June 2006 News Releases

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

Couple establishes fund to create student and faculty exchanges with France

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - JA Fred Brothers and his wife, Paula, of Naples, Fla., have established a fund to create student and faculty exchanges between Marshall University and University of Rennes 2 in France.

Their contribution to the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., was made in memory of Fred's sister, Gloria Joan Brothers, a 1960 Marshall University summa cum laude graduate and a Fulbright Scholar who was killed in a car accident in 1963. They earlier established two scholarships at Marshall in her memory, one general undergraduate scholarship and one for Yeager Scholars.

Fred and Paula Brothers wanted to establish an award to encourage study abroad.  The University of Rennes 2 was chosen because that was where Gloria was awarded a Fulbright to study French Literature.

One Marshall student and one student at Rennes 2 will be selected each year to receive a $5,000 award for one year or $3,000 for one semester of study to help defray the cost of their participation in the exchange program.  In addition, up to $2,500 will be available each year for a faculty member at Rennes 2 to travel to Marshall, and a faculty member at Marshall to travel to Rennes 2 to help develop academic and cultural interchange between the two institutions. 

"The unique scholarship will make it possible for Marshall students to pursue their dream to study abroad and will foster transatlantic collaboration between two universities," Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said. "This recognition is a fitting tribute to Gloria Brothers, who was one of Marshall's first alumni to receive a Fulbright scholarship."  

Christine Soulas, a vice president at Rennes 2, will visit the Marshall campus in late August to finalize details of the student exchange, discuss areas of additional cooperation, and meet with Marshall faculty and students who are interested in participating in the exchange program. 

According to Dr. Clark Egnor, executive director of the Center for International Programs, the University of Rennes 2 has much to offer students and faculty at Marshall.  "In addition to a program for learning French, Rennes 2 also has strong departments of Art, Geography, and History," Egnor said.

Persons interested in applying for the scholarship should be full-time, undergraduate students in their sophomore year or higher who have been accepted into Marshall University's reciprocal exchange program with the University of Rennes 2.  First preference shall be given to 1) female students; 2) French majors; 3) students with advanced fluency in French; 4) U. S. citizens; 5) and students who are from West Virginia.  Advanced written and spoken French language skills are preferred, but not required.

"This is a wonderful way for alumni and friends of the university, such as the Brothers, to assist in the critical role of supporting the international mission of Marshall University - to prepare our students to live and work in a global environment," said Lance West, vice president of alumni development.  "This opportunity expands the theme of We Are ů Marshall to a global level and I hope this will encourage others to follow in the Brothers' footsteps."

Award applicants must submit statement of purpose essays (1-2 pages) in both English and French describing the reason behind their decision to study abroad and the impact that it will have on them academically, professionally and personally. These essays, along with a cover letter describing their qualifications for the scholarship, and a completed application for study abroad, should be submitted by Aug. 15, 2006 for the spring 2007 term, and by Jan. 15, 2007 for the fall 2007 term. The deadline for spring 2007 may be extended if necessary.

Fred Brothers was the Executive Vice President at Ashland, Inc. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.  He has been a director on many boards including the Ameritrust Corporation, Society Bank, Key Bank, Columbus Chamber of Commerce, and a Trustee at the Columbus Museum of Art and Columbus Children's Hospital.  He also served on the board of the Society of Yeager Scholars at Marshall University.

The University of Rennes, located in Rennes with a population of about 300,000, was established in the 18th century. In 1968, the university split into two new universities: Rennes 1 and Rennes 2. The University of Rennes 1 enrolls about 23,000 students with colleges of Science and Technology, Health Science, and Social Science. Rennes 2 enrolls about 20,000 students and hosts the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Natural Sciences, Law and Medicine.

More information about this program can be obtained by contacting Egnor at the Center for International Programs at Egnor@marshall.edu or (304) 696-2465.

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Wednesday June 28, 2006
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Collaborative program between Marshall, Southern gives students opportunity for four-year degree in elementary education

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for an Elementary Education K-6 Comprehensive Collaborative Program that will begin this fall, the schools announced today.

Students from Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College who have completed the associate degree may enter the collaborative program. Faculty from Marshall's College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) will deliver the remaining two years of courses to students in the program at Southern's Williamson, W.Va., campus.

"This agreement renews and affirms the strong cooperative relationship that has existed between Marshall University and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College," Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said. "For residents of southern West Virginia it increases the access and opportunity to complete bachelor and professional degrees locally. I anticipate that this agreement, which is the first between President (Joanne Jaeger) Tomblin and me, is the beginning of what will become a series of such agreements between our institutions."

Tomblin said Marshall and Southern have worked closely on projects before.

"It is always a pleasure to work with Dr. Stephen Kopp and the administration, faculty and staff at Marshall University," Tomblin said. "This unique agreement will provide students who receive an associate degree from Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College an opportunity to acquire the baccalaureate degree in elementary education without leaving the area. In addition, courses will be delivered in a non-traditional format so students will have more flexibility in attaining a degree.

"We look forward to starting yet another great chapter in our history as well as helping students from our region become successful."

Marshall COEHS dean Rosalyn Templeton said courses will be offered this fall for five hours on Friday and six hours on Saturday, and tentatively will run four weekends. When one course ends, another begins, she said. Four Marshall faculty members will be teaching the following courses:

  • CI 301, teaching elementary school mathematics;
  • CI 350, instructional technology and computing;
  • CI 360, elementary social studies methods;
  • CI 448, integrated science methods for elementary education

"I really feel it is wonderful for students in southern West Virginia to have the opportunity to obtain a four-year degree in elementary education," Templeton said. "We're going to try to deliver it in the format that each cohort desires."

Sarah Denman, Marshall's provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, agreed with both presidents that Marshall and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College have a rich history.

"This is one more example of the two institutions collaborating to bring higher education opportunities to students in West Virginia," Denman said. "We are pleased and proud to continue our collaborative relationship with Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College."

Southern students who enter the collaborative program must apply for and meet the College of Education and Human Services requirements for Admission to Teacher Education, which includes successful passage of the Praxis I Examination-PPST, an overall GPA of 2.7 or better and completion of ED 218 with accompanying ED 275 Level I Clinical Experience.

Templeton said about 50 students are ready to enter the final two years of courses Marshall is offering.

For more information, persons may contact Templeton at (304) 696-6703.

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Tuesday June 27, 2006
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Dr. Rudy Pauley named interim dean of Graduate School of Education and Professional Development

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Rudy Pauley, program director of elementary/secondary education at Marshall University Graduate College, has been named Marshall's interim dean of the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development effective July 1.

He replaces Dr. Ronald Childress, who is resigning his positions as dean and vice president for graduate studies, effective June 30.

Childress will remain with the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development (GSEPD) and will teach in the Ed.D program.  He also will be assisting Dr. Sarah Denman, Marshall's provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, with several projects over the next year.

Denman praised Childress and his work over the years.  "Marshall University appreciates the leadership, wisdom and vision Dr. Childress provided over the past years," she said.  "I have truly valued him both as a colleague and as a friend and look forward to working with him in the coming year."

A nationwide search will be conducted for a new dean.

Childress has been Vice President for Graduate Studies since 1999 and has served as the dean of the MU Graduate School of Education and Professional Development since 1998.  He came to the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies (now the Marshall University Graduate College) in 1975 as director of the College's Appalachian Teacher Corps Project, a two-year $500,000 research adaptation and evaluation project.  He has held numerous positions of responsibility at both the Graduate College and Marshall. 

He also served as coordinator of teacher education for the West Virginia Board of Regents from 1983 through 1988 and as special assistant to the Chancellor in 1982-83.    Prior to coming to West Virginia he was with the Service Center, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, at the University of Tennessee.    

Pauley, who is professor of secondary education, has been a member of the Marshall faculty for eight years.  He received his undergraduate degree from Liberty University and earned a master's degree in counseling from the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies.  He received an Ed.D. degree in Educational Leadership through the Marshall University/West Virginia University cooperative doctoral program.

Pauley has brought national recognition to the university through his work with distance education since he joined the faculty in 1997.  He credits Marshall faculty and their willingness to participate with on-line classes as being factors for gaining national attention.

"I am looking forward to continuing the mission and focus of the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development as the interim dean," Pauley said.

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Monday June 26, 2006
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Governor's School for the Arts begins Sunday, July 2 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - For the second consecutive year, Marshall University will be host this summer to 80 rising high school juniors living in and attending school in West Virginia as they take part in the 2006 West Virginia Governor's School for the Arts on the Huntington campus.

The three-week residential program, which provides individual and in-depth group instruction in the arts, runs Sunday, July 2 through Saturday, July 22. It also will take place at Marshall in 2007.

"We want these 80 budding artists to leave the Marshall campus with far more knowledge, appreciation and love for the arts than when they report to Marshall University on July 2," Dr. Larry Stickler, professor of music in MU's College of Fine Arts, and dean of the School for the Arts, said. "I think that we provide the opportunities that will create lifelong memories for these students."

Students will arrive and check in at the Memorial Student Center from 1 to 3 p.m. July 2. The opening ceremony is set for 3 p.m. at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp will welcome the students to campus.

Stickler said highlights of the program include interdisciplinary classes that will allow students to experience all six of the arts - instrumental music, vocal music, theater, dance, visual arts and creative writing; a three-day trip (July 10-12) to New York that features visits to Broadway, museums and other arts experiences; and performances by guest artists each evening the students are on campus.

Marshall University faculty who will work with the students include music professor Dr. Stephen Lawson and theatre professor Gene Anthony.

The culmination of the Governor's School for the Arts is a Sharing of the Arts program  at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 22, in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Stickler said that in the program, each discipline group performs individually and then all 80 students perform together as a group of artists rather than as practitioners of just one discipline.

The students auditioned last winter for the school in the six artistic areas. Auditions took place at South Charleston High School and East Fairmont High School.

The Governor's School for the Arts was initiated through the efforts of former First Lady of West Virginia, Rachael Worby. Fairmont State College was the host site of the program for the first five years (1994-1998).

The names of each participant in this year's School for the Arts and the schedule of events will be available by July 2 at www.marshall.edu/cofa/gsa. Background on the Governor's School for the Arts is available at www.wvgovschools.org.

For more information, persons may contact Stickler at (304) 696-3686.

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Friday June 16, 2006
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Reception to honor departing music chair planned for June 19 at MU

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Marshall University's College of Fine Arts will honor Dr. Marshall Onofrio, chair of the department of music, with a reception from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, June 19 in the third-floor atrium of the Drinko Library on the Huntington campus. 

Onofrio, who has been at Marshall since 1998, will become associate dean at Westminster Choir College, the School of Music of Rider University in Princeton, N.J. He will assume those duties on June 30.

Faculty, staff, and other community members are welcome at the reception, according to Donald Van Horn, dean of Marshall's College of Fine Arts, which is the sponsor. 

"Although we are very sorry to see Marshall leave, we want to give everyone a chance to congratulate him on his new appointment and say farewell," Van Horn said.

In addition to his duties as chair, Onofrio is active as a composer/arranger, adjudicator, and jazz and composing clinician throughout the Midwest and Northeast.  His more than 50 works span chamber to orchestral, jazz to tape, atonal to modal.  His music has been commissioned by the Delta Omicron Foundation, the Cantari Singers, the Adirondack Youth Orchestra, Plattsburgh State University, and the Plattsburgh Community Orchestra, among others. As a trumpeter, local audiences have heard him perform in Bluetrane, the university's faculty jazz ensemble.

"I deeply appreciate the support and friendship of the university and community in our work as a department," Onofrio said. "During the past eight years, we have accomplished many significant things, including the opening of the Jomie Jazz Center, the resurgence of the Marching Thunder, the establishment of annual choral and band festivals, and the hiring of several outstanding faculty.  Through the work of the students, faculty, staff, and administration, we have enjoyed great visibility in the Tri-State area, and I am grateful to everyone for their assistance.  While it is difficult for my family and me to leave, I know that the many friendships we have made here will continue." 

Onofrio's wife, Susan, is director of choral music education and conductor of the University Chorus at Marshall.  They have two children, Jim, 14, and Anne, 11.


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Friday June 16, 2006
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Kinzer named interim CEO of Marshall Foundation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - John K. Kinzer, a former Huntington resident and longtime member of numerous Marshall University organizations, has been named interim Chief Executive Officer of the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., Monica Hatfield, chair of the foundation board of directors, announced today.

Kinzer replaces Glen Kerkian, who resigned effective May 31. A nationwide search for a new foundation leader, aided by Academic Search Consultation Service of Washington, D.C., has begun. The search is expected to take about six months.

"We are just very excited to bring John's expertise to the foundation," Hatfield said. "We are looking forward to his leadership during this transition."

Kinzer officially began his duties at Marshall on June 1.

"My objective is to have the foundation and development offices running as smoothly as possible when the new CEO comes in," he said.

A Beckley, W.Va., native, Kinzer graduated from Marshall University in 1962 with a bachelor of business administration degree. He received his master's degree in business administration from West Virginia University in 1975, and passed the Certified Public Accountant examination in 1979.

Kinzer spent more than 36 years with Ashland, Inc., and affiliates, beginning in 1963 as an excise tax accountant. After a series of promotions with increased responsibility, he was named Vice President, Taxes for Ashland Coal Inc. in 1994.

In 1997, after the company merged with Arch Coal Inc., Kinzer moved to St. Louis to run the tax department for a $2 billion company traded on the New York Stock Exchange. He retired in 2000, and settled in Swanton, Md., where he and his wife, Betty Sue, now live.

Kinzer's volunteer experience includes many years of service to Marshall. He is a life member of the Marshall University Alumni Association, of which he served as president for two years. The Alumni Association presented Kinzer and his wife with the Distinguished Service award in 1998. He currently serves as treasurer with the Society of Yeager Scholars, and also is a Yeager Society advisory member with the foundation.

Kinzer also has been a member of the John Marshall Society, the Big Green Scholarship Foundation and presidential and basketball coach search committees. He has been on the foundation board for about one year.

"I feel like this is an opportunity to do something for Marshall University," Kinzer said. "Marshall has always been a part of my life. Our kids thought homecoming was a national holiday."

Kinzer said the foundation has plenty of work to do in the coming months.

"We need to work on moving the Keith-Albee Theatre to a nonprofit (status) and support the efforts to keep it alive because it is a real asset to the community," he said. "We also need to move forward on building a new alumni center, and moving the foundation offices over there. And, we need to fill some vacancies. We desperately need more fundraisers."

Kinzer and his wife have been married for 43 years and are the parents of three grown children - Robin, Terri and John. They also have five grandchildren - Kinzie, Torri, Haden, Allison and Katie.

For more information, persons may contact Kinzer at (304) 696-2826.

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Friday June 16, 2006
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Joining Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium enables MU Libraries to increase collection to 27 million volumesá

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Calling it "the best news for us in my six years as dean," Marshall University dean of libraries Barbara Winters announced today that MU Libraries will expand its collection to 27 million volumes this fall.

Winters said Marshall has joined PALCI (Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium) EZ-Borrow Group, which enables students, faculty, and staff of a member institution to use a Web site to search the holdings of all participating colleges and universities at one time. After finding a particular title, the user can then request that the book be sent to a library on his or her campus.

PALCI is a group of more than 50 academic libraries in Pennsylvania, plus West Virginia University, Seton Hall, and Rutgers.  Marshall is the first university to join PALCI in a location not adjacent to Pennsylvania's borders, reflecting a major change in policy for the PALCI group.

"We are thrilled to be the first library in a university not contiguous with Pennsylvania to be included in this consortium," Winters said. "It will expand the number of books available from 400,000 on campus to 27 million. We expect it to increase circulation traffic from 500 to 600 percent the first year."

The agreement means quick and easy access to collections at schools such as the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, and scores of others.  Along with connecting users with books not found on the Marshall campuses, PALCI also can eliminate the common frustration of finding that a book owned by Marshall is checked out.  If Marshall's copy is not available, users can simply redirect their search to another school.

Winters said she expects delivery time to Marshall to be about seven days at first, then faster as time goes by. She said Marshall will introduce the service in July.

"We will test it and work with it in the summer, then have it ready to go on the first day of the fall semester," she said.

More information is available by calling Winters at (304) 696-2318.

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Tuesday June 13, 2006
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Alumni Association sponsoring golf tournament June 26 at Greenbrier

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Alumni Association is sponsoring a benefit golf tournament on Monday, June 26 at the newly designed Old White Golf Course at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Lance West, vice president for alumni development, said today.

The tournament will benefit the Erickson Alumni Center at Marshall and the Big Green Scholarship Foundation. The format is four-player, two-ball, best-ball.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for Marshall University to partner with a world-renowned, first-class facility and have the opportunity to share firsthand many of the wonderful projects at Marshall now and in the future," West said.

Celebrity players include Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp, head football Coach Mark Snyder and head men's basketball Coach Ron Jirsa. Cost to play is $250 per person or $1,000 per team. The tournament features a shotgun start at 1 p.m., and prizes will be awarded to the first four teams.

Persons may register in advance by calling Nancy Pelphrey with the Alumni Association at (800) 682-5869 or (304) 696-3134. Registration the day of the event begins at 11 a.m.

Tee and green sponsorships are available for $150 each or $250 for both. Non-golfers may attend an open reception for $75. Also, information on special hotel rates June 24-27 at the Greenbrier is available by calling Pelphrey.

The tournament is sponsored by Creative Kitchens, Sterling Construction, First National Bank of Ronceverte, W.Va., and United Bank.

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Tuesday June 13, 2006
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Marshall University partners with national initiative to help more West Virginia students enroll in college

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is partnering with College Summit, a major national initiative to improve college enrollment, to ensure that more West Virginia students who can make it in college actually make it to college.

Marshall will host a four-day College Summit summer workshop Thursday, June 15 through Sunday, June 18, with 40 to 50 rising seniors from West Virginia high schools invited to participate.  College Summit plans to host eight workshops on West Virginia college and university campuses this summer.

"We're proud to partner with Marshall University on this initiative to help more West Virginia students enroll in college," said Craig Grooms, program director for College Summit West Virginia.  "Marshall is firmly committed to ensuring that more college-capable West Virginia youth actually enroll in college."

According to Grooms, College Summit helps to put college within the reach of every student through a comprehensive system that includes intensive summer workshops for up to 20 percent of a participating high school's senior class, a step-by-step curriculum to lead remaining students through the high school-to-life transition process during their senior year, and on-line tools to help students and school personnel manage the transition process for all seniors.

"At the Marshall University workshop, students will complete an on-line application, receive quality one-on-one college counseling and complete a personal statement they can use for scholarships or as an entrance essay for college," Grooms said.  "College Summit inundates these workshop students with resources, such as writing coaches, mentors and trained counselors, in order to instill in them the belief that they indeed are 'college material,' while providing them with the information and knowledge to enroll in college."

Grooms said 79 percent of students across the nation who attend College Summit summer workshops have enrolled in college, nearly doubling the enrollment rate for these students; the college retention rate for these students has been 80 percent.

"The entire college transition process can be overwhelming for students, especially first-generation college students," he said.  "In fact, research has shown that students from the lowest-income families who make A's on standardized tests in high school enroll in college at almost the same rate as students from the most affluent families who make D's on standardized tests.  Clearly, there is a gap between high school and college for low-income students, not only in West Virginia, but across America.  College Summit is working to bridge this gap between high school and college for all students."

Earlier this year, College Summit was one of only 25 nonprofits selected to receive the 2006 Social Capitalist Award from Fast Company, a leading business magazine.  In receiving this award, College Summit was named by the magazine as "one of the top 25 groups that are changing the world."

For more information, persons may contact Randy Shillingburg with College Summit West Virginia at (304) 346-1983.

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Wednesday June 7, 2006
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Exploring Engineering: Academy of Excellence begins Sunday at MU

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Twenty-seven rising high school juniors from West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana will be on Marshall University's Huntington campus Sunday, June 11 through Friday, June 16 to participate in the sixth annual Exploring Engineering: Academy of Excellence.

The program is hosted by Marshall's College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE) in cooperation with Learning for Life and the Huntington post of the Society of American Military Engineers.

The participants will explore engineering as a career by engaging in hands-on engineering activities, touring engineering facilities and interacting with engineers and students from all major engineering disciplines, including civil, chemical, electrical, mechanical and environmental engineering.

"It's important to give these students an introduction to the possibility of a career in engineering, but also to give them an introduction to college life," Dr. William Pierson, chair of engineering and computer science at Marshall, said. "They also will interact with practicing engineers and explore different branches of engineering. It's a lot of fun."

Other activities include designing and building catapults, designing and building robots, environmental sampling/testing, field trips to engineering projects and facilities, computer-aided design/analysis, and team competitions. The program also will focus on skills such as problem solving, team building, project management and communications.

More information is available by calling (304) 696-5453 or (304) 746-2042, or by visiting the academy Web site at www.marshall.edu/eeae.

Here is the complete schedule of events for the 2006 engineering academy:

Sunday, June 11

2-3 p.m. - Marshall Commons residence halls, check-in

3-5 p.m. - Memorial Student Center, welcome and presentation by Heidi Burch, DuPont Corporation.

5-9 p.m. - Memorial Student Center, Icebreaker exercises, dinner, and team building exercises (Gullickson Hall Room #5 - GH5)

Monday, June 12

8-11:30 a.m. - Introduction to CAD/CAM, Using AutoCAD Inventor to make a CO2 racer, Gullickson Hall (GH) Room 206A

11:30 a.m.-noon - Lunch, Harless Dining Hall  

12:30-4:30 p.m. - Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering:  Surveying, GPS, and Environmental Sampling - Buskirk Field

4:30-5 p.m. - Dinner, Harless Dining Hall

5:30-6:30 p.m. - GPS Scavenger Hunt (Student Center fountain)

6:30-8 p.m. - CO2  Racers, (GH5)

Tuesday, June 13

8-9 a.m. - Introduction to trebuchet design, (GH5)

9:30-11:30 a.m. - Buskirk Field, trebuchet design and construction

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. - Lunch, Harless Dining Hall

1:30-3 p.m. - Complete trebuchet construction

3-4 p.m. - Trebuchet competition

4-5 p.m. - Dinner, Harless Dining Hall

5:30-6:30 p.m. - RTI ITS Research Projects, (GH5)

6:30-8 p.m. - CO2  Racers, (GH5)

Wednesday, June 14

8-9:30 a.m. - Introduction to Intelligent Transportation Systems (using Lego robotics) Gullickson Hall Engineering Lab (GH 5)

9:30 a.m.-noon - Work on robot design/construction (GH 5)

Noon-12:30 p.m. - Lunch, Harless Dining Hall

1-2 p.m. - Finalize Robot Design (GH5)

2-3 p.m. - Robotics Competition (GH5)

3-4:30 p.m. - CO2  Racers (GH5)

4:30-5 p.m. - Dinner, Harless Dining Hall

6:30-8 p.m. - Complete work on CO2 Racers; (GH 5)

Thursday, June 15

8-5 p.m. - Field trips and discussions with engineers

9-11:15 a.m. - Toyota Plant, Buffalo, W.Va.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Lunch at Golden Corral, Cross Lanes

12:30-1:30 p.m. - Travel to Memorial Tunnel

1:30-3 p.m. - Tour Memorial Tunnel

3-4 p.m. - Travel to Columbia Gas

4-5:30 p.m. - GIS presentation

5:30-6:30 p.m. - Travel to Waves of Fun wave pool in Hurricane, W.Va.

6:30-9 p.m. - Dinner and pool party at Waves of Fun

Friday, June 16

8:45-10:15 a.m. - CO2 Races (GH5)

10:30-11:15 a.m. - EEAE evaluation and wrap-up (GH5)

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. - Awards luncheon, John Marshall Room

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Monday June 5, 2006
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Tom Foolery begins June 15 at Marshall; tickets go on sale Thursday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Tickets for Tom Foolery, a Marshall University Theatre presentation featuring the words and music of famed satirical songwriter Tom Lehrer, go on sale at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 8, Samuel Kincaid, project coordinator with Marshall University Theatre, said today.

Performances are at 8 p.m. daily June 15-17 and 21-23 in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on Marshall's Huntington campus. An additional performance is scheduled June 24 at the Clay Center in Charleston as part of the FestivALL Charleston Celebration.

Tickets, which will be available in the theater department box office in the performing arts center, are $10 for adults, $7 for children 17 and under, $7 for Marshall faculty/staff and $5 for Marshall University Theatre season patrons.

"In concerts, television appearances and a series of now-classic recordings, the Harvard-educated math professor delighted millions of fans during the 1950's and 60's with his dry, cynical but good-humored attacks on the A-bomb, racism, pollution, pornography, the military, the Boy Scouts and, of course, mathematics," Music Theatre International writes of Lehrer. "Rediscover the man and songs that have delighted and skewered the world for over 40 years."

For more information, persons may call (304) 696-2787.

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Friday June 2, 2006
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MU alumni, friends invited to tailgate party in Atlanta; event will precede filming of winning touchdown in Xavier game

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is planning a large tailgate party for alumni and friends Saturday, June 10 in Atlanta to celebrate the final days of filming the movie "We Are Marshall" and a key scene that will be filmed that afternoon.

Keith Spears, vice president for marketing and communications, said the scene is the final play of the Young Thundering Herd's 15-13 victory over Xavier in 1971, its first victory after the tragic plane crash of Nov. 14, 1970. The scene will be re-created at Morris Brown College's Herndon Stadium in Atlanta.

The tailgate party begins at 9 a.m. in parking lot Blue at the Georgia Dome, located a few blocks from Herndon Stadium. Those attending the tailgate also may participate in the filming as fans. They may walk to Herndon Stadium or take advantage of shuttle service provided by Warner Bros. Pictures. Cast and crew call for the shoot is 2 p.m.

"This may be the most exciting scene of the movie - the winning touchdown of the Xavier game," Spears said. "Having real Marshall fans at a real tailgate prior to the re-creation will make it real to all of us."

Since the tailgate party takes place before the "We Are Marshall" cast and crew call, the entire production crew from the movie has been invited, Spears said. Several other special guests will attend the party, including former Young Thundering Herd Coach Jack Lengyel, his assistant Red Dawson, and current Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp. An official program, welcoming everyone and introducing guests, starts at 1 p.m.

In the movie, Lengyel is played by Matthew McConaughey and Dawson is played by Matthew Fox.

Kopp said he is looking forward to the tailgate party and the filming at Herndon Stadium, and hopes to see a throng of Marshall fans and supporters at both events. 

"This is a great opportunity to meet our southern alumni and greet all of our friends from Huntington and the tri-state who are going down to Atlanta," Kopp said.

Those attending the tailgate party are asked to bring their own food and snacks, just as they would at any other game. Those wanting to participate in the filming of the Xavier game are asked to wear retro style clothing - old t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, etc., with the old Marshall logo - or anything Kelly green.

"The alumni in Atlanta welcome our friends from West Virginia and from throughout the south," said John Gilmore, president of the Atlanta Alumni Club. "We want to show them what southern hospitality in Atlanta is all about."

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Thursday June 1, 2006
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Marshall professor Jean Edward Smith to give banquet address to District of Columbia Federal Circuit

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Jean Edward Smith, the first John Marshall Professor of Political Science at Marshall University, and a John Deaver Drinko Distinguished Fellow, will give the keynote address to the annual Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia Federal Circuit on Thursday, June 8.

The address will take place at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pa. Professor Smith will speak on the judicial legacy of John Marshall, of whom he wrote the highly acclaimed biography, "John Marshall: Definer of a Nation."

The District of Columbia Circuit includes all federal magistrates, district court and appellate judges in Washington, D.C., plus the Supreme Court alumni of the D.C. circuit: Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.

An estimated 600 to 700 members of the District of Columbia federal bar also will attend the three-day conference.

"I always look forward to doing these kinds of talks," said Smith, who spoke to the Judicial Conference of the Fourth Circuit four years ago. "This one will be interesting because we have a new chief justice in John Roberts."

Smith joined the Marshall faculty in the fall of 1999. He first visited campus in October 1997 when he delivered two presentations based on his biography of John Marshall. The addresses were so well received that he was asked to return to campus in May 1998 as Marshall's commencement speaker, at which time he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Smith joined the Marshall faculty a year later.

Smith received his A.B. degree (magna cum laude) from Princeton University and his Ph.D. from the department of public law and government at Columbia University. He has served on the faculty, or as a visiting professor, of such noteworthy institutions as the University of Toronto, Dartmouth College, Princeton and Columbia universities, the University of California, the University of Virginia, and the John F. Kennedy Institute of the Free University of Berlin.

In addition to his biography on John Marshall, Smith has written 12 books, including a biography of U.S. Grant that was listed as a New York Times Notable Book, an American Library Association Notable Book and Publisher's Weekly Book of the Year. He was nominated in 2002 as one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists for "Grant." His biography of Franklin D. Roosevelt will be published by Random House later this year.

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