October 2008 News Releases

Friday October 31, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

'Graduation Celebration' for December graduates set for Nov. 4-5

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - All prospective December 2008 graduates of Marshall University are invited to attend a "Graduation Celebration" next week in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's Huntington campus.

The purpose of the event is to give students the opportunity to purchase caps and gowns, class rings, announcements and other items to commemorate their graduation. They also will be able to meet with representatives from the Office of the Registrar, the Marshall Bookstore, Jostens, Alumni Relations, the MU Graduate College, Career Services, the Office of the Bursar and Financial Aid.

The celebration will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4 and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5.

The following services will be available at this event:

Registrar's Office - Students may verify their graduation status, degree record, name format and mailing address for December 2008 diploma. They also will receive information related to a new event at Marshall - the Convocation for December graduates, which will take place Dec. 6 at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.

Marshall University Bookstore - Students may purchase or pre-order their "official" Marshall University gown, cap and tassel and purchase a custom diploma frame. They also may order personalized graduation announcements and class rings.

Classic Photography - Cap and gown portraits will be taken during the Graduation Celebration.

Alumni Relations - Students will have the opportunity to learn about the benefits of joining the Marshall University Alumni Association.

Graduate College - Students will be able to meet with a Graduate Admission Counselor to discuss graduate programs and the admission process.

Career Services - Information will be available on resume writing, cover letters and interview skills. 

Office of the Bursar - Students can discuss account holds and account balances and take part in loan counseling sessions. To complete a loan counseling session, a student needs to bring his or her driver's license and Marshall ID card.

Financial Aid - Personnel will answer questions and provide procedures regarding consolidation of student loans.

For more information, call the Office of the Registrar at 304-696-6410.

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Friday October 31, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Beam Signing Ceremony celebrates construction of Erickson Alumni Center and Marshall University Foundation Hall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University celebrated construction of the new Erickson Alumni Center and Marshall University Foundation Hall with a Beam Signing Ceremony today at the John Marshall Statue on MU's Huntington campus.

Those attending the event signed a steel beam that will be used in construction of the 33,220-square-foot, state-of-the-art building, which is located at the intersection of 5th Avenue and John Marshall Drive.

The three-story facility is expected to be completed in fall 2009. In addition to the Office of Alumni Relations and Marshall University Foundation, Inc., the building will house the University Development Office. The building is one of three projects funded through Marshall's Bridge Campaign.

Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the Marshall Foundation, said the facility is much needed on campus.

"In addition to bringing our fundraising and alumni operations together in one campus location, this facility is going to give us a well defined identity within the university," he said. "We will be accessible and accountable to our alumni, donors and friends. I believe people feel very good about the investment they have made to this important project and we are poised to offer additional opportunities for support. For us, it is all about fostering positive relationships with our alumni while continuing to advance the growth and financial position of the University." 

Tish Littlehales, Director of Alumni Relations, said her office, along with the Development Office, have outgrown the current Erickson Alumni Center.

"This fantastic new building will be larger than our current facility, allowing us ample room for growth and a place to stage events showcasing the University," Littlehales said. "It will be a beautiful building, a source of pride for our alumni and a comfortable gathering place - a home away from home when they come to visit."

In addition to three floors of office space, the features of the building include conference facilities, casual gathering areas, and spaces which will feature Marshall University memorabilia.

Neighborgall Construction Co. of Huntington is the contractor of the facility designed by architects Sherman, Carter, and Barnhart of Lexington, Ky. To view a rendering of the facility, go to http://www.marshalluniversityfoundation.com/bridge/alumni.html.

For more information, contact Rebecca Samples, Assistant Vice President for Development, at 304-696-3292.

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Friday October 31, 2008
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, 304-696-3296

From Zimbabwe with Love: 'Bongo Love' to Perform Nov. 6 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Bongo Love, a musical group from Zimbabwe, will perform Thursday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. at the Smith Recital Hall on the Huntington campus of Marshall University. The concert is free and open to the public.

The quartet has fused styles from all over the world with the sounds of their native Zimbabwe to create music, combining theatrics, dance and impromptu call-and-response vocal styles. concert organizers say it will appeal to people with an interest in traditional music, jazz, reggae, pop or just a night of great dancing.

"It will be great to have the opportunity to see and hear a group performing a genre of music we rarely get to experience," said Marshall percussion student James Hairston. "Needless to say this music is strongly influenced by the current difficult political and economic situation in Zimbabwe." 

The members of Bongo Love utilize instruments native to their culture, including the mbira, an instrument with between 22 and 28 metal keys affixed to a sounding board.

"We have shared the same passion for music since we were kids," says lead singer John Mambira."We survive through this music."

After traveling to perform and teach in Mozambique, Sweden and the Dominican Republic, they toured the United States in the summer of 2007, playing clubs and festivals and teaching marimba, mbira, drumming and singing.

Bongo Love's first CD, "Afro-Coustics," was released in 2006. They are currently working to complete their second CD, "Rwendo Rwedu" ("Our Journey").

For more information on Bongo Love, e-mail bongolovemusic@gmail.com or visit their Web site at www.bongolovemusic.com for music clips and photos.

For more information contact Steve Hall at 696-6468 or at hallj@marshall.edu

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Thursday October 30, 2008
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, (304) 746-2038

Musical Weekend at Marshall features marching festival, Music Educators conference

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Department of Music will have a busy weekend beginning Saturday, Nov. 1, when it hosts the Tri-State Marching Festival, and continuing Sunday, Nov. 2, when the West Virginia Collegiate Music Educators Association state conference begins on the Huntington campus.

Thirty-eight high school bands are slated to perform in the marching festival, which will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday in Joan C. Edwards Stadium. According to Marshall's band director, Steve Barnett, this is the largest band festival of its kind in this part of the country. Bands from West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and Virginia have been separated into categories based on the number of performers.

Scoring for the festival will be based on Music Performance (35%), Marching Performance (30%), General Effect (30%), and Percussion (5%). Trophies will be awarded to the 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place bands in each category, as well as recognition of percussion, drum major, color guard, and featured twirlers. 

Admission to the festival is $5 per person of school age and up. Public parking will be available for $2 in the south end of the west stadium parking lot until the lot is full.  After that, patrons may park in the garage on 3rd Avenue and any other available spaces near the stadium.

"The Tri-State Marching Festival is a tremendous opportunity to showcase Marshall University," Barnett said. "We expect to bring more than 10,000 to the stadium, many of whom are prospective college students with their parents."

The West Virginia Collegiate Music Educators Association state conference begins Sunday with a concert by the Jay Flippin Trio at 8 p.m. in Smith Music Hall on the Huntington campus. Flippin, a noted local jazz performer who teaches part-time in the Marshall department of music, will be featured on piano and will be joined by Kevin Lampson on bass and Nick Diedrichsen on drums. The concert is free and open to the public. Donations to the WVCMEA will be accepted.

Rebecca Murphy, a Marshall University graduate student in music education, is the president of the state committee that coordinates the conference.

"Our clinicians are some of the foremost music educators in West Virginia and throughout the country. We also invite the community to join our cause for music education by joining us for the Sunday evening concert," Murphy said. "We would be delighted to see a full house of music supporters!"

The conference, which gathers future music educators from around West Virginia, will continue through Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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Wednesday October 29, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Record number of runners, walkers entered in Marshall Marathon

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The 5th annual Marshall University Marathon, presented on Sunday, Nov. 2 by HealthyHuntington.org, will feature a record number of participants, race director Tom Dannals said today.

Dannals said more than 800 runners and walkers from 37 states have pre-registered for the event, which starts at 7:30 a.m. on 3rd Avenue in front of Cam Henderson Center and ends on the Joan C. Edwards Stadium playing field.

"Based on the number of pre-registrations, we will have a record number this year," Dannals said. "We're still hoping for 1,000 at race time."

Dannals said people can still register for any of the events - the 26.2-mile marathon, the 13.1-mile half-marathon, the half-marathon relay or the 5-mile walk - by going to Huntington Physical Therapy at 2220 5th Ave. between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. The race expo/packet pickup will take place at that time. There is no race-day entry.

The mostly flat course, which extends to west Huntington and back, is USA Track and Field (USATF) certified. The finish at the football stadium, in which the runners have a chance to carry a football down the final stretch, is one of the highlights of the event.

This year, former Marshall and NFL star Mike Bartrum will be a special guest at the marathon. He will be tossing footballs to the runners as they near the finish line.

"Having Mike Bartrum on the field for the finish is sure to be a big hit since competitors have always loved the final 100 yards carrying a football to the Marshall goal line," Dannals said.

Dannals said he is "very impressed" with the support he has received from the city of Huntington, including the Huntington Police Department and Marshall University, as the event continues to grow in numbers and quality.

He said a recently released book titled "50 in 50" by the Ultramarathon man, Dean Karnazes, has a chapter devoted to the Marshall Marathon and is on its way to making the best-seller list.

"This shows that the direction the marathon is heading is tremendous in only our fifth year," Dannals said.

Dannals said race fans are encouraged to line the streets and cheer the runners and walkers on.

"One other nice thing people can do is to bring out stereo speakers and play music, or roll down the windows of the car and play music," he said. "26.2 miles is a long way and the music helps."

For more information, contact Dannals via e-mail at president@healthyhuntington.org.  

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

Marshall University's SGA to host Paint the Plaza Pink! in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Student Government Association will be hosting Paint the Plaza Pink! for Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Wednesday, Oct. 29.
The event, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Memorial Student Center plaza on the Huntington campus, will include distribution of pink ribbon and literature on breast cancer awareness.
In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Student Government Association also participated in the annual Huntington Breast Cancer Walk on Oct. 19.
Everyone is encouraged to wear pink Wednesday to show their support.

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

Symposium at Marshall University showcases cutting-edge research

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Cell Differentiation and Development Center (MU CDDC) will host its first symposium on Friday, Nov. 14.

The event, titled "Advances in Cell Differentiation and Development," will take place in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus and is open to the public.  The day-long symposium will showcase cutting-edge research across many disciplines including cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders and stem cells.

The Cell Differentiation and Development Center was created through support from the West Virginia Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research and Marshall's College of Science.  The research focus of the MU CDDC is to understand the epigenetic links between cell development and health, and how abnormalities in these processes lead to life-threatening disease.

In a series of short talks, researchers from Marshall University and neighboring institutions will present their latest discoveries.  In addition, the meeting will provide an opportunity for undergraduates and graduate students to talk about their own research projects, giving this future generation of scientists an opportunity to highlight their work.

The keynote speaker, Dr. R. Michael Roberts, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, will present his most recent work on reproductive biology, signaling and stem cells. Roberts is Curators' Professor of Animal Science at the University of Missouri.

In addition to membership in the National Academy of Sciences, his accomplishments include Scientific American's top 50 list for accomplishments in research and technology leadership and an NIH MERIT award.

Scientists from the extended Tri-State area and neighboring states have been invited to attend the symposium.

"We expect that this symposium will lead to new research collaborations between individuals who would otherwise never meet," said Dr. Philippe Georgel, associate professor in Marshall's department of biological sciences, and one of the event organizers. "Such interactions will lead to enhanced research productivity and grant funding, which is one of the main goals of the MU CDDC."

Georgel said the symposium will be capped off by scientific presentations by undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. It will be followed by a reception and awards ceremony at the end of the day.

Here is the schedule of activities for the symposium:

7:45 to 8:30 a.m.: registration, poster set-up and continental breakfast

8:30 a.m.: introductory remarks

8:30 to 10:30 a.m.: oral presentations, Session 1

10:30 a.m. to noon: poster viewing and judging

Noon to 1 p.m.: lunch

1 to 2 p.m.: keynote lecture, Dr. R. Michael Roberts

2 to 3 p.m.: oral presentations, Session 2

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: poster viewing judging

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.: reception and poster awards, lobby of the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center.

For more information, contact Kristen Sutherland at: bradley57@marshall.edu.

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Monday October 27, 2008
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, 304-696-3296

University Chorus to perform, start tradition Nov. 4

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Chorus will perform a concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4 in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall University's Huntington campus. The 56-voice choir, under the direction of Robert Wray, assistant professor of choral music education, will perform selections ranging from baroque music of Antonio Vivaldi to contemporary works by Gawthrop, Estvez, and Olatunji. 

The featured work, Antonio Vivaldi's "Gloria," will be performed in its entirety using both a chamber ensemble comprised of Marshall University faculty and students and student soloists. Two other pieces, Estvez's "Mata Del Anima Sola" and Olatunji's "Betelehemu," bring focus to the music of Venezuela and Nigeria, respectively.

"This performance is a great opportunity to hear a wide variety of choral music sung by an energized group of university students," said Wray. "From the brilliant baroque writing of Vivaldi and the heart-wrenching text of Jane Griner in Gawthrop's 'Sing Me to Heaven' to the sounds of a Venezuelan dance and the joy and optimism found in the Nigerian carol, this concert has something to offer to any listener."

This concert will also include a re-introduction of the Marshall University Alma Mater to the campus and community as the University Choir begins its Alma Mater initiative.

"Last year, students in University Chorus remarked on how very few people seem to know the tune or words of the Alma Mater," Wray explained. "I discovered that there was not one choral arrangement that lined up with what the band plays at athletic events.  So, I created a new arrangement that would work with or without the band."

He added that it is the goal of University Chorus to sing (and teach) the Alma Mater to its concertgoers, students and other members of the community. They hope to establish a tradition of singing it at all their concerts. 

The singers that comprise University Chorus come from all corners of the campus of Marshall University. Though some are pursuing degrees in music education or performance, most are involved with studies outside the music department and are looking to simply to enhance their educational experience while at Marshall.

Admission is free and the concert is open to the public. For further information about this concert or music at Marshall University, please call 304-696-3117 or e-mail Wray at wrayr@marshall.edu.

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Friday October 24, 2008
Contact: Tim Ward, Communications Director, Student Government Association, (304) 696-2289

Marshall University's Student Government Association to host a Drunk Driving Course with MUPD on Buskirk Field

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Student Government Association will host a Drunk Driving Course operated by the Marshall University Police Department in continuation of its Alcohol Awareness and Drunk Driving Prevention initiative.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 on Buskirk Field on the Huntington campus. Participants will attempt to drive golf carts between cones on the field while wearing goggles that simulate the level of impairment alcohol can cause.

The purpose of the event is to help students understand the dangers of drinking and driving.

WMUL-FM will be doing a live remote broadcast from the site.

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

WMUL-FM to host carnival before Houston game

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - WMUL-FM 88.1, Marshall University's public radio station, will host a carnival from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 on Buskirk Field on the Huntington campus.

Herd Hoopla is an event designed to boost school spirit before the Thundering Herd's nationally televised Conference USA football game with the University of Houston, which starts at 8 p.m. at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

"WMUL-FM has so many things to offer at this event," Jason Van Meter, WMUL-FM promotions director, said. "We just want students to come out and have fun before that night's 'green-out.' "

The game is being promoted by the Marshall athletic department as a "green-out." Every Herd fan attending is encouraged to wear Marshall green.

The carnival will include six inflatables provided by M & M Inflatables from Ironton, Ohio. Music will be provided by WMUL-FM disc jockeys.

Prizes will be given away to winners of various contests by both WMUL-FM and the Marshall University Bookstore, which provided gift cards in the amounts of $5, $10 and $25.

"The campus radio station is going green for the green-out as well," Van Meter said. "We're hooking students up with water bottles as well as mesh backpacks if they win. WMUL-FM purchased white water bottles and the bookstore donated some, too."

The cost of joining in the fun of Herd Hoopla is $2.  In addition to Marshall students, the event is also open to the public.

For more information about Herd Hoopla, contact Meagan Sellards, WMUL-FM station manager, at 304-696-2295.

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Thursday October 23, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Selby Wellman to give Executive in Residence Lecture at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - F. Selby Wellman, retired Senior Vice President of Cisco Systems, Inc., will deliver the Ruth E. Butler Executive in Residence Lecture Monday, Oct. 27 at Marshall University.

Wellman, a Williamson, W.Va., native and 1963 graduate of Marshall University, will speak at 11 a.m. in the Alumni Lounge on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's Huntington campus. His speech is titled, "Getting that job in today's business climate." The event is open to the public, but seating is limited.

"The faculty, staff and students of the Lewis College of Business are excited about the return of Mr. Wellman, an influential graduate of the college, as a lecturer for the Executive in Residence program," said Larry Templeton, director of development with the College of Business. "Mr. Wellman will be able to provide our students with some valuable information concerning that initial job search.  He has some insight into what is expected of students by a major corporation and hopefully can assist them in successfully reaching their goal of attaining employment."

The Executive in Residence program was created in 1984 by Dr. Robert P. Alexander, then-dean of the Lewis College of Business, with the purpose of providing students with the opportunity to hear and interact with successful business executives. The program provides role models with outstanding business experience related to students through lectures, discussions and informal dialogue.

Wellman spent his entire career in the high technology industry. Prior to joining Cisco, worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, he spent five years as Corporate Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Operations at FiberCom. He also was Corporate Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Paradyne, a Florida-based networking company. Wellman started his career at IBM, where he spent 15 years in various marketing and management positions.

Wellman took early retirement to pursue other business and personal interests. For the past five years, he has followed up his many years of amateur auto racing by competing at the professional level in the Grand-Am Rolex Series throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Wellman's current activities include involvement in West Virginia education through his private family Foundation. This includes many scholarships that make it possible for West Virginia students in need to attend Marshall University. His Foundation also has funded the SAS Curriculum Pathways software students in grades 8-12 in all West Virginia schools.

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Thursday October 23, 2008
Contact: Randy Burnside, Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations, (304) 696-4660

Marshall football program recognized by the American Football Coaches Association for graduation success

WACO, Texas - Marshall University's football program was one of 47 programs in the nation recognized by the American Football Coaches Association on Thursday for having a graduation rate of 70 percent or better. Marshall joins UCF, Rice and Southern Miss as the only Conference USA institutions to obtain this distinction.

"This is an honor we are very proud of and we are committed to seeing that number continue to go up," Marshall Head Coach Mark Snyder said. "Our goal is to graduate 100 percent of our players and this is an indication that we are on our way to reaching that goal."

Snyder says there are many reasons for Marshall's graduation success and that the hard work of the student-athletes and the emphasis the coaching and support staff places on academics are just some of them.

"A lot of the credit goes to our student-athletes for the work and dedication they put into their studies," Snyder said. "Also, our academic support staff, coaches and administration as a whole share in this success. Our coaching staff puts a heavy emphasis on academics and our players understand that and are responding. This is a key part of the plan we implemented when I arrived here and we are getting closer in all three phases - academic achievement, community outreach and winning."

The University of Colorado will receive the AFCA Academic Achievement Award for a 100 percent graduation rate for members of its freshman football class of 2001. This year's award marks the first time the NCAA's Graduation Success Rate (GSR) formula has been used to select the winner. From 1981 to 2007, the award was presented based on a formula used by the College Football Association and AFCA.

Forty-six other institutions will be recognized for graduating 70 percent or more of their football student-athletes. Six of those institutions Cincinnati, Duke, Navy, Notre Dame, Rutgers and Vanderbilt achieved a rate of 90 percent or better. The remaining 40 institutions are: Air Force, Akron, Alabama, Arkansas State, Army, Baylor, Boston College, Bowling Green, Central Florida, Central Michigan, Colorado State, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Miami (Ohio), Middle Tennessee State, Nevada, North Carolina, Northwestern, Ohio, Oregon State, Penn State, Rice, Southern Mississippi, Stanford, Syracuse, TCU, Texas Tech, Toledo, UCLA, Utah State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Washington, Washington State and Wisconsin.

The Academic Achievement Award was established by the College Football Association in 1981. The award recognized the CFA-member Football Bowl Subdivision institution with the highest graduation rate among members of its football teams. When the CFA disbanded in 1997, the AFCA stepped in to present the award and conduct a graduation rate survey that encompassed all members of the FBS. The GSR is based on a six-year graduation window for student-athletes which is a change from the five-year window used by the CFA and AFCA.

The GSR was developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. The GSR holds institutions accountable for transfer students, unlike the federal graduation rate. The GSR also accounts for mid-year enrollees. Marshall's GSR for the current six-year window is 74.

Under GSR calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing. These outgoing transfers are passed to the receiving institution's GSR cohort. By counting incoming transfer students and mid-year enrollees, the GSR increases the total number of student-athletes tracked for graduation by more than 37 percent. The NCAA also calculates the federal graduation rate for student-athletes because it is the only rate by which to compare student-athletes to the general student body.

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Wednesday October 22, 2008
Contact: Leah Edwards, University Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University marks 10th anniversary of Drinko Library and Information Center

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Drinko Library and Information Center with a private reception at the library Friday, Oct. 24 and public tours of the facility on Saturday, Oct. 25.

As part of the public celebration on Saturday, local authors James E. Casto and Jack Dickinson will be available to sign their books, both of which feature Marshall University. Casto is scheduled to sign books at 10 a.m. and Dickinson at noon. The signings will take place in the Drinko Library lobby. Also, artist Gerald W. "Jerry" Sutphin will sign his pen and ink drawings at 11 a.m.

Light refreshments will be served during Saturday's event, which is scheduled from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Officially dedicated on Oct. 24, 1998, the Drinko Library and Information Center is a 118,000-square-foot facility named in honor of Dr. John Deaver Drinko. Drinko was a Marshall University graduate, philanthropist and supporter of higher education who died earlier this year.

"We as a campus, as a community, owe a debt of gratitude to John and Libby Drinko for their vision that we have this wonderful opportunity for our students," said Barbara Winters, dean of Marshall University Libraries.

The interactive facility has more than 200,000 books, hundreds of computers and ports, connections to thousands of electronic global resources, a 24-hour study facility and a caf.  University statistics show more than 500,000 visits to the library last year.

The Drinko Library and Information Center is a four-story building that houses University Libraries, Computing Services, Telecommunications, and the Center for Instructional Technology and Information Technology.

For more information, contact Winters at 304-696-2318.   

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

Steve Miller Band to perform in Marshall University's homecoming concert

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Steve Miller Band, which over the past four decades has recorded 20 chart records including top 10 hits "The Joker," "Rock 'n Me," "Fly Like an Eagle," and "Jet Airliner," will perform in Marshall University's 2008 homecoming concert Friday, Nov. 14.

The Marshall University Alumni Association and Student Activities Programming Board are sponsoring "An Evening with the Steve Miller Band" at 7:30 p.m. at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

Tickets are available to the general public for $55 and $45 at the arena box office, all Ticketmaster locations and at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets may be charged by phone by calling 304-523-5757 in Huntington and 304-342-5757 in Charleston.

A limited number of discounted tickets have been set aside for Marshall students. By showing their Marshall IDs at the arena ticket office, they may purchase tickets for $22 while supplies last.

A limited number of discounted tickets also are available for active Marshall alumni by calling the Alumni Association at 304-696-2901 or 800-682-5869. Prime seats (regularly $55) are available for $35 each, limit four per person, while supplies last.

The Steve Miller Band's visit to Huntington is part of the group's fall tour. In April of this year, the band received the prestigious Golden Note Award, acknowledging lifetime achievements, at the 25th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards.

"We are absolutely thrilled to have the Steve Miller Band perform in our homecoming concert," said Tish Littlehales, director of alumni relations. "They have been recording and performing for more than 40 years and many of their songs are classics. Response has been great and tickets are going fast. We are looking forward to a great evening with the Steve Miller Band."

For more information, contact Nancy Pelphrey, coordinator of alumni programs, at 304-696-3134.

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Friday October 17, 2008
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Communications, (304) 746-2038

Health & Wellness Fair set for Tuesday at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The 7th Annual Marshall University Health & Wellness Fair will take place Tuesday, Oct. 21 on the Memorial Student Center plaza on the Huntington campus from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Free testing will be available to students, staff and faculty.  The tests will include step test, flexibility, body composition, blood pressure and others. There will be wellness and other informational booths, as well as fitness center class demonstrations. In addition, displays of a MASH tent and critical care ambulance, as well as a climbing wall, will be on Buskirk Field during the fair.

The PEIA Worksite Health Screening will also be held for PEIA-insured students, staff, and faculty in 2W16 of the Memorial Student Center from 7 until 9:30 a.m. Tests will include blood pressure, bone density, total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, Total Cholesterol/HDL ratio, triglycerides, glucose, and PSA (for men over 45). Optional tests will be available for fees.  For best results, fasting 8-12 hours is recommended. Please call 696-6839 to schedule an appointment.

Only those who participate in a health screen (may include one or all of the following: blood pressure, osteoporosis screening or blood work) will be eligible to participate in the Lifestyle Change Programs. For more information about PEIA's Lifestyle Change Programs, visit www.peiapathways.com on the Web.

This event is sponsored by the MU Wellness Coalition, Student Health Education Programs, Recreational Sports and the College of Health Professions.

For further information, persons may contact Amy Saunders by telephone at (304) 696-4800 or by e-mail at saunde22@marshall.edu.

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

Tribute to John Marshall is Oct. 21 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Two theatrical performances of "A Tribute to the Great Chief Justice John Marshall," featuring the Honorable John Laidley narrating a segment called "Meet John Marshall," and special music from Marshall University music faulty, will take place Tuesday, Oct. 21 in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre on Marshall's Huntington campus.

The first performance starts at 5 p.m. and is for Marshall students. The second performance, at 8 p.m., is for the Marshall community and the general public. Admission to both performances is free.

Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp also will take part in the performances. Kopp was in the first tribute to John Marshall in 2006, which was staged as part of Marshall's 251st birthday celebration.

"Dr. Kopp has long encouraged the development of a better understanding of our namesake, John Marshall," said Dr. Alan B. Gould, executive director of Marshall's John Drinko Academy. "We hope everyone will join Dr. Kopp as he pays tribute to the great Chief Justice."

Laidley was a local lawyer who founded Marshall Academy in 1837 and named the school for his friend and colleague, United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall.

Music Professor Wendell Dobbs said musical commentary will accompany the recounting of John Marshall's life by Laidley. Music faculty performing will be singers Linda Dobbs, soprano, and David Castleberry, tenor;  Leslie Petteys, piano; Kay Wildman, harpsichord; Elizabeth Reed Smith, violin; Kay Lawson, bassoon; Stephen Lawson, horn; Ben Miller, field drum, and Wendell Dobbs, flute.

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Thursday October 16, 2008
Contact: Lalena Price, University Communications, (304) 746-2038

Marshall University mascot in need of a makeover

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The rough-and-tumble costume of Marshall University's beloved mascot Marco has seen better days, but that's about to change.
 The Marshall University Alumni Association has kicked off the Marco Make-Over fundraising effort to raise money to acquire a new costume for the University's nationally recognized mascot. This costume will be crafted by Dale Morton Studios in Hurricane.
 Tish Littlehales, director of alumni relations, said this fundraising effort is a great opportunity for fans of the furry bison.
 "In each and every appearance he makes, Marco embodies the traditions of the Thundering Herd," Littlehales said. "He's well-loved, but right now, that costume is really well-worn."
 Beatrice Crane-Banford, associate director of athletics, agreed.
 "We all love Marco," Crane-Banford said. "So it's really tough to see him working the sidelines and the crowds in a costume that is, quite literally, falling apart. We are hoping fans of the big guy will help us give him a fresh costume and make him the best-dressed mascot in the nation."
 Fans who shop at S&K Menswear also can participate in the effort. When they make a purchase online or at any S&K Menswear store, fans can choose to have 5 percent of their purchase amount credited to the Marshall University Alumni Association Marco Make-Over through the "S&K Gives Back" program. For more information, go to www.skmenswear.com.
 To make a direct financial gift, mail it to the Marshall University Alumni Association, Marco Make-Over, One John Marshall Dr., Huntington, WV 25755. For more information, visit www.marshall.edu/alumni, call (800) 682-5869, or e-mail alumni@marshall.edu.

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

Marshall University receives $800,000 from State of WV to help fund mandated conversion from analog to digital TV standards

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications has received a major grant from the State of West Virginia to help fund the conversion of its TV studio from analog to digital TV standards, as mandated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The announcement of the $800,000 grant was made during a news conference today on MU's Huntington campus.

At the request of Sen. Robert Plymale, chair of the Senate Education Committee, the West Virginia Legislature appropriated the money during the June 2008 special session for the School of Journalism's digital conversion. By February 2009, all full-power television stations must convert from analog to digital.

"It will improve production quality and techniques for the School and the University and enhance the educational experience of the students participating in TV production classes," Dr. Corley Dennison, dean of the School of Journalism, said of the conversion to digital.

The grant was announced in Studio A in the Communications Building. In addition to Plymale and Dennison, participants in the news conference were Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp and Kay H. Goodwin, West Virginia Secretary of Education and the Arts. West Virginia Public Broadcasting is an agency of the Department of Education and the Arts, which served as a conduit in transferring the funds to Marshall.

"This allocation is very important as we continue the ongoing effort to upgrade the facilities for future Marshall students as they pursue careers in broadcast journalism, much like (CNN correspondent) Joe Johns was able to do," Plymale said. "I'm certainly glad that Governor Manchin and the legislative leadership recognize that."

Dennison said the funding to upgrade Studio A will enable journalism and mass communications students to work in digital high definition productions that will be the same technology the students will encounter in the marketplace.

"This allocation is really workforce development as students are able to work in the same TV format they will face in the commercial marketplace," Dennison said. "The students, faculty and staff of the Marshall University School of Journalism and Mass Communications are very appreciative of the efforts of Senator Plymale, the Legislature, Governor Manchin and all involved in making this technology available to us.

"With the FCC mandate forcing all TV to go digital in February of 2009, it was essential that the School and the University stay current with industry trends," Dennison said.

Goodwin praised Plymale for his efforts in securing the funds for Marshall.

"This venture is a wonderful example of Senator Robert Plymale's special ability to recognize projects that will be beneficial to West Virginia's college students as we strive to provide new opportunities and keep our graduates in West Virginia," she said.

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Monday October 13, 2008
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, (304) 696-3296

MU Chamber Choir to perform at Cultural Center in Charleston

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Chamber Choir will perform in a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 at the Cultural Center in Charleston.

The 32-voice choir, under the direction of Dr. David Castleberry, Director of Choral Activities, will perform selections ranging from renaissance music of Claudio Monteverdi to contemporary works by Eric Whitacre, Stephen Chatman, Rihards Dubra, Trond Kverno, and others, with a focus on music that explores "ethereal" themes and sonorities. The concert will preview music the group will perform later this year in a tour to Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

"This performance is a marvelous opportunity to hear exceptional choral music sung by an accomplished, enthusiastic group of university singers," Castleberry said. "The choir plans to visit with students during an informal reception following the concert."

Chamber Choir singers are drawn from the entire campus of Marshall University through competitive auditions each fall. Many are pursuing degrees in music education or performance. Others participate simply for the love of music and the chance to continue an activity they enjoyed during their high school experience.

The Chamber Choir has received accolades for its many performances on West Virginia Public Television and Radio, recordings, concerts at Charleston, S.C.'s Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and frequent tour and convention presentations.

Castleberry, professor of music, has served as Director of Choral Activities since 1990 and is currently president of the Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association.

Admission is free and open to the public. For further information about this concert or music at Marshall University, call 304-696-3117 or e-mail Castleberry at castlebe@marshall.edu.

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Monday October 13, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University student body president elected chair of West Virginia State Advisory Council of Students

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Matt James, Marshall University's student body president, was recently elected chair of the West Virginia State Advisory Council of Students at the first annual meeting of the council.

The council is made up of representatives from all undergraduate institutions and community and technical colleges (CTC) in the state as well as the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. All schools voted in the election.

As chair, James is responsible for the agenda and initiatives of the council throughout the school year.  For example, James will present on behalf of the Advisory Council of Students at the regular meeting of the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17 in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre at Marshall's Huntington campus.

"It is an honor to have been selected to lead this group and I am thrilled at the possibilities we have as a council throughout the upcoming year," James said. "We hope to address the various student issues that are common on the majority of our campuses.  But, it is more of an honor to represent Marshall University to the rest of our state, as we are the host institution of the CTC Council this week."

James said the council has outlined its main initiatives this year around the financial strain placed on average West Virginia students living in difficult economic times.

"We will make points related to financial aid, affordable textbook costs, and rising tuition costs," James said. "We will also tackle various funding issues related to the "together but separate" university/CTC split due to West Virginia Senate Bill 448.  In addition, we hope to update the commission on what is going on as related to energy policies and "going green" recycling initiatives on each of our West Virginia campuses as this is presently a "hot issue" with students.  As well, we hope to briefly outline how a university-backing of health and wellness initiatives can turn around the trends in our state."

For more information, contact James at (304) 696-6436.

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Monday October 13, 2008
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, (304) 746-2038

Drummer Liberty DeVitto in residence at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Liberty DeVitto, who recorded multi-platinum albums and toured the world for 30 years as Billy Joel's drummer, is in residence on the Huntington campus of Marshall University this week through Oct. 16.

DeVitto, who is designated a Sabian artist by the cymbal manufacturer of the same name, appears as a result of being named a Joan C. Edwards Distinguished Professor of the Arts by Donald Van Horn, Dean of the Marshall University College of Fine Arts.

"Clearly, Mr. DeVitto will bring extraordinary opportunities to our students and the university community and that is exactly what is intended through the Edwards Distinguished Professors program," Van Horn said when announcing the residency.

While in Huntington, DeVitto will present lectures to 10 different sections of music appreciation classes about the creative process of composing and recording rock/pop music. He also will present several lecture/discussions to jazz studies and commercial music students, will host a seminar on performance preparation and career development for music majors, work with Marshall percussion students and present a drum set clinic for the general public.

DeVitto's drum set clinic is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 in the Jomie Jazz Building located on 5th Ave across from the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's Huntington campus. Admission is $5. Free parking is available in lots on either side of the building.

Dr. Ben Miller, Professor of Music and Percussion Instructor at Marshall University and a Sabian Educational Clinician, helped create the residency.  Concerning DeVitto's visit to Marshall, Miller said, "When Liberty left Billy Joel's Band I was informed that Liberty was interested in sharing his knowledge and experience with university students and I jumped at the opportunity. That led to a two-day visit in the summer of 2006 that was very successful.  We are expanding on the sessions that Liberty did then. So many students only know famous rock/pop performers through tabloid magazines, stereotypical TV shows and Hollywood movies.  By having Liberty on campus for a week interacting with students from all over campus I hope that they will get to know Liberty not only as a famous musician, but also as a sincere musician who is passionate about making music and sharing it with others and, most importantly, as a really wonderful person."

DeVitto's residency at Marshall University is being made possible by corporate assistance from Pro-Mark Corporation, Sabian Cymbals, Evans Drum Heads and Mapex Drums. Jungle Drums, located at 2701A 5th Ave. in Huntington, W.Va., is providing the drum set for the Thursday clinic.

In 1992 Joan C. Edwards established an endowment, bearing her name, with the intent of enabling the College of Fine Arts at Marshall University to bring distinguished educators in the arts to campus to enhance learning opportunities for students, staff, faculty and the community.

For more information, please contact Miller at (304) 696-2377.

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

Marshall announces top 10 scoring seniors on Collegiate Learning Assessment

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Last spring, 101 Marshall University seniors voluntarily took the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA), a test that assesses students' critical thinking, analytic reasoning, problem solving and written communication skills.

"We give the test at Marshall not to assess individuals, but to assess how we are doing in educating students," said Dr. Mary Reynolds, director of assessment at Marshall.

Reynolds said the CLA is an open-ended test in which the students do a lot of writing and solve real-world problems. The following 10 students scored the highest on the test. They are listed in alphabetical order with their hometown, major and college:

  • Karen E. Bohne of Rochester, Mich., History and Modern Languages, College of Liberal Arts
  • Jennifer M. Cook of Ballard, W.Va., Nursing, College of Health Professions
  • Megan C. Corley of Charles Town, W.Va., History and Political Science, College of Liberal Arts
  • Cade Elkins of Yawkey, W.Va., English, College of Liberal Arts
  • Matthew Graves of Barboursville, W.Va., Computer and Information Technology, College of Science
  • Michaela M. Hanna of Millersburg, Ohio, English, College of Liberal Arts
  • Sarah N. Johnson of Huntington, Geography, College of Liberal Arts
  • Kristin R. Lyttle of Huntington, Elementary Education, College of Education and Human Services
  • Ashley N. Radcliffe of Sissonville, W.Va., Finance, Lewis College of Business
  • Whitney Thomas of Wheeling, W.Va., Secondary Education - English, College of Education and Human Services and College of Liberal Arts.
For more information, contact Reynolds at (304) 696-2987.
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Wednesday October 8, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol abstracts due Oct. 17

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students interested in submitting abstracts of their research to be considered for display at the 6th annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Charleston on March 12, 2009 have until Friday, Oct. 17 to do so.

The Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol Steering Committee is calling for students to submit an abstract of their research that represents any of the following 26 disciplines:

African Studies, Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Communications, Criminal Justice, Economics, Engineering, Computer Science/Information Technology, English, Foreign Language, Forensic Science, Geography, Geosciences, History, International Studies, Mathematics, Native American Studies, Philosophy, Physics/Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology/Social Work and Women's Studies.

The 5th annual Research Day last January attracted 100 students from 13 West Virginia colleges and universities. Eighteen Marshall students participated. During Research Day, students present their discoveries in poster format and talk to legislators about their findings. The projects are original research and the posters are designed for a general audience.

Dr. Michael Castellani, chair of Marshall's chemistry department and co-chair of the Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol Steering Committee, said the event helps members of the Legislature understand the importance of undergraduate research and encourages any students who are interested in participating to apply.

"It's a great way for students to participate in the democratic process and involves their education at the same time," Castellani said.

For information on how to submit abstracts, students may visit www.marshall.edu/urdc, or contact Castellani at (304) 696-6486.

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

Marshall University launches United Way campaign Oct. 13 with kickoff on plaza

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will begin its 2008 United Way campaign Monday, Oct. 13 with a kickoff celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Memorial Student Center plaza on the Huntington campus. The campaign runs through Friday, Nov. 7.

Numerous activities are planned at the kickoff, including a hot dog lunch, cornhole competition, inflatables, live music from WMUL FM, raffles and massage therapy, which is courtesy of I-N Touch School of Massage Therapy.

Bernice Bullock, chairperson of the President's Blue Ribbon committee, which represents different departments and campuses, said the Marshall "Live Green, Live United" campaign is part of the West Virginia State Employee Combined Campaign (WVSECC). The goal at Marshall, Bullock said, is to raise $50,000.

"Making a pledge to United Way is one way of giving back that requires little effort from us other than making a donation or completing a pledge card," Bullock said. "I am very grateful that the United Way helps me to take care of so many. All I have to do is make a donation and they spread my money where it will do the most good for my community."

The United Way's four focus areas are Families & Children, Learning & Earning, Health & Wellness and Basic Needs & Unforeseen Hardships. Those who choose to donate may target their contribution to a specific agency listed in the WVSECC brochure. The Huntington community is represented by United Way of the River Cities, Inc., which has 33 partner agencies.

In addition to annual pledges and payroll deductions, Marshall University employees may contribute by participating in numerous fund-raising activities planned over the four-week campaign.

One of the most popular special activities is the opportunity for Marshall employees to wear jeans to work. An expanded version of "I'm wearing Jeans for United Way" days has been approved by Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp for the upcoming campaign.

Participants will be "permitted" to wear jeans to work on selected days, depending on which days they choose and how much they donate to the campaign. Jeans days are Oct. 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30, and Nov. 4 and 6.

"I'm Wearing jeans for United Way" stickers may be purchased during the campaign kickoff on the student center plaza. Cost is $3 for one day, $5 for two days, or $20 for all eight days. Stickers also will be available throughout the campaign at the following locations: Old Main basement mailroom; Old Main 207; Memorial Student Center 2W6; Holderby Hall 109; Gullickson Hall 112; Shewey Athletic Building 217; Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center 301Q, and the Marshall Medical Center 3408 (dean's office).

From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, a Zesty Taco Bar lunch will be available for $3.99 in the John Marshall Room in the Memorial Student Center. Members of the Blue Ribbon committee will be accepting donations to the United Way campaign as persons enter or exit the dining room. Everyone will have the opportunity at that time to purchase raffle tickets for a sports package that includes two tickets to Marshall's home football game with Houston on Tuesday, Oct. 28, two Marshall University t-shirts and a hat.

Another campaign activity is a pumpkin decorating contest and silent auction, which is open to all students, staff, faculty and administration. Faux pumpkins at least 7 inches by 9 inches in size must be used. Ten percent discount certificates to purchase faux pumpkins and decorating supplies from A.C. Moore Inc. may be obtained by contacting Bullock at (304) 696-4376 or via e-mail at bullock@marshall.edu. The certificates also will be available at the kickoff.

Entries must be submitted by noon Monday, Oct. 27 to room BW14 in the student center. The pumpkins will be displayed in the student center lobby from 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 until 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. A donation jar will be placed beside each entry, and the entry receiving the largest amount of donations will be the winner. All proceeds go to the United Way campaign.

The winning entry will be announced Monday, Nov. 3 Prizes include $40 worth of certificates to Stewarts Hot Dogs and $40 worth of Strike Zone bowling certificates.

Several raffles will take place throughout the campaign, including one during the kickoff. Entrants to that raffle will be those university employees completing their 2008 pledge cards or students who make at least a $2 monetary donation. Prizes include a $25 gift card to the Marshall Hall of Fame Caf, and a Marshall University t-shirt and hat. Winners will be announced after the kickoff.

For all raffles, tickets will be 1 for $1, 5 for $4, 10 for $8, or 12 for $10.

Marshall students also will be participating in the United Way campaign. They will sponsor several events, details of which will be announced later.

To monitor the progress and increase awareness of Marshall's campaign, large thermometer posters will be placed outside the university's Huntington campus. Progress also will be posted on the Marshall University/United Way Web site at www.marshall.edu/unitedway. The complete calendar of events also is posted on the Web site.

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

Poet Devon McNamara to read from her work at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Poet Devon McNamara will read from her work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 in the Shawkey Room of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Her poems, essays and reviews have appeared in The Hiram Poetry Review, The Laurel Review, Dark Horse: Boston Poetry and Fiction, Trellis, The Christian Science Monitor and other publications. She is the recipient of a fellowship in non-fiction from the Ohio Arts Council as well as one from the Yaddo Arts Community in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

McNamara has taught writing in schools, prisons and reform facilities in West Virginia and the midwest.  Also a dancer and choreographer, she has had her poems performed by dancers from The Dayton Ballet and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.  She has served on the West Virginia Governor's Task Force on Arts in Education and has conducted five cultural tours of the Republic of Ireland for students.

McNamara teaches at West Virginia Wesleyan College where she also co-directs the Honors Program. 

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

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

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

Mirek Bialk joins MU's Career Services Center as Senior Career Counselor

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Mirek Bialk, who has more than 10 years experience in student administration and academic advising, training and career counseling, has joined Marshall University's Career Services Center as Senior Career Counselor.

Career Services Director Denise Hogsett said Bialk, who also is experienced in Web technology management, came to Marshall from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa. He also has worked at Union County College in Cranford, N.J.

"Mirek enjoys working one on one with students and especially enjoys working on development of the first-year student career plan," Hogsett said. "He is very pleased with his position and feels that he fits in well with the Marshall community."

Hogsett said Bialk is taking appointments, presenting workshops and providing assistance to students Monday through Friday at Marshall's Career Service Center.

Anyone interested in making an appointment with Bialk or any other staff member may do so by calling (304) 696-2370. The Career Services Center will assist students and alumni with resume writing, career assessments and mock interviews.

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Monday October 6, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University's Pi Sigma Alpha and SGA to host drinking age debate and forum

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha (the National Political Science fraternity) and the Student Government Association are hosting a debate and forum on the current discussion for lowering or upholding the national drinking age.

The debate was originally started among university presidents, and has continued among students across college campuses.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7 in Corbly Hall 117 on Marshall's Huntington campus. The debate will be brief with both sides represented, and then the floor will be opened for attendees to participate in an open forum.

This event is open to the public and the Marshall University community is encouraged to attend.

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Monday October 6, 2008
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, (304) 696-2038

Marshall's Leadership Studies Program to Host Regional Conference

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Educators from 14 states will attend the annual conference of the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration (SRCEA) Oct. 23-26 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston, W.Va. These educators represent a broad range of responsibilities and roles, including public school administrators and teachers, professors at colleges and universities and doctoral students in education.

Dr. Teresa Eagle, professor of leadership studies at Marshall University and president-elect of SRCEA, is chairing the conference.

"We are looking forward to welcoming more than 100 of our colleagues to the Charleston area," Eagle said. "We have an interesting array of presentations that were selected to help administrators face the current challenges in leading educational institutions at all levels."

Charleston Mayor Danny Jones is scheduled to welcome the group to Charleston, and West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven L. Paine will also address the conference. Other presentations include those covering studies done in local school districts in West Virginia, principal preparation plans across the region and the relationship between higher education and elementary and secondary education.

According to the group's Web site, SRCEA provides a forum for presentation and discussion of research and ideas among individuals with a professional interest in the field of educational administration and leadership at all levels of the education system.

For further information on the conference, persons may contact Eagle at (304) 746-8924 or by e-mail at t.eagle@marshall.edu .

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Friday October 3, 2008
Contact: Jamie LoFiego, "Up Late", (304) 696-2967

'Up Late' is up and running this weekend

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - This weekend, "Up Late" host Jamie LoFiego learns a lot about running from Sharon Stanton of the Marshall University's Recreational Sports Department.

Stanton also shares information about the new student recreation center currently under construction.

This week's show includes a musical performance by Brandon Mitchell who plays his song, "Red Lipstick Love Song." Doorkeeper is 2007 Marshall graduate Amanda LoFiego of Orlando, Fla. She is a public relations director for Disney's Hollywood Studios. As the successful sibling, she brings interesting pictures of brother Jamie to share with viewers.

The host shares his video diary of his trip to Morgantown last weekend for the Coal Bowl. In other video elements, students talk about Halloween and the staff has another installment of Classic Audio.

The show will air from 11 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 on MyZTV and on Comcast Channel 25 throughout the week. Shows are also available for viewing at www.marshall.edu/uplate.

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

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Thursday October 2, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Tailgate for students, their families set for 4 p.m. Friday on practice field

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A tailgate for Marshall University students and their families will take place as part of Parents' Weekend at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 before the Thundering Herd's home football game with the University of Cincinnati.

The tailgate, hosted by Marshall University in conjunction with the Student Activities Programming Board, the Student Government Association and the Marshall Maniacs, will take place on the grass practice field located behind the Joan C. Edwards Stadium east stands and next to Marshall's soccer field.

The game, which will be televised on ESPN and begins at 8 p.m., has been designated WHITEOUT '08. White t-shirts and rally towels will be distributed at the tailgate, and free soft drinks, food and music will be provided.

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Wednesday October 1, 2008
Contact: Lalena Price, University Communications, (304) 746-1989

Marshall University's accounting programs earn international accreditation distinction

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The international organization that accredits accounting and business programs has announced that Marshall University's Division of Accountancy and Legal Environment has achieved accounting accreditation and is now one of 169 institutions in the world with such a distinction.

AACSB International, or the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, is the longest-serving and largest global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. It is an association of more than 1,100 educational institutions, business and other organizations in 70 countries that are dedicated to the advancement of management education worldwide.

Dr. Loren Wenzel, head of the Division of Accountancy and Legal Environment in the Lewis College of Business, is pleased with the AACSB distinction.

"Credit for this accomplishment should be given to the Accounting Advisory Board who gave of their time, their talent and their treasure to make this achievement possible. The advice they gave our world-class accounting faculty over the years was instrumental in helping us develop a world-class curriculum. 

"The accreditation effort was entirely financed by employers, alumni and other supporters.  The division, the business college and the university are fortunate to have so many people who care about Marshall's success," said Wenzel, who is also the Elizabeth McDowell Lewis Endowed Chair.

Achieving accreditation is a process of rigorous internal review, evaluation, and adjustment and can take several years to complete. During these years, the school develops and implements a plan to meet the 21 standards requiring a high quality teaching environment, a commitment to continuous improvement and curricula responsive to the needs of business.  Accounting accreditation further requires the satisfaction of an additional set of 15 standards that are specific to the discipline and profession of accounting.

Dr. Chong W. Kim, interim dean of the Lewis College of Business, is proud of the work of the faculty and staff in the accounting program.

"Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the faculty and staff in our accounting program as well as the tremendous leadership of Dr. Loren Wenzel, our students are now part of an internationally distinguished program," Kim said. "I know that our students are going to benefit from earning a degree from a program that is part of an elite group of educational institutions."

Institutions that earn AACSB accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement. By choosing to enter into this voluntary process, AACSB-accredited schools have made a public statement that their leadership, faculty, staff and students choose to be held accountable for higher expectations and educational quality. Once confirmed, accreditation stands as an externally validated hallmark of excellence, and the process is ongoing with maintenance reviews every five years.  The AACSB accreditation of Marshall's Lewis College of Business programs was maintained in 2007.

Jerry Trapnell, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International, said it takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn this accreditation.

"These schools have met rigorous standards of excellence as well as made a commitment to ongoing improvement that ensures that they will deliver a high quality education to students," Trapnell said.

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Wednesday October 1, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Fans encouraged to take part in WHITEOUT '08 at Friday's game

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's home football game Friday, Oct. 3 with the University of Cincinnati is being promoted by the MU athletic department as WHITEOUT '08, a chance for Marshall fans to show their Herd pride on ESPN.

Every Thundering Herd fan attending the game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium is encouraged to wear a white shirt. The game is being nationally televised by ESPN and kicks off at 8:06 p.m.

The Marshall athletic department will distribute 7,500 white T-shirts to fans attending the game. Marshall's cheerleaders will be off campus promoting the game and the whiteout and distributing shirts from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Also, 1,000 Marshall students will receive white rally towels at the game.

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