October 2004 News Releases

Friday October 29, 2004
Contact: Tom Hunter, Director of Communications, (304) 746-2038

Marshall Faculty Receive $727,000 in Research Challenge Grants

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University President Dan Angel today joined research leaders and faculty to accept two West Virginia Research Challenge Grant totaling $727,300 to assist with project that will stimulate regional biotechnology development.

The grant awards, presented by West Virginia Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, are from State Research Challenge Grant funding that has been derived from a percentage of video lottery proceeds. This funding method, approved during the 2004 Regular Session of the West Virginia Legislature, is estimated to generate Research Challenge Grant funds that will exceed $4 million this year.

"Today's grant presentations recognize the true strength of Marshall University. Our talented and dedicated faculty are discovering new and innovative approaches and applications every day for research that is being conducted and developed on our campus," Angel said. "We appreciate the efforts of Gov. Bob Wise, Secretary Goodwin, Sen. Bob Plymale and many other important members of the Legislature who made this commitment to support research at our state universities. These funds represent an investment that further enhances Marshall University's efforts to evolve as a researcher leader, building a powerful economic engine to power our state and region's future."

Two Marshall researchers, Dr. Richard Niles and Dr. Mike Norton, received the grant awards for projects that are currently in development at Marshall University.

Dr. Niles, professor and chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the School of Medicine, received a $399,300 Research Challenge Grant that will be used to strengthen Marshall's cancer research program. The funds will help establish the basic research component of the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Marshall University Medical Center. The $19 million facility, currently under construction at Cabell-Huntington Hospital and the Marshall University Medical Center, is slated for completion next fall.

Dr. Michael Norton, a professor of chemistry in the College of Science, received a $328,000 Research Challenge Grant to continue research and development work on the innovative Vandalia Project. The project, initiated last year by a group of entrepreneurial Marshall students and faculty, focuses on development of a process, with patent pending, by which DNA fragments can be amplified quickly, easily and in large quantities.

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

Three to be inducted into Harless Hall of Fame

Huntington, W.Va. - Marshall University's June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development will honor three new Hall of Fame inductees at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, in the Ed Grose Suite in the Harless Dining Hall on the Huntington campus of Marshall University.

The inductions of David Ice, Lydia McCue and Robert H. Plymale will bring the number of Hall of Fame inductees to 9.

The Hall of Fame inductees are chosen for their significant contributions to enhancing education in West Virginia, particularly in rural areas. Each inductee made an impact in one of three categories: administration, teaching or business partnerships.

Overview of Inductees

David Ice

A graduate of Sistersville High School, Ice attended Ohio Valley College and received his bachelor's degree in social science from Harding University in Searcy, Ark. He attended graduate school at the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies and West Virginia University.

Ice is currently Grant Development Officer and Special Assistant to the President at Marshall University. He has served as Cabinet Secretary and Senior Program Coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, Research Associate to the West Virginia Legislature's Joint Committee on Education and as a consultant to the West Virginia House of Delegates' Committee on Education. Ice spent 20 years teaching at Parkersburg High School in Parkersburg, W. Va. Ice has also served on the Board of Directors of several non-profit organizations such as the WV Historical Education Foundation and WV Humanities Council. He currently serves on the Tri-State Literacy Board and the WV Rehabilitation Foundation Board.

Among the many honors he has received are the Distinguished West Virginian Award, bestowed by Gov. Underwood in 2001, and the Ohio Valley College Alumni of the Year Award in 2000.

Lydia McCue

McCue who was born in Fairmont, W.Va., graduated from Rivesville High School and attended Fairmont State College as well as The Ohio State University.

Throughout her career McCue has been a pioneer in improving education in West Virginia and throughout the United States. Her many accomplishments include establishing the Putnam County High School Task Force, which implemented higher graduation standards, policy changes that promoted academic success, block scheduling, career portfolios and other reforms. She organized four national School Improvement District Leadership Conferences. McCue has also acted as a consultant for school improvement in several other states. She has researched and written staff development modules to be used for nationwide training in school improvement efforts. She also designed and implemented such statewide student projects as the West Virginia Social Studies Fair and State Youth Government Program.

Currently she is the Executive Assistant to the State Superintendent of Schools for the West Virginia Department of Education. She also serves as the Director of Middle Childhood and Adolescent Education.

Robert H. Plymale

State Senator Robert H. Plymale, is currently serving his third four-year term in the West Virginia Senate. Presently, Senator Plymale is Chariman of the Senate Education Committee and a ranking member of Senate Finance.

Sen. Plymale is currently employed by the Nick J. Rahall Appalachian Transportation Institiute in Huntington, W.Va. He also has served on various public and community organizations such as the board of directors for Huntington Museum of Art, the Ceredo-Kenova Middle School LSIC, the Ceredo Elementary School PTO and the Wayne County Economic Development Authority.

He is a graduate of Ceredo-Kenova High School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marshall University. Sen. Plymale and his wife Jennifer have three children.

Photos available at http://www.marshall.edu/ucomm/muphoto.html

For more information on the Harless Hall of Fame, persons may call Stan Maynard, Director of the June Harless Center, at (304) 696-2890.

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

Distinguished author to read from her work Nov. 4 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Distinguished author Shirley Geok-lin Lim will read from her work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, in the Shawkey Room of Marshall University's Memorial Student Center.

A poet, critic, and fiction writer, she is the author of 11 books and received the 1997 American Book Award for non-fiction.

Lim was born in Malacca, Malaysia and came to the United States in 1969 as a Fulbright and Wein International Scholar. The first of her four collections of poems, Crossing the Peninsula (1980), received the Commonwealth Poetry Prize. She also is the author of three books of short stories and a memoir, Among the White Moon Faces (1996), which received the American Book Award.

Lim co-edited The Forbidden Stitch: An Asian American Wome's Anthology, which received the 1990 American Book Award. Her work has appeared in journals such as New Literary History, Feminist Studies, Signs, MELUS, ARIEL, New Literatures Review, World Englishes, and American Studies International. She also has published two critical studies, including Writing South East/Asia in English: Against the Grain (1994).

Bill Moyers featured Lim in a PBS special on American poetry, "Fooling with Words," in 1999, and again on his new program "Now" in February. A recent Visiting Scholar at MIT and a holder of many teaching awards, she has served as chair of Women's Studies and currently is professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

More information is available by calling MU English professor Art Stringer at (304) 696-2403.

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

Celebrity Series II to Start Nov. 2

Marshall University's Celebrity Series will return for 2004-2005 beginning Nov. 2. Celebrity Series II, an in-depth look at national trends in higher education, will feature eight speakers from across the nation. This group, who are all decision makers in American higher education, will share their thoughts as to where universities need to be headed and how institutions can get there.

Dr. Don Brown, the first speaker in the series, will be on Marshall's Huntington campus Tuesday, Nov. 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Dr. Brown is the executive director of the foundation for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and a former commissioner for higher education in Texas. Dr. Brown will be speaking about how state institutions can meet higher demands with less funding, and specifically how institutions in Texas have handled this situation.

The second speaker in the series will be Dr. Ronald Blanck, president of the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Blanck will be on campus Tuesday, Dec. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre. Dr. Blanck will provide a look into the health needs of the country and advances in health research. Dr. Blanck will also give insights on what the Marshall University School of Medicine is doing with these health needs and advances in research.

"The Celebrity Series is a rewarding experience for people in the community," Dan Angel, Marshall University president, said. "It helps us to think about the future at Marshall and to push toward our goals." President Angel said the series will also aid in Marshall's 10-year plan, which has been in effect for five years. "We want to see what changes are in store for higher education," Angel said. "This will allow us to revise the next five years of our plan to meet new goals."

Celebrity Series II will continue with six more speakers throughout the spring semester. All events are free and open to the public.

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Tuesday October 26, 2004
Contact: Steve Barnett, Director of Athletic Bands, (304) 696-2317

Marching Thunder To Welcome High School Bands

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Marching Thunder will showcase the talents of some of the finest high school musicians from the region when more than 1,000 student musicians from a four-state area converge Saturday on Joan C. Edwards Stadium for Marshall's annual High School Band Day, during the Thundering Herd's 2:30 p.m. matchup with Central Florida.
Bands from 17 high schools will join the Marching Thunder for a halftime performance that will include the popular rock hit, "Crazy Train," and a patriotic medley of "This Is My Country" and "God Bless America."

"This is a wonderful opportunity for Marshall University to have many fine high school students, band directors and parents on campus," said Steve Barnett, director of athletic bands. "We look forward to having these groups here and extending to them true Marshall Hospitality."

Bands from the following high schools will perform with the Marching Thunder during Saturday's game: West Virginia: Calhoun County, Gilbert, Greenbrier West, Liberty-Raleigh, Mount Hope, Oak Hill, Parkersburg South, Ravenswood, Rock Hill, Summers County, Tolsia; Ohio: Rock Hill, Symmes Valley; Kentucky: East Carter, Fairview, Glenwood; Virginia: Fort Chiswell.

On Saturday, Nov. 6, the Marching Thunder will again host the region's largest high school marching band competition, the Tri-State Marching Band Festival, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

The festival will feature 27 high school bands from West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Virginia. Bands will compete in three classifications, with the final band performances slated for 7:30 p.m. The Marching Thunder will perform for fans at 7:45 p.m., with an awards ceremony to immediately follow and conclude the day's activities.

Bands from the following high schools throughout the region are scheduled to perform: West Virginia: Beckley Woodrow Wilson, Cabell Midland, Guyan Valley, Hamlin, Huntington, Liberty-Raleigh, Magnolia, Nitro, Princeton, Richwood, Shady Spring, South Charleston, Spring Valley, Wahama, Wayne, Williamstown; Ohio: Hannibal River, Pomeroy Meigs, Minford, South Point; Kentucky: Boyd County, East Carter, Greenup County, Lawrence County, Raceland-Worthington, Sheldon Clark; Virginia: Richlands.

Tri-State Band Festival admission is $5 per person, free for children ages 5 and under. Parking charge for spaces in the West Stadium lot is $2.

For more information on the Marching Thunder, call (304) 696-2317 or visit www.marshall.edu/band.

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Friday October 22, 2004
Contact: Keith Spears, Vice President of Communications and Marketing, (304) 696-2965

Marching Thunder to provide live soundtrack for new game-day feature

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The 240 members of the Marshall University Marching Thunder will play an integral role in the introduction of a new game-day feature at Marshall's homecoming football game Saturday with Buffalo, providing the soundtrack for a unique and historic journey highlighting the Thundering Herd's rich football tradition.

The video presentation, developed by the Office of University Communications and Department of Athletics with production assistance from WSAZ Television and Marshall Instructional Television Services, will be accompanied by the Marching Thunder's live performance of a special musical arrangement written by Steve Barnett, director of athletics bands, specifically for this project.

It will take place shortly before the 4:30 p.m. kickoff at Joan C. Edward Stadium.

"It's no easy task to synchronize a video presentation with a live music performance by a 240-member band. The Marching Thunder, under the direction of Steve Barnett, was up to the challenge and has done an incredible job in helping to capture the spirit of this project through this musical effort," said Keith Spears, vice president of communications and marketing. "Given the time element handed to Steve to develop a score for this project, this, in itself, is an unbelievable feat."

Barnett's arrangement includes elements of the Marshall fight song, "Sons of Marshall," the official state song of West Virginia, "West Virginia Hills," and "America The Beautiful," establishing a musical legacy that stirs the pride of Marshall's students, alumni, faithful fans and friends.

"Our band members are excited about the challenge of playing live music that is accompanying a feature on the HerdVision video board," Barnett said. "I was honored to respond to the challenge of developing a musical arrangement that embraces the spirit of Marshall University, honors our past and rallies our fans to look forward to the future success of Marshall football and the university. We look forward to our performance on Saturday and the reaction of the fans to this new staple of the Marching Thunder's pre-game performances at Joan C. Edwards Stadium."

The Marching Thunder's performance will feature soloist Jeremy Wellman, a music education major and graduate of Spring Valley High School in Wayne County.

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Thursday October 21, 2004
Contact: Keith Spears, Vice President of Communications and Marketing, (304) 696-2965

Marshall to introduce and establish new game-day feature prior to Saturday's homecoming contest

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Fans are encouraged to arrive early Saturday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium for Marshall University's homecoming football game with Buffalo to witness the establishment of a new game-day feature.

Shortly before the 4:30 p.m. kickoff, Marshall will introduce a special video and musical presentation that chronicles the proud history and rich tradition of the Marshall football program.

The presentation, developed by the Office of University Communications and Department of Athletics with production assistance from WSAZ Television and Marshall Instructional Television Services, will be shown on the HerdVision video board during pre-game activities, just before the Thundering Herd players take the field.

"The video is a nostalgic and historic look at one of the nation's greatest sports stories - the incredible rise of the Marshall football program," said Keith Spears, vice president for communications and marketing. "Prior to each home game, Marshall fans will be able to relive the highs, the lows, and magic Thundering Herd moments with this presentation."

"Many other major college programs - including Georgia, Oklahoma, Alabama, Penn State and Nebraska - use similar presentations to energize home crowds just prior to kickoff on college football game days," Spears said. "Marshall University and its fans have an incredible story to tell. The passion and spirit associated with Marshall football and the university is conveyed in a very unique fashion with this project, which will quickly become one of the university's great athletic traditions."

Coach Bob Pruett said he hopes Herd fans are planning to be at the stadium in time to see the video, which will be accompanied by the Marching Thunder's live performance of a special musical arrangement written by Steve Barnett, director of athletics bands, specifically for this project.

"Our team thinks this presentation is awesome," Pruett said. "It tells the story of how we got here. I know the fans will want to see this. They need to see this."

Narrated by Bos Johnson, award-winning news journalist and retired Marshall professor, the two-minute, twenty-second presentation includes video footage provided by WSAZ, Witek and Novak, Marshall University Libraries and individuals from the Huntington area.

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

Parent and Family Weekend one of largest in Marshall history

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Nearly 600 people will be at Marshall University Saturday, Oct. 23, to participate in Parent and Family Weekend 2004.

Parent and Family Weekend 2004 will be one of the largest in Marshall history with 577 people attending. The event gives students' parents and families a chance to see what is going on with the university and to learn some of Marshall's plans for the future.

"It is a great opportunity to spend time with students and parents in a social setting," Steve Hensley, dean of student affairs, said. "It gives us the chance to get feedback from the parents about their concerns and to find out what students' perspectives are of the university."

The day begins with the parent and family brunch at 10:30 a.m. in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room. President Dan Angel will give a "State of the Campus" presentation and entertainment will be provided by Marshall University theater students. Tickets are $10 each for parents and family members. Student tickets are free.

A pre-game tailgate takes place at Herd Village on Walter "Lefty" Rollins Field from 2 to 4 p.m. The tailgate is free and refreshments will be served.

The day concludes as Marshall takes on Buffalo in the homecoming football game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium at 4:30 p.m. Tickets for the game may be reserved by calling 1-800-THEHERD.

More information is available by calling Marshall University Student Affairs at (304) 696-6422.

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

Longtime entertainment industry executive to serve as grand marshal of MU homecoming parade, meet with students and faculty

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Tom Skeeter, chief executive officer of the Sound City Entertainment Group, Inc., and a 35-year veteran of the entertainment industry, will serve as the grand marshal of Marshall University's homecoming parade Saturday, Oct. 23.

Skeeter, a 1956 Marshall graduate, will lead the parade that kicks off at noon at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena and ends at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. He will attend several homecoming events and will meet with Marshall students and faculty.

As part of his itinerary, he will be a guest on a homecoming radio show at the Erickson Alumni Center beginning at 8:45 a.m. Friday. He will meet with students and faculty at 10 a.m. in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center's Booth Experimental Theatre, and will attend a noon journalism school fundraiser at 12:30 p.m. After lunch with graphic arts students, he will be given a campus tour by Jenn Gaston, president of MU's Student Government Association. Skeeter will be on hand for a series of game-day activities.

Skeeter's company, the Sound City Entertainment Group, owns and operates the legendary Sound City Recording Studios as well as the Sound City Center Soundstage that provides world-class production facilities and services to outside client companies. Skeeter integrated the Sound City Entertainment Group to include Carman Productions Inc., a subsidiary entertainment management and production company. Skeeter has served as president of Carman Productions since 1970.

After graduating from Marshall with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management, Skeeter gained early business experience working in sales and management with the National Cash Register Company. He later served as vice president of the Daniel Boone Corp., a holding company located in Charleston, W.Va.

During his long entertainment career, Skeeter and Carman Productions managed and guided the careers of many notable recording artists and actors including Rick Springfield, Richard Carpenter of The Carpenters, actor Greg Evigan of "My Two Dads and "BJ and The Bear," country recording artist Gus Hardin and pop recording artist Danny Wilde. Carman Productions helped develop and produce Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham before they joined Fleetwood Mac.

Carman Productions became active in filming television special productions including two specials for the Showtime cable network: Live and Kickin', starring Rick Springfield, and Star Spangled Country Party, starring Alabama, Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams, Jr. The company recently completed principal photography on a low-budget rock and roll horror movie entitled Backstage Pass.

Sound City Recording Studios has been a leader in recording and production since 1969. Producing credits run the gamut from Fleetwood's "Fleetwood Mac" in the early 1970's to Nirvana's "Nevermind" in 1991 and current songs from Summer 2004's blockbuster soundtracks for Spider Man II and Shrek II. According to the Summer 2002 issue of Spin Magazine, five of the top 40 metal albums of all times were recorded there. Sound City Recording Studios have recorded music for some of the most successful recording albums in the world, and are credited with more than 80 Gold and/or Platinum albums with worldwide sales in excess of 130 units.

Longtime residents of Southern California, Skeeter and his wife Joan recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. Skeeter served for three years on the board of directors of Marshall University's Society of Yeager Scholars.

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Wednesday October 20, 2004
Contact: Tom Hunter, , (304) 746-2038

Drinko Academy recognized as one of nation's top programs

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The John Drinko Academy for American Political Institutions and Civic Culture at Marshall University has been recognized as one of the nation's top free institution programs by The Association for the Study of Free Institutions and Free Societies (ASFIFS).

The Drinko Academy was recognized among institutions at 11 colleges and universities throughout the nation as programs offering worthwhile models for prospective program architects, according to the ASFIFS Web site, www.freestudies.org.

Other programs and institutions receiving recognition include: the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs, Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio; The Center for Economic and Policy Education, St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA; Center for Freedom & Western Civilization, Colgate University, Hamilton, N.Y.; Gerst Program in Political, Economic and Humanistic Studies, Duke University, Durham, N.C.; James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.; LeFrak Forum and the Symposium on Science, Reason and Modern Democracy, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.; McConnell Center for Leadership Studies, University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky.; The Salvatori Center, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, Calif.; Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest, Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, Va.; and the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, S.D.

"It is truly a great honor and distinction for the Drinko Academy and Marshall University to be recognized alongside institutions of higher learning that are the caliber of Princeton University and Duke University," said Dr. Alan Gould, executive director of the Drinko Academy Center.

"In this day of divisiveness and polarization, it's even more important to support institutions that enhance the public sense of shared values. We need more institutions such as the Drinko Academy and organizations such as ASFIFS that stress what we hold in common rather than what separates us as a people."

Established in 1994 through the generous support of John Deaver Drinko, a 1942 Marshall graduate and senior managing partner of Baker & Hostetler, one of the nation's largest law firms, and his wife, Elizabeth Gibson Drinko, the Drinko Academy is devoted to enhancing public understanding of American institutions and the responsibilities of citizens to their society, particularly our sense of shared values and common purpose.

Based in Princeton, N.J., ASFIFS encourages research and discussion on an interdisciplinary basis, encompassing political science, history, constitutional scholarship, philosophy, and economics, as well as other scholarly communities less traditionally focused on freedom, such as psychology, anthropology, education, and religion.

ASFIFS knits together scholars and programs sharing an interest in, and an appreciation of, free institutions, but also possessing the critical capacity to seek an understanding of the costs of freedom, the forces which work to unravel it, and why free institutions and free societies have failed to take strong root in much of the world.

For more information on ASFIFS and its model programs, visit www.freestudies.org.

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

WMUL plans second annual car bash for Friday at Buskirk Field

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's campus radio station, WMUL-FM 88.1, will conduct its second annual Homecoming Car Bash Friday at Buskirk Field on MU's Huntington campus.

The bashing of a 1984 Buick Century takes place from 12:30 to 4 p.m. and is open to the public. For one dollar, "bashers" will have 60 seconds to bash the car with a sledgehammer. This year's theme is "Bash the Bulls." Marshall plays Buffalo at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in its homecoming game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Thundering Herd mascot Marco will be the first to bash the car, which was donated by Steve Taylor of Taylor's Iron and Metal in Huntington. Graingers Industrial Supply of Huntington is donating the sledgehammers, and U-Haul of Huntington is donating the car trailer that will be used to tow the bashed Buick during Saturday's homecoming parade, which starts at noon at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

Buskirk Field is located in the middle of campus between the Science Hall and the Memorial Student Center. More information is available by calling Troy Dunn at (304) 542-4874.

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

Spring Hill Elementary students to visit Marshall's campus

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall Community and Technical College will sponsor "Kids at College Day" for Spring Hill Elementary students Monday, Oct. 25 on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

The students will begin their day at college at 10:30 a.m. in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center. Presentations will be made by Marshall football coach Bob Pruett and representatives from various academic divisions and departments in the community college.

AKA Sorority will present a "Step Show" for the students at 12:35 p.m. followed by a campus tour.

About 100 students in third through fifth grades were selected by Spring Hill Elementary to participate in the event. The purpose of "Kids Day at College" is to allow young students to see what college is about and to expose them to the various programs in the Community and Technical College.

"Many of these children have never been on a college campus before and we want them to see that college is the way to success," William Redd, Social Justice Coordinator and professor in the Community and Technical College, said. "We also want them to see that the Community and Technical College has many exciting programs to offer."

More information is available by calling Redd at (304) 696-3009.

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Tuesday October 19, 2004
Contact: Beverly McCoy, Director of Communications, (304) 691-1713

Full-time weight-loss surgeon joins Marshall medical faculty

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Dr. D. Blaine Nease has joined the faculty of the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine as chief of bariatric surgery. He also is medical director of the Cabell Huntington Hospital Center for Surgical Weight Control.

Previously in private practice in Portsmouth, Ohio, and in southern California, Nease most recently was medical director of laparoscopic bariatric surgery at Garden Grove (Calif.) Hospital and Medical Center. He also worked closely with the Alvarado Surgical Associates, a group that includes Dr. Alan Wittgrove, who performed the world's first laparoscopic gastric bypass. In laparoscopic surgery, surgeons work through tiny incisions, reducing patient discomfort and recovery time.

"I made a career decision to leave private practice and enter the academic setting, and I wanted to move back to southern Ohio where I could be closer to family," he said.

Born in Atlanta, Nease was raised in southern Ohio and received his M.D. degree from Ohio State University. He completed his internship and residency in general surgery at the University of South Florida, where he also received extensive training in advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery and the American Society for Bariatric Physicians.

Nease is the only surgeon in the Tri-State region to devote 100 percent of his practice to weight-loss surgery. He also is one of the few weight-loss surgeons in the United States to use laparoscopic techniques for all four major types of weight-loss surgeries: adjustable gastric banding, gastric bypass, the duodenal switch and revisions of previous bariatric surgeries.

As a consultant, he has helped provide training in laparoscopic bariatric surgery to surgeons throughout the country. He is one of 12 surgeons nationwide to serve on the Bariatric Surgical Review Committee for the American Society for Bariatric Surgery. In that role, he is helping to set standards for Centers of Excellence in weight-loss surgery.

A veteran of more than 450 laparoscopic weight loss surgeries and many open procedures, Nease puts a strong emphasis on patient preparation and follow-up support.

"This surgery is not an easy way out for patients; it gives them a tool," he said. "That tool will be responsible for one-third of a patient's potential weight loss. It's imperative patients also make appropriate lifestyle changes in eating habits, which gives them another one-third of their potential weight loss, and daily exercise and fitness, which will allow them to achieve the other one-third.

"Because I grew up with a father who was morbidly obese, I have empathy and sympathy for the struggles patients have had," he said. "I also am very candid in making sure they understand their responsibility and how important it is for them to take ownership of the process."

At a minimum, the preoperative workup includes nutritional and psychological evaluation and education, as well as medical evaluation and testing. Following surgery, there are continued dietary education programs to help patients make the necessary lifestyle changes.

"I tell patients this is not just surgery; it's a new way of life," Nease said. He finds patients are receptive to his candor and his practice's strong emphasis on treating all patients with empathy and dignity. While he was practicing in California, patients from New Jersey, Alaska, Michigan, Ohio, Texas and New Mexico traveled to him for surgery, most of them based on their contact with his previous patients.

More information about his practice, including comments from patients, is available on his Web site, http://yourobesitycare.com.

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

MU professor, student participate in NATO ASI in Bulgaria

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University professor Ashok Vaseashta and MU graduate student Nora Gao were in Sozopol, Bulgaria in September to participate in the NATO Advanced Summer Institute, "Nanostructured and Advanced Materials for Applications in Sensor, Optoelectronic and Photovoltaic Technology."

Marshall and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences served as hosts of the event, which ran from Sept. 6 through Sept. 17 at the Guest House "Izgrev." Vaseashta, a professor in MU's College of Science, served as the ASI director for NATO countries.

Gao was one of three students from West Virginia selected to participate and present her work at the institute. The others were Andrew Woodworth and Jarrod Schiffbauer from West Virginia University.

Vaseashta said the ASI meetings serve as a launch pad for international collaboration for joint proposals and projects. The meeting in Sozopol, he said, succeeded in achieving that goal.

"Many participants indicated they plan to collaborate in future experiments, prepare joint research proposals and network with subject-matter experts in many special topics," Vaseashta said.

The scientific event was funded by NATO and jointly sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF); TUBITAK in Turkey; INVOTAN in Portugal; the Ministry of Industries in Greece; the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; Marshall University, Kansas State University and Seki Technotron Corporation of Tokyo, Japan.

Ninety-one participants from 23 countries covering North America, Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Japan and Thailand were selected to attend the meeting under guidelines provided by the NATO secretariat in Brussels.

Twelve invited lecturers, known for contributions in their fields, presented 36 hours of lectures covering basics of nanostructured and advanced materials for sensor, optoelectronic and photovoltaic applications. The lectures covered topics such as fundamentals of nanostructured materials, their applications in chemical-biological sensors, future generations of electricity and fuel cells, and integration with future generation integrated circuits.

Additionally, 10 focused seminar sessions and 65 posters were presented by scientists, educators and students from various universities and research laboratories.

Vaseashta delivered three lectures: 1, Characteristics of Nanostructured Materials from Applications Point of View; 2, Carbon Nanotubes Based Sensors and Devices; and 3, Field Emission in Carbon Nanotubes.

Vaseashta teamed with other presenters on four posters. They were:

  • "Unique Applications Of Carbon Nanotubes In Medical Imaging, Biosensors And Vaccine Delivery;" other presenter, Anna R. Lemon;
  • "Growth And Characterization Of Nanocrystalline Diamond And Carbon Nanotubes By Microwave Plasma Chemical Vapor Deposition;" other presenter, Tarun Sharda;
  • "Ideal Nanodevices On Base Of 2d Superconducting Nanotubes Crystals;" other presenters, V. V. Pokropivny and A.V. Pokropivny;
  • "Nanoporous Silicon And Carbon Nanotube Based Devices For Bio-Molecular Detection;" other presenters, Arzum Erdem, Joseph Irudayaraj and Nora Gao.

"My greatest satisfaction was to see how well students, scientists and educators from geographically different locations received each other and benefited from the exchange of information on one of the most important areas of current research," Vaseashta said. "For Nora, it was a great experience and exposure to the latest technology, application of classroom learning to real-life applications, developing international contacts for future research, and a symbol displaying involvement in research by Marshall University students."

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Friday October 15, 2004
Contact: Tom Hunter, University Communications, (304) 746-2038

Fun-Filled Week of Activities To Highlight "The Final MAC Attack" - Homecoming 2004

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's students, alumni and friends are encouraged to show their "Green" pride and support "The Final MAC Attack" in celebration of 2004 Homecoming Week, Oct. 18-23.

"Homecoming is always an exciting week of activity for our campus community, our alumni and friends. We look forward to seeing Marshall's pride displayed boldly and proudly by our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends throughout the week," said Lance West, vice president for alumni development.

West noted that the Marshall University Alumni Association is particularly excited to again share this great tradition with the parents and families of Marshall students, through the scheduling of Parents Weekend to coincide with Homecoming. For more information on Parents Weekend activities, call (304) 696-6422 or e-mail student-affairs@marshall.edu.

The traditional highlight of Homecoming Week is Saturday's Marshall football game - a 4:30 p.m. Mid-American Conference matchup with Buffalo at Marshall University Stadium.

The schedule of events for Marshall Homecoming 2004 on campus and throughout the university community is as follows:

Monday, Oct. 18

  • Office decorations with each university office being asked to decorate to promote Homecoming's "The Final MAC Attack" theme. Prizes will be awarded to the best-decorated offices.
  • 8 p.m. Student Talent Show, hosted by Comedian Kyle Cease, Don Morris Room, Memorial Student Center (MSC). This event is sponsored by the Student Activities Programming Board.

Tuesday, Oct. 19

  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Student government blood drive, Marco's, Memorial Student Center.
  • 7 p.m. Marshall vs. Western Michigan women's volleyball match, Cam Henderson Center.

Wednesday, Oct. 20

  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Student government blood drive, Marco's, Memorial Student Center.
  • 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Third annual "Thunder Into Mason County" Homecoming Celebration, hosted by the Tri-County Marshall Alumni Club, Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Center, One John Marshall Way, Pt. Pleasant.
  • 5 p.m. Marshall vs. V.M.I. men's soccer match, Sam Hood Field.

Thursday, Oct. 21

  • Noon Selection of Homecoming Court, MSC Plaza.
  • 1 p.m. Office Decoration Judging, campus offices.

Friday, Oct. 22 - Green and White Day

  • 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Complimentary Coaches Breakfast, Erickson Alumni Center. Sponsored by WDGG-FM/Kindred Communications.
  • 6:30 p.m. Marshall Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, Don Morris Room, MSC. Tickets are $20 per person and available at the Marshall Ticket Office or Erickson Alumni Center. For information, call (304) 696-4373 or 1-800-THE-HERD.
  • 8 to 11 p.m. MUAA "Evening with Friends" alumni reception, Erickson Alumni Center. Tickets are $10 per person. For information, call (304) 696-2901 or (800) MU-ALUMX (682-5869).

Saturday, Oct. 23

  • 9 a.m. 9th Annual 5K Alum Run, downtown Huntington and MU campus area. Sponsored by Marshall University Recreational Sports Office. Race day registration, $15 per person, begins at 7 a.m. Early pre-race registration, $10 per person. For information, contact Sharon Stanton at (304) 696-2943.
  • 9 to 10 a.m. Author's Brunch, featuring Confederate history bibliographer Jack Dickinson, Hoffman Room, Third Floor, Morrow Library. Following brunch, Dickinson will be signing copies of his book, "If I Should Fall in Battle: The Civil War Diary of James P. Stephens." For more information, call Yanzhi Wu at (304) 696-3201
  • 10 to 11:30 a.m. Reunion of former Student Government Presidents, Marshall Hall of Fame Caf, 857 Third Avenue, Huntington. For more information, contact Jenn Gaston at (304)-696-6436.
  • 10:30 a.m. President's Parent & Family Brunch, Memorial Student Center. Cost is $10 per parent/family members. Student admission is free. For reservations of information, call (304) 696-6422.
  • 11 a.m. Greek Organizations Reception, MSC lobby. Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and Greek Affairs, the Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, National Panhellenic Council and Marshall University Alumni Association.
  • Noon Marshall Homecoming Parade, featuring Grand Marshall Tom Skeeter (Class of '56), downtown Huntington and MU campus area.
  • 1 to 3 p.m. - H.E.L.P. Program Parents Day and Homecoming for alumni and parents, Myers Hall.
  • 1:30 p.m. "Largest Greek Photo in Marshall History," featuring all past and present members of the Greek community at Marshall University, MSC Plaza. For information, call (304) 696-2283.
  • 2 to 4 p.m. - MUAA "Lunch Under The Tent" Tailgate Party at Herd Village. Tickets are $15 per person. For information, call (304) 696-2523 or (800) MU-ALUMX (682-5869).
  • 4:30 p.m. - Marshall/Buffalo football game, Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
  • 7:30 p.m. - River Cities Marshall Club post-game party and dinner/dance at Eagle Distributing Company Warehouse at 140 West 3rd Ave., featuring food from Outback Steakhouse, beverages and live dancing music from Stratus. Tickets are $25 each/advance, $30 at the door. Sponsored by the Eagle Distributing and Outback Steakhouse. For information, call (304) 696-2901 or (800) MU-ALUMX (682-5869).
  • 8 p.m. - Step Show, sponsored by the National Panhellenic Council, Cam Henderson Center . Tickets are $7 at the door. For more information, call (304) 696-2284.


Additional Homecoming Events:

The College of Nursing and Health Professions and the College of Information Technology and Engineering will host tents at Herd Village, prior to the Marshall/Buffalo football game. Tailgate festivities begin at 1:307 p.m. and are open to all alumni, students, friends, faculty and staff.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication will host a "J-Walk" Walk-A-Thon fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 22. For more information, call (304) 696-2360.

Alpha Chi Omega will host a Homecoming/Founder's Day Celebration Brunch at the Chapter house at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 23. For more information, contact Sheanna Smith at (304) 633-2441.

Pi Kappa Alpha will host a reunion for 1950s-era friends during Homecoming weekend. For more information, contact event coordinator Betty Smith by e-mail at smith25705@aol.com

The Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine is recognizing and celebrating reunion classes from 1984 (20 years), 1989 (15 years), 1994 (10 years) and 1999 (five years). The School of Medicine Alumni Association will host a 50s Sock Hop Reception from 8 to 11 p.m., Friday, Oct. 22, in the Grand Theatre of the Radisson Hotel. On Saturday, Oct. 23, the School of Medicine will host a pre-game tailgate party at Herd Village, beginning at 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact Jennifer Plymale at (304) 691-1182.

MU Black Alumni Inc. will host its annual Homecoming weekend gathering in downtown Huntington at the Radisson Hotel. A registration/hospitality event will kickoff the festivities at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 22, at the hotel. The Annual Alumni Meeting and Continental Breakfast will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Memorial Student Center. A Herd Village tailgate part will begin at 2 p.m., leading up to the Marshall/Buffalo 4:30 p.m. kickoff. A post-game dance & recognition event for distinguished alumni will be held from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel. For more information, contact Kevin McClain at (304) 696-5564 or (304) 523-8859.

Lectures by Smithsonian Institution marine biologist Carole Baldwin and Marcella Kelly, assistant professor for the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Virginia Tech, highlight the 18th annual Society of Yeager Scholars Symposium Week, which begins Monday, Oct. 18, on the Marshall University campus. The symposium concludes with a dinner on Friday, Oct. 10. For more information, call (304) 696-2475.

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Wednesday October 13, 2004
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Smithsonian marine biologist headlines 18th annual Yeager Symposium

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Smithsonian Institution marine biologist Carole Baldwin will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18 at Marshall University during the 18th annual Society of Yeager Scholars Symposium.

Baldwin has titled her talk, which takes place in the Joan C. Edwards Experimental Theatre, "Journey to Earth's Inner Space." She plans to discuss the mysteries of ocean life and her research in the Galapagos Islands.

A viewing of the IMAX film "Galapagos" precedes Baldwin's speech. It will be shown at 4:30 p.m. in Marco's, located in the basement of the Memorial Student Center.

The theme of the 2004 Yeager Symposium is "Issues in Bioconservation." It runs through Thursday, Oct. 21, and all events are free to the public.

Will Alexander, a Marshall Yeager Scholar Symposium co-chair, said everyone in the community is encouraged to attend the symposium and learn more about bioconservation.

"I think we've got a nice lineup of speakers that people will want to come out and see," he said. "We have three speakers that will be talking about real exotic types of topics. The panel discussion on Thursday will bring the focus on local conservation issues like mountaintop removal and water quality."

Marcella Kelly, assistant professor for the Virginia Tech Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, speaks at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 in the Experimental Theatre. She has titled her talk "Carnivore Conservation in Developing Countries: Jaguars in Belize, Central America," and she plans to present her research in tropical ecology and conservation and in predatory mammal research in Central America.

Ron and Wendy Perrone, directors from the Three Rivers Avian Center (TRAC), will be accompanied by a half-dozen raptors for their program titled "Birds of Prey." They will be discussing their efforts in rehabilitation, conservation and protection of birds of prey at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, in the Experimental Theatre.

The Symposium concludes at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, with a panel of local scientists, activists, industry workers, and government officials, also in the Experimental Theatre. The panel will discuss issues and efforts in biological diversity and conservation locally, nationally, and worldwide.

Persons may send questions for the panel discussion to Alexander or Sydnee Smirl.

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

Marshall University, Charleston Area Medical Center among sponsors of International Conference on Healthcare Systems

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University and Charleston Area Medical Center are two of the sponsors of the Third International Conference on Healthcare Systems, which takes place Thursday, Oct. 14 through Sunday, Oct. 17 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston.

More than 100 participants from nine countries and 20 states are expected to attend. This is the first time the conference has been held in the U.S. Previous conferences took place in 2000 in Queretaro, Mexico, and in 2002 in Ankara, Turkey.

Dr. Ashish Chandra, a faculty member in Marshall University's Graduate School of Management, is the conference program chair and is coordinating the event.

Other sponsors are the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Evansville, University of Houston-Clear Lake, Monmouth University, Kings College and Charles E. Pettry, Jr., of Charleston.

"This is the most successful conference of the three," said Chandra, who attended both of the previous ones. "We'll have over 50 institutions represented. This is a great way to contribute to the economy of this state. We also are doing things to showcase the state."

In addition to the conference sessions, participants will have the opportunity to take bus tours throughout West Virginia to see the fall foliage.

One of the goals of the conference, Chandra said, is to foster relationships between healthcare academics and practitioners of many countries. Past participants have included academicians, and professionals or students from fields such as health care administration, management, marketing, medicine, nursing, occupational/physical therapy, pharmacy, dentistry and education.

Marshall University President Dan Angel and Dr. Sarah N. Denman, Marshall provost, along with Chandra, will take part in an opening and welcoming ceremony from 9 to 9:45 a.m. in Salon A and B on the first floor of the Embassy Suites. The keynote speech, "Visions: Building Healthy Communities," will be given by Dr. Paul T. Bruder from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Texas.

More information is available by calling Chandra at (304) 746-1964.

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

Richard Jackson to sign latest book at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University alumnus and Atlanta, Ga., banker Richard Jackson will sign copies of his latest book, Too Stupid to Quit: Banking and Business Lessons Learned the Hard Way, on Saturday, Oct. 23.

The signing will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Marshall University Bookstore on the Huntington campus. The book, which chronicles the history and business practices of Atlanta banking during Jackson's career from the late 1960's to the early 1990's, is Jackson's third.

Jackson, a 1959 Marshall graduate, said the book should be of interest and helpful to people who are interested in banking, management practices and leadership. It features insights on the "key movers and shakers" in the Atlanta area and the deals they consummated during Jackson's career.

"I think everyone will find the management concepts interesting and it will also make people look at banking differently," Jackson said.

Publication of Too Stupid to Quit was made possible through the sponsorship of the John Deaver Drinko Academy at Marshall. It will be utilized for text reference and instruction in Marshall's Elizabeth McDowell Lewis College of Business.

An online preview of the book on the Web site of its publisher, Authorhouse, describes Too Stupid to Quit as "a unique and creative treatise on the management process. Combing military tactics with business practices, the author provides an in-depth discussion and analysis of the principles, techniques, and lessons learned the hard way that were later utilized to build two successful financial organizations with unconventional and "out of the normal banking box" practices.

"This is a well-documented book about Atlanta banking," said former Georgia Gov. Carl Sanders, who has served on several banking boards. "It's a good reference for business people interested in creative leadership, marketing, strategy and proven results."

Since retiring in 1995 from his position as chief operating officer and vice chairman of First Financial Management Corporation in Atlanta, Jackson has authored Yesterdays Are Forever, A Rite of Passage through the Marine Corps and Vietnam War, and The Last Fast White Boy, a story about athletics at Marshall during Jackson's involvement in various sports during the 1950s.

Jackson, currently Chairman of the Board with ebank Financial Services Inc. in Atlanta, said Too Stupid to Quit will have a strong appeal for bankers in general, neophyte managers and the seasoned professional. He said an abundance of practical business skills, strategy, tactics formulation and marketing techniques is presented in the book.

Copies of the 256-page book may be purchased at the bookstore. Hardcover copies are $29.45 and paperback copies cost $19.45. It also may be purchased online at www.authorhouse.com/BookStore.

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Monday October 11, 2004
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Distinguished author to read from his work at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. Writer Gary Fincke, a poet, short story author, and memoirist, will read from his work at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, in Room 2W22 of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Fincke is the author of 12 books, most recently Sorry I Worried You, a collection of short stories from University of Georgia Press and winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award. His seventh poetry collection is Writing Letters for the Blind, winner of the Ohio State University Press award in poetry. His work has appeared in such major journals as Poetry, Harper's, The Southern Review, The Paris Review, American Scholar and Newsday.

Fincke's work has been widely recognized and anthologized. He has won the George Garrett Fiction Prize and multiple Pushcart Prizes, and has been nominated for the National Book Award, PEN/Faulkner Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, among others. His non-fiction appears frequently in the annual Best American Essays, and he also is an award-winning teacher.

Fincke directs the Writers' Institute at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania, where he is a professor of English and Creative Writing.

His appearance, which is free to the public, is sponsored by the Marshall English department and the College of Liberal Arts. More information is available by calling Marshall English professor Art Stringer at (304) 696-2403.

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Friday October 8, 2004
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Marshall University Forensic Science Center receives federal funding through the President's DNA initiative

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Forensic Science Center will receive $520,000 in Justice Department funding to train forensic criminologists in a new DNA initiative. The funding recognizes the highly specialized training that Marshall provides to experts and students alike.

Marshall President Dan Angel said the Forensic Science Center's service as a national resource for the forensic community quickens the university's strides towards national prominence.

"I must add that without the foresight, leadership, and support of Senator Robert C. Byrd, Marshall University would not have been in a position to even compete for this award. Advancing Justice Through DNA Technology allows the Forensic Science Center to further expand its training infrastructure by utilizing its accredited DNA testing laboratory to assist the national effort to improve crime laboratories through DNA technology," Angel said.

Terry W. Fenger, PhD., director of the Forensic Science Center, said many state crime laboratories need assistance and training to best utilize new DNA technologies that are helping to solve previously unsolved crimes. "The close association between academics and the DNA testing laboratory allows MUFSC to respond to the needs of forensic laboratories expeditiously," Fenger said.

MUFSC will provide six week-long DNA laboratory training workshops on DNA extraction and analysis for human identification to 60 individuals in the forensic community. The National Institute of Justice will select individuals who work in crime laboratories and require training in forensic methods and techniques.

Also, MUFSC will provide a help desk for advice and consultations after training is completed. The center's distance learning facility will be used for teleconferences for additional classroom and laboratory training sessions. MUFSC will lend equipment to crime laboratories that lack a telecommunications system to enable training sessions.

The Forensic Science Center developed the training program in support of its role as one of four core members of the Forensic Resource Network, a program funded by the National Institute of Justice providing research, evaluation tools, and direct services to crime laboratories. Two other FRN members that received funding for training from the President's DNA Initiative were the National Forensic Science Technology Center and West Virginia University Forensic Science Initiative.

The President's DNA initiative is a five-year, billion-dollar comprehensive federal initiative using DNA technology to strengthen and improve current federal and state DNA collection and analysis systems.

The Forensic Science Center also consists of the Forensic Science Program, a two-year Master's degree program in Forensic Science and assists law enforcement in training and education to meet national standards and continuing education requirements. The center's laboratories for the WV Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) are ISO/IEC 17025 compliant as a testing and calibration laboratory and are accredited as a DNA databasing laboratory for its forensics work.

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Thursday October 7, 2004
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'Business Connections 2004' planned for Oct. 20 at MU

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Career Services and the Lewis College of Business are sponsoring "Business Connections 2004" from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20.

The fair, which will take place in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center, is designed as a job fair for seniors and alumni and also an informational fair for all majors interested in business careers.

In addition to employer displays, there also will be professional panel discussions throughout the day in the student center's Alumni Lounge. The one-hour panels are open to all students and will discuss the following topics:

  • 10 - 11 a.m.: Accounting
  • 11 a.m. - noon: Marketing
  • 1 - 2 p.m.: Management
  • 2 - 3 p.m.: Finance and Economics
  • 3 - 4 p.m.: Management Information Systems

The day will conclude with a professional business dinner and pre-dinner socializer. The socializer will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge. Dinner will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Don Morris Room. Both are open to all students and faculty.

The featured speaker for the dinner will be Richard Jackson, a 1959 Marshall graduate with a degree in marketing and retailing. Jackson will discuss the field of business in his speech, "Expectations and Potholes." Jackson is the author of "Too Stupid to Quit: Banking and Business Lessons Learned the Hard Way," "The Last Fast White Boy" and "Yesterdays are Forever, A Rite of Passage through the Marine Corps."

Tickets for the dinner, which cost $25 for faculty and $20 for students, may be purchased by contacting Patricia Gallagher in Career Services at (304) 696-2371. Pre-registration is not required for the job fair. For more information and a list of participants, persons may contact Gallagher or visit the Career Services Web site, http://www.marshall.edu/career-services.

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Thursday October 7, 2004
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'Red, White, Black & Blue' authors, editor to speak at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The authors and editor of "Red, White, Black & Blue: A Dual Memoir of Race and Class in Appalachia," will give a presentation from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 at Marshall University.

The presentation is titled "Continuing the Conversation: Segregation in Appalachia Before and After Brown v. Board of Education." It takes place in the Memorial Student Center's Alumni Lounge and is free to the public.

Faces of Appalachia, a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant in support of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia, is sponsoring the presentation.

Charleston, W.Va., natives William M. Drennen, Jr., and Kojo (William T.) Jones, Jr., wrote the book, which was published in January 2004. It was edited by Dolores M. Johnson, a professor of English at Marshall. Drennen and Jones grew up in the South Hills section of Charleston during the late 1940's and 1950's.

"Bill and Kojo will talk about their experience in the mid 1950's when the schools integrated in Charleston," Johnson said. "They'll talk about what it was like, and reflect on that process. The whole book deals with how the integration process affected society and how it has made specific changes."

As boys, Drennen and Jones played on the same Little League baseball team and experienced just one year together as schoolmates after the all-white Thomas Jefferson Junior High School was desegregated in 1955. After that, class, race and choice separated their life experiences for 45 years. In 1992, after both moved back to Charleston, they decided to work on a memoir of growing up through the trauma of desegregation.

For more information on the presentation by Drennen and Jones, persons may call Linda Spatig at (304) 696-2875.

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Wednesday October 6, 2004
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Marshall to join in personal computer recycling drive

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Mission West Virginia, a nonprofit organization that refurbishes computers for churches and other nonprofit agencies, is partnering with Marshall University Green Computing Initiative and the Cabell County Solid Waste Authority to sponsor a personal computer recycling drive.

Computers will be collected from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16 at 20th Street and 3rd Avenue in Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards Stadium parking lot.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than 2 million tons of electronics end up in landfills each year. Electronics contain a variety of hazardous metals, including mercury and cadmium that require special handling. Older computer monitors can contain four or more pounds of lead each. Electronic components also contain precious metals such as gold and copper that can easily be recycled.

Acceptable items for the Green Computing Initiative include computers, scanners, printers, monitors, keyboards, mice, tape and disk drives and other peripherals. Mission West Virginia particularly needs working monitors to add to other systems.

Televisions, copiers, cell phones or other household electronics unrelated to computers cannot be accepted. All working or repairable machines will be donated to Mission West Virginia, which places computer equipment with nonprofit organizations in West Virginia.

Contributors will receive a receipt for a tax deduction for their donation. If the equipment must be disposed, as much of the machine as possible is reused or recycled, then the rest will be shipped to a vendor for recycling purposes in "an environmentally responsible manner."

Residents are advised to scrub their hard drives and delete any private information before donating, reselling, or recycling computers. If a person is not knowledgeable about the procedure, the collection site will use a software program that will erase the hard drive. The collection service is free and open to household computers only. Businesses should call Mission West Virginia for recycling alternatives.

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Wednesday October 6, 2004
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COFA 20th anniversary celebration begins Saturday with gala

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's College of Fine Arts begins its 20th anniversary celebration with a fundraising gala Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

Composer Michael Valenti, who has written the scores for five Broadway shows and 24 off-Broadway plays and musicals, is working with Marshall's students this week as they prepare to perform one of his operas Saturday.

The student cast will perform "Beau Nash," a one-act chamber opera that premiered at Marshall and since has been performed by the Portland Chamber Orchestra, at 8 p.m. at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. A cabaret performance by Christine Andreas, a Tony Award nominee and Broadway actress, also is planned during the gala.

Tickets are $50 per person, and the gala is open to the public. Money raised from the gala supports scholarships and helps fund special student projects, according to COFA dean Don Van Horn. For more information or to make reservations, persons may call (304) 696-2787.

A second performance to celebrate the 20-year anniversary is an orchestral concert that will take place next spring.

"Beau Nash" is based upon the play by Constance D'Arcy Mackay and takes place on Christmas Eve 1750 in Bath, England. Mitchell Spurlock, a freshman music education major from Steubenville, Ohio, plays Beau Nash.

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Tuesday October 5, 2004
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Angel plans State of the University address for Oct. 14

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University President Dan Angel will discuss institutional accomplishments over the past five years, and look ahead to the future during his annual State of the University address next week.

The address will take place Thursday, Oct. 14 in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center during the fall General Faculty Meeting, which begins at 4 p.m. Angel's address is titled: "Acres of Diamonds: A Proud Past, A Prominent Future."

Angel has been Marshall's president since January 2000. Shortly after his arrival, Marshall established its vision for the next decade with a strategic plan titled, "Owning the Opportunity: MU-2010." Angel's State of the University address will include a progress update midway through the 10-year plan.

Other items on the meeting agenda include:

  • Introductions and announcements by Faculty Senate President Larry Stickler;
  • State of the Faculty address by Stickler;
  • Introduction of new faculty by college deans.

The public is invited to attend the general faculty meeting and Angel's State of the University address.

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Friday October 1, 2004
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Blake Collection bibliographer speaks Oct. 23 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Jack Dickinson, bibliographer of the Roseanna Blake Confederate Collection in Marshall University's Morrow Library, will speak Saturday, Oct. 23 during a homecoming brunch.

The brunch, free to the public, will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Hoffman room of special collections on the third floor of the Morrow Library. Persons may contact Yanzhi Wu at (304) 696-3201 to make reservations. Seating is limited.

Dickinson will recount the life of James P. Stephens, a soldier in the 7th Alabama Infantry, Confederate States of America. Dickinson discovered Stephens' manuscript diary while going through the library's collection.

The diary, which was written between March 25, 1861, when the company left Centre, Ala., and March 26, 1862, when the company disbanded, is the only complete history of this military unit. The diary recounts daily life in a military camp, the thoughts and feelings of soldiers about their experiences and those of Southern forces and skirmishes against the Union fort at Pensacola, Fla. Clippings from newspapers and sketches of the camps also are included in the diary.

The inscription in the front of the diary reads, "If I should fall in Battle I wish this book returned to my relatives at Centre, Cherokee County Alabama." Stephens' wish of his family receiving the diary had not been fulfilled so, with the encouragement and support of the John Deaver Drinko Academy and University Libraries, Dickinson worked to fulfill Stephens' wish.

The diary and background notes, "If I should fall in Battle: the Civil War Diary of James P. Stephens," was published in 2003 and Dickinson was able to return the manuscript to Stephens' family.

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