June 2011 Press Releases

Thursday June 30, 2011
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964

Nerhood named interim dean of Marshall's medical school

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Robert C. Nerhood has accepted the position of interim dean for the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, MU President Stephen J. Kopp announced today.


Nerhood, who retired in 2010, is an emeritus faculty member who formerly served as the school's senior associate dean for clinical affairs and chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.


He succeeds Dr. Charles H. McKown Jr., who was dean for more than 22 years. McKown will continue to serve the university as vice president for health sciences advancement.


"Both of these leaders bring tremendous experience and knowledge to their new roles," Kopp said. "I have great confidence in the talented administrative team that will be led by Dr. Nerhood and charged with advancing the priorities and mission of the School of Medicine. I also look forward to working closely with Dr. McKown to accelerate the university's overall priorities in development and community relations."


Nerhood said, "I am very pleased and honored to have been asked to participate in this exciting and important transition at the School of Medicine. Dr. McKown has been a very able and dedicated leader, and the school owes its existence to his efforts. We owe to him a great debt of gratitude, and I feel certain the faculty and staff are prepared to successfully deal with the challenges inherent in this transition as our school continues to move forward."


Nerhood previously served as chairman of the West Virginia Section of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and his other roles in that organization included serving on its Advisory Council, as chair of the Perinatal Morbidity and Mortality Committee, and as chair of the ACOG District IV Perinatal Committee.


He is a former chair of the West Virginia Perinatal Task Force, and also was president of the Cabell County Medical Society, chairman of the Board of Directors for Cabell Huntington Hospital, and vice president of the Board of Directors for University Physicians & Surgeons Inc.


Before becoming chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Marshall, Nerhood was chairman of ob/gyn at Berkshire Medical Center and clerkship coordinator for the Berkshire Medical Center/University of Massachusetts School of Medicine.


He is a graduate of the West Virginia University School of Medicine, with internship and residency training at Harrisburg Polyclinic Hospital and WVU.




Photos: (Above) Dr. Robert Nerhood; (Below) Dr. Charles McKown.

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Wednesday June 29, 2011
Contact: Mary M. Thomasson, Public Information Officer, Marshall University Forensic Science Center, , 304-691-8961

Second annual Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence Conference to be hosted by Marshall Forensic Science Center

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Forensic Science Center will host the second annual Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence Conference (AIDE) July 11-15  to provide training in digital forensics and evidence recovery, electronic discoveryand information security.

The conference will offer a wide array of training for professionals and students in the fields of law, digital forensics, law enforcement and information security. The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 11, through Wednesday, July 13; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 14, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, July 15.


John Sammons, an assistant professor in Marshall's Integrated Science and Technology Department, is the director of the Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence. "Anyone who works with digital evidence, whether they are a lawyer, a police officer, or an information security professional, must keep pace with technology," he said. "The risks today are simply too high to do otherwise. The AIDE provides the type of cutting edge training that these folks need to protect our communities and companies as well as serve their clients."

Sammons said the conference offers a wide array of great speakers from the FBI, Purdue University, AccessData, several law firms, the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute, the West Virginia State Police, Digital Intelligence and many more. "This is an outstanding opportunity for professionals and students alike," he added.

Continuing education credits are available for law enforcement, attorneys and information security professionals. First responder certification will be offered on digital evidence.

Registration fees are free for current AIDE members, $50 for nonmember professionals, and $20 for students, and are due the first day of attendance. Pre-registration is required for lunch, which will cost $10 per day. Payment for lunch is due on the days of attendance.

On July 12 and 13, Access Data will conduct training on Summation, a software solution used to manage, organize and analyze every aspect of the litigation process.  AccessData is a leading provider of e-discovery, computer forensics and cyber security software for law firms, corporations and government agencies. The Summation training is being offered separately from the AIDE conference. The following two courses will be offered at a fee of $500 for each course: "Loading Case Data into Summation" on Tuesday, July 12, and "Summation Case Management, Advanced Topics" on Wednesday, July 13.

To register for the conference or to learn more, please visit the AIDE website at http://aide.marshall.edu/Events/2011/2ndAIDEConfer.htm.

Sponsors for the event include Jackson Kelly PLLC Attorneys at Law; Access Data; Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC Attorneys at Law; InfoSec Daily Podcast; Digital Intelligence; Marshall University Forensic Science Center; Marshall University Department of Integrated Science and Technology, and Marshall University Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.

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Wednesday June 29, 2011
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964

Undergraduate students participate in summer research opportunities at Marshall University


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Fifteen undergraduate students from nine institutions are spending their summer doing biomedical research in Marshall University's laboratories.


The students are participating in two nine-week programs - one sponsored by the West Virginia IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE) and the other by the university's Biomedical Sciences Summer Research Internship for Minority Students (SRIMS) program.


Dr. Elsa Mangiarua, a professor in the cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes research cluster at Marshall, is the director of the WV-INBRE Summer Research Program. She said both programs allow participants to gain valuable, hands-on experience doing graduate-level research in the labs of some of Marshall's top scientists.


"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 biomedical research."


Diana Maue, who coordinates the SRIMS program, added, "This is a chance for these students to do meaningful scientific research, share their findings, network and build academic competitiveness for graduate school."


While at Marshall, the interns are working in state-of-the-art facilities on research projects related to cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes, toxicology and environmental health, and infectious diseases. The students will present their research results at a symposium held during the last week of the program.


In addition to the formal research training they each receive from their Marshall faculty mentors, the interns are taking part in workshops and seminars about a variety of topics related to research and graduate education. Students in 

The students participating in the WV-INBRE Summer Research Program include (with their hometowns indicated in parentheses) (Huntington) from Alderson-Broaddus College;  Daniel Mai (Seal Beach, Calif.) and Sarah Monsheimer (Silver Spring, Md.) from University of Charleston; Benjamin Kordusky (Sod), Emma Levin-Nielsen (Vienna) and Richard Phil Thomas (Elizabeth) from West Virginia Wesleyan College; Hannah Cavender (Charleston), Josh Kim (South Charleston) and Niraj Nepal (Dunbar) from West Virginia State University; and Andre Lamyaithong (Man) from Wheeling Jesuit University.


The students participating in the SRIMS program are Kelsey Cowen (New Hudson, Mich.) from Cedarville University; Rebecca Furby (Charles Town) from Shepherd University; Amber Mills (Carbondale, Ill.) from Murray State University; and Marie Southerland (Ravenna, Ohio) from Ashland University.


The WV-INBRE Summer Research Program is funded through a $16 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Marshall - in partnership with researchers at West Virginia University - received the award to help build expertise in biomedical research.


Support for the SRIMS program comes from the university's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology/ Minority Access to Research Careers program.


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 to and from Marshall.


For more information about the WV-INBRE Summer Research Program, visit http://www.wv-inbre.org or contact Mangiarua at mangiaru@marshall.edu or 304-696-6211. For more information about the SRIMS program, visit http://bms.marshall.edu/srims or contact Maue at maue1@marshall.edu or 304-696-3365.

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Tuesday June 28, 2011
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Nearly 200 attend President Kopp's State of the University address in D.C.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Nearly 200 Marshall University supporters, including members of West Virginia's congressional delegation, joined Marshall's president, athletic director and football and basketball coaches at the nation's capital Tuesday, June 21, to celebrate the university's recent growth and expansion projects now under way.


The crowd, which included many Big Green members, gathered during Marshall's annual State of the University address and reception at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.  The Newseum is an interactive museum of news located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave.


West Virginia's congressional delegation includes Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, Senator Joe Manchin, Representative Nick Joe Rahall II, Representative Shelley Moore Capito and Representative David McKinley. Kopp met earlier in the day with all members of the delegation to discuss the university's priorities and concerns on the federal level.


Kopp, who has been at Marshall for six years, spoke of the importance of setting high expectations, of the importance of higher education and the attributes of college graduates. He updated the audience on the university's progress on many fronts, including planned new facilities such as the Biotechnology Incubator and Applied Engineering Complex, the Fine Arts Incubator and the soccer complex; record enrollment; new programs of excellence, and campus improvements, such as the modernizing of all classrooms.


Manchin and Rahall each spoke at the event. Marshall coaches Doc Holliday and Tom Herrion, and Athletic Director Mike Hamrick, spoke about the university's commitment to excellence in athletics, with an emphasis on academic achievement and stringent team standards. Ten of MU's 14 sports teams had a grade point average of 3.0 or better for the spring term.




Photo: Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp delivers the State of the University addresss at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. June 21.


View a gallery of more photos of the event.

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Monday June 27, 2011
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964

Marshall University and spinouts to be showcased at BIO International Convention

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University biotechnology research and three of the university's high-tech spinout companies will be showcased as part of this week's BIO International Convention in Washington, D.C.

The largest annual global event for the biotechnology industry, the BIO International Convention attracts an audience of more than 15,000 biotech business leaders, scientists, executives and investors from around the world.

According to Jennifer Kmiec, associate vice president for economic development for the Marshall University Research Corporation, the Bioscience Association of West Virginia (BioWV) - along with the Biotech Alliance of the Huntington Area Development Council (HADCO) and the West Virginia Development Office - is hosting a West Virginia Pavilion at the convention.

"The West Virginia Pavilion is intended to highlight key participants in the state's life sciences community," she said. "There is a great deal of very exciting biotechnology work happening in labs here at Marshall and we are pleased to have this opportunity to share it with colleagues from the rest of the country and around the world."

Kmiec, who is also vice-chair of BioWV, said the Marshall-related companies to be featured at the pavilion include Vandalia Research, Progenesis Technologies and Cordgenics. All three businesses were founded based on technologies developed at Marshall and are headquartered in the state.

South Charleston-based biotechnology company TRAX BioDiscovery, as well as West Virginia University and its spinout Protea Biosciences, also will be represented at the convention.

Kmiec said the Discover the Real West Virginia Foundation (DRWVF) is sponsoring a reception Tuesday afternoon at the pavilion to promote opportunities for investment and expansion in West Virginia. Guest speakers will include U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.).

During the reception, Rockefeller will invite biotech executives to visit West Virginia this fall as part of a DRWVF-sponsored biotech trade/investment mission.  

Kmiec added, "In addition to featuring the biotech research being done in West Virginia, the pavilion and the reception will show the world what a great place our state is to live and work. We hope to use the events to help attract new entrepreneurs, inventors, researchers, investors and high-tech businesses to West Virginia."

BIO International Convention attendees include a mix of biotechnology, pharmaceutical, plant and life science, medical diagnostic, instrumentation and technology companies of all sizes, including the top 10 pharmaceutical companies in the world. Also represented are economic development organizations and businesses that support the industry, including law firms, service providers, investors, and suppliers of laboratory equipment and products. Representatives from more than 200 universities and academic communities also attend for networking, educational sessions and collaboration opportunities. There is a strong international attendance, with participants from approximately 60 countries.

For more information, visit www.biowv.org or contact Kmiec at kmiecj@marshall.edu or 304-840-3374.

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Friday June 24, 2011
Contact: Leah Clark Payne, Media Communciations Specialist, 304-696-6397

Marshall student from Milton recognized on Capitol Hill for research

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University senior Emily Beckelhimer of Milton was recognized this spring for her biomedical research at the annual Posters on the Hill event in Washington, D.C. 

Beckelhimer, whose faculty advisor is Dr. Menashi Cohenford, exhibited a poster on the Analysis of Tissue Sections from Normal and Malignant Mouse Colorectal Tissues which examined an approach to early detection of cancer cells through a process called Fourier Transform-Infrared (FT-IR) microspectroscopy. Her research was one of 74 projects chosen from more than 700 applications.


The Council on Undergraduate Research sponsored the April event, which spotlights undergraduate research in an effort to encourage more students to pursue research opportunities.  

"A great thing about Posters on the Hill was the diversity of the students' presentations.  I had the opportunity to meet people who were interested in many different facets of my research," said Beckelhimer.  "As a presenter and a researcher, that helps me by exposing me to new ways of thinking about every part of my project.  It was a very encouraging atmosphere."


"When Emily first joined my lab, she had minimal exposure to research. Her hard work, determination and interest to learn new concepts and techniques are what allowed her to gain the recognition she deserves," Cohenford said.


Beckelhimer is a microbiology major at Marshall. 

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

11th annual engineering academy begins Sunday at Marshall University

Thirty-five high school students from six states will participate

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Thirty-five students representing six states and 24 high schools will visit Marshall University's Huntington campus Sunday, June 26, through Thursday, June 30, to take part in the 11th annual Exploring Engineering: Academy of Excellence (EEAE).


The Exploring Engineering: Academy of Excellence is a week-long, hands-on camp during which high school students have the chance to experience campus life while learning more about the engineering profession. Participants are instructed by professors from Marshall University's College of Information Technology and Engineering, and are housed in the Marshall Commons residence halls.


Dr. William Pierson, chair of the Weisberg Division of Engineering and Computer Science at Marshall, said the theme of the academy's activities is teamwork.


"The theme is the importance of teamwork in planning and in working together to achieve a common goal," Pierson said. "In addition, the academy is a good way to make students aware of the importance of engineering and computer science and what exciting opportunities these professions have to offer."


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


Jerry Casto, an engineer from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will give a presentation during the opening ceremony, which begins at 3 p.m. Sunday in Corbly Hall Room 105. Casto will speak about infrastructure maintained by the corps and the potential impact on the regional economy when problems occur such as a recent failure of the Greenup Locks and Dam. He also will talk about his recent engineering experiences in Afghanistan.


The academy is made possible by grants from Chesapeake Energy and the Rahall Transportation Institute, as well as support from Marshall University and local businesses and agencies such as J.H. Fletcher, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, State Electric Supply Company and the Society of American Military Engineers.


The 2011 camp participants include:


Bruce Swiney of St. Albans, W.Va.; Austin Hammond of Tornado, W.Va.; Brendan Mullins of Charleston, W.Va.; David Holstine of Charleston, W.Va.; Lee Klocke of Cross Lanes, W.Va.; Ann Larsen of Charleston, W.Va.; Brittney Lowers of Charleston, W.Va.


Peyton Smith of Falling Waters, W.Va.; Cody Legge of Culloden, W.Va.; Vivian Yau of Hurricane, W.Va.; Patrick Thomas of Hurricane, W.Va.; Jacob Houdyschell of Kenova, W.Va.; Jacob Parsons of Milton, W.Va.; Chase Nicholson of Point Pleasant, W.Va.


Jessica Hensely of Wayne, W.Va.; Luke Browning of Huntington; Michael DeRosa of Huntington; Jacob Maynard of Huntington; Kevin Dillon of Huntington; Anthony Reynolds of Huntington; Jesse Gorecki of Huntington


Max Pinion of Morgantown, W.Va.; Brenton Wyne of Fairmont, W.Va.; Jenna Hamlin of Peachtree City, Ga.; Madeline Glasheen of Plantation, Fla.; Shawn Effingham of LaGrange, Ky.; Taylor Toberg of Catlettsburg, Ky.; Charles Sexton of Grayson, Ky.


Ryann Conley of Grayson, Ky.; Allyson Brewer of Martin, Ky.; Elizabeth Walker of Parma, Ohio; Austin Conn of Cincinnati, Ohio; Damian Hughes of Kettering, Ohio; Stephanie Lee of Los Altos, Calif.; Van Lara of Mendocino, Calif.


Here is the complete schedule of events for the 2011 academy:


Sunday, June 26

2 to 3 p.m., check-in at Wellman Hall, Marshall Commons

3 to 5 p.m., welcome and presentation by Jerry Casto, United States Army Corps of Engineers:  Greenup Gate Failure, Ohio River Infrastructure and Afghanistan Experiences, CH105.

5 to 6:30 p.m., dinner at Fat Patty's

6:30 to 9 p.m., icebreaker and team-building activities at the Marshall Recreation Center


Monday, June 27

8 to 9:45 a.m., civil engineering activities briefing at the Weisberg Engineering Lab


9:45 to 11:30 a.m., introduction to civil and environmental engineering: surveying, GPS, materials testing and environmental sampling at Buskirk Field and the Weisberg Engineering Lab

11:30 a.m. to noon, lunch in the Harless Dining Hall

12:30 to 4:30 p.m., introduction to civil and environmental engineering: surveying, GPS, materials testing and environmental sampling at Buskirk Field and the Weisberg Engineering Lab

4:30 to 6 p.m., recreation time

6 to 7 p.m., dinner at the Hall of Fame Caf

7 to 8:30 p.m., activity - replicator at the Weisberg Engineering Lab


Tuesday, June 28

8 to 9 a.m., introduction to trebuchet design at the Weisberg Engineering Lab, Room 101

9 a.m. to noon, trebuchet design and construction at Buskirk Field

Noon to 1 p.m., luncheon with Society of American Military Engineers

members  at the Harless Dining Hall, Ed Grose Room

1 to 2 p.m., complete trebuchet construction

2 to 3 p.m., trebuchet competition

3 to 5 p.m., activity - roller coaster, Weisberg Engineering Lab

5 to 6:30 p.m., dinner -- pizza! pizza! (and, introduction to ITS, Weisberg Engineering Lab)

6:30 to 8 p.m., recreation time


Wednesday, June 29

8 to 9 a.m., introduction to computer science - GH206A

9 to 11:30 a.m., exploring encryption - GH206A

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

12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Finch Robotics Challenge - GH206A

3:30 to 4:30 p.m., visualization presentation - Visualization Lab, Weisberg Engineering Lab

4:30 to 6 p.m., recreation time

6 to 7 p.m., dinner, Fat Patty's

7 to 8:30 p.m., concrete testing, Weisberg Engineering Lab


Thursday, June 30

8 a.m. to 6 p.m., field trips

8 to 9:30 a.m., travel to Toyota Plant in Buffalo, W.Va.

9:30 to 11:30 a.m., tour Toyota

11:30 am to 12:30 p.m., lunch at Golden Corral in Cross Lanes

12:30 to 1:45 p.m., travel to West Virginia Exhibition Coal Mine

2 to 4 p.m., tour Exhibition Mine

4 to 4:30 p.m., travel to New River Gorge Bridge overlook

4:30 to 5:30 p.m., tour NRGB Visitor Center

5:30 to 6:30 p.m., travel to Waves of Fun

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

9 to 9:30 p.m., return to Marshall


Friday, July 1

9 to 10 a.m., check out of residence halls

10 to 10:30 a.m., EEAE evaluation and wrap-up, MSC, Room BE5

10:30 to 11:30 a.m., awards presentation, MSC, Room BE5


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Tuesday June 21, 2011
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964

Marshall University sponsoring regional forum on geohazards and transportation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Engineers, geologists and transportation planners from across the region will gather in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 2-4 for the Appalachian States Coalition for Geohazards in Transportation's 11th annual technical forum, "Geohazards Impacting Transportation in the Appalachian Region."


Coordinated by Marshall University's Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS) and sponsored in conjunction with the university's Nick J. Rahall II Appalachian Transportation Institute, the forum will be hosted this year by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.


According to CEGAS Director Dr. Tony Szwilski, chairman of the coalition and head of the planning committee for this year's forum, members of the coalition meet annually to share information about research developments and projects related to rock falls and landslides along highways, seismic activity, and flooding and subsidence impacting transportation infrastructure in the region. Coalition members represent the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S.  Army Corps of Engineers, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern Corporation, the Federal Highway Administration, and the departments of transportation and state geological surveys in Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.


"It is an exciting prospect to work with federal, state and private entities to share best practices on the prevention and remediation of geological problems that affect transportation throughout the Appalachian region," Szwilski said. "We encourage anyone with an interest in this topic to join us for what promises to be an excellent program."


He added that this year's event will include a pre-conference field trip to the U.S. Route 64 area through the Ocoee River Gorge. The area, which is used for transportation, forestry, conservation, recreation and power generation, was the site of three rock slides in 2009-10, one of which closed the highway for five months. The field trip will feature discussions and visits to areas of interest to geologists, geotechnical engineers, environmental scientists, planners and others interested in the geohazards and constraints of development of the area designated as the nation's first U.S. Forest Service Scenic Byway.


The early registration deadline for the forum is Friday, July 8. For more information, visit www.marshall.edu/cegas or contact Szwilski at szwilski@marshall.edu or 304-696-5457.



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Friday June 17, 2011
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

WMUL student broadcasters collect school-record 131 awards

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The 2010-2011 academic year was the best in school history for WMUL-FM student broadcasters, at least in terms of award-winning entries in contests with other state and national broadcasters.

Marshall University's public radio station finished the year with a school-record 131 awards, including 21 in the last contest of the year - the West Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Association's 2010 broadcast journalism awards, which were announced Saturday, June 11, at the Fifth Quarter Restaurant in Charleston.

"This remarkable effort helps to bring to a crescendo this record-shattering year by the volunteer student staff of WMUL-FM in garnering recognition for Marshall University and the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications from state, regional and national broadcasting organizations that evaluate the work done at campus radio stations," said Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, professor of radio-television production and management in the William Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall and faculty manager of WMUL-FM.

WMUL received 12 first-place awards and nine honorable mentions in the WVAP Broadcasters Association's awards.  The Radio Broadcast Journalist of the Year award, Best Reporter award, Best Sportscaster award, and Best Host award were all achieved by Adam Cavalier, a master's graduate from Montgomery, for 2010.

Since 1985, WMUL student broadcasters have won 1,136 awards, according to Bailey.

The 12 first-place award-winning entries in the West Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Association's 2010 broadcast journalism awards were:


Adam Cavalier


"The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" broadcast Friday, April 9, 2010. Participants were Robert Iddings, a recent graduate from St. Albans, producer; Leannda Carey, a senior from Wellsburg, anchor; Adam Cavalier, anchor; and Dave Traube, a graduate student from Beckley, sports anchor.


"SGA Election Complaints" by Leannda Carey, broadcast and available online during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Friday, April 9, 2010. 


"The Sowards-Roudebush Report." Hosts Matt Sowards, a graduate from Salt Rock, Jay Roudebush, a graduate student from Charleston, and host/engineer Deven Swartz, a graduate from Philippi, interviewed former U.S. Army Sargent Pepe Johnson about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" on their political debate styled talk program.  The program was broadcast Tuesday, April 6, 2010.


"Cold War Media," written and produced by Adam Cavalier, broadcast during  "Campus Concern" Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. 


"Campus Concern." Host Adam Cavalier interviewed Marshall President Stephen Kopp about his recent "State of the University Address" on this campus public affairs talk program.  The program was broadcast Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010.


"A Compilation of Work," written and reported by Adam Cavalier, broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" throughout 2010.


"The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" with news anchor Leannda Carey, broadcast Friday, April 9, 2010.


The FM 88 sports team. Sports director for the 2010 spring and fall semesters was Robert Iddings.



"A Compilation of Work" written and reported by Adam Cavalier, broadcast for the FM 88 sports team throughout 2010.



WMUL-FM's broadcast of the Marshall University versus the Ohio State University football game played at the Horseshoe in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010.  The students participating in the broadcast were Robert Iddings, play-by-play: Adam Cavalier, color;  Aaron Payne, a senior from Winfield, engineer.


"A Compilation of Work" written and reported by Adam Cavalier, broadcast for the Newscenter 88 team and the FM 88 sports staff throughout 2010.


The nine honorable mention award-winning entries were:


The Newscenter 88 team. News director for the spring and fall semesters was Leannda Carey.


"The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" broadcast Friday, Oct. 15, 2010.  The students who participated in the newscast were: Robert Iddings, producer; Adam Cavalier, news anchor; Leannda Carey, news anchor; and Aaron Payne, sports anchor.


"Manchin - Raese Gubernatorial Poll," written and produced by Adam Cavalier and Leannda Carey, broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," and available online Friday, Oct. 15, 2010.


"The Sowards-Roudebush Report." Hosts Matt Sowards, Jay Roudebush and host/engineer Deven Swartz  interviewed former U.S. Army Sargent Pepe Johnson about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" on their political debate styled talk program.  The program was broadcast Tuesday, April 6, 2010.


"FM 88 Sports Report" written and produced by Adam Cavalier, broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Thursday, April 22, 2010.


"The Opening Kickoff:  The 2010 Marshall Football Season Preview" was written and produced by the program's hosts Aaron Payne and Adam Rogers, a sophomore from Charleston.    Reporters for the program were Adam Cavalier, Robert Iddings and James Roach, a senior from Richwood.   The preview was broadcast and made available online during the WMUL-FM pregame before the Marshall 2010 season opener at Ohio State, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010.


"Sportsview with Herd Head Basketball Coach Tom Herrion," broadcast Wednesday, April 28, 2010.  The host of the program was Robert Iddings and the producer was Adam Rogers.


"A Compilation of Work" written and reported by Robert Iddings, broadcast for the FM 88 sports team throughout 2010.



WMUL-FM's website is www.marshall.edu/wmul. The 2010 web master for WMUL-FM Online is Tyler Kes, a sophomore from Burnsville, Minnesota.


Communicator Awards

 Students from WMUL-FM received five Awards of Excellence and four Awards of Distinction in the 17th annual Communicator Awards 2011 Audio Competition. The winners were named on June 1.

The Communicator Awards come from the International Academy of Visual Arts, which recognizes outstanding work in the communications field.  Entries are judged by industry professionals who seek out companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.  The 2011 contest had more than 6,000 entries.

The Award of Excellence winning entries by WMUL-FM are in the following categories:

On-Air Talent/Humor

"Sexy Voices," a comedy radio program written, produced and hosted by Aaron Payne, a senior from Winfield, and Morgan Shillingburg, a senior from Charleston, broadcast Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2010.

On-Air Talent/Humor

"Peer Pressure Awareness," a parody public service announcement written and produced by Morgan Shillingburg and Aaron Payne, broadcast during their radio comedy program "Sexy Voices" Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010.

Promo, PSA, Commercial

"26.5," a public service announcement written and produced by Morgan Shillingburg, placed in WMUL-FM's  Public Service Announcement rotation from Monday, May 3, 2010, to the present.

Promo, PSA, Commercial

"The Recipe for Better Radio," an in-house promotional announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM's Promotion Announcement rotation from Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, through the present time, written and produced by Adam Cavalier, a recent master's graduate from Montgomery.

Promo, PSA, Commercial

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

The Award of Distinction winning entries by WMUL-FM are in the following categories. 

Promo, PSA, Commercial

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

Sports Program

"The Marshall Women's Basketball 2009-2010 Season in Review," written and produced by Adam Cavalier, broadcast before the Marshall - West Virginia Wesleyan  women's basketball game Monday, Nov. 1, 2010.

Sports Package

"Enter Sandman," written and produced by Leannda Carey, a senior from Wellsburg, broadcast during the WMUL-FM Pregame Program before the Marshall at Virginia Tech football game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009. 

News Feature Package

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

Winners of The Communicator Awards come from radio stations, production facilities, advertising and public relations agencies, corporate communications departments, government entities, technicians, narrators, writers and other professionals associated with the production of audio broadcasts and materials.

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Thursday June 16, 2011
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall orientation sessions expected to attract about 2,200 students

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Hundreds of new Marshall University students will be on the Huntington campus next week, some two months before attending their first classes, to participate in New Student Orientation.


Beginning Tuesday, June 21, the first of about 2,200 MU freshmen and transfer students will visit the campus for orientation. Each new student is expected to attend one of the sessions, which run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day June 21 through 25, July 19 through 22 and Aug. 4 and 5.


Orientation is a program designed to acclimate new students to the campus. Participants receive valuable information from the offices on campus, get identification cards made, register for classes and tour the campus.


Beth Wolfe, Marshall's director of recruitment, said 142 students have registered for the Tuesday, June 21 session, which is for honors students only. The other dates are open to all new students.


"We hope that students who attend orientation will leave feeling prepared and confident for their first day of classes, and that they will feel like they are now members of the Marshall University family," Wolfe said.


While the June 22-25 and July 19 sessions are full, students may still register for the July 20-22 dates and the August 4-5 dates. Wolfe said students must first pay their $100 enrollment deposit before they can register. They can do so by calling the bursar's office at 304-696-6620 or 800-438-5389. Once the deposit is paid, they can register at www.marshall.edu/orientation.


Sessions planned for parents include time with financial aid advisors and student services staff, as well as discussions of campus safety issues and other academic and financial topics.


"We hope the parents will take advantage of their portion of the program, to learn more about what their students' experience will entail 

Week of Welcome activities for freshmen begin Wednesday, Aug. 17, and the first day of fall classes is Monday, Aug. 22.

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

MU board approves Intent to Plan for master of science in Public Health

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's College of Health Professions (COHP) has been granted permission by the MU Board of Governors to establish a plan to create the second master of science degree in Public Health (MPH) in West Virginia.


Approval of the program took place Tuesday during the board's regular meeting in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.


Graduates from the MPH program will apply the knowledge and skills of public health practice in areas that include all five core domains of knowledge basic to public health: biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, behavioral and health sciences, and health services administration, according to COHP Associate Dean Charles Hossler.


"There is a great demand for public health across the nation and in West Virginia," Hossler said. "West Virginia ranks nearly last in all health markers placing the state's population at great risk for acute and chronic health problems."


Dr. Gayle Ormiston, Marshall's provost, said the university is committed to developing programs that provide unique opportunities for advanced study in fields important to the vitality of the region, state and nation.


"The master of science in Public Health fits into the overall mission of the College of Health Professions and the university as a whole, which includes a commitment to improving the education, health and welfare of West Virginia and the Appalachian region through innovative and necessary programs of study," Ormiston said.


Hossler said the program's mission is to educate students in the biological, environmental and behavioral determinants of key public health issues for the purpose of promoting and maintaining health, preventing disease and disabilities and educating the public on health-related matters.

He added that public health professionals work to optimize the health of populations and communities through participation in the scholarship of discovery, integration and teaching.


"The primary goals of public health officials are the prevention of problems through the development of educational programs, policy changes, administration of services and the elimination of health disparities by conducting and applying research," Hossler said. "Through these activities the MPH program will bring to West Virginia an improvement in health and prevention of disease and disabilities."


Earlier this spring, the College of Health Professions announced that it is offering a new bachelor program in Public Health - the first such degree to be offered in West Virginia. Admissions to that program have begun for the fall 2011 inaugural class.

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Tuesday June 14, 2011
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964

Marshall to partner with UK as part of national research funding project

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University today announced it will be partnering with the University of Kentucky (UK) as part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) institutional Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program aimed at speeding the time for laboratory discoveries to benefit patients.

NIH has awarded $20 million to support research at UK's Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), making it part of a select national biomedical research network. Marshall will be awarded a subcontract of up to $750,000 over the course of the five-year grant.

The funding will support scientists in Marshall's clinical research program, training fellowships and early stage clinical research trials. The partnership also will give Marshall access to the expertise and resources at UK's CCTS, and opportunities to apply for significant research grants accessible only through the CTSA program.

"Marshall University is proud to be partnering with the University of Kentucky on this national grant award," said Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp. "Our participation in this multi-state award ensures that the state of West Virginia will be represented in this national consortium of medical research institutions. We share the commitment of all CTSA members to work together to achieve the transformative strategic goals of this innovative program and look forward to realizing the full potential of its promise, especially on behalf of the people of Appalachia."

According to Dr. John M. Maher, vice president for research at Marshall, investigators in the national CTSA network are already working together to advance medical research on many of the diseases and conditions that disproportionately affect those who live in the region.

He said that researchers at Marshall's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research will be involved in the project, and that the areas targeted for clinical research collaboration with UK include cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

"CTSA funding of Marshall's partnership with the University of Kentucky will accelerate our efforts in clinical and translational research, and forge new collaborations to solve some of the most pervasive health problems in Appalachia," added Maher.

Dr. Philip Kern, associate provost for clinical and translational science at UK, said, "Marshall has substantial clinical expertise and basic science research strength in these areas and we welcome the opportunity to partner with them to enhance both of our biomedical research programs."

Dr. Charles H. McKown Jr., dean of Marshall's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, said the populations served by Marshall's Robert C. Byrd Center for Rural Health and the UK Centers for Rural Health, which border each other geographically, provide the opportunity to enhance translational research and participation in clinical trials throughout the Appalachian region.

McKown added, "This award is significant because not only will our researchers be able to tap into the national CTSA resources to help speed the translation of scientific discoveries into treatments for patients, we will also be able to more fully engage our rural communities in clinical research efforts and better train a whole new generation of researchers."

NIH launched the CTSA program in 2006 to encourage collaboration across scientific disciplines and spur innovative approaches in tackling research challenges. With the addition of the 2011 recipient institutions announced today, the program is fully implemented and includes 60 CTSAs across the nation.

For more information about the CTSA program, visit www.ncrr.nih.gov/ctsa. The CTSA consortium website, which provides information about the consortium, current members and new grantees, can be accessed at www.CTSAweb.org. For more information about the UK CCTS and its partners, visit www.ccts.uky.edu.



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"I congratulate Marshall University on receiving this prestigious grant. The CTSA is a significant step forward for our state because now we can combine expert research from across the country with Marshall's strong focus and experience in rural medicine. This also means that we will have access to future NIH funding and resources that will lead to better health care initiatives for people in West Virginia, and other rural and underserved areas of the country."

U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller


"Today's announcement is not only a wonderful opportunity for Marshall University, but also for our entire state. This partnership fosters future progress in health studies and incorporates Appalachian rural communities into critical medical research. I applaud Marshall's staff, faculty and students for their participation in this important partnership, because I am confident that all West Virginians will benefit from this collaborative effort."

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin


"Marshall has opened an important and sizable door of opportunity to meet rural health needs and to address chronic diseases all too prevalent in Appalachia. Marshall medicine was born out of a federal investment; by supporting these initiatives and helping Marshall to unite its valuable resources and insight with researchers elsewhere, we help shape the course of future clinical research in the nation."

U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall


"Marshall University has forged a path as a leader in the biomedical field. This collaboration with the University of Kentucky further solidifies Marshall's position while offering great promise for improved health care in our state and region. I look forward to the new discoveries that will emerge from this opportunity."

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin




(Above) Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp speaks during a news conference today announcing that Marshall is partnering with the University of Kentucky on a national research funding project.

(Below) Dr. John Maher, vice president for research at Marshall University, speaks during the same conference.

Photos by Rick Haye/Marshall University.

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Friday June 10, 2011
Contact: Mary Thomasson, Public Information Officer, Marshall University Forensic Science Center, 304-691-8961

Marshall forensic science professor selected chair-elect of Mid-Atlantic Assoc. of Forensic Scientists Criminalistics Section

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. J. Graham Rankin, a forensic chemistry professor in Marshall University's Forensic Science graduate program, has been selected as chair-elect of the Criminalistics Section of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists. 


He will assume the chair position in May 2012 following next year's meeting in Ellicott City, Md.  During his term as chair-elect, he will be responsible for organizing the presentations in the Criminalistics Section for next year's meeting and assisting the current chair, Susan Stanitski of the Virginia Department of Forensic Science.


"Criminalistics is the branch of forensic science concerning the analysis and interpretation of physical evidence such as drugs, fire debris, explosives residue and other trace evidence," said Rankin.  "It is an honor to be selected for this position by one's peers, who are working at the laboratory bench every day processing evidence from crime scenes."


Rankin also presented two papers based on work of Amber Rasmussen and Amanda Heeren, who are 2011 graduates of the Forensic Science graduate program.  During the summer of 2010, Rasmussen developed a method for the analysis of the active ingredients in marijuana mimics, also known as "spice," while she was an intern with the Kentucky State Police Eastern Laboratory Chemistry Section in Ashland, Ky.  "Spice type" products are plant material coated with one or more synthetic compounds that have similar hallucinogenic properties as marijuana when smoked.  These products were made illegal at both the state and federal levels earlier this year.


Heeren, who has worked in Dr. Rankin's lab for the past two years, studied the effect of various charred wood substrates on the interpretation of ignitable liquid residues in fire debris.  Her work was instrumental to the receipt of a major grant from the National Institute of Justice by Rankin last fall. 


Both projects are being continued this summer by graduate students in Rankin's lab at Marshall.

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Friday June 10, 2011
Contact: Leah Clark Payne, Media Communications Specialist, 304-696-6397

Career Services offers easier electronic gateway for job seekers and employers

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Career Services at Marshall University is making the employment process a little easier to navigate by upgrading its jobs website.


Students, alumni, faculty, staff and even employers can now access www.marshall.edu/jobtrax directly.  The employment site previously had a much longer web address which sometimes caused navigation issues for users.


"As they say in the real estate industry, location is key," said Denise Hogsett, director of Career Services. "This easy-to-remember address will help our students and our employers and representatives get directly to the JobTrax site with very few keystrokes.  The change will afford users a much easier pathway to employment. "


JobTrax is a web-based service that allows students and alumni to search for jobs, research employers, post their resumes, and even sign up for on-campus interviews.   The resource also allows faculty to assist their students in finding employment and allows employers to post their job openings free of charge.


For more information on JobTrax or to ask questions about Career Services, contact Glen Midkiff at 304-696-3396.

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Wednesday June 8, 2011
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, , 304-696-3296

Jazz-MU-Tazz brings jazz performances to Pullman Square June 18

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Jazz-MU-Tazz, Marshall University's summer jazz festival for high school musicians, will present a series of performances from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at Pullman Square. The event concludes the annual festival.

Groups to be heard that day will include the Marshall University Jazz Ensemble, Project Postbop (a Marshall University student combo), and a high school jazz ensemble and jazz combos composed of festival attendees. Culminating the evening will be the Tommy Money Orchestra at 8 p.m.  These performances are free and open to the public.  

Student participants in the festival, which begins June 13, take classes in jazz performance and improvisation as well as other related music topics, said Dr. Ed Bingham, professor of music and director of jazz studies at Marshall.  In addition to the daily classes, evening activities such as concerts, jam sessions, movies and recreational activities will round out each day. This year, the students will be working with guest artist/instructor Dr. Dave Dickey, a trombonist.

Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Dickey attended the University of North Texas and received a bachelor's degree in jazz studies. While at North Texas, he recorded two CDs with the famed One O' Clock Lab Band directed by Neil Slater Dickey. He then moved to Miami and lived there for six years as a performing and touring musician and jazz radio disc jockey for WDNA-Miami. While living in Miami, he received his master's in jazz performance from Florida International University.  He then moved to Urbana, Ill., to work on his D.M.A. in jazz performance the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Dickey currently lives in Saint Louis, Mo., teaching jazz trombone at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Dickey also will be performing with Bluetrane, Marshall's faculty combo, at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, Ky., at 8 p.m. Friday, June 17, as part of the center's "Jazz Alley" series. Adult tickets are $25, and are available online at www.paramountartscenter.com, by calling the center at 606-324-3175 or by visiting the center in person from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Wednesday June 8, 2011
Contact: Linsey Godbey, , 202-224-6101

Rockefeller, Rahall Announce $1.1 Million award for Marshall to help West Virginia elementary students

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Jay Rockefeller and Congressman Nick Rahall today announced that Marshall University has received a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for $1,174,800 to implement after‐school Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs for students in Kanawha, Cabell and Wayne counties. The program will help hundreds of students aged 8 to 11 and teachers studying elementary education.

"I am proud of all that Marshall University is doing to promote math and science learning for young students in southern West Virginia," said Rockefeller. "It's clear that math and science expertise is a route to many of the best paying jobs, and we need to get our students interested in these subjects at an early age. A world-class workforce that is equipped for the challenges of the 21st century will pay incredible dividends for this generation and future ones also."

"We must prepare our students in the classroom today for the workforce of tomorrow," said Rahall, a longtime supporter of STEM education and increased investments in research and development and workforce training as a means of creating jobs in West Virginia.  "We must fire up our children's interest in science, math, and technology to keep our workforce globally competitive in the 21st Century; that is how we diversify our economy and ensure that our young people can build well-paying careers right here in their own backyards."

"SCI-TALKS targets students at an age when building interest in science is critical for maintaining the natural curiosity that children have about the world around them," said Dr. Cartwright.  "By building a safe learning environment outside the formal school day where student talk becomes a central lesson feature, both elementary students and elementary education college students will work together to improve student interest and learning in science, technology, engineering and math." 

Cartwright's co-investigators include Dr. Todd Ensign of the NASA Independent Verification and Validation Facility in Fairmont, Dr. Brittan Hallar of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission's Division of Science and Research, and Dr. Brenda Wilson of West Virginia State University.

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Tuesday June 7, 2011
Contact: Leah Clark Payne, Media Communications Specialist, 304-696-6397

Marshall Day at Great American Ballpark features former Herd and Major League Baseball player Jeff Montgomery

Former Marshall University baseball player and Major League Baseball all-star Jeff Montgomery will serve as special guest at the 2011ThunderFest Saturday, July 16, at Cincinnati's Great American Ballpark.

Montgomery, along with Marshall baseball coach Jeff Waggoner, will be available for photographs and autograph signing prior to the game, which features the Reds taking on the St. Louis Cardinals at 7:10 p.m.  The day's festivities also include university recognition on the field prior to the game and on the video screens during the game, and Marshall representatives singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame.


Montgomery played baseball at Marshall and was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 1983 as a pitcher.  He played one season with the Reds, posting a 2-2 record in 1987. Montgomery was traded to the Kansas City Royals in 1988 where he played until retirement in 1999.


He had an outstanding career with the Royals as a closer, recording a team-record 304 saves in 12 seasons (1988-1999). He is a member of Kansas City's Hall of Fame.


Montgomery currently serves as vice president for Union Broadcasting in Kansas City, Mo.


"This is a wonderful opportunity to promote Marshall University to thousands of people attending the game and we are absolutely thrilled Jeff will be with us," said Tish Littlehales, Executive Director of Marshall University Alumni.  "This is our fourth year for Thunderfest and it's always a big hit with our alums all across the region."


Corporate and individual tickets sales are currently under way.  Group tickets may be purchased by contacting the Marshall Alumni Office at 304-696-3134.  Individual tickets are available at www.reds.com/marshall or through the alumni office.


Contact Littlehales for more information at 304-696-2523.

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Monday June 6, 2011
Contact: Leah Clark Payne, Media Communications Specialist, , 304-696-6397

Marshall University partners with Regional Chamber of Commerce for children's event in Huntington

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is providing assistance to the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce for its 4th annual Children's Arts Festival Extravaganza (CAF).


The free event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, on Ninth  Street between Third and Fourth Avenues.  Activities are geared toward children 12 and under and feature stamp art, newspaper art and face painting. Other features include entertainment by various community groups, a balloon artist and sidewalk chalk drawing.


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


"I'm so pleased our students are involved in this community project," Barnes said. "The event allows them to interact with children in an environment that provides invaluable experience as they work toward their teaching degrees in art."


Marshall University students, staff and faculty are volunteering for the community event, which is organized by the Chamber's Downtown Live committee. Downtown Live works to plan and execute downtown events to encourage traffic for downtown retail and restaurant businesses. 


For more information on Marshall's involvement with the event contact Leah Clark Payne, Media Communications Specialist, at 304-696-6397.

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Monday June 6, 2011
Contact: Chelsey Hughes,, , 304-614-2660

New Works Project features plays by students, alumni

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Department of Theatre will present its 5th annual New Works Project beginning Thursday, June 16, and running through Saturday, June 18.

The New Works Project is a contemporary theatre festival created to help develop, promote and present readings of plays in their earliest stages.  The New Works Project has presented the work of both local and national playwrights. Works presented have included full-length plays, shorts, one-act plays, musicals, children's plays, screenplays and television pilots.

This season's schedule is as follows:  

         Thursday, June 16, at 7  p.m.: The Student Playwright Project

This is a chance to see five brand-new short plays, all written, directed and performed by Marshall University students.  Plays include: Marlboro Man, written by Chuck Herndon; A Last Supper, written by Erik Woods; In Progress, written by Rocky Scarbro; and Burgle, written by Dylan Clark. The featured act of the evening will be Marshall University theatre alumnus Jonathan Joy's new work, Count Your Blessings.

         Friday, June 17, at 7 p.m.: The Contemporary Theatre Project

Well, written by Lisa Kron, is a Tony Award nominee that puts an entirely new spin on the art of storytelling. This is a mother-daughter tale recounting the life of the play's author. Depicting herself as an anxious performance artist, Kron illustrates the struggles of healthy living and, ultimately, "wellness."

         Saturday, June 18 at 7 p.m.: The Musical Theatre Project

Collis P! had its first reading at the premiere season of the New Works Project in 2007.  Now in its final stages of development, this original musical is back.  Collis P! centers around the larger-than-life character of Huntington, W.Va.'s own founding father - Collis P. Huntington.

One of the most important aspects of the New Works Project is its audience collaboration sessions. After each evening's presentation, audience members are encouraged to stay and give direct feedback to the playwright and company, in order to bring each play one step closer to its full completion. 

Each performance will take place in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre on Marshall's Huntington campus. All shows are free to the public but donations are encouraged in order to support future performances of new works.

For ticket information, contact Sam Kincaid at 304-696-ARTS (2787).

The Marshall University New Works Project is sponsored by Marshall University's College of Fine Arts. 

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Friday June 3, 2011
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Application process begins for fall Graduate Scholarship Tuition Waivers

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Applications are now being accepted for the Marshall University Graduate Scholarship Tuition Waiver program for the fall semester, according to Dr. Donna Spindel, dean of the Graduate College. The program provides tuition assistance for Marshall University graduate students and Marshall University full-time faculty and staff employees.

Applicants must be currently admitted and enrolled in a graduate degree-granting or certificate program at Marshall University.  Up to three hours of waiver for graduate coursework will be awarded to qualified applicants. The waiver does not cover online courses.

The awarding of waivers is competitive and is made on the basis of academic achievement and promise, Spindel said. Preference may be given to students who did not receive a waiver the previous semester.

Student waivers have a maximum value of $750 to cover the cost of up to three credit hours for graduate coursework. Faculty/Staff employee benefit waivers cover the complete cost of up to three credit hours for graduate coursework (with the exception of required fees).

  • Deadline for the applications is Friday, July 22. Applicants who are awarded waivers will be notified by e-mail. Waivers are posted to student accounts within 10 business days of approval and registration. Award recipients are responsible for any amount not covered by the waiver. Balances must be paid by the tuition/fee due date noted on the Bursar website at www.marshall.edu/bursar/tuition-payment/tuition-fee-due-dates/.

  • Applicants must be registered for graduate courses for spring 2011 by Friday, Aug. 5, in order to receive a waiver. Spindel said applicants are encouraged to register for classes at the same time they submit a waiver application. Waivers for students who are not registered by Aug. 5 will be assigned to other qualified applicants.

Applications are available in the Graduate College office (Old Main 113) on the Huntington campus, through a student's academic department office on the South Charleston campus, or online at www.marshall.edu/graduate/forms/tuitionwaiverfall2011.pdf.

Completed waiver applications can be submitted in person, by U.S. mail, or by e-mail.

For more information, contact the Graduate College office at 304-696-6606.

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Friday June 3, 2011
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall assistant professor receives Inspire Integrity Award

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Michael Householder, an assistant professor in Marshall University's English Department, is the 2011 recipient of the Inspire Integrity Award given by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS).


The Inspire Integrity Award is the nation's only student-nominated faculty award that recognizes professors for their commitment to inspiring and instilling integrity in their students. It is awarded to full-time university staff who have made an impact on their students and community through integrity. MU student Chassidy Marcum nominated Householder for the award.


"We're proud to honor Dr. Householder," said Stephen E. Loflin, CEO and founder of NSCS. "He couldn't be more deserving of this award. We are so pleased to have the opportunity to shine a spotlight on his outstanding accomplishments and commitment to integrity."


Householder will receive a $1,000 personal stipend and a $1,000 contribution to the foundation of his choice. Marcum will receive a $1,000 scholarship.


"I am honored and humbled to be the national recipient of this award," Householder said. "I am especially pleased that the National Society of Collegiate Scholars also awards $1,000 to a foundation of my choice and to the student who nominated me.  Hopefully this award will bring more attention to the terrific teachers we have at Marshall."


Householder received his B.A. from Brown University in 1989. After teaching high school for several years, he earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of California-Irvine in 2003.While at Southern Methodist University he was recognized for his teaching with the prestigious Golden Mustang Award. At Marshall, he teaches courses in American and transatlantic literature to 1860. He is the author of Inventing Americans in the Age of Discovery: Narratives of Encounter (Ashgate, 2011).


Householder is the fourth recipient of the Inspire Integrity Award. NSCS has awarded Faculty of the Year awards since 2005. However, in 2007, NSCS refocused the awards on integrity, and inaugurated the Inspire Integrity Awards.


NSCS is a national academic honor society and member of the Association of College Honor Societies. It has more than 800,000 members at more than 280 chapters in all 50 states.

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Thursday June 2, 2011
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

RecFest offers opportunity for businesses to introduce themselves on campus

Exhibitors wanted for the third year of Marshall Recreation Center event

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall Recreation Center is seeking businesses and organizations who wish to showcase their names and services to more than 14,000 Marshall University students at its annual RecFest. This year's event will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, as part of the university's Week of Welcome activities.


Basic and premier exhibit spaces are available to any business or organization. Discounts are available for organizations that sign up before July 1 and for Marshall-affiliated organizations.


"RecFest is the perfect opportunity for businesses to introduce themselves to Marshall students in a fun and laid-back way," said Michele Muth, RecFest director. "Contests and giveaways are a great way to attract students and help them become repeat customers."


In previous years, more than 100 RecFest exhibitors have attracted thousands of students plus staff, faculty and local residents, Muth said.


Interested exhibitors can visit the Recreation Center's website at www.Marshallcampusrec.com, or contact Muth or Matt Weber at MURecfest@live.com or 304-696-4732.

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Thursday June 2, 2011
Contact: Lalena Price, University Communications, 304-746-1989

Marshall Executive MBA hosts information session June 4; next class of students to begin in July


SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Lewis College of Business is looking for professionals interested in earning an accredited Executive MBA. The next cohort will begin classes in July 2011.


There will be an informational session Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Marshall University South Charleston Campus, 100 Angus E. Peyton Dr. Professors and administrators will be on hand to answer questions about admissions, curriculum, financial aid and offerings unique to the Marshall program.


The Marshall University Executive MBA is an accelerated program focusing on the needs of working professionals so they can earn an internationally accredited MBA without great disruption to work and family schedules. The program comprises 12 face-to-face, cutting-edge courses taught over a 16-month time frame. It follows a cohort format (students move through the program as a team in a set sequence) and meets on Saturdays at the Marshall University South Charleston campus.


Diverse classes focus on business ethics, leadership and global issues that, along with management skills and tools, are crafted to enrich the career accomplishments of students with or without business backgrounds. The program also includes a domestic business trip as well as an international residency abroad.


For more information, call 304-696-2627 or go to http://www.marshall.edu/lcob/graduate/emba/.

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Wednesday June 1, 2011
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University announces newest class of Yeager Scholars

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


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


"We are delighted with the quality of our incoming scholars. These are students who are highly recruited by other institutions," LoCascio said. "Marshall University is fortunate to attract such talented students."


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


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


"The diverse interests, the experience and the record of academic excellence of these six students offer strong evidence that they are the leader-scholars the Yeager program has always sought," Todd said.

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


The following students were chosen as the Yeager Scholars Class of 2015:


Tyler Austin Bonnett of Crab Orchard, W.Va. Bonnett is a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley. He is a National Merit semifinalist, AP Scholar and member of the National Honor Society, and has other academic memberships and awards. Bonnett was senior class vice president and played on his high school's varsity baseball team four years, receiving honorable mention all-state and Most Outstanding Player in 2010 honors. At Marshall, he intends to pursue a degree in physics.
Alexis Renee D'Amato of Pittsburgh, Pa. D'Amato graduated from North Allegheny Senior High School in Wexford, Pa. She was a member of the Student Council, National Honor Society, Key Club, French Club and other school and community associations. D'Amato has established and runs an online jewelry company where she sells her own designs. At Marshall, she will enroll in the biological sciences department and hopes to pursue a veterinary career.
Shaun Ross Gardiner of La Plata, Md. Gardiner graduated from Maurice J. McDonough High School in Pomfret, Md. He is a member of the National Honor Society and served as his school's service coordinator, an AP Scholar with Distinction, captain of "It's Academic" and math  school teams, was a member of the marching band, and woodwind section leader for the Charles County Youth Orchestra. Gardiner is interested in politics and will be a political science major at Marshall.
Katie Lynn Kramer of Naples, Fla. Kramer graduated from Naples High School where she was involved in academic and athletic activities. She is an AP Laureate Diploma Candidate, an AP Scholar with Distinction, a member of the National Honor Society, her school's Spanish Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, student government and other organizations. An accomplished swimmer, Kramer set school swimming records, served as varsity swimming captain and received several athletic awards. She will pursue a marketing degree from the Lewis College of Business.
Sarah Elizabeth Legg of Hurricane, W.Va. Legg is a 2011 graduate of Hurricane High School. She received a commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program, earned all-state, Class AAA, and all-Mountain State Athletic Conference honors in volleyball, was team captain of the volleyball and basketball teams, and was freshman class vice president at her former high school. Legg has been an active community volunteer for many different organizations. She will enroll in the College of Science at Marshall as a biochemistry major.
Hannah Grace Smith of Parkersburg, W.Va. Smith attended Parkersburg South High School. She was a 2010 recipient of the NCTE Achievement in Writing award, a member of the National Honor Society and the National French Honor Society. She was secretary of her senior class and teaches a weekly ballet class to third graders. Her community involvement includes the Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet Company, the Parkersburg South Choir, and Interact, a high school community service organization. Smith intends to be an English major in creative writing.








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