July 2010 News Releases

Thursday July 29, 2010
Contact: Beverly McCoy, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, , 304-691-1713

Marshall's Dr. Robert Nerhood retiring; successors to his leadership posts named

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Dr. Robert C. Nerhood will retire July 31 as senior associate dean for clinical affairs and chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.


"Bob Nerhood has provided outstanding service and leadership to the medical school in both roles, and his dedicated and effective leadership has built a strong foundation for those who will succeed him," said Dr. Charles H. McKown Jr., Marshall's vice president for health sciences and dean of the medical school.


A member of the school's full-time faculty since 1992, Nerhood has been active in his specialty and in professional affairs generally. His leadership activities have included serving as chair of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology District IV Perinatal Committee, ACOG's West Virginia Section, the West Virginia Perinatal Task Force, and the Cabell Huntington Hospital Board of Directors.


McKown said Dr. Joseph Werthammer will assume the position and responsibilities of senior associate dean for clinical affairs, and Dr. David Jude will become interim chair of the Department of Ob/Gyn. "Dr. Werthammer brings to his new position extensive administrative experience in integrating clinical practice and successful medical education, and Dr. Jude has shown highly capable and dedicated performance as vice chair of ob/gyn," he said.


A member of the faculty since 1981, Werthammer is director of the pediatrics clerkship and medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit at Cabell Huntington Hospital.


Jude, who joined the faculty in 1993, is the Zacharias Professor for Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as director of the ob/gyn residency program.



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Tuesday July 27, 2010
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, 304-746-2038

Freshman students to be "WOWed" this fall semester

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Incoming freshmen at Marshall University will participate in Week of Welcome (WOW) this year, a new program  that is designed to get their college careers off to the best possible start.
"We're calling it the Week of Welcome because we've packed a week's worth of activity and information into just four days," said Dr. Gayle Ormiston, Marshall's provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.
Marshall's Week of Welcome will begin Wednesday, Aug. 18 with the move-in of students into their residence halls. Most will live in the First Year Residence Halls, either North or South. Family members may stay for a picnic beginning at 5:30 p.m., with entertainment by a live band, and an outdoor movie on Buskirk Field that evening at 9 p.m. Students will also receive assistance with their computer hookups and any information technology questions.
Thursday's schedule begins with the Freshman Academic Convocation, the first assembly of the Class of 2014 and the beginning of the credit course UNI 100, Freshman First Class, at 9 a.m. in the Cam Henderson Center. At the conclusion of the convocation, students will divide into groups based on their academic colleges for the first of two college sessions that day.
Later on Thursday, students will begin attending plenary sessions on topics such as diversity, career planning, student involvement and academics. Sessions will continue in rotation on Friday so that all students participate in all topic sessions.
Friday's activities will start with a class photo at 8:30 a.m. on Buskirk Field near Morrow Library. The picture will duplicate the scene in the movie "We Are Marshall" in which the students repeat the "We AreMarshall" cheer under the library window. That evening, a "Welcome Fest" will take place at Pullman Square in Huntington in order to introduce new students to the community beyond the Huntington campus.
Finally, on Saturday, students can participate in Rec Fest at the Marshall Recreation Center. The event showcases vendors and groups from throughout the Tri-State Area who will set up informational booths and displays on the center's four gym floors.
"We want our new students to connect to their colleges and their fellow students as soon as possible," said Dr. Frances Hensley, associate vice president for academic affairs. "All of the activities in Marshall's Week of Welcome are designed to do that."
For further information, persons may view the WOW schedule online at www.marshall.edu/wow or contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 304-696-6690.

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Monday July 26, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Integrated Science and Technology Department, , 304-633-3411

Digital evidence conference begins Tuesday at Marshall University Forensic Science Center

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  - The Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence (AIDE), a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving professionals and students of the legal, technical and business communities that work with digital evidence, is sponsoring its first conference at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center. Each day will focus on one of the four sub-groups of digital evidence: digital forensics, electronic discovery, law enforcement and network security.

John Sammons, an assistant professor in Marshall's Integrated Science and Technology Department, helped found the AIDE to serve as a resource to help professionals better handle the intricacies of digital evidence in both civil and criminal litigation.

Tuition for the event is free, but registration is required. For more information, contact Sammons at 304-633-3411or visit http://aide.marshall.edu.

WHAT: Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence Conference for lawyers, judges, digital forensic examiners, network security professionals and law enforcement personnel

WHERE: Marshall University Forensic Science Center

WHEN: Tuesday, July 27-Friday, July 30; Tuesday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHO: The Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the professionals and students of the legal, technical and business communities that work with digital evidence.

SPONSORS: Sponsors for the event include Jackson Kelly Attorneys at Law, AccessData, Second Creek Technologies, Marshall University Forensic Science Center, Marshall University Department of Integrated Science & Technology and Marshall University Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology.

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Friday July 23, 2010
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, 304-696-3296

Art and Design students return from trip to Florence, Italy

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- Ten Marshall University students, along with their professor, recently returned from a "life-changing" course in Florence, Italy.

The trip was a great educational experience for the students, said Mary Grassell, graphic design professor for Marshall's College of Fine Arts, as well as a privilege for her to teach the class.

For art students, so much of our art heritage is in Europe, and practically all of the Renaissance heritage is in Florence," Grassell said. "The art is tied into politics, business and history."

The trip changed the students' lives forever by extending their world and by discovering that people are essentially the same all over the world, she said.

The students learned to fit into a culture, rather than ignore it or try to cling to their own ways," Grassell said. "These particular students were really good at embracing a new culture with new foods and ways. They also built good and lasting relationships with each other."

The trip was arranged by the Center for International Programs at Marshall through an agency called CAPA International Education, she said. It offers study abroad facilities for American students.

The dean of the College of Fine Arts, Don Van Horn, was instrumental in getting this program going in hopes of creating an international studies program for COFA students," Grassell said. "Due to his support, this was the first time such an opportunity was offered to our students."

Kayla Queen, a 21-year-old from Huntington, is one of the students who took advantage of this opportunity. She said two of her most memorable experiences were the trip to Venice and the day they visited the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

"In Venice, I felt like I was Katharine Hepburn in 'Summertime' and everything was literally breathtaking," she said. "In the Uffizi I stood in front of some of the most famous paintings in the world and was so overwhelmed that I cried. These are things I will never forget."

Grassell said that, of course, she enjoyed the art and being totally immersed in the architecture, frescoes, sculpture, paintings and even graphic design of the area. Also, she enjoyed teaching about the art because the students were so receptive.

We would talk about the works of art in class, then we would go see them," Grassell said. "That is an experience and opportunity we do not have here. Looking at artwork in a book or a PowerPoint is no equal for seeing 'live' art. We even visited a design agency and saw contemporary work."

What she enjoyed most about the trip was seeing the students' reaction to it all, Grassell said.

"I enjoyed their companionship and openness about what they were experiencing," she said. "I would travel with them again any time."

The class trip to Italy was so successful the College of Fine Arts is planning to offer it again next summer, Grassell said. The class may have a different title, form and professor, but it will happen again.

Queen said she would recommend students study abroad if they can.

"It can teach you so much, but the real lessons come from the experiences," Queen said.  "Walking down the street, taking photos, seeing something new every day these were the things that really taught me about the world and about myself."


Photo: Marshall University tour group at the Ufizzi Gallery in Florence, Italy.

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Friday July 23, 2010
Contact: Lalena Price, Communications Coordinator, 304-746-2038

Registration portal open for Sustainable Schools West Virginia Summit at Marshall University

- Educational leaders in elementary, secondary and higher education from across the Mountain State may now register online for the Sustainable Schools West Virginia Summit hosted by Marshall University 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 Marshall's Huntington campus and is open to public and private higher education, as well as public and private K-12 schools.

To register online for the event, go to http://apps.dep.wv.gov/registration.

The Summit will offer sessions on sustainable flooring solutions, benchmarking, sustainable lighting solutions, and real-world examples of sustainability, as well as the importance of federal partners. State and federal officials have been invited including Gov. Joe Manchin III; Shawn M. Garvin, Regional Administrator, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3; and a representative of the United States Department of Education.

Marshall University Sustainability Manager Margie Phillips said she believes the summit is a valuable tool for all campuses - K-12 or higher education, public or private.

"This event is an opportunity to lay the foundation for networking, and the sharing of ideas and resources and there is great power in that," she said. "At Marshall we understand what can happen when you put people who are committed to making a difference in the same room and ask them to seek solutions to problems.

"In fewer than three years after President Stephen Kopp gathered faculty, staff and students in a room to talk about sustainability, we developed a Greening Marshall Committee, a campus and stadium recycling program, and the students voted on their own to institute a Green Fee to support sustainability on our urban campus," Phillips said. "Change happens when people get together. We're hoping that the Summit sparks inspiration in educational institutions across the Mountain State."

Organizer Greg Adolfson of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said that developing sustainable energy, water and waste conservation, pollution prevention, and other innovative practices in harmony with preserving our economy, environment and society for future generations are some of the biggest challenges our state faces.

"We believe that educators, school administrators, academia management and elected officials have an obligation to set a good example by acting as leaders on these issues," Adolfson said. "Marshall University, with its recent formation of a Sustainability Department and a student body so committed to sustainability, was a natural choice to host the second Summit."

The event is free and open to fiscal and financial officers; facilities, maintenance or operations professionals; and civic engagement and community volunteer coordinators. An agenda also will be available at that site. Registrants may sign up for a reception Sunday evening as well as the Summit and breakout sessions offered on Monday. Meals during the Monday session will be provided to participants. All activities will take place at the Marshall University Memorial Student Center on Fifth Avenue. Lodging at a special discount rate will be available at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites on Third Avenue. Parking will be free for attendees and vendors. Details are available at the registration site.

The Summit is presented in concert and partnership with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, State Electric Supply Company, ZMM, Inc., and Architectural Interior Products.

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

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Friday July 23, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Early Education STEM Center enrolling children

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Early Education STEM Center, formerly Marshall University Early Education Center (MUEEC), is now enrolling children 3 and 4 years old for the 2010-2011 school year. Children must be 3 years old by Aug. 30, 2010 to qualify for enrollment.

This collaborative effort with the Cabell County pre-k program is under the direction of the June Harless Center at Marshall University. As a model program of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) preschool education, the heart of the center is developing 21st Century skills in children to prepare them for success and develop their potential to the fullest.

The center is open throughout the fall and spring semesters (August-June) and will follow the MU calendar with a few exceptions. It is open from 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

The STEM Center exists to promote a child-initiated, teacher-supported, negotiated curriculum in which children's curiosities about the environment are encouraged and rooted in problem solving.

For more information, contact Brea Wiles by phone at 304-696-3498 or by e-mailing wiles7@marshall.edu.


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Thursday July 22, 2010
Contact: Lalena Price, Communications Coordinator, 304-746-1989

Herd fans can meet new head football coach during Paint the Capital City Green event

CHARLESTON - Thundering Herd fans will have an opportunity to meet Doc Holliday, Marshall University's new head football coach, during the 13th Annual Paint the Capital City Green in Charleston on Wednesday, Aug. 18.

Paint The Capital City Green, presented by Friends of Coal, is the nation's largest indoor pep rally for Thundering Herd alumni, fans and friends. The event is hosted by the Big Green Scholarship Foundation, the Marshall University Alumni Association, the Greater Kanawha Valley Alumni Club and the Charleston Quarterback Club. Event proceeds benefit the Big Green Scholarship Foundation and the Marshall University Alumni Association.

Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. at Charleston's Embassy Suites Hotel with a pep rally and tailgate spread featuring entertainment by mascot Marco and the cheerleading squad, as well as music from members of the Marshall University Marching Thunder. A formal program begins at 7 p.m.

Advance only tickets are on sale now and must be purchased by close of business on Monday, Aug. 16. Advance tickets are $50 per person and will not be sold at the door. All tickets will be entered into a drawing for the opportunity to win two game tickets to the Herd's season opening game against Ohio State Thursday, Sept. 2, along with complimentary hotel accommodations.

Coach Holliday will share the stage with Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp and Athletic Director Mike Hamrick as well as key members of the squad as they discuss the future of Marshall football. Hamrick, the former director of athletics at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, rounds out his first full year at Marshall. He also will introduce the Herd's new head basketball coach Tom Herrion.

Holliday, a native of Hurricane, W.Va., was named head football coach in December 2009. He is widely regarded as one of the top recruiters in the nation and he brings 31 years of collegiate coaching experience to Marshall that includes stops at Florida, North Carolina State and WVU. Highlights of his career include coaching in 20 bowl games and three national championship games. He also has coached 11 players that have gone on to the National Football League.

Holliday comes to Marshall after serving as associate head coach at West Virginia for the past two seasons where he also served as the director of recruiting while coaching tight ends and fullbacks for the Mountaineers. Rivals.com has named him one of the Top 25 recruiters in the nation and he helped WVU amass a 2009 recruiting class that was nationally ranked No. 22 by Scout.com and No. 27 by Rivals.com.

Prior to that, he worked as the associate head coach and safeties coach at the University of Florida from 2005 to 2007 and as the associate head coach and wide receivers coach at North Carolina State University from 2000 to 2004. During his tenure at Florida, the Gators won the 2006 National Championship and the UF secondary led the SEC in interceptions in both 2005 and 2006.

Holliday said he is looking forward to Paint the Capital City Green.

"I can't wait to bring some of my players down to Charleston for all the fanfare," Holliday said. "I hope our Kanawha Valley fans come out to meet members of the Marshall University athletics family and see why everyone should be excited about our program. I'm looking forward to meeting our Kanawha Valley supporters!"

For ticket information, call the Big Green Scholarship Foundation at 304-696-4661.

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

Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp updates delegation with State of the University address in D.C.

- Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp delivered a State of the University address on Wednesday, July 21, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Kopp, who recently completed his fifth year at Marshall, highlighted the University's progress during the past five years, the economic impact of the University and many of Marshall's new programs and initiatives.

About 150 people, including four of the five members of West Virginia's Congressional delegation, attended the event. The Newseum is an interactive museum of news located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave.


Kopp's speech may be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=td33Dmeoc24.

West Virginia's Congressional delegation includes Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, Senator Carte Goodwin, Representative Nick Joe Rahall II, Representative Shelley Moore Capito and Representative Alan Mollohan. Rockefeller, Goodwin, Rahall and Capito attended Wednesday's event.



"This visit to the Nation's Capital is always an exceptional opportunity to thank the members of West Virginia's Congressional delegation and their many hard-working staff members, as well as our many friends and faithful alumni from the Washington, D.C., area and showcase the impressive progress and developments that underscore and affirm the benefits of our collective efforts," Kopp said. "It's a chance to talk in concrete terms about our exciting new programs and projects and share with our elected officials the positive and extensive economic and societal impact that Marshall University has on the City of Huntington and the region as well our beloved state and nation."



Some of the highlights from the past five years included more than $190 million in new capital projects; the founding of Marshall's Honors College; construction or completion of 12 new facilities; the doubling of research grant funding; significant increases in non-resident student enrollment and full-time freshman enrollment; 10 new, high-demand degree majors; and the implementation of the new core general education program.


Kopp said higher education is an economic multiplier and needs to be recognized as such. Marshall University is an enterprise that multiplies and returns to the State more than 20 times the State's investment each year in terms of economic impact. He cited Marshall's $1.5 billion total economic impact and noted that the university's annual economic impact has tripled since 2005. These developments are the product of fiscally responsible decision-making and priority initiatives that have placed Marshall University in a position to fulfill its mission worldwide. For every state dollar invested in Marshall, Kopp said, the University returned more than $20 to West Virginia's economy. He also said Marshall has a total employment impact of more than 6,000 jobs.



(Top) Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp listens to Senator John D. Rockefeller IV July 21 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

(Middle) Senator Carte Goodwin, right, accepts a gift of a pen and ink drawing of the John Marshall statue from Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp July 21 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

(Bottom) From left, Senator Carte Goodwin, Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, Representative Nick Joe Rahall II and Representative Shelley Moore Capito pose for a picture July 21 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

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Thursday July 22, 2010
Contact: Mallory Jarrell, Marketing and Branding Coordinator, , 304-696-3490

Finalists chosen in Marshall's Vote for Art contest

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The contest being sponsored by Marshall University seeking a new look in university apparel is now in the voting phase.

The contest allowed anyone wishing to design a new shirt for Marshall's 2010 football season to submit his or her design to be judged and voted on by the community. A selection committee chose the top 15 designs on which the community may now vote. These designs will be available now through Aug. 1 for voting. More than 80 designs were entered in the contest.

The winning design will be produced on shirts to be sold at the Marshall University Bookstore and the winning designer will receive a $500 prize. 

This contest is part of Vote for Art, which sponsors design contests across the country for universities and sports teams. It allows fans to become involved in creating a new look for their favorite teams. The prize also is sponsored through the Vote for Art contest.

For more information or to vote for a design, visit www.voteforart.com and click on the small Marshall logo just above the shirt designs, or contact Mallory Jarrell, Marshall University Marketing and Branding Coordinator, at 304-696-3490 or by e-mail at haye1@marshall.edu.

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

MU adjunct professor receives Lifetime Achievement Award in Georgia

- Dr. Robert W. Hill, an adjunct professor of English at Marshall University, recently was selected as this year's recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards.

The 46th annual awards ceremony took place Saturday, June 19, at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga.

Hill is the husband of Dr. Jane Hill, who is chair of Marshall's English Department. A professor emeritus from Kennesaw State University, he chaired the English Department there from 1985 to 1996 and retired in August 2007.

"We are quite fortunate to have the talents of Bob at hand," said Dr. David J. Pittenger, dean of Marshall's College of Liberal Arts. "Although he may have retired from Kennesaw he now teaches for us on a part-time basis. Students in his courses are extremely fortunate to have a great teacher with a passion for our language."

Hill has published numerous reviews and short stories and has written roughly 150 published poems that have appeared in the Southern Poetry Review and other publications. Among Hill's most well-known works are "Riding" and "Human Factors and Other Poems."

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Wednesday July 21, 2010
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, , 304-696-3296

Huntington Steel and Supply supports public sculpture class with installation at Harris Riverfront Park

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -  Sarah "Sassa" Nibert, a Marshall University senior majoring in art and design, has won the Huntington Steel and Supply Inc. competition for students participating in a public sculpture class.

Nibert has been awarded materials, funds for fabrication and a stipend to complete her work, and  Huntington Steel and its employees are assisting her in fabricating her sculpture in their shop.  The finished design will then be moved to a site selected by the City of Huntington in Harris Riverfront Park.

"This competition offers our students invaluable experience," said Jonathan Cox, professor of sculpture at Marshall.  "Each student developed a design, a scale model and artist's statement to support his or her choices. They were then required to present their ideas and justify them to a panel of individuals from the university, the city, and the Huntington Museum of Art.  Just that process is an essential experience for a student hoping to make his or her living as an artist."

As the winner of the competition, Nibert will take that learning further.  "The winning designer must manage his or her own project from budget to construction to installation," Cox noted.  "Sassa is getting real-world experience in bringing a project to life."

Nibert's design is a simplistic, abstracted form, representing a child and an adult figure in a scene of playful interaction. It is bright, inviting, and gender-neutral so that viewers could potentially see themselves or loved ones when they see the sculpture.

"I want a mother to see herself and her child, but also want fathers, grandparents, babysitters or children to see themselves and their families in the art," Nibert said. "Public art absolutely has the power to inspire and influence people, and an issue that I feel is prominent in our area currently is overall health and activity level, especially for children.  As the parent of a six year old, I am aware of the increasingly sedentary lifestyles that our children are adopting, and can see days of fresh air and imaginative outdoor play disappearing.  Busy daily lives of parents can add to the problem, making healthy, interactive, health- and relationship-strengthening play time scarce." 

"We are gratified by this competition and the responses of the students," said Huntington Steel President Mike Emerson. "Our entire company is invested in this project with Sassa. Our employees take pride in knowing that Huntington Steel is involved in a project that means so much to students - but also a project that will mean so much to Huntington.  When the sculpture is installed, it means that Huntington Steel and its crew have dedicated themselves to our product, our craft and to our community.  We are very pleased to be able to make this possible."

The finished sculpture is scheduled to be installed and dedicated at Harris Riverfront Park on Sept. 11.

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

Sports Journalism major, African and African American Studies minor new this fall at Marshall University

Master of Science in Health Informatics to be implemented in spring

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Several new programs at various levels, including a Sports Journalism major, a minor in African and African American Studies and the first Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) degree program in West Virginia, will be offered during the 2010-11 academic year at Marshall University.

Sports Journalism and African and African American Studies are available for enrollment this fall, while the Master of Science in Health Informatics will be available in the spring.

Dr. Frances Hensley, associate vice president of academic affairs, said Marshall is "very judicious" when adding new programs to the curriculum.

"We do so in response to market conditions or changes within the discipline, and we go through a very thorough review process, which includes approval from our board of governors," Hensley said.

Sports Journalism is the newest major offered through the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications. The African and African American Studies minor is being offered through Marshall's College of Liberal Arts and the MSHI degree program, designed to train those who use health information data, will be administratively housed in the College of Health Professions.

Here is a brief look at these new offerings:

Sports journalism major (this fall)

Sports Journalism will ground students in classic news writing and focus on reporting tactics unique to the sports field.  Majors may concentrate in broadcast sports reporting, in print sports reporting or in the public relations aspects of the sports industry.

Students will have the opportunity to call live games on the campus radio station, WMUL FM; to write and photograph events for the campus newspaper, The Parthenon; to shoot video and report for television broadcasts; and to file stories for online coverage.

"We are pleased to offer the new major in sports journalism," said Dr. Corley Dennison, dean of the school. "There is growing demand for this field and we plan to provide students plenty of practical experience to hone their skills in cross media platforms."

The faculty proposed the major last fall in response to expanding demand for specialized preparation in the field, and the major was approved this spring.

Sports Journalism is one of seven majors offered in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications including advertising, broadcast journalism, online journalism, print journalism, public relations and radio/television production and management.

For more information, contact Dennison by phone at 304-696-2360.

African and African American Studies minor (this fall)

The minor in African and African American Studies (AAAS) is designed to supplement a student's academic major with an interdisciplinary understanding of the history, social and political life, culture, and geography of the African Diaspora.

The program utilizes an interdisciplinary approach whereby students engage in critical thinking across the spectrum of various discipline such as geography, literature, history, social work, political science, fine arts, education and sociology.

The AAAS program serves students who are interested in understanding the cultural contributions and historical legacies of peoples of African ancestry in the United States and throughout Asia, Africa, South America and the Caribbean.

The program also serves Marshall University and the Huntington community through local research and programming within the field of African and African American Studies.

Dr. David J. Peavler, assistant professor of history and director of the program, said it will lead to a more diverse faculty, student body and staff, and create a better university and community.

"One of the major purposes of college is to challenge one's preconceived ideas and learn about people of diverse backgrounds," Peavler said. "Courses in African and African American studies meet this objective, while also providing a foundation for meaningful education and social change.

"West Virginia educators such as Carter Woodson and Booker T. Washington shared this belief, and an optimism that local people could work miracles if they were empowered by a knowledge of who they were. Huntington's own Carter Woodson spent every day of his life with a single-minded determination to promote the study of African American life and history because he understood its importance to Americans of all walks of life."

For more information about the program, e-mail peavlerd@marshall.edu.

Master of Science in Health Informatics (next spring)

The mission of this degree program is to provide students with high-quality education and training that will make them valuable employees in today's data- and information-driven health care enterprises.

The program will achieve this mission by providing multidisciplinary education and training in the organizational, technical and clinical/medical aspects of health care. Health informatics specialists work to optimize an individual's health through information storage, transmission and usage.

"People who earn this degree would have the background they need to be a CIO or work in public health," said Dr. Charles Hossler, associate dean in the College of Health Professions. "This is another way of improving health care services and the lives of people in West Virginia."

The purpose of the Master of Science in Health Informatics is to prepare information specialists who will serve the needs of the citizens of West Virginia and the region, and to expand the knowledge and scholarship of the health informatics profession.

For more information, contact Hossler at 304-696-3743.

Other new minors also have been added. Available this fall, they include:

         Communication Disorders

         Web Development

         Journalistic Writing

         Sport Management

         Geospatial Information Science

         Sexuality Studies

New areas of emphasis this year include Psychology, Religion Studies and Preschool Development in the Regents Bachelor of Arts Program, and Integrated Music Studies in Music.

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Friday July 16, 2010
Contact: Homer Preece, Marshall University Mid-Ohio Valley Center,, 304-674-7201

Marshall University Mid-Ohio Valley Center Open House to showcase MBA, RBA and education master's programs

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. - Marshall University's Mid-Ohio Valley Center (MOVC) will open its doors to adult students who are interested in either finishing their undergraduate degree or earning an advanced degree.

The Open House is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 29 at MOVC, 1 John Marshall Way, Point Pleasant, W.Va.

A variety of programs will be represented by faculty and staff including the Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA), Graduate School of Education, College of Business, Office of Financial Aid, and Military and Veteran's Affairs.

RBA Today is a unique way to earn a bachelor's degree through flexibility in-class scheduling, potential credit for work experience and the option of taking online, evening or weekend classes.

At the graduate level, there will be a Master of Arts program in elementary and secondary education beginning this fall at MOVC. Faculty and staff from the Graduate School of Education will be on hand to talk with teaching professionals about this opportunity.

Refreshments will be served.

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Wednesday July 14, 2010
Contact: Ginny Painter, Marshall University Research Corp., (304) 746-1964

Workshop to focus on commercializing scientific discoveries

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Technology Transfer Office and TechConnectWV will present a free workshop, "The Roadmap from Laboratory to Market:  Driving Scientific Discoveries to Commercialization," on Monday, July 26.

Intended for scientists and engineers, the workshop will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Marshall University Foundation Hall, 519 John Marshall Dr., Huntington.

The program will focus on helping participants identify their role in commercializing their discoveries and tapping into a network of people who can help them. Topics will include investment capital, development assistance and take-to-market management talent.

The workshop will be led by Ron Basini, a consultant to the West Virginia Angel Network.

Basini has held faculty positions at business schools in North Carolina, Kentucky, Romania and Switzerland, and has raised millions of dollars in angel and venture capital for the four technology-based companies he founded. He also conducts new venture strategy, business plan writing, new management team training and strategic planning seminars around the world.

The West Virginia Angel Network was formed in 2008 by a group of individuals who make high-risk, potentially high-yield investments in startup companies. The network encourages applications from startup and early stage companies headquartered in West Virginia.  Decisions on investing are made on an individual basis and are based on a wide range of criteria, including market growth potential, management team and customer base. For information about the West Virginia Angel Network, visit www.wvangel.net.

TechConnectWV is a coalition of professionals dedicated to growing and diversifying West Virginia's economy by advancing technology‐based economic development. The group's focus is the attraction and creation of innovation‐based companies and jobs, and advanced research and development in universities and the private sector. For more information about TechConnectWV, visit www.techconnectwv.org.

The workshop is being presented with financial assistance from Verizon. The program is free, but reservations are requested. Send reservations to tto@marshall.edu. For more information, contact Amy Melton at 304-696-4365.


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Wednesday July 14, 2010
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Soccer association thanks Marshall for participation in Region One event

 HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Len Rogers (left), president of the West Virginia Soccer Association, presented Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp with a plaque thanking Marshall for its participation in the 2009 and 2010 U.S. Youth Soccer Region One Championships.

The presentation took place this morning in Kopp's office in Old Main on the Huntington campus. This year's championships took place locally July 1-6.

The opening ceremony of the championships was conducted at Marshall's Joan C. Edwards Stadium both years. Marshall also made available food and housing for participants and dozens of other services for thousands of visitors during the tournaments in both 2009 and 2010.

The 2011 Region One Championships will be played in Lancaster, Pa.

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Tuesday July 13, 2010
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What will health care reform mean for West Virginia?


Elizabeth A. Ayers, MS

Public Health Educator/PIO

Cabell-Huntington Health Department     

Office - 304-523-6483 x 258

Fax - 304-523-6482


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - How will the new health care reform affect you and your family?  Come learn from the experts on how the national health care reform will affect West Virginia and You at 7 p.m. today, Tuesday, July 13, at Marshall University's Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.  

The following 4 main topics will be presented:

How it will Affect: You & Your Family

Perry Bryant

Executive Director

West Virginians for Affordable Health Care

How it will Affect: Small Businesses

Luke A. Lafferre


Huddleston Bolen LLP

How it will Affect: Physicians, Hospitals & Home Health

Dr. Hoyt Burdick, MD                    Laura McKeown

West Virginia AMA                        Executive Director/Chair, Partners in Community Outreach

                                                         TEAM for WV Children

How it will Affect: Legislative Considerations & State Challenges

Senator Evan Jenkins

5th Senatorial District (Cabell/Wayne)

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and get answers from the experts.  The general public is encouraged to attend this event because the new health care bill will affect everyone!  This is the perfect occasion for individuals to understand how this new bill will work.  For more information about this event please contact the Cabell-Huntington Health Department, (304) 523-6483 x 258.

This event is sponsored by:  Cabell-Huntington Health Department, AARP West Virginia, Cabell Huntington Hospital, St. Mary's Medical Center, West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, HIMG, Huntington Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Valley Health, Ebenezer Medical Outreach, Herald Dispatch, TEAM for WV Children, Wayne County Health Department, WV State Medical Association, Cabell County Commission and Marshall University.

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Tuesday July 13, 2010
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College of Science sponsors riverboat tour for children who have completed library's summer reading program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's College of Science is sponsoring a riverboat tour at 10 a.m. Friday, July 16 for children who have successfully completed Cabell County Public Library's summer reading program.

"We thought rewarding students with a ride on the Mark Twain Sternwheeler would be an exciting incentive for participants," said Dr. Charles Somerville, dean of Marshall's College of Science. "This outdoor classroom experience should help the children as they learn about the world of water, plus it's just fun for them."

The riverboat tour is for children in grades 3 and up who completed the reading program.

Somerville, Marshall biology professor Jeff Kovatch and Steve Foster with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers will ride along with the children, answering their questions about the Ohio River, its rich history and how it affects the community.

"The partnership with Marshall has added a stimulating learning experience for the children involved with our summer reading program, Make a Splash-READ!," said Niza Uslan, Cabell County Public Library's Coordinator of Youth Services. "We're very appreciative Marshall has partnered with us on this initiative."

For more information on the riverboat tour, contact Somerville by phone at 304-696-2424 or by e-mailing somervil@marshall.edu, or contact Uslan by phone at 304-528-5700 or by e-mailing nuslan@cabell.lib.wv.us.



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Thursday July 8, 2010
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More than 100 students to take part in HSTA Summer Institute

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - More than 100 rising 10th-grade students from throughout West Virginia will be on Marshall University's Huntington campus July 11-16 to have "Fun With Science" by participating in the Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA) Summer Institute.

David Cartwright, the camp director, described HSTA as "an innovative and highly successful academic and enrichment initiative designed to encourage high school students to pursue college degrees in the health sciences."

"This statewide program is structured to enroll African American youth to offset the disparity of African Americans as professionals in related fields of study, while also targeting low-income and first-generation students," Cartwright said.

HSTA, which was started by West Virginia University in 1994 with 45 students from two counties, is now offered in 26 counties. The ninth- through 12th-grade students take part in the program throughout the school year by being involved with clubs in their high schools.

The kickoff dinner for the "Fun With Science" summer institute at Marshall is at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 11 in multipurpose room BE5, located on the lower level of the Memorial Student Center. In addition to the students, many HSTA teachers, field site coordinators and some of Marshall's faculty and staff will attend the dinner.

The emphasis this year, Cartwright said, is on wellness. Last year the emphasis was on diabetes.

"This year encompasses diabetes as well," he said. "We will talk wellness and the skills they need to live a healthy life. We will teach our students this year about healthy eating, diabetes prevention and exercise techniques, like Zumba, and strength training."

Cartwright said "Fun With Science" will help students develop critical thinking skills and study skills that will help them as they advance through high school and college. He said 97 percent of students who complete four years of HSTA activities in high school later attend college.

"Many of these kids would not otherwise go to college," Cartwright said. "Just ask any of the parents - they really believe in HSTA."

For more information on the HSTA summer institute, contact Helen Bonham by phone at 304-696-4672 or by e-mail at Bonham@marshall.edu.

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Thursday July 8, 2010
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Healthy lifestyles camp opens at Marshall University this weekend

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University opens its Huntington campus on Sunday, July 11 for a camp aimed at helping adolescents learn about healthy lifestyles.  Camp NEW You is aimed at promoting physical activity, decreasing sedentary behavior and improving dietary decision-making skills through an interdisciplinary approach.

"The primary goals of the program are to help families engage in regular moderate-to-vigorous physical activity in its various forms, to replace sedentary hobbies with more active ones, and to promote healthy decision-making during meal times," said Dr. Gina Sobrero Evans, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology at Marshall.  "Parent involvement is a key component to this program."


Campers are chosen for the program based on several criteria including physician referral, a body mass index over the 85th percentile, and a commitment by a parent or guardian to be involved.  Evans says because the camp targets high-risk adolescents, many insurers have agreed to cover the cost of the camp.  For adolescents with no insurance, scholarships have been established through a series of fundraisers over the past year.

Campers will stay on campus for two-week periods, although there are three follow-up weekends over the course of the year.  Evans says there are still a few spots available for this upcoming session.

Camp NEW You is a collaborative effort among several institutions including Marshall University, West Virginia University and Concord University.  WVU has hosted it previously but this year is the inaugural camp at Marshall. Several departments at Marshall are involved with this year's camp including the School of Kinesiology, the School of Medicine, Campus Recreation and others.

For more information on Camp NEW You contact Evans by phone at 304-696-2924 or by e-mail at evansg@marshall.edu.

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Wednesday July 7, 2010
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Marshall website features tribute to Sen. Byrd, memorial service highlights

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's video production staff has added ten minutes of highlights of the West Virginia memorial service for Sen. Robert C. Byrd to the materials posted on the Marshall website memorializing Byrd.

The video of the memorial service may be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKRVr8M_kSE. The entire tribute site may be accessed at www.marshall.edu/ucomm/byrdtribute.htm.

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Tuesday July 6, 2010
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Marshall students learn to craft jewelry items

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University College of Fine Arts students are getting "crafty" this summer in a jewelry-making class that currently is being offered in the Summer II session.

"This is an introduction to the technical skills necessary for the craft of jewelry making," said Daniel Cook, an adjunct instructor for the College of Fine Arts, "as well as an introduction to the aesthetic concerns of working in a small format and a discussion of the importance of body adornment to our society and individuality."

The class meets five days a week for two hours in Smith Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus and will eventually use the sculpture laboratory as the class moves forward, Cook said. There are 12 students enrolled in the class.

It has been a long time since Marshall has offered a jewelry-making class, Cook said.

"I am sure that I'm the first to teach jewelry at Marshall in the 21st century," he said. "So far the class is only available in the summer, but if students continue to be interested in the subject I will be thrilled to teach it more often."

Because the class is an introduction to jewelry, it is very technically based, he said. The students in the class are all making the same objects but with individual design concepts.

"The assignments are laid out to teach the student how to do something specific," he said. "The first assignment is to create a key fob, or key chain, and all the students are given the same amount of material while all the key fobs are the same size and material, the outcomes are radically different."

The jewelry being made in the class is in no way limited as to material, however. For this class students will be using traditional materials such as cooper for the key fobs and silver to create two rings and a pendant, Cook said. Students have the option to set whatever they would like in the silver rings and pendant. Some students are using stones, gems, river glass or bark, and one is using the rubber shock absorber from his tennis racket.

To create the jewelry, students have to learn how to use basic small hand tools such as the jeweler's saw, files, hammers, torches for soldering, polishing lathes and pliers, Cook said

Steven Romano, a senior sculpture major from Bluefield, W.Va., said he signed up for the class because he has never worked in such a small medium and likes to dabble in new areas.

"I am used to working with large scale in sculpture," Romano said. "Taking it down to a small scale, you have to be a lot more meticulous."

He said he would recommend this class to other students.

Cook said his favorite part about teaching this class is seeing what the students come up with and watching them as they figure out how to plan and achieve a design.

"Jewelry takes planning; it also requires an understanding of the order of operations," he said. "You can't always go back and fix something. You need to plan what is going to happen and in what order. It is thrilling to watch students learn how to organize their process to achieve their goals."

This is the first time Cook has taught jewelry making at Marshall, but he taught similar classes at the University of Massachusetts and Dartmouth University, as well as in workshops at Snowfarm, a craft school in western Massachusetts, he said.

"Jewelry is a great way to learn to work with your hands," he said.  "As our society advances technologically, sometimes we forget how to make things with our hands and the satisfaction this brings to us. Jewelry is great because we can make something, wear it, and eventually somebody will tell us that our jewelry is great and ask where we bought it. Telling them that you made it is very satisfying."


Photo: Marshall University adjunct instructor Dan Cook demonstrates soldering techniques in the class he is teaching on jewelry making.

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Friday July 2, 2010
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WMUL students collect 16 WVAP Broadcasters Association awards

Total of 99 awards for academic year is a new school record

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Student broadcasters from WMUL-FM, Marshall University's public radio station, established a school record by receiving 99 awards for the 2009-2010 academic year, including 16 during the West Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Association's 2009 broadcast journalism awards ceremony conducted June 19 in Charleston.

Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, professor of radio-television production and management in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall and faculty manager of WMUL-FM, also announced that student broadcasters have now won 1,005 scriptwriting and production awards since 1985.

"That is an amazing number and it may grow as long as the students are willing to do what it takes to continue WMUL-FM's tradition of success," Bailey said.

WMUL-FM received five first-place awards and 11 honorable mentions during the WVAPBA's 2009 broadcast journalism awards ceremony at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Charleston. The judges were members of the Arkansas Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

The five first-place individual award-winning entries were:

Best Enterprise Reporting

"Be Hope to Her," written and produced by Leannda Carey, a junior from Wellsburg, broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Thursday, April 23, 2009.

Best Documentary

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

Best Talk Show

"The Sowards-Roudebush Report" with hosts Matt Sowards, a recent graduate from Salt Rock, Jay Roudebush, a graduate student from Charleston, and Deven Swartz, a senior from Philippi, is a political debate styled talk program.  The winning program focused on health care and featured special guest Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va. The program was broadcast Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009.

Best Reporter

"A Compilation of Work," written and reported by Adam Cavalier, broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" throughout 2009.

Best Sports Special 

"The Longest Yards: The 2008 Marshall Football Season in Review," written and produced by Adam Cavalier, broadcast during the WMUL-FM Pregame Program before the Marshall-Southern Illinois football game Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009.

The 11 honorable mention award-winning entries were:

Outstanding News Operation

The Newscenter 88 Team: news director for the spring semester and the fall semester 2009 was Leannda Carey. 

Best Continuing Coverage

"Marshall University Grade Change Scandal,"  the multitude of packages and sound bites recorded, written and produced by Leannda Carey, Adam Cavalier and Cicely Tutson, a graduate student from Louisville, Ky., broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of  Newscenter 88," Friday, Oct. 23, 2009 through the Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009. The reporting on this topic continued on WMUL-FM through Friday, Jan. 29, 2010.

Best Enterprise Reporting

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

Best Feature

"The Legend of Dr. Kim," written and produced by Adam Cavalier, broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009

Best Reporter

"A Compilation of Work," written and reported by Leannda Carey, broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" throughout 2009

Best Anchor or Anchor Team

"The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" with news anchor Leannda Carey, broadcast Friday, Oct. 23, 2009. 

Outstanding Sports Operation

The FM 88 Sports Team: sports director for the spring semester and the fall semester 2009 was Ryan Epling, a recent master's degree graduate from Wayne. The Outstanding Sports Operation entry was prepared and edited by Adam Cavalier.

Best Sportscaste

"A Compilation of Work," written and reported by Adam Cavalier, broadcast for the FM 88 sports team throughout 2009

Best Sports Play-by-Play

WMUL-FM's broadcast of the Marshall University versus University of Southern Mississippi football game played at Joan C. Edwards Stadium Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009. The students calling the game were play-by-play announcer Adam Cavalier; color commentator Robert Iddings, a senior from St. Albans; sideline reporter Leannda Carey; and engineer Justin Tyree, a freshman from Nitro.

Best Sports Special

"The 2008-2009 Marshall Men's Basketball Season in Review," written and produced by Robert Iddings, broadcast  prior to the Marshall-West Virginia Wesleyan exhibition basketball home opener Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009.

Best Host

"A Compilation of Work," written and reported by Adam Cavalier, broadcast for the FM 88 Sports Team throughout 2009.

Bailey said the university competed with commercial and noncommercial radio stations from throughout the state.

"Overall, this commendable effort helps to build upon another record-setting year by the volunteer student staff of WMUL-FM in garnering recognition for Marshall University and the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications from state, regional and national broadcasting organizations that evaluate the work done at campus radio stations," he said.

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Marshall graphic design student lands meaningful internship in D.C.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A Marshall University student in the College of Fine Arts is using his design skills for good causes after landing a summer internship with a newspaper focusing on the homeless in Washington, D.C.

Eric Falquero, a 21-year-old graphic design senior from Charleston W.Va., said he loves helping people and is happy he found a way to contribute to causes by doing what he loves - graphic design.

"Any good cause needs good design to make it stand out from everything else because we see all kinds of media every minute of every day," Falquero said.

The biweekly paper at which he is interning, Street Sense, is based out of Washington, D.C., and its mission is to raise public awareness on the issues of homelessness and poverty in the city and to create economic opportunities, according to the website. The paper is sold by vendors who are homeless or close to being homeless.

"Most of the content is written by the vendors that sell it and they write about issues that they face," Falquero said. "The vendors buy copies of the paper once it is printed for 35 cents a copy and they sell it for a minimum of $1. It provides them a creative outlet and a job where they are pretty much their own bosses because they choose when and where they want to go out."

He stumbled across the opportunity while searching on the Internet for internships in the D.C. area and it was the first one that caught his attention, Falquero said.

"The internship actually had just been posted two days before I found it," he said. "So I replied to it and I heard back from them the next day. The more I looked into it, the more interested I was, so I was very excited when they picked me."

Currently the executive director of Street Sense has been focusing on marketing the paper and  increasing the audience, Falquero said. A large part of that is establishing the brand and getting professional looking materials out, as well as a paper that is visually interesting so people want to read it.

"My long-term project for the summer is to redesign the paper, which is what I am the most excited about," he said. "It will be time intensive and the biggest challenge but I like a challenge. It will be the longest lasting impression that I can leave with the organization, as well."

Falquero also will be working closely with one of the vendors who puts together the layout for the creative section of the paper where vendors submit poems and photographs, he said

"Right now there is not much design to the creative section and the director feels that there should be more to go along with the rest of the paper and to really highlight a treasure of the paper," Falquero said. "They want me to get to know the guy and help him with his design skills so that he can do it rather than just handing it off to me." 

Street Sense has about 100 active vendors who sell about 16,000 papers every other week, with the average vendor earning $45 a day, according to the website.

This is not the first cause for which Falquero has contributed his design skill. He also was behind all the creative work for the Empty Bowls campaign this spring. The purpose of this yearly campaign is to raise money for the Huntington Area Food Bank to feed the hungry by selling lunch and bowls made by the ceramic students in the College of Fine Arts.

"The Empty Bowls project was probably the most fulfilling project I worked on as far as anything affiliated with college," Falquero said. "At first I designed a letterhead and made it on a word document so anyone who needed to use it for stuff affiliated with the campaign. Then from there I found out they wanted a website and I just kind of fell into working on the whole campaign."

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