June 2007 News Releases



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

MU chemistry chair named one of CUR's Volunteers of the Year

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Michael Castellani, professor and chair of Marshall University's chemistry department, has been named one of two Volunteers of the Year by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).

Castellani is one of almost 200 members of the legislative body of the Council on Undergraduate Research, a national organization whose goal is to strengthen science, mathematics and engineering research programs at predominantly undergraduate institutions.

CUR has nine disciplinary divisions: biology, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics and computer science, physics/astronomy, psychology, social sciences, undergraduate research program directors, and at-large/administrative.

"I am extraordinarily proud to receive this award," Castellani said. "It's always gratifying to have your work appreciated by such a terrific group of people."

Castellani has served on CUR's Chemistry Council for the past six years. He currently serves as chair of the organization's Outreach Committee, which considers new programs to interact with the organization's membership and community at large and evaluates approved programs.  He has helped coordinate CUR's annual Posters on the Hill event on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., for the past three years.

Posters on the Hill is an event similar to Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in West Virginia in which college students from throughout the state present their discoveries in poster format and talk to legislators about their findings. The target audience for Posters on the Hill is the U.S. Congress and involves students from across the United States.

Castellani also has served on CUR's Summer Research Fellowships Committee and the committe that selects recipients of the CUR Fellows Awards, which are based on participants' involvement and research activities.

For more information, call Castellani at (304) 696-6486.


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Tuesday June 26, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Foundation establishes James E. Gibson Scholarship

Huntington, W.Va. - The Marshall University Foundation Inc. has established a scholarship to honor James E. Gibson through gifts from his family and friends.

The James E. Gibson Scholarship will be awarded each year to a full-time, undergraduate student from Summers County High School in West Virginia who has a minimum high school GPA of 2.50 and has demonstrated financial need.

Jason Mitchell, a 2007 graduate of Summers County High School, is the first recipient of the Gibson scholarship.

"I wanted to help some kids from Summers County who have the IQ and ability to go to college, but lack the finances," said Gibson, who attended grade school and junior high school in Hinton, W.Va., in Summers County, before moving to Huntington. "Not very many people from Summers County go to Marshall."

Summers County High School is a consolidation of four high schools, including Hinton High.

"It is a wonderful thing to be able to give back to the kids, to Marshall University and to the state of West Virginia," Gibson said. "Our whole future is in our kids. We need to get them educated in West Virginia and employed in West Virginia to keep them here."

Gibson, a lifetime member of the Marshall University Alumni Association, is currently serving on the boards of the Society of Yeager Scholars and The Marshall University Foundation Inc.

Gibson was honored with the MUAA Distinguished Service Award in 2006 and, along with his wife, Verna K. Lemaster Gibson, was inducted into the Marshall University Pathway of Prominence and President's Circle.


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Monday June 25, 2007
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Cam Henderson documentary wins Emmy

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "Cam Henderson: A Coach's Story," a documentary on the life of the former Marshall College basketball and football coach, received an Emmy Award on Saturday, June 23 at the 43rd annual Midwestern Regional Emmy Awards.

The ceremony, hosted by the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, was held at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio. The Emmy - television's highest honor - was awarded in the "Sports - One-time Special" category.

In all, 620 entries representing the work of more than 70 organizations yielded 253 nominations.  A complete list of Emmy recipients may be found at www.ohiovalleyemmy.org.

"Cam Henderson" is the result of three years of research and production. Regarded by many as West Virginia's greatest coach, Henderson invented basketball's zone defense and fast break. His basketball teams at Marshall won 358 games in 20 seasons.

Multiple Emmy-Award winners Deborah Novak and John Witek produced and directed the documentary. Other highly acclaimed documentaries credited to Novak and Witek include Ashes to Glory: The Tragedy and Triumph of Marshall University Football, Hearts of Glass, Blenko Handcraft, Blenko Retro and New Music.

"Cam Henderson" also has been honored with the prestigious first-place Platinum Award from Houston's international film festival, Worldfest-Houston.

A DVD of the program with four bonus features is available at Huntington-area bookstores.


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Friday June 22, 2007
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Governor's School for the Arts returns to Marshall for third year

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Eighty-four rising high school juniors living and attending school in West Virginia will be on Marshall University's Huntington campus for three weeks next month to take part in the 2007 West Virginia Governor's School for the Arts, a residential program providing individual and in-depth group instruction in the arts.

 

The School for the Arts runs Sunday, July 1 through Saturday, July 21. It also was at Marshall in 2005 and 2006. The school will begin a three-year stay at West Liberty State College in 2008.

 

"Marshall has done a wonderful job with the Governor's School for the Arts," said Sherry Keffer, Director of Governor's Schools for the Department of Education and the Arts. "It's the dedication throughout. Marshall does an outstanding job creating opportunities for the students."

 

The students chosen to take part in the school auditioned last winter in six artistic areas: creative writing, dance, instrumental music, theatre, visual art and vocal music. Auditions took place at South Charleston High School and East Fairmont High School.

 

Skilled artists and teachers will work with students who demonstrate potential in the six artistic areas. In addition, the Governor's School for the Arts attempts to broaden the students' understanding of the arts through interdisciplinary courses focusing on common elements in the arts disciplines.

 

"It is so good for those kids," Keffer said. "Many of these students have very limited opportunity to study arts. A lot of them feel like they are different. But at the School for the Arts, they find out there are 83 others as passionate about the arts as they are. It is truly a life changing experience. It's more than an eye opener; it's a heart opener."

 

Dr. Larry Stickler, professor of music at Marshall and dean of the School for the Arts, and the Governor's Schools Advisory Council perceive the school as a chance for the arts to awaken and flourish in the hearts of the participants. A lively schedule of classes, special programming and an extended field trip are among the activities scheduled.

 

As students have done the past two years, this year's group will take a three-day trip to New York City during the second week of the school. The trip features visits to Broadway and museums along with other art experiences.

 

"They get to see places they've only read about in books," Keffer said. "The majority of them have not even had a chance to do something like this."

 

Students will arrive and check in at the Memorial Student Center from 1 to 3 p.m. July 1. Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp will welcome the students to campus during the opening ceremony, which starts at 3 p.m. at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

 

The names of each participant and a complete schedule of the events in this year's School for the Arts are available at www.marshall.edu/cofa/gsa.


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Thursday June 21, 2007
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Winners crowned in Stock Market Game conducted by Center for Economic Education

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from Cheat Lake Middle School in Morgantown and Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley are this spring's winners of The Stock Market Game, a 10-week simulation played in the fall and spring and conducted by Marshall University's Center for Economic Education.

 

In the game, teams of students in the fourth through 12th grades have a mythical $100,000 to invest in any stock traded on the New York or NASDAQ exchanges. The winning team from Susan McCauley's class at Cheat Lake finished the game with $117,872 for an 18 percent return. Team members include Roman Taratini, Garrett Richardson, Michael Gibson and Phillip King.

 

The second-place team members from Doug Cipoletti's class at Woodrow Wilson are Joshua Presgraves, Terra Gardner and Brandie Criss. They finished the game with $114,107, a 14 percent return. Dr. Neil Arneson, director of Marshall's Center for Economic Education, said Cheat Lake wins $200 for finishing first and Woodrow Wilson wins $100 for placing second.

 

The Marshall center has been conducting the game in West Virginia since 1992. The simulation is funded by the Securities Industry Foundation for Economic Education. Arneson said the purpose of the simulation is to give students a chance to learn about investing, planning and goal setting.

 

"We try to get the students to see how this isn't just a game to play to see who wins," Arneson said. "We want them to see ways of learning about financial literacy and future planning through an activity that is fun as well as educational."

 

Arneson said 217 teams, made up of "a great mix of students," including some from elementary schools, vocational schools, student investment clubs and girls scout groups from the eastern panhandle, participated in the spring game. Of that total, 136 finished with a positive balance while 81 lost money.

 

"The activity fits in nearly every part of the school curriculum and is very easy to use in the classroom by teachers and students," Arneson said.

 

To learn more about The Stock Market Game, visit http://smgww.org/.

 


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Wednesday June 20, 2007
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Dr. Ronald G. Area named CEO of Marshall Foundation, Inc.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Ronald G. Area, development director of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City the past two years, has been named Chief Executive Officer of the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., and senior vice president for development for Marshall University, Dr. Joseph B. Touma, chairman of the foundation's board of directors, announced Monday, June 18.

 

Area replaces John Kinzer, who has served as CEO on an interim basis since June 1, 2006. Area will begin his duties at Marshall Monday, July 9. He and his wife, Beth, have two married daughters and one grandson.

 

"Ron is experienced, professional, a visionary and a people person," Touma said. "His wife, Beth, is enthusiastic and will be a great asset for the community and the foundation as well. They both will become part of our community very quickly."

 

Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said he is pleased to welcome Area to Huntington at a time when Marshall University, like all institutions of higher education, is so dependent on fundraising.

 

"Ron and Beth are eager to move here and join the Marshall family," Kopp said. "With his experience and enthusiasm, I believe Ron is the perfect choice for this important position and will do a great job. I look forward to working closely with him to advance philanthropic giving to Marshall."

 

Area said he is looking forward to the transition to Huntington and being a part of the Marshall University community.

 

"I am pleased and honored to be joining Marshall University and its foundation at such a pivotal and exciting time in its history," Area said. "During my academic career, I visited the campus several times and took notice of Marshall's steady growth and development.  When I became aware of a key leadership vacancy, I eagerly applied and hoped I would have a chance to share my experiences and expertise. After meeting and visiting with many wonderful individuals, my wife and I were convinced that this was the place for us.

 

 "I believe that by partnering closely with President Kopp, the university community and committed volunteers to increase private support, we can chart an exciting course for the University's future," Area said of Marshall. "Marshall University is a treasure and is poised for greatness.  I am eager to be a part of such a dynamic academic community."

 

While he is looking forward to working with Area, Kopp said Kinzer did an exceptional job as interim CEO of Marshall's foundation.

 

"John did far more than just fill in while the search for a permanent CEO took place," Kopp said. "In fact, the foundation flourished under his leadership. John said when he was named interim CEO that one of his objectives was to have the foundation and development offices running smoothly when the new CEO comes in. He certainly achieved that objective and much, much more. We are very appreciative of his efforts."

 

Area has degrees from the University of Arkansas, Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y., and Oklahoma State. Before joining the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, he worked in higher education from 1978 through 2004. He started as assistant dean of continuing education at UT-Chattanooga, where he remained for 15 years. During that time he also was dean of continuing education, vice chancellor of development twice and executive vice chancellor.

 

While at UT-Chattanooga, Area completed the Summer Institute of Educational Management at Harvard University. He also gained experience and had oversight in the areas of credit and non-credit programs, evening college, public radio, legislative relations, marketing, public relations, athletics, alumni affairs and development.

 

From 1992 to 2004, Area was president and CEO of the Oklahoma State University Foundation. He was responsible for providing leadership, coordination and management for all private fund raising programs for the Oklahoma State University system.

 

Area and his administrative team designed, implemented and completed Oklahoma State's first comprehensive campaign, raising in excess of $260 million. He also provided leadership and senior management of two for-profit subsidiaries, two limited liability corporations and the OSU Foundation Holding Company.

 


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Monday June 18, 2007
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Marshall University to sponsor Habitat House

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is teaming with Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity to build a Habitat House this fall, MU President Stephen J. Kopp announced today. The house will be built in a neighborhood near Marshall's Huntington campus.

 

A steering committee of Marshall faculty, staff and students will be working with Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity on fundraising, volunteering and logistics for the project. This is the first time Marshall and Habitat for Humanity have partnered on a project of this scale.

 

Kopp said he anticipates campus-wide participation in what he termed as a "challenging and rewarding endeavor."

 

"However, this service project will be an important part of the First Year Experience Program designed for members of the Class of 2011," he said. "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."

 

Teddy Kluemper III, director of development and communications for Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity, said he is "absolutely ecstatic" about the partnership with Marshall.

 

"Marshall University always has been and continues to be a leader in so many ways for this community," Kluemper said. "As the director of development for Habitat, a resident of the city of Huntington, and alumnus of Marshall University, I could not be more excited about the contribution they are going to make to this city by providing safe, decent and affordable housing. We are so blessed that the university has agreed to partner with us on such a landmark project."

 

"Service to our community is an important component of our long-range Strategic Vision," Kopp said. "It is also a longstanding part of the Marshall identity and mission. A meaningful and practical approach to educating our students in responsible civic engagement is to involve them in a community project that produces tangible benefits, like helping a family in our community build a home."

 

Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry, whose mission is to partner with qualified families in need, and provide them the opportunity for safe, decent, affordable housing. To volunteer with the organization, visit www.huntingtonareahabitat.org.


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Monday June 18, 2007
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Math Workshop offered at Marshall as alternative to remedial courses

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's University College, in partnership with the school's math department, has developed the Math Workshop as an effective and cost-efficient alternative to traditional remedial courses.
   
Remedial courses in math are required for students who score less than 19 on the math portion of the ACT, or less than 460 on the quantitative (math) part of the SAT. The courses must be completed before the student registers for any college-level math course.
   
The Math Workshop is a short, non-credit option designed to prepare students to take college-level math. Successful completion of the workshop eliminates all of a student's remedial math requirements and allows that student to immediately register for college-level math courses. 
   
The Math Workshop costs $185, which includes instruction, books, materials, tutoring and supplemental instruction. That is a savings of more than $419 for West Virginia residents who choose the workshop instead of the remedial math course. Out-of-state students will save more than $1,600.
   
Marshall University is offering the Math Workshop in the summer D 2007 session, which runs from July 10 to Aug. 10. The times are 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. Students may attend the workshop at one of the Marshall University campuses in Huntington, South Charleston or Point Pleasant.
   
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. The priority registration deadline for summer D is June 29.
   
For more information, students may call (304) 696-3252 or send an e-mail to uc@marshall.edu. Additional information, the registration form and registration instructions can be found at http://www.marshall.edu/uc.


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Friday June 15, 2007
Contact: Angela Jones, Director of Markesting and External Affairs, Marshall Artists Series, (304) 696-3334

New Works Festival brings new plays to campus of Marshall University

The first annual Robert Hinchman New Works Festival will be presented by Marshall University Theatre and the Marshall University College of Fine Arts.  The three night festival will present both staged and unstaged readings of five new plays over three consecutive evenings, June 28-30, 2007.  All readings will begin at 8:00PM in the Francis Booth Experimental Theatre of the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse.  Each evening's readings will be followed by a discussion/question and answer session with the playwright, director and cast.  Participation is both welcome and encouraged.  The schedule of events is as follows:

On June 28, 2007 three new one-act plays will be presented--two by student playwrights from Middle Tennessee State University--Wedding Bells by Adriana Echeverri, and Interrogation by M. A. Cantrell.  Also presenting that evening will be Lunch At the Fork n' Finger by published playwright and Marshall University Theatre Alumni, Jonathan Joy. 

On June 29th, a new screenplay: Serious Business by T. Michael Murdock will be presented.  Mr. Murdock is a Marshall University Alumni and a professional actor/director who currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

 

 Finally on June 30th a new musical, Collis P! -written by one of Huntington's most recognizable personalities, Clint McElroy; offers (in musical form) a biographic tale of the founding father of this great city.  As an added bonus, three new songs have been written for Collis P! by Mountain Stage's own Larry Groce, will be presented as part of the presentation. 

 

For further information or to purchase tickets, visit the Marshall University Theatre box office or call 696-ARTS (2787).  Tickets are priced at $5 per evening or a full festival pass (all three nights) @ $12.  Tickets go on sale Tuesday, June 22nd.


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Monday June 11, 2007
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Engineering Academy at Marshall attracts students from four states

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Thirty-two rising high school juniors from 20 schools in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana will be on Marshall University's Huntington campus June 17-22 to take part in the seventh annual Exploring Engineering: Academy of Excellence (EEAE).

 

Dr. William E. Pierson, chair of the Weisberg Division of Engineering and Computer Science at Marshall, said the ultimate goal of the academy is to persuade the students to consider pursuing a degree in engineering.

 

"Of course, we know that not all of these students will select engineering as a career, so we hope that at the very least campers will leave the academy with a better understanding of what engineers do and the profound difference that engineers make in our everyday lives," Pierson said.

 

Pierson said students are selected for the camp based upon their interest in and aptitude for engineering. Grades, courses taken and letters of recommendation are taken into consideration. The camp primarily tries to attract rising high school juniors.

 

"Because of the low number of women in the profession, one objective of the camp is to introduce more girls to the opportunities in the engineering profession," he said.

 

The week's evens provide real examples of engineering, Pierson said. Each day is full of activities that showcase many different specialties in the engineering field.

 

Here is the complete schedule for the Exploring Engineering: Academy of Excellence:

 

Sunday, June 17

2-3 p.m.: Check-in, Marshall Commons, Willis Hall

2:10-2:40 p.m.: Campus tours from Willis Hall lobby every 10 minutes

3-5 p.m.: Welcome and presentation by Stuart Harshbarger from the Johns Hopkins University, Memorial Student Center.  Families of students are encouraged to stay for this event.

5-9 p.m.: Icebreaker exercises, dinner and team building exercises, Memorial Student Center and Gullickson Hall Room 5 (GH5)

 

Monday, June 18

8-11:30 a.m.: Introduction to CAD/CAM, using AutoCAD Inventor to make a CO2 racer, Gullickson Hall (GH) Room 206A

11:30 a.m.-Noon: Lunch, Harless Dining Hall

12:30-4:30 p.m.: Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering:  Surveying, GPS, and Environmental Sampling, Buskirk Field

4:30-5 p.m.: Dinner, Harless Dining Hall

5:30-6:30 p.m.: Concrete mixing, GH basement

6:30-8 p.m.: CO2  Racers, GH 5

 

Tuesday, June 19

8-9 a.m.: Introduction to trebuchet design, GH 5

9:30-11:30 a.m.: Trebuchet design and construction, Buskirk  Field

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Luncheon with Society of American Military Engineers members, Harless Cafeteria, Ed Grose Room  

12:30-2 p.m. : Complete trebuchet construction

2-3 p.m.: Trebuchet competition

3-4 p.m. : RTI ITS Research Project Presentation, GH 5

4-5 p.m.: Dinner, Harless Dining Hall

5:30-6:30 p.m.: GPS Scavenger Hunt, Memorial Fountain

6:30-8 p.m.: CO2  Racers, GH 5

 

Wednesday, June 20

8-9:30 a.m.: Introduction to Intelligent Transportation Systems (using Lego robotics), GH 5

9:30 a.m.-Noon: Work on robot design/construction, GH 5

Noon-12:30 p.m.: Lunch, Harless Dining Hall

 

1-2 p.m.: Finalize robot design, GH 5

2-3 p.m.: Robotics competition, GH 5

3-4:30 p.m.: Concrete testing, GH basement

4:30-5 p.m.: Dinner, Harless Dining Hall

5:30-8 p.m.: Complete work on CO2 Racers, GH 5

 

Thursday, June 21

8 a.m.-5 p.m.: Field trips and discussions with engineers:

9 a.m.-11:15 p.m.: Toyota Plant, Buffalo, W.Va.

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Lunch at Golden Corral, Cross Lanes, W.Va.

12:30-1:15 p.m.: Travel to Memorial Tunnel

1:30-2:45 p.m.: Tour Memorial Tunnel

2:45-3:30 p.m.: Travel to Columbia Gas

3:30-5 p.m.: GIS presentation and panel discussion

5-6:15 p.m.: Travel to Water Ways

6:30-9 p.m.: Dinner and pool party, Water Ways

 

Friday, June 22

8:45-10:15 a.m.: CO2 Races, Gullickson Gym

10:30-11:15 a.m.: EEAE evaluation and wrap-up, GH 5

11:30-1 p.m.: Awards luncheon: John Marshall Room, Memorial Student Center - students, families, sponsors, staff and guests

 

Financial support for the camp is provided by Marshall University and sponsors from the engineering community, such as the Rahall Transportation Institute, Society of American Military Engineers Huntington Post and Learning for Life. In addition to financial support, these and other organizations provide volunteers and equipment for various activities throughout the week.

 

For more information on the camp, visit the academy's Web site at www.marshall.edu/eeae, send an e-mail to eeae@marshall.edu, or call (304) 696-6007 or (304) 696-5453.

 


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Friday June 8, 2007
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Ruth Flowers Thornton Scholarship established at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Foundation Inc. has established a scholarship to honor Ruth Flowers Thornton, a two-time Marshall graduate and former high school and junior high school teacher in Cabell and Wayne counties whose teaching career spanned 33 years.

 

The Ruth Flowers Thornton Scholarship will be awarded each year to a West Virginia resident who is a full-time Marshall student with a major in either English or Classics in the College of Liberal Arts (COLA).

 

On Thursday, June 7, Jonna Hughes with the Herschel C. Price Educational Foundation presented the Marshall Foundation with a check for $15,000 to endow the scholarship. It is the fourth scholarship established by the Price Foundation at Marshall.

 

"I was completely overwhelmed, deeply honored," Thornton said of the new scholarship. "I'm still walking around on cloud nine."

 

Other scholarships established at Marshall by the Price Foundation are the Herschel C. Price Scholarship in 2000, the E. Joann Price Memorial Scholarship in 2001 and the Theodore "Ted" Hundley III Scholarship in 2005.

 

Thornton received both her B.A. degree in 1943 and her master's degree in 1951 from Marshall. She taught Latin and/or English at Huntington High, Huntington East, Milton and Vinson high schools, and Cammack and West junior high schools. She also taught evening courses in English at Marshall University for eight years. In addition, Thornton taught in Baghdad, Iraq from 1955 through 1956 while her husband was in the military.

 

"The Price Foundation likes to honor someone who is very deserving and Ruth is very, very deserving," Hughes said. "We are very happy to honor Ruth."

 


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Thursday June 7, 2007
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Work to place underground telecommunication duct bank begins Monday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students, faculty, staff and visitors are asked to avoid a specific area on the Huntington campus for at least four weeks beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, June 11 as preparation for construction of new housing continues.

 

Mike Meadows, director of facilities planning and management at Marshall, said work to place an underground telecommunication duct bank from Prichard Hall to the new housing project site will begin at that time. 

 

The work will begin at Prichard Hall, proceed east between Hodges Hall and the Marshall Community and Technical College building and cross 18th Street to the existing tennis courts. The work is scheduled to take four weeks.

 

Meadows said all students, faculty, staff and visitors should avoid the area as much as possible during the four-week period due to sidewalk removal and trench excavation.

 


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Thursday June 7, 2007
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Marshall plans public sale of surplus computing equipment

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will conduct a special public sale, by written bid, of surplus computing equipment from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, June 11 at the Surplus Computer Processing Center at 201 21st St., across the street from the State Electric Supply Co. showroom.

 

Chuck Elliott with Marshall University Computing Services said about 150 computers will be sold in lots of five or more.  Ten Dell C840 laptops, with Windows XP Professional installed, will be sold as individual units.  Six of the best desktop computers will be sold as individual units and include a monitor, mouse and keyboard, and come with Windows 2000 Professional installed.

 

Many computers include a Windows license affixed to the case.  Monitors and possibly some networking equipment also will be sold.  Other than the individual units being sold, the computers have no software installed.

 

Registration and bid forms will be provided at the site, and sealed bids will be opened on Tuesday, June 12 in the Purchasing Department. Successful bidders will be contacted and required to pick up the items between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. no later than Thursday, June 14.  Cash payments or checks payable to Marshall University will be required before the property can be removed.

 

Marshall University reserves the right to reject any or all bids. While most of the computers have been operated and tested by staff, Marshall takes no responsibility and makes no guarantee for items sold. All property is offered for sale on an "as is-where is" basis. No warranties or guarantees are given or implied, and refunds or exchanges on defective equipment are not authorized.

 

More information along with an in-depth description of the computer equipment to be sold is available at http://www.marshall.edu/ucs/computersale.  Interested buyers may also visit the Web page and subscribe to e-mail notifications for detailed descriptions of equipment and future sales.  The next sale date is Sept. 17.

 


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Thursday June 7, 2007
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Marshall's 8th annual Jazz-MU-Tazz festival to feature saxophonist Chris Vadala

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Chris Vadala, one of the country's foremost woodwind artists, will be the featured guest artist in Marshall University's 8th annual Jazz-MU-Tazz festival Wednesday, June 13 through Saturday, June 16.

 

Dr. Ed Bingham, Marshall's director of jazz studies, said Bluetrane, Marshall's faculty jazz ensemble, and the Jazz-MU-Tazz Festival Big Band also will be featured in the festival.

 

"The festival is special because we spend an entire week totally devoted to learning and performing jazz," Bingham said. "We host high school students, many of whom have no previous experience in playing jazz, together with our Marshall jazz students and faculty to perform with professional jazz artists. It's a chance to interact with each other in a fun, informal setting and present the product of the week's work to the community."

 

Bingham said Vadala is one of the best jazz saxophonists in the world.

 

"He has a special gift for working with student groups and bringing their performance up to a high level," Bingham said. "He has a wonderful sense of humor and puts on a terrific show. He is a true virtuoso whose music speaks to a wide audience. Best of all, he is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. His enthusiasm for music is infectious."

 

Vadala is in demand as a jazz/classical performer and educator. He has appeared on more than 100 recordings to date, as well as innumerable jingle sessions, film and TV scores, performing on all the saxophones, flutes and clarinets.

 

His performing career has been highlighted by a long tenure as standout woodwind artist with the internationally recognized Chuck Mangione Quartet, which included performances in all 50 states, Canada, Australia, Japan, the Phillipines, China, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, England, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Poland, Belgium and Switzerland.

 

Vadala has performing credits on five gold and two platinum albums, plus two Grammy awards, one Emmy, one Georgie (AGVA) and one Golden Globe award.

 

In addition, he has performed and/or recorded with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Chick Corea, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Placido Domingo, Sarah Vaughn, Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock, Ray Charles, Henry Mancini, Doc Severinsen, Phil Woods, Joe Lovano and many others.

 

As one of the Selmer Company's requested Artist in Residence clinicians and D'Addarrio/Rico Artists, Vadala travels worldwide, performing with and conducting student and professional jazz ensembles, symphonic bands and orchestras. Within the past six years alone, Vadala has appeared with more than 200 groups across the nation and Canada.

 

Here is the schedule of Jazz-MU-Tazz events:

  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, Jomie Jazz Center, Bluetrane, MU's faculty jazz ensemble. Admission is free.
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, June 14, Jomie Jazz Center, student combo jam session. Admission is free.
  • 8 p.m. Friday, June 15, Jomie Jazz Center, Chris Vadala with Bluetrane. Admission is free.
  • 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16, Harris Riverfront Park, Jazz-MU-Tazz Festival Big Band with Chris Vadala. Tickets are available from the Huntington Pops Orchestra (304) 525-0670, or at http://www.huntingtonsymphony.org.

 

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

 


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Summer Learning Program begins June 11 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Summer Learning Program will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays Monday, June 11 through Friday, July 6, according to Dr. Barbara P. Guyer, professor of special education and director emeritus of Marshall's H.E.L.P. Program.

 

The program is for students in grades kindergarten through six who have learning disabilities, mental impairments or behavior disorders.

 

Classes will be small, with no more than five students in each class, so that time will be available for individual attention, Guyer said. Emphasis will be placed on improving reading (decoding skills), reading comprehension, reading speed, arithmetic examples and story problems, improving self-esteem, improving organization skills, improving test-taking strategies and improving study skills.

 

Anyone interested in having his or her child participate in the program may call Guyer at (304) 696-6317 or 696-2851, or e-mail Gary Hatfield at HGary33861@aol.com. Cost is $175 for West Virginia residents, $195 for metro residents in Kentucky and Ohio and $275 for non-West Virginia residents.


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Tuesday June 5, 2007
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Marshall University to sponsor Habitat House

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall University is teaming with Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity to build a Habitat House this fall, MU President Stephen J. Kopp announced today. The house will be built in a neighborhood near Marshall's Huntington campus.

 

A steering committee of Marshall faculty, staff and students will be working with Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity on fundraising, volunteering and logistics for the project. This is the first time Marshall and Habitat for Humanity have partnered on a project of this scale.

 

Kopp said he anticipates campus-wide participation in what he termed as a "challenging and rewarding endeavor."

 

"However, this service project will be an important part of the First Year Experience Program designed for members of the Class of 2011," he said. "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."

 

Teddy Kluemper III, director of development and communications for Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity, said he is "absolutely ecstatic" about the partnership with Marshall.

 

"Marshall University always has been and continues to be a leader in so many ways for this community," Kluemper said. "As the director of development for Habitat, a resident of the city of Huntington, and alumnus of Marshall University, I could not be more excited about the contribution they are going to make to this city by providing safe, decent and affordable housing. We are so blessed that the university has agreed to partner with us on such a landmark project."

 

"Service to our community is an important component of our long-range Strategic Vision," Kopp said. "It is also a longstanding part of the Marshall identity and mission. A meaningful and practical approach to educating our students in responsible civic engagement is to involve them in a community project that produces tangible benefits, like helping a family in our community build a home."

 

Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry, whose mission is to partner with qualified families in need, and provide them the opportunity for safe, decent, affordable housing. To volunteer with the organization, visit www.huntingtonareahabitat.org.

 


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New Marshall University clinical center opens

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The clinical addition of Marshall University's Robert C. Byrd Center for Rural Health opened its doors to patients today (June 4) on the heritage-rich site of the former Fairfield Stadium.

 

Now known simply as the clinical center, the building will be named during its formal dedication ceremony later this year.

 

Located at 1249 15th St. in Huntington, the center houses two departments of Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine: Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Services. Cardiovascular Services will have a new phone number - (304) 691‑8500 - but numbers will remain the same for Internal Medicine, including the Hanshaw Geriatric Center and the Diabetes Center.

 

The top three floors of the $24 million, 88,000-square-foot building will contain exam and treatment space. The ground floor has special teaching facilities for medical students. The center is expected to accommodate 250 patient visits per day.

 

The new building was funded through a federal appropriation secured by U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va.


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