May 2004 News Releases

Friday May 28, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Writing camp at Marshall to explore the topic of race

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "Being Black, Being White: What It's Like," a writing camp that will allow high school students to explore the topic of race, will be conducted July 19-23 on Marshall University's main campus.

The camp is for students who want to develop their creative and leadership potential, improve their logic and communication skills, and enjoy the company of other students. It is sponsored by the Marshall University Writing Project, the Division of Multicultural Affairs and the College of Education and Human Services.

Tuition for the program, scheduled from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. daily in Corbly Hall Room 467, is $45. Some scholarships will be available on the basis of need.

National Writing Project consultants from the Huntington area will coordinate the activities. They include: Samuel Moore, a teacher and pastor who has years of experience working with people of all ages; Beth Darby, who started a teen book club at the Cabell County Public Library and is an experienced journal writer; Karen McComas, an associate professor of communication disorders who teaches computer applications for the Writing Project; and Edwina Pendarvis, a Marshall University professor of gifted education who taught in last year's summer writing camp.

Since this year is the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, which integrated public schools, this program will provide an opportunity for students to think, discuss, and write about what it means to be black or white - or both, or neither - in today's society, according to Pendarvis.

In a relaxed, but stimulating environment, students will participate in a variety of activities, including creating dialogues, role-playing, interpretive reading, analyzing songs and film, story-telling, writing and illuminating personal journals (using watercolor and collage), writing poems and stories, blogging, and using the computer to share their writing with students in summer programs in other locations.

So that all participants will have a chance to express their ideas and listen to others, a maximum of 20 students will be admitted to the program. To register or for further information, contact Dr. Pendarvis at (304) 696-2855.

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Friday May 28, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Summer Learning Disabilities Program begins June 10

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. ­­­- The 24th annual Summer Learning Disabilities Program, a cooperative venture between Marshall University and Cabell County Schools, begins June 10 at Guyandotte Elementary School.

The program is offered each summer to children who have learning disabilities and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Dr. Barbara Guyer, professor of special education and director of the Higher Education for Learning Problems (H.E.L.P.) program at Marshall, said the summer program seeks to improve basic skills and social skills of children in kindergarten to sixth grade.

"We have the children in classes with no more than five students per class," Guyer said. "These classes focus on reading, reading comprehension, spelling, arithmetic, study skills and self-esteem."

The program runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, concluding July 9. The cost is $170 for West Virginia residents, $190 for metro-area (selected local counties in Ohio and Kentucky) residents and $250 for non-residents. Some scholarships are available.

Guyer said 75 to 100 students attend each summer and normally a significant improvement is seen in the children. "We always hope their basic skills will improve and usually students make a significant improvement in spelling and math," Guyer said.

Applications for the Summer Learning Disabilities Program are due June 3. More information may be requested from Guyer at (304) 696-6317.

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

Newest Yeager class includes 11 students from six states

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Eleven students from six states make up the Marshall University Society of Yeager Scholars Class of 2008.

The students will arrive on campus in August for the start of the fall semester. The program is named for U.S. Air Force Brigadier General (Ret.) Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager, who is a native of Lincoln County, W.Va.

The Yeager program is the only scholarship at Marshall for which students must compete against one another. Students must meet criteria set for the scholars and then, if they are picked, must participate in the interviewing process. The students are interviewed by teams made up of Marshall faculty and administrators, as well as community leaders.

After receiving the scholarship, the students must maintain a rigorous course load, as well as a 3.5 GPA, and participate voluntarily in campus activities. The society also looks for students who have leadership potential.

Martha Woodward, executive director of the Center for Academic Excellence at Marshall, said the selection process was as exciting as always. She said she has great expectations for the students who were chosen as the Brammer Class of 2008.

"Each class generates excitement because they are so eager and ready to make us proud," Woodward said.

The Class of 2008 is named for G. Robert "Bob" Brammer, a 1965 alumnus of Marshall University and member of the Society of Yeager Scholars Board of Directors, and his wife, Sylvia. The Brammers were selected for this honor based on their shared commitment to advancing the program's mission through leadership, advocacy and financial support.

These students were chosen as the Yeager Scholars Brammer Class of 2008:

Megan Lynn Basham is the daughter of Connie and Danny Basham of Chesapeake, Ohio. Basham will graduate from Chesapeake High School where she has served on student council for three years and served as vice president twice. She also played volleyball and performed in the concert and marching bands. Basham won the Hugh O'Brien Leadership Award and other awards for English, Spanish, American History, Voice of Democracy and Marshall University SCORES Competitions. She was Quiz Bowl Captain and 2002 Quiz Bowl High Scorer. She is active in the community and has volunteered many hours as a hospital candy striper, and plans to become a physician. She also assists children with reading at a local library and elementary school.

Karen Elizabeth Bohne is the daughter of Marianne and John Bohne of Rochester Hills, Mich. Bohne will graduate from Avondale High School where she has served as student council treasurer and yearbook editor. She also has written for the school and local newspapers and played volleyball, soccer and softball. Bohne has won superior ratings in choral and piano competitions and also has earned awards for theater and essay contests. She was named Outstanding Scholar in the Odyssey of the Mind and Michigan Future Problem Solving, she is a member of Who's Who and she is a National Merit Commended Scholar.

Jacquelyn Hanna Bowen is the daughter of Anna and Emmett Bowen, III of Dunbar, W.Va. Bowen will graduate from South Charleston High School where she has served four years on the student council and was a member of the soccer and swim teams. She participated in the Science Fair and won the Air Force Award at the state level. Bowen sang in the show choir and did school TV announcements. She was a representative for Girls' State and the Hugh O'Brien Leadership Conference. Bowen is an active community volunteer and plans to pursue a career in medicine.

Eric Scott Byrge is the son of Reva and Anthony Byrge, Sr. of Beckley, W.Va. Byrge will graduate from Woodrow Wilson High School where he was president of student government. He has won top awards at Math Field Day and on the Math and Science Quiz Bowl team. Byrge wrote for the local and school newspapers and played soccer and basketball. He served as an officer in the National Junior Honor Society and the Latin Club. He also has performed with the Street Actors Guild and was active in 4-H Club and his church. Byrge plans to attend medical school.

Sarah Elizabeth Gutman is the daughter of Carolyn and Milton Gutman of Wheeling, W.Va. Gutman will graduate from Mount De Chantal Visitation Academy where she has captained the basketball, swim and tennis teams and also served on student government. She has earned a trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair three times and has won a variety of awards in the process. Gutman has studied art, theatre, music and dance for a number of years and has performed in musical productions. She achieved high scores on the AATG National German Examination and also volunteers for her church and community. Gutman is a National Merit Semifinalist and plans to major in biology in preparation for a career in medicine.

Caitlin Richelle Haught is the daughter of Elizabeth and Richard Haught. She will be graduating from Appamattox County High School in Virginia where she has served on student council and won many forensics competions, including regional champion and placing at the state level. Haught has won awards in theater competitions and played volleyball and softball. She attended the Virginia Governor's School for the Visual and Performing Arts and Virginia Girls' State. Haught was selected for Who's Who and is active in a number of community and church activities. She is a National Merit Commended Scholar and plans to major in journalism and mass communications.

Kelly Nicole Jackson is the daughter of Donna and Timothy Jackson of Rochester, N.Y. Jackson will be graduating from Churchville Chili Senior High School where she played basketball, ran track and captained the soccer team. Jackson also was the division soccer player of the year and will become a member of the MU soccer team. She performed in the chorus and the band and was a member of the National Honor Society and the National Foreign Language Honor Society. She competed in the Science Olympiad and twice won the Teachers' Choice Award in Science. She has volunteered with community children's soccer programs and with her church youth group. Jackson plans to major in journalism and mass communications.

Joshua Aaron Lynn is the son of Darlene and Kevin Lynn of Millbrook, Ala. Lynn will graduate from Stanhope Elmore High School where he has served as an officer with student government for four years and wrote the student government constitution. He captained the Robotics Team that won three state championships, and he was selected to attend Alabama Boys' State and the Auburn University Chemistry and Physics Invitational. Lynn played trombone and baritone horn in the marching, concert and jazz bands. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honorary, Excalibur Science Honor Society and the National Beta Club. He volunteered by speaking to organizations and providing after-school tutoring. Lynn plans to major in history and already has a start with many dual enrollment classes.

Shannon Rae McKinney is the daughter of Dorcia and Rickey McKinney of Kenova, W.Va. McKinney will graduate from Spring Valley High School where she has served on student council every year since 1999 and served as senior class president. She played soccer and was a member of the National Honor Society, Science Quiz Bowl, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honorary and Who's Who. McKinney was a Regional Math Field Day winner and has earned the U.S. Air Force Mathematics and Science Award. She also has had poems selected for online publication and plays guitar and mandolin in a bluegrass band. McKinney plans to major in physics.

Michael Jayson Price is the son of Cynthia and Jeff Price of Lewisburg, Ohio. Price will graduate from Tri-County North High School where he was a member of the golf and basketball teams. He also was a member of SADD, National Honor Society, Quiz Team, Science Club, Foreign Language Club and Drama Club. He has won numerous academic awards at his school and was selected for Who's Who, the National Honor Roll and the U.S. Achievement Academy. He is an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow, and he has been invited to attend a number of scout-sponsored leadership events. Price plans to major in biology and physics.

Meghan Nicole Ward is the daughter of Frances and Frankie Ward of War, W.Va. Ward will graduate as valedictorian from Big Creek High School where she was a member of the cheerleading and softball teams. She was selected to attend the West Virginia Governor's Honors Academy, West Virginia Ambassador to the World Leadership Conference for the Hugh O'Brien Organization and West Virginia Girls' State. She earned the Concord College Book Award, Good Citizen Award, All-American Cheerleader Recognition and All-Tournament Team softball standing. Ward was the president of the Key Club, National Honor Society and Health Sciences and Technology Academy and she also was the sports correspondent for the Welch Daily News. She is an active volunteer for her community and her church. Ward plans to major in biology to prepare for medical school.

Yeager Scholars receive a full scholarship that includes tuition and fees, room and board, a stipend for textbooks and supplies, study abroad experiences at Oxford University or elsewhere and a personal computer.

Note: Photos of each of the 11 new Yeager Scholars are available for use by the media at

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Wednesday May 26, 2004
Contact: Monica Brooks, Associate Dean of Libraries, (304) 696-6613

Artistic handwriting demonstrations on display at Drinko Library

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Two demonstrations of artistic handwriting are on display on the third floor of the John Deaver Drinko Library at Marshall University, thanks to the Huntington Calligraphers' Guild.

The "Write Like an Egyptian" exhibit, assembled by the Guild in conjunction with the Huntington Museum of Art, shows members incorporating Egyptian symbols, scenes, and hieroglyphics into their calligraphy.

The other exhibit, "For Letter and Verse," features poetry written by Marshall University faculty and students interpreted and brought to life through the calligrapher's art.

Monica Brooks, Associate Dean of the University Libraries, said several students already have stopped to look at the various pieces displayed throughout the third floor.

"We are delighted when we can provide a superb show like the Guild's in our library," Brooks said. "Our students, who are here to study, do research or homework, deserve a nice break in which they can enjoy the exhibit and learn a little about something new."

Wanda Cummings, Project Coordinator for the Guild, made the traveling show available for the MU community's enjoyment.

The exhibit runs through June. Visitors are invited to view the show during the Libraries' summer business hours, which are available by telephone at (304) 696-2320. For more information and a schedule of upcoming exhibits, contact Brooks at (304) 696-6613.

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Wednesday May 26, 2004
Contact: Tom Hunter, , (304) 746-2038

HADCO, Marshall University announce establishment of Biotech Alliance

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University President Dan Angel and officials from the Huntington Area Development Council (HADCO) today announced the formation of The Biotech Alliance, a cooperative nonprofit venture that will play an integral role in the global marketing of biotechnology research and development at Marshall and throughout the Advantage Valley region.

The Biotech Alliance will assist in the marketing and promotion of biotechnology developed at Marshall and aid in the development of new partnerships to support biotechnology research at the university.

"Our overall commitment to biotechnology research and development is truly enhanced by today's announcement," said Mark Bugher, HADCO chairman. "The Biotech Alliance will serve as an effective marketing component to complement the investments we're making to develop biotechnology into the region's new economic engine."

The Alliance also will assist in development of the $5 million Velocity Center as a potential location for the business innovations developed at Marshall. The 5,000-square-foot center will be constructed at KineticPark and house lab space for a high-tech business start-up.

Sen. Robert C. Byrd has secured a $1 million federal appropriation for Velocity Center, with the rest of the money to come from private financing once tenants have been signed and the building is designed.

"Through the development of a myriad of new research and development facilities and the shared vision of students, faculty, researchers and the region's economic stakeholders, HADCO and Marshall University are developing a blueprint for economic success," Angel said. "The Biotech Alliance will literally transition these major projects from the bricks and mortar stage to commercialization and production, benefiting the region through the development of new investments and high-wage jobs."

Early next month, Biotech Alliance partners HADCO and Marshall will take another major step in their efforts to attract new biotech-related investment to the region through their joint participation in BIO 2004, the Biotechnology Industry Organization's (BIO's) annual convention.

The BIO annual convention, June 6-9, 2004 in San Francisco, is the largest gathering of biotechnology leaders in the world, attracting more than 15,000 attendees and featuring more than 190 sessions, 1,000 speakers, and 1,200 exhibitors. BIO represents more than 1,000 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations in all 50 U.S. states and 33 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of health-care, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.

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Wednesday May 26, 2004
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HADCO, Marshall University receive $25,000 state grant to aid biotech marketing efforts

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University President Dan Angel and officials from the Huntington Area Development Council (HADCO) today were presented a West Virginia Local Economic Development Assistance Program grant for $25,000.

The funds will assist The Biotech Alliance, a newly established cooperative nonprofit venture, in its global marketing of biotechnology research and development opportunities at Marshall and throughout the Advantage Valley region.

"We thank Delegates Margarette Leach, Kevin Craig and Jim Morgan, Senator Bob Plymale and the members of the Cabell/Wayne state legislative delegation for their support of this effort," Angel said.

The grant program, administered by the West Virginia Development Office, supports community enrichment projects that provide a better living environment or expand economic development opportunities.

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

New scholarship opportunity now available at Marshall Community and Technical College

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A new $500 scholarship to the Marshall Community and Technical College, made possible by a gift from the State Credit Union, is available for fall 2004.

The State Credit Union is a West Virginia, member-owned, not-for-profit, financial organization. Dr. Vicki Riley, president of the community college, recently accepted a $500 check from Chris Mallory, assistant CEO with the State Credit Union.

"Access to a community college education just got a little easier, thanks to the generosity of the State Credit Union," Dr. Riley said. "They understand the financial needs of our students and we are grateful for their interest in supporting our community."

For more information, persons may call the Marshall Community and Technical College at (304) 696-6282 or (800) 642-3437.

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Friday May 14, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall Community and Technical College associate professor to participate in Oxford Round Table in August

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Mildred Battle, an associate professor in the General Studies Division of the Marshall Community and Technical College, will be in Oxford, England Aug. 8-13 to participate in the Oxford Round Table at St. Antony's College in the University of Oxford.

Select individuals from throughout the world were invited to participate in the Round Table. The Round Table is made up of academics, attorneys, and policy makers from 40 nations to discuss and review developments in International Trade and the Environment.

The title of the conference is "Regulating Sustainable Development: Adapting to Globalization in the Twenty-First Century." The Oxford Round Table's purpose is to inform and promote human advancements by studying and considering current issues that are facing national and international levels in business, mathematics, and science.

Battle also has been selected to present a paper, "No Child Left Behind is in Doubt," during the five-day Round Table. The foundation of the Round Table is the assurance that this learning community will be composed of outstanding leaders, and provides a forum for better understanding of international trade, environmental, and technological advancements in the world.

Earlier this month, Marshall President Dan Angel that he will participate in the Oxford Round Table for college and university leaders at St. Antony's College. That event is scheduled July 4-9.

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Friday May 14, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

New documentary will tell Cam Henderson story

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Ashes to Glory producers Deborah Novak and John Witek have begun researching the career of legendary Marshall College Coach Cam Henderson for a new hour-long public television documentary.

Novak said pride in Marshall sports began with the "amazing wins" of the Henderson era. He coached Marshall football and/or basketball from 1935 to and 1955. Novak said she plans to recreate that distant age, when Marshall athletes traveled by train and thousands packed the C&O station to welcome them home from road games.

Henderson is credited with developing the zone defense and fast break in basketball's early history, Novak said. One of the filmmakers' goals is to gain recognition for Henderson in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Novak said she and Witek are eager to talk to anyone who has memories of Henderson to share. They also would like to borrow any photos, memorabilia or film footage of the era. Film footage could include home movies, game films or broadcast footage of Marshall sports from the 1930s through the 1950s.

Anyone who would like to contribute to the documentary may contact Witek and Novak at (304) 697-0681.

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

State Diocesan Convention this weekend at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - An estimated 350-450 people from throughout West Virginia will be on Marshall University's campus this weekend for the 127th annual Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Church of West Virginia.

Russell Alexander, a member of convention host St. John's Episcopal of Huntington, said the convention runs Friday, May 14, through Sunday, May 16. The purpose of the convention is for those attending to pray, worship and take part in educational forums, meetings and workshops dealing with issues of the diocese and the churches within the diocese.

The state convention takes place once a year, Alexander said. Last year's event was in Weston, W.Va. Portions of this year's convention will take place at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, the Campus Christian Center, the Memorial Student Center and the Harless Dining Hall.

More information on the convention is available by calling Alexander at (304) 617-0791.

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

Marshall Business Dean to Join Pan-Pacific Business Association

Dr. Chong W. Kim, Interim Dean of the Lewis College of Business at Marshall University, will be inducted as a Fellow of the Pan-Pacific Business Association on Thursday, May 27 in Anchorage, Alaska during the President's Luncheon of the Pan-Pacific Conference XXI: International Business and Global Project Management.

"I am pleased for this honor, not only for me personally, but for what it represents to Marshall," Kim said.

The Pan-Pacific Business Association selects one Fellow for the association each year based on the person's scholastic contributions to his/her field and for significant contributions to the association. During the last 21 years of the association's existence, 24 Fellows have been inducted into the association, including internationally known scholars such as Lyman Porter, Bob House, Fred Luthans, John Slocum, and Sang Lee.

The basic goal of the PPBA is to provide a forum for scholars, executives and government officers within Pacific Rim countries to discuss important issues relating to a better quality of life in the region. Emphasis has been placed on more effective utilization of human resources, technology and multilateral economic activities across borders.

PPBA's annual international conference has participants from more than 30 countries and has been held in such locations as Hawaii, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, China, Malaysia, Canada, Thailand, New Zealand, Japan, Fiji and Chile.

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

Bill Smith joins Marshall University Board of Governors

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Bill Smith, a Huntington resident and assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in student services with Cabell County Public Schools, is the newest member of Marshall University's Board of Governors.

Recent passage of Senate Bill 448 added the chair of the Board of Advisors of each administratively linked community college as an ex-officio voting member of the Board of Governors of the sponsoring institution.

Smith has served as chair of Marshall's Community and Technical College's Board of Advisors for the past year. He participated in today's Marshall Board of Governors meeting at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing in Huntington.

Smith is a two-time Marshall graduate, earning a B.A. degree in English and Speech in 1973, and a master's degree in English in 1976. He has been with Cabell County Schools since 1978.

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

Psychology department students receive awards

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Five Marshall University Psychology majors who graduated this year were given awards by the Psychology department.

Ashley Hunt of New Martinsville, W.Va., won two awards, while Sharon Barker of Huntington, Gerrod Negley of Williamson, W.Va., Lara Smith of Barboursville and Sabrina Lee of Cross Lanes, W.Va., won one apiece.

Each of the awards is based on faculty nomination, according to Keith Beard, assistant professor and director of the Psychology Clinic.

Hunt and Barker won the Outstanding Psychology Student award. This award is based on academic achievement, which includes being among the top three in terms of overall GPA, as well as GPA within the major. Other scholarly activity, such as publications or presentations, also is considered.

Hunt, Negley and Smith won the Outstanding Research Achievement award. This award is given to the student or students who have a high GPA, and who have demonstrated the highest level of research activity through participation in faculty-directed research independent study, publications and presentations, or other activities relating to research.

Lee won the Outstanding Service award, which is presented to the student who achieves a minimum GPA of 3.25, and has a demonstrated record of service. Activities considered in this category are participation in the Psi Chi and Psychology clubs, especially holding office and/or being an active participant in the planning and execution of the annual conference, or extracurricular activities which benefit the general public.

For more information, contact Beard at (304) 696-2781.

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

Marshall plans to change identification number policy

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Some 20,000 Marshall University students, faculty and staff will have one fewer thing to worry about when they return to school in the fall.

Because of the potential for identity theft, which is one of the fastest growing crimes in America, Marshall is moving toward the use of a Generated ID Number instead of using the Social Security Number as an identifier to protect members of the university community, President Dan Angel said today.

Identity theft occurs when a person steals personal information, including Social Security Number, credit card numbers, username and password, or other personally identifying information in order to fraudulently use the victim's credentials for illegal gain.

Historically, most universities have used the Social Security Number as the identification number for students, faculty and staff. Angel said the identification number policy will impact many of Marshall's processes, "but it is critical that we protect all parties."

"In the 2004 State of the State message, Governor Bob Wise addressed identity theft and the measures needed to protect our citizens," Angel said. "In order to make this proactive process, I assigned an oversight committee that represents the major stakeholders on the campus. It is chaired by Chief of Staff Layton Cottrill, who has operational responsibility for the policy."

The policy will create new Marshall University ID numbers for all campus stakeholders who need an ID number and will be used for all purposes, except for those that require Social Security Number by law or regulation.

The transition to the new identification number can provide a more secure environment with our every day business processes. The university is looking toward a proposed date of June 1 to complete this process.

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Thursday May 6, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall President invited to Oxford summit

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University President Dan Angel will be in Oxford, England, July 4-9 to participate in the prestigious Oxford Round Table for college and university leaders at the University of Oxford's St. Antony's College.

Angel will be one of 40 participants from around the world attending the five-day Round Table. Daily meetings will take place at the Rhodes House, which is the Oxford home of the Rhodes Scholars. A wide range of education leaders, such as ministers of education, university presidents and chancellors from many countries, will attend the Round Table.

"It is a great honor and pleasure to be invited to attend the Oxford Round Table," Angel said. "I look forward to joining education leaders from around the world in discussing important and timely topics."

Angel also has been selected to present a paper, "Legislative Tools for Tough Financial Times," during the Round Table. The forum of the Round Table provides educational leaders with an opportunity to consider policy issues in a collegial "think-tank" atmosphere.

This year's agenda includes topics such as the global society and the changing nature of higher education; provision of educational opportunity and student migration; security in the face of potential acts of violence; government control and the status of institutional autonomy, effects of rising costs on access to higher education and performance, quality and institutional efficiency.

Last year, institutions in Argentina, Canada, France, Georgia, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, South African, the United States and Venezuela were represented.

Angel will be staying at St. Antony's College throughout the meeting. St. Antony's, which was founded in 1950, is one of 39 colleges that make up the University of Oxford.

"It will be great to be back in England," Angel said. In 1997, he was named an Honorary Fellow of Rose Bruford College in London during a ceremony in the British House of Commons.

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Thursday May 6, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

MU professor awarded Fulbright Scholar Lectureship

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. James Brumfield, a biological sciences and physical sciences professor at Marshall University, has been awarded the Fulbright Scholar Lectureship of the Fulbright Program, College of Science Dean Joseph Bragin said today.

Brumfield was selected to lecture at the Kyrgyz-Russian National Slavic University and the Institute of Geology, Kyrgyz-Russian National Academy of Science in Biskek, Kyrgyz Republic. The lectureship is scheduled for this fall.

He will lecture graduate courses on digital image processing science and techniques on researching in remote sensing, geographic information systems, global positioning systems and the Geobiophysical Modeling of Landslide Hazard Zones in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Brumfield's host will be Dr. Apas Bakirov, Director of the Institute of Geology and Chairman of the Central Asia International Geology-Geophysical Association.

Bragin said Brumfield's interest in the Kyrgyz Republic grew out of his talks on Geobiophysical Modeling in July 2002. His presentation to the 7th International Symposium on High Mountain Remote Sensing Cartography took place in Biskek, Kyrgyz Republic.

"The Fulbright program has been one of the great triumphs of American foreign policy and exemplifies our country's best efforts to reach out to others around the world," Bragin said. "A Fulbright award is at once a recognition of Professor Brumfield's status in the community of geobiophysical scholars, an opportunity to establish a dialog with foreign colleagues that will benefit Marshall students and a means by which to spread the news about Marshall's academic programs to distant lands."

The Fulbright program, which is overseen by The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State, is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of the 150 countries that participate in the program.

Fulbright scholarship grantees are to establish open communication and long-term cooperative relationships in a way that they can enrich the educational, political, economic, social and cultural lives of countries around the world.

Brumfield's grant is made possible through the funds that are appropriated annually by the U.S. Congress and by contributions from partner countries and the private sector.

Brumfield will join 261,000 alumni of the program who eventually have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet members, CEOs, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors and teachers. Fulbright alumni have been awarded 34 Nobel Prizes.

More information is available by calling Bragin at (304) 696-3167.

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

Marshall University College of Science students to attend NATO Advanced Study Institute in Bulgaria in September

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students Nora Gao of Hurricane, W.Va., and Rebekah Lemon of Spencer, W.Va., have received grants to attend the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Advanced Study Institute (ASI) this September in Sozopol, Bulgaria.

The scientific institute, which runs Sept. 6-17, is titled, "Nanostructured and Advanced Materials for Applications in Sensor, Optoelectronic and Photovoltaic Technology." Dr. Ashok Vaseashta, Professor of Physics and Physical Sciences at Marshall and Director of the NATO ASI, secured the grant and will accompany Gao and Lemon in Bulgaria.

Gao, a native of Syria, is a graduate student pursuing a master's degree in Biology. Lemon is a junior pursuing her undergraduate degree in Biology. They will present posters with Vaseashta at the ASI, which will be attended by more than 100 selected participants from throughout the world.

Gao's presentation is titled, "Nanoporous Silicon and Carbon Nanotube Based Devices for Bio-Molecular Detection," and Lemon's is titled, "Unique Applications of Carbon Nanotubes in Medical Imaging, Biosensors and Vaccine Delivery." Students, faculty, and researchers from the eligible NATO partners and Mediterranean dialogue countries also will be presenting posters.

"Dr. Vaseashta works hard to provide students with countless opportunities," said Gao, who plans to attend medical school after earning her master's degree. "I feel honored to be representing Marshall University and West Virginia in Bulgaria."

Lemon, who presented a poster with Vaseashta at the March 2004 meeting of the American Physical Society in Montreal, Canada, also plans to attend medical school.

In part, the objective of the ASI is to train participants in the scientific principles and technology of nanostructured and advanced electronic materials development, device configurations and their applications in chemical and biological sensors technology, optoelectronics, photovoltaics, microelectronics, and biotechnology.

Gao is among five students from the United States to receive a National Science Foundation (NSF) travel grant to help fund the trip to Bulgaria. Students from West Virginia University, the University of Florida and Kansas State University also received the travel grant.

Vaseashta said a tremendous amount of work is involved in organizing and preparing for the NATO ASI meeting. He is presenting three invited lecturers and five solicited publications with students.

"The opportunity to represent Marshall University and the state of West Virginia to an international audience provides me with a motivating force," Vaseashta said. "Above all, I have received overwhelming support from Marshall University students, the College of Science Dean, Dr. Joseph Bragin, and President Dan Angel throughout the preparation of this scientific research event."

Bragin congratulated Vaseashta for his success in supporting the students' foreign travel, and predicted the visit to Bulgaria will be "a stimulating and highly instructive opportunity for advanced study."

"An advantage of such travel as you have provided these students is that Marshall graduates who are entrepreneurial and will try to develop economic opportunities in the state can use this foreign exposure to their advantage in tapping into the global economy," Bragin told Vaseashta.

More information on the Advanced Study Institute is available by contacting Vaseashta at (304) 696-2755.

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

Marshall's 167th commencement to be broadcast on local cable television and the Internet

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's 167th commencement ceremony Saturday will be broadcast live in the Huntington area, as well as internationally on the university's World Wide Web site, Director of Communications Dave Wellman announced today.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on Marshall's Educational Informational Channel (Channel 25) on the Adelphia Cable System in the Huntington area, as well as on the university's World Wide Web site. The broadcast will begin at 10 a.m. on. Those who wish to view a live video stream of the ceremony via the Internet may view it from a link from the university's home page at

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

WMUL students establish record with three more awards

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from WMUL-FM, Marshall University's public radio station, capped a record-setting year by winning three awards during the West Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Association's 2003 broadcast journalism awards ceremony, conducted April 24 at the Charleston House Holiday Inn in Charleston.

The two first-place awards and one honorable mention increased the students' total to 60 for the 2003-04 academic year. The total includes 30 first-place awards, five second-place awards, two third-place awards and 23 honorable mention awards.

The two first-place award-winning entries were:

  • Best Documentary - "Old Main: A Living Tradition," written and produced by Trent Garnes, a recent graduate from Hurricane, W.Va., broadcast during "Aircheck" Monday, Oct. 20, 2003.
  • Best Sports Special - "The Ring is the Thing: The 2003 Marshall Football Season Preview," written and produced by Vince Payne, a graduate student from Hansford, W.Va., Kourtney Bess, a junior from Belle, W.Va., and Daniel Clay Stimeling, a sophomore from Buckhannon, W.Va., broadcast before the season-opening football game against Hofstra Saturday, Aug. 30, 2003.

The honorable mention award-winning entry was:

  • Best Regularly Scheduled Newscast - "5 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," anchored by Carletta Blake, a freshman from Gallipolis Ferry, W.Va., and Stimeling, broadcast Friday, Nov. 14, 2003.

For more information on the awards, persons may contact Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, professor of electronic media management in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall and faculty manager of WMUL-FM, at (304) 696-6640.

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