November 2011 Press Releases

Tuesday November 29, 2011
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

'Gentleman golfer' William Cammack Campbell to receive honorary degree at Marshall's winter commencement

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A man known and admired worldwide for his extraordinary contributions to the game of golf, and similarly respected locally for his decades of public service, will be honored next week by Marshall University.

Lifelong Huntington  resident William Cammack Campbell, once called "a professional at being an amateur," will receive an honorary doctoral degree at Marshall's 2011 Winter Commencement. Campbell will be presented with a Doctor of Humane Letters degree during the ceremony, which starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Cam Henderson Center on MU's Huntington campus.

"I'm surprised, but it's a pleasant surprise," Campbell said.  "I have a long experience with Marshall, which was always a big, big part of Huntington and still is."

Campbell is the 166th person chosen to receive an honorary degree at Marshall.

"Bill Campbell has been and still is one of the greatest ambassadors ever for the city of Huntington and Marshall University," said Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp. "His reputation both on and off the golf course is impeccable. On the course he has always embraced the traditions and values that define the essence of golf in its purest form a true gentleman of golf and life. His numerous amateur victories, honors and leadership roles speak for themselves. Off the course, Bill has been a tireless, civic-minded member of our community and a great supporter of Marshall University. We are thrilled to present him with this well-earned, honorary doctoral degree."

Campbell, 88, said his involvement with Marshall dates back to 1928 when he was 5 years old and a student at the Marshall Lab School. Needless to say, the university has changed drastically since then. The recent growth in enrollment and facilities is remarkable, Campbell said.

"Marshall is growing tremendously and wisely," Campbell said. "Dr. Kopp is a very impressive person. Marshall, as an institution of higher learning, is a great plus for Huntington and the state."

Despite his affection for Marshall, Campbell never attended the university. He left the Marshall Lab School after completing nine grades to attend Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H., where he spent four years before enrolling at Princeton University in 1941.  He took a 3 -year break from college to serve in the U.S. Army, where he saw combat duty in World War II and rose in rank to captain. Campbell was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor and his 100th infantry division three Battle Stars. He returned to Princeton after leaving the military, graduating in 1947 with a degree in history.

Despite undeniable talent as a young golfer - Campbell was the second-youngest to play in the U.S. Amateur at age 15, and first played the game at age 3 - and a world of potential, he never wanted to play weekdays or play golf for a living.

He chose to make a living in the insurance business, joining the John Hancock Life Insurance Company, and to play golf competitively as an amateur. The results were astounding as he:

  • Won 33 championships

  • In six decades, qualified for the U.S. Amateur 37 times, including his 1964 national title

  • In four decades, played in the U.S. Open 15 times

  • Was the U.S. Senior Amateur winner in 1979 and 1980, and was runner-up in the 1980 U.S. Senior Open

  • Was a member of 13 USGA international amateur teams and captain of four

  • Played on eight Walker Cup teams over a span of 24 years, most of any player on either side, and in eight Walker Cup singles matches, he was undefeated.

  • Played in the Masters 18 times in a span of 26 years, the most of any living amateur
    Won the West Virginia Amateur 15 times, and was runner-up seven times

  • Won the West Virginia Open three times

  • Won four North-South amateur championships

  • Won amateur championships of Mexico and the Canadian province of Ontario

Perhaps Campbell's most extraordinary accomplishments came in the 1980s when he became the first person ever  to head golf's two governing bodies. He was elected president of the United States Golf Association (USGA) in 1982 and 1983, and he was named captain of the Royal & Ancient Club of St. Andrews, Scotland, in 1987.

"That's unprecedented," said Joe Feaganes, Marshall's golf coach.

Feaganes said Campbell's contributions to the game of golf cannot be overstated.

"Worldwide, Bill Campbell may be one of the biggest names in amateur golf since Bobby Jones," Feaganes said. "For years he spoke at our team banquet for the Marshall Invitational, and the coaches and kids would sit on the edge of their seats as he talked about his experiences in the Masters, the U.S. Open, the U.S. Amateur. Not too many people come along in a lifetime like Bill Campbell. He's quite an individual; he really is."

Although he was working full time, playing in only important tournaments and raising a large family with his wife, Joan, Campbell found time to - as he put it - wear several hats at Marshall over many years.

He was chairman of the institutional board of advisors, which routinely met with Marshall's president. Campbell served under five presidents and two interims. He recalls being asked to help notify families of the 1970 plane crash victims as part of his advisory board duties.

Campbell also was a member of the executive committee formed to create a medical school at Marshall.

"It's amazing what started as an idea by Dr. Albert Esposito and the result that came from it, with others helping along the way," he said.

In addition, Campbell was president of the Marshall University Foundation Inc., and was the first chair of Marshall's Library Associates when they were first chartered in the spring of 1989.  Some of his other civic service included stints as president of the Huntington YMCA and the Huntington Chamber of Commerce, and long service on the boards of the Cammack Children's Center (named for his grandfather, C.W. Cammack) and the Huntington Museum of Art (formerly the Huntington Galleries).

He also served three years with the West Virginia House of Delegates. Although his stay in politics was short, he did sponsor a bill in 1951 that led to the creation of the Tri-State Airport. Later he was a private pilot for 37 years.

Bill and Joan Campbell have been married 57 years and raised six children. Today, she lives on the couple's farm in Greenbrier County while Bill splits time between Huntington - he still works for John Hancock - and Greenbrier County.

Campbell and Kopp have something in common, even though Kopp is not from Huntington.

"Dr. Kopp is living in the house that my grandfather built," Campbell said, referring to Judge C.W. Campbell.  "And I grew up in the house next to it. On the other side was my other grandfather, C.W. Cammack. I was surrounded by grandfathers."

In 2009, Campbell and the late Sam Snead were the first inductees into the West Virginia Golf Hall of Fame. Both also are members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. If there was a Hall of Fame for sportsmanship, Campbell likely would be the first member.

"When it comes to his reputation as a gentleman and ambassador for amateur golf, Bill Campbell is in a class all by himself," Feaganes said.


Photo courtesy of Huntington Quarterly.

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Monday November 28, 2011
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts,, (304) 696-3296

Marshall University Jazz Ensemble 12.0 to present 'Senior Day' concert Saturday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. The Marshall University Jazz Ensemble 12.0, under the direction of Dr. Ed Bingham, will present its finale performance of the fall semester at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus. Featured will be the music of the Maria Schneider Orchestra, The Radiohead Jazz Project, Stan Kenton, Bob Florence, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Gordon Goodwin.

This concert will showcase the outstanding student soloists of the ensemble, Bingham said. Austin Seybert, trombone, and Luke Miller, baritone saxophone, will perform featured solo compositions for their respective instruments. Both Seybert and Miller were selected to participate in the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Orchestra and have been two of the most prominent improvisation artists during their time as members of the MU 12.0 Jazz Ensemble. They were members of the MU Jazz Ensemble that performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Jazz e Juan Festival in 2009.

In addition, vocalist Jennifer Billups will be featured in arrangements of Bart Howard's ever-popular tune Fly Me to the Moon, Jobim's Desafinado and the Dianne Schuur /Count Basie version of We'll Be Together Again. Billups was the featured vocalist for the MUJE's appearance at the inaugural conference of the Jazz Educators Network in St. Louis, where her performance attracted the attention of many vocal jazz professionals.

Finally, the MU Jazz Ensemble will usher in the holiday season with Stan Kenton's medley of Christmas favorites. The ensemble will add French horns and a tuba to accomplish the rich texture that is characteristic of Kenton's compositions.

Bingham said that the time has changed to 2 p.m. from any earlier announcements. Admission is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

For further information contact Bingham by phone at 304-696-3147 or by e-mail at

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Monday November 21, 2011
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts,, 304-696-3296

Marshall groups, WV Symphony Chorus to present Haydn, Beethoven works

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - More than 200 musicians will join forces at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, as the Marshall University Choral Union and Chamber Choir, together with the MU Orchestra and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus, present Franz Joseph Haydn's "Lord Nelson" Mass and Ludwig Van Beethoven's "Choral Fantasy."  The event will take place in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus.

Bringing together choral and instrumental ensembles for large performances is not unusual in the MU music department and, in fact, this production follows last spring's collaborative presentation of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana with the Huntington Symphony Orchestra. What is different about this production is the presence of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus, a fixture on the Charleston music scene.  Dr. David Castleberry, director of choral activities at Marshall University, directs all of the choirs involved.

"I have looked forward to the chance to bring these choral forces together for a production and I think the results will be quite exciting for everyone involved," Castleberry said. "The Marshall Orchestra is playing wonderfully and will bring real depth and color to these extraordinary musical works."

The works on this program represent the height of the "classical" style, said Dr. Elizabeth Reed Smith, professor of music and director of the Marshall University Orchestra. "The choice of the Beethoven Choral Fantasy came to mind in discussing a new addition to our music faculty at Marshall, Dr. Henning Vauth. He is a wonderful pianist and we thought this would be an exciting way to welcome him to the department," Smith said.

In addition, soprano Marlayna Maynard, a graduate and voice teacher in the Marshall music department, will be featured as a soloist, alongside a number of current student soloists.

"The concert promises to be an outstanding event," Castleberry said, "but please note that there will be only one Huntington performance." A second performance will be offered at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at Christ Church United Methodist, located at the corner of Quarrier and Morris Streets in Charleston, W.Va.

Admission to both events is free. A free-will offering will be accepted at the Charleston concert.

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Friday November 18, 2011
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964

Marshall University study shows nanoparticles being used as additives in diesel fuels can travel from lungs to liver

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Recent studies conducted at Marshall University have demonstrated that nanoparticles of cerium oxide - common diesel fuel additives used to increase the fuel efficiency of automobile engines - can travel from the lungs to the liver and that this process is associated with liver damage.

The data in the study by Dr. Eric R. Blough and his colleagues at Marshall's Center for Diagnostic Nanosystems indicate there is a dose-dependent increase in the concentration of cerium in the liver of animals that had been exposed to the nanoparticles, which are only about 1/40,000 times as large as the width of a human hair. These increases in cerium were associated with elevations of liver enzymes in the blood and histological evidence consistent with liver damage. The research was published in the Oct. 13 issue of the peer-reviewed research journal International Journal of Nanomedicine.

Cerium oxide is widely used as a polishing agent for glass mirrors, television tubes and ophthalmic lenses. Cerium oxide nanoparticles are used in the automobile industry to increase fuel efficiency and reduce particulate emissions. Some studies have found that cerium oxide nanoparticles may also be capable of acting as antioxidants, leading researchers to suggest these particles may also be useful for the treatment of cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative disease and radiation-induced tissue damage.

Blough, the center's director and an associate professor in the university's Department of Biological Sciences, said, "Given the ever-increasing use of nanomaterials in industry and in the products we buy, it is becoming increasingly important to understand if these substances may be harmful. To our knowledge, this is the first report to evaluate if inhaled cerium oxide nanoparticles exhibit toxic effects in the liver."

Dr. Siva K. Nalabotu, the study's lead author and a Ph.D. student in Blough's lab, said, "The potential effects of nanomaterials on the environment and cellular function is not yet well understood. Interest in nanotoxicity is rapidly growing.

"Our studies show that cerium oxide nanoparticles are capable of entering the liver from the lungs through the circulation, where they show dose-dependent toxic effects on the liver. Our next step is to determine the mechanism of the toxicity."

The research was supported with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, grant DE-PS02-09ER09-01.

For more information, contact Blough at  or 304-696-2708.

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

Old Main Corridor banners support Marshall, downtown Huntington

 HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Businesses and organizations can help connect Marshall University with downtown Huntington through the Old Main Corridor project by purchasing two-sided, full-color banners that will be installed prominently along 4th Avenue.

Two designs are available - one featuring Old Main and the other featuring the Marshall logo. The logo of the business or organization will be placed on the banners as well.Two designs are available - one featuring Old Main and the other featuring the Marshall logo. The logo of the business or organization will be placed on the banners as well.

"Displaying these banners is a great way to support Marshall and downtown Huntington, while promoting your business and making a statement about the cohesiveness of our community and region," said Matt Turner, Marshall's chief of staff. "They really show the spirit of the town and we would love to see them line both sides of 4th Avenue, from downtown to Old Main."

Byron Clercx, chairman of Marshall's department of art & design, said the banners were designed by Mary Grassell, an art and design professor at MU.

"Nostalgic, timeless and contemporary, the compositional hierarchy in Grassell's designs are elegantly positioned and easy to read, with prominent sponsor recognition areas on both sides of each banner," Clercx said. 

"Whether it's the illustration of the Old Main building or the contemporary Marshall block 'M'  logo, both banners enhance and attest to the streetscape revitalization the city has undertaken (and is taking) to provide a safe, aesthetic  and pedestrian friendly 'corridor'  that established residents and businesses as well as prospective employers, citizens and visitors identify as appealing."

The banners, which measure 2 feet by 5 feet, cost $750 for one, $1,200 for two or $2,000 for four. To order Old Main Corridor banners, call Rhonda Frye in Marshall University Communications at 304-696-3958, or e-mail her at


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

June Harless Center awarded CREATE satellite grant

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development in the College of Education at Marshall University was recently awarded $207,000 to establish a satellite of Carnegie Mellon University's CREATE Lab.

This project is designed to implement robotics and technology initiatives in West Virginia schools, including Marshall University Professional Development Schools, and aligns with the mission of the Harless Center to provide leadership in education initiatives for West Virginia educators and students.

The grant, which was funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, will enable educators and rural communities in West Virginia to access a real-time portal to the flow or cutting-edge technologies and programs being developed at the lab in Pittsburgh.

The satellite was created as a result of the success of the GigaPan Outreach Grant, which is beginning its second year.  Other programs to be initiated include Message From Me, Robot Diaries, and Hear Me.

Message From Me enables young children to better communicate with parents and caretakers about their daytime activities at childcare centers through the use of digital cameras, microphones, email, phone messaging and other technologies.

Robot Diaries integrates technology, literature, and history through the use of familiar art supplies, circuit boards, lights, motors and sensors.  Students design, build, and program robots that tell the stories of literary and historical characters and events while promoting technological literacy and informal learning.

Hear Me seeks to amplify childrens' voices using media and technology to create a world where children are heard, acknowledged and understood, thereby giving them the power to inspire social change.   Hear Me promotes purposeful and responsible use of media by and for children which can promote change in their lives, communities and the world.

The vision of the CREATE Lab is to catalyze local and global community change by technologically empowering people to creatively explore, learn, share and directly improve our ecology.  The Harless Center's mission is to provide leadership in education initiatives for West Virginia educators and students.

For more information, contact Carrie-Meghan Quick-Blanco at or visit and 

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Friday November 11, 2011
Contact: Leah Clark Payne, Media Communications Specialist,, 304-696-6397

Marshall University hosts Military Spouse Day Nov. 19

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will sponsor Military Spouse Day beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

Kelly Sweetman, Marshall's director of military and veterans affairs, says the event offers military spouses a chance to be treated to some special attention and learn about education and employment opportunities, as well as support services available.

In addition, a free luncheon is on the schedule, although space is limited and a reservation is required.

"We are very excited to offer this free event to our local military families," Sweetman said. "Military families have unique needs and we hope to help them connect with services available in our area and each other."

Sweetman says giveaways, free activities for children and youth, and advising sessions are included in the day's events, along with Mac Cosmetics makeup artists who will be on hand to give makeovers.

To register for the luncheon, contact Sweetman at 304-696-5278 or by e-mail at

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

Marshall Recreation Center to host Pump and Run competition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Pump and Run, a competition featuring a combination of weight lifting and a 5k run, will take place at 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Marshall Recreation Center on the Huntington campus.

Michele Muth, the recreation center's assistant director of marketing and memberships, said Pump and Run is a great opportunity to get an intense workout, train for other Pump and Run races, and enjoy the competition.

The pump - or weight lifting portion of the race - is first, followed by the 5k run on a Marshall Recreation Center treadmill.

There will be five age divisions ranging from 19 and under to 50 and older as well as male and female divisions. Participants must be at least 16 years of age to compete. Scores will be determined by the 5k time and number of repetitions. Participants can take up to 15 minutes off their running time by shedding 30 seconds with each repetition in the pump portion of the event.

Awards will be given to the overall top male and female contenders and to the first-, second- and third-place finishers in the men's and women's divisions.

Anyone interested in signing up may do so at the Marshall Recreation Center welcome desk or at All participants must be pre-registered by Dec. 3. The entry fee is $20.

For more information contact Chris Lane, the event director and personal training coordinator, at If interested in sponsorship, contact Muth at 304-696-4732 or e-mail her at

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

Dr. Jamie Warner to deliver winter commencement speech at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Jamie Warner, a professor of political science at Marshall University and MU's Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award winner for 2010-2011, will deliver the keynote speech at Marshall's 2011 Winter Commencement Saturday, Dec. 10.

Commencement begins at 10 a.m. at Cam Henderson Center on Marshall's Huntington campus.

Warner said she was "very honored" to be selected as the commencement speaker. She isn't yet certain what her remarks will be, but she knows what the graduates and their families are hoping for.

"Brevity," she said. "It's kind of complicated, trying to say something thought provoking in a short amount of time. But, you want to leave them with something to ponder."

The Hedrick Award she received last spring recognizes a full-time faculty member who has a minimum of seven years teaching experience at Marshall and has a record of outstanding classroom teaching, scholarship, research and creative activities.

Warner has been at Marshall since 2002, when she was hired as an assistant professor of political science. In 2004, she was awarded both the Pickens-Queen and College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Teaching Awards. Before coming to Marshall, she was a visiting assistant professor of political science at the University of the South (Sewanee) from 2001 to 2002. She received her B.A. from Millersville University in 1991, her M.A. from Penn State University in 1995 and her Ph.D. in political science with a minor in women's studies from Penn State in 2001.

"Students attending this commencement are really lucky to have Jamie as their speaker," said Dr. Marybeth Beller, chair of the department of political science. "Things that Jamie Warner says are memorable."

Beller described Warner as "happy, upbeat and full of energy."

"Her classes are always exciting," Beller said. "She is a fantastic scholar, but she also brings a really interesting perspective to her classes because she helps students understand political theory by connecting it to popular culture. She makes studying academic discipline interesting for students."

Warner is married to Dr. George Davis, who also teaches political science at Marshall, and they are the parents of a two-year-old son, Luke.

Previous Winter Commencement speakers were Dr. Simon Perry in 2009 and Dr. Bonita Lawrence in 2010. Dr. Montserrat Miller spoke at the Winter Convocation in 2008.

Marshall's spring commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 5, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

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Thursday November 10, 2011
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964

Marshall to partner with Concord University and RCBI for university-based jobs initiative

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Officials from Marshall and Concord universities yesterday joined the deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall to announce federal funding of $500,000 over five years to establish the West Virginia EDA University Center.

A partnership among Marshall, Concord and the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI), the center will provide direct business and technical assistance to entrepreneurs, small businesses and manufacturers, and will primarily serve the southernmost 17 counties in West Virginia.

Rahall and the deputy assistant secretary, Matt Erskine, hosted an event yesterday afternoon on Concord's campus in Athens to announce the funding.

The goal of the EDA University Center will be to help increase business productivity, spur innovation and entrepreneurship, and improve long-term regional competitiveness and economic diversification of industries across the state. Outreach and marketing activities to engage entrepreneurs and small businesses will be developed, and the center will host events to bring entrepreneurs together with regional industry leaders for networking and exchanging ideas.

Dr. John M. Maher, Marshall vice president for research, and Charlotte Weber, RCBI director, attended the announcement, along with Dr. Kendra S. Boggess, Concord's interim vice president and academic dean.

Marshall's Center for Business and Economic Research will collect and analyze data about talent pools, workforce readiness and entrepreneurial pathways. These data will be used to help identify regional talent pools, industrial clusters and areas of economic opportunity. RCBI will help provide customized visualization, prototyping and advanced machining training and services for small businesses.

Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp applauded yesterday's announcement, saying, "Marshall University is pleased to partner with Concord University and the Robert C. Byrd Institute in this exciting initiative to connect small businesses and entrepreneurs in southern West Virginia with the resources that can help new and existing business enterprises flourish. We acknowledge with gratitude the EDA funding that will allow us to launch this new center, and we salute Congressman Rahall for his unwavering support for this project."

Maher said, "Marshall University and Concord University have the capacity to support small business development projects within a wide range of disciplines from engineering and biomedicine, to education, to recreation and tourism. These resources, together with the manufacturing expertise available at RCBI, will provide a valuable base for the technical and business assistance to be provided through the center."

Weber said, "RCBI is thrilled to be part of this important West Virginia partnership. America's diverse manufacturing community spurs innovation and discovery, and builds healthy, wealthy communities. Through this EDA grant, RCBI will provide greater emphasis on manufacturing diversification, entrepreneurship and start-up businesses. At RCBI we have the high-tech tools and training necessary to turn today's dreams into tomorrow's products."

At yesterday's event, Rahall thanked the EDA for its financial support of the project and praised its leadership role as the federal agency charged with producing jobs for the nation's distressed economy.

"Our world is a growing, complex and global economy, and advances in technology can create tectonic shifts overnight in economic outlooks," said Rahall. "Mean, lean agencies with a sharp focus on creating jobs that can grow long-term regional economies in that dynamic market need to keep making the kind of investment we are welcoming today."

Erskine was on hand to represent EDA's top administrator, John Fernandez, assistant secretary of commerce for economic development. 

In a prepared statement, Fernandez said, "Marshall University, Concord University and the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing will play an important, collaborative role in supporting the new center's efforts to drive regional economic and job growth."

Following the funding announcement, Rahall convened a roundtable discussion with regional businesses to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the current economy. Participants in the roundtable included representatives from Blue Smoke Salsa, Concord's Hospitality Sector Program, Custom Manufacturing, the Development Authority of Mercer County, Eigenweg USA Inc., Frontier Communications, Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce, Hughes Supply, ManTech Inc., M-Rock Inc., New River Community and Technical College, Princeton-Mercer County Chamber Of Commerce, Region I Planning and Development Council, Smith Services Inc. and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

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Thursday November 10, 2011
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New environmental specialist hired at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Travis M. Bailey recently joined the Marshall University staff as the environmental specialist in the Health and Safety Department, Brian Carrico, director of health and safety, said today.

Bailey, a native of Eleanor, W.Va., is a two-time graduate of Marshall University, having earned a bachelor's degree in microbiology and a master's degree in biology.  He has served as an adjunct faculty member for the past three years teaching microbiology, an endeavor he plans to continue.

Previously, Bailey worked 10 years at the Huntington Sanitary Board, beginning his career as a pretreatment analyst which involved monitoring the industrial facilities in the Huntington area.

He later was promoted to the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) coordinator position. As CSO coordinator, Bailey was involved in getting a Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) approved by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).

He will be overseeing Marshall's recently acquired Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit issued by the WVDEP.  The permit requires Marshall to reduce the amount of storm water and/or pollutants discharged from its property.  He also will be actively involved in educating the students, staff and faculty; mapping; inspections; and construction.

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Wednesday November 9, 2011
Contact: Lalena Price, Communications Coordinator,, 304-746-1989

Myriad of advanced degree programs to be featured during Open House on Marshall University's South Charleston campus

SOUTH CHARLESTON - Marshall University's South Charleston campus is hosting an Open House event Saturday, Nov. 12, that will feature not only a variety of advanced degree programs available in the Kanawha Valley, but also an up-close look at two new doctoral programs in Pharmacy and Physical Therapy, and the Regents Bachelor of Arts Degree.

Doors will be open from 10 a.m. to noon and faculty and staff will be on hand to discuss educational opportunities within individual programs. The campus is located just off of the Kanawha Turnpike on Angus E. Peyton Drive.

Dr. Rudy Pauley, associate vice president for outreach and continuing studies, hopes to see a solid turnout for the event, particularly in times when many professionals find themselves facing career changes. 

"The South Charleston campus provides a multitude of opportunities for people to enrich their education and advance their careers," Pauley said.  "We thought this would also be a unique opportunity for people in the Kanawha Valley to become better acquainted with Marshall's wide array of degree options."

Many educational opportunities are accessible at the South Charleston campus. Depending on career goals and experience, people can apply to one of nearly 50 programs. Several programs will be represented Saturday including: 

  • Graduate School of Education and Professional Development - Special Education; Counseling; School Psychology; Elementary and Secondary Education; Reading Education; Leadership Studies; and the Doctor of Education program. 

  • College of Business - MBA and Executive MBA; Health Care Administration and Human Resources Management.

  • College of Health Professions - Nursing programs including RN, BSN and Master of Science in Nursing.

  • College of Information Technology and Engineering - Engineering with emphases in Engineering Management and Environmental Engineering; Environmental Science, Information Systems and Safety; Technology Management with emphases in Information Security, Information Technology, Environmental Management, Manufacturing Systems and Transportation.

  • School of Pharmacy - Learn about admissions criteria, prerequisite requirements, financial aid guidelines, and student policies for the inaugural class, which is anticipated to begin Fall 2012.

  • Physical Therapy - The program is accepting applications for priority consideration for its inaugural class through Dec. 1, 2011. The initial cohort will begin classes in May 2012.

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

To access information about the campus online, go to

For more information, e-mail or call Joyce Harrah, 304-746-2030,

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Wednesday November 9, 2011
Contact: Paul Hershberger, Alpha Kappa Psi President,, 740-339-3652

Delegate Doug Reynolds to speak at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Delegate Doug Reynolds will speak at Marshall University in Corbly Hall 105 on the Huntington campus at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15. His topic will be "Collaboration: The Key to Workplace Success."

His appearance is sponsored by Alpha Kappa Psi, the co-ed professional business fraternity, and Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. It is free to the public.

Reynolds, a Huntington resident who has been a member of the House of Delegates since 2006, represents the 16th district. He serves on the following committees: Banking and Insurance, Finance, Interstate Cooperation, and Natural Resources.

Reynolds is a successful attorney and entrepreneur. A graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law, he was admitted to the West Virginia State Bar in 2002.

He is the founder and director of First Bank of Charleston, a community bank chartered on the principles of providing financing for small, start-up businesses. Active in his community, Reynolds serves on the boards of the United Way of the River Cities, Boys' and Girls' Clubs of Huntington, Prestera Foundation and the City of Huntington Foundation.

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Wednesday November 9, 2011
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Chattanooga professor to deliver third lecture in series on constitutional democracy

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. John Friedl, a professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, will be the third speaker in the Marshall University Amicus Curiae Lecture Series on Constitutional Democracy Thursday, Nov. 17.

Friedl, a professor of political science and a professor of accounting at UTC, teaches Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, First Amendment, Mass Communication Law and Business Law. His lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room on the Huntington campus. It is free to the public.

The Amicus Curiae Lecture Series on Constitutional Democracy is presented by the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy and the College of Liberal Arts, with the financial support of the West Virginia Humanities Council.

Friedl said his talk is titled "Through the Looking Glass: The Constitution Means What Five Justices Choose It to Mean." He explained the theme:

"The theme of the talk will be that in almost every case to come before the Supreme Court, we cannot truly know the intent of the Framers. Their genius was to leave the language of the Constitution open-ended enough to allow future generations to apply the Constitution's core values and principles to a society that the Framers could hardly imagine.

"Accusations of 'judicial activism' have nothing to do with failure to adhere to the original intent of the Framers, but rather with whether the one who levels the accusation is pleased with the decision. When five members of the Court choose a desired outcome, that result becomes law, regardless of whether those five justices are substituting their judgment for that of a legislative body elected by the people - it is neither red nor blue, liberal nor conservative. It is, simply stated, an inescapable fact of life that the Court is a political body."

Previous speakers in the series were Dr. Jean Edward Smith, former John Marshall Professor of Political Science at Marshall, and Dr. Johnathan O'Neil, associate professor of history at Georgia Southern University.  The lecture series will continue in the spring semester of 2012 with three additional speakers.

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International Education Week kicks off Nov. 13 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University kicks off International Education Week Sunday, Nov. 13, with the 48th annual International Festival in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room on MU's Huntington campus.

The theme of this year's International Festival, which takes place from 3 to 6 p.m., is "Living in a Global Society," which emphasizes the pressing need for universities in the United States to prepare their students to live and work in a globalized environment. The International Festival features exotic foods, traditional music and dance along with displays representing more than 60 countries and cultures. All of this will be provided by Marshall University's international students and international community individuals and groups. The event is free to the public.

In addition to the International Festival, other events to take place during International Education Week include the Festival of Flags and the Study Abroad Fair.

The annual Festival of Flags takes place throughout November in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center, the Drinko Library and other buildings throughout campus featuring a spectacular display of flags from all of the countries where Marshall University draws international students or sends students to study abroad. This semester's festival features flags from more than 60 countries and regions of the world.

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, Marshall will host the 8th annual MU Study Abroad Expo in the lobby of the Student Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 20 study abroad providers are expected to take part in the fair. MU students and faculty will have the opportunity to discuss the programs directly with the providers, apply for a passport and get assistance with immunizations.

Dr. Clark M. Egnor, executive director of Marshall's Center for International Programs, said the International Education Week events are the perfect opportunity for students, faculty, staff and members of the community to enjoy the international diversity and global opportunities found on the Marshall campus and in the surrounding community.

Ryan Warner, Marshall's executive study abroad advisor, said it is a wonderful opportunity for Marshall students to receive information on destinations where they can study abroad. By allowing our students to study internationally with the opportunity to enhance their global knowledge, we are better preparing our students for graduation and enabling them to be active in a growing global society, Warner said.

Marshall has 478 international students from 60 countries. The university also sends about 150 students each year to study abroad. Marshall students can choose from more than 290 sites in 50 countries to study for a summer, semester or year at approximately the same cost as studying at home.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State to promote international awareness and international education skills.

For further details about the International Festival and International Education Week activities, contact the Center for International Programs at 304-696-6265,, or visit the Marshall University Center for International Programs office in Old Main 320.

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Monday November 7, 2011
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School of Pharmacy accepting applications for inaugural class

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University School of Pharmacy (MUSOP) is accepting student applications for its Doctor of Pharmacy program, which is scheduled to begin in fall 2012 according to Founding Dean Dr. Kevin Yingling.

Potential students may review the admission requirements at the school's website, The school of pharmacy supplemental application is available online at

General information about the new school of pharmacy, its faculty and the dean's welcome are available at

Yingling says the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Marshall University is a 2 + 4 program, which means the first two years are devoted to prerequisite coursework, which are then followed by four years in the professional track at the MUSOP.

"We are very excited to begin receiving student applications for this expanding area of health care," Yingling said.   "Our first class will be composed of approximately 80 students who will benefit from the resources available at a top-tier university and its affiliated relationship with the VA hospital system."

Deadline for applications for the class of 2012 is March 1, 2012.  A $100 supplemental application fee should be submitted with the application.  This fee will be waived for students who submit their application materials prior to January 31, 2012.

Marshall's School of Pharmacy was approved by the Board of Governors in 2009 and has applied for accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). For an explanation of the ACPE accreditation process, consult the Office of the Dean or ACPE (135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603; Phone 312 644-3575; FAX 312 664-4652; web site

For additional information concerning the application process, contact Terri Moran, Director of Student Affairs and Assessment, at 304-696-7352.

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Monday November 7, 2011
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Chamber Choir to perform Nov. 13

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Chamber Choir, under the direction of Dr. David Castleberry, will present a free concert at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus.

Chamber Choir director Dr. David Castleberry said the concert will feature works ranging from renaissance pieces by Josquin des Prez and Claudio Monteverdi to present-day settings by Stephen Chatman and Gene Puerling.

The Chamber Choir is a select 40-voice ensemble that has been heard widely through concert tours, recordings and on West Virginia Public Broadcasting. This coming spring, the Chamber Choir will travel to France for a 12-day concert tour that includes a performance by invitation for a Sunday morning Mass at Paris's famed Notre Dame Cathedral.

"We are delighted to offer a preview of our tour repertoire here at Smith Recital Hall and a sampling of the wide range of choral literature this choir performs," Castleberry said.

For further information, call the Marshall Department of Music at 304-696-3117.

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Marshall University gets federal funds to develop Virtual Mine Safety Training Academy

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Work is under way to develop a Virtual Mine Safety Training Academy at Marshall University as a result of a $117,000 award from the Brookwood-Sago federal grant program.  

The grant program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration, was named in remembrance of the 12 men who died in an explosion at the Sago Mine in Tallsmanville, W.Va., in 2006, and the 13 men who died in two explosions at the Jim Walter Resources Inc. No. 5 Mine in Brookwood, Ala., in 2001.  The program was established through a provision in the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006, which West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller helped introduce and win passage.

Marshall University's Center for Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS) will develop the innovative training academy, which will be a comprehensive mine safety training tool with a Web-based, simulated environment that will include an underground room-and-pillar coal mine, according to Dr. Tony Szwilski, director of CEGAS.

Szwilski brings significant mining experience with him to the project, and expertise in virtual technology for the academy will be provided by Jack Smith and other members of the CEGAS team, including undergraduate students from Marshall University's College of Information Technology and Engineering and College of Science. 

"As we have witnessed from mining tragedies such as the Upper Big Branch mine disaster, all participating entities in an emergency response at a mine including the mining company, and federal and state officials must collaborate, coordinate and perform extremely well to best serve potentially trapped or isolated miners and their families," Szwilski said. "Our Virtual Mine Safety Training Academy will be a vital resource. Access to effective and quality mine emergency response training is critical."

The academy will provide easy access from any geographical location through the Internet to training resources housed in a virtual campus-like environment. The initial emphasis will be on mine emergency response and preparedness. The academy's platform also will house an underground coal mine, and will use a UNITY game-engine to create a unique multi-trainee and interaction site providing valuable mine emergency response exercises such as communications and decision-making in dangerous and stressful environments. 

The academy will essentially be continuation of the work that CEGAS has carried out over the past five years to build interactive programs and provide a semi-immersive environment through Marshall's engineering Visualization Lab to demonstrate a realistic virtual underground coal mine.

In total, the Brookwood-Sago grant program has made eight awards nationally for a total of $1 million in federal funding to train miners and mine rescue teams to prepare for emergencies and prevent accidents. The initial award announcement was made by Sen. Rockefeller, Sen. Joe Manchin and Congressman Nick J. Rahall.

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Friday November 4, 2011
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Theatre honorary returns to Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - After years of absence, Alpha Psi Omega, the honor society for theatre, is making its way back to Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Nicole Perrone, assistant professor of theatre at Marshall, said Alpha Psi Omega was formed at Fairmont State Normal School (now Fairmont State University) in Fairmont, W.Va., in 1925. Marshall students formed the second chapter of the organization. 

"Because of our history with APO, I think it's important that we stay active in the organization," Perrone said. "It provides camaraderie [among] theatre students at different universities and offers scholarship opportunities."

After seeing Alpha Psi Omega at another school, Marshall theatre student Nathan Mohebbi said he wanted to start an effort to bring it back to Marshall.

"I wanted to get involved because I am very passionate about Marshall's theatre program," Mohebbi said. "We have so much great talent here, but a lot of the students don't really have a way to get involved in other activities outside of the shows.  I knew that reactivating this fraternity would be a great way to show our students and other people how united and committed theatre students can be."

Perrone said the students already have several things planned this semester to get everything started.

"They are planning to have regular community service opportunities," Perrone said. "For example, they have already signed up to assist with Baskets for Branches this fall. They also hope to sponsor student-directed play readings or productions."

Mohebbi said Alpha Psi Omega differs from most clubs because it is several things mixed into one.

"I think that this is different from other clubs in the sense that it's a not just a social fraternity or honor society, though it is those things as well, but it is also a place to develop skills and hone in on students' talents," Mohebbi said. "It is also a great way to help charities and show people that theatre is a caring and welcoming environment."

Perrone said an email was sent to all students in the Theatre Department and applications were made available.

"It's really going to be a very exciting experience for all people involved and future people who want to join," Mohebbi said. "We are all extremely enthusiastic to get started."

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Former Young Thundering Herd star Rick Meckstroth to speak at memorial service honoring 1970 plane crash victims

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Rick Meckstroth, a freshman member of Marshall University's 1970 football team and later a three-year starter for the Young Thundering Herd, will be the keynote speaker at the annual memorial service honoring the 75 victims of the 1970 Marshall plane crash.

The service, conducted by Marshall's Student Government Association, starts at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14, on the Memorial Student Center plaza on the Huntington campus. The public is invited to attend.

The crash on Saturday, Nov. 14, 1970, occurred at about 7:47 p.m. when a DC-9 jetliner, returning Marshall home from its football game at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., clipped some treetops just short of Tri-State Airport and went down. Victims included Marshall football players, coaches, staff and supporters, along with the crew of five.

As a freshman, Meckstroth was ineligible to play for the varsity team in 1970. But he and his fellow freshmen did practice with the varsity squad.

"We lived on the same floor and we practiced with them every day throughout the season until the crash," said Meckstroth, a native of Cincinnati. "I became very, very close to some of those guys."

He became particularly close with four players from Cincinnati - Jack Repasy, Mark Andrews, Bob Harris and Felix Jordan. Repasy, Andrews and Harris died in the crash. Jordan missed the game because of an ankle injury. 

"Some people still don't know the magnitude of that tragedy," Meckstroth said. "It still touches us. It touches all of us and it always will."

Meckstroth started at linebacker from 1971 - 40 years ago - through 1973 for Coach Jack Lengyel's Young Thundering Herd, and was named the team's most valuable defensive player in 1973. He said he is looking forward to speaking at the memorial service, but admittedly is a little nervous.

"It's emotional for me," he said.

Meckstroth has remained in Huntington since earning degrees from Marshall in 1974 and 1978. He co-founded Master Mechanical Insulation, Inc., which he recently sold to Atlantic Plant Services Inc. He is still employed with Atlantic Plant Services.

Ray Harrell Jr., president of Marshall's student body, said it is important to remember the victims each year with the memorial service.

"I am incredibly honored to be charged with the planning of such a memorializing event," Harrell said. "The 1970 plane crash is a tragic yet inevitable part of the history of our Marshall family, and I feel that our students share my sentiments of reverence for the occasion. It is of utmost importance that we continue to honor the victims and their families and I am hopeful that our annual ceremony continues to do so."

In addition to Meckstroth and Harrell, other speakers invited to take part in the memorial service include Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Marshall President Dr. Stephen J. Kopp and Marshall Athletic Director Mike Hamrick.

The service will conclude with the placing of the memorial wreath at the Memorial Fountain. The fountain will be silenced after the laying of the wreath, and remain silent until next spring.

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Unheard Voices Exhibition opens Friday at Gallery 842

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - While many people around Huntington think sexual assault is not a problem in the community, the staff at CONTACT Rape Crisis Center knows otherwise. In 2010, CONTACT's victim advocates served 275 victims of sexual assault and another 65 friends and family members of the victims, for a total of 890.5 hours of services.

To bring awareness to this sensitive issue, CONTACT, in cooperation with the Marshall University Women's Center and the Marshall University Department of Art and Design, is hosting Unheard Voices, an interactive art exhibit featuring 20 handcrafted portrait castings and viewer-activated oral histories of people who have experienced sexual assault. The exhibit will also feature local artwork in a variety of media, all focused around the subject of sexual assault.

Students from the art department also will be exhibiting art pieces that relate to sexual violence awareness.

Sharon Pressman, executive director at CONTACT, said, "This is an event to create an awareness of what happens to victims of sexual assault and stalking and to let the community know what resources are available if they need help or services."

This exhibit is a return visit, Pressman said. CONTACT and the College of Fine Arts hosted Unheard Voices 15 years ago.

The exhibit is owned by the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services.

Natalie Larsen, assistant professor in the Department of Art and Design at Marshall, said the exhibition is important because it creates a discourse on the realities of sexual assault.

"Unheard Voices is a unique exhibition that viewers/listeners are not likely to forget," Larsen said. "We all hear statistics about sexual assault, and statistics are important, but this exhibition puts a face and a story behind those numbers."

The exhibit starts with a public opening from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4. The exhibit will be open until Saturday, Nov. 12. Gallery hours are noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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Thursday November 3, 2011
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Marshall Department of Music welcomes visiting Brazilian musicians

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Two visiting Brazilian musicians, who are participating in a faculty exchange at the Marshall University Department of Music, will give a concert at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

Dr. Eduardo Meirinho, a guitarist, and Hans Twitchell, a cellist, have been on the campus since Nov. 1 as part of the faculty exchange portion of the Music Abroad Generating New Experience for Talented Students (MAGNETS) program.

"While Professors Meirinho and Twitchell are on campus, they will also teach private lessons, give master classes and help four Marshall students select their courses for study in Brazil next semester," said Dr. Ben Miller, professor of percussion at Marshall and the Marshall University project director for the MAGNETS program. "Professor Meirinho spent most of 2011 playing solo recitals across Brazil. He performed more than 100 concerts and will be performing a portion of that literature at Marshall. Professor Twitchell will be performing a contemporary composition for cello, piano and electronic tape. Both performers are outstanding musicians on an international level."

The Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) in the U.S. Department of Education awarded $250,000 to Marshall University for the MAGNETS program in 2009.

Marshall and Morehead State University are participating in year three of the four-year program with the Federal University of Goias (UFG) and The State University of Santa Catarina (UDESC) in Brazil. There are students from UFG and UDESC studying at Marshall and Morehead this semester. In the spring, Marshall and Morehead students will be studying in Brazil.

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Thursday November 3, 2011
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Students to learn about being a doctor in rural Appalachia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, in partnership with MU's Heart of Appalachia Talent Search Program (HATS) and TRiO/Upward Bound program, is hosting "Doctor for a Day: Encouraging Early Exploration of Health Care Careers" Friday, Nov. 4.

About 40 high school and middle school students from Cabell, Wayne and Mason counties are expected to participate. "Doctor for a Day" will give the students a hands-on look at what it means to be a doctor in rural Appalachia. They will visit with three doctors and tour the Byrd Clinical Center, the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center and Cabell Huntington Hospital. 

The program was developed by Joan C. Viksjo, assistant director of the office of academic & career development with the School of Medicine. She said the program is part of a new student affairs career development and diversity initiative, aimed at fostering early exploration of medical careers among the community's youth. 

"Doctor for a Day" starts at 10 a.m. in the lobby of the Byrd Clinical Center and ends at 3:30 p.m. at the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center.

Here is the complete schedule:

10 a.m., speaker: Dr. Tom Rushton, Byrd Clinical Center

10:30 a.m., tour of the Byrd Clinical Center

11 a.m., tour of Cabell Huntington Hospital

12:30 p.m., Lunch at Giovanni's; speaker: Dr. Nancy Norton

2:30 p.m., speaker: Dr. Todd Green, Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center

3 p.m., tour of Byrd Biotechnology Science Center

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Wednesday November 2, 2011
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MU Chorus to perform 'Bluegrass Mass'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Chorus will present The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass, at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus. The performance will feature well-known bluegrass performer Don Rigsby and Friends.

Robert Wray, assistant professor of choral music education and director of the chorus, said the work fuses the solemnity of the classically based mass with the energy and excitement of bluegrass music.

Wray emphasized the unique opportunity this performance will offer.

"Audience members will hear bluegrass and choral music in a completely different way in this piece," Wray said. "We are challenging two potentially different sects of music enthusiasts to come and enjoy the unique marriage of these two very different musical styles."

For students, it's an opportunity to perform with a professional ensemble in a genre that may not be familiar.

"Don Rigsby used to teach at Morehead State and we have an established relationship with them," Wray said. "One of my students, Jordan Henry, actually recommended Mr. Rigsby, so I did a little research and he seemed like a good fit for this endeavor."

The event is free and open to the public.

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Wednesday November 2, 2011
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Marshall University offering educational session on seasonal influenza

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Office of Student Health Education Programs and the Cabell-Huntington Health Department are hosting an educational session on seasonal influenza, also known as the "flu," as part of a continuing public awareness campaign.

The session is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the Ed Grose Room of the Harless Cafeteria, which is located on Marshall's Huntington campus at the intersection of 5th Avenue and  17th Street.

Additionally, students will have the opportunity to get vaccinated against seasonal flu, which this year includes protection against H1N1.   The vaccine is free to everyone.

The series of informational sessions is part of the West Virginia Adolescent Project: Take Your Best Shot campaign, a statewide initiative aimed at increasing the number of adolescents being vaccinated against a variety of diseases and infections.

This event will also include take-home educational materials, free food and giveaways.
For more information contact the Office of Student Health Programs at 304-696-4800.
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Wednesday November 2, 2011
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More than 100 students from three states to visit Marshall for Outstanding Black High School Student-Scholars Weekend

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students representing 39 high schools from West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky will be on Marshall University's Huntington campus Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5, to take part in the 25th annual Outstanding Black High School Student-Scholars Weekend.

The event, sponsored by Marshall's Center for African American Students' Programs, is attended by the "best and brightest" African American junior and senior high school students from throughout West Virginia and from metro counties in Ohio and Kentucky. Students were nominated by their respective high schools, based upon leadership and their high academic standing.

Students and parents/guardians attending the weekend will participate in a number of activities, including a student and parent welcome luncheon; visits with deans of the various colleges; "real talk" that involves an open discussion with Marshall students and visiting high school students; a parent information session; campus tours conducted by the MU Society of Black Scholars; a dinner for students and parents, a team challenge and Friday night at the MU Recreation Center.

Approximately 275 students and parents will attend the annual awards breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 5. The keynote will be delivered by Lauren Hutchins, a former Outstanding Black High School Student, a Marshall graduate and a second-year law student at the West Virginia University School of Law. Visiting students will reside on campus overnight with Marshall students.

"This group of over 100 of the most intelligent and gifted minds in our state and region will soon join the ranks of so many other students that have attended and graduated from Marshall University, most of which enter graduate and post-graduate schools in various disciplines," said Maurice Cooley, director of Marshall's Center for African American Students' Programs. "Marshall University is extremely proud to recognize this impressive group of young, gifted and black scholars. That's where it's at!"

For more information, contact Cooley at 304-696-5430.

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Tuesday November 1, 2011
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Marshall physics professor receives NASA EPSCoR award of nearly $479,000

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University physics professor Dr. Thomas Wilson has been awarded $478,709 to conduct research to help improve the propulsion systems NASA uses for deep-space missions.

The three-year award was one of 28 made nationally this summer through the NASA EPSCoR program. Wilson submitted the proposal through the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium. His project is titled "Coherent Terahertz Acoustic Phonons: A Novel Diagnostic for Erosion in Hall Thruster Discharge Chamber Walls."

According to Wilson, NASA uses a special type of propulsion - electromagnetic (Hall) thrusters - for deep-space missions. These missions may last for many years as spacecraft move around the solar system; however, the wall structure of the thrusters is subject to erosion over time. The goal of his research is to better understand this erosion process and potentially improve the future design of these propulsion systems.

"The proposed work aims to significantly advance our fundamental knowledge base for these erosion processes and has the potential to lay the groundwork for intelligent selection and design of materials with improved erosion resistance that would increase thruster operational lifetime," Wilson said.

He said the findings may eventually bring cost savings to NASA in thruster testing and design. 

Wilson's collaborators include physicists and electrical engineers at NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) in Cleveland; at the universities of Michigan, Rice and Stuttgart; and at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Marshall physics students also will collaborate on the project. The award provides research stipends for Marshall undergraduate physics majors. Hall thruster testing, research and development at GRC started in the 1990s, and Wilson hopes to take his undergraduate research assistants to the center to participate in the research project.

In addition, Wilson says his GRC collaboration should allow Marshall students pursuing master's degrees in physical science to compete successfully for NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program fellowships, which are awarded for one year as training grants in the amount of $30,000.

For more information, contact Wilson at 304-696-2752.

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