July 2011 Press Releases

Thursday July 28, 2011
Contact: Leah Clark Payne, Media Communications Specialist, , 304-696-6397

Marshall University employee wins educational technology award

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Blackboard, Inc., a company that helps colleges and universities implement online course management systems and other educational technologies, has honored Kathy Saville, director of Marshall University's MUOnline Design Center, with a 2011 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Community Collaboration.

The award is given to individuals who make significant contributions to the Blackboard community of users by sharing best practices for online learning.  

"What made this award so special to me was the number of colleagues from schools across the country who made and supported the nomination," Saville said.  "I am very honored to have received it." 

"Marshall University continues to be recognized as a national leader in the design and support of an innovative and high-quality online teaching and learning environment for our faculty and students," said Dr. Jan Fox, senior vice president for information technology and Marshall's chief information officer.   "We are all very pleased with Ms. Saville's recognition and achievement."                             

Saville, who has been with Marshall University since 2008, was honored by Blackboard at a conference earlier this month in Las Vegas.

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Monday July 25, 2011
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, , 304-746-1964

Summer undergraduate researchers to present their work

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - More than 40 undergraduate students from 17 institutions have been hard at work in Marshall University laboratories this summer and will have an opportunity to share their research at presentations in the coming weeks.

Each of the students is participating in one of the five intensive undergraduate summer research programs on Marshall's campus. The nine- and 10-week programs allow undergraduate students to gain valuable, hands-on experience doing graduate-level research in the labs of some of Marshall's top scientists, mathematicians and engineers.

This summer's research programs at Marshall include:



While at Marshall, the students have been working on research projects related to a variety of topics, including biomedicine (cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes, toxicology and environmental health, and infectious diseases), mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and computer science. In addition to the formal, hands-on research training they each receive from Marshall faculty members, the students are taking part in group classroom activities, workshops and seminars, and social activities.

The WV-INBRE and SRIMS student researchers will present their work in poster format and oral presentations on Thursday, July 28, in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center (oral presentations beginning at 9:15 a.m. and poster session from 1-2:30 p.m.).  On Friday, July 29, the SURE and UBM students will present on the fourth floor of the Science Building (poster session from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and oral presentations beginning at 1 p.m.).  And on Thursday, Aug. 11, the REU and UBM students will present on the second floor of the Science Building (poster session from 1-3:30 p.m.).

"We are proud to offer these research experiences for undergraduate students. Our summer programs provide important training and education that help make students highly competitive in math, science and engineering research," said Dr. Charles Somerville, dean of Marshall's College of Science. "As the culmination of weeks of work they have done this summer, the poster sessions provide an opportunity for students to practice presenting their findings a necessary skill if they plan to pursue a career in research."

Dr. Elsa Mangiarua, a professor in Marshall's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and director of the WV-INBRE Summer Research Program, added, "We are providing in-depth, mentored research opportunities for very talented undergraduates," she said. "The programs also promote awareness of graduate degree programs and careers in research."

Somerville and Mangiarua said that many of the students will continue their research projects during the coming academic year, and some will go on to present their results at professional conferences.

Each student receives a stipend. Depending on the program in which they are participating, they may also receive room and board, lab fees, and reimbursement for travel.

For more information, contact one of the following summer research program coordinators:  Diana Maue at maue1@marshall.edu or 304-696-3365, or visit http://bms.marshall.edu/srims (SRIMS); Dr. Marcia Harrison at harrison@marshall.edu or 304-696-4867, or visit www.marshall.edu/cellcentral/biom2/index.asp (UBM); Dr. Howard Richards at MarshallREU@gmail.com or 304-696-6466, or visit www.marshall.edu/reu/description.html (REU); Dr. Michael Norton at norton@marshall.edu or 304-696-6627, or visit www.marshall.edu/sure/2011participants.html (SURE); or Dr. Elsa Mangiarua at mangiaru@marshall.edu or 304-696-6211, or visit www.wv-inbre.net/summerprogram (WV-INBRE).


Media Note:
  The July 28 session is the statewide WV-INBRE Summer Research Symposium. In addition to WV-INBRE and SRIMS students who have been doing research this summer at Marshall, that session will include undergraduate students and faculty fellows who have been conducting research at other colleges and universities around the state, as well as high school science teachers participating in the Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA) program. More than 150 people are expected to attend, including research faculty from institutions across the state.


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Monday July 25, 2011
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall Foundation receives Gold ADDY for annual report

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Foundation, Inc., received a Gold ADDY in the Western Virginia ADDY Awards for its 2009-2010 annual report, Kristi Arrowood, director of Foundation Development and Strategic Programs, said today.

The report, titled "Words To Live By," was developed by Access Inc. of Roanoke, a regional advertising agency owned by 1983 Marshall graduate Todd Marcum. The concept for the report was created by Arrowood.

"It's nice to be recognized by our peers for the publication that we produce for our alumni and donors," said Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the foundation. "And, it puts credibility and focus on what our core values are."

Those core values are four words that are engraved in the granite in the rotunda floor medallion of the Foundation Hall - respect, diversity, pride and integrity. They were featured throughout the annual report.

"They represent what the foundation stands for," Arrowood said. "It was just fitting to make everyone aware that those are the four words we try to live up to."

The Western Virginia ADDY Awards is the first step in a three-tier national competition sponsored by The American Advertising Federation (AAF), a not-for-profit industry association. It is the only creative awards program administered by the advertising industry for the industry.

The Marshall Foundation also won an ADDY for its 2006-07 annual report. The ADDY Awards are the world's largest advertising competition.

"It's exciting to think our work is being acknowledged and creativity awarded," Arrowood said. "It takes a lot of time and energy; it's nice to be acknowledged. And Todd and his team are always so generous with their time and talent to assist us."

Arrowood said one of the "unique features" of the annual report is having the medallion featured on each of the 32 pages as a constant reminder of the four "Words To Live By." An actual medallion magnet can be found on the last page.

Arrowood said photographers Rick Haye from Marshall and Rick Lee from Charleston contributed outstanding photos to the publication. Dawn Stein gave creative direction, Source Four was the printer and Magnets USA produced a special magnetic accent for the project.


Photo: Kristi Arrowood, director of Foundation Development and Strategic Programs, shows off several copies of the Marshall Foundation's ADDY Award-winning annual report in the rotunda of the Foundation Hall. Photo by Rick Haye/Marshall University.

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Friday July 22, 2011
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

WMUL celebrates 50th anniversary; faculty manager honored

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - More than 100 people gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of WMUL-FM, Marshall University's public radio station, Saturday, July 16, at the MU Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center, on Marshall's Huntington campus.

Several people, some of whom worked for WMUL-FM in the station's early years, shared stories of their experiences at the station. Also, a 15-minute video highlighting the history of WMUL-FM - West Virginia's first public radio station - was played. The video included an update on the technology installed at the radio station over the years.

"I think everyone had a great time seeing some of their former classmates from when they were here and sharing stories from their time at WMUL-FM," said Krystle Davis, former promotions director for WMUL-FM and co-organizer of  the event. "We learned that although separated, in some instances by decades, our experiences were very similar and yet so different. We all left feeling proud at how successful the radio station has become, knowing we were a part of the building process."

Speakers included:

  • Michael J. Farrell, current Board of Governors member
  • Dr. Corley Dennison, current dean of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • Bob Edmunds, 1960s on-air announcer and board operator for the station's live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera
  • Jerry Handley, 1970s on-air announcer, news reporter and board operator for the station's live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera
  • Dr. H. Keith Spears, faculty manager of WMUL, late 1970s to mid 1980s
  • Randy Lee, sportscaster in the 1980s
  • Doug Birdsong, sports director and staff member in the 1980s
  • Susan Curry Brun, student manager in the 1980s
  • Kimberly Jefferson Cobb, student manager in the 1980s
  • Chris Cobb, student manager in the 1980s
  • Brad Williamson, student manager in the 1990s
  • Todd McCormick, student manager in the 1990s
  • Vince Payne, student manager in the 2000s
  • Alex Reed, student manager in the 2000s
  • Melanie Chapman, news director in the 2000s
  • Adam Cavalier, student manager in the late 2000s to the early 2010s

Dr. Charles G. Bailey, professor of radio-television production and management in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall and faculty manager of WMUL-FM, was honored with a special presentation during the event.

Dr. Corley Dennison, dean of the School of Journalism, surprised Bailey with the announcement of the Dr. Charles G. Bailey Award, a scholarship created in his honor to be awarded to a student showing exemplary dedication to the radio station.

Davis led a fundraising drive in recent months in which $20,000 was raised for the scholarship through private donations. Board of Governors member Michael J. Farrell announced during Saturday's event that he would add $5,000 to the award fund and asked that everyone in the room reach out to others to contribute.

Davis said the award was established "to recognize (Bailey's) impact on our lives and his contribution to Marshall University and countless students."

"Dr. Bailey opened doors for many of us as students, job seekers, and now in our professional lives," Davis said. "We have many reasons to be thankful for his wisdom and his support."

Bailey has been teaching at Marshall since 1985. During that time, WMUL-FM student broadcasters  have received 1,136 awards in nationwide competition. They won a school-record 131 awards in the 2010-2011 academic year.

"I'm humbled and honored," Bailey said of the scholarship. "The day was not about me, it was about the former and current student staffs of WMUL-FM. But, they wanted to do this scholarship in my name and I'm very appreciative."

Bailey said the event celebrating WMUL's 50 years was "spectacular," particularly because some guests who worked for the station nearly a half-century ago were able to attend.

"Everyone in attendance got a much fuller picture of the history of the station," Bailey said. "The (event) was lengthy, but no one seemed to care. Everybody left that evening with smiles on their faces."

Bailey said the support WMUL-FM has received over the years has kept the station up to speed and on the air.

"The station has accomplished some great things," he said. "WMUL-FM has been successful and Marshall has supported it. I'll give the current and past administration a lot of credit for their support of both me and my students.  And I think we've repaid their faith and confidence in us."

Anyone interested in contributing to the Dr. Charles G. Bailey Award may do so by sending a check payable to the "MU Foundation" with memo line to read, "Dr. Charles G. Bailey Award - 300248" - to 519  John Marshall Dr., Huntington, WV 25703, or online at www.marshall.edu/foundation by putting "Dr. Charles G. Bailey Award - 300248" in the comment section.


Photos: (Above) Dr. Charles G. Bailey, left, receives the guidelines of a scholarship established in his honor from Dr. Corley Dennison during WMUL-FM's 50th anniversary celebration.(Below) Current and past WMUL-FM students and faculty pose for a photograph during WMUL-FM's 50th anniversary celebration. Photos by A Modern Focus Photography.

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Wednesday July 20, 2011
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, , 304-696-3296

MU Guitar Ensemble to perform in Brazil

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Members of Marshall University's Guitar Ensemble will represent Marshall in Brazil early next month. The ensemble, directed by Julio Alves, associate professor of music, will perform in the Brazilian cities of Brasolia and Goiania. 

The members of the group are both current and former students in Marshall's Department of Music, including Tiago Negreiros, Alexandre Lopes, Danilo Moraes, Michael Pitaniello, Pedro Silva, and Jason Breslin. Alves and Brazilian guest guitarist Julio Cruz will also join the group in the performances.

The first three recitals will occur in Brasolia. The first will be at the Professional Education Center School of Music of Brasilia (CEP- EMB) Aug. 3, followed by a performance at the University of Brasolia (UnB)  Aug. 5, and a last performance at the Mosteiro de Sao Bento, a traditional monastery in the Brazilian capital. Then the group will perform in Goiania, at the Federal University of Gois (UFG).  The recital there will mark the beginning of the academic semester of that institution. UFG and Marshall, Morehead State University, and Santa Catarina State University (UDESC, in Brazil) compose the Music Abroad Generating New Experiences for Talented Students (MAGNETS) student and faculty exchange project.

In addition to those performances, Lopes and Moraes will join Alves in his recital at the 5th Guitar Festival of BRAVIO (Guitar Society of Brasolia) July 28. The members of the group will also participate in ensemble exchange experiences with the Guitar Chamber Orchestra of the School of Music of Brasolia (Camerata de Violaes do CEP-EMB) and students of the University of Brasolia, and will attend workshops given by faculty of both schools on Aug. 2 and 5. 

For Alves, who has been directing the MU Guitar Ensemble since 2006, these experiences abroad represent the synthesis of the learning process the students went through at Marshall.

"There are several reasons for which this tour, supported by the Music Department and the College of Fine Arts, is to be celebrated," Alves said.  "It will give the opportunity for our students to develop their music skills even further by performing and working with the Brazilian faculty and students, and to make new connections that can lead to other opportunities in their professional careers. The communities of the two Brazilian cities will also be enriched with the presence of the MU Guitar Ensemble.  They will be able to hear our talented musicians perform music originally composed for guitar ensemble, as well as arranged for this instrumental formation, from several periods and styles."

Negreiros has recently joined the guitar faculty at the CEP-EMB. Lopes earned his M.A. in guitar performance last spring. Moraes, a prize winner in the 2010 guitar competition at BRAVIO, finished his Bachelor of Fine Arts in guitar performance last spring and will begin his M.A. at Marshall this fall. Pitaniello, a junior at Marshall, is one of the students from Marshall who studied in Brazil (at UDESC) last spring as part of the project. Silva, a guitar student from UFG, was a member of the MU Guitar Ensemble during the fall semester of 2010. Breslin also graduated summa cum laude from Marshall last spring.


Photo: Marshall guitar professor Julio Alves (left) works with his student, Danilo Moraes. Both will be participating in the Marshall University Guitar Ensemble's trip to Brazil next month.

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Wednesday July 20, 2011
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, , 304-746-1964

Cline Family Foundation makes $5 million gift to Marshall University for sports medicine research

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Cline Family Foundation has announced a gift of $5 million to Marshall University to establish an endowment to support new faculty and scientists in the university's planned sports medicine translational research center.

The Cline Family Foundation was established by Christopher Cline, a successful coal operator, entrepreneur and philanthropist. A native of southern West Virginia, Cline attended Marshall. He announced the gift Monday evening at a fundraising event he hosted at his home in Beckley.

"A true son of Marshall University, Chris Cline is committed to giving back to this state and to helping our university build a cutting-edge sports medicine research program that will serve the people of West Virginia and our region through discoveries, which advance our understanding of neuromusculoskeletal injuries - their prevention, recovery and intervention modalities to accelerate therapeutic outcomes," said Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp. "On behalf of the entire Marshall University family, I extend a heartfelt 'thank you' to the Cline Family Foundation for this generous donation to our beloved institution."

The donation has been matched through the state's "Bucks for Brains" West Virginia Research Trust Fund, for a total benefit to Marshall of $10 million.

Translational sports medicine is an interdisciplinary area that blends basic science in tissue growth and repair, gene expression, and nanotechnology with biomechanics and physiology to address current challenges in sports medicine. The focus of Marshall's new translational sports medicine research program will be addressing those challenges across the continuum from the researcher to patient treatment.

The sports medicine translational research center will be located in the multipurpose indoor practice complex planned as part of a $30 million upgrade to Marshall's athletic facilities. The center will afford athletes the opportunity to participate in advancing state-of-the art care.

"This incredibly generous gift from the Cline Family Foundation will have a positive impact on our university's athletic program for years to come," said Marshall Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick. "The foundation's support for a sports medicine research initiative will greatly enhance the profile of our indoor practice facility and help make it possible for us to build a facility that is truly second to none. We are deeply grateful."

Chris Cline said, "I attended Marshall University, have been fortunate to have lived and employed people in West Virginia, and owe the state of West Virginia and its people for much of my success. I wanted to give something back that will be beneficial to the people of the state."

The son and grandson of West Virginia coal miners, Cline is the founder of Foresight Energy LLC. He has more than 35 years experience in the coal industry, beginning with his career as a contract miner in southern West Virginia. He has developed and operated coal mining, processing and transportation facilities in Illinois and Central Appalachia.


Marshall University Foundation Chief Executive Officer Ron Area said, "I salute the Cline Family Foundation. With this gift, they have made a significant commitment to Marshall University's future, to its students and to sports medicine research."

The state legislature created the West Virginia Research Trust Fund in 2008 with an initial appropriation of $50 million $15 million for Marshall and $35 million for West Virginia University. The universities can tap into the fund to double private gifts that support specific research initiatives linked to economic development, health care and job growth. To-date, Marshall has raised just over $8 million in gifts and pledges toward its $15 million goal.


Photo: Mike D'Antoni, left, Christopher Cline, middle, and Chad Pennington pose for a photograph Monday during a fundraising event at Cline's home in Beckley. D'Antoni and Pennington are co-chairs of the Vision Campaign to raise $30 million to upgrade Marshall's athletic facilities. Photo by Rick Haye/Marshall University.

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Monday July 18, 2011
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Governor appoints two to Marshall University board of governors; new faculty, student representatives also to join board

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's board of governors will have four new members when it next meets on Tuesday, Aug. 9.

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has appointed Phyllis Arnold and David Haden, both of Charleston, to the board. Marty Amerikaner, a psychology professor, will join the board as faculty representative, and Ray Harrell Jr., the new student government association president, will be the student representative on the board.

Leaving the board are Gary Adkins, Brent Marsteller, faculty representative Larry Stickler and student representative Edward Pride IV.

Arnold is regional president for BB&T Corp. and Haden is owner of i-Source, LLC, an insurance agency in Charleston. Their terms end June 30, 2015.

"I am honored and excited about becoming part of the Marshall University board of governors," Arnold said. "The experience of attending Marshall University to earn my MBA contributed greatly to my career and I view my years on the Marshall University Foundation Board and future service on the board of governors as opportunities to give back.

"Over the past six years Marshall has shown impressive growth in enrollment and curriculum development," she said. "President (Stephen) Kopp's leadership and working relationship with the board of governors has been pivotal to this success."

Haden is a longtime follower and supporter of Marshall University.

"I look forward to the challenge," he said. "I have a lot of years of practical knowledge of business and how Marshall is perceived in the community and the state."

He, too, has observed Marshall's improvements in recent years. He said the university has made  some "major strides," and cited as examples the new engineering program, the building of the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center and the hiring of a strong leader in the athletic department in Athletic Director Mike Hamrick.

"We've made quantum leaps in the last four or five years," Haden said.

The four new board members will be sworn in at the Aug. 9 meeting, which will be conducted in the Memorial Student Center's Shawkey Room on the Huntington campus.

The other 12 board members are Letitia Neese Chafin of Williamson; Oshel Craigo of Winfield; Michael J. Farrell of Huntington; Verna K. Gibson, chair, of Sarasota, Fla.; John G. Hess, vice chair, of Barboursville; Ed Howard of Phoenix, Ariz.; Dale Lowther of Parkersburg; Joseph McDonie of Milton; H.F. Mooney Jr., of Charleston; Michael G. Sellards of Huntington; Joseph Touma, secretary, of Huntington; and Mike Dunn, classified staff representative.


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Friday July 15, 2011
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

MU professor to present poster on effects of diet on breast cancer next month during Era of Hope Conference in Orlando

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Philippe T. Georgel, a professor of biological sciences and director of the Cell Differentiation and Development Center at Marshall University, will present a poster on the effects of diet on breast cancer at the Era of Hope 2011 Conference in Orlando, Fla.

The Era of Hope Conference provides a forum for scientists and clinicians from a variety of disciplines to join breast cancer survivors and advocates in learning about the advances made by the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) awardees, to challenge paradigms and push boundaries, and to identify innovative, high-impact approaches for future research.

This year's conference is Tuesday, Aug. 2, through Friday, Aug. 5, at the Orlando World Center Marriott. The Era of Hope Conference is expected to attract more than 1,600 BCRP awardees, survivors and invited speakers. 

Georgel's abstract, done in collaboration with Dr. Elaine Hardman and titled Maternal Consumption of Omega 3 Fatty Acids to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk in Offspring, was chosen for the conference by the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).

The research project investigates the ability of a maternal diet rich in omega 3 fatty acids (found in fish oil and canola oil, for example) to reduce the incidence of breast cancer and to limit growth of malignant mammary tumors in the female offspring.

The mechanism involved appears to be linked to long-term changes in gene expression mediated by epigenetic events (regulatory events that do not involve DNA mutations).

"The DOD 'Era of Hope' selection committee picks projects they believe have a good chance to generate potential applications in the future in terms of prevention of breast cancer," Georgel said. "This type of study provides a window to the multiple long-term positive effects associated with a balanced diet, not only for the individuals but also for their offspring."

Georgel has been at Marshall since fall 2002.

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Friday July 15, 2011
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University Police Department warns of solicitation scam

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Police Department has received reports of an individual claiming to be a Marshall University student approaching Huntington residences to solicit money to help fund a student trip sponsored by the university's school of journalism and mass communications.

According to James E. Terry, Marshall's director of public safety, the individual is not believed to be a Marshall student, is not representing the university and no such trip is planned.

The individual is described as being a white male in his mid-20s, about 5-foot-10, 180-190 pounds and clean cut. He is driving a burgundy sedan.

Anyone approached by this person is asked to call their local law enforcement agency immediately.


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Thursday July 14, 2011
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Limited number of tickets still available for Saturday's Thunderfest

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A limited number of tickets are still available for the 2011 ThunderFest Saturday, July 16 at Cincinnati's Great American Ballpark.

ThunderFest activities and festivities will take place before and during the Cincinnati Reds' 7:10 p.m. baseball game with the St. Louis Cardinals. More than 400 fans are attending ThunderFest and a near-sellout crowd is expected to fill the stadium.

Marshall University will be recognized on the field before the game and on the video screens during the game, and MU students will be singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame. Robert Wray, professor of choral music education at Marshall, will sing the National Anthem.

Former Marshall University baseball player and Major League Baseball all-star Jeff Montgomery will serve as special guest at ThunderFest. He will sign autographs beginning at 5:15 p.m. in the Marshall area of the Fan Zone at the ballpark. Assistant MU baseball Coach Joe Renner also will attend.

Other pre-game activities in the Marshall area of the Fan Zone include live music, games, Marshall prizes and more. Fans should enter the stadium near the Hall of Fame Museum and look for the inflatable Marco.

A limited number of tickets are still available by calling the Marshall Alumni Office at 304-696-3134. Those seats are located in sections 520 and 521 in the upper level behind home plate, and are priced at $18 apiece, according to Littlehales. A limited number of tickets also are available at www.reds.com/marshall.

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Monday July 11, 2011
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Foundation Board of Directors announces six new members

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors has six new members, Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ron Area announced today.

The new members are James Farley of Cincinnati; Johnna Coats of Lexington, Ky.; Louis Weisberg of Charleston; John Ashford of Huntington; David Fox III of Huntington; and Gary Ambler of Ronceverte, W.Va.

Farley began his service in June while the other five, all serving three-year terms, began serving on July 1.

"We are pleased to welcome these six dedicated individuals to our Foundation board," Area said. "They all love Marshall University and they're all taking on major volunteer roles to assist the advancement area.  I am certain each one will play a major role in helping us fulfill our mission. I look forward to working with them and the entire board."

Board members with long-term service whose terms have expired include: William B. Andrews II of Huntington; Roger S. Dyer of Columbus, Ohio; R. Sterling Hall of Huntington; Ronald H. Hooser of Huntington; Marc A. Sprouse of Huntington; Charles E. Turner of Huntington; Arthur Weisberg of Huntington; and Earleen H. Agee of Huntington. All will become emeritus members.

Board officers are J. Patrick Jones, chair; Joseph M. Gillette, first vice chair; Lake Polan III, secretary; John K. Kinzer, treasurer; and Phyllis H. Arnold, immediate past chair.

The board has 36 members.

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Friday July 8, 2011
Contact: Leah Clark Payne, Media Communications Specialist, , 304-696-6397

Marshall University partners with Toyota on student business project

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Four Marshall University students have completed an eight-week business  problem-solving partnership with Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, which allowed them to have an international business experience without leaving West Virginia.


Toyota and Marshall University representatives developed the program after an exploratory meeting last fall to discuss the university's relatively new International Business program and internship possibilities.  The academic program requires students to complete either a foreign study or a business experience that exposes them to global economic issues.


"Last October, Denise Hogsett and Debby Stoler with Career Services, myself, and two students visited Toyota in Putnam County and met with several executives," said Dr. Harlan Smith, head of the Division of Finance and Economics in the Lewis College of Business.  "Our talks culminated in the establishment of what Toyota calls a 'problem-solving partnership' with our students who then had an incredibly valuable learning experience."


"Career Services has had a long-standing relationship with Toyota and we are pleased this new business-education partnership has developed," said Stoler, assistant director of development and outreach with Career Services.  "Our visit to Putnam County last fall also connected Marshall University to several other international companies who are interested in possible student internships."


Toyota personnel trained the students using a Japanese business concept called Kaizen, which means "improvement" or "change for the better" and refers to the philosophy or practice that focuses on continuous improvement of processes in manufacturing, engineering and business management.  The team of students was required to be at the Buffalo plant two days a week for a minimum of 10 hours per week.


The four students who participated are Matthew Lawless, Klaudia Mucharzewska and Sarah Kay, all from the Lewis College of Business, and Michael "Chad" McClure from the College of Liberal Arts.


"The Toyota partnership was a great opportunity to get some hands-on experience in a business setting," McClure said.  "We were able to work closely with several members of the Toyota staff, learn from them and ultimately present our results to the senior management of the plant." 


Toyota General Manager Mike Lutz said his company welcomed the opportunity to build an educational bridge with Marshall University.


"This important educational opportunity helped prepare these students to be our next generation of leaders," Lutz said.  "This exercise was to teach them the concept of going back to basics, exposing real significant problems, and then making fundamental improvements, which is the foundation of the Toyota Production System."


For more information contact Smith at 304-696-3233 or Stoler at 304-696-6679 at Marshall University.  For Toyota information contact Sandy Maynard at 304-937-7403.

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Friday July 8, 2011
Contact: Lalena Price, University Communications, , 304-746-1989

Advance only tickets available for Marshall University's 14th annual Paint the Capital City Green rally

CHARLESTON - Tickets are on sale for the 14th annual Paint the Capital City Green celebration coming to Charleston Thursday, Aug. 18.

Thundering Herd fans will hear from Doc Holliday, Marshall University's head football coach, athletic director Mike Hamrick and President Stephen J. Kopp as well as key members of this year's team as they talk about the future of Marshall University football. Fans will also enjoy a pep rally atmosphere that includes a tailgate spread, entertainment by mascot Marco, the cheerleading squad, dance team and members of the Marshall University Marching Thunder. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. and the formal program begins at 7 p.m.

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

Advance only tickets must be purchased by close of business on Tuesday, Aug. 16. Advance tickets are $50 per person and will not be sold at the door. All tickets will be entered into a drawing for the opportunity to win two tickets to an away game along with complimentary hotel accommodations.

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

"This event is a fantastic opportunity for me to bring some of my players down to Charleston for all the fanfare," Holliday said. "I hope our Kanawha Valley fans come out to meet members of the Marshall University Athletics family and see why everyone should be excited about our program. Our Capital City supporters truly bleed green!"

For ticket information, call The Big Green Scholarship Foundation at 304-696-7138, or contact them by e-mail at paintthecapital@marshall.edu.

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Thursday July 7, 2011
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA) kicks off Sunday; annual event attracts more than 100 students to MU campus

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - More than 100 rising 9th- and 10th-grade students will have "Fun With Science" as they visit Marshall University's Huntington campus Sunday, July 10, through Friday, July 15, to participate in the Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA) Summer Institute.

The students from throughout West Virginia will be joined by 11 HSTA teachers, five field site coordinators and Marshall faculty and staff in the summer institute, according to David Cartwright, director of the event.

HSTA is a highly successful academic and enrichment initiative designed to encourage high school students to enroll in college and pursue degrees in the health sciences.

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

Marshall is presenting the institute in collaboration with West Virginia University. HSTA was started in 1994 by WVU with 45 students from two counties. It now averages around 800 students enrolled in the program each year from 26 counties throughout the state.

The emphasis at this year's summer institute at Marshall is on diabetes. The students will be tested to see if they are pre-diabetic. "The kids are going to learn about diabetes in all of its stages," Cartwright said.

They also will learn about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including correct eating habits. Activities planned for the week include bowling, roller skating, strength training, yoga and Zumba.

The annual kickoff dinner for the "Fun With Science" summer institute at Marshall is at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 10, in Room BE 5 on the lower level of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus. Ann Chester, director of the HSTA program in West Virginia, will be among those delivering remarks.

For more information on the 2011 HSTA Summer Institute, contact Helen Bonham at 304-696-4672.

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Thursday July 7, 2011
Contact: Lalena Price, University Communications, 304-746-1989

Marshall University's Literacy Education students working to make stronger readers this summer

SOUTH CHARLESTON - Area youngsters are learning to become stronger readers with help from some Marshall University graduate students.

Literacy Education students in the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development are spending several weeks this summer in an advanced practicum teaching children interested in reading achievement. The month-long program is housed in the Dunbar Intermediate School and will be in full swing through July 21. Dr. Terrence V. Stange, a professor in the Literacy Education Department, is overseeing the course.

"The Summer Reading Program is a great opportunity for our graduate school candidates to gain experiences that will benefit children in our communities," he said. "We are grateful to the many parents who involve their children in Marshall's efforts to offer effective learning environments."

This particular practicum is a required course for Master of Arts Degree candidates in Reading Education and for those pursuing a Reading Specialist Endorsement, West Virginia Teaching Certificate.  The summer session is currently full, but each spring Marshall University faculty members contact schools to establish sites and interest in a summer reading program. Students are invited by their classroom teachers to participate and their parents are contacted for permission.

Stange said Marshall students spend two one-hour sessions each day, Monday through Thursday, with children of varied age and grade levels studying the children's interests, attitudes, oral language, written language, spelling stages, word recognition, reading fluency, reading/listening comprehension levels and reading instructional levels. He said the practicum is specifically designed to better prepare graduate students to use assessments, plan strategies and implement 15 to 20 sessions of one-to-one instruction to benefit children's literacy knowledge.

Marshall students create lessons appropriate for each child's grade level and needs. They also reflect on their sessions and record details about what worked for each reading lesson, what could be improved, their accomplishments and goals. This summer, there are 14 children participating, ages 5-13, grade levels Pre-kindergarten through seventh grade.

"A key to the children's reading success this summer is selecting books at the right level," Stange explained. "Particular time and attention are devoted to choosing the perfect books for each child to help create a positive, supportive environment that not only engages and motivates the children to read, but improves their literacy development." 

Stange believes his graduate students benefit every bit as much as the children in the program.

"We've read research literature that suggests the more children read, the better they become and the better they become, the more they read.

"This practicum is one of my favorite courses because reading is a very complex process, and our program offers our candidates a forum to work with children to encourage learning, develop literacy skills, and promote enjoyment of reading. I hope all of our young students want to read more after they participate in our program this summer."

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Thursday July 7, 2011
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964

Marshall University enables Internet2 access for West Virginia schools and other institutions

HUNTINGTON, W.Va., and ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Students and researchers across West Virginia can now have access to advanced online resources through Internet2, a national networking consortium that provides high-speed bandwidth to the research and education community across the country.  Marshall University officials today announced the university, in cooperation with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, has successfully sponsored the statewide West Virginia educational system under the aegis of The West Virginia Internet2 Consortium as the newest Internet2 Sponsored Education Group Participant (SEGP). This announcement makes West Virginia the 40th state to offer SEGP connections.

According to Dr. Jan I. Fox, senior vice president for information technology and chief information officer at Marshall, the SEGP sponsorship allows Marshall to share its existing connection to Internet2's nationwide advanced research and education network with the state's undergraduate higher education institutions, community and technical colleges, K-12 community, state and local governments, healthcare facilities, libraries and museums, and other partners.

Fox said those entities are typically not eligible or able to become Internet2 members themselves due to the size of their institution or the costs associated with individual access, but will now be able to use the network to expand global and local collaborations, from participating in "live" ocean voyages with famed oceanographer Bob Ballard through his JASON project to telemedicine and other advanced virtual health care applications.

"In rural states like West Virginia, Internet2 is the leveling agent that allows us to compete and collaborate globally while still remaining in our beautiful state," she added.

The project was funded by a National Science Foundation grant (NSF) to West Virginia's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) for a comprehensive initiative to enhance cyberinfrastructure across the state's higher education system. Last year, Marshall received $525,874 from the grant to enable inter-campus Internet2 Network access.

Internet2 is an advanced networking consortium led by the research and education community which currently connects nearly 70,000 research and educational institutions nationwide and interconnects 80 international research networks. Internet2 provides access to significant emerging technologies and advanced applications not available within the limitations of traditional networks while convening a community of thought leaders, users and innovators who collaborate to advance the frontiers of high-performance research and education networking. In early 2011, Internet2 extended its reach by establishing The United States Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN) project dedicated to enabling Internet2 Network access for more schools, public libraries, public safety, health care organizations, and other community anchor institutions.  In support of the FCC National Broadband Plan, U.S. UCAN is envisioned to enable broadband access to 200,000+ community anchor institutions to serve their communities with next-generation advanced network applications.

"We extend a warm welcome to The West Virginia Internet2 Consortium in becoming the 40th Internet2 SEGP and applaud Marshall University for its sponsorship of the many West Virginia educational institutions now enabled for connection to Internet2. There is no clearer example of Higher Education technology innovation tangibly benefitting its surrounding community. It's our hope that the state education system will very rapidly begin to experience the benefits Internet2 Network access and community involvement provides in driving next-generation educational delivery," said Rob Vietzke, Internet2 executive director of Network Services.

An advisory group for The West Virginia Internet2 Consortium will oversee implementation of the West Virginia SEGP project. In addition to Fox, advisory group members include Dr. Jorea Marple, superintendent, West Virginia Department of Education; Dr. Paul Hill, vice chancellor for science and research, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission/Council for Community and Technical College Education; Kay Goodwin, cabinet secretary, West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts; Keith Burdette, cabinet secretary, West Virginia Division of Commerce; Dan O'Hanlon, director, West Virginia Network for Educational Telecomputing (WVNET); Kyle Schafer, chief technology officer, West Virginia Office of Technology; and Lawrence Malone, project coordinator, West Virginia Telehealth Alliance.

Fox also acknowledged Marshall staff members who spearheaded the initiative, including Dr. Arnold R. Miller, assistant vice president for information technology; Allen Taylor, chief technology officer; and Michael Adkins, director of information technology infrastructure.

The West Virginia SEGP's physical connection to Internet2 will be made through a partnership with the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet), Ohio's statewide research and education network.

The NSF grant for the project was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. West Virginia EPSCoR is directed by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

For more information, visit www.marshall.edu/segp or contact Fox at 304-696-6706 or fox@marshall.edu.


About Marshall University

Marshall University is the oldest public higher education institution in West Virginia and one of the region's most dynamic universities, serving students from 47 states and more than 60 countries. Marshall offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs and competes in Division I intercollegiate sports in Conference USA. Located in the college town of Huntington, W.Va., Marshall is known for its safe and beautiful campus, dedicated professors, small class size, successful graduates and great value. For more information, visit www.marshall.edu. We Are...Marshall.


About Internet2

Internet2 is an advanced networking consortium led by the research and education community. An exceptional partnership spanning U.S. and international institutions who are leaders in the worlds of research, academia, industry and government, Internet2 is developing breakthrough cyberinfrastructure technologies that support the most exacting applications of today - and spark the most essential innovations of tomorrow. Led by its members and focused on their current and future networking needs since 1996, Internet2 blends its human, IP and optical networks to develop and deploy revolutionary Internet technologies. Activating the same partnerships that produced today's Internet, the Internet2 community is forging the Internet of the future. For more information, see www.internet2.edu.


About OARnet

The Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet) provides technology solutions for Ohio's education, public broadcasting, health care and government communities. Established in 1987 by the Ohio Board of Regents, OARnet identifies and deploys shared services that reduce costs, deliver quality programs, increase productivity and improve customer service. Our communities voluntarily participate in the OARnet consortium because they value these benefits and services. Ultimately, OARnet promotes community and economic development by expanding access to affordable technology. For more information, visit www.oar.net.

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Wednesday July 6, 2011
Contact: Leah Clark Payne, Media Communications Specialist, 304-696-6397

Marshall University science educator wins research award

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Derrick Kolling, a chemistry professor at Marshall University, has been awarded a $35,000 Cottrell College Science Award to continue his research on photosynthetic oxygen evolution.  The grant funding is part of the spring 2011 awards given by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA), which seeks to support early career scientists at primarily undergraduate institutions.


"I'm very pleased to receive this award. It means that our lab will be able to continue research on the catalyst responsible for photosynthetic oxygen evolution," Kolling said. "A better understanding of this catalyst will allow researchers to design abiotic systems that may be used to generate hydrogen fuel from water and sunlight." 


Kolling, who has been at Marshall since 2009, said the funds will allow five additional undergraduate students to participate in summer research over the next two years. 


"RCSA is one of the premier agencies that support the research of starting faculty," said Dr. Michael Castellani, chair of the Department of Chemistry.  "Derrick's work is incredibly exciting and engages large numbers of our undergraduate students.  He's been a great addition to our department."


The Cottrell Awards are given for research in the physical sciences or for research in closely related fields.   According to a news release from RCSA , eligible faculty must be within the first three years of a tenure-track appointment and within 12 years of receiving a doctoral degree.


"Since 1988, five new faculty members in the Department of Chemistry have received RCSA awards, and four of those awards have come in the last six years," said Dr. Chuck Somerville, dean of the College of Science.  "This shows that the Chemistry department is having great success in bringing top-tier chemists to the College of Science."


The Cottrell Awards, totaling $1.8 million, were given to 48 young scientists this spring.

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Tuesday July 5, 2011
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall still accepting $100 enrollment deposits for newly admitted students

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is still accepting required tuition deposits of $100 for all newly admitted students planning to attend classes this fall.

Requiring the enrollment deposit is a new process at Marshall, according to Beth Wolfe, director of recruitment.

"It really gives us a better sense of how many students we are expecting in the fall," Wolfe said. "It is a common process. Most institutions have some form of enrollment deposit."

Wolfe stressed that the $100 is a deposit and not a fee. The $100 goes directly toward the tuition students owe. New students must pay the deposit before they can register for orientation or sign up for housing. Remaining orientation sessions are scheduled July 19-22 and Aug. 4-5.

"It is required," Wolfe said. "They can't move forward until they pay the deposit."

Students may pay by phone by calling the bursar's office at 800-438-5389; mailing a check to the bursar's office at Marshall University, One John Marshall Dr., Huntington, WV, 25755; or online at http://www.marshall.edu/bursar/tuition-payment/payment-options/.

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