November 2004 News Releases

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

WMUL receives Broadcast Best of Show award for fifth time

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's public radio station, WMUL-FM, received the Broadcast Best of Show award for the fifth time at the 83rd annual national College Media Convention/2004 Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) College Annual Competition ceremony.

The ceremony took place Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, at the Marriott Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.

WMUL-FM's Broadcast Best of Show award-winning entry was "The 5 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," a 30-minute newscast Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2004. It was edited by Vince Payne, a graduate student from Hansford, W.Va. The students who participated in the newscast were:

Krystle Nichols, sophomore, East Bank, W.Va., (producer); Alex Reed, senior, Virginia Beach, Va., (news anchor); Melanie Chapman, senior, Stollings, W.Va., (news anchor); Jay Playburn, junior, Huntington, W.Va., (weather anchor); Matt Bradberry, senior, Huntington, W.Va.; (sports anchor).

Vince Payne, graduate student, Hansford, W.Va., (reporter); Deven Swartz, freshman, Philippi, W.Va., (reporter); Jeremy Edwards, freshman, Scott Deport, W.Va., (reporter); Kristin Houghton, senior, Inwood, W.Va., (reporter), Troy Dunn, St. Albans, W.Va., (reporter), and Dave Wilson, St. Mary's, W.Va., (reporter).

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, said the campus radio station competed with other broadcasting stations from colleges and universities throughout the country whose staffs attended the 83rd Annual National College Media Convention.

The Best of Show competition is open only to publications and media outlets that send student delegates to the national convention. The competition is divided into eight newspaper categories, two yearbook categories, two magazine categories, and one broadcast category. The broadcast category was for radio only and was offered for only the fifth time in 2004 to recognize excellence among broadcasting attendees. The entries were evaluated for general excellence, but emphasis was placed on reporting and leadership as expressed through content.

"This is an honor for WMUL-FM and all the student broadcasters featured on the Best of Show entry," Bailey said. "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."

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

Two join Marshall University in fund raising capacities

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Mandilyn (Mandy) J. Hart has joined the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., and Rebecca McPhail Samples has joined the MU Office of Development, Glen Kerkian, senior vice president for development and executive director of the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., announced today.

Hart is the new Director of Planned Giving. She is responsible for overseeing the development and administration of planned gifts for the university.

Samples is the new Director of the Annual Fund. She is responsible for operations pertaining to the university's annual fund, including the Phon-a-thon, direct mail and matching gifts programs, stewardship for donors and identification of potential donors.

"I am so pleased with the caliber of professionals we have been able to attract to Marshall," Kerkian said. "Rebecca and Mandy are proven advancement leaders who have returned to West Virginia for the quality of life here. The effect of their presence on our development team will be immediate."

Prior to joining the Foundation, Hart served as an Estate and Trust Advisor for the accounting firm of Hayflich & Steinberg, assisting clients in achieving their estate planning goals as well as their charitable giving goals. She also has served as a bank trust officer and manager for several banks in the tri-state area.

Hart has attained the professional designation of Certified Trust and Financial Advisor from the Institute of Certified Bankers. She is a graduate of Cannon Trust School and its Advanced Trust School. She has a degree in accounting from the University of Kentucky.

Hart is the president-elect for the KYOWVA Planned Giving Council, and past officer and current member of the Greater Huntington Estate Planning Council. She serves as Secretary of the LEAVE A LEGACY« West Virginia Program. In addition, Hart is the president of the board of directors for the TEAM for West Virginia Children, an organization whose mission is in the prevention of child abuse.

Hart resides in Ashland, Ky., with her husband, Nevada, who is president of Hart 2 Heart Productions, a music recording studio. Mandy is a frequent speaker to not-for-profit organizations on the topic of gift planning and philanthropy.

Samples previously was director of development at the University of Charleston, where she planned and implemented a $1.5 million annual fund campaign, reaching 133 percent of the university's goal. She previously was development and grant research manager and interim director of development for the YMCA of Greater Cleveland.

She is a 1996 graduate of West Virginia University Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in history and government.

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Thursday November 18, 2004
Contact: Tom Hunter, Marshall University Communications, (304) 746-2038

West Virginia Wireless to extend cost benefits, support Marshall University through new partnership

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University and its wireless partner, West Virginia Wireless, today announced the launch of a new affinity program that allows Marshall alumni, staff, faculty and students to save money and support Marshall University indirectly by becoming a new West Virginia Wireless customer.

With its "Marshall Alumni and Friends" offer, West Virginia Wireless will make a financial contribution for new activations of service and subsequent monthly contributions to support the Marshall University Alumni Association. The offer is available with any rate plan or promotional offer at West Virginia Wireless' nine retail locations and more than 40 authorized dealers throughout the region, including the company's newest locations at the Huntington Mall and inside the Marshall University Bookstore on the Huntington campus.

In fall 2005, West Virginia Wireless will complete the final phase of the Marshall University's Mobile Alternative for Residents on Campus (MARC) wireless initiative, a campus-wide expansion of cellular service that will serve nearly 2,300 student residents on the Huntington campus. The project has served as a national model, making Marshall one of the first major universities in the nation to provide wireless telephone services to all of its student residents.

"Today's announcement further enhances the strong relationship that Marshall University shares with West Virginia Wireless. Through this unique offer, Marshall alumni, students and friends can enjoy the benefits of West Virginia's newest and fastest growing wireless provider while supporting the institution," said Tom Harris, president of the Marshall University Alumni Association. "Through affinity partnerships with leading companies such as West Virginia Wireless, we allow the members of the Marshall University community to enjoy the benefits of quality services while providing generous support to Marshall University and its alumni programs."

"West Virginia Wireless is dedicated to giving back to the communities which we serve. We are very pleased with the partnership we have forged with Marshall University, which has allowed us to offer cutting edge programs such as the MARC Wireless Initiative and unique affinity program," said Dennis Bloss, West Virginia Wireless General Manager. "The Marshall Alumni and Friends partnership, along with our MARC initiative, on-campus location and athletic sponsorships, will ensure that we touch all who are involved with Marshall University. Whether you're a fan, friend, student or graduate, Marshall and West Virginia Wireless have something unique to offer you. We are very pleased to partner with Marshall University in these unique and forward thinking partnered efforts."

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, Beckley, Princeton, Bluefield and Ashland areas, offering the largest local and national GSM coverage area. 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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Friday November 12, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

WMUL students receive three finalists awards

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from Marshall University's public radio station, WMUL-FM, received three finalists awards in the 83rd Annual National College Media Convention/2004 Collegiate Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) National Student Radio Production Awards ceremony.

The event took place Friday, Nov. 5, 2004, at the Marriott Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.

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, said the students competed with broadcasting students from colleges and universities throughout the United States.

He said the contest, which is in its third year, is sponsored by the CBI, which administers the contest in cooperation with College Media Advisers Inc. (CMA), the nation's oldest and largest college media organization.

"It is an honor to be a finalist in three out of the 12 radio categories sponsored by these prestigious organizations," Bailey said. "Our radio students have established a tradition at WMUL-FM of being able to successfully compete at the national, regional, or state level with other student-operated college radio stations.

"This performance is further evidence of the quality of the work performed by our talented broadcasting students. I am proud of our broadcasting students who continue to provide quality broadcast performances to Tri-State listeners and to be excellent representatives for Marshall University in competitions against nationally known colleges and universities."

The finalist award winning entries were:

  • Best Radio DJ Aircheck: "On the Air with Clay Daniels" was an on-air airshift broadcast over WMUL-FM Wednesday, May 19, 2004, written and produced by Daniel Clay Stimeling, a junior from Buckhannon, W.Va.
  • Radio News Reporting: "Laura Bush Visits the Mountain State," written and produced by Melanie Chapman, a senior from Stollings, W.Va., broadcast during the "5 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Friday, Nov. 7, 2003.
  • Sports play-by-play: WMUL-FM's broadcast of the Capital Classic: Marshall University versus West Virginia University men's basketball game at the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum in Charleston, W.Va., Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004.

The students calling the game, which was broadcast over 88.1 back in Huntington, W. Va., were: basketball play-by-play announcer Vince Payne, a graduate student from Hansford, W.Va.; color commentator Travis Smith, a recent graduate from Charles Town, W.Va.; statistician Heather Berry, a sophomore from St. Albans, W.Va.; statistician Angela Bradley, a senior from Scott Depot; W.Va., and engineer Michael Stanley, a junior from West Hamlin, W.Va.

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

High school students visit Marshall for Scholastic Journalism Program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Sixteen high school students from West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky recently received both journalism and college life experience by participating in the Scholastic Journalism Program (SJP) at Marshall University.

This year's program was Oct. 26-28. High school journalism teachers and principals nominated the students, who were chosen on the basis of journalism involvement and achievements. The students who participated this year were:

Kaylin Adkins, Huntington High School; Alyssa Bedekovich, Parkersburg Catholic High School; Claire Berlin, Lewis County High School; Josh Bush, Cabell Midland High School; Kim Freda, Lewis County High School; Cory Jackson, Huntington High School; Jessica McClung, Pikeview High School; Gillian Powderly, Parkersburg Catholic High School;

Josh Powers, Wayne High School; Katherine Reasons, Huntington High School; Stephanie Riley, Chesapeake High School; Meredith Scaggs, Cabell Midland High School; Nick Smith, Buckhannon-Upshur High School; Victoria Taylor, Fairland High School; Bonnie Thomas, Bridgeport High School; Miranda Watson, Wayne High School.

While at Marshall, the students attended classes, participated in student media activities, and stayed in the dormitories. College students from the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications served as mentors and introduced the SJP participants to many aspects of the university.

The West Virginia Press Association and the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications provide funding for the Scholastic Journalism Program.

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

Angel to retire as Marshall University president

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University President Dan Angel told the MU Board of Governors today that he will retire, effective Dec. 31, 2004. Angel will turn 65 on Dec. 23.

Board Chairman A. Michael Perry said the Board will name an interim president by Jan. 1, 2005. A search committee will be appointed to find a replacement for Angel, who has been at Marshall since Jan. 1, 2000. Hiring a new president could take as long as six months, Perry said.

President Angel plans to take a six-month sabbatical, then return to Marshall in fall 2005 to teach. He will continue to teach for a year-and-a-half. Angel indicated that his decision to retire was based on both institutional and personal reasons.

Institutionally, he noted that Marshall is at the mid-point of its 10-year strategic plan, "Owning the Opportunity." As Marshall revitalizes its plans for the future, Angel said he believes it would be highly desirable and beneficial to have someone at the helm who would be there for the next five to 10 years.

On a personal note, Angel indicated that life as Marshall's president has been satisfying. Counting his service as president of colleges and universities in California and Texas and his six years as a state representative in Michigan, he said he has been in "high octane" public service leadership positions for 32 years.

"It has been a privilege and an honor to serve as president of Marshall University," Angel said. "Patricia and I love Marshall University and we always will."

The Board approved President Angel's request during its regularly scheduled meeting today at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing.

"There is no doubt that Marshall University is better off because of Dan Angel's five years of dedicated service," Perry said. "The Angel era has been one of high yield. Marshall University has accomplished numerous milestone achievements in a very short time span: new student housing and parking, substantial federal funding, research advances, new doctorate programs and several new buildings. We appreciate Dan and Patricia and we wish them well."

Perry said a reception for President and Mrs. Angel is being planned for December.

Here is a copy of a letter Angel sent to Perry, and read to the board today:


Dear Mike:

"It is with mixed emotions that I inform you and the Marshall University Board of Governors that I will retire, effective December 31, 2004, as President of Marshall University.

As you may know, I turn 65 on December 23. As I approach this milestone, Patricia and I look back on our achievements at Marshall University with gratitude and a great sense of accomplishment. Over these last five years, we have made enormous strides in our efforts to bring Marshall University to National Prominence. To list a few of our successes, during my five-year tenure as President, we have:

  • Added three new doctoral degree programs, compared to only one such program in the 163-year history of the University
  • Obtained funding for a state-of-the-art, $40 million Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center
  • Constructed a new $28 million on-campus student housing complex, as well as a $9 million, 1,000-space parking garage
  • Raised $82 million over five years through our Campaign for National Prominence, far outpacing the prior decade's fundraising total of $33 million
  • Added $1.2 million to our annual budget via equity adjustment in the state funding formula
  • Saved more than $1.8 million through bond refinancing
  • Received $58 million in federal funding for campus construction
  • Obtained $12 million in state Economic Development funding
  • Implemented a new family of University logos.
  • Co-edited four books (three with Mrs. Angel)

I am proud of our work together at Marshall University. Looking back over my career, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the cause of higher education for thirty-two years, including twenty-six years as a university president and six years as a State Representative in Michigan. Having given so much in this often-grueling field of public service, Patricia and I look forward to more time together as we pursue our personal and family interests.

I will continue my service to Marshall University in the classroom and I look forward to returning to my roots there.

I have enjoyed the privilege and honor of serving Marshall University as its President. It has been a great ride, and one of the most significant periods of achievement of my career.

Patricia and I love Marshall University and we always will!


Dan Angel

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Friday November 5, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Jay Flippin Trio to perform Nov. 12 as MU jazz concert series continues

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University department of jazz studies will present the third program of the 2004 JAZZ@JOMIE Concert Series at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at the Jomie Jazz Forum.

The Jay Flippin Trio will present a program of jazz standards that includes selections from its new CD, "By Request." The Jomie Jazz Forum is located directly across 5th Avenue from the Memorial Student Center. The performance will be broadcast by MU's public access television channel 25 on Adelphia Cable.

Flippin played keyboards and bass in gospel, rock, soul, country, and folk groups beginning at age 10. He taught applied piano, theory, jazz studies, composition, arranging, and music history at Morehead State University for 33 years before retiring in 2000. Currently, he is teaching piano and jazz studies part-time at Marshall.

Flippin's accomplishments include writing more than 1,500 arrangements for all media. He has been awarded a regional EMMY and has been nominated for a national EMMY. Joining him for this performance are drummer John Knight and bassist Bob Bryant.

Admission is $10, and Marshall University students will be admitted free. Further information is available by contacting Dr. Ed Bingham, director of jazz studies, at (304) 696-2452. Or, call the music department office at (304) 696-3117.

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

Environmental Engineering project awarded to CEGAS by the US Army Corps of Engineers in Huntington

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS) has received a two-year research award of $490,000 for an environmental engineering project that involves demonstrating a new groundwater remediation technology called "Well Injection Depth Extraction (WIDE)."

Dr. Tony Szwilski, division chair and director of CEGAS, said the research award is from the US Army Corps of Engineers in Huntington, and the demonstration site is a former air force base near Columbus, Ohio.

The project involves Marshall (CEGAS), West Virginia University, North Carolina State University and two small businesses. The objective of the research is to optimize the removal of jet fuel (free-product JP-4) from the groundwater under extraction operation through scale-up deployment of the WIDE technology, which was developed by NCSU.

"This endeavor is another great example of the US Army Corps of Engineers working closely with Marshall University," Szwilski said. "Over the past decade CEGAS and CITE (the College of Information Technology) have developed a strong mutually beneficial partnership with the Corps on numerous significant engineering and information technology projects."

More information on the project is available by calling Szwilski at (304) 696-5457.

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

Research and Computing Forum at Marshall Nov. 8

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is host to a Research and Computing Forum on Monday, Nov. 8.

The forum takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Marshall's Huntington campus in the Drinko Library Auditorium (Room 402). Forum details and agenda may be viewed online at

Persons are asked to RSVP by calling (304) 696-3141 or via e-mail.

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

High school counselors and principals to visit Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - High school guidance counselors and principals will visit with Marshall University students at the school on Wednesday, Nov. 10, during the third annual Principal-Counselor Conference, conducted by the Marshall University admissions office.

The conference brings together more than 20 secondary school representatives from West Virginia and surrounding states. This year's conference, entitled "Helping Every Student," offers participants a variety of sessions to learn how to better prepare their students for college. The attendants also get to meet with their former students who are now attending Marshall.

Conference participants will hear updates from support staff at Marshall, including financial aid, the Honors program, the International Education program and the Early Entry/Dual Credit program on campus. Representatives from each academic college will serve on a dean's panel.

Counselors from the TRIO programs on campus will speak to the participants about the opportunities available to prospective college students through the TRIO programs and the group also will hear from MU students as part of a panel discussion on giving advice for the high school senior year. Danielle Fasick from American Education Services will speak about the Education Planner college preparation program.

"We always enjoy hosting this conference because it allows us to discuss and share ideas in higher education with guidance counselors and principals," Craig Grooms, director of admissions, said. "We hope to have many Marshall students stop by to say hello to some familiar faces from their high schools."

For more information about the conference, persons may contact the MU admissions office at (304) 696-3160.

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

International Festival, Festival of Flags planned at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University kicks off International Education Week on Sunday, Nov. 14 with the 38th Annual International Festival.

The festival, which is free to the public, takes place in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room from 3 to 6 p.m. This year's theme is "Living in a New World," and emphasizes the pressing need to understand other cultures in light of the current events in today's world.

Currently, Marshall has 400 international students enrolled from more than 60 countries. The festival features exotic foods, traditional music and dance, and displays representing those countries and their cultures. All of this is provided by Marshall University international students and international community individuals and groups such as the Huntington Woman's International Club.

MU offers events throughout the week to observe International Education Week, which is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State to promote international awareness and international education skills.

The West Virginia Secretary of Education and the Arts encourages all schools throughout the state to observe this occasion. Marshall partners with area schools, business and community organizations to sponsor the International Festival and International Educational Week.

In addition to the International Festival, Marshall is host to the second annual Festival of Flags, which features a spectacular display of flags from all of the countries where the university draws international students or sends students to study abroad. This semester's festival features flags from more than 60 countries and regions of the world.

A flag ceremony is planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in the Memorial Student Center lobby with a flag hanging conducted by student leaders. The Festival of Flags is sponsored by the Department of Student of Affairs, the June Harless Center and the Center for International Programs.

Marshall also has a Study, Teach and Travel Abroad Fair, which takes place in the student center lobby from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15 and Tuesday, Nov. 16.

Dr. Clark M. Egnor, executive director of Marshall's Center for International Programs, said the Festival and the various international activities are the prefect opportunity for individuals to celebrate the tri-state area's rich diversity.

"The International Festival allows the community to celebrate its multi-cultural heritage and showcases the many nationalities of those studying and teaching at Marshall University," Egnor said.

All tri-state area residents are invited to attend the festival. For more information, persons may call Scott C. Hoppe, Director of the International Students and Scholars Program, at (304) 696-2379, email Hoppe, or visit the Marshall University Center for International Programs office in Old Main, room 320.

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

Annual Health and Social Services Fair planned for Nov. 8 at MU

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Career Services Center will be host to the annual Health and Social Services Fair from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8.

The fair, which will take place in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center, is designed for Marshall students and alumni in nursing and all health-related areas. All are welcome to attend and no pre-registration or fee is required.

Forty-two recruiters, representing 36 organizations, will participate. Some of the participants include the Charleston Area Medical Center, Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, King's Daughters Medical Center, River Park Hospital and Wellness Council of West Virginia. For the complete list of participants, visit the Career Services Web site at

Recruiting Coordinator Patricia Gallagher said students and alumni should bring plenty of resumes and dress for success. Gallagher said persons may visit the Web site to become familiar with the participants attending the fair.

For more information, contact Gallagher at (304) 696-2371 or visit the Career Services Web site.

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