August 2005 News Releases



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Tuesday August 30, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Perry, King, Farrell reappointed to MU Board of Governors

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Three former members of Marshall University's Board of Governors have been reappointed to the board by West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin.

The appointees include A. Michael Perry of Huntington, a past MU interim president and recent board chair; Virginia King of Poca, W.Va.; and Michael J. Farrell of Huntington, who served as Marshall's interim president for the first six months of this year.

Perry and King served on the board until their terms expired on June 30 of this year. Farrell resigned from the board in December to accept the position of interim president at Marshall.

"The governor has appointed three outstanding individuals to our board of governors," Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said. "In Mike Perry, Virginia King and Mike Farrell, we've added years of board experience and knowledge about Marshall University that undoubtedly will benefit not only students, faculty and staff at the university, but the community and state as well. I look forward to working with them, and the entire board, in the coming years."

All three will be sworn in at the next board meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Mid-Ohio Valley Center in Point Pleasant, W.Va. Each will serve four-year terms that end June 30, 2009.

In addition to Perry, King and Farrell, the board includes: Menis Ketchum, chair; Robert L. Shell, Jr., vice chair; Verna K. Gibson, secretary; Gary Adkins; Letitia Neese Chafin; John G. Hess; Brent A. Marsteller; H.F. Mooney, Jr.; William Smith; Gary White; James M. Sottile, faculty representative; Sherri Noble, staff representative, and Seth Murphy, student representative.

Sottile, Noble and Murphy, all re-elected to their positions on the board, also will be sworn in at the Sept. 14 meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perry, King, Farrell reappointed to MU Board of Governors

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Three former members of Marshall University's Board of Governors have been reappointed to the board by West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin.

The appointees include A. Michael Perry of Huntington, a past MU interim president and recent board chair; Virginia King of Poca, W.Va.; and Michael J. Farrell of Huntington, who served as Marshall's interim president for the first six months of this year.

Perry and King served on the board until their terms expired on June 30 of this year. Farrell resigned from the board in December to accept the position of interim president at Marshall.

"The governor has appointed three outstanding individuals to our board of governors," Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said. "In Mike Perry, Virginia King and Mike Farrell, we've added years of board experience and knowledge about Marshall University that undoubtedly will benefit not only students, faculty and staff at the university, but the community and state as well. I look forward to working with them, and the entire board, in the coming years."

All three will be sworn in at the next board meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Mid-Ohio Valley Center in Point Pleasant, W.Va. Each will serve four-year terms that end June 30, 2009.

In addition to Perry, King and Farrell, the board includes: Menis Ketchum, chair; Robert L. Shell, Jr., vice chair; Verna K. Gibson, secretary; Gary Adkins; Letitia Neese Chafin; John G. Hess; Brent A. Marsteller; H.F. Mooney, Jr.; William Smith; Gary White; James M. Sottile, faculty representative; Sherri Noble, staff representative, and Seth Murphy, student representative.

Sottile, Noble and Murphy, all re-elected to their positions on the board, also will be sworn in at the Sept. 14 meeting.


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Monday August 29, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

MU to conduct public sale of surplus computing equipment

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will conduct a special public sale, by written bid, on surplus computing equipment from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12 at its new Surplus Computer Processing Center at 201 21st St., across the street from the State Electric Supply Co. showroom.

Chuck Elliott with Marshall University Computing Services said about 260 computers will be sold in lots of five or more with minimum bids on some lots. About seven of the better Pentium III computers will be sold as individual units. Monitors and possibly some networking equipment also will be sold.

Registration and bid forms will be provided at the site, and sealed bids will be opened on Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the Purchasing Department. Successful bidders will be contacted and required to pick up the items between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Tuesday, Sept. 13 through Thursday, Sept. 15.  Cash payments or checks payable to Marshall University will be required before the property can be removed.

Marshall University reserves the right to reject any or all bids. While most of the computers and monitors have recently been operated and tested by staff, Marshall takes no responsibility and makes no guarantee for items sold. All property is offered for sale on an "as is-where is" basis. No warranties or guarantees are given or implied, and refunds or exchanges on defective equipment are not authorized.

More information along with an in-depth description of the computer equipment to be sold will be available soon at www.marshall.edu/ucs/computersale.  Interested buyers may also visit the web page and subscribe to free e-mail notifications for detailed descriptions of equipment and future sales.


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Monday August 29, 2005
Contact: Megan Barbour,, Communications Director, Student Government, (304) 696-6412

Marshall University Student Government Association works with Drinko staff to extend library hours

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Hours of operation at Marshall University's Drinko Library are being extended to benefit students.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 6, the building will be open to students until one hour past midnight Sunday through Thursday. Check-out services will continue to close at 11 p.m., but students will still be able to use the books and computers within the library after that time.

Marshall University students may check the Drinko Library hours page at http://www.marshall.edu/library/hours/drinko.aspx for a specific date, since hours vary depending on holidays and the university's academic calendar.

Another change within the library concerns the group rooms in Drinko. These rooms will now be used to occupy two or more individuals. If a group of individuals needs to use a room occupied by a single student, that student will be asked to leave.

Those who worked to plan and implement these changes included Barbara Winters, dean of libraries; Dr. Sarah Denman, provost; Dr. Arnold Miller, assistant vice president of information technology; Dr. Jan Fox, vice president of information technology; Michael Misiti, student body president; and Nikki Brown, student body vice president.


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Friday August 26, 2005
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Local documentary will have debut showing at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will be host to a premiere showing of a local documentary Monday, Aug. 29.  The documentary, which starts at 8 p.m., will be in the Shawkey Room on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center.

The one-hour film is titled "Stonewall City: Voices of Gay West Virginians."  Discussion will follow the screening.

The documentary, created for Marshall University's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia (CSEGA), is comprised of a series of filmed interviews with 16 openly gay residents of Huntington.  It explores issues such as hostility and violence toward gays, family reactions, religion, Appalachian culture, and acceptance.  It also features music by local and national musicians.

This event is free to the public. For more information, persons may contact Layne Amerikaner at lamerika@fandm.edu.


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Thursday August 25, 2005
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WV Secretary of State to Visit Marshall Friday

West Virginia Secretary of State Betty Ireland is celebrating the 85th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote, with a series of events throughout this week, including a presentation Friday at Marshall University.

Marshall's Women's Studies and the Women's Center are sponsoring Ireland's visit, which is scheduled for noon Friday in the third-floor atrium of the Drinko Library. She will be welcomed to campus by MU President Stephen J. Kopp.


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Wednesday August 24, 2005
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Fall art exhibit at Drinko Library features more than 90 pieces

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The fall 2005 Allied Artists Association art exhibit, featuring more than 90 pieces in several media, is being showcased throughout Marshall University's John Deaver Drinko Library through the first week of December, Library Art Committee chair Monica Brooks announced today.

Brooks said MU students, faculty and staff, along with the community at large, are invited to view the largest display ever housed in the library. The artistic talent, which hails exclusively from West Virginia, is represented by watercolors, oils, pastels, photographs, ceramics, cloth items, and interesting pieces representing mixed media.

The Allied Artists of West Virginia began in 1930 with the mission of encouraging, nurturing, and presenting the work of West Virginia artists to the community. The membership of the organization consists of professional and amateur artists who create original works of acceptable design and technique appropriate to the materials and method of work employed.  Members must currently reside within the state.

During the organization's long history, the members have shown their works all over the state, including several venues in Charleston, such as the old livery building on Lee Street, the Municipal Auditorium, Sunrise Museum, and now the Clay Center.

"The Allied Artists have captured the imaginations of fellow West Virginians of all ages," Brooks says.

The show is being housed on all four floors of the Drinko Library on Marshall's Huntington campus.  Visitors can obtain a full listing of artists' works and locations from the library reference desk. During October, University Libraries will have a reception honoring the Allied Artists' contribution to the show.

For more information about the exhibit and reception dates/times (TBA), persons may contact Brooks, who also is Marshall's associate dean of libraries, at (304) 696-6613.  Amateur or professional artists hoping to learn more about the Allied Artists of West Virginia, Inc., may contact Janis P. Cook at (304) 344-8674.


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Wednesday August 24, 2005
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Lynne Weston is new director of MU's H.E.L.P. program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Lynne Weston, a member of Marshall University's Higher Education Learning Problems (H.E.L.P.) program for the past 17 years, is the program's new director.

Weston, selected through a search process, assumed her duties on Aug. 1. She replaced Barbara Guyer, who retired as director, but remains with the program as director emeritus.

"This is such a wonderful place to be," said Weston, who served as associate director of H.E.L.P. for the past 16 years.  "You can do something every day to make a difference in somebody's life. We have a wonderful, hard-working staff that works well together to do what's best for all of the students."

The mission of Marshall's H.E.L.P. program, started by Guyer in 1981, is to provide assistance through individual tutoring, mentoring and support, as well as fair and legal access to educational opportunities for students diagnosed with Learning Disabilities (LD) and related disorders such as ADD/ADHD.

The program has a staff of more than 80 people and helps more than 200 students a year. It began 24 years ago with just three dyslexic students.

"I plan to continue to strengthen the existing programs," Weston said. "And, it's possible we can expand some of our programs. We have other areas where we can grow, like the Medical H.E.L.P. program. It's doing well, but it can grow. I also want to raise money to provide scholarships for students that can't afford our services."

Weston received her undergraduate degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from Marshall, and her master's in Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She later became certified in Learning Disabilities at Marshall.

Weston currently is working on a Ed.S. degree in Leadership Studies/Higher Education Administration. She has taught many grades in the public schools system, but said she loves working most with college students. She has taught Introduction to Learning Disabilities in the summer to undergraduates and graduate students. Within H.E.L.P., she taught study skills and worked with a student-mentoring group.

"Dr. Guyer allowed me to be very involved in the administration, very hands on," Weston said. "I feel like that has given me a lot of experience which has helped me make this an easy transition."

Dr. Frances Hensley, Marshall's associate vice president for academic affairs, has worked closely with Weston during Weston's years as associate director of H.E.L.P.

"Lynne has been a strong advocate for students in the H.E.L.P. program for years," Hensley said. "She creates a nurturing atmosphere for her students."

Steve Hensley, MU's dean of student affairs and former chair of the H.E.L.P. advisory committee, said the program's students and their parents often speak highly of Weston.

"Her name always comes up as somebody who is informative and helpful," Steve Hensley said. "She's well respected by the staff and was well prepared to become director. She knows the budget, and she knows the needs of the students and the things that need to happen."

Weston is married to Rick Weston, and they have two sons. She may be reached at (304) 696-6316.


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Monday August 22, 2005
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TTA service free in September for Marshall personnel

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students, faculty and staff may ride The Transit Authority (TTA) buses and vans free the entire month of September, TTA manager Vickie Shaffer announced today.
 
 Shaffer said MU bus riders may ride free by showing the bus operator their Marshall ID card. Dial-A-Ride customers are asked to let the dispatcher know they are MU riders when they schedule their trip and show the van driver their Marshall ID when the Dial-A-Ride van picks them up.
 
 "The free introductory offer is to familiarize the students and faculty with the ease and benefits of commuting to the MU campus on the TTA transit system," Shaffer said.
 
 More information is available by calling the TTA dispatch office at (304) 529-RIDE.


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Thursday August 18, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Local Gallery to Feature Marshall University Students' Work

Huntington, West Va. A local art gallery is set to feature the works of two Marshall University  students beginning Saturday, Aug. 20. Gallery Two/The Framemakers is showcasing the works of Chris Worth, a graduate assistant at Marshall, and MU junior David Seth Cyfers.

The month-long show begins Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception complete with live blues music by MU art professors Stan Sporny and Sam St. Clair.   

The show also features work by Huntington resident Chris Baker, who will study at Yale University this fall.   Additional information is available from Byron Clercx, chair of Art and Design at Marshall at (304) 696-6760.


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Wednesday August 17, 2005
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Marshall students return to class Monday for start of fall semester

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Provost Dr. Sarah Denman often refers to the start of another school year as "a new beginning." As Marshall prepares to greet students back to campus Friday, Aug. 19, for Welcome Weekend, and Monday, Aug. 22 for the first full day of classes, the word "new" might be more appropriate than ever.

"New, exciting things are happening at Marshall University," Denman said.

All of that newness, combined with thousands of students flooding the campus after a relatively quiet summer at the university, makes this a special time of year, Denman said.

"It's a new beginning for so many people, and to get to be a part of that - influencing lives and expanding people's horizons - is very exciting," she said. "Very few people get to do that."

To mention just a few "new" highlights, MU has:

        A new president in Dr. Stephen J. Kopp, who was hired in June and assumed his duties on July 1;

        A new football coach in former MU player Mark Snyder;

        Four new deans - Dr. Paul Uselding, Lewis College of Business; Dr. Rosalyn Templeton, College of Education and Human Services; Dr. Corley Dennison, W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications; and Dr. Shortie McKinney, College of Health Professions;

        A new language course offering, Mandarin Chinese, which is the most widely spoken language on the planet;

        New artificial turf on the Joan C. Edwards Stadium playing field, which will be tested officially for the first time in the season opener against William & Mary at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1;

        A new athletic league in Conference USA;

        Extended hours in the Drinko Library, which now will remain open until 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday;

        70-80 new faculty;

        A new relationship with Pullman Square in downtown Huntington, thanks to a shuttle service offered by The Transit Authority, beginning Aug. 22;

        A new record number of Marching Thunder members, with approximately 300 currently in band camp, preparing for the upcoming football season.

The start of school also means the return of heavy traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian, around Marshall's Huntington campus. James E. Terry, director of public safety at MU, said drivers should be aware of the 35 mph speed limit near campus, and that Marshall police officers will be enforcing that speed limit at all times.

Terry also said both surface and garage parking permits remain for Marshall students. They may be purchased in the bursar's office, which is located on the first floor of Old Main, he said.

Beginning the first day of school, volunteers from faculty and staff will be out on campus greeting students and helping them find their way around.

Although the annual Welcome Weekend event, which runs Friday, Aug. 19 through Sunday, Aug. 21, is not new, it has been revamped to include events in academic, health and wellness, social and special interest categories for the estimated 2,500 new students and members of their families who will be on campus during the weekend.

"Welcome Weekend provides new students with the opportunity to come and really make a connection with campus as they begin a new period of their life," Marshall admissions counselor Erin Bradley said. "The weekend allows students to have a lot of fun while meeting faculty and staff from their college, attending sessions on student services, and finishing any last-minute business on campus."

One of the weekend's highlights will be the family picnic from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19. Kopp will meet students and their families and the Marshall University Marching Thunder will perform.

A schedule of events for Welcome Weekend 2005 is available at www.marshall.edu/ucomm/release/2005/pr081205.htm .


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Tuesday August 16, 2005
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Marshall captures first place at State Fair of West Virginia

FAIRLEA, W.Va. - In its second year as an exhibitor at the State Fair of West Virginia, Marshall University was awarded the "First Place Blue Ribbon" for its outdoor exhibit. More than 50 exhibits competed for this recognition, including civic organizations, government entities and other learning institutions.

The Marshall exhibit featured a "Thundering Trivia" game show hosted by students, a "Marshall duck pond" with green ducks and prizes for younger fairgoers, and technology from the Nick J. Rahall, II Appalachian Transportation Institute (RTI) and Robert C. Byrd Institute.

"This award means a great deal to students, faculty and staff at Marshall who worked together to make this exhibit a success," said Dr. Keith Spears, vice president for communications & marketing. "The State Fair offers us the perfect venue to reach nearly a quarter million visitors in 10 days. With our goal of communicating to prospective students throughout the Southeastern United States, this recognition shows that our efforts are on the right track."

"In their decision, the judges noted the friendliness of people working the booth at the Marshall exhibit and remarked how the MU booth appealed to visitors of all ages," said Pam Edwards, Special Projects Coordinator for the State Fair of West Virginia. "We look at these awards as a way to recognize the accomplishment of exhibitors who exceed expectations with their booth and create one more reason to visit the State Fair."

The State Fair continues through Sunday, Aug. 21. In the remaining days, Marshall students with WMUL-FM 88.1 will broadcast live from the Fair and members of the MU women's basketball team will visit on Wednesday. A complete schedule of Fair activities can be found at www.wvstatefair.com.

For more information about the Marshall exhibit, contact Dr. Keith Spears at (304) 696-2965. For more information about the State Fair of West Virginia, contact Mike Alkire at (304) 645-1090. 


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Monday August 15, 2005
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Journal published at MU reveals changing face of Appalachia; findings result from examination of 2000 census data

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Aging, migration and ethnicity are changing the face of Appalachia, according to a special issue of The Journal of Appalachian Studies, which examined data collected in the 2000 census.  The recently released publication was made possible with the support of the Ford Foundation and Marshall University.

The Journal is published by the Appalachian Studies Association (ASA), a national professional organization devoted to scholarship and community activism focused on the Appalachian region.  The organization is headquartered at Marshall University on the Huntington campus.  Dr. Linda Spatig, professor in the College of Education and Human Services at Marshall, is associate editor of the Journal.

The special issue, Appalachia Counts:  The Region in the 2000 Census, lists among its findings that the aging Appalachian population will perpetuate poverty in Appalachia if a younger workforce is not sustained; Appalachian African Americans are concentrated in urban areas; younger Appalachians are on par with their non-Appalachian counterparts in attaining high school diplomas but lag significantly in acquiring college educations; and severe poverty still exists in Appalachia's rural areas, particularly among those households headed by a female with young children.

Other findings raise concerns about the quality and affordability of housing among Appalachian renters.  Increasing costs are more common in urban and metro counties while rural counties are faced with housing quality problems.  Southern Appalachia is attracting large numbers of educated and skilled migrants, while the Northern and Central sub-regions are attracting migrants with less education and fewer skills.

Employment continues to be a concern in Appalachia.  While the region lags the nation in labor force participation by three percent, distressed counties lag the nation by more than 12 percent. 

The ASA has been located at Marshall since July 2001.  The university competed with several other institutions to have both the organization and its journal located on campus. 

"I believe we were successful in bringing the Association to Marshall largely due to two things, the strong reputation of Marshall's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia (CSEGA), which was established with Rockefeller Foundation funds, and the strong institutional support for it, especially the president's office, the office of Academic Affairs and the COEHS," Spatig said.

Currently, the ASA and Marshall are collaborating on a major National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant - Faces of Appalachia. 

"If we can successfully raise the needed funds for that, it will institutionalize important scholarship on ethnicity and gender in Appalachia that was begun with CSEGA," Spatig said.

Marshall professor Dr. Edwina Pendarvis, a faculty member in the College of Education and Human Services, is a former associate editor of the Journal and currently is the project director for Faces of Appalachia.  Mary Thomas, employed by the Marshall University Research Corporation, is the managing editor of the Journal

Copies of the special census issue are available for $10 plus shipping and handling.  Contact Thomas at the ASA office at (304) 696-2904 for more information.


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Friday August 12, 2005
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MU names Dr. Shortie McKinney College of Health Professions dean

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - West Virginia native Dr. Shortie McKinney, director of the Nutrition Center at Drexel University in Philadelphia for the past 15 years, has been named dean of Marshall University's College of Health Professions, MU dean of libraries Dr. Barbara Winters announced today.

McKinney, a Logan High School honor graduate who received her B.S. in nutrition from Marshall in 1971, replaces Dr. Lynne Welch, who retired earlier this year. McKinney assumes her duties at MU Sept. 1.

"The search committee was impressed by the quality of all the candidates for the position," Winters, who served as search committee chair, said. "We were especially pleased with Dr. McKinney's poise and ability to articulate and with her success in receiving funding for interdisciplinary grants.  She has invigorating ideas and seemingly innate leadership skills.  I am very eager to work with her over the coming years."

McKinney graduated magna cum laude from Marshall. She earned her master's degree in human nutrition from The Ohio State University in 1976, and her Ph.D. in food management from The Ohio State University in 1977.

McKinney said she is excited about "coming home" to West Virginia after 28 years at Drexel, a private research university with traditional strength in undergraduate education. Through a merger four years ago, an emphasis on health was added to Drexel's traditional colleges with the addition of schools of public health, health professions and medicine. As department head of bioscience during the merger, McKinney actively promoted increased health-related education and research opportunities.

"There's a tremendous amount of potential to expand at Marshall," McKinney said. "I'm interested in working with the faculty and administration to determine in what areas expansion is logical. There certainly are many opportunities for people in health careers both locally and nationwide."

McKinney said she also is interested in supporting faculty in developing interdisciplinary projects within the College of Health Professions and with colleagues on campus outside of the College.

"As a West Virginia  native and Marshall alum, I'm interested in promoting health care in the entire southern West Virginia region," she said. McKinney said she has worked the past several years with school districts in Philadelphia to develop nutrition programs with a focus on promoting improved eating habits to foster healthy growth and development. She also has a strong interest in obesity and weight management.

McKinney started at Drexel in 1976 with its Department of Nutrition and Food Services, which merged with Bioscience in 1993. She was named director of the Nutrition Center in 1990. McKinney served as associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Arts and Sciences from 2001 to 2003.

"I'm proud of everything I've accomplished at Drexel, but I'm looking forward to and excited about returning to Marshall as dean," she said. "The opportunity was very attractive to me. Marshall has a new president and several new deans it's a dynamic time. The position sang a song to me that resonated strongly. A major draw was coming home to West Virginia, which I'm very much looking forward to."

Dr. Charles H. McKown, dean of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall, said the College of Health Professions is growing in stature and supporting both the university and community with its integration of training programs for several health-related fields.

"Dr. McKinney comes with the skills and experience to continue that expansion, and she brings both the qualifications and the qualities needed to provide the college's leadership at this important time," McKown said.

While at Drexel, McKinney participated in many conferences that have enabled her to develop professionally. The most prestigious of those was the four-week Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration in 2002. Topics during the program ranged from personnel to diversity to curriculum to institutional planning. She has also actively participated in numerous national and international conferences presenting research studies.


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Friday August 12, 2005
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College of Education and Human Services receives software donation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) has received a donation of software totaling $3,879 from Inspiration Software, Inc., according to Dr. William Carter, associate professor of Education who submitted the competitive grant request. 

The grant is part of Inspiration Software, Inc's School of Education Licensing Program.  Marshall will receive a 51-computer volume license of both Kidspiration and Inspiration, with accompanying reference materials and two licenses each of Inspiration for Palm OS and Inspiration for Pocket PC.

Kidspiration and Inspiration are used widely in schools across the country to accomplish curriculum goals using visual learning as implemented by the use of graphic organizers such as concept maps, idea maps, and webs. 

The company says scientifically based research has demonstrated that a research base exists to support the use of graphic organizers for improving student learning and performance across grade levels in a broad range of content areas. 

"We are pleased to be able to instruct our pre-service teachers in the use of Inspiration Software because it is a great tool to encourage critical thinking and to reach educational standards through visual opportunities for writing and thinking," said Dr. Jane McKee, associate dean of the COEHS.  "By enabling our pre-service teachers to use this software program we also serve the PreK-12 students in the classroom who get the benefits of this program."

The use of graphic organizers, according to a literature review of research conducted by the Institute for the Advancement of Research in Education (IARE), has proved useful in reading comprehension, student achievement, thinking and learning skills, retention and cognitive learning theory.

Carter said as he was searching for something new to help pre-service teachers become better prepared for today's classrooms, he heard glowing reviews of Inspiration's software programs from teachers who had used them.

"I am excited about the potential for this software as we strive to continue to prepare bright teachers with bright futures," Carter said.

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Thursday August 11, 2005
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Marching Thunder totals about 300 members as band camp begins

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A record number of Marshall University Marching Thunder members will start preparing for the 2005 football season in band camp, which begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 at Lefty Rollins Field.

The band is directed by  Steve Barnett for the third consecutive year. Since Barnett began at the university in 2003, marching band membership has grown from under 200 to approximately 300 this year.

"I am really excited about this season," Barnett said. "This year we will have more color on the field and bigger formations. I think that both young and old will enjoy our shows."

The Marching Thunder's first public performance is at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 at Lefty Rollins Field. After playing for about 20 minutes, the band will march across campus to Buskirk Field for a performance during the Welcome Weekend picnic for new students and their parents.

During camp, the Marching Thunder will practice  8 hours a day. The band will learn performances for both the MU football pre-game and halftime shows.

The pre-game show will consist of continuing traditions that began over the past two years, as well as a West Virginia medley and a patriotic medley. The halftime show will consist of a Motown tribute to Ray Charles featuring "Georgia on my Mind" and the theme from "Shaft."

For more information, persons may contact Barnett at (304) 696-2317.


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Tuesday August 9, 2005
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Faculty and Staff Invited to Football Practice

Head football coach Mark Snyder and his staff are inviting Marshall employees to attend the Thundering Herd's practice that begins at 3:55 p.m. Wednesday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. The practice will be closed to the public, but Marshall employees may attend by showing their university I.D.
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Tuesday August 9, 2005
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Faculty and Staff Invited to Football Practice

Head football coach Mark Snyder and his staff are inviting Marshall employees to attend the Thundering Herd's practice that begins at 3:55 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10 at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. The practice will be closed to the public, but Marshall employees may attend by showing their university I.D.'s.
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Monday August 8, 2005
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Parthenon students excel in WVPA Better Newspaper contest

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Parthenon, Marshall University's student newspaper, won four first-place awards and one third-place award in the 2005 West Virginia Press Association Better Newspaper contest.

Also, students in Marshall's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications won three of the five scholarships awarded through the WVPA Foundation.

The awards and scholarships were announced and presented during the annual WVPA convention, which took place Aug. 4-6 at Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa in Morgantown.

"I'm very proud of the students' work," Corley Dennison, dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, said. "The awards and scholarships speak very well of the quality of student journalists we have at the School. The scholarships are especially noteworthy because it shows that other people think our students do quality work."

The Parthenon competes in Division III against small daily newspapers in West Virginia. The awards recognize work from 2004.

The Parthenon staff won first-place awards for best newspaper design, best sports section and best editorial page. Senior Rasmilya Sporny of Huntington won for best columnist, and a third-place award for best informational graphic went to Ashley Perks, a junior from Dunbar, W.Va.

Scholarship winners were Cara Bailey, a senior from Barboursville, Matthew Haught, a sophomore from Barrackville, W.Va., and Kyle Dyer, a sophomore from Huntington.

Bailey won the Roy Owens Memorial Scholarship of $1,000. Owens was former owner and publisher of the St. Mary's Oracle.

Haught won the Cecil B. Highland Jr. Memorial Scholarship of $1,000, named for the former president of the Clarksburg Exponent.

Dyer won the Adam R. Kelly Premier Journalist Memorial Scholarship, named for the former publisher of the Tyler Star News in Sistersville, and past president of the West Virginia Press Association. Dyer's scholarship is for $5,000.

More information is available by calling Dennison at (304) 696-2809.


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Friday August 5, 2005
Contact: Bill Bissett, Director of Public Relations, South Charleston Campus, (304) 696-7153

Advance tickets still available for Marshall's 'Paint the Capital City Green' Wednesday, Aug. 17

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Marshall University fans have until Friday, Aug. 12 to purchase tickets, which are available only in advance, for "Paint The Capital City Green, presented by Friends of Coal."  

This annual event, which is recognized as the nation's largest pep rally for Thundering Herd alumni, fans and friends, starts at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Charleston's Embassy Suites Hotel.

Now in its eighth year, "Paint the Capital City Green, presented by Friends of Coal" is hosted by the Big Green Scholarship Foundation, Marshall University Alumni Association, Greater Kanawha Valley Marshall Club and the Charleston Quarterback Club. Event proceeds benefit the Big Green Scholarship Foundation and Marshall University Alumni Association.

"With Marshall University continuing to grow our academic offerings in the Kanawha Valley with our South Charleston campus and on-line degree programs, we also want to expand our athletic commitment to West Virginia's capital city," Marshall spokesperson Bill Bissett said.

"Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Coal, Herd fans from across the Mountain State will once again fill this venue with green and white support.  It's a great evening to celebrate the kickoff of the upcoming football season and recognize all of Marshall's athletic programs," Bissett said.

As the Thundering Herd prepares to "step up" and begin play in Conference USA, Marshall fans will get to meet new President Stephen J. Kopp, new football coach Mark Snyder and his staff, as well as other members of Marshall's coaching staff.  The event begins with a pep rally and tailgate party, featuring food and entertainment by "Marco," the Marshall cheerleading squad and members of the Marshall University Marching Thunder.

A formal program begins at 7:15 p.m., featuring remarks from special guests and a special tribute to former Marshall football coach Bobby Pruett. Please note that tickets will only be available in advance for $25 each. For tickets or additional information, call (304) 696-3134, (304) 696-4661 or toll-free (866) I HERD 10 (443-7310).

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Thursday August 4, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

MU's 24 presentations the most by far at technology conference

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will have 24 presentations, more than all other higher education institutions in the state combined, at the West Virginia Statewide Technology Conference Tuesday-Thursday, Aug. 9-11 at the Radisson Hotel at Waterfront Place in Morgantown.

Dr. Jan Fox, vice president for information technology/CIO at Marshall, said the 2005 conference, called "Beyond Imagining," provides an opportunity for Marshall to share its expertise and knowledge with other higher education institutions, K-12, and state agencies.

"The state takes the lead from Marshall in looking to the future for technology implementations in the academic and administrative realm," Fox said. "This is the one time of the year we can show everybody what we're doing, when we get a real synergy from our administrators, faculty and staff. We're real proud of our people."

The conference features presentations, discussions, hands-on tutorials and vendor exhibits, and provides numerous opportunities for vendors and attendees to mix and mingle.

Several of Marshall's representatives, Fox said, will have multiple presentations. They include Terri Tomblin-Byrd, Steve Robinson, Chuck Elliott, Al Goble and Dr. Lisa Heaton.

Marshall alumnus F. Selby Wellman, former senior vice president of Cisco Systems, will be the featured speaker at the conference's awards luncheon, scheduled for noon Wednesday, Aug. 10. Wellman will be discussing "Globalization and the Future of Education in the 21st Century."

Here is the complete list of presentations involving Marshall participants:


TUESDAY

  • 2:50 - 3:40 p.m.
    Not Just Any Portal in a Storm-Using SharePoint for an Accreditation Visit

    Jan I. Fox, Vice President for Information Technology/CIO, Marshall University
    Leonard Deutsch, Dean, Graduate School Marshall University
     

  • 3:50 - 4:40 p.m.
    Enterprise Project Management - Implementing Project Server 2003

    Charles Elliott, Associate Director, Customer Services, Marshall University
    Yanzhi Wu, Senior Office Administrator, Information Technology Administration, Marshall University
     

  • 4:50 - 5:40 p.m.
    The Marshall University Solution to WebCT/Vista Support

    Stephen J. Robinson, Manager, Information Services, Marshall University
    Marianne Kline, Learning Management System Administrator, Center for Instructional Technology
    Al Goble, Learning Management System Administrator Center for Instructional Technology



WEDNESDAY
 

  • 8 - 8:50 a.m.
    Our Account Maintenance System-Banner Style

    Terri L. Tomblin-Byrd, Associate Director, UCS: Databases & Shared Systems
    Omayma Tayar, Application Systems Analyst/Programmer Senior
    Tim Calvert, Lead Systems Programmer, Marshall University
     

  • 9 - 9:50 a.m.
    Taking Banner 6.x from OpenVMS to Linux: A Shotgun Approach

    Terri Tomblin-Byrd, Associate Director, Marshall University
    Myke Watts, Senior DBA, UCS: Databases and Shared Systems, Marshall University
     

  • 9 - 9:50 a.m.
    Spyware Sucks

    Ian Levstein, Information Technology Specialist, Marshall University School of Medicine
     

  • 1:30 - 3:20 p.m.
    LDI for e-Learning: A Success Story

    Terri Tomblin-Byrd, Associate Director, Marshall University
    Gary Weis, Application System Analyst/Programmer, Marshall University
    Al Goble, Lead, Learning Management System Administrator, UCS: Databases and Shared Systems, Marshall University
     

  • 2:30 - 3:20 p.m.
    Using VISTA to Manage Student Portfolios in a Degree Program

    Mike Cunningham, Associate Professor, Marshall University
    Teresa Eagle, Associate Professor, Marshall University
     

  • 3:40 - 4:30 p.m.
    Computer and Media Disposal: Information Security At The End Of The Life Cycle

    Charles Elliot, Associate Director, Customer Services, Marshall University Computing Services

     

  • 3:40 - 4:30 p.m.
    WV Teachers and the Internet: Who's Using It and Why
    George Watson, Assistant Professor, Marshall University
     

  • 3:40 - 4:30 p.m.
    Technology in the Science Classroom

    Lisa A. Heaton, Associate Professor, Marshall University
    Lethea Smith, Assistant Professor, Concord University
    Sandra Orr, Assistant Professor, West Virginia State University
     

  • 3:40 - 4:30 p.m.
    Training & Certifying the University Help Desk (Keeping Ahead of the Game)

    Stephen Robinson, Manager, Information Services, Marshall University

     

THURSDAY
 

  • 3:40 - 4:30 p.m.
    Multimedia in Education: Integration on Multiple Levels

    Dixie Billheimer, Coordinator Technical Assistance/InSTEP, RESA II
    Kim Sigman, Computer Curriculum Specialist, Putnam County Board of Education
    Michael Murphy, Associate Director Regional Campuses for Computing Services, Marshall University
    Lisa Heaton, Associate Professor Elementary/Secondary Education, Graduate School of Education and Professional Development, Marshall University



More information on the conference is available by contacting Fox at (304) 696-6706, or by visiting http://www.wvnet.edu/wvconf2005/.


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Wednesday August 3, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Heritage Society Recognized at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Many organized individuals plan ahead and conduct their business by the book. Therefore, the John Deaver Drinko Library proved to be the ideal setting for honoring members of Marshall University's Heritage Society at a brunch on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

The Heritage Society is made up of friends and alumni who have committed their personal resources to assure the future of Marshall. Members are providing for the future of the university through planned gifts such as a bequest in a will, a living trust, a charitable trust, a charitable gift annuity, or life insurance.

The theme of Tuesday's brunch for the nearly 50 guests focused on the living history and the legacy that each is leaving for Marshall University. Just as library books connect today's generation of students with the past, the Heritage Society provides opportunities for tomorrow's students.

"By dedicating part of their personal treasury, they are perpetuating the cherished Marshall experience for future students," Mandilyn Hart, Director of Gift Planning, said. "These special friends of the university are authoring a chapter in Marshall's history, helping write Marshall's never-ending story."

Glen Kerkian, President/CEO of The Marshall University Foundation, Inc., was host of the brunch, and Hart formally recognized the Society.

Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp expressed appreciation for the donors, and assisted in a ceremony to present membership pins and certificates to new members.  Provost Sarah Denman and Confederate Collection bibliographer Jack Dickinson also spoke.

For more information regarding membership in the Heritage Society, persons may contact Hart at (304) 696-6708 or hartm@marshall.edu.


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