June 2009 News Releases

Monday June 29, 2009
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, 304-696-3296

Marshall Jazz Ensemble Leaves for Europe July 4

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Nineteen members of the Marshall University Jazz Ensemble will leave Saturday, July 4 to appear at two European jazz festivals. The group will perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Jazz e Juan Festival in France before returning to the United States July 13.

"The members of the current ensemble are part of the best jazz group at Marshall in recent memory," said Dr. Ed Bingham, director of jazz studies at Marshall, who directs the group. "In the spring of 2008, the MUJE prepared a recording to submit to the Montreux Jazz Festival and to the Jazz e Juan Festival. We received word that we had been accepted to appear there last fall. The 'die was cast' and the work began."

Last fall semester, auditions were held with the understanding that those selected would be committed to this effort for the entire year not just for the semester. The students were expected to do part of the fund raising necessary to mount this project and to "step up" their level of preparation and performance. In addition, Bingham said, assistance from Marshall faculty and staff in the College of Fine Arts and financial resources provided by the Joan C. Edwards jazz endowment helped make the trip a reality.

An opportunity such as this comes along only once in a lifetime for most students and is important for a number of reasons, Bingham said. "First, it recognizes the talents and accomplishments of our students. They are being featured in two internationally recognized venues and are now ready for the challenge. Second, the opportunity to experience the cultures and environments of Switzerland, Italy and France, while valuable in itself, affirms one of the central components of the curriculum at Marshall: Internationalism. Third, performing at these festivals gives credibility to the quality of Marshall's Jazz Studies program."

Members of the 2009 Marshall University Jazz Ensemble and their home towns are:

  • Jimmy Lykens - Eunice, W.Va.
  • Sean Coughlin - Yorktown Heights, N.Y.
  • Jason Mitchell - Forest Hill, W.Va.
  • Chris Clark - Charleston, W.Va.
  • David Hamilton - Culloden, W.Va.
  • Luke Miller- Meadow Bridge, W.Va.
  • Daniel Ellis - San Angelo, Texas
  • Katie Ferber - Bridgeport, W.Va.
  • Austin Seybert - Bridgeport, W.Va.
  • John Galloway - Kenova, W.Va.
  • Isaac Winland - Sistersville, W.Va.
  • Angela Crum - Union, W.Va.
  • Dylan Elder - Barboursville, W.Va.
  • Briana Blankenship - Grantsville, W.Va.
  • Johnathan Wright - Houston, TX
  • Rodney Elkins - Salt Rock, W.Va.
  • Nicole McComas - Hamlin, W.Va.
  • Wes Hager - Teays Valley, W.Va.
  • Esin Gunduz - Istanbul, Turkey


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

Warner named College of Liberal Arts associate dean at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Jamie Warner, associate professor of political science at Marshall University since 2005, is the new associate dean for MU's College of Liberal Arts.

Dr. David Pittenger, dean of the college, said Warner begins her official duties on Wednesday, July 1.

"Dr. Warner brings much to the office. She is a superior teacher and well-regarded scholar," Pittenger said. "Moreover, she represents the student centered attitude that is the hallmark of this college. In the coming months, Dr. Warner will review our policies and procedures regarding advising and student retention. Our goal is to ensure students have the best possible educational experience while at Marshall University."

Warner has been at Marshall since 2002, when she was hired as an assistant professor of political science. In 2004, she was awarded both the Pickens-Queen and College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Teaching Awards. Before coming to Marshall, she was a visiting assistant professor of political science at the University of the South (Sewanee) from 2001 to 2002.

"I'm very excited about the new challenges this position will present," Warner said. "I'm also looking forward to working with students throughout the College of Liberal Arts, as well as both David and the COLA staff."

Warner received her B.A. from Millersville University in 1991, her M.A. from Penn State University in 1995 and her Ph.D. in political science with a minor in women's studies from Penn State in 2001.

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

Spectacular opening ceremony for youth soccer tournament planned July 2 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The opening ceremony of the U.S. Youth Soccer Region I Championships at Marshall University, organizers say, will be a spectacular event.

For certain, the ceremony on Thursday, July 2 at Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards Stadium will get off to a "flying" start when three skydivers from the All-American Freefall Team from the U.S. Army's famed 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, N.C., parachute onto the stadium turf to deliver a proclamation that will be read by Gov. Joe Manchin.

The skydivers will jump at 3:50 p.m., or 10 minutes before the official 4 p.m. start of the ceremony. Gates open at 2 p.m. and admission is free. Free parking will be available on all Marshall University surface lots and concessions will be open at the stadium. No outside food or drink will be allowed into the stadium.

The ceremony will last nearly two hours and feature an Olympics-style parade of the 5,000 young athletes from 13 states onto the field. They will be joined on the field by hundreds of referees. A torch run by West Virginia's 1997 Region 1 U-12 soccer champions will conclude the event.

"It will be a terrific ending," said Moppy Lavery, co-chairman with Diane Shattls of the opening ceremony. "They are the only team from West Virginia to ever win the region in any age group. Just about every boy is coming back from all over the country for the ceremony and we are excited to have them. What they did shows the success we can have in West Virginia. They were the number one team in the country."

Lavery said soccer fans throughout the Tri-State Area are encouraged not only to attend the ceremony, but also to attend some of the matches that start Friday, July 3 and run through Tuesday, July 7 on 22 fields at the Barboursville Soccer Complex and the Huntington YMCA Scott Orthopedic Soccer Complex.

"It's going to be so exciting for the city of Huntington," Lavery said of the opening ceremony. "It will be a very festive occasion. We are trying to make it the best ever. We are going to focus on Huntington and Barboursville and show all the good things about our area and the state of West Virginia and Marshall University."

The tournament will attract 268 boys and girls teams, with players ages 11-19, from Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont and West Virginia. According to the Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau, an estimated 16,000 parents, coaches and referees will attend the ceremony and the tournament, resulting in an economic impact of more than $12 million.

West Virginia and the West Virginia Soccer Association are hosting the tournament this year and in 2010 as part of the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship Series. West Virginia Soccer Association President Len Rogers, who chairs the tournament's local organizing committee, said he expects between 16,000 and 20,000 people to attend the opening ceremony, but "we'd love to fill the stadium."

"In all my years of doing it, we've never had the opening ceremony at a Division I stadium," Rogers said. "This facility will be the best one we've ever had. Marshall's people have been super to work with and Joan C. Edwards Stadium is top notch. It's going to be a gorgeous and memorable opening ceremony."

Pre-opening ceremony activities at the stadium are planned as well. Crossbar competition starts at 3 p.m., a five on five soccer game between mascots starts at 3:25 p.m., and videos featuring Marshall University and the Huntington area will be shown on the video board beginning at 3:42 p.m.

The ceremony begins with greetings from West Virginia Sen. Bob Plymale and Rogers. A flag roll-out follows, with the 249th Army Band of the West Virginia National Guard playing and Randall Reid Smith singing America the Beautiful. Also, the band will play and Smith will sing the National Anthem.

Greetings from Manchin and other local officials, including Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp, will follow.

In addition to hosting the opening ceremony, Marshall University's Huntington campus will be used to house an estimated 1,500 people, including players, their families and referees. All four of the Marshall Commons residence halls will be used, along with Buskirk Hall and rooms in Twin Towers East and West not currently occupied by Marshall students.

Breakfast will be served daily throughout the tournament (July 3-7) in the Twin Towers cafeteria and the Harless Dining Hall. Lunch and dinner will be served daily in the Harless Dining Hall.

Players and their families interested in learning more about Marshall University can visit the Gillette Welcome Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 3-4, or take part in campus tours on both days. No reservation is necessary to take campus tours, which begin on the hour from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gillette Welcome Center, which is located on the corner of Hal Greer Boulevard and 5th Avenue.

The Marshall Recreation Center will be open for soccer tournament participants on Thursday, July 2 (6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) and Monday, July 6 (6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.). All-day passes can be purchased for $6. Further details are available by calling 304-696-4732.

The Marshall University Bookstore also will be open during the tournament. Hours on Thursday and Friday, July 2-3, are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 4, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The recreation area on the lower level of the Memorial Student Center will have free pool and ping pong for all soccer players, families and other representatives. Eight championship size pool tables, three table tennis tables and a lounge area with a big-screen TV are available from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, July 2-5.

Volunteers are still needed to help with the opening ceremony and various duties throughout the tournament. To volunteer, persons may contact Kheng McGuire at 304-525-6042 or via e-mail at khengmcguire@aol.com.

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Thursday June 18, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University Board of Governors approves tuition increase

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Board of Governors today approved a tuition and fee increase of $169 per semester for all full-time undergraduate resident and metro students for fiscal year 2009-2010. Tuition and fee increases of $240 for undergraduate non-resident students also were approved. The funds from this increase are necessary to bolster the university's operating budget in light of the recent economic situation affecting both private funds and other revenue streams, as well as expected increases in utilities, insurance and other operating costs.

"Like almost every institution of higher learning across the nation, Marshall University faces significant financial challenges during a time of extraordinary uncertainty and abrupt difficulty associated with the state of our nation's economy and efforts to stimulate its resurgence," said Dr. Stephen Kopp, Marshall University's President. "We want to thank Governor Joe Manchin and the West Virginia Legislature for their remarkable vision, leadership and forbearance in navigating through these difficult times. Thanks to them, state funding for Marshall University and the School of Medicine will remain close to last year's level. We remain vigilant and are realistic about the nature and extent of the multi-year financial challenges that lie ahead beyond this next fiscal year. We have planned and exercised sensible patience with our Board of Governors before presenting a budget plan for consideration by its members. With the passage of this year's state budget and a careful review of our other sources of revenue and the dramatic rise in anticipated operating expenditures, we were left with no choice but to raise our tuition by this amount. Marshall University remains an excellent option for higher education, offering a superb education at an affordable price, especially when compared to in-state tuition rates in neighboring states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia."

The Board, meeting in the Memorial Student Center's Shawkey Room, also approved an average room and board increase of $186 per semester.  Tuition and fees for full-time graduate resident and metro students was increased by $178 per semester, with graduate nonresident students' tuition increased by $266. Professional students in the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine were increased $400 for resident students and $1,000 for non-resident students.

NOTE - "Resident" refers to West Virginia students and "Non-resident" refers to non-West Virginia students.

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Wednesday June 17, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, 304-696-7153

WMUL student broadcasters win record number of awards for academic year

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students and the faculty manager from MU's public radio station, WMUL-FM, received three Awards of Excellence and one Award of Distinction in the 15th Annual Communicator Awards 2009 Audio Competition. The winners were named Monday, June 8.

With the addition of these four awards, the WMUL-FM student broadcasters established a new station record of 89 awards for the 2008-2009 academic year with no other contests remaining to be decided. The total includes 34 first-place awards, 15 second-place awards, seven third-place awards and 33 honorable mention awards.  Since 1985, WMUL-FM student broadcasters have won 906 awards.

WMUL students and the faculty manager also received three Platinum Awards, two Gold Awards and two Honorable Mention Awards in The Hermes Creative Awards 2009 Competition. Those winners were named Friday, May 8.

The Communicator Awards come from the International Academy of Visual Arts that recognizes outstanding work in the communications field.  Entries are judged by industry professionals who seek out companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.  The 2009 contest had more than 7,000 entries.

"I am proud and grateful for the honor these Communicator Awards of Excellence bestow on WMUL-FM, the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and Marshall University," said Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, professor of radio-television production and management in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University and faculty manager of WMUL-FM.

The Awards of Excellence winning entries by WMUL-FM are in the following categories:

Sports talk program

"Trash Talk Sports:  The Friends of Coal Bowl Edition," with hosts Adam Cavalier, a recent graduate from Montgomery, and Tom Bragg, a senior from Cross Lanes, broadcast Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008.

Employee publication/manual/training

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

Audio podcast

"Ye Olde C-USA Report," with host Brian Dalek, a recent graduate from McMechen; reporters Tom Bragg; Robert Iddings, a junior from St. Albans; Dave Traube, a junior from Beckley; James Roach, a junior from Richwood; and Tony Viola, a freshman from Follansbee; broadcast Friday, Oct. 17, 2008.

The Award of Distinction winning entry by WMUL-FM was in the following category: 

Feature package

"The Toastman," written and produced by Adam Cavalier, that was broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," Monday, Aug. 4, 2008.

Winners of the Communicator Awards come from radio stations, production facilities, advertising and public relations agencies, corporate communications departments, government entities, technicians, narrators, writers, and other professionals associated with the production of audio broadcasts and materials.

"This is an outstanding accomplishment to be recognized as having broadcast one of the best sports talk programs in the country, to have WMUL-FM staff members identified for writing one of the best training manuals available and to be acknowledged as having produced a highly regarded radio sports program available online as a podcast," Bailey said.

In the Hermes Competition, the Platinum Award winning entries by WMUL-FM were in the following categories:

Radio newscast

"The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," with producer Mark Swinkels, international student from Nieuwleoop, Holland; news anchors Whitney Thomas, a senior from Wheeling; Leannda Carey, a sophomore from Wellsburg; and sports anchor Andrew Ramspacher, a junior from Dublin; broadcast Thursday, April 24, 2008.

Radio sports program

"A Glimpse at Herd Heaven: The 2007-2008 Marshall Men's Basketball Season in Review," written and produced by Adam Cavalier, broadcast  prior to the Marshall-Wheeling Jesuit exhibition basketball home opener Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008.

Radio sports program

"Herd Roundup" for Friday, Nov. 7, 2008. The students who participated in were: Adam Cavalier, co-host and producer; Andrew Ramspacher, co-host and producer; Brian Dalek, reporter; Ryan Epling, a graduate student from Wayne, reporter; Robert Iddings, reporter; and Dave Traube, a junior from Beckley, reporter. 

The Gold Award winning entries by WMUL-FM were in the following categories:


"The WMUL-FM Traffic Manual," written by Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, Whitney Thomas, WMUL-FM Traffic Director, and Michael Stanley, WMUL-FM Operations Manager, who is a senior from West Hamlin.  The "WMUL-FM Traffic Manual" was written for the student and community volunteer staff members charged with producing the campus radio station's daily programming logs.

Radio news reporting podcast

"Whitewater Release," written and produced by Adam Cavalier, that was broadcast during the

"5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," and available online Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008.

The Honorable Mention Award winning entries by WMUL-FM were in the following categories:

Radio sports play-by-play

WMUL-FM's broadcast of the Marshall University versus the University of Houston football game played at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008.  The students calling the football game broadcast over FM 88.1 were football play-by-play announcer Ryan Epling; color commentator Adam Cavalier; sideline reporter Deven Swartz, a senior from Philippi; and engineer Tony Viola, a freshman from Follansbee.

Radio news reporting podcast

"Salvation for the Powerless," written and produced by Adam Cavalier, that was broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," and available online Monday, Feb. 2, 2009.

The Hermes Creative Awards are administered and evaluated by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.  The Hermes Creative Awards are an international competition created to honor outstanding creativity, skill, craft and talent in the concept, writing and design of traditional and emerging media. There were approximately 3,700 entries in The Hermes Creative Awards 2009 Competition from throughout the United States and several countries. 

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Tuesday June 16, 2009
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, 304-696-3296

Marshall Theatre to premiere four new works

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - If you think there are no original ideas out there lately, then drop by Marshall University's Huntington campus during The New Works Festival 2009 to see the premieres of four new plays by local and national playwrights, presented by Marshall University Theatre Alliance and the Marshall University College of Fine Arts. 

The three-night festival will present both staged and un-staged readings of four new plays over three consecutive evenings, June 18 through 20. All readings will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Each evening's readings will be followed by a discussion/question-and-answer session with the playwright, director and cast.  Participation is both welcome and encouraged. The schedule of events is as follows:

        On Thursday, June 18, two new one-act plays by local/national playwright Jonathan Joy will be presented. The first, "Senate Idol," is a satirical look at the Ohio senate race using the popular reality television show as a backdrop. Contestants compete for one of the most important jobs in the state of Ohio, not in the polls, but by "phoning or texting." The only thing that will ensure their place of a senate seat is the TV viewing audience. The second, "Fly by Night," is a comedy that asks the question, "Is there extraterrestrial life out there, and if there is, are they interested in American politics, marital infidelity and life in southern Ohio?"

        On Friday, June 19, a new holiday comedy titled "The Pep Sturdley Family Christmas Special," by Clint McElroy, will be performed. Pep is an American icon and his family gathers annually to celebrate the holidays with some good ol' fashioned fun, song and humor. The problem is, Pep's family dysfunction turns the hour-long live broadcast into a chaotic nightmare of epic proportions. 

      On Saturday, June 20, "Best Imitation," a new musical drama by West Virginia playwright and Marshall University Theatre Alumnus Jeremy Richter, closes out the festival. A contemporary twist on the "boy meets girl" musical genre, this is a dark and sensitive story that follows the strained relationships of mismatched couples looking for love and rarely finding it.

To purchase tickets, visit the Marshall University Theatre box office in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center or call 304-696-ARTS (2787). Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m.  Tickets are priced at $12 per evening or $20 for a full festival pass (all three nights).

For further information, contact Jack Cirillo at 304-696-2511 or the box office at 304-696-2787.

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Tuesday June 16, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University's Society of Yeager Scholars program receives $15,000 grant from Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A grant of $15,000 from the Board of Trustees of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., will help support Marshall University's Society of Yeager Scholars.

The donation, which Marshall University received on June 11, is the second gift from the California-based Hilton Foundation, which was established in 1944 by hotel entrepreneur Conrad N. Hilton. Offices are located in Los Angeles, Calif., and Reno, Nev. The first gift, also $15,000, was presented in August 2008.

"This gift, as stipulated in our proposal, will be deposited into the Society of Yeager Scholars greatest needs fund to support our current and in-coming Yeager Scholars," said Bob Galardi, Director of Major Gifts for the Society of Yeager Scholars. "The grant will assist us in our efforts to replace the funds lost in the market over the past few months, and compete with the rising costs of our Yeager Scholars' studies at Marshall."

"The continued kindness of the Hilton Foundation demonstrates the importance of securing new funding sources needed to grow our program and our university into the 21st Century," Galardi said.

For more information or to contribute to the Society of Yeager Scholars, contact Galardi at (304) 696-3336 or e-mail him at galardi@marshall.edu.

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Thursday June 11, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Engineering Academy at Marshall University attracts students from seven states

- Thirty-six students from high schools in seven states will be on Marshall University's Huntington campus Sunday, June 14 through Friday, June 19 to take part in the ninth annual Exploring Engineering: Academy of Excellence (EEAE).

Dr. Betsy Dulin, dean of Marshall's College of Information Technology and Engineering, said the engineering academy is one of the highlights of summer for the college. It provides an excellent opportunity for high school students to explore engineering as a career, to meet practicing engineers, and to experience living on Marshall's campus.

"We've been pleased and honored during the past eight years to host the students participating in the camp," Dulin said. "We look forward to meeting the outstanding students participating this year as well."

Dr. William Pierson, chair of the Weisberg Division of Engineering and Computer Science at Marshall, said one theme of the camp's activities is teamwork - the importance of teamwork in planning and in working together to achieve a common goal.

"The academy is a good way to make students aware of the important role of engineers in our modern society and what an exciting profession engineering is," Pierson said.

He said one of the major themes of the 2009 academy is "Engineers Make a Difference."  To help emphasize this theme, Rodney Holbert of Burgess & Niple (an engineering and architectural firm headquartered in Columbus, Ohio) will give a presentation on opening day about his experiences with Engineers Without Borders.

Beth Wolfe, MU's director of recruitment, said not only is the academy a great way for students to explore the field of engineering, it is a wonderful opportunity for them to explore Marshall University and all it has to offer.

"By living in our residence halls and interacting with our faculty and students, they get a real sense of life at Marshall," Wolfe said.

The academy is funded through donations from individuals and corporations. This year's premier sponsors, Chesapeake Energy and the Nick J. Rahall, II Appalachian Transportation Institute (RTI), contributed a combined $50,000 allowing the academy to expand activities.

"RTI and Chesapeake are proud partners in supporting a program that allows students to actively participate in such a valuable learning experience," RTI Director and CEO Bob Plymale said. "The additional funding allows the academy to increase the number of students participating, and enhance the learning experience."

Students are selected for the camp based upon their interest in and aptitude for engineering. Grades, courses taken and letters of recommendation are taken into consideration. The camp primarily tries to attract rising high school juniors. 

The 2009 participants include:

Elishah Cabarrus of Huntington; J.P. Calo of Martinsburg, W.Va.; Jordan Coldsmith of Chambersburg, Pa.; Sydney Combs of London, Ky.; Grayson Davis of Huntington; Emily Deinert of Jackson, Ohio; Alex Dutkevitch of Indianapolis, Ind.; Levi Exline of Jackson, Ohio; Ronald FiField of Paw Paw, W.Va;

Colin Frosch of Fairmont, W.Va.; Ethan Garrison of Sistersville, W.Va.; Sam Huffman of Hurricane, W.Va.; Zach Humphreys of Wheelersburg, Ohio; Hollie Keesee of Huntington; Cara Lauber of Fort Collins, Colo.; David Leaphart of Thurman, Ohio; Jason Long of New Martinsville, W.Va.; Brandon Maynard of Fort Gay, W.Va.;

Tori Morgan of Glasgow, Ky.; Carly O'Dell of Fairmont, W.Va.; Mat Pack of Leon, W.Va.; Alex Poindexter of Glasgow, Ky.; Drew Price of Kenova; Conor Pyles of Chapmanville, W.Va.; Luke Rapp of Huntington; David Russell of Barboursville; Allie Shaner of Farmington, W.Va.;

Natalie Shields of Glasgow, Ky.; Tucker Simonton of Orange Park, Fla.; Connor Stephens of Hilliard, Ohio; Dylan Watson of Wayne; Emily Wells of Sistersville, W.Va.; Anthony Whaley of Ironton, Ohio; Lauren Wheeler of Bridgeport, W.Va.; Emily Wildman of Paden City, W.Va., and Ruth Williams of Summersville, W.Va.

Here is the complete schedule of events for the 2009 academy:

Sunday, June 14

  • 2 to 3 p.m.: check-in - Haymaker Hall, Marshall Commons
  • 3 to 5 p.m.: welcome and presentation by Rodney Holbert, PE, PS, Burgess and Niple, "Engineering Without Borders" - Smith Hall 154. Families of students are encouraged to stay for this event.
  • 5 to 6 p.m.: dinner - Memorial Student Center cafeteria
  • 6:30 to 9 p.m.: icebreaker and team-building activities - Marshall Recreation Center

Monday, June 15

  • 8 to 9:45 a.m.: lecture time - Weisberg Engineering Lab classroom (WEL 101)
  • 9:50 to 11:30 a.m.: introduction to civil and environmental engineering: surveying, GPS, materials testing and environmental sampling - Buskirk Field and Weisberg Engineering Lab
  • 11:30 a.m. to noon: lunch - Harless Dining Hall
  • 12:30 to 4 p.m.: introduction to civil and environmental engineering: surveying, GPS, materials testing and environmental sampling - Buskirk Field and Weisberg Engineering Lab
  • 4:30 to 5 p.m.: dinner - Harless Dining Hall
  • 5:30 to 7 p.m.: introduction to GPS, Jamie Wolfe - Weisberg Engineering Lab
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m.: work on landscape design

Tuesday, June 16

  • 8 to 9 a.m.: introduction to trebuchet design - WEL 101
  • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: trebuchet design and construction - Buskirk Field
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: luncheon with Society of American Military Engineers members - Harless Dining Hall, Ed Grose Room
  • 12:30 to 2 p.m.: complete trebuchet construction
  • 2 to 3 p.m.: trebuchet competition
  • 3 to 4:30 p.m.: Visualization Lab presentation - Weisberg Engineering Lab
  • 4:30 to 5 p.m.: dinner - Harless Dining Hall
  • 5:30 to 7 p.m.: Intelligent Transportation Systems presentation, Andrew Nichols - WEL 101
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m.: work on landscape design

Wednesday, June 17

  • 8 to 9:30 a.m.: introduction to Intelligent Transportation Systems (using Lego robotics) - GH5
  • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: work on robot design/construction - GH5
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: lunch - Harless Dining Hall
  • 12:30 to 2 p.m.: finalize robot design - Weisberg Engineering Lab
  • 2 to 3 p.m.: robotics competition - Weisberg Engineering Lab
  • 3 to 4 p.m.: concrete testing - Weisberg Engineering Lab
  • 4:30 to 5 p.m.: dinner - Harless Dining Hall
  • 5:30 to 7 p.m.: GPS competition - Memorial Fountain
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m.: work on landscape design

Thursday, June 18

  • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.: field trips
  • 8 to 9:30 a.m.: travel to WV American Water Plant in Charleston
  • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: WVAW Treatment Plant tour
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: lunch at Golden Corral, Cross Lanes
  • 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.: travel to Toyota Plant in Buffalo
  • 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.: tour Toyota
  • 3:15 to 4 p.m.: travel to J.H. Fletcher
  • 4 to 6 p.m.: tour J.H. Fletcher
  • 6 to 6:30 p.m.: travel to Waves of Fun
  • 6:30 to 9 p.m.: dinner and pool party, Waves of Fun
  • 9 to 9:30 p.m.: return to Marshall

Friday, June 19

  • 9 to 10:30 a.m.: landscape design presentations - Weisberg Engineering Lab
  • 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.: EEAE evaluation and wrap-up - WEL 101
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: awards luncheon, students, families, sponsors, staff and guests - Memorial Student Center BE5.

Sponsors of the 2009 engineering academy are:

Premier sponsors: Chesapeake Energy and the Nick J. Rahall, II Appalachian Transportation Institute.

Team sponsors:  J.H. Fletcher & Co.; Kanawha Stone; GRW Engineers, Inc.; Chapman Technical Group; The Dow Chemical Company; American Society of Civil Engineers, West Virginia Section, and the Society of American Military Engineers, Huntington Post.

Activity sponsors: West Virginia American Water; Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, and WV Research Challenge Fund.

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Wednesday June 10, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Cavalier named nation's most outstanding collegiate radio sportscaster

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Adam Cavalier of Montgomery, W.Va., a spring 2009 graduate of Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications and a four-year member of the WMUL-FM broadcast staff, received two prestigious national broadcasting awards this past weekend.

On Friday, June 5, Cavalier won the inaugural Jim Nantz Award as the nation's most outstanding collegiate radio sportscaster. He had qualified for the Nantz Award when the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America (STAA) ranked him as one of the top five outstanding collegiate radio sportscasters in the country.

"The Jim Nantz Award, to me, is recognition for me in a field in which I want to be associated for years to come," Cavalier said of the award named in honor of the four-time Sports Broadcaster of the Year from CBS Sports. "I want to be a play-by-play announcer, and for those skills to be acknowledged publicly on a national scale makes me want to do cartwheels."

On Saturday, June 6, Cavalier took second place and $4,000 in prize money in the National Radio Broadcast News Championship division of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation's Journalism Awards Program. He also won an additional $1,000 award for Best Use of Radio For News Coverage in the Hearst Awards. The Hearst Awards are considered by many to be the college version of the Pulitzer Prize.

"I've been working for the past two years to place this high in Hearst," Cavalier said. "The award is the culmination of a goal that started a long time ago and is what makes it truly special."

Other finalists for the Nantz Award were sports broadcasters Adam Amin from Valparaiso, Siddique Farooqi from Hofstra, Joel Godett from Syracuse, Jim MacKay from the University of Maine and Justin Shackil from Fordham. Each of the finalists has been recognized as a 2009 Sports Broadcasting STAA All-American.

"An argument can be made for any of these sports broadcasters to have won the award," said STAA CEO Jon Chelesnik. "What Adam does so well is to create great drama with his play-by-play. He isn't just describing the action. His sportscasting is telling a story. His court description and verbiage are also excellent. He is ready to hit the sports broadcasting job market running."

Ryan Epling, a Marshall University graduate student from Wayne, won an honorable mention in the STAA competition.

"These awards demonstrate not only what I can do, but also the quality of student broadcasters that WMUL-FM, the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications and Marshall University produce," Cavalier said.

Cavalier is Marshall University's third national placer in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program in the past four years. Jennifer Baileys, now part of the "Fox In The Morning" team at WDRB-TV in Louisville, finished third in the television competition in 2006. Paul Gessler, now a reporter and sports anchor at WSAZ, finished second in the television competition in 2007.

Cavalier was in San Francisco working on his assignment for the Hearst Awards when he was informed by phone that he had won the Nantz Award.

"These two awards get fast tracked to the top of my resume," Cavalier said. "Getting both in the same weekend makes it that much more overwhelming. This has been a wonderful two-day span that I won't forget for a very long time."

The Hearst Championships are the culmination of the 2008-2009 Journalism Awards Program, which may be entered only by students enrolled in the 110 member colleges and universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduate journalism programs.

From June 2 through 6, 24 finalists participated in the 49th annual Hearst Championships in San Francisco where they demonstrated their writing, photography, radio and television skills in rigorous on-the-spot assignments. The assignments were decided by media professionals who judged the finalists' work throughout the year and at the Championships. The winners were announced at the awards ceremony in San Francisco.

In early May, Cavalier received the Marvin Stone/Outstanding Contribution as a College Journalist Award from the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University. He graduated from Marshall University in May with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

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Wednesday June 10, 2009
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'Banjo Women in West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky' on display at the Special Collections Department

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "Banjo Women in West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky," a multimedia exhibit of photographs, text, and audio that celebrates the role of women in the development of banjo music in Appalachia, has opened in the Special Collections Department of Marshall University Libraries.

The exhibition was created from information gathered in oral histories with 10 women banjoists - seven from West Virginia and three from Kentucky.  Visitors can learn about the women included in the exhibit while listening to selections of music recorded during their oral history interviews.  The Special Collections Department has the exhibit on display to highlight one of its many unique collections.

The project was completed in 1997 as a collaboration of Dr. Susan Eacker, currently a visiting professor of history at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she teaches courses in Appalachian Studies, and Geoff Eacker, director of the Arts Center at Miami University.

Susan Eacker conducted the interviews and wrote the text for the displays and Geoff Eacker took the photographs and built the frames and stand.  They received a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship from the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia (CSEGA) at Marshall University and were the first resident fellows at CSEGA.  "Banjo Women" was previously displayed in 2000 at the first CSEGA conference and at the Cincinnati Appalachian Festival in 2001. 

In addition to the exhibit, Special Collections also houses the audio recordings and transcripts of the oral histories. The exhibit is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p. m. Tuesday through Friday.

Special Collections is located in Room 216 on the second floor of the Morrow Library on Marshall University's Huntington campus. For more information, call 304-696-2343 or e-mail Special Collections at speccoll@marshall.edu.

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Wednesday June 10, 2009
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Marshall University's 10th annual Jazz Festival to feature bassist Toby Curtright

- Jazz-MU-Tazz, Marshall University's summer jazz festival, will present the faculty combo Bluetrane, guest artist Dr. Toby Curtright and the Jazz-MU-Tazz Festival Big Bands in concert at the Jomie Jazz Center on Marshall's Huntington campus and at Pullman Square beginning June 24.

Curtright has taught numerous years at the elementary through college level. He received his bachelor's degree and Master of Music degree from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill., and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his tenure at the University of Illinois' outreach program, Curtright led a group of graduate students teaching jazz at East St. Louis High School for the new Miles Davis Institute. Prior to that, he was the professor of bass and jazz studies at Minnesota State University at Moorhead.

An active performer, adjudicator and clinician, Curtright has performed with numerous jazz greats including Ron, Cecil & Dee Dee Bridgewater, Mark Colby, Tom Garling, The Four Freshmen, Little Anthony and The Imperials, Paul McKee, Mike Lee, Bobby Shew, Arturo Sandoval and Paul Wertico.

Bluetrane, the Marshall faculty jazz combo which will perform Thursday night, was created to provide a professional model for the students at Marshall and to establish a musical ensemble devoted to the performance of jazz, which has been termed "America's National Treasure." Bluetrane's personnel includes Ed Bingham, saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies at Marshall; Martin Saunders, trumpet; Mike Stroeher, trombone; Sean Parsons, piano; Mark Zanter, guitar; and Steve Hall, percussion.

Collegiate and high school students will participate in the Jazz-MU-Tazz Festival Big Bands and student combos Friday and Saturday. During the festival, they develop their skills in improvisation and learn about the history and theory of jazz. The collegiate members of the festival are primarily current students at Marshall. The high school participants represent a number of schools throughout the area, including Spring Valley, Cabell Midland, Bridgeport, Winfield, Sherman and Calhoun high schools.

Jazz-MU-Tazz was founded in 2000 to celebrate the opening of the Jomie Jazz Center and to foster jazz in Huntington. Professional musicians, Marshall University faculty, collegiate and high school musicians combine their talents to preserve America's true musical art form.

Here is a complete schedule of events:

        Wednesday, June 24, 7:30 p.m. at the Jomie Jazz Center: bassist Toby Curtright

        Thursday, June 25, 7:30 p.m. at the Jomie Jazz Center: Bluetrane with bassist Toby Curtright

        Friday, June 26, 7:30 p.m. at the Jomie Jazz Center:  Jazz-MU-Tazz Student Combos

     Saturday, June 27, 5 p.m. at Pullman Square: Jazz-MU-Tazz Festival Big Bands with Toby Curtright

All events are free and open to the public. For further information, persons may contact Bingham at 304-696-3147 or by e-mail at bingham@marshall.edu.

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Marshall University's College of Liberal Arts announces creation of new essay competition for undergraduate students

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University today announced a new essay competition that pays tribute to former Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall and local Circuit Court Judge Dan O'Hanlon and gives all undergraduate students the opportunity to win up to $1,500 in prize money.

The Dan O'Hanlon Constitution Week and John Marshall Celebration Essay Competition was created with a $50,000 anonymous donation. Its purpose is to encourage Marshall University undergraduate students to study the historical and contemporary significance of the Constitution of the United States of America and the effect the Marshall court had in establishing the importance of the Supreme Court.

Judge O'Hanlon has served as professor and chair of the Marshall University Criminal Justice Department and has dedicated his life to the legal system and helping people in the region. Marshall, the namesake of Marshall University, was the third Chief Justice of the United States serving from Feb. 4, 1801 to his death in 1835. Under his leadership, the Supreme Court became a powerful branch of government that complements the legislative and executive branches.

"There are many goals for the essay competition," said Dr. David J. Pittenger, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. "We wish for students to learn more about the Constitution and its importance as an essential political and legal document. We also wish to honor the namesake of this University, John Marshall, who ensured the strength of the court as a mechanism that, among other responsibilities, balances power between the executive and legislative branches of government."

"This competition also celebrates the spirit of civic engagement evident in one of our local judicial leaders, O'Hanlon, whose professional and private work is a model for our students," Pittenger said.

Marshall University honors "Constitution Day" (Sept. 17, 1787) through a series of public events that celebrate the historic document. The winners of the essay competition will be announced Sept. 17 as a part of the University's Constitution Week activities. The grand prize winner will receive $1,500. The runner-up will receive $750.

The topic for the 2009 essay is as follows:  "Free speech in the 'marketplace of ideas' is a cherished but much-debated right in this society.  Nowhere is it deemed more valuable, constructive and necessary than on a university campus.  Should colleges and universities be allowed to place restrictions on what is reasonable speech for faculty?"

Pittenger said all essays should be approximately 10 pages in length using double spacing, one-inch margins and an easy-to-read 12-point font. Students are free to use a popular style guide (e.g., MLA, Chicago Manual of Style, American Psychological Association, or other guide) for the presentation of quotations and reference sources. All submissions must present a complete reference section and provide appropriate reference to the ideas and words of other writers.

Essays will be evaluated on the following criteria: scope of essay, completeness of research, clarity of expression, and originality of thought. For more information on the contest, go to http://www.marshall.edu/cola/Events/The%20JohnMarshallEssayCompetitionCallForEssays.pdf.

The essay should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document file to Dr. David J. Pittenger, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, at pittengerd@marshall.edu, no later than Aug. 24.


Photo: Judge Dan O'Hanlon speaks during a reception June 10 at Marshall University in which a new essay competition that pays tribute to O'Hanlon and former Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall was announced. The Dan O'Hanlon Constitution Week and John Marshall Celebration Essay Competition was created with a $50,000 anonymous donation.

Photo by Patrick Stanley/Marshall University.


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Marshall University announces members of search committee established to select new athletic director

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp today announced that he has chosen 10 men and women to serve on the search committee that will select the university's next athletic director.

The search committee will be chaired by John Hess, who is a member of the MU Board of Governors. The other committee members include:

         A. Michael Perry, Marshall University Board of Governors

         Robert Bookwalter, Ph.D., faculty athletic representative

         Camilla Brammer, Ph.D., faculty senate representative

         Shari Clarke, Vice President for Multicultural Affairs

         Robert Plymale, Executive Director, Rahall Transportation Institute

         Larry Tweel, MU Foundation representative

         Sean Hornbuckle, Student Government Association president

         Mark George, Big Green Foundation representative

         Steve Ellis, Charleston Quarterback Club representative

"We appreciate the service of these committee members as we conduct this national search for the next athletic director at Marshall University," Kopp said. "I especially want to thank John Hess for his leadership in chairing the committee. The committee will be working with our search firm, Eastman & Beaudine Inc., to select the best candidate possible."

An interim athletic director will be announced in the near future.

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Tuesday June 2, 2009
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Longtime administrator, professor Dr. Donna J. Spindel named dean of Graduate College at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Donna J. Spindel, who has spent the past 33 years as a faculty member and an administrator at Marshall University, has been named dean of the university's Graduate College.

Dr. Gayle Ormiston, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said Spindel will begin her duties on July 1. She replaces Dr. Leonard Deutsch, who is retiring after 39 years of service to MU.

Spindel's administrative background at Marshall includes service as a chair in two different departments, as associate dean and interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts, as faculty coordinator for online instruction and as director of University Honors. She came to Marshall in 1976 as an assistant professor of history.

Most recently, Spindel served as interim chair of the department of English from 2008 to 2009.

"I am very pleased that Dr. Spindel has accepted the position of dean of the Graduate College," Ormiston said. "Her extensive administrative experience will be a great benefit as she facilitates planning and development of graduate programming. Her understanding of the demands placed on graduate programs at this time presents considerable opportunities for review and development."

Spindel said she is honored to have been selected to serve as the dean of the Marshall University Graduate College.

"I was attracted to this position because it is one of the few at Marshall which offers such a broad view of academic units across the university," she said. "I am also excited by the prospect of working closely with Marshall University's nearly 50 MA and doctoral degree programs, of serving as a central advocate for graduate education at Marshall, and of providing leadership in our ongoing efforts to shape graduate education in the 21st century world."

Spindel graduated in 1971 from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts with a B.A. in History, with distinction, received her master's in 1972 from Duke University, and received her Ph.D. in Early American History in 1995, also from Duke.

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Herd fans invited to ThunderFest in Cincinnati; Chris Crocker to throw out first pitch

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Alumni Association, the MU Alumni Club of Cincinnati and the Big Green Scholarship Foundation are sponsoring the 2009 Great American ThunderFest and Big Green Coaches' Tour golf outing Sunday, June 7 and Monday, June 8 in Cincinnati.

Many special events are planned over the two days, including Sunday's 1:10 p.m. baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ballpark. Former Marshall football standout Chris Crocker, a safety with the Cincinnati Bengals and six-year veteran of the National Football League, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

On Monday, the Big Green Coaches' Tour rolls into Cincinnati with a golf scramble and a reception/dinner at the Legendary Run Golf Course. Marshall coaches and former Marshall athletes will be on hand for the golf scramble and dinner.

Special events and activities at Sunday's baseball game include a pre-game reception inside Great American Ballpark that will include guests from Marshall University and the Reds' organization, special Marshall University recognition during the game, and the singing of the National Anthem and "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" by Huntington vocal ensemble the Thunder Tones.

Crocker, former Marshall assistant football Coach Red Dawson, MU President Stephen J. Kopp, Thundering Herd offensive coordinator John Shannon and other Marshall celebrities will attend pre-game festivities in the stadium's Fan Zone. ThunderFest participants can enter the stadium at 11:10 a.m. and watch the game together from the sun deck in right field.

Several packages at different price levels are available for the weekend. Go to http://store.muclubcincy.com/home.php or www.greatamericanthunderfest.com for details.

Individuals may purchase a baseball bat autographed by Marty Brennaman, the Hall of Fame broadcaster for the Reds. The bat features the saying "And this one belongs to the Herd!" and the Marshall logo. The Great American ThunderFest offers hotel and shuttle services for the event. Participants can purchase discounted Reds Hall of Fame tickets, and also may purchase T-shirts for the event.

John Chafin, MU Cincinnati Club secretary and a former Marshall baseball player, said that although the game officially is a sellout, tickets still may be purchased for those wanting to attend ThunderFest. He also said Dawson and former Young Thundering Herd football player Tom Smythe will be at home plate before the game with one of the two catching Crocker's first pitch.

For more information on the entire weekend, contact Chafin at 513-404-8484 or by e-mail at jchafin7@hotmail.com; Rex Johnson at 513-659-6948; Tish Littlehales at 304-416-2028; or, the Marshall University Alumni Association at 304-696-2901.

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Monday June 1, 2009
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Keramos potters to exhibit at Renaissance Gallery

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Keramos and Friends, a group of present and former members of Keramos Student Pottery Guild at Marshall University, will present an art exhibition consisting of ceramic vessels, wall tiles and paintings. The exhibition will begin with an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 7 at the Renaissance Gallery, 900 8th St., Suite 20, in Huntington, and will continue through June 28.

"This exhibition provides an opportunity to showcase the work of a dozen ceramics students," Earline Allen, ceramics professor, said. "It also allows the community to come out and view the work of these very talented artists. Exhibiting work is an important part of earning a degree in art."

"Showing our work with former Keramos members is a way for us to form a lasting art network," Allen added. "As an extended group we have many more opportunities than we would otherwise.  It is also a way in which alumni can continue to be a part of the Marshall art community."

Pieces of art from Keramos will also be available for sale.

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Monday June 1, 2009
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Nick J. Rahall, II Appalachian Transportation Institute Offers Scholarship for Off-Highway Vehicle Course


- The Nick J. Rahall, II Appalachian Transportation Institute, along with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), is offering a scholarship for the fall 2009 semester off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation management course.  Scholarship applications are due June 15.

Persons may request an application or more information on the scholarship by contacting the NOHVCC staff at trailhead@nohvcc.org.

For further information regarding the course and scholarship, contact Dr. Raymond Busbee at Busbee@marshall.edu.

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Marshall University doctoral student's award-winning research explores 'college-to-university' name changes

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Award-winning research by a Marshall University doctoral student shows that from 1996 to 2005, West Virginia had the largest percentage of "college-to-university" rebrandings of any state or U.S. territory.

"Survival of the Fittest? The Rebranding of Higher Education in West Virginia" explores the name-change phenomenon in the Mountain State. The findings, by Dr. James M. Owston, a 2007 graduate of Marshall University's Leadership Studies program, have garnered both national and international praise.

"A recurring reason for the name-change phenomenon was to gain notoriety and prestige and to increase the number of students in attendance as well as to raise money more easily," said Owston. "What I discovered is that although some schools did have terrific growth after changing their brands, most did not. In most cases, enrollment slowed and, while the schools still experienced a yearly growth in enrollment, the rate of growth that they experienced was certainly not as great as they had before the name change."

"By and far, changing names was not the panacea the institutions thought it was going to be," said Owston, who is Senior Academic Officer for Instructional Technology for Mountain State University in Beckley, W.Va. MSU was formerly The College of West Virginia. It underwent a name change in 2001.

His adviser at Marshall, Dr. Barbara Nicholson, nominated Owston's work for the 2009 Alice L. Beeman Dissertation Award for Outstanding Research in Communications and Marketing for Educational Advancement from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education as well as the 2008 Leo and Margaret Goodman-Malamuth Outstanding Dissertation Award for Research in Higher Education Administration from the American Association of University Administrators. "Survival of the Fittest" came away with top honors both times.

"I've worked with doctoral students for 18 years now, but have never nominated a dissertation for national consideration," Nicholson said. "Jim's work was different though, primarily because of its unique format. It also focused on a subject that's both contemporary and relevant in higher education, so I thought it had an excellent chance of being recognized."

Owston's research is nationwide in scope, but the focus is on West Virginia, including those institutions that have undergone names changes including:

  • Morris Harvey College to The University of Charleston in 1979
  • Salem College to Salem Teikyo University in 1989 (rebranded as Salem International University in 2000)
  • Wheeling Jesuit College to Wheeling Jesuit University in 1996
  • West Virginia Institute of Technology to West Virginia University Institute of Technology in 1996
  • The College of West Virginia to Mountain State University in 2001
  • Concord College to Concord University in 2004
  • Fairmont State College to Fairmont State University in 2004
  • Shepherd College to Shepherd University in 2004
  • West Virginia State College to West Virginia State University in 2004
  • Ohio Valley College to Ohio Valley University in 2005
  • West Liberty State College's recent transition to West Liberty University in 2009

For more information or to read the dissertation in its entirety, go to http://www.newriver.net/.

The Marshall University Leadership Studies program is offered on the South Charleston campus.

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