October 2007 News Releases

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

Marshall University professor Dr. Ashok Vaseashta to co-chair international symposium on pollution prevention

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Ashok Vaseashta, a professor in Marshall University's College of Science, will join Dr. Jurgen Schulte, executive director of the Asia Pacific Nanotechnology Forum (APNF), as co-chair of an International Symposium on Nanotechnology in Environmental Protection and Pollution Dec. 11-13 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

This is the first time the APNF will host the event in the United States. Several world-renowned scientists, politicians and key stakeholders will attend, and Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp will be one of the keynote speakers.

Vaseashta said the primary objective of the event is to help advance the emerging field of nanotechnology in the areas of environmental pollution protection and remediation. Vaseashta, one of the key advocates of "green" nanotechnology, said that although correlation between environmental pollution and global warming is debatable, the effects of pollution and its impact on human health are irrefutable and highly observable.

"Long-term exposure to air pollution provokes inflammation, accelerates atherosclerosis, and alters cardiac function," Vaseashta said. "These illnesses are further magnified for people suffering from diabetes, chronic pulmonary diseases and inflammatory diseases. In most large metropolitan cities, about one-third of population suffers from pollution-related illnesses."

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

According to the American Lung Association (ALA), Charleston, W.Va., ranks 20th in U.S. metropolitan areas most polluted by year-round particle pollution. "One of the objectives of this research is to gather enough data to convince the policymakers to implement changes to reduce pollution sooner rather than later," Vaseashta said. "Even a small difference in discharge of pollutants will improve quality of life for thousands of people." Participants in the symposium will discuss [learn] the future effects of the fate and transport of pollutants in the atmosphere, soil and water streams, Vaseashta said.

In the past several years, Vaseashta has delivered several invited and keynote lectures worldwide promoting education highlighting the adverse effects of pollution and how these nanodimensional materials can help mitigate the problem and also reduce our carbon footprint. At a recent American Physical Society meeting, Professor Richard Zallen, a world renowned physicist, commented on Vaseashta's work as a "worthwhile cause that will help our children and our children's children."

Vaseashta is a much sought-after lecturer and speaker at meetings worldwide. He is the lead editor and author of two books on nanotechnology (Springer, 2005, 2008) and has authored several research publications. Vaseashta is on detail to the U.S. Government but may be contacted by e-mail at prof.vaseashta@marshall.edu.

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

44th annual International Festival, other events planned for International Education Week

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Four events, including the 44th annual International Festival, are planned leading up to and during International Education Week Nov. 11-16 at Marshall University, Dr. Clark Egnor, executive director of the Center for International Programs, announced today.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State to promote international awareness and international education. 

Marshall has 433 international students from 64 countries, which is a five percent increase over the fall 2006 enrollment, and almost double the number of international students at MU since 2000.

Here are events planned for International Education Week at Marshall:

  • 44th annual International Festival: 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room. The International Festival, with a theme this year of "Living in a Global Society," features exotic foods, traditional music and dance and displays representing more than 60 countries and cultures. Egnor said the festival emphasizes the pressing need for universities in the United States to prepare their students to live and work in a globalized world. The festival is open to the public and admission is free.
  • Festival of Flags: More than 60 flags will be on display throughout November in the Memorial Student Center, Drinko Library and other buildings throughout the Huntington campus. The flags represent all of the countries and regions from where Marshall University draws international students or sends students to study abroad.  
  • 4th annual Study Abroad Expo: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the Memorial Student Center lobby. Applying for a passport is one of the many things visitors will be able to do at the Study Abroad Expo. More than 20 study abroad providers are expected to take part in the fair.  MU students and faculty will have the opportunity to discuss the programs directly with the providers, apply for a passport and get assistance with immunizations.   One $250 travel certificate, two $500 study abroad scholarships and other prizes will be given away at the fair.
  • "Internationalizing the Curriculum: A panel of recipients of the international innovation grants:" Wednesday, Nov. 14. Faculty members will discuss the creative ways they are internationalizing the curriculum at Marshall with grants they received from the Center for International Programs and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. Panel members are Dr. Laura Wyant, Dr. Carlos Lopez, Dr. Michael Newsome, Dr. Charles Hossler and Dr. Shortie McKinney. The presentation will take place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Marco's in the Student Center basement.

For more information on International Education Week events at Marshall, contact Egnor at (304) 696-2465, or via e-mail at egnor3@marshall.edu.

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Saturday October 27, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Psychology Awareness Week Starts Oct. 29

Marshall University's annual Psychology Awareness Week will begin Oct. 29 and continue through Nov. 2 this year. Included are 22 lectures and workshops, a silent auction nd a Halloween party for psychology majors. 

Faculty, graduate students, and community professionals will speak on a variety of topics to provide information about the psychology department at Marshall, to give students information on graduate school and careers in psychology, and to provide resources that help the community maintain good mental health.

The times vary (see full schedule below), but all talks will be given in the Memorial Student Center, in room 2W22 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and room 2W37 on Thursday. All presentations are free and open to the public.

Bidding on silent auction items begins at 8a.m. Monday  and closes at noon on Friday.  Items available in the auction include an original painting by a local artist, baked goods, handmade jewelry, various "Night-on-the-Town" packages, gift certificates to local businesses and others. 

Interested individuals should register to bid in front of the psychology department office on the third floor of Harris Hall on the Huntington campus, where auction item descriptions and bidding sheets can be found.  Items will be awarded to the highest registered bidder and all proceeds will help establish a yearly scholarship to support psychology students and their research.

As part of the Psychology Awareness Week festivities, there will be a Halloween Costume Party for psychology majors on Wednesday   from 4 to 6 p.m. on the 2nd floor of Harris Hall in room 230.

The annual event is sponsored by Psi Chi, the Psychology honor society, and the Psychology Club. 

Following is a list of the presentations:

Monday, Oct. 29
10 a.m.: "Neurobiological constituents of flexible coping and resiliency" by Dr. Massimo Bardi
11 a.m.: "Graduate Training in Professional Psychology: Clinical, Counseling, School, etc." by Dr. Marty Amerikaner
Noon: "Domestic Violence 101" by Staff at Branches Domestic Violence Shelter
1 p.m.:  "Unraveling the mysteries of grant writing for undergraduates and graduate students" by Okey Napier
2 p.m.: "Clinical Master's Program" by Steve Fink
3 p.m.: "Working with the LGBT Population" by Doug Evans

Tuesday, Oct. 30
11 a.m.: "Psi Chi and What it has to Offer" by Chris Crytzer and Kristina Isaacs
Noon:  "Stereotypical Images of Appalachian women on the web" by Connie Zirkle
1 p.m.: "The Masters Program in Psychology at Marshall University" by Dr. Steven Mewalt

Wednesday, Oct. 31
10 a.m.: "How your mind affects your body" by Dr. Tom Ellis
11 a.m.: "Tips and Tricks for writing your Statement of Purpose for graduate school" by Dr. Paige Muellerleile
Noon: "The Atlantis Study Abroad Program" by Dr. Joseph Wyatt
1 p.m.: "Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child? Current Perspectives on Punishment" by Dr. Melissa Atkins
2 p.m.: "Surviving Sexual Assault" by Todd Jones with CONTACT
3:00 p.m.: "Counseling Services" by Linda Stockwell

Thursday, Nov. 1
10 a.m.: "Training our Subjective Ways of Knowing: Visualization, Mind Talk and Dreams" by Dr. Pamela Mulder
11 a.m.: "PsyD vs. PhD: Which one is right for you?" by Dr. Keith Beard
Noon: "Preparing for a career in rural mental health: The PsyD Program at Marshall University" by Dr. Mariana Linz
1 p.m.:  "Behavioral Psychology" by Katherine Forsyph with Starlight Behavioral Services
2 p.m.:  "What is it like to work in a Clinical Setting - Panel Discussion" by Sarah Jarvis
3 p.m.:  "Eating Disorders: the Basics You Should Know" by Briana McElfish
5 p.m.: "The Marshall Psychology Clinic" by Emily Selby

For more information about the presentations, contact Dr. Wendy Williams at 696-2779 or williamw@marshall.edu.

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

Foundation Announces 'Bridge Campaign'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Foundation today joined university officials, students, athletes and alumni to launch its new campaign, "The Bridge," and to announce three upcoming construction projects on campus.

"The Bridge" is a united fund-raising effort to support academics, athletics and alumni through the building of new facilities. The goal for the campaign is to raise funds to construct the College of Information Technology and Engineering Lab facility, a new women's softball facility and the new Alumni Center and Foundation offices.

"It is an exciting time for Marshall University and the Marshall University Foundation," said Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the Marshall University Foundation. "The Bridge for the Future will help propel Marshall to a new level in academics, women's athletics and alumni relations with the construction of the three new facilities. In addition The Bridge for the Future will provide a facility which will increase the impact of the University and Foundation advancement team at a time when private funding is quickly becoming the lifeblood of our growing university."

The new Alumni Center and Foundation offices will serve as a home away from home for alumni. The center will also house the staffs of the foundation, Alumni Relations and the Development Office.

The College of Information Technology and Engineering Lab Facility (CITE Lab) is a 16,000-square-foot facility. It will play a critical role in both the education of a new generation of engineers and the accreditation necessary to ensure that Marshall's engineering graduates compete at the highest level.

The new softball complex will upgrade the university's women's softball facilities to make them among the finest in the eastern United States. The program has been very competitive in Conference USA, boasting all-conference players and All-Americans.

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Thursday October 25, 2007
Contact: Denise Hogsett, Director of Career Services, (304) 696-2370

Job interviews, informational seminars coming up at Marshall Career Center

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The new director of Marshall University's Career Services is seeing a greater range of opportunities opening up for new college graduates, but cautions students and alumni against putting off their job searches.

"Students need to be proactive," said Denise Hogsett. "They can start by coming to us for guidance and to use our resources."

Career Services has several opportunities coming up for students to learn about employment opportunities. Unless otherwise noted, all interviews will take place at the center, located at 1681 5th Ave., on the corner of 5th Ave. and 17th Street. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.

  • Nov. 6 - Kroger, a Fortune 500 company, will be seeking managers for its West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky stores. Open to all majors. Career Services Center.
  • Nov. 6-7 -- Appalachian Electric Power's Division of Fuel, Emissions and Logistics will be conducting an informational seminar on Nov. 6 with interviews to follow Nov. 7. They are seeking majors in Earth sciences, mining, biology, geology or petroleum engineering. Career Services Center.
  • Nov. 13-14 -- The Naval Captain of the USS West Virginia will talk to students about the Naval Officer Nuclear and Supply program and the Naval Officer Program. Location TBA.

For more information or to schedule interviews, contact the Marshall Career Services office at (304) 696-2370 or career-services@marshall.edu.

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

Marshall president to give keynote address at statewide conference on international studies

Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp will be the opening keynote speaker for the annual conference of the West Virginia Consortium for Faculty and Course Development in International Studies (FACDIS), at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Lakeview Resort & Conference Center, Morgantown, West Virginia.

Approximately 130 professors representing all of the West Virginia institutions of higher education and from more than fifteen different disciplines are expected to attend the two-day conference.

Kopp's speech, entitled "Preparing a West Virginia Citizenry for the Global Economy," is expected to cover current issues and concerns that face West Virginia higher education institutions in the 21st century as they educate their students to live and work in the global environment.

This is the first time a Marshall University president has served as the keynote speaker at a FACDIS conference.

"Since Marshall is one of the founding member institutions of FACDIS," said Dr. David Mills, Assistant Professor of History and Marshall's faculty representative for FACDIS, "I'm pleased that President Kopp supports our faculty's interests in developing the international dimensions of their courses."

FACDIS was founded in 1980 as the result of initiatives by faculty at a number of West Virginia institutions of higher education and a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.  FACDIS is comprised of nearly 400 faculty members and represents all colleges and universities in the state, both public and private.

For more information about FACDIS and the conference schedule, visit http://www.wvu.edu/~facdis/.

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

Denise Hogsett is new director of Career Services at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Denise Hogsett, a three-time Marshall University graduate, is the university's new director of Career Services, Carla Lapelle, associate dean of Student Affairs, announced today.

Hogsett assumed her duties in August. She came to Marshall following an extensive career in health care, with her most recent experience being in human resources, management and marketing at Huntington Physical Therapy, where she worked for the past 15 years.

She received her undergraduate degree in 1976, her master's in communication disorders in 1977 and her executive MBA in 1995. She is a 1972 graduate of Mullens (W.Va.) High School.

"I had always hoped I would be able to come back and work in the communication disorders department at Marshall," Hogsett said. "That didn't happen, but I am achieving my career goals, which has always been to work at Marshall."

Hogsett said her major focus as Career Services director is connecting students with employers.

"We are here for the students," she said. "We want to make sure that the students know the opportunities that are available. We need to increase utilization of career services, not only for the students, but also for faculty and alumni."

Lapelle said Career Services is a free service to Marshall students and alumni.

"All employers are encouraged to utilize Marshall's Career Services to assist them in finding that exceptional employee," Lapelle said. "Denise is available not only to students but those employers needing assistance with developing a presence on campus."

She said students not only can receive career counseling, but also can attend workshops, presentations, job fairs and on-campus information sessions on job search, career development, resume preparation and interviewing.  Career Services can be contacted by calling (304) 696-2370 or by visiting its Web site at www.marshall.edu/career-services.

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Thursday October 18, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Former WMUL student claims national finalist award

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Melanie Chapman, a former student broadcaster with WMUL-FM, Marshall University's public radio station, won a national finalist award in the 2006 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) National Mark of Excellence Contest in the Radio News Reporting category.

The award was presented during the SPJ National Convention Friday, Oct. 5 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, professor of radio-television production and management in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University and faculty manager of WMUL-FM, said the former student news director/reporter competed with other broadcasting students from colleges and universities across the nation representing the SPJ's 12 regions.

"Our radio students have established a tradition at WMUL-FM of being able to successfully compete at the national level with other student-operated college radio stations," Bailey said. "This recognition for WMUL-FM's former news director Melanie Chapman in SPJ's National Mark of Excellence Contest is further evidence of the quality of the work performed by our talented broadcasting students."

The national finalist award-winning entry in radio was:

Best News Reporting, Category 19: "We Are Marshall Movie Premiere," written and produced by Melanie Chapman, a recent master's degree graduate from McConnell, W.Va., broadcast during "The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006.

Overall, there are 45 categories for print, radio, television and online journalism in the SPJ National Mark of Excellence contest.  There were more than 3,300 entries from schools across SPJ's 12 regions in the Mark of Excellence contest.  SPJ has been presenting the Mark of Excellence Awards since 1972.

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Thursday October 18, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Thunder into Mason County tailgate party is Oct. 24 at MOVC

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Tri-County Alumni Club of the Marshall University Alumni Association is hosting the sixth annual Thunder into Mason County Tailgate Party next week as part of Marshall's homecoming activities.

The event, which is free to the public, is from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 on the lawn next to the Mid-Ohio Valley Center in Point Pleasant, W.Va.

"This event shows our support for the football team and the university as a whole," MOVC Director Homer Preece said. "It provides a stronger tie among the community, the MOVC and the main campus. After all, we are all Marshall."

Several people from Marshall's Huntington campus are expected to attend. Among those are Dr. Sarah Denman, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs; Royce Chadwick, head coach of the women's basketball team; Jean Gilman, director of recruitment; and Tish Littlehales, director of alumni relations.

Entertainment will be provided by the Wahama High School marching band and Thundering Herd mascot Marco. Food and drinks will be served.

For more information, contact Nancy Pelphrey in Marshall's alumni office at (304) 696-3134 or visit the MOVC Web site at www.marshall.edu/movc.

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Thursday October 18, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Musicians from University of Brasilia to visit Marshall University next week

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A trio of guest musicians from the University of Brasilia, Brazil, are spending a week in Huntington to perform and conduct master classes while on the Huntington campus of Marshall University.

The visit is a result of a recently signed document between Marshall and the University of Brasilia regarding an exchange program for students and faculty, with the goal of establishing a dual degree in music in the future.

Soprano Irene Bentley, composer Dr. Sergio Nogueira Mendes, and pianist/composer Renato Vasconcellos are attending various music department classes in theory, history, and jazz as well as working individually with Marshall music students.

On Friday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m., Vasconcellos will give a recital in the Smith Music Hall. Also performing that evening will be Dr. Sean Parsons, Marshall music faculty member in jazz studies and piano.

Next week, on Tuesday, Oct. 23, Mendes will give a lecture on the history of Brazilian Music at 2 p.m. in Smith Music Hall.

Bentley, a native of Sao Paulo, graduated from the Federal University of Gois, where she earned both a bachelor's degree in vocal music and the teaching license degree in music. At the University of Brasilia, she teaches applied voice lessons, physiology of the voice, techniques of vocal expression and opera studio.  She has participated in several operas and extensively performed solo recitals throughout Brazil.

Mendes received his bachelor's degree in Musical Education, Composition and Conducting from the University of Brasolia, his M.A. in musicology from the University of Rio de Janeiro, and his Ph.D. in music theory from the University of Campinas. At the University of Brasilia, he teaches composition, musical analysis, orchestration and Brazilian music history. As a composer, his works have been performed and recorded by groups of diverse instruments.

Vasconcellos was born in 1959, in Caratinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Brasilia and in 2001 graduated from the University of Louisville with a Master of Music degree with a concentration in jazz. 

At Louisville, he served as a graduate teaching assistant, performed in Jazz Ensemble I and directed the Brazilian Ensemble.

Vasconcellos was awarded the Medal of Cultural Merit by the Government of Brasilia, in 1999 in recognition to his composition Suite Brasilia, considered one of the three most representative works since the foundation of the new capital in 1960.

Bentley, Mendes, and Vasconcellos will be in residence on the Huntington campus until Friday, Oct. 26. For further information, persons may contact the Marshall department of music at (304) 696-3117.

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Thursday October 18, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

'Art of Autism' on exhibit at Marshall University Oct. 29 through Nov. 2

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "The Art of Autism," a traveling exhibition featuring 30 works by child and adult artists with autism, will be on display Monday, Oct. 29 through Friday, Nov. 2 at Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on the Huntington campus. Viewing hours are 1 to 5 p.m. and the exhibition is free to the public.

The exhibit includes a video produced in western Pennsylvania featuring children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), their parents and educators.

Hosted by the West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall University, the exhibit will open with a reception in the performing arts center lobby from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29. Presentations on autism and artists with autism will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the center's Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre. Refreshments will be served in the lobby after the presentations.

The paintings, limited edition prints and pastel drawings of the show help "build a bridge of awareness to the world of autism," said Prism Gallery coordinator Vallene Weeda.

"They illustrate the common thread of creative expression existing in all people.  Creative expression allows everyone to elegantly say without words, 'I exist and I'm a lot like you!'" said Weeda, who travels with the show throughout Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. "Creative expression is a primary building block for healthy emotional and intellectual development, and is the foundation for everything we do with Prism Gallery."

Dr. Barbara Becker-Cottrill, executive director of the West Virginia Autism Training Center, said art and music can be among the strengths of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.  "Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability occurring in about one in 150 births," Becker-Cottrill said. "We hope the exhibit will also promote greater public awareness."

The Prism Gallery is part of an Autism Initiative undertaken by Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School and the National Network of Digital Schools. The initiative focuses on raising awareness, curriculum development, teacher training and support for students with autism and their families.

Agencies, schools, businesses and other organizations interested in hosting "The Art of Autism" may contact Weeda at (724) 777-8973.

More information about Prism Gallery is available at www.prismgallery.org and www.nndsonline.org.

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

Beginnings of Marshall University Google Earth 3-D campus created

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Information Technology (IT) team members have created the beginnings of the Marshall University Google Earth 3-D Campus, according to Dr. Jan I. Fox, senior vice president for information technology/CIO at Marshall.

Google Earth is a mapping program that combines satellite imagery and aerial photographs with 3-D capability. Anyone with Internet access can explore his or her hometown, Rome or Marshall University.

Fox said Bethany Cremeans, Anna Banks and Hengdan Ge, armed with digital cameras, Adobe Photoshop and Google Sketchup, a 3-D computer modeling tool, have been working on the project.

"Marshall University is using a multitude of resources to attract the best and brightest from our nation and state," Fox said.

Dr. James Leonard, a geography professor at Marshall, and James Wolfe with the Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS), also have provided input into the project.  In addition to the 3-D drawings of buildings, each location includes a description as well as possible videos of what happens in that location.

The 3-D buildings serve a variety of functions. They can be viewed by prospective Marshall University students who may be too far away for an actual visit. New buildings can be drawn up and placed on Google Earth to give an idea of what those buildings will ultimately look like.

Marshall's new student recreation center, residence halls and engineering lab, all of which are either under construction or will be soon, will be added to give everyone an idea of what is coming. People needing more information about where a campus building is located can even reference it before visiting the campus in person.

The buildings were created using Google's free Sketchup software and they were uploaded to the Google Earth Warehouse. Now that they are uploaded, they are awaiting review and accuracy checking by Google. After the graphics are reviewed, they become part of the Google Earth application. Tolga Yalniz, another IT member, has recreated the MU Virtual Tour to include Google Earth.

Marshall Google Earth 3-D can be found at: http://www.marshall.edu/it/virtual-tour/google-earth-3d-tour/.

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

Marshall Music Department adds Broadway to homecoming weekend

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from Marshall University's Department of Music will present two performances of a Broadway Cabaret Saturday, Oct. 27 in the Jomie Jazz Forum on the Huntington campus. Show times are 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. and admission is free.

Singers from Marshall Opera Theatre will perform old and new favorites, led by pianist and director Bruce Rous, an adjunct professor in the Department of Music. An alumnus of Marshall Opera Theatre, Rous enjoyed a career in New York as a pianist and musical director following graduation.

His Broadway credits include Grease and Peter Pan, Off-Broadway shows, and national tours of popular shows including CATS. Most recently he served as musical director of Huntington's ARTS production of Hello Dolly. At Marshall, he is teaching music theory and music appreciation, as well as sharing his experiences from Broadway to grand opera with Marshall's singers.

For further information on the performances, persons may contact Linda Dobbs, professor of music and director of the Marshall Opera Theatre, at (304) 696-2347 or by e-mail at dobbsl@marshall.edu.

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Monday October 15, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Award-winning West Virginia writer to appear at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Writer Ann Pancake will read from her work at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22 in Room 2W16 of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Pancake, a native of Romney, W.Va., has been widely recognized for her work. Her collection of short stories, Given Ground, won the 2000 Bakeless Award. Her novel, Strange as This Weather Has Been, about mountaintop removal mining in southern West Virginia, has just been published by Shoemaker & Hoard and reviewed in The New York Times Book Review.

She also is the recipient of a Whiting Foundation Award, an NEA Grant, a Pushcart Prize, the Glasgow Prize, and writing fellowships from the states of Washington, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Her fiction and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies such as Glimmer Train, Virginia Quarterly Review, Massachusetts Review, Shenandoah and New Stories from the South.

She holds a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Washington and now teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University.

Pancake's appearance is sponsored by the Marshall English department and the College of Liberal Arts.  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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Friday October 12, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Mike Bartrum to serve as grand marshal in MU homecoming parade

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Mike Bartrum, a former NFL and Marshall University football standout, will be the grand marshal in the university's annual homecoming parade Saturday, Oct. 27, Tish Littlehales, director of alumni relations, said today.

The parade, sponsored by the Student Government Association, begins at noon downtown near the Big Sandy Superstore Arena and ends at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.  Marco, the Marshall cheerleaders, the Marching Thunder and special dignitaries will take part. Marshall plays host to Rice University at 4:30 p.m. in the homecoming football game.

Bartrum, who retired after the 2006 season, was regarded as one of the best long snappers in the NFL. He played 13 years with the Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. At Marshall, he was a two-year starter and three-year letterman (1989, 1991 and 1992), earning all-Southern Conference honors as a senior and helping lead Marshall to the Division I-AA national championship in 1992.

Bartrum, a native of Meigs County (Ohio), was presented with a Distinguished Alumni Award this past April during Alumni Weekend at Marshall.

"Through his work with the Bartrum-Brown Football Camp, which funds youth programs and charities, Mike continues to have a positive impact on the Huntington and Marshall communities," Littlehales said. "He has always been well respected on and off the field. Marshall University is honored that Mike is willing and able to share our homecoming with us by serving as grand marshal in the parade."

Bartrum also is one of eight former Thundering Herd student-athletes who will be inducted into the Marshall Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 26. The Class of 2007 Induction Banquet will take place at the Grand Theatre at the Pullman Plaza Hotel. A reception starts at 5:30, followed by the induction banquet at 6:30 p.m.

The parade is one of many events planned for homecoming week, Oct. 22-27. Marshall student organizations and local high school bands will be competing for thousands of dollars in cash prizes in the parade. The deadline to submit an entry form in the float competition is Wednesday, Oct. 17. Entry forms are available in the Student Government Association office in the Memorial Student Center or by contacting Amy Isble at amy.isble@marshall.edu. Floats will be judged on theme, attractiveness, creativity and personality.

Bands will be judged on music, marching and general effect. For more information on the band competition, contact Rachel Sargent at Rachel.sargent@marshall.edu.

Winners of the float competition in the 2006 parade were: first place - Sigma Sigma Sigma and Sigma Alpha Epsilon; second place - Campus Flood; third place - Phi Mu and Sigma Tau Gamma. Huntington High School won the band competition.

Here is a brief look at events sponsored by the Marshall University Alumni Association:

        The first official Alumni Association event of homecoming weekend is the Coaches Breakfast Friday morning, Oct. 26, at the Erickson Alumni Center. This live radio broadcast lets those present as well as radio listeners get to know some of Marshall's coaches. The DAWG, 93.7 FM, will start broadcasting at 6 a.m.

  • The Marshall University Foundation will kick off "The Bridge" at 3 p.m. Friday at the John Marshall Statue on John Marshall Drive. "The Bridge" will connect academics, athletics and alumni through construction of the College of Information Technology and Engineering Laboratory facility, the women's softball field and the new Alumni and Foundation Center.
  • The Party at Pullman Square begins at 7 p.m. Friday with a performance from the Subway Beach Band, which plays music from the 1950s,'60s,'70s and '80s. Food and beverages will be available. The party will last into the evening.

        A pre-game tailgate, planned in conjunction with Black Alumni, Inc., takes place from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Thunderzone Corporate Area located on the east side of Joan C. Edwards Stadium just across from Gate E.


For more information on the Alumni Association events, call Nancy Pelphrey at (304) 696-3134.

The theme of this year's homecoming is "Marshall's Whoooo's Bringing the Thunder." The "Whoooo's" is in reference to the Rice University Owls, the Thundering Herd's Conference USA opponent in the football game.

"Homecoming is always one of the most exciting times of the year for Marshall alumni, students and faculty," Littlehales said. "This year will be no different, with many special events and activities planned for our alumni, students, staff and friends from near and far. We look forward to meeting and greeting everyone during what will be a fantastic homecoming week."

Day by day, here are other events planned during homecoming week:


Monday, Oct. 22

Marshall employees are asked to decorate their offices to promote the homecoming theme. Prizes will be awarded at the Coaches Breakfast Friday morning.


Wednesday, Oct. 24

The naming of the homecoming court will take place at noon in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Center in Point Pleasant is the site of the sixth annual homecoming tailgate celebration called "Thunder Into Mason County." The event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Those attending will have the opportunity to visit the center, meet Marshall dignitaries as well as Mid-Ohio Valley Center administrators. Music, food and fun will be provided.


Thursday, Oct. 25


Office decoration judging begins at noon.


Also, the Student Government Association will be conducting a canned food drive on campus to help the Huntington City Mission. The SGA also will be taking donations for the Habitat Restore, a store Habitat for Humanity runs where people can take household items to be sold at low prices.

Friday, Oct. 26
Green & White Day

The Fourth Annual J-walk begins at noon on the student center plaza. This fundraiser for the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications has raised more than $18,000 for equipment. Participants may walk or sponsor a student to walk for them. A silent auction of items donated from area businesses will take place, local radio stations will be doing live remotes, and Marco and the MU dance team will entertain the crowd. All walkers get a free t-shirt. For more information on how to get involved with the J-walk, contact the J-school at (304) 696-2360.  

Marshall's College of Information Technology and Engineering will have an alumni reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at Savannah's Restaurant at 1208 6th Ave. Capacity is limited, so persons are asked to R.S.V.P. before Oct. 18 by calling the CITE office at (304) 696-5453.

Parent & Family Weekend kicks off with a reception hosted by Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp and his wife, Jane, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center lobby. During this informal gathering, those attending will have an opportunity to mingle with Dr. and Mrs. Kopp along with deans from each college. Light hors d'oeuvres and punch will be served.

Members of Black Alumni Inc. will gather at the Pullman Plaza Hotel, with registration beginning at 7 p.m. They will gather for a viewing of the movie, We Are Marshall, at 7:30 p.m. The Dance at the Plaza begins at 9 p.m.

The Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2007 Induction Banquet will take place at the Grand Theatre at the Pullman Plaza Hotel. The inductees include: Mike Bartrum (football, 1993-1996); Ron Darby (football, 1986-1989); Aaron Ferguson (football, 1993-1996); Rodney Holden (basketball, 1984-1988); Frank Huffman (football, 1936-1938); Mike Kaufman (baseball, 1971-1975); Billy Lyon (football, 1993-1996), and John Taft (basketball, 1988-1991). For tickets, call the Marshall athletic ticket office at (304) 696-HERD or 1 (800) THE-HERD. For more information, call Linda Holmes at (304) 691-1711.

A reception for the 1971 Young Thundering Herd football team will take place at 8 p.m. in the Hartley Room in Cam Henderson Center to honor Dan Canada as the distinguished M Club member for 2007. Canada will be presented with an M Club blanket during the MU-Rice football game. For more information, call Allen Meadows at (304) 736-6293 or (304) 412-3990.

Saturday, Oct. 27

The 12th annual Marshall Alumni 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by the MU Recreational Sports Office, will take place at 8 a.m. Registration is $15 through Oct. 26 (non-refundable); $20 on race day. Call Sharon Stanton at (304) 696-2943 or e-mail stanton@marshall.edu for more information.

Other events for Black Alumni Inc. include the annual business meeting, election and awards ceremony at the Alumni Lounge in the Memorial Student Center at 9:30 a.m. At 1 p.m., the group will visit Spring Hill Cemetery for a graveside ceremony in honor of the 1970 football team. A tailgate party will take place from 1:30 to 5 p.m. in the Thunderzone Corporate Area located on the east side of the stadium just across from Gate E.  A dance starts at 9:30 p.m. at the Pullman Plaza Hotel. The cost for the entire package of Black Alumni Inc. events is $75 per person. For questions and to RSVP, call Janis Winkfield at (304) 696-3158 or (304) 416-0938.

Parent & Family Weekend continues with a parent and student breakfast at 10 a.m. in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center. Student speakers will provide updates for campus projects. Those attending are then invited to join the crowd along 5th Avenue to watch the homecoming parade.

Marshall's H.E.L.P. Program will have its 2007 Open House/Meet the Tutors at Wilbur E. Myers Hall from 1 to 3 p.m. This will be an informal opportunity for parents to meet and discuss their students' progress, followed by a brief program. All interested persons are invited to attend and refreshments will be served. 

Parent & Family Weekend continues with a pre-game tailgate from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Thunderzone Corporate Area located on the east side of the stadium just across from Gate E.

The College of Information Technology and Engineering will have its 8th annual CITE Tailgate at the Football Practice Field (just east of the football stadium on 3rd Avenue). A barbeque lunch will be provided. The tent will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. No reservation is needed. Call (304) 696-5453 for more information.

Marshall plays host to Rice at 4:30 p.m. at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in the homecoming football game.

The Step Show, sponsored by the National PanHellenic Council, will take place at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center after the game at 7:45 p.m. The cost is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in Memorial Student Center room 2W27, room 1W25, and at Xpressions 4 U at 825 4th Ave.

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Friday October 12, 2007
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Vendor registration opens for 3rd annual Holly Berry Festival

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Local and tri-state area artisans and crafters wishing to participate as vendors at the 3rd annual Holly Berry Festival at Marshall University have until Friday, Oct. 26 to register, Barbara Winters, MU's dean of libraries, said today.

Winters said vendors interested in exhibiting their wares during the one-day festival should contact her by phone by at (304) 696-2318 or by e-mail at (wintersb@marshall.edu).

The Holly Berry Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

Sponsored by the Marshall Library Associates, this year's festival again will feature hand-made arts, crafts and books for sale designed and crafted by local and area crafts people.

While a number of festival favorite vendors from last year have indicated that they will return this year, Winters said space is still available for artisans and crafters wanting to join in on the now-traditional Huntington festival for the first time.

"We're thrilled that the number of people attending the festival keeps increasing, and we're honored that the number of artists and crafters who keep coming back each year is increasing, too," said Dr. Lynne Welch, chair of the Festival Planning Committee. "We're looking forward to seeing a lot of familiar friendly faces at this year's festival, as well as a whole lot of new friendly faces of those celebrating here with us for the first time." 

Welch said 10 percent of the sales at the festival will be donated to the Library Associates endowment fund, supporting development of the Marshall University Libraries book collections.

Admission and parking are free for festival goers, and free snacks will be available throughout the day.

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Wednesday October 10, 2007
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Pappas serving as chair of Marshall music department

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Jeffrey Pappas, an experienced administrator and choral musician, has been appointed chair of the Marshall University department of music beginning this semester, according to Donald Van Horn, dean of the university's College of Fine Arts.

"We are very pleased to welcome a music educator of Dr. Pappas' caliber to Marshall," Van Horn said. "His leadership will be a valuable addition to the administration and teaching here."

Prior to coming to Marshall, Pappas was Director of Choral Activities and Coordinator of Ensembles and Conducting at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., where he conducted the chamber choir, taught upper-level undergraduate conducting, master's and doctoral level choral literature and conducting, and administered the choral area.  He has also served as the Director of Choral Activities at Mississippi State University and at Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa and on the music faculty at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio.

He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Northern Kentucky University, a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the University of Illinois, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting and pedagogy from the University of Iowa. His conducting teachers have included William Hatcher, Don Moses, Chester Alwes and James Dixon.

His choirs have performed throughout the Midwest and in southern California, Colorado, Atlanta and New Orleans. Most recently, he conducted members of the Ball State Chamber and Concert Choirs in a concert tour of Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic, which included performances at the Stephansdom, St. Vitas Cathedral and Elte University. The chamber choir was an invited ensemble at the 2006 Indiana Music Educators Conference and at the Regional Music Educators Conference in Lincoln, Neb., in November 2006.

"My family and I have received a warm welcome from the Marshall and Huntington communities," Pappas said. "I am looking forward to working with the outstanding music faculty and becoming a part of the musical life of this region."

Pappas has been invited on three occasions to make presentations at the International Vocal Symposium in St. John's, Newfoundland. He is frequently called on to be a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator at choral festivals, workshops and competitions.

He has also been active in the American Choral Directors Association, serving as repertoire and standards chair for 4-year colleges and universities in Iowa and Mississippi, membership chair and president-elect in Mississippi, repertoire and standards chair for music and worship in Indiana and the membership chair for the central division.

As a tenor soloist, his concert and/or opera performances have included Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, Massenet's Herodiade, Handel's Messiah, Bach's Mass in B Minor, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Beethoven's 9th Symphony and Stravinsky's Les Noces.

He lives in Huntington, W.Va., with his wife, Joni, daughter, Amara, and son, Case.

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400 members of nonprofit arts organization headed to Charleston for conference sponsored by Marshall, WVU

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Marshall University and West Virginia University have joined forces to bring 400 members of a nonprofit arts organization to the Capital City Oct. 17-20.

This is the first time the Mountain State will be host to the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote the visual arts in higher education and represents Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.  Membership in SECAC is required to attend the conference.

"Because our state is on the northern fringe of the 12-state region, we never dreamed we would have such an amazing response from members," said Don Van Horn, dean of Marshall's College of Fine Arts and conference organizer. "The opportunity to host this conference is long overdue. As a result, those of us from Marshall and WVU are determined to put on quite an event for our visitors."

The conference provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and concerns relevant to the practice and study of art. During the daytime, attendees will be focused on presenting papers, research and other work.

Evening hours have planned events including a board meeting in the Governor's Conference Room at the Capitol Complex and a tour of the West Virginia art collection at Marshall University Graduate College in South Charleston. Also on display at the Clay Center will be an exhibit of ceramics from China's Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, which is in partnership with WVU.

The SECAC Members Juried Exhibition will be on display at the Cultural Center and, at City Hall, the work of West Virginia faculty representing 12 institutions will be shown.

Organizers have planned tours for participants including one of the Capitol building led by Bernie Schultz, WVU Dean of the College of Creative Arts, Cookie Soldo Schultz, adviser in the WVU Honors College, and Chad Proudfoot, vice chair of the Capitol Building Commission. A trip to Blenko Glass in Milton and the Huntington Museum of Art are planned as well as an architectural tour of Charleston.

A highlight of the conference is the announcement of the recipient of the 2007 SECAC Fellowship. Last year's winner, Barry Freedland, will have a solo exhibit featured at the Cultural Center.

Keynote speaker for the event is artist Willie Cole, internationally known for transforming ordinary objects such as bicycle parts, irons and lawn jockeys into compelling works of art. His work reflects his African American heritage. Cole was born in New Jersey, attended the Boston University School of Fine Arts and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Cole's work is included in numerous public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

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Marshall's med school ties for nation's top spot for graduates entering family practice

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall University's medical school is tied for No. 1 in the nation in the percentage of medical school graduates entering family practice, according to a study in the September issue of the journal Family Medicine.

Marshall's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine shares the top spot with Florida State University. Both had 22.2 percent of their graduates enter family practice residencies in the study year (2006-07), compared to a national average of 8.5 percent.

"This #1 ranking affirms the commitment of Marshall University's School of Medicine to educating physicians who are the front line of primary health care delivery in our nation," said Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp, Ph.D. "Combined with the stellar medical licensure exam performance achieved by our medical school graduates each year, the MUSOM serves the State of West Virginia and our nation exceptionally well through the education of highly qualified physicians who excel in family practice and other medical specialties."

The finding represents good news for small West Virginia communities, said Dr. Robert B. Walker, who is the medical school's executive vice dean and chair of the Department of Family and Community Health.

"Most West Virginia counties have communities that rely on primary care physicians because they do not have a hospital or city where subspecialists practice," he said. "Family doctors are on the front line of our attempt to create a healthier West Virginia.

"National studies show there is an impending shortage of family doctors and other primary care physicians of monumental proportions, so we are fortunate in West Virginia that we have communities and policy makers who support the education of these physicians," he added. "We're proud of our ranking at the top, and we're grateful to Marshall for giving us the resources to achieve this ranking."

Led by Dr. Perry Pugno of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the researchers gathered data from schools that grant M.D. and D.O. (osteopathic) degrees, as well as from family medicine residency programs. The study had a 100 percent response rate.

Nationally, the percentage of students entering family practice is lower than two years ago. The researchers said that schools were more likely to have higher rates of students entering the field when the schools had departments of family medicine and were public, rather than private, schools.

As the nation's medical schools take more students to help head off a predicted shortage of doctors, a strong emphasis on family medicine remains essential, the study's authors believe. "[S]imply increasing the number of medical school graduates will result in a physician workforce that will continue to be inappropriately distributed to care for the needs of the nation," they said.

"An adequate pipeline of future family physicians is essential to achieving the primary care foundation needed in the US health care system."

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Yeager Symposium features artists Jack Mackie, Tom Kelly; theme is 'For One, For All: Perspectives on Public Art'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Jack Mackie, a public artist living in Seattle, will be the keynote speaker at the 21st annual Yeager Symposium Lecture Series, which runs Oct. 22, 23 and 25 at Marshall University.

The theme of the symposium is "For One, For All: Perspectives on Public Art." All events will take place at the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre inside the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on the Huntington campus, will start at 7 p.m. and are free to the public.

"Public art is really at the heart of civic identity and purpose," said Dr. Barry Sharpe, executive director of the John R. Hall Center for Academic Excellence at Marshall. "This year's Yeager Symposium will be organized around how public art centers on basic questions of identity, purpose and memory. It will also provide a wonderful opportunity to focus attention on the place and value of art in urban planning and economic development."

Mackie will present the Harry and Betty Wolfe Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 25. The title of his presentation is "Towards a Civic Art."  Mackie is based in Seattle, but has worked on major urban redevelopment and urban planning and design projects in Nashville and other major cities, as well as in Seattle.

"Mr. Mackie is a tremendous speaker and a leading force in public art policy and practice who will appeal to broad constituencies," said Byron D. Clercx, chair of Marshall's department of art and design. "Jack is decidedly articulate and disarmingly empathetic and empowering. He will illustrate how public art is a 'value added' community enhancement that redefines how people understand and interact with civic spaces and one another."

Mackie has participated in major urban redevelopment and new construction projects, including serving as project artist for Santa Clara County (Calif.) light rail and BART projects; as design team artist for the City of Albuquerque and National Parks on the Unser Boulevard crossing of the Petroglyphs National Monument; and as commissioned artist for the Health Sciences Learning Center at the University of Wisconsin and Scottsdale (Ariz.) Justice Center.

As an artist planner, Mackie has co-authored the public art program for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Agency; the aesthetic design standards and design implementation procedures for CENTRO Transport Authority in Birmingham, United Kingdom; the Bute Avenue Corridor plan in Cardiff, Wales; and the new San Jose International Airport. He created the public art plans for the Memphis/Shelby County Central Library in Tennessee; the Performing Arts Center in Mesa, Ariz.; the Charlotte Area Transit System; and Terminal A at Miami International Airport and American Airlines.

He is past chair of the Public Art Committee for the Seattle Arts Commission, vice chair to the Seattle Design Commission and chair to the Seattle Light Rail review panel. He currently serves as chair to the Port of Seattle Art Oversight Committee.

The Yeager Symposium begins Monday, Oct. 22 with a visit from Tom Kelly of the Bogside Artists, which is a group of three mural painters from an area of Derry City, Northern Ireland, known as the Bogside. It was in the Bogside area that 14 people were shot dead on "Bloody Sunday" by the British army on Jan. 30, 1972. To date, the Bogside Artists have painted a dozen murals about the political conflict of "Bloody Sunday."

Kelly, who will speak on "Art and Conflict," is well known for his cross-community work and has pioneered the use of art to assuage religious conflict long before its efficacy in this respect was fully recognized by the cultural elite of Northern Ireland. The Bogside Artists have been working together on mural projects since 1994.

The second event of the Yeager Symposium, scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, is a panel discussion featuring Clercx and Dr. Dan Holbrook from Marshall's department of history. The title of their presentation is "Regeneration through Public Display: The Interaction of Public Art and Public History."

Holbrook and Clercx will speak about how public art and public history can work together to rejuvenate communities, with specific reference to projects in Huntington. Marshall student Josh Lynn, one of the organizers of the Tuesday event, said the goal is to have an interactive panel discussion. "There will be opportunities for audience participation," Lynn said.

Don Van Horn, dean of Marshall's College of Fine Arts, said the focus on public art "is an important step for the Symposium and Marshall.  We have talked about public art on campus for many years and I applaud Dr. Sharpe and the Yeager program for raising the awareness of the issue," Van Horn said.   

For more information on the Yeager Symposium Lecture Series, contact Caitlin Haught at (434) 610-6970 or via e-mail at Haught25@marshall.edu

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Smith to speak at dedication of FDR's suite at Harvard University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University professor Jean Edward Smith will be the keynote speaker Monday, Oct. 8 at Harvard University as it dedicates the suite in Westmorely Hall where Franklin D. Roosevelt lived as an undergraduate from 1900 to 1904.

Smith is the author of FDR, a full-length biography of the 32nd president that was released last spring by Random House. The dedication ceremony Monday begins at 11 a.m.

Smith said the suite is furnished as it was in Roosevelt's time, complete with a clawfoot bathtub and wooden water closet. Smith has been invited to spend the night there - the first guest to do so.

"This is a real thrill," he said. "Roosevelt paid $400 a year for the suite, which in today's currency would be about $8,500. Not many undergraduates could afford that."

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Courtroom drama and seminar at Marshall to honor West Virginia's first African American lawyer, J.R. Clifford

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "J.R. Clifford and the Carrie Williams Case," a free, family-friendly live courtroom drama, will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Reservations are not required and a reception will follow the performance.  Music will be provided by the "Voices of Supreme" gospel choir.

The award-winning four-act dramatic program, which has played to standing-room-only audiences and garnered rave reviews in Charleston, Bluefield, Morgantown and Harpers Ferry, honors West Virginia's first African American attorney, John Robert "J.R." Clifford (1848-1933).

The Huntington performance will feature a local "celebrity cast" headed by Huntington native Arley Johnson playing Clifford.  The cast also includes Marshall University President Dr. Stephen J. Kopp, West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Larry Starcher, Huntington actress Carolyn Thomas and Huntington Mayor David Felinton.

From 3 to 4:30 p.m. that same day, a symposium panel featuring five distinguished historians will discuss African American history in the Mountain State in the Performing Arts Center's Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre.  This program, titled the "Roots and Branches Symposium," also is free to the public.

The evening program, performed in 1890s period costume, is based on the 1898 civil rights case, Williams v. Board of Education.  In the Williams case, Clifford represented Carrie Williams, a black schoolteacher at the "colored" school in Tucker County, W.Va.

In 1893, Williams continued teaching after school officials shortened the term at her school from eight months to five months. Williams sued the school board for her salary for the full school term.  A jury in the Tucker County Circuit Court and the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled in Williams' favor, making Williams the first case in U.S. history to hold that racial discrimination in school terms and teacher pay is against the law.

The Williams case re-enactment was first presented in April 2004 in Martinsburg, W.Va., as part of the State Supreme Court's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision.  Ten subsequent productions have brought the program to audiences across the state.

"We are delighted to put on these entertaining and educational productions in Huntington, where so much important African American and West Virginia history has taken place," said Tom Rodd, the State Supreme Court law clerk who adapted the trial transcript for the performance. "Clifford and Williams are two of our state's great civil rights heroes, and it's wonderful to have so many people volunteer to help bring their story to life. We guarantee a good time for all!"

The afternoon symposium on African American history in West Virginia will feature a talk by Dr. Connie Rice of West Virginia University. Her biography of Clifford will be published by West Virginia University Press in 2008.  Also making presentations will be Marshall professors Cicero Fain and Kevin Barksdale, West Virginia State University professor Lois Lucas and Tidewater College professor Tim Konhaus.

Both programs are sponsored by Marshall University, the Mountain State Bar, the West Virginia Supreme Court and the J.R. Clifford Project.  For more information, contact Maurice Cooley, director of the Center for African American Students' Programs at Marshall University, at (304) 696-3642, or via email at Cooley@marshall.edu.

In the evening program, Carolyn Thomas will portray the schoolteacher Carrie Williams.  Presiding over the trial will be Cabell County Chief Circuit Judge Dan O'Hanlon. The 1896 West Virginia Supreme Court will be portrayed by Starcher, West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Rick Thompson, Marshall University vice president for multicultural affairs Betty Cleckley, and Cabell County School Superintendent William Smith.

The jury will include Huntington residents Marie Redd, Cheryl Henderson, Esq., Deborah Cooley, Marshall provost Dr. Sarah Denman, Pat Thompson Frantz, Sharon Fraizer, Esq., Rev. Samuel Moore, Kenneth E. Blue, Michael Thomas, MU Board of Governors member A. Michael Perry, Felinton, and State Senator Robert Plymale.

Children from the Huntington area will portray the children in the Tucker County colored school.  Huntington lawyer Menis Ketchum, vice chair of Marshall's Board of Governors, will play the lawyer for the Tucker County school board and Dr. Kopp will play the school board president. Charleston attorney Kitty Dooley will serve as narrator, and Marshall professor Phillip Carter will officiate as bailiff.

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Marshall senior wins statewide award for research

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A Marshall University senior has won a statewide award for her research.

Megan Neal, a 21-year-old biology major from Shreve, Ohio, was named Best Undergrad Researcher during the recent STAR Symposium in Morgantown for her presentation examining the effects of acetaminophen on microRNA expression in the aging heart.

Neal's data indicates that chronic, low-dose acetaminophen ingestion may be very beneficial in reducing the incidence of age-associated cardiac dysfunction. In particular, her findings suggest that the over-the-counter drug may decrease the incidence of cardiac arrhythmias.

"This award is an outstanding accomplishment for everyone involved," said Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp. "It is an achievement that is exceptional and makes our entire university community proud. Clearly any research that produces findings that can prevent or reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, and improve quality of life is a major accomplishment and we are very proud of Megan and her fellow researchers for their hard work."

Neal's research is an extension of a study being conducted by the university in the molecular physiology lab at the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center for McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals, the makers of Tylenol. In all, nine researchers are working on the project including Neal's lab partner, Jackie Decker, a doctoral student in the biomedical sciences program.

"This finding may be quite important to West Virginia, Appalachia and to our elderly because cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of individuals in the developed world," Neal said. "Arrhythmias cause half of these deaths and often without warning. In our research, we are seeing positive effects in our lab models. There are indications that it is cardio-protective."

Neal's work was supported by several grants, the department of biological sciences and in particular the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program. She won $1,200 for her award at the symposium.

The STAR (Science, Technology, and Research) Symposium is West Virginia's forum for science and technology enterprise. The symposium was held this year at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown and was sponsored by the West Virginia Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. WV EPSCoR's mission is to build research competitiveness within institutions, individual researchers, research teams and collaborations among institutions throughout the Mountain State. 

Marshall also had undergraduate finalists in the poster category. They are Camden Clutter, Brad Fitzwater, Thomas Hagerman, Sarah Kelly, William Kelly and Mary Teter. Graduate finalists in the poster category include Nicholas Adkins, Lora Chetel, Timothy Dotson, J. Adam Hall, Sunil Kakarla, Sarath Meduru and Sriram Mupparaju.

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Wednesday October 3, 2007
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Lewis College of Business announces study abroad opportunities

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Lewis College of Business (LCOB) is partnering with universities in the United Kingdom, Turkey and France to offer business majors the chance to take classes overseas.

The LCOB currently works with Buckinghamshire University in England, the European University Lefke in Cyprus and the University of Lyon in France to provide students the opportunity to get an international perspective on the business world.  Each program features classes taught in English by highly qualified professors on small campuses near large metropolises.  Classes taken abroad can be transferred back to Marshall, and count toward graduation.

Several study abroad positions are still available for interested students.  Financial aid is available to help defray the cost of study abroad for those individuals who qualify.

An international component is vital to students entering the business world today, according to Dr. Lorraine Anderson, associate dean of the LCOB.

"As new markets open and international relationships become vital to the success or failure of a company, businesses are looking for employees who are able to meet the needs of internationalization," Anderson said.  "College graduates today are facing greater challenges as companies are no longer looking just for college graduates, but for graduates with an edge over the competition.  Study abroad programs like ours provide that." 

The deadline to apply for these programs for the fall 2008 semester is Feb. 1, 2008.

Additional programs of study at other universities are available to students in all departments through study abroad. 

For more information about LCOB study abroad programs, contact Anderson in Corbly Hall 107, or call (304) 696-2611 for more details.  For further information on study abroad, contact Jeanette Kripas, chief study abroad adviser, at (304) 696-2465 or by e-mail at jeanette.kripas@marshall.edu, or visit the Center for International Programs office in Old Main 320.

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Float, band competition featured in Marshall's homecoming parade

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Campus organizations and local high school bands will be competing for thousands of dollars in cash prizes Saturday, Oct. 27 in Marshall University's homecoming parade.

Prizes of $3,000 for first place, $2,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place will be awarded in a float competition, which is open to all recognized Marshall University campus organizations.

Organizations are encouraged to create floats that coordinate with the homecoming theme, which is "Marshall's Whoooo's Bringing the Thunder." Floats will be judged on theme, attractiveness, creativity and personality.

The deadline for submitting the entry form is Wednesday, Oct. 17. Entry forms are available in the SGA office in the Memorial Student Center or by contacting Amy Isble at amy.isble@marshall.edu.

Organizations who want to participate in the parade but do not want to compete must also contact Isble.

Also, local high school bands have the opportunity to compete during the parade for cash prizes, which also are $3,000 for first place, $2,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place. The bands will be judged on music, marching and general effect. 

For more information on the band competition, contact Rachel Sargent at Rachel.sargent@marshall.edu.

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Scholarship established for studying abroad in northern Europe

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - An anonymous donor has established a scholarship designated for use by Marshall University undergraduate students who will study abroad in northern Europe. Three $1,000 awards are available to help students defray the cost of international travel next year.

"These scholarships will make it possible for students, who may not otherwise have the financial means, to achieve their dream to study abroad," said Dr. Sarah N. Denman, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Marshall.

Marshall University currently offers 134 reciprocal exchange programs in 38 countries, including northern European universities in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, the Netherlands and Sweden. On a reciprocal exchange program, a student pays tuition and room and board at Marshall and these fees are waived at the host institution; the only additional costs are travel, health insurance and incidental expenses.  All scholarships and financial aid can be applied to the program. 

According to Dr. Clark Egnor, executive director of the Center for International Programs, Marshall's exchange programs in northern Europe offer a variety of courses, especially in area studies, business, environmental science or the social sciences.

"There are also strong programs in engineering and technology in Denmark, Finland and Sweden," Egnor said. "And, courses in English are available in most subjects."

Sonya M. Shafer, a recent graduate of Marshall who studied abroad at Rovaniemi Polytechni in Finland, said the program there was excellent.

"I loved it," Shafer said. "The program was in English, the university had state-of-the-art technology, and I had the opportunity to travel all over Europe."

A student interested in applying for one of the scholarships should be a full-time, undergraduate student in his/her sophomore year or higher who is applying to, or has been accepted into, a Marshall University study abroad program at one of the northern European universities.

Applicants must submit a statement of purpose essay (1-2 pages) describing the reason behind his/her choice of program and the impact that it will have academically, professionally and personally. Applications should be made in the academic term prior to the start date of the study abroad program: by Oct. 15 for the spring term and April 15 for fall and summer terms.

More information about studying abroad can be obtained from the MU Office of Study Abroad Web site at http://www.marshall.edu/cip/studyabroad/, or by visiting the Center for International Program's Office of Study Abroad in Old Main 320.

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Monday October 1, 2007
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Maynard named associate dean of academic programs in COEHS

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Stan Maynard, director of the June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development at Marshall University, has accepted a new position as associate dean of academic programs within MU's College of Education and Human Services (COEHS).

Dr. Rosalyn Templeton, executive dean of COEHS, announced Maynard's new position today.

"The COEHS is extremely fortunate to have someone with Dr. Maynard's skills and expertise to lead the college's programs into the 21st Century," Templeton said. "With his creativity and enthusiasm, there is no doubt that our programs will thrive. I am excited about the collaborations he will promote."

Templeton said Maynard's major responsibilities will relate to overseeing COEHS's academic programs within the Divisions of: School of Education (SOE), Exercise Science, Sports and Recreation (ESSR), and Human Development and Allied Technology (HDAT).

"Dr. Maynard will continue his role of overseeing the creation of the 21st Century Model School in cooperation with the Department of Education," Templeton said.

Maynard said he is excited about having the opportunity to combine the work of developing the Model School initiative for the West Virginia Department of Education.

"My plan is to integrate the research data produced at the Model School into the undergraduate and graduate programming in the College of Education and Human Services to better reflect 21st Century content and skills," he said.

For more information, contact Maynard at (304) 696-2890, or via email at Maynard@marshall.edu. His office is located in Room 218 of Jenkins Hall on the Huntington campus.


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