October 2006 News Releases

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

Scholarship established at Marshall to honor memory of Greg Ferguson

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Family and friends of John Gregory Ferguson have established a scholarship at Marshall University to honor the memory of the lifelong resident of Wayne County, W.Va.

The Greg Ferguson Memorial Scholarship will be awarded each year to a graduating senior from Spring Valley, Tolsia or Wayne high schools in Wayne County who plans to be a full-time undergraduate student at Marshall University during the next academic year.  First preference will be given to students who plan to major in any health care, human resources, business management or agricultural related field.

Ferguson was a 1978 graduate of Buffalo High School and graduated from West Virginia Institute of Technology and Marshall University.  While in school he was an all-state high school football player and later a scholarship college football player.  He was employed at Cabell Huntington Hospital for more than 23 years where he served as Director of Human Resources for more than 19 years. He was an avid cattleman and farmer, as well as a respected community member.

Clay Maddox, a 2005 graduate of Spring Valley High School, whose father Jeff was a close friend of Ferguson, was an honorary recipient of the award. The first recipient of the $500 scholarship is Earl S. Robinson III, a 2006 graduate of Spring Valley High School.

The Ferguson family has expressed appreciation to all those who helped make this scholarship possible.

For further information about the scholarship or to learn how to make a donation, call the development office at Marshall University at (304) 696-6214. 

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

Flu shots available Nov. 7-8 for Marshall students, staff and faculty

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Flu shots will be given to Marshall University students, staff and faculty on Tuesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Nov. 8 in Marco's in the basement of the Memorial Student Center on MU's Huntington campus.

The flu vaccines will be administered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and from 10 a.m. until supplies run out on Wednesday.

The vaccine is free to all Marshall students with current MU IDs. The cost is $15 for staff and faculty with MU IDs.  For more information, call (304) 696-3111 or (304) 696-4800.  The event is sponsored by Student Health Education Programs.

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

Marshall University, MCTC announce creation of dual degree program in early childhood education

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Representatives from Marshall University and Marshall Community and Technical College today signed an articulation agreement creating a dual degree program in early childhood education. The signing took place during a ceremony in the Memorial Student Center's Shawkey Room on MU's Huntington campus.

Dr. Rosalyn Templeton, dean of Marshall's College of Education and Human Services (COEHS), said the program will help ensure that all early childhood education personnel are highly qualified to provide education and care to West Virginia's young children. She said it will allow teacher candidates (students) to earn an associate of applied science in early childhood education at MCTC, then transfer to Marshall for another two years without any additional coursework.

"With the MU-MCTC dual degree program, it is uplifting to know that the young children of West Virginia will be given the opportunity to be educated by highly qualified teachers and child caregivers," said Templeton, also chair of the 21st Century Early Childhood Education Task Force. "Research tells us the qualifications of a teacher will determine whether a child will have a successful preschool experience. These types of partnerships throughout the state will ensure that West Virginia is a national leader in 21st Century early childhood education."

Responding to a request from West Virginia Sen. Robert Plymale, Templeton organized a brainstorming session in January with early education representatives from throughout the state. Plymale said his appeal was in response to a senate bill that was passed in 2001, establishing a deadline of 2012 for the state to fully meet early childhood education needs.

The result was formation of the 21st Century ECE Task Force, which included individuals from COEHS, the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Marshall Community and Technical College, West Virginia Careers in Education Project, West Virginia Community and Technical College System, and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

"West Virginia is a national leader in early childhood education, ranking first in quality of our professional educators and fifth nationally in all categories," Plymale said. "Marshall's unique and unprecedented approach places these institutions as national leaders in the preparation of the 21st Century Professional Educators and Paraprofessionals."

The task force subcommittees are chaired by Dr. Robert Angel, coordinator of the Preschool Special Needs Program at Marshall; Monica Della Mea, MUEEC Outreach coordinator, Carol Perry, associate dean of General Studies at MCTC and Dr. Laura Boswell, assistant professor in Special Education.

"The new dual degree program in early childhood education between MCTC and Marshall is a result of the hard work of the 21st Century Early Childhood Education Task Force and its articulation subcommittee," Templeton said.

Angel noted the renewed interest nationally on the importance of the preschool years and said, "This program will help to keep West Virginia in the forefront of states providing high quality services to its youngest citizens."

Dr. Cathy R. Jones, Early Childhood Coordinator with the West Virginia Department of Education, said today is exciting for Marshall University and the field of early childhood in West Virginia.

"As doors open for West Virginia's early childhood professionals to access new educational opportunities, the ultimate beneficiaries will be the state's youngest students," Jones said.

Della Mea, too, praised the program and the institutions involved. "This is a huge achievement for the 21st Century Early Childhood Education Task Force," she said. "It demonstrates that collaboration between entities is not only possible but can bring about positive change for early childhood education in our region."

Clayton Burch, director of the Marshall University Early Education Center, said the dual degree program between MU and MCTC will allow the center to share its vision of 21st Century early education. "I see it as a beginning for professional development experiences for pre-service and in-service early educators statewide," Burch said.

Dr. Mary Jo Graham, a School of Education professor at Marshall and faculty advisor for the EEC, also described the program as "exciting."

 "The dual degree is exciting because the pre-service and in-service professional development process helps teachers work with children in ways that develop early habits of inquiry, forming the foundation for critical thinking, which is germane to 21st Century learning," she said.

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Friday October 27, 2006
Contact: Angela Jones, , (304) 696-3334

Imagination Celebration Presents: Alice

The Kennedy Center's Imagination Celebration Presents: Alice based on the book by Whoopi Goldberg   

For the 4th consecutive year, The John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts Imagination Celebration On Tour brings a 1 hour musical that the entire family will enjoy. Alice, a smart and sassy young girl, believes being rich will get her a giant house, lots of friends and everything money could buy. Treat your kids to a night out at the Keith Albee Theatre November 1, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.   

After many nights filled with dreams of fame and fortune, Alice can hardly believe it when she hears that she is the winner of a mysterious sweepstakes! With her two best friends in tow - Sal De Rabbit, a white rabbit who's, well, kind of invisible, and Robin, a card-playing nerd who has a thing for hats - Alice heads into the topsy-turvy neon wonderland of the Big City in a race against the clock to claim her prize. Armed only with zany directions from a mysterious streetwalker, the group discovers a labyrinth of adventures, with a surprise around every corner. Along the way, they cross paths with a multitude of colorful characters, each as unique as the city itself.

Join Alice and her friends on a journey bigger than their wildest dreams, leading them to the biggest treasure of all - the realization of the importance of friendship.

In 1992, Whoopi Goldberg made her debut as an author with her first children's book, Alice. Her second literary endeavor, simply entitled Book, became a bestseller in the U.S. and around the world. Whoopi has received numerous awards including a Grammy, Academy Award, two Golden Globes, an Emmy, and a Tony celebrating her talent as an actress. She is equally well-known for her humanitarian efforts on behalf of children, the homeless, human rights, education, substance abuse and the battle against AIDS, as well as many other causes and charities including her position as a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations.

Tickets for the show are now available, adult tickets $25 and youth tickets $15. 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 Marshall University Multicultural Affairs, Cabell County Commission, Delegate Kevin Craig, Trainer, Wright and Paterno, Marsha Slater - State Farm Insurance, Dr. Steven Nicholas, D.D.S., Tri-State Otolaryngology, Natural Resource Partners, The Herald Dispatch, Clear Channel Communications and Marshall Artists Series.

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Thursday October 26, 2006
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall photography students to exhibit work at Drinko Library

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University photography students will exhibit recent work in the computing centers on the first and third floors of the Drinko Library on MU's Huntington campus beginning Tuesday, Oct. 31.  A reception for the artists will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1 in the library's third-floor atrium.

Prof. Mark Slankard and his advanced photography class organized the exhibition in conjunction with the department of art and design.  Students displaying their work are Paul Boekell, Sarah Brinegar, Charlotte Clark, Betty Gay, Miranda Fields, Valerie Fincham, Josh Harshbarger, Daniel McQuade, Stephania Rovatsos, Dominique Sacco, Jenni Snead, Erin White and Rickey Woodrum.

For more information, contact Slankard at slankard@marshall.edu or by phone at (304) 696-2903.

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Wednesday October 25, 2006
Contact: Angela Jones, , (304) 696-3334

Luis Bravo's Forever Tango Postpones World Tour Until Spring

Due to circumstances beyond our control, The Marshall Artists Series presentation of Luis Bravo's Forever Tango has been postponed until May, 15, 2007. The re-scheduled show will be held at the Keith-Albee Theatre and the start time will be 8 p.m.

Tickets for the original November 15th performance will be honored at the re-scheduled performance. 

Tickets may be purchased by calling the Marshall Artists Series box office at 304-696-6656.  You may also order tickets at Ticketmaster.com. 

Luis Bravo's Forever Tango is sponsored by BB& T, Farrell, Farrell & Farrell PLLC, University Physicians & Surgeons, Clear Channel Communications and the Herald-Dispatch.

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

Thirty-two states, D.C. represented in Marshall Marathon

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Nearly 400 people from 32 states and the District of Columbia have registered to participate in the third annual Marshall University Marathon, presented on Sunday, Nov. 5 by HealthyHuntington.org, race director Tom Dannals said today.

The marathon starts at 8 a.m. on 3rd Avenue in front of Marshall's Cam Henderson Center. Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp will fire the starting gun to get the race underway. It ends on the playing field at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Dannals said most of those registered so far are marathoners. He said he hopes many more walkers and half-marathon relay teams will sign up to participate in the next week and a half.

"That way, the people who have tried 5k runs can get together and have fun in a team competition," Dannals said.

Participants can register online at www.active.com through 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. In addition to the marathon (26.2 miles), other events include the half-marathon run (13.1 miles), the half-marathon relay run, the half-marathon walk and the 5-mile walk. The marathon course is described as flat and fast and is USA Track and Field (USATF) certified.

Two or three people may do the half-marathon relay run in any order they wish. The legs will be 3.3, 5.7 and 4.1 miles. The half-marathon walk is a non-competitive event, but it will be timed.

Entry fees for those who register online are $50 for the marathon, $30 for the half-marathon run, $20 per runner for the half-marathon relay run and $15 for all walkers.

Registration in person will be available at the race expo/packet pickup from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 at Huntington Physical Therapy, located at 2240 5th Ave. Entry fees at that time are $60 for the marathon, $40 for the half-marathon run, $25 for the half-marathon relay run and still $15 for all walkers.

Beth Dannals, who recruits volunteers to work the event each year, said she is hopeful more volunteers will get involved and help make this year's race a success.

"Events such as the Marshall University Marathon cannot exist without the tremendous support and dedication of all of the wonderful volunteers that so kindly give of their time," Beth Dannals said. "The neat thing about the volunteers is how the participants always comment on how great our volunteers are."

She said many volunteers, after seeing how much fun the participants had, have decided to join in a walking or running event themselves. "That's great for them and their health, but not good for me, the volunteer coordinator," Beth Dannals said. "But, I must say, there isn't a better way in which I could lose volunteers."

Anyone wanting to volunteer can call Beth Dannals at (304) 736-1502.

The Dannals, who are husband and wife, also are encouraging students and community members to line the course and cheer on the runners and walkers. In part, the course extends west through downtown Huntington, past Pullman Square, next to the Ohio River and through Ritter Park

"Runners love to have people cheering them on," Beth Dannals said. "After many draining miles the cheering often gives them a surge to keep on going.  Plus, spectators represent our community and show how supportive our community is for events that take place here. We hope everyone shows off the community proudly and comes out to cheer on the walkers and runners."

A new twist this year for students, faculty or staff of West Virginia colleges and universities is the Governor's Cup competition. Teams of at least three male and three female marathoners representing their college or university will compete for the Cup.

Teams may have more than six runners, but only the times of the top three males and females from each school count in the scoring. The overall time of those six runners make up the team's official time.

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Tuesday October 24, 2006
Contact: Bill Bissett, Director of Public Relations, (304) 746-2038

Young Thundering Herd quarterback and actor playing him in 'We Are Marshall' to visit WV Oct. 26-28 for Marshall homecoming

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Reggie Oliver, quarterback of the Young Thundering Herd football team featured in the upcoming 'We Are Marshall' film, is returning to West Virginia Oct. 26-28 as part of Marshall University's homecoming celebration. Joining him will be Arlen Escarpeta, the actor who plays Oliver in the film, which is scheduled for nationwide release on Dec. 22. 

Oliver, who threw the game-winning pass in Marshall's historic victory over Xavier in 1971, will be the grand marshal of Saturday's homecoming parade along with Escarpeta. "It's great to be coming back to West Virginia," Oliver said. "I got to meet Arlen at the Atlanta filming, but look forward to spending more time with him. He's a talented young man who I know takes what he does very seriously. I look forward to seeing the 'final cut' of the film soon."

Britton Hein, Escarpeta's manager, said the actor enjoyed his time in West Virginia shooting the film and looks forward to returning to the Mountain State. "Although Arlen is getting ready to start on his new project, 'Hollenbeck,' which is shooting in Los Angeles, this trip was very important to him," Hein said. "The people in Huntington were great to work with and we're excited about seeing more of West Virginia during this trip."

On Thursday, Oct. 26, a news conference will occur at 2 p.m. in Charleston at Jackson Kelly's offices on the 16th floor of Laidley Tower. Additionally, the media are invited to join Oliver and Escarpeta at the following locations:

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Thursday, Oct. 26

2 p.m. - News conference at Jackson Kelly LLC, 16th floor of Laidley Tower.

4 p.m. - "Actors Studio" at Walker Theater, Clay Center. More than 200 children will attend this event from 21st Century Learning Centers/ PAACWV, Bob Burdette Center, Hope CDC, East End Family Resource Center, CAPPA, and the Bob Burdette Center. The event is sponsored by Jackson Kelly PLLC in partnership with Marshall University and the Clay Center.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Friday, Oct. 27

8:30 a.m. - Coaches Breakfast at Erickson Alumni Center.

1:30 p.m. - "Actors Studio" with Marshall Students and faculty at Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Saturday, Oct. 28

Noon - Oliver and Escarpeta serve as grand marshals of the homecoming parade.

4:25 p.m. - Oliver and Escarpeta lead the crowd in the 'We Are Marshall' cheer at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

4:30 p.m. - Kickoff of Marshall versus Memphis football game.

To learn more about the "We Are Marshall" film, visit the official Web site at http://wearemarshall-themovie.warnerbros.com/ and the Marshall University Web site at http://www.marshall.edu/movie.


Biography of Arlen Escarpeta

Arlen Escarpeta (Reggie Oliver) most recently earned critical acclaim for his breakout role of an honors student caught with a handgun at school in the independent drama "American Gun."  The film, which had its world premiere at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival, also starred Forest Whitaker, Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden and Donald Sutherland.

Following "We Are Marshall," Escarpeta shot the film "The Ten" this summer starring opposite of Oliver Platt. The film also stars Jessica Alba and Adam Brody. He next will star in the role of a young police officer who gets caught up in a deadly territorial gang dispute in L.A.'s tough Hollenbeck Division in another independent drama, "Hollenbeck." Shooting will take place in early 2007, and the young actor also will serve as co-producer.  Earlier film roles included Carl Franklin's courtroom thriller "High Crimes" opposite Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd.   

A long-time Los Angeles resident, Escarpeta moved to Southern California with his mother from their native Belize when he was three years old.  A born performer, the youngster began to dance and sing for the Young Saints Scholarship Foundation.  During his secondary school years at Hollywood High School, he juggled two roles - performing in several drama productions onstage while serving as football captain on the gridiron.  He went on to attend Pasadena City College, where he has since concentrated on his sociology studies and the development of his acting career.

Best known for his role over three seasons as charismatic college athlete Sam Walker on NBC's "American Dreams," Escarpeta made his television debut as a guest star on FOX-TV's "Boston Public."  He has since landed guest-starring roles on hit shows such as CBS' "Judging Amy," F/X's "The Shield," G4TechTV's "Players" and, more recently, NBC's long-running "ER" and the hit CBS drama, "Cold Case."  He also appeared in the pilot episode of NBC's "Boomtown" as the ill-fated character Cantrel.

Note - Escarpeta is pronounced ES-car-peh-tah.

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Monday October 23, 2006
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall students advance in Student Business Plan Competition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Three teams of students from Marshall University were among the 20 teams selected to move forward to Round 2 in the 2007 West Virginia's Open for Business - Student Business Plan Competition.

Marshall students Will Starcher, Jamie McClain, Christopher Worth, Brandi Hill and William Muncy will participate in the next round of judging in the competition, which will take place at the West Virginia Entrepreneurship Initiative (WVEI) conference Wednesday, Oct. 25 at the Days Inn in Flatwoods, W.Va..

"It's wonderful to see our students advancing in this competition.  Through the Technology Transfer Office (TTO), I see our faculty and staff's excitement about their inventions and now I see the students' enthusiasm and dedication as well," said Amy Anastasia, Marshall University's coordinator for the competition and assistant director of Marshall's Technology Transfer Office.

"During this entire academic year, the students will be preparing and studying outside of their normal full-time class loads for the final round of the competition in April of 2007," Anastasia said, noting the dedication of all the students participating in the competition.

During the conference luncheon, each team will give an "elevator pitch," a two-minute briefing of their concept, followed by five-minute sessions with each of the judges in attendance. The brief nature of these presentations is meant to evaluate the level of passion and commitment that each team possesses, according to Anastasia.

With categories involving lifestyle and technology innovation, the students involved, including those representing Marshall University, all offer creations and concepts that have great potential, she said.

Anastasia said Dr. Elizabeth Murray, an associate professor who teaches the Special Topics course titled "Technology and Innovation," has provided these students with the tools to succeed.

Christopher Worth, a Fine Arts major, teamed with Brandi Hill, an IST-networking major, to create an Integrated Wheelchair Urinal, designed to offer a convenient option for disabled users.

"This idea was born out of a desire to solve this complex social barrier for the physically challenged and out of pure necessity," Worth said. "The Technology and Innovation class and this competition are a catalyst for me to help solve this problem for myself as well as others."

Marshall ISAT Computer Forensics major William Muncy has his Muncy Switchable Write Block entered in the Technology category.

"This is a hardware device designed to greatly reduce the chances of data loss in a computer," Muncy said.

For Fine Arts major Will Starcher, inventor of the Arachnovation Spider Easel, finding help was all in the family.

"Although this easel is truly my invention, the support of my family, especially my sister Margie who's an accountant, and friends has given me the help I've needed to bring my product to reality," Starcher said.

Already prepared for the brevity of the second round of judging, Starcher explains that the Spider Easel is "…the Swiss army knife of (art) easels."

"Through Dr. Murray's course, these students are discovering the process of innovation and how to protect their intellectual property, but also how to commercialize it through partners in prototyping and business planning," Anastasia said. "I hope to see them succeed in this competition and grow their own businesses in West Virginia.  By having opportunities such as this competition, these students can learn about innovation and entrepreneurship with students of other disciplines and truly apply their knowledge in the real world."

For more information about the 2007 West Virginia's Open for Business - Student Business Plan Competition, visit http://www.be.wvu.edu/bpc/ or contact Amy Anastasia, Marshall University's Coordinator for the Student Business Plan Competition, at (304) 696-4365.

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

Lectures, workshops, auction highlight Psychology Awareness Week

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Twenty lectures and workshops, a silent auction and a pizza party for psychology majors are among the highlights during Psychology Awareness Week at Marshall University Monday, Oct. 23, through Friday, Oct. 27.

Faculty, graduate students, and community professionals will speak on a variety of topics to raise awareness about the psychology department at Marshall, to give students information about graduate school and careers in psychology, and to provide resources that help the community maintain good mental health. 

The times vary, but all talks will be given in room 2w22 of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's Huntington campus. They all are free and open to the public.

Bidding on silent auction items begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday and closes at 11:30 a.m. Friday.  Many items and services are available in the auction, including an original painting by local artist Bethany Wellman; a rare first edition of Rollo May's "Power and Innocence;" handmade jewelry; tutoring in psychology, Latin, classics or Greek; a house or land blessing; a Tarot card reading, and various food and dessert items. 

Interested individuals should register to bid in front of the psychology department office on the third floor of Harris Hall where auction item descriptions and bidding sheets can be found.  Items will be awarded to the highest registered bidder, and all proceeds will help establish a yearly scholarship to support psychology students and their research.

Psychology Awareness Week will end with a pizza party for psychology majors from noon to 2 p.m. Friday on the third floor of Harris Hall where the winners of the auction items will be announced.

The annual event is sponsored by Psi Chi, which is the Psychology Honor Society, and the Psychology Club.  Dr. Wendy Williams, assistant professor of psychology, has been helping organize the event. 

"We are looking forward to raising awareness about psychology at Marshall and mental health issues," Williams said.  "It is going to be a fun and informative week, so we hope that the local and college community will participate in the auction and join us for these great talks."

Contact Dr. Pamela Mulder at (304) 696-2770 or mulder@marshall.edu for more information about the auction, and Dr. Wendy Williams at (304) 696-2779 or williamw@marshall.edu for information about the talks.

Here is the complete schedule of lectures and workshops:


11 a.m. - "Myths about graduate school in psychology," by Dr. Wendy Williams
1 p.m. - "What to know for graduate school," by Sarah Kunkel and Clifford Strange
2 p.m. - "Working with LGBT (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender) students," by Douglas Evans
3 p.m. - "What it is like to work in the mental health field," by Tracy LeGrow


10 a.m. - "Warning signs of suicide," by Dr. Tom Ellis
11 a.m. - "Differences between a Psy.D. and a Ph.D.," by Dr. Keith Beard
Noon - "What a master's in psychology is really like," by Monica Miller
1 p.m. - "Evidence-based forensic psychology," by Dr. Joe Wyatt
3:15 p.m. - "Information about the psychology clinic at Marshall," by Terra Rose


11 a.m. - "Drugs and alcohol among college students," by J.R. Harris
Noon - "Developmental psycholopathology," by Dr. Marc Lindberg
1 p.m. - "Surviving sexual assault," by Todd Jones of CONTACT Rape Crisis
2 p.m. - "Prayer bead workshop," by Connie Zirkle
4:30 p.m. - "The Psy.D. program at Marshall," by Dr. Marianna Footo-Linz and Sallie Richards


10 a.m. - "Meditation and stress management," by Okey Napier
11 a.m. - "The master's program at Marshall," by Dr. Steve Mewaldt
Noon - "Psychology and criminal justice," by Megan Green
2 p.m. - "Domestic violence," by Rhonda Hall of Branches Domestic Violence Shelter
4 p.m. - "Stress and depression among college students," by Sarah Setran
5 p.m. - "Psi Chi: the Psychology Honor Society," by Kristina Isaacs and Chris Cryzer

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

Charlie Murphy to present comedy show on Nov. 2

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Charlie Murphy, a comedian and Emmy-nominated actor, will be entertaining the Marshall community when he visits Huntington for a comedy show Thursday, Nov. 2 at Veterans Memorial Field House.

The show, which is sponsored by the Marshall University Student Activities Programming Board, begins at 8 p.m. Murphy, brother of comedian Eddie Murphy, became a star on Comedy Central's "Chappelle's Show." He has been working as a comedian for 17 years.

Murphy also has worked with actors such as Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Fox, Samuel Jackson and Sammy Davis Jr. in Davis' last film, "The Kid Who Loved Christmas."

Murphy also has been featured in films such as "King's Ransom," "Roll Bounce," "Jungle Fever" and "Harlem Nights." He has worked as a writer for several films and performed voiceovers for television, commercials and video games.

In 2004, Murphy participated in a sold-out national comedy tour that featured "Chappell's Show" cast members. In 2005, he participated in another sold-out tour, "Charlie Murphy and Friends," and another headlining tour with Mike Epps.

The event is free to Marshall students and $20 for the public. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or any Ticketmaster location.

For more information, persons may contact Andy Hermansdorfer, director of student activities and student affairs at Marshall, at (304) 696-2283.

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

J-Walk to raise funds for School of Journalism

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The combination of increased costs and a shrinking state budget makes clear the need for an annual fundraiser to benefit the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University.

That's why the third annual J-Walk, which will help raise money to purchase new equipment that will help keep MU's School of Journalism up to date with the latest technology, will be conducted next week.

The event, which is part of this year's homecoming activities at Marshall, will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. Students, faculty and local celebrities will begin the walk on the Memorial Student Center plaza. Participants will walk one mile around campus in efforts to raise money for new computers, digital equipment and scholarships for the school of journalism.

The J-Walk is an educational support activity of the School of Journalism Alumni Association. Students in the journalism program are seeking pledges from alumni and the community to support them in the event.

Entertainment for the J-Walk will be provided by WMUL-FM and the MU dance team. There also will be a car bash and a raffle that will take place on Buskirk Field.

For more information, persons may contact the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at (304) 696-2360.

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

Homecoming features 'Lights, Camera, We Are … Marshall' theme

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is set to kick off Homecoming 2006 with an array of activities, beginning Monday, Oct. 23. This year's homecoming theme, in conjunction with the upcoming release of the movie "We Are Marshall," is "Lights, Camera, We Are … Marshall."

Activities continue throughout the week, concluding on Saturday, Oct. 28. Highlights include the annual homecoming parade at noon Saturday and the Thundering Herd's Conference USA football game with Memphis at 4:30 p.m., also on Saturday, at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

"Homecoming week is one of the most exciting times of the year at Marshall," said Lance West, vice president for alumni development at Marshall. "The Marshall University Alumni Association works hard all year to make this week special for everyone who participates in the homecoming activities, and to welcome our alumni and friends back to campus in style."

For the first homecoming event on Monday, Marshall employees are asked to decorate their offices to promote the homecoming theme. Prizes will be awarded in the small office category (up to seven employees) and the large office category (eight employees or more). Office decoration judging will begin at noon Thursday, Oct. 26. Results from the event will be announced the next day.


On Wednesday, Oct. 25, the Tri-County Alumni Club of the MUAA will host the 5th annual Thunder into Mason County at the Mid-Ohio Valley Center in Point Pleasant, W.Va., from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event is open to the public. More information is available at www.marshall.edu/movc or by calling the Mid-Ohio Valley Center at (304) 674-7200.


Also Wednesday, members of the 2006 homecoming court will be announced at noon in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center.


The first official event of homecoming weekend is the Coaches Breakfast, Friday Oct. 27 at the Erickson Alumni Center. The DAWG, 93.7 FM, will start broadcasting at 6 a.m. Coaches representing various Thundering Herd sports will join the broadcast from 8 to 10 a.m.


The Third Annual J-walk will begin at noon Friday on the Memorial Student Center plaza. This is a fundraiser for the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Those present are encouraged to take part in the walk or sponsor a student to take part in the walk.


All walkers get a free T-shirt. There will also be a silent auction where participants can bid on items donated from local businesses. Local radio stations will be doing live remotes while Marco and the MU dance team entertain the crowd. For more information, call (304) 696-2360.


Parent & Family Weekend will kick off with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center. The event will be hosted by Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp and his wife, Jane. Those present at this informal gathering will have an opportunity to mingle with Dr. and Mrs. Kopp along with the deans from each college. The Marshall University Chamber Choir will perform during the reception. 


The MU Alumni Association and the Culinary Arts Institute will co-host a reception from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Friday across from Pullman Square at 949 3rd Ave. There will be a chocolate fountain and several "action stations" where culinary students from the Marshall Community and Technical College get to show off their skills. Reservations are required for this event. Those interested in attending should either e-mail hudson2@marshall.edu, or call (304) 696-2901 or (800) 682-5869. A Meet & Greet will follow from 8 to 11 p.m. at Pullman Square.


The Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2006 Induction Banquet will take place in the John Marshall Room in the Memorial Student Center at 6:30 p.m. Friday. A reception for ticket holders will start at 5:30 p.m. The honorees are late Boston Red Sox catcher Bill Craig; 1971 Herd football player Chuck Henry; late men's basketball coach Rick Huckabay; Hall of Fame soccer player Scott Jackson; and women's basketball coach Judy Southard. NFL star Randy Moss was elected to the Hall of Fame, but will be unable to attend the banquet. He will be inducted when he is able to attend.


Tickets for this event are $25 per person and can be purchased from the Alumni Association or at the MU Ticket Office. Call (304) 696-4373 or (800) 843-4373.


Members of Black Alumni Inc. plan to get together from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday for registration and a reception at American Legion Post 16 on 6th Avenue. Saturday's events will include the group's annual business meeting at the Memorial Student Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tailgating begins at Herd Village at 2 p.m. After the game there will be a social gathering at the Renaissance Center, located at the old Huntington High School on 8th Street, beginning at 10 p.m. For more information, call David Harris, Black Alumni president, at (304) 696-2597 or e-mail him at harrisdn@marshall.edu.

As a continuation of Parent & Family Weekend, brunch will be served from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday in the student center's Don Morris Room. President Kopp will give his "State of the Campus" address before the homecoming parade begins.

The parade, sponsored by the Student Government Association, begins at noon in downtown Huntington and ends at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. The procession will take place along 5th Avenue.  Leading the parade will be co-Grand Marshals Reggie Oliver, quarterback of the 1971 Young Thundering Herd football team, and actor Arlen Escarpeta, who portrays Oliver in the "We Are Marshall" movie.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in the student float competition, a new parade feature this year. The first-place float will win $3,000, second place $2,000, and third place $1,000. Anyone interested in entering a float should contact Chris Roberts at chris.roberts@marshall.edu.

At 2 p.m., Saturday, the MU Alumni Association will host Lunch Under the Tent at Herd Village for a pre-game tailgate party. Guests will have the chance to mingle with other Herd fans and cheer along with the MU Marching Thunder as they prepare to march into Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Pizza will be provided by Papa John's. Cold drinks also will be served.

Many other homecoming events are planned for the weekend. Among them:

The 1950s classes of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity are having a reunion Friday and Saturday. The fraternity's headquarters is at the Holiday Inn Hotel, 800 3rd Ave. There will be a dinner and dance Friday at the Palms Room, 314 9th St., and an informal party after the homecoming game on Saturday.For more information, call Fred and Betty Smith at (304) 529-2112, or e-mail Smith25705@aol.com.

The 11th annual Marshall Alumni 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by the MU Recreational Sports Office, will take place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Registration is $15 through Friday (non-refundable) and $20 on race day. Call Sharon Stanton at (304) 696-2943 or e-mail stanton@marshall.edu for more information.

The Marshall men's basketball team will have an open practice allowing fans to meet and greet players and coaches from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Cam Henderson Center.

An Open House where parents can meet their students' tutors during Meet the Tutors & 25 Years of H.E.L.P. Tailgate Celebration is planned from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Wilbur E. Myers Hall, 520 18th St.

The College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE) will have a tent at Herd Village from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday before the game. All CITE alumni and current students are invited to attend.

Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority is hosting a We Are Sigmas Alumnae Breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Sigma House, 1639 6th Ave. There will be a silent auction, T-shirts for sale, and free food and drinks. More information is available by contacting Tracie Peterson at (304) 634-7452.

The National Panhellenic Council is sponsoring The Step Show at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Renaissance Center/Old Huntington High School, 8th Street and 9th Avenue. Doors open at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $7. Tickets at the door are $10 and $5 for Greeks. For more information, call Tim Wilburn at (304) 696-2283.

This year's homecoming events are sponsored by Sodexho and MBNA. More information about the events listed above is available on the MU Alumni Web site, http://www.marshall.edu/alumni/Homecoming2006.asp.

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Thursday October 19, 2006
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Marshall earns high ratings among Southern Master's Universities

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is rated a "Top School" and a "Top Public University" in the Southern Master's Universities category in U.S.News & World Report's list of "America's Best Colleges 2007."

In the "Top Schools" list, Marshall tied at 41 out of 128 public and private universities.  Marshall tied at 14 in the "Top Publics" list. There are 71 public universities in the Southern Master's category.

Marshall further distinguished itself in the "Peer Assessment" component of the rankings. U.S.News & World Report surveys presidents, provosts, and deans of admission for their opinions of the other schools in their respective categories.

Marshall's Peer Assessment rating is 3.4 with only nine schools out of 128 in Southern Master's Universities category having a higher rating.  Only four public schools out of the 71 in the category have a higher rating.

"The new ratings for Marshall University certainly validate the quality academic programs, faculty and staff, and the student learning environment on our campuses," Dr. Sarah Denman, senior vice president for academic affairs. "The peer rating indicates that both public and private institutions, and the key administration at those institutions, have recognized Marshall's excellence."

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New Influences graphic design symposium to feature five successful Marshall alumni and noted guest designer

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - On Friday, Oct. 20, the Birke Art Gallery at Marshall University will be filled with MU art and design students, aspiring design majors from numerous high schools in West Virginia, and six guest designers, presenting work and discussing their careers in a symposium on the graphic design business.

The symposium, called "New Influences: Getting the Job Done," will be a day of exchange, beginning with a presentation at 10 a.m. by keynote speaker Brian Hock, a nationally recognized designer and owner of his own firm based in Cincinnati.

Recent Marshall alumni will talk about their transition into the professional world of graphic design, including the job-hunting process.  Audience members will have a chance to interact with the designers informally over lunch, held at the Memorial Student Center.

The symposium has been coordinated with a group exhibition of the designers' work, which was put on display in the Birke Art Gallery Oct. 3, and closes after the symposium on Friday.  The work displayed ranges from Web design to logos for area businesses, to skateboards from Dayton-based designer Don Pendleton.

The symposium is free and open to the public.

Featured designers presenting their work include Jessica Crouch, Brian Hock, Hikari Kimura, Don Pendleton, Jeremy Shumate and Greg Smith.

Pendleton graduated from Marshall University in 1995.  He works for Element Skateboards, based in Irvine, Calif. Element is the largest skateboard company in the world. Pendleton also owns Darkroom, a t-shirt accessory company in Dayton, Ohio, and exhibits his paintings internationally.

Crouch graduated with honors from MU in 2005, obtaining a BFA in Graphic Design.  While a student, she received a gold Addy from the Advertising Association of Charleston.  She now resides in Mount Pleasant, S.C., where she works for Zarfari, Inc., as a senior graphic designer.

Shumate also graduated from MU in 2005.  Upon graduation, he began working for Mountain State University as a Creative Services Specialist.  He creates promotional material for the university, in both print and digital media.

Smith graduated from Marshall University in 2000, and currently works with the Point Pleasant Register as a designer and illustrator.

Kimura earned an undergraduate degree in graphic design in 2003 from Marshall University and currently works as a Web designer in the Baltimore, Md., area.

Hock, the keynote speaker, is founder of Brian Hock Design.  His firm is recognized nationally and has produced work for enterprises such as the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center.  He is a member of AIGA, and was recently chosen to participate in AIGA's Harvard Business School Program.

The Birke Art Gallery plans to present more New Influences symposiums in the future, featuring future Marshall University alumni and nationally noted graphic designers.  The Birke Art Gallery exhibition is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays.

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Movie premiere to be shown at Keith-Albee, Pullman Square

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University announced today that about 5,000 people will have the opportunity to watch the premiere of "We Are Marshall" on Dec. 12 in Huntington.

That total includes more than 2,200 at the Keith-Albee Theatre and about 2,800 at Pullman Square's Marquee Cinemas, where the film will be shown simultaneously on 16 screens.

The premiere will include a pre-film reception at the Radisson Hotel Huntington and a post-film gala at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena for selected guests. Most of the movie's stars are expected to attend the premiere at the Keith-Albee, arriving in limousines and walking into the theatre on green carpet instead of the usual red. 

"We anticipate having an event that we will talk about for decades," Dr. H. Keith Spears, vice president for communications and marketing, said today during a news conference at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. "It will be as close to the Oscars as we can get."

The green carpet will be placed on 4th Avenue, which will be lined with bleachers for media and spectators. Spears said although details have not been finalized, tickets will be sold the day of the premiere on a first-come, first-served basis for seats in the bleachers.

Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp announced that tickets to the Keith-Albee premiere are priced at $250, $500 and $1,000. Pullman Square tickets are $25. Kopp said net proceeds will be split in half - 50 percent to the Keith-Albee restoration and 50 percent to benefit Marshall University.

Anyone buying a $250 ticket will get a seat in the Keith-Albee and admission to the gala. A $500 ticket is good for a seat closer to the stars in the Keith-Albee and admission to the gala. Those paying $1,000 for a ticket will be able to attend the pre-film reception, be seated near the stars during the movie, and invited to attend the gala.

Tickets are expected to go on sale to the general public in early November. Information on how to purchase those tickets, and how many will still be available after the number of sponsors are determined, will be announced soon.  

Kopp said the response from those invited to sponsor the event has been good. "We have over 20 sponsors identified at this point," Kopp said. "Our goal is to do a first-class premiere." Sponsorships are available at a number of levels.

Kopp said a separate showing of "We Are Marshall" to surviving family members and the 1971 Marshall football team will take place earlier in the day on Dec. 12 at a time and place still to be determined.

The premiere of "We Are Marshall" will start at 7 p.m. at the Keith-Albee and at 8 p.m. at Pullman Square. The movie runs about 2 hours, 10 minutes, including credits, according to Spears.

"You will want to stay for the credits," Spears, who viewed the credits during a recent trip to Los Angeles, said. "McG (the director) has really outdone himself."

A Hollywood premiere of "We Are Marshall" is planned for Dec. 14.

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Monday October 16, 2006
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Accredited status continued at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University has received formal notification that the comprehensive review conducted by The Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges, has affirmed the regional accreditation status of the university. The university's new Statement of Affiliation Status includes approval of distance education degree offerings and adds to the list of doctoral degree offerings.

President Stephen J. Kopp received formal notification of the continued accredited status in a letter from Dr. Steven D. Crow, executive director of the Higher Learning Commission.

"We are very pleased with this outcome," Kopp said. "All aspects of the university are reviewed and examined through a comprehensive review process. This outcome and the fact that the university's next comprehensive evaluation is scheduled for 2015-2016 speaks to the high caliber of our academic programs and our performance in each of the areas evaluated. This affirmation of our accreditation status and the very favorable external review we received validates our collective mission and dedication to advancing learning and opportunity at the highest achievement levels. Many thanks to everyone involved in this endeavor. The entire Marshall University community should take pride in this accomplishment."

Following a two-year self study by Marshall, an HLC accreditation team visited the university for three days last spring. Before leaving, the team advised President Kopp and other MU administrators of its findings and recommendations, which were subject to review and final action by the HLC.

"The successful comprehensive site visit was the result of a great deal of hard work and dedication of the steering committee and all the faculty and staff who spent hours researching, writing and reviewing the report and participating in the process during the three-day visit," Provost Sarah Denman said. "The entire team was so impressed with our faculty, staff and students."

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Monday October 16, 2006
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Jesus Christ Superstar: Timeless and For Our Time

Jesus Christ Superstar, the ground breaking theatrical masterpiece by legendary writing team Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, is coming to the Keith Albee Theatre on Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 8 p.m. for one night only! Starring Ted Neeley in his farewell tour as Jesus and Corey Glover as Judas, Jesus Christ Superstar is one of the most popular and enduring works ever created for the musical theatre. Featuring such notable songs as Superstar, Everything's Alright and I Don't Know How to Love Him, Jesus Christ Superstar earned five Tony nominations. 

Set in two acts, Jesus Christ Superstar tells the story of the final seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Superstar dramatizes Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, the unrest caused by his preaching and popularity, his betrayal by Judas, the trial before Pontius Pilate, and his ultimate crucifixion. Perpetually changing the face of musical theatre Jesus Christ Superstar, will leave audiences captivated by its power.

As relevant and timeless as ever, Jesus Christ Superstar, the rock opera vision of "the greatest story ever told," is perhaps more potent in today's troubled world than when it was first produced. Now, for the new millennium, this magnificent story comes once again vividly to the stage with Ted Neeley recreating his unforgettable performance.

Internationally beloved star Ted Neeley, best known for his Golden Globe nominated role as Jesus in the Norman Jewison film of Superstar will be headlining this tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. While Ted has enjoyed a distinguished career in resident theatres throughout America, appearing in a wide variety of productions from Hair to the works of Samuel Beckett, he is world renowned for the title role in Jesus Christ Superstar. Creating a fan base that borders on a cult-like phenomenon, this production heralds the long awaited triumphant return of Ted Neeley in the title role of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Featured in the role of Judas will be Corey Glover best known as the lead singer of the Grammy-winning, platinum selling rock band, Living Colour ("Cult of Personality"). Glover has also issued albums as a solo artist and acted on television and in movies including Oliver Stone's Platoon. Glover reunited with his Living Colour band mates for a 2001 tour. Jesus Christ Superstar marks Corey's theatrical debut.

Director Dallett Norris (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Can-Can, South Pacific) says, "What could be better than having Ted Neeley, so grand in the film, on board as we delve into Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's brilliant musical telling of this timeless story. Their idea of setting this tale in terms that immediately resonate with today's audiences is revolutionary. Here we are, twenty-one centuries later, and it is oh, so clear: we need the message of this story now more than ever."

Already seen and loved by thousands, don't miss the opportunity to introduce a new generation to this exhilarating and significant piece of musical theatre, Jesus Christ Superstar, the original rock opera.

Tickets for the show are available now and they range in price from $55, $45, and $35. Youth 17 and under may purchase half-price tickets. 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 Ferris Baker Watts, Beford Ford, Kendall-York Associates, WOWK, The Herald Dispatch, Clear Channel Communications and Marshall Artists Series.

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Flutist Galen Abdur Razzaq to perform Oct. 19 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Nationally acclaimed flutist Galen Abdur Razzaq will give a jazz performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

The event, which is free to the public, will feature Razzaq and a jazz trio. The performance is sponsored by the Marshall University Center for African American Students' Programs and the department of music.

Maurice R. Cooley, director of the Center for African American Students' Programs, said Razzaq has traveled extensively, performing in many noted venues across the country. Cooley said the musician is extremely popular with college students and others of all ages.

"We are pleased to join the MU department of music in bringing such an acclaimed jazz performer to our campus," Cooley said. "I have listened to his CDs and we should all be prepared for a toe-stomping, powerful, mesmerizing jazz performance and evening event. We realize that a large number of people residing in our community are jazz fans and we look forward to a strong turnout."

An informal reception with Razzaq and the performers will follow the performance.

More information is available by contacting Cooley at (304) 696-5430 or cooley@marshall.edu, or Dr. Edwin Bingham in the department of music at (304) 696-3647.

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Star of upcoming 'We Are Marshall' film to visit elementary school in Lynwood, Calif., with university educators

LYNWOOD, Calif. - Arlen Escarpeta, one of the actors in the upcoming film "We Are Marshall" from Warner Bros. Pictures, will be visiting Thurgood Marshall Elementary in Lynwood, Calif., from 9 to 11 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, Oct. 17.

The visit is in conjunction with an ongoing partnership between the elementary and Marshall University. Faculty from Marshall's College of Education & Human Services (COEHS) have been working with the elementary in developing professional development programs and other outreach opportunities.

Several members of Marshall's COEHS will attend the event. Additionally, Thurgood Marshall's principal, Carlos Hernandez, and his students have nicknamed their school "the Little Thundering Herd" after Marshall University's athletic nickname.

"We Are Marshall" focuses on the aftermath of the 1970 plane crash that killed 75 people, including most of Marshall's Thundering Herd football team. Based on true events, it shows how the school and surrounding community struggled to cope with this devastating loss and also captures the return of the football team in 1971 through the win over Xavier by the Young Thundering Herd.

To learn more about the film, visit http://wearemarshall-themovie.warnerbros.com/. In the film, Escarpeta plays Reggie Oliver, the Young Thundering Herd's quarterback.

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Thirty bands to participate in Tri-State Marching Band Festival at MU

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The largest high school marching band festival in West Virginia takes place Saturday, Oct. 21 at Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Steve Barnett, director of bands at Marshall, said 30 marching bands from West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Virginia will participate in the Tri-State Marching Band Festival. The event begins at 11:15 a.m. and concludes with a performance by Marshall's Marching Thunder at 8:30 p.m. The awards ceremony is at 9 p.m.

"Each year the festival brings more than 10,000 people to Huntington and Marshall University," Barnett said. "The Tri-State Marching Festival is an important event promoting and recruiting for Marshall University and the Marching Thunder.  The Marching Thunder's performance at the end of the competition is a highlight of the day's events."

The bands are classed according to the number of performers. Here are the times in which each band is scheduled to perform:

Class A

11:15 a.m. - Fairview, Ky.; 11:30 a.m. - Minford, Ohio; 11:45 a.m. - Wahama; Noon: Lincoln County; 12:15 p.m. - Riverside; 12:30 p.m. - Shady Spring; 12:45 p.m. - Boyd County, Ky.; 1:15 p.m. - East Carter, Ky. 1:30 p.m. - St. Mary's; 1:45 p.m. - South Charleston; 2 p.m. - Fort Chiswell, Va.; 2:15 p.m. - Wayne.

Class AA

            2:45 p.m. - Williamstown; 3 p.m. - Nitro; 3:15 p.m. - Woodrow Wilson; 3:30 p.m. - Ashland (Ky.) Paul Blazer; 3:45 p.m. - Nicholas County; 4 p.m. - Point Pleasant; 4:30 p.m. - Meigs, Ohio; 4:45 p.m. - Lawrence County, Ky.; 5 p.m. - Greenbrier East; 5:15 p.m. - Greenup County, Ky.; 5:30 p.m. - South Point, Ohio.

Class AAA

            6:45 p.m. - Capital; 7 p.m. - Princeton; 7:15 p.m. - Fairmont Senior; 7:30 p.m. - Huntington High; 7:45 p.m. - Hurricane; 8 p.m. - Spring Valley; 8:15 p.m. - Cabell Midland.


            8:30 p.m. - Marshall University.

The 30 participating bands are evaluated by expert judges in the areas of music performance, marching performance, general effect, percussion, color guard, dancers, drum majors and majorettes/twirlers.

Admission is $5 per person, school age and up.  Parking is $2 in the West Stadium lot until it fills up, and free in other lots.  Concessions will be available throughout the day at the stadium.

For more information, call Marshall's band office at (304) 696-2317.

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Marshall University receives $1.2 million federal grant to promote women faculty in science, technology, engineering and math

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University has received a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) ADVANCE Program, thus joining a prestigious community of NSF-ADVANCE institutions dedicated to supporting women scientists and engineers in the United States.

Marshall joins the ranks of ADVANCE institutions such as the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Cornell University, which seek to encourage the participation of women in the scientific and engineering workforce through the increased representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers.

The MU-ADVANCE program will impact faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in four MU colleges through an integrated approach composed of::

  • the Recruitment and Networking Initiative to apply aggressive strategies to increase the number of women STEM faculty;

  • the Faculty Development Initiative to provide numerous methods to help new faculty balance and integrate teaching and research responsibilities, and to foster collaboration among STEM faculty; and

  • the State and Institutional Policy Changes Initiative, which is specifically focused on changing university and state policies identified as significant barriers to the advancement of women STEM faculty at Marshall.

  • "The innovative MU-ADVANCE initiatives will bring positive, sustainable changes in the academic climate for all STEM faculty at Marshall University," Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said. "This funding will enable Marshall to serve as an incubator for policy changes and for pioneering approaches, which can serve as models for other universities and colleges in West Virginia and other states."

    Dr. Marcia Harrison, MU-ADVANCE principal investigator, said Marshall as a whole will benefit from campus-wide activities to help new faculty balance and integrate their teaching and research, build competitive research programs, and form interdisciplinary collaborative networks, as well as from the implementation of best practices for improving recruitment, retention and climate.

    MU Provost Dr. Sarah Denman said the MU-ADVANCE program will greatly benefit the community of science at Marshall and complement the university's programmatic direction of STEM disciplines.

    "The results of this program will benefit students by enhancing and expanding opportunities for innovative educational programs and research capability for women scientists and engineers who will teach, conduct research and mentor them," Denman said.

    According to NSF-ADVANCE program materials, women continue to be significantly underrepresented in almost all science and engineering fields, despite advances in the proportion of women choosing to pursue science and engineering careers. Women constitute only about 25 percent of the science and engineering workforce at large, and less than 21 percent of science and engineering faculty in four-year colleges and universities.

    In fact, women represent 21 percent of the STEM faculty at Marshall, where 53 percent of undergraduates and 69 percent of graduate students are women.

    In addition, Marshall predominantly serves West Virginia residents (83 percent), many of whom are first-generation college students from Appalachia. According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research, "West Virginia women are among the least likely to work as professionals and managers, have the lowest levels of educational attainment in the country, and are much more likely to live in poverty than women nationally." Therefore, increasing the number and success of women faculty at Marshall will provide greatly needed role models for the state.

    "Quite simply, West Virginia needs to build academic and research capacity in STEM fields. Our state's economic growth and social development depends on it," said Kay Goodwin, West Virginia's Secretary of the Education and the Arts. "The best way to build academic and research capacity is to strengthen research universities such as Marshall. And one of the most effective ways to strengthen our research universities is to ensure that women faculty in STEM fields have every opportunity to achieve their professional and intellectual potential."

    Harrison said Marshall differs from the other ADVANCE institutions, most of which are large doctoral/research universities. "Therefore, successes of the MU-ADVANCE program will serve as an ideal model for change for other institutions similar to Marshall," she said.

    Dr. Alice Hogan, program director for ADVANCE, praised all ADVANCE institutions, including Marshall.

    "You have illuminated the pathways by which the nation can act with purpose and intent to engage the full power of intellect of women scientists and engineers," Hogan said. "At a time when our nation's ambitions to address major scientific and engineering challenges are so very dependent on engaging the broadest participation of human talent in this country that we can, your work is critical and inspiring."

    For more information about MU-ADVANCE, contact Marcia Harrison, MU-ADVANCE principal investigator, College of Science, Marshall University at (304) 696-4867 or visit http://www.marshall.edu/mu-advance.

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    Marshall and WVU Libraries host author's luncheon

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University and West Virginia University will meet again this fall. However, this time there won't be a football involved.

    Instead, the excitement is all part of the third author's luncheon for supporters of the libraries at Marshall and WVU. The event kicks off at noon Friday, Oct. 27 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston.

    "We are truly grateful for all of our wonderful supporters, and this luncheon is our way of showing them our appreciation," WVU Libraries Dean Frances O'Brien said. "We expect that everyone will have a great time. Past luncheons show us that people enjoy meeting writers and hearing them talk about their craft."

    This time guests will get acquainted with Gwyn Rubio, author of The New York Times bestseller Icy Sparks.

    A review in The New York Times called Rubio "a writer of uncommonly warm and tender vision, often comic, brimming with love and hope." Oprah Winfrey selected the title for her book club, and the Discover Great New Writers program included the book for its list of "The Next Wave of Great Literary Voices."

    Her latest novel, The Woodman's Daughter, was a Book Club Pick of the Week on the Barnes & Noble Web site and received stellar reviews in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Denver Post, and Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association. The Georgia native lives in Versailles, Ky., with her husband, Angel.

    Lunch will be served at noon, and then Rubio will share how she develops her plots and characters and offer some personal reflections on her work. Following her presentation, Rubio will be available to answer questions and sign books.

    "People will like Gwyn because of the human element of her work, and because of her 'quirky' publishing experience," said Marshall Libraries Dean Barbara Winters. "She's also a very entertaining speaker."

    For some, though, the most intriguing part of the story is the partnership between WVU and Marshall.

    The two academic libraries began collaborating on initiatives shortly after O'Brien and Winters became deans at their respective universities. Since then, both play active roles in the West Virginia Library Association and visit the Legislature each year to fight for funding for libraries around the state

    That connection led to the first joint luncheon in spring 2004. The luncheons are sponsored by the Friends of the WVU Libraries and the Marshall University Library Associates.

    "We chose this particular avenue to express our gratitude to alums and friends in the Kanawha Valley for their good support of our efforts to enhance our collections and resources," Winters said.

    For more information about the luncheon, contact Dean Barbara Winters, Marshall University Libraries, at (304) 696-2318, or Monte Maxwell, WVU Libraries Development Representative, at (304) 293-4040 ext. 4004.


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    'The Wealth of Nature' is theme of Yeager Symposium Lecture Series

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The 20th annual Yeager Symposium Lecture Series, with the theme "The Wealth of Nature," runs Oct. 16-19 and focuses on the beneficial contributions that natural life forms are providing to humans in the modern era.

    Event chairman Johnny Walker chose this topic to explore the unique and pivotal services that animals, plants, and bacteria are currently providing for humans all over the globe.     The Yeager lecture series is free to the public.

    The opening lecture on Oct. 16 begins at 7 p.m. in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center's Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre and will feature Megan Keppeler of the Helping Hands organization.  The program will spotlight the organization and its services of placing specially trained capuchin monkeys with people who are paralyzed or live with other severe mobility impairments.  The evening will include a demonstration of the skills the organization teaches these monkeys.

    Dr. Dan Evans, a faculty member in Biological Sciences, will lecture on "Searching for Medicinal Plants among the Indigenous Shuar and Achuar People of Southeastern Ecuador" at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre. The program will focus on the medicinal uses of plants among the indigenous peoples of Ecuador.

    Dr. Charles Somerville, also a faculty member in Biological Sciences, will give a presentation, "Myriad Monsters Confirmed in Water Droplets," at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 in room 2w16 in the Memorial Student Center.  The lecture will explore the ways bacteria benefit humans and our overall life on earth.

    The concluding lecture will feature Dr. John Walden at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 with the topic, "Psychoactive Plants and Social Contexts among Rainforest Dwelling Indigenous Populations in the Americas.

    Walden's presentation, which takes place in room 2w16 in the Memorial Student Center, will address the use of plants by tribal cultures and the role these uses play within their unique culture.  Walden is currently a professor and associate chairman of the department of family and community health and associate dean of medical school admissions and development for the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

    For additional information on the Yeager Symposium Lecture Series, contact Johnny Walker at 222-5582.

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    Family members of crash victims sought

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Several Huntington-area family members of victims of the 1970 Marshall University plane crash are trying to locate other surviving family members living throughout the United States to inform them of events surrounding the Dec. 12 premiere of "We Are Marshall."

    One of those anticipated events is a special screening by Warner Bros. Pictures of the movie that will be shown to surviving family members before the premiere.

    "We are thankful to Warner Bros. for thinking of the families of the victims, and working to provide them with the opportunity to see the film together, away from the spotlight," said Dr. H. Keith Spears, vice president for communications at Marshall. "Everyone is sensitive to the emotions of the family members as the movie release date approaches, and the emotions they will experience when they see it for the first time."

    "We Are Marshall" director McG has spoken many times in recent months about the film crew's desire to be sensitive not only to the community and university, but to the surviving family members as well.

    "We have a very, very important responsibility and we just want to do it properly," McG said before filming began last spring.

    Finding family members of each player, coach, administrator, booster and the flight crew is the objective of a group of local surviving family members.

    "The positive impact of reuniting with other family members is something I would have greatly underestimated if I hadn't experienced it during the filming," said Michele Craig, whose father, Michael Prestera, died in the crash. "When several of us realized there wasn't a comprehensive contact list for each family of the Marshall plane crash, a group of family members formed to collect that information. Our goal is to establish a lasting communication system.   We certainly hope that anyone having contact information for surviving family members will forward it to us."

    The search for family names is in conjunction with Marshall's Student Government Association's effort to add to the invitation list to the annual Memorial Service, which takes place each Nov. 14 at the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's Huntington campus. This year's service, which starts at noon, will be the 36th since the crash on Nov. 14, 1970.

    "Over the years we as Student Government in conjunction with the Alumni Association and the president's office have tried our best to keep updated contact information," Student Body President Ben Sandy said. "However, as the years pass and people change addresses, phone numbers, e-mails, etc., we struggle to ensure that our information is the most up-to-date. We encourage anyone with ties to the tragedy and the Marshall community of 1970 to come forth and be added to our contact information."

    Sandy said the annual ceremony honors those who lost their lives in the plane crash.

    "We hope to reach out to as many families and friends of victims as possible to not only invite them to attend this year's memorial ceremony, but to know that their legacies will live on from year to year and they will not be forgotten," he said.

    "We Are Marshall," a Warner Bros. Pictures production, follows the story of the crash near Tri-State Airport in Huntington, W.Va., of Marshall's football team, and the ensuing recovery not only of the program, but of the city. Some of the film's stars are Matthew McConaughey as Coach Jack Lengyel, Matthew Fox as Assistant Coach Red Dawson, and David Strathairn as acting MU President Donald Dedmon.

    Anyone with information regarding family members of the crash victims may call the Marshall University Alumni Association at (800) 682-5869 or e-mail Parker Ward, another surviving family member, at parker.ward@remax.net.

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    Tuesday October 10, 2006
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    West Virginia Innovative Energy Summit to focus on production of energy from innovative sources

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Center for Business and Economic Research is hosting the West Virginia Innovative Energy Summit on Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Charleston House Holiday Inn in Charleston.

    The summit, sponsored by the West Virginia Development Office, runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is $35, which includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch.  For online reservations, visit www.marshall.edu/cber or call Gael Setliff at (304) 696-4321.

    The theme of the summit is that West Virginia can lead the nation in the production of energy from innovative sources. Keynote speaker U.S. Undersecretary of Energy David Garman will highlight the need for developing renewable and alternate fuels to bring energy independence to the nation.

    "Having Secretary Garman keynote the meeting shows how important West Virginia is to the nation's energy future," Paul Hardesty, director of the West Virginia Public Energy Authority, said.

    Dr.  Cal Kent, director of Marshall's Center for Business and Economic Research, said "with rapidly growing U.S. and world energy demand facing a slower growth in energy supply from traditional fuels, we can anticipate high energy prices and shortages. Our dependence on supply from unfriendly and hostile countries will grow," he said.

    The way out of these problems, Kent said, lies in the development of alternative and renewable sources of domestic energy.

    Speakers at the summit will showcase the development of these alternative sources in West Virginia into a new industry with high-wage jobs.  Renewable and alternative sources under discussion include energy from coal waste, landfill and coal bed methane, wind, wood waste, biomass, chicken litter and enhanced oil recovery.  The speakers, associated with the production of energy from alternative or renewable sources, will demonstrate its feasibility in West Virginia.

    Christine Risch, director of research for Marshall's center, said that although no single solution exists, "Using innovative sources of energy can reduce prices, enhance national security and strengthen the economy."

    Over the past few months, the center has produced reports for the Appalachian Regional Commission and the West Virginia Development Office on the development of innovative energy in the region and in West Virginia.  Kent said those reports demonstrate sufficient potential for West Virginia to create an entirely new industrial complex centered on alternate and renewable energy sources.

    "This is as much an economic development summit as it is an energy summit," said Jeff Herholdt, manager of the West Virginia Energy Efficiency Program of the West Virginia Development Office. "West Virginia's great progress must be accelerated if we are to assume national leadership."

    At the summit, business and government leaders will learn about current renewable and alternate energy developments in the state and what the future can hold for this industry. Kent said West Virginia has long been a leader in traditional fuels, coal and natural gas, and has the opportunity to lead in innovative energy as well.

    Kent also said innovative energy contributes to our nation's energy independence and can increase jobs in West Virginia. Additionally, he said, most alternate and renewable sources of energy do not possess the environmental impacts associated with traditional fuels.

    In addition to Secretary Garman, speakers at the West Virginia Innovative Energy Summit include James Allen, Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority; Meredith Boyd, Eastern Kentucky Power Cooperative; Wayne Brown, Western Greenbrier Cogeneration; Mark Chatfield, West Virginia University; Paul Dudenas, East Resources; Steve Friend, American Bituminous Partners; David Groberg, Invenergy;  Shawn Grushecky, West Virginia University; Paul Hardesty, West Virginia Public Energy Authority; Dave Henry, Beard Technologies; Michael McGolden, Coaltec;  Ken Means, West Virginia University, and Joseph Zupanick, CDX Gas.

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    Tuesday October 10, 2006
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    MU vice president featured in MetroValley magazine

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Betty Cleckley, vice president for multicultural affairs at Marshall University, is one of 10 women featured in the fall 2006 issue of MetroValley, a lifestyle magazine that serves Cabell, Kanawha, Mason and Putnam counties in West Virginia.

    An article on Cleckley is in a section titled "10 Beautiful Women." Cleckley and the nine others, all from the Metro Valley, are described in the magazine as "some of the most exceptional women of our time."

     "I am grateful for the opportunity to be involved with some of West Virginia's women of accomplishment," Cleckley said.

    Editor Laura Pack wrote each of the 10 stories on the women. Among the other women Pack wrote about in the special section are sisters Nancy and Dr. Elinore Taylor of Huntington. Elinore Taylor is a retired Marshall University professor of English.

    The magazine is available in bookstores throughout the Metro Valley, and at Empire Books & News in Huntington. Cleckley may be contacted at (304) 696-4677.

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    Tuesday October 10, 2006
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    Health and Wellness Fair is Wednesday at Marshall University

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The 4th annual Health and Wellness Fair at Marshall University will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11 at the Memorial Student Center on MU's Huntington campus.

    The fair, which is for faculty, staff and students, will include information tables from various health-related organizations in the community and some health screening tests will be given.

    Weather permitting, the annual Wellness Walk will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first participants will receive a free t-shirt while supplies last. The Wellness Walk route is about one mile around campus. 

    For more information, call Sharon Stanton at (304) 696-2943 or Amy Saunders at (304) 696-4800. 

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    Monday October 9, 2006
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    Sculptor to give presentation in conjunction with exhibition

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Sculptor John Magnan will give a presentation about his artwork at noon Thursday, Oct. 12, in the Birke Art Gallery on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

    The artist's talk will be given in conjunction with his exhibition of Body Image: Body Essence that will be at the Huntington Museum of Art Oct. 15-Dec. 31. Magnan's presentation, like other events in the Birke Art Gallery, is free to the public.  His exhibition and gallery talk are presented in partnership with the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition in memory of his wife, Mary Magnan. 

    According to museum literature about the exhibition, "John Magnan began creating sculptures about ovarian cancer soon after his wife Mary was diagnosed.  Powerfully affected by the surprise of her diagnosis and the ordeal of her surgery and treatment, he responded with an unblinking artistic look at the experience of dealing with cancer."

    More information about John Magnan can be found at www.bodyimage-bodyessence.com.

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    Monday October 9, 2006
    Contact: Megan Barbour, Communications Director, Student Government, (304) 696-6412

    Balloon lift kicks off Relay for Life fundraising at Marshall

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A balloon lift on Thursday, Oct. 12 will kick off a series of fund-raising events and activities leading up to the third annual Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society and planned for next spring on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

    Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 10 and continuing through Thursday, Oct. 12 on the Memorial Student Center plaza, balloons will be sold for $1 each. The balloons will be released at 6 p.m. Thursday on the plaza. Everyone is invited to participate.

    Funds raised through Relay for Life activities help pay for cancer research and support cancer patients in the community. West Virginia University is doing a similar Relay for Life, and will be raising money through various activities as well. Dominique Elmore, Marshall's Student Government Association vice president, said MU's goal is to beat WVU in the amount collected and beat cancer.

    At Marshall, numerous campus organizations already have begun preparing for the spring event. Entertainment books with discount coupons that can be used at various locations may be purchased for $20 apiece. Also, a luminary service is being planned for late November. Candle-lit bags bearing the names of people who have battled cancer will be displayed at the event.

    For more information on the Relay for Life activities, persons may contact Elmore at Dominique.elmore@marshall.edu, or Relay for Life co-chairs Carly Knotts at carlyknotts@hotmail.com and Amber Hambric at ambee_18@hotmail.com.

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    Thursday October 5, 2006
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    Vickie Lawrence and Mama: One Show with Twice the Laughs!

    "Well for cryin' out loud!" Mama's coming to town and bringing her alter ego, Vicki Lawrence with her.  The Marshall Artists Series presents a hilarious and unforgettable performance of Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two Woman Show, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006 at 8p.m., at the Keith Albee Theatre.  The public now has the opportunity to experience the Keith-Albee Theatre's restored orchestra level seating.  There are now over 400 more seats available on the first floor!

    Beginning with clips from "The Carol Burnett Show," which gave Lawrence her show business start, the performance will be part stand-up comedy, part storytelling with a few songs thrown in for good measure.  "My new show will not be a retrospective," said Vicki Lawrence. "We are designing a show that is a mixture of stand-up comedy, music and my observations about real life."

    Emmy Award-wining comedienne Vicki Lawrence is one of the most beloved television personalities of her generation. Plucked out of total obscurity as a high school senior, Vicki went on to become part of the now-legendary cast of the "Carol Burnett Show." "I went to Harvard School of Comedy in front of America," says Ms. Lawrence of her Burnett Show training. Although the multi-talented entertainer is mostly known for her acting and comedic talents, she also earned a gold record for the 1973 hit, "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia."

    In the seventh season, hundreds of hilarious sketches later, at the ripe, old age of 24, Vicki created her most endearing character to date, Thelma Harper, or "Mama" as she is better known to her fans. After the Carol Burnett Show, Vicki went on to star in Mama's Family, which consistently topped the ratings for its entire six-year run of original shows. "Mama" has attained almost cult status among her legions of loyal television viewers, who still enjoy her in reruns twice daily throughout most of the country.

    Recently Ms. Lawrence was convinced the time is right to take Mama out of the closet, dust off her sensible shoes and hit the road with her new touring production Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Woman Show.

    "I think people will get a kick out of the things Mama has an opinion about. We're creating new material with a more modern and cutting edge. Where Mama is concerned, expect the unexpected," says Lawrence.

    Tickets for the show are available now and they range in price from $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.ticketmaster.com. Patrons may also pick up tickets at any Ticketmaster outlet.

    Full-time Marshall University students may pick up one free ticket with MUID and part-time students may purchase one half-price ticket with MUID at the Marshall Artists Series box office in advance, or at the ticket booth at the Keith-Albee Theatre the night of the show.  Students must have their ID to obtain their ticket and also must present their ID to be admitted to the performance.

    Vicki Lawrence and Mama - A Two Woman Show is sponsored by The Chapman Printing Company, American Babbitt Bearing, First Sentry Bank, Prichard Electric Co., The Law Office of Doug Reynolds, My Z, The Herald Dispatch, Clear Channel Communications and Marshall Artists Series.

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    Papers sought for Harmony Institute Symposium; deadline Oct. 15

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Multicultural Affairs and the College of Liberal Arts are seeking papers to be presented at the Marshall University Harmony Institute Symposium Nov. 28-30 on Marshall's Huntington campus. Deadline for submission is Oct. 15.

    Dr. Betty Cleckley, vice president of multicultural affairs at Marshall, said the symposium will provide scholars a valuable venue through which they may contribute to the critical study of diversity while expanding the intellectual dialogue on multiculturalism and social justice.

    "Faculty and students from higher education institutions across the Southeastern region of the nation are invited to submit papers of refereed quality addressing diversity and its role in enriching and promoting social change," Cleckley said. "This is an unprecedented opportunity for faculty and students to provide insightful, scholarly and thought-provoking papers on these topics."

    Cleckley said submissions must be directly related to the topic, "Effecting Social Change Through the Richness of Diversity." The papers will be evaluated by a peer panel, and selected submissions will be presented at the Symposium and published in the Harmony Institute Proceedings.

    Papers should be a minimum of 2,500 words (not including citations), APA style, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font and saved in Word format. Authors must submit electronic versions of their work on CD-Rom or floppy disk, in addition to a printed copy.

    Submissions must be sent to:

    Project Director
    "Effecting Social Change Through the Richness of Diversity"
    Marshall University Multicultural Affairs
    Old Main 111
    One John Marshall Drive
    Huntington, WV 25755

    For more information, contact Marshall University at (304) 696-6437 or via email at mcip@marshall.edu.

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    Tuesday October 3, 2006
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    McConaughey to accompany Herd coaches, players in pre-game walk; portion of 'We Are Marshall' to be shown at halftime

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University football fans attending the Thundering Herd's football game Wednesday with the University of Central Florida will not only see "We Are Marshall" star Matthew McConaughey in person, but also on the big screen at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

    McConaughey, who portrays Coach Jack Lengyel in "We Are Marshall," will join Marshall football Coach Mark Snyder and the rest of the Thundering Herd players and coaches in their traditional pre-game walk, then spend much of the game on the sidelines.

    At the beginning of halftime, a four-minute portion of "We Are Marshall" will be shown at the stadium.

    "It is a stirring and poignant moment in the film that will touch anyone who knows this story," H. Keith Spears, vice president for communications and marketing at Marshall, said. "It is an honor that again (director) McG and (producer) Basil Iwanyk are going to share their cinematic artistry with those who have faithfully stood by the Herd."

    The walk, which starts near the main entrance of Cam Henderson Center, is expected to begin at about 5:30 p.m., or two hours before the 7:30 p.m. kickoff. Herd fans are invited to line the route in support of the team.

    McG, the director of "We Are Marshall, also is expected to join in the walk. The team traditionally walks east on 3rd Avenue, through the west parking lot and into the stadium.

    McConaughey and McG also will be on the field shortly before kickoff to lead Thundering Herd fans in the "We Are … Marshall" cheer.

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    Tuesday October 3, 2006
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    Marshall University SGA to host MU's first 'Thunderfest' event

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Student Government Association will host its first "Thunderfest" student tailgate before Wednesday evening's home football game between the Thundering Herd and the University of Central Florida.

    The event begins at 5:30 p.m. on the Lefty Rollins Track Field and concludes at 7:30 in time for the kickoff. Admission to the student tailgate is free and the first 200 Marshall students to attend will receive an official "Thunderfest" t-shirt.

    Students can purchase tickets, which may be redeemed for food and beverages, for $1 each. The number of tickets required for each item will vary.  

    James Clark of the Student Activities Programming Board will be the event DJ and Ten Years Gone from Kenova, W.Va., will perform.

    SGA Multicultural Affairs Director Sean Hornbuckle will distribute the "Thunderfest" t-shirts. He said he has been looking forward to helping with this event for quite some time.

    "Over the past couple of years there has been much discussion about bringing an event such as 'Thunderfest' to campus for students," Hornbuckle said. "This has the potential to become a fun tradition with our student community and I believe it will be a success."

    For more information, contact Student Body President Ben Sandy at ben.sandy@marshall.edu or Hornbuckle at sean.hornbuckle@marshall.edu.

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    Monday October 2, 2006
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    Odyssey Reading Scheduled for Wednesday Oct. 4

    A marathon reading of the Greek epic poem Homer's Odyssey will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Marco's in the Marshall University Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.
    The reading is sponsored by the Marshall University Classical Association, and the Marshall community is invited to attend and participate. Classics Professor Del Chrol said the marathon reading is a unique opportunity for people to experience the whole epic. He said everyone is invited to attend for a while or the whole day. Refreshments and spare copies of the Odyssey will be available.
    Anyone interested in reading a particular section of the text or during a particular time may email Chrol at chrol@marshall.edu, or call him at (304) 696-4323.
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    Monday October 2, 2006
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    Marshall's Childhood Language Disorder Program to benefit from Scottish Rite Foundation concert featuring Howie Damron

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Nationally acclaimed entertainer Howie Damron will be in concert Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Huntington Scottish Rite Temple in Huntington. Proceeds from the two performances, which begin at 5 and 8 p.m., benefit the Childhood Language Disorder Program at Marshall University.

    Admission is by a $25 tax deductible donation. A reception will follow the 8 p.m. performance at the Scottish Rite Temple, which is located at 1104 3 rd Ave.

    Damron is designated as the Scottish Rite Ambassador by the Scottish Rite Supreme Council. In addition to "The Masonic Ring," which he wrote and recorded, Damron will be signing three new songs not yet released: "Hiram's Key," "The Rite Stuff" and "From Flames to Glory," which he wrote in memory and honor of those who died in the Marshall football tragedy.

    Over the past two decades, Damron has performed with more than 100 major Nashville acts. He also was featured in his own show in Las Vegas and has earned numerous awards for his songwriting and entertaining. Damron is a native of Lawrence County, Ohio.

    For more information on the concert, contact Karen McNealy at Marshall University at (304) 696-3634.

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    Monday October 2, 2006
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    Day-long celebration of bookstore 're-grand-opening' is Wednesday

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's bookstore will welcome two authors with new books on Wednesday, Oct. 4. The signings are a part of a day-long celebration of the official "re-grand-opening" of the newly remodeled Huntington campus facility, located in the Memorial Student Center.

    Dr. Robert B. Hayes, president emeritus of Marshall, will sign copies of his book, "$7,000 in the Bank," from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The book is about the founding and early years of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

    Later in the afternoon, from 2 to 4 p.m., Danny Fulks will autograph copies of his latest book, "Tick Ridge Faces the South." It is described as true stories, memories, and rare photos from Appalachia and the South. This signing will also take place in the bookstore's Memorial Student Center location.

    At 3:30 p.m., an official ribbon-cutting will take place, at which the bookstore will make a special financial gift to Marshall University. Howard Taylor, the vice president and director of operations of Follett Bookstores, the operating company for the Marshall University Bookstore, will make the presentation to Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp.

    Further information on the day's events at the bookstore may be obtained by contacting the bookstore at (304) 696-3622.

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    Monday October 2, 2006
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    Marshall University Forensic Science Center sponsors American Society of Crime Lab Directors Symposium

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Forensic Science Center is sponsoring the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors' 34 th Annual Workshop and Symposium, a national meeting this week in San Francisco addressing current issues impacting forensic laboratories.

    Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp, along with three other speakers, will kick off the symposium with welcome and opening remarks between 8 and 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3. The other opening speakers are ASCLD President W. Earl Wells, laboratory director of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Columbia, S.C.;  President-elect William E. Marbaker, assistant director of the Crime Laboratory Division, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Jefferson City, Mo; and National Institute of Justice Acting Director Glenn R. Schmitt, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.

    The meeting, entitled "Practical Issues Facing Crime Laboratory Managers: Managing the Technical Side of Forensics," is at the San Francisco Marriott. Workshops were conducted Sunday and today, and the symposium is Tuesday through Thursday.

    The program includes information on pertinent issues and training for laboratory directors, administrators and policy makers.  The meeting will provide updates on federal legislation and grants, recent court decisions, technical working groups and other issues that impact crime laboratories.

    Topics of discussion include case backlogs that cause significant delays in evidentiary analysis, which directly impact the investigation and solving of crimes and causes delays in the courts. Delays can affect the prosecution of the criminal and exoneration of the innocent.

    The Forensic Science Center is sponsoring the workshops and symposium in support of the national forensic science community as a member of the Forensic Resource Network, a program of the NIJ. The Forensic Science Center provides DNA testing and training services in support of state and local forensic laboratories and medical examiners though a cooperative agreement administered by the NIJ. DNA laboratory services provided in support of reducing backlogs include forensic casework, databasing, paternity/relationship testing and human identification through medical examiners.

    ASCLD is a nonprofit professional society of crime laboratory directors and forensic science managers dedicated to providing excellence in forensic science through leadership and innovation. The purpose of the organization is to assist in the development of laboratory management principles and techniques; disseminate forensic information; maintain and improve communications among crime laboratory directors; and to promote, encourage and maintain the highest standards of practice in the field.

    This project was supported by cooperative agreement 2005-MU-BX-K020.awarded by the NIJ, Office of Justice Program, U.S. Department of Justice.  The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this symposium are those of ASCLD and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice.

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    Monday October 2, 2006
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    Game with UCF, McConaughey visit attracting national attention

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Conference USA football game with the University of Central Florida Wednesday evening at Joan C. Edwards Stadium is attracting unprecedented national attention.

    Not only is ESPN2 televising the 7:30 p.m. game, but crews from several national entertainment and news outlets will attend the game and pre-game activities as well. "We Are Marshall" star Matthew McConaughey, director McG and producer Basil Iwanyk also will be at the game, promoting the movie and leading the "We Are … Marshall' cheer shortly before kickoff.

    "When you have something like this taking place, it goes far beyond an athletic contest," Bob Marcum, Marshall's director of athletics, said. "It's about an institution and all of its alums. It's nationwide. It gives our university a great opportunity to tell its story, and to really promote the existing educational activities at the institution."

    ESPN2's broadcast crew of Rece Davis, Lou Holtz and Mark May will call the game. Among other outlets tentatively planning to report from the stadium are Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Extra, Yahoo!, MTV, iVillage.com, CSTV, YouTube, iTunes, and Rivals.com.

    At least five Warner Bros. executives also will attend the game. The "We Are Marshall" premiere is scheduled for Dec. 12 in Huntington, with the world-wide release of the movie on Dec. 22.

    Plenty of tickets still remain for the game. A special package of four end zone tickets for $60 is being offered for the game. Tickets may be ordered by calling 1-800-THE-HERD or online at Herdzone.com. The ticket office in Cam Henderson Center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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