June 2005 News Releases



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

Documentary on historic 'Gulf Stream Drift Mission' features Marshall alum from Williamson, W.Va.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Thirty-six years ago, in the shadow of the Apollo 11 moon-walk, Marshall University alumnus Chester B. "Chet" May and five other men headed in the opposite direction to make a different kind of engineering history.

In July 1969, while the Apollo 11 astronauts soared upward 250,000 miles, May and the other PX-15 submarine aquanauts descended 2,000 feet off the coast of Florida. May, at that time a NASA scientist, and the others were conducting a dangerous NASA experiment that had them sealed for 30 days inside a tiny deep-sea capsule far below the Gulf Stream surface.

The PX-15 submarine, christened the Ben Franklin, was ingeniously designed by Swiss adventurer and explorer Jacques Piccard to drift in the current, without engine power, to 2,000 feet below the surface. Military submarines of that era were crushed at 1,000 feet and, without engine power, submarines sank. Yet, the PX-15, minus engine thrust, drifted for 1,500 miles, from Florida to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Gulf Stream Drift Mission, as it was known, served as a space station analog for long duration missions. The aquanauts' task was simple: survive those 30 days exploring the deep, uncharted depths of the Gulf Stream.

The event is the subject of an Omni Film Productions Ltd. documentary titled "The Disappearance of the PX-15" that airs July 14 on The Science Channel - a digital Discovery network. Viewers should check local listings to see at what time and where the documentary will be shown in their area.

The hour-long documentary debuted April 11 on History Television in Canada, but has not yet been shown in the United States.

May, now 72 and living in Huntsville, Ala., is a 1951 graduate of Williamson (W.Va.) High School, and earned his Bachelor of Engineering Science degree from Marshall in 1961 after a year working in the coal mines and four years in the U.S. Air Force. He also earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1975. May's role on the PX-15 was to collect biological cultures inside the submarine and observe the psychological impact of the mission on the men for NASA.

On the mission, May was known as "NASA's man in the ocean." His crewmates were: Piccard, the mission director; Don Kazimir, a former U.S. Navy captain and captain of the mission; Erwin Aebersold, a Swiss engineer and designer and pilot of the mission; Frank Busby, a U.S. Navy oceanographer who mapped the ocean floor and collected scientific data on the mission; and Ken Haigh, a British Royal Navy acoustics expert who conducted scientific experiments using acoustics on the mission.

What NASA discovered from the mission still guides space travel today, but the story was a virtual secret until 1999 when James Delgado, executive director of the Vancouver, British Columbia, Maritime Museum, stumbled upon the wreck of the PX-15 in a North Vancouver shipyard. He was amazed to find the basic structure still there.

Delgado, astounded that the PX-15 was rusting as junk, vowed to restore it and investigate what happened to the crew. The documentary follows Delgado as he recovers the sub and reunites three of the four surviving crew - May, Kazimir and Aebersold.

"I thought it was great," May said of the documentary. "I just thought the Ben Franklin was doomed for the dumps. He (Delgado) really did a fantastic job. There never really was anything done on the history of that mission."

May was selected by Dr. Wernher von Braun, one of the world's first and foremost rocket engineers and a leading authority on space travel, to represent NASA on the mission. "He built the rocket that put us on the moon," May said of von Braun.

The drift mission began on July 14, 1969, two days before Apollo 11 lifted off. The PX-15 had been built in Switzerland, disassembled, then shipped in crates to Florida, where it was reassembled. On July 14, it was towed 20 miles out to sea from the Florida coast, the hatch was sealed and the descent began.

On July 16, as the Apollo soared, the PX-15 descended. Four days later, on July 20, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.

The drift mission was not without incident. Water became contaminated and carbon monoxide levels rose, and on one occasion the submarine drifted 35 miles off course. On day 13, it was forced to surface, while remaining sealed, then was towed back into the gulf stream - a bouncy, seven-hour venture May described as "hot, tough and rough."

The PX-15 surfaced again on Aug. 14, 1969, and the mission was declared a success. It did, however, last a few hours longer than expected to ensure that the submarine would surface in daylight.

"It was 30 days, 12 hours," May said. "Slow, slow, slow. By the 15th day we were marking off the days."

May said he always wanted to be an engineer, and to this day credits Marshall for giving him the opportunity to realize his dreams. "Marshall saved me," he said. "It was part of my journey and always has been."

May said he worked his entire NASA career, from 1966 to 1984, toward being on a space flight as a payload specialist, but it just never worked out. He decided in 1982, at age 50, that it was "time to go." He retired from NASA in 1984, then was named chief of McDonnell Douglas Corp.'s Space Station Systems Engineering and Integration Office in Huntsville. He retired for good, this time from Grumman Space Station Program Support Division, in 1995.

While May enjoys life these days with his wife of nearly 49 years, Anita Louise, their three daughters and seven grandchildren, the restored PX-15 stands outside the Vancouver Maritime Museum for all to explore. And the drift mission, forgotten by most for more than 30 years, suddenly lives again.

"I just feel proud to have been a part of it," May said.

 

NOTE: Photos from the documentary are available for use by the media on the Web at www.marshall.edu/ucomm/muphoto.html.

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Wednesday June 29, 2005
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Parking Permit Renewals

Marshall University faculty, staff and students are encouraged to purchase or renew parking permits for the 2005-2006 school year soon. Permits for 2004-2005 expire on Thursday, June 30.

Parking permits may be obtained at the bursar's office, located on the first floor of Old Main on MU's Huntington campus. The bursar's office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Anyone purchasing a permit for the first time will need to know the vehicle license number, make, model, style, and color when applying for the permit.

Four different types of permits at varied costs may be purchased. The cost also depends on whether a half-year or full-year permit is purchased.

Surface permits are $65 for a half year and $130 for the whole year. Third Avenue garage permits are $115 for a half year and $230 for the whole year. Evening permits are $35 for a half year and $70 for the full year. Smith Hall garage permits, which are assigned according to seniority, are $115 for a half year and $230 for the whole year

Fines will be issued to anyone who occupies permit parking without a permit from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. Parking meters also will be enforced during those same hours. Fire lane and handicapped parking is enforced 24 hours a day.

Tickets for parking violations are issued in the following amounts. Meter violations are $2 each, handicapped violations are $100 each and all other violations are $10.

Employees who normally pay for their permit through payroll deduction who have not received their new parking stickers by July 1 are asked to call Marshall's Office of Public Safety at 696-6406.


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Wednesday June 29, 2005
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Marshall 'Campaign' surpasses $98 million

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - More than $98 million of the $100 million goal has been secured for Marshall University's "Campaign for National Prominence," Marshall University Foundation Inc. President and CEO Glen Kerkian announced last weekend.

The celebratory announcement highlighted the Foundation's quarterly board meeting at  Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, W.Va. Nearly 50 people attended the weekend event, including Marshall Foundation board members and guests, and MU faculty and staff members. 

"The attainment of the $100 million 'Campaign for National Prominence' goal, combined with the fact that we will soon be managing more than $100 million in assets, puts Marshall University and the Foundation in elite company," Kerkian said. "Our students and academic colleges will be the beneficiaries of this consistent outpouring of generosity."

The board assembled Friday, June 24 to hear an informative presentation by Dr. Paul Uselding, the new dean of the Lewis College of Business.

Following his remarks on integrating the academic realm with the corporate world, the board adjourned to various committee meetings to consider old business and strategize future opportunities. The evening finished with a dinner cruise around the resort lake and entertainment by current Marshall student Victoria Landgrave and her accompanist Mark Smith.

At the Saturday morning session, the university's incoming president, Dr. Stephen J. Kopp, spoke to the group. Dr. Sarah Denman, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, then gave a state-of-the-university presentation. The board meeting concluded with the campaign update from Kerkian.

"Marshall's future is exciting," Foundation Chairman Monica Hatfield said. "This weekend we had the pleasure of meeting Marshall's new president.  Sarah Denman shared student accomplishments on the state and national levels.  Glen Kerkian shared wonderful news about the conclusion of the Campaign for National Prominence, which will occur at the end of this year.  The Foundation's endowments and assets are at an all-time high.  Needless to say, I left the meeting feeling that Marshall is truly on the road to national prominence."

The Marshall University Foundation Inc. was established Jan. 3, 1947 as a nonprofit educational corporation to solicit, receive, manage and administer gifts on behalf of Marshall University. It is a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Marshall's Office of Development secures private financial support for the university and encourages greater participation by alumni.  The Foundation board of directors is comprised of 36 alumni, community and business leaders.

More information on the Foundation is available at www.marshall.edu\foundation, or by calling Kerkian at (304) 696-2826.


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Monday June 27, 2005
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130 high school students to attend HSTA Summer Institute at MU

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA) Summer Institute takes place from Sunday, July 10 through Friday, July 15 at Marshall University.

The summer institute is called Fun with Science. The program brings 130 ninth- and 10th-grade students from throughout West Virginia to the Huntington campus for one week to learn more about science and the opportunities that are available to students majoring in science.

Students in the program will learn about digestion and the human digestive system. They also will learn about the diversities of cultures in the United States through programs about multicultural contributions to society.

"The program makes learning about science fun for the students," Dr. Joseph Bragin, dean of the College of Science, said. "The program also helps to recruit students to enroll in the science program in college and better prepares them for their future science classes."

HSTA is an internationally recognized, community-based program that provides academic enrichment for West Virginia high school students in grades nine through 12. Students participate in the program throughout the school year by being involved with clubs in the high schools. The program is offered in 26 West Virginia counties.

The summer institute also has a training program for HSTA teachers from around the state from Tuesday, July 5 through Friday, July 8. The teachers will learn about the curriculum for the summer institute and how it should be taught.

The goal of HSTA is to increase the number of underrepresented and minority students who complete a post-secondary education in the health professions and remain in West Virginia as primary care givers. The program was established with 45 students from two counties in 1994.

For more information, persons may contact Bragin at (304) 696-3167 or visit the HSTA Web site at www.wv-hsta.org.


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Wednesday June 22, 2005
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Eighty high school juniors to attend Governor's School for the Arts

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Eighty rising high school juniors from throughout West Virginia will spend three weeks on Marshall University's Huntington campus next month, participating in the 2005 West Virginia Governor's School for the Arts.

The residential program, which runs July 3-23, provides individual and in-depth group instruction in the arts for rising juniors living in and attending high school in West Virginia. It has taken place the past two years at West Virginia University, and last was at Marshall in 1999 and 2000. It will continue at MU through 2007.

Dr. Larry Stickler, professor of music in Marshall's College of Fine Arts, is dean of the School for the Arts. He also served as dean in 1999 and 2000.

"The School for the Arts is an exciting time for the students," Stickler said. "It's a chance for them to be around other students from the state who share a love for the arts. They'll get to know each other, do some networking among themselves, and later they'll see each other at all-state groups or maybe at the Governor's Honors Academy."

The students auditioned for the school in six artistic areas in January at South Charleston High School and in February at East Fairmont High School. The areas are instrumental music, vocal music, theater, dance, visual arts and creative writing.

Skilled artists/teachers will work with students who demonstrate potential in those areas. Music professor Steven Lawson and theatre professor Gene Anthony from Marshall were selected to teach in the school.

Stickler said the Governor's School for the Arts attempts to broaden the students' understanding of the arts through interdisciplinary courses focusing on common elements in the arts disciplines. Classes, special programming and an extended field trip are among the activities scheduled.

The destination for the field trip will be announced during the school's opening ceremony, which is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 3 at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

Expected to attend the ceremony are Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary for Education and the Arts in West Virginia; Jay Cole, Deputy Secretary with the Department of Education and the Arts; and Sherry Keffer, Coordinator of Gifted Education and the Governor's Schools.

The Governor's School for the Arts was initiated through the efforts of former West Virginia First Lady Maestra Rachael Worby. Fairmont State College was selected as the host site for the first five years (1994-1998). Two-year stints at Marshall, West Liberty College and WVU followed.

"It's great just seeing the kids grow, seeing them have the opportunity to enjoy the arts and grow within that three-week period," Stickler said. "They don't go to classes only in their areas. If their area is dance, they might have that class in the morning, then go to one of the other areas in the afternoon. The receive a little touch of it all."

The 80 students who will attend the West Virginia School for the Arts are listed at http://www.wvgovschools.org/GSAClassof2005.htm.

The tentative daily schedule of events is available by calling Cindy Stickler, assistant to the dean of the Governor's School for the Arts, at (304) 696-3686. Larry Stickler may be reached at (304) 696-4368 or 696-3686.


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Tuesday June 21, 2005
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New Playing Surface on Schedule at Joan C. Edwards Stadium

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Conversion of the playing surface at Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards Stadium from Astroturf to FieldTurf is on schedule, Associate Athletic Director Scott Morehouse said today.

The seven-year-old Astroturf has been removed by Ballard Sports Construction and the field is being prepared for installation of the FieldTurf. The new synthetic playing surface is expected to be ready for the start of fall football practice in early August. Players report to MU on Tuesday, Aug. 2, and practice begins later in the week.

"We are extremely pleased to be enhancing our facilities with what I believe is the best playing surface on the market," Marshall Coach Mark Snyder said. "Our staff, our players and our fans are all looking forward to the new FieldTurf field at Joan C. Edwards Stadium."

The first game on the new turf will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1 when Marshall plays host to William & Mary in the 2005 season opener.

Most of the old turf, which had been in place since 1998, was gathered by Marshall fans, who flocked to the stadium a couple of weeks ago to claim souvenir portions of the turf in all sizes and shapes.

After the Astroturf was removed, crews removed the ground surface known as E layer, Morehouse said. It was the surface underneath the Astroturf and consisted of a grounded up tire mixture and stone.

The field currently consists mainly of dirt and gravel as work crews continue preparation for installation of the new turf.

FieldTurf is primarily made up of a rubber base and a hybrid turf and emulates natural grass. The surface is noted for being softer than Astroturf. It currently is used in more than 30 NCAA Division I-A football stadiums. Cost of the project at Marshall is $855,000.

Joan C. Edwards Stadium opened in 1991 and has a current seating capacity of 38,016. It has been the site of multiple Mid-American Conference title games, and also was host to the NCAA Division 1-AA national championship game from 1991 through 1996.
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Monday June 20, 2005
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Ron Hicks Named Employee of the Year

When Ron Hicks came to the staff service awards luncheon June 9 he expected to be honored for his 20 years of service. He didn't know that along with that award he would be named the 2004 Marshall University Employee of the Year.

The occasion marked the first time the award was announced at the luncheon. All 2004 Employees of the Month were also introduced.

Interim President Michael J. Farrell presented Hicks with a check for $300. In addition he received a gift certificate for $100 from the Marshall University Bookstore, certificates for two tickets to a future Marshall Artist Series presentation, and two passes good for two meals each from Sodexho Campus Services.

Hicks is a trades specialist/carpenter in Physical Plant, and was the Employee of the Month for March. He was nominated by Charles V. Payne, station manager of WMUL-FM on behalf of the WMUL-FM Board of Directors.

In the nomination, Payne wrote, "We have observed Mr. Hicks' work over the past several semesters while constructing materials for the renovation of our digital news production facility in the Communications Building, and have been very impressed. He was not only dedicated, but extremely thorough with his work. Mr. Hicks' unselfishness has provided many students with the opportunity to produce in a studio that rivals that of any station in our state. WMUL-FM is known throughout the nation as one of America's best college radio stations and with Mr. Hicks' help during the renovation process WMUL-FM can continue paving Marshall's pathway toward national prominence with a facility it can be proud of."

Payne noted Hicks spent many hours working on the project and was warmly regarded by the WMUL-FM family. He said "They appreciate his work and sacrifice made to benefit countless future Marshall students who will have the opportunity to practice for their careers in something Mr. Hicks helped to construct."


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Monday June 20, 2005
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Sharon Porter named president of MU Alumni Association

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Sharon Porter, a Huntington resident and Marshall University graduate, is the new president of the MU Alumni Association. She assumes her two-year term on July 1, replacing Tom Harris.

Porter has been serving as secretary of the MUAA, and will continue those duties until July 1. Her husband, Jeff Porter, was president of the association for three years prior to Harris' two-year term.

Porter, who was selected by the alumni association's nominating committee and elected by the full MUAA board of directors, said she has several goals for the MUAA as she prepares to take office.

"I want us to finish raising money for the new Erickson Alumni Center, and get that under construction," she said. "Another goal is to increase alumni involvement, especially among young alumni - people in their first 10 years out of college. And, we need to increase our visibility in the Conference USA cities."

About $2.9 million of the needed $4 million has been raised or pledged for the new alumni center, Porter said. "(The architect) estimates the building time at about 18 months, so I'd like to see ground broken and construction begin soon," she said.

In addition to Porter, other MUAA board members include: first vice president, Martha Hill; second vice president, Nancy Campbell; treasurer, Mike Graybeal; secretary, Debbie Prestera; and chairperson of the Erickson Alumni Committee, Robert Yost.


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Friday June 17, 2005
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Parenting Group planned this summer at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Parents will learn how to manage their children's behavior and be able to share their parenting frustrations with others in a confidential setting during a six-week Parenting Group this summer at Marshall University.

The Marshall University Psychology Clinic, located on the fourth floor of Harris Hall, is host to the group, which meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays beginning June 30. The group is limited to care givers who have children between the ages of five and 11.

Stacy Saunders, one of the group leaders, said she believes this type of group is needed because "children do not come with instruction manuals."

"This is an opportunity for primary care givers to learn various parenting skills and techniques that have been researched and found to be effective with a variety of children," Dr. Keith Beard, director of the Psychology Clinic, said. "This will also provide care givers with the opportunity to have guidance and assistance as they implement new parenting skills."

The fee to participate in the group is $20, which will be refunded if all sessions are attended.  Interested persons must register for the group and should contact Saunders at (304) 696-2772, option 2, or Margie Zdrojewski at (304) 696-2772, option 2, before June 23 for more information on group participation.

More information on the Psychology Clinic and the Parenting Group is available at http://www.marshall.edu/psych/clinic/clinic.htm.


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Friday June 17, 2005
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New book showcases unique local collection

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Noted Civil War author Jack Dickinson has produced an exhibition catalog based on the unique holdings of the Rosanna A. Blake Library of Confederate History at Marshall University.

Civil War Paper Items showcases printed items produced in the Confederate states of America between 1860 and 1865. The volume is in soft-cover format, 8 by 11 inches, with 140 full-color pages.

Included in the museum-quality book are examples of sheet music, song books, and dance notices; religious tracts; bonds and currency; cachets, letterheads, and patriotic items; government documents and forms; cartes de visite  (card photographs); prints, sketches, and maps; newspapers and other periodicals, some printed on the back of wallpaper; and veterans' association publications.

A letter written by Gen. Robert E. Lee to Gen. G. T. Beauregard in 1863, and the final payment paperwork and check for the commerce raider CSS Alabama, are two of the notable items reproduced.

The Rosanna Blake Library was given to Marshall University by Dr. Rosanna Blake, a Proctorville, Ohio, native who served as a government attorney for many years. Her interest in the Confederacy was sparked by a book about Robert E. Lee she received for her 10th birthday, and she collected materials extensively throughout her life.

In 1965, Dr. Richard B. Harwell, noted Civil War bibliographer, considered her collection one of the best in the country. Housed in the Libraries' Special Collections Department, it has now grown to more than 4,000 monographs and 3,000 imprints. Dr. Blake also established two graduate scholarships at Marshall University, in Southern history and Confederate literature.

The author of nine books and numerous magazine articles on the Civil War, Dickinson is a West Virginia native and 1966 graduate of Marshall University. After a career at IBM, he returned to Marshall as the Confederate Bibliographer for the Blake collection.

Dickinson was the 1999 recipient of the Jefferson Davis History Writing Award from the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and has received the History Writers award from the West Virginia Department of Archives and History. He is a member of the Company of Military Historians.

The volume may be ordered for $14.95 plus $3.95 shipping and handling from:  Marshall University Foundation, Attn: Dean Barbara Winters, Marshall University Libraries, One John Marshall Drive, Huntington WV 25755-2060.

A presentation and autograph session by the author is planned for 4 p.m. on July 29, 2005, in the Drinko Library Atrium. More information is available by contacting Winters at (304) 696-2318.


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Friday June 17, 2005
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Catapults, robots and high school students invade Marshall for annual Summer Engineering Academy June 19-24

High school students from across the Tri-State region will learn more about the field of engineering during the fourth annual "Exploring Engineering: Academy of Excellence," beginning Sunday, June 19 at Marshall University's Huntington campus.

The week-long summer program is hosted by the College of Information Technology (CITE) in cooperation with Learning for Life Exploring programs and the Huntington post of the Society of American Military Engineers. The program is open to West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky residents preparing to enter their junior year of high school.

Academy participants will explore engineering as a potential field of study and career by participating in hands-on engineering activities, touring engineering-related facilities and organizations, and interacting with practicing engineers from all major engineering disciplines, including civil, chemical, electrical, mechanical and environmental engineering.

The academy also will focus on skills important for success in the study and practice of engineering, such as problem-solving, team-building, project management, and communications.

Students will apply these skills and experiences through the design and construction of their own catapults and robots, which will be "field tested" at Gullickson Hall on Marshall's campus on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Academy activities will start this Sunday with a presentation for students and their families by West Virginia Commissioner of Highways Paul A. Mattox, P.E. The Academy will conclude on Friday, June 24, with the Awards Luncheon, featuring Paula George Tompkins, the founder and CEO of ChannelNet, (www.channelnet.com). The luncheon will occur at 11:30 a.m. in the John Marshall Room of the Memorial Student Center.

For more information on academy activities, persons may contact the Marshall University engineering department at (304) 746-2042 or (304) 696-5453, or by e-mail at eeae@marshall.edu. Additional information is available online at the academy Web site, www.marshall.edu/eeae. A schedule of activities follows:

Sunday, June 19

  • 2-3 p.m., Marshall Commons residence halls, check-in
  • 3-5 p.m., Memorial Student Center, welcome and presentations by Paul Mattox; Andrew Gillette, MU Engineering student
  • 5-9 p.m., Memorial Student Center, icebreaker exercises, dinner, and team building exercises, building bridges (in Gullickson Hall Room 5)

Monday, June 20

  • 8-11 a.m., introduction to CAD/CAM, using AutoCAD Inventor to make a CO2 racer, (GH 206A)
  • 11 a.m.-noon, lunch, Harless Dining Hall     
  • Noon-4 p.m., introduction to civil and environmental  (GH5); Engineering:  surveying, GPS, and environmental sampling - Buskirk Field
  • 4-5:30 p.m., dinner (with guests), Harless Dining Hall
  • 6-6:30 p.m., GPS scavenger hunt (Student Center fountain)
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m., CO2  racers & bridge building (GH5)

Tuesday, June 21

  • 8-9 a.m., introduction to trebuchet design, (GH5)
  • 9:30-11 a.m., Buskirk Field, trebuchet design and construction
  • 11 a.m.-noon, lunch, Harless Dining Hall       
  • Noon-2 p.m., complete trebuchet construction
  • 2-3 :30 p.m., trebuchet competition
  • 4-5:30 p.m., dinner (with guests), Harless Dining Hall
  • 6-7 p.m., RTI ITS research projects, (GH5)
  • 7-8:30 p.m., CO2  racers & bridge building, (GH5)

Wednesday, June 22

  • 8-9:30 a.m., introduction to intelligent transportation systems (using Lego robotics), Gullickson Hall engineering lab (GH 5)
  • 9:30-11 a.m., work on robot design/construction (GH 5)
  • 11 a.m.-noon, lunch, Harless Dining Hall
  • Noon-2 p.m., finalize robot design (GH5)
  • 2-3 p.m., robotics competition (GH5)
  • 3-4 p.m., speaker, Dr. Heidi Burch, "M&M's and Edible Photonic Crystals" (GH5)
  • 4-5:30 p.m., dinner (with guests), Harless Dining Hall
  • 6-8:30 p.m., complete work on CO2 racers & bridge; (GH 5)

Thursday, June 23

  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m., field trips and discussions with engineers:
  • 9 a.m.-11:15 a.m., Toyota Plant, Buffalo, W.Va.
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., lunch at Golden Corral, Cross Lanes
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m., travel to Memorial Tunnel
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m., tour Memorial Tunnel
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m., travel to New River Gorge Bridge
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m., visit New River Gorge Bridge
  • 4:30-6 p.m., return from NRGB
  • 6-9 p.m., dinner and pool party, Waves of Fun in Hurricane, W.Va.

Friday, June 24

  • 8:45-10:15 a.m., CO2 races (GH5)
  • 10:30-11:15 a.m., EEAE evaluation and wrap-up (GH5)
  • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., awards luncheon (and bridge testing), students, families, sponsors, staff and guests, John Marshall Room; guest speaker, Ms. Paula George Tompkins, founder and CEO of ChannelNet.

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Thursday June 16, 2005
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Jazz-MU-Tazz returns to Marshall June 20-25

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The seventh annual Jazz-MU-Tazz Festival returns to Marshall University with a week of jazz workshops, clinics, rehearsals and concerts from Monday, June 20 through Saturday, June 25.

The week begins with jazz camp for high school and college students. The classes take place from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Jomie Jazz Center. Participants will take classes in jazz improvisation, history and music technology.

The students also will rehearse with and receive hands-on training from noted trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling, who has performed with The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, The Lincoln Center Classical Jazz Orchestra and many others.

Stripling also has had many television and musical performances, including the lead role of the Broadway-bound musical, "Satchmo." Millions have heard his trumpet and voice on TV commercials and theme songs, including "20/20" and CNN.

"The festival provides an opportunity for Marshall University to share the creative work of professional, collegiate and student musicians with the Huntington community," Dr. Ed Bingham, director of jazz studies at Marshall, said. "Jazz is one of America's national treasures and here in the tri-state region we are fortunate to have many great performers who are dedicated to keeping jazz alive and well."

Here is a schedule of events for the festival:

  • Monday, June 20 - 9 a.m., registration for jazz camp

  • Tuesday, June 21 - 7:30 p.m., film night (camp participants only)

  • Wednesday, June 22 - 7:30 p.m., Bluetrane, Marshall's faculty jazz ensemble, in the Jomie Jazz Center

  • Thursday, June 23 - 7:30 p.m., Jazz Jam Session in the Jomie Jazz Center

  • Friday, June 24 - 7:30 p.m., Backyard Dixie Jazz Stompers in the Jomie Jazz Center

  • Saturday, June 25 - 6:30 p.m., final concert at Harris Riverfront Park; 8 p.m., Huntington Pops Orchestra with Byron Stripling at Harris Riverfront Park

Admission is free to the public for the concerts on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Tickets for the concerts on Saturday are $12 in advance and $15 at the gate for general admission. Reserved seats may be purchased for $30. Tickets are available from the Huntington Symphony Orchestra at (304) 525-0670. For more information persons may contact Bingham at (304) 696-2452.

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Marshall Community and Technical College hires two directors

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Two new staff members have joined Marshall Community and Technical College.  The college became a separate institution in 2003 and offers one- and two-year degree programs to prepare students for technical careers, in addition to workforce training and development.

Gary A. Pommerenck has been appointed Executive Director of Workforce Development and John Whiteley is the new Director of the Inland Waterways Academy. They began their positions this month.

 "The college works closely with business and industry to identify and support current and projected employment training needs," Dr. Vicki L. Riley, the college's president, said.  "We are pleased that the new additions to our staff are recognized in their fields and will continue to build and grow the positive relationships we have with business and industry."

Since 1985, Pommerenck has been president and owner of C. M. Love & Co., a 95-year-old family-owned hardware business in downtown Huntington.  He has a B.B.A. in Management from Marshall University and has done graduate work at Marshall in Industrial and Human Relations. 

Whiteley, who has had 31 years of sea-going experience with the United States Merchant Marines and the U.S. Coast Guard, is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the United States Naval War College, and will receive a master's degree in Adult and Technical Education from Marshall this summer.

For more information on workforce development programs offered by Marshall Community and Technical College, persons may call (304) 696-6855.


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MU School of Journalism relocating to Communications Building

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, located on the third floor of Smith Hall since 1966, is moving into a new home.

The school's faculty and staff began moving May 9 into the Communications Building, which is located next to Smith Hall and houses MU's television and radio studios. The move, which will be ongoing through the summer, is part of a campus improvement project at Marshal

The space in the Communications Building became available to the School of Journalism last year when West Virginia Public Broadcasting consolidated into Charleston and no longer needed its offices in Smith Hall.

Dr. Corley Dennison, dean of the School of Journalism, said the move creates numerous opportunities for expanding the program

"It enhances convergence opportunities for student media with the new facilities side by side," Dennison said. "And, it presents a naming opportunity for the Communications Building."

The TV studio, also known as Studio A, is being upgraded this summer as well. Interim President Michael J. Farrell approved $130,000 for the upgrade.

Also, West Virginia Public Broadcasting will maintain a presence at Marshall with a bureau in the Communications Building that Dennison said will create opportunities for stories involving faculty and students. The school's student-run radio station, WMUL-FM, will remain on the second floor of the Communications Building.

Dennison said he's hopeful the TV studio renovations will be finished by the first of September, and that an official opening of the new School of Journalism facility can take place sometime that month. 

When the School of Journalism moved off the third floor of Smith Hall, the staff from the second floor temporarily moved in to allow for asbestos abatement on the second floor, which is ongoing. Once that is complete, asbestos abatement will begin on the third floor, and that should be finished by spring 2006

For more information on the journalism school's move to the Communications Building, persons may contact Dennison at (304) 696-2809.

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State Farm continues its commitment to Marshall's nationally recognized Accomplished Teaching Project

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - State Farm Insurance has awarded a $15,000 grant to Marshall University's Graduate School of Education and Professional Development, continuing a partnership that helps West Virginia school teachers attain national certification.

State Farm agency field executive Herman Dixon, along with State Farm agents Lisa Godwin and Faye Zinn, made the presentation Tuesday morning at Marshall's South Charleston campus.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) awards national board certification, the highest professional credential in the field of teaching, to teachers who successfully complete a rigorous, performance-based assessment.

During the past five years, State Farm has provided more than $40,000 to support Marshall's Accomplished Teaching Project, a graduate-level program that assists in the preparation of teachers seeking to obtain national certification. Through this program, fifty seven teachers have received National Board Certification.

"Through its continued support, State Farm has played a critical role in the success of Marshall's Accomplished Teaching Project," said Dr. Ron Childress, Marshall University Vice President for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development.  "With State Farm's continued support, we are establishing West Virginia as a national leader in the development of quality teachers and quality education."


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Bissett named director of public relations at Marshall University's South Charleston campus

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - As part of Marshall University's ongoing communications effort, Bill Bissett has been selected to serve as Director of Public Relations at Marshall's South Charleston campus.

"Bill brings a strong combination of public service and private sector experience to this position," Marshall University Interim President Michael J. Farrell said.  "We want to put our South Charleston campus more 'on the map' with the public, and I believe that Bill has the ability and enthusiasm to make this happen."

Bissett assumed his duties on June 1.

"As a lifelong fan of Marshall University, I'm very excited about this new position," Bissett said. "While I plan on working with the mass media across the Mountain State, my primary focus will be the Kanawha Valley. From forensic science to football, I'm looking forward to sharing information about the amazing opportunities that Marshall has to offer."

Bissett graduated with his undergraduate and master's degrees from Marshall University. He can be contacted at (304) 746-2038 or by e-mail at bissett1@marshall.edu.


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Sixty high school students at MU for Upward Bound Program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Upward Bound program is host this summer to 60 high school students from Cabell, Wayne and Mingo counties, preparing them for a college education.

The students not only receive the preparation they need for a successful college career, but also are eligible to earn a stipend and one elective credit at their respective high schools. The program began Sunday, June 12, and runs through Friday, July 22.

The students spend six weeks living in Twin Towers on Marshall's Huntington campus while taking a wide assortment of classes that include math, science, study skills, performing arts, etiquette and foreign languages. They also play sports, work in departments on campus, and attend cultural and social events. Plans to travel to Washington, D.C., are scheduled as well.

Upward Bound is a $333,992 federally funded TRIO Program that has been on Marshall's campus since 1972. More than 80 percent of the program's graduates go on to some form of post-secondary education. The students must either be low-income or a potential first-generation college student (neither parent has a four-year college degree).

Jackie Hersman, director of the program, said funding for all future Upward Bound programs is in jeopardy. They are on President Bush's list of 150 programs slated form elimination that would take effect in 2007, she said.

"Fortunately, through the efforts of the parents, alumni and communities all across the country, the programs may be saved by the United States Congress with voting taking place this summer," Hersman said.

For more information on the Upward Bound program, persons may contact Hersman at (304) 696-6846.


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Laurie Reasons named director of special projects for MU Foundation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Laurie Reasons, a former sales manager with Continental Airlines, has been named director of special projects for the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., Executive Director Glen Kerkian announced today.

Reasons started with Marshall on June 6. Her primary responsibilities will include event planning for the Foundation, as well as ad hoc special projects.

"I'm looking forward to jumping in with both feet and giving everything I can to strengthen Marshall University," Reasons said. "Our state is unequivocally one of the best places to live and work, so I'm delighted to focus my energies here."

Reasons began her eight-year career at Continental in 1997 as a part-time reservations agent to "show my young children the world." Ultimately a sales and service specialist opportunity became available, which led to TeleSales manager, then a promotion to a field manager with responsibility for Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Her latest position required overseeing the performance for six major airports in three states, as well as negotiating corporate agreements with Fortune 500 companies and consulting on travel and credit programs. She negotiated one of the first joint corporate agreements with alliance partner Northwest Airlines, and twice received "Fly to Win," an annual award for the top managers in a division. Reasons consistently was ranked as the best salesperson in the department.

"My job at Continental was, in a nutshell, to help corporations fly where they needed to go to close a deal or improve the company's bottom line," Reasons said. "In this new position, I will have the consummate privilege of helping students fly to their ultimate destination in life - at which point they will hopefully decide to give back to their alma mater!  Seriously, I intend and hope to make a difference here."

Reasons earned her B.A. in English in 1981 from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She is married to Dr. Allen Reasons, Senior Minister of Fifth Avenue Baptist Church in Huntington. They have two children, Katherine and Preston. Katherine is a member of Marshall's Society of Yeager Scholars Class of 2009.

Reasons may be reached by calling (304) 696-3420.


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Free physicals provided for NYSP participants

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Free physical examinations for youth ages 10-16 who plan to participate in the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) at Marshall University will be provided from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 11, in the ticket office lobby of MU's Cam Henderson Center.

NYSP takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily July 5 through Aug. 6 on Marshall's Huntington campus. It is open to youth from the region who meet federal income guidelines and age restriction. Participants must provide medical clearance in order to participate.

Space is still available and interested youth may sign up during the physical examinations on Saturday.  Parental permission is required.  For more information, persons may call Tim White at (304) 751-6251. 


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First MU orientation for new students is June 14

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - New Marshall University students will have a chance to visit campus and begin their college careers during new student orientation on Tuesday, June 14, and at various other dates throughout the summer.

Each orientation will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning in the Memorial Student Center and continuing with programs throughout campus during the day. About 200 students will attend each orientation.

Freshmen and undergraduate transfer students are required to go through the orientation process to become familiar with the university as well as the programs and services offered.

Orientation offers students and parents a chance to tour the Huntington campus and residential halls. Students also will attend programs about public safety, student life, the I.D. system and computing services.

Parents will attend programs concerning financial aid, residence halls for those students living on campus, commuting and food service. Parents also will get the chance to speak with representatives from the Marshall faculty and learn about the transition from high school to college.

"Orientation allows students to make initial contact with the university and begin to learn about campus and student life," Becky Fisher, orientation assistant, said. "Students also get to talk with other students who are already on campus and meet other freshmen who they will be seeing on campus in the fall."

New students also will be using a new system for registering for classes this year. Students previously registered for classes the day of orientation. They now complete a pre-registration survey online after scheduling a registration date.

The deans of each student's college then will place the student in 12 hours of classes. Students then will be able to adjust their schedule during the academic advising session during orientation.

Here are the orientation dates for the summer:

  • June 14-15 for outstanding scholars
  • June 16 for transfer students
  • June 21-22 for transfer students and freshmen
  • June 23-24 for freshmen
  • July 26-29 for freshmen
  • Aug. 18 for transfer students and freshmen

Students should bring the orientation booklet and a driver's license or some form of identification to orientation. For more information or to register for orientation, persons may contact Fisher at (304) 696-2354 or visit the orientation Web site at www.marshall.edu/orientation.

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Former Ohio University provost chosen as Marshall's next president

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Stephen J. Kopp, special assistant to the chancellor with the Ohio Board of Regents, and former provost of Ohio University, has been selected as Marshall University's next president, A. Michael Perry, chair of MU's board of governors, announced today.

Kopp was chosen Monday by Marshall's board of governors during a meeting at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing. He accepted the position Monday afternoon in Athens, Ohio, and has signed a three-year contract.

Kopp replaces Michael J. Farrell, who has served as interim president since Jan. 1, 2005. He starts July 1, and will be paid $226,000 a year. Farrell replaced Dr. Dan Angel, who was MU's president the previous five years.

"Dr. Kopp did an outstanding job of describing the important collaborative nature of the process involved in formulating a bright vision for an institution of higher education like Marshall University and the number of the various constituency groups that must be involved in a substantive manner in order to make that process successful," Perry, co-chair along with Menis Ketchum of the presidential search and screening committee, said.

"We're delighted that Dr. Kopp has accepted the position and the board looks forward to working with him. His leadership and ideas will benefit not only Marshall, and its excellent faculty, staff and student body, but West Virginia and the entire region."

Perry praised Farrell, an attorney with the Huntington law firm of Farrell, Farrell & Farrell, L.C., for his work as interim president. Farrell took a sabbatical from the law firm to serve as interim president.
"We certainly appreciate the outstanding job that Mike Farrell has done and the sacrifice he and his partners and associates made during this time," Perry said.

Marshall was assisted in the presidential search by Dr. John DiBiaggio of Academic Search Consultation Service of Washington, D.C. DiBiaggio, former president at Tufts University, Michigan State University, and the University of Connecticut, originally gave the committee the pool of more than 50 potential candidates.

"This is the culmination of a process that involved a lot of people, not only the administration, staff, faculty and students at Marshall, but the community as well," Perry said. "Their involvement was very important in the process. We're also very pleased with the consultant and the outstanding candidates John DiBiaggio submitted to the search committee."

The 20-member search and screening committee, which included the 16 members of MU's board of governors, unanimously recommended the selection of Kopp as the next president during Monday's meeting at RCBI. The board then acted on that recommendation with another unanimous vote in favor of Kopp. All 20 search committee members attended the meeting.

Kopp was selected from a field of three finalists. The other two were Dr. Thomas R. Hanley, current vice president and former provost of Auburn University, and Dr. Charles E. Kupchella, president of the University of North Dakota. A fourth finalist, Western Carolina University chancellor Dr. John W. Bardo, withdrew his name before Monday's meeting.

"Looking at Marshall and the Huntington community, I have been so impressed with the tremendous relationship between the two," Kopp said. "That support base, not just in Huntington but in the state as a whole, is a tremendously strong foundation for building a vibrant future for Marshall University, and helping the community and the surrounding area improve the quality of life for West Virginians. To be a part of that, to work with the community to help that transition take place, is an incredibly exciting opportunity."

Kopp spoke of the "promise of a better future" for West Virginians, and said an important part of fulfilling that promise is a solid commitment to advance student learning.

"We need to produce learning that makes a difference in the lives of our students and the communities that they are a part of," Kopp said. "It's a process that involves the entire campus community. How can we improve the achievement of the students? We need to push ourselves to get better and better."

Kopp, 54, said he and his wife, Jane, plan to be very active in the community. He said he also is "absolutely committed" to working closely with Gov. Joe Manchin and collaborating with West Virginia University on economic development for the state.

The Kopps have two grown children. Their son, Adam, lives in Chicago and works in the law office of the Illinois lieutenant governor. Their daughter, Elizabeth, a physical therapist, and her husband, Matthew Bradley, M.D., an orthopedic resident, live in Portland, Ore., and are the proud parents of the Kopps' first grandchild, Rachel.

Kopp has been a special assistant to the chancellor with the Ohio Board of Regents since 2004. The special assignment, made at the request of the chancellor, Roderick G. W. Chu, involves two areas of responsibility: leading a statewide initiative to advance innovative practices that improve student access, learning productivity and accountability in Ohio public institutions of higher education, and assisting the nation of Hungary on behalf of the board and the state of Ohio with implementing European Union higher education reforms.

Previously, Kopp was provost for two years at Ohio University (2002-2004) in Athens, Ohio, where he shared with the president the central administrative role in the university and served as the chief academic and operating officer. He led the senior administration effort to assist the university's medical school in privatizing its patient services clinic. He also participated in Ohio University's $200 million Bicentennial Campaign, raising more than $7 million in major gifts and pledges.

Ohio University houses 10 colleges, including a medical school, and has an enrollment of 19,800 students on the main campus in Athens, and an additional 9,000 students on five regional campuses. As provost, Kopp had the principal responsibility for planning the university budget, which was $540 million in fiscal year 2005, and working with the vice presidents to coordinate internal institutional affairs.

Kopp also was founding dean of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions at Central Michigan University, and founding dean of the College of Allied Health Professions at Midwestern University. He also served in a variety of positions for nearly 20 years at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Kopp received his B.S. in Biology in 1973 from the University of Notre Dame, and his Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics in 1976 from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was a postdoctoral fellow at St. Louis University Medical Center, department of physiology, and a research fellow and NIH fellow in the department of biochemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

More information on Marshall University's new president is available online at www.marshall.edu/presidentialsearch. A video story is available at http://windowsmedia.marshall.edu/ucomm/presanncstory.wmv


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Presidential Announcement Available by Streaming Video and Local Cable

The press conference announcing the appointment of Dr. Stephen J. Kopp as the next president of Marshall University is available on the World Wide Web at http://windowsmedia.marshall.edu/newpres/newpres.wmv.


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Booth Scholars to be recognized, honored Sunday in ceremony at MU

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Members of the Booth Scholars Program, which is designed to prepare Wayne County high school students for higher education, will be recognized during a ceremony at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 5 at Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

The purpose of the ceremony is to recognize the 30 new members of the program as well as honor its graduating seniors. Booth Scholars are students who will be in the ninth through 12th grades during the 2005-06 school year. The program currently has 119 scholars.

In July, the students will learn about college life when they return to Marshall's Huntington campus for their summer program. Freshmen will take part in the first week of the program beginning Tuesday, July 19. Sophomores, juniors and seniors will join the program for the second week beginning Tuesday, July 26.

Students will take classes in different areas including public speaking and fine arts. Juniors also will take a class in ACT preparation.

"By preparing them now for college, it is not a scary experience for them in a few years after they graduate from high school," Brenda Napier, director of the program, said. "They get the chance to learn about college now and it becomes a part of their lives."

The program is designed to assist academically promising youth in a selected region of Appalachia to further their preparation for entrance into and success in higher education.

The program began in 2001 at Pikeville (Ky.) College. Students from Wayne County, along with one student from Kentucky and one from Virginia, participated.

To qualify for the program, students must have at least a 3.0 overall grade point average and have scored above average on the WESTEST. For more information, persons may contact Napier at (304) 696- 5205 or by e-mail at napier19@marshall.edu.


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Memorial service set for Westbrook

A memorial service for Dr. William Westbrook, a retired professor of sociology at Marshall University who died Wednesday, May 25 at the UCSF (University of California-San Francisco) Medical Center, will take place Saturday, June 18 in Huntington.
 
The service at Klingel-Carpenter Mortuary, located at 328 6th Ave., begins with a viewing at 1 p.m. The service starts at 2 p.m.
 
Westbrook, a native of Marietta, Ohio, taught economics and sociology at Marshall from 1972 to 2003, his son, Randy, said. He also was an official scorekeeper for Thundering Herd home football and basketball games from 1974 to 2002. Westbrook was 73 and living in San Francisco when he died.
 
In addition to Randy Westbrook, Dr. Westbrook is survived by another son, Jeff. Both Randy and Jeff live in San Francisco.

"He had a passion and dedication to the students at Marshall and the well-being of their education and life in general," Randy said. "He also had a passion for Marshall as a university and for the athletics programs. His passion was working with the students and giving his all to the university and the community with his kindness and intellect."
 
 More information on the memorial service is available at www.bluenail.org.
 


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Fourth Marshall presidential candidate to visit campuses

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Stephen J. Kopp, special assistant to the chancellor with the Ohio Board of Regents and former provost of Ohio University, and one of four finalists for the Marshall University presidency, will visit MU's South Charleston and Huntington campuses Thursday and Friday, June 2-3.

Kopp will be the fourth finalist to visit the university. John W. Bardo, chancellor of Western Carolina University, visited last week, and Thomas R. Hanley, vice president and professor of chemical engineering at Auburn University, is winding up his two-day visit today. Charles Kupchella, president of the University of North Dakota, is visiting later today and Thursday.

Kopp will meet with the Marshall Graduate College faculty and staff at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, and then attend a reception with community leaders at the Marshall University President's House at 1040 13th Ave. in Huntington from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Presidential search committee co-chairs A. Michael Perry and Menis Ketchum said they are pleased with the number of community leaders who met with Bardo and Hanley at the President's House. An estimated 125 people attended each of the first two receptions.

"The involvement of the community and Marshall personnel is extremely important in the presidential search process," Perry said. "The response has been great so far. We hope it continues throughout the week and everyone takes advantage of this opportunity to meet with Dr. Kopp and hear his views on higher education and Marshall University."

On Friday, Kopp first will meet at 7:45 a.m. for breakfast with the Marshall president's council in the Memorial Student Center's Shawkey Room. His schedule for the rest of the day is:

  • 9 to 10 a.m. - group meeting with MU staff in the Memorial Student Center's alumni lounge
  • 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. - group meeting with Marshall students in the alumni lounge
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - group meeting with MU faculty in the alumni lounge
  • 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. - lunch with Marshall's academic deans in the John Spotts Room
  • 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. - campus and city tours
  • 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. - visit to Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
  • 4 to 5:30 p.m. - meeting with the presidential search committee in John Spotts Room

Kopp has been a special assistant to the chancellor with the Ohio Board of Regents since 2004. It is a special assignment at the request of the chancellor, Roderick G. W. Chu, and involves two areas of responsibility: leading a statewide initiative to advance innovative practices that will improve student access, learning productivity and accountability in Ohio public institutions of higher education, and assisting the nation of Hungary on behalf of the board and the state of Ohio with implementing European Union higher education reforms.

Previously, Kopp was provost for two years at Ohio University (2002-2004) in Athens, Ohio, where he shared with the president the central administrative role in the university and served as the chief academic and operating officer. He led the senior administration effort to assist Ohio's medical school in privatizing its patient services clinic. He also was founding dean of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions at Central Michigan University, and founding dean of the College of Allied Health Professions at Midwestern University. He also served in a variety of positions for nearly 20 years at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.


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