November 2006 News Releases



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

Former Marshall department of counseling chair to be honored in ceremony dedicating laboratories in his memory

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The late Dr. William A. Wallace, former chairman of Marshall University's department of counseling, will be honored Friday, Dec. 8 during a ceremony dedicating the counseling laboratories in his memory, according to Dr. William A. McDowell, coordinator and professor of the counseling department.

The event will take place at 2 p.m. on the third floor of Harris Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus and is open to the many former students, colleagues, and friends that knew Wallace.

A plaque stating Wallace's tenure and profile will be presented to his wife, Lois Wallace, and their sons, Blake and William. Refreshments and a tour of the facilities will follow the program.

Wallace retired from Marshall University in 1994 after serving as a faculty member since 1967. He was the author of two counseling texts and co-authored a third. Wallace was instrumental in achieving initial accreditation for the counseling programs.

McDowell said Wallace was known for his clear thinking and his ability to identify salient points in decision settings. His ready laughter signaled his interest in the well-being of his students, McDowell said.

Before joining the faculty at Marshall, Wallace was a secondary schools teacher, counselor and principal. He also served as associate director of admissions at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich.

Wallace was active in various Marshall University committees as well as national and regional professional organizations.


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

First Friday FilmFest continues Dec. 1 at the Cinema

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - First Friday Filmfest, a series that is bringing first-run, independent films to the Cinema Theatre in downtown Huntington, continues at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 with the showing of The Heart of the Game.

Funded through Marshall University's Student Affairs, the films are free to members of the Marshall community with ID and $5 for all non-MU patrons. Tickets are available in advance from the Student Activities Programming Board office, which is located in room 2w29 of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

Admission at the door is on a space-available basis. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged.

The Heart of the Game is a documentary film by Ward Serrill, who followed Seattle's Roosevelt High girls' basketball team for six years as it fought its way toward the state championship. Narrated by Ludacris, the film focuses on two central participants, Coach Bill Resler, a tax professor who answered Roosevelt's advertisement for a coach, and Darnellia Russell, his star recruit who struggles to stay in the game.

"If you're thinking this is another of those cloyingly inspirational Disney sports dramas, such as Glory Road, Stick It and Goal!, think again," says film critic Peter Travers in his review for Rolling Stone. "Director Ward Serrill ... has no stomach for turning documentary truth into a Hallmark card. By focusing on Darnellia Russell, one of the few black players on a white team, Serrill digs deep into the social and economic conditions that threaten to keep Darnellia down and the no-bull spirit she finds in her coach and her own bruised heart. ... There's no denying the exuberant energy and emotional force of this movie. It gets to you."

Kevin Crust, writing for the Los Angeles Times, offers similar praise: "An exhilarating story of loyalty and perseverance, The Heart of the Game succeeds as both inspiration and social commentary."

Dr. Kat Williams, associate professor of history at Marshall University, will offer a talk following the film for those interested in learning more about the history of women's sports. The location for the post-film discussion will be announced at the showing of the film on Dec. 1. Questions about First Friday can be sent to firstfriday@marshall.edu.

The Heart of the Game completes the series for fall semester. Films will resume beginning the first Friday in February.


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Monday November 27, 2006
Contact: Angela Jones, Director of Marketing and External Affairs, (304) 696-3334

Celebrate the holidays with two performances of Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas

Celebrate the holidays as Chase presents two performances of Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas, coming to the Keith-Albee Theatre Friday December 8th at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee performances on Saturday, December 9th at 2:00 p.m. This is the perfect holiday show for the entire family.

Every Christmas, for the past eleven years, from California to Florida and from Maine to Texas, Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas has crisscrossed the country, bringing to packed concert halls his authentic remembrance of a way of life that is, alas, no longer with us -- an unforgettable staging of a typical night before Christmas in a remote farmhouse in the West of Ireland, in the days before the motor car, the television and the telephone.

On such nights, in rural Ireland of the 1940s and 50s, the neighbors would gather at each other's houses, bringing with them, not gold, frankincense or myrrh, but gifts equally precious -- their fiddles, tin whistles, flutes, bodhráns, uilleann pipes, and, perhaps, most important of all, their unshakeable sense of community, for a night of traditional music, song, dance and, of course, storytelling.

It was in such places and on such nights that the delightful treasury of Irish culture was created, expanded and preserved, and not by the bourgeois, as was the case throughout much of Europe at the time, but by the ordinary people in remote areas. By recreating just such a night on stage, Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas brings the tradition to American audiences.

And who better to do so? Storyteller Tomáseen Foley was born and raised in a big family on a small farm in the remote parish of Teampall an Ghleannáin in the West of Ireland in the 1940s. He brings with him some of the finest exponents of the traditional Celtic arts performing anywhere to day -- and they come from both sides of the Atlantic.

New to the show this year is vocalist/musician Éilos Kennedy: born and raised in Gaelic-speaking West Kerry, Éilos grew up in a family steeped in the Gaelic traditions of music, singing, dancing and poetry.  Her first album Time To Sail, featuring songs in English and Gaelic, won Female Vocal Album of the Year in 2002. The Chicago News says, It's a long time since we've been so stunned by a voice so perfect. Irish Music Magazine calls her  . . . an untapped major vocal talent . . . Folk Roots magazine says Her voice is a thing of gentle sublime beauty  . . . for which mothers would be sold and kings' ransoms exchanged . . . and The Irish Times says she is a singer whose vocals . . . bore holes in the soul . . . possessed of the finesse of a seamstress and the precision of a neurosurgeon.

Her second album One Sweet Kiss, also featuring songs in English and Gaelic, was released in 2006. Following tours of Taiwan and Germany, she is delighted to be touring the U. S. (www.eiliskennedy.com)

Back with the show for the third successive year Kathleen Keane's virtuoso music -- fiddle and tin whistle -- is featured in The Titanic, Backdraft, The Road to Perdition and The Cinderella Man. As well as being considered a child prodigy on the tin whistle, the Chicago Tribune nominated her as one of the world's finest Celtic Fiddlers. She studied Irish step dancing under Michael Flatley (Riverdance/ Lord of the Dance) and went on to become a champion Irish dancer. www.kathleenkeane.com

Back with the show for the second year is world champion Irish step dancer Philip Brady. Philip began dancing at the age of ten in Dublin, Ireland. He has been Overseas World Champion five times, North American Champion three times and has won the Canadian Irish Dance Championship for ten consecutive years. He has toured extensively with "Lord of the Dance" and has established the Brady Academy of Irish Dance in Winnipeg, Ontario, Canada. www.philipbrady.com

Music Director William Coulter is an internationally acclaimed master of the steel-string guitar. In 2005, he won a Grammy for a track he contributed to Pink Guitar, a solo guitar compilation of Henry Mancini tunes. He has been performing and recording traditional Celtic and American folk music for 25 years.  The most recent of his seven CDs on the Gourd Music label is the acclaimed solo album,The Road Home. William is also a recording engineer and a guitar lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz. www.williamcoulter.com

Also new to this year's show is Uilleann Piper Brian Bigley. From the age of eight, Brian studied the traditional, rarely heard, uilleann pipes with Achill Island (Co. Mayo) piper Michael Kilbane -- with whom he also studied flute, whistle and low whistle. He has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and the UK. He is a also world champion Irish step dancer -- he competed in the World Championships in Glasgow in 2002 and in Killarney in 2003.

Storyteller Tomáseen Foley was born on a small farm in the remote parish of Teampall an Ghleanntáin in the West of Ireland. Rego Irish Records says he is a master of the Irish narrative and a keeper of the flame for a priceless piece of Irish culture. Each year from Thanksgiving until Christmas his show Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas plays to critical acclaim and packed concert halls around the US. He has released two CDs: Parcel From America, and a live recording, The Priest and the Acrobat. www.tomaseenfoley.com

Adult tickets for A Celtic Christmas are $45 and $35. Tickets for youth (ages 17 and under) are half-price. Tickets may be purchased through the Marshall Artists Series Box Office, located in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. The box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. Phone orders may be taken from the box office for patrons with a Visa or MasterCard by calling (304) 696-6656.

Tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (304) 523-5757 in Huntington or (304) 342-5757 in Charleston. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.marshallartistsseries.com. Patrons may also pick up tickets at any Ticketmaster outlet.

The show is sponsored by Chase, WSAZ-TV, Clear Channel Communications, Herald Dispatch and Marshall Artists Series.


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Wednesday November 22, 2006
Contact: Leah Edwards, University Communications, (304) 696-6397

Ticket sales for Pullman premiere event begin Monday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Ticket sales for the premiere of We Are Marshall at Pullman Square's Marquee Cinemas begin at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27 at the Marquee Cinemas box office. Ticket sales also begin online at www.marqueecinemas.com at the same time.  

"We are thrilled to be part of this huge communitywide premiere event," said Marquee Cinemas general manager Charlotte Alesi.  "We are geared up and ready to go for the ticket sale and the event itself."

Alesi said people may begin lining up for tickets at 6 a.m. Nov. 27.  No camping out for tickets is allowed at Pullman Square. There is no limit on the number of tickets an individual may purchase.

Approximately 2,000 tickets, priced at $25 each, are available for purchase for the Tuesday, Dec. 12 showing, which begins at 8 p.m. Anyone who purchases a ticket to the Pullman Square premiere will have a chance to sit in the bleachers on 4th Avenue and witness the movie's stars walking on the green carpet and into the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center for the 7 p.m. showing there. However, access to the bleachers will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and seating is limited.

"We are very excited that Pullman Square and Marquee Cinemas are partnering with Marshall University for this once-in-a-lifetime experience," said Dr. H. Keith Spears, vice president for communications and marketing at Marshall.  "This is a true team effort which will be the talk of the town for years to come."

Monday's ticket sale will feature giveaways and live broadcasts by local radio stations WTCR, WKEE, B97, WVHU, and WAMX.


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Wednesday November 22, 2006
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Huntington East class of '46 establishes scholarship at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The 1946 class of the former Huntington East High School has established an endowed scholarship at Marshall University with priority given to students who have family ties to the 1946 graduates.

The group, which has been meeting annually in Huntington for the past several years, began discussing the possibility of offering a scholarship during its 50-year reunion, according to Mary Curnette, a member of the 1946 reunion committee.

"We began collecting money in 2001 and this year we're able to offer a scholarship," she said.  "We hope this will be an encouragement for other classes to start scholarships."

Laura K. Simpson of Chesapeake, Ohio is the first recipient of the Huntington East High School Class of 1946 Scholarship.  She is a freshman in the College of Fine Arts and is the granddaughter of Barbara Scarberry Stewart who was a member of the 1946 class.

The 1946 HEHS class was a special group, according to Curnette.  "Back then we had both January and June graduations," she said. "We had about 400 members in the class because we had a lot of returning veterans who were going back to school to finish their educations."

Curnette says the 1946 class meets informally each year in Huntington and the scholarship has been a priority.  "We wanted to give something back," she said.

Anyone interested in applying for the Huntington East High School Class of 1946 Scholarship should notify the MU Office of Student Financial Assistance of their family ties by April 15 of each year. 

For additional information call (304) 696-6214.

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Pictured in the photo above are, from left, Barbara Scarberry Stewart, her granddaughter, Laura K. Simpson, and Henry Stewart, Laura's grandfather, at the 60th reunion of the class of 1946. Simpson is the first recipient of the Huntington East High School Class of 1946 Scholarship. (submitted photo)


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Tuesday November 21, 2006
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Huntington resident wins tickets to Keith-Albee premiere in raffle

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Barry Wyant of Huntington won two $1,000-level tickets to the premiere of We Are Marshall Dec. 12 at the Keith-Albee Theatre by purchasing the winning raffle ticket during Marshall University's football game Saturday with UTEP.

Marshall's cheerleaders conducted the raffle during the Thundering Herd's 49-21 Conference USA victory over the Miners. They made $4,480 in the raffle.

With the two tickets, Wyant and one other person will be admitted to a pre-film reception at 4:30 p.m., We Are Marshall at 7 p.m., and a post-film gala.


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Tuesday November 21, 2006
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Marshall department of art and design photography professor wins first prize in conference exhibition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University assistant professor Mark Slankard's photographic artworks won first prize in the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) Members' Juried Exhibition.  The conference was hosted by Vanderbilt University Oct. 25-28 in Nashville, Tenn.

The exhibition was held at the Parthenon in Nashville's Centennial Park and was juried by Eleanor Heartney, well-known author and art critic.  The work will be on display until Jan. 20, 2007.  Slankard's work was also featured in a one-person exhibition at the University of Notre Dame, which just ended Nov. 17.

For more information, contact Paula Kouns in Marshall's department of art and design at (304) 696-6760 or at kounsp@marshall.edu.

About the photo above: "Minor Invasions: Pink Bedroom with Hair," a "Duratrans photograph on lightbox," was one of Mark Slankard's entries in the Southeastern College Art Conference Members' Juried Exhibition.


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Tuesday November 21, 2006
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Intellectual activist scholar bell hooks to speak at Marshall Nov. 28

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - World renowned author, feminist theorist and cultural critic bell hooks will speak on "Reclaiming Our Treasures: Return Migration" on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at Marshall University.

She will speak at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room on Marshall's Huntington campus. Her visit is sponsored by the Marshall University Multicultural Affairs Harmony Institute, Faces of Appalachia, the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Education and Human Services.

The event is part of an ongoing symposium sponsored by Faces of Appalachia and the Harmony Institute and titled "A Different World: Diversity, Change, and Appalachian Youth." It is free to the public.

A Distinguished Professor in Residence at Berea College, hooks has taught at Yale University, Oberlin College, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and City College of New York. She has published on a broad range of interconnected topics: gender, race, teaching and the significance of media for contemporary culture.

A book signing and reception will follow hooks' talk.


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Monday November 20, 2006
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Memorial scholarship honors former high school history teacher

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A high school history teacher whose passion for his subject inspired both students and colleagues alike has been honored with a memorial scholarship established in his name at Marshall University.

Theodore "Ted" Hundley, who taught at Huntington high schools, received a master's degree in history from Marshall in 1970.  He was noted for the enthusiasm he brought to the classroom and for his colorful and creative teaching methods.   Hundley died in 2004, approximately two years after he retired from teaching. 

The scholarship is for full-time undergraduate students in the College of Education and Human Services who plan to teach history.  A recipient must have an overall GPA of 3.0 and demonstrated financial need.  The first student to receive the award is Kimberly Dawn Green of Wheelersburg, Ohio.

Ruth Thornton, who was Hundley's teaching colleague for 17 years, spearheaded the drive to establish the award.  In addition, the Herschel C. Price Educational Foundation helped fund the scholarship.  Jonna Hughes, one of Hundley's former students, is the director and a trustee of the foundation.

Thornton remembers Hundley as a superb lecturer who would go to extra and often amusing lengths to make history interesting.

"He would occasionally dress up as a historical character the class was studying or he would act out incidents casting himself in all the roles," Thornton said. "He would sometimes insert a nonsense question into a test because he enjoyed hearing the students laugh out loud."

Hughes also has fond memories of Hundley.  "When I think of Ted Hundley the word that comes to mind is 'exuberant,'" she says.  "Very few people demonstrate the zest and enthusiasm Ted had and he brought it to class every day.  He inspired his students to share his love of history.  But he also was a tough taskmaster who demanded excellence of his students.

Thornton says the fondness students felt for Hundley can be illustrated by a poster made by several of them.  It depicts the cartoon dog "Snoopy" with the caption, "Happiness is having Mr. Hundley as a teacher." 

For more information about the Theodore "Ted" Hundley III Scholarship, contact the Office of Development at Marshall University at (304) 696-6214.


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Friday November 17, 2006
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Frank 'Gunner' Gatski Memorial Bridge to be dedicated Saturday at UTEP-Marshall game

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - During Marshall University's 4:30 p.m. home football game with UTEP on Saturday, Nov. 18, one of the signs for the Frank "Gunner" Gatski Memorial Bridge will be unveiled.

Formerly the East Huntington Bridge, this familiar sight from areas within Joan C. Edwards Stadium connects Huntington, W.Va., with Proctorville, Ohio via 29th Street.

The sign will be unveiled by members of Gatski's family and West Virginia legislators who sponsored the resolution to name the bridge after one of Marshall's most famous football players. Also in attendance for the ceremony will be Sam Clagg, Gatski's former teammate and Professor Emeritus of Geography at Marshall University.

On Oct. 15, 2005, during a Marshall homecoming game, Gatski became the first Marshall football player to have his number retired. He played for the Thundering Herd from 1940 to 1942. Gatski passed away on Nov. 23, 2005 at the age of 83.

Additional information about Gatski:

  • Four-time all-pro (1951, 1952, 1953, 1955);
  • Member of the all-time Cleveland Browns team;
  • Member of the West Virginia Hall of Fame;
  • Four All-America Football Conference championships (1946, 1947, 1948, 1949);
  • Four National Football League titles (1950, 1954, 1955, 1957);
  • Played in 11 championship games in 12 years with his teams winning eight times;
  • Member of the Marshall University Athletic Hall of Fame;
  • Member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame;
  • After retiring from pro football, coached football at the Prunytown Industrial School until it closed in 1982.

The ceremony will occur between the first and second quarters at the 20-yard line on the north end of the field.


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Friday November 17, 2006
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Marshall University launches program to enhance math, science education in preK-12

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Teachers in five West Virginia counties will receive training from Marshall University math and science faculty under a $2 million federal grant.

The grant from the National Science Foundation comes to Marshall through the Appalachian Math and Science Partnership (AMSP), a five-year, multi-state, $24.5 million program administered by the University of Kentucky. It is designed to help teachers in the Mountain State's preK-12 schools improve the performance of their pupils in math and science and prepare them better for college-level courses for eventual careers in math, science and engineering fields.

"Marshall University is proud and eager to join with the members of the Appalachian Math and Science Partnership to advance the goals of this important program," said Stephen J. Kopp, president of Marshall University. "The funding provided by the National Science Foundation is crucial to our collective success. The benefits to preK-12 math and science education will translate to improved student learning and achievement over time. As a nation, if we are to continue as a leader in science and innovation, we simply must do a better job of preparing present and future students to take advantage of the expanding educational and career opportunities in fields that require highly developed scientific/mathematical thinking and application skills."

Marshall's program, sought jointly by Marshall and UK officials, is based upon a very successful AMSP mini grant program, the Partnership Enhancement Program (PEP).

"We're greatly pleased to be able to partner with Marshall University to help improve the math and science educations of West Virginia's youngsters.  Marshall has repeatedly proven itself as an outstanding institution with a deep commitment to the future prosperity of West Virginia," said Lee T. Todd Jr., president of the University of Kentucky.

Marshall faculty will provide training to math and science teachers in Braxton, Cabell, Mason, Mingo, and Wayne counties via various outreach activities and distance-learning technology, an approach followed by other institutions that are participating in UK's AMSP.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for Marshall University to enhance our public school partnerships, especially in the areas of math and science education," Marshall Provost Sarah Denman said. "We look forward to working with the five partner counties and are excited to strengthen the outstanding teaching in those schools with stronger linkages with our College of Education and the College of Science."

In 2002, UK received a $22.5 million NSF grant to establish the AMSP program, to enhance partnerships between its higher education partners and school districts. It set up 11 PEPs to improve mathematics and science education in elementary, middle and secondary students in 51 Appalachian school districts in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.  The program's effectiveness led to its expansion to 22 PEPs and 42 total projects in the region.

For more information, visit http://www.appalmsp.org/.


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Friday November 17, 2006
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Jean Gilman is first director of recruitment at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Jean Marie Gilman has been hired as the first director of recruitment at Marshall University, a new position which will focus on the recruitment of students before and during the admissions process, according to Dr. Sarah Denman, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

Gilman comes to Marshall from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La., where she served as assistant director of the Office of Recruitment Services for four-and-a-half years.

"Marshall University is indeed fortunate to have someone with Jean's experience and breadth of knowledge," Dr. Sarah Denman, Marshall's provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said. "Her ideas are exciting and insightful and her vision for Marshall University is exciting. I am so happy to welcome her to the Marshall family."

A native of Highland, Ill., Gilman received a bachelor's degree from Southeast Missouri State University where she spent four years as a student ambassador, and an M.A. from Louisiana State.

"It is an honor for me to join the Marshall University family," Gilman said.  "Marshall has a profound history of leadership, growth, and success.  As the director of recruitment, I am passionate about finding students that will continue this legacy.  My goal is to recognize a talented pool of students that will contribute to the community while they are here and beyond."

The Office of Recruitment will be responsible for planning and coordinating undergraduate and graduate recruitment efforts at Marshall, according to Dr. Tammy Johnson, director of admissions for undergraduate and graduate programs. "That is a task that is vital to our continued success in terms of both overall enrollment and attracting top students," she said.

Choosing Marshall was an easy decision, Gilman said. "I am joining an institution and community that have become an example to many," she said. "It is inspiring to find so many people that truly love this university and are invested in developing tomorrow's leaders." 

Johnson said Marshall is lucky to have a director of recruitment with Gilman's experience and enthusiasm. "Jean brings fresh ideas and a real desire to see us reach our enrollment goals," Johnson said. "We are thrilled to have her on board."

For more information, contact Gilman at (304) 696-3565.


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Friday November 17, 2006
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President's sky box to be named in honor of Butlers

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The president's sky box at Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards stadium is being named in honor of two longtime MU supporters who worked tirelessly to promote the university.

A plaque naming the sky box The Ruth Elizabeth and John O. Butler President's Sky Box will be unveiled Saturday, Nov. 18, during halftime of Marshall's football game with the University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP). Kickoff is at 4:30 p.m.

"Marshall University is blessed to have benefited from the support of these generous individuals," Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said.   "Ruth and John Butler were integral parts of the Marshall community for decades and we are pleased to honor their memory."

The dynamic brother and sister duo graduated from Marshall College and then successfully operated their family's furniture store on 20th Street for nearly 50 years.   John Butler passed away shortly after his retirement in 1987 and his sister Ruth died in 2005.

The Butlers were longtime supporters of both athletics and academics at Marshall University and have been recognized on the Pathway of Prominence on the Huntington campus for their generosity.


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Thursday November 16, 2006
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Elton John and Tim Rice's Broadway Sensation AIDA Makes its Only Area Appearance!

Direct from Broadway, the award-winning timeless love story AIDA, will make its Huntington premiere when it arrives at the historic Keith Albee Theatre 8 p.m. Saturday December 2, 2006. The newly refurbished theatre features over 400 additional seats, providing more opportunity to enjoy the experience of what will be a memorable event for the entire audience.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Winner of four 2000 Tony® Awards, Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA is a musical bursting with contemporary energy chronicling the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country, Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Radames, the soldier they both love.  AIDA is an epic tale of love, loyalty and betrayal with an exhilarating Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning score by Elton John and Tim Rice, their first collaboration since writing the music for the worldwide phenomenon The Lion King.

The score for Elton John & Tim Rice's AIDA was hailed by Time Magazine as "filled with luscious melodies and soulful lyrics."  The show produced a number of hit songs including "Written in the Stars" (recorded by Elton John and LeAnn Rimes, which hit #2 on Billboard's AC charts in 1999), "Easy as Life" (recorded by Tina Turner and also as a dance remix by Deborah Cox that hit #24 on the US Dance charts in 2004) "Elaborate Lives," "My Strongest Suit" and "The Gods Love Nubia."  The Original Broadway Cast Album is available from Disney Records.  The Concept Album, featuring a host of music superstars from Tina Turner and Elton John to Boyz II Men and Lenny Kravitz, was released on Island Records.

The Broadway production, named Elton John & Tim Rice's AIDA, opened at the Palace Theatre on March 23, 2000 and ran a total of 1,852 performances, making it one of the longest running shows in Broadway history, generating a successful national tour and several international productions. Big League Theatricals, Inc., by special permission from Disney Theatrical Productions, acquired the rights to create this fresh, new touring production of Elton John & Tim Rice's AIDA.

Tickets for the show are now available, adult tickets $55, $45 and $35. Tickets may be purchased through the Marshall Artists Series Box Office, located in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. The box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. Phone orders may be taken from the box office for patrons with a Visa or MasterCard by calling (304) 696-6656.

Tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (304) 523-5757 in Huntington or (304) 342-5757 in Charleston. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.marshallartistsseries.com. Patrons may also pick up tickets at any Ticketmaster outlet.

The show is sponsored by Neighborgall Construction, Air Systems Inc., Touma Foundation, Guaranty Bank, BrickStreet Insurance, Clear Channel Communications, Herald Dispatch and Marshall Artists Series.


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Wednesday November 15, 2006
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Lucky Herd fan can win two tickets to Keith-Albee premiere of 'We Are Marshall' during game Saturday with UTEP

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Although the premiere of We Are Marshall Dec. 12 at the Keith-Albee Theatre is officially sold out, Marshall University is offering two tickets to the event to a lucky fan attending the Thundering Herd's 4:30 p.m. home football game with UTEP Saturday, Nov. 18.

Fans attending the game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium can purchase raffle tickets, giving them the chance to win two prime, $1,000 tickets to the premiere, according to Dr. H. Keith Spears, Marshall's vice president for communications and marketing.

Beginning during pre-game activities and continuing throughout much of the game, Marshall's cheerleaders will sell the raffle tickets for $1 each. The winning raffle ticket number will be announced in the fourth quarter. To claim the prize, the winning ticket holder must be present. If the ticket is not claimed, another will be drawn.

"This is one final chance for someone to claim two tickets to an extravaganza that will be talked about in Huntington for years to come," Spears said. "We encourage everyone to not only come out and support the football team, but also to support the cheerleaders and, at the same time, possibly win two tickets to the premiere. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."


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Tuesday November 14, 2006
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Geospatial Day features speakers, panel discussion

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Samuel J. Purkis, a professor at Nova Southeastern University in Dania, Fla., and a member of the National Coral Reef Institute, will be the keynote speaker on Geospatial Day Wednesday, Nov. 15 at Marshall University. He will speak on "Geospatial Patterns in Coral Reef Landscapes" at 10:30 a.m. in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room. 

Event coordinator Randy Jones, information technology coordinator with the Marshall Community and Technical College, said 300 to 400 students (high school and college) and professionals are expected to attend Geospatial Day, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Don Morris Room.

Geospatial is a collection of computer-based tools (software and hardware) that can be used for spatial mapping, analysis and modeling. "The symposium is designed to inform and promote fields of study and occupations incorporating global positioning systems (GPS), geographic information systems (GIS), and remote sensing systems," Jones said. "These fields of knowledge are major growth areas now and into the future."

The event is sponsored by the Marshall Community and Technical College, Marshall University's College of Information Technology and Engineering, College of Liberal Art and College of Science, and the Nick J. Rahall, II Appalachian Transportation Institute.

Jones said those attending Geospatial Day will learn of the opportunities available at Marshall to gain expertise in the field of geospatial technology, and its value as a career.  "These are lucrative, well-paying positions," Jones said.

He cited an example of the implementation of GIS and geospatial technologies in dealing with real problems and issues: "When repaving, it is important to know if anything else in the ground needs to be replaced first in order to avoid duplication of efforts," Jones said. "This is an example of spatial communication within public works."

Purkis, a native of London, joined the National Coral Reef Institute in 2004 and now is an assistant professor. He works on the development of techniques to monitor large-scale processes in reef environments using remote sensing.

The National Coral Reef Institute was established by Congressional mandate in 1998. Its primary objective is the assessment, monitoring, and restoration of coral reefs through basic and applied research and through training and education.

Wednesday's program begins at 9 a.m. with vendor and map displays. Beginning at 10:10 a.m., opening remarks will be delivered by MU Provost Dr. Sarah Denman, Sue Richardson, chair, Marshall Community and Technical College board of advisors, and Robert Plymale, director of the Nick J. Rahall, II Appalachian Transportation Institute.

A panel discussion titled "To Boldly Go Where Few Have Gone Before" starts at 11 a.m. Participants include Rick Lawson with Environmental Systems Research Institute; John Ferguson with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Larry Evans with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection; Craig Neidig with West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey; Joe Mazgaj with West Virginia Homeland Security/Emergency Services, and Jeff Stephens with West Virginia Society of Professional Surveyors.

Guest speakers in the afternoon include Hugh Bloemer, associate professor emeritus of geography, Ohio University Cartographic Center, at 12:30 p.m.; Jason Wang, senior transportation specialist at the Appalachian Regional Commission, 1 p.m., and Jeff Stephens, West Virginia Society of Professional Surveyors, at 1:30 p.m.

For more information, call (304) 696-5431.


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Marshall's School of Journalism hosts 'What is Tobacco?' conference

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - As part of its mission to educate future journalists and other mass communicators, Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SOJMC) is presenting "What is Tobacco?", a conference designed to explore different aspects of the controversial crop, product and health risk.

The event occurs in the main studio of the Communications Building next to Smith Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. This date coincides with the American Cancer Society's "Great American Smokeout." The SOJMC conference, which concludes at noon, is open to the public. Members of the media are encouraged to attend.

Dr. Corley Dennison, dean of SOJMC, said he sees the conference as an opportunity for everyone to learn more about this popular topic.

"From public service advertisements to frequent headlines, tobacco remains a topic that elicits strong opinions from all sides," Dennison said. "Our goal with this conference is to bring together professionals from different sides of this issue to discuss what they believe and why they believe it. Within this academic setting, we can have a civil discussion and leave with a greater understanding of this important issue."

After welcoming remarks from Dean Dennison, the event will consist of two panel discussions featuring:

PANEL 1

            Keith Richmond, County Executive Director, USDA Farm Service Agency

            Bruce Adkins, Director, Division of Tobacco Prevention, West Virginia Bureau of Public Health

Chris Chapman, Client Services Manager, RAZE Campaign, The Arnold Agency

Bill Bissett, Director of Public Relations, Marshall University (Moderator)

PANEL 2

            Dr. Richard Meckstroth, DDS, Chair, Department of General Practice & Rural Health, West Virginia University

            Dr. Brad Rodu, Tobacco Harm Reduction Research University of Louisville

            Dean Corley Dennison, SOJMC, Marshall University (Moderator)

The event can be seen locally in the Huntington area on Comcast Cable Channel 25.


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United States Postal Service offers Marshall students and faculty opportunity to apply for passport

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - For the first time, Marshall University students, staff and faculty will have the opportunity to apply for their passports without leaving the comfort of the Huntington campus.

As part of the 3rd annual Study Abroad Expo taking place Tuesday, Nov. 14 at Marshall, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has agreed to be in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to begin processing applications and take passport photos on site.  Although this event is directed at the Marshall community, it also is open to the general public.

Due to new travel laws which will go into effect in January 2007, U.S. citizens will soon need a valid passport for travel anywhere outside the United States, including Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America and Bermuda.  In an effort to meet this soon to be increased demand, the USPS is reaching out to give members of the Marshall community the chance to get ahead of the rush.

To apply for a passport, an individual will need a photo ID, such as valid U.S. driver's license, non-operator's ID or military/government employee ID (not a school ID) as well as a birth certificate with a raised or embossed seal and a filing date. 

In addition to valid identification, there are two separate charges which must be paid at the time of the application.  Post office officials are unable to accept credit, debit or cash as payment.  Interested individuals will need to bring two checks or money orders, the first of which can be made out to the U.S. Department of State in the amount of $67 and the second which should be made out to the U.S. Postal Service in the amount of $45.

Passport applications typically take six to eight weeks to process.  If an individual needs a passport in less than eight weeks, it is possible to have the process expedited for an additional $60 fee.

Every year, more than 150 Marshall University students go abroad to travel, work and study, a number which is on the rise.  Dr. Clark M. Egnor, executive director for Marshall's Center for International Programs, said it is vital for people to begin to realize the important role students and faculty play in globalization when they go abroad.  Applying for a passport is a first step in joining the international community. 

For more information about the Study Abroad Expo or applying for a passport, contact Elizabeth Lee, public relations assistant with the Center for International Programs, at (304) 382-5064 or by e-mail at elizabethinjapan@hotmail.com. Or, visit the Marshall University Center for International Programs office in Old Main 320.


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Hayes named interim president of Community and Technical College

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Robert B. Hayes, former president of Marshall University, has been named interim president of the Marshall Community and Technical College, John Hess, chair of the MU Board of Governors' community and technical college committee, announced today.

Hayes, who served as Marshall University's president from 1974 to 1983, begins his role as interim president Monday, Nov. 13. A search will begin soon for a permanent replacement for Dr. Vicki Riley, who resigned Oct. 6. Hayes served as interim president of the community college in 2000 during the search that led to Riley being hired.

"We are fortunate to have a man like Dr. Hayes who not only loves Marshall, but helped start the Marshall Community and Technical College," Hess said. "He can hit the ground running as we begin the search for a full-time president."

The MCTC board of advisors, chaired by Sue Richardson, is responsible for choosing the next permanent president.

Hayes, a native of Clarksburg, W.Va., has been involved at Marshall since 1965 when he was named dean of the College of Education, a position he held until becoming president in 1974. After his tenure as president, Hayes was a professor in Educational Administration/Leadership until 1991.

Since 1992, he has filled several interim positions, including: dean, College of Business; provost, Marshall Community and Technical College; director, North Central Accreditation Study; and, administrator, Robert C. Byrd Institute.

Among his many achievements at Marshall were development of the School of Medicine, establishment of the community college, expansion of campus facilities and reorganization of academic programs.

"I'm glad I'm available to work with the community college," Hayes said. "I'm pleased to have the opportunity to assist in any way I can. I'll do whatever is necessary to keep the organization moving forward. An interim anymore doesn't just hold things intact. There's too much activity going on."

Hayes may be contacted at (304) 633-7405.


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Annual memorial service honoring crash victims is Tuesday, Nov. 14

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Student Government Association will honor the 75 victims of the 1970 MU plane crash on Tuesday, Nov. 14 in the annual memorial service on Marshall's Huntington campus.

The service, which takes place near the Memorial Fountain on the Memorial Student Center plaza and is open to the public, starts at noon. Red Dawson, an assistant coach with the 1970 team, will speak at the event. He will be introduced by McG, director of the film, We Are Marshall.

"McG has graciously accepted our invitation to introduce Red Dawson," Ben Sandy, Marshall's student body president, said. "He has visited our campus and community many times over the past year and literally become part of the 'We' in 'We Are … Marshall.' He sincerely sought to tell the Marshall story in the most respectful way possible."

The crash on Saturday, Nov. 14, 1970 occurred at about 7:47 p.m. when a DC-9 jetliner, returning Marshall home from its football game at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., clipped some treetops just short of Tri-State Airport and went down. Dawson coached in the game at ECU, but after the Herd's 17-14 loss continued by car on a recruiting trip as the players, coaches and fans flew back to Huntington.

Others who will join Dawson as speakers during the memorial service include Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp and Mark Snyder, head football coach of the Thundering Herd.

The service will conclude with the traditional placing of a memorial wreath at the fountain and the silencing of the fountain until next spring. The Ceredo Fire Department Honor Guard will participate in the laying of the wreath along with Sandy, Snyder and the captains of Marshall's current football team. They are Bernie Morris, Doug Legursky, Matt Couch and Shavar Greer.


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Five to join Lewis College of Business Hall of Fame

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Five individuals who have had distinguished careers in their respective fields of business will be honored by Marshall University when they are inducted into the Lewis College of Business Hall of Fame Monday, Nov. 13 at the Radisson Hotel in Huntington.

The Hall of Fame honors those people in the business community who have an outstanding record of achievement in their career fields. It is the most distinguished honor granted by the Lewis College of Business (LCOB).

"This year's Hall of Fame ceremony recognizes the special contributions of two individuals who were instrumental in creating the film, We Are Marshall, which is so important to Marshall University, as well as individuals whose careers in business and their connection to the Lewis College of Business likewise are deserving of our appreciation and respect," said Dr. Paul Uselding, dean of LCOB.

This year's inductees are: 

James L. Farley, CEO of Nursing Care Management, Inc., in Cincinnati, Ohio, became the youngest CEO of a hospital in the United States when he was named administrator and CEO of Pleasant Valley Hospital in Point Pleasant, W.Va. in 1971. In 1976, he was elected to the first of two one-year terms as president of the West Virginia Hospital Association, becoming the youngest person to head a state hospital association.  

A 1960 graduate of Marsh Fork High School, Farley graduated from Marshall University in 1965 with a BBA in Marketing-Retail.  In 1967, he received a Master of Hospital and Health Care Administration from the Medical College of Virginia.  He worked for Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington and Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston before joining Pleasant Valley Hospital.

Farley has been actively involved at MU, having served on the Society of Yeager Scholars board and the Alumni Association board.  He is a member of the John Marshall Society, President's Circle and the Big Green Scholarship Foundation, and is a charter member of the Thunder Club.  Avid tennis players, Farley and his wife, Bobbie, who also is a Marshall graduate, have endowed a tennis scholarship in their name.  They have two daughters, Angela and Andrea, and five grandchildren.

David E. Haden is the owner of i-Source, LLC in Charleston, W.Va., capping a lifetime career in insurance.  After a start with Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company, he ventured out on his own in 1987 to create RMI, Ltd., a multi-lined insurance agency.  He managed and built a sales organization which grew from $350,000 to almost $2 million in annual commissions. 

Haden has been active in community, civic and church affairs, serving on numerous boards.  He has been a board member and past president of the MU Big Green Scholarship Foundation and currently is president of the MU Graduate College Advisory Board. He is also a member of the LCOB Strategic Management Task Force.  In 1992, Haden received the MU Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award.  He also is a member of the John Marshall Society and the President's Club.

Haden and his wife, Carolyn, reside in Charleston, W.Va.  He has two daughters, Sarah and Amy, a son, David, a stepdaughter, Megan, a stepson, Brad, and 11 grandchildren. 

Basil Iwanyk currently is a film producer with Warner Bros. Studios. He has worked on more than 30 movies, including We Are Marshall.  A native of New Jersey, Iwanyk moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Villanova University.  He got his start in the mailroom of the United Talent Agency but quickly moved to Warner Bros. where he became one of the youngest creative executives in studio history. 

During his tenure at Warner Bros., Iwanyk has overseen the development and production of such films as Ocean's 11, U.S. Marshalls, and Insomnia.  He also ran development on the Academy Award-winning picture Training Day, which grossed more than $100 million and garnered Denzel Washington his second Academy Award.

In 2000, Iwanyk left Warner to become president of Intermedia, which was the largest independent film company in the world.  He produced Terminator 3 and Alexander as well as The Widowmaker and Adaptation

In 2003, Iwanyk returned to Warner Bros. as a producer and established his company, Thunder Road Pictures.  The first film produced under the new banner was the Harrison Ford action film, Firewall.  Currently, Thunder Road has 22 projects in various stages of development.

Joseph McGinty Nichol, or McG as he is universally known, grew up in Newport Beach, Calif. He is the director of the soon-to-be-released film, We Are Marshall, which chronicles the aftermath of the tragic 1970 plane crash that took the lives of 75 MU football players, coaches, supporters and the flight crew.  His first feature film, Charlie's Angels, debuted at number one in the U.S. and eventually grossed more than $250 million worldwide.  He also directed the sequel, Charlie's Angels:  Full Throttle, which went on to gross an additional $265 million.

With two hit films and more than $500 million at the box office, McG formed the production company, Wonderland Sound and Vision, which went on to produce successful feature films.  Wonderland also produces the television hit show, The O.C., as well as Supernatural, which is now in its second season.

McG has directed more than 50 music videos for diverse artists with sales of more than 100 million albums worldwide.    

John Rulli, a Marshall graduate who was the captain of a Marshall championship baseball team, is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group, Inc., a member of the S&P 500 and the largest U.S. publicly traded real estate company.

Simon Property Group is engaged primarily in the ownership, development and management of retail real estate, primarily regional malls, Premium Outlet centers and community/lifestyle centers.  It currently owns an interest in approximately 285 properties in the U.S. and more than 55 properties in Europe, Japan and Mexico.

Rulli has been instrumental in building the operating foundation upon which Simon Property Group has grown.  Prior to joining Simon, Rulli served as vice president of human resources for Merit, Inc., and before that he was director of executive human resources for Lazarus department stores, a chain headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

Currently he is a member of the advisory board for the LCOB and is a director on the board of Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.  He chairs the fundraising campaign for the Simon Youth Foundation.  Rulli is actively involved in the community, working both with religious and civic leaders to develop programs that improve the quality of life for the underprivileged.   

Rulli received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Marshall and attended graduate school at the Ohio State University's Fawcett Center for Tomorrow.  While at Marshall he served as captain of the 1978 Southern Conference championship baseball team. He also served a president of the Residence Hall Government Association and was a resident advisor.

He and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Carmel, Ind., with their four children, William, Ashley, Jonathan, and Michael.

The criteria for receiving this award include an untarnished reputation and professional standing evidenced by recognition on a state, regional or national basis.

The event begins at 5 p.m. with a reception in the Radisson Hotel Ballroom.  The induction ceremony takes place at 6 p.m.  Tickets start at $100.  For more information, contact Mary Chapman at (304) 696-3319 or Mary Copley at (304) 696-2316.  


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Marshall Alumna Finalist for NBC Studios, Calif. Internship

Election Day has come and gone, but it's time to vote…again.

Marshall University alumna and Huntington native Jennifer Smith has been selected as one of four semi-finalists for the Sony Pictures "Pursue It: The Ultimate Internship Contest."

Smith recently submitted a video for the contest and was contacted Monday with news she is a semi-finalist for a summer internship at NBC Studios in Los Angeles, Calif.

"I'm ecstatic for this opportunity and for being selected," Smith said. "Regardless of the outcome, I'll continue to pursue my dream of working in Los Angeles as a producer." Now, it's up to America to decide her fate.

The public will choose the final two candidates; those two will then be interviewed by a representative from NBC Studios.

Voting began Thursday, Nov. 9 and runs through at 7:59 P.M. EST Monday, Nov.13. To vote, visit http://www.sony.com/pursue-it.   To vote for Jennifer click the NBC logo and choose Jennifer S.

Smith said she is encouraging friends, family and local residents to spread the word via e-mail, online social networks and word of mouth.

"Please send the link to vote to anyone you can think of, "Smith said. "The voting process is simple and should take a maximum of two minutes."

For more information, please contact Smith at (304)-617-1207. 


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Tickets to 'We Are Marshall' premiere at Pullman go on sale Nov. 27

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Tickets to the Dec. 12 premiere of We Are Marshall at Pullman Square will go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27, at the Marquee Cinemas box office and online at http://www.marqueecinemas.com.

Marquee Cinemas General Manager Charlotte Alesi announced details of the ticket sales today during a news conference at the Marquee Cinemas. Tickets are $25, and all 16 screens at the complex will show We Are Marshall on Dec. 12, beginning at 8 p.m. "Marquee Cinemas is very pleased to be part of this," Alesi said.

Two of the theatres, totaling about 590 seats, are nearly sold out to Marshall students, leaving about 2,100 seats for the general public. In less than four days, Marshall University's Student Government Association sold all but 36 of its allotment of 590 tickets to students, student body President Ben Sandy said today.    

Representatives from Marshall University, Clear Channel Communications, Marquee Cinemas, the city of Huntington and Pullman Square businesses attended today's news conference.

"It is very important to allow the people in the community to be a part of this historic event," Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said. "For Marshall University and for the city of Huntington, this is a powerful story - a story for the ages. I think it is going to be a film that will rival any film that has endured for decades."

Clear Channel Communications radio stations WKEE, WBVB, WVHU, WAMX and WTCR are sponsoring pre- and post-film activities at Pullman Square, beginning at 4 p.m. The stations will broadcast live from 4 to 8 p.m., according to Clear Channel Vice President Judy Cornett.

Cornett said more than $5,000 worth of prizes will be given away before the movie begins. Grand prizes include a big screen television and two green recliners. Also, all ticket holders will receive a special commemorative lapel pin.

After the movie, everyone will be invited to join in a candlelight service at Pullman Square. Seventy-five candles, representing each victim of the 1970 Marshall plane crash, will be lighted. Also, green and white balloon arches will decorate the area.

Bill Toney with the city of Huntington said developing a parking plan for those attending the premiere at the Keith-Albee Theatre, which begins at 7 p.m., and Pullman Square is ongoing. Details will be released when the plan is finalized.

Also today, Kopp and Alesi unveiled the first official We Are Marshall poster during the news conference. It is displayed along with other posters at the Marquee Cinemas.


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20th annual Outstanding Black High School Students' Weekend is Friday and Saturday at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Each fall, the Center for African American Students' Programs, under the auspices of Marshall University Multicultural Affairs, and in concert with various university departments, sponsors the Outstanding Black High School Students' Weekend.

This year's event takes place Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10-11, on Marshall's Huntington campus. Maurice Cooley, director of the center, said 85 academically advanced students and their parents are expected to participate in "a great Marshall weekend experience."

"This weekend is one of the best of the year," Cooley said. "I cannot imagine many things that are greater than opportunities to recognize and uplift young men and women for their academic promise. The weekend is a time to inspire our African American students and create a sense of pride in all that they have accomplished as they embark upon their college careers. Of course, we hope that they all will enroll in Marshall University." 

This initiative has evolved from a long and successful collaborative relationship with high schools throughout West Virginia and in Marshall's metro area high schools of Kentucky and Ohio.  High schools participate by nominating African American juniors and seniors with GPA's of 3.0 or above for the Outstanding Black High School Students recognition and students nominated are invited by Marshall to attend the Outstanding Black High School Students' Weekend held each year in November.

The weekend is set aside to introduce each student to the Marshall University experience, complemented by staying on campus with Marshall students who have volunteered to host one or more students in their residence halls.

Students and parents participate in educational forums and campus tours, meet college deans and attend information panels composed of faculty and staff representing the Marshall University community. The highlight of the weekend is the Friday evening Recognition Dinner, which starts at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room. It is followed by a student dance in Marco's with student hosts and friends. 

This year's special guests at the Recognition Dinner are students from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. This group of promising and talented students will spend two days on campus in activities planned with the College of Fine Arts. This initiative originated from partnership building with the D.C. school by Dr. Betty J. Cleckley, vice president, Marshall University Multicultural Affairs.

For more information, contact Cooley at (304) 696-5430 or cooley@marshall.edu.


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43rd annual International Festival kicks off International Education Week at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University kicks off International Education Week Sunday, Nov. 12 with the 43rd annual International Festival in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room on MU's Huntington campus.

The theme of the festival, which takes place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., is "Living in a Global Society" and emphasizes the pressing need for universities in the United States to prepare their students to live and work in a globalized society.

The International Festival features exotic foods, traditional music and dance, along with displays representing more than 60 countries and cultures. All of this will be provided by Marshall University international students and international community individuals and groups.  Admission to the International Festival is free, and the event is open to the public.

Currently, Marshall has 410 international students from more than 60 countries, a 10 percent increase over fall semester 2005, and almost double the number of international students since 2000. International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State to promote international awareness and international education skills.

In addition to the International Festival, other events to take place during International Education Week include the Festival of Flags and the Study Abroad Expo.

The Annual Festival of Flags takes place throughout November in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center. It features a spectacular display of flags from all of the countries where Marshall University draws international students or sends students to study abroad.  This semester's festival features flags from more than 60 countries and regions of the world.  

On Tuesday, Nov. 14, Marshall will host the 3rd annual MU Study Abroad Expo in the lobby of the Student Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 20 study abroad providers are expected to take part in the fair.  MU students and faculty will have the opportunity to discuss the programs directly with the providers, apply for passports, and get assistance with immunizations.   One $250 travel certificate, two $500 study abroad scholarships and other prizes will be given away at the fair.

Dr. Clark M. Egnor, executive director of Marshall's Center for International Programs, said the International Education Week events are the perfect opportunity for students, faculty, staff and members of the community to enjoy the international diversity and global opportunities found on the Marshall campus and in the surrounding community.

For further details about the International Festival and International Education Week activities, contact Egnor at (304) 696-2465, or egnor3@marshall.edu. Or, visit the Marshall University Center for International Programs office in Old Main 320.


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Limited number of tickets for premiere at Keith-Albee go on sale Monday, Nov. 13 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A limited number of tickets for the premiere of We Are Marshall, which takes place Tuesday, Dec. 12 at the Keith-Albee Theatre, will be on sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13 in the box office at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

Tickets will be available for $250, $500 and $1,000 each. If tickets are still available at 1 p.m., they will remain on sale in the box office, but also go on sale online at www.ticketmaster.com.

"This is an opportunity for people in the tri-state area to buy tickets to the Keith-Albee premiere in person," Dr. H. Keith Spears, vice president for communications and marketing at Marshall, said. "Because of unprecedented levels of sponsorships, the number of tickets remaining is limited. I would encourage anyone hoping to purchase tickets to the premiere of We Are Marshall at the Keith-Albee to arrive early at the box office on Monday.

"Based on inquiring phone calls and e-mails over the past few weeks, the number of people interested in attending this historical event is extremely high. Since limited seating is available, there is no guarantee those standing in line will get tickets, but their chances increase if they arrive early."

The maximum number of tickets a person may purchase is four. They may pay with cash, check or credit card. The tickets will not be distributed on Monday. They will be available for pickup between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Those who order the tickets on Monday must provide a photo ID and provide names of each person who will use the tickets when picking them up on Dec. 12.

Anyone buying a $250 ticket will get a seat in the Keith-Albee and admission to a post-film gala at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. A $500 ticket is good for orchestra seating closer to the stars in the Keith-Albee and admission to the gala. In addition to being seated near the stars during the movie and invited to attend the post-film gala, those paying $1,000 for a ticket also will be able to attend a pre-film reception.


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Richard Jackson makes $100,000 pledge to Marshall from his IRA; newest member of Heritage Society accelerates planned gift

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Already a generous donor to Marshall University's academic and athletic programs, 1959 MU graduate Richard Delyn Jackson is the first donor to make a new type of gift to Marshall.

Jackson's gift, made possible from the Pension Protection Act of 2006, will be a tax-free gift of $100,000 made directly to Marshall from his IRA. The gift will be designated to:

  • Richard Delyn Jackson Endowment for New Business Frontiers

  • Society of Yeager Scholars program

  • Big Green Scholarship Foundation Inc.

"All donors are absolutely essential and really underwrite the future of the university," Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said. "Richard Jackson is a very important alumnus to Marshall University. We are blessed to have major donors like Richard who do not limit their giving to one area."

Jackson planned for Marshall to be the beneficiary of his IRA at his death. But the new federal legislation allows the transfer of a portion of these funds to be made during the donor's lifetime. For 2006 and 2007, Congress is allowing individuals to make tax-free direct transfers from IRAs to qualified charities, such as Marshall.

Donors, age 70 ½ and above, can now donate up to $100,000 a year directly from their IRAs. The gift provides the equivalent of a 100 percent income tax charitable contribution deduction for the gift.

"This is something everybody should look at. It's a wonderful opportunity," Jackson said. "People at this age and with this opportunity should take advantage of this. It's a tax-free way to provide something to the university in a way that would have minimal impact on their personal expenses."

Jackson has been honored with membership in the university's Heritage Society, in recognition of his planned gift. He serves on the Yeager Scholars Board of Directors, has been inducted into the MU Business Hall of Fame and has received a Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree and the Alumni Association Community Achievement Award from Marshall.

Jackson, currently Chairman of the Board with ebank Financial Services Inc. in Atlanta and former chief executive officer of Georgia Federal and First Georgia Bank, has lived in Atlanta since 1968. The football scenes and other portions of the soon-to-be-released Warner Bros. film, We Are Marshall, were filmed in Atlanta.

Jackson has written three books:  Too Stupid to Quit: Banking and Business Lessons Learned the Hard Way; Yesterdays Are Forever, A Rite of Passage through the Marine Corps and Vietnam War, and The Last Fast White Boy, a story about athletics at Marshall during Jackson's involvement in various sports - including football - during the 1950s.

For more information on giving to Marshall University, contact Dr. Lynne S. Mayer, Associate Vice President for Development at (304) 696-6214.


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Marshall writers to read from their work on Nov. 15

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Fiction writers Marie Manilla and Dr. Anthony Viola will read from their work at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15 in Room 2W16 of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Their appearance, sponsored by the Marshall English department and the College of Liberal Arts, is part of the MU Visiting Writer's Series, now in its 18th year.

Viola is an assistant professor of English at Marshall University.  He has been the associate director of the Writing Program and a postdoctoral scholar in creative writing at the University of Kentucky, as well as a postdoctoral fellow at Ohio University, where he had received his Ph.D. in 2003.

He has published stories in Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing and Gulf Coast.  He is currently at work on a novel set in New York City.

Manilla is a Huntington native.  She holds an MA in English from Marshall University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.  A finalist in the 2003 Nelson Algren Awards, her story "Crystal City" was published in The Chicago Tribune.  In 1997, she received the Lawrence Foundation Award for best short story to appear in Prairie Schooner.

Other stories, novel excerpts, and plays have appeared in Mississippi Review and the GSU Review. Her screenplay, "Amnesty," placed second in the 2003 BroadMind Entertainment/Cynosure Screenwriting Awards.  This summer she attended the Sewanee Writers' Conference as a Tennessee Williams Scholar in fiction. 

For more information, contact MU English professor Art Stringer at (304) 696-2403.


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Entries being accepted through Dec. 4 for awards competition in connection with MLK Symposium

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Entries are now being accepted for Marshall University's awards competition in connection with the 14th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium in January.

Using the theme, "Building a Beloved Community," the competition will recognize    students in categories from elementary to graduate school who submit the best original projects on that theme. Deadline for entries is Dec. 4.

Students may submit original works of art (paintings, drawings, montages, computer graphics, photographs); music; or literature (essays, poems, short stories, plays, films). The competition is open to all areas of creative expression, and none will be excluded from consideration, according to the event's organizers. All written submissions must be typed or word processed and double-spaced. No handwritten submissions will be accepted.

The submissions will be judged by a panel of Marshall University faculty and staff and representatives of Cabell County Schools. Submissions will be judged on originality, creativity, clarity, overall quality, and relevance to the theme. The decision of the judges will be final.

All submissions become the property of Marshall University Multicultural Affairs and will not be returned to students.

The awards for first prize are set at $1,000 for graduate and undergraduate, $300 for high school, $50 for middle school, and $25 for elementary school. Second-place awards are $500 for graduate and undergraduate, $150 for high school, $25 for middle school, and $20 for elementary school.

Winners will be announced in January.  Award winners will be required to attend the 14th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium Memorial Service in Huntington on Monday, Jan. 15. The awards recognition ceremony will take place during the service.

The winning entries will be displayed in the Marshall University John Deaver Drinko Library after the symposium ends, published in the 14th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium booklet and displayed by public and private libraries throughout West Virginia.

Persons interested in entering the competition may visit the Web site at www.marshall.edu/mcip/MartinLutherKingAwardsCompetition.html to obtain further information and entry forms.


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Maier Foundation honored for generosity to Marshall University; donors to Byrd Biotechnology Science Center also recognized

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Maier Foundation Inc., a major benefactor of Marshall University and higher education throughout West Virginia, was honored today as the newest member of Marshall's Pathway of Prominence.

A plaque honoring the Maier Foundation was unveiled during a ceremony at the pathway, located at the center of the Huntington campus between Old Main and the Memorial Student Center. The plaque is the 18th on the pathway, which is reserved for those who have given at least $1 million to Marshall.

"At the Maier Foundation, our principal mission is dedicated to higher education in West Virginia," said Edward H. Maier, president and chair of the Maier Foundation. "We continue to have an outstanding relationship with Marshall University in different areas of excellence. We're also excited by the leadership of Marshall President Stephen Kopp and look forward to continuing to work with him on a number of different projects."

Kopp expressed his gratitude to Maier and his wife, Susan, for their generosity to Marshall. Both are MU graduates - Ed in 1969 with a degree in economics, and Susan in 1977 with a degree in elementary education.

"Ed and Susan are great friends and supporters of Marshall University," Kopp said. "The Maier Foundation's remarkable generosity to this university, which dates back many decades, is well documented. Its $1 million endowment to the Yeager Scholarship Fund and $500,000 contribution to the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center are examples of the foundation's commitment to higher education in West Virginia."

The Maier Foundation Inc. was established as a private foundation by William J. Maier, Jr., who lived a modest and unpretentious life, and quietly built a philanthropic legacy that has helped further the education of many in West Virginia and beyond.

After attending college with the help of financial aid and following his mother's advice to "do good with all the money you can spare," William Maier decided to give something back. In 1958, he created the Sarah and Pauline Maier Scholarship Foundation, named after his mother and wife. In 2003, the Sarah and Pauline Maier Foundation was renamed the Maier Foundation Inc.

The Maier Foundation has focused most of its resources on the higher education of West Virginia students and on cultural activities in the Kanawha Valley. It was honored today because of its role as a major benefactor of Marshall University.

Ed and Susan Maier are members of the John Marshall Society, President's Circle and Thunder Club. Ed's service to Marshall has included leadership positions on the Society of Yeager Scholars board of directors and the Marshall University Alumni Association board. He was honored as an inductee of the Marshall Business Hall of Fame, recipient of the MUAA Community Achievement Award, and recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Marshall.

Susan has demonstrated her high regard for promoting quality education in West Virginia by providing the Susan Runyan Maier Distance Learning Classroom in Marshall's College of Education and Human Services.

The Maier Foundation also provides support for the Maier Latin and Writing Awards, which Ed Maier presents annually at Marshall.

In another event today, all donors to Marshall's Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center were honored in a reception at the center immediately after the pathway ceremony. A plaque containing the name of each donor to the center was unveiled.

Kopp described the building as "a living testament to the power and inspiration of education to transform lives and our world." He noted that eight rooms in the biotechnology science center have been named after donors. They are:

  • The Maier Foundation Inc., Maier Auditorium;
  • William and Joyce Willis, Willis Auditorium;
  • Cisco Systems Inc. in appreciation of F. Selby Wellman, Computer Laboratory (Room 220);
  • Jim and Gladys Hamer, in honor of Leola Frazier, Undergraduate Teaching Lab (Room 211);
  • Monica and Mark Hatfield, Biotechnology Research Laboratory (Room 213);
  • Mary H. and J. Churchill Hodges, Biotechnology Capstone Research Laboratory (Room 215);
  • John and Donna Underwood, Lounge (Second floor);
  • Howard and Marcia Aulick, Faculty Office (Room 301B).

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Blood drive takes place Nov. 8-9 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Baptist Campus Ministries and Student Health are sponsoring an American Red Cross Blood Drive Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 8-9, at the Campus Christian Center on MU's Huntington campus.

The drive is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. All donors will receive forgiveness for one parking ticket.

For more information, contact Jerry Losh with Baptist Campus Ministries at (304) 696-3053 or by email at losh@wvbc.org, or Prudy Barker, director of volunteer services/judicial affairs at Marshall, at (304) 696-2495.

 
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Spring International Film Festival Returns to the Keith-Albee Theatre Feb. 9-15!

The Marshall Artists Series announces the Spring International Film Festival will now be held at the Keith Albee Theatre in beautiful downtown Huntington instead of the Francis Booth Experimental Theatre on the Marshall University Campus. "Originally slated to be closed for renovations during the International Film Festival, we have now learned the Keith Albee Theatre will be available to house our Spring International Film Festival," said Angela Jones, Marketing Director for the Marshall Artists Series. "We are thrilled to be back in the Keith Albee for our Spring Film Festival. The move makes perfect sense with new film equipment, the large movie screen and the success of the fall festival."      

This year's Spring International Film Festival kicks off Friday, Feb. 9 and runs through Thursday Feb. 15. It's jam-packed with movies that will leave you laughing, learning, soul searching and even sometimes crying.

First on the fantastic lineup is L'Enfant. The film begins with the birth of a child, but its real story is the moral rebirth of a man. Dispossessed twenty-year-old Bruno lives with his eighteen year old girlfriend Sonia, in an eastern Belgian steel town. They live off Sonia's unemployment benefits and the panhandling and petty theft committed by Bruno and his gang. Their lives change forever when Sonia has a baby.  The film is from France and presented in French with English subtitles.

Viewers will find themselves mesmerized by the spellbinding Three Times as Director Hou Hsiao-hsien delivers one of the most rapturously beautiful and romantic movies of the year. Told as three love stories, each set in a different era- a 1966 pool hall, a 1911 brothel, and present day Taipei. The film stars the same actors in all three sections. In these three potential miniatures, Hou Hsiao-hsien suggests that time passes differently when you are deeply in love. He captures the mystical quality of that time on film, making us feel as if we're living in it, rather than simply watching it. The film from Taiwan and presented in Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles.

Anyone who has waited for treatment in an emergency room or chafed under the less than devoted care of a disinterested doctor will recognize Mr. Lazarescu's dilemma. In The Death of Mr. Lazarescu a 60-ish widower, living alone in Bucharest with his cats feels sick enough one evening to call an ambulance. This is the beginning of his Dantesque odyssey deep into the bowels of a big city medical establishment. It's a story that could take place anywhere and Mr. Lazarescu could be your next-door neighbor- or he could be you. The film is from Romania and is presented in Romanian with English subtitles.

Academy Award-nominee, Don't Tell, is based on the celebrated Italian novel "La Bestia nel Cuore". Don't Tell is the mesmerizing story of a woman's journey into her past and the aftermath of confronting personal demons long hidden beneath the surface of her psyche. Don't Tell often has the eerie feel of a Hitchcock film - "Vertigo" in particular - where you're not always sure if what you are seeing is really happening. The film is Italian and is presented in Italian with English subtitles.

Quinceanera is the story of a young Latino girl who is preparing for her fifteenth birthday and her own Quinceanera to be held in honor of her entry into womanhood. As Magdelena's fifteenth birthday approaches, her life is consumed by thoughts of her boyfriend, her Quinceanera dress, and the Hummer limo she hopes will show up on her special day. Life seems so simple until fate delivers an unwelcome surprise- she is pregnant. Winner of the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize in Drama at Sundance, this is a fresh, spirited drama, charming and unpretentious. The film from the USA and is presented in English and Spanish with English subtitles.

Sophie Scholl- The Final Days is the true story of Germany's most famous anti-Natzi heroine who is brought to life in Germany's official Foreign Language Film selection for the 2005 Academy Awards. Sophie Scholl stars as Julia Jentsch in a luminous performance as the young coed-turned-fearless activist. Armed with long-buried historical records of her incarceration, director Marc Rothemund expertly re-creates the last six days of Sophie Scholl's life: a heart-stopping journey from arrest to interrogation, trial and sentence. The film from Germany is presented in German with English subtitles.

No advance tickets necessary. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Individual tickets cost $7. Tickets for full-time Marshall students are free and Marshall faculty and staff pay only $5.50. Season ticket holders will be admitted 30 minutes prior to each film. Individual tickets can be purchased 15 minutes prior to each film.

For information call 304.696.6656 or visit our website at www.marshallartistsseries.org for a complete schedule of films as well as movie trailers and links to official film sites. All films will be shown at the Keith Albee Theatre on 425 4th Ave in Downtown Huntington.

The International Spring Festival is sponsored by Marshall University Multicultural Affairs, Radisson Hotel Huntington, Clear Channel Communications, The Herald Dispatch and The Marshall Artists Series. 


 

            Spring International Film Festival Schedule

 

Friday, Feb. 9

5:30 L'Enfant

7:30 Three Times

9:45 Don't Tell

 

Saturday, Feb. 10

2:30 Death of Mr. Lazarescu

5:30 Quinceanera

7:30 Sophie Scholl - Final Days

9:45 L'Enfant

 

Sunday, Feb. 11

2:30 Sophie Scholl - Final Days

5:30 Don't Tell

7:30 Three Times

9:45 Death of Mr. Lazarescu

 

Monday, Feb. 12

5:30 Quinceanera

7:30 Three Times

 

Tuesday, Feb. 13

5:30 L'Enfant

7:30 Death of Mr. Lazarescu

 

Wednesday, Feb. 14

5:30 Don't Tell

7:30 Sophie Scholl- Final Days

 

Thursday, Feb. 15

5:30 Quinceanera

7:30 Death of Mr. Lazarescu


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First Friday FilmFest continues Nov. 3 at the Cinema

Huntington, W.Va. - First Friday Filmfest, a series that is bringing first-run, independent films to the Cinema Theatre in downtown Huntington, continues at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 with the showing of Mini's First Time.

Funded through Marshall University's Student Affairs, the films are free to members of the Marshall community with IDs and $5 for all non-MU patrons. Tickets are available in advance from the Student Activities Programming Board office, which is located in room 2w29 of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

Admission at the door is on a space-available basis. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged.

Mini's First Time stars Nikki Reed (from 2003's Thirteen), Alec Baldwin, Carrie-Anne Moss, Luke Wilson, and Jeff Goldblum. It's Nick Guthe's first feature film as writer-director. The New York Daily News describes the film as "a pitch-black send-up of a classic femme fatale, a teenage version of the husband-killers in Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice."

Commenting on the two main performances of the film, the review concludes: "The 18-year-old Reed, who used her own rebellious adolescence as fodder for the script she co-wrote for Catherine Hardwick's Thirteen, is as convincing as a femme-fatale caricature can be, and Baldwin hasn't been as much fun to watch in years."

Completing the series for fall semester is the film The Heart of the Game on Dec. 1. Showtime for each film is 7:15 p.m. All films will be shown at the Cinema Theatre, located at 1021 4th Ave.


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'A Different World: Diversity, Change and Appalachian Youth' symposium features presentations, performances, workshops

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Faces of Appalachia and the Harmony Institute, two Marshall University programs, are hosting a symposium titled "A Different World:  Diversity, Change, and Appalachian Youth" through November.

Presentations, performances, workshops, and other public events will bring together college students, faculty, and community members to discuss changes needed to make sure that all of Appalachia's young people, regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender, have adequate opportunities to excel and to make a contribution to the region. The symposium is designed to foster:

  • Support for innovative programs to make schools and communities safer for Appalachian youth of all racial and ethnic backgrounds;
  • Artistic and literary opportunities for youth of all racial and ethnic backgrounds;
  • Creative responses from students and professionals not only in the immediate Huntington area, but in other Appalachian communities as well;
  • Future research and education initiatives based on the interactive and interdisciplinary nature of the programs that are envisioned.

Faces of Appalachia is a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant established to provide education and research on the rich diversity of contemporary Appalachia. The Harmony Institute, under the aegis of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, was established to promote positive relations among races and to increase awareness of the contributions African Americans make to American history and society.

"I think the speakers and panelists will help us build on our awareness of the needs of today's youth," Dr. Edwina Pendarvis, Faces of Appalachia co-director, said. "And, they will give us new ideas about what we can do in the schools, in extracurricular programs, and in recreation and other community service programs to make sure all children and teenagers feel valued and have a chance to develop their abilities."

The symposium begins today. Poet Marilyn Nelson will give a reading from her books, Mama's Promises, New and Selected Poems, Carver: A Life in Poems (a Coretta Scott King Honor Book) and A Wreath for Emmett Till at 8 p.m. in the Birke Art Gallery in Smith Hall. Nelson will discuss writing informally at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 in the Drinko Library's third-floor atrium.

At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, author Dr. Ancella Bickley will give a reading in Drinko Library room 402. She co-edited Memphis Tennessee Garrison: The Remarkable Story of a Black Appalachian Woman, published by Ohio University Press, and has written stories and articles for such magazines as the West Virginia history magazine, Golden Seal.  During the week of Nov. 6-10, she will visit classes on campus.

On Friday, Nov. 10, three speakers and a panel will offer their perspectives on diversity, change, and Appalachian youth.

Researcher Wilburn Hayden, author of studies of African Americans in Appalachia, will make a presentation on how to change communities to make them more healthful places for children and youth from diverse minority groups. His presentation is at 3 p.m. in Drinko Library room 349.

At 4 p.m. in the same location, Caitlin Howley will give the results of her research on students' perspectives on racism in Appalachian schools

Dr. Pat Kusimo will speak at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center's Shawkey Room. Kusimo will present an overview on West Virginia's progress toward closing the achievement gap between black and white students. She will then participate in a panel discussion with Bickley, Hayden, Brandon Jackson from Ebenezer Outreach and Michael Sheets from Cammack Middle School.

At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28, bell hooks, world-renowned author of Witness and other books, will speak in the Don Morris Room.

At 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, Frank X. Walker will conduct a poetry workshop and reading in the Shawkey Room, and Gregg McAllister will make a brief presentation on Poetry Out Loud at 7 p.m., also in the Shawkey Room.

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, Dr. Pedro Noguera, author of City Schools and the American Dream and other books, will speak in Memorial Student Center room 2w16 (the Alumni Lounge).

Noguera's speech, "Recognizing and Celebrating our Diversity in the Schools and Community," will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Noguera; Monica Brooks, associate dean, MU Libraries; Maurice Cooley, director for the Center for African American Students' Programs; Gregg McAllister, director, Arts in Education, West Virginia Division of Culture and History; Dr. Barry Sharpe, director of Marshall's Center of Academic Excellence; Feon Smith, program specialist with Multicultural Affairs, and Cabell County Schools Superintendent William Smith.

For more information, contact Pendarvis at (304) 696-2855 or Feon Smith at (304) 696-4637.


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WMUL students honored at 2006 CBI awards ceremony

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from WMUL-FM, Marshall University's public radio station, received two first-place awards and four finalist awards at the 85th Annual National College Media Convention/2006 Collegiate Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) National Student Radio Production Awards Ceremony.

The event took place Friday, Oct. 27 in the Rose Garden Room at the Adam's Mark Hotel in St. Louis.

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

The contest, in its fifth year, is sponsored by CBI, which administers the contest in cooperation with College Media Advisers Inc. (CMA), the nation's oldest and largest college media organization.

"It is an honor to win two out of the 12 first-place awards granted by these prestigious organizations," Bailey said. "Our radio students have established a tradition at WMUL-FM of being able to successfully compete at the national, regional, or state level with other student-operated college radio stations."

Columbia College was the only other institution to win two first-place awards from CBI.

"This performance is further evidence of the quality of the work performed by our talented broadcasting students," Bailey said. "I am proud of our students, who continue to provide quality broadcast performances to tri-state listeners. They are excellent representatives for the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications and Marshall University in competitions against nationally known colleges and universities."

Marshall's first-place award winning entries were:

Radio Sports Play-By-Play: WMUL-FM's broadcast of Marshall University versus the University of Southern Mississippi played at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington on 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 senior from St. Marys, W.Va.; sideline reporter Melanie Chapman, a graduate student from McConnell, W.Va., and engineer Jen Smith, a recent graduate from Huntington.

Radio 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 recent graduate from Huntington.

The finalist award-winning entries were:

Radio News Reporting: "Marshall Remembers," written and produced by Melanie Chapman, a graduate student from McConnell, W.Va., broadcast during the Marshall versus East Carolina football pre-game program, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005.

Radio Sports Reporting: "Randy Moss and Chad Pennington Visit the Tri-State," written and produced by Alex Reed, a graduate student from Virginia Beach, Va., broadcast during "The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Friday, April 21, 2006. 

Radio Sports Reporting: "John Saunders Feature," written and produced by Clark Davis, a graduate student from Huntington, broadcast during "The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Thursday, April 13, 2006. 

Radio Public Service Announcement: "Cabell-Wayne Adopt-A-Pet," an in-house public service announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM's public service announcement rotation from Monday, May 1, 2006 through the present time, written and produced by Adam Cavalier, a sophomore from Montgomery, W.Va.

In all, 450 entries were submitted for judging in the 2006 CBI National Student Production Awards. More information is available by calling Bailey at (304) 696-2294.


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New 2 + 2 agreements strengthen options for ACTC, Marshall students

ASHLAND, Ky. - Presidents from Marshall University and Ashland Community and Technical College today signed 2 + 2 articulation agreements that further strengthen the relationship between the two institutions and add options for students.

The agreements, signed in a brief ceremony at ACTC's College Drive Campus, offer 12 additional 2 + 2 degree options in the fields of journalism and chemistry. They allow students to complete an associate degree at ACTC, then transfer the courses smoothly into a complementary major at Marshall.

"It is important to create a seamless pathway for students so they will know what courses to take when they transfer to Marshall," MU President Stephen J. Kopp said. "We want to do anything we can to demystify that process. The challenges we face in higher education really don't have state boundaries."

Kopp said Marshall expects to partner with ACTC on more agreements in the future.

"We know that we have friends at Marshall University," Ashland Community and Technical College President Greg Adkins said. "This partnership, among the many others that we in higher education forge, enhances higher education throughout the region. The concept of working together for the common good improves the educational, as well as economic, vitality of the tri-state."

The agreements state that students who receive an associate degree in science at ACTC may then pursue Bachelor of Science degrees at Marshall in:

  • Biology with a minor in chemistry;
  • Chemistry with a minor in biology;
  • Forensic chemistry with a minor in biology.

Those who receive an associate degree in arts at ACTC may then pursue Bachelor of Arts degrees at Marshall in:

  • Advertising with a minor in history;
  • Advertising with a minor in marketing;
  • Broadcast journalism with a minor in political science;
  • Electronic media management with a minor in history;
  • Online journalism with a minor in history;
  • Online journalism with a minor in political science;
  • Print journalism with a minor in history;
  • Print journalism with a minor in political science;
  • Public relations with a minor in political science.

The 2 + 2 agreements guide students through a four-year academic plan which begins with an associate degree at ACTC and is followed by prescribed coursework at Marshall. The colleges have worked together and had 2 + 2 agreements in place in different fields of study since 1996.

"It is a guarantee that if you follow this path at ACTC, then transfer to Marshall and continue on the curriculum path, you will get your four-year degree," Dr. Sarah Denman, provost at Marshall, said of the latest agreements. "It is a win-win for the Tri-State Area."


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