March 2005 News Releases

Thursday March 31, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

MU math professor named Teacher of the Year

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Karen Mitchell, a Marshall University mathematics professor, has been named the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (WVCTM) 2005 College/University Mathematics Teacher of the Year.

Mitchell was recognized by her peers at the annual meeting of the WVCTM recently in Flatwoods, W.Va., according to Jeanne Finstein, the organization's community relations chairman.

"Karen Mitchell is a truly outstanding teacher and very deserving of this highest award," Finstein said.

Mitchell has been teaching math at Marshall for about 20 years. She is a Huntington native, and a graduate of Huntington East High School and Marshall.

"It is an honor to be recognized by the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics," Mitchell said. "The members of this organization are passionate about their involvement with efforts to improve and to support K-16 mathematics education in West Virginia."

Department chair Ralph Oberste-Vorth said he is thrilled that Mitchell won the award. "It's certainly well deserved," he said.

Mitchell has won other teaching awards while at Marshall. Two of the more significant ones were in 1994-1995, when she won the Marshall and Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Teacher Award, and in 1995, when was named West Virginia Professor of the Year  by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Council for Advancement and Support of Education for extraordinary dedication to undergraduate teaching. She was the first Marshall professor to win this award.

More information is available by calling Mitchell at (304) 696-3042.

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Thursday March 31, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Committed to Christ Campus Ministries sponsors 'Praisefest 2005'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The sixth annual College Praisefest, a conference for college students and young adults, takes place Friday, April 8 through Sunday, April 10, at Marshall University, Twentieth Street Baptist Church and First Presbyterian Church.

"Praisefest 2005," titled "Living My Life Like It's Golden," is sponsored by Committed to Christ Campus Ministries at Marshall. It showcases college choirs and performing arts groups from Marshall, Morehead State University, Howard University, St. Louis Citywide University Mass and more.

The conference also includes seminars geared toward college students and young adults.

"Praisefest's main goal is to lift the human spirit through the medium of music and to educate and empower young people through seminars relevant to this next generation of leaders," Nicole Yancey, president and founder of Committed to Christ Ministries, said.

"These conferences are very beneficial to college students," said Delali Dzirasa of Washington, D.C., one of the event's speakers. "It's encouraging for them to see other young people from across the country getting on the same page spiritually, knowing that they are not by themselves as they try to learn more about God."

Yancey said Praisefest is unique because it is a conference created and run completely by young people. "It is our hope that all people regardless of their age, race or religious background will come out and join the celebration," she said.

"Praisefest 2005" begins at 7 p.m. Friday, April 8 with a praise and worship service at Twentieth Street Baptist Church. Seminars are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Marshall University Memorial Student Center.

A concert featuring the college choirs and performing arts groups takes place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Huntington. The conference concludes at 9:30 a.m. Sunday with a worship service at the Radisson Hotel Huntington ballroom.

Admission is free. More information is available by contacting Committed to Christ Ministries at (304) 522-9005 or (304) 544-1567, or via email at

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

Information on majors available to students during Academic Expo

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students have the opportunity to obtain information on various majors offered at the institution during the annual Academic Expo Tuesday, April 5.

The event, sponsored by Marshall's University College, is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the Memorial Student Center plaza. If it rains, the expo will be moved to the Don Morris Room inside the student center.

Students who are undecided about a major or are considering a change of major may talk to representatives of the various academic units within the university in one central location. 

Representatives from the Career Service Center, Financial Aid and Student Activities also will be available to assist students in dealing with the various administrative issues involved in choosing a major. 

In addition to the valuable information students can receive at this event, refreshments will be served and prizes awarded.  Prizes include a cell phone, gift certificates for the Marshall University Bookstore, hats, shirts, and many other items. 

For more information, students may contact Randolph Cullum, Academic Advisor for the University College, at (304) 696-3252 or via email at

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

Graduate College's Special Education Program receives APEX Award

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Graduate College's Special Education Program has received an Active Partners in Educational eXcellence (APEX) Award from Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College.

The APEX Award honors organizations and individuals for extraordinary involvement with Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College.  It is given to recognize mutually beneficial relations between the College and its partners.

Dr. Ron Wolf, a faculty member in Special Education, accepted the award for Marshall at the recent Founders Day Celebration in Moorefield, W.Va.

"We are extremely pleased to receive the award and are very appreciative of the support that has been provided by President Dunn and her staff," said Dr. Ronald B. Childress, Vice President for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School of Education & Professional Development.  "This has truly been a win-win situation which has allowed Marshall to provide local access to Special Education licensure programs for individuals in the Eastern Community and Technical College service area.  Through such a cooperative initiative, we have been able to address the shortage of certified Special Education teachers in the region."

Dr. Michael Sullivan, MUGC's Program Director for Special Education, said there had been excellent cooperation between the two institutions.  "They've been wonderful to work with," he said. 

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

MU student's photos to appear on Jones Soda labels

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Jones Soda Co. has selected two photographs taken by Marshall University student Nicole Young of St. Albans, W.Va., to appear on two of the company's soda labels.

Young, a senior print journalism major and executive editor of The Parthenon, the university's student newspaper, submitted five photos in October 2004 and recently received a letter from the company that her photos had been selected. She also received six copies of each label that showcases her photos, which will appear on the labels of the root beer and orange and cream flavors.

Young's photos were selected from about 200,000 entries that were submitted both online and through the mail. The soda, which is sold locally at Target and Starbuck's, uses photographs submitted by its customers on the labels of its products. Jones Soda chooses several photos a year for its labels and only one percent of all photos submitted are chosen to be used on the labels.

"I don't consider myself a photographer but I love taking pictures," Young said. "Having my photos on the labels of a nationwide drink is just such a great opportunity."

Young said she also thinks the labels will be a good addition to her portfolio. However, if she wants a bottle of the soda with one of her labels she will have to search local stores for her photos. "I have people on the lookout for my labels," Young said.

The photo that was chosen for the root beer label is a color photo that Young took of the Roanoke Star, which is a neon star on the top of Mill Mountain in Roanoke, Va. Only the root beer and the vanilla cola have color photographs on the labels. The photo on the orange and cream bottle is a black and white one of Young's boyfriend's record player.

For more information, persons may contact Young by e-mail at

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

Nine new exhibits added to Presidential Gallery

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Presidential Gallery in Marshall University Interim President Michael J. Farrell's Old Main office continues to grow.

Nine new exhibits from eight students recently were added to the gallery, which features student artwork from the Department of Art and Design in the College of Fine Arts.

Farrell, interim president since Jan. 1, chose to use student artwork in the president's office to emphasize the importance of Marshall's students and to capture the essence and diversity of the campus.

Michael Cornfeld, associate professor of art, said the artwork was chosen based on the quality of work and professional look. Pieces chosen also represent the different areas of concentration within the department, including painting, graphic design, sculpture and print making.

The students whose work was chosen for the Presidential Gallery are Nathan Parrish, a senior from Fairview, W.Va.; Ryan Worley, a senior from Ona, W.Va.; Jessica Gregg, a junior from Moatsville, W.Va.; Krista Korstanje, a sophomore from Huntington; Mark A. Sariwatta, a junior from Huntington; Elizabeth Ash, a senior from Beaver Creek, Ohio; Kristi Lux, a junior from Washington, W.Va., and Justin McCormick, a senior from Scott Depot, W.Va.

The first pieces in the gallery were from graduate students Kimberly Nickell of Victor, W.Va., Hikari Kimura of Gunma, Japan, Christopher Worth of Huntington, and Jackie Parsons of Nitro, W.Va., and undergraduate senior Staci Leech of Clintonville, W.Va.

Each student will receive a certificate and will have a picture taken with Farrell in front of his or her artwork.

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

Advisory: Morrow Library Reopens

Effective Monday, March 28, 2005, Morrow Library will reopen. All offices may be occupied, and classes will resume their regular schedules.
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Friday March 25, 2005
Contact: Beverly McCoy, , (304) 691-1713

Two Marshall medical faculty honored in "Local Legends" project

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Two physicians at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine have become the first West Virginians honored as part of the national "Local Legends" project.
Dr. Mildred Mitchell-Bateman of Charleston and Dr. Paulette S. Wehner of Huntington will be included in the "Local Legends" gallery web site, which is a companion to the National Library of Medicine exhibition "Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians." The site will be included when the "Changing the Face of Medicine" exhibition goes on national tour this spring.

Although semi-retired, Bateman continues to teach and see patients part-time at Marshall. The first chair of the school's Department of Psychiatry, she has had a distinguished career that included serving as one of four members of the President's Commission on Mental Health, vice president of the American Psychiatric Association, and West Virginia Director of Mental Health. She has received numerous local, state and national honors for her contributions to mental health care.

Wehner, a cardiologist, joined the school's faculty in 1995 and is director of its Adult Cardiovascular Training Program. She also is director of the Cabell Huntington Hospital Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, medical director of the hospital's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, and medical director of the St. Mary's Hospital Early Defibrillation Program. A member of Marshall's Academy of Medical Educators, she has received more than a dozen awards for her teaching and medical service.

Physicians in the "Local Legends" gallery are recognized by members of their state's congressional delegation. Bateman was selected by Rep. Shelley Moore Capito and Wehner by Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV and Rep. Nick J. Rahall.

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Thursday March 24, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Ten alumni, students to be honored at Alumni Awards Banquet

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Ten alumni and students, along with the alumni Club of the Year, will be honored Saturday, April 16, at Marshall University's 68th annual Alumni Awards Banquet.

The banquet, which highlights Alumni Weekend April 15-16, takes place at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room. Cost is $40 per person or $70 per couple. The theme of Alumni Weekend is "Marshall University Yesterday, Today & Forever."

For more information on Alumni Weekend events or to reserve a seat at the banquet, persons should call Kimberly Hudson in the alumni office at (304) 696-2901.

The Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to businessman Robert "Bob" Cosmai. This award is given to Marshall alumni for outstanding national achievements in their particular fields of endeavor.

Cosmai, president and chief executive officer of Hyundai America, is a native of Hillsdale, N.J. He began a career in the auto industry immediately after graduation from Marshall's School of Business.

After completing the executive training program at Ford, he stayed there for 11 years. In 1982, he moved on to Nissan, then to Accura, where he was vice president of sales. He left that position in 1998 to become vice president for national sales of Hyundai, the Korean automaker. By 2003, he had become president and chief executive officer of Hyundai.

The Distinguished Alumnus in Manufacturing Award will be presented by the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing, in conjunction with Marshall University and the MU Alumni Association, to international entrepreneur Robert L. Shell, Jr. The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding achievements in and contributions to the manufacturing sector.

Shell, a member of the Marshall Board of Governors, is chairman and CEO of Guyan International, a private holding company whose Permco Division is internationally recognized. Permco has facilities in the United States, Europe and the People's Republic of China.

Shell has been a member of the following Civic Boards: United Way of the River Cities, Huntington Boys & Girls Club, The Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation, United Huntington Industries and the Marshall Artists Series. He is a member of the Marshall University Business Hall of Fame.

The Community Achievement Award will be presented to Sylvia Ridgeway and Sally M. Love. This award is given to alumni for success in their fields of endeavor and personal contributions to their respective communities.

Ridgeway is former president of the Huntington/Cabell branch of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She has served as a secretary in the College of Education and Human Services; instructor in the Community and Technical College, and teacher for the Cabell County Board of Education.

Her community service includes the board of directors of the Ebenezer Learning Center; second vice president of the West Virginia State Conference of Branches, NAACP; member of the evaluation team for the City of Huntington's "Children in the Arts" program at the A.D. Lewis Community Center, and many more honors past and present.

Love, of Charleston, W.Va., is founder and president of the Snowshoe Institute, a nonprofit organization promoting educational and cultural entertainment in conjunction with Marshall, West Virginia University, the West Virginia Humanities Council and Intrawest.

She is on the Foundation board of directors and board of visitors of the Marshall University Graduate College. Her community involvement has included the Ronald McDonald House, the Craik-Patton Historical Home, the West Virginia Mansion Preservation Foundation, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, YWCA High Hopes and Pro-Kids, an after-school mentoring program.

The Distinguished Service to the Community Award will be presented to Houston, Texas, businessman Bob Brammer and West Virginia Sen. Robert Plymale.

Brammer, a native of Huntington and 1965 Marshall graduate, is founder and owner of the Houston-based Brammer Standard Company Inc., an international distributor of chemical and spectrochemical analytical reference materials.

He also is vice chair of Marshall's Campaign for National Prominence and a strong supporter of the Big Green Scholarship Foundation, The Thunder Club and the Erickson Alumni Center Building Fund.

Brammer and his wife, Sylvia Max Brammer, are major supporters of the Society of Yeager Scholars. He also has endowed several scholarships, including one in memory of his first wife, Connie Sue Pelphrey Brammer. Bob Brammer is working hard to start an alumni club in the Houston area before the Thundering Herd begins its Conference USA play.

Plymale is serving his third four-year term in the West Virginia Senate. He was first elected in 1992. In previous years, he also has served as chairman of the Senate Committee on Pensions; vice-chairman of the Senate Committee on Education; vice-chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Resources; and co-chairman of the Forest Management Review Commission. Plymale is chairman of the Senate Education Committee and a ranking member of Senate Finance.

In 2003, he was appointed to the Southern Regional Education Board of Control by Gov. Bob Wise. Plymale is employed by the Nick J. Rahall Appalachian Transportation Institute. He also serves in various public and community organizations, including the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Cabell County Senior Service Organization, and the Wayne County Economic Development Authority, and is on the board of directors of the Huntington Museum of Art.

The Carolyn B. Hunter Distinguished Faculty Service Award will be presented to Dr. Rudy Pauley, associate professor and program director for elementary and secondary education in South Charleston. Pauley has been the leader for the development and establishment of Marshall's latest doctoral programs for the South Charleston campus.

He is coordinator of that campus' Web CT users group and is strongly supportive of the distance education efforts to deliver graduate instruction to students in many rural areas of the state and the region. Pauley serves on the Kanawha County School superintendent's advisory board and School to Work committee.

The Hunter Award was created by the MUAA for the purpose of recognizing outstanding achievements and providing incentives for continued service from faculty to the community, the university and students in their respective fields. Award nominees were evaluated on their professional service to the community and their service to the university and its students.

Two Nancy Pelphrey Herd Village Scholarships will be awarded. These scholarships, one to a cheerleader and one to a marching band member, were established in 1998 by the MUAA board of directors in honor of Nancy Pelphrey, Herd Village coordinator. Funds for the scholarship come from proceeds from Herd Village tailgating events.

Brittney Hughart, a culinary arts major from Ona, will be presented with the Cheerleader Scholarship. Hughart has been a community Little League coach for three years, a West Virginia junior high school cheerleading tryout judge, and a cheerleading competition instructor. She is employed at The Different Twist and as a gymnastics instructor at Studio 60.

Nicholas Slate, an integrated science and technology major from Charleston, will receive the Marching Band Scholarship. Slate is director of the Aldersgate Handbell Choir, and has been involved in Marshall's SweatEquity Day, the Kanawha Valley Day of Percussion, and the Golden Key International Honour Society, and he provides technology assistance and training in the community.  

The Cam Henderson Scholarship Award will go to Ian Gray O'Connor, a sophomore science major from Knoxville, Tenn. O'Connor is on the dean's list, and is a member of the Thundering Herd football team. A place-kicker, he was named Mid-American Conference Special Teams Player of the Week three times last season. He is a member of Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society and the Student Athlete Advisory Council, and enjoys painting and drawing.

The Cam Henderson Scholarship was established by the Alumni Association in the name of legendary Marshall football and basketball Coach Cam Henderson. It is given yearly to the student athlete who best exemplifies the spirit of scholarship while participating in athletics.

The Boone County Club was chosen as the Alumni Association Club of the Year for the third year in a row. President David Price and other members led the club in attracting potential students to Marshall by holding dinners and question and answer sessions at area high schools, and conducting student trips to campus.

Club membership increased by 20 percent, with activities such as the 2004 Golf Classic, which raised $10,000 for scholarship and club activities; an ATV Poker Run at the Hatfield McCoy Trail, raising money for the Big Green Scholarship; tailgate parties averaging 60 fans, and a number of other activities.

For more about the Boone County Club and other alumni clubs, persons may go to

Here is the complete list of Alumni Weekend activities:

Friday, April 15

  • The first official event of Alumni Weekend is a Champagne Reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Drinko Library third-floor atrium. The reception is for individuals who have contributed to the Erickson Alumni Center campaign.
  • To make a contribution to the EAC Campaign, persons may call Hudson at (304) 696-2901 or (800) MUALUMX. They also may donate online, designating their gift to the EAC.

Saturday, April 16

  • Get Together, Meet, Greet, Reminisce and Tell All Breakfast for the Class of 1955, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel.
  • The Class Luncheon will honor the 50th reunion class (1955) and the 60th reunion class (1945). They will be joined by the Grand Class - those who graduated before 1955. The event is from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the John Marshall Room in the Memorial Student Center. The cost is $20 per person. Lunch is complimentary for members of the classes of 1945 and 1955.
  • Library Associates' Arts and Crafts Fair is open to all Marshall employees, alumni and friends to sell their arts and crafts. It is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center lobby and the Alumni Lounge.
  • The Annual Green & White Spring Football Game, which marks the end to Marshall's spring practice, begins at 4 p.m. at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Cost is $5 per person. For tickets, persons may call (304) 696-HERD or (800) THE-HERD.
  • A financial planning program, Maintaining Your Life Records, will be conducted  from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the John Spotts Dining Room in the Memorial Student Center. The speaker will be The Marshall University Foundation Inc.'s Director of Planned Giving, Mandilyn J. Hart, CTFA (Certified Trust and Financial Advisor). The program is designed to help people maintain a complete overview of their financial picture. Attendees will be provided with a tool to organize their personal financial records and estate planning documents.
  • The President's Social will be at the Memorial Student Center Plaza from 6 to 6:45 p.m. and precede the awards banquet.

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Thursday March 24, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Bluetrane featured in sixth JAZZ@JOMIE Concert Series program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Jazz Studies Program at Marshall University in cooperation with the American Federation of Musicians Local 363-691 presents the sixth program of the 2005 JAZZ@JOMIE Concert Series at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 30.

The concert features the MU Jazz Faculty combo Bluetrane. Featured performers are Ed Bingham, saxophone; Jay Flippin, piano; Ben Miller, drumset; Marshall Onofrio, trumpet; Martin Saunders, trumpet, and Mark Zanter, bass.

The Jomie Jazz Forum is located on 5th Avenue directly across from the Memorial Student Center. The performance will be broadcast by MU's public access television channel 25 on Adelphia Cable.

Admission is free for Marshall University students, and $10 for the general public. For further information, persons may contact Bingham, director of jazz studies, at (304) 696-2452, or call the music department office at (304) 696-3117.


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Thursday March 24, 2005
Contact: Beverly McCoy, , (304) 691-1713

Medical School Research Day to showcase faculty, student projects

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Nearly 50 students and residents will present results of their research projects Tuesday (March 29) during the annual Research Day of the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

Topics range from ATV accident costs to the forensic analysis of cocaine, from childhood obesity to DNA analysis and a cause of programmed cell death.

"Research Day provides an opportunity to showcase the research efforts of our faculty, medical students, residents and graduate students," said Dr. Richard M. Niles, the school's associate dean for research and graduate education. "It allows people in our community to learn about our research, through which we discover new medical knowledge that hopefully will lead to better treatments."

Registration is at 8 a.m. at the Marshall University Medical Center, located next to Cabell Huntington Hospital, and activities will continue through an awards presentation at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required if participants want to receive lunch.

At 12:30, Dr. William F. Balistreri of Cincinnati Children's Hospital will present the Richard J. Stevens Memorial Lecture on "Viral Hepatitis 2005." He also will lecture at 6 p.m. Monday at the medical center on "Inborn Errors of Bile Acid Biosynthesis." Balistreri is one of the world's foremost authorities on pediatric gastroenterology and liver disease. He is medical director of Cincinnati Children's Pediatric Liver Care Center and Pediatric Liver Transplantation Program.

More information is available from the Office of Continuing Medical Education, 691-1770.

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Wednesday March 23, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

MU scholarship fund honors Lyle and Edith Plymale

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A scholarship fund honoring former Marshall University professor Lyle F. "Doc" Plymale and his wife, Edith, has been established through the Marshall University Foundation, Inc.

The goal is to raise sufficient funds to endow the Lyle F. and Edith Plymale Memorial Scholarship through the foundation. A minimum of $10,000 is needed to meet endowment requirements.

The scholarship fund honors the Plymales, both Wayne County natives, Marshall College graduates and teachers of science and math, by providing financial assistance to a Spring Valley High School student who plans to attend Marshall University and major in a math- or science-related field. The student will be a full-time freshman with a high school GPA of at least 2.5.

 Lyle Plymale, who was born in Shoals, W.Va., and graduated from Buffalo High School, taught chemistry for many years at Vinson High School before becoming a chemistry professor in Marshall's College of Science. He retired in the early 1980s after teaching for 38 years.

Edith Plymale was born in East Lynn, W.Va., and graduated from Wayne High School. She taught for many years at Ceredo-Kenova High School before retiring in the early 1980s after teaching for 35 years.

Spring Valley High School is a consolidation of Vinson, Buffalo and Ceredo-Kenova high schools.

Mike Fullerton, one of eight members of the Scholarship Organization Committee, said deciding to honor the Plymales was easy. A 1963 Vinson graduate, he remembers well being a student in one of Lyle Plymale's classes.

"It's very easy to honor somebody who made such an impact on so many people," Fullerton said of Lyle Plymale. "Not only academically, but from a moral standpoint. He was a total package, he helped every kid. I never knew anybody that went to him that didn't receive help. He was just one of those people you remember. He was a dandy, and his wife was a very good teacher, too."

Other members of the Scholarship Organization Committee are Carter Chambers, Ron Elmore, Doug Sullivan and Joe Moreland, all from the class of 1963; Karen Plymale Knowles and Larry Queen, from the class of 1965; and Rick Plymale, from the class of 1970.

Persons wanting to donate to the scholarship fund may do so by mailing a check made payable to the Marshall University Foundation, Inc. to: Marshall University Office of Development, Lyle F. and Edith Plymale Memorial Scholarship Fund, One John Marshall Dr., Huntington, WV 25755-6002.

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Monday March 21, 2005
Contact: Susan Jackson, Coordinator of Women's Studies, (304) 696-7153

'Mom's Turn to Learn' arrives Thursday, March 31

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Women who want to start or return to college are invited to a program offered by Marshall University Thursday, March 31, according to Dr. Susan Jackson, professor of art and coordinator of the women's studies program at the university.

"We've put together the essentials for women who want to get started on a degree from Marshall," Jackson said. "They can get information on admissions, financial aid, and the Regents Bachelor of Arts program, get a tour of the Huntington campus and the Drinko Library, and perhaps even sit in on a class or two."

Participants can select from a morning session, beginning at 9 a.m. and including lunch at 12:30 p.m., or an evening session, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Optional campus tours and class visits will take place in the afternoon for those who attend either session.

In addition, participants will be able to attend two other events on the Huntington Campus. The annual John Deaver Drinko Symposium takes place at 2 p.m. that day in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse. Professor Mary E. Reynolds will speak on the topic,   "Language Difference versus Language Impairment: Role of Working Memory in Diagnosis and Outcome."

Following the Mom's Turn to Learn evening session, a panel discussion will take place among women who have served in public office in West Virginia. They will speak about their experiences and how their gender influenced opportunities available to them.

Rebecca Coffman, now a student at Marshall, participated in Mom's Turn to Learn two years ago. "Going to Mom's Turn to Learn made going back to school a lot easier," she said. "People like Taella Hill made me realize that I could do it, and she has been willing to help me with anything I have a problem with or don't understand."

Jennifer Reynolds echoed those sentiments. "I had the desire to return to school; however, I was apprehensive because I didn't know where to get started. I had been out of college for nine years and knew that things had changed. The Mom's Turn to Learn seminar gave me all the information and support I needed to make coming back to school happen ... Everyone involved understood the help that I needed."

The full schedule for the day is as follows:

Morning Session:

- 9-10 a.m. - Memorial Student Center - pick up parking permit, register, coffee and snacks

- 10-11 a.m. - Formal information program on admissions, financial aid, and the Regents B.A. Program

- 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Informal question-and-answer session with past and present nontraditional students

- 12:30 p.m. - Lunch provided in Harless Dining Room.

Optional Afternoon Activities:

- 2-5 p.m. - Campus and library tours, class visits, or attend the Drinko Symposium at 2 p.m. in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse (reception to follow).

Evening Session:

- 5-5:30 p.m. - Pick up parking permit, register, refreshments.

- 5:30-6 p.m. - Mini tour of campus

- 6-7 p.m. - Formal information program on admissions and financial aid

- 7-7:45 p.m. Informal question-and-answer session with past and present nontraditional students

- 8 p.m. - Panel discussion including women who have served in public office in West Virginia.

Persons who want more information on the sessions may contact the Marshall Women's Studies office by phone at (304) 696-3643, or by e-mail at

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Monday March 21, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Kerry Kennedy to speak at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Kerry Kennedy, author of Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World, speaks at Marshall University at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 in the Don Morris Room at the Memorial Student Center.

Ms. Kennedy founded the RFK Center for Human Rights and serves as a board member for several foundations including Amnesty International Leadership Council and the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, a nonprofit organization that addresses the problems of social justice in the spirit of her late father.

Ms. Kennedy has worked on diverse human rights issues such as child labor, disappearances, indigenous land rights, judicial independence, freedom of expression, ethnic violence, impunity, the environment and women's rights.  She will be introduced by First Lady Gayle C. Manchin.

The speakers are a special portion of the activities sponsored by the Women's Center during Women's History Month.  For further information, persons may contact Leah Tolliver, director of the Women's Center, at (304) 696-3112 or via e-mail at

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

Closing of 3rd Avenue near biotechnology science center delayed

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The closing of 3rd Avenue between Hal Greer Boulevard and 20th Street to allow for construction of an overhead pedestrian walkway from Marshall University's Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center to the Science Building has been delayed two weeks.

The closing was to take place from this Saturday evening through 6 a.m. Monday. Instead, the four-block area will be closed beginning the evening of Saturday, April 2 through midnight Sunday, April 3.

Mike Meadows, director of facilities planning and management, said problems in delivery of steel for the walkway is the reason for the delay.

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

'Miraculous Marathon Man' at Marshall March 29

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Dick Traum, the athlete known as "The Miraculous Marathon Man" for his indomitable spirit and his hand-cranked wheelchair racing, is making appearances at Marshall University's Memorial Student Center and MU's South Charleston campus on Tuesday, March 29, as part of DisAbilities Day.

Traum will follow up the campus appearances with a speech and reception in Huntington at 7 p.m. at the Huntington Physical Therapy facility at 2240 5th Ave.  All events are free to the public. 

Traum speaks at 11 a.m. in the Shawkey Room of the Memorial Student Center and at 3 p.m. at the Graduate College in South Charleston.

After losing his right leg following a car accident at the age of 24, Traum became the first amputee to complete a marathon race.  After the accident, he began running to keep in shape and in 1976 he became the first amputee to complete the New York City Marathon - 26.2 miles - in seven hours and 24 minutes.  Since then he has run more than 100 long-distance races.

In 1983, Traum founded the Achilles Track Club to help other disabled individuals realize their athletic aspirations.  There are now 110 chapters on six continents and more than 10,000 members with disabilities such as visual impairments, cerebral palsy, arthritis, amputation and cancer.

Through his organization, Traum has helped organize therapeutic sports and group events for various groups, include disabled Iraqi war veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

"A disability does not have to be a handicap," Traum said.  "If we can bring people with disabilities into the open and have them feel like normal, our mission will be successful.  They get reinforcements and a sense of self-esteem from their physical accomplishments."

Dr. Leonard Deutsch, Dean of the Marshall Graduate School, said Traum is interested in starting a chapter or two of his Achilles Track Club in West Virginia.

"Dick Traum is an inspiring individual who has accomplished amazing things in the course of his life," Deutsch said.  "If anyone is interested in discussing this opportunity (to start a chapter of the Achilles Track Club) with Dr. Traum, they are encouraged to e-mail me and I will be happy to serve as facilitator."

To volunteer or to arrange a meeting with Traum, persons may contact Deutsch at  More information is available on the organization on the club's Web site:

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Noah Adams, longtime co-host of NPR's 'All Things Considered,' featured speaker at Elizabeth Gibson Drinko Honors Convocation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Noah Adams, an Ashland, Ky., native and former longtime co-host of National Public Radio's award-winning evening newsmagazine All Things Considered, is the featured speaker at the Elizabeth Gibson Drinko Honors Convocation Friday, April 1, at Marshall University.

The Honors Convocation begins at 7 p.m. at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. It is one of the highlights of the 11th annual John Deaver Drinko and Elizabeth Gibson Drinko Celebration of Academics, which takes place Thursday, March 31, and Friday, April 1. All events are free to the public.

The Honors Convocation is an awards and recognition ceremony for Marshall's outstanding honors students, and precedes Adams' talk.

The Celebration of Academics begins at 2 p.m. March 31 with the Drinko the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse. A Marshall faculty member is featured each year in the Symposium.

This year's guest speaker from the faculty is Drinko Fellow Mary E. Reynolds, an MU Communications Disorders professor. Her topic is "Language Difference versus Language Impairment: Role of Working Memory in Diagnosis and Outcome." A public reception follows in the Performing Arts Center lobby.

Adams' topic Friday is "Far Appalachia," which is the title of a book he authored in 2001. The full title of the book is "Far Appalachia: Following the New River North." The book chronicles Adams' 350-mile journey from the New River's North Carolina mountain beginnings to its end at Gauley Bridge, W.Va.

"We are excited to have Noah Adams here as the featured speaker at the Elizabeth Gibson Drinko Honors Convocation," said Dr. Alan Gould, executive director of the Drinko Academy. "His international reputation as a journalist and his ability to tell a good story will make for a remarkable evening. Students, faculty and the community are in for a real treat."

Adams currently is a senior correspondent for NPR News, working with NPR's National Desk to cover stories on the working poor across America. He lives in Takoma Park, Md.

Adams, whose rich, evenly-paced voice is familiar to NPR listeners nationwide, began his career in 1962 at WIRO in Ironton, Ohio. He also worked for WSAZ in Huntington and WCYB in Bristol, Va., from 1963 through 1965. Adams began his public radio career in 1971 at WBKY-FM at the University of Kentucky.

He began at WBKY as a part-time rock and roll announcer, but soon became involved in other projects including documentaries and a weekly bluegrass show. In 1974, Adams joined the staff full time as host of a morning news and music program.

Adams went to work with NPR in 1975, editing and writing for the next three years. He became co-host of All Things Considered in 1978.

Here is the schedule of public events for the Celebration of Academics:

Thursday, March 31: 2 p.m., The Drinko Symposium in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Professor Mary E. Reynolds speaks on "Language Difference versus Language Impairment: Role of Working Memory in Diagnosis and Outcome." A public reception follows in the performing arts center lobby.

Friday, April 1: 7 p.m., The Elizabeth Gibson Drinko Honors Convocation in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. NPR senior correspondent Noah Adams speaks on "Far Appalachia." A public reception follows in the performing arts center lobby.

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WMUL students dominate awards competition in California

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from Marshall University's public radio station, WMUL-FM, received 12 grand prize awards and three honorable mention awards during the National Broadcasting Society/Alpha Epsilon Rho (NBS/AERho) 14th Annual National Student Audio/Video Scriptwriting and 42nd Annual Audio/Video Production Awards Competition ceremony.

The event took place on Saturday, March 12 at the Hilton Universal City Hotel in Universal City, Calif. Marshall Interim President Michael J. Farrell, in California at the time visiting with prominent MU alumni and friends of the university, attended the ceremony.

"In a national competition among colleges and universities, your measure of success is if you win one award," Farrell said. "In the case of the NBS/AERho awards, Marshall won first place in 12 of the 20 awards. The superiority of our program has now been validated by this national competition. Marshall University is extremely proud of its students and faculty."

Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, professor of electronic media management in Marshall's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and faculty manager of WMUL-FM, said the students competed with other broadcasting students from colleges and universities throughout the United States.

"It is quite an accomplishment to win 60 percent (12 of 20) of the grand prize total recognized in audio scriptwriting, audio production and overall Web site categories in the National Broadcasting Society's competition in a single year," Bailey said. "This is a dominating performance by our radio students.  Winning speaks well for Marshall University, as the student broadcasters of WMUL-FM consistently earn top honors in direct competition with nationally recognized colleges and universities."

National Broadcasting Society/Alpha Epsilon Rho (NBS/AERho) has more than 1,500 student and professional members and has chapters on 86 college campuses.  The National Broadcasting Society (NBS) was founded in 1943, and its mission is to enhance the development of college and university students in telecommunication, broadcasting, cable and other electronic media.  Past and present members of the society number more than 35,000.  Alpha Epsilon Rho is the national honorary society composed of members selected from National Broadcasting Society (NBS) Chapters.

Complete list of WMUL winners at


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Veteran Marshall police officer promoted to sergeant

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Huntington native Stanley Harper, a 16-year veteran of the Marshall University Police Department, has been promoted from patrol officer to sergeant, Office of Public Safety Director James E. Terry announced today.

Harper, 46, replaces Sgt. John Murphy, who retired.

"Stanley has been involved in most of the current innovations within the department," Terry said. "He's one of the founding members of our Bike Patrol, and of our R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) program. He's top shelf and I feel very comfortable with the choice the selection committee made."

Harper, a 1977 Huntington High School graduate, is often seen riding his bike on campus. He is continuing that role, but with the promotion comes shift supervising and oversight duties.

"I've seen the confidence they have in me," Harper said, speaking of department heads. "I figured down the line, sooner or later, I'd get (the promotion). I'll still be riding the bike, but I have to oversee a lot, make sure people are doing the right thing."

The Marshall University Police Department has 22 officers who have the same responsibilities and authority as any other law enforcement officers in the state. The department provides 24-hour-a-day patrol protection to the campus, adjacent university-owned facilities and parking lots.

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The James Morrow Library building on Marshall University's Huntington campus is scheduled to be closed beginning Thursday, March 17 through portions of the upcoming Spring Break, due to the moving up of a renovation timetable.  Preliminary engineering inspection is being made to determine the integrity of the buildings structural support. 

In order to accomplish a full inspection and to prepare for the complete renovations of the third floor, library materials will need to be removed to lower levels.  Engineers are recommending that the movement of these materials and succeeding inspections be accomplished without people in the building.   

Classes on Thursday, March 17 and Friday, March 18 will be moved to alternate locations.  Administrators and faculty will be on-site to direct students to the temporary class locations.  Offices in the building will be closed on Thursday and Friday as well as during selected days during Spring Break.  It is anticipated that Morrow Library classes will return to their normal locations after the spring break.

Information and updates will be posted on the Marshall University website.   More information may be obtained from Dr. Karen Kirtley, Assistant Vice President for Administration.  Telephone: 304-696-2487.

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Marshall University unveils new Virtual Campus at state capitol

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Marshall University unveiled its revamped and revitalized online learning experience during an electronic ribbon cutting ceremony today at the West Virginia state capitol.

First Lady Gayle Manchin symbolically cut a ribbon to unveil Marshall's Virtual Campus during the event in the Governor's Reception Room. Marshall Interim President Michael J. Farrell presided over the ceremony, which highlighted MU's participation in Higher Education Day at the Capitol.

"By expanding access and resources to our most rural populations, Marshall University is meeting educational needs in a cost effective, scalable and quality centric model," Farrell said. "The online program features real interaction with outstanding faculty members in a collaborative, high-touch environment."

Others who took part in today's ceremony included Chancellor J. Michael Mullen; Senator Robert Plymale, Chair of the Senate Education Committee; Dr. Steve Paine, Deputy State Secretary of Education, and Nancy Sturm, Gov. Joe Manchin's education technology coordinator.

In addition to online multimedia course materials, Farrell said, everything from registration to accessing the world's literature is just a click away. "Marshall University ONLINE expands lifelong learning educational opportunities for all students, from high school to senior citizens," the president said.

Marshall University ONLINE offers hundreds of totally online courses or technology enhanced courses to thousands of students worldwide.

"Online courses at Marshall University are designed for students who prefer to learn outside the physical classroom, according to their own schedules," said Matthew Christian, director of the Center for Instructional Technology.  "Our goal is to offer Marshall University courses with a method of online delivery that will expand student access to our programs, courses, and services and that will provide them with a high quality educational experience."

The courses are developed by Marshall instructors and reflect the same scope and depth of material offered in the traditional classroom.  Students earn the same college credit as they would earn in traditional on-campus classes. All of the learning tools students need - syllabi, course materials, email, assignments, tests, and communications are contained in each course. 

The re-launched Web site reflects a "new day dawning" in the ongoing implementation of the Marshall online program. In 2003, MU adopted WebCT Vista, the market leading enterprise level learning management system.

Marshall currently is host to Vista for other higher education institutions from around the state - a cost saving measure that is proving the model of efficiency.

Its implementation of WebCT Vista will be showcased in the University Business magazine in April. Marshall has been named as a national "Digital Content Leader" two years in a row, and its Public Online Library Technology (PLT) Certificate Program earned the Southern Growth Policy 2005 "Innovations Award" for the state of West Virginia.

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State Science and Engineering Fair is April 1-2 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The 52nd annual West Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair takes place Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2 at Marshall University in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center.

The fair is open to the public from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.  The fair, which has taken place at Marshall since 2000, acknowledges scientific creativity and scholarship in West Virginia high school students. The fair is open to all 9th- through 12th-grade students attending West Virginia high schools. Entries can be either an individual or team project.

"Marshall University is honored to have this opportunity to encourage scientific achievement in West Virginia," Dr. Marcia Harrison, fair director and professor of biological sciences at Marshall, said. "The fair offers important acknowledgement and recognition for creativity and effort in math, science and engineering research."

The fair's awards ceremony takes place at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Smith Hall, room 154. One four-year tuition waiver to Marshall University will be awarded. The grand-prize winner is awarded $750 and the grand prize runner-up receives $350.

The first-place entry in each category receives $100. Second-place entrants receive $50 and 20 additional special awards totaling approximately $1,000 in cash and prizes will be presented. All students receive a t-shirt, registration gifts and a certificate of participation.

The top two entrants receive an all-expenses-paid trip to be eligible to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Ariz., May 8-14.

Team projects are interdisciplinary, involving two or three members who work together in a coordinated effort. Each team jointly submits one abstract and one research plan that outlines each person's work.

Registration and set-up are from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Pre-registration applications are available at Application material and the entry fee of $15 a person must be postmarked by March 21. Entrants may send their registration materials to Dr. Marcia Harrison, Director, WVSSEF, Department of Biological Services, Marshall University, One John Marshall Dr., Huntington, WV 25755. Late registration is available at the fair for $25 a person.

More information is available by contacting Harrison at (304) 696-4867 or by email at

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Greenup County, Ky., native joins Marshall Foundation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - McRae Pennington, a Greenup County, Ky., native, has "returned home" to accept a recently created position with the Marshall University Foundation, Inc.

Pennington is the new Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Marshall. She started her new job, in which she works to facilitate relationships between the Foundation and corporate donors, on March 7.

"As a young professional there weren't many opportunities in this area, but I never closed the door to coming back home," Pennington said. "This work feels more important than the traditional corporate job. The university's such a large part of the community."

Before coming to Marshall, Pennington worked in Dayton, Ohio, as a regional sales executive with LexisNexis. A licensed attorney in Kentucky, she worked for the Jefferson County Attorney's Office from March 2000 through August 2001, and later was a financial advisor for companies in Maryland and Kentucky.

"It is the Foundation's intent to be more active in building corporate partnerships for Marshall," Glen Kerkian, executive director of the Foundation, said. "McRae's recent position with LexisNexis and experience with several national companies gives her a good grounding in understanding how foundations operate."

Pennington is a 1993 graduate of Raceland-Worthington High School in Raceland, Ky., a 1997 graduate of Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., with a B.A. in Applied Music, and a 2001 graduate of the University of Louisville's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.

"I initially thought I would be more in arts administration, but I ended up in the corporate world," Pennington said. "I have done fund raising in the volunteer world."

Pennington said she sang in the annual SCORES competition at Marshall while she was a student at Raceland, and also sang in performances with the Huntington Outdoor Theatre and the Musical Arts Guild in Huntington.

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MU faculty member finalist for Professor of the Year in West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Elaine Baker, professor of psychology and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Marshall University, was one of five West Virginia faculty members honored as finalists in the Professor of the Year competition sponsored by the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia.

The Foundation each year honors an outstanding faculty member at a West Virginia college or university.  Wayne de Rosset, associate professor of English at Glenville Sate College, was named this year's Professor of the Year at a banquet in Charleston that recognized the five finalists. 

"I appreciate the recognition, and I applaud the West Virginia Faculty Merit Foundation for its ongoing commitment to quality teaching in higher education," Baker said. 

The award carries a $10,000 cash prize, which is presented by the foundation with financial support from Columbia Gas Transmission.

In addition to De Rosset and Baker, the other finalists were William D. Martin, professor of Anatomy at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine; Kenneth H. Yount, professor of political science and history at Alderson-Broaddus College; and Elizabeth Fones-Wolf, associate professor of history at West Virginia University.       

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Dr. Corley Dennison new dean of Marshall School of Journalism

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Corley Dennison, interim dean of Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications for the past year, has been named permanent dean of the School, Interim President Michael J. Farrell said today.

A search committee selected Dennison for the position, which he has held on an interim basis since the death of former dean Hal Shaver a year ago.

"Corley Dennison is an outstanding educator who has dedicated his professional career to Marshall University," Farrell said. "I am very pleased to remove the interim tag and recognize our new dean. I am confident that he will continue the excellence in journalism and mass communications that has been the hallmark of this academic discipline."

Provost Sarah Denman, too, said she is elated with the choice of Dennison as the School's dean.

"We're very happy that out of the search process Dr. Dennison rose to the top as the best choice of the search committee and all groups that participated in the interview process," Denman said. "I am confident that he can lead the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications to the next level of excellence. I look forward to working with him in the future."

Dennison, a native of Sutton, W.Va., has been at Marshall since 1985, teaching a full range of graduate and undergraduate journalism and mass communications courses during that time. He was assistant dean to Shaver from 2003 until Shaver's death on March 1, 2004.

"I really appreciate the support from faculty, students and the entire campus during this process," Dennison said. "I've been working in the interim role for a year, and I'm looking forward to starting some new ideas and projects for the school."

Dennison described his year as interim dean as "really good, productive and busy." During that time, the School of Journalism had its five-year review, introduced a fundraising effort known as J-Walk, and began the process of moving The Parthenon headquarters from Smith Hall to the Communications Building.

Dennison received his B.A. in Mass Communications in 1976 from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., and his master's degree in English with emphasis in Speech Communications in 1984 from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo.

In 1992, Dennison earned his Ed.D from West Virginia University in Educational Administration, with a minor in Journalism. 

After graduating from James Madison, he spent nine years in both commercial and public broadcasting.  He assisted in putting four radio stations on the air, including NPR affiliate WMRA-FM in Harrisonburg, Va., and WKYY-AM in Amherst, Va.

From 1980 to 1985, Dennison served as operations director of the Broadcast Services Center at Northwest Missouri State University which included KXCV-FM, a National Public Radio affiliate, KDLX-FM and KNWT-TV-cable channel 8.

His production credits include the NBC Radio network, National Public Radio and multiple syndicated programs in numerous midwestern markets, including St. Louis, Kansas City and Omaha, Neb.

Dennison has held membership in numerous national professional and educational organizations including the Broadcast Education Association, The National Broadcasting Society and The Popular Culture Association.  Since 1997, he has been a member of the editorial review board of The Journal of Radio Studies.

Dennison served as president of the Marshall University Faculty Senate from 1997 to 1999.  He was named the assistant dean of University College in 1999 and served in that position until 2003.

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Marshall Community & Technical College PTA Program announces new Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Kelly Terry, who has taught in the Marshall Community & Technical College's Physical Therapist Assistant Program as an adjunct faculty member for the past four years, is the program's new Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education.

Terry's teaching assignments have included orthopedic rehabilitation, patient care skills and physical therapy procedures.  She has been an active member of the program's Advisory and Admission's Committees, and has been employed with Tri-State Rehab Services as well as Genesis Rehab Services where she treated a variety of orthopedic and geriatric diagnosis.

She also has provided athletic training services to Lawrence County High School in Kentucky.

Travis H. Carlton, assistant professor and PTA Program coordinator, said Terry brings a wealth of experience and an established rapport within the clinical community to Marshall.

"As a highly respected clinician within the physical therapy profession, Kelly is a wonderful addition to our program," Carlton said. "Kelly's primary role will be to provide instruction and to coordinate and supervise the student's clinical affiliations."

Terry graduated from Marshall University in 1996 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Athletic Training, and obtained her Master of Science in Health and Physical Education in 1998 from MU.  She completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2001 from Slippery Rock University in Pittsburgh.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (CAPTE).  For additional information, persons may contact the American Physical Therapy Association, Department of Accreditation, at (800) 999-APTA or online at

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program accepts applications for each class with a deadline for submission of all application materials of March 1, annually.  For more information on the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, see or contact Carlton at (304) 696-3353 or via e-mail at

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Tickets are available for 'The Third House'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Tickets are available for "The Third House," the political satire scheduled for 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 at the West Virginia Cultural Center in Charleston. 

The event includes skits and songs that poke fun at state political officials.

"This is the 16th year for Third House.  It's a great time for the members of the media and the members of the Legislature to get together and have a laugh," said Corley F. Dennison III, Interim Dean of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications. "The faculty and students really appreciate the efforts of the JMC Alumni Association and the members of the media in putting this event together."

The event, sponsored by Marshall University's Journalism and Mass Communications Alumni Association, is a fundraiser for the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Tickets may be purchased at the House of Representatives Clerk's office, the Senate Clerk's office or the Governor's Press Secretary office at the West Virginia Capitol.  For more information or special needs, call the Marshall University W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at (304) 696-2360.

Single tickets are $25.  Tickets may be purchased at the patron level for $300 for 12 tickets including two VIP tickets for seats in the front of the auditorium with political leaders.

A reception follows the event in the Cultural Center Great Hall.

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Marshall students helping to fight hunger

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Student Government Association (SGA) has teamed up with the Huntington Area Food Bank (HAFB) to "CAN hunger" in the Tri-State.

Marshall student organizations are competing against one another through Friday, March 18, to see which group can collect the most pounds of food for the HAFB. The organization that collects the most pounds will receive a $500 scholarship.

Organizations interested in participating in the drive responded to a mass e-mail about the event and then received necessary guidelines. About 13 organizations signed up to help fight hunger.

Donated food will be stored in barrels provided by the HAFB and the winner will be announced the week students return from spring break.

For more information about the food bank or how to volunteer, persons may contact Jon Rickey, director of HAFB, at (304) 523-6029.

Further information is available by contacting Missy Oldaker at (304) 412-2523 or via email at, or Kevin Pack at (304) 638-4194 or via email at


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Conference Friday will address ADHD, other disabilities in children

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. ‑‑ Dr. Patricia Quinn, a nationally recognized authority on attention deficit‑hyperactivity disorder, will be the featured speaker for a Parent‑Professional Collaboration Conference Friday, March 18, at Marshall University.
 She will speak twice, addressing the changing face of ADHD and its effects during the teen years on driving, college success and substance abuse. Other conference speakers will address a variety of issues related to children with disabilities, including family‑professional partnerships, discipline, organizational skills, sibling issues, and the impact of pervasive developmental disabilities on parenting.
 Quinn has written or edited a dozen ADHD-related books, including the best-selling "Putting on the Brakes: A Young People's Guide to Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder." She has worked for more than 28 years in the areas of ADHD and learning disabilities, and is the parent of children with ADHD. Other conference speakers will include Dr. James Lewis of the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Dr. Don Hall of Marshall University, Mary Shackelford and Terry Roberts of University Pediatrics and Saun Floyd of Link Child Care and Referral.
 The conference will be from 7:50 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Don Morris Room of Marshall's Memorial Student Center. The cost is $25 for parents and $30 for most professionals (there is no charge for medical students and residents, and the cost for employees of Cabell Huntington Hospital is $15). Some stipends are available to cover parents' costs.
 Continuing education credits are available for physicians, nurses and others. More information on registration and credit is available from Shellie Mellert,
 The conference is sponsored by University Pediatrics, Cabell Huntington Hospital, and Parent Partners in Education, a project of the West Virginia Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health and Marshall's medical school.
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Vandalia chosen to exhibit at ninth annual March Madness for the Mind in San Diego

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University juniors Derek Gregg of Barboursville and Justin Swick of Chesapeake, Ohio, have been invited to exhibit their biochemistry research project, "Instrumentation for Large Scale DNA Manufacturing," at a national event in San Diego, Calif.

The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance's (NCIIA) ninth annual March Madness for the Mind event takes place Saturday, March 19 at San Diego's Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. The exhibition spotlights new work by 15 of the nation's top teams of student scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs.

"These exceptional teams of young innovators represent the future of technology innovation," said Phil Weilerstein, executive director of the NCIIA. "They're taking exciting ideas from lab to market as part of their education - they are benefiting from a new orientation in higher education that gives students the opportunity to be successful innovators in today's dynamic, collaborative workplace."

Gregg and Swick are two of the four-member Vandalia E-team (Entrepreneurship-team) at Marshall. They displayed their project March 1 at West Virginia Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Charleston, and placed as second runner-up in the competition for Researcher of the Year.

In spring 2003, Dr. Elizabeth Murray, Associate Professor of Biotechnology in the Integrated Science & Technology (IST) department, and Dr. Herbert Tesser, Weisburg Professor in the College of Information Technology & Engineering (CITE), offered an NCIIA-funded course entitled "Technology and Innovation."

Dr. Murray challenged IST students Gregg and Swick with the problem of mass-producing specific DNA sequences. With the assistance of Professor of Chemistry Dr. Michael Norton, the Vandalia E-team succeeded in developing a solution. Drs. Murray and Norton are the other two members of the E-team. Gregg and Swick will be accompanied by Drs. Murray and Tesser in San Diego.

Over the past two years, the students and faculty mentors have developed an innovative system and process (patent pending) for the mass production of specific DNA sequences with the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The result is the Triathlon Thermal Cycler, a continuous PCR solution that ultimately will support throughput volumes of up to six liters per day, suitable for large industrial applications.

The project has developed into a commercial endeavor. In March 2004, Gregg, Swick, Murray and Norton formed Vandalia Research, LLC to commercialize the technology. It is a direct result of the E-team's research.

March Madness for the Mind is presented in conjunction with the NCIIA's annual meeting - Dynamic Learning: Changing models for changing times, which brings engineering, science, and business faculty together in San Diego for three days of papers, panels, workshops, plenaries, and networking opportunities.

The NCIIA is an initiative of the Lemelson Foundation, a private philanthropy established by one of the country's most prolific inventors, Jerome Lemelson (1923-1997), and his family, supporting faculty and students who believe that invention and innovation are critical to American higher education.

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Registration underway for MU Early Ed Center's summer institute

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Early Education Center has begun registration for its upcoming Summer Workshops and Institute. Workshops take place every weekend in July. The week-long institute is planned for the final week of July.

These professional training opportunities focus on child guidance, curriculum development, implementing hands-on projects, technology, and assessment for early childhood educators - those working with children ages 3 to 8.

A different topic is presented each weekend in July. During the final week of July, MUEEC is conducting a week-long institute presenting an overview of all topics, hands-on experiences, and nightly entertainment.  

These workshops and institute not only provide worthwhile opportunities for professional development, but also offer continuing education hours for educators and child care workers.  Furthermore, workshops may be requested for on-site presentation by master level students and the director. 

For more information about workshops and to register, persons may contact the MUEEC Outreach Office at (304) 696-6301 or visit the registration page online at

Further information is available by contacting MUEEC Director Clayton Burch at (304) 696-6301 or via email at, or public relations coordinator Zak Richards at (304) 696-6301 or (304) 437-0730, or via email at

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Drag King Sile Singleton to visit MU, discuss race and gender identity

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Sile Singleton, a male impersonator who has been in the Drag King and Queen business for 10 years, speaks at Marshall University on Tuesday, March 15.

Singleton will conduct a discussion on race and gender identity from 2 to 3 p.m. in Prichard Hall room 143. The film "Drag Kings on Tour" will be shown from 7 to 9 p.m. the same day in Corbly Hall room 105.

Singleton's appearance and the film are sponsored by the MU Women's Center and the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender (LGBT) Outreach Office.

Singleton co-founded and produced IDKE - the annual International Drag King Extravaganza, a three-day event that includes presentations, workshops and performances. She also appeared in the Discovery Channel documentary "Kings on the Road."

For more information, persons may call Kelli Kerbawy at (304) 696-6623.

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Pruett announces retirement; Kueck named interim head coach

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University head football Coach Bob Pruett, one of the most successful coaches in college football history, today announced his decision to retire from coaching.

"It is just time. I love Marshall University, the administration, the fans, the state of West Virginia, all of it ... and I always will," Pruett said during a news conference in the Shewey Building. "My friends in coaching have always said you will know when the time comes and all of you will know when your time comes, too. I have been coaching football for 40 years, and it is time that I spend more time with my family and be a fan."

MU Interim President Michael J. Farrell gave Pruett the ultimate praise.

"Bob Pruett is the greatest coach in the history of Marshall University football," Farrell said. "I regret that he has decided to retire and wish him well."

Director of Athletics Bob Marcum said quarterbacks coach and associate offensive coordinator Larry Kueck will serve as interim coach until a permanent replacement is named.

"This is bitter sweet, because Bob is such a good friend and a great football coach," Kueck said. "We are going to move forward and start spring practice on time this Friday. I am very grateful for the opportunity."

Pruett, 61, amassed a 94-23 record in nine years at the helm of his alma-mater's football program. His win total is the second highest through nine seasons in Division 1-A history. Only George Woodruff with 114 has won more and that was more than a century ago. Pruett's winning percentage of .803 is higher than any active coach in the country with at least eight years experience.

Marshall's record on the field under Pruett is remarkable, and so is the Thundering Herd's graduation rate. Six times in the past eight seasons the Herd has been recognized by the American Football Coaches Association for a graduation rate of 70 percent or higher. That figure shows the importance the Marshall program, and its head coach, places on getting an education.

"Whatever Coach Pruett wants to do he has earned, and deserves," Marshall Director of Athletics Bob Marcum said. "He is one of the greatest coaches in the history of college football and we regret that he has decided to retire. We wish him nothing but the very best."

Pruett is just the second coach in history to have posted 15 victories in his first season as a head coach and is just the second to have posted an undefeated and untied record in his first season. The two coaches who accomplished those feats first were Woodruff and the legendary Walter Camp, in 1892 and 1888, respectively.

Pruett's 25-3 record after two seasons at Marshall ranks second all-time in college football history; only Camp's 25-1 mark from1888 through 1889 is better. His record of 37-4 after three seasons ranks him third, again behind only Camp and Woodruff, on the all-time coaching list.

After posting a 13-0 season in 1999, his fourth at the helm of the Thundering Herd, Pruett's career mark of 50-4 stood third all-time. Only Camp and Woodruff, who both coached in the 19th century, had more wins than Pruett after four seasons.

After leading the Herd to a record fourth consecutive Mid-American Conference title in 2000 with an 8-5 mark, Pruett's career record stood at 58-9. Only Camp and Woodruff tallied more victories in their first five years.

The wins continued to pile up during the 2001 and 2002 seasons. The Herd put together 11-2 marks both years, improving Pruett's career mark to 80-13, and moving him into second in NCAA history in terms of victories over the first seven seasons as a head coach. Only Woodruff, who was 94-6 in his first seven years (1892-1898) at Penn, can compare to Pruett.

In 2003, Pruett guided Marshall to an 8-4 mark that was highlighted by an historic 27-20 victory at then sixth-ranked, and eventual Big 12 Conference Champion, Kansas State. The Wildcats became the highest ranked opponent ever to fall to a Mid-American Conference opponent that day.

In 2004, Pruett led the Thundering Herd program to its 21st consecutive non-losing season with a 6-6 mark, the fourth longest active streak in the nation, and a berth in the PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl.

While the wins have been plentiful, it has been the Herd's performance under Pruett when a championship is on the line that has been most impressive. In 22 games that have decided either a division, conference, bowl or national championship, Pruett's teams are an amazing 18-4, a winning percentage of more than 82 percent.

Pruett has built a successful program that not only produces champions and graduates, but National Football League Draft picks and players. Following the 2003 season, Marshall's Darius Watts was chosen in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.

Watts is the 12th player to be drafted under Pruett and is one of 20 former Marshall standouts currently playing in the NFL. In fact, at least one Marshall player has been picked in the past five NFL Drafts and Pruett has seen more than 30 of his student-athletes go on to NFL camps.

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Monday March 7, 2005
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Educator Expo allows College of Education students, alumni

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The annual Educator Expo, sponsored by Marshall University's Career Services Center and the College of Education and Human Services, takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, and Wednesday, March 16, in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room.

The fair is open to all Marshall College of Education students and alumni, and is an excellent opportunity for them to meet with a large number of organizations about teaching positions. Teacher candidates also will have the opportunity to mingle with prospective employers during a reception at the Radisson Hotel Huntington from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 15.

Pre-registration for teacher candidates is required for this nationally recognized two-day event. A one-hour open registration period from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. is scheduled both days in the Don Morris Room prior to the start of pre-scheduled interviews. Teacher candidates may adjust interview schedules at that time.

Pre-scheduled interviews end at 2:30 p.m. both days. Recruiters will be available at their tables between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. to speak to candidates and provide additional information with no appointment necessary.

Recruiters from 90 school systems and 10 states - Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia - are participating.

The expo provides teacher candidates the opportunity to interview with employers that have a high demand for Marshall graduates. An updated listing of the participants is available by visiting the Career Services Web site at

More information is available by contacting Jamie Samples at (304) 696-2370.

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Monday March 7, 2005
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'Headliners' returns at Marshall with new format

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "Headliners," a public affairs program produced at Marshall University, returns to the air this week with a new host and a new format.

MU Interim President Michael J. Farrell is host of the 30-minute show, which is shown on cable systems throughout the Advantage Valley region. The show debuted a year ago, and was aired throughout much of 2004.

H. Keith Spears, Vice President for Communications and Marketing at Marshall, and the show's executive producer, said "Headliners" is not limited to a one-on-one interview between the host and a single guest as it was last year.

"This new format allows us to feature more faculty and students as they deal with current issues that are relative to all of us," Spears said. "It will feature newsmakers, but will also have on-location reports and interviews."

"Headliners" premieres in the Huntington area at 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, on  Adelphhia Cable's Educational Information Channel (Channel 25). It runs five times a day, every day, including weekends, at 8 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. 

The program debuts in the Kanawha Valley at 10 a.m. Friday, March 11 on the West Virginia Library Television Network (Channel 11) on Charter Communications. "Headliners" runs at 10 a.m., 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. each Friday, and at 4 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturday.

The first show of the new season focuses on Marshall's Carter G. Woodson faculty initiative.

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More than 350 high school students to attend HOSA State Leadership Conference at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - More than 350 high school and post-secondary students from throughout West Virginia will attend the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference Friday, March 11, and Saturday, March 12, at Marshall University's Memorial Student Center.

The event is sponsored by the Marshall Community and Technical College. This is the third consecutive year it is being conducted at Marshall.

Bobby Petrocelli, a motivational speaker from Seminole, Fla., is the keynote speaker during the opening session, which takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 11 in the student center's Don Morris Room. His speech is titled "10 Seconds Can Change Your Life Forever."

The speech is the story of how a tragic event instantly changed Petrocelli's life. One night, Petrocelli went to bed in suburban America, a happy man with a loving wife. But when he woke up dazed in his kitchen, his wife was dead and his life forever changed. The pickup truck that crashed through his bedroom wall was driven by a man who was legally drunk.

Petrocelli will share with the students how he fought through the darkness to triumph; how he drew upon his faith and friends; and how he came to love again. His coaching background and expertise with youth have made him one of the top communicators in his field.

During the conference, the students will compete in health-related categories, including speech, writing, drawing, and written tests. First-, second-, and third-place winners will have the opportunity to compete this summer at the national conference in Nashville, Tenn.

The following is a list of events for the conference:

Friday, March 11

9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Conference Registration, Memorial Student Center, Shawkey Room

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.: State Officer Candidate Screening

Noon - 1 p.m.: Advisors' Orientation Meeting

1 - 2 p.m.: Marshall Community and Technical College Preview

2 - 2:30 p.m.: Courtesy Corps Meeting

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.: Round One Written Tests

3:45 - 4:45 p.m.: National Healthcare Issues Exam

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.: Opening Session, Memorial Student Center, Don Morris Room

8:30 - 11 p.m.: Advisors' Reception

8:30 - 11 p.m.: Dance to the Nashville Beat


Saturday, March 12

8 a.m.: Competitive Events

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Voting:  2005-2006 WV HOSA State Officers

6 - 8:30 p.m.: Awards Closing Session, Memorial Student Center, Don Morris Room

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MU faculty member featured in Spring Teacher Lecturer Series

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Nega Debela, a Marshall University faculty member in Elementary and Secondary Education, is the featured lecturer for Marshall's 2005 Spring Teacher Lecturer Series, according to Dr. Jane McKee, associate dean for Academic Programs.

The series is sponsored by the College of Education and Human Services (CEHS).

Debela, a native of Ethiopia, will lecture on "The Benefits and Challenges of Multi-lingual Classrooms in General and English as a Second Language (ESL) in Particular."  He is the latest speaker in a series started to meet the diversity needs of students in the CEHS.

Sessions are scheduled on the Huntington campus for education students and the public is invited to attend all presentations.

The first session takes place from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Friday, March 4 in room 105 of Corbly Hall.  Debela will make two presentations on Thursday, March 10.  The first is for elementary methods students from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in the Shawkey Room of the Memorial Student Center.  It will be followed by a session for secondary methods students from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. in room 235 of Jenkins Hall.

Debela, who has five higher education degrees, including a master's degree in Information Systems from Marshall University, has long been involved in teaching English as a Second Language programs.  

After being educated in Ethiopia, the United Kingdom and Australia, he immigrated to the United States in 1999, settling in the Washington area where he worked for the Department of Alternative Programs, where he taught Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).  In 2001, Debela  joined the faculty of Marshall's Graduate School of Education and Professional Development in South Charleston. 

For additional information about the Teacher Lecturer Program or this year's presentations, persons may contact McKee at (304) 696-2859.

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Award-winning author keynote speaker at Women of Color program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Patricia Russell McCloud, author of A is for Attitude:  An Alphabet for Living, is this year's keynote speaker at the Women of Color program to be held Tuesday, March 8, on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Women of Color awards will be presented during the celebration, which begins at noon in the Alumni Lounge of the Memorial Student Center.   A reception and book signing follow.

McCloud, a winner of the Elks Oratorical Award, is a professional orator who has been identified by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the five top business motivators in the United States.

The program is free and open to the public.  Displays will be set up in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center throughout the day.

The Women of Color Program activities are coordinated by Fran L. Jackson, Leah Tolliver, Taella Hill, LaRhonda Johnson, and Lisa Allen.

For more information, persons may contact Fran Jackson at (304) 696-6705 or Leah Tolliver at (304) 696-3112.

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Tuesday March 1, 2005
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Marshall professor authors book on Buckskin Boys

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - With lots of help from family and friends, Marshall University psychology professor W. Joseph Wyatt turned his late father's plans to publish a book into reality.

The 235-page softbound book, published in November 2004, documents the history of the Buckskin Boy Scout Council of West Virginia from 1919 through 2004. It is titled Buckskin Boys: A History of the Buckskin Council, 1919-2004 Boy Scouts of America, and was published by Pictorial Histories Publishing Co., Inc., of Charleston, W.Va. Former Explorer Scout Stan Cohen is the publisher of Pictorial Histories.

The book is a compilation of hundreds of photographs, along with other memorabilia, much of which was collected by Wyatt's father, William H. "Bill" Wyatt, before his death on Jan. 14, 2000.

Joe Wyatt, who was raised in St. Albans, W.Va., and now lives in Hurricane, W.Va., was an Eagle Scout in his father's Boy Scout troop. He was aware that his father had been developing a manuscript outline and collecting materials for the book. As he was finalizing his father's estate, he found materials and photographs intended for the book.

"I found the materials he had collected, his outline and even the start-ups of several sections that he had written by hand on several yellow legal pads," Joe Wyatt said. "After I reviewed his material, it seemed only natural that the project be completed."

When Wyatt set down to write the book, he realized a lot of research was still needed.  He sent out press releases to every daily and weekly newspaper in the council district covering 23 counties, seeking photos, clippings, anecdotes, narratives and other pertinent information.

He also sent requests for relevant information to longtime scouters outside the Charleston-metro area, many of whom not only returned the forms to Wyatt, but also passed his request on to others in their areas. Many of them, too, contacted Wyatt, who eventually had enough information to compile the book.

"I hope you enjoy this book," he wrote in the foreword. "And, if my father is looking down at the finished product, I trust he will approve."

Persons interested in ordering a copy of the book may do so by sending a check of $27.95 to Wyatt at P.O. Box 844, Hurricane, WV 25526, or by visiting the Boy Scout office at 2829 Kanawha Blvd. E. in Charleston, W.Va.  

More information is available by e-mailing Wyatt at

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Tuesday March 1, 2005
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MU students win two awards in Researcher of the Year competition

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students earned two of the three awards presented today by the West Virginia Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (WV EPSCoR) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the Undergraduate Researcher of the Year competition at the Capitol.

Marshall freshman Zachary Tackett of Proctorville, Ohio, was chosen first runner-up for his biochemistry poster titled, "Identification of Fluoroquinolone Resistance Proteins in Staphylococcus aureus." He won $500.

MU juniors Justin Swick of Chesapeake, Ohio and Derek Gregg of Barboursville were chosen second runner-up for their biochemistry poster titled, "Instrumentation for Large Scale DNA Manufacturing." They were presented with a check for $300.

Danielle Large of Alderson-Broaddus College was chosen Undergraduate Researcher of the Year for her biology poster titled, "Barriers to the Eradication of HIV in infected Individuals: Factors Contributing to the Persistence of the Latent Viral Reservoir." She won $1,000.

The awards were presented by Paul Hill, director of WV EPSCoR, during a reception that followed Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol. Ninety-nine students representing eight public institutions and four private institutions took part in the event, displaying posters of their projects on both levels of the Capitol's rotunda area.

Fourteen Researcher of the Year finalists were chosen from the 99 participants, and the three winners were picked from the 14 finalists.

"We had two juniors and a freshman who walk away with checks," Marshall Interim President Michael J. Farrell said after congratulating the winners.  "What does that say? It says we're doing good things here at Marshall University.

"Zach Tackett began his research during his junior and senior years at Fairland High School. As outstanding as he is, he chose Marshall because it provided the best opportunity for him and his continuing research."

Tackett described himself as "very shocked" when Hill called his name during the ceremony in the lower rotunda. But, he said he's also aware that research at Marshall is moving quickly ahead.

"As Interim President Farrell said, we took home the majority of the checks today," Tackett said. "Research in the area of biotechnology is advancing at a rapid pace."

Both Gregg and Swick said they were "very excited" to place in the top three.

"We've worked really hard the past two years," Gregg said. "We knew we had the caliber of research that was good enough to be included here; we just didn't know where we stood."

Swick praised WV EPSCoR  for allowing the students to show their work to legislators and visitors at the capitol.

"We're thankful to be representing Marshall University here at the Capitol," Swick said.

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