September 2007 News Releases

Friday September 28, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Online auction of 'We Are Marshall' items continues through Oct. 2

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Movie props from "We Are Marshall," donated to Marshall University by Warner Bros. Pictures, continue to be offered to the public through an online auction until midnight Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Rebecca Samples, director of annual giving at Marshall, said proceeds from the auction will benefit the Marshall University Foundation Inc. and the Big Green Scholarship Foundation, primarily by providing academic and athletic scholarships.

"We are pleased with the level of activity on the auction site so far," Samples said of the auction, which began on Tuesday, Sept. 18. "All of the items are still up for bid."

Samples said about 35 items are up for bid, including football jerseys - some with dirt still on them, windbreakers, ball caps, faux newspapers circa November 1970, prop newspapers and letters and menus from Boone's Diner.

To bid on an item, go to For more information on the auction, call Samples at (304) 696-3292.

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

'Airmen of Note' to perform at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The United States Air Force band unit known as the "Airmen of Note" will perform at Marshall University's Smith Recital Hall at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12.

The Airmen of Note is one of eight performing units of the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., and is the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. Originally created in 1950 to carry on the tradition of Glenn Miller's Army Air Corps dance band, the Airmen of Note is one of today's few touring big bands, and has attracted 18 of the finest musicians in the country.  As a result, it has earned an international reputation as one of the finest and most versatile big bands of its kind in the world.

Twice yearly, the "Note" tours throughout the United States, spreading its big band sound to communities from coast to coast. The Airmen of Note also has an extensive record of international performing, with appearances in five South American countries, eight European countries and Japan. The group also appears regularly at the world's most famous jazz festivals, including featured performances at the Detroit/Montreux Jazz Festival, Notre Dame Jazz Festival, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Wichita Jazz Festival, Elkhart Jazz Festival and the Pensacola Jazz Festival.

The Airmen of Note's steadfast commitment to musical excellence and its reputation for setting the highest standards has earned the respect of the world's foremost jazz artists.  This has led to many collaborative efforts, recordings and performances with such luminaries as Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan and Cleo Laine.

The group's Jazz Outreach program, a series of educational clinics and performances at high schools and colleges across the nation, reflects its commitment to music education. Another sign of the Airmen of Note's commitment to music education is the Sammy Nestico Award, initiated in 1994 and named after the former leader of the Note.  The objective of this annual competition is to encourage young jazz composers writing for big bands.  The award winner travels to Washington, D.C., for the performance of his or her composition by the Airmen of Note at a major concert.

Admission to the performance at Marshall is free, but tickets are required. They may be picked up at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center Box Office (304) 696-ARTS. Ticket requests also may be made by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to:

Airmen of Note Tickets
Department of Music
Marshall University
1 John Marshall Dr.
Huntington, WV 25755

Tickets are limited to four per request and ticket holders must be seated 15 minutes prior to the concert. Ten minutes before the concert begins, doors will open for nonticket holders.

For further information, contact Dr. Ed Bingham, director of jazz studies at Marshall University, by calling (304) 696-3147, or by e-mail at

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

General faculty meeting includes State of the University address by President Kopp, introduction of 72 new faculty

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's fall general faculty meeting, which includes President Stephen J. Kopp's State of the University address, takes place at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept.  28 in the Playhouse of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on the Huntington campus.

The agenda consists of welcoming remarks by Dr. Larry Stickler, chair of the faculty senate; singing of the Star Spangled Banner by Derek Gwinn, associate athletic director for compliance; introduction of 72 new faculty by Dr. Sarah Denman, provost/senior vice president for academic affairs, and Dr. Gretchen Oley, senior associate dean for clinical affairs; Kopp's address; and a State of the Faculty address by Stickler.

New faculty to be introduced are:

College of Education & Human Services - Lisa Burton, Tina Cartwright, Debra Conner, Barbra Haptonstall and Cheryl Jeffers.

College of Fine Arts - Maribea Woodington Barnes, Jeffrey Pappas and Robert Wray.

College of Health Professions - Melanie Akers, Chanin Boyle, Charles Hossler and Amy Knell.

College of Information Technology & Engineering - Andrew Nichols.

College of Liberal Arts - Ryan Angus, Massimo Bardi, Keith Bell, Linda Cole, Christina Franzen, Brian Hoey, Walter Iriarte, Jason Mornissette, Neal Stidham, Laura Wadley and Jun Zhao.

College of Science - Brian Antonsen, Maria Babiuc-Hamilton, Xiaojuan Fan, Duane Farnsworth, Mohammad Itani, Greg Kuhn, Howard Richards, Jennifer Shell, Wendy Trzyna, Bin Wang and Xiangqian Zhou.

Elizabeth McDowell Lewis College of Business - Dick Drass, Raymond Keener, David Spudich and Weishen Wang.

Marshall University Graduate College - Mindy Allenger, Jeanette Lee-Farmer, Yetunde Shobo and Louis Watts.

W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications - Joanne Gula, Rob Rabe and Nerissa Young.

Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine - Gabriela Ballester, Oscar Ballester, Yan Chen, Pier Claudio, Piyali Dasgupta, Jenna Dolan, Brian Dunlap, Richard Egleton, Ahmad El-Bash, Marie Frazier, Muhammad Gill, Andrea Hill, Casey Holliday, Dawn Holliday, Mateen Hotiana, Hisham Keblawi, Toussaint Leclercq, Cheri Yost Lindberg, Wen Long, Ahmad Nusair, Bryan Payne, Frank Richter, Ashar Salman, Charles Shuff, Sara Walker von Wulffer and John Wilkinson IV.

A reception to honor the new faculty will take place in the Performing Arts Center lobby after the meeting.

For more information, call Bernice Bullock with the faculty senate at (304) 696-4376.

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Tuesday September 25, 2007
Contact: Tom Resler, President of Museum of Radio and Technology Board, (304) 389-5585

Huntington Museum of Radio and Technology announces second class of inductees into the W.Va. Broadcasting Hall of Fame

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Thirty-two radio and television pioneers will become members of The West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the second annual induction ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 3.

The ceremony is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Museum of Radio and Technology located at 1640 Florence Ave. in Huntington.

Tom Resler, president of the museum board, said the hall of fame truly represents the great legacy West Virginia has in the broadcasting industry.

"These inductees have created a rich diversity of programming at radio and TV stations across the state," Resler said. "This year's class of 32 and last year's class of 61 inductees represent West Virginians who have been an important part of the lives of viewers and listeners in the region and even across the country."

The members of the second class of inductees into the West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame are:

Bob Bower, WTIP sportscaster, program director; Harry Bright, WETZ, Martinsville; Glen Chase, founder, WSAZ radio; Charlie Cooper, WKAZ DJ Super Dooper Charlie Cooper; Bud Dailey, WSAZ weathercaster; Randy Damron, WQBE personality;

George Diab, GM at WCHS; Little Jimmy Dickens, Grand Ole Opry star; Bob Harvit, WBTH, WXCC-FM owner-Williamson; Ira Southern, Southern Communications; Dorothy "Dottie" Johnson, Marshall University professor; Pete Johnson, consulting engineer;

Carrol King Kessel, engineer, WSAZ radio; Ken Kurtz, news reporter; George Lewis, Steamboat Bill and Mr. Cartoon on WSAZ; Bob Orr, CBS News correspondent, WTRF-Wheeling; Jack O'Shea, DJ on WKEE, Huntington; Don Ray, current GM of WSAZ-TV;

Dick Reid, Lucky 8 Ranch on WCHS-TV; Bud Rogers, WSAZ-TV's second GM; Jim Schneider, WKEE DJ known as "Flying Dutchman;" David Selby, Quentin Collins on "Dark Shadows;" Bob Smith, news anchor-WSAZ, WOWK-TV; Bert Sonis, GM of WTIP-Charleston;

Buddy Starcher, "Buddy Starcher Show" on WCHS-TV; Bob Thomas, Sr., engineer, owner WOAY in Oak Hill; Bob Turley, WKAZ DJ; Greg Van Camp, WWVU-Morgantown; Mort Victorson, sales manager at WTIP; Phil Vogel, longtime radio voice, WWNR, WGKV; and Gary Vorhees, program manager, WTRF-Wheeling.

A portion of the museum was renovated to house the hall of fame with support from the Tri-State Foundation and the Cabell County Commission.  The museum, founded in 1991, features hundreds of radio and TV exhibits and maintains a library of broadcasting history.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, contact Dr. Corley Dennison, dean of Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications and a member of the Hall of Fame selection committee, at (304) 696-2809.

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

Career Extravaganza set for Oct. 3 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students preparing to find job opportunities that fit their career goals or seasoned veterans wanting to make a career move are invited to attend the Marshall University Career Services Center's Career Extravaganza on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Don Morris Room on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus. It is specifically designed to include all Marshall students, and is open to all majors.

Students not in search of a job also are encouraged to attend to take advantage of numerous networking and research opportunities.

This year's Extravaganza will feature the traditional organization table set-up as well as career panels for students exploring different career fields and options. More than 60 companies are expected to be recruiting for local and regional positions.  The complete list of registered organizations is available at

Job seekers are encouraged to visit the Career Services Center prior to the fair to have their resumes reviewed and to answer questions about career fair etiquette. During the fair, the Career Services Center will be hosting a Resume Doctor kiosk that allows fair attendees to have their resumes reviewed at the fair.

More information is available by calling the Career Services Center at (304) 696-2370 or e-mailing Kim Adkins, projects coordinator, at

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Monday September 24, 2007
Contact: Jenny Thalheimer, Senator Robert C. Byrd's Communications Office, (202) 224-3904

Byrd announces grant funding for Marshall Forensic Science Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Marshall University is set to benefit from more than $2 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Justice for initiatives at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center (MUFSC.  The funding will support the continued development of MUFSC as a working model forensic laboratory and a resource for the national forensic community.

"I am pleased to learn of the grant funding Marshall's Forensic Science Center received, and I am proud to be a supporter of this program that has become a leader in national forensic research, training, and service.  The additional funding will help to further the university's efforts to provide instruction in DNA testing to laboratory specialists and other members of the criminal justice system, and to test DNA samples from convicted felons from West Virginia and throughout the country. This important work is helping to put criminals behind bars," Byrd said.

Marshall University officials were notified by the Department of Justice recently that they would receive funding for two competitive grant applications that university officials submitted earlier this year to the National Institute of Justice (NIJ).  Because of previous federal support Byrd has secured since Fiscal Year 1998, the Center is now in a competitive posture at the national level to obtain additional grant funding.  The grant awards will help fund the Center's education and training agenda and will help expand upon MU's efforts to establish the National Institute of Forensic Science Education and Training.

"The Center has benefited greatly from Senator Byrd's support and direction over many years.  The grant funding that he has identified not only helps train practicing DNA analysts and crime scene investigators, but also will help prepare the next generation of forensic scientists to meet ever evolving challenges for the justice system," said Dr. Terry Fenger, MUFSC Director.

A grant of $1.5 million will be used toward funding MUFSC's DNA training courses that are endorsed by the NIJ.  An additional grant of $510,974 will help MUFSC, in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), provide courses in the areas of crime scene investigation, crime scene photography, impression evidence analysis, and additional relevant courses.

"The availability of Marshall's Crime Scene House provides the FBI and MU with a unique setting to conduct a variety of mock crime scene exercises which benefit forensic scientists and investigators from state and local law enforcement agencies from across the country," Fenger added.

"I am pleased to have secured funding for Marshall's Forensic Science Center in the past, and am proud that the Center will be able to continue to improve forensic technologies and to provide best practices for state and local crime labs throughout the nation. Also, Marshall is graduating highly trained forensic scientists whose expertise will help to solve crimes in West Virginia and across the country," Byrd said.

The MUFSC is dedicated to providing the highest quality forensic analysis for the promotion of truth and justice throughout West Virginia and the nation.   MUFSC has a unique relationship with the West Virginia State Police as the first university to partner with a state crime laboratory on developing and maintaining a Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database, the DNA database for convicted offenders. Through MUFSC's Master of Science degree program, students have access to state-of-the-art equipment, as well as a top notch faculty.  The MUFSC employs one of the most skilled DNA workforces in the country, consisting predominantly of the Center's Forensic Science graduates.

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

Annual Day of Service planned Saturday at Marshall, in community

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's annual Day of Service, an organized cleanup of the Huntington campus and community, will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 29 on the Huntington campus.

Marshall students, faculty and staff will meet on the Memorial Student Center plaza at 9:15 a.m. for breakfast and registration, then begin the cleanup at 10 a.m.

"The students should consider the campus their home," said Prudy Barker, director of judicial affairs and volunteer services at Marshall. "This is a day set aside for the students, faculty and staff to come together and spruce up their "home," to spend a couple of hours cleaning up the campus and assisting in some much-needed work off campus."

Day of Service, which originated a few years ago as SweatEquity Day, typically draws hundreds of Marshall students. Projects on campus include washing windows, pulling weeds, sweeping, dusting and picking up trash.

This year, as part of Day of Service, workers will be washing automobiles in a parking lot at the corner of 3rd Avenue and 20th Street. The cost is a $10 donation. Proceeds will help fund a Habitat House, which Marshall and Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity are teaming to build this fall.

Off-campus projects are planned at the Huntington Museum of Art, the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center and Barnett Child Care Center.

Those who participate in Day of Service will receive a t-shirt.

For more information, contact Barker at (304) 696-2495 or

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

H.E.L.P. Program recognized by U.S. News and World Report

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Higher Education for Learning Problems (H.E.L.P.) has been included in the Aug. 27 issue of U.S. News and World Report in a story about schools with programs for students with learning disabilities.

"This is a great honor," said Dr. Barbara Guyer, founder and director emeritus of the H.E.L.P. program, who is quoted in the article. "The story does a good job of describing our program in a nutshell."

Lynne Weston, current director of the program, agreed. "We work hard to help students with learning problems, and to be recognized in this way, with just a few other schools, is very exciting," she said.

According to the article, Marshall's H.E.L.P. program addresses skills students need as undergraduates, such as reading speed and comprehension, test-taking strategies and time management, among others.

The Aug. 27 edition was U.S. News and World Report's yearly issue on "America's Best Colleges." Marshall was ranked among the Top 50 Southern master's universities.

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Thursday September 20, 2007
Contact: Lalena Price, University Communications, (304) 746-1989

Marshall student television show to air on My Z TV

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A late-night television show that got its start as a class project at Marshall University has been picked up by My Z TV.

"Up Late" will begin airing from 11 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 on My Z TV, according to Don Ray, general manager of WSAZ.

"This is a good opportunity for us to partner with Marshall University to provide unique cutting-edge programming for our My Z TV audiences," Ray said.

Corley Dennison, dean of Marshall's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, describes the show as "Conan O'Brien in College."

"This is truly a unique opportunity for our students," Dennison said. "They get to have a program that they write and produce and it will have great exposure on My Z TV. I very much appreciate the opportunity WSAZ is giving our students. It's a win-win for both the students of Marshall University and the viewers of My Z TV."

"Up Late" grew out of the Introduction to Video Production class taught by instructors Jamie LoFiego and Eric Himes, both of whom also work with Marshall's Instructional Television Channel 25. It is produced entirely by students in and is hosted by LoFiego. The program has a late-night show quality and features interviews, skits, ridiculous stunts, guest bands and, of course, comedy.

"The students asked me to be the host to give the show consistency through the semesters," LoFiego said. "And because they know I'm seeking fame and fortune."

Comedy bits aside, the class does include lecture, course work as well as studio time.

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Thursday September 20, 2007
Contact: Lalena Price, University Communications, (304) 746-1989

Marshall's human research program receives national accreditation

HUNTINGTON - Marshall University's human research program has received national accreditation, a first for any university in West Virginia, according to the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc.

Only 32 organizations in the country have full accreditation through the association, a nonprofit that evaluates organizations that conduct human research. Accredited entities must be able to demonstrate that extensive safeguards are built into every level of their research operation.

"Marshall University is committed to the most comprehensive protections for research participants as well as the highest quality research," Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said. "We sought accreditation, because our program is committed to continuous improvement. We strive to go beyond what is required by law to protect human participants and ensure integrity in research. It is an honor to have our program recognized in this manner."

Marshall's Office of Research Integrity serves as the institutional review board for the Huntington VA Medical Center, St. Mary's Medical Center, Cabell Huntington Hospital and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. The types of research conducted include medical studies, cancer studies, new medical devices, investigational drugs and social and behavioral studies like the ones conducted through the Marshall University main campus and the Graduate College in South Charleston. Through affiliation with Marshall, all of these programs share in the accreditation, which is valid for three years.

Dr. Cynthia Winger, director of the office, said that the tough process meant every aspect of the entire program was examined. She said the university puts the wellbeing of all research participants first giving the program a strong foundation before the accreditation review process began.

"After going through a very stringent process we know without doubt that everything about our human research program meets or exceeds federal regulations," Winger said. "Through accreditation, we demonstrated our high ethical standards in protecting research participants, which should be a signal to the public that they can trust our process."

Other academic institutions that were granted accreditation at the same time as Marshall include Harvard University, University of Oklahoma and University of Kansas.

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

Poet Marianne Boruch to read from her work Sept. 24 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Poet Marianne Boruch will read from her work at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 in Room 2W16 of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

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

Boruch's latest collection is Poems: New and Selected, from Oberlin College Press. She is the author of four other books of poetry, including A Stick that Breaks and Breaks and Moss Burning. She also is the author of two books of essays on poetry - In the Blue Pharmacy: Essays on Poetry and Other Transformations, and Poetry's Old Air.

Her poems and essays have been published in such periodicals as The New Yorker; The Nation; Iowa Review; The Georgia Review, and The American Poetry Review. She has appeared in such anthologies as The Best American Poetry 1997; Boomer Girls; Poets of the New Century; Poets Reading: The Field Symposia, and others.

She received a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Terrence DePres Award from Parnassus.

Boruch has taught at Purdue University since 1987 and directed the M.F.A. program there from its beginning in 1987 until 2005.

For more information, call Art Stringer in the English department at (304) 696-2403.

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

Latest class of Erma Byrd Scholars announced

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The latest class of Erma Byrd Scholars at Marshall University is attending MU this fall, Dr. Barry Sharpe, executive director of Marshall's John R. Hall Center for Academic Excellence, announced today. The scholars consist of six freshmen from West Virginia.

Every year two scholars are selected from each of the state's three congressional districts. The program, which was established in 1994, honors the late Erma Byrd, wife of West Virginia's senior United States Senator, Robert C. Byrd.

The new class of Erma Byrd Scholars includes: Cody Collins of Shinnston and Ellen Kist of Parkersburg representing District 1; Brittany Racer of Nitro and Margaret Stonestreet of St. Albans representing District 2; and Michael Bledsoe and Jill Lansden, both of Chapmanville, representing District 3.

The scholars are selected on the basis of an essay, which they wrote during the application process, their high school grade point average and two recommendations. They are required, while at Marshall, to maintain a grade point average of 3.5. The scholars also will have the opportunity, when schedules permit, to visit Washington, D.C., and meet Senator Byrd.

Erma Byrd Scholars are not limited to a particular field of study at Marshall. Current and past scholars have been majors in physics, chemistry, biology, English, history, integrated science and technology, communications studies, political science and teacher education.

For more information, contact Sharpe at (304) 696-2475.

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Friday September 14, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Volunteers needed to help Herd fans recycle at home games

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Volunteers are needed to help Marshall University football fans recycle at home football games.

Marshall launched its Be Green recycling campaign at the game against West Virginia University.  The program encourages fans to recycle plastic bottles and cans. Volunteers will be asked to hand out recycling bags to tailgaters and encourage people to place their recyclables in specially marked recycling bins throughout Joan C. Edwards Stadium and surrounding tailgate areas. Kickoff Saturday is at 4:30 p.m. 

Volunteer shifts will begin a few hours prior to kickoff. Each person is asked to work for at least two hours and some may be needed to stay after the game to canvass the stadium and parking lots for recyclables.

All volunteer service hours will be validated. Groups or individuals are encouraged to volunteer. To find out more, or to volunteer for an upcoming game, contact Brett Mount at (304) 696-3484 or

The Be Green program is a cooperative effort among REAP - The Next Generation, the DEP, ISP Sports, Goodwill Industries and Marshall University. REAP is located within the Department of Environmental Protection and houses all of the state's volunteer-driven cleanup programs by providing supplies and support in community cleanup, recycling and beautification projects. To learn more about Be Green or other REAP initiatives, call (800) 322-5530.

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Friday September 14, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

'We Are Marshall' actor Arlen Escarpeta to visit Marshall, other area venues Saturday through Wednesday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Arlen Escarpeta, who portrayed quarterback Reggie Oliver in "We Are Marshall," returns to Huntington this weekend to participate in several activities, including Chilifest in downtown Huntington and the coin toss before Marshall University's football game with New Hampshire.

Escarpeta also will make special appearances at other venues in Huntington and Charleston during his visit, which begins Saturday, Sept. 15 and continues through Wednesday, Sept. 19. His visit coincides with the DVD release of "We Are Marshall," which is set for Tuesday, Sept. 18.

During the New Hampshire game, which kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Escarpeta will be joined by Oliver, who resides in Columbus, Ohio.

"Any actor who can portray a great Marshall alumnus like Reggie Oliver is always welcomed in Huntington," said Marshall Chief of Staff Bill Bissett. "Arlen Escarpeta combines tremendous talent with the ability to relate to anyone he meets. From our students to visitors to the Joan C. Edwards Stadium this weekend, we look forward to spending more time with this adopted 'Son of Marshall'."

Since filming "We Are Marshall" in 2006, Escarpeta has appeared as a guest star in episodes of "Law & Order: SVU" and "Without a Trace," both of which will air later this fall; in the lead role in independent feature films "Midnight Son" and "Privileged;" and, in the feature film "The Ten," which also stars Paul Rudd and Jessica Alba.

Here is a schedule of some of Escarpeta's planned public appearances. Oliver will join him at each event on Saturday:

Saturday, Sept. 15

  • 10 to 11:30 a.m. - Signs copies of the special "We Are Marshall" edition of Huntington Quarterly at the St. Mary's Medical Center tent at Chilifest in downtown Huntington. The magazine will be available for purchase at the tent. Escarpeta and Oliver also will sign other memorabilia as requested.
  • 1:30 to 2 p.m. - Attends Marshall's student tailgate at the Career Services Center parking lot at 1681 5th Ave.  
  • 2:30 p.m. - Participates in the Marshall football team's traditional walk from Cam Henderson Center to Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
  • 4:15 p.m. - Takes part in the coin toss on the field before the Marshall-New Hampshire game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.  

Sunday, Sept. 16

  • 1 p.m. - Attends sub-varsity football game between Marshall and Hargrave Military Academy at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Monday, Sept. 17

  • 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Participates in a videoconference at West Virginia State University's Cole Complex. The videoconference will be available through streaming video on the Internet from the film office's Web site ( It is for anyone interested in learning about the film industry, according to Pam Haynes, director of the West Virginia Film Office. Joining Escarpeta as participants in the videoconference are Escarpeta's manager, Britton Hein; Steve Schmidt and Jason Hively, local crew hires on "We Are Marshall;" and Haynes and Jamie Cope with the Film Office. It is anticipated that the movie's producer, Basil Iwanyk, and McG, the director, will participate either by videoconference or pre-recorded message. Access to the videoconference also will be available in Drinko Library room 402 on Marshall's Huntington campus.
  • 1:30 p.m. - Speaks to students at Horace Mann Middle School in Charleston.
  • 3 p.m. - Speaks at the Charleston Job Corps.

Tuesday, Sept. 18 

  • Makes various promotional appearances in Charleston with the West Virginia Film Office and the West Virginia Division of Tourism.

Wednesday, Sept. 19

  • 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Signs copies of the "We Are Marshall" DVD on the Memorial Student Center plaza on the Huntington campus.

Escarpeta's visit is made possible by the West Virginia Division of Tourism, the West Virginia Film Office, Jackson Kelly PLLC, the Marshall University Alumni Association, the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., Marshall's Student Government Association and the university's Office of Recruitment.

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Friday September 14, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University to host Appalachian Studies Association's 31st annual conference in March 2008

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Appalachian Studies Association's 31st annual conference will take place at Marshall University in March 2008.  The ASA encourages citizens from the tri-state region to submit ideas for presentations.

The conference will highlight how people (citizens, professionals, students, scholars, educators, artists, activists, etc.) are responding to the next generation of challenge and change in Appalachia's "road ahead," according to Dr. Chris Green, the conference program chair.

Green said everyone involved in the life and welfare of the Appalachian region is encouraged to submit ideas and to join more than 700 people in the conference. 

Presenters might share work that an organization has been doing, organize a panel, submit a research paper, put together a roundtable discussion, conduct a reading, develop a workshop, create a poster, or produce a display table, Green said.

To submit presentations, visit  

Marshall University has housed ASA's national headquarters since 2001.  ASA's members include all ages of scholars, educators, students, professionals, grassroots activists, individuals, groups, and institutions from around the country.

According to Green, ASA's mission is to promote and engage dialogue, research, scholarship, education, creative expression, and action.  Its mission is driven by its commitment to foster quality of life, democratic participation and appreciation of Appalachian experiences regionally, nationally, and internationally.

For more information, contact Green at (304) 696-6269 or, or ASA's executive director, Mary Thomas, at (304) 696-2904 or

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Thursday September 13, 2007
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Herd Around the World raising funds for clean water project in West Africa

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is partnering with Rotary International to raise funds to bring safe drinking water to a small village in West Africa.

A new Marshall student organization, led by a group of international and American students, is working with the Rotary Club of Huntington on fundraising and volunteering for the project.  The club, called Herd Around the World, plans to enlist individual students and other student clubs at Marshall to get involved in raising funds for the clean water project.

"The partnership with Rotary International will add an international dimension to the University's emphasis on service as a part of the Freshman Experience," Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said.

Herd Around the World began raising funds by selling bottled water at a Student Organization Fair earlier this month. The fundraising is continuing each week from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at the Memorial Student Center. The cost per bottle of water is $1, but people may also donate additional funds toward the cause. 

Karen Dickson, president of the Rotary Club of Huntington, also is excited about the partnership with Marshall.

"We are so pleased that the university has agreed to partner with us on our annual international service project," Dickson said. "The leadership and involvement of both international and American students captures the spirit of Rotary International which strives to promote peace and understanding throughout the world."

According to Tom Greenstreet, governor of the Rotary District 7550 of Southern West Virginia, the partnership that the Rotary Club of Huntington has established with Marshall is unique.

"I'm not aware of any other Rotary club that has developed this level of cooperation on a service project which involves international students and global education at a university," Greenstreet said. "It's a great fit for Rotary and Marshall since we are both active internationally."

Marshall University currently enrolls more than 400 international students from more than 60 countries and sends more than 100 American students abroad each year.

 "Our goal," said Dickson Muchiri, president of Herd Around the World and an international graduate student at Marshall from Kenya, "is to sell water which has been donated to the Rotary Club of Huntington on the Marshall campus. In addition, the club will educate students about the Rotary International's clean water initiatives and promote global awareness."

"Water is a resource that all of us in the United States use on a daily basis and with easy access.  However, in many countries water is not only in short supply but the quality is poor," said Laura Evans, fundraising chair for Rotary Club of Huntington, who has set a goal to raise $6,000 by May 2008. 

The money the Rotary Club of Huntington collects will be matched with funds from Rotary International to build three water wells in a small village near Lagos, Nigeria. Several local companies and individuals are supporting the project, including West Virginia American Water, Sodexho Campus Services at Marshall University, and Mark George, facility manager of Pepsi Bottling Group in Huntington.

"This partnership with Rotary creates a valuable opportunity for our students at Marshall University to develop an international perspective while becoming involved with a service project that will improve people's lives on the other side of the globe," said Dr. Clark Egnor, executive director of the Center for International Programs at Marshall University.

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,000 clubs in more than 170 countries and geographical areas.

For more information, contact Egnor at (304) 696-2465.

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Tuesday September 11, 2007
Contact: Beverly McCoy, Director of Public Relations, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, (304) 691-1713

Traveling Marshall clinic gives boost to screenings, on-the-spot care

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- At sporting events, businesses and health fairs, a new medical clinic on wheels is making it easier to provide on-the-scene screening and care to people of southern West Virginia.

A project of Marshall University's Robert C. Byrd Center for Rural Health, the mobile medical unit fills an important niche for the region without duplicating services, says Jennifer Plymale, the center's director.

U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., secured federal funding for the project.

"I have long been concerned about the health care of West Virginians, particularly of those in rural communities. Too often, these families must travel long distances to see a physician, and even farther if specialized care is required," said Byrd. "The challenges confronted in the area of rural health are serious, but they can be effectively answered with tools such as the mobile medical unit.

"I hope this new device will help southern West Virginians overcome the roadblocks that have prevented them from receiving the quality medical treatment that they deserve."

Designed as a way to effectively provide health screenings for businesses, students and the general public, the custom-designed van is full-featured. In addition to two exam rooms, it has a reception area, a restroom, and a receiving area where nurses can check vital signs.

"We tried to be as multi-purpose as possible," said Plymale. "In addition to all the basics you would find in a primary care doctor's office, we've got a microscope for checking samples, supplies needed to start IVs, and everything necessary to handle minor office surgeries like putting in stitches. We're wired for computers, and we also have a TV and VCR for patient education videos."

Marshall used input from medical groups in rural communities to help define the van's role.

"We've tried to recognize community needs and offer support," Plymale said. "The van doesn't duplicate existing services; the idea is for it to provide screenings or services the community for whatever reason cannot."

So far the project has offered aid on the sidelines of soccer and football games, done occupational health screenings for businesses and sports physicals for schools, provided demonstrations at the Concord University Summer Academy, and done screenings at the Lincoln County Health Fair.

Physicians and other medical personnel from Marshall's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine staff the van, and the Center for Rural Health provides the driver.

Custom-built for Marshall by Farber Specialty Vehicle of Columbus, Ohio, the mobile clinic is part of a more comprehensive grant to the Center for Rural Health from the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, which is part of the Health Resources and Services Administration.

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Monday September 10, 2007
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Special features available for Marshall students in marathon

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - As the annual Marshall University Marathon continues to grow, so does the number of challenges for the runners and walkers - particularly those representing Marshall.

New to the fourth annual Marshall Marathon, scheduled for 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 in Huntington, is a competition among Marshall student organizations in the half-marathon (13.1 miles) relay.

A special award will be given to the top half-marathon relay team consisting of members of a single Marshall student organization. Two or three people may run the half-marathon relay in any order they wish. The legs will be 3.3, 5.7 and 4.1 miles.

Another component of the marathon is the Governor's Cup, which highlights students, faculty and staff of colleges and universities from West Virginia competing against each other. Teams will be made up of at least three women and three men half-marathoners and the total times for those six will constitute the team time. The winning team wins the Governor's Cup.

For more information on how to register for any marathon event, persons may visit Participants can register online at through 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1. Registration in person is available only at the race expo/packet pickup on Saturday, Nov. 3.

The race is presented by, which is affiliated with HIMG (Huntington Internal Medicine Group) and dedicated to bringing the HealthierUS Initiative to the area.

Race director Tom Dannals also is hoping Marshall students join the long list of volunteers needed to help make the event a success. Volunteers are needed along the 26.2-mile, USA Track and Field certified course at water stops, at traffic intersections and to simply cheer the runners and walkers on during the race.

"Marshall University is so important to the marathon," Dannals said. "We would love to see many of the university's students, faculty and staff participating either as runners or walkers, or helping out as volunteers. Or, they can just line the course and cheer the runners on, which is extremely important to them."

In addition to the 26.2-mile marathon and the half-marathon relay run, events include the half-marathon run, half-marathon walk and 5-mile walk.

Thundering Hooves competition: Road running clubs are invited to compete as a team in this new event. Teams consist of at least four marathoners, and at least one of the scoring members must be female and one male (i.e., a mixed team is needed). Teams may have as many competitors as they wish, but only four score and the team score is the total of those individual marathon times.

Worship time available: The Campus Christian Center, located at the corner of 5th Avenue and 17th Street next to the Memorial Student Center, will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 for those seeking a time of prayer or reflection. No services will be provided. Also, a prayer service is tentatively scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, just inside the Cam Henderson Center (next to the starting line).

Entrants in the marathon must be at least 16 years old. There is no age restriction for the other events.

The entry fees are as follows:

        Marathon: $50 by Sept. 15 and $60 after that

        Half-marathon (run and walk): $25 by Sept. 15 and $30 after that

        Half-marathon relay: $15 per runner by Sept. 15 and $20 after that

        5-mile walker: $15 regardless of signup date

All full-marathon registrants who enter by Sept. 15 will have their option of race shirts. They may elect to receive a fleece pullover or long-sleeved technical material t-shirt in a guaranteed size. All other runners and walkers will receive a long-sleeved t-shirt (size guaranteed if entry is received by Oct. 21). Everyone receives a distinctive finisher's medal, which is specially designed for the event in a 3D format.

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Monday September 10, 2007
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September 11 Observance

In observance of the 6th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001, Marshall University community members are asked to observe a moment of silence and reflection at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, the approximate time of the first attack. Thank you.

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Saturday September 8, 2007
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More than $6,400 raised in 'Bring-a-Buck' campaign at stadium

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Fans attending today's Friends of Coal Bowl between Marshall University and West Virginia University at Joan C. Edwards Stadium donated $6,440 in a "Bring-a-Buck" fundraising campaign conducted by Marshall and Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity.

The money raised will help fund a Habitat House, which Marshall and Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity are teaming to build this fall. Groundbreaking for the house, which will be built near Marshall's Huntington campus at 1903 Artisan Ave., will occur later this month. A married couple in their early 20s with a nine-month-old son has been selected for the home.

Teddy Kluemper III, director of development and communications for Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity, thanked those who made the campaign possible and fans from both universities for their contributions.

"On behalf of everybody from Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity, I would like to thank the Huntington community, Marshall University, Marshall's athletic department, Marshall University Public Safety and everyone who volunteered today to raise a substantial portion of the funds needed to build a house in Huntington," Kluemper said. "I look forward to continuing this great partnership between Marshall University and Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity."

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Friday September 7, 2007
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Doctoral program in clinical psychology awarded grant of $89,314

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The doctoral program in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) at Marshall University has been awarded a grant of $89,314. The grant will allow fourth-year Marshall graduate students to work in clinics and schools in underserved regions of central Appalachia including, initially, Wayne and Lincoln counties in West Virginia.

The grant is part of the funding initiative in Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) which is authorized through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  As a "two-for-one" federal program, GPE supports training of psychology graduate students while they provide supervised mental and behavioral health services to underserved populations.

Under this grant, Marshall students will provide mental health services in such settings as school-based health centers, primary care clinics, and social service agencies located in rural areas in West Virginia.  In addition to sites in Wayne and Lincoln counties, the possibility of placement in other areas will be explored.

"We are truly thrilled to have been awarded this grant," said Dr. Marianna Footo-Linz, a Marshall University professor who is overseeing the grant.  "The majority of the funds will be used to provide financial support to the students while they deliver services to these sites.  This support will allow them to focus more exclusively on their training and delivering much-needed mental health services to those in need."

Established in 2002 with $2 million, Graduate Psychology Education is the only initiative aimed at funding graduate-level training in psychology and it is authorized through HRSA.  GPE grants support the integrated training of psychology graduate students to work with other health professionals in the treatment of underserved populations such as the elderly, children, chronically ill persons, and victims of abuse and trauma, including members of the military service.

Marshall students will work in cooperation with the Prestera Center, ABLE Families, Lincoln County Schools, West Virginia Children's Health Project (administered through Marshall's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine), and Wayne County Schools. 

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Friday September 7, 2007
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Marshall University commercial starring theater major to air during Friends of Coal Bowl

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Football fans attending the Friends of Coal Bowl at Joan C. Edwards Stadium and watching the game on ESPN2 will be the first to see the latest Marshall University recruitment commercial starring a senior theater major from Ironton, Ohio.

The 30-second ad will air on ESPN2 and on the video board at the stadium during a break in the Marshall-West Virginia University game, which starts at 11:02 a.m. Saturday. It follows 22-year-old student Shay Nicole Hannon through student life on the Huntington campus while her father checks up on her via cell phone.

"My years at Marshall have been the most important chapter in my life so far," Hannon said. "It's not every day that someone like me gets the chance to promote something I love and feel so passionate about. When they asked me to do it, I was so honored and excited."

As a freshman, Hannon lived in the dorms and participated in student life despite being only 30 minutes from her home and family.

"I was so happy that the commercial focuses on how much living there is to do on campus," she said. "It's where I made all of my friends and where I became so connected to the university. What you see in the ad - including the frequent phone calls from my dad - is very much what I experienced and I'm glad I get to share that with potential students."

The commercial was produced by Charles Ryan Associates of Charleston in conjunction with Instructional Television Services of Marshall University. Both 30-second and 60-second spots will air predominantly in West Virginia and bordering states beginning in mid-September.

Director of recruitment Jean Gilman said it's important to show potential students that Marshall has a wonderful environment for living and learning.

"We want students to know that we are an exciting, innovative, destination campus," Gilman said. "We are currently visiting high schools around the nation to recruit students and this television exposure is key in these recruitment efforts.


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Thursday September 6, 2007
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Marshall to patrol marketplace for unlicensed merchandise

University will protect its marks by dispatching enforcement teams in Huntington Saturday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - As Marshall University prepares for the Friends of Coal Bowl Saturday with West Virginia University, MU officials, in conjunction with The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), are preparing to rid the market of potential counterfeit and unlicensed merchandise.

CLC will work closely with local law enforcement officials, along with representatives from Marshall, to patrol the marketplace in search of counterfeiters selling "knock-off" merchandise. All counterfeit merchandise is subject to seizure.

When purchasing Thundering Herd merchandise, consumers should always look for the following characteristics to ensure the merchandise they purchase is officially licensed:

  • All officially licensed merchandise should display the Officially Licensed Collegiate Product Hologram somewhere on the product or hangtag.
  • The merchandise should depict Marshall University logos and marks in a tasteful manner, as the University does not approve distasteful designs.
  • The tag on the garment should be intact. A torn or missing tag is evidence of a second-hand garment, one that probably would not meet the stringent quality standards in place at the University.
  • All merchandise should bear the name of the manufacturer somewhere on the product, either in the form of a hangtag, a neck label, or screen-printed directly on the garment.
  • All merchandise should have the appropriate trademark designations (i.e. TM, a) next to a specific name or design.

Royalties generated through the sales of Thundering Herd merchandise go back to Marshall for university development opportunities. To report Thundering Herd product in the marketplace believed to be unlicensed or any other infringing use of a Marshall University trademark or logo by any individual, company, or organization, visit the Resources Section of and click on "Report Infringers" to anonymously report it to CLC.

About the Collegiate Licensing Company:

Founded in 1981, CLC is the oldest and largest collegiate licensing agency in the U.S. and currently represents nearly 200 colleges, universities, bowl games, athletic conferences, The Heisman Trophy and the NCAA. Headquartered in Atlanta, CLC is a full-servicing licensing representative, which employs a staff of more than 80 licensing professionals who provide full-service capabilities in brand protection, brand management, and brand development. CLC is a division of IMG Worldwide.

For more information on CLC, visit

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Thursday September 6, 2007
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Three Marshall students from southern West Virginia receive Friends of Coal scholarships for 2007

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Three Marshall University freshmen from southern West Virginia have been awarded the Friends of Coal scholarships for 2007.

The recipients, all high school honor graduates, are Jeremy E. Lloyd,  a 2007 graduate of Princeton Senior High School in Mercer County; Odessa C. Compton, a 2007 graduate of Chapmanville High School in Logan County; and Krista B. Ratliff, a 2007 graduate of Matewan High School in Mingo County.

Lloyd is in Marshall's pre-science program, Compton is in pre-health professions and Ratliff is in pre-nursing.

Each student receives a $2,500 scholarship. The scholarships are a result of the sponsorship provided by the Friends of Coal for the Marshall-West Virginia football series. Students eligible to receive the scholarship must have had high GPAs in high school, live in southern West Virginia and demonstrate financial need.

"It is absolutely fabulous to have three young West Virginians from coal-producing counties whose achievements and performance are so outstanding receive the first Friends of Coal scholarships," said Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association. "It is critical that we do everything possible to keep these talented students in their home counties after graduation.  The majors they are pursuing are so very important to providing a strong and dependable infrastructure for the continued mining of West Virginia coal."

Steve Hensley, Marshall's dean of student affairs, said it is appropriate that the university honor three of its students from the coal mining region Marshall serves as recipients of the Friends of Coal scholarships.

"Clearly, our state's economy is reliant on coal for employment, tax revenue and many other benefits, so we are happy to show our support in this manner," Hensley said.

Provost Sarah Denman said Marshall is dedicated to providing opportunities for education and success for its students.

"Scholarships are one of the most important ways for Marshall to reach out and make sure that an education is possible for those who seek a better future," Denman said. "Any time we add additional scholarships to the citizens of this wonderful state is a good day. This is a day when all West Virginians win."

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Wednesday September 5, 2007
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USPS gets into the spirit of Friends of Coal Bowl

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The second annual Friends of Coal Bowl is making its mark on Huntington.

The Huntington Post Office is paying tribute to Saturday's match-up between Marshall University and West Virginia University with a cachet depicting both teams' football helmets surrounded by the Friends of Coal Bowl logo. In the study of postage stamps, a cachet is a printed decoration on an envelope that highlights a special event.

Because the game is in Huntington this year, all cachets will be stamped with the We Are Marshall logo, according to Huntington Postmaster John Prokity.

"It's a great way to honor two great West Virginia universities, two great traditions and a great game," Prokity said. "We expect this to be a very popular item, so I encourage anyone who wants one not to delay placing an order."

Marshall President Stephen Kopp said fans from both sides should take a look at this piece of artwork.

"We appreciate the United States Postal Service for their creativity and hard work on making such a unique collectible for fans of the Friends of Coal Bowl," he said.

The $2 cachet goes on sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on game day, Sept. 8, at the Marshall Station post office located across from the Joan C. Edwards Football Stadium at 2016 3rd Avenue. Each one will be postmarked Sept. 8 and also will be available at all Huntington post office locations the following Monday as well as by mail from Coal Bowl Cachet, c/o Postmaster, 1000 Virginia Ave. W., Huntington, WV 25704.

A photo of the cachet is available online at:

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Tuesday September 4, 2007
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Rick Robinson joins College of Education and Human Services as director of development

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Rick Robinson, who has spent the past 20 years as an exercise/teaching specialist with Marshall University's Division of Exercise Science, Sports and Recreation (ESSR) and Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER), is the new director of development for Marshall's College of Education and Human Services (COEHS).

Robinson, who began his duties on Aug. 6, is working in the areas of fundraising, project and program development, media relations and promotions for both the Marshall University Foundation Inc. and the college. He reports to Lance West, vice president for major gift development, and COEHS Dean Rosalyn Templeton.

"I am very excited to accept the new challenges, experiences and the learning curve that will be associated with my new role at Marshall University," Robinson said. "Although this position is very different than before, ultimately the bottom line is similar. I will be working to make Marshall University a better place for our students to attend by increasing their opportunities and by improving the environments in which they will live and learn."

West said Robinson's experience at Marshall should help him excel in his new role.

"We're excited to have Rick become part of the Marshall University development and foundation team," West said. "With his experience of more than 20 years on the faculty, he has gained tremendous insight on the great values that Marshall offers to its students, alumni and supporters."

Templeton said the COEHS "desperately needed a director of development, and it found a perfect person when Rick accepted the position.

"Many people do not know about the college's exciting projects, and I know Rick will do an excellent job of promoting the college on a local, state, and national level," she said.

Robinson, a native of St. Albans, W.Va., and 1980 graduate of St. Albans High School, has two degrees from Marshall. He earned a B.A. in adult fitness in 1984 and a Master of Science in physical education/exercise physiology in 1986. Rick, his wife, Rebecca, and their 15-month-old identical twin sons, David and Brian, live in Huntington. Rebecca also is a Marshall graduate and teaches art at South Point (Ohio) High School.

Robinson's father, Dave Robinson, is a 1955 Marshall College graduate and member of Marshall's Athletics Hall of Fame. Dave Robinson played basketball for Marshall and Coach Cam Henderson from 1951 to 1955.

Rick Robinson can be reached by calling (304) 696-7081 or via email at

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Tuesday September 4, 2007
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Fans urged to 'Bring-a-Buck" to Marshall-WVU game; proceeds will help fund Habitat for Humanity House

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University and Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity will conduct a "Bring-a-Buck" fundraising campaign Saturday, Sept. 8 before the Marshall-West Virginia University football game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Fans attending the game will be asked to contribute at least $1 each toward a Habitat House, which Marshall and Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity are teaming to build this fall. Volunteers with buckets will begin collecting at 9 a.m. and continue until about 11:30 or 11:40 a.m. The game kicks off at 11:02 a.m. All collecting will be done outside the stadium.

Groundbreaking for the house, which will be built near Marshall's Huntington campus at 1903 Artisan Ave., will occur later this month. A married couple in their early 20s with a nine-month-old son has been selected for the home.

"All proceeds will go to this important project," said Teddy Kluemper III, director of development and communications for Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity. "With a crowd of about 40,000 expected for the game, we are confident we can raise a minimum of $40,000, which would allow Marshall to partner with us in providing safe, decent and affordable housing."

A similar "Bring-a-Buck" effort in 2005 raised funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The money was collected before Marshall's home football game with Kansas State.

Prudy Barker, Marshall's director of volunteer services, said about 50 volunteers are needed to help collect donations. Anyone wanting to volunteer should contact Barker at (304) 696-2495 by the end of the day Thursday, Sept. 6.

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Tuesday September 4, 2007
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Blood drive planned at Marshall University Sept. 5-6

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Student Government Association and the MU Student Ambassadors are hosting an American Red Cross campus blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 5-6, in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room on the Huntington campus.

Everyone who donates blood will receive a free "Join the Race to Save Lives" long-sleeved t-shirt and automatically be entered to win two tickets to the 2008 Daytona 500, along with round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations.

Refreshments will be provided to those participating in the blood drive.

For more information, contact Amy Isble at

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Monday September 3, 2007
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John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps to debut during pre-game show when Marshall plays WVU

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A new music performance ensemble from Marshall University's department of music will debut on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

The John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps will perform that day with the Marshall Marching Thunder during the pre-game show when the Thundering Herd plays West Virginia University. Kickoff is at 11 a.m.

The new group was the idea of Dr. Wendell Dobbs and his wife, Linda, both professors in the department of music. They approached Dr. Alan Gould, director of the John Deaver Drinko Academy at Marshall, and he coordinated fundraising efforts to absorb the group's startup costs and make the John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps a reality.

"Dr. Gould and President Stephen Kopp immediately recognized the potential of such an organization both for our students and the institution," Wendell Dobbs said. "And then, Judy Ketchum and Lena Shell provided the resources to make it happen. Without their belief in our work, this worthy project simply wouldn't happen."

The corps is patterned after the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps in Washington, D.C. Marshall alumni Lutricia Tampa Fields and Jennifer Razok Bailey both serve in that premier ensemble.

The John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps wear Revolutionary War-era uniforms created locally by Magic Makers Costumes and perform on McDonagh fifes and rope drums similar to those used in Washington. Their music is from the era of Chief Justice John Marshall. Members of the corps are students and teachers in the department of music.

"They have devoted the summer months to learning the fife and writing drill routines," Wendell Dobbs said. They were trained early in August by Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps retiree Susan Brockman, who spent several days with the group, Dobbs said. "The students have been splendid. They've devoted their creativity, time, effort and professionalism in making this a quality group. I think the public will recognize their excellence."

The emblem on the corps' drums and uniforms was designed by John Marshall and appears on a watch fob he procured in Paris during the time of the famous XYZ Affair. The emblem is used with the kind permission of APVA Preservation Virginia, Dobbs said.

As Drinko Fellow for the 2007-08 academic year, Wendell Dobbs has developed a schedule of events to display the John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps. In addition to home football games, they will perform in Richmond on Sept. 24 (John Marshall's birthday) at the rededication of Shockoe Hill Cemetery, where the remains of John Marshall, John Cabell and other famous Virginians rest, and later that day at the John Marshall House and the Library of Virginia.

The return trip from Richmond will include events at Lee Chapel at Washington and Lee University and Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg, W.Va. The corps will perform at the Mountain State Forest Festival on Oct. 6 in Elkins, W.Va., and at the Tri-State Band Festival at Marshall University on Nov. 3.

Dobbs said the John Deaver Drinko Academy's mission to reinvigorate civic and political culture inspired the creation of the John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps. "The corps' music and image will reaffirm Marshall University's link with the era and spirit of Chief Justice John Marshall," Dobbs said.

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