February 2009 News Releases

Friday February 27, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Thirty-five students from Marshall University taking part in sixth annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol

- One hundred six students, including 35 from Marshall University, will take part in the sixth annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Charleston on Thursday, March 12.

Joining Marshall at the Capitol are students from Alderson-Broaddus College, Bluefield State College, Concord University, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Shepherd University, the University of Charleston, West Virginia University, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Wheeling-Jesuit University and WVU Institute of Technology.

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

Students will present their posters in the areas of biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science and information technology, criminal justice, engineering, English, environmental studies, geography, geology, history, history/anthropology/sociology, mathematics, physics, political science and psychology.

"Marshall's participation has grown over the years and we're really pleased that the 35 students presenting at the Capitol is our largest group ever," said Michael Castellani, chair of Marshall's chemistry department and co-chair of the Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol Steering Committee. "We're also really excited that the College of Information Technology and Engineering has a group of students presenting for the first time, which is a big plus for the university."

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

         Wendi Livingston, Cabell County, and Samantha Fox, Randolph County (Psychology) - "Automatic and Effortful Processing in Memory." - Steven Mewaldt, advisor

         Terry Boyce, Jr., Cabell County (Biology) - "Role of Pten in Mouse Oocyte Development." - Guo-Zhang Zhu, advisor

         Josh Hafer, Jackson County, and Paul Stokes, Cabell County (Physics) - "Numerical Relativity and Gravitational Waveform Modeling." - Maria Babiuc-Hamilton, advisor

         Emily Vargo, Putnam County (Environmental Studies) - "The Relationship Between Coal River Bacteria Levels and House Concentration." - Tom Jones, advisor

         Clyde Meador, Cabell County (Mathematics) - "Numerical Methods and the Rabinovich-Fabrikant System." - Scott Sarra, advisor

         Daniel Velazquez, Cabell County (Physics) - "Effect of an Electric Field on a Wannier-Mott Exciton in a Semiconductor Quantum Dot." - Huong Nguyen, advisor

         Nicholas Gardner, Cabell County (Biology) - "Investigations into the Structure of Lizard Mandibular Symphyses." - Casey Holliday, advisor

         Ashley Johnson, Cabell County, Sarah Wolfe, Logan County, and Anna Persinger, Kanawha County (Psychology) - "The Role of Attachment and Clinical Issues in SSRI Treatment of Depression." - Marc Lindberg, advisor

         Jill Moore, Cabell County, Allison Henry, Cabell County, and Brandee Marion, Cabell County  (Psychology) - "Pain Management: New Methods of Coping." - Marc Lindberg, advisor

         Camden Clutter, Harrison County, Shawn Cotton, Cabell County, and Gilbert Smith, III, Cabell County (Computer Science/Information Technology) - "Development of a Stereo Vision System for Unmanned Aquatic Vehicles." - Venkat Gudivada, advisor

         William Kelly, Jr., Wayne County (Biology) - "High-density Bioreactor Fermentation of the Microalga Chlorella pyrenoidosa for Bio-diesel Production." - Jagan Valluri, advisor

         Danielle Clark, Cabell County, and Rachel Blake, Cabell County (Chemistry) - "Determining the Sites of Galactation in Human Blood Proteins." - Menashi Cohenford, advisor

         Dana Lycans, Wayne County (Biochemistry) - "The Structural Determination of Alzheimer's Disease-Related Ribonucleic Acids." - Bin Wang, advisor

         Salina Lyter, Lincoln County, and Adam Cook, Russell, Ky. (Biology) - "Effects of Freezing on Soil Nitrogen Dynamics of a West Virginia Hardwood Forest." - Frank Gilliam, advisor

         Gregory Sammons, Mingo County (Biology) - "Development of Adult-Derived Stem Cells for Parkinson's Disease Therapy." - Elmer Price, advisor

         Lauren Brooks, Mercer County (Biology) - "Effects of Excessive Nitrogen on Diameter Growth and Foliar Nutrients in Forest Trees." - Jeffrey May, advisor

         Adam Short, Kanawha County, Carrie Ferguson, Kanawha County, and Mallory Douthitt, Cabell County (Biology) - "Comparative Genomics of Diverse Isolates of Acanthamoeba." - Wendy Trzyna, advisor

         Ian McKenzie, Nicholas County, Hannah Mick, Jackson County, and April Morales, Cabell County (Biology) - "Altered Gravity Modified Gene Expression in Arabidopsis thaliana." - Jagan Valluri, advisor

         Laura Mitchell, Rock Hill, S.C. (Biology) - "The Role of Familiarity in Determining Group Dynamics among Crayfish." - Brian Antonsen, advisor

         Zachary Tackett, Proctorville, Ohio (Biochemistry) - "Analysis and Molecular Epidemiology of Common and Resistant Acienetobacter baumanni Isolates in a Micropolis Population." - Menashi Cohenford, advisor

         Cole Hale, Ohio County (Art & Design) - Program cover artist. - Mary Grassell, advisor

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

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Friday February 27, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, 304-696-7153

H-D, W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications create summer workshop for high school journalism students

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Herald-Dispatch and Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications have created a new summer workshop for high school students interested in improving their school newspapers and learning about exciting, rewarding careers in journalism.

The workshop is being funded through a $12,500 grant from Champion Publishing Inc./The Herald-Dispatch.

"We are very pleased to partner with Marshall University in introducing a summer journalism workshop for high school students," said Pat Thompson Frantz, president and publisher of The Herald-Dispatch. "We hope that the workshop will provide a stimulating experience and encourage students to consider careers in journalism."

Dr. Corley Dennison, dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, said, "High School journalism is an important activity for students as it encourages critical thinking, increases awareness of current events and heightens civic participation. The faculty at the journalism school look forward to working with The Herald-Dispatch in hosting this summer workshop."

The workshop is scheduled June 22-26 on Marshall University's Huntington campus. Students, selected through a competitive application process, will be provided free room and board and instruction through the grant from The Herald-Dispatch. Outstanding students completing their junior year in high school with strong interests in journalism are encouraged to apply. While the program favors those from nearby counties in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky, applications from all qualified students, regardless of their residence, will be considered. Applications from minority and economically disadvantaged students are encouraged.

The program is designed to serve students who will be entering their final year of high school because they would be in positions to strengthen their school publications following workshop training. Successful applicants must have a minimum of a B-average and good language skills.

The curriculum will emphasize practical applications in journalism and basic news values, such as fairness, accuracy and ethics. Students will write articles for submission to The Parthenon in print and online editions. Exercises involving interviewing, newsgathering, writing and enhancing computer skills are planned. Desktop publishing (layout and design) also will be covered. In addition, students will benefit from interaction with Herald-Dispatch professionals and radio personnel at student-run WMUL-FM.

The sessions will not be all work. Dedicated times for relaxation and socializing will be integrated with instructional activities.

Workshop faculty include School of Journalism and Mass Communications faculty and staff members and Ruby Dyer, a well-respected Wayne County high school teacher.

The deadline for applications is April 10. Please follow the United High School Media link (http://www.unitedhighschoolmedia.blogspot.com/) for additional information about deadlines, applications and other issues related to all of Marshall University's high school journalism programs.

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Friday February 27, 2009
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, 304-696-3296

Solo tuba recital by guest artist set for March 1

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Zach Collins will present a solo tuba recital at noon Sunday March 1 in Smith Music Hall on Marshall University's Huntington campus.  The program will feature a wide variety of compositions for solo tuba, tuba with piano, and chamber music.

Collins, who earned his Doctor of Music in Tuba Performance from the University of Southern California, is currently on the faculty at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has had numerous performing opportunities as a freelance musician in Texas and California, performing with ensembles such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pacific Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Texas Chamber Orchestra and the Texas Wind Symphony, among others. He has performed under the baton of conductors such as Bramwell Tovey, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Helmuth Rilling.

While in Los Angeles, Collins performed on several motion pictures, including "Spider Man 3," "Pirates of the Carribean: At World's End," "X-Men 3," "Bobby," "Next," "Rocky Balboa" and "Live Free or Die Hard." In 2007, he performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno with the band Korn.

Collins has also been successful as a soloist and chamber musician. He placed 2nd in 2005 and 3rd in 2003 at the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival, and  won first prize at the 2005 Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition. In 2006, as a member of the Metroplex Brass Quintet, he performed in the semifinals of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.  Last June, he performed as a guest artist at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference in Cincinnati.

The recital is free to the public. For further information about this concert or music at Marshall University, call 304-696-3117 or e-mail Dr. George Palton at  george@georgepalton.com.

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Thursday February 26, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

HADCO contributes $50,000 to Marshall University for 'Bucks for Brains' Initiative

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Huntington Area Development Council (HADCO) announced today that it is contributing $50,000 to the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (MIIR) as part of West Virginia's "Bucks for Brains" initiative.

The gift is the result of 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.

"We are pleased to support this initiative as it will strengthen Marshall University as a research institution and help develop technology based jobs for our region," said Gerald McDonald, president of HADCO.

Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., said the university is extremely pleased to receive support from HADCO to further its efforts in the "Bucks for Brains" campaign.

"This type of investment from a Huntington organization strengthens our entire community and signals a voice of confidence in the research investment that we are planning for the future in this area," he said.

HADCO is a nonprofit economic development organization with the mission of creating new jobs in Cabell and Wayne counties.  Aggressive marketing by HADCO has helped bring more than 30 new companies to the area resulting in more than $500 million in new capital investment and more than 10,000 new jobs.

For more information, contact McDonald at 304-525-1161.


Photo: The Huntington Area Development Council (HADCO) presented Marshall University President Dr. Stephen J. Kopp with a check for $50,000 to support the "Bucks for Brains" initiative on Feb. 26. Pictured are, from left, Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the Marshall University Foundation, Inc.; Dr. Eric Kmiec, Director and Lead Research Scientist of the Marshall University Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (MIIR); Gerald McDonald, President of HADCO; David Graley, former Chairman of HADCO; John Maher, Vice President for Research with the Marshall University Research Corp; President Kopp; Romie Mundy, Secretary of HADCO; and Brent Marsteller, Chairman of HADCO. Photo by Rick Haye/Marshall University.


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Wednesday February 25, 2009
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, 304-696-3296

High school band musicians to convene at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Three hundred high school band musicians from 44 high schools in four states will be on Marshall University's Huntington campus Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, February 26 through 28. They are participating in the 8th Annual Marshall University Festival Band Weekend sponsored by the MU Department of Music.

The students, nominated by their band directors, arrive on campus Thursday afternoon and evening to audition for placement into one of three large concert bands conducted by Elva Kaye Lance, Director of Bands at Mississippi State University;  Pat Garrett, Director of Bands at Wheeling Park High School; and Wayne Smith, Director of Bands at Tyler Consolidated High School. The bands rehearse all day Friday as well as Saturday morning in preparation for a Finale Concert at 4 p.m. Saturday in Smith Recital Hall.

"Many of the students participating in the festival come from smaller high school bands and this festival gives those students an opportunity to perform in a very large symphonic band.  Additionally, the students get to hear our Marshall students perform as well as interact with our music faculty members," said Dr. Ben Miller, Assistant Director of Bands at Marshall.  "Hopefully, the students will learn some things that they can take back and share with their colleagues in their bands back home."

In addition to preparing for the Finale Concert, the high school musicians will hear performances by Marshall music students performing in small chamber ensembles, as well as a concert featuring Marshall's Wind Symphony, conducted by MU Director of Bands Steve Barnett, and the Symphonic Band, conducted by Miller. On Friday afternoon, the students will have an opportunity to work with MU music faculty in master classes for each specific instrument.

Two of the festival bands, the "John Marshall Band," conducted by Elva Kaye Lance, and the "Thundering Herd Band," conducted by Pat Garrett, will rehearse in Smith Music Hall while Wayne Smith's "Marco's Marauders" will be rehearsing in the Jomie Jazz Center.

Attached is a schedule of events for the festival.  There will be photo and video opportunities during the rehearsals. Interviews with the students or conductors may occur prior to or following any of the rehearsals.

For more information concerning the Marshall University Festival Band Weekend, contact Miller at 304-696-2377 or the MU Department of Music office at 304-696-3117.

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Wednesday February 25, 2009
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, 304-696-3296

Opera Theatre to present 'The Tender Land' March 6-7

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Opera Theatre, together with the choral department of Cabell Midland High School and dancers of The Elite Performance Academy, will present Aaron Copland's quintessential American opera, "The Tender Land," at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7, at Cabell Midland High School in Ona.

Tickets are $10 for adults. Students of high school age and below are free, and Marshall students will be admitted free with IDs.

"The Tender Land" is a bittersweet tale of coming of age for a young woman on the eve of her high school graduation. Faced with a life-changing decision, she leaves her hometown alone to find her own "promise of living."

Like his earlier symphonic works, Rodeo and Appalachian Spring, Copland's opera displays truly American writing complete with folk melodies, a hoedown for dancers, and soaring lyrical singing. The opera was originally written for television and, though it was later revised for the stage, it is intimate and appropriate for young performers.

 "I'm so appreciative of the support we have had in bringing this timeless musical drama to our region and for our collaboration with so many talented artists in our community," said Linda Dobbs, professor of music at Marshall, who is directing the production. "David Castleberry, our Director of Choral Activities, painted our background scenery.  Marlo Wentz and her terrific dancers bring Copland's hoedown to life and when weather and illness forced us to move our performances from the Huntington campus, the CMHS Choir Boosters stepped in to help us provide the opportunity for our singers to present their work. As Copland says in the opera, 'It promises to be a fine night.'"

For further information, persons may call the Marshall Department of Music at 304-696-3117.

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Wednesday February 25, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Poet Doug Van Gundy to read from his work March 5 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Poet Doug Van Gundy will read from his work at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 5 in room 2W16 of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Van Gundy's book of poems, A Life Above Water, was published by Red Hen Press in 2007.  His poems have appeared in Lullwater Review, Kestrel, Negative Capability, CrossConnect, and other journals, as well as the anthology Wild Sweet Notes: Fifty Years of West Virginia Poetry.

Van Gundy has been an elephant keeper, a copywriter, a country radio disk jockey, a letterpress operator, an arts administrator, and a TV game show winner.  He also has taught composition to inmates and college freshmen, and has worked with poets ages 5 to 75. He is a well-known fiddler and banjo player, performing and teaching old-time music as half of the duo Born Old. He lives in Elkins, W.Va.

Van Gundy's appearance is sponsored by the Marshall English Department and the College of Liberal Arts.  It is free to the public.

For more information, contact Art Stringer in Marshall's English Department at 304-696-2403.

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Wednesday February 25, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Women's health activist, founder of Celebrate Life Foundation to speak at Marshall Thursday, Feb. 26

- Michelle Hannah, founder and president of the Celebrate Life Foundation, will speak about HPV (human papillomavirus) and cancer prevention at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 at Marshall University.

Hannah's talk to students, faculty, staff and the community will take place in the Memorial Student Center, Room BE5, which is the new multipurpose room located on the building's lower level.  

Marshall University Student Health Education Programs, MU Women's Center, and The West Virginia Immunization Network are sponsoring Hannah's visit. The event is free to the public and refreshments will be served.

Hannah was born and raised in southern California, and received her MBA from Strayer University. She was diagnosed with Vulvar Intraepithelial Neoplasia III (VIN III, a severe presence of abnormal cells in the vulvar skin) four years ago. Since then, she has committed her life to being a resounding voice for women for the fight against cervical cancer, HPV, VIN, and dysplasia (an abnormal development of tissues or organs).

In 2004, Hannah left California, moved to Washington, D.C., and founded the Celebrate Life Foundation, which is dedicated to the elimination of HPV, VIN, cervical cancer and dysplasia. Inspired by her daughter, Hannah said, "I started this foundation so she wouldn't have to go through what I went through."

After the Celebrate Life Foundation was up and running, Hannah begin filming a documentary to share the stories of women, particularly African American and low-income women, living with HPV and cervical cancer.

For more information on Hannah's visit to Marshall, contact Amy Saunders, Student Health Education Programs coordinator, at 304-696-4800.

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Tuesday February 24, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Huntington's other Woodson focus of first Sarah Denman Faces of Appalachia Symposium

- The life and work of writer and social activist Bessie Woodson Yancey, younger sister of historian and educator Carter G. Woodson, will be the focus of the first Sarah Denman Faces of Appalachia Symposium Thursday, March 5 at Marshall University.

Featured speaker Dr. Katharine Rodier's topic will be, "Introducing Writer Bessie Woodson Yancey: Huntington's Other Woodson." Rodier is director of graduate studies in English at Marshall University.

The event, which is free to the public, runs from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre on Marshall's Huntington campus. A dessert reception follows.

"The upcoming Sarah Denman Faces of Appalachia Symposium is an exciting and important event," said Dr. Linda Spatig, co-director with Dr. Chris Green of Marshall's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia. "In a way it is the first fruit of years of hard work and commitment from many people who believe in the value of sharing the stories of important but too-often unknown individuals who have lived and worked in West Virginia or other parts of Appalachia.  This year's symposium is especially exciting because it features someone from right here in Huntington - writer and social activist Bessie Woodson Yancey." 

Yancey was a poet who published her 1939 collection Echoes from the Hills with the Associated Publishers, Inc., of Washington, D.C. She also was a social critic whose letters to the newspaper appeared frequently in the Huntington Herald-Advertiser from 1946 to 1958.

Spatig said she believes the program will be of interest to many in the Huntington community, including MU faculty and students, especially honors students and those studying writing, literature, poetry, women's history, black history, Appalachian studies, journalism, multicultural education, or social sciences such as public sociology and anthropology.

Respondents will be Dr. Dolores Johnson, Dr. Greta Rensenbrink and Professor Burnis Morris. Symposium sponsors include the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Marshall University Multicultural Affairs and the Marshall University Women's Center.

"Sarah Denman, former Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of Marshall University and the person for whom this event is named, has been a faithful and unwavering supporter of this project," Spatig said. "She was instrumental in bringing the Appalachian Studies Association office and journal to Marshall University, considerably strengthening the presence of Appalachian Studies on the campus.  She directly assisted in raising funds to match the prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant - Faces of Appalachia - to promote scholarship on ethnicity and gender in Appalachia.   Without the grant, and the efforts of Sarah Denman and many, many others who worked tirelessly to raise matching funds, we would not have the Faces of Appalachia endowment to fund this important area of research."

For more information, contact Spatig at 304-696-2875.

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Tuesday February 24, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Actor Adilah Barnes, who played in 'Roseanne' for five years, is keynote speaker at Marshall's Women of Color program

- Award-winning actor Adilah Barnes, best known to television audiences for her five-year role as Anne Marie on ABC's Roseanne, will be the keynote speaker at Marshall University's Women of Color program Tuesday, March 3.

The program, which is free to the public, begins at noon in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room on Marshall's Huntington campus. This year's theme is "Retrospective: Recognizing Achievements and Moving Forward."

Barnes, who has more than 30 years of acting experience, will be speaking on excerpts from her book, On My Own Terms: One Actor's Journey.

Women of Color awards will be presented and a reception will follow.

The Women of Color Program activities are coordinated by Fran L. Jackson, Program Assistant II with the Center for African American Students' Programs; Leah Tolliver, Director of the Women's Center; and Lisa Allen, Administrative Assistant with Marshall University Multicultural Affairs.

Vendors and displays will be set up in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center throughout the day.

For more information, contact Fran L. Jackson at 304-696-6705.

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Monday February 23, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Pennington, Bartrum among participants in 3rd annual Troy Brown Fantasy Football Camp

- The 3rd annual Troy Brown Fantasy Football Camp, named for the former Marshall University and New England Patriots standout wide receiver, will take place Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4 at MU's Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

The fantasy camp is a fundraiser for Marshall's Child Development Academy and allows participants to learn from professional football players including Brown, Miami Dolphins quarterback and NFL Comeback Player of the Year Chad Pennington, and former Philadelphia Eagles long snapper and tight end Mike Bartrum. Pennington and Bartrum also are former Thundering Herd stars.

The 2009 camp will include time with coaches, team practices, a draft and a flag-football game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

The event is of special interest to Brown, a member of three Super Bowl champion New England teams, because of his connection to the area. He played football for the Thundering Herd in the 1991 and 1992 seasons, and still lives in Huntington with his wife, Kim, and their two sons.

"The academy positions itself as a model of best practice for early care and education in the community," Troy Brown said. "It is their focus on early childhood development that led us to the academy."

The cost of the camp is $1,000 and participants must be at least 23 years old. All of the money raised goes to the academy. For more information or to register for the Troy Brown Fantasy Football Camp, log on to www.troybrownfantasyfootball.com.

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Friday February 20, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Huntington Federal pledges $25,000 to Marshall's LCOB in support of endowed professorship

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Huntington Federal Savings Bank has pledged $25,000 to Marshall University's Lewis College of Business in support of an endowed professorship that honors its chairman of the board, who is a Marshall graduate and a longtime Marshall supporter.

In 2000, Huntington Federal established the Kermit E. McGinnis Distinguished Professorship with an initial investment of $100,000. 

"We needed $250,000 and in 2003 we secured that amount for the endowed fund," said Dr. Chong Kim, interim dean of the Lewis College of Business. "From the initial $250,000 and this additional $25,000 pledge, we hope to reach a $500,000 goal."

Kim said McGinnis has contributed much to Marshall through his gifts and service and has long been an active supporter of the university.  In 1982-83, McGinnis served as president of the Marshall University Foundation, Inc.  He is a member of the John Marshall Society and in 2000 was elected to the Lewis College of Business Hall of Fame. 

In 2007, then LCOB Dean Dr. Paul Uselding selected two faculty members, Dr. Deanna Mader, professor of marketing, and Dr. Harlan Smith, professor of economics, as the first McGinnis Professors.

"We need to keep distinguished professors here to keep our AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation and to provide excellent education to our students in the region and the state," Kim said. "We appreciate Huntington Federal's commitment to making the LCOB a better business school. That is why this type of support is so critical.  I wish we could have more of this kind of support from business." 

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Friday February 20, 2009
Contact: Jamie LoFiego, "Up Late", (304) 696-7153

'Up Late' gets an up-close look at tattoos

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A tattoo expert joins the cast and crew of "Up Late" this weekend.

Ryan Worley, owner of Epicenter Studios, talks with host Jamie LoFiego about tattoos, piercings and hairdos offered at his shop as well as the variety of skin art he has given customers.

Stacey Renner plays her song "Time Out."  This week's doorkeeper is Bradleigh Ewing of South Charleston. She is a sophomore majoring in journalism.

Also this week, Emily McKenna brings back the fan favorite Random Fish Moment only to discover it's the same fish she used before. Executive producer Aaron Varble takes a trip back in time to 1995.

Director Morgan Shillingburg, in the spirit of Presidents Day, brings Ben Franklin back to life.

"Up Late" will air from 11 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 on MyZTV and on Comcast Channel 25 throughout the week. Suddenlink Communications is also airing the show on Channels 19 and 22 in its different markets. "Up Late" can be found online at www.marshall.edu/uplate.

The 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 February 18, 2009
Contact: Meagan Sellards, WMUL-FM Station Manager, , 304-696-2295

WMUL-FM 88.1 host to second Hair from the Herd event

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - WMUL-FM 88.1, the student broadcast voice of Marshall University, will be host to its second Hair from the Herd event Thursday, April 23 on the Marshall Memorial Student Center Plaza on the Huntington campus. The four-hour event will start at 11 a.m. and is scheduled to finish at 3 p.m.

"We're giving everyone plenty of notice so they can let their hair grow," said WMUL Station Manager Meagan Sellards.

WMUL's  first Hair from the Herd event collected nearly 400 inches of hair that was donated to Locks of Love.

"Our staff and management were so impressed with the Marshall community's participation, we decided to be host to another event," Jason Van Meter, WMUL's promotion director, said. "WMUL wants the student body to know it can make a difference in someone's life, and it does not require a monetary donation."

Haircuts and styles will be provided free of charge by the Huntington School of Beauty Culture to any student or faculty member who supplies 10 inches or more of his/her hair.

Locks of Love is a not-for-profit organization that provides recipients with a custom, vacuum-fitted hairpiece made entirely from donated human hair.  The vacuum fit is designed for children who have experienced a total loss of scalp hair, and it does not require the use of tape or glue.

Most of the wig applicants suffer from an autoimmune condition called alopecia areata for which there is unfortunately no known cause or cure. Others have suffered severe burns or injuries or endured radiation treatment to the brain stem or other dermatological conditions that resulted in permanent hair loss.

Founded in 1998, the Locks of Love organization has helped more than 2,000 children since its first year of operation. Thousands of bundles of donated hair are received as a result of the national publicity that Locks of Love has received from newspapers, magazines, radio and television programs. More than 80 percent of the donors are children, making this a charity where children have an opportunity to help other children.

Donated hair is evaluated for its usefulness according to the following guidelines:

  • It must be at least 10 inches in length.
  • It must be bundled in a pony-tail or braid.
  • Bleached hair cannot be used, but hair that has been dyed or permed can be used.

For more information about Hair from the Herd, contact Sellards at 304-696-2295.

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Tuesday February 17, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Annual Spring Career Expo is Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's annual Spring Career Expo for students and alumni, presented by MU Career Services, will take place Wednesday, Feb. 25 in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room on the Huntington campus.

An estimated 75 to 100 employers representing the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors will attend the event.

"In times when jobs might be harder to come by career fairs become more important to attend," said Denise Hogsett, director of Career Services. "It goes without saying that if you plan to attend you must be prepared. Dressing for a successful first impression with a great resume in hand is key."

In addition, Hogsett encourages any business or industry that is in need of or will have a need in the future of entry-level employees to attend.

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

Debby Stoler, assistant director of development and outreach at Career Services, said employers are continually pleased at the response and quality of candidates they find at Marshall's Career Expos.

"That is one reason why a great number of employers attend year after year," Stoler said. "I receive a lot of good feedback from employers who feel the Career Expos at Marshall are a very important part of their recruiting programs. With over 500 students/alumni attending, employers have a great opportunity to not only fill current employment vacancies, but also to build a pool of resumes for future employment needs."

Students and alumni are urged to come to the expo dressed to impress and to bring copies of their resumes. Career Services staff will be available to support students in their preparation for this event with resume workshops and assistance, printing and mock interviewing. Students in need of professional suiting needs may call Career Services. The staff will be available to work with any employer that is interested in attending the fair and making it a successful recruitment tool for them.

Employers and organizations attending this year's job fair include: Abt SRBI, AFLAC, AEP, American Income Life, Autism Services Center, BB&T, beBetter Networks, Big Sandy Superstore, Brayman Construction, BrickStreet Insurance, Bristol Broadcasting, Charleston Area Alliance, CAMC, Cintas, CVS/Caremark, Enterprise, Fastenal, FDIC (Division of Administration), GC Services, Gibbons & Kawash (CPAs), Home City Ice, Infocision, Kroger, KVC Behavioral Healthcare, Liberty Mutual, Life Care Centers of America, Lowe's, Mainstream Services, MU CITE, McJunkin Red Man Corp., McSweeney's, Morehead State University - Master of Public Administration, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Panhandle Support Services, Pine Ridge School, Pressley Ridge Schools of WV, Prestera Center, Public Service Commission of WV, ResCare, Rite Aid, RSS Professional, Shawnee State University, Sherwin-Williams, Sheetz, Social Security Administration, Speedway, State Electric, Target, The Dream Taybill, Thomas Memorial Hospital, Total Quality Logistics, United Bank, United States Marine Corps, University Directories, US Army & Reserves, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Border Patrol, US Census Bureau, US Department of Treasury (Bureau of the Public Debt), USEC, US Peace Corps, Verizon Wireless, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, WCHS/WVAH, Wells Fargo Financial, WV American Water, WV State Police, WV Army National Guard, WV Department of Education, WV Legislative Auditor's Office, WV Legislature - Performance Evaluation and Research Division, WV Public Broadcasting, and more.

For more information or to register, call 304-696-2370 or visit www.marshall.edu/career-services. Included on the Web site is a complete up-to-date list of employers attending the expo.

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Tuesday February 17, 2009
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of FIne Arts, 304-696-3296

23rd Annual Student Juried Exhibition underway

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Selected Marshall University students in the Department of Art and Design are exhibiting their work in the 23rd Annual Student Juried Exhibition this month. The exhibition continues through March 5 in the Birke Art Gallery on the Huntington campus.

This year's exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Stanley Sporny, longtime professor of art and design at Marshall who died in October, for his unwavering commitment to student artists at Marshall University and his efforts to advance the causes of the College of Fine Arts within the broader community, according to John Farley, Marshall alumnus and gallery director.

Farley emphasized the real-world aspect of the show. "Organized and championed by Stanley Sporny for over 20 years as an opportunity for budding student artists to showcase and promote their finest artwork, the exhibition has blossomed into a highly successful and rewarding juried show," Farley said. "It's a great opportunity for students to be recognized and celebrated - and a good experience for students to display their work outside of the classroom setting."

Farley said Sporny believed the competition offered students a glimpse into the world of the professional artist and a real-life experience in self-promotion. "He believed 'you can't compete, you can't win, if you don't enter.'"

Kimberli Milhoan, a senior from Charleston majoring in painting and drawing, said, "It's important for people to see your work and having it in the gallery is the best way to do that - it's a good experience."

The jurors this year, who selected the works to be displayed, were Mike Andrick and Barbara Racker. Andrick is an assistant professor of print design in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall and Racker is curator of art at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston.

The Birke Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays.

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Monday February 16, 2009
Contact: Sandra Arnette, Media contact for Verizon, 410-393-7109

Marshall and West Virginia Universities Build Endowment Fund with $500,000 Grant from Verizon West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - With a $500,000 grant from Verizon West Virginia, Marshall University and West Virginia University (WVU) are one step closer to raising the necessary funds to hire faculty to conduct scientific research that would be used to strengthen West Virginia's economy by attracting new businesses to the state.

Marshall and WVU - two of the state's research universities - created endowments that will be matched with state funds.  Through the schools' "Bucks for Brains" programs, newly hired faculty also will find ways to patent, license and commercialize products that result from their research.  The ultimate goal is for West Virginians to reap financial benefits from industries this investment creates - from bioscience to healthcare to manufacturing to technology. 

"Verizon has been a leading proponent of economic development in West Virginia for decades," said B. Keith Fulton, president of Verizon West Virginia.  "Technology will play an important role in our state's continued growth and future success.  Our goal in supporting this program is to improve the communities we serve and live in by helping to create new, technology-based jobs right here at home." 

According to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, studies show that regions populated with science, technology, engineering and mathematics professionals show more intellectual property creation, higher wages, positive health care statistics, more new business startups and jobs.  In areas like North Carolina, where colleges and universities receive federal and state funding to attract the right people who can get grants and conduct research, the effort has generated billions of dollars into the state, although it can take time.

Through "Bucks for Brains," Marshall and WVU can compete for up-and-coming scientists on an international level.  Both schools already have developed plans for their respective shares of the funds, which they may start to receive by the first part of this year through 2010. 

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Monday February 16, 2009
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, , 304-696-3296

Dobbs, Alves to perform in 'MUsic Alive' Feb. 27

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Flutist Wendell Dobbs and guitarist Julio Alves, both music faculty members at Marshall University, will team up once again for an hour-long program at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Huntington at noon Friday, Feb. 27. The program, which is part of the MUsic Alive series at the church, will feature works by Giuliani, C.P.E. Bach, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla and others.

Nineteenth-century guitar virtuoso Mauro Giuliani revolutionized the guitar and guitar technique. In addition to numerous works for solo guitar, he also composed several works for flute, an equally popular instrument, with guitar accompaniment.

Carl Philip Emmanuel Bach was the second oldest surviving son of Johann Sebastian Bach. His "Hamburger" Sonata was composed during his years as Kapellmeister in the German city of Hamburg. The work is an example of his "expressive style," which featured freer phrase lengths and simpler accompaniments.

Works by South American composers, the Brazilian Heitor Villa-Lobos and the Argentine Astor Piazzolla, fill out the program. Dobbs says, "I love the combination of flute and guitar; it's intimate but expressive and the repertoire has great variety."

The program is free and open to the public. Call the Marshall Department of Music at 304-696-3117 or First Presbyterian at 304-523-6476 for more information.

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Friday February 13, 2009
Contact: Jamie LoFiego, "Up Late", 304-696-2967

Coach wants 'Up Late' viewers to Jam the Cam for good cause

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's women's basketball Coach Royce Chadwick  joins the cast and crew of "Up Late" this weekend.

Chadwick talks about the Eighth Annual Jam the Cam, which features Marshall playing host to Southern Miss at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Cam Henderson Center. Tickets to the game, which will air on ESPN2, are $1.

The game also will mark the second Think Pink game, dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer. Fans can win a variety of pink merchandise and will have a shot at winning a new Ford Mustang from Beford South Point Ford. All proceeds will go to breast cancer charities.

Brandon West plays his song "Some Nice Days" and doorkeeper Katie Carnegie, a junior biology major from Elkview, ends up in an on-air pillow fight. Host Jamie LoFiego warns that pillow fights on "Up Late" generally do not end well and should not be attempted at home.

Also this week, Emily McKenna does a dramatic reading from "The Kamasutra: The Hindu Art of Love."

"Up Late" will air Saturday, Feb. 14, at a later time than usual after the late-night movie on MyZTV and on Comcast Channel 25 throughout the week. Suddenlink Communications also is airing the show on Channels 19 and 22 in its different markets. "Up Late" can be found online at www.marshall.edu/uplate.

The 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 February 12, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall Day at the Capitol is Wednesday, Feb. 18

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The upper rotunda of the State Capitol in Charleston will be filled with representatives from Marshall University on Wednesday, Feb. 18 in celebration of the annual Marshall Day at the Capitol.

Marshall University staff, faculty, students and alumni will be at the capitol from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., greeting visitors and interacting with legislators. About 30 booth displays, promoting different colleges, departments, schools and programs at Marshall, will be set up throughout the event, which is being organized by the MU Alumni Association.

"Marshall Day at the Capitol is a great opportunity for our state leaders and other visitors to see what we do on a daily basis and what we have to offer at Marshall University," said Nancy Pelphrey, coordinator of alumni programs with the alumni association. "We enjoy seeing familiar faces from year to year, but also look forward to making new acquaintances on this special occasion. We hope everyone will stop by and visit with our representatives on February 18th.''

Resolutions will be read in the House and the Senate declaring Feb. 18 "Marshall University Day."

Dr. John Walden, a family physician, will be recognized as "Doc of the Day." Walden is professor and chairman of the Department of Family and Community Health and associate dean of Medical School Admissions and Development.

Fun features of Marshall Day at the Capitol include free giveaways, including popcorn and soft drinks, and an appearance by Marco, the school mascot.

For more information, contact the alumni association at 304-696-2901.

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Wednesday February 11, 2009
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, 304-746-2038

SURE program continues this summer; applications being accepted

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is now accepting applications for the 2009 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Fellowship and will continue through Feb. 27. Application forms are available at the SURE Web site at www.marshall.edu/SURE.

"Anyone who is an undergraduate in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields at any institution here in West Virginia is eligible to perform research at Marshall through the SURE program," said Dr. Michael Norton, professor of chemistry and director of the SURE program at MU.

This program, first conducted at Marshall in 2005, is designed specifically to enable undergraduate students with backgrounds in research to work at Marshall. SURE supports the undergraduate researchers over a 10-week period, and this year's program runs from May 18 through July 31. Each student will receive a stipend of $4,000, plus funds for travel and supplies.

The SURE program is funded through the West Virginia Research Challenge Fund, administered by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, Division of Science and Research.

Last summer, several Marshall University students received grants for research in the STEM fields. The students were Adam Short (biology), Brian Bridgewater (integrated science and technology), Camilla Overup (psychology), Danielle Clark (integrated science and technology), Eric Martin (chemistry), Joshua Titlow (biology), Laura Mitchell (biology), Terry Boyce (biology), William Kelly (biology), and William Patterson (biology). Summaries of SURE students' projects are available on the SURE Web site.

For more information, contact Norton by phoning 304-696-6627 or by e-mailing him at norton@marshall.edu.

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Tuesday February 10, 2009
Contact: Leah Edwards, Media Communications Specialist, 304-696-6397

New multipurpose facility opens in Memorial Student Center

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Marshall University has opened a new multipurpose facility on the lower level of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

The 4,000 square-foot facility (BE 5), which is available for use by the public, occupies space that originally housed a bowling alley. It has meeting space for up to 250 guests.

The facility has three rooms, the largest of which is equipped with five high-definition video projectors and a multimedia podium offering the latest computer and multimedia technologies. The room's technical aspects were designed by Dell Inc., in coordination with Mediatech, to provide a custom sound and video experience.

A separate reception area, complete with seating and a coat room, serves as a foyer to the main room. A secondary room (BE 4) offers additional meeting space.

"This new meeting area lends itself to a wide range of functions," said William "Tootie" Carter, Student Center Operations business manager.  "Large meetings, wedding receptions, blood drives, banquets and conferences are just a few of the events appropriate for this room."

An open house is planned for spring.

The $475,000 renovation was completed by Marshall University's Physical Plant Repairs & Alterations department.   The room may be reserved by contacting Linda Bowen at the Facilities Scheduling Office at 304-696-2537 or online at www.marshall.edu/msc.

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Monday February 9, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Nurse Midwifery area of emphasis added to Master of Science in Nursing Program

- The Marshall University College of Health Professions School of Nursing has added a new specialty area in Nurse Midwifery within the Master of Science in Nursing Program (MSN).

Nurse Midwifery joins the Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration and Nursing Education specialty areas of the MSN degree.

The School of Nursing is partnering with Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., to bring this option to the Master of Science in Nursing Program.  Midwifery students will complete 25 graduate credit hours at Marshall University.  Upon completion of the Marshall courses, students will transfer to Shenandoah to complete their degree requirements.  Students will spend one week each semester at Shenandoah, then will return to West Virginia where they will be assigned clinical preceptors in rural areas of the state.  The didactic portion of the Shenandoah courses will be available using multiple modalities including online via iPod, iTunes and Blackboard.

Once the MSN degree and area of emphasis requirements are completed, students will graduate from Marshall and will receive a Certificate of Endorsement in Nurse Midwifery from Shenandoah. They will be eligible to take the national certification examination in Nurse Midwifery from the American Midwifery Certification Board.

Dr. Shortie McKinney, College of Health Professions dean, said she is very pleased that the new specialty area will increase the availability of nurse midwives in West Virginia. "Midwives have a long tradition in West Virginia and this program will support the importance of highly trained midwives with graduate training in nursing," she said.

The first group of students in Nurse Midwifery will be accepted for fall 2009.  Application deadline is April 1.

"We are very happy to be able to offer registered nurses this opportunity to further their education through this program," said Dr. Chuck Hossler, College of Health Professions associate dean. "The Nurse Midwifery concentration opens the door to local nurses interested in midwifery who previously were forced to travel out of state for this specialization.  This program allows them to remain at home and still meet their educational objectives."

Dr. Madonna Combs, College of Health Professions School of Nursing graduate program director, said Marshall is the first and only university in West Virginia offering nurses the opportunity to earn a master's degree with a concentration in Nurse Midwifery.

Information on the MSN with area of emphasis in Nurse Midwifery and the other specialty areas is available on the College of Health Professions Web site (http://www.marshall.edu/cohp) under Nursing/Prospective Students/MSN.

For more information, contact Combs at 304-696-2628.


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Monday February 9, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University providing Webcast of Manchin's State of the State address

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin's fifth State of the State address will be streamed live worldwide on the Internet, starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

The live Webcast from the House chambers at the state capitol in Charleston will be provided by Instructional Television and Video Services at Marshall University. The stream can be viewed using Windows Media Player 9 or later.

The State of the State address may be accessed at http://www.marshall.edu/stateofstate/. The Webcast is made possible in part through West Virginia Public Broadcasting, which provides the live video.

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Friday February 6, 2009
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, 304-696-3296

Pianist and composer Evan Mack to be in residence at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Pianist and composer Dr. Evan Mack, here as part of the Joan C. Edwards Distinguished Professor of the Arts program, will be in residence on Marshall University's Huntington campus next week.

Mack, a doctoral graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, has performed with much acclaim across the country. For the past two years, he has performed American piano music in the United States and abroad, including Barcelona, Spain and Potchefstroom, South Africa.

As a composer, he has produced five full musicals, as well as numerous popular songs and classical works. His current project is a full-length opera, "Angel of the Amazon."

Mack will begin his residency at Marshall with a lecture at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in Smith Music Recital Hall, on trends in American music from the last century with an emphasis on the last 35 years. 

On Friday, Feb. 13, Mack will present a concert of piano music by American composers, including Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," at 8 p.m. in Smith Music Recital Hall. That evening's activities will begin with a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. A reception hosted by the College of Fine Arts will take place between the lecture and the concert.

Marshall alumna Alanna Cushing will join Mack on Saturday, Feb. 14 to adjudicate Marshall University's first sonatina competition. Students participating in the day-long event will range in age from 1st grade through sophomore in college.

The first of Mack's final two appearances will be Sunday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m., at which he will present an introduction to his children's theatre works in room 107 of Smith Music Hall. Then, on Monday, Feb. 16 from 1 to 2 p.m., he will conduct a piano master class with Marshall students in Smith Music Recital Hall.

For further information on the Mack residency, persons may contact Dr. Leslie Petteys, professor of piano, by e-mail at petteys@marshall.edu or by phone at (304) 696-2337.

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Friday February 6, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, 304-696-7153

'The Vagina Monologues' staged at Marshall Feb. 12-14

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - As part of V-Day Marshall University 2009, a benefit production of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" will be staged at 8 p.m. daily Feb. 12, 13 and 14 at the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre on MU's Huntington campus.

V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women and girls through benefit productions of "The Vagina Monologues" and other artistic works. Local beneficiaries of V-Day Marshall University 2009 are the CONTACT Rape Crisis Center and Branches Domestic Violence Shelter.

V-Day Marshall University is sponsored by the Marshall University Women's Center and the Women's Studies Student Association.

Admission to "The Vagina Monologues" is $15 for the general public and $8 for Marshall students and senior citizens. Tickets go on sale Monday, Feb. 9 at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center box office. Box office hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets also may be ordered by calling 304-696-2787 during regular box office hours.

For more information, contact Leah Tolliver, Marshall University Women's Center Coordinator, at 304-696-3338 or tolliver@marshall.edu.

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Friday February 6, 2009
Contact: Jamie LoFiego, , 304-696-2927

MTV reality personality visits 'Up Late' set

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University video production students kick off this semester's "Up Late" with an up-close look at an MTV reality television personality.

Bo Kunkle, best known as the runner-up on MTV's reality television show "A Shot At Love 2 with Tila Tequila," shares his experiences with host Jamie LoFiego.

Stand-up comedian Aaron-Michael Fox brings his special brand of comedy to the show again.

LoFiego introduces his new student co-host, Courtney Coberly, a sophomore from Elkins. Her competition for the job also makes an appearance - Derek Hagler, longtime fan of the show, Gary the Sock Puppet and Mike Powers, Marshall University's videographer.

Students share what they did over their holiday break including riveting highlights of clogging in front of a Wal-Mart and other such family traditions.

This week's doorkeeper is Megan Ferguson, a sophomore journalism major from Charleston.

"Up Late" will air from 11 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 on MyZTV and on Comcast Channel 25 throughout the week. Suddenlink Communications is also airing the show on Channels 19 and 22 in its different markets. "Up Late" can be found online at www.marshall.edu/uplate.

The 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 February 5, 2009
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, 304-746-2038

Annual Diversity Breakfast is Feb. 20 at Marshall; Executive Director of Ebenezer Medical Outreach Center is keynote speaker

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Yvonne Jones, a Marshall University alumna with a master's degree in counseling who is Executive Director of the Ebenezer Medical Outreach Center in Huntington, will be the keynote speaker at Marshall's ninth annual Diversity Breakfast on Friday, Feb. 20.

Jones is well known in the Huntington community, having received both the Tri-State Leadership Award and The Herald-Dispatch Citizen of the Year award.

The breakfast, which is expected to attract about 250 people from the university and the community, runs from 7:30 to 8:50 a.m. in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room on Marshall's Huntington campus.

The Diversity Breakfast will be hosted by a new student group, the Multicultural Leadership Ambassadors.  The group is under the direction of Dr. Shari Williams-Clarke, Marshall's Vice.President for Multicultural Affairs, and may be available for presentations on diversity.  "Project Post Bop," a jazz combo of seven Marshall students under the direction of music faculty member Dr. Sean Parsons, will perform at the breakfast.

"The annual Diversity Breakfast is a time in our community set aside to celebrate the importance of inclusiveness," said Maurice Cooley, Director of Marshall's Center for African American Students' Programs. "Now is one of the most sensitive moments in our history to recognize the importance of multiculturalism, as well as a time to embrace the challenges and the rewards of living in a world with people of all colors, religions, beliefs, and backgrounds."

For information on remaining tables available, persons may contact Cooley at 304-696-5430.

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Wednesday February 4, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University Associate Professor Dr. Jennifer Y. Mak to be inducted as a Fellow in the AAHPERD Research Consortium

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Jennifer Y. Mak, associate professor and program coordinator of the undergraduate and graduate sport management programs at Marshall University, is one of 14 candidates who will be inducted as Research Consortium Fellows at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Convention and Exposition Thursday, April 2 in Tampa, Fla.

Mak joins approximately 375 Fellows in the Consortium, a member group of more than 5,500 research scholars and other members of AAHPERD who have a strong interest in research.

Attainment of Fellow status is one of the most prestigious honors the Research Consortium can bestow on a member. Fellows are selected based on evidence of scholarship, including research presentations and publications.

"Research Consortium Fellows demonstrate an ongoing commitment to research and a high level of achievement in their field," said Research Consortium President Gilmour Reeve of Louisiana State University. "Our 2009 class is to be congratulated for this recognition of their scholarship."

Mak holds a Ph.D. in leisure behavior from Indiana University and an MBA from Marshall University. She has been at Marshall since August 2000.

"The Fellow status is one of the most prestigious honors for researchers in my field of study," Mak said. "It is very encouraging to be recognized by peers, at the national level, for research and scholarship. I will continue to work harder to develop my research path and cultivate student interest in scholarly activities through my teaching and research. Marshall has provided a great environment for me. My recognition is only one example of Marshall's national prominence for excellence in the areas of high quality teaching, research and service."

Mak's research and teaching focuses are marketing for sport and leisure industry; economic impact of sport and tourism; and leisure behavior. She has more than 40 refereed publications and more than 65 professional and academic presentations at international, national, regional and state conferences. Currently, she is serving on the editorial board for the Sport Management Education Journal and the Journal of Physical Education and Recreation.

Mak has been honored with numerous awards such as the Scholar Awards from both the College of Education and Human Services and the Mid-West District of AAHPERD; the AAHPERD Mabel Lee Award for the outstanding young professor of the year; the MU Distinguished Artists & Scholars Award junior recipient; and the Honor Award from the West Virginia AHPERD. She also has joined other eminent scholars from outside Hong Kong to be named a University Fellow by Hong Kong Baptist University.

The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) is the largest organization of professionals supporting and assisting those involved in physical education, leisure, fitness, dance, health promotion, and education and all specialties related to achieving a healthy lifestyle. AAHPERD is an alliance of five national associations, six district associations and a research consortium and is designed to provide members with a comprehensive and coordinated array of resources, support, and programs to help practitioners improve their skills and so further the health and well-being of the American public.

The mission of the AAHPERD Research Consortium is to advance, promote and disseminate quality research within and across the disciplines and the professions served by AAHPERD. For more information on the Consortium, visit www.aahperd.org/research.

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Tuesday February 3, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University students invited to participate in video blogging contest

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Office of University Communications is looking for MU students to participate in a video blogging contest.

One full-time student in good academic standing from each class (freshman, sophomore, junior and senior) will be selected to participate during the current semester. 

Each winning blogger will receive a video camera to use during the semester and be paid based on blogs submitted each week.  Video content will be reviewed weekly and should pertain to student life such as campus and sporting events, residence hall life and general student activities.  In short, the blogs should exemplify each student's experience at Marshall University.

"This contest is a great opportunity for students to share their day-to-day experiences at Marshall University," said Michael Powers, videographer with University Communications. "They can make a little money as well for their efforts. We expect a lot of students will take part in this contest. It should be good experience and a lot of fun."

To be eligible, interested applicants should submit two blogs on DVD and a personal bio no later than Friday, Feb. 13 to University Communications, Old Main 213.  Winners will be notified shortly thereafter and will receive further details at that time.

For more information, contact Powers at 304-696-3760.

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Tuesday February 3, 2009
Contact: Mary Beth Reynolds, Director of Assessment, 304-696-2987

Marshall asks for student feedback on national survey

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Approximately 3,400 Marshall University students will be invited to participate in a national survey in which they can rate everything from the extent to which Marshall challenges them academically to the extent to which they interact with professors.

Approximately 1,600 freshmen and 1,800 seniors have been randomly selected to complete the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) this month. They will receive notification of the online survey Feb. 11 from NSSE, according to Dr. Mary Beth Reynolds, Director of Assessment at Marshall.

"We want to know what our students think of their curricular and co-curricular experiences, their surroundings, their activities, their professors and their Marshall experience as a whole," Reynolds said. "The results of NSSE will help us to assess our strengths and weaknesses as an institution. What we learn will help us to enhance students' experiences at Marshall so that they are given the maximum opportunity to grow intellectually, personally and socially during their time here. Student participation in NSSE is vital to our success in accomplishing these goals."

Marshall has made its 2008 NSSE results available to the public in USA Today. These results also can be viewed on the Assessment Web page at http://www.marshall.edu/assessment/surveydata.htm and on Marshall University's College Portrait at http://www.marshall.edu/academic-affairs/vsa.pdf. NSSE data provide information currently being considered in the design of Marshall's core curriculum and in the development of its retention plan.

The invitation to participate in this year's survey will be sent to students in an e-mail from NSSE. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and students who take the survey will be eligible for prize drawings described in the invitation e-mail.

The survey examines five benchmark areas:

    Level of academic challenge

    Active and collaborative learning

    Student-faculty interaction

    Enriching educational experiences

    Supportive campus environment

The NSSE survey is administered by Indiana University. It gathers information from more than 1,200 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide to enhance student learning and personal development. The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college.

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Tuesday February 3, 2009
Contact: Lalena Price, Communications Coordinator, (304) 746-1989

Green Collar Jobs Panel highlight of Marshall University global warming event

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  - The public, along with Marshall University students, will have the opportunity to learn about climate change in a nationwide discussion on global warming.

This Thursday, Feb. 5, thousands of groups on campuses across the nation will link up and participate in the National Teach-In on Global Warming (www.nationalteachin.org). On Marshall University's Huntington campus, everyone is invited to attend a daylong Global Warming Solutions Gallery, located in the Memorial Student Center, Room BE5, from 10 a.m. through 7 p.m.

A special panel discussion on the role of green jobs in West Virginia's economy will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. and graduate student Elizabeth Callicoat, an organizer of the event, is hoping the public will come to campus and participate in the dialogue.

" 'Green Collar Jobs' are widely promoted by President Barack Obama as the solution to our economic and environmental struggles," Callicoat said. "Whether you believe that human action is causing the earth to warm or that the extraction and burning of fossil fuels is ruining human health, we CAN agree that we need more jobs in West Virginia and green jobs are a great solution for our state.

"These 'Green Collar Jobs' are based on the installation of new technology, such as solar panels, geothermal heat pumps, and wind turbines, but there is much untapped additional opportunity in our quest to make the most of our earth's resources," Callicoat said.

The schedule for the daylong event is as follows:

10 to 11 a.m. - Connect to "Focus the Nation"

11 to 11:30 a.m. - Coal River Wind Project Presentation

11:30 a.m. to noon - Dr. Mike Little's Agriculture Reclamation for Mountaintop Removal Sites presentation

Noon to 1 p.m. - Presentation and discussion of "A New Shared Economy for Appalachia" by John Todd.  This paper won the Buckminster Fuller Prize in 2008. 

1 to 3 p.m. - Green Jobs Panel featuring:

Pam Curry, Center for Economic Options

Marilyn Harrell, Center for Economic Options

Daniel Chiotos, West Virginia Youth Action League

Christine Risch, Center for Business and Economic Research

Dr. Elizabeth Murray, Marshall University Integrated Science and Technology

3 to 3:30 p.m. - Green Bridge (A green business being developed by MU students.)

3:30 to 5 p.m. - Open Mike

5 to 7 p.m. - "Kilowatt Ours" (film)

Other gallery displays include a Global Warming Solution Poster Series provided by Marshall's "Global Climate Change: Scientific and Social Perspectives" class; poster and handouts on simple ways to live sustainably by Kat Cadle; and a showcase of the university's available, relevant library items on green design, sustainability, global warming, etc. Refreshments will be provided by Sodexo throughout the day.

Anyone interested in presenting an idea, project or information about a global warming solution may contact Callicoat at callico1@marshall.edu or 304-942-6930.

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Monday February 2, 2009
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Marshall graduate student conducting research in Italy

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A Marshall University graduate student is in Italy this semester to conduct research under an international exchange agreement between Marshall's medical school and the Council for National Research (CNR), an institution similar to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in Italy.

Sarah Kelly, a master's degree student in biology, is the first scholar to participate in the exchange program between the department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and the department of Medicine at the Council for National Research in Rome. Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp signed an agreement last summer that allows graduate students and faculty of the two organizations to travel, visit and participate in research conducted at the two institutions.

This is the first international exchange agreement for Marshall involving its graduate programs.

Kelly has been conducting research under the direction of Dr. Pier Paolo Claudio in his laboratory at Marshall.  According to Kelly, her research has focused on cancer stem cells, a type of master cancer cells that are today known as being responsible for cancer recurrence following therapy cessation.

In Italy, she is learning to use electromagnetic field equipment developed by Italian researcher Dr. Settimio Grimaldi, with whom she is working to study the effects of electromagnetism on human cells.  The CNR in Italy maintains laboratories at the Universities of Siena, Rome and Naples to which Dr. Claudio has many ties, making it possible for the research to be a collaboration between the two labs, involving Grimaldi and Dr. Caterina Cinti in Italy, and Claudio at Marshall.

 "Among other things, Sarah has developed a novel method of selecting and proliferating normal adult stem cells as well as cancer stem cells in my laboratory," said Claudio. "I am sure she is the perfect candidate for this research enterprise abroad.  She is working in a laboratory directed by a colleague who had been with the National Institutes of Health for 12 years before moving back to Italy."

"I haven't used their equipment, I'm going there to learn to use it and I'll be bringing that knowledge back," Kelly said before leaving for Italy.  "I've been working with making stem cells grow quickly and they have been working with stem cells and magnetic fields, so we'll be putting the two pieces of information together to study the effects of electromagnetism on human cells."

Kelly, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, received an undergraduate degree from Marshall in biology and is currently working on an M.S. in biology. She will be working in Italy until early April.

"This is an excellent opportunity for me," Kelly said.  "I am extremely excited about the knowledge I'll be gaining while I'm there.  I'm pleased that Marshall has given me these opportunities.  Ever since I came to Marshall it's been one good opportunity after another.  I've had the best mentors ever, including Dr. Jagan Valluri and Dr. Pier Paolo Claudio."

Claudio, who holds both an M.D. and a Ph.D., is an associate professor of biochemistry and microbiology as well as a faculty member in the Department of Surgery at Marshall University. 

In 2007, he traveled to Italy where he received the Sebetia-Ter Award, which is given annually to internationally renowned scientists and other professionals in the fields of architecture, aeronautics, medicine, biotechnology, engineering, politics, military science, literature, music and philosophy. 

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