August 2006 News Releases



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Thursday August 31, 2006
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

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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Thursday August 31, 2006
Contact: Angela Jones, , (304) 696-3334

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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Thursday August 31, 2006
Contact: Megan Barbour, SGA Communications Director , (304) 696-6412

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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Wednesday August 30, 2006
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

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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Wednesday August 30, 2006
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

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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Wednesday August 30, 2006
Contact: Angela Jones, , (304) 696-3334

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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Wednesday August 30, 2006
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Public Relations, (304) 696-7153

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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Tuesday August 29, 2006
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

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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Tuesday August 29, 2006
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

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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Monday August 28, 2006
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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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Monday August 28, 2006
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

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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Saturday August 26, 2006
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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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Friday August 25, 2006
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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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Friday August 25, 2006
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Marshall Center Opens Doors to Scientific Learning, Research

The dedication can be seen on cable Channel 25 this week Monday-Friday at 9:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 9:30 PM.

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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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Thursday August 24, 2006
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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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Wednesday August 23, 2006
Contact: Leah Tolliver, Marshall University Women's Center, (304) 696-3112

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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Monday August 21, 2006
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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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Friday August 18, 2006
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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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