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Thursday December 21, 2006
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Foundation board elects Dr. Joseph B. Touma chair; Morrison, Courts-Brown, Cline, Tweel join board

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Foundation, Inc., board of directors, in its fall meeting, elected a new chair and four new board members.

The new board of directors chair is Dr. Joseph B. Touma. He replaced Monica Hatfield, who completed her term as chair. Touma is a physician with River Cities Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists, PLLC.

The new board members are:

  • Edward Morrison Jr., president of The C.I. Thornburg Co., Inc.;
  • Kimberly Courts-Brown, regulatory project manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers;
  • Philip E. Cline, president and general manager of the Radisson Hotel Huntington;
  • Lawrence J. Tweel, managing partner with Greene Ketchum Bailey & Tweel.

"We are very pleased with the intellect, experience and diversity of the new board members," said John Kinzer, interim Chief Executive Officer with the foundation. "I look forward to working with them and the rest of our board."

In other news from the fall meeting, the foundation earmarked $5 million to Marshall University to be used for a new engineering complex and/or the Marshall University Institute for Interdisciplinary Research.

The foundation also allocated $600,000 to Marshall, one-half of which will be used for student recruitment and enrollment growth.  The other half will help launch a marketing/public relations campaign, for which the university has retained a national firm.

"We're very pleased to be able to provide these much-needed funds to the university," Kinzer said. "They are available as a result of the generosity of our donors with unrestricted gifts and the favorable returns on our investments."


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Thursday December 21, 2006
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University urging people to wear green on Friday to celebrate release of 'We Are Marshall'

Huntington, W.Va. - Marshall University is encouraging its students, alumni, friends and supporters everywhere to wear green on Friday, Dec. 22, to celebrate the release of the movie We Are Marshall, which opens that day in theaters nationwide.

"Friday is a day we have been looking forward to for more than a year," Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said. "What better way to celebrate the opening of this wonderful film than to wear Marshall green. This will show the nation how proud we are of our university and this movie."

We Are Marshall premiered in Huntington on Dec. 12 and in Hollywood on Dec. 14.


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Wednesday December 20, 2006
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, (304) 696-7153

'We Are Marshall' premiere photos available for purchase

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Persons who attended last week's premiere of  the Warner Bros. picture "We Are Marshall" in Huntington now have the opportunity to view and/or purchase digital photographs taken during the premiere events. A link to the photo gallery on the World Wide Web is available through the Marshall University movie Web site at www.marshall.edu/movie.

"This is a great opportunity for those who attended the premiere to acquire special photographic memories of the events," said Dr. H. Keith Spears, Marshall vice president for communications and marketing. "We have hundreds of pictures available from all of the premiere venues."

Purchasers can select from a range of photo sizes and prices, beginning at $2 for a 4" x 6" print and continuing to a $20 package from a single image that includes two 5" x 7" prints, one 8" x 10" print, and eight wallet-size prints. Marshall's share of the proceeds from the sale of the pictures will go toward scholarships for students.


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Tuesday December 19, 2006
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

A & E documentary on 'We Are Marshall' to be aired Thursday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A special documentary focused on Hollywood's perception of the film We Are Marshall and the people of the Marshall University community will be broadcast at 11 p.m. EST Thursday, Dec. 21 on the cable network A & E. The show will be repeated at 3 a.m. EST Friday, Dec. 22.  

Produced in conjunction with Warner Bros. and Marshall University, the New Wave Entertainment program features footage shot during the filming of We Are Marshall and interviews with the celebrities surrounding the production.  Vintage film and photographs from Marshall University archives, coupled with views of the director, producers, and stars, give the feature authenticity.  The one-hour program is entitled "MovieReal: We Are Marshall."

Richard Brehm, producer of the program, said it demonstrates the unique relationship Marshall University and the city of Huntington enjoy.

"This was a very spiritual production for all of us," Brehm said. "It is clear that the people of Marshall and the citizens of West Virginia have a bond that creates a wonderful place to live and study."

For more information, contact Brehm with New Wave Entertainment at (818) 526-5477.


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Monday December 18, 2006
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Articulation agreement to create seamless transition for students to obtain associate degree

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall Community and Technical College and the West Virginia Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist (ACDS) Executive Council of the West Virginia Department of Education Technical and Adult Education Services Division today signed an articulation agreement creating a seamless transition for students to obtain an associate degree.

The agreement allows students who complete the ACDS training to be able to articulate the skills obtained into 12 credit hours in the Early Childhood Education Associate in Applied Science degree.

In a ceremony at Marshall's Memorial Student Center, the agreement was signed by Dr. Robert Hayes, interim president of the Marshall Community and Technical College; Norma Miller with the West Virginia Department of Education; and Suzi Brodof, state coordinator for ACDS. 

Senate Bill 2525 requires West Virginia pre-kindergarten program teachers to have a minimum of an associate's degree in early childhood education/child development and to continue their education to ultimately hold a teaching certification in an early childhood related field by the year 2012.

In addition to Policy 2525, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has set forth a timeline for administrators and teaching staff to achieve required educational qualifications. These standards apply to child care centers that have achieved or wish to obtain NAEYC's accreditation.

This agreement will provide an avenue for early childhood professionals to achieve these goals and ensure that all early childhood education personnel are highly qualified to provide education and care to West Virginia's young children.

The agreement is another result of the 21st Century ECE Task Force which was formed in response to a request from Sen. Robert Plymale.  Previously, the Memorandum of Understanding between Marshall Community and Technical College and Marshall University College of Education and Human Services for the seamless transfer of Early Childhood Education students was signed.

For more information, call Sarah Dick, Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator with the MCTC, at (304) 696-3180.


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Friday December 15, 2006
Contact: Angela Jones, Director of Marketing & External Affairs, Marshall Artists Series, (304) 696-3334

Wrap up your holiday shopping with one call to the Marshall Artists Series!

Looking for a last minute gift idea? What better way to let someone know you care than to give the gift that keeps on giving? When you give the gift of the arts your loved ones will be reminded of your thoughtfulness when attending their special show. Marshall Artists Series is proud to present an exciting spring line up that will ring in the New Year with big city flare.

Wonderful Town, comes to the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on January 22 and promises to entertain as Ruth and Eileen, two sisters from Ohio, come to life on stage in this feel-good musical. The sisters move to the wonderful town of New York City in 1935 bursting with hopes of making it big and dreams of falling in love and living happily ever after in the big city. Ticket price is $55. This show is sponsored by Huntington Testing and Technology, Huntington Federal, Verizon, WSAZ, Clear Channel Communications, The Herald Dispatch and Marshall Artists Series. 

Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, don't miss Menopause the Musical being performed at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center February 27 through March 4 featuring four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra, who meet by chance in Bloomingdale's department store and soon find out lingerie isn't the only thing they share. Whether you are on the brink of, in the middle of, or are a survivor of you will relate to this side-splitting musical that is a salute to women everywhere experiencing The Change. Ticket price is $39. Group rate and pre-theatre dinners are available.  Call for details! This show is sponsored by Cabell Huntington Hospital's Women & Children's Services, WSAZ, Clear Channel Communications, The Herald Dispatch and Marshall Artists Series. 

Among the world's top selling artists, Mannheim Steamroller has sold over 5 million albums from the Fresh Aire series alone. Throughout their career they have been awarded 6 gold records and 4 multi-platinum records. Their talent has not been ignored by this area and currently the show scheduled for April 10 is sold out. This show is sponsored by St. Mary's Medical Center, WOWK, Clear Channel Communications, The Herald Dispatch and Marshall Artists Series. 

However, do not be alarmed as The Guys will be performed soon after, from April 30 through May 2 at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. This story is a dramatic play that centers on a slice of the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy. Nick, a fire captain, who lost eight men in the collapse of the World Trade Center, enlists help from and editor, Joan, to prepare their eulogies. Nick builds a relationship with Joan, who helps him put together the difficult, heartfelt speeches that he must deliver with honor, humor and poise - all the while, navigating his way through his own emotional response. Ticket price is $25. This show is sponsored by Greenbrier Valley Theatre, MU department of Theatre, WV Lottery, My Z, Clear Channel Communications, Herald Dispatch and Marshall Artists Series.

Wrapping up the 2006-2007 Season is the much anticipated Forever Tango.  Postponed in November, the cast of dancers and musicians will now be at the Keith Albee Theatre May 15 to thrust audiences into the colorful history of the Tango with a flick of the leg and a tug of the hand. The sultry, romantic and captivating moves of the tango will be performed by an all Argentinean cast who will wow audiences through both dance and music. Ticket prices for this show are $48.50, $43.50, $35. This show is sponsored by BB&T, University Physicians & Surgeons, and Farrell, Farrell & Farrell, PLLC.

To purchase tickets, patrons can contact the Marshall Artists Series Office at (304) 696-3326 or order online at www.ticketmaster.com. You may also stop by our box office in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on 5th Avenue, Huntington to purchase tickets! Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 12-5 until December 21st  when the Marshall Artists Series will close for the holidays. The box office will reopen on January 2, 2007. 

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Wednesday December 6, 2006
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Atlantis grant creates transatlantic dual degree program in psychology

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's College of Liberal Arts has received a $1.27 million European Union-United States Atlantis grant to lead a consortium with the University of Debrecen in Hungary and the Warsaw School of Social Psychology in Poland to create a transatlantic dual degree program in psychology.

Dr. Joe Wyatt and Dr. Marty Amerikaner, professors in Marshall's department of psychology, Dr. Christina Murphy, dean of MU's College of Liberal Arts, and Dr. Clark Egnor, executive director, Center for International Programs, worked together on the grant proposal.

The Atlantis grant funds collaborative efforts to develop programs of study leading to joint or dual undergraduate degrees. Under the Atlantis grant, Marshall University students will have the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree from both Marshall and one of the European partner institutions.

The grant, the first of its kind for Marshall University and the state of West Virginia, is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) and the European Commission's Directorate General for Education and Culture (DGEAC). 

"This grant award is a major milestone for Marshall University and a significant step toward accomplishing our strategic vision of internationalizing the university," President Stephen Kopp said.

According to Dr. Sarah Denman, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, the opportunity to receive a dual degree from Marshall and a European institution is an exciting prospect for MU's students.  "This dual degree will enhance the marketability of our graduates in a global economy as well as enrich their understanding of psychology as a discipline."

Murphy said Marshall is "proud to receive a grant of this stature that highlights the significant accomplishments of the College of Liberal Arts and the department of psychology as innovators in international education." 

Wyatt, who will serve as the academic advisor and coordinator for the project, emphasized the importance of the grant to the psychology department, its faculty, students and graduates.  "This opportunity will make our psychology degree even more attractive to students who understand that a dual degree, credentialed in two countries, will expand their professional opportunities after graduation."

According to Egnor, the Atlantis grant promotes international collaboration between universities.  "This project, through the exchanges of students, will create long-lasting ties between Marshall University and institutions in the European Union."


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Wednesday December 6, 2006
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Holly Berry Festival at Marshall offers distinctive assortment of items


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Wednesday December 6, 2006
Contact: Beverly McCoy, Director of Public Relations, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, (304) 691-1713

Santa, runners join forces for Jingle Bell 5K Saturday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. --Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to participate in the Jingle Bell 5K run Saturday in Huntington. The event, which includes a visit from Santa and indoor activities for kids, is hosted by the American Medical Student Association, the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, and the Let's Get Moving Project.

Registration starts at 7:00 a.m. at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, and the race starts there at 8:30.

Awards will be given immediately following the race. Pre-registration is $12 ($10 for high school students and younger); registration the day of the race is $18 ($15 for students.)

More information is available from Janelle King at 481-7156 or ratfur@hotmail.com.


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Friday December 1, 2006
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

MU professor's artwork featured in three exhibits

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Artwork by Professor Byron Clercx, chair of the art & design department at Marshall University, is featured or soon will be featured in three exhibits throughout the country.

The exhibits are:

  • "Book as Object: An International Survey of Sculptural Bookworks" at the Coburn Gallery, Colorado College. The exhibit began Oct. 31 and continues through Dec. 19. Clercx will conduct critiques of BFA student works on Dec. 7 and, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, deliver a public lecture and participate in a panel discussion in the Wes Room-Worner Center.
     
  • "Exploding/Exploring the Book" at the Art Institute of Boston. This exhibit features artists who are interested in exploring and challenging the traditional form of books and how they are and can become a form of art. The exhibit began Nov. 13 and runs through Dec. 22.
     
  • "Fresh Paint: Process and Possibility" at the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, Va. The exhibition dates are from Dec. 5 to Jan. 27, 2007 with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 8. Clercx also will deliver a public lecture at AAC at the end of January.

For more information, contact Clercx at clercx@marshall.edu or (304) 696-5451.


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Tuesday November 28, 2006
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Former Marshall department of counseling chair to be honored in ceremony dedicating laboratories in his memory

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The late Dr. William A. Wallace, former chairman of Marshall University's department of counseling, will be honored Friday, Dec. 8 during a ceremony dedicating the counseling laboratories in his memory, according to Dr. William A. McDowell, coordinator and professor of the counseling department.

The event will take place at 2 p.m. on the third floor of Harris Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus and is open to the many former students, colleagues, and friends that knew Wallace.

A plaque stating Wallace's tenure and profile will be presented to his wife, Lois Wallace, and their sons, Blake and William. Refreshments and a tour of the facilities will follow the program.

Wallace retired from Marshall University in 1994 after serving as a faculty member since 1967. He was the author of two counseling texts and co-authored a third. Wallace was instrumental in achieving initial accreditation for the counseling programs.

McDowell said Wallace was known for his clear thinking and his ability to identify salient points in decision settings. His ready laughter signaled his interest in the well-being of his students, McDowell said.

Before joining the faculty at Marshall, Wallace was a secondary schools teacher, counselor and principal. He also served as associate director of admissions at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich.

Wallace was active in various Marshall University committees as well as national and regional professional organizations.


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Monday November 27, 2006
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First Friday FilmFest continues Dec. 1 at the Cinema

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - First Friday Filmfest, a series that is bringing first-run, independent films to the Cinema Theatre in downtown Huntington, continues at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 with the showing of The Heart of the Game.

Funded through Marshall University's Student Affairs, the films are free to members of the Marshall community with ID and $5 for all non-MU patrons. Tickets are available in advance from the Student Activities Programming Board office, which is located in room 2w29 of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

Admission at the door is on a space-available basis. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged.

The Heart of the Game is a documentary film by Ward Serrill, who followed Seattle's Roosevelt High girls' basketball team for six years as it fought its way toward the state championship. Narrated by Ludacris, the film focuses on two central participants, Coach Bill Resler, a tax professor who answered Roosevelt's advertisement for a coach, and Darnellia Russell, his star recruit who struggles to stay in the game.

"If you're thinking this is another of those cloyingly inspirational Disney sports dramas, such as Glory Road, Stick It and Goal!, think again," says film critic Peter Travers in his review for Rolling Stone. "Director Ward Serrill ... has no stomach for turning documentary truth into a Hallmark card. By focusing on Darnellia Russell, one of the few black players on a white team, Serrill digs deep into the social and economic conditions that threaten to keep Darnellia down and the no-bull spirit she finds in her coach and her own bruised heart. ... There's no denying the exuberant energy and emotional force of this movie. It gets to you."

Kevin Crust, writing for the Los Angeles Times, offers similar praise: "An exhilarating story of loyalty and perseverance, The Heart of the Game succeeds as both inspiration and social commentary."

Dr. Kat Williams, associate professor of history at Marshall University, will offer a talk following the film for those interested in learning more about the history of women's sports. The location for the post-film discussion will be announced at the showing of the film on Dec. 1. Questions about First Friday can be sent to firstfriday@marshall.edu.

The Heart of the Game completes the series for fall semester. Films will resume beginning the first Friday in February.


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Monday November 27, 2006
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Celebrate the holidays with two performances of Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas

Celebrate the holidays as Chase presents two performances of Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas, coming to the Keith-Albee Theatre Friday December 8th at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee performances on Saturday, December 9th at 2:00 p.m. This is the perfect holiday show for the entire family.

Every Christmas, for the past eleven years, from California to Florida and from Maine to Texas, Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas has crisscrossed the country, bringing to packed concert halls his authentic remembrance of a way of life that is, alas, no longer with us -- an unforgettable staging of a typical night before Christmas in a remote farmhouse in the West of Ireland, in the days before the motor car, the television and the telephone.

On such nights, in rural Ireland of the 1940s and 50s, the neighbors would gather at each other's houses, bringing with them, not gold, frankincense or myrrh, but gifts equally precious -- their fiddles, tin whistles, flutes, bodhráns, uilleann pipes, and, perhaps, most important of all, their unshakeable sense of community, for a night of traditional music, song, dance and, of course, storytelling.

It was in such places and on such nights that the delightful treasury of Irish culture was created, expanded and preserved, and not by the bourgeois, as was the case throughout much of Europe at the time, but by the ordinary people in remote areas. By recreating just such a night on stage, Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas brings the tradition to American audiences.

And who better to do so? Storyteller Tomáseen Foley was born and raised in a big family on a small farm in the remote parish of Teampall an Ghleannáin in the West of Ireland in the 1940s. He brings with him some of the finest exponents of the traditional Celtic arts performing anywhere to day -- and they come from both sides of the Atlantic.

New to the show this year is vocalist/musician Éilos Kennedy: born and raised in Gaelic-speaking West Kerry, Éilos grew up in a family steeped in the Gaelic traditions of music, singing, dancing and poetry.  Her first album Time To Sail, featuring songs in English and Gaelic, won Female Vocal Album of the Year in 2002. The Chicago News says, It's a long time since we've been so stunned by a voice so perfect. Irish Music Magazine calls her  . . . an untapped major vocal talent . . . Folk Roots magazine says Her voice is a thing of gentle sublime beauty  . . . for which mothers would be sold and kings' ransoms exchanged . . . and The Irish Times says she is a singer whose vocals . . . bore holes in the soul . . . possessed of the finesse of a seamstress and the precision of a neurosurgeon.

Her second album One Sweet Kiss, also featuring songs in English and Gaelic, was released in 2006. Following tours of Taiwan and Germany, she is delighted to be touring the U. S. (www.eiliskennedy.com)

Back with the show for the third successive year Kathleen Keane's virtuoso music -- fiddle and tin whistle -- is featured in The Titanic, Backdraft, The Road to Perdition and The Cinderella Man. As well as being considered a child prodigy on the tin whistle, the Chicago Tribune nominated her as one of the world's finest Celtic Fiddlers. She studied Irish step dancing under Michael Flatley (Riverdance/ Lord of the Dance) and went on to become a champion Irish dancer. www.kathleenkeane.com

Back with the show for the second year is world champion Irish step dancer Philip Brady. Philip began dancing at the age of ten in Dublin, Ireland. He has been Overseas World Champion five times, North American Champion three times and has won the Canadian Irish Dance Championship for ten consecutive years. He has toured extensively with "Lord of the Dance" and has established the Brady Academy of Irish Dance in Winnipeg, Ontario, Canada. www.philipbrady.com

Music Director William Coulter is an internationally acclaimed master of the steel-string guitar. In 2005, he won a Grammy for a track he contributed to Pink Guitar, a solo guitar compilation of Henry Mancini tunes. He has been performing and recording traditional Celtic and American folk music for 25 years.  The most recent of his seven CDs on the Gourd Music label is the acclaimed solo album,The Road Home. William is also a recording engineer and a guitar lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz. www.williamcoulter.com

Also new to this year's show is Uilleann Piper Brian Bigley. From the age of eight, Brian studied the traditional, rarely heard, uilleann pipes with Achill Island (Co. Mayo) piper Michael Kilbane -- with whom he also studied flute, whistle and low whistle. He has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and the UK. He is a also world champion Irish step dancer -- he competed in the World Championships in Glasgow in 2002 and in Killarney in 2003.

Storyteller Tomáseen Foley was born on a small farm in the remote parish of Teampall an Ghleanntáin in the West of Ireland. Rego Irish Records says he is a master of the Irish narrative and a keeper of the flame for a priceless piece of Irish culture. Each year from Thanksgiving until Christmas his show Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas plays to critical acclaim and packed concert halls around the US. He has released two CDs: Parcel From America, and a live recording, The Priest and the Acrobat. www.tomaseenfoley.com

Adult tickets for A Celtic Christmas are $45 and $35. Tickets for youth (ages 17 and under) are half-price. Tickets may be purchased through the Marshall Artists Series Box Office, located in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. The box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. Phone orders may be taken from the box office for patrons with a Visa or MasterCard by calling (304) 696-6656.

Tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (304) 523-5757 in Huntington or (304) 342-5757 in Charleston. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.marshallartistsseries.com. Patrons may also pick up tickets at any Ticketmaster outlet.

The show is sponsored by Chase, WSAZ-TV, Clear Channel Communications, Herald Dispatch and Marshall Artists Series.


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Wednesday November 22, 2006
Contact: Leah Edwards, University Communications, (304) 696-6397

Ticket sales for Pullman premiere event begin Monday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Ticket sales for the premiere of We Are Marshall at Pullman Square's Marquee Cinemas begin at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27 at the Marquee Cinemas box office. Ticket sales also begin online at www.marqueecinemas.com at the same time.  

"We are thrilled to be part of this huge communitywide premiere event," said Marquee Cinemas general manager Charlotte Alesi.  "We are geared up and ready to go for the ticket sale and the event itself."

Alesi said people may begin lining up for tickets at 6 a.m. Nov. 27.  No camping out for tickets is allowed at Pullman Square. There is no limit on the number of tickets an individual may purchase.

Approximately 2,000 tickets, priced at $25 each, are available for purchase for the Tuesday, Dec. 12 showing, which begins at 8 p.m. Anyone who purchases a ticket to the Pullman Square premiere will have a chance to sit in the bleachers on 4th Avenue and witness the movie's stars walking on the green carpet and into the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center for the 7 p.m. showing there. However, access to the bleachers will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and seating is limited.

"We are very excited that Pullman Square and Marquee Cinemas are partnering with Marshall University for this once-in-a-lifetime experience," said Dr. H. Keith Spears, vice president for communications and marketing at Marshall.  "This is a true team effort which will be the talk of the town for years to come."

Monday's ticket sale will feature giveaways and live broadcasts by local radio stations WTCR, WKEE, B97, WVHU, and WAMX.


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Wednesday November 22, 2006
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Huntington East class of '46 establishes scholarship at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The 1946 class of the former Huntington East High School has established an endowed scholarship at Marshall University with priority given to students who have family ties to the 1946 graduates.

The group, which has been meeting annually in Huntington for the past several years, began discussing the possibility of offering a scholarship during its 50-year reunion, according to Mary Curnette, a member of the 1946 reunion committee.

"We began collecting money in 2001 and this year we're able to offer a scholarship," she said.  "We hope this will be an encouragement for other classes to start scholarships."

Laura K. Simpson of Chesapeake, Ohio is the first recipient of the Huntington East High School Class of 1946 Scholarship.  She is a freshman in the College of Fine Arts and is the granddaughter of Barbara Scarberry Stewart who was a member of the 1946 class.

The 1946 HEHS class was a special group, according to Curnette.  "Back then we had both January and June graduations," she said. "We had about 400 members in the class because we had a lot of returning veterans who were going back to school to finish their educations."

Curnette says the 1946 class meets informally each year in Huntington and the scholarship has been a priority.  "We wanted to give something back," she said.

Anyone interested in applying for the Huntington East High School Class of 1946 Scholarship should notify the MU Office of Student Financial Assistance of their family ties by April 15 of each year. 

For additional information call (304) 696-6214.

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Pictured in the photo above are, from left, Barbara Scarberry Stewart, her granddaughter, Laura K. Simpson, and Henry Stewart, Laura's grandfather, at the 60th reunion of the class of 1946. Simpson is the first recipient of the Huntington East High School Class of 1946 Scholarship. (submitted photo)


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Tuesday November 21, 2006
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Huntington resident wins tickets to Keith-Albee premiere in raffle

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Barry Wyant of Huntington won two $1,000-level tickets to the premiere of We Are Marshall Dec. 12 at the Keith-Albee Theatre by purchasing the winning raffle ticket during Marshall University's football game Saturday with UTEP.

Marshall's cheerleaders conducted the raffle during the Thundering Herd's 49-21 Conference USA victory over the Miners. They made $4,480 in the raffle.

With the two tickets, Wyant and one other person will be admitted to a pre-film reception at 4:30 p.m., We Are Marshall at 7 p.m., and a post-film gala.


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Tuesday November 21, 2006
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Marshall department of art and design photography professor wins first prize in conference exhibition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University assistant professor Mark Slankard's photographic artworks won first prize in the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) Members' Juried Exhibition.  The conference was hosted by Vanderbilt University Oct. 25-28 in Nashville, Tenn.

The exhibition was held at the Parthenon in Nashville's Centennial Park and was juried by Eleanor Heartney, well-known author and art critic.  The work will be on display until Jan. 20, 2007.  Slankard's work was also featured in a one-person exhibition at the University of Notre Dame, which just ended Nov. 17.

For more information, contact Paula Kouns in Marshall's department of art and design at (304) 696-6760 or at kounsp@marshall.edu.

About the photo above: "Minor Invasions: Pink Bedroom with Hair," a "Duratrans photograph on lightbox," was one of Mark Slankard's entries in the Southeastern College Art Conference Members' Juried Exhibition.


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Tuesday November 21, 2006
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Intellectual activist scholar bell hooks to speak at Marshall Nov. 28

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - World renowned author, feminist theorist and cultural critic bell hooks will speak on "Reclaiming Our Treasures: Return Migration" on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at Marshall University.

She will speak at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room on Marshall's Huntington campus. Her visit is sponsored by the Marshall University Multicultural Affairs Harmony Institute, Faces of Appalachia, the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Education and Human Services.

The event is part of an ongoing symposium sponsored by Faces of Appalachia and the Harmony Institute and titled "A Different World: Diversity, Change, and Appalachian Youth." It is free to the public.

A Distinguished Professor in Residence at Berea College, hooks has taught at Yale University, Oberlin College, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and City College of New York. She has published on a broad range of interconnected topics: gender, race, teaching and the significance of media for contemporary culture.

A book signing and reception will follow hooks' talk.


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Monday November 20, 2006
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Memorial scholarship honors former high school history teacher

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A high school history teacher whose passion for his subject inspired both students and colleagues alike has been honored with a memorial scholarship established in his name at Marshall University.

Theodore "Ted" Hundley, who taught at Huntington high schools, received a master's degree in history from Marshall in 1970.  He was noted for the enthusiasm he brought to the classroom and for his colorful and creative teaching methods.   Hundley died in 2004, approximately two years after he retired from teaching. 

The scholarship is for full-time undergraduate students in the College of Education and Human Services who plan to teach history.  A recipient must have an overall GPA of 3.0 and demonstrated financial need.  The first student to receive the award is Kimberly Dawn Green of Wheelersburg, Ohio.

Ruth Thornton, who was Hundley's teaching colleague for 17 years, spearheaded the drive to establish the award.  In addition, the Herschel C. Price Educational Foundation helped fund the scholarship.  Jonna Hughes, one of Hundley's former students, is the director and a trustee of the foundation.

Thornton remembers Hundley as a superb lecturer who would go to extra and often amusing lengths to make history interesting.

"He would occasionally dress up as a historical character the class was studying or he would act out incidents casting himself in all the roles," Thornton said. "He would sometimes insert a nonsense question into a test because he enjoyed hearing the students laugh out loud."

Hughes also has fond memories of Hundley.  "When I think of Ted Hundley the word that comes to mind is 'exuberant,'" she says.  "Very few people demonstrate the zest and enthusiasm Ted had and he brought it to class every day.  He inspired his students to share his love of history.  But he also was a tough taskmaster who demanded excellence of his students.

Thornton says the fondness students felt for Hundley can be illustrated by a poster made by several of them.  It depicts the cartoon dog "Snoopy" with the caption, "Happiness is having Mr. Hundley as a teacher." 

For more information about the Theodore "Ted" Hundley III Scholarship, contact the Office of Development at Marshall University at (304) 696-6214.


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Frank 'Gunner' Gatski Memorial Bridge to be dedicated Saturday at UTEP-Marshall game

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - During Marshall University's 4:30 p.m. home football game with UTEP on Saturday, Nov. 18, one of the signs for the Frank "Gunner" Gatski Memorial Bridge will be unveiled.

Formerly the East Huntington Bridge, this familiar sight from areas within Joan C. Edwards Stadium connects Huntington, W.Va., with Proctorville, Ohio via 29th Street.

The sign will be unveiled by members of Gatski's family and West Virginia legislators who sponsored the resolution to name the bridge after one of Marshall's most famous football players. Also in attendance for the ceremony will be Sam Clagg, Gatski's former teammate and Professor Emeritus of Geography at Marshall University.

On Oct. 15, 2005, during a Marshall homecoming game, Gatski became the first Marshall football player to have his number retired. He played for the Thundering Herd from 1940 to 1942. Gatski passed away on Nov. 23, 2005 at the age of 83.

Additional information about Gatski:

  • Four-time all-pro (1951, 1952, 1953, 1955);
  • Member of the all-time Cleveland Browns team;
  • Member of the West Virginia Hall of Fame;
  • Four All-America Football Conference championships (1946, 1947, 1948, 1949);
  • Four National Football League titles (1950, 1954, 1955, 1957);
  • Played in 11 championship games in 12 years with his teams winning eight times;
  • Member of the Marshall University Athletic Hall of Fame;
  • Member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame;
  • After retiring from pro football, coached football at the Prunytown Industrial School until it closed in 1982.

The ceremony will occur between the first and second quarters at the 20-yard line on the north end of the field.


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Marshall University launches program to enhance math, science education in preK-12

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Teachers in five West Virginia counties will receive training from Marshall University math and science faculty under a $2 million federal grant.

The grant from the National Science Foundation comes to Marshall through the Appalachian Math and Science Partnership (AMSP), a five-year, multi-state, $24.5 million program administered by the University of Kentucky. It is designed to help teachers in the Mountain State's preK-12 schools improve the performance of their pupils in math and science and prepare them better for college-level courses for eventual careers in math, science and engineering fields.

"Marshall University is proud and eager to join with the members of the Appalachian Math and Science Partnership to advance the goals of this important program," said Stephen J. Kopp, president of Marshall University. "The funding provided by the National Science Foundation is crucial to our collective success. The benefits to preK-12 math and science education will translate to improved student learning and achievement over time. As a nation, if we are to continue as a leader in science and innovation, we simply must do a better job of preparing present and future students to take advantage of the expanding educational and career opportunities in fields that require highly developed scientific/mathematical thinking and application skills."

Marshall's program, sought jointly by Marshall and UK officials, is based upon a very successful AMSP mini grant program, the Partnership Enhancement Program (PEP).

"We're greatly pleased to be able to partner with Marshall University to help improve the math and science educations of West Virginia's youngsters.  Marshall has repeatedly proven itself as an outstanding institution with a deep commitment to the future prosperity of West Virginia," said Lee T. Todd Jr., president of the University of Kentucky.

Marshall faculty will provide training to math and science teachers in Braxton, Cabell, Mason, Mingo, and Wayne counties via various outreach activities and distance-learning technology, an approach followed by other institutions that are participating in UK's AMSP.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for Marshall University to enhance our public school partnerships, especially in the areas of math and science education," Marshall Provost Sarah Denman said. "We look forward to working with the five partner counties and are excited to strengthen the outstanding teaching in those schools with stronger linkages with our College of Education and the College of Science."

In 2002, UK received a $22.5 million NSF grant to establish the AMSP program, to enhance partnerships between its higher education partners and school districts. It set up 11 PEPs to improve mathematics and science education in elementary, middle and secondary students in 51 Appalachian school districts in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.  The program's effectiveness led to its expansion to 22 PEPs and 42 total projects in the region.

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Jean Gilman is first director of recruitment at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Jean Marie Gilman has been hired as the first director of recruitment at Marshall University, a new position which will focus on the recruitment of students before and during the admissions process, according to Dr. Sarah Denman, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

Gilman comes to Marshall from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La., where she served as assistant director of the Office of Recruitment Services for four-and-a-half years.

"Marshall University is indeed fortunate to have someone with Jean's experience and breadth of knowledge," Dr. Sarah Denman, Marshall's provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said. "Her ideas are exciting and insightful and her vision for Marshall University is exciting. I am so happy to welcome her to the Marshall family."

A native of Highland, Ill., Gilman received a bachelor's degree from Southeast Missouri State University where she spent four years as a student ambassador, and an M.A. from Louisiana State.

"It is an honor for me to join the Marshall University family," Gilman said.  "Marshall has a profound history of leadership, growth, and success.  As the director of recruitment, I am passionate about finding students that will continue this legacy.  My goal is to recognize a talented pool of students that will contribute to the community while they are here and beyond."

The Office of Recruitment will be responsible for planning and coordinating undergraduate and graduate recruitment efforts at Marshall, according to Dr. Tammy Johnson, director of admissions for undergraduate and graduate programs. "That is a task that is vital to our continued success in terms of both overall enrollment and attracting top students," she said.

Choosing Marshall was an easy decision, Gilman said. "I am joining an institution and community that have become an example to many," she said. "It is inspiring to find so many people that truly love this university and are invested in developing tomorrow's leaders." 

Johnson said Marshall is lucky to have a director of recruitment with Gilman's experience and enthusiasm. "Jean brings fresh ideas and a real desire to see us reach our enrollment goals," Johnson said. "We are thrilled to have her on board."

For more information, contact Gilman at (304) 696-3565.


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President's sky box to be named in honor of Butlers

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The president's sky box at Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards stadium is being named in honor of two longtime MU supporters who worked tirelessly to promote the university.

A plaque naming the sky box The Ruth Elizabeth and John O. Butler President's Sky Box will be unveiled Saturday, Nov. 18, during halftime of Marshall's football game with the University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP). Kickoff is at 4:30 p.m.

"Marshall University is blessed to have benefited from the support of these generous individuals," Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said.   "Ruth and John Butler were integral parts of the Marshall community for decades and we are pleased to honor their memory."

The dynamic brother and sister duo graduated from Marshall College and then successfully operated their family's furniture store on 20th Street for nearly 50 years.   John Butler passed away shortly after his retirement in 1987 and his sister Ruth died in 2005.

The Butlers were longtime supporters of both athletics and academics at Marshall University and have been recognized on the Pathway of Prominence on the Huntington campus for their generosity.


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Elton John and Tim Rice's Broadway Sensation AIDA Makes its Only Area Appearance!

Direct from Broadway, the award-winning timeless love story AIDA, will make its Huntington premiere when it arrives at the historic Keith Albee Theatre 8 p.m. Saturday December 2, 2006. The newly refurbished theatre features over 400 additional seats, providing more opportunity to enjoy the experience of what will be a memorable event for the entire audience.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Winner of four 2000 Tony® Awards, Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA is a musical bursting with contemporary energy chronicling the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country, Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Radames, the soldier they both love.  AIDA is an epic tale of love, loyalty and betrayal with an exhilarating Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning score by Elton John and Tim Rice, their first collaboration since writing the music for the worldwide phenomenon The Lion King.

The score for Elton John & Tim Rice's AIDA was hailed by Time Magazine as "filled with luscious melodies and soulful lyrics."  The show produced a number of hit songs including "Written in the Stars" (recorded by Elton John and LeAnn Rimes, which hit #2 on Billboard's AC charts in 1999), "Easy as Life" (recorded by Tina Turner and also as a dance remix by Deborah Cox that hit #24 on the US Dance charts in 2004) "Elaborate Lives," "My Strongest Suit" and "The Gods Love Nubia."  The Original Broadway Cast Album is available from Disney Records.  The Concept Album, featuring a host of music superstars from Tina Turner and Elton John to Boyz II Men and Lenny Kravitz, was released on Island Records.

The Broadway production, named Elton John & Tim Rice's AIDA, opened at the Palace Theatre on March 23, 2000 and ran a total of 1,852 performances, making it one of the longest running shows in Broadway history, generating a successful national tour and several international productions. Big League Theatricals, Inc., by special permission from Disney Theatrical Productions, acquired the rights to create this fresh, new touring production of Elton John & Tim Rice's AIDA.

Tickets for the show are now available, adult tickets $55, $45 and $35. Tickets may be purchased through the Marshall Artists Series Box Office, located in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. The box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. Phone orders may be taken from the box office for patrons with a Visa or MasterCard by calling (304) 696-6656.

Tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (304) 523-5757 in Huntington or (304) 342-5757 in Charleston. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.marshallartistsseries.com. Patrons may also pick up tickets at any Ticketmaster outlet.

The show is sponsored by Neighborgall Construction, Air Systems Inc., Touma Foundation, Guaranty Bank, BrickStreet Insurance, Clear Channel Communications, Herald Dispatch and Marshall Artists Series.


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Lucky Herd fan can win two tickets to Keith-Albee premiere of 'We Are Marshall' during game Saturday with UTEP

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Although the premiere of We Are Marshall Dec. 12 at the Keith-Albee Theatre is officially sold out, Marshall University is offering two tickets to the event to a lucky fan attending the Thundering Herd's 4:30 p.m. home football game with UTEP Saturday, Nov. 18.

Fans attending the game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium can purchase raffle tickets, giving them the chance to win two prime, $1,000 tickets to the premiere, according to Dr. H. Keith Spears, Marshall's vice president for communications and marketing.

Beginning during pre-game activities and continuing throughout much of the game, Marshall's cheerleaders will sell the raffle tickets for $1 each. The winning raffle ticket number will be announced in the fourth quarter. To claim the prize, the winning ticket holder must be present. If the ticket is not claimed, another will be drawn.

"This is one final chance for someone to claim two tickets to an extravaganza that will be talked about in Huntington for years to come," Spears said. "We encourage everyone to not only come out and support the football team, but also to support the cheerleaders and, at the same time, possibly win two tickets to the premiere. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."


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Geospatial Day features speakers, panel discussion

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Samuel J. Purkis, a professor at Nova Southeastern University in Dania, Fla., and a member of the National Coral Reef Institute, will be the keynote speaker on Geospatial Day Wednesday, Nov. 15 at Marshall University. He will speak on "Geospatial Patterns in Coral Reef Landscapes" at 10:30 a.m. in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room. 

Event coordinator Randy Jones, information technology coordinator with the Marshall Community and Technical College, said 300 to 400 students (high school and college) and professionals are expected to attend Geospatial Day, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Don Morris Room.

Geospatial is a collection of computer-based tools (software and hardware) that can be used for spatial mapping, analysis and modeling. "The symposium is designed to inform and promote fields of study and occupations incorporating global positioning systems (GPS), geographic information systems (GIS), and remote sensing systems," Jones said. "These fields of knowledge are major growth areas now and into the future."

The event is sponsored by the Marshall Community and Technical College, Marshall University's College of Information Technology and Engineering, College of Liberal Art and College of Science, and the Nick J. Rahall, II Appalachian Transportation Institute.

Jones said those attending Geospatial Day will learn of the opportunities available at Marshall to gain expertise in the field of geospatial technology, and its value as a career.  "These are lucrative, well-paying positions," Jones said.

He cited an example of the implementation of GIS and geospatial technologies in dealing with real problems and issues: "When repaving, it is important to know if anything else in the ground needs to be replaced first in order to avoid duplication of efforts," Jones said. "This is an example of spatial communication within public works."

Purkis, a native of London, joined the National Coral Reef Institute in 2004 and now is an assistant professor. He works on the development of techniques to monitor large-scale processes in reef environments using remote sensing.

The National Coral Reef Institute was established by Congressional mandate in 1998. Its primary objective is the assessment, monitoring, and restoration of coral reefs through basic and applied research and through training and education.

Wednesday's program begins at 9 a.m. with vendor and map displays. Beginning at 10:10 a.m., opening remarks will be delivered by MU Provost Dr. Sarah Denman, Sue Richardson, chair, Marshall Community and Technical College board of advisors, and Robert Plymale, director of the Nick J. Rahall, II Appalachian Transportation Institute.

A panel discussion titled "To Boldly Go Where Few Have Gone Before" starts at 11 a.m. Participants include Rick Lawson with Environmental Systems Research Institute; John Ferguson with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Larry Evans with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection; Craig Neidig with West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey; Joe Mazgaj with West Virginia Homeland Security/Emergency Services, and Jeff Stephens with West Virginia Society of Professional Surveyors.

Guest speakers in the afternoon include Hugh Bloemer, associate professor emeritus of geography, Ohio University Cartographic Center, at 12:30 p.m.; Jason Wang, senior transportation specialist at the Appalachian Regional Commission, 1 p.m., and Jeff Stephens, West Virginia Society of Professional Surveyors, at 1:30 p.m.

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Marshall's School of Journalism hosts 'What is Tobacco?' conference

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - As part of its mission to educate future journalists and other mass communicators, Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SOJMC) is presenting "What is Tobacco?", a conference designed to explore different aspects of the controversial crop, product and health risk.

The event occurs in the main studio of the Communications Building next to Smith Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. This date coincides with the American Cancer Society's "Great American Smokeout." The SOJMC conference, which concludes at noon, is open to the public. Members of the media are encouraged to attend.

Dr. Corley Dennison, dean of SOJMC, said he sees the conference as an opportunity for everyone to learn more about this popular topic.

"From public service advertisements to frequent headlines, tobacco remains a topic that elicits strong opinions from all sides," Dennison said. "Our goal with this conference is to bring together professionals from different sides of this issue to discuss what they believe and why they believe it. Within this academic setting, we can have a civil discussion and leave with a greater understanding of this important issue."

After welcoming remarks from Dean Dennison, the event will consist of two panel discussions featuring:

PANEL 1

            Keith Richmond, County Executive Director, USDA Farm Service Agency

            Bruce Adkins, Director, Division of Tobacco Prevention, West Virginia Bureau of Public Health

Chris Chapman, Client Services Manager, RAZE Campaign, The Arnold Agency

Bill Bissett, Director of Public Relations, Marshall University (Moderator)

PANEL 2

            Dr. Richard Meckstroth, DDS, Chair, Department of General Practice & Rural Health, West Virginia University

            Dr. Brad Rodu, Tobacco Harm Reduction Research University of Louisville

            Dean Corley Dennison, SOJMC, Marshall University (Moderator)

The event can be seen locally in the Huntington area on Comcast Cable Channel 25.


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United States Postal Service offers Marshall students and faculty opportunity to apply for passport

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - For the first time, Marshall University students, staff and faculty will have the opportunity to apply for their passports without leaving the comfort of the Huntington campus.

As part of the 3rd annual Study Abroad Expo taking place Tuesday, Nov. 14 at Marshall, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has agreed to be in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to begin processing applications and take passport photos on site.  Although this event is directed at the Marshall community, it also is open to the general public.

Due to new travel laws which will go into effect in January 2007, U.S. citizens will soon need a valid passport for travel anywhere outside the United States, including Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America and Bermuda.  In an effort to meet this soon to be increased demand, the USPS is reaching out to give members of the Marshall community the chance to get ahead of the rush.

To apply for a passport, an individual will need a photo ID, such as valid U.S. driver's license, non-operator's ID or military/government employee ID (not a school ID) as well as a birth certificate with a raised or embossed seal and a filing date. 

In addition to valid identification, there are two separate charges which must be paid at the time of the application.  Post office officials are unable to accept credit, debit or cash as payment.  Interested individuals will need to bring two checks or money orders, the first of which can be made out to the U.S. Department of State in the amount of $67 and the second which should be made out to the U.S. Postal Service in the amount of $45.

Passport applications typically take six to eight weeks to process.  If an individual needs a passport in less than eight weeks, it is possible to have the process expedited for an additional $60 fee.

Every year, more than 150 Marshall University students go abroad to travel, work and study, a number which is on the rise.  Dr. Clark M. Egnor, executive director for Marshall's Center for International Programs, said it is vital for people to begin to realize the important role students and faculty play in globalization when they go abroad.  Applying for a passport is a first step in joining the international community. 

For more information about the Study Abroad Expo or applying for a passport, contact Elizabeth Lee, public relations assistant with the Center for International Programs, at (304) 382-5064 or by e-mail at elizabethinjapan@hotmail.com. Or, visit the Marshall University Center for International Programs office in Old Main 320.


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Hayes named interim president of Community and Technical College

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Robert B. Hayes, former president of Marshall University, has been named interim president of the Marshall Community and Technical College, John Hess, chair of the MU Board of Governors' community and technical college committee, announced today.

Hayes, who served as Marshall University's president from 1974 to 1983, begins his role as interim president Monday, Nov. 13. A search will begin soon for a permanent replacement for Dr. Vicki Riley, who resigned Oct. 6. Hayes served as interim president of the community college in 2000 during the search that led to Riley being hired.

"We are fortunate to have a man like Dr. Hayes who not only loves Marshall, but helped start the Marshall Community and Technical College," Hess said. "He can hit the ground running as we begin the search for a full-time president."

The MCTC board of advisors, chaired by Sue Richardson, is responsible for choosing the next permanent president.

Hayes, a native of Clarksburg, W.Va., has been involved at Marshall since 1965 when he was named dean of the College of Education, a position he held until becoming president in 1974. After his tenure as president, Hayes was a professor in Educational Administration/Leadership until 1991.

Since 1992, he has filled several interim positions, including: dean, College of Business; provost, Marshall Community and Technical College; director, North Central Accreditation Study; and, administrator, Robert C. Byrd Institute.

Among his many achievements at Marshall were development of the School of Medicine, establishment of the community college, expansion of campus facilities and reorganization of academic programs.

"I'm glad I'm available to work with the community college," Hayes said. "I'm pleased to have the opportunity to assist in any way I can. I'll do whatever is necessary to keep the organization moving forward. An interim anymore doesn't just hold things intact. There's too much activity going on."

Hayes may be contacted at (304) 633-7405.


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Annual memorial service honoring crash victims is Tuesday, Nov. 14

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Student Government Association will honor the 75 victims of the 1970 MU plane crash on Tuesday, Nov. 14 in the annual memorial service on Marshall's Huntington campus.

The service, which takes place near the Memorial Fountain on the Memorial Student Center plaza and is open to the public, starts at noon. Red Dawson, an assistant coach with the 1970 team, will speak at the event. He will be introduced by McG, director of the film, We Are Marshall.

"McG has graciously accepted our invitation to introduce Red Dawson," Ben Sandy, Marshall's student body president, said. "He has visited our campus and community many times over the past year and literally become part of the 'We' in 'We Are … Marshall.' He sincerely sought to tell the Marshall story in the most respectful way possible."

The crash on Saturday, Nov. 14, 1970 occurred at about 7:47 p.m. when a DC-9 jetliner, returning Marshall home from its football game at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., clipped some treetops just short of Tri-State Airport and went down. Dawson coached in the game at ECU, but after the Herd's 17-14 loss continued by car on a recruiting trip as the players, coaches and fans flew back to Huntington.

Others who will join Dawson as speakers during the memorial service include Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp and Mark Snyder, head football coach of the Thundering Herd.

The service will conclude with the traditional placing of a memorial wreath at the fountain and the silencing of the fountain until next spring. The Ceredo Fire Department Honor Guard will participate in the laying of the wreath along with Sandy, Snyder and the captains of Marshall's current football team. They are Bernie Morris, Doug Legursky, Matt Couch and Shavar Greer.


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Five to join Lewis College of Business Hall of Fame

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Five individuals who have had distinguished careers in their respective fields of business will be honored by Marshall University when they are inducted into the Lewis College of Business Hall of Fame Monday, Nov. 13 at the Radisson Hotel in Huntington.

The Hall of Fame honors those people in the business community who have an outstanding record of achievement in their career fields. It is the most distinguished honor granted by the Lewis College of Business (LCOB).

"This year's Hall of Fame ceremony recognizes the special contributions of two individuals who were instrumental in creating the film, We Are Marshall, which is so important to Marshall University, as well as individuals whose careers in business and their connection to the Lewis College of Business likewise are deserving of our appreciation and respect," said Dr. Paul Uselding, dean of LCOB.

This year's inductees are: 

James L. Farley, CEO of Nursing Care Management, Inc., in Cincinnati, Ohio, became the youngest CEO of a hospital in the United States when he was named administrator and CEO of Pleasant Valley Hospital in Point Pleasant, W.Va. in 1971. In 1976, he was elected to the first of two one-year terms as president of the West Virginia Hospital Association, becoming the youngest person to head a state hospital association.  

A 1960 graduate of Marsh Fork High School, Farley graduated from Marshall University in 1965 with a BBA in Marketing-Retail.  In 1967, he received a Master of Hospital and Health Care Administration from the Medical College of Virginia.  He worked for Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington and Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston before joining Pleasant Valley Hospital.

Farley has been actively involved at MU, having served on the Society of Yeager Scholars board and the Alumni Association board.  He is a member of the John Marshall Society, President's Circle and the Big Green Scholarship Foundation, and is a charter member of the Thunder Club.  Avid tennis players, Farley and his wife, Bobbie, who also is a Marshall graduate, have endowed a tennis scholarship in their name.  They have two daughters, Angela and Andrea, and five grandchildren.

David E. Haden is the owner of i-Source, LLC in Charleston, W.Va., capping a lifetime career in insurance.  After a start with Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company, he ventured out on his own in 1987 to create RMI, Ltd., a multi-lined insurance agency.  He managed and built a sales organization which grew from $350,000 to almost $2 million in annual commissions. 

Haden has been active in community, civic and church affairs, serving on numerous boards.  He has been a board member and past president of the MU Big Green Scholarship Foundation and currently is president of the MU Graduate College Advisory Board. He is also a member of the LCOB Strategic Management Task Force.  In 1992, Haden received the MU Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award.  He also is a member of the John Marshall Society and the President's Club.

Haden and his wife, Carolyn, reside in Charleston, W.Va.  He has two daughters, Sarah and Amy, a son, David, a stepdaughter, Megan, a stepson, Brad, and 11 grandchildren. 

Basil Iwanyk currently is a film producer with Warner Bros. Studios. He has worked on more than 30 movies, including We Are Marshall.  A native of New Jersey, Iwanyk moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Villanova University.  He got his start in the mailroom of the United Talent Agency but quickly moved to Warner Bros. where he became one of the youngest creative executives in studio history. 

During his tenure at Warner Bros., Iwanyk has overseen the development and production of such films as Ocean's 11, U.S. Marshalls, and Insomnia.  He also ran development on the Academy Award-winning picture Training Day, which grossed more than $100 million and garnered Denzel Washington his second Academy Award.

In 2000, Iwanyk left Warner to become president of Intermedia, which was the largest independent film company in the world.  He produced Terminator 3 and Alexander as well as The Widowmaker and Adaptation

In 2003, Iwanyk returned to Warner Bros. as a producer and established his company, Thunder Road Pictures.  The first film produced under the new banner was the Harrison Ford action film, Firewall.  Currently, Thunder Road has 22 projects in various stages of development.

Joseph McGinty Nichol, or McG as he is universally known, grew up in Newport Beach, Calif. He is the director of the soon-to-be-released film, We Are Marshall, which chronicles the aftermath of the tragic 1970 plane crash that took the lives of 75 MU football players, coaches, supporters and the flight crew.  His first feature film, Charlie's Angels, debuted at number one in the U.S. and eventually grossed more than $250 million worldwide.  He also directed the sequel, Charlie's Angels:  Full Throttle, which went on to gross an additional $265 million.

With two hit films and more than $500 million at the box office, McG formed the production company, Wonderland Sound and Vision, which went on to produce successful feature films.  Wonderland also produces the television hit show, The O.C., as well as Supernatural, which is now in its second season.

McG has directed more than 50 music videos for diverse artists with sales of more than 100 million albums worldwide.    

John Rulli, a Marshall graduate who was the captain of a Marshall championship baseball team, is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group, Inc., a member of the S&P 500 and the largest U.S. publicly traded real estate company.

Simon Property Group is engaged primarily in the ownership, development and management of retail real estate, primarily regional malls, Premium Outlet centers and community/lifestyle centers.  It currently owns an interest in approximately 285 properties in the U.S. and more than 55 properties in Europe, Japan and Mexico.

Rulli has been instrumental in building the operating foundation upon which Simon Property Group has grown.  Prior to joining Simon, Rulli served as vice president of human resources for Merit, Inc., and before that he was director of executive human resources for Lazarus department stores, a chain headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

Currently he is a member of the advisory board for the LCOB and is a director on the board of Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.  He chairs the fundraising campaign for the Simon Youth Foundation.  Rulli is actively involved in the community, working both with religious and civic leaders to develop programs that improve the quality of life for the underprivileged.   

Rulli received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Marshall and attended graduate school at the Ohio State University's Fawcett Center for Tomorrow.  While at Marshall he served as captain of the 1978 Southern Conference championship baseball team. He also served a president of the Residence Hall Government Association and was a resident advisor.

He and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Carmel, Ind., with their four children, William, Ashley, Jonathan, and Michael.

The criteria for receiving this award include an untarnished reputation and professional standing evidenced by recognition on a state, regional or national basis.

The event begins at 5 p.m. with a reception in the Radisson Hotel Ballroom.  The induction ceremony takes place at 6 p.m.  Tickets start at $100.  For more information, contact Mary Chapman at (304) 696-3319 or Mary Copley at (304) 696-2316.  


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Marshall Alumna Finalist for NBC Studios, Calif. Internship

Election Day has come and gone, but it's time to vote…again.

Marshall University alumna and Huntington native Jennifer Smith has been selected as one of four semi-finalists for the Sony Pictures "Pursue It: The Ultimate Internship Contest."

Smith recently submitted a video for the contest and was contacted Monday with news she is a semi-finalist for a summer internship at NBC Studios in Los Angeles, Calif.

"I'm ecstatic for this opportunity and for being selected," Smith said. "Regardless of the outcome, I'll continue to pursue my dream of working in Los Angeles as a producer." Now, it's up to America to decide her fate.

The public will choose the final two candidates; those two will then be interviewed by a representative from NBC Studios.

Voting began Thursday, Nov. 9 and runs through at 7:59 P.M. EST Monday, Nov.13. To vote, visit http://www.sony.com/pursue-it.   To vote for Jennifer click the NBC logo and choose Jennifer S.

Smith said she is encouraging friends, family and local residents to spread the word via e-mail, online social networks and word of mouth.

"Please send the link to vote to anyone you can think of, "Smith said. "The voting process is simple and should take a maximum of two minutes."

For more information, please contact Smith at (304)-617-1207. 


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Tickets to 'We Are Marshall' premiere at Pullman go on sale Nov. 27

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Tickets to the Dec. 12 premiere of We Are Marshall at Pullman Square will go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27, at the Marquee Cinemas box office and online at http://www.marqueecinemas.com.

Marquee Cinemas General Manager Charlotte Alesi announced details of the ticket sales today during a news conference at the Marquee Cinemas. Tickets are $25, and all 16 screens at the complex will show We Are Marshall on Dec. 12, beginning at 8 p.m. "Marquee Cinemas is very pleased to be part of this," Alesi said.

Two of the theatres, totaling about 590 seats, are nearly sold out to Marshall students, leaving about 2,100 seats for the general public. In less than four days, Marshall University's Student Government Association sold all but 36 of its allotment of 590 tickets to students, student body President Ben Sandy said today.    

Representatives from Marshall University, Clear Channel Communications, Marquee Cinemas, the city of Huntington and Pullman Square businesses attended today's news conference.

"It is very important to allow the people in the community to be a part of this historic event," Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said. "For Marshall University and for the city of Huntington, this is a powerful story - a story for the ages. I think it is going to be a film that will rival any film that has endured for decades."

Clear Channel Communications radio stations WKEE, WBVB, WVHU, WAMX and WTCR are sponsoring pre- and post-film activities at Pullman Square, beginning at 4 p.m. The stations will broadcast live from 4 to 8 p.m., according to Clear Channel Vice President Judy Cornett.

Cornett said more than $5,000 worth of prizes will be given away before the movie begins. Grand prizes include a big screen television and two green recliners. Also, all ticket holders will receive a special commemorative lapel pin.

After the movie, everyone will be invited to join in a candlelight service at Pullman Square. Seventy-five candles, representing each victim of the 1970 Marshall plane crash, will be lighted. Also, green and white balloon arches will decorate the area.

Bill Toney with the city of Huntington said developing a parking plan for those attending the premiere at the Keith-Albee Theatre, which begins at 7 p.m., and Pullman Square is ongoing. Details will be released when the plan is finalized.

Also today, Kopp and Alesi unveiled the first official We Are Marshall poster during the news conference. It is displayed along with other posters at the Marquee Cinemas.


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20th annual Outstanding Black High School Students' Weekend is Friday and Saturday at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Each fall, the Center for African American Students' Programs, under the auspices of Marshall University Multicultural Affairs, and in concert with various university departments, sponsors the Outstanding Black High School Students' Weekend.

This year's event takes place Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10-11, on Marshall's Huntington campus. Maurice Cooley, director of the center, said 85 academically advanced students and their parents are expected to participate in "a great Marshall weekend experience."

"This weekend is one of the best of the year," Cooley said. "I cannot imagine many things that are greater than opportunities to recognize and uplift young men and women for their academic promise. The weekend is a time to inspire our African American students and create a sense of pride in all that they have accomplished as they embark upon their college careers. Of course, we hope that they all will enroll in Marshall University." 

This initiative has evolved from a long and successful collaborative relationship with high schools throughout West Virginia and in Marshall's metro area high schools of Kentucky and Ohio.  High schools participate by nominating African American juniors and seniors with GPA's of 3.0 or above for the Outstanding Black High School Students recognition and students nominated are invited by Marshall to attend the Outstanding Black High School Students' Weekend held each year in November.

The weekend is set aside to introduce each student to the Marshall University experience, complemented by staying on campus with Marshall students who have volunteered to host one or more students in their residence halls.

Students and parents participate in educational forums and campus tours, meet college deans and attend information panels composed of faculty and staff representing the Marshall University community. The highlight of the weekend is the Friday evening Recognition Dinner, which starts at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room. It is followed by a student dance in Marco's with student hosts and friends. 

This year's special guests at the Recognition Dinner are students from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. This group of promising and talented students will spend two days on campus in activities planned with the College of Fine Arts. This initiative originated from partnership building with the D.C. school by Dr. Betty J. Cleckley, vice president, Marshall University Multicultural Affairs.

For more information, contact Cooley at (304) 696-5430 or cooley@marshall.edu.


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43rd annual International Festival kicks off International Education Week at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University kicks off International Education Week Sunday, Nov. 12 with the 43rd annual International Festival in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room on MU's Huntington campus.

The theme of the festival, which takes place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., is "Living in a Global Society" and emphasizes the pressing need for universities in the United States to prepare their students to live and work in a globalized society.

The International Festival features exotic foods, traditional music and dance, along with displays representing more than 60 countries and cultures. All of this will be provided by Marshall University international students and international community individuals and groups.  Admission to the International Festival is free, and the event is open to the public.

Currently, Marshall has 410 international students from more than 60 countries, a 10 percent increase over fall semester 2005, and almost double the number of international students since 2000. International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State to promote international awareness and international education skills.

In addition to the International Festival, other events to take place during International Education Week include the Festival of Flags and the Study Abroad Expo.

The Annual Festival of Flags takes place throughout November in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center. It features a spectacular display of flags from all of the countries where Marshall University draws international students or sends students to study abroad.  This semester's festival features flags from more than 60 countries and regions of the world.  

On Tuesday, Nov. 14, Marshall will host the 3rd annual MU Study Abroad Expo in the lobby of the Student Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 20 study abroad providers are expected to take part in the fair.  MU students and faculty will have the opportunity to discuss the programs directly with the providers, apply for passports, and get assistance with immunizations.   One $250 travel certificate, two $500 study abroad scholarships and other prizes will be given away at the fair.

Dr. Clark M. Egnor, executive director of Marshall's Center for International Programs, said the International Education Week events are the perfect opportunity for students, faculty, staff and members of the community to enjoy the international diversity and global opportunities found on the Marshall campus and in the surrounding community.

For further details about the International Festival and International Education Week activities, contact Egnor at (304) 696-2465, or egnor3@marshall.edu. Or, visit the Marshall University Center for International Programs office in Old Main 320.


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Marshall writers to read from their work on Nov. 15

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Fiction writers Marie Manilla and Dr. Anthony Viola will read from their work at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15 in Room 2W16 of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Their appearance, sponsored by the Marshall English department and the College of Liberal Arts, is part of the MU Visiting Writer's Series, now in its 18th year.

Viola is an assistant professor of English at Marshall University.  He has been the associate director of the Writing Program and a postdoctoral scholar in creative writing at the University of Kentucky, as well as a postdoctoral fellow at Ohio University, where he had received his Ph.D. in 2003.

He has published stories in Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing and Gulf Coast.  He is currently at work on a novel set in New York City.

Manilla is a Huntington native.  She holds an MA in English from Marshall University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.  A finalist in the 2003 Nelson Algren Awards, her story "Crystal City" was published in The Chicago Tribune.  In 1997, she received the Lawrence Foundation Award for best short story to appear in Prairie Schooner.

Other stories, novel excerpts, and plays have appeared in Mississippi Review and the GSU Review. Her screenplay, "Amnesty," placed second in the 2003 BroadMind Entertainment/Cynosure Screenwriting Awards.  This summer she attended the Sewanee Writers' Conference as a Tennessee Williams Scholar in fiction. 

For more information, contact MU English professor Art Stringer at (304) 696-2403.


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Limited number of tickets for premiere at Keith-Albee go on sale Monday, Nov. 13 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A limited number of tickets for the premiere of We Are Marshall, which takes place Tuesday, Dec. 12 at the Keith-Albee Theatre, will be on sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13 in the box office at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

Tickets will be available for $250, $500 and $1,000 each. If tickets are still available at 1 p.m., they will remain on sale in the box office, but also go on sale online at www.ticketmaster.com.

"This is an opportunity for people in the tri-state area to buy tickets to the Keith-Albee premiere in person," Dr. H. Keith Spears, vice president for communications and marketing at Marshall, said. "Because of unprecedented levels of sponsorships, the number of tickets remaining is limited. I would encourage anyone hoping to purchase tickets to the premiere of We Are Marshall at the Keith-Albee to arrive early at the box office on Monday.

"Based on inquiring phone calls and e-mails over the past few weeks, the number of people interested in attending this historical event is extremely high. Since limited seating is available, there is no guarantee those standing in line will get tickets, but their chances increase if they arrive early."

The maximum number of tickets a person may purchase is four. They may pay with cash, check or credit card. The tickets will not be distributed on Monday. They will be available for pickup between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Those who order the tickets on Monday must provide a photo ID and provide names of each person who will use the tickets when picking them up on Dec. 12.

Anyone buying a $250 ticket will get a seat in the Keith-Albee and admission to a post-film gala at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. A $500 ticket is good for orchestra seating closer to the stars in the Keith-Albee and admission to the gala. In addition to being seated near the stars during the movie and invited to attend the post-film gala, those paying $1,000 for a ticket also will be able to attend a pre-film reception.


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Richard Jackson makes $100,000 pledge to Marshall from his IRA; newest member of Heritage Society accelerates planned gift

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Already a generous donor to Marshall University's academic and athletic programs, 1959 MU graduate Richard Delyn Jackson is the first donor to make a new type of gift to Marshall.

Jackson's gift, made possible from the Pension Protection Act of 2006, will be a tax-free gift of $100,000 made directly to Marshall from his IRA. The gift will be designated to:

  • Richard Delyn Jackson Endowment for New Business Frontiers

  • Society of Yeager Scholars program

  • Big Green Scholarship Foundation Inc.

"All donors are absolutely essential and really underwrite the future of the university," Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said. "Richard Jackson is a very important alumnus to Marshall University. We are blessed to have major donors like Richard who do not limit their giving to one area."

Jackson planned for Marshall to be the beneficiary of his IRA at his death. But the new federal legislation allows the transfer of a portion of these funds to be made during the donor's lifetime. For 2006 and 2007, Congress is allowing individuals to make tax-free direct transfers from IRAs to qualified charities, such as Marshall.

Donors, age 70 ½ and above, can now donate up to $100,000 a year directly from their IRAs. The gift provides the equivalent of a 100 percent income tax charitable contribution deduction for the gift.

"This is something everybody should look at. It's a wonderful opportunity," Jackson said. "People at this age and with this opportunity should take advantage of this. It's a tax-free way to provide something to the university in a way that would have minimal impact on their personal expenses."

Jackson has been honored with membership in the university's Heritage Society, in recognition of his planned gift. He serves on the Yeager Scholars Board of Directors, has been inducted into the MU Business Hall of Fame and has received a Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree and the Alumni Association Community Achievement Award from Marshall.

Jackson, currently Chairman of the Board with ebank Financial Services Inc. in Atlanta and former chief executive officer of Georgia Federal and First Georgia Bank, has lived in Atlanta since 1968. The football scenes and other portions of the soon-to-be-released Warner Bros. film, We Are Marshall, were filmed in Atlanta.

Jackson has written three books:  Too Stupid to Quit: Banking and Business Lessons Learned the Hard Way; Yesterdays Are Forever, A Rite of Passage through the Marine Corps and Vietnam War, and The Last Fast White Boy, a story about athletics at Marshall during Jackson's involvement in various sports - including football - during the 1950s.

For more information on giving to Marshall University, contact Dr. Lynne S. Mayer, Associate Vice President for Development at (304) 696-6214.


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Entries being accepted through Dec. 4 for awards competition in connection with MLK Symposium

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Entries are now being accepted for Marshall University's awards competition in connection with the 14th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium in January.

Using the theme, "Building a Beloved Community," the competition will recognize    students in categories from elementary to graduate school who submit the best original projects on that theme. Deadline for entries is Dec. 4.

Students may submit original works of art (paintings, drawings, montages, computer graphics, photographs); music; or literature (essays, poems, short stories, plays, films). The competition is open to all areas of creative expression, and none will be excluded from consideration, according to the event's organizers. All written submissions must be typed or word processed and double-spaced. No handwritten submissions will be accepted.

The submissions will be judged by a panel of Marshall University faculty and staff and representatives of Cabell County Schools. Submissions will be judged on originality, creativity, clarity, overall quality, and relevance to the theme. The decision of the judges will be final.

All submissions become the property of Marshall University Multicultural Affairs and will not be returned to students.

The awards for first prize are set at $1,000 for graduate and undergraduate, $300 for high school, $50 for middle school, and $25 for elementary school. Second-place awards are $500 for graduate and undergraduate, $150 for high school, $25 for middle school, and $20 for elementary school.

Winners will be announced in January.  Award winners will be required to attend the 14th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium Memorial Service in Huntington on Monday, Jan. 15. The awards recognition ceremony will take place during the service.

The winning entries will be displayed in the Marshall University John Deaver Drinko Library after the symposium ends, published in the 14th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium booklet and displayed by public and private libraries throughout West Virginia.

Persons interested in entering the competition may visit the Web site at www.marshall.edu/mcip/MartinLutherKingAwardsCompetition.html to obtain further information and entry forms.


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Maier Foundation honored for generosity to Marshall University; donors to Byrd Biotechnology Science Center also recognized

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Maier Foundation Inc., a major benefactor of Marshall University and higher education throughout West Virginia, was honored today as the newest member of Marshall's Pathway of Prominence.

A plaque honoring the Maier Foundation was unveiled during a ceremony at the pathway, located at the center of the Huntington campus between Old Main and the Memorial Student Center. The plaque is the 18th on the pathway, which is reserved for those who have given at least $1 million to Marshall.

"At the Maier Foundation, our principal mission is dedicated to higher education in West Virginia," said Edward H. Maier, president and chair of the Maier Foundation. "We continue to have an outstanding relationship with Marshall University in different areas of excellence. We're also excited by the leadership of Marshall President Stephen Kopp and look forward to continuing to work with him on a number of different projects."

Kopp expressed his gratitude to Maier and his wife, Susan, for their generosity to Marshall. Both are MU graduates - Ed in 1969 with a degree in economics, and Susan in 1977 with a degree in elementary education.

"Ed and Susan are great friends and supporters of Marshall University," Kopp said. "The Maier Foundation's remarkable generosity to this university, which dates back many decades, is well documented. Its $1 million endowment to the Yeager Scholarship Fund and $500,000 contribution to the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center are examples of the foundation's commitment to higher education in West Virginia."

The Maier Foundation Inc. was established as a private foundation by William J. Maier, Jr., who lived a modest and unpretentious life, and quietly built a philanthropic legacy that has helped further the education of many in West Virginia and beyond.

After attending college with the help of financial aid and following his mother's advice to "do good with all the money you can spare," William Maier decided to give something back. In 1958, he created the Sarah and Pauline Maier Scholarship Foundation, named after his mother and wife. In 2003, the Sarah and Pauline Maier Foundation was renamed the Maier Foundation Inc.

The Maier Foundation has focused most of its resources on the higher education of West Virginia students and on cultural activities in the Kanawha Valley. It was honored today because of its role as a major benefactor of Marshall University.

Ed and Susan Maier are members of the John Marshall Society, President's Circle and Thunder Club. Ed's service to Marshall has included leadership positions on the Society of Yeager Scholars board of directors and the Marshall University Alumni Association board. He was honored as an inductee of the Marshall Business Hall of Fame, recipient of the MUAA Community Achievement Award, and recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Marshall.

Susan has demonstrated her high regard for promoting quality education in West Virginia by providing the Susan Runyan Maier Distance Learning Classroom in Marshall's College of Education and Human Services.

The Maier Foundation also provides support for the Maier Latin and Writing Awards, which Ed Maier presents annually at Marshall.

In another event today, all donors to Marshall's Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center were honored in a reception at the center immediately after the pathway ceremony. A plaque containing the name of each donor to the center was unveiled.

Kopp described the building as "a living testament to the power and inspiration of education to transform lives and our world." He noted that eight rooms in the biotechnology science center have been named after donors. They are:

  • The Maier Foundation Inc., Maier Auditorium;
  • William and Joyce Willis, Willis Auditorium;
  • Cisco Systems Inc. in appreciation of F. Selby Wellman, Computer Laboratory (Room 220);
  • Jim and Gladys Hamer, in honor of Leola Frazier, Undergraduate Teaching Lab (Room 211);
  • Monica and Mark Hatfield, Biotechnology Research Laboratory (Room 213);
  • Mary H. and J. Churchill Hodges, Biotechnology Capstone Research Laboratory (Room 215);
  • John and Donna Underwood, Lounge (Second floor);
  • Howard and Marcia Aulick, Faculty Office (Room 301B).

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Blood drive takes place Nov. 8-9 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Baptist Campus Ministries and Student Health are sponsoring an American Red Cross Blood Drive Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 8-9, at the Campus Christian Center on MU's Huntington campus.

The drive is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. All donors will receive forgiveness for one parking ticket.

For more information, contact Jerry Losh with Baptist Campus Ministries at (304) 696-3053 or by email at losh@wvbc.org, or Prudy Barker, director of volunteer services/judicial affairs at Marshall, at (304) 696-2495.

 
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300 students expected to attend High School Broadcast Day at MU

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Spring International Film Festival Returns to the Keith-Albee Theatre Feb. 9-15!

The Marshall Artists Series announces the Spring International Film Festival will now be held at the Keith Albee Theatre in beautiful downtown Huntington instead of the Francis Booth Experimental Theatre on the Marshall University Campus. "Originally slated to be closed for renovations during the International Film Festival, we have now learned the Keith Albee Theatre will be available to house our Spring International Film Festival," said Angela Jones, Marketing Director for the Marshall Artists Series. "We are thrilled to be back in the Keith Albee for our Spring Film Festival. The move makes perfect sense with new film equipment, the large movie screen and the success of the fall festival."      

This year's Spring International Film Festival kicks off Friday, Feb. 9 and runs through Thursday Feb. 15. It's jam-packed with movies that will leave you laughing, learning, soul searching and even sometimes crying.

First on the fantastic lineup is L'Enfant. The film begins with the birth of a child, but its real story is the moral rebirth of a man. Dispossessed twenty-year-old Bruno lives with his eighteen year old girlfriend Sonia, in an eastern Belgian steel town. They live off Sonia's unemployment benefits and the panhandling and petty theft committed by Bruno and his gang. Their lives change forever when Sonia has a baby.  The film is from France and presented in French with English subtitles.

Viewers will find themselves mesmerized by the spellbinding Three Times as Director Hou Hsiao-hsien delivers one of the most rapturously beautiful and romantic movies of the year. Told as three love stories, each set in a different era- a 1966 pool hall, a 1911 brothel, and present day Taipei. The film stars the same actors in all three sections. In these three potential miniatures, Hou Hsiao-hsien suggests that time passes differently when you are deeply in love. He captures the mystical quality of that time on film, making us feel as if we're living in it, rather than simply watching it. The film from Taiwan and presented in Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles.

Anyone who has waited for treatment in an emergency room or chafed under the less than devoted care of a disinterested doctor will recognize Mr. Lazarescu's dilemma. In The Death of Mr. Lazarescu a 60-ish widower, living alone in Bucharest with his cats feels sick enough one evening to call an ambulance. This is the beginning of his Dantesque odyssey deep into the bowels of a big city medical establishment. It's a story that could take place anywhere and Mr. Lazarescu could be your next-door neighbor- or he could be you. The film is from Romania and is presented in Romanian with English subtitles.

Academy Award-nominee, Don't Tell, is based on the celebrated Italian novel "La Bestia nel Cuore". Don't Tell is the mesmerizing story of a woman's journey into her past and the aftermath of confronting personal demons long hidden beneath the surface of her psyche. Don't Tell often has the eerie feel of a Hitchcock film - "Vertigo" in particular - where you're not always sure if what you are seeing is really happening. The film is Italian and is presented in Italian with English subtitles.

Quinceanera is the story of a young Latino girl who is preparing for her fifteenth birthday and her own Quinceanera to be held in honor of her entry into womanhood. As Magdelena's fifteenth birthday approaches, her life is consumed by thoughts of her boyfriend, her Quinceanera dress, and the Hummer limo she hopes will show up on her special day. Life seems so simple until fate delivers an unwelcome surprise- she is pregnant. Winner of the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize in Drama at Sundance, this is a fresh, spirited drama, charming and unpretentious. The film from the USA and is presented in English and Spanish with English subtitles.

Sophie Scholl- The Final Days is the true story of Germany's most famous anti-Natzi heroine who is brought to life in Germany's official Foreign Language Film selection for the 2005 Academy Awards. Sophie Scholl stars as Julia Jentsch in a luminous performance as the young coed-turned-fearless activist. Armed with long-buried historical records of her incarceration, director Marc Rothemund expertly re-creates the last six days of Sophie Scholl's life: a heart-stopping journey from arrest to interrogation, trial and sentence. The film from Germany is presented in German with English subtitles.

No advance tickets necessary. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Individual tickets cost $7. Tickets for full-time Marshall students are free and Marshall faculty and staff pay only $5.50. Season ticket holders will be admitted 30 minutes prior to each film. Individual tickets can be purchased 15 minutes prior to each film.

For information call 304.696.6656 or visit our website at www.marshallartistsseries.org for a complete schedule of films as well as movie trailers and links to official film sites. All films will be shown at the Keith Albee Theatre on 425 4th Ave in Downtown Huntington.

The International Spring Festival is sponsored by Marshall University Multicultural Affairs, Radisson Hotel Huntington, Clear Channel Communications, The Herald Dispatch and The Marshall Artists Series. 


 

            Spring International Film Festival Schedule

 

Friday, Feb. 9

5:30 L'Enfant

7:30 Three Times

9:45 Don't Tell

 

Saturday, Feb. 10

2:30 Death of Mr. Lazarescu

5:30 Quinceanera

7:30 Sophie Scholl - Final Days

9:45 L'Enfant

 

Sunday, Feb. 11

2:30 Sophie Scholl - Final Days

5:30 Don't Tell

7:30 Three Times

9:45 Death of Mr. Lazarescu

 

Monday, Feb. 12

5:30 Quinceanera

7:30 Three Times

 

Tuesday, Feb. 13

5:30 L'Enfant

7:30 Death of Mr. Lazarescu

 

Wednesday, Feb. 14

5:30 Don't Tell

7:30 Sophie Scholl- Final Days

 

Thursday, Feb. 15

5:30 Quinceanera

7:30 Death of Mr. Lazarescu


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First Friday FilmFest continues Nov. 3 at the Cinema

Huntington, W.Va. - First Friday Filmfest, a series that is bringing first-run, independent films to the Cinema Theatre in downtown Huntington, continues at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 with the showing of Mini's First Time.

Funded through Marshall University's Student Affairs, the films are free to members of the Marshall community with IDs and $5 for all non-MU patrons. Tickets are available in advance from the Student Activities Programming Board office, which is located in room 2w29 of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

Admission at the door is on a space-available basis. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged.

Mini's First Time stars Nikki Reed (from 2003's Thirteen), Alec Baldwin, Carrie-Anne Moss, Luke Wilson, and Jeff Goldblum. It's Nick Guthe's first feature film as writer-director. The New York Daily News describes the film as "a pitch-black send-up of a classic femme fatale, a teenage version of the husband-killers in Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice."

Commenting on the two main performances of the film, the review concludes: "The 18-year-old Reed, who used her own rebellious adolescence as fodder for the script she co-wrote for Catherine Hardwick's Thirteen, is as convincing as a femme-fatale caricature can be, and Baldwin hasn't been as much fun to watch in years."

Completing the series for fall semester is the film The Heart of the Game on Dec. 1. Showtime for each film is 7:15 p.m. All films will be shown at the Cinema Theatre, located at 1021 4th Ave.


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'A Different World: Diversity, Change and Appalachian Youth' symposium features presentations, performances, workshops

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Faces of Appalachia and the Harmony Institute, two Marshall University programs, are hosting a symposium titled "A Different World:  Diversity, Change, and Appalachian Youth" through November.

Presentations, performances, workshops, and other public events will bring together college students, faculty, and community members to discuss changes needed to make sure that all of Appalachia's young people, regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender, have adequate opportunities to excel and to make a contribution to the region. The symposium is designed to foster:

  • Support for innovative programs to make schools and communities safer for Appalachian youth of all racial and ethnic backgrounds;
  • Artistic and literary opportunities for youth of all racial and ethnic backgrounds;
  • Creative responses from students and professionals not only in the immediate Huntington area, but in other Appalachian communities as well;
  • Future research and education initiatives based on the interactive and interdisciplinary nature of the programs that are envisioned.

Faces of Appalachia is a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant established to provide education and research on the rich diversity of contemporary Appalachia. The Harmony Institute, under the aegis of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, was established to promote positive relations among races and to increase awareness of the contributions African Americans make to American history and society.

"I think the speakers and panelists will help us build on our awareness of the needs of today's youth," Dr. Edwina Pendarvis, Faces of Appalachia co-director, said. "And, they will give us new ideas about what we can do in the schools, in extracurricular programs, and in recreation and other community service programs to make sure all children and teenagers feel valued and have a chance to develop their abilities."

The symposium begins today. Poet Marilyn Nelson will give a reading from her books, Mama's Promises, New and Selected Poems, Carver: A Life in Poems (a Coretta Scott King Honor Book) and A Wreath for Emmett Till at 8 p.m. in the Birke Art Gallery in Smith Hall. Nelson will discuss writing informally at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 in the Drinko Library's third-floor atrium.

At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, author Dr. Ancella Bickley will give a reading in Drinko Library room 402. She co-edited Memphis Tennessee Garrison: The Remarkable Story of a Black Appalachian Woman, published by Ohio University Press, and has written stories and articles for such magazines as the West Virginia history magazine, Golden Seal.  During the week of Nov. 6-10, she will visit classes on campus.

On Friday, Nov. 10, three speakers and a panel will offer their perspectives on diversity, change, and Appalachian youth.

Researcher Wilburn Hayden, author of studies of African Americans in Appalachia, will make a presentation on how to change communities to make them more healthful places for children and youth from diverse minority groups. His presentation is at 3 p.m. in Drinko Library room 349.

At 4 p.m. in the same location, Caitlin Howley will give the results of her research on students' perspectives on racism in Appalachian schools

Dr. Pat Kusimo will speak at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center's Shawkey Room. Kusimo will present an overview on West Virginia's progress toward closing the achievement gap between black and white students. She will then participate in a panel discussion with Bickley, Hayden, Brandon Jackson from Ebenezer Outreach and Michael Sheets from Cammack Middle School.

At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28, bell hooks, world-renowned author of Witness and other books, will speak in the Don Morris Room.

At 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, Frank X. Walker will conduct a poetry workshop and reading in the Shawkey Room, and Gregg McAllister will make a brief presentation on Poetry Out Loud at 7 p.m., also in the Shawkey Room.

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, Dr. Pedro Noguera, author of City Schools and the American Dream and other books, will speak in Memorial Student Center room 2w16 (the Alumni Lounge).

Noguera's speech, "Recognizing and Celebrating our Diversity in the Schools and Community," will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Noguera; Monica Brooks, associate dean, MU Libraries; Maurice Cooley, director for the Center for African American Students' Programs; Gregg McAllister, director, Arts in Education, West Virginia Division of Culture and History; Dr. Barry Sharpe, director of Marshall's Center of Academic Excellence; Feon Smith, program specialist with Multicultural Affairs, and Cabell County Schools Superintendent William Smith.

For more information, contact Pendarvis at (304) 696-2855 or Feon Smith at (304) 696-4637.


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WMUL students honored at 2006 CBI awards ceremony

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from WMUL-FM, Marshall University's public radio station, received two first-place awards and four finalist awards at the 85th Annual National College Media Convention/2006 Collegiate Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) National Student Radio Production Awards Ceremony.

The event took place Friday, Oct. 27 in the Rose Garden Room at the Adam's Mark Hotel in St. Louis.

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

The contest, in its fifth year, is sponsored by CBI, which administers the contest in cooperation with College Media Advisers Inc. (CMA), the nation's oldest and largest college media organization.

"It is an honor to win two out of the 12 first-place awards granted by these prestigious organizations," Bailey said. "Our radio students have established a tradition at WMUL-FM of being able to successfully compete at the national, regional, or state level with other student-operated college radio stations."

Columbia College was the only other institution to win two first-place awards from CBI.

"This performance is further evidence of the quality of the work performed by our talented broadcasting students," Bailey said. "I am proud of our students, who continue to provide quality broadcast performances to tri-state listeners. They are excellent representatives for the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications and Marshall University in competitions against nationally known colleges and universities."

Marshall's first-place award winning entries were:

Radio Sports Play-By-Play: WMUL-FM's broadcast of Marshall University versus the University of Southern Mississippi played at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005. The students calling the football game broadcast over 88.1 were football play-by-play announcer Alex Reed, a graduate student from Virginia Beach, Va; color commentator Dave Wilson, a senior from St. Marys, W.Va.; sideline reporter Melanie Chapman, a graduate student from McConnell, W.Va., and engineer Jen Smith, a recent graduate from Huntington.

Radio Promo: "Busy Signal," an in-house promotional announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM''s promotional announcement rotation from Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005 through the present time, written and produced by Jen Smith, a recent graduate from Huntington.

The finalist award-winning entries were:

Radio News Reporting: "Marshall Remembers," written and produced by Melanie Chapman, a graduate student from McConnell, W.Va., broadcast during the Marshall versus East Carolina football pre-game program, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005.

Radio Sports Reporting: "Randy Moss and Chad Pennington Visit the Tri-State," written and produced by Alex Reed, a graduate student from Virginia Beach, Va., broadcast during "The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Friday, April 21, 2006. 

Radio Sports Reporting: "John Saunders Feature," written and produced by Clark Davis, a graduate student from Huntington, broadcast during "The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Thursday, April 13, 2006. 

Radio Public Service Announcement: "Cabell-Wayne Adopt-A-Pet," an in-house public service announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM's public service announcement rotation from Monday, May 1, 2006 through the present time, written and produced by Adam Cavalier, a sophomore from Montgomery, W.Va.

In all, 450 entries were submitted for judging in the 2006 CBI National Student Production Awards. More information is available by calling Bailey at (304) 696-2294.


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New 2 + 2 agreements strengthen options for ACTC, Marshall students

ASHLAND, Ky. - Presidents from Marshall University and Ashland Community and Technical College today signed 2 + 2 articulation agreements that further strengthen the relationship between the two institutions and add options for students.

The agreements, signed in a brief ceremony at ACTC's College Drive Campus, offer 12 additional 2 + 2 degree options in the fields of journalism and chemistry. They allow students to complete an associate degree at ACTC, then transfer the courses smoothly into a complementary major at Marshall.

"It is important to create a seamless pathway for students so they will know what courses to take when they transfer to Marshall," MU President Stephen J. Kopp said. "We want to do anything we can to demystify that process. The challenges we face in higher education really don't have state boundaries."

Kopp said Marshall expects to partner with ACTC on more agreements in the future.

"We know that we have friends at Marshall University," Ashland Community and Technical College President Greg Adkins said. "This partnership, among the many others that we in higher education forge, enhances higher education throughout the region. The concept of working together for the common good improves the educational, as well as economic, vitality of the tri-state."

The agreements state that students who receive an associate degree in science at ACTC may then pursue Bachelor of Science degrees at Marshall in:

  • Biology with a minor in chemistry;
  • Chemistry with a minor in biology;
  • Forensic chemistry with a minor in biology.

Those who receive an associate degree in arts at ACTC may then pursue Bachelor of Arts degrees at Marshall in:

  • Advertising with a minor in history;
  • Advertising with a minor in marketing;
  • Broadcast journalism with a minor in political science;
  • Electronic media management with a minor in history;
  • Online journalism with a minor in history;
  • Online journalism with a minor in political science;
  • Print journalism with a minor in history;
  • Print journalism with a minor in political science;
  • Public relations with a minor in political science.

The 2 + 2 agreements guide students through a four-year academic plan which begins with an associate degree at ACTC and is followed by prescribed coursework at Marshall. The colleges have worked together and had 2 + 2 agreements in place in different fields of study since 1996.

"It is a guarantee that if you follow this path at ACTC, then transfer to Marshall and continue on the curriculum path, you will get your four-year degree," Dr. Sarah Denman, provost at Marshall, said of the latest agreements. "It is a win-win for the Tri-State Area."


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Scholarship established at Marshall to honor memory of Greg Ferguson

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Family and friends of John Gregory Ferguson have established a scholarship at Marshall University to honor the memory of the lifelong resident of Wayne County, W.Va.

The Greg Ferguson Memorial Scholarship will be awarded each year to a graduating senior from Spring Valley, Tolsia or Wayne high schools in Wayne County who plans to be a full-time undergraduate student at Marshall University during the next academic year.  First preference will be given to students who plan to major in any health care, human resources, business management or agricultural related field.

Ferguson was a 1978 graduate of Buffalo High School and graduated from West Virginia Institute of Technology and Marshall University.  While in school he was an all-state high school football player and later a scholarship college football player.  He was employed at Cabell Huntington Hospital for more than 23 years where he served as Director of Human Resources for more than 19 years. He was an avid cattleman and farmer, as well as a respected community member.

Clay Maddox, a 2005 graduate of Spring Valley High School, whose father Jeff was a close friend of Ferguson, was an honorary recipient of the award. The first recipient of the $500 scholarship is Earl S. Robinson III, a 2006 graduate of Spring Valley High School.

The Ferguson family has expressed appreciation to all those who helped make this scholarship possible.

For further information about the scholarship or to learn how to make a donation, call the development office at Marshall University at (304) 696-6214. 


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Flu shots available Nov. 7-8 for Marshall students, staff and faculty

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Flu shots will be given to Marshall University students, staff and faculty on Tuesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Nov. 8 in Marco's in the basement of the Memorial Student Center on MU's Huntington campus.

The flu vaccines will be administered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and from 10 a.m. until supplies run out on Wednesday.

The vaccine is free to all Marshall students with current MU IDs. The cost is $15 for staff and faculty with MU IDs.  For more information, call (304) 696-3111 or (304) 696-4800.  The event is sponsored by Student Health Education Programs.


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Marshall University, MCTC announce creation of dual degree program in early childhood education

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Representatives from Marshall University and Marshall Community and Technical College today signed an articulation agreement creating a dual degree program in early childhood education. The signing took place during a ceremony in the Memorial Student Center's Shawkey Room on MU's Huntington campus.

Dr. Rosalyn Templeton, dean of Marshall's College of Education and Human Services (COEHS), said the program will help ensure that all early childhood education personnel are highly qualified to provide education and care to West Virginia's young children. She said it will allow teacher candidates (students) to earn an associate of applied science in early childhood education at MCTC, then transfer to Marshall for another two years without any additional coursework.

"With the MU-MCTC dual degree program, it is uplifting to know that the young children of West Virginia will be given the opportunity to be educated by highly qualified teachers and child caregivers," said Templeton, also chair of the 21st Century Early Childhood Education Task Force. "Research tells us the qualifications of a teacher will determine whether a child will have a successful preschool experience. These types of partnerships throughout the state will ensure that West Virginia is a national leader in 21st Century early childhood education."

Responding to a request from West Virginia Sen. Robert Plymale, Templeton organized a brainstorming session in January with early education representatives from throughout the state. Plymale said his appeal was in response to a senate bill that was passed in 2001, establishing a deadline of 2012 for the state to fully meet early childhood education needs.

The result was formation of the 21st Century ECE Task Force, which included individuals from COEHS, the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Marshall Community and Technical College, West Virginia Careers in Education Project, West Virginia Community and Technical College System, and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

"West Virginia is a national leader in early childhood education, ranking first in quality of our professional educators and fifth nationally in all categories," Plymale said. "Marshall's unique and unprecedented approach places these institutions as national leaders in the preparation of the 21st Century Professional Educators and Paraprofessionals."

The task force subcommittees are chaired by Dr. Robert Angel, coordinator of the Preschool Special Needs Program at Marshall; Monica Della Mea, MUEEC Outreach coordinator, Carol Perry, associate dean of General Studies at MCTC and Dr. Laura Boswell, assistant professor in Special Education.

"The new dual degree program in early childhood education between MCTC and Marshall is a result of the hard work of the 21st Century Early Childhood Education Task Force and its articulation subcommittee," Templeton said.

Angel noted the renewed interest nationally on the importance of the preschool years and said, "This program will help to keep West Virginia in the forefront of states providing high quality services to its youngest citizens."

Dr. Cathy R. Jones, Early Childhood Coordinator with the West Virginia Department of Education, said today is exciting for Marshall University and the field of early childhood in West Virginia.

"As doors open for West Virginia's early childhood professionals to access new educational opportunities, the ultimate beneficiaries will be the state's youngest students," Jones said.

Della Mea, too, praised the program and the institutions involved. "This is a huge achievement for the 21st Century Early Childhood Education Task Force," she said. "It demonstrates that collaboration between entities is not only possible but can bring about positive change for early childhood education in our region."

Clayton Burch, director of the Marshall University Early Education Center, said the dual degree program between MU and MCTC will allow the center to share its vision of 21st Century early education. "I see it as a beginning for professional development experiences for pre-service and in-service early educators statewide," Burch said.

Dr. Mary Jo Graham, a School of Education professor at Marshall and faculty advisor for the EEC, also described the program as "exciting."

 "The dual degree is exciting because the pre-service and in-service professional development process helps teachers work with children in ways that develop early habits of inquiry, forming the foundation for critical thinking, which is germane to 21st Century learning," she said.


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Imagination Celebration Presents: Alice

The Kennedy Center's Imagination Celebration Presents: Alice based on the book by Whoopi Goldberg   

For the 4th consecutive year, The John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts Imagination Celebration On Tour brings a 1 hour musical that the entire family will enjoy. Alice, a smart and sassy young girl, believes being rich will get her a giant house, lots of friends and everything money could buy. Treat your kids to a night out at the Keith Albee Theatre November 1, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.   

After many nights filled with dreams of fame and fortune, Alice can hardly believe it when she hears that she is the winner of a mysterious sweepstakes! With her two best friends in tow - Sal De Rabbit, a white rabbit who's, well, kind of invisible, and Robin, a card-playing nerd who has a thing for hats - Alice heads into the topsy-turvy neon wonderland of the Big City in a race against the clock to claim her prize. Armed only with zany directions from a mysterious streetwalker, the group discovers a labyrinth of adventures, with a surprise around every corner. Along the way, they cross paths with a multitude of colorful characters, each as unique as the city itself.

Join Alice and her friends on a journey bigger than their wildest dreams, leading them to the biggest treasure of all - the realization of the importance of friendship.

In 1992, Whoopi Goldberg made her debut as an author with her first children's book, Alice. Her second literary endeavor, simply entitled Book, became a bestseller in the U.S. and around the world. Whoopi has received numerous awards including a Grammy, Academy Award, two Golden Globes, an Emmy, and a Tony celebrating her talent as an actress. She is equally well-known for her humanitarian efforts on behalf of children, the homeless, human rights, education, substance abuse and the battle against AIDS, as well as many other causes and charities including her position as a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations.

Tickets for the show are now available, adult tickets $25 and youth tickets $15. Tickets may be purchased through the Marshall Artists Series Box Office, located in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. The box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. Phone orders may be taken from the box office for patrons with a Visa or MasterCard by calling (304) 696-6656.

Tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (304) 523-5757 in Huntington or (304) 342-5757 in Charleston. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.marshallartistsseries.com. Patrons may also pick up tickets at any Ticketmaster outlet.

The show is sponsored by Marshall University Multicultural Affairs, Cabell County Commission, Delegate Kevin Craig, Trainer, Wright and Paterno, Marsha Slater - State Farm Insurance, Dr. Steven Nicholas, D.D.S., Tri-State Otolaryngology, Natural Resource Partners, The Herald Dispatch, Clear Channel Communications and Marshall Artists Series.


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Marshall photography students to exhibit work at Drinko Library

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University photography students will exhibit recent work in the computing centers on the first and third floors of the Drinko Library on MU's Huntington campus beginning Tuesday, Oct. 31.  A reception for the artists will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1 in the library's third-floor atrium.

Prof. Mark Slankard and his advanced photography class organized the exhibition in conjunction with the department of art and design.  Students displaying their work are Paul Boekell, Sarah Brinegar, Charlotte Clark, Betty Gay, Miranda Fields, Valerie Fincham, Josh Harshbarger, Daniel McQuade, Stephania Rovatsos, Dominique Sacco, Jenni Snead, Erin White and Rickey Woodrum.

For more information, contact Slankard at slankard@marshall.edu or by phone at (304) 696-2903.


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Luis Bravo's Forever Tango Postpones World Tour Until Spring

Due to circumstances beyond our control, The Marshall Artists Series presentation of Luis Bravo's Forever Tango has been postponed until May, 15, 2007. The re-scheduled show will be held at the Keith-Albee Theatre and the start time will be 8 p.m.

Tickets for the original November 15th performance will be honored at the re-scheduled performance. 

Tickets may be purchased by calling the Marshall Artists Series box office at 304-696-6656.  You may also order tickets at Ticketmaster.com. 

Luis Bravo's Forever Tango is sponsored by BB& T, Farrell, Farrell & Farrell PLLC, University Physicians & Surgeons, Clear Channel Communications and the Herald-Dispatch.


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Thirty-two states, D.C. represented in Marshall Marathon

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Nearly 400 people from 32 states and the District of Columbia have registered to participate in the third annual Marshall University Marathon, presented on Sunday, Nov. 5 by HealthyHuntington.org, race director Tom Dannals said today.

The marathon starts at 8 a.m. on 3rd Avenue in front of Marshall's Cam Henderson Center. Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp will fire the starting gun to get the race underway. It ends on the playing field at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Dannals said most of those registered so far are marathoners. He said he hopes many more walkers and half-marathon relay teams will sign up to participate in the next week and a half.

"That way, the people who have tried 5k runs can get together and have fun in a team competition," Dannals said.

Participants can register online at www.active.com through 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. In addition to the marathon (26.2 miles), other events include the half-marathon run (13.1 miles), the half-marathon relay run, the half-marathon walk and the 5-mile walk. The marathon course is described as flat and fast and is USA Track and Field (USATF) certified.

Two or three people may do the half-marathon relay run in any order they wish. The legs will be 3.3, 5.7 and 4.1 miles. The half-marathon walk is a non-competitive event, but it will be timed.

Entry fees for those who register online are $50 for the marathon, $30 for the half-marathon run, $20 per runner for the half-marathon relay run and $15 for all walkers.

Registration in person will be available at the race expo/packet pickup from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 at Huntington Physical Therapy, located at 2240 5th Ave. Entry fees at that time are $60 for the marathon, $40 for the half-marathon run, $25 for the half-marathon relay run and still $15 for all walkers.

Beth Dannals, who recruits volunteers to work the event each year, said she is hopeful more volunteers will get involved and help make this year's race a success.

"Events such as the Marshall University Marathon cannot exist without the tremendous support and dedication of all of the wonderful volunteers that so kindly give of their time," Beth Dannals said. "The neat thing about the volunteers is how the participants always comment on how great our volunteers are."

She said many volunteers, after seeing how much fun the participants had, have decided to join in a walking or running event themselves. "That's great for them and their health, but not good for me, the volunteer coordinator," Beth Dannals said. "But, I must say, there isn't a better way in which I could lose volunteers."

Anyone wanting to volunteer can call Beth Dannals at (304) 736-1502.

The Dannals, who are husband and wife, also are encouraging students and community members to line the course and cheer on the runners and walkers. In part, the course extends west through downtown Huntington, past Pullman Square, next to the Ohio River and through Ritter Park

"Runners love to have people cheering them on," Beth Dannals said. "After many draining miles the cheering often gives them a surge to keep on going.  Plus, spectators represent our community and show how supportive our community is for events that take place here. We hope everyone shows off the community proudly and comes out to cheer on the walkers and runners."

A new twist this year for students, faculty or staff of West Virginia colleges and universities is the Governor's Cup competition. Teams of at least three male and three female marathoners representing their college or university will compete for the Cup.

Teams may have more than six runners, but only the times of the top three males and females from each school count in the scoring. The overall time of those six runners make up the team's official time.


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Young Thundering Herd quarterback and actor playing him in 'We Are Marshall' to visit WV Oct. 26-28 for Marshall homecoming

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Reggie Oliver, quarterback of the Young Thundering Herd football team featured in the upcoming 'We Are Marshall' film, is returning to West Virginia Oct. 26-28 as part of Marshall University's homecoming celebration. Joining him will be Arlen Escarpeta, the actor who plays Oliver in the film, which is scheduled for nationwide release on Dec. 22. 

Oliver, who threw the game-winning pass in Marshall's historic victory over Xavier in 1971, will be the grand marshal of Saturday's homecoming parade along with Escarpeta. "It's great to be coming back to West Virginia," Oliver said. "I got to meet Arlen at the Atlanta filming, but look forward to spending more time with him. He's a talented young man who I know takes what he does very seriously. I look forward to seeing the 'final cut' of the film soon."

Britton Hein, Escarpeta's manager, said the actor enjoyed his time in West Virginia shooting the film and looks forward to returning to the Mountain State. "Although Arlen is getting ready to start on his new project, 'Hollenbeck,' which is shooting in Los Angeles, this trip was very important to him," Hein said. "The people in Huntington were great to work with and we're excited about seeing more of West Virginia during this trip."

On Thursday, Oct. 26, a news conference will occur at 2 p.m. in Charleston at Jackson Kelly's offices on the 16th floor of Laidley Tower. Additionally, the media are invited to join Oliver and Escarpeta at the following locations:

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Thursday, Oct. 26

2 p.m. - News conference at Jackson Kelly LLC, 16th floor of Laidley Tower.

4 p.m. - "Actors Studio" at Walker Theater, Clay Center. More than 200 children will attend this event from 21st Century Learning Centers/ PAACWV, Bob Burdette Center, Hope CDC, East End Family Resource Center, CAPPA, and the Bob Burdette Center. The event is sponsored by Jackson Kelly PLLC in partnership with Marshall University and the Clay Center.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Friday, Oct. 27

8:30 a.m. - Coaches Breakfast at Erickson Alumni Center.

1:30 p.m. - "Actors Studio" with Marshall Students and faculty at Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Saturday, Oct. 28

Noon - Oliver and Escarpeta serve as grand marshals of the homecoming parade.

4:25 p.m. - Oliver and Escarpeta lead the crowd in the 'We Are Marshall' cheer at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

4:30 p.m. - Kickoff of Marshall versus Memphis football game.

To learn more about the "We Are Marshall" film, visit the official Web site at http://wearemarshall-themovie.warnerbros.com/ and the Marshall University Web site at http://www.marshall.edu/movie.

 

Biography of Arlen Escarpeta

Arlen Escarpeta (Reggie Oliver) most recently earned critical acclaim for his breakout role of an honors student caught with a handgun at school in the independent drama "American Gun."  The film, which had its world premiere at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival, also starred Forest Whitaker, Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden and Donald Sutherland.

Following "We Are Marshall," Escarpeta shot the film "The Ten" this summer starring opposite of Oliver Platt. The film also stars Jessica Alba and Adam Brody. He next will star in the role of a young police officer who gets caught up in a deadly territorial gang dispute in L.A.'s tough Hollenbeck Division in another independent drama, "Hollenbeck." Shooting will take place in early 2007, and the young actor also will serve as co-producer.  Earlier film roles included Carl Franklin's courtroom thriller "High Crimes" opposite Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd.   

A long-time Los Angeles resident, Escarpeta moved to Southern California with his mother from their native Belize when he was three years old.  A born performer, the youngster began to dance and sing for the Young Saints Scholarship Foundation.  During his secondary school years at Hollywood High School, he juggled two roles - performing in several drama productions onstage while serving as football captain on the gridiron.  He went on to attend Pasadena City College, where he has since concentrated on his sociology studies and the development of his acting career.

Best known for his role over three seasons as charismatic college athlete Sam Walker on NBC's "American Dreams," Escarpeta made his television debut as a guest star on FOX-TV's "Boston Public."  He has since landed guest-starring roles on hit shows such as CBS' "Judging Amy," F/X's "The Shield," G4TechTV's "Players" and, more recently, NBC's long-running "ER" and the hit CBS drama, "Cold Case."  He also appeared in the pilot episode of NBC's "Boomtown" as the ill-fated character Cantrel.

Note - Escarpeta is pronounced ES-car-peh-tah.


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Marshall students advance in Student Business Plan Competition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Three teams of students from Marshall University were among the 20 teams selected to move forward to Round 2 in the 2007 West Virginia's Open for Business - Student Business Plan Competition.

Marshall students Will Starcher, Jamie McClain, Christopher Worth, Brandi Hill and William Muncy will participate in the next round of judging in the competition, which will take place at the West Virginia Entrepreneurship Initiative (WVEI) conference Wednesday, Oct. 25 at the Days Inn in Flatwoods, W.Va..

"It's wonderful to see our students advancing in this competition.  Through the Technology Transfer Office (TTO), I see our faculty and staff's excitement about their inventions and now I see the students' enthusiasm and dedication as well," said Amy Anastasia, Marshall University's coordinator for the competition and assistant director of Marshall's Technology Transfer Office.

"During this entire academic year, the students will be preparing and studying outside of their normal full-time class loads for the final round of the competition in April of 2007," Anastasia said, noting the dedication of all the students participating in the competition.

During the conference luncheon, each team will give an "elevator pitch," a two-minute briefing of their concept, followed by five-minute sessions with each of the judges in attendance. The brief nature of these presentations is meant to evaluate the level of passion and commitment that each team possesses, according to Anastasia.

With categories involving lifestyle and technology innovation, the students involved, including those representing Marshall University, all offer creations and concepts that have great potential, she said.

Anastasia said Dr. Elizabeth Murray, an associate professor who teaches the Special Topics course titled "Technology and Innovation," has provided these students with the tools to succeed.

Christopher Worth, a Fine Arts major, teamed with Brandi Hill, an IST-networking major, to create an Integrated Wheelchair Urinal, designed to offer a convenient option for disabled users.

"This idea was born out of a desire to solve this complex social barrier for the physically challenged and out of pure necessity," Worth said. "The Technology and Innovation class and this competition are a catalyst for me to help solve this problem for myself as well as others."

Marshall ISAT Computer Forensics major William Muncy has his Muncy Switchable Write Block entered in the Technology category.

"This is a hardware device designed to greatly reduce the chances of data loss in a computer," Muncy said.

For Fine Arts major Will Starcher, inventor of the Arachnovation Spider Easel, finding help was all in the family.

"Although this easel is truly my invention, the support of my family, especially my sister Margie who's an accountant, and friends has given me the help I've needed to bring my product to reality," Starcher said.

Already prepared for the brevity of the second round of judging, Starcher explains that the Spider Easel is "…the Swiss army knife of (art) easels."

"Through Dr. Murray's course, these students are discovering the process of innovation and how to protect their intellectual property, but also how to commercialize it through partners in prototyping and business planning," Anastasia said. "I hope to see them succeed in this competition and grow their own businesses in West Virginia.  By having opportunities such as this competition, these students can learn about innovation and entrepreneurship with students of other disciplines and truly apply their knowledge in the real world."

For more information about the 2007 West Virginia's Open for Business - Student Business Plan Competition, visit http://www.be.wvu.edu/bpc/ or contact Amy Anastasia, Marshall University's Coordinator for the Student Business Plan Competition, at (304) 696-4365.


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Lectures, workshops, auction highlight Psychology Awareness Week

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Twenty lectures and workshops, a silent auction and a pizza party for psychology majors are among the highlights during Psychology Awareness Week at Marshall University Monday, Oct. 23, through Friday, Oct. 27.

Faculty, graduate students, and community professionals will speak on a variety of topics to raise awareness about the psychology department at Marshall, to give students information about graduate school and careers in psychology, and to provide resources that help the community maintain good mental health. 

The times vary, but all talks will be given in room 2w22 of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's Huntington campus. They all are free and open to the public.

Bidding on silent auction items begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday and closes at 11:30 a.m. Friday.  Many items and services are available in the auction, including an original painting by local artist Bethany Wellman; a rare first edition of Rollo May's "Power and Innocence;" handmade jewelry; tutoring in psychology, Latin, classics or Greek; a house or land blessing; a Tarot card reading, and various food and dessert items. 

Interested individuals should register to bid in front of the psychology department office on the third floor of Harris Hall where auction item descriptions and bidding sheets can be found.  Items will be awarded to the highest registered bidder, and all proceeds will help establish a yearly scholarship to support psychology students and their research.

Psychology Awareness Week will end with a pizza party for psychology majors from noon to 2 p.m. Friday on the third floor of Harris Hall where the winners of the auction items will be announced.

The annual event is sponsored by Psi Chi, which is the Psychology Honor Society, and the Psychology Club.  Dr. Wendy Williams, assistant professor of psychology, has been helping organize the event. 

"We are looking forward to raising awareness about psychology at Marshall and mental health issues," Williams said.  "It is going to be a fun and informative week, so we hope that the local and college community will participate in the auction and join us for these great talks."

Contact Dr. Pamela Mulder at (304) 696-2770 or mulder@marshall.edu for more information about the auction, and Dr. Wendy Williams at (304) 696-2779 or williamw@marshall.edu for information about the talks.

Here is the complete schedule of lectures and workshops:

Monday

11 a.m. - "Myths about graduate school in psychology," by Dr. Wendy Williams
1 p.m. - "What to know for graduate school," by Sarah Kunkel and Clifford Strange
2 p.m. - "Working with LGBT (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender) students," by Douglas Evans
3 p.m. - "What it is like to work in the mental health field," by Tracy LeGrow

Tuesday

10 a.m. - "Warning signs of suicide," by Dr. Tom Ellis
11 a.m. - "Differences between a Psy.D. and a Ph.D.," by Dr. Keith Beard
Noon - "What a master's in psychology is really like," by Monica Miller
1 p.m. - "Evidence-based forensic psychology," by Dr. Joe Wyatt
3:15 p.m. - "Information about the psychology clinic at Marshall," by Terra Rose

Wednesday

11 a.m. - "Drugs and alcohol among college students," by J.R. Harris
Noon - "Developmental psycholopathology," by Dr. Marc Lindberg
1 p.m. - "Surviving sexual assault," by Todd Jones of CONTACT Rape Crisis
2 p.m. - "Prayer bead workshop," by Connie Zirkle
4:30 p.m. - "The Psy.D. program at Marshall," by Dr. Marianna Footo-Linz and Sallie Richards

Thursday

10 a.m. - "Meditation and stress management," by Okey Napier
11 a.m. - "The master's program at Marshall," by Dr. Steve Mewaldt
Noon - "Psychology and criminal justice," by Megan Green
2 p.m. - "Domestic violence," by Rhonda Hall of Branches Domestic Violence Shelter
4 p.m. - "Stress and depression among college students," by Sarah Setran
5 p.m. - "Psi Chi: the Psychology Honor Society," by Kristina Isaacs and Chris Cryzer


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Charlie Murphy to present comedy show on Nov. 2

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Charlie Murphy, a comedian and Emmy-nominated actor, will be entertaining the Marshall community when he visits Huntington for a comedy show Thursday, Nov. 2 at Veterans Memorial Field House.

The show, which is sponsored by the Marshall University Student Activities Programming Board, begins at 8 p.m. Murphy, brother of comedian Eddie Murphy, became a star on Comedy Central's "Chappelle's Show." He has been working as a comedian for 17 years.

Murphy also has worked with actors such as Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Fox, Samuel Jackson and Sammy Davis Jr. in Davis' last film, "The Kid Who Loved Christmas."

Murphy also has been featured in films such as "King's Ransom," "Roll Bounce," "Jungle Fever" and "Harlem Nights." He has worked as a writer for several films and performed voiceovers for television, commercials and video games.

In 2004, Murphy participated in a sold-out national comedy tour that featured "Chappell's Show" cast members. In 2005, he participated in another sold-out tour, "Charlie Murphy and Friends," and another headlining tour with Mike Epps.

The event is free to Marshall students and $20 for the public. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or any Ticketmaster location.

For more information, persons may contact Andy Hermansdorfer, director of student activities and student affairs at Marshall, at (304) 696-2283.


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J-Walk to raise funds for School of Journalism

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The combination of increased costs and a shrinking state budget makes clear the need for an annual fundraiser to benefit the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University.

That's why the third annual J-Walk, which will help raise money to purchase new equipment that will help keep MU's School of Journalism up to date with the latest technology, will be conducted next week.

The event, which is part of this year's homecoming activities at Marshall, will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. Students, faculty and local celebrities will begin the walk on the Memorial Student Center plaza. Participants will walk one mile around campus in efforts to raise money for new computers, digital equipment and scholarships for the school of journalism.

The J-Walk is an educational support activity of the School of Journalism Alumni Association. Students in the journalism program are seeking pledges from alumni and the community to support them in the event.

Entertainment for the J-Walk will be provided by WMUL-FM and the MU dance team. There also will be a car bash and a raffle that will take place on Buskirk Field.

For more information, persons may contact the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at (304) 696-2360.


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Homecoming features 'Lights, Camera, We Are … Marshall' theme

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is set to kick off Homecoming 2006 with an array of activities, beginning Monday, Oct. 23. This year's homecoming theme, in conjunction with the upcoming release of the movie "We Are Marshall," is "Lights, Camera, We Are … Marshall."

Activities continue throughout the week, concluding on Saturday, Oct. 28. Highlights include the annual homecoming parade at noon Saturday and the Thundering Herd's Conference USA football game with Memphis at 4:30 p.m., also on Saturday, at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

"Homecoming week is one of the most exciting times of the year at Marshall," said Lance West, vice president for alumni development at Marshall. "The Marshall University Alumni Association works hard all year to make this week special for everyone who participates in the homecoming activities, and to welcome our alumni and friends back to campus in style."

For the first homecoming event on Monday, Marshall employees are asked to decorate their offices to promote the homecoming theme. Prizes will be awarded in the small office category (up to seven employees) and the large office category (eight employees or more). Office decoration judging will begin at noon Thursday, Oct. 26. Results from the event will be announced the next day.

 

On Wednesday, Oct. 25, the Tri-County Alumni Club of the MUAA will host the 5th annual Thunder into Mason County at the Mid-Ohio Valley Center in Point Pleasant, W.Va., from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event is open to the public. More information is available at www.marshall.edu/movc or by calling the Mid-Ohio Valley Center at (304) 674-7200.

 

Also Wednesday, members of the 2006 homecoming court will be announced at noon in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center.

 

The first official event of homecoming weekend is the Coaches Breakfast, Friday Oct. 27 at the Erickson Alumni Center. The DAWG, 93.7 FM, will start broadcasting at 6 a.m. Coaches representing various Thundering Herd sports will join the broadcast from 8 to 10 a.m.

 

The Third Annual J-walk will begin at noon Friday on the Memorial Student Center plaza. This is a fundraiser for the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Those present are encouraged to take part in the walk or sponsor a student to take part in the walk.

 

All walkers get a free T-shirt. There will also be a silent auction where participants can bid on items donated from local businesses. Local radio stations will be doing live remotes while Marco and the MU dance team entertain the crowd. For more information, call (304) 696-2360.

 

Parent & Family Weekend will kick off with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center. The event will be hosted by Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp and his wife, Jane. Those present at this informal gathering will have an opportunity to mingle with Dr. and Mrs. Kopp along with the deans from each college. The Marshall University Chamber Choir will perform during the reception. 

 

The MU Alumni Association and the Culinary Arts Institute will co-host a reception from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Friday across from Pullman Square at 949 3rd Ave. There will be a chocolate fountain and several "action stations" where culinary students from the Marshall Community and Technical College get to show off their skills. Reservations are required for this event. Those interested in attending should either e-mail hudson2@marshall.edu, or call (304) 696-2901 or (800) 682-5869. A Meet & Greet will follow from 8 to 11 p.m. at Pullman Square.

 

The Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2006 Induction Banquet will take place in the John Marshall Room in the Memorial Student Center at 6:30 p.m. Friday. A reception for ticket holders will start at 5:30 p.m. The honorees are late Boston Red Sox catcher Bill Craig; 1971 Herd football player Chuck Henry; late men's basketball coach Rick Huckabay; Hall of Fame soccer player Scott Jackson; and women's basketball coach Judy Southard. NFL star Randy Moss was elected to the Hall of Fame, but will be unable to attend the banquet. He will be inducted when he is able to attend.

 

Tickets for this event are $25 per person and can be purchased from the Alumni Association or at the MU Ticket Office. Call (304) 696-4373 or (800) 843-4373.

 

Members of Black Alumni Inc. plan to get together from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday for registration and a reception at American Legion Post 16 on 6th Avenue. Saturday's events will include the group's annual business meeting at the Memorial Student Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tailgating begins at Herd Village at 2 p.m. After the game there will be a social gathering at the Renaissance Center, located at the old Huntington High School on 8th Street, beginning at 10 p.m. For more information, call David Harris, Black Alumni president, at (304) 696-2597 or e-mail him at harrisdn@marshall.edu.

As a continuation of Parent & Family Weekend, brunch will be served from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday in the student center's Don Morris Room. President Kopp will give his "State of the Campus" address before the homecoming parade begins.

The parade, sponsored by the Student Government Association, begins at noon in downtown Huntington and ends at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. The procession will take place along 5th Avenue.  Leading the parade will be co-Grand Marshals Reggie Oliver, quarterback of the 1971 Young Thundering Herd football team, and actor Arlen Escarpeta, who portrays Oliver in the "We Are Marshall" movie.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in the student float competition, a new parade feature this year. The first-place float will win $3,000, second place $2,000, and third place $1,000. Anyone interested in entering a float should contact Chris Roberts at chris.roberts@marshall.edu.

At 2 p.m., Saturday, the MU Alumni Association will host Lunch Under the Tent at Herd Village for a pre-game tailgate party. Guests will have the chance to mingle with other Herd fans and cheer along with the MU Marching Thunder as they prepare to march into Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Pizza will be provided by Papa John's. Cold drinks also will be served.

Many other homecoming events are planned for the weekend. Among them:

The 1950s classes of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity are having a reunion Friday and Saturday. The fraternity's headquarters is at the Holiday Inn Hotel, 800 3rd Ave. There will be a dinner and dance Friday at the Palms Room, 314 9th St., and an informal party after the homecoming game on Saturday.For more information, call Fred and Betty Smith at (304) 529-2112, or e-mail Smith25705@aol.com.

The 11th annual Marshall Alumni 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by the MU Recreational Sports Office, will take place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Registration is $15 through Friday (non-refundable) and $20 on race day. Call Sharon Stanton at (304) 696-2943 or e-mail stanton@marshall.edu for more information.

The Marshall men's basketball team will have an open practice allowing fans to meet and greet players and coaches from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Cam Henderson Center.

An Open House where parents can meet their students' tutors during Meet the Tutors & 25 Years of H.E.L.P. Tailgate Celebration is planned from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Wilbur E. Myers Hall, 520 18th St.

The College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE) will have a tent at Herd Village from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday before the game. All CITE alumni and current students are invited to attend.

Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority is hosting a We Are Sigmas Alumnae Breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Sigma House, 1639 6th Ave. There will be a silent auction, T-shirts for sale, and free food and drinks. More information is available by contacting Tracie Peterson at (304) 634-7452.

The National Panhellenic Council is sponsoring The Step Show at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Renaissance Center/Old Huntington High School, 8th Street and 9th Avenue. Doors open at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $7. Tickets at the door are $10 and $5 for Greeks. For more information, call Tim Wilburn at (304) 696-2283.

This year's homecoming events are sponsored by Sodexho and MBNA. More information about the events listed above is available on the MU Alumni Web site, http://www.marshall.edu/alumni/Homecoming2006.asp.


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Marshall earns high ratings among Southern Master's Universities

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is rated a "Top School" and a "Top Public University" in the Southern Master's Universities category in U.S.News & World Report's list of "America's Best Colleges 2007."

In the "Top Schools" list, Marshall tied at 41 out of 128 public and private universities.  Marshall tied at 14 in the "Top Publics" list. There are 71 public universities in the Southern Master's category.

Marshall further distinguished itself in the "Peer Assessment" component of the rankings. U.S.News & World Report surveys presidents, provosts, and deans of admission for their opinions of the other schools in their respective categories.

Marshall's Peer Assessment rating is 3.4 with only nine schools out of 128 in Southern Master's Universities category having a higher rating.  Only four public schools out of the 71 in the category have a higher rating.

"The new ratings for Marshall University certainly validate the quality academic programs, faculty and staff, and the student learning environment on our campuses," Dr. Sarah Denman, senior vice president for academic affairs. "The peer rating indicates that both public and private institutions, and the key administration at those institutions, have recognized Marshall's excellence."


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New Influences graphic design symposium to feature five successful Marshall alumni and noted guest designer

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - On Friday, Oct. 20, the Birke Art Gallery at Marshall University will be filled with MU art and design students, aspiring design majors from numerous high schools in West Virginia, and six guest designers, presenting work and discussing their careers in a symposium on the graphic design business.

The symposium, called "New Influences: Getting the Job Done," will be a day of exchange, beginning with a presentation at 10 a.m. by keynote speaker Brian Hock, a nationally recognized designer and owner of his own firm based in Cincinnati.

Recent Marshall alumni will talk about their transition into the professional world of graphic design, including the job-hunting process.  Audience members will have a chance to interact with the designers informally over lunch, held at the Memorial Student Center.

The symposium has been coordinated with a group exhibition of the designers' work, which was put on display in the Birke Art Gallery Oct. 3, and closes after the symposium on Friday.  The work displayed ranges from Web design to logos for area businesses, to skateboards from Dayton-based designer Don Pendleton.

The symposium is free and open to the public.

Featured designers presenting their work include Jessica Crouch, Brian Hock, Hikari Kimura, Don Pendleton, Jeremy Shumate and Greg Smith.

Pendleton graduated from Marshall University in 1995.  He works for Element Skateboards, based in Irvine, Calif. Element is the largest skateboard company in the world. Pendleton also owns Darkroom, a t-shirt accessory company in Dayton, Ohio, and exhibits his paintings internationally.

Crouch graduated with honors from MU in 2005, obtaining a BFA in Graphic Design.  While a student, she received a gold Addy from the Advertising Association of Charleston.  She now resides in Mount Pleasant, S.C., where she works for Zarfari, Inc., as a senior graphic designer.

Shumate also graduated from MU in 2005.  Upon graduation, he began working for Mountain State University as a Creative Services Specialist.  He creates promotional material for the university, in both print and digital media.

Smith graduated from Marshall University in 2000, and currently works with the Point Pleasant Register as a designer and illustrator.

Kimura earned an undergraduate degree in graphic design in 2003 from Marshall University and currently works as a Web designer in the Baltimore, Md., area.

Hock, the keynote speaker, is founder of Brian Hock Design.  His firm is recognized nationally and has produced work for enterprises such as the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center.  He is a member of AIGA, and was recently chosen to participate in AIGA's Harvard Business School Program.

The Birke Art Gallery plans to present more New Influences symposiums in the future, featuring future Marshall University alumni and nationally noted graphic designers.  The Birke Art Gallery exhibition is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays.


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Movie premiere to be shown at Keith-Albee, Pullman Square

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University announced today that about 5,000 people will have the opportunity to watch the premiere of "We Are Marshall" on Dec. 12 in Huntington.

That total includes more than 2,200 at the Keith-Albee Theatre and about 2,800 at Pullman Square's Marquee Cinemas, where the film will be shown simultaneously on 16 screens.

The premiere will include a pre-film reception at the Radisson Hotel Huntington and a post-film gala at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena for selected guests. Most of the movie's stars are expected to attend the premiere at the Keith-Albee, arriving in limousines and walking into the theatre on green carpet instead of the usual red. 

"We anticipate having an event that we will talk about for decades," Dr. H. Keith Spears, vice president for communications and marketing, said today during a news conference at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. "It will be as close to the Oscars as we can get."

The green carpet will be placed on 4th Avenue, which will be lined with bleachers for media and spectators. Spears said although details have not been finalized, tickets will be sold the day of the premiere on a first-come, first-served basis for seats in the bleachers.

Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp announced that tickets to the Keith-Albee premiere are priced at $250, $500 and $1,000. Pullman Square tickets are $25. Kopp said net proceeds will be split in half - 50 percent to the Keith-Albee restoration and 50 percent to benefit Marshall University.

Anyone buying a $250 ticket will get a seat in the Keith-Albee and admission to the gala. A $500 ticket is good for a seat closer to the stars in the Keith-Albee and admission to the gala. Those paying $1,000 for a ticket will be able to attend the pre-film reception, be seated near the stars during the movie, and invited to attend the gala.

Tickets are expected to go on sale to the general public in early November. Information on how to purchase those tickets, and how many will still be available after the number of sponsors are determined, will be announced soon.  

Kopp said the response from those invited to sponsor the event has been good. "We have over 20 sponsors identified at this point," Kopp said. "Our goal is to do a first-class premiere." Sponsorships are available at a number of levels.

Kopp said a separate showing of "We Are Marshall" to surviving family members and the 1971 Marshall football team will take place earlier in the day on Dec. 12 at a time and place still to be determined.

The premiere of "We Are Marshall" will start at 7 p.m. at the Keith-Albee and at 8 p.m. at Pullman Square. The movie runs about 2 hours, 10 minutes, including credits, according to Spears.

"You will want to stay for the credits," Spears, who viewed the credits during a recent trip to Los Angeles, said. "McG (the director) has really outdone himself."

A Hollywood premiere of "We Are Marshall" is planned for Dec. 14.


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Accredited status continued at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University has received formal notification that the comprehensive review conducted by The Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges, has affirmed the regional accreditation status of the university. The university's new Statement of Affiliation Status includes approval of distance education degree offerings and adds to the list of doctoral degree offerings.

President Stephen J. Kopp received formal notification of the continued accredited status in a letter from Dr. Steven D. Crow, executive director of the Higher Learning Commission.

"We are very pleased with this outcome," Kopp said. "All aspects of the university are reviewed and examined through a comprehensive review process. This outcome and the fact that the university's next comprehensive evaluation is scheduled for 2015-2016 speaks to the high caliber of our academic programs and our performance in each of the areas evaluated. This affirmation of our accreditation status and the very favorable external review we received validates our collective mission and dedication to advancing learning and opportunity at the highest achievement levels. Many thanks to everyone involved in this endeavor. The entire Marshall University community should take pride in this accomplishment."

Following a two-year self study by Marshall, an HLC accreditation team visited the university for three days last spring. Before leaving, the team advised President Kopp and other MU administrators of its findings and recommendations, which were subject to review and final action by the HLC.

"The successful comprehensive site visit was the result of a great deal of hard work and dedication of the steering committee and all the faculty and staff who spent hours researching, writing and reviewing the report and participating in the process during the three-day visit," Provost Sarah Denman said. "The entire team was so impressed with our faculty, staff and students."


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Jesus Christ Superstar: Timeless and For Our Time

Jesus Christ Superstar, the ground breaking theatrical masterpiece by legendary writing team Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, is coming to the Keith Albee Theatre on Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 8 p.m. for one night only! Starring Ted Neeley in his farewell tour as Jesus and Corey Glover as Judas, Jesus Christ Superstar is one of the most popular and enduring works ever created for the musical theatre. Featuring such notable songs as Superstar, Everything's Alright and I Don't Know How to Love Him, Jesus Christ Superstar earned five Tony nominations. 

Set in two acts, Jesus Christ Superstar tells the story of the final seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Superstar dramatizes Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, the unrest caused by his preaching and popularity, his betrayal by Judas, the trial before Pontius Pilate, and his ultimate crucifixion. Perpetually changing the face of musical theatre Jesus Christ Superstar, will leave audiences captivated by its power.

As relevant and timeless as ever, Jesus Christ Superstar, the rock opera vision of "the greatest story ever told," is perhaps more potent in today's troubled world than when it was first produced. Now, for the new millennium, this magnificent story comes once again vividly to the stage with Ted Neeley recreating his unforgettable performance.

Internationally beloved star Ted Neeley, best known for his Golden Globe nominated role as Jesus in the Norman Jewison film of Superstar will be headlining this tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. While Ted has enjoyed a distinguished career in resident theatres throughout America, appearing in a wide variety of productions from Hair to the works of Samuel Beckett, he is world renowned for the title role in Jesus Christ Superstar. Creating a fan base that borders on a cult-like phenomenon, this production heralds the long awaited triumphant return of Ted Neeley in the title role of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Featured in the role of Judas will be Corey Glover best known as the lead singer of the Grammy-winning, platinum selling rock band, Living Colour ("Cult of Personality"). Glover has also issued albums as a solo artist and acted on television and in movies including Oliver Stone's Platoon. Glover reunited with his Living Colour band mates for a 2001 tour. Jesus Christ Superstar marks Corey's theatrical debut.

Director Dallett Norris (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Can-Can, South Pacific) says, "What could be better than having Ted Neeley, so grand in the film, on board as we delve into Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's brilliant musical telling of this timeless story. Their idea of setting this tale in terms that immediately resonate with today's audiences is revolutionary. Here we are, twenty-one centuries later, and it is oh, so clear: we need the message of this story now more than ever."

Already seen and loved by thousands, don't miss the opportunity to introduce a new generation to this exhilarating and significant piece of musical theatre, Jesus Christ Superstar, the original rock opera.

Tickets for the show are available now and they range in price from $55, $45, and $35. Youth 17 and under may purchase half-price tickets. Tickets may be purchased through the Marshall Artists Series Box Office, located in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. The box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. Phone orders may be taken from the box office for patrons with a Visa or MasterCard by calling (304) 696-6656.

Tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (304) 523-5757 in Huntington or (304) 342-5757 in Charleston. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.marshallartistsseries.com. Patrons may also pick up tickets at any Ticketmaster outlet.

The show is sponsored by Ferris Baker Watts, Beford Ford, Kendall-York Associates, WOWK, The Herald Dispatch, Clear Channel Communications and Marshall Artists Series.


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Flutist Galen Abdur Razzaq to perform Oct. 19 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Nationally acclaimed flutist Galen Abdur Razzaq will give a jazz performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

The event, which is free to the public, will feature Razzaq and a jazz trio. The performance is sponsored by the Marshall University Center for African American Students' Programs and the department of music.

Maurice R. Cooley, director of the Center for African American Students' Programs, said Razzaq has traveled extensively, performing in many noted venues across the country. Cooley said the musician is extremely popular with college students and others of all ages.

"We are pleased to join the MU department of music in bringing such an acclaimed jazz performer to our campus," Cooley said. "I have listened to his CDs and we should all be prepared for a toe-stomping, powerful, mesmerizing jazz performance and evening event. We realize that a large number of people residing in our community are jazz fans and we look forward to a strong turnout."

An informal reception with Razzaq and the performers will follow the performance.

More information is available by contacting Cooley at (304) 696-5430 or cooley@marshall.edu, or Dr. Edwin Bingham in the department of music at (304) 696-3647.


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Star of upcoming 'We Are Marshall' film to visit elementary school in Lynwood, Calif., with university educators

LYNWOOD, Calif. - Arlen Escarpeta, one of the actors in the upcoming film "We Are Marshall" from Warner Bros. Pictures, will be visiting Thurgood Marshall Elementary in Lynwood, Calif., from 9 to 11 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, Oct. 17.

The visit is in conjunction with an ongoing partnership between the elementary and Marshall University. Faculty from Marshall's College of Education & Human Services (COEHS) have been working with the elementary in developing professional development programs and other outreach opportunities.

Several members of Marshall's COEHS will attend the event. Additionally, Thurgood Marshall's principal, Carlos Hernandez, and his students have nicknamed their school "the Little Thundering Herd" after Marshall University's athletic nickname.

"We Are Marshall" focuses on the aftermath of the 1970 plane crash that killed 75 people, including most of Marshall's Thundering Herd football team. Based on true events, it shows how the school and surrounding community struggled to cope with this devastating loss and also captures the return of the football team in 1971 through the win over Xavier by the Young Thundering Herd.

To learn more about the film, visit http://wearemarshall-themovie.warnerbros.com/. In the film, Escarpeta plays Reggie Oliver, the Young Thundering Herd's quarterback.


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Thirty bands to participate in Tri-State Marching Band Festival at MU

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The largest high school marching band festival in West Virginia takes place Saturday, Oct. 21 at Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Steve Barnett, director of bands at Marshall, said 30 marching bands from West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Virginia will participate in the Tri-State Marching Band Festival. The event begins at 11:15 a.m. and concludes with a performance by Marshall's Marching Thunder at 8:30 p.m. The awards ceremony is at 9 p.m.

"Each year the festival brings more than 10,000 people to Huntington and Marshall University," Barnett said. "The Tri-State Marching Festival is an important event promoting and recruiting for Marshall University and the Marching Thunder.  The Marching Thunder's performance at the end of the competition is a highlight of the day's events."

The bands are classed according to the number of performers. Here are the times in which each band is scheduled to perform:

Class A

11:15 a.m. - Fairview, Ky.; 11:30 a.m. - Minford, Ohio; 11:45 a.m. - Wahama; Noon: Lincoln County; 12:15 p.m. - Riverside; 12:30 p.m. - Shady Spring; 12:45 p.m. - Boyd County, Ky.; 1:15 p.m. - East Carter, Ky. 1:30 p.m. - St. Mary's; 1:45 p.m. - South Charleston; 2 p.m. - Fort Chiswell, Va.; 2:15 p.m. - Wayne.

Class AA

            2:45 p.m. - Williamstown; 3 p.m. - Nitro; 3:15 p.m. - Woodrow Wilson; 3:30 p.m. - Ashland (Ky.) Paul Blazer; 3:45 p.m. - Nicholas County; 4 p.m. - Point Pleasant; 4:30 p.m. - Meigs, Ohio; 4:45 p.m. - Lawrence County, Ky.; 5 p.m. - Greenbrier East; 5:15 p.m. - Greenup County, Ky.; 5:30 p.m. - South Point, Ohio.

Class AAA

            6:45 p.m. - Capital; 7 p.m. - Princeton; 7:15 p.m. - Fairmont Senior; 7:30 p.m. - Huntington High; 7:45 p.m. - Hurricane; 8 p.m. - Spring Valley; 8:15 p.m. - Cabell Midland.

Exhibition

            8:30 p.m. - Marshall University.

The 30 participating bands are evaluated by expert judges in the areas of music performance, marching performance, general effect, percussion, color guard, dancers, drum majors and majorettes/twirlers.

Admission is $5 per person, school age and up.  Parking is $2 in the West Stadium lot until it fills up, and free in other lots.  Concessions will be available throughout the day at the stadium.

For more information, call Marshall's band office at (304) 696-2317.


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Marshall University receives $1.2 million federal grant to promote women faculty in science, technology, engineering and math

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University has received a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) ADVANCE Program, thus joining a prestigious community of NSF-ADVANCE institutions dedicated to supporting women scientists and engineers in the United States.

Marshall joins the ranks of ADVANCE institutions such as the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Cornell University, which seek to encourage the participation of women in the scientific and engineering workforce through the increased representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers.

The MU-ADVANCE program will impact faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in four MU colleges through an integrated approach composed of::

  • the Recruitment and Networking Initiative to apply aggressive strategies to increase the number of women STEM faculty;

  • the Faculty Development Initiative to provide numerous methods to help new faculty balance and integrate teaching and research responsibilities, and to foster collaboration among STEM faculty; and

  • the State and Institutional Policy Changes Initiative, which is specifically focused on changing university and state policies identified as significant barriers to the advancement of women STEM faculty at Marshall.

  • "The innovative MU-ADVANCE initiatives will bring positive, sustainable changes in the academic climate for all STEM faculty at Marshall University," Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said. "This funding will enable Marshall to serve as an incubator for policy changes and for pioneering approaches, which can serve as models for other universities and colleges in West Virginia and other states."

    Dr. Marcia Harrison, MU-ADVANCE principal investigator, said Marshall as a whole will benefit from campus-wide activities to help new faculty balance and integrate their teaching and research, build competitive research programs, and form interdisciplinary collaborative networks, as well as from the implementation of best practices for improving recruitment, retention and climate.

    MU Provost Dr. Sarah Denman said the MU-ADVANCE program will greatly benefit the community of science at Marshall and complement the university's programmatic direction of STEM disciplines.

    "The results of this program will benefit students by enhancing and expanding opportunities for innovative educational programs and research capability for women scientists and engineers who will teach, conduct research and mentor them," Denman said.

    According to NSF-ADVANCE program materials, women continue to be significantly underrepresented in almost all science and engineering fields, despite advances in the proportion of women choosing to pursue science and engineering careers. Women constitute only about 25 percent of the science and engineering workforce at large, and less than 21 percent of science and engineering faculty in four-year colleges and universities.

    In fact, women represent 21 percent of the STEM faculty at Marshall, where 53 percent of undergraduates and 69 percent of graduate students are women.

    In addition, Marshall predominantly serves West Virginia residents (83 percent), many of whom are first-generation college students from Appalachia. According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research, "West Virginia women are among the least likely to work as professionals and managers, have the lowest levels of educational attainment in the country, and are much more likely to live in poverty than women nationally." Therefore, increasing the number and success of women faculty at Marshall will provide greatly needed role models for the state.

    "Quite simply, West Virginia needs to build academic and research capacity in STEM fields. Our state's economic growth and social development depends on it," said Kay Goodwin, West Virginia's Secretary of the Education and the Arts. "The best way to build academic and research capacity is to strengthen research universities such as Marshall. And one of the most effective ways to strengthen our research universities is to ensure that women faculty in STEM fields have every opportunity to achieve their professional and intellectual potential."

    Harrison said Marshall differs from the other ADVANCE institutions, most of which are large doctoral/research universities. "Therefore, successes of the MU-ADVANCE program will serve as an ideal model for change for other institutions similar to Marshall," she said.

    Dr. Alice Hogan, program director for ADVANCE, praised all ADVANCE institutions, including Marshall.

    "You have illuminated the pathways by which the nation can act with purpose and intent to engage the full power of intellect of women scientists and engineers," Hogan said. "At a time when our nation's ambitions to address major scientific and engineering challenges are so very dependent on engaging the broadest participation of human talent in this country that we can, your work is critical and inspiring."

    For more information about MU-ADVANCE, contact Marcia Harrison, MU-ADVANCE principal investigator, College of Science, Marshall University at (304) 696-4867 or visit http://www.marshall.edu/mu-advance.


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    Marshall and WVU Libraries host author's luncheon

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University and West Virginia University will meet again this fall. However, this time there won't be a football involved.

    Instead, the excitement is all part of the third author's luncheon for supporters of the libraries at Marshall and WVU. The event kicks off at noon Friday, Oct. 27 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston.

    "We are truly grateful for all of our wonderful supporters, and this luncheon is our way of showing them our appreciation," WVU Libraries Dean Frances O'Brien said. "We expect that everyone will have a great time. Past luncheons show us that people enjoy meeting writers and hearing them talk about their craft."

    This time guests will get acquainted with Gwyn Rubio, author of The New York Times bestseller Icy Sparks.

    A review in The New York Times called Rubio "a writer of uncommonly warm and tender vision, often comic, brimming with love and hope." Oprah Winfrey selected the title for her book club, and the Discover Great New Writers program included the book for its list of "The Next Wave of Great Literary Voices."

    Her latest novel, The Woodman's Daughter, was a Book Club Pick of the Week on the Barnes & Noble Web site and received stellar reviews in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Denver Post, and Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association. The Georgia native lives in Versailles, Ky., with her husband, Angel.

    Lunch will be served at noon, and then Rubio will share how she develops her plots and characters and offer some personal reflections on her work. Following her presentation, Rubio will be available to answer questions and sign books.

    "People will like Gwyn because of the human element of her work, and because of her 'quirky' publishing experience," said Marshall Libraries Dean Barbara Winters. "She's also a very entertaining speaker."

    For some, though, the most intriguing part of the story is the partnership between WVU and Marshall.

    The two academic libraries began collaborating on initiatives shortly after O'Brien and Winters became deans at their respective universities. Since then, both play active roles in the West Virginia Library Association and visit the Legislature each year to fight for funding for libraries around the state

    That connection led to the first joint luncheon in spring 2004. The luncheons are sponsored by the Friends of the WVU Libraries and the Marshall University Library Associates.

    "We chose this particular avenue to express our gratitude to alums and friends in the Kanawha Valley for their good support of our efforts to enhance our collections and resources," Winters said.

    For more information about the luncheon, contact Dean Barbara Winters, Marshall University Libraries, at (304) 696-2318, or Monte Maxwell, WVU Libraries Development Representative, at (304) 293-4040 ext. 4004.

     


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    'The Wealth of Nature' is theme of Yeager Symposium Lecture Series

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The 20th annual Yeager Symposium Lecture Series, with the theme "The Wealth of Nature," runs Oct. 16-19 and focuses on the beneficial contributions that natural life forms are providing to humans in the modern era.

    Event chairman Johnny Walker chose this topic to explore the unique and pivotal services that animals, plants, and bacteria are currently providing for humans all over the globe.     The Yeager lecture series is free to the public.

    The opening lecture on Oct. 16 begins at 7 p.m. in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center's Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre and will feature Megan Keppeler of the Helping Hands organization.  The program will spotlight the organization and its services of placing specially trained capuchin monkeys with people who are paralyzed or live with other severe mobility impairments.  The evening will include a demonstration of the skills the organization teaches these monkeys.

    Dr. Dan Evans, a faculty member in Biological Sciences, will lecture on "Searching for Medicinal Plants among the Indigenous Shuar and Achuar People of Southeastern Ecuador" at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre. The program will focus on the medicinal uses of plants among the indigenous peoples of Ecuador.

    Dr. Charles Somerville, also a faculty member in Biological Sciences, will give a presentation, "Myriad Monsters Confirmed in Water Droplets," at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 in room 2w16 in the Memorial Student Center.  The lecture will explore the ways bacteria benefit humans and our overall life on earth.

    The concluding lecture will feature Dr. John Walden at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 with the topic, "Psychoactive Plants and Social Contexts among Rainforest Dwelling Indigenous Populations in the Americas.

    Walden's presentation, which takes place in room 2w16 in the Memorial Student Center, will address the use of plants by tribal cultures and the role these uses play within their unique culture.  Walden is currently a professor and associate chairman of the department of family and community health and associate dean of medical school admissions and development for the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

    For additional information on the Yeager Symposium Lecture Series, contact Johnny Walker at 222-5582.


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    Family members of crash victims sought

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Several Huntington-area family members of victims of the 1970 Marshall University plane crash are trying to locate other surviving family members living throughout the United States to inform them of events surrounding the Dec. 12 premiere of "We Are Marshall."

    One of those anticipated events is a special screening by Warner Bros. Pictures of the movie that will be shown to surviving family members before the premiere.

    "We are thankful to Warner Bros. for thinking of the families of the victims, and working to provide them with the opportunity to see the film together, away from the spotlight," said Dr. H. Keith Spears, vice president for communications at Marshall. "Everyone is sensitive to the emotions of the family members as the movie release date approaches, and the emotions they will experience when they see it for the first time."

    "We Are Marshall" director McG has spoken many times in recent months about the film crew's desire to be sensitive not only to the community and university, but to the surviving family members as well.

    "We have a very, very important responsibility and we just want to do it properly," McG said before filming began last spring.

    Finding family members of each player, coach, administrator, booster and the flight crew is the objective of a group of local surviving family members.

    "The positive impact of reuniting with other family members is something I would have greatly underestimated if I hadn't experienced it during the filming," said Michele Craig, whose father, Michael Prestera, died in the crash. "When several of us realized there wasn't a comprehensive contact list for each family of the Marshall plane crash, a group of family members formed to collect that information. Our goal is to establish a lasting communication system.   We certainly hope that anyone having contact information for surviving family members will forward it to us."

    The search for family names is in conjunction with Marshall's Student Government Association's effort to add to the invitation list to the annual Memorial Service, which takes place each Nov. 14 at the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's Huntington campus. This year's service, which starts at noon, will be the 36th since the crash on Nov. 14, 1970.

    "Over the years we as Student Government in conjunction with the Alumni Association and the president's office have tried our best to keep updated contact information," Student Body President Ben Sandy said. "However, as the years pass and people change addresses, phone numbers, e-mails, etc., we struggle to ensure that our information is the most up-to-date. We encourage anyone with ties to the tragedy and the Marshall community of 1970 to come forth and be added to our contact information."

    Sandy said the annual ceremony honors those who lost their lives in the plane crash.

    "We hope to reach out to as many families and friends of victims as possible to not only invite them to attend this year's memorial ceremony, but to know that their legacies will live on from year to year and they will not be forgotten," he said.

    "We Are Marshall," a Warner Bros. Pictures production, follows the story of the crash near Tri-State Airport in Huntington, W.Va., of Marshall's football team, and the ensuing recovery not only of the program, but of the city. Some of the film's stars are Matthew McConaughey as Coach Jack Lengyel, Matthew Fox as Assistant Coach Red Dawson, and David Strathairn as acting MU President Donald Dedmon.

    Anyone with information regarding family members of the crash victims may call the Marshall University Alumni Association at (800) 682-5869 or e-mail Parker Ward, another surviving family member, at parker.ward@remax.net.


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    West Virginia Innovative Energy Summit to focus on production of energy from innovative sources

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Center for Business and Economic Research is hosting the West Virginia Innovative Energy Summit on Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Charleston House Holiday Inn in Charleston.

    The summit, sponsored by the West Virginia Development Office, runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is $35, which includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch.  For online reservations, visit www.marshall.edu/cber or call Gael Setliff at (304) 696-4321.

    The theme of the summit is that West Virginia can lead the nation in the production of energy from innovative sources. Keynote speaker U.S. Undersecretary of Energy David Garman will highlight the need for developing renewable and alternate fuels to bring energy independence to the nation.

    "Having Secretary Garman keynote the meeting shows how important West Virginia is to the nation's energy future," Paul Hardesty, director of the West Virginia Public Energy Authority, said.

    Dr.  Cal Kent, director of Marshall's Center for Business and Economic Research, said "with rapidly growing U.S. and world energy demand facing a slower growth in energy supply from traditional fuels, we can anticipate high energy prices and shortages. Our dependence on supply from unfriendly and hostile countries will grow," he said.

    The way out of these problems, Kent said, lies in the development of alternative and renewable sources of domestic energy.

    Speakers at the summit will showcase the development of these alternative sources in West Virginia into a new industry with high-wage jobs.  Renewable and alternative sources under discussion include energy from coal waste, landfill and coal bed methane, wind, wood waste, biomass, chicken litter and enhanced oil recovery.  The speakers, associated with the production of energy from alternative or renewable sources, will demonstrate its feasibility in West Virginia.

    Christine Risch, director of research for Marshall's center, said that although no single solution exists, "Using innovative sources of energy can reduce prices, enhance national security and strengthen the economy."

    Over the past few months, the center has produced reports for the Appalachian Regional Commission and the West Virginia Development Office on the development of innovative energy in the region and in West Virginia.  Kent said those reports demonstrate sufficient potential for West Virginia to create an entirely new industrial complex centered on alternate and renewable energy sources.

    "This is as much an economic development summit as it is an energy summit," said Jeff Herholdt, manager of the West Virginia Energy Efficiency Program of the West Virginia Development Office. "West Virginia's great progress must be accelerated if we are to assume national leadership."

    At the summit, business and government leaders will learn about current renewable and alternate energy developments in the state and what the future can hold for this industry. Kent said West Virginia has long been a leader in traditional fuels, coal and natural gas, and has the opportunity to lead in innovative energy as well.

    Kent also said innovative energy contributes to our nation's energy independence and can increase jobs in West Virginia. Additionally, he said, most alternate and renewable sources of energy do not possess the environmental impacts associated with traditional fuels.

    In addition to Secretary Garman, speakers at the West Virginia Innovative Energy Summit include James Allen, Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority; Meredith Boyd, Eastern Kentucky Power Cooperative; Wayne Brown, Western Greenbrier Cogeneration; Mark Chatfield, West Virginia University; Paul Dudenas, East Resources; Steve Friend, American Bituminous Partners; David Groberg, Invenergy;  Shawn Grushecky, West Virginia University; Paul Hardesty, West Virginia Public Energy Authority; Dave Henry, Beard Technologies; Michael McGolden, Coaltec;  Ken Means, West Virginia University, and Joseph Zupanick, CDX Gas.


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    MU vice president featured in MetroValley magazine

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Betty Cleckley, vice president for multicultural affairs at Marshall University, is one of 10 women featured in the fall 2006 issue of MetroValley, a lifestyle magazine that serves Cabell, Kanawha, Mason and Putnam counties in West Virginia.

    An article on Cleckley is in a section titled "10 Beautiful Women." Cleckley and the nine others, all from the Metro Valley, are described in the magazine as "some of the most exceptional women of our time."

     "I am grateful for the opportunity to be involved with some of West Virginia's women of accomplishment," Cleckley said.

    Editor Laura Pack wrote each of the 10 stories on the women. Among the other women Pack wrote about in the special section are sisters Nancy and Dr. Elinore Taylor of Huntington. Elinore Taylor is a retired Marshall University professor of English.

    The magazine is available in bookstores throughout the Metro Valley, and at Empire Books & News in Huntington. Cleckley may be contacted at (304) 696-4677.


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    Health and Wellness Fair is Wednesday at Marshall University

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The 4th annual Health and Wellness Fair at Marshall University will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11 at the Memorial Student Center on MU's Huntington campus.

    The fair, which is for faculty, staff and students, will include information tables from various health-related organizations in the community and some health screening tests will be given.

    Weather permitting, the annual Wellness Walk will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first participants will receive a free t-shirt while supplies last. The Wellness Walk route is about one mile around campus. 

    For more information, call Sharon Stanton at (304) 696-2943 or Amy Saunders at (304) 696-4800. 


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    Sculptor to give presentation in conjunction with exhibition

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Sculptor John Magnan will give a presentation about his artwork at noon Thursday, Oct. 12, in the Birke Art Gallery on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

    The artist's talk will be given in conjunction with his exhibition of Body Image: Body Essence that will be at the Huntington Museum of Art Oct. 15-Dec. 31. Magnan's presentation, like other events in the Birke Art Gallery, is free to the public.  His exhibition and gallery talk are presented in partnership with the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition in memory of his wife, Mary Magnan. 

    According to museum literature about the exhibition, "John Magnan began creating sculptures about ovarian cancer soon after his wife Mary was diagnosed.  Powerfully affected by the surprise of her diagnosis and the ordeal of her surgery and treatment, he responded with an unblinking artistic look at the experience of dealing with cancer."

    More information about John Magnan can be found at www.bodyimage-bodyessence.com.


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    Balloon lift kicks off Relay for Life fundraising at Marshall

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A balloon lift on Thursday, Oct. 12 will kick off a series of fund-raising events and activities leading up to the third annual Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society and planned for next spring on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

    Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 10 and continuing through Thursday, Oct. 12 on the Memorial Student Center plaza, balloons will be sold for $1 each. The balloons will be released at 6 p.m. Thursday on the plaza. Everyone is invited to participate.

    Funds raised through Relay for Life activities help pay for cancer research and support cancer patients in the community. West Virginia University is doing a similar Relay for Life, and will be raising money through various activities as well. Dominique Elmore, Marshall's Student Government Association vice president, said MU's goal is to beat WVU in the amount collected and beat cancer.

    At Marshall, numerous campus organizations already have begun preparing for the spring event. Entertainment books with discount coupons that can be used at various locations may be purchased for $20 apiece. Also, a luminary service is being planned for late November. Candle-lit bags bearing the names of people who have battled cancer will be displayed at the event.

    For more information on the Relay for Life activities, persons may contact Elmore at Dominique.elmore@marshall.edu, or Relay for Life co-chairs Carly Knotts at carlyknotts@hotmail.com and Amber Hambric at ambee_18@hotmail.com.


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    Vickie Lawrence and Mama: One Show with Twice the Laughs!

    "Well for cryin' out loud!" Mama's coming to town and bringing her alter ego, Vicki Lawrence with her.  The Marshall Artists Series presents a hilarious and unforgettable performance of Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two Woman Show, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006 at 8p.m., at the Keith Albee Theatre.  The public now has the opportunity to experience the Keith-Albee Theatre's restored orchestra level seating.  There are now over 400 more seats available on the first floor!

    Beginning with clips from "The Carol Burnett Show," which gave Lawrence her show business start, the performance will be part stand-up comedy, part storytelling with a few songs thrown in for good measure.  "My new show will not be a retrospective," said Vicki Lawrence. "We are designing a show that is a mixture of stand-up comedy, music and my observations about real life."

    Emmy Award-wining comedienne Vicki Lawrence is one of the most beloved television personalities of her generation. Plucked out of total obscurity as a high school senior, Vicki went on to become part of the now-legendary cast of the "Carol Burnett Show." "I went to Harvard School of Comedy in front of America," says Ms. Lawrence of her Burnett Show training. Although the multi-talented entertainer is mostly known for her acting and comedic talents, she also earned a gold record for the 1973 hit, "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia."

    In the seventh season, hundreds of hilarious sketches later, at the ripe, old age of 24, Vicki created her most endearing character to date, Thelma Harper, or "Mama" as she is better known to her fans. After the Carol Burnett Show, Vicki went on to star in Mama's Family, which consistently topped the ratings for its entire six-year run of original shows. "Mama" has attained almost cult status among her legions of loyal television viewers, who still enjoy her in reruns twice daily throughout most of the country.

    Recently Ms. Lawrence was convinced the time is right to take Mama out of the closet, dust off her sensible shoes and hit the road with her new touring production Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Woman Show.

    "I think people will get a kick out of the things Mama has an opinion about. We're creating new material with a more modern and cutting edge. Where Mama is concerned, expect the unexpected," says Lawrence.

    Tickets for the show are available now and they range in price from $55, $45, and $35. Tickets may be purchased through the Marshall Artists Series Box Office, located in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. The box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. Phone orders may be taken from the box office for patrons with a Visa or MasterCard by calling (304) 696-6656.

    Tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (304) 523-5757 in Huntington or (304) 342-5757 in Charleston. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com. Patrons may also pick up tickets at any Ticketmaster outlet.

    Full-time Marshall University students may pick up one free ticket with MUID and part-time students may purchase one half-price ticket with MUID at the Marshall Artists Series box office in advance, or at the ticket booth at the Keith-Albee Theatre the night of the show.  Students must have their ID to obtain their ticket and also must present their ID to be admitted to the performance.

    Vicki Lawrence and Mama - A Two Woman Show is sponsored by The Chapman Printing Company, American Babbitt Bearing, First Sentry Bank, Prichard Electric Co., The Law Office of Doug Reynolds, My Z, The Herald Dispatch, Clear Channel Communications and Marshall Artists Series.


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    Papers sought for Harmony Institute Symposium; deadline Oct. 15

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Multicultural Affairs and the College of Liberal Arts are seeking papers to be presented at the Marshall University Harmony Institute Symposium Nov. 28-30 on Marshall's Huntington campus. Deadline for submission is Oct. 15.

    Dr. Betty Cleckley, vice president of multicultural affairs at Marshall, said the symposium will provide scholars a valuable venue through which they may contribute to the critical study of diversity while expanding the intellectual dialogue on multiculturalism and social justice.

    "Faculty and students from higher education institutions across the Southeastern region of the nation are invited to submit papers of refereed quality addressing diversity and its role in enriching and promoting social change," Cleckley said. "This is an unprecedented opportunity for faculty and students to provide insightful, scholarly and thought-provoking papers on these topics."

    Cleckley said submissions must be directly related to the topic, "Effecting Social Change Through the Richness of Diversity." The papers will be evaluated by a peer panel, and selected submissions will be presented at the Symposium and published in the Harmony Institute Proceedings.

    Papers should be a minimum of 2,500 words (not including citations), APA style, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font and saved in Word format. Authors must submit electronic versions of their work on CD-Rom or floppy disk, in addition to a printed copy.

    Submissions must be sent to:

    Project Director
    "Effecting Social Change Through the Richness of Diversity"
    Marshall University Multicultural Affairs
    Old Main 111
    One John Marshall Drive
    Huntington, WV 25755

    For more information, contact Marshall University at (304) 696-6437 or via email at mcip@marshall.edu.


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    McConaughey to accompany Herd coaches, players in pre-game walk; portion of 'We Are Marshall' to be shown at halftime

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University football fans attending the Thundering Herd's football game Wednesday with the University of Central Florida will not only see "We Are Marshall" star Matthew McConaughey in person, but also on the big screen at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

    McConaughey, who portrays Coach Jack Lengyel in "We Are Marshall," will join Marshall football Coach Mark Snyder and the rest of the Thundering Herd players and coaches in their traditional pre-game walk, then spend much of the game on the sidelines.

    At the beginning of halftime, a four-minute portion of "We Are Marshall" will be shown at the stadium.

    "It is a stirring and poignant moment in the film that will touch anyone who knows this story," H. Keith Spears, vice president for communications and marketing at Marshall, said. "It is an honor that again (director) McG and (producer) Basil Iwanyk are going to share their cinematic artistry with those who have faithfully stood by the Herd."

    The walk, which starts near the main entrance of Cam Henderson Center, is expected to begin at about 5:30 p.m., or two hours before the 7:30 p.m. kickoff. Herd fans are invited to line the route in support of the team.

    McG, the director of "We Are Marshall, also is expected to join in the walk. The team traditionally walks east on 3rd Avenue, through the west parking lot and into the stadium.

    McConaughey and McG also will be on the field shortly before kickoff to lead Thundering Herd fans in the "We Are … Marshall" cheer.


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    Marshall University SGA to host MU's first 'Thunderfest' event

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Student Government Association will host its first "Thunderfest" student tailgate before Wednesday evening's home football game between the Thundering Herd and the University of Central Florida.

    The event begins at 5:30 p.m. on the Lefty Rollins Track Field and concludes at 7:30 in time for the kickoff. Admission to the student tailgate is free and the first 200 Marshall students to attend will receive an official "Thunderfest" t-shirt.

    Students can purchase tickets, which may be redeemed for food and beverages, for $1 each. The number of tickets required for each item will vary.  

    James Clark of the Student Activities Programming Board will be the event DJ and Ten Years Gone from Kenova, W.Va., will perform.

    SGA Multicultural Affairs Director Sean Hornbuckle will distribute the "Thunderfest" t-shirts. He said he has been looking forward to helping with this event for quite some time.

    "Over the past couple of years there has been much discussion about bringing an event such as 'Thunderfest' to campus for students," Hornbuckle said. "This has the potential to become a fun tradition with our student community and I believe it will be a success."

    For more information, contact Student Body President Ben Sandy at ben.sandy@marshall.edu or Hornbuckle at sean.hornbuckle@marshall.edu.


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    Odyssey Reading Scheduled for Wednesday Oct. 4

    A marathon reading of the Greek epic poem Homer's Odyssey will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Marco's in the Marshall University Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.
     
    The reading is sponsored by the Marshall University Classical Association, and the Marshall community is invited to attend and participate. Classics Professor Del Chrol said the marathon reading is a unique opportunity for people to experience the whole epic. He said everyone is invited to attend for a while or the whole day. Refreshments and spare copies of the Odyssey will be available.
     
    Anyone interested in reading a particular section of the text or during a particular time may email Chrol at chrol@marshall.edu, or call him at (304) 696-4323.
     
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    Marshall's Childhood Language Disorder Program to benefit from Scottish Rite Foundation concert featuring Howie Damron

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Nationally acclaimed entertainer Howie Damron will be in concert Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Huntington Scottish Rite Temple in Huntington. Proceeds from the two performances, which begin at 5 and 8 p.m., benefit the Childhood Language Disorder Program at Marshall University.

    Admission is by a $25 tax deductible donation. A reception will follow the 8 p.m. performance at the Scottish Rite Temple, which is located at 1104 3 rd Ave.

    Damron is designated as the Scottish Rite Ambassador by the Scottish Rite Supreme Council. In addition to "The Masonic Ring," which he wrote and recorded, Damron will be signing three new songs not yet released: "Hiram's Key," "The Rite Stuff" and "From Flames to Glory," which he wrote in memory and honor of those who died in the Marshall football tragedy.

    Over the past two decades, Damron has performed with more than 100 major Nashville acts. He also was featured in his own show in Las Vegas and has earned numerous awards for his songwriting and entertaining. Damron is a native of Lawrence County, Ohio.

    For more information on the concert, contact Karen McNealy at Marshall University at (304) 696-3634.


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    Day-long celebration of bookstore 're-grand-opening' is Wednesday

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's bookstore will welcome two authors with new books on Wednesday, Oct. 4. The signings are a part of a day-long celebration of the official "re-grand-opening" of the newly remodeled Huntington campus facility, located in the Memorial Student Center.

    Dr. Robert B. Hayes, president emeritus of Marshall, will sign copies of his book, "$7,000 in the Bank," from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The book is about the founding and early years of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

    Later in the afternoon, from 2 to 4 p.m., Danny Fulks will autograph copies of his latest book, "Tick Ridge Faces the South." It is described as true stories, memories, and rare photos from Appalachia and the South. This signing will also take place in the bookstore's Memorial Student Center location.

    At 3:30 p.m., an official ribbon-cutting will take place, at which the bookstore will make a special financial gift to Marshall University. Howard Taylor, the vice president and director of operations of Follett Bookstores, the operating company for the Marshall University Bookstore, will make the presentation to Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp.

    Further information on the day's events at the bookstore may be obtained by contacting the bookstore at (304) 696-3622.


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    Marshall University Forensic Science Center sponsors American Society of Crime Lab Directors Symposium

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Forensic Science Center is sponsoring the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors' 34 th Annual Workshop and Symposium, a national meeting this week in San Francisco addressing current issues impacting forensic laboratories.

    Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp, along with three other speakers, will kick off the symposium with welcome and opening remarks between 8 and 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3. The other opening speakers are ASCLD President W. Earl Wells, laboratory director of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Columbia, S.C.;  President-elect William E. Marbaker, assistant director of the Crime Laboratory Division, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Jefferson City, Mo; and National Institute of Justice Acting Director Glenn R. Schmitt, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.

    The meeting, entitled "Practical Issues Facing Crime Laboratory Managers: Managing the Technical Side of Forensics," is at the San Francisco Marriott. Workshops were conducted Sunday and today, and the symposium is Tuesday through Thursday.

    The program includes information on pertinent issues and training for laboratory directors, administrators and policy makers.  The meeting will provide updates on federal legislation and grants, recent court decisions, technical working groups and other issues that impact crime laboratories.

    Topics of discussion include case backlogs that cause significant delays in evidentiary analysis, which directly impact the investigation and solving of crimes and causes delays in the courts. Delays can affect the prosecution of the criminal and exoneration of the innocent.

    The Forensic Science Center is sponsoring the workshops and symposium in support of the national forensic science community as a member of the Forensic Resource Network, a program of the NIJ. The Forensic Science Center provides DNA testing and training services in support of state and local forensic laboratories and medical examiners though a cooperative agreement administered by the NIJ. DNA laboratory services provided in support of reducing backlogs include forensic casework, databasing, paternity/relationship testing and human identification through medical examiners.

    ASCLD is a nonprofit professional society of crime laboratory directors and forensic science managers dedicated to providing excellence in forensic science through leadership and innovation. The purpose of the organization is to assist in the development of laboratory management principles and techniques; disseminate forensic information; maintain and improve communications among crime laboratory directors; and to promote, encourage and maintain the highest standards of practice in the field.

    This project was supported by cooperative agreement 2005-MU-BX-K020.awarded by the NIJ, Office of Justice Program, U.S. Department of Justice.  The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this symposium are those of ASCLD and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice.


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    Game with UCF, McConaughey visit attracting national attention

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Conference USA football game with the University of Central Florida Wednesday evening at Joan C. Edwards Stadium is attracting unprecedented national attention.

    Not only is ESPN2 televising the 7:30 p.m. game, but crews from several national entertainment and news outlets will attend the game and pre-game activities as well. "We Are Marshall" star Matthew McConaughey, director McG and producer Basil Iwanyk also will be at the game, promoting the movie and leading the "We Are … Marshall' cheer shortly before kickoff.

    "When you have something like this taking place, it goes far beyond an athletic contest," Bob Marcum, Marshall's director of athletics, said. "It's about an institution and all of its alums. It's nationwide. It gives our university a great opportunity to tell its story, and to really promote the existing educational activities at the institution."

    ESPN2's broadcast crew of Rece Davis, Lou Holtz and Mark May will call the game. Among other outlets tentatively planning to report from the stadium are Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Extra, Yahoo!, MTV, iVillage.com, CSTV, YouTube, iTunes, and Rivals.com.

    At least five Warner Bros. executives also will attend the game. The "We Are Marshall" premiere is scheduled for Dec. 12 in Huntington, with the world-wide release of the movie on Dec. 22.

    Plenty of tickets still remain for the game. A special package of four end zone tickets for $60 is being offered for the game. Tickets may be ordered by calling 1-800-THE-HERD or online at Herdzone.com. The ticket office in Cam Henderson Center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.


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    Dr. Jamie Leonard honored as MU 'OnLine Faculty of the Game'

    Dr. Jamie Leonard, a Marshall University geography professor, was honored recently as the first Marshall University - ISP Sports "OnLine Faculty of the Game."

    Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp presented Leonard with a certificate on Sept. 9 during the Thundering Herd's home football game with Hofstra. Leonard received two game passes for the President's box at Joan C. Edwards Stadium, and posed for a picture with Dr. Kopp. Posing with Dr. Kopp and Dr. Leonard is Dr. Leonard's wife, Jennifer, and their infant daughter, Roxanne. A special graphic saluting Leonard was featured on the HerdVision screen at the stadium. 

    Marshall University online faculty who will be honored at upcoming home games include professor Brian Morgan on Oct. 4 (Marshall vs. UCF); Dr. Donna Spindel on Oct. 28 (Marshall vs. Memphis); Dr. Ronda Sturgill on Nov. 4 (Marshall vs. Tulane), and Dr. Nega Debela on Nov. 18 (Marshall vs. UTEP).

    The next four "MU Online Faculty of the Game" honorees also will receive two game passes for the President's box at the stadium, and will share in a photo opportunity with President Kopp and Provost Sarah Denman during the game. A special graphic saluting the "OnLine Faculty of the Game" will again be featured on the HerdVision screen.

    "In light of the excitement surrounding the football season and the upcoming release of the 'We Are Marshall' movie, we are thrilled at the opportunity to honor these fine faculty members in front of state, regional and national audiences via Marshall University home football games," Denman, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said.

    "We are definitely excited about the opportunity to partner with Marshall University Online," said Joey Thacker, account executive for ISP Sports. "We feel this is a great way to promote the great faculty and many services that MU Online has to offer, while at the same time generating positive attention for Marshall athletics."

    "Marshall has a really outstanding group of faculty that teach online. They can hold their own against any online faculty in the country," said David W. Johnson, executive director of Marshall University Distributed Educational Technology.  Johnson said that the quality work that online faculty do, combined with their dedication to student learning, was instrumental in Marshall being awarded full accreditation in 2005 by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which allows Marshall to offer online degrees.

    Johnson said Marshall University OnLine offers more than 120 courses to more than 4,000 students worldwide each semester, along with the support services vital to their success.

    "Courses offered through Marshall University are designed for students who prefer to learn outside the physical classroom, according to their own schedules," Johnson said.  "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."

    Johnson said the courses offered at MU OnLine are developed by the Marshall University instructors who teach them, and these courses reflect the same scope and depth of material and earn the same college credit as the traditional classes offer.

    For further information about Marshall University OnLine, visit the Web site at:  http://www.marshall.edu/muonline/.
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    McConaughey, McG to attend Marshall's game with UCF

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Matthew McConaughey, who stars as Coach Jack Lengyel in "We Are Marshall," and McG, director of the film, will be in Huntington Wednesday, Oct. 4 to attend Marshall University's Conference USA football game with the University of Central Florida.

    Dr. H. Keith Spears, vice president of communications and marketing at Marshall, said McConaughey and McG will be at midfield about 10 minutes before the 7:30 p.m. kickoff to lead fans from both sides of Joan C. Edwards Stadium in the "We Are … Marshall" cheer. The cheer takes place just before the Herd takes the field.

    "It will be great to be back home for the first time in three-and-a-half weeks, and having Matthew McConaughey and McG on the field, leading the 'We Are … Marshall' cheer, will just add to the excitement," Marshall Coach Mark Snyder said. "It should be a great atmosphere for our conference opener."

    McG led the "We Are … Marshall" cheer on Sept. 9 when the Thundering Herd played its home opener against Hofstra, winning 54-31.

    Plenty of tickets remain for Wednesday's game. A special package of four end zone tickets for $60 is being offered for the game. Tickets may be ordered by calling 1-800-THE-HERD or online at Herdzone.com. The ticket office in Cam Henderson Center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    Thundering Herd fans are encouraged to wear green to the game, which will be televised nationally by ESPN2.


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    Five performances of Hair to be presented in October at Marshall

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Theater department will present five performances of Hair, the American tribal love-rock musical from the 1960s, next month at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

    Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11 through Saturday, Oct. 14, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. Tickets are $12 and $10, and free to full-time Marshall students with ID.

    Hair was written by James Rado and Gerome Ragni (book and lyrics), and Galt MacDermot (music). It premiered off-Broadway, with much fanfare, as the inaugural performance of the Public Theatre, on Oct. 17, 1967.

    It then ran for 45 performances at The Cheetah, an old discotheque at 45th Street and Broadway, before moving to the Biltmore Theatre on Broadway on April 29, 1968, where it stayed for 1,873 performances.

    The West Coast version played at the Aquarius Theatre on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. Hair opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London on Sept. 27, 1968, continuing for 1,998 performances until closure was forced by the roof collapsing in July 1973. Hair also went on to stage productions across the world.

    More information on the show and tickets is available by calling (304) 696-2787.


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    Riley resigns as president of Marshall Community and Technical College; search for replacement to begin soon

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Vicki Riley, president of the Marshall Community and Technical College, has resigned effective Oct. 6, 2006, Marshall University Board of Governors Chairman Menis Ketchum announced today.

    Riley has been at Marshall since Aug. 14, 2000 when she was hired as provost of the community college. She became MCTC president on July 1, 2004 when the community college separated from Marshall University.

    In a letter to Ketchum announcing her resignation, Riley said she is proud of the institutional accomplishments achieved during her six years at Marshall. And, she said, "I feel the College is well positioned to continue to grow and meet the needs of students, business and industry, and the community."

    John Hess, chairman of the Marshall Community and Technical College committee for the Board of Governors, said the CTC institutional board of advisors will begin a search for a new president soon. Also, a decision on an interim president will be made soon by the Board of Governors and board of advisors.

    "Dr. Riley has led the community and technical college through a period of significant change and positioned it for future growth," Hess said. "We will miss her and wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors."


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    HPV vaccine subject of presentation on Wednesday

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Jennifer Walls, Director of Nursing with the Cabell-Huntington Health Department, will present information on the HPV vaccine at noon Wednesday, Sept. 27, in the Memorial Student Center Alumni Lounge on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

    Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common sexually transmitted infection that can cause cervical cancer in women.

    Walls' appearance at Marshall is sponsored by Student Health Education Programs and The Women's Center.  Refreshments will be provided. Contact Amy Saunders at (304) 696-4800 for more information.

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    First Friday Filmfest begins Oct. 6 at the Cinema

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - First Friday Filmfest, a series that is bringing first-run, independent films to the Cinema Theatre in downtown Huntington, begins at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 with the showing of The Proposition.

    Funded through Marshall University's Student Affairs, the films are free to members of the Marshall community with ID and $5 for all non-MU patrons. Tickets are available in advance from the Student Activities Programming Board office, which is located in room 2w29 of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

    Admission at the door is on a space-available basis. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged.

    Dr. Janet Badia, associate professor of English at Marshall, has been working with Student Affairs to organize the Filmfest.

    "I am very excited about the first film, and I hope it's the start of something big in Huntington," Badia said. "We would love to see the concept of First Friday snowball into a larger town-and-gown affair, complete with everything from art exhibits, to food and wine tastings, to music and literary events."

    The Proposition, directed by John Hillcoat and written by Nick Cave, stars Guy Pearce, Danny Huston, and Emily Watson. The London Guardian described the film as "a horribly brutal outback western ... but a very stylish, arresting piece of movie-making, throbbing with heat and fear and violence and with fiercely uncompromising lead performances."

    "The idea was to give students and faculty something to do over the weekend in Huntington," Dr. George Davis, assistant professor of political science who has also been helping with the project, said of the Filmfest. "This could potentially make a better cultural relationship between Huntington and Marshall."

    Rounding out the series for fall semester are the films Mini's First Time on Nov. 3 and The Heart of the Game on Dec. 1. Showtime for each film is 7:15 p.m. All films will be shown at the Cinema Theatre, located at 1021 4th Ave. Depending on the success of the first film, more showtimes may be added later.


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    Individual tickets are on sale now to all Marshall Artists Series events

    Individual tickets are on sale now to all Marshall Artists Series events including AIDA, Jesus Christ Superstar, Mannheim Steamroller, Menopause -The Musical, The Guys, A Celtic Christmas and Vicki Lawrence & Mama

    HUNTINGTON - The wait is over! Individual tickets are now available to events during the Marshall Artists Series 2006-2007 season. The season ticketing drive is now over and all events are available for single ticket purchase.  

    "Well for cryin' cut loud!" Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Woman Show opens up the series on Thursday, October 12, 2006 at the Keith-Albee Theatre beginning at 8 p.m.  An alumnus of the "Carol Burnett Show" and star of the adored sitcom "Mama's Family," Lawrence will showcase her comedic talents observing everyday life, perform her own music including the hit "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" and she will also revive her most cherished and lovable character, Thelma Harper. Tickets are $55, $45 & $35.

    Jesus Christ Superstar, the groundbreaking rock opera from the legendary writing team of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice takes center stage at the Keith-Albee Theatre on Wednesday October 25, 2006 at 8 p.m.  With an amazing score featuring hits such as "I Don't Know How To Love Him," "Superstar," and "Heaven on Their Mind," the show highlights the political and interpersonal struggles of Judas Iscariot and Jesus Christ.  Star of the original Broadway production and the subsequent feature film, Ted Neeley stars in his farewell tour in the title role and Corey Glover from the rock band Living Colour will portray Judas.  Tickets are $55, $45 & $35

    The John F. Kennedy Center's latest family show, Alice, adapted from Whoopi Goldberg's delightful children's book, comes to the Keith-Albee Theatre on Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 7 p.m. as part of the Belanger Series.  After three successful visits, the Imagination Celebration on Tour returns for a fourth time to educate and entertain Tri-State families.  Join Alice and her friends on a journey bigger than their wildest dreams, leading them to the biggest treasure of all - the realization of the importance of friendship.  Adult tickets $25, Youth tickets $15.

    Direct from Argentina and ten sell-out Broadway dates comes Luis Bravo's Forever Tango on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at the Keith-Albee Theatre beginning at 8 p.m.  With the flick of a leg, the tug of a hand and the arch of an eyebrow, audiences will be drawn into the sultry, romantic and captivating moves of tango dancing.  Through dance and dramatic vignettes, an all-Argentine cast of dancers and on-stage musicians will lead you through a world of sensuous and sophisticated style.  Tickets are $48.50, $43.50 & $35

    The timeless love story, Aida, comes to the stage of the Keith-Albee Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006 at 8 p.m.  Aida is Elton John & Tim Rice's Tony & Grammy Award-Winning musical that magically combines the mixed sounds of reggae, gospel and rock ballads.  Witness the captivating story of Aida, a Nubian princess brought into slavery in Egypt, and Radames, a military commander struggling between his love for Aida and his loyalty to the Pharaoh.  Tickets are $55, $45 & $35

    Celebrate the holidays the Irish way as Tomaseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas, jigs its way onto the stage of the Keith-Albee Theatre for two performances: Friday, December 8 , 2006 at 7:30 p.m. and a special matinee performance on Saturday, December 9, 2006 at 2 p.m. A Celtic Christmas recreates the joy of a night before Christmas in a farmhouse in a remote parish of West Ireland.  Foley and his troupe of folk-tale entertainers will charm audiences during a night filled with their unique blend of stories, the fiery music of the fiddle, tin whistle, uileeann pipes, Celtic guitar and Irish dance.  Tickets are $45 & $35

    Broadway's wonderful homage to New York City, Wonderful Town, comes to our fair city on Monday, January 22, 2007 at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center beginning at 8 p.m.  Wonderful Town opened on Broadway to rave reviews and went on to win five Tony Awards including Best Musical. The story of two sisters fresh off the bus from Ohio features a wonderful score by Leonard Bernstein and sophisticated and funny lyrics.  The Star-Ledger proclaimed "Wonderful Town is vintage Broadway effervescence, served with class and pizzaz.  Enjoy!"  Tickets are $55.

    Get ready for a week of hormonal humor as Menopause - The Musical comes to the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center for eight performances including 3 matinees beginning Tuesday February 27, 2007 and running through Sunday, March 4, 2007.  Five evening performances will be featured (Tues. Feb. 27 - Sat. Mar. 3) starting at 7:30 p.m.  There will also be matinee performances beginning at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 and Saturday, March 3, 2007.  The final performance will be a matinee on Sunday, March 4, 2007 at 3 p.m.  Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, Menopause - The Musical is the little revue that has set the world on fire!  Ladies, this is a "group-outing" waiting to happen!  Tickets are $39.

    One of the world's top selling artists, the incomparable Mannheim Steamroller bring their highly acclaimed orchestral concert, Fresh Aire to the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 beginning at 8 p.m.  Throughout their career, Mannheim Steamroller have been awarded 16 gold records, 7 platinum records and 4 multi-platinum records.  They have sold over 5 million albums from the Fresh Aire series alone.  Tickets are $50.

    Get ready for The Guys, Anne Nelson's dramatic play based on the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy.   Three performances of The Guys will be held at the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, Monday, April 30, 2007 - Wednesday May 2, 2007 beginning at 8 p.m.  Nick, a fire captain has lost eight men in the collapse of the World Trade Center.  He enlists the help of Joan, an editor, who helps prepare their eulogies.  The pair put together the difficult, heartfelt speeches with honor, humor and poise.  The Guys will be directed by Cathey Sawyer, Artistic Director for the Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg, WV. This is a co-presentation with the Greenbrier Valley Theatre and the Marshall University Department of Theatre. Tickets are $25.

    Although there are over forty corporate and media sponsors for our events this season, our lead corporate sponsors are Chase Bank, Cabell Huntington Hospital's Women & Children's Services, and St. Mary's Medical Center.

    Youth tickets are available for children age 17 and under for select shows. Contact the Marshall Artists Series for more details.

     

    Individual tickets are available now!

    Tickets may be purchased by calling the Marshall Artists Series box office at (304) 696-6656.  Our box office is located in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on 5th Ave. on the Campus of Marshall University.  Box Office hours are Monday - Friday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.  Tickets may be purchased online at ticketmaster.com or at any Ticketmaster retail outlet including select Sam Goody stores. 

    Visit the Marshall Artists Series website for details on each performance at www.marshallartistsseries.org. For additional information please call the Marshall Artists Series at (304) 696-3326. Administrative office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.


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    Marshall Artists Series' International Film Festival to include discussion forums

    After a successful first year, the Marshall Artists Series' International Film Festival will again be accompanied by discussion forums.  The International Film Forum's two sessions are free, open to the public and will focus on topics relevant to films and documentaries shown during the festival.

    "We have noticed in the past that people leave the films eager to share their reactions and opinions," said Angela Jones, MAS director of marketing and external affairs.  "This is a great opportunity to provide an outlet for informal, yet beneficial discussions related to this season's films.

    The post-film discussion of Tsotsi hosted by Arthur N. S. Mcunu, MD, will follow the 2:30 p.m. showing of Tsotsi, Saturday, Sept. 30. This Academy-Award Winner is set amidst the sprawling Johannesburg township of Soweto - where survival is the primary objective - Tsotsi traces six days in the life of a ruthless young gang leader who ends up caring for a baby accidentally kidnapped during a car-jacking. The film is a psychological thriller in which the protagonist is compelled to confront his own brutal nature and face the consequences of his actions.

    A native of South Africa, Arthur N. S. Mcunu, MD is Assistant Professor in the Department of Cardiovascular services at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, as well as a cardiovascular surgeon in Huntington.

    The post-film discussion of An Inconvenient Truth hosted by Dr. Tony Szwilski, Phd. will follow the 2:30 p.m. showing of An Inconvenient Truth Sunday, Oct. 1st. Director Davis Guggenheim eloquently weaves the science of global warming with Al Gore's personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate change. An Inconvenient Truth is not a story of despair, but rather a rallying cry to protect the one earth we all share. "It is now clear that we face a deepening global climate crisis that requires us to act boldly, quickly, and wisely," said Gore.

    Dr. Tony Szwilski, Phd. is a Professor of Environmental, Engineering, & Science at Marshall University.  Additionally, he is the Director of the Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences. 

    Those wishing to participate in the discussion forums will be asked to remain in the theatre immediately following the films.  Refreshments will be offered, and seating capacity is limited.

    The Fall International Film Festival is sponsored by Marshall University Multicultural Affairs, the Radisson Hotel Huntington, Clear Channel Communications, the Herald-Dispatch, and Marshall Artists Series.


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    Marshall Day of Service is Sept. 30 on campus, in community

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Day of Service, a time for students, faculty and staff to join together in an organized cleanup of the Huntington campus and community, is planned from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 30.

    This is the second consecutive year workers will not only spruce up campus, but also take their service into the community. Nearly 300 people took part in last year's Day of Service, which originated a few years ago as SweatEquity Day.

    "Community agencies were very pleased with the work our students did at their sites last year," Prudy Barker, Marshall's director of volunteer services and student affairs, said. "I think they are eager to have them help again."

    Workers will cover much of the campus, washing classroom windows, pulling weeds, sweeping, dusting hallways, trimming hedges, mulching beds and picking up trash - including cigarette butts and gum.

    Participants will work at several off-campus sites, such as the Keith-Albee Theatre, Barnett Child Care Center, Harris Riverfront Park, Bright Futures Day Care and 4th Avenue.

    T-shirts will be given to those who take part in the Day of Service. A breakfast of fruit, juice, coffee and muffins will be served at 9:30 a.m., followed by the assigning of projects. Those who want to participate are asked to meet at 9:30 a.m. near the John Marshall statue, located outside the Drinko Library.

    For more information, contact Barker at (304) 696-2495 or barkerp@marshall.edu.


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    Noted local architect's drawings donated to Marshall University

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - In February 2006, the preservation of the record of architect Sidney Logan Day's work was assured through the donation of hundreds of his drawings to Marshall University's Special Collections department by his daughter, Mary Day Tonnesen, and grandchildren.

    At 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, a tea to honor Tonnesen and the gift of her father's architectural drawings will take place in the Special Collections department on the second floor of the Morrow Library on Marshall's Huntington campus.

    Day left an enduring legacy to the citizens of Huntington when he died in 1968. That legacy is a tangible testimony because it is built with mortar, brick, stone, lumber and steel, and can be seen on many of the commercial and residential streets throughout the city.

    For more than 40 years, Day practiced as an architect, designing numerous homes, businesses, schools and churches in Huntington and the surrounding communities.  People pass by the buildings he designed every day without realizing his importance to Huntington.

    "We are delighted to have this significant record of the architectural history of Huntington," Special Collections curator Lisle Brown said. "The drawings will prove of estimable value for researchers. We are grateful that Sidney Day's family has entrusted us with his beautiful drawings."

    Joining Mary Day Tonnesen in donating her father's drawings were his grandson, David Tonnesen, and granddaughters, Barbara Tonnesen and Theresa Tonnesen-O'Brien.

    Barbara Winters, dean of libraries at Marshall, said the gift of the important historical documents will ensure that the record of his work will be secured for the future, when scholars, students, and researchers mine the treasure trove of his papers.

    Sidney Day's home on Jefferson Avenue, which he designed, held a 15-drawer file cabinet filled with hundreds of architectural plans, schematics, floor plans, drawings, and renderings, according to Winters. She said the drawings reflect his skillful draftsmanship.

    "Since he worked years before architects had computers, all of his designs and plans are hand-drawn in pencil and ink, as well as watercolor, showing his meticulous artistry and attention to detail," Winters said.  Indeed, many of them are works of art, she said. Kathryn Day, Mary's sister, worked as her father's assistant for many years and is probably responsible for preserving so many of the drawings, Winters said.

    Sidney, the son of Robert L. and Mary Johnston Day, was born Dec. 4, 1887 in Huntington, and died on Feb. 22, 1968 at the age of 80. He was a veteran of the First World War, serving as an aerial photographer.

    A graduate of Marshall College (Class of 1906), he also took correspondence courses in architecture. Feeling a need for more formal education, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received a degree in architecture in 1912. Returning to Huntington, he opened his architectural business with his father, Robert, which proved to be a very successful venture. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects.

    Subjects included in the architectural drawings are the Keith-Albee Theatre; Butler Furniture Company; Huntington Publishing Company; Westmoreland Baptist Church; First Church of Christ, Scientist; First Presbyterian churches in Logan, W.Va., and Maysville, Ky., and the Crossroads Baptist Church, as well as the Hite-Saunders Elementary School and the Emmons School, which is no longer standing. There are many private residences, from spacious mansions to humble log cabins.

    Those interested in attending the Oct. 8 tea should RSVP by Oct. 1 to Pam Ford at (304) 696-2312. More information on the event is available by contacting Barbara Winters at (304) 696-2318 or wintersb@marshall.edu.

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    Experience a new area of programming at the Keith-Albee Theatre

    The Keith-Albee Theatre's mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ takes a starring role as the Marshall Artists Series previews a new area of programming Thursday, Sept. 28th beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Silent film will be accompanied by the pipe organ for an evening of music and film the entire family will enjoy.  The walls are down in the Keith-Albee's main auditorium and this will be the public's first opportunity to see the theatre as it was in its glory days.  This event is free and no tickets are necessary.

    Jelani Eddington, 2001 Theatre Organist of the Year will accompany the 1929 Laurel & Hardy classic silent film LibertyLiberty was one of Laurel and Hardy's last silent films, and clearly one of their best. Only two years into their long screen partnership, this talented duo had mastered silent comedy art by 1929, and, with this film, rendered a beautifully constructed, excellently paced, skillfully photographed short, packed throughout with incident and wit.

    The evening will also include a medley of other organ music performed by Eddington, one of the most prominent and sought-after artists on the concert circuit.  In August 2001, the American Theatre Organ Society honored Jelani's extensive career as a concert and recording organist by naming him the 2001 Theatre Organist Of The Year.  Having received the award at the age of 27, Jelani retains the distinction of being the youngest-ever recipient of this prestigious honor.

    This evening of silent film and organ music kicks-off our Fall International Film Festival which begins the following evening, Friday, Sept. 29th and continues on until Thursday, Oct. 5th.  For more information about the International Film Festival visit our website at www.marshallartistsseries.org.

    This event is sponsored by the Marshall Artists Series and Marshall University Multicultural Affairs.  For more information please contact the Marshall Artists Series at 304-696-3326.


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    Two events planned for Herd fans traveling to Tennessee

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Alumni Association and Big Green Scholarship Foundation have organized two events this weekend for Thundering Herd fans attending Marshall's football game at the University of Tennessee.

    The game kicks off at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn.

    The first event, sponsored by the Marshall University Bookstore, is a live radio broadcast from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22 from the lobby of the Knoxville Marriott Hotel with Rocky Smith and 93.7 The DAWG. We Are … Marshall gear will be sold during the event. The hotel is located at 500 Hill Ave., SE, in Knoxville.

    The second event is a pre-game tailgate from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at 22nd Street and Cumberland Avenue in Knoxville. Marshall is partnering with "Smokin' Thunder," a team of MU fans and alumni that hosts a 20-spot tailgate at Herd home games, for the event. The menu features pulled pork, brats, hamburgers, hot dogs, slaw, baked beans, chips, soft drinks and legal beverages.

    There is no admission charge to the tailgate, but donations will be accepted. A map of the tailgate site is available at www.marshall.edu/alumni.


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    MU Artists' Series Presents 2006 International Film Festival

    Catch the Fall International Film Festival

    Sept. 29-Oct. 5 at the Keith-Albee Theatre!

     

    Get ready for a fantastic array of films presented to you by the Marshall Artists Series at the gorgeous Keith-Albee Theatre! This year's Fall International Film Festival kicks off Friday, Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m. It's jam-packed with movies that will leave you laughing, learning, soul searching and even sometimes crying.

    First on the fantastic lineup is Take My Eyes. This astute psychological drama tackles the difficult subject of domestic violence with intelligence and compassion. Winner of 7 Spanish Goya Awards including best Film and Best Director, Take My Eyes, depicts the strong, turbulent and erotic bond between Pilar and Antonio, and their attempts to save their marriage. "An extraordinarily truthful and piercing drama," says The Chicago Times. The film is from Spain and presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

    Viewers will find themselves mesmerized by the spellbinding An Inconvenient Truth as Director Davis Guggenheim eloquently weaves the science of global warming with Al Gore's personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate change. A long time advocate of the environment, Gore presents a wide array of facts and information in a thoughtful and compelling way. An Inconvenient Truth is not a story of despair, but rather a rallying cry to protect the one earth we all share. The film from the USA and is in English.

    Georges and his wife are living the perfect Parisian life of modern comfort and security until their idyll is disrupted by the delivery of mysterious videotapes containing images of them that are disturbingly intimate and increasingly personal. Cache is a mysterious adventure that leads the audience through an investigation of secrets, lies, and the crumbling walls of security George and his wife have built around themselves. The film is from France and is presented in French with English subtitles.               

    The South African sensation Tsotsi is set amidst the sprawling Johannesburg township of Soweto, where survival is the primary objective. Tsotsi traces six days in the life of a ruthless gang leader who ends up caring for a baby accidentally kidnapped during a car-jacking. This Academy-Award winner is a psychological thriller in which the protagonist is compelled to confront his own brutal nature and face the consequences of his actions. The film is South African and is presented in Tsotsitaal with English subtitles.

    Seven years in the making, Water, is a profoundly moving and compelling story of India's "widow houses", where women of all ages are taken to live (even today) apart from society following the deaths of their husbands. The story follows three widows who dared to stand up for themselves in the liberating time of Mahatma Gandhi. The film from India and is presented in Hindi with English subtitles.

    Kinky Boots follows the life of Charlie Price, who after his father's death must save his family's shoe factory or his entire town will be left out in the cold. When Charlie looks for a way too reinvent the family business, he finds help in the most unusual of people, Lola, a feisty female impersonator with a flair for design. Now these two unlikely friends will hatch a plan to save the factory and its quirky cast of characters. The film from the United Kingdom and is presented in English.

    No advance tickets necessary. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Individual tickets cost $7. Tickets for full-time Marshall students are free and Marshall faculty and staff pay only $5.50. Season tickets for all 12 films of the fall and spring festivals can be purchased for only $65. Season ticket holders will be admitted 30 minutes prior to each film. Individual tickets can be purchased 15 minutes prior to each film.

    For information call 304.696.6656 or visit out website at www.marshallartistsseries.org for a complete schedule of films as well as movie trailers and links to official film sites. All films will be shown at the Keith Albee Theatre on 425 4th Ave in Downtown Huntington.

    The International Film Festival is sponsored by Marshall University Multicultural Affairs, Radisson Hotel Huntington, Clear Channel Communications, The Herald Dispatch and The Marshall Artists Series. 

                Fall International Film Festival Schedule

    Friday, Sept. 29

    5:30 Take My Eyes

    7:30 An Inconvenient Truth

    9:45 Cache

     

    Saturday, Sept. 30

    2:30 Tsotsi

    5:30 Kinky Boots

    7:30 Water

    9:45 Take My Eyes

     

    Sunday, Oct. 1

    2:30 An Inconvenient Truth

    5:30 Cache

    7:30 Tsotsi

    9:45 Water

     

    Monday, Oct. 2

    5:30 Kinky Boots

    7:30 Cache

     

    Tuesday, Oct.3

    5:30 Water

    7:30 An Inconvenient Truth

     

    Wednesday, Oct.4

    5:30 Tsotsi

    7:30 Take My Eyes

     

    Thursday, Oct.5

    5:30 An Inconvenient Truth

    7:30 Kinky Boots


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    Lunch discussion to focus on women and effects of substance abuse on relationships

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Elizabeth Phillips, a graduate student in the Marshall University counseling program and a graduate assistant with the MU Women's Center, will lead a brown bag lunch discussion on women and the effects of substance abuse on relationships on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

    The event, which is part of the Marshall University Wellness Coalition events and activities, takes place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Women's Center in Prichard Hall.

    The discussion will highlight the main substances used by women today, warning signs of addiction, the impact on relationships, and programs geared toward substance abuse rehabilitation. The program is sponsored by the Women's Center and Student Health Education programs.

    For more information, persons may contact Leah Tolliver, coordinator of the Marshall University Women's Center, at (304) 696-3112 or wcenter@marshall.edu.


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    Kopp to deliver State of the University address on Thursday, Sept. 14

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp will deliver his State of the University address Thursday, Sept. 14 during the fall general faculty meeting, which begins at 2 p.m. at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

    This will be the first State of the University address by Kopp, who has been Marshall's president since July 1, 2005. He said he will talk about the direction and priorities of the university, along with progress that has been made since his arrival at MU.

    The complete meeting agenda includes welcoming remarks by Dr. Larry Stickler, chair of the faculty senate; singing of the Star Spangled Banner by student Mitchell Spurlock; introduction of 65 new faculty by Provost Dr. Sarah Denman; Kopp's State of the University address, and a State of the Faculty address by Stickler.

    Kopp's State of the University address will be streamed live on the Internet at http://www.marshall.edu/president/sou2006.htm. After the meeting a reception to honor the new faculty will be held in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center.

    New faculty to be introduced are: College of Education & Human Services - Richard Abel, G. Keith Bowling, Aaron Clopton, Michael Corrigan and Mary Mhango; College of Fine Arts - Julio Alves, Sarah Daughtrey, Hayson Harrison, Marisa Main, Kathleen Mallett, Sean Parsons and Brent Patterson; College of Health Professions - Amy Gannon, Jill Kio, Patricia McComas, Alissa Parker and Tina Toler.

    College of Information Technology & Engineering - Patrick Conlon and Wael Zatar; College of Liberal Arts - Natsuki Anderson, Kevin Barksdale, Keith Bell, Eric Del Chrol, Robert Drake, Shuhua Fan, Stephen Fink, Kevin Law, Julia Lewis, Ryan McCullough, Anke Duerr-McCown, Paige Muellerleile, Cary Nailling, Greta Resenbrink, Phillip Rutherford, Kristen Neal Stover, Lisa Stuchell, Anthony Viola and Christopher White.

    College of Science - Joel Better, Chris Burcher, Thomas Jones, Rob-Roy Mace, Shannon Miller, Frank O'Keefe, Andrew Przeworski and David Wiedenfeld; Elizabeth McDowell Lewis College of Business - T. Maurice Lockridge and Sharath Sasidharan; Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine - Mark Adkins, Amy Albrecht, James Day, Charles Francis, Gregory Hendricks, James Jensen, Tracy LeGrow, Andrew Marcus, Kristie Nowak, Leera Patel, Saroj Sigdel, Zach Tankersley and Abid Yaqub.

    Marshall University Graduate College - Samuel Securro and Terrence Stange; W. Page Pitt School of Journalism - Christopher Swindell; and, University Libraries - Sabrina Thomas.


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    Harless Dining Room Closed Until Monday

    Due to an electrical problem, the Harless Dining Room on the Huntington campus will be closed until breakfast on Monday morning, September 18. On Saturday and Sunday, meals will be served in the Twin Towers dining room.


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    West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals returns to Huntington as Marshall University celebrates Constitution Week

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - As part of the many events recognizing Constitution Week, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals will participate in two public functions next week at Marshall University.

    The first function is Monday, Sept. 18 when Chief Justice Robin Jean Davis speaks to visitors, students, faculty and staff about "Women and the Law." The second is Tuesday, Sept. 19 when the Supreme Court of Appeals convenes to hear four cases.

    "Marshall University is very proud and pleased that the West Virginia Supreme Court has chosen to convene on our Huntington campus again this year. They will be in session on Tuesday to hear four important cases affecting West Virginia," Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp said. "We had a great turnout last year as students, faculty, staff and members of the public were able to see this branch of government conduct its business. I found the process fascinating and, in reviewing the docket, expect a similar experience this year."

    Chief Justice Davis said it is important that people of West Virginia have the opportunity to see firsthand how the Judicial Branch of State Government works.

    "The docket of cases that we have selected for September 19 include questions of constitutional law, which are a natural fit with Constitution Week and the other events occurring at Marshall University," she said.

    Debuting this year as part of Constitution Week are two quoits events. Quoits are rings of iron that, like horseshoes, are pitched at stakes in a game that was played by John Marshall.  The inaugural quoits tournament, open to teams of faculty, staff and students, will be played Monday through Thursday. The championship will follow the President's Invitational Quoits Tournament, which this year will feature competition among media representatives and be played on Thursday, Sept. 21.

    The quoits competitions will take place on the west end of Buskirk Field. More information is available at www.marshall.edu/recsport.

    Dr. Alan B. Gould, Executive Director of the John Deaver Drinko Academy, said he sees this week of historic events as another way that Marshall University educates its students.

    "Constitution Week was started by United State Senator Robert C. Byrd in order to draw attention to the important document that our system of government is based upon," Gould said. "Included within federal legislation that was passed in 2004 was a provision requiring schools and federal agencies to set some time aside to study the United States Constitution. The Drinko Academy is a proud sponsor of these events and looks forward to celebrating Constitution Week and the birthday of our namesake, Chief Justice John Marshall."

    Here are the events scheduled for Constitution Week at Marshall University. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, persons may contact the Drinko Academy at (304) 696-3183.

    WHAT:           Chief Justice Robin Jean Davis will speak to visitors, students, faculty, and staff about "Women and the Law."

    WHEN:           Monday, Sept. 18, 2006 at 10 a.m.

    WHERE:        Alumni Lounge (2w16), Memorial Student Center, Huntington campus, Marshall University.

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    WHAT:          The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals will be in session.  To review the docket of cases, please visit http://www.state.wv.us/wvsca/calendar/sept19_06ad.htm.

    WHEN:           Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006 at 10 a.m.

    WHERE:        Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, Huntington campus, Marshall University.

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    WHAT:           John Marshall's 251st Birthday Celebration with the cutting of a giant cake.

    WHEN:           Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006 at 11 a.m.

    WHERE:        Memorial Student Center Plaza, Huntington campus, Marshall University.

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    WHAT:          President's Invitational Quoits Tournament

    WHEN:          Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006 at 11:30 a.m.

    WHERE:       West End of Buskirk Field, Huntington campus, Marshall University.

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    MU's chapter of Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity receives three awards from parent organization

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's chapter of Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity has received three awards from the parent organization. The awards were announced in July at Delta Omicron's triennial conference at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill.

    The chapter received awards for the categories of music service, outstanding music programs, and campus/community service.

    "For a recently reactivated chapter, earning three awards is a great honor," said Dr. Vicki P. Stroeher, a member of the Marshall music faculty who is the chapter's advisor. "We only have been operating as a chapter for the past academic year and were surprised and pleased by the recognition."

    Stroeher attended the conference, as did chapter members Angela Crum, president; Melanie Baldwin, first vice president; Minna Aminzadeh, treasurer; and Jessica Bethel, historian.

    Delta Omicron is a professional fraternity in the field of music with collegiate chapters established throughout the United States and abroad.


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    Renovation of Keith-Albee topic of Wednesday news conference

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A news conference to discuss the pressing need for volunteers to help with renovations to the Keith-Albee Theatre will take place at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 in front of the theatre.

    David Tyson, co-president of the Keith-Albee Foundation Inc., said the theatre will increase by some 600 seats to about 3,000 once the transformation into a performing arts center is completed. The Keith-Albee will become the largest performing arts center in West Virginia, Tyson said.

    Dr. H. Keith Spears, vice president for communications and marketing at Marshall, said Warner Bros. Pictures has indicated a majority of the stars in the movie "We Are Marshall" plan to attend the movie premiere on Dec. 12 at the Keith-Albee. In order to get the theatre ready for the premiere, volunteer assistance is needed, he said.


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    Birke Fine Arts Symposium features artists, writers, scholars, performers at Marshall, Pullman Square

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Artists, writers, scholars and performers will visit Marshall University's Huntington campus, the Huntington Museum of Art and Pullman Square for nearly a month beginning Sunday, Sept. 24 as participants in the 2006 Birke Fine Arts Symposium.

    The symposium has assisted Marshall's departments of art & design, music and theatre in the College of Fine Arts, and English in the College of Liberal Arts for more than 40 years in bringing noted guests such as these to campus.

    "This symposium reminds us that for many millennia the arts were inherent in civic culture, integral with worship and addressed all sorts of other societal needs," art professor Dr. Beverly Marchant, a member of the symposium committee, said. "They taught traditions, inspired allegiance, embodied virtues like leadership, sacrifice and justice and questioned values, purposes and ambitions, while providing aesthetic pleasure, even entertainment.

    "With this year's symposium performances and presentations we seek to remind our audience on campus and in the community that these traditional roles of the arts thrive even today, enriching our lives."

    All but two of the symposium events are free to the public. They are the theatre department's performance of Hair Wednesday through Sunday, Oct. 11-15 at the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse, and the workshop with Carrie Mae Weems Friday through Sunday, Oct. 20-22, at the Huntington Museum of Art.

    Weems, a student of art and folklore, has taught extensively in universities and has been commissioned by organizations including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Chicago Public Library, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the 47th Venice Biennale. She uses narrative in photography, video and writing to examine aspects of race, class and gender, especially in her African-American heritage.

    Here is the schedule of events, which also is available at www.artsforallmu.com:

    September

    Carrie Mae Weems, exhibition - "May Days Long Forgotten and Italian Dreams"
    Saturday, Sept. 16 - Sunday, Nov. 12, Huntington Museum of Art.
    Tuesday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, noon to 5p.m.

    Public Sculpture
    Sunday, Sept. 24 - Saturday, Oct. 21, Marshall University campus and Pullman Square, Huntington.Participating sculptors include Charlie Brouwer, Johnathan Cox, Jeremy Entwhistle, Alison Helm, Jim Killy, Kevin Lyles and Claire Sherwood.

    Panel Discussion of Public Commissions
    Monday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pullman Square Gazebo, Huntington.

    The Art Guys, gallery talk
    Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Birke Art Gallery, Marshall University.
    Their work is on exhibit Sept. 8 - 28, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Monday  6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    The Art Guys, performance piece
    Thursday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m. in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre, Joan C. Edwards Playhouse, Marshall University.

    October

    Exhibition of WPA Music
    Monday, Oct. 2 - 7, Drinko Library.

    Michael Singer, environmental artist presentation
    Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m., Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre, Joan C. Edwards Playhouse, Marshall University.

    Kenneth Bindas, lecture to Music 100 class
    Thursday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m., Smith Recital Hall, Marshall University

    Kenneth Bindas, lecture on the Federal Music Project of the WPA
    Thursday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m., Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre, Joan C. Edwards Playhouse, Marshall University.

    Elementary Teacher Workshop
    Friday, Oct. 6 at 8:30 a.m., Smith Recital Hall, Marshall University.
    Workshop with Cabell County Elementary teachers on movement, folk dancing of the WPA period and links to Appalachian traditional music.

    1930's WPA Radio Program
    Friday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m., Marshall University department of music ensembles, Smith Recital Hall, Marshall University.

    Children's Concert
    Saturday, Oct. 7 at 3 p.m., Smith Recital Hall, Marshall University.
    Department of Music Prep Division and other young music students.

    HAIR, the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
    Wednesday, Oct. 11 - Saturday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m., Joan. C. Edwards Playhouse, Marshall University. Produced by Lang Reynolds; directed by Jack Cirillo.

    Presented by Marshall University Theatre. For ticket information contact the Marshall University Box Office at (304) 696-6395. Play may not be suitable for children due to mature content and language.

    Mountain Top Removal Displays
    Wednesday, Oct. 18 - Thursday, Oct. 19, noon to 1:30 p.m., Memorial Student Center, Marshall University.

    Carrie Mae Weems, presentation
    Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m., Joan C. Edwards Playhouse, Marshall University.
    Gender, racial and social aspects of her work. Weems' appearance at Marshall University is funded with assistance from the Office of Multicultural and International Programs, the Center for African American Programs, and the Women's Center.

    Carrie Mae Weems, gallery talk
    Thursday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m., Huntington Museum of Art Auditorium.
    Carrie Mae Weems will present a public talk on her work in general and specifically on the exhibition, "May Days Long Forgotten and Italian Dreams." Weems' presentations at the Huntington Museum of Art are funded by the Walter Gropius Masters Artist Series through the generosity of the estate of Roxana Y. Booth.

    Gropius Workshop with Carrie Mae Weems
    Friday, Oct. 20 - 22, all day.
    Participants must register and enroll with the Huntington Museum of Art for the interdisciplinary workshop on designing a performance space or piece. Registration can be done by phone (304) 529-2702 or by visiting www.hmoa.org.

    Writers' Symposium

    Friday, Oct. 20 - Saturday, Oct. 21, Marshall University campus.

    Writers on mountain culture, mountain top removal, and the environment.

    The project is being presented by the Marshall University department of English with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    • Registration, welcome and book fair
      Friday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m., Smith Hall Atrium in front of the Birke Art Gallery.
       

    • Roundtable, Writing for the Environment
      Friday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m., Smith Hall 154. Featuring writers from "Missing Mountains."
       

    • Readings
      Friday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m., Smith Hall 154. Featuring writers from "Missing Mountains."
       

    • Reception with the "37 Flood
      Friday, Oct. 20 at 9 p.m., Java Joint, corner of Hal Greer Boulevard, Third Avenue, Huntington.

    • Workshops
      Saturday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m. to 10:20 a.m., Smith Hall.
      Featuring Chris Holbrook (Smith Hall 113), Charlie Hughes (Smith Hall 227) and Kristin Johannsen (Smith Hall 263).

    • Coal: An Anthology of Poetry
      Saturday, Oct. 21, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Smith Hall 154, Blair Mountain Press Reading.

    • Workshops
      Saturday, Oct. 21, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Smith Hall.
      Featuring Erik Reece (Smith Hall 113), Anne Shelby (Smith Hall 227), and Mary Ann Taylor-Hall (Smith Hall 263). 

    • Keynote Address, Denise Giardina
      Saturday, Oct. 21, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Joan C. Edwards Playhouse, Marshall University.

    The complete schedule is available at www.artsforallmu.com. For further information on the symposium, persons may call Michael Cornfeld, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts, at (304) 696-2897.


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    Black Alumni, Inc., sponsoring trip to MU's game at Tennessee

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Black Alumni, Inc., is sponsoring a bus trip to the Thundering Herd's football game Saturday, Sept. 23 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, David Harris, president of the organization, said today.

    The cost is $100 per person, which covers game ticket, light snacks on the bus and a tailgate party. Deadline for reserving a seat on the bus is Wednesday, Sept. 20.

    Harris said the bus will leave the parking lot at Marshall's Joan C. Edwards Stadium at about 8:30 a.m. and return to Huntington immediately after the game, which begins at 4 p.m. at Neyland Stadium.

    To reserve a seat on the bus or for more information, persons may call Harris at (304) 697-1550 or (304) 696-2597 or Janis Winkfield at (304) 416-0938.


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    Parthenon Reports, 'Marshall' Trailer Released

    This article first appeared in The Parthenon Friday, September 8, 2006. Visit the Parthenon Article

    The trailer for the upcoming movie "We Are Marshall" was released online Thursday.

    In an exclusive showing, the Yahoo! Movies Web site aired the trailer before any other site had the clip.

    In addition, the trailer will be aired during halftime at Saturday's game against Hofstra University.

    The trailer includes scenes both from the Huntington and Atlanta filmings, with several scenes included from a stadium in Atlanta.

    The mass crowd student scene marks a turning point in the trailer, where the story becomes one of rebirth rather than the tragedy of the crash.

    The cheering of "We Are Marshall" continues through the end of the trailer, with the end being a shot of McConaughey as Lengyel carrying his son to the stadium.

    "We Are Marshall" tells the story of the 1970 plane crash that killed 75, including the Marshall football team.

    The movie is set for a nationwide release Dec. 22, with a premiere planned prior to that in Huntington.

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    Gov. Manchin, other to honor Marshall's first medical graduates Friday at 25th reunion

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- This weekend's alumni homecoming of the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine will be a milestone one: a "silver celebration" recognizing the 25th reunion of the school's first graduating class.

    More than three-fourths of the members of the first class, from as far away as Florida and California, plan to return during the weekend. Many will attend a special dinner for their class at 6 p.m. Friday (Sept. 8) at the Guyan Golf and Country Club. In addition to the graduates of the Class of 1981, dinner guests will include Gov. Joe Manchin, Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp, former Marshall president Robert B. Hayes, former medical school dean Robert W. Coon, and others associated with the school's earliest years.

    Other reunion classes in the spotlight this year will be the Classes of 1986, 1991, 1996 and 2001, said Linda S. Holmes, the medical school's director of development and alumni affairs.

    Both Holmes and School of Medicine Dean Charles H. McKown Jr. called the 25-year anniversary a milestone for the school.

    "In a very real sense, it was the arrival of these first medical students that actually made us a medical school," McKown said. "They were a pioneering group who succeeded wonderfully and make great representatives for Marshall in West Virginia and across the country. We are honored to be celebrating their reunion with them."

    Homecoming events for all classes begin at 9 a.m. Friday with a daylong continuing medical education conference that includes presentations by Drs. Elizabeth Spangler, Carmella Evans-Molina, Sue Hanks and Betts Carpenter -- all alumni of the school -- and Dr. Robert Weiler of the University of Florida.

    There will be a reception from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Radisson Hotel Grand Theater for all alumni and friends. On Saturday, tours will be offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. of the Marshall University Medical Center, the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center. There also will be a 2 p.m. tailgate party at Lefty Rollins Field.

    Noting that the original medical students started their education in an aging made-over hospital, McKown said those students -- and even their more recent counterparts -- are likely to be impressed with the growth of the medical school and its associated facilities in recent years.

    "The marvelous evolution of medical facilities in our community and region is in no small measure a result of the success of the medical school, which in turn is a reflection of the success of our graduates," he said.

    Where are they now?

    The Class of 1981, Marshall University's first medical graduates

    Patrick C. Bonasso
    Fairmont, WV
    Obstetrics/gynecology

    Emmett F. Branigan
    Bellingham, WA
    Infertility, reproductive endocrinology

    Dennis M. Burton
    Morgantown, WV
    Radiology

    Harry G. Camper
    Harrisonburg, VA
    Obstetrics/gynecology

    Galen E. Castle
    Frankfort , KY
    Radiology

    Dwight C. Groves
    Chesapeake, VA
    Obstetrics/gynecology

    Leslie N. Heddleston
    Granite Bay, CA
    Maternal/fetal medicine

    Francis Scott Hunter
    Scott Depot, WV
    Obstetrics/gynecology

    Sandra J. Joseph
    Huntington, WV
    Family practice

    Douglas C. McCorkle
    Lutherville, MD
    Otolaryngology

    Stephen F. Morris
    Tarpon Springs, FL
    Pathology

    Stephen T. Pyles
    Ocala, FL
    Anesthesiology

    Brenda C. Smith
    Sewickley, PA
    Obstetrics/gynecology

    Nina K. Smith
    Harrisonburg, VA
    Obstetrics/gynecology

    Stephen C. Smith
    Hurricane, WV
    Internal medicine

    John F. Toney
    Tampa, FL
    Internal medicine

    Robert E. Turner
    Huntington, WV
    Family practice

    Keith H. Wharton
    Moon Township, PA
    Obstetrics/gynecology


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    Marshal Artists Series presents the Festival di Vino

    HUNTINGTON-The Marshall Artists Series invites you to attend Festival di Vino, a wine, food and music festival - the final event of Kindred Spirits: A Celebration of Food and Drink. After two weeks of sold out cooking classes and a wine pairing dinner, Kindred Spirits culminates with this fun outdoor event to be held Sunday September 10th at Pullman Square in Downtown Huntington.

    Festival Di Vino brings together food, music and over 20 wines from around the world. Patrons will be able to participate in a silent auction in order to bid on exciting items such as a 2-night getaway to the Greenbrier Resort, custom artwork by Sandra Marcum, sporting tickets, restaurant gift certificates and many more unique items.

    While enjoying the beautiful fall afternoon, patrons may groove to the sounds of Cincinnati's own The Connection band. This high energy, old school funk and R&B band consists of just guitar, bass, drums and tenor sax. This band, despite its size packs a big punch that features the soul vocalist extraordinaire Daveed "Big Fun" Owens. As a seasoned veteran, "Big Fun" directs the band through the hits of the 60's and 70's, covering artists such as James Brown, Marvin Gaye, The Commodores, Temptations, Kool and the Gang, Bob Marley and Stevie Wonder.

    Penny Watkins, Executive Director of the Marshall Artists Series says "We are thrilled with the response so far to the Kindred Spirits festival.  It's the first major fundraiser in the 70 year history of the Marshall Artists Series and so far it has been a tremendous success. It is our hope that this exciting festival will become an annual fall event for the Tri-State."

    Advance tickets for Festival di Vino are $35.00 per person and can be purchased from the Marshall Artists Series until Friday afternoon by calling (304)696-3326. Tickets purchased at the festival are $40.00 per person. While casually dressed, enjoy food samplings, wine tasting and music from 12-4 p.m. in your downtown location, the lovely new Pullman Square.

     

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    Clerk of West Virginia Supreme Court to discuss upcoming cases to be heard at Marshall University during Constitution Week

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Rory Perry, Clerk of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, will address Marshall University students, faculty and staff at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11 at a public event in the Memorial Student Center Alumni Lounge (room 2w16) to prepare for the Court's visit to Marshall on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

    Perry will be discussing the cases that will be heard by the Court in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. The Sept. 19 session begins at 10 a.m.

    Throughout the week of Sept. 18, Marshall University will be celebrating Constitution Week with several events on its Huntington campus. For more information, persons may contact the Drinko Academy at (304) 696-3183.

    WHAT:          West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Clerk Rory Perry will be
                            discussing the cases that will be heard by the Court 
                            at Marshall University during Constitution Week.

    WHEN:           Monday, Sept. 11 at 3 p.m.

    WHERE:          Alumni Lounge - 2w16, Memorial Student Center
                             Huntington Campus, Marshall University.


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    Kindred Spirits: A Celebration of Food and Drink, September 6 Event Update

    Kindred Spirits: A Celebration of Food and Drink

     

    HUNTINGTON-The Marshall Artists Series continues their celebration of 70 years of arts and entertainment tonight with the exciting new culinary fundraising event, Kindred Spirits: A Celebration of Food and Drink.

     

    Sold out cooking classes continue through Sept. 7 culminating with celebrity chef Katie Lee Joel's class "Spawning New ideas About Salmon" at the home of Dr. Jeff and Brooke Leaberry from 7 - 9 p.m.

     

    Tonight's Cooking Classes September 6th :

     

    September 6         7-9   Champagne Nights, Courthouse Lights

    Description:          A romantic evening overlooking the Courthouse dome will be accentuated with beautifully paired champagnes, appetizers and of course, chocolates.  Sponsored by Dr. Jeffrey and Brooke Leaberry, J. D. and Emily Maynard, and Dr. Karen Lo.

    Location:              746 4th Avenue, Suite 3, Huntington

     

     

    September 6         7-9   The Trixology of Mixology

    Description:          Mixologists Jason "Wally" Wallace, of Impromptu Catering, and Greg Hardin will instruct you in the basic and advanced skills of libation creation.  Sponsored by Gregory and Terry Hardin.

    Location:              The Snooty Fox Lounge (aka Greg and Terry's)

    335 Woodland Drive, Huntington

     

     

     

     

    Kindred Spirits Wine Events

     

    Cena di Vino - Wine and Dine Extravaganza

    Friday, September 8, 2006

     

    Local Chef: Rocco Muriale

    7:00 P.M.  Champagne and Hors D'oeuvres, The Arcade Lobby, Huntington

    8:00 P.M.  Multi-course dinner with wine pairings in the lobby of The Frederick Building, 940 4th Avenue, Huntington

    Cocktail Dress

    Cost $150.00 per person

    Corporate Table of 8: $1,500.00

     

     

    Festival di Vino- A Festival of Wine, Food and Music

    Sunday, September 10, 2006

     

    Enjoy food samplings, over 20 wines to taste, and music from Cincinnati's own The Connection, at Pullman Square - Downtown Huntington.

     

    A silent auction will feature items such as a Greenbrier Resort package, a signed football from Chad Pennington, sports ticket packages, custom festival artwork and much more. 

    Casual Dress

    12:00 noon - 4:00 P.M.

    Tickets: $35.00 per person in advance - $40 per person when purchased at the gate.

     

     

    YOUR CONTRIBUTION IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

     

    The Marshall Artists Series accepts Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover Card, Personal Checks and Cash.

     

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    MU switches pharmacies for students needing prescription medications

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students may pick up prescription medications ordered by medical staff from Student Health at Medical Arts Pharmacy, located at 949 6th Ave. in Huntington.

    Marshall switched this year from CVS Pharmacy on 20th Street to Medical Arts Pharmacy, according to Student Health specialist Amy Saunders. Saunders said selected medications are provided with a $3 co-payment at Medical Arts Pharmacy.

    For more information, persons may contact Saunders at (304) 696-4800.


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    Part-time Job and Internship Fair is Sept. 13 at Marshall

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students and alumni seeking part-time and internship positions are encouraged to attend the MU Career Services Center's Part-time Job and Internship Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

    The event takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Don Morris Room on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus. It is specifically designed to include all Marshall students, regardless of their major.

    Students not in search of a job also are encouraged to attend to take advantage of numerous networking opportunities.

    The theme of this year's fair is "Solving the Employment Puzzle." Currently, 40 recruiters are registered to attend, including Kindred Communications, the Walt Disney College Program, Fifth Third Bank and several on-campus departments. The complete list of registered recruiters is available at www.marshall.edu/career-services.

    Soda, popcorn and pizza (courtesy of Papa John's Pizza) will be available to all fair participants. More information is available by calling Amber Bentley, student jobs coordinator with the Marshall Career Services Center, at (304) 696-2370, or at bentley@marshall.edu.


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    Distinguished writer to appear at Marshall Sept. 14

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Writer Ed Falco, a novelist, poet, short story author, and playwright, will read from his work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 in Room 2W16 of the Memorial Student Center.

    Falco is the author of eight books and two hypertext works.  His most recent books are Sabbath Night in the Church of the Piranha: New and Selected Stories, from Unbridled Books (2005); Wolf Point, a novel, also from Unbridled (2005) and In the Park of Culture, a collection of short fiction from The University of Notre Dame Press (2005).

    Acid, a collection of stories, won the 1995 Richard Sullivan Prize from the University of Notre Dame, and was a finalist for The Patterson Prize.  Falco has won a number of other prizes and awards for his fiction, including the Emily Clark Balch Prize for Short Fiction from The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Mishima Prize for Innovative Fiction from The Saint Andrews Review, a Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers' Conference, two Individual Artist's Fellowships from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and The Governor's Award for the Screenplay from The Virginia Festival of American Film. 

    His stories have been published widely in journals, including The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, and TriQuarterly, and collected in the Best American Short Stories, the Pushcart Prize, and several anthologies, including Blue Cathedral: Short Fiction for the New Millennium.

    An early innovator in the field of digital writing, Falco's literary and experimental hypertexts are taught in universities internationally.   His online work includes Self-Portrait as Child w/Father (Iowa Review Web), Circa 1967-1968 (Eastgate Reading Room), and "Charmin' Cleary" (Eastgate Reading Room).

    As a playwright, Falco is the author of Home Delivery, which won the Hampden-Sydney Playwriting Award and was subsequently staged by the Hampden-Sydney Theater Department. 

    Falco lives in Blacksburg, Va., where he teaches writing and literature in Virginia Tech's MFA program, and edits The New River, an online journal of digital writing. His appearance is sponsored by the Marshall English department and the College of Liberal Arts.  It is free to the public.

    For more information, persons may contact Marshall English professor Art Stringer at (304) 696-2403.


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    Kindred Spirits: A Celebration of Food and Drink September 5 Event Update

    Kindred Spirits: A Celebration of Food and Drink

     

    HUNTINGTON-The Marshall Artists Series continues their celebration of 70 years of arts and entertainment tonight with the exciting new culinary fundraising event, Kindred Spirits: A Celebration of Food and Drink.

     

    Sold out cooking classes continue through Sept. 7 culminating with celebrity chef Katie Lee Joel's class "Spawning New ideas About Salmon" at the home of Dr. Jeff and Brooke Leaberry from 7 - 9 p.m.

     

    Tonight's Cooking Classes:

    Sept. 5 - Marshall Artists Series Cooking Class Schedule (Classi d Cucinare)

     

    September 5         7-9   Party Like a Pro

    Description:          Join Tim Quade, designer at Interior Motives, for a spirited introduction to decorating and preparing for a dinner party. Tim will help you plan a schedule, a menu and offer some innovative decorating tips in a raucous evening of fun.

    Location:              Home of Jim and Verna Gibson,812 13th Avenue, Huntington

     

    September 5         7-9   California Dreamin'

    Description:          Personal Chef Mike Bowen will conduct a class on appetizers and hors d'oeuvres featuring local produce, unique cheeses and classic techniques, all paired with wonderfully fruity California red and white wines from the cellars of Dr. Larry Dunworth.

    Location:              3045 8th Street Road, Huntington

     

    September 5         7-9   Sushi for Beginners

    Description:          Your host, Dr. Tully Roisman, will demonstrate the ancient art of rolling your own sushi. If you're not into raw seafood, don't worry, any sushi can be made vegetarian or with cooked seafood.  The demonstration will be followed by a saki tasting. 

    Location:              Vo-Tech Center, Norway Avenue, across from Wal-Mart, Huntington

     

    September 5         6:30-8:30   Ciao Baby

    Description:          Chef Josie Wallace of Guyan Golf and Country Club, demonstrates her version of some classic Italian dishes, each to be beautifully pared with great wines from the Club's cellar.

    Location:              Guyan Golf and Country Club, Rt. 60, East, Huntington

     

     

     

    Kindred Spirits Wine Events

     

    Cena di Vino - Wine and Dine Extravaganza

    Friday, September 8, 2006

     

    Local Chef: Rocco Muriale

    7:00 P.M.  Champagne and Hors D'oeuvres, The Arcade Lobby, Huntington

    8:00 P.M.  Multi-course dinner with wine pairings in the lobby of The Frederick Building, 940 4th Avenue, Huntington

    Cocktail Dress

    Cost $150.00 per person

    Corporate Table of 8: $1,500.00

     

     

    Festival di Vino- A Festival of Wine, Food and Music

    Sunday, September 10, 2006

     

    Enjoy food samplings, over 20 wines to taste, and music from Cincinnati's own The Connection, at Pullman Square - Downtown Huntington.

     

    A silent auction will feature items such as a Greenbrier Resort package, a signed football from Chad Pennington, sports ticket packages, custom festival artwork and much more. 

    Casual Dress

    12:00 noon - 4:00 P.M.

    Tickets: $35.00 per person in advance - $40 per person when purchased at the gate.

     

     

    YOUR CONTRIBUTION IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

     

    The Marshall Artists Series accepts Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover Card, Personal Checks and Cash.

     

    ---NO ONE UNDER 21 WILL BE ADMITTED---


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    'We Are Marshall' trailer will debut at Herd football game with Hofstra

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The trailer for the upcoming feature film "We Are Marshall" will debut at Joan C. Edwards Stadium at halftime of the Thundering Herd's football home opener with Hofstra in Huntington on Saturday, September 9. The game kicks off at 4:30 p.m.

    "We are incredibly excited about this," said H. Keith Spears, Marshall's Vice President for Communications. "We feel it couldn't be more appropriate to show the 'We Are Marshall' trailer first, in its entirety, to the Herd faithful."

    "We Are Marshall," starring Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, Ian McShane, Anthony Mackie, Kate Mara, January Jones, Brian Geraghty and David Strathairn, tells the inspiring true story of how a small city in West Virginia, steeped in the rich tradition of college football, struggled to cope with a devastating loss and restore its community after one of the worst sports disasters in the history of American sports - the 1970 plane crash that took the lives of 75 people, including nearly the entire Marshall University football team, coaches and staff.

    Director McG and producer Basil Iwanyk will be at the game and are scheduled to introduce the film preview at the halftime viewing.

    "Working on this film has been an honor and a pleasure from start to finish, and I cannot emphasize enough my gratitude to the people of Marshall University and the citizens of Huntington, West Virginia, for their cooperation, participation and support," McG said. "I am very proud to be a part of bringing this inspiring story to a larger audience."

    "The partnership between the university, the filmmakers of 'We Are Marshall,' and Warner Bros. has been a great experience for all involved," Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said. "The university and the city of Huntington are eagerly awaiting the release of this film. Debuting the trailer at the opening Herd home game could not be more fitting."

    "We Are Marshall," from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, will be in theaters nationwide on Friday, December 22nd. A premiere in Huntington is being planned prior to the release of the film.


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    WMUL students win pair of awards in SPJ contest

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Student broadcasters from WMUL-FM, Marshall University's public radio station, won two national finalist awards in the 2005 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) National Mark of Excellence Contest. They received the awards in the categories Radio Sports Reporting and Best All-Around Online Student Broadcast Station at the SPJ National Convention Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006, in Chicago, Ill. 

    Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, associate professor of broadcasting in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall and faculty manager of WMUL-FM, said the students competed with broadcasting students from other colleges and universities across the nation representing SPJ's 12 regions.

    "Our radio students have established a tradition at WMUL-FM of being able to successfully compete at the national level with other student-operated college radio stations," Bailey said. "This performance in SPJ's National Mark of Excellence Contest is further evidence of the quality of the work performed by our talented broadcasting students."

    The two national finalist award-winning entries in radio are: 

    Radio Sports Reporting

    "Pruett Retires," written and produced by Melanie Chapman, a graduate student from McConnell, W.Va., broadcast during the 5 p.m. edition of Newscenter-88, Monday, March 9, 2005.

    Best All-Around Online Broadcast Station

    "www.marshall.edu/wmul," a new home page design by radio station Web Master Deven Swartz, a sophomore from Philippi, W.Va., December 2005.

    Overall there are 45 categories for print, radio, television and online journalism in the SPJ National Mark of Excellence contest. SPJ has been presenting the Mark of Excellence Awards since 1972.
     


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    The Art Guys' work on display at Marshall Sept. 8-28

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - As part of the Arts for All Birke Fine Arts Symposium, two nationally-known artists who call themselves The Art Guys will have their work on display Sept. 8-28 in the Birke Art Gallery at Marshall University.

    Marshall students will be assisting the artists between Sept. 4 and Sept. 8 as they create their new show titled, "Two Guys Walk Into a Hardware Store."

    The Art Guys, Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing, are known for their unpredictable mix of performance art, sculpture and works on paper. They often transform ordinary objects and situations into the extraordinary.

    Galbreth and Massing will give a gallery talk at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27. They also will be presenting a performance piece in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28.

    The Art Guys' work is on display in galleries and museums nationally and world-wide. They have work on display in the Menil Collection and in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Two of their permanent sculptural installations are in the Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, Ariz., and at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas.

    Birke Fine Arts Symposium events begin Sept. 25 and run through Oct. 22.

    For more information on The Art Guys, persons may contact Birke Gallery Art Director Emily Ritchey at (304) 696-2296 or at ritchey3@marshall.edu.


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    Herd fans urged to wear green Friday on College Colors Day

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Thousands of Marshall University football fans, even those not attending the Thundering Herd's season-opening football game, will be wearing green Saturday in support of MU as it plays its season opener at West Virginia University.

    However, Marshall and city officials are hoping all Herd fans will wear Marshall green on Friday - the day before the game - as part of the second annual College Colors Day 2006.

    Kit Walsh, senior vice president of marketing for the Collegiate Licensing Company, said College Colors Day is becoming a customary dress-down day for companies and organizations across the country - "a casual way to start the Labor Day holiday weekend," Walsh said.

    Dr. H. Keith Spears, vice president for communications and marketing at Marshall, recently organized a commercial shoot on campus with hundreds of faculty and staff - all wearing their green "We Are … Marshall" t-shirts - taking part.

    "It was absolutely wonderful to see so many people coming together in a sea of green," Spears said. "We want everyone to do it again, not only on College Colors Day, but every Friday throughout the football season."

    Even Huntington Mayor David Felinton is hoping to see green throughout the city and region on Friday.

    "Hopefully everyone will join the excitement of national College Colors Day on Friday, September 1st," Felinton said. "I encourage everyone in Huntington to wear Marshall green to support our team."

    Walsh said more than 400 companies and all CLC institutions took part in College Colors Day 2005. "We anticipate 2006 to be even bigger," Walsh said.


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    Kindred Spirits: A Celebration of Food and Drink - Event Update

    Kindred Spirits: A Celebration of Food and Drink

     

    HUNTINGTON-The Marshall Artists Series continues their celebration of 70 years of arts and entertainment tonight with the exciting new culinary fundraising event, Kindred Spirits: A Celebration of Food and Drink.

     

    Sold out cooking classes continue through Sept. 7 culminating with celebrity chef Katie Lee Joel's class "Spawning New ideas About Salmon" at the home of Dr. Jeff and Brooke Leaberry from 7 - 9 p.m.

     

    Tonight's Cooking Classes:

    Aug. 31 - Marshall Artists Series Cooking Class Schedule (Classi d Cucinare)

     

    August 31             7-9   Ultimate Tex-Mex

    Description:          Join Chef Ron Smith, of Chili Willi's, as he creates the best Tex-Mex and Mexican dishes this side of the border.  Learn the secrets of coastal Mexican ceviches, fresh and roasted salsas and much more. Following the demonstration, there will be a tasting of fine tequilas.

    Location:              Vo-Tech Center, Norway Avenue, across from Wal-Mart, Huntington

     

    August 31             7-9   Thrill of the Grill

    Description:          Pryce Haynes, II and Pryce Haynes, III are fired up and ready to show you how to take your grilling skills to the next level. Their presentation will include samplings of poultry, pork, beef and fish. Learn how to take local fare and turn it into a grilled/smoked feast to thrill the most discriminating palates. 

    Location:              536 North Inwood Drive, Huntington

     

     

    Kindred Spirits: A Celebration of Food and Drink continues with a five-course Tuscan-themed dinner, prepared by local celebrity chef Rocco Muriale on Friday, Sept. 8th and the festival closes with an outdoor food, wine and music festival on Sunday, Sept. 10th at Pullman Square from 12 - 4 p.m.

     

     

    Kindred Spirits Wine Events

     

    Cena di Vino - Wine and Dine Extravaganza

    Friday, September 8, 2006

     

    Local Chef: Rocco Muriale

    7:00 P.M.  Champagne and Hors D'oeuvres, The Arcade Lobby, Huntington

    8:00 P.M.  Multi-course dinner with wine pairings in the lobby of The Frederick Building, 940 4th Avenue, Huntington

    Cocktail Dress

    Cost $150.00 per person

    Corporate Table of 8: $1,500.00

     

     

    Festival di Vino- A Festival of Wine, Food and Music

    Sunday, September 10, 2006

     

    Enjoy food samplings, over 20 wines to taste, and music from Cincinnati's own The Connection, at Pullman Square - Downtown Huntington.

     

    A silent auction will feature items such as a Greenbrier Resort package, a signed football from Chad Pennington, sports ticket packages, custom festival artwork and much more. 

    Casual Dress

    12:00 noon - 4:00 P.M.

    Tickets: $35.00 per person in advance - $40 per person when purchased at the gate.

     

     

    YOUR CONTRIBUTION IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

     

    The Marshall Artists Series accepts Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover Card, Personal Checks and Cash.

     

    ---NO ONE UNDER 21 WILL BE ADMITTED---


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    Marshall SGA and Student Ambassadors co-sponsoring "Keep Your Motor Runnin' " blood drive

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Student Government Association and Student Ambassadors are co-sponsoring a "Keep Your Motor Runnin' " blood drive Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 6-7, on the Huntington campus.

    The blood drive will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in the Don Morris Room located on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center.

    The blood drive is just one of the American Red Cross Blood Services' Greater Alleghenies Region summer campaigns. "Keep Your Motor Runnin' " began May 1 and will conclude on Sept. 30, 2006. The campaign allows donors to help "fuel" the need for blood and ride off with a newly designed "Biker" t-shirt and a chance to win a 2006 Harley Davidson Fat Boy Motorcycle.

    The university will show its appreciation of students who donate blood by allowing them to discard one parking ticket (per student). This excludes handicap and fire lane parking violations.

    Denise Black, donor marketing specialist for the American Red Cross, said she is hoping for a large turnout among both students and faculty. "Our goal is to receive 60 productive units of blood per day," Black said. 

    In order to donate blood, individuals must be age 17 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health. Those with questions about eligibility requirements may call the nursing collections department at (800) 542-5663.


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    Marshall SGA sponsoring bus trip to Herd-WVU game

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Student Government Association is offering students, faculty and the Huntington community transportation to and from Morgantown, W Va., for the Thundering Herd's 3:30 p.m. football game Saturday with West Virginia University.

    The cost is $15 per person to reserve a seat on the bus and about 40 seats are still available. The bus will leave from the Joan C. Edwards Stadium parking lot at 9 a.m. and depart Morgantown for the return trip to Huntington about 45 minutes after the game ends.

    "The student government executives and I discussed the idea of providing students with transportation as a safe and cheap way to attend the game," SGA President Ben Sandy said. "We are more than happy to be able to now extend this offer to the public as well."

    Seats may be reserved in the Judicial Affairs office, Room 2W38 of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's Huntington campus. Only cash payments will be accepted.

    For more information, persons may contact Megan Barbour at (304) 696-6412 or Ben Sandy at (304) 696-6436.


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    Funeral arrangements set for Terry Gardner

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Funeral services for former Marshall University football player Terry Gardner, who died Sunday at his home in Westerville, Ohio, are set for Saturday, Sept. 2.

    Visitation is at 9 a.m. at New Salem Baptist Church, located at 2956 Cleveland Ave. in Columbus, Ohio. The funeral follows at 10 a.m. at the church, with burial at Glenrest Cemetery, also in Columbus.

    Porter-Qualls & Gary Funeral Home in Columbus is in charge of the arrangements.

    Gardner played for Marshall's Young Thundering Herd in the early 1970s. He scored the winning touchdown in 1971 when MU upset Xavier, 15-13, for its first victory after the 1970 plane crash.


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    Kindred Spirits: A Celebration of Food and Drink Event Update

    Kindred Spirits: A Celebration of Food and Drink

    HUNTINGTON-The Marshall Artists Series continues their celebration of 70 years of arts and entertainment tonight with the exciting new culinary fundraising event, Kindred Spirits: A Celebration of Food and Drink.

    Sold out culinary classes were held last night at the home of David and Pam Miller, as well as the home of Liza Caldwell. Guests at the Miller's were treated to veritable feast of wild game delicacies prepared by Chef Ian Patrick paired with a fabulous selection of fine wines. The Bluegrass Evening class hosted by Carl Baily and Liza Caldwell featured a representative of Buffalo trace bourbons as well as a fabulous menu of bourbon-themed recipes.

    Sold out cooking classes continue through Sept. 7 culminating with celebrity chef Katie Lee Joel's class "Spawning New ideas About Salmon" at the home of Dr. Jeff and Brooke Leaberry from 7 - 9 p.m.

    Tonight's Cooking Classes:

    Aug. 30 - Marshall Artists Series Cooking Class Schedule (Classi d Cucinare)

    August 30 7-9 Spanish Tapas

    Description: Dr. Montserat Miller and Dr. Daniel Holbrook, historians with extensive knowledge and practice in food history will lead the class in the making of a half-dozen Spanish tapas dishes. Tapas will be accompanied by wines of Spain.

    Location: Vo-Tech Center, Norway Avenue, across from Wal-Mart, Huntington

    August 30 7-9 Middle East Magic

    Description: Julian and Jihad Saad, proprietors of Saad's Market, Saad's Oriental Rugs and Saad's Catering will be demonstrating the preparation of dishes from their home country of Lebanon and from the surrounding Middle East region.

    Location: Creative Kitchens, 1242 5th Ave. Huntington

    Kindred Spirits: A Celebration of Food and Drink continues with a five-course Tuscan-themed dinner, prepared by local celebrity chef Rocco Muriale on Friday, Sept. 8th and the festival closes with an outdoor food, wine and music festival on Sunday, Sept. 10th at Pullman Square from 12 - 4 p.m.

    Kindred Spirits Wine Events

    Cena di Vino - Wine and Dine Extravaganza

    Friday, September 8, 2006

    Local Chef: Rocco Muriale
    7:00 P.M. Champagne and Hors D'oeuvres, The Arcade Lobby, Huntington
    8:00 P.M. Multi-course dinner with wine pairings in the lobby of The Frederick Building, 940 4th Avenue, Huntington

    Cocktail Dress

    Cost $150.00 per person
    Corporate Table of 8: $1,500.00

    Festival di Vino- A Festival of Wine, Food and Music
    Sunday, September 10, 2006

    Enjoy food samplings, over 20 wines to taste, and music from Cincinnati's own The Connection, at Pullman Square - Downtown Huntington.

    A silent auction will feature items such as a Greenbrier Resort package, a signed football from Chad Pennington, sports ticket packages, custom festival artwork and much more.

    Casual Dress
    12:00 noon - 4:00 P.M.

    Tickets: $35.00 per person in advance - $40 per person when purchased at the gate.

    YOUR CONTRIBUTION IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

    The Marshall Artists Series accepts Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover Card, Personal Checks and Cash.

    ---NO ONE UNDER 21 WILL BE ADMITTED---

     


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    Shuttle service available to and from Mountaineer Field

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University fans attending a pre-game tailgate Saturday at Krepps Park in Morgantown will have access to shuttle service to and from Mountaineer Field. A round-trip pass is $3.

    Marshall is hosting the tailgate from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Krepps Park, which is located near the WVU Coliseum. Admission is $10 per person and includes food, drinks and giveaways. Students with current Marshall Student ID's will be admitted for $5.

    Parking at the tailgate is available on a first-come, first-served basis for $5. Overflow parking is available at the Coliseum and several nearby churches. Kickoff for the game is set for 3:30 p.m. at Puskar Stadium.

    The first 250 people arriving at the tailgate receive a limited edition inaugural Friends of Coal Bowl t-shirt. Also, everyone who attends the tailgate receives a free "We Are … Marshall" rally towel.

    The shuttle service to the stadium begins at 1:30 p.m. and lasts until 3 p.m. before the game. Service back to the tailgate resumes at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

    Sponsors for the tailgate include 93.7 The Dawg, Graffiti, Pepsi, Herr's, Atomic Distributing, Marshall University Alumni Association, Big Green Scholarship Fund and Marshall Student Government Association.

    Directions to Krepps Park: Off Interstate 79, take Exit 155. Bear right at the end of the exit ramp. Travel to the Coliseum at the top of the hill and get in the left lane. At the traffic light, turn left onto Patteson Drive and look for Marshall banners on the left to take you into Krepps Park.

    For more information about the event, contact the Marshall University Alumni Association at (304) 696-3134.


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    University, college runners to compete for Governor's Cup in marathon

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The third annual Marshall University Marathon presented by HealthyHuntington.org, which takes place Sunday, Nov. 5 in Huntington, features a new twist this year for students, faculty or staff of West Virginia colleges and universities.

    Teams of at least three male and three female marathoners representing their college or university will compete for the Governor's Cup. The marathon begins and ends at Marshall University, with the starting time set for 8 a.m.

    Teams may have more than six runners, but only the times of the top three males and females from each school count in the scoring. The overall time of those six runners make up the team's official time.

    "I am excited about the Governor's Cup," said Tom Dannals, race director of the Marshall Marathon. "The Governor's Cup is similar to the Marshall-West Virginia football game. It is friendly competition, which we all like in some form, and something we can look forward to. It is people helping each other out during the months before the event."

    In addition to the marathon (26.2 miles), other events include the half-marathon run (13.1 miles), the half-marathon relay run, the half-marathon walk and the 5-mile walk. Entry fees if paid by Thursday, Aug. 31 are $45 for the marathon, $25 for the half-marathon run, $15 per runner for the half-marathon relay run and $15 for all walkers. After Aug. 31 the fees increase by $5 for all running events, while the walkers' fees remain the same. 

    All full marathon registrants who enter by Sept. 15 will receive a fleece pullover in a guaranteed size. All other runners will receive a long-sleeved t-shirt, and everyone who finishes receives a unique finisher's medal.

    Registration can be made online at www.active.com. More information on the event is available at www.HealthyHuntington.org. Those who want to volunteer during the race may contact the race director at president@healthyhuntington.org.


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    Marshall students can purchase tickets to WVU game Wednesday morning; limit is one per person, cost is $42

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students may purchase tickets to  Saturday's football game between the Thundering Herd and West Virginia University beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30 at the Marshall ticket office in Cam Henderson Center.

    Three hundred tickets are available, but each student is limited to one ticket, according to Matt Monroe, assistant athletic director for ticketing at Marshall. The tickets cost $42 apiece.

    The Henderson Center doors on the 3rd Avenue side of the building will open at 5:30 a.m. for those who want to get in line early. The ticket office opens at 9 a.m.


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    Former Herd football player Terry Gardner dies at his Ohio home

    Huntington, W.Va. - Former Marshall University football player Terry Gardner, who scored the winning touchdown in the Young Thundering Herd's 15-13 upset victory over Xavier in 1971, died Sunday morning at his home in Westerville, Ohio, according to former teammate Reggie Oliver.

    Oliver said Gardner's wife, Gwen, told him that her husband had been having respiratory problems. She told Oliver that Gardner collapsed at home about 9:30 a.m., and that attempts to revive him there and at a Columbus hospital failed.

    Oliver, who lives in Columbus, said he and Gardner recently participated together in an interview for the "We Are Marshall" DVD. The movie will be released worldwide on Dec. 22.

    "He had a good attitude and he was feeling pretty good, even though he told me he was having some breathing problems," Oliver said. "He was excited about doing the (DVD) interview and getting back together, reminiscing."

    Oliver threw the pass to Gardner that gave Marshall its stunning victory over Xavier. Oliver said Gardner had a quiet demeanor, but "his motor was always going 100 miles an hour."

    "He also had a great smile," Oliver said. "You could look at his face and know he was listening attentively, then he would break out in a big old grin. He was a great young man and I'm glad to have played ball with him."

    Funeral arrangements are incomplete.


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    Pep rally planned for Thursday at Pullman Square

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University football fans will converge on Pullman Square for a pep rally Thursday evening to show their support for the Thundering Herd football team before it heads to Morgantown to play West Virginia University. Kickoff for the season opener is at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

    "We Are … Marshall - The Rally" will feature Herd coaches, players and cheerleaders, along with Marco and the Marching Thunder pep band. The rally, held in conjunction with the Pullman Square Concert Series, runs from 7 to 11 p.m.

    "This event is going to get the football players and coaches, along with the students and community, pumped up for the game," Student Government Association President Ben Sandy said. "We want them to know that they've got our full support and that we'll be there in Morgantown cheering them on."

    The SGA, Student Activities Programming Board and Marshall Alumni Association are sponsoring the rally, which is free to the public. Herd Coach Mark Snyder is expected to arrive at Pullman at about 8 p.m.

    "The rally should be a great experience," Sandy said. "The concert series is already a fabulous weekly event; we're just injecting Marshall into it. I want to see a lot of students at Pullman square getting the players and coaches pumped up for the game against WVU."


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    Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center dedicated

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    HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd visited Marshall University Friday, Aug. 25 to help dedicate the $48 million Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center.

    Gov. Joe Manchin joined in the dedication along with Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp and other distinguished guests.

    The 144,000 square-foot building is the largest capital improvement project in Marshall history. It features state-of-the-art research and teaching laboratories, high-tech classrooms, a large imaging facility with an array of powerful microscopes, mass spectrometer and chromatography suites and several other specialty units. Construction of the facility by Mascaro Construction of Pittsburgh began in March 2004 and concluded this summer.

    Marshall received strong financial support for the project from Sen. Byrd, who secured federal funding of $35.6 million, or about 90 percent of the original $40 million price tag. Other funding came from a West Virginia economic development grant and private sources.

    "Education remains West Virginia's passport to progress," Byrd said. "The new biotechnology center will provide Marshall students and faculty with a hands-on, futuristic learning environment with cutting-edge technology and equipment.  The building also will be an economic engine, fostering research and discoveries that will boost job creation in the state.  I am pleased to have partnered with Marshall on this exciting endeavor."


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    Marshall Center Opens Doors to Scientific Learning, Research

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    HUNTINGTON, WV - U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., said Friday that the new Biotechnology Science Center at Marshall University represents amazing possibilities for scientific research and economic development in the state.

    Byrd traveled to Cabell County to celebrate the dedication of the new Marshall biotech facility and to look forward to expanded educational opportunities and the growth of high-tech scientific jobs in the future.

    "This state-of-the-art facility represents the cutting edge of biotechnology research in the United States.  The discoveries that will be made by the scientists, researchers, doctors, and students at Marshall will advance science beyond the power of our imaginations, and create one of the future economic pillars of the Mountain State and our country," Byrd said. 

    Byrd obtained $35.5 million in federal funds, which was matched by $12.5 million from the state, to construct the 144,000 square-foot building.  The new Biotechnology Science Center is the largest capital improvement project in Marshall University history and will bring together under one roof the faculty, staff, and students of the School of Medicine and the College of Science.

    "We have the talent right here in West Virginia to take advantage of the coming biotechnology wave.  The state's colleges and universities, led by the efforts at Marshall, are producing more graduates with greater skills in various biotech fields.  Our goal is to provide the opportunities that can enable our graduates to pick up the local want ads and find good paying jobs in West Virginia, rather than look to other states," Byrd said.

    Already, companies like Vandalia Research, a home-grown firm started by Marshall students, are creating jobs in West Virginia.

    "I hope that Vandalia Research is but the vanguard of dozens of new West Virginia biotech firms in the future," Byrd stated.

    To further the momentum of the nascent biotechnology industry in Huntington and Cabell County, Byrd recently added an additional $2.7 million to federal legislation to create the Center for Bioengineering/Biomanufacturing Commercialization at Marshall.

    These latest funds will expand specialized training in chemistry, biology, and manufacturing technology to create a pool of highly trained individuals ready to enter the growing field.  The funds also will provide specialized equipment for emerging West Virginia biotechnology companies, acting as an incubator for future economic opportunities.

    "There is a global race underway to see which countries can harness the benefits of these new fields of research and production.  West Virginia is ready to join that race.  So hold on, change is coming!" Byrd said.


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    Joseph M. Gillette Scholar award established

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Joe Gillette, an Atlanta, Ga., resident, 1973 graduate of Marshall University and a member of the Society of Yeager Scholars Board of Directors, has established the Joseph M. Gillette Scholar award named in memory of his late father.   

    The scholarship will go to a student selected to be a Marshall University Society of Yeager Scholar. Gillette has recommended incoming Yeager Scholar freshman Elizabeth Truex of Tallmadge, Ohio, as the inaugural recipient of the new scholarship.  She plans to major in microbiology.

    "I've seen firsthand the quality and leadership of the young men and women chosen for this year's Class of 20l0 Yeager Scholars program, Gillette said.  "They are all very exceptional people and scholars."

    Gillette said he is recommending Truex because he sees in her the promise he sees in his own two daughters, and also because she is from his home state of Ohio.

    Founded in 1989 and named for Brig. Gen. (Retired) Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager, the Society of Yeager Scholars seeks out and attracts to Marshall University students with outstanding leadership potential, as demonstrated by their intellect, breadth of interest, imagination, personal drive, and commitment to excellence.  Students selected for the program have been characterized as having the "right stuff" to make a difference in the world. 


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    Marshall board approves Border State Scholarship for qualifying students in five states

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Board of Governors voted Wednesday, Aug. 23, to establish the Border State Scholarship for prospective students from Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia who satisfy minimum academic qualifications, beginning with the 2007 fall semester.

    Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said the principal objective of the Border State Scholarship plan is to significantly increase the number, yield and enrollment of non-resident applicants particularly from higher population centers in states bordering West Virginia.

    The Border State Scholarship will allow qualifying students from the five states to pay the current metro rate of $7,382 per year, which is about $3,700 less than the current non-resident tuition rate of $11,054.

    Kopp said the plan in no way alters Marshall's historical commitment to recruit and serve residents of West Virginia. "It is an important component of our long-term strategy to grow full-time student enrollment at Marshall University through the combined expansion of resident and non-resident student populations," he said.

    The scholarship will be awarded based on merit, requiring applicants to achieve a minimum, composite ACT score of 23 and a high school cumulative grade point average of 2.75. To remain eligible for the Border State Scholarship, students enrolled under the plan must be in good academic standing at the end of each academic year. They may retain their scholarship for no more than five years.

    Kopp said a secondary purpose for instituting the Border State Scholarship plan is to increase the retention and graduation rates of these non-resident students. He said the plan will have little or no impact on applicants from current metro counties who will retain the admission eligibility and tuition and fee requirements currently in effect.

    "This restructuring of our non-resident scholarship programs will allow the University to become more competitive for students from these states, who may not otherwise consider an out-of-state university," Kopp said. "We believe a major increase in applicants from these states is feasible within the first three years following implementation of the plan."


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    West Virginia Secretary of State Betty Ireland to visit MU Thursday

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - West Virginia Secretary of State Betty Ireland will visit Marshall University Thursday, Aug. 24 in celebration of Women's Equality Day. Ireland will speak at noon in the third-floor atrium of the Drinko Library.

    Women's Equality Day recognizes the historic anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote. Ireland is the first woman elected to the executive branch of state government in West Virginia.

    The Marshall University Women's Studies Program, the Marshall University Women's Center, and the Women's Studies Student Association are sponsoring the event.

    For more information, persons may contact the Women's Center at (304) 696-3338 or wcenter@marshall.edu.


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    Psychology department's doctoral program fully accredited

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's psychology department has received notification from the American Psychological Association that its doctoral program in clinical psychology has been fully accredited.

    In 2001, Marshall received approval for the doctoral program from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and classes began in the fall of 2002.

    "This is a major step for the program, coming in the very first year that we were eligible for accreditation," said Dr. Marty Amerikaner, chair of the psychology department.  "Earning accreditation as quickly as we did means that all of the students who have been enrolled in the program from the beginning will end up graduating from a nationally accredited program."

    Accreditation for doctoral programs in psychology from the APA is the nationally accepted standard for excellence in clinical training, Amerikaner said. The accreditation is of particular importance to students, he added.

    "For students this will help open the door to a variety of internships, post-doctoral training centers, job opportunities and licensure flexibility in states around the country that would otherwise not be available to them," he said.   

    Dr. Marianna Footo-Linz, the program's coordinator, said the accreditation will help make people aware of the mission of the program and its significance to the state and to other rural regions, especially those in Appalachia.  

    "The program takes as one of its primary missions the preparation of doctoral-level practitioners to work in rural and underserved regions," she said.  "Many in the field of behavioral health agree that there is a quiet crisis in our more isolated regions.  Doctoral-level psychologists in particular are in short supply."

    Footo-Linz said Marshall's program encourages graduates to establish innovative programs that meet the unique needs of rural communities.

    "We encourage students by giving them exposure to rural work in the practicum experiences and also by helping them to develop skills such as needs assessment, program planning and evaluation, and grant writing that will enable them to establish programs in underserved areas," she said.

    Since many of the students enrolled in the doctoral program are from West Virginia and other rural Appalachian regions, they already have a sensitivity to more isolated areas, Footo Linz said.

    "We hope to give them the tools to provide services in these areas that many already call home," she said.

    Amerikaner gives credit to Footo-Linz and the rest of the faculty and staff of the psychology department for their significant contributions to the development of the program.

    "Our students also have been exceptionally involved in helping us achieve this important milestone and the university's administration has been extremely supportive of the program's development since the outset," he said.  "It's hard to overstate the importance of APA accreditation for doctoral programs in psychology." 

    For more information about the program, persons may call the psychology department at (304) 696-6446.


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    Snyder's contract extended through 2013

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University football Coach Mark Snyder's contract has been extended through 2013, President Stephen J. Kopp announced today.

    Kopp cited Snyder's commitment to the program and the direction he believes it is headed in making his decision to extend Snyder's contract.

    "I have tremendous confidence and respect for Mark Snyder," Kopp said. "I admire his character and work ethic, not only as our head football coach, but also as a leader. He challenges and prepares the young men who come to Marshall University as student athletes to excel on the playing field, in the classroom and in life."

    Snyder, a native of Ironton, Ohio, coached Marshall to a 4-7 record in 2005, his first year with the Thundering Herd. Marshall opens the 2006 season on Sept. 2 at West Virginia University.

    "I am extremely honored and humbled that the administration feels like our program is headed in the right direction," Snyder said. "We have an outstanding president and athletic director here, and it means a lot for them to show this type of commitment to me and my family. This is my alma mater and my home and, thanks to the administration's belief in us, I know we will be here for many years to come." 

    Athletic Director Bob Marcum said that Snyder, in his first 16 months on the job, has demonstrated all of the necessary qualities to be an outstanding football coach. "This commitment reflects his ability to lead our football program," Marcum said.

    Kopp described Snyder's commitment to building on the tradition of Marshall football as "inspiring."

    "Through his hard work, determination and the discipline he has instilled in our players he has proven to me that he is the right person to lead our football program," Kopp said. "This three-year contract extension reflects the commitment of Marshall University to Coach Snyder and the trust we have in him as the leader of our Thundering Herd football program."

    Snyder came to Marshall in April 2005 from Ohio State University, where he spent four years as an assistant coach under Jim Tressel. In Snyder's four years with the Buckeyes, OSU posted a 40-11 record and was 3-1 in bowl games.


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    Freshman Convocation returns to Marshall on Sunday, Aug. 20

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - For the first time in more than 40 years, Marshall University will conduct a Freshman Convocation on Sunday, Aug. 20 as a windup to Welcome Weekend. Fall classes begin Monday, Aug. 21.

    The convocation, last held at Marshall in 1964, is the formal event that welcomes new students to the university. It begins at 3 p.m. at Cam Henderson Center and features remarks from President Stephen J. Kopp, Provost Sarah Denman, Dean of Student Affairs Steve Hensley, head football coach Mark Snyder and others.

    "The purpose of the convocation is a simple one," Hensley said. "It is to inform students of the obligations and opportunities that await them at Marshall."

    Each student who attends the convocation will receive a special gift. After the event, students will join together for a class picture at the Memorial Fountain, then have the opportunity to walk through campus buildings in preparation for classes starting the next day. At 5 p.m., all attendees are invited to the campus picnic to be conducted on Buskirk Field.

    Welcome Weekend begins Friday, Aug. 18 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 20. The highlight of Friday's activities is the family picnic on the Memorial Student Center plaza that begins at 4:30 p.m. The Marching Thunder will perform at the picnic. Students will move into their rooms throughout the day.

    Several offices on campus will be open additional hours this weekend. The offices of admissions, financial aid, bursar and the registrar will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and the bursar's office will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

    Many events, such as a corn hole tournament, a dodgeball club tournament, a program called "Playfair" and a concert by Gyfted, are planned on Saturday. Persons may go to http://www.marshall.edu/orientation/weekend/Schedule/schedule.html for the Welcome Weekend schedule.

    "Welcome Weekend 2006 will allow our new students the opportunity to meet and interact with their fellow classmates, find the location of their classes, and participate in the fun-filled events that we have planned throughout the weekend," Margaret Brown, coordinator of Welcome Weekend, said.

    Brown encourages all students to attend "Playfair, which starts at 4 p.m. "It will be the ultimate icebreaker," she said. "This is not just any event. It is a powerful program that will promote campus unity and school spirit."

    New students and their families also will have access to Marshall's recreational facilities, including basketball and racquetball courts, the pool in Henderson Center and the fitness center. "Welcome Weekend 2006 will be a spectacular event that will show everyone that "We Are … Marshall," Brown said.

    The return of the Freshman Convocation is not the only change greeting students when they start classes. Those back from last year will notice several obvious differences, such as:

    • A remodeled Marshall University Bookstore that offers a wider, newer selection of Marshall merchandise, especially clothing;
    • A relocated bursar's office in Old Main. The former office was located just inside the main entrance to the right. The new office is just down the main hallway on the right.
    • A remodeled first-floor hallway in Old Main that has greatly enhanced the appearance and functionality of the principal student service areas in the building;
    • Renovations to Smith Hall;
    • A completed Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center, located at 1700 3rd Ave. It will open in the spring 2007 semester.
    • Access to 27 million volumes of books, thanks to the university joining PALCI (Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium) EZ-Borrow Group.

    Marshall's Student Activities Planning Board (SAPB) is coordinating several events this fall. The first is a Welcome Carnival, Casino & Luau, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 in the Memorial Student Center and feature games, snacks and prizes.

    SAPB also is organizing two trips to Cincinnati. The first one is Friday, Sept. 22 for a baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ballpark. The second one is to King's Island on Saturday, Oct. 14.

    Also this year, the Marshall Artists Series celebrates its 70th season with outstanding events and performers. Among the events this fall are the groundbreaking rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" on Oct. 25 at the Keith-Albee Theatre, and Tomaseen Foley's "A Celtic Christmas" Dec. 8-9 at the Keith-Albee. Mannheim Steamroller's "Fresh Aire" concert is April 10, 2007 at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

    The start of school also means a couple of major, long-anticipated events are drawing closer. The countdown to kickoff - literally - is just 12 days away after the fall semester begins. Marshall and West Virginia University kick off the college football season at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown.

    Release of the movie "We Are Marshall" is that much closer to reality as well. The release of the film, which features a star-packed cast of Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, David Strathairn and Ian McShane, is set for Dec. 22. An exact premiere date has not been announced, but the movie is expected to premiere in both Hollywood and Huntington.

    New deans at Marshall include Dr. Andrew Rogerson with the College of Science and, on an interim basis, Dr. Tony Szwilski with the College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE) and Dr. Rudy Pauley with the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development.

    Dr. Tammy Johnson is now the director of admissions for undergraduate and graduate programs. John Kinzer took over this summer as interim chief executive officer of the Marshall University Foundation, Inc.

    "The beginning of a new school year is always exciting as we greet new students, new faculty and staff and welcome back the returning students and faculty," Denman said.


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    Items from 1970 and 1971 seasons needed for movie's end credits 

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is seeking memorabilia from the 1970 and 1971 football seasons for use by Warner Bros. Pictures in the end credits of the "We Are Marshall" movie, which is nearing completion.

    "We are constantly impressed with the diligence that Warner Bros. Pictures has shown in terms of authenticity in the making of 'We Are Marshall,' " H. Keith Spears, MU's vice president for communications, said. "These artifacts will bring to reality the sincerity of this story."

    Marshall is seeking items such as game ticket stubs, posters, game programs, football equipment, clear photographs, newspaper clippings, and wearing apparel such as T-shirts, jackets and cleats from the 1970 and 1971 seasons.

    Anyone wanting to loan these items to Warner Bros. may do so by bringing them to Marshall's Office of Communications in Old Main 213 weekdays between 1 and 5 p.m. Items to be considered for the movie must be delivered to Marshall by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22.

    "We Are Marshall" is scheduled to be released on Dec. 22.

    For more information, persons may call the Office of Communications at (304) 696-4621.


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    Marshall alumni, fans, friends to 'Paint the Capital City Green' Aug. 16

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Kanawha Valley will once again be getting a new paint job as the ninth edition of "Paint the Capital City Green" comes to Charleston on Wednesday, Aug. 16, presented by the Friends of Coal.

    The annual event, which is recognized as the nation's largest pep rally for Marshall University alumni, fans and friends, begins at 6:45 p.m. at Charleston's Embassy Suites Hotel.

    "Paint the Capital City Green" is hosted by the Big Green Scholarship Foundation, Marshall University Alumni Association, Greater Kanawha Valley Marshall Club and the Charleston Quarterback Club.  Proceeds benefit the Big Green Scholarship Foundation and the MU Alumni Association. This is the third consecutive year the Friends of Coal organization has sponsored this popular Charleston tradition.

    "Pride, passion and excitement are the sentiments most often expressed around Marshall these days," Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp said. "We expect this year to be a breakout year on many fronts. A new era of opportunity is unfolding with the opening of the new Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center in Huntington, the kickoff of a promising year of Thundering Herd football and the premiere of the much- anticipated 'We Are Marshall' film. It is a great time to be a part of Marshall University and the 'Paint the Capital City Green' event always launches the start of our athletic season with great passion and fanfare for our beloved Thundering Herd teams."

    With excitement mounting for the upcoming Sept. 2 Friends of Coal Bowl, which pits in-state rivals Marshall and WVU opposing each other for the first time in nine years, fans will get to meet Kopp, second-year football coach Mark Snyder and his staff, and other members of Marshall's coaching staff.

    The event begins with a pep rally and tailgate party.  In addition, there will be entertainment by Marco, the Marshall cheerleading squad and members of the Marshall University Marching Thunder.

    This year's event also will include appearances by Young Thundering Herd Coach Jack Lengyel and 1971 Marshall quarterback Reggie Oliver, who are portrayed in the upcoming "We Are Marshall" film. Both were instrumental in the rebirth of Marshall's football program following the tragic 1970 Marshall plane crash.

    A formal program begins at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance as no tickets will be sold at the door. Table sponsorships also are available. For additional information, persons may call (304) 696-3134 or (304) 696-4461.


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    Marshall journalism students receive WVPA awards, scholarships

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications were honored at the annual West Virginia Press Association meeting Friday, Aug. 4 and Saturday, Aug. 5 at Stonewall Jackson State Park.

    Marshall students received five WVPA awards and three scholarships. The students competed in Division 3, the small daily newspaper division. Award winners were Chris Anastasia, graduate student, first place, sports columnist; Jessica Cox, May graduate, second place, best informational graphic, and third place, best lifestyle column; Grant Traylor, second place, sports writing, and Jason McClure, May graduate, third place, sports feature.

    Scholarship winners were Traylor, $1,000, Roy Owens Memorial Scholarship; Ali McDonald, $1,000, Fourney Memorial Scholarship, and Mia McDonald, $1,000, Fourney Memorial Scholarship.

    "We are very proud of our students," Dr. Corley Dennison, dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, said. "They competed against commercial newspapers, so these awards really show the level of professionalism and ability that our students possess."

    May graduate Jennifer Baileys also recently received a Hearst Award for her work in television news. Baileys placed in the top five in her division in April and was invited to take part in further competition in San Francisco, where she placed third.

    "The Hearst Awards are very prestigious awards," Dennison said. "The biggest schools and best programs in the nation compete for these awards, so this really speaks well for our program."

    For more information, persons may contact Dennison at (304) 696-2809.


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    MU's Heritage Society members honored for second consecutive year

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Members of Marshall University's Heritage Society were thanked and recognized today during a brunch in their honor in the Drinko Library atrium on MU's Huntington campus.

    John Kinzer, interim chief executive officer of the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., said the members of the Heritage Society are individuals and couples who have generously included Marshall in their estate planning.

    "Many of the members have already made significant gifts to the Marshall University Foundation," Kinzer said. "They are leaving a legacy which will benefit Marshall University students for generations to come."

    Kristi Arrowood, director of special projects with the Foundation, said today's second-annual event honored the Heritage Society's 153 members. They have chosen to be a part of Marshall's future through a bequest, a living trust, a charitable trust, a charitable gift annuity or life insurance.

    "All parts of Marshall University have benefited from planned gifts and for that I say thank you on behalf of a grateful university," President Stephen J. Kopp told those attending the brunch.

    The theme of today's event was "Legacy of Letters." Arrowood said to help archive some of the "dearest and most passionate" stories about Marshall University and its loyal supporters, members of the Heritage Society were asked to write letters sharing their thoughts of what Marshall means to them and their hopes and dreams for the university.

    The members' letters, or portions of them, are shared in this year's "Legacy of Letters" program.

    "Each letter gave us a glimpse into the hearts of these wonderful people and the reasons why they chose to provide for Marshall University and its students," Arrowood said. "Many shared their gratitude as well as the opportunities and privileges that attending or working for Marshall afforded them.

    "Others gave us wonderful visionary ideas," Arrowood continued. "And, we had those who testified of overcoming great odds to graduate from Marshall and the sense of family that has been passed down from each graduating class to the next. There are members who have been lovingly adopted into the Marshall and Huntington family and chose to show their appreciation in this lasting way."

    Michael Cornfeld, associate dean in the university's College of Fine Arts, announced during the event that Marshall has received a gift of $1.3 million from the estate of Donald B. Harper that will support an endowed scholarship in the College of Fine Arts.

    A plaque honoring Harper has been installed on the Pathway of Prominence on MU's campus. The Pathway is reserved for those who have given at least $1 million to Marshall during their lifetimes or through their estates.


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    Marshall receives $1.3 million from estate of Donald B. Harper; gift will support endowed scholarship in College of Fine Arts

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University announced today that it has received a gift of $1.3 million from the estate of Donald B. Harper that will support an endowed scholarship in the university's College of Fine Arts.

    Harper, a 1950 Marshall graduate, established the Donald B. Harper Scholarship in 1995 to assist West Virginia residents in the College of Fine Arts.

    The announcement from Michael Cornfeld, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts, came during a brunch for members of Marshall's Heritage Society in the Drinko Library atrium. The unveiling of a plaque honoring Harper for his gift followed. The plaque is the 17th on MU's Pathway of Prominence, which is reserved for those who have given at least $1 million to Marshall.

    "Don Harper was a dedicated patron of all the arts and particularly those at Marshall," Don Van Horn, dean of the College of Fine Arts, said. "He had a deep desire to help West Virginia students with interests in pursuing studies in art and design, music or theatre realize their dreams by coming to college. This desire manifested itself in the endowed scholarship Don established in the mid-1990s for West Virginia students majoring in fine arts at Marshall."

    John Kinzer, interim chief executive officer of the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., said the Donald Harper Endowed Scholarship is the largest scholarship gift from an individual the foundation has ever received.

    "This means so much to future Marshall students," Kinzer said. "The fund will provide 12 to 15 scholarships in perpetuity.  Donald Harper is an example of the Heritage Society members who give to Marshall University during their lives and also remember the university in their estate planning."

    Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said gifts such as the one from Harper "make a compelling difference in the educational opportunities available to students. And, in doing so, they impact and transform student lives in meaningful and enduring ways," he said.

    Harper received his Bachelor of Science degree from Marshall and his MBA from Columbia University. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force and worked for the General Service Administration in Washington, D.C. After retiring in the 1980s, Harper returned to Huntington to care for his parents.

    During Harper's lifetime, the endowed scholarship had increased through his gifts from $25,000 to $85,000. Upon his death on Dec. 27, 2003, his trust was divided among Marshall, Trinity Episcopal Church and the Huntington Museum of Art, which resulted in Marshall receiving $1.3 million. Van Horn said the gift makes the endowed scholarship one of the largest specifically earmarked to a college on Marshall's campus.

    "Don was extremely proud of this scholarship," Van Horn said. "He always joined the college at our annual Awards Convocation in the spring so he could be a part of the recognition of the scholarship recipients."

    Recipients of the Donald B. Harper Scholarship must be full-time sophomores and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their majors and a 2.5 GPA overall. According to the scholarship guidelines, they also should have displayed talent in their majors, show potential for growth and have demonstrated a commitment to the fine arts. The award may be renewed for up to three years if the recipient maintains a 3.0 GPA.

    "Students for generations to come will benefit from Don's generosity," Van Horn said. "The Don Harper scholarship fund will be large enough to enable us to provide substantial support to a number of our very best students.  We are forever grateful to Don Harper for his vision."


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    Retiring MU professor's book featured by National History Book Club

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A retiring Marshall University professor's latest book has been selected as a featured publication by the influential National History Book Club and has drawn national attention after the Book Club circulated a lengthy review praising it.

    "Hell in the Holy Land:  World War I in the Middle East," by Dr. David R. Woodward, was published earlier this year by the Lexington University Press of Kentucky.

    Woodward's book focuses on British soldiers in Egypt and Palestine during World War I and provides a description of how soldiers coped with the harsh conditions and the dangers they faced.  He points out that these soldiers were embroiled in a situation as brutal as that on the Western front, but their plight was hardly appreciated or understood at the time.

    Woodward, a professor of Modern European and Russian history whose work has focused on World War I and its diplomatic and military relations, is retiring in mid-August after 41 years spent in the classroom, 36 of them at Marshall.

    The National History Book Club circulates information about 200 books annually to its members. The group selected Woodward's book as a featured publication and distributed flyers promoting it to its members nationwide. The book drew high praise from Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Robert A. Doughty, former head of the department of history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, who reviewed it. 

    "In the final analysis, Woodward has written a remarkable book that adds considerably to our understanding of war in the Middle East," Doughty wrote.  "British soldiers in the Middle East truly had a hellish experience, one that the readers of Woodward's book will never forget."

    Author and historian Thomas C. Kennedy noted, "Woodward's work not only reveals a command of past and current scholarship but demonstrates a superlative research effort in uncovering the thought and horrors of otherwise voiceless soldiers and junior officers and fitting these into a lucid narrative account of the overall campaign."    

    "I never dreamed that the National History Club would pick up one of my books and circulate it nationally," Woodward said.  "I never imagined that it would get such great circulation.  It is a source of great pride to me."

    Woodward is the author of four books and numerous other publications.  "Hell In the Holy Land" has been published in the United Kingdom under the title "Forgotten Soldiers of the First World War:  Lost Voices From the Middle Eastern Front."

    Woodward may be reached at (304) 525-7404.


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    Three Marshall BOG members reappointed for four years

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin has reappointed three members of Marshall University's Board of Governors to four-year terms.

    Those reappointed to terms ending June 30, 2010 include current board chairman Menis E. Ketchum of Huntington, current board vice chairman Robert L. Shell, Jr., of Barboursville, and past board chairman Gary G. White of Logan.

    The newest member of the board is Susan K. Richardson, a Rome, Ohio resident who is chairperson of the Marshall Community and Technical College Board of Advisors. Richardson, who replaced William A. Smith, was sworn in at the Board of Governors' meeting in June.

    Richardson, a Marshall University graduate, has been with Somerville & Company, P.L.L.C., in Huntington since 1983. She became a partner with the company in 1991. Richardson serves on the advisory board for the Development of Accounting and Legal Environment in the Lewis College of Business at Marshall.

    "I was very pleased to be asked to chair the Marshall Community and Technical College Board of Advisors and look forward to working with the University Board of Governors as they guide the administration of both institutions through the challenges to be faced in the future," Richardson said. "I will strive to contribute effectively to the group."

    Ketchum is a senior partner with Ketchum, Bailey & Tweel in Huntington, Shell is chairman and CEO of Guyan International in Huntington, and White is president and CEO of International Industries, Inc., in Gilbert, W.Va.


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    Pig Roast benefits Marshall's Childhood Language Clinic

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Childhood Language Clinic will benefit from the Huntington Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Foundation's annual Family Fun on the Farm pig roast Saturday, Aug. 12 at the Heritage Farm Museum & Village.

    The event is from 1 to 4 p.m. at the farm, located at 3350 Harvey Rd. in Huntington. Admission is $25 and tickets will be available at the gate. Children under 12 are admitted free.

    The Scottish Rite has contributed more than $156,000 to the center since 2002.   The funding specifically supports a clinical position within the Marshall University Speech and Hearing Center (MUSHC) in the Department of Communication Disorders.

    The pig roast includes several activities, such as a dunking machine, country store, cornhole contest, craft table, inflatables, face painting and raffles. Dunking machine "victims" include WOWK-13 meteorologist Spencer Adkins, Marshall University women's basketball coach Royce Chadwick and Pat Oshel, president of Huntington Scottish Rite.

    A trip to Hilton Head, S.C., will be auctioned, along with a poster of "We Are Marshall" star Matthew McConaughey, a "We Are … Marshall" T-shirt, and an MU cornhole set. The Backyard Dixie Jazz Stompers will perform and WTCR radio will broadcast live from the site.

    For more information on the pig roast, persons may contact McNealy at (304) 696-3634, or call (304) 522-1430.


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    Highlights of the 70th Season of the Marshall Artists Series

    Highlights of the 70th Season of the Marshall Artists Series Include AIDA, Jesus Christ Superstar, Mannheim Steamroller, Menopause -The Musical, The Guys, A Celtic Christmas and Vicki Lawrence & Mama

    HUNTINGTON - The Marshall Artists Series proudly announces its 2006-2007 season of events. For 70 years the Marshall Artists Series has been a gateway to the world of cultural entertainment. Since 1936 the Artists Series has been making history in Huntington and at Marshall University.  The venerable organization will celebrate its 70th Anniversary this season with a lineup of shows sure to please one and all. 

    "Historically the Marshall Artists Series has a reputation for showcasing a wide variety of great arts and entertainment events and this season is no exception" says Angela Jones, Director of Marketing and External Affairs for the Marshall Artists Series.  From Argentina to Ireland, and from Egypt to the Wonderful Town known as New York City, our 70th season will take our patrons on a magnificent journey full of great music, dancing, cultural experiences and a lot of laughs." 

    We kick off our season with our culinary fundraising event, Kindred Spirits: A Celebration of Food and Drink, two weeks of culinary and wine events culminating with a wine festival at Pullman Square. The festival will begin August 28, 2006 and run through September 10, 2006.    The Keith-Albee Theatre will be our host for all events in the fall, while the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center will be our home in the spring while renovations are underway on the Keith-Albee Theatre.

    One exciting addition to our series this year is the opportunity for season ticket patrons to complete their own season ticket package.  Our Baxter and Mount Series each have three set events and the patron will then complete their own series package by choosing one of four Special Events.  This allows our valued patrons an opportunity to craft a season that caters to their own tastes and preferences.

    Matinee performances are another new addition this season. Matinees have been requested by some of our patrons who don't want to go out in the evening.  We are happy to be able to offer our valued patrons a convenient start time for a few of our performances.

     

    The following events will be featured on this season's Baxter Series:

    "Well for cryin' out loud!" Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Woman Show opens up the Baxter Series this season on Thursday, October 12, 2006 at the Keith-Albee Theatre beginning at 8 p.m.  An alumnus of the "Carol Burnett Show" and star of the adored sitcom "Mama's Family," Lawrence will showcase her comedic talents observing everyday life, perform her own music including the hit "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" and she will also revive her most cherished and lovable character, Thelma Harper. 

    Direct from Argentina and ten sell-out Broadway dates, comes Luis Bravo's Forever Tango on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at the Keith-Albee Theatre beginning at 8 p.m.  With the flick of a leg, the tug of a hand and the arch of an eyebrow, audiences will be drawn into the sultry, romantic and captivating moves of tango dancing.  Through dance and dramatic vignettes, an all-Argentine cast of dancers and on-stage musicians will lead you through a world of sensuous and sophisticated style.

    Broadway's wonderful homage to New York City, Wonderful Town, comes to our fair city on Monday, January 22, 2007 at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center beginning at 8 p.m.  Wonderful Town opened on Broadway to rave reviews and went on to win five Tony Awards including Best Musical. The story of two sisters fresh off the bus from Ohio features a wonderful score by Leonard Bernstein and sophisticated and funny lyrics.  The Star-Ledger proclaimed "Wonderful Town is vintage Broadway effervescence, served with class and pizzaz.  Enjoy!"

    Subscribers will customize their Baxter Series package by choosing one of our four special events this season to complete their package. 

     

    The following events will be featured on this season's Mount Series:

    Jesus Christ Superstar, the groundbreaking rock opera from the legendary writing team of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice takes center stage at the Keith-Albee Theatre on Wednesday October 25, 2006 at 8 p.m.  With an amazing score featuring hits such as "I Don't Know How To Love Him," "Superstar," and "Heaven on Their Mind," the show highlights the political and interpersonal struggles of Judas Iscariot and Jesus Christ.  Star of the original Broadway production and the subsequent feature film, Ted Neeley stars in his farewell tour in the title role and Corey Glover from the rock band Living Colour will portray Judas.

    The timeless love story, Aida, comes to the stage of the Keith-Albee Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006 at 8 p.m.  Aida is Elton John & Tim Rice's Tony & Grammy Award-Winning musical that magically combines the mixed sounds of reggae, gospel and rock ballads.  Witness the captivating story of Aida, a Nubian princess brought into slavery in Egypt, and Radames, a military commander struggling between his love for Aida and his loyalty to the Pharaoh.

    One of the world's top selling artists, the incomparable Mannheim Steamroller bring their highly acclaimed orchestral concert, Fresh Aire to the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 beginning at 8 p.m.  Throughout their career, Mannheim Steamroller have been awarded 16 gold records, 7 platinum records and 4 multi-platinum records.  They have sold over 5 million albums from the Fresh Aire series alone. 

    Subscribers will customize their Mount Series package by choosing one of our four special events this season to complete their package.
     


    The following are special events:
    (These Special Events are also choices for subscribers to choose when completing their
    Baxter, Mount & Superticket packages)

    The John F. Kennedy Center's latest family show, Alice, adapted from Whoopi Goldberg's delightful children's book, comes to the Keith-Albee Theatre on Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 7 p.m. as part of the Belanger Series.  After three successful visits, the Imagination Celebration on Tour returns for a fourth time to educate and entertain Tri-State families.  Join Alice and her friends on a journey bigger than their wildest dreams, leading them to the biggest treasure of all - the realization of the importance of friendship.

    Celebrate the holidays the Irish way as Tomaseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas, jigs its way onto the stage of the Keith-Albee Theatre for two performances: Friday, December 8 , 2006 at 7:30 p.m. and a special matinee performance on Saturday, December 9, 2006 at 2 p.m. A Celtic Christmas recreates the joy of a night before Christmas in a farmhouse in a remote parish of West Ireland.  Foley and his troupe of folk-tale entertainers will charm audiences during a night filled with their unique blend of stories, the fiery music of the fiddle, tin whistle, uileeann pipes, Celtic guitar and Irish dance.

    Get ready for a week of hormonal humor as Menopause - The Musical comes to the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center for eight performances including 3 matinees beginning Tuesday February 27, 2007 and running through Sunday, March 4, 2007.  Five evening performances will be featured (Tues. Feb. 27 - Sat. Mar. 3) starting at 7:30 p.m.  There will also be matinee performances beginning at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 and Saturday, March 3, 2007.  The final performance will be a matinee on Sunday, March 4, 2007 at 3 p.m.  Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, Menopause - The Musical is the little revue that has set the world on fire!  Ladies, this is a "group-outing" waiting to happen!       

    Get ready for The Guys, Anne Nelson's dramatic play based on the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy.   Three performances of The Guys will be held at the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, Monday, April 30, 2007 - Wednesday May 2, 2007 beginning at 8 p.m.  Nick, a fire captain has lost eight men in the collapse of the World Trade Center.  He enlists the help of Joan, an editor, who helps prepare their eulogies.  The pair put together the difficult, heartfelt speeches with honor, humor and poise.  The Guys will be directed by Cathey Sawyer, Artistic Director for the Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg, WV. This is a co-presentation with the Greenbrier Valley Theatre and the Marshall University Department of Theatre.

     

    The Fall and Spring International Film Festival:

    The Fall International Film Festival will take place September 29 - October 5, 2006 at the Keith-Albee Theatre.  Featured films include: Tsotsi (South Africa), Kinky Boots (UK), Cache (France), Take My Eyes (Spain), Water (India), and An Inconvenient Truth (USA).

    The Spring International Film Festival will take place February 9 - 15, 2007 at the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.  Featured films include: The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Romania), L'Enfant (France), Three Times (Taiwan), Don't Tell (Italy), Quinceanera (USA), and Sophie Scholl - The Final Days (Germany).

     

    Season Ticketing Information:
    Superticket: Baxter, Mount, Belanger & Films - $465, $415, $375, $305
    Baxter Series: 4 Events $240, $190, $170, $140
    Mount Series: 4 Events $240, $190, $170, $150
    Belanger Special Event: $25, $15
    International Film Festival (12 Films) $65

    Youth season tickets are available for children age 17 and under. Contact the Marshall Artists Series for more details.

    Season ticketing begins Friday, July 28th at 9 a.m.

    -Deadline for current subscribers to renew season tickets is Thursday, August 10th.
    -New season subscriber orders will be taken beginning Friday, July 28th.  New orders will be filled beginning August 14th. We will fill orders in order of date and time received.

    For additional information please call the Marshall Artists Series at (304) 696-3326. Office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.


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    Marshall University's Center for Teaching Excellence renamed

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) has been renamed the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL), Dr. Frances Hensley, associate vice president for academic affairs, announced today. The change was effective July 1.

    Dr. Elaine Baker, the center's director, said the new name for the unit within the Office of Academic Affairs reflects the emphasis given by Marshall University to enhancing student learning through the promotion of quality teaching.

    The center currently is composed of the Writing Across the Curriculum program, the Office of Assessment and Program Review, the Service Learning program, and the faculty development programming previously conducted by the CTE. All of these programs provide faculty with opportunities to develop courses, curricula, and pedagogy in ways that improve student learning.

    The center's staff will continue to work with full-time and adjunct faculty at the college, department and individual levels in workshops, seminars or one-on-one sessions. Baker will continue as director of the center and Dr. Sherri Smith and Dr. Shirley Lumpkin continue as directors of Service Learning and Writing Across the Curriculum, respectively. Dr. Winnie Black replaces Dr. Robert Edmunds as director of Program Review and Assessment.

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    Dr. Andrew Rogerson is the new dean of Marshall's College of Science

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Andrew Rogerson, whose career has included research and teaching in ecology, taxonomy, physiology, cell biology and molecular biology at five universities, has been named dean of Marshall University's College of Science.

    Rogerson, who began working at Marshall on July 1, also has administrative experience, having served as associate dean and director of graduate programs from 1999 to 2006 at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

    "I came here because of the potential at Marshall University," Rogerson said. "It's a growing university with a serious commitment to excellence in research and teaching. I'm very impressed by the transformation beginning at Marshall University."

    In addition to NSU, Rogerson, a native of Scotland, has worked at the University of London, the University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of Toronto and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He also has worked in two government laboratories - the Institute of Freshwater Ecology in the United Kingdom, and Atlantic Research Laboratory in Canada.

    Rogerson has considerable experience in research with more than 110 publications in refereed scientific journals. He has secured more than $2 million in external funding.

    "I'm impressed with the research potential at the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center and the vision that this is going to be good for the economy of West Virginia," Rogerson said.

    His recent research has focused in three broad areas: ecological role of amoebae, fecal contamination of beaches and verification of ballast water treatment systems. Rogerson is one of seven invited scientists participating on the scientific advisory board revising best  waste water practices of cruise ships .

    The panel is chaired by renowned marine biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle, the head of the marine division of Conservation International and former chief scientist for National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence.

    "Dr. Rogerson brings a new level of leadership to the College of Science at a very exciting time," Dr. Sarah Denman, Marshall's provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said. "He will be able to lead the college into a more collaborative relationship with the School of Medicine and the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center and the College of Science's ever-growing research agenda. He brings an extremely impressive record of teaching, research and service to Marshall University. We are pleased to welcome him to Marshall."

    Rogerson earned a B.Sc. in Biology in 1975 from Paisley University (formerly Paisley College of Technology) in Scotland. He graduated in 1979 with a Ph.D. in protozoan ecology from the University of Stirling in Scotland.

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    Marshall Artists Series to Host Culinary Fundraiser Event

    HUNTINGTON - The Marshall Artists Series invites you to celebrate 70 years of arts and entertainment with an exciting new culinary fundraising event, Kindred Spirits: A Celebration of Food and Drink. Penny Watkins, Executive Director of the Marshall Artists Series says "We are thrilled that for the first time in 70 years a major fundraiser is being planned for the Marshall Artists Series.  It is our hope that this exciting festival will become an annual fall event for the Tri-State."

     

    Come be a part of this first-time event as local and celebrity chefs open their homes, demonstrate their skills and share their knowledge. Learn how to cook salmon four different ways with celebrity guest chef Katie Lee Joel. Enjoy an evening of pleasure as local chef and entrepreneur Rocco Muriale delivers a sumptuous meal paired with fine wine in the nostalgic lobby of The Frederick. Learn exciting new ways to entertain or stimulate your palate by tasting amazing wines. Whatever your passion, we have the avenue and our lineup is nothing short of amazing.

     

    Kindred Spirits: A Celebration of Food and Drink is the brainchild of Marshall Artists Series advisory board member, Terry Deppner-Hardin.  Ms. Deppner-Hardin is a Huntington native, local arts advocate and passionate fundraiser for many non-profit organizations in the Tri-State.  "I'm passionate about the arts and culture for our community, as well as the economic revitalization of downtown Huntington," says Deppner-Hardin.  "This event gives us an opportunity to merge both interests."  "An event like this is truly a team effort.  I've received tremendous support from fellow advisory board members Bruce Toney and Thomas McChesney who are both working hard to make this event a success for the Marshall Artists Series."

     

    Kindred Spirits: A Celebration of Food & Drink Events   

     

    Classi d Cucinare: Cooking Classes for the Novice to the Pro Aug. 28-Sept. 7, 2006

    Cena di Vino: Wine and Dine Extravaganza Sept. 8, 2006

    Festival di Vino: A Festival of Wine, Food and Music Sept. 10, 2006

     

     

     

    Marshall Artists Series Cooking Class Schedule (Classi d Cucinare)

     

    August 28        7-9 Veg-a-licious - Tasty and Healthy

    Description:     Learn fast and easy veggie recipes from Kim Becker along with tips from her husband, Dr. Jim Becker, on paring wines and vegetables for a no-fuss, inexpensive meal.

    Location:          Home of Jim and Verna Gibson, 812 13th Avenue Huntington

     

    August 28        7-9 Whirlwind Tour of France

    Description:     John and Ava Bicknell, owners of Savannah's Restaurant, will present wines from every major region of France. Matt Perkins, also of the restaurant, will prepare a dish to complement each region's wine.

    Location:         Magnolia Room, Savannah's Restaurant, 1208 6th Avenue Huntington

     

    August 29        7-9 Bluegrass Evening

    Description:  Learn the finer points of Bourbon tasting with a splash of history and hors      d'oeuvres. This evening of Southern hospitality is presented by Republic  Beverage and hosted by Carl Bailey and Liza Caldwell.

    Location:          203 6th Avenue Huntington

     

    August 29             7-9 Wild Thing

    Description:         From Antelope to Zebra, it's no telling what game Ian Patrick, chef and owner of the Blackhawk Grill, will be bringing to the oven and to your plate. Come prepared for something exotic and delicious. Sponsored by David and Pam Miller.

    Location:               34 North Inwood Drive, Huntington

     

    August 30             7-9   Spanish Tapas

    Description:          Dr. Montserat Miller and Dr. Daniel Holbrook, historians with extensive knowledge and practice in food history will lead the class in the making of a half-dozen Spanish tapas dishes. Tapas will be accompanied by wines of Spain.

    Location:              Vo-Tech Center, Norway Avenue, across from Wal-Mart, Huntington

     

    August 30             7-9   Middle East Magic

    Description:          Julian and Jihad Saad, proprietors of Saad's Market, Saad's Oriental Rugs and Saad's Catering will be demonstrating the preparation of dishes from their home country of Lebanon and from the surrounding Middle East region. 

    Location:              Saad's Catering, 1025 12th Street, Huntington

     

    August 31             7-9   Ultimate Tex-Mex

    Description:          Join Chef Ron Smith, of Chili Willi's, as he creates the best Tex-Mex and Mexican dishes this side of the border.  Learn the secrets of coastal Mexican ceviches, fresh and roasted salsas and much more. Following the demonstration, there will be a tasting of fine tequilas.

    Location:              Vo-Tech Center, Norway Avenue, across from Wal-Mart, Huntington

     

    August 31             7-9   Thrill of the Grill

    Description:          Pryce Haynes, II and Pryce Haynes, III are fired up and ready to show you how to take your grilling skills to the next level. Their presentation will include samplings of poultry, pork, beef and fish. Learn how to take local fare and turn it into a grilled/smoked feast to thrill the most discriminating palates. 

    Location:              536 North Inwood Drive, Huntington

     

     

    September 5         7-9   Party Like a Pro

    Description:          Join Tim Quade, designer at Interior Motives, for a spirited introduction to decorating and preparing for a dinner party. Tim will help you plan a schedule, a menu and offer some innovative decorating tips in a raucous evening of fun.

    Location:              Home of Jim and Verna Gibson,812 13th Avenue, Huntington

     

    September 5         7-9   California Dreamin'

    Description:          Personal Chef Mike Bowen will conduct a class on appetizers and hors d'oeuvres featuring local produce, unique cheeses and classic techniques, all paired with wonderfully fruity California red and white wines from the cellars of Dr. Larry Dunworth.

    Location:              3045 8th Street Road, Huntington

     

    September 5         7-9   Sushi for Beginners

    Description:          Your host, Dr. Tully Roisman, will demonstrate the ancient art of rolling your own sushi. If you're not into raw seafood, don't worry, any sushi can be made vegetarian or with cooked seafood.  The demonstration will be followed by a saki tasting. 

    Location:              Vo-Tech Center, Norway Avenue, across from Wal-Mart, Huntington

     

    September 5         6:30-8:30   Ciao Baby

    Description:          Chef Josie Wallace of Guyan Golf and Country Club, demonstrates her version of some classic Italian dishes, each to be beautifully pared with great wines from the Club's cellar.

    Location:              Guyan Golf and Country Club, Rt. 60, East, Huntington

     

     

    September 6         7-9   Champagne Nights, Courthouse Lights

    Description:          A romantic evening overlooking the Courthouse dome will be accentuated with beautifully paired champagnes, appetizers and of course, chocolates.  Sponsored by Dr. Jeffrey and Brooke Leaberry, J. D. and Emily Maynard, and Dr. Karen Lo.

    Location:              746 4th Avenue, Suite 3, Huntington

     

     

    September 6         7-9   The Trixology of Mixology

    Description:          Mixologists Jason "Wally" Wallace, of Impromptu Catering, and Greg Hardin will instruct you in the basic and advanced skills of libation creation.  Sponsored by Gregory and Terry Hardin.

    Location:              The Snooty Fox Lounge (aka Greg and Terry's)

    335 Woodland Drive, Huntington

     

    September 7         7-9   Summer on the Med

    Description:          Renowned local caterer, Sharon Pressman, will take you on a tour of Mediterranean cooking, drawing dishes and techniques from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

    Location:              Creative Kitchens, 1242 5th Avenue, Huntington

     

    September 7         7-9   Spawning New Ideas About Salmon

    Description:          Wild salmon is wildly popular and wildly healthy.  Join Katie Lee Joel for a wild salmon extravaganza! Katie will be joined by Anne Thornton of Manhattan, personal chef to the stars.  Katie will also share her wine picks for some surprising pairings.

    Location:              Home of Dr. Jeffrey and Brooke Leaberry, #11 Sunset Drive,                                                   Huntington

     

    Special Guest Chefs of Kindred Spirits

     

    Katie Lee Joel, Guest Chef

    Huntington native Katie Lee Joel's passion for cuisine started at an early age. Most recently Katie brought that passion to the screen as host of the Bravo hit "Top Chef," a new reality competition series for the culinary arts. Katie has worked in several restaurants and gourmet food and wine stores. She is a contributing editor and columnist and has been featured in many publications and television shows. She resides in the New York area will her husband, musician Billy Joel.

     

    Rocco Muriale, Guest Chef

    Rocco Muriale is the Tri-State's "Prince of Pasta." He is the owner of Rocco's Ristorante in Ceredo, WV and chief executive officer for an Italian specialty foods plant in Ashland, KY. Recently opened at The Frederick, Rocco's Club 21 is his newest venture in downtown Huntington. Rocco's family consists of wife Joan, daughter Samanta, and son Rocco Anthony.

     

    Kindred Spirits Wine Events

     

    Cena di Vino - Wine and Dine Extravaganza

    Friday, September 8, 2006

     

    Local Chef: Rocco Muriale

    7:00 P.M.  Champagne and Hors D'oeuvres, The Arcade Lobby, Huntington

    8:00 P.M.  Multi-course dinner with wine pairings in the lobby of The Frederick Building, 940 4th Avenue, Huntington

    Cocktail Dress

    Cost $150.00 per person

    Corporate Table of 8: $1,500.00

     

     

    Festival di Vino- A Festival of Wine, Food and Music

    Sunday, September 10, 2006

     

    Enjoy food samplings, wine tastings and music in your downtown location, the lovely new Pullman Square

    Silent Auction

    Casual Dress

    12:00 noon - 4:00 P.M.

    Tickets: $35.00 per person

     

    Kindred Spirits: Pricing Information

     

    Culinary Classes (Classi d Cucinare):

    $35.00 each, with the exception of Katie Lee Joel's Class

    (Class size limited to 15 and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis)

     

    Katie Lee Joel, Guest Chef - Spawning New Ideas about Salmon 

    $100.00

    (Class size limited to 25 and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis)

     

    Wine Patrons' Dinner (Cena di Vino):  $150.00 per person; $1,500 Corporate Table of 8

     

    Wine Festival (Festival di Vino):  $35.00 per person

     

    YOUR CONTRIBUTION IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

     

    To reserve your space at any of our events please contact the Marshall Artists Series at 304-696-3326.  Seating is limited.

     

    The Marshall Artists Series accepts Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover Card, Personal Checks and Cash.

     

    ---NO ONE UNDER 21 WILL BE ADMITTED---


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    Marshall University's Society of Yeager Scholars program receives $100,000 challenge grant from Shott Foundation

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Society of Yeager Scholars alumni can guarantee $150,000 for the program if they raise one-third of that amount over the next three years, thanks to a challenge grant from the Hugh I. Shott, Jr. Foundation's Board of Trustees.

    The "Triple Your Investment for Future Yeager Scholars Campaign" began in June and runs through June 2009. The challenge grant of $100,000 was approved in June during a meeting of the Shott Foundation Board of Trustees.

    "The Society of Yeager Scholars alumni have a positive and proven track record of giving back to Marshall University," Bob Galardi, Director of Major Gifts for the Society of Yeager Scholars, said. "The Shott Foundation challenge gift will serve as an opportunity for alumni to triple their gifts over the next three years."

    Galardi said the Shott Foundation will accept and include all gifts from the Society of Yeager Scholars alumni, their parents, and families made in the alumni's names. The campaign includes current Yeager Scholars attending Marshall.

    Each class of Yeager Scholars will have a designated captain, who will organize that class's campaign.

    The Shott Foundation was established in 1984 by newspaper publisher Hugh Ike Shott, Jr., for the betterment of his hometown of Bluefield, W.Va., and the state of West Virginia. The Foundation has made donations in the past to Marshall, including the establishment of one of the first endowments made to the Yeager Scholars program at Marshall in 1986.  

    For more information on the challenge grant to the Yeager Scholars, persons may contact Galardi at (304) 696-3336.


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    Johnson named director of admissions at Marshall University

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Tammy Johnson, a native of Charleston, W.Va., has been named director of admissions for undergraduate and graduate programs at Marshall University, Dr. Sarah Denman, senior vice president for academic affairs, announced today.

    Johnson, who has been at Marshall since 2002, assumed her newest duties on July 1. She had been serving as interim director of admissions since March.

    "We are very fortunate to get someone with Tammy's experience, dedication and allegiance to this institution," Denman said. "She will provide the kind of leadership that we need for the future as the institution grows."

    Under Johnson's guidance, the office of admissions will focus solely on the actual admissions process for incoming students. She said recruitment is now separate from admissions at Marshall, and a search for a director of recruitment is underway.

    "We want to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of both the undergraduate and graduate admissions offices," Johnson said. "We want to really focus on customer service and improve the admissions experience for all prospective students."

    Johnson first served at Marshall in 2002 as associate director of undergraduate admissions, then was named director of graduate records and admissions in 2004.

    A 1990 graduate of DuPont High School, Johnson received her B.S. degree from the University of Charleston in 1995, her M.Ed. from Texas Woman's University in 1997, and her Ed.D. from Marshall University in 2003.

    Before coming to work at Marshall, she served as assistant director of admissions at the University of Charleston, and taught high school biology and physics and coached volleyball on both the collegiate and high school levels.

    For more information, persons may contact Johnson at (304) 696-3160.


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    Ophthalmologist joins Marshall medical faculty

    Charles D. Francis, M.D., has joined the faculty of the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and will provide services through University Eye Surgeons, focusing primarily on refractive surgery and refractive cataract surgery.

    Francis previously practiced in Charleston with Minardi Eye Center and Charleston Eye Care Associates.

    A native of Fairmont, he received his medical degree from West Virginia University, where he also completed his residency. Francis served as chief resident in ophthalmology, and his medical school honors included the Merck Glaucoma Book Award and the Internal Medicine Morbidity and Mortality Award.

    University Eye Surgeons specializes in diagnostic services, cataract and glaucoma surgery, as well as some forms of ophthalmic plastic surgery. Its physician staff also includes Dr. Michael Krasnow, the only fellowship‑trained glaucoma specialist in southern West Virginia.


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    Szwilski named interim dean of Marshall University's College of Information Technology and Engineering

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Effective Tuesday, Aug. 1, Dr. Tony B. Szwilski will begin serving as interim dean of Marshall University's College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE).

    Szwilski, who currently serves as Director of the Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Science (CEGAS), replaces Dr. Betsy Dulin, who is returning to the practice of law at Bowles Rice McDavid Graff and Love LLP at its Charleston office.  

    "Dr. Szwilski will provide strong leadership within our CITE program and will continue the good work of Dr. Dulin," Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said. "As we expand our engineering programs at both our Huntington and South Charleston campuses, we need a seamless transition, which Tony will provide. His acceptance of this new role will enable us to maintain our commitment to growing Marshall's engineering programs."

    Szwilski has a doctorate in Geomechanics from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, in addition to his Executive Master's of Business Administration from Xavier University. His educational background includes academic positions at the University of Kentucky and University of Alberta. He has extensive experience with the mining industry and has been involved in several international projects and transportation research projects with the Nick. J. Rahall Transportation Institute. He is a registered professional engineer.

    "I have total confidence in Dr. Szwilski and his leadership as interim," said Dulin, who has been at Marshall since 1998. "He's been an excellent member of our faculty and brings a great deal of firsthand experience to our CITE program."

    CITE's degree programs include BS in Computer Science, BS in Engineering, MS in Engineering, MS in Information Systems, BS and MS in Safety, MS in Technology Management, and MS in Environmental Science. The Division of Engineering and Computer Science within CITE recently received a $2.5 million contribution from Art and Joan Weisberg to expand the program and create new opportunities for incoming freshmen who wish to study engineering at Marshall University.

    Dr. Sarah Denman, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, adds that "Dr. Szwilski has the experience, leadership and vision to lead the college in the coming year. He will provide the leadership needed to progress in all the undergraduate and graduate areas of CITE. We are indeed fortunate to have him accept this position."

    Szwilski may be reached at (304) 696-5457.


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    Huntington Scottish Rite donates $42,000 to Speech and Hearing Center

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Huntington Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Foundation donated $42,000 to the Marshall University Speech and Hearing Center in the Department of Communication Disorders in June, bringing to more than $156,000 the amount it has contributed to the center since 2002.

    "The Huntington Scottish Rite masons have been a tremendous support to the Marshall University Speech and Hearing Center," Karen McNealy, director of clinical development, said. "This partnership provides a wonderful service for the communicatively impaired children of the entire tri-state area."

    The funding specifically supports a clinical position within the Speech and Hearing Center. McNealy said the financial contribution helps the Department of Communication Disorders in two distinct ways.

    "The establishment of a clinical position allows the MUSHC to expand services to all children without placing a financial burden on families," she said. "The position also provides observation and training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in Communication Disorders."

    Pat Oshel, president of the Huntington Scottish Rite, said childhood language centers are the national charity of the Scottish Rite organization, with 164 throughout the country. Other West Virginia centers are located in Charleston, Martinsburg and Morgantown. 

    "Our Scottish Rite has derived a lot of satisfaction from sponsoring the center (at Marshall)," Oshel said. "We have something to work for and hearing about a child who can speak for the first time makes it all worth while. It is a very rewarding experience. And, the staff in the Department of Communications Disorders at Marshall is excellent."

    For more information, persons may contact McNealy at (304) 696-3634, Oshel at (304) 429-3796, or Larry Bolling at the Scottish Rite office at (304) 522-1430.


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    MU to conduct public sale of surplus computing equipment on July 17

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will conduct a special public sale, by written bid, on surplus computing equipment from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 17 at the Surplus Computer Processing Center at 201 21st St., across the street from the State Electric Supply Co. showroom.

    Chuck Elliott with Marshall University Computing Services said about 220 computers will be sold in lots of three or more.  Nine of the better computers will be sold as individual units to include a monitor, mouse and keyboard.  Some computers include a Windows license affixed to the case.  Servers, untested monitors and possibly some networking equipment also will be sold.

    Registration and bid forms will be provided at the site, and sealed bids will be opened on Tuesday, July 18, in the Purchasing Department. Successful bidders will be contacted and required to pick up the items between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. no later than Thursday, July 20.  Cash payments or checks payable to Marshall University will be required before the property can be removed.

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

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

    Future sale dates are planned this year on Sept. 18 and Nov. 13, and in 2007 on Jan. 22, March 19, May 14, July 16 and Sept. 17. These dates are subject to change.


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    Marshall's latest class of Erma Byrd Scholars announced

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Six incoming freshmen from West Virginia have been selected as the latest class of Erma Byrd Scholars at Marshall University, Dr. Barry Sharpe, executive director of Marshall's John R. Hall Center for Academic Excellence, announced today.

    Two Erma Byrd Scholars from each of the state's three congressional districts are chosen each year. The program was established in 1994 to honor Erma Byrd, the wife of West Virginia's senior United States Senator, Robert C. Byrd. Mrs. Byrd died earlier this year.

    The new Erma Byrd Scholars are: Emily Kolas of Glen Dale and Mark Nutter of Mineral Wells, representing District 1; Tiana Dixon of Charleston and Morgan Unger of Berkeley Springs, representing District 2; and Aaron Brownfield of Ona and Rebecca Childers of Huntington, representing District 3.

    The scholars were selected on the basis of an essay they wrote during the application process, their high school grade point average and two recommendations. They are required to maintain a grade point average of 3.5 while enrolled at Marshall. They also will have the opportunity, when schedules permit, to visit Washington, D.C., and meet with Senator Byrd.

    Erma Byrd Scholars are not limited to a particular field of study at MU. Current and past Erma Byrd Scholars have been majors in physics, chemistry, biology, English, history, integrated science and technology, communication studies, political science and teacher education.

    For more information, persons may contact Sharpe at (304) 696-2475.


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    Urologist specializing in advanced robotic surgery joins Marshall medical faculty

    Dr. James C. Jensen, a urologist with extensive experience in advanced robotic surgery for prostate cancer, will join the faculty of the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in September.

    Based on industry statistics, Jensen is among the top 20 robotic surgeons in the world. His Salt Lake City robotic prostate surgery program is one of the busiest in the western United States. He has performed hundreds of robotic surgeries, including more than 200 of the complex surgeries to remove the prostate gland.

    As part of University Urological Associates, Jensen will use Cabell Huntington Hospital's new advanced robotic surgical technology, the da Vinci Surgical System. His specialty interests include general and urologic oncology, reconstructive urology, urodynamics, and male and female urinary dysfunction and incontinence.

    Jensen graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah, where he was selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago and his residency training at the UCLA Medical Center, where he served as the chief resident in urology. He did his fellowship training in urologic oncology at the National Cancer Institute and the University of Utah. A board-certified urologist, he also is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

    Jensen's office number will be 304-523-6421.


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    HSTA Institute draws about 100 high school students from West Virginia

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's College of Science will be host to about 100 rising ninth- and 10th-grade students next week as they take part in the Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA) Summer Institute.

    Fun with Science at Marshall University, which enables the students to learn more about science and the opportunities that are available to students majoring in science, is Sunday, July 16 through Friday, July 21 on MU's Huntington campus.

    "The students will study the human digestive system, create models of the digestive organs, learn about nutrition and the value of healthful eating, discuss multiculturalism and what it means in their lives and also learn fresh ways to look at mathematics," Program Director E. David Cartwright said.

    Cartwright said the program is important for the HSTA students in many ways.

    "First, for many of them, this is their first experience with a university setting," he said. "They learn to be comfortable at a university, and that they belong here.  Second, they get to make friends from students that live in different counties in West Virginia, embracing and enjoying the diversity West Virginia culture has to offer. Lastly, it is important that the HSTA students find Marshall University a warm and friendly place so that in the future, they may chose us as their university."

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

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

    The opening ceremony and dinner for this year's HSTA Summer Institute is at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 16 in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room.

    For more information, persons may contact Cartwright at (304) 696-6024 or visit the HSTA Web site at www.wv-hsta.org.


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    Marshall's 21st Century Early Childhood Education Task Force receives $300,000 from Benedum Foundation

    HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Marshall University has received $300,000 from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation to benefit early childhood education throughout the State of West Virginia.

    The Marshall University Early Education Center (MUEEC), as part of the 21st Century Early Childhood Education (ECE) Task Force, will provide sustained professional development and assistance for preschool teachers in the state. Phase I begins this month with a summer institute in Huntington for preschool educators from Nicholas County, W.Va.

    "This opportunity allows the Marshall Early Education Center to share its vision of 21st Century early education during a year-long professional development experience for early educators statewide," MUEEC Director Clayton Burch said.

    The MUEEC Outreach Program includes a year-long plan for teachers and their support personnel to develop methods of inquiry and critical thinking in their classrooms. A strong emphasis on utilizing the unique assets of the Appalachian region, as well as a technology component and basic research-based foundations of early childhood education, also are included in the professional development model.

    The 21st Century ECE Task Force was formed with a brainstorming session in January 2006, which included individuals from Marshall's College of Education and Human Services (COEHS), the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Marshall Community and Technical College, the West Virginia Careers in Education Project, the West Virginia Community and Technical College System, and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. The task force's main goal is to ensure all early childhood education personnel are highly qualified to provide education and care to West Virginia's young children.

    The MUEEC Outreach Program is coordinated by Monica DellaMea, and the faculty advisor for the MUEEC is Dr. Mary Jo Graham.

    "The impact of this training model will ultimately benefit preschoolers throughout the state, because these children will be provided more opportunities for critical thinking and the development of other 21st Century skills," DellaMea said.

    "The professional development process helps teachers work with children in ways that develop early habits of inquiry, forming the foundation for critical thinking," Graham said.

    The 21st Century ECE Task Force is chaired by Dr. Rosalyn Anstine Templeton, executive dean of the COEHS. The task force subcommittees are chaired by Dr. Carol Perry, Dr. Robert Angel, Dr. Laura Boswell and DellaMea.

    "Funding from the Benedum Foundation will ensure that young children in West Virginia will have superior teachers and caregivers," Templeton said.

    The Benedum Foundation, established in 1944 in Pittsburgh, Pa., has been a longtime supporter of the COEHS and Marshall University. Its mission is to encourage human development in West Virginia and Southwestern Pennsylvania.

    For more information, persons may contact Templeton at (304) 696-3131.


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    Couple establishes fund to create student and faculty exchanges with France

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - JA Fred Brothers and his wife, Paula, of Naples, Fla., have established a fund to create student and faculty exchanges between Marshall University and University of Rennes 2 in France.

    Their contribution to the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., was made in memory of Fred's sister, Gloria Joan Brothers, a 1960 Marshall University summa cum laude graduate and a Fulbright Scholar who was killed in a car accident in 1963. They earlier established two scholarships at Marshall in her memory, one general undergraduate scholarship and one for Yeager Scholars.

    Fred and Paula Brothers wanted to establish an award to encourage study abroad.  The University of Rennes 2 was chosen because that was where Gloria was awarded a Fulbright to study French Literature.

    One Marshall student and one student at Rennes 2 will be selected each year to receive a $5,000 award for one year or $3,000 for one semester of study to help defray the cost of their participation in the exchange program.  In addition, up to $2,500 will be available each year for a faculty member at Rennes 2 to travel to Marshall, and a faculty member at Marshall to travel to Rennes 2 to help develop academic and cultural interchange between the two institutions. 

    "The unique scholarship will make it possible for Marshall students to pursue their dream to study abroad and will foster transatlantic collaboration between two universities," Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said. "This recognition is a fitting tribute to Gloria Brothers, who was one of Marshall's first alumni to receive a Fulbright scholarship."  

    Christine Soulas, a vice president at Rennes 2, will visit the Marshall campus in late August to finalize details of the student exchange, discuss areas of additional cooperation, and meet with Marshall faculty and students who are interested in participating in the exchange program. 

    According to Dr. Clark Egnor, executive director of the Center for International Programs, the University of Rennes 2 has much to offer students and faculty at Marshall.  "In addition to a program for learning French, Rennes 2 also has strong departments of Art, Geography, and History," Egnor said.

    Persons interested in applying for the scholarship should be full-time, undergraduate students in their sophomore year or higher who have been accepted into Marshall University's reciprocal exchange program with the University of Rennes 2.  First preference shall be given to 1) female students; 2) French majors; 3) students with advanced fluency in French; 4) U. S. citizens; 5) and students who are from West Virginia.  Advanced written and spoken French language skills are preferred, but not required.

    "This is a wonderful way for alumni and friends of the university, such as the Brothers, to assist in the critical role of supporting the international mission of Marshall University - to prepare our students to live and work in a global environment," said Lance West, vice president of alumni development.  "This opportunity expands the theme of We Are … Marshall to a global level and I hope this will encourage others to follow in the Brothers' footsteps."

    Award applicants must submit statement of purpose essays (1-2 pages) in both English and French describing the reason behind their decision to study abroad and the impact that it will have on them academically, professionally and personally. These essays, along with a cover letter describing their qualifications for the scholarship, and a completed application for study abroad, should be submitted by Aug. 15, 2006 for the spring 2007 term, and by Jan. 15, 2007 for the fall 2007 term. The deadline for spring 2007 may be extended if necessary.

    Fred Brothers was the Executive Vice President at Ashland, Inc. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.  He has been a director on many boards including the Ameritrust Corporation, Society Bank, Key Bank, Columbus Chamber of Commerce, and a Trustee at the Columbus Museum of Art and Columbus Children's Hospital.  He also served on the board of the Society of Yeager Scholars at Marshall University.

    The University of Rennes, located in Rennes with a population of about 300,000, was established in the 18th century. In 1968, the university split into two new universities: Rennes 1 and Rennes 2. The University of Rennes 1 enrolls about 23,000 students with colleges of Science and Technology, Health Science, and Social Science. Rennes 2 enrolls about 20,000 students and hosts the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Natural Sciences, Law and Medicine.

    More information about this program can be obtained by contacting Egnor at the Center for International Programs at Egnor@marshall.edu or (304) 696-2465.


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    Collaborative program between Marshall, Southern gives students opportunity for four-year degree in elementary education

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for an Elementary Education K-6 Comprehensive Collaborative Program that will begin this fall, the schools announced today.

    Students from Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College who have completed the associate degree may enter the collaborative program. Faculty from Marshall's College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) will deliver the remaining two years of courses to students in the program at Southern's Williamson, W.Va., campus.

    "This agreement renews and affirms the strong cooperative relationship that has existed between Marshall University and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College," Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said. "For residents of southern West Virginia it increases the access and opportunity to complete bachelor and professional degrees locally. I anticipate that this agreement, which is the first between President (Joanne Jaeger) Tomblin and me, is the beginning of what will become a series of such agreements between our institutions."

    Tomblin said Marshall and Southern have worked closely on projects before.

    "It is always a pleasure to work with Dr. Stephen Kopp and the administration, faculty and staff at Marshall University," Tomblin said. "This unique agreement will provide students who receive an associate degree from Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College an opportunity to acquire the baccalaureate degree in elementary education without leaving the area. In addition, courses will be delivered in a non-traditional format so students will have more flexibility in attaining a degree.

    "We look forward to starting yet another great chapter in our history as well as helping students from our region become successful."

    Marshall COEHS dean Rosalyn Templeton said courses will be offered this fall for five hours on Friday and six hours on Saturday, and tentatively will run four weekends. When one course ends, another begins, she said. Four Marshall faculty members will be teaching the following courses:

    • CI 301, teaching elementary school mathematics;
    • CI 350, instructional technology and computing;
    • CI 360, elementary social studies methods;
    • CI 448, integrated science methods for elementary education

    "I really feel it is wonderful for students in southern West Virginia to have the opportunity to obtain a four-year degree in elementary education," Templeton said. "We're going to try to deliver it in the format that each cohort desires."

    Sarah Denman, Marshall's provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, agreed with both presidents that Marshall and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College have a rich history.

    "This is one more example of the two institutions collaborating to bring higher education opportunities to students in West Virginia," Denman said. "We are pleased and proud to continue our collaborative relationship with Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College."

    Southern students who enter the collaborative program must apply for and meet the College of Education and Human Services requirements for Admission to Teacher Education, which includes successful passage of the Praxis I Examination-PPST, an overall GPA of 2.7 or better and completion of ED 218 with accompanying ED 275 Level I Clinical Experience.

    Templeton said about 50 students are ready to enter the final two years of courses Marshall is offering.

    For more information, persons may contact Templeton at (304) 696-6703.


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    Dr. Rudy Pauley named interim dean of Graduate School of Education and Professional Development

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Rudy Pauley, program director of elementary/secondary education at Marshall University Graduate College, has been named Marshall's interim dean of the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development effective July 1.

    He replaces Dr. Ronald Childress, who is resigning his positions as dean and vice president for graduate studies, effective June 30.

    Childress will remain with the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development (GSEPD) and will teach in the Ed.D program.  He also will be assisting Dr. Sarah Denman, Marshall's provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, with several projects over the next year.

    Denman praised Childress and his work over the years.  "Marshall University appreciates the leadership, wisdom and vision Dr. Childress provided over the past years," she said.  "I have truly valued him both as a colleague and as a friend and look forward to working with him in the coming year."

    A nationwide search will be conducted for a new dean.

    Childress has been Vice President for Graduate Studies since 1999 and has served as the dean of the MU Graduate School of Education and Professional Development since 1998.  He came to the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies (now the Marshall University Graduate College) in 1975 as director of the College's Appalachian Teacher Corps Project, a two-year $500,000 research adaptation and evaluation project.  He has held numerous positions of responsibility at both the Graduate College and Marshall. 

    He also served as coordinator of teacher education for the West Virginia Board of Regents from 1983 through 1988 and as special assistant to the Chancellor in 1982-83.    Prior to coming to West Virginia he was with the Service Center, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, at the University of Tennessee.    

    Pauley, who is professor of secondary education, has been a member of the Marshall faculty for eight years.  He received his undergraduate degree from Liberty University and earned a master's degree in counseling from the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies.  He received an Ed.D. degree in Educational Leadership through the Marshall University/West Virginia University cooperative doctoral program.

    Pauley has brought national recognition to the university through his work with distance education since he joined the faculty in 1997.  He credits Marshall faculty and their willingness to participate with on-line classes as being factors for gaining national attention.

    "I am looking forward to continuing the mission and focus of the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development as the interim dean," Pauley said.


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    Governor's School for the Arts begins Sunday, July 2 at Marshall

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - For the second consecutive year, Marshall University will be host this summer to 80 rising high school juniors living in and attending school in West Virginia as they take part in the 2006 West Virginia Governor's School for the Arts on the Huntington campus.

    The three-week residential program, which provides individual and in-depth group instruction in the arts, runs Sunday, July 2 through Saturday, July 22. It also will take place at Marshall in 2007.

    "We want these 80 budding artists to leave the Marshall campus with far more knowledge, appreciation and love for the arts than when they report to Marshall University on July 2," Dr. Larry Stickler, professor of music in MU's College of Fine Arts, and dean of the School for the Arts, said. "I think that we provide the opportunities that will create lifelong memories for these students."

    Students will arrive and check in at the Memorial Student Center from 1 to 3 p.m. July 2. The opening ceremony is set for 3 p.m. at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp will welcome the students to campus.

    Stickler said highlights of the program include interdisciplinary classes that will allow students to experience all six of the arts - instrumental music, vocal music, theater, dance, visual arts and creative writing; a three-day trip (July 10-12) to New York that features visits to Broadway, museums and other arts experiences; and performances by guest artists each evening the students are on campus.

    Marshall University faculty who will work with the students include music professor Dr. Stephen Lawson and theatre professor Gene Anthony.

    The culmination of the Governor's School for the Arts is a Sharing of the Arts program  at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 22, in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Stickler said that in the program, each discipline group performs individually and then all 80 students perform together as a group of artists rather than as practitioners of just one discipline.

    The students auditioned last winter for the school in the six artistic areas. Auditions took place at South Charleston High School and East Fairmont High School.

    The Governor's School for the Arts was initiated through the efforts of former First Lady of West Virginia, Rachael Worby. Fairmont State College was the host site of the program for the first five years (1994-1998).

    The names of each participant in this year's School for the Arts and the schedule of events will be available by July 2 at www.marshall.edu/cofa/gsa. Background on the Governor's School for the Arts is available at www.wvgovschools.org.

    For more information, persons may contact Stickler at (304) 696-3686.


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    Reception to honor departing music chair planned for June 19 at MU

    HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Marshall University's College of Fine Arts will honor Dr. Marshall Onofrio, chair of the department of music, with a reception from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, June 19 in the third-floor atrium of the Drinko Library on the Huntington campus. 

    Onofrio, who has been at Marshall since 1998, will become associate dean at Westminster Choir College, the School of Music of Rider University in Princeton, N.J. He will assume those duties on June 30.

    Faculty, staff, and other community members are welcome at the reception, according to Donald Van Horn, dean of Marshall's College of Fine Arts, which is the sponsor. 

    "Although we are very sorry to see Marshall leave, we want to give everyone a chance to congratulate him on his new appointment and say farewell," Van Horn said.

    In addition to his duties as chair, Onofrio is active as a composer/arranger, adjudicator, and jazz and composing clinician throughout the Midwest and Northeast.  His more than 50 works span chamber to orchestral, jazz to tape, atonal to modal.  His music has been commissioned by the Delta Omicron Foundation, the Cantari Singers, the Adirondack Youth Orchestra, Plattsburgh State University, and the Plattsburgh Community Orchestra, among others. As a trumpeter, local audiences have heard him perform in Bluetrane, the university's faculty jazz ensemble.

    "I deeply appreciate the support and friendship of the university and community in our work as a department," Onofrio said. "During the past eight years, we have accomplished many significant things, including the opening of the Jomie Jazz Center, the resurgence of the Marching Thunder, the establishment of annual choral and band festivals, and the hiring of several outstanding faculty.  Through the work of the students, faculty, staff, and administration, we have enjoyed great visibility in the Tri-State area, and I am grateful to everyone for their assistance.  While it is difficult for my family and me to leave, I know that the many friendships we have made here will continue." 

    Onofrio's wife, Susan, is director of choral music education and conductor of the University Chorus at Marshall.  They have two children, Jim, 14, and Anne, 11.

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    Kinzer named interim CEO of Marshall Foundation

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - John K. Kinzer, a former Huntington resident and longtime member of numerous Marshall University organizations, has been named interim Chief Executive Officer of the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., Monica Hatfield, chair of the foundation board of directors, announced today.

    Kinzer replaces Glen Kerkian, who resigned effective May 31. A nationwide search for a new foundation leader, aided by Academic Search Consultation Service of Washington, D.C., has begun. The search is expected to take about six months.

    "We are just very excited to bring John's expertise to the foundation," Hatfield said. "We are looking forward to his leadership during this transition."

    Kinzer officially began his duties at Marshall on June 1.

    "My objective is to have the foundation and development offices running as smoothly as possible when the new CEO comes in," he said.

    A Beckley, W.Va., native, Kinzer graduated from Marshall University in 1962 with a bachelor of business administration degree. He received his master's degree in business administration from West Virginia University in 1975, and passed the Certified Public Accountant examination in 1979.

    Kinzer spent more than 36 years with Ashland, Inc., and affiliates, beginning in 1963 as an excise tax accountant. After a series of promotions with increased responsibility, he was named Vice President, Taxes for Ashland Coal Inc. in 1994.

    In 1997, after the company merged with Arch Coal Inc., Kinzer moved to St. Louis to run the tax department for a $2 billion company traded on the New York Stock Exchange. He retired in 2000, and settled in Swanton, Md., where he and his wife, Betty Sue, now live.

    Kinzer's volunteer experience includes many years of service to Marshall. He is a life member of the Marshall University Alumni Association, of which he served as president for two years. The Alumni Association presented Kinzer and his wife with the Distinguished Service award in 1998. He currently serves as treasurer with the Society of Yeager Scholars, and also is a Yeager Society advisory member with the foundation.

    Kinzer also has been a member of the John Marshall Society, the Big Green Scholarship Foundation and presidential and basketball coach search committees. He has been on the foundation board for about one year.

    "I feel like this is an opportunity to do something for Marshall University," Kinzer said. "Marshall has always been a part of my life. Our kids thought homecoming was a national holiday."

    Kinzer said the foundation has plenty of work to do in the coming months.

    "We need to work on moving the Keith-Albee Theatre to a nonprofit (status) and support the efforts to keep it alive because it is a real asset to the community," he said. "We also need to move forward on building a new alumni center, and moving the foundation offices over there. And, we need to fill some vacancies. We desperately need more fundraisers."

    Kinzer and his wife have been married for 43 years and are the parents of three grown children - Robin, Terri and John. They also have five grandchildren - Kinzie, Torri, Haden, Allison and Katie.

    For more information, persons may contact Kinzer at (304) 696-2826.

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    Joining Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium enables MU Libraries to increase collection to 27 million volumes 

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Calling it "the best news for us in my six years as dean," Marshall University dean of libraries Barbara Winters announced today that MU Libraries will expand its collection to 27 million volumes this fall.

    Winters said Marshall has joined PALCI (Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium) EZ-Borrow Group, which enables students, faculty, and staff of a member institution to use a Web site to search the holdings of all participating colleges and universities at one time. After finding a particular title, the user can then request that the book be sent to a library on his or her campus.

    PALCI is a group of more than 50 academic libraries in Pennsylvania, plus West Virginia University, Seton Hall, and Rutgers.  Marshall is the first university to join PALCI in a location not adjacent to Pennsylvania's borders, reflecting a major change in policy for the PALCI group.

    "We are thrilled to be the first library in a university not contiguous with Pennsylvania to be included in this consortium," Winters said. "It will expand the number of books available from 400,000 on campus to 27 million. We expect it to increase circulation traffic from 500 to 600 percent the first year."

    The agreement means quick and easy access to collections at schools such as the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, and scores of others.  Along with connecting users with books not found on the Marshall campuses, PALCI also can eliminate the common frustration of finding that a book owned by Marshall is checked out.  If Marshall's copy is not available, users can simply redirect their search to another school.

    Winters said she expects delivery time to Marshall to be about seven days at first, then faster as time goes by. She said Marshall will introduce the service in July.

    "We will test it and work with it in the summer, then have it ready to go on the first day of the fall semester," she said.

    More information is available by calling Winters at (304) 696-2318.


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    Alumni Association sponsoring golf tournament June 26 at Greenbrier

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Alumni Association is sponsoring a benefit golf tournament on Monday, June 26 at the newly designed Old White Golf Course at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Lance West, vice president for alumni development, said today.

    The tournament will benefit the Erickson Alumni Center at Marshall and the Big Green Scholarship Foundation. The format is four-player, two-ball, best-ball.

    "This is a wonderful opportunity for Marshall University to partner with a world-renowned, first-class facility and have the opportunity to share firsthand many of the wonderful projects at Marshall now and in the future," West said.

    Celebrity players include Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp, head football Coach Mark Snyder and head men's basketball Coach Ron Jirsa. Cost to play is $250 per person or $1,000 per team. The tournament features a shotgun start at 1 p.m., and prizes will be awarded to the first four teams.

    Persons may register in advance by calling Nancy Pelphrey with the Alumni Association at (800) 682-5869 or (304) 696-3134. Registration the day of the event begins at 11 a.m.

    Tee and green sponsorships are available for $150 each or $250 for both. Non-golfers may attend an open reception for $75. Also, information on special hotel rates June 24-27 at the Greenbrier is available by calling Pelphrey.

    The tournament is sponsored by Creative Kitchens, Sterling Construction, First National Bank of Ronceverte, W.Va., and United Bank.


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    Marshall University partners with national initiative to help more West Virginia students enroll in college

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is partnering with College Summit, a major national initiative to improve college enrollment, to ensure that more West Virginia students who can make it in college actually make it to college.

    Marshall will host a four-day College Summit summer workshop Thursday, June 15 through Sunday, June 18, with 40 to 50 rising seniors from West Virginia high schools invited to participate.  College Summit plans to host eight workshops on West Virginia college and university campuses this summer.

    "We're proud to partner with Marshall University on this initiative to help more West Virginia students enroll in college," said Craig Grooms, program director for College Summit West Virginia.  "Marshall is firmly committed to ensuring that more college-capable West Virginia youth actually enroll in college."

    According to Grooms, College Summit helps to put college within the reach of every student through a comprehensive system that includes intensive summer workshops for up to 20 percent of a participating high school's senior class, a step-by-step curriculum to lead remaining students through the high school-to-life transition process during their senior year, and on-line tools to help students and school personnel manage the transition process for all seniors.

    "At the Marshall University workshop, students will complete an on-line application, receive quality one-on-one college counseling and complete a personal statement they can use for scholarships or as an entrance essay for college," Grooms said.  "College Summit inundates these workshop students with resources, such as writing coaches, mentors and trained counselors, in order to instill in them the belief that they indeed are 'college material,' while providing them with the information and knowledge to enroll in college."

    Grooms said 79 percent of students across the nation who attend College Summit summer workshops have enrolled in college, nearly doubling the enrollment rate for these students; the college retention rate for these students has been 80 percent.

    "The entire college transition process can be overwhelming for students, especially first-generation college students," he said.  "In fact, research has shown that students from the lowest-income families who make A's on standardized tests in high school enroll in college at almost the same rate as students from the most affluent families who make D's on standardized tests.  Clearly, there is a gap between high school and college for low-income students, not only in West Virginia, but across America.  College Summit is working to bridge this gap between high school and college for all students."

    Earlier this year, College Summit was one of only 25 nonprofits selected to receive the 2006 Social Capitalist Award from Fast Company, a leading business magazine.  In receiving this award, College Summit was named by the magazine as "one of the top 25 groups that are changing the world."

    For more information, persons may contact Randy Shillingburg with College Summit West Virginia at (304) 346-1983.


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    Exploring Engineering: Academy of Excellence begins Sunday at MU

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Twenty-seven rising high school juniors from West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana will be on Marshall University's Huntington campus Sunday, June 11 through Friday, June 16 to participate in the sixth annual Exploring Engineering: Academy of Excellence.

    The program is hosted by Marshall's College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE) in cooperation with Learning for Life and the Huntington post of the Society of American Military Engineers.

    The participants will explore engineering as a career by engaging in hands-on engineering activities, touring engineering facilities and interacting with engineers and students from all major engineering disciplines, including civil, chemical, electrical, mechanical and environmental engineering.

    "It's important to give these students an introduction to the possibility of a career in engineering, but also to give them an introduction to college life," Dr. William Pierson, chair of engineering and computer science at Marshall, said. "They also will interact with practicing engineers and explore different branches of engineering. It's a lot of fun."

    Other activities include designing and building catapults, designing and building robots, environmental sampling/testing, field trips to engineering projects and facilities, computer-aided design/analysis, and team competitions. The program also will focus on skills such as problem solving, team building, project management and communications.

    More information is available by calling (304) 696-5453 or (304) 746-2042, or by visiting the academy Web site at www.marshall.edu/eeae.

    Here is the complete schedule of events for the 2006 engineering academy:

    Sunday, June 11

    2-3 p.m. - Marshall Commons residence halls, check-in

    3-5 p.m. - Memorial Student Center, welcome and presentation by Heidi Burch, DuPont Corporation.

    5-9 p.m. - Memorial Student Center, Icebreaker exercises, dinner, and team building exercises (Gullickson Hall Room #5 - GH5)

    Monday, June 12

    8-11:30 a.m. - Introduction to CAD/CAM, Using AutoCAD Inventor to make a CO2 racer, Gullickson Hall (GH) Room 206A

    11:30 a.m.-noon - Lunch, Harless Dining Hall  

    12:30-4:30 p.m. - Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering:  Surveying, GPS, and Environmental Sampling - Buskirk Field

    4:30-5 p.m. - Dinner, Harless Dining Hall

    5:30-6:30 p.m. - GPS Scavenger Hunt (Student Center fountain)

    6:30-8 p.m. - CO2  Racers, (GH5)

    Tuesday, June 13

    8-9 a.m. - Introduction to trebuchet design, (GH5)

    9:30-11:30 a.m. - Buskirk Field, trebuchet design and construction

    11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. - Lunch, Harless Dining Hall

    1:30-3 p.m. - Complete trebuchet construction

    3-4 p.m. - Trebuchet competition

    4-5 p.m. - Dinner, Harless Dining Hall

    5:30-6:30 p.m. - RTI ITS Research Projects, (GH5)

    6:30-8 p.m. - CO2  Racers, (GH5)

    Wednesday, June 14

    8-9:30 a.m. - Introduction to Intelligent Transportation Systems (using Lego robotics) Gullickson Hall Engineering Lab (GH 5)

    9:30 a.m.-noon - Work on robot design/construction (GH 5)

    Noon-12:30 p.m. - Lunch, Harless Dining Hall

    1-2 p.m. - Finalize Robot Design (GH5)

    2-3 p.m. - Robotics Competition (GH5)

    3-4:30 p.m. - CO2  Racers (GH5)

    4:30-5 p.m. - Dinner, Harless Dining Hall

    6:30-8 p.m. - Complete work on CO2 Racers; (GH 5)

    Thursday, June 15

    8-5 p.m. - Field trips and discussions with engineers

    9-11:15 a.m. - Toyota Plant, Buffalo, W.Va.

    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Lunch at Golden Corral, Cross Lanes

    12:30-1:30 p.m. - Travel to Memorial Tunnel

    1:30-3 p.m. - Tour Memorial Tunnel

    3-4 p.m. - Travel to Columbia Gas

    4-5:30 p.m. - GIS presentation

    5:30-6:30 p.m. - Travel to Waves of Fun wave pool in Hurricane, W.Va.

    6:30-9 p.m. - Dinner and pool party at Waves of Fun

    Friday, June 16

    8:45-10:15 a.m. - CO2 Races (GH5)

    10:30-11:15 a.m. - EEAE evaluation and wrap-up (GH5)

    11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. - Awards luncheon, John Marshall Room


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    Tom Foolery begins June 15 at Marshall; tickets go on sale Thursday

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Tickets for Tom Foolery, a Marshall University Theatre presentation featuring the words and music of famed satirical songwriter Tom Lehrer, go on sale at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 8, Samuel Kincaid, project coordinator with Marshall University Theatre, said today.

    Performances are at 8 p.m. daily June 15-17 and 21-23 in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on Marshall's Huntington campus. An additional performance is scheduled June 24 at the Clay Center in Charleston as part of the FestivALL Charleston Celebration.

    Tickets, which will be available in the theater department box office in the performing arts center, are $10 for adults, $7 for children 17 and under, $7 for Marshall faculty/staff and $5 for Marshall University Theatre season patrons.

    "In concerts, television appearances and a series of now-classic recordings, the Harvard-educated math professor delighted millions of fans during the 1950's and 60's with his dry, cynical but good-humored attacks on the A-bomb, racism, pollution, pornography, the military, the Boy Scouts and, of course, mathematics," Music Theatre International writes of Lehrer. "Rediscover the man and songs that have delighted and skewered the world for over 40 years."

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    MU alumni, friends invited to tailgate party in Atlanta; event will precede filming of winning touchdown in Xavier game

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is planning a large tailgate party for alumni and friends Saturday, June 10 in Atlanta to celebrate the final days of filming the movie "We Are Marshall" and a key scene that will be filmed that afternoon.

    Keith Spears, vice president for marketing and communications, said the scene is the final play of the Young Thundering Herd's 15-13 victory over Xavier in 1971, its first victory after the tragic plane crash of Nov. 14, 1970. The scene will be re-created at Morris Brown College's Herndon Stadium in Atlanta.

    The tailgate party begins at 9 a.m. in parking lot Blue at the Georgia Dome, located a few blocks from Herndon Stadium. Those attending the tailgate also may participate in the filming as fans. They may walk to Herndon Stadium or take advantage of shuttle service provided by Warner Bros. Pictures. Cast and crew call for the shoot is 2 p.m.

    "This may be the most exciting scene of the movie - the winning touchdown of the Xavier game," Spears said. "Having real Marshall fans at a real tailgate prior to the re-creation will make it real to all of us."

    Since the tailgate party takes place before the "We Are Marshall" cast and crew call, the entire production crew from the movie has been invited, Spears said. Several other special guests will attend the party, including former Young Thundering Herd Coach Jack Lengyel, his assistant Red Dawson, and current Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp. An official program, welcoming everyone and introducing guests, starts at 1 p.m.

    In the movie, Lengyel is played by Matthew McConaughey and Dawson is played by Matthew Fox.

    Kopp said he is looking forward to the tailgate party and the filming at Herndon Stadium, and hopes to see a throng of Marshall fans and supporters at both events. 

    "This is a great opportunity to meet our southern alumni and greet all of our friends from Huntington and the tri-state who are going down to Atlanta," Kopp said.

    Those attending the tailgate party are asked to bring their own food and snacks, just as they would at any other game. Those wanting to participate in the filming of the Xavier game are asked to wear retro style clothing - old t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, etc., with the old Marshall logo - or anything Kelly green.

    "The alumni in Atlanta welcome our friends from West Virginia and from throughout the south," said John Gilmore, president of the Atlanta Alumni Club. "We want to show them what southern hospitality in Atlanta is all about."


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    Marshall professor Jean Edward Smith to give banquet address to District of Columbia Federal Circuit

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Jean Edward Smith, the first John Marshall Professor of Political Science at Marshall University, and a John Deaver Drinko Distinguished Fellow, will give the keynote address to the annual Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia Federal Circuit on Thursday, June 8.

    The address will take place at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pa. Professor Smith will speak on the judicial legacy of John Marshall, of whom he wrote the highly acclaimed biography, "John Marshall: Definer of a Nation."

    The District of Columbia Circuit includes all federal magistrates, district court and appellate judges in Washington, D.C., plus the Supreme Court alumni of the D.C. circuit: Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.

    An estimated 600 to 700 members of the District of Columbia federal bar also will attend the three-day conference.

    "I always look forward to doing these kinds of talks," said Smith, who spoke to the Judicial Conference of the Fourth Circuit four years ago. "This one will be interesting because we have a new chief justice in John Roberts."

    Smith joined the Marshall faculty in the fall of 1999. He first visited campus in October 1997 when he delivered two presentations based on his biography of John Marshall. The addresses were so well received that he was asked to return to campus in May 1998 as Marshall's commencement speaker, at which time he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Smith joined the Marshall faculty a year later.

    Smith received his A.B. degree (magna cum laude) from Princeton University and his Ph.D. from the department of public law and government at Columbia University. He has served on the faculty, or as a visiting professor, of such noteworthy institutions as the University of Toronto, Dartmouth College, Princeton and Columbia universities, the University of California, the University of Virginia, and the John F. Kennedy Institute of the Free University of Berlin.

    In addition to his biography on John Marshall, Smith has written 12 books, including a biography of U.S. Grant that was listed as a New York Times Notable Book, an American Library Association Notable Book and Publisher's Weekly Book of the Year. He was nominated in 2002 as one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists for "Grant." His biography of Franklin D. Roosevelt will be published by Random House later this year.


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    Dr. Lonnie G. Thompson elected to American Philosophical Society

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Lonnie G. Thompson, a Distinguished University Professor at The Ohio State University and a graduate of Marshall University, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States.

    Members of the American Philosophical Society, which was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of "promoting useful knowledge," are organized into five classes: Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Biological Sciences; Social Sciences; Humanities; and The Arts, Professions, and Leaders in Public & Private Affairs. Thompson was elected in April to the Mathematical and Physical Sciences class.

    Today the society has 943 elected members, 791 from the United States and 152 from more than two dozen foreign countries.   Since 1900, more than 260 members have received the Nobel Prize.

    Thompson, a glaciologist and a Senior Research Scientist with the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State, has made 50 expeditions in 12 countries studying glaciers throughout the world.

    He graduated from Marshall in 1970 with a BS degree in Geology. He and his wife, Dr. Ellen Moseley-Thompson, received the John Marshall Medal for Civic Responsibility from Marshall in 2002, and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003.

    In 2001, Thompson was named one of America's Best in Science and Medicine by Time magazine and CNN. In 2005, he received the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement for his pioneering work in the collection and analysis of valuable climatic information contained in ice cores from tropical glaciers around the world. Some consider the Tyler Prize to be comparable to the Nobel Peace Prize.

    The American Philosophical Society sustains its mission of "promoting useful knowledge" in three principal ways: It honors and engages leading scholars, scientists and professionals through elected membership and opportunities for multidisciplinary, intellectual fellowship, particularly in its semi-annual meetings.  It supports research, discovery and education through grants and fellowships, lectures, publications, prizes and exhibitions.  And, it serves scholars through a research library of manuscripts and other collections internationally recognized for their enduring historic value.

    The American Philosophical Society's current activities reflect Franklin's spirit of inquiry, provide a forum for the free exchange of ideas, and convey its conviction that intellectual inquiry and critical thought are inherently in the best interest of the public.

    For more information on the society, persons may contact Nora Monroe, Director of Membership & Prizes, at (215) 440-3430, or via email at nmonroe@amphilsoc.org.


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    MU's Summer Learning Disabilities Program is June 8-July 8

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Summer Learning Disabilities Program for children in kindergarten through sixth grade will take place June 8 through July 8 on the Huntington campus, according to Dr. Barbara P. Guyer, Professor of Special Education and Director Emeritus of the H.E.L.P. Program.

    The program is designed for students who have learning disabilities, mental impairments, or behavior disorders. Classes will be small, with no more than five students in each class, so that time will be available for individual attention, Guyer said.  

    Emphasis will be placed on improving reading (decoding skills), reading comprehension, reading speed, arithmetic examples and story problems, as well as improving self-esteem, organizational skills, test-taking strategies and study skills.

    Anyone interested in having their child participate in the program can call (304) 696-6317.  Contact with Gary Hatfield, summer school supervisor, can be made at HGary33861@aol.com.

    The cost for West Virginia residents is $175, metro (selected counties in Ohio and Kentucky) $200, and non-West Virginia residents, $275.  A few scholarships are available for children who qualify for a free lunch during the school year, and arrangements can be made to pay by installments, according to Guyer.  

    Sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily.


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    Reading and art exhibition by Marshall artists and writers is Tuesday, May 30 at Morris Building Gallery

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students taking a collaborative course called Rendering the Landscape have taken their summer studies outdoors this month.  The artists and creative writers will present their work at an art exhibition and reading at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 30 at the Morris Building Gallery in downtown Huntington.  The event is free and open to the public. 

    Students from the department of art and design and the English department spent one week of the first summer session writing, painting, and drawing at Twin Falls State Park, located near Pineville, W.Va. They returned to Huntington this week to develop their projects for Tuesday's event.  Rendering the Landscape is traditionally offered each summer.  This year's course was taught by Emily Ritchey (Art) and John Van Kirk (English).

    The Morris Building is located on the corner of 4th Avenue and 9th Street in Huntington.  During the past semester, the gallery has hosted numerous art openings showcasing artwork by each area in the department of art and design.  This event is the first to present work by students in two departments.

    For more information, persons may contact Ritchey, gallery director with the department of art and design, at (304) 617-9557, or via email at ritchey3@marshall.edu; Van Kirk via email at vankirk@marshall.edu; or the art department at (304) 696-6760.


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    Marshall Foundation names new Director of Special Projects

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Kristi K. Arrowood has joined the Marshall University Foundation, Inc. as Director of Special Projects, Foundation board chairman Monica Hatfield announced today.

    Arrowood, a resident of Huntington, began her duties on May 1. Her primary responsibilities will include event planning for the foundation, as well as ad hoc special projects.

    "My goal is to always try to do something significant that will make an impact on the people around me now, as well as produce an impact for the generations to come," Arrowood said. "This position will fit in perfectly with my goals."

    Arrowood, who attended Marshall, received a Certified Development Professional certificate in 1999 from Development Marketing Associates Inc., which is based in Colorado and Indianapolis. She has done extensive work in the fields of development, feasibility studies, and capital campaigns since then all across the country.


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    Weisbergs donating $2.5 million to Marshall University; gift will support Division of Engineering and Computer Science

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    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Arthur and Joan Weisberg, founders of State Electric Supply Co., Arthur's Enterprises and Service Wire Co. in Huntington, are contributing $2.5 million to Marshall University to support the Division of Engineering and Computer Science in the College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE), President Stephen J. Kopp announced today. Kopp said the Marshall University Foundation, Inc. will receive the entire amount of the gift within five years.

    The gift was announced during a news conference in the Drinko Library on Marshall's Huntington campus. Kopp also announced that the Arthur and Joan Weisberg Division of Engineering and Computer Science is being named in honor of the couple not only for today's gift, but for their many years of supporting the university.

    "Art and Joan Weisberg have been wonderful supporters of Marshall University for years," Kopp said. "They have impacted the university in many ways, including establishment of the Arthur and Joan Meyer Weisberg Chair in Software Engineering 15 years ago. Today's most generous gift will enhance the Division of Engineering and Computer Science, and benefit engineering students for generations to come. We are very thankful for their tremendous support."
     
    Art Weisberg said the reason for the gift to Marshall is simple. As the need for engineers grows, so does the importance of educating them locally. Marshall, he said, is the logical place for students to go for that education.
     
    "Ten years ago we didn't have any engineers working for us (at State Electric)," Weisberg said. "We have eight now, and they are very valuable. None of them went to Marshall. To keep bringing people in is very difficult. We have local talent here, we can't sell ourselves short. Unless we have engineers (in Huntington), the standard of living is going to drop. Engineering is where we are going to have to fight."
     
    Art Weisberg describes Marshall as "an asset to the community. If we are going to keep up in the future, we have to be technologically smart," he said. "Marshall is the vehicle we are going to use."

    Read the entire press release at www.marshall.edu/ucomm/release/2006/pr052006.htm.


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    SURE program supports 13 Marshall undergraduate researchers

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University has received funding from West Virginia's Research Challenge Fund to advance research in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through the support of undergraduate research.

    Dr. Michael Norton, professor of Chemistry at MU, said the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program specifically funds 13 undergraduate students who receive stipends totaling $4,000 each and supplies for their research. SURE supports Marshall undergraduate researchers for a 10-week period, uninterrupted by classes, during the summer.

    The SURE program, now in its second year, covers a wide array of topics and is directed by Norton. This year's program began Monday, May 22 and ends Friday, July 28. The program enables these researchers to gain knowledge and valuable experience in research of their choice and a head start in building their scientific careers.

    This year's research students and project titles are:

    • Justin Angus, Physics: "Effects of Magnetic Fields on the Wannier-Frankel Hybrid Exciton;"
    • Cynthia Austin, Psychology: "Childhood influences on high risk behavior;"
    • Huan Cao, Chemistry: "DNA Nanostructure fabrication for Biomolecular studies;"
    • Elizabeth Fet, Biology: "Further study of Primates;"
    • Kristen Grinstead, Chemistry: "Proteins in reverse Micelles;"
    • David Sovic and Leana Lester, Integrated Science and Technology: "Development of novel Chromogenic Reagent;"
    • Andrew Lino, Geology:  "Rainfall trends in West Virginia;"
    • Charles Lowe, Biology:  "Stochastic Modeling of Sports Data;"
    • Deborah Preston, Biology:  "RhoA in Muscle unloading;"
    • Kevin Saunders, Biology: "Microhabitat selection of Salamander Larvae;"
    • Stacy Skidmore, Biology: "Purification of CHD-1;" and,
    • Cassie York, Biology:  "Biomass and Alkaloid Production in a Microgravity-based NASA Bioreactor."

    More information on the SURE program is available by calling Norton at (304) 696-6627.


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    Politics and nonprofits to be discussed at journalism conference May 17-21 at Marshall University

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - As part of their charge to examine the role of nonprofit groups and the media that cover their actions, the annual "Fourth Estate and The Third Sector" conference will bring journalists, experts and newsmakers from across the nation to Marshall University's Huntington campus this week. This event, co-sponsored by the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism & Mass Communications, is Wednesday through Sunday, May 17-21.

    The "Fourth Estate and The Third Sector" is the nation's only program for journalists who cover nonprofit organizations.

    Some of the highlights from the conference include:

    Radisson Hotel - Wednesday, May 17

    4:15 p.m. - Brian O'Connell, founding president of Independent Sector, is the leader of a Washington-based organization that speaks for the nonprofit sector.

    7:30 p.m. - Brandt Ayers, columnist and chairman for The Anniston Star, will discuss community journalism and its relevance today.
     

    Marshall's Memorial Student Center - Thursday, May 18

    Noon - Marcellus Alexander, Executive Vice President, Television for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), will discuss "How to cover a nonprofit when your boss is on the board."
     

    Marshall's Memorial Student Center - Friday, May 19

    11:45 a.m. - Panel discussion about 527s, nonprofits and the 2004 Judicial Election, with panelists:

                -GOP Chair and Brent Benjamin Campaign Manager Rob Capehart

                -Warren McGraw Campaign Manager Andy Gallagher

                -And For The Sake Of The Kids Legal Counsel George Carenbauer

                -WV House Judiciary Chair Jon Amores (D-Kanawha)

    3 p.m. - Aron Pilhofer, Special Projects Editor of The New York Times, will discuss Nonprofits & Politics.

    Marshall's Memorial Student Center - Saturday, May 20

    11 a.m. - Neal Denton, Vice President of Government Relations & Public Policy for the American Red Cross, will discuss the role of the Red Cross in recent disasters.    

    For more information about the conference or any of the speakers, please contact Burnis Morris at (304) 696-4635 or morrisb@marshall.edu.


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    Marshall University now offers CFP Board-registered program in financial planning

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Lewis College of Business at Marshall University has registered with Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board) to provide a new financial planning program. Marshall is the first university in West Virginia to offer a CFP Board certified financial planning program.

    An independent certifying organization, CFP Board owns the certification marks CFP® and Certified Financial PlannerTM, as well as federally registered CFP, which it awards to individuals who meet its education, examination, experience and ethics requirements.  Students completing the financial planning program at Marshall University will be eligible to sit for the national CFP® Certification Examination administered by CFP Board.

    "The CFP Board is pleased to have an educational institution of the caliber of Marshall University now offering its approved financial planning curriculum," said Barton C. Francis, CFP®, chair of CFP Board's Board of Governors.  "As student interest in financial planning as a career continues to grow, we anticipate that Marshall University's program will contribute significantly to the number of qualified candidates seeking to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination."

    Lawrence Shao, Division Head of Finance and Economics at Marshall, said the university is pleased to offer a quality financial planning program at the Lewis College of Business.

    "The curriculum taught in each of our financial planning courses has been approved by leaders in the industry," Shao said. "Once our students complete all course requirements and pass a national examination, they will be able to apply for their CFP certification."

    In considering a school's application to register a program, CFP Board compares the program with the financial planning-related topics identified in extensive, periodic job-task analysis studies.   The job-task analyzes surveys from financial planning professionals to determine areas students should master in order to provide competent, ethical financial planning services.

    The topics to be mastered can be categorized into the following broad subject areas: general principles of financial planning, insurance planning and risk management, employee benefits planning, investment planning, income tax planning, retirement planning and estate planning.

    "Students who major in finance will automatically complete two of the six courses that count toward the CFP requirements," Shao said. "If they plan their schedules carefully, our finance majors will be able to finish three of the CFP courses by the time they graduate. This will help distinguish them once they enter the job market."

    More information on the program is available by contacting Shao at (304) 696-4330.


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    Doubleheader Brings Marshall University Baseball Back to Appalachian Power Park on May 20

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. - On May 20, 2006, Marshall University's Thundering Herd Baseball team will team up with the West Virginia Power for a Saturday Doubleheader, starting at 2 p.m.

    Special appearances during the Marshall game include President Stephen J. Kopp, who will be throwing out the first pitch, along with music by the Marshall Pep Band.

    For tickets, please contact Martha Hill with the Greater Kanawha Valley Alumni Club, 304/744-5149 or the Marshall Alumni Relations Office, 304/696-2901. Tickets are $6.00 each, with special ticket packages available.


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    Southern West Virginia students awarded Chafin Scholarships

    HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Two southern West Virginia high school students have been awarded scholarships to attend Marshall University beginning this fall thanks to the generosity of Sen. H. Truman Chafin and his wife, Letitia Neese Chafin.   This is the first time the one-year, $5,000 scholarships have been awarded.

    Aaron Wellman of Tolsia High School in Wayne County and Alyson Altizer of Burch High School in Mingo County were selected from more than a dozen outstanding students from the southern West Virginia area.  

    The Marshall University Foundation, Inc. established the scholarship through the efforts of the Chafins and the Foundation for the Tri-State Community.

    Incoming freshman students who live or attend high school in designated areas of West Virginia Senate District 6, which is represented by Sen. Chafin in the West Virginia Legislature, are eligible for the annual awards. Those areas include McDowell County, Mingo County and parts of Mercer, Wayne and Wyoming counties.

    Letitia Neese Chafin is a member of Marshall University's Board of Governors.


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    MU College of Business conducting study of city's operations

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Lewis College of Business has been hired by members of the local business community to conduct a study of the city of Huntington's operations. City officials also are involved and participating in the study.

    Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp, Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Chairman Tom Gilpin and Mayor David Felinton announced details of the study today during a news conference at Marshall's Drinko Library on the Huntington campus.

    "It's important that when the opportunity arises, the university partner with the city and assist in making informed decisions," Kopp said. "As a major stakeholder, we want to step up and assist in any way we can. We have the expertise and resources to conduct an impartial, evidence-based study."

    Kopp said the goal of the study is to generate ideas on how the city can solve some of its financial problems. The study began in April and will continue through most of the summer, according to Dr. Paul Uselding, dean of the Lewis College of Business. "We hope to present a report to President Kopp by mid-September," Uselding said.

    The study was facilitated by the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce. Recently, Chamber President and CEO Mark Bugher called a meeting of CEOs from five of the city's large employers - St. Mary's Medical Center, Cabell Huntington Hospital, Steel of West Virginia, Alcon Laboratories, Inc. and Marshall University - to discuss ways to help the city.

    "We just started talking about what we could do to help," Bugher said. "Dr. Kopp suggested the university could do a study of how the city operates, and come up with some ideas as an independent third party."

    Uselding, at Kopp's request, put together a proposal as to how the study would be done and what it would cost, and that proposal was shared with the business community and city officials. "We all agreed to it and the chamber took it upon itself to raise the money," Bugher said. "We all agreed we wanted to do something."

    "The dean made it very clear that when this study is over, it will not be a list of exactly what has to be done," Bugher said. "This will be more of a benchmarking study, where they'll look at other similar communities with similar problems and similar demographics, and look at what they have done. We know further study may be needed when this is finished."

    The following members of the business community combined to raise funds to pay for the study: Marshall University, St. Mary's Medical Center, Cabell Huntington Hospital, Steel of West Virginia, Alan Modliszewski with Alcon, Huddleston Bolen, LLP, Steptoe and Johnson, PLLC, Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce, Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC, and West Virginia American Water Co.

    Felinton said he appreciates Marshall for doing the study and the businesses that funded it. "The university is an outstanding resource and can help us analyze our situation," he said.

    Uselding said faculty members from the Lewis College of Business and the College of Liberal Arts are participating in the study. In addition to Uselding, the Marshall team includes Dr. Paul Hamilton, assistant professor of economics; Dr. Loren Wenzel, professor of accounting; Dr. Marybeth Beller, political scientist; Dr. Kurt Olmosk, associate professor of management and marketing; and Dr. Charles Stivason, assistant professor of accounting.

    Gilpin described the study as "an exciting initiative. From our perspective, there is no preordained result," he said. "We hope it results in something helpful. Whatever they find, we'll all take a look at it."                                

    Bugher agreed that there are no specific expectations from the study.

    "The only conditions we put on it when we met with the city is that the city provide Marshall with whatever information it needs, and that we would make the results public," Bugher said. "The chamber's role will be to advocate for changes it feels are most important."

    Getting Marshall involved was important for validation of the study, he said.

    "We're going to assume that because of the reputation of Marshall University and the School of Business, the recommendations they make will be valid and make sense," Bugher said. "They are a resource we ought to use, and the credibility of Marshall reduces some of the political aspects which are inevitably present in a study of these issues."


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    News Conference at Marshall University to announce study

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A news conference to announce a study being conducted by Marshall University's Lewis College of Business that ultimately could benefit the city of Huntington will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 10, in the atrium on the third floor of the Drinko Library on MU's Huntington campus.

    Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp, Huntington Mayor David Felinton, and Lewis College of Business Dean Paul Uselding will join other business and city leaders in the news conference.  

    WHAT: News conference to announce a study being conducted by Marshall University's Lewis College of Business that ultimately could benefit the city of Huntington

    WHERE: Atrium on the third floor of the Drinko Library, Huntington campus

    WHEN: 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 10


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    Marshall's annual 'yard sale' is May 15-16

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's central receiving department will conduct its annual spring "yard sale" Monday and Tuesday, May 15-16 in the Arts Warehouse located at 201 21st St. and 2nd Ave. in Huntington, across from State Electric Company.

    The old saying, "one person's trash is another person's treasure" holds true for this sale, according to Carol Skaggs, who is coordinating it.  "We have a lot of treasures," Skaggs said.       

    There is a wide array of items available, including vehicles, desks, copiers, chairs, cafeteria equipment, a table saw and much more, she said.

    Bids will be taken on both days from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with items going to the highest bidders.  The sale is open to the public.

    For additional information or if anyone has questions, contact Skaggs at (304) 696-6678, or skaggs@marshall.edu.


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    Funeral arrangements complete for Joan C. Edwards

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The funeral for philanthropist Joan C. Edwards, who died Sunday at Cabell Huntington Hospital, is set for 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at Trinity Episcopal Church.

    Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 10 at Klingel-Carpenter Mortuary, located at 328 6th Ave. in Huntington. Trinity Episcopal Church is located at 520 11th St., also in Huntington. Both the visitation and funeral are open to the public.

    Per Edwards' request, the six pallbearers at the funeral will include three former Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine students wearing their white coats and three current Marshall University football players wearing their jerseys. Also at her request, music will be performed by a Marshall jazz combo during the funeral service.

    "Joan Edwards was a glamorous and genteel person - charitable, visionary, gracious, sophisticated, insightful and very, very intelligent," said Dr. Charles H. McKown Jr., dean of the School of Medicine. "One of her passions was good health, and with virtually all of her passions she had one significant perspective: to focus her resources to provide long-lasting, far-reaching benefits.

    "In health, she made her impact known through Marshall's medical school and the cancer center, which has brought to our region a new level of care for malignant illness. The people who will benefit most from her efforts are not necessarily those of us here today but our children, our grandchildren and many generations to come."

    Bob Marcum, Marshall's director of athletics, described Edwards as "an amazing woman who touched countless people through her generosity."

    "She and her husband loved the Thundering Herd and their contributions to athletics are immeasurable," Marcum said. "The fact that our football team plays in Joan C. Edwards Stadium and on James F. Edwards Field is a testament to their incredible legacy."

    Dr. Marshall Onofrio, chair of Marshall's department of music, noted Edwards' many contributions to the arts at MU.

    "Mrs. Edwards' contributions to the arts range from the performing arts center that bears her name, to the jazz center which reflects the first names of her and her late husband, and the jazz studies program which was her inspiration," Onofrio said. "With her support we initiated Jazz-MU-Tazz, which this year will celebrate its eighth festival. Her love of jazz will be celebrated at the service."

    Onofrio said many Marshall students have been impacted by Edwards' generosity and encouragement.

    "I am sure that several music students will remember fondly their meeting Mrs. Edwards at luncheons and receptions where she never failed to encourage them to pursue their dreams," Onofrio said.

    Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said Edwards was a role model for people who wish to make a positive difference in the world. "She was a boundary-breaker, someone who refused to let others limit her in any way," Kopp said. "In many ways her love of jazz music and the performing arts were metaphors for Joan's persona and life.

    "She was a strong-willed individual who livened up the room wherever she was. She encouraged women to make an impact in areas that in her view had been male dominions for too many years, like medicine. That impact is evident in Marshall University's medical school, which is named for Joan. It is the first in the country to be named after a woman."


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    Students will be first from College Program for Students with Asperger's Syndrome to graduate from Marshall University

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Goodman will graduate with a master's degree in special education and Reinhardt will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in physics. Goodman will take part in commencement, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Reinhardt will not be able to attend.

    Both, however, plan to attend a luncheon in their honor at noon Thursday, May 4 at the Autism Training Center in Old main room 315 on Marshall's Huntington campus.

    "Both of these students are truly remarkable," Dr. Barbara Becker-Cottrill, executive director of the West Virginia Autism Training Center, said. "There were many obstacles to overcome to get to the point of graduation.  Faculty, staff and administration at Marshall University were supportive every step of the way and the students felt that. We knew they could succeed, they knew they could succeed, and with the right support … they are seeing a dream come true with a bright future ahead."

    Program director Dr. Kimberly Ramsey said people with Asperger's Syndrome fall on the higher end of the autism spectrum. A primary area of difficulty is in relating socially to others, she said.

    The College Program for Students with Asperger's Syndrome was developed four years ago by the West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall and is unique in the nation for the highly individualized support it provides, Ramsey said.

    "There was a great need for a program that would assist students who had difficulty with the social aspects of college but had the academic grades to attend and succeed at college," Ramsey said. "Social challenges can include difficulties understanding another's point of view, taking things literally, being overly sensitive to sounds and other environmental stimulation and obsessive compulsive behaviors. The program provides academic and social tutors and a variety of highly individualized support for each student that helps them overcome their specific challenges." 

    Ramsey said many parents of students in the program have said they never thought their children would be able to attend college. While they knew their children had strengths and talents, the thought of trying to survive on a college campus was a road block, she said.

    "This program maximizes each student's potential, offers the level of help they need to attend classes, take tests and complete assignments, and helps them enjoy social activities of interest to them," Ramsey said.

    Eight students currently are enrolled in the program, and three new students will begin in the fall 2006 semester.  The two graduating students will seek employment after graduation. Goodman hopes to work in the field of special education, and Reinhardt may continue attending Marshall in hopes of obtaining another degree.

    More information is available by contacting Ramsey or Becker-Cottrill at (304) 696-2332.


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    James L. Skidmore to speak at Marshall CTC commencement

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - James L. Skidmore, Chancellor of Community and Technical College Education with the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education, will be the keynote speaker at the Marshall Community and Technical College's commencement this week.

    The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. Friday, May 5 on Buskirk Field on Marshall University's main campus in Huntington. If it rains, the ceremony will be moved to the Don Morris Room in the Memorial Student Center. The CTC will award a record 353 degrees.

    Skidmore, a native of Braxton County, W.Va., has more than 25 years experience in higher education. Prior to his current position, he served as the Vice Chancellor for Community and Technical College Education. He also has served in positions at what are now West Virginia University Institute of Technology, and West Virginia State University, as well as West Virginia Board of Regents, a predecessor to the Higher Education Policy Commission.

    Skidmore has been involved with the state level administration of community and technical college education since joining the central office staff in January 1986. He has been involved in the implementation of Senate Bills 547, 653, 703 and 448 as they pertain to new directions for community and technical college education in West Virginia.

    In addition to his duties in the central office, Skidmore serves on numerous state-wide committees dealing with workforce development, economic development and other issues relating to community college education.


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    Marshall University professor receives Fulbright Scholarship for international lecture and research

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Robin C. "Rob" Capehart, an associate professor and Director of Tax Studies at Marshall University's Lewis College of Business, has been named a Fulbright Scholar for 2006-2007.

    As one of the most prestigious and competitive awards for faculty of U.S. institutions of higher learning, the Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). Individuals who receive a Fulbright Scholarship lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

    With this award, Capehart will travel to Moldova, formerly part of the Soviet Union, to review the country's governmental infrastructure and technology capability, in addition to authoring a guide on the development and implementation of its property tax system.

    "As a member of Marshall's faculty, it's a great honor to receive this award that recognizes academic work on an international level," Capehart said. "There are a number of emerging democracies in eastern Europe that are seeking assistance in developing the governmental processes that are needed when moving from a command economy to a market economy. This is a great opportunity to participate in this important transition."

    Dr. Paul Uselding, dean of Lewis College of Business, said he appreciates the recognition this award brings to Marshall. "This award is a very special achievement," Uselding said. "It is a rare occurrence within academia that deserves recognition and assists in the strong reputation of our business faculty."

    Capehart is from Wheeling, W.Va., and served as the Secretary of Tax & Revenue in Governor Cecil H. Underwood's second administration. In addition to his law degree from West Virginia University, Capehart also earned his Master of Law in Taxation from Georgetown University.

    To request a photograph of Capehart, please contact Bill Bissett at bissett1@marshall.edu.


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    Hooding ceremonies Thursday and Friday in Charleston, Huntington

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Hooding ceremonies to honor those receiving Marshall University master's and education specialist degrees will take place separately in Charleston and Huntington prior to Marshall's commencement on Saturday, May 6.

    The Charleston ceremony begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 4 at the Municipal Auditorium.  In Huntington, the ceremony is set for 7 p.m. Friday, May 5 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.  Approximately 340 graduates are expected to attend the two ceremonies.

    Each graduate will be recognized individually when a faculty member presents a hood in a color indicative of the recipient's field of study.

    In addition, two faculty members, one from the Huntington campus and one from the South Charleston campus, will be honored with the Ashland Inc. Outstanding Graduate Advising Awards.  Two Distinguished Graduate Student Alumnus Awards, one from each campus, also will be given.

    Faculty members to be honored are Dr. Kateryna Schray, who teaches English on the Huntington campus, and Dr. Michael Sullivan, special education, from the South Charleston campus.   

    One of Schray's nominators called her "the most encouraging professor" she had at Marshall.  Another noted, "Her energy and passion for literature and for her profession inspires others to learn and to make a difference in this field." Another student commended her for "single-handedly creating the only program in the state to offer a medieval/renaissance emphasis," the Graduate Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

    The chair of her department described Schray as "by far the most student-centric professor I have ever known or worked with.  Her students know this, recognize this and seek her out."

    Sullivan's nominators had high praise for him for the work he does beyond the classroom and beyond the world of his research.  One student called him "one of the most committed and caring persons I know when it comes to meeting the needs of those students who participate in special education."

    A colleague commented, "Routinely he is available to current and former students and spends untold amounts of time patiently guiding and directing them."  A superintendent of schools said, "Dr. Sullivan is pleasant, professional, outgoing and always takes the time to meet individually with persons requesting this assistance."

    Students who will receive Distinguished Graduate Student Alumnus awards are Scott R. Smith from the Huntington campus and Gary L. Park from the South Charleston campus. 

    Park earned his bachelor's degree from West Virginia University and a master's degree in Public Administration from the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies, now Marshall University. He was president of Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston from 1986 to 1992.  He was president of Wesley Long Community Hospital from 1992 to 1997 when Wesley Long merged with Moses Cone Health System.

    Park was Executive Vice President and CEO of Moses Cone from 1997 to 2000.  Currently he is president of the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill.  He also serves as CEO of Rex Healthcare, a 400-bed hospital in Raleigh that is part of the University of North Carolina Health Care System.

    Smith earned his bachelor's degree from Marshall in 1967 and completed his master's degree at the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies in 1974.  He became vice president and then president of McCoy & McCoy, an environmental consulting company. In 1989, he founded his own business now known as the Smith Management Group.

    In 2004, Smith was appointed chief of staff and executive director of Regulatory Affairs/The Kentucky Environmental and Public Protections Cabinet.  Smith has been actively involved in energy issues related to power plant development, ethanol, bio-diesel and clean coal technologies.

    In addition to more than 50 publications and presentations, Smith has frequently provided expert witness and testimony in court and before governmental committees.  For a number of years he was on Marshall's Advisory Board of Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Science Center.


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    Byrd, Haymaker to receive honorary degrees from Marshall University

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd and West Virginia native and businessman Timothy L. Haymaker will receive honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Marshall University at the institution's 169th commencement on Saturday, May 6. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at Huntington's Big Sandy Superstore Arena.  

    The degrees are being bestowed in recognition of their contributions to the university and for their lifetime achievements.  The addition of Byrd and Haymaker brings to 157 the number of Marshall's honorary degree recipients. Both Byrd and Haymaker also have earned degrees from Marshall.

    Named in 2001 the "West Virginian of the 20th Century" by the Governor and both Houses of the West Virginia Legislature, Byrd's story is a classic American saga of hard work, success and achievement. 

    He entered politics when he won terms in the West Virginia House of Delegates and Senate before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected in 1958 to the U.S. Senate where he has served continuously since, serving longer in the U.S. Senate than anyone in West Virginia history.

    Byrd has the distinction of having held more leadership positions in the U.S. Senate than any Senator of any party in Senate history.  He has been a member of the Senate leadership, the Senate democratic whip, Senate majority leader from 1977 through 1980 and 1987-1988, and the Senate minority leader from 1981 through 1986.  Byrd twice has been the Senate pro tem, a position that placed him third in line to the succession of the presidency, from 1989 through 1994, and again in 2001-02.

    By taking night classes, Byrd earned his law degree, cum laude, from American University in Washington, D.C., in 1963.  He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, summa cum laude, by Marshall University in 1994.

    Bryd has given strong support to Marshall University through the years.  One of his proudest achievements was the establishment in 1999 of the Erma Byrd Scholars, which honor his late wife. Among his other endeavors on behalf of the university are the Robert C. Byrd Center for Rural Health and the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing.

    His continuing support has helped support the vision of Marshall in the fields of technology, medicine and biotechnology.  His efforts helped fund MU's Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center, which is under construction, and other university projects.         

    Haymaker, a 1969 Marshall graduate with a degree in business administration, served as chair of Marshall's ambitious Campaign for National Prominence, which ended in December 2005 and raised more than $100 million.  In an effort to raise funds, Haymaker and his wife, Sandra, traveled around the country meeting alumni and spreading the word about the campaign.  

    A graduate of Pineville High School, Haymaker used the business acumen he had learned in Marshall classes to launch a series of successful enterprises.  In 1989, he started a commercial real estate company in Lexington, Ky., where he now lives.  Through the years his businesses grew and expanded as he added a property management company, a holding company, several partnerships and an affiliated accounting company.   

    In spring 2001, Haymaker was asked to head up the capital campaign.  It would mean a major commitment of time and effort for the next few years.  He recounts the deciding factor in his accepting the responsibility came after Sandra Haymaker urged him to "Go for it!"

    The Haymakers have been longtime supporters of Marshall. They were inducted into the Marshall University Pathway of Prominence, which honors those who have given $1 million or more to the university. The Lewis College of Business inducted Haymaker into its hall of fame in October 2005.

    Long active in community and civic affairs, Haymaker serves on the boards of numerous groups. He also has received many awards, including being named Volunteer of the Year by the Lexington Chamber of Commerce.


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    Each graduate to be recognized during MU's 169th commencement

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will celebrate its 169th commencement on Saturday, May 6 by recognizing each graduate in attendance at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m.

    Tentative numbers indicate that Marshall will award a record high 2,868 degrees, eclipsing the previous high of 2,844 set last year. Each graduate attending will walk to the area in front of the stage, where his or her name will be announced and he or she will receive congratulations and a scroll from the MU Alumni Association. Anyone who has earned a degree since July 2005 can participate in commencement.

    "Earning a university degree, whether on the undergraduate, graduate or doctoral level, is a tremendous accomplishment and one worthy of individual praise," Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said. "We want to publicly acknowledge each of our graduates at this very special time in their lives, and wish them continued success in the future."

    U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., will be the keynote speaker at commencement.

    Marshall students will celebrate a banner year academically. Tentatively, 15 students will graduate with perfect 4.0 GPAs. That could change since final grades for spring 2006 are due after commencement, and 12 of the 15 are May graduates. The three assured of 4.0s are Leah N. Frye of Huntington, Andrew A. Iafrate of Parkersburg, W.Va., and Malory S. Morgan of Huntington.

    Those with tentative 4.0s are Megan Leigh Collins of Mineral Wells, W.Va.; Danielle Marie Davidov of Fairmont, W.Va.; Nicholas Jeremy Facci of New Martinsville, W.Va.; Sharon Kay Fowler of Huntington; Jered Wellington Green of Frazier's Bottom, W.Va.; Emily B. Hager of Milton, W.Va.; Jason Paul Hildebrand of Mineral Wells, W.Va.; Sean Patrick Keatley of Newport News, Va.; Justine Christina Near of Nashville, Tenn.; Bonnie E. Shook of St. Albans, W.Va.; Mary Lou Sigler of Milton, W.Va., and John Paul Stonestreet of Hurricane, W.Va.

    Seventy-seven students are graduating summa cum laude (3.85 to 4.0 GPA), 168 are graduating magna cum laude (3.6 to 3.84 GPA) and 281 are graduating cum laude (3.3 to 3.59 GPA).

    From the Marshall Community and Technical College, 31 are graduating with high honors (3.7 to 4.0 GPA) and 54 are graduating with honors (3.3 to 3.69 GPA). The community college commencement will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 5, on Buskirk Field on Marshall's main campus.

    As in previous years, because of limited parking near the Civic Center, Tri-State Transit Authority will provide shuttle service to transport graduates and guests to the arena for the university's commencement on May 6. Anyone interested in taking the shuttle should park on the university lots at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, the Welcome Center, Joan C. Edwards Stadium and Lot F, located across 3rd Avenue from Smith Hall.

    Shuttle service will begin at 8:45 a.m. and occur in 15-minute intervals. After commencement, buses will transport passengers back to campus. Also, at the conclusion of ceremonies for the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Health Professions - also conducted at the arena - shuttle service will return attendees to campus.

    Here is a list of commencement-related events scheduled May 4-6:

    • May 4 - 5 p.m., Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Awards Ceremony, Memorial Student Center, Alumni Lounge, Huntington campus

    • May 4 - 7 p.m., Charleston Graduate Hooding Ceremony, Charleston Municipal Auditorium

    • May 4 - 7 p.m., School of Nursing Recognition Ceremony, Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, Huntington campus

    • May 5 - 11 a.m., LEAP Program graduation, Alumni Lounge, Memorial Student Center, Huntington campus

    • May 5 - 3 p.m., Center for International Programs' American-style picnic, reception and International Education Awards Ceremony, Buskirk Field, Huntington campus

    • May 5 - 4 p.m., Communication Disorders graduation reception, Smith Hall Atrium, Huntington campus

    • May 5 - 4 p.m., Forensic Science graduation reception, Erickson Alumni Center

    • May 5 - 5 p.m., Society of Yeager Scholars Medallion Ceremony, Drinko Library, third-floor atrium, Huntington campus

    • May 5 - 7 p.m., Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Investiture Ceremony, Joan C. Edwards Playhouse, Huntington campus

    • May 5 - 7 p.m., Marshall Community and Technical College graduation, Buskirk Field, Huntington campus

    • May 5 - 7 p.m., Huntington Graduate Hooding Ceremony, Big Sandy Superstore Arena

    • May 6 - 10 a.m., Marshall University's 169th Commencement, Big Sandy Superstore Arena

    • May 6 - Immediately following Marshall commencement, College of Health Professions and Social Work department, Grand Ballroom, Big Sandy Superstore Arena

    • May 6 - Immediately following Marshall commencement, College of Fine Arts, Palms Room of the Touma Building

    • May 6 - 1:30 p.m., College of Liberal Arts, Big Sandy Superstore Arena

    • May 6 - 1:30 p.m., College of Science, Joan C. Edwards Playhouse, Huntington campus

    • May 6 - 2 p.m., School of Extended Education, Regents Bachelor of Arts, Harless Dining Hall, Huntington campus

    • May 6 - 2 p.m., School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Smith Recital Hall, Huntington campus

    • May 6 - 2:30 p.m., Lewis College of Business, Henderson Center, Huntington campus

    • May 6 - 3 p.m., College of Education and Human Services, Christ Temple Church


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    Marshall Forensic Science Center announces the rollout of DNA preservation and testing services to WV funeral homes

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Forensic Science Center is offering DNA preservation and testing services to local funeral homes, Dr. Terry Fenger, director of the center, announced today.

    Through the MUFSC, family members served by the participating funeral homes will have the opportunity to preserve a sample from their family members' DNA, which can be used in the future for gene testing, inheritance, and identification purposes. Strict confidentiality of services provided to families will be maintained.

    Family members who purchase a preserved DNA sample will receive a labeled, sealed sample placed in an engraved metal case displaying the individual's name and "Preserved DNA Sample." The funeral home delivers the preserved DNA sample to the family or authorized representative who finalizes the process by signing the chain of custody form, assuring that their privacy has been protected.

    Fenger said the center is the only resident DNA laboratory in West Virginia that provides DNA identification and family relationship testing services. "The mortuary services we are offering to the funeral homes are unique for an organization in West Virginia, and it's a way to utilize our scientific expertise to provide services to the public," he said.

    The rollout of the mortuary services includes 12 funeral homes. The funeral homes participating are: Klingel-Carpenter Mortuary, Huntington, W.Va.; Bartlett -Burdette-Cox Funeral Home, Charleston, W.Va.; Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, W.Va.; Calfee Funeral Service, Pineville, W.Va.; Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans, W.Va.; Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, W.Va.; Evans Funeral Home, Oceana, W.Va.; Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Charleston, W.Va.; Teague Funeral Service in Charlottesville, Va.; Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes, W.Va.; Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia, W.Va.; and Wilson Funeral Home, Charleston, W.Va.

    MUFSC and Klingel-Carpenter Mortuary began conducting a beta test of the services in August 2004. Tim Carpenter of Klingel-Carpenter Mortuary said families have been very receptive to this new service.

    Marshall University Forensic Science Center also offers paternity, family relationship testing and DNA identification services through MU Parentage Testing Services, one of the university's first economic development ventures in biotechnology.

    MUFSC is accredited by Forensic Quality Services - International (FQS-I) for forensic testing, DNA databasing and as an ISO 17025 testing laboratory. It also is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) as a parentage testing laboratory.


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    Pullman Jazzfest slated for Saturday, April 29

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A "jazzfest" that organizers hope will become an annual event will take place at Pullman Square in Huntington from 2 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

    Marshall University's faculty jazz ensemble, Bluetrane, is scheduled to perform, as is the Zanter Trio, which includes Marshall faculty members. Other performing groups from the Charleston-Huntington area include the Dixie Stompers, Steve Himes, and Magic Bronson.

    For further information, persons may visit the Pullman Square Web site at www.pullman-square.com.


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    Recent works of Regina D. Perry on exhibit at Birke Art Gallery

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Recent works created by Regina D. Perry from Marshall University's College of Art and Design graduate program are on exhibit today through Friday, April 28 at the Birke Art Gallery in Smith Hall on MU's Huntington campus. A public reception will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 26.

    Perry's works include the use of traditional women's materials used in a nontraditional way.  Her emotionally charged, abstracted sculptural works include many mixed media elements, presented from a feminist perspective.

    Perry says she approaches femininity abstractly, and that there is a definite link with the gift of life and woman as the gift giver.  She expresses her feelings clearly with a minimalist's use of color, form and texture, making use of materials such as fabric, thread, clay, found objects, paper, glazes and cold finishes, among others.

    Perry holds an undergraduate degree with an emphasis in ceramics from West Virginia State University.


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    Sen. Byrd to speak at Marshall's 169th commencement

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., will be the keynote speaker at Marshall University's 169th commencement, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 6 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

    Byrd has represented West Virginia continuously in the United States Senate since 1958, and has served longer in the Senate than anyone in West Virginia history. He also the distinction of having held more leadership positions in the Senate than any senator of any party in Senate history.

    "We are very honored that Senator Byrd has agreed to serve as our commencement speaker," Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said. "He is truly the preeminent American statesman and he speaks on such a high plane. And, of course, he's done so many incredible, worthwhile things for the state."

    Byrd has been elected by West Virginia voters to eight consecutive six-year terms in the U.S. Senate. He has carried all 55 counties several times and, in 2000, carried all but seven of the state's 1,970 precincts. He also has cast more votes - 17,500 - than any senator in history.

    Byrd received what he considers his greatest honor in May 2001 when West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise and both Houses of the West Virginia Legislature named him "West Virginian of the 20th Century." He said he is looking forward to speaking at Marshall.

    "What an exciting time to graduate from college and set forth on life's journey," Byrd said. "There are enormous opportunities ahead for our young people, opportunities that come with challenges and responsibilities. I look forward to speaking at this year's Marshall University commencement. I want to encourage the graduates to hold fast to the West Virginia values which can serve as the Pole Star of their journeys in the days and years ahead."

    Byrd earned his law degree, cum laude, from American University in Washington, D.C., in 1963. He was awarded his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, summa cum laude, by Marshall University in 1994.


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    Kopp inaugurated as Marshall University's 36th president

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    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Stephen J. Kopp was inaugurated as Marshall University's 36th president today at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on MU's Huntington campus.

    Kopp's wife, Jane, and other family members attended the inauguration. They included the Kopps' daughter Elizabeth, son-in-law Matt, and granddaughter Rachel; and the Kopps' son, Adam.

    Kopp, president at Marshall since July 1, 2005, was sworn in by West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin. Kopp described the day, which included inauguration-related events before and after the actual ceremony, as a "Marshall University Day of Celebration," and said he is deeply humbled and honored to have the privilege of serving as MU's president.

    "Each day is a new learning experience, a new opportunity to excel and contribute," Kopp said. "I have observed a great deal during my brief sojourn here and have found a renewed sense of purpose that has been shaped by the people I have come to know, respect and admire."

    Kopp told the audience at the performing arts center that Marshall stands at a crossroads in its history.

    "The future, uncertain as it is, lies ahead," Kopp said. "Our vision of that future resides in our hearts, minds and souls. It will be shaped and reshaped by our imagination, creativity, aspirations and strategies for accomplishing them. The time is now for leadership and cohesive commitment. The time for action to manifest our vision is now, so let's get moving!"

    Prior to his appointment at Marshall, Kopp had been serving as a special assistant to the chancellor with the Ohio Board of Regents. Previously he was provost for two years at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Kopp also was founding dean of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions at Central Michigan University, and founding dean of the College of Allied Health Professions at Midwestern University. He also served in a variety of positions for nearly 20 years at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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

    Manchin praised Kopp for his accomplishments at Marshall since he became president less than 10 months ago.

    "While today we officially celebrate him as Marshall University's 36th president, Dr. Stephen Kopp has already made a tremendous impact upon this institution," Manchin said. "In less than 10 months on the Marshall campus, Dr. Kopp has exhibited outstanding leadership and vision that is moving Marshall University to a new level of success as a research and educational leader."

    Manchin also noted the similarities between Kopp's Strategic Vision, introduced publicly last fall, and his own vision for West Virginia.

    "He was instrumental in bringing a very fresh approach to the development of Marshall's new Strategic Vision plan - a seven-year working plan for the future development of the institution that harnesses the input of every stakeholder in the Marshall University community," Manchin said of Kopp. "This plan mirrors similar efforts that we're instituting with success on the statewide level and puts Marshall University firmly on a path for future academic growth, positioning the university to be an engine for economic growth in our state and region."

    Kopp has worked closely with many people at Marshall and in the community since coming to Marshall.

    "We absolutely have selected the right man for the right time at Marshall University," said A. Michael Perry, member and past chair of the MU Board of Governors. "With his considerable background in medicine, science and technology, Dr. Kopp is almost uniquely qualified to take advantage of the opportunities that have been created at Marshall by his predecessors.

    "With the significant emphasis on these areas and the development of a variety of new programs, particularly in research and engineering, we are optimistic that Marshall is well on its way to becoming less of a commuter university, and more of a university of destination in which the students not only from West Virginia, but from throughout the country, will benefit from a total academic experience."

    Dr. Charles Somerville, interim head of the department of biological sciences at Marshall, said the university's future appears bright under Kopp's leadership.

    "This is an exciting time for Marshall University," Somerville said. "Dr. Kopp has put some very bold initiatives on the table, but his approach to implementing them is deliberate and fiscally responsible. That's a nice balance, and I think it bodes well for our future."

    Provost Sarah Denman said she expects Marshall to reach new levels of excellence under Kopp's leadership. "He brings the right balance of experience, vision and scholarship to this institution that will lead us into the next chapter of our history," Denman said.

    Menis Ketchum, a member of the Board of Governors since 2002 and its current chair, said, "President Kopp's leadership has invigorated the Board of Governors' vision as to Marshall's role for the future in the development of our community and the state of West Virginia."

    And Larry Stickler, president of Marshall's faculty senate, said Kopp and the faculty work well together. "The Marshall University faculty are poised to join President Stephen J. Kopp in his quest to realize the incredible potential of Marshall's intellectual community," Stickler said.


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    Marshall University Circle K's second annual Rock-A-Thon to benefit Children's Miracle Network

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Circle K will have its second annual Rock-A-Thon, a service project to raise donations for the Children's Miracle Network, from 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22, through 7 a.m. Sunday, April 23.

    Participants will spend the night in Marshall's Campus Christian Center literally "rocking" all night in rocking chairs donated by local furniture stores.

    "This will be our second year raising funds for a charity through this event," said Beverly Maynard, coordinator of Rock-A-Thon. "I am really looking forward to doing it again. Last year we raised right at $500 to give to Tsunami survivors."

    The participants this year want to raise money for a charity more geared to Circle K's purpose - helping children. The organization has set its goal to raise $500 again. Pizza donated by Papa John's Pizza and drinks donated by Foodfair will be provided. Circle K is inviting local high school Key Clubs to participate in the event.  

    Circle K International is a collegiate service organization. For more information, to donate or to sign up to participate, persons may call Maynard at (304) 412-3512.


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    Donning of Kente celebration is April 26 at Marshall University

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University and the Center for African American Students' Programs have invited African American graduates from last semester and those who will be graduating in May to the Donning of Kente celebration and processional at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 26 on the Buskirk Field at the center of the Huntington campus.

    More than 200 people are expected to take part, according to Maurice Cooley, director of the Center for African American Students' Programs.  Marshall instituted the tradition of presenting Kente cloths to graduating African-Americans several years ago.

    The Kente cloth, which resembles a stole and is worn with the academic regalia, is a symbol of accomplishment that has its roots in a long tradition of weaving in West African countries.  Kente was developed in the 17th Century by the Ashanti people of Africa and has roots in weaving that go back to around 3000 B.C. 

    In its cultural context, Kente is more than just a cloth, Cooley explained.  It is reserved for very special occasions and may be used as a special gift item during such rites and ceremonies as child naming, puberty, graduation, marriage and soul-washing. It also is used as a symbol of respect and achievement.

    "The Donning of Kente is one of the most prestigious and important events of the year offered by Marshall University Multicultural Affairs," Cooley said.  "Our primary focus is to uplift, support, and nurture our students to reach their optimum levels of academic success.  The Donning of Kente Celebration of Achievement is an opportunity to recognize and show high regard to our African American students that are completing undergraduate and graduate school from Marshall University."

    With its ancient roots, the Kente is bestowed to those who have made extraordinary accomplishments and is worn as a symbol of honor, Cooley added.      

    The keynote speaker for the ceremony will be William A. Smith, Cabell County Superintendent of Schools, and he will be introduced by Jocelyn Williams, president of the Black United Students.  Cooley will offer the welcome and meditation.  Opening remarks will be given by Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp and Betty J. Cleckley, vice president for MU's Multicultural Affairs.  Philip Carter, professor and chair of Marshall's department of Social Work, will conclude the program with farewell remarks.

    Musical selections will be provided by Shanti Chapman, director of the Musical Lecture Series Ensemble.

    "There are few things that are more important in today's society than to successfully complete one's education at an institution of higher learning," Cooley said.  "At Marshall University, we hold this these moments as significant to our purpose."

    Following the ceremony, a reception will take place on the Memorial Student Center plaza. 


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    Three MU students among those featured in Concert of Soloists

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Three Marshall University students and the winner of the annual competition of the Women's Club of Huntington will be featured on Marshall University's Concert of Soloists. The concert will take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 26 in the Smith Recital Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus.

    Charles Morey, violinist and winner of the Women's Club competition, is from Fayetteville, W. Va., and currently accepted to the Junior Division of the Cleveland Institute of Music in Ohio. He will perform the finale from Violin Concerto No. 2 by Henri Wieniawski.

    The three other performers were chosen in a competition for Marshall students conducted by the Marshall Symphony Orchestra earlier in the year. Josh Richardson, trumpet, will play Trumpet Concerto No. 1 by Johann Hertel; Nikki Winter, saxophone, will play "Tableaux de Provence for Saxophone" by Paule Maurice; and Yuri McCoy will play the finale from the Piano Concerto No. 3 of Sergei Rachmaninov.

    Dr. Solen Dikener, assistant professor of music at Marshall, will conduct the orchestra. He teaches cello and bass at the university as well as conducting the orchestra.

    "The Concert of Soloists is a great honor and opportunity for a student," said Dr. Marshall Onofrio, chair of Marshall's department of music. "The chances to play a solo with a symphony orchestra while still in school are few and far between."

    The Concert of Soloists is free and open to the public. For further information, persons may contact the Marshall Department of Music at (304) 696-3117.


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    MU history students investigating issues of local importance; semester projects will be presented April 25

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The students in Dr. Daniel Holbrook's Seminar in Public History class at Marshall University will present their semester projects at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 25 in the lobby of the Frederick Building, located on the corner of 4th Avenue and 10th Street in downtown Huntington.

    The class has been investigating several issues of local historical importance.  First is the lack of a local/regional historical society. The class is proposing the establishment of the Greater Huntington Historical Association (GHHA).  The other student projects relate to the future of the Frederick Building, and potential local history exhibits concerning black-owned businesses in the city; manufacturing in Huntington, postcards of the area and a historical walking tour of the downtown area.

    John Hankins, owner of the Frederick Building and an avid advocate of local history, has promised the proposed historical association space in the Frederick Building, and wants the public parts of the building to be available for historical exhibits.

    The proposed association will be a source of ongoing student involvement with local histories and the local communities. Possibilities for internships and service learning opportunities will be extended to students from across the university.  The GHHA will pursue projects across a wide array of historical topics and eras, and will work with local business and civic organizations to promote local history.

    For more information, persons may contact Dan Holbrook in the Marshall department of history at (304) 696-2417 or via e-mail at holbrook@marshall.edu.


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    2005-06 award winners, retirees to be honored at spring faculty meeting

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Nine Marshall University faculty members will be honored with awards of distinction and 17 retiring faculty will be honored during the spring general faculty meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 20 at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

    Seven people will receive the Distinguished Service Award and two will receive the Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award. The meeting will include remarks from Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp and Faculty Senate Chair Larry Stickler.

    To qualify for the Distinguished Service Award, faculty members must have at least 20 years of service at Marshall University, a distinguished record of service to the university, and a record of distinguished teaching as evidenced by peer, administrative and/or student evaluations.

    Each Distinguished Service Award winner receives $1,000. They are:

    • Janet Dooley, associate professor, 27 years, School of Journalism and Mass Communications;
    • Dr. Daniel Babb, professor, 33 years, College of Science, Physical Science;
    • Dr. Edwina Pendarvis, professor, 27 years, College of Education and Human Services, School of Education;
    • Dr. Elaine Baker, professor, 34 years, College of Liberal Arts, Psychology;
    • Dr. Alan Gould, professor, 37 years, College of Liberal Arts, History;
    • Dr. Fran Simone, professor, 21 years, Graduate School of Education and Professional Development;
    • Dr. Barbara Guyer, professor, 31 years, College of Education and Human Services, School of Education.

    To be eligible for the Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award, a faculty member must either be tenured or hold a tenure-track appointment. The purpose of the award is to recognize distinction in the fields of artistic and scholarly activity on the part of the Marshall faculty.

    The 2005-06 Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award will be given to:

    • Dr. Steven Banks, associate professor in the College of Education and Human Services, senior recipient for excellence in Arts, Social Sciences, Humanities, Education and Business;
    • Dr. Eric Blough, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, junior recipient in all fields.

    Also Thursday, 17 retiring faculty with a combined 386 years of service will be recognized. They are:

    • Dr. Murray Batt, Internal Medicine, 5 years of service;
    • Dr. Raymond Busbee, Exercise Science, Sport & Recreation, 25 years of service;
    • Dr. William Crockett, Engineering, 36 years of service;
    • William Downs, Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine, 19 years of service;
    • Dr. David Duke, History, 34 years of service;
    • Dr. Loraine (Rainey) Duke, English, 33 years of service;
    • Dr. Susan Ferrell, School of Education, 21 years of service;
    • Dr. Bertram Gross, Communication Studies, 28 years of service;
    • Charles Gruber, History, 38 years of service;
    • Dr. Dolores Johnson, English, 17 years of service;
    • Dr. John Kiger, Exercise Science, Sport & Recreation, 5 years of service;
    • Dr. Paul Lutz, History, 18 years of service;
    • Dr. J. Terrence McQueeny, Modern Languages, 28 years of service;
    • Dr. Susan Power, Art, 15 years of service;
    • Dr. Herbert Tesser, Engineering & Computer Science, 13 years of service;
    • Dr. Lynne Welch, Dean, College of Health Professions, 15 years of service;
    • Dr. David Woodward, History, 36 years of service.

    Three other awards honoring five faculty members will be presented Thursday. Recipients include Dr. Barbara P. Guyer, Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award; Dr. Stephen Fish, Marshall & Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Teacher Award; and Dr. Marybeth Beller, Dr. Darlene Daneker and Dr. Kimberly DeTardo-Bora, Pickens-Queen Teacher Award.

    A reception in the performing arts center lobby follows Thursday's meeting.


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    MU art department to be represented in Huntington art exhibition

     

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's art department will be well represented in a group show titled "Representations: Mine. Yours. Ours." that begins Saturday, April 29 at the old Huntington Historic Arcade of the St. James Building.

    Opening night, which begins at 8 p.m., will include a musical performance by One Track Minds. The show will run in an abbreviated session for two weeks after the opening.

    David Seth Cyfers, print maker and upperclassman at Marshall; Clay McNearney, print maker and religious studies chair at Marshall, Allen Toney, mixed-media artist, and Christopher Worth, painter and graduate student at Marshall, are the four headline names for the show.

    For more information, persons may contact Worth at Worth2@marshall.edu or (304) 417-6430.


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    Student parking lot at Marshall closed later this week

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will close a student parking lot later this week for the inauguration of President Stephen Kopp, Director of Public Safety Jim Terry said today.

    The student lot beside the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center containing permit parking and metered parking will be closed from 10 p.m. Thursday through 8 p.m. Friday. Inauguration activities are planned Friday at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

    Alternate parking is being directed to the Joan C. Edwards Stadium lot. "We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause," Terry said.


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    Guyer named Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award winner at MU

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Barbara P. Guyer, founder and director emeritus of Marshall University's H.E.L.P. Program, has been named MU's Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award winner for 2005-06, Frances Hensley, associate vice president for academic affairs, announced today.

    The Hedrick Award winner receives $5,000 through a grant from Charles B. and Mary Jo Locke Hedrick. The award is named in honor of Charles Hedrick's father, Charles E. Hedrick, a former history professor and later Chairman of the Graduate Council, and one of the founders of Marshall's graduate program.

    Hensley also announced two other awards honoring four faculty members. They are:

    • Marshall & Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Teacher Award: Dr. Stephen E. Fish, professor in the department of anatomy and pathology in Marshall's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine;
    • Pickens-Queen Excellence in Teaching Award: Dr. Marybeth Beller, assistant professor of political science; Dr. Darlene Daneker, assistant professor of counseling; and Dr. Kimberly DeTardo-Bora, assistant professor of criminal justice.

    All five award winners will be formally recognized Thursday, April 20, during the spring general faculty meeting, which begins at 2 p.m. at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

    Here is a brief look at the three awards and the five winners:

    Hedrick Award

    This award recognizes a full-time faculty member who has a minimum of seven years teaching experience at Marshall and has a record of outstanding classroom teaching, scholarship, research and creative activities.

    Dr. Barbara P. Guyer has been at Marshall University since 1975, when she was hired as an associate professor of special education and director of the learning disabilities program. In 1981, she founded the H.E.L.P. (Higher Education for Learning Problems) program, which since has grown from three students with two employees to 200 students with 10 full-time employees and 50 part-time employees.

    Guyer retired as director of H.E.L.P. on Aug. 1, 2005, but continues to serve as director emeritus while teaching graduate courses in special education. She has received many awards since coming to Marshall, including Teacher of the Year by the West Virginia Association for Children with Learning Disabilities in 1984 and 1997, induction into the Huntington Wall of Fame in 1994, and Outstanding Educator in Learning Disabilities by the West Virginia Learning Disabilities Association in 2004.

    In describing her philosophy of education, Guyer refered to a book that was later made into a movie. The book is titled The Prince of Tides, and the main character is a teacher named Tom.

    "Someone asked him why he chose to 'sell himself short' by becoming a teacher when he could have become anything he wanted," Guyer said. "The author, Pat Conroy, wrote, 'There's no word in the language I revere more than teacher. My heart sings when a kid refers to me as his teacher, and it always has. I've honored myself and the entire family of man by becoming a teacher."

    Dr. Edwina Pendarvis, a professor of education who has worked with Guyer in special education for 22 years, said Guyer's motivation comes primarily from the desire to help children and adults with learning disabilities. Pendarvis referred to a feature in Newsweek magazine several years ago which designated her as "a hero."

    "This is not just journalistic hyperbole," Pendarvis said. "Through her writing, through hundreds of presentations here and across the country, and most of all through the multimillion-dollar H.E.L.P. program, funded largely through donations by people who want to show their gratitude for the changes she has brought to their lives, Barbara has successfully combined research, teaching, and community service to the benefit of, literally, thousands of learning disabled individuals and their families."

    H.E.L.P. students, past and present, have written Guyer to thank her for her guidance. One called her "an angel," another "a woman of purpose," and another "the savior of the learning disabled."

    Laura Ellen Rowden with the H.E.L.P. program has known Guyer for 10 years in a variety of settings. "She has been my supervisor, advisor, professor, mentor, fellow board member, and friend," Rowden said. She described Guyer as "a blessing for West Virginia, the surrounding region, and indeed our country."

    "Truly, Rowden said, "the world is a better place because of what Barbara has done."

    Reynolds Award

    This award includes a $3,000 stipend, and all full-time faculty members who have completed three or more years of service at Marshall are eligible.

    Dr. Stephen E. Fish joined Marshall in 1986 as an assistant professor in the department of anatomy in MU's School of Medicine. He has been a full professor in the department of anatomy, cell and neurobiology (now the department of anatomy and pathology) since 1995.

    "Dr. Fish is an outstanding and uncompromisingly committed teacher who has contributed in a remarkably positive way to the education of students, the progression of the curriculum and the addition of learning resources," said Dr. William B. Rhoten, section head and emeritus chairman in the department of anatomy, cell and neurobiology. "He is an outstanding innovator in the curriculum and has spearheaded major improvements in the curriculum and the education of both medical and graduate students."

    Fish has received several awards from students, such as Best Course Coordinator (microanatomy and ultrastructure) in 1998; Best Course (microanatomy and ultrastructure) in 2003 and 2004; and Graduate Faculty Achievement Award in 2003.

    Fish said he believes in a "friendly atmosphere" for students both inside and out of the classroom. Since 2002 he has been doing scientific illustrations for himself and his colleagues. He has completed more than 600 teaching illustrations, of which 490 are for his own teaching in cell biology and microanatomy.

    "Dr. Fish is an outstanding educator in many, many ways," Rhoten said. "He is recognized by students and faculty as outstanding and has received excellent evaluations by students, peers and myself as section/departmental chairperson." 

    Pickens-Queen Award

    Each of these three award winners receives a $1,000 stipend. The award honors outstanding junior faculty. All full-time, tenure-track faculty who are at the instructor/assistant professor rank and who have completed six or fewer years at Marshall are eligible.

    Dr. Marybeth Beller is described by Dr. Simon Perry, longtime professor of political science at Marshall, as "a remarkable teacher. Both our faculty and students have the utmost respect for her," he said.

    Beller says knowledge building, analysis and writing are the central components of helping students develop skills that will further their ability to be productive.

    "By allowing them to leave institutions of higher learning without good analytic and writing skills, we fail them and the public trust," she said.

    Camila Morsch, a political science international graduate student, said she was a student of Beller's three times. "In all of them, Professor Beller kept her unique style of teaching," Morsch said. "She would question students, play with them, establish connection with the class and, then, lecture with great enthusiasm and theoretical domain."

    Courtney Pistelli, another student of Beller's, simply described her as "an inspiration to her students, particularly me."

    Dr. Darlene Daneker said she believes the goal of teaching is to encourage and support the development of students' cognitive abilities, psychosocial skills, professional abilities, and self-awareness as individuals within a larger context.

    Colleague Dr. Linda L. Maier said Daneker is outstanding in her ability to make contact with her students.

    "Not just teaching the material, but rather teaching them the material, personalizing it, and translating it into understandable and meaningful information," Maier said. "Her students enjoy themselves in the process, chuckling at her dry wit, while feeling personally embraced in her cooperative teaching style."

    Daneker said she endeavors to provide students with a positive learning environment to aid in achieving their potential.

    "She is a practical, down-to-earth practitioner of our profession," said Vicki Buell, coordinator in the Office of Institutional Education Programs. "Her style of teaching and demeanor of talking with her students make her a stellar representative for teachers everywhere."

    Dr. Kimberly DeTardo-Bora describes her teaching philosophy as a bit cliché, but says, "above all, it is to be a facilitator of knowledge in an environment that is conducive to learning."

    She said she believes that since many of her students will enter the criminal justice profession, it is her duty to provide them with a holistic understanding of the individuals that make up this system, including victims, offenders, practitioners, politicians, and research professionals.

    Dr. Irene Burgess, associate dean for academic affairs at Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio, and a longtime friend of DeTardo-Bora, said she is "a gem."

    "When Marshall University hired Kim, I thought that the university was extremely lucky to have found such a dedicated, talented, and thoughtful educator," Burgess said.

    Criminal justice graduate student Joy Upton said she has been more inspired by DeTardo-Bora than any other professor. "She is not only a wonderful professor, and caring individual, but truly a lifelong friend," Upton said.


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    MU Theatre presents The Tragedy of Julius Caesar this week

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Theatre is presenting William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Julius Caesar at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 19 through Saturday, April 22, in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on MU's Huntington campus.

    Tickets to the production are free to full-time Marshall students. Other tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for MU faculty and staff, $10 for persons 60 and older, and $7 for persons 17 and under.

    More information is available by calling (304) 696-2787.

     
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    Administrative Professionals Day is April 19 at Marshall

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "Creating Excellence" is the theme of the 2006 Administrative Professionals Day, which is scheduled for Wednesday, April 19 in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.  The event is sponsored by the Marshall Community & Technical College.

    The registration fee of $99 includes materials, lunch and refreshments.  To register or to obtain additional information, persons may call (304) 696-6855.

    The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jerri Liszewski, director of Human Resources/MTS, Alcon Laboratories, Inc., of Fort Worth, Texas.  Her topic will be "Creating Personal Excellence … And Then Some."  Liszewski will highlight ways individuals can discover to inspire themselves to perform at optimal levels and to attain personal excellence. 

    Before going to work at Alcon Laboratories, Inc., she worked at Hewlett-Packard for 16 years in human resources.  She is a former high school psychology and sociology teacher and a practicing counseling psychologist.  In addition to working with numerous community groups, Liszewski has for more than 10 years served on the faculty of the University of Phoenix, where she has been an instructor in the MBA program and a diversity instructor to all new faculty members at the Denver, Colo., campus.

    Participants can select two workshops from among the seven offered.  The workshops will have a maximum of 20 participants per workshop per session.  The workshops include:

    • "Can You Hear Me Now?" by Shelia Brownfield,  CPS/CAP Executive Assistant to the VP/General Manager of Alcon Manufacturing Lt. in Huntington and president emeritus of the International Association of Administrative Professionals.
    • "Put On Your Big Girl Panties and Deal With It," by Michele Conley, an executive with the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation in Huntington. 
    • "Humor, Happiness, & Health," by Bill Ellis, newspaper columnist, Scott Depot, W.Va.
    • "Do You Think You Know What Your Customers Think?" by Beth Lengel, Director of Services for Lengel Vocational Services, Inc., of West Columbia, S.C.
    • "Getting the Credential - Administrative Assistant Technology Associate Degree," by Wylma Skean, professor of Administrative Assistant Technology at MCTC.
    • "Time of Your Life," by Frank Lengel, Director of Services at Lengel Vocational Services, Inc., West Columbia, S.C.
    • "Begin With the End in Mind, One Step at a Time," by Marcia Smith, First Vice President, Chase Bank, and a Certified Treasury Professional in Huntington.

    The group will be welcomed by Dr. Vicki Riley, president of the Marshall Community and Technical College, at 9 a.m.  Following her remarks Dr. Lorraine Anderson, associate dean of the Lewis College of Business at Marshall, will speak on "Give 'em a Pickle."

    In addition to the workshops and lunch,  Frank Lengel will present "Ping Pong All the Day Long" at 1:30 p.m.; Tia Theriaque, International Director, Southeast District, International Association of Administrative Professionals, will speak on "Your Life is a Canvas:Paint a Masterpiece" at 2 p.m.  A fashion show presented by Marshalls of Huntington follows at 2:30 p.m.  A drawing for door prizes at 3 p.m. will close out the day's activities.

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    University of Calgary professor to give Moffat lecture at Marshall

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Frank Towers, a University of Calgary history professor, will be the guest speaker at the Charles Hill Moffat Memorial Lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 20, in Smith Hall room 154 on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

    The Moffat Lecture, which is free to the public, is sponsored by Marshall University Multicultural Affairs and the College of Liberal Arts. Another event honoring his memory is the Moffat Banquet, which is at 7 p.m. Friday, April 21, and takes place in the Memorial Student Center's John Marshall Room. Tickets are $18, and may be purchased in advance in Harris Hall room 116, or by calling Terry Dennis in the history department at (304) 696-6780.

    Charles Hill Moffat was one of Marshall University's great personalities.  His enthusiastic lecturing style, his solid scholarship and his amiable nature were fixtures of the history department from 1946 to 1976.  When Moffat retired, his family endowed an annual lecture in his name.

    Every April for the past 29 years, a distinguished historian has been invited to address the Marshall community for the "Charles Hill Moffat Memorial Lecture."  The list of previous speakers has included Ruth Schwartz Cowan, Deborah Grey White and Andre Millard.

    Towers is the latest to join that list. He has written widely on the political culture of cities in the antebellum South.  His investigations have culminated in a well-received monograph, The Urban South and the Coming of the Civil War (2004, University of Virginia Press).  He also has written a number of scholarly articles on race, labor and the development of the African-American community in Baltimore. Towers currently is preparing a book on the end of slavery in the "border South."

    The title of Towers' Moffat Lecture is "Making an Anti-Modern South: Multiculturalism, Cities, and the Argument for Secession."  In it, Towers will challenge long-held assumptions about the predominantly "rural" character of the South and the overwhelmingly "industrialized" nature of the North.  He will demonstrate that the two communities shared a number of social and economic characteristics, including their respective levels of urbanization and the multicultural composition of their populations.


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    Health & Wellness Fair for Faculty, Staff Set for April 26

    Marshall University's 3rd Annual Health & Wellness Fair, sponsored by Recreational Sports & Student Health Education Programs, will take place Wednesday, April 26, beginning at 6 a.m. and continuing until capacity has been reached, in the Shawkey Room of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington Campus.

    Faculty and staff who are insured by the Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) can receive free testing for total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, total cholesterol/HDL ratio, triglycerides, glucose, bone density and PSA (for men over age 45). In addition, optional tests available for a fee include Hemoglobin A1C ($14.00), Thyroid Panel ($25.00), Comprehensive Metabolic Panel ($15.00), Complete Blood Count ($10.00) and PSA for men under 45 ($25.00).

    Those not covered by PEIA may receive the following tests:  Lipid Panel/Glucose($28.50), Bone Density for over age 35 ($10.00) and PSA ($25.00).

    Persons wishing to register should call Sharon at ext. 62943 or Tassy at ext. 64652 for a testing time. They should also print out the attached enrollment form, fill it out and bring to the fair. 

    For best results, fasting for 8-12 hours is recommended. (Water and black coffee are allowed.) Participants that have blood work will be eligible for a drawing and will receive a FREE health literacy bag, according to Amy Saunders, Student Health Education Specialist.

    For further information, persons may contact Saunders at (304) 696-4800.


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    Marshall University Announces Inauguration Schedule

    The inauguration of Dr. Stephen J. Kopp as president of Marshall University will take place on Friday, April 21. The university has released the following schedule of events, all of which are open to the public.

    10 a.m.             University Showcase in the lobby of the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse
                             on the Huntington Campus

    11:30 a.m.        Pre-Inauguration Luncheon on on the front lawn of the Playhouse

    1 p.m.              Featured Alumni Lecture by Drs. Lonnie B. Thompson 
                            and Ellen Mosley-Thompson in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre.

    2 p.m.              Inauguration Ceremony in the Playhouse

    3:30 p.m.          Reception


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    Marshall University plans 3 percent raises for faculty and staff,

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Despite significant increases in Marshall University's annual operating expenses, its Board of Governors today approved an average 3 percent raise for faculty and staff during a special board meeting in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus. The Board also approved a 3 percent raise for Marshall Community and Technical College faculty and staff.

    The 3 percent annualized raise pool planned for the 2007 fiscal year is subject to final Board review, based on actual fall-term revenue proceeds versus revenue plan projections (e.g., enrollment). The effective date for raise pool implementation is Jan. 1, 2007. Raises will be administered in accordance with Board-approved policies.

    The operating budget for Marshall University includes nearly a $2.3 million increase in expenditures to fund faculty and staff raises. This budget includes an additional $978,000 to complete a full year of raises implemented in January 2006, $900,000 for the raises that are planned for January 2007, and $390,000 for faculty AEI (Annual Experience Increment). The faculty AEI is $50 per year, per person, based on longevity and will go into effect July 2006.

    Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said a "greatly appreciated" additional state base appropriation of $3 million for Marshall's 2006-07 operating budget, along with an approved $109 per-semester increase in tuition and fees, will help defray the added operating expenses and planned raises.

    "We would prefer to forego a tuition increase this year, but major increases in operating expenses and the importance attached to improving conditions and our competitiveness for recruiting and retaining faculty requires the $109 per-semester increase," President Kopp said.

    In addition to the planned raises, university operating expenses will increase by nearly $2.5 million. Some of the major areas affected are listed below:

    ·     Approximately $800,000 increase in facility operating and maintenance expenditures to open and operate the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center;

    • Approximately $750,000 increase for investment in academic programs, support for undergraduate research and grant matches;
       
    • Approximately $500,000 increase in annual utility expenditures;
    • Approximately $436,000 increase in the university's annual Board Risk & Insurance Management (BRIM) premium.

    "We are doing everything we can to control and manage costs where we can," President Kopp said. "However, some areas are not readily controllable. For example, the sudden and unprecedented increase in utility costs, combined with the unanticipated increase in our BRIM premium, adds essentially $1 million to our overall operating expenses."


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    Award-winning poet to read from her work April 20 at Marshall

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Poet J. Allyn Rosser will read from her work at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 20 in the Shawkey Room of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

    Rosser's first collection, Bright Moves, won the Morse Poetry Prize.  Her second, Misery Prefigured, won the Crab Orchard Award and was published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2001.  Her poems are forthcoming in Best American Poetry 2006, Poetry, and Michigan Quarterly Review, and have been featured recently in The Atlantic Monthly, Slate, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, and The Georgia Review.

    She has received numerous awards for her work, among them the Peter I.B. Lavan Award for Younger Poets from the Academy of American Poets, a Pushcart Prize, the Wood Prize and the Frederick Bock Prize (the latter two from Poetry).  Her many fellowships include those from the National Endowment for the Arts, Yaddo, Bread Loaf, the Ohio Arts Council, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. 

    Rosser has taught at the University of Houston, the University of Michigan, and Vermont College, and currently teaches at Ohio University. 

    Her appearance is sponsored by the Marshall English department and the College of Liberal Arts.  It is free and open to the public. For more information, persons may contact Art Stringer with the English department at (304) 696-2403.


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    MU professor awarded Fulbright Scholar Lectureship for spring 2007

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Kat D. Williams, associate professor of history at Marshall University, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Lectureship for spring 2007, according to the U. S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

    Williams was selected to lecture at the University of Pecs in Pecs, Hungary.  She will teach courses on United States Women's history and the History of Women in Sports.

    Williams is one of about 800 faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to some 150 countries for the 2006-07 academic year through the Fulbright Scholar Program.  Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program's purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

    "It is a great honor to be awarded this Fulbright lectureship to Hungary and I look forward to the challenges and experiences this award will present," Williams said.  "I am excited about the chance to teach U.S women's history in Hungary and I'm convinced that Marshall students will also benefit from my experiences."

    The Fulbright award is viewed as recognition of Williams' status in the field of women's history and an opportunity to establish a dialogue with foreign colleagues that will benefit Marshall students and provide a means by which to spread the news about Marshall's academic programs to foreign countries.

    Dr. Donna Spindel, chair of  MU's Department of  History, said, "Dr. Williams' selection as a Fulbright Scholar is a great honor and she will be the perfect 'ambassador' abroad."


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    Spring Series on Diversity concludes on April 20 at Marshall

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia (CSEGA) concludes its 2006 Spring Series on Diversity in Appalachia with a performance by folklorist and oral historian Carrie Kline of Elkins, W.Va., on Thursday, April 20.

    "Revelations: A Celebration of Appalachian Resiliency in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered People," is a reader's theatre production written and directed by Kline. It starts at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center's John Marshall Room and is free to the public.

    "Revelations" is the final event in a series of four that have made up the Spring Series on Diversity in Appalachia. The series has been sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia (CSEGA) and Marshall University Multicultural Affairs.

    For more information, persons may contact Dr. Linda Spatig with CSEGA at (304) 696-2875.


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    Judy Shepard, mother of hate crime victim Matthew Shepard, to speak at Marshall on Wednesday, April 12

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Judy Shepard will speak about the legacy of her son Matthew Shepard, who died in 1998 after being brutally attacked because he was gay, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, in the Don Morris room on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

    The event is free and open to students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. It is sponsored by the Marshall University Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender Outreach Office and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, with additional support from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission's social justice grant program.

    On Oct. 8, 1998, Judy and Dennis Shepard were awakened in the middle of the night in Saudi Arabia, where Dennis works, by a telephone call. What they heard - that their eldest son, Matthew, was in a coma after being attacked - changed their lives forever.

    The distraught parents flew to Ft. Collins, Colo., and met up with their youngest son, Logan, to visit Matthew in the hospital. On Oct. 12, Matthew passed away.

    While the Shepard family mourned in private, the tragedy quickly spurred a spontaneous, unprecedented public outcry from coast to coast. The incident galvanized millions of people, and focused the nation's attention on the growing epidemic of hate crimes. Vigils were held across America. The Shepard family received tens of thousands of letters and e-mails of support.

    Fighting for social justice was central to who Matthew Shepard was, and it formed a significant part of his life. In the aftermath of his death, Judy and Dennis Shepard started the Matthew Shepard Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, (www.MatthewShepard.org) to help carry on Matthew's legacy by embracing the causes their son had championed. This includes working for gay and lesbian equality and helping to prevent hate crimes.

    On May 11, 1999, Judy testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of the Hate Crimes Prevention Act. In front of the committee, she delivered a powerful message to those who oppose hate crimes laws: "I can assure opponents of this legislation firsthand; it was not words or thoughts, but violent actions that killed my son."

    She appeared in two Human Rights Campaign public service television spots aimed at curbing anti-gay violence and promoting a greater understanding of gay issues. Produced by the Matthew Shepard Foundation, they were distributed during the autumn of 1999 to every network affiliate and cable operator in the U.S. who uses public service announcements.

    One of the ads shows a home video of Matthew on-screen as Judy says: "In a perfect world because your child is gay, you don't worry about their safety. You just worry about them being happy. I loved Matt just the way he was. Just the way he was."

    In September 1999, she agreed to appear in another television public service announcement (PSA) campaign decrying hate crimes. Sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), the PSA began airing on MTV in October 1999.

    She also has become actively involved with Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), and she wrote an open letter to school administrators that the organization included in a mailing to high school counselors around the U.S. In the letter, she encourages the school officials to make schools safer for gay students by promoting tolerance, and reprimanding students who harass gay students.

    Judy Shepard says she is determined to use her grief over her son's death to make a difference - to do what she can to ensure that no other parent will have to endure what she has. She is now speaking to audiences nationwide about what they can do to make their schools and communities safer for everyone, regardless of their race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.

    For more information on Wednesday's event, persons may contact the LGBT Outreach at (304) 696-6623, online at www.marshall.edu/lgbo , or e-mail evans107@marshall.edu.


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    Library Associates celebrate the past, look to the future

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Library Associates will celebrate the past while looking to the future with a wine and cheese reception at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 on the second floor of the Morrow Library on MU's Huntington campus.

    The event, which is free and open to the public, is a double celebration of James E. Casto's new book on Marshall University's history and the opening of an exhibit showing the importance of transportation to the Huntington area.

    Casto has been associated with Marshall since he was a child as a student, teacher and supporter, as well as a reporter and editor at The Herald-Dispatch for more than 40 years. As the author of several books of regional history, Casto says he saw the need for an updated book focusing only on the history of the university.

    Published in 2005 as part of Arcadia Publishing's Campus History Series, the book "Marshall University" has more than 200 historic photographs gleaned from the university archives and other sources. Each of the eight sections covers a different important period in Marshall's history, from the early building stages to the granting of university status in 1961 and from the disastrous 1970 plane crash to the recovery and subsequent glories both on and off the athletic field. Casto will be present at the reception to sign copies of his book.

    The area around where Huntington developed has been a transportation hub from the time that it was Holderby Landing. Here roads from the agricultural and industrial inlands met the Ohio River, the great highway of the country's interior. With the development of the C&O Railroad the east coast was linked to Huntington, and later advances in transportation are reflected in the city's history.

    Jerry Sutphin, another Marshall alumnus, has put together an exhibit in the Morrow Library highlighting some of this history. A noted historian of the western rivers and steamboats, Sutphin served as the project consultant for the "Ohio River Odyssey," a major Ohio River exhibition at The Huntington Museum of Art, was the principal author of the book "Sternwheelers on the Great Kanawha River," and has produced a video history of the Delta Queen riverboat. 

    "I have selected a series of artifacts and photographs that I think demonstrate the importance and impact that our rivers have on our past and our future," Sutphin said. "There are two video presentations; one photographed in the late 1920's and the other of operations on our rivers today. The latter was produced as a part of a permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution's American History and Technology Museum. Floods, river accidents, packet boats and towboats are shown at a time when the river was the main route of commerce and travel in America."

    Taylor Vinson of Alexandria, Va., has loaned part of his extensive collection of historical automotive literature to be part of the transportation exhibit. Editor of the Automotive History Review, Vinson is acknowledged as one of the great collectors of automobile catalogs, advertisements, and other printed materials.

    For more information about the reception, or the Library Associates, persons may contact Pam Ford at (304) 696-2318.


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    Movie Extra Clarification

    Due to some inaccuracies in the original Warner Bros. email, there was some confusion as to who could be an 'extra' on Monday, April 10 and Tuesday, April 11.  Here is a clarification:

    Monday, April 10-  this is the movie's signature scene, where thousands of students are gathered in Buskirk Field (on the campus side of Science Hall).  While this is primarily a student scene, anyone who would like to participate and support the students may do so.  This means that all faculty and staff are encouraged to participate.  Here is some additional info:

    • Those wanting to participate should arrive at Henderson Center at 7:30 a.m. for staging
    • Food and drinks will be provided
    • Participants should wear  '1970 style' clothing.  No logos.  No bright colors.  No red clothing.
    • Be prepared -This will take several hours
    • Although the previous Warner Bros. email provided a telephone number, there is no need to call.  Merely, show up.
    • Groups who would like to participate together may do so.  Inform the staging personnel and they will locate your group together.

    With supervisor's approval, staff members are granted leave time to participate in this movie scene.

    Student class attendance is subject to university guidelines and professors' discretion.

     

    Tuesday, April 11- this is the movie's final scene. It will occur in modern day.  The serious scene depicts a re-creation of the annual memorial service around the fountain in the MSC plaza.  The directors want this to be a more comprehensive crowd with many adults and community people involved.  But, students are encouraged to participate.  Many want to represent families that will not be able to be in Huntington on that day.  Here is some additional info:

    • Those wanting to participate should arrive at Henderson Center at 7:30 a.m. for staging
    • Food and drinks will be provided
    • Participants should wear current day clothing.  Business casual to business dress code (slacks, dresses, dress shirts). No logos.  No bright colors.  No red clothing.
    • Be prepared- This will take several hours
    • Although the previous Warner Bros. email provided a telephone number, there is no need to call.  Merely, show up.
    • Groups who would like to participate together may do so.  Inform the staging personnel and they will locate your group together.

    With supervisor's approval, staff members are granted leave time to participate in this movie scene.

    Student class attendance is subject to university guidelines and professors' discretion.

     

    Thank you for your patience and the inconvenience in bringing the message of "We Are…Marshall" to the world.


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    Regional accrediting team visits Marshall University next week

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A team of 11 representatives from the North Central Association/Higher Learning Commission will visit Marshall University's Huntington and South Charleston campuses Monday-Wednesday, April 10-12.  Based on what they find, the team will recommend continued accreditation and/or some follow-up action. 

    A steering committee of 15 people and five subcommittees, consisting of approximately 35 additional people, have been working on a self-study document for more than two years, according to Dr. Leonard Deutsch, dean of the Graduate College and Self-Study coordinator.

    The visiting team has read the report and will be confirming its veracity by interviewing students, faculty members and staff. They also will examine documentation collected in the resource room which is located in the Memorial Student Center's Shawkey Room, according to Deutsch.

    NCA reaccredidation is of utmost importance to the university, and intensive efforts have been made to meet standards and prepare for it, Deutsch said.  "Our regional accrediting body visits us every 10 years," he said.  "If we don't 'pass inspection' we don't get reaccredited.  If we are not accredited, Marshall University would cease operating as an institution of higher education."

    Marshall has studied itself in light of five criteria posed by the NCA/HLC:  mission and integrity; preparing for the future; teaching and learning; the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge; and engagement and service.

    "We not only cite evidence that we are meeting these criteria, we also have discovered how and where we fall short," Deutsch said.  "In the report we have proposed opportunities for improving how we do things, how we operate, how we meet the needs of our constituents."

    For more information, persons may contact Beth Tappan in the accreditation self study office at (304) 696-6713.


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    Conference of West Virginia Shakespeare and Renaissance Association is April 7-8 at Marshall University

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The 33rd Annual Conference of the West Virginia Shakespeare and Renaissance Association (SRA) will take place at Marshall University on Friday and Saturday, April 7-8 in the Alumni Lounge of the Memorial Student Center.

    The SRA is a joint scholarly effort between Marshall and West Virginia University that  rotates locations for the annual conference among Marshall, West Virginia University, Shepherd University, Davis & Elkins College, Bethany College and the College of West Virginia campuses.  It is partially funded by the West Virginia Humanities Council.

    Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. April 7.  Following that, Session One,  "Shakespeare's Afterlife," will be chaired by Edmund M. Taft of Marshall University.  Topics to be presented include "I am Prospero, I am Ariel, I am Caliban:  Graphical Representations of Control in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman," by Leah Haydu, Marshall University; and "To Allow or not to Allow - That is the Question:  Selective Release of Shakespeare in the Former Soviet Union," by Elena Ermolaeva, Marshall University.

    Session Two will focus on "History and Art in the Renaissance"  and will be chaired by Byron Nelson of West Virginia University.  Among the presentations will be "The Costs of Religious Reform and the Demise of Local Drama in Tudor England," Jim Forse, Bowling Green State University; "Earning a Living as an Author in Early Modern England:  The Case of Anthony Munday," Gerald D. George, Capital University; "Remembering Queen Bess Through the Bard:  Impressions of Queen Elizabeth in the Epilogue of Henry IV, Part 2,"  Megan Roeling, BrighamYoung University.

    Nelson, editor of the journal,  "Shakespeare and Renaissance Association Selected Papers,"  will  discuss instructions for submissions from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

    Session Three begins at 1:30 p.m. with the topic,  "Shakespearian Comedy and Romance"  chaired by William Godshalk of the University of Cincinnati.  Presentations include "Sacred Physic:  Healing, Therapy and Magic in Pericles," by Byron Nelson, WVU; "Succor from Suckers:  Bassanio's Usury in The Merchant of Venice," Megan Fitzpatrick, University of Cincinnati; and "Malvolio in Purgatory:  Tragedy and the Deuteronomic Cycle in Twelfth Night," Jeremy R. Fiebig, Mary Baldwin College and The American Shakespeare Center.

    Session Four features  "Milton's Life and Legacy"  with Timothy Burbery of Marshall as the chair.  Topics will be "Light Spent:  New Information on Dating Milton's Blindness," by Carol Barton, Library of Congress; and "Blasted Health:  Paradise Lost and H.P. Lovecraft," by Alex Morton of the University of Akron.

    John Rooks of Morris College will give the Plenary Address from 5 to 6 p.m. on "The Winter's Tale and the Political Allure of Sheer Inertia."  A banquet begins at 6:30 in the John Marshall Room with a performance of the tent scene from "Julius Caesar" to be performed by Jack Cirillo and the Marshall Student Players.

    Session Five opens at 8:30 a.m. April 8 with  "The Exercise of Power in the Renaissance"  chaired by Bob Hong of Marshall. Brandy Bagar of Marshall will present "The Manipulation of the Other:  The Function of the Lower Class in Arden of Faversham and A Woman Killed with Kindness;" Denise de Ribert of East Tennessee State University, will present "Lavinia as Victim Turned Avenger in Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus;"  and Ali Altaf Mian of the University of Louisville will conclude the session with "Engendering Language and Authority in Richard III."

    The final session of the conference,  "Shakespearian Design,"  begins at 10:30 a.m. and will be chaired by John McKernan of Marshall.  Topics include "Coriolanus and the Gown of Humility," by Kateryna Schray of Marshall; "What Happens in Hamlet (from 3.2 on)?", Edmund M. Taft, Marshall; and "E! True Hollywood Story:  Shakespeare and His Dark Lady, Revealed," Tara Regan, University of Akron. 

    The meetings are free and open to the public.


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    Two from Marshall selected to receive 2006 Sasakawa Fellowships

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University faculty members  Dr. Dallas Brozik, professor of finance and economics, and  John Van Kirk, professor of English, are among 20 faculty members nationwide who have been selected to receive 2006 Sasakawa Fellowships.

    This is the first time two faculty members from Marshall have been chosen to receive the fellowships, which are offered through the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

    The fellowships offer faculty members an intensive one-month experience designed to study aspects of Japanese life and culture with the aim of incorporating information about Japan into undergraduate courses.

    The  i nstitute takes place in June at San Diego State University.  Participants will have an opportunity to learn from scholars, business leaders, artists and journalists about Japanese civilization, history, language, business and education.  The institute involves intensive seminars, lectures, readings, and other activities.

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

    "What most people do not realize is that professors are really permanent students," said Brozik.  "There is nothing we like better than having time to dig into something new and find out about other people and places.  The job of teaching, though, is incredibly time intensive, so it is only rarely that we get a chance to devote ourselves to full-time study.   I have no doubt that I am going to enjoy this whole experience, because I will get a chance to be a student again.  And we all know there is nothing in the whole wide world better than being a student."

    The faculty advisor and chief instructor of the Marshall University Aikido Club, Van Kirk says he has long been interested in Japanese culture.

    "I've been fascinated by Japanese culture since I was a boy and my father would tell me about his experiences in occupied Japan shortly after WWII," Van Kirk said. "I have studied Japanese martial arts for many years.  Also, as a teacher of international literature, I have taught several Japanese novels in translation.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Japan and bring that knowledge back to my students."

    Brozik sees an international future for West Virginia and its citizens. "I try to introduce international topics into all of my classes, and the Sasakawa Institute will help broaden my perspective of this area of the world," he said.  "There are many opportunities for our students on the other side of the Pacific Ocean, and after this institute I will be better able to bring that information into my classroom."   

    Two other Marshall faculty member were awarded Sasakawa Fellowships - Karl Winton of communication studies in 2004 and Jonathan Cox of the art department in 2005. 


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    Parking lots to be closed during filming of 'We Are Marshall'

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will close some parking lots on its Huntington campus at various times over the next two weeks to accommodate Warner Bros. Pictures as it begins filming the movie, "We Are Marshall."

    Jim Terry, director of public safety at Marshall, said lots to be closed include employee parking lot B, located near Jenkins and Holderby Hall; the Campus Christian Center parking spaces; all handicapped parking in that area, and the Career Services parking lot.

    Here is the schedule:

    The employee B lot and Campus Christian Center lots will be closed during two time periods: today, after 5 p.m. (all vehicles must be removed from these lots by 5 p.m.); and Tuesday, April 4, all day. The lots will reopen on Wednesday, April 5.

    The second closing will be for an extended period. The employee B lot and the Campus Christian Center lots will be closed Monday, April 10 through Monday, April 17. They will reopen on Tuesday, April 18.

    The Campus Career Services parking lot and the spaces on the back lot going toward 6th Avenue will be closed all day on Thursday, April 13. This lot is tentatively set to reopen on Friday, April 14, if filming from the previous evening has been completed.

    All permit holders may find parking in the employee lots on 3rd Avenue, 5th Avenue and the Joan C. Edwards Stadium lot on 3rd Avenue and 20th Street. Handicapped parking is located throughout campus and the handicapped lots C and D on 3rd Avenue and 18th Street are in close proximity to Jenkins Hall.

    "We are aware of the impact this will have in finding a parking space but we ask for everyone's support during this movie production," Terry said. "We appreciate everyone's understanding and cooperation during this time."


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    Author/education consultant visits Huntington area this week

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Author and education consultant Charlotte Danielson will be in the area Tuesday-Wednesday, April 4-5, for a series of presentations sponsored by  Marshall University's Professional Development School Partnership in collaboration with Marshall's College of Education and Human Services (COEHS).

    Currently based in Princeton, N.J., Danielson has taught at all levels, from kindergarten through college.  She has worked as a consultant on curriculum planning, performance assessment, and professional development for numerous schools and districts in the United States and overseas.  She has designed materials and training programs for several testing groups.

    Danielson is the author of "Enhancing Student Achievement" and "Enhancing Professional Practice," and is  co-author with Tom McGreal of "Teacher Evaluation to Enhance Professional Practice."

    Her schedule of presentations includes:

    April 4 - 9 a.m., Student Teaching Rubrics, 219 Jenkins Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus campus; 11:30 a.m., Enhancing Professional Practice:  A Framework for Teaching, Cabell Midland High School Advisory Council; 2 p.m., Reflecting on Teaching, 219 Jenkins Hall; 4 p.m., Teacher Leadership, Public School and Higher Education Learning Community for Teacher Preparation, Virginia Room of the Radisson Hotel in Huntington.

    April 5 - 9:45 a.m., Enhancing Professional Practice:  A Framework for Teaching, Culloden Elementary School; 11:30 a.m., Framework, Ceredo Elementary School; 2 p.m., Using Rubrics for Assessing Students, Higher Education Faculty, 233 Jenkins Hall.

    Marshall University's Professional Development School Partnership in the COEHS assists in forming learning communities whose focus is enhancing student learning, improving teacher preparation, and providing appropriate professional development.

    For more information, persons may contact Jane McKee, associate dean in the College of Education and Human Services, at (304) 696-2859 or via email at mckeej@marshall.edu.


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    Marshall dean orders new student government election

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will conduct a new Student Government Association election on Tuesday, April 11, Steve Hensley, dean of student affairs, said today.

    "Today, I am issuing an executive order setting aside the Student Government election that took place on March 14 and 15, and directing that a new election be conducted on Tuesday, April 11," Hensley said.

    Hensley said his action is based on evidence obtained by election commissioner Leslie Pierson indicating that there were voting improprieties in the first election.

    "An investigation continues but at this point there is no evidence of improper acts by any specific individual or slate of candidates," Hensley said. "I urge all parties to the election process to refrain from accusations against other candidates."

    Hensley said he is requesting that Pierson meet with the proper SGA authorities to determine the best procedures to guarantee that the April 11 election is conducted fairly.

    "I am recommending one day of voting in order to minimize the academic impact that the election process takes on all candidates," Hensley said.

    For more information, persons may contact Hensley at (304) 696-6423.


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    WMUL students dominate national awards competition

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from Marshall University's public radio station, WMUL-FM, received 11 grand prize awards and 15 honorable mention awards during the National Broadcasting Society/Alpha Epsilon Rho (NBS/AERho) 15th Annual National Student Audio/Video Scriptwriting and 43rd Annual Audio/Video Production Awards competition ceremony.

    The event took place Saturday, March 18 at the Crystal City/National Airport Double Tree Hotel in    Washington, D.C.

    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 competed with other broadcasting students from colleges and universities throughout the United States.

    "It is a quite an accomplishment to win 48 percent, 11 out of 23, of the grand prize total recognized in audio scriptwriting (3); audio production (19); and overall Web site (1) categories in the    National Broadcasting Society's competition in a single year," Bailey said. "This is another dominating performance by our radio students with them winning double digit grand prizes for the third year in a row."

    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.  

    "Winning speaks well for Marshall University and the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and            Mass Communications, as the student broadcasters of WMUL-FM consistently earn top honors in direct competition with nationally recognized colleges and universities," Bailey said.

    Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said the latest awards for WMUL "signify the high caliber achievement of our students in the broadcast journalism and mass communication programs.

    "This year's awards continue a long and proud tradition of success in national competitions," Kopp said. "Each year their successes bring honor and distinction to Marshall University and the faculty in our J-School."

    Provost Sarah Denman said that by winning prestigious awards Marshall's students continue to demonstrate the quality of their education. "Experiences like this enhance the degree and prepare them for the world of broadcasting," Denman said.

    Marshall's grand prize award winning entries in scriptwriting were:

    Audio Industrial/Promotional Script: The script for the educational program "Take Charge" was written by Kelsey Austin, a recent graduate from Culloden.  The script was completed Monday, May 9, 2005.

    Audio Documentary Script: The script for the documentary program "To Change or Not to Change Gameday: The Pros and Cons of Weeknight College Football Games" was written by Clark Davis, a graduate student from Huntington.  The script was completed Monday, May 9, 2005.

    The honorable mention award winning entry in scriptwriting was:

    Audio Drama Program Script: The script for the drama program "The Return of the Ghost" was written by Scott Hall, a senior from Stephens City, Va.  The script was completed Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005. 

    Marshall's grand prize award winning entries in production were:

    Audio News Package: "Maritime Summit," written and produced by Melanie Chapman, a graduate student from McConnell, broadcast during "The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005.

    Audio Sports Package: "MU Swimming and Diving Concludes Regular Season," written and produced by Alex Reed, a graduate student from Virginia Beach, Va., broadcast during the sports segment of "The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Friday, Feb. 4, 2005.

    Audio Sports Play-By-Play: WMUL-FM's broadcast of the Marshall University versus the University of Southern Mississippi football game played at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005.  The students calling the football game broadcast over 88.1 were: football play-by-play announcer Alex Reed, a graduate student from Virginia Beach, Va.; color commentator Dave Wilson, a junior from St. Marys; sideline reporter Melanie Chapman, a graduate student from McConnell; engineer Jen Smith, a senior from Huntington.

    Audio Promo: "Busy Signal," an in-house promotional announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM's Promotional Announcement rotation from Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005 through the present time, written and produced by Jen Smith, a senior from Huntington.

    Audio Public Service Announcement: "Didn't You See?" an in-house public service announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM's Public Service Announcement rotation from Wednesday, April 13, 2005 through the present time, written and produced by Jen Smith, a senior from Huntington.

    Audio Instructional/Industrial/Promotional Program: "Take Charge," an educational program written and produced by Kelsey Austin, a recent graduate from Culloden.  The program was broadcast during "Aircheck" Thursday, Sept. 29, 2005.

    Audio Documentary Program: "To Change or Not to Change Gameday:  The Pros and Cons of Weeknight College Football Games," a documentary program written and produced by Clark Davis, a graduate student from Huntington.  The documentary was broadcast during "Aircheck" Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005.

    Audio Public Affairs/Interview Program: "A Conversation with Chad Pennington," an interview conducted by Vince Payne, a recent masters graduate from Hansford, broadcast Monday, April 4, 2005.

    Audio Comedy Segment: "Robot Dad," an in-house comedy segment broadcast in WMUL-FM's "Tuesday Morning Show," Tuesday, March 1, 2005, written and produced by Victor Imperi, a recent graduate from Huntington.

    The honorable mention awards in production went to:

    Audio News Package: "Occupation Tax," written and produced by Melanie Chapman, a graduate student from McConnell, broadcast during "The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Friday, April 22, 2005.

    Audio News Segment: "Dr. Traum Visits Huntington," written and produced by Melanie Chapman, a graduate student from McConnell, broadcast during "The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Wednesday, March 30, 2005.

    Audio News Program: "The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," broadcast Monday, March 14, 2005. The students who participated in the newscast were: Jen Smith, senior, Huntington (producer); Vince Payne, a recent master's graduate, Hansford (news anchor); Melanie Chapman, a graduate student, McConnell (news anchor); Brandon Millman, junior, Huntington (weather anchor); Alex Reed, graduate student, Virginia Beach, Va. (sports anchor); David Mistich, junior, Washington, W.Va. (reporter); Joseph Spurgeon, senior, Culloden (reporter); and Phil Turner, a graduate student, Huntington (reporter)

    Audio Feature Package: "Masekela Visits Marshall," written and produced by Melanie Chapman, a graduate student from McConnell, broadcast during "The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005.

    Audio Sports Package: "Marshall Women's Basketball Takes On Eastern Michigan," written and produced by Alex Reed, a graduate student from Virginia Beach, Va., broadcast during the sports segment of "The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005.

    Audio Sports Segment: "Jeff Mullins Feature," written and produced by Melanie Chapman, a graduate student from McConnell, broadcast during halftime of the Marshall versus Southern Mississippi football game Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005.

    Audio Sports Segment: "Pruett Retires," written and produced by Vince Payne, a recent masters graduate from Hansford, broadcast during the sports segment of "The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Wednesday, March 9, 2005.

    Audio Sports Program: "Farewell to the MAC:  2004 Football Season in Review," anchored by Alex Reed, a graduate student from Virginia Beach, Va., broadcast Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005.

    Audio Sports Program: "Sportsview:  Special guest Mark Snyder, new head football coach at Marshall University," interviewed during the call-in talk program by Dave Wilson, a junior from St. Marys, W. Va., and produced by Brandon Millman, a junior from Huntington, broadcast Wednesday, April 20, 2005.

    Audio Promo: "Institute for Better Radio," an in-house promotional announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM's Promotional Announcement rotation from Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005 through the present time, written and produced by Brandon Millman, a junior from Huntington.

    Audio Promo: "Live Deejays," an in-house promotional announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM's Promotional Announcement rotation from Wednesday, April 13, 2005 through the present time, written and produced by Jen Smith, a senior from Huntington.

    Audio Public Service Announcement: "Listen to Your Car," an in-house public service announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM's Public Service Announcement rotation from Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005 through the present time, written and produced by Brandon Millman, a junior from Huntington.

    Audio Public Affairs/Interview Program: "The Tipton/Murphy Report," with hosts of the program Richard Tipton, a senior from Ona, and Troy Dunn, a recent graduate from St. Albans, and the program's producer Michael Stanley, a senior from West Hamlin, that was broadcast Wednesday, June 29, 2005.

    Audio Music/Entertainment Program: "Snob Rock Live!" an in-house musical program broadcast on WMUL-FM Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005, produced by Terry Bartley, a sophomore from Foster.


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    Empty Bowls fundraiser is Friday at First Presbyterian Church

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The third annual Empty Bowls, a fundraiser for the Huntington Area Food Bank, is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 31 at the First Presbyterian Church, 1015 5th Ave., Huntington.

    Empty Bowls is a cooperative effort organized by Marshall University art and public relations students. The event is supported by local businesses through donations of soup and supplies. Keramos Potters Guild, a group of Marshall ceramics students, has set a goal to make 700 ceramic bowls that will be donated to the event.

    For a $10 donation, participants receive one of the handmade bowls and a lunch of soup and bread. A silent auction featuring works by West Virginia artists and Marshall art students will be held in conjunction with Empty Bowls. Marshall music students and local musicians will provide music during the event.  All proceeds will benefit the food bank.

    "Empty Bowls is a great opportunity for the public to offer support to the Huntington Area Food Bank," Jon Rickey, executive director for the HAFB, said. "This event also allows people to learn about the hunger problem many Tri-State area residents face on a daily basis."

    The HAFB provides food to emergency shelters, soup kitchens, senior citizen programs, food pantries and residential programs that directly feed about 60,000 hungry people in the Tri-State area.  It is an affiliate of America's Second Harvest.

    For more information about Empty Bowls, please contact Missy Oldaker, public/agency relations coordinator for the HAFB, at (304) 523-6029.


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    Open houses scheduled for Marshall's EMBA program

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Prospective students in the Marshall University Executive MBA program will have an opportunity next month to meet with faculty members, learn more about the program and get questions answered at sessions scheduled on Marshall's South Charleston and Huntington campuses.

    The South Charleston session will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 22 in the Robert C. Byrd Academic and Technology Center on the South Charleston campus.

    The Huntington session will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 29 in the John Marshall Room on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

    Persons needing further information or directions to either site may call (304) 696-2672 or e-mail muemba@marshall.edu.

     


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    First Assessment Day is Wednesday, April 5 at Marshall

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is sponsoring its first Assessment Day, designed to assess the academic achievement of MU students and to improve the assessment activities of its individual programs, on Wednesday, April 5.

    Robert F. Edmunds, professor of communication studies and coordinator for program review and assessment, said this event will be the first of what the university hopes becomes an annual affair.

    "Students and faculty will be involved in various activities to determine the academic achievement of our student population," Edmunds said.

    During the morning, students will participate in two major activities.  The first is the Academic Profile, a general studies skills test, and the second is The Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA), reserved for graduating seniors.  Other activities involving students also will take place during the morning hours.  Additionally, many faculty will be involved in workshops during the morning and afternoon hours.

    All students and faculty participating in Assessment Day activities will be invited to a free luncheon at the Memorial Student Center.  Also, students and faculty will be eligible to win any number of prizes which have been donated by area businesses and other groups.

    During the afternoon, a number of departments on campus will sponsor activities for students and faculty.

    "Both the Academic Profile Test and the Collegiate Learning Assessment Test are national tests which will give students, faculty and administration valuable information concerning the value added education a college degree provides," Edmunds said.

    The Academic Profile test measures general studies skills in mathematics, science reasoning, the social sciences, humanities and critical thinking.  The CLA is a national effort which will provide Marshall with information about how well its students are doing with respect to certain learning outcomes that all undergraduate institutions strive to achieve.

    Marshall has participated in this project for the past two years. Exams are given to freshmen and seniors and focuses on critical thinking, analytic reasoning, problem-solving and written communication.

    For more information on Assessment Day, persons may contact Edmunds at (304) 696-2805.


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    MU to conduct public sale of computing equipment Monday, March 27

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will conduct a special public sale, by written bid, on surplus computing equipment from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, March 27 at the Surplus Computer Processing Center at 201 21st St., across the street from the State Electric Supply Co. showroom.
     
    Chuck Elliott with Marshall University Computing Services said about 160 computers will be sold in lots of three or more.  Six of the best computers will be sold as individual units and will include a flat-panel color monitor. They also will have Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional installed.  Untested monitors and possibly some networking equipment also will be sold.
     
    Registration and bid forms will be provided at the site, and sealed bids will be opened on Tuesday, March 28, in the Purchasing Department. Successful bidders will be contacted and required to pick up the items between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Tuesday, March 28 through Thursday, March 30.  Cash payments or checks payable to Marshall University will be required before the property can be removed.
     
    Marshall University reserves the right to reject any or all bids. While most of the computers have been operated and tested by staff, Marshall takes no responsibility and makes no guarantee for items sold. All property is offered for sale on an "as is-where is" basis. No warranties or guarantees are given or implied, and refunds or exchanges on defective equipment are not authorized.
     
    More information along with an in-depth description of the computer equipment to be sold is available at http://www.marshall.edu/ucs/computersale.  Interested buyers may also visit the Web page and subscribe to e-mail notifications for detailed descriptions of equipment and future sales.  Future sale dates are planned for May 22, 2006; July 17, 2006; and Sept. 18, 2006. These dates are subject to change.


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    Town hall meeting on underage drinking is Tuesday at Marshall

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A town hall meeting to discuss the consequences of underage drinking and to help develop a community action plan to prevent the injury and death of young adults who choose to drink excessively will take place Tuesday, March 28 at Marshall University.

    The meeting, sponsored by Marshall Student Health Education Programs, is from 1 to 3 p.m. in room 2w16 of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's Huntington campus. Amy Saunders with Student Health Education Programs said everyone - parents, students, families, law enforcement, medical, school and community leaders - is invited to attend.

    A similar town hall meeting will be conducted from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 in the Spring Valley High School auditorium, and another will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 30 at the Tabernacle of Praise Church in Culloden.

    The meetings were organized, in part, because of United States Surgeon General Richard Carmona's recent declaration that underage drinking "has reached epidemic proportions." He has issued a call to action and is seeking comments on the problem of underage drinking.

    More information on the town meetings is available by calling (304) 696-5545.


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    Football players needed for 'We Are Marshall' movie; open casting call set for Tuesday, March 28 in Atlanta

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Football players are being sought for the movie "We Are Marshall," which will be filmed in Huntington and Atlanta beginning in early April.

    An open casting call for football players is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28 at the Hilton Airport Atlanta, 1031 Virginia Ave., Atlanta, Ga. 30354. Interviews will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. Players must be between the ages of 18 and 30 and have extensive football experience.  Players should NOT be seeking NCAA eligibility through a college program.  Selected player positions are paid positions.

    Since the movie is set in 1970 and 1971, players interested in being in the film are asked to let their hair grow. The movie is based on the true story of the Marshall plane crash in 1970, and the recovery of the program and the community that followed. Among the film's stars are Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox and David Strathairn, and it will be directed by McG.

    Sports coordination of "We Are Marshall" is by Mark Ellis, president of ReelSports Inc. Ellis has been the second unit director and/or action coordinator for more than two dozen major sports action films, including: "The Longest Yard," "Miracle," "Coach Carter," "The Rookie," and "Any Given Sunday." Ellis will be conducting the player casting call.

    Anyone chosen to try out must be available for tryouts on Wednesday, March 29. For more details, persons may call the Player Information Hotline at (770) 323-0083.


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    Scientist E. O. Wilson featured speaker at Honors Convocation

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. E. O. Wilson, one of the most highly respected scientists in the world, will speak on "The Future of Life" at the Elizabeth Gibson Drinko Honors Convocation Friday, April 7 at Marshall University.

     

    The Honors Convocation, which is an awards and recognition ceremony for Marshall's outstanding honors students, begins at 7 p.m. at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. It  is the highlight of  the 12th annual John Deaver Drinko and Elizabeth Gibson Drinko Celebration of Academics, which begins on Thursday, April 6  with the Drinko Symposium.

     

    Dr. Charles Somerville, interim head of the department of biological sciences at Marshall and this year's Drinko Fellow, is the featured speaker at the Drinko Symposium, which is the first event of the Celebration of Academics.

     

    Somerville speaks at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 6. His topic is "Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in the Ohio River Basin: Why Look at Small Things in a Big River?" Both the Honors Convocation and the Drinko Symposium are free to the public, and each will be followed by a public reception in the performing arts center lobby.

     

    Dr. Alan Gould, executive director of the Drinko Academy, said he expects a "thought-provoking and educational evening" when Wilson addresses the audience on Friday.

     

    "Not only is E. O. Wilson one of the most famous entomologists in the world, he also is one of the most provocative," Gould said. "In his address on 'The Future of Life,' Wilson will predict what life on earth will be like if we do not address current threats to our planet."

     

    Wilson is Pellegrino University Research Professor, Emeritus, at Harvard University. He was hailed as "the new Darwin" by Thomas Wolfe, and one of "America's 25 Most Influential People" by Time Magazine. He twice has received the Pulitzer Prize, once for "The Ants" and a second for "On Human Nature."

     

    He also wrote other groundbreaking books, including "Naturalist," "Sociobiology" and "Consilience." He was a professor of biology at Harvard from 1955 to 1977.

     

    Wilson's scientific contributions began at age 13 near the docks of Mobile, Ala., where he discovered the first known U.S. colonies of fire ants or, as they are known in the South, "the ants from hell." Wilson's book, "The Future of Life," published in 2002, offers a plan for saving Earth's biological heritage.

     

    He has received about 75 awards in international recognition for his contributions to science and humanity, including the U.S. Medal of Science in 1976; Japan's International Prize for Biology in 1993; the Crafoord Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1990; the French Prix du Institut de la Vie in 1990; Germany's Terrestrial Ecology Prize in 1987; Saudi Arabia's King Faisal International Prize for Science in 2000, and the Franklin Medal of the American Philosophical Society in 1999.

     

    Wilson also has received 27 honorary doctoral degrees from institutions in North America and Europe.

     

    Somerville was a microbiologist with the U.S. Air Force at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida before coming to Marshall in August 1997. He served as an assistant professor in the department of biological sciences until 2002, and as an associate professor in the same department until 2005, when he became interim head.

     

    Each summer for the past five years, Somerville has joined with other Marshall professors and students, along with professors and students from four other regional colleges and universities, in the annual Ohio River Run, a research expedition aboard the Chattanooga Star Riverboat that covers the river's entire 981 miles.

     

    Participants spend nearly two weeks studying the condition of the Ohio River and its major tributaries. They study the biology, chemistry and geology of the river.

     

    Somerville has received or been nominated for many awards while at Marshall, including the Marshall and Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Teacher Award in 2004. He was Researcher of the Year in Marshall's chapter of Sigma Xi in 2002, and received the Marshall University Research Corporation award for Excellence in Sponsored Research in 1998.

     

    Here is the complete schedule of public events for the 2006 Celebration of Academics: 

    • Thursday, April 6: 2 p.m., The Drinko Symposium in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Dr. Charles Somerville speaks on "Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in the Ohio River Basin: Why Look at Small Things in a Big River?" A public reception follows in the performing arts center lobby.
       
    • Friday, April 7: 7 p.m., The Elizabeth Gibson Drinko Honors Convocation in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Scientist and conservationist E. O. Wilson speaks on "The Future of Life." A public reception follows in the performing arts center lobby.


    For more information, persons may contact Jackie Dewald, program assistant with the Drinko Academy, at (304) 696-3183.


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    Marshall to create STEM Academy to assist teachers of science

    Marshall University has received a grant from the State of West Virginia to create the Statewide 21st Century STEM Academy, which will serve teachers of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics throughout West Virginia.
      
     "The mission of the Statewide 21st Century STEM Academy is to foster high-quality understanding and achievement by all students through shared leadership, effective teaching, and purposeful learning across PreK-20 systems," said Dr. Stan Maynard, professor of teacher education and Director of the June Harless Center for Educational Research and Development. "The academy will focus on collaboration with schools and counties in West Virginia to design a personalized and comprehensive professional development plan that focuses on improving students' understanding and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. A technically competent scientist, mathematician or engineer in the 21st Century must have the ability to communicate and collaborate and be effective in all 21st Century skills such as problem solving and analytical thinking."
      
     State Sen. Robert H. Plymale, chair of the Senate Education Committee, said "the Statewide 21st Century STEM Academy will address the following critical needs:

    • Meaningful collaboration with other institutions of higher education, preK-12 school districts, community organizations, grant partners and other colleagues to solve the many problems related to improving science and mathematics education in rural school environments
    • Connection of mathematics and science education of K-16 students to the critical need of preparing future engineers, mathematicians and scientists as well as preparing future teachers in these content areas."

    "The Statewide 21st Century STEM Academy will be beneficial as we move forward with implementing our vision for 21st century learning, particularly in regard to professional development for teachers," said State Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine. "The STEM Academy also creates innovative models for teaching and learning that could be replicated throughout the state."
      
     In addition to professional development for teachers and academic enrichment for students, the academy will serve as a clearinghouse to disseminate research regarding the effectiveness of different teaching and learning strategies in the STEM fields.
      
     The STEM Academy will also serve as a liaison with regional and national organizations with an interest in STEM issues, will identify grant opportunities, and initiate the development of grant proposals to local, state, federal and private sources in support of its activities. There will also be a public outreach component so that parents, policymakers, business leaders, the news media and the general public can be informed about the importance of STEM education.
      
    "Teacher education students at Marshall will benefit from the Academy, also," said Dr. Sarah N. Denman, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Marshall.  "We will be able to increase the math and science content knowledge and clinical experience of our teacher candidates.  Any format that Marshall University can use to enhance and provide greater access in the STEM discipline fields is a tremendous benefit not only to our students and teachers, but also to the State of West Virginia."
      
    "The STEM Academy represents one of the signature initiatives in the strategic vision of Marshall University," Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said.  "It is an important step toward advancing the foundations critical for success in the STEM fields. The academy will provide us with another way of reaching out to the local community and the state."
      
     The Statewide 21st Century STEM Academy activities are expected to begin this summer, according to Maynard.


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    Former All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player to speak at Marshall University Thursday, March 30

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Jane Moffet, who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s, will speak at Marshall University at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in the Memorial Student Center's Alumni Lounge on the Huntington campus.

    Moffet is this year's Schmidlapp Distinguished Lecturer in Women's Studies, sponsored by the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund, Fifth Third Bank, trustee.

    Her talk also is the keynote speech for Marshall University's first Women's Studies Student Conference on  "Women Breaking Barriers."  Student panels will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 31, in the Don Morris room, also in the Memorial Student Center.

    Both events are free and open to the public.

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    Marshall theatre professor, student honored

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University theatre professor Mike Murphy and MU theatre student Stephen R. Horton were honored recently for different accomplishments.

    Murphy, a professor of theatre design and technology, received the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Medallion for lifetime contributions to theatre, in large part because of the Gulf Coast Relief Tour conducted last fall by Murphy and Marshall's Pickled Pepper Players.

    The John F. Kennedy Center Medallion is conferred for exemplary service and excellence in the field of theatre higher education. The highest award given by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, it was presented to Murphy in February during the Region IV Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Jacksonville, Fla.

    Horton, a senior, was selected to participate in the Stage Management Mentor Project of the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) March 28 through April 1. He is one of 12 students and young professionals from the U.S. and Canada to be paired with professional stage managers from across the country as they mount events associated with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo. 

    Horton, 22, is the sixth Marshall student in the past 10 years to be chosen to participate in the program. He will be paired up with his mentor when he arrives at the conference.

    "I'm happy to have been selected," said Horton, who will graduate in May with a degree in theatre technology and design. "It sounds like a lot of fun and I'm going to learn a lot. I hope one day to be a successful stage manager in the world of theatre."

    Murphy and his wife, Karla, accompanied the seven MU students on the Pickled Pepper Players' 2,400-mile, 10-day tour. The Pickled Pepper Players is a touring children's theatre company sponsored by the MU Department of Theatre that traveled to the Gulf Coast in late November and early December to perform for children displaced by last year's hurricanes.

    "All I did was drive the bus," Murphy said, downplaying his role on the tour. "I was really surprised that they considered me so quickly. The thing that tipped it over the top was the tour. It brought the students' efforts to the forefront. They were able to see the product of what we do on an ongoing basis."

    Murphy said receiving the medallion was "a real honor," not only for himself, but for the Pickled Pepper Players.

    "It really is a nice feather in the hat of the department and the kids that did the Pickled Pepper Players tour," Murphy said. "They have to give it to an individual, but it's really an honor for everyone."

    Murphy has been in the teaching profession since 1982, holding positions at Georgia Southwestern College in Americus, Ga., and Marshall. He has been a Visiting Instructor at the University of South Florida and at Florida State University. Murphy serves in a number of capacities with USITT and is president of the West Virginia Theatre Conference. He also serves on the Board of the West Virginia Thespians.


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    Demolition of MyCroft's, The Locker Room begins Monday, March 20

    HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Demolition of the old MyCroft's and The Locker Room Sports Tavern, located on 3rd Avenue near 20th Street in Huntington, begins Monday morning, March 20.

    Jim Terry, director of public safety at Marshall University, said the alley in the 300 block of 20th Street behind the buildings, which has been closed since March 2, will remain closed through May 12. Demolition of the buildings is expected to take about 10 days, and the area will be used for parking.

    Master Mechanical Insulation Inc. of Huntington is doing the demolition.


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    Lewis College of Business to restart Executive MBA program

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    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Lewis College of Business plans to restart its Executive MBA program, an accelerated, weekend program for professionals, around the beginning of summer 2006 at the Marshall University Graduate College in South Charleston.

    The LCOB temporarily suspended the EMBA program two years ago while it was going through a thorough process of review and revision. Dr. Uday Tate, director of the program, said the review and revision process has made the program more rigorous as well as flexible to meet the needs of prospective EMBA candidates.

    "We are excited about this program and delighted to serve professionals in the Tri-State area to help them achieve their career goals," Tate said.

    The Executive MBA program features an intensive format with courses offered on five consecutive Saturdays per course. Typically, classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m., with short breaks and a lunch hour. An exact starting date will be announced soon.

    The program at Marshall is offering business foundation courses, designed for students who do not have any previous business course work and/or business experience. Students may be required to take up to five foundation courses focusing on concepts and skills in the areas of economics, accounting, finance, statistics and marketing-management before they take any functional studies courses.

    The program also offers 12 functional studies courses that cover all areas in business, including marketing, information systems, quantitative and production methods, economic analysis, accounting, finance, management, ethics and global issues, entrepreneurship and business strategy. These can be taken only after foundation courses are completed, if required.

    "The Marshall EMBA offers an unbeatable combination of quality and cost," Dr. Paul Uselding, dean of the Lewis College of Business, said. "It is an outstanding value because we feature up-to-date and relevant instruction on core business topics, an interactive, group project orientation emphasizing teamwork and personalized instruction in a face-to-face seminar style format."

    Uselding said the format enables students to learn from each other as well as from the course instructors of record.

    "Not only this, but our program is accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)-International and is recognized throughout the world because of this important recognition," he said.

    Students seeking admission to the EMBA Program must satisfy the following requirements:

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a 2.5 overall undergraduate grade point average; and,
    • A minimum Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score of 500. GMAT scores should be less than five years old. The program director may waive this requirement for individuals who possess evidence of significant managerial experience beyond the minimum duration specified in the formal admission requirements. The GMAT requirement also may be waived for those who have a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. degree; and,
    • A minimum of three years of work experience.

    Other highlights of the EMBA program include a balanced, practical and challenging curriculum; small class environment; experiential learning; global experience (a seven-to-nine day international trip); state of the art facilities, and a dedicated and qualified staff.

    For more information about the program tuition, residency classification, etc., persons may contact Professor Tate at (304) 696-2672 or (304) 696-2324, or contact him by email at tateu@marshall.edu.


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    Local extra casting director to visit Marshall Thursday, March 16

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Patrick Ingram, local extra casting director for the Warner Bros. Pictures movie "We Are Marshall," will be on Marshall University's campus Thursday, March 16 to visit with potential extras for the movie.

    The open casting session will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.  The 3-6 p.m. time period is reserved to interview Marshall students. Community members are welcome after 6 p.m.

    "We Are Marshall" will demand a wide, diverse extras cast, selection of which will be based on specific scene needs.

    "We are seeking men and women 18 and over, and a few children ages 5 and up," Ingram said. "This film is set in 1970 and 1971 so clothes and hairstyles were very different than today. Men who are interested should not cut their hair or shave until they are contacted. This will help our hair and makeup departments to be able to style everyone to have that 1970 look."

    Ingram said he is pleased with the extensive database of potential extras that has been compiled by the theatre department at Marshall through its College of Fine Arts. "It shows the sincere interest people from the Huntington region have in this film," Ingram said.

    Many people who left their contact information as an extra through the telephone hot line, Web site or e-mail did not submit a photo. It is important that the casting director have a "head shot" of each potential extra.

    "People need to bring a picture (no older than one month), patience and a paperback to keep them busy while they wait in line to fill out forms," said Jack Cirillo, professional actor and director, and associate professor of theatre at Marshall. "They just need to plan on spending several hours going through the process."

    The Warner Bros. production team wants to use current Marshall students, faculty and staff to represent students, faculty and staff from the 1970-71 era. Extras chosen for the movie will be contacted between March 27 and April 17.

    The film's cast already includes actors Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, David Strathairn, Anthony Mackie and Kate Mara.


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    Bickley is keynote speaker for Woodson fundraising banquet

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Ancella Bickley, a retired college professor, is the keynote speaker for the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Foundation's annual fundraising banquet.  The event takes place at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 25 at the Big Sandy Super Store Arena in Huntington.

    Bickley researches, interprets, and preserves the history and heritage of West Virginia with an emphasis on the African American experience.  She was instrumental in the establishment of the Black History Conference and the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Foundation.  She has served as vice president of academic affairs at West Virginia State University and visiting professor for Black Appalachian Studies at Marshall University.

    Bickley's work in African American history has included lectures on Black Settlements in West Virginia and the Underground Railroad.  She has published several works, including Our Mount Vernons and Memphis Tennessee Garrison.

    The Carter G. Woodson Memorial Committee was formed in 1986 to recommend a fitting memorial to Dr. Woodson.  These include a life-size statue, a scholarship endowment and a collection of works by and about Dr. Woodson.

    Woodson worked as an educator, author, editor, administrator and historian and is known as the Father of Negro History. He founded the Study of Negro Life and History and was founder and editor of the Journal of Negro History and the Negro History Bulletin, both of which are still being published.  In 1926, he founded Negro History Week which is now celebrated as Black History Month.

    The foundation is requesting a $30 donation for the banquet and corporate table reservations are available.  For more information and tickets, persons may contact Newatha Myers at (304) 894-5772; Loretta Hagler at (304) 525-5651, or Karen Nance at (304) 736-1655.


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    MU music professor Sean Beavers to give faculty guitar recital

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University music professor Sean Beavers will give a faculty guitar recital at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 14 in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center's Jomie Jazz Forum. The recital is free to the public.

    Beavers serves as assistant professor of guitar and music theory at Marshall where he directs the Marshall University Guitar Ensemble.  He is active as a guitar soloist and chamber performer. 

    Beavers' recent performances include a concert with flutist Wendell Dobbs and vocalist Linda Dobbs that was recorded for rebroadcast on West Virginia Public Radio.  His performances in South America include a performance on Bolivian television.


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    Carlyle Wolfe featured in first of Gallery's Lunchtime Lectures

    HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Painter and printmaker Carlyle Wolfe, a member of the University of Mississippi art department in Oxford, Miss., will talk about the development of her work during the first installment of Lunchtime Lectures, a new feature of the Birke Art Gallery at Marshall University.

    Wolfe will speak at noon Wednesday, March 15 in the gallery, which is located on the ground floor of MU's Smith Hall on the corner of Hal Greer Boulevard and 3rd Avenue. Light refreshments will follow in the atrium area of Smith Hall.

    Wolfe's paintings and works on paper communicate some of the most subtle qualities of nature: stirring winds, filtered light and shifting shadows.  Through layers of paint, paper and negative shapes, her work hints at the regenerative cycles of growth, death, and rebirth.  At the same time, her delicately stitched work with paper, paintings, and prints explore the expressive intricacies of various art materials. 

    Wolfe recently was awarded a Visual Arts Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission. Her work has been exhibited at Southside Gallery in Oxford, the University of Mississippi Museum in Oxford, the Lauren Rogers Museum in Laurel, the School of Art Gallery at Louisiana State University, and the Meridian Museum of Art. Zinnias, Wolfe's installation of papercuts, received an Award of Merit at the Mississippi Art Faculty Juried Exhibition in 2005

    The Birke Art Gallery's current exhibition displays the work of faculty artists from a different  university.  The Bradley Faculty Exchange Show is a unique collaboration between Marshall and faculty from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.

    Marshall's department of art and design sent work by its faculty to be exhibited in Bradley University's Heuser Gallery at the same time as the exhibition of Bradley faculty artwork is displayed in the Birke Art Gallery. The exhibition will be on display until Friday, March 17.  A reception for the show will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, at the gallery.

    Both events are free to the public. The Birke Art Gallery's hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.


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    Memorial service for Dr. Soo Bock Choi is March 15 at Marshall

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A memorial service for Dr. Soo Bock Choi, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Politics at Marshall University who died on March 2, will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 15 in the Campus Christian Center chapel.

    The family requests that in lieu of flowers and gifts contributions be made to the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., and designated for the Soo Bock Choi International Festival Fund. Choi founded the MU International Festival shortly after beginning his career at Marshall in 1963. He recently was named to the International Programs Hall of Fame.

    A Web page honoring Choi has been established on the MU International Festival Web site at http://www.marshall.edu/cip/festival/choi/.


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    2006 Third House raises more than $10,000 for Marshall University's journalism school

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Third House, an annual "evening of political satire" that allows the capitol press corps to poke fun at state leaders, continued its tradition of comedy by bringing a near full house to the Cultural Center on Monday, March 6.

    This year's event also brought in $10,850 for Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SOJMC).

    "We really appreciate all the hard work and creativity that goes into the Third House," said Dr. Corley Dennison, dean of Marshall's SOJMC. "The funds raised from Third House go directly to buy equipment and software for our newsroom which serves The Parthenon and MU Report. We also appreciate our sponsors of the Third House, West Virginia Lottery and West Virginia United Health System, and all the patrons who bought tickets again this year."

    The cast of this year's Third House included Beth Vorhees, Dan Hyman, Tom Miller and Anna Sale of West Virginia Public Broadcasting; Scott Finn, Phil Kabler and Tom Searls of The Charleston Gazette; Allison Barker of The Associated Press; Larry McCay of WQBE News; Kennie Bass of WCHS-TV, and Bob Brunner of WOAY-TV. First Lady Gayle Manchin also made a special appearance for the final sketch.


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    Movie producers seek specific historical items

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The production company working on the Marshall film project is asking Marshall alumni and fans for their help in locating specific items from 1970-71 to assist in their research.

    "We have provided a lot of information from the university archives, but there are other needed items that alumni and community members may have saved," said Cora Teel, Marshall University archivist.

    Producers are looking for items such as period cheerleader uniforms, letterman jackets, football jerseys, and Young Thundering Herd memorabilia, among others. Persons who believe they have an item of interest should visit the Marshall movie Web site's 'Can You Help Us' page to send contact information and a picture of the item. The production company will reply if there is interest in borrowing the item.

    "This is just another way that fans can be involved in the movie project," said Dr. H. Keith Spears, Marshall's vice president for communications and marketing. "We urge Marshall fans and alumni to visit the Marshall movie Web site to see if they might have something that can be used."

    Marshall's Web site on the movie project is located at www.marshall.edu/movie. There is also a link from the Marshall home page.


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    Dean's list available on Marshall Web site

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The names of Marshall University undergraduate students who made the dean's list for the fall 2005 semester are listed on the MU Web site, and available for publication by the media.

    To make the dean's list, students must have a 3.3 or above grade point average for a minimum of 12 hours. Students who requested their names not be published are excluded from the list posted on the Web site.

    In all, 2,313 students made the fall 2005 dean's list at Marshall.

    Many students and their parents have requested that Marshall make the dean's list, which is accessible at http://www.marshall.edu/ucomm/DeansList/deanslist.html, available to publications that cover their hometowns.


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    SCORES Academic Festival is Saturday at Marshall

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The SCORES (The Search Committee on Recognition of Excellent Students) Academic Festival takes pace at Marshall University Saturday, March 11 on the Huntington campus beginning at 7:30 a.m.

    SCORES is an academic competition which annually draws more than 1,000 high school students from West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. The purpose of the event is to recognize academic excellence, cultivate strong ties with area high schools, encourage college attendance and recruit talented freshmen. The event allows students to visit the campus and participate in various activities that represent the academic programs offered at Marshall.

    High school seniors, juniors and selected sophomores are eligible to showcase their scholastic expertise in a wide range of tests, contests, and performances gauged by faculty and staff from the university. Student work is evaluated using a variety of assessment techniques in order to determine the most outstanding students in each competition.

    "The event provides the students with exposure to the social activities found on campus which are integral to students' education and growth," Eliot Parker, SCORES coordinator, said. "It is a great way for the university to recruit students, allow them to visit a college campus and become familiar with the university community."

    Individual awards will be given for each competition. The student receiving the highest points in the Outstanding Student Competition and planning to attend Marshall will receive the Robert Wheeler Scholarship. This scholarship provides a tuition waiver for one year and $1,000 towards books, room and board.

    The next top six students participating in the Outstanding Student competition also will be awarded a tuition waiver for one year at Marshall University. The top schools in the competition also will receive awards. 

     The following is Saturday's  schedule of events for the SCORES Academic Festival: 

    • 7:30 a.m. - registration, Memorial Student Center lobby

    • 9 a.m. - SCORES contests

    • 9:30 - 11 a.m. - Academic and Club Festival, Memorial Student Center lobby

    • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - brunch, Twin Towers and Harless Dining Hall

    • 1:30 p.m. - awards ceremony with remarks by Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp, Cam Henderson Center 

     For more information, persons may contact the SCORES office at (304) 696-2951.


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    One-woman show about 'spunky mountain woman' to be performed March 15 at Marshall University

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Barbara Bates Smith will perform "Ivy Rowe," a one-woman show about a "spunky mountain woman," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 15 in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Art Center's Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre.

    The event is sponsored by the Marshall University Women's Center and the Marshall University Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia (CSEGA).  It is part of the 2006 Spring Series on Diversity in Appalachia.

    Since her Off-Broadway debut in "Ivy Rowe" in 1991, Smith's extensive touring of this one-person show has included a three-week run at the 1993 Edinburgh Festival. The Village Voice said of the New York production: "A lifetime's worth of sass, whoop, hurt, and reflection;" WOR Radio: "We are captivated and enthralled;" Variety: "Both funny and heartbreaking."

    Underscored with hammered dulcimer music by Jeff Sebens, "Ivy Rowe" recounts the passionate life of a spunky and free-spirited mountain woman with a decidedly sensuous nature and an appetite for a good story.

    Smith's other one-woman stage adaptations include the works of Fred Chappell and Kaye Gibbons, as well as other Lee Smith pieces. "Ivy Rowe" was adapted from Lee Smith's novel, "Fair and Tender Ladies."

    Barbara Smith has been featured in four Southeastern productions of the Pulitzer Prize play, "Wit." Under the encouragement of "Wit" playwright Margaret Edson, she has developed her own monologue, "The C-Word: A Cancer Story wherein Life Imitates Art," plus a public service program, "The C-Word: A Doctor-Patient Dialogue on Cancer," pairing with Asheville, N.C., oncologist Eric Kuehn, M.D., in an interactive format.

    "Our Own Stories" workshops and performances of her autobiographical piece, "Once Upon a Stage," round out her touring repertoire. At Florida's Asolo Theatre, Smith was in the world premiere of Horton Foote's "Talking Pictures." At the Southeastern Theatre Conference in March 2003, she won Best Actress for her role in North Carolina's entry, "Eleemosynary."

    Smith's performance of "Ivy Rowe" at Marshall is free to the public. More information is available by calling Leah Tolliver, director of the Marshall University Women's Center, at (304) 696-3112.


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    Marshall students, staff to aid in city cleanup Saturday

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students and staff will team up Saturday, March 11 to clean Huntington along the 4th Avenue corridor and in other nearby areas in response to Mayor David Felinton's announced plans for an organized effort to clean the city.

    Felinton said Monday that his goal is for the city to shine when filming of the movie about the 1970 Marshall plane crash and ensuing recovery begins in early April, and for Huntington to remain litter free long after the Warner Bros. and Thunder Road Pictures movie crews have left.

    Steve Hensley, Marshall's dean of student affairs, applauded Felinton for planning the cleanup effort and agreed that it's important for Huntington to look its best during the filming.

    "Just like when company's coming to your home and you want it to look nice, we're hoping that our city can look its best for the next few weeks in anticipation of some very special guests," Hensley said. "We are asking students to help with this by coming Saturday and working about two hours picking up litter, sweeping, and washing windows."

    Marshall Student Body President Michael Misiti said the students' involvement in this project is typical of the community service they have performed throughout the 2005-2006 school year.

    "This student body has done some amazing things in regards to community service and community involvement," Misiti said. "I'm very proud that we can rely on the students when help is needed. We're pleased that Warner Bros. is making the movie and we'll do whatever we can do to help, as Mayor Felinton said, not only to show pride in our city and state, but to honor those who died in the crash."

    MU students and staff will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday near the Marshall sign in front of Old Main on the Hal Greer Boulevard side, Hensley said. Several groups, such as Residence Hall government, Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, Young Democrats and the Student Nurses Association, have indicated they will participate.

    More information is available by calling Hensley at (304) 696-6423.


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    'Gene McKee Memorial Scholarship' will go to South Point student

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A scholarship honoring Selba E. "Gene" McKee, a lifelong resident of South Point, Ohio who was actively involved in the church, education and business communities, has been established by the Marshall University Foundation, Inc. 

    The Gene McKee Memorial Scholarship will go to a graduating senior from South Point High School who has a 3.3 GPA or better and a minimum 21 ACT. The student also must be registered as a full-time student and pre-education major in any specialization in early childhood, elementary, middle or secondary education in the College of Education and Human Services at Marshall.

    A realtor, McKee owned Gene McKee Realty offices in Huntington and South Point.  In addition, he pastored several local churches.  McKee served more than 20 years on the South Point Board of Education where he strived to improve education for South Point students. 

    To honor his dedication to education, the staff of the South Point Local School district joined with McKee's family to establish this scholarship as a tribute to him.

    The first award will be made during the 2007-2008 academic year.  To donate to the scholarship or for additional information, persons may contact Marshall's office of development at (304) 696-6214.


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    Marshall to Present 'Hansel and Gretel': a Grimm tale with a happy ending

    The Marshall University Departments of Music and Theatre will present the beloved opera classic "Hansel and Gretel" Thursday, March 9 through Sunday, March 12 in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse in the Fine and Performing Arts Center on the Huntington campus. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday performance begins at 2:30 p.m.

    "Hansel and Gretel is a perfect introduction to opera for all ages," said Linda Dobbs, professor of music at Marshall and director of the production.  "Its sophisticated musical score will appeal to the seasoned audience as well."

    A double cast of Marshall University students, area children and dancers will joined by the Marshall University Symphony Orchestra.

    Originally a project to provide folk-like melodies for a play written by his sister based on the Grimm brothers' tale, Engelbert Humperdinck's score grew to include not only folk material but also passages reflecting his admiration of Richard Wagner's work.

    Tickets are priced at $12 for adults; $10 for Marshall faculty/staff and seniors; and $5 for students under 18. Marshall  students are admitted free of charge with a university ID. Tickets are available at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center box office or by calling (304) 696-2787.

    For more information, persons may call the Marshall Department of Music at (304) 696-3117.


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    Forum Saturday to address the 'State of the Black Union'

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University professors Philip Carter and Keelon Hinton will join other leading African American professionals, community leaders and community members in a forum on the "State of the Black Union: The Awakening of a Culture, a People, Our Consciousness, and a Nation, " Saturday, March 11 in Huntington.

    The forum, which is scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. and is free to the public, will take place at the Marie Redd Senior Life Enrichment Center, 1705 9th Ave. in Huntington.

    Carter is a professor and chair of the social work department at Marshall and Hinton is a professor of psychology. Among those joining Carter and Hinton as panelists at the forum are:

    • William A. Smith, superintendent of Cabell County Schools and a member of the Marshall Board of Governors;
    • Samuel R. Moore, president of the Huntington chapter of the NAACP;
    • Brandi Jones with Ebenezer Medical Outreach, Inc.
    • Moderator Jason Miller

    Participants will interpret, analyze and discuss many critical issues facing the African American community, which include the defining and evaluation of blackness; the achievement gap: education and cultivating young  black talent; Hip-Hop - helpful or harmful to our community, and HIV/AIDS in the black community.

    "We hope these forums will enlighten and raise consciousness, not only within the African American community but also the community at large," Hinton said. "The forums serve as a vehicle to bridge generational, economic, and cultural gaps."

    For more information, persons may contact Hinton at (304) 696-3379 or via email at k.hinton@marshall.edu.


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    Marshall photography students to exhibit work at downtown art gallery

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University photography students will exhibit recent work at the Morris Building in downtown Huntington from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 10.

    Professor Mark Slankard and his advanced photography class organized the exhibition in conjunction with the department of art and design.  Students displaying their work are April Barnabi, Sarah Brinegar, Charlotte Clark, Jessie Fry, Betty Gay, April Hall, Daniel McQuade, Stephania Rovatsos, Valerie Stanley, and Rickey Woodrum. The exhibition is free to the public.

    The Morris Building Art Gallery is located at the corner of 9th Street and 4th Avenue.  The space, which is currently available for lease, is being loaned for the exhibition by the owner.

    For more information on the exhibition, persons may contact Slankard at (304) 696-2903 or by email at slankard@marshall.edu.


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    Meadows special education teacher, Wendy Thomas, is Marshall's Teacher-Lecturer for spring 2006

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Wendy Thomas, a special education teacher at Meadows Elementary School in Huntington, has been named Marshall University's Teacher-Lecturer for spring 2006 in a series sponsored by Marshall's College of Education and Human Services.

    Thomas will draw upon her expertise as a special needs educator and will discuss the benefits of promoting diverse educational  environments through a series of presentations during March, all free and open to the public.

    The aim of the Teacher-Lecturer program 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," said Dr. Jane McKee, associate dean for academic programs.

    Thomas is a graduate of Marshall University, having earned a B.A. degree in elementary education with a specialization in mental retardation and a master's degree in specific learning disabilities.  She also has a certificate in behavior disabilities. 

    She received Marshall's "Outstanding Black Alumni Award" in 1997 and was given the National Association of Negro Business & Professional Women's Volunteer Award in 2000.   Thomas also was the recipient of the Huntington Black Ministerial Association's "Pete Goodson Award" and the A.D. Lewis Community Center's "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award."

    Thomas brings a wealth of experience to the Teacher-Lecturer series. Before coming to Cabell County schools, Thomas taught at Matewan (W.Va.) Grade School, where she established the school's first special education classroom. She established the Community  Black History Bowl, now in its 16th year, at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Huntington where she is a member. Thomas has been active in several professional and civic groups, including serving as chair of the West Virginia Women's Commission and serving as a commissioner of the Huntington Housing Authority.

    When asked a question from the audience at a previous presentation as to why she has remained a special needs teacher rather than moving on to a regular elementary classroom, she replied with enthusiasm, "I just love my job, I really love my job!"

    All presentations will be held on the Huntington campus.  The dates and topics of her lectures are:  Friday, March 10, Elementary Methods, 9 a.m., room 105, Corbly Hall; Wednesday, March 15, Secondary Methods, 4:15 p.m., room 100, Jenkins Hall; Monday, March 27, Graduate Special Education Students, 6:30 p.m., room 134, Harris Hall.

    For more information on the Teacher Lecturer Series in the College of Education and Human Services, persons may contact Dr. Jane McKee at (304) 696-2859, or e-mail her at mckeej@marshall.edu.


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    Honor demonstrates excellence, hard work of Marshall's ROTC

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Army ROTC has been recognized as being in the top 15 percent of Cadet Command's 272 units for the school year 2004-2005, according to Major General W. Montague Winfield, commanding general of the U.S. Army Cadet Command.

    In a letter to Marshall president Stephen J. Kopp, Winfield wrote, "This accomplishment demonstrates excellence in the overall Army ROTC program and the hard work and competence of Marshall University cadets."

    Winfield went on to say that the achievement reflects the support given to the ROTC unit and students at Marshall University.          

    "The continuing success of the Thundering Herd ROTC program is a true team effort, and we would not be successful if not for the overwhelming support we receive from the university and the community," Lt. Col. Joseph Samek, professor of Military Science and director of the ROTC program at Marshall, said.  "The administration, starting with President Kopp and interim President (Michael) Farrell before him, the colleges on campus, the intercollegiate coaches and the many staff and faculty, support our program and help mentor our cadets."

    Samek said MU's office of alumni affairs, along with many friends and alumni of the ROTC program,  have helped significantly to ensure the success for future graduates.  He further credits the headquarters of the West Virginia National Guard with providing support to the program through recruiting and training assistance.

    "The manner and frequency of this support is  beyond counting," he said.  "With the ongoing support of these many agencies, Marshall Army ROTC will continue to attract, train and commission the very best officers and contribute to the university's vision of national prominence."


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    17th annual Third House is Monday, March 6 in Charleston

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications will have its 17th annual Third House fundraiser at 8 p.m. Monday, March 6, at the West Virginia Cultural Center auditorium near the Capitol in Charleston.

    The Third House is a political satire featuring media representatives who cover the Legislative session. It includes skits and songs that poke fun at state political officials. A reception will take place after the show.

    "We really appreciate all the hard work the capitol press corps has put into the production," Marshall School of Journalism Dean Corley Dennison said.

    Tickets are $25 each, with all proceeds going to the Journalism School.

    "Third House gives people not only a chance to support journalism education, but it gives them a chance to come in contact with local politicians who attend the show," Susan Nicholas, SOJMC Alumni Association president, said.

    Third House is organized by the SOJMC Alumni Association and the school.  It is the school's largest fund-raising effort each year. West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin was among the featured guests in last year's performance.

    For more information on tickets or Third House, persons may contact the School of Journalism at (304) 696-2360, or AJ Elmore at 617-7350.


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    Marshall Student Government Association presidential and vice presidential candidates debate Thursday, March 2


    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The four Marshall University Student Government Association presidential and vice presidential candidates will debate at 9 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in room 402 of the Drinko Library.

    Four teams are in the running. These include Ben Sandy and Dominique Elmore; Chad Caldwell and Daniel Lowery; C.W. Dolin and Kate Walther; and Pat Hensley and Todd Perdue.

    The candidates will answer questions composed by Leslie Pierson, the 2006 election commissioner.

    This debate will be one of only two at which the candidates will have the opportunity to speak. The second debate is scheduled for noon Wednesday, March 9 in the Memorial Student Center. The election is March 14-15.

    All Marshall students are invited to attend both debates.

    "I encourage all of the students to come out and listen to what the candidates have to say," current student body President Michael Misiti said. "One of these teams is going to lead their student body for the next year and the students need to hear what they represent. I hope the students come out so that they can make an informed decision."


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    Former UPI White House bureau chief, Helen Thomas, to speak Monday, March 6 at Marshall University

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - In celebration of Women's History Month, Helen Thomas, former United Press International White House bureau chief, will speak in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room on Marshall University's Huntington campus at 7 p.m. Monday, March 6.

    Thomas, a Hearst Newspaper columnist, has covered the American presidency for the past nine administrations, and is a living legend in political reporting. Her work has broken barriers for women reporters and she has earned the title "The First Lady of the Press."

    Thomas served for 57 years as a correspondent for United Press International and as White House bureau chief. She was the first woman officer of the National Press Club after it opened its doors to women members.

    In 1998, Thomas received the International Women's Media Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award and was honored by President and Mrs. Clinton as the first recipient of the Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award.

    The Marshall University Women's Center is sponsoring Thomas' visit to campus.

    "Every year for Women's History Month we invite an outstanding woman to be our guest speaker," said Leah Tolliver, Marshall University Women's Center coordinator, "and we are honored that Ms. Thomas will be coming to Marshall University."

    For more information, persons may contact the Marshall University Women's Center at (304) 696-3112 or wcenter@marshall.edu.


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    Herd fans can 'audition' for movie at basketball game Wednesday

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - McG, director of the upcoming movie about the 1970 Marshall University plane crash and the recovery of the football program that followed, has seen and heard the "We Are … Marshall" cheer many times - but never in person.

    Wednesday night, McG and other Warner Bros. Pictures executives will attend the Thundering Herd's final home men's basketball game of the season with Central Florida at Cam Henderson Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

    McG, who will be accompanied at the game by executive producer Brent O'Connor, producer Basil Iwanyk and associate producer Mary Viola, among others, said he will be listening closely as Herd fans "audition" for the movie when they proclaim, "We Are … Marshall."

    "After meeting many people in Huntington and the tri-state, I am convinced that the 'We Are … Marshall" cheer used in the movie must come from these fans," McG said.

    Discussions on whether to film potentially thousands of extras who will be used as Marshall fans in Huntington or Atlanta are ongoing, McG said. 

    Iwanyk said McG always strives for authenticity when making a movie, which is why shooting some of the film on Marshall's campus and in downtown Huntington is so important.

    "He really wants to shoot as much of the movie here as possible, "Iwanyk said. "Having the fans prove that they are the best will go a long way in determining the location of the crowd scenes."

    More than 1,900 people have used a special Warner Bros. movie contact line (696-3461) or email (movie@marshall.edu) to submit their information in hopes of being an extra in the movie.

    Anyone attending Wednesday's game who has not signed up to be considered as an extra may do so before and during the game. Members of Marshall's communications staff will be on hand to take the information.

    "This is a great opportunity for our fans to show their stuff," said Keith Spears, vice president for marketing and communications at Marshall. "We hope fans will come to the game dressed in green with their game faces on. We want the movie executives to see in person why we believe the 'We Are … Marshall' cheer is the best in the nation, and why it should be done in the movie by true Herd fans."

    For more information, persons may contact Spears at (304) 696-2965.


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    Marshall University surpasses campaign goal with $110 million

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - When Marshall University kicked off the public phase of its Campaign for National Prominence in September 2002, it set an unprecedented goal of raising $100 million in private donations by Dec. 31, 2005.

    On Friday, Feb. 24, Glen Kerkian, President and CEO of the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., announced that Marshall not only reached its goal, but exceeded it by 10 percent. The total amount raised or pledged in the campaign was nearly $110 million, Kerkian said.

    "This campaign has lifted people's sights as to what we can collectively accomplish at Marshall," Kerkian said. "And once sights are raised they never return to the old norm!"

    The campaign's successful conclusion was celebrated Friday evening during a private event at the Edgewood Country Club in Charleston. Tim Haymaker, national chairman of the campaign, was among those attending.

    "Raising $100 million was a daunting task," Haymaker said. "To get to $110 million is incredible. This is the first of many capital campaigns at Marshall. In addition to the cash and pledges (already received), you also are plowing fields and sowing seeds for continuous harvest."

    Kerkian highlighted several projects that were at least partially funded with campaign funds: They include:

    ·        182 new student scholarships created during campaign

    ·        New uniforms for the Marching Thunder

    ·        The university's move to Conference USA

    ·        Construction of the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center

    ·        Renovations of Morrow Library

    Haymaker, a Marshall graduate now living in Lexington, Ky., described serving as national chairman of the campaign as "an awesome responsibility."

    "I am grateful for the opportunity to give back to Marshall University through leadership and participation as well as financially," Haymaker said. "Not forgetting where your roots are and having this opportunity to give back is an awesome responsibility and one I enjoyed enormously."

    He praised the campaign workers and those who have contributed and will continue to do so in the future. "One of the things I've said so frequently is, don't forget those who gave the money," Haymaker said. "I just happened to be in the leadership position."

    As in most capital campaigns, most of the funds that were donated to the university came as specified gifts for individual projects or scholarships.


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    Printmaking students' work to be displayed in downtown Huntington

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's department of art and design printmaking students will have an exhibition and print sale at the Morris Building, located on the corner of 4th Avenue and the 9th Street Plaza in downtown Huntington, March 1-4.

    The exhibition will be open to the public from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 1 through Friday, March 3, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 4. It will display a wide range of traditional and contemporary approaches in printmaking, produced by beginning and advanced students from Marshall University's art department.

    For more information, persons may contact Peter Massing, a printmaking professor in the department of art and design, at (304) 696-6635.


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    Fifth production of 'The Vagina Monologues' is March 3-4 at Marshall

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Women's Center is sponsoring its fifth production of the benefit play "The Vagina Monologues" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 3-4, at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on MU's Huntington campus.

    The benefit production of "The Vagina Monologues" is part of a college campaign to raise money to end violence against women and girls. All proceeds from this event are donated to local nonprofit organizations in the community.

    The proceeds from the local production will be donated to TEAM for WV Children, CONTACT Rape Crisis Center, and BRANCHES Domestic Violence Shelter.

    "This is our fifth year doing this powerful event," said Leah Tolliver, Marshall University Women's Center Coordinator, "and we are looking forward to another outstanding response from Marshall and our surrounding community."

    Tickets may be purchased at the box office in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center through March 4, and also may be purchased at the door. The cost to attend is $14 general admission, $12 senior citizens, and $7 for students.

    For more information, persons may contact the Marshall University Women's Center at (304) 696-3338 or wcenter@marshall.edu.


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    Awards announced from United High School Media convention at Marshall

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from high schools in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky took part in workshops and competed for awards in newspaper and yearbook journalism at the 79th United High School Media convention on Friday, Feb. 17 at Marshall University.

    The event was sponsored by Marshall's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications. A list of the awards which were presented at the convention's banquet may be found at http://www.marshall.edu/ucomm/release/2006/pr021306.htm.


     


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    Poet Jeff Mann to read from his work at Marshall University

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Poet Jeff Mann will read from his work at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 2 in room 2w16 of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

    Mann grew up in Covington, Va., and Hinton, W.Va., receiving degrees in English and forestry from West Virginia University.  He teaches creative writing at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va.

    Mann is the author of four books.  His collection of poetry and memoir, Loving Mountains, Loving Men, was published by Ohio University Press in 2005.  Other poetry collections include Bones Washed with Wine.  He also has published a memoir, Edge, and a novella, Devoured, which was included in Masters of Midnight, appearing in 2003.  Forthcoming are a collection of poetry, On the Tongue, and a book of short fiction, A History of Barbed Wire.

    His fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in many publications, including The Spoon River Poetry Review, Wild Sweet Notes: Fifty Years of West Virginia Poetry 1950-1999, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Laurel Review, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, Crab Orchard Review, West Branch, Rebel Yell, and Appalachian Heritage.

    Mann's appearance is sponsored by the Marshall English department and the College of Liberal Arts.  It is free to the public. For more information, persons may contact Art Stringer in Marshall's English department at (304) 696-2403.


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    Award-winning reporter to speak at Marshall's Diversity Breakfast

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University graduate Richard Gregory Lewis, an award-winning reporter with The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, is the guest speaker for MU's 6th annual Diversity Breakfast Friday, Feb. 24, on Marshall's Huntington campus.

    The breakfast is from 7:30 to 8:50 a.m. in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room. Presented by Marshall's Black United Students in collaboration with several departments and other inter-faith, women's and international student groups, the breakfast was created five years ago with the intent of promoting campus harmony and unity.

    "Throughout the course of the year, Marshall University presents a multidimensional set of events designed to embrace the importance of diversity," Maurice Cooley, director of Marshall's Center for African American Students' Programs, said. "Learning to recognize, appreciate, and value differences among those with whom we live, study and work, is an ingredient for a successful society. The annual Diversity Breakfast is one among many events that highlight our commitment to a balanced and multicultural society.

    "We must remain stimulated and constantly in search of the promise that is associated with acceptance and regard for one another, irrespective of our differences.  We look forward to another enjoyable morning and keynote address from a Marshall grad, Richard G. Lewis."

    Lewis is a member of the Race and Demographics Team at the Sun-Sentinel, where he primarily focuses on coverage of black American issues. He was hired at the Sun-Sentinel in 2001 after 14 years at the San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle, where he served as a section editor, city hall reporter and assistant city editor.

    Lewis began his career with the Huntington Herald-Advertiser in 1976 after graduating from Marshall with a bachelor's degree in English. He also worked at the Greensboro Daily News, where he was among a team of reporters who were Pulitzer Prize finalists in 1980 for their coverage of the Communists-Ku Klux Klan shootout in the streets of Greensboro, N.C.

    He has won numerous individual writing and reporting awards. In addition, the Society of Professional Journalists, San Francisco Bay Area chapter, honored Lewis with its career achievement award in 2001 for reporting and his commitment to newsroom diversity.

    Lewis also has taught journalism as an adjunct faculty member at North Carolina A&T State University and San Francisco State University. He currently teaches at Florida Atlantic University and has lectured at various prominent universities throughout the country.

    Cost to attend the Diversity Breakfast is $11 per person, or $105 for a table of eight. Payment in advance is preferred, but not required. To pay in advance, persons may visit Marshall's Center for African American Students' Programs in Room 1w25 of the Memorial Student Center.

    The Diversity Breakfast planning committee is facilitated by Multicultural Affairs and the Center for African American Students' Programs, and is chaired by Cooley.

    For more information on the breakfast or to make reservations, persons may call Fran Jackson, Program Assistant II with the Center for African American Students' Programs, at (304) 696-6705.


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    Entries still accepted for Birke Art Gallery's Student Juried Exhibition

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Entries from Marshall University art students are being accepted by the Birke Art Gallery through Friday, Feb. 17, for the gallery's 19th annual Student Juried Exhibition.  

    Entered pieces should be from students who have had an art class in a previous academic year at Marshall University.  The work will be featured from Monday, Feb. 20 through Friday, Feb. 24. 

    An awards ceremony and opening reception for the exhibition are from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb.19 on Marshall's Huntington campus. The ceremony will take place in Smith Hall room 154, and the reception will be held in the gallery and Smith Hall Atrium. The exhibition and ceremony are free to the public.


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    Black Heritage Stamp unveiling is Feb. 27 at Marshall University

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Multicultural Affairs and the United States Postal Service in Huntington are sponsoring a ceremony to unveil the 2006 edition of the postal service's Black Heritage Series of Stamps.

    The ceremony is part of the annual Black History Month celebration. This year's Black History Month theme is "Celebrating Community: A Tribute to Black Fraternal, Social and Civic Institutions."

    The stamp unveiling takes place at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27 in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room on Marshall's Huntington campus.  The public is invited to attend.

    Hattie McDaniel, who in 1940 became the first African American to win an Academy Award for her role as best supporting actress in the1939 film, "Gone with the Wind," is featured on the stamp. The Hattie McDaniel 2006 Black Heritage Commemorative U.S. Postage Stamp is the 29th in the postal service's series.

    "The stamp unveiling at Marshall is always a thoughtful, enthusiastic and very well-attended event," Dr. Betty Jane Cleckley, vice president for multicultural affairs at Marshall, said. "It is very important, not only because we honor an outstanding black American on the stamp, but because of the collaboration between Marshall University and the postal service. We encourage everyone to attend this event."

    McDaniel, who was born in Wichita, Kan., in 1895, and raised in Denver, Colo., was an actress, singer, and radio and television performer. As an actress, she often was criticized for playing maids and other stereotypical roles. She is remembered for saying, "I'd rather play a maid than be one," and often is credited with subverting any idea of subservience through her interpretative performances.

    Encountering racism in Hollywood, she and several other black actors worked to change the film industry from within during the 1940s.

    McDaniel showed talent at an early age. She dropped out of school as a teenager to tour with vaudeville companies, traveling musical ensembles and minstrel shows, including one run by her father. She sang on Denver radio as early as 1925, and wrote and recorded several of her own songs.

    McDaniel arrived in Hollywood in 1931 and soon began to appear in films. She is credited with appearing in more than 90 films, but by some estimates she is believed to have appeared in as many as 300, including uncredited roles and extras, maids and chorus singers.

    Some of her notable films include "Judge Priest" in 1934, "Saratoga" in 1937, "Show Boat" in 1936, "This Our Life" in 1942 and "Since You Went Away" in 1944.

    From 1947 until 1952, McDaniel played the title role in "The Beulah Show," which was broadcast on national radio. As the first radio show to feature a black star, "The Beulah Show" was praised by the NAACP and the National Urban League. McDaniel died in 1952 at age 57 from breast cancer.

    Featured speaker at the stamp unveiling will be Dr. Dolores Johnson, associate professor and director of writing in Marshall's English department. Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp will offer greetings as will Tammy Autenrieth, Appalachian District Manager with the United States Postal Service in Charleston, and William Smith, superintendent of Cabell County Schools. Cleckley will give closing remarks.

    Special music will be performed by the Kellogg Elementary School Choir, under the direction of Stacy Morrison, Maurice Cooley, director of the Center for African American Students' Programs at Marshall, and William Smith.

    Handouts and door prizes, including a football signed by Marshall football coach Mark Snyder, will be provided, and a reception will follow the program.


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    Chadwick encourages fans attending Marshall's women's game Sunday with Memphis to wear green

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University women's basketball coach Royce Chadwick is encouraging Thundering Herd fans to wear green Sunday, Feb. 12, when MU plays host to the University of Memphis in a Conference USA game at Cam Henderson Center. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

    Chadwick's request of Herd fans is simple: "Don't be seen without your green," he said. The first 600 people entering the arena and wearing green will receive a free drink Coozie, thanks to WMUL, Marshall's student radio station.

    Both Marshall and Memphis play a game Friday before squaring off Sunday in Huntington. Marshall, 11-10 overall and 6-4 in the conference, plays at home at 7 p.m. against the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB). Memphis, 3-18 and 1-9, is at East Carolina.

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    Faculty featured in Marshall's Celebration of Books

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Celebration of Books, which features MU faculty who recently published books, takes place three times this month in the Reading Room on the second floor of the Drinko Library on the Huntington campus.

    The Celebration of Books will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, Wednesday, Feb. 22 and Monday, Feb. 27. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. Guests may ask questions of the authors, learn what inspires them and hear how they wrote their books and got them published.

    "We want to give the community the opportunity to talk to these published writers to find out what motivates them, and what process they go through to get successfully published," Barbara Winters, Marshall's dean of libraries, said. "We encourage everyone to join us for this unique opportunity." 

    Here is a look at the authors scheduled to appear:

    Wednesday, Feb. 15

    Dr. Ashok Vaseashta, professor of physics and electronics; featured work: Nanostructured and Advanced Materials for Applications in Sensor, Optoelectronic and Photovoltaic Technology (2005).

    Dr. Thomas Ellis, professor of psychology; featured work:  Cognition and Suicide:  Theory, Research, and Therapy (2006).

    Jack Dickinson, bibliographer, Special Collections; featured work: Civil War Paper Items from the Rosanna Blake Confederate Collection (2005).

    Dr. Janet Badia, associate professor of English; featured work: Reading Women: Literary Figures and Cultural Icons from the Victorian Age to the Present  (2005).
     

    Wednesday, Feb. 22

    Dr. Kellie Bean, associate professor of English; featured work:  Post-Backlash Feminism:  Women, Politics and the Media (2006).

    Dr. Bob Barnett, chair & professor of health, physical education and recreation; featured work:  Biography of Adolph Keifer (publication pending).

    Dr. Bobbi Nicholson, associate professor of leadership studies at MU Graduate College; featured work:  E-Portfolios for Educational Leaders (2004).

    Dr. Suneel Maheshwari, assistant professor of accounting and legal environment.
     

    Monday, Feb. 27

    Dr. Frank Gilliam, professor of biology; featured work:  The Herbaceous Layer in Forests of Eastern North America (2003).

    Dr. Josh Hagen, assistant professor of geography; featured work:  The Jewel of the German Past: Preservation, Tourism, Nationalism (2006).

    Dr. Luke Eric Lassiter, director of the humanities program, MU Graduate College; featured work:  The Chicago Guide to Collaborative Ethnography (2005).

    Dr. Victor Fet, associate professor of biology; featured work: Biogeography and Ecology of Bulgaria (2006).

    Here is contact information for four of the authors:

    Dr. Janet Badia - (304) 696-2357, badia@marshall.edu
    Dr. Eric Lassiter - (304) 696-1923, lassiter@marshall.edu
    Jack Dickinson - (304) 696-3097, dickinson@marshall.edu
    Dr. Ashok Vaseashta - (304) 696-2755, Vaseashta@marshall.edu

    For more information, persons may contact Wendy Moorhead at (304) 696-2336.


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    Red Cross to conduct blood drive Feb. 14-15 at Marshall

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The American Red Cross estimates that every two seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion, requiring more than 38,000 donors daily.

    To help meet the need, the Red Cross will conduct a blood drive Tuesday, Feb. 14 and Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Marshall University. The drive will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, and take place in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room on Marshall's Huntington campus.

    The Red Cross is hoping for at least 120 donors over the two-day drive.

    Taunia Oechslin, senior director of donor recruitment with the Red Cross, said giving blood is a simple gift that truly is from the heart.

    "We are not encouraging people to do without the usual flowers and candy during February," Oechslin said. "But we do want local residents to make a commitment to give blood. With each donation, you affect not only a patient in need, but his or her entire family as well. Because of just one donation, a family may get additional days, weeks or years with their loved one."

    All blood types are needed every day, but the Red Cross is currently experiencing a high demand for O negative, B negative and A negative. Anyone at least 17 years old, weighing 110 pounds or more and in good health may be eligible to donate blood.

    People wanting to donate may call the Red Cross at (800) 448-3543 or go to www.redcrosslife.org to make an appointment.


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    History Dept. Appears in Chronicle of Higher Education

    Marshall's history department was featured Jan. 27 in the Chronicle of Higher Education in an article about the current teaching job opportunities for Ph.D.'s in history. As a result of forthcoming retirements, Marshall will have 5 openings on its history faculty. Faculty members traveled to the American Historical Association meeting in Philadelphia this month to interview candidates for the jobs.
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    Series on Diversity in Appalachia features three more events

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The second of four events that make up the 2006 Spring Series on Diversity in Appalachia takes place Thursday, Feb. 16 at Marshall University.

    The series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia (CSEGA) and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. All events are free to the public.

    Marshall Professor Cicero Fain III will speak on "The Construction of Colored Huntington, 1905-1930," at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Memorial Student Center's Shawkey Dining Room. This event is co-sponsored by Marshall's Center for African American Students' Programs.

    The final two events of the spring series are:

    ·        Wednesday, March 15 - 7 p.m., "Ivy Rowe," Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, Booth Experimental Theatre; a one-woman show about a "spunky mountain woman," performed by Barbara Bates Smith and co-sponsored by Marshall's Women's Center.

    ·        Thursday, April 20 - 7 p.m., "Revelations: A Celebration of Appalachian Resiliency in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered People," Memorial Student Center, Don Morris Room; Reader's theatre production written and directed by Carrie Kline of Elkins, W.Va.

    For more information, persons may contact the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia at (304) 696-2875 or email MU professor Linda Spatig at Spatig@marshall.edu.

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    Registration nears for Black Alumni Western Caribbean cruise

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Black Alumni, Inc., is sponsoring a Western Caribbean cruise on the Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas March 8-12, 2007.

    Black Alumni members Janis Winkfield, Linda Jackson and Mickey Jackson are coordinating the event. An initial deposit of $100 per person is due on or before Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006. This deposit and all other assessments for the cruise must be paid by credit card.

    The cruise begins March 8 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., then heads to Key West, Fla., on March 9, to Cozumel, Mexico March 10 and back to Fort Lauderdale on March 12. Guests may choose from a variety of cabin styles at various rates, such as an inside cabin (no window), ocean view cabin, balcony cabin or large ocean view cabin. Prices range from $548 per person, based on double occupancy, to $918 per person.

    Registration forms and more information are available by contacting Winkfield at (304) 416-0938 or via email at winkfiel@marshall.edu, or Black Alumni President David Harris at (304) 696-2597 or via email at harrisdn@marshall.edu.

    The cruise reservation form and trip cancellation waiver must be faxed to Katrina May with Global Travel International at (866) 244-7175. She may be reached at (800) 715-4440, ext. 48826.

    Each person who signs up for the cruise will be asked to contribute $50 to the new Erickson Alumni Center's Nate Ruffin Initiative.


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    BRAIN STORM! game show features African American trivia

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - BRAIN STORM!, a team trivia game show based this month entirely on African American trivia, is coming to Marshall University's Huntington campus on Thursday, Feb. 9.

    The production, presented to Marshall by Simplified Entertainment of New York, begins at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room. It is sponsored by Marshall's Center for African American Students' Programs and helps promote February as African American History Month.

    During the trivia game show, the entire audience plays at the same time.  A 10-foot video screen displays the questions for all to see. A flashy stage display with an energetic host keeps the action going while the audience uses remote control handsets.

    Students "brainstorm" it out for the best answer. Categories include politics, medicine, drama, television, music, sports, and others.  Students and community groups are encouraged to form their own teams of five to 10 participants.

    Church groups, clubs, fraternities, sororities, class groups, student organizations and resident halls are examples of possible participants. It is free to play, and the winning team receives a $200 grand prize.

    For more information, persons visit the Center for African American Students' Programs in room IW25 of the Memorial Student Center or call Director Maurice Cooley at (304) 696-5430.


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    Gay men's support group starts Feb. 7 at Marshall University

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Psychology Clinic will start a gay men's support group beginning Tuesday, Feb. 7 in Harris Hall, room 449, on MU's Huntington campus.

    The clinic will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. each Tuesday for six to eight weeks. The group will discuss a variety of topics such as coming out, religion, meeting friends, dating, family issues, living in Huntington, social support and homophobia. The group also will discuss other topics that provide support to those in the group.

    Dr. Keith Beard, director of the Marshall University Psychology Clinic, said that living in a rural area can create additional pressure and stress for a gay person. He said he hopes the clinic will provide support to those involved.

    "There