August 2007 News Releases

Friday August 31, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Career Services Part-Time Job & Internship Fair is Sept. 12 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students and alumni seeking part-time and internship positions may participate in the school's Career Services Part-Time Job & Internship Fair Wednesday, Sept. 12.

More than 50 recruiters have registered to participate in the event, which is called "Solving the Employment Puzzle" and takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus. Booth space is available for organizations still wanting to participate.

Some of the recruiters include A.K. Steel, Cabell Huntington Hospital, WCHS-TV, West Virginia Power Baseball, and several on-campus departments. The complete list of organizations attending the fair is available at

Amber Bentley, student jobs coordinator with Career Services, said the fair is designed specifically to include all Marshall students regardless of their majors. She said students that are not in search of jobs also are encouraged to attend to take advantage of numerous networking opportunities. Typically, Bentley said, about 400 students attend the fair.

Soft drinks and popcorn will be available to all fair participants.

For more information, call Bentley at (304) 696-2370.

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Friday August 31, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to visit Marshall Sept. 10

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will visit Marshall University's Huntington campus Monday, Sept. 10, to speak at the regular meeting of the Huntington chapter of AARP. The meeting will take place at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

The general public is invited to attend, although seating will be limited. The meeting begins at 6 p.m., and doors open at 5:30 p.m. AARP members are asked to bring their local membership cards to receive priority seating.

Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said the university is honored to welcome Justice Thomas to campus.

"It is a tremendous honor to have a United States Supreme Court Justice visit Marshall University," Kopp said. "Although our institution is named after Chief Justice John Marshall, this visit will be the first time a Justice of the nation's highest court has visited one of our campuses. We look forward to learning more about Justice Thomas and hearing his presentation on September 10."

Dolly Rozzi, president of the Huntington chapter of AARP, worked for Thomas for eight years in the 1980s while he was chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She headed the office of review and appeals where final decisions of discrimination were made.

About six months ago, Rozzi and a group of local citizens visited Thomas in Washington, D.C. Joining Rozzi on the trip were Cabell County Circuit Judge Alfred E. Ferguson, Christ Temple Church Pastor Chuck Lawrence and his son, Chafe, and Maryann Henry.

Rozzi asked Thomas to attend the Huntington AARP meeting to help increase enrollment in the chapter, which has been in existence for only 10 months. She said the chapter has 190 members and is the fastest growing chapter in the United States. Rozzi said Thomas will speak on senior issues and aging in America.

When asking Thomas to visit Marshall, Rozzi informed him that John Marshall never visited the college.

"It is ironic that Justice Marshall was never able to visit Marshall University," Rozzi said. "We are extremely excited that Justice Thomas will be the first to visit Marshall at its Huntington campus."

John Marshall served the Supreme Court from 1801 to 1835, the longest serving Chief Justice in United States history. He died two years before Marshall Academy was formed in 1837.

Thomas took his seat on the Supreme Court on Oct. 23, 1991. He was nominated by then-President George H.W. Bush.

Thomas was born in Pin Point, Ga., in 1948. He attended Conception Seminary from 1967 to 1968 and received an A.B., cum laude, from Holy Cross College in 1971 and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1974. He was admitted to law practice in Missouri in 1974 and served as an Assistant Attorney General of Missouri from 1974 to 1977.

From 1981 to 1982, he served as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights with the U.S. Department of Education, and as Chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from 1982 to 1990. From 1990 to 1991, Thomas served as a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Although she is a Democrat and Thomas is a Republican, Rozzi said they had no problem working together. "It was not a Democrat or Republican thing," she said. "We were about the business of eliminating discrimination in employment. We were both dedicated to the goal of equal employment opportunity. Sometimes we disagreed on how to get there, but the goal was the same."

The corporate sponsor of the Huntington AARP is St. Mary's Medical Center which has been a partner, not only in the success of the Huntington chapter, but also in bringing Justice Thomas to Huntington.

"St. Mary's Medical Center is pleased to support the Huntington chapter of AARP and its members in sponsoring Justice Clarence Thomas' visit to Marshall's campus," said Michael Sellards, president and CEO of St. Mary's. "We are very interested to hear his views on senior and health issues and hope the community will benefit from his words of wisdom."

For more information on the Huntington chapter of AARP or Thomas's visit, contact Rozzi at (304) 733-3656.

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Wednesday August 29, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall adds two new engineering faculty

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Weisberg Division of Engineering and Computer Science of the Marshall University College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE) has added two new engineering faculty members.

The addition of Dr. Betsy Dulin and Dr. Andrew Nichols is part of the continuing expansion of the educational and research efforts of the college, especially the undergraduate Bachelor of Engineering (BSE) program, which was initiated during the fall of 2006.

 "We have parallel efforts to build our faculty and facilities in order to create a first-class engineering program at Marshall University," CITE Dean Tony Szwilski said. "The talents and experiences of these new additions to our faculty are an important step in this building process."

Dulin has rejoined the faculty as an engineering professor.  She is a civil engineer who has a master's degree in environmental engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and an attorney who received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Washington and Lee University.  She has extensive academic experience as well as having extensive practice as an environmental engineer and environmental attorney.

In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate engineering courses, Dulin is serving as Research and Development Coordinator with the Nick J. Rahall, II Appalachian Transportation Institute (RTI).

"Having an individual with Dr. Dulin's unique set of technical skills and experience will be a tremendous asset to RTI in fulfilling its mission to help improve and expand the transportation infrastructure of the region," RTI Director Robert Plymale said. 

Dulin is a licensed Professional Engineer, licensed to practice law in West Virginia and Ohio, and is a Registered Patent attorney.

Nichols came to Marshall from the University of South Carolina, where he had served on the civil engineering faculty since 2004.  He grew up in Point Pleasant, W.Va., and completed his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at West Virginia University.

Nichols received his Master of Science and Ph.D. in civil engineering from Purdue University, specializing in transportation engineering, and is a licensed Professional Engineer.  In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate engineering courses, Nichols will be developing research initiatives in the area of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in conjunction with the RTI.

"Dr. Nichols' special expertise in the area of Intelligent Transportation Systems will be instrumental in helping RTI expand its capabilities in this important area of transportation research," Plymale said.

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Tuesday August 28, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Theatre season begins Oct. 3 with Little Shop of Horrors

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Theatre's 2007-2008 season features four presentations, beginning with Little Shop of Horrors Oct. 3-6. All shows are in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center and begin at 8 p.m.

Here is a brief description of each show:

Little Shop of Horrors, Oct. 3-6: Book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken. One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a household name, thanks to a highly successful film version and a score by the songwriting team of Ashman and Menken, who redefined the animated musical film with Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast and Aladdin. Charming, tuneful and hilarious, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, Little Shop Of Horrors never fails to entertain.

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Nov. 14-17: By John Bishop.

An ingenious and wildly comic romp which enjoyed a long and critically hailed run both on and Off-Broadway. Poking antic fun at the more ridiculous aspects of "show biz" and the corny thrillers of Hollywood's heyday, the play is a non-stop barrage of laughter as those assembled (or at least those who aren't killed off) untangle the mystery of the "Stage Door Slasher."

The Seagull, Feb. 20-23, 2008. By Anton Chekhov.

The classic story about Irina, a middle-aged and fading actress, Trigorin, a moderately popular author who realizes that he has failed to achieve greatness, and Irina's muddled and melancholy son who is lovesick over a pretty neighbor named Nina.

The Merry Wives of Windsor, April 23-26, 2008. By William Shakespeare.

At the request of the Queen, Shakespeare wrought this farce starring Sir John Falstaff of his Henry IV plays, here transplanted from the 15th to the 16th century, where he attempts to seduce two wealthy married women who are a bit too smart for him.

Season tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling Sam Kincaid, Marshall University Theatre Box Office Manager, at (304) 696-2787 from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


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Tuesday August 28, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall fans urged to wear green on College Colors Day, every Friday during the academic year

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University fans, students, faculty and staff have even more reason than usual to wear green throughout the day on Friday, Aug. 31 - the day before the Thundering Herd plays at Miami of Florida in its college football season opener. The third annual National College Colors Day celebration will take place nationwide on that day.

Earlier this month, Gov. Joe Manchin III proclaimed Friday, Aug. 31, as College Colors Day in West Virginia. Manchin's proclamation states in part that College Colors Day seeks to celebrate and promote the traditions and spirit of the college experience by encouraging fans, alumni and students to wear the colors of their favorite college throughout the day of Aug. 31, 2007.

Marshall is participating in College Colors Day for the second consecutive year and is continuing a tradition begun last year of encouraging faculty, staff and students to wear green every Friday during the academic year. College Colors Day is a national event that coincides with students returning to college and the kickoff of intercollegiate athletics.

"We hope that everyone, not only at Marshall University but within organizations and companies throughout the community, will wear Marshall green on Fridays during the academic year as a show of support for and celebration of Marshall University," President Stephen J. Kopp said. "'Green Friday' was a great success last year and we ask everyone who supports Marshall to help us continue this tradition beginning this Friday."

West Virginia is one of 10 states whose governors proclaimed Aug. 31 as College Colors Day in their state. As part of the national celebration, the University of Washington will play at Syracuse University at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31 in the second annual College Colors Day Classic. The game will be televised by ESPN.

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Monday August 27, 2007
Contact: Lalena Price, University Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall wins technology award for enterprising e-mail system

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Information Technology department has won top honors in the Governor's Office Information Technology Awards competition.

The Computing Services Team won first place in the category of Enterprise Information Systems for the successful creation of a high-end student e-mail system. The new system provides a scalable architecture, faster access, increased storage, enhanced spam and virus filtering capabilities, as well as integrated identity management. It also dramatically reduces software and hardware costs related to the system.

Dr. Jan I. Fox, senior vice president for Information Technology/CIO, said her department has won previous awards from the Governor's Office.

"Our IT teams are normally looked at as the leaders in information technology in the state, so it is wonderful and important that we continue the trend," Fox said. 

Members of the award-winning team include Jon B. Cutler, director of systems administration, Tim Calvert, lead systems programmer, Jack Chongjie Xue, institutional research specialist, Brent Maynard, assistant director of systems administration, and Jaymz Mynes, senior systems programmer. They were presented the award during the state's recent Information Technology Conference.  

In a separate competition recognizing Web site design excellence in state government, K-12 schools or higher education, the Marshall University Foundation placed third in the 2007 Swiggy Awards. Rebecca Samples, Director of Annual Giving, was responsible for overseeing the winning site's design, development and deployment.

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Thursday August 23, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Paintings by June Kilgore at Birke Art Gallery through Sept. 14

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Birke Art Gallery is exhibiting paintings by June Kilgore, a former professor of art at MU, today through Friday, Sept. 14.

Works in the exhibition are acrylics, some on paper and other, larger ones, on canvas, as well as a few monoprints on paper.  Caryl Toth, Kilgore's friend and former student, will give a talk about the paintings in the gallery at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27.

Kilgore (1927-2006) was a professor of art at Marshall for nearly 25 years and chaired its department of art from 1973 until she retired in 1989.  Kilgore was from Huntington and earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Marshall.  She taught in the public schools and Marshall's "Lab" School before joining the university faculty.

In 1972, she earned an MFA in painting and printmaking at the Pratt Institute in New York, where she had studied with the noted abstract expressionist, George McNeil. Like many artists of the later 20th century, Kilgore usually worked in series in order to explore an idea in depth, so some works have nature or gardens as their theme and others focus on Greek temples.

With several monoprints from the late 1980s, the majority of works in the exhibition are abstract acrylic paintings from the 1990s that reflect Kilgore's response to the spirit of place.  Kilgore used form, color, texture and space to encapsulate her experience and evoke a parallel response in viewers. Her work is in the collections of art institutions throughout the Southeast as well as in many private collections.

Lenders to the exhibition include the Art Store in Charleston, the Huntington Museum of Art, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and individuals who live in this region.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. The Birke Art Gallery is on the ground floor of Smith Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus.  For more information, call (304) 696-2296.

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Tuesday August 21, 2007
Contact: Lalena Price, University Communications, (304) 746-1989

Officials dedicate high-tech wing at Mid-Ohio Valley Center

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. - U.S. Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito joined Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp in dedicating the new science and nursing wing of the university's Mid-Ohio Valley Center in Point Pleasant today.

The $3 million, 8,100 square-foot addition increases by 50 percent the size of the seven-year-old center, which has seen its enrollment grow from 11 students attending classes at regional high schools in 1994 to 1,600 students now.

Capito helped MOVC officials cut the green and white ribbon to the addition. The congresswoman played an integral part in helping the center secure a $250,000 modernization grant that made possible the latest in technical equipment for nursing classrooms, computer labs, interactive equipment and wireless communication.

"I am proud to see this state-of-the-art nursing and science wing come to Marshall's Point Pleasant center," Capito said. "Marshall prides itself on its educational experience and this facility enhances that experience to a whole new level. I look forward to continued success for Marshall and its students in Point Pleasant."

President Kopp describes the Mid-Ohio Valley Center as "an unequivocal success story and a testament to the power of university-community partnerships."

"We could not have asked for better partners than the leaders of Mason County and Pleasant Valley Hospital," Kopp said. "I am proud of our faculty and staff here and know that together we are all making a difference in the lives and career opportunities for our students."

The center meets the expanding needs of accelerated high school students, traditional college age students and adults who have chosen to return to school in the mid-Ohio Valley. In 2005, Marshall's Board of Governors approved the expansion of the center. The architect for the expansion was Bastian and Harris of Charleston, W.Va.

Homer Preece, director of the center, has watched the program grow from its infancy.

"This center has a 100 percent passage rate and our graduates have good careers," Preece said. "I'm so proud that we can offer the very best facilities to our hardworking students."

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Tuesday August 21, 2007
Contact: Angela Jones, Director of Marketing and External Affairs, Marshall Artists Series, (304) 696-3334

Highlights of the 71st Season of the Marshall Artists Series

HUNTINGTON-The Marshall Artists Series proudly announces its 2007-2008 season of events. For 71 years the Marshall Artists Series has been a gateway to the world of cultural entertainment in the Tri-State and at Marshall University. 

"We are thrilled to announce such an exciting lineup of events for our 71st season," says Penny Watkins, Executive Director for the Marshall Artists Series. "From our Broadway events to our family fare, this season we have something for everyone and events the whole family will enjoy."

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

  • Direct from Broadway, Chase Bank and Cabell Huntington Hospital present Peter Pan as it flies into the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center with Tinkerbell and Captain Hook in tow, Tuesday, & Wednesday, November 6 & 7, 2007, beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Take your family on a fantastical journey to Neverland for an event sure to please one and all.
  • The biggest Tony Award winner in Broadway history, The Producers, arrives Saturday, February 2, 2008, at 8 p.m. at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. Everything you've heard is true! "Mel Brooks has put the comedy back into musical comedy. The Producers is the funniest, most fearlessly irreverent thing ever seen on stage!"- USA Today.
  • Shakespeare's forbidden love story, Romeo & Juliet presented by the Tchaikovsky Ballet & Orchestra, Tuesday, March 11, 2008, leaps onto the stage of the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. At 125 members strong, including a 60-piece live orchestra, this performance will fill the stage with traditional ballet, artistic sets, and hauntingly beautiful music.
  • Join the remarkable March sisters - Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy as St. Mary's Medical Center presents Little Women - The Broadway Musical. Louisa May Alcott's timeless tale about the power of family, friendship and romance, comes to life, Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. This new musical is capturing the hearts of a new generation and captivating audiences of all ages!

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

  • The Law Office of Doug Reynolds presents seven-time Grammy Award winning vocalist, Al Jarreau, the only vocalist in history to win a Grammy in 3 separate categories, as he lights up the stage of the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Saturday, October 6, 2007, at 8 p.m. Known for his many hits including "Touch Me Tonight," the theme from "Moonlighting," and We're In This Love Together." "All I Got," Jarreau's recent duet album with George Benson won this year's Grammy for best jazz album.
  • Movin' Out, the Broadway musical collaboration between five-time Grammy Award winner Billy Joel and legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp, hits the stage of the  Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Friday, January 18, 2008, at 8 p.m. Movin' Out brings 24 Billy Joel classics to electrifying new life as it tells the story of five lifelong friends over two turbulent decades.
  • Spend a hilarious Evening with Martin Short, on Friday, February 15, 2008, at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Known for his films, Three Amigos and Father of the Bride, his recent Broadway success, Fame Becomes Me, and of course his stint on TV's Saturday Night Live, Short will bring his humor, musical talent and special "guest" Jiminy Glick for an evening of fun entertainment, just in time for Valentine's Day.
  • Direct from Broadway, Hairspray takes you back to 1962 Baltimore as Tracy Turnblad sets out to dance her way onto TV's most popular show on Wednesday, April 30, 2008, at 8 p.m. at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.  Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this mega hit is piled bouffant-high with laughter and romance - and enough deliriously tuneful new songs to fill a non-stop platter-party.

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

  • Animal expert Jungle Jack Hanna will bring many of his favorite animal friends to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, as well as fascinating and humorous stories and footage from his adventures around the world during his live show on Monday, October 29, 2007, beginning at 7 p.m.  Known for his television show Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures, as well as hundreds of television appearances, Hanna's show is sure to please everyone from the youngest child to the oldest adult.
  • The Kennedy Center's fifth visit to the Marshall Artists Series brings Teddy Roosevelt & The Treasure of Ursa Major, 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2008, at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.  This fun story for the entire family was inspired by Teddy Roosevelt and his family during their time in the White House.  In 1904 Roosevelt's three young children stumble upon a real-life treasure map hidden in the White House library's copy of Treasure Island.  Together they untangle a decades-old mystery that leads them from the Red Room to the President's Office to the Lincoln Bedroom. This clever and comical production features songs by Washington satirist Mark Russell.

The Fall and Spring International Film Festival The Fall International Film Festival will take place September 28 - October 4, 2007, at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.  Featured films include: Lives of Others (Germany), Family Law (Argentina), Days of Glory (France/Algeria/Morocco/Belgium), Maxed Out (USA), After the Wedding (Denmark), and Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (Hong Kong/China/Japan).

The Spring International Film Festival will take place February 22-28, 2008, at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. Featured films include: The Wind That Shakes the Barley (Ireland/UK), The Valet (France), Ghosts of Cite Soleil (Haiti), Away From Her (Canada), The Italian (Russia), and Ladron Que Roba a Ladron (Mexico).

Season Ticketing Information:

  • Superticket (Baxter, Mount, Belanger & Films) - $495, $445, $406 & $370.
  • Baxter Series: 4 Events -  $245, $195, $175 & $157
  • Mount Series: 4 Events -  $257, $207, $189 & $170
  • Belanger Series: 2 Events - $45 & $25
  • International Film Festival (12 Films) $70

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

Season ticketing begins Monday, August 6th at 9 a.m.

The deadline to purchase or renew season tickets is Monday, August 20th.

New season subscription orders and season ticket renewal orders will be taken beginning Monday, August 6th at 9a.m.  Subscriptions may be ordered and current subscriptions may be renewed through the deadline date of August 20th.  After that day, all orders will be processed in order of date and time received.

The Marshall Artists Series accepts all major credit cards, checks and cash.  Season tickets may be ordered via telephone by calling our administrative offices at (304) 696-3326.  Orders may also be mailed in to Marshall Artists Series, One John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25755-2210.  Order may also be faxed to (304) 696-6658.  Our offices are located in the Jomie Jazz Center on Fifth Avenue across from Marshall University's Student Center.  Our hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m..

Tickets to individual events will go on sale in early September. Details will be announced at a later date.

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

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Monday August 20, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University announces special events to take place week of Friends of Coal Bowl

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Here is a list of some of the special events and activities planned the week of the Marshall University-West Virginia University football game, which will be played Sept. 8 at Joan C. Edwards Stadium:   

Monday, Sept. 3 through Friday, Sept. 7

  • Marshall students will have a chance to win tickets to the Marshall-WVU football game all week in a variety of activities at the Memorial Student Center plaza. Cornhole and NCAA Football 08 are two of the planned competitions. Thirty-five tickets will be available for the winners. Contact James Clark with the Student Activities Planning Board (SAPB) at (304) 696-6770.

Wednesday, Sept. 5

  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Student Organizational Fair on the Memorial Student Center plaza, sponsored by SAPB. Marshall's 191 student organizations are invited to participate by setting up tables and handing out information about their organizations. Student organizations may sign up to participate in the fair by calling the SAPB at (304) 696-6770 or (304) 696-2283.

Thursday, Sept. 6

  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., organizational fair continues on the student center plaza.
  • 10 a.m., silent portion of the Harmony Institute Auction at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. The range of items includes antiques, art, stained glass, autographed sports memorabilia, framed prints and many others. The silent portion continues throughout the day. For more information, call Marshall University Multicultural Affairs at (304) 696-4637.
  • 6 p.m., pep rally in the parking lot at Gino's Pub on 5th Avenue in Huntington. Thundering Herd Coach Mark Snyder's weekly call-in show starts at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast from the parking lot. The MU pep band and cheerleaders will participate, and those attending will be able to place food and drink orders from outside the pub. Nearby parking will be available. The event is sponsored by Gino's Pub. For more information, call Nancy Pelphrey with the Marshall University Alumni Association at (304) 696-3134.

Friday, Sept. 7

  • 10 a.m., silent portion of the Harmony Institute Auction at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center continues throughout the day. The live auction is from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
  • 6 p.m., free concert on Third Avenue in front of Pullman Square features country music bands Lonestar and Trick Pony. They will be preceded on stage by the Angie Fletcher Band and Walking Out Blind. Contact the Marshall University alumni office at (304) 696-3134 for more information.
  • Beginning at 5:30 p.m., parking for the concert will be available on designated lots in downtown Huntington for $10 per automobile. The special parking is in conjunction with the Huntington Municipal Parking Board. Proceeds will benefit the MU Alumni Association.

Saturday, Sept. 8

  • 8 to 10 a.m., Thunderfest tailgate for Marshall students in the Marshall University Career Services Center parking lot at 1681 5th Ave. Hot dogs, Papa John's Pizza, snow cones and Pepsi products will be provided. Students also may bring their own food and drinks. For more information, contact Dominique Elmore, president of Marshall's Student Government Association, at (304) 696-6436, or James Clark with SAPB at (304) 696-6770.
  • 11:10 a.m., Marshall students who want to see the Marshall-WVU game but don't have  tickets may gather in the remodeled Memorial Student Center lobby to watch the game on two plasma TVs above the fireplace. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Tootie Carter at (304) 696-2528.
  • Special game parking downtown will be available. For $10, fans may park in reserved spaces at designated downtown lots, then, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing in 20-minute intervals, board a shuttle bus near Pullman Square. It will take them to the Marshall Book Store. After the game, the bus will pick the fans up at the book store and return them to the drop-off spot near Pullman Square. The special parking and transportation is in conjunction with the Huntington Municipal Parking Board. Proceeds will benefit the MU Alumni Association. For a map and more information, call Nancy Pelphrey with the Marshall University Alumni Association at (304) 696-3134.

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Thursday August 16, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Harmony Institute Auction set for Sept. 6-7 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - An auction to benefit the Harmony Institute at Marshall University will take place Thursday, Sept. 6 and Friday, Sept. 7 at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on the Huntington campus.


The purpose of the Harmony Institute Auction is to raise funds to sustain the Institute's mission, goals and initiatives. A similar auction in 1998 raised $25,000, and the goal for this year's event is to raise $50,000, according to Dr. Betty Cleckley, vice president for multicultural affairs at Marshall.


The silent portion of the auction will take place throughout the day Sept. 6 and 7, beginning at 10 a.m. each day, with the live auction scheduled from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 7.


"Since our first auction nine years ago we have been working over the years to promote respect for, and an appreciation of, human and civil rights, social justice and racial harmony across the Marshall campus and the tri-state region," Cleckley said. "Funds from the auction will go a long way in helping us to reach our goal as well as foster the Harmony Institute mission and objectives."


Since its inception in 1997, the Harmony Institute has been dedicated to fulfilling Marshall University's multicultural mission through community engagement and scholarly development.


In partnership with the College of Liberal Arts, the Harmony Institute fosters scholarship, research, training and instruction that supports racial harmony and advances race relations.


The Institute has sponsored many special events and exhibits throughout its first decade, such as theatre and music performances, lectures, conferences and symposiums.


Cleckley said the timing of the auction coincides with Marshall's home football game Saturday, Sept. 8, with West Virginia University at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Some of the items for auction are WVU-related, such as an autographed basketball by Jerry West, a Jerry West bobblehead and a West Virginia University Blenko Glass vase, among others.


"The day before the Marshall/West Virginia game is a perfect opportunity to raise funds for the Institute. We are hoping that many of our friends from West Virginia University will participate in the auction," Cleckley said. "While the two schools will be competing on the football field, I believe both have similar goals when it comes to increasing social justice, racial harmony and awareness, which is what the Harmony Institute is all about. Through the Harmony Institute, we are celebrating the academic and physical endeavors of this generation while ensuring and enriching the endeavors of future generations."


Among the many other items to be auctioned are sports memorabilia, such as a basketball signed by former University of Kentucky coach Tubby Smith; basketballs signed by members of Huntington High School's 2007 championship basketball team; jerseys signed by former HHS players Patrick Patterson and O.J. Mayo; autographed NFL jerseys from former Marshall greats Chad Pennington and Byron Leftwich, and a football signed by former Marshall football coaches Jim Donnan and Red Dawson.


For more information on the Harmony Institute Auction, contact Feon Smith with Marshall University Multicultural Affairs at (304) 696-4637.

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Thursday August 16, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall begins One Book program for freshmen

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University freshmen have not yet started fall classes, but many, along with students in the Marshall Community and Technical College, already are doing homework for their University, Honors and CTC 101 courses. The early assignment is part of a required common reading program called One Book, which is starting this year at Marshall.


Freshmen who attended orientation sessions this summer at Marshall were given copies of The Glass Castle, a memoir written by former Welch, W.Va., resident Jeannette Walls. They were encouraged to read the book before the Monday, Aug. 20 start of fall classes.


Once school begins, the students and community members will take part in discussions and events focused on issues introduced in The Glass Castle as part of their University, Honors and CTC 101 courses.


Common reading programs such as One Book have been adopted by many universities and communities. The program offers a shared intellectual experience for first-year students and other members of the university community, and also provides a way to introduce and promote critical thinking skills.


Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp encouraged Marshall to implement the One Book program and supported it financially. The Glass Castle was chosen by Marshall's One Book committee.


"I envision the One Book program as one of the major ways to encourage students to become actively involved in their own learning - not only through meeting the author, but also through the One Book Web site and blogs, and through university-wide events in the fall and spring semesters," President Kopp said. "The book is intended to be a discussion starter. I hope it will open up avenues for interdisciplinary discourse on important topics related to poverty, inequality, mental health, homelessness and resilience."


In The Glass Castle, Walls tells the story of her unorthodox upbringing and how she used the adversities of her early years to create a memoir illustrating the complexities of family, trust and forgiveness.


As a child and teenager, Walls often went without food. Lunch, if she was lucky, sometimes came from classmates' castoffs and scraps found in the school restroom garbage can. In the schools of Welch, she was reviled as an outsider because she wasn't from "around here," because her family was poor and because she was smart.


She, her three siblings and their intellectually and artistically brilliant but unorthodox  parents (Rex and Rose Mary) spent many years living in poverty while moving from town to town in the Southwest desert, often camping in the mountains. They finally were forced to move back to Rex's family home in Welch.


Walls managed to break the cycle of poverty, graduate from Harvard and become a successful journalist. She has written for Esquire and USA Today, and for eight years wrote a gossip column called The Scoop for She wrote her final column on July 26, and now is turning her attention to writing books.


President Kopp announced earlier this year that Marshall will be involved this fall in a project related to one of the themes of The Glass Castle - homelessness and poverty. The university is teaming with Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity to build a Habitat House in a neighborhood near Marshall's Huntington campus.


"This service project will be an important part of the First Year Experience Program designed for members of the Class of 2011," he said when announcing the project. "This community service project will create a valuable opportunity for our students to become involved and have a direct impact on the problem of homelessness in our community."


For more information on the One Book program at Marshall, contact Jennifer Sias, Information Literacy Librarian at Marshall, at (304) 696-6577. 





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Orthopedic surgery residency training program approved at Marshall

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Marshall University has become one of just two United States schools since 1995 to have a first-time orthopedic surgery residency training program approved, West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III announced Wednesday in Charleston.

The new program will play an essential role in meeting the health needs of West Virginians, Manchin said.

"Here in West Virginia, we have the nation's second-oldest population and more than our share of high-risk occupations, but our state lags far behind the rest of the nation in the availability of orthopedic surgeons," he said. "As a result, our people sometimes have to travel too far or wait too long to get the services they need. Marshall's new program will bring us important new resources, and it should become a pipeline that helps supply doctors who can expand top-notch orthopedic services to underserved areas of the state."

Manchin cited a 2004 national study by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons that showed only one state - Michigan - had a lower number of orthopedic surgeons for each 100,000 people. West Virginia's rate was 4.5 orthopedists per 100,000 people, compared to the national rate of 6.2. Marshall's program will double the number of orthopedic surgeons who can be trained in West Virginia, bringing the total to 30.

MU President Stephen J. Kopp said the program is a logical outgrowth of advances in medical education at Marshall.

"Marshall's medical school has been working diligently to complete the rigorous work required to earn program approval from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for our new residency program in orthopedic surgery," Kopp said. "This new graduate medical education program will take advantage of the outstanding group of physicians assembled by the Department of Orthopaedics. Orthopedic residents accepted into this program will experience leading-edge training in a field that has seen remarkable advances in diagnosis and treatment options. As new orthopedic surgeons complete their training at Marshall University and Cabell Huntington Hospital, all of West Virginia will benefit, especially the rural and underserved areas of our state and region."

Kopp said the growing orthopedic surgery program will complement the services of the new Department of Neuroscience, which will offer both neurosurgery and neurology.

Dr. Ali Oliashirazi, chair of Marshall's Department of Orthopaedics, said the residents will be based primarily at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

"Cabell Huntington has been wonderfully helpful in making sure we have the facilities and financial backing we need to offer top-notch training," he said. "Its support was vital in making this program a reality."

He said Marshall will accept its first residents for the training year beginning next summer.

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Lonestar to be featured in free concert as part of Marshall-WVU celebration

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A free concert Friday, Sept. 7 featuring Lonestar, one of country music's most successful bands, and country music trio Trick Pony highlights a series of special events planned the week of Marshall University's home football opener with West Virginia University.


The Thundering Herd and Mountaineers play at 11:10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Details of other related events will be announced next week.


The concert, presented by 93.7 "The DAWG" on behalf of the Marshall University Alumni Association and Marshall's Student Activities Programming Board, takes place on 3rd Avenue in front of Pullman Square. On-stage entertainment begins at 6 p.m.


"This is the biggest event the radio station has ever been involved with," said Mike Kirtner, president and general manager of 93.7 "The DAWG," and a Marshall alumnus. "This shows you the significance of this event when you can get two top-line bands to come to Huntington to celebrate the Marshall-WVU Friends of Coal Bowl series. It signifies the importance of the event to the state."


Preceding Lonestar on the stage, which will be situated near 10th Street facing west, will be the Angie Fletcher Band, Walking Out Blind and Trick Pony. "The DAWG" will begin broadcasting from the site at 4 p.m.


Lonestar has had 30 chart hits, including nine number one singles. Recent awards for the group include:

  • "Mr. Mom," Radio Music Awards Song of the Year/Country Radio in 2005;
  • "My Front Porch Looking In," Billboard's Most Played Country Song of 2003;
  •  "I'm Already There," the ASCAP & BMI Song of the Year in 2002;
  • The Academy of Country Music Award - Top Vocal Group in 2002.

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'We Are Marshall' to be shown Friday night as part of Welcome Weekend activities

The movie "We Are Marshall" will be shown at about 9:30 p.m., or as soon as it is dark, Friday, Aug. 17 at Buskirk Field on Marshall's Huntington campus.


The movie is part of Welcome Weekend activities at Marshall. All students and their families taking part in Welcome Weekend are invited to attend. No seating will be provided, so those attending are encouraged to bring a blanket.

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The Parthenon wins 11 awards in WVPA's Better Newspaper

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's student newspaper, The Parthenon, received 11 awards in the West Virginia Press Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were announced Saturday, Aug. 4 at the association's convention in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

The contest was based on publications from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2006. The categories included news, sports and feature writing, photography and design. The Parthenon won third place in General Excellence in Division 3, which is for daily newspapers with a circulation of less than 15,000. Top awards for general excellence are based on awards won in the individual categories.

Ten individual awards were given to members of The Parthenon staff. These included five first-place awards, two second-place awards, one third-place award and two honorable mentions.

"I am particularly proud of this year's awards because of the student editors involved in the production," said Marilyn McClure, the newspaper's adviser who is retiring Aug. 10. "The editors are to be commended for putting out a quality product. I'm really proud of them."

The individual awards are as follows:

First-place awards

Best columnist - Greg Roberts for his Jan. 26 column, "To the Guy who Broke
Into my Car."

Best front page - Matt Haught for the Jan. 26, Sept. 21 and Oct. 4 editions.

Best newspaper design - Joshua DeLung, Kyle Dyer and Matt Haught
for editions dated Sept. 21, Oct. 5 and Nov. 2.

Best news photo - Rasmi Hunt for the Aug. 31 front-page photo of flooding in

Best sports column - Matt Gajtka for his Aug. 30, Sept. 21 and Sept. 27

Second-place awards

Best sports column - Ryan Hanchett for his Oct. 12, Nov. 1 and Nov. 9 columns.

Best sports news story - Grant Traylor, no date given.

Third-place award

Best news headline - Matt Haught for his Sept. 20, Nov. 1 and Nov. 8 headlines.

Honorable mentions

Best front page - Matt Haught for edition dated Feb. 23.

Best sports feature - Matt Gajtka for the Sept. 22 story, "Putting
the Pieces Together."

For more information, contact McClure at (304) 696-2736.


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State of West Virginia, Marshall University applaud release of 'We Are Marshall' DVD

With this week's announcement of the Sept. 18, 2007 release date for the DVD of "We Are Marshall" from Warner Home Video, West Virginians will see the state and Marshall University receive attention for the story about one of the most tragic events and spirited recoveries in college sports history.  With featurettes about the state of West Virginia and Marshall University, Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures have provided the state with a unique opportunity to share good news about the university, economic development and travel in the Mountain State.

The single-disc DVD release comes nine months after the film opened in theaters across the country and will renew interest in the story of the way a university and a community grew after the  November 1970 Marshall University football team, coaching staff and supporters died as the plane they were in attempted to land at Huntington's Tri-State Airport.

"The movie is not just about our loss, but about our strength and our ability to survive and grow from such a heart-wrenching experience," said Gov. Joe Manchin.  "As governor, I am pleased that the state, the city of Huntington and Marshall University were able to be an integral part of the production and introduction of the film."

Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp said, "The upcoming release of the 'We Are Marshall' movie on DVD signals the next chapter in what has been an amazing experience for the Marshall community.  Through the making of this inspirational film, people from across the United States have gained a greater awareness and affinity for Marshall University, the Huntington community and the State of West Virginia.

"We are already seeing this impact expressed through increased interest in our university, especially from prospective students and their families," Kopp continued.  "We appreciate the creativity, hard work and commitment of McG, the film's director, and all of the talented people at Warner Bros. who succeed in telling our story, which has a timeless message, in a meaningful and compassionate manner."

The five-minute West Virginia featurette is made all the more special because it is narrated on camera by the three lead actors of "We Are Marshall" and because it is an auto play feature, which means it is the first thing viewers will see when the DVD begins playing.   Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox and Oscar-nominee David Strathairn share their enthusiasm for the state with Gov. Manchin.

The DVD also includes "Marshall Today," a comprehensive look at the University since the events that are portrayed in the movie.  The segment features well-known and highly successful Marshall alumni such as Bob Cosmai, former Hyundai America CEO; Verna K. Gibson, former President and CEO of the Limited Stores Division of The Limited Inc.; CNN correspondent Joe Johns; Broadway singer Mark McVey, Olympic silver medalist Lea Ann Parsley and New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington. They reflect on how Marshall prepared them for life after college, and marvel at how the University has evolved since their time on campus.

The West Virginia Film Office along with Marshall University played important roles in the decision by Warner Bros. to film some of the most moving scenes in the film in Huntington, W. Va.  Discussions between the state and the film company began in 2005 and filming took place in the spring of 2006.  The historic Keith-Albee Theater in Huntington was the site of a gala hometown premier on Dec 12, with the national release on Dec. 22.

"We Are Marshall" will be available Sept. 18 on standard format in both widescreen and full frame formats and in HD DVD and Blu-ray versions.

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CAZ director named Vice President for Research at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. John M. Maher, executive director of the Chemical Alliance Zone, Inc. (CAZ) since October 2003, has been named Vice President for Research with the Marshall University Research Corp. (MURC), effective Sept. 1, Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp announced today. Maher replaces Dr. Howard Aulick, who retired.

"I am looking forward to working with everyone in the Marshall community and continuing the good work of the Research Corporation," Dr. Maher said. "We want to make the Research Corporation a leading service organization for the university, make our environment conducive to growing the research enterprise substantially, and build on our excellent record of compliance and economic development. Many significant opportunities are on the horizon for Marshall, and we at the Research Corporation will be working to make those opportunities a reality."

MURC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that serves as the fiscal and administrative agent for sponsored research and other projects conducted by Marshall University. The corporation has the authority to enter into agreements with external funding agencies on behalf of the university, and it provides a complete range of administrative and fiscal services in support of funded projects.

The Chemical Alliance Zone is a nonprofit group of citizens, labor leaders, educators, government officials, chemical executives and business leaders committed to maintaining and expanding the presence of the chemical industry in Cabell, Kanawha, Putnam and Wayne counties. As director, Dr. Maher served as the chief executive of a statewide collaborative organization devoted to economic development in the chemical and allied sectors.

Dr. Maher is also President and Managing Partner of Rampant Technology Partners, LLC, a South Charleston-based chemistry and materials consulting and research firm. Before serving at the Chemical Alliance Zone, he worked for 21 years at Union Carbide, serving in a broad range of technical and managerial assignments, in areas as diverse as catalysis, plant technology support, capital project execution and new business development.

Dr. Maher is a graduate of Cornell and Harvard Universities. He received his A.B. in Chemistry from Cornell University in 1976, a Master of Science from Harvard in 1981, and a Ph.D. in Organic/Organometallic Chemistry from Harvard in 1986.

"Beginning with his academic credentials to his accomplishments in new business creation, Dr. John Maher brings to Marshall University impressive credentials and achievements in both research and research-based economic development," Kopp said. "His entrepreneurial outlook and proven ability to lead research program development bode well for Marshall University as we intensify our commitment to research that will yield new scientific breakthroughs, create new business opportunities and expand job growth in our region. I am confident that Dr. Maher is the right person to lead Marshall University's research enterprise."

Dr. Maher was born in Texas, grew up in New York City and lives in Charleston with his wife Regan. He may be reached at (304) 696-4748, or via e-mail at

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Marshall University Graduate College invites potential students to meet the faculty

SOUTH CHARLESTON - Marshall University Graduate College is opening its doors for an evening to give potential students the opportunity to learn about the variety of advanced degrees conveniently offered at the South Charleston campus.

Doors will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, in the Robert C. Byrd Academic Center, 100 Angus E. Peyton Dr., South Charleston.

Kemp Winfree, Vice President for Regional Operations, said he hopes to see a great turnout for the event.

"Marshall University's South Charleston Campus is right in the heart of the Kanawha Valley providing opportunity to busy professionals who want to continue their education and enrich their careers," Winfree said.  "If you have ever considered advancing your education, come and meet our faculty and learn how we can help you meet your goals."

Many programs are accessible at the South Charleston campus. Depending on career goals and experience, people can apply to one of nearly 50 programs. Faculty and staff representing several programs will be on hand during the open house event. Several programs will be represented including:

       College of Business - MBA and Executive MBA, Health Care Administration, Human Resources Management.

        College of Information Technology and Engineering - Engineering with emphases in Engineering Management and Environmental Engineering; Environmental Science, Information Systems and Safety; Technology Management with emphases in Information Security, Information Technology, Environmental Management, Manufacturing Systems, Transportation and Pharmacy in collaboration with the University of Charleston.

        Graduate School of Education & Professional Development - Special Education, Counseling, Elementary and Secondary Education, Reading Education, Doctoral Programs, Leadership Studies and School Psychology.

        College of Liberal Arts - Humanities and Psychology.

Admission and financial aid experts also will be on hand to answer questions.

To access information about the graduate school online, go to

For more information, contact Lalena Price, University Communications, at or (304) 746-1989.

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