March 2006 News Releases



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

Marshall dean orders new student government election

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will conduct a new Student Government Association election on Tuesday, April 11, Steve Hensley, dean of student affairs, said today.

"Today, I am issuing an executive order setting aside the Student Government election that took place on March 14 and 15, and directing that a new election be conducted on Tuesday, April 11," Hensley said.

Hensley said his action is based on evidence obtained by election commissioner Leslie Pierson indicating that there were voting improprieties in the first election.

"An investigation continues but at this point there is no evidence of improper acts by any specific individual or slate of candidates," Hensley said. "I urge all parties to the election process to refrain from accusations against other candidates."

Hensley said he is requesting that Pierson meet with the proper SGA authorities to determine the best procedures to guarantee that the April 11 election is conducted fairly.

"I am recommending one day of voting in order to minimize the academic impact that the election process takes on all candidates," Hensley said.

For more information, persons may contact Hensley at (304) 696-6423.


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

WMUL students dominate national awards competition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from Marshall University's public radio station, WMUL-FM, received 11 grand prize awards and 15 honorable mention awards during the National Broadcasting Society/Alpha Epsilon Rho (NBS/AERho) 15th Annual National Student Audio/Video Scriptwriting and 43rd Annual Audio/Video Production Awards competition ceremony.

The event took place Saturday, March 18 at the Crystal City/National Airport Double Tree Hotel in    Washington, D.C.

Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, professor of electronic media management in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University and faculty manager of WMUL-FM, said the students competed with other broadcasting students from colleges and universities throughout the United States.

"It is a quite an accomplishment to win 48 percent, 11 out of 23, of the grand prize total recognized in audio scriptwriting (3); audio production (19); and overall Web site (1) categories in the    National Broadcasting Society's competition in a single year," Bailey said. "This is another dominating performance by our radio students with them winning double digit grand prizes for the third year in a row."

National Broadcasting Society-Alpha Epsilon Rho (NBS/AERho) has more than 1,500 student and professional members and has chapters on 86 college campuses.  The National Broadcasting Society (NBS) was founded in 1943, and its mission is to enhance the development of college and university students in telecommunication, broadcasting, cable and other electronic media.  Past and present members of the society number more than 35,000. Alpha Epsilon Rho is the national honorary society composed of members selected from National Broadcasting Society (NBS) Chapters.  

"Winning speaks well for Marshall University and the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and            Mass Communications, as the student broadcasters of WMUL-FM consistently earn top honors in direct competition with nationally recognized colleges and universities," Bailey said.

Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said the latest awards for WMUL "signify the high caliber achievement of our students in the broadcast journalism and mass communication programs.

"This year's awards continue a long and proud tradition of success in national competitions," Kopp said. "Each year their successes bring honor and distinction to Marshall University and the faculty in our J-School."

Provost Sarah Denman said that by winning prestigious awards Marshall's students continue to demonstrate the quality of their education. "Experiences like this enhance the degree and prepare them for the world of broadcasting," Denman said.

Marshall's grand prize award winning entries in scriptwriting were:

Audio Industrial/Promotional Script: The script for the educational program "Take Charge" was written by Kelsey Austin, a recent graduate from Culloden.  The script was completed Monday, May 9, 2005.

Audio Documentary Script: The script for the documentary program "To Change or Not to Change Gameday: The Pros and Cons of Weeknight College Football Games" was written by Clark Davis, a graduate student from Huntington.  The script was completed Monday, May 9, 2005.

The honorable mention award winning entry in scriptwriting was:

Audio Drama Program Script: The script for the drama program "The Return of the Ghost" was written by Scott Hall, a senior from Stephens City, Va.  The script was completed Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005. 

Marshall's grand prize award winning entries in production were:

Audio News Package: "Maritime Summit," written and produced by Melanie Chapman, a graduate student from McConnell, broadcast during "The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005.

Audio Sports Package: "MU Swimming and Diving Concludes Regular Season," written and produced by Alex Reed, a graduate student from Virginia Beach, Va., broadcast during the sports segment of "The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Friday, Feb. 4, 2005.

Audio Sports Play-By-Play: WMUL-FM's broadcast of the Marshall University versus the University of Southern Mississippi football game played at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005.  The students calling the football game broadcast over 88.1 were: football play-by-play announcer Alex Reed, a graduate student from Virginia Beach, Va.; color commentator Dave Wilson, a junior from St. Marys; sideline reporter Melanie Chapman, a graduate student from McConnell; engineer Jen Smith, a senior from Huntington.

Audio Promo: "Busy Signal," an in-house promotional announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM's Promotional Announcement rotation from Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005 through the present time, written and produced by Jen Smith, a senior from Huntington.

Audio 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.

Audio Instructional/Industrial/Promotional Program: "Take Charge," an educational program written and produced by Kelsey Austin, a recent graduate from Culloden.  The program was broadcast during "Aircheck" Thursday, Sept. 29, 2005.

Audio Documentary Program: "To Change or Not to Change Gameday:  The Pros and Cons of Weeknight College Football Games," a documentary program written and produced by Clark Davis, a graduate student from Huntington.  The documentary was broadcast during "Aircheck" Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005.

Audio Public Affairs/Interview Program: "A Conversation with Chad Pennington," an interview conducted by Vince Payne, a recent masters graduate from Hansford, broadcast Monday, April 4, 2005.

Audio Comedy Segment: "Robot Dad," an in-house comedy segment broadcast in WMUL-FM's "Tuesday Morning Show," Tuesday, March 1, 2005, written and produced by Victor Imperi, a recent graduate from Huntington.

The honorable mention awards in production went to:

Audio News Package: "Occupation Tax," written and produced by Melanie Chapman, a graduate student from McConnell, broadcast during "The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Friday, April 22, 2005.

Audio News Segment: "Dr. Traum Visits Huntington," written and produced by Melanie Chapman, a graduate student from McConnell, broadcast during "The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Wednesday, March 30, 2005.

Audio News Program: "The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," broadcast Monday, March 14, 2005. The students who participated in the newscast were: Jen Smith, senior, Huntington (producer); Vince Payne, a recent master's graduate, Hansford (news anchor); Melanie Chapman, a graduate student, McConnell (news anchor); Brandon Millman, junior, Huntington (weather anchor); Alex Reed, graduate student, Virginia Beach, Va. (sports anchor); David Mistich, junior, Washington, W.Va. (reporter); Joseph Spurgeon, senior, Culloden (reporter); and Phil Turner, a graduate student, Huntington (reporter)

Audio Feature Package: "Masekela Visits Marshall," written and produced by Melanie Chapman, a graduate student from McConnell, broadcast during "The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005.

Audio Sports Package: "Marshall Women's Basketball Takes On Eastern Michigan," written and produced by Alex Reed, a graduate student from Virginia Beach, Va., broadcast during the sports segment of "The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005.

Audio Sports Segment: "Jeff Mullins Feature," written and produced by Melanie Chapman, a graduate student from McConnell, broadcast during halftime of the Marshall versus Southern Mississippi football game Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005.

Audio Sports Segment: "Pruett Retires," written and produced by Vince Payne, a recent masters graduate from Hansford, broadcast during the sports segment of "The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Wednesday, March 9, 2005.

Audio Sports Program: "Farewell to the MAC:  2004 Football Season in Review," anchored by Alex Reed, a graduate student from Virginia Beach, Va., broadcast Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005.

Audio Sports Program: "Sportsview:  Special guest Mark Snyder, new head football coach at Marshall University," interviewed during the call-in talk program by Dave Wilson, a junior from St. Marys, W. Va., and produced by Brandon Millman, a junior from Huntington, broadcast Wednesday, April 20, 2005.

Audio Promo: "Institute for Better Radio," an in-house promotional announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM's Promotional Announcement rotation from Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005 through the present time, written and produced by Brandon Millman, a junior from Huntington.

Audio Promo: "Live Deejays," an in-house promotional announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM's Promotional Announcement rotation from Wednesday, April 13, 2005 through the present time, written and produced by Jen Smith, a senior from Huntington.

Audio Public Service Announcement: "Listen to Your Car," an in-house public service announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM's Public Service Announcement rotation from Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005 through the present time, written and produced by Brandon Millman, a junior from Huntington.

Audio Public Affairs/Interview Program: "The Tipton/Murphy Report," with hosts of the program Richard Tipton, a senior from Ona, and Troy Dunn, a recent graduate from St. Albans, and the program's producer Michael Stanley, a senior from West Hamlin, that was broadcast Wednesday, June 29, 2005.

Audio Music/Entertainment Program: "Snob Rock Live!" an in-house musical program broadcast on WMUL-FM Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005, produced by Terry Bartley, a sophomore from Foster.


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

Empty Bowls fundraiser is Friday at First Presbyterian Church

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The third annual Empty Bowls, a fundraiser for the Huntington Area Food Bank, is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 31 at the First Presbyterian Church, 1015 5th Ave., Huntington.

Empty Bowls is a cooperative effort organized by Marshall University art and public relations students. The event is supported by local businesses through donations of soup and supplies. Keramos Potters Guild, a group of Marshall ceramics students, has set a goal to make 700 ceramic bowls that will be donated to the event.

For a $10 donation, participants receive one of the handmade bowls and a lunch of soup and bread. A silent auction featuring works by West Virginia artists and Marshall art students will be held in conjunction with Empty Bowls. Marshall music students and local musicians will provide music during the event.  All proceeds will benefit the food bank.

"Empty Bowls is a great opportunity for the public to offer support to the Huntington Area Food Bank," Jon Rickey, executive director for the HAFB, said. "This event also allows people to learn about the hunger problem many Tri-State area residents face on a daily basis."

The HAFB provides food to emergency shelters, soup kitchens, senior citizen programs, food pantries and residential programs that directly feed about 60,000 hungry people in the Tri-State area.  It is an affiliate of America's Second Harvest.

For more information about Empty Bowls, please contact Missy Oldaker, public/agency relations coordinator for the HAFB, at (304) 523-6029.


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

Open houses scheduled for Marshall's EMBA program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Prospective students in the Marshall University Executive MBA program will have an opportunity next month to meet with faculty members, learn more about the program and get questions answered at sessions scheduled on Marshall's South Charleston and Huntington campuses.

The South Charleston session will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 22 in the Robert C. Byrd Academic and Technology Center on the South Charleston campus.

The Huntington session will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 29 in the John Marshall Room on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

Persons needing further information or directions to either site may call (304) 696-2672 or e-mail muemba@marshall.edu.

 


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

First Assessment Day is Wednesday, April 5 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is sponsoring its first Assessment Day, designed to assess the academic achievement of MU students and to improve the assessment activities of its individual programs, on Wednesday, April 5.

Robert F. Edmunds, professor of communication studies and coordinator for program review and assessment, said this event will be the first of what the university hopes becomes an annual affair.

"Students and faculty will be involved in various activities to determine the academic achievement of our student population," Edmunds said.

During the morning, students will participate in two major activities.  The first is the Academic Profile, a general studies skills test, and the second is The Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA), reserved for graduating seniors.  Other activities involving students also will take place during the morning hours.  Additionally, many faculty will be involved in workshops during the morning and afternoon hours.

All students and faculty participating in Assessment Day activities will be invited to a free luncheon at the Memorial Student Center.  Also, students and faculty will be eligible to win any number of prizes which have been donated by area businesses and other groups.

During the afternoon, a number of departments on campus will sponsor activities for students and faculty.

"Both the Academic Profile Test and the Collegiate Learning Assessment Test are national tests which will give students, faculty and administration valuable information concerning the value added education a college degree provides," Edmunds said.

The Academic Profile test measures general studies skills in mathematics, science reasoning, the social sciences, humanities and critical thinking.  The CLA is a national effort which will provide Marshall with information about how well its students are doing with respect to certain learning outcomes that all undergraduate institutions strive to achieve.

Marshall has participated in this project for the past two years. Exams are given to freshmen and seniors and focuses on critical thinking, analytic reasoning, problem-solving and written communication.

For more information on Assessment Day, persons may contact Edmunds at (304) 696-2805.


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

MU to conduct public sale of computing equipment Monday, March 27

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, March 27 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 160 computers will be sold in lots of three or more.  Six of the best computers will be sold as individual units and will include a flat-panel color monitor. They also will have Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional installed.  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, March 28, in the Purchasing Department. Successful bidders will be contacted and required to pick up the items between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Tuesday, March 28 through Thursday, March 30.  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 for May 22, 2006; July 17, 2006; and Sept. 18, 2006. These dates are subject to change.


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Saturday March 25, 2006
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Town hall meeting on underage drinking is Tuesday at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A town hall meeting to discuss the consequences of underage drinking and to help develop a community action plan to prevent the injury and death of young adults who choose to drink excessively will take place Tuesday, March 28 at Marshall University.

The meeting, sponsored by Marshall Student Health Education Programs, is from 1 to 3 p.m. in room 2w16 of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's Huntington campus. Amy Saunders with Student Health Education Programs said everyone - parents, students, families, law enforcement, medical, school and community leaders - is invited to attend.

A similar town hall meeting will be conducted from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 in the Spring Valley High School auditorium, and another will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 30 at the Tabernacle of Praise Church in Culloden.

The meetings were organized, in part, because of United States Surgeon General Richard Carmona's recent declaration that underage drinking "has reached epidemic proportions." He has issued a call to action and is seeking comments on the problem of underage drinking.

More information on the town meetings is available by calling (304) 696-5545.


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Friday March 24, 2006
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Football players needed for 'We Are Marshall' movie; open casting call set for Tuesday, March 28 in Atlanta

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Football players are being sought for the movie "We Are Marshall," which will be filmed in Huntington and Atlanta beginning in early April.

An open casting call for football players is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28 at the Hilton Airport Atlanta, 1031 Virginia Ave., Atlanta, Ga. 30354. Interviews will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. Players must be between the ages of 18 and 30 and have extensive football experience.  Players should NOT be seeking NCAA eligibility through a college program.  Selected player positions are paid positions.

Since the movie is set in 1970 and 1971, players interested in being in the film are asked to let their hair grow. The movie is based on the true story of the Marshall plane crash in 1970, and the recovery of the program and the community that followed. Among the film's stars are Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox and David Strathairn, and it will be directed by McG.

Sports coordination of "We Are Marshall" is by Mark Ellis, president of ReelSports Inc. Ellis has been the second unit director and/or action coordinator for more than two dozen major sports action films, including: "The Longest Yard," "Miracle," "Coach Carter," "The Rookie," and "Any Given Sunday." Ellis will be conducting the player casting call.

Anyone chosen to try out must be available for tryouts on Wednesday, March 29. For more details, persons may call the Player Information Hotline at (770) 323-0083.


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Friday March 24, 2006
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Scientist E. O. Wilson featured speaker at Honors Convocation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. E. O. Wilson, one of the most highly respected scientists in the world, will speak on "The Future of Life" at the Elizabeth Gibson Drinko Honors Convocation Friday, April 7 at Marshall University.

 

The Honors Convocation, which is an awards and recognition ceremony for Marshall's outstanding honors students, begins at 7 p.m. at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. It  is the highlight of  the 12th annual John Deaver Drinko and Elizabeth Gibson Drinko Celebration of Academics, which begins on Thursday, April 6  with the Drinko Symposium.

 

Dr. Charles Somerville, interim head of the department of biological sciences at Marshall and this year's Drinko Fellow, is the featured speaker at the Drinko Symposium, which is the first event of the Celebration of Academics.

 

Somerville speaks at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 6. His topic is "Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in the Ohio River Basin: Why Look at Small Things in a Big River?" Both the Honors Convocation and the Drinko Symposium are free to the public, and each will be followed by a public reception in the performing arts center lobby.

 

Dr. Alan Gould, executive director of the Drinko Academy, said he expects a "thought-provoking and educational evening" when Wilson addresses the audience on Friday.

 

"Not only is E. O. Wilson one of the most famous entomologists in the world, he also is one of the most provocative," Gould said. "In his address on 'The Future of Life,' Wilson will predict what life on earth will be like if we do not address current threats to our planet."

 

Wilson is Pellegrino University Research Professor, Emeritus, at Harvard University. He was hailed as "the new Darwin" by Thomas Wolfe, and one of "America's 25 Most Influential People" by Time Magazine. He twice has received the Pulitzer Prize, once for "The Ants" and a second for "On Human Nature."

 

He also wrote other groundbreaking books, including "Naturalist," "Sociobiology" and "Consilience." He was a professor of biology at Harvard from 1955 to 1977.

 

Wilson's scientific contributions began at age 13 near the docks of Mobile, Ala., where he discovered the first known U.S. colonies of fire ants or, as they are known in the South, "the ants from hell." Wilson's book, "The Future of Life," published in 2002, offers a plan for saving Earth's biological heritage.

 

He has received about 75 awards in international recognition for his contributions to science and humanity, including the U.S. Medal of Science in 1976; Japan's International Prize for Biology in 1993; the Crafoord Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1990; the French Prix du Institut de la Vie in 1990; Germany's Terrestrial Ecology Prize in 1987; Saudi Arabia's King Faisal International Prize for Science in 2000, and the Franklin Medal of the American Philosophical Society in 1999.

 

Wilson also has received 27 honorary doctoral degrees from institutions in North America and Europe.

 

Somerville was a microbiologist with the U.S. Air Force at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida before coming to Marshall in August 1997. He served as an assistant professor in the department of biological sciences until 2002, and as an associate professor in the same department until 2005, when he became interim head.

 

Each summer for the past five years, Somerville has joined with other Marshall professors and students, along with professors and students from four other regional colleges and universities, in the annual Ohio River Run, a research expedition aboard the Chattanooga Star Riverboat that covers the river's entire 981 miles.

 

Participants spend nearly two weeks studying the condition of the Ohio River and its major tributaries. They study the biology, chemistry and geology of the river.

 

Somerville has received or been nominated for many awards while at Marshall, including the Marshall and Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Teacher Award in 2004. He was Researcher of the Year in Marshall's chapter of Sigma Xi in 2002, and received the Marshall University Research Corporation award for Excellence in Sponsored Research in 1998.

 

Here is the complete schedule of public events for the 2006 Celebration of Academics: 

  • Thursday, April 6: 2 p.m., The Drinko Symposium in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Dr. Charles Somerville speaks on "Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in the Ohio River Basin: Why Look at Small Things in a Big River?" A public reception follows in the performing arts center lobby.
     
  • Friday, April 7: 7 p.m., The Elizabeth Gibson Drinko Honors Convocation in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Scientist and conservationist E. O. Wilson speaks on "The Future of Life." A public reception follows in the performing arts center lobby.


For more information, persons may contact Jackie Dewald, program assistant with the Drinko Academy, at (304) 696-3183.


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Friday March 24, 2006
Contact: Dr. Stan Maynard, Professor of Teacher Education, (304) 696-2890

Marshall to create STEM Academy to assist teachers of science

Marshall University has received a grant from the State of West Virginia to create the Statewide 21st Century STEM Academy, which will serve teachers of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics throughout West Virginia.
  
 "The mission of the Statewide 21st Century STEM Academy is to foster high-quality understanding and achievement by all students through shared leadership, effective teaching, and purposeful learning across PreK-20 systems," said Dr. Stan Maynard, professor of teacher education and Director of the June Harless Center for Educational Research and Development. "The academy will focus on collaboration with schools and counties in West Virginia to design a personalized and comprehensive professional development plan that focuses on improving students' understanding and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. A technically competent scientist, mathematician or engineer in the 21st Century must have the ability to communicate and collaborate and be effective in all 21st Century skills such as problem solving and analytical thinking."
  
 State Sen. Robert H. Plymale, chair of the Senate Education Committee, said "the Statewide 21st Century STEM Academy will address the following critical needs:

  • Meaningful collaboration with other institutions of higher education, preK-12 school districts, community organizations, grant partners and other colleagues to solve the many problems related to improving science and mathematics education in rural school environments
  • Connection of mathematics and science education of K-16 students to the critical need of preparing future engineers, mathematicians and scientists as well as preparing future teachers in these content areas."

"The Statewide 21st Century STEM Academy will be beneficial as we move forward with implementing our vision for 21st century learning, particularly in regard to professional development for teachers," said State Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine. "The STEM Academy also creates innovative models for teaching and learning that could be replicated throughout the state."
  
 In addition to professional development for teachers and academic enrichment for students, the academy will serve as a clearinghouse to disseminate research regarding the effectiveness of different teaching and learning strategies in the STEM fields.
  
 The STEM Academy will also serve as a liaison with regional and national organizations with an interest in STEM issues, will identify grant opportunities, and initiate the development of grant proposals to local, state, federal and private sources in support of its activities. There will also be a public outreach component so that parents, policymakers, business leaders, the news media and the general public can be informed about the importance of STEM education.
  
"Teacher education students at Marshall will benefit from the Academy, also," said Dr. Sarah N. Denman, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Marshall.  "We will be able to increase the math and science content knowledge and clinical experience of our teacher candidates.  Any format that Marshall University can use to enhance and provide greater access in the STEM discipline fields is a tremendous benefit not only to our students and teachers, but also to the State of West Virginia."
  
"The STEM Academy represents one of the signature initiatives in the strategic vision of Marshall University," Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said.  "It is an important step toward advancing the foundations critical for success in the STEM fields. The academy will provide us with another way of reaching out to the local community and the state."
  
 The Statewide 21st Century STEM Academy activities are expected to begin this summer, according to Maynard.


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Wednesday March 22, 2006
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Former All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player to speak at Marshall University Thursday, March 30

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Jane Moffet, who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s, will speak at Marshall University at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in the Memorial Student Center's Alumni Lounge on the Huntington campus.

Moffet is this year's Schmidlapp Distinguished Lecturer in Women's Studies, sponsored by the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund, Fifth Third Bank, trustee.

Her talk also is the keynote speech for Marshall University's first Women's Studies Student Conference on  "Women Breaking Barriers."  Student panels will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 31, in the Don Morris room, also in the Memorial Student Center.

Both events are free and open to the public.

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Monday March 20, 2006
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Marshall theatre professor, student honored

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University theatre professor Mike Murphy and MU theatre student Stephen R. Horton were honored recently for different accomplishments.

Murphy, a professor of theatre design and technology, received the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Medallion for lifetime contributions to theatre, in large part because of the Gulf Coast Relief Tour conducted last fall by Murphy and Marshall's Pickled Pepper Players.

The John F. Kennedy Center Medallion is conferred for exemplary service and excellence in the field of theatre higher education. The highest award given by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, it was presented to Murphy in February during the Region IV Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Jacksonville, Fla.

Horton, a senior, was selected to participate in the Stage Management Mentor Project of the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) March 28 through April 1. He is one of 12 students and young professionals from the U.S. and Canada to be paired with professional stage managers from across the country as they mount events associated with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo. 

Horton, 22, is the sixth Marshall student in the past 10 years to be chosen to participate in the program. He will be paired up with his mentor when he arrives at the conference.

"I'm happy to have been selected," said Horton, who will graduate in May with a degree in theatre technology and design. "It sounds like a lot of fun and I'm going to learn a lot. I hope one day to be a successful stage manager in the world of theatre."

Murphy and his wife, Karla, accompanied the seven MU students on the Pickled Pepper Players' 2,400-mile, 10-day tour. The Pickled Pepper Players is a touring children's theatre company sponsored by the MU Department of Theatre that traveled to the Gulf Coast in late November and early December to perform for children displaced by last year's hurricanes.

"All I did was drive the bus," Murphy said, downplaying his role on the tour. "I was really surprised that they considered me so quickly. The thing that tipped it over the top was the tour. It brought the students' efforts to the forefront. They were able to see the product of what we do on an ongoing basis."

Murphy said receiving the medallion was "a real honor," not only for himself, but for the Pickled Pepper Players.

"It really is a nice feather in the hat of the department and the kids that did the Pickled Pepper Players tour," Murphy said. "They have to give it to an individual, but it's really an honor for everyone."

Murphy has been in the teaching profession since 1982, holding positions at Georgia Southwestern College in Americus, Ga., and Marshall. He has been a Visiting Instructor at the University of South Florida and at Florida State University. Murphy serves in a number of capacities with USITT and is president of the West Virginia Theatre Conference. He also serves on the Board of the West Virginia Thespians.


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Friday March 17, 2006
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Demolition of MyCroft's, The Locker Room begins Monday, March 20

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Demolition of the old MyCroft's and The Locker Room Sports Tavern, located on 3rd Avenue near 20th Street in Huntington, begins Monday morning, March 20.

Jim Terry, director of public safety at Marshall University, said the alley in the 300 block of 20th Street behind the buildings, which has been closed since March 2, will remain closed through May 12. Demolition of the buildings is expected to take about 10 days, and the area will be used for parking.

Master Mechanical Insulation Inc. of Huntington is doing the demolition.


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Wednesday March 15, 2006
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Lewis College of Business to restart Executive MBA program

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Lewis College of Business plans to restart its Executive MBA program, an accelerated, weekend program for professionals, around the beginning of summer 2006 at the Marshall University Graduate College in South Charleston.

The LCOB temporarily suspended the EMBA program two years ago while it was going through a thorough process of review and revision. Dr. Uday Tate, director of the program, said the review and revision process has made the program more rigorous as well as flexible to meet the needs of prospective EMBA candidates.

"We are excited about this program and delighted to serve professionals in the Tri-State area to help them achieve their career goals," Tate said.

The Executive MBA program features an intensive format with courses offered on five consecutive Saturdays per course. Typically, classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m., with short breaks and a lunch hour. An exact starting date will be announced soon.

The program at Marshall is offering business foundation courses, designed for students who do not have any previous business course work and/or business experience. Students may be required to take up to five foundation courses focusing on concepts and skills in the areas of economics, accounting, finance, statistics and marketing-management before they take any functional studies courses.

The program also offers 12 functional studies courses that cover all areas in business, including marketing, information systems, quantitative and production methods, economic analysis, accounting, finance, management, ethics and global issues, entrepreneurship and business strategy. These can be taken only after foundation courses are completed, if required.

"The Marshall EMBA offers an unbeatable combination of quality and cost," Dr. Paul Uselding, dean of the Lewis College of Business, said. "It is an outstanding value because we feature up-to-date and relevant instruction on core business topics, an interactive, group project orientation emphasizing teamwork and personalized instruction in a face-to-face seminar style format."

Uselding said the format enables students to learn from each other as well as from the course instructors of record.

"Not only this, but our program is accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)-International and is recognized throughout the world because of this important recognition," he said.

Students seeking admission to the EMBA Program must satisfy the following requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a 2.5 overall undergraduate grade point average; and,
  • A minimum Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score of 500. GMAT scores should be less than five years old. The program director may waive this requirement for individuals who possess evidence of significant managerial experience beyond the minimum duration specified in the formal admission requirements. The GMAT requirement also may be waived for those who have a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. degree; and,
  • A minimum of three years of work experience.

Other highlights of the EMBA program include a balanced, practical and challenging curriculum; small class environment; experiential learning; global experience (a seven-to-nine day international trip); state of the art facilities, and a dedicated and qualified staff.

For more information about the program tuition, residency classification, etc., persons may contact Professor Tate at (304) 696-2672 or (304) 696-2324, or contact him by email at tateu@marshall.edu.


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Local extra casting director to visit Marshall Thursday, March 16

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Patrick Ingram, local extra casting director for the Warner Bros. Pictures movie "We Are Marshall," will be on Marshall University's campus Thursday, March 16 to visit with potential extras for the movie.

The open casting session will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.  The 3-6 p.m. time period is reserved to interview Marshall students. Community members are welcome after 6 p.m.

"We Are Marshall" will demand a wide, diverse extras cast, selection of which will be based on specific scene needs.

"We are seeking men and women 18 and over, and a few children ages 5 and up," Ingram said. "This film is set in 1970 and 1971 so clothes and hairstyles were very different than today. Men who are interested should not cut their hair or shave until they are contacted. This will help our hair and makeup departments to be able to style everyone to have that 1970 look."

Ingram said he is pleased with the extensive database of potential extras that has been compiled by the theatre department at Marshall through its College of Fine Arts. "It shows the sincere interest people from the Huntington region have in this film," Ingram said.

Many people who left their contact information as an extra through the telephone hot line, Web site or e-mail did not submit a photo. It is important that the casting director have a "head shot" of each potential extra.

"People need to bring a picture (no older than one month), patience and a paperback to keep them busy while they wait in line to fill out forms," said Jack Cirillo, professional actor and director, and associate professor of theatre at Marshall. "They just need to plan on spending several hours going through the process."

The Warner Bros. production team wants to use current Marshall students, faculty and staff to represent students, faculty and staff from the 1970-71 era. Extras chosen for the movie will be contacted between March 27 and April 17.

The film's cast already includes actors Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, David Strathairn, Anthony Mackie and Kate Mara.


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Bickley is keynote speaker for Woodson fundraising banquet

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Ancella Bickley, a retired college professor, is the keynote speaker for the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Foundation's annual fundraising banquet.  The event takes place at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 25 at the Big Sandy Super Store Arena in Huntington.

Bickley researches, interprets, and preserves the history and heritage of West Virginia with an emphasis on the African American experience.  She was instrumental in the establishment of the Black History Conference and the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Foundation.  She has served as vice president of academic affairs at West Virginia State University and visiting professor for Black Appalachian Studies at Marshall University.

Bickley's work in African American history has included lectures on Black Settlements in West Virginia and the Underground Railroad.  She has published several works, including Our Mount Vernons and Memphis Tennessee Garrison.

The Carter G. Woodson Memorial Committee was formed in 1986 to recommend a fitting memorial to Dr. Woodson.  These include a life-size statue, a scholarship endowment and a collection of works by and about Dr. Woodson.

Woodson worked as an educator, author, editor, administrator and historian and is known as the Father of Negro History. He founded the Study of Negro Life and History and was founder and editor of the Journal of Negro History and the Negro History Bulletin, both of which are still being published.  In 1926, he founded Negro History Week which is now celebrated as Black History Month.

The foundation is requesting a $30 donation for the banquet and corporate table reservations are available.  For more information and tickets, persons may contact Newatha Myers at (304) 894-5772; Loretta Hagler at (304) 525-5651, or Karen Nance at (304) 736-1655.


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MU music professor Sean Beavers to give faculty guitar recital

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University music professor Sean Beavers will give a faculty guitar recital at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 14 in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center's Jomie Jazz Forum. The recital is free to the public.

Beavers serves as assistant professor of guitar and music theory at Marshall where he directs the Marshall University Guitar Ensemble.  He is active as a guitar soloist and chamber performer. 

Beavers' recent performances include a concert with flutist Wendell Dobbs and vocalist Linda Dobbs that was recorded for rebroadcast on West Virginia Public Radio.  His performances in South America include a performance on Bolivian television.


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Carlyle Wolfe featured in first of Gallery's Lunchtime Lectures

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Painter and printmaker Carlyle Wolfe, a member of the University of Mississippi art department in Oxford, Miss., will talk about the development of her work during the first installment of Lunchtime Lectures, a new feature of the Birke Art Gallery at Marshall University.

Wolfe will speak at noon Wednesday, March 15 in the gallery, which is located on the ground floor of MU's Smith Hall on the corner of Hal Greer Boulevard and 3rd Avenue. Light refreshments will follow in the atrium area of Smith Hall.

Wolfe's paintings and works on paper communicate some of the most subtle qualities of nature: stirring winds, filtered light and shifting shadows.  Through layers of paint, paper and negative shapes, her work hints at the regenerative cycles of growth, death, and rebirth.  At the same time, her delicately stitched work with paper, paintings, and prints explore the expressive intricacies of various art materials. 

Wolfe recently was awarded a Visual Arts Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission. Her work has been exhibited at Southside Gallery in Oxford, the University of Mississippi Museum in Oxford, the Lauren Rogers Museum in Laurel, the School of Art Gallery at Louisiana State University, and the Meridian Museum of Art. Zinnias, Wolfe's installation of papercuts, received an Award of Merit at the Mississippi Art Faculty Juried Exhibition in 2005

The Birke Art Gallery's current exhibition displays the work of faculty artists from a different  university.  The Bradley Faculty Exchange Show is a unique collaboration between Marshall and faculty from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.

Marshall's department of art and design sent work by its faculty to be exhibited in Bradley University's Heuser Gallery at the same time as the exhibition of Bradley faculty artwork is displayed in the Birke Art Gallery. The exhibition will be on display until Friday, March 17.  A reception for the show will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, at the gallery.

Both events are free to the public. The Birke Art Gallery's hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.


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Memorial service for Dr. Soo Bock Choi is March 15 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A memorial service for Dr. Soo Bock Choi, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Politics at Marshall University who died on March 2, will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 15 in the Campus Christian Center chapel.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers and gifts contributions be made to the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., and designated for the Soo Bock Choi International Festival Fund. Choi founded the MU International Festival shortly after beginning his career at Marshall in 1963. He recently was named to the International Programs Hall of Fame.

A Web page honoring Choi has been established on the MU International Festival Web site at http://www.marshall.edu/cip/festival/choi/.


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2006 Third House raises more than $10,000 for Marshall University's journalism school

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Third House, an annual "evening of political satire" that allows the capitol press corps to poke fun at state leaders, continued its tradition of comedy by bringing a near full house to the Cultural Center on Monday, March 6.

This year's event also brought in $10,850 for Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SOJMC).

"We really appreciate all the hard work and creativity that goes into the Third House," said Dr. Corley Dennison, dean of Marshall's SOJMC. "The funds raised from Third House go directly to buy equipment and software for our newsroom which serves The Parthenon and MU Report. We also appreciate our sponsors of the Third House, West Virginia Lottery and West Virginia United Health System, and all the patrons who bought tickets again this year."

The cast of this year's Third House included Beth Vorhees, Dan Hyman, Tom Miller and Anna Sale of West Virginia Public Broadcasting; Scott Finn, Phil Kabler and Tom Searls of The Charleston Gazette; Allison Barker of The Associated Press; Larry McCay of WQBE News; Kennie Bass of WCHS-TV, and Bob Brunner of WOAY-TV. First Lady Gayle Manchin also made a special appearance for the final sketch.


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Movie producers seek specific historical items

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The production company working on the Marshall film project is asking Marshall alumni and fans for their help in locating specific items from 1970-71 to assist in their research.

"We have provided a lot of information from the university archives, but there are other needed items that alumni and community members may have saved," said Cora Teel, Marshall University archivist.

Producers are looking for items such as period cheerleader uniforms, letterman jackets, football jerseys, and Young Thundering Herd memorabilia, among others. Persons who believe they have an item of interest should visit the Marshall movie Web site's 'Can You Help Us' page to send contact information and a picture of the item. The production company will reply if there is interest in borrowing the item.

"This is just another way that fans can be involved in the movie project," said Dr. H. Keith Spears, Marshall's vice president for communications and marketing. "We urge Marshall fans and alumni to visit the Marshall movie Web site to see if they might have something that can be used."

Marshall's Web site on the movie project is located at www.marshall.edu/movie. There is also a link from the Marshall home page.


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Dean's list available on Marshall Web site

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The names of Marshall University undergraduate students who made the dean's list for the fall 2005 semester are listed on the MU Web site, and available for publication by the media.

To make the dean's list, students must have a 3.3 or above grade point average for a minimum of 12 hours. Students who requested their names not be published are excluded from the list posted on the Web site.

In all, 2,313 students made the fall 2005 dean's list at Marshall.

Many students and their parents have requested that Marshall make the dean's list, which is accessible at http://www.marshall.edu/ucomm/DeansList/deanslist.html, available to publications that cover their hometowns.


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SCORES Academic Festival is Saturday at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The SCORES (The Search Committee on Recognition of Excellent Students) Academic Festival takes pace at Marshall University Saturday, March 11 on the Huntington campus beginning at 7:30 a.m.

SCORES is an academic competition which annually draws more than 1,000 high school students from West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. The purpose of the event is to recognize academic excellence, cultivate strong ties with area high schools, encourage college attendance and recruit talented freshmen. The event allows students to visit the campus and participate in various activities that represent the academic programs offered at Marshall.

High school seniors, juniors and selected sophomores are eligible to showcase their scholastic expertise in a wide range of tests, contests, and performances gauged by faculty and staff from the university. Student work is evaluated using a variety of assessment techniques in order to determine the most outstanding students in each competition.

"The event provides the students with exposure to the social activities found on campus which are integral to students' education and growth," Eliot Parker, SCORES coordinator, said. "It is a great way for the university to recruit students, allow them to visit a college campus and become familiar with the university community."

Individual awards will be given for each competition. The student receiving the highest points in the Outstanding Student Competition and planning to attend Marshall will receive the Robert Wheeler Scholarship. This scholarship provides a tuition waiver for one year and $1,000 towards books, room and board.

The next top six students participating in the Outstanding Student competition also will be awarded a tuition waiver for one year at Marshall University. The top schools in the competition also will receive awards. 

 The following is Saturday's  schedule of events for the SCORES Academic Festival: 

  • 7:30 a.m. - registration, Memorial Student Center lobby

  • 9 a.m. - SCORES contests

  • 9:30 - 11 a.m. - Academic and Club Festival, Memorial Student Center lobby

  • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - brunch, Twin Towers and Harless Dining Hall

  • 1:30 p.m. - awards ceremony with remarks by Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp, Cam Henderson Center 

 For more information, persons may contact the SCORES office at (304) 696-2951.


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One-woman show about 'spunky mountain woman' to be performed March 15 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Barbara Bates Smith will perform "Ivy Rowe," a one-woman show about a "spunky mountain woman," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 15 in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Art Center's Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre.

The event is sponsored by the Marshall University Women's Center and the Marshall University Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia (CSEGA).  It is part of the 2006 Spring Series on Diversity in Appalachia.

Since her Off-Broadway debut in "Ivy Rowe" in 1991, Smith's extensive touring of this one-person show has included a three-week run at the 1993 Edinburgh Festival. The Village Voice said of the New York production: "A lifetime's worth of sass, whoop, hurt, and reflection;" WOR Radio: "We are captivated and enthralled;" Variety: "Both funny and heartbreaking."

Underscored with hammered dulcimer music by Jeff Sebens, "Ivy Rowe" recounts the passionate life of a spunky and free-spirited mountain woman with a decidedly sensuous nature and an appetite for a good story.

Smith's other one-woman stage adaptations include the works of Fred Chappell and Kaye Gibbons, as well as other Lee Smith pieces. "Ivy Rowe" was adapted from Lee Smith's novel, "Fair and Tender Ladies."

Barbara Smith has been featured in four Southeastern productions of the Pulitzer Prize play, "Wit." Under the encouragement of "Wit" playwright Margaret Edson, she has developed her own monologue, "The C-Word: A Cancer Story wherein Life Imitates Art," plus a public service program, "The C-Word: A Doctor-Patient Dialogue on Cancer," pairing with Asheville, N.C., oncologist Eric Kuehn, M.D., in an interactive format.

"Our Own Stories" workshops and performances of her autobiographical piece, "Once Upon a Stage," round out her touring repertoire. At Florida's Asolo Theatre, Smith was in the world premiere of Horton Foote's "Talking Pictures." At the Southeastern Theatre Conference in March 2003, she won Best Actress for her role in North Carolina's entry, "Eleemosynary."

Smith's performance of "Ivy Rowe" at Marshall is free to the public. More information is available by calling Leah Tolliver, director of the Marshall University Women's Center, at (304) 696-3112.


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Marshall students, staff to aid in city cleanup Saturday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students and staff will team up Saturday, March 11 to clean Huntington along the 4th Avenue corridor and in other nearby areas in response to Mayor David Felinton's announced plans for an organized effort to clean the city.

Felinton said Monday that his goal is for the city to shine when filming of the movie about the 1970 Marshall plane crash and ensuing recovery begins in early April, and for Huntington to remain litter free long after the Warner Bros. and Thunder Road Pictures movie crews have left.

Steve Hensley, Marshall's dean of student affairs, applauded Felinton for planning the cleanup effort and agreed that it's important for Huntington to look its best during the filming.

"Just like when company's coming to your home and you want it to look nice, we're hoping that our city can look its best for the next few weeks in anticipation of some very special guests," Hensley said. "We are asking students to help with this by coming Saturday and working about two hours picking up litter, sweeping, and washing windows."

Marshall Student Body President Michael Misiti said the students' involvement in this project is typical of the community service they have performed throughout the 2005-2006 school year.

"This student body has done some amazing things in regards to community service and community involvement," Misiti said. "I'm very proud that we can rely on the students when help is needed. We're pleased that Warner Bros. is making the movie and we'll do whatever we can do to help, as Mayor Felinton said, not only to show pride in our city and state, but to honor those who died in the crash."

MU students and staff will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday near the Marshall sign in front of Old Main on the Hal Greer Boulevard side, Hensley said. Several groups, such as Residence Hall government, Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, Young Democrats and the Student Nurses Association, have indicated they will participate.

More information is available by calling Hensley at (304) 696-6423.


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'Gene McKee Memorial Scholarship' will go to South Point student

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A scholarship honoring Selba E. "Gene" McKee, a lifelong resident of South Point, Ohio who was actively involved in the church, education and business communities, has been established by the Marshall University Foundation, Inc. 

The Gene McKee Memorial Scholarship will go to a graduating senior from South Point High School who has a 3.3 GPA or better and a minimum 21 ACT. The student also must be registered as a full-time student and pre-education major in any specialization in early childhood, elementary, middle or secondary education in the College of Education and Human Services at Marshall.

A realtor, McKee owned Gene McKee Realty offices in Huntington and South Point.  In addition, he pastored several local churches.  McKee served more than 20 years on the South Point Board of Education where he strived to improve education for South Point students. 

To honor his dedication to education, the staff of the South Point Local School district joined with McKee's family to establish this scholarship as a tribute to him.

The first award will be made during the 2007-2008 academic year.  To donate to the scholarship or for additional information, persons may contact Marshall's office of development at (304) 696-6214.


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Marshall to Present 'Hansel and Gretel': a Grimm tale with a happy ending

The Marshall University Departments of Music and Theatre will present the beloved opera classic "Hansel and Gretel" Thursday, March 9 through Sunday, March 12 in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse in the Fine and Performing Arts Center on the Huntington campus. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday performance begins at 2:30 p.m.

"Hansel and Gretel is a perfect introduction to opera for all ages," said Linda Dobbs, professor of music at Marshall and director of the production.  "Its sophisticated musical score will appeal to the seasoned audience as well."

A double cast of Marshall University students, area children and dancers will joined by the Marshall University Symphony Orchestra.

Originally a project to provide folk-like melodies for a play written by his sister based on the Grimm brothers' tale, Engelbert Humperdinck's score grew to include not only folk material but also passages reflecting his admiration of Richard Wagner's work.

Tickets are priced at $12 for adults; $10 for Marshall faculty/staff and seniors; and $5 for students under 18. Marshall  students are admitted free of charge with a university ID. Tickets are available at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center box office or by calling (304) 696-2787.

For more information, persons may call the Marshall Department of Music at (304) 696-3117.


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Forum Saturday to address the 'State of the Black Union'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University professors Philip Carter and Keelon Hinton will join other leading African American professionals, community leaders and community members in a forum on the "State of the Black Union: The Awakening of a Culture, a People, Our Consciousness, and a Nation, " Saturday, March 11 in Huntington.

The forum, which is scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. and is free to the public, will take place at the Marie Redd Senior Life Enrichment Center, 1705 9th Ave. in Huntington.

Carter is a professor and chair of the social work department at Marshall and Hinton is a professor of psychology. Among those joining Carter and Hinton as panelists at the forum are:

  • William A. Smith, superintendent of Cabell County Schools and a member of the Marshall Board of Governors;
  • Samuel R. Moore, president of the Huntington chapter of the NAACP;
  • Brandi Jones with Ebenezer Medical Outreach, Inc.
  • Moderator Jason Miller

Participants will interpret, analyze and discuss many critical issues facing the African American community, which include the defining and evaluation of blackness; the achievement gap: education and cultivating young  black talent; Hip-Hop - helpful or harmful to our community, and HIV/AIDS in the black community.

"We hope these forums will enlighten and raise consciousness, not only within the African American community but also the community at large," Hinton said. "The forums serve as a vehicle to bridge generational, economic, and cultural gaps."

For more information, persons may contact Hinton at (304) 696-3379 or via email at k.hinton@marshall.edu.


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Marshall photography students to exhibit work at downtown art gallery

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University photography students will exhibit recent work at the Morris Building in downtown Huntington from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 10.

Professor Mark Slankard and his advanced photography class organized the exhibition in conjunction with the department of art and design.  Students displaying their work are April Barnabi, Sarah Brinegar, Charlotte Clark, Jessie Fry, Betty Gay, April Hall, Daniel McQuade, Stephania Rovatsos, Valerie Stanley, and Rickey Woodrum. The exhibition is free to the public.

The Morris Building Art Gallery is located at the corner of 9th Street and 4th Avenue.  The space, which is currently available for lease, is being loaned for the exhibition by the owner.

For more information on the exhibition, persons may contact Slankard at (304) 696-2903 or by email at slankard@marshall.edu.


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Meadows special education teacher, Wendy Thomas, is Marshall's Teacher-Lecturer for spring 2006

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Wendy Thomas, a special education teacher at Meadows Elementary School in Huntington, has been named Marshall University's Teacher-Lecturer for spring 2006 in a series sponsored by Marshall's College of Education and Human Services.

Thomas will draw upon her expertise as a special needs educator and will discuss the benefits of promoting diverse educational  environments through a series of presentations during March, all free and open to the public.

The aim of the Teacher-Lecturer program is to foster diversity for pre-service teachers by allowing them to interact with diverse,  exemplary teachers.

'The Teacher-Lecturer series continues to be an extraordinary journey in understanding both the similarities and differences in human beings," said Dr. Jane McKee, associate dean for academic programs.

Thomas is a graduate of Marshall University, having earned a B.A. degree in elementary education with a specialization in mental retardation and a master's degree in specific learning disabilities.  She also has a certificate in behavior disabilities. 

She received Marshall's "Outstanding Black Alumni Award" in 1997 and was given the National Association of Negro Business & Professional Women's Volunteer Award in 2000.   Thomas also was the recipient of the Huntington Black Ministerial Association's "Pete Goodson Award" and the A.D. Lewis Community Center's "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award."

Thomas brings a wealth of experience to the Teacher-Lecturer series. Before coming to Cabell County schools, Thomas taught at Matewan (W.Va.) Grade School, where she established the school's first special education classroom. She established the Community  Black History Bowl, now in its 16th year, at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Huntington where she is a member. Thomas has been active in several professional and civic groups, including serving as chair of the West Virginia Women's Commission and serving as a commissioner of the Huntington Housing Authority.

When asked a question from the audience at a previous presentation as to why she has remained a special needs teacher rather than moving on to a regular elementary classroom, she replied with enthusiasm, "I just love my job, I really love my job!"

All presentations will be held on the Huntington campus.  The dates and topics of her lectures are:  Friday, March 10, Elementary Methods, 9 a.m., room 105, Corbly Hall; Wednesday, March 15, Secondary Methods, 4:15 p.m., room 100, Jenkins Hall; Monday, March 27, Graduate Special Education Students, 6:30 p.m., room 134, Harris Hall.

For more information on the Teacher Lecturer Series in the College of Education and Human Services, persons may contact Dr. Jane McKee at (304) 696-2859, or e-mail her at mckeej@marshall.edu.


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Honor demonstrates excellence, hard work of Marshall's ROTC

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Army ROTC has been recognized as being in the top 15 percent of Cadet Command's 272 units for the school year 2004-2005, according to Major General W. Montague Winfield, commanding general of the U.S. Army Cadet Command.

In a letter to Marshall president Stephen J. Kopp, Winfield wrote, "This accomplishment demonstrates excellence in the overall Army ROTC program and the hard work and competence of Marshall University cadets."

Winfield went on to say that the achievement reflects the support given to the ROTC unit and students at Marshall University.          

"The continuing success of the Thundering Herd ROTC program is a true team effort, and we would not be successful if not for the overwhelming support we receive from the university and the community," Lt. Col. Joseph Samek, professor of Military Science and director of the ROTC program at Marshall, said.  "The administration, starting with President Kopp and interim President (Michael) Farrell before him, the colleges on campus, the intercollegiate coaches and the many staff and faculty, support our program and help mentor our cadets."

Samek said MU's office of alumni affairs, along with many friends and alumni of the ROTC program,  have helped significantly to ensure the success for future graduates.  He further credits the headquarters of the West Virginia National Guard with providing support to the program through recruiting and training assistance.

"The manner and frequency of this support is  beyond counting," he said.  "With the ongoing support of these many agencies, Marshall Army ROTC will continue to attract, train and commission the very best officers and contribute to the university's vision of national prominence."


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17th annual Third House is Monday, March 6 in Charleston

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications will have its 17th annual Third House fundraiser at 8 p.m. Monday, March 6, at the West Virginia Cultural Center auditorium near the Capitol in Charleston.

The Third House is a political satire featuring media representatives who cover the Legislative session. It includes skits and songs that poke fun at state political officials. A reception will take place after the show.

"We really appreciate all the hard work the capitol press corps has put into the production," Marshall School of Journalism Dean Corley Dennison said.

Tickets are $25 each, with all proceeds going to the Journalism School.

"Third House gives people not only a chance to support journalism education, but it gives them a chance to come in contact with local politicians who attend the show," Susan Nicholas, SOJMC Alumni Association president, said.

Third House is organized by the SOJMC Alumni Association and the school.  It is the school's largest fund-raising effort each year. West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin was among the featured guests in last year's performance.

For more information on tickets or Third House, persons may contact the School of Journalism at (304) 696-2360, or AJ Elmore at 617-7350.


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Wednesday March 1, 2006
Contact: Megan Barbour, Communications Director, Student Government Association, (304) 696-6412

Marshall Student Government Association presidential and vice presidential candidates debate Thursday, March 2


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The four Marshall University Student Government Association presidential and vice presidential candidates will debate at 9 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in room 402 of the Drinko Library.

Four teams are in the running. These include Ben Sandy and Dominique Elmore; Chad Caldwell and Daniel Lowery; C.W. Dolin and Kate Walther; and Pat Hensley and Todd Perdue.

The candidates will answer questions composed by Leslie Pierson, the 2006 election commissioner.

This debate will be one of only two at which the candidates will have the opportunity to speak. The second debate is scheduled for noon Wednesday, March 9 in the Memorial Student Center. The election is March 14-15.

All Marshall students are invited to attend both debates.

"I encourage all of the students to come out and listen to what the candidates have to say," current student body President Michael Misiti said. "One of these teams is going to lead their student body for the next year and the students need to hear what they represent. I hope the students come out so that they can make an informed decision."


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