April 2010 News Releases

Thursday April 29, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

WMUL students win five awards at BEA competition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from WMUL-FM, Marshall University's public radio station, received two first-place awards, one third-place award and two honorable mention awards during the Seventh Annual Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts Student Audio Competition ceremony Friday, April 16 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, professor of Radio-Television Production and Management in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University and faculty manager of WMUL-FM, said that the students competed with other broadcasting students from colleges and universities throughout the United States. 

"Adam Cavalier has received high compliments for his work on an entertainment program, a sports package and a documentary at WMUL-FM by being presented three awards from BEA," Bailey said. "Adam's two individual first-place awards were for his on-air musical countdown special about sports anthems and his sports reporting on one of Marshall basketball's former stars."

Cavalier also was recognized for his investigative reporting in a documentary about Huntington's sewage system with a third-place award.  Other WMUL-FM student sportscasters received honorable mention awards for their sports reporting and football play-by-play announcing.  

"Winning never comes easy," Bailey said, "but for Marshall University, the student broadcasters of WMUL-FM consistently earn top honors in direct competition with nationally recognized colleges and universities. These acknowledgements at the BEA's Festival of Media Arts are validations of the quality broadcasting program available through the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.  These radio awards are in addition to the two Broadcast Education Association scholarships won by Adam Cavalier and Leannda Carey." 

Broadcast Education Association (BEA) has more than 1,400 academic and professional members and 250 academic institutional members.  BEA was founded in 1955, and its mission is to prepare college students to enter the radio and television business.  Its members share a diversity of interests involving all aspects of telecommunication and electronic media. 

Thirteen students from 11 different campuses were awarded scholarships in the Broadcast Education Association's 2010-2011 competition.  The winners were selected by the BEA Scholarship Committee at its fall meeting in Washington, D.C., and presented at the spring convention in Las Vegas.       

The scholarship winners from Marshall are:    

Abe Voron Scholarship, sponsored by the Abe Voron Committee: Adam Cavalier, $5,000.     

Walter Patterson Scholarship, sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters: Leannda Carey, $2,250.

WMUL's first-place award winning entries in radio were:

Radio Air Personality

"The Greatest Sports Anthems Countdown," written and produced by Adam Cavalier, a graduate student from Montgomery, that was broadcast as a special musical entertainment program Friday, Sept. 18, 2009.

Radio Sports Reporting

"J. R. VanHoose: From the Herd to the Hornets," written and produced by Adam Cavalier, that was broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," Friday, Dec. 4, 2009.

The third-place award winning entry in radio was:

Radio Educational Program

"Failing Infrastructure:  Saving Huntington's Sewage System," written and produced by Adam Cavalier. The documentary was broadcast during "Aircheck" Thursday, May 7, 2009. 

The honorable mention award winning entries in radio were:

Radio Sports Reporting

"Enter Sandman," written and produced by Leannda Carey, a junior from Wellsburg, broadcast during the WMUL-FM Pregame Program before the Marshall at Virginia Tech football game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009.

Sports Play-By-Play

WMUL-FM's broadcast of the Marshall University versus Southern Methodist University football game played at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009. The students calling the game were football play-by-play announcer Robert Iddings, a senior, St. Albans; color commentator Dave Traube, a senior, Beckley; sideline reporter Deven Swartz, a senior, Philippi; and engineer Scott Hall, a graduate from Stevens City, Va.

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Wednesday April 28, 2010
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, 304-696-3296

Marshall class to present 'A Chorus Line' April 30 and May 1

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from a new musical theatre class at Marshall University will present "A Chorus Line" at 7 p.m. Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1 at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on the Huntington campus.


The class, "Musical Theatre Workshop," was open to music or theatre majors and non-majors. It was taught by Bruce Rous, who divides his time at Marshall as adjunct professor for the departments of music and theatre and also serves as Director of Musical Theatre.


The performances are free and open to the public, but since this is a studio production in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre, seating is limited and tickets are required. To reserve tickets, please call Sam Kincaid at 304-696-6395.

Rous said the numbers of students who enrolled in the course proves the demand for musical theatre at Marshall.

"There are students from theatre, from music and a host of other departments," Rous said. "There are about 28 registered for the two sections of the class. It's a lot of people, but I didn't want to exclude anyone."

In the workshop, students work on acting, singing, performance technique, character work and other aspects of performing.

"Although the culmination of the class is a performance, that is not the main goal," Rous said. "The work, the process - these are more important to me than the performance."

Rous' career includes work for ABC television, as well as on- and off-Broadway, regionally and on national tours. Past schools at which he has taught include Sarah Lawrence College, New York University and Manhattan College. Rous is a member of BMI, the American Federation of Musicians, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (now SDC).

For more information on the class or this weekend's performances, contact Rous by e-mail at rous1@marshall.edu.


Photo: Marshall University director of musical theatre Bruce Rous (standing) works with his "Musical Theatre Workshop" class in preparation for their performance of "A Chorus Line" April 30 and May 1.

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Wednesday April 28, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

173rd Marshall University commencement set for May 8

About 700 graduates to take part in ceremony at Big Sandy Superstore Arena

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Nearly 1,400 students will graduate from Marshall University on Saturday, May 8 when the university celebrates its 173rd commencement at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m.

Among the 1,389 students receiving degrees are 818 undergraduates and 468 graduate students, 62 from the School of Medicine and 41 who will receive associate degrees.

The commencement ceremony is for tentative May 2010 graduates only. Past spring commencements included summer and December graduates from the previous year, but Marshall University conducted a winter commencement for those graduates in December 2009.

Registrar Roberta Ferguson said about 700 students have indicated they plan to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Ferguson said 355 students will graduate with honors. Seventy will graduate summa cum laude (3.85 to 4.0 GPA), 120 magna cum laude (3.6 to 3.84 GPA), and 158 cum laude (3.3 to 3.59 GPA). Two students receiving associate degrees will graduate with high honors, and five associate degree recipients will graduate with honors.

Marshall will continue a practice that began in 2006 of recognizing individually each graduate who attends commencement. Each graduate will walk to the area in front of the stage, where his or her name will be announced and he or she will receive congratulations and a representative scroll from the Marshall Alumni Association.

Marshall also will recognize its graduating honor students during commencement. Based on tentative grade point averages calculated through seven semesters, 15 students will complete their baccalaureate degrees with perfect 4.0 GPAs.

The 15 with tentative 4.0s are Kathleen Correll Brown of Huntington, W.Va.; Maggie Elizabeth Chenoweth of Barboursville, W.Va.; Sarah Marie Clemins of Oak Hill, W.Va.; Kayla Mae Davis of Oak Hill, Ohio; Sarah Elizabeth DeYoung of Martinsburg, W.Va.; Alicia Kathleen Hess of Hedgesville, W.Va.; Sammy Samir Hodroge of Charleston, W.Va.; Ashley Brianne Litchfield of Point Pleasant, W.Va.; Sarah Katherine Moore of Akron, Ohio; Khoa Dang Nguyen of Huntington, W.Va.; Sean Gregory Pauley of Barboursville, W.Va.; Kelcey Elaine Perkins of South Point, Ohio; Rebecca Marie Ragland of Georgetown, Ky.; Elizabeth Diane Truex of Tallmadge, Ohio; and Mark Andrew Upton of Ballard, W.Va.

CNN News Correspondent Sean Callebs, a 1983 Marshall graduate, will deliver the commencement address and receive the John Marshall Medal For Civic Responsibility.

Here is a list of upcoming commencement-related events: 

Today, Wednesday, April 28

6:30 p.m., second annual College of Information Technology and Engineering senior recognition ceremony and reception, Memorial Student Center, Don Morris Room 

Thursday, April 29

4 p.m., Donning of Kente Celebration of Achievement, Buskirk Field

Wednesday, May 5

7 p.m., Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Investiture (30th graduating class), Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center

Thursday, May 6

6 p.m., Mid-Ohio Valley Center nursing graduation reception, American Legion Post 23, 100 2nd Street in Point Pleasant

Friday, May 7

11 a.m., ROTC commissioning ceremony, Memorial Student Center, BE 5

11 a.m., LEAP Intensive English Program graduation ceremony, Memorial Student Center, Shawkey Dining Room

3 p.m., International students graduation celebration, Memorial Student Center plaza

4 p.m., Clinical Lab Sciences and Dietetics Department graduation reception, Memorial Student Center, Marco's

5 p.m., Honors College's Society of Yeager Scholars Medallion Ceremony, Drinko Library, third-floor atrium

5 p.m., H.E.L.P. Program graduation ceremony, Myers Hall, 520 18th St

5:30 p.m., W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications banquet for seniors and graduates, Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center

6 p.m., PsyD Doctoral graduation reception, Memorial Student Center, John Marshall Dining Room

7 p.m., College of Health Professions' nursing recognition ceremony, Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center

7 p.m., College of Health Professions, St. Mary's Medical Center School of Nursing Recognition and Pinning Ceremony, Highlawn Baptist Church  

7 p.m., College of Education and Human Services hooding ceremony, Cam Henderson Center

Saturday, May 8

9 a.m., Marshall University's 173rd commencement, Big Sandy Superstore Arena

Immediately following Marshall's commencement, College of Fine Arts post-graduation brunch, an invitation event at The Palms (Century Building), 314 9th St. Plaza

Immediately following Marshall's commencement, College of Information Technology and Engineering graduation reception, Arthur Weisberg Family Engineering Laboratories

Immediately following Marshall's commencement, Communication Disorders graduation reception, Smith Hall 143

1 p.m., College of Science Convocation, Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center

1 p.m., Forensic Science graduate program reception, Forensic Science Center

1 p.m., College of Health Professions Department of Social Work recognition ceremony, Prichard Hall 324

1:30 p.m., Lewis College of Business graduation celebration, Christ Temple Church, 2400 Johnstown Rd.

4 p.m., Graduate School of Education and Professional Development hooding ceremony, South Charleston High School, 1 Eagle Way, South Charleston

Main commencement notes:

  • The commencement ceremony will be streamed live on the Web beginning at 8:30 a.m. To access the stream, visit www.marshall.edu.
  • Marshall University will provide shuttle buses to transport graduates and guests to the arena from campus. Graduates and guests are encouraged to park on university lots at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, Joan C. Edwards Stadium and across 3rd Avenue from Smith Hall (Lot F). Shuttle service will begin at 7:45 a.m. and occur in 15-minute intervals. After commencement, buses will transport passengers back to campus.
  • Marshall University will produce a DVD of the commencement ceremony for purchase at $15 per copy. Orders may be submitted using the DVD order form on the registrar's office Web site (www.marshall.edu/registrar). Additionally, orders will be accepted at the arena May 8. The Marshall University Alumni Association will process the DVD orders.
  • A professional photographer (Legacy Photographics) will take two photographs of each graduate after the graduate has received his or her representative scroll. The photographer will send proof information to graduates using MU e-mail addresses a few days after the ceremony. Purchase of photographs is optional.

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Tuesday April 27, 2010
Contact: Ginny Painter, Office of University Communications, 304-552-1287

Board of Governors approves salary increases in FY 2010-2011 budget

President commends Marshall employees for their contributions to enrollment growth

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Board of Governors last week approved a budget containing funding for one-time salary increments for faculty and non-classified staff, and permanent pay raises for classified staff.

The board set aside $1.5 million in the institution's Fiscal Year 2010-2011 budget for the salary enhancements, which officials say were made possible by a combination of steady increases in enrollment and strategic measures to gain efficiencies, including campus-wide energy-saving initiatives and restructuring of graduate fee waivers. Marshall employees last received pay raises in October 2008.

"Our people are Marshall University's greatest strength," said Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp. "Their dedication and commitment to serving students have led directly to our recent successes with enrollment growth. We are pleased to be able to reward them for their efforts, particularly in these difficult economic times."

Based on applications and admissions to-date, Marshall officials are expecting record freshman enrollment this fall. Overall enrollment is also expected to reach an all-time high. It will be the third straight year of enrollment growth at Marshall.

According to Kopp, a little over $1 million of the amount allotted in the budget for salary increases will be used to give one-time increments to faculty members and non-classified staff.

The remaining $450,000 will be applied toward full funding of the classified staff schedule. The increase for classified staff members will be permanent.

The state's current classified staff salary schedule was adopted in 2001 by the West Virginia Legislature, and higher education institutions have been moving toward full funding of it since that time.

Immediately following enactment of the salary schedule, state funding for public higher education institutions declined for three consecutive years due to an economic downturn in fiscal years 2003-2005. Public higher education is once again experiencing the negative consequences of declining state revenues. The effects of the ongoing recession were felt this year with a mid-year reduction in state appropriations, followed by more than a five percent reduction in state appropriations for the upcoming year. In addition, a reduction in state appropriations of more than 10 percent has been forecast for higher education in Fiscal Year 2011-2012.

Despite these financial challenges, Marshall University has been steadily closing the gap on funding the salary schedule, providing raises to classified staff members in seven of the last nine fiscal years, 2001 through 2009.

Kopp said he hopes economic conditions improve and that the upward trend in enrollment continues, which would allow the one-time salary adjustments for faculty and non-classified staff members to be rolled into permanent raises.

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Monday April 26, 2010
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, 304-696-3296

Ice cream social on plaza to be accompanied by MU wind symphony

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Wind Symphony will perform at this year's Ice Cream Social at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 27 on the Memorial Student Center plaza.

Ice cream will be served on the plaza, and is free to students, faculty and staff. The event is sponsored by the Marshall University Alumni Association and Student Affairs. 

"It's a fun way both to enjoy the musicianship of our students, and to end our class semester - not to mention, it's ice cream!" said Steve Hensley, dean of Student Affairs.

Each year the Marshall University Ice Cream Social is held as a way to honor the current graduates. Others enjoy the event as a way to blow off some steam before finals or to mingle in the plaza with friends and colleagues.

The event is free and open to the public. Thursday, April 29 is the rain date.

The wind symphony, led by Steve Barnett, plans to play the following selections:

  • The Sinfonians by Clifton Williams - a concert march featuring Callie Huff on piccolo solo
  • Angels in the Architecture by Frank Ticheli
  • Walking into History - The Clinton 12 - by Richard Saucedo, in conjunction with the Birke Symposium-Social Justice theme
  • Sara's Soul by Hardy Mertens
  • Velocity by Robert Sheldon
  • Ride by Samuel Hazo
  • Americans We - march by Henry Fillmore
  • Sons of Marshall

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Monday April 26, 2010
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, 304-696-3296

Art exhibition 'Herding Cats' opens April 30

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "Herding Cats," an exhibition of work by Marshall University College of Fine Arts students Mark Earnhart and Jason Kiley, will open Friday, April 30 in Gallery 842 and run through May 27. The exhibit and its opening reception, which will take place Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., are free and open to the public.

 Earnhart's and Kiley's show consists primarily of sculpture, including installations and freestanding forms. Most are new works, but some are collaborative pieces. According to the artists, the work engages the viewer beyond the visual and uses space to create irreverence. 

Kiley and Earnhart met in 2009 when Kiley started as the studio technician in ceramics at Marshall. Earnhart was the sculpture technician in the same building. Earnhart saw Kiley's work and thought that it would fit in well with the Buswater group, with which he had started exhibiting work in Charleston. Earnhart arranged for Kiley to join the group also and start showing in West Virginia.

Kiley describes his work as having more than just surface value.

"I try to build rewards into my work for the viewer who takes the time to investigate," Kiley said. "Mark and I decided to try and get a show set up together in not so much that our work is similar, but that we think about and approach art in the same way."

That similarity in philosophy is apparent when the two speak about their work.

"The work that I am currently producing is rooted within my observational self," Earnhart said. "I have found that by looking at the physical details of my own space and place I am able to create work that narrates subjectivity.  My work is fundamentally based on my own circumstance but the resulting outcome in sculpture takes on an autonomous narrative.  My philosophy is not to take on individuality in a heavy-handed way but rather look at the physical and conceptual details and play with expected outcomes."

Earnhart earned a B.F.A. in sculpture from Ohio University. He came to Marshall in 2007 as an academic lab manager. Kiley came to West Virginia when his wife accepted a position as a federal park ranger with the Army Corps of Engineers.

Gallery 842 is both a community and university held space to promote local talent and initiative. The gallery is a free cultural experience for any artist or art enthusiast and is located at 842 4th Ave. in downtown Huntington.

For more information, contact Jaye Ike by phone at 304-696-3296 or by e-mail at  jaye.ike@marshall.edu.


Photo: Mark Earnhart and Jason Kiley will open their exhibition at Gallery 842 Friday, April 30.

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Monday April 26, 2010
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Retired J.C. Penney executive Edward Howard to deliver keynote speech at Marshall's Donning of Kente

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University alumnus Edward Howard, retired Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of J.C. Penney Company, Inc.'s West Region, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Donning of Kente Celebration of Achievement Thursday, April 29 at Marshall University.

The traditional and historical event, presented by Marshall's Center for African American Students' Programs, begins at 4 p.m. on Buskirk Field on MU's Huntington campus. The celebration and cap-and-gown ceremony will commence with a processional that will include graduating students, university deans and Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp.

The ceremony takes place each spring for African and African American students who graduated from Marshall University during the winter and those slated for graduation in May or during the coming summer school term.  

The Kente cloth, which resembles a stole and is worn with the academic regalia, is a symbol of accomplishment that has its roots in a long tradition of weaving in West African countries. Marshall instituted the tradition of presenting Kente cloths to graduating African American students several years ago, and approximately 60 students are expected to participate Thursday along with university deans, faculty and staff.

Maurice Cooley, director of the Center for African American Students' Programs, said the Donning of the Kente Celebration of Achievement is one of the most prestigious and culturally significant events in which Marshall's African and African American students can participate. Having Howard as this year's featured speaker, he said, highlights even more an already special ceremony.

"Since graduating from Marshall University in 1965, Mr. Howard has climbed the ladder of success in the corporate world," Cooley said of the Beckley, W.Va., native. "It has been an incredible journey for this son of a coal miner, who started his professional career in 1965 as a trainee at J.C. Penney in Huntington and in 1990, became the first African-American to enter the company's officer ranks when he was elected Vice President and Director of Investor Relations. I am certain Mr. Howard will deliver an inspirational message that our graduates will remember the rest of their lives."

Howard currently lives in Scottsdale, Ariz. He is a member of the Marshall University Board of Governors and is former president of Marshall's Society of Yeager Scholars Board of Directors. He received an honorary doctoral degree from Marshall in 2002 and is a member of the Elizabeth McDowell Lewis College of Business Hall of Fame. Howard also was a founding member and president of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity at Marshall.

The following woven cloths will be awarded during the Donning of Kente celebration: Owia Repue for associate degrees; Babadua for bachelor's degrees; Kyemfere for master's degrees; and Akyem Shield for post-master's degrees.

African music will be provided by the Marshall University African Dance and Drum ensemble. A reception will follow on the Memorial Student Center plaza for all participants and those in attendance.

In the event of rain, the ceremony will take place in the Don Morris Room in the Memorial Student Center.

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Thursday April 22, 2010
Contact: Ginny Painter, Office of University Communications, 304-552-1287

Tuition for undergraduate resident students to remain unchanged

Board approves increases for non-residents, including metro students, and School of Medicine

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Board of Governors today approved no tuition increases for West Virginia undergraduate students and non-School of Medicine graduate students for fiscal year 2010-2011.

Tuition increases of $149 per semester for full-time undergraduate metro students and $160 for full-time graduate metro students were approved. Other non-resident students will see tuition increases of $207 per semester for undergraduates and $227 for graduate students.

Tuition and fees for students in the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine also will increase for 2010-2011. Resident students in the Forensic Science graduate program will pay $49 more per semester, metro students will pay $99 more and other non-resident students will pay $159 more. All students in the Biomedical Sciences and Professional (M.D.) programs will pay $194 more and $424 more per semester, respectively.

All students on the Huntington campus will see a small increase in required fees.

The funds from the tuition increases are necessary to offset modest inflationary cost increases in the university's operating budget.

"Marshall University has taken a very responsible approach to preparing a Fiscal Year 2010-2011 budget plan that ensures continued affordable access for students, while also maintaining our commitment to quality. Our anticipation four years ago of the financial challenges confronting almost every other higher education institution in the country has been of immense help to us in making the necessary adjustments so we are not forced, like universities in many other states, to unduly increase the financial burden on our students," said Dr. Stephen J. Kopp, Marshall University president. "We still have work to do but we thank Governor Joe Manchin and the West Virginia Legislature for their vision and leadership during these trying financial times. Their responsible fiscal management has helped prevent the disastrous economic consequences experienced by other states.

"Those of us monitoring the effects of the recession, however, remain realistic about the nature of the budget challenges we will face over the coming years. With the anticipated decreases in state funding due to the recession and following careful reviews of our other sources of revenue, we had no choice but to raise some of our tuition and fees. We are pleased that we were able, for this year, to freeze tuition for resident students. We are convinced that Marshall University remains an excellent value for students and our community."

NOTE:  "Resident" refers to West Virginia students; "metro" refers to students who reside in Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pike or Scioto counties in Ohio, or in Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Floyd, Greenup, Johnson, Lawrence, Martin or Pike counties in Kentucky; and "other non-resident" refers to all other non-West Virginia students.

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Thursday April 22, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Awards of distinction to be presented during spring general faculty meeting

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Awards of distinction will be presented and retiring faculty recognized during Marshall University's spring general faculty meeting Tuesday, April 27 at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on the Huntington campus.

The meeting begins at 2 p.m. and will include remarks from Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp and Faculty Senate Chair Camilla Brammer.

Four people will receive the Distinguished Service Award and three will receive the Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award.

To qualify for Distinguished Service Awards, persons must have at least 20 years of service at Marshall University, a record of distinguished service to the university and/or college, and a record of distinguished teaching as evidenced by peer, administrative and/or student evaluations. The Distinguished Service Award winners, each of whom will receive $1,000, are:

  • Dr. Michael Brookshire, Finance/Economics, Lewis College of Business, 23 years of service

  • Dr. H. Wayne Elmore, Biological Sciences, College of Science, 34 years of service

  • Dr. Thomas Hankins, Information Systems, College of Information Technology and Engineering, 37 years of service

  • Dr. Michael Little, Biological Sciences, College of Science, 36 years of service

To be eligible for the Distinguished Artists and Scholars Awards, faculty members must either be tenured or hold tenure-track appointments. The purpose of the award is to recognize distinction in the fields of artistic and scholarly activity on the part of the Marshall faculty. The senior recipients of the Distinguished Artists and Scholars Awards receive $2,000 apiece while the junior recipient receives $1,000. The Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award will be given to:

  • Dr. Eric Blough (Biological Sciences), senior recipient in the field of Sciences and Technology

  • A.E. Stringer (English), senior recipient in the field of Arts, Social Sciences, Humanities, Education and Business

  • Dr. Gregg Twietmeyer (School of Kinesiology), junior recipient among all faculty

Two people will receive the John & Frances Rucker Graduate Advisor of the Year Award. They are:

  • Dr. Eric Blough, associate professor, Biological Sciences

  • Dr. Eric Lassiter, professor, Graduate Humanities

Marshall is recognizing 16 retiring faculty who have a combined 396 years of service. They are:

  • Eugene Anthony, professor, Theater, 17 years of service

  • Dr. Robert Bickel, professor, School of Education, 23 years of service

  • Dr. Madonna Combs, professor, Nursing, 26 years of service

  • Dr. Violette Eash, professor, Human Development & Allied Technology, 33 years of service

  • Dr. Thomas Hankins, professor, Engineering & Computer Science, 37 years of service

  • Larry Jarrett, professor, Geography, 16 years of service

  • Dr. Jerry Jones, professor, GSEPD, 8 years of service

  • Wendy Moorhead, associate professor, Library, 14 years of service

  • Dr. Robert Nerhood, professor, Chair, Obstetrics & Gynecology, 17 years of service

  • Dr. Kurt Olmosk, professor, Management, Marketing & MIS, 27 years of service

  • Dr. Simon Perry, professor, Political Science, 48 years of service

  • Dr. Vernon Reichenbecher, professor, Biochemistry, 29 years of service

  • Dr. Karen Stanley, professor, Nursing, 21 years of service

  • Dr. Powell Toth, professor, Leadership Studies, 42 years of service

  • Dr. Omayma Touma, associate professor, Family & Community Health, 3 years of service

  • Kay Wildman, professor, Music Library, 35 years of service

Other faculty to be honored at the meeting, as previously announced, are:

  • Dr. Maria Carmen Riddel, professor, Modern Languages, Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award

  • Dr. David Mallory, professor, Biological Sciences, Marshall and Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Teacher Award

  • Julio Alves, assistant professor, Music; Dr. Christina Franzen, assistant professor, Classics; and Dr. Jason Morrissette, assistant professor, Political Science, Pickens-Queen Excellence in Teaching Award

  • Bonita Lawrence, professor, Mathematics, Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia Professor of the Year.

A reception in the performing arts center lobby will follow the meeting.

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Wednesday April 21, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Work of Marshall students to be celebrated in academic festival

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Minds of Marshall, a celebration of Marshall University students, will take place Friday-Saturday, April 23-24, on MU's Huntington campus.

Dr. Karen Mitchell, a mathematics professor at Marshall and chairman of The Minds of Marshall Festival, said the event is MU's first university-wide celebration of student learning.

"I think our students are extraordinary and need to be acknowledged for the high quality of their work," Mitchell said. "Our students are winning state, regional and national awards without people outside their department being aware of it.  A festival provides a way for the university to recognize and celebrate our students' accomplishments." 

The festival events will occur on Friday, April 23, and on Saturday, April 24 at various locations throughout the Huntington campus. A developing schedule of activities is available at http://isat-cit.marshall.edu/academicfestival/. The public is invited to attend.

Students from all departments, divisions and colleges will be sharing their work through presentations, demonstrations and performances. The timing of the festival was designed to coincide with Alumni Weekend, an open house for prospective students (Green-White Day), and the College of Science and the College of Liberal Arts research conferences.

Mitchell said she is uncertain how many students will participate, but hopes for a good turnout from both graduates and undergraduates.

"We are trying to capture the heart of the university community by including all types of student learning in the festival," she said. "Ideally the festival will move from a first-time event to an annual event."

Originally called the Academic Festival, The Minds of Marshall Festival was renamed through a student competition. Robert G. Adkins III submitted the winning name.

For more information, contact Mitchell at 304-696-3042.

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Wednesday April 21, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

More than 325 high school students to visit Marshall on Green & White Day

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - More than 325 high school students are expected to participate in Marshall University's Green & White Day on Saturday, April 24.  The event is an open house that will take place on Marshall's Huntington campus.   

Students from 15 states, including California and Missouri, have registered, according to Sarah Kemp, coordinator of the event.

"The Green & White Day is an excellent way for prospective students to build relationships with future professors, classmates and even potential roommates," Kemp said. 

Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Memorial Student Center followed by a program in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.  Prospective students will get the chance to ask questions of faculty, staff and current students.  They will receive information about financial aid, admission requirements and residence services.  They will conclude the day with a campus tour.

"I think students will enjoy this opportunity to truly picture themselves at Marshall, and hopefully they will see that we're the right fit," Kemp said.

For more information, contact Kemp at 304-696-3527.

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Tuesday April 20, 2010
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, 304-746-2038

Marshall University psychology students win 'Jeopardy' competition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A team of six Marshall University students won the annual "Psychology Jeopardy" competition at the Tri-State Psychology Conference April 10 in Marietta, Ohio, according to Dr. Pamela Mulder, professor of psychology at Marshall.

The team included the four undergraduates who actually competed (Michal Zuczkowski, Tyler Ross Burns, JB Justice and Marta Josza) and two graduate students who have served as coaches for several weeks (Jillian Keener and Christina Knopp). They competed against other colleges and universities in the region.

"Our students brought home the trophy and their performance was outstanding--they earned more than double the score of the competitors in second place," Mulder said. "The students and their coaches worked very hard and used many of their 'free' hours to study for this event."

For further information, contact Mulder by phone at 304-696-2770 or by e-mail at mulder@marshall.edu.

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Tuesday April 20, 2010
Contact: Maurice Cooley, Director, Director, Center for African American Students' Programs,, 304-696-5430

Marshall University to present 'An African Wedding' April 23

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Organization of African Students will present a play, "An African Wedding," at 7:45 p.m. Friday, April 23. The performance will take place in 154 Smith Hall on the Huntington campus and is free and open to the public.


"In addition to the intriguing story of love and marriage, this play will showcase the unique culture, rituals and traditions of pre-marriage and the marital ceremony of a young couple in Africa, strikingly different from our western culture and ceremony," said Maurice Cooley, director of the Center for African American Students' Programs.


During the one intermission, members of the Organization of African Students will entertain the audience with a brief dance concert with African musical rhythms. A light reception, to include African hors d'oeuvres, will follow.


"An African Wedding" was written and directed by Luwin Witherspoon, a Marshall graduate student from Liberia, and co-written by Joyce Ishola, a junior at Marshall from Nigeria. The cast will total 11.


"This is a grand opportunity to experience the creativity of our students, while learning about the similarities and unique differences in our cultures as it pertains to the dynamics of love and marriage," Cooley said.

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Tuesday April 20, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Underage drinking focus of town hall meeting at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A town hall meeting to discuss prevention of underage drinking will take place Monday, April 26 on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

The meeting will be hosted by the Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership (CCSAPP), in collaboration with the Federal Government's Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking. It will run from 6 to 7 p.m. in Room 2w16 of the Memorial Student Center.

The meeting, like many in communities nationwide, is in response to the Surgeon General's Call to Action to discuss and raise awareness about the issue of underage drinking. It will focus on underage alcohol use in the community and include a presentation by Huntington Middle School student members of CCSAPP.

A public discussion regarding policies and practices in the community that contributed to underage drinking and prevention strategies will be included. Sponsors of the event include CCSAPP, Marshall University and the West Virginia Governor's Highway Safety Program, Huntington region.

Students, parents, teachers and all community members are encouraged to attend. There will be refreshments and door prizes, and no prior registration is necessary.

About CCSAPP: The Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership is a coalition of various agencies, organizations and individuals working together to reduce local substance abuse with strong collaborative partnerships and community ownership, using awareness, education, and community-wide solutions. It is an initiative of the United Way of the River Cities. CCSAPP holds monthly public meetings on the third Wednesday of every month at noon at the United Way of the River Cities. For more information about the Underage Drinking Town Hall Meeting or CCSAPP, contact Anne McGee at anne.mcgee@unitedwayrivercities.org or 304-523-8929 ext. 5.


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Tuesday April 20, 2010
Contact: Lalena Price, University Communications,, 304-746-1989

Marshall students, Sustainability Department plan many Earth Day activities

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Sustainability Department, along with several active student groups, announces a daylong celebration of Earth Day 2010 on Thursday April 22.

"This year marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, which brings people around the world together to celebrate the planet," said Margie Phillips, sustainability manager. "This is the first year the Sustainability Department has existed, so we are quite pleased to partner with students to make this day an eye-opener for our Marshall University community."

The University will sponsor a bulb exchange program that will give students, staff and faculty a CFL (compact fluorescent) light bulb in exchange for a regular incandescent bulb.  All incandescent bulbs collected will be donated to the Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity Restore.

Student organizers are planning several activities including using a stationary bike to power a sound system and planting a Red Oak tree and flowers on campus. There will be activities at the Memorial Student Center, Gullickson Hall, Buskirk Field and the Recreation Center.

Matt Weber, a member of the Parks and Recreational Organization for Students, organized the event with help from other students, staff and faculty adviser to PROS, Dr. Richard Able. 

"I wanted to bring everyone together to create one large Earth Day event because I felt the day was of enough importance that a lot of attention was needed," Weber said. "I believe we have created a tremendous event that will help provide awareness and information on ways we can all improve, maintain and help the Earth.

"This event is of great importance to Marshall because it is an urban campus. I believe students will gain a lot of information and will have a lot of fun participating." 

The Earth Day at Marshall University schedule is as follows:

Education Session
Science Building 347, 8:30 a.m.
Speaker: Sam Colvin
Topic: "Get involved with local environmental issues"

Colvin is a faculty member in the College of Science at Marshall University. He has worked on environmental issues since the first Earth Day in 1970. He served as Executive Director of the West Virginia Resource Recovery-Solid Waste Disposal Authority for 11 years and has operated an environmental consulting business since 1990. He has also served as a member of both the state Solid Waste Management Board and the Water Quality Advisory Committee.

Information and Education Fair
Memorial Student Center, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Information and education on topics related to our Earth. Scheduled to participate are Toyota Hybrid Vehicles, Goodwill Industries, West Virginia American Water, Mountaineer Gas, and Huntington Museum of Art.  There will be live music, free food and giveaways including a bicycle.

Interactive Session
Buskirk Field, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Activity: See how a bike can power a sound system!
Sponsor: Sierra Student Coalition

Look for students, faculty, staff and administrators to pedal away on a special stationary bike as the energy it produces powers a sound system!

Education Session
Student Center 2W22, 10 a.m.
Speaker: Margie Phillips
Topic: "Ways to Save Energy and Water"
Info: Presentation will include an interactive game and giveaway of 'Be Marshall Green' water bottles.

Phillips is the manager of the Marshall University Sustainability Department, which was launched on Sept. 1, 2009. Goals of the Sustainability Department include education, communication, and participation of students, staff, and faculty concerning environmental issues affecting the campus. By protecting the Earth's natural resources the University will become sustainable for future generations. The department also consists of nine student recyclers, one student assistant and a recycling coordinator.

Education Session
Student Center 2W16, 10:30 a.m.
Speaker: Mark Adams
Topic: "A Major Player in our Community Recycling Efforts"
Info: Recycling efforts in Huntington

Adams is the director of industrial contracts at Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA, where he has worked for 11 years in a variety of positions in the areas of rehabilitation, employment and training, contracts, and management. His department provides document destruction and recycling of paper, cardboard and newsprint, and has partnered with Dell to recycle electronic equipment. He also oversees a custodial department that provides custodial service to numerous commercial customers and contracts with the state through the West Virginia Association of Rehabilitation Facilities.

Education Session
Student Center 2W16, 11:30 a.m.
Speaker: Nick Rupert
Topic: "How the recycling process works"
Info: What happens to the material once it hits the floor, how it's sorted, where it goes, and what manufacturers use it for?

Rupert has been with the waste management company Rumpke for four years and has set up recycling programs in cities, schools and businesses throughout Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. 

Education Session
Student Center 2W16, 1 p.m.
Speaker: Phil Gregory
Topic: Natural Gas Safety
Info: The properties of natural gas and propane.  He will discuss the flammability level and safety of both products.                    

Gregory works for Mountaineer Gas as the Safety Training Coordinator.

Education Session
Student Center 2W16, Noon
Speaker: Dave Peters
Topic: "Our Water, Our Future"
Info: Discussing water quality and wise water use

Peters, West Virginia American Water's water quality supervisor for the Central Operating Area, has more than three decades of experience in the water industry. He spent most of his 33-year career with West Virginia American Water at the company's Huntington Water Treatment Plant but currently works at the Charleston plant. This plant supplies water to 98,000 customers, roughly 250,000 people. Peters is responsible for ensuring that all the water treated at the plant and pumped throughout the distribution system meets safe drinking water requirements.

Interactive Session
Student Center 2W22, Noon-1 p.m.
Come speak your mind! Give your suggestions, comments, concerns, etc., to members of the Earth Day planning committee on topics related to improving, helping, and maintaining the Earth.

Education Session
Student Center 2W16, 12:30 p.m.
Speaker: Jon Akers
Topic: "Sustainable Lighting Solutions"

Akers is the Energy Solutions and Sustainability Manager at State Electric Supply Company where he leads an initiative that helps customers become more energy efficient and reduce maintenance costs through the incorporation of sustainable lighting solutions. He also leads State Electric's efforts to become a more sustainable organization. Akers is a Six Sigma Black Belt and Master Black Belt and was the Director of Six Sigma for Textron.

Interactive Session -- Tree Planting
Harris Hall, 1 p.m.
Help plant a Red Oak tree in remembrance of Earth Day thanks to the MU Physical Plant.           

Education Session
Student Center 2W16, 1:30 p.m.
Speaker: Rick Able
Topic: "Practical Recycling"
Info: Things even YOU can do!

Able is an assistant professor in Marshall University's Parks and Recreation program.  He has spent 31 years working in public recreation for the state of West Virginia in a variety of positions from programmer to administrator.

Interactive Session -- Flower Planting
Physical Plant, 2:30 p.m.
Come plant some flowers next to the physical plant in remembrance of Earth Day 2010.

Interactive Session -- Flower Planting
Recreation Center, 3 p.m.
Join MU-PROS and Recreation Center staff to plant flowers in front of the Recreation Center to give it some color.

Interactive Session -- Spinning Class          
Recreation Center, Studio C, 3:30 p.m.
Come join this special 45-minute Earth Day Spinning Class. The class is meant to be super green and have you dump that car and pick up your bike!

Education Session
Gullickson Hall 120, 4 p.m.
Speaker: James Farmer
Topic: "Environmental behavior and long-term impact"
Info: Will discuss the impact of significant life experiences in nature with later life pro-environmental attitudes and behaviors as adults.

Farmer is an assistant professor in the Recreation and Park Resources program. This is his first year at Marshall University. He teaches courses in recreation and park management, natural history and environmental interpretation. His research focuses on human-environmental interaction.

Interactive Session -- Free Try Climbs!
Recreation Center, 5-7 p.m.
Come to Outdoor Pursuits at the Recreation Center and try out the Rock Wall for FREE! Make sure to pick up a free try climb card from the Outdoor Pursuits table at the fair.

Interactive Session -- Kayak & Canoe Demo
Recreation Center, 8-9 p.m.
Ever thought of going out on the river and going kayaking or canoeing? Come by the Recreation Center's aquatic center and get a demo and then try yourself for free.

Interactive Session -- Electronics Recycling
Memorial Student Center, all day          
Bring your old electronics and place them in one of the multiple bins located around the Student Center.

Interactive Session -- Bulb Exchange                     
Memorial Student Center, 10 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. 
Bring a regular incandescent bulb to the sustainability department table in exchange for a CFL bulb.

Interactive Session -- Cell Phone Recycling
Memorial Student Center, all day
Bring your old cell phones even if they don't have the batteries.

For more information, contact Matt Weber, Parks and Recreational Organization for Students, at weber15@marshall.edu or (304) 634-9852.

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Monday April 19, 2010
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Designs for two Marshall University building projects recognized by AIA

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The designs for two recent building projects at Marshall University have been recognized by the West Virginia chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

 At the chapter's Design Awards banquet on Saturday, Huntington firm Edward Tucker Architects Inc. received a Merit Award for Design Excellence for its work on the university's new men's and women's basketball locker rooms in the Cam Henderson Center. The firm also received an Honor Award for Design Excellence for its design of the Marshall University Forensic Science Center, located on the north end of the former Fairfield Stadium.

The locker room design features an entrance hall colonnade that leads to a game film theater, lounge and kitchenette, as well as the customary lockers, showers and toilet facilities. A state-of-the-art audio and video system also was incorporated.

The Forensic Science Center was constructed in three phases and includes high-tech classrooms, DNA training and research laboratories, a digital evidence laboratory, chemistry and microscopy laboratories, and offices.

Both projects were completed in 2009. Oval Construction Management of Charleston was the general contractor for the locker rooms, while Neighborgall Construction of Huntington was the contractor for the Forensic Science Center.

The annual awards recognize exemplary design projects located in the state or designed by West Virginia architects.


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Monday April 19, 2010
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Kappa Phi chapter of Beta Alpha Psi promotes success of ramen noodle cook-off at D.C. event

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Kappa Phi chapter of Beta Alpha Psi at Marshall University recently co-hosted a regional conference with the University of Pittsburgh in Washington, D.C., at which they promoted their ramen noodle cook-off, a campus event which raised more than $1,000 for Haiti.

"Many of the chapters were receptive to this idea and we look forward to promoting it on a higher level in the future," said Tyler Rowland, president of the Marshall chapter.

Beta Alpha Psi is the honors organization for accounting, finance and management information systems majors.

Marshall students also presented in the "best practices" competition, placing third in two categories - service learning events and an ethics case in business.  Anna Dingess, Grant Grishaber and Kassie Moore participated in service learning and Max Billmyer, Jessica Johnson and Joe Skopic presented the ethics case.

"Our group was proud to have placed third in the Service Learning Presentation category during the 2010 Regional Meeting," said Dingess.  "The basis of our presentation was 'Smart Finances@Your Library,' a newly implemented financial literacy program our chapter has developed with the Cabell County Public Library.  We were thrilled with a victory for our efforts." 

More than 40 schools attended the event with a total of 261 students and 42 professionals attending.  Matt White of ZBA Financial Group in Huntington was one of the professional presenters. Months of planning went into organizing the conference.

"We started working with Pittsburgh last spring in organizing the event," Rowland said. "They were great to work with, and many of the schools that attended the regional meeting commented on how well organized the event was."                          

Requirements for the membership in Beta Alpha Psi are rigorous as each student must maintain a high grade point average and do 40 hours of professional development along with 40 hours of community service each year to maintain membership in good standing. 

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Friday April 16, 2010
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73rd annual Awards Banquet highlights Alumni Weekend; distinguished alumni, friends and students to be honored

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The 73rd annual Alumni Awards Banquet highlights Marshall University's 2010 Alumni Weekend, which takes place April 23-24.

The awards banquet on Saturday, April 24, in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus honors distinguished alumni, friends and students. It starts at 6 p.m. on the Memorial Student Center plaza with the President's Social, which is followed at 7 p.m. by the banquet in the Don Morris Room.

The cost to attend the banquet is $50 per person or $90 per couple. To RSVP or ask questions about the banquet, persons may call 304-696-2901 or 800-682-5869.

The theme of this year's Alumni Weekend is "Old Friends and New Beginnings."  

Here is a complete list of the distinguished alumni award winners for 2010:

Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Gregory Hale (MD 1990) is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of South Florida. In 2010, he was named one of the Best Doctors in America in pediatrics hematology-oncology. Hale is a member of the Children's Oncology Group and serves on its Stem Cell Transplant Discipline Committee. He is a member of the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, World Marrow Donor Association, American Association of Blood Banks and other professional transplant and immunology organizations.

He attended Buffalo High School in Wayne County, graduating as a National Merit Scholar in 1983. He graduated from Marshall University in 1986 with a degree in chemistry, completing requirements in three years and graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. In 1990, Hale graduated first in his class from the Marshall University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, followed by a fellowship in hematology-oncology at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.

Distinguished Service to Marshall Award (two recipients)

Shelba Pew (BA 1936) of Huntington received her B.A. from Marshall College's Teacher's College program and went on to pursue a master's degree at Duke University. She returned to West Virginia and taught science in the public school system until her retirement. Since graduating from Marshall, Pew has spent much of her adult life helping future Marshall students through her generosity. Pew has donated to Marshall University through various gifts to the College of Science and College of Education and Human Services with four endowed scholarships and numerous annuities with The Marshall University Foundation, Inc. She served as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy W.A.V.E.S. (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), which was initiated during World War II by President Franklin Roosevelt.

Janis Faye Winkfield (BA 1991, MA 1997) of Huntington was the Senior Financial Aid Counselor at Marshall University at the time of her death on May 19, 2009. Winkfield had a passion to assist students in fulfilling their dreams of obtaining a degree. Students knew her for the motherly candor and persistence she always offered in making sure they kept an academic focus. Winkfield's efforts resulted in her being named Marshall Employee of the Month in December 2008. Janis's commitment to the Marshall University Alumni Association is substantiated by the numerous years she served on the board as an active advocate for both alumni and undergraduate students. She was selected as the Second Vice President of the Board of Directors in 2009 and was also a past President and Vice President of the Marshall University Black Alumni Inc.

Young Alumni Award

Justin Blankenship (BA 2000) of Hamlin, W.Va., has been employed at BB&T, one of the 10 largest financial institutions in the U.S., since 2001 as a Microsoft Windows systems engineer, focusing on Active Directory infrastructure design and engineering. In 2008, he was promoted to the role of Banking Officer and the newly created Client Server Engineer IV position. Blankenship is the founder and current president of the Lincoln County Friends of Marshall Club, an alumni and booster club of Marshall University in Lincoln County, W.Va. The group is also a regional chapter of the Big Green Scholarship Foundation, which Blankenship serves as chapter representative. Blankenship is an active member of the Marshall University Alumni Association and Big Green Scholarship Foundation. He is also a member of the Lewis College of Business's Sentry Buffalo Society.

Cam Henderson Scholarship Award

Lee Smith of Knoxville, Tenn., is a Marshall University football student-athlete who was chosen team captain by his teammates for the 2009 season because of his leadership and character. Smith carries a 3.24 GPA as he double majors in criminal justice and psychology. In addition to being a double major and a huge contributor to the football team, Smith is more importantly a devoted husband and proud father. He has also been named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll. Giving back to the community is extremely important to Smith. He has volunteered with the Big Green Kid's Club Picnic, Trick-or-Treat at Cabell Huntington Hospital, United Way Success by Six program and many additional organizations.


Community Achievement Award

Tiney M. McComb (1963) of New Albany, Ohio, is chairman of Heartland BancCorp, Gahanna, Ohio, which he formed in 1988. The company operates banking offices in Franklin and Licking counties, Ohio, under the name of Heartland Bank. McComb is also chairman of Heartland Investments Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Heartland Bank. Prior to forming Heartland, he was employed by Franklin Bank, a state-chartered community bank in Columbus, Ohio, from 1968 to 1987, becoming its president in 1978. Before joining Franklin Bank, McComb was affiliated with Park Financial Corporation in Ironton, Ohio, for six years. McComb attended Marshall University and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking. He participates in numerous seminars and speaking engagements to banking and civic groups. He is also active in many community activities and organizations such as Osteopathic Heritage Foundation and The American Red Cross, Columbus Chapter.


Carolyn B. Hunter Distinguished Faculty Service Award

Linda Spatig, after completing doctoral studies at the University of Houston in 1988, came to Marshall to take a position as assistant professor in the College of Education and Human Services. Spatig has three accomplishments of which she is extremely proud. First, she worked with colleagues - over a period of several years and against staunch resistance at times - to establish what has become a nationally accredited, high-quality child care facility, the Marshall University Child Development Academy. Second, she worked with others to bring the Appalachian Studies Association (ASA) and its journal, the Journal of Appalachian Studies, to Marshall. Third, she has obtained, with assistance from others at the university and ASA, a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant for Marshall. As a result of the award, two permanent research fellowships to support research on diversity in Appalachia were created.


Distinguished Education and Human Service Award

Dr. Thomas F. Scott will be honored by the College of Education and Human Services. He is a valued member of the College of Education and Human Services Advisory Board and longtime supporter of Marshall University and the COEHS. Scott is a Huntington orthopedic surgeon and has been practicing medicine since 1959. He graduated with his A.B. degree in 1954 from Dartmouth College and obtained his M.D. in 1958 from the University of Michigan. Scott completed his Orthopedic Surgery training at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Currently, Scott still sees patients on a part-time basis and he is the owner of Scott Orthopedic Center, Inc. in Huntington. Scott has given back and supported Marshall University and the Huntington community in many ways, including the establishment and continued support of the Francis A. Scott Scholarship. He has also served others as a State Senator representing Cabell and Wayne counties.

Alumni Association Club of the Year

The Lincoln County Friends of Marshall Club, under the leadership of President Justin Blankenship, was started in October 2007. The club's mission and goals include promoting and enhancing Marshall University's image in Lincoln County, academic student recruitment and assistance programs through the Marshall University Foundation and athletic support through the Big Green Scholarship Foundation, as well as providing an enjoyable opportunity for all Marshall University supporters to come together for social and intellectual enrichment. The Lincoln County Friends of Marshall Club has raised and contributed $32,708, not only for Lincoln County students who attend Marshall University but also for Marshall University athletics and alumni outreach since October 2007.

Nate Ruffin Scholarship

Faite Ahaghotu is a freshman biology/pre-med major from Rockville, Md. She is a member of Black United Students and My Sister's Keeper, and is a Multicultural Leadership Ambassador. In her role as an ambassador, she educates campus and community groups on issues related to her Jamaican, Caribbean and African cultures. Ahaghotu has traveled internationally and welcomes all opportunities to learn about people from different cultures.

Nancy Pelphrey Herd Village Scholarship (two recipients)

Briana Blankenship, a music education major from Grantsville, W.Va., will receive the Nancy Pelphrey Herd Village Scholarship for Marching Band. Blankenship is an active member of the Marshall Wind Symphony, 12.0 Jazz Ensemble, Marching Thunder, Trumpet Ensemble, Brass Trio, Choral Union, the Music Educators National Conference: The National Association for Music Education, Delta Omicron, Baptist Campus Ministries and Revolution. When she is at home, Blankenship is an active volunteer for her home church and the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Team. In addition to being actively involved in many organizations, Blankenship is an outstanding student, carrying a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Kelsey Deanne Waybright, a business management major from Ripley, W.Va., will receive the Nancy Pelphrey Herd Village Scholarship for Cheerleading. Waybright is a dean's list student and constantly strives to be active in her community volunteering with middle and midget league cheerleaders.  She is a UCA Cheer Staff Member, works with Adopt-A-Family and aids with the MU Sweetheart clinic. 


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Friday April 16, 2010
Contact: Anna Swift, MUHSA service project coordinator, 304-690-1483

Marshall University Honors Students Association partners with community schools and agencies for hunger relief

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Honors Students Association (MUHSA) is following the old adage of "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

The organization is sponsoring a dual-goal fundraising effort which will aid the Huntington Area Food Bank and lead to the purchase of a farm animal for a family in need in places such as Chile and Haiti.

MUHSA sponsored a canned food drive this week at Beverly Hills, Enslow, Huntington, Milton and Vinson middle schools.  The school with the highest number of canned goods donated to the Huntington Area Food Bank will win the opportunity to choose an animal to help a needy family through an organization called Heifer International. 

According to its Web site, Heifer International helps needy families affected by poverty or natural disaster become self-reliant through the gift of livestock and training in animal care. In its gift catalog, Heifer sells everything from the heifer cow to water buffalo - about 30 different options - to then be sent to low-income and low-resource families around the world.

"An especially far-sighted and impressive aspect of Heifer International's work is the way they require recipients of animals to "pass on the gift" - that is, an offspring of the animal Heifer gives them must go to someone else in the community, thus planting the seed for more," said  Dr. Mary Moore, MUHSA advisor.

To help raise money for the animal purchase, Uno Chicago Grill Pizza, located at Pullman Plaza in Huntington, will host a "doughraiser" April 19-23 with 20 percent of special ticket meal prices going to the cause. To participate, Uno's customers must present free certificates, which may be printed online at http://www.marshall.edu/ucomm/Flyers/UNO'S_Ticket.pdf or obtained by contacting Anna Swift at fahrmann3@marshall.edu. Those interested in making a one-time donation may also contact Swift.

The group hopes to raise the approximate $500 purchase price by the end of the month.

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Thursday April 15, 2010
Contact: Mark Smith, Department of Music,, 304-696-3117

Music department to present Ellington's Sacred Concert

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Choral Union, Chamber Choir and Jazz Ensemble 12.0 will present two performances of Duke Ellington's Sacred Concert beginning Saturday evening, April 24.

The first performance will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 24 in Smith Recital Hall on the Huntington campus. The second performance is at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 25 and will also take place in Smith Recital Hall. Both are free and open to the public.

The chamber choir was prepared for the concert by Dr. David Castleberry, its director, and the jazz ensemble was prepared by Dr. Ed Bingham, its director. Both directors are members of the Marshall music faculty. In addition to the three ensembles, the work will feature soprano soloist and Marshall alumna Kristen Pino and tap dancer Alisha Bowen from Elite Performance Academy.

"This music has never been performed at Marshall University before," said Mark Smith, director of the Choral Union, who will conduct the concerts. "The written music is difficult to obtain because each time it was performed, it was different. With a full choir, big band, soprano soloist and tap dancer, this is sure to excite all audiences."

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

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MU assistant professor Dr. David J. Peavler to deliver keynote address at Woodson fundraising banquet

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. David J. Peavler, an assistant professor in Marshall University's Department of History since September 2009, will be the keynote speaker at the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Foundation, Inc. fundraising banquet Saturday, May 1.

The 18th annual banquet begins at 6 p.m. in Room BE5 on the lower level of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's Huntington campus.

Proceeds from the banquet will help fund a scholarship endowment to support outstanding Marshall University students, as well as the purchase of materials on black culture and history.

Peavler is the director of African and African American Studies at Marshall University. He came to Marshall from Baltimore, where he taught at Towson University upon completion of his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas.

He is the author of several award-winning articles in leading academic publications such as the Journal of African American History. Among his current projects are the publication of a book on African American pioneers in the American west following reconstruction, and a second book titled Jim Crow in the Land of John Brown which details the origins of segregation and the Black freedom struggle in America's heartland.

In addition to his service to the community in higher education, Peavler is an Air Force veteran and former instructor of fire/rescue personnel in Iraq.

His speech is titled "Cast Down Your Bucket Where You Are: West Virginia and the Black Freedom Struggle," which details some aspects of local black history and the importance of collecting and preserving this history for future generations.

Music for the evening will be provided by Andrea Bowman, Kevin E. Johnson, Charles Johnson and David Barton, III.

Tickets for the banquet are available for a donation of $30. Corporate tables also are available. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Newatha Myers, foundation president, at 740-894-5772; Loretta Hagler, banquet chairwoman, at 304-525-5651; or Karen Nance, secretary, at 304-736-1655.

The Carter G. Woodson Memorial Foundation is named in honor of Carter G. Woodson, who was a graduate of Douglass  High School in Huntington and went on to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard. Woodson, who is widely known as the "father of African American history," founded the Association for the study of Negro Life and History in 1915. He also started the influential "Journal of Negro History" in 1916.

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Sean Callebs to deliver commencement address at Marshall University

CNN correspondent graduated from MU in 1983

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Sean Callebs, a 1983 Marshall University graduate and general assignment correspondent for CNN based in New Orleans, will deliver his alma mater's commencement address this spring, President Stephen J. Kopp announced today.

Marshall's 173rd commencement is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, May 8 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in downtown Huntington.

Callebs was a reporter and anchor for local television station WSAZ-3 in the 1980s. He began working for CNN in 1989 as an environmental reporter, and joined CNN Newsource in September 1998, covering stories around the world. He has reported from places such as Afghanistan, Jordan, Kuwait, Cuba, Japan, China, Mexico and Central America.

"I can't tell you what an honor it is coming back to Marshall University to speak to the 2010 graduating class," Callebs said. "Marshall, and Huntington, is where it all began for me, and gave me the foundation that allowed me to work at CNN and travel the world for more than 20 years."

Callebs has covered many history-making stories while at CNN, often receiving awards for his efforts. Here are some highlights of Callebs' career:

  • After the Oklahoma City bombing, he got the only interview with co-conspirator Michael Fortier.
  • He won an Emmy Award for coverage of Midwestern floods.
  • He was honored with a gold medal at the New York Film Festival for a special on Alaska dealing with the after-effects of the Exxon Valdez spill.
  • He traveled to Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., to provide coverage of the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy. 
  • He was part of the CNN team that covered Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
  • He was anchoring for CNN the morning Saddam Hussein was captured, and was part of the team that received a Headliner Press Award for the coverage.
  • He served for two years as an anchor and correspondent for CNN Financial News.

"We are honored that Sean Callebs has agreed to deliver our spring commencement address," Kopp said. "During more than two decades with CNN, he certainly has distinguished himself, earning the trust of viewers worldwide. Every time he is on the air, he makes the Marshall University community immensely proud. I look forward to hearing this true 'Son of Marshall' inspire our new graduates."

In 2004, Callebs received the Marshall University Distinguished Alumni Award, which is given to Marshall alumni for outstanding national achievements in their particular fields of endeavor. He said it is "rather ironic" that he will be speaking at Marshall's commencement 27 years after graduating.

"I did not have a chance to attend my own commencement because I was working as a young reporter at WSAZ," Callebs said. "So, for a few hours I will pretend I am a gangly kid again with my whole life in front of me and act as if this is my graduating class."

He said he remembers fondly his days as a student at Marshall University.

"It's hard for 22- or 23-year-olds to realize how much they learned at Marshall, and how the lessons there will help them each and every day for the rest of their lives," Callebs said. "I had so many great professors, but a handful still stand out. Dr. George Arnold, who taught journalism ethics. Dr. Ralph Turner, another great journalism professor and a stickler for detail. Dr. Robert Sawrey, a history professor who really inspired me to think out of the box. Tom Davis, a Gannett Distinguished Journalist who taught me about the real world.

"But my fondest memories are of the time I spent with Bos Johnson. He was my adviser in school, and has been my mentor in life. I daresay without the time I spent with him who knows what I would be doing." Johnson had a distinguished career as a reporter, anchor and news director at WSAZ before coming to Marshall as a faculty member.

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Wednesday April 14, 2010
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Marshall University professor co-authors 'Best Paper'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Jennifer Mak, professor and director of sport management at Marshall University, co-authored a paper that was selected the 2010 Best Paper in Sport Marketing Track at the annual Association of Marketing Theory and Practice's conference in Hilton Head, S.C.

Mak, along with Dr. Steve Chen, assistant professor from the College of Business at Morehead State University, wrote the paper, "Collegiate Basketball Season-Ticket Holders' Purchasing Motivation and Interests."

The purpose of the paper was to explore different aspects of men's basketball season ticket consumption behavior. In addition, the study identified the differences among marital status and those who brought children to the game, to varied aspects of men's basketball season ticket consumption behavior.

For more information, call Mak at 304-696-2927.

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Wednesday April 14, 2010
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964

Three members of Marshall faculty awarded summer stipends for research proposal preparation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Members of the Marshall University science faculty have received three of eight grants recently awarded statewide by the Division of Science and Research, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC).

The awards, worth $5,000 each, are intended to assist tenured or tenure-track, or research faculty members at institutions of higher education in the state with the preparation of research or research equipment proposals for submission to external funding agencies or foundations.

Marshall faculty members awarded the grants include Dr. Derrick R.J. Kolling, assistant professor of chemistry; Dr. Suzanne G. Strait, professor of biological sciences; and Dr. Wendy C. Trzyna, associate professor of biological sciences.

Faculty members are expected to prepare research proposals as part of their routine activities. These summer stipends are designed to provide uninterrupted work, allowing development of stronger, more-competitive proposals in a timelier manner.

According to the HEPC, this year saw the largest number of applications in the grant program's history, with 22 submissions from faculty from institutions across the state. The grants are funded competitively through the state's Research Challenge Fund.

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Wednesday April 14, 2010
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SCORES competition attracts more than 1,700 students to Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - More than 1,700 high school students from West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky will visit Marshall University's Huntington campus Saturday, April 17 to participate in the 32nd annual Search Committee on Recognizing Excellent Students (SCORES) Academic Festival.

SCORES is an academic competition that allows high school students to compete in different areas of study that are offered at Marshall. The purpose of the event is to recognize academic excellence, create relationships with area high schools, show the importance of college attendance and recruit talented high school students.

The SCORES Academic Festival is an exciting event for not only the students, but also for Marshall," said Sabrina Simpson, SCORES coordinator with Marshall's office of recruitment. "The festival provides students with exposure to the social activities found on campus which are integral to students' education and growth.  The event is a great way for the university to not only recruit students, but allow them to visit a college campus and become familiar with the university community. This program allows talented students the opportunity to showcase their academic achievements while interacting with Marshall faculty, who are the heart and soul of this program.  Overall, this is an exciting day focused on celebrating the unique talents that each student brings to the festival."

The event, which runs from 8 a.m. to about 3 p.m., is open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. The students compete in a variety of tests, contests and performances which are evaluated by Marshall faculty and staff. Areas of competition for SCORES include business, education, fine arts, liberal arts, journalism and mass communications, information technology and engineering, health professions and science. The top three winners in each contest will be awarded a medal.

Scholarships will be given to the top seven students in the SCORES competition, with one student winning the $1,000 Robert Wheeler Scholarship and a Marshall tuition waiver. The other six students will receive Marshall tuition waivers. First-, second- and third-place trophies will be given for each school division. The schools in the competition will be divided into five categories and compete for trophies.

The SCORES awards ceremony takes place at 1:30 p.m. at Cam Henderson Center.

For more information, contact the SCORES office at 304-696-2246.

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Wednesday April 14, 2010
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Poet, writer from WVU to read from their work at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Poet Mary Ann Samyn and writer Mark Brazaitis, both faculty members at West Virginia University, will read from their work at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, in Room 2W16 of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.  Their appearance is sponsored by the Marshall Visiting Writers Series.

A writer and poet, Brazaitis is the author of An American Affair, winner of the 2004 George Garrett Prize for fiction, as well as The River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala, winner of the 1998 Iowa Short Fiction Award.  His first collection of poetry, The Other Language, selected for the ABZ Poetry award by Heather McHugh, has just been released.  He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and he directs the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program in Creative Writing at West Virginia University.

Samyn is the author of four collections of poetry, including Captivity Narrative, winner of the Ohio State UP/The Journal Prize; Inside the Yellow Dress, a 2001 New Issues Press/Green Rose Selection; and most recently, Purr. She is the founder and director of Oakland University's Far Field Retreat for Writers and teaches in the MFA Program at West Virginia University.

Their appearance is sponsored by the Marshall English Department and the College of Liberal Arts.

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

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Wednesday April 14, 2010
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Belle and Lynum Jackson Competition winner to perform Sunday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Brianna Williams, this year's winner of the Belle and Lynum Jackson Competition at Marshall University, will give a recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 18. The recital will take place in the Smith Recital Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus, and is free and open to the public.
Williams, a euphonium player and a junior majoring in music education at Marshall, is from Bluefield, W.Va. She will be assisted in the recital by Mila Markun, piano, and Austin Seybert, trombone, and will perform  a program of primarily 20th century music.
"Brianna has that rare combination of musicianship, intelligence and motivation that you always want to see in a student," said Dr. Michael Stroeher, professor of trombone and euphonium at Marshall, who is Williams' teacher. "I see great things for her in the future."
The Jackson Competition, considered the premier event of its kind at Marshall, is a yearly event in which the contestants are evaluated by outside adjudicators. Contestants are screened in three rounds: area preliminaries, semifinals and finals. The outstanding performer is awarded an endowed scholarship for the following academic year.

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Tuesday April 13, 2010
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, 304-746-2038

Marshall to host midwifery specialist

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Faculty from Marshall University's School of Nursing will host a lecture by nurse-midwifery specialist Dr. Juliana van Olphen Fehr from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 18 at the home of Huntington Mayor Kim Wolfe, 1120 13th Ave. in Huntington.

Fehr is a certified nurse-midwife who practiced in Virginia and West Virginia for 13 years. She started the first nurse-midwifery program in Virginia at Shenandoah University, where she is a member of the faculty. She also is the author of the book Diary of a Midwife: The Power of Positive Childbearing.

Fehr will discuss the science and art of midwifery, as well as the special relationship between women and their midwives. She will also provide information about Shenandoah's collaboration with Marshall to bring a graduate program of study in midwifery to West Virginia.

The School of Nursing will also sponsor an open house for members of the university community to meet Fehr from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 19 in room 317 of Pritchard Hall on the Huntington campus.


For further information, persons may contact Dr. Madonna Combs in the Marshall School of Nursing by phone at 304-696-2628 or by e-mail at combsm@marshall.edu.

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Tuesday April 13, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University journalists reign at top of four-state region

CLEVELAND - Journalists from the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University earned the most awards of colleges from a four-state area at the Region 4 Society of Professional Journalists conference April 9-10.

Marshall students picked up 15 Mark of Excellence awards, tying with Michigan State in the sweepstakes award, which tracks the number of awards won by each school. The Mark of Excellence awards honor the best in student journalism.

"Our students definitely made an impression," said Nerissa Young, assistant professor in the journalism school and adviser to The Parthenon. "The audience got to hear 'Marshall University' several times. When I was a student at Marshall, the journalism school was always competitive in the Mark of Excellence awards. After a few years of hiatus, it's safe to say we're back in the three areas we traditionally excel in - newspaper, radio and TV."

The school earned first-place awards in television and radio categories.

Brooks Taylor, junior broadcast journalism major from Richmond, Va., won first place in television feature photography for "The Pumpkin House." He won third place in television feature story with "The Pumpkin House." His television news photography on combat water survival training earned second place. Taylor produced the stories for "MU Report," a twice-monthly newscast produced by broadcast students that airs on West Virginia Public Television.

Perennial favorite Adam Cavalier continued his winning ways in the radio categories. The graduate student from Montgomery, W.Va., earned first place in radio news reporting for "Salvation for the Powerless" and radio sports reporting for "From the Herd to the Hornets: J.R. VanHoose." He earned second place in radio feature with "The Legend of Dr. Kim" and radio in-depth reporting for "The Longest Yards - The 2008 Marshall Football Season in Review."  He received third place in radio sports reporting for "Who's at Wideout." The stories aired on WMUL-FM, Marshall's award-winning radio station.

Leannda Carey took second place in radio news reporting for "Proposed Animal Ban" and radio sports reporting for "Enter Sandman." The junior broadcast journalism major from Wellsburg, W.Va., took third place in radio feature for "Holocaust Survivor." The stories aired on WMUL-FM.

Taylor's and Cavalier's first-place entries will advance to the national competition. Winners will be named in October at the national SPJ convention in Las Vegas.

The Parthenon, Marshall's campus newspaper, brought home awards of its own.

Former photo editor Carrie Kirk took second place in feature photography for "Epic Catch," a student levitating in an attempt to catch a flying disc. The May visual arts graduate from Charleston, W.Va., also earned second place in general news photography for a shot of a student receiving a dousing splash of slush.

Tom Bragg, sports columnist and former sports editor, earned second place for his "Third and a Mile" columns about Marshall sports. The senior print journalism major from Cross Lanes, W.Va., recently joined the staff at the Charleston Daily Mail.

A Marshall student on military deployment picked up third place in the general column writing category for her "Letters from Afghanistan" feature about her experiences in a war zone. Sara Yoke, a junior public relations major from St. Albans, W.Va., is on active duty until July with a W.Va. Army National Guard unit based in Charleston.

Region 4 includes Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. Universities within the region include West Virginia University, Ohio State University, Ohio University, Kent State University, Central Michigan University and Duquesne University, among others. The 37 categories included 479 entries in Region 4, the most of SPJ's 12 regions.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.


Photo: Society of Professional Journalists national president Kevin Smith, left, joins Marshall students in celebrating the 15 awards won by the journalism school at the Region 4 SPJ conference in Cleveland. Parthenon sports columnist Tom Bragg, second from left, won for sports column writing. Former Parthenon photo editor Carrie Kirk, third from left, won for feature and news photography. Parthenon assistant sports editor Jonas Swecker helps display awards won by WMUL-FM reporters and "MU Report" journalist Brooks Taylor.

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Monday April 12, 2010
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Dr. Ron Walsworth of Harvard to deliver lecture at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Ron Walsworth, a senior lecturer with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the Department of Physics of Harvard University, will present a free public lecture Thursday, April 15 in the Memorial Student Center, Room BE5 on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Walsworth's lecture is made possible by a grant to Marshall University Professor Thomas Wilson of the MU Department of Physics from the American Physical Society Division of Laser Science "Distinguished Traveling Lecturer Program" and with support from the MU College of Science and Department of Physics.

The lecture, titled "The Search for Earth-like Planets Around Other Stars," runs from 7 to 8 p.m. A reception will follow.

According to Walsworth, a historic event is expected to take place over the next several years - the discovery of a planet similar to the Earth that orbits another star.  This discovery will open the door for exploration of habitable environments in the Universe, and could greatly advance our understanding of the origins of life both on Earth and elsewhere.

"To date, more than 400 planets have been discovered orbiting nearby stars," Walsworth explains in his abstract for the lecture.  "However, all these planets are large - somewhat like Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune in our solar system.  The reason only large planets have been discovered is that telescopes have not been sensitive enough to detect small, Earth-like planets. Now, this is all about to change, due to two major technological advances - the launch of the Kepler space telescope and the development of a laser-based calibration tool known as the 'astro-comb.'"

"Kepler was launched by NASA in March 2009 into an Earth-trailing orbit.  Freed from the obscuring effects of Earth's atmosphere, Kepler should identify a few dozen candidate "Sister Earths" over the next few years, by detecting small dips in the light from stars as orbiting planets pass in front.  However, such detections by Kepler will only determine the diameter of these planets - not their mass.  Knowing the planetary mass is essential to distinguish planets that largely consist of water and ice from true Sister Earths - rocky Earth-like planets that are thought to be optimal for life.

"The astro-comb uses very short ("femtosecond") pulses of laser light, synchronized by an atomic clock, to provide a precise standard for telescopes that measure the wavelength of light coming from stars.  The astro-comb corrects for inaccuracy and drift in the spectral sensitivity of such telescopes, thereby allowing detection of very small Doppler shifts induced in the spectrum of stars by the gravitational tug of orbiting Earth-like planets."

Walsworth and his colleagues at Harvard, MIT and the Smithsonian Institution have led the development of astro-comb spectral calibrators, and will soon perform observations of promising planets located by Kepler, so that true Sister Earths can be identified.  Over the next decade, new space-based telescopes - now in the planning stages - will probe the spectrum of reflected light from these Sister Earths to search for the chemical signatures of life and to acquire high-resolution images of these new worlds. 

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Marshall University to host Sustainable Schools West Virginia Summit

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University, in partnership with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, will present the 2010 Sustainable Schools West Virginia Summit Sept. 19-20.

The summit is designed to bring together leaders in education to discuss the important roles schools, colleges and universities have in creating sustainable campuses across West Virginia. The event will take place on the Huntington campus and is open to leaders in public and private higher education as well as public and private K-12 school administration. The event is sponsored in part by State Electric Supply Company of Huntington.

The opportunity to affect change statewide is appealing to Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp, who said he has experienced the positive difference a community of students, faculty and staff can bring to a campus.

"The benefits of our Greening Marshall movement have been tremendous," Kopp said. "The entire Marshall University Community has really gotten behind our new Sustainability Department and our efforts have resulted in some truly astounding reductions in energy and water use, as well as some impressive increases in the volume of recycling we do.

"At Marshall, we continue to make practical changes in the way we conduct our business and the way we live on campus that are not only good for our environment, they are also good for our bottom line," Kopp said. "We hope educators and administrators statewide will join us this fall for a great opportunity to share ideas and strategies for a more sustainable West Virginia."

The agenda is still in the planning stages, but will include a variety of breakout sessions, panel discussions and hands-on opportunities for collaboration and learning. It will target fiscal and financial officers; facilities, maintenance or operations professionals; civic engagement or community-based volunteer coordinators; as well as students.

Randy Huffman, cabinet secretary for the DEP, said this is the second summit his agency has held to try to assist institutions of learning.

"It's important to understand that the environment underpins all human activity and that we cannot sustain progress if we do so at its expense," Huffman said. "Today, more and more businesses understand the relationship between a healthy environment and sustainable operations. Therefore, there is a direct link between a healthy environment and a healthy economy.

"The DEP is excited to partner with Marshall University in an ongoing effort to bring sustainable practices to West Virginia's institutions of learning."

For more information, contact MU Sustainability Manager Margie Phillips at philli10@marshall.edu or 304-696-2992.

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Thursday April 8, 2010
Contact: Leah Edwards, Media Communication Specialist, 304-696-6397

Public affairs show at Marshall University profiles Google Fiber project and spring football

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "We Are Marshall Today," Marshall University's public affairs show, welcomes MU's Chief Technology Officer Allen Taylor and Head Football Coach Doc Holliday to the interview set for the episode scheduled to begin running Friday, April 9.

Taylor talks with co-host Leah Edwards about the Huntington community's bid to win the Google Fiber project, which would bring an experimental high-speed fiber network to the city.  Taylor also discusses several information technology projects underway on campus.

Co-host Dan Hollis conducts a seven-minute interview with Holliday, which focuses on spring football practice and what's ahead for the 2010 season. Holliday also explains to Hollis how he got his nickname.

Rounding out the current show are a news story on Marshall's recent award for its video/computer gaming program, information on the upcoming Alumni Weekend, and a look at the medical school's annual residency match day.

"We Are Marshall Today" can be seen on Comcast channel 25 in the Huntington area daily at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 10 p.m.   The broadcast is also available on  Suddenlink Channels 19 and 22 in various other West Virginia markets.  Viewers may also see the programming at www.marshall.edu/wamtoday.

"We Are Marshall Today" is a production of University Communications, Digital Media Services and the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.


Photo: Co-host Dan Hollis talks with football Coach Doc Holliday on the set of "We Are Marshall Today."  

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Wednesday April 7, 2010
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, 304-746-2038

Rent-A-Text program coming to Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Bookstore will begin offering textbook rental services this fall, according to Dr. Karen Kirtley, assistant vice president of administration for the university.

Rent-A-Text will offer students approximately 50 percent off the price of new textbooks and will provide students with an affordable alternative to rising education costs, Kirtley said.

Marshall University's textbook rental program will:

         Be available to students in store and online with in-store pick up;

         Allow students to choose a preferred form of payment, including campus cards;

         Allow students the freedom to highlight and take notes all within the normal wear and tear associated with coursework; 

         Give students the choice to buy their textbooks at the end of the term.

Rent-A-Text is available through Marshall's existing partnership with Follett Higher Education Group. The program is based on Follett's comprehensive pilot program that saved students nearly $2 million on course materials in just one semester. Of those who rented textbooks, more than 90 percent of students surveyed expressed satisfaction with the pilot program.

"We have been at the forefront of cost-saving programs for more than a century," said Thomas A. Christopher, President of Follett Higher Education Group. "Helping to reduce the costs of higher education is part of our mission and we look forward to working with Marshall University to deliver substantial textbook savings to students."

Details about Rent-A-Text at the Marshall University Bookstore will be forthcoming. In the meantime, check out www.rent-a-text.com or www.facebook.com/rentatext for more information.

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Wednesday April 7, 2010
Contact: Calah Young, West Virginia Land Trust, , 304-346-7788

Marshall students to participate in tree-planting event

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from the Marshall University Recreation and Park Resources program will be participating in a volunteer tree-planting event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 10 at the Wallace Hartman Nature Preserve in Charleston. The event is being hosted by the West Virginia Land Trust.

The 50+ acre preserve is a public recreation space that was donated by Marshall alumna Dolly Wallace Hartman for the enjoyment of the residents of Kanawha County. It is accessible from Adrian Drive off South Ruffner Road in the South Hills area.

The Marshall students, along with WVLT Board members and supporters, will plant sycamore trees that have been provided by the West Virginia Division of Forestry's Mountaineer Treeways program.  The trees will help to stabilize the stream bank and absorb water to improve access to the site for hiking and other passive recreation. Organizers of the event say they hope to help area residents uncover what the Wallace Hartman Nature Preserve has to offer while also providing education about land conservation and the work of the land trust.

The WVLT is a private, member-supported, nonprofit organization and West Virginia's only statewide land trust. Since its incorporation in 1995, the organization has helped protect more than 17,000 acres statewide through voluntary conservation easements. Conservation easements are voluntary contracts between a landowner and a land trust, such as the WVLT, government agency or another qualified organization. These contracts allow landowners to place permanent restrictions on the future uses of some or all of their property for the purpose of protecting scenic, wildlife, botanical, recreational, agricultural or historical resources.

For  more information on the West Virginia Land Trust please visit www.wvlandtrust.org  or contact Calah Young at 866-982-5863 or wvlandtrust@te-associates.com.

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Wednesday April 7, 2010
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Marshall names Dr. Michael W. Prewitt dean of College of Health Professions


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Michael W. Prewitt, currently associate vice provost at the University of Missouri-Columbia, has been named dean of the College of Health Professions at Marshall University, according to Dr. Gayle Ormiston, senior vice president for Academic Affairs and Provost at Marshall.

Prewitt will begin his duties July 1.

"I am very happy that Dr. Prewitt will be joining Marshall as the new College of Health Professions dean," Ormiston said.  "The depth of his administrative experience will be a great asset to the college.  He possesses a sound understanding of the college's need to expand its offerings to the state and to the region."

Dr. Charles H. McKown Jr., Vice President for Health Sciences and dean of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, said Prewitt brings with him a strong background and great enthusiasm.

"He is a good fit for Marshall's active and vibrant COHP program, and I believe he will take it to new heights," McKown said.

Prewitt has been with the University of Missouri since 1979, serving in a variety of roles, including interim vice president for undergraduate studies, director of the Student Success Center, associate dean of student affairs in the School of Health Professions, and faculty fellow in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies.

He holds three degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia: a B.S. in Respiratory Therapy in the School of Health Related Professions; an M.Ed. in Higher and Adult Education, College of Education; and a Ph.D. in Higher Education.

At Missouri, Prewitt was honored with the School of Health Professions Alumni Association's Outstanding Faculty Award and the Outstanding Teacher Award from the School of Health Professions.

"I'm pleased to have been selected as dean of the College of Health Professions.  I look forward to working with everyone in the college as well as other colleagues at Marshall," Prewitt said.

Dr. Mary Todd, dean of Marshall's Honors College who chaired the search committee, commented, "Dr. Prewitt's broad administrative experience, coupled with his roots in the health professions, convinced the committee that he would be a strong advocate for the College of Health Professions." 

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Wednesday April 7, 2010
Contact: Kaylin Adkins, Helping Hungry Hearts Campaign Representative, , 304-634-1041

Outrunning Hunger 5K Run/Walk to raise awareness, money for food bank

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Hunger is an epidemic in the Tri-State, and one local agency plans to help eradicate the problem by hosting a 5K race.

The Outrunning Hunger 5K Run/Walk will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 10 at Pullman Square in downtown Huntington. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

The race, hosted by Helping Hungry Hearts, will help raise awareness and money for the Huntington Area Food Bank (HAFB).  Helping Hungry Hearts is a student-run public relations agency from the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University.

"When I came on board, I found out that there were a lot of people in Huntington that were not aware of this food bank's existence," said Jon Rickey, executive director of the HAFB. "We're on the side of the angels. All that we want to do is feed hungry people, and that's our mission."

The race is sponsored by several local businesses, including American Electric Power, Cabell County EMS, Cabell-Huntington Hospital, City Tan Express, Contempo Trophy, Fruth Pharmacy, Giovanni's, Hometown Sportswear, Hot Corner, MedExpress, Mug & Pia, Road ID, Route 60 Music Company, The Union Pub & Grill, The Village on Sixth Avenue and Towne Place Suites by Marriott.

Other businesses donated items for a race-day raffle, such as a free two-night stay at the Magnolia House in New Martinsville, W.Va., food coupons and other items. Each raffle ticket is $1.

"We have secured a lot of donations from local businesses in the area," said Ellen Kist, promotions team chair. "And, in my opinion, that really shows the caliber of people who not only work but also live in the Tri-State area. We really appreciate the donations, but we also appreciate the businesses and people who are helping to get the word out about the HAFB. It is crucial for the survival of any nonprofit to have people support the work they are doing. Without the HAFB, the fight against hunger would be an impossible battle to win."

Pre-registration ended April 3, but runners may still register online for the race for $20. Those interested may also register the day of the race. Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp will be attendance, and radio stations, including Marshall University's WMUL, will set up live remotes at the race.

First-place runners and walkers in each age division will receive medals, and second- and third-place runners will receive ribbons. The awards ceremony will take place at 10 a.m.

Male and female runners and walkers will be separated into the following age divisions:

  • 14 and under
  • 15 to 19
  • 20 to 29
  • 30 to 39
  • 40 to 49
  • 50 to 59
  • 60 to 69
  • 70 and up

Runners may pick up their race packets and T-shirts at a spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Marshall University Newman Center on 5th Avenue. Runners have the opportunity to "carb up" before the race, and donations for spaghetti will be accepted on behalf of the HAFB. Participants may also pick up race packets and T-shirts the day of the race.

Other methods of donating are available for those who do not wish to participate in the 5K event. Helping Hungry Hearts and Uno Chicago Grill, located at Pullman Square, have teamed up to host a "doughraiser" April 3-10 to raise money to help Helping Hungry Hearts reach its goals. Uno's will donate 20 percent of each customer's check to the campaign, but a customer must have a ticket to participate in the doughraiser.

For more information about Helping Hungry Hearts or to register for the Outrunning Hunger 5K Run/Walk, visit www.marshall.edu/helpinghungryhearts  or e-mail the agency at helpinghungryhearts@marshall.edu. Also, contact co-director Whitney Parsley at 304-389-0390. To learn more about the HAFB, contact Brooke Ash at 304-523-6029 or brooke@hafb.org.


The Huntington Area Food Bank (HAFB) is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1983 and based in Huntington, W.Va. The HAFB is affiliated with Feeding America, the country's largest hunger-relief organization. The HAFB serves more than 250 agencies in 17 counties in West Virginia, southeastern Ohio and eastern Kentucky. The HAFB's main mission is to curb the hunger problem by distributing nutritious food products through its member agency network.  The HAFB currently helps to feed 91,000 people per month in the Tri-State area.

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Tuesday April 6, 2010
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Marshall University to host Cyberinfrastructure Visualization demonstration

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will host a demonstration beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 8 showcasing powerful visualization technology with applications for economic development, scientific research and medicine.

The project, called Cyberinfrastructure for Transformational Scientific Discovery in West Virginia and Arkansas (CI-TRAIN), is a partnership among eight higher education institutions in West Virginia and Arkansas and is funded by a multi-million dollar National Science Foundation grant.

Dr. Tony Szwilski, director of the Marshall's Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences, says the demonstration is an opportunity for local businesses and individuals to see how the visualization technology can be utilized to help accelerate knowledge discovery, spark idea creation and foster economic development in the region.

Thursday's event will feature Dr. Jack Smith, manager of Marshall's visualization laboratory, discussing the applications of a software package called Avizo, which is a general purpose 3D scientific visualization system often used  to  support geoscience, simulation, material science and medical imaging.

Who: Marshall University

What: 3D Scientific Visualization with Avizo

When: 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 8

Where: Visualization Laboratory, Arthur Weisberg Family Engineering Laboratories, Marshall's Huntington campus

The event is open to the public, but space in the laboratory is limited. For more information and to reserve a spot for Thursday, contact Dr. Tony Szwilski at 304-696-5457.

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Monday April 5, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

June Harless Center inducts three into Harless Hall of Fame

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's College of Education and Human Service's June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research & Development will hold its 8th annual Harless Hall of Fame dinner on Thursday, April 15.

This year's ceremony, which starts at 6:30 p.m., will be held in the Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center.  The ceremony is a time to show appreciation and give recognition to those people who have been identified as outstanding contributors to West Virginia's educational system with special focus on the rural areas of the state.

Inductees into the Hall of Fame typically include one teacher, one administrator, and one business/educational partner or organization that has provided exemplary leadership to ensure the success of the education of all students in West Virginia.

This year's inductees include:

         Dr. Lowell E. Johnson, member of the West Virginia Board of Education and president of the National Association of State Boards of Education's (NASBE) Board of Directors;

         Ralph Baxter, co-chair of the West Virginia 21st Century Jobs Cabinet and chairman and CEO of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe;

         Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin.

A showcase of the Harless Center's work and presentation of the Hallie Harless Distinguished Teacher Award also will be part of the night's events. 

First Lady Gayle Manchin, Senator Robert Plymale and superintendant Dr. Steven L. Payne, all former inductees, will present the new members into the Hall of Fame. Buck Harless, founder of the Harless Center, will be recognized for his exemplary vision and support for transforming education in West Virginia schools.

The mission of the June Harless Center is to provide leadership in educational initiatives for West Virginia educators and students, providing educators and families of rural West Virginia with a support system that addresses educational problems, sustains school improvement and provides positive growth in all educational factors.  The June Harless Center currently has ongoing projects with many counties in the state providing support and professional development.

For more information, contact Dr. Stan Maynard, executive director of the June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research & Development, at 304-696-2890, or via e-mail at maynard@marshall.edu.

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Monday April 5, 2010
Contact: Marcia Harrison,, College of Science,, (304) 696-7153

Marshall to host science conference for girls in grades 6-8

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will host the 2010 Expanding Your Horizons Conference for girls in 6th, 7th and 8th grades on Saturday, April 10 in the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center on the Huntington campus.

The goal of the conference is to allow students to discover the excitement of science and math by participating in hands-on workshops, according to Dr. Marcia Harrison, professor of biological sciences and coordinator of the conference. The workshop leaders are scientists and science students who will share their knowledge and experience with students and answer any questions they may have about careers in math and science.

The workshop selections cover a wide number of topics in biology, physics, math, and psychology.  They include:

  • In the Nanozone: The Science of Teeny Tiny:  The study of nanoscience and nanotechnology and how scientists study things that are so small.
  • Skeletons in the Closet: How the over 200 bones hiding under our skin fit together to create the framework of our bodies. 
  • Become a Legal Drug Dealer: Careers in Pharmacy: The world of a pharmacist, working with the medicines that everyone needs to stay healthy, is explored.
  • Uncovering the Psychology of Everyday Life: How social psychology is used to understand what goes on in our everyday lives.
  • Terrific Tessellations: A tessellation is a tiled pattern where a shape is repeated without any gaps or overlaps. Tessellations have appeared throughout art history, from ancient times to modern art. Students will learn about the mathematics of tessellations, and will create their own tessellated art which they can take home.
  • LaserFest Roadshow:  The 50th anniversary of the invention will be celebrated with a laser show in the star dome as students learn all about lasers.
  • Power It Up! An Introduction to Circuits: Circuits are used in phones, iPods, and any device that requires power. Participants will learn how to build a basic circuit to power a light bulb.
  • Rising Tide: Sea Level Rise and the New U.S. Coastline: Geographic Information System (GIS) software will be used to simulate rising sea levels.
  • Great Expectations: Probability is used to determine expected outcomes and make decisions based on that information.
  • ESTEEM PHYSICS: Engaging Students Through Exciting Experiments in Modern Physics
  • Wear Your DNA Necklace: Students will observe the properties of their own DNA by extracting the molecule from their cheek cells.

Parents and teachers of participants are invited to attend two adult information sessions.  One will focus on preparing for, applying to and financing college and will be hosted by the Marshall University Offices of Admissions and Student Financial Assistance. The other session will provide information about opportunities for students in West Virginia, including science camps, competitions and activity days, as well as NASA internships for high school and college students.

The conference is sponsored by the West Virginia Chapter of the Association for Women in Science (WV AWIS), and co-sponsored by the MU-ADVANCE Program and the Science and Research Division of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

For additional information, contact Harrison by phone at 304-696-4867 or by e-mail at harrison@marshall.edu.   

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Monday April 5, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

'Old Friends and New Beginnings' theme of Alumni Weekend 2010

Spring football game, Alumni Banquet highlight event April 23-24

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Alumni Weekend 2010, featuring the theme "Old Friends and New Beginnings," takes place Friday-Saturday, April 23-24, at Marshall University.

Numerous events are planned, including the annual Green and White Spring Football Game at 4 p.m. Saturday, and the 73rd annual Alumni Banquet honoring distinguished alumni and friends of Marshall University at 7 p.m.

"Alumni Weekend is always special, but this year will be even more exciting than usual as many of our alumni and friends will be visiting for the first time our beautiful Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center," said Nancy Pelphrey, Coordinator of Alumni Programs. "Marshall University continues to make great progress in all areas, from academics to athletics to facilities, and we are proud to share the good news with our alumni - particularly those who have not been back on campus for a while."

Here is a look at some of the events planned in conjunction with or during Alumni Weekend:

Thursday, April 22

Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (MIIR) Seminar Series: "Culture, Technology and Society," featuring Dr. Rob DeSalle, curator of entomology at the American Museum of Natural History, Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center. A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program at 6:30 p.m. This event is free to the public.

Friday, April 23

The first official event of Alumni Weekend is a Champagne Reception, which begins at 6 p.m. in the MU Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center. Those attending are welcome to take a guided tour of the new facility. Cost to attend the Champagne Reception is $15. RSVP by calling 304-696-2901.

Marshall University ROTC, Department of Military Science, will have its annual Military Ball at the Memorial Student Center, BE5, starting at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a receiving line. The ceremony and formal dinner start at 7 p.m., with dancing and entertainment to follow.

ROTC alumni who wish to sponsor a cadet for $25 or sponsor a table for $200 can send their donations to MU ROTC, 216 Gullickson Hall, One John Marshall Dr., Huntington, WV 25755. Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple. For more information, contact CPT Mike Armstrong at 304-696-6450.

The Marshall University Theatre production of "Our Country's Good" begins at 8 p.m. in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. For tickets, call 304-696-6395. Tickets are $12.

Saturday, April 24

A Presidential Coffee for the Heritage Society will take place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Marshall University Foundation Hall. Call Ed Zimmerman at 304-696-3739 for more information on this free event.

The Class Luncheon will honor the 50th reunion class (1960). The class will be joined by the Grand Class - those who graduated before 1960. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the Erickson Alumni Center Conference Center. The cost is $20 per person. A trolley tour of campus and downtown will immediately follow the luncheon.

The Young Alumni Committee of the Marshall University Alumni Association and the River Cities Alumni Club will co-sponsor a tailgate party from 1 to 3 p.m. in the West Lot of Joan C. Edwards Stadium, prior to the annual Green and White Spring Football Game. Free Hillbilly Hot Dogs and soft drinks will be served. Just look for the alumni banners.

The annual Green and White Spring Football Game will kick off at 4 p.m. at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. For tickets, call 304-696-HERD or 800-The-HERD. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students.

The President's Social will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. on the Memorial Student Center plaza. Admission is free.

The highlight of the weekend is the 73rd annual Alumni Banquet honoring distinguished alumni and friends, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center. The cost for the banquet is $50 per person or $90 per couple. Call the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-682-5869 or 304-696-2901.

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Monday April 5, 2010
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, , 304-696-3296

University Chorus to premiere 'Dream of Freedom' Sunday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Chorus will present the world premiere of Dr. Evan Mack's composition Langston Hughes' Dream of Freedom at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 11 in Smith Recital Hall on the Huntington campus. The performance is free and open to the public.

The premiere is one of the culminating events in the College of Fine Arts' Birke Fine Arts Symposium, which started in February with a theme of "Giving Voice: Social Justice and the Arts."

Mack, who last year was a Joan C. Edwards Distinguished Professor of the Arts at Marshall, will lead the choir in a work that, he says, "expresses a need for the respect of diversity through all types of individuals in this world - making the word Freedom, through the bad and good, something to be celebrated."

"When I was visiting Marshall University last year, I noticed that both students and faculty were excited about new music in all of its forms; from idea to process to product," Mack said. "The 'Dream of Freedom,' true to the nature of Langston Hughes, explores a wide variety of styles, from art song to the blues, to new age, classical techniques to gospel."

The chorus was prepared for the premiere by Robert Wray, assistant professor of music at Marshall.

"I'm thrilled that this performance is part of the Birke Symposium," Wray said. "Not only does it squarely fit in with the social justice theme, it offers our students a unique opportunity to work with the composer of the oratorio, who will also be conducting the performance. This is a terrific comprehensive learning opportunity for our University Chorus students."

"As musicians in an ensemble, we devote a great amount of time to studying the music that we will be performing, striving to discover the motives, passions, and influences that shaped the composer's vision," Wray said. "Thanks to Dr. Mack's involvement, University Chorus has gained a fascinating perspective into both the text and music that will truly make Dream of Freedom an emotional journey for ensemble and audience members alike."

For further information, contact the Department of Music at 304-696-3117.

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Monday April 5, 2010
Contact: Sharon Webb, Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) coordinator, CONTACT Rape Crisis Center, 304-523-3447

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month

CONTACT Rape Crisis Center joins with Marshall University's Police Department and Marshall Recreation Center for the 'Human Ribbon Project'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - CONTACT Rape Crisis Center, Marshall University's Police Department and the Marshall Recreation Center will join at noon Thursday, April 15 at the Marshall University Multipurpose field for the "Human Ribbon Project."

Students, faculty and community members will be coming together to create a giant human ribbon on the multipurpose field in order to increase the visibility of the month's activities.  The first 200 attendees will receive free teal colored t-shirts to wear during the event.  Free food and water also will be distributed.

The April 2010 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign focuses on preventing sexual violence on higher education campuses. College students experience disproportionately high rates of sexual violence - 1 in 5 college women will be a victim of sexual assault by the time she graduates, according to the National Institute of Justice. This year's SAAM brings together resources and information across a variety of campus-related topics, with an emphasis on incorporating primary prevention efforts into the work.

In case of rain, the event will be held inside the Recreation Center.

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Monday April 5, 2010
Contact: Lalena Price, Communications Coordinator, 304-746-1989

Marshall University joins SiQuest Corporation as a preferred academic training partner

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - SiQuest Corporation of Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, announced that Marshall University has officially become the company's newest and preferred academic training partner in the delivery of advanced internet browser forensics training in the Eastern United States.

SiQuest's CacheBack software is a leading forensic tool for Internet cache and history analysis in the computer forensics industry. Government and law enforcement agencies turn to CacheBack to quickly rebuild cached Web pages, locate and identify photographic evidence, and comb through complex Internet histories. CacheBack is fast becoming the tool of choice to support investigations involving or revealing child exploitation offences, terrorism, criminal premeditation, social networking, crimes against persons, corporate fraud, and theft.

SiQuest has developed its Academic Training Program to help educational institutions bring this same type of specialized Internet forensics training into the classroom. Through this special partnership, students and faculty will be provided with CacheBack training and CacheBack software, at no cost. In exchange, Marshall University will serve as SiQuest's preferred training facility in the Eastern United States and open the doors for training to government, law enforcement and corporate users of CacheBack software.

John Bradley, CEO of SiQuest, sees the partnership as an opportunity to work with Marshall University's nationally recognized computer forensics technology program.

"By working closely with the members and students at Marshall University, we see this as a valuable opportunity to provide advanced forensics training to upcoming graduates and future investigators," Bradley said. "Marshall University is certainly well recognized for their leading edge computer forensics technology, training programs, and modernized classrooms. We look forward to having them host our training courses and we are excited at the same time to further the skills and knowledge of new, young minds."

John Sammons, assistant professor in the Department of Integrated Science and Technology, worked to develop the relationship with SiQuest. He said that in the end, graduates of Marshall's program will be working to help solve cases and that this experience will serve them well and help the University meet one of its goals - to be a training hub for the national, and even international, digital forensics community.

"We are very excited about partnering with SiQuest and CacheBack because the company has an excellent product that is used worldwide," Sammons said. "Internet forensics plays a huge role in many, many cases and our students will leave Marshall University's program with a solid command of the skills and knowledge necessary to use this tool effectively making them employable and sought after upon graduation.

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Friday April 2, 2010
Contact: Tori Marra, Graduate Assistant, 304-266-4357

Marshall's School of Journalism and Mass Communications to host annual career and internship expo

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students will get a chance to start writing their stories and possibly land an internship by networking with a variety of professionals at the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications Career & Internship Expo.

The event is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 8 in the atrium near the Birke Art Gallery on the first floor of Smith Hall on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

"This is a great way for students to make some real connections," said Allyson Goodman, assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. "The employees will be able to answer questions, tell students their success stories and give advice on interviews, resumes and applying for internships."

About 20 businesses, including local media, advertising agencies, public relations firms, and public relations and marketing departments from various businesses will attend the expo.

Marshall University students of every major are encouraged to attend. In the past, about 100 students have attended.

"It is never too soon for students to start interacting with professionals and learning the tricks of the trade," Goodman said. Free food and drinks will be offered.

Prior to the expo, there will be media and advertising/public relations panels in Smith Hall 335 and 336 from 1 to 2 p.m. The panels will give students the opportunity to gain insight from local professionals' work experiences. Confirmed panel participants include Tim Irr from WSAZ-3 and Thomas White, owner of Ignite Studios.

For more information on the Expo, contact Goodman at goodman4@marshall.edu or Tori Marra at marra7@marshall.edu.

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Friday April 2, 2010
Contact: Beverly McCoy, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, 304-691-1713

New Marshall center for Chapmanville called asset to health, education, economy

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University and the Chapmanville community broke ground Friday on a new Rural Health & Clinical Education Center that will expand both health care services and career training opportunities in the region.

The new facility, which will be the permanent home of Chapmanville's Coalfield Health Center, was made possible by $2.73 million secured by United States Sen. Robert C. Byrd and a strong collaboration among community leaders, the Logan Healthcare Foundation and Marshall's Robert C. Byrd Center for Rural Health.

"When Marshall University officials approached me about funding this project several years ago, it was an easy decision," Byrd said in a letter read during the groundbreaking. "For years I have worked diligently to improve health care infrastructure throughout West Virginia, and it was clear to me that this health care project had the potential to make a lasting difference in improving the wellbeing of the residents of this region!"

Senate President-Lieutenant Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was the keynote speaker. Also on the program were the Rev. Doug Craven of Logan's First Presbyterian Church; Roger McGrew, chairman of the Logan Healthcare Foundation; Dr. Charles McKown, vice president and dean of Marshall's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine; and Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp, Ph.D. Congressman Nick J. Rahall and state senator Ron Stollings, M.D., spoke briefly as well.

Tomblin, who worked to develop the infrastructure essential for the center's success, said before the event the facility will benefit the area economically.

"Not only will the center provide much-needed primary care services for the area, but it will also serve as an economic development engine for the area with jobs, a new high-tech facility, and cooperative partnerships with businesses, higher education and other providers in the area," he said.

The new center's educational opportunities will yield long-term benefits for the region, said Jennifer Plymale, an assistant dean at Marshall's medical school and the director of its Center for Rural Health.

"Creating this hub for a rural teaching center will draw students from many health disciplines to the heart of the coalfields for education, and that significantly increases the possibility of recruiting healthcare providers to this area and retaining them," Plymale said.

On the first floor, the new center will have a family medicine and pediatrics clinic, complete with satellite X-ray and blood/draw/laboratory facilities. Later, specialty clinics will occupy the second floor, providing permanent or rotating services. The center will incorporate support spaces needed for training medical students and resident physicians, as well as students training in other health professions.

Electronic linkages will give the Chapmanville center's staff and students access to the extensive education, research and public service programs of Marshall's Center for Rural Health and medical school. The new facility also will be a satellite location for the Center for Rural Health's mobile medical unit, which provides health screening, education and direct service programs throughout southern West Virginia.

The Logan Healthcare Foundation provided the site at no cost and has made a direct grant of $180,000 for operating and start-up assistance, and Marshall's Center for Rural Health has committed $150,000 in start-up support.


Graphic: Architect's rendering of Rural Health & Clinical Education Center in Chapmanville, W.Va.

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Friday April 2, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Turner named chief of staff at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp today announced that Matt Turner has been named chief of staff at the university.

Turner, who currently serves as director of communications for West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, will begin his duties at Marshall on May 1. He replaces Bill Bissett, who resigned in February to accept the position of president of the Kentucky Coal Association.

Kopp said, "I am delighted Matt is joining the Marshall community as chief of staff. A special skill set is required to manage the complexities and nuances of this position and Matt brings all these attributes as well as a broad array of multidimensional skills to the job. He is an outstanding communicator whose leadership skills will be a welcome addition to our team. I look forward to working with Matt and to the many important contributions he will make to our university."

Turner joined the governor's office in February 2007, following eight years as a public relations specialist for the West Virginia Division of Tourism and the West Virginia Department of Commerce. The Huntington native also worked in public relations for Special Metals Corp.

"I've spent most of my life associated with Marshall and I'm thrilled to be able to serve the university community in this new role," Turner said. "This is a tremendous opportunity and an exciting time to be a part of the Marshall family. I truly look forward to working with the students, faculty and staff as Marshall continues to grow."

Turner has bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Marshall University. He and his wife Roxy live in Hurricane with their two children.

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