January 2007 News Releases

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

Guyer named finalist for top professor award

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Barbara P. Guyer, special education professor at Marshall University, has been chosen as one of three finalists for Professor of the Year, the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia, Inc., announced.

"The Faculty Merit Foundation exists for one purpose only - to recognize and reward excellence in college teaching," Ken Sullivan, secretary of the foundation, said. "Guyer made a strong showing."

To be among the finalists is quite an honor in itself because of the competition offered from all the public and private higher education institutions in the state, Sullivan said.

"We regard all the finalists as very strong teachers," he said. "Something such as this is just a capstone to a lot of good work she (Guyer) has done throughout her career."

Guyer said the nomination makes her feel unworthy because she knows there are numerous professors at Marshall and in other parts of the state who are as dedicated as she is.

"We all work very diligently with little encouragement and few rewards other than the gratitude of our students and some administrators," she said. "However, I do feel very honored to be in the top three nominees, and I look forward to learning who will be the winner of the Professor of the Year award."

Guyer said she believes the one accomplishment that most stands out in her career at Marshall is the founding of the Higher Education for Learning Problems (HELP) program, which she started in 1981 with a budget of about $5,000. Since then, the program has grown to employ 45 graduate assistants, 40 part-time employees, and 15 full-time employees and has an annual budget of $1 million.

The Faculty Merit Foundation will honor the three finalists March 6 in Charleston, beginning with a reception at the Governor's Mansion at 6 p.m. An awards banquet follows the reception at 7:15 p.m. in the Cultural Center, where the foundation will announce the recipient of the Professor of the Year award.

Sullivan said anyone from the Marshall community who wishes to support Guyer by attending the reception at the Governor's Mansion and dinner at the Cultural Center may do so by calling the foundation in advance.  The professor who wins the top award receives a $10,000 cash prize, courtesy of United Bank.

For more information, contact the foundation at (304) 346-8500.  Its e-mail address is marsh@wvhumanities.org.

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Wednesday January 31, 2007
Contact: Angela Jones, Director of Marketing and External Affairs, Marshall Artists Series, (304) 696-3334

The Marshall Artists Series Announces: 2007 Spring International Film Festival

The Marshall Artists Series brings the week-long 2007 Spring International Film Festival to Huntington February 9 - 15, 2007.   The festival was originally scheduled to take place at the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, but has been relocated to the Keith-Albee Theatre.  Please see the attached schedule for film times.

This year's Spring Film Festival features six films from six countries.  The films include The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Romania), L'Enfant (France), Three Times (Taiwan), Don't Tell (Italy), Quinceanera (USA), and Sophie Scholl-The Final Days (Germany). 

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu is a story anyone who has waited for treatment in an emergency room or chafed under the less than devoted care of a disinterested doctor can relate to.  The film is the story of Mr. Lazarescu, a 60-ish widower, living alone in Bucharest with his cats.  One evening he feels sick enough to call an ambulance and his Dantesque odyssey deep into the bowels of a big city medical establishment begins.  It's a story that could take place anywhere and Mr. Lazarescu could be your next door neighbor - or he could be you.  The film is presented in Romanian with English subtitles and is 154 minutes in length.

L'Enfant begins with the birth of a child, but its real story is the moral rebirth of a man.  Dispossessed twenty-year-old Bruno lives with his eighteen-year-old girlfriend Sonia, in an eastern Belgian town.  They live off Sonia's unemployment benefits and the panhandling and petty theft committed by Bruno and his gang.  Their lives change forever when Sonia has a baby. The film is presented in French with English subtitles and is 95 minutes in length. 

In Three Times, Hou Hsiao-hsien delivers one of the most rapturously beautiful and romantic movies of the year.  The film is told as three love stories, each set in a different era - a 1966 pool hall, a 1911 brothel, and present day Taipei.  The film stars the same actors in all three sections.  In these three potent miniatures, Hou Hsiao-hsien suggests that time passes differently when you are deeply in love.  He captures the mystical quality of that time on film, making us feel as if we're living it, rather than simply watching it.  The film is presented in Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles and is 130 minutes in length.

Academy Award nominee, Don't Tell, is based on the celebrated Italian novel "La Bestia nel Cuore."  The film brings to life the mesmerizing story of a woman's journey into her past and the aftermath of confronting personal demons long hidden beneath the surface of her psyche.  The film often has the eerie feel of a Hitchcock film - "Vertigo" in particular - where you're not always sure if what you're seeing is really happening.  The film is presented in Italian with English subtitles and is 120 minutes in length.

Winner of the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize in Drama at Sundance, Quinceanera, is a fresh, spirited film focused around a Latino community celebration.  When a girl turns fifteen in the Latino community a Quinceanera is held to honor her entry into womanhood.  As Magdelena's fifteenth birthday approaches, her life is consumed by thoughts of her boyfriend, her Quinceanera dress, and the Hummer limo she hopes will show up on her special day.  Life seems so simple until fate delivers an unwelcome surprise - she is pregnant.  The film is in English and Spanish with English subtitles and is 90 minutes in length.

The true story of Germany's most famous anti-Nazi heroine is brought to life in Germany's official Foreign Language Film selection for the 2005 Academy Awards.  In Sophie Scholl-The Final Days, Julia Jentsch stars in a luminous performance as the young coed turned fearless activist.  Armed with long-buried historical records of her incarceration, director Marc Rothemund expertly re-creates the last six days of Sophie Scholl's life: a heart stopping journey from arrest to interrogation, trial and sentence.  The film is in German with English subtitles and is 117 minutes in length.

Season ticket holders are admitted 30 minutes prior to each film.  Individual film tickets are available at the door 15 minutes prior to each film, and admission is $7.  Full-time Marshall University students are admitted free with a valid university ID, and part-time students may purchase half-price tickets.  Faculty and staff tickets are $5.

The 2007 Spring International Film Festival is sponsored by Marshall University Multicultural Affairs, Pullman Plaza Hotel, the Herald-Dispatch, Clear Channel Communications, and the Marshall Artists Series.  Additional information about the festival is available at www.marshallartistsseries.org or by calling the Marshall Artists Series at (304) 696-6656.

Spring International Film Festival Schedule

Friday, February 9

Monday, February 12

5:30 L'Enfant

5:30 Quinceanera

7:30 Three Times

7:30 Three Times

9:45 Don't Tell



Tuesday, February 13

Saturday, February 10

5:30 L'Enfant

2:30 Death of Mr. Lazarescu

7:30 Death of Mr. Lazarescu

5:30  Quinceanera


7:30 Sophie-Scholl-Final Days

Wednesday, February 14

9:45 L'Enfant

5:30 Don't Tell


7:30 Sophie Scholl-Final Days

Sunday, February 11


2:30 Sophie Scholl-Final Days

Thursday, February 15

5:30 Don't Tell

5:30 Quinceanera

7:30 Three Times

7:30 Death of Mr. Lazarescu

9:45 Death of Mr. Lazarescu



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Tuesday January 30, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Series of events at Marshall planned in February in conjunction with American Heart Month

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A series of events sponsored by Marshall University's College of Health Professions and the Student Health Education and Women's Centers will take place on MU's Huntington campus during February in conjunction with American Heart Month.  All events are open to the public.

The kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2 in the John Marshall Room of the Memorial Student Center.  Friday is designated as national "Go Red for Women" day to help increase awareness of the dangers of heart disease in women.  In keeping with the day's theme, everyone is being encouraged to wear red apparel of some sort.

Each week during February a group of activities designed to increase awareness of heart disease and to educate participants about heart disease prevention will be offered.    The schedule of events includes:

·       Feb. 2 - Kickoff of American Heart Month activities, 2:30 p.m., John Marshall Dining Room, Memorial Student Center

·       Feb. 6 - Trainer talk, noon, Memorial Student Center cafeteria. Interested participants are encouraged to bring lunch and discover the benefits of supervised exercise.

·       Feb. 7 - Lunch seminar, "The Good and Bad Cholesterol:  An Interactive Learning Workshop," 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., John Spotts Room, Memorial Student Center. Clinical Lab Sciences Professor Jennifer Perry will lead a discussion of cholesterol.

·       Feb. 8 - Health foods demonstration, time to be announced, Corbly Hall 101. Dietetic interns will demonstrate how to prepare heart healthy foods.  Seating is limited so interested individuals are encouraged to contact Marilyn Fox at (304) 696-2620 or cohp@marshall.edu, or Kelli Williams at (304) 696-4336 or dietetics@marshall.edu, to reserve seats.

·        Feb. 13 - "Genetics and Cardiovascular Disease," 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., John Spotts Room, Memorial Student Center. Marshall Community and Technical College Associate Dean Jean Chappell will present her research on these topics.

·        Feb. 14 - Heart Health Walk, 11 a.m. - l p.m., Memorial Student Center lobby. Participants are encouraged to walk the campus wearing red. Information on exercise activities will be available and those who complete the walk will receive a prize.

·       Feb. 14 - Trainer talk, noon - 1 p.m., Memorial Student Center cafeteria. After completing the walk, particpants can bring a lunch and hear what trainers can do for them.

·       Feb. 15 - Dean Ornish foods demonstration, time to be announced, Corbly Hall 101. Dietetic interns will demonstrate how to prepare foods that are part of the Dean Ornish diet and will provide information on how lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of heart disease.  Seating is limited, so interested individuals are encouraged to contact Marilyn Fox or Kelli Williams to reserve seats.

·       Feb. 21 - Heart Health Fair, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Memorial Student Center lobby. Information on how to prevent heart disease will be offered and glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure testing will be available.

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Tuesday January 30, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

First Friday Filmfest continues Feb. 2 at the Cinema Theatre

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - First Friday Filmfest resumes at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2 at the Cinema Theatre in downtown Huntington. The opening film of the spring semester series is The U.S. vs. John Lennon.

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

Admission at the door is on a space-available basis.

The U.S. vs. John Lennon is a documentary film written and directed by David Leaf and John Scheinfeld. As the title suggests, it chronicles John Lennon's anti-war activism in the early 1970s and the government's subsequent efforts to deport him. While told through a mixture of interviews and historical film footage, the story is given additional texture by its score, which consists of 40 Lennon songs threaded throughout the film.

The San Francisco Chronicle describes it as an "excellent documentary" with wide appeal. "Even fans (of Lennon) who think they've seen everything will see things here they haven't seen. ... For non-fans, those not familiar with Lennon, particularly young people, the movie might even be a revelation, an introduction to a great talent and one of the most likable and singular personalities of the modern era."

Two films are still to be added to the spring semester Filmfest schedule. Those titles will be announced soon.

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

Mine safety graduate courses offered online

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - In an attempt to meet regional, national and international demand, Marshall University is now offering courses from its successful mine safety graduate program online.

Dr. Tony Szwilski, a registered professional mining engineer, interim dean of Marshall's College of Information Technology and Engineering and the program director, said students from West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, California, New Mexico, Colorado and Alabama who are pursuing a graduate degree in mine safety can take some of the courses online.

"This is an exciting initiative," Szwilski said.  "We at Marshall are grateful to Senator Robert C. Byrd for his passion and commitment to improving mine safety and health, which in large part led to the birth of this program.  Thanks to Senator Byrd, this program is today a thriving part of mine safety and health education in West Virginia."

The program was created 27 years ago when Marshall and the Mine Health and Safety Academy in Beckley, W.Va. entered into a partnership that has resulted in graduate degrees opportunities in mine safety. To date, more than 130 people, including Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), state government and industry personnel, have participated in the program.

U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall, D-W.Va., said Byrd's lifelong commitment to education shines throughout the mine safety graduate program.

"Senator Byrd's vision was to allow technology and training to keep pace with the production of coal for the protection of our nation's miners," Rahall said. "We have made great strides thanks to this program, and we all realize we have to put this program to work for enhanced safety of our miners."

Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said offering the mine safety graduate courses online to students in other states is a key step in making sure mine safety nationwide continues to improve.

"It is exciting for Marshall University to be able to use the latest distance learning technologies to offer this important program," Kopp said. "The demand for the program is clear and we hope and expect that many students will take advantage of this opportunity."   

Szwilski said the program provides MSHA inspectors, engineers, managers, instructors and technical support staff a unique forum to discuss and research the latest advances in mining in a relaxed environment that encourages creative thinking.

Chris Hamilton, senior vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association, said many of the association's members have completed the program and are placed in key safety and mine operating positions throughout the industry.

"They are all equipped with the knowledge and proficiency level expected of today's mine safety professional," Hamilton said.

The program provides MSHA personnel and mining industry professionals the opportunity to interact in a neutral setting and learn about current critical mine safety and engineering issues, said Edmund (Pat) Brady, superintendent of safety academy in Beckley.

"These classes provide an excellent opportunity for students to exchange information and experiences and discuss mine safety issues with peers who have a wide variety of mining backgrounds," Brady said.

Rahall praised Szwilski for his leadership of the program.

"Dean Szwilski understands coal mining and the coal miner," Rahall said. "His leadership is a winning combination for both."

For more information, contact Marshall's College of Information Technology and Engineering at (304) 696-5453.

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Friday January 26, 2007
Contact: Angela Jones, Director of Marketing and External Affairs, Marshall Artists Series, (304) 696-3334

Mannheim Steamroller performance moves to Keith-Albee Theatre

Due to unprecedented demand, St. Mary's Medical Center's presentation of Mannheim Steamroller show moves to Keith-Albee Theatre for one night only!

HUNTINGTON - The Marshall Artists Series has secured permission to move the Mannheim Steamroller show, Fresh Aire from the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center to the Keith-Albee Theatre on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at 8 p.m. The show was an immediate sellout when tickets went on sale in September. Moving to a larger venue will now allow more fans to see the highly anticipated performance.

The show was initially booked at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, as the Keith-Albee Theatre was slated to be undergoing renovations. Those renovations have been pushed back to the summer enabling the Marshall Artists Series to move not only Mannheim Steamroller to the Keith-Albee Theatre, but also the Spring International Film Festival and the season closer,  Luis Bravo's Forever Tango.

Fresh Aire is the GRAMMY Award-winning music series from Mannheim Steamroller composer Chip Davis.  In Fresh Aire, Davis has created groundbreaking music that is an innovative lend of classical themes with pop elements that he refers to as "18th century rock and roll." 

Each of the eight Fresh Aire albums explore different topics; the first four Fresh Aire albums were inspired by the beauty and uniqueness of the four seasons, while Fresh Aire five through eight deal with man's curiosities about the world in which we live. 

One of the world's top selling artists, the incomparable Mannheim Steamroller have been awarded 16 gold records, 7 platinum records and 4 multi-platinum records.  They have sold over 5 million albums from the Fresh Aire series alone. 

Patrons who had tickets to the performance at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center were mailed replacement tickets to the Keith-Albee Theatre.  If you have not received replacement tickets please contact the Marshall Artists Series office at 304-696-3326.

Tickets prices for Fresh Aire at the Keith-Albee Theatre are $50 and $35 and are on sale now.  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 St. Mary's Medical Center, Clear Channel Communications, WOWK-TV, Herald Dispatch and Marshall Artists Series.

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Thursday January 25, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Lewis College of Business achieves 'universal standard of quality' with maintenance of business accreditation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Lewis College of Business recently learned it is one of 15 schools nationwide this year to have achieved Maintenance of Business Accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

The maintenance of business accreditation was awarded to schools that showed a continued commitment to education and fulfillment of their missions. Overall, Marshall is one of 540 schools around the world accredited by the AACSB.

"The AACSB reviews our programs by standards they set, the purpose of which are to ensure overall educational quality and to make sure we have adequate faculty to support our programs in terms of their levels of preparation and intellectual activities," Dr. Paul Uselding, dean of the LCOB, said.

The AACSB is the foremost accrediting body for business accreditation. The LCOB has been accredited since 1997, but that status must be maintained every five years by a major review.

"It's a universally accepted measure of quality," Uselding said. "It means we are in compliance with the standards."

Those who are graduates of accredited programs are more likely to succeed when attempting to find employment, he said.

"A frequent hiring criterion in the business world is whether a potential employee is a graduate of an accredited business school," Uselding said.

Only about one in four schools in the U.S. are accredited through the AACSB. Uselding said Marshall's accreditation status is owed largely to the faculty of the LCOB and the university administration.

For more information, contact Uselding at (304) 696-2615.

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Wednesday January 24, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

West named vice president for major gifts at Marshall; Littlehales takes over as director of alumni relations

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Lance West, vice president for alumni development and director of alumni relations at Marshall University for the past 4 ½ years, has been named vice president for major gifts at MU, John Kinzer, interim CEO with the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., announced today.

"Lance enjoys fundraising and he's good at it," Kinzer said of West. "He meets people well and people like him and respond to him. I think he will do a great job as a major fundraiser."

Littlehales came to Marshall from Guyan Golf and Country Club, where she was membership and marketing director for nearly three years.

Tish Littlehales"Tish coordinated the gala at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena for the 'We Are Marshall' premiere and did an excellent job," Kinzer said. "She's outgoing and organized and I think will do a great job cultivating Marshall's alumni."

West has been at Marshall since 1995, when he was hired as associate vice president of athletic and university development. He was named director of athletics in 1996, a position he held until 2002 when he was named vice president for alumni development and assistant to the president.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to be able to work with various individuals throughout the United States and the world with one common purpose - to see Marshall advance and prosper in the future," West said. "I am excited about Tish Littlehales coming in as alumni director and think the alumni association is poised to do wonderful things, especially coming off the movie 'We Are Marshall.' "

Littlehales is a native of South Charleston, W.Va., and a 1983 Marshall graduate.

"I look forward to maximizing our efforts to involve the alumni community in the continued growth of Marshall University," Littlehales said. "As a Marshall graduate, I am excited to be joining this great university at an opportune time in its history."

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Monday January 22, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Twenty-five MU students taking part in Undergraduate Research Day

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Twenty-five Marshall University students will take part in the fourth annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Charleston on Thursday, Feb. 8.

Twelve colleges and universities will be represented at Undergraduate Research Day, which runs from 8:45 a.m. to noon in the Capitol Rotunda. In all, 106 students will participate.

Undergraduate Research Day allows students to present their discoveries in poster format and talk to legislators about their findings. The projects are original research and the posters have been designed for a general audience. 

Students will present their posters in the areas of biology, psychology, computer science and information technology, forensic science, physics, chemistry, biochemistry, sociology/social work, engineering, history, African studies, political science, English, environmental studies and geology.

In addition to Marshall, other schools represented are Bethany College, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Ohio Valley University, Shepherd University, the University of Charleston, West Liberty State College, West Virginia University, WVU Institute of Technology, West Virginia Wesleyan College and Wheeling Jesuit University.

"This event offers a great opportunity for members of the state Legislature to interact with students attending the state's colleges and universities and have the opportunity to see the kinds of one-on-one activities that take place between students and faculty," said Michael Castellani, professor and chair of Marshall's chemistry department.

Castellani, co-chair of the event's organizing committee, said legislators have shown a lot of interest in the students and their projects in the three previous years.

"We've been thrilled with the interest shown by members of the state Legislature," Castellani said. "Visits with the students have increased each year, showing the level of interest legislators have in higher education in West Virginia."

The following is a list of Marshall's participants, along with their home counties, disciplines, research posters and advisors:

  • Angella Anderson, Cabell County, and Stephanie Wemm, Gilmer County (Psychology) - "When Does Life Begin? New Birth of an Old Issue."  Joseph Wyatt, advisor.
  • Caitlin Burgess, Cabell County, and John Frazier, Cabell County (Psychology) - "Attachments and Their Effects on Juvenile Delinquency." Marc Lindberg, advisor.
  • Heather Butts, Taylor County, and Zachary Grambos, Cabell County (Chemistry) - "Molecular Lithography on DNA Substrates." Michael Norton, advisor.
  • Aimee Casto, Mason County (Psychology) - "Weight Gain in College Freshmen: An Analysis of Potential Problems and Attachment Patterns." Marc Lindberg, advisor.
  • Sarah Chadwick, Randolph County, and Adam Sweeney, Cabell County (Biology) - "Investigation of the Distribution of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in the Ohio River." Charles Somerville, advisor.
  • Danielle Clark, Cabell County (Chemistry) - "The Nonenzymatic Effects of Glucose Binding on the Structural Properties of Human Hemoglobin." Jaroslava Miksovska and Menashi Cohenford, advisors.
  • Jacqueline Decker, Putnam County, Sarah Kelly, Wayne County, and Jeremy Cumberledge, Kanawha County (Biology) - "Bioreactor Production of Plant Pharmaceuticals." Jagan Valluri, advisor.
  • Andrea Gilman, Mingo County (Psychology) - "Risky Business: An Analysis of Risky Behaviors and their Interrelationships." Marc Lindberg, advisor.
  • Jacob Kilgore, Wayne County (Chemistry) - "Gas-Phase Chemistry of Hyperbranched Polymers." William Price, advisor.
  • Stephanie Knight, Kanawha County (Psychology) - "Characteristics that Result from Physical Abuse." Marc Lindberg, advisor.
  • Jessica Moore, Cabell County, and Tiniza Koone, Fayette County (Psychology) - "Memory for Location: Is it Automatic or Effortful?" Steven Mewaldt, advisor.
  • David Sovic, Jackson County, and Leanna Lester, Kanawha County (Biochemistry) - "A Novel Colorimetric Assay for the Detection of Dehydrogenases." Menashi Cohenford, advisor.
  • Erin Lilly, Putnam County (Psychology) - "A Study of Resiliency: Why Do Some Sexual Abuse Victims Bounce Back from the Abuse and Why Do Others Develop Psychopathology?" Marc Lindberg, advisor.
  • Marisa Rubio, Berkeley County (Chemistry) - "Characterization of the Reaction Mechanism of Urea Release from Caged Urea Compound." Jaroslava Miksovska, advisor.
  • Taylor Saunders, Cabell County (Psychology) - "Violence in the Home: The Effects of Witnessing Domestic Violence." Marc Lindberg, advisor.
  • Benjamin Wilson, Putnam County, and Nicholas Smith, Mason County (Chemistry) - "Synthesis of a Tethered Metallocene." Michael Castellani, advisor.

For more information on Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol, contact Castellani at (304) 696-6486.

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Friday January 19, 2007
Contact: Megan Barbour, SGA Communications Director, (304) 696-6412

Marshall SGA to host 'Bring a Buck to Campus Day;' donations will go to Student Disaster Relief Fund

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Student Government Association is hosting "Bring a Buck to Campus Day" on Tuesday, Jan. 23 on the Huntington campus. Funds collected that day will help relief efforts for students affected by the Emmons apartment building fire that occurred Saturday, Jan. 13.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Marshall University Memorial Student Center. Buckets also will be placed throughout campus as a means of collecting donations from those students and faculty members who do not regularly use the student center.

David Kluemper, SGA Campus Development Director, said many students already have shown an interest in helping their fellow students.

"The students care because this tragedy has displaced and taken members of our own campus and community," Kluemper said. "This gives students the opportunity and avenue in order to assist our peers who have lost so much and hopefully contribute to getting their lives back to normal."

SGA President Ben Sandy said he is optimistic that a large number of people will contribute during "Bring a Buck to Campus" day.

"This event is somewhat of a copycat effort of the 'Bring a Buck Thunder Relief' which resulted in donations of over $521,000 for victims of Hurricane Katrina back in September 2005," Sandy said. "We are optimistic that this relief fund will be extremely successful as well."

All donations received will be given to the Marshall University Student Disaster Relief Fund that was established this week. For more information or to make a donation to this fund directly, please contact the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., at (304) 696-6264. Checks or money orders should be made payable to the Marshall University Foundation, Attention- Student Disaster Relief Fund

For more information, persons may contact Kluemper at (304) 696-6412, or Sandy at (304) 696-6436.

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Friday January 19, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Reception planned for Thundering Herd fans before Capital Classic

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A pre-game reception for the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic, hosted by the Marshall University Alumni Association, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, in the South Hall of the Charleston Civic Center.

The event, which is free to the public, is being sponsored by EZ To Use Big Book Ogden Directories and Pepsi Bottling. "We appreciate our sponsors and are grateful for their generosity," said Tish Littlehales, Marshall's director of alumni relations.

In addition to a live band performing, the reception will feature giveaways, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

The reception coincides with a basketball doubleheader between Marshall University's and West Virginia University's women's and men's basketball teams in the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum. The women tip off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men's game at 8 p.m.

Representatives from many Marshall colleges and departments will take part in the reception, setting up displays and sharing information with visitors. Marshall's cheerleaders, along with Marco and the pep band, also will make an appearance.

"The annual pre-game reception is the perfect opportunity for Thundering Herd fans to socialize and get fired up for the basketball games," Littlehales said. "Everyone knows how Marshall fans love to tailgate. This event is like a tailgate, only indoors. We're looking for a big crowd of excited Herd fans on the 24th!"

For more information, contact Nancy Pelphrey with the Alumni Association at (304) 696-3134.

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Wednesday January 17, 2007
Contact: Bill Bissett, Director of Public Relations, (304) 550-1546

Statement from Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp on the recent developments in the Emmons apartment fire

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The following statement is from Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp:

"Having received confirmation that three of our students perished in this recent fire at the Emmons apartment building, our thoughts and prayers go out to the families who are dealing with this terrible loss. We continue to work diligently to rebuild the lives of those students who escaped this tragedy, but do so with heavy hearts."

Marshall University is not releasing the names of these students until it has permission from the students' families.

Information regarding memorial services will be released when available.

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Wednesday January 17, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Memorial service for Marshall student planned; memorial fund established in her memory

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A memorial service for Lauren Simpkins Damron, a Marshall University graduate student who died last fall, will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20 in the Campus Christian Center on Marshall's Huntington campus.

Damron, who was 23 when she died on Oct. 25, graduated with honors from Marshall's Lewis College of Business in May 2006 with a degree in business administration.

She was the daughter of Dennis and Cathy Damron of Jacksonville, Fla. Dennis Damron is an executive with CSX in Jacksonville, and Cathy Damron is a former counselor with the Cabell County School System.

The Lauren Simpkins Damron Memorial Fund has been established in her memory. The fund will benefit full-time students at Marshall who have financial and other special needs.

For more information, call (304) 696-6214.

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Monday January 15, 2007
Contact: Bill Bissett, Director of Public Relations, (304) 550-1546

Marshall announces relief efforts following Emmons fire

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Following the fire that consumed the Emmons Jr. apartment building on Saturday, Jan. 13, Marshall University is announcing relief efforts for students who have been affected by this tragedy in our community.

"This is a sad time for both Huntington and Marshall University," said Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp. "We want to do everything we can to help any Marshall student whose life has been disrupted by this destructive event. It is important to remember that these students, in most cases, have lost everything. Our foremost concern is assisting our students with their basic needs, including counseling, then addressing how they resume their education."

At this time, Marshall University can confirm that one student has perished as the result of this fire. Out of respect for the student's family, the name of the student is not being released.

Seven students have been relocated to Marshall's residence halls. Food and personal items are being provided through emergency funds. Other students are currently staying with friends and family.  Additional relief efforts are being implemented to meet the needs of these students as classes resume tomorrow. Any Marshall student needing assistance is asked to contact either Marshall's Department of Public Safety at (304) 696-4357 or Steve Hensley, dean of student affairs, at (304) 696-6422.

To donate to the student relief fund, please make checks or money orders payable to the Marshall University Foundation, Attention - Student Disaster Relief Fund. For more information, please contact the Foundation at (304) 696-6264.

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Friday January 12, 2007
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Marshall professor again receives NATO grant

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Ashok Vaseashta, a professor in Marshall University's College of Science, has received an award in excess of $80,000 from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) that will enable him to conduct an advanced study institute (ASI) in Romania.

The ASI, which takes place June 4-15, is titled "Functionalized Nanoscale Materials, Devices, and Systems for Chemical and Biological Sensors, Photonics, and Energy Generation and Storage." The grant is to be supplemented by several federal and international agencies to support student participations from NATO and partner countries.

This is the second time that Vaseashta has received a grant from NATO to conduct a study institute. He received a similar award by NATO in July 2003 to direct an ASI titled "Nanostructured and Advanced Materials for Applications in Sensors, Optoelectronic and Photovoltaic Technology" in Sozopol, Bulgaria in September 2004.

The NATO ASI will take place in Sinaia, Romania, located in the scenic Prahova Valley, about 120 kilometers north of Bucharest and 44 kilometers from Brasov. One of Romania's oldest, most famous mountain resorts, Sinaia often is referred to as the "Pearl of the Romanian Carpathians." 

Graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and other scientists will hear lectures from 12 to 14 internationally known lecturers and several focused session speakers and present their own research work at the ASI.

The NATO award is highly competitive and is approved only after a rigorous review by researchers from many NATO countries. Vaseashta said he was "pleasantly surprised" when he received the letter from NATO, indicating the grant was approved.

In addition to the NATO ASI, he is co-chairing an international symposium on Nanotechnology in Environmental Pollution Prevention with the Asia Pacific Nanotechnology Forum, Australia. One of the common themes of both the meetings is the use of nanomaterials in detection, monitoring, and remediation of environmental pollution.

"The topic is of personal interest to me," Vaseashta said. He said that following the loss of a family member, possibly due to pollution, a couple of years ago, he got more involved in this topic. He since has delivered several invited and keynote lectures worldwide promoting education highlighting the adverse affects of pollution and how these nano dimensional materials can help mitigate the problem.

In addition to the ASI, he is scheduled to deliver several lectures in eight countries this year. Dr. Andrew Rogerson, dean of Marshall's College of Science, said he is impressed with the international exposure that such meetings bring to Marshall University.

Vaseashta said that more than three million people die each year from the effects of air pollution. He noted that emission from fuel-operated machinery is one of the leading causes of pollution, even though more than one-third of the entire world population does not have access to fuel-operated machinery.

Citing a quote from the World Energy Congress (WEC), he said that if the world continues to use fuels at the current rate, the damage from environmental pollution in 2025 will reach a "point of no return."

Long-term exposure to air pollution provokes inflammation, accelerates atherosclerosis, and alters cardiac function. These illnesses are further magnified for people suffering from diabetes, chronic pulmonary diseases, and inflammatory diseases, Vaseashta said.

According to the American Lung Association (ALA), Charleston, W.Va., ranks 16th in U.S. metropolitan areas most polluted by year-round particle pollution. "One of the objectives of this research is to gather enough data to convince the policymakers to implement changes to reduce pollution sooner rather than later," Vaseashta said.

Rogerson said recent advances in nanoscale materials, devices, and systems have provided new opportunities for scientific and technological developments.

"However, behavior of nanoscale materials in the environment, their transport through air and water, mode of entry into living organisms, and impact on human health are poorly understood," he said. "Safe handling of nanomaterials and intensive investigation of their environmental impact is indispensable."

Vaseashta can be reached at (304) 696-2755 and by e-mail: prof.vaseashta@marshall.edu.

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Friday January 12, 2007
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Faculty Senate seeks items for 20th anniversary celebration

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  - Officers and staff of the Marshall University Faculty Senate are seeking anecdotes, pictures, news articles, or other items of interest relating to the creation and first 20 years of the organization, as well as the writing of The Constitution of the Marshall University Faculty.

"We are planning a reception to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Faculty Senate on Feb. 26," said Dr. Larry Stickler, professor of music and chair of the senate. "The items we receive will assist us in creating scripts and displays for the event."

The reception is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Shawkey Dining Room in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus. It is the first of several events that week designed to honor faculty.

On Tuesday, Feb. 27, faculty members will participate in Marshall University Day at the Legislature, and at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28 in the Drinko Library 3rd floor atrium, plaques listing award-winning faculty will be unveiled.

Persons may send any items to Bernice Bullock, Memorial Student Center room BW14. If  item(s) are to be returned, lenders are asked to be sure to label them with name and address.

For further information, contact Bullock at (304) 696-4376.

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Thursday January 11, 2007
Contact: Angela Jones, Director of Marketing and External Affairs, Marshall Artists Series, (304) 696-3334

Wonderful Town Making Huntington Debut

The Marshall Artists Series is delighted to announce the Tony winning New York City musical, Wonderful Town, is coming to the wonderful town of Huntington Monday, January 22 at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m.

From Leonard Bernstein, composer of West Side Story, and the writers of Singin' in the Rain, this wildly entertaining show brings to life the true adventures of Ruth and Eileen, two sisters from Ohio that move to New York City in 1935 bursting with dreams of making it big and falling in love in the big city.

Since its Broadway debut in 1953 Wonderful Town has been an instant hit, winning Five Tony Awards including Best Musical. The New York Times called it "Wonderful…a sizzling revival!" and the New York Magazine said "Bernstein has given us an immortal score…long may it wave and weave its life-enhancing enchantment." Wonderful Town is guaranteed to be a wonderful time for the whole family.

Tickets for the show are available now. Tickets are $55 and 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 by calling (304) 696-6656. All major credit cards are accepted.

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 can pick up tickets at any Ticketmaster outlet, including select Kroger stores.

Wonderful Town is sponsored by Huntington Testing & Technology, Huntington Federal, Verizon, the Herald Dispatch, Clear Channel Communications, WSAZ, and the Marshall Artists Series.


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Wednesday January 10, 2007
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DIVA Jazz Orchestra headlines annual Jazz Festival at MU

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, a band steeped in the history of jazz but infused with the progressive harmonies of today, will be featured in 38th annual Jazz Festival Feb. 1-3 at Marshall University.

Festival events, sponsored by MU's department of music, will take place in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Tickets may be purchased at the center's box office, or by calling (304) 696-2787.

Dr. Ed Bingham, director of jazz studies at Marshall, said the Jazz Festival has been an important part of West Virginia's artistic community since its beginning in 1970.

"It attracts nationally recognized artists and supports the MU Jazz Studies Program in its efforts to educate students, to entertain the public and to preserve the rich heritage of jazz," Bingham said.

Artists who have performed at Marshall and with the MU Jazz Ensemble comprise a veritable "Who's Who" among important jazz musicians, Bingham said. Included among them are Joe Farrell, Phil Wilson, Clark Terry, Gary Burton, Rich Matteson, Art Pepper, Jamey Aebersold, Maynard Ferguson and Orchestra, Stan Kenton and Orchestra, Woody Herman and the Thundering Herd, Herbie Mann, Gary Burton, Ed Soph, Dominic Spera, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with Buddy Morrow, the Count Basie Orchestra, Bob Thompson, Mike Vax, Chris Vadala, Bill Watrous, Eddie Daniels, Oliver Nelson, Dave Valentin, Alvin Batiste, Terry Gibbs, Denis DeBlasio, Conrad Herwig, James Dapogny, Louis Bellson, Arturo Sandoval, The Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Paquite D'Rivera and the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars.

Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra are based in New York City and play contemporary, mainstream big band jazz composed and arranged by band members and other renowned writers including Tommy Newsom, Ellen Rowe, Rich Shemaria, and Scott Whitfield.

DIVA's special sound is a result of its repertoire being composed expressly for the individual personalities of the musicians themselves. What audiences can expect to hear is powerful ensemble playing and creative soloists playing with all the spontaneity, originality and finesse of the jazz masters who have preceded them, Bingham said.

DIVA was founded by Stanley Kay, a former manager and relief drummer for the Buddy Rich Big Band. In 1990, Kay was conducting a band where Maricle was playing drums. Impressed by her skill, Kay wondered if there were other women musicians with a similar caliber of musicianship. A nationwide audition of players produced a core group of musicians who performed their first concert in March of 1993.

DIVA has performed in some of the world's most prestigious music venues, where they have received critical acclaim. Some of those venues are: Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops Orchestra at a sold-out concert; John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.; Verizon Jazz Festival at Lincoln Center in New York; Lionel Hampton Jazz Room at Le Meridien Hotel in Paris; Teatro de Sistina in Rome, Italy; Hollywood Bowl; Blue Note in New York; Harrah's in Lake Tahoe; Berlin, Germany, Jazz Festival; and Bern, Switzerland, Jazz Festival

Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Diane Schuur, DeeDee Bridgewater, Rosemary Clooney, Jack Jones, Clark Terry, Dr. Billy Taylor, Terry Gibbs, Tommy Newsom, and Randy Brecker have performed with DIVA in the United States and abroad.

Television appearances include multiple features on CNN's Arts Break, CBS Sunday Morning, a spotlight presentation on the Kennedy Center's 25th anniversary special, a feature on Japanese television's NHK network, as well as various local cable programs.

Music critics all over the world have praised DIVA's 2002 release, Live in Concert. The band's other CDs include I Believe in You, Leave it to DIVA, and Something's Coming. Its newest release, TNT - A Tommy Newsom Tribute, was released in September 2005.

Additional contributions to the Jazz Festival include performances by Bluetrane, Marshall's faculty jazz combo; Zanter +; the MU Jazz Ensemble with guest artist Sherrie Maricle; Bridgeport High School, and the Thundering Herd All-Stars.

A recent addition to Marshall's jazz program will make an appearance during this festival. Dr. Sean Parsons, the newly appointed professor of jazz piano, will be performing each night. Parsons will direct the Thundering Herd All-Stars and perform with Bluetrane and Zanter +.

The members of Bluetrane have been busy working on their first CD. Things I've Herd highlights original compositions by Parsons, Zanter and Saunders and will be ready for release at the festival.  

In keeping with the educational mission of the MU Jazz Festival, student ensembles from across the region will perform during the event. Each group will receive feedback from members of DIVA in a concert-clinic format. 

Here is the complete festival schedule:

Thursday, Feb. 1

7 p.m., admission $10 adults, $5 students
Bridgeport High School Jazz Ensemble; Bluetrane - MU Jazz Faculty

Friday, Feb. 2

10 a.m. - John Adams Middle School (Charleston, W.Va.)
11 a.m. - Blennerhassett Junior High  (Parkersburg, W.Va.)
1 p.m. - Sherman High School (Seth, W.Va.)
2 p.m. - Bridgeport High School (Bridgeport, W.Va.)
3 p.m. - Northwood High School (Pittsboro, N.C.)
4 p.m. - Gallia Academy (Gallipolis, Ohio)
7 p.m. - admission $10 adults, $5 students Zanter +; followed by the MU Jazz Ensemble
            with Sherry Maricle at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 3

7 p.m. - admission $20 adult, $10 student: Thundering Herd All Stars, Sherrie Maricle
            and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra  

For more information, contact Bingham at (304) 696-3147.

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Visiting artist Glenn Grishkoff to work with Marshall Art and Design students during January

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Birke Art Gallery at Marshall University is currently filled with more than 150 exquisite handmade, unique brushes incorporating found objects, moose hair, deer hair, and many other materials, according to the gallery's director, Emily Ritchey.

Ritchey said the exhibition of work by Glenn Grishkoff is titled "Brushing Away the Dust: Getting Back up on the Horse Again." The show is on display through Jan. 31. Grishkoff will be working with Art and Design students this month, sharing his professional experiences and brush-making skills. The exhibition will culminate on Jan. 31 with an artist's talk at 7 p.m.

Grishkoff has developed a national and international reputation as a brush maker and ceramic artist. He has been invited to numerous national and international exhibitions. He has created work for Shigaraki cultural ceramic park in Japan, and received a grant to travel in southern Africa and Namibia in 1995. Grishkoff has presented more than 125 workshops and lectures focusing on the art of Eastern and Western brush making and ceramics. 

 "My fascination with the idea of the tool as art has been a highly focused pursuit of mine and continues to fascinate me because tools dictate how we live our lives," Grishkoff said. "My concepts related to the handmade brush have spanned from the singular brush as a work of art to allowing my body to become the brush itself."

For more information, contact Ritchey at (304) 696-2296 or (304) 617-9557, or via e-mail at ritchey3@marshall.edu.

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Wednesday January 10, 2007
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Student tickets for Capital Classic go on sale Thursday at student center

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Student tickets for the 2007 Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic, the annual basketball doubleheader between Marshall University and West Virginia University, will go on sale at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, Marshall Student Body President Ben Sandy announced today.

Sandy said tickets may be purchased in room 2W38 of the Memorial Student Center on MU's Huntington campus. Students must present their Marshall University ID's when purchasing tickets, which cost $10 each. One ticket is allowed per MU ID.

The games will be played Wednesday, Jan. 24 at the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum. The women's game begins at 5:30 p.m., with the men's game slated to tip off at 8 p.m.

Sandy said Marshall's Student Government Association and the Young Alumni are sponsoring buses that will take students to and from the game. Every student who rides one of the buses will be given an exclusive Marshall Capital Classic t-shirt. Bus seating is very limited, Sandy said, and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may sign up to ride a bus when they purchase tickets. There is no cost to ride the buses. The first bus will leave the student center at 5 p.m. with the second one leaving at 5:30 p.m.

Sandy also said all students are invited to the Capital Classic pre-game reception, which takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the South Hall of the Charleston Civic Center. It is hosted by the Marshall University Alumni Association and admission is free.

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Friday January 5, 2007
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Butch Morris, Joan C. Edwards Distinguished Professor of the Arts, to give public lectures Jan. 16-17

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Butch Morris, an internationally recognized musician and principal theorist and practitioner of Conduction®, will be in residence at Marshall University Jan. 16-17 to present lectures and Conduction workshops to Marshall University Students.

The community is invited to attend free public lectures at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 and Wednesday, Jan. 17 in the Smith Music Recital Hall on MU's Huntington campus where Morris will present the nature and breadth of his work.

Conduction (conducted interpretation/improvisation) is a vocabulary of ideographic signs and gestures activated to modify or construct a musical composition or arrangement in real time.

Morris first began developing Conduction in the 1970s, first by using it to reinterpret traditional music notation. He since has realized more than 150 Conductions and 22 recordings involving more than 5,000 musicians from 22 countries. He began offering workshops in 1977 in Holland and in 1979 at the Conservatory Royal in Liege, Belgium, and has continued to do so frequently in Europe and the U.S.

His work amply demonstrates Conduction's capacity for cultural diplomacy by uniting communities, and serving as a powerful example of a new social logic based on collective interpretation, personal interaction, and the areas in between notated music and improvisatory practice.

This residency is made possible by the Joan C. Edwards Distinguished Professors of the Arts Endowment, Marshall University music department and the College of Fine Arts.

For more information on Morris' lectures at Marshall, contact Dr. Mark Zanter in the Marshall University department of music at (304) 638-3481 or via e-mail at Zanter@marshall.edu.

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Thursday January 4, 2007
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Annual King Symposium is Jan. 15-16 in Huntington

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Fourteenth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium runs Monday, Jan. 15 and Tuesday, Jan. 16 at various locales in Huntington celebrating the life of the famed civil rights leader through a series of panels, forums, a theatrical presentation, an awards presentation and the traditional march.

The symposium was established by Marshall University's Multicultural Affairs and is partially funded by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. This year's symposium theme is "Building a Beloved Community."

The symposium opens with a Focus on Youth program from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 15 at the A.D. Lewis Community Center at 1450 A.D. Lewis Ave. Coordinators for the event are the Rev. Samuel Moore, president of the Huntington/Cabell County NAACP and co-chair of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium Planning Committee, and David Cartwright, associate professor at Marshall University.

A highlight of each symposium is the traditional march, which this year begins with a lineup at 4:30 p.m. at the Douglass Center at 1448 10th Ave. The march gets underway at 4:45 p.m., led by this year's grand marshal, Dr. Ken Hechler, a former West Virginia Secretary of State and a former Marshall University faculty member.

Participants will walk to the Fifth Avenue Baptist Church at 1135 5th Ave. where, beginning at 6 p.m., the Fourteenth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium Memorial Service will take place.

The speaker for the service will be the Rev. Canon Eugene T. Sutton, an Episcopal priest who is director of the Cathedral Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage at Washington National Cathedral.

Sutton is a frequent leader of ecumenical retreats and conferences throughout the country. He has led national conferences and seminars on preaching, prayer, personal spirituality and worship and has served as assistant to the bishop and chaplain of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey. An author of several articles on preaching and spirituality, he is a contributor to the book "The Diversity of Centering Prayer."

Following his remarks, presentation of the winners of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Competition will be made by Dr. Barry Sharpe, executive director of the Marshall University John R. Hall Center for Academic Excellence and chairperson of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Competition. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall.

A theatrical production, "Fire Drill," featuring the Saltworks Theatre Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Jan. 16 in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. The show follows the story of four students - Keller, Brandon, Megan and Michael. It depicts the events preceding, during and following a fire drill at their school. During the drill, the students discuss issues in their lives and learn how to deal with them in a positive way.

Christopher Green is serving as co-chair of this year's symposium planning committee along with Moore. Other members of the committee include Philip W. Carter, David Cartwright, Maurice Cooley, Edward Dawson, Leah Clark Edwards, Dominique Elmore, Rebecca Glass, Loretta Hagler, Stephen Hensley, David Johnson, Sara Ramezani, Sylvia Ridgeway, Benjamin Sandy, Barry Sharpe, William Smith, Roy Terry, Jocelyn Williams, and Barbara Winters.

Sponsors of the event are Marshall University Multicultural Affairs, in cooperation with the Mayor of Huntington, the Cabell County Board of Education, the Cabell County Public Library, the Huntington/Cabell County NAACP, The Herald-Dispatch, the Huntington Human Relations Commission and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

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WMUL students receive five awards in Millennium competition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from WMUL-FM, Marshall University's public radio station, received one gold award, three silver awards and one bronze award in The Millennium Awards 2006 Competition. The winners were named in a letter dated Tuesday, Dec. 12.

The Millennium Awards were created to honor outstanding creativity, skill, craft and talent in television/film/video/commercials, print, advertising, Web design, audio and radio.  Entries are judged by industry professionals who look for companies and individuals who raise the bar of excellence. There were more than 2,100 entries in the Millennium Awards 2006 competition.  Eligible entries were produced in the past two years.

The Millennium Awards offer three levels of recognition.  The Millennium gold award is received by entries that earn a score from 93 to 100 points, a silver award for those receiving from 87 to 92 points, and a bronze award for those receiving from 80 to 86 points.

Gold winners are recognized for their excellence in terms of quality, creativity and resourcefulness, and for having demonstrated a set of skills above and beyond other entries.  About two percent of the entries won the gold award.  All three levels of winners, which are seven percent of the total entries, are listed on the Millennium Awards 2006 Web site at www.millenniumawards.com.

Winners of the Millennium Awards come from every size of radio stations, advertising and public relations agencies, corporate communication departments, educational institutions, government entities, designers, writers, video production professionals, broadcast and cable operations and other businesses from every corner of the United States.

The gold award-winning entry by WMUL-FM was in the category of Sports Play-By-Play. It was the broadcast of the Marshall University versus the University of Southern Mississippi football game played at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005. Students calling the football game were:

·        Football play-by-play announcer Alex Reed, a graduate student from Virginia Beach, Va.

·        Color commentator Dave Wilson, a senior from St. Marys, W.Va.

·        Sideline reporter Melanie Chapman, a graduate student from McConnell, W.Va.

·        Engineer Jennifer Smith, a recent graduate from Huntington.

"This is a noteworthy accomplishment for WMUL-FM to be recognized as having broadcast one of the best play-by-play calls of a college football game in the country," Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, professor of electronic media management in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University and faculty manager of WMUL-FM, said.

The three silver award-winning entries by WMUL were:

Writing/Radio Script: The script for the documentary program "Before the Bench:  The Formative Years of Chief Justice John Marshall," was written by Jennifer Smith, a recent graduate from Huntington.  The script was completed Friday, April 14, 2006. 

Radio Other (Sports Documentary Production): "To Change or Not to Change Gameday:  The Pros and Cons of Weeknight College Football Games," written and produced by Clark Davis, a graduate student from Huntington.  The sports documentary was broadcast during "Aircheck" Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005.

Web Site - Overall Design: The WMUL-FM radio station Web site www.marshall.edu/wmul/ was created, developed and maintained by webmaster Deven Swartz, a junior from Philippi, W.Va. The site was unveiled Monday, Jan. 9, 2006.

The bronze award-winning entry was in the category Breaking News Coverage. Titled "Dan Angel Retires," it was written and produced by Melanie Chapman, a graduate student from McConnell, W.Va., and broadcast during "The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004. 

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