January 2009 News Releases

Friday January 30, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall Recreation Center open house set for Thursday, Feb. 5

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Marshall University will conduct an open house at the new Marshall Recreation Center from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5. Marshall University students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to attend.

The open house marks the official opening of the $30 million, 123,000 square-foot facility located at the corner of 5th Avenue and 20th Street. A grand opening will occur this spring at a date and time to be determined.

"I have had the privilege of opening three recreation centers and this is the most impressive by far," said David Stewart, Marshall's director of campus recreation. "Our students and other members will have a first-class facility to accomplish our theme of fun, fitness and friendship - forever.  Both the fit member and those that desire to make improvements in their lifestyle will not find a better facility in West Virginia.  It should be a great place to spend leisure time and develop those lasting memories of collegiate life."

The open house will feature numerous giveaways, a drawing for prizes and other activities, including tours of the center and demonstrations. Giveaways, which will continue after the open house ends, include t-shirts, water bottles, towels, zip drives, bags, pedometers and carabiners. Among the items to be won in the drawing are two iPods and a pair of 2009 Marshall University season football tickets.

Those attending will be asked to enter from the north end of the building and parking will be available in the west lot at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Among the features of the recreation center are a swimming pool, a 1/7-mile running track, group exercise rooms, basketball, volleyball, racquetball, badminton and pickleball courts and a climbing wall. The facility also has a wide range of exercise equipment, including treadmills, step machines and weight machines.

"The completion of the Marshall Recreation Center is the fulfillment of a dream MU students have had for more than a decade," said Matt James, Marshall's student body president. "Student leaders have proposed such a complex for many years, and it is an amazing feeling to drive by the building and actually see how beautiful it has turned out to be.  Under the leadership of President Stephen Kopp, our campus has been transformed into an institution that can now compete nationally in terms of recruitment - and that is something we can all be proud of."

The center will be open for members until midnight on Feb. 5. Regular hours beginning the next day are:

  • 5:30 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Thursday
  • 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday
  • 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday
  • 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday

The opening of the recreation center means two facilities located in Gullickson Hall and one in Cam Henderson Center are now reassigned for athletic and academic use and will no longer be available. The Gullickson Hall gymnasium will close at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2; the Henderson Center racquetball courts will close at 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2; and the fitness center in Gullickson will close at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3.

For more information on the center, including membership categories, rates and policies, go to www.marshall.edu/rec, or call 304-696-4REC (4732) after Thursday, Feb. 5.

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Thursday January 29, 2009
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, (304) 746-2038

MOVC Closed Today, Thursday, January 29

The Mid-Ohio Valley Center will be closed today (Thursday, January 29) because of a power outage.

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Thursday January 29, 2009
Contact: Lalena Price, University Communications, (304) 696-7153

Engineering students host professional educational conference

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's student chapter of the Society of American Military Engineers will host its first professional technical conference today.

More than 100 professional engineers are expected to attend the chapter's Premiere Winter Technical Conference during which they can earn up the six professional development hours.

Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp along with Betsy Dulin, dean of the College of Information Technology and Engineering, will welcome the local engineering community to campus with opening remarks.

"The students have structured a compelling program for local engineers," Dulin said. "They have brought together some impressive names in the field of engineering from academia, the federal government and state government levels. This conference has a lot to offer our local engineering community."

Featured presenters include:

  • Tom Smith of the Federal Highway Administration discussing the future direction of the nation's transportation program;

  • Mark Hammond, a technical specialist in Plan Formulation/Economics with the Army Corps of Engineers, discussing the Ohio River Mainstem System Study, Draft System Investment Plan;

  • Jeff Russell, chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin, presenting "Body of Knowledge: Preparing Civil Engineers for the Challenges of the 21st Century";

  • Paul Mattox, Jr., Secretary of Transportation and Commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Highways, discussing the agency's 2009 program;

  • Donald Williams, director of Research and Special Studies, Program Planning and Administration Division, WVDOH, presenting "Challenges in Transportation - Building and Maintaining Highways in West Virginia".

  • Hany J. Farran, professor of structural engineering, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Calif., presenting "Long-Span Suspension Bridges and Cable-Stayed Bridges: The State-of-the-Art";

  • Peter J. Dailey, research associate with the Nick J. Rahall II Transportation Institute, presenting "Automatic Classification Yard Surveying with GNSS During Revenue Operations"; and

  • Wael A. Zatar, professor with the Nick J. Rahall II Transportation Institute, College of Information Technology and Engineering, Marshall University, presenting "Sustainable Structures with Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites - Innovations and Applications".

The daylong event will take place in the Memorial Student Center's new conference center.

For more information, contact Beth Wolfe at (304) 696-6007.

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Wednesday January 28, 2009
Contact: Bill Bissett, Chief of Staff, (304) 550-1546

Campus CLOSINGS Update

Marshall University will close its Huntington campus beginning at 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, Jan. 28. Classes will be cancelled, and personnel other than those classified as "essential" will be able to leave at that time.


Services for students living on campus will be continued.


The Mid-Ohio Valley Center in Point Pleasant will also close at 2 p.m. The South Charleston campus, Teays Valley Regional Center, and Beckley center will close at 3 p.m.


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

Huntington, South Charleston Campuses CLOSED Tuesday, Jan. 27

Marshall University's Huntington and South Charleston Campuses will be closed today, Tuesday, Jan. 27.

In addition, Marshall classes at the Beckley Higher Education Center and the Mid Ohio Valley Center are cancelled for Tuesday, Jan. 27.

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Tuesday January 27, 2009
Contact: Bill Bissett, Chief of Staff, 304-550-1546

Essential personnel on hand to meet needs of students on Marshall University's Huntington campus

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Huntington campus is officially closed today because of this morning's snow, but essential personnel are on site to help the university meet the needs of students who live on campus. Essential personnel includes Physical Plant workers, staff in our Residence Halls and cafeterias, and the Marshall University Police Department (MUPD).

Even though all day and night classes are canceled today, all residence halls and cafeterias are open. Grounds crews are in the process of clearing the sidewalks from the Residence Halls to the cafeterias.

"As an institution of higher learning, we always want to serve our students, but we also have to consider the safety of students, faculty and staff when this level of hazardous weather strikes," said Marshall University Chief of Staff Bill Bissett. "It is a rarity for Marshall University to close, but it was the right decision given the reports of hazardous driving conditions on many of the roadways. We appreciate the hard work and dedication of the staff who are working today to meet the needs of our students living on campus. " 

Also closed today are Marshall University's South Charleston campus, the Beckley Higher Education Center and the Mid-Ohio Valley Center in Point Pleasant.

Although more freezing rain and snow is forecast for tonight and tomorrow, a decision on whether to cancel or delay tomorrow's classes or alter the work schedule will not be made until early tomorrow morning.

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Thursday January 22, 2009
Contact: Lalena Price, University Communications, 304-746-1989

Beth Wolfe will lead Marshall University's recruitment efforts

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Beth Wolfe has been selected as Marshall University's new director of recruitment, according to Dr. Gayle Ormiston, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

Wolfe will lead the Office of Recruitment, which is responsible for planning and coordinating both undergraduate and graduate recruiting efforts, beginning Feb. 1.  She has served the College of Science and College of Information Technology and Engineering as coordinator of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) outreach since 2006. Prior to that position, Wolfe taught English and chemistry at public schools for seven years in Bloomington, Ind., as well as in Charleston, W.Va., for one year.

"Although I left teaching when I came back to West Virginia, I never lost the drive to work with students. This position is a way to combine my passion for working with young people and my love of Marshall University," Wolfe said.

"I am excited about the opportunity to help young people find their niche here," Wolfe said. "I know personally what it's like to be a student here and I don't want anyone to miss out on such an amazing opportunity."  

Ormiston said he is excited for Wolfe to start her new work for the university.

"We are indeed fortunate to have someone with Beth's passion, experience and love for Marshall University in this position," Ormiston said. "Her vision to spread the word about the opportunities that await students here is insightful. Her experience as an educator in public schools will serve her well working with the bright young minds we want to attract to our campuses." 

A native of Virginia, Wolfe grew up in Montgomery and St. Albans, W.Va., and received her bachelor's in education from Marshall University in 1998. She is on track to complete her master's degree in engineering management this spring.

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Thursday January 22, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

CSX presents gift of $50,000 to Marshall University for 'Bucks for Brains; funds will further transportation research by RTI

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - CSX Corporation today presented $50,000 to Marshall University as part of West Virginia's "Bucks for Brains" initiative.

Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., accepted the gift during a check presentation at the Nick J. Rahall II Appalachian Transportation Institute (RTI). The contribution will further transportation research conducted by the RTI through Rail-SORCE (Railroad Safety and Operations Research Center of Excellence).

"This contribution recognizes the outstanding work of the Rahall Institute and Marshall University," said Michael Ward, chairman and CEO of CSX Corporation. "The institute's research is playing an important role in helping railroads advance technology that will be needed in 21st century railroading. CSX is proud of its long and cooperative relationships with the institute, the university and the greater Huntington community."

Dr. Richard Begley, Director of Research for RTI, said it is significant that CSX gave the money through the "Bucks for Brains" initiative because the investment will be matched by the state.

"It's an excellent way to double the money and leverages the federal railroad research funds that Senator Robert Byrd has obtained, and continues to obtain, for RTI," Begley said. "This gift will help jumpstart the transportation engineering research component of 'Bucks for Brains' and complement the other investments in engineering that our President and his administration have secured for Marshall in the last few years."

Area said, "It is great to see companies like CSX step up and support not only the Rahall Transportation Institute, Marshall University and the community, but also Governor Manchin's 'Bucks for Brains' program. At the Marshall University Foundation, we are pleased with the success we have achieved thus far with our 'Bucks for Brains' fundraising and will have more announcements in the very near future."

The "Bucks for Brains" initiative, also known as the Research Trust Fund, was passed by the West Virginia Legislature last year. It allocates $15 million to Marshall University and $35 million to West Virginia University as a research endowment trust fund to be matched by contributions from each institution's foundation.

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Wednesday January 21, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Writing Center expands its services on Marshall University's Huntington campus

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Department of English's Writing Center, which offers free tutoring for all MU students who want help with their writing, has expanded its services by adding a second center on the Huntington campus, Dr. Kelli Prejean, director, announced today.

In addition to its current location in Corbly Hall 353, the Writing Center now offers its services in the legal section on the first floor of the Drinko Library.

The goal of the expansion is to make the services of the center more accessible to all Marshall University students. The professional staff of the center helps students improve drafts of papers and other writing assignments.

"The Writing Center is a valuable resource for all Marshall University students," said Dr. David Pittenger, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. "The support the staff provides not only allows students to enhance the quality of drafts of their writing projects, it helps them become more effective writers. By opening a second center in the Drinko Library we are hopeful that we better serve students. I highly recommend that all students use the Writing Center as a way to enhance their writing skills."

The Writing Center is open in Corbly Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and will hold its evening hours in Drinko Library from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

"We are really thrilled to get the opportunity to collaborate with the Writing Center and the College of Liberal Arts," said Barbara Winters, Marshall's dean of libraries. "We are working to develop an information discovery commons in Drinko Library, and this is a big step toward that."

Although part of the English Department, the Writing Center staff is trained to help with papers in all disciplines and in almost any genre.  Students are encouraged to stop by as soon as they receive a writing assignment so that they can get help from the start of a writing project.  Tutors provide real audiences for students' writing and can help them through any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming and research to organization and revision.  The Writing Center also offers both synchronous and asynchronous online tutoring, which is useful for students who are not on the Huntington campus.

"More and more professors are beginning to utilize writing as a mode of inquiry and learning, and employers demand good writing skills, so learning how to write well is probably one of the most important abilities students should acquire in college," Prejean said. "The Writing Center provides a comfortable atmosphere where students can come to get the assistance they need to not just produce better papers but to become better writers."

For more information on the Department of English's Writing Center, visit its Web site at http://www.marshall.edu/english/writingcenter/ or e-mail questions to writing@marshall.edu.

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Wednesday January 21, 2009
Contact: Lalena Price, University Communications, 304-746-1989

Marshall University's South Charleston campus cereal drive to benefit Manna Meal

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's South Charleston campus is coordinating a cereal drive to benefit Manna Meal of Charleston.

Through Feb. 27, the university will be accepting unopened bags and boxes of cereal in the lobby of the Marshall University Graduate College's administration building, located just off the Kanawha Turnpike on Angus E. Peyton Drive in South Charleston. Both organizations and individuals are encouraged to collect cereal for the drive. The lobby will be open to receive donations from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Saturday.

"We serve breakfast every day of the year and right now our cereal reserves in our pantry are running low. A drive like this one held by Marshall could really fulfill a need for many, many months," said Jean Simpson, director of Manna Meal, a nonprofit soup kitchen created in 1978 and housed in St. John's Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston.

Manna Meal exists "so the hungry can eat" and provides breakfast and lunch 365 days a year to anyone in need, no questions asked. The organization's policy is to provide a safe haven for all guests, which include women, men, teenagers, children and families. Manna Meal feeds an average of 250 individuals daily. The soup kitchen is not a governmental program and relies on the financial generosity and volunteerism of individuals, religious communities, corporations, organizations and businesses.

To coordinate a large donation, please contact Kathy Zimmerman at 304-746-1992 or kzimmerm@marshall.edu.

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

Marshall professor writes book on evolution of U.S. history departments

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. William Palmer, a professor of history at Marshall University, has written a book titled "From Gentleman's Club to Professional Body: The Evolution of the History Department in the United States, 1940-1980."

Palmer, who has been at Marshall since 1984, said he spent about four years researching and writing the 298-page paperback. It is published by BookSurge Publishing of Charleston, S.C., and is available on Amazon.com.

The author of five books, Palmer published "Engagement With the Past: The Lives and Works of the World War II Generation of Historians" in 2001. It was a comparative study of about 25 historians, British and American, born between about 1910 and 1925, whose careers and works were shaped primarily by the Great Depression and World War II. 

"When I finished writing the book, I realized I had a lot of material left over, most of which involved changes in the composition and professional direction of history departments, and I decided there might be another book there," Palmer said. "I was able to supplement my earlier research with additional interviews and research archives at Harvard and Yale universities, and at the University of California at Berkeley."

Dr. David Pittenger, dean of Marshall's College of Liberal Arts, said Palmer's book is an important contribution to the study of the history of higher education, especially Departments of History.

"The end of World War II brought many sweeping changes to higher education," Pittenger said. "Dr. Palmer's analysis of history departments is an engaging story of how the discipline was transformed from one that had a rather narrow scope of interest to one that makes broad contributions to diverse events and topics. I believe that readers who are not historians by training will find the book an engaging and rewarding read."

Thomas Barnes, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California at Berkeley, called Palmer's latest book "Splendid; a true service to the field and profession."

For more information, contact Palmer at 304-696-2720 or via e-mail at palmer@marshall.edu.

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

Traveling exhibit celebrating history of Glenwood Estate to be unveiled Friday, Jan. 23 at MU Graduate College Library

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A traveling exhibit that celebrates the rich history of the historic Glenwood Estate on Charleston's West Side can be viewed beginning Friday, Jan. 23 when it will be unveiled at a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Marshall University Graduate College Library in South Charleston.  The reception is free and open to the public.

The six-panel display with an accompanying extensive Web site will give a detailed look at the estate, which was home to three of the Kanawha Valley's most prominent families: the Laidleys, Quarriers and Summers.  The display and Web site will give a glimpse into the complex history and the impact the Glenwood Estate has had on the Kanawha Valley both historically and culturally. 

Glenwood is a pre-Civil War mansion that was built in 1852 on a vast estate that extended over much of what is now the West Side of Charleston.  The early owners passed the estate down to heirs until the last owner, Lucy Quarrier, deeded the remaining property to the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies Foundation in 1978.  Last year ownership was transferred to the newly established Historic Glenwood Foundation, Inc., which now maintains it.

The traveling exhibit is Phase II of a three-part Glenwood Project initiated by the Graduate Humanities Program, which is housed on the South Charleston campus.  The Glenwood Project is funded in large part by the West Virginia Humanities Council.

Students in two graduate seminars developed and constructed the exhibit, which will be circulating for the next two years.  One aim of the project is to make the carefully documented history, made in part through archaeological finds and historic analysis, more accessible to the public.

Organizations can book the exhibit for four to six weeks by contacting Dr. Luke Eric Lassiter, Graduate Humanities Program Director, at 304-746-1923 or lassiter@marshall.edu.   Additional information about the project or the Glenwood Estate can be found at http://www.marshall.edu/gsepd/humn/.

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

MU senior advances in Hearst radio broadcast competition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Adam Cavalier, a Marshall University senior from Montgomery, W.Va., has qualified for the semifinals in the William Randolph Hearst Foundation Journalism Awards Program broadcast competition by placing third in the Competition One Features category in radio.

Cavalier is a broadcast journalism major and production director at WMUL-FM, Marshall's public radio station. The top five winners in both radio and television were selected from among the 44 radio and 56 television entries submitted. The competition is open only to colleges and universities with accredited journalism schools.

"It's a tremendous honor," said Cavalier, who received a $1,000 award for finishing third. "To be considered one of the best in the nation is always a thrill regardless of what it is.  The fact that it is Hearst makes it that much sweeter."

By finishing in the top five, Cavalier will continue in the competition by submitting additional tapes for a semifinal round of judging. Following the semifinal round, five students in radio and five in television will be chosen to compete in the program's National Broadcast News Championships, along with the winners of the writing and photojournalism competitions.

"This is truly a significant accomplishment for Adam as he proves his work in journalism is among the best in the nation," said Dr. Corley Dennison, dean of Marshall's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications. "It's  the fifth year in a row we have had students place nationally in the Hearst competition and the third year of four we have had students competing for the finals in San Francisco."

Cavalier may be reached via e-mail at cavalier@marshall.edu.

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Friday January 16, 2009
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, 304-696-3296

Middle School Honor Band Clinic scheduled for Friday, Jan. 23

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. Marshall University's Department of Music will host the 4th annual Middle School Honor Band Clinic Friday, Jan. 23. Students from 27 schools, 240 in total, will participate in the all-day clinic, which will take place in the Smith Music Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus.

Participants in the honor bands were nominated by their band directors, and Marshall selected them based on instrumentation needs and the order in which they were recommended.

 "We try our best to assign the students to each band in such a way that the bands will be equal in number, in ability and in instrumentation," MU Marching Band Director Steve Barnett said.  "The participants work with the guest conductors on music most of them have never seen before and in one day play it in a concert. They have the opportunity to meet many other students from other schools, work with our faculty in master classes, learn about Marshall University and learn new musical ideas and techniques from our fine guest conductors."

The culminating concert will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23 in the recital hall in Smith Music Hall. It is free and open to the public.

For further information, persons may contact Barnett by phone at 304-696-2317 or by e-mail at barnetts@marshall.edu.


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Thursday January 15, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

WMUL students, faculty manager receive MarCom awards

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students and the faculty manager from WMUL-FM, Marshall University's public radio station, received two Platinum Awards, two Gold Awards and one Honorable Mention award in the MarCom Creative Awards 2008 Competition.  The winners were named in a letter dated Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, from Arlington, Texas. 

The MarCom Creative Awards contest is an international competition that recognizes achievement by marketing and communication practitioners.  Entries are judged by industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.  There were more than 5,000 entries in the MarCom Creative Awards 2008 Competition.

The MarCom's prestigious Platinum Award is presented to those entries judged to be among the most outstanding in the competition.  Platinum winners are recognized for their excellence in terms of quality, creativity and resourcefulness.  About 18 percent of the entries won this award.  Platinum Winners are listed on the   MarCom Creative Awards Web site at www.marcomawards.com.

The Gold Award is presented to those entries judged to exceed the high standards of the industry.  Approximately 18 percent of the entries received this award. Honorable Mention certificates are granted to those entries that meet the expectations of the judges.  Approximately 10 percent of the entries were Honorable Mention winners. 

Winners of the MarCom Creative Awards Platinum and Gold Winners come from radio stations, advertising and public relations agencies, corporate communication departments, educational institutions, government entities, designers, writers, video production professionals, broadcast and cable operations, and other business and individuals throughout the country and several foreign countries.

The Platinum Award-winning entries by WMUL-FM are in the following categories:

Feature package

"The Pumpkin House: Trick or Treat Night," written and produced by Adam Cavalier, a senior from Montgomery, was broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007.

Employee Publication/Manual/Training

The winner was the "WMUL-FM Promo and PSA Production Manual," written by Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, WMUL-FM's Faculty Manager, and Adam Cavalier, WMUL-FM Production Director. The manual was written for the student and community volunteer staff members of the campus radio station and was published in December 2007.

The Gold Award-winning entries are in the following categories:

Writing/Radio Script

The script for the documentary program "The Quest for Healthy Breasts" was written and produced by Blair Morse, a recent graduate from Shelbyville, Ky.  The script was completed during November 2007 and the documentary was broadcast during "Aircheck" Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007. 


"Herd Roundup," broadcast Friday, April 24, 2008. The students who participated in "Herd Roundup" were Adam Cavalier, co-host and producer; Andrew Ramspacher, a junior from Dublin, Ohio, co-host and producer; and Robert Iddings, a junior from St. Albans, reporter.

The Honorable Mention Award-winning entry is in the following category.

Public Service Announcement

"Captain Pollution," an in-house public service announcement, broadcast in WMUL-FM's Public Service Announcement rotation from Thursday, May 1, 2008 through the present time, written and produced by Adam Cavalier; Luke Williams, a freshman from Cross Lanes; Leannda Carey, a freshman from Wellsburg; and Mark Swinkels, international student from Nieuwleoop, Holland.

Bailey, professor of Radio - Television Production and Management in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall, said winning the MarCom Platinum Awards is an outstanding accomplishment.

"I am proud and grateful for the honor these MarCom Creative Platinum Awards bestow on WMUL-FM, the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and Marshall University," Bailey said.

"Adam Cavalier's feature package has received multiple awards, and this latest Platinum Award validates the quality of his news reporting skills.  This production manual's success demonstrates to our student and community volunteer staffs that their training materials are first rate.  Combined with the student and community volunteer staffs' dedication and hard work, WMUL-FM will continue to be one of the top college radio stations in the country."

Bailey also commented on the Gold and Honorable Mention Award-winning entries:

"The scriptwriting skill for the documentary program concerning a women's health issue and the sports reporting honored by the Gold Awards demonstrate the research and storytelling ability of our motivated students," Bailey said. "The Honorable Mention Award is a tribute to production quality and public service commitment of our broadcast students in competition with professional practitioners."

For more information, contact Bailey at 304-696-2294.

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Wednesday January 14, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Sergio Mendes headlines 40th MU Jazz Festival

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Marshall University's Department of Music will present its 40th Annual Jazz Festival in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse Jan. 29, 30 and 31, featuring legendary Brazilian artist Sergio Mendes.

"The Marshall University Jazz Festival has been an important part of West Virginia's artistic community since its beginning in 1970," said Dr. Ed Bingham, professor of music and director of jazz studies at Marshall. "It attracts nationally recognized artists and supports the MU Jazz Studies Program in its efforts to educate students, to entertain the public and to preserve the rich heritage of jazz."

Bingham said the 40th Anniversary event is dedicated to the memory of J.D. Folsom, founder of the Marshall Jazz Ensemble and its winter festival one of the longest continuously running college festivals.

The featured artist, Sergio Mendes, will spin his magic with music from his newest recording Encanto (Enchantment). His latest performances showcase some of the maestro's most beautifully realized compositions from an unparalleled career. Sergio's singular blend of infectious rhythms and irresistible melodies from the great Brazilian songbook will delight the audience with a wide variety of styles.

In keeping with the educational focus of the festival, Mendes will meet with the student participants for a master class on Saturday, Jan. 30. This opportunity will allow young musicians to learn firsthand about the music and career of this musical icon.

Additional contributions to the festival include performances by Bluetrane, Marshall's Faculty Jazz Combo; guest trombonist Dave Dickey; The MU Jazz Ensemble and the Thundering Herd All-Stars. In addition, the Bridgeport High School Jazz Band will open the Jazz Festival on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m.

Sergio Mendes joins a long list of artists who have performed at Marshall and with the MU Jazz Ensemble. They have included Joe Farrell, Phil Wilson, Clark Terry, Gary Burton, Rich Matteson, Art Pepper, Jamey Aebersold, Maynard Ferguson and Orchestra, Stan Kenton and Orchestra, Woody Herman and the Thundering Herd, Herbie Mann, Gary Burton, Ed Soph, Dominic Spera, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with Buddy Morrow, the Count Basie Orchestra, Bob Thompson, Mike Vax, Chris Vadala, Bill Watrous, Eddie Daniels, Oliver Nelson, Dave Valentin, Alvin Batiste, Terry Gibbs, Denis DeBlasio, Conrad Herwig, James Dapogny, Louis Bellson, Arturo Sandoval, The Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Paquito D'Rivera and the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars, Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra and The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra with Dan Trudell.

Following is the complete schedule for the 2009 Jazz Festival.

The following events are in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse on 5th Ave. Admission for each day is $10 adult, $5 student.

  • Bridgeport High School and Bluetrane
    8  p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29
  • High School Adjudication
    9 a.m.-5  p.m. Friday, Jan. 30
  • Marshall University Jazz Ensemble with Dave Dickey
    8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30
  • High School Adjudication
    9  a.m. -1  p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31
  • Sergio Mendes Master Class
    2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31

Tickets for events in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse are available at the playhouse's ticket office or by calling 304-696-ARTS (2787).

At 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 in the lobby of the Hotel Frederick on 4th Avenue, the Thundering Herd Jazz All-Stars will give a free performance prior to the Sergio Mendes concert.

Mendes will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. Tickets for this festival finale are available from the Marshall Artists Series (www.marshall.edu/muartser/) in person at the box office or by calling 304-696-6656. Adult tickets are $60 and $45. Full-time Marshall University students are allowed one free ticket each. Part-time Marshall students and youth under 17 years of age receive their tickets at half price.

For additional information on the Jazz Festival, contact Bingham at 304-696-3147.

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

Marshall senior to receive Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid Research award

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Katie Brown, a Marshall University senior from Huntington, will receive a Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research award of $2,500, Sigma Xi has announced. Sigma Xi is an international, multidisciplinary research society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement.

The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research program has a highly competitive application process and only about 20 percent of applicants receive any level of funding. Brown, who plans to graduate from Marshall in December 2009, has a cumulative GPA of 4.0. She is majoring in biology and minoring in both chemistry and criminal justice. Her career goal is to become a physician.

Brown conducts research in the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center for School of Medicine Professor Dr. Piyali Dasgupta. Studies in Dasgupta's laboratory examine how components of tobacco can promote the progression of several diseases, in particular lung cancer.

Nicotine is the major active and addictive component of cigarette smoke.  Brown's research focuses on how nicotine facilitates the growth and continued survival of lung cancer cells. Apart from lung cancer, her studies are aimed at deciphering signaling pathways underlying the actions of nicotine in other tobacco-related diseases.

Brown's Sigma Xi research proposal explores how nicotine can affect the blood supply of the retina, which has implications for diseases like macular degeneration, commonly found in the elderly. The results of her research proposal will be relevant to patients who are active smokers, exposed to second-hand smoke, or using smoking cessation devices such as nicotine patches or gums.

The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research program has been providing undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences for more than 80 years. By encouraging close working relationships between students and faculty, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.

Students use the grant funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.

Brown also recently was awarded a $1,000 grant from NASA.

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

***Power Outage in Huntington

Portions of the Huntington campus (Drinko Library, Old Main, and some residence halls) are experiencing a power outage. AEP estimates that power will be back on approximately 8:30 a.m. Classes will begin normally.

Please travel safely, as some traffic signals will also be out.

Residence Halls students may use Twin Towers east for breakfast.


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

MLK celebration features play, traditional march

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A light-hearted play with a serious message will be one of the highlights of the 16th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration which takes place in Huntington Monday, Jan. 19.  This year's theme is "A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."

Presented by Marshall University's Division of Multicultural Affairs, "1001 Black Inventions" will be showcased at 5 p.m. in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. "1001 Black Inventions" features the lives of brilliant men and women and focuses on how a typical American family attempts to survive in a world without the inventions created by Africans and African Americans.

Through this educational and entertaining play audiences can come to the realization that Black ingenuity is an integral part of their daily lives. A dessert reception will follow and music will be provided by Dr. Charles Lloyd, pianist.  Although tickets are required for the performance, they are free and may be obtained by calling 304-696-4677.

Other events scheduled include a series of youth activities running from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the A.D. Lewis Center in Huntington.  Students from throughout the area have been invited to take part in activities which include fun and creative exercises led by Marshall University professors and students in writing, theatre and career opportunities. 

The traditional march in honor of Dr. King will form at 4 p.m. at the 16th Street Baptist Church, 1647 9th Ave., and will take marchers via 20th Street to the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center just prior to the beginning of the play.  Huntington Mayor Kim Wolfe will be this year's grand marshal and everyone is invited to join in.

"I am honored that Marshall University's Division of Multicultural Affairs is an integral part of the celebration of Dr. King's life which demonstrates unity between campus and community and idealizes Dr. King's vision," said Dr. Shari Williams-Clarke, MU's vice president of Multicultural Affairs.

The community is invited to participate in any and all of the activities that celebrate the contributions and legacy of Dr. King. 

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Friday January 9, 2009
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Herd fans invited to attend Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic pre-game reception at Charleston Civic Center

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Alumni Association will host the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic pre-game reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14 in the South Hall of the Charleston Civic Center.

Hundreds of Marshall basketball fans are expected to attend the reception, which coincides with the annual basketball doubleheader between Marshall University and West Virginia University. The women's game starts at 5:30 p.m., and the men's game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. in the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum.

The reception, which is free to the public, is being sponsored by BrickStreet Insurance, ELCO Mechanical, Pepsi Bottling Group, Mountain State Insurance Agency, MUAA President Nancy Campbell, Rent-a-Center and Liberty Mutual Insurance. 

"The Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic pre-game reception is a wonderful opportunity for all Marshall alumni, fans and friends to gather before the game to get ready to cheer on the Herd as it takes on WVU," said Tish Littlehales, Marshall's director of alumni relations. "Everyone who stops by will enjoy great food, great music and a great time."

In addition to a live band performing, the reception will feature giveaways, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

Representatives from many Marshall colleges, departments and activities will take part in the reception, setting up displays and sharing information with visitors. Among those planning displays are the Student Recreation Center, the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development, the Graduate College, STEM, the Office of Recruitment, Career Services, the Lewis College of Business, the College of Education and Human Services, the College of Health Professions, MU Libraries, the College of Fine Arts, the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, the College of Liberal Arts, Forensic Science, the Big Green Scholarship Foundation, the College of Science and others.

For more information on the reception, contact Nancy Pelphrey with the Alumni Association at 304-696-3134.

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Thursday January 8, 2009
Contact: John Farley, , 304-696-2296

Michael Cornfeld and Alumni Exhibition on display at Marshall beginning Jan. 20


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Michael Cornfeld and Alumni Exhibition, an exhibit of recent drawings by Marshall University Professor Michael Cornfeld presented alongside artwork produced by his former students and Marshall alumni, will be on display at the Birke Art Gallery on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

The exhibition opens Tuesday, Jan. 20 and runs through Thursday, Feb. 5. The opening reception, hosted by Cornfeld, will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21 and will feature a brief lecture by the artist at 7:30 p.m. Cornfeld said he also hopes that the other participants will discuss their current artistic endeavors.

Cornfeld was the Department of Art and Design chair for 12 years and has been the associate dean of the College of Fine Arts since 2004. His time at MU comes to an end with his retirement at the close of the spring 2009 semester. He joined the university in 1967 as an assistant professor and has been known throughout his 42-year career at Marshall as an extraordinary teacher of drawing and weaving, according to Don Van Horn, dean of the College of Fine Arts.

"An unfailing advocate for students, Professor Cornfeld has taught and inspired countless individuals," Van Horn said. "Students seek him out as a mentor, confidant, and friend, and many of those friendships between the teacher and his students continue and flourish long after graduation."

The exhibition will showcase not only the current work of Michael Cornfeld, the artist, but will also demonstrate his tremendous influence as a teacher. All of Cornfeld's previous students who are participating in this exhibition have gone on to pursue careers in the arts and consider him instrumental to their success.

"He offered a tremendous amount of encouragement and positive feedback. He instilled in me the courage to pursue my own vision, an example I would later set in my own classroom," said Marlalie Boyd, a retired art teacher in the Cabell County school system.

The Birke Art Gallery, located in Marshall's Smith Hall, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Cornfeld can be reached at 304-696-2963 or cornfeld@marshall.edu.

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Wednesday January 7, 2009
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Big Green Presents 'Herd Madness at the Marriott'

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Tuesday January 6, 2009
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'Obama Celebration Ball' planned for Jan. 20 at VFW

- The Marshall University Black Alumni, Inc., the Huntington Chapter of Links, Inc., and Marshall's Office of Multicultural Affairs are sponsoring an event to enable people to celebrate locally the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.

The "Obama Celebration Ball" will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight Tuesday, Jan. 20 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Hall, 227 Main St. in Guyandotte. Music will be provided by Wind Jammer, dinner will be served, and Inauguration Day activities from Washington, D.C., will be shown live on a big-screen TV.

"Don't fight the crowd in Washington, D.C.," said Janis Winkfield, vice president of Marshall Black Alumni, Inc. "Join with us as we witness and celebrate the making of history with the inauguration of the first African American president."

Tickets are $25 per person or $45 for couples, and Marshall students will be admitted free by showing their IDs. Students may pick up their tickets in the Office of Multicultural Affairs (Old Main 111) or the Center for African American Students' Programs in the Memorial Student Center (first floor, Room 1W25).

For more information or to purchase tickets, call Marie Redd at 304-617-4397 or Janis Winkfield at 304-416-0938. Tickets also may be purchased in Marshall's Office of Multicultural Affairs.

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Monday January 5, 2009
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, 304-696-3296

Marshall hosts annual FluteWorks Jan. 24

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's annual FluteWorks will take place Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Jomie Jazz Center on the Huntington campus.

During the day-long event for all flutists grades 6 through college, participants will attend sessions presented by experts in various aspects of flute playing. They will also listen to flute performances, rehearse and finally perform during a grand Thunder Flute Ensemble performance at 4 p.m.

Dr. Wendell Dobbs, Professor of Flute at Marshall University, will direct all sessions and the final concert.

This year's FluteWorks will feature Bernard Goldberg, longtime principal flutist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, who is now retired. Goldberg will visit as a Joan C. Edwards Distinguished Professor of the Arts.

Dobbs studied with Goldberg for four years in the 70s during the preparation of his master's and doctoral degrees at Catholic University. "I was serving in the United States Army Band in Washington," Dobbs said. "One of my fellow musicians was from Pittsburgh and had studied with him. Goldberg accepted me as a student and for the next four years I would travel to Pittsburgh about every other week during the school year and have an extended lesson. One of the best parts of the trip was hearing the Pittsburgh Symphony. During those days the world-class orchestra was conducted by William Steinberg and then Andre Previn."

Dobbs continued, "Studying with Goldberg was a great revelation for me. His meticulous preparation and his interpretive insight were the basis for all my future development as a musician."

Mara Goosman, who manufactures flute headjoints, will be on hand at FluteWorks for the first time this year with various flute-related publications, music and instruments to play or purchase.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. the day of the event. Advance registration is not necessary. The $20 registration fee for FluteWorks provides admission to all sessions during the day, a boxed lunch, a Marshall Music Department T-shirt and a certificate of participation. Parents of students and the general public are welcome to attend the final Thunder Flute Ensemble concert at 4 p.m. free of charge, as space permits.

All inquiries may be directed to Dobbs by phone at 304-696-2359 or by e-mail at dobbs@marshall.edu.

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