December 2006 News Releases

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

"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
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

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 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
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

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
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

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

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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 or (304) 696-5451.

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