September 2008 News Releases



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Friday September 26, 2008
Contact: Jamie LoFiego, "Up Late", (304) 696-2967

Volleyball coach, players serve up some fun on 'Up Late'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - This weekend, "Up Late" host Jamie LoFiego talks with Marshall University head volleyball coach, Mitch Jacobs.

Jacobs talks about his new record for most wins as a Marshall volleyball coach - 139 so far. He also brings two players with him on set - Elizabeth Fleming and Cameron Yoho - to see how "Up Late" director Ryan Vance can handle having volleyballs spiked at him.

This week's show includes a musical performance by Jimi Mitchell, who plays his song, "Chamber of Secrets." Doorkeeper for the show is Oak Hill junior Miranda Rosiek, a public relations major.

After the two major power outages in Huntington that forced the cancellation of classes, the "Up Late" crew thought it would be a good idea to collect money from students, faculty, staff and even Marshall University's president, Stephen J. Kopp, to keep the lights on. While on a trip to Las Vegas, LoFiego promotes "Up Late" as producers decide to break some laws in the tri-state area. Example: In Ohio, it is illegal to participate in or conduct a duel. The crew found this an entertaining law to break.

The show will air from 11 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 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 September 25, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Three awarded Friends of Coal scholarships for 2008

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Three Marshall University freshmen from southern West Virginia counties have been awarded the Friends of Coal scholarships for 2008.

The recipients are Justin D. Browning, a 2008 graduate of Gilbert High School in Mingo County; Frances Alicia Ashley, a 2008 graduate of Huntington High School in Cabell County; and Savannah L. Michelle Hodges, a 2008 graduate of Lincoln County High School. Browning is majoring in science, Ashley in psychology and Hodges in business.

Students eligible to receive the scholarship must have had high GPAs in high school, live in southern West Virginia and demonstrate financial need. Each student receives a $2,500 scholarship, which is the result of the sponsorship provided by the Friends of Coal for the Marshall-West Virginia University football series. The series continues Saturday when Marshall plays at WVU at 3:30 p.m. in Morgantown.

"The recognition of these deserving students is the centerpiece of excitement for Friends of Coal everywhere," said Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association. "They truly represent our future and pave the way for increased confidence that the coalfields will be in good hands as we move forward.  Keeping the best and the brightest close to home insures the preservation of our strong values and our proud heritage.  We're proud to be joined with these young leaders as they chart a positive course for our industry and the State of West Virginia."

Steve Hensley, Marshall's dean of student affairs, said the Friends of Coal scholarships are beneficial to the recipients and the state of West Virginia.

"It's a wonderful benefit of this football game to be able to award these worthy students a scholarship to support the costs of their education," Hensley said. "Marshall University sincerely appreciates the hard work and cooperative spirit that makes this possible."


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

Record number of participants expected for Marshall Marathon

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Registration is reaching record levels for the 5th annual Marshall University Marathon, which will be run at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 2 in Huntington.

Race director Tom Dannals said more than 400 runners and walkers have signed up to participate, which is 80 more than this time last year. Dannals said he is confident last year's totals will be surpassed.

"Last year 800 people were on the starting line for the various events," Dannals said. "We're hoping to hit 1,000 people this year. We're still looking for runners, walkers and volunteers. This event is all about exercise, and we hope everyone will participate."

No major changes from last year have been made to the 26.2-mile flat, USA Track and Field (USATF) certified course. The marathon begins on 3rd Avenue near Marshall's Cam Henderson Center and runs through downtown Huntington past Pullman Square, next to the Ohio River and through Ritter Park, among other places.

Participants will finish the race by running through the Marshall University campus on their way to a goal-line finish on the turf at Joan C. Edwards Stadium, home of Marshall's Thundering Herd football team.

Former Marshall and NFL star Mike Bartrum will be a special guest at the marathon. Bartrum, a native of Pomeroy, Ohio, will toss footballs to the runners as they near the finish line, which Dannals said is always a highlight of the marathon.

Bartrum played football at Marshall from 1988 through 1992. He was a two-year starter and three-year letterman (1989, 1991 and 1992) and totaled 109 career receptions for 1,187 yards. In 1992, he earned consensus All-Southern Conference and NCAA Division I-AA All-American honors.

In the NFL, Bartrum was widely regarded as the league's best long snapper. He played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2000 to 2007 before retiring. He also played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots.

Race events this year include the marathon, half-marathon (which may be run or walked), half-marathon relay run and 5-mile walk. Participants can register online at www.active.com before 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25.

Entry Fees are:

         Marathon: $65

         Half-marathon: $40

          Half-marathon relay: $75 per team

          5-mile walk: $15.

The only in-person registration will take place at the race expo/packet pickup from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Huntington Physical Therapy, which is located at 2240 5th Ave.

For more information on the 2008 Marshall University Marathon, visit www.healthyhuntington.org.


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

Ashdown Lecture Cancelled

The lecture by West Virginia University law professor Gerry Ashdown at 1 p.m. today in the Drinko Library has been cancelled.

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

Shuttle to and from stadium available to Herd fans attending tailgate before Marshall-WVU game

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Shuttle service to and from Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown will be available Saturday, Sept. 27, for fans attending a pre-game tailgate party sponsored by the Marshall University Alumni Association and the Big Green Scholarship Foundation.

The tailgate party begins at 12:30 p.m. at Krepps Park, which is located near the WVU Coliseum, less than a mile from Milan Puskar Stadium. Kickoff for the Friends of Coal Bowl between Marshall University and West Virginia University is at 3:30 p.m.

Shuttle service to the stadium will begin at 2:30 p.m. and continue until the game begins. Shuttle service back to Krepps Park will start at the beginning of the fourth quarter and continue until an hour after the game is over. Cost is $3 per person for a round-trip ticket.

Tish Littlehales, director of alumni relations, said the shuttle service is a convenient and easy way for Herd fans at the tailgate to get to and from the stadium.

Admission to the tailgate party is $20 per person, which covers meal, soft drinks and beer, music and giveaways. Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis for $5 per car.

Music will be provided by the Angie Fletcher Band and 93.7 The DAWG will be broadcasting live from the tailgate. The first 500 people attending the event will receive free T-shirts, courtesy of The DAWG and ISP Sports.

For more information or to RSVP, call the Marshall University alumni office at (304) 696-2901.

Directions to Krepps Park: Off Interstate 79, take Exit 155. Bear right at the end of the exit ramp. Travel to the Coliseum at the top of the hill and get in the left lane. At the traffic light, turn left onto Patteson Drive and look for Marshall banners on the left to take you into Krepps Park.


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Tuesday September 23, 2008
Contact: Jaye Ike, Marshall University College of Fine Arts, (304) 696-3296

Marshall University's 12.0 Jazz Ensemble selected to perform in Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland


HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  
-The Marshall University 12.0 Jazz Ensemble has been selected to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland in July 2009. Considered the best-known music festival in Switzerland, the festival has hosted classic musical acts like Ella Fitzgerald and Marvin Gaye and contemporary artists like Alanis Morrisette and Alicia Keys since its inception in 1967.

In addition, the group will play at the Jazz e Juan festival in Juan les Pins, France.

"The opportunity to go to the Montreux Jazz Festival is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most of the students in the ensemble," Dr. Ed Bingham, Director of Jazz Studies at Marshall, said. "This festival is one of the best-recognized events in the world of jazz. The preparation for the concerts in Europe will be a year-long effort that will bring the students to a new performance level. As the jazz studies program at Marshall continues to grow, festivals such as Montreux and Jazz e Juan will showcase the talents of the students and help Marshall increase its prominence."

In addition to the musical growth gained by participating in the festival, the trip will enhance the cultural awareness of the students, Bingham said. Seeing different countries and experiencing life in unfamiliar cultures is an education in itself.

"The memories of a first trip to Europe last forever," Bingham said. "I clearly remember my first trip 'across the pond,' where seeing the landscape and meeting people in different countries helped me make sense of the history and art appreciation classes that I studied in college. Similarly, I expect that the members of Marshall's Jazz Ensemble '12.0' will carry memories of the trip with them throughout their lives."

Bingham's enthusiasm has spread to his students as well.

"Having the opportunity to travel with the jazz ensemble to Europe is a great educational opportunity both musically and culturally," said senior Chris Clark.  "Jazz, as an art form, is thriving in most western European countries, and it will be a unique chance for the ensemble's members to learn about the European take on American music.  Having never traveled to Europe personally, I look forward to the diverse cultural array Switzerland, Italy and France have to offer, and I feel both privileged and excited to take part in this endeavor."

The invitation to play at the Montreux festival coincides with the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Marshall University College of Fine Arts. As part of the celebration, COFA has organized a trip to Europe, July 4-13, 2009, built around the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Jazz e Juan festival, according to Melanie Griffis, Director of Development for the College of Fine Arts.

The trip includes stops in Geneva, Lyon, and Provence, as well as other popular cities. In addition to the infusion of jazz, the trip includes four-star accommodations, visits to museums, and the wine and cuisine of France.

Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp and his wife, Jane, along with COFA Dean Don Van Horn and his wife, Diana, will host the trip for Marshall alumni and friends. 

Further information about this travel opportunity can be found on the COFA Web site at www.marshall.edu/cofa.  Persons may also contact Griffis at griffism@marshall.edu or by calling (304) 696-3686.


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

Classes canceled on Huntington campus Monday, Sept. 22

Due to a power outage, all classes on Marshall University's Huntington campus have been canceled for the remainder of today and this evening, Monday, Sept. 22.  
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Friday September 19, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Huntington Classes Cancelled Friday, Sept. 19

Due to a significant power outage, classes on the Huntington campus are cancelled today, Friday, Sept. 19.
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Friday September 19, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University's Student Government Association and Student Ambassadors to host 2008 MU v. WVU blood drive

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Student Government Association and Student Ambassadors are teaming up to host the 2008 MU v. WVU blood drive for the American Red Cross.

The annual competition is held at both schools simultaneously in an effort to increase donor turnout among students, faculty and staff on campus.

Marshall's event will take place on the Huntington campus Monday, Sept. 22 in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room and Tuesday, Sept. 23 in Marco's, which is located in the basement of the student center. The drive is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

All donors will be entered in a drawing to win a $1,000 gasoline card.

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

For more information, contact Tim Ward, Student Government Association communications director, at (304) 696-2289 or via e-mail at tim.ward@marshall.edu.


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

Herd fans invited to tailgate at Krepps Park before Marshall-WVU game

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Alumni Association and the Big Green Scholarship Foundation are sponsoring a joint pre-game tailgate party in Morgantown prior to the Friends of Coal Bowl Saturday, Sept. 27.

The tailgate party begins at 12:30 p.m. at Krepps Park, which is located near the WVU Coliseum, less than a mile from Puskar Stadium. Kickoff for the football game between Marshall University and West Virginia University is at 3:30 p.m.

Admission to the tailgate party is $20 per person, which covers meal, soft drinks and beer, music and giveaways. Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis for $5 per car.

Music will be provided by the Angie Fletcher Band and 93.7 The DAWG will be broadcasting live from the tailgate. The first 500 people attending the event will receive free T-shirts, courtesy of The DAWG and ISP Sports.

For more information or to RSVP, call the Marshall University alumni office at (304) 696-2901.

Directions to Krepps Park: Off Interstate 79, take Exit 155. Bear right at the end of the exit ramp. Travel to the Coliseum at the top of the hill and get in the left lane. At the traffic light, turn left onto Patteson Drive and look for Marshall banners on the left to take you into Krepps Park.


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

President Kopp's State of the University address, introduction of new faculty on General Faculty Meeting agenda

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's fall General Faculty Meeting will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22 in the Playhouse of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on the Huntington campus.

Highlighting the event will be President Stephen J. Kopp's annual State of the University address, along with the introduction of 65 new faculty by Dr. Cam Brammer, Faculty Senate chair, and by Dr. Darshana Shah, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Assistant Dean of Professional Development in Medical Education.

Brammer also will deliver welcoming remarks and a State of the Faculty address. Dr. Frances Hensley, associate vice president for academic affairs, will introduce the new deans.

All faculty, staff and students, along with members of the public, are invited to attend. After the meeting, a reception to honor the new faculty will take place in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center.

New academic administrators to be introduced are:

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs - Dr. Gayle Ormiston.

Deans - Dr. Betsy Ennis Dulin, College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE), and Dr. David Pittenger, College of Liberal Arts (COLA).

New faculty to be introduced are:

College of Education & Human Services - Gina Evans, Jeffrey Garrett, David Ruiz, Jarrod Schenewark, Feon Smith and Gregg Twietmeyer.

College of Fine Arts - Hans Gindlesberger, Julie Jackson and Heather Stark.

College of Health Professions - Thomas Stevens.

College of Liberal Arts - Kelly Broce, Lindsay Calhoun, Angela Crews, Gordon Crews, Kathleen Cutler, Mark Davis, Laura Diener, Whitney Douglas, Magdalene Fry, April Fugett-Fuller, Markus Hadler, Ikuyo Kawada, Anders Linde-Laursen, Thomas Linz, Marie Manilla, Steven Pauley and Paul Rutledge.

College of Science - Scott Day, Curt Foltz, Annette Howells, David Hyeon, Laura McCunn, Mike Morrison, Anna Mummert, Carl Mummert, Gary Schultz, Stacy Scudder, Joung Min Song and Jayme Waldron.

Elizabeth McDowell Lewis College of Business - Alberto Coustasse, Terry Polen, M. R. Shollapur and Amanda Thompson.

Marshall University Graduate College - Jerry Garrett, Anduamiak Meharie and Carol Mitchell Smith.

University Libraries - Sophie Bogdanski.

W. Page Pitt School of Journalism & Mass Communications - Terry Hapney.

Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine - Fadi Alkhankan, Shannon Browning, Yolanda Campbell, Sarmad Chaudhry, Felix Cheung, Hasan Ercan, Saba Faiz, Marina Flaskas, Jose-Mario Fontanilla, Frezghi Kebreab, Farid Mozaffari, Parveen Nagra, Keith Pitzer, Tipu Saleem, Vikram Tarugu, Douglas Tice and Lawrence Wyner.

For more information, call Bernice Bullock at (304) 696-4376.


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Thursday September 18, 2008
Contact: Jamie LoFiego, "Up Late", (304) 696-2967

'Up Late' focuses on Marshall University Artists Series

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - This weekend, "Up Late" host Jamie LoFiego talks with Angela Jones from the Marshall Artists Series about this season's upcoming events.

Jones said the season gets off to a hilarious start with a stop at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center by comedian Jim Gaffigan on Oct. 1. "Jim Gaffigan: The Sexy Tour" is the comedian's second. The DVD from his first tour, "Beyond the Pale," went platinum.

Also on tap for the Marshall Artists Series: Blues Journey, Fall International Film FestivalGolda's Balcony, Kool & the Gang: Dance Party Extravaganza, Nunsense, Oliver, Sergio Mendes, Spring International Film Festival, Sweeney Todd, The 5 Browns, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Wizard of Oz.

This week's show also includes a musical performance by Traci Ann Stanley. Doorkeeper for the show is Sara Hodges, a freshman from Darby, Mont. Also, "Up Late" cast member Patrick Stanley goes to Marshall University's career fair to interview possible replacements for "Up Late's" co-host. Andrew Colegrove gives his spin on what's new in the news and student producer Emily McKenna shares her pirate bunny flipbook cartoon. In a death-defying segment, Morgan Shillingburg shows two freshmen how to relieve stress by sword fighting. 

The show will air from 11 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 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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Wednesday September 17, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

MU professor offers input about work being done by Chinese researchers during visit to South China Botanical Garden

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A Marshall University ecologist has returned from China where he worked with a group of Chinese scientists who are studying, among other things, the effects of nitrogen on plant life.

Dr. Frank S. Gilliam, professor of biological sciences, was invited to visit the South China Botanical Garden (SCBG) in Guangzhou, China's third-largest city. The invitation came after Chinese researchers who had read several of his scientific publications contacted him and asked for his input about research they are doing on the effects of excessive nitrogen on plant life.

Gilliam was able to study the pristine 400-year-old Dinghushan Forest, a rare tract which, under the supervision of Buddhist monks, has been protected from any kind of agriculture, forestry or other human activity.

"It's the finest example of undisturbed tropical forest you can find.  The site is so old, anything that is done there will be new.  We don't have anything like it in the United States," Gilliam said.

The extensive botanical garden, one of the largest of its type in the world, consists of a series of smaller gardens, each with its own ecological stamp.  Among others, there is an Australian garden with native plants including towering Eucalyptus trees, a magnolia garden where imported tulip trees from the U.S. have bred with native Chinese trees to form hybrids, and a tract that features several acres of camellias.  In the center, there is a glassed-in conservatory where scientists simulate a series of diverse environments including arctic, arid dessert and tropical rainforest.

A paper Gilliam wrote last year examined the effect of nitrogen-laced rainfall, snow or fog on plant growth and diversity. He likens the effect to home gardeners over-fertilizing their gardens.

"Excess nitrogen in rainfall is basically pollution," Gilliam explains.  "It can come from a variety of things, for example, auto exhaust or industrial activity.  Nitrogen gets into the atmosphere and falls to the earth as rain with the result that it over-fertilizes the plants.  This nitrogen saturation creates problems because too much nitrogen causes imbalances in plants.  There is less diversity and species are disappearing, not because they're being dug up or destroyed but because they can't handle the extra nitrogen."

Actually, both West Virginia and Marshall University have a connection to China's research.  Marshall researchers, including Gilliam, have been studying a forest in Tucker County for more than 20 years.  The nearly 90-acre tract has been set aside so that the effect of nitrogen on a forested ecosystem can be studied on a large scale.  With funding through the National Science Foundation and under the auspices of the National Forest Service, it has been a valuable outdoor laboratory, according to Gilliam.

"We're adding nitrogen to an entire watershed with a helicopter three times a year," he said. "We want to know how the nitrogen moves through the soil and how plants respond to it. The Chinese are studying the same thing only on a much smaller scale.  They spray small plots.  It's a good simulation; we're just doing it on a larger scale.  And now the Chinese team is familiar with West Virginia."

As part of his trip, Gilliam presented a research seminar and he is collaborating with his Chinese counterparts on a research paper to be published in a major journal.  He and his hosts had academic exchanges and discussed how to further strengthen international collaboration between China and the U.S.

Gilliam said he received a warm welcome in Guangzhou.  "The Chinese were wonderfully warm and I made fast friendships even in such a short period of time," he said. "It was difficult to say goodbye.  Unlike Beijing and Shanghai, it is not an international city.  It's a city of 10 million people but there are not many foreigners to be seen. As a tall, balding West Virginian I definitely stood out in a crowd!"

For more information, call Gilliam at (304) 696-3636.


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

Program teaches students about their online lives

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A program designed to teach students everything they need to know about their online lives, including their rights, how the laws operate and potential liabilities, will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Andy Hermansdorfer, director of Student Activities and Greek Affairs at Marshall, said students who have Facebook or MySpace sites, in particular, are encouraged to attend.

Hermansdorfer said the advent of social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook have put students in a precarious and largely undefined space.  Add to that the fact that students are commonly accused of online harassment, electronic stalking, copyright infringement, and software piracy, and it is clear that cyberspace can be a dangerous place, he said.

When students leave the program Thursday, Hermansdorfer said, they will know how to protect themselves both legally and personally when they log on.

For a preview of the presentation, go to

http://www.bass-schuler.com/video.php4?artist=C.L.%20LindsayFB.

For more information, contact the Student Activities Programming Board at (304) 696-6770 or e-mail student-activities@marshall.edu.


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

Intuit CEO Brad Smith speaks Oct. 3 in Huntington

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Brad Smith, president and CEO of Fortune 1000 software company Intuit and a 1986 graduate of Marshall University, will participate in two public events on Friday, Oct. 3 at the Pullman Plaza Hotel in Huntington.

First, Smith will be the featured speaker at the Lewis College of Business' presentation of the City National Bank Lectureship Series at 11 a.m.  Then, at noon, the College of Business and the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce will present "Lunch with Brad Smith," an opportunity for those in attendance to network with Smith. Both events will take place in the hotel's Grand Theatre.

"The Lewis College of Business is excited about having Brad Smith, the CEO of such a large and well-known company, and one of our graduates, coming to speak to students, faculty, and the community," said Larry Templeton, director of development with the College of Business. "This will showcase the college, curriculum, and potential for success of our students here at Marshall."

In January 2008, Smith, a Kenova, W.Va., native, became CEO of Intuit, the company that developed Quicken, QuickBooks and Turbo Tax. Previously, he was senior vice president and general manager of Intuit's Small Business Division from May 2006 to December 2007. In this position, Smith was responsible for the company's portfolio of QuickBooks, Quicken and payroll products, serving seven million small businesses and producing $1.1 billion in revenue.

Smith, who joined Intuit in February 2003, earned his master's degree in management from Aquinas College in Michigan and his bachelor's degree in business administration from Marshall.

Earlier this year, Smith was the keynote speaker at the Charleston Area Alliance Annual Celebration. At that event, Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp presented Smith with the Expect the Best from West Virginia Award.

While admission to the lecture is free, cost to attend the lunch is $120 for a table of eight. For more information, call Templeton at (304) 696-3421, or e-mail him at TempletonL@marshall.edu.


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Wednesday September 17, 2008
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Parthenon adds Monday edition, features and distribution sites

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. The Parthenon, Marshall University's campus newspaper, is adding content at a time when many community and campus newspapers are doing the opposite.

The four-day daily will go five days a week Sept. 29 with special coverage of the Friends of Coal Bowl. Most Monday editions will highlight Herd weekend sports.

"Going to five days a week puts a little more work on us, but I think it provides a good opportunity to do more sports coverage, which I don't think we get enough of and which the students enjoy," said Parthenon executive editor Aaron McVey.

Parthenon adviser Nerissa Young said, "Our business partnership with The Herald-Dispatch is allowing Marshall to buck the national trend. Other universities are eliminating summer print editions or reducing days of the week. Community newspapers are cutting pages and print editions amid employee layoffs of up to 30 percent."

Since the semester began, The Parthenon has added a daily Sudoku puzzle and editorial cartoons from Rob Rogers, a cartoonist with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette who is distributed by United Features Syndicate.

McVey said, "I think Sudoku's great. The point of reading the newspaper is not just to be informed but to increase your intelligence. Having Sudoku provides another opportunity to challenge our readers and make them more intelligent."

The paper added 10 racks around campus to expand distribution to all campus dormitories, the engineering and biotechnology buildings, and medical school buildings. Once the new recreation center opens, a rack will be placed there.

"Expanded distribution allows for some of the areas we're covering to read about the coverage they're getting that they might not be aware of," McVey said.

Journalism school dean Dr. Corley Dennison said, "Our students are showing dedication and professionalism in their desire to expand news and information services to the campus and community."

The Parthenon began in November 1898, making it one of the oldest university newspapers in the country.


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Tuesday September 16, 2008
Contact: Jaye Ike, Marshall University College of Fine Arts, (304) 696-7153

'Multiples and Collaborations' on display in Birke Art Gallery

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Multiples and Collaborations, an exhibition of artwork Marshall University Professor Peter Massing completed and produced during his sabbatical, is currently on display in the Birke Art Gallery at Marshall University where Massing is the professor of printmaking.

The show presents a variety of prints, drawings, and mixed media objects that engage a collaborative effort between artists and individuals who share a common goal or idea. The work represents a broad range of creative experiences that expose unique concepts and process.

"The show has to do with multiple images that expose how artists work together on a common theme," Massing said. "Each artist contributes his or her individual sensibility collectively to express various points of view about a topic or a specified theme. Collaboration requires printmakers to draw upon a wide range of solutions for printing and utilizing the methods and techniques that are performed in the print shop environment. The work on display in the Birke Art Gallery is intended to inform viewers about how artists or printmakers share possibilities for promoting an idea."

The exhibition opened Monday, Sept. 15 and runs through Thursday, Oct. 2. An opening reception will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 with a lecture by Massing at 7 p.m. in Smith Hall Room 154.

A closing reception hosted by visiting artist Brandon Gardner from the University of Alabama-Huntsville is planned for 7 p.m. Oct. 2 in Smith Hall Room 154. His lecture will provide information about the collaborative aspects of printmaking.

The Birke Art Gallery, located in Smith Hall on the Huntington campus, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.


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Monday September 15, 2008
Contact: Lalena Price, Communications Coordinator, (304) 746-1989

Conference on race issues in West Virginia politics to be held at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  - The presidents of Marshall University, West Virginia State University and West Virginia Wesleyan College are sponsoring a conference to spur a discussion on the issue of race in politics.

The Race, Politics & Stereotypes in West Virginia Conference, scheduled for noon to 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus, is a much-anticipated event that organizers believe should be of interest among voters and the media.

"After extensive national media coverage of the state's Democratic primary election in May, questions linger about the issue of race and stereotypes in Appalachia and how they could affect the outcome of West Virginia's presidential vote in November," said Marybeth Beller, conference coordinator. "This is a unique opportunity to have a conversation on an issue important not only to the voters in Appalachia, but voters across the nation as well."

Carnegie Mellon University's Dr. Joe Trotter, the Giant Eagle Professor of History and Social Justice and head of the Department of History, will deliver the keynote address.

Topics include "Does Racism Play a Part in West Virginia Politics? Where, What and Why: An Assessment of Whether and What Forms of Racism Exist in West Virginia," and "If Racism is a Part of West Virginia Politics, What Can Be Done?"

The event is open to the public and a lunch will be provided to all registered participants. Participants must register for the conference by e-mail to beller@marshall.edu by close of business Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Sponsors include Stephen J. Kopp, president, Marshall University; Hazo W. Carter, Jr., president, West Virginia State University; Pamela Balch, president, West Virginia Wesleyan College, and the West Virginia Humanities Council.

The Race, Politics & Stereotypes in West Virginia Conference agenda

Lunch and welcome: Noon to 12:45 p.m.

Keynote address: 12:45 to 1:30 p.m.

Panel discussion I: "Does Racism Play a Part in West Virginia Politics? Where, What and Why: An Assessment of Whether and What Forms of Racism Exist in West Virginia:" 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.

Panel discussion II: "If Racism is a Part of West Virginia Politics, What Can Be Done?" 3 to 4:15 p.m.


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Grand opening of new residence halls celebrated at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University celebrated the grand opening of its First Year Freshman Residence Halls today with a ceremony at the site of the two new buildings, which are located on the east end of the Huntington campus.

The 161,000-square-foot, 782-bed residence halls have been open since the Aug. 25 start of the fall semester. They were developed and constructed as part of an $82 million public-private venture managed by Capstone Development Corp. of Birmingham, Ala., and its partners.

Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp praised all who were involved in the project, from the early planning stages through construction by Mascaro Construction Company of Pittsburgh. Work began on May 21, 2007 and was completed less than 15 months later on Aug. 15, 2008.

Kopp also thanked West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III, who attended today's ceremony, for signing into law in 2005 Senate Bill 603, which grants greater self-governance to Marshall and West Virginia University. Because of that enhanced flexibility, Marshall was able to partner with Capstone on this special project. The result, Kopp said, are modern facilities that will meet the needs of Marshall's students for many years to come.

"The passage of Senate Bill 603 gave Marshall University's Board of Governors the flexibility to enter into a private, revenue-based venture in order to plan and build new facilities based on the needs of the University," Kopp said. "With the opening of these fabulous new residence halls and the obvious progress in the construction of the Student Recreation Center, we are beginning to experience one of the benefits of greater governance flexibility. Today's grand opening is another milestone in the long history of Marshall University. Witnessing the completion of this project inspires renewed resolve toward fulfilling the promise of a better future, both here and across our beloved State of West Virginia."

Capstone Development will own the new residence halls until 2038, at which time Marshall will take over ownership.

"We congratulate Dr. Kopp and all in leadership at Marshall University for your vision and commitment in achieving this new housing facility," said Michael A. Mouron, president of Capstone Development Corp. "Marshall is truly 'on the move' and Capstone is honored to serve as your development and management partner for this exciting new housing community. We look forward to our continued work together, as we use this facility to enhance residential life for the Marshall students."

Ron May, Manager of Project Operations at Marshall, said the housing project came together as planned because of the efforts of everyone involved.

"The new student housing project was completed on time and within budget due to the joint efforts of Marshall University, Capstone Development, Mascaro Construction Company, Design Collective, Inc., and the local Trade Unions," May said. "It was a pleasure for the Facilities Planning & Management staff to be involved in this project and to have had the opportunity to help make this great improvement on campus."

Each building, named the North and South Residence Halls, is four floors. Specialty areas include a theater, conference room, classroom, laundry, study areas and a lounge/caf.

The residence halls feature up-to-date technology, including one wired port per bed, wireless accessibility in all areas, VoIP security phones, video surveillance, card swipe entry access and multimedia in specialty rooms.

First-time freshman students are assigned to live in the First Year Freshman Residence Halls. Research indicates that students who live on campus for two years or more have higher GPAs and are 25 percent more likely to graduate than those who live off campus.

"The value of an education is in how it changes us. Education makes us better citizens and enriches our lives," said Steve Hensley, Marshall University's dean of student affairs. "Our experience confirms that students who live within the boundaries of the University are best situated to make full use of University services and facilities, and thus to gain the benefits of being a member of this community of scholars and learners."

The First Year Freshman Residence Halls are staffed by a general manager, two assistant general managers and 22 resident assistants. The goal is to provide a safe and positive community where residents are able to meet their academic and personal goals.


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Quoits tournament among features of annual Constitution Week at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will continue a tradition that began in 2005 by observing Constitution Week 2008 with several special activities on the Huntington campus, including a quoits tournament, celebration of John Marshall's 253rd birthday and guest lecture.

Constitution Week is designed to recognize the signing of the United States Constitution and the birthday of Marshall University's namesake, John Marshall. Constitution Week officially runs from Wednesday, Sept. 17 (Constitution Day) through Wednesday, Sept. 24, which was John Marshall's birthday. The Constitution was signed on Sept. 17, 1787.

Constitution Week activities at Marshall actually begin at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15 with an introduction to the game of quoits on Buskirk Field. Quoits is an ancient and little-known sport related to horseshoe pitching that dates back to the early days of Olympic discus throwers. Quoits are donut shaped and as literature from Marshall's John Deaver Drinko Academy relates, "If you can play horseshoes, you can play quoits."

"Quoits was John Marshall's favorite game," said Dr. Alan Gould, executive director of the Drinko Academy. "He played quoits every Saturday and was an expert member of the Richmond Quoits Club."

Teams are forming now to play in a quoits tournament that begins Tuesday, Sept. 16 and concludes Thursday, Sept. 18. Faculty, staff and students may participate, and the deadline for team registration is 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15. For more information, go to www.marshall.edu/recsport.

 "A Game of Quoits" Presidential Press Challenge, featuring MU President Stephen J. Kopp and members of the media, will take place at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18.

At 11 a.m. that same day, preceding the Press Challenge, President Kopp will cut a giant birthday cake on the Memorial Student Center plaza.

Constitution Week activities conclude at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, when Gerry Ashdown, James H. (Buck) and June M. Harless Professor of Law at the West Virginia University College of Law, lectures on the topic, "John Marshall and Judicial Review." The lecture will take place in Drinko Library room 402 and is open to the public.

"Gerry is an excellent speaker and has great knowledge of the subject," said Cory Dennison, Director of Development for Marshall's College of Science and a former student of Ashdown's at WVU. "The courts would not be as strong as they are without judicial review."

The case of Marbury v. Madison formed the basis for the exercise of judicial review in the United States. John Marshall wrote the landmark decision which established the power of the court to declare acts of Congress unconstitutional.


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Marching Thunder to perform Sept. 21 at halftime of Jacksonville-Indianapolis NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marching Thunder, Marshall University's marching band, has accepted an invitation to perform as part of the halftime show at the Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars football game on Sunday, Sept. 21 in Indianapolis.

The Marching Thunder, along with band director Steve Barnett, will have the honor of being one of the first bands to perform in the new Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis. 

This invitation resulted from recommendations the Colts had received about the Marching Thunder and after viewing a sample DVD of past performances. A generous donation from a Marshall University benefactor made it possible for the band to go to Indianapolis.

"I am very proud of the members of the Marching Thunder," Barnett said. "Their excellence in both performance and citizenship have earned a national reputation for excellence.  I am proud to be a part of such a first-class organization."

A somewhat whirlwind trip, this performance is a part of a very busy time for the Marching Thunder.

On Saturday, Sept. 20, the band will perform an exhibition at the Spring Valley Marching Band Contest at Spring Valley High School in Huntington.  After the performance, the band will travel by bus to Indianapolis.

On Sunday, Sept. 21, it will rehearse in Lucas Oil Stadium at 11:15 a.m.  After the rehearsal, the band will have lunch downtown and prepare for the performance.  Kickoff for the football game, which will be televised on CBS, is at 4:15 p.m. After the game the band will have dinner and board buses to travel back to Huntington.

On Tuesday, Sept. 23, the Marching Thunder will travel to Charleston, W.Va., for an exhibition performance at the Kanawha County Band and Majorette Festival at Laidley Field.  Every high school band in Kanawha County will participate in the festival. On Saturday, Sept. 27, the band will perform in Morgantown during the Marshall-WVU football game.


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Hispanic Heritage Month at Marshall features four events

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a series of special events on the Huntington campus beginning Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Hispanic Heritage Month, which celebrates the culture of Latin America and Latinos in the United States, is being presented by Marshall's Latin American Studies program.

As a national event, Hispanic Heritage Month begins in mid-September to commemorate the independence of many Latin American nations from Spain in the 1810s and 1820s, and ends in mid-October.

"Marshall students and faculty will enjoy a variety of events sponsored by Latin American Studies and several departments during our Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations such as musical performances and scholarly presentations," said Dr. Chris White, a Marshall history professor and member of the Hispanic Heritage Month planning committee. "These events will provide attendees with greater knowledge about Latin America as well as encourage them to explore more about the wonders that Latin American culture has to offer."

Here is the schedule of events, all of which are free to the public:

  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, Drinko Library 402 - "Guernica: Art and War, the last 70 years," by Dr. Oscar Ballester. Ballester, who is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, is an oncologist and researcher, and member of the faculty at Marshall's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. He has been active in various academic and community organizations exploring issues related to Latin American and Spanish history and culture.
  • 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, Drinko Library 402 -- "Conducting 'Conjunctive' Anthropology: Ethnohistory, Archaeology, and Ethnographic Research among the Maya of Highland Guatemala," by Dr. Robert Carmack. Carmack has been a professor emeritus at the University of Albany since 2002. He and others recently began a project in Costa Rica to investigate the social changes taking place within a rural community in the Pacific South region of that country. Carmack is one of the most notable archaeologist-anthropologists in the U.S. with expertise in Mayan and Mesoamerican issues. In addition to his outstanding scholarly production, he has been a passionate advocate of the human and civil rights of Mayans today living in Guatemala and Chiapas.
  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, Drinko Library 402 - "De-colonizing portraying-narratives and texts: the Maya-Kiche' example," by Dr. Carlos Lopez. Lopez, a native of Uruguay, teaches in the Department of Modern Languages at Marshall, where he is an Associate Professor of Spanish. His research is focused on the Popol Wuj, the only Mayan "narrative" to survive the 500 years of colonization. Lopez participates actively in national and international conferences on Colonial Latin American literatures and the impact of global culture on regional Latin American cultures.
  • 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, Smith Hall 154 - Grupo Sur performance (interpreters of Latin American popular music). Grupo Sur's performers are Christina Burgueno, a Modern Languages professor at Marshall, Ballester and Maurice Saleme. Grupo Sur performs mostly popular and folk music from South and Central America.

Hispanic Heritage Month at Marshall is sponsored by International Programs, Multicultural Affairs, College of Liberal Arts, College of Fine Arts, Department of History, Department of Modern Languages, Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Department of Music.

For more information on Hispanic Heritage Month at Marshall, contact Chris White (696-2722, whitec@marshall.edu) or Carlos Lopez (696-2749, lopez@marshall.edu).


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Non-alcoholic student tailgate, music fest planned Saturday at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Student Government Association, Student Activities Programming Board and the Marshall Maniacs are sponsoring a non-alcoholic student tailgate and music fest at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 before the Thundering Herd's home football game with the University of Memphis. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

The tailgate and music fest will take place at the First Year Freshman Residence Halls between the two buildings on the east end of Marshall's Huntington campus. Free hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks, along with pizza from Papa John's Pizza and food from Mac-Reedo's, will be available, and the first 200 students in attendance will receive free green T-shirts.

Music will be provided by Jeff Ellis, Bud Carroll, Attack Flamingo, The Turn Around, The Excitement, The Red Velvet and more.

For more information, contact Matt Goddard at (304) 696-4629 or (304) 222-5523, or Sam Turley at (304) 696-4629 or (304) 208-5859.


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Allied Realty Company of Huntington first to donate to Marshall University under 'Bucks for Brains' initiative

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Allied Realty Company of Huntington has made the first donation to the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (MIIR) as part of West Virginia's "Bucks for Brains" initiative.

The gift of $100,000, announced by Allied Realty Company's CEO/President Lake Polan III, is the first the University has received since the passage of the Research Trust Fund Bill, which allocates $15 million to Marshall University and $35 million to West Virginia University as research endowment trust funds to be matched by contributions from each institution's foundation.

Polan said Allied Realty Company has been committed to the City of Huntington and to Marshall University since the company was founded in 1922 by Walter H. Lewis. Its second President and CEO, Lake Polan, Jr., was a member of the Marshall University Foundation for more than 20 years, also serving as its president.

"Allied's Board of Directors is pleased to donate $100,000 to the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, which will strengthen the University as a research institution while serving as an engine of growth for the community at large," Polan said.

The research endowment is modeled after a highly successful program in Kentucky.  As envisioned, the principal funds in each endowment would not be touched, but the interest income from each account would fund research grants in specialized fields such as biotechnology and biometrics.  The goal is for the universities to create new spin-off businesses and high-paying jobs as research results in breakthroughs, patents and products.

Governor Joe Manchin said the contribution is important for Marshall University as well as businesses in the state.

"Thanks to support from businesses such as Allied Realty, Bucks for Brains is already facilitating the public-private partnerships that will build Marshall's research pedigree, as well as stimulate the economy and help to create jobs in the future," Manchin said. "This is truly a win-win for the State of West Virginia and its business partners."

Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp commented on the importance of this gift.

"Marshall University is extremely grateful to Lake Polan III and Allied Realty Company for this gift in support of research at Marshall University through the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research," Kopp said. "Lake is a community business leader who understands the importance of research-based economic development to the future of our state and region. His gift on behalf of Allied Realty Company affirms the vision and commitment we have toward creating new, high-value job opportunities that add to the diversification of our economy and help us progress toward a larger common goal: to fulfill the promise of a better future for all West Virginians."

Allied Realty is a third-generation family owned business with headquarters in Huntington.  Its holdings include commercial buildings in downtown Huntington and Allied Logistics, a family of companies providing global logistics services, which is located in Huntington, Kenova, Nitro and Parkersburg, as well as Waynesboro, Va., and Harrisonburg, Va.


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Herald-Dispatch columnist Dave Lavendar featured on 'Up Late'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Entertainment abounds this weekend on Marshall University's "Up Late" talk show featuring local newspaper columnist Dave Lavendar of The Herald-Dispatch. 

"Up Late" host Jamie LoFiego talks with Lavender, author of "Dave Trippin: A Day Tripper's Guide to the Appalachian Galaxy of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia," about his book, his travels, writing for The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington and  local fairs and festivals going on in the area.

This week's show also includes a performance by the acoustic blues band from Ona, Blues Crossing, featuring Michael Lyzenga and Ray Hensley. Doorkeeper for the show is Courtney Coberly of Elkins.

Adam "The Challenger" Ede attempts the Gallon Challenge with the director of "Up Late" Ryan Vance, a senior from Ona, and two of Jamie's friends, Cory Richardson and Charles Peak, both of Barboursville.  The challenge involves drinking a gallon of milk in less than an hour and keeping it down. Warning: those with weaker stomachs than the participants should not watch this segment.

Student producers also challenge the cast with a game of "Name that Tune" and students with a new cross-campus game of "What the Hell is That?"

The show will air from 11 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 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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Writer Jane Varley to read from her work at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Writer Jane Varley will read from her work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in Room 2W16 of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

She is the author of Flood Stage and Rising, a memoir of the 1997 Grand Forks, N.D., flood, which has been praised as "a riveting narrative of lyrical imagery and documentary intensity."

Varley's poems and reviews have been widely published in literary journals and magazines, and she is the recipient of a fellowship in nonfiction from the Ohio Arts Council. She coordinates the creative writing program at Muskingum College in Ohio.

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, call Art Stringer in Marshall's English Department at (304) 696-2403.


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Marshall's annual Day of Service planned Saturday, Sept. 20

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students, faculty and staff will take part in an organized cleanup of the Huntington campus and the community Saturday, Sept. 20 in the annual Marshall Day of Service, sponsored by the Student Government Association.

UNI 101 and Honors 101 classes, along with student organizations, will participate, along with faculty and staff wanting to get involved in the cleanup. The day begins at 9:15 a.m. with registration and a continental breakfast on the Memorial Student Center plaza. Projects begin at 10 a.m. and will conclude by 1 p.m. Anyone who participates in the Day of Service will receive a T-shirt.

"Day of Service celebrates a single day out of our academic year where we, as a Marshall family, give back to the campus and community in which we all take great pride," said Matt James, president of Marshall's student body. "This year we have expanded our efforts even further into the city of Huntington so that our spirit of service to others can be spread beyond the walls of our school."

Typical on-campus projects include washing windows, pulling weeds, sweeping, dusting, painting and picking up trash. Off campus, workers will pick up trash along city streets and choose specific locations at which to work.

As part of the Day of Service, workers also will be washing automobiles in the West Lot at Joan C. Edwards Stadium, beginning at 10 a.m. Donations to Marshall's upcoming United Way campaign will be accepted.

A new activity this year is the preparation of care packages for troops deployed overseas and veterans at the Veterans Home in Barboursville and the VA Medical Center in Huntington. This activity is planned in connection with the Marshall One Book Program which features the book, "The Things They Carried."

For more information on the Day of Service, call Amber Bentley with Marshall's Career Services Center at (304) 696-6785.


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Volunteer Fair set for Wednesday, Sept. 10 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's annual Volunteer Fair, an event designed to inform MU clubs, organizations and students about opportunities to volunteer, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10 in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

Sponsored by the Office of Volunteer Services, the Volunteer Fair will offer students an excellent opportunity to meet with recruiters and discuss volunteer opportunities, according to Amber Bentley, interim coordinator with Marshall's Student Activities Office of Volunteer Services.

"Instead of considering volunteering as something you do for people who are less fortunate or as a club requirement, we want students to begin to think of it as an exchange," Bentley said. "Today, you may be the person with the ability to help, but tomorrow you may be the recipient of someone else's volunteer effort."

Seventeen organizations have registered for the fair. Among them are American Red Cross, Contact of Huntington, Huntington Area Food Bank, Tri-State Literacy Council and Southwest Community Action.

The fair is open to all Marshall students, and no pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Bentley at (304) 696-6785.


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First 'Up Late' show of the season has gone to the Dawgs

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Returning to the air after a summer hiatus, Marshall University's "Up Late" weekend talk show will be back this weekend on MyZTV featuring radio personality Rocky Smith from The Dawg 97.3.

Smith is a native of Huntington and a Marshall University alumnus. She's been with the radio station since the early 1990s as an original Dawg member and officially since 2001 as a radio personality.

"Up Late" host Jamie LoFiego also talks with Smith about her groundbreaking work as the first female sideline reporter for an NCAA BCS Division football radio network in 2005.

This week's show also features the band, Fletcher's Grove, which is made up of local musicians from Hurricane and Winfield including Ryan Krofcheck, Matt Marion, Wes Hagar, Adam Green and Benji Lewis. Fletcher's Grove has a folk/funk sound with an eclectic feel. Doorkeeper for the show is Laura Hatfield, a freshman journalism major from Chapmanville.

This semester's student producers share a special visit from the Marshall University Drinko Library Book Clappers and Kazoo Players as well as Public Services Announcements, "Up Late" style.  They also introduce a new segment, Classic Audio With our Announcer Adam Cavalier, the 2007 West Virginia Associated Press Radio Broadcast Journalist of the year.  Emily McKenna also entertains the audience with one of her many Flipbook cartoons.

The show will air Saturday, Sept. 6, from 11 to 11:30 p.m. on MyZTV and on Comcast Channel 25 throughout the weekend.

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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'Make Your Dollar Herd' family campaign begins Sept. 8 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will kick off a four-week campaign designed to promote giving by the MU family during a staff/faculty picnic on Monday, Sept. 8, on the Memorial Student Center plaza at the Huntington campus.

The kickoff event for the 2008-2009 Marshall University Family Campaign called "Make Your Dollar Herd" is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the plaza. In case of rain, it will be moved to the lobby inside the student center.  Lunch will be served and guests will receive information about supporting the university.

Participants may designate their contributions to the University Fund, a specific college/school, or to a select special project.

"The Family Campaign is a great way for faculty and staff to come together and say with one voice that we believe in Marshall University," said Rebecca McPhail Samples, assistant vice president of development at MU. "High levels of participation by the Marshall family set a great example to alumni as well as current students, demonstrating that we know how important it is to give back to a university that has made such a difference in our lives."

Additional events are planned Monday, Sept. 15 at the South Charleston and Mid-Ohio Valley Center campuses to continue the activities planned during the campaign period. Prizes will be awarded throughout the campaign, which runs Sept. 8 through Oct. 3. Among the prizes are two tickets to the September 27th Marshall/WVU football game at West Virginia University, free gasoline, Marshall Artists Series tickets and Marshall Bookstore gift cards.

For more information, contact Samples at (304) 696-3292.


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'Bodywork' exhibited in conjunction with Feminist Art Project

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Twelve regional women artists are exhibiting their art in Bodywork in the Birke Art Gallery at Marshall University in conjunction with the Feminist Art Project.

The Feminist Art Project is a collaborative national initiative celebrating the Feminist Art Movement and the aesthetic, intellectual and political impact of women on the visual arts, art history, and art practice, past and present.

Former Marshall Assistant Professor Claire Sherwood is the Feminist Art Project coordinator for this region.  She started holding open meetings at the Huntington Museum of Art in May 2008.

The artists of Bodywork were chosen by Sherwood and Katherine Cox, Director of Education at the Huntington Museum of Art, and were based on representation of a variety of geographic areas, ages and life experiences. Both Sherwood and Cox are displaying art in the exhibition. For Sherwood, inspiration is found in materials discarded by industry.

"After the industrial world digs, loads, ships, burns, crushes, pours, refines, processes and manipulates, I reclaim," Sherwood said.  "My current work begins with materials collected from industrial factories, along train tracks and in gravel pits. It is my desire that once reclaimed these materials have the ability to gain a new life, raising questions about purity, masculinity and womanhood. 

"When sifted through lace, coal has the ability to adapt into something as nostalgic as antique linens or as evocative as a piece of negligee. Through this sifting and stenciling process I am interested in constructing invented territories in which the complexities of industrial materials and ultra feminine emblems can be examined in one shared space."

For Kathleen Kneafsey, another Bodywork artist, her son is the inspiration behind her work.

"My recent work is the culmination of observing my son, over the last seven years, explore and construct many impressive structures with various toys and found materials," Kneafsey said. "On a daily basis, he pulls from his imagination to create fantastic cities, railroads and buildings.  All of this is done with everything from wooden blocks, Legos and cardboard boxes to clay.  These house structures that I have created are made in such a way as to make reference to his use of toys and found objects to construct something more elaborate.  Pieces and parts are used, just as in his play construction, and they are just as precarious.  I find him to be an unending source of inspiration and motivation."

The exhibition runs through Thursday, Sept. 11, culminating with a slide jam and closing reception. Some of the artists will attend the closing reception, allowing the audience an opportunity to learn more about them and their work. The reception is at 7 p.m. in Smith Hall Room 154.

The Birke Art Gallery, located in Smith Hall on the Huntington campus, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.

In addition to Sherwood, Cox and Kneafsey, other artists participating in the exhibition are Adrian Blackstock, Ann Silverman, Cigdem Slankard, Dawn Gavin, Emily Ritchey, Linda Helgason, Poochie Myers, Rebecca Holbrook and Ruth Bowler.

The Feminist Art Project meetings are scheduled to resume this fall, beginning Thursday, Oct. 9, in studio 5 of the Huntington Museum of Art.


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MU Career Services offering JobTrax to students and alumni; Fall Career Expo set for Sept. 10 in student center

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Career Services is offering a new, more functional Web-based career management system called Marshall JobTrax, a powerful tool that allows students and alumni to search for on- and off-campus part-time jobs, internships, and full-time career opportunities.

"Hundreds of employment opportunities are at our students' fingertips," said Denise Hogsett, director of Career Services.  "The improved system provides greater ease of use for students and employers and the management of recruiting programs, contact databases, and job postings."

Marshall JobTrax has a variety of additional information, according to Hogsett. Career Services events are listed in the calendar and workshop sections. All of the open jobs received from employers are posted on JobTrax as well. Any information students and alumni need to schedule an appointment during on-campus interviewing is just a mouse click away.

Hogsett said JobTrax also allows students to upload and store job-search documents such as resumes and sample cover letters, and to apply for available positions on-line. In addition, it allows students to explore employer contact information for those employers participating in Marshall's career fairs or that they have a personal interest in learning more about.

Returning students registered with the former system, EASE, received a user name and a new password by e-mail.  New students may register by going to www.marshall.edu/career-services and clicking on the JobTrax logo.  A verification message will be sent to their e-mail addresses.  Once verified, students must complete their profiles to be fully active in JobTrax.

"With JobTrax, employers have the ability to post jobs for free for students and alumni to view 24 hours a day, seven days a week," Hogsett said.

Debby Stoler, assistant director for development and outreach with Career Services, encourages employers to register for Marshall JobTrax by taking the following steps:

         Using an Internet Browser, go to: http://www.marshall.edu/career-services

         Click on the "Marshall JobTrax" logo

         Complete the employer information that is requested

         Click the "Submit" button

Stoler said employers may register to subscribe to Marshall JobTrax free of charge.  Each contact has a user name and password to allow access to the resources on the system, the ability to post its own job openings and immediate access to applications and interview schedules during the on-campus interview scheduling period.  Employers have the ability to update their own contact information, thus having more control over the authenticity of their data.

Career Services will send an e-mail to the contact confirming its registration and containing its personal user name and password. Contacts may then return to the JobTrax employer site and log in.

In addition to offering JobTrax, Career Services also has scheduled its Fall Career Expo for Wednesday, Sept. 10. Marshall students and alumni may explore new job opportunities at the expo, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room. Nearly 90 employers representing the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors are expected to attend. 

Employers and organizations will provide a range of opportunities, including jobs in banking, computer information technology, criminal justice, financial advising, health care, hospitality, insurance, recreation, retail and security.

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

"Marshall students are very marketable in the workforce with experiences through internships, part-time jobs and graduate assistant positions," Hogsett said.

The Career Services staff is available to support students in their preparation for this and other events with resume assistance, printing, mock interviewing and professional suiting. A Career Expo Success Workshop, in which these and other topics will be discussed, takes place at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, in the Memorial Student Center Alumni Lounge. All students are welcome to attend.

The staff also is available to work with any employer that is interested in attending the Fall Career Expo and making it a successful recruitment tool.

For more information about the Fall Career Expo, JobTrax or any other service provided by Career Services, call (304) 696-2370.


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