time in 1980.

Overall, Alexander received six Tony, four Academy and five Emmy nominations.

In 1993, while appearing on Broadway in "The Sisters Rosensweig," Alexander was nominated chairperson of the NEA, the federal agency that oversees public funding for the arts. She was confirmed without challenge by the U.S. Senate in September 1993, thus becoming the first actor to hold the position customarily given to administrators.

Alexander toured the country to promote arts education. She organized Art 21: Art Reaches Into the 21st Century, a national conference on the arts and the role of artists in society, in April 1994. She resigned as chairperson of the NEA in 1997.

"We're really delighted that someone of Jane Alexander's stature is coming to Marshall University," said College of Fine Arts dean Don Van Horn. "We look forward to any opportunity there might be for our students to interact with her. She obviously has a strong voice in the arts and arts education. Having her come here means a lot to the College of Fine Arts."

Here is the schedule of events the public is invited to attend during the Celebration of Academics:

Thursday, April 1

2 p.m., The John Deaver Drinko Symposium, Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Dr. W. Edwin Bingham, Marshall University professor of music, speaks on the topic, "Reflections from the Bridge: Observations of the Creative Process." A reception follows.

Friday, April 2

7 p.m., The Elizabeth Gibson Drinko Honors Convocation, Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Jane Alexander, award-winning actress and former chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts, speaks on the topic, "Arts and Minds." A reception follows.

Sunday, April 4

3:30 p.m., premiere of the documentary, "John Marshall: Citizen, Statesman and Jurist," Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

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

Spring Jobs Fest at Marshall attracts more than 60 employers

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - More than 60 employers are expected to participate in the annual Spring Jobs Fest Wednesday, April 7 in Marshall University's Don Morris Room.

The fair is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is open to all Marshall students and alumni, regardless of major.

"This is an excellent opportunity to meet with a large number of organizations about entry-level and career positions, as well as summer, intern and part-time opportunities," said Patricia G. Gallagher, recruiting coordinator with Marshall's Career Services Center.

Among the employers participating are BB&T, Bureau of the Public Debt, Cedar Point Amusement Park, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, PAX TV, Pepsi, Rite Aid Corp., and the West Virginia Division of Personnel.

Gallagher said pre-registration is not required, but participants are advised to dress professionally and bring plenty of resumes. The complete list of participants is available by contacting Gallagher at (304) 696-2371, or by visiting the Career Services Center Web site at

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

'Mom's Turn to Learn' Arrives Monday, March 29

Women who want to start or return to college are invited to a program offered by Marshall University March 29, according to Dr. Susan Jackson, professor of art and coordinator of the women's studies program at the university. "Mom's Turn to Learn" is offered free of charge.

 "We've put together the essentials for women who want to get started on a degree from Marshall," Jackson said. "They can get information on admissions and financial aid, get a tour of the Huntington campus and the Drinko Library, and perhaps even sit in on a class or two."

Participants can select from a morning session, beginning at 9 a.m. and including lunch at 12:30 p.m., or an evening session, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with dinner. Campus tours and class visits will take place in the afternoon for attenders of either session.

Rebecca Coffman, now a student at Marshall, participated in the program last year. "Going to Mom's Turn to Learn last year made going back to school a lot easier," she said. "People like Taella Hill made me realize that I could do it, and she has been willing to help me with anything I have a problem with or don't understand."

Jennifer Reynolds echoed those sentiments. "I had the desire to return to school; however I was apprehensive because I didn't know where to get started. I had been out of college for nine years and knew that things had changed. The Mom's Turn to Learn seminar gave me all the information and support I needed to make coming back to school happen . . . Everyone involved understood the help that I needed."

The full schedule for the day is as follows:

Morning Session:

- 9-10 a.m. - Memorial Student Center - pick up parking permit, register, coffee and snacks

- 10-11 a.m. - Formal information program on admissions and financial aid

- 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Informal question-and-answer session with past and present nontraditional students

- 12:30 p.m. - Lunch provided

Optional Afternoon Activities:

- 2-5 p.m. - Campus and library tours, class visits, etc.

Evening Session:

- 5:30-6:30 p.m. - Pick up parking permit, register, dinner provided at Holderby cafeteria

- 6:30-7 p.m. - Mini tour of campus

- 7-8 p.m. - Formal information program on admissions and financial aid

- 8 p.m. - Informal question-and-answer session with past and present nontraditional students

Persons who want more information on the session may contact the Marshall Women's Studies office by phone at (304) 696-3643, or by e-mail at

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

Visiting scientists to take part in mini-symposium at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Visiting scientists from several institutions will take part in a mini-symposium, Frontiers in Life Science: From DNA to Organism, on Marshall University's Huntington campus Monday, March 29 beginning at 10 a.m. in room 402 of the Drinko Library.

The symposium is part of the Visiting Scientist Seminar Series in which research-based faculty recruit established mentors to come to Marshall to present areas of their work. It is being organized by Marshall's department of Biological Sciences and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and the Yeager Scholars program. The presentations are open to the public.

The symposium will promote the use of research as an essential tool for education at Marshall, according to Dr. Philippe Georgel, assistant professor of Biological Sciences.

"We have had the privilege of getting internationally recognized scientists to accept our invitation," Georgel said. "The topics covered during the various seminars will broadly reflect the interests of the various Biological Sciences hosts. The participants will present cutting-edge investigation on molecular and cell biology, genetics, and physiology."

The schedule of presenters and their institutions includes:

10 a.m. - Dr. Richard Niles, Retinoid Nuclear Receptors, Marshall University School of Medicine

11 a.m. - Dr. Laurinda Jaffe, Signal Transduction, University of Connecticut Health Center

2 p.m. - Dr. Donald Thomason, "MAPK-dependent solute transport in mammalian skeletal muscle," University of Tennessee Memphis

3 p.m. - Dr. Paul Adler, "Planar Polarity in the Drosophila Wing," University of Virginia

4 p.m. - Dr. Ken van Holde, "Chromatin Modeling and Remodeling," Oregon State University

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

Governor's Summit on Alcohol Use in Higher Education planned for April 5 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Governor's Summit on Alcohol Use in Higher Education will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, April 5 in Marshall University's Memorial Student Center. Registration is at 8 a.m.

Representatives from West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control, Governor's Highway Traffic Safety, the Prevention Resource Network and campuses and campus communities from around the state will participate in the summit.

The annual summit began last year as a way for colleges around the state and the Alcohol Beverage Control Administration to discuss ways to reduce high risk drinking on college campuses and in their communities.

"It is a great opportunity for campuses and their communities to come together and learn about effective strategies for a variety of alcohol abuse issues," Carla Lapelle, associate dean of student affairs, said.

"We want to get together and discuss ways for campuses to reduce alcohol abuse," said Amy Saunders with MU student health education programs.

Those interested in registering to attend may contact Saunders at (304) 696-4800. The event is free and lunch will be provided. Free parking also will be provided in Marshall's parking garage located across 3rd Avenue from Cam Henderson Center.

"We encourage students and anyone in the Huntington area who is interested in substance abuse prevention to attend," Lapelle said.

Program highlights for the summit include:

Keynote Presentation: Wanna Keep Your Right Mind? EVALUATE!
Betty Straub, Evaluator, Developer, and Grant reviewer for U.S. Department of Education.

Building Prevention Partnerships to Address the Consequences of High-Risk Drinking in Fraternities and Sororities
Geof Brown, North American Interfraternity Conference

Building and Sustaining Campus Coalitions for Environmental Change
Jerry Anderson, The Educational Development's Center for College Health and Safety

Incorporating Evidence-Based Approaches into Your Current Prevention Efforts
Jerry Anderson, The Educational Development's Center for College Health and Safety

Impacting Underage Alcohol Use Through Prevention "You have a voice; make it heard."
Kelli Jo McNemar, Director, Underage Drinking and Social Marketing, West Virginia Prevention Resource Network

DUI Treatment and the College Student
Gerry Schmidt, Chief Operations Officer at Valley HealthCare System

Facilitating Individual Pathways to Harm Reduction and Risk Prevention
Mike Kuba, Director of Counseling at WV Wesleyan

The Medical Model for Higher Education Groups
John Spraggins, Director of the WVU Student Assistance Program

Law Enforcement's Prevention Efforts: Two Programs that are Making a Difference Chief Jim Terry, Scott Balou, Angela Howell, Marshall University Police Department

Alcohol Beverage Laws, Rules, and Regulations
Dallas Staples, Director of Enforcement, WVABCA
Bill Adkins, Enforcement Duty, WVABCA

Sexual Assault and Alcohol Abuse: How Close is the Connection?
Deborah Strouse, WVU Sexual Assault Prevention Educator and Resource Coordinator

Screening and Brief Intervention for Alcohol Problems among College Students Treated at the WVU Hospital Emergency Department
Arshadul Haque, Research Instructor at the Center for Rural Emergency Medicine

"Fact or Fiction" - An Interactive Peer Education Program
Robin Tabor, West Virginia State Mental Health Counselor
and the Peer Educators at West Virginia State

Students Speak
Facilitated by Robin Tabor from West Virginia State

Using Evaluation to Improve Programs
Betty Straub, Evaluator, Developer, and Grant reviewer for U.S. Department of Education

Evaluating Peer Education and Other "Ineffective" Tier IV Programs
Betty Straub, Evaluator, Developer, and Grant reviewer for U.S. Department of Education

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Wednesday March 10, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University dedicates Harless Dining Hall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Businessman and philanthropist James H. "Buck" Harless of Gilbert, W.Va., today joined Marshall University President Dan Angel and the institution's Board of Governors in dedicating the Harless Dining Hall on MU's Huntington campus.

Harless, Chairman of the Board of International Industries, Inc., in Gilbert, took a tour of the 19,000 square-foot facility and had lunch in the building that honors him for his significant contributions to and longtime support of academics and athletics at Marshall. He then joined in a ribbon cutting, signifying the opening of the dining hall.

"We are honored to celebrate the many important contributions of a true friend of Marshall University in Buck Harless," Angel said. "Buck has contributed his time, money and expertise to this institution for many years. We could never fully express our appreciation of the Harless family for the many ways they have supported the growth of Marshall University."

The Board of Governors conducted its regularly scheduled meeting today, beginning at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing in downtown Huntington, and concluding in the dining hall's Ed Grose Suite.

The dining hall, which opened for business in January, is part of a $40 million project that included a 1,000-space parking garage and the first new on-campus housing in more than 30 years. The four residence halls opened last fall. Total cost of the housing/dining facility was $28 million.

The dining hall is a single story steel frame and masonry structure that features a 24-foot tall, green tinted glass curtain wall overlooking the pedestrian terrace. Food service provides for seven individual stations of varying food types. The main dining area seats about 350 people, and the Ed Grose suite can seat about 75 for a lecture, or about 50 for a banquet.

A Logan County, W.Va., native, Harless started his career as a miner at Red Jacket Coal Co. after graduating from high school. He later gave up mining to become a part-owner and manager of a sawmill. Through smart investments, he became a major entrepreneur with significant holdings in mining, timber and manufacturing.

Harless was one of the first contributors to Marshall's Society of Yeager Scholars, and he also endowed the B.C. McGinnis Jr. Scholarship Fund for students from 11 southern West Virginia counties. The Buck Harless Student Athlete Program, supported by Harless' financial contributions, provides numerous support services to student-athletes.

In 1999, Harless and his late wife, June, opened the Larry Joe Harless Community Center in Gilbert. The center, named for their late son, houses a regional learning center and electronic branch of Marshall's Drinko Library.

The June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research & Development, located on Marshall's campus, was named for Harless' late wife.

Throughout his career, Harless has won many prestigious awards and been honored many times. Among the awards are six honorary doctor's degrees, including one from Marshall University in 1979 that recognized his involvement in programs to improve health care for people of southern West Virginia.

Some of Harless' other honors include: Coal Man of the Year in 1976, West Virginian of the Year in 1983, Lifetime Achievement Entrepreneur of the Year in 1993, induction into the Marshall University Business Hall of Fame in 1994, and Public Citizen of the Year by the West Virginia Bar Association in 1998.

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

Marshall Psychology Clinic to conduct smoking reduction clinic

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Psychology Clinic will conduct a smoking reduction clinic March 11 through April 29. Agnes Hornich, a doctoral-level graduate student, will conduct the sessions.

The sessions run from 7:30 to 9 p.m. every Thursday, except for the week of spring break (March 14-21), in Harris Hall, Room 449. Persons may register by calling (304) 696-2772 and leaving a message for Hornich (option 2).

The clinic will address such issues as strategies for maintaining a long-term healthy life and strategies to cope with relapse, because many people who have quit smoking experience several periods of relapse before reaching their goal. An emphasis also will be placed on setting up an environment for success.

The clinic also will teach a variety of skill-building techniques since many individuals smoke in order to make up for lack of skills in other areas. These skills include: effective stress reduction, thought challenging, communication skills training, social skills building and assertiveness training.

"Typically, individuals do not risk their health by smoking for no reason," said Dr. Keith Beard, director of the Psychology Clinic. "Individuals are more likely to become successful in their reduction of smoking if they learn how to get the needs met by smoking satisfied through healthier strategies."

Beard said the smoking cessation clinic is being offered in a timely manner. "Since the Department of Health recently banned smoking in numerous public places, it is suspected that many people who have been smoking will now have one more reason to stop," Beard said.

Hornich said a group setting is a great way to help people with the skills needed to stop smoking.

"Social support significantly increases the chances of successful smoking cessation or reduction," Hornich said. "This type of group therapy is ideal for individuals who may have struggled to quit smoking alone."

Anyone interested in attending the clinic must register by Monday, March 8. The clinic's one-time fee of $10 will be refunded to those who attend all sessions.

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

Author Elsa Barkley Brown to speak as part of Marshall's celebration of Women's History Month

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Scholar and author Elsa Barkley Brown will give a presentation March 11 as part of the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Distinguished Lectureship in Women's Studies.

The lecture, entitled "What's Class Got to Do with It? Inserting Labor into a History of Black Women's Social and Political Activism," will take place at 7 p.m. at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center at Marshall University.

The Schmidlapp Distinguished Lectureship in Women's Studies, sponsored by the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee, is part of Marshall University's celebration of Women's History Month.

Brown is associate professor of history and women's studies and an affiliate of Afro-American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is co-editor (with Thomas C. Holt) of the two-volume Major Problems in African-American History (2000) and (with Darlene Clark Hine and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn) the two-volume Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia (1993).

Professor Barkley Brown's articles have appeared in Signs, Feminist Studies, History Workshop, Sage, Public Culture, and The Journal of Urban History. She twice has been awarded the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Publication Prize for the best article in African-American Women's History.

She also has won the A. Elizabeth Taylor Prize for best article in southern women's history, the Martin Luther King Jr. Prize for best article in African-American History, and the Anna Julia Cooper Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Black Women's Studies. A past president of the Southern Association for Women Historians, Professor Barkley Brown currently serves on the Executive Committee and Council of the American Studies Association.

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Tuesday March 2, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Construction on Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center begins Tuesday, March 9; parking areas will be affected

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Construction on Marshall University's Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center, expected to take about 30 months, begins on Tuesday, March 9.

The science center will be located west of Marshall's new parking garage, on the north side of 3rd Avenue, directly across from the Science Building. Construction means several changes affecting parking areas on 3rd Avenue will be made.

The changes are:

The Student Parking lots located between 17th Street and 18th Street will be closed permanently, beginning the weekend of March 6-7. Students who normally park on the 3rd Avenue lots will need to utilize the stadium parking lot or other available student lots.
The employee lot located between Elm Street and 17th Street will be sectioned in half to be used for construction staging. Entry will only be available from the Elm Street side of this lot. A new traffic pattern will be established for Monday, March 8. Once construction is complete, the full employee lot between Elm Street and 17th Street will again be available for employee parking.
The parking meters on both employee lots located on 3rd Avenue will be removed so displaced employees from the lot used for construction staging will have available parking. The meters will be re-installed once construction is complete.

James E. Terry, Director of Public Safety at Marshall, said police officers will be on site to assist with the changes.

"Planning for this construction project has been ongoing since the fall in an effort to minimize inconvenience to our employees and students," Terry said.

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

MU and West Virginia Wireless Partner To Expand Technology Initiative

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University and its wireless partner, West Virginia Wireless, today announced a campus-wide expansion of Marshall's Mobile Alternative for Residents on Campus (MARC) wireless initiative. Upon completion of the expansion project, Marshall will become one of the first major universities in the nation to provide wireless telephone services to all of its student residents.

The expansion builds on the success of a nationally recognized pilot project that has provided 500 wireless phones and service to students residing in the newly constructed Gibson, Haymaker, Wellman and Willis Halls. Started in the Fall of 2003, the project eliminated the need for traditional "landline" phones in the Marshall Commons housing complex; thereby, providing students with a portable, flexible telecommunications alternative.

Work will begin this summer to expand this same wireless service to Buskirk, Hodges, Holderby and Laidley Halls for the Fall 2004 semester. This will add approximately 750 additional students to this program. The completion of MARC's second phase will leave only two resident halls - Twin Towers - remaining with traditional landline telephone service for residents. The MARC initiative will be completed campus-wide with expansion of wireless service to an additional 1,000 students residing in Twin Towers prior to the Fall 2005 semester.

"Today's announcement brings another 'MARC' of distinction and National Prominence for Marshall University. This project demonstrates a bold, strategic technology step for the institution and its students while providing more personal security, connectivity and peace of mind to parents and friends reaching students when they're away from their dormitories," said Marshall President Dan Angel. "We're pleased to be partnering with West Virginia Wireless as national leaders in this transition to a wireless residential campus."

Marshall University has received nearly 100 inquiries from higher education institutions from throughout the nation about this successful project, including inquires from national technology leader M.I.T. The success of this program is part of a number of key technology initiatives at Marshall that are providing national prominence to the university as a leader in the use of technology applications and technology innovations.

"West Virginia Wireless is proud to be a partner with Marshall University in this nationally recognized technology project," said Dennis Bloss, West Virginia Wireless General Manager. "The success of this project showcases how our company's leading-edge GSM technology and our local customer service adds value to our customers - whether they are large or small."

About West Virginia Wireless

West Virginia Wireless was established in 2002 to provide residents in West Virginia with reliable wireless service and superior customer service. The company provides wireless service in the greater Charleston, Huntington and Ashland areas utilizing GSM, the world's leading wireless technology, and will expand coverage to the Beckley and Bluefield markets in the coming months. West Virginia Wireless offers uncomplicated service plans designed to enhance the unique lifestyle of each customer. For more information about West Virginia Wireless, visit

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