December 2010 News Releases

Wednesday December 22, 2010
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts,, 304-696-3296

Marshall University Choral Union to resume rehearsals Jan. 11

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Choral Union will welcome back Dr. David Castleberry as its director for the Spring 2011 season, with rehearsals now taking place on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. beginning Jan. 11, in Smith Music Hall, Room 150. Formerly, the choir rehearsed on Monday evenings.

Castleberry, who directed the ensemble from 1990-2009, said he is excited to be returning to the choir. "The chance to assemble all our choral ensembles for Carl Orff's 'Carmina Burana' this spring, together with the Huntington Symphony, will be a thrilling opportunity for our singers and the community. Orff's choral masterpiece has been heard in motion pictures, commercials, and in countless performances throughout the world."

Castleberry said "Carmina Burana" is one of the most exciting and recognizable pieces of choral music in existence.

The performance will take place on Saturday, March 12. After the completion of the "Carmina Burana" project, the Choral Union will prepare a collage concert, together with the Marshall University Chorus.

New singers are invited join the Choral Union for the spring semester. Some previous choral experience is helpful. For further information, call 304-696-2963.

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Wednesday December 22, 2010
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, 304-696-3296

Annual Holiday Design Winners Named

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The winners of Marshall University's annual holiday design contest for students were announced earlier this month. The competition, which is sponsored by Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp and his wife, Jane, included categories for a commemorative plate, a holiday card and a digital greeting.

"Working with the Kopps each year to gather and identify winners has been both enlightening and fulfilling," said Byron Clercx, chair of the department of art and design. "Together they select superb examples from a pool of increasingly inventive and inspired submissions from art and design students, and I am proud they choose to share them with the university and extended Marshall family."

David Kendall received first place honors for both the holiday greeting card and the digital greeting. His greeting card design was mailed to those on the president's list and the digital greeting was distributed to alumni. He received a prize of $700 in each category.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Martin was named the first place winner in the commemorative plate category. She also received a prize of $700.

Others who received recognition and prizes were as follows:

  • Jillian Smallwood, second place in the commemorative plate category, who received $350;
  • Kaitlynn Smith, second place in the holiday greeting card category, who received $350;
  • Brandon Vernatter, second place in the digital greeting category, who received $350;
  • Matthew Levi Brumbaugh, third place in the commemorative plate category, who received $150;
  • Juyeon Lee, third place in the holiday greeting card category, who received $150;
  • Matthew Crutchfield, third place in the digital greeting category, who received $150.

Honorable mentions were given to Cyndee Adkins in the commemorative plate category; Crutchfield in the holiday greeting card category; and Andrew Burgess, Adam Hopkins and the team of Marta Molina Gomez and Carlos Aledo in the digital greeting category.

President and Mrs. Kopp began the card design and plate design competition in 2007 as a way of recognizing the talent of Marshall's students. The digital greeting category was added last year.


Photo: Marshall President and Mrs. Stephen J. Kopp (seated) pose with the winning holiday card design by David Kendall. Standing are (from left) graphic design faculty members Hayson Harrison and Brent Patterson, Kendall, Juyeon Lee, Matthew Crutchfield and graphic design faculty member Mary Grassell. Photo by Jaye Ike/Marshall University.

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Monday December 20, 2010
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964

Marshall research institute adds expert in bone growth and development

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Jingwei Xie has been named senior scientist at the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (MIIR), effective Jan. 3.

He is the third senior scientist to join the institute, which was created in 2008 through the state's "Bucks for Brains" West Virginia Research Trust Fund. Scientists at MIIR are conducting vital biotechnology research designed to improve the lives of people everywhere who suffer from Huntington's disease, muscular dystrophy, sickle cell anemia, juvenile macular degeneration and other diseases.  The institute has experienced steady growth since its inception, and recently signed its second co-development agreement with a major biotechnology company.

Xie has more than 10 years experience in biomaterials, tissue engineering, micro-/nanofabrication, biosurfaces, formulations, drug delivery, biotechnology and nanotechnology. In his most recent appointment as a post-doctoral research associate at Washington University in St. Louis, he developed a number of projects related to biomedical applications, including neural tissue engineering, tendon-to-bone insertion site repair and drug delivery.

The goal of MIIR is to develop a focused program of pioneering research dedicated to producing patentable scientific breakthroughs and creating new high-tech businesses based on those discoveries. The institute is building on existing areas of research strength at Marshall and providing opportunities for collaborations with scientists already working at the university.  Xie's group at the institute will focus on bionanotechnology and will collaborate with researchers at Marshall's new Center for Diagnostic Nanosystems, where scientists are working to apply advances in nanosensor technology to improve the accessibility and capabilities of rural health care resources.

"I am most pleased to welcome Dr. Xie to MIIR," said Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp. "He is an extraordinarily creative scientist with a strong background in one of today's fastest-growing scientific disciplines. With his addition to the team at MIIR - along with a growing portfolio of contracts with biotechnology companies - we are rapidly approaching critical mass.

"Our strategic commitment to hiring the brightest, most talented researchers we can find is paying off. I am confident in our vision for the institute as an economic development engine and remain energized about the possibilities ahead of us."

Dr. Eric Kmiec, director of MIIR and the institute's lead research scientist, added, "Dr. Xie is truly a transformative hire for us. Not only does he come from one of the most respected nanotechnology labs in the country, but his work to develop devices to aid in bone growth and development will complement the genetics work currently under way at the institute and allow us to move into exciting new areas of discovery."

Kmiec said that in addition to working with colleagues at the Center for Diagnostic Nanosystems, Xie also will collaborate with researchers in the university's College of Science and College of Information Technology and Engineering.

Xie said, "My specialty, tissue engineering, is a multidisciplinary field that combines biological sciences, materials sciences, pharmacology, engineering principles and surgery to develop constructs for restoring, replacing or regenerating defective tissues or organs. It is a good fit with the interdisciplinary research focus at MIIR, and I look forward to collaborating with faculty members in all departments at Marshall.

"I am also enthusiastic about the opportunity to build relationships with biomedical and pharmaceutical companies to develop commercial products."

Prior to joining Washington University in 2007, Xie was a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Washington in Seattle and a research fellow at the National University of Singapore. He is the co-inventor on two patents, was co-investigator of a National Institutes of Health-funded pilot project and has co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Xie has bachelor's and master's degrees from Nanjing University of Technology in China. He earned his doctorate in chemical and biomolecular engineering from the National University of Singapore.

The West Virginia Research Trust Fund was created two years ago to stimulate and accelerate world-class research at the state's two research universities, with the goal of advancing new enterprise development in the high-technology sector. For a limited time, Marshall University can tap into the fund to double private gifts that support research initiatives - like MIIR - that are linked to economic development, health care and job growth. For more information about how to support research at Marshall and automatically double your gift through the trust fund, visit or call toll-free 1-866-632-5386.

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Monday December 20, 2010
Contact: Mary M. Thomasson, Marshall University Forensic Science Center, 304-691-8961

Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department awards the Marshall University Forensic Science Center with commendation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Forensic Science Center was awarded a commendation from the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department in appreciation of providing intensive DNA training to its forensic analysts.

Dr. Terry W. Fenger, director of Marshall's Forensic Science Center, said it is an honor to receive recognition from Metropolitan Police Department Chief of Police Cathy Lanier for the collaborative effort between the agencies to develop and implement a customized DNA analysis training program conducted at the center.

The purpose of the "DNA boot camp" training program was to prepare four forensic examiners to become qualified to perform DNA analysis on evidence.

Fenger said the Forensic Science Center considered it a privilege to further develop the capabilities of the crime laboratory's excellent staff. "The forensic scientists from the Metropolitan Police Department were enthusiastic and energetic about their training, and they showed dedication to providing essential forensic services they perform for the justice system," he said.

Peter Newsham, Assistant Chief of Police of the Metropolitan Police Department, said the department was very excited to be given the opportunity to have its DNA examiners trained at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center. 

"Marshall University is recognized for its world-class DNA training program, and the training our examiners have received will give the Metropolitan Police Department's fledgling laboratory a great start," he said. "The courts, prosecutors and the law enforcement community will know that our examiners have completed the best training program that is available."

The Metropolitan Police Department requested assistance from Marshall's Forensic Science Center because it is in the process of expanding its capabilities. Training new analysts is labor-intensive, and laboratory staff who provide training are also tasked with processing cases. The training program alleviated time constraints at the crime laboratory so that experienced analysts could concentrate on forensic laboratory work to solve crimes while the Forensic Science Center provided training to advance the skills of the four forensic scientists.

In addition, the District of Columbia is building a state-of-the-art Consolidated Forensic Laboratory to be completed in 2012 that will house the public health lab, the chief medical examiner's office and the police department's crime lab. Training the forensic examiners helped with preparation for a seamless transition into the new facility.

The Metropolitan Police Department's Crime Laboratory is accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory accreditation board-International (ASCLD/LAB-International). It currently consists of a Forensic Biology Unit and a Trace Evidence Unit.

In April, Fenger kicked off the first phase of the training program at the current Washington, D.C., lab facility by providing a week of instruction for four hours daily on molecular biology, focusing on DNA.

Subsequently, the four examiners came to the Marshall University Forensic Science Center to attend training sessions covering DNA analysis on state-of the art instrumentation, forensic Y-STR analysis for identification of male DNA, and relationship testing from April through June 2010.  Three examiners completed five weeks of training.

Krystyna H. Hopkinson, a forensic scientist who has worked at the Metropolitan Police Department Crime Laboratory for six years, is one of the four forensic examiners who attended the DNA boot camp.  Over a span of six months, she trained at Marshall's Forensic Science Center for 11 weeks to gain additional practical experience.

Hopkinson spent an additional six weeks at Marshall throughout July to September, alternating two weeks at the Forensic Science Center doing practical exercises and two weeks at the Washington, D.C., Crime Laboratory working and completing additional training assignments.

A serologist, Hopkinson examines evidence for the presence of blood or other biological fluids and takes a cutting from it in preparation for DNA analysis by a qualified examiner. Successful completion of the training program will qualify her as a DNA analyst so she can perform the DNA lab work herself.

She presented letters of commendation to the following Marshall University Forensic Science Center DNA analysts for their roles in providing training to the crime lab staff: Jason Chute, DNA technical leader of the forensic DNA laboratory; Justin Godby, DNA training coordinator; and Josh Stewart, training officer. These DNA analysts also work on forensic cases for state and local crime laboratories in West Virginia and across the nation.

Hopkinson said she was thankful for the opportunity. "I had a wonderful and rewarding experience at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center and during my stay in Huntington," she said.  "It was a unique experience to see the difference between the variations in lifestyle of a big city, and the people of Huntington were very warm and friendly."

At the Metropolitan Police Department, the forensic examiners are continuing their DNA analyst training, which includes competency testing, oral boards and moot court testimony.

The training was made possible by National Institute of Justice cooperative agreements in support of training forensic analysts and assisting the state and local crime laboratories with critical needs.


Photo: Dr. Terry Fenger, director of Marshall's Forensic Science Center. Photo by David Fatalleh.

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Thursday December 16, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University's Huntington campus to observe holiday hours

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Selected departments, offices and facilities on Marshall University's Huntington campus will be open at various times during the holiday break, which takes place from Thursday, Dec. 23 through Sunday, Jan. 2.

The holiday hours are listed in the online chart.

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Thursday December 16, 2010
Contact: Lalena Price, University Communications, 304-746-1989

Visiting Marshall University professor edits book on 19th century sermons and religion

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Robert H. Ellison has edited a collection of innovative studies of sacred rhetoric in the 19th century. Ellison, a visiting professor of English at Marshall University, edited "A New History of the Sermon: The Nineteenth Century" for Brill Academic Publishers.

The book's three sections - Theory and Theology, Sermon and Society in the British Empire, and Sermon and Society in America - contain a total of 16 essays on such topics as biblical criticism, Charles Darwin, the Oxford Movement, the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, English Catholicism, sermon-novels and the slave trade on both sides of the Atlantic.

The compilation is expected to have a broad appeal for historians, scholars and students, as well as preachers and scholars of religion. It includes representations of a multitude of traditions including the Anglican and Presbyterian churches, English nonconformity and Judaism, as well as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Ellison received his Ph.D. in English from the University of North Texas and taught in Texas for many years. His family came to West Virginia in 2009 when his wife, Dr. Lori Ellison, joined the Counseling Department at Marshall. During their first year, he was an adjunct in the English Department and now serves as a visiting assistant professor, teaching primarily freshman composition and British literature.

Ellison said the goal of "A New History of the Sermon" was to publish interesting essays on preaching in Britain and America during the 19th century.

"I had the great pleasure of collaborating with new and established scholars working on a tremendous variety of topics," he said. "This broad scope means that the collection should appeal to students and professors across the academic spectrum; it is my hope that it will help to generate interest in sermon studies, a field that has seen a significant amount of growth in recent years," Ellison added.

Dr. David J. Pittenger, dean of Marshall University's College of Liberal Arts, said he is pleased with Ellison's efforts.

"We are extremely fortunate to have the depth of talent that Dr. Ellison brings to our college and the classroom," Pittenger said. "His new book is a representation not only of the department's commitment to faculty scholarship, but of the broad, varied, and interdisciplinary nature of contemporary literary scholarship. I am proud to have Dr. Ellison contribute to the intellectual well being of our students."

Other contributors to "A New History of the Sermon" include Miriam Elizabeth Burstein, Thomas J. Carmody, Dawn Coleman, Joseph Evans, Keith A. Francis, Brian Jackson, Dorothy Lander, Thomas H. Olbricht, Carol Poster, Mirela Saim, Jessica Sheetz-Nguyen, Bob Tennant, David M. Timmerman, Tamara S. Wagner and John Wolffe.


Photos: Dr. Robert Ellison (above) and the book he edited, "A New History of the Sermon: The Nineteenth Century."

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Friday December 10, 2010
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, , 304-696-3296

Marshall faculty, students to participate in holiday jazz concert

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Members of  Marshall University's Department of Music and the American Federation Of Musicians, Local 362-691, will participate in "The Sounds Of The Big Bands and Holiday Classics plus a Special Salute to Our Armed Forces," featuring the River Cities Jazz Ensemble.  The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus and is free and open to the public.

"This is our holiday concert," said Dr. Martin Saunders, associate professor of trumpet and jazz studies at Marshall. "Basically the group was formed to continue to preserve big band music and all of our guys volunteer to make these things happen. This is a labor of love sort of thing."

In addition to Saunders, faculty members from Marshall's music department who will be taking part include Jeff Wolfe and Dr. Mike Stroeher. Marshall music students Austin Seybert and Pat Billups also will be performing with the ensemble. 

For more information, contact Saunders by phone at 304-696-4316 or by e-mail at

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Friday December 10, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

WMUL students continue award-winning tradition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from WMUL-FM, Marshall University's public radio station, have continued a tradition of competing successfully at the national level with other student journalists by winning 20 awards this fall. WMUL has won 1,025 awards since 1985.

This fall's honors began Oct. 4 when graduate student broadcaster Adam Cavalier of Montgomery, W.Va., was named a finalist in the 2009 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) National Mark of Excellence Contest in the Radio News Reporting category.

Most recently, WMUL students won 10 awards in the MarCom Creative Awards 2010 competition. The winners were named Nov. 22.

Also this fall, WMUL students:

  • Received four finalist awards in the 89th annual National College Media Convention/2010 Collegiate Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) National Student Radio Production Awards Ceremony Oct. 29 in Louisville, Ky.;
  • Received a first-place Podcast Best of Show award at the 89th annual National College Media Convention/2010 Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) annual College Competition Oct. 31 in Louisville, Ky.;
  • Received four Silver Awards in the Sixth annual International Davey Awards Competition for 2010 announced Oct. 31.

"Our radio students have established a tradition at WMUL-FM of being able to successfully compete at the national level with other student journalists," said Dr. Chuck Bailey, professor of Radio-Television Production and Management in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications and faculty manager of WMUL-FM.

"The recognition of our students this fall, from Adam's award-winning entry in the SPJ contest to the 10 MarCom awards, is further evidence of the quality of the work performed by our talented broadcasting students."

Cavalier's finalist award-winning entry in the SPJ contest was "Salvation for the Powerless," which was broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," Monday, Feb. 2, 2009. Cavalier is from Montgomery, W.Va.

Bailey said there were more than 3,600 entries from schools across SPJ's 12 regions in the Mark of Excellence contest.

Here is a look at each of WMUL's other award-winning entries thus far this fall:

89th annual National College Media Convention/
2010 Collegiate Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) National Student Radio Production
Finalist Awards

Best Radio News Reporting: "Coping with Disaster: Montcoal, West Virginia," written and produced by Leannda Carey, senior from Wellsburg, W.Va., broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," Friday, April 9, 2010.

Best Station Promotion: "Herd Bash 2009" was a homecoming week promotion conducted by the WMUL-FM promotions staff from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, 2009.

Best Radio Promo: "Moviephone," an in-house promotional announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM's Promotion Announcement rotation from Monday, May 3, 2010, through the present time, written and produced by Patrick Webb, a senior from Huntington.

Best Radio Public Service Announcement: "26.5 Hours," an in-house public service announcement broadcast in WMUL's Public Service Announcement rotation from Monday, May 3, 2010, through the present time, written and produced by Morgan Shillingburg, a senior from Charleston.


89th annual National College Media Convention/
2010 Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) annual College Competition

Podcast Best of Show: "Herd Roundup," a regular 30-minute edition of a sports program that airs Friday and Saturday during Marshall football weekends. The program was broadcast the first time Friday, Oct. 15, 2010. The students who participated were Cavalier and Dave Traube, a senior from Beckley.

The podcasting category was offered for only the fifth time in 2010 to recognize excellence among attendees whose media outlets have an online presence with podcasts to download. WMUL's win was its fourth in five years.

"Winning first place for the fourth time in this relatively new realm of media speaks well for Marshall University as it demonstrates that its students are working with new technologies which will help prepare them for the changing digital media landscape," Bailey said.


Sixth annual International Davey Awards Competition

Silver Awards

Radio News Feature Package: "J.R. VanHoose: From the Herd to the Hornets," written and produced by Cavalier, broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," and available online Friday, Dec. 4, 2009.

Radio News Feature Package: "Model Trains: A Family Affair," written and produced by Cavalier, broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," and available online Monday, April 12, 2010.

Radio Sports Package: "Enter Sandman," written and produced by Carey, broadcast during the pregame program before the Marshall at Virginia Tech football game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009.

Radio Public Service Announcement: "Brush Your Teeth," an in-house promotional announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM's Promotion Announcement rotation from Monday, May 3, 2010, through the present time, written and produced by Webb.

Bailey said the Davey Awards are creative awards focused exclusively on honoring outstanding creative work from the best small firms worldwide. He said there were more than 4,000 entries in the awards competition for 2010.

MarCom Creative Awards
Platinum Awards

Sports Package: "The Mitch Express," written and produced by Cavalier, broadcast during the "Tournament of State Champions" from Mitch Stadium in Kenova, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010.

Promo: "Moviephone."

Sports Play By Play: The broadcast of the Marshall-UAB women's basketball game played at Cam Henderson Center Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010. The students calling the game were Cavalier, play by play; Scott Hall, a recent graduate from Stephens City, Va., color; and Carey, engineer.

Bailey said Platinum-award winners are recognized for their excellence interms of quality, creativity and resourcefulness.

Gold Awards

Newscast:  "The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," broadcast Friday, April 29. The students who participated in the newscast that also was made available online were Robert Iddings, a senior from St. Albans, W.Va., producer; Cavalier, news anchor; Carey, news anchor; and Traube, sports anchor.

News Package: "Coping With Disaster: Montcoal, West Virginia."

Podcast: "Marshall Football 2009: The End of the Line," written and produced by Cavalier, broadcast and made available online before Marshall's season opener at Ohio State Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010.

Overall Web Site: WMUL's Web site ( The 2010 web masters are Deven Swartz, a recent graduate from Philippi, W.Va., and Tyler Kes, a sophomore from Lavalette. 


Honorable Mention Awards

News Feature Package: "J. R. VanHoose: From the Herd to the Hornets."

Sports Package: "Enter Sandman."

Podcast: "Herd Roundup," broadcast and made available online Friday, Oct. 23, 2009. The students who participated were Cavalier and Iddings.

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Tuesday December 7, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall's speech and debate team excels in Ohio State tournament

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Thundering Word, Marshall University's speech and debate team, finished in third place this past weekend in the Holiday Frolic Tournament at Ohio State University.

Danny Ray, Director of Forensics at Marshall, said 26 colleges and universities participated, making the tournament one of the largest in the nation. In addition to host Ohio State, Marshall and defending nation champion Western Kentucky, some of the schools participating included Ohio University, Cincinnati, Wayne State, Carson-Newman, Hillsdale, Creighton, Otterbein, West Florida, St. Anselm, Truman State, Nebraska-Lincoln and Purdue.

Western Kentucky won the tournament and Carson-Newman was second.

Marshall students who won or placed high included:

  • Elaine Adkins, a Huntington freshman majoring in oral communication, first place in Poetry Interpretation  and third in Prose Interpretation
  • Tyler Rice, a Huntington freshman majoring in journalism, first in Prose Interpretation, fifth in Poetry Interpretation
  • Derek Collins, a Fort Gay sophomore majoring in chemistry, sixth in Prose Interpretation
  • Jasmine Lewis, a Huntington freshman majoring in political science, fourth in Programmed Oral Interpretation, top novice in Persuasion.
  • Kai Stewart, a Parkersburg freshman majoring in oral communication, second, Novice Debate Speaker and semifinalist in Lincoln-Douglas Debate
  • Kendrick Vonderschmitt, a Louisville, Ky., junior majoring in political science, third in Rhetorical Criticism
  • Ryan Jackson, a Huntington junior majoring in political science, third in Informative Speaking.

Ray said Marshall has qualified 24 slots for the national tournament in April.


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Friday December 3, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Commencement Video to be streamed online

Sunday's graduation ceremony will be streamed live at beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.


More information on Commencement is available at





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Friday December 3, 2010
Contact: Dr. Mary Todd, Dean, Honors College, , 304-696-2475

Marshall University installs Phi Kappa Phi chapter

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, which was approved by the organization's board of directors last spring, was formally installed this week. Announcement of the installation was made by Dr. Mary Todd, dean of the Marshall University Honors College.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Each year, approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni are initiated into the society. Its chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.

"This chapter of Phi Kappa Phi is a welcome and prestigious addition to the academic life of our university not only for its celebration of our best academic efforts but also through its service of scholarship," Todd said.

Society President Dr. William A. Bloodworth, Jr. noted, "The commitment to excellence at Marshall University is evident in the number of scholarships available to students, in the presence of a strong honors college, and in the amount and types of faculty scholarship. All of us at Phi Kappa Phi are excited about the addition of the new Marshall chapter and look forward to developing a strong working relationship with the chapter."

Todd said that the installation ceremony for the Marshall chapter took place on Nov. 30 at Marshall University.  Students will be initiated each spring.  Members of the chartering group have elected the following officers:

President:  Dr. Gordon Arthur Crews 

President Elect:  Dr. Todd L. Green

Vice President:  Dr. Dallas Brozik

Treasurer:  Dr. Jeffrey Jay Archambault

Secretary:  Dr. Susan Brooke Gilpin

Public Relations Officer: Dr. Marcia Harrison

Since its founding, more than one million members have been initiated. Some of the organization's more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, NASA Astronaut Wendy Lawrence, writer John Grisham, opera singer Renee Fleming, journalist and broadcaster Deborah Norville and Netscape founder James Barksdale.

The society has awarded approximately $12.7 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, more than $800,000 is awarded annually to qualifying members and non-members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad scholarships, member and chapter awards and grants for local and national literacy initiatives. The society's mission is "to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

For more information on Phi Kappa Phi, call 1-800-804-9880 or visit For information on the chapter at Marshall, write to or visit


Photo: Dr. Curtis Black, left, national board member of Phi Kappa Phi, and Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp display the new charter for the Marshall University Chapter 313 of Phi Kappa Phi. MU's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi was formally installed this week. Marshall University photo by Daniel Holloway.

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Friday December 3, 2010
Contact: Jamie LoFiego, "Up Late,", 304-696-2967

Marshall's 'Up Late' show celebrates 100 episodes of hilarity, hijinks and higher learning. Really.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The cast and crew of "Up Late," Marshall University's student-produced late show, celebrates its 100th episode this week.

As he was helping edit a montage of clips for this week's special show, host Jamie LoFiego recalled that "Up Late" grew out of an assignment he and fellow instructor Eric Himes gave to their students in an Introduction to Video Production class in Spring 2007.

"We intended to have them produce three shows during the spring semester and air them on our Instructional Television channel," LoFiego said. "We weren't thinking: 'Hey, on our 100th show, we should have a montage of clips or invite a big-name guest.' We weren't thinking: 'Hey, let's get this before a bigger audience.' It was simply an assignment to give students hands-on experience producing a show."

That initial class decided the show would have a late-night show quality and feature interviews, skits, ridiculous stunts, local musical acts and, of course, comedy. LoFiego said that group is also to blame for asking him to host the show for consistency purposes, and because, he added, "They knew I'm seeking fame and fortune."

Based on the three early episodes, Don Ray, general manager of WSAZ, took a chance on the show and began airing the program on Saturday nights on My Z TV. At the time, he said that it was a great opportunity to partner with Marshall University to provide cutting-edge programming for the station's My Z TV audiences.

"We are very proud of the students and crew of 'Up Late,' " Ray said. "It's amazing they have sustained the show since 2007 and it continues to get better and better."

LoFiego and Himes, who also work for Marshall's Digital Media Services, have helped students master the art of production and exposed them to working with guests like then-governor Joe Manchin, who rode a motorcycle down the hallway of Smith Hall and onto the set of "Up Late." Other guests have included head coaches, nationally recognized comedians, actors, reality TV personalities, NFL stars, local musical acts and a variety of Marshall students. LoFiego said it's not the lecture or course work students are likely to remember as much as their studio time running cameras, sound, lighting and editing equipment for the class

"Looking back at all of the shows we've done made me realize that we've given more than 80 students the opportunity to actually crew a late-night show that airs before a large audience on commercial television," LoFiego said. "They don't just learn theory; they put their hands on the cameras and computers. It's been a fantastic experience."

"Up Late's" very special guest for its 100th episode is NFL football star and Thundering Herd great Troy Brown. He dishes on what it's like to be a radio analyst for Marshall Football and how he misses playing the game, but not the recovery process. Brown also shares insight on his family life and the privilege of being a dad.

Also featured is regular guest Tim Irr of WSAZ fame. The oddly dressed news anchor stops by the set to bring a special gift to mark the special day.

In other features, the student crew sends special Christmas greetings to viewers and Patrick Webb, a junior, makes a surprise return to the show after a semester in Australia. The crew also airs the montage of "Up Late" clips to the musical stylings of the Rev. Jimmy Nash, a senior audio technician, and amateur lyricist, Kyle Hobstetter, a graduate student and the show's co-host.

The 100th episode of "Up Late" will air on MyZ-TV at 11 p.m. Saturday and on WSAZ at 4:30 a.m. Sunday. The show also can be seen on Comcast Channel 25 throughout the week and on Suddenlink Communications Channels 19 and 22 in its different markets. "Up Late" can be found online at


(Above) Tim Irr presents "Up Late" host Jamie LoFiego a gift to commemorate the show's 100th episode - 100 acorns from Irr's yard.

(Below) Jamie Lofiego talks with "Up Late's" very special guest for its 100th episode, NFL football star and Thundering Herd great Troy Brown.

Photos by Rick Haye/Marshall University.

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Wednesday December 1, 2010
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, , 304-746-1964

Free seminar to focus on visualization and geospatial tools for economic development

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - On Wednesday, Dec. 15, Marshall University's Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences will host a free, three-hour seminar, "Taking Advantage of Visualization and Geospatial Tools for Economic Development."

The session is intended to help local policymakers learn to use geographical information systems (GIS) and visualization tools for better planned and more sustainable economic development. 

Decision-makers are increasingly challenged by the absence of effective tools to both synthesize the large volume of available data and to frame policy options in a straightforward manner. The advent of integrated visualization tools has greatly expanded the capabilities of GIS for these purposes.

The seminar will include an explanation and demonstration of visualization and geospatial technology available at Marshall University. There also will be a discussion about how best to use the 2010 census data, how to compare it to previous census data, how to use it with other datasets and how to find economic datasets.

The program will begin at 9 a.m. in the visualization laboratory in the Arthur Weisberg Family Engineering Laboratories, 1628 3rd Ave., Huntington.

Registration is requested by Dec. 10. To register or for more information, e-mail Randy Rutledge at or call 304-696-3506.

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Wednesday December 1, 2010
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts,, 304-696-3296

Marshall theatre grad appears Off-Broadway


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A Marshall University graduate was in an Off-Broadway show that ran last month in New York.

Nick Reynolds was cast as Pincer, the Superintendent of Police, in the musical comedy "Drat!  The Cat!"  Reynolds said the show is about a young detective and a young heiress, who has been stealing diamonds all over town.

After getting his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Marshall, Reynolds was accepted for Penn State's graduate acting program, where he taught two theatre classes for undergraduates. He also became a member of Actors' Equity while working for Pennsylvania Centre Stage in "The Apple Tree" and "Ctrl+Alt+Delete."  In addition to Pennsylvania Centre Stage, he worked for the Greenbrier Valley Theatre and the outdoor drama "Tecumseh" during that time.  

Reynolds said during his time at Marshall he learned a lot of different acting techniques and is thankful for the knowledge and experience of the professors at Marshall.

"Gene Anthony was definitely a father figure for me," Reynolds said, "and Jack [Cirillo] became like my older brother.  I'm still close with both of them and I wouldn't be where I am today without them."

Cirillo, associate professor in the Department of Theatre, said Reynolds was an ideal student.

"It is little wonder that already he's finding success in NYC," Cirillo said. "In a matter of months he's secured an agent and some off-Broadway work. This is unique and typically takes a lot longer to obtain."

Cirillo said Reynolds has a real love for theatre and is a prime example of the preparedness of Marshall's theatre students.

"He loves the theatre and carries an attitude of childlike fascination for it - a real theatre geek," Cirillo said. "He's an excellent example of the kind of student we're developing in MU Theatre."

Reynolds noted that he learned much more than just being a performer as a Marshall University theatre student.

"The biggest mistake someone can make in acting is to think that the only tool an actor has is his or her talent," Reynolds said.  "Marshall taught me about the business world of acting. When I left, I knew how to light a stage, take down a set, build a costume piece and act."   

Reynolds said he is still making adjustments when it comes to the acting world and preparing for auditions.

"The challenge is to keep telling myself that I'm not really auditioning for shows right now, I'm auditioning for people," Reynolds said.  "I'm still brand new here and I need to get my face out, both on my own and through my agent, and I have to put my best foot forward every day.  I might not get that part, but I have to make that person remember me down the line."

Next, Reynolds will portray the role of Little Bob in a reading of the musical "Smile."  The reading will be for a private audience of Broadway and Off-Broadway producers with the hope of taking the show to the next level.

And as for missing Huntington, Reynolds says he does.

"I miss the food in Huntington," Reynolds said. "I know New York is supposed to have the best food, and a lot of it is good, but when I'm in the mood for a Tudor's biscuit, I'm out of luck.  The pizza here is amazing, but I'm a Giovanni's man all the way.  I also miss my family - and why I listed them after food is for my therapist and me to discuss," he joked.

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