September 2004 News Releases

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

Marshall University Forensic Science Center receives $3.3 million to assist forensic crime laboratories

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Forensic Science Center has received $3.3 million in funding secured by U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., to provide assistance to forensic crime laboratories.

Marshall President Dan Angel said the appropriation will provide opportunities for national outreach. "Marshall's impact on the forensic science community will be strengthened by the working relationships that will be forged with forensic laboratories within West Virginia and in other states," Dr. Angel said.

The Forensic Science Center serves as a national resource for the forensic community as part of the Forensic Resource Network (FRN), a program funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) providing research, evaluation tools, and direct services to crime laboratories to improve their abilities to solve crimes.

The Forensic Science Center will provide funding for the FRN's Community Support Initiative, a national effort to support training. Activities in support of the initiative include: providing services for forensic labs to change DNA analysis platforms; developing a forensic crime lab ethics toolkit; further development of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program; and expanding computer forensic training at Marshall Information Security and Digital Evidence Center (MISDE). Research includes continuing studies of analytical chemistry related to smokeless powders and gasoline residue individualization.

Terry W. Fenger, Ph.D., director of the Forensic Science Center, said the center's role has expanded to support a national effort to improve and provide training to state and local crime labs.

"The center's model working forensic laboratory will continue to provide assistance to forensic crime laboratories by utilizing its DNA lab and computer forensics lab in research and development, testing and evaluation, and model training," Fenger said.

The Forensic Science Center will continue its long-term memorandum of understanding with the West Virginia State Police to provide DNA genotyping on convicted offenders for the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) and quality assurance services.

Sen. Byrd added the funding to the Fiscal Year 2004 Commerce, Justice, State Appropriations bill which was wrapped into a larger federal funding package. The legislation was signed into law in February. The funding is a cooperative agreement with the NIJ under the Community-Oriented Policing program.

The Forensic Science Center includes 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 laboratory for West Virginia Combined DNA Index System is ISO/IEC 17025 compliant as a testing and calibration laboratory and is accredited by the NFSTC as a DNA databasing laboratory. In addition, the laboratory is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks for parentage testing.

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

Smithsonian adds links to MU Libraries' Virtual Museum Exhibits

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is now part of the internationally renowned Smithsonian Institution's Digital Collections.

Links to five MU Libraries' digital exhibits appear on the Smithsonian Institution Libraries Web site "Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web." More than 3,000 library-related exhibits from more than 25 countries are listed and almost 20,000 people visit the site annually.

"The Libraries at Marshall provide an information gateway leading to thousands of print and digital resources," MU Libraries dean Barbara Winters said. "We are pleased that we have been able to provide digital representations of our wonderful historical documents, and are doubly pleased that the Smithsonian has taken this move to promote our work in the international digital arena."

Lisle Brown, Curator and Developer of the MU Virtual Museum, said that Marshall's participation in the project will allow its exhibits to gain a wider audience and the Library "to share in the growing trend of providing the public with access to primary-source documents through the World Wide Web."

The Smithsonian links are to the following Marshall exhibits:

  • "1937 Flood, Huntington, West Virginia: A Visual Experience" presents a visual record of the great flood based on photographs and film taken by the US Army Corps of Engineers and private citizens.
  • "Buffalo Creek Flood, 1972" provides a chronology of the dam, and video, personal, and court accounts of the disaster following the dam's collapse.
  • "Camp Washington-Carver" focuses on the early history of the first African-American 4‑H club in the United States through the eyes of those who either worked there or enjoyed its facilities as children. Photographs, film, and oral history accounts are included.
  • "Old Main" shows the history from 1898 through 1907 of Marshall's landmark building in pictures, sketches, and stories.
  • "Cass, West Virginia History" tells the story of this historic timber community in an exhibit created by Drinko Fellow Dr. Robert Alexander.

The Smithsonian Institution's site, found at:, features links to online exhibitions that have been created by libraries, archives, and historical societies.

The Marshall University Libraries are creating two to three Web-based exhibits each year (all of which ultimately are expected to appear in the Smithsonian exhibit) and are currently working on:

  • An online exhibition catalog of the Wilbur E. Myers glass collection;
  • A visual and descriptive presentation of the papers of Nelson S. Bond, an MU alum from 1934 who had a successful career in television and radio script writing and is considered an important early figure in the field of science-fiction writing;
  • And, digital versions of the minute books of the Cabell County Board of Education from 1818 through 1850, which are of particular interest because they contain references to Marshall University and its beginnings.

"Because of the World Wide Web, researchers and other interested persons can find information in our historical collections regardless of where they are," Winters said. "This information is now available to everyone at any time and any place. Our site, though new, has received almost 500 visits in the past month from the U.S., Africa, Australia, Asia, South America, Europe, and Oceania, by far more visits - from greater distances - than our patrons would have been able to make in person."

The Marshall University Libraries' Virtual Museum can be viewed at

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Wednesday September 29, 2004
Contact: Beverly McCoy, , (304) 691-1713

$9.3 Million grant boosts research on nutrition-cancer link at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The National Institutes of Health has awarded Marshall University $9.3 million to study the link between vitamin A and several types of cancer.

Six scientists from Marshall's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and one from the College of Science are collaborating in the five-year project. The lead researcher is Dr. Richard M. Niles, chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the medical school and also its acting associate dean for research and graduate biomedical education. The other researchers are Drs. Beverly Delidow, Kelley Kiningham, Maiyon Park and Laura Richardson of the School of Medicine. Dr. Michael Norton of the College of Science and Dr. Donald Primerano of the School of Medicine will be directors of core support services in imaging and genomics.

The grant is a "milestone accomplishment," MU president Dan Angel said.

"The size and substance of this new major grant continues Marshall University on its march toward national prominence," he said. "Our research capacity is being enhanced by the star power of researchers like Richard Niles as well as the considerable investment that we are making in science and technology. The synergy of talent and cutting-edge facilities is a winning combination, and we have just begun."

The grant creates a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence within the School of Medicine's cancer research program. Three of the projects that make up the center will focus on melanoma, testicular cancer and neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nerve cells that primarily affects children. The fourth project will explore whether a gene that causes tumors in zebra fish has a cancer-causing counterpart in humans.

Niles said the four projects will expand knowledge about how nutrition influences cancer. "There is increasing published evidence that many different types of cancer cells have defects in the metabolism of vitamin A and in essence find a way to escape from the important regulatory control that vitamin A exerts on the growth and normal functionality of cells," he said.

The Marshall projects will look at how a group of nutrients (vitamin A and related compounds) called retinoids controls the actions of specific genes, causing them either to be switched on (expressed) or off.

"In cancer, many activities are abnormal," Niles said. "We're dealing with a central, extremely important group of proteins that regulate the action of genes. If those genes don't function properly, they're either not expressed or expressed too much. Either way, it takes you down a path you don't want to go in terms of cell behavior." Cells might begin multiplying unchecked, for example, or fail to get the chemical signal needed to turn them into mature, specialized cells.

The grant will expand Marshall's ability to use gene chip technology, Niles said. About the size of a microscope slide, a gene chip can contain more than 30,000 genes - the entire human or mouse genome. By using these gene chips, the researchers will be able to identify every gene whose expression is changed by substances such as vitamin A, which cause the tumor cells to stop growing and behave in a more normal fashion.

Dr. L. Howard Aulick, vice president for research, said the grant represents a major step forward for Marshall.

"I would like to think this grant is recognition that Marshall has the beginnings of a critical mass in basic cancer research, which is something we didn't have in the past," he said. "Now we've got it, we've been recognized for it, and we're going to do wonderful things with it. We're going to have people totally invested in cancer research.

"One of the key reasons this was successful was because of Dick Niles and his recognized capabilities in cancer research," he added.

Dr. Charles H. McKown Jr., vice president for health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine, said that developing a critical mass in cancer research has been a major focus at the school for the past three years.

"This grant, in conjunction with the $16 million grant received this summer, greatly accelerates our pace in developing modern biomedical research and state-of-the-art clinical services within our university," he said. "The Center for Biomedical Research Excellence will highly complement the developing Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center."

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

Special telecast of Brown vs. BOE activities at Marshall University to run Saturday and Sunday on Channel 25

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will run a special telecast of the weeklong Brown vs. Board of Education commemorative activities, conducted at MU last week, on Saturday, Sept. 25 and Sunday, Sept. 26 on Adelphia Channel 25.

David W. Johnson, Executive Director of Distributed Education Technology at Marshall, said the six programs will run throughout the weekend immediately following Marshall Headliners with President Dan Angel.

Each program consists of a special showing of an episode of the PBS series "The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow" and is followed by a reenactment and panel discussion that examine the implications, influences, and progress of this momentous legal decision that affected society globally and regionally.

The programs will run in sequence at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. They will be rebroadcast at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27 through Friday, Oct. 1. Information about the program can be found at

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

Herd fans urged to wear green to home games

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University and head football Coach Bob Pruett are urging Thundering Herd fans to wear green to home games, beginning with MU's Mid-American Conference football battle Wednesday, Sept. 29, with Miami University. Game time at Joan C. Edwards Stadium is 7 p.m.

H. Keith Spears, vice president for communications and marketing at Marshall, said it appears many Herd fans have gotten out of the habit of wearing green on game day.

"Several years ago when Marshall played basketball in the Southern Conference, the people of Asheville, N.C., often commented that the annual tournament was dominated by Marshall green," Spears said. "Where did all of this green go? We want, and need, a stadium full of green. Shirts, jackets, sweaters whatever the choice of clothing, the color should be green."

Spears said visits this year to Ohio State University and the University of Georgia, along with trips to Kansas State University and the University of Tennessee in 2003, revealed thousands of fans in large stadiums proudly wearing their school colors.

"Marshall fans were engulfed in a sea of red at Ohio State and Georgia," Spears said. "Last year it was orange at Tennessee and purple at Kansas State. Big-name schools with winning records show their true colors by wearing them in public on game day."

Pruett said he would love to see more than 30,000 Herd fans wearing green when MU plays Miami.

"I check it every game. It's comforting to see where the green is," Pruett said. "If you're a true Marshall fan, you understand that God has to be a Marshall fan or he wouldn't have made the grass green and the trees green."

The Marshall-Miami game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

"Occasionally Marshall has the opportunity to gain positive national recognition," Spears said. "In recent years, the most obvious way has been the national telecast of our football games. The game with Miami is another one of those opportunities. But we're not talking about wearing green just for this game, we want a sea of green for all games."

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

MU's Athletic Training program awarded continuing accreditation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Commission on Accreditation of Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) has awarded Marshall University's undergraduate Athletic Training education program full continuing accreditation for another five-year period.

The recent peer review, which continues Marshall's accreditation through 2009, recognizes the program's compliance with the nationally established standards for athletic training education. The standards are established by CAAHEP as well as the American Academy of Family Physicians, The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and The National Athletic Trainers Association, Inc.

The on-campus accreditation process included meetings with faculty, students and administrators along with a review of the curriculum for the program. The findings are then reported to the national board for approval of accreditation.

"It's hard to get to the point to reach accreditation," Dr. Dan Martin, program director and assistant professor in athletic training, said. "It's pretty exciting to say the least."

The accreditation also allows graduates of the program to take the national board exams for athletic training after graduation. Martin, who has been with the program since its first accreditation in 1984, said that without accreditation a program is not able to turn out athletic trainers. Graduates of an unaccredited school are not allowed to take the national board exam even with an athletic training degree.

"The accreditation lets students and parents know that we meet the national guidelines and our students will get a quality education in the field," Martin said. "It moves us up a notch to be more competitive with other schools and allows us to recruit potential students."

More information is available by contacting Martin at (304) 696-2412.

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

Marshall faculty members to read from their work

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Poets Katharine Rodier and Chris Green, both Marshall University faculty members, will read from their work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in the Shawkey Room of Memorial Student Center. Their appearance is the first of the fall term for the MU Visiting Writer's Series, now in its 16th year.

Dr. Green's work has appeared in such journals as Another Chicago Magazine and Artful Dodge. He also has published in such local papers as Midwifery Today and The Minnesota Parent. He has taught the writing of poetry to community roundtables, rural special-education students, third graders, convicts, and at Kentucky's Governor's School for the Arts. He also was also editor of Wind - Kentucky's oldest and longest running literary journal - from 1999 to 2003. He is an assistant professor of English at Marshall.

Dr. Rodier's work has appeared in such literary journals as Poetry, The Antioch Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry East, and The Black Warrior Review, and is forthcoming in Wild Sweet Notes II. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Connecticut. She directs the graduate program in English at Marshall where she is an associate professor.

Their appearance 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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Monday September 13, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Sweatequity V planned for Sept. 25 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Hundreds of students, faculty and staff will join together to clean and beautify Marshall University's Huntington campus during Sweatequity V, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 on the Memorial Student Center plaza.

This will be the fifth year of Sweatequity Day, an event started by Marshall President Dan Angel in 2000. Outdoor tasks throughout campus, such as painting, picking up cigarette butts, removing gum from sidewalks, pulling weeds, washing windows and sweeping, are planned.

Angel said Sweatequity Day is named in honor of former U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary George Romney, who arranged for HUD housing recipients to build equity in their homes through their labor rather than their cash.

"The intent of Sweatequity Day is to have students establish ownership in Marshall University's campus," Angel said. "The program is designed for students to realize that Marshall is their campus and their home.

Volunteers will work from 10:15 a.m. to noon. They will be treated to light snacks before starting to work, and a pizza party is planned after they finish.

More information about Sweatequity V may be obtained by calling Steve Hensley, Dean of Student Affairs, at (304) 696-6423, or the Student Government Association office at (304) 696-6422.

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

Combined enrollment up for MU, Community College

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University and Marshall Community and Technical College officials announced today that total enrollment for the University and the College has increased over last year.

After the end of late registration and schedule adjustment, total enrollment is 14,896, an increase of 201 students over last year's combined enrollment. The total includes 12,789 students enrolled at Marshall University and 2,107 students enrolled at Marshall Community and Technical College, representing increases of 71 students and 130 students, respectively.

"The increased enrollment indicates that our College is making higher education accessible to more West Virginians," said Vicki Riley, Marshall Community and Technical College President.

While enrollment of West Virginia resident students has increased by 90 over last year to 12,179, the number of out-of-state students has increased by 111 to 2,717, a 4.2 percent increase over last year's count.

"I think this shows Marshall is still a good value for out-of-state students," Marshall President Dan Angel said.

Among the colleges and schools within the university showing enrollment gains are the School of Journalism and Mass Communications with a 3.8 percent increase to 405 students; College of Liberal Arts with a 2.9 percent increase to 2,002 students; the College of Health Professions with a 9 percent increase to 1,221 students; and the Graduate College with a 4.6 percent increase to 3,100 students.

The College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE) has increased its undergraduate enrollment 23.7 percent to 146, including a 39 percent increase in first-time students in the Computer, Safety, and Pre-engineering programs.

"The new collaborative engineering degree with WVU Institute of Technology, which will be offered beginning in fall 2005, will assist in future growth for CITE in the area of engineering," said Sarah Denman, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Also increasing enrollment is the Regents Bachelor of Arts degree program, up 9.2 percent over last year to 310 students. The program allows the nontraditional adult student to return to college, and with the assistance of an advisor, create a program of courses that best fits individual needs.

The University also has increased by 15 percent over last year the number of students living in residence halls to 2,077, according to Winston Baker, Director of Residence Services.

"We have more students living in the halls now than we've had in my 11 years at Marshall University," Baker said.

In the fall 2003 semester, the University added 500 beds to its options available to students when it opened Marshall Commons, a modern suite-style residence hall complex. The University received national television exposure last year for being one of the first schools in the country to replace the traditional wired telephones in residence halls with cellular telephones for each resident. The cost of the cellular telephones is included with room and board fees and includes unlimited minutes and nationwide long-distance.

The University and College expect to add more than 1,500 additional students throughout the semester as off-campus and other special course students are registered. Other enrollment information, however, will not be available until after Oct. 15 when final data are due to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Community College Council.

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Friday September 10, 2004
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Marshall Part-Time Job and Internship Luau Sept. 15

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students and alumni looking for part-time jobs or internships will have the opportunity to meet with employers from the Huntington area on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at the school's annual Part-Time Job and Internship Luau.

The fair, sponsored by the Marshall Career Services Center, is planned around a luau theme and food and prizes will be given away. It takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center.

Students may meet with recruiters and discuss part-time job and internship opportunities. It also is a good opportunity for employers to talk with students about their industry and potential openings, according to Amber Bentley, student jobs coordinator with the Career Services Center.

Twenty-five employers have registered and more are expected. Among them are Champion Industries, FDIC, Finish Line, Kmart, Simpson & Osborne, CPAs, Showshoe Mountain and WSAZ-TV.

Pre-registration is not required. An up-to-date listing of participants is available by calling Bentley at (304) 696-6785 or visiting the Career Services Center's Web site at

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Thursday September 9, 2004
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Angel to receive Outstanding College President Award

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University President Dan Angel will receive the Outstanding College President's Award at the All-American Football Foundation's 64th Banquet of Champions Sept. 22 in Chicago.

The banquet will take place at 6 p.m. at the Chicago Athletic Club, according to AAFF President Jimmie McDowell, who notified Angel of the award.

The All-American Football Foundation, founded in 1994, is supported by 165 football colleges and universities nationwide. It is a nonprofit organization established to honor individuals for distinguished contributions to football in all phases of the game.

"I'm honored to be receiving this award," Angel said. "This is a nationally prominent designation which speaks well for Marshall University."

Banquets of Champions take place several times a year in selected cities where honorees are hosted and presented with plaques attesting to their contributions. The banquets raise scholarship funds that are presented to institutions attended by outstanding college seniors. The Foundation will award 11 Col. Earl (Red) Blaik leadership scholarships to 11 institutions across the country at the Sept. 22 banquet.

Besides college presidents, some of the other honorees at Banquets of Champions are faculty athletic representatives, commissioners, associate commissioners, sports writers, sportscasters, high school coaches, unsung heroes, managers, trainers and legendary players.

The honor is the fourth for Angel in the past couple of years. Others include:

  • Selection as a distinguished alumnus of the School of Liberal Arts at Purdue University in April 2003;
  • Selection as a distinguished alumnus by Wayne State University in December 2003;
  • Selection as a participant in the Oxford Roundtable in Oxford, England, in July 2004.

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Thursday September 9, 2004
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City, MU remember Brown v. Education with series of events

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Huntington and Marshall Community Remembers: Brown v. Board of Education is a weeklong series of events that begins Monday, Sept. 13, at Marshall University.

The events commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court case that changed the public school system in the United States. In 1954, the United States Supreme Court ruled that "separate but equal" was not designed for public schools and required the desegregation of schools throughout the United States.

Marshall University Multicultural Affairs, Academic Affairs and The Commission on Multiculturalism are sponsoring the events that are dedicated to the landmark civil rights decision.

The week's keynote address features William H. Gray, III, former congressman and president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund and pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pa.

Gray's speech, "With all deliberate speed: Brown 50 years later," takes place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15 in Smith Recital Hall. Remarks also will be made by Marshall President Dan Angel and Sarah Denman, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs.

Other events scheduled include:

  • Monday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., Don Morris Room, Memorial Student Center - Program One, showings and discussions of the video, "Promises Betrayed (1865-1896);" sponsored by The Community and Technical College;
  • Monday, Sept. 13, 4:15 p.m., portrayal of Justice Thurgood Marshall by Joseph Bundy, founder and director of the Afro Appalachian Performance Company in Huntington;
  • Tuesday, Sept. 14, 15-minute intervals from 10 a.m. to noon, Drinko Library front outside atrium - public readings of historical texts and fiction regarding the African American experience; sponsored by the Graduate College;
  • Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2 to 3:15 p.m., Don Morris Room, Memorial Student Center - Program Two, showing and discussion of the video, "Fighting Back (1896-1917);" sponsored by the Lewis College of Business;
  • Tuesday, Sept. 14, 4 to 6 p.m., Don Morris Room, Memorial Student Center - Education before and after Brown, showing and discussion of the video "Partners of the Heart" about the life and work of Vivien Thomas, an African American who became an assistant to a white surgeon at Johns Hopkins University Hospital; sponsored by the College of Science
  • Wednesday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Shawkey Room, Memorial Student Center - Program Three, showing and discussion of the video, "Don't Shoot Too Soon (1917-1940);" sponsored by the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications;
  • Wednesday, Sept. 15, 4 to 6 p.m., Shawkey Room, Memorial Student Center - Panel Discussion, "The Huntington and Marshall Community Remembers: Brown v. Board of Education;"
  • Thursday, Sept. 16, 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Don Morris Room, Memorial Student Center - Program Four, showing and discussion of the video, "Terror and Triumph (1940-1954);" sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts;
  • Thursday, Sept. 16, 3 to 4 p.m., Drinko Library front outside atrium - Public Readings, sponsored by the Graduate College;
  • Friday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., Don Morris Room, Memorial Student Center - Program Five, showing and discussion of the video, "The Road to Brown (How desegregation came about - and why it matters);" sponsored by the College of Education and Human Services;
  • Friday, Sept. 17, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Drinko Library front outside atrium - Public Readings, sponsored by the Graduate College.
  • Betty Cleckley, vice president for multicultural affairs and co-chairperson of The Huntington and Marshall Community Remembers: Brown v. Board of Education, said all activities are free to the public.

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Tuesday September 7, 2004
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Marshall professor receives 'Outstanding Accounting Educator Award'

Dr. Loren Wenzel, professor of accountancy and division head of the Division of Accountancy & Legal Environment at Marshall University, is the recipient of the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants' "Outstanding Accounting Educator Award" for 2004.

Dr. Wenzel received the award on June 17, 2004, at the annual meeting of the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Dr. Wenzel also will be the Society's nominee for the AICPA's "Lifetime Achievement in Accounting Education Award."

Dr. Wenzel received his DBA in Accountancy from the University of Memphis. He has taught accounting at the university level since 1980 and joined the faculty of Marshall University in August 2000. He was appointed head of the Division of Accountancy & Legal Environment in the Lewis College of Business in January 2001.

Under his leadership, a Beta Alpha Psi chapter was established at Marshall University and has achieved "Superior Chapter" status. The Division of Accountancy and Legal Environment also is undergoing many curriculum changes and is currently considering applying for separate accounting accreditation through the AACSB - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Dr. Wenzel conceptualized and spearheaded the development of Business Career Connections Day at Marshall. Business Career Connections Day is an annual event held jointly by the Lewis College of Business and Career Services to inform Marshall students about career opportunities in business and connect them with potential employers.

Dr. Wenzel founded the West Virginia Council of Accounting Educators in cooperation with the West Virginia Society of CPAs. The purpose of the Council of Accounting Educators is to bring accounting educators together with nationally prominent speakers to discuss ways to improve accounting education in West Virginia and the region.

Dr. Wenzel maintains active memberships in the American Accounting Association, the Academy of Accounting Historians, the West Virginia Society of CPAs (associate member), the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (associate member) and the Ohio Valley Accountants' Association, and has served as program director and president of the West Virginia Council of Accounting Educators.

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Tuesday September 7, 2004
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Marching Thunder to perform with Ohio State band

The Marshall University Marching Thunder will perform on the Ohio Stadium field with the Ohio State University Marching Band on Saturday, Sept. 11, at halftime of the MU-OSU football game. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m.

The two bands will perform together in a tribute to September 11. They each will form a USA on the field and play a special arrangement of "America the Beautiful" in front of an expected crowd of 101,000.

"This is one of those experiences that is priceless," Steve Barnett, director of MU athletic bands, said. "Our students will never forget something like this."

Marshall's 240-member band also will perform during a pre-game show called The Skull Session at St. John's Arena at 1:30 p.m. About 20,000 people are expected to attend.

The band then will perform at Ohio Stadium during the pre-game show where it will play game-day music, including the Marshall fight song. During the post-game show, the band will play classic rock music, one of its home game halftime shows.

"OSU has a classy organization very much like what we are striving to be here at Marshall," Barnett said. "We really appreciate OSU and the relationship that we are building with them by working together on this project."

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Friday September 3, 2004
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MU 2004-2005 jazz concert series begins Friday, Sept. 10

The inaugural performance of the 2004-2005 Jazz@Jomie Concert Series at Marshall University takes place at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, the MU Department of Music announced today.

In response to a community need for a regular jazz performance venue, members of the MU Jazz Studies Program and lovers of Jazz in the Tri-State area will present a concert each month in the Jazz Forum in the Jomie Jazz Center.

The Mark Zanter Trio will be featured in the upcoming concert. Guitarist Zanter has been a featured performer at the Marshall University Jazz Festival and at Jazz-MU-Tazz, Marshall's summer Jazz Festival.

Mark Zanter, an active composer/performer, has received commissions from the UIUC Creative Music Orchestra, CU Symphony, the American Composers forum, the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, and numerous soloists. He has appeared as a composer and performer on WILL, IPR, Second Sunday concerts, on WVPN In Touch With The Arts and WCHS.

Zanter's works are published by Les Productions d'OZ and have been performed nationally and internationally at festivals such as MUSIC '98 (Cincinnati Conservatory) June in Buffalo, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Admission to the concert is $5 and Marshall University students are admitted free. Tickets are available at the door and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For further information, persons may contact Ed Bingham, Director of Jazz Studies, at (304) 696-2452.

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Thursday September 2, 2004
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Marshall University ranked as a 'Top School'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is ranked as a "Top School" among all southern master's universities in the latest "America's Best Colleges 2005" published by US News and World Report.

The university received the distinction of being named a "top public master's university" in the south, ranking 13th, and is ranked 43rd among all public and private schools in the category.

The university also ranks 16th (tied) among the southern group of schools and is tied for seventh among public master's universities in the south in Peer Assessment. US News' Peer Assessment is a rating of schools in the opinions of presidents, provosts and deans of admissions from other master's universities in the southern region.

"I'm proud that Marshall is thought of so highly by the leaders of these other schools," Marshall President Dan Angel said.

The US News and World Report has become one of the premier rankings of colleges and universities and utilizes data in 15 areas related to academic excellence to arrive at a composite weighted score for each school.

For the 2005 edition of the report, US News and World Report ranked 1,362 colleges and universities in 10 categories including national universities, liberal arts colleges, masters's universities in four regions, and comprehensive colleges in four regions. The "Master's Universities - South" category contains 132 schools, including 73 public institutions.

"The outstanding faculty of our institution continues to provide students with a top-quality educational experience that serves them well now and will continue to do so in the future," said Sarah Denman, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Marshall.

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Wednesday September 1, 2004
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153 Marathon receives official certification by USATF

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The USA Track and Field organization (USATF) has given approval for the 26-mile, 385-yard course to be used on Sunday, Nov. 14 in the Marathon that begins and ends at Marshall University.

Race director Tom Dannals said the official certification is significant in a number of ways. "If a world record is set in our race, it counts officially," Dannals said. "If someone runs fast enough to qualify for the Boston Marathon in our race, they qualify because our race course is certified."

Dannals said the certification took about 30 hours of measurements and documentations using a Jones Counter on a bicycle which records about 15,000 clicks per mile to make it accurate.

The race will start at 8 a.m. on 3rd Avenue near the overpass that connects Marshall's parking garage and Cam Henderson Center, and it will end on James F. Edwards Field at MU's Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

So far, Dannals said, more than 100 people have signed up to run the marathon, with another 200 expected to do so. "We're predicting 300 marathoners, 100 relay runners and 200 walkers, but we'll take a lot more if they sign up," he said.

Entry fees are as follows:

  • Marathon: $30 if entry forms are postmarked by Oct. 1, $35 if postmarked by Nov. 1, and $40 after Nov. 1;
  • Marathon relay: $20 per runner if entry forms are postmarked by Nov. 1, $25 per runner after Nov. 1;
  • Half-Marathon (13.1 miles) walk: $20.

Dannals said he hopes the race attracts lots of walkers. Co-workers could walk together, or families could do the same, he said. All participants, walkers and runners, will receive medals.

Among the runners entered are some from Canada and California, and a world-class runner from Morocco has been invited, Dannals said.

"We're not sitting back and having Huntington be part of the poor health that is seen here in this region," Dannals said. "This is how to combat it. Everyone who tries to lose weight and is mystified by the poor or inconsistent response to diet over time needs to know that exercise is the key."

Entry forms and more information are available at Further information is available by emailing Dannals at

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