April 2008 News Releases

Wednesday April 30, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Donning of Kente celebration, processional is May 1 at MU

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Center for African American Students' Programs has invited African and African American graduates to the Donning of Kente Celebration of Achievement. 

This traditional and historically significant event takes place at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 1, on Buskirk Field at the center of the Huntington campus. The celebration and cap-and-gown ceremony will commence with a processional that will include graduating students, university deans and Dr. Stephen J. Kopp, president of Marshall University. 

The Kente cloth, which resembles a stole and is worn with the academic regalia, is a symbol of accomplishment that has its roots in a long tradition of weaving in West African countries. Marshall instituted the tradition of presenting Kente cloths to graduating African American students several years ago, and approximately 50 students are expected to participate Thursday along with university deans, faculty and staff.

"Wearing the Kente cloth is a symbol that our students wear with pride," said Maurice Cooley, director of the center. "Each cloth is unique in its design and color and will represent the different levels of degrees our students have earned."

The following woven cloths will be awarded: Owia Repue for associate degrees; Babadua for bachelor's degrees; Kyemfere for master's degrees; and Akyem Shield for post-master's degrees.

Keynote speaker will be the Bishop Samuel Moore, an educator and recent recipient of the Milken Award, a national award acknowledging an educator's crucial contributions to our national well-being.

Dr. Sarah Denman, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs, will participate in the event. Senior Christabel Danbey-Cobbina will make remarks on behalf of the undergraduates. Marshall alumna Janis Winkfield also will speak. Dr. Alfred Akinsete, an associate professor of math, will make closing remarks and lead the processional.

African music will be provided by the Marshall University African Dance and Drum ensemble. A reception will follow on the Memorial Student Center plaza for all participants and those in attendance.

In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Don Morris Room in the Memorial Student Center.

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Wednesday April 30, 2008
Contact: Bill Bissett, Chief of Staff, (304) 696-6713

Marshall University Executive MBA students honored during special hooding ceremony in Charleston

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -  Fifteen business professionals in the current Marshall University Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) class were honored last weekend during a special hooding ceremony in Charleston.

The students were formally hooded in their academic regalia by Dr. Sarah Denman, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs, after having successfully completed all the requirements of the Marshall EMBA program that included a recent study abroad trip to the Czech Republic. Don Channell of Hurricane was individually recognized as the top EMBA graduate.

"This ceremony recognized the accomplishments of our professional business students in a formal setting in the Kanawha Valley befitting the hard work and dedication that went into earning their EMBA degrees," said Dr. Stephen J. Kopp, president of Marshall University. "We are proud of them and this recognition event was our way of letting our EMBA students know that we understand and appreciate the sacrifices they made to advance their education and careers."

The Marshall University Executive MBA program is the only Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business -- International (AACSB) accredited Executive MBA program physically located in the Kanawha Valley providing face-to-face interaction with professors and peers in every course. The AACSB-International represents the gold standard for business schools worldwide and is the hallmark of excellence in management education, with only the top 15 percent of all business schools in the nation and less than 6 percent worldwide having merited this distinction.

Classes are held on Saturdays at our South Charleston campus allowing professionals to earn an AACSB-accredited degree in person within a classroom setting without interrupting their current careers. This cohort of students sacrificed up to 86 Saturdays to earn this degree.

The Marshall EMBA curriculum has been designed for small class interaction using state-of-the-art technology and hands-on experiential learning that focuses on business ethics, leadership and global issues, along with management skills and tools.

Phyllis Arnold, West Virginia State President and West Virginia Central Regional President of BB&T, served as keynote speaker. Arnold earned her MBA from Marshall and has been inducted into the Lewis College of Business Hall of Fame. She based her speech on raising the standards of practicing business including recruitment and retention of employees, attention to employee wellness, celebrating workplace diversity, high standards of ethics, the nobility of earning profits and the value of economic freedom.

"Sometimes it's as simple as taking each problem you encounter in business and kicking it up a notch," Arnold told the EMBA recipients.

The Marshall EMBA Class of 2008 includes: Denise Baker of Winfield; Don Channell of Hurricane; Charles D. Childers of Ransom, Ky.; Jeremy Dolan of Catlettsburg, Ky.; Laura Davis Ellis of Charleston; Clifford Johnson of West Alex, Ohio; Donna R. Lusher of Ona; Jason Mastrangelo of Huntington; Kerry Kim Matthews Jr. of Yawkey; William M. McDaniel II of Scott Depot; James Howard McKee of Nitro; Philip Richmond of Huntington; Katrina Spaulding of Crown City, Ohio; Michael Paul Winter of Logan; and Richard D. Wiseman of Point Pleasant.

The students will have their official degrees conferred at Marshall's formal commencement ceremony May 10.


Cutlines (Photos available at http://www.marshall.edu/ucomm/muphoto.html):

Dr. Sarah Denman, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Marshall University, hoods EMBA graduate Katrina Spaulding of Crown City, Ohio.

Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp presents top EMBA graduate Don Channell of Hurricane with a plaque. Channell earned a 4.0.

Keynote speaker Phyllis Arnold of BB&T congratulates EMBA graduate Laura Davis Ellis of Charleston.

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Wednesday April 30, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University launches cellular phone plan Web page

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University has launched a new Web page that provides a "one-stop" destination for students, faculty and staff shopping for discounted cellular phone plans.

Beginning this summer, students living in campus residence halls will be responsible for choosing their own cellular phone plans and will have a selection of cell phone providers from which to choose.

Recognizing that greater numbers of students coming to campus arrive on campus with their personal cellular phones and phone plans already in place, Marshall University administrators decided that providing students with cell phone options from many carriers instead of just one was a more efficient and cost-effective way of serving the university community.

By clicking on www.marshall.edu/mobileplans/, Marshall University students, faculty and staff can view discounted cellular plans offered by AT&T, Alltell and nTelos. Other cellular providers also will have the opportunity to have their plans linked to this page.

For more information, contact Arnold Miller, Assistant Vice President for Technology, at (304) 696-2677.

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Friday April 25, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Awards of distinction to be presented, retiring faculty to be honored Tuesday, April 29

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Awards of distinction will be presented and retiring faculty recognized during Marshall University's spring general faculty meeting Tuesday, April 29 at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on the Huntington campus.

The meeting begins at 2 p.m., and will include remarks from Marshall President Dr. Stephen J. Kopp and Faculty Senate Chair Dr. Larry Stickler.

Seven people will receive the Distinguished Service Award and three will receive the Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award.

To qualify for Distinguished Service Awards, persons must have at least 20 years of service at Marshall University, a record of distinguished service to the university and/or college, and a record of distinguished teaching as evidenced by peer, administrative and/or student evaluations. The Distinguished Service Award winners, each of whom will receive $1,000, are:

  • Dr. Martin Amerikaner, Psychology, 20 years of service
  • Dr. C. Robert Barnett, Exercise Science, Sport and Recreation, 36 years of service
  • Prof. Kathryn Chezik, Communication Disorders, 37 years of service
  • Dr. Ronald B. Childress, School of Education, 33 years of service
  • Dr. Stan Maynard, School of Education, 28 years of service
  • Dr. Tony Williams, School of Education, 37 years of service
  • Dr. Gary Wright, Physiology, 29 years of service

To be eligible for the Distinguished Artists and Scholars Awards, faculty members either must be tenured or hold tenure-track appointments. The purpose of the award is to recognize distinction in the fields of artistic and scholarly activity on the part of the Marshall faculty. The senior recipients of the Distinguished Artists and Scholars Awards receive $2,000 apiece while the junior recipient receives $1,000. The 2007-08 Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award will be given to:

  • Dr. Yoram Elitsur (Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, pediatric gastroenterologist), senior recipient in the field of Science and Technology
  • Dr. William Palmer (College of Liberal Arts, History), senior recipient in the field of Arts, Social Sciences, Humanities, Education and Business
  • Dr. Ronda Sturgill (College of Education and Human Services), junior recipient among all faculty

Marshall is recognizing 17 retiring faculty who have a combined 528 years of service. They are:

  • Dr. Gary Anderson, Physical Sciences, 27 years of service
  • Dr. Elaine Baker, Psychology, 36 years of service
  • Dr. C. Robert Barnett, ESSR, 36 years of service
  • Dr. W. Blaker Bolling, Management/Marketing, 23 years of service
  • Dr. D. Stephen Cupps, Political Science, 35 years of service
  • Dr. Robert Edmunds, Communications Studies, 27 years of service
  • Dr. Thomas E. Ellis, Psychology, 6 years of service
  • Prof. Pamela W. Ford, Library, 33 years of service
  • Prof. Robert Forgt, Accountancy. & Legal Environment, 18 years of service
  • Dr. Ron Gain, Biological Science, 39 years of service
  • Dr. Mary Etta Hight, Biological Science, 32 years of service
  • Dr. Carl Johnson, School of Education, 33 years of service
  • Dr. John Larson, Chemistry, 40 years of service
  • Dr. John McKernan, English, 37 years of service
  • Dr. Charles Peele, Mathematics & Applied Sciences, 40 years of service
  • Dr. Tony Williams, School of Education, 37 years of service
  • Dr. Gary Wright, Physiology, 29 years of service

Other faculty to be honored at the meeting are Dr. David Mills, Dr. Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award; Dr. Evelyn Pupplo-Cody, Marshall & Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Teacher Award; and Dr. E. Del Chrol, Dr. Phillip T. Rutherford, and Dr. David Winter, Pickens-Queen Teacher Award; Dr. Katharine Rodier, Faces of Appalachia Award; Dr. Tom Hankins and Dr. Thomas Pauley, Outstanding Graduate Advisor Award; and Dr. Montserrat Miller, Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia Professor of the Year Award.

A reception in the performing arts center lobby will follow the meeting.

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Friday April 25, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

WMUL-FM students win three awards in BEA competition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from WMUL-FM, Marshall University's public radio station, received one first-place award, one second-place award, and one third-place award during the Sixth Annual Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts Student Audio Competition ceremony Friday, April 18 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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 students competed with other broadcasting students from colleges and universities throughout the United States.

"Winning never comes easy, but for Marshall University, the student broadcasters of WMUL-FM consistently earn top honors in direct competition with nationally recognized colleges and universities," Bailey said.

Dr. Corley Dennison, dean of the School of Journalism, also noted how the WMUL students continue to be competitive at a national level.

"More than 500 entries were received for the audio and video awards and we won or placed in three different categories," Dennison said. "Furthermore, Adam Cavalier won the largest scholarship available in the amount of $5,000 (in BEA's 2008-2009 competition).  We are truly proud of the work of our students."

The first-place award winning entry in radio news was:

Radio News - Newscast

"The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" with producer Griffin McElroy, a junior from Huntington; news anchors Matthew Gajtka, a recent graduate from Weirton; Kimberly Burcham, a senior from Huntington; and sports anchor Robert Iddings, a sophomore from St. Albans; broadcast Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007.

The second-place award winning entry in audio was:

Sports play-by-play

WMUL-FM's broadcast of the football game between Marshall University and East Carolina University played at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007.  The students calling the football game broadcast over 88.1 were: football play-by-play announcer Ryan Epling, a graduate student from Wayne; color commentator Brian Dalek, a junior from McMechen; sideline reporter Andrew Ramspacher, a sophomore from Dublin, Ohio; and studio producers Scott Hall, a graduate student from Stephen City, Va., and Boom Madison, a freshman from Olympia, Wash.

The third-place award winning entry in radio news was:

Radio news - feature news story

"The Pumpkin House: Trick or Treat Night," written and produced by Adam Cavalier, a junior from Montgomery, that was broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of  Newscenter 88," Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007.

Broadcast Education Association (BEA) has more than 1,400 academic and professional members, and 250 academic institutional members.  It was founded in 1955, and its mission is to prepare college students to enter the radio and television business.  BEA's members share a diversity of interests involving all aspects of telecommunication and electronic media.

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Thursday April 24, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall Habitat House dedicated Thursday, April 24

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University and the local Habitat for Humanity organization dedicated the Marshall Habitat House, which Marshall University students, staff and faculty helped build, today at 1930 Artisan Ave. in Huntington.

Teddy Kluemper III, director of development and communications for Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity, said the recipient of the 64th Habitat home is Deidre Joplin, who will share it with her 4-year-old daughter, Aashana.

"We not only celebrate the completion of a project, but we celebrate the dream of home ownership," Kluemper said. "Because of the efforts of Habitat, Marshall University and the City of Huntington, we have successfully begun the process of turning a once-blighted neighborhood into an area that our new partner families can call home!"

Guest speakers at the dedication were Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp; MU student Megan Barbour; David L. Michael, Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity Executive Director and CEO; Steve Nord, Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity board president; and Huntington Mayor David Felinton.

Refreshments and a tour of the house followed the dedication.


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Thursday April 24, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Alumni association plans pre-game tailgate party Saturday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Alumni Association and its Young Alumni Committee are sponsoring a pre-game tailgate from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26 in the west parking lot at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

The tailgate will precede the Thundering Herd's annual Green-White spring football game, which starts at 3 p.m. There is no charge to attend the tailgate, and complimentary hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken from Hillbilly Hot Dogs will be served.

Water and soft drinks also will be available, and music will be provided by the band of Joe Eddins and Jason Smith.

The tailgate will take place near the corner of 20th Street and 3rd Avenue in the west lot. Weather permitting, the Marshall blimp will be flying above the tailgate.

For more information, contact Nancy Pelphrey with the alumni association at (304) 696-3134.

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Thursday April 24, 2008
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, (304) 746-2038

Marshall University Orchestra to Premiere New Work by WV Composition Fellow Mark Zanter

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Marshall University's orchestra will premiere a new work by faculty member Dr. Mark Zanter at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 in the Smith Music Hall on the Huntington campus.

The work, Short Symphony, was produced during Zanter's tenure as recipient of a 2007 West Virginia Artist Fellowship in music composition. It was composed for the group at the request of orchestra director Dr. Slen Dikener, who will conduct the premiere.

The Marshall Orchestra concert will also feature performances by the winners of the student concerto competition, John Galloway and Andrew Tilley. Galloway will play the first movement of the Trombone Concerto by Gordon Jacob and Tilley will play two movements of the Marimba Concerto by Ney Rosauro.

The event is free and open to the public.

For further information, contact the Marshall Department of Music at (304) 696-3117.

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Tuesday April 22, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Mills is Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award winner; Reynolds, Pickens-Queen winners also announced

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Monday April 21, 2008
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Graduate seminars involving Glenwood development to be offered this fall by MU Graduate Humanities program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Two graduate seminars which will involve the development and construction of a traveling exhibit of Glenwood, the historic estate on Charleston's west side, will be offered beginning this fall by Marshall University's  Graduate Humanities program.

The Graduate Humanities program is housed on Marshall's South Charleston campus. The program director is Dr. Luke Eric Lassiter, who along with Dr. Billy Joe Peyton, is co-directing Phase II of the three-phase project about the 156-year-old estate.

The Glenwood Project is funded in large part by the West Virginia Humanities Council and also will involve the creation of an educational Web site detailing the history of the estate.

Glenwood is a pre-Civil War mansion that was home at various times to the Laidley, Summers and Quarrier families, three of Kanawha County's most prominent families. The house was built in 1852 on a vast estate with 366 acres that extended over much of what is now the West side of Charleston.

The estate is now owned and maintained by the newly established Historic Glenwood Foundation Inc., which formerly was the Marshall University Graduate College Foundation.  The foundation is a partner with the Graduate Humanities program in this effort.

The seminars will offer three hours of credit.  This fall Mark Tobin Moore, a noted artist and designer who also is an instructor at the Marshall University Graduate College, will teach Museum Studies and Exhibit Design.  Moore's class will focus on the design, development and construction of the exhibit.

The class will work collaboratively with the second seminar, Historical Studies, taught by Peyton, assistant professor of history at West Virginia State University.  Peyton's seminar will involve students in the organization of historical materials to be used in the exhibit. 

The exhibit will consist of six panels with an accompanying extensive Web site which will give a detailed look at the estate, its complex history and the impact it has had on the Kanawha Valley both historically and culturally.  Plans call for the exhibit to travel to several locations in the area.

For additional information about the seminars or the project, call (304) 746-2022 or 746-2023, e-mail at lassiter@marshall.edu or visit http://www.marshall.edu/gsepd/humn/.   

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Monday April 21, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman2, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin to speak at Marshall University's 171st commencement

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Earl Ray Tomblin, the longest-serving Senate president in West Virginia history, will be the featured speaker at Marshall University's 171st commencement, Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp announced today.

Commencement begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 10 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in downtown Huntington.

"As both an alumnus and a respected state leader, President Tomblin is well deserving of this honor, the highest that Marshall University can bestow," Kopp said. "He has built an enduring legacy of outstanding leadership and public service as president of the West Virginia Senate. We thank him for his dedication to the citizens of West Virginia and for being a part of this year's commencement."

Tomblin, a native of Chapmanville in Logan County, has been president of the Senate since Jan. 11, 1995, having since been reelected six times. He began his legislative career in 1974, the same year he graduated from West Virginia University. He earned his Master of Business Administration from Marshall in 1975.

"Marshall University has honored me with its invitation to address the 2008 graduating class at its commencement exercises this year," Tomblin said. "I am particularly proud of the fact that this comes at a time when the Legislature gave its approval for the 'Bucks for Brains/Bucks for Jobs' program which will have a tremendous impact on future MU graduates.

"As an alumnus, it is also especially gratifying to be able to return to campus in a much different role. It is my great hope that the few words I will offer on this important day will have a significant effect on the graduates, and that they will consider committing themselves to lifetime careers in West Virginia. Our state needs their energy and intellect if we are to make the progress to which Marshall and our state government are also committed."

Tomblin has held just about every major Senate post, including Chairmanship of the Senate Finance Committee. During his legislative service, he has sponsored several important legislative initiatives including the School Building Authority, the state's Rainy Day Fund, tort reform, ethics reform, coal mine safety legislation and more recently, the 'Bucks for Brains/Bucks for Jobs' program.

Tomblin began his career as a public school teacher, while also developing private business interests. A devoted family man, he is married to the former Joanne Jaeger, a distinguished Marshall alumna who serves as president of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. Their son Brent will be a senior next year at Sen. Tomblin's alma mater, Chapmanville High School.

Recognized nationally as one of the country's most capable and knowledgeable legislative leaders, Tomblin has held a number of important positions including those of chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference and chairman of the Council of State Governments.

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Monday April 21, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

'Let Your Voice Be Herd' event is Tuesday at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) Dean's Student Advisory Board (SAB) will conduct its second annual "Let Your Voice Be Herd" event from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 on the Huntington campus.


The goal of the event, which will take place on Buskirk Field, is to create awareness for the Student Advisory Board and promote to students that their voice counts. In last year's first event, 147 students completed surveys. COEHS students who fill out a survey Tuesday will receive a raffle ticket and be eligible to win prizes, including iPod nanos.


Other features this year, which are available to all students - not just those in the COEHS, include an inflatable obstacle course and free food.


For more information, contact Brean Stewart in the College of Education and Human Services at (304) 696-3131.

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Wednesday April 16, 2008
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, (304) 746-2038

Pullman Jazz Festival Set for April 26

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The distinctive sounds of brass and jazz will fill the air in downtown Huntington when the Third Annual Jazz Festival comes to Pullman Square Saturday, April 26 from 2 to 7 p.m.

The event is held in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution and the International Association of Jazz Educators to observe National Jazz Appreciation Month.

Open to the public, the free event will take place on the Pullman Square "greenspace" and will feature local and regional jazz artists such as Bluetrane, the Marshall University Faculty Jazz Ensemble; the Zanter Trio, the MU 12 O'clock Big Band and guest artists Reggie Watkins, trombone, and Mike Tracy, saxophone.

Sponsors are Community Trust Bank, Marshall University and the American Federation of Musicians Music Performance Fund.

For additional information, visit www.pullman-square.com  on the World Wide Web or contact Dr. Mark Zanter, associate professor of music at Marshall, by e-mail at zanter@marshall.edu.

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Wednesday April 16, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

'Relay for Life' comes to Marshall this weekend

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The American Cancer Society will host the 2008 Relay for Life of Marshall University at 6 p.m. Friday, April 18 on the Memorial Student Center plaza on the Huntington campus. The event will last throughout the night and will end at 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 19.

"Cancer does not sleep, so neither do Relay for Life participants," said Kristina Isaacs, co-chair of the event.

According to Isaacs, Relay for Life is a fun-filled event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of the American Cancer Society. Teams of family members, friends, co-workers, and others join together each year to raise funds for the American Cancer Society and make a difference in the community. In honor of those who battle cancer 24 hours a day, team members typically take turns walking around Buskirk Field throughout the day and night.

For those not walking, there are other activities including entertainment, food, games, remembrance ceremonies and stories of inspiration.

"Every unique Relay for Life is truly a community event, where new friends are made, old friends are hugged and hearts are touched by the magic that is Relay," Isaacs said.  "It is an event like no other."

As at every Relay for Life event, cancer survivors are recognized through the Survivor's Lap. Participants can also remember loved ones lost to the disease with the Luminaria Ceremony.

"We fight back against cancer because everyone has been touched by cancer and we want to put an end to the disease," Isaacs said. "Relay helps individuals make a commitment to save lives by taking up the fight."

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

For more information, persons may call Isaacs at (304) 419-2810 or visit the event Web site at http://events.cancer.org/rflmarshalluniversity.

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Tuesday April 15, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

'The Merry Wives of Windsor' runs April 23-26 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Theatre will present William Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor" at 8 p.m. daily April 23-26 at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on the Huntington campus.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, Marshall faculty and staff, $7 for children 17 and under and free to Marshall students with a valid I.D. They are on sale at the performing arts center box office, which is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, call (304) 696-2787.

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Tuesday April 15, 2008
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Community-based research expert visits Marshall April 21-22

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Carolyn Jenkins from the Medical University of South Carolina, a well-known investigator utilizing community-based participatory research, will visit Marshall University's Huntington campus April 21-22 to discuss her research.

Jenkins, the Ann Edwards Endowed Chair with Medical University's College of Nursing, will share her expertise through two presentations which are free and open to anyone who wants to learn more about community-based research. Her visit is presented by Marshall's College of Health Professions.

"We are delighted to sponsor Dr. Jenkins' visit. Her work with communities in reducing the burden of diabetes could serve as a model for our region," said Dr. Shortie McKinney, dean of the college.

Jenkins' presentations will take place as follows:

Monday, April 21, noon to 2 p.m., Drinko Library 402: Jenkins will present "Community-Based Participatory Research and Chronic Care."  During this presentation, she will share her experiences in working with the REACH program in South Carolina. Her presentation will include tips on how to begin a community-based participatory research project; maintaining community involvement after the "thrill" is gone; and the role chronic care plays in participatory research.  She also will discuss the pros and cons of this style of research and the implications for the future. 

Tuesday, April 22, 10 a.m. to noon, Drinko Library 402: Jenkins will share her experiences working with Southern African Americans in the presentation "Reducing disparities for Southern African Americans with Diabetes."  She will outline her approach and some of her successes and failures as she developed the REACH program in South Carolina

Dr. Chuck Hossler, associate dean of the College of Health Professions, worked with Jenkins before he came to Marshall. He believes her research techniques would work for almost any project and not just for health-related ones.

"We are really excited about her willingness to share her expertise in community-based participatory research with us," Hossler said. 

Jenkins has more than 25 years of experience working with community-based research.  Her work focuses on improving health outcomes related to diabetes and its complications, reducing racial disparities, and creating effective academic community partnerships. 

Two major initiatives led by Jenkins are the statewide South Carolina Diabetes Initiative and Charleston's Enterprise/MUSC Neighborhood Health Program which she founded in 1995.  Both initiatives included three-pronged approaches of care delivery, research and education.

For more information on Jenkins' visit to Marshall, contact Marilyn Fox with the College of Health Professions at (304) 696-2620 or via e-mail at foxm@marshall.edu.

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Monday April 14, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Elected SGA officials to be inaugurated Friday at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's elected student government officials will be inaugurated at a ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday, April 18 on the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center plaza on MU's Huntington campus.

The inauguration will be for students who were elected during the student government elections, which took place March 18-19 on campus. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center. 

Matt James, a senior from Bluefield, W.Va., was elected president of Marshall's student body, and Sean Hornbuckle, a graduate student from Huntington, was elected vice president. The team of James and Hornbuckle was unopposed in the election.

"Sean and I are very excited to have been blessed with the opportunity to lead our student body throughout the next year," James said. "We hope to focus on improving school spirit and attendance at events, continuing to develop our safety procedures on campus, and overwhelming students through our commitment to serve the community by giving back and being as visible as possible."

Marshall students elected Randall Tomblin, a sophomore from Huntington, as the student representative to Marshall's Board of Governors. These elected student officials will serve one-year terms. Marshall students also elected senators representing colleges throughout the university.

The following are the elected senators for student government:

College of Science - Craig Riccelli
College of Health Professions - Kelly Armstrong and Kati Bailey
School of Journalism and Mass Communications - Samantha Turley
College of Liberal Arts - Catherine Staley and Randall Tomblin
College of Information Technology and Engineering - Andrew Copley
College of Education and Human Services - Kim Roth, Molly Gallagher and Mary Hatfield
Graduate School - Sara Belknap
Lewis College of Business - Olivia Morris and Josh Cremeans

For more information, persons may contact Steve Hensley, dean of student affairs, at (304) 696-6423.

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Saturday April 12, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Welcome Center renaming honors Joseph M. Gillette

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Welcome Center was renamed the Joseph M. Gillette Welcome Center today in an official naming ceremony. The event took place at the center, which is located at the corner of Hal Greer Boulevard and 5th Avenue on the Huntington campus.

Joe Gillette, a 1973 Marshall graduate now living in Atlanta, and his wife, the former Pam Adams of Bluefield, W.Va., made a financial commitment to the university which resulted in the renaming of the center. While Gillette and his late father share the same name, he said the center's new name is a way "to memorialize my wonderful father."

"The financial commitment and the naming of the center are to honor my father, and to symbolize my father's love of Marshall University as well as mine," Gillette said.

Joe's father never attended Marshall, but grew up in Huntington and often visited the campus to play softball. Joe said his father had a lifelong passion for Marshall, even though he spent most of his adult years living and working in Johnstown, Ohio. In 1962, the family moved to Johnstown where Joe's two sisters, Deborah Dauber and Sandra Bare, still live. Joe's brother, Frank, lives in the Atlanta area.

"It was my dad's dream that I would go to Marshall University," Gillette said. "That dream was fulfilled. I later talked to my dad a lot about his love for Marshall, and my love for Marshall grew even more. Then I started thinking about giving back and I told dad, 'I'm going to do something special for you at Marshall.' The dedication of this building is really a promise kept."

Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the Marshall University Foundation Inc., said the university is honored to rename the center after Joseph M. Gillette.

"As a very successful businessman and entrepreneur as a Wendy's franchisee, Joe understands the importance of first impressions," Area said. "I agree with Joe when he says the welcome center is the front door of the campus and where prospective students and their families are given a taste of the exciting adventure they will experience at Marshall.

"Joe is thrilled and honored to be associated with the welcome center and to help with the recruitment of students for years to come. We are grateful for Joe's and Pam's continuing generosity and support of Marshall University."

Joe said his father was proud to show his loyalty to Marshall by flying Marshall flags outside his home in Johnstown.

"I cannot tell you how many flags I bought my dad," Gillette said. "He flew a flag outside his home for 50 years. He loved Marshall even before I went there and continued to love Marshall until the day he died." 

Joe and Pam Gillette have supported Marshall for many years. In addition to generous financial support, Joe Gillette has provided dedicated leadership by serving on many boards of directors, including the Society of Yeager Scholars, the MU Alumni Association, and the Marshall Foundation, and is president of the Thunder Club.

In 2006, he established the Joseph M. Gillette Scholar award, also named in memory of his late father. The scholarship goes to a student selected to be a Yeager Scholar.

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Friday April 11, 2008
Contact: Jamie LoFiego, "Up Late", (304) 696-2967

Governor Manchin stars on 'Up Late' this weekend

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Gov. Joe Manchin roars onto the set of "Up Late" this weekend. Actually, the motorcycle he rides through the Communications Building on Marshall University's Huntington campus does most of the roaring.

Manchin talks about football, research at the university and motorcycles, among other things.

Jamie LoFiego, host of the Marshall University student-produced show, said viewers can expect to see a laid-back leader of the state on the show.

"It took a lot of time to get ready to have him roll into our studio and we took all the necessary safety measures," LoFiego said. "And he was cool with everything. His bodyguard is another story entirely."

The show will air from 11 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12 on MyZTV and on Comcast Channel 25 throughout the weekend.

Aaron-Michael Fox, a senior from Ansted, W.Va., does his stand-up comedian routine and musical guest Bud Carroll and the Southern Souls perform their song, "Stand Up and Be Counted." Samantha Richer, a junior communications major from northern Virginia,  serves as doorkeeper. Richer was recently featured in US Magazine as a ringer for American Idol winner Carrie Underwood.

Two more shows are planned for the semester including an hour-long season finale featuring WSAZ reporters and anchors. Throughout the summer, the "Up Late" crew will continue to tape elements and local musical talent. For more information on how to be a part of the show, contact LoFiego at (304) 696-2967 or e-mail lofiego1@marshall.edu.

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

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Thursday April 10, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Poet Joanie Mackowski to read from her work at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Poet Joanie Mackowski will read from her work at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 17 in the Shawkey Room of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Mackowski's book of poems The Zoo won the 2000 Associated Writing Programs Award in Poetry and was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press.  She also was awarded the Kate Tufts Discovery Prize in 2003, which recognizes an exceptional "first book" of poems published in a given year.

Mackowski's poems have appeared in The Yale Review, Poetry, New England Review, The Paris Review, Southwest Review, The Kenyon Review, and in other journals. She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University from 1998 to 2000 and has taught at the college level since 1993.

In addition to teaching, she has worked as a journalist, a French translator, and a juggler. Originally from Connecticut, she now teaches in the writing program at the University of Cincinnati.

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

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

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Tuesday April 8, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Memorial Fountain to be rededicated Wednesday, April 9

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Rededication of the Marshall University Memorial Fountain will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, on the Memorial Student Center plaza on the Huntington campus.

Gov. Joe Manchin III, Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp and others will speak during the ceremony, which will conclude with the turning on of the fountain for the summer. The fountain is silenced each Nov. 14 during the annual memorial service honoring the victims of the 1970 Marshall plane crash.

Since January, the fountain and its foundation have undergone extensive repairs. Most noticeable is the new granite surface, both inside and out, of the foundation; a copper catch tray for the water to flow into from the fountain; and a higher spray of water, similar to the original output when the fountain was installed in 1972.

WHAT: Rededication of the Memorial Fountain
WHEN: 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 9
WHERE: Memorial Student Center plaza

The media are welcome to attend and cover the event.

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Tuesday April 8, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble to Perform April 17

Huntington, W.Va. -  Tubonium, an ensemble of tuba and euphonium players from Marshall University, will present a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17 at the Huntington Renaissance Center, formerly Huntington High School, located between Ninth and Tenth Avenues on Eighth Street.

George Palton, instructor of tuba at Marshall, will conduct the program, which will include works by Bliss, Palestrina, Bach, Handel, Tchaikovsky, Holst, Frackenpohl and others.

Members of the group are music majors and minors at Marshall, as well as members of the greater Huntington community.

The April 17 concert is free and open to the public. For more information, persons may visit  www.georgepalton.com/marshall on the World Wide Web.

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Monday April 7, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Latina producer, writer and director to speak at Marshall April 10

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Barbara Martinez Jitner, a Latina producer, writer and director, will speak on the humanitarian crisis in Juarez, Mexico Thursday, April 10 at Marshall University.

Martinez Jitner's talk, titled "Femicide at our U.S. Border: To Be a Woman in Juarez is a Death Sentence," begins at 7 p.m. in the Shawkey Room of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's Huntington campus.

Hosts of the event, which is free to the public, are Marshall University Doers and Changers (MUDAC) and the Women's Center.

Martinez Jitner is the real-life hero of the film Bordertown, starring Jennifer Lopez, in which she poses as a factory worker on the U.S./Mexico border in order to uncover a dark world of grueling poverty and sexual abuse that leads to murder.

Bordertown is a political thriller about the murdered factory workers in Juarez, Mexico. The film was inspired by Martinez Jitner's critically acclaimed documentary, La Frontera, which was released in 2007.

Martinez Jitner is one of the first Latina executive producers of a primetime network television series. The Emmy nominated American Family made history when it debuted in 2002 as the first Latino drama on broadcast television. Writer/director Martinez Jitner wrote the PBS premiere episode that garnered unanimous critical acclaim. She went on to write 10 and direct seven of the show's first 22 episodes.

Martinez Jitner also is the first Latina ever to be nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Emmy as an executive producer/writer/director for a miniseries, which she received for American Family.

Raised by her grandmother, a Mexican immigrant, Martinez Jitner's mission is to bring the untold stories of Latinas to both television and film.

For more information on Martinez Jitner's visit to Marshall, contact Dr. Greta Rensenbrink, an assistant professor of history at Marshall, at (304) 696-2955.

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Monday April 7, 2008
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Ed Zimmerman named Director of Planned Giving at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Ed Zimmerman, a Marshall University graduate and lifelong resident of Huntington, has joined the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., as Director of Planned Giving.

Foundation Chief Executive Officer Ron Area said Zimmerman, who assumed his new position on Tuesday, April 1, is responsible for overseeing the development and administration of planned gifts for the university.

"I am very pleased to have Ed Zimmerman join the Foundation staff as Director of Planned Giving," Area said. "His 36 years of experience in building relationships in the financial arena will be invaluable to the future of private gift support for the university. As a Marshall graduate and longtime resident of Huntington, his passion and love for the university are very apparent. He is a welcomed addition to the university advancement team."

Zimmerman's background is in insurance and financial planning. He has been in the insurance business for the past 36 years, starting as an agent with the Jefferson-Pilot Insurance Company in 1972.

In 1990, after several years of management successes and professional development with other major financial organizations, Zimmerman established a sole proprietorship, Zimmerman & Company.

Recognition of growth opportunities and the need for a stronger business vehicle led to the formation of ZBA (Zimmerman-Bates & Associates) in 1992. Zimmerman said ZBA is the culmination of many successful years of enterprise and career growth in the insurance and financial services industry.

He said he is looking forward to the challenge of his new job with Marshall.

"They want me to enhance the planned giving program where Marshall's alumni and friends generously provide for the university's future through their estate plans," he said. "I look forward to broadening awareness of planned giving opportunities at Marshall and to working with the gift officers and developing tools they can use."

Zimmerman received his B.A. degree from Marshall in 1971, his Charter Life Underwriters (CLU) designation from the American College, Byrn Mawr, Pa., in 1981, and his Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designation in 1985. He is a lifetime member of the Marshall University Alumni Association and Big Green, and is active in the community.

Zimmerman and his wife, Rebecca - a two-time Marshall graduate - have been married for 36 years. They are the parents of three grown children. Son Britt is a surgeon; daughter Elizabeth Anne is a teacher; and daughter Laura is an interior designer. They also have two grandchildren.

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Monday April 7, 2008
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Tickets available for red-carpet premiere of Marshall student filmmaker's docudrama on alcoholism

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Tickets are on sale for the upcoming premiere of "Back to The Bottle," a docudrama on alcohol addiction directed by Francesca E. Karle, a Marshall University student.

The premiere will be Thursday, April 17 at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center and will feature a special filmed introduction from a major Hollywood motion picture star. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership.

The film is being presented on opening night of the Appalachian Film Festival and is Karle's second social justice film. "On The River's Edge," her documentary about the homeless, debuted in 2005.

Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased at the United Way on Madison Avenue, Midway Barber Shop on 1st Street-4th Avenue, and First Sentry Bank 8th Street. To charge tickets by phone, call (304) 523-2764.

A Hollywood-style red carpet event featuring Rick Dayton of WOWK-TV as the Master of Ceremonies will be open to the public at 5 p.m. for seating in the bleachers. There will be free refreshments, prizes and a live radio remote. For general seating, ticketholder dress is semiformal or formal attire. Ticket holders may enter onto the red carpet at 6:15 p.m. at the corner of 10th Street and 4th Avenue (4th Avenue will be closed between 9th and 10th streets).

A Mediterranean dinner will be served beginning at 6:15 p.m. in the theater and is provided by Rocco's Restaurante, Sodexho at Marshall University, Pullman Plaza Hotel Catering, Brunetti's Bakery, Uno Chicago Grille, Bob Evans Restaurants, Heiner's Bakery, Pepsi and Starbucks.

The VIP red carpet entrance will commence at 7:15 p.m. Among the celebrities will be Ashley McNeely of MTV's "A Shot at Love" and "That's Amore" and David "Punk" Otunga of VH1's "I Love New York 2."

The program begins at 7:45 p.m. with Tim Irr as the Master of Ceremonies. Opening remarks will be made by a representative from Gov. Manchin's office, Ann McGee of the Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership and Tim White, Youth Empowerment Leader for Cabell County.

The film's theme song, which was written by Karle, will be performed by Rick Ruggles of the Saturday Night Jamboree. Local artists Eddie Riffe and Tony Maynard of ETA also will perform. National recording artist George Huff of American Idol fame will be performing selections live from his current CD, "Miracles."

"Back To The Bottle" will begin at 9 p.m. and run for approximately 35 minutes.

Major sponsors for the premiere include Wal-Mart Supercenter Route 60, St. Mary's Medical Center, Trifecta Productions, Clear Channel Communications-WKEE and WTCR, The Herald-Dispatch, BrickStreet Mutual Insurance, Bulldog Creative Services, Huntington Regional Film Commission, Oasis Behavioral Health Services and Prestera Mental Health Services.


  • Media space for red carpet coverage must be pre-registered by April 15. Please call Ken Bannon at (304) 697-4222 to reserve your spot.
  • Immediately following the premiere, there will be a private meet-and-greet event for the media, VIPs and their guests at the Apex Reception Hall, 734 4th Ave.

Additional Information for the Media


6:15 - 7:15 p.m.
Ticket holders proceed on the red carpet/dinner provided in the theater.
Organ interlude by Bob Edmunds.

7:15 p.m.
Celebrities and special guests enter on the red carpet (viewed from inside the theater on the screen).

7:45 p.m.
Introductions.Master of Ceremonies: Tim Irr, WSAZ-TV
Tim White Residence Services Supervisor
Coordinator of Cabell County Youth Empowerment Program
Huntington Housing Authority

8 p.m.
ETA - Eddie Riffe and Tony MaynardToo Drunk To Two-Step (BMI)
Rick Ruggles ...........When You Don't Have A Home (BMI)
Rick Ruggles............Back To The Bottle (BMI) 
                                                           Theme Song written by Francesca E. Karle
Jessica Cline
Russell Akerley
Sam St. Clair

Special Guest:  George Huff.....selections from Miracles (TBA)

9 p.m.
Back To The Bottle

9:35 p.m.
Closing RemarksAnn McGee, Director, Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership

For more information, go to www.francescafilms.com.

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Friday April 4, 2008
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Marshall to kick off campus WALKITUP! campaign Tuesday, April 8

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University has joined the Cabell-Huntington Health Department in a community-wide program to help reduce the area's obesity rate.   The health department recently announced the WALKITUP! campaign, which is an effort to encourage residents to start a six-week walking program.

Marshall kicks off its campus campaign with a one-mile walk at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, beginning at the Memorial Student Center plaza.

"Maintaining a daily regimen of physical exercise, like walking, has many health and life benefits. Walking just 20 to 30 minutes a day can help relieve stress, improve weight management and lower the likelihood of developing chronic conditions like diabetes, obesity and heart disease -  diseases known to be associated with sedentary lifestyles," said Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp, who will lead Marshall's campus walk.   "I am excited to participate in this one-mile walk around campus to help encourage our faculty, staff and students to begin their own daily routine of exercise."

Dr. Shortie McKinney, dean of the College of Health Professions, said her department began working with the health department last year on developing an area-wide campaign to encourage daily physical activity.

"This campaign is the result of many hours of commitment by the health professionals at the health department, Marshall University and many other community organizations.  This is a good way for everyone to increase their level of physical activity," McKinney said.

"We are proud to partner with Marshall University in the effort to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity," said Elizabeth Ayers with the Cabell Huntington Health Department.

Ayers said anyone interested in pre-registering for the Marshall University walk may do so by logging on to www.walkitup.org.

Event organizers said giveaways, including t-shirts, will be available the day of the walk at Marshall for registered participants. Registration is available on site the day of the walk.

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Friday April 4, 2008
Contact: Jamie LoFiego, "Up Late", (304) 696-2967

Chad Pennington stays 'Up Late' for Marshall student television show

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Fans of Chad Pennington won't want to miss this weekend's "Up Late" show, said host Jamie LoFiego.

Pennington, a New York Jets quarterback and former Marshall University football standout, was in Huntington to promote his 1st and 10 Foundation, a program he started with his wife Robin in 2003. The foundation funds grant programs and institutions that aim to improve life in West Virginia, Tennessee and the New York metropolitan area. He was also in town to participate in the Troy Brown Fantasy Football Camp.

"Chad was amazing," said LoFiego, host of the Marshall University student-produced show, "Everyone just has to watch Saturday. You will not be disappointed. We had a lot of fun with him."

Marshall University men's basketball coach Donnie Jones also joins the cast for a recap of this season and a look at next year's possibilities.

The "Up Late" cast and crew share footage from a bittersweet trip to Los Angeles for the National Undergraduate Student Electronic Media Competition where they were entered in best comedy segment, best comedy show, best live studio musical performance and best comedy script.

"At least the food out there was good," said LoFiego.

This week's musical guest is local artist Traci Stanley, who performs her new song. Tara Holmes, Sissonville sophomore, is doorkeeper.

The show will air Saturday, April 5, from 11 to 11:30 p.m. on MyZTV and on Comcast Channel 25 throughout the weekend.

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

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Thursday April 3, 2008
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, (304) 746-2038

Marshall to Host Concert of Traditional Japanese Music

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Masayo Ishigure, a visiting musician who plays the koto, will give a concert of traditional Japanese music at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 in room 133 of Smith Music Hall on Marshall University's Huntington campus. Joining Ishigure on the program will be Dr. Wendell Dobbs, professor of flute at Marshall.

The koto is a variety of East Asian zither with 13 strings stretched over 13 moveable bridges. It is found in a number of traditional Japanese households, but now is not as popular as the piano in contemporary society. Therefore, this concert is a very special occasion, according to Dr. Natsuki Fukunaga Anderson, assistant professor and coordinator of the Japanese program at Marshall.

"This is an unusual opportunity for West Virginians to hear performances on this instrument," Anderson said. "Musicians and those who are studying Japanese culture will be especially interested."

Ishigure is from Gifu, Japan, and currently resides in New York. She has performed at a number of events all over the world, especially since arriving in the United States in 1992. She recorded music for the soundtrack of the movie "Memoirs of a Geisha" by John Williams in 2005 along with Itzhak Perlman, Yo Yo Ma, and others.

Dobbs joined the Marshall University faculty in 1985. He performs regularly in solo and chamber music settings, ranging from the Huntington Symphony Orchestra and the Ohio Valley Symphony (principal flute in both) to Blackbirds and Thrushes, a Celtic band.

Doors open at 7:30 for the concert, which is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Toyota Foundation of West Virginia, as well as the Center for International Programs and the Japan Club at Marshall, and was organized by the Japanese program in Marshall's Department of Modern Languages and the Japan Club.

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

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Thursday April 3, 2008
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, (304) 746-2038

Third annual Assessment Day is April 9 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's third annual Assessment Day, which is designed to determine how well the university is meeting its goals overall and by academic and service units, will take place Wednesday, April 9.

"Assessment is really at the heart of the teaching and learning process," said Dr. Frances Hensley, associate vice president for academic affairs. "Marshall is unusual in dedicating a full day to this process."

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

Dr. Mary Beth Reynolds, Interim Director of Assessment, is heading up the Assessment Day activities this year. "We have a variety of activities scheduled throughout the day, and more are being added as we work up to the day of the event."

Reynolds said that among the activities planned, some are university wide and some are departmental. University-wide activities include student satisfaction surveys by the admissions office, financial aid office, residence services, career services department, bursar's office, student health services, the women's center, and the registrar's office; a student development survey by Student Affairs; an SGA survey; surveys from Sodexho and the MU Bookstore; surveys on individual services offered by University College; and a Major Expo. Departmental activities, which vary by unit, include "town hall" meetings for majors, portfolio presentations and exit interviews for seniors.

"Based on responses received from students to survey items last year, we were able to implement customer-service training for our staff and we reorganized our Web site," said Roberta Ferguson, Marshall Registrar. "We are planning to participate again this year and hope to gain valuable insight from student responses."

Reynolds said that she encourages everyone who participates Wednesday to complete an Assessment Day evaluation form, which will be available on the MyMU portal from April 14 - 18.  This will be used as a guide in planning future Assessment Days.

All students and faculty participating in Assessment Day activities will receive a free lunch catered by Buddy's BBQ, Sodexho and Pepsi.  The Marshall University Fife and Drum Corps, under the direction of Dr. Wendell Dobbs, the 2007-2008 Drinko Fellow, will give a special performance at 12:15 p.m..  Also, students and faculty will be eligible to win prizes donated by area businesses and other groups.

The prizes include laptop computers with webcams, a Nintendo Wii, an iPod, a printer, rounds of golf, movie passes, gift certificates, a massage, and much more. 

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

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

In addition to Reynolds, Hensley and Ferguson, committee members include from the faculty, Dr. Dallas Brozik, Dr. Marjorie Keatley, Dr. Cal Meyer, Dr. Caroline Perkins, Donna Robinson, and Dr. Larry Stickler; student David Kluemper; and staff members Karen Barker, Michelle Duncan, Dr. Karen Kirtley, Jenny Lauhon, Carla Lapelle, Molly McClennan, Homer Preece and Terri Tomblin-Byrd.

For more information, visit http://www.marshall.edu/assessment/AssessmentDay_2008.

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Thursday April 3, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Language professor is newest Drinko Academy Fellow

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A professor of Spanish at Marshall University has been named the Drinko Academy Fellow for 2008.

Maria del Carmen Riddel, Ph.D., has worked in the Department of Modern Languages since 1983 teaching everything from introductory language classes to Spanish culture, literature, history and honors courses. She has served as chairwoman of the department since 2002.

"Being named a Drinko Fellow is a welcome recognition of my professional skills and of my intellectual capabilities and is quite an honor," Riddel said. "I am also humbled because I am surrounded by many colleagues who deserve this acknowledgement as much as I do."

Faculty members from various departments at Marshall are appointed annually as Drinko Fellows. They receive a stipend and carry reduced teaching loads for an academic year and summer to undertake original research or curriculum development. The announcement was made during the Drinko Symposium earlier today.

During her fellowship, Riddel plans to write a book about Cuban-Americans from materials compiled over the past five years while working with now-retired Marshall history professor David Duke.  Their book will investigate and consider the cultural effect that Cuba and the United States have had on each other since Fidel Castro's rise to power in 1959.

"Having the time to research and to determine the effects of the encounter of two cultures will provide me with new perspectives which always result in healthy skepticism," she said. "I believe new perspectives to be a fundamental feature of critical thinking and immediately transferable to the courses I teach and, even if indirectly, a definite benefit to my students."

Riddel, a native of Spain, earned her doctorate from The Ohio State University in 1988, her Master's degree from Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain, in 1977, and her bachelor's degree from Marshall University in 1975.

She follows this year's Drinko Fellow, Wendell Dobbs, D.M.A., a professor in Marshall's music department. He and his wife Linda, also a music professor, formed the John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps in 2007.

The Academy is named for the late Dr. John Deaver Drinko, a 1942 Marshall graduate and former senior managing partner of Baker & Hostetler, one of the nation's largest law firms. He and his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Gibson Drinko, have been long-time supporters of academic programs at Marshall.

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Wednesday April 2, 2008
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Marshall University Libraries to celebrate life and career of famed science fiction author Nelson S. Bond

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Libraries will host a week-long retrospective on the life and career of legendary science fiction writer and Marshall University alumnus Nelson S. Bond beginning Monday April 14, Barbara A. Winters, dean of the Marshall Libraries, announced today.

Among the highlights of the retrospective titled "Nelson S. Bond: From WV to TV and Beyond" are vintage video presentations on the Marshall campus from television shows produced from Bond's scripts, and the dedication of the Nelson Bond Room on the third floor of the Morrow Library scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, April 19.

"Nelson Slade Bond may be the only graduate of the Page Pitt School of Journalism to have had a career in each of the seven specialties taught in the school," Winters said. "He studied under Page Pitt himself, and his writing career spanned seven decades. In just 23 years, from 1935 to 1958, he published 258 stories in 68 different magazines. These included crime, mystery and sports pieces as well and fantasy and science fiction."

Vintage TV shows based on Bond's work to be shown in Drinko Library Room 402 are:

Monday, April 14 - "Al Haddon's Lamp," first published as a short story in Unknown Worlds, June 1942. Adapted as a live radio play for CBS' Escape, 1949. Adapted for live television on NBC's Gruen Guild Playhouse, 1952.  Stars Buddy Ebsen.

Tuesday, April 15 - "Bacular Clock," first published as a short story in Blue Book, 1942. Adapted for live radio on NBC's The World's Greatest Stories and Stories of Nelson Olmstead, 1942. Adapted for live television, Revue Productions, 1949. Stars Buddy Ebsen.

Wednesday, April 16 - "Mask of Medusa," first published as a short story in Blue Book, December 1945. Adapted for live radio on NBC's Peter Lorre's Mystery on the Air, 1947. Adapted for live television, and first broadcast on NBC's Radio City Playhouse, 1949. Marshall's version televised on NBC's Tales of Tomorrow, 1953.  Stars Raymond Burr.

Thursday, April 17 - "The Night America Trembled," first full-length (60 minutes) live television play on CBS's Studio One, 1957. Stars Edward R. Murrow, Ed Asner, James Colburn, Warren Beatty, Warren Oats, Vince Gardenia. A dramatization of the events of Oct. 30, 1938, when Orson Welles scared the United States witless with his adaptation of "The War Of The Worlds,"  the Nelson Bond-authored television play stars Edward R. Murrow, Ed Asner, James Colburn, Warren Beatty, Warren Oats and Vince Gardenia. Bond's script for "The Night America Trembled" brought Studio One the highest ratings in its history.

Each video presentation will be introduced by Lisle Brown, curator in Marshall University Libraries Special Collections, who will provide attendees with little-known facts and historical perspective about Bond and the programs produced from his writings. All videos are 30-minutes long, except for "The Night America Trembled."

Winters said members of Nelson Bond's family scheduled to attend the dedication of the Nelson Bond Room include his widow, Betty Bond, and his son, Lynn Bond.

Nelson Bond began transferring his literary papers to the University Libraries Special Collections Department at Marshall in 2003 and continued the process up to his death on Nov. 4, 2006, just 19 days short of his 98th birthday.

"The collection contains all of his output as an author:  his radio and TV scripts and plays, the original pulp fictions magazines, tear sheets, manuscripts, and the index cards and daybooks recording publication details," Winters said.

The collection also includes correspondence (including fan mail), contracts, agent correspondence and financial records - as well as a full run of the Nelson Bond Society's Newsletter and copies of his antiquarian book catalogs. 

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

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Wednesday April 2, 2008
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'Building on the Past, Building for the Future' theme of annual Alumni Weekend at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "Building on the Past, Building for the Future" is the theme of Marshall University's Alumni Weekend 2008, highlighted as always by the annual Alumni Awards Banquet and Celebration.

Alumni Weekend activities run Thursday, April 10 through Sunday, April 13. The 71st annual awards banquet starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12 in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room.

Marshall University students and alumni will be honored at the banquet. Cost to attend the banquet, which will be preceded by a social at 6 p.m., is $45 per person or $75 per couple. Music will be provided during the social by the John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps.

This year's Alumni Weekend activities are sponsored by Bank of America and SODEXHO.

Here is a brief look at each alumni award winner:

The Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to Beth McVey, who has enjoyed a successful 28-year career performing and starring in numerous shows on Broadway and across the country.

McVey attended Marshall from 1971 through 1975 before transferring to the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where she earned her bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theatre. In 2004, McVey moved back to Huntington to broaden her life to include teaching, directing and serving as executive director on the board of ARTS. She also is on the executive board of the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.

This award is given to Marshall alumni for outstanding national achievements in their particular fields of endeavor.

Mark George will receive the Distinguished Service to Marshall Award. George, unit manager for Pepsi Bottling Co., serves as president of the Marshall University Quarterback Club and the Big Green Scholarship Foundation.

This award is given for loyal and unselfish service to Marshall University.

The Distinguished Service to the Community Award will be presented to Dr. Jeffrey St. Clair, assistant clinical instructor in emergency medicine at New Oreleans' Charity Hospital. He is being honored for his contribution to the community of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and his excellent representation of the Marshall community. He is a 1992 graduate of Marshall's School of Medicine.

This award is given to alumni for success in their fields of endeavor and personal contributions to their respective communities.

Rachel Folden of Riverside, Calif., a senior history major and standout catcher on Marshall's softball team, will receive the Cam Henderson Scholarship Award. Folden is a three-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association's All-American, was Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year, was Conference USA Player of the Year and is a two-time first-team all-Conference USA member.

This scholarship was established by the Alumni Association in the name of legendary football and basketball coach Cam Henderson. It is given yearly to the student athlete who best exemplifies the spirit of scholarship while participating in athletics.

Dr. Michael Little, chairperson of the Department of Integrated Science and Technology at Marshall, will receive the Carolyn B. Hunter Distinguished Faculty Service Award. Little has been with Marshall for 34 years and has taught a variety of courses in the Biological Sciences department.

He was the 2002-2003 Drinko Fellow at Marshall and recipient of a National Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology presented at the Ninth International Conference on College Teaching and Learning.

This award was created by the MUAA for the purpose of recognizing outstanding achievements and providing incentives for continued service from faculty to the community, the university and students in their respective fields. Award nominees are evaluated on their professional service to the community and their service to the university and its students.

The Nancy Pelphrey Herd Village Scholarship will be awarded to Huntington native Kristen O'Neal, a 2004 graduate of Spring Valley High School. O'Neal, who has played clarinet for the Marshall Marching Thunder for three years, graduated with her first degree (medical transcription) from the Marshall Community and Technical College in 2007. She will finish her degree in medical assisting in summer 2008.

This scholarship was established in 1998 by the MUAA board of directors in honor of Nancy Pelphrey, Herd Village coordinator. Funds from the scholarship come from the  proceeds from Herd Village.

Jennifer Pritt of Atlanta will receive the Young Alumni Award. She is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at South Cobb High School, which was recently featured on Good Morning America for its many honors and awards. At Kennesaw State University, she teaches ESL Literacy to students from Brazil, Columbia, El Salvador, Mexico and even Bulgaria.

The criteria for the Young Alumni Award are that the person must be 35 years old or younger; an active member of the alumni association; show outstanding in his or her field of endeavor; have a personal commitment to his or her community; and demonstrate service to Marshall University and its students.

Joshua L. Curry and Kacy R. Winans will receive the Nate Ruffin Scholarship Award. Curry, a sophomore from Ranson, W.Va., is a criminal justice major with a 3.73 GPA. He is a member of the Society of Black Scholars at Marshall.

Winans, a sophomore from Detroit, Mich., is majoring in physical therapy and athletic training and has a 3.5 GPA. She started a new organization at Marshall called Stepping by Faith, which is sponsoring a child from Jerusalem. Winans is the niece of gospel singer CeCe Winans.

Ruffin was a member of the 1970 Marshall football team, but an injury kept him from making the trip to Greenville, N.C., for Marshall's game with East Carolina on Nov. 14, 1970. The plane carrying the team back from North Carolina crashed near Tri-State Airport, killing all 75 people aboard. Ruffin became an advocate for Black Alumni Inc., as well as the university, until his death in 2001.

Margaret Frances Shrewsbury Brooks will be first recipient of the College of Education and Human Services' Distinguished Education and Human Service Award. Brooks attended Marshall in the early 1940s, but did not complete her degree because of World War II. Using an emergency certification, she left Marshall and helped fill a grave shortage of teachers. She ended up teaching several years on a permanent certification and moving with her husband, who was in the military.

Brooks will be given an honorary undergraduate degree by the COEHS during the awards banquet, as well as receive the Distinguished Education and Human Service Award. The award honors a deserving COEHS alum who has excelled in his or her field and is representative of the accomplishments and dedication of alumni from Marshall University.

The 2008 Distinguished Alumnus in Manufacturing Award will go to Hank Cox, vice president of media relations with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Cox is responsible for translating the NAM's viewpoint on complex manufacturing issues into clear language and conveying the information to the news media, the association's members and the general public.

This award is presented by the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing in recognition of individuals who have made outstanding achievements in and contributions to the manufacturing sector.

The Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Club will receive the Alumni Association Club of the Year award. The club has worked endlessly to promote Marshall throughout the southwestern Ohio area. Last fall, the members held a major tailgating event at the football game between the Thundering Herd and the University of Cincinnati Bearcats, feeding and providing entertainment for the fans attending the game. The club later presented a check with proceeds raised at the tailgate to be split between the MUAA and the Big Green.

The MUAA Board Member of the Year will be announced at the MUAA board meeting and recognized at the awards banquet.

Here is a complete list of Alumni Weekend events:

Thursday, April 10

Marshall University's annual Military Ball will be held at the Don Morris Room in the Memorial Student Center. The Military Ball timeline is as follows: 5:30 p.m., arrival and cocktails; 6 p.m., begin ceremony and dinner.

The cost is $40 per person and $75 per couple. For more details, visit http://www.marshall.edu/rotc/. For more information, contact Maj. Jeffrey Stephens at (304) 696-6450.

Friday, April 11

A meeting of the board of directors of the MU Alumni Association will take place at the Erickson Alumni Center from noon until 4 p.m.

Alumni Weekend will officially begin Friday evening with a Welcome Champagne Reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Culinary Institute at 917 3rd Ave. to celebrate the 50th Reunion Class of 1958 and university accomplishments.

At 10 p.m., national comedic talent Greg Hahn will be featured at the Funny Bone Comedy Club. The show is rated corporate friendly with a soft R rating. The balcony will be reserved for the Alumni Association. Tickets are $12, but the first 50 to make reservations will receive a free ticket.

Attendees may order from the menu and a there will be a cash bar. Call the alumni office for reservations ((304) 696-2901 or (800) 682-5869. Tickets may be picked up at any time in the alumni office or at the Champagne Reception preceding the show. This event is co-hosted by the MU Alumni Association and the Young Alumni Committee.

Saturday, April 12

An Estate Planning Seminar will take place at 9:30 a.m. in the John Spotts Room, Memorial Student Center. The topic will be: Estate Planning: 2008 and Beyond with guest speakers Howard R. "Buck" Crews Jr. and James G. Graley from Campbell Woods, PLLC of Huntington.

The Class Luncheon will honor the 50th reunion class (1958). It will be joined by the Grand Class - those who graduated before 1958. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the John Marshall Dining Room, Memorial Student Center. The cost is $20 per person. Lunch is complimentary for members of 50th reunion class.

A Trolley Tour of campus will follow the luncheon.

The annual Alumni Awards Banquet and Celebration starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room. It will be preceded by a social at 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 13

The Scholarship Honor Reception, which annually recognizes and honors Marshall's scholarship donors and recipients, is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the Don Morris Room in the Memorial Student Center. For more information, call (304) 696-6781.

For more information about Alumni Weekend events or to reserve a seat at the banquet, persons may call (304) 696-2901 or (800) 682-5869.

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Wednesday April 2, 2008
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Stadium west lot to reopen Thursday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The west parking lot at Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards Stadium will reopen Thursday, April 3.


Jim Terry, Marshall's Director of Public Safety, said resurfacing and striping of the lot has been completed.

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Marshall University honors Sheweys for gift used to establish Shewey Learning and Research Center

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Mingo County business and education leader C. Fred Shewey and his late wife, Christine, were inducted into Marshall University's Pathway of Prominence in a ceremony today at the Pathway.

Donors of $1 million or more to Marshall are honored with a plaque on the pathway, which is located at the center of the Huntington campus between Old Main and the Memorial Student Center. The Sheweys' plaque is the 19th on the Pathway of Prominence.

The Sheweys were honored for their recent gift of $1 million to Marshall University. The funds will be used to establish the Shewey Learning and Research Center to assist with rural educational research and development. Specifically, the goal is to increase the mathematics and science achievement in middle school students through improved mathematics and science instruction in the middle schools in southern West Virginia, with a preference to Mingo County.

Fred Shewey, formerly of Kermit, W.Va., now lives in Gainesville, Fla., but remains concerned about the future of Mingo County students. Having served 18 years as a member of the Mingo County Board of Education, he says middle school students in Mingo County and other southern West Virginia counties often lacked the direction needed at that pivotal time in their lives.

"They weren't being guided in the right direction," Shewey said. "I felt like they were not getting enough steering in the right direction at a time when they had to make up their minds. We have to put our best foot forward and make sure they don't get out of step."

He said he hopes the Shewey Learning and Research Center will help equip middle school students in Mingo County and other counties, such as Logan and Wayne, with the skills they need to make the right career choice.

"I could see something was needed to help the folks in Mingo County, and Wayne and Logan counties," Shewey said. "I'm just happy to put my two cents worth in." 

Marshall's June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development, under the guidance of its director, Dr. Stan Maynard, is responsible for developing the first 21st Century Model School in West Virginia with a focus on mathematics and science.

"It is an honor and a privilege to associate the June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development with the mission and reputation of the Shewey family in a collaboration that will enhance and improve the learning opportunities of rural West Virginia," Maynard said. "It also enables Mingo and surrounding counties to enrich the economic climate of the area through the education of West Virginia's next generation of learners and workers."

Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said the Sheweys' latest gift is another example of their love of southern West Virginia and Marshall University. They have been honored before for their longtime generous support of the University. The building that houses many of Marshall's athletic department offices, located at the north end of Joan C. Edwards Stadium, is named the Fred and Christine Shewey Athletics Building in their honor.

"Marshall University and southern West Virginia are once again indebted to the Sheweys for their extraordinary generosity," Kopp said. "Fred and Christine Shewey, having seen firsthand the need for intervention in Mingo and other southern West Virginia counties, have given their financial support to this important learning and research center and placed their trust in Marshall's June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development to provide the direction needed to make a difference in the lives of these young students."

A needs assessment revealed that Mingo County demonstrates a compelling need for intervention in the form of high-quality professional development for teachers, which in turn impacts student motivation and achievement.

It was determined that a high quality professional development program in the STEM area of science and mathematics instruction is necessary if goals of the Shewey Learning and Research Center are to be met, according to Maynard. The measurable goals/objectives are to:

  • Increase the number of highly qualified middle school teachers of science and mathematics content through professional development sessions during the academic year, including Collegial Professional Learning Communities (CPLC) and summer sessions;
  • Increase middle school teachers' science and mathematics content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge;
  • Increase collaboration between Marshall University and middle school educators in southern West Virginia, especially Mingo County;
  • Increase student achievement in science and mathematics in middle school grades as measured by WESTEST, ACT scores, the number of students taking AP mathematics and science and classroom assessment;
  • Increase the number of students taking AP courses in mathematics and science;
  • Increase positive attitudes of teachers and students toward the value of standards-based mathematics and science;
  • Increase integration of existing and emerging technology in middle school science and mathematics classrooms;
  • Increase college-going rates of Mingo County students;
  • Increase the number of Mingo County students enrolling in college majors involving mathematics and science core curriculum;
  • Increase college graduation rates of Mingo County students

Among the strategies and methods that will be used to reach these goals are week-long annual summer Mingo STEM Extravaganzas. The first of those is the Shewey Science Academy June 16-19 at Kermit Area School.

It involves an investigation of a contrived murder in which students will gather data, evaluate evidence, prepare and test hypotheses and communicate the results of their investigations. The week will culminate in a mock trial to attempt to resolve the evidence for the murder.

Fred Shewey has been a major force in West Virginia's coal, gas, oil and timber  industries for years, and helped establish International Industries, Inc., with business partner and fellow Marshall supporter James H. "Buck" Harless.

For more information on the Shewey Learning and Research Center, contact Maynard at (304) 696-2890.

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Stadium's west lot to remain closed through Wednesday, April 2

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The west parking lot at Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards Stadium will remain closed at least through Wednesday, April 2.

Jim Terry, Marshall's Director of Public Safety, said he is hopeful resurfacing and striping of the lot will be completed Wednesday.

Terry said students and employees who normally park on the west lot are asked to park in another permitted lot, preferably the one at the site of the former Weiler Steel, located in the 1600 block of 2nd Ave., or the Marshall parking garage on 3rd Avenue.

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Marshall Chamber Choir, University Chorus to Perform Saturday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  Marshall University's Chamber Choir and University Chorus will give their spring semester concert Saturday, April 5 at 8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Huntington.  The concert is free and open to the public.

Both ensembles will be under the direction of Robert Wray, assistant professor of choral music education at the university.

"It is a very good mix of music styles from the Renaissance to the 20th and 21st Centuries," Wray said. Included on the program will be works by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Johann Sebastian Bach, Benjamin Britten, Gabriel Faur, Norman Dello Joio, Moses Hogan and Eric Whitacre. The concert will also feature violinists Dr. Elizabeth Reed Smith, professor of music at Marshall, and Korey Jividen, her student, and organist Yuri McCoy.
The church is located at 1015 5th Ave. in Huntington. For further information, persons may call Wray at (304) 696-2399 or e-mail wrayr@marshall.edu.

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City National Bank/Steven J. Day Lectureship to be delivered Friday by Thomas W. Dunfee

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Thomas W. Dunfee, a vice dean/professor at the University of Pennsylvania, will deliver the City National Bank/Steven J. Day Lectureship Friday, April 4 at the Pullman Plaza Hotel in Huntington.

The lectureship, which started in 1998, is made possible through funds provided by City National Bank to Marshall University's Lewis College of Business, which is sponsoring the event. Dunfee will speak from 11 to 11:50 a.m. in the hotel's Virginia Room. The event is free to the public.

"Anyone interested in business ethics and social responsibility is encouraged to attend," said Larry Templeton, Director of Development in the Lewis College of Business.

Dunfee, a 1963 Marshall University honor graduate, is the Joseph Kolodny Professor of Social Responsibility at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

He received his J.D. in 1966 from New York University and his L.L.M. (Master of Laws) in 1969, also from New York University.

At the University of Pennsylvania, Dunfee is chair of the Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department, whose 18 full-time and 24 affiliated faculty teach courses related to business law and ethics.

From 2000 to 2003, he was responsible for the Wharton Undergraduate Division. Dunfee served as president of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (1989-90), was editor-in-chief of the American Business Law Journal (1975-77), and received the Distinguished Senior Faculty Award for Excellence from the Academy of Legal Studies in Business in 1991. He also served as president of the Society for Business Ethics in 1995 and 1996.

Dunfee's current research interests focus on a social contract-based approach to business and professional ethics and global business ethics. He has been a visiting professor at several universities and has lectured at many European and Asian universities. He also is the author of several books and has written many published articles.

While at Marshall, Dunfee was a member of the debate team and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Marshall University Alumni Association in 1994.

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