July 2006 News Releases

Monday July 31, 2006
Contact: Angela Jones, Director of Marketing, Jomie Jazz Center, (304) 696-3334

Highlights of the 70th Season of the Marshall Artists Series

Highlights of the 70th Season of the Marshall Artists Series Include AIDA, Jesus Christ Superstar, Mannheim Steamroller, Menopause -The Musical, The Guys, A Celtic Christmas and Vicki Lawrence & Mama

HUNTINGTON - The Marshall Artists Series proudly announces its 2006-2007 season of events. For 70 years the Marshall Artists Series has been a gateway to the world of cultural entertainment. Since 1936 the Artists Series has been making history in Huntington and at Marshall University.  The venerable organization will celebrate its 70th Anniversary this season with a lineup of shows sure to please one and all. 

"Historically the Marshall Artists Series has a reputation for showcasing a wide variety of great arts and entertainment events and this season is no exception" says Angela Jones, Director of Marketing and External Affairs for the Marshall Artists Series.  From Argentina to Ireland, and from Egypt to the Wonderful Town known as New York City, our 70th season will take our patrons on a magnificent journey full of great music, dancing, cultural experiences and a lot of laughs." 

We kick off our season with our culinary fundraising event, Kindred Spirits: A Celebration of Food and Drink, two weeks of culinary and wine events culminating with a wine festival at Pullman Square. The festival will begin August 28, 2006 and run through September 10, 2006.    The Keith-Albee Theatre will be our host for all events in the fall, while the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center will be our home in the spring while renovations are underway on the Keith-Albee Theatre.

One exciting addition to our series this year is the opportunity for season ticket patrons to complete their own season ticket package.  Our Baxter and Mount Series each have three set events and the patron will then complete their own series package by choosing one of four Special Events.  This allows our valued patrons an opportunity to craft a season that caters to their own tastes and preferences.

Matinee performances are another new addition this season. Matinees have been requested by some of our patrons who don't want to go out in the evening.  We are happy to be able to offer our valued patrons a convenient start time for a few of our performances.


The following events will be featured on this season's Baxter Series:

"Well for cryin' out loud!" Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Woman Show opens up the Baxter Series this season on Thursday, October 12, 2006 at the Keith-Albee Theatre beginning at 8 p.m.  An alumnus of the "Carol Burnett Show" and star of the adored sitcom "Mama's Family," Lawrence will showcase her comedic talents observing everyday life, perform her own music including the hit "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" and she will also revive her most cherished and lovable character, Thelma Harper. 

Direct from Argentina and ten sell-out Broadway dates, comes Luis Bravo's Forever Tango on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at the Keith-Albee Theatre beginning at 8 p.m.  With the flick of a leg, the tug of a hand and the arch of an eyebrow, audiences will be drawn into the sultry, romantic and captivating moves of tango dancing.  Through dance and dramatic vignettes, an all-Argentine cast of dancers and on-stage musicians will lead you through a world of sensuous and sophisticated style.

Broadway's wonderful homage to New York City, Wonderful Town, comes to our fair city on Monday, January 22, 2007 at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center beginning at 8 p.m.  Wonderful Town opened on Broadway to rave reviews and went on to win five Tony Awards including Best Musical. The story of two sisters fresh off the bus from Ohio features a wonderful score by Leonard Bernstein and sophisticated and funny lyrics.  The Star-Ledger proclaimed "Wonderful Town is vintage Broadway effervescence, served with class and pizzaz.  Enjoy!"

Subscribers will customize their Baxter Series package by choosing one of our four special events this season to complete their package. 


The following events will be featured on this season's Mount Series:

Jesus Christ Superstar, the groundbreaking rock opera from the legendary writing team of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice takes center stage at the Keith-Albee Theatre on Wednesday October 25, 2006 at 8 p.m.  With an amazing score featuring hits such as "I Don't Know How To Love Him," "Superstar," and "Heaven on Their Mind," the show highlights the political and interpersonal struggles of Judas Iscariot and Jesus Christ.  Star of the original Broadway production and the subsequent feature film, Ted Neeley stars in his farewell tour in the title role and Corey Glover from the rock band Living Colour will portray Judas.

The timeless love story, Aida, comes to the stage of the Keith-Albee Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006 at 8 p.m.  Aida is Elton John & Tim Rice's Tony & Grammy Award-Winning musical that magically combines the mixed sounds of reggae, gospel and rock ballads.  Witness the captivating story of Aida, a Nubian princess brought into slavery in Egypt, and Radames, a military commander struggling between his love for Aida and his loyalty to the Pharaoh.

One of the world's top selling artists, the incomparable Mannheim Steamroller bring their highly acclaimed orchestral concert, Fresh Aire to the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 beginning at 8 p.m.  Throughout their career, Mannheim Steamroller have been awarded 16 gold records, 7 platinum records and 4 multi-platinum records.  They have sold over 5 million albums from the Fresh Aire series alone. 

Subscribers will customize their Mount Series package by choosing one of our four special events this season to complete their package.

The following are special events:
(These Special Events are also choices for subscribers to choose when completing their
Baxter, Mount & Superticket packages)

The John F. Kennedy Center's latest family show, Alice, adapted from Whoopi Goldberg's delightful children's book, comes to the Keith-Albee Theatre on Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 7 p.m. as part of the Belanger Series.  After three successful visits, the Imagination Celebration on Tour returns for a fourth time to educate and entertain Tri-State families.  Join Alice and her friends on a journey bigger than their wildest dreams, leading them to the biggest treasure of all - the realization of the importance of friendship.

Celebrate the holidays the Irish way as Tomaseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas, jigs its way onto the stage of the Keith-Albee Theatre for two performances: Friday, December 8 , 2006 at 7:30 p.m. and a special matinee performance on Saturday, December 9, 2006 at 2 p.m. A Celtic Christmas recreates the joy of a night before Christmas in a farmhouse in a remote parish of West Ireland.  Foley and his troupe of folk-tale entertainers will charm audiences during a night filled with their unique blend of stories, the fiery music of the fiddle, tin whistle, uileeann pipes, Celtic guitar and Irish dance.

Get ready for a week of hormonal humor as Menopause - The Musical comes to the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center for eight performances including 3 matinees beginning Tuesday February 27, 2007 and running through Sunday, March 4, 2007.  Five evening performances will be featured (Tues. Feb. 27 - Sat. Mar. 3) starting at 7:30 p.m.  There will also be matinee performances beginning at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 and Saturday, March 3, 2007.  The final performance will be a matinee on Sunday, March 4, 2007 at 3 p.m.  Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, Menopause - The Musical is the little revue that has set the world on fire!  Ladies, this is a "group-outing" waiting to happen!       

Get ready for The Guys, Anne Nelson's dramatic play based on the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy.   Three performances of The Guys will be held at the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, Monday, April 30, 2007 - Wednesday May 2, 2007 beginning at 8 p.m.  Nick, a fire captain has lost eight men in the collapse of the World Trade Center.  He enlists the help of Joan, an editor, who helps prepare their eulogies.  The pair put together the difficult, heartfelt speeches with honor, humor and poise.  The Guys will be directed by Cathey Sawyer, Artistic Director for the Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg, WV. This is a co-presentation with the Greenbrier Valley Theatre and the Marshall University Department of Theatre.


The Fall and Spring International Film Festival:

The Fall International Film Festival will take place September 29 - October 5, 2006 at the Keith-Albee Theatre.  Featured films include: Tsotsi (South Africa), Kinky Boots (UK), Cache (France), Take My Eyes (Spain), Water (India), and An Inconvenient Truth (USA).

The Spring International Film Festival will take place February 9 - 15, 2007 at the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.  Featured films include: The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Romania), L'Enfant (France), Three Times (Taiwan), Don't Tell (Italy), Quinceanera (USA), and Sophie Scholl - The Final Days (Germany).


Season Ticketing Information:
Superticket: Baxter, Mount, Belanger & Films - $465, $415, $375, $305
Baxter Series: 4 Events $240, $190, $170, $140
Mount Series: 4 Events $240, $190, $170, $150
Belanger Special Event: $25, $15
International Film Festival (12 Films) $65

Youth season tickets are available for children age 17 and under. Contact the Marshall Artists Series for more details.

Season ticketing begins Friday, July 28th at 9 a.m.

-Deadline for current subscribers to renew season tickets is Thursday, August 10th.
-New season subscriber orders will be taken beginning Friday, July 28th.  New orders will be filled beginning August 14th. We will fill orders in order of date and time received.

For additional information please call the Marshall Artists Series at (304) 696-3326. Office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

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

Three Marshall BOG members reappointed for four years

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin has reappointed three members of Marshall University's Board of Governors to four-year terms.

Those reappointed to terms ending June 30, 2010 include current board chairman Menis E. Ketchum of Huntington, current board vice chairman Robert L. Shell, Jr., of Barboursville, and past board chairman Gary G. White of Logan.

The newest member of the board is Susan K. Richardson, a Rome, Ohio resident who is chairperson of the Marshall Community and Technical College Board of Advisors. Richardson, who replaced William A. Smith, was sworn in at the Board of Governors' meeting in June.

Richardson, a Marshall University graduate, has been with Somerville & Company, P.L.L.C., in Huntington since 1983. She became a partner with the company in 1991. Richardson serves on the advisory board for the Development of Accounting and Legal Environment in the Lewis College of Business at Marshall.

"I was very pleased to be asked to chair the Marshall Community and Technical College Board of Advisors and look forward to working with the University Board of Governors as they guide the administration of both institutions through the challenges to be faced in the future," Richardson said. "I will strive to contribute effectively to the group."

Ketchum is a senior partner with Ketchum, Bailey & Tweel in Huntington, Shell is chairman and CEO of Guyan International in Huntington, and White is president and CEO of International Industries, Inc., in Gilbert, W.Va.

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

Pig Roast benefits Marshall's Childhood Language Clinic

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Childhood Language Clinic will benefit from the Huntington Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Foundation's annual Family Fun on the Farm pig roast Saturday, Aug. 12 at the Heritage Farm Museum & Village.

The event is from 1 to 4 p.m. at the farm, located at 3350 Harvey Rd. in Huntington. Admission is $25 and tickets will be available at the gate. Children under 12 are admitted free.

The Scottish Rite has contributed more than $156,000 to the center since 2002.   The funding specifically supports a clinical position within the Marshall University Speech and Hearing Center (MUSHC) in the Department of Communication Disorders.

The pig roast includes several activities, such as a dunking machine, country store, cornhole contest, craft table, inflatables, face painting and raffles. Dunking machine "victims" include WOWK-13 meteorologist Spencer Adkins, Marshall University women's basketball coach Royce Chadwick and Pat Oshel, president of Huntington Scottish Rite.

A trip to Hilton Head, S.C., will be auctioned, along with a poster of "We Are Marshall" star Matthew McConaughey, a "We Are Marshall" T-shirt, and an MU cornhole set. The Backyard Dixie Jazz Stompers will perform and WTCR radio will broadcast live from the site.

For more information on the pig roast, persons may contact McNealy at (304) 696-3634, or call (304) 522-1430.

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

Marshall University's Center for Teaching Excellence renamed

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) has been renamed the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL), Dr. Frances Hensley, associate vice president for academic affairs, announced today. The change was effective July 1.

Dr. Elaine Baker, the center's director, said the new name for the unit within the Office of Academic Affairs reflects the emphasis given by Marshall University to enhancing student learning through the promotion of quality teaching.

The center currently is composed of the Writing Across the Curriculum program, the Office of Assessment and Program Review, the Service Learning program, and the faculty development programming previously conducted by the CTE. All of these programs provide faculty with opportunities to develop courses, curricula, and pedagogy in ways that improve student learning.

The center's staff will continue to work with full-time and adjunct faculty at the college, department and individual levels in workshops, seminars or one-on-one sessions. Baker will continue as director of the center and Dr. Sherri Smith and Dr. Shirley Lumpkin continue as directors of Service Learning and Writing Across the Curriculum, respectively. Dr. Winnie Black replaces Dr. Robert Edmunds as director of Program Review and Assessment.

For additional information, persons may contact Baker at bakere@marshall.edu.

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Tuesday July 25, 2006
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Dr. Andrew Rogerson is the new dean of Marshall's College of Science

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Andrew Rogerson, whose career has included research and teaching in ecology, taxonomy, physiology, cell biology and molecular biology at five universities, has been named dean of Marshall University's College of Science.

Rogerson, who began working at Marshall on July 1, also has administrative experience, having served as associate dean and director of graduate programs from 1999 to 2006 at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

"I came here because of the potential at Marshall University," Rogerson said. "It's a growing university with a serious commitment to excellence in research and teaching. I'm very impressed by the transformation beginning at Marshall University."

In addition to NSU, Rogerson, a native of Scotland, has worked at the University of London, the University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of Toronto and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He also has worked in two government laboratories - the Institute of Freshwater Ecology in the United Kingdom, and Atlantic Research Laboratory in Canada.

Rogerson has considerable experience in research with more than 110 publications in refereed scientific journals. He has secured more than $2 million in external funding.

"I'm impressed with the research potential at the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center and the vision that this is going to be good for the economy of West Virginia," Rogerson said.

His recent research has focused in three broad areas: ecological role of amoebae, fecal contamination of beaches and verification of ballast water treatment systems. Rogerson is one of seven invited scientists participating on the scientific advisory board revising best  waste water practices of cruise ships .

The panel is chaired by renowned marine biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle, the head of the marine division of Conservation International and former chief scientist for National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence.

"Dr. Rogerson brings a new level of leadership to the College of Science at a very exciting time," Dr. Sarah Denman, Marshall's provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said. "He will be able to lead the college into a more collaborative relationship with the School of Medicine and the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center and the College of Science's ever-growing research agenda. He brings an extremely impressive record of teaching, research and service to Marshall University. We are pleased to welcome him to Marshall."

Rogerson earned a B.Sc. in Biology in 1975 from Paisley University (formerly Paisley College of Technology) in Scotland. He graduated in 1979 with a Ph.D. in protozoan ecology from the University of Stirling in Scotland.

Rogerson may be contacted at (304) 696-3518.

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Monday July 24, 2006
Contact: Angela Jones, Director of Marketing, Jomie Jazz Center, (304) 696-3334

Marshall Artists Series to Host Culinary Fundraiser Event

HUNTINGTON - The Marshall Artists Series invites you to celebrate 70 years of arts and entertainment with an exciting new culinary fundraising event, Kindred Spirits: A Celebration of Food and Drink. Penny Watkins, Executive Director of the Marshall Artists Series says "We are thrilled that for the first time in 70 years a major fundraiser is being planned for the Marshall Artists Series.  It is our hope that this exciting festival will become an annual fall event for the Tri-State."


Come be a part of this first-time event as local and celebrity chefs open their homes, demonstrate their skills and share their knowledge. Learn how to cook salmon four different ways with celebrity guest chef Katie Lee Joel. Enjoy an evening of pleasure as local chef and entrepreneur Rocco Muriale delivers a sumptuous meal paired with fine wine in the nostalgic lobby of The Frederick. Learn exciting new ways to entertain or stimulate your palate by tasting amazing wines. Whatever your passion, we have the avenue and our lineup is nothing short of amazing.


Kindred Spirits: A Celebration of Food and Drink is the brainchild of Marshall Artists Series advisory board member, Terry Deppner-Hardin.  Ms. Deppner-Hardin is a Huntington native, local arts advocate and passionate fundraiser for many non-profit organizations in the Tri-State.  "I'm passionate about the arts and culture for our community, as well as the economic revitalization of downtown Huntington," says Deppner-Hardin.  "This event gives us an opportunity to merge both interests."  "An event like this is truly a team effort.  I've received tremendous support from fellow advisory board members Bruce Toney and Thomas McChesney who are both working hard to make this event a success for the Marshall Artists Series."


Kindred Spirits: A Celebration of Food & Drink Events   


Classi d Cucinare: Cooking Classes for the Novice to the Pro Aug. 28-Sept. 7, 2006

Cena di Vino: Wine and Dine Extravaganza Sept. 8, 2006

Festival di Vino: A Festival of Wine, Food and Music Sept. 10, 2006




Marshall Artists Series Cooking Class Schedule (Classi d Cucinare)


August 28        7-9 Veg-a-licious - Tasty and Healthy

Description:     Learn fast and easy veggie recipes from Kim Becker along with tips from her husband, Dr. Jim Becker, on paring wines and vegetables for a no-fuss, inexpensive meal.

Location:          Home of Jim and Verna Gibson, 812 13th Avenue Huntington


August 28        7-9 Whirlwind Tour of France

Description:     John and Ava Bicknell, owners of Savannah's Restaurant, will present wines from every major region of France. Matt Perkins, also of the restaurant, will prepare a dish to complement each region's wine.

Location:         Magnolia Room, Savannah's Restaurant, 1208 6th Avenue Huntington


August 29        7-9 Bluegrass Evening

Description:  Learn the finer points of Bourbon tasting with a splash of history and hors      d'oeuvres. This evening of Southern hospitality is presented by Republic  Beverage and hosted by Carl Bailey and Liza Caldwell.

Location:          203 6th Avenue Huntington


August 29             7-9 Wild Thing

Description:         From Antelope to Zebra, it's no telling what game Ian Patrick, chef and owner of the Blackhawk Grill, will be bringing to the oven and to your plate. Come prepared for something exotic and delicious. Sponsored by David and Pam Miller.

Location:               34 North Inwood Drive, Huntington


August 30             7-9   Spanish Tapas

Description:          Dr. Montserat Miller and Dr. Daniel Holbrook, historians with extensive knowledge and practice in food history will lead the class in the making of a half-dozen Spanish tapas dishes. Tapas will be accompanied by wines of Spain.

Location:              Vo-Tech Center, Norway Avenue, across from Wal-Mart, Huntington


August 30             7-9   Middle East Magic

Description:          Julian and Jihad Saad, proprietors of Saad's Market, Saad's Oriental Rugs and Saad's Catering will be demonstrating the preparation of dishes from their home country of Lebanon and from the surrounding Middle East region. 

Location:              Saad's Catering, 1025 12th Street, Huntington


August 31             7-9   Ultimate Tex-Mex

Description:          Join Chef Ron Smith, of Chili Willi's, as he creates the best Tex-Mex and Mexican dishes this side of the border.  Learn the secrets of coastal Mexican ceviches, fresh and roasted salsas and much more. Following the demonstration, there will be a tasting of fine tequilas.

Location:              Vo-Tech Center, Norway Avenue, across from Wal-Mart, Huntington


August 31             7-9   Thrill of the Grill

Description:          Pryce Haynes, II and Pryce Haynes, III are fired up and ready to show you how to take your grilling skills to the next level. Their presentation will include samplings of poultry, pork, beef and fish. Learn how to take local fare and turn it into a grilled/smoked feast to thrill the most discriminating palates. 

Location:              536 North Inwood Drive, Huntington



September 5         7-9   Party Like a Pro

Description:          Join Tim Quade, designer at Interior Motives, for a spirited introduction to decorating and preparing for a dinner party. Tim will help you plan a schedule, a menu and offer some innovative decorating tips in a raucous evening of fun.

Location:              Home of Jim and Verna Gibson,812 13th Avenue, Huntington


September 5         7-9   California Dreamin'

Description:          Personal Chef Mike Bowen will conduct a class on appetizers and hors d'oeuvres featuring local produce, unique cheeses and classic techniques, all paired with wonderfully fruity California red and white wines from the cellars of Dr. Larry Dunworth.

Location:              3045 8th Street Road, Huntington


September 5         7-9   Sushi for Beginners

Description:          Your host, Dr. Tully Roisman, will demonstrate the ancient art of rolling your own sushi. If you're not into raw seafood, don't worry, any sushi can be made vegetarian or with cooked seafood.  The demonstration will be followed by a saki tasting. 

Location:              Vo-Tech Center, Norway Avenue, across from Wal-Mart, Huntington


September 5         6:30-8:30   Ciao Baby

Description:          Chef Josie Wallace of Guyan Golf and Country Club, demonstrates her version of some classic Italian dishes, each to be beautifully pared with great wines from the Club's cellar.

Location:              Guyan Golf and Country Club, Rt. 60, East, Huntington



September 6         7-9   Champagne Nights, Courthouse Lights

Description:          A romantic evening overlooking the Courthouse dome will be accentuated with beautifully paired champagnes, appetizers and of course, chocolates.  Sponsored by Dr. Jeffrey and Brooke Leaberry, J. D. and Emily Maynard, and Dr. Karen Lo.

Location:              746 4th Avenue, Suite 3, Huntington



September 6         7-9   The Trixology of Mixology

Description:          Mixologists Jason "Wally" Wallace, of Impromptu Catering, and Greg Hardin will instruct you in the basic and advanced skills of libation creation.  Sponsored by Gregory and Terry Hardin.

Location:              The Snooty Fox Lounge (aka Greg and Terry's)

335 Woodland Drive, Huntington


September 7         7-9   Summer on the Med

Description:          Renowned local caterer, Sharon Pressman, will take you on a tour of Mediterranean cooking, drawing dishes and techniques from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Location:              Creative Kitchens, 1242 5th Avenue, Huntington


September 7         7-9   Spawning New Ideas About Salmon

Description:          Wild salmon is wildly popular and wildly healthy.  Join Katie Lee Joel for a wild salmon extravaganza! Katie will be joined by Anne Thornton of Manhattan, personal chef to the stars.  Katie will also share her wine picks for some surprising pairings.

Location:              Home of Dr. Jeffrey and Brooke Leaberry, #11 Sunset Drive,                                                   Huntington


Special Guest Chefs of Kindred Spirits


Katie Lee Joel, Guest Chef

Huntington native Katie Lee Joel's passion for cuisine started at an early age. Most recently Katie brought that passion to the screen as host of the Bravo hit "Top Chef," a new reality competition series for the culinary arts. Katie has worked in several restaurants and gourmet food and wine stores. She is a contributing editor and columnist and has been featured in many publications and television shows. She resides in the New York area will her husband, musician Billy Joel.


Rocco Muriale, Guest Chef

Rocco Muriale is the Tri-State's "Prince of Pasta." He is the owner of Rocco's Ristorante in Ceredo, WV and chief executive officer for an Italian specialty foods plant in Ashland, KY. Recently opened at The Frederick, Rocco's Club 21 is his newest venture in downtown Huntington. Rocco's family consists of wife Joan, daughter Samanta, and son Rocco Anthony.


Kindred Spirits Wine Events


Cena di Vino - Wine and Dine Extravaganza

Friday, September 8, 2006


Local Chef: Rocco Muriale

7:00 P.M.  Champagne and Hors D'oeuvres, The Arcade Lobby, Huntington

8:00 P.M.  Multi-course dinner with wine pairings in the lobby of The Frederick Building, 940 4th Avenue, Huntington

Cocktail Dress

Cost $150.00 per person

Corporate Table of 8: $1,500.00



Festival di Vino- A Festival of Wine, Food and Music

Sunday, September 10, 2006


Enjoy food samplings, wine tastings and music in your downtown location, the lovely new Pullman Square

Silent Auction

Casual Dress

12:00 noon - 4:00 P.M.

Tickets: $35.00 per person


Kindred Spirits: Pricing Information


Culinary Classes (Classi d Cucinare):

$35.00 each, with the exception of Katie Lee Joel's Class

(Class size limited to 15 and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis)


Katie Lee Joel, Guest Chef - Spawning New Ideas about Salmon 


(Class size limited to 25 and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis)


Wine Patrons' Dinner (Cena di Vino):  $150.00 per person; $1,500 Corporate Table of 8


Wine Festival (Festival di Vino):  $35.00 per person




To reserve your space at any of our events please contact the Marshall Artists Series at 304-696-3326.  Seating is limited.


The Marshall Artists Series accepts Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover Card, Personal Checks and Cash.



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

Marshall University's Society of Yeager Scholars program receives $100,000 challenge grant from Shott Foundation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Society of Yeager Scholars alumni can guarantee $150,000 for the program if they raise one-third of that amount over the next three years, thanks to a challenge grant from the Hugh I. Shott, Jr. Foundation's Board of Trustees.

The "Triple Your Investment for Future Yeager Scholars Campaign" began in June and runs through June 2009. The challenge grant of $100,000 was approved in June during a meeting of the Shott Foundation Board of Trustees.

"The Society of Yeager Scholars alumni have a positive and proven track record of giving back to Marshall University," Bob Galardi, Director of Major Gifts for the Society of Yeager Scholars, said. "The Shott Foundation challenge gift will serve as an opportunity for alumni to triple their gifts over the next three years."

Galardi said the Shott Foundation will accept and include all gifts from the Society of Yeager Scholars alumni, their parents, and families made in the alumni's names. The campaign includes current Yeager Scholars attending Marshall.

Each class of Yeager Scholars will have a designated captain, who will organize that class's campaign.

The Shott Foundation was established in 1984 by newspaper publisher Hugh Ike Shott, Jr., for the betterment of his hometown of Bluefield, W.Va., and the state of West Virginia. The Foundation has made donations in the past to Marshall, including the establishment of one of the first endowments made to the Yeager Scholars program at Marshall in 1986.  

For more information on the challenge grant to the Yeager Scholars, persons may contact Galardi at (304) 696-3336.

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Thursday July 20, 2006
Contact: Beverly McCoy, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, (304) 691-1713

Ophthalmologist joins Marshall medical faculty

Charles D. Francis, M.D., has joined the faculty of the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and will provide services through University Eye Surgeons, focusing primarily on refractive surgery and refractive cataract surgery.

Francis previously practiced in Charleston with Minardi Eye Center and Charleston Eye Care Associates.

A native of Fairmont, he received his medical degree from West Virginia University, where he also completed his residency. Francis served as chief resident in ophthalmology, and his medical school honors included the Merck Glaucoma Book Award and the Internal Medicine Morbidity and Mortality Award.

University Eye Surgeons specializes in diagnostic services, cataract and glaucoma surgery, as well as some forms of ophthalmic plastic surgery. Its physician staff also includes Dr. Michael Krasnow, the only fellowship‑trained glaucoma specialist in southern West Virginia.

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Thursday July 20, 2006
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Johnson named director of admissions at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Tammy Johnson, a native of Charleston, W.Va., has been named director of admissions for undergraduate and graduate programs at Marshall University, Dr. Sarah Denman, senior vice president for academic affairs, announced today.

Johnson, who has been at Marshall since 2002, assumed her newest duties on July 1. She had been serving as interim director of admissions since March.

"We are very fortunate to get someone with Tammy's experience, dedication and allegiance to this institution," Denman said. "She will provide the kind of leadership that we need for the future as the institution grows."

Under Johnson's guidance, the office of admissions will focus solely on the actual admissions process for incoming students. She said recruitment is now separate from admissions at Marshall, and a search for a director of recruitment is underway.

"We want to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of both the undergraduate and graduate admissions offices," Johnson said. "We want to really focus on customer service and improve the admissions experience for all prospective students."

Johnson first served at Marshall in 2002 as associate director of undergraduate admissions, then was named director of graduate records and admissions in 2004.

A 1990 graduate of DuPont High School, Johnson received her B.S. degree from the University of Charleston in 1995, her M.Ed. from Texas Woman's University in 1997, and her Ed.D. from Marshall University in 2003.

Before coming to work at Marshall, she served as assistant director of admissions at the University of Charleston, and taught high school biology and physics and coached volleyball on both the collegiate and high school levels.

For more information, persons may contact Johnson at (304) 696-3160.

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Wednesday July 19, 2006
Contact: Bill Bissett, Director of Public Relations, (304) 696-7153

Szwilski named interim dean of Marshall University's College of Information Technology and Engineering

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Effective Tuesday, Aug. 1, Dr. Tony B. Szwilski will begin serving as interim dean of Marshall University's College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE).

Szwilski, who currently serves as Director of the Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Science (CEGAS), replaces Dr. Betsy Dulin, who is returning to the practice of law at Bowles Rice McDavid Graff and Love LLP at its Charleston office.  

"Dr. Szwilski will provide strong leadership within our CITE program and will continue the good work of Dr. Dulin," Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said. "As we expand our engineering programs at both our Huntington and South Charleston campuses, we need a seamless transition, which Tony will provide. His acceptance of this new role will enable us to maintain our commitment to growing Marshall's engineering programs."

Szwilski has a doctorate in Geomechanics from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, in addition to his Executive Master's of Business Administration from Xavier University. His educational background includes academic positions at the University of Kentucky and University of Alberta. He has extensive experience with the mining industry and has been involved in several international projects and transportation research projects with the Nick. J. Rahall Transportation Institute. He is a registered professional engineer.

"I have total confidence in Dr. Szwilski and his leadership as interim," said Dulin, who has been at Marshall since 1998. "He's been an excellent member of our faculty and brings a great deal of firsthand experience to our CITE program."

CITE's degree programs include BS in Computer Science, BS in Engineering, MS in Engineering, MS in Information Systems, BS and MS in Safety, MS in Technology Management, and MS in Environmental Science. The Division of Engineering and Computer Science within CITE recently received a $2.5 million contribution from Art and Joan Weisberg to expand the program and create new opportunities for incoming freshmen who wish to study engineering at Marshall University.

Dr. Sarah Denman, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, adds that "Dr. Szwilski has the experience, leadership and vision to lead the college in the coming year. He will provide the leadership needed to progress in all the undergraduate and graduate areas of CITE. We are indeed fortunate to have him accept this position."

Szwilski may be reached at (304) 696-5457.

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

Huntington Scottish Rite donates $42,000 to Speech and Hearing Center

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Huntington Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Foundation donated $42,000 to the Marshall University Speech and Hearing Center in the Department of Communication Disorders in June, bringing to more than $156,000 the amount it has contributed to the center since 2002.

"The Huntington Scottish Rite masons have been a tremendous support to the Marshall University Speech and Hearing Center," Karen McNealy, director of clinical development, said. "This partnership provides a wonderful service for the communicatively impaired children of the entire tri-state area."

The funding specifically supports a clinical position within the Speech and Hearing Center. McNealy said the financial contribution helps the Department of Communication Disorders in two distinct ways.

"The establishment of a clinical position allows the MUSHC to expand services to all children without placing a financial burden on families," she said. "The position also provides observation and training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in Communication Disorders."

Pat Oshel, president of the Huntington Scottish Rite, said childhood language centers are the national charity of the Scottish Rite organization, with 164 throughout the country. Other West Virginia centers are located in Charleston, Martinsburg and Morgantown. 

"Our Scottish Rite has derived a lot of satisfaction from sponsoring the center (at Marshall)," Oshel said. "We have something to work for and hearing about a child who can speak for the first time makes it all worth while. It is a very rewarding experience. And, the staff in the Department of Communications Disorders at Marshall is excellent."

For more information, persons may contact McNealy at (304) 696-3634, Oshel at (304) 429-3796, or Larry Bolling at the Scottish Rite office at (304) 522-1430.

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Thursday July 13, 2006
Contact: Beverly McCoy, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, (304) 691-1713

Urologist specializing in advanced robotic surgery joins Marshall medical faculty

Dr. James C. Jensen, a urologist with extensive experience in advanced robotic surgery for prostate cancer, will join the faculty of the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in September.

Based on industry statistics, Jensen is among the top 20 robotic surgeons in the world. His Salt Lake City robotic prostate surgery program is one of the busiest in the western United States. He has performed hundreds of robotic surgeries, including more than 200 of the complex surgeries to remove the prostate gland.

As part of University Urological Associates, Jensen will use Cabell Huntington Hospital's new advanced robotic surgical technology, the da Vinci Surgical System. His specialty interests include general and urologic oncology, reconstructive urology, urodynamics, and male and female urinary dysfunction and incontinence.

Jensen graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah, where he was selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago and his residency training at the UCLA Medical Center, where he served as the chief resident in urology. He did his fellowship training in urologic oncology at the National Cancer Institute and the University of Utah. A board-certified urologist, he also is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Jensen's office number will be 304-523-6421.

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Thursday July 13, 2006
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MU to conduct public sale of surplus computing equipment on July 17

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will conduct a special public sale, by written bid, on surplus computing equipment from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 17 at the Surplus Computer Processing Center at 201 21st St., across the street from the State Electric Supply Co. showroom.

Chuck Elliott with Marshall University Computing Services said about 220 computers will be sold in lots of three or more.  Nine of the better computers will be sold as individual units to include a monitor, mouse and keyboard.  Some computers include a Windows license affixed to the case.  Servers, untested monitors and possibly some networking equipment also will be sold.

Registration and bid forms will be provided at the site, and sealed bids will be opened on Tuesday, July 18, in the Purchasing Department. Successful bidders will be contacted and required to pick up the items between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. no later than Thursday, July 20.  Cash payments or checks payable to Marshall University will be required before the property can be removed.

Marshall University reserves the right to reject any or all bids. While most of the computers have been operated and tested by staff, Marshall takes no responsibility and makes no guarantee for items sold. All property is offered for sale on an "as is-where is" basis. No warranties or guarantees are given or implied, and refunds or exchanges on defective equipment are not authorized.

More information along with an in-depth description of the computer equipment to be sold is available at http://www.marshall.edu/ucs/computersale.  Interested buyers may also visit the Web page and subscribe to e-mail notifications for detailed descriptions of equipment and future sales.

Future sale dates are planned this year on Sept. 18 and Nov. 13, and in 2007 on Jan. 22, March 19, May 14, July 16 and Sept. 17. These dates are subject to change.

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Thursday July 13, 2006
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Marshall's latest class of Erma Byrd Scholars announced

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Six incoming freshmen from West Virginia have been selected as the latest class of Erma Byrd Scholars at Marshall University, Dr. Barry Sharpe, executive director of Marshall's John R. Hall Center for Academic Excellence, announced today.

Two Erma Byrd Scholars from each of the state's three congressional districts are chosen each year. The program was established in 1994 to honor Erma Byrd, the wife of West Virginia's senior United States Senator, Robert C. Byrd. Mrs. Byrd died earlier this year.

The new Erma Byrd Scholars are: Emily Kolas of Glen Dale and Mark Nutter of Mineral Wells, representing District 1; Tiana Dixon of Charleston and Morgan Unger of Berkeley Springs, representing District 2; and Aaron Brownfield of Ona and Rebecca Childers of Huntington, representing District 3.

The scholars were selected on the basis of an essay they wrote during the application process, their high school grade point average and two recommendations. They are required to maintain a grade point average of 3.5 while enrolled at Marshall. They also will have the opportunity, when schedules permit, to visit Washington, D.C., and meet with Senator Byrd.

Erma Byrd Scholars are not limited to a particular field of study at MU. Current and past Erma Byrd Scholars have been majors in physics, chemistry, biology, English, history, integrated science and technology, communication studies, political science and teacher education.

For more information, persons may contact Sharpe at (304) 696-2475.

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Wednesday July 12, 2006
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HSTA Institute draws about 100 high school students from West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's College of Science will be host to about 100 rising ninth- and 10th-grade students next week as they take part in the Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA) Summer Institute.

Fun with Science at Marshall University, which enables the students to learn more about science and the opportunities that are available to students majoring in science, is Sunday, July 16 through Friday, July 21 on MU's Huntington campus.

"The students will study the human digestive system, create models of the digestive organs, learn about nutrition and the value of healthful eating, discuss multiculturalism and what it means in their lives and also learn fresh ways to look at mathematics," Program Director E. David Cartwright said.

Cartwright said the program is important for the HSTA students in many ways.

"First, for many of them, this is their first experience with a university setting," he said. "They learn to be comfortable at a university, and that they belong here.  Second, they get to make friends from students that live in different counties in West Virginia, embracing and enjoying the diversity West Virginia culture has to offer. Lastly, it is important that the HSTA students find Marshall University a warm and friendly place so that in the future, they may chose us as their university."

HSTA is an internationally recognized, community-based program that provides academic enrichment for West Virginia high school students in grades nine through 12. Students participate in the program throughout the school year by being involved with clubs in the high schools. The program is offered in 26 West Virginia counties.

The goal of HSTA is to increase the number of underrepresented and minority students who complete a post-secondary education in the health professions and remain in West Virginia as primary care givers. The program was established with 45 students from two counties in 1994.

The opening ceremony and dinner for this year's HSTA Summer Institute is at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 16 in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room.

For more information, persons may contact Cartwright at (304) 696-6024 or visit the HSTA Web site at www.wv-hsta.org.

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Tuesday July 11, 2006
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Marshall's 21st Century Early Childhood Education Task Force receives $300,000 from Benedum Foundation

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Marshall University has received $300,000 from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation to benefit early childhood education throughout the State of West Virginia.

The Marshall University Early Education Center (MUEEC), as part of the 21st Century Early Childhood Education (ECE) Task Force, will provide sustained professional development and assistance for preschool teachers in the state. Phase I begins this month with a summer institute in Huntington for preschool educators from Nicholas County, W.Va.

"This opportunity allows the Marshall Early Education Center to share its vision of 21st Century early education during a year-long professional development experience for early educators statewide," MUEEC Director Clayton Burch said.

The MUEEC Outreach Program includes a year-long plan for teachers and their support personnel to develop methods of inquiry and critical thinking in their classrooms. A strong emphasis on utilizing the unique assets of the Appalachian region, as well as a technology component and basic research-based foundations of early childhood education, also are included in the professional development model.

The 21st Century ECE Task Force was formed with a brainstorming session in January 2006, which included individuals from Marshall's College of Education and Human Services (COEHS), the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Marshall Community and Technical College, the West Virginia Careers in Education Project, the West Virginia Community and Technical College System, and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. The task force's main goal is to ensure all early childhood education personnel are highly qualified to provide education and care to West Virginia's young children.

The MUEEC Outreach Program is coordinated by Monica DellaMea, and the faculty advisor for the MUEEC is Dr. Mary Jo Graham.

"The impact of this training model will ultimately benefit preschoolers throughout the state, because these children will be provided more opportunities for critical thinking and the development of other 21st Century skills," DellaMea said.

"The professional development process helps teachers work with children in ways that develop early habits of inquiry, forming the foundation for critical thinking," Graham said.

The 21st Century ECE Task Force is chaired by Dr. Rosalyn Anstine Templeton, executive dean of the COEHS. The task force subcommittees are chaired by Dr. Carol Perry, Dr. Robert Angel, Dr. Laura Boswell and DellaMea.

"Funding from the Benedum Foundation will ensure that young children in West Virginia will have superior teachers and caregivers," Templeton said.

The Benedum Foundation, established in 1944 in Pittsburgh, Pa., has been a longtime supporter of the COEHS and Marshall University. Its mission is to encourage human development in West Virginia and Southwestern Pennsylvania.

For more information, persons may contact Templeton at (304) 696-3131.

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