January 2005 News Releases

Friday January 28, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

MU researchers receive patent for new type of light bulb

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A patent on a product invented at Marshall University during a cooperative research and development effort from 1998 through 2001 has been approved by the U.S. Patent and Trade Office.

The patent is for a flat ceramic-on-steel light-emitting bulb or device that could lead to new manufacturing jobs for West Virginia in addition to helping reduce energy costs for many of our nation's businesses, consumers, and governmental agencies, said Richard Begley, one of two Marshall professors involved in the research and development effort.

"The ceramic light is anticipated to be immediately useful in signs for transportation and traditional advertising," Begley said. "Advantages of the new technology include improved durability and visibility during inclement weather and at night with smaller power requirements."

The new flat, steel ceramic bulb also will be immediately useful for homeowners interested in address markers that will be easier to see at night and cost less to illuminate, Begley said. He added that preliminary market research appears to be very promising with significant demands for the new lights nationally and internationally. International patent applications for the new technology also are being developed, Begley said.

West Virginia Congressman Nick J. Rahall, II said he is excited about the new light technology created at Marshall.

"I have always known that we have some of the best researchers and scientists in the world here in West Virginia," Rahall said. "Now, everyone else will also know. This new technology will not only create many new manufacturing jobs in Southern West Virginia, but it will also make our roads safer with signs that are easier for all of us to read."

Begley, an engineering professor who works at the Nick J. Rahall, II Appalachian Transportation Institute (RTI) at Marshall, joined with Michael Norton, a Marshall Chemistry professor, and researchers from Alfred University College of Ceramics in New York and Meadow River Enterprises, Inc., an Alta, W.Va., small manufacturing firm, in developing the light bulb.

Begley said the effort was made possible with funds obtained from a national competition conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory program established through the efforts of West Virginia Sen. Robert C. Byrd. The successful proposal was prepared through a public private partnership developed by Marshall's Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing. In addition, more than $175,000 in federal funding was obtained through the efforts of Congressman Rahall and the RTI.

"This research partnership developed at Marshall University has resulted in a new product line that will keep our current and many additional employees working for a long time," Don Osborne, president of Meadow River Enterprises, said. "We would not be in this position without Marshall University helping us to satisfy our research needs and I am extremely hopeful that all the new manufacturing can be done here in West Virginia."

Marshall Interim President Michael J. Farrell noted the importance of collaboration in developing the product.

"I am extremely gratified that the creative work took place on the Marshall University campus," Farrell said. "Equally important, Marshall's engineer and scientist collaborated with a West Virginia business to produce this product. When Marshall succeeds, West Virginia succeeds."

More information is available by calling Begley at (304) 696-6660, or Norton at (304) 696-6627.

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Thursday January 27, 2005
Contact: Pat Dickson, University Communications, (304) 746-1971

Planning and grant writing workshop planned for Feb. 11 at Marshall's South Charleston campus

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A planning and grant writing workshop, "Advancing the Non-Profit Organization," is being offered by Marshall Community & Technical College's Continuing Education Program on Friday, Feb. 11 at Marshall University's South Charleston campus at 100 Angus E. Peyton Drive.

Both morning and afternoon sessions are available. Strategic Planning for Grant Writing is offered from 9 a.m. until noon; Successful Grant Writing runs from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Participants may select either session for $55, or attend both sessions for $95. Two or more participants from the same organization receive a $10 discount off the combined session fee.

The Strategic Planning facilitator is Skip Gebhart, a consultant and trainer specializing in long-range planning, leadership development and workforce diversity. He has conducted seminars for numerous government agencies as well as for national corporations including IBM, Exxon-Mobile, Dow Chemical, and amazon.com.

Lisa Starcher Collins facilitates the afternoon session on Successful Grant Writing. Collins was a non-profit executive for 17 years, most recently serving as president and CEO of Artsbridge in Parkersburg. She has been awarded more than a million dollars in grant funds and now serves as an independent consultant for non-profits through her business, Charity Match.

To register or to receive additional information, persons may contact Martha Pierson, program manager for the MCTC Continuing Education Program in South Charleston, at (304) 746-2062, or by e-mail.

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Thursday January 27, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall professor to receive Mabel Lee Award

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University professor Jennifer Mak will receive the Mabel Lee Award from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance on April 14.

The award, which will be presented in Chicago during the alliance's convention and exposition, recognizes its young members who have demonstrated outstanding potential in scholarship, teaching and professional leadership.

The alliance evaluates the candidates on exemplary teaching abilities, publications, citations (awards or other recognition for outstanding teaching), coaching or administration performance and active leadership in district or national associations of the alliance.

Mak is an assistant professor in the division of exercise science, sport and recreation. She has been at Marshall since August 2000 after receiving her doctoral degree from Indiana University. She is president of the state branch of the national association and coordinator of the sports management and marketing program and the recreation and park resources program at Marshall.

Mak has 15 published articles and has 25 refereed or invited presentations at international, national, regional and state conferences. Mak recently was invited by the South China Normal University to speak at the International Forum of Sports for All.

"It is a great encouragement for me to be recognized by my colleagues as a young professional," Mak said. "I will continue to work hard in developing my scholarship, teaching and professional leadership. Marshall has provided a great environment for me. My recognition is only one example of Marshall's national prominence for excellence in the areas of high quality teaching, research and services."

Dr. Robert Barnett, professor in the division of exercise science, sport and recreation at Marshall, wrote the recommendation letter for Mak.

"It is really phenomenal for a young professional to receive this award," Barnett said. "It reflects tremendously well on Marshall and our program. Jennifer has really stepped up in the areas of research and professional service to our division. It is rare that someone this young has accomplished so much."

For more information, persons may contact Mak at (304) 696-2997 or via email.

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Thursday January 27, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Legendary musician Hugh Masekela at Marshall on Feb. 7

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Hugh Masekela, a legendary musician who has been hailed as both a prodigiously talented giant of jazz and world music and a pioneer in bringing the voice and spirit of African music to the West, is coming to Marshall University Monday, Feb. 7 for a series of workshops, media presentations and a performance.

Masekela's visit is sponsored by Marshall's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, the Department of Music, the Center for African American Student Programs, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Participating in events with Masekela will be D. Michael Cheers, former editor of Ebony magazine and a renowned photojournalist and author whose book about Masekela, "Still Grazing," was published last year.

Both Masekela and Cheers will present workshops for Marshall students during the day. Masekela will conduct music workshops and Cheers will meet with journalism and art students.

A reception, photo exhibit and book signing will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Birke Art Gallery. At 8 p.m. in Smith Music Hall, Masekela and Cheers will present a multi-media presentation of Cheers' work and the two will participate in a discussion of "Still Grazing." Following that program, Masekela will perform with a Marshall University jazz band. All of the evening events are free to the public.

From the beginning, Masekela's life has been rich and magical, although sometimes streaked by dark clouds. He was born and raised in grim South African mining towns defined by music, racial oppression and bloody tragedy. A member of a youth band, Masekela's first trumpet was a gift from his high school chaplain, anti-apartheid activist Bishop Trevor Huddleston. Later, Huddleston, who was expelled from South Africa, met the legendary Louis Armstrong and Armstrong sent one of his horns to the youth band.

Masekela soon mastered South Africa's unique brand of township dance music and American jazz. But by then, many of his friends and close relatives were tortured or murdered and his mother also died in mysterious circumstances. He became even more active in the campaign to bring down the regime but was eventually driven into exile in what would become a 30-year pilgrimage of the world.

Adopted by international stars such as Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Harry Belafonte and Miriam Makeba, he soon became part of the raucous swirl of the 1960s music world. His first song, "Grazing in the Grass," which featured Masekela's unique trumpet riffing, hit number one around the world in 1968. He co-composed and co-authored the hit musical, "Sarafina," and traveled the world as part of Paul Simon's epic Graceland tour, all the while agitating for the release of Nelson Mandela.

Upon Mandela's release from prison, Masekela made a triumphant return in 1990 to South Africa where he subsequently worked for one year in the ministry of culture during Mandela's administration.

During the course of his career, Masekela played with many greats, notably Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, the Supremes, Herb Albert and Bob Marley. In all, he has recorded 40 albums and sold more than five million recordings.

Cheers, a faculty member at the University of Mississippi, has chronicled Masekela's remarkable, one-of-a-kind musical life in his book. "Still Grazing" has been characterized as a recounting of one man's whirlwind musical journey around the world and eventual return to his African homeland where he found peace and redemption.

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Wednesday January 26, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

MU art professor to receive Sasakawa Fellowship

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Jonathan Cox, a faculty member in the Marshall University art department, is one of 20 faculty members nationwide who have been selected to receive a 2005 Sasakawa Fellowship.

Offered through the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the fellowships offer faculty members an intensive one-month experience designed to study aspects of Japanese life and culture with the aim of incorporating information about Japan into undergraduate courses.

This year's institute will take place in June at San Diego State University. Participants will have an opportunity to learn from scholars, business leaders, artists and journalists about Japanese civilization, history, language, business and education.

While modern Japan is the focus for the program, participants are provided a foundation in the pre-modern history and culture of Japan as well.

Cox, a sculptor, says he is eager to learn about the country and its culture. "I've been interested in Japanese culture for a number of years, but I don't know a whole lot about it," he says. "This will be a good time for me to settle in and learn more about Japan."

The institute will involve seminars, lectures, readings, films and cultural activities related to Japanese history, culture, literature, government, business, language and education. Cox says he plans to visit Japan in the summer of 2006.

"I'd like to work and study in Kyoto for a good part of the summer," he says. "I have ideas about artwork and I think this fellowship will encourage and inspire me. I'm excited to have the exchange with other colleagues and faculty from around the country."

Another MU faculty member, Karl Winton of the Communication Studies department, was awarded a Sasakawa Fellowship in 2004. Cox may be reached at (304) 696-3202.

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Wednesday January 26, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Portion of 18th Street near Marshall to be closed Feb. 1-4

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A portion of 18th Street near the Marshall University parking garage will be closed Feb. 1-4 for construction of the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center.

James Terry, Director of Public Safety, said 18th Street will be closed from 3rd Avenue to the parking garage entrance. Motorists will be able to enter the 18th Street side of the garage only from the alley or from Commerce Avenue.

Terry said motorists are encouraged to use the 19th Street entrance to the garage while part of 18th Street is closed.

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Wednesday January 26, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

'Indigo' premieres Saturday at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The international premiere of the movie "Indigo" takes place Saturday, Jan. 29 at Marco's Lounge in Marshall University's Memorial Student Center. Show times are 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

"Indigo" also premieres Saturday at AMC DTDS (digital) movie theatres and in more than 500 churches and organizations in 49 states and 35 countries.

"Indigo" was created in a new genre of films called spiritual cinema. The film is about redemption, grace and the healing powers of a new generation of psychic and gifted Indigo children. The movie tells the story of one family's three fateful choices that result in bankruptcy, jail and their estrangement and total dissolution.

The title "Indigo" comes from an indigo child, a name that was given to children who display a new and unusual set of psychological attributes. They were called indigo because of the indigo blue color that is seen in their auras. Many of these children have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD.

These children can be strong willed, creative with an artistic flair, highly intuitive, prone to accidents, suffer from insomnia and bore easily. Many bond easily with plants and animals, look for deep long-lasting friendships and desire to make a difference in a big way.

Alecia Rice, an independent group facilitator from Milton, W.Va., is sponsoring "Indigo" in the Huntington area. Rice, who says she is interested in the ways children are taught, recently completed an 8-week course with "Indigo" director Stephen Simon, examining ways movies could cast a more positive reflection of humanity than she believes currently is provided by Hollywood.

Rice said she believes showing the film will be a good social experiment to find out the desire for spiritual films in the community.

"I believe there are many people like myself who are interested in movies with positive messages and I wanted to play a part in proving that fact," Rice said. "I think that others will be interested in seeing this film and learning more about these special kids, especially teachers. Marshall serves as a hub of education and entertainment in our community. I could think of no better place to host the international premiere of this film."

For more information, persons may contact Rice at (304) 743-4625 or via e-mail at AleciaRice@aol.com.

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Tuesday January 25, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Three join advisory board for West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Board of Governors approved the addition of three new members to the West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall University's advisory board during its meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

James P. Corley of Martinsburg, W.Va., Lenore Zedosky of Charleston, W.Va., and Marshall associate professor Dr. Mary E. Reynolds were added to the advisory board's membership.

Corley is a retired West Virginia State Trooper, Zedosky is a retired registered nurse, and former executive director of the West Virginia Department of Education's Office of Healthy Schools, and Reynolds is an associate professor in Communication Disorders at Marshall.

The latest additions bring the number of advisory board members to 20. That total does not include ex-officio members Dr. Barbara Becker-Cottrill, executive director of the Autism Training Center, and Dr. Tony Williams, interim dean of the College of Education and Human Services.

The board meets four times a year. It serves to advise the center's executive director in matters relating to the mission of the agency, which is to provide education and training to families, educators and anyone involved in the life of a West Virginian with autism and who is registered with the agency.

"We are delighted to have three new members that are as knowledgeable in the field of autism and service delivery as these new members are," Becker-Cottrill said. "Their contributions will certainly make a difference to all of those that the agency serves."

The board is divided into three categories - 50 percent (10) parents, 40 percent (8) professionals and 10 percent (2) citizens. More information is available by calling Becker-Cottrill at (304) 696-2332.

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Tuesday January 25, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall dean to take part in relief mission in India

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Lynne Welch, a professor of nursing and dean of Marshall University's College of Health Professions, will be in southern India from Feb. 16 through March 4 taking part in a tsunami relief mission.

Welch is going to the Chennai area with Fellowship Baptist Church of Barboursville, W.Va., to provide healthcare for those affected by last month's disaster. The church is going as part of Medical Missions to India, Inc., a nonprofit medical relief agency based in Barboursville.

In 2002, Welch went with this same group on a medical mission to northern India. She also has traveled to Africa, Brazil, and Peru on other missions. Her role on this trip will be as a nurse practitioner.

"I have the skills as a nurse practitioner to assist those in need," Welch said. "I believe that we are lucky in the U.S. and I feel that I should give back to those less fortunate."

Welch currently is trying to raise money to pay for her trip. The cost is $3,500. For more information or to donate, persons may contact Welch at (304) 696-2616 or via email.

Checks may be sent to Medical Missions to India, c/o Fellowship Baptist Church, 3661 Rt. 60 E., Barboursville, WV 25504. For more information on Medical Missions to India, Inc., persons may visit www.mminet.org.

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Thursday January 20, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall theater professor, director honored

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A professor and a director from the Marshall University Theatre Department recently received the 2004 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Certificate of Merit Awards for the department's October 2004 production of "Angel Street."

Joan St. Germain, associate professor of theatre, received a merit award for costume design. Jamez Morris-Smith, adjunct faculty and theatre facilities director, received a merit award for scenic design.

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide that has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. The KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents.

St. Germain has been the costume designer and associate professor of theatre at Marshall for the past seven years. She holds a B.A. in speech/theatre arts from Marquette University and an M.F.A. from The Ohio State University.

In 2003, St. Germain was awarded Marshall's Pickens-Queen Award for excellence in teaching, and "Best Costumes, Professional" by the New Hampshire Theatre Awards. Her latest Costume Design credits include "A Christmas Carol," "Twelfth Night," "Romeo & Juliet," and "The Lion in Winter" for Marshall University Theatre, and "The Pirates of Penzance," "Sweeney Todd" and "Chicago" for the Papermill Theatre in Lincoln, N.H.

Morris-Smith graduated from Marshall in 1982 with a B.F.A. in theatre design. He subsequently worked with Theatre West Virginia for two years before returning to Marshall University Theatre in 1984 as a scenic designer.

In 1989, Morris-Smith worked with Lorimar Studios on CBS Television's long-running "Falcon Crest." He then moved to manager of auditoriums for university theatre at Marshall while continuing to work as a scenic/lighting designer and instructor.

Other honors for Morris-Smith include: Clayton Page Theatre Award, 1982; President's Service Award, 1995; Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honorary - Lifetime Achievement; Marshall University Employee of the Year, 2003.

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Thursday January 20, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University Jazz Festival is Jan. 27-29

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's 36th annual Jazz Festival is planned for Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 27-29, at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

All evening concerts begin at 8 p.m. General admission tickets, which are available at the door, cost $10. Tickets for Marshall faculty, staff and seniors are $5, and MU students are admitted free by showing their ID card.

This year's featured guest ensemble is the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, which performs on Friday, Jan. 28. The CJO began in 1973 as a vehicle to create performance opportunities for jazz musicians in a big band setting. Today, the CJO is considered one of the world's finest jazz orchestras and a model for success, presenting big band jazz and guest artists in a concert setting to thousands each year.

The Columbus Jazz Orchestra is known for its bold sound and for the recreation of music by masters such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Stan Kenton and Gil Evans. The CJO helps to promote the future of the medium by commissioning new arrangements and masterworks for jazz orchestras.

The CJO is led by internationally-known band leader and trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling, former lead trumpet for the Count Basie Orchestra. A favorite in jazz festivals and events throughout the world and a popular symphony orchestra soloist, Stripling has been featured with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops, the St. Louis Symphony and the Boston Pops Orchestra.

On Thursday, Jan. 27, ensembles from Winfield High School and Spring Valley High will perform for the festival's evening audience. Marshall's faculty jazz ensemble Bluetrane will continue its tradition of bringing a variety of styles to the opening event. Following the concert, a session by Velvet Spasm, a local jazz-fusion group, will be presented in the Jomie Jazz Forum.

The "Thundering Herd All-Stars" return to the concert stage on Saturday evening. Built on the success of the summer Jazz-MU-Tazz ensemble, the "All-Star" performers have been selected from participating high schools to perform during the evening's final concert.

To conclude the festival, the Marshall University Jazz Ensemble will be featured in concert with members of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and Marshall's faculty. Marshall's Jazz Ensemble has recently participated in the prestigious Notre Dame Jazz Festival and has performed with many of the world's best-known jazz artists.

More information on the festival is available by calling Dr. Ed Bingham, Director of Jazz Studies, at (304) 696-2452.

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Wednesday January 19, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Mooney appointed to replace Farrell on Marshall board

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Retired Brig. Gen. H.F. Mooney, Jr. of Charleston was appointed on Dec. 28 to Marshall University's board of governors.

Mooney, a Democrat, replaced Michael J. Farrell, who resigned on Dec. 17 to accept the position of interim president at Marshall. Mooney's term runs through June 30, 2007. He was sworn in today (Wednesday, Jan. 19) at MU's board meeting at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing.

Former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise appointed Mooney to Marshall's board.

"This is a very critical time in Marshall's history," Mooney said today. "We're at the dawning of a new century, and the dawning of hiring a new president at Marshall. It's the explosion of the information age, an exciting time to be in higher education."

Mooney also was approved as a member of Marshall's Presidential Search and Screening Committee, which met formally for the first time after today's board meeting. All members of the board of governors, along with four non-BOG members, are on the search committee.

"There won't be a more important decision that we make than choosing the guy who drives the ship," Mooney said of the presidential search.

Mooney, a 1954 graduate of West Virginia University and a two-time graduate of Ohio University, was a highly decorated career officer in the U.S. Army. He did combat duty in the Korean and Vietnam wars, taking a physical disability retirement in 1977. He has been in business since.

The search committee today voted to give co-chairpersons A. Michael Perry and Menis Ketchum the authority to narrow the field of consulting services that will be considered to two or three. The committee then will meet with representatives from those services before hiring one to assist in the search.

The co-chairs also plan to develop "a statement of characteristics and qualities of a president." In an effort to seek input for this process, they will conduct a series of constituent group meetings from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, in the Memorial Student Center Alumni Lounge.

A separate meeting will be scheduled for input from the Kanawha Valley/Charleston area's community leaders.

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

Marshall, WVU to participate in blood drive competition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Coming off its doubleheader basketball sweep of West Virginia University last week at the Toyota Capital Classic in Charleston, Marshall University is preparing to take on the next challenge with its state rival.

Both Marshall and WVU will sponsor an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, January 20. MU's blood drive takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center, room 2W22. WVU's is from 1 to 7 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballroom in Morgantown.

The school with the most donors will be recognized by the Red Cross during an upcoming Marshall men's basketball game.

A faculty and staff blood drive also takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19 in Marshall's Memorial Student center, room 2W22. Faculty and staff interested in making an appointment or volunteering to work the blood drive may contact Prudy Barker at (304) 696-2495 or by email.

"January is the National Volunteer Blood Donor Month and with the recent tsunami disaster and other disasters in the United States, there is currently a critical need for all blood types," Cheryl Gergely, spokesperson with the Red Cross, said. "Approximately half of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, yet only five percent donate annually, and relatively few donate more than two times a year."

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Friday January 14, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Longtime MU music professor dies

Dr. Paul Balshaw, distinguished professor of music at Marshall University, died early today, Jan. 14, 2005. He was 66.

Dr. Balshaw had been at Marshall since September 1965, when he was hired as an assistant professor in the department of music. He later was the founding dean of the College of Fine Arts, a position he maintained from 1984 to 1995.

Upon returning to the music department, he taught voice, advanced analysis courses for undergraduates, and courses in the graduate music history sequence.

"Dr. Balshaw cut such a wide swath through our cultural, intellectual and artistic community that we will probably realize this loss and its magnitude only over time," said Dr. Marshall Onofrio, chair of the department of music. "He was the consummate gentleman, colleague, mentor and pedagogue. He will be missed."

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

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Thursday January 13, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

New paint job gives locomotive engine Thundering Herd look

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Ohio River Terminals, Co. in Huntington has been a neighbor of Marshall University for more than 75 years. And its manager, Otis (Ott) Adkins, describes himself as a big Marshall fan.

So, it stands to reason that Adkins must have had something to do with the new, distinctive paint job on one of his company's working locomotive engines. This particular engine, which pulls coal-hauling rail cars to the Ohio River Terminals dock, where the coal is loaded onto barges, is painted Marshall green and white, and features the Thundering Herd logo.

"We wanted to do something to show our support," Adkins said. "We're just doing this because we love Marshall we ARE Marshall."

The engine travels east and west between 15th Street and 25th Street east, where the terminal is located. It does not cut through town or across any city streets.

The parent company of Ohio River Terminals, Co., is Ingram Barge Lines of Nashville, Adkins said. The job of painting the engine, done by CSX, took only a few days, he said.

Adkins said the engine is not the only way his company is supporting Marshall. He recently instituted a safety incentive program that will reward the 30 or so employees at Ohio River Terminals, Co., with what he considers an unbeatable experience.

"If they make it until the beginning of the (2005) football season with no lost-time injury, I'm going to take all of them to the first home game of the season," he said.

Adkins can be reached by calling (304) 523-6461. Photos Available

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Tuesday January 11, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall names Career Services Center director

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Valerie L. Bernard has been named director of Marshall University's Career Services Center as of Jan. 3.

Bernard has a master's degree from Marshall in Adult Education (Training & Development) and has been an adjunct faculty in the Adult & Technical Education Department.

Career Services works with students as they seek employment opportunities by offering career coaching, resume writing and other job related activities.

"It's a great opportunity for students to utilize our service and they can use this service while they're still in school," Bernard said. "I'm very excited to be associated with Marshall."

Bernard originated and led Executive Training Centers, Inc., a training and sales company. Formerly she served as director of the Mason County WV Gear-Up Program and as Public Relations Chair for Mason County's Building for Academic Excellence Program.

"We are excited to have Valerie on board," said Patricia G. Gallagher, recruiting coordinator.

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Monday January 10, 2005
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Numerous activities highlight annual King Symposium

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The 12th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium, which takes place Monday, Jan. 17 in Huntington, will be celebrated through an array of activities including panels, forums, music, award presentations and the traditional march to honor the slain civil rights leader.

Established by Marshall University's Division of Multicultural Affairs and partially funded by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, this year's theme is "Continuing the Legacy and the Struggle for Justice and Equality in the 21st Century."

The Rev. Dr. Teresa E. Snorton, executive director of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., of Decatur, Ga., is the keynote speaker Monday evening following the announcement of the awards competition winners.

"Marshall University is proud to join with the mayor of Huntington, The Herald-Dispatch, the Cabell County Board of Education and other organizations to sponsor the 12th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium," Dr. Betty Cleckley, vice president for Multicultural Affairs, said. "It portends to be a thought-provoking, stimulating experience."

The symposium opens with a Focus on Youth program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fairfield West Community Gardens. The coordinators are Edward Dawson, executive editor of The Herald-Dispatch, and Sally Lind, executive director of the Huntington Human Rights Commission.

The program will be followed by a luncheon and roundtable panel discussion from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Ebenezer Community Outreach Center. The theme is, "Bringing Unity to the Community." The Rev. Paul Willis, Sr., pastor of First Baptist Church, is the coordinator.

A highlight of each symposium is the traditional march that begins at the Ebenezer Community Outreach Center at 1660 8th Ave. and ends at the 5th Avenue Baptist Church at 1135 5th Ave., where the annual memorial service begins at 6 p.m. The lineup begins at 4:30 and the march gets underway at 4:45 p.m.

The presentation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Competition winners will be made by Dr. Christina Murphy, dean of the Marshall University College of Liberal Arts. Following the presentation, music will be provided by the University of Charleston/All Nations Vocal ensemble under the direction of Stan Spottswood.

Snorton's address focuses on legacy building. She is the former executive director of Clinical Services at the Emory Center for Pastoral Services at Crawford Long Hospital and has been an adjunct instructor at Emory University since 1991. She also is the council chair for the Uhuru Community Caregivers, a pastoral care and counseling ministry of the First African Presbyterian Church in Lithonia, Ga., and co-chair of the First African Community Development Corporation.

An ordained minister in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Snorton formerly was a pastor in Kentucky. She is the author of several articles, chapters and book reviews on topics related to pastoral care and ministry.

A reception takes place at 8 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

Dr. Rainey Duke and Sylvia Ridgeway are co-chairs of this year's symposium planning committee. Committee members include Philip W. Carter, Maurice Cooley, Edward Dawson, Margot Durbin, Jennifer Gaston, Rebecca Glass, Stephen Hensley, Byron Holmes, David Johnson, Steve Landes, Sally Lind, Charles Lloyd. Samuel Moore, Christina Murphy, Larry Patterson, William Smith, Susan Tams, Paul Willis Sr., and Barbara Winters.

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Friday January 7, 2005
Contact: Tom Hunter, University Communications, (304) 746-2038

Herd fans gear up for annual Capital Classic with two special game-day events

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Marshall University alumni, fans and friends have an opportunity to gear up for Thundering Herd's annual Capital City Classic men's and women's basketball doubleheader with West Virginia University during two special game-day events Tuesday, Jan. 11.

The Marshall Tip-Off Club of Charleston is host to a noon luncheon honoring the Marshall men's and women's basketball teams at the Athletic Club Restaurant at Charleston's Embassy Suites hotel. Speakers include men's basketball coach Ron Jirsa and women's basketball coach Royce Chadwick. Seating is limited for the luncheon, with tickets available at the door for $11 per person. To RSVP or for additional information, contact Rusty Webb at 343-2900.

The Marshall University Alumni Association is host to a Capital Classic pre-game reception from 6 to 8 p.m. in the South Hall of the Charleston Civic Center. Sponsored in part by CSX and West Virginia Wireless, this free event is open to the public. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar are available.

Marshall interim president Michael J. Farrell, along with university staff and representatives, will greet visitors during the reception. Marco and the Marshall University cheerleaders will entertain the crowd.

Marshall and WVU meet in a women's game at 5:30 p.m., and the Thundering Herd and West Virginia men play at 8 p.m. in the annual Capital Classic.

Tickets for the doubleheader are still available by calling the Marshall ticket office at
1-800-THE HERD or the Charleston Civic Center box office at 345-7469.

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Wednesday January 5, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Moses family presents significant gift to Erickson Alumni Center

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - As a gift to their father, the children of Jack Fitzgerald Moses and Sue Moses of Huntington last week presented a significant gift in his name to Marshall University's Erickson Alumni Center.

Interim MU President Michael J. Farrell accepted the gift on behalf of the university on Wednesday, Dec. 29, in his Old Main office. About 20 members of the Moses family looked on as Jack, accompanied by his wife of 62 years, was honored.

Because the gift was substantial, the new Erickson Alumni Center board room will be named the J.F. Moses Executive Board Room.

"The generosity of the Moses family has been a 50-year experience," Farrell said. "The donation to name the premier conference room in honor of Jack Moses Sr. is graciously accepted and warmly welcomed by Marshall University."

Jack Moses, a 1940 Marshall College graduate, described the gift as "a wonderful surprise for me."

"I loved Marshall when I was here as a student and I still love it," he said. "It has changed so many lives. It is a great university and I am proud to be part of it."

Jack Fitzgerald Moses II said his father, who started in the automobile business in 1947 in Welch, W.Va., with the original Moses Automotive, has been a longtime Marshall supporter, providing donor automobiles to MU's athletic department since 1955.

"Our father has been a businessman in West Virginia for almost 60 years, and we wanted to honor him," Jack Moses II said. "This will be his 50th year of furnishing cars for Marshall. There are so many exciting things going on at Marshall and we wanted to be a part of it."

Jack Fitzgerald Moses was born in Huntington, but his family moved to McDowell County, where his father was an accountant. Jack graduated from Iaeger High School. He turned down a football scholarship at Marshall to concentrate on earning his business degree.

Bob Moses, a Charleston resident and one of the Moses' three sons, said it was appropriate to honor his father with a gift that helps Marshall and Huntington.

"He's been a pillar of that community. That's his home and always has been," Bob Moses said. "We wanted to have something there for a long time that bears his name. He's such a huge Marshall supporter and Marshall is such a large part of the Huntington community, we felt this was very appropriate. We wanted to let people know what he's done."

Although she did not attend Marshall, Sue Moses has joined her husband in supporting the university for years.

"We have always loved Marshall," she said. "It has meant so much to both of us and now our children are part of the Marshall family, too."

A fundraising campaign by the Marshall University Alumni Association has been ongoing for the past couple of years. The goal is to raise $3 million, which will be used to build a new Erickson Alumni Center.

"With the Moses contribution, this puts us well over the two-thirds mark in meeting our goal," said Lance West, vice president for alumni development. "To this point we've attracted more than 1,000 investors to this very worthwhile project. We look forward to surpassing our goal in the very near future."

Tom Harris, president of the alumni association, said the gift was a great gesture on the part of the Moses family.

"It shows their love for the community and the university," Harris said. "It's also vitally important to the alumni association as it gets us closer to the goal of building a new Erickson Alumni Center. This gift is a real shot in the arm as far as the alumni center is concerned."

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