October 2010 News Releases

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

Marshall University celebrates sealing of time capsule

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University celebrated the sealing of the time capsule for the Marshall University Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center in a ceremony today on the Huntington campus.

Items symbolic of the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., Marshall alumni and the university were placed in the time capsule that was displayed during a ceremony on the Foundation Hall courtyard. They will be sealed at a later date, and the time capsule will be opened in 2060. 



Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp wrote a note to the MU community of 2060 to be placed in the time capsule.

"I trust that you will, with the gift of hindsight, see what we have worked hard to accomplish and take immense pride in the vision we had for Marshall University," Kopp wrote. "Everything we have accomplished has been oriented toward actualizing the vast potential we have discovered within Marshall University."



After Huntington Mayor Kim Wolfe proclaimed today Bridge to the Future Time Capsule Day in Huntington, Kopp spoke about the importance of leaving a legacy.

"It is all about leaving a permanent and lasting imprint on the future we all want to see at Marshall University," Kopp said. "It is vital to take very seriously the importance of leaving a legacy. Whatever it is you can do, commit to doing it. This is an illustrious university of which we are all proud and we are absolutely committed to being the best we can be. When we say, 'We Are Marshall,' we are talking about all of us - and we all care deeply about the future of this university."

Patrick Murphy, a senior from New York and president of Marshall's student body, noted the university's many changes on the Huntington campus since his arrival. Much of what lies ahead foarshall in the next 50 years is debatable, he said.

"However, there is one thing that I am certain that is not up for debate," Murphy said. "The community at Marshall, the family that we as Marshall students, alumni, faculty and staff belong to, is resistant to the passing fads and trends of a generation of time. The common bond between us can only be strengthened; the shared experiences and common brotherhood only reinforced. This is one outcome not up for debate."

In his note to "future friends" of Marshall to be placed in the time capsule, Dr. Ron Area wrote of the joy and excitement many experienced when the building opened in February, 2010.

"We are proud to be the first occupants of this fabulous new facility," said Area, CEO of the Marshall University Foundation, Inc. "It is my hope that, as we oversee the university advancement division of the university, we build upon the legacy of Marshall University and add value to the foundation for generations to come."

Mickey Jackson, president of the Marshall University Alumni Association, said his heart was filled with joy and pride when the Foundation Hall opened this year. He described today's ceremony as "a unique and personal event," and said he hopes 50 years from now those who open the time capsule will say "job well done."

In addition to several letters, examples of items placed in the time capsule include the We Are Marshall DVD, a copy of Marshall Magazine, student and alumni predictions for 2060, a cell phone, a Marshall newsletter, a student ID card, an undergraduate catalogue, a campus map and photos of Marshall's campus and the surrounding area.



Mayor Kim Wolfe, second from right, proclaims today Bridge to the Future Time Capsule Day in Huntington as, from left, Patrick Murphy, Dr. Ron Area, Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp and Mickey Jackson look on.

Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp addresses the crowd during the Bridge to the Future Time Capsule Ceremony today at Marshall University.

Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp speaks on the importance of leaving our legacy during the Bridge to the Future Time Capsule Ceremony today at Marshall University.

Photos by Rick Haye/Marshall University.

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

Marshall teams with Marine Corps to help kids during holiday season


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will join forces this holiday season with the United States Marine Corps Reserves in supporting a drive to collect toys for needy children in 14 West Virginia counties and four counties in Ohio in the 2010 Toys for Tots regional campaign.

Staff Sgt. Don Snyder, who is heading the campaign, said the need for toys for children ranging in age from toddlers to early teens in the 18 counties is enormous.

"We already have more than 1,300 children signed up, and I've been getting 20 e-mails a day from people who need toys," Snyder said. "We'd like to give every child who signed up three toys. Our goal is to exceed what we did last year. That's why we are enlisting the help of Marshall University."

Kelly Sweetman, director of military and veterans affairs at Marshall, said collection boxes will be placed in the Memorial Student Center throughout the campaign, which runs Monday, Nov. 1, through Friday, Dec. 17. New, unwrapped toys, valued at no more than $30 each, will be collected.

Money will also be accepted, although toys are preferred. Anyone wanting to donate money - which would be used to purchase toys - may call Sweetman at 304-696-5278.

"This campaign is a good example of the relationship Marshall has with the military and how we can work together for our community," Sweetman said. "I think our students are socially conscious and want to make a difference in the lives of our children. This is an excellent opportunity for us to do that this holiday season.

"We want to reach as many families as we can. The thought of a child going without is really quite sad. We need to dig deep within ourselves as a community and make sure that doesn't happen."

Volunteers will be needed throughout the campaign to sort, collect and distribute the toys. Anyone wanting to volunteer may call Sweetman or e-mail her at Sweetman@marshall.edu. She said MU students may ask their professors if volunteering in the Toys for Tots campaign can contribute towards their community service requirements.

The plan, Sweetman said, is to stop collecting names on Dec. 8. Sorting will take place Dec. 9-14, with toy distribution planned for Dec. 18-20.

Snyder said the children who receive the toys hopefully will receive a message of hope as well.

"The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders," Snyder said. "A new toy, something that many take for granted, can make a tremendous difference in the life of a child."

The community, he said, also benefits from the campaign.

"One of the objectives of Toys for Tots is go unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign, and to contribute to better communities in the future," he said.

Toys may be dropped off at the Memorial Student Center throughout the campaign. They also may be dropped off at various locations in all 18 counties - just look for the Toys for Tots posters.

For more information, contact Snyder at 304-776-4806, ext. 302, e-mail him at Toys@CHWVT4T.com, or visit the Toys for Tots web site at http://charleston-wv.toysfortots.org.


Photo: Marshall University mascot Marco presents a toy to Staff Sgt. Don Snyder for the 2010 Toys for Tots regional campaign, which begins Monday, Nov. 1. Marshall University is joining forces this holiday season with the United States Marine Corps Reserves in supporting the drive to collect toys for needy children in 14 West Virginia counties and four counties in Ohio. Photo by Liu Yang/Marshall University.

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Wednesday October 27, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University homecoming parade set for Saturday in Huntington

- Marshall University will conduct its 2010 homecoming parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, in downtown Huntington.

The parade lineup is expected to be one of the largest in MU homecoming history with 77 units confirmed and more likely to sign up, according to student Matt Goddard, one of the event organizers. The parade is sponsored by the Student Government Association.

This year's homecoming theme is "It's A Thundering Herd Round-Up" and parade participants include Marshall University student organizations, community organizations and political candidates. The parade also will feature float and marching band competitions, with the winners to be announced at halftime of the homecoming football game between Marshall and UTEP. Kickoff is at 3 p.m. at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, 8th and 9th Streets between Veterans Memorial Boulevard and 5th Avenue will be closed. Veterans Memorial Boulevard, though, will remain open throughout the parade.

The lineup for the parade will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the parade starting at 11 a.m. at 4th Avenue and 8th Street. It will head east on 4th Avenue to 12th Street, where it will turn right (south) and proceed to 5th Avenue. It will then turn left (east) on 5th Avenue, proceeding to 20th Street where it will end at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

For more information, contact Goddard by phone at 304-222-5523 or by e-mail at goddard24@marshall.edu.


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Wednesday October 27, 2010
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, , 304-696-3296

Music exchange students to perform Friday, Oct. 29

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's MAGNETS exchange students from Brazil will perform a concert showcasing their talents at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, in the Smith Recital Hall on the Huntington campus.

Guitarists Pedro Rogério and Andrei Uller and pianist Elider DiPaula are all part of the MAGNETS program sponsored by Marshall University and Morehead State University in the United States and Federal University of Goias and Santa Catarina State Unviersity in Brazil. MAGNETS stands for Music Abroad Generating New Experiences for Talented Students.

Julio Alves, associate professor of music at Marshall who teaches guitar, said the exchange program will be in effect for the next three years, allowing students and faculty to study and perform in different cultures.

Rogerio, Uller, and DiPaula are the first students to come to Marshall as part of the program. Next semester three Marshall music students will study at one of the Brazilian universities.

Rogerio said coming to an American school to study was very beneficial for him.

"Marshall University is amazing, people are friendly, you can see many people from a lot of countries on campus," Rogerio said. "The music department is very good. We have excellent professors, they work hard all the time, and the students are also great."

DiPaula said there are a lot of differences between the two cultures, but his experience at Marshall has been postitive.

"Something I consider very good about the teaching here is the discipline of study and the support that the students have about the professors' ideas; we have large opportunities to get in touch with renowned artists and the exchange of knowledge," DiPaula said.

Alves said it was privilege to have the chance to work with the students.

"They are very positive people, very educated, very polite and very cordial to all the students and to us," Alves said. "They have been working very hard since they got here. They always show up for their lessons very well prepared."

Alves also said the program is very beneficial for the whole Huntington community.

"I think it is important because it shows the kind of work we have been doing in the department," Alves said. "It enhances the musical experiences of our students here and also all of the community. It's not every day we get people from different areas at a certain level of aptitude that are ready to come here and share their talents for us. That is a very rich opportunity."

The students will play music they have worked on in Brazil as well as pieces they have learned here.

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Tuesday October 26, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Annual Butler Executive in Residence Lecture canceled

- The annual Ruth E. Butler Executive in Residence Lecture scheduled for 11 a.m.  Friday, Oct. 29, on Marshall University's Huntington campus has been canceled.   Plans to reschedule are incomplete at this time.
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Tuesday October 26, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

'Graduation Celebration' for summer, December 2010 graduates set for Nov. 2-3

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - All summer 2010 and tentative December 2010 graduates of Marshall University are invited to attend a "Graduation Celebration" next week in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's Huntington campus.

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

The celebration will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3. The Don Morris Room is located on the second floor of the student center.

The following services will be available at this event:

Registrar's Office - Students may verify their graduation status, degree record, name format and mailing address for their 2010 diploma. They also will receive information related to Marshall's 2010 Winter Commencement, which will take place Sunday, Dec. 5 at Cam Henderson Center on MU's Huntington campus.

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

Jostens - Students may purchase their MU Class of 2010 rings. Custom Marshall University graduation announcements can be ordered at the event or online at www.college.jostens.com.

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

Framing Success - Diploma frames will be available for purchase.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday October 25, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Author Heather Hartley to read from her work at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Author Heather Hartley will read from her work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in the Shawkey Room of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Hartley is a poet, a professor of writing, and an international literary magazine editor. She grew up in West Virginia and is the author of Knock Knock, a new poetry collection from Carnegie Mellon University Press.  Publisher's Weekly, praising Hartley's sonorous language and humor, remarks that the book is "full of appetite and culture - it will make you want to book a one-way ticket to Paris."

Her poems, essays and interviews have appeared in Tin House, Mississippi Review, Post Road and other magazines, and numerous anthologies, including Food and Booze: A Tin House Literary Feast and Satellite Convulsions: Poems from Tin House.

She is Paris Editor for Tin House magazine, curates Shakespeare & Company Bookshop's weekly reading series, and teaches creative writing and poetry at the American University of Paris.

Her appearance is sponsored by the Marshall English Department, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Office of the Provost.  It is free and open to the public.

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

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Monday October 25, 2010
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, , (304) 696-3296

Marshall University sculpture students to host exhibition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Sculpture students in the Department of Art and Design at Marshall University will host an exhibition of 3-dimensional art at Gallery 842 in Huntington, opening Friday, Oct. 29.

An opening reception for the exhibition, titled Welcome to my Studio, will be Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.

"We are exhibiting student work that shows the variety and depth of contemporary sculpture," Jonathan Cox, professor of art and design, said. "The work is a reflection of individual student identity and perspective."

The sculpture students are eager for the opportunity to exhibit their work in Gallery 842 for the first time.

"This show is a great opportunity for us to exhibit our 3-dimensional work in an exhibition that is strictly 3-dimensional art," Ellen Fure, one of the sculpture students, said.

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. Hours are from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.

For more information or to ask questions about the exhibition or Gallery 842, contact Jaye Ike, by phone at 304-696-3296, or by e-mail at jaye.ike@marshall.edu.

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Friday October 22, 2010
Contact: Lalena Price, Communications Coordinator, 304-746-1989

National report shows Marshall University graduates same percentage of African-American and white students

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A recent national report released by The Education Trust indicates that Marshall University is successful in graduating African-American students at the same rate as white students.

The report, "Big Gaps, Small Gaps: Some Colleges and Universities Do Better Than Others in Graduating African-American Students," digs beneath national college-graduation averages and examines disaggregated six-year graduation rates at hundreds of the nation's public and private institutions, according to The Education Trust, a Washington, D.C. advocacy group. The group works to promote  high academic achievement among blacks, Latinos and American Indians, with the goal of closing the gaps in opportunity and achievement.

Maurice Cooley, director of Marshall University's Center for African-American Students' Programs, said he is not surprised that MU's white-black gap is 0.0, as reflected by this study, which means that the university graduates the same percentage of black students as it does white students.

"I'm elated that a neutral national organization has found us to be performing among the most successful universities in the country from this perspective," Cooley said. "As a whole, study after study shows that nationally, African-American students graduate at a rate 20 percent below that of white students. At Marshall, we are committed to providing a supportive environment that continually results in our students excelling in their studies and becoming wholly involved in the university community."

According to The Education Trust, which used data from 2006-2008, even though 57 percent of all students who enroll earn diplomas within six years, the graduation rates for different groups of students are vastly different. Nationally, 60 percent of whites but only 49 percent of Latinos and 40 percent of African-Americans who start college hold bachelor's degrees six years later. The August 2010 report was presented by Mamie Lynch, higher education research and policy analyst, and Jennifer Engle, assistant director of higher education, at The Education Trust.

Cooley, who came to Marshall University in 2003, said that there are more than 800 African-American students on the Huntington campus in a variety of degree programs from the arts to sciences and business. Many of these students learned about MU through a program for high school students that exposes them to college life. The annual Outstanding Black High School Students initiative brings high school juniors and seniors with 3.0 or higher grade point averages to Marshall for a weekend in November for programs, fellowship and that all-important exposure to college life.

"Once they have arrived as students, we don't expect them to just meet expectations; we expect them to truly excel and will make every effort to provide the critical resources and attention to achieving these outcomes," Cooley said.

High-achieving African-American students are invited to apply and interview for membership in the Society of Outstanding Black Scholars. Students are expected to maintain high grade point averages, participate fully in a mentoring program for four years and actively participate in a number of planned enrichment, academic and personal development activities, Cooley said.

Other organizations help students feel at home and give them encouragement while on campus including the Black United Students Organization and several Greek sororities and fraternities, as well as a Multicultural Leadership Ambassadors Program that is open to a highly diverse cross section of the student population at Marshall. The Office of Multicultural Affairs, under the leadership of Dr. Shari Clarke, works to enhance the overall university environment through direct student support services and creating a continuum of growth oriented opportunities for students of all colors and backgrounds.

Cooley said that the entire university, from the Office of the President to Academic Affairs and others are genuinely committed to the highest academic outcomes, irrespective of race, religion, or other differences. "Our students are soundly aware of this," he added.

"What we're doing is working because our African-American students become actively involved and hold numerous leadership positions in student life at MU. For example during recent years African American students have held recognition as both Mr. and Ms. Marshall during Homecoming, and recently as president of the Student Government Association. These positions are secured through the votes of the entire student body. All of these opportunities and many others have contributed to a successful college experience that I've seen propel students onto medical school and law school.

"Our ultimate goal is that our graduation rate for our African-American students will eventually exceed all others," Cooley said. "Why not? Marshall University is a place where all students can excel, irrespective of our differences. Our differences are what bring us together."

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Friday October 22, 2010
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964

Brownfields Assistance Center announces financing workshops

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall University has announced workshops to be held next month in partnership with the National Development Council, BB&T and the Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University (WVU).

Two one-day "Brownfields Redevelopment:  Environmental and Economic Viability" workshops are planned. The first workshop is scheduled for Nov. 16 at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown. The second workshop will be held Nov. 17 at Tamarack in Beckley.

The workshops are intended for bankers, real estate developers, environmental regulatory entities and economic development groups. The sessions will provide participants with information and resources to help them deal with the unique financial considerations that must be considered when working with brownfields properties.

Brownfields are abandoned or underutilized contaminated land with prospects for business, housing or recreational redevelopment. The Brownfields Assistance Centers at Marshall and WVU were created in 2005 to secure and administer federal brownfields funding and assistance programs, and to provide training and technical assistance, and grant writing, site assessment and remediation services. The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall University is housed in the Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS).

Dr. Tony Szwilski, director of CEGAS, said, "Our Brownfields Assistance Center continues to expand outreach efforts and partnerships, and this workshop is another example of our efforts. We are pleased to continue our leadership role in assisting entities across the state with brownfields redevelopment and associated community revitalization."

Each workshop is limited to a maximum of 50 participants. Sessions will be fast-paced, hands-on events with extensive attendee participation.

Workshop and registration information is available at www.bbttraining.com.

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Friday October 22, 2010
Contact: Leah C. Payne, Media Communications Specialist, (304) 696-7153

Society of Yeager Scholars at Marshall University Announces 24th Annual Lecture Series

Theme is Sustainable Agriculture in West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. Marshall University's Society of Yeager Scholars begins its 24th Annual Symposium Lecture Series, "Sustainable Agriculture in West Virginia," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26 in Smith Hall 154 on the Huntington campus. Additional lectures are scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, in Smith Hall 154.

 "The issue of sustainability is making headlines daily," said Henry Heisey, Yeager student co-chair for the series. "Our lecture series applies the term to food and farming. Speakers will describe how farming practices can be made more sustainable, as well as highlight what is happening currently in this field and what changes local experts foresee in the field."

The first lecture, Tuesday, Oct. 26, features Marshall University ecology professor Dr. Frank Gilliam, whose comments will focus on nitrogen dynamics and its effect on farming and sustainability.  

Tuesday, Nov.2. the lecture series welcomes Thomas McConnell, who is the director of the West Virginia Small Farms Center and serves as West Virginia University's Sustainable Agriculture Resources and Education Coordinator. McConnell will address current and future sustainability efforts in West Virginia.

The series concludes Tuesday, Nov. 9, with a panel discussion featuring Dr. James Farmer, who teaches in Marshall's Natural Resources and Recreation Management program, and Dr. Chuck Talbott, who is the Putnam County extension agent and also owns a farm that produces free-range pork.

Each lecture will conclude with a question-and-answer session, followed by a reception.  The events are open to the public.

For more information please contact Sharlee Henry, Honors College, at 304-696-6763.

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Thursday October 21, 2010
Contact: Leah C. Payne, Media Communications Specialist, 304-696-6397

Marshall University offers Campus Conversation on Digital Instruction

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A series of discussions geared toward fostering the implementation of the Marshall University Academic Master Plan continues with an event scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27, in the Shawkey Room of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's Huntington campus.

Campus Conversations, which are open to all Marshall faculty, students and staff, will take place throughout the 2010-11 academic year in an effort to gather input on several significant issues associated with the Academic Master Plan. 

The topic for the Oct. 27 discussion is "Mobile Technologies: The New Chalk!"  Conversation will be facilitated by Dr. Gayle Ormiston, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Mike Little, Chair of the Department of Integrated Science and Technology; and Brian Morgan, Associate Professor in the Department of Integrated Science and Technology.

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

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

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Wednesday October 20, 2010
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, , 304-696-3296

Huntington 'Street Newspaper' Debuts Oct. 21

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The first edition of The Huntington Pulse, a "street newspaper" started by Marshall University students, will be introduced Thursday, Oct. 21, at a release party in the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's Huntington campus. Copies of the paper will be available for purchase there for $1 each and will be available at Empire Books in Huntington the following day.

Marshall student Eric Falquero invited the public to attend a release party, which will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in room 2W37 of the Memorial Student Center and will feature live music and refreshments. He said that the paper's staff members will be available to receive feedback and suggestions from those attending.

Falquero established the paper, with a starting staff of 18 other students, to help homeless people around the Huntington area. A planned vendor program will allow homeless individuals to sell the paper in order to help them save money, find work and find support from fellow community members, Falquero said.

"We are applying for many grants that could bring new money to the area through us, and ending homelessness is a value we support and promote 100 percent, as well as hope to be an agent of," Falquero said.

The first issue will showcase the Cabell-Huntington Coalition for the Homeless' services at Harmony House to highlight what they do.

Falquero said he was inspired by a similar nonprofit paper, Street Sense, with which he interned in Washington, D.C., last summer. He started The Huntington Pulse as the capstone project for his degree program in the College of Fine Arts and began to organize by creating a student organization known as the Marshall Street Newspaper Association. The group is  approved to offer internships to journalism and design students.

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Tuesday October 19, 2010
Contact: Jaye Ike, Director of Communications, 304-696-3296

MU alumna Lisa Hindmarsh returns to sing jazz cabaret at Homecoming

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University alumna Lisa Hindmarsh, a jazz singer, and faculty member Dr. Sean Parsons, a jazz pianist, will present a program of favorite jazz standards in the 2010 Homecoming Cabaret at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, in the Jomie Jazz Forum on the Huntington campus.

Since receiving her Master of Arts degree in vocal performance from Marshall in 1989, where she was a student of Linda Dobbs and featured with the MU Opera Theatre, Pittsburgh native Lisa Hindmarsh has crafted a critically acclaimed career as a singer whose range spans a wide variety of genres.  She has been a professional church and synagogue musician for nearly 30 years, including six years with the renowned Choir of the Church of St. Luke in the Fields and with St. Bartholomew's in New York City, and with the Pittsburgh Camerata and Mendelssohn Choir in Pittsburgh.

While living in Pittsburgh, she was the alto of the popular, highly regarded jazz/pop a cappella quintet, InVoice. During its seven-year tenure, the group released a critically acclaimed recording, Out of Nowhere, and performed extensively throughout western Pennsylvania.

Hindmarsh currently lives in Charleston, S.C., where she is a soloist at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and a member of the acclaimed 12-voice, a cappella Charleston Renaissance Ensemble in addition to her work with local jazz musicians throughout the city.

Parsons is as at home in modern jazz as he is with The Great American Songbook.  He is nearing completion of his first CD as a leader, titled "When I See Her Again," which is expected to be released later in 2010.

Hindmarsh will also conduct a master class for singers at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Jomie Jazz Forum. The class is free and open to the public.

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Tuesday October 19, 2010
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, 304-696-3296

Marshall University Jazz Ensemble 12.0 in Concert Oct. 21

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The year's first concert by the Marshall University Jazz Ensemble 12.0, the university's premier jazz ensemble, will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.

Student vocalist Jen Billups will be the featured artist. Billups is a vocal performance major and a second-year member of the ensemble. She is also a member of Marshall's rock ensemble, Looking Glass, and the MU Chamber Choir. Her singing has attracted the notice of some of the premier vocal jazz educators in the nation, said Dr. Ed Bingham, director of jazz studies at Marshall.

Other notable students to be heard in the ensemble include Austin Seybert and Luke Miller. Seybert was selected to participate in the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra that will perform at the Jazz Education Network conference in New Orleans in January. Miller was selected as an alternate and will attend the conference.

The concert will include jazz standards such as "Blue Skies," "The Lady is a Tramp," "When Sunny Gets Blue," "A Tisket, A Tasket" (made famous by Ella Fitzgerald) and Maynard Ferguson's version of "Brazil."

For further information, contact Bingham at 304-696-3147.

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Tuesday October 19, 2010
Contact: Dr. Chuck Bailey, WMUL-FM, , 304-696-2294

Marshall graduate student a finalist in national broadcast competition

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - A student broadcaster from WMUL-FM, Marshall University's public radio station, was a national finalist in the 2009 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) National Mark of Excellence Contest in the category Radio News Reporting.

Adam Cavalier, a graduate student from Montgomery, W.Va., received the award for "Salvation for the Powerless," which he wrote and produced for "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," Monday, February 2, 2009.

The award was presented at the SPJ Convention and National Journalism Conference earlier this month in Las Vegas.

Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, professor of Radio-Television Production and Management in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University and faculty manager of WMUL-FM, said that Cavalier competed with other broadcasting students who won regional first-place awards for radio news reporting. 

"Our radio students have established a tradition at WMUL-FM of being able to successfully compete at the national level with other student journalists," Bailey said. "This recognition, for the third straight year, for WMUL-FM's Adam Cavalier in SPJ's National Mark of Excellence Contest is further evidence of the quality of the work performed by our talented broadcasting students at WMUL-FM and the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications,"

Overall there are 39 categories for print, radio, television and online journalism in the SPJ National Mark of Excellence contest and there were more than 3,600 entries from schools across SPJ's 12 regions in the contest. SPJ has been presenting the Mark of Excellence Awards since 1972.

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

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Friday October 15, 2010
Contact: Dr. Corley Dennison, Dean, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, 304-696-2809

Manchin holds double-digit lead over Raese for U.S. Senate seat in W.Va., according to new MU School of Journalism poll

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Gov. Joe Manchin, III leads businessman John Raese by 10 percentage points in the November West Virginia election to fill the unexpired term of late Sen. Robert C. Byrd, according to a new poll conducted on behalf of  Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications. The Manchin campaign has emerged with a substantial lead, despite the unpopularity of President Barack Obama and his policies in the Mountain State.

In the poll of 450 likely voters conducted Oct. 11-12, Manchin, a Democrat, holds a 48-38 advantage over Raese, his Republican opponent. The governor's lead in the poll exceeds the margin of error of 4.6 percent. 

The election will be held on Nov. 2 to replace Byrd, the longest-serving member of Congress who died June 28 after more than 50 years serving the people of West Virginia in that office.

The new poll suggests an improvement in Manchin's campaign impact and confirms a general rise noted in other recent polls. Manchin had trailed by as many as six points in one poll but other more recent polls since early October have pegged the contest a dead heat. This is the first poll in recent days to show a substantial lead by Manchin.

The Marshall Poll also finds strong approval of Manchin's performance as governor of West Virginia - 65 percent evaluating his job performance as good or excellent. However, there is a 23 percentage-point difference between those supporting his candidacy for the United States Senate and those favorably evaluating his performance in the governor's office.

Manchin's lead in the poll contrasts strong opposition to President Obama in West Virginia. In the poll, half of the voters expressed "very much worry" about Obama's health-care bill and indicated similar concern about the future of the coal industry in their state. When asked if the policies of Obama and Manchin were similar, 35 percent said "somewhat similar" and 27 percent said "very much the same."

In recent days, the governor has tried to distance himself from President Obama's administration with a suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and campaign ads emphasizing Manchin's NRA endorsement and his differences with Obama over the budget and energy policies.

Concerning the economy, respondents said Democrats (33 percent) are in the best position to improve the economy, versus 26 percent for Republicans and 12 percent for the tea party. Other poll results involving issues of concern to the electorate, however, underscore the challenges Manchin confronts in winning the U.S. Senate seat he was favored to win at the start of the campaign. Nearly half (47 percent) said they are "very much" worried about the health-care bill passed by Congress in the spring, half (51 percent) said they are "very much" worried about the future of the coal industry and nearly half (48 percent) said they are worried "very much" about job security.

Dr. Robert Rupp, a poll adviser and West Virginia Wesleyan professor, said "The concern about job security was reflected in another economic question on the improvement of the economy. Almost half of the survey voters (45 percent) strongly disagree with the assessment that 'our economy is improving.'"

However, voters expressing such views do not necessarily indicate they will vote for one candidate over another because of those positions.

Another adviser on the poll, Dr. Marybeth Beller, chair and professor of political science at Marshall, made the following observations in her analysis:

  • Respondents who said the tea party represents their views (very much 23 percent, somewhat 23 percent) are more likely to support Raese.
  • People who say Manchin shares Obama's policies (62 percent) are very likely to support Raese.
  • People who disagreed with the statement that "our economy is improving" (52 percent) are more likely to vote for Raese.
  • However, concern over the future of the coal industry is not a statistically significant indicator of whether voters will support Manchin or Raese even though 67 percent worried about it.
  • Concern over job security (62 percent) is not a statistically significant indicator of whether a voter will support Manchin or Raese.

Poll analysts suggest part of Manchin's rise possibly was caused a by a major news event that took place during the polling period: Former Democratic President Bill Clinton campaigned Oct. 11 with Manchin in Morgantown. Clinton carried West Virginia during his election campaigns in 1992 and 1996, before the state tilted Republican during the past two presidential elections. 

Rupp said "The poll may have been impacted by the Clinton factor because some poll results were taken on Monday when the former president campaigned with the governor (in Morgantown). But his campaign visit could result in a false positive of no more than 2 percent, which still puts Manchin ahead by 8 percent (46 percent-38 percent) exceeding the margin of error of +/- 4.6 percent, and placing him in the lead in five of the past six public polls taken on the race since September."

How the Marshall University School of Journalism
 and Mass Communications poll was conducted

The W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, commissioned a poll on the U.S. Senate race between Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican John Raese. Orion Strategies conducted the poll October 11-12, 2010. The poll also tested voter attitudes in the Mountain State.  The poll used a sample of likely voters representative of the West Virginia's voting electorate and proportional to its three congressional districts. A total of 450 respondents completed the survey in its entirety.   Names were rotated in questions dealing with campaigns to reduce bias.  The margin of error is +-4.6 percent with a confidence rate of 95 percent. The survey was conducted by live interviewers only, and no automated response system was used.

Orion Strategies, with locations in Charleston and Buckhannon, conducts public opinion polling in West Virginia for political campaigns, media outlets and institutions of higher education.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications is an accredited program and offers programs of study for undergraduate and graduate students. The school offers majors in broadcast, print, sports and online journalism, advertising, public relations and radio-television production and management.


Marshall University Questionnaire


Now, I'd like to ask you to evaluate Joe Manchin's performance as governor. Would you say it is:

5 Excellent 37%
4 Good 38%
3 Don't know/recognize 6%
2 Fair 12%
1 Poor 7%
Total 100%


If the November Election for United States Senate were being held today, would you vote for Republican Nominee John Raese or Democratic Nominee Joe Manchin:

John Raese 38%
Neither 2%
Not sure 12%
Jesse Johnson 0%
Joe Manchin 48%
Total 100%


Please listen to the following the statement: Our economy has been improving. Do you

Very much agree 10%
Somewhat agree 22%
Not sure 6%
Somewhat disagree 17%
Strongly disagree 45%
Total 100%


Please tell us how worried you are about the following individual topics as issues in your OWN household:

a. The Heath Care bill passed by Congress

5 Very much 48%
4 Somewhat 19%
3 Not Very Much 8%
2 Don't Know/Not Sure 9%
1 Not at all 16%
Total 100%

b. Coal Industry

5 Very much 51%
4 Somewhat 16%
3 Not Very Much 8%
2 Don't Know/Not Sure 8%
1 Not at all 16%
Total 100%

c. Job Security

5 Very much 47%
4 Somewhat 15%
3 Not Very Much 8%
2 Don't Know/Not Sure 5%
1 Not at all 25%
Total 100%


Which political affiliation is in the best position to help improve the economy?

1 Democrats 33%
4 Republicans 26%
5 TEA Party 12%
2 Unsure 16%
3 None of the Above 13%
Total 100%


How strongly do you believe the TEA Party represents your views?

5 Very much 23%
4 Somewhat 23%
3 Not Very Much 22%
2 Don't Know/Not Sure 8%
1 Not at all 23%
Total 100%


To what degree do you believe Joe Manchin and President Obama share the same policy positions?

They differ greatly 8%
Very little 9%
Not sure 21%
Somewhat similar 35%
Very much the same 27%
Total 100%


Please tell me which of the following best describes your marital status.

Married 74%
Single 5%
Divorced/separated 4%
Widowed 14%
Refused 2%
Total 100%


Are you, or is anyone in this household, a member of a labor union?

Non-union household 76%
Not sure 4%
Labor union household 20%
Total 100%


Do you consider yourself a "fundamentalist" or "evangelical" Christian?

Yes 68%
Not sure 10%
No 22%
Total 100%


How would you describe your point of view in terms of the political parties? Would you say you are mostly Democratic, leaning Democratic, completely Independent, leaning Republican, or mostly Republican?

7 Mostly Democratic 32%
6 Leaning Democratic 10%
5 Completely Independent 15%
4 None (VOL) 2%
3 Not sure 3%
2 Leaning Republican 16%
1 Mostly Republican 22%
Total 100%


For statistical purposes only, we need to know your total family income range for 2010. I'm going to read you a list of categories.

Under $40,000 39%
Over $40,000 42%
Not sure (VOL) 7%
Refused 12%
Total 100%


How regularly do you attend religious services?

Never 12%
Rarely 14%
Once or twice a year 10%
Once a month 9%
Weekly 36%
More than Once a Week 19%
Total 100%


In what age group are you?

18-24 7%
25-34 3%
35-49 11%
50-64 32%
65 and over 47%
Total 100%

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Friday October 15, 2010
Contact: Keely Martin, Executive Assistant, Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, , 304-696-3830

MIIR seminar series to host MU Alumnus and former Merck & Co. Executive Director

- The focus of an upcoming program presented by Blair Gibson, former executive director for Portfolio Strategy and Strategic Planning at Merck & Co., will be research and development productivity and opportunities for academic collaboration in the pharmaceutical industry.

The event is to be hosted by the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (MIIR), and will take place Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Marshall University Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center at 519 John Marshall Dr. in Huntington. A reception will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Gibson, a Marshall University alumnus, has worked for some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world such as Merck & Co., Sanofi Aventis and Pharmacia (now Pfizer Inc.), and has more than 25 years of experience in the industry in both commercial and strategic planning roles.

He headed the global launch of JANUVIA, a blockbuster drug for the treatment of type-2 diabetes. The launch of this drug was praised by the pharmaceutical industry as one of the best launches ever of a primary-care drug. Gibson's work experience has been largely global in scope and he has even served expatriate assignments in Europe and Latin America. 

"We are very excited about having Blair present the lecture this fall.  He has unique insight into areas of health and technology that affect our daily lives.  Considering the changes ahead of us in health care, the timing of this lecture could not be better," said Dr. Eric Kmiec, director of MIIR and the institute's lead research scientist.

Gibson has in-depth experience in the area of tradeoff-decision analysis for portfolios of marketed brands and late-stage clinical studies.  He has published two papers on strategic resources allocation and four portfolios of marketed products on tradeoff-decision analysis in phase IIb-IV.

He currently advises pharmaceutical companies and financial institutions on mergers and acquisitions in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Co-sponsors of the event include Huddleston Bolen LLP and the Marshall University Foundation.

The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Keely Martin at martin192@marshall.edu or 304-696-3830.

MIIR was created through the state's "Bucks for Brains" research trust fund. The institute's goal is to become a self-sustaining enterprise through entrepreneurship and commercialization of scientific discoveries, while enhancing economic development, advancing intellectual infrastructure and increasing employment opportunities in the state and region.

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Friday October 15, 2010
Contact: Michelle Muth, Marshall Recreation Center, , 304-696-2943

Marshall Recreation Center to conduct used shoe drive as part of nationwide sustainability day

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - As part of the 8th annual NIRSA (National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association) Campus Rec Sustainability Day, the Marshall Recreation Center will conduct a used shoe donation drive on Wednesday, Oct. 20.

The recreation center is located at 402 Thundering Herd Dr., across from Joan C. Edwards Stadium, on the Huntington campus. The center will accept any type of shoe, either new or gently used, at the recreation center's main entrance from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Shoes also can be dropped off quickly to staff members from 4 to 6 p.m. at the recreation center's 5th Avenue loading dock.

Shoe donations will be given to Sports Gift, a charitable organization associated with NIRSA. Shoes not accepted by Sports Gift will be given to local organizations.

For those unable to donate shoes, sports equipment such as old baseball, football, soccer or other gear will be accepted. All equipment collected will be used to help impoverished children all over the world - including those in communities in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Pacific, Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East - play sports. For a complete list of acceptable equipment and additional information about Sports Gift, visit SportsGift.org.

Shoe and equipment collections will be accepted at the recreation center after Oct. 20 during regular hours until Nov. 12. Regular hours are Monday to Thursday, 6 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 10 p.m.

The Marshall student organization, MU-P.R.O.S., also will participate in the nationwide sustainability day by holding an electronics recycling drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the recreation center's 5th Avenue loading dock.

MU-P.R.O.S. will accept any old electronics, including computers, printers, televisions, and microwave ovens. Potential private information will be removed from all equipment received. Funds raised by the electronics drive will be used to help student members attend educational seminars and conferences, and to participate in student activities. MU-P.R.O.S., a student organization for Parks and Recreation majors or other students interested in parks and recreation, raised more than $150 during last year's drives.

The Marshall Recreation Center, which opened in 2009, is a member of NIRSA.

For more information on the shoe drive or the recreation center, call 304-696-4REC or visit www.Marshallcampusrec.com. Information concerning P.R.O.S. and the recycling drive can be directed to the organization's faculty representative, Richard Abel, at 304-696-2931. For information concerning NIRSA or Campus Rec Sustainability Day, visit www.nirsa.com.        


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Friday October 15, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall musicians to present 'Octubafest!'

- Members of the Marshall University Tuba and Euphonium Studio will present their annual celebration of "Octubafest!" later this month.

A concert of solo performances will be given at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, in Smith Music Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus.

The university's tuba/euphonium ensemble, "Tubonium," will perform a concert with an array of Halloween-themed compositions to celebrate "TUBAWEEN" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, also in Smith Music Hall.

"Come enjoy the festive costumes, decorations, and free candy," said Dr. George Palton, adjunct professor of tuba at Marshall.  "There will be 'kid-friendly' activities and costumes are welcome."

Admission is free and open to the public for both events. For further information about these events or music at Marshall University, persons may call the Department of Music at  304-696-3117 or e-mail Palton at palton@marshall.edu.

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Thursday October 14, 2010
Contact: Lalena Price, University Communications, 304-746-1989

Marshall University Sustainability Department launches Eco Cycle Bike Loan Program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Members of the Marshall University family will soon be able to borrow some wheels to cruise around town and never have to worry about filling up the tank.

The Marshall Eco Cycle Bike Loan Program is now accepting membership applications from students, faculty and staff.  Bike checkouts will begin Monday, Oct. 18, according to Margie Phillips, manager of the Sustainability Department.

A limited number of bikes will be available for daily use Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. as well as on weekends between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. The service is free, but is available only to those with a valid Marshall University ID. Applicants can register, agree to terms of use and safety, and sign liability forms either in person at the Outdoor Recreation Area of the Marshall Recreation Center or online at www.marshall.edu/sustainability.

Phillips said the concept for the program grew out of Greening Marshall Committee meetings where students, faculty and staff gather regularly to discuss ideas to lighten the environmental footprint of the university.

"We really want the Marshall family to take advantage of this program both to reduce carbon emissions from motor vehicles and to have a no-cost option for exercise, adventure and campus commuting," Phillips said. "Riding a bicycle promotes a healthy body and helps the environment as alternative transportation. We are sure people will have fun with Marshall Eco Cycle."

The Sustainability Department purchased a fleet of six Trek and Globe Carmel Cruisers with funds from the student-initiated Green Fee to launch the program. Additionally, two mountain bikes have been donated by Sam Colvin, a faculty member in the Integrated Science and Technology Department and member of the Greening Marshall Committee.

Eco Cyclists will receive safety training upon checkout and will be provided with a bike lock and helmet. The bikes are to be ridden within the city limits of Huntington. Eco Cyclists will find plenty of parking for their bikes on the Huntington campus where new bike racks are available, compliments of the Physical Plant as well as Green Fee funds.

The first 50 students to register for membership in the Eco Cycle Program will get a complimentary backpack from the Sustainability Department. The first 50 to actually check out a bike will receive a free water bottle.

The Sustainability Department has partnered with the Recreation Center, the Marshall University Student ID Office and Jeff's Bike Shop in Huntington to make the program possible.

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Thursday October 14, 2010
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, , 304-696-3296

Marshall student reaches national pageant finals

- A theatre major at Marshall will travel to New Orleans next year representing West Virginia in a national pageant.

Rachel Stefursky, a theatre major from Charleston, W.Va., first competed in the Planet Beach Internationals series in a local contest in August. Stefursky and two others were chosen as winners and split a prize of $1000. From there they went on to compete in the regionals pageant in Canton, Ohio.

In Ohio, Stefursky competed against 35 young women from eight different states. Fifty percent of the competition was based on personality and fifty percent was based on dress and swimwear. Each woman was interviewed, asked to express personal experiences, and to "sell" a product that was given to them on the spot. 

Stefursky said class, intellect, and personality were all part of the requirements of the competition. The first four finishers were all from West Virginia and will move on to the finals in January.

"I'm so proud of the four of us for representing West Virginia in a positive light and myself for even participating in the event itself," Stefursky said. "I thought how wonderful was it that I was involved in competing in an organization that was for sending a positive message to young women. The director was very inspirational in explaining that we needed to represent females by showing forth our strong intellectual and personable selves." 

Stefursky said even though she would be acting as a positive role model, the whole pageant experience was different for her.

"I'm used to being judged on a talent, not on a look that someone may just not like," Stefursky said. "I just went in accepting the fact that other people's opinions of me or my physical appearance do not define who I am."

She added she went into the competition in hopes of winning some money but never thought she would place.

"I have struggled with insecurities about my body and self-esteem but I have developed confidence within myself since this winning," Stefursky said.

Stefursky and the three other West Virginia finalists will compete for $150,000 cash and a modeling contract this coming January.

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Wednesday October 13, 2010
Contact: Mike Campbell, Marshall University Bookstore, , 304-696-2456

Wrestler Mick Foley to sign latest book at Marshall University Bookstore

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - World-famous professional wrestler and best-selling author Mick Foley will be on hand at the Marshall University Bookstore on Monday, Oct. 18, to talk with fans and sign his latest work, "Countdown to Lockdown: A Hard Core Journal."

Foley, also author of the number-one New York Times best-seller "Have a Nice Day! A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks," will be at the bookstore, which is located in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus, beginning at 6 p.m.

In his latest book, Foley recounts the days leading up to his emergence from retirement and debut with a new wrestling organization. "Countdown to Lockdown" chronicles the tough process he endured to come back against archrival Sting and includes a collection of anecdotes about the wild, wild world of professional wrestling.

Foley has wrestled professionally for more than 15 years and is a multiple champion and title holder. Foley also penned the #1 New York Times hit: "Foley Is Good: And the Real World Is Faker than Wrestling." He currently wrestles on TNA Wrestling and resides with his wife and four children on Long Island, N.Y., where he grew up.

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

Marshall University Honors College seminar class to host senatorial health care discussion panel

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Honors College seminar on U.S. health care is hosting a health care discussion panel among West Virginia candidates for the U.S. Senate on Thursday, Oct. 14 on the Huntington campus.

The event, which is open to the public, will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center's Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre, Located across 5th Avenue from the Marshall Memorial Student Center.  A small meet-and-greet will precede the discussion at 6 p.m.

Tickets are limited and may be picked up before the event at the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse box office.

"Health care is important for all West Virginians as it affects us daily," said MU student Matt Goddard, a class member and one of the event organizers. "With the proposed changes to the American health care system, our class feels that the public needs to be educated on where each candidate stands.  This is why we decided to have an interactive forum, where questions will be posed to the senatorial candidates from the class as well as audience members."

Republican candidate John Raese and Mountain Party candidate Jesse Johnson have confirmed that they will attend, and Constitution Party candidate Jeff Becker will take part via videoconference. Gov. Joe Manchin, the Democratic candidate, will not be able to attend, but plans to send a message to those attending.

The seminar focuses on the importance of knowledge of health care and health care policy. Because health care is a hot topic in this election, members of the class thought it would be interesting to hear the opinions of senatorial candidates who will have a key role in the future of health care in this nation, Goddard said.

Although health care legislation passed last spring, discussion and policy on the topic are not finished, Goddard said. The class's goal is to investigate all health care options and discover the methods that will work best for the United States for the future.

For more information, contact Erin Shaver at shaver29@live.marshall.edu or 304-544-7002 with any questions or requests for more information. E-mail is preferable.

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Wednesday October 13, 2010
Contact: Lalena Price, Communications Coordinator, 304-746-1989

Trip to Charlotte business headquarters eye opening for Marshall Executive MBA students

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students in Marshall University's Executive MBA program ventured out of the classroom and into three high-profile boardrooms as part of their recent domestic residency in Charlotte, N.C.

The trip included exclusive site visits to the Carolina Panthers, Bank of America and Duke Energy. The excursion was planned and executed by three students in the cohort: Troy Andes of Hurricane, Gordon Waters of Proctorville, Ohio, and Shad West of South Charleston.

"Takeaways from any learning experience are what everyone who thirsts for knowledge hopes for. We got it in spades in Charlotte," West said. "It is clear what each person took away was very rich and diversified. I learned the importance of loving what you do and how much easier it is to work hard when you do. I learned that while simulations are great for theorizing, nothing beats throwing people together from different aspects of a business to come up with real solutions for some of today's toughest decisions. And finally, I learned the importance of being flexible in any situation as long as you maintain focus on what your overall mission is and the way in which your organization has chosen to achieve it. This domestic residency was the experience of a lifetime." 

Each business tailored a presentation specifically to Marshall's Executive MBA program.

While meeting with executives of the Carolina Panthers, students heard from President Danny Morrison as well as members of his marketing team about the power of the NFL brand and the importance of protecting their own Panthers image. On a tour through the Panthers' 73,778-seat, privately-financed, open-air, natural grass stadium, students saw evidence of brand development and attention to detail from the field to its posh suites.

Bank of America Corporation, perhaps most recognized as the largest bank holding company in the United States by assets, is also listed by Forbes as the third-largest company in the world. Bank of America serves clients in more than 150 countries and has 300,000 employees, according to human resources executives who addressed the class. Presenters emphasized the importance of talent retention and shared how the company manages its international workforce at all levels and in all branches of the company reaching well beyond its Charlotte headquarters.

Duke Energy, a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest electric power companies in the United States, supplying and delivering energy to approximately 4 million U.S. customers. Executives at Duke Energy's headquarters, including Shawn Heath, vice president for planning and support, showed students the trading floor and invited them to participate in two panel discussions with Duke Energy executives, one titled Carbon Policy and Renewable Energy and another titled Wholesale, Port Optimization, Fuels and Transportation.

Kathy Rittenhouse, an accountant and Executive MBA student, found the residency to be eye-opening in terms of current, real-world business practices.

"The overall experience in Charlotte provided us with a priceless example of how corporations are adapting to the current economic situation whether dealing with marketing, human resources or environmental issues," Rittenhouse said. "While classroom experiences are great, the opportunity to witness how challenging business situations are being handled through strategic planning and rebranding was fantastic." 

Dr. Uday Tate, director of the program, said it is vital that executive-level students take their education outside of the classroom to enrich what they are learning from professors as well as each other.

"Our program has many value-added features, including two residencies: international and domestic," Tate said. "Our EMBA students experience not only the way corporate America functions, but also receive valuable lessons in global markets.  In addition, domestic and international residencies enhance teamwork and provide opportunities to apply leadership and organizational skills."

The domestic residency was funded by the Marshall Executive MBA program. Students were accompanied by Steve Shumlas, assistant director and MBA advisor, and Dr. Shane Tomblin, faculty member from Marshall University's Lewis College of Business.



(Top) Carolina Panthers President Danny Morrison talks to Marshall University Executive MBA students about the power of branding. (Bottom) Marshall University Executive MBA students learn how the Carolina Panthers employ social networking to help build the company's brand.

Photos courtesy of Marshall University.

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Monday October 11, 2010
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, , 304-696-3296

Music fraternity conducting apple butter sale

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The annual apple butter sale by the members of Marshall University's chapter of Phi Mu Alpha, a social music fraternity, is under way and will continue until Monday, Oct. 18.

Cost is $6 per pint and $10 per quart. Orders may be placed by e-mailing Michael Rose at rose83@live.marshall.edu and providing the following information: name of person ordering, contact information (e-mail, office number, and/or address), and sizes and quantities being ordered. Checks may be made payable to Phi Mu Alpha Zeta-Eta, and all monies must be received by Monday, Oct. 18. 

Phi Mu Alpha is a social music fraternity, open to all male students university wide who have a love and great respect for music. Phi Mu Alpha serves the music department and the surrounding community with multiple service projects. All proceeds from this fundraiser will be used toward the chapter's departmental and community service projects.

For more information, persons may contact Rose.

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Monday October 11, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Normal parking procedures at MU altered because of UCF game

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will alter normal parking procedures in and around the Huntington campus on Wednesday, Oct. 13 because of the Thundering Herd's 8 p.m. home football game with the University of Central Florida.

Beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday, the following athletic permit lots will be closed to staff and student parking: the Joan C. Edwards Stadium west lot, Annex lots 1 and 2, Maple St. North / South lots, the softball lot, and the 20th Street and 3rd Avenue lot.

All vehicles must be removed from these lots by 4:30 pm Wednesday. Vehicles on lots after 4:30 p.m. will be towed at the owner's expense.  Alternate parking will be available on 6th Avenue lots or the parking garage, which is located across 3rd Avenue from Cam Henderson Center.

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Monday October 11, 2010
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, , (304) 696-3296

Marshall University artists join ceramics exhibition at Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Members of the Keramos Potters Guild at Marshall University and potters from the community will participate in a ceramics exhibition at the Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau Oct. 22 and 23.

The exhibition will showcase various kinds of ceramic works, including functional pieces and sculptural works.

The exhibition opening will take place Friday, Oct. 22, from 4 to 8 p.m. The show will also be open on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"This show will be an exciting look at ceramics that Marshall University potters and our alumni are creating," said Tommy Warf, president of Keramos Potters Guild and a graduate art education student. "You'll see everything from functional dinnerware to ceramic sculpture.

"I'm very thankful to the CVB for the opportunity to showcase our student works. Making work and showing in an exhibition is not only a way to inform the public about what we do, but also to prepare ceramics students for careers in the ceramics field."

The Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau is located at 210 11th St. near Harris River Front Park, in Heritage Station.

For more information, contact Jaye Ike, Special Projects Coordinator for the College of Fine Arts, by phone at 304-696-3296 or by e-mail at jaye.ike@marshall.edu.

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Friday October 8, 2010
Contact: Lalena Price, Communications Coordinator, , 304-746-1989

CMT star Miranda Lambert headlines Marshall University's Homecoming 2010 concert

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Country music singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert is bringing her Revolution 2010 tour to Huntington as the featured artist in Marshall University's homecoming concert on Friday, Oct. 29.

The concert, which is a part of CMT on Tour, will kick off at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena at 7:30 p.m. and will feature special guests Eric Church and Josh Kelley, both singer-songwriters.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

Marshall University alumni and students may purchase best available tickets, with exception of the Pit (general admission-standing) area, for a discounted ticket price, while supplies last.

The MUAA has negotiated a discounted rate for MU alumni, who may contact the alumni relations office at 304-696-2901 to order discounted tickets. Marshall University students may purchase discounted tickets at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena box office.

There is a limit of four tickets per purchase for the student and alumni tickets and a current Marshall University student I.D. or alumni card must be presented at the time of purchase. There are a limited number of discounted tickets available.

Lambert gained fame as a finalist for the 2003 season of USA Network's talent competition "Nashville Star." The Texas native made her debut with the release of "Me and Charlie Talking," the first single from her debut album Kerosene, which was certified platinum in the United States.

Other singles "Bring Me Down," "Kerosene," and "New Strings" were Top 40 hits on Billboard's Hot Country Songs charts. Her second album, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, produced Top 20 hits "Famous in a Small Town," "Gunpowder & Lead," and "More Like Her," which were all in the Top 20 with "Gunpowder & Lead" hitting the Top 10.

Revolution, her third album, boasts her Number One hit, "The House That Built Me," which spent four weeks at the top of the charts.

Church is known for his chart-topping singles "Love Your Love the Most" and "Hell on the Heart," which are both Top 10 hits.

Kelley's songs, including "Amazing," have been featured in major motion pictures and television shows. He is the brother of Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and is married to actress Katherine Heigl.

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

Classes Cancelled for Rest of the Day (except for Corbly and Biotechnology Science Center)

Beginning at 3:15 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 7, classes on the Huntington campus are cancelled (except those in Corbly Hall or the Biotechnology Science Center) for the rest of the day and evening due to the power outage on campus. Classes will be held as scheduled Friday, Oct. 8.
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Wednesday October 6, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Debra Hart named Director of Equity Programs at Marshall University

 HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Debra Hart is the new Marshall University Director of Equity Programs. 

Hart's duties include working toward diversifying the student body, staff and faculty and the educational programs of the university; providing public services and expanding the  body of knowledge about Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action; and promoting equitable and fair treatment in every aspect of university life, including education and employment.  

Hart previously served as the executive director of the Mental Health Association in the Greater Kanawha Valley, Inc.  Prior to that she was she was employed with the Management and Training Corporation in Charleston, W.Va., as the Center's first business and community liaison.

She was appointed to the position of Director of Equal Employment Opportunity for West Virginia during Gov. Cecil H. Underwood's administration.  Through her leadership, the  Governor's Minority Business Task Force was formed and she served on the Equal Pay Commission, where she worked to review the salaries of women and minorities in state government. 

In addition, Hart worked for 14 years in the utility industry as a human resources generalist and affirmative action officer for Allegheny Energy in Fairmont, W.Va. She is a certified diversity trainer and serves as a frequent presenter at EEO group and training seminars, for businesses and non-profit corporations. 

Hart received a bachelor's degree from West Virginia State University and is a graduate of the American Institute for Managing Diversity.  She has received numerous awards for her work with youth in the community. 

Dedicated to community service, she serves on the executive board of First Family Foundation and is an active member of Ferguson Memorial Baptist Church in Dunbar, W.Va.  She also is a member of numerous associations, including the United States Commission on Civil Rights, League of Women Voters, Charleston Women's Club and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

Hart resides in Cross Lanes, W.Va., with her husband, Dana.  They are the parents of one grown daughter, Terri.

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

College Fair expected to attract about 2,500 high school juniors and seniors

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University College Fair for high school juniors and seniors in Cabell, Wayne and Lincoln counties takes place Wednesday, Oct. 6, at Cam Henderson Center on MU's Huntington campus.

Ella Kuratomi, assistant director of recruitment at Marshall, said about 2,500 students are expected to attend. In addition to Marshall, about 70 colleges and universities will be represented at the fair, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the concourse area of Henderson Center, Kuratomi said.

She said the purpose of the fair is to expose area students to different universities and colleges, thus helping them make a decision when it comes time to choosing one to attend.

For more information, contact Kuratomi at 304-696-3508.

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Tuesday October 5, 2010
Contact: Michelle Muth,, Marshall Recreation Center, , 304-696-2943

15th annual MU Alum Run 5k to be held Oct. 30

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall Recreation Center Alum Run 5k Run/Walk will be held in conjunction with Marshall University's homecoming weekend on Saturday, Oct. 30, beginning at 8 a.m.

The 15th annual event starts and finishes on 3rd Avenue near Marshall's Cam Henderson Center. Participants will run and walk through the streets of Huntington, then be treated to a post-race ceremony inside the Marshall Recreation Center. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be available at the post-race event.

The Alum Run, which has attracted more than 400 participants in the past, has become a staple during Marshall University's homecoming weekend celebration, said event director Matt Weber.

"The Alum Run does its best to promote an active, healthy lifestyle," Weber said. "Participating in this annual race is a good way to get started in that lifestyle or to continue your already active and healthy ways."

This year's race is partnering with Camp NEW You to provide volunteers and a portion of the race proceeds will go toward the camp.

Interested participants can sign up in advance until race day for $20 per person by visiting Marshallcampusrec.com and printing off the form or by picking up a copy at the Marshall Recreation Center during regular operating hours. The first 400 people to sign up will receive a long-sleeved shirt. All participants will receive items from the recreation center and other businesses.

Pre-race packet pick-up will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. the day before the race, Friday, Oct.  29, inside the Marshall Recreation Center. Participants also will have the option of signing up from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. on race day in front of Henderson Center. Cost at that time will be $25.

Payment is required in advance and only in the form of cash or check payable to MU Campus Rec Club. Payment may be dropped off at the recreation center or mailed to the Marshall Recreation Center at 402 Thundering Herd Dr., Huntington, WV 25755.

Participants may choose to participate in the community division, stroller division, or wheelchair division. Awards will be presented to the male and female overall top finishers and the top three finishers in the following age groups: 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70 & up. The top three male and female finishers in the stroller and wheelchair divisions will receive awards as well.

The Marshall Recreation Center, which opened in 2009 on Marshall's Huntington campus, organizes and directs the race in collaboration with multiple organizations who volunteer their time on race day. The Alum Run is also seeking sponsors for the race. Interested sponsors or those looking for additional race information may call Weber at 304-696-4REC. Also, visit MarshallCampusRec.com for additional race information, including a course map, and information about the Marshall Recreation Center.

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

Marshall's Thundering Word finishes fifth at George Mason tournament

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Thundering Word, Marshall University's speech and debate team, had a successful performance this past weekend in Fairfax, Va., where it finished fifth in Team Sweepstakes at The Virginia is for Lovers Speech Tournament at George Mason University.

The top finishers in the team category were Seton Hall, St. Joseph, Bowling Green and McNeese State.

Finishing in the top 10 in their individual events for Marshall were Kayla Johnson, a junior from Gallipolis, Ohio, fourth in Informative Speaking and fifth in Rhetorical Criticism; Ryan Jackson, a junior from Huntington, seventh in Prose, seventh in Poetry and seventh in Dramatic Interpretation; and Kendrick Vonderschmitt, a junior from Louisville, Ky., eighth in Rhetorical Criticism and 10th in Impromptu Speaking.

Coach Danny Ray said Marshall took only those three varsity competitors to the tournament. "We are very proud of our accomplishment this weekend," Ray said.

The team travels this upcoming weekend to West Chester University in Pennsylvania.

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Tuesday October 5, 2010
Contact: Demetrius Doss, 3Fingers Music Group , (304) 617-9504

3Fingers Music Group releases song to mark new era of Marshall University football

MANASSAS, Va. - 3Fingers Music Group has announced the release of a new single that it hopes will become a theme song for the Marshall University Thundering Herd football team this season. The song, "Chorus of Victoria (Marshall Version)," features current urban music artist and former Thundering Herd football player Demetrius "El Prezidino" Doss and his band M:O.R. (Music Over Recognition).

Doss said he hopes the catchy tune will motivate players and fans alike, and he has pledged to donate half of the proceeds from its iTunes sales to benefit Marshall's Big Green Scholarship Foundation.

Doss (El Prezidino), who played wide receiver at Marshall from 1998 to 2002, says the song is now available for download on iTunes.

"This song was birthed out of my desire to give back to my alma mater," says El Prezidino, who also serves as President of 3FMG.  "I not only wanted to galvanize and excite the Thundering Herd nation for this new era of Marshall Football, but I've always wanted to give a substantial donation to The Big Green.  This song will hopefully facilitate those two things."

Doss presented the "Chorus of Victoria (Marshall Version)" in August to Marshall administration and athletics officials, who agreed to play the song during Marshall football games at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

The song will also be promoted heavily to commercial radio throughout West Virginia.  The song is a fusion of rock and urban/pop, and features Marshall specific lyrics.  "The song took roughly three months to write, record, and mix," says Vice-President of 3FMG, Eliezer "the EARchitect" Lee.  "That is not typical for songs in this industry….El Prezidino and his band definitely made sure the song was going to be special, and once released, it would make the entire Marshall University community proud."

3Fingers Music Group is a multi-cultural independent record label based out of the Washington, D.C. metro area of Northern Virginia.  El Prezidino is an urban music artist signed to 3FMG, and he is the label's flagship artist.  El Prezidino has released two albums on 3FMG; the 2009 released The Illness (EP), and the June 2010 digital promo album ALMOST GENIUS ALMOST CRAZYThe Illness (EP) charted at #3 on the College Music Journal (CMJ) Hip-Hop ADDS chart for college radio in 2009.


If you'd like more info about this story/topic, or to schedule an interview with Demetrius Doss, please call Demetrius at 304-617-9504 or email him at prezidino@3fingersglobal.com.

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

250 volunteers make Week of Service at Marshall University a big success

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's recent Week of Service was a big success with 250 volunteers putting in more than 700 hours of service throughout the community and the campus, according to Lisa Martin, director of Judicial Services and Volunteer Services at Marshall.

Volunteers participated in a large variety of projects in the Huntington area, including painting a house, planting flowers in the community and on the Huntington campus, eradicating graffiti, helping out with the Greek Fest sponsored by Saint George Greek Orthodox Church, tutoring children after school at the Ebenezer Outreach Center, and performing general clean-up chores at several locations throughout the area.

"There was something for everyone," Martin said.  "The idea is to get students involved in the community and to provide needed services.  Volunteering gives students a chance to do that.  They want to give back to the community that is helping them get an education."

Martin was pleased that in addition to individuals, several groups made volunteering a priority. Marshall's Office of Human Resources and occupants of several floors in Twin Towers West residence hall collected paper goods that will go to the Jeffrey E. George Comfort Hospitality House in Huntington. The hospitality house provides housing for individuals whose family members are in various hospitals through the city.

The women's basketball team worked with the local Boys and Girls Clubs in an after-school program, and occupants of a floor in a residence hall took on the task of painting a house. 

In the past, Marshall students participated in a single day of service but this year it was expanded to a full week. Martin said everyone was pleased with the results.

"We were impressed with our students stepping up to the plate and getting out at 8 a.m. on a Saturday when they could have been doing something else," Martin said. "It's actually been a great educational experience for them to meet people in the community.  You never know, you might find a career choice while volunteering."

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Monday October 4, 2010
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, , 304-746-1964

Marshall University receives NSF grant for Undergraduate Mathematical Biology Research program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The National Science Foundation has awarded a group of Marshall University faculty members funding to develop a program that will encourage undergraduate research and participation in biology and mathematics.

The grant was announced by U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, who congratulated Dr. Marcia Harrison, Dr. Simon Collier and Dr. Jeffrey Kovatch from the Department of Biological Sciences, and Dr. Anna Mummert and Dr. Scott Sarra from the Department of Mathematics for the $236,659 award to establish an Undergraduate Mathematical Biology Research (UBM) program.

The UBM program will include a number of initiatives designed to prepare math and biological sciences undergraduate students for graduate study and future careers that combine the two fields. Teams of students will participate in a summer research program and will continue their projects into the following academic year. The students also will participate in a seminar, where they will present their work and prepare for presentations at local and national symposia and conferences. Students can apply for a second year of support to continue their research projects.

Harrison, who will serve as the UBM program coordinator, said students will work with faculty to conduct research in topics like genetics, plant and animal physiology and environmental sciences. She added that the program is geared for freshman and sophomore students, with a particular focus on attracting female, minority and Appalachian, first-generation college students.

"The intense involvement with the research will enhance the students' skills in problem solving, experimentation and communication," she said. "Students involved with these long-term projects will also benefit from the mentoring, which has been proven to be a successful mechanism for guiding students to graduate programs."

Rahall said, "Hats off to the team that put this proposal together. Marshall University attracts top students and faculty to the Huntington area, helping to grow our community, and produce exciting new research and top-notch professionals. The UBM program is one more tool Marshall University now has in its belt to help students to reach their goals and achieve their dreams."

Dr. John Maher, Marshall's vice president for research, added his congratulations for the faculty members who received the grant.

"This grant is outstanding news," he said. "I'm particularly pleased that the proposed research projects and other enhancements will complement Marshall's new critical thinking curriculum. By increasing collaboration among undergraduate students and faculty in mathematics and biological sciences, the grant activities also will encourage interdisciplinary research and help strengthen the university's overall research enterprise."

Harrison said applications for Marshall's 2011 UBM summer research program will be available next spring. For more information, contact her at 304-696-4867 or harrison@marshall.edu.

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Friday October 1, 2010
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Nebraska poet to read from her work Oct. 7 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Nebraska poet Grace Bauer will read from her work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 in room BE-5 of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus. 

Bauer is an award-winning author of six collections of poems, including Beholding Eye and Retreats and Recognitions, which won the Lost Horse Prize from the University of Idaho Press.  Writer Jesse Lee Kercheval has praised Bauer's poems for demonstrating "how often the real mimics the surreal" in a world such as ours.

Bauer's work has been published in a variety of literary journals, including DoubleTake, Poetry, South Dakota Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Southern Poetry Review, New Orleans Review, and elsewhere. 

Her work also has been recognized by many awards, including an Individual Artist's Grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, a Nebraska Arts Council Award, and fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Bauer grew up in Pennsylvania and also has lived in Virginia and Massachusetts.  She has taught since 1994 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she serves as Coordinator of Creative Writing and as a reader for Prairie Schooner

Her appearance at Marshall is sponsored by the Marshall English Department, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Office of the Provost.  It is free and open to the public.

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

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Friday October 1, 2010
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of FIne Arts, , 304-696-3296

Marshall student leads development of 'street newspaper'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Eric Falquero, a senior graphic design student in Marshall University's College of Fine Arts, is starting an alternative community publication in Huntington.

The publication will be a "street newspaper," which Falquero says is a volunteer-produced newspaper that is sold to the general public through homeless individuals working as vendors. This income-generation model, which Falquero learned about during his summer internship with a similar program in Washington, D.C., is an opportunity for self-empowerment for those who choose to work as vendors.

"I had never heard of such an approach to homelessness; it is very unique and inspiring," Falquero said. "What really struck me was the story of how one vendor related a common story of the paper's impact on her life, saying that prior to working as a vendor, passersby would look right through her or not make eye contact and move on quickly. Once she was wearing a bright vest and badge with the organization's name on it and greeting people while selling the paper, that recognition as a person, as part of the community, started to come about."

Vendors for the Huntington paper will be recognizable in similar brightly colored vests. There will also be a photo directory on the paper's website so that customers can easily identify a vendor if there are any problems.

Street newspapers traditionally publish about issues that affect the homeless community, but that concept is being adapted to the Huntington area, Falquero said. This publication will contain community-specific news, inexpensive entertainment events, job and community services directories and other items.

"Since my first year at Marshall, I've wanted to be able to do something to give back to a community that has been so good to me," Falquero said." This paper is my chance - a visually attractive outlet to start many a discussion." He added that there are many street newspapers in cities around the world, including one titled Street Vibes in Cincinnati, which is running rather successfully.

"We are looking for anyone interested in volunteering: writing submissions, helping with paper sales to vendors, donating to benefit events," Falquero said. A group called the Marshall University Street Newspaper Association is being organized and a website,  www.marshall.edu/streetpaper, has more details. The first printing is expected to begin distribution Oct. 21.

Falquero can be reached at 304-881-3699 or falquero@marshall.edu.

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Friday October 1, 2010
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Marshall University's Fall Career Expo is Wednesday, Oct. 6

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students and alumni can discover new career opportunities at the annual MU Career Services Fall Career Expo on Wednesday, Oct. 6.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Don Morris Room, located on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus. Career Services expects more than 60 employers representing the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors to attend, seeking to network and hire students and alumni. 

Denise Hogsett, director of MU Career Services, encourages students and alumni to bring copies of their resumes and to be dressed professionally. She also advises students to have their "elevator speech" or 30-second commercial ready when introducing themselves to employers.

Students may visit the Career Services Center at the corner of 5th Avenue and 17th Street to print their resumes or business cards before the Career Expo.  They also may call 304-696-2370 to schedule a mock interview or practice their 30-second commercial before talking with employers. 

Employers and organizations attending this year's job fair include:

ABC Supply Company; Abt SRBI, Inc.; Advanced Technical Solutions, LLC; AFLAC; Amazon.com; American General Life; Autism Services Center; BrickStreet Insurance; Cabell Huntington Hospital, CGI; Charleston Area Medical Center; Cintas Corp. - Ashland; Dress for Success; Enterprise Rent-A-Car;

Federal Bureau of Investigation; Federal Bureau of Prisons; Federated Insurance; Gibbons & Kawash, CPAs;  Hayflich & Steinberg, CPA's; Huntington Federal Savings Bank; Huntington Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Internal Revenue Service; ION Media Networks, Inc.; Josten's, Kelly Services; Macy's Department Store; McSweeney's Inc.; MeadWestvaco (MWV);

Methodist Theological School in Ohio; Midway College School of Pharmacy; MU College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE); MU Graduate College; MOVC Campus (Point Pleasant); MU TVRC (Teays Valley Regional Center); Nebraska Book Company (Retail Store division); Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law; Nestle-Purina; Northwestern Mutual Financial Network;

Ohio Department of Youth Services; Panhandle Support Services; Papa John's Pizza; Qdoba Mexican Grill; Reliable Staffing Services; Rite Aid; Sears Holdings Co.; Sherwin Williams Company-WV; Southern Highland Community Mental Health Center; St. Mary's Medical Center; Target Corporation; The Early Construction Corporation; Thomas Memorial Hospital;  Total Quality Logistics, Inc.;

United Way; University of Tennessee Math Graduate Studies Program; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Verizon Wireless; Walmart Stores; WCHS/WVAH-TV; ABC/FOX Charleston/Huntington; Wendy's International, Inc.; West Virginia State Police; West Virginia University College of Law;

WorkForce WV; WV Department of Revenue/Field Auditing Division; WV Division of Rehabilitation Services; WV Electric; WV Governor's Internship Program; WV Power Baseball; WV State Tax Department, and more. Visit the website listed below for a complete up-to-date list of employers.

Employers may visit www.marshall.edu/career-services to log on to their JobTrax account to register for the event.  Employers may register until Tuesday, Oct. 5.  If employers have questions about registration they may contact Debby Stoler, Assistant Director for Development and Outreach, by calling 304-696-2370 or e-mailing stolerd@marshall.edu.


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Friday October 1, 2010
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Marshall trombonist selected for Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra performance

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Austin Seybert, a music major in trombone and jazz studies at Marshall University, has been selected to perform with the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra this year. Marshall student Luke Miller, a saxophonist in jazz studies, was chosen as an alternate.

After only two years of existence, the 2011 edition of the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra has been accepted to perform at the Jazz Education Network Conference in New Orleans during the first week of January 2011 along with their regular performance as part of the Weekend of Jazz in Downtown Cumberland, Md., in April.

Alan Baylock, chief arranger for the U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note and the leader of the Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra, will be the group's guest conductor.

In addition to Baylock, the band will be joined by a special guest soloist, trombonist John Fedchock, for their New Orleans performance.

"The group has been tremendous the past two years," said event organizer David Kauffman.  "We have had some of the best musicians in the East Coast in the band, and I'm confident that this year's group will be incredible.  To have Alan (Baylock) and John (Fedchock) as part of the experience should be an amazing experience for these young musicians."

"I am very pleased that Austin Seybert has been chosen to participate in this year's Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra," Dr. Ed Bingham, jazz studies director at Marshall, said. "His participation will not only allow him to play in a terrific ensemble, but will allow him to meet and perform with other outstanding student musicians. Austin is a deserving performer who will be a great representative for Marshall University."

Seybert says he is excited for the opportunity.

"It is an honor to be selected to play with this group," Seybert said. "I'm really looking forward to meeting more trombonists that share my love for jazz, and hopefully we can all help each other grow musically while we are together."

For more information, contact Jaye Ike, special projects coordinator for the College of Fine Arts, at 304-696-3296. For more information about the 2011 MACJO, contact macjo@cumberlandjazz.com.

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

Human Research Protection Program awarded reaccreditation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp today announced that the university's Human Research Protection Program has been awarded a five-year reaccreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP).

"I could not be more pleased to announce this reaccreditation," said Kopp. "AAHRPP is the gold standard in human subject protection, so this determination of our program is indeed a significant milestone. I salute all our faculty members and staff who have worked so diligently to ensure that we meet the rigorous standards and processes established by this accrediting agency."

According to Bruce Day, director of the university's Office of Research Integrity, the designation means Marshall's program continues to meet or exceed all federal regulations regarding human subject research.

He added that Marshall University was the first institution in the state to receive this prestigious accreditation and is the first to receive a full five-year reaccreditation.

"AAHRPP reaccreditation is a reflection of the importance placed on ethical human subject research here at Marshall," said Day. "It signals to everyone, including potential research sponsors and investigators, that we put safety first and voluntarily embrace standards higher than those required by law to ensure integrity in our research programs."

Day acknowledged the members of the university's Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), particularly the chairmen, Dr. Henry K. Driscoll and Dr. Stephen D. Cooper, for their roles in ensuring comprehensive protections for research participants. All human subject research is subject to review by the university's IRB members, who represent a broad range of expertise.

Day added, "Reaccreditation was made possible primarily through the hard work and dedication of the members of our IRBs, led by Drs. Driscoll and Cooper, and our entire research faculty. It is because of them Marshall University has a stronger, more-cohesive research program committed to continuous improvement."

He also credited the university's research affiliates, including Cabell Huntington Hospital, St. Mary's Medical Center and the Huntington VA Medical Center, with much of the program's success.

Dr. John Maher, Marshall's vice president for research, said, "I applaud the Office of Research Integrity, the IRB members and our research faculty for this accomplishment. It reflects the fact that we have maintained the structure put into place to achieve accreditation initially and that we have made further significant progress to satisfy the even higher reaccreditation standards."

AAHRPP is an independent, non-profit accrediting body that works to protect the rights and welfare of research participants and promotes scientifically meritorious and ethically sound research. Accreditation means that Marshall University is part of an elite group of institutions internationally renowned as promoting exceptional ethical and professional standards in the conduct of human subject research.

For more information, contact Day at 304-696-4303 or day50@marshall.edu.

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