October 2009 News Releases

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

BB&T Chairman to deliver lecture Nov. 3 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - John A. Allison, Chairman of BB&T Corporation, the 10th-largest financial services holding company in the United States,  will deliver the 2009 BB&T Discussion on American Capitalism Lecture at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3 at Marshall University.

Allison's lecture, titled "Principled Leadership," will take place in Corbly Hall 105 on Marshall's Huntington campus. The event, which is open to the public, is sponsored by the BB&T Center for the Advancement of American Capitalism and Marshall's Lewis College of Business.

The Center was established in 2008 as part of a $1 million grant from the BB&T Charitable Foundation. It is part of the Lewis College of Business.

"In a time when the ethics and abilities of financial institution executives are under scrutiny, John Allison is an example of what a leader should be," said Dr. Cal Kent, Vice President for Business and Economic Research, and director of the BB&T Center for the Advancement of American Capitalism.

"Under his leadership BB&T has remained profitable by sticking with the fundamental principals of sound banking.  His high ethical code permeates the organization. If his example had been followed much of the nation's current economic misery would not have come to pass.  It is an honor to host him on our campus."

Allison began his service with BB&T in 1971 and has managed a wide variety of responsibilities throughout the bank.  He became president of BB&T in 1987 and was elected Chairman and CEO in July 1989.  During Allison's tenure as CEO from 1989 to 2008, BB&T grew from $4.5 billion to $152 billion in assets. In March 2009, he joined the faculty of Wake Forest University School of Business as Distinguished Professor of Practice.

Allison is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received a B.S. degree in business administration in 1971.  He received his master's degree in management from Duke University in 1974.  He also is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking and has received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Clemson University (2005), East Carolina University (1995), Mount Olive College (2002), Marymount University (2008), and Mercer University (2009).  Allison received the Corning Award for Distinguished Leadership in 2009.

He serves on the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center Board of Visitors, the Board of Visitors at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill.  He also is a member of the boards of directors of the Independent College Fund and the Global TransPark Foundation. 

A native of Charlotte, N.C., Allison is married to the former Elizabeth McDonald of Elkin, N.C.  They have two sons and one daughter.

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Thursday October 29, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall takes look back at Kanawha County textbook controversy with series of events on Huntington campus

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's College of Education and Human Services and its Information Technology division will look back on the 1974 Kanawha County textbook controversy next week on the Huntington campus beginning Thursday, Nov. 5. The events will include the opening of a historical traveling exhibition, the premiere of a radio documentary on the controversy and two panel discussions.

The traveling exhibit, on loan courtesy of the Kanawha Valley Historical and Preservation Society, will be installed in the atrium of the John Deaver Drinko Library beginning Nov. 5 and continuing through Monday, Nov. 30.

The radio documentary will have its Marshall University premiere at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Drinko Library presentation room (DL 349).

"In 1974, Kanawha County was the first battleground in the American culture wars," said Trey Kay, who produced the radio documentary titled The Great Textbook War.  "Controversy erupted over newly adopted school textbooks. School buildings were hit by dynamite and Molotov cocktails, buses were riddled with bullets, journalists were beaten and surrounding coal mines were shut down by protesting miners. Textbook supporters thought they would introduce students to new ideas about multiculturalism. Opponents felt the books undermined traditional American values. The controversy extended well beyond the Kanawha Valley. The newly formed Heritage Foundation found a cause to rally an emerging Christian conservative movement. This documentary tells the history of that local confrontation and the effect that it had on future American politics."

Presentation of the documentary will be followed by a panel discussion in the atrium covering both sides of the issue presented in the broadcast. Panel participants include Kay, the Rev. Jim Lewis, Kelly Wills-Carson and Stan Bumgardner, designer of the traveling exhibit. The panel will be followed by a light reception at 6 p.m.

At 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in the Drinko atrium, Kay will participate in a discussion of the controversy and its impact on the university teacher education classroom, then and now. The discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Kathy Seelinger, professor of education at Marshall. Immediately after the discussion, participants can view Part II of the PBS documentary, "With God on Our Side: The Rise of the Religious Right in America - The Zeal of Thy House," which is about the events in Kanawha County, in the Drinko Library presentation room.

Members of the Marshall and Huntington communities are invited to attend any or all of these events, according to Dr. Rosalyn Templeton, executive dean of the College of Education and Human Services. For further information, persons may contact Templeton's office by e-mail at templetonr@marshall.edu or by telephone at 304-696-3131 or contact Dr. Monica Brooks, assistant vice president for information technology/online learning and libraries, by e-mail at brooks@marshall.edu or by phone at 304-696-6474.

Here is the complete schedule of events:

Thursday, Nov. 5 through Monday, Nov. 30

Drinko Library Atrium: 1974 Kanawha County Textbook Controversy Display courtesy of Henry Battle, president, Kanawha Valley Historical and Preservation Society

Thursday, Nov. 5

4 p.m., Drinko Library Presentation Room 349: Audio documentary airing of The Great Textbook War, produced by Trey Kay

5 p.m., Drinko Atrium: Panel discussion led by Trey Kay and including Stan Bumgardner, the Rev. Jim Lewis and Kelly Wills-Carson

6 p.m., Drinko Atrium: Reception

Friday, Nov. 6

10 a.m., Drinko Atrium: Presentation and discussion on impact of controversy on the classroom then and now facilitated by Dr. Kathy Seelinger, MU professor, and with Trey Kay

11 a.m., Drinko Presentation Room 349: Airing of Part II of "With God on Our Side," PBS documentary originally broadcast in 1996


More about the Audio Documentary, The Great Textbook War

More than 40 interviews and archival sound of school board meetings, public debates and news reports bring the story of the Kanawha County textbook wars to life. School board member Alice Moore, who led the opposition to the books, describes what she found objectionable, and more broadly, how she felt traditional family values were under attack. Superintendent Kenneth Underwood recalls that a reasonable conclusion felt impossible after the debate was hijacked by a mob of angry fundamentalist Christians. Reverend Henry Thaxton remembers feeling dismissed and disregarded by an arrogant governing class.

English teacher Mildred Holt, who had grown up in Kanawha's black community, was excited to teach the works of African American writers, but when the KKK began to protest the books, she felt sure the protest was racially based. Their memories describe the charged political environment of 1974, and show how messy and destructive cultural confrontations can be, particularly in a narrow river valley where there is not much room for retreat.

Host Trey Kay was a 7th grader during the textbook protests. He rode the bus into junior high past a crowd of mothers holding picket signs. Telling the story as both the chronicler and a witness, the documentary has the personal tone of a first-person account. Combined with   exclusive interviews and archival sound of national news coverage, the documentary guides the listener through the tumultuous protests that tore this community apart while setting a new course for conservative religious politics.

The Production Team

Trey Kay (host, producer and reporter) has produced segments for This American Life, Marketplace, Weekend America, Day to Day, Morning Edition and Studio 360. In 2005, he shared in a Peabody Award for 360's "American Icons: Moby Dick" show. He was also an associate producer for "News Wars: Secrets, Sources and Spin," a two-hour report for PBS Frontline. He is a native of Charleston, where he was a junior high school student in 1974.

Deborah George (editor) has been an NPR editor for more than 15 years. Deb's work has received numerous awards, including the DuPont-Columbia Gold and Silver Batons, the Robert F. Kennedy Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and the Casey Award for reporting on children.

Anna Sale (associate producer) was a reporter and Assistant News Director at West Virginia Public Broadcasting before moving to Connecticut Public Radio in 2008.  She is now in New York working as a producer for WNYC's The Takeaway.  She was named West Virginia Radio Broadcast Journalist of the Year by the Associated Press in 2005.

Stan Bumgardner (traveling exhibit designer) has been a professional historian for 20 years. Since 2005, he has served as creative director for the West Virginia State Museum renovation, overseeing all content, artifact selection, and audiovisual production.

Kanawha Valley Historical and Preservation Society is the not-for-profit fiscal agent for the tax-deductible contributions to the project. President Henry Battle is advising on historical content and promotion, and is organizing the roundtable discussion that will feature key textbook supporters and opponents.

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Tuesday October 27, 2009
Contact: Angela Jones, Director of Marketing and External Affairs, Marshall Artists Series, 304-696-3334

Fall in love with Film at the Marshall Artists Series Fall International Film Festival

 Nov 6-8 at the Keith Albee-Performing Arts Center


The Marshall Artists Series is delighted to bring the Fall International Film Festival to the Keith Albee's Silver Screen.  Filled with award winning films from around the world the fall festival promises to be an exciting enlightening experience for young and old from Friday November 6-Sunday November 8.


Kicking off the festival is the comedic drama Rudo Y Cursi (Mexico), the story of brothers Beto & Tato Verdusco, who work at a banana plantation and play soccer for the village team.  Beto dreams of becoming a professional soccer player while Tato's dream is to be a famous singer, but both share the dream of building a house for their mother.  Their luck changes when they are accidentally discovered by a soccer talent scout and move to Mexico City and become stars on Rival teams. At the very real possibility of fulfilling all of their dreams, the siblings must face an innate rivalry, as well as their own demons and limitations.   (This film is presented in Spanish with English Subtitles). Rudo Y Cursi shows Friday, Nov. 6 at 5:30 PM, and Saturday, Nov. 7 at 9:45 PM


From documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner (Fast Food Nation) Food, Inc. (USA) is the much anticipated documentary that allows audiences a peek into our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults. Food, Inc. reveals surprising and often shocking truths about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here. (This film is presented in English). Food, Inc. shows Friday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 PM, Saturday, Nov. 7 at 2:30 PM, and Sunday, Nov. 8 at 5:30 PM


The Country Teacher (Czech Republic) A gifted and well-qualified young teacher takes a job teaching natural sciences at a grammar school in the country.  Here he makes the acquaintance of a woman and her troubled 17-year old son. The teacher has no romantic interest in the woman but they quickly form a strong friendship, each recognizing the other's uncertainties, hopes and longing for love. When the teacher's ex-boyfriend comes to visit from the city, he quickly realizes that nobody in the village knows that the teacher is gay and harbors a secret affection for the teenage boy. His jealous actions set in motion a series of events that will test the inner strength and compassion of the teacher, the woman and her son to a breaking point. A beautifully shot, powerfully acted, profoundly moving story of desire, responsibility, forgiveness and the need to belong, from the internationally-acclaimed director of Something Like Happiness and Wild Bees. (This Film is presented in Czech with English subtitles). The Country Teacher shows Friday, Nov. 6 at 9:45 PM and Sunday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 PM.


The Song of Sparrows (Iran) tells the story of Karim who works at an ostrich farm outside of Tehran, Iran. He leads a simple and contented life with his family in his small house, until one day when one of the ostriches runs away. Karim is blamed for the loss and is fired from the farm. Soon after, he travels to the city in order to repair his elder daughter's hearing aid but finds himself mistaken for a motorcycle taxi driver. Thus begins his new profession: ferrying people and goods through heavy traffic. But the people and material goods that he deals with daily starts to transform Karim's generous and honest nature, much to the distress of his wife and daughters. It is up to those closest to him to restore the values that he had once cherished. (This film is presented in Persian with English subtitles).The Song of Sparrows shows Saturday, Nov. 7 at 12:30 PM and Sunday, Nov. 8 at 9:45 PM


Waltz With Bashir (Israel) was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 2009 Academy Awards and named winner of the Best Animated Feature by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. This animated, quasi-documentary follows Director Ari Folman's attempt to decipher the horrors that unfolded one night in September of 1982, when Christian militia members massacred more than 3,000 Palestinian refugees in the heart of Beirut as Israeli soldiers surrounded the area. Ari was one of those soldiers, but nearly 20 years after the fact, his memories of that night remain hazy. After hearing an old friend recall a vivid nightmare, Folman concludes that the dream must somehow relate to that fateful mission during the first Lebanon War. Realizing that his recollections seem to have somehow been wiped clean, Folman interviews old friends and fellow soldiers from the war. Later, as his memory begins to emerge in a series of surreal images, he begins to uncover a truth about himself that will haunt him for the rest of his days. (This film is presented in Hebrew with English subtitles). Waltz With Bashir shows Saturday, Nov. 7 at 5:30 PM, and Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2:30 PM

Lastly, Summer Hours (France) One of the most celebrated films in World Cinema today, and a standout hit of the Toronto, AFI and New York Film Festivals, SUMMER HOURS (L'HEURE D'T) is Olivier Assayas' (IRMA VEP, LES DESTINES) latest film superbly acted by some of France's finest performers - Academy Award-winner Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling and Jrmie Rnier. The divergent paths of three forty-something siblings collide when their mother, heiress to her uncle's exceptional 19th-century art collection, dies suddenly. Left to come to terms with themselves and their differences, Adrienne (Binoche), a successful New York designer, Frdric (Berling), an economist and university professor in Paris, and Jrmie (Rnier), a dynamic businessman in China, confront the end of childhood, their shared memories, background and unique vision of the future. Incisively written, Assayas' new film moves effortlessly through its narrative with all the grace of Renoir at the height of his powers. (This film is presented in French with English subtitles). Summer Hours shows Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 PM, and Sunday Nov. 8 at 12:30 PM


Tickets for Individual films are $7, and $70 for the Full Film Season (12 films includes Fall & Spring Films). Tickets may be purchased at the door, advance tickets are not necessary.  Tickets for full-time Marshall Students are offered at no charge to the student and tickets for Marshall's staff and faculty are $5.50 each.  MU Staff and Students MUST present a valid MU ID prior to admission.   Individual tickets may be purchased at the door 15 minutes prior to each film.  Season ticket holders will be admitted 30 minutes. For more information, call (304) 696-6656 or visit our website at www.marshallartistsseries.org


The Fall 2009 International Film Festival is sponsored by BB & T, Hooters, Cabell Huntington Convention & Visitors Bureau, WKEE, WVHU, The Herald Dispatch, Marshall University, The College of Fine Arts , and The Marshall Artists Series.



Fall Film Schedule

Friday Nov. 6

Saturday Nov. 7

Sunday Nov. 8

5:30 Rudi Y Cursi (Mexico)

12:30 Song of Sparrows (Iran)

12:30 Summer Hours (France)

7:30 Food, Inc. (USA)

2:30 Food, Inc.  (USA)

2:30 Waltz with Bashir (Israel)

9:45 The Country Teacher (Czech Republic)

5:30 Waltz with Bashir (Israel)

5:30 Food, Inc. (USA)


7:30 Summer Hours (France)

7:30 The Country Teacher (Czech Republic)


9:45 Rudi Y Cursi (Mexico)

9:45 The Song of Sparrows (Iran)


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Tuesday October 27, 2009
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, 304-696-3296

New, adjunct faculty showcased in exhibit beginning Oct. 27 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Department of Art and Design is showcasing new and adjunct faculty in an exhibit that opened today. The exhibit, titled 2009 Faculty Exhibition: Showcasing the Artworks of New and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Art and Design, will be on display in the Birke Art Gallery through Nov. 5.

"We have a diverse and talented faculty in our department," Byron Clercx, chair of the Department of Art and Design, said. "In this exhibition we chose to feature our new and adjunct faculty. We wanted to announce the arrival of these new artists to the campus and local community. Additionally, we felt it was appropriate - and somewhat overdue - to allow the adjuncts to share the stage."

New full-time faculty represented in the show include Miyuki Cook, Daniel Kaufmann, Natalie Larsen and Eric Ruegg. Adjunct faculty include Linda Anderson, Daniel Cook, Mark Earnhart, John Farley, Natalie Gibbs and Kristin Zammiello.

Farley, who is also director of the gallery, notes the breadth of the work displayed at Marshall University. "Among the numerous disciplines represented are painting, drawing, prints, sculpture, jewelry, photography and textiles," Farley said.  "The skillful and eclectic nature of this show illustrates the broad  range of talent in our faculty."

Clercx added that an exhibit of faculty work is particularly valuable for students to experience. "It is important for students to see that arts educators are also active arts practitioners and scholars," Clercx said.

A reception will take place in the atrium outside the gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3. The reception includes a "slide jam" at 7 p.m. in 154 Smith Hall. The slide jam is a compilation of brief visual presentations by each participating artist of a broader spectrum of his or her work.

The Birke Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday evenings. It is located in Smith Hall on the corner of Hal Greer Blvd. and 3rd Avenue in Huntington. Admission is free and all events are open to the public.


Photo: Eric Ruegg (left), assistant professor of art and design, assists sophomore art student Adam Howell measure and analyze the proportion and alignment of his drawing.  Photo by Sholten Singer.

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

Marshall announces top 10 scoring seniors on Collegiate Learning Assessment

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Last spring, 107 Marshall University seniors voluntarily took the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA), a test that measures students' critical thinking, analytic reasoning, problem solving and written communication skills.

Dr. Mary Reynolds, director of assessment at Marshall, said the CLA is an open-ended test in which the students do a lot of writing and solve real-world problems.

"As a group, Marshall's seniors' performance on the CLA last spring was outstanding," Reynolds said. "After adjusting for incoming ACT/SAT scores, mean performance of Marshall's seniors was better than that of seniors at 89 percent of other participating institutions.  We are very proud of the accomplishments of our students and their professors!"

The following 10 students scored the highest on the test. They are listed in alphabetical order with their hometowns, majors and colleges:

  • Robert D. Brumfield of Lesage, W.Va., Economics, College of Liberal Arts

  • Kassandra D. Friedman of Barboursville, W.Va., Criminal Justice, College of Liberal Arts

  • Ashley R. Deem Hager of Mineral Wells, W.Va., Print Journalism, W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications

  • Daniel B. Hager of Hurricane, W.Va., Management, Lewis College of Business

  • Alicia K. Hess of Hedgesville, W.Va., Finance, Lewis College of Business

  • Rachel Huff of Dillsburg, Pa., Communication Studies and Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts

  • William Koch of Elkins, W.Va., Accounting, Lewis College of Business

  • Angelina Lowers of Chester, W.Va., Political Science, College of Liberal Arts

  • Miriam Katherine Reasons of Huntington, W.Va., Public Relations, W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications

  • Emily Vargo of Scott Depot, W.Va., Environmental Science, College of Science

For more information, contact Reynolds at 304-696-2987.

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Tuesday October 27, 2009
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, 304-696-3296

Marshall University Chorus to be joined by Cabell Midland group in concert Thursday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Cabell Midland High School's Collegium Musicum, under the direction of T. Edwin Harkless, will join the Marshall University Chorus in a performance at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus.

"This is the largest choir I've had in three years here," Robert Wray, director of the Marshall group, said. "The increase in number has led to us being able to perform a wider variety of music including music being used by both high school all-state ensembles this year. Cabell Midland is one of the premier high school choirs We have a great relationship with CMHS so we consider this a great step in strengthening our relationship with them."

The program includes works by Palestrina, Victoria, Dickau and Lauridsen as well as a special performance by Dr. Stephen Lawson, horn.

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

Children invited to trick-or-treat Wednesday at the Marshall Recreation Center

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Recreation Center will celebrate Halloween Wednesday, Oct. 28 by inviting children in the community to trick-or-treat and turning the new facility on MU's Huntington campus into "The Haunted Rec."

Trick-or-treat for the little ghosts, goblins and ghouls is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the recreation center. The Halloween celebration continues until 11 p.m.

Featured throughout the first floor of the recreation center will be various stations with different levels of fright. Visitors are invited to traipse through the graveyard in the lobby, visit the Great Pumpkin at Equipment Issue, load up on candy at the Candyland Candywalk, and test their mettle by navigating the Outdoor Pursuits Bat Cave and Haunted Wall. 

Rocktober Caf, featuring local bands and Marshall students performing in the lobby of the reaction center, will follow trick-or-treat.  Rocktober Caf is from 8:30 p.m. until 11 p.m.   Prizes will be given away for best, most creative, scariest and other categories of costumes.

Light refreshments will be provided and the Freshens Juice Bar will stay open until 10 p.m.

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

'Graduation Celebration' for summer, December 2009 graduates set for Nov. 3-4

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - All summer 2009 and tentative December 2009 graduates of Marshall University are invited to attend a "Graduation Celebration" next week in Room BE5 of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's Huntington campus.

The purpose of the event is to give students the opportunity to purchase caps and gowns, class rings, announcements and other items to commemorate their graduation. They also will be able to meet with representatives from the Office of the Registrar, the Marshall Bookstore, Jostens, Alumni Relations, the MU Graduate College, Career Services, the Office of the Bursar, the Campus ID office and Financial Aid.

The celebration will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3 and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4. Room BE5 is located on the lower level of the student center.

The following services will be available at this event:

Registrar's Office - Students may verify their graduation status, degree record, name format and mailing address for their 2009 diploma. They also will receive information related to Marshall's 2009 Winter Commencement, which will take place Dec. 5 at Cam Henderson Center on MU's Huntington campus.

Marshall University Bookstore - Students may purchase or pre-order their "official" Marshall University gown, cap and tassel and purchase a custom diploma frame. They also may order personalized graduation announcements and class rings.

Classic Photography - Cap and gown portraits will be taken during the Graduation Celebration.

Alumni Relations - Students will have the opportunity to learn about the benefits of joining the Marshall University Alumni Association.

Graduate College - Students will be able to meet with a Graduate Admission Counselor to discuss graduate programs and the admission process.

Career Services - Information and support will be available on job-related questions, resume assistance and interview skills.

Office of the Bursar - Students can discuss account holds and account balances and take part in loan counseling sessions. To complete a loan counseling session, a student needs to bring his or her student ID and the addresses and phone numbers of two references.

Campus ID office - Students can resolve any outstanding issues with their HigherOne accounts or Points account.

Financial Aid - Personnel will answer questions and provide procedures regarding consolidation of student loans.

For more information, call the Office of the Registrar at 304-696-6410.

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Monday October 26, 2009
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, 304-696-3296

'Octubafest' returns to Marshall University this week

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Members of the Marshall University Tuba and Euphonium Studio will present solo performances this evening to kick off their annual celebration of "Octubafest." This is the first of two events and will take place at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26 in Smith Music Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus.

Octubafest will continue Wednesday, Oct. 28 with a performance of "Tubonium," the university's tuba/euphonium ensemble, at 8 p.m. in Smith Music Hall. The group will perform a concert with several traditional Oktoberfest marches and polkas complemented by an array of fun compositions to celebrate Halloween.

"Come enjoy the festive costumes, decorations and free candy," said Dr. George Palton, instructor of tuba, who directs the ensemble. "There will be 'kid-friendly' activities and costumes are welcome!" 

Admission is free and open to the public. For further information about these events or music at Marshall University, call 304-696-3117 or e-mail Palton at george@georgepalton.com

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

College of Education and Human Services announces award donors

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Retired Marshall University professor Dr. C. Robert "Bob" Barnett has agreed to fund a faculty award endowment in Marshall's College of Education and Human Services (COEHS), the college announced today.

The C. Robert Barnett Award for Excellence in Research will perpetually support this award for faculty selected for excellence in research.

The award originally was established in 2006 by Dr. Rosalyn Templeton, dean of the College of Education and Human Services. Current, fulltime tenured faculty in the COEHS are eligible to apply for this yearly recognition and $500 award stipend. Templeton also established excellence awards in the areas of teaching and service for COEHS faculty in 2006.

Barnett retired in December 2007 after 35 years of service to Marshall as a coach, faculty member and administrator. He served as division chair from 1994 through 2002 and retired as a faculty member in the Division of Exercise Science, Sports and Recreation, formerly known as the Department of Health Physical Education and Recreation. This division within the COEHS is now known as the School of Kinesiology.

Barnett holds both master's and doctoral degrees from The Ohio State University and he received his BA in physical education from Marshall in 1965. He is widely known for his research, publications and teaching in the area of sports history both nationally and internationally.

Barnett and his wife, Elizabeth, also an educator, have been longtime contributors to Marshall University. The Barnetts have given back regularly in numerous areas at Marshall with special consideration to the Dr. C. Robert Barnett Scholarship and Dr. Wayne G. Taylor Graduate Scholarship in the School of Kinesiology. The Barnetts are members of both the John Marshall and Heritage giving societies at Marshall.

Barnett said that he has always believed in the value of faculty members conducting research. He has led by example, authoring more than 300 articles, book reviews, encyclopedia entries and research presentations, with his work appearing in many nationally recognized journals. Barnett said he wanted to show his support of the COEHS research award to encourage faculty to pursue research that will keep them current in their fields and will help them always help students find the answer to their questions of "why?" 

"Dr. Barnett is an outstanding example of a faculty member who knows the true meaning of scholarship," Templeton said. "He used research results to inform his teaching and guide his service in many Marshall and community projects. Therefore, his students received the very best Marshall has to offer - a well-informed and dedicated mentor, who supported their academic and career successes."

Anyone wishing to contribute to COEHS endowments are encouraged to contact Rick Robinson, Director of Development for the College of Education and Human Services, at 304-696-7081 or via e-mail at robinsonr@marshall.edu.

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

Starlight Behavioral Health owners donate space for MU Department of Psychology's clinical services

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Department of Psychology is expanding its clinical services off campus, thanks to the generosity of MU graduates Amy and Jack Ingles, owners of Starlight Behavioral Health in Huntington.

The Ingles have given the Marshall Department of Psychology about 3,000 square feet of office space at Starlight, rent free. In addition, they supplied office furniture and telephones.

"The generosity of the Ingles is extremely important to us because our psychology graduate programs have grown quickly and are now larger than our on-campus facilities can accommodate," said Dr. David J. Pittenger, dean of Marshall's College of Liberal Arts. "The new space will mean that we can give our students a better work environment in which to develop their clinical skills."  

Dr. Pamela Mulder, a professor of psychology at Marshall, said the new clinic in Huntington will allow the department to have greater contact with the community and give students a larger setting in which to practice clinical psychology.

"This clinic will help us to provide services for underserved clients, to provide services for some clients more quickly than they are currently able to access given the existing options, and also to meet the needs of clients who want an alternative to services that are currently available," Mulder said.

The primary mission of Marshall University's Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology) program is to train students to become clinical psychologists, who will then be able to serve people living in rural areas where mental health services are not readily available.

At the new clinic, the department will offer many psychological services on a sliding fee scale that should be within reach of anyone in need. When necessary, some individuals will receive services at no cost.

The Marshall Department of Psychology maintains and will continue to maintain the clinic in Harris Hall on the Huntington campus. The department plans to have at least three students at the new clinic at all times and six overall.

Amy (Searls) Ingles received her bachelor's degree in communication disorders in 1998. Jack Ingles received a bachelor's degree in political science in 1987, a master's in journalism in 1990, and a master's in clinical psychology in 2000.

Jack Ingles spent several years in the Army in Iraq before opening Starlight. During that time, he maintained close ties with Mulder.

Starlight Behavioral Health is a private corporation of around 250 employees that provides a broad range of behavioral and mental health services to individuals who have mental retardation, developmental disabilities and/or mental illness issues in the Huntington region.

The Department of Psychology's Psy.D. program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Students who complete the degree are eligible to practice psychology in all 50 states.

For more information, contact Mulder at (304) 696-2770.


Photo: Seated are, from left, Amy Ingles, co-owner of Starlight Behavioral Health, and Dr. Pamela Mulder, a professor of psychology at Marshall University. Standing are, from left, Dr. Steven Mewaldt, chair of Marshall's Department of Psychology; Dr. David J. Pittenger, dean of Marshall's College of Liberal Arts; and Jack Ingles, co-owner of Starlight Behavioral Health. Amy and Jack Ingles have donated 3,000 square feet of office space at Starlight to Marshall University to be used by students as they practice clinical psychology.

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Thursday October 22, 2009
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Marshall debate team finishes second in West Chester tournament

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University finished in second place recently at the Carolyn Keefe Memorial Speech and Debate Tournament at West Chester University in Pennsylvania.

Ohio University, which finished in the top 10 at both the National Forensic Association (NFA) and American Forensic Association (AFA) tournaments last year, won the tournament, which took place Oct. 10-11. Schools finishing behind Marshall's "Thundering Word" were third place, St. Joseph's University; fourth place, Cedar Crest College; fifth place, Lafayette College; and sixth place, Creighton University.

Also competing were Bloomsburg University, James Madison University, Lincoln University, Loyola University-Md., Nassau Community College, Suffolk Community College, University of Pennsylvania, and West Chester University.

Finalists from Marshall University were:

 Dramatic Interpretation

Ryan Jackson, a Huntington sophomore and Political Science major, first place

Mark Radford, a Huntington freshman and theatre major, third place

Kegan Angel, a Gallipolis, Ohio, sophomore and Biomedical Science major, fifth place

Kathleen Bartley, a Wheeling freshman and athletic training major, sixth place

Poetry Interpretation

Kendrick Vonderschmitt, a Louisville, Ky., sophomore and Political Science major
and John Marshall Scholar, second place

Kayla Johnson, a Gallipolis, Ohio sophomore and French/English education major and John Marshall Scholar, third place

Hannah McCargish, a Beckley sophomore and art major and honors student, fifth place

Informative Speaking

Zack Frame, a St. Albans senior and oral communication education major, third place

Dramatic Duo Interpretation

Zack Frame and Hannah McCargish, first place

Kayla Johnson and Kegan Angel, third place

"All of us at Marshall University are extremely proud of our team," said Dr. David J. Pittenger, dean of MU's College of Liberal Arts. "When I came to campus two years ago, there was no team, only the desire to rebuild the program to its former glory. Building from the ground up, the Department of Communication Studies has been able to create a new team that has achieved accomplishment typically seen in more mature programs."

Marshall has now qualified 12 slots for the NFA nationals, which will take place in April at Ohio University. The Thundering Word travels to Berea College in Kentucky this weekend (Oct. 23-24) to compete in the UC  Cumberlands / Berea College Invitational Swing Tournament. Marshall hosts the Chief Justice / Alumni Swing Tournament Oct. 30-Nov. 1 on the Huntington campus.

For more information, contact Danny Ray, Marshall's coach, at 304-696-2807 or via e-mail at ray102@marshall.edu.

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Thursday October 22, 2009
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Brazilian guest artists to give concert Friday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Two guitarists from Brazil will give a program featuring music from Latin America at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 in Smith Recital Hall on the Marshall University Huntington campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

Dr. Eduardo Meirinhos and Andr de Moura are visiting Marshall as part of the MAGNETS Project, a consortium of two American and two Brazilian universities (Marshall, Morehead State, Universidade Federal de Gois and Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina) that includes an exchange program of students and faculty.

Meirinhos is the director of the School of Music of the Universidade Federal de Gois (Federal University of Gois), Brazil where he teaches guitar, guitar literature and chamber music. He holds a Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University, a master's degree in musicology from Universidade de Sao Paulo (University of Sao Paulo) and a degree in music performance from the Staatliche Hochschule fr Musik und Theater Hannover in Germany. He has performed extensively in South America, Germany and the United States, participating in music festivals as both teacher and performer. Among these festivals were the Festival de Musica de Londrina, Festival de Inverno de Campos do Jordao, Seminario de Musica de Montenegro, Curso de Verao de Brasolia and the Festival de Vale Vneto.

De Moura has been an assistant professor at the Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina (Santa Catarina State University) since 2004, where he teaches classical guitar, guitar literature, guitar pedagogy and chamber music.  He holds both a Master of Music degree in guitar performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar performance from the  Universidade Estadual de Campinas (University of Campinas).

He frequently performs as a member of Camerata de Violaes UDESC (UDESC Guitar Ensemble) and is the music coordinator of the Quarteto de Violaes UDESC (UDESC Guitar Quartet), a group devoted to playing a wide scope of music styles and genres, in which he also serves as an arranger.

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Wednesday October 21, 2009
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Marshall University Executive MBA students to be honored during special hooding ceremony

Secretary of Commerce to address University's newest MBAs

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Twenty-eight professional students in the current Marshall University Executive Master of Business Administration class will be honored Saturday, Oct. 24 during a special hooding ceremony at the Pullman Plaza Hotel in Huntington. The event begins at 6 p.m.

The students will be formally hooded in their academic regalia by Dr. Gayle Ormiston, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, after having successfully completed all the requirements of the Marshall Executive MBA program including a recent international residency in Santiago, Chile, according to Dr. Uday Tate, director of Marshall's Executive MBA program.

"This ceremony recognizes the accomplishments of our professional business students in a formal, professional setting befitting the hard work and dedication that went into earning their Executive MBA degrees," Tate said. "We are proud of these students and we appreciate the sacrifices they made to advance their education and careers."

The Executive MBA is an accredited accelerated weekend program for professionals offered at Marshall University's South Charleston campus. Students sacrificed 66 Saturdays to complete the program without interruption to their current careers. The Marshall EMBA curriculum is designed for small class interaction using state-of-the-art technology and hands-on experiential learning that focuses on business ethics, leadership and global issues, along with management skills and tools.

West Virginia's Secretary of Commerce Kelley Goes will be the featured speaker at the hooding ceremony. Secretary Goes serves as the executive director of the West Virginia Development Office and is a native of Braxton County. She attended Vanderbilt University and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky's College of Law. Her private law practice focused primarily on intellectual property and business litigation.

Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp and Dr. Chong Kim, dean of the Lewis College of Business, also will address the Executive MBA students.

The Marshall EMBA Class of 2009 includes:

R. Scott Anderson of Huntington

Rachael Blount of Charleston

Brian Bracey of Huntington

Charlie Bradley of Huntington

Celia Cooper of Williamstown

Adam Daniels of Ona

Paul Davis of Huntington

Kimberly Estep of Nitro

Shonee Amy Ferrebee of Ashford

Shane Finster of Huntington

Patricia Garren of Hurricane

Keith Hainer of Chapmanville

Ben Hardman of Huntington

Linda Holley of Prichard

Jeremy Holton of Huntington

David Horst of Milton

Justin Hunter of Huntington

Kelly May of Matewan

Damon McDaniel of Chesapeake, Ohio

Michelle Muth of Huntington

Troy Nedrich of Cannonsburg, Pa.

Victoria Quintrell-Paul of Charleston

Valerie Ray of Charleston

Chris Roberts of Hurricane

Kristen Schneider of Morgantown

Anand Shah of Huntington

Thomas Stevens of Huntington

Peter Tsai of South Point, Ohio

The students will have their official degrees conferred at Marshall's Winter Commencement ceremony Dec. 5. The next session of the EMBA program gets under way Nov. 7.

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Wednesday October 21, 2009
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Students expect hundreds to attend Appalachia PowerShift Summit at Marshall University's Huntington Campus

Renewable energy theme of event

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Renewable energy remains controversial in political circles, but hundreds of concerned youth want to tackle the topic and look toward the future of "green" jobs during Appalachia PowerShift Summit this weekend on the Huntington campus of Marshall University, according to student organizers.

Appalachia PowerShift is a social reform movement hosted by Marshall University's Sierra Student Coalition and the Marshall Environmental Students' Association along with statewide assistance from the West Virginia Youth Action League and its counterpart in the Bluegrass State, the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition.

As many as 200 young participants from West Virginia and Kentucky are expected to gather at Marshall Friday through Sunday to attend workshops centered on sustainable jobs and discuss environmentally responsible energy concerns. Appalachia PowerShift has been designed and organized entirely by students to help prepare the next generation of Appalachian residents for a more sustainable future.

Marshall student organizers say that the rising generation of Appalachian residents has a unique perspective on the need to be leaders in green jobs and clean energy. According to Lauren Kemp, president of Marshall University's Sierra Student Coalition, organizers are particularly interested in bringing in young people, including high school students and younger, who can share ideas and learn what it will take to create a greener future.

"Shaping the future doesn't stop with college students; high school students are taking responsibility and leadership in the climate movement," Kemp said. "We all realize that we are the ones making the difference."

Kemp and others at Marshall worked with student counterparts from across West Virginia and Kentucky to make the summit possible. It stems from an event in Washington, D.C., called PowerShift 09, during which more than 12,000 students from across the country gathered to demand bold action on climate and energy issues. West Virginia and Kentucky alone had 272 student representatives travel as far as 800 miles to attend the national PowerShift conference, Kemp said. This weekend's event at Marshall is one of 11 taking place in October across the country.

Joe Gorman, a student from West Virginia University's Sierra Student Coalition and co-organizer of the event, said the U.S. Geological Survey states that there are only a few decades of coal left in Appalachia. Part of the conversation taking place this weekend will be how to handle that information.

"We're taking action before it runs out," Gorman said.

Erin Stockhausen, another Marshall University student, got involved in this weekend's event because the national conference made a lasting impression on her.

"It was so amazing and I wanted share it with the people at home," Stockhausen said.

Registration for the event can be accomplished online at http://appalachia.powershift09.org/register and is $20 per person. For group discounts contact Lauren Kemp at sierrastudentcoalition.mu@gmail.com. Low-income youth and families can register at http://www.powershift09.org/variable.reg. Housing and travel scholarships are available. The weekend includes two lunches, light breakfasts and one dinner. Walk-ins are also welcome.


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Monday October 19, 2009
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Marshall University Public Relations Student Society teams up with Habitat to change the world, one pair of jeans at a time

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - That old pair of unwanted blue jeans lying in the back of the closet now has a chance to be given "new life."

Cotton Incorporated launched the Cotton: From Blue to Green denim drive across eight college campuses this fall, including Marshall University's Huntington campus. The Public Relations Student Society of America has teamed up with Cotton and Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity to promote this cause. It is a call to action for the donation of denim that will be recycled, converted into insulation and used in Habitat homes.

"Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity and the Habitat ReStore  are very excited to be in a position to partner with the PRSSA students at Marshall on this project," said Teddy Kluemper III, Habitat's director of development and communications. "By recycling the denim, those who participate not only provide a 'green alternative' for insulating Habitat homes, but importantly they are doing their part to help keep our houses affordable."

Since the national campaign began in 2006, the denim donated has been converted into UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation and used in the construction of houses for hurricane-affected families in Baton Rouge, La. To date, the natural cotton fiber insulation produced has been used in more than 200 homes in the Gulf Coast region.

Habitat for Humanity's Re-Store on 3rd Avenue in Huntington will serve as a drop-off location for anyone wishing to donate. The store hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donation bins have also been placed throughout Marshall's Huntington campus and tables will be set up in the Memorial Student Center every Tuesday in October from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Denim of any type is accepted including pants, skirts, shorts and jackets. Since all material will be recycled, donations may be in any condition, even ripped or stained.

The campaign runs until Nov. 2. For more information on where to donate contact Angela Sundstrom, PRSSA president, at prssa.mu@gmail.com or 304-222-0286.

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6th annual Marshall University Marathon set for Nov. 1

- More than 1,000 runners and walkers from more than 35 states are expected to take part in the sixth annual Marshall University Marathon in Huntington.

The event, which features 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 at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1.

It begins on 3rd Avenue near Cam Henderson Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus. The last mile takes runners and walkers through the Huntington campus for a goal-line finish at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Footballs will be available for runners to carry the last 100 yards if desired.

The flat marathon course, described as perfect for runners who hope to qualify for the Boston Marathon, runs through downtown Huntington past Pullman Square, next to the Ohio River and through Ritter Park among other places.

Race Director Tom Dannals describes the event as "the run for everyone because we have the walk, relay and both half and full marathons."

As always, Dannals is encouraging race fans to line the streets and cheer on the runners and walkers. They also can bring stereos and play music during the event.

Registration can be done online at active.com through 11:59 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26. Registration in person is available only at the race expo/packet pickup from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Marshall Recreation Center. There is no race day registration for any event. For more information, visit www.healthyhuntington.org.

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Monday October 19, 2009
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The Marshall Artists Series Presents Broadway's smash hit 'Avenue Q'!

Keith Albee Performing Arts Center Tuesday Nov. 3, 2009 at 8:00PM

"A breakthrough musical of a very different stripe. Savvy, sassy and delicious!" - The New York Times

Avenue Q comes bursting onto the Keith Albee's Stage Tuesday November 3, 2009 at 8 PM presented by Chapman Printing Company, American Babbitt Bearing, The Law Office of Doug Reynolds, and Prichard Electric.  Don't miss this 3 time Tony award winning musical's first ever appearance in West Virginia.  It's people, it's puppets, it's complete pandemonium!  It's Sesame Street for the grownups. Join them all on a journey through New York City's burrows as its inhabitance try to find what we're all looking for, our "Purpose".

Face it Broadway's smash hit Avenue Q is for you! If you're a hipster, a monster, in college, in the closet, a scientologist, a gynecologist, a potty mouth, even if you have no mouth if you're looking for a Tony Award winning Broadway musical with something for everyone, Avenue Q is your ticket to fun! 

 AVENUE Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He soon discovers that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q; still, the neighbors seem nice. There's Brian the out-of-work comedian and his therapist fiance Christmas Eve; Nicky the good-hearted slacker and his roommate Rod -- a Republican investment banker who seems to have some sort of secret; an Internet addict called Trekkie Monster; and a very cute kindergarten teaching assistant named Kate. And would you believe the building's superintendent is Gary Coleman?!? (Yes, that Gary Coleman.) Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

"One of the funniest shows you're ever likely to see!" -Entertainment Weekly Avenue Q promises to not disappoint. Don't wait!  Get your tickets now for Nov. 3 2009 8PM at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center.

Tickets for Avenue Q are on sale NOW, and may be purchased at The Marshall Artists Series Box Office, located in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse, open Monday Friday, noon 5 P.M.  Or call the Box Office at (304)-696-6656, or (304)-523-5757. Adults tickets range from $45-$55 and Youth may receive a %20 discount. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.marshallartistsseries.org, or www.ticketmaster.com.

Due to adult situations (like full-puppet nudity), AVENUE Q may be inappropriate for kids under 13.

Avenue Q is also sponsored by, WKEE, WTCR, WOWK, The Herald Dispatch, Marshall University, & The Marshall University College of Fine Arts.

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Marshall Society for Human Resource Management to be recognized as official student chapter

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  - The Marshall University Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) will be recognized as an official student chapter of SHRM at a chapter charter ceremony Wednesday, Oct. 21 on Marshall's Huntington campus.

The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. in Room 2W16 of the Memorial Student Center. All students interested in joining the chapter are invited to attend.

Betty McHale, director of West Virginia SHRM State Council, will be the guest speaker. McHale is president and owner of Workplace Solutions LLC, a human resources and business consulting company in Hurricane, W.Va. McHale will speak on the topic, "Why Choose HR as a Career?"

For more information, contact Twyla Blair, Marshall University SHRM student chapter president, at 304-208-9004.

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Thursday October 15, 2009
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23rd annual Yeager Symposium Lecture Series starts Oct. 20

Theme is 'Redefining Tourism: Culture, History and Nature as Economic Assets'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The 23rd annual Yeager Symposium Lecture Series, featuring the theme "Redefining Tourism: Culture, History and Nature as Economic Assets," will take place Oct. 20, 22 and 28 at Marshall University.

All events will begin at 7 p.m. at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on the Huntington campus and are free to the public. This year's series is in participation with Marshall's Latin American Studies Program.

"The goal of this theme is to bring awareness to the changing face of tourism and its economic impact on its local community," said Marshall student Jessica Beres, co-chair of the Yeager Symposium. "Through the three different lectures we hope to define 'ecotourism' and how it's being implemented in Huntington, Appalachia and other parts of the world."

The first lecture Tuesday, Oct. 20 will feature Dr. Sterling Evans. Evans, the Louise Welsh Chair at the University of Oklahoma, will discuss the history and economic impact of ecotourism.

Thursday, Oct. 22, the series will feature Serafin Gomez, Leonor Marquez and Benito Chica, who are from Prodetur, an ecotourism company for El Salvador. Prodetur's main goal is to teach people about the area's heritage while providing economic benefits to the local community.

The Harry and Betty Wolfe Lecture Series will present the final event on Wednesday, Oct. 28, which will focus on ecotourism in Appalachia and Huntington. The speakers include Phyllis Baxter from the Appalachia Forest Heritage Area and Audy Perry and Tyson Compton from the Cabell Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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Public schools music specialist from Maryland to work with music education students at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Timothy Bodamer from the Charles County, Md., Public Schools will visit Marshall University's Department of Music to present three different sessions to music education majors. The sessions are designed to better prepare the students for their first years as music teachers.

The first session will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the new marching band rehearsal room in Cam Henderson Center on the Huntington campus.  Topics to be covered include job searching, "what to do when you don't know what to do," and the "do's and don'ts of taking over an established program."  

The second session will occur later the same day at 6:30 p.m. in room 112 of Smith Music Hall, also on the Huntington campus, in conjunction with the monthly Collegiate Music Educators National Conference (CMENC) meeting. At this session, Bodamer will discuss the practical classroom applications of music technology.

The third session will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, also in the marching band rehearsal room. It is open to all music education students, particularly those who are currently student teaching, as the discussion will focus on job searching, job interviews and some of the most commonly made mistakes by new teachers.

Bodamer, who has spent his entire career working for Charles County Public Schools, is currently the content specialist for fine and performing arts. Prior to this, he served as an instructional support teacher and band director at La Plata High School. As the content specialist, he develops curriculum, assists with interviewing candidates, observes teachers and assists school-level administrators, managing county-wide events, and multiple funding sources.  Bodamer received his B.A. degree in music from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and his master's degree from Bowie State University in Maryland.

Charles County, Md., is located approximately 30 miles south of Washington, D.C.  Over the past three years, a strong relationship has been forged between the Charles County Public Schools and Marshall University, according to Robert Wray, assistant professor of choral music education. Wray taught in the school district from 2001 to 2005. In addition, Steve Barnett, director of the marching band at Marshall, along with Wray, conducted the All-County band and choral ensembles respectively in December of 2008. Dr. Jeffrey Pappas, chair of the Marshall Department of Music, conducted an honors ensemble in southern Maryland that included students from the district this past February; and in March, the Marshall University Chamber Choir, under the direction of Dr. David Castleberry, included a full day of workshops for the choral students and teachers of Charles County as part of their spring tour. Blake Racer, a recent graduate of Marshall, is in his first year as director of choral activities at La Plata High School in the district and this year's freshman class in the Marshall Department of Music includes four graduates from the district.

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Wednesday October 14, 2009
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Three Marshall University students from southern West Virginia awarded Friends of Coal scholarships

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Three Marshall University freshmen from southern West Virginia have been awarded the Friends of Coal scholarships for 2009.

The recipients are Jordan A. Hatfield from Mingo County, Kimberly Hildreth from Lincoln County and Mercedes A. Swayne from Kanawha County. Hatfield is a 2009 graduate of Belfry High School in Kentucky, Hildreth is a 2009 graduate of Lincoln County High School and Swayne is a 2009 graduate of Capital High School.

Each student receives a $2,500 scholarship, which is the result of the sponsorship provided by the Friends of Coal for the Marshall-West Virginia University football series. Marshall plays WVU at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Morgantown in the fourth game of the series.

Students eligible to receive the scholarship must have had high GPAs in high school, live in southern West Virginia and demonstrate high financial need.

"These scholarships are the most important and rewarding part of the Friends of Coal Bowl sponsorship as they may help keep our best and brightest here in West Virginia," said Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association. "The Friends of Coal Bowl is for every West Virginian who helps make the coal industry the best in the world and it is an honor to have these three outstanding students represent them.  Congratulations to each of them." 

Steve Hensley, dean of student affairs at Marshall, said the three students are true beneficiaries of the Friends of Coal Bowl, regardless of who wins the football game.

"The Friends of Coal scholarships are a wonderful benefit from this annual football game between Marshall University and West Virginia University," Hensley said. "These scholarships help these three worthy students reduce their indebtedness. As always, Marshall University appreciates the hard work and cooperative spirit that makes these scholarships possible."

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Monday October 12, 2009
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Eagle Appointed Dean of Marshall's Graduate School of Education

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Dr. Teresa R. Eagle has been appointed dean of Marshall University's Graduate School of Education and Professional Development, Dr. Gayle Ormiston, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, announced today.  She will begin her duties Oct. 17.

"We are indeed fortunate that Dr. Eagle has accepted this position," Ormiston said. "She has the perspective of 11 years of experience as a Marshall faculty member, as well as broad experience as a public school teacher and administrator, and will serve the school well."

Most recently Eagle was coordinator of Marshall's doctoral programs in education, as well as a tenured professor in the Leadership Studies program.

"I am looking forward to the leadership role in the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development," Eagle said. "We have an outstanding team of faculty and staff, and I am eager to continue working with them all."

Eagle is currently the president of the Southern Regional Council on Education Administration, which will hold its annual conference next week. She is also a member of the national and West Virginia associations of secondary school principals, the American Educational Studies Association, Phi Delta Kappa and the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration, among others.

Prior to coming to the university, Eagle served in the Kanawha County Schools in a number of roles, including curriculum supervisor at George Washington High School, assistant principal at Andrew Jackson Middle School and Roosevelt Junior High School, and acting principal at Roosevelt. She also taught mathematics in the Kanawha and Boone County schools.  She was named West Virginia State Teacher of the Year in 1989 and spent a year as an education specialist working for NASA's Project Laser at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Eagle holds a B.S. degree in mathematics from Morris Harvey College (now the University of Charleston), an M.A. degree in education administration from the West Virginia Graduate College (now part of Marshall University), an Ed.D. in educational leadership studies from West Virginia University, and an Ed.S. degree from Marshall.

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Monday October 12, 2009
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Ride for Life Spin-A-Thon set for Oct. 21 at Marshall Recreation Center

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Ride for Life Spin-A-Thon, an indoor cycling event benefitting the American Cancer Society and the Sue Niestroy-Wilson Memorial Scholarship Fund, will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 at the Marshall Recreation Center on the Huntington campus.

Heather Smith with Marshall University Campus Recreation said all fitness levels are welcome and participants may ride from 20 minutes to two hours.  T-shirts will be given to participants who pledge at least $20 and prizes will be awarded to the riders with the most pledges/donations.

Persons may register by e-mailing hill149@marshall.edu ("Ride for Life" in subject line).

Call Smith at 304-696-3653 for more information.

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Wednesday October 7, 2009
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Black student leadership summit starts Oct. 16 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The iLead Black Student Leadership Summit is coming to Marshall University's Huntington campus beginning Friday, Oct. 16, and continuing until Sunday, Oct. 18. 

Sponsored locally by Marshall's Center for African American Students' Programs, iLead's objectives are to bring black student leaders from diverse backgrounds, locations and organizations together to disseminate leadership and personal development tools to aid leaders to better themselves while helping communities, families, organizations and ultimately institutions.

Sessions will include daily presentations by professionals in the field, break-out sessions with student leaders and professionals, team building exercises and networking.

Topics to be explored include discovering the impact today's leaders will have on the future, networking with other student and professional leaders, exploring and developing  action plans for success and learning about current trends, methods and other attributes that are required for successful leaders.

Keynote presentations will cover a range of topics by professionals in the field of student leadership.  Those presenting are Dr. Genevieve E. Myers, professor of political science at Marshall; Steven T. Birdine, president/CEO of Affirmations in Action!; Dr. Jan E. Duncan, director of student teaching, Alcorn State University; and Mary Clarke, M.A., director of academic services at St. Louis University.

Author and Howard Law School graduate Patricia Russell-McCloud will be the keynote speaker at a banquet that will take place Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Don Morris room of Marshall's Memorial Student Center. Listed in the Top Five Business Motivators in America by Black Enterprise Magazine, she also has been featured in Ebony, Black Enterprise and Essence magazines.  She has earned a reputation as one of the top orators of today.

Carrie Cline, who is the anchor for "First at Five" on WSAZ-TV, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for the banquet.

Dr. Shari Williams-Clarke, vice president for Multicultural Affairs at Marshall, said the summit offers a range of prolific presenters, including "Patricia Russell-McCloud, who is absolutely the most dynamic and engaging speaker I have heard.  Her message is strong, motivating and resonates with students and the general public.  She will hold the audience captive.  We are all looking forward to an exceptional summit."

Registration for all events is $45. There is no charge for Marshall students and high school students. Registration for the banquet only is $25 per person or $125 for a table for eight. To register, call 304-696-4677 or e-mail clarkes@marshall.edu.   

For additional information about iLead, go to http://iLEAD.webs.com    

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Wednesday October 7, 2009
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Visiting pianist from Turkey to be in residence at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Tűrev Berki, a visiting guest pianist from Turkey, will present a solo piano recital and participate in a chamber music concert during a week-long residency at the Marshall University Department of Music beginning Oct. 14 and continuing through Oct. 20.

The piano recital begins at noon Friday, Oct. 16, at First Presbyterian Church, 1015 5th Avenue in Huntington. A complimentary lunch will follow the program, which will enable the audience to meet Berki. The chamber music concert, which will also feature cellist Dr. Şőlen Dikener and violinist Ian Jessee, will take place Monday, Oct. 19 in the Smith Recital Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus. Both concerts are free of charge.

"The visit of Dr. Berki to MU is the continuation of our duo collaboration that began with a concert tour in Turkey during my sabbatical leave in the spring of 2009," said Dikener, who is a member of the Marshall music faculty. "He is an outstanding musician and a virtuoso pianist. His visit will contribute tremendously to MU music students to enhance their global experience in the arts."

Berki is chair of the Musicology Department, State Conservatory of Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. A native of Ankara, he began his piano education at the age of nine with master duo-pianists Elif and Bedii Aran. He represented Turkey in the International Steinway Piano Competition, where he was awarded first prize, and was also among the five award winners in Italy at the Senigallia International Piano Competition for Young Pianists. In 1993, having been assigned as the cultural attach of the Turkish Republic in the United States, he gave a recital in Washington D.C. on the occasion of 70th anniversary of the republic. As a soloist, he has played various concertos, as well as many recitals, in international festivals held in Turkey and in Carnegie Hall in New York.

Berki's visit is sponsored by MU Music Department and First Presbyterian Church under the MUsic Alive Guest Artist and Chamber Music Series, a program that is now in its fourth season. Dikener is the artistic director of the series, working together with Dale Capehardt from First Presbyterian Church. Each academic year, two international artists are invited to Huntington for concerts, lectures and other activities. The 2009-2010 program will feature, in upcoming events, the Degas String Quartet from North Carolina; the Capital Piano Trio from New York; violist Dr. Cetin Aydar from Izmir, Turkey; and the Nevelson Duo from Marshall University.

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Wednesday October 7, 2009
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Psychology Clinic to offer group on coping with anxiety

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - If you feel stressed out, overwhelmed, or just tired of all the things you have to juggle in life, the Marshall University Psychology Clinic has a group for you. 

"People are dealing with even greater amounts of stress and anxiety than ever before in their lives," said Dr. Keith Beard, director of the clinic. "It is easy to feel overwhelmed.  This group will help members learn better coping skills."

The group sessions will take place in the Psychology Clinic facility, located in Harris Hall on Marshall University's Huntington campus, Tuesdays and Thursdays for four consecutive weeks.  The start date will be determined once group members are identified. 

Mary Beth Kees, one of the group leaders, states that this group is important because "if one does not deal with stress, it can have adverse effects on an individual's entire life." Both Kees and her co-leader, Kristina Isaacs, say they are confident that the group sessions will help participants to learn to cope with the stressors that they will face in life.

Marshall students and members of the community who would like to join the group should contact Kees by e-mail at kees8@marshall.edu or Isaacs at isaacs17@marshall.edu.  To leave a  telephone message, persons should call Beard at 304-696-2781.

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Wednesday October 7, 2009
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, 304-746-2038

JobTrax kiosk unveiled in Corbly Hall Lounge

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Lewis College of Business and the Office of Career Services unveiled a Job Trax kiosk in the Corbly Hall Lounge on the Huntington campus Friday, Oct. 2.

The kiosk was given by Ruth E. Butler Executive in Residence John Rulli and will assist business students in finding job opportunities and internships.

"We appreciate his [Rulli's] spirit of paying back to his alma mater," said Dr. Chong W. Kim, dean of the college. "Also, I am glad students were able to hear the success story from one of our own. Mr. Rulli had very good advice for students trying to be successful in their careers."

Rulli, who received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Marshall in 1979, gave the executive in residence lecture after the kiosk was unveiled. He  is executive vice president, chief administrative officer and president of Simon Management Group for Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc.

JobTrax is an online database available to employers to post open positions to specifically reach Marshall University students and alumni.

"I hope students take full advantage of the kiosk and other career planning and enhancement services," said Alissa Sikula, a senior at Marshall.   "I am excited about using the kiosk. It is convenient since most of my classes are here in Corbly."

Photos:  Top: Glen Midkiff, event and public relations coordinator for the Office of Career Services at Marshall University, demonstrates the new Job Trax kiosk in Corbly Hall. Bottom: Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp (second from left) unveils the Job Tax kiosk in Corbly Hall Oct. 2. With Kopp are, from left, Dr. Ron Area, Chief Executive Officer of the Marshall University Foundation; John Rulli, Marshall alumnus and Butler Executive in Residence;  Rick Slater from Dixon-Hughes, Marshall alumnus and president of the college's advisory board; and Dr. Chong W. Kim, dean of the Lewis College of Business at Marshall.

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Tuesday October 6, 2009
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Performances, art sale to benefit A.D. Lewis Community Center

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Student Government Association will sponsor live music and an art sale on the Huntington campus Thursday evening, Oct. 8, to benefit the A.D. Lewis Community Center on Hal Greer Blvd. in Huntington.

Entertainment begins at 8 p.m. on the Memorial Student Center plaza after a pre-show at 6:30 p.m. in the John Marshall Room. Headlining the musical acts will be Nashville artist JJ Heller and local musicians will perform as well.

General admission for the 8 p.m. show is $10; a premium package is also available for $25. The premium package includes a reception, a "meet and greet" with Heller and a preview of the art available for sale. Tickets are available at the door or through the Marshall Artists Series box office, located in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, which is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m.

All proceeds support the community center, which provides services for citizens of all ages. For further information, persons may contact Sean Hornbuckle, student body president, by phone at 304-696-2949 or by e-mail at sean.hornbuckle@marshall.edu.


Photo: Nashville artist JJ Heller will perform Oct. 8 on Marshall's Huntington campus.

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

Visiting Writers Series kicks off with Rachael and Joel Peckham

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Writers Rachael and Joel Peckham will read from their work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 in Room 2W16 of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Their appearance is the first of three fall events in the Marshall University Visiting Writers Series.  Appalachian memoirist Linda Tate appears on campus Nov. 9, and acclaimed southern poet David Bottoms reads Nov. 17 at an evening hosted by the Huntington Museum of Art.

Rachael Peckham, new member of the creative writing faculty at Marshall, is the author of The Black Box Confessions, a dissertation in creative nonfiction from Ohio University. It is a collection of essays inspired by the life and death of aviator Harriet Quimby.  Peckham's work has appeared in many journals including Passages North, Oxford Magazine, Lake Effect and The Southeast Review.  Her several awards include a nonfiction prize from Briar Cliff Review.

Joel Peckham is the author of two collections of poetry from Pecan Grove Press, Nightwalking and The Heat of What Comes.  His work has appeared in such journals as Black Warrior Review, Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, Ascent and many others.  He is the recipient of an award in poetry from the Academy of American Poets.  He has also published creative nonfiction and is currently on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati's Clermont College.

Their joint appearance is sponsored by the Marshall University Visiting Writers Series, the College of Liberal Arts and the English Department.  The event is free and open to the public.

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

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Friday October 2, 2009
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Marshall to launch Text-2-Give Program this weekend

- The Marshall University Office of Development is launching a Text-2-Give Program to coincide with homecoming weekend, Rebecca McPhail-Samples, assistant vice president for development, announced today. 

The campaign features two elements, which are:

A general campaign that will be highlighted during a promotion at Marshall's homecoming football game Saturday with East Carolina University, which begins at noon at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. This will serve as the official launch of the public portion of the text campaign.  Fans will be encouraged to text the word LEARN to 40579 to give $5 in support of Marshall University's General Scholarship Fund. Fans can text a contribution up to five times and the tax-deductible gift will appear on their mobile phone bill. Standard text messaging rates apply.

A student campaign will run from Oct. 3 to Oct. 31 and feature competition between class years. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors will be encouraged to text the keyword for their class to 40579 during the month of October.  The winning class will then choose one of three projects to which the funds can be directed.  The three projects up for vote by the winning class are the Memorial Fountain Maintenance Fund, the General Scholarship Fund or the campus's Be Marshall Green initiative.

"We are excited about the prospect of introducing a new way to give to the Marshall community," said McPhail-Samples. "We are also thrilled to give students the opportunity to get involved. Not only do our students have the opportunity to support the university, but the class who records the most contributions will also get to choose one of the three projects the funds will support."

A Lewis College of Business Marketing and Promotions class is helping with the student campaign. For more information contact McPhail-Samples at 304-696-3292 or 304-767-5189.

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Friday October 2, 2009
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Campus Conversations start Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A series of discussions to identify and develop priorities that will become elements of an academic master plan at Marshall University begins Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 6 and 7, on the Huntington campus.

Campus Conversations, which are open to all Marshall faculty, students and staff, will take place throughout the 2009-10 academic year to enable those attending to provide input for the draft of the Academic Master Plan, which is expected to be completed in April 2010.  The conversations are scheduled at alternate times in an effort to encourage broad participation.

Each session will have a thematic focus but discussions are expected to be open, direct, and not necessarily limited to the theme.  Those on the South Charleston campus can participate in all sessions via video conference.

The first conversation, "Developing a Student Body:  Recruitment, Retention, Success and Leadership," will take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6 in room 2E28 in the Memorial Student Center.  It will be repeated at noon Wednesday, Oct. 7 in room 105 of Corbly Hall.

Subsequent dates and topics include:

Conversation 2

"Developing Faculty:  Recruitment, Retention, Success, and Leadership," 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct 27, in room 2E28, Memorial Student Center; and, noon Wednesday, Oct. 28 in room 105 of Corbly Hall.

Conversation 3

"Developing Academic Programs:  Resources, Facilities, and Structures," 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in room 2E28, Memorial Student Center; and, noon Friday, Nov. 13, in the Alumni Lounge (2W16), Memorial Student Center.

Conversation 4

"Financial Considerations and Context," time, place and date to be announced during the Spring Semester 2010.

The discussions are sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and MU-ADVANCE.  Light refreshments will be provided. 

Questions and requests for additional information should be directed to the Office of Academic Affairs, academic-affairs@marshall.edu

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Thursday October 1, 2009
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Homecoming car bash set for Friday at Buskirk Field


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - WMUL-FM, Marshall University's public radio station, and the Student Activities Programming Board (SAPB) will be destroying a car from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 on Buskirk Field on Marshall's Huntington campus as part of homecoming activities.

In the seventh installment of the event, a Lincoln Continental Mark V will be painted purple and yellow - the colors of East Carolina University, Marshall's homecoming opponent - and then destroyed by Marshall students and community members.

SAPB will be providing inflatable games for a carnival in conjunction with the car bash.

WMUL will bring sledgehammers, gloves and goggles. Station Manager Adam Cavalier said the only thing participants need to bring is "anger, muscles and one dollar for the best therapy money can buy."

"It's getting close to midterms and students probably have a lot of stress," Cavalier said.  "What better way is there to work that stress out than demolish a car that's painted in dishonor of Marshall's homecoming opponent?"

The dollar admission fee will get participants access to two car-bashing minutes with the Lincoln Continental and a pass to play on SAPB's inflatable games.

For more information, contact Cavalier at cavalier@marshall.edu or at 304-696-2295.

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Thursday October 1, 2009
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Chamber/YPC scholarship established by MU Foundation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals Committee (YPC) Scholarship has been established by the Marshall University Foundation, Inc.

The Chamber and YPC recently pledged $10,000 to fund the scholarship and the YPC recently provided an additional $1,500 to help fund the Lewis College of Business' new Lounge project. The Young Professionals Committee is a subcommittee of the Chamber that fosters leadership skills for professionals ages 21 to 45.

Scholarship guidelines call for one award of $2,000 to be given to a Marshall University student annually for five years beginning with the current academic year.

The recipient must be a full-time undergraduate student who does not qualify for the PROMISE Scholarship. He or she also must be an employee or an immediate family member of an employee of a business that is a member of the chamber or an affiliated subcommittee.

"The Chamber is happy to provide this opportunity to a deserving student," said Mark Bugher, president of the chamber. "Creating education opportunities is critical to our overall economic climate and the success of local businesses."

The recipient must perform a minimum of 20 hours of unpaid community service or 20 hours in an unpaid internship at a chamber or YPC member business during the year he or she receives the scholarship. The recipient must live in campus housing and maintain full-time status and a minimum grade point average of 2.5.

"It is with great pleasure and excitement that the YPC can partner with the chamber to offer this scholarship to Marshall University," said Christie White, chair of the YPC. "It will be a wonderful opportunity to assist in advancing the higher education of the future young professionals of the Huntington area."


Photo: From left to right are Matt White, Cassey Bowden, Christie White, Dr. Ron Area, Mark Bugher, Brandy Roisman and Romy Mundy. All but Area, who is Senior Vice President for Development and Chief Executive Officer for the Marshall University Foundation, are members of the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals Committee (YPC) Scholarship Committee. White is chair of the YPC and Bugher is president of the Chamber.

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Thursday October 1, 2009
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Marshall University Executive MBA class heads to Chile for international residency

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Twenty-two professional students in the current Marshall University Executive Master of Business Administration class will embark on an international study abroad residency to Santiago, Chile, this Saturday afternoon.

The students, who have been studying together on Saturdays at Marshall's South Charleston campus for the past 15 months, depart from Charleston Saturday afternoon and return to Charleston on Sunday, Oct. 11. While in Santiago, students will interact with locally owned and operated businesses and international companies during the weeklong residency abroad.

The excursion is an important part of the Marshall Executive MBA experience and involves five full days of class, lectures, presentations and on-site tours, said Dr. Uday Tate, director of the Executive MBA program.

"This is the last leg of the cohort's journey," Tate said. "Our students, who will graduate later this month, can now take the principles they have mastered in class and learned through their classmates and see how it comes together to work on an international level. This is an amazing opportunity for our students."

While in Santiago, the cohort and accompanying professors will experience an economic briefing by the U.S. Department of Commerce at the U.S. Embassy, a presentation by the Association of Chilean Exporters, a tour of Drillco and a presentation by the nonprofit Endeavor on its role in the development of the mining-related company. Other presentations and tours include an overview of the continent's economy given by BBVA's chief economist for South America, a lecture at Adolfo Ibanez University on why Chile is one of Latin America's most competitive economies, and a corporate presentation at the country's largest and most successful wineries.

Students also will experience another American connection during a tour and overview of Finning, a Caterpillar dealer in the region, which was arranged by one of the Executive MBA students with connections and an interest in the mining and construction industries.

Students participating in the residency include Scott Anderson of Huntington, Rachael Blount of Charleston, Brian Bracey of Huntington, Charlie Bradley of Huntington, Celia Cooper of Williamstown, Paul Davis of Huntington, Shonee Amy Ferrebee of Ashford, Shane Finster of Huntington, Patricia Garren of Hurricane, Keith Hainer of Chapmanville, Ben Hardman of Huntington, Linda Holley of Prichard, Jeremy Holton of Huntington, David Horst of Milton, Justin Hunter of Huntington, Kelly May of Matewan, Michelle P. Muth of Huntington, Troy Nedrich of Cannonsburg, Pa., Victoria Quintrell-Paul of Charleston, Valerie Ray of Charleston, Chris Roberts of Hurricane, and Kristen Schneider of Morgantown.

Also accompanying the cohort on the trip are professors Lorraine Anderson and Deepak Subedi, and Lalena Price from University Communications.

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