March 2008 News Releases

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

Stadium's west lot still closed at least through Tuesday, April 1

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The west parking lot at Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards Stadium will remain closed at least through Tuesday, April 1.


Jim Terry, Marshall's Director of Public Safety, said rain Monday again caused delays in resurfacing and striping of the lot.  He said he is hopeful the work will be completed Tuesday.


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

Winners announced in Marshall's 'Fit to Lift' competition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The third annual "Fit to Lift" weight lifting competition took place on Tuesday, March 11 at the Marshall University Fitness Center in Gullickson Hall on MU's Huntington campus.

The competition was organized by the Marshall University Fitness Center and Fitness Club. The event was sponsored by Huntington Physical Therapy and Marshall University's Student Government Association.

The competition had 27 participants, including Marshall students and members of the public. All participants received a T-shirt and prizes were awarded to the first-, second- and third-place winners. The names of the winners will be included on the "Fit to Lift" Wall of Fame, which is located in the fitness center.

The event also had team competition. "Fit to Lift" teams included Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, which had three participants, The Has Benz, which had one participant, and Delta Chi sorority, which had four participants. All participating teams received intramural points.

Proceeds from the event were donated to local nonprofit organizations. "Fit to Lift" raised $500 for the American Cancer Society and $150 for the Sue Niestroy-Wilson Memorial Fitness Leadership Scholarship, which is awarded to a Marshall student and fitness center staff member.

Here are the winners from the competition:

Best Bench Press - Adam Marshall, 385 pounds

Best Squat - Chris McKenzie, 585 pounds

Best Deadlift - Chris McKenzie, 600 pounds

Overall Female Winners - First place: Allison Webb; Second place: Susan Zappin; Third place: Freya Hannevig

Overall Male Winners - First place: Chris McKenzie; Second place: Matt Marshall; Third place: Joshua Crum.

For more information, persons may contact Heather Smith, Marshall University Fitness Center Program Coordinator, at (304) 696-3653 or by e-mail at

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

Spring 2008 Major Expo set for April 2 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Spring 2008 Major Expo will take place on Wednesday, April 2 on the Huntington campus.


The event, hosted by University College, runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the lobby and Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center.


The expo enables students to obtain information, at a convenient one-stop location, on the various majors offered at Marshall University.  Many representatives from Marshall's schools and colleges will be attending.  They will bring with them information on the majors offered by their areas and the possible career paths associated with those majors. 


For more information, contact University College at (304) 696-3169 or via e-mail at

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

'Up 'til Dawn' fund-raiser set for April 8 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students will be participating in a fund-raiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital called "Up 'til Dawn" on Tuesday, April 8.


The fund-raiser will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room and is expected to last about 3 hours or until about 11 p.m. The "Up 'til Dawn" program is dedicated to the life-saving work of St. Jude.


To participate in the event, students are invited to send 10 letters to their friends and families asking for donations on behalf of St. Jude.  Students may pick up letters prior to the event in the Greek Affairs Office, located in Room 2W29 of the Memorial Student Center, or they can complete the letters at the event.  Students who participated in the "Write for Life" event in the fall are not required to write additional letters.


The event is designed as a celebration to thank students for their hard work and fund-raising efforts.  Some of the features and activities planned during "Up 'til Dawn" include a band, contests/games, karaoke, casino games, video games, awards and speeches for patients.


Last fall, more than 120 students participated in the "Write for Life" fund-raising event, and more than 2,000 letters were sent to students' friends and families requesting donations. The previous year, approximately 80 Marshall students raised more than $10,000 for the hospital which helped offset the $1.2 million a day cost of operating St. Jude. This money was raised through activities on campus, student efforts and sponsors.


This year's proud sponsors are A to Z Rental and Sales; Best Buy; Buddy's All American Bar-B-Que; Buffalo Wild Wings; Chili Wili's; City Heat; Cold Stone Creamery; Fazoli's; Funny Bone Comedy Club; Glenn's Sporting Goods Inc.; Hometown Sportswear Inc.; Jim's Steak & Spaghetti House; Jimmy John's; M&M Inflatables; Moe's; Panera Bread; Papa John's Pizza; Pepsi Cola Company; Red Bull Energy Drink; Rio Grande; Sonic Drive In; Stadium Bookstore; Stewarts Original Hot Dogs, and MU SAPB.


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world.


No family ever pays for treatment not covered by insurance and families without insurance are never asked to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. For more information, call (800) 822-644 or visit


For more information on "Up 'til Dawn," call Emily Schoen at (304) 590-0461 or e-mail her at

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Wednesday March 26, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Local old-time music concert to be presented as part of Appalachian Studies Association Conference at MU

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Three natives of Wayne and Cabell counties will present a concert of old-time music as part of the Appalachian Studies Association Conference, "The Road Ahead: The Next Thirty Years of Appalachian Studies," scheduled March 28-30 at Marshall University.


The evening presentation will take place at 9 p.m. Saturday, March 29 in Smith Music Hall on the Huntington campus. Bernard Cyrus and Tim and Dave Bing, three outstanding performers of traditional music, will perform at this free public event. 


Cyrus, who is from Fort Gay in Wayne County, is a banjo and dulcimer player and maker. His fascination as a youth with the dulcimer and banjo came from two older players, Ezra and Benny Bartram, who lived near his home-place on Big Hurricane Creek.


It was their inspiration that led to his lifetime interest in old-time string music. Cyrus is a highly skilled wood worker whose dulcimers and banjos are appreciated by players for their outstanding craftsmanship. He will bring some of his instruments to show at the event.


Cyrus also has a fascination with wild orchids. He has combed the region while identifying more than 40 varieties of the orchid family. He has documented wild flowers through photography and has amassed a collection of more than 10,000 slides. Some of his photographs will be presented at his concert performance as well.


Cyrus' love of traditional music, craftsmanship, native plants, storytelling, the occasional sip from a jug, and old-time mountain ways in general will come through in his performance. He describes the music he plays as having an "ancient sound." He will play locally learned tunes on both banjo and dulcimer and tell a story or two.


Dave and Tim Bing are natives of Cabell County with deep roots in the East Lynn section of Wayne County, where they spent a lot of growing-up time. Both are outstanding musicians, a fact proven by their many first-place finishes on fiddle and banjo at West Virginia's state-sponsored Vandalia Gathering in Charleston.


They spread old-time music far and wide, recently returning from a tour in England, where their brand of mountain music garnered rave reviews. When not winning contests, Tim Bing works as an ironworker in Huntington, while Dave stays busy playing and teaching old-time music. Dave is now well known as a violin maker, working out of his shop at his home in Roane County.


After they quickly became proficient on fiddle (Dave) and banjo (Tim), people responded to their music and demanded that they play publicly. Both performed and recorded as members of the Bing Brothers Band, and Dave now plays and has recorded with the old-time string band, Gandydancer.


Since doing an apprenticeship for fiddle making through the Augusta Heritage Center program, Dave has been improving his fine woodworking skills to the point where his instruments are in high demand. When not playing or teaching music, Dave works at filling the orders he has for his hand-crafted fiddles.  


For more information, contact Chris Green, Appalachian Studies Association Conference program chair, at (304) 696-6269.


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Wednesday March 26, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

First of five BFA exhibitions from Department of Art & Design will be on display March 31-April 3 in Birke Art Gallery

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from Marshall University's Department of Art & Design will exhibit their works from Monday, March 31 through Thursday, April 3 in the Birke Art Gallery on Marshall's Huntington campus.


The artwork of Matt Crutchfield, Jonathan Maxwell, Daniel Ray and Chris Sullivan will be displayed as the first of five BFA exhibitions from the Department of Art & Design for spring 2008.


A reception for the artists will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 in the foyer of Smith Hall. The gallery will be open and the event is free and open to the public.

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Wednesday March 26, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

WMUL receives 18 awards in national competition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from WMUL-FM, Marshall University's public radio station, received seven grand prize awards and 11 honorable mention awards during the National Broadcasting Society/Alpha Epsilon Rho (NBS/AERho) 17th Annual National Student Audio/Video Scriptwriting and 45th Annual Audio/Video Production Awards Competition ceremony.

The event took place Saturday, March 15 at the Disney Paradise Pier Hotel in Anaheim, Calif.

In addition to the student awards, Marshall Associate Professor of Journalism Dan Hollis' video feature about Bridge Day 2007 titled "A View from the Bottom" was awarded first place in the News, Sports or Public Affairs category.

And, "Up Late," Marshall's student-run, late-night television show, received an honorable mention in the Best Television Musical Performance category for the performance of "A Nickel Ain't Worth a Dime" by The Good Ol' Boys and a Girl. Jamie LoFiego, instructor in the "Introduction to Vide Production" class, is host of "Up Late."

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

"No other school won more grand prizes or overall awards than WMUL-FM's student broadcasters in the NBS scriptwriting, audio and online categories," Bailey said. "Winning speaks well for Marshall University and the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, as the student broadcasters of WMUL-FM consistently earn top honors in direct competition with nationally recognized colleges and universities."

The award for Hollis marked the fourth time in the past five years he has won first place in the category at the NBS convention.

"I use the videos as a teaching tool in my classes," Hollis said, "but it's always nice when others recognize the quality of your work."

National Broadcasting Society-Alpha Epsilon Rho (NBS/AERho) has more than 1,500 student and professional members and has chapters on 88 college campuses.  The National Broadcasting Society (NBS) was founded in 1943, and its mission is to enhance the development of college and university students in telecommunication, broadcasting, cable and other electronic media.  Past and present members of the society number more than 35,000.  Alpha Epsilon Rho is the national honorary society composed of members selected from National Broadcasting Society (NBS) Chapters.

A list of the award winners may be found at


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

Marshall University students excel in SPJ awards

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications were honored with several awards from the Society of Professional Journalists on Saturday, March 15 during the Region 4 Spring Conference in Pittsburgh.

Marshall students received 14 Mark of Excellence Awards at the conference, which took place at the William Penn Hotel. Journalism students from Michigan, Ohio, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia participated in the conference. Students from 18 public and private universities in Region 4 submitted 377 entries in different categories.

The winners received certificates and the first-place regional winners will advance to the national competition in April. National awards will be announced in May.

"Marshall students have always performed well, both in print and radio categories," said Nerissa Young, advisor of The Parthenon, Marshall University's student newspaper. "We know we have good students; these awards validate that claim."

Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, professor of Radio-Television Production and Management in the School of Journalism, said Marshall's radio students have established a tradition of being able to successfully compete at the national, regional or state level with other student-operated college radio stations.

"This solid performance in SPJ's Mark of Excellence Contest is further evidence of the quality of the work performed by our talented broadcasting students at WMUL-FM and the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications," Bailey said.

The Society of Professional Journalists works to improve and protect journalism. The organization is the nation's most broad-based journalism organization. Members of the society are dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior.

The organization was founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi. The Society of Professional Journalists promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

The following are Marshall's award winners:

Breaking News Reporting

Second place: Casey Rowe, a senior from Scott Depot, W.Va.; Sarina Lopresti, a senior from Poughquag, N.Y.; and Leann Dickens, a senior from Orgas, W.Va., "Emmons fire kills 9, including students"

Editorial Writing

First place: Kristin Steele, a junior from Wayne, W.Va., and Brad Bader, a graduate student from Winfield, W.Va.

Breaking News Photography

First place: Jennifer Chapman, a senior from Barboursville, W.Va., "Stirring up campus"

Radio News Reporting

First place: Kimberly Burcham, a senior from Huntington, "Storytime for West Virginia"

Second place: Adam Cavalier, a junior from Montgomery, W.Va., "Redefining education at Marshall"

Third place: Kimberly Burcham, "Abortion on campus: Views from the right and left" 

Radio Feature

First place: Adam Cavalier, "A mellow fellowship: Mark Zanter feature"

Second place: Adam Cavalier, "Pumpkin house: trick or treat night"

Third place: Kimberly Burcham, "Harmonica musings"

Radio In-Depth Reporting

First place: Blaire Morse, a recent graduate from Shelbyville, Ky., "The quest for healthy breasts"

Second place: Angela Bradley, a recent graduate from Winfield, W.Va., "The growing minority on college campuses: the single parent"

Radio Sports Reporting

First place: Adam Cavalier, "The name's pronounced Due-biss-ee"

Third place: Ryan Epling, a graduate student from Wayne, W.Va., "Yulia Kashelkina" feature

Radio Newscast

First place: WMUL-FM Staff, Marshall University, "Newscenter 88"

For more information, persons may contact Young at (304) 696-2736.

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Thursday March 20, 2008
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, (304) 746-2038

Marshall Music Student Nominated for National Symphony's Summer Music Institute

Huntington, W.Va. - Austin Seybert, a freshman trombone major at Marshall University from Bridgeport, has been named one of four finalists from West Virginia to attend the Summer Music Institute conducted by the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C.

Seybert and the other three were selected through a process led by the Appalachian Education Initiative. The group solicited auditions and applications on behalf of the Kennedy Center and National Symphony Orchestra and organized the selection process in West Virginia.

"I think it's a great opportunity for Austin to experience music making at a high level," said Dr. Michael Stroeher, professor of trombone at Marshall and Seybert's teacher. "He's an excellent musician and a very motivated student. The Appalachian Education Initiative is an extremely worthwhile program, and we are thankful for their support. I wish more students could have similar opportunities."

The National Symphony Orchestra usually selects one student musician from most states to attend the Summer Music Institute.  Accepted students will attend on full scholarship, which includes transportation to and from Washington, D.C., housing, food, and local transportation while attending the program.

The program was open to students ages 15-20, by recorded audition and application.  Three music professionals from West Virginia listened to all of the auditions anonymously and selected four students for nomination. The panelists were Betty King, education manager for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra; Jeffrey Pappas, chair of the Department of  Music at Marshall University; and Maggie Snyder, assistant professor - viola at West Virginia University.  The three panelists selected the finalists based on their overall musicality, as well as inclusion of specific musical elements in their pieces.

"There were many very talented musicians who applied," said panelist Betty King. "However, these four students really stood out.  The National Symphony Orchestra has a good pool of candidates from West Virginia."  Students will be notified of the final selection by the end of this month.

The mission of the Appalachian Education Initiative is to promote students' personal development, academic performance and 21st century workforce preparation by ensuring the availability of quality arts education in West Virginia public schools.

For more information, or to inquire about the program for future years, persons may contact Melanie Skeen Gregory at the Appalachian Education Initiative by e-mail at or by phone at (304) 225-0101.

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Thursday March 20, 2008
Contact: Lalena Price, University Communications, (304) 746-2038

Graduate College's School Psychology Program earns approval from national professional organization

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Graduate College's School Psychology Program has earned approval from a national professional organization.

The National Association of School Psychologists has approved Marshall's program through 2011.

"It is no small feat to obtain approval from this organization," said Fred Jay Krieg, Ph.D., program director. "We have to demonstrate that our school psychologists are actually making a difference in the lives of their students. As it turns out, it's easy for us to show because our program has a lot of field-based experience components to it. Our students are out there working with mentors and students from the very start."

Marshall's program is the only school psychology graduate program in West Virginia. Students who graduate with an educational specialist degree - approximately 15 per year - have learned the skills necessary to work in a field ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the country's 10 best.

"Students enter Marshall's program with a great chance of landing solid employment," Krieg said. "School system administrators from around the country who employ our graduates often will contact us for more interns. The demand is high, and because we focus heavily on hands-on field experience, our graduates can hit the ground running and fill positions in a graying profession that is facing a shortage of qualified school psychologists."

School psychologists have specialized training in both psychology and education.  School psychologists use their knowledge and skills in consultation with parents, educators, health-care providers and mental health professionals to ensure that every child, adolescent and young adult learns in a safe, healthy and supportive environment. 

For more information on the Marshall School Psychology program, contact Krieg at the Marshall University South Charleston campus (304) 746-2607 or

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Thursday March 20, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Pulitzer Prize-winning Dr. Julia Keller keynote speaker at Elizabeth Gibson Drinko Honors Convocation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Julia Keller, a two-time Marshall University graduate and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Chicago Tribune, will be the keynote speaker at the Elizabeth Gibson Drinko Honors Convocation on Friday, April 4, in Marshall's Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on the Huntington campus.

The convocation, which is part of Marshall's 14th annual Celebration of Academics, recognizes Marshall students participating in honors programs. It begins at 7 p.m.

The Celebration of Academics, sponsored by the Drinko Academy, also features the annual John Deaver Drinko Symposium, which takes place at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 3 in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. The featured speaker is Dr. Wendell Dobbs, who is the 2007-2008 Drinko Fellow. The John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps, started last year by Dobbs, will perform during the symposium.

Keller, a Huntington native, will speak on "The Meaning Of Home: How Origins Shape Our Thinking." She currently is the Tribune's cultural critic. In 2005, Keller won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.

"I was born and raised in Huntington, and my earliest memories are of accompanying my father, the late James Keller, to Old Main on Saturdays, where he would pick up his paycheck," Keller said. "He was a professor in Marshall's mathematics department for almost two decades. Coming back to Marshall as an adult is very special to me. I'll be talking about the meaning of home - not just the place we live, but the place that lives inside of us."  

Keller earned a B.A. and M.A. in English from Marshall, and obtained a Ph.D. in English Literature at Ohio State University.

She began her journalism career as a reporting intern for nationally syndicated columnist Jack Anderson in Washington, D.C. Her first job was as a reporter and then editorial page editor at the Ashland (Ky.) Daily Independent. Later, she worked as television critic at the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch. She joined the Chicago Tribune in late 1998.

During the 1997-98 academic year, Keller was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, In the fall of 2006, she served as McGraw Professor of Writing at Princeton University. She has twice been a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes.

Keller has written a book called "Mr. Gatling's Terrible Marvel: The Gun That Changed Everything and the Misunderstood Genius Who Invented It." It explores the cultural role of multiple-firing weaponry in the 19th Century world. The book will be published by Viking May 29.

The Drinko Symposium gets the Celebration of Academics started on Thursday afternoon. Dobbs, a professor in Marshall's music department, will speak on "Music of Revolution and Destiny."

Dobbs and his wife, Linda, also a professor in Marshall's music department, conceived the idea of forming the John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps in 2007. As the Drinko Fellow, Wendell Dobbs developed a schedule of events at which to display the corps.

Here are the John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps performances to date:

  • Sept. 3, 2007 - media event, Corps premiere, lawn in front of Old Main
  • Sept. 8, 2007 - pre-game show, Marshall-WVU football game at Marshall University
  • Sept. 15, 2007 - pre-game show, Marshall University
  • Sept. 17, 2007 - President's home during John Marshall Celebration Week
  • Sept. 19, 2007 - John Marshall Celebration, Drinko Academy, Experimental Theater
  • Sept. 24, 2007 - rededication of Shockoe Hill Cemetery in Richmond, Va.
  • Sept. 24, 2007 - John Marshall House and Library of Virginia
  • Oct. 6, 2007 - Mountain State Forest Festival and Band Festival, Elkins, W.Va.
  • Oct. 27, 2007 - Marshall University Homecoming parade and pre-game show
  • Nov. 3, 2007 - Marshall University Band Festival
  • Dec. 1, 2007 - Charleston Christmas Parade, Charleston, W.Va.
  • Dec. 4, 2007 - Joyous Night, West Virginia State Capitol, Charleston, W.Va.
  • Jan. 26, 2008 - Marshall FluteWorks, Jomie Jazz Center
  • Feb. 5, 2008 - GOP Convention, Charleston, and West Virginia Senate
  • Feb. 29, 2008 - Marshall University Foundation Dinner, Edgewood Country Club, Charleston, W.Va.
  • March 17, 2008 - St. Patrick's Day Parade, Columbus, Ohio

Dobbs said the John Deaver Drinko Academy's mission to reinvigorate civic and political culture inspired the creation of the Corps.

"Forming the Corps has been an extraordinary experience," he said. "The devotion of the students, watching the rise of leaders from within the Corps, the making of new friends at events on and off campus, and the support of colleagues at the university and in our community have been very gratifying."

Here is the schedule for the 14th annual Celebration of Academics:

Thursday, April 3

2 p.m. - The Drinko Symposium, Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center; speaker: Dr. Wendell Dobbs; topic: "Music of Revolution and Destiny"

3 p.m. - Public reception, lobby of Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center

Friday, April 4

7 p.m. - The Elizabeth Gibson Drinko Honors Convocation, Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center; speaker: Dr. Julia Keller; topic: "The Meaning of Home: How Origins Shape our Thinking"

8:30 p.m. - Public reception, lobby of Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center

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Thursday March 20, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Aries Spears visits with Marshall's 'Up Late' crew

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "Up Late," Marshall University's student-run late-night television show, goes a little mad this weekend.

Well-known comedian Aries Spears, who starred on Mad TV for seven seasons, talks with host Jamie LoFiego while impersonating a number of celebrities like Eddie Murphy, Snoop Dogg, Shaquille O'Neal and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Spears also has appeared in several movies, including Jerry McGuire.

The "Up Late" gang goes festival hopping this week. LoFiego takes on the pancake-eating champ at the Kiwanis Pancake Festival in Huntington with less than appetizing results. Crew members also hit the Chocolate Festival in Ripley and talk with the town's mayor, a woman dressed as a blue M&M. Finally, crew members check in with the staff of Planet 92.7 regarding their St. Panties Day promotion.

This week's musical guest is Harry-O Productions. Hanna Francis, a junior from Kenova, makes a repeat appearance as doorkeeper.

The show will air from 11 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22 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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Wednesday March 19, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Stadium's west lot to be closed next week for resurfacing

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The west parking lot at Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards Stadium will be closed from Sunday, March 23 through Saturday, March 29 for resurfacing.

Jim Terry, Marshall's Director of Public Safety, said all automobiles must be removed from the lot before work begins Sunday morning. Students who had planned to leave their automobiles on the lot during next week's spring break are asked to instead park on another permit lot.

For more information, call Carolyn O'Lynn in the Office of Public Safety at (304) 696-6684.

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Wednesday March 19, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

5th Avenue F parking lot to close for construction of new Alumni Center, Foundation & Development Complex

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University F parking lot for employees, located on the south side of 5th Avenue across from Corbly Hall, will be closed beginning Monday, March 24 in preparation for construction of the new  Erickson Alumni Center and Marshall University Foundation & Development Complex.

Fencing will be installed Monday around the entire lot, which extends from the Newman Center to John Marshall Drive, and from 5th Avenue to the 5-1/2 alley.

The meters currently on the lot south of the 5th Avenue F lot will be removed to allow for employee permit parking. The meters will be relocated to the lot west of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Employees also will be able to park on the 3rd Avenue F lot or in the new lot at the former Weiler Steel location.

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Tuesday March 18, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Therapy group for new moms experiencing depressive symptoms offered at Marshall University Psychology Clinic

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "Baby blues: A baby friendly therapy group for new moms experiencing depressive symptoms" is a service offered by doctoral-level psychology students working at the Marshall University Psychology Clinic.

Meetings will take place beginning Thursday, April 3 and continue on Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for six weeks at the clinic on the Huntington campus.

The therapy group is designed to help mothers that experience the "baby blues," depressing feelings that don't go away after delivery.  The group is targeted to mothers of infants from four to 16 weeks old and the mothers are encouraged to bring their babies with them. Potential group members will meet individually with a therapist prior to beginning the sessions to ensure that the therapy group is appropriate for their needs.

Those that may consider joining the group have recently given birth and notice a loss of pleasure or interest in activities they once found enjoyable, have difficulty sitting still or getting motivated to be active or have difficulty concentrating on a task or making decisions. Potential participants also may feel sad most of the day for many days or have excessive feelings of worthlessness or guilt.

"Postpartum depression not only affects the mother's well-being, but the new baby's well-being also. It is important for new mothers experiencing these symptoms to talk to their doctors about how they are feeling," said Dr. Patrick Ryan, a pediatrician who will be available at one of the group's sessions to address new moms' concerns. "A therapy group is a great way for new moms to gain social support and to understand their feelings in an environment of others who are experiencing similar symptoms."

The goals of the meetings are to educate mothers about baby blues and postpartum depression, to raise awareness and to educate new mothers about common difficulties they will face. They also hope to provide new mothers with a safe environment in which to express new and foreign emotions and to provide a warm environment to break the isolation that so many new mothers feel.

"The psychology clinic tries to meet the needs of the community with our various services. We feel that the impact of a baby on a new mother has often been something that has been neglected or minimized," said Dr. Keith Beard, Director of the Marshall University Psychology Clinic. "The hope is that this group will normalize some of the feelings that new mothers are experiencing and help them gain support and skills to deal with problems that have developed or have worsened since giving birth."

The sessions are free for mothers wanting to join. For more information, persons may contact Sarah Setran, M.A., psychological trainee at the Marshall University Psychology Clinic, or Lisa Ryan, M.A., psychological trainee at the Marshall University Psychology Clinic, at (304) 696-2772 or by e-mail at

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

Documentary on Hechler to be shown April 5 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "Ken Hechler: In Pursuit of Justice," a two-hour documentary focusing on the life, career and legacy of the former West Virginia congressman and secretary of state, will have its first public showing on Saturday, April 5 on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Barbara Winters, dean of Marshall University Libraries, said the documentary will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room. It is free and open to the public.

Country music singer-writer Lionel Cartwright, composer, performer and producer of the documentary's soundtrack, will perform during the event.

Created by filmmakers Russ Barbour and Chip Hitchcock, who began work on the project in July 2005, "Ken Hechler: In Pursuit of Justice" is a two-part, two-hour examination of the role of political office in 20th century America.

Winters said the program also documents the development of Hechler's views on government and his commitment to helping individuals through public service and political office. The production traces Hechler's political philosophy and subsequent actions to the progressive movement of the 1900s - and to the model President Theodore Roosevelt presented through his efforts on behalf of impoverished and disenfranchised Americans. 

Considerable insight is provided by Hechler's former colleagues, including such notable public officeholders as U.S. Senators Tom Harkin, Bob Dole and George McGovern, as well as U.S. Congressmen John Brademas and James Symington. The documentary also features labor historians, reporters and several of Hechler's former students, staffers, constituents, friends and family.

The production also makes use of archival photographs, motion pictures and sound recordings, including rarely viewed news film. The documentary employs excerpts from numerous addresses, including speeches by Presidents Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy.

"Ken Hechler's life provides a great backdrop for illustrating President Theodore Roosevelt's progressive ideals in a real and practical manner," Barbour said. "The son of devout believers in progressivism, Hechler enthusiastically embraced and put into practice the governmental principles popularized by TR and his cousin, President Franklin Roosevelt. Through the extensive use of archival images, Hechler's journey through the 20th century also presents an ideal opportunity to document significant events in 20th century America, from beginning to end, in a compelling and remarkably visual manner."

Winters said that Marshall University's partnership role in the project included assisting the filmmakers in accessing materials located in the Ken Hechler collection at the Marshall Libraries.   The university also provided an intern to work with the filmmakers during the research and filming phases.

Winters said Marshall University will receive all the original field tapes at the end of the project, and intends to distribute copies of the tapes containing interviews with Hechler to other archives, most notably the State of West Virginia Archives, as well as to the West Virginia Collection located at West Virginia University.

For further information about "Ken Hechler: In Pursuit of Justice," call Winters at (304) 696-2318.

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Thursday March 13, 2008
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Student filmmaker promotes new documentary on Marshall's 'Up Late' show

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "Up Late," Marshall University's student-run late-night television show, focuses on the silver screen this weekend.

Francesca Karle, a junior from Chesapeake, Ohio, talks with host Jamie LoFiego about her new documentary "Back to the Bottle." The film focuses on one man's lifelong struggle with alcohol addiction. This same man was homeless in Karle's first film, "On the River's Edge," which she filmed three years ago. The show also will feature music written by Karle and performed by Rick Ruggles.

The Appalachian Film Festival's Sam St. Clair, gives a preview of the upcoming event, which runs April 17-19 at the Keith Albee in Huntington. A red carpet gala premiere for "Back to the Bottle" is planned for opening night of the festival with proceeds benefiting the Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership.

Two members of the "Up Late" crew, Lawren Hightower and Emily McKenna, decide to give unopposed candidate Matt James a run for his money in the race for student body president with comical results.

The show will air Saturday, March 15, 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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Wednesday March 12, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

SCORES competition attracts more than 2,600 students to Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - More than 2,600 high school students from West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky will visit Marshall University's Huntington campus Saturday, March 15 to participate in the 31st annual Search Committee on Recognition of Excellent Students (SCORES) Academic Festival.

SCORES is an academic competition that allows high school students to compete in different fields of study that are offered at Marshall. The purpose of the event is to recognize academic excellence, create relationships with area high schools, show the importance of college attendance and recruit talented high school students.

"SCORES brings more than 2,000 prospective students to campus each year," said Jean Gilman, Marshall's director of recruitment. "It is very exciting for us to be able to hold a competition on campus and at the same time show all the prospective students the university."

The event, which runs from 8 a.m. to about 3 p.m., is open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. The students compete in a variety of tests, contests and performances which are evaluated by Marshall faculty and staff. Areas of competition for SCORES include business, education, fine arts, journalism and mass communications, and science.

Awards will be given to the top seven students in the SCORES competition, with one student winning the $1,000 Robert Wheeler Scholarship and a Marshall tuition waiver. The other six students will receive Marshall tuition waivers. First-, second- and third-place awards will be given for each division. The schools in the competition will be divided into five categories and compete for trophies.

The SCORES awards ceremony takes place at 1 p.m. at Cam Henderson Center. For more information, contact the SCORES offices at (304) 696-2246.

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

Marshall associate professor honored by Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia as Professor of the Year

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Montserrat Miller, an associate professor of history at Marshall University, was named 2007 Professor of the Year by the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia Tuesday evening at a banquet in the Great Hall of the Cultural Center in Charleston.

Miller, who was one of five finalists attending the banquet, received $10,000 and a trophy. The runner-up received $1,000 and the remaining three finalists received $500 each.

The Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia each year honors an outstanding faculty member at a West Virginia college or university. The Professor of the Year award is presented with financial support from United Bank.

"This is not really about me or about any single individual," Miller said. "The award celebrates higher education in West Virginia."

Miller said West Virginia colleges and universities "are nodes in a global network that some call the Republic of Learning."

"Through them we attract talented and committed professionals from far and wide," she said. "I'm surrounded by legions of disciplined professionals who've dedicated their lives to serving our students and our communities. They understand teaching to be a sacred trust, a privilege, and an honor. Teaching is a way of expressing hope for the future, it involves planting seeds that we may not live to see mature."

Miller has been a member of the Marshall History Department since 1996. She has won several awards during that time, including the Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award in 2007, the College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Teacher Award in 2006, and the Pickens-Queen Teaching Award in 1999.

She received a Ph.D. (1994) and M.A. (1990) in European Social History from Carnegie Mellon University, and an M.A. in History (1988) and a B.A. in International Affairs (1983) from Marshall.

She is a member of several organizations, including the American Historical Association, the Society for Spanish and Portugese Historical Studies, and the European Business History Association.

Before coming to Marshall, Miller was an assistant professor of history at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and director of the World History Instructional Design Project at Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Sarah Denman, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Marshall, nominated Miller for Professor of the Year. She described Miller as "an outstanding teacher, a caring mentor and advisor, and a prolific scholar."

"Montserrat's classes are widely regarded by students as very hard and yet they are always fully enrolled," Denman said. "If you ask students why this is so, they will tell you that she is demanding but fair, inclusive, encouraging, and inspirational. They will tell you that they absorb her passion for history and learn to rise to her high expectations because she believes they can."

For more information on the award, contact Miller at (304) 696-2723.

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Monday March 10, 2008
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Statement of Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp on the passage of the Research Trust Fund legislation

"On behalf of Marshall University, I thank Governor Joe Manchin for his vision and leadership, and the members of the West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates who voted to pass the Research Trust Fund Bill this session (Senate Bill 287). This legislation will have the effect of an economic stimulus package that will have a far-reaching and lasting impact across the State of West Virginia. It will create new high-paying jobs and add to the diversification of our economy.

"I envision advances in both economic development and new job opportunities that will rival the impact of similar investments in Kentucky with their "Bucks for Brains" initiative. I can say with great confidence that the passage of this legislation along with the investment of $50 million in the WV Research Trust Fund to be matched by an equal amount of private gifts will significantly increase the economic horsepower of both Marshall University and West Virginia University. The focused growth in applied research and corresponding research-based new enterprise development will accelerate the growth of private sector jobs and increase tax revenues for our state and communities. Simply stated, this legislation is good for all West Virginians and arguably the most important piece of legislation enacted in recent memory."

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Monday March 10, 2008
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Poet, fiction writer to read from their work at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Poet Mark DeFoe and fiction writer Richard Schmitt, both faculty members at West Virginia Wesleyan College, will read from their work at 8 p.m. Monday, March 17 in Room 2W16 of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Their appearance is sponsored by the Marshall English Department's Visiting Writers Series, now in its 19th year, and the College of Liberal Arts.

DeFoe's eighth collection of poems, Weekend Update, has just appeared.  His work is widely anthologized and has appeared in such journals as Poetry, Yale Review, Paris Review, Christian Science Monitor, The Kenyon Review, Sewanee Review and Denver Quarterly.  He is the recipient of two Artist's Fellowships from the state of West Virginia and has been recognized by many other awards.

Schmitt's novel, The Aerialist, appeared from Harcourt in 2001.  It was named as a Barnes and Noble Discovery Series pick and as winner of the Chautauqua South Fiction Award.  His work has appeared in such literary journals as Mississippi Review, New Stories of the South: Year's Best 1999, Gulf Coast, Flyway, Puerto del Sol and others.  He also is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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

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Monday March 10, 2008
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Countdown to Commencement is March 18-19 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Countdown to Commencement 2008, a two-day event in which graduating students can complete pre-commencement responsibilities, will take place next week on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Numerous services will be available for students as they prepare for graduation at Countdown to Commencement 2008, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 18-19, in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room.

Countdown to Commencement 2008 is for all July 2007, August 2007, December 2007 and May 2008 graduates of Marshall University and the Marshall Community and Technical College. Students will be able to purchase academic regalia, announcements, diploma frames, class rings and other items to commemorate their graduation.

"This event provides an opportunity for our graduates to confirm arrangements for participation in the annual commencement exercises in a one-stop-shop experience," said Marshall University Registrar Roberta Ferguson. "Various campus offices contribute to the atmosphere of celebration for our graduates.  Response to the event last year was tremendous with many of the graduates commenting on the convenience of the services provided.  We hope to make this year's event even better."

Marshall University will celebrate its 171st commencement at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 10 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. The community college commencement is at 7 p.m. Friday, May 9 at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.

The following services will be available at Countdown to Commencement 2008:

Registrar's Office - Students can verify graduation status, name format, and address for mailing diploma; confirm commencement participation; receive commencement instructions; pick up honor cords and tassel (if graduating with academic honors); and have an opportunity to ask any questions related to commencement.

Individual College Recognition Ceremonies - Information will be available for the individual college recognition events held in conjunction with commencement.

Marshall University Bookstore - Students can be measured for and purchase their cap and gown, as well as purchase tassels, diploma frames, class rings, graduation announcements and much more. They also can order personalized graduation announcements at this time.

Jostens - Students can purchase their Marshall University Class of 2008 rings. All rings are on sale and priced as low as $239. Delivery by graduation is guaranteed. Students also may ask about interest-free installment plans.

Alumni Relations - Students can learn about the benefits of a Marshall University Alumni Association membership.

Graduate College - A graduate admission counselor will be available to discuss graduate programs and assist with the admission process.

Marshall Community and Technical College - Students can receive detailed information about the Community and Technical College graduation ceremony.

Career Services - Students are encouraged to let the Career Center know their post-graduation plans so it can help them along their career path. Students may stop by the Career Services table to register for EASE (online job search assistance). Information and support will be available on job-related questions, resume assistance, interview skills and much more.

Office of the Bursar - Students may talk with staff about anything concerning their student accounts, holds, account balances and loan counseling interviews. For loan counseling, students will need to bring their Student ID and the addresses and phone numbers of two references.

Financial Aid - Students may pick up information about federal student loan consolidation programs.

Center for African American Students' Programs - Students may enroll and prepare for the May 1, 2008, Donning of Kente Celebration of Achievement. They also will be provided with academic advising for graduate school and post-graduate employment.

Center for International Programs - Graduating study abroad students and international students will be able to purchase international flag sashes. Also, information about work, teaching and study opportunities abroad will be distributed.

For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar at (304) 696-6410.

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Friday March 7, 2008
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Marshall University Single Reed Day to feature James Houlik and Ann Hicks

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's annual Single Reed Day for students of clarinet and saxophone will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 15. Highlighting this year's event is a concert appearance by world-renowned tenor saxophonist James Houlik.

Houlik is considered by many to be the leading performer on his instrument in the world. "The listener will be astonished to hear the extraordinary emotional range, unexpected virtuosity, and witty remarks in this rare opportunity to attend a classical tenor saxophone concert," said Dr. Ed Bingham, professor of saxophone and director of jazz studies at Marshall. "This will be an event not soon forgotten." Houlik will be joined in this concert by his longtime musical partner, pianist Michael Baron.

Houlik's pioneering efforts on behalf of the tenor saxophone have resulted in the composition of more than 80 new concert works for the instrument, and important performances around the world.

From the East Room of the White House for President Clinton, to solo appearances with orchestras in London, Prague, Istanbul, Berlin, Chicago, Phoenix, and New York, to recitals in the music capitals of the world, Houlik is considered to have redefined the tenor saxophone.

In addition to attending the concert by Houlik, participants in the day's activities also will play in large ensembles of saxophone and clarinet. They also will attend master classes by Houlik and by Ann Hicks, clarinetist, who currently is a doctoral candidate in music at The Ohio State University. Hicks, who is originally from Iowa, holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Iowa State University and a master's degree in music education and clarinet performance from Ball State University.

Following is a complete schedule of Single Reed Day events. All will take place in the Jomie Jazz Center on the Huntington campus:

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Registration and saxophone/clarinet ensemble rehearsal
1:30-3:30 p.m.: Master Classes with James Houlik and Ann Hicks
4 p.m.: Ensemble Concert with guest artists
8 p.m.: James Houlik recital

Registration cost for participants is $10. The concerts are free and open to the public.

For further information, persons may contact Dr. Ed Bingham by e-mail at or by phone at (304) 696-3147, or Dr. Ann Bingham by e-mail at  or by phone at (304) 696-4113.

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Wednesday March 5, 2008
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Marshall's Society of Yeager Scholars program receives gift from Foundation for the Tri-State Community, Inc.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Board of Trustees of the Foundation for the Tri-State Community, Inc., presented Marshall University's Society of Yeager Scholars with a gift of $100,000 on Friday, Feb. 29.

The check, presented by Foundation President Mary Witten Wiseman to Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp, represents the first payment toward a six-year gift from the Foundation to the Yeager Scholars program totaling $205,000. 

The gift was made with funds from the Ashland Inc. Donor Advised Fund of the Foundation of the Tri-State Community, Inc. The grant was unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for the Tri-State at its February 2008 meeting.

"This gift, as stipulated in our proposal, will be deposited into the Ashland Inc. Endowment for the Society of Yeager Scholars program at Marshall," said Bob Galardi, Director of Major Gifts for the Society of Yeager Scholars. "It will bring the total of the Ashland Endowment to an amount that represents more than 30 percent of our Yeager Scholars total endowment.

"If it were not for Ashland Inc. and the kind folks at the Foundation for the Tri-State Community, Inc., there would not be a Yeager Scholars program at Marshall."

Galardi said the gift represents the very best outcome of "people working with people to improve one of the most unique scholarships in our state and in our nation, here at Marshall University."

For more information on the challenge grant to the Yeager Scholars, contact Galardi at (304) 696-3336.

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Tuesday March 4, 2008
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Former All-American Girls Baseball League members to present keynote address at Women's Studies Student Conference

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Maybelle Blair, Terry Donahue and Jane Moffet, former members of The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, will present the keynote address at the annual Women's Studies Student Conference, "Women Breaking Boundaries," at Marshall University.

The keynote address will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13 in the Memorial Student Center Alumni Lounge on Marshall's Huntington campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The players will be available after the talk for autographs and pictures. They also will participate in the dedication ceremonies of the Marshall University Softball Complex on Saturday, March 15.

The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, featured in the movie "A League of Their Own," gave more than 600 women athletes the opportunity to play professional baseball and to play it at a level never before attained. The league operated from 1943 to 1954 and represents one unique aspect of our nation's history.

Dr. Kat Williams, director of the Women's Studies program, said the women broke down boundaries when they played professional baseball in the 1940s and 1950s and they continue to provide young women with inspiration.

For more information, contact Williams at (304) 696-2959.

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Tuesday March 4, 2008
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Fort Lee Army Band to perform at Marshall March 7

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Often dubbed "the best kept secret in professional music," the 392nd Army Band at Fort Lee, Va., will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, March 7 in the Recital Hall Auditorium of Smith Music Hall on Marshall University's Huntington campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

The group will perform a wide variety of musical selections, including classical pieces, big band numbers, military martial selections, and contemporary pop, country and rock-and-roll tunes.

Under the command of Warrant Officer1 Timothy F. Wallace, the 392nd Army Band is a 40-piece ensemble of trained musicians, former music instructors, and music business professionals now serving as soldiers in the U.S. Army. 

A "goodwill ambassador to its communities," the band also has performed in concert throughout Virginia at the Richmond International Raceway, the Richmond St. Patrick's Day parade, the Sate Fair of Virginia, Patriotism Day, the Virginia "First Thanksgiving Celebration," and other festivals and celebrations throughout the Commonwealth.

Representing the Army, the Combined Arms Support Command, and the Training and Doctrine Command, the 392nd Army Band of Fort Lee carries a proud musical heritage dating back to Ethan Allen's "Green Mountain Boys" fife and drum corps of 1775.  The band was re-designated as the 392nd Army Service Forces Band in 1944 and was assigned to Camp Lee, Virginia in 1946.

Today, the Fort Lee Army Band promotes the national heritage of the U.S. and supports Army community relations, troop morale, and recruiting programs through live performances such as the March 7 concert at Marshall.

For further information on the concert, persons may contact Marshall Director of Bands Steve Barnett at (304) 696-2317 or by e-mail at

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Tuesday March 4, 2008
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Marshall mascot in the running for cover of Wii packaging

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's mascot, Marco, could be a cover boy soon.

To commemorate the first NCAA football game on the Nintendo Wii gaming system, the company is sponsoring a Mascot Challenge online voting contest.

Fans can vote once a day for their favorite mascot. The winner will grace the cover of the NCAA Football 09 Nintendo Wii video game. Voting ends Friday, March 14.  To vote for Marco, go to and click on vote now. Select Conference USA, click on Marco and then on vote for this mascot.

"I'm sure if Marco could speak, he'd be encouraging everyone to vote for him every day," said Andrew Lowers, a freshman from Parkersburg. "He's certainly the coolest mascot on the site. Even computerized, he rocks!"

When you click on Marco, an information box about him pops up. It says that the name Marco developed from a mix of the university's name at the time, Marshall College. After Marshall gained university status, different names for Marco were thrown around, but not one of them stuck.

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Monday March 3, 2008
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Annual Spring Job Fest set for March 12 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students and alumni can explore new job opportunities at the annual Spring Job Fest from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room on the Huntington campus.

Nearly 70 employers representing the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors are scheduled to attend.  

Denise Hogsett, Director of Career Services at Marshall, said participants are encouraged to bring copies of their resumes and dress to impress interviewers at this free event. She said any business or industry that is in need of or will have a need in the future for entry-level employees is encouraged to attend.

"Our students do have experience through internships, part-time jobs and graduate assistant programs," Hogsett said. "Marshall students have a great reputation in the workforce."

Career Services staff members are available to support students in their preparation for this event with resume assistance, printing and mock interviewing.  If students need professional attire, they may call Career Services for assistance. The staff also will be available to work with any employer that is interested in attending the fair and making it a successful recruitment tool.

Employers and organizations attending the job fest are expected to provide a wide range of opportunities, including jobs in banking, computer information technology, criminal justice, financial advising, health care, hospitality, insurance, recreation, retail and security.

Employers and organizations attending this year's job fest include:

Airgas Mid America;; Bath Fitter; Brayman Construction;  BrickStreet Insurance;  Bristol Broadcasting; Bureau of the Public Debt; Cabell Huntington Hospital; Cedar Point; CGI;  Cintas Corp. 525; Cornerstone Hospital; CVS Caremark Corporation;  Dixon Hughes PLLC; DMG Securities; Federal Deposit Ins. Corp.; GEICO Genesis HealthCare;  Global Contact Services;  Ikon Office Solutions; Internal Revenue Service; Ion Media Networks, Inc.;

Kelly Services; Kentucky Transportation Cabinet;  Kroger;  Liberty Mutual Insurance;  Life Care Centers of America;  Mainstream Services, Inc.; Manpower; Marshall University ROTC; Mercy Health Partners;  Methodist Theological School; Nationwide Insurance; Northwestern Mutual Financial;  Peace Corps;  Pepsi Bottling Group; Pikeville Medical Center;  Pressley Ridge; Prestera Center; Sears Holdings/Kmart Retail; Southern Ohio Behavioral Health;  Speedway SuperAmerica; SRBI; State Electric; Strictly Business;

Target; The Academy-Mountain State University; Thomas Memorial Hospital; Total Quality Logistics; Tri-Data, Inc.; U.S. Army & Army Reserve; United Bank;  United Talent Staffing Services;  University Directories;  Verizon Wireless; Village on 6th Ave. Apts.;  WCHS and Fox 11; Workforce Development; WV Army National Guard; WV Legislative Post Audit Division, and  WV Public Broadcasting.

For student or employer assistance or to register, call (304) 696-2370 or visit

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