June 2008 News Releases



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

WMUL student wins Award of Distinction; total of 62 awards for 2007-2008 ties record for second-most in one school year

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Terry Bartley, a student from WMUL-FM, Marshall University's public radio station, received an Award of Distinction in the 14th annual Communicator Awards 2008 Audio Competition.

The winners were named earlier this month in Ashland, Ky. This is the 10th year for this competition to include an audio component for judging.

WMUL students, along with the faculty manager, also received one Platinum Award, one Gold Award and one Honorable Mention Award in the Hermes Creative Awards 2008 Competition. Those winners were announced in May.

These latest awards gave WMUL 62 during the 2007-2008 school year, tying its record for second-most in a year. WMUL, which also won 62 last year, won 77 awards in 2005-2006, its best year ever.

"Terry continues the winning ways of our students," Dr. Corley Dennison, dean of Marshall's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, said of Bartley's Award of Distinction. "For the journalism students and student volunteers at WMUL to win more than 200 state, regional and national awards in three years is truly an accomplishment worth noting."

The Communicator Awards come from the International Academy of Visual Arts which recognizes outstanding work in the communications field. Entries are judged by industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry. The 2008 contest had more than 8,500 entries.

The Award of Distinction winning entry by WMUL-FM was in the following category:

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

"It is a noteworthy accomplishment to be recognized as having produced one of the best PSAs in the country," said Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, professor of radio-television production and management in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and faculty manager of WMUL-FM. "I am proud of the honor this Award of Distinction bestows on WMUL-FM, the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications and Marshall University. This success by Terry Bartley demonstrates to our student staff that dedication and hard work do pay off in the end as they have done for Terry."

The Platinum Award-winning entry by WMUL-FM in the Hermes Creative Awards 2008 Competition was in the Publication/Manual/ Training category. The winner was the "WMUL-FM Promo and PSA Production Manual," written by Bailey and junior Adam Cavalier, WMUL-FM's production director from Montgomery, W.Va. The manual was written for the student and community volunteer staff members of the campus radio station.

The Gold Award-winning entry was in the category Radio Public Service Announcement. Bartley won for "Intolerance."

The Honorable Mention Award-winning entry by WMUL-FM was in the category Podcast. "Herd Roundup" for Friday, Sept. 28, 2007 was the winner. The students who participated were Cavalier, co-host and producer; Andrew Ramspacher, a sophomore from Dublin, Ohio, co-host and producer; Brian Dalek, a junior from McMechen, W.Va., reporter; and Cathleen Moxley, a senior from Chapmanville, W.Va., reporter.

Bailey said winning the Hermes Creative Awards was "an outstanding accomplishment to be recognized as having produced one of the best training manuals in the country as well as a highly regarded public service announcement and a quality podcast."

"This production manual's success demonstrates to our student and community volunteer staff that their training materials are first rate," Bailey said. "Combined with their dedication and hard work, WMUL-FM will continue to be one of the top college radio stations in the country. The Gold Award is a tribute to the public service commitment of our broadcast students in competition with professional practitioners."

The Hermes Creative Awards are administered and evaluated by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

The WMUL students' grand total of 62 awards this year included 23 first-place awards, 11 second-place awards, five third-place awards and 23 honorable mention awards. Since 1985, WMUL-FM student broadcasters have won 817 awards.


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Tuesday June 24, 2008
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2nd annual New Works Festival begins June 26 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's second annual Robert Hinchman New Works Festival will be presented this week by Marshall University Theatre and the Marshall University College of Fine Arts. 

The three-night festival will present both staged and unstaged readings of six new plays over three consecutive evenings - Thursday, June 26 through Saturday, June 28. All readings will begin at 8 p.m. in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. 

Each evening's readings will be followed by a discussion/question-and-answer session with the playwrights, director and cast.  Participation is both welcome and encouraged.  The schedule of events is as follows:

Thursday, June 26, four new one-act plays:

"Lunch At the Fork n' Finger" by published playwright and Marshall University Theatre alumnus, Jonathan Joy. It is a one-act comedy about a man who returns to his boyhood home to find that his single mother has fallen in love with his old high school gym coach.

"Things Get Done" by Louisville, Ky., native Paul Deines. Brooklyn is burning.  In the city, three men share drinks, make Molotov cocktails, and await the approaching mob.  As the riot draws nearer, they wrestle with the ghosts of their pasts, and the collective past of a country born out of revolution.

"Knight-Owl" by well-known Huntington personality, Clint McElroy. When he stumbles upon the long-lost secret headquarters of Knight-Owl, a costumed crime-fighter from the 1940's, con man Del Copperthwaite sees a moneymaking opportunity. Anticipating millions of dollars in endorsements, licensing deals and action figures, Del takes on the super-hero mantle of Knight-Owl, hampered only by his complete lack of talent, experience, morals, and honesty. What he does have is a quick wit, an even quicker tongue, and that strong sense of self-preservation that no scoundrel should be without.

"Stealing Romance" by T. Michael Murdock, a Marshall University alumnus and a professional actor/director.  "Stealing Romance" is a short play about finding love in the most unexpected of places.  On a dark, rainy night, a man robbing a video store reunites with the woman he has loved since grade school, and is immediately locked in the store with her.  Throughout the next few hours, he encounters feelings he thought were gone forever and the woman's jealous ex-boyfriend, and must face down not only his fear of lightning, but also of heartbreak.                   

Friday, June 27, premiere of a new full-length comedy:

"A Sheep Among Wolves" by Jonathan Joy, who is the author of 16 plays.  He has won regional and national awards for his writing.  His work has been produced off-Broadway in New York City and on stages in seven states.

In "A Sheep Among Wolves," the Rev. Donald Daniels attempts to reconcile his brother's fourth broken marriage and save the soul of a young prostitute while his congregation revolts against him.  Those familiar with Joy's "The Princess of Rome, Ohio" will enjoy the further adventures of Dicky Daniels. 

Saturday, June 28, a new full-length comedy:

"The Three Temptations of Jennifer Pierce" was written by Lee Shackleford, who is a writer for stage, screen, and radio with more than 100 produced scripts to his credit. He is perhaps best known for his script "Holmes & Watson," which enjoyed a successful run off-Broadway with Shackleford in the role of Sherlock Holmes. His adaptation of the classic Czech play "R.U.R." has been widely praised and is gaining acceptance as the definitive English version.

"The Three Temptations of Jennifer Pierce" is the story of smart-alecky loner Jennifer Pierce, who makes a wager with her annoyingly square housemate Cindy - a challenge that Jennifer takes only to escape paying several months of rent she already owes to Cindy.

The bet involves the atheist Jennifer sequestering herself in her apartment and waiting for God's "still small voice" to make itself heard. But instead of being alone for three days, Jennifer finds herself the focus of nationwide media attention when she apparently starts to undergo the exact temptations presented to Jesus during his 40 days in the wilderness. The result is a clash between evidence and faith, prejudice and acceptance, and pride and humility.

Tickets are on sale in the Marshall University Theatre box office in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Box office hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and tickets for the New Works Festival are $8 per evening or $20 for a full festival pass (all three nights). Tickets also may be purchased by calling (304) 696-2787.

For more information, call Sam Kincaid at (304) 696-6395.


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Monday June 23, 2008
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Senior Show Exhibition presented this week at Birke Art Gallery

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The summer 2008 Senior Show Exhibition of Amelia Boslaugh, Julie Conner and Connie Weber will be presented this week in the Birke Art Gallery on the first floor of Smith Hall on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Exhibition dates are Tuesday, June 24 through Saturday, June 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The opening reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The artists will be available to meet the public during the reception.

The exhibition is presented by Marshall University and the College of Fine Arts.


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Thursday June 19, 2008
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New class of Erma Byrd Scholars selected

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The new class of Erma Byrd Scholars at Marshall University, which consists of six incoming freshmen from West Virginia, has been selected.

Dr. Barry Sharpe, executive director of Marshall's John R. Hall Center for Academic Excellence, said the new class of Erma Byrd Scholars includes Karen Barnett of Craigsville in Nicholas County; Erin Dzaack of Davis in Tucker County; Laura Good of Charleston and Sahana Fischer of Cross Lanes in Kanawha County; Veronica A. Loss of Fairmont in Marion County; and Alicia Petrarca of Sandstone in Summers County.

Every year two scholars are selected from each of the state's three congressional districts. Dzaack and Loss represent District One, Good and Fischer represent District Two and Barnett and Petrarca represent District Three.

The program, which was established in 1994, honors Erma Byrd, the late wife of West Virginia's senior United States Senator, Robert C. Byrd.

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

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

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


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Wednesday June 18, 2008
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Kim named College of Business interim dean for second time

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Chong Kim, head of the Management and Marketing Division of Marshall University's Lewis College of Business, has been named interim dean of the college, MU President Stephen J. Kopp announced today.

Kim, who began his new duties on June 13, replaces Dr. Paul Uselding, who resigned. Uselding had been dean of the College of Business since July 2005. Kim served as interim dean of the college from 2003 until Uselding was hired.

Kim said serving as interim dean with the LCOB will keep him busy. 

"I am willing to help the university and the College of Business in any way that I can," said Kim, who has been at Marshall since 1977. "We have many challenges and critical issues in the College of Business. It is an important unit of Marshall University, and one of the best business colleges in the region, so I am happy to help as interim dean for a second time."

Kopp said the College of Business is fortunate to have a person of Kim's experience available to take over immediately on an interim basis.

"With his 30-plus years of experience at Marshall, including two years as interim dean, Dr. Kim was the obvious choice to lead the College of Business while a search for a permanent dean takes place," Kopp said. "We are grateful to him for assuming the leadership role of the College of Business at this important time."


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Thursday June 12, 2008
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Orientation sessions for new Marshall students begin June 18

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - About 2,000 students will be attending orientation sessions on Marshall University's Huntington campus this summer, beginning Wednesday, June 18.

Sessions are scheduled June 18-21, June 25-28, July 16-18 and Aug. 21. The Wednesday, June 18 session is for honors students only, while the other dates are open to all new students.

"Orientation is a fun and exciting time for our new students and their parents," said Jean Gilman, Marshall's director of recruitment. "Our goal is that all students will get all of the important information that they will need for the upcoming year and leave knowing they are now members of the Marshall family."

All sessions run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They include academic advising, a student services tour, a question-and-answer session,   campus safety issues and various other topics. Students also will have their identification cards made.

The sessions for parents include time with financial aid advisors and student services staff, as well as discussions of campus safety issues and other academic and financial topics.

Students who have been admitted to Marshall University are encouraged to register for an orientation session. This may be done either online at www.marshall.edu/orientation, or by calling (304) 696-2354 or (800) 438-5392.


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Thursday June 12, 2008
Contact: Lalena Price, Communications Coordinator, (304) 746-1989

Marshall University, CAMC to offer Doctoral program in Management Practice in Nurse Anesthesia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Elizabeth McDowell Lewis College of Business Graduate School of Management and the Charleston Area Medical Center Health Education and Research Institute School of Nurse Anesthesia have received national accreditation for a clinically oriented Doctoral program in Management Practice in Nurse Anesthesia (DMPNA).

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs accredits nurse anesthesia programs and has recently approved the Marshall-CAMC program. This unique doctorate combines current nurse anesthesia skills with state-of-the-art entrepreneurial business management education, according to Dr. Nancy Tierney, director of the CAMC School of Nurse Anesthesia.

"Since 1955, CAMC has been educating Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) for the region and the State of West Virginia.  It existed first as a certificate program and then, in joint partnership with the Marshall University Graduate College, as a Master of Science in Health Care Administration program," Tierney said. "Pushed by advancing professional accreditation requirements, future CRNAs will need to become doctoral-qualified.  CRNAs who practice at the doctorate level will offer additional value to the health care system with their expertise in advanced leadership, policy, management and interdisciplinary practice.  Graduates of our program will become respected health care leaders and promote and enhance the delivery of cost-efficient, high quality, evidence-based health care services to the public."

The DMPNA, a 36-month program, is in an integrated classroom and clinical format designed to prepare certified registered nurses for a career in the ever-evolving field of nurse anesthesia. At the end of the program, graduates will have completed 127 hours of study and clinical practice as well as a comprehensive doctoral research project. Students attend classes at Marshall's campus in South Charleston as well as CAMC's medical facilities in Charleston.

Students in the program learn competencies and knowledge required for advanced nurse anesthesia practice; develop general management skills related to running a private practice or entrepreneurial business; and meet state and regional needs for advanced-level anesthesiology in diverse health care environments.

The DMPNA is the first and only management practice in nurse anesthesia doctoral degree housed inside a business school within the United States, according to Dr. Andrew Sikula, Sr., director of the Graduate School of Management.

"The DMPNA expands Marshall University's very successful Master of Science in Health Care Administration degree into a doctoral program," Sikula said. "This graduate professional program is a unique partnership between a public teaching hospital and a public research university. We are extremely proud of the Council on Accreditation's approval and the opportunity to continue our important work with CAMC as we train outstanding health care providers for the Appalachian region and beyond."

Applicants must have a current, valid professional nursing license which satisfies the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses and have at least one year of experience in an acute care setting in which the applicant has had the opportunity to develop as an independent decision maker and is able to demonstrate specific required skills. Applicants also must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and a minimum combined score of 950 on the Graduate Records Examination. No provisional or conditional admission status is possible in the Marshall-CAMC DMPNA program.

Program and admission specifics may be found at www.anesthesiaschool.org  or by calling the Anesthesia Education Office at (304) 388-9950.


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Tuesday June 10, 2008
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36 students from 26 high schools in 6 states to take part in Engineering Academy at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Thirty-six students from 26 high schools in Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and West Virginia will visit Marshall University's Huntington campus Sunday, June 15 through Friday, June 20 to participate in the eighth annual Exploring Engineering: Academy of Excellence (EEAE).

Dr. Betsy Dulin, dean of Marshall's College of Information Technology and Engineering, said the engineering academy is one of highlights of summer for the college.

"The engineering academy provides an excellent opportunity for high school students to explore engineering as a career, to meet practicing engineers, and to experience living on Marshall's campus," Dulin said. "We've been pleased and honored during the past eight years to host the students participating in the camp, and look forward to meeting the outstanding students participating in the 2008 camp."

One of the features of Sunday's opening session is a presentation by Mike Masterman from Extreme Endeavors, a company based in Philippi, W.Va., that has designed engineering systems for extreme environments. Beth Wolfe, coordinator of STEM Outreach at Marshall, said Masterman organized the first emergency medical air drop at the South Pole to help a doctor who had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Wolfe also said a record number (15) of this year's campers are female. Dr. William E. Pierson, chair of the Weisberg Division of Engineering and Computer Science at Marshall, said one objective of the camp is to introduce more girls to the opportunities in the engineering profession.

"The theme of our activities is teamwork: the importance of teamwork in planning and in working together to achieve a common goal," Pierson said. "The academy is a good way to make students aware of what engineers do and what an exciting profession it is."

Students are selected for the camp based upon their interest in and aptitude for engineering. Grades, courses taken and letters of recommendation are taken into consideration. The camp primarily tries to attract rising high school juniors.

The 2008 participants include:

David Balakaw of Louisa, Ky.; Ronald Beatty of South Charleston, W.Va.; Will Blair of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; Jason Camarano of Williamsport, Md.; Cody Case of Williamsport, Md.; Kirsten Cook of Culloden, W.Va.; Shane Daly of Hurricane, W.Va.; Staci Duncan of Portsmouth, Ohio; Henry Emanuel of Missouri City, Texas;

Morgan Ferguson of Kenova, W.Va.; Kandice Gibson of Bancroft, W.Va.; Daniel Gilmore of Hurricane, W.Va.; Eric Gindlesperger of Catlettsburg, Ky.; James Goble of Inez, Ky.; Taylor Hare of Charleston, W.Va.; Mandy Hiler of Bethel, Ohio; Ben Lee of Cincinnati, Ohio; Michelle Maiden of St. Marys, W.Va.;

Jaclyn Marcum of Ironton, Ohio; Ben McCarty of Barboursville, W.Va.; Justin Messinger of Charleston, W.Va.; Timothy Moffett of Crittenden, Ky.; Ben Noffsinger of Vienna, W.Va.; Rylan Pyciak of Harrisville, Ohio; Jessica Roberts of Nitro, W.Va.; Elise Shen of Charleston, W.Va.; Sean Shriner of Bessemer City, N.C.;

Lara Smith of St. Marys, W.Va.; Tawnni Taylor of Princeton, W.Va.; Molly Terry of Milton, W.Va.; Jennifer Testerman of Bluefield, W.Va.; Autumn Ward of Minford, Ohio; Alex Wilson of Hurricane, W.Va.; Samuel Wood of South Charleston, W.Va.; Shelley Yang of Charleston, W.Va.; and Steve Young of Charleston, W.Va.

Here is the schedule for this year's Exploring Engineering:  Academy of Excellence:

 

Sunday, June 15

2-3 p.m.: Check-in at Willis Hall, Marshall Commons

2:20-2:40 p.m.: Campus tours (Leave from Willis Hall lobby at 2:20, 2:30 or 2:40)

3-5 p.m.: Welcome and presentation by Mike Masterman, Extreme Endeavors - Smith Hall, Room 154.  Families of students are encouraged to stay for this event.

5-9 p.m.: Icebreaker exercises, dinner, and team building exercises, Memorial Student Center and Gullickson Hall Room #5 (GH 5)

 

Monday, June 16

8-11:30 a.m.: Introduction to CAD/CAM, using AutoCAD Inventor to make a CO2 racer - Gullickson Hall (GH) Room 206A

11:30-noon: Lunch, Harless Dining Hall

12:30-4:30 p.m.: Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering:  Surveying, GPS, and Environmental Sampling - Buskirk Field

4:30-5 p.m.: Dinner, Harless Dining Hall

5:30-6:30 p.m.: Concrete mixing - 7th Avenue Lab

6:30-8 p.m.: CO2  Racers - GH 5

 

Tuesday, June 17

8-9 a.m.: Introduction to trebuchet design - Drinko 402

9:30-11:30 a.m.: Trebuchet design and construction - Buskirk Field

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Luncheon with Society of American Military Engineers members - Harless Dining Hall, Ed Grose Room  

12:30-2 p.m.:   Complete trebuchet construction

2-3 p.m.: Trebuchet competition

3-4 p.m.: Computer Science Student Presentation (GH 5)

4-5 p.m.: Dinner, Harless Dining Hall

5:30-6:30 p.m.: Intelligent Transportation Systems Presentation (GH5)

6:30-8 p.m.: CO2  Racers - GH 5

 

Wednesday, June 18

8-9:30 a.m.: Introduction to Intelligent Transportation

Systems (using Lego robotics) - GH 5

9:30-11:30 a.m.: Work on robot design/construction - GH 5

11:30-12:30 p.m.: Lunch, Harless Dining Hall

12:30-2 p.m.: Finalize Robot Design - GH 5

2-3 p.m.: Robotics Competition - GH 5

3-4:30 p.m.: Concrete Testing - 7th Avenue Lab

4:30-5 p.m.: Dinner, Harless Dining Hall

5:30-8 p.m.: Complete work on CO2 Racers - GH 5

 

Thursday, June 19

8 a.m.-5 p.m.: Field trips and discussions with engineers:

9-11:15 a.m.: Toyota Plant, Buffalo, W.Va.

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Lunch at Golden Corral, Cross Lanes

12:30-1 p.m.: Travel to West Virginia American Water

1-2:45 p.m.: Tour West Virginia American Water

2:45-3:10 p.m.: Travel to Chesapeake Energy

3:30-5 p.m.: GIS Presentation & Panel Discussion

5-6:15 p.m.: Travel to Waves of Fun

6:30-9 p.m.: Dinner and pool party, Waves of Fun

 

Friday, June 20

8:45-10:15 a.m.: CO2 Races - Gullickson Gym

10:30-11:15 a.m.: EEAE evaluation and wrap-up - GH 5

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Awards luncheon, Big Green Room, Joan C. Edwards Football Stadium - students, families, sponsors, staff and guests

 

Sponsors of the 2008 engineering academy are:

Nick J. Rahall, II, Appalachian Transportation Institute; Marshall University's College of Information Technology and Engineering; the Huntington Post of the Society of American Military Engineers; Learning for Life; Huntington District Corps of Engineers; Kanawha Stone/Terradon; West Virginia Research Challenge Fund; Toyota Motors; West Virginia American Water; The Dow Chemical Company; Dupont; Bayer; J.H. Fletcher & Co.; the West Virginia Section of American Society of Civil Engineers; and Chesapeake Energy.

For more information, call Wolfe at (812) 361-4377.


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Tuesday June 10, 2008
Contact: Beverly McCoy, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, (304) 691-1713

Marshall diabetes education program earns continued recognition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Education Recognition Program of the American Diabetes Association has awarded continued recognition to the Marshall University Diabetes Center.

The association said the Recognition Certificate reflects its conclusion that Marshall's staff is made up of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide patients with comprehensive information about diabetes management. The certificate also assures that Marshall's educational standards meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs.

Marshall's self-management teaching is provided by two certified diabetes educators: program coordinator Anise Nash, a registered nurse and certified pump therapist, and Tracy Hawthorne, a registered and licensed dietitian. Nash is a graduate of the Holzer School of Nursing and Ohio University. Hawthorne earned her dietetics degree at Marshall.

The American Diabetes Association requires that recognized diabetes education programs meet the standards on an ongoing basis and provide documentation every three years to support a high level of practice. Marshall's program was originally recognized in 1992.


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Monday June 9, 2008
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Marshall's 9th annual jazz festival to feature saxophonist Craig Treinen

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Jazz-MU-Tazz, Marshall University's summer jazz festival, will present guest artist Craig Treinen, the faculty combo Bluetrane, and the Jazz-MU-Tazz Festival Big Band in concert at the Jomie Jazz Center and at Pullman Square beginning Wednesday, June 18. All events are free and open to the public.

Treinen is the director of jazz studies/applied saxophone at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. He performed in Kansas City as the lead alto saxophonist for the Kansas City Boulevard Big Band, with which he recorded three albums. He was a member of the United States Air Force as a saxophone specialist in the Heartland of America Band in Omaha, Neb. He was the principal alto saxophonist in the symphonic band and served as the musical director, staff arranger and lead alto saxophonist with the Heartland of America "Noteables" Jazz Ensemble. For his work with the "Noteables," Treinen received the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Airman of the Year, the Outstanding Airman Bandsman of the United States Air Force and the Air Force Achievement Medal.

Treinen has performed with legendary performers such as Lee Greenwood, Shirley Jones, Crystal Gayle, Bob Denver, Frank Mantooth, Karin Allison, Kevin Mahogany, Todd Strait, George Duke, Bobby Watson, Eric Marienthal, and many others worldwide. He continues to be an active performer and clinician throughout the Midwest, working with high school and college jazz ensembles.

Bluetrane, Marshall's faculty jazz combo, will perform with Treinen Friday, June 20. The group was created to provide a professional model for the students at Marshall and to establish a musical ensemble devoted to the performance of what has been termed "America's National Treasure," jazz. Bluetrane's personnel include Dr. Ed Bingham, saxophone, professor of music and director of jazz studies; Martin Saunders, professor of trumpet; Dr. Mike Stroeher, professor of trombone and music education; Dr. Sean Parsons, assistant professor of jazz piano; Dr. Mark Zanter, guitar, associate professor of music and head of theory and composition; and Steve Hall, associate professor of percussion.  Joining them will be Jimmy Lykens, bass, who is a music performance major at Marshall.

In the Jazz-MU-Tazz Festival Big Band, college and high school students develop their skills in improvisation and learn about the history and theory of jazz, Bingham said. The collegiate members of the festival are primarily current students at Marshall, while the high school participants represent many schools throughout the area including Spring Valley, Cabell Midland, Bridgeport, Winfield, Sherman and Calhoun High Schools.

Here is a complete schedule of events for the 2008 festival:

  • Wednesday, June 18, 7:30 p.m., Jomie Jazz Center: Bluetrane, MU Jazz Faculty.
  • Thursday, June 19, 7:30 p.m., Jomie Jazz Center: Student Combo Jam Session.
  • Friday, June 20, 7:30 p.m., Jomie Jazz Center: saxophonist Craig Treinen with Bluetrane.
  • Saturday, June 21, 5 p.m., Pullman Square: Jazz-MU-Tazz Festival Big Band with Craig Treinen.

Jazz-MU-Tazz was founded in 2000 to celebrate the opening of the Jomie Jazz Center at Marshall and to foster jazz in Huntington, according to Bingham. "Professional musicians, Marshall University faculty, collegiate and high school musicians combine their talents to preserve America's true musical art form," he said.

For further information on the 9th annual Jazz-MU-Tazz, persons may contact Bingham at (304) 696-3147 or by e-mail at bingham@marshall.edu.


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Monday June 9, 2008
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R. Scott Anderson named MU Foundation's Chief Financial Officer

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - R. Scott Anderson has joined the Marshall University Foundation Inc. as Chief Financial Officer, Dr. Ron Area, the Foundation's Chief Executive Officer and Senior Vice President for Development, announced today.

Anderson, who earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Marshall in 1992, was a member of the Society of Yeager Scholars' second class at Marshall, and recently was accepted into MU's Executive MBA program. He began his duties with the Foundation on Monday, June 2.

Anderson was CFO with CompreCare, a home care pharmacy and respiratory company in Huntington, from 2000 to 2008, and was a CPA with Hess, Stewart & Campbell in Huntington from 1994 to 2000. From 1992 to 1994, he was a staff accountant with Price Waterhouse in South Bend, Ind.

"We are absolutely delighted to have Scott join our management team of the Foundation," Area said. "His skills, expertise and experience will add significant value to our organization and help us in the growth and development of all aspects of the Foundation."

Anderson said Marshall has been "a special place" to him since he arrived on campus as a student in 1988.

"I am just anxious to be a part of the team as the Foundation grows," he said. "It is an exciting time for both the Foundation and the University."

Anderson, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, is 38 years old. He and his wife, Maribeth, have two children - son Brooks, 8, and daughter Tess, 6. They live in Huntington.


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