June 2010 News Releases

Wednesday June 30, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University to close Friday in honor of Sen. Robert C. Byrd

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will be closed this Friday, July 2, in accordance with Governor Joe Manchin's executive order declaring a special day of honor and mourning for U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd.

"It is only fitting that we will take a brief pause from our daily activities in order to remember and commemorate the extraordinary life and service of one of Marshall University's most distinguished alumni, Senator Robert C. Byrd," said Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp.

Although the university will be closed and classes will be cancelled, camps and other special events, including accommodations for the U.S. Youth Soccer Region One Championship, will be held as scheduled. A moment of silence will be observed at these events.

The Marshall Recreation Center, residence halls, dining hall and bookstore will remain open as scheduled.

Marshall University employees in positions that are considered essential, including Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine faculty, residents, students and staff with specific clinical responsibilities, are asked to coordinate their work schedules with their supervisors. Employees previously scheduled for annual leave on Friday will not be charged for the time off.

West Virginians are invited to honor and celebrate the distinguished life of Sen. Byrd with a public procession through Charleston on Thursday evening. Sen. Byrd will lie in repose at the state Capitol's Lower Rotunda from 9 p.m. on Thursday to 9 a.m. on Friday, where the public is invited to pay their respects. A public, formal memorial service will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Friday at the state Capitol's North Plaza. 

For video and photographic tributes to Sen. Byrd, visit Marshall's website at www.marshall.edu.

Direct Link to This Release

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

Statement from Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp regarding the death of Sen. Robert C. Byrd

Senator Robert C. Byrd now is a Man for the Ages. Let History write bold and defining strokes celebrating his extraordinary life, a life of incalculable achievement, service to our great state and nation and guardian of the U.S. Constitution. Today, we have lost a true Son of Marshall, a true Son of West Virginia and a true Son of our great nation. He was a man of humble beginnings who rose through more than 50 years of public service to become one of the most accomplished and legendary statesmen our nation has known, and we all mourn his passing with very heavy hearts. Thank you, Senator Byrd.

Direct Link to This Release

Friday June 25, 2010
Contact: Pat Dickson, University Communications,, 304-746-1971

MU public relations students win awards in three categories

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Public relations students in Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications have won awards from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) West Virginia Chapter.

Attending the group's Crystal Awards Gala in Charleston June 16 were Terry Hapney, assistant professor of public relations in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SOJMC) at MU; Jessica Wintz; Sandy York, MU SOJMC; Katie Harper; Tiffany Bajus; Angela Sundstrom; Dr. Corley Dennison, dean of the SOJMC at MU; Whitney Parsley; and Jessi Weddington.

The awards, which were judged by the San Francisco chapter of PRSA, are in three separate categories.

The Marshall students were honored for their work in creating campaigns for Empty Bowls, a national campaign to end hunger in communities throughout the U.S.; Helping Hungry Hearts, a fundraising project for the Huntington Area Food Bank; and Cotton: From Blue to Green Denim, a campaign to collect denim to be recycled into insulation for homes, including some for Hurricane Katrina relief in the Gulf Coast.

"It is quite an honor to be recognized in this manner by PRSA," said Hapney, who is also adviser to Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) at Marshall.  "Several of my students were involved in all three campaigns.  Together the students played very important roles in raising well over $20,000 for the Huntington Area Food Bank (HAFB) and (helping) insulate Habitat for Humanity homes."

The students won the Crystal Award for an Integrated Communications Campaign for the Empty Bowls Project, an Honorable Mention in Community Relations for their work on the Helping Hungry Hearts campaign, and an Honorable Mention, Special Events, for the denim drive. 

This year the School of Journalism's newly created public relations/advertising agency, OutLoud Creative, worked on the Empty Bowls campaign, which teams public relations students with students in the College of Fine Arts to promote the sale of handcrafted soup bowls created by members of the Keramos Student Potters' Guild.  

"Several MU public relations students were integral to the success of this campaign, which raised money to benefit the Huntington Area Food Bank,"  Hapney said. "Tens of thousands of people in the Tri-State area go hungry each month.  Through this campaign School of Journalism and College of Fine Arts students are able to help 91,000 of those in our area struggling to put food on their tables each month."

This Empty Bowls campaign was a finalist for the West Virginia campaign of the year, Hapney added. 

A public relations campaign management class at Marshall took on the task of creating a new fundraising project called Helping Hungry Hearts, working "from the ground up," according to Hapney.

Students researched, planned, communicated, and evaluated a new campaign for the client - the Huntington Area Food Bank (HAFB).  They created the Helping Hungry Hearts (HHH) agency composed of members of the class and set about organizing fundraising events.  They held the Outrunning Hunger 5K Run/Walk throughout downtown Huntington, a spaghetti dinner, a raffle and the Change-4-Change penny drive in local elementary schools and on Marshall's Huntington campus. 

"Over $10,000 was raised from this campaign, allowing the HAFB to purchase over 70,000 pounds of food to help feed the 91,000 people in the Tri-State area who look to the HAFB for help each month." Hapney said.

The Cotton: From Blue to Green Denim Drive was conducted by the Marshall chapter of PRSSA.  The project was part of a denim collection drive that was launched across eight college campuses in fall 2009.  The MU chapter teamed up with Cotton Incorporated and the Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity to promote the effort, which resulted in denim being recycled into insulation for homes.

Sundstrom, president of the Marshall Chapter of the PRSSA, said, "Working on these campaigns was not only a great opportunity to gain experience in the field of public relations but also an amazing way to give back to our communities.  The PR program at Marshall University has prepared me for so much more than simply starting a career.  Through the work I have done on these campaigns, I now have an appreciation for helping others and giving back, something that will stay with me for a lifetime."


Photo: (Left to right) Terry Hapney, assistant professor of public relations in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SOJMC) at MU; Jessica Wintz; Sandy York, MU SOJMC; Katie Harper; Tiffany Bajus; Angela Sundstrom; Corley Dennison, dean of the SOJMC at MU; Whitney Parsley; and Jessi Weddington attended the PRSA-W.Va. Crystal Awards Gala at the Charleston Civic Center June 16. Wintz, Harper, Bajus, and Sundstrom recently received their B.A. degrees in public relations from Marshall University. Parsley and Weddington recently received their M.A.J. degrees in public relations from MU.

Direct Link to This Release

Thursday June 24, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Engineering academy attracts 36 students from six states

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Thirty-six students from 23 high schools in six states will be on Marshall University's Huntington campus Sunday, June 27 through Thursday, July 1 to take part in the 10th annual Exploring Engineering: Academy of Excellence (EEAE).

Dr. William Pierson, chair of the Weisberg Division of Engineering and Computer Science at Marshall, said the participants include 20 boys and 16 girls in the ninth through the 11th grades. Twenty-three students are from West Virginia, six from Ohio, four from Pennsylvania and one each from Kentucky, North Carolina and New Jersey.

Sponsors of the event include Chesapeake Energy, the Nick J. Rahall, II Appalachian Transportation Institute (RTI) and other local businesses and organizations.

"As always, teamwork is one of the themes of the engineering camp," Pierson said. "The students participating will see that teamwork is important in planning and working together to achieve a common goal. The camp is a great opportunity for the students to not only explore the field of engineering, but also to explore Marshall University and what we have to offer."

The camp gets under way at 3 p.m. Sunday in Room BE 5 on the lower level of the Memorial Student Center with a presentation titled "Building Strong" by Coy Miller, Professional Engineer, United States Army Corps of Engineers Deputy District Commander for Programs and Project Management.

Students are selected for the camp based upon their interest in and aptitude for engineering. Grades, courses taken and letters of recommendation are taken into consideration. The camp primarily tries to attract rising high school juniors.

The 2010 camp participants include:

Robert Agee of Huntington; Caleb Bailey of Huntington; Jessica Bailey of Nitro, W.Va.; David Bender of Cross Lanes, W.Va.; Nathan Betts of Mertztown, Pa.; Kyle Bryant of Vinton, Ohio; Molly Callaghan of Charleston; Matt Cardwell of Milton, W.Va.; Dakotah Copenhaver of Ona, W.Va.;

Grayson Davis of Huntington; Morgan France of Nitro, W.Va.; Paul Gemperlein of Tarentum, Pa.; Meredith Gillespie of Hurricane, W.Va.; Carly Gima of Follansbee, W.Va.; Cody Griffin of Huntington; Akhil Gudivada of Proctorville, Ohio; Kalene Hanson of Cary, N.C.; Saul Harlow of Nettie, W.Va.

Mary Hillwig of Pikeville, Ky.; James Horner of Wellsburg, W.Va.; Elizabeth Lawhon of Hurricane, W.Va.; James Long of New Martinsville, W.Va.; Kimberly Macenczak of Alliance, Ohio; Mark Malmquist of Natrona Heights, Pa. Andrew McLaughlin of Hurricane, W.Va.; Kelly O'Brien of Mertztown, Pa.; Kendra Pegg of New Martinsville, W.Va.

Keya Phillips of Hurricane, W.Va.; Dwight Rice of Oceana, W.Va.; Jordan Rothstein of Newton, N.J.; Anna Rubenstein of Cross Lanes, W.Va.; Paige Rutter of Oak Hill, W.Va.; Savana Schrader of Beaver, Ohio; Nathan Wang of Proctorville, Ohio; Katherine Warner of Morgantown, W.Va.; and Trenton Williams of Piketon, Ohio.

Here is the complete schedule of events for the 2010 academy:

Sunday, June 27

  • 2 to 3 p.m.: check-in, Haymaker Hall, Marshall Commons
  • 3 to 5 p.m.: welcome and presentation, "Building Strong," by Coy Miller, PE, USACE Deputy District Commander for Programs and Project Management, Memorial Student Center, Room BE
  • 5 to 6 p.m.: dinner, MSC John Marshall Roo
  • 6:30 to 9 p.m., icebreaker and team-building activities, Marshall Recreation Center

Monday, June 28

  • 8 to 9:45 a.m.: lecture time, Weisberg Engineering Lab classroom (WEL101)
  • 9:50 to 11:30 a.m.: introduction to civil and environmental engineering: surveying, GPS, materials testing, and environmental sampling, Buskirk Field and Weisberg Engineering Lab
  • 11:30 .m. to noon: lunch, Harless Dining Hall
  • 12:30 to 4 p.m.: introduction to civil and environmental engineering: surveying, GPS, materials testing, and environmental sampling, Buskirk Field and Weisberg Engineering Lab
  • 4:30 to 5 p.m.: roller coaster design: introduction and planning
  • 5:30 to 7 p.m.: dinner
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m.: roller coaster design: construction, testing and competition

Tuesday, June 29

  • 8 to 9 a.m.: introduction to trebuchet design, WEL101

  • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: trebuchet design and construction, Buskirk Field

  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: luncheon with Society of American Military Engineers
    members, Harless Dining Hall, Ed Grose Room

  • 12:30 to 2 p.m.: complete trebuchet construction

  • 2 to 3 p.m.: trebuchet competition

  • 3 to 4:30 p.m.: intelligent transportation systems presentation, WEL101, Andrew Nichols

  • 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Introduction to GPS, Jamie Wolfe, Weisberg Engineering Lab

  • 5:30 to 7 p.m.: dinner

  • 7 to 8:30 p.m.: team building exercise

Wednesday, June 30

  • 8 to 9:30 a.m.: introduction to robotics, WEL

  • 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: work on robot design/construction, WEL

  • 10:30 to 11:30 p.m.: robotics competition, WEL

  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: lunch, Harless Dining Hall

  • 12:30 to 2 p.m.: Introduction to CS, GH 211

  • 2 to 3 p.m.: CS scavenger hunt

  • 3 to 4:30 p.m.: visualization lab presentation, WEL

  • 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.: concrete testing, WEL

  • 5:30 to 7 p.m.: dinner

  • 7 to 8:30 p.m.: GPS competition, MSC Fountain

Thursday, July 1

  • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.: field trips

  • 8 to 9 a.m.: travel to Toyota plant in Buffalo, W.Va.

  • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: tour Toyota

  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: lunch at Golden Corral in Cross Lanes, W.Va.

  • 1 to 1:30 p.m.: travel to DOH Bridge site in South Charleston, W.Va.

  • 1:30 to 3 p.m.: tour bridge site

  • 3:15 to 4 p.m.: travel to J.H. Fletcher in Huntington

  • 4 to 6 p.m.: tour J. H. Fletcher

  • 6 to 6:30 p.m.: travel to Waves of Fun

  • 6:30 to 9 p.m.: dinner and pool party, Waves of Fun, parents invited

  • 9 to 9:30 p.m.: students depart with parents


Direct Link to This Release

Monday June 21, 2010
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts,, 304-696-3296

Marshall music students selected to study in Brazil

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Three Marshall University music students have received fellowships to study in Brazil during the spring semester of 2011 as part of a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The fellowship awards were sponsored by the Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) United States-Brazil Higher Education Consortia Program. Marshall's Department of Music was awarded $500,000 to implement this consortium. 

 The three FIPSE Fellows are Dylan Elder, a trumpet/music education major from Huntington, W.Va, and Brittany White, a flute/music performance major from Princeton, W.Va., both of whom will be studying at the Universidade Federal de Goias (UFG) in Goinia; and Michael Pitaniello, a guitar/music performance major from Barboursville, W.Va., who will be studying at the Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina (UDESC).

The students were selected as a result of a competitive application process that included musical ability, academic achievement, a written essay and references from faculty members.

During the coming fall semester, the American students will be receiving Portuguese language instruction as well as classes in Brazilian culture. In January 2011, the students will travel to Brazil for an intensive, month-long cultural and language immersion to prepare them for classes, which begin in February.

The FIPSE Fellowships are one part of the MAGNETS (Music Abroad Generating New Experiences for Talented Students) Exchange Program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and its counterpart in the Brazilian Ministry of Education. Marshall University's American partner in the program is Morehead State University. The four-year program includes Brazilian students from UFG and UDESC studying at Marshall and Morehead State as well as exchanges of music faculty from the American and Brazilian universities. 

In October 2009, Brazilian faculty visited Marshall and Morehead State and presented a series of concerts, as well as clinics and master classes, and gave private lessons. Brazilian students will be studying at Marshall and Morehead during the fall semester 2010 and music faculty from both American universities will be traveling to the two Brazilian universities during the 2010-11 academic year.

Elder says he is taking this opportunity as a great learning experience. He said there are several advantages to studying abroad and he hopes to get the most out of his experience.

"I hope to gain a better command of the Portuguese language, an understanding of the culture of Brazil, to grow as a musician, person, and well represent Marshall University," Elder said.

The three students will spend a little more than five months abroad.


Photo: Marshall University faculty members Dr. Ben Miller (left) and Julio Alves; music students Brittany White, Dylan Elder, and Michael Pitaniello; and Dr. Jeff Pappas, chair of the music department, pause for a photo after the FIPSE fellows were named at the 2010 College of Fine Arts Award Convocation in April.

Direct Link to This Release

Friday June 18, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Journalism workshop attracts students from six states

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Sixteen high school students from six states will be on Marshall University's Huntington campus next week to take part in the 2010 High School Journalism Workshop sponsored by MU, the Marshall University Office of Multicultural Affairs and The Herald-Dispatch.

The students are from West Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina. The workshop will help prepare them for media careers by introducing them to photography, editing, writing and reporting, according to Burnis R. Morris, the Carter G. Woodson Professor and director of the high school journalism workshop at Marshall's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Morris said the students, who also will create their own blogs, will spend a day at The Herald-Dispatch and receive air time on WMUL-FM, MU's public radio station.

"It is not enough for high school journalism students to regurgitate what Marshall professors and volunteers from The Herald-Dispatch tell them," Morris said. "Students will be encouraged to go beyond social-network sites and develop the ability to tell interesting stories and explain complex issues in contexts their audiences will comprehend."

The workshop, most of which will take place in Smith Hall, runs Monday, June 21 through Friday, June 25.

Direct Link to This Release

Friday June 18, 2010
Contact: Dr. Ed Bingham, Department of Music, 304-696-2452

Jazz-MU-Tazz update: Saturday concert to take place in Joan C. Edwards Playhouse


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Due to the extremely warm temperatures forecast for Saturday, June 19, organizers of Marshall University's annual Jazz-MU-Tazz festival have adjusted the schedule and performance location for that date.

The Saturday, June 19, 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. concerts will take place in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus. The performances originally scheduled for 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. have been cancelled.

Here is the revised schedule for Saturday, June 19, Joan C. Edwards Playhouse

o   5 p.m., Jazz-MU-Tazz Festival Big Band with Phil Thompson

o   6 p.m., Marshall University Jazz Ensemble with Phil Thompson


Admission is free and open to the public.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Ed Bingham, 304-696-2452.
Direct Link to This Release

Friday June 18, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University fans can still buy special badges for PGA event at Greenbrier

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University fans and supporters still have the opportunity to purchase special weekly admission badges to the inaugural Greenbrier Classic and benefit the Marshall University Foundation and the Marshall University Alumni Association under the Greenbrier Classic's Badges for Charity program.

The Greenbrier Classic is an official PGA Tour event which takes place July 26-Aug. 1 at the Old White Course in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Special admission badges are available through July 14.

The Marshall University Foundation and the Marshall University Alumni Association will receive 30 percent of the proceeds of all badges purchased on their behalf. All badge levels are available for this program.

With the purchase of weekly badges from $147 to $5,000 each, persons are granted access to two exclusive concerts featuring award-winning artists Reba McEntire and Rascal Flatts performing Thursday, July 29, and Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood performing Saturday, July 31.

Weekly grounds Badges for Charity priced at $69 include one ticket to the Thursday concert, while weekly grounds badges for charity costing $79 include one ticket to the Saturday concert.

To purchase badges, visit www.greenbrierclassic.com or The Greenbrier Classic Official Tournament Shop at the resort.

The other available badge levels, including the Alumni badge, are described below:

  • The Grounds badge provides tournament admittance for the entire week for $147.
  • The $275 Benefactor badge includes entry to select air-conditioned hospitality tents, as well as premium food and beverage options.
  • The Alumni badge is available for $495. Guests of this special alumni hospitality area will enjoy unlimited tailgate-style food and non-alcoholic beverages as well as guest appearances from celebrity alumni.
  • The Clubhouse badge at $5,000 provides a limited number of people with exclusive access to the event, including prime viewing areas on Old White #1 and #18, unlimited food and beverage at Sam Snead's at the Golf Club and access to all hospitality tents. In addition, Clubhouse badge holders also will receive one complimentary two-night stay at the Greenbrier, including one round of golf on the Old White Course for two and $1,000 in special amenity vouchers. For information on this VIP opportunity, persons should contact Rob Booth at 304-536-7758.

The Greenbrier Classic's Badges for Charity program recognizes the PGA Tour's commitment to charities by giving charitable organizations 30 percent of the proceeds of each weekly badge sold for their benefit. This year more than 100 organizations are participating in the program.

An open reception for Marshall alumni and fans will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 28 at the Quality Inn, 540 N. Jefferson St. in Lewisburg, W.Va. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to the Marshall University Alumni Association office at 304-696-2901. Admission is free and a cash bar will be available.

For more information on the tournament and the Badges for Charity program, call 866-534-4456.

Direct Link to This Release

Thursday June 17, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

More than 2,000 new students expected for Marshall University orientation beginning June 22

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - An estimated 2,100 freshmen and transfer students will be attending orientation sessions on Marshall University's Huntington campus this summer, beginning Tuesday, June 22.

Orientation is a half-day program designed to acclimate new students to Marshall's Huntington campus. Participants receive valuable information from the offices on campus, get identification cards made, register for classes and tour the campus. Much of the focus this year will be on the transition to college and the new core curriculum.

Sessions for parents include time with financial aid advisors and student services staff, as well as discussions of campus safety issues and other academic and financial topics. Beth Wolfe, Marshall's director of recruitment, said the financial portion of orientation will be available to both students and parents.

"We really look forward to meeting our new students as they go through orientation," Wolfe said. "We've worked really hard to put together a program that provides the students with the things they need to have a successful start as Marshall students. We hope that when the day is over, our students leave with a feeling of excitement and anticipation about rejoining their Marshall family when classes start in August."

A couple of new twists have been added to the orientation agenda for this year:

  • Students can make an appointment with the MU Help Desk (304-696-3200) to get their laptop computers set up for the school year.
  • Lunch for students attending orientation will be served in the seats of Joan C. Edwards Stadium, home of Marshall football.

Orientation sessions are scheduled June 22-26, July 20-23 and Aug. 5-6. The June 22 session is for honors students only, while the other dates are open to all new students.

Students who have been admitted to Marshall University are encouraged to register for an orientation session. This may be done either online at www.marshall.edu/orientation, or by calling 304-696-2354 or 800-438-5392.

Students may still register for orientation sessions on July 22 and 23, and Aug. 5 and 6. The other sessions are full, while the June 22 honors orientation is by invitation only.

All orientation sessions run from 8 a.m. to noon.

A new overnight program called "Up Late at Marshall" will precede the first two regular orientation sessions by one day. "Up Late," which will take place Monday, June 21, and Monday, July 19, is for incoming freshmen and their parents. Through this program, the freshmen are invited to experience an overnight stay in the residence halls and the parents are invited to meet with some members of the academic staff and take part in special sessions designed for them.

Also new this year in August is the Week of Welcome (WOW), which starts Wednesday, Aug. 18, and includes the new UNI 100 Freshman First Class in which students starts to earn one credit hour. Activities are planned Wednesday through Saturday, Aug. 21, with the regular fall semester beginning on Monday, Aug. 23.

Among the activities planned are the annual family picnic at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, the President's Convocation at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, at Cam Henderson Center, and the Rec Fest at the Marshall Recreation Center on Saturday, Aug. 21. More details will be available soon.

Direct Link to This Release

Tuesday June 15, 2010
Contact: Lalena Price, Communications Coordinator, 304-746-1989

Bookwalter to serve as interim dean of College of Education and Human Services

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Robert Bookwalter has been named interim dean of the Marshall University College of Education and Human Services, according to Dr. Gayle Ormiston, senior vice president of academic affairs and provost.

Bookwalter is a 23-year veteran faculty member of Marshall University currently serving as the chairman of the Department of Communication Studies in the College of Liberal Arts. He will begin his new duties as interim dean effective Wednesday, June 16. A nationwide search to fill the permanent position will begin during the fall semester.

Ormiston said he is very pleased Bookwalter agreed to accept this leadership role for the university as the college works to prepare for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education accreditation process.

"Dr. Bookwalter is committed to supporting the mission of the college in preparing tomorrow's educators and education professionals," Ormiston said. "He will work to ensure that the programs in the college have the resources and support to accomplish their goals effectively and efficiently.  I look forward to his insights and leadership in the coming months."

Bookwalter joined the Department of Speech (now Communication Studies) in 1987.  His teaching and research interests are in the areas of peace and conflict studies, interpersonal communication, group dynamics, leadership and language.  While at Marshall he has served as chair of the College of Liberal Arts Academic Planning Committee and Curriculum Committee and served on the college's Promotion and Tenure Committee.  For 15 years he served as director of the Oral Communication component of the General Education program.  In 2009, he led the university's General Education Council that is overseeing the transition to the new Core Curriculum scheduled to begin this fall. He also has served as Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA since 2002. 

"I am honored to be asked to guide the college through this transition," Bookwalter said. "This is a critical time, with the college's accreditation process under way, budgetary challenges facing the university, and the search for a new dean upcoming. I look forward to working closely with faculty, students and staff of the college to successfully address these challenges."

A native of San Jose, Calif., Bookwalter received his B.A. in Speech Communication from Fresno State University in 1979, his M.A. in Interpersonal Communication from the University of Montana in 1982 and his Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas in 1989.

Direct Link to This Release

Tuesday June 15, 2010
Contact: Beverly McCoy, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine,, 304-691-1713

Marshall's med school ranks in nation's top 20 on 'social mission' outcomes

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A groundbreaking national study published today (June 15) in the Annals of Internal Medicine ranks Marshall University's medical school among the top 20 in the United States in fulfilling medical schools' fundamental mission: training physicians to care for the nation's population as a whole.

The George Washington University study breaks new ground by providing what the journal's news release called "a real-time and real-place report" on doctors who graduated between 1999 and 2001: what their backgrounds are, where they work, and what kind of medicine they practice.            

Led by Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan, the researchers then calculated a "social mission score" for each medical school based on the percentage of graduates who practice primary care, who work in health professional shortage areas, or who are underrepresented minorities (since this group historically provides a disproportionate share of health care to the nation's minority and underserved populations).

Marshall's Dr. John Walden said the study offers a long-overdue look at how medical education performs in creating a physician workforce that effectively reaches the population to provide treatment and preventive care.

"It seems about time someone looked at these kinds of things," said Walden, an associate dean and chairman of the Department of Family and Community Health. "The study is a positive take on rethinking, in part, priorities in medical education, and recognizing that improving the nation's health is not necessarily so much about developing a new drug as about actually getting treatment to people."

He was matter-of-fact about Marshall's No. 16 rank. "Given where we are and the mission of our school, focusing on these delivery issues is second nature, not something we've had to be taught," he said. "We've done this all along without even knowing we were doing it."

Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp, Ph.D., said the independent nature of the study is even stronger evidence that Marshall is a national leader in training physicians who meet the rural medicine mission of the university.

"This research independently confirms that Marshall's medical school is serving the people of rural and medically underserved areas of West Virginia and the region through the education and placement of skilled physicians in these areas. We truly are continuing to fulfill the mission set forth for Marshall's medical school when it was created," Kopp said.

The researchers noted that the study results differ greatly from rankings based on indirect factors such as research funding and reputation surveys.

"We have essentially inverted the U.S. News and World Report rankings, for those of you that follow them," Mullan told an audience at Dartmouth College in April, noting that those rankings are based heavily on research and reputation, rather than outcomes.

The dean of Marshall's medical school, Dr. Charles H. McKown Jr., said the school's distinction is especially valued since it results from unsolicited analytical and objective analysis.

"Dr. Mullan is one of the nation's most experienced, insightful, authoritative physicians, and his expertise in this particular field is essentially unchallenged," he said, adding that the Annals of Internal Medicine ranks "at absolutely the top" of national and international medical journals.

"Providing well-trained and highly skilled primary care physicians to practice in West Virginia remains the solid foundation of our mission," he said. "We are very proud of our results, and also pleased with our contribution - with the state's other two medical schools - toward making primary care accessible to people across West Virginia."

Direct Link to This Release

Monday June 14, 2010
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, 304-746-2038

Marshall invites incoming freshmen to stay 'Up Late'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's academic affairs staff has invited incoming freshmen and their parents to participate in a new overnight program, "Up Late at Marshall," prior to regular orientation activities. "Up Late" will take place Monday, June 21, and Monday, July 19.

"This is a great opportunity for students to experience an overnight stay in our residence halls, learn their way around the Huntington campus, interact with current student leaders and meet some of their new peers," said Sherri Stepp, interim director of University College, who is leading the program. "For the parents, we hope to give them an opportunity to meet a few members of the academic staff and give them some suggestions to help ease the college transition."

Special sessions for students include small-group discussions on what college is really like and a chance to "Get in the HERD Spirit" with the cheerleaders, Marco and some of the athletic coaches. Parents will participate in separate sessions designed for them.

Both students and parents will be able to choose from two options for after-dinner activities. They can attend a taping of  "Up Late with Jamie LoFiego," Marshall's student-produced late night talk show, or they can participate in activities  at the Marshall Recreation Center, including a "dive-in" movie, group exercise classes, climbing wall, and use of exercise equipment. The recreation center activities are free to the students and $6 per additional family member, and the rate includes an optional individual morning workout.

"We are trying this new format on a couple of nights this summer to see if students and parents find the additional time beneficial," said Dr. Frances S. Hensley, associate vice president for academic affairs. "If the response is positive, we would like to expand this next summer to provide more such opportunities."

For further information on "Up Late at Marshall," persons may contact Stepp by phone at 304-696-7038 or by e-mail at goodall@marshall.edu.

Direct Link to This Release

Monday June 14, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University announces newest class of Yeager Scholars

Three students are from West Virginia, two from Ohio and one from Michigan

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Six incoming freshmen are the newest members of the Society of Yeager Scholars at Marshall University.

Dr. Nicki LoCascio, director of the Society of Yeager Scholars, said she looks forward to working with the incoming class.

"The Yeager Scholarship draws applications from all over the United States from students who are highly recruited by other institutions," LoCascio said. "Marshall University is fortunate to attract such talented students."

Of the six students, three are from West Virginia, two from Ohio and one is from Michigan.

The Class of 2014 will have an enhanced curriculum throughout their college careers. Some of the requirements include: maintaining a cumulative 3.5 grade point average, completing four interdisciplinary seminars, and involvement in campus and community activities.  They will also have the opportunity to study literature, political science or history abroad at Oxford University in England as well as study in a country of the scholar's chosen foreign language.  

Dr. Mary Todd, dean of the Marshall University Honors College, home of the Society of Yeager Scholars program, said the Honors College is delighted to welcome the latest class of Yeager Scholars.

"Their diverse interests and experience and their records of academic excellence all serve as evidence that they are the leader-scholars the Yeager program has always sought," Todd said.

The students had to submit an application followed by two interviews - one by telephone and one by a panel of interviewers on the Marshall University Huntington campus. The final selection was made by university faculty and staff, university alumni, Society of Yeager Scholars board members and community members.  

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

The following students were chosen as the Yeager Scholars Class of 2014:

Sarah Jo Abbott of Charleston, W.Va. Abbott is a graduate of South Charleston High School and plans to major in English and international business. Abbott attended the West Virginia Governor's Honors Academy, has been selected as a teen scholar and has received numerous journalism awards.  She also was a member of her high school's show choir.




Kayla Danielle Boggs of Big Bend, W.Va. Boggs is a graduate of Calhoun County High School. She plans to major in cellular or molecular biology. Boggs was the student council president and the captain of her high school's academic team. She also is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, a national high school and two-year college mathematics honor society.




Leigh Elizabeth Hinkle of Canal Winchester, Ohio.  Hinkle is a graduate of Canal Winchester High School and plans to major in theatre and political science. She is a member of the National Honor Society and was elected twice as class president. Hinkle also was a member of her high school's band and theatre programs.




Savannah Lee Keller of Seville, Ohio. Keller is a graduate of Cloverleaf High School and is considering a career in environmental engineering. Keller was elected as vice president of her high school's National Honor Society and student council treasurer, and earned a varsity letter in cross-country.




Danielle Ranee McCallister of Barboursville, W.Va. McCallister is a graduate of Cabell Midland High School. She plans to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.  McCallister is a member of the National Honor Society and has been awarded "Student of the Month" from a local Rotary Club. She also participated in Marshall University's Scholastic Journalism Program. 




Stephen Andrew Sheler of Manchester, Mich. Sheler is a graduate of Manchester High School. He plans to major in physics and is considering a career in engineering. Sheler was the captain of his high school's football team and received the scholar athlete award. He also was vice president of the student council.

Direct Link to This Release

Friday June 11, 2010
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts,, 304-696-3296

MU alumni designate scholarship and internship in visual arts at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Brothers John and Jeff McKenna, owners of HomeTown Sportswear in Barboursville, recently  committed to funding a scholarship and a paid internship for graphic design students in the College of Fine Arts at Marshall. Both are alumni of the university.

Jeff McKenna says he is happy to give back to his alma mater. "For John and me, the HomeTown Sportswear Scholarship and Internship are a way to support education and develop the talent of Marshall graphic design students," he said.

The annual $3,000 scholarship will be designated for a student who is a graphic design major. The internship position is paid for 194 hours through the summer.

"By funding one of the department's top scholarships," observed Byron Clercx, chair of the Department of Art and Design at Marshall, "the McKenna brothers are reinvesting in talented students who may also choose to live, work and contribute to the Tri-State regions growing creative economy. For the winner the funding reduces the pressure to work odd jobs and allows more time to develop a top-quality portfolio."

The 2010 scholarship was awarded to Huntington native Levi Brumbaugh.

"It came as a great shock to me that I was chosen for this scholarship," Brumbaugh said. "Our department has great graphic design work coming out of it all the time with this I expect a lot more from myself and my work."

Brumbaugh aspires to work in illustration or animation. "One day I hope to work as an illustrator or an animator," he said. "I'd like to find a balance in either a publishing company or a video game company."

Graphic Design student Jennings Estel  was chosen for the internship at HomeTown Sportswear on the basis of an interview.

"This gift is exceptional in that it benefits at least two students every year and has two areas of impact," said Melanie Griffis, College of Fine Arts Director of Development.  "First it offers financial assistance to a student who has excelled academically. In addition, it provides actual paid work experience for a student in the field, using the skills gained in the classroom!  That experience is invaluable.  By offering this scholarship and internship together, HomeTown Sportswear sets a meaningful example for businesses owned and operated by MU alumni. What better way to give back to the university than to assist students with their educational expenses and to offer them the opportunity to intern in their field?"

HomeTown Sportswear, located at 3692 U.S. 60 E. in Barboursville, opened in 1994. The family-owned and-operated business offers MU products, wholesale screen printing and embroidery. It serves a variety of clients, including schools, businesses, churches and sports teams.


Photo: Levi Brumbaugh (left) accepted the HomeTown Sportswear Scholarship from Byron Clercx, chair of Marshall University's Department of Art and Design, at the College of Fine Arts annual awards convocation in April.

Direct Link to This Release

Thursday June 10, 2010
Contact: Heather Smith, Assistant Director of Fitness, Marshall University Recreation Center, 304-696-3653

Marshall Recreation Center offers variety of summer classes

HUNTINGTON -- The Marshall University Recreation Center is offering a variety of summer fitness classes for nonmembers and members.

Classes include Hatha Yoga, Zumba, Belly Dance, Pre/Postnatal Strength and Stretch, Latin Cardio, Health Rx, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, C.U.T. (cross training under 30 minutes) and G.X.T. (group extreme training).

A complete listing of classes, times and fees can be found at www.marshallcampusrec.com.

To try the first class for free or for more information contact Heather Smith, Assistant Director of Fitness, at  wyatt6@marshall.edu or call 304-696-3653.

Direct Link to This Release

Thursday June 10, 2010
Contact: Dr. Ed Bingham, Director of Jazz Studies, 304-696-3147

Marshall University's 11th annual Jazz-MU-Tazz festival to feature saxophonist Phil Thompson

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Jazz-MU-Tazz, Marshall University's summer jazz festival, will feature guest artist Phil Thompson, the faculty combo Bluetrane, and the Jazz-MU-Tazz Festival Big Band in concert at the Jomie Jazz Center and at the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse beginning Wednesday, June 16.

"This year's Jazz-MU-Tazz festival continues the tradition of bringing Jazz to the Tri-State," said Dr. Ed Bingham, professor of music and Jazz Studies director at Marshall. "The final concert has been expanded to include more ensembles and a greater variety of musical styles."

In addition to the "Big Bands" that have been featured in previous years, this year's event will add Jazz-Rock fusion groups 'Looking Glass' and 'Marshall's Own Funk Orchestra.' In addition, the River Cities Jazz Ensemble has joined the festival lineup.

Thompson is professor of saxophone, flute and clarinet at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., where he also directs the Winthrop University Jazz Ensemble. He is very active both as a woodwind doubler in Charlotte, N.C., and as a clinician/adjudicator at schools and festivals throughout the Southeast. He is in demand as a performer and teacher of all instrumental styles - classic to jazz - and performs regularly with groups such as the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn and Bernadette Peters.

A graduate of East Carolina University and the University of Michigan, Thompson completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Woodwind Performance at the University of North Texas in 1993.

Bluetrane was created to provide a professional model for the students at Marshall and to establish a musical ensemble devoted to the performance of what has been termed "America's National Treasure." Bluetrane's personnel include Ed Bingham, saxophone; Martin Saunders, trumpet; Mike Stroeher, trombone; Sean Parsons, piano; Mark Zanter, guitar; Steve Hall, percussion; and Jimmy Lykens, bass.

Jazz-MU-Tazz Festival Big Bands are composed of high school students who are interested in jazz performance. During Jazz-MU-Tazz, they develop their skills in improvisation and learn about the history and theory of jazz. The high school participants represent many schools throughout the area including Spring Valley, Cabell Midland, Bridgeport and Summers County high schools in West Virginia, and Symmes Valley and St. Clairsville high schools in Ohio.

The MU Jazz Ensemble has been an important part of West Virginia's artistic community since its beginning in 1968. It has performed at jazz festivals in Montreux, Switzerland; Antibes, France; Chicago, Washington, D.C.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Orlando, Fla.; and  Dayton, Ohio, as well as the University of Notre Dame. The MUJE travels throughout the region to perform in schools and community centers. Recently, the ensemble was featured at the inaugural national conference of the Jazz Educators Network (JEN) in St. Louis, Mo.

The River Cities Jazz Ensemble was established in February 2008 by two former U.S. Air Force Band members, Carl Toler and Frank Hayes. The RCJE repertoire includes music made famous by such great bandleaders as Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, and Duke Ellington.

"One of the goals of the festival has been to create a way to showcase the talents of members of this community," Bingham said. "High school, university and professional musicians working together will produce a terrific show."

Following is a schedule of events. All events are free and open to the public.

         Wednesday, June 16, 8 p.m., Jomie Jazz Center: Phil Thompson and Friends.

         Thursday, June 17, 8 p.m., Jomie Jazz Center: Bluetrane

         Saturday, June 19, Joan C. Edwards Playhouse

o   5 p.m., Jazz-MU-Tazz Festival Big Band with Phil Thompson

o   6 p.m., Marshall University Jazz Ensemble with Phil Thompson

o   7 p.m.,  Looking Glass (MU Classic Rock Band) and Marshall's Own Funk Orchestra

o   8 p.m. River Cities Jazz Ensemble

Direct Link to This Release

Thursday June 10, 2010
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, , 304-696-3296

Gallery 842 to host Watercolor Society exhibition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Gallery 842, located at 842 4th Ave. in downtown Huntington, will host the 2010 West Virginia Watercolor Society juried exhibition Festival of Colors from June 11 to July 30. The opening reception is from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 11.

WVWS President Jeannine Romano was pleased for the organization to be exhibited at Gallery 842.

"During the past two years as president of the West Virginia Watercolor Society, I have been continually amazed and inspired by the caliber of talented artists we have in our state," Romano said. "The motto 'to promote and ensure a high standard of watercolor painting' is demonstrated by many of our members, who mentor and teach watercolor painting throughout the region.  It is exciting for us  to bring our creative flair to the Huntington area."

The exhibit was juried by John Farley, gallery director and adjunct art faculty member at Marshall University. A graduate of Marshall University's Department of Art and Design, Farley's work has been chosen for display in the Huntington Museum of Art and the West Virginia Culture Center, among others.

Farley encouraged the public to view this exhibit, noting the diversity and talent represented in the show.

"There are a wide variety of examples of various watercolor techniques - despite the fact that they are all under the umbrella of watercolor paintings," Farley said. "Viewers will find everything from highly representational portraiture to gestural abstract paintings."

Gallery 842 is both a community- and Marshall University-held space to promote local talent and initiative. The gallery is a free cultural experience for any artist or art enthusiast. Summer hours are as follows: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

For more information or questions about Gallery 842, or any College of Fine Arts events, contact Jaye Ike by phone at 304-696-3296 or by e-mail at jaye.ike@marshall.edu.


Photo:  "MU Window Reflections" is the title of this work by Debbie Kalt Sisson, a bachelor's and master's alumna of Marshall University. The painting is included in the 2010 West Virginia Watercolor Society juried exhibition beginning Friday, June 11 at Gallery 842 in Huntington.

Direct Link to This Release

Wednesday June 9, 2010
Contact: Heather Smith, Assistant Director of Fitness, Marshall University Recreation Center,, 304-696-3653

Kids can get triathlon training during Marshall Recreation Center camp

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  - The Marshall Recreation Center continues its efforts to provide fitness opportunities for area children with two sessions of a Triathlon Camp 2010, which will be held June 14-18 and June 21-25 from 8 a.m. to noon, according to Heather Smith, Assistant Director of Fitness.

Children ages 8-14, of all fitness and experience levels, are invited to attend this camp that focuses on biking, swimming and running. For the biking, spinning bicycles in the recreation center will be used. 

One- or two-week sessions are available at a cost of $75 per week. All participants will receive a free camp T-shirt.

"The Marshall Recreation Center Kids Triathlon Camp is an exciting opportunity for local kids to get healthy, make new friends and have fun," Smith said.

For more information, visit www.marshallcampusrec.com, e-mail wyatt6@marshall.edu or call 304-696-3653.

Direct Link to This Release

Wednesday June 9, 2010
Contact: Leah Edwards, Media Communications Specialist, , 304-696-6397

Marshall University partners with Regional Chamber of Commerce Saturday, June 12 for children's event

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is providing assistance to the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce for its 3rd annual Children's Arts Festival Extravaganza (CAF).

The free event is scheduled from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, June 12 on 9th Street between Third and Fourth Avenues.  Activities are geared toward children 12 and under and feature print-making, stamp art and tie-dye.  Other activities include entertainment by various community groups, face-painting, visits from a clown, and sidewalk chalk drawing.

Marshall University's Department of Art & Design has been heavily involved with this year's event.  Professor Maribea Barnes and several art education majors have designed and prepared many of the art projects which are geared specifically toward elementary and pre-school age children.

"This is the second year Marshall University art education students have been involved with this wonderful community project," said Don Van Horn, dean of the College of Fine Arts. "Allowing our students to interact with children is absolutely invaluable experience as they work toward their teaching degrees in art."

Nearly two dozen Marshall University students, staff and faculty are volunteering for the community event.

For more information on Marshall's involvement with the event contact Leah Edwards, Media Communications Specialist, at edwardl@marshall.edu or 304-696-6397.

Direct Link to This Release

Tuesday June 8, 2010
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts,, 304-696-3296

Marshall student places third in guitar competition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University guitar performance major Danilo Moraes took third place in the Alhambra-USA International Guitar Competition, which took place in Dallas, Texas, in April.

Moraes said this was the first time he had participated in this type of competition.

"I always had it in my mind that competitions are something really bad because music is something to be appreciated, not judged," Moraes said.

For the qualifying round, the native of Brazil prepared three pieces and sent in a video performance.

During the semifinal round, Moraes performed three additional pieces. In the final round, he performed a 25-minute program composed of pieces from different periods and styles.

Placing third in the competition awarded Moraes more than just confirmation of his ability. He also won several guitar accessories and 10 sets of guitar strings. But most importantly, he was awarded the opportunity to pursue music study further with a scholarship.

"I made some good contacts, and I was offered a master's scholarship at Texas Christian University," Moraes said.

He gives a lot of credit to his teacher, Marshall guitar professor Julio Alves, who originally taught Moraes when they both lived in Brazil.

Alves said his student has reason to be proud because the Alhambra-USA International Guitar Competition has become one of the more reputable competitions. Competitions such as this help young players get moving on a career as performers.

"I'm very proud. It's quite an accomplishment," Alves said. "Danilo was the only undergraduate player among the three finalists and the other two players have participated on several other guitar competitions. It's nice to see him as part of this, in a competition featuring good players internationally."

 "This experience made me 'click,' " Moraes said. "Participating in this competition made me grow and change my perspective."


Photo: Marshall guitar professor Julio Alves (left) works with his student, Danilo Moraes, who recently placed third in the Alhambra-USA International Guitar Competition in Dallas, Texas.

Direct Link to This Release

Tuesday June 8, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Graduate Scholarship Tuition Waivers available for fall 2010

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Applications are being accepted through Friday, July 23 for the Marshall University Graduate Scholarship Tuition Waiver Program for fall 2010. The program provides tuition assistance for Marshall University graduate students and Marshall University faculty and staff employees.

To be eligible, applicants must currently be admitted and enrolled in a graduate degree-granting or certificate program at Marshall University.

Up to three hours of waiver for graduate coursework will be awarded to qualified applicants. The waiver does not cover online courses.

The awarding of waivers is competitive and is made on the basis of academic achievement and promise. Preference may be given to students who have not recently been awarded a tuition waiver scholarship.

  • Applicants who are awarded waivers will be notified by e-mail. Waivers are posted to student accounts within 10 business days of approval and registration. Award recipients are responsible for any amount not covered by the waiver. Balances must be paid by the tuition/fee due date noted on the Bursar site: http://www.marshall.edu/bursar/tuition/dates.html

  • Applicants are encouraged to register for classes at the same time they submit a waiver application. Waivers for students who are not registered by Friday, Aug. 6 will be assigned to other qualified applicants.

Applications are available in the Graduate College office (Old Main 113) on the Huntington campus, through a student's academic department office on the South Charleston campus, or online at http://www.marshall.edu/graduate/tuitionwaivers.asp

Completed waiver applications must be submitted in person or by U.S. Mail. Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.

Direct Link to This Release

Monday June 7, 2010
Contact: Sam Kincaid, Marshall University Theatre,, 304-696-6395

4th annual New Works Festival begins June 17 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Five new plays and an original film short by local and national playwrights will premiere Thursday-Saturday, June 17-19 in The New Works Festival 2010 at Marshall University.

The festival, presented by Marshall University Theatre Alliance and the Marshall University College of Fine Arts, will include both staged and un-staged readings.

All readings will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.  Each evening's readings will be followed by a discussion/question-and-answer session with the playwright, director and cast.  Participation is both welcome and encouraged.

Admission to this year's festival is by donation on a nightly basis. All admission money goes towards the New Works Festival Fund in the Marshall University Foundation and is tax deductible. 

The schedule of events is as follows:

Thursday, June 17 - "Kiss Off" by Jonathan Joy is the third in a growing series of 10-minute plays that revolve around an argumentative husband and wife and various holiday/special events.

The first two plays in that series - "The War on Halloween" and "An Inappropriate Christmas Story" - have been performed on stages in three West Virginia cities (Huntington, Charleston and Wheeling) and at the Wings Theatre in Greenwich Village in New York City.

In the latest entry, "Kiss Off," Mark arrives home early to surprise his wife on their anniversary.  He could have never imagined how the tables would turn when he is the one left shocked at the end of evening.  It is a domestic comedy about love, marriage and irreconcilable differences.

"Coney" by David Johnston takes place on New York City's Coney Island, where people from all walks come together and break apart. "Coney" is a new play/work in progress from David Johnston, author of the award-winning "Candy & Dorothy" and "Conversations on Russian Literature."

Friday, June 18 - Marshall University Professor Kellie Bean's "Close to Mourning" tells the story of a mother and daughter who confront a shared and painful secret that has nearly cost them their relationship. A story of a mother visiting her widowed, middle-aged daughter after a long separation, this play explores the pain of family secrets.

Closing out the Friday night performances is something for audiences who love musicals. "Effie Jean in Tahiti" by David Johnston, music and lyrics by Stephen Speights, tells the story of Princess Effie Jean who has made a bargain with Proteus, the Old Man of the Sea, and is now stuck in Tahiti guarding his jewels.

Boring! Even worse, she's supposed to kill any strangers that land on the island, and the first one who shows up is her own brother. Can the wily brother-sister duo find a way to trick Proteus?

Saturday, June 19 - "The Date," an original comedic short film written and directed by Mike Murdock, asks the question, "Can you think of anyone better to prepare you for a blind date than your two best friends?"  Maybe you should start looking now. 

Closing out this year's festival is "War of the Welles," by Michael Weber, which takes place on Halloween Eve 1938.  A shaken America struggles to recover from economic collapse as Hitler threatens the future of the Free World.

At 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, our nation is attacked ... by the planet Mars. An audacious "boy wonder" named Orson Welles has envisioned the most terrifying hour of radio ever presented and what emerges from the CBS airwaves that night will send an anxious population to the streets in mass hysteria.

It was indeed a War of the Worlds, pitting a daring, modern medium against a stunning abandonment of common sense. This is the true story of the legendary event that forever changed the rules of broadcasting while igniting the meteoric rise of an unbridled superstar.

Call 304-696-6395 for tickets and information on The New Works Festival 2010 at Marshall University.

Direct Link to This Release

Friday June 4, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Funds collected at Marshall University benefit families of miners involved in disaster

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students in Marshall University's residence halls recently raised $200.82 for families of the miners involved in the Upper Big Branch Mine tragedy. In support of the cause, Capstone - which manages the First Year Residence Halls at Marshall - contributed $2,000.


Checks were presented today during a ceremony at the First Year Residence Halls on MU's Huntington campus. The fundraising effort on campus took place during the final two weeks of the spring semester.


Photo: Jeremy Thompson, left, First Year Residence Halls general manager at Marshall University, presents a checks from Capstone (top) and residence hall students to Waylon Bryant, middle, and Christin Williams, right, representing the West Virginia Council of Churches.


Direct Link to This Release

Friday June 4, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

MU dean receives Distinguished Global Leadership Award

- Dr. Chong Kim, dean of Marshall University's Lewis College of Business, received the 2010 Distinguished Global Leadership Award this week during the Pan Pacific Business Association's 27th annual conference.

The conference took place in Bali, Indonesia, May 30-June 2, and Kim received the award on Tuesday, June 1.

"It is my very humble honor to receive the award," Kim said. "It is the highest award given by the Pan Pacific Conference.  Among the so many distinguished scholars in the association, I was very happy to be chosen as this year's recipient.  As a member of the Marshall family, I want to share this honor together."

Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp was pleased to learn of Kim's award.

"On behalf of the entire Marshall University Community, I congratulate Dean Chong Kim on this distinguished award," Kopp said. "The Pan Pacific Business Association 2010 Distinguished Global Leadership Award brings great honor to Dr. Kim, the Lewis College of Business and Marshall University."

D. Clay Whybark is academic advisor with the Institute for Defense and Business, founding director of the Global Manufacturing Research Group and a fellow of the Pan Pacific Business Association. He presented the award to Kim.

"As the dean, Dr. Kim has put a high priority on the internationalization of the curriculum and faculty research," Whybark said in paying tribute to Kim. "In addition to his professional work in the field of management, Dr. Kim has been a global leader in promoting physical and spiritual aspects of Taekwondo throughout the world."

Kim received the award, Whybark said, "for his outstanding global contribution." Kim also is one of only a handful of Pan Pacific Business Association members who have attended every annual conference since the first one in Hawaii.

The Pan Pacific Business Association emerged from two US.-Japan business conferences held at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and in Tokyo in 1983. These conferences led to the formation of the association in 1984.

The basic goal of the association is to provide a forum for scholars, executives, and government officials from Pacific Rim countries to discuss important issues relating to a better quality of life in this region. Emphasis has been placed on more effective utilization of human resources, technology, and multilateral economic activities across borders.

The primary focus of the association has been the annual international conference which usually attracts 500 participants from more than 30 countries. The conferences have been held in such locations as Hawaii, Malaysia, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, China, Malaysia, Canada, Thailand, New Zealand, Japan, Fiji and Chile.


Direct Link to This Release

Friday June 4, 2010
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 203-746-1964

Brownfields Assistance Centers receive Environmental Partnership Award

. - The Brownfields Assistance Centers at Marshall University and West Virginia University (WVU) have been awarded the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) Environmental Partnership Award for 2010.

The award recognizes the collaborative approach the centers use to help communities across the state identify, clean up and redevelop brownfields sites, and the centers' positive working relationships with state and federal agencies.

The award was presented by West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin and WVDEP Cabinet Secretary Randy Huffman at the department's 10th Environmental Awards Ceremony on May 24 in Charleston.

The Brownfields Assistance Centers help empower communities to plan and implement redevelopment projects in "brownfields," or abandoned and underutilized contaminated lands. The Southern Brownfields Assistance Center is housed in Marshall University's Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS), while the Northern Brownfields Assistance Center is located within the West Virginia Water Research Institute at WVU's National Research Center for Coal and Energy.

Dr. Tony Szwilski, CEGAS director, said, "We're extremely pleased the Brownfields Assistance Centers have been recognized for their collaborative and proactive approach to brownfields and economic development in West Virginia. George Carico, who coordinates the center at Marshall, deserves a great deal of credit for his hard work and contributions to the brownfields program.

In 2005, the West Virginia Legislature recognized the lost economic and social value in the state's brownfields. As a result, the Brownfields Assistance Centers at Marshall and WVU were created to support community efforts and work with the WVDEP and the West Virginia Development Office to turn these brownfields into productive land again.

In addition to securing and administering federal brownfields funding and assistance programs, the centers provide training and technical assistance, grant writing, site assessment and remediation services.

For more information, visit: www.wvbrownfields.com.

Direct Link to This Release

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

West Virginia GIS Conference next week at Marshall University

- Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) professionals from across West Virginia and nearby states will gather June 7-10 at the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus for the biennial 2010 West Virginia GIS Conference.

The statewide conference features scholarly presentations, agency reports, student posters, workshops, demonstrations and vendor displays.  Organizers, sponsors and participants promote and share geographic information and mapping technologies for users and stakeholders in the Mountain State.  The conference will address geospatial issues as they relate to a broad range of topics including transportation, natural resources, education, economic development, GIS software, data collection and sharing.  For more information, visit http://www.wvagp.org.

Tony Simental, West Virginia State GIS Coordinator, said more than 200 people are expected to attend the conference. GIS is a collection of tools that represent and analyze geographical data, helping to reveal relationships, patterns and trends through maps, globes, reports and charts. GIS is used for a variety of purposes, including emergency management, urban planning, environmental impact studies, navigation, natural resource management and scientific investigation.

"This conference brings together geospatial professionals from state, private and local entities," Simental said. "It helps in development, planning and resource management in the state of West Virginia. During this meeting we will exchange ideas and encourage government and private entities to partner together because we think this is the best and most economical solution in these trying times."

The most recent conferences took place in 2008 in Charleston and in 2006 in Morgantown. Simental said Dr. James Leonard, an associate professor in geography at Marshall, was instrumental in securing MU as this year's host.

"Most of us organizers have connections to Marshall University," said Simental, who has a master's degree from MU. "We wanted to showcase Marshall University."

The conference's theme, "Partnering Together, a Strategy for GIS in the Mountain State," refers to the implementation of new GIS strategic and business plans for GIS firms and agencies. The conference agenda includes reports of geospatial activities and notable speakers, such as Gov. Joe Manchin (Tuesday, June 8), paper/poster presentations and awards (Wednesday, June 9), and seminars and workshops on Monday (June 7) and Thursday (June 10).

The 2010 conference is hosted by the state GIS coordinator, Marshall University's Geography Department, and the West Virginia Association of Geospatial Professionals.

Representatives from a spectrum of GIS users will participate, including:

         Universities such as Marshall and West Virginia University

         K-12 teachers

         Federal agencies such as NOAA, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Geological Survey, Forest Service, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency

         West Virginia state agencies such as the Department of Transportation, Department of Environmental Protection, and the Geological and Economic Survey

         Local and regional governments from as far away as Jefferson County

         Private industry

         Non-profit groups and organizations such as The Nature Conservancy and the West Virginia Society of Professional Surveyors

Manchin is scheduled to speak at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 8. He will be followed by other state officials.

The keynote on Tuesday will be given by Jeff Lovin, CP, who is Vice President of the Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Division of Woolpert, Inc., in Dayton, Ohio. Lovin has spent his entire 23-year career in the geospatial profession at Woolpert where he has developed a varied technical background in flight operations, surveying, and photogrammetry. He served as a project manager for many local, state, and federal clients before assuming his current role within the firm in 2001.

Lovin will speak sometime between noon and 1:30 p.m. during lunch in the Don Morris Room, according to Simental.

Direct Link to This Release

Wednesday June 2, 2010
Contact: Lalena Price, Communications Coordinator, 304-746-1989

Two Marshall University business students to present ideas to top U.S. economists and policy makers

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Two students taking an economics class in the Marshall University Lewis College of Business have been selected to be among 12 finalists who will present their ideas to a panel of top U.S. economists and policy makers during the National Economics Insider Symposium this summer.

While taking Principles of Microeconomics, Natalie J. Faulk, a senior education student from Hartford, W.Va., and Jerica D. Hall, a sophomore management major from Hurricane, W.Va., wrote winning papers for the competition. They will travel to Washington, D.C., June 11-12 to make their presentations to a Nobel Prize winner in economics, a White House economic adviser, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, among others

Economics and finance adjunct professor Ralph E. McKinney Jr., nominated the students.

"Marshall University is fortunate to have two of 12 finalists for this honor. This speaks highly of our commitment to research and education," McKinney said.

Contestants could submit essays on one of the following economic issues: health care; the environment; education; housing; technology; or other economic issues needing to be addressed. Faulk wrote about Cap and Trade. Hall wrote about the effect of oil and gas costs on shipping costs. They will be competing for a top prize at the event.

While in Washington, finalists will present to Ben Bernanke, chairmen and member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Paul R. Krugman, winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics; Olivier Blanchard, Economic Counselor and Director of Research Department of the International Monetary Fund; R. Glenn Hubbard, former Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisors; Karl E. Case, the Katherine Coman and A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Economics at Wellesley College; Frederic S. Mishkin, former Board of Governors member of the Federal Reserve; as well as the following research associates from the National Bureau of Economic Research: Daron Acemoglu (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); David I. Laibson (Harvard University); and John List (University of Chicago).

Students will also tour the Federal Reserve and the White House.

The National Economics Insider Symposium is an exclusive event sponsored by Pearson Higher Education, a publishing company that offers textbooks under the brands Addison-Wesley, Allyn & Bacon, Benjamin Cummings, Longman, Merrill and Prentice Hall.


Photos: Marshall students Natalie Faulk (top) and Jerica Hall (middle) will present their winning essays at the National Economic Insider Forum beginning June 10. They were nominated by adjunct professor Ralph E. McKinney (bottom).


Direct Link to This Release

Wednesday June 2, 2010
Contact: Mallory Jarrell, Marketing and Branding Coordinator,, 304-696-3490

MU sponsoring contest for new look in university apparel

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - In conjunction with the fast-approaching 2010 college football season, Marshall University is sponsoring a contest for a new look in university apparel.

The contest allows anyone who would like to design a new shirt for Marshall's 2010 football season to submit his or her design from now through July 10 to be judged and voted on by the community. 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 for his or her design.

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 team. The prize is also sponsored through the Vote for Art contest.

All submissions will be judged by the university and the top designs will move to the voting phase of the contest. These designs will be available on www.voteforart.com for the community to vote on their favorite design. All contest guidelines are available on www.voteforart.com for anyone interested in submitting a design.

For more information or to submit a design, visit www.voteforart.com or contact Mallory Jarrell, Marshall University Marketing and Branding Coordinator, by phone at 304-696-3490 or by e-mail at haye1@marshall.edu.

Direct Link to This Release