January 2006 News Releases

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

West Virginia poet laureate to read at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Poet Irene McKinney will read from her work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 in room 2W16 of the Memorial Student Center.

McKinney's new collection is Vivid Companion, from West Virginia University Press.  She is the author of four other books of poetry: The Six O'Clock Mine Report; Quick Fire and Slow Fire; The Wasps at the Blue Hexagons; and The Girl With a Stone in Her Lap.

She was appointed poet laureate of West Virginia in 1994 and recently edited the anthology Backcountry: Contemporary Writing in West Virginia (West Virginia University Press, 2002). Her poems have appeared in many leading journals, including American Voice, Arts & Letters, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, and Poetry.

McKinney recieved an NEA fellowship in poetry and a West Virginia Commission on the Arts fellowship in poetry, and has held fellowships at MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Blue Mountain. McKinney has been writer in residence at Western Washington University, the University of New Mexico, and at many institutions nationwide. She is professor emeritus of English at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

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

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

Guitarist/composer Andrew Zohn to perform Feb. 5 at Museum of Art

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Guitarist/composer Andrew Zohn will present a program of classical guitar works at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5 at the Huntington Museum of Art, 2033 McCoy Road, Huntington.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Marshall University department of music and Route 60 Music. The program will include works by Bach, Scarlatti, Schumann and Barrios, as well as those by the performer.

Zohn has been hailed as "one of the finest guitarists of his generation" by Anthony Morris, host of the nationally syndicated radio program "Classical Guitar Alive." A prize winner in several national and international guitar competitions, Zohn has performed in concert throughout North America and in Europe.

The Soundboard Magazine described his performance as "brilliant and engaging." Another review by the Washington (D.C.) Guitar Society newsletter said, "His sensitive touch and tasteful musicality shaped each phrase in a way that was easy to understand and enjoy. a stellar performer!"

Zohn's compositions have been commissioned by La Flame Records in Canada and the East Carolina New Music Festival, among others.

Zohn will also give a guitar master class at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 in the Marshall University Choir Room, Smith Music Hall 150.  Admission to the master class is free, and the class is open to the public.  Persons interested in playing on the master class may call the Marshall department of music at (304) 696-6497.

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Monday January 30, 2006
Contact: H. Keith Spears, Vice President for Communications and Marketing, (304) 696-7153

Warner Bros. announces plans to make movie on MU plane crash

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The story of the 1970 Marshall University football team plane crash and the spirited recovery that followed not only at Marshall, but in the Huntington community, soon will be told worldwide.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today that filmmaker McG will direct and Matthew McConaughey will star in the yet-to-be titled Marshall University Football Project. It will be produced by Basil Iwanyk and McG.

Through the combined efforts of the Governor's office, the West Virginia Film Office and Marshall University, a portion of the film will be shot in and around Huntington as well as on Marshall's campus. Warner Bros. said filming will begin this spring.

"This film is a great opportunity for West Virginia to receive international recognition for the tremendous community spirit and empathy that West Virginians show when faced with tragedy," Governor Joe Manchin said.  "Beyond that, it shows our resilience and will to move forward with a courageous spirit."

McConaughey will star as Jack Lengyel, who coached the Young Thundering Herd football team for four years after the crash that killed 75 people, including 37 players, six coaches, two athletic department staff members, 25 supporters and five aircraft crew.

The Thunder Road/Wonderland Films production will be released worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is being co-financed by Legendary Pictures.

"We are very pleased that Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are taking this legacy of Marshall University and treating it with the respect and honor that it deserves," Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said. "Undoubtedly, this story will touch the lives of people across the nation. It is a story that many have thought needed to be told through a major film."

McG is considered one of Hollywood's most sought-after filmmakers, with "Charlie's Angels" and its sequel among his films. Iwanyk's most recent film is "Firewall," starring Harrison Ford, which is being released in February.

Where possible, Marshall faculty, staff and students will be used as extras in the film, and university theatre and broadcast students may be offered internships.

The executive producers of the Marshall University Football Project are Brent O'Connor, Thomas Tull, Jeanne Allgood and Scott Mednick. The screenplay is by Jamie Linden, based on a story by Cory Helms and Linden. Lynn Harris is the Warner Bros. Pictures executive overseeing the project for the studio.  Dr. H. Keith Spears of Marshall University and Pam Haynes of the WV Film Office also have been involved with this project since its development.  

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Friday January 27, 2006
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Faculty/Staff Commons Opens Jan. 30 on Huntington Campus

Marshall faculty and staff members are invited to "A Taste of the Faculty/Staff Commons," celebrating its grand opening in the John Marshall Room of the Memorial Student Center.

The event takes place Monday, Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. in the John Marshall Room of the Memorial Student Center, the new home of the Faculty/Staff Commons. Those who attend can expect free coffee and other refreshments, door prizes, and mementos.

Staff are granted time off to attend, with supervisor's approval.


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Friday January 27, 2006
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall Day at the Legislature is Tuesday, Jan. 31

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Representatives from Marshall University will converge on the state capitol in Charleston Tuesday, Jan. 31, for the annual Marshall Day at the Legislature.

Marshall staff, faculty, students and alumni will be at the capitol from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., greeting visitors and interacting with legislators. About 30 booth displays, promoting different colleges, departments, schools and programs at Marshall, will be set up throughout the event, which is being organized by the MU Alumni Association.

"We look forward each year to Marshall Day at the Legislature," Nancy Pelphrey, coordinator of alumni programs with the alumni association, said. "We have a constant stream of visitors, including legislators, to our exhibits. It's a wonderful opportunity to promote the university and the great programs we have to offer."

Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp will give an update on MU's Strategic Vision before the House Education Committee, and make a formal presentation of the plan to Gov. Joe Manchin.

Also, Marshall students representing several West Virginia counties will be recognized in the House of Delegates and the Senate.

Other features include Marshall giveaways, musical interludes from MU students, a giant cake commemorating the 205th anniversary of John Marshall's appointment as Chief Justice, and free popcorn and soft drinks.

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Friday January 27, 2006
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

American Heart Month activities planned at Marshall University

Marshall University folks are noted for their proud wearing of the green but come February people are being urged to spice up their wardrobes with a splash of red. And it's all for the good cause of promoting healthy hearts.

As part of February's American Heart Month activities, the Marshall University College of Health Professions with the Office of Student Health Education Programs and the Women's Health Center is hosting a series of activities to increase awareness of the importance of heart health to the Marshall community.  One of those activities will be a Heart Health Walk around the Huntington campus on Valentine's Day.

This is the first time the College of Health Professions has sponsored activities for this event which is expected to become an annual one.  Each week in February one or more activities will be offered to help Marshall and the community learn more about healthy hearts. 

"Heart Disease is the number one killer of women in the nation and West Virginia ranks number three in the nation for heart disease," said Dr. Shortie McKinney, dean of the College of Health Professions.  "Lifestyle changes can help reduce these numbers."

Activities kick off from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1 with a reception in the third floor atrium of the Drinko Library.  Everyone is encouraged to observe the day by wearing something red - dress, shirt, scarf, tie, hat, or a Red Dress Pin. Information about the prevention of heart disease along with Red Dress Pins will be distributed.  People are asked to wear red again on Friday, Feb. 3, which is National Wear Red Day, to show support for women's heart disease effort.

The National Wear Red Day will unite thousands of Americans in the national movement to give women across the nation a personal and urgent wake-up call about their risk for heart disease, according to McKinney.   

Additionally, on National Wear Red Day the College of Health Professions will be joining The Heart Truth,  a campaign sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, aimed at raising awareness about women and heart disease to help spread the critical message that "Heart Disease Doesn't Care What You Wear - It's the #1 killer of Women."  The Heart Truth launched the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in February 2003.

According to statistics released by The Heart Truth, heart disease strikes women regardless of ethnicity or race and also strikes at younger ages than most people think.  Women of middle age run more risk and two-thirds of women who have heart attacks never fully recover, their statistics say.

            Upcoming activities include:

       Feb. 1 and 3 - Wear Red to help raise awareness of heart disease

       Feb. 14 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Heart Health Walk around the Marshall Huntington campus.  Participants are asked to wear red.  The walk will begin at the Memorial Student Center.

       Feb. 21 - Heart Health Fair from 11 a.m. to l p.m. in the Memorial Student Center Lobby.  Information will be available as to what is needed to get and stay healthy.

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Tuesday January 24, 2006
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Three to join Harless Hall of Fame in ceremony Tuesday in Charleston

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development will honor three new Hall of Fame inductees in a ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Edgewood Country Club in Charleston.

West Virginia First Lady Gayle Conelly Manchin will be inducted, along with the Benedum Foundation and Dr. Keith Smith, bringing the total number of Harless Hall of Fame members to 12.

Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp will give opening remarks at the induction ceremony, with further remarks from Dr. Rosalyn Templeton, dean of Marshall's College of Education and Human Services, and Dr. Stan Maynard, director of the June Harless Center.

Here is a look at each of the new inductees:

First Lady Gayle Conelly Manchin

Gayle Conelly grew up in Beckley, W.Va., and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. She obtained her B.A. in Language Arts and Education and a Master of Arts in Reading at West Virginia University. In 1999, she completed a second master's specialization in Educational Technology Leadership from Salem International University. Manchin has been a teacher in Marion County schools and a professor at Fairmont State College (now University). In addition to being First Lady, she is a national board member of The Center for Study of Economic Diversity, Inc., in Texas, and serves by appointment to the National Education Commission of the States. In addition, she serves as a commissioner on the West Virginia Commission for National and Community Services, vice chair of the Governor's Cabinet on Children and Families, and as a partner on the West Virginia Partnership to Promote Community Well Being Commission. Manchin is the nominating chair on the executive board of The Education Alliance and president of the Vandalia Rotary Club of Charleston. Gov. Joe Manchin and the First Lady have three children, Heather, Joseph IV, and Brooke, and six grandchildren.

The Benedum Foundation

The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation is an independent foundation established in 1944 by Michael and Sarah Benedum. During his lifetime in the oil and gas business, Michael Benedum amassed a fortune, ranking him in his day among the 100 wealthiest Americans. He operated his worldwide business from corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pa. Mr. and Mrs. Benedum established residence in Pittsburgh in 1907, where they lived for more than 50 years. They named the Foundation in memory of their only child, Claude Worthington Benedum, who died in 1918 at age 20. The Foundation's policy is to allocate no less than five percent of the market value of its assets each year in support of its charitable activities, including the grants program. Since its inception in 1944, the Foundation has made more than 6,800 grants totaling more than $295.8 million. In creating the Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Benedum expressed the wish that grantmaking be focused in West Virginia and Pittsburgh, their native and adopted homes.

Dr. Keith Smith

Dr. Keith Smith, a 42-year veteran of public education, fills a dual role as state director for Edvantia's work in West Virginia and principal investigator for the Coalfield Rural Systemic Initiative (CRSI), a National Science Foundation-funded project. He is Edvantia's liaison to the West Virginia Board of Education, the West Virginia Department of Education, and key policymakers within the state Legislature and other branches of state government. Prior to his retirement from the West Virginia Department of Education, he served as assistant state superintendent for instructional services and had primary responsibility for leading the improvement of academic instructional programs, special education, the state testing program, school counseling programs, and educational programs in institutional settings. Smith also has served as a county guidance director, a guidance counselor, and a biology teacher. He holds a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University with a major in guidance and a second field in educational change. Smith and his wife, Mary Jo, have two children, Julie Anne Kauffman and Michael Smith, and one grandchild.


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Tuesday January 24, 2006
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Marshall names Barry Sharpe executive director of John R. Hall Center for Academic Excellence

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Barry Sharpe, founding director of the Tusculum College Honors Program in Greeneville, Tenn., has been named executive director of the John R. Hall Center for Academic Excellence at Marshall University, search committee chair Dr. Christina Murphy announced today.

Sharpe succeeds Martha Woodward, who retired in 2004. Dr. Edwina Pendarvis, professor of gifted education in the College of Education and Human Services, and MU math professor Dr. Evelyn Pupplo-Cody have served as interim director since Woodward's retirement.

Sharpe assumes his duties at Marshall June 1. He described Marshall as having a "large, respected honors program with great potential for growth and development."

"While I was on campus, I was particularly impressed with the people I met - students, faculty and staff," Sharpe said. "I've worked at a large university and two small colleges. Marshall has the resources and opportunities associated with a larger university while still maintaining the feel of a smaller college. I am excited about being part of the Marshall community."

Murphy, dean of Marshall's College of Liberal Arts, said the search committee was impressed with Sharpe's insights into Honors education and his commitment to innovative programs.

"His interest in engaging faculty in creative initiatives for teaching and mentoring students was of great appeal, along with his experience in developing and directing an Honors program," Murphy said. "We especially appreciated his interpersonal skills and leadership style, and we felt that Dr. Sharpe had the experience, talent, and dedication to advance the Honors Program in its goals of preeminent quality and achievement."

Sharpe graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1988, earning his B.A. in history and political science. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1995, and his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 2002.

He started at Tusculum as an assistant professor in 2002. Previously, he was an assistant professor from 1997 to 1999 at Northwestern College, and an instructor and assistant professor from 1993 to 1997 at Georgia Southern University.

In addition to teaching and serving as director of the honors program at Tusculum, Sharpe was chair of the program and policies committee from fall 2004 to spring 2005.

"I have been involved with honors education as a student, teacher and administrator," Sharpe said. "I am committed to honors education and believe that an honors program can play a vital role in support of the mission of a public university."

Sharpe, 39, is a native of Mount Pleasant, S.C.

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Tuesday January 24, 2006
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MU Early Education Center, Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity to announce partnership by sponsoring inaugural event

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - In the past, the young children enrolled in the Marshall University Early Education Center (MUEEC) have constructed a playhouse on Marshall's campus as one of their special projects.  This year's playhouse, now under construction, will be a special one involving the Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity (HAHFH). 

At 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, the MUEEC will host a photo opportunity at the Early Education Center playground to officially kick off the project.  Children who have been actively involved in construction of the house, MUEEC administrators and teachers, Habitat for Humanity executives and Marshall University officials will attend. 

On Tuesday, April 25, the playhouse will be auctioned off at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, with the proceeds benefiting HAHFH.  The evening will be hosted by the MUEEC, in conjunction with the Fourth Annual Art Show and Auction. The art show will culminate with an event for the MUEEC families and campus community at which time the children's art pieces will be sold at auction.

The Marshall University Early Education Center is a nationally accredited laboratory preschool dedicated to providing an exemplary early education program that fosters every child's growth and development and provides an exceptional setting for preparing future teachers.   House construction is a recurrent theme for these children and reflects children's interest in the immediate environment.  The MUEEC children have built two houses to date and are working on a third.

The center's innovative and unique partnership with Habitat for Humanity has two goals: to advocate for the place-conscious, inquiry-based approach to young children's learning and generate awareness for Habitat and the housing issues that face our community.

Beginning with this project, the MUEEC anticipates annual construction of a playhouse designed and constructed by the children to be donated to Habitat for Humanity.  Collaboration between families, staff and children of the MUEEC and Habitat will be a wonderful experience and opportunity for young children to positively impact their community.

"What these children are doing, and the effect that it will have on the community is truly amazing," said Teddy Kluemper III, Director of Development and Communications with Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity. "We are so excited to be involved."

Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit ecumenical organization whose mission is to partner with qualified low-income families in need by providing them safe, decent, and affordable housing.

For more information, persons may contact Clayton Burch, MUEEC director, at (304) 696-6301 or Burch1@marshall.edu, or Kluemper at (304) 523-4822 or Teddy@hahabitat.org.

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Friday January 20, 2006
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Annual Soul Food Feast is Sunday, Jan. 29 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The annual Soul Food Feast, a gathering to socialize and experience the soulful taste of traditional African American foods prepared by local chefs, takes place Sunday, Jan. 29 at Marshall University.

Maurice Cooley, director of the Center for African American Students' Programs at MU, said the Soul Food Feast starts at 2 p.m. in the John Marshall Dining Room, which is located on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's Huntington campus.

"Tasty foods such as collard greens, candied yams, mashed potatoes and 'chittlins' will be served, in addition to several other entrees," Cooley said. "Each year it is such an enjoyable occasion for individuals and families, many of whom return year after year." 

Tickets for the event, which is open to the public, are $7 for adults and $4 for students of all ages. Tickets are available at the door, but may be purchased in advance at the center's office, which is located in room 1W25 in the Memorial Student Center.

For more information, persons may call Fran Jackson with the Center for African American Students' Programs at (304) 696-6705.

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Thursday January 19, 2006
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Marshall University receives grant to help student-parents

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Child Development Academy and  Lewis College of Business-Division of Finance have received a $15,000 grant to facilitate a program aimed at helping students who are the parents of young children develop basic financial skills.

A check was presented today from the Citigroup Foundation/Smith Barney Local Contributions Program to Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp in a brief ceremony at the Child Development Academy.

The project funded by the grant will use The Stock Market Game - a computer-simulated investment of $100,000 in the stock market - to teach responsible use of financial resources.

"Financial guidance and assistance is one of the needs we saw in our population," Susan Miller, director of the Child Development Academy, said. "Seventy-two percent of our children have a parent who is a Marshall University student. This funding will help the parents develop skills in handling their money."

The grant will provide funding for 14 teams which will consist of a student, an academy staff member and a financial mentor. The teams will then compete using the stock market game which teaches responsible use of financial resources.   The financial mentors will be undergraduate or graduate students in finance or economics and/or local business people.      

For more information, persons may contact Miller at (304) 696-5803.

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Thursday January 19, 2006
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Study Abroad in Italy Day is Jan. 24 at Memorial Student Center

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Center for International Programs is sponsoring Study Abroad in Italy Day Tuesday, Jan. 24 in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center on MU's Huntington campus.

The event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., will feature a variety of exhibits for students to learn about study abroad programs in Italy and other programs offered for students.

Clark Egnor, director of the Center for International Programs, said he hopes this is the first of many study abroad days featuring many different countries throughout the year.

"We hope to have more study abroad days that each promotes one country," Egnor said. "These activities that focus on different areas where students can study abroad will hopefully stimulate student interest in adding an international experience to their education."

The following exhibits will be featured at the event:

Italie International - Based in Milan, Italy and Morgantown, W.Va., Italia International represents several schools in Italy, including an art and design school, a restoration school and an Italian language school in Milan. It also has a program with an Italian cooking and culture school in the Tuscan countryside.

Athena Study Abroad - This company, which is based in Columbus, Ohio, represents two programs at Lorenzo de' Medici School (LDM), a private university with campuses in Florence and Tuscania. 

Spring Break Tour of Italy, Switzerland and France - The Marshall University Office of Student Activities is sponsoring a nine-day trip to Switzerland, Italy and France during spring break.

Marshall University International Student Exchange Programs in Italy - Representatives from the MU Study Abroad Student Association and the MU Office of Study Abroad will be available to share information about four exchange programs offered in Italy through membership in International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP). 

Marshall University's Language Buffet - Short Italian language lessons will be provided by an experienced Italian teacher from the center's Language Buffet throughout the day.

Viva Italia - The Memorial Student Center food court by Sodexho Marriot will have  various Italian foods available.

For more information, persons may contact Egnor at (304) 696-2465.

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Wednesday January 18, 2006
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Luncheon, reception planned for Herd fans before Capital Classic

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University alumni, fans and friends are invited to show their Thundering Herd pride at two special events that will precede the annual Toyota Capital Classic Wednesday, Jan. 25 in Charleston.

Marshall will try to defend its Capital Classic basketball championships against West Virginia University in the women's game at 5:30 p.m. and the men's game at 8 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum. The games are sold out. Matt Monroe, MU's ticket director, said Thundering Herd fans picked up about 4,000 tickets for the Classic.

A year ago Marshall swept both ends of the doubleheader, defeating the WVU women, 82-76, and the Mountaineer men, 59-55.

This year's special game-day events start at the Charleston Embassy Suites hotel's Athletic Club Restaurant with a noon luncheon, which is sponsored by the Marshall Tip-Off Club of Charleston. Marshall men's coach Ron Jirsa will speak.

Tickets will be available at the door for $11 (cash only, no checks), but seating is limited. To RSVP or for additional information, persons may contact Rusty Webb at (304) 343-2900.

A Capital Classic pre-game reception, hosted by the Marshall University Alumni Association and sponsored in part by Pepsi, is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. in the South Hall of the Charleston Civic Center. The event is free to the public, and features giveaways, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

Representatives from many Marshall colleges and departments will be on hand during the reception to share information with visitors. Also, Marshall's cheerleaders, along with Marco and the pep band, will make an appearance during the reception.

For more information, persons may contact Nancy Pelphrey with the Alumni Association by calling (304) 696-3134.

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Friday January 13, 2006
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Third annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol features 103 students, including 22 from Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Twenty-two Marshall University students are among 103 students representing nine West Virginia colleges and universities who will participate in the third annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Charleston on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

The special day occurs from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda during the legislative session and allows students to present their research in poster format and talk with legislators about their findings. The projects are original research and the posters have been designed for a general audience.

The students are presenting posters in the areas of biology, psychology, computer science and information technology, communications, international studies, forensic science, physics, chemistry, biochemistry, sociology/social work, engineering, history and industrial engineering.

"In research, a student and faculty mentor spend a great deal of time considering a question and then developing a solution to it," Michael Castellani, professor and chair of Marshall's chemistry department, said. "The results are then shared with other members of their field in journals or professional meetings.  I think an event like this is special for everyone, including the audience, because it requires all of the participants to think about a research project in the context of its importance to society at large."

Castellani is co-chair of the event's organizing committee, along with Keith Garbutt of West Virginia University. Charles Somerville, associate professor and chair of Marshall's department of biological sciences, is a member of the organizing committee. Sarah Brinegar, an assistant geography professor at MU, also is on the eight-member committee.

"The combination of being in the state capitol building and speaking with state officials lends a sense of importance to this event that you don't feel in other scientific gatherings," Somerville said. "The students respond to that.  They talk about their projects enthusiastically and take pride in their work.  The students become ambassadors for their institutions and departments.  It's very gratifying for the advisors and event organizers."

The following is a list of the 22 Marshall participants, along with their home counties, disciplines, research posters and advisors:  

  • John Allinder, Mason County (Psychology) - "Religion as a Buffer to Juvenile Delinquency in West Virginia." Marc Lindberg, advisor.
  • Jessica Deem, Monongalia County and Davina Bell, Cabell County (Psychology) - "Healthy Lifestyles as Mediated by Religious and Family Values in West Virginia." Marc Lindberg, advisor.
  • Marian Brooks, Cabell County, and Caitlin Cunningham, Kanawha County (Psychology) - "Attachment Issues and Partner Abuse." Marc Lindberg, advisor.
  • Mia Brown, Jefferson County (Biology) - "Regulation of the Plant Response to Gravity." Marcia Harrison, advisor.
  • Maria Ramey, Lincoln County and Danielle Clark, Cabell County (Biochemistry) - "A Novel Colormetric Method to Measure Galactose." Menashi Cohenford, advisor.
  • Malorie Estep, McDowell County and Samantha Stout, Putnam County (Psychology) - "Casual Models of Delinquent Behavior in West Virginia." Marc Lindberg, advisor.
  • Rachel Ferris, southern Ohio (Graphic Design) - Designed front cover of Third Annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol program.
  • Elizabeth Fet, Cabell County (Biology) - "New Species of Microsyopoidae (Primates, Mammalia) from the Dawn of the Eocene." Suzanne Strait, advisor.
  • Danielle Davidov, Marion County and Clifton Strange, Fayette County (Psychology) - "The Influence of Parents and Peers on Sexual Promiscuity in West Virginia." Marc Lindberg, advisor.
  • Kristen Grinstead, Mason County (Chemistry) - "Characterization of Proteins Entrapped in Reverse Micelles." Jaroslava Miksovska, advisor.
  • Sheena Lincolnogger, Cabell County (International Studies) - "How Could Government Respond to an Environmental Terrorist Attack?" Daniel Masters, advisor.
  • Christina Majic, Putnam County (Graphic Design) - Designed back cover of Third Annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol program.
  • Ashley Moats, Barbour County (Psychology) - "The Effect of Math Word Problems on Group Work vs. Individual Work." David Trumpower, advisor.
  • Cassie York, Cabell County and Wesley Neal, Cabell County (Biology) - "Biomass and Protein Production for Advanced Life Support in a Microgravity-Based Hydrodynamic Focusing Bioreactor (HFB)." Jagan Valluri, advisor.
  • Deborah Preston, Lawrence County, Ky. (Biology) - "Effects of Acute Contractile Exercise on MAPK Signaling in the Soleus and Extensor Digitorum Longus Muscles of Syndrome-X Obese and Normal Lean Zucker Rats." Eric Blough, advisor.
  • Heather Rohrig, Clermont County, Ohio (Psychology) - "Religiosity and Religious Tolerance in West Virginia." Marc Lindberg, advisor.

Other colleges and universities represented during Undergraduate Research Day are Bethany College, Fairmont State University, the University of Charleston, West Liberty State College, West Virginia University, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Wheeling Jesuit University and West Virginia University Institute of Technology.

More information is available by contacting Castellani at (304) 696-6486.

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Friday January 13, 2006
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Gift of $50,000 to help further research at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A gift of $50,000 by Monica Hatfield has been made to The Marshall University Foundation, Inc. to further research being done by Marshall University professor Dr. Menashi Cohenford and other researchers.   Hatfield currently is serving as chair of the Foundation board.

The gift will go toward the acquisition of a High Pressure Liquid Chromatography instrument and a Capillary Electrophoresis apparatus. The HPLC and CE instruments will be used to study advanced gycation endproducts and also in the analysis and separation of tumor associated markers, according to Cohenford, who is a professor of Integrated Science and Technology.

"Monica has a rich history of support of Marshall University," said Dr. Sarah Denman, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. "She is an example of how alums can give back to the institution in both service and financial support.  We are fortunate to have people like Monica associated with Marshall University."  

Cohenford says his research has been focused on three areas:  the utilization of FT-IR spectroscopy to detect cervical cancer; the development and characterization of molecular probes to detect the human papillomavirus and delineating the role of nonenzymatic glycation reactions in the pathophysiology of diabetes and galactosemia, a rare genetic disorder of galactose metabolism. 

"The key instrumentation made possible through this donation will be available for faculty research, capstone undergraduate projects, and graduate thesis work by investigators from multiple departments and sectors of the university," said Dr. Wayne Elmore, interim dean of Marshall's College of Science.  "The instrumentation will be used immediately in several research projects and will enrich the experience of a new class in protein biotechnology that will make our students more marketable when they look for jobs.  We deeply appreciate the generous gift."

"This donation is testament to Mrs. Hatfield's devotion to science and to her selfless support of the community," Cohenford said.  "Without people like her, science would be a stream of ideas without the resources to bring them to fruition.  I thank her sincerely."

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Thursday January 12, 2006
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Birke Art Gallery features gallery talk by Claire Sherwood, Foon Sham

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University department of art and design foundations coordinator Claire Sherwood and her mentor, renowned sculptor Foon Sham, will speak about the art-making process on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

The talk starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Birke Art Gallery, located on the first floor of Smith Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus. A reception will follow. The event is free to the public.

Foon Sham is a professor of sculpture at the University of Maryland. He is highly regarded as an artist and teacher, and has exhibited widely across the country and internationally.

Sherwood joined Marshall's department of art and design in 2004 as foundations program coordinator. She currently is preparing for a residency in Wilmington, Del.

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Wednesday January 11, 2006
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Response to Strategic Vision request for input exceeds expectations

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp has identified seven strategic themes based on the input received in the first phase of its strategic planning process, which ended Dec. 19.

The university now invites public review and comment regarding each Strategic Theme and associated target area identified from the ideas submitted.  This public review and comment period concludes on Friday, Jan. 20.

Those interested in accessing the themes and associated target areas may do so by clicking on the Strategic Vision icon at http://www.marshall.edu/strategic and then clicking on the "Strategic Themes" link (in red).

On Nov. 17, 2005, Kopp announced the university's process for creating a Strategic Vision that would guide future development and priority setting.

In doing so, Kopp made a public request for ideas from Marshall's global constituent base. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends and interested parties external to the campuses of the university were asked to send in their ideas via a unique method involving on-line communication through an Internet web portal.

The response rate, Kopp said, "greatly exceeded expectations."

"Through this inclusive approach for Strategic Vision idea generation, Marshall University received more than 800 submissions from internal and external members of the Marshall community," he said. "Following a review of the input received, seven distinct strategic themes emerged and the ideas provided have been consolidated under these themes."

Once the public comment period has ended, the final strategic themes and target areas will be used to develop a series of one- to three-year action plans. Each plan will be characterized by priority goals and measurable outcomes and will be guided by best practices in each domain.

The development of the first action plan will begin Feb. 1.  Priority goals will be identified as part of this process along with the strategies for accomplishing each goal, indicators that will be used to monitor progress, benchmarks for evaluating goal attainment, accountability indices and a budget plan for supporting goal achievement. The implementation of the first action plan is scheduled to commence at the end of April.

Dr. James Sottile, Marshall's faculty representative on its Board of Governors, said he believes the administration has been open and inclusive with its approach for feedback regarding the Strategic Vision.

"The strategic themes address the key areas for change and review," Sottile said. "Dr. Kopp wants faculty, staff, students, community, and alumni involved in the entire process and I encourage all invested parties to continue to participate.  This process is comprehensive in nature and will have set benchmarks for change.  It is a process that has accountability."

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Tuesday January 10, 2006
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Marshall University Forensic Science Program microbiologist accepts position on national science board

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Forensic Science Program Associate Professor Pamela J. Staton, Ph.D., has been appointed to the science board of the Environmental Pathogens Information network, a U.S. Department of Agriculture National Facilitation Project that has been awarded support for the next three years.

EPINet created the science board to study how microbial pathogens enter and function in watersheds so the spread of microorganisms and their resulting diseases can be properly managed and prevented. The organization will provide a centralized scientific resource of information for state and local governments and aid in the development of a national research agenda and public policy.

Staton will be among experts on the board from across the country, including representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency, state environmental officials, USDA national program staff, USDA-Agriculture Research Service research staff, land grant organizations, universities and consulting firms.

Staton is the primary investigator on a USDA research project to study the Ohio and New rivers in West Virginia. The project seeks to develop DNA-based techniques to track microbial pollution sources, commonly known as Bacterial Source Tracking. She joined the MU Forensic Science Program in 2003 as the university's first microbiologist to focus on terrorism.  She received her Ph.D. from MU in Biomedical Sciences through the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

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Friday January 6, 2006
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Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium features tribute to Rosa Parks, guest speaker from Toledo public schools

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Thirteenth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium gets underway Monday, Jan. 16 in Huntington, celebrating the life of the slain civil rights leader through a series of panels, forums, a musical program, an awards presentation, and the traditional march.

This year there will be a tribute to Rosa Parks, widely known as the mother of the civil rights movement, by the Rev. Samuel Moore, president of the Huntington/Cabell County NAACP and co-chair of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium planning committee.

The symposium was established by Marshall University's Division of Multicultural Affairs and is partially funded by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.  This year's symposium theme is "Continuing the Legacy and the Struggle for Justice and Equality in the 21st Century."

Dr. Eugene T.W. Sanders, superintendent and CEO of Toledo, Ohio public schools, will be the keynote speaker following the presentation of winners of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Competition.

"This year we celebrate our 13th Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Symposium and I can think of no better way to advocate and renew our commitment to non-violence, peace, social justice and equality for all peoples," Dr. Betty Jane Cleckley, vice president for Multicultural Affairs at Marshall, said.  "Increasingly this dynamic symposium serves as a catalyst for change, inspiring students to engage in social action in order to make their communities better."

The symposium opens with a Focus on Youth program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., conducted by Moore at the Marie Redd Senior Life Enrichment Center at 1705 9th Ave.  A roundtable discussion on "Stairs to Success in Education" follows there from 2 to 4 p.m. with a panel made up of parents and students.

A highlight of each year's symposium is the traditional march which begins this year at the First Baptist Church at 801 6th Ave. and ends at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church at 1647 9th Ave. The lineup begins at 4:30 p.m. and will be led by Grand Marshal Ken Hechler, former U.S. congressman and West Virginia Secretary of State. The march gets underway at 4:45 p.m.

The memorial service begins at 6 p.m. at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and will feature remarks from David Felinton, mayor of Huntington; Dr. Stephen Kopp, president of Marshall University; and Moore, who will pay tribute to Parks.

Presentation of winners of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Competition will be made by Dr. Christina Murphy, dean of Marshall's College of Liberal Arts and chair of the awards competition.

Following the awards ceremony, music will be provided by the Marshall University Musical Lecture Series Ensemble under the direction of Shanti Chapman.

Sanders is beginning his sixth year as Toledo Public Schools superintendent and CEO,   He's a nationally known educational innovator and administrator who has worked to move the Toledo public schools forward.

An advocate for access to education, as well as for closing the achievement gaps among white, Hispanic and African American students, Sanders implemented Project STAR as a way of helping low performing schools improve. He also opened an all-boys elementary academy and an all-girls elementary academy as well as three district-sponsored charter schools to meet the needs of pregnant girls, troubled students, and dropouts.

His accomplishments have earned Sanders national acclaim and numerous awards.  He is the author of many articles and a book, "Urban School Leadership:  Issues and Strategies."

At 8 p.m. following Sanders' address, a reception will take place in the church's fellowship hall.

The final event of the symposium, "African American Folktales," will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 20 by Ilene Evans, Artistic Director/Storyteller of Voices from the Earth, Inc. in the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center at 1658 5th Ave.  The event is free to the public. 

Dr. Rainey Duke and Moore are co-chairs of this year's symposium planning committee.  Members include Philip W. Carter, Maurice Cooley, Edward Dawson, Leah Clark Edwards, Rebecca Glass, Loretta Hagler, Stephen Hensley, David Johnson, Dolores Johnson, Charles O. Lloyd, Michael Misiti, Christina Murphy, Sara Ramezani, Sylvia Ridgeway, William Smith, Paul Willis, Sr. and Barbara Winters.

Sponsors of the event are Marshall University Multicultural Affairs in cooperation with the mayor and the City of Huntington, the Cabell County Board of Education, the Cabell County Public Library, the Huntington/Cabell County NAACP, The Herald-Dispatch, the Huntington Human Rights Commission, and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

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Thursday January 5, 2006
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NEA Jazz Master Paquito D'Rivera, Dizzy Gillespie Big Band to appear at Marshall University Jazz Festival later this month

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Legendary Paquito D'Rivera, a recipient of the nation's highest honor in jazz, and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band will bring their music to the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on the Huntington campus of Marshall University on Saturday, Jan. 28.

D'Rivera, who received the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award, and the All-Star Big Band will perform at Marshall through the NEA Jazz Masters On Tour program. Their appearances highlight the 37th annual MU Jazz Festival, which takes place Jan. 26-28 at Marshall.

"We are exceptionally fortunate to be selected to participate in this NEA project," Dr. Ed Bingham, director of jazz studies at Marshall, said. "For the past 37 years, the MU Jazz Festival has featured premier jazz artists in a venue that encourages student musicians to learn from the masters. Our partnership with the NEA will allow a wider audience to see, hear and learn from Paquito and the 20 professional jazz artists in the Big Band."

Admission to the 7 p.m. Saturday concert is $20 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets are available at the MU Theatre box office, located at the performing arts center, or by calling (304) 696-2787.

Bingham said the Jazz Festival is joining with the NEA Jazz Masters on Tour program's nationwide circle of participants by presenting D'Rivera and the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band in concert. He said their visit will help bring greater knowledge and appreciation of this uniquely American art form to high school and college students and the tri-state area's public.

Organized by the NEA and Arts Midwest, NEA Jazz Masters On Tour, which is being supported by Verizon, is bringing its roster of distinguished American musicians to audiences in all 50 states.  The program provides funds to non-profit presenting organizations to feature NEA Jazz Masters, with educational activities included in each engagement.

Support for the tour also is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation through a grant to Chamber Music America.  Under another component of the NEA Jazz Masters Initiative, NEA Jazz in the Schools, the Verizon Foundation is supporting the creation and distribution of curriculum materials that will be available for use in the educational activities.

The winner of four Grammy Awards, D'Rivera is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer. Born in Havana, he performed at age 10 with the National Theater Orchestra, studied at the Havana Conservatory of Music and, at 17, became a featured soloist with the Cuban National Symphony.

D'Rivera co-founded the Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna and served as the band's conductor for two years. In 1973, he co-founded Irakere, a highly popular ensemble whose explosive mixture of jazz, rock, classical, and traditional Cuban music had never before been heard.

The band toured extensively and in 1979 was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Ensemble. In 1981, while on tour in Spain, D'Rivera sought and received asylum in the United States. Since then he has toured the world with his ensembles - the Paquito D'Rivera Big Band, the Paquito D'Rivera Quintet, and the Chamber Jazz Ensemble.

His numerous recordings include more than 30 solo albums. In 1988, he was a founding member of the United Nations Orchestra, a 15-piece ensemble organized by Dizzy Gillespie to showcase the fusion of Latin and Caribbean influences with jazz. In 1991, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Carnegie Hall for his contributions to Latin music.

Also in 1991, as part of the band Dizzy Gillespie and the United Nations Orchestra, D'Rivera, along with James Moody, Slide Hampton, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Arturo Sandoval, Steve Turre, and others, was featured on the Grammy Award-winning recording, Live at the Royal Festival Hall.

D'Rivera has appeared at, or written commissions for, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress, the National Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Costa Rican National Symphony Orchestra, Simun Bolivar Symphonic Orchestra, and Montreal's Gerald Danovich Saxophone Quartet.

He serves as artistic director of jazz programming at the New Jersey Chamber Music Society and is artistic director of the Festival Internacional de Jazz en el Tambo (Punta del Este, Uruguay). He has become the consummate multinational ambassador, creating and promoting a cross-culture of music that moves effortlessly among jazz, Latin, and classical.

The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, a veritable "Who's Who" among jazz musicians, was formed in the summer of 1998 to perform Dizzy Gillespie's classic big band repertoire and continue the legacy left by the late master.

More than half a century after Gillespie expanded the parameters of bebop by fusing jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms, the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Big Band is an elite corps composed of some of the finest musicians to play with Dizzy. Downbeat Magazine calls them "a tribute band in the best sense, not trading on Gillespie's legacy, but carrying it on."

Here is the complete schedule for the jazz festival:

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006

7 p.m. - Opening concert by a featured high school jazz ensemble and MU faculty combo Bluetrane. Admission is $5.

Friday, Jan. 27, 2006

9 a.m. - Adjudication begins.

7 p.m. - Evening concert by the Mark Zanter Trio and MU jazz ensembles. Admission is $5.

Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006

9 a.m. - Adjudication begins.

4 p.m. - Open rehearsal, Dizzy Gillespie Big Band

7 p.m. - Finale concert, with The Thundering Herd Jazz All-Stars and The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band with Paquito D'Rivera. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for students.

For more information on NEA Jazz Masters, persons may visit the Web site at www.jazzmasters.org. More information on the festival is available by contacting Bingham at (304) 696-3147 or via email at bingham@marshall.edu. Further information on the performers may be obtained by calling Anne Lundberg with the Kreisberg Group, Ltd., at (212) 799-5515.


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Wednesday January 4, 2006
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Cabell Insurance Agents establish MU scholarship

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - The Cabell County Board of Insurance Agents, represented by Charles Carroll, president of Carroll Insurance Agency, has donated $20,000 to the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., to establish a scholarship for students in the Lewis College of Business who are residents of Cabell County. 

The Cabell County Board of Insurance Agents Scholarship is designated for a graduate of a Cabell County high school who is a business major in the Lewis College of Business (LCOB) and has reached junior or senior status.

The scholarship may be renewed as long as the student remains a full-time undergraduate student and maintains satisfactory academic achievement.  Financial need is not a consideration.

"The Lewis College of Business is grateful for the generous contribution of the Cabell County Board of Insurance Agents to support a scholarship for a deserving business major," said Dr. Paul Uselding, dean of LCOB.  "This gift will enable us to better carry out our mission of serving students in our area."

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Tuesday January 3, 2006
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Auditions scheduled for MU Theatre's production of Julius Caesar

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Auditions for Marshall University Theatre's production of Julius Caesar will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, with a "call-back" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12.

The auditions, which are open to everyone, will take place on the main stage of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Participants are asked to enter through the door on the 6th Avenue side of the building.

Those interested in auditioning should be familiar with the play and prepare a one-minute Shakespearean monologue or soliloquy, preferably serious in tone.  Call-backs will be announced after the Jan. 11 audition and scenes to be prepared will be announced at that time.

The rehearsal period for this play will be from Feb. 27 through April 18, with performances April 19-22.  Typically, rehearsals are from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Anyone with questions regarding the production or the audition may call Jack Cirillo at (304) 696-2511.

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Monday January 2, 2006
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WMUL students receive three Bronze Omni Awards

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from WMUL-FM, Marshall University's public radio station, received three Bronze Omni Awards in The Omni Intermedia Awards Fall 2005 Radio Competition. The winners were announced Dec. 16 by Media Corp. Inc. in Lexington, Ky.

The Bronze Omni Award winning entries by WMUL-FM were in the Radio Commercials, Promos and PSAs, and Radio Sports Play-By-Play categories. The latest awards bring the 2005-2006 total for WMUL students to 30.

"This is an outstanding accomplishment to be recognized as having produced some of the better sports play-by-play and public service announcements in the country," said 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.

"I am proud of the honor these Bronze Omni Awards bestow on WMUL-FM, the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications and Marshall University.  This is truly a remarkable achievement considering that the Journalism and Mass Communications students are listed as winners alongside some of the nation's more notable commercial production companies."

Here are WMUL-FM's Bronze Omni Award winning entries:

Best 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.

Best Sports Play-By-Play

WMUL-FM's broadcast of the Marshall University versus The Ohio State University football game in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004. The students calling the game broadcast over 88.1 were football play-by-play announcer Vince Payne, a graduate student from Hansford, W.Va.; color commentator Alex Reed, a graduate student from Virginia Beach, Va., and engineer Brandon Millman, a junior from Huntington.

Best Sports Play-By-Play

WMUL-FM's broadcast of the Marshall University versus the College of William and Mary football game at the Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005. The students calling the game broadcast over 88.1 were football play-by-play announcer Alex Reed, a graduate student from Virginia Beach, Va., and color commentator Dave Wilson, a junior from St. Marys, W.Va.

Radio entries were judged on audio quality and concept development. In order to judge the entries, the Omni Intermedia Awards brings together a wide variety of professionals working for highly respected companies.

Winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze Omni Awards come from radio stations, production facilities, advertising and public relations agencies, government entities, technicians, narrators, writers, and other professionals associated with the production of audio broadcasts and materials. Some Omni Award winners include Global Television, Television  Suisse Romande, Canadian Television, ABC News, CBN International,        National Geographic Ventures, MTV,  VH1, U.S. Army, Canon USA, Telemundo,  Warner Brothers, The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Learning Channel,  Eastman Kodak and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

"The Omni Awards were created to recognize the accomplishments of outstanding media production in a variety of fields," Jim Owens, Senior Administrator of the Omni Intermedia Awards, said. "This award recognizes the converging field of media production and rewards those companies who can capture the imagination and effectively communicate their message."

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