March 2007 News Releases



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

Writer Laura Treacy Bentley to read from her work at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Poet and fiction writer Laura Treacy Bentley, recipient of a Fellowship Award for Literature from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, will read from her work at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 5 at the Birke Gallery in Smith Hall on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Bentley's first poetry collection, Lake Effect, appeared in December 2006 through Bottom Dog Press.  Noted author Ray Bradbury wrote of Bentley, "Everywhere I look these days no poetry is being written. There is a lot of pretend poetry, but nothing really fine. With this book it makes it very easy for me to say: Laura Bentley, I dub thee poet supreme."

Her work has been published in Ireland and the United States in The New York Quarterly, Poetry Ireland Review, Rosebud, The Stinging Fly (Ireland), Antietam Review, Nightsun, Kestrel, Now & Then, Wind, and in nine anthologies including Wild Sweet Notes: Fifty Years of West Virginia Poetry and Appalachian Love Stories.

Bentley's appearance is sponsored by the Marshall English department and the College of Liberal Arts.  It is free to the public.

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


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Friday March 30, 2007
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Second annual Assessment Day is April 4 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's second annual Assessment Day, which is designed to determine how well the university is meeting its goals, is Wednesday, April 4 on the Huntington campus.

"Assessment is really at the heart of the teaching and learning process," Frances Hensley, Marshall's associate vice president for academic affairs and chair of the Assessment Day Committee, said.

Classes will not meet as scheduled most of the day Wednesday, which allows students and faculty to participate in Assessment Day activities. The normal class schedule resumes at 4 p.m. for afternoon and evening classes.

"Assessment Day is an opportunity for faculty and students to evaluate the things they care about most: teaching and learning and the services that support those two," Hensley said. "I can't imagine that a student has no interest in providing feedback to his or her institution. Here is the chance."

Hensley said numerous activities are planned for Assessment Day, some of which are university wide and some departmental. Two national tests will be given on the morning of Assessment Day: the Measure of Academic Performance and Proficiency (MAPP) and the Collegiate Learning Assessment.

"Students were pre-selected for these tests and received e-mail invitations," Hensley said. "But, there are many surveys that students can take that day, such as those given by Student Government, Student Health, Residence Services, etc."

All students and faculty participating in Assessment Day activities will receive a free Buddy's BBQ lunch. Also, students and faculty will be eligible to win prizes donated by area businesses and other groups.

The prizes include a Wii game system, Greenbrier Resort getaway, laptop computers, a whitewater rafting trip, ski lift tickets, rounds of golf, a YMCA membership, priority registration, parking ticket forgiveness, gift cards and more.

Hensley said she encourages everyone who participates Wednesday to fill out an Assessment Day assessment form, which will be available in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center.

"The Assessment Day Committee has worked really hard to put this event together and we welcome everyone's input to help us build a better Marshall through assessment," Hensley said.

In addition to Hensley, committee members include from the faculty, Chris Cassidy, Neil Arneson, Marjorie Keatley and Susan Imes; students Dominique Elmore and Chris Childers; and staff members Jenny Lauhon, Karen Barker and Carla Lapelle.

For more information, visit http://www.marshall.edu/assessment/assessmentday2007/.


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Thursday March 29, 2007
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Spring Major Expo is April 3 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - In an effort to aid Marshall University students in selecting or changing a major, the Spring Major Expo 2007 will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 on the Memorial Student Center plaza on the Huntington campus.

The expo, featuring a theme of "Time to Choose a Major," is a semi-annual event that allows students to find out about majors offered by Marshall University and the Marshall Community and Technical College.

Representatives from various academic departments will be on hand to discuss the requirements and opportunities in their areas.  Students who want to declare or change their majors will have the opportunity to do so.

Randolph Cullum, academic adviser for the University College, said the expo makes it easy for students to obtain information about majors in one place while giving them the opportunity to talk with faculty members in person about fields of study.

Refreshments, including cotton candy, sno-cones, popcorn and sodas provided by Pepsi, will be provided.  In addition, door prizes will be awarded.

In case of rain, the expo will be moved to a location in the Memorial Student Center. 

For additional information, contact Cullum at (304) 696-3252 or via e-mail at cullum@marshall.edu.


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Thursday March 29, 2007
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Marshall University Forensic Science Center co-sponsoring National Institute of Justice Applied Technologies Conference

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. − The Marshall University Forensic Science Center is co-sponsoring the National Institute of Justice Applied Technologies Conference which showcases tools and technologies designed to improve community safety.

Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp will be among the speakers kicking off the national conference with welcome and opening remarks between 8 and 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 3 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove, Calif.

Topics include responding to mass fatalities including identification involving mass graves and a mass disaster train derailment, increasing success rates in solving cold cases, solving property and other crimes using DNA, reviewing technology that makes schools safer, and the "CSI Effect" and its implications for crime scene collection and presentation to juries.

The NIJ is sponsoring the Applied Technologies Conference April 3-5 in partnership with MUFSC and the Sheriff's Association of Texas. Attendees will include managers and supervisors in law enforcement, forensics and corrections.

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

This project is supported by cooperative agreement 2005-MU-BX-K020 awarded by the NIJ, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. 


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Wednesday March 28, 2007
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WVAS meetings, state Science and Engineering fair take place this weekend at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - This Friday and Saturday, March 30-31, for the first time in more than 25 years, the annual meetings of the West Virginia Senior and Junior Academies of Science (WVAS) will occur jointly on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

The Junior Academy oversees the West Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair (WVSSEF), which also takes place Friday and Saturday at Marshall. The fair is expected to attract more than 80 high school students in grades 9-12 who will be recognized and rewarded. Marshall has hosted the state science and engineering fair since 2000.

The top winners will compete with more than 1,000 high school students from around the world at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world's largest pre-college science competition.

The WVAS meetings will feature undergraduate and graduate research in both oral and poster sessions. This year's theme is West Virginia conservation, including topics such as endangered amphibians and invasive species.

"Marshall University is honored to have this opportunity to showcase scientific achievement in West Virginia," Marcia Harrison, director of the WVSSEF and president of the West Virginia Junior Academy of Science, said. "The fair offers important acknowledgement and recognition for creativity and effort in math, science and engineering research from our students from high school to graduate students throughout the state."

Presentations begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center. The WVAS poster session begins at 2 p.m. on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center, followed by an open house. An awards ceremony takes place at 4 p.m. in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

The WVAS will present awards to an outstanding teacher as well as undergraduate and graduate students. WVSSEF prizes include a four-year tuition waiver to Marshall and cash prizes for high school students.

The Dow Corporation is the fair's primary sponsor.

For more information, contact Harrison at (304) 696-4867.


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Wednesday March 28, 2007
Contact: McRae Pennington, , (304) 696-3512

Spots still available for Troy Brown Fantasy Football Camp March 30-31 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Spots are still available for anyone interested in participating in the first Troy Brown Fantasy Football Camp, named for the former Marshall University and current New England Patriots standout wide receiver. The camp takes place Friday and Saturday, March 30-31, at MU's Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

The cost of the camp is $1,000 per person and includes professional football training from Brown, Chad Pennington of the New York Jets and Mike Bartrum of the Philadelphia Eagles. Each participant also will receive a two-night stay at the Pullman Plaza Hotel, meals and a DVD of the weekend.

The weekend begins Friday, March 30 with a kickoff reception in the stadium's Big Green Room. The football camp begins the next day with a full-game day experience. The day starts with a coach's meeting, drills and practice, a draft and a flag football game at the stadium. The evening concludes with a banquet and awards ceremony.

The fantasy camp is a fundraiser for Marshall's Child Development Academy, which provides quality care and education to young children of the Marshall community. It also provides learning opportunities for MU students, especially those pursuing degrees in education. Proceeds from the camp will help to endow the academy and create scholarships for at-risk children.

Participants must be at least 23 years old. The flag football game at 3 p.m. Saturday is open to the public. For more information or to register for the Troy Brown Fantasy Football Camp, visit www.troybrownfantasyfootball.com.


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Wednesday March 28, 2007
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Dr. Lynda Ann Ewen keynote speaker at Woodson banquet

Dr. Lynda Ann Ewen keynote speaker at Woodson banquet

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Lynda Ann Ewen, professor emerita at Marshall University, will be the keynote speaker for the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Foundation's 15th annual fundraising banquet, which begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 14 at the Big Sandy Super Store Arena in Huntington.

Ewen, who taught in Marshall's sociology department before retiring and was co-director of MU's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender from 1996 through 2006, has titled her speech "You have gifts that can change others' lives. How do you choose to use them?"

She currently is co-editor of the Ohio University Press' Series in Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia, a member of the CONTACT of Huntington (Rape Crisis Center) board of directors and a member of the Huntington-Cabell NAACP. Ewen also is an adjunct faculty member with the Marshall University Graduate College and Union Institute in Cincinnati.

Ewen co-edited, with Dr. Ancella Bickley, Memphis Tennessee Garrison: The Remarkable Story of a Black Appalachian Woman.

The Carter G. Woodson Memorial Committee was formed in 1986 to recommend a fitting memorial to Dr. Woodson.  These include a life-size statue, a scholarship endowment and a collection of works by and about Dr. Woodson.

Dr. Woodson worked as an educator, author, editor, administrator and historian and is known as the Father of Negro History. He founded the Study of Negro Life and History and was founder and editor of the Journal of Negro History and the Negro History Bulletin, both of which still are being published.  In 1926, he founded Negro History Week which is now celebrated as Black History Month.

The foundation is requesting a $30 donation for the banquet and corporate table reservations are available.  For more information and tickets, persons may contact Newatha Myers at (304) 894-5772; Loretta Hagler at (304) 525-5651, or Karen Nance at (304) 736-1655.


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Wednesday March 28, 2007
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Expert on human development and children's rights is keynote speaker for Honors Convocation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. James Garbarino, a nationally recognized expert on human development and children's rights, will be the keynote speaker for the Elizabeth Gibson Drinko Honors Convocation, part of Marshall University's 13th annual Celebration of Academics.

The convocation, which recognizes Marshall students participating in honors programs, will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, April 13 in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on the Huntington campus.

The Celebration of Academics also features the annual Drinko Symposium, which takes place at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 12 in the Joan C. Edward Performing Arts Center. This year's symposium will feature Dr. Linda Spatig, Marshall professor in education and leadership studies who has been the Drinko Fellow for 2006-2007,  speaking on the topic, "Like a Mountain: Youth Development in Rural America."

Garbarino's presentation is titled "Origins of Aggression and Violence in Boys and Girls." He holds the Maude C. Clarke Chair in Humanistic Psychology and is Director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago.

Previously he was Elizabeth Lee Vincent Professor of Human Development and Co-Director of the Family Life Development Center at Cornell University. He earned his B.A. from St. Lawrence University in 1968, and his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University in 1973. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Garbarino has authored or edited a wide range of publications, most recently See Jane Hit: Why Girls Are Growing More Violent and What We Can Do About It (2006); And Words Can Hurt Forever: How to Protect Adolescents from Bullying, Harassment, and Emotional Violence (2002); and, Parents Under Siege: Why You Are the Solution, Not the Problem, in Your Child's Life (2001).

Both events are free to the public. For more information, contact Jackie Dewald, program assistant with the Drinko Academy, at (304) 696-3183.

Here is the schedule of public events for the 13th annual Celebration of Academics: 

Thursday, April 12

2 p.m. - The Drinko Symposium, Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center; speaker: Dr. Linda Spatig; topic: "Like a Mountain:  Youth Development in Rural America"

3 p.m. - Public reception, lobby of Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center

Friday, April 13

7 p.m. - The Elizabeth Gibson Drinko Honors Convocation, Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center; speaker: Dr. James Garbarino; topic: "Origins of Aggression and Violence in Boys and Girls"

8:30 p.m. - Public reception, lobby of Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center


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Monday March 26, 2007
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'We Are Marshall' Issue of Huntington Quarterly Benefits Marshall Alumni Association

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Alumni Association received its first check last week from the Huntington Quarterly magazine based on sales of the publication's 140-page special edition about the Warner Bros. picture, "We Are Marshall." The publisher of Huntington Quarterly pledged $3 per copy of the issue sold through the Marshall University Web site.

"The Marshall University Alumni Association is very appreciative of the efforts of Jack Houvouras and HQ Publishing," said Tish Littlehales, director of alumni relations at Marshall. "We were thrilled to partner with him in this project. Jack is an excellent example of a successful Marshall alumnus and we thank him for his generosity."

"We are happy to support the university through sales of this special issue," said Jack Houvouras, a 1988 graduate of Marshall and the publisher of Huntington Quarterly. "The movie was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the entire Huntington community, and we wanted to publish a keepsake edition of the magazine so people could remember this time for years to come. And it only seemed fitting to share the proceeds with the university."

Houvouras said the issue was extremely popular with the local Huntington community as well as Marshall alumni throughout the U.S., necessitating several re-printings. The magazine was the fastest selling item in the history of Empire Books in downtown Huntington and to date has sold 15,000 copies nationwide.

On Jan. 10, a fire completely destroyed the office building where Huntington Quarterly's offices were located, but fortunately some 15,000 copies of the special edition were being stored at a different location across town. The magazine staff has relocated to temporary office space for the time being and are busy filling orders each day for the special "We Are Marshall" issue.

The magazine is being sold locally at Empire Books, Borders, the MU Bookstore and Jim's Restaurant.

For more information on the magazine, persons may call Publisher Jack Houvouras at (304) 529-6158.


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Thursday March 22, 2007
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WVU students donate $750 worth of Wal-Mart gift cards to Marshall students affected by Emmons fire

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - West Virginia University's Student Government Association and Student Organization Services donated $750 worth of Wal-Mart gift cards to Marshall University students affected by the Jan. 13 Emmons apartment fire in Huntington.

Steve Hensley, dean of student affairs at Marshall, said he received in early March the  gift cards along with letters to people impacted by the fire. Hensley said WVU's students, in less than one week, raised nearly $700 in a campus-wide fundraising drive, which went toward purchase of the gift cards for the Marshall students.

"It was a very, very generous gesture by our friends at West Virginia," Hensley said. "I would expect we would do the same thing for them if a similar situation arose. It shows that rivalries are one thing, but generosity is something else. They are our rivals, but they are our friends and colleagues, too."

Nine people died in the Emmons fire, including three Marshall students. Many others lost everything they owned.

For more information on the gift from WVU, call Hensley at (304) 696-6423 or Lisa Costello, chief of staff with West Virginia University's Student Government Association, at (304) 670-1030. Costello also may be reached via e-mail at Lisa.Costello@mail.wvu.edu.


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Wednesday March 21, 2007
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WVMEA Conference is March 22-24 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The 61st annual West Virginia Music Educators Association State Conference takes place Thursday, March 22 through Saturday, March 24 at Marshall University. 

Marshall professor Dr. Larry Stickler, president-elect of WVMEA, is the program chair. Steve Barnett, director of athletic bands at MU, is the local chair for the conference.

Events include clinics specifically for elementary music, instrumental music and vocal music teachers from throughout West Virginia. Honors concerts will be presented by select concert bands, jazz bands, concert choirs, show choirs and madrigal singers. A group or groups from each category have been selected to perform based on a review of audition tapes.  Solo and ensemble concerts also will be presented by West Virginia students chosen by tape audition.

The All-State Children's Choir Concert at 7:30 pm Friday, March 23, at Cam Henderson Center is open to the public. More than 500 students from throughout West Virginia will participate in the All-State Orchestra, All-State Choir and All-State Band performances.  Students were auditioned and selected earlier in the year.

The All-State Orchestra, Choir and Band Concert takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at Cam Henderson Center.  The event is open to the public, and admission is $5 per person or $10 per family.

More information on the conference is available at http://members.tripod.com/~wvmea/.

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Tuesday March 20, 2007
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Marshall researcher receives post-doctoral award from Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University post-doctoral researcher Dr. Gabriela Ion and her mentor, Dr. Elaine Hardman, have received a two-year post-doctoral research award from the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation.

The award allows Ion to conduct studies to determine how the interactions between the adipocytes (fat cells) found in breast tissue and breast cancer cells may be altered by the consumption of omega 3 fat instead of omega 6 fat. MU graduate student Juliana Akinsete also is taking part in the study.

Hardman, an associate professor in the department of biochemistry and microbiology at Marshall, said the award is specifically to support the research of young researchers who plan a career in nutrition/behavior-linked cancer prevention research.

"This study will be the foundation for further work by Dr. Ion to understand how dietary change can prevent cancer with a goal of recommendations for cancer prevention in humans," Hardman said.

Ion, a native of Romania, said she was very surprised she received the grant. "It was my first grant proposal and I got it," she said. "It is a very important study, which is why I applied for the grant."

The award, which took effect in January 2007, was announced by the Marshall University Research Corporation and the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at the Marshall University School of Medicine.

According to Hardman, omega 3 fats are found in fish, leafy green vegetables and canola oil whereas omega 6 fats are found in corn or soybean products and in the meat from animals (beef, pork, or chicken) fed those foods.

Hardman said previous research showed that the incidence of mammary (breast) cancer is reduced and the growth of existing tumors is slower if the diet of mice or rats includes some omega 3 fat. She said the reduction of cancer risk due to omega 3 fat consumption does not result from changing one single significant mechanism but is a combination of benefits from several mechanisms that together suppress tumor growth. Results of previous studies in mice showed that a diet containing canola oil instead of corn oil slowed breast cancer growth, she said.

Hardman said the goal of the new study is to better define the mechanisms for suppression of breast cancer formation by omega 3 fats.

"In this study we will investigate the effect of canola oil (rich in omega 3 fatty acids) versus corn oil (rich in omega 6 fatty acids) on the communication between preadipocytes/adipocytes (fat cells) and breast tumor cells," Hardman said. "We know that cell signals produced by fat cells can influence the growth of breast cancer cells. We hypothesize that canola oil and corn oil will differentially affect cell-cell communication by changing the signals produced by both fat cells and cancer cells, especially the inflammatory signals produced by these cells."

She said the research can open new avenues for breast cancer prevention by a better understanding of how foods, especially dietary fat, influence cancer formation.

For more information on the post-doctoral award, contact David Ice with the Marshall University Research Corporation at (304) 696-4837.


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Monday March 19, 2007
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Private donations to Yeager program increase by 80 percent in 2006

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Society of Yeager Scholars program, spurred in part by a reconnection with original donors, showed an 80 percent increase in private donations in 2006, Bob Galardi, director of major gifts, said today.

"In 2006, we established 'The Founder's Club,' made up of individuals, corporations and foundations that made significant gifts to initiate the SYS program in the late 1980s," Galardi said. "Many of our earliest 'founding' donors reestablished their private contributions in 2006 to the Society of Yeager Scholars."

Another reason for the increase was the response of Yeager alumni to a financial challenge established by the Hugh I. Shott Jr. Foundation. By raising more than $50,000 in less than six months, the net result of the "Triple Your Investment for Future Yeager Scholars Campaign" was more than $150,000 for the program.

Since the goal was met, the program has continued to receive gifts from Yeager alumni that now total more than $60,000 toward the campaign.

"Yeager Scholars are presented with extraordinary learning opportunities. It would be impossible to provide this kind of enriched academic experience without the dedication and support of our donors," said Barry Sharpe, executive director of Marshall's John R. Hall Center for Academic Excellence.

Galardi said personal appeals and regional donor receptions were implemented in an effort to reconnect with the program's original donors.

"The use of regional receptions allowed us to invite past and present regional supporters of the Yeager program to hear about the many successes of our program and to take the opportunity to connect with one another," Galardi said. "The regional receptions have been very effective in keeping folks up to date and in generating new gifts to the program."

Galardi said the program, founded in 1989 and named for Brig. Gen. (Retired) Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager, needs continued financial assistance to be successful. He said he hopes donations will continue to increase.

"Many planned giving opportunities are available and mutually beneficial to our Yeager donors and the program," Galardi said. "And, with every gift we come closer to inviting an additional bright student to our unique program."

For more information on giving to the program, call Galardi at (304) 696-3336.


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Friday March 16, 2007
Contact: Angela Jones, Director of Marketing and External Affairs, Marshall Artists Series, (304) 696-3334

The Fresh Aire Music of Mannheim Steamroller makes Huntington debut!

The Marshall Artists Series is excited to announce The Fresh Aire Music of Mannheim Steamroller is making their only area appearance at the Keith-Albee Theatre Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at 8 p.m.

 

The show was originally booked at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.  However, the performance was an immediate sellout when tickets went on sale in September.  The Marshall Artists Series decided to move the show to a larger venue to allow more fans to see the highly anticipated performance.

 

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 blend of classical themes with pop elements that he calls, "18th century rock-n-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 season, while Fresh Aire five through eight deal with man's curiosities about the world in which we live.

 

 

The tour features a cast of the most talented and versatile musicians touring the world.  The performance will feature the famous, original Mannheim Steamroller multi-media images, synchronized lighting, special effects, and the world renowned music of Mannheim Steamroller.

 

Tickets for the performance are $50 and $35 and can 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 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.

 

This performance is sponsored by St. Mary's Medical Center, WOWK-TV, the Herald Dispatch, Clear Channel Communications, and the Marshall Artists Series.

 

For more information on The Fresh Aire Music of Mannheim Steamroller, visit www.manheimsteamroller.com.


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Friday March 16, 2007
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Documentary on Cam Henderson to be shown again Sunday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "Cam Henderson: A Coach's Story," a documentary by Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Deborah Novak and John Witek, will be re-aired at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 18, by West Virginia Public Broadcasting. The documentary aired for the first time on Tuesday, March 13.

Henderson is the winningest coach in Marshall University basketball history with 362 victories from 1935 to 1955 and the second-winningest coach in Marshall football history with 68 wins from 1935 to 1949. Before going to Marshall College, he coached football and basketball from 1923 to 1935 at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, W.Va.

Novak and Witek made the Emmy Award-winning "Ashes to Glory," which first aired in 2000 on the 30th anniversary of the Marshall plane crash. They also have created three documentaries on Blenko Glass for Public Broadcasting.

The documentary looks at the life of the man who is credited with inventing basketball's fast break and zone defense. The program features rare footage, both in color and black and white, of Henderson in action. The clips were obtained from private collectors and have not been seen publicly in more than 50 years.


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Friday March 16, 2007
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Graduate exhibition on display March 26-29 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "Past Beyond Memory," a graduate exhibition showcasing works by artists Betty Gay, Staci Leech and Megan Smith, will be displayed Monday, March 26 through Thursday, March 29 at Marshall University's Birke Art Gallery, located in Smith Hall on MU's Huntington campus.

A reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 28 will feature gallery talks by the three artists who work in a diverse array of media including photography, sculpture and painting. The event is free to the public.

For more information, contact Gallery Director Emily Ritchey at (304) 696-2296 or Leech at (304) 634-5652 or via e-mail at Leech1@marshall.edu.


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Friday March 16, 2007
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Events planned in observance of Holocaust Remembrance Month

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will be host in April to three events on its Huntington campus planned in observance of Holocaust Remembrance Month, Dr. Lynne Mayer, MU's associate vice president for development, said today. Two additional events in Huntington also are part of the observance.

The events, all open to the public, are sponsored by Marshall's College of Liberal Arts and department of theatre, Federated Jewish Charities of Huntington and B'nai B'rith Lodge #795. Here is the schedule:  

Thursday, April 5: 7 p.m., Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre at Marshall - "Holocaust Denial," a panel with Rabbi David Wucher, Victor Winston (visiting Professor of International Affairs, Marshall University) and a speaker still to be determined from the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

Sunday, April 15: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., B'nai Sholom Congregation (10th Street and 10th Avenue) - "Yom Ha-Shoah," of "Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust," is commemorated locally be reading the names of Holocaust victims one after another, dramatizing the unfathomable notion of six million deaths.

Wednesday, April 18: 7 p.m., Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre at Marshall - "The Eternal Jew," a 60-minute Nazi propaganda film and discussion led by Dr. Phil Rutherford, MU assistant professor of European history. This event is not recommended for children under 16.

Sunday, April 22: 2 to 4 p.m., Cabell County Public Library - Film showing of "Night and Fog," award-winning French documentary, and book discussion of "Night," by Eli Wiesel, recipient of Nobel Peace Prize, political activist and Holocaust survivor. "Night" is a memoir that describes Wiesel's experiences during the Holocaust and his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps.

Wednesday, April 25: Night of dinner, discussion and theatre at Marshall to support Faces of Appalachia: Studies in Ethnicity and Gender, a National Endowment for the Humanities initiative at MU.

  • 5:45 p.m., dinner in support of Faces of Appalachia - providing scholarly efforts and K-12 continuing education on diversity on Marshall's campus and in the region. The dinner takes place in the Memorial Student Center's John Marshall Room.
  • 7 p.m., "Coffee and Conversation," with Director Gene Anthony and Rabbi David Wucher on the theatre production, Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre.
  • 8 p.m., Marshall University Theatre performance of "The Diary of Anne Frank," Joan C. Edwards Playhouse. The performance also will take place at 8 p.m. daily April 26-28.

A $100 donation per person to the Faces of Appalachia project reserves a place for the evening of dinner, discussion and theatre. Reservations may be made by calling Kristi Arrowood, director of special projects with the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., at (304) 696-3505.


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Thursday March 15, 2007
Contact: Beverly McCoy, Director of Public Relations, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, (304) 691-1713

Marshall Medical grads continue primary care trend

This year's graduating medical students at Marshall University will enter postgraduate training in 13 specialties at medical centers from New Hampshire to California, results released March 15 show.

Nearly half of Marshall's medical graduates will enter West Virginia training programs. The school again is above the national average in the percentage of graduates (70.8) entering the primary care fields of family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology.

Fifteen students will enter the fields of pediatrics and medicine/pediatrics, a rate more than 2.4 times the national average. Marshall students also were above the national average in the percentage entering family medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, emergency medicine, psychiatry and neurology.

"We're very pleased with the match results this year," said Dr. Marie C. Veitia, associate dean for medical student affairs. "We're happy that a number of excellent students have chosen to stay at Marshall, and that students will be representing Marshall in prestigious residencies across the country. We're very proud of all of them."

Among the medical centers choosing Marshall students were the Cleveland Clinic, Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia. Seven students were chosen for residencies in the especially competitive specialties of emergency medicine, anesthesiology, orthopedics and radiology, Veitia said.


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Monday March 12, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University Psychology Clinic forming group to help people experiencing shyness or social phobia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Psychology Clinic is offering a free Shyness/Social Phobia Group led by doctoral-level psychology students Danielle Hemmings and Billy Rutherford.

The group will meet at 6 p.m. Monday evenings in the Psychology Clinic beginning on March 26. It is being formed now and space is limited.

Any Marshall students, staff, or community members experiencing shyness or social phobia are welcome to call either Hemmings, Rutherford or the Psychology Clinic to sign up. These difficulties can include, but are not limited to, public speaking fears, performance anxiety, fears of speaking in class or participating in social activities.

"Many people's lives are impacted by shyness or fear of being evaluated by those around them," Hemmings said.

Rutherford said one of the goals of the group is to encourage greater understanding of the factors related to social anxiety. "This will be a unique opportunity for people to explore factors related to their shyness in a supportive environment of others who all share common challenges," he said. 

To contact Hemmings, call (304) 696-2772, option 2, ext. 37435, or contact her via e-mail at Fridley@marshall.edu. To contact Rutherford, call (304) 696-2772, option 2, ext. 78843, or contact him via e-mail at rutherford3@marshall.edu.

The contact number for the Psychology Clinic/administrative assistant is (304) 696-2785, and the clinic is located in Harris Hall Room 449 on Marshall's Huntington campus.


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Thursday March 8, 2007
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Brown-bag lecture series planned as part of Women's History Month

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - To honor Women's History Month, students and professors from Marshall University will participate in a brown-bag lecture series throughout March.  Each of the five hour-long presentations will occur in Harris Hall and is open to the public.  

The lecture series is sponsored by the Marshall University Women's Studies Program and the Women's Center.  All presentations are free.  Three students and two professors will present the following lectures:

  • "Women, Work Culture, and Resistance in Huntington, West Virginia's Glass Industry," 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, Harris Hall 229. Lecturer: Ginny Young.
  •  "Reprogramming Systems: Women in 'High-Tech' Work," 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, Harris Hall 134. Lecturer: Dr. Dan Holbrook.
  • "The Beguines: Medieval Sisters Doing it for Themselves," 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, Harris Hall 229. Lecturer: Dr. David Winter.
  • "Ladies on the Label: Gender Stereotypes in Advertising," 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, Harris Hall 134. Lecturer: Valerie Spears.
  • "The Catholic Church and Birth Control: An Analysis of Patristic Attitudes toward Contraceptive and Abortive Practices," 1 p.m. Friday, March 30, Harris Hall 137. Lecturer: Megan C. Corley.

For more information, contact Dr. Greta Rensenbrink, assistant professor in the department of history, at (304) 696-2955.

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Wednesday March 7, 2007
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Student elections rescheduled for March 12-13

Marshall University's Student Government Association elections, originally scheduled for today and tomorrow (Wednesday and Thursday, March 7-8), have been postponed until next week.
 
Steve Hensley, dean of student affairs, said the elections will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, March 12-13. Votes will be cast by paper ballot at a centralized polling station in the Memorial Student Center.
 
Hensley said he has suspended use of the electronic voting system indefinitely due to longstanding accusations of impropriety in Student Government elections. "Whether or not these can be proven is uncertain, but it is quite certain that many students at Marshall University have lost confidence in the E-Voter system," Hensley said. "Thus, until I am assured that the electronic voting system can be used in a manner free of fraud, I am suspending its use."


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Wednesday March 7, 2007
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Documentary on Cam Henderson debuts March 13 on Public Television

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "Cam Henderson: A Coach's Story," a documentary three years in the making by Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Deborah Novak and John Witek, airs for the first time at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, on West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

Henderson is the winningest coach in Marshall University basketball history with 362 victories from 1935 to 1955 and the second-winningest coach in Marshall football history with 68 wins from 1935 to 1949. Before going to Marshall College, he coached football and basketball from 1923 to 1935 at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, W.Va.
 
Novak and Witek made the Emmy Award-winning "Ashes to Glory," which first aired in 2000 on the 30th anniversary of the Marshall plane crash. They also have created three documentaries on Blenko Glass for Public Broadcasting.
 
The Henderson documentary looks at the life of the man who is credited with inventing basketball's fast break and zone defense. The program features rare footage, both in color and black and white, of Henderson in action. The clips were obtained from private collectors and have not been seen publicly in more than 50 years.
 
"One of the pleasures of this project is seeing the old film," said Novak, the documentary's director. "I really hope people enjoy the 1930s Marshall football film at Fairfield Stadium."
 
Witek, the producer, discovered what he says could be the earliest college basketball footage of the 1920s. "College basketball was rarely filmed," Witek said, "because arenas were dimly lit. But we managed to find a reel of film, and the differences in the game are quite startling."
 
According to Novak and Witek, Henderson beat bigger, stronger, nationally-ranked teams year after year while coaching at Davis & Elkins College and Marshall College. Recruiting his players from coal fields and steel mills, from family farms and Indian reservations, he gave poor country boys their only chance at a better life through sports, and by so doing, propelled both colleges into the national spotlight. Breaking the color line in West Virginia by recruiting Hal Greer to play basketball at Marshall was his final major achievement. 
 
To tell Henderson's story and dispel the many rumors surrounding him, Witek and Novak said they visited 25 libraries and conducted dozens of interviews with former Henderson athletes, acquaintances, and historians. What emerged, they said, is a vivid portrait of a stoic and misunderstood man who died from complications brought about by diabetes. 
 
Among those interviewed were Dr. Sam Clagg, Andy Tonkovitch, Bill Toothman, Ernie Salvatore, Andrew D'Antoni, Robert P. Alexander, Don Gibson, Danny Clark, Lewis Wilcox, Herndon Wilks, Paul A. Lewis, Bob Wright, Frederick J. Altizer, Bill Staats, Dick Smarr, Woody Woodrum, Dr. C. Robert Barnett, Walter K. Yates, M.D., Margaret (Polly) Bell, Elinor McDermott Miller, and Charlie Slack.
 
To recapture Henderson's life during the golden age of sports, Witek and Novak also recreated events for which no film records exist. Scenes of a one-room school house, a 1913 basketball game, and a vintage newsreel, cartoon, and bouncing ball sing-along were developed for the documentary, together with an original musical score by Jay Flippin. Scrapbooks, news clippings, photos, letters, and home movies were generously contributed by the people of Huntington making the Cam Henderson documentary a genuine community effort, according to Novak and Witek.
 
Novak said a DVD of the Henderson documentary, along with four bonus features, will be available next week. The bonus features include a nostalgic look at Huntington in the 1950s, "The Cam Stories," anecdotes from former players, and tributes to Clagg, Henderson's biographer, and Salvatore, a longtime sports columnist with The Herald-Dispatch.
 
Novak said the DVD will be available in several places, including the Marshall Bookstore, Stadium Bookstore and Borders Books Music Movies & Caf at the Huntington Mall. During the broadcast on Tuesday, West Virginia Public Broadcasting will offer it as part of its pledge drive.
 
For more information, contact Novak at (304) 638-0681 or via e-mail at Novak1@marshall.edu, or Witek at (304) 697-0681 or via e-mail at Jcwitek@aol.com.

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Tuesday March 6, 2007
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Poet Rose Solari to read from her work March 14 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Poet Rose Solari will read from her work at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 in Room 2w16 of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Solari is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Orpheus in the Park, published in 2005, and Difficult Weather, winner of the Columbia Book Award for Poetry.  Poet Stanley Plumly has written that she is "a poet of accomplished emotion ... whether she is speaking in the tongues of gods or for those she loves. In whatever terms, nothing can disguise the tenderness at the heart of her story."

Her poetry has appeared in many publications, including Parnassus: Poetry in Review, Minimus, and on the IOTA CD Series.  She also has received grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Maryland State Arts Council.

Solari has written and performed in the multi-media play Looking for Guenevere, an Arthurian retelling, and is currently at work on an historical novel. She is Visiting Writer at the Mitchell Gallery of St. John's College in Annapolis, Md., and has been on the faculty of the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Md., for 15 years.

Her appearance is sponsored by the Marshall English department and the College of Liberal Arts.  It is free to the public.

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


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Monday March 5, 2007
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Marshall meets National Information Security standards

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University has been re-designated by the Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation center as meeting the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Standard 4011.

The CNSS represents a broad cross-section of federal departments and agencies, which set the training standards for information assurance professionals in government and industry. 

These standards reflect the federal awareness that consistency in training and education for information assurance is critical to our national infrastructure.   The curriculum in Information Systems within the College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE) at Marshall University was approved for re-certification through 2012. 

Dr. Patricia Logan, associate professor in the College of Information Technology and Engineering, will receive an official CNSS certificate, signed by the CNSS Chair,
during the June 5, 2007 CNSS Awards Ceremony at the 11th Colloquium for
Information Systems Education (CISSE) at Boston University in Boston, Mass. The conference is attended by more than 200 representatives from federal departments and agencies, private industry, and academia. 

For more information, contact Logan at (304) 746-1951 or via e-mail at loganp@marshall.edu.


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Friday March 2, 2007
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'Third House,' annual state government satire show, is Monday, March 5 at West Virginia Cultural Center in Charleston

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SOJMC) and its alumni association are sponsoring the 18th annual "Third House" fundraiser at 8 p.m. Monday, March 5 in Charleston.

The Capitol news media who cover state government will present the "Third House" at the West Virginia Cultural Center Auditorium. The production will feature skits and musical satire about current issues in the West Virginia Legislature. A reception catered by the Marshall Community and Technical College Culinary Arts School will follow the show.

"The School of Journalism and Mass Communications is pleased to have such an active alumni organization to help us sponsor this event," SOJMC Dean Corley Dennison said. "We also very much appreciate the efforts of the Capitol press corps in helping us raise money for the school's greatest needs."

Susan Nicholas, WSAZ-TV news anchor and president of the SOJMC Alumni Association, described "Third House" as "a fun night."

"It's an opportunity to share a laugh with your legislators, Gov. Joe Manchin and local reporters," Nicholas said. "It really is a great event with a great cause."

"Third House" is organized by the SOJMC Alumni Association and the school. It is the school's largest fund-raising effort each year and the money raised is used to benefit students in the journalism school. Admission is a $25 contribution per person.

Tickets are available at the Governor's press office, the State Senate clerk's office and the House of Delegates clerk's office, all at the state Capitol. Tickets also are available in the School of Journalism office at Marshall.

For more information, call the SOJMC at (304) 696-2360.


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Friday March 2, 2007
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Women of Color Program set for March 6 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Patricia Kusimo, Chief Executive Officer of the West Virginia Center for Professional Development, will be the keynote speaker next week at Marshall University's Women of Color program.

The program, which is free to the public, begins at noon on Tuesday, March 6 in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room on Marshall's Huntington campus. Women of Color awards will be presented and a reception will follow.

The Women of Color program activities are coordinated by Fran L. Jackson, Program Assistant II, Center for African American Students' Programs; Leah Tolliver, director of the Women's Center; Taella Hill, Developmental Advising Specialist, and Lisa Allen, Program Assistant I, Student Development.

Vendors and displays will be set up in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center throughout the day. For more information, contact Jackson at (304) 696-6705.


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