November 2007 News Releases



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

Art work of MU students, faculty on display at University of Rio Grande

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The art work of several students and faculty from Marshall University's Department of Art & Design is being exhibited at the Greer Museum on the campus of the University of Rio Grande (Ohio) through Friday, Dec. 14.

Marshall professors Peter Massing and Mary Grassell from the Department of Art & Design hand-picked the students to join them in exhibiting their work at the University of Rio Grande.

The exhibition displays printmaking from Massing, Clay McNearney and Seth Cyfers; graphic design from Grassell, Elaine Holliday and Amelia Boslough; and photography by Rebecca Holbrook.

Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information, contact Massing at (304) 696-6635 or Grassell at (304) 696-2894.


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

Marshall students ready for state Business Plan Competition finals

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A group of three students from Marshall University is among the 10 finalists competing in the 2008 West Virginia's Open for Business - Student Business Plan Competition.

The team that wins the competition, which takes place in April in Morgantown, will receive $10,000 and a package of business resources aimed at helping turn their business plans into reality.

Marshall is represented by a proposed new company called Good Times, which intends to provide an array of candy or mint substitutes.  

The team is composed of juniors Matthew Smith of Poca, W.Va., a Management Information Systems and Finance double major, Daniel Hager of Milton, W.Va., a Health Care Management major, and sophomore Molly Grove of Bunker Hill, W.Va., an Advertising and Graphic Design double major.

The team will spend January through March developing business and marketing plans, and making product prototypes. Amy Anastasia, assistant director of Marshall's Technology Transfer Office and Marshall's representative on the competition's oversight committee for the Student Business Plan Competition, said the winning team will be the one judged to be the best on specific criteria.

"The winning team must offer a novel product or service, and a business plan that can expose and market that product in a profitable way," Anastasia said.

Anticipation and excitement are evident among the students, she said.

"I have watched the competition since last year, having learned of it just after the deadline passed in 2006," Smith said. "For a year I stewed on what would be a neat and fun business idea to work toward. For some reason that has always appealed to me."

Smith said he was struck with a fresh idea for a creative new candy-like product.

"We are looking at doing really vibrant flavors," he said. "We are hoping to target young- and middle-aged people whose tastes are changing, and new generations of people a little more open to new things.

"It is cute and fun," he said. "I daydreamed about it instead of paying attention in certain classes that will remain unnamed.  Good Times needs some refining, but really the idea is solid, the team is capable, and I have faith that no matter what, we will learn and grow thanks to this experience.  I can't wait to enter again next year. Who knows? Winning two years in a row wouldn't be too bad in my mind."

For more information about the 2008 West Virginia's Open for Business - Student Business Plan Competition, visit http://www.be.wvu.edu/bpc/ or contact Anastasia at (304) 696-4365.


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

MU Choir and Orchestra Present 'Elijah' this weekend

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Choral Union, under the direction of Dr. David Castleberry, will present two performances of Felix Mendelssohn's oratorio "Elijah" at Smith Recital Hall on the Huntington campus.

The first performance is at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 and will be repeated at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. The choir will be joined by the Marshall University Orchestra, MU Chorus, and MU Chamber Choir, along with student and community soloists.

"Elijah," one of the most significant choral-orchestral works of the nineteenth century, is filled with dramatic moments, beautiful melodies, and thrilling music-making, Castleberry said.

The role of Elijah will be sung by Dale Capehart, bass-baritone. Other soloists include sopranos Kristen Pino, Leeah Webber, and Burcu Korkmaz; altos Earline Allen and Barbara Ladner; and tenors Mitch Spurlock and Michael Sidoti.

Tickets are available at the door at a cost of $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Admission is free to Marshall students with ID. For further information, persons may call the Marshall Department of Music at (304) 696-3127.


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Monday November 26, 2007
Contact: Barbara Winters, Dean, University Libraries, (304) 696-2318

Holly Berry Festival returns to Marshall Dec. 8

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The third annual Holly Berry Festival returns to Marshall University's Huntington campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center.

Sponsored by the Marshall University Library Associates, this year's Holly Berry Festival is bigger and better, with more vendors, artists and craftspeople participating and more general and holiday-themed items for sale, according to festival organizers. Shoppers who attend the Holly Berry Festival will be treated to an expanded variety of gift ideas presented by a wide variety of tri-state artisans and crafts persons.

"Whether you're looking for hand-crafted jewelry or for paintings, art, quilts, aprons, kitchen towel sets, scarves, prints, or books, chances are excellent you'll find what you're looking for at the Holly Berry Festival," said Barbara Winters, dean of Marshall Libraries. Winters said 10 percent of all sales at the festival will be donated to the Library Associates endowment fund, which supports the ongoing development of the Marshall University Libraries book collections.

Winters said visitors to the festival will be able to pick up a few pointers about pottery and chair caning from master crafters, who will demonstrate both techniques during the course of the day.  Books about West Virginia and the Civil War and related items will be on display for sale as well.  

Special guest is Jim Casto, former editorial page editor of The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington. Casto will sign copies of his latest book, The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway (Arcadia Publishing, 2006), from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the student center. The book traces the history of the C&O from the laying of its first tracks in the 1860s to its role as part of the CSX Transportation giant of today.

Casto also will have copies of two of his previous books, 50 Years Of Caring and Marshall University, for sale and for signature. 

Casto recently retired from The Herald-Dispatch, where he was a reporter and editor for more than 40 years. He now is senior public information specialist at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing.

Admission is free to the Holly Berry Festival, and there is free parking off 5th Avenue on the Marshall parking lot opposite Corbly Hall for festival goers.  Free snacks will be provided throughout the event.

For more information, contact Winters at (304) 696-2318 (wintersb@marshall.edu) or Dr. Lynne Welch at (304) 696-6611.


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

Marshall University, MCTC launch United Way campaign today

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University and the Marshall Community and Technical College today kicked off the 2007 United Way campaign by announcing numerous activities designed to involve everyone in the university community in an effort to meet the goal of $50,000.

Bernice Bullock, chairperson of Marshall's 16-member Blue Ribbon committee, which represents different departments and campuses, said the campaign runs Monday, Nov. 26 through Friday, Dec. 7. It is being conducted as part of the West Virginia State Employee Combined Campaign, which is entitled "A State of Caring - Investing in Your Community."

"This is the time of year when we think about how we can give to our family and also how we can give back to our community," Bullock said. "Making a pledge to the United Way is one way of giving back that requires little effort from us other than making a donation or completing a pledge card."

The United Way campaign focuses its assistance on youth, families, safe neighborhoods and aging populations. Those who choose to donate may target their contribution to a specific agency. The Huntington community is represented by United Way of the River Cities, Inc., which has 33 partner agencies.

"In looking over the list of partner agencies - the Red Cross, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Boy Scouts, food bank, day care centers, the Salvation Army, and the YMCA and YWCA, just to name a few, it occurred to me that I am very grateful that the United Way helps me to take care of so many," Bullock said. "All I have to do is make a donation and they spread my money where it will do the most good for my community."

In addition to annual pledges and payroll deductions, Marshall employees may contribute by participating in some of the fund-raising activities planned over the next two weeks. One of those activities is "I'm Wearing Jeans for United Way," or "Jeans Wednesdays." Participants will be "allowed" to wear jeans to work on Nov. 28 and Dec. 5 for a minimal donation.

For $5, employees may wear jeans to work on both designated Wednesdays. For a $3 donation, they may wear jeans on one of the two Wednesdays. To take part, persons may purchase "I'm Wearing Jeans for United Way" stickers from selected contacts in each building on the Huntington campus and the Marshall Medical Center.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, a soup and salad lunch will be available for $3.99 in the John Marshall Dining Room in the Memorial Student Center. Members of the Blue Ribbon committee will be accepting donations to the United Way campaign as persons enter or exit the dining room.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, local barber Chris Slash will be on campus to give haircuts. He will donate a portion of the proceeds to the United Way campaign. A location for the haircuts is still to be determined.

Marshall students also will take part in the United Way campaign. A corn-hole tournament is in the planning stages, and a prize basket will be raffled.

To monitor the progress and increase awareness of Marshall's campaign, large thermometer posters will be placed outside the university's Huntington campus.

Pledge forms and more information are available at the Marshall/United Way Web site at www.marshall.edu/ucomm/unitedway/. For additional information, call Bullock at (304) 696-4376.


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Wednesday November 21, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Career Services has increased placement and informational activities

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Career Services Center at Marshall University is seeing an increase in activities as companies and governmental agencies are gearing up for gaps due to the baby boomers preparing to exit the workforce, Director Denise Hogsett said today.

Hogsett said one recent event brought to Marshall University the commander of the USS West Virginia, who not only provided information to 45 engineering students and engineering faculty, but also presented MU President Stephen J. Kopp with a wood placard from the submarine.

Cmdr. Chris Anklam, U.S. Navy commanding officer on his first tour through the state, talked about his experiences and career path to becoming a commander. He will complete his education soon and plans to become a high school math teacher upon retirement. Hogsett said Anklam has a great relationship with the state of West Virginia as fostered by Gov. Joe Manchin and is hoping to develop a similar relationship with Marshall University.

Representatives from Lockheed Martin, a Fortune 500 company, recently spoke to 25 computer science and management information system students and alumni, and later conducted interviews.  Lockheed Martin is seeking software developers, database administrators, systems engineers, network managers, test engineers and configuration analysts for positions in Fairmont, W.Va.

According to Hogsett, recruiters Kirk Judd and Bill Jordan, both Marshall graduates, said they were impressed with the skill level of the students and want to continue their relationship with Marshall.

Hogsett participated in the first Career and Advancement Workshop sponsored by the Association of Young Scientists and the Cell Differentiation and Development Center.  The two-hour workshop focused on the development of required skills for those wishing to enhance their employment and research opportunities.

Dr. Eric Blough, a member of the Marshall faculty, was the keynote speaker. Students were given the opportunity to ask questions of the panel of experts that ranged from physicians, post-doctoral researchers, faculty, medical residents and career services representatives.


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

WMUL students honored in two national competitions

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from WMUL-FM, Marshall University's public radio station, recently were presented awards in two different national competitions, according to Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, professor of electronic media management in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at MU and faculty manager of WMUL-FM.

WMUL-FM received a third-place Podcast Best of Show award at the 86th annual National College Media Convention/2007 Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) annual College Competition ceremony at the Hilton Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Oct. 28.

The station's award was for a 30-minute sports program called "Herd Roundup," which ran Friday, Sept. 28, 2007. The students who participated in the program were co-host and producer Adam Cavalier, a junior from Montgomery, W.Va.; co-host and producer Andrew Ramspacher, a sophomore from Dublin, Ohio; reporter Brian Dalek, a junior from McMechen, W.Va., and reporter Cathleen Moxley, a senior from Chapmanville, W.Va.

Bailey said the station competed with other media outlets with an online Web site from colleges and universities throughout the country whose staffs attended the 86th annual National College Media Convention.

WMUL students also received one Platinum award, two Gold awards and one Honorable Mention award in the MarCom Creative Awards 2007 Competition. The winners were named in a letter dated Tuesday, Nov. 13 from Arlington, Texas. 

The MarCom Creative Awards is an international competition that recognizes achievement by marketing and communication practitioners.  Entries are judged by industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.  More than 5,000 entries were submitted in the MarCom Creative Awards 2007 Competition.

The MarCom's prestigious Platinum Award is presented to those entries judged to be among the most outstanding entries in the competition.  Platinum Winners are recognized for their excellence in terms of quality, creativity and resourcefulness. The Gold Award is presented to those entries judged to exceed the high standards of the industry.  Honorable Mention certificates are granted to those entries that meet the expectations of the judges.

Platinum and Gold Winners come from radio stations, advertising and public relations agencies, corporate communication departments, educational institutions, government entities, designers, writers, video production professionals, broadcast and cable operations and other business and individuals throughout the country and several foreign countries.

The Platinum Award-winning entry by WMUL-FM was in the Writing/Radio Script category. The script for the documentary program "Lasting Perfection: The Tenth Anniversary of the 1996 Marshall Thundering Herd Football National Championship Season" was written by Dave Wilson, a recent graduate from St. Marys, W.Va. The script was completed Friday, Nov. 3, 2006.

Each of the Gold Award-winning entries was in the Public Service Announcement category. "Cabell-Wayne Adopt-A-Pet" is an in-house public service announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM's Public Service Announcement rotation from Monday, May 1, 2006 through the present time. It was written and produced by Adam Cavalier.

"Intolerance" is an in-house public service announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM's Public Service Announcement rotation from Monday, April 16, 2007 through the present time, written and produced by Terry Bartley, a senior from Foster, W.Va.

The Honorable Mention Award-winning entry also was in the Public Service Announcement category. "Sleep Deprivation," an in-house public service announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM's Public Service Announcement rotation from Monday, April 30, 2007, through the present time, was written and produced by Alexis Stewart, a senior from Cyclone, W.Va.

"This is an outstanding accomplishment to be recognized as having produced one of the best documentary scripts in the country as well as highly regarded radio production of three public service announcements," Bailey said. "The scriptwriting skill honored by the Platinum Award demonstrates the research and storytelling ability of our motivated students. The Gold and Honorable Mention Awards are a tribute to production quality and public service commitment of our broadcast students in competition with professional practitioners."


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

Marshall University announces new major in Japanese language

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University has announced the formation of a new major designed to educate students in the Japanese language.   The Japanese major was launched in the 2007 fall term and currently has 22 students enrolled who are declared majors.

"Thanks to leadership of Governor Joe Manchin and the West Virginia Legislature's adoption of Senate Bill 603 in 2005, we now have the flexibility to add a new major like Japanese that prepares our graduates for the global marketplace and responds to the interest of our students," said Marshall University president Stephen J. Kopp.

Plans for a Japanese major have been in the development stages for several years.

"I came on board with Marshall University in August 2006 in preparation for this program," said Dr. Natsuki Anderson, assistant professor of Japanese. "We redesigned the courses which were being offered so that we could offer Japanese as a major and minor."

Anderson said the program, which is in the Department of Modern Languages and under the umbrella of the College of Liberal Arts, is experiencing tremendous growth because of an interest in the Japanese culture largely due to film and video.   She said she advises students who are interested in the Japanese language major to combine their interest with another field of study in order to be more marketable.

"I encourage students to double-major because language is a tool that is used to do something else," Anderson said.  "Many of our students are combining their Japanese major with information technology, education and business.  This prepares them for careers in many different fields."

A variety of avenues are available for native English speakers with training in Japanese, Anderson said.  She said she is aware of opportunities for her students ranging from government-sponsored teaching positions located in Japan to Japanese companies located in West Virginia. 

For more information, contact Anderson at (304) 696-3543 or by e-mail at andersonn@marshall.edu.


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Thursday November 15, 2007
Contact: Jim Nelson, College & Media Relations Director, Bluefield State College, (304) 327-4103

Higher Education open house set for Saturday, Nov. 17

ATHENS, W.Va. - An open house will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center, located at 300 University Dr. in Beaver, W.Va., according to the advisory board for the center.

Marshall University will be among the members of the Erma Byrd Center Advisory Board and institutions that will participate in the open house. Others are Bluefield State College, Concord University, New River Community and Technical College, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, and the Community and Technical College at WVU Institute of Technology.

Prospective students are encouraged to attend to tour the facility and meet representatives from the participating public institutions.

"We're excited about the synergy that's evident at Erma Byrd Higher Education Center," said Dr. Albert Walker, president of Bluefield State College. "Several public colleges and universities have come together in a 'higher education mall' arrangement, permitting students to access tremendous educational opportunities - opportunities that are much more diverse than could be offered by any single institution in the region.  The 'one-stop shop' approach permits each institution to collaborate and enhance operating efficiencies, maximizing our collective ability to meet the needs of students and industry."

Dr. Bill O'Brien, Concord University Director of the Beckley Center, said the Erma Byrd Center brings to the Beckley area the very best in public higher education - in quality, in cutting-edge technology, and in cost. 

"This open house gives us all a first shot at showing off what we can do here," O'Brien said. "We hope that prospective students and parents will attend.  But we want especially to appeal to adults in the region, those who've wanted to give college a try but never made that first move."

According to Dr. Ted Spring, president of New River Community and Technical College,  students attending a community college program at the Erma Byrd Center can learn skills and earn certificates and/or degrees that lead to employment or can transfer their two-year associate degree coursework from a community college to a four-year institution. 

Enrollment at New River has increased by 33 percent in part, Spring believes, to New River's participation at the Higher Education Center.

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Tuesday November 13, 2007
Contact: Lalena Price, University Communications, (304) 746-1989

Two Marshall University business faculty awarded Kermit McGinnis professorships

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Two professors in the Marshall University Lewis College of Business were awarded Kermit McGinnis Professorships Monday during a reception at the home of Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp.

Dr. Deanna Mader, professor of marketing, and Dr. Harlan Smith, professor of economics, were recognized for their contributions to both the university and community. Both have taught at Marshall for 16 years.  Mader is best known for her work with student groups consulting in the area of hands-on marketing.

"Her students have worked with local businesses, car dealerships in particular, to hone their marketing skills," said Dr. Paul Uselding, dean of the Lewis College of Business. "She has brought quite a bit of favorable notice to the college and the university."

Smith is best known for his service work, most notably in the area of assurance of learning, which was critical in the business school's accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

"His hard work was vital in our accreditation process," Uselding said. "We couldn't have done it without his commitment to the university and our college."

The professorships are named in honor of Kermit McGinnis, past CEO of Huntington Federal Savings Bank, the successor to Huntington Federal Savings and Loan Association. McGinnis is a Marshall alumnus known for being one of the youngest presidents of any financial institution in the United States. He currently is chairman of the board of Huntington Federal Savings Bank, and has been with the bank for 59 years.

McGinnis, who has been a member of several civic and social boards, was inducted into Marshall's Lewis College of Business Hall of Fame in 2000.

The professorships were made possible by a gift to the Marshall University Foundation by Huntington Federal Savings Bank in honor of McGinnis. Both Mader and Smith will receive stipends to supplement their salaries during the next several academic years.


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

WMUL students receive five CBI National Student Production Awards

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from WMUL-FM, Marshall University's public radio station, received one first-place award and four finalist awards at the 86th annual National College Media Convention/2007 Collegiate Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) National Student Radio Production Awards Ceremony.

The event took place late last month in the Jefferson Room at the Hilton Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C.

"The students competed with broadcasting students from colleges and universities throughout the United States," said Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, professor of Radio-Television Production and Management in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall and faculty manager of WMUL-FM.

Bailey said the contest, which is in its sixth year, is sponsored by CBI, which administers the contest in cooperation with College Media Advisers Inc. (CMA), the nation's oldest and largest college media organization.

"I am proud of our broadcasting students who continue to provide quality broadcast performances to Tri-State listeners and to be excellent representatives for the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications and Marshall University in competitions against nationally known colleges and universities," Bailey said.

The first-place award-winning entry was in the Best Radio News Reporting category. "Hollywood Comes to Huntington" was written and produced by Melanie Chapman, a recent master's graduate from McConnell, W.Va. It was broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006.

The finalist award-winning entries were:

Best Radio Sports Play-By-Play: WMUL-FM's broadcast of the Marshall University versus Tulane University football game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W. Va., Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006. Students calling the game were football play-by-play announcer Alex Reed, a recent master's graduate from Virginia Beach, Va.; color commentator Dave Wilson, a recent graduate from St. Marys, W.Va., and Melanie Chapman, who was the sideline reporter.

Best Radio Public Service Announcement: "Intolerance," an in-house public service announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM's Public Service Announcement rotation from Monday, April 16, 2007 through the present time, written and produced by Terry Bartley, a senior from Foster, W.Va.

Best Radio Promotion: "Eighty-eight Hours on 88.1," an on-air promotional event to highlight WMUL-FM's format changes.  The music-announcing marathon was broadcast three days, 16 hours, from Tuesday, Aug. 29 through Friday, Sept. 1, 2006.  The feat was accomplished by Terry Bartley.

Best Radio Newscast:  "The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," broadcast Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007. The students who participated in the newscast were producer Ryan Vance, a junior from Culloden, W.Va.; news anchor Melanie Chapman; news anchor Deven Swartz, a senior from Phillipi, W.Va.; and sports anchor Bobby Iddings, a sophomore from St. Albans, W.Va.

In all, 445 entries were submitted for judging in the 2007 CBI National Student Production Awards, Bailey said.


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

MU seniors to conduct public forum on local economic development

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University seniors from Political Science and International Affairs are conducting a public forum on economic development in the Huntington area.

The forum takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's Huntington campus.

Guest speakers include West Virginia Del. Kelli Sobonya (R-Cabell), Cabell County Commissioner Bob Bailey, Huntington Mayor David Felinton, John Mendez from the Coalition for the Homeless and Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp.

The forum will begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour that includes light refreshments and the opportunity for those attending to view presentations by different groups of students on issues pertaining to economic development in the area, including tourism, demographics and The Old Main Corridor Project.

The portion of the program featuring guest speakers will begin at 7 p.m. An open question-and-answer time for all speakers will start at 8:15 p.m.

The seniors are conducting the forum as part of their capstone experience. Dr. Robert Behrman and Dr. George Davis of the Political Science Department are teaching the capstone class.

For more information, contact Dustin Burgess at (304) 617-3552 or Mikaela Perry at (304) 633-7011.


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Friday November 9, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Annual memorial service honors victims of 1970 plane crash

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The annual memorial service honoring the 75 victims of the 1970 Marshall University plane crash, including football players, coaches, staff and supporters, along with the crew of five, will be conducted on Wednesday, Nov. 14 on the Huntington campus.

The service, presented by Marshall's Student Government Association, begins at noon on the Memorial Student Center plaza. In addition to SGA President Dominique Elmore, who will welcome those attending, speakers include Teddy Kluemper, a 2002 Marshall graduate and Marshall University Alumni Association board member, Marshall football Coach Mark Snyder, President Stephen J. Kopp and Parker Ward, whose father died in the crash.

The crash on Saturday, Nov. 14, 1970 occurred at about 7:47 p.m. when a DC-9 jetliner, returning Marshall home from its football game at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., clipped some treetops just short of Tri-State Airport and went down. Marshall plays East Carolina at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

"The SGA is honored to continue the important tradition of publicly remembering those who lost their lives in the crash," Elmore said. "Even though it has been 37 years, the families of the victims and many, many people in the Marshall community still hurt, and still wonder why this happened. As we have said numerous times, we will never, ever forget those who were taken from us far too early in this tragic event."

The service will conclude with the traditional placing of memorial wreaths at the Memorial Fountain. Snyder, Elmore, the Thundering Herd football captains and the Ceredo Fire Department Honor Guard will participate. Team captains include Bernard Morris, Albert McClelland, Doug Legursky, Cody Slate, Ian Hoskins, Brian Shope and Maurice Kitchens.

The fountain, which was installed on the plaza 35 years ago, will be silenced after the laying of the wreaths. It will remain silent until next spring.


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Friday November 9, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Harmony Institute Auction rescheduled for Nov. 17 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A live auction to benefit the Harmony Institute at Marshall University will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 in the Alumni Lounge on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center on MU's Huntington campus.

The event, now labeled the Marshall University Harmony Institute Holiday Auction, was rescheduled from Friday, Sept. 7 because of a conflict with activities involving the Marshall-West Virginia University football game.

The silent portion of the auction was conducted in September, but at least 95 percent of the original items remain to be auctioned, according to Maurice Cooley, director of Marshall's Center for African American Students' Programs and interim vice president of Multicultural Affairs at MU.

"This is a do-not-miss event," Cooley said. "Some wonderful, wonderful items will be auctioned. We have sports items signed by Randy Moss of the New England Patriots. We have a range of collectibles, including gorgeous art pieces, antiques and glass pieces of high value. The auction will be the perfect opportunity to shop for the holidays and buy gifts you might normally not be able to get. There are a lot of unique things you cannot buy in a store."

The purpose of the Harmony Institute Auction is to raise funds to sustain the Institute's mission, goals and initiatives. A similar auction in 1998 raised $25,000, and the goal for this year's event is to raise $50,000. State Treasurer John D. Perdue will be the auctioneer.

The Harmony Institute has worked for years to promote respect for, and an appreciation of, human and civil rights, social justice and racial harmony across Marshall University  and the tri-state region. Proceeds from the auction will be used for that purpose.

The Institute, which was established in 1997, has sponsored many special events and exhibits throughout its first decade, such as theatre and music performances, lectures, conferences and symposiums.

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

Some of the items are WVU-related, since the auction originally was scheduled during the week of the Marshall-WVU game. Those items include an autographed basketball by Jerry West, a Jerry West bobblehead, a West Virginia University Blenko Glass vase, a football signed by Mountaineers Coach Rich Rodriguez and a basketball signed by WVU Coach Bob Huggins.

Admission to the auction is free. However, food and drinks will be provided for a $25 donation.

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


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Friday November 9, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Society of Yeager Scholars to increase next class by one student

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Society of Yeager Scholars will increase the size of its next incoming class by one scholar, bringing the total number of incoming 2008 freshman scholars to 12.

John Kinzer, chairman of the program's finance committee, reported during the October board of directors meeting that through fund-raising success in building the program's endowments, and with the interest earned on these funds, the Society of Yeager Scholars is in the position to increase the size of its class of 2012 from 11 to 12.

Grant Rice, chairman of the program's development committee, said the significant increase in donations to the Yeager Scholars program - $1 million over the past 18 months - contributed to the increase in scholars. For the past several years, the program accepted 11 freshmen per year.

The cost to support one Yeager Scholar for the four-year undergraduate honors program is $85,000.

Sharon Davis Shaffer of Columbus, Ohio, a member of the Society of Yeager Scholars board of directors, Yeager Scholar alumna and member of the Yeager Alumni Homecoming Committee, said support of the program was evident when 65 Yeager Scholars and their spouses attended Marshall's recent homecoming activities.

"Their contributions are a new revenue stream for the SYS program and are part of the reason for the financial success that allows the addition of a 12th scholar," Shaffer said.

The mission of the Society of Yeager Scholars is to seek out and attract to Marshall University a diverse and talented group of students with outstanding leadership potential.

The Society provides these students a learning environment which will foster that leadership potential and graduate the next generation of leaders with, as its namesake, Brig. Gen. (ret.) Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager, would say, "the right stuff" to make a difference in the world.  The Society of Yeager Scholars is in its 21st year.

For additional information regarding the Society of Yeager Scholars, call Bob Galardi, the program's director of major gifts, at (304) 696-3336.


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Seventy-five students to take part in Outstanding Black High School Students' Weekend

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - About 75 high school students from West Virginia and metro area schools in Kentucky and Ohio will be on Marshall University's Huntington campus Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10, to participate in the 21st annual Outstanding Black High School Students' Weekend.

Maurice Cooley, director of Marshall's Center for African American Students' Programs, which is sponsoring the event, said the special weekend attracts gifted black high school students and showcases campus life and the academic environment at Marshall.

"Outstanding Black High School Students' Weekend is a wonderful experience for these young men and women visiting our campus," Cooley said. "Each student gets thoroughly introduced to the Marshall experience. They even stay on campus with Marshall students who have volunteered to host them in their residence halls.

"This annual affair ultimately results in the most academically promising African American students in our region choosing Marshall University as their environment to learn and enrich their lives. Most of these students, upon enrollment, also enter the prestigious MU Society of Black Scholars, which has continual avenues for enrichment and growth."

Students and parents participate in educational forums and campus tours, meet college deans and attend informational panels composed of faculty and staff representing the Marshall University community.

High schools participate in the special weekend by nominating African American juniors and seniors with GPA's of 3.0 or above for the Outstanding Black High School Students recognition.

In addition to the 75 students and their parents, another 22 students from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., will arrive on campus tonight and then take part in activities planned with the College of Fine Arts. They also will participate in some of the Outstanding Black High School Students' Weekend activities, and attend a banquet at 6 p.m. Friday in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room.

For more information, contact Cooley at (304) 696-5430.


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Open house planned Saturday at Recruitment and Welcome Center

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University and Huntington communities are invited to visit Marshall's new Recruitment and Welcome Center during an open house from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.

The center, located at 1601 5th Ave., is the former home of Marshall's chapter of Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

"We are extremely excited to be operating from the new Recruitment and Welcome Center," said Jean Gilman, director of Marshall's Office of Recruitment. "This is a wonderful 'front door' for our prospective students and families.  We welcome everyone to stop in and see the new Recruitment and Welcome Center."

Light refreshments will be served during the open house.


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'Graduation Celebration' set for Nov. 12-13 for December, summer '07 graduates

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A "Graduation Celebration," designed to assist December and summer 2007 graduates of Marshall University and the Marshall Community and Technical College in communicating with campus administrative offices in a central location, will take place Nov. 12 and 13 on MU's Huntington campus.

Marshall Registrar Roberta Ferguson said the celebration is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13. It will take place in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room. All tentative December graduates, as well as summer 2007 graduates, are invited to participate.  

Ferguson said the first-time event will give students the opportunity to purchase announcements, diploma frames, class rings and other items to commemorate their graduation.

Representatives from the Office of the Registrar, the Marshall Community and Technical College, the Marshall Bookstore, Jostens, Alumni Relations, the MU Graduate College, Career Services, the Office of the Bursar and Financial Aid will be available to assist those attending.

"We encourage all tentative December graduates to attend the 'Graduation Celebration,' not only to take advantage of the many services available, but to confirm graduation status, validate name format for their diplomas, and verify diploma mailing addresses," Ferguson said. "Additionally, participants will have an opportunity to learn more about the May (2008) commencement ceremony. From ordering class rings to inquiring about student loan consolidation programs, this event will have something for everyone."

For more information, call the Office of the Registrar at (304) 696-6410.


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Writer Tom Bailey to read from his work Nov. 15 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Writer Tom Bailey will read from his work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 in Room 2W16 of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Bailey, who grew up in West Virginia and attended Marshall, has been widely recognized for his work.  His recent novel, The Grace That Keeps This World, has been praised in Publisher's Weekly as an accomplished novel with "the validity of deeply felt truths." His new novel is Cotton Song, called "graceful and fluid" by the Washington Post.  He also is the author of a collection of short stories, Crow Man, as well as non-fiction works including A Short Story Writer's Companion.

Widely published in literary journals and magazines, including Double Take, his fiction has been reprinted in such anthologies as The Pushcart Prizes and New Stories From the South and cited in The Best American Short Stories. He received a Newhouse Award from the John Gardner Foundation and was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction.

Bailey teaches in the creative writing program at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania.

His appearance is sponsored by the Marshall English Department, the College of Liberal Arts, the Graduate College and the Office of Academic Affairs.  It is free to the public.

For more information, call Art Stringer in Marshall's English Department at (304) 696-2403.


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Two Marshall seniors win Political Science awards

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Two Marshall University seniors have been awarded the Claude J. Davis Award, given annually by the West Virginia Political Science Association for the best undergraduate paper written in a political science course.

Joshua Lynn, a Yeager Scholar with a double major in political science and history, and Paul Turner, an honors student majoring in philosophy, received the awards at the group's annual convention last month at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Lynn and Turner, both undergraduates, won the award for papers written in a graduate-level research class taught by Marshall faculty member Dr. Jamie Warner, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Political Science. Warner said she invited Lynn and Turner to take the graduate course.

Students in the class studied the work of Jrgen Habermas, a German philosopher who gained fame as a sociologist for his work in the public sphere.  Habermas has taught and written extensively about social and political theory.

Warner assigned the students to study Habermas' The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, as well as other literature supporting and critiquing Habermas' claims.  The object of the study, she says, was to encourage students to think critically and gather "real world" data, and then write a conference-level paper on their findings. 

"I didn't want them to do a strictly theoretical paper," Warner says.  "The paper had to be anchored in Habermas and they had to use Habermas to analyze, describe or critique something in the 'real world.' "

Lynn's and Turner's papers were so promising they presented their research at the Midwest Political Science Association's annual meeting last spring.

"That's quite a feat for undergraduate-level students," Warner said.

Lynn plans to attend graduate school to work on his Ph.D. in history. Turner intends to pursue a Ph.D. in philosophy.

For more information on the awards, contact Warner at (304) 696-2761.


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Marshall University professor Dr. Frank S. Gilliam publishes paper in top biological sciences journal

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A paper written by Dr. Frank S. Gilliam, a professor in Marshall University's College of Science, is published in the November issue of the journal BioScience, one of the leading peer-reviewed journals in the biological sciences.

The paper, entitled "The ecological significance of the herbaceous layer in temperate forest ecosystems," is a synthesis of the research done by plant ecologists primarily in the eastern United States on the plant communities that occupy the lowest layer of forest vegetation.

"When you are walking in the woods and look up, you see what we call the overstory," Gilliam said. "When you look down, you see what we call the herbaceous, or herb, layer."

Because species diversity is highest in the herb layer among all forest strata, forest biodiversity is largely a function of the herb layer community, Gilliam concludes in his article.  Indeed, by reviewing numerous studies in the ecological literature he found that 80 to 90 percent of the plant biodiversity of an average forest is found in the herb layer, despite the fact that its biomass is less than one percent of the trees.

Because the herb layer responds sensitively to disturbance, understanding herb layer ecology can provide important information regarding site characteristics of forests, including patterns of past land-use practices.  Gilliam concludes in his article that the herbaceous layer has an importance to forests that belies its diminutive stature.

BioScience has a circulation of more than 6,000, including libraries of research universities around the world.  Based on scientific impact, it is ranked sixth in its category.  Gilliam's is the first article to appear in this journal by a Marshall University professor.

Gilliam is author of two books, the more recent of which was published by Oxford University Press on the topic of herb layer ecology.  He is the author of 40 peer-reviewed papers and 18 book chapters. Gilliam is on the faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences and can be reached via e-mail at gilliam@marshall.edu.


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Honoring of Mary and Churchill Hodges among special events this week involving Marshall University Libraries

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Two events and one honor involving the Marshall University Libraries are making news this week.

Here is a brief look at each event or accomplishment:

Mary and Churchill Hodges to be honored: The Marshall University Foundation, Inc. is hosting a High Tea in honor of Huntington natives Mary and Churchill Hodges from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 in the third-floor atrium of the Drinko Library on Marshall's Huntington campus.

The High Tea will celebrate a recent gift of $15,000 from the Hodges to the Marshall University Libraries in the form of an endowed fund known as the Mary H. and J. Churchill Hodges Library Endowment.

The Library Endowment will benefit the Library Associates' fund, which is used to supplement the libraries' book and journal budget and to provide book- and author-related social and cultural opportunities for the Tri-State region.  This annual giving fund will now have added stability because earnings from the endowment will boost the fund on a regular basis.

The Hodges are long-standing major contributors to Marshall University. Their generosity has supported many areas including the academic and athletic scholarships, including the J. Churchill Hodges Summer Scholars, the library, the Geography Department GIS Laboratory, the President's home and the Erickson Alumni Center.

The Hodges' contributions to science were recently honored and recognized with the naming of the Mary H. and J. Churchill Hodges Biotechnology Capstone Research Laboratory in the new Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center.

The Hodges are natives of Huntington and are Marshall alumni. Mary attended Marshall in 1950 and 1951, and Churchill earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1948 and Master of Arts in 1953.

For more information about the Mary H. and J. Churchill Hodges Library Endowment, contact Barbara Winters, dean of Marshall University Libraries, at (304) 696-2318.

Marshall Libraries to unveil restored centennial mural panels: Restoration of the final two panels of the mural painted during the celebration of the Marshall University Centennial in 1937 by MU faculty member Marion Vest Fors is complete and the panels are ready to be unveiled, according to the Marshall University Library Associates.

A reception to celebrate the unveiling will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 in the Hoffman Conference Room, which is located on the second floor of the Morrow Library on the Huntington campus.

The three murals were dedicated and hung in the reading room of the Morrow Library in 1937 during Marshall's centennial celebration.  The three panels, chronicling Marshall and West Virginia history, are entitled Marshall University, West Virginia Literature and American Literature

The paintings were removed and placed into storage during a renovation of the Morrow building in the 1960s. Although the paintings were in safe cold storage, it was discovered by library staff that they had deteriorated somewhat. This prompted the need for a comprehensive restoration of the panels. 

The first of the three panels was restored and unveiled to the public in May 2005, with Mrs. Helen Chambers Hensley (model for the Marshall University Alma Mater) in attendance.

Mrs. Hensley also plans to attend the Nov. 11 unveiling, as do Mrs. Fors' two children, Jack Fors and Peggy Fors Grimes. Fine Arts Conservator Michael Ruzga, who completed the delicate restoration work, also is scheduled to attend. 

Parking will be available on the 3rd Avenue parking lot directly across from the Morrow Library, and a golf cart will be provided to transport guests with mobility problems to the Morrow Library building.

For more information, contact Winters at (304) 696-2318.

Patsy Stephenson receives award: Patsy Stephenson, a library associate with the Marshall University Libraries, was awarded the West Virginia Library Association (WVLA) Certificate of Merit for 2007, according to Winters.

Stephenson, a 25-year Marshall library employee, received the award at the WVLA's Fall Conference in October at the Lakeview Country Club in Morgantown. Winters said Stephenson was given the award in honor of her hard work with WVLA marketing efforts.

"One of the highlights of each WVLA conference is the recognition of constructive accomplishments and meritorious achievement of groups and individuals in West Virginia library service," Winters said. "We at Marshall University Libraries are proud that Patsy Stephenson was chosen by the WVLA Resolutions and Awards Committee to receive her Certificate of Merit, given in recognition of her longstanding efforts to market WVLA services and messages to libraries in communities across West Virginia."

Linda Blake, Electronic Journals Coordinator at West Virginia University, nominated Stephenson for the award. 

Stephenson began working full time at Marshall in April 1982 at the circulation desk, and in 1984 joined the cataloging staff where she serves today. She graduated from Marshall in May 2007 with a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree. Stephenson plans to continue her education, and wants to pursue a degree in Library and Informational Sciences online.

Stephenson began working with the West Virginia Library Association in 1999 and started working with the WVLA Marketing Committee in 2000. 

As a member of the WVLA Marketing Committee, Stephenson travels throughout West Virginia selling items for WVLA to help support conference speakers and workshops. 

"Being a part of the West Virginia Library Association has encouraged me to be stronger in self confidence, and I've met and worked with library professionals from all over West Virginia," Stephenson said.  "Working with the WVLA has given me a strong understanding of the importance of libraries and the people who are dedicated to the enhancement of education. It is awesome to be apart of this working group of people."


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Mullen joins College of Information Technology and Engineering as director of development

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Sara Mullen, a West Virginia native, recently returned to the state to serve as the new director of development for Marshall University's College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE).

Mullen will focus primarily on fundraising, strategic planning and counsel, media relations and marketing for both the Marshall University Foundation Inc. and the college. She will work closely with CITE Interim Dean Dr. Tony Szwilski and Lance West, vice president for major gift development, to identify key areas of need.

One of Mullen's main priorities will be securing additional funds and support for the new engineering laboratory, a 16,000-square-foot building currently under construction on the Huntington campus. The new facility will be state of the art and give students valuable hands on experience.

"This is an exciting time for Marshall and CITE as we work together to expand and enhance our educational opportunities," Mullen said. "I will be working closely with leadership, alumni and students to ensure our young people have the best programs and facilities from which to learn and develop as leaders."

West said Mullen's previous experience will be a valuable asset in her new role. A graduate of William Woods University with a bachelor's degree in marketing, she brings more than 15 years of experience to Marshall. Her professional career includes fundraising and more than 10 years in state government - as an assistant to the Missouri state treasurer, legislative aide and lobbyist.

"Her experience working with legislators, public officials and citizens in state government provides her with a unique perspective to the growing need for fundraising," West said. "She's an effective communicator, a creative problem solver and, frankly, she won't hesitate to roll up her own sleeves to get the job done."

Szwilski said the impact of the college on the state and surrounding region will increase significantly with the increased numbers of students enrolling at the college and contributions from outstanding faculty. The combination of the intelligent, experienced teaching staff with smart, eager and talented students will allow Marshall University to continue contributing at a greater level to the state.

"The future of West Virginia - everything from infrastructure to economic development - is dependent upon individuals with specialized skills in engineering and technology," Szwilski said. "We're dedicated to providing our students with a solid foundation from which to grow and contribute in the future."

Mullen can be reached by calling (304) 696-3438 or via e-mail at mullenmccoy@marshall.edu.


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MU grad from Iran who founded medical services company to make presentation Monday at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Shahin Mafi, a Marshall University graduate and founder of Home Health Connection, Inc. (HHC), a medical services company in the Washington, D.C., area, will give a presentation Monday, Nov. 5 at Marshall as part of the Ruth Butler Executive in Residence Program.

Mafi, a native of Tehran, Iran, will speak at 11 a.m. in the Alumni Lounge, located on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus. She will show two short films as part of her presentation, and a question-and-answer session will follow. The event is free to the public.

"Shahin Mafi's presentation is a wonderful opportunity for all Marshall students and faculty to learn about the success of one of our alums," said Dr. Lorraine P. Anderson, associate dean of Marshall's Lewis College of Business.

"Ms. Mafi's story has a broad appeal to the entire campus," Anderson said. "As a person who came to the United States and learned to speak English living in our dorms, Ms. Mafi went on to become a highly successful female entrepreneur.  Today she embodies the concept of giving back to her community through the time she devotes to many nonprofit organizations."

HHC was incorporated in 1992 with a focus on therapy services in the home. Its first office was located in Chevy Chase, Md., and the company has since expanded to Baltimore, Md., and Alexandria, Va. HHC's focus has shifted to private duty nursing for children with longstanding and complex medical problems, although providing adult care still remains an important part of its services.

Mafi recently created The AZAR Foundation for Children of the World, the goal of which is to fight teenage pregnancy. All proceeds from the foundation benefit mothers and babies.

Mafi earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Advance Institute of Accounting in Tehran. She then came to the United States and earned an MBA in Business Administration from Marshall. She earned another degree, equivalent to a Master's in Management Information Systems, from a university in Paris.

Mafi is a natural born artist, and has a passion for interior design.  She designed her own home interior, and often gives tours of her home.  She enjoys painting portraits in her spare time as well.

Marshall's Executive in Residence Program was created in 1984 by Dr. Robert P. Alexander, then dean of the Lewis College of Business, with the purpose of providing students with the opportunity to hear and interact with successful business executives.

The program provides role models with outstanding business experience related to students through lectures, discussions and informal dialogue.

For more information on Mafi's visit, contact Anderson at (304) 696-2611.


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Cooley named interim VP for Multicultural Affairs at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Maurice R. Cooley, Director of the Center for African American Students Programs at Marshall University since January 2003, has been named interim Vice President for Multicultural Affairs at MU, President Stephen J. Kopp announced today.

Cooley, a two-time Marshall graduate, replaces Dr. Betty Cleckley, who retired in October. Cooley, who assumed his duties on Wednesday, Oct. 31, remains as Director of the Center for African American Students Programs while serving as interim VP for Multicultural Affairs.

"It is a worthy recognition and honor to be considered for the position of interim Vice President for Multicultural Affairs for such a prestigious and growing university," Cooley said. "I also am grateful to walk in the footsteps of the former vice president, Dr. Betty Cleckley."

Cooley said he plans soon to closely examine the goals and vision of Multicultural Affairs for the year ahead, then evaluate whether certain areas will warrant some modification.

"There is great work that must continue to be done in both areas," he said. "We will work diligently."

The search for a permanent Vice President for Multicultural Affairs already has begun. Steve Hensley, Marshall's Dean of Student Affairs, is chair of a 10-person search committee that he said is sifting through the process of reviewing applications. Cooley is a member of the search committee.

"There are some very well-qualified folks," Hensley said. "We anticipate concluding the screening process by around mid-November, and we hope to start interviewing candidates on campus by the second week of December. When they come to campus, there will be an opportunity for every constituency to meet with them."

Before coming to Marshall, Cooley had been Director of Marketing and Corporate Development at Prestera Center for Mental Health Services, Inc., in Huntington since July 1996.

From April 1986 to July 1996, Cooley was Program Director for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Community Support Services at Prestera. Before that, he was Clinician and Supervisor of Emergency and Diagnostic Services at Prestera from May 1977 to April 1986.

Cooley graduated from Marshall with a bachelor's degree in Sociology in 1970, then served three years active duty in the U.S. Army as a psychology specialist. He returned to Marshall and earned his Master of Arts degree in Counseling in 1975.

Cooley is a native of Lewisburg, W.Va., in Greenbrier County, and is a 1966 graduate of Lewisburg High School. He and his wife, Deborah, have two children, McKenzie, 15, and Luke, 12.


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Cast auditions for 'The Vagina Monologues' set for Nov. 6-7

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Cast auditions for the spring 2008 performance of "The Vagina Monologues" will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 6 and 7 in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus. The spring performance is scheduled Feb. 15 and 16, 2008.

Auditions will take place in room 2W22 on Nov. 6 and in room 2W16 on Nov. 7. Women of all backgrounds are invited to audition. No acting experience is required and monologues will be provided.

The benefit production of "The Vagina Monologues" is a college campaign that empowers women to find their collective voice and demand an end to the epidemic levels of violence and abuse on their campuses, in their communities and around the world. The proceeds from these events are donated directly to local organizations in the community that are working to stop violence.

The Marshall University Women's Center and the MU Women's Studies Program are sponsoring the production.

"Nationally this is the 10th anniversary of the V-Day college campaign and our sixth year doing this powerful event," said Leah Tolliver, Marshall University Women's Center director. "We are looking forward to another outstanding response from Marshall and our surrounding community."

For more information, contact the Women's Center at (304) 696-3338 or wcenter@marshall.edu.


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