May 2009 News Releases

Friday May 29, 2009
Contact: Bill Bissett, Chief of Staff, 304-696-6713

Marshall University retains firm for athletic director search

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The services of Eastman & Beaudine Inc. have been retained to conduct a national search for the next athletic director of Marshall University. Private funds will be used for this process.

"We are very pleased to be working with a firm that has strong record of success with searches of this kind," said Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp.

For more information about Eastman & Beaudine, please contact Katy Young at 972-312-1012 or

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Wednesday May 27, 2009
Contact: Lalena Price, University Communications, 304-746-1989

Marshall University selects newest members of Society of Yeager Scholars

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University today announced the six newest members of its Society of Yeager Scholars. Five students are from West Virginia and one is from Florida.

Dr. Nicki LoCascio, Interim Executive Director of the MU's Center for Academic Excellence, said the students were chosen after a stringent selection process that involved three levels of review: examination of their applications and two interviews - one by local interviewers near their homes and one by a panel of interviewers on the Marshall University Huntington Campus.

"These incoming scholars are outstanding," LoCascio said. "They all have exemplary academic records and show very strong indicators of leadership potential. Their talents are varied and we are excited for them to join us at Marshall University."

In previous years, there have been as many as 12 Yeager Scholars selected for a class of scholars. This year, the competition was perhaps even tougher than in the past because the recent economic downturn reduced the number of scholars allowed for the class of 2013, LoCascio said.

"This year, the applicant pool was exceptional and the competition keen. The selection committee is extremely pleased with the Class of 2013 and what its members bring to us in terms of academics, leadership potential and talent," LoCascio said.

The final selection came at the culmination of hundreds of hours of work by many different people - university faculty and staff, university alumni, Society of Yeager Scholars board members and community members.

As Yeager Scholars, the students are required to maintain a rigorous course load with a 3.5 GPA and participate in campus and community activities. They also will have the opportunity to study literature, political science, or history at Oxford University in England in the summer after their sophomore year, and they will have another opportunity for study abroad in a program related to their major and/or their foreign language minor.

LoCascio said the newest group of scholars has a variety of academic interests, as does each year's entering scholars. During Finalist Weekend, which took place in Huntington in early March, they talked with professors about possible majors, such as chemistry, education, engineering, political science, English and molecular biology. They will join 34 other Yeager Scholars already on campus.

The Class of 2013 also will participate in special interdisciplinary seminars and extracurricular activities designed to promote intellectual development and foster emerging leadership skills.

The Society of Yeager Scholars is named for West Virginia native Ret. Brigadier General Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager, who piloted the first plane to break the sound barrier.

The following students have been selected as the Yeager Scholars Class of 2013:

Kayla Dene Chappelle of Huntington, W.Va. - Chappelle will graduate from Huntington High School. She plans to major in either chemistry or education. In high school she was accepted to the Governor's Honors Academy, received the National Achievement Scholarship for outstanding black American students, was a semi-finalist for the National Achievement Scholarship, participated in West Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair, Maier Latin Cup, was named an Outstanding Chemistry Student for SCORES, and is active in many school clubs and honoraries, and community volunteering. Alexander Reben Edelmann of Arcadia, Fla. -- Edelmann will graduate from DeSoto County High School. He intends to major in engineering. He is a two-time first place winner in his regional State Science and Engineering Fair and was twice a finalist in Florida's State Science and Engineering Fair. In 2007 he received the Thomas A. Edison Award and the U.S. Air Force Achievement Award. He served as team captain for the DeSoto County High School basketball team, the DeSoto County High School tennis team, and was a varsity player for his high school's golf team. His volunteer activities include teaching basketball fundamentals to middle and elementary school students and working at a football camp for at-risk youths. Rikki Nicole Miller of Ripley, W.Va. -- Miller will graduate from Ripley High School. She plans to major in science and pursue a career in medicine. She received an AP Scholar Award, many leadership awards from her county 4-H and from Rotary Club, the Carlos Hilado Award for Science and for Math, and is a Jackson County Junior Fair Grand Champion for leadership. She is president of her local 4-H club, co-captain of Ripley High School Varsity Cheerleading squad, President of Jackson County Teen Leaders, vice president of Take It From Us, a member of the Ripley High School Band, was involved in Student Council, clubs, and is an active community volunteer. Richard Isaac McKown, III of Ravenswood, W.Va. -- McKown will graduate from Ravenswood High School. He intends to major in molecular biology. He received a perfect score on the West Virginia State Writing assessment, is an Honors AP Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society, the Tri-M music honorary, All-State Chamber Choir and placed second at Jackson County Math Field Day. He is dance captain and co-president of his school's Show Choir, involved in student council, and president of school Christians in Action Club. Isaac volunteers for concert, jazz and gospel choirs that perform musical benefits for his community. John Randal Price of Williamson, W.Va. - Price will graduate from Burch High School. He plans to major in political science. He participated in the Academic Games Leagues of America national games as an individual and as a member of the first place team, West Virginia Governor's Honors Academy, Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Conference, National Beta Club English contest winner, Mingo County Math Field Day winner, County Spelling Bee Champion, and took first place at his high school's Social Studies Fair in Economics. At Burch High School, he was Green Team President, on the Yearbook staff, involved in Beta Club, National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, RAZE-WV, and C-World. He volunteers for Special Olympics and Vacation Bible School. Shaina Danielle Wichael of Petersburg, W.Va. - Wichael will graduate from Petersburg High School. She intends to major in English and would like to eventually attend law school. She attended Governor's School for the Arts, Governor's Honors Academy, Governor's School for Math and Science, and Rhododendron Girls State. She received the Golden Horseshoe award, first place in the county level Voice of Democracy Contest, and Honorable Mention for Political Science category in West Virginia State Social Studies Fair. At her high school she was vice president of the National Honor Society, a member of student council, and co-captain of the girl's varsity soccer team. Her community activities include being an intern at Petersburg Elementary School and the Maysville Bible Brethren Youth Group.

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

Service Awards Luncheon celebrates Marshall University employees

- Marshall University's 25th annual Service Awards Luncheon will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 26 in the Don Morris Room in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

In addition to the service awards, the Employee of the Year will be named during the event.

The following is a list of university staff members who will receive awards.

For 10 years of service: Marlene Alley, Teresa Bolt, Brenda Crawford, Loan Cummings, Marcus Danner, Wanda Dyke, Debra Elliotte, Sheila Fields, Eric Himes, Danny Holland, Camella Holley, Annalisha Johnson, Angela Jones, Darrell Kendrick, Patricia Martin, Kevin Maynard, Linda Mollohan, James Morris, Nada Prickett, Kelli Raines, Billy Shockley, James Sinnette, Kelley Smith, Amanda Standifur, Debra Templeton and Irvin Watts.

For 15 years of service: James Atkinson, Muhammad Chaudhry, Vicki Cole, Darlene Cordle, Phillip Haye, Anita Hill, Joseph Justice, Calvin Kent, Joyce Maynard, Michael McCarthy, Terri Moran, Gregory Pickens, Calvin Rowlings, Rebecca Sloan and Beverly Surratt.

For 20 years of service: Raddar Atchley, Paula Beasley, Lorna Browning, Dana Edmonds, Jerry Gray, Flo Harshbarger, Teresa Holschuh, Judy Little, Leslie Lucas, Raleigh McSweeney, Tammy Moore, James Napier, Stephanie Smith, Tony Waugh, Sandra White, Phyllis White-Sellards  and Nancy Wooten.

For 25 years of service: Sherry Adkins, Tammy Aliff, Gregory Beach, Paul Benford, Karen Bledsoe, Mary Bowsher, Thomas Dorsey, Elizabeth Graybeal, Jacquelyn Hersman, Carol Hoover, Sandra Lloyd, William Lucas, David McKenzie, Marty Newman, Terrence Olson, Margaret Putt, Chrystal Rowe, Sherry Salyers, Phillip Sergent, Johnny Walker and Jacqueline Woolfolk.

For 30 years of service: David Fenney, Rick Haye, JoAnn Jordan, Adrian Lawson, Arissa Prichard, Barbara Roberts, Faye Ronk and Allen Taylor.

For 35 years of service: Patricia Gebhart, Charlene Hawkins, Lynn Mayfield, Vickie Navy and Karl Shanholtzer.

Retirees: Nancy Baumgarner, Margaret Blankenship, Janet Bricker, Brenda Carrico, James Faulkner, Donna Ferrell, Richard Ford, Connie Gray, Juanita Harold, Roberta Holbrook, Carol Hoover, Adrian Lawson, Ted Massey, Linda Mills, Mark Mills, Linda McComas, Raleigh McSweeney, James Myers, Gretchen Oley, Linda Rhodes, Chrystal Rowe, Linda Wallace, Lahoma Weekley and Sandra Winters.

To be eligible for awards, employees must have completed 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 or 35 years of service to Marshall University by May 1, 2009.

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

Dr. Mary Todd named Founding Dean of Marshall University Honors College


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Mary Todd, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty for the past five years at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio, has been named Founding Dean of the Marshall University Honors College.

Dr. Gayle Ormiston, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Marshall, said Todd will start her new job Aug. 1, 2009. She also will hold a faculty appointment as full professor in Marshall's Department of Religious Studies.

"Dr. Mary Todd is an experienced faculty member and university administrator who has significant background in honors programming," Ormiston said. "I am very excited about the possibilities the creation of the Honors College presents to the University and I am very pleased that Dr. Todd will join Marshall to help us navigate the process of building the Honors College as its Founding Dean.  She will be a great addition to the University community."

Marshall's Center for Academic Excellence will be changed to the Honors College, which will house all honors programs, including the Society of Yeager Scholars. Ormiston said changing the status of the Center for Academic Excellence to an Honors College will bring more visibility of Marshall University to a segment of prospective students whose high school records and test scores place them within the category of honors students.

Todd will collaborate with the provost office, the college deans, department chairs and faculty to design the Honors College.  This design effort should result in a strategic plan for the Honors College that will guide its development for at least three years.

The plan is to have the Honors College in place for opening in fall 2010. Honors students will be admitted as usual but they will be in the Honors College, not the Center for Academic Excellence. The administrative structure of the college will be determined through the strategic planning process.

"I was attracted to Marshall by the commitment of President Stephen Kopp and Provost Ormiston to establish an Honors College to build on the already strong reputation of the Center for Academic Excellence and the Yeager Scholars Program," Todd said. "Honors education serves the entire university as a laboratory for teaching and learning through its model of excellence and innovation.

"I am delighted to have been invited to serve as Founding Dean of the Honors College and I look forward to working together with faculty, staff and students as the college takes its place in the Marshall community."

Before going to Ohio Dominican in 2004, Todd served for two years as Assistant Vice President for Academics at Concordia University-Chicago, where she was responsible for all mission-specific and interdisciplinary curricula and programs while serving as Director of the Honors Program (from 1998 to 2004) and a member of the faculty.

Todd received her bachelor of arts in history in 1969 from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind., and her master of general studies in 1990 from Roosevelt University in Chicago. She earned her Ph.D. in American history in 1996 from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Wednesday May 20, 2009
Contact: Lalena Price, Communications Coordinator, 304-746-1989

Marshall University's Equestrian Team looking for a few good riders

Fledgling team qualified for regional competition its first year out

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  - After its first year being recognized by the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, the fledgling Marshall University Equestrian Team is riding off into the summer having earned an invitation to compete regionally.

Team coach Billie Rae Graham said she is proud of her small team and is looking forward to signing up new students for the 2009-2010 academic year. All enrolled undergraduate students are eligible to join the team. There are divisions for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders.

Marshall's team focuses on hunt seat riding. Tryouts for the 2009-2010 academic year will be the second week of classes during the fall semester.

"I couldn't be happier with our showing this year. With just two students, we hit every recognized competition in our region and fared very well against larger, more established teams," Graham said. "I am looking forward to more students learning about the riding opportunity here. We have something for every level."

The IHSA promotes competition for riders of all skill levels that compete individually and as teams at regional, zone and national levels. The association was founded on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of his or her financial status or riding level. Emphasis is on learning, sportsmanship, and fun.

"We compete and we do very well, but more importantly, our students learn and grow as equestrians and build relationships with their teammates that will stay with them a lifetime," Graham said. "I think when a lot of young riders realize they can pack their riding boots and their helmets along with their laptops when they head to Marshall University, they will be thrilled!"

To prepare for competitions, team riders are required by IHSA to take one weekly lesson with Graham at Royal Winds Farm in Ona, W.Va., and pay membership fees and team dues for the club sport. Riders do not have to bring their own horses to participate. The IHSA attempts to eliminate the expense of students owning horses, so team members ride horses that are furnished by a host college and choose their mounts by drawing lots. The use of personal equipment is not allowed and practicing is not permitted. The theory behind this structure is to equalize variables of the competition and test the horsemanship of the contestants. Classes range from walk/trot for first-year students to the Open Division for the more experienced riders.

"We raised enough money to show at all the required shows, but not enough to go to Regionals this year, but we do have some sponsors and I think the team will only get bigger, so I'm optimistic that Marshall will represent well next year," Graham said.

This year, Lindsey Jordan Strain, a senior from Hurricane, and Claire Curtis, a junior from Huntington, represented Marshall at horse shows in the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana region and as a team ranked fifth out of seven its first year out. Other colleges in Zone 6 Region 2 are Midway College, Morehead State University, Northern Kentucky University, Ohio University Southern, University of Cincinnati, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville and Xavier University.

To learn more about the MUET or to try out for the team, contact Billie Rae Graham at 304-208-3130 or



Left: Equestrians Claire Curtis, left, and Lindsey Jordan Strain, right, competed for the first Marshall University Equestrian Team this past academic year. Coach Billie Rae Graham will be holding tryouts the second week of classes in the Fall 2009 semester. Right: Lindsey Jordan Strain competes for Marshall University at an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Show.

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

Hollis, Epling take first place in professional competition at NBS convention


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dan Hollis, an associate professor of journalism at Marshall University, and MU graduate student Ryan Epling received first-place awards in professional competition at the National Broadcasting Society (NBS) 2009 National Convention earlier this spring.

The event took place at the LaGuardia Crowne Plaza Hotel in New York, N.Y.

Hollis took first place in the News/Sports/Public Affairs category of the professional electronic media competition for his television news feature about high school wrestling. It marked the fourth consecutive year Hollis has won first place in that category and the fifth time in the past six years.

"I really like doing these kinds of features, combining great video with writing, natural sound and interviews," Hollis said. "It keeps my skill set current. Plus, winning the recognition gives me a little extra credibility in the classroom."

Epling's award was in the professional audio competition category. He took first place for News/Sports/Public Affairs for the Houston-Marshall football game, which aired Oct. 28, 2008. He, Dr. Joseph Blaney from Illinois State University and Dr. Pamela Doyle Tran from the University of Alabama presented a session at the convention.

Epling also was awarded honorable mention for News/Sports/Public Affairs in the professional audio competition for the 2007-2008 Marshall Women's Basketball Season in Review, which originally aired Nov. 2, 2008.   

Epling, who is from Wayne, W.Va., was the only non-faculty member to present his work in the professional portion of the event, and was the first graduate student from Marshall ever to be selected to do so in any competition.

Photos: Dan Hollis (left) and Ryan Epling.


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Monday May 18, 2009
Contact: Beverly McCoy, , 304-691-1713

Marshall receives national "Top Ten Award" for family practice

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine ranks third in the nation in the percentage of graduates entering family practice programs and has received a "Top Ten Award" from the American Academy of Family Physicians as a result.

The awards were presented during the 2009 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine spring conference April 30-May 3 in Denver.

"It is a testament to the outstanding role-modeling of the faculty in the Department of Family and Community Health at Marshall, and the unwavering support from the administration of this medical school in promoting primary care, that for 20 years in a row we have placed in the top tier of schools across the nation in the percentage of graduates entering family medicine residency programs," said Dr. John B. Walden, who is both an associate dean at the medical school and chair of its Department of Family and Community Health.

"We are especially proud that 90 graduates of this residency program now provide care in more than 25 mostly rural communities throughout the state, including a significant number who have chosen to provide care to patients in the immediate Tri-State region," he said.

Walden noted that national surveys consistently show that the demand for primary care physicians continues to skyrocket, and also warn about a looming shortage of residency-trained family doctors across America. "Clearly, Marshall is doing its share to address these critical primary care physician training issues," he said.

The AAFP describes the award as recognizing the schools' "exemplary performance in matching graduating medical school seniors into family medicine residency programs from 2005 to 2008."

Marshall tied with two other schools for the third-highest percentage, with 16.8 percent of its graduates entering family practice over the three-year period.

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Friday May 15, 2009
Contact: Pat Dickson, Coordinator of Media and Community relations, 304-746-2038

New Residence Services Director Named at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - John F. Yaun has been named the new Director of Residence Services at Marshall University.

Originally from Baton Rouge, La., he brings 15 years of experience in student housing and residential life to Marshall. Just prior to coming here, he was the Senior Associate Director for Residence Life and Staff Development at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. From 2005 to 2007 he served as the Assistant Director for Living-Learning Programs at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La. In addition, he was a Resident Director at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass., for several years.

"We are so pleased to have someone with John's expertise in Housing and Residential Life," said Dr. Karen Kirtley, Assistant Vice President for Administration at Marshall. "He brings with him experience in special interest housing and living-learning programs. John is ready and willing to move our Residential Life programs and environment to another level."

Yaun received a B.A in political science and sociology and a master's degree in the Arts-in-Humanities from Louisiana State University. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Marshall.

Yaun says plans are underway to continue the First Year Experience program at Marshall with the incoming freshman class. "We're collaborating with the First Year Freshman Residence Halls, the First Year Committee, and other Marshall offices in order to create a purposeful experience that meets the needs of our first-year students, which will assist in the overall retention and graduation rates of the university. Down the road we're looking at creating a Sophomore Year Experience, which is something a number of universities around the country have initiated, focusing on the specific academic, developmental, and personal needs of our sophomore students."

Learning assessment activities are being planned as well. "Universities are leaning toward creating more assessment initiatives, since they are being asked to show that the monies they are spending are creating learning and developing student skills," Yaun said. "Residence Services will be conducting some assessment activities over the next year to see what students are really learning in our residence halls and how we, as a department, are contributing to those efforts."

Yaun also has done extensive research and taught courses at the University of Massachusetts, Louisiana State University, and Texas State Univiersity on Holocaust and Genocide Studies. His latest article, "Into the FYRE: The First Year Residential Experience at the University of Miami," will be published in November of this year.

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Thursday May 14, 2009
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, 304-746-2038

Marshall Undergraduate Students Awarded Summer Research Funds

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Ten Marshall University undergraduate students will conduct original scientific research by participating in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) fellowship beginning May 18 and continuing through July 31.

"We want students to know how strongly Marshall supports undergraduate research," said Dr. Michael Norton, professor of chemistry at Marshall and director of the program. "This is the time when these young minds start utilizing their research skills in preparation for graduate school."

Students will receive stipends totaling $4,000 each and supplies for their research for a period of ten weeks uninterrupted by classes during the summer.

Marshall has received funds for SURE, now in its 4th year, from West Virginia's Research Challenge Fund to advance research in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through the support of undergraduate research. This year, SURE will fund ten research projects that have been selected for support by the proposal evaluation committee.

This year, the awardees and their projects are:

  • Amber Inman from Princeton, W.Va. Biology, Functional Distribution of Dopamine and Serotonin in the Crayfish CNS. Mentor: Dr. Brian Antonsen.
  • Hannah Mick from Ripley, W.Va. Biology, Identification and Enrichment of Cancer Stem Cells. Mentor: Dr. Jagan Valluri.
  • Hayden Hedrick from Huntington. Biology, Water Quality Analysis Based on Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Found in Local Lakes. Mentor: Dr. Charles Somerville.
  • Mallory Douthitt from Cumberland, Md. Biology, Investigation of Acanthamoeba Diversity. Mentor: Dr. Wendy Trzyna.
  • Natalie Elkins from Huntington. Chemistry, Ab initio investigation of pre-reactive complexes of hydroxyl radical. Mentor: Dr. Rudolf Burcl.
  • Nicholas Gardner from Keyser, W.Va. Biology, Digital Morphology of the skull of the basal diapsid reptile Youngina capensis: an anatomical foundation for the study of the reptilian head. Mentor: Dr. F.  Robin O'Keefe.
  • Robert Demuth from Pamplin, Va.; Anthropology, The efficacy of controlled surface collection in archaeological research. Mentor: Dr. Nicholas Freidin.
  • Samantha Fox from Elkins, W.Va. Psychology, Encoding of Location Information: Automatic or Effortful? Mentor: Dr. Steven Mewaldt.
  • Stephen Pennington from Charleston, W.Va.; Biology, The functional distribution of dopamine in the crayfish CNS. Mentor: Dr. Brian Antonsen.
  • Tiffany Bell from Wake Forest, N.C. Biochemistry, Examination of Upregulation of Cytoplasmic Prohibitin in Cancerous Cells. Mentor: Dr. Leslie Frost.

For more information, persons may visit the SURE program's Web site at, or contact Norton at

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Wednesday May 13, 2009
Contact: Leah Edwards, Media Communications Specialist, 304-696-6397

Marshall University sponsors Women's Wellness Fair

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. Marshall University's Department of Psychology is partnering with local area businesses and vendors for the 3rd annual Huntington Area Women's Wellness Fair scheduled for Saturday, May 16 at Pullman Square in Huntington.

The event is set to begin at 11 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m. Dozens of activities, from cancer screenings to free breast pumps, are scheduled.

"Women's Health Week is important for this area," said Sarah Setran, psychology trainee in Marshall University's clinical doctoral program. "Women should have the opportunity to become acquainted with the local organizations that provide support for both their mental and physical needs. There are many organizations in the area that provide free or reduced rates for women to receive health care and psychological servicesthe information is not all that easy for everyone to access."

The event is part of National Women's Health Week, which is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health. Organizers seek to heighten awareness of women's health issues.

"Events like the Women's Wellness Fair can help educate the community as a whole," Setran said. "We encourage women to participate in this event, with hopes that it will grow every year, ensuring awareness for years to come."

Other activities include live music, a cooking class sponsored by Le Cook, skin cancer screenings by the American Cancer Society, chiropractic screenings and drawings for prizes and gift certificates donated by area businesses.

For more information contact Setran at (304)526-2636 or e-mail her at

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Wednesday May 13, 2009
Contact: Beverly McCoy, , 304-691-1713

Two Wayne County physicians honored by Marshall's medical school

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine has presented its 2009 Outstanding Rural Clinician and Medical Educator Award to two Wayne County physicians, Dr. Gary D. Cremeans and Dr. Glenn A. Harper.

The awards were presented May 7 by Jo Ann Raines, senior program coordinator and assistant dean for rural programs. She quoted graduating medical students who described the pair as "awesome faculty members" and "very attentive to the learning of students."

The annual award recognizes the teaching contributions of outlying physicians who allow medical students to do a block of their training in the physicians' offices. Raines said this allows students both to further refine their skills and experience the rewards and challenges of rural practice. Last year, Harper and Cremeans hosted 18 Marshall medical students for rotations of four to six weeks.

The doctors practice in Kenova at the Cabell Huntington Hospital Family Medical Center. Both graduated from Marshall's medical school, completed residencies there, and now serve on its faculty.


Photos: Dr. Gary D. Cremeans (top) and Dr. Glenn A. Harper.

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

6th annual Marshall University Marathon set for Nov. 1

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The sixth annual Marshall University Marathon, featuring a USA Track & Field-certified 26.2-mile marathon, half-marathon run or walk, half-marathon relay and 5-mile noncompetitive walk, will take place this fall in Huntington.

The event starts at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1 on 3rd Avenue near Cam Henderson Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus. The last mile takes runners and walkers through Marshall's campus for a goal-line finish at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. The flat marathon course extends to west Huntington and back, passing Pullman Square, the Ohio River and Ritter Park.

Participants should register online at or The only in-person registration available will be Saturday, Oct. 31 at the race expo at the Marshall Recreation Center. Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, Oct. 26.

Entry fees are as follows:

Marathon - $60 by Aug. 15 and $80 after that. Those who pay the $60 entry fee by Aug. 15 will receive a full-zip fleece.

Half-marathon - $35 by Aug. 15 and $50 after that. The amount is the same for those who want to run or walk this event.

Half-marathon relay - $60 per team by Aug. 15 and $75 after that. 

All 5-mile walkers - $20 regardless of sign-up date.

For more information, visit

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Monday May 11, 2009
Contact: Lalena Price, Communications Coordinator, 304-746-2038

Marshall University names new Controller

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Mary Ellen Heuton has been named Controller of Marshall University.

Heuton was most recently Director of Advancement Services and Controller of the supporting organizations at Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga. The organizations included the CSU Foundation Inc., which handles private support for the University as well as Foundation Properties Inc., which managed more than $100 million in real estate including student housing, commercial property and academic facilities.

"My goal was to work for a university that has strong community support, excellent people and a bright future and I found just that here at Marshall University," Heuton said. "I am very excited to become a part of the Marshall team and I look forward to the opportunity to contribute to its continued success."

Heuton, a native of Atlanta, Ga., is a certified public accountant with a bachelor of science in management and minors in accounting as well as industrial and organizational psychology from Georgia Institute of Technology. She is currently working on her MBA from Auburn University.

Marshall University's senior vice president of finance and administration said Heuton brings a wealth of experience to the University.

"Mary Ellen brings to Marshall University great leadership abilities and vast technical experience specific to accounting and higher education," said Anita Lockridge. "We are thrilled that she has joined the Marshall family and we look forward to the many contributions she will make as we continue to move forward with the University's mission and strategic plan."

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Friday May 8, 2009
Contact: Lalena Price, Communications Coordinator, 304-746-1989

School of Journalism earns national re-accreditation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  - Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications undergraduate program has received full accreditation for another six-year term by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

Dr. Corley Dennison, dean of the school, said he is pleased that Marshall University's program continues to evolve and adapt to meet the needs of its students as well as the stringent standards of the accrediting council. The school has been accredited since 1975 and this re-accreditation was unanimously approved by the council, which is the agency responsible for the evaluation of professional journalism and mass communications programs in colleges and universities.

"Full reaccreditation for the undergraduate program is a compliment to the hard work of the faculty in the school," Dennison said. "Our students played an important role in the process as well by demonstrating their competency and enthusiasm to the site visit team."

The rigorous accreditation process takes about a year and includes an intense review of the program to see if it meets the accrediting council's nine standards, which include everything from governance to curriculum and from diversity to program assessment. The accreditation process has four phases including a comprehensive self study, a visit by a site team of faculty from other colleges and universities, a committee vote during the annual meeting in Chicago and a vote before the council, a 25-member board made up of representatives from various professional organizations and faculty members. 

The summary report by the site visit team noted the following strengths: "A talented and dedicated faculty, enthusiastic and engaged students, an effective administrative leadership team, a comprehensive advising system and an entrepreneurial spirit."  Furthermore, the site team went on to praise the school's internship program, noting "it is well respected by area professionals and energetically managed." 

Dr. Gayle Ormiston, senior vice president of academic affairs and provost, said he is very pleased with the findings of the accreditation council.

"Our journalism and mass communications faculty and staff work hard to maintain the momentum required to keep our program not only current, but ahead of the curve," Ormiston said. "Earning national accreditation with a unanimous vote and full compliance is an accomplishment in which the Marshall University community takes great pride. Our school provides a meaningful and quality education for future journalists and media practitioners."

Of the more than 1,000 schools in North America that offer some type of degree in journalism or mass communications, only 114 are fully accredited, according to the council. Marshall University's program will undergo the accrediting review again in 2014.

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Tuesday May 5, 2009
Contact: Lalena Price, Communications Coordinator, 304-746-1989

Goodwill bins, truck on Huntington campus to collect unwanted items from students as they leave residence halls

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students who live in Marshall University's residence halls on the Huntington campus have the opportunity to make donations to Goodwill Industries Inc. without ever leaving campus.

Donation bins have been located in the lobbies of Haymaker and Gibson halls, Twin Towers West, Twin Towers East, Holderby and Buskirk halls and the First Year North and South halls for the convenience of students who want to donate items they might typically discard as they pack to leave for the summer.

Also, a Goodwill truck will be located between Holderby Hall and Twin Towers West today and Thursday afternoon, and all day Wednesday and Friday. Goodwill accepts goods for resale and it also recycles electronic equipment like computers and components.

Goodwill was brought to campus by a joint effort of the Department of Residence Services, the Student Government Association, ISP Sports Network and the Greening Marshall Committee.

"Making Goodwill so accessible to our students as they pack to leave will decrease the amount of trash we send to the landfill and it will benefit a very good organization that does a great service for our community," said Sean Hornbuckle, student body president. "The collective effort from everyone involved to make it easy and convenient for our students to donate will stimulate maximum participation on campus. Plus, it will help students to have one fewer thing to worry about this week. Everyone wins, even the environment."

Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is helping people define and reach their goals, overcome barriers to employment and strengthen families and children. Goodwill returns millions of dollars to local communities by putting people to work and through its recycling efforts.

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Tuesday May 5, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Order forms for Marshall University DVD of commencement will be available Saturday at Big Sandy Superstore Arena

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Order forms for the official Marshall University DVD of the 172nd Commencement will be available in the lobby of the Big Sandy Superstore Arena from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 9.

Marshall University's commencement begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at the arena.

Nancy Pelphrey, Marshall University's coordinator of alumni programs, said a table with order forms will be set up in the lobby throughout the morning. DVDs cost $10 each, and payment can be made by using Visa, MasterCard, Discover or cash, or by check made payable to the Marshall University Alumni Association.

Order forms also are available online at Order forms with payment must be received by the Alumni Association no later than May 16. DVDs will then be mailed to purchasers, who are asked to allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

The DVDs will be produced by Marshall University Instructional Television Services. For more information, contact Pelphrey at 304-696-2901.

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Monday May 4, 2009
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'Grow With Music' registering for summer; early registration continues until May 8

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Summer registration for "Grow With Music," a popular program for children ages birth to 5 and their parents, is underway. A discount applies to registrations that take place on or before May 8, according to Joni Pappas, director of the program, which is offered through the Speech and Hearing Clinic at Marshall University.

" 'Grow With Music' has afforded our 21-month-old a fun and caring place to learn new communication skills through song, dance, musical instruments and even sign language," said Charlotte Hoffman Norris, a parent-participant. "It has also given me, a working mom, a great opportunity to watch and participate in my son's play and interaction with other children and their parents/grandparents."

Classes are available for babies from birth to 18 months; toddlers from 18 to 36 months; 3-year olds, and 4- and 5-year olds. Parent participation is required for all age groups. Classes take place in the daytime and early evenings on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. A maximum of eight children is accepted per class and children with special needs are welcome.

Pappas said the 45-minute sessions are designed to enhance a child's cognitive, social/emotional, speech/language and physical development by using age-appropriate music activities and movement. Emphasis is made on American folk music, with which most of the parents will be familiar, and virtually all of it will be performed live.

Pappas is a board-certified neurologic music therapist specializing in early childhood intervention, special education and older adults. Her private practice has included work in numerous pre-schools, early childhood centers, special education programs, nursing homes and rehabilitative centers in Iowa, Mississippi and Indiana. She also is a music educator, having taught pre-K-12 general and choral music in Dubuque, Iowa. She is currently serving as adjunct faculty for the Department of Music at Marshall.

For information on "Grow with Music," persons may visit the program's Web site at, contact Pappas by e-mailing or call her at 304-697-0211.

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Monday May 4, 2009
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SGA presents 'Make A Dream Happen'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Student Government Association is sponsoring a program Tuesday, May 5 to raise awareness for the Give a Little, Save a Lot nonprofit organization.

Highlighting the program will be showings of a documentary film by former Marshall University basketball player Jean Francois Bro Grebe, who founded the organization in the United States. The film, titled "Make A Dream Happen," was featured in the Appalachian Film Festival last month. Each film viewing will be followed by a discussion about how to raise more awareness for the organization's cause and how to make donations.

The documentary is showing at 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the new Multipurpose Room (BE 5) downstairs in the Memorial Student Center. The event is open to students, faculty and the public.

Student Body President Sean Hornbuckle said he believes that the organization in which Bro Grebe is involved provides people with the opportunity to contribute to a good cause, as well as providing positive exposure of Marshall University in other countries.

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Monday May 4, 2009
Contact: Leah Edwards, Media Communications Specialist, (304) 696-6397

Math machine unveiled at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - It is not a computer or a calculator in the modern sense, but a mathematical machine known as the differential analyzer (DA) does help students understand and solve certain types of mathematical equations known as differential equations.

Marshall University's differential analyzer model was unveiled during a public demonstration Saturday, May 2 at the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre on the Huntington campus.

Marshall's model, nicknamed Art, is one of only a handful of DAs in the country and is the only one available for public inspection, according to Dr. Bonita Lawrence, a professor with Marshall's Department of Math.

"When I saw the static display of the Manchester Differential Analyzer at the London Science Museum, I stood and looked through the glass and wondered where I could see one of these machines in action and what an exciting experience it would be for our students to study this early technology," Lawrence said. "When I discovered that the only working machine in the U.S. was in a private home I thought, 'perhaps we should build our own!' "

Research on using mechanical machines to figure differential equations started as early as the mid 1800's, but the first practical differential analyzer was built in the United States in the 1930's at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  A few other machines have been constructed over the years at military bases and universities.

The development of high-tech calculators and digital computers has nearly rendered the DA obsolete, although Lawrence says there is still an advantage to using it for instruction.

"There is a wonderful quote from Dr. Vannevar Bush (the first to build such a machine at M.I.T.), 'Experience is necessary, of course, in order to use the device effectively. This is actually one of the most attractive aspects of the machine; one acquires an entirely new appreciation of the innate nature of a differential equation as that experience is gained,' " Lawrence said.   "Although his purpose for building the machine was to find solutions for physical models of interest  to him at the time, Dr. Bush also could see the educational value  of the  wonderful visual interpretation of a differential equation (an equation involving rates of change) that the machine offers."

Work on the four-integrator differential analyzer began in 2007 for Lawrence and her team of students after they had successfully built a smaller two-integrator machine.   Team members include Richard Merritt, Anthony Justice, Aaron Bevins, George Chappel, William Morrison, Stacy Scudder, Saeed Keshavarzian, Rebecca Klug, Tom Cuchta, John Fishman, Lin Yuan, Tue Ly, Michael Lake, Devon Tivener and Kelsey Herholdt.

Marshall University's differential analyzer is constructed of Meccano, which is material used for working models and mechanical devices.

For more information contact Lawrence at 304-696-3040 or via e-mail at

Photo: Marshall University Professor Dr. Bonita Lawrence poses with the differential analyzer before the model was unveiled during a public demonstration Saturday, May 2, at Marshall.

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Friday May 1, 2009
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Marshall University names Somerville dean of College of Science

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A microbiologist with expertise in microbial ecology, microbial genetics and bioterrorism has been chosen to lead the Marshall University College of Science.

Dr. Charles Somerville, professor of biological sciences at Marshall University, has accepted an appointment as the next dean of the College of Science.

Somerville has taught at Marshall University for 12 years. He said he is grateful for the support of both the search committee and the administration.

"This is a time when separations between traditional scientific disciplines are diminishing and new interdisciplinary teaching and research programs are emerging.  I am excited by that change," Somerville said. "I will encourage the growth of cross-disciplinary interactions within the College of Science, and will look for opportunities to establish novel interdisciplinary initiatives across campus."

Dr. Gayle Ormiston, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs for Marshall, said Somerville was selected from an impressive panel of candidates after a nationwide search.

"The University is fortunate to have the quality of candidate for such an important decanal appointment already on staff," Ormiston said.  "I and the other deans look forward to working with Dr. Somerville as we collaborate to improve upon and expand Marshall's programmatic offerings in the College of Science."

Somerville will begin his appointment July 1 replacing interim dean, Dr. Wayne Elmore.

"We appreciate the integrity and grace with which Dr. Elmore represented the interests of the College of Science during this academic year as our search committee worked to select our new dean," Ormiston said.

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