October 2005 News Releases

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

Representatives from California elementary school to visit MU

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Representatives of Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Lynwood, Calif., will visit Marshall University on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, as part of the Partnership Schools Project in Marshall's College of Education and Human Services.

Carlos Hernandez, principal of the elementary school, and Dr. Roberto Casas, assistant superintendent of the school district, will visit the Huntington campus.

During their stay, Hernandez and Casas will meet with Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp, Senior Vice President and Provost Sarah Denman, and members of the College of Education and Human Services faculty to discuss future plans for the development of the partnership.  They also will visit two of the partnership schools - the June Harless Demonstration Site at Kellogg Elementary School and Geneva Kent Elementary School.

The Partnership Schools Project creates professional development schools to assist in creating new models of teacher education and development.  The partnership brings together higher education and public education in a learning-centered community that encourages P-12 student learning, improves the preparation of teachers, and provides professional development and activities that will enhance the growth of all members of the collaborative.     

Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, located in the suburbs of Los Angeles, will interact with Marshall students and with P-12 students in the partnership schools in various activities throughout the academic year.

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

MU professor receives prestigious Margaret Mead Award

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Luke Eric Lassiter, director of the Graduate Humanities Program at the Marshall University Graduate College and professor of humanities and anthropology, has received the 2006 Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology.

The Margaret Mead Award, initiated by the Society for Applied Anthropology in 1979, and awarded jointly with the American Anthropological Society since 1983, celebrates the tradition of bringing anthropology to bear on wider social and cultural issues.

The Margaret Mead Award is presented to a younger scholar for a particular accomplishment such as a book, film, monograph, or service that interprets anthropological data and principles in a way that makes it meaningful and accessible to a broadly concerned public.

Dr. Lassiter received the Margaret Mead Award in part for his book, The Other Side of Middletown: Exploring Muncie's African American Community, which was published in 2004, as well as for his continuing explorations of race relations and collaborative, community-based research and writing.

"I am extremely honored to be named the recipient of the 2006 Margaret Mead Award," Lassiter said. "As Margaret Mead was recognized widely for her commitment to both anthropology and, more importantly, to our larger society, I am especially honored that the awards committee singled out The Other Side of Middletown as representative of the kind of work that Mead championed."

Lassiter, 37, came to Marshall this year from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., where he had been an associate professor of anthropology.

Lassiter received his B.S. in anthropology and social science from Radford (Va.) University in 1990, and his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995.

The Mead award is designed to recognize a person clearly associated with research and/or practice in anthropology. The awardee's activity exemplifies skills in broadening the impact of anthropology - skills for which Margaret Mead was admired widely.

 "This is a wonderful honor for Dr. Lassiter, the College of Liberal Arts, and Marshall University, and certainly has broad implications for us in continuing to build the profile and the interdisciplinary contributions of the Graduate Humanities Program to our state and region," Dr. Christina Murphy, dean of MU's College of Liberal Arts, said. "It's really exciting, too, to see our COLA faculty receive the type of national recognition that continues to put Marshall University on the map as an exciting and innovative place to be."

Lassiter said The Other Side of Middletown: Exploring Muncie's African American Community (AltaMira Press, 2004) was a joint writing project among groups of faculty, students, and members of the African American community of Muncie, Ind. - site of the famous "Middletown" studies, first initiated by Robert and Helen Lynd in their 1929 book, Middletown: A Study in Modern American Culture.

"As a collaboration of community and campus, this book recounts the largely unrecorded history of Muncie's black community (which the Lynds and subsequent researchers downplayed), and details the efforts of community and campus to rectify the representation of "small town America" as exclusively white," Lassiter said. "Exploring issues of race, power, and inequity, faculty, students, and community members together designed and implemented a collaborative ethnographic field project that involved intensive interviews, research, and writing between community organizations, local experts, ethnographers, and teams of college students.

"That the Margaret Mead awards committee decided to bestow recognition on The Other Side of Middletown is tremendously gratifying, especially because it is a significant endorsement of the hard work put forth by the students, Muncie community members, and faculty who together worked on this project," Lassiter said. "I am indeed pleased that the award pays tribute to this kind of community-centered and collaboratively conceived work."

More information about the book can be found at http://www.altamirapress.com/Catalog/SingleBook.shtml?command=Search&db=%5EDB/CATALOG.db&eqSKUdata=0759104840.

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Thursday October 27, 2005
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Three workshops remain in MURC's fall development series

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Three workshops remain in the Marshall University Research Corporation's fall 2005 Professional Development Workshop Series including a presentation on writing winning grants by Dr. David Morrison of Grant Writers Seminars and Workshops on Nov. 18-19.

Other workshops scheduled include "Locating Grant Funding," offered Nov. 1, 4, and 11, and "Budgeting and Cost Sharing" on Dec. 2, 6 and 9.  Morrison's workshop will run a day and a half and will take place at the Ramada Limited in Huntington.  Separate sessions of the other two workshops will be conducted on the Huntington and South Charleston campuses and at the Medical Education Building, located on the campus of the Huntington VA Medical Center.

Morrison has held peer-reviewed funding continuously throughout his research career and also has spent many years reviewing proposals for a variety of national granting agencies.  The workshop is especially targeted for researchers and staff interested in NIH and NSF funding.  Each registrant will receive a copy of The Grant Application Writer's Workbook, as well as an extensive handout that contains examples and slides from the seminar.

The Morrison workshop is limited to 100 participants. Marshall faculty can attend free and there is a $125 fee for non-Marshall participants that will include materials and lunch.  Registration for this workshop and all the others may be done on-line at http://www.marshall.edu/murc/Profdev/index.htm, or by calling Lisa Daniels at (304) 696-3368.  Registration for the Morrison workshop must be completed by Nov. 4.

"Locating Grant Funding" is offered from 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 1 at the South Charleston campus, from noon to 1 p.m. on Nov. 4 at the Medical Education Building, and from noon to 1 p.m. on Nov. 11 in room 138 in the Drinko Library on the Huntington campus. Sessions are free and are open to Marshall researchers and administrative staff as well as community organizations.   Presenters are Martha Mozingo, coordinator of sponsored programs at Marshall University Graduate College, and members of the MURC staff.

"Budgeting and Cost Sharing" is a two-part workshop dealing with the development of a financial plan for a grant proposal.  The first workshop is scheduled at noon Dec. 2 at the Medical Education Building. It will be offered again at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 on the South Charleston campus, and at noon Dec. 9 in room 138 of the Drinko Library.  The workshops will be taught by Ron Schelling, executive director of MURC, and the MURC staff.  Sessions are free and open to Marshall personnel and community organizations. 

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Wednesday October 26, 2005
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Poet to read from her work Nov. 3 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Poet Diane Gilliam Fisher will read from her work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in room 2W16 of the Marshall University Memorial Student Center.

Fisher is the author of three collections of poems, most recently Kettle Bottom, which features poems that grow out of West Virginia history.  Eleanor Wilner writes that Fisher "makes the stone of the West Virginia mountains yield up its human past, and gives a second, enduring life through her art to the people of her home place."

Her previous book is One of Everything, from the Cleveland State University Poetry Center.  Her work has appeared in such journals as Appalachian Heritage, Appalachian Journal, Spoon River Review, Crab Orchard Review, Sou'wester, and others.

Among her awards are an Ohio Arts Council Fellowship and the Intro Award from Perugia Press.  Her work also has been anthologized in Learning by Heart: Contemporary American Poetry about School and elsewhere. 

She earned a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literature from the Ohio State University and has taught Spanish at various universities.  She lives in Ravenna, Ohio with her husband and two daughters.

Her appearance is sponsored by the Marshall English Department and the College of Liberal Arts. More information is available by calling MU English professor Art Stringer at (304) 696-2403.

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

Health fair Nov. 1 features free health screenings for Marshall University students, faculty and the community

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - University students and faculty, as well as the Huntington community, can participate in a health fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 in the Don Morris room on Marshall's Huntington campus. Shirley Lambert, representing Marshall's School of Nursing, which is sponsoring the event, said there will be free food, door prizes, and free health screenings.

Screenings available include those for blood glucose, glaucoma, osteoporosis, cholesterol, carpal tunnel and hearing problems, among others. For the blood glucose and cholesterol screenings, fasting is recommended but not absolutely necessary, according to Lambert. Information will also be available on tobacco cessation, weight loss, Taekwondo, mental health and wellness, and other health-related issues.

The School of Nursing will be joined in the event by representatives of St. Mary's Medical Center, the Cabell County Health Department, the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, the Red Cross, Contact Rape Crisis, and EnStyle Hair Salon.

Appointments are not necessary.  For further information, persons may call Lambert at (304) 544-9085 or Michelle Moles, Health Fair Coordinator, at (304) 389-8012.

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

Works of four MU seniors to be on display at Birke Art Gallery

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Beginning Sunday, Oct. 30, the Birke Art Gallery at Marshall University will feature works of MU seniors Corissa Hundley of Hurricane, W.Va., Tabitha McCalop of Northfork, W.Va., Ariel Price of Madison, W.Va., and Katie Webb of Ripley, W.Va.

Their works will be on display through Thursday, Nov. 3 as part of the first Senior Show for the fall semester. The Birke Art Gallery will be displaying student art for the rest of the semester. Exhibits will change weekly. The semester will conclude with a graduate student show by printmaker Jackie Parsons of Nitro, W.Va.

More information is available by calling Birke Art Gallery director Emily Ritchey at (304) 696-2296.

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

Big weekend ahead for Marching Thunder: Band host to festival Saturday, performs at Bengals' game Sunday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Marching Thunder will participate in two major events this weekend, Steve Barnett, director of athletic bands, said today.

The Marching Thunder will be host to the Tri-State Marching Festival on Saturday, Oct. 29, and will perform at halftime of the Cincinnati Bengals' National Football League home game with the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Oct. 30.

The weekend starts off at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with the marching festival at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Thirty-four high school bands from Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky will compete in four classes. The festival is the culmination of the season for high school bands.

The Marching Thunder will perform at 8:30 p.m. after the competition ends. Kappa Kappa Psi, the national honorary band service fraternity, helps sponsor the event and serves as the primary organizer.

"The festival is a really positive experience for the bands," Barnett said. "We have worked hard organizing the event to make it one of the largest festivals in the region. Our stadium is a great venue and they know it's going to be a big show."

The Bengals' game with Green Bay the next day begins at 1 p.m. at Paul Brown Stadium. The band won't play during the game, but will perform its full seven-and-a-half minute halftime show. "This is an excellent opportunity for our students," Barnett said. "It will be fun for the kids to just be spectators at the game."

Barnett, aided by a phone call from Marshall football coach Mark Snyder, initiated the arrangements for the band to perform at the game. Barnett, realizing that opportunities for the band to travel this football season would be limited because of the distant locations of most Conference USA schools, and the expense of traveling to those schools, decided to check into the possibility of playing at a Bengals' game.

Barnett said 12 Marching Thunder members are from the Cincinnati area. Performing at the game, he said, will give Marshall more exposure and show high school students in the area what Marshall has to offer.

"Although we have 12 (band) students from that area, many of the people there don't know a lot about Marshall," Barnett said. "Our out-of-state tuition is less than in-state tuition there, plus Marshall is close."

The 270-member band, largest in school history, will leave Huntington at 6 a.m. Sunday on seven buses. The Bengals are paying for all of the band's expenses. The game will be televised on FOX.

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

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Monday October 24, 2005
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Marshall business students to learn from national expert

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Matt Mathis, Director of Government Affairs of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters from Washington, D.C., will lecture students in Marshall University's Lewis College of Business on Tuesday, Oct. 25, Dr. Paul Uselding, dean of the college, said today.

Dr. Lorraine P. Anderson, associate dean of the College of Business, said students in her senior-level Labor Relations class, along with graduate students in Dr. Katherine Karl's Industrial Employee Relations course, will learn why the Teamsters withdrew from the AFL-CIO this past summer.

The lecture will take place at 4 p.m. in room 2W22 of the Memorial Student Center on MU's Huntington campus.

"I personally believe that to be an excellent leader, a business student must see labor issues from both management's side as well as that of the union," Anderson said. "Therefore, I am grateful indeed to Tom McCoy, the General Chairman of the Affiliated System Federation, for arranging Mr. Mathis' visit to Marshall University. McCoy said he hopes the lecture will be a learning experience from a labor perspective."

More information is available by calling Anderson at (304) 696-2611.

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

WMUL-FM students win national finalist award

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from WMUL-FM, Marshall University's public radio station, won a national finalist award in the 2005 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) National Mark of Excellence Contest in the category Radio Daily Newscast for the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" broadcast March 31, 2004.

The finalist award was presented to the WMUL-FM news staff and news director Melanie Chapman, a senior from McConnell, W.Va., at the SPJ National Convention during the Mark of Excellence Awards Luncheon that took place Oct. 17 in the Grand Ballroom of the Aladdin Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, professor of electronic media management in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University and faculty manager of WMUL-FM, said the students on the radio station's news staff competed with other student newscasters from colleges and universities who previously had won  first-place awards in the 12 SPJ regional competitions.

Two finalists and a national winner were selected from the 12 regional winners.  WMUL-FM had won the first-place award for best newscast in Region 4, making it eligible for the national award.

"Our radio students have established a tradition at WMUL-FM of being able successfully to compete at the national, regional, or state level with other student-operated college radio stations," Bailey said. "This time WMUL-FM student newscasters finished as one of the top three presenters of broadcast news in the country in direct competition against 12 other first-place regional award-winning news staffs.  This solid performance in the respected SPJ Mark of Excellence Contest is evidence of the quality work performed by our talented broadcasting students at Marshall University.

The other finalist award winner was the FM 90.7 news staff of WFUV-FM at Fordham University.  The national winner was the Evening Update news staff at California State University - Northridge.

"The winners of the SPJ Mark of Excellence awards represent the best in college journalism and certainly are the result of exceptional work on the part of those chosen for the awards," said Jim Highland, SPJ vice president for campus chapter affairs.  "These young people set the agenda of their college campuses, and they clearly demonstrate that college media are in excellent hands."

For more information on the Mark of Excellence Awards or the Society of Professional Journalists, persons may contact Heather Porter at (317) 972-8000 ext. 204 or hporter@spj.org.

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

Performances to raise money to send MU theatre students south to entertain displaced children still in shelters

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University department of theatre is presenting two children's theatre performances to raise money to send the Pickled Pepper Players, a group of MU theatre students, to hurricane shelters in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. The group will perform plays for free to displaced children still housed in the shelters.

MU theatre chair Lang Reynolds said the goal is to raise $7,000. The Pickled Pepper Players will be presenting two children's theatre plays in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre Saturday, Oct. 22 and again on Saturday, Oct. 29. Performances are at 10 a.m. and noon and last about one hour and 20 minutes.

Reynolds said Molly and Her Marvelous Mind and Professor Pocus are terrific pieces of theatre for children in K-5.  Molly and Her Marvelous Mind encourages children to use their imaginations and Professor Pocus, through the adventures of a bumbling magician, helps children to understand the importance of acting responsibly. All tickets are $5. Reynolds said the department will gratefully accept donations as well.

"Our continued assistance to the children impacted by this disaster is critical," Reynolds said. "Community efforts and generosity toward this project strengthens tri-state area values, provides an educational/entertainment opportunity for these unfortunate children, and provides an opportunity for Marshall University students to assist by donating their time and energy to this project."

Donations may be mailed to: Marshall University Theatre, One John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25755. Checks may be made payable to "Marshall University Foundation" and are tax-deductible.

More information is available by calling Samuel Kincaid, project coordinator with the theatre department, at (304) 696-6395.

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Thursday October 20, 2005
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Teacher-Lecturer to make three presentations in November at MU

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marsha Dawson, lead literacy coach for the Cabell/Wayne Early Learning Opportunities Grant, has been named the Marshall University Teacher-Lecturer for fall 2005. The series is sponsored by Marshall's College of Education and Human Services.

Dawson will draw upon her expertise as an early childhood educator to lecture on the long-term benefits of promoting diverse early care and education environments.  She will make three presentations during November, all free and open to the public.

The Teacher-Lecturer program's aim is to foster diversity for pre-service teachers by allowing them to interact with diverse exemplary teachers.

"The Teacher-Lecturer series continues to be an extraordinary journey in understanding both the similarities and differences in human beings," Dr. Jane McKee, associate dean for academic programs in the College of Education and Human Services, said. 

Dawson said her presentations will explore the subject of ethnicity as it relates to children's social, emotional and academic development.  A major focus will be on creating classroom environments that are inclusive and enticing for all children.

She emphasized that this approach is especially designed to serve as a significant learning tool for students interested in working with children and families in the field of education, as well as for those interested in enhancing a multi-cultural perspective of human development.

"I'm trying to impart to students that diversity must be lived, rather than taught," Dawson said.

She brings a wealth of experience to the Teacher-Lecturer series. Dawson is an instructor for the Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist program, an adjunct professor at Marshall, and a former executive director of Children's Place, Inc.  She also is a member of several professional education associations.

All presentations will be held on the Huntington campus.  The dates and topics are: Thursday. Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m., MAT Instructional Strategies, Jenkins Hall, room 235; Friday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m., Elementary Methods, Shawkey Room, Memorial Student Center; and Monday, Nov. 14, 4 p.m., Secondary Methods, Harris Hall, room 135.

For additional information on the Teacher-Lecturer program, persons may contact McKee at (304) 696-2859 or via e-mail at mckeej@marshall.edu.

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Thursday October 20, 2005
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OSU professor to discuss his works on display at Birke Art Gallery

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Professor Sergio Soave, chair of the Ohio State University art department, will give a talk about his works on display in Marshall University's Birke Art Gallery at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25. The talk is free to the public, and a reception will follow in the Smith Hall Atrium.

Soave's displayed works are part of his series "Carnival of Fun." The display features digital prints, oil on canvas print/paintings, silkscreens, and silkscreens on steel with rust.

For more information, persons may contact Birke Art Gallery director Emily Ritchey at (304) 617-9557.

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Wednesday October 19, 2005
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Thirty-three states represented in 2nd annual Marshall Marathon

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - More than 300 runners and walkers representing 33 states have signed up to participate in the 2nd annual Marshall University Marathon presented by HealthyHuntington.org, race director Tom Dannals said today.

The marathon begins at 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 on 3rd Avenue between the main entrance of Cam Henderson Center and the Marshall parking garage. It ends 26 miles, 385 yards later on the playing field at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. The course goes through downtown Huntington near Pullman Square and along the Ohio River, extends west to Westmoreland and goes through Ritter Park. A course map is available at www.healthyhuntington.org.

"The course is flat and fast and USATF (USA Track & Field) certified," Dannals said. "A number of people qualified for the Boston Marathon with their times in our marathon."

People are still signing up, Dannals said. Registering in advance online at www.active.com is preferred and ongoing through Nov. 11, he said. The entry fee to run in the marathon is $40, to run in the marathon relay is $20, and to take part in the non-competitive half-marathon walk is $15. It also is less expensive than registering in writing. Written registration costs $20 extra for the marathon, $10 extra for the relay and $5 extra for the walk.

Late registration is from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Huntington Physical Therapy, which is located at 2240 5th Ave. Participants from New York to Hawaii already have registered, Dannals said.

"This is an event to promote a healthier lifestyle in West Virginia," Dannals, a family practice physician, said. "What are we not proud of? We're in the top three in the country in strokes, heart disease, obesity, dental cavities, etc. Too many people are not exercising. We need to change that."

Tom Dannals' wife, Beth, also is involved in coordinating the marathon as director of volunteers. She is trying to recruit at least 400 volunteers to work the event. Anyone wanting to volunteer may do so by contacting the Huntington YMCA, signing up online at www.healthyhuntington.org, or calling Beth Dannals at (304) 736-1502.

All runners and walkers in the event will receive a long-sleeved t-shirt, with their requested size guaranteed if they register by Oct. 31. Also, participants who finish will receive a specially designed medal.

Relays will consist of two or three people running legs of 9.2, 12.5 and 4.5 miles. An award will be given to the team with the best name as determined by the race committee. Overall prizes will be awarded to the top three men and women finishers and the top three wheelchair entrants. Age group awards also will be given.

HealthyHuntington.org is a subsidiary of the Huntington YMCA dedicated to bringing the HealthierUS Initiative to the tri-state area.

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Wednesday October 19, 2005
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Community invited to Allied Artists of West Virginia reception

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The public is invited to attend a reception Sunday, Nov. 6 at Marshall University to honor the artists who currently are exhibiting in the John Deaver Drinko Library's fall show, Monica Brooks, associate dean of libraries, announced today. The reception is from 3 to 6 p.m. in the library's third-floor atrium.

The artists are members of the Allied Artists Association, which boasts membership from both professional and amateur artists from throughout West Virginia. More than 90 pieces in several media are being showcased throughout the building for the enjoyment of the students, faculty, and community at large.

In the largest display that the library has ever housed, the artistic talent shown presents water colors, oils, pastels, photographs, ceramics, cloth items, and interesting pieces representing mixed media, Brooks said. The show continues through the first week of December.

Light refreshments will be provided at the reception with entertainment from Mrs. Margaret Vance, minister of music at First United Methodist Church of Ashland, Ky.  Mrs. Vance is a professional music teacher and accomplished harpist.

Barbara Winters, dean of university libraries at Marshall, will welcome the group and make a few comments.  Members of the Drinko Library Art Committee, which is hosting the event, will be present to provide tours of the exhibit and welcome visitors.

More information is available by contacting Brooks at (304) 696-6613.  Amateur or professional artists hoping to learn more about the Allied Artists of West Virginia, Inc., may contact Janis P. Cook at (304) 344-8674.

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Tuesday October 18, 2005
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Circle K's 'Kardboard City' will benefit Huntington City Mission

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Circle K organization will be host this weekend to "Kardboard City," a campus-wide service project, to raise awareness of homelessness and to raise money for the Huntington City Mission.

The project will take place from 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 until 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 on the Marshall Memorial Student Center plaza. Participants will spend the night on campus in cardboard boxes to make the homeless experience as realistic as possible.

"This will be our second year sponsoring this event," Beverly Maynard, coordinator of "Kardboard City," said. "I'm really looking forward to doing it again. I encourage anyone and everyone interested to come and join us Friday. There will be plenty of cardboard and duct tape to go around."

The students will have limited food and only their boxes as they spend the night outdoors. Maynard said local furniture stores have been very generous in helping contribute their excess cardboard boxes. Items such as gift certificates and t-shirts, donated by local businesses, will be raffled. Tickets will be sold Friday evening for $1.

All proceeds raised by Circle K members and other organizations will go toward food and toy shopping for the upcoming holidays. The organization has set a goal of raising $1,000.

Circle K International is a collegiate service organization with a worldwide membership that promotes fellowship, leadership, and service. The Marshall Circle K is sponsored by the Kiwanis Clubs of Huntington.

The City Mission was created to promote recovery, stability and personal growth in the community by providing hope and homes to men, women and children in need.

Anyone interested in helping may contact the Marshall University Circle K at MarshallCircleK@yahoo.com or Maynard at (304) 412-3512.

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Friday October 14, 2005
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Career Connections 2005 is Oct. 18-19 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Career Connections 2005, an opportunity for companies to meet qualified Marshall University students and for students to learn more about strategies and tools for success as they look forward to entering the business world, is Tuesday-Wednesday, Oct. 18-19 at MU's Memorial Student Center.

The event is hosted by Marshall University Career Services and the Lewis College of Business, and is sponsored by BB&T. Finance and economics, marketing, legal, management, management information systems, accounting and other majors will be represented.

Valerie Bernard, director of the Career Services Center, said more than 80 recruiters will attend Career Connections 2005.

"We're excited to be working with Dean Paul Uselding and the College of Business in Career Connections 2005," Bernard said. "This is going to provide students the opportunity to network with companies who are not only offering full-time positions, but also internships. Even if you are a freshman, it's not too early to start networking with companies, to start building relationships. And those relationships can start with this fair."

Here is the complete two-day schedule of activities:

Tuesday, Oct. 18

6 p.m.: BB&T will be host to an informational session on the BB&T Management Development Program for qualified students in the Memorial Student Center Shawkey Room. The session features David Helmer, a Marshall University graduate and city executive for BB&T. For more details, contact Taella Hill at Career Services (304) 696-6679. 

Wednesday, Oct. 19

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Career Connections 2005 Career & Internship Expo, Don Morris Room, Memorial Student Center; panel discussions sponsored by Lewis College of Business, Alumni Lounge, Memorial Student Center.

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: VIP reception for recruiters, administration and faculty, hosted by the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., John Marshall Room, Memorial Student Center. For students, Target's Sheila Clark will present a Career Development Seminar in the Alumni Lounge, Memorial Student Center.  Topics will include networking secrets and the top 10 qualities employers seek.                                  

4:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.: Pre-dinner socializer for students and recruiters, Alumni Lounge, Memorial Student Center.

5 p.m. - 6 p.m.: Panel session - The Importance of Internships and Advance Planning in Career Development, featuring Kathy G. Eddy, CPA and managing partner of McDonough, Eddy, Parsons, & Bayous, AC.; and Kyle Shafer, Chief Technology Officer, West Virginia Office of Technology.

6 p.m. - 7 p.m.: Dinner for panelists, recruiters, faculty, and students, Don Morris Room, Memorial Student Center. Tickets cost $25 and may be purchased by contacting Career Services at (304) 696-2248. 

More information on Career Connections 2005 is available at http://www.marshall.edu/career-services/Careers/BCC_OnlineReg/bccattendees.asp.

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Thursday October 13, 2005
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Fall Major Expo is Oct. 19 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The University College unit of Marshall University is sponsoring the first Fall Major Expo, which is designed to give students who have not declared a major one central location where they can obtain information on the various majors offered at MU.

Students undecided on a major field of study or students conditionally admitted to Marshall are advised in University College, which consolidates and coordinates retention efforts at Marshall.

The Fall Major Expo takes place from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, on the Memorial Student Center plaza.  

Student and faculty representatives from Marshall's colleges and departments will be available to discuss the various majors available in their units.  In addition to the factual information on each major, upper-class students will be available to share their firsthand knowledge of certain majors with students.

If the weather does not cooperate, the fall expo will take place in the student center lobby. The annual Academic Expo, which also assists students undecided on a major, is planned for next spring.

For more information on the fall expo, persons may call Randolph B. Cullum with University College at (304) 696-3252.

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Thursday October 13, 2005
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Psychology Awareness Week is Oct. 17-21 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Psychology Awareness Week 2005 will take place at Marshall University Monday, Oct. 17 through Friday, Oct 21.

The annual event in the Memorial Student Center features lectures throughout the week. Students will be able to learn about graduate school and the opportunities available to those with degrees in psychology. The event is sponsored by PSI-CHI, the national honor society in psychology.

"Psychology Awareness Week is devoted to giving students the opportunity to learn more about psychology and what options are available for psychology students," Danielle Davidov, president of PSI-CHI, said. "It is a great opportunity for students to ask questions and learn more about graduate school opportunities and careers in psychology."

The following is a schedule of events for the week:

Monday, Oct. 17: Chrissy Cole, a representative from CONTACT Rape Crisis Center, will speak about the organization at noon in room 2W16 of the Memorial Student Center.

Aaron Farley and Rachel Frye, Marshall master's program students, will discuss the master's program at Marshall University at 1 p.m. in room 2W16 of the Memorial Student Center.

Tuesday, Oct. 18: Connie Zirkle, administrative secretary for the psychology department, will give a presentation about gemstone beading and relaxation at 1 p.m. in room 2W22 of the Memorial Student Center.

Wednesday, Oct. 19: Ph.D. candidate Keelon Hinton, a psychology professor, will discuss psychology from a cultural perspective at 11 a.m. in room 2W16 of the Memorial Student Center.

Dr. Marc Lindberg, a psychology professor, will discuss careers and options available for individuals with a bachelor's degree in psychology at 1 p.m. in room 2W16 of the Memorial Student Center.

Thursday, Oct. 20: Dr. Thomas Ellis, a psychology professor, will speak about obtaining a Psy.D. in clinical psychology at 11 a.m. in room 2E37 ( the John Spotts Room) of the Memorial Student Center.

Friday, Oct. 21: Dr. Wendy Williams, a psychology professor, will discuss the process of getting into graduate school, answering students' questions and letting people know what it's really like for students in graduate school at 10 a.m. in room 2W37 of the Memorial Student Center.

For more information, persons may contact Davidov at (304) 677-5990 or by e-mail at davidov1@marshall.edu.

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Wednesday October 12, 2005
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Verizon announces $100,000 gift to MU's new alumni center

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Verizon West Virginia announced today a $100,000 gift to Marshall University to help fund a new Erickson Alumni Center.

"This is another great partnership with Marshall for Verizon," said John Ruddick, executive director of public affairs at Verizon. "It complements our education partnership and will enable more persons and businesses in the state to support the university."

Verizon is providing $40,000 of the pledged amount now, and the rest will be presented at various times in the near future.

Early this year, Verizon provided $250,000 to help fund Marshall's June Harless Center for Rural Education and Research Development in support of distanced learning in six counties. Verizon has been represented on the Society of Yeager Scholars board of directors since the society's inception.

Lance West, Marshall's vice president for alumni development, said MU will honor Verizon for its latest gift by naming the telemarketing calling area in the new building the Verizon Calling Center.

"We are ecstatic to have Verizon as one of the primary investors in this new Erickson Alumni Center," West said. "Verizon has had a history of supporting many areas of Marshall University and this tie-in to alumni demonstrates yet another expression of supporting the overall mission of the institution."

The Erickson Alumni Center fund-raising campaign is ongoing. More than $3 million of the $4 million needed to build the center has been pledged or donated.

For more information on Verizon's latest gift to Marshall, persons may call Ruddick at (304) 344-7234 or West at (304) 696-5407.

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Tuesday October 11, 2005
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MU student organizing local event for Make a Difference Day

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University freshman Francesca Karle of Chesapeake, Ohio is organizing a local event for the nationwide Make a Difference Day Sunday, Oct. 23 at Holderby's Landing on the riverfront in Huntington.

The event will showcase local entertainment beginning at 5 p.m. with a variety of musical groups. The Marshall University Jazz Ensemble also will perform. A special outdoor showing of Karle's film, "On the River's Edge - A Documentary on the Homeless," begins at 7 p.m. The event will benefit local nonprofit organizations and the relief efforts of Hurricane Katrina. Free refreshments will be provided.

Karle's film has received national recognition from the CBS Early Show, which featured her story as the American Hero in April 2005. She has been contacted by Oprah Winfrey, Montel Williams and Tyra Banks for possible appearances as well. Karle also has a taping for the Naomi Judd Show that will premiere at the end of November.

Admission to the Make a Difference Day event will be a monetary, food or clothing donation, which participants can make to any of the various organizations that will be represented.

A proclamation from Mayor David Felinton will be read at the event announcing Oct. 23, 2005 as Make a Difference Day in Huntington. Former Marshall University football Coach Bob Pruett will speak at the event.

Karle was able to donate more than $20,000 to local organizations from the premiere of her film in March 2005 and hopes to achieve that again with this event.

Organizations that will be represented at the event include: The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Coalition for the Homeless, Harmony House, City Mission, Christ Temple - Rivers of Hope Ministry, Cabell County Library - Literacy for Homelessness Branches and the Domestic Violence Shelter.

This is the 15th annual Make a Difference Day, which is sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation founded by actor/philanthropist Paul Newman. Millions of people across the country are expected to spend the weekend of Oct. 22-23 doing volunteer projects to improve their communities and to help neighbors in need.

It has been the largest community service effort in the nation, rallying corporations, government leaders, charitable organizations and everyday Americans into action. A record 2.2 million volunteers participated in 2004 and an estimated 22 million people benefited from the event. In 2004, the organization also distributed $2.6 million to charities.

For more information, persons may contact Karle at (304) 634-4284.

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Tuesday October 11, 2005
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WMUL Carbash returns Friday with additional features

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - WMUL-FM, Marshall University's student radio station, will get into the homecoming spirit Friday, Oct. 14 by adding something new to its 3rd annual Carbash, which takes place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Buskirk Field.

In addition to giving students and faculty the opportunity to smash a car in the colors of MU homecoming opponent University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) with a sledgehammer, the event also will feature a duck pond, a play-by-play booth and a football toss. Refreshments will be provided by Stewart's Original Hot Dogs, and local bands Aristotle and the Excellent Lovers will play.

Prizes, such as university memorabilia, and free food will be given to people who play the duck pond and participate in the football toss. The cost to play is $1 for five tickets and $2 for 12 tickets.  Participation in each event requires one to three tickets.

For more information, persons may call (304) 696-6640, or AJ Elmore at (304) 617-7350, P.R.Ninja@gmail.com.

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Monday October 10, 2005
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'Drum Up A Deal' during MU homecoming Oct. 15 : Papa John's to fund scholarships through pizza sales

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Alumni Association has partnered with 10 local Papa John's locations to raise scholarship funds through their "Drum Up A Deal" event on MU's homecoming day Saturday, Oct. 15.

For every pizza sold, Tri-State area Papa John's stores will donate 20 percent of their above average sales towards scholarships for Marshall students. This promotion coincides with Papa John's support of the Marching Thunder by donating pizza at the Herd Village for band and alumni band members that are performing during the homecoming ceremonies. 

"Anyone who's been to a Marshall game knows how great the Marching Thunder is," said David Riggs, general manager with Papa John's. "When the crowd at Joan C. Edwards Stadium gets loud, one of the reasons for this enthusiasm is the hard work of our marching band, our cheerleaders and our mascot, Marco.

"As people who live here in Herd country, the employees of Papa John's want to do something to help, and we believe that by 'Drumming Up A Deal' we'll be able to provide scholarship assistance to those students who create the excitement during Marshall's Football Season."

Steve Barnett, Marshall's director of athletic bands, said expenses have mounted as the number of band members has grown to more than 275.

"When we were contacted by the folks at Papa John's, they asked how they can help," Barnett said. "It's our hope that Marshall students, faculty, staff and fans can help 'Drum up a Deal' this homecoming weekend that will positively impact the lives of Marshall students, especially through scholarships. I really appreciate their generosity and hope this is a relationship we can continue in the future."

Participating Papa John's locations include:

Portsmouth, OH

(740) 353-5901 Ashland, KY (606) 325-7676 Huntington, WV (304) 525-7222 Barboursville, WV (304) 736-7272 Teays Valley, WV (304) 757-9220 Cross Lanes, WV (304) 776-8500 St. Albans, WV (304) 722-1700 Beckley, WV (304) 253-6100 Kanawha City, WV (304) 925-8500 Charleston, WV (304) 342-3000
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River Cities alumni chapter ready for homecoming

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The River Cities Club of the Marshall University Alumni Association is preparing for its 10th annual homecoming party. The event is set for Saturday, Oct. 15, immediately following the homecoming football game between Marshall and the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB), which begins at 5 p.m.

This year's party at Eagle Distributing, 140 W. 3rd Ave., features beverages, food catered by Buddy's Barbecue, and music by Hydrogyn. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.  Proceeds from the event benefit a Marshall scholarship program for dependents of alumni living in the area.

"Every year we have a great time and it's nice to know the money goes toward education," Brandy Roisman, president of the local alumni chapter, said. 

For more information, persons may contact Roisman at (304) 529-1000, or the alumni office at (304) 696-2901.

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Distinguished laser scientist to visit Marshall next week

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Professor Carlos Stroud, a laser scientist from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester, will present a public lecture titled "Quantum Weirdness: Technology of the Future, or 'Beam me up, Scottie!' " Thursday, Oct. 13 at Marshall University.

Stroud's lecture, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, is free to the public.

Stroud will be on Marshall's Huntington campus Oct. 13-14, giving one other lecture and participating in a roundtable discussion. His visit is sponsored by an award from the Distinguished Traveling Lecturer Program of the American Physical Society's Division of Laser Science.

It also is in conjunction with an open house for middle and high school students, their teachers and the general public on Friday, Oct. 14 in Marshall's department of physics. The open house will celebrate the United Nations-endorsed "Year of Physics," which honors Albert Einstein's contributions to modern science.

"We hope to highlight the vitality of physics and its importance in the coming millennium," Dr. Nicola Orsini, chair of Marshall's department of physics, said. "It is our aim to bring the excitement of physics to the students and to the public in the hope of inspiring a new generation of scientists."

Last May, Orsini proposed the idea for the open house while MU physics professor Dr. Thomas Wilson prepared an application to the American Physical Society's Division of Laser Science for Marshall University to host a Distinguished Traveling Lecturer. Wilson received notification in September that his application had been selected for funding.

"His visit may have a remarkable impact in stimulating young West Virginians to consider the enjoyment and beauty of a career in science and mathematics," Wilson said of Stroud.

Wilson said the open house on Oct. 14 will include tours of MU professor Dr. Ralph Oberly's laser holography laboratory, Wilson's terahertz laser and phonon laboratory, "Fun Physics" demonstrations by MU professor Dr. Elywn Bellis, hands-on learning activities coordinated by Justin Woods and the Society of Physics Students club, physical science demonstrations by MU professor Dr. Rick Bady, and lectures by Orsini and MU professor Dr. Huong Nguyen. Nguyen will present a talk titled "From Electrons-Holes to Phonoritons in Semiconductors," at 11 a.m. that day, and Orsini will present a talk titled "Curved Space Time, Black Holes and Gravity's Final Victory" at 1 p.m., both in Science Building room 277.

Stroud has an A.B. degree in physics and mathematics from Centre College in Danville, Ky., and a Ph.D. in physics from Washington University. He currently is professor of optics and professor of physics, and director of the Center for Quantum Information at the University of Rochester. Stroud has lectured at more than 75 universities.

Stroud has said he believes optics is an enabling technology that is going to be at the heart of advances in many fields from communications to medicine. He said the faculty, staff and students of the Institute of Optics have started more than two dozen companies - many of them in Rochester - over the years.

"His experimental and theoretical research has been published in all the major physics journals, including the Scientific American and Science magazines, and has included such topics as creating exotic, high-angular momentum, electronic orbitals ("Rydberg states") in atoms by tuneable terahertz laser pulsing, to optical approaches to quantum computing," Wilson said.

While at Marshall, Stroud will be involved in many activities, including a tour of the College of Science laboratories, and meetings with Orsini, MU Provost Dr. Sarah Denman, and interim dean of the College of Science, Dr. Wayne Elmore.

Here is Stroud's lecture and presentation schedule during his visit to Marshall:

Thursday, Oct. 13

Noon-1 p.m., lecture: "Rydberg atomic electron wave packets," Science Building room 277. Participants include College of Science faculty and students.

2-3 p.m., roundtable discussion: "Graduate School and Beyond: Why Laser Physics is So Useful," Science Building room 277. Participants include physics and other College of Science students.

7-8 p.m., 2005 Year of Physics public lecture: "Quantum Weirdness: Technology of the Future or 'Beam me up, Scottie!' " Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Lecture is free to the public.

More information on Stroud's visit is available by calling Wilson at (304) 696-2752. Additional information on the Oct. 14 open house is available by calling Orsini at (304) 696-2756.  

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Marshall, UFI to promote entrepreneurialism in Huntington, area

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Lewis College of Business today joined with Unlimited Future, Inc. (UFI) in announcing a cooperative venture that will promote entrepreneurialism in Huntington and the surrounding areas.

College of Business dean Dr. Paul Uselding and D.R. Lester, Esq., executive director of UFI, announced their first class in entrepreneurship. The comprehensive nine-week class will take place at UFI, located at 1650 8th Ave. in Huntington, and will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18. An orientation and overview of the class will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 at UFI.

"The class entails a comprehensive fast-start program designed to assist both potential and current business owners in all business aspects including opening, managing, and operating their own business entities," Lester said.

The class will be taught by Marshall instructor Jamey Halleck, along with guest lecturers addressing specific aspects of business. Class size is limited to 15.    

Uselding said the business-training course does more than offer training in start-up fundamentals for new businesses.

"Jamey will also offer consulting services for new ventures including, but not limited to, strategic planning, business plan development, etc., which will facilitate translating classroom material in practical application for developing businesses," Uselding said.

For more information or to sign up for the class, persons may call UFI at (304) 697-3007.

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Homecoming 2005 activities begin Monday, Oct. 10 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University celebrates homecoming 2005 next week with a variety of activities highlighted by the annual homecoming parade and the Thundering Herd's Conference USA football game against the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB), both on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Activities begin Monday, Oct. 10 and continue through Saturday evening. The theme of homecoming this year is "R-O-C-K Conference USA," which was the winning submission from MU student Beverly Maynard in a contest to name the theme.

The homecoming parade starts at noon on Saturday and features Maj. Gen. (ret.) David W. Stallings as grand marshal. Stallings is a 1955 graduate of Marshall. The football game with UAB begins at 5 p.m. the same day at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Stallings, who lives in Clearwater, Fla., is a native of Ashland, Ky. He entered the military service through the ROTC program at Marshall. A Marshall University Distinguished Alumnus, Stallings was presented with many awards while in the U.S. Army, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star, and the Army Air Medal.

The schedule of events for Marshall's homecoming 2005 on campus and throughout the university community is as follows:

Monday, Oct. 10

Office Decorations: Each MU office is asked to decorate to promote the homecoming theme, "R-O-C-K Conference USA." Prizes will be awarded.


Wednesday, Oct. 12

Thunder into Mason County: The Tri-County Alumni Club of the Marshall University Alumni Association is host to the fourth annual "Thunder into Mason County" at the Mid-Ohio Valley Center at 4 p.m. in Point Pleasant. 

Drunk Driving Prevention program: Sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Buskirk Field.

Thursday, Oct. 13

Naming of the Homecoming Court: Takes place at noon in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center.

Office decorating judging: Starts at 1 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 14

Green and White Day

Coaches' breakfast: This is the first official event of homecoming weekend, and takes place at the Erickson Alumni Center. This live radio broadcast lets those present as well as radio listeners get to know better some of Marshall's coaches. The DAWG, 93.7 FM, will start broadcasting at 6 a.m., with coaches joining in from 8 to 10 a.m.

Second annual J-Walk: This is a fundraiser for the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications. It begins at noon on the Memorial Student Center plaza. During the walk, WMUL-FM will provide music and feature its third annual car bash. A car will be painted in the colors of UAB and people will donate a dollar to bash the car. Last year the J-Walk raised more than $5,000 with proceeds going to purchase computers in the digital imaging lab.

School of Nursing open house: The school is celebrating 45 years as a major on the Marshall campus. An open house will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. in Prichard Hall 324. All nursing alumni and friends, faculty and staff, past and present, are invited. Refreshments will be provided.

Alumni Association open house: Takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Erickson Alumni Center. Refreshments will be provided.

Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2005 Induction Banquet: Starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room. Honorees include Chad Pennington (football 1995-99); Christy Waring-Hayes (softball 1995-98); Harold McCloud (basketball 38-51); Pat Carter (golf 1987-90), and Shawn McWhorter (track and field 1980-84). Tickets may be purchased from the Alumni Association or at the MU ticket office, (304) 696-4373 or (800) 843-4373.

Black Alumni activities: Beginning at 7 p.m., members of Black Alumni Inc. will gather at the Radisson Hotel Huntington for registration and activities. The hospitality room will be open from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by the Black Alumni - Black Legends Mixer, also at the Radisson.

Pullman Square concert: Hosted by the Marshall University Alumni Association, it takes place from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. The Marshall University Bookstore will be selling MU merchandise during the concert.

Saturday Oct. 15

Note: Papa John's Pizza will donate 20 percent of its proceeds on homecoming game day to the Nancy Pelphrey Herd Village Scholarship.

Black Alumni activities: The Black Legends meet from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Memorial Student Center's John Spotts Room. Also scheduled is the Black Alumni Annual Meeting in the MSC Alumni Lounge at 9:30 a.m., and the Black Legends Induction Ceremony at 11 a.m. in the student center's Shawkey Room. Tailgaiting begins at Herd Village at 2 p.m. and lasts until game time at 5 p.m. The Black Legends Dinner begins at 8:30 p.m., and the Black Alumni/Black Legends Award Reception and Dance will be held at the Radisson from 9:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. For more information, persons may call Sandra Clements, president, at (304) 696-2271.

10th annual 5K Alumni Run: This event is sponsored by the Marshall University Recreational Sports Office, and begins at 9 a.m. on 3rd Avenue in front of Cam Henderson Center. Registration is $10 through Oct. 14 (non-refundable) and $15 on race day. Call Sharon Stanton at (304) 696-2943 with questions.

One-Room School House Museum 10th anniversary celebration: The department of history invites people to visit the school house museum from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call Paul Lutz in the department of history at (304) 696-2956 for more information. 

Homecoming parade: Begins at noon in front of the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in downtown Huntington. Grand marshal is Maj. Gen. (ret.) David W. Stallings, Class of 1955.

Lunch Under the Tent: Tailgate party sponsored by the Alumni Association starts at 2:30 p.m. at Herd Village. Cost is $15. Those attending are invited to mingle with other Herd fans and cheer along with the MU Marching Thunder and join the Thunder Rally as the band prepares to march into Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Safety Technology Program's first alumni meeting: Alumni, students and friends are invited to the meeting from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in Herd Village. Free food will be available.

College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE) tent: Alumni, students and friends are invited to visit the tent at Herd Village from 2:30 to 5 p.m. A barbecue lunch will be provided.

The College of Health Professions: Annual homecoming tailgate at Herd Village is from 2 to 4 p.m. All alumni, friends, faculty and staff are invited. Refreshments will be provided.

Baptist Campus Ministry: "Thundering Tailgate: Students, Alumni and Friends," starts at 3 p.m. in front of the Campus Christian Center. Persons may call Jerry Losh at (304) 696-3053 with questions.

Spirit-building Memorial Walk: Begins in front of Cam Henderson Center at 3 p.m. by members of the Thundering Herd football squad. The team walks to the stadium lot, then through the lot and into the stadium.

Football game: Kickoff between Marshall and UAB (the University of Alabama-Birmingham) is at 5 p.m. at the stadium.

Post-game party and dinner dance: Takes place at Eagle Distributing Co., 140 3rd Ave., and starts about 30 minutes after the game ends. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and the price includes food, beverages and live music by Hydrogen.

Other activities include:

The Step Show: Sponsored by the National Panhellenic Council, it will be held on Saturday. Call Andy Hermansdorfer at (304) 696-2283 with questions.

Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity:  Its annual Homecoming Formal will take place on Saturday night in Huntington. Persons may contact Devin Perry, president, at (703) 967-5778 with questions.

Phi Mu Sorority: Its tailgate party will be in the west lot of Joan C. Edwards Stadium.  Look for the pink and white balloons on lot 367.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon: An open house/cookout is planned at the house before the game. All SAE alumni and their families are invited to attend. Call Sebastian Parsley at (304) 523-9669 with questions.

Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority: Its annual Parents/Alumnae Reception is at the sorority house immediately following the homecoming parade. All Tri Sigma alumnae, parents and families are welcome. Call Jenn Witt, president, at (804) 852-4424 or Mandy Cuckler, secretary, at (740) 701-0820 with questions.

Kappa Alpha Order: A BBQ for alumni, their family members and friends before the game will take place at the house. Persons may call Joshua Cremeans, active alumni relations, (304) 638-5228; Bretton L. Schuller, 952-9178 or Mike Miller, (304) 619-5955, co-chairs for alumni; Jim "Nikita" Nash, (304) 634-5766, social chair, or Larry Ledsome, providence commander, (304) 757-4142

Major sponsors for homecoming 2005 are Sodexho and MBNA.

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Second-annual J-Walk to benefit Marshall's School of Journalism

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students, faculty and community members will be "J-Walking" Friday, Oct. 14 at Marshall University in support of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

The second annual J-Walk fund-raiser will take place on the Huntington campus from noon to 5 p.m. The walk will begin at the Memorial Student Center plaza. Participants will walk six miles around campus to raise money to purchase new digital cameras, computers and scholarships and to finish construction of the newly remodeled communications building.

Participants will raise money through sponsors who are pledging donations for each mile that the participant walks. In 2004, the walk raised more than $5,000 that helped buy new digital cameras for the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

"The J-Walk was a great success last year," Dr. Corley Dennison, dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, said. "We hope to have as much participation and fund-raising success as we did last year."

WMUL, Marshall's student radio station, also will have a car bash and carnival Friday on Buskirk field. Raffle tickets will be sold on the Memorial Student Center plaza on Wednesday, Oct. 12 and Thursday, Oct. 13 to benefit the J-Walk.

Raffle items include a baseball autographed by Chicago White Sox player Jonathan Adkins, who is from Wayne, W.Va.; a football autographed by Marshall football coach Mark Snyder; a basketball autographed by Marshall basketball coach Ron Jirsa, and gift certificates from various restaurants in the Huntington area.

For more information, persons may contact Dennison at (304) 696-2360.

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Writer to read from her fiction Oct. 13 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Writer Ethel Morgan Smith will read from her fiction at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 in the Shawkey Room of the Memorial Student Center.  Prof. Smith has published essays, reviews, and short stories in Callaloo, The African American Review, and in anthologies in the USA and Germany. 

Her book, From Whence Cometh My Help: The African-American Community at Hollins College, examines the dynamics of an institution built on the foundations of slavery, and steeped in traditions that managed to perpetuate servitude for generations. The book also explores the subtle and complex relationship between the affluent white world of Hollins College (Virginia) and the proud African-American community that has served it since 1842.

Smith is associate professor of English at West Virginia University and teaches African-American literature and creative writing (fiction/nonfiction). She has received grants from The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Virginia Foundation for Public Policy, and West Virginia University Senate Research. Prof. Smith also has been a DuPont scholar at Randolph-Macon Woman's College, a Fulbright scholar at the University of Tbingen in Germany, and resident fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation's Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy.

Her appearance, which is free to the public, is sponsored by the Marshall English department and the College of Liberal Arts.  More information is available by calling Art Stringer in the English department at (304) 696-2403.

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Wednesday October 5, 2005
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Medical conference to explore alternative therapies

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine will present its first integrative medicine conference Oct. 22 at the Marshall University Medical Center.

The conference will focus on systems, practices and products that currently do not fall under the umbrella of conventional medicine. Organizers note that while some scientific evidence exists regarding such therapies, key questions remain -- including, in some cases, whether the therapies are safe and effective.

Lectures will address cancer prevention, homeopathic medicine, integrative treatments for pain, food as medicine, slowing the aging process, and mind-body techniques used in integrative medicine.

Dr. Tara Sharma, professor of integrative medicine, is the conference chair. Guest lecturers include Dr. Marty Sullivan of Duke University; Dr. Nancy Lonsdorf of the Raj Ayurveda Health Spa in Iowa; Linda Geronilla, Ph.D., of Marshall; Dr. Jennifer Jacobs of the University of Washington; and Dr. Timothy McPherson of Marshall.

The conference begins at 8:30 a.m. and adjourns at 4:30 p.m. The cost is $150 for physicians and $75 for others. More information is available from Dr. Sharma at 523-8800.

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Brown Bag Seminar on Asperger's Syndrome is Thursday for Faculty

The College Program for Students with Asperger's Syndrome at Marshall University will host a Brown Bag Seminar for Marshall University faculty from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 in room 2W22 at the Memorial Student Center. The presentation is entitled "Asperger's Syndrome 101."

Co-sponsored by the West Virginia Autism Training Center and the Office of Disabled Student Services, the Brown Bag Seminar features a talk by Dr. Kimberly Ramsey, Coordinator of the College Program for Students with Asperger's Syndrome at Marshall. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

The Brown Bag Seminar is free and open to Marshall University faculty. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lunches. Complimentary cookies will be provided.

Pre-registration would be appreciated by calling the Autism Training Center at 696-2840. For more information, contact Ramsey at 696-2332.

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Yeager honored along with benefactors of Yeager Society

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager, the first pilot to break the sound barrier, and the man for whom the Marshall University Society of Yeager Scholars is named, was honored today during a ceremony on MU's campus.

Nearly 200 people attended the ceremony in the Special Collections Department on the second floor of the Morrow Library. The event marked the dedication of a plaque in honor of the Society of Yeager Scholars benefactors and the generosity of Yeager.

Yeager, a native of Hamlin, W.Va., helped unveil the plaque, which hangs on a wall in the hallway just outside the Chuck Yeager Room. He has been called the most accomplished man in the history of West Virginia, the greatest pilot in history, and a living legend. Yeager is a member of the Aviation Hall of Fame.

"The new plaque is in a perfect place - a section of the library that pays homage to one of the greatest feats in aviation and to one of the world's greatest aviators," Edwina Pendarvis, interim director of Marshall's John R. Hall Center for Academic Excellence, said.

In 1947 at the age of 24, Yeager captured the world's attention by becoming the first supersonic pilot by breaking the sound barrier in a Bell X-1 experimental aircraft. The Bell X-1 static tube, which was located at the very front of his aircraft, is among the display items in the Chuck Yeager Room.

"That room is really well laid out," Yeager said while addressing the crowd. "It was sort of emotional to go through the display. You see a lot of things that bring back a lot of memories."

Before today the Yeager Room, which features many of Yeager's personal papers and artifacts, along with donations such as the static tube, the Harmon International Trophy and many personal items, such as a small pocket knife that he carried on flights during World War II, was accessible only by appointment. It now is open to the public during regular Special Collections hours.

"General Yeager is such a rich treasure for this state," Lisle Brown, curator of Special Collections, said. "Having his collection here is a gem for the university. We now have a room where we can display the material, a place where people can come and enjoy it and get a feel for his career and his role in the history of aviation not only in this country, but throughout the world. General Yeager is probably one of the last genuine American heroes."

Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp called Yeager "a living legend," and said his accomplishments are both inspiring and uplifting. "General Yeager is an example of what a single human being can do to change the world," Kopp said.

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