January 2008 News Releases

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

Fall 2007 dean's list available on Marshall Web site

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students who made the dean's list for the Fall 2007 semester are available on the Marshall Web site.

To make the dean's list, students must have a 3.3 or above grade point average for a minimum of 12 hours. The names of 2,317 students on the dean's list are included on the Web site. Students who requested their names not be published are excluded from the list.

The dean's list is accessible at www.marshall.edu/ucomm/DeansList/deanslist.html.

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Monday January 28, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Dennison named Director of Development for College of Science at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Cory Dennison IV, a cum laude graduate of Marshall University with a degree in political science, has been named Director of Development for the university's College of Science.

In conjunction with the Marshall Foundation, Dennison will lead fundraising efforts, provide counsel, and assist with public relations for the college. He will work closely with Dr. Andrew Rogerson, dean, and Lance West, Vice President for Major Gift Development, to identify key areas of need. Dennison previously served as a development officer for the foundation.

"I look forward to working with Dean Rogerson, faculty, and alumni to build upon their success," Dennison said. "It's an exciting time of growth and opportunity for the college and the university."

As a student, Dennison was the long snapper on Marshall's 2002 GMAC Bowl championship football team. He was the student body vice president and a two-year member of the MU Board of Governors, in which he served as the student representative. He also is a 2006 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law. He has worked for the West Virginia Senate and with the law firm of Tyson and Tyson in Huntington. 

"Cory's leadership at Marshall, combined with his previous experience, makes him an ideal fit for the position," West said. "He understands the important role education plays in the future of our state, our economy and our community."

Rogerson said the college continues to see increased enrollment due to a growing need for science-related professionals. The college features award-winning instructors and the state-of-the-art Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center, which provides students with an excellent learning environment, and faculty with superior research facilities. The faculty encourages student participation in research activities, too, giving students hands-on experience they can apply after graduation.

"As the need for individuals with specialized skills in science continues to grow, Marshall University is able to provide students the education and experience they'll need to succeed," Rogerson said. "We're committed to providing our students with a comprehensive education from which to grow, learn and develop as leaders."
Dennison can be reached by calling (304) 696-2435 or via e-mail at denniso3@marshall.edu.

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Monday January 28, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Worth, McNearney to show new artwork Feb. 2 at Java Joint

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Christopher Worth, a tutor with the Marshall University H.E.L.P. program and alumnus of the College of Fine Arts, and Clay McNearney, chair of MU's Religious Studies program, will be showing some of their new artwork on Friday, Feb. 2.

The showing begins at 8 p.m. at the Java Joint, located at 1555 3rd Ave. (corner of 3rd Avenue and Hal Greer Boulevard).

"This event showcases new artwork for both Clay and me," Worth said. "I believe it's an example of the fine arts at Marshall University having a wider reach in the community. It's very exciting to be given this opportunity by the Java Joint."

For more information, contact Worth at (304) 942-6959 or via e-mail at worth2@marshall.edu.

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

Marshall University joins hundreds of universities in nationwide global warming Teach-In

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  - Beginning Thursday, Jan. 31, Marshall University will host a series of events as part of its participation in a nationwide Teach-In to further inform the public about the facts of global warming.

More than 1,000 colleges and universities throughout the United States have been organized through Focus the Nation (www.focusthenation.org) to host such events.  It will be the largest Teach-In in U.S. history.

The Marshall events begin with a free showing of the Oscar-winning documentary movie "An Inconvenient Truth" at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center Alumni Lounge. Events continue the next day, Friday, Feb. 1, with a lecture on Paleoclimate by Dr. Dewey Sanderson of the MU Department of Geology beginning at 9:30 a.m. The lecture will take place in Room 376 of the Science Building.

The lecture will be followed by four 50-minute panel discussions, all in Room 376 of the Science Building. They include:  "Lessons in Climate" (10-10:50 a.m.), "Climate and West Virginia" (11-11:50 a.m.), "Motivating Action" (1-1:50 p.m.), and "Climate and Social Justice" (2-2:50 p.m.).  Discussion panels will be composed predominantly of Marshall faculty.  A notable exception is Tony Cavalier, Chief Meteorologist at WSAZ-3, who will participate in "Climate and West Virginia."

Sodexho Foods is sponsoring lunch, which will be provided in the Harless Dining Hall and will feature local food.  Informational booths will be set up in Morrow Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Teach-In will conclude that evening with a lecture featuring keynote speaker Stephanie Timmermeyer, Cabinet Secretary with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, at 6 p.m. in the MSC Alumni Lounge.

All events for the Marshall University Global Warming Teach-In are free and open to the public.

For additional information on the Marshall University Global Warming Teach-In, contact Dr. Dawn Holliday (hollidad@marshall.edu) or Dr. Frank S. Gilliam (gilliam@marshall.edu).  Gilliam also may be reached at (304) 696-3636 or by fax at (304) 696-3243, or persons may visit his Web site at http://mupfc.marshall.edu/~gilliam/.

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Friday January 25, 2008
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, (304) 746-2038

Dan Trudell, Knoxville Jazz Orchestra to Headline MU Jazz Festival

HUNTINGTON W. Va. - Dan Trudell, the man Downbeat Magazine has called "the best organ player now working in Chicago," will bring his Hammond B-3 and the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra  to Huntington at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 in the headline concert of  Marshall University's 39th annual Jazz Festival.

Festival events, sponsored by MU's department of music, will take place in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on Marshall's Huntington campus. Tickets may be purchased at the center's box office, or by calling (304) 696-2787.

Dr. Ed Bingham, director of jazz studies at Marshall, said the Jazz Festival has been an important part of West Virginia's artistic community since its beginning in 1970.

"It attracts nationally recognized artists and supports the MU Jazz Studies Program in its efforts to educate students, to entertain the public and to preserve the rich heritage of jazz," Bingham said.

Artists who have performed at Marshall and with the MU Jazz Ensemble comprise a veritable "Who's Who" among important jazz musicians, Bingham said. Included among them are Joe Farrell, Phil Wilson, Clark Terry, Gary Burton, Rich Matteson, Art Pepper, Jamey Aebersold, Maynard Ferguson and Orchestra, Stan Kenton and Orchestra, Woody Herman and the Thundering Herd, Herbie Mann, Gary Burton, Ed Soph, Dominic Spera, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with Buddy Morrow, the Count Basie Orchestra, Bob Thompson, Mike Vax, Chris Vadala, Bill Watrous, Eddie Daniels, Oliver Nelson, Dave Valentin, Alvin Batiste, Terry Gibbs, Denis DeBlasio, Conrad Herwig, James Dapogny, Louis Bellson, Arturo Sandoval, The Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Paquite D'Rivera and the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars and, most recently, Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra.

The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of founder Vance Thompson, is is a 17-piece big band with five saxophones, four trombones, five trumpets, piano, bass, and drums. The band is comprised of East Tennessee's top professional musicians and performs a wide range of music from America's jazz tradition. The group's performances have been described as energetic, exciting, engaging and highly entertaining. Internationally recognized artists who have appeared with the group include pianists Monty Alexander, Donald Brown, Hank Jones and Mulgrew Miller; saxophonists Seamus Blake, Don Braden, Vincent Herring, James Moody and Grey Tardy; trumpeters Bill Mobley, Marvin Stamm and Byron Stripling; trombonists Wycliffe Gordon and Paul McKee; and vocalists Deborah Brown and Annie Sellick.

Trudell has numerous professional credits, including stints accompanying singers Joe Williams and Aretha Franklin. He has also performed with prominent jazzmen Nick Brignola, Alan Dawson, Jim Rotondi, James Clay, and Matt Wilson. He currently performs in Chicago with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, and the Mike Allemana Organ Trio, and his group, the B3 Bombers.

In keeping with the educational mission of the MU Jazz Festival, student ensembles from across the region will perform during the event on Feb. 1. Each group will receive feedback from members of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra and Trudell in a concert-clinic format. 

Here is the complete festival schedule:

Thursday Jan. 31:

7:30 p.m., Opening Concert  (admission $10 adults, $5 students)
Bridgeport High School
Cabell Midland High School
Bluetrane: Marshall University's Faculty Jazz Ensemble

Friday, Feb. 1:

9 a.m.               Point Pleasant High School
10 a.m.             Cabell Midland High School
11 a.m.             Blennerhasset Junior High
1 p.m.              Parkersburg High School
2 p.m.              Gallia Academy High School 
3 p.m.              Bridgeport High School
4 p.m.              Fairmont High School
5 p.m.              Williamstown High School

7:30 p.m., Concert by Dan Trudell, Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, and Mark Zanter Group (admission $10 adults, $5 students)

Saturday, Feb. 2:

7:30 p.m., Finale Concert (admission $10 adults, $5 students)
Thundering Herd All-Stars
Marshall University Jazz Ensemble with faculty soloists

For more information, persons may contact Bingham at (304) 696-3147.

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

BB&T awards $1 million gift to Marshall University College of Business

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The BB&T Charitable Foundation announced today the contribution of $1 million to establish The BB&T Center for the Advancement of American Capitalism at the Lewis College of Business at Marshall University.

BB&T West Virginia Group/State President Phyllis Arnold said a key component of the BB&T Center will be to provide students with a solid grounding in the workings of capitalism and free market forces.  Components of the Center's curriculum include but are not limited to:

  •     An upper level course focusing on the principles set forth in Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged and Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations.
  •    A Lecture series known as the BB&T Lectures with speakers advocating public policies that promote economic and political freedom.

"There is overwhelming evidence that capitalism produces a higher economic standard of living," said Arnold.  "John Allison, our chairman and chief executive officer, passionately believes there needs to be a deeper understanding of the moral defense of capitalism and its causal relationship to economic well being."

"We find that many students that graduate with a business degree, while understanding the technology of business, do not have a clear grasp of the moral principles underlying free markets.  It is with great pleasure that we make this contribution to enhance the educational offerings of the University and look forward to seeing the successes that result from Marshall's business students, not just in the next semester, but in the years to follow," Arnold said.

According to Dr. Stephen J. Kopp, president of Marshall University, Cal Kent, vice president for Business and Economic Research, will serve as director of the Center. Kopp said the University is thrilled to incorporate this Center into the Lewis College of Business.

"This College produces hundreds of graduates each year, all with the knowledge and skills to enjoy successful business careers," Kopp said.  "We are confident this Center will enhance the business acumen of our students and broaden their educational foundations of the fundamentals in free market capitalism. We greatly appreciate BB&T's contribution to Marshall, which will establish this important center."

 "This is a very exciting opportunity," Kent said. "It will better inform our students regarding the benefits of the market economy and will enable us to better prepare our graduates for the workplace."

With $132.6 billion in assets, Winston-Salem, N.C.-based BB&T Corporation is the nation's 14th largest financial holding company. It operates nearly 1,500 financial centers in 11 states and Washington, D.C.

For more information, please visit www.bbt.com or www.marshall.edu.

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

Fifth annual Undergraduate Day at the Capitol attracts 100 students, including 18 from Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - One hundred students, including 18 from Marshall University, will participate in the fifth annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Charleston on Thursday, Jan. 31.

The students will represent 13 West Virginia colleges and universities at Undergraduate Research Day, which runs from 8:45 a.m. to noon in the Capitol Rotunda. Students will present their discoveries in poster format and talk to legislators about their findings. The projects are original research and the posters have been designed for a general audience.

In addition to Marshall, other schools represented are Alderson-Broaddus College; Bethany College; Concord University; Fairmont State University; Glenville State College; Ohio Valley University; the University of Charleston; West Liberty State College; West Virginia University; West Virginia Wesleyan College, Wheeling Jesuit University and WVU Institute of Technology.

Students will present their posters in the areas of aerospace engineering, chemistry, environmental studies, foreign language, geology, sociology/social work, psychology, chemical engineering, computer science and information technology, biology, biochemistry, engineering, electrical engineering, physics, biological science and mathematics.

"It's an event that members of the Legislature enjoy. These students are incredibly enthusiastic about their projects and that excitement engages anyone who stops by to chat with them," said Michael Castellani, chair of Marshall's chemistry department, and co-chair of the event's organizing committee. "Likewise, the students are proud to display their projects and speak with state officials about their research. It is a special day and a special event for everyone involved."

The following is a list of Marshall's participants, along with their home counties or cities, disciplines, research posters and advisors:

  • Jennifer Cavender, Kanawha County (Psychology) - "A Correlational Study of High-Fat and High-Sugar Foods on BMI." - Marc Lindberg, advisor
  • Heather Butts, Cabell County (Biology) - "Adult-Derived Stem Cells for Treating Parkinson's Disease." - Elmer Price, advisor
  • Adam Short, Cabell County (Biology) - "Prevalence and Significance of Acanthamoeba in Huntington Tap Water." - Andrew Rogerson, advisor
  • William Kelly, Wayne County, Ashley Stewart, Cabell County, and Waseem Khader, Cabell County (Biology) - "Altered Protein Expression in Microgravity." - Jagan Valluri, advisor
  • Brent D. Frederick, McDowell County, Jamar Grayson, Kanawha County, and Marvyn Grayson, Kanawha County (Biological Science) - "Effect of Arsenic, Aluminum and Copper on Genotoxicity and Apoptosis in Fish Cells." - Elizabeth Murray, advisor
  • Candice M. Dotson, Mingo County, and Rebecca L. Klug, Cabell County (Chemistry) - "Computational Study of Two Classes of Potential Nanodevices." - Rudolf Burcl, advisor
  • Tiffany Oxley, Cabell County (Psychology) - "Tests of an Attachment Model of Suicide." - Marc Lindberg, advisor
  • Daniel Velazquez, Cabell County (Physics) - Anisotropic Capillary Wave Propagation in a Ripple Tank." - Thomas Wilson, advisor
  • Todd Amick, Putnam County (Psychology) - "Helplessness and Hopelessness in Depression in Relation to Attachment Theory." - Marc Lindberg, advisor
  • Laurel Ackison, Cabell County (Biology) - "Effects of Temperature and Ammonia on the Capacity of Freshwater Mussels to Filter Water." - Jeff Kovatch, advisor
  • Megan Neal, Cabell County (Biology) - "Effects of Acetaminophen on Aging Cardiac Muscle and miRNA Expression." - Eric R. Blough, advisor
  • Zachary Tackett, Proctorville, Ohio (Biochemistry) - "Molecular Epidemiological Analysis of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Isolates in a Subpopulation of West Virginia." - Menashi Cohenford, advisor
  • Amelia Boslaugh, Kanawha County (Art and Design) - Program cover artist - Mary Grassell, advisor

For more information on Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol, contact Castellani at (304) 696-6486.

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Friday January 18, 2008
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Annual Soul Food Feast set for Sunday, Jan. 27 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Center for African-American Students' Programs at Marshall University is sponsoring the annual Soul Food Feast Sunday, Jan. 27 on the Huntington campus.

The feast begins at 2 p.m. in the John Marshall Dining Room, which is located on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center. The event offers participants a gathering in which they can socialize and experience the soulful taste of traditional African-American foods prepared by local chefs.

"The  Center for African-American Students' Programs  looks forward each year to this awesome gathering of people from throughout our community who come together to enjoy traditional 'soul' foods and the company of one another," said Maurice Cooley, Interim Vice President for Multicultural Affairs and Director of the Center for African-American Students' Programs. "Some families return year after year to the only place in town where one can sit amongst friends to enjoy a full complement of African-American foods that have been handed down from generation to generation."  

The menu for the event includes items such as chitterlings, fried chicken, barbeque ribs, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, candied yams, potato salad, cole slaw, cornbread and desserts.

The event is open to the public. Tickets for the feast are $7 for adults and $4 for students. Participants may purchase tickets at the door or in advance at the center's office, which is located in room 1W25 of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

For more information, persons may contact Fran Jackson, assistant with the Center for African-American Students' Programs, at (304) 696-6705.

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Friday January 18, 2008
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Governor Manchin appoints Michael G. Sellards to Board of Governors

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Michael G. Sellards, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Mary's Medical Center, has been appointed to Marshall University's Board of Governors by West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III. Sellards' term runs through June 30, 2010.

Sellards, a Huntington resident, replaces former vice chair Menis E. Ketchum, who resigned from the board on Jan. 2, citing commitments to his campaign for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

"Mike Sellards is a very capable executive, experienced in areas of medicine, and the St. Mary's organization that he leads is a major economic force in an area of great interest to Marshall University and the state of West Virginia," said Robert L. Shell, chair of Marshall's board. "We are privileged to have someone of his caliber serving on our board."

Sellards, who has been in his current position at St. Mary's since 2000, was Executive Director/CEO of Pleasant Valley Hospital in Point Pleasant, W.Va., from 1982 to 2000. He is a native of Huntington.

"Marshall University is the most important factor in the future growth and success of the Huntington area," Sellards said. "I look forward to joining the MU Board of Governors and helping continue a long tradition of excellence in higher education, research and community development."

Sellards is affiliated with numerous professional and civic organizations. He is a delegate with American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board 3, and a member of the West Virginia Hospital Association Board of Trustees, the Premier Quality Improvement Committee, the Huntington Medical Community Foundation Board of Trustees and the Tri-State Health Partners (Physician Hospital Organization) Board of Directors.

Sellards is chair of the United Way of the River Cities board of directors. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees in Huntington, the Advantage Valley Board of Trustees, the West Virginia Business Roundtable, the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Health Care Policy Committee, West Virginia Vision Shared and the West Virginia Council for Community and Economic Development.

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Thursday January 17, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Herd fans invited to reception before Capital Classic

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Hundreds of Marshall University basketball fans are expected to gather in the South Hall of the Charleston Civic Center Wednesday, Jan. 23 for a Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic pre-game reception.

The reception, hosted by the Marshall University Alumni Association and sponsored by Pepsi Bottling Co., BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Co., ELCO Mechanical, Mountain State Insurance, Inc., and Liberty Mutual Insurance, Inc., is from 6 to 8 p.m. and is free to the public. It coincides with a basketball doubleheader between Marshall's and West Virginia University's women's and men's basketball teams in the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum.

The women's game starts at 5:30 p.m., with the men's game tipping off at 8 p.m. All four teams have winning records.

"Based on the success of the men's and women's teams from both universities so far this season, and the natural rivalry of the two universities, an exciting night of basketball is guaranteed," said Tish Littlehales, Marshall's director of alumni relations. "We want to get that excitement started early at the annual pre-game reception. It's the perfect venue to get our fans revved up for both games."

Music will be provided, along with complimentary hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and giveaways. Marshall's cheerleaders, along with Marco and the pep band, also will perform at the reception.

Representatives from many Marshall colleges, departments and activities will take part in the reception, setting up displays and sharing information with visitors. Among those planning displays are the College of Health Professions, the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, the College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE), the Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS), the Lewis College of Business, the College of Fine Arts, the Marshall Bookstore - which will be selling merchandise, STEM, the College of Education and Human Services, the College of Science, the Bridge Campaign, the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development, MU Libraries, the College of Liberal Arts and Student Affairs.

Also, one of the large "We Are Marshall" movie posters that lined the walls of the premiere at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena will be up for bid in a silent auction during the reception. The poster will be signed by Red Dawson, an assistant coach with the 1970 Marshall football team. His character was played by Matthew Fox in "We Are Marshall." Dawson plans to attend the reception.

For more information on the reception, contact Nancy Pelphrey with the Alumni Association at (304) 696-3134. 

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

Marshall student to perform with DIVA Jazz Orchestra

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Angela Crum, a Marshall University senior majoring in trumpet performance, has been invited to perform with Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra in a performance they will give in Hackettstown, N.J., on Saturday, Jan. 19.

"I can't begin to tell you how much this performance means to me," Crum said. She first met Maricle, a drummer who leads the band, and the other DIVA musicians last year when they came to Huntington to perform at the MU Jazz Festival.

Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra are based in New York City and play contemporary, mainstream big band jazz composed and arranged by band members and other renowned writers including Tommy Newsom, Ellen Rowe, Rich Shemaria and Scott Whitfield.

DIVA was founded by Stanley Kay, a former manager and relief drummer for the Buddy Rich Big Band. In 1990, Kay was conducting a band where Maricle was playing drums. Impressed by her skill, Kay wondered if there were other women musicians with a similar caliber of musicianship. A nationwide audition of players produced a core group of musicians who performed their first concert in March of 1993.

"This kind of opportunity for one of our students is a real coup for our jazz studies area and the Department of Music overall," said Dr. Jeffrey Pappas, chair of the music department at Marshall. "We are very proud of Angela and our jazz program, which she will be representing."

Crum, whose hometown is Union, W. Va., is a member of the university's chapter of Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity and several other campus groups, including the International Association for Jazz Education.

The Jan. 19 performance will take place at Centenary College in its Whitney Chapel.

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


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Wednesday January 16, 2008
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Marshall alums Debby Stoler, Glen Midkiff join Career Services staff

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Two new staff members have joined Marshall University's Career Services, according to Denise Hogsett, Career Services director.

Debby Stoler and Glen Midkiff, both Marshall graduates, are returning to their alma mater, Stoler as Assistant Director for Development and Outreach and Midkiff in the new position of Events and Publicity Coordinator for Career Services.

Stoler has an extensive background in sales and marketing with the Hershey Company and most recently with The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington.

"Debby will fill an important role at Marshall University as she continues to develop needed relationships with employers large and small that are looking to connect with our students for entry-level positions," Hogsett said.  "She will be developing plans of action for employers to increase on-campus presence and educate students and faculty about the company and employment opportunities."

In addition, Stoler will work to develop meaningful internships, facilitate interest in informational/recruiting sessions, encourage attendance at job fairs, develop a speakers bureau, and work with faculty to obtain their input involving career opportunities and internship requirements, Hogsett said.

"Being a lifelong Huntington resident and Marshall alum, I definitely 'bleed green,' " Stoler said.  "I am so pleased to be an official part of the university that has always been a part of my life.  I look forward to forming beneficial relationships with employers and faculty that will help bridge that first step from education to career for our students."

Midkiff returns to Marshall University after beginning his career at Michigan State University and then moving on to be Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life at the University of Louisville.  He has an undergraduate degree from Marshall and received his Master of Science Degree in Adult and Technical Education from Marshall in May 2000.

"Glen brings with him a wealth of experience in education and training, which will assist members of the university community with event planning and other services we offer," Hogsett said.

His major role will be to increase awareness among students of career events and opportunities as well as the coordination of events for the Career Center and evaluating the effectiveness of each event, according to Hogsett.

"I am thrilled about coming home to my alma mater, which has made such a positive impact on my life," Midkiff said.  "I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute to Marshall because the university has invested so much in me."


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Wednesday January 16, 2008
Contact: Beverly McCoy, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, (304) 691-1713

Two Marshall doctors play key roles in developing new medical guides

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- A newly revised American Medical Association reference book used internationally for impairment evaluations contains significant contributions from two physicians of Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

Dr. Mohammed Ranavaya, a professor of occupational and environmental medicine in Marshall's Department of Family and Community Health, was one of five associate editors for the book, the AMA's "Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, Sixth Edition." Ranavaya was the primary author of three chapters, including the instructions for using the rating system and the chapter relating to lung disease and other disorders of the pulmonary system. He oversaw the development of other sections of the book as well.

Dr. Paulette Wehner, professor of cardiovascular services and program director of Marshall's adult cardiology training program, was the primary author of the book's chapter on heart disease and other problems of cardiovascular system.

Released this month, the 654-page book is a detailed road map for determining how much impairment -- and ultimately the disability -- an illness or injury has caused in a person.

Ranavaya said the workers compensation programs of about 40 U.S. states (including West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky) are required by law to use the AMA Guides as their basis for determining long-term benefits for job-related injuries or illness. The guides are used extensively by the federal government and in some auto accident and personal injury cases, and also are widely recognized in Canada, Australia, South Africa and the European Union as a tool to measure impairment.

The guides promote consistency and fairness, said Ranavaya, an authority on impairment and disability evaluations who has worked for more than 20 years on this and previous editions. "Without uniform standards there would be far more disputes, and decisions would have to be made on the basis of opinions, which are subject to bias," he said. "A unified standard helps prevent disputes and needless litigation while providing equitable and just adjudication of claims."

In addition to incorporating the latest in medical knowledge, the new edition of the guides has been significantly restructured. For example, it now includes a detailed diagnosis-based evaluation grid for each organ system, with step-by-step instructions. The goal is to help assure that when different evaluators look at the same set of facts, they reach the same conclusion, Ranavaya said.

Details about the guides can be found at https://catalog.ama-assn.org/Catalog/home.jsp

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

Adnate exhibition and artist talk will open Birke Art Gallery's spring exhibition season

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Birke Art Gallery in Marshall University's College of Fine Arts will open this spring's exhibition calendar with Adnate, a two-person exhibition of works by Drew Goerlitz and Ali Della Bitta.

The exhibition will open on Wednesday, Jan. 16 and run through Thursday, Feb. 7. An Artist Talk (lecture/presentation by the exhibiting artists) is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. The presentation will take place in Smith Hall Room 154, next door to the Birke Art Gallery, and will be followed by a reception. The event is free to the public.

The adjective adnate means "grown to a usually unlike part, especially along a margin." Sculptors Drew Goerlitz and Ali Della Bitta mix the durable, industrial media of large-scale sculpture with delicate, ephemeral materials to create sculpture and installation works that explore the ever-changing relationship between man and nature, and between the finite and the infinite.

While these artists produce their own individual works, the reciprocal influences resulting from their relationship as a couple yield an organic formal harmony and a thoughtful conceptual dialogue.

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Friday January 11, 2008
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Annual King Symposium is Jan. 21 and 23 in Huntington

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The 15th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 21 and Wednesday, Jan. 23 at various locations around Huntington as part of the annual celebration of the civil rights leader's life. 

The symposium was established by Marshall University's Multicultural Affairs office and is partially funded by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.  This year's symposium theme is "Rising from the Dark To the Sunlit Path of Racial Justice," a quote from King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

The symposium begins with a Focus on Youth Program coordinated by Marshall's Student Government Association. The session begins at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 and takes place at First Baptist Church at 801 6th Ave.

Marshall Psychology senior Ronald Jones and SGA President Dominique Elmore are facilitating the youth program that will focus on academic achievement and the importance of a college education.  The interactive forum will target middle and high school youth.

Following the youth program, participants in the traditional march procession will begin lining up at First Baptist Church.   The march is scheduled to begin at 4:45 p.m. and ends at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church at 1647 9th Ave. The Martin Luther King, Jr.  " I Have a Dream" speech will be delivered from the steps of the  Sixteenth Street Baptist Church by Arley Johnson,  formally ending the procession.

This year's march will be led by Grand Marshal Dr. Ken Hechler, a former West Virginia Secretary of State and Marshall faculty member.  Huntington Mayor David Felinton and Dr. Stephen J. Kopp, President of Marshall University, also will participate in the march. All members of the community are encouraged to take part in this historical event.

The annual Memorial Service begins at 6 p.m. at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and features guest speaker Dr. Patricia Kusimo, Chief Executive Officer for The West Virginia Center for Professional Development.   WVCPD is a state agency which works to support West Virginia educators in their professional development as a means to improve student academic achievement in the classroom.

Dr. Kusimo has been involved with education for more than 25 years. The Memorial Service also will feature the Huntington High School Choir and a combined community choir, Voices Supreme Gospel Choir, directed by Dale Capehart.

Winners of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Competition will be announced during the service.  This year's competition featured four divisions: elementary, middle school, high school and university. 

A reception in the church's fellowship hall follows the service.

The other symposium event is a 10 a.m. theatrical performance on Wednesday, Jan. 23 by the SaltWorks Theatre Company of Pittsburgh, in collaboration with Cabell County Schools. The performance takes place at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

Sponsors of the events are Marshall University Multicultural Affairs, in cooperation with the Mayor of Huntington; the Cabell County Board of Education; the Cabell County Public Library; the Huntington/Cabell County NAACP; The Herald-Dispatch, the Huntington Human Relations Commission and the West Virginia Higher Education Commission.

For more information, contact Maurice Cooley, Interim Vice President for Multicultural Affairs, at (304) 696-5430; Dr. Chris Green, co-chair of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium Committee, at (304) 696-6269; or the Rev. Paul Willis, co-chair of the symposium committee, at (304) 523-1712.

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Thursday January 10, 2008
Contact: Bill Bissett, Chief of Staff, (304) 696-6713

Statement of Marshall University President Dr. Stephen J. Kopp

in response to Governor Manchin's announcement
of $50 million endowment fund for research at Marshall, WVU

"Governor Manchin's announcement of a critically important legislative initiative to invest in research at Marshall and West Virginia University is a decisive step forward that promises future benefits for West Virginia families. Patterned after Kentucky's highly successful 'Bucks for Brains' program, this matching fund program will make sensible investments in applied research that will help diversify our economy, stimulate new business ventures and produce new jobs.

"Growth in tax revenues will be an important dividend of the Governor's decision. According to this plan, every private dollar supporting research at WVU and Marshall University will be matched by a dollar from the state, doubling the impact of the state's investment.

"On behalf of the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the Board of Governors of Marshall University, I thank Governor Manchin for his visionary leadership and support of our two state research institutions. This investment will create opportunities that will influence the future of West Virginians in every corner of the Mountain State."

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Tuesday January 8, 2008
Contact: Lalena Price, University Communications, (304) 746-1989

Marshall University Graduate College hosts open house Saturday

SOUTH CHARLESTON - Marshall University Graduate College is opening its doors this Saturday to give busy professionals an opportunity to learn about the variety of advanced degrees conveniently offered at the South Charleston campus.

Doors will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 12, in the Administration Building on campus, 100 Angus E. Peyton Dr., South Charleston.

Depending on career goals and experience, potential students can apply to a variety of programs. Faculty and staff representing the following programs will be on hand during the open house event:

  • BUSINESS - Master of Business Administration, Executive MBA,  Master of Science in Human Resource Management and Master of Science in Health Care Administration.

  • EDUCATION - Elementary and Secondary Education, Reading, Special Education, Counseling, School Psychology, Leadership (School Administration/Leadership Specialist), Graduate Humanities Program, and Doctorate in Education.

  • INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING - Engineering, Environmental Science, Information Systems, Technology Management and Safety.

Admission and financial aid experts also will be available to answer questions.

To access information about the graduate college online, please go to http://www.marshall.edu/graduate.

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

Marshall provost, Dr. Sarah N. Denman, to retire at the end of the current academic year

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Sarah N. Denman, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Marshall University since 1999, will retire at the end of the current academic year, President Stephen J. Kopp announced today. The academic year ends on May 10 with Marshall's 171st commencement.

Denman is approaching 39 years in education, including 33 at Marshall. She has been with the University since 1975, when she was hired by the Marshall Community and Technical College as part of the team to establish the Community and Technical College and as coordinator of the communications program.

"I thank Sarah for all of her efforts, not only during my time as president of Marshall University but for her 33 years with the community college and the University," Kopp said. "Her enthusiasm and commitment to our students, faculty and our community are truly remarkable and very much appreciated. As she begins this new chapter in her life, we wish her great happiness and satisfaction. I am pleased that Sarah has agreed to continue to assist Marshall University on a part-time basis. This approach will give her the flexibility to enjoy the benefits of retirement, while permitting us to engage her experience and expertise on special projects important to Marshall University."

Denman, who has served with nine presidents while at Marshall, described her decision to retire as "bittersweet."

"I am very happy about my decision to retire, but I am sad to leave all the people I have worked with over the years," she said. "I have enjoyed every minute with this institution. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve."

After graduating from Ceredo-Kenova High School in 1966, Denman earned both her bachelor's (1969) and master's (1973) degrees from Marshall University and her doctorate in higher education administration from West Virginia University in 1986. She taught for six years at Ceredo-Kenova High School.

Through the years, Denman often has noted in public speeches the importance of the students and faculty not only at Marshall, but at all institutions of higher education. She reiterated that belief today.

"We need never to lose sight that the students and faculty are the two most important components of institutions of higher education," she said.

Denman began her career in education in 1969 as a teacher of English and Speech at Ceredo-Kenova High School. She remained there until joining the community college. While at the community college, she served as assistant dean from 1984 to 1988, and associate dean from 1988 to 1991.

Denman's first administrative appointment with Marshall University came in 1991 when she was named associate vice president for academic affairs. She became interim vice president for academic affairs in 1996 and vice president for academic affairs in 1997.

Don Van Horn, dean of Marshall's College of Fine Arts, said Denman has been "the continuity and stability and certainly the humanity that makes Marshall what it is."

"She is a terrific leader and a tremendous resource for this college and every college on campus," Van Horn said. "She is as faculty- and student-centered as any human being I've known in higher education. That's what it's all about for Sarah Denman. I'm happy for Sarah, but Marshall is losing one of the most dedicated servants it probably has ever had."

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Monday January 7, 2008
Contact: Barbara Winters, Dean of Libraries, (304) 696-7153

Marshall Libraries launches new Web site called 50 Years Ago Today: As Seen on WSAZ-TV News

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Libraries today launched a new Web site called 50 Years Ago Today: As Seen On WSAZ-TV News at a news conference in the Special Collections Department of Morrow Library on MU's Huntington campus.

The Web site is accessible at www.marshall.edu/50yearsago/.

"With the click of a mouse, 50 Years Ago Today: As Seen On WSAZ-TV News will allow viewers on the Internet to watch vintage film and video of local, state and national news that occurred 50 years ago on that exact date, as written and reported by the WSAZ-TV news staff of 50 years ago," said Barbara Winters, dean of University Libraries.

Winters said 50 Years Ago Today: As Seen On WSAZ-TV News is a collaborative effort between WSAZ-TV and Marshall University, literally 32 years in the making.

"WSAZ-TV gifted Marshall with its film, video and paper archival materials beginning in 1976, and we gladly continue to be the repository and custodians of these priceless film and video images to this very day," Winters said.

Winters said Andrew D. Earles, Technical and Content Supervisor for Special Collections, originated the concept for the 50 Years Ago Today project.  Winters said Earles, who is in charge of digitizing the WSAZ news footage from fragile film and video to sturdy DVD, came up with the Web site idea the day before the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik.

"Andy mentioned to Special Collections Curator Lisle Brown that he and Media Technical Assistant Lori Thompson had WSAZ news stories from the year 1958 already digitized and 'in the can,' " Winters said. "Andy's idea of putting it on the Internet for the entire community to 'tune in' and enjoy was a winner, and when Lisle passed along Andy's concept for the Web site to me, I heartily concurred."

Winters said Libraries Web Services Librarian Floyd Csir worked with Earles, Information Technology Video Services Producer/Director Eric Himes, Information Technology's Daniel Saez and Brian Williams of Marshall's Center for Information Technology to arrive at ideas for a Special Collections "destination Web site" that would make the community history fun and accessible to Internet users.

Saez served as the Web site's Conceptual Designer and Project Coordinator, with Williams providing the technical know-how and creative input as the site's Programmer and Art Director.

Seeking to give context to and complement the vintage news images that appear on the Web site, Marshall Libraries received permission from noted area author and media producer David E. Carter to showcase images from his 1999 book, "Friends We All Grew Up With: A Fifty Year History of WSAZ TV,"  published by London Books Ltd.

The film to digital media process at Special Collections

1. The WSAZ 16mm news film is run through a special projector that takes the light and images and converts both into digital data. The film runs in "real time," which is time consuming but necessary for quality and clarity.

2. The digital data is then transferred onto a DVD, which has the capacity to hold two hours of film/video content. (NOTE: Two hours equals four newsreels equals between 15 and 30 clips)

3. The information on the DVD is then fed into a computer and run through an image editing program, which breaks each clip apart and assigns each its own appropriate clip number, and converts that information to Windows Media video for eventual streaming online.

Representation of actual news scripts

Scripts that appear in this presentation are scripts actually written by the news department and read on air by the on-air personality for that particular story.  Once we film and video, clips are matched to their respective scripts whenever possible.

Selected scripts are retyped in a Microsoft Word document.  Each individual script has its own file on the Marshall server, which relates to the appropriate clip.

For more information about Marshall University Libraries Special Collections in particular, contact curator Lisle Brown at (304) 696-2344) or visit www.marshall.edu/LIBRARY/speccoll/.

For more information about the Marshall University Libraries in general, contact Dean Barbara Winters at (304) 696-2318 or visit http://www.marshall.edu/LIBRARY/.

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Monday January 7, 2008
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, (304) 696-7153

Marshall Choral Union to Begin Rehearsals

Marshall University's Choral Union will begin weekly spring semester rehearsals Monday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. in preparation for concerts April 19 and 20. The group invites any interested singer to join them, according to Dr. Jeffrey Pappas, who will be replacing regular director Dr. David Castleberry during his sabbatical.

Rehearsals continue every Monday from 7-9 p.m. in the Choral Room (Room 150) in Smith Music Hall on the Huntington campus. 

Works to be performed on the program include Franz Joseph Haydn's "Heiligmesse," John Rutter's "Te Deum" and Aaron Copland's "Stomp Your Foot" from his opera "The Tender Land."

Persons may call the music department at (304) 696-3117 for further information.

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