October 2011 Press Releases

Monday October 31, 2011
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Enterprise partners with Marshall University to offer car sharing on campus

WeCar provides Marshall with efficient, affordable, sustainable transportation alternative

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University and Enterprise Rent-A-Car announced today that they have partnered to provide car sharing to MU students, faculty and staff.

WeCar by Enterprise is a membership-based, automated car rental option that offers a sustainable and efficient transportation alternative to the Marshall community. Registered members have access to two vehicles - a Nissan Altima Hybrid and a Ford Fiesta - which are parked near Marshall's Public Safety Building on 5th Avenue.

The cars were on display today near the Memorial Student Center plaza on the Huntington campus as the program was announced in a news conference.

Matt Turner, MU's Chief of Staff, said participating in the WeCar program should help reduce the number of automobiles on campus while presenting students, faculty and staff with a simple, easy way to get where they need to go. He said Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp discovered the program and wanted to bring it to Marshall as a student service that also reduces the university's environmental footprint.

"The WeCar program gives our students the opportunity to travel off campus whenever they want, without relying on someone else to take them and without the high cost and hassle of keeping their own cars," Turner said. "These cars can be reserved for an hour, a day or even a weekend. Student groups can take advantage of WeCar, as can our international students. It's very convenient, it's inexpensive, it's easy and it always beats having to 'bum a ride.' "

Marshall students 18 and older, faculty and staff are eligible for membership. WeCar offers around-the-clock access to hourly, daily and overnight rentals, and allows members to maintain the benefits of a personal car while only paying for the vehicle when they use it.

The campus car-sharing program is especially popular with students because it provides a solution to car rental age restrictions and to financial concerns associated with having a car on campus.

Members reserve a vehicle online, then access the vehicle using a membership card and return it to the same location. Fuel and basic vehicle physical damage and state required liability protection are included in the standard rate plan.

"With WeCar, MU is providing a low-cost transportation opportunity to students, faculty and staff," said Ryan Johnson, assistant vice president, WeCar and Rideshare for Enterprise. "Our car-sharing program is a convenient, sustainable and totally automated solution to parking and transportation challenges at universities."

WeCar programs are supported by the extensive Enterprise Rent-A-Car neighborhood network of more than 5,500 rental offices located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population. It is a natural extension of the local car rental service Enterprise pioneered and continues to provide.

WeCar operates car-sharing programs on more than 40 college campuses throughout the United States and Canada, as well as corporate and municipal programs throughout the United States.

Marshall students, faculty and staff with a valid driver's license can sign up for the program at www.wecar.com/marshall.


Photos: (Above) Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp tries out one of the new vehicles to be used in the WeCar by Enterprise program. (Below) Marshall student Joshua Botkin, this year's Mr. Marshall, unlocks one of the university's WeCar automobiles using a card programmed with the information necessary to drive the car.  Looking on are, from left, Student Body President Ray Harrell Jr., Jim Withers from Enterprise and Sharafina Azman Al Rashid, this year's Ms. Marshall. Photos by Rick Haye/Marshall University.

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Monday October 31, 2011
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall honors donors with first Recognition Celebration

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University and the Marshall University Foundation Inc. celebrated the philanthropy of many of their most generous donors Friday evening (Oct. 28) with the first Recognition Celebration at the Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center, on the Huntington campus.

Approximately 125 people from throughout the country attended the event in which lifetime giving societies were announced, and plaques honoring the donors unveiled. Four plaques displaying the names of more than 250 donors have been hung on the walls of the foundation hall.

"Tonight we are honoring our largest donors to the university, thanking them for their generosity and philanthropy that is transforming Marshall University both now and in the future," said Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the Marshall University Foundation Inc. "It is very important to recognize their contributions and the impact they continue to have on the university."

Les Huff, a Gilbert, W.Va., native currently living in Phoenix, Ariz., drove 1,983 miles to attend the celebration.

"I got an invitation (from Kristi Arrowood, director of foundation development and strategic programs for the Marshall Foundation), and I thought it sounded good to me," Huff said.

Huff did not attend Marshall, but he chose to support MU because, he said, "It's one of the better schools and certainly about as close to Gilbert, West Virginia, as any of them."

Huff gives to Marshall through the Henson Mazey Huff Memorial Scholarship. It is reserved for a graduate of Gilbert High School who "needs the scholarship very badly," he said. Huff said he gives because of the potential impact the students from Gilbert can make on their community, then noted, "The first (scholarship recipient), Melissa Lester, is a cardiologist."

The giving societies announced Friday include:

The Legacy Society, which recognizes lifetime gifts and pledges of $5 million or more;

The Pathway of Prominence, which recognizes gifts and pledges of $1 million or more;

The Founders' Circle, which represents the spirit and dedication of three individuals from Marshall's early history who founded Marshall Academy. The following donor recognition societies, which are part of the Founders' Circle, include their names:

  • The John Laidley Society, in recognition of lifetime gifts and pledges of $750,000 to $999,999;

  • The James Holderby Society, in recognition of lifetime gifts and pledges of $500,000 to $749,999;

  • The William Buffington Society, in recognition of lifetime gifts and pledges of $250,000 to $499,999; 

The President's Circle, which recognizes contributions or pledges of $100,000 or more.

"Whenever we recognize and honor our donors we hope it inspires and challenges future generations to give back," Arrowood said. "We are so grateful to our donors and we are thrilled to be able to say thank you to each of them in person at this first Recognition Celebration."

Tim Haymaker is a member of Marshall's Pathway of Prominence and longtime MU supporter. He acknowledged the importance of Friday's event.

"It is highly important that any institution that receives gifts from donors give them credit and recognition," Haymaker said. "If they don't know they are appreciated, they won't give a second time. You have to recognize your donors and Marshall has done that tonight."


Photos: (Above) Paula Tompkins, right, talks with Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp Friday during the first Recognition Celebration held in honor of donors. (Below) Les Huff, here talking to Tish Littlehales, Marshall's director of alumni relations, drove nearly 2,000 miles to attend Friday's first Recognition Ceremony held in honor of donors. Seated to the left of Huff and Littlehales is Shelba Pew. Photos by Rick Haye/Marshall University.

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

Marines can earn Master of Arts in Leadership Studies at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is partnering with the United States Marine Corps College of Distance Education and Training (CDET) in Quantico, Va., to provide active duty Marine Corps officers the opportunity to earn a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies.

Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp and John Hemleben, Dean of Academics with the CDET, earlier today signed a memorandum of understanding regarding the arrangement during a ceremony in Corbly Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus.

Kelly Sweetman, director of military & veterans affairs at Marshall, said approximately 22,000 active duty Marines worldwide are eligible for this program, which requires participants to take six online classes through Marshall University.

"This is something that we are excited about at Marshall because it allows us to bring our education to our active duty service members regardless of where they are in the world," Sweetman said. "We currently have officers deployed to Afghanistan in our master's program as well as officers right down the road here in Huntington.

"Having the program online and a great team of professionals back in Charleston teaching and ensuring our Marines are getting a first-class educational experience without restrictions is something we are both very proud of and honored to do. Our service members deserve the best and we are constantly striving to make sure they get it through working with Marshall."

Through the program, officers can take six classes online through Marshall's Graduate School of Education and Professional Development in Charleston.  The additional transfer credits, equal to four classes, are earned through the Marine Corps Command and Staff College (CSC) distance education program or the Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS), qualifying them to graduate with a master's in leadership. They can take the MU classes before or after the CSC or EWS. 

Sweetman said Marshall joins the Universities of Oklahoma, Maryland and Indiana to have such an agreement with the Marines.  At this time several Marines are already signed up and have begun taking classes at Marshall with very positive feedback getting back to the Marine Corps CDET Assistant Dean Dennis Haskin who oversees these arrangements.

Haskin said he has been "very pleased with the military friendly staff assisting the Marine students at Marshall" and said he feels "this will be a very positive and long-lasting relationship with 'The Thundering Herd!' "

For more information, contact Sweetman at 304-696-5278.


Photos: John Hemleben (left), Dean of Academics with the United States Marine Corps College of Distance Education and Training in Quantico, Va., and Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp sign a memorandum of understanding today during a ceremony in Corbly Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus. Marshall and the Marines are partnering to provide active duty Marine Corps officers the opportunity to earn a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies.

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Friday October 28, 2011
Contact: John Yaun, Director of Housing and Residence Life, 304-696-6766

Marshall University community to experience 'Tunnel of Oppression' Wednesday, Nov. 9

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will sponsor three performances of the "Tunnel of Oppression" at 5, 6, and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre on the Huntington campus.

Marshall is joining a growing list of schools that are staging their own interactive Tunnel of Oppression experience, said John Yaun, Marshall's Director of Housing and Residence Life. Originally developed at Western Illinois University, the Tunnel of Oppression, a collaborative event involving several campus departments and offices, will allow participants to experience different forms of oppression and discrimination through interactive scenes, monologues and multimedia.

"Participants will have the opportunity to see, touch, hear and feel the realities of oppression as a stepping stone toward creating diversity awareness and tolerance, and challenging our perceptions about issues surrounding oppression," Yaun said. "The Tunnel of Oppression is about creating a 'sensory experience' that will open people's eyes and hopefully serve as an agent of social change and a model of consciousness-raising, reflecting the realities of oppression in today's society."

Participants will be able to see and experience scenes regarding body image/obesity, autism, international student discrimination, homophobia, religious oppression, relationship violence and race, Yaun said.

For more information, contact Yaun by e-mail at yaun@marshall.edu, or by phone at 304-696-6766.

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Thursday October 27, 2011
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts,, 304-696-3296

Three from Marshall win awards in 2011 WV Juried Exhibition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Three artists with Marshall University connections - two faculty members and an M.A. graduate - were among those who won awards in the biennial West Virginia Juried Exhibition this year, sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

West Virginia artists were presented with 18 awards totaling $33,000 in a ceremony earlier this month at Oglebay Institute's Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling. The exhibit features 72 works in the areas of painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography, mixed media and crafts by 60 artists from 23 West Virginia counties.

Daniel Kaufmann, assistant professor of photography in Marshall's College of Fine Arts, received a Governor's Award for Rooms 13.

"It is so rewarding to have work selected for the West Virginia Juried Exhibition," Kaufmann said.  "I am flattered my work was selected to receive the Governor's Award   it is meaningful that our students see that we are actively participating in the field."

Graphic design professor Mary Grassell won an Award of Excellence for her wood block print titled The Lace Stretchers, which depicts the artist and her sister helping their mother stretch lace curtains.

"The award was a surprise because it seems that printmakers are sometimes overlooked in juried competitions," Grassell said, "but I am happy to have this award. The print is meaningful to me, and I am glad it was meaningful to others."

Filter Feeders, a piece by recent M.A. graduate Nik Botkin, received the Merit Award, which had a $500 prize attached.

"It was an honor to be even invited to participate in the 2011 West Virginia Juried Exhibition," Botkin said. "When I found out I had received an award for my art I felt truly privileged to be recognized in such a prestigious event for doing something I love. More importantly, the more exposure my environmental work receives, the greater the chance I may have in opening people's eyes to how important it is to take care of our planetary home."

The exhibition will remain on display through Jan. 2 at the Stifel Fine Arts Center.


Photos: Two of the works that won awards at this year's West Virginia Juried Exhibition: The Lace Stretchers by Mary Grassell (above) and Filter Feeders by Nik Botkin.

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Wednesday October 26, 2011
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

First Honors College da Vinci Faculty Fellows named

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -  Dr. Jamie Warner, professor of political science, and Dr. Allison Carey, assistant professor of English, are the Marshall University Honors College's first da Vinci Faculty Fellows, Dean Mary Todd said today.

Da Vinci Fellows are Marshall faculty who will teach one course a semester for the Honors College for each of four semesters. Two of those courses, taught in the fall term, will be interdisciplinary honors seminars. In the spring, the fellows will each offer a section of HON 200, the new second-year seminar on Leadership, Ethics and Civic Engagement that is required of all sophomores in the Honors College.

The fellowship offers faculty a significant professional development opportunity as well as experience working with honors students. Fellows will receive funding to attend a conference related to interdisciplinary, integrative or honors education.

The Faculty Fellows program was made possible through a five-year gift from the Jeanine Y. Francis Foundation. The college hopes to attract further funding to support additional fellows.

"The Honors College is thrilled to launch the da Vinci Faculty Fellows program, one designed both to provide a more consistent faculty presence in the college and to recognize faculty interest in working with honors students," Todd said. "We are grateful to the Francis Foundation for the initial funding that enabled us to seek applications from interested faculty for the da Vinci fellowship, and excited to welcome Drs. Warner and Carey as inaugural fellows. Both are exceptional scholars who will model excellence for honors students here at Marshall."

The Honors College, founded in 2010, currently serves 600 Marshall undergraduates. For more information on the college, visit www.marshall.edu/honors.


Photos: Drs. Jamie Warner (above) and Allison Carey (below) are the first two da Vinci Faculty Fellows at Marshall University's Honors College.

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Wednesday October 26, 2011
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Celebrated West Virginia writer to appear at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - National Book Critics Circle Award nominee M. Glenn Taylor will read from his work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Shawkey Room of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Taylor is the author of two novels, most recently The Marrowbone Marble Company, published by Ecco Press.  His first novel, The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart, published by Ecco Press, has received a wealth of critical attention and praise.  It prominently features Huntington locations in its action.

From receiving glowing reviews in national publications to inclusion in Barnes & Noble's Fall 2008 Great New Writers, Taylor has risen quickly to prominence.  As Eric Miles Williamson notes in The Houston Chronicle, his first novel is nothing less than a "stunning, fully realized, unique and ambitious book that proves there's still passion, fire and brilliance in the American novel." 

Taylor's stories have been published in such literary journals as The Chattahoochee Review, Mid-American Review, Meridian and Gulf Coast.  He teaches English and fiction writing at West Virginia University.

His appearance is sponsored by the Marshall English Department, the College of Liberal Arts and the West Virginia Humanities Council.  It is free to the public.

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

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Wednesday October 26, 2011
Contact: Leah Clark Payne, Media Communications Specialist, , 304-696-6397

25th annual Yeager Symposium at Marshall University spotlights gender and societal issues

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The 25th annual Yeager Symposium, which features events on Wednesday, Nov. 2, and Monday, Nov. 7, focuses on "Gender and Society" and includes a lecture series on the portrayal of gender stereotypes in mass media, male-female relationships and gender-related violence.

"I'm very excited to be involved in planning the symposium," said Shelby Brewster, a senior Yeager Scholar and the event co-chairwoman.  "I'm particularly thrilled about the topic because I feel it is both very timely and pertinent to people our age."

Working with Brewster as co-chairwoman is Timmeka Perkins, also a senior Yeager Scholar, who agrees this year's symposium is tailored for the times.

"We have hot-button topics being presented by a combination of renowned speakers and up-and-coming students," she said.

The following is a schedule of events for the Yeager Symposium:

Wednesday, Nov. 2 - "The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help," presented by Jackson Katz at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center, Room BE5.  Katz is a nationally-known lecturer recognized for his work in the field of gender violence prevention education with men and boys.

Monday, Nov. 7 - "The Interaction between the Media and Feminine Stereotypes," presented by graduate students Bethany Wellman and Alicia Baker at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center, Room BE5. Wellman is a master's degree candidate researching health behaviors and sexual activity. Baker is a doctoral candidate with a research emphasis on underserved and underrepresented populations.

Both events are free to the public.   The Yeager Symposium is sponsored by the Marshall University Honors College, West Virginia American Water and Wells Fargo Insurance Services.

For more information, contact Brewster at 719-650-7839 or Perkins at 410-924-4157.

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

Fitch Ratings gives Marshall revenue bonds upgrade to AA-

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Despite a topsy-turvy national economy, an international bond rating firm has just given Marshall University's credit rating an upgrade.

Fitch Ratings has given an AA- rating to new revenue bonds to be issued by Marshall University's Board of Governors at an expected issuance amount of $50 million. The new rating represents an upgrade from the previous rating of A+.

"We are in a period of time in the financial world where bond ratings are generally on the down side, not just in the private sector, it is also happening in the non-profit area," said John Hess, vice chairman of Marshall's Board of Governors. "It is truly remarkable that we would get upgraded at this time, which indicates that our fiscal management has been outstanding. We should all take great pride in what this board and administration has accomplished."

Marshall will use the debt to help finance capital improvement projects on or near the Huntington campus. The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission gave Marshall's board permission to finance the bonds on Oct. 13.

The projects  are a biotechnology incubator and applied engineering complex; an indoor athletic complex; a multi-floor parking structure; a soccer stadium complex; a fine arts incubator-visual arts project; a  modern academic instructional (high technology) facility, and land acquisition and demolition.

The bonds are expected via negotiated sale on or about Nov. 3.

Fitch said the ratings reflect:

  • Renewed student demand for auxiliary facilities, revenues from which provide approximately 79.3 percent of the pledged total for fiscal 2012, which recovered in fall 2011 to a healthy and sustainable level;

  • Broadened Security Pledge. The inclusion of additional revenue streams in the security pledge to ensure adequate debt service coverage, limiting potential reliance on the university's legally available funds further supports the AA- rating;

  • A strong University Operating Profile. The pledged revenues are fundamentally linked via a joint mission to Marshall University, which demonstrates historically positive operating results, a sound demand profile and recently improved liquidity.

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

Thundering Word places seventh among 21 teams with solid performance at Cumberlands, Berea

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's speech and debate team finished seventh out of 21 teams that participated last weekend in a two-day tournament in Kentucky.

The tournament took place at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky., and at Berea College in Berea, Ky.

"There was great competition at the tournament and Marshall did very well," said Thundering Word Coach Danny Ray.

Five of the top teams in the nation were in the competition, Ray said. They included Western Kentucky, Tennessee State, George Mason, Eastern Michigan and Ohio University. Ray said Marshall placed above Miami of Ohio, which finished 10th in the nation last year.

Following is a list of those on the Thundering Word who received awards at the tournament.

Cumberlands event

Kendrick Vonderschmitt, a junior political science/history major from Louisville, Ky., placed fourth in Communication Analysis and seventh  in Extemporaneous Speaking.

Jasmine Lewis, a sophomore political science major from Huntington, placed first  in Persuasion.  

Tessa Wooten, a junior broadcast journalism major from Huntington, was the top novice and finished fourth in After Dinner Speaking, and was second novice award winner in Dramatic Duo with Mary Margaret Chaffee, a freshman pre-science major from Terra Alta, W.Va.

Chaffee was second novice in Dramatic Duo with Wooten.

Lance West Jr., a junior economics major from Huntington, was the top novice and fifth  in persuasion, and third novice in Extemporaneous Speaking.

Devan Sample, a freshman Honors College undecided major from Martinsburg, W.Va., received second novice award in Prose, and top novice  in dramatic duo with Kris Anderson, a junior communication studies major from Princeton, W.Va.

Anderson was the top novice in Dramatic Duo with Sample and was the top novice in cumulative Individual Sweepstakes.

Jacqueline Stalnaker, a freshman Spanish major from Philippi, W.Va., was the top novice and seventh in Communication Analysis, and second novice in Informative Speaking.

Berea event

Lewis was third in Persuasion.

West was sixth and top novice in persuasion.

Vonderschmitt was fourth in Communication Analysis, sixth in Extemporaneous Speaking and seventh in Informative.

Wooten was second  novice in After Dinner Speaking.

Anderson  was second novice in Dramatic Duo with Sample.

Stalnaker was second novice in Communication Analysis and top novice in Informative.

Chaffee was third  novice in Informative.


Marshall will host the Chief Justice Speech and Debate Tournament on the Huntington campus Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29. For more information, call Ray at 304-696-5293.

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

Countdown to Commencement 2011 is Nov. 1-2 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students planning to take part in the 2011 Winter Commencement can take care of responsibilities associated with the event by attending Countdown to Commencement on the Huntington campus.

Numerous services will be available for students at Countdown to Commencement, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 1 and 2, in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room. Winter Commencement, celebrated for the third consecutive year at Marshall, is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at Cam Henderson Center.

Countdown to Commencement 2011 is for summer and tentative  fall 2011 graduates of Marshall University. Students will be able to purchase academic regalia, announcements, diploma frames, class rings and other items to commemorate their graduation.

MU Registrar Roberta Ferguson said Countdown to Commencement 2011 provides an opportunity for Marshall's graduates to confirm arrangements for participation in the annual commencement exercises in a one-stop-shopping experience.

"A large number of our graduates have taken advantage of Countdown to Commencement the past few years," Ferguson said. "It's just a convenient way to take care of pre-commencement responsibilities early. This way, our graduates and tentative graduates can fully enjoy the graduation experience in December."

The following services will be available at Countdown to Commencement:

Registrar's Office - Students can verify graduation status, name format, and address for mailing diploma; confirm commencement participation; receive commencement instructions; pick up honor cords and tassels (if graduating with academic honors); and have an opportunity to ask any questions related to commencement.

Marshall University Bookstore - Students can be measured for and purchase their caps and gowns, as well as purchase tassels, diploma frames, class rings, graduation announcements and much more. They also can order personalized graduation announcements at this time.

Jostens - Students can purchase their Marshall University Class of 2011 rings. All rings are on sale and priced as low as $149 for women and $169 for men.

Classic Photography - Cap and Gown portraits will be taken. There is no sitting fee, no obligation to purchase and free proofs will be available within 24 hours of the sitting.

Framing Success - Diploma frames will be available for purchase.

Graduate College - A graduate admission counselor will be available to discuss graduate programs and assist with the admission process.

Career Services - Students are encouraged to let the Career Center know their post-graduation plans so it can help them along their career paths. Students may stop by the Career Services table to register for JOBTRAX (online job search assistance). Information and support will be available on job-related questions, resume assistance, interview skills and much more.

Office of the Bursar - Students may talk with staff about anything concerning their student accounts, holds, account balances and loan counseling interviews. For loan counseling, students will need to bring their student IDs and the addresses and phone numbers of two references.

Financial Aid - Students may pick up information about federal student loan consolidation programs.

Center for International Programs - Graduating study abroad students and international students will be able to purchase international flag sashes. Also, information about work, teaching and study opportunities abroad will be distributed.

Campus ID Office - Issues regarding students' HigherOne accounts or Points accounts may be resolved.

Alumni Relations - Students can learn about the benefits of a Marshall University Alumni Association membership.

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

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Monday October 24, 2011
Contact: Leah Clark Payne, Media Communciations Specialist, 304-696-6397

Marshall University residence halls open for community trick or treat

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Department of Housing and Residence Life is sponsoring trick or treat in its residence halls beginning at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.

Area residents are invited to bring their children to the Huntington campus and trick or treat through 10 residence halls where staff members and residents of the building will pass out candy in the lobbies of each building.  Tracey Eggleston, a residence life specialist, said this is the third year for the event.

"Allowing area children to trick or treat in our residence halls is just one more way our students can engage with the community," Eggleston said.  "Plus, it gives parents a safe place to bring their children."

Candy also will be passed out in the lobby of the Marshall Recreation Center.

Trick or Treat on campus concludes at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Eggleston at 304-696-6004.

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Monday October 24, 2011
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, , 304-696-3296

Nov. 16 collection date set for 'Baskets for Branches'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Last spring, Marshall University's College of Fine Arts (COFA), led by three dedicated students, was able to collect more than 150 laundry baskets filled with  essential items for victims of domestic violence - requiring a U-Haul truck for delivery. This year they hope to surpass that number.

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, they will once again collect donated baskets on Marshall's Huntington campus.

"Baskets for Branches" benefits the Branches Domestic Violence Shelter, which served more than 2,000 women, men and children in 2010 in Cabell, Putnam, Wayne, Mason and Lincoln counties. The facility serves clients as a safe haven against further abuse, whether physical or emotional, for them and their children. In addition to providing housing, Branches offers legal assistance, counseling and case management to ready its clients to become independent. 

Marshall students Lindsay DiFatta (music education), Nikki Gilliam (art and design) and Nathan Mohebbi (theatre) will serve as student representatives of the Baskets for Branches committee. DiFatta and Gilliam are part of the original student committee that came up with the idea. Mohebbi represents the newly re-established Marshall chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the honorary service fraternity for theatre.

 "A campaign like Baskets for Branches is important because so many people look the other way at domestic violence," DiFatta said. "It's so common. You always hear about it on the news and people have been desensitized to this huge problem. We wanted to put the issue back in the front of people's minds and then provide them with a way to help someone affected by it."

The shelter's needs are great: personal items such as underwear, pajamas, toothbrushes and hairbrushes; pillows, books, toys and even paper goods such as toilet paper and paper plates and cups are often in short supply. Adults who are rebuilding their lives also need products that will boost their self-esteem and confidence as they search for jobs or confront their abusers in court.  Thus, even make-up, hair care products and professional-looking clothes are important needs.  

Byron Clercx, chair of the Department of Art and Design, noted the deep meaning behind the baskets.

"Students, staff, faculty and friends fill laundry baskets with basic necessities to help women escaping from domestic abuse environments care for themselves, and any children with them, during an unimaginably difficult transition often without money or other means of support," Clercx said. "While seemingly composed of small things - toothpaste, shampoo, a hairbrush this 'survival kit' is greater than the sum of its parts. These acts of human kindness demonstrate sound character and provide comfort, restore dignity and rebuild courage. These fundamentals are at the core of the COFA and Marshall experience."

Jaye Ike, special projects coordinator for COFA, said she is always overwhelmed by the amount of support this project receives, and hopes that it grows even larger this year.

"The College of Fine Arts invites everyone to join us in this collection drive," Ike said. "Last year, we were fortunate to have the help of organizations getting involved. Local businesses, doctor's offices, the residence halls and Greek organizations at Marshall - several groups worked together to collect items at their locations."

Jennifer Borda, executive director of Branches, said the staff looks forward to this event each year.

"We felt so fortunate last year to be able to provide extra household necessities to our clients because of Baskets for Branches," Borda said. "We are always so humbled by the success of the College of Fine Arts' event. We are so excited to be a part of this great event again this year."

For more information, or a list of suggested donations, contact Ike by phone at 304-696-3296 or by e-mail at jaye.ike@marshall.edu.


Photo: Marshall University students Nikki Gilliam (left) and Lindsay DiFatta (center), with Marshall staff member Jaye Ike, pose with a collection of baskets donated to the Branches domestic violence shelter. Another collection of baskets will take place Nov. 16.

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Monday October 24, 2011
Contact: Dr. Keith Beard , Director of Communications, 304-696-2772,

Marshall Psychology Department to offer Social Anxiety Group

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's psychology department will soon begin a series of twice-a-week sessions for people dealing with social anxiety. People who deal with social anxiety often feel uncomfortable in social situations, worry about embarrassing themselves in social situations, avoid being around others because it "stresses them out," or fear that others will judge and evaluate them. 

"Social anxiety is a problem that affects dozens of students across campus and even more in the community," said Greg Rodgers, one of the therapists leading the group, "but it is a very treatable problem for people who are willing to take the steps to change it. This group is a great opportunity for people to help themselves." 

 "Being a part of a social anxiety group can be extremely helpful for the socially anxious person," said Dr. Keith Beard, director of the Marshall University Psychology Clinic. "It is an atmosphere where the person can feel safe to discuss his or her anxiety and interact with people in a safe environment. No matter how painfully shy a person is or how many 'butterflies' are in his or her stomach, there are skills that can be learned to help lessen these feelings and gain more confidence when interacting with others." 

This group lasts for eight sessions across four weeks and is free and confidential. Group meetings will occur in the Marshall University Psychology Clinic, located in Harris Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus. Pre-screenings for the group will begin as soon as enough members are acquired and group meeting times will be set based on the members' and group leaders' availability. 

For more information contact the clinic at by phone at 304-696-2772, option 1, or email Beard at beard@marshall.edu .

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Friday October 21, 2011
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University fills two fundraising positions

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University today announced that two fundraising positions have been filled, one in the Office of Development and the other in the Office of Planned Giving.

Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the Marshall University Foundation Inc., said Christine Anderson of Culloden, W.Va., is the new assistant vice president for development, and Beverly Crabtree of Jackson, Ohio, is the new associate director for planned giving. Both started at Marshall Oct. 3.

"Both Chris and Bev are very talented women who have incredible development experience that will allow the advancement program to move to the next level," Area said. "We were very lucky to be able to attract them."

Anderson came to Marshall from the Clements Group, a 25-year-old, full-service institutional advancement consulting firm based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, and specializing in community colleges. As a senior vice president, she organized major gifts campaigns, serving more than 50 community and technical colleges in 16 states and helping colleges raise nearly $100 million.

Prior to joining the Clements Group, Anderson was director for development at Ashland (Ky.) Community College for nearly seven years. It was there that she implemented a comprehensive resource development program. During her tenure, the college established a foundation, conducted its first major gifts campaign and raised $2.2 million.

Area said Anderson will spend most of her time as a major gifts fundraiser and development officer. She also will have a supervisory role over scholarships, donor relations and the university fund. Anderson earned her Master of Arts in Journalism from Marshall in 1997.

Crabtree came to Marshall from the University of Rio Grande (Ohio), where she worked from 1984 to this past July. In different capacities in development during those 27 years, she participated in three capital campaigns that raised nearly $30 million.

Most recently, Crabtree was vice president for institutional advancement, directing and participating in institutional fundraising activities and encouraging alumni participation in such activities.

She was special assistant to the president from 1994 to 2005 and before that was director of planned giving for five years. In that position, Crabtree cultivated and secured a bequest of $1.67 million, which at the time of termination was the university's largest single gift.

According to Area, Crabtree will be working closely with Ed Zimmerman, director of planned giving, and continue to expand and cultivate the university's planned giving prospects. She is a 1981 graduate of Berea (Ky.) College, where she earned a bachelor of arts in English.

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Friday October 21, 2011
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Faculty woodwind and percussion trio to perform Oct. 26

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Triptych, a woodwind and percussion trio composed of Marshall University music faculty members Dr. Ann Marie Bingham, Dr. Ed Bingham and Steve Hall, will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in Smith Music Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

They will be joined by faculty colleagues Dr. Wendell Dobbs, Kay Lawson, Dr. Martin Saunders, Dr. Steve Lawson, Dr. Michael Stroeher and Dr. Ben Miller for a performance of Jan Bach's Helix. The work features the saxophone and explores its dual personality as both a classical and jazz instrument.

The Binghams and Hall formed Triptych in the mid-1980s, when they taught together at Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Ky. They performed extensively and commissioned several works specifically for the trio. Most of their repertoire requires an enormous array of pitched and unpitched percussion instruments.

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

Forum to highlight Marshall advances in next generation sequencing and bioinformatics

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Scientific researchers, computer scientists and engineers will gather next week at Marshall University for a forum to focus attention on Marshall's research capabilities in the fields of genomics and bioinformatics.

The free forum, called "Next Generation Sequencing and Bioinformatics," will be held Thursday, Oct. 27, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in room 402 of the Drinko Library on Marshall's Huntington campus. The program will include presentations about the university's resources for advanced research in these cutting-edge scientific fields, current research projects under way on campus, and a discussion about what will be necessary to continue to build momentum.

According to event organizers, the scientific fields of molecular biology and genomics have undergone a spectacular transition over the past 20 years due to technological advances. Research studies have evolved from a single gene approach to genome-wide investigations that generate a massive amount of data to analyze. This change has led to development of bioinformatics - a  research field that uses computer technology to help understand biological processes.

Over the past several years, Marshall has made a concerted effort to strategically build its capacity for this type of high-tech research. A new high-performance computing cluster has given Marshall students and faculty access to computing power, data and information previously available only to the most prestigious research institutions, and connection to the advanced Internet2 network that links the university with people, equipment and information at partner institutions around the world. Marshall is also the only institution in the state with a next generation sequencer, which allows scientists to sequence a genome faster and at lower cost than was possible with earlier methods.

Dr. Philippe Georgel, a professor of biological sciences in Marshall's College of Science, will be helping to lead the forum. He said the university has made great strides recently.

"Marshall University is gathering momentum in terms of securing first-class equipment and building intellectual capabilities to develop competitive next generation sequencing capabilities," Georgel said. "The decoding of the human genome has not only answered multiple biological questions, it has also opened new research avenues aimed at understanding how the expression of these thousands of genes can be coordinated."

Another forum participant, Dr. Jim Denvir, assistant professor of bioinformatics and biostatistics at the university's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, agreed, adding, "The acquisition of state-of-the-art genomic sequencing technology has positioned Marshall University to play a leading role in emerging avenues of biological research. These new research technologies reveal both exciting possibilities and big challenges across multiple-scientific disciplines."

Organizers invite anyone with an interest in the topic to attend the forum. For more information or to register online, visit www.marshall.edu/cegas/ngsbf.

The forum is made possible in part by a National Science Foundation grant that funds "Cyberinfrastructure for Transformational Scientific Discovery in West Virginia and Arkansas (CI-TRAIN)," a partnership among eight higher education institutions in West Virginia and Arkansas.

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Thursday October 20, 2011
Contact: Lisle G. Brown, , 304-696-2344

Library Campaign to Aid Confederate Collection

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Library Associates group has selected Marshall's Rosanna Blake Library of Confederate History as the recipient of its second annual silent fund-raising campaign. The group hopes to raise $10,000 to aid the collection.

Last year's campaign by the Library Associates garnered $10,000 to help digitize the WSAZ News Film Archive. Both the WSAZ Archive and the Confederate History collection are part of MU's Special Collections, housed in the James E. Morrow Library on the Huntington campus.

During her lifetime Rosanna Blake amassed one of the nation's finest private collections of Confederate history. On her death, she left her collection to Marshall. It consists of more than 3,000 books and journals, as well as sheet music, newspapers, photographs and other items.

Books and other materials in the collection "need continuing quality care and preservation to assure their longevity," said Special Collections Curator Lisle G. Brown.

"Gifts to this year's campaign will help provide that special care," said campaign chair Dr. Carolyn Hunter. "As we did last year, we've decided not to host a fund-raising dinner or other event but instead simply ask those who value Marshall and its library treasures to make a donation. Last year's response to our appeal was gratifying and we know the community will be equally supportive this year."

Copies of two color lithographs of Confederate warships - the CSS Alabama and the CSS Florida - will be given to all those who make a donation of $250 or more.

Gifts may be made online at  www.marshall.edu/foundation . Click on "GIVE NOW" and note "MU Libraries Campaign for Special Collections" in the comment section of the form.

Gifts may also be made payable to The Marshall University Foundation, noting MU Libraries Campaign for Special Collections, and sent to the foundation at 519 John Marshall Dr., Huntington, WV 25703.

The Library Associates is a group of friends of the Marshall University Libraries, that notes among its purposes helping stimulate private support of the libraries and encouraging awareness of the importance of the libraries to the community and the state.

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Thursday October 20, 2011
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Department of Music to celebrate 'Octubafest' next two Mondays

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Members of the Marshall University tuba and euphonium studio in the Department of Music will present a recital of solo performances to kick off their annual celebration of Octubafest at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, in Smith Music Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus.

Then, on the following Monday, Oct. 31, "Tubonium," Marshall's tuba/euphonium ensemble, will present a concert with an array of Halloween-themed compositions to celebrate Tubaween. This year the program will feature a combined ensemble including Department of Music students and faculty, local high school students and community members. The Oct. 31 concert will also take place at 8 p.m. in Smith Music Hall.

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

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

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Wednesday October 19, 2011
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Marshall University celebrates pharmacy school progress

Renovations under way to house new program beginning next fall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Major progress in the extensive renovations to the Robert W. Coon Medical Education Building (MEB) at the Huntington VA Medical Center is a clear indication the opening of Marshall University's School of Pharmacy is moving closer to reality.

The $9 million overhaul of the facility is on schedule for completion in time to welcome the inaugural class of the university's new pharmacy school in fall 2012, guests attending a ceremony to celebrate the progress learned today.

"Studies show that more pharmacists are needed in West Virginia, a trend that is expected to continue," said Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp. "Our School of Pharmacy will help meet that need and in doing so, help improve the quality of life in our community, region and state. The renovation of the Medical Education Building is a huge step toward the school welcoming its first class of students next fall."

Dr. Kevin W. Yingling, the school's founding dean, said, "We are excited about the renovations to the building, which will result in a cutting-edge, technology-enabled learning environment and research facility for the students of the Marshall University School of Pharmacy. Equally exciting is the prospect of deepening the long relationship between Marshall University and the VA Medical Center with its broad range of inpatient and ambulatory patient care services.

"We look forward to working closely with the VA and many other closely affiliated regional health care institutions to produce graduates who will make positive contributions to patient care throughout our state, region and nation."

Edward H. Seiler, director of the VA Medical Center, said, "The Marshall University School of Pharmacy is the latest advancement in a longstanding academic affiliation between the Huntington VA Medical Center and Marshall University. We are pleased that the School of Pharmacy will be located on our campus and look forward to the contributions its graduates will make to the healthcare industry in our region."

Those attending today's event, which was held on the lawn of the MEB, got a close-up view of a building that has been gutted on the lower two levels. Renovation to the facility, which is located adjacent to the Huntington VA Medical Center on Spring Valley Drive, is about 25 percent complete, according to Ron May, manager of project operations at Marshall.

"All the demolition is finished," May said. "We've been doing a lot of mechanical, electrical and plumbing work, and the ground floor is almost completely partitioned up. We're making good progress. The building will be ready in time for classes to start next fall."

To commemorate today's event, guests signed a section of drywall that will actually be used in the construction of the facility, serving as a sort of "time capsule" for future generations.

The renovation will result in a state-of-the-art, 76,000-square-foot learning, research and pharmacy practice facility. The MEB was constructed in the late 1970s at a cost of $9.3 million and was fully funded by the former U.S. Veterans Administration (now the Department of Veterans Affairs). The building was vacated when the university's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine faculty and classrooms were relocated to the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center on the Huntington campus.

The Marshall University Board of Governors voted unanimously in December 2009 to approve the awarding of the Doctorate in Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. It is estimated that nearly 40 new high-paying faculty and staff positions will be created at the school within the first four years, and the school is expected to generate more than $150 million in regional economic impact. Marshall's "pedigree" in bioscience research will present new opportunities for funding and powerful private-sector partnerships with pharmaceutical and therapeutics companies, which will add to this economic development impact.

The school also will play a vital role in filling the significant shortage of pharmacists in the state. According to the Pharmacy Manpower Project, Inc., (http://www.pharmacymanpower.com/index.jsp)  in July 2011, West Virginia ranked third in the nation in states with the highest level of unmet demand for pharmacists. The study found that overall, 39 percent of the U.S. population resides in states in which filling open pharmacist positions was at least moderately difficult.

This situation will be exacerbated as the nation's - and West Virginia's - population ages. More pharmacists will be needed as the role of pharmacists evolves and expands into physician offices, outpatient care centers, nursing homes and rural health clinics.

The renovation is not the only area where progress is being made. Yingling announced the hiring this summer of the school's executive leadership team, including the following four people:

  • Dr. John V. Schloss, an academic and industrial researcher with more than 30 years of combined experience, as founding chair of pharmaceutical science and research;

  • Dr. H. Glenn Anderson Jr., former associate dean of academic affairs at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, as associate dean for academic and curricular affairs;

  • Dr. Kimberly Broedel-Zaugg, formerly a professor of pharmacy at Ohio Northern University, as founding chair of pharmacy practice and administration; and

  • Dr. Robert Stanton, previously regional clinical director for the nation's leading independent pharmacy services provider, Comprehensive Pharmacy Services, as director of the Office of Experiential Learning.

Also, Terri Moran was hired as the director of student affairs and assessment. Moran, who  has worked at Marshall for 16 years, previously served as assistant registrar. In addition, Karen Barker was hired as executive assistant to the dean. Barker had been administrative assistant for the university's Center for Teaching and Learning since 2005.

The School of Pharmacy has applied for accreditation status through the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the accrediting body for pharmacy education, and administrators are working to develop the curriculum, admissions criteria, prerequisite requirements, financial aid guidelines and student policies. Officials are expecting a first class of up to 80 students.

For more information about the Marshall University School of Pharmacy, visit www.marshall.edu/pharmacy or call 304-696-7302.


Photos: (Above) Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp signs a section of drywall that will be used in the renovation of the School of Pharmacy. Guests attending today's celebration were asked to sign the drywall. (Middle) Del. Don Perdue speaks to the crowd at today's renovation celebration, which took place outside the Medical Education Building, home of Marshall's new School of Pharmacy. (Below)  Renovation of the Medical Education Building, home of Marshall's new School of Pharmacy, is about 25 percent complete. Photos by Rick Haye/Marshall University. 

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Wednesday October 19, 2011
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Marshall to welcome 32 bands Saturday for Tri-State Marching Festival

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Department of Music will host 32 marching bands Saturday, Oct. 22, for the Tri-State Marching Festival beginning at 11 a.m.

According to Marshall's band director, Steve Barnett, this is the largest band festival of its kind in this part of the country. Bands from West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio have been separated into categories based on the number of performers.

Scoring for the festival will be based on Music Performance (35 percent), Marching Performance (30 percent), General Effect (30 percent), and Percussion (5 percent). Trophies will be awarded to the 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place bands in each category, as well as recognition of percussion, drum major, color guard, dance team and featured twirlers.

Admission to the festival is $5 per person of school age and up. Public parking will be available for $2 in the south end of the west stadium parking lot until the lot is full. After that, patrons may park in the garage on 3rd Avenue and any other available spaces near the stadium.

"The Tri-State Marching Festival is a tremendous opportunity to showcase Marshall University," Barnett said. "We expect to bring more than 10,000 to the stadium, many of whom are prospective college students with their parents."

This year's judging panel includes Dr. Richard Lemke from South Point, Ohio (Marching Performance); Mark Culp, Central States Judges Association (General Effect); Miles Threlkeld, Central States Judges Association (Music Performance); Kris Logue, Central States Judges Association (Percussion); Will Stevenson, Central States Judges Association (Color Guard); Tommy Thompson, Huntington, W.Va. (Drum Major); Kim Maynard, Huntington, W.Va., (Twirlers/Majorettes); and Bridget Rowsey, Huntington, W.Va. (Dancers).

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Tuesday October 18, 2011
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Application process under way for Spring 2012 Graduate Scholarship Tuition Waivers

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Applications are now being accepted through Friday, Nov. 11,  for the Marshall University Graduate Scholarship Tuition Waiver Program for Spring 2012, according to Dr. Donna Spindel,  dean of the Graduate College. The scholarship 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.

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.

Applicants who are awarded waivers will be notified by email. 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  http://www.marshall.edu/bursar.

Award recipients must be registered for graduate courses for the Spring 2012 term by Friday, Dec. 9, 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 Dec. 9 will be assigned to other qualified applicants.

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

Persons with questions may call the Graduate College at 304-696-6606.

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Tuesday October 18, 2011
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Marshall Board of Governors receives strong financial report from auditors

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.   - The Marshall University Board of Governors today received a strong financial report from the university's auditors during a meeting on the Huntington campus.

According to the accounting firm of Deloitte and Touche, LLP, Marshall's unrestricted net assets were 20 percent of the school's operating expenses for Fiscal Year 2010-2011. Mary Ellen Heuton, MU's interim chief financial officer, said the report is an indication of the strong financial health of the university.

Board members praised the sound financial management of the university, which has been achieved despite an unsteady national economy.

In other business, the board approved the fee schedule for the School of Pharmacy for Fiscal Year 2012-2013. Dr. Kevin Yingling, dean of the School of Pharmacy, provided an update on the status of the school, which will welcome its first class in fall 2012.

The next board meeting is Dec. 13 in the Memorial Student Center's Shawkey Room on the Huntington campus.

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Friday October 14, 2011
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Marshall to kick off United Way campaign Oct. 17

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will begin its 2011 United Way campaign Monday, Oct. 17, with a kickoff celebration from 11 to 2 p.m. on the Memorial Student Center plaza on the Huntington campus.

The campaign, which helps the United Way support dozens of local agencies, runs through Friday, Nov. 11.  

The theme of this year's campaign, conducted in conjunction with United Way of the River Cities, is Be One, Get One. The United Way is asking for each person who contributes to get another person to contribute.

"We are planning a fun kickoff on the 17th, a costume contest on Halloween and a big prize giveaway on November 11 to keep people thinking about the campaign," said Dr. Robert Bookwalter, chairman of the President's Green Ribbon Committee, which represents different departments and campuses. "The agencies supported by the United Way really need our help, so this year our goal is to get 110 new donors and to increase contributions to at least $35,000. Times are really tough for a lot of people in our community and our support will go a long way."

In addition to encouraging all MU personnel to send in pledges, the campaign will highlight three signature events.  The kickoff event on Monday will feature food, games and prizes.  On Halloween, there will be a Campus Costume Contest.     Entrants will be assigned a number, and students and coworkers can donate $1 to vote for their favorite costume.  Top vote getters for faculty, staff, students and administrators will win prizes.

The closing event for the campaign will take place on the MSC plaza on Nov.  11, when the XBox with Kinect will be given to the lucky winner.  Tickets for the XBox drawing can be purchased in MSC 2W38 throughout the campaign.  Prizes to be awarded throughout the campaign include autographed athletic items, two season tickets for Marshall men's basketball, free use of an administrator's parking spot for a week, and the Xbox 360 with Kinect, courtesy of a Student Activities Programming Board (SAPB) raffle.

United Way packets, including pledge cards, will  be hand delivered on the Huntington campus by student volunteers to every employee on campus the week of Oct. 17. Those who choose to donate may target their contribution to a specific agency listed in the pledge packet. The United Way of the River Cities, Inc., has 28 partner agencies.

In addition to annual pledges and payroll deductions, Marshall University employees may contribute by participating in numerous fund-raising activities planned during the campaign. An updated schedule of campaign activities will be available soon at www.marshall.edu/wpmu/unitedway .

One new activity is the Links United project.  Students can purchase paper links which will be added to a chain that the campaign hopes will surround the lobby of the MSC.  Links will be available Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. throughout the campaign.

One of the most popular special activities is the opportunity for Marshall employees to wear jeans to work. Participants will be "permitted" to wear jeans to work on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the campaign.  Jeans days are Oct. 18, 20, 25 and 27, and Nov. 1,3,8 and 10.

Cost for the "I'm Wearing jeans for United Way" stickers is $3 for one, $5 for two or $20 for eight. They may be purchased in the following locations:

  • Old Main basement, mailroom (Leonard Lovely, 696-6644)

  • Old Main 207, Human Resources (Stephanie Gray, 696-2593)

  • Memorial Student Center 2W6 (Eleanore Beckett, 696-6472)

  • Holderby Hall 109 (Sharon Booth, 696-2569)

  • Gullickson Hall 112 (Cammy Holley, 696-5459)

  • Sorrell Bulding, Physical Plant (Anita Hill, 696-2989)

  • Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center 301Q (Anita Mathis, 696-7322)

  • MU Medical Center, dean's office 3408 (Wanda Webb, 691-1700)


Members of the President's Green Ribbon Committee are:

  • Carla Adkins, Payroll Representative

  • R.B. Bookwalter, Dean of the College of Education, Committee Chair

  • Cassey Bowden, United Way of the River Cities

  • Tootie Carter, Memorial Student Center Operations

  • Perry Chaffin, Director of Audits

  • Raymond Cousins, Resident Director

  • Lakesha Glover, Housing and Residence Life

  • Jana Hovland, Dietetics

  • Kelly Kutzavitch, Student Body Vice President

  • Lisa Martin, Judicial Affairs/Volunteer Services

  • Rhonda Mullins Frye, University Communications

  • Vanessa Myers, Student Affairs

  • Jeffrey O'Malley, Athletics Administration

  • Dale Osburn, Physical Plant

  • Nancy Pelphrey, Alumni Affairs

  • Matt Turner, Chief of Staff

  • Dave Wellman, University Communications

  • Lashawna Sampson, Student Activities Programming Board

For more information on the United Way campaign, call Bookwalter at 304-696-6703.



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Friday October 14, 2011
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College of Liberal Arts sponsors October lectures

HUNTINGTON, W.Va . - Marshall University's College of Liberal Arts (COLA), in conjunction with the department of classics and a student environmental group, is hosting two events this month, both of which are free to the public.

The first event, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in BE5 in the Memorial Student Center, is a screening of the documentary "Urban Roots," which examines the life of Detroit residents following the collapse of the auto industry and their transition into urban farming.  Following the documentary will be a panel discussion of faculty and local experts on community gardens including Dr. Godwin Djietror, professor of geography; Dr. Robert Behrman, professor of political science; Bethany Walters, director of Rolling Hill Folk Center, which is focusing on initiating a local food network; and Andi Leffingwell, director of Huntington's Kitchen, a community food center.

The event is sponsored by COLA and the Student Environmental Action Coalition.

Later this month, COLA and the department of classics will host a lecture on the coastal town of Tel Dor in Israel.   Dr. Christina Franzen, a professor of classics, will present, "Listening to the Past: The archeology of Dor" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in room BE5 of the Memorial Student Center.

Franzen will explain the layout of the archeological site as well as how the artifacts in the area were uncovered.  The discussion also will include Franzen's thoughts and understandings of her visit to the Middle East and how her experiences affect her teaching.

For more information, contact Dr. David Pittenger, dean of COLA, at 304-696-2731.

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Friday October 14, 2011
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CIA recruiters to visit Marshall University's Huntington campus

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Recruiters from the Central Intelligence Agency will offer Marshall University students and alumni insider tips on how to apply with the agency during a visit to the Huntington campus Wednesday, Oct. 19.

The CIA will conduct information sessions at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. in room 2W22 in the Memorial Student Center. During both sessions, students and alumni will learn about the CIA's application process, testing and background investigations. They also will have the opportunity to sign up for resume reviews by CIA recruiters. These reviews will help potential applicants target their resume for CIA employment positions.

CIA recruiters will review resumes from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at Marshall's Career Services Center. Appointments are recommended; however, walk-ins will be seen as time permits.

Denise Hogsett, director of Career Services, encourages any student or alumnus interested in working in a challenging, global environment to attend the event.

While students from all majors are invited to attend, the CIA is especially interested in hiring foreign language, history, political science and international business majors.

For more information, contact Career Services at 304-696-2370.

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Thursday October 13, 2011
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University homecoming video subject of contest

All participants have to do is identify where JT is sitting

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Where's JT?

In the Marshall University homecoming 2011 YouTube video, MU freshman JT Mitchell of Charleston, W.Va., is sitting in Joan C. Edwards Stadium to help promote homecoming.  As viewers might have noticed, while the white board messages and other items change, his seat location does not. 

The Marshall University Alumni Association knows where JT was seated and challenges the public to guess his seat location and possibly win prizes in the process. So, everyone is invited to check out the video at www.Youtube.com/herdvideo and then scout the stadium on game day and make their best guess.

Participants need to send their entries (one per person) on or before 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, by e-mail along with the following information to homecoming@marshall.edu

    Mailing address:
    Phone number:
    Where you think JT is sitting:

Winners will be notified by phone on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Prizes will be offered to those with the three closest guesses.  In the event of a tie, those entrants will be entered into a drawing to determine the grand prize winner. 

Grand prize is a coach's windbreaker jacket used in the filming of the "We Are Marshall" movie with a certificate of authenticity.  Second place is two game tickets to either the Oct.  29 or Nov. 26 Marshall football home games (exact date and seat location to be determined by Marshall University). The third-place recipient will receive a $25 gift certificate to the Marshall University Bookstore.  Odds of winning are based upon the number of entrants and their guesses.

Mitchell is a 2011 graduate of George Washington High School. He is majoring in Nursing.

For more information, call Jon Sutton with Marshall University Alumni Relations at 304-696-2901.

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Wednesday October 12, 2011
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Visiting artist to present lecture-recital on contemporary American piano music

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. Dr. Youmee Kim, assistant professor of piano at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, will be on Marshall University's Huntington campus Thursday, Oct. 20, to present a lecture-recital titled "Contemporary American Piano Music." The event will take place at 2 p.m. in Smith Recital Hall , and is free and open to the public.

Born in Korea, Kim received her Bachelor of Music degree from Ewha Woman's University there. She also holds a Master of Music and Performer Diploma from Indiana University and a Doctor of Musical Arts from The Ohio State University. She has won numerous awards, including the Women in Music Competition and the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Scholarship. She has performed extensively in Korea and North America, and has been featured by the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra in Canada. 

A specialist in 20th century American piano music, Kim has authored An Analysis and Performance Guide to Benjamin Lees' Odyssey I and II' (published by VDM in Verlag, Germany), and published articles for "International Piano Music." An active member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), she serves as vice chair of the Southeast District of the Ohio MTNA.

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Wednesday October 12, 2011
Contact: Lalena Price, University Communications, , 304-746-1989

Marshall University hosts blood drive on South Charleston campus

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is hosting a blood drive for the American Red Cross on its South Charleston campus from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. Donors have the option of giving blood or making a double-red cell donation during the drive. No appointment is necessary.

The South Charleston campus is located at 100 Angus E. Peyton Dr., just off of the Kanawha Turnpike. The drive will be in Rooms 135 and 137. Parking is free and convenient.

For more information, contact Joyce Harrah at 304-746-2030 or jsharrah@marshall.edu.

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Wednesday October 12, 2011
Contact: Leah Clark Payne, Media Communications Specialist, 304-696-6397

Marshall alumnus to share his experience as author and playwright

Craig Johnson also will read from his work during visit to MU

HUNTINGTON, W.Va . - Marshall University graduate and best-selling author Craig Johnson is visiting the Huntington campus over the next few days for a series of events, including a public reading of some of his work.

As part of the Marshall University Visiting Writers Series, Johnson will read from his work at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. 

Johnson will be on campus for several events sponsored by the College of Fine Arts. Monday's reading is sponsored by the Department of English and the College of Liberal Arts.

Johnson, best known for his series of Viking/Penguin novels with lead character Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire, is a 1983 graduate with a bachelor of fine arts degree specializing in theatre.   He has received numerous awards for his writing, including a "superfecta" of starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, Publishers Weekly and Library Journal for The Dark Horse - which was named one of Publishers Weekly's best books of 2009.

Another Man's Moccasins received the Western Writers of America Spur Award for best novel of 2008 as well as the Mountains and Plains Award for fiction book of the year.  Junkyard Dogs and Hell is Empty were recently released by Viking. 

Johnson has served as a board member of the Mystery Writers of America and lives in Ucross, Wyo., population 25.

Recently, the A&E television network announced a television series is in production and is based on Johnson's Longmire books.

Johnson's appearances at Marshall will include several sessions with both College of Fine Arts and School of Journalism and Mass Communications students.

"I have some unique experiences, but I'm also looking forward to the energy and enthusiasm that the students have to share," Johnson said.  "As a Marshall alumnus, I know that I would have appreciated working with a New York Times bestselling author whose books are the basis for a TV series. I certainly appreciate the opportunity to visit my alma mater and to speak about my experiences to the college and public community."

The public events featuring Johnson are as follows:

  • At 8 p.m., Monday, Oct.17, he will read from his work and conduct a book signing in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre.

  • At 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19, Marshall theatre students will read from Johnson's work in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

Both events are free and open to the public.

For more information on Johnson's appearances, contact Jaye Ike, special projects coordinator with the College of Fine Arts at 304-696-3296.

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Tuesday October 11, 2011
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Marshall's new Physical Therapy Program accepting student applications

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's new Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is accepting student applications and plans to admit the inaugural class in May 2012, Dr. Penny G. Kroll, chairman of the Department of Physical Therapy, said today.

Kroll said students can review the program admission requirements at the College of Health Professions website, Physical Therapy webpage - http://www.marshall.edu/cohp/?page_id=331, in the "Applying to the Program" section, and can find the online program application by going to www.marshall.edu/graduate. She said she expects about 40 students to make up each class.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is an entry-level, 114-credit, three-year, lock-step clinical degree program for students who wish to pursue a career as a physical therapist practitioner, and who possess a baccalaureate degree and required prerequisite coursework. 

The application deadline is Dec. 1 for priority consideration. Students who apply after this deadline will be considered for any seats remaining in the class after that date.

Kroll said much has been accomplished since the DPT program was approved by Marshall's Board of Governors in 2009. She has been at Marshall for more than a year, working on developing the new program.

"So far, the curriculum has been developed, regional accreditation has been received, and I added a Director of Clinical Education last January," Kroll said. "We are now in the process of hiring additional faculty, and a good amount of space is being renovated over at the St. Mary's Educational Center at 5th Avenue and 29th Street to house the program. It should be ready in late April."

For more information, contact Kroll by e-mail at kroll@marshall.edu, or by phone at 304-696-5290.

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Tuesday October 11, 2011
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ROTC at Marshall University sponsors 2011 homecoming activities

Three dozen recruits to take Oath of Enlistment prior to homecoming game

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University football fans might want to arrive at Joan C. Edwards Stadium a little earlier than usual this Saturday for a couple of special events preceding the Thundering Herd's 3 p.m. homecoming game with Rice.

Maj. Gen. Anthony G. Crutchfield, a 1982 Marshall University graduate and current commanding general of the U.S. Army's Aviation School at Fort Rucker, Ala., is scheduled to give the Oath of Enlistment to approximately 40 new recruits. 

"The Oath of Enlistment ceremony dates back to the revolutionary war where all military personnel were required to swear allegiance to America and to defend its soil," said Lt. Col. Michael A. Stinnett, a professor of military science at Marshall.  "The men and women who will be taking the oath have recently chosen to enlist in the Army and are from across the state of West Virginia.  These future soldiers will soon ship to basic combat training and join the long line of Americans who have bravely fought to defend their country."

The ceremony is set for 1:55 p.m. at the west corner of the north end zone. 

Also, fans will be treated to a special show right before the 3 p.m. kickoff, as the Army Golden Knights Parachute Team is scheduled to jump into the stadium and deliver the game ball.  The Golden Knights perform at events around the country and have been in existence since 1959.

Additionally, Marshall's ROTC will sponsor a tailgate event with free food and drinks. The tailgate, which is open to the public, will be located on the northeast side of the stadium near 3rd Avenue. An Army simulation trailer featuring various weapons and virtual reality type computer simulation games will be set up near the Sorrell physical plant building.

For more information, contact Lt. Col. Stinnett at 304-696-2650.

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Monday October 10, 2011
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Homecoming car bash set for Wednesday at Buskirk Field

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students, faculty and community members will destroy a car painted in Rice University's blue and silver colors during WMUL-FM's 10th annual car bash Wednesday, Oct. 12.

The car bash, part of homecoming activities, will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Buskirk Field on the Huntington campus. Rice is Marshall's opponent Saturday in the homecoming football game, which starts at 3 p.m. at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the car bash, a 24-foot limousine will be pounded this year.

"The car bash is a tradition WMUL is proud of keeping on Marshall's campus for 10 years," Station Manager Leannda Carey said.  "It's not something you'll see just anywhere."

WMUL, Marshall's public radio station, will provide sledgehammers, gloves and goggles. All participants will need is one dollar and a little homecoming spirit.

"We all know homecoming is a time for a little trash-talking on the opponent," Carey said. "So we like to help students channel that aggression into something a little more fun."

The dollar admission fee will get participants access to two car-bashing minutes with the limo.

For more information, contact Carey at carey33@marshall.edu or at 304-696-2295.

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Friday October 7, 2011
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Marshall to present recital by visiting Brazilian students

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Department of Music will present a recital by visiting Brazilian students at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, in Smith Recital Hall on the Huntington campus.

Performers include Germano Perreira Lopes, piano and countertenor; Vitor Noah Sandes, guitar; Allison Unglaub, violin; Lucas Silvano, piano; and a jazz trio of Pedro Loch Gonoalves, guitar, Vinocius Costa Da Silva, drums and pandeiro, and
Blake Still, bass.

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

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Friday October 7, 2011
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Award-winning Virginia State University Gospel Chorale returns to Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The award-winning Virginia State University Gospel Chorale will perform at Marshall University Monday, Oct. 17, in Smith Recital Hall on the Huntington campus.

The 7 p.m. concert is sponsored by Marshall's Center for African American Students. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert is free to the public.

"After such a strong performance last semester at Marshall, it was clearly evident that such a powerful and internationally recognized group must certainly be invited for an encore performance," said Maurice Cooley, director of the Center for African American Students. "This will be an extraordinary evening, appealing to all ages, and one of the best choral performances of the year mixed with gospel, the blues, jazz, dance and more."

The chorale has toured in the U.S. Virgin Islands, North and South Italy, Paris and Hungary for the Pope's Vatican Christmas Concert. It has performed with a host of international artists, such as blues legend B.B. King, jazz artist Dee Dee Bridgewater, Rhythm & Blues artist Solomon Burke and pop artist Michael Bolton.

The chorale has 105 members.

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

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Friday October 7, 2011
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Philosophy professor from Princeton to speak at Marshall Oct. 21

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Kwame Anthony Appiah, Laurance S. Rockefeller University professor in the Department of Philosophy at Princeton University, will speak at Marshall University at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21.

Appiah is the guest speaker at the second annual da Vinci Lecture, sponsored by Marshall's Honors College, the Office of the Provost, MU's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi and BrickStreet Insurance.  The public lecture, titled "The Honor Code," and discussion will take place in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theater in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on the Huntington campus.

The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen , is Appiah's latest book. Dwight Garner of the New York Times said the book is "Plaintive and elegant Mr. Appiah brings, to the tidy feast that is his book, a carving knife sharp enough to slice tangled issues of social class thinly."

Appiah has been called the postmodern Socrates who believes one should "go where the question takes you." He specializes in moral and political philosophy, African and African American studies, and issues of personal and political identity, multiculturalism and nationalism.

"We are thrilled to have a scholar of Professor Appiah's stature as the 2011 da Vinci lecturer," said Dr. Mary Todd, dean of Marshall's Honors College. "A true public intellectual, his work on the ethics of identity invites serious conversation about how we as individuals construct ourselves and in turn relate to others."  

Appiah has taught philosophy and African American studies at the University of Ghana, Drexel, Cornell, Yale, Harvard and Princeton, and lectured at many other institutions in the United States.

Elected to both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Appiah presently is Chairman of the Board of the American Council of Learned Societies.

In 2009, Forbes Magazine included him on a list of the world's seven most powerful thinkers as defined by lasting influence on others and impact on public discourse.

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Friday October 7, 2011
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Forensic Science Graduate Program and student organization to host crime scene investigation workshop

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University forensic science graduate students and faculty will present a crime scene investigation workshop for high school students from Fairview High School of Ashland, Ky., Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 at MU's crime scene house.

About 55 high school science students are expected to attend the "CSI Huntington" workshop. They will participate in lectures, demonstrations and hands-on experiments in areas of DNA analysis, firearms identification, fingerprint analysis, blood pattern analysis and digital forensics.  They will also tour the Forensic Science Center's accredited forensic DNA laboratory which provides assistance to state and local law enforcement agencies across the United States.

The workshop will be presented by Master's United Forensic Science Association, a student organization comprised of forensic science graduate students in the nationally recognized two-year program. Proceeds from the workshop will go towards travel expenses to offset graduate student costs to attend the national meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences next February in Atlanta, Ga.

"CSI Huntington" workshops have been offered previously as a summer camp for middle school students and as a series of evening sessions to adults and high school students in the past.

A new forensic science course is being offered at Fairview High School.  Matt Moresea, who is teaching the class, said he and the students are very excited to visit the Forensic Science Center's forensic DNA laboratory and the crime scene house.

"With Marshall's forensics program being one of the top programs in the country, the students will have the opportunity to learn these techniques from some of the best and thus it might spark an interest for some of them for a career in forensic science or science in general," he said.

Dr. J. Graham Rankin, professor of forensic science in the graduate program and faculty advisor for the "CSI Huntington" workshops, said the faculty and students are pleased to have this opportunity to expand the areas of forensic science offered in the workshop as well as the presentation of a one-day format for high school students. For more information about the participation in the workshops, contact Rankin at 304-690-4377.

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Thursday October 6, 2011
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Homecoming celebrates Marshall University 'Through the Decades'

Homecoming celebrates Marshall University 'Through the Decades'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Homecoming 2011, featuring a theme of "Marshall University - Through the Decades," gets under way Monday, Oct. 10, with the first of many special activities planned throughout the week.

Marshall's homecoming is sponsored by Bank of America, Liberty Mutual, Pepsi, Huntington Bank, the Student Activities Programming Board, the Student Government Association, the Office of Student Affairs and the Black Alumni Association. 

Nancy Pelphrey, coordinator of alumni programs for the Marshall Alumni Association, said the theme represents a celebration of how far the university has come "through the decades."

"As we lead up to the 175th anniversary of the university, we have so much to be proud of," Pelphrey said. "The changes in the Huntington campus, how it has evolved into the wonderful place it is today ... we all look forward each homecoming to seeing the looks on the faces of those who have not been back for years as they marvel at what Marshall University has become. This year's homecoming is a celebration of Marshall University, past and present. We thank everyone involved, especially our sponsors."

Here is a schedule of Homecoming 2011 activities, beginning Monday:

Monday, Oct. 10
Office decorations

All departments on the Huntington campus are invited to decorate their offices using the homecoming theme. Prizes will be awarded.

Businesses are also encouraged to show their Thundering Herd pride by decorating their exterior and posting a photo on the Alumni Association Facebook site, http://www.facebook.com/mualumni.  The overall winner will be chosen by which business receives the most votes or "likes" on the MUAA Facebook page.

Wednesday, Oct. 12
Car bash

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - WMUL-FM's annual Car Bash on Buskirk Field. This year's car will be a limousine as WMUL celebrates 10 years of car bashing in style.

Thursday, Oct. 13

6 p.m. - The annual homecoming parade, sponsored by the Student Government Association, starts in downtown Huntington and ends at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Prizes will be awarded to the top floats and marching bands. Parade participants will begin lining up at 5 p.m. at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

Prizes for the top three floats and top three bands are as follows: $750 for first place; $500 for second place; and $250 for third place.

Maj. Gen.  Anthony  G. Crutchfield, commanding general of the U.S.  Army Aviation Center of Excellence in Fort Rucker, Ala., and a 1982 Marshall graduate, will be the grand marshal.

Parade participants may register online at www.marshall.edu/sga. For more information, contact the SGA at 304-696-6436 or e-mail harrell7@marshall.edu.

Friday, Oct. 14
Green and White Day
Picnic on the Plaza

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - The Picnic on the Plaza, featuring free food and drinks, is the official kickoff to homecoming. It will take place on the Memorial Student Center plaza and is open to all MU students, faculty, staff and administrators. The picnic is sponsored by the Alumni Association, the Office of Development and Huntington Bank.

Various activities are planned. The Marshall Maniacs will be giving away homecoming t-shirts to the first 100 attendees. Office decoration awards will be judged beginning at 11 a.m., and winners announced. The Huntington Food Bank will be accepting canned goods.  Inflatables will be set up on Buskirk Field and the homecoming court will be introduced. The DAWG 93.7 will broadcast live from the plaza. And, homecoming stuffed bears will be offered to the first 250 students that attend the picnic, compliments of the Student Activities Programming Board.

Champagne Reception

7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. - The MU Alumni Association and Black Alumni Association are co-hosting a Champagne Reception at the Marshall University Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center. Cost is $25 per person.

Comedy Central on Campus

8 p.m. - The future stars of Comedy Central - Nick Vatterott, Sheng Wang, Rory Scovel and Jermaine Fowler perform at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. Together the four have not only played all over the world, but they have performed alongside stars such as Jay Leno, David Letterman, former Artist Series Performer Daniel Tosh and many more. Call the Marshall Artists Series office at 304-696-6656 for tickets.

After party

10 p.m. to 1 a.m. - Black Alumni Association After Party, Room BE 5 on the lower level of the Memorial Student Center. Cost is $20 per person.

Saturday, Oct. 15
5k Alum Run

8 a.m. - The 16th annual Marshall University 5k Alum Run, a popular event for area runners and walkers, takes participants from Marshall's campus into downtown Huntington and back to the campus to finish the 3.1-mile course. The course is nearly 100 percent flat and straight.

Several registration options are being offered. Forms are available at the Marshall Recreation Center, located at 402 Thundering Herd Dr. (corner of 20th street and 5th Avenue, near the Marshall football stadium), and from either the rec center's website at www.marshallcampusrec.com or online at www.tristateracer.com.

The pre-race registration price is $20 and the cost is $25 the day of the race. Cash or check (made payable to MU Campus Rec Club) are accepted. Credit cards also are accepted through the online registration portal.

Tours of campus

10 a.m. - Anyone interested in a walking tour of campus may call the alumni office at 304-696-2901 and arrangements will be made to have a member of the Student Ambassador Association provide a guided tour.

Book signings
Hosted by the Marshall Book Store

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Craig Greenlee, November Ever After

11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  - Carter Taylor Seaton, Amo, Amas, Amat An Unconventional Love Story

Noon to 2 p.m. - Bob Barnett, Growing Up In The Last Small Town - A West Virginia Memoir

Tailgate blast

12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - The MU Alumni Association, the Black Alumni Association and Parents and Family Weekend celebrate homecoming at 18th Street and 5th Avenue - beside Harless Dining Hall - with a tailgate blast. Cost is $20 per person.

Football game

3 p.m. - Marshall plays host to Rice University in a Conference USA battle at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Shortly before kickoff, Maj.  Gen.  Anthony G. Crutchfield will give the Oath of Enlistment to approximately 40 new recruits from West Virginia who chose to enlist in the Army.

Following the oath ceremony, the Army Golden Knights Parachute Team is scheduled to jump into the stadium and deliver the game ball.  The Golden Knights perform at events around the country and have been in existence since 1959.

Step show

Immediately following the football game - Step Show, Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.

Homecoming dance

9 p.m. to 1 a.m. - Black Alumni Association homecoming dance, Memorial Student Center, Don Morris Room. Cost is $40 per person.

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8th annual Marshall Marathon set for Nov. 6 in Huntington

Course different than previous years, but remains flat and fast

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The 8th annual Marshall University Marathon, scheduled for 7 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, follows a different course than in previous years, race director Tom Plummer said today.

The marathon, like always, begins on 3rd Avenue next to Cam Henderson Center and ends on the football field at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. But, instead of heading to the extreme west end of Huntington and back, the runners will stay mostly on the east end, allowing spectators and families to follow the race more closely.

The altered 26.2-mile marathon course, which is U.S. Track and Field certified, goes west to 14th Street and east as far as 27th street. It passes through Harris Riverfront Park and Ritter Park.

"Essentially, it's a two-loop course," Plummer said. "We think it will be more exciting and interesting with the runners staying in the parks and downtown."

Registration for the race is ongoing, and Plummer is hoping for a turnout similar to last year when about 1,550 to 1,600 runners and walkers from 40 states took part. The local economy benefits since many of the competitors are from out of state and spend one or two nights in the area.

"That's certainly a good thing for the city and surrounding areas," said Plummer, who is in his first year as race director after serving on the race committee since the first marathon.

Despite the course change, it will remain flat and fast, Plummer said, making the event one of the tops in the country in percentage of runners qualifying for the Boston Marathon. According to marathonguide.com, the Marshall Marathon ranked 28th last year with 20.7 percent of its runners qualifying for Boston.

In addition to the marathon, Marshall Marathon events include the half-marathon, the half-marathon relay and the 5-k walk.

Runners and walkers can register for the Marshall Marathon at www.active.com. The cost, if paid by Oct. 31, is $80 for the marathon, $50 for the half-marathon, $75 per team for the relay and $20 for the walk. Discount rates are available for military personnel.

More information on the race is available at www.healthyhuntington.org. Registration after Oct. 31 can be done only at the packet pickup from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Marshall Recreation Center.

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Wednesday October 5, 2011
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State Wind Working Group to be transferred from WVU to Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - The West Virginia Division of Energy has announced that the state Wind Working Group (WWG) will be transferred to Marshall University from West Virginia University. The group is sponsored by U.S. Department of Energy funds through the West Virginia Division of Energy.

The Wind Working Group will be directed by Christine Risch, Director of Research at Marshall's Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER). This will be in collaboration with Marshall's Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS).

The WWG consists of wind developers, state regulators, economic development organizations, county officials, landowners, university researchers, representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy, the state energy office, environmental groups and the general public.

WWG's overall goal is generally to advance wind energy as an additional state energy resource. This includes promotion of small-scale wind opportunities and educating the public on net metering, in which those who install wind generation facilities can sell the energy they generate to electric distribution companies.

The WWG also will acquaint local economic development authorities with wind opportunities for sustainable economic growth, advance hybrid energy systems combining wind and fossil energy to provide continuous generation capability, and serve as a source of information to government, business and individuals on pending wind energy developments and policy initiatives.

CBER has been involved with several aspects of wind energy over the past five years, including economic impact studies, research on the impact of wind facilities on property values, research on integration of wind into the electricity transmission system, and review of state wind facility citing policy and government programs for wind energy development.

Under Risch's leadership, an assessment of state policies to promote alternative energy, including wind, was completed for the 13-state Appalachian Regional Commission. CBER contributed to the current West Virginia Energy Plan and is working on its revision. CEGAS has been developing wind assessment projects, focusing on measuring wind speeds on surface mine sites in West Virginia using Sonic Detection and Ranging (SoDAR) equipment to determine if the level of wind is capable of producing sufficient electricity to be economically viable.

Dr. Cal Kent, Vice President of Business and Economic Research at Marshall, noted, "Locating the Wind Working Group at Marshall recognizes the leadership that Christy Risch has provided for the state in alternative and renewable energy. This is another indication of the importance of CBER to the economic growth of the state."

The Wind Working Group's annual meeting took place last month at the Canaan Valley Resort in Davis, W.Va. Both CBER and CEGAS gave presentations at the meeting. The next WWG meeting will take place in September 2012. For more information, contact Risch at 304-696-6251.

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Georgia Southern professor to speak in series on constitutional democracy

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -  Dr. Johnathan O'Neill, an associate professor of history at Georgia Southern University, will be the guest speaker in the second of a three-part lecture series on constitutional democracy titled "Amicus Curiae" at Marshall University.

O'Neill will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room on the Huntington campus. His lecture, titled "Originalism and the Rule of Law Ideal," will consider the meaning of "originalism" in American constitutional law and politics - what it is and how it fits into the history of Supreme Court decision making and the broader landscape of American public life.

The 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.

At Georgia Southern, O'Neill teaches courses on U.S. constitutional history and legal history of the U.S. His publications include, "Originalism in American Law and  Politics: A Constitutional History" and America and Enlightenment Constitutionalism." He is working on a new book, "Constitutional Knowledge and Constitutional Maintenance in Twentieth-Century America."

The lecture is free to the public.

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Wednesday October 5, 2011
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Marshall University faculty provide training on digital forensics to West Virginia arson investigators

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -  Marshall University faculty provided digital forensics training to arson investigators at the West Virginia Fire Investigation Conference sponsored by the West Virginia Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators.

Dr. Terry W. Fenger, director of the Marshall University Forensic Science Center; John Sammons, assistant professor in the Integrated Science and Technology Department; and Margaret Phipps Brown, Esq., professor of Criminal Justice, were featured speakers on Monday, Oct. 3, at the two-day conference in Beckley. Continuing education credits were available to eligible participants.  

Fenger discussed the identification of digital evidence and data recovery from destroyed or damaged digital evidence, and provided an overview of digital forensic capacities within West Virginia. Sammons, who also is director of the Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence, covered investigative procedures in analyzing digital evidence.  Brown addressed search and seizure laws that govern digital evidence. She is an assistant prosecuting attorney in the Cabell County Prosecutor's Office.

The instructors collaborate as part of an agenda to increase awareness about digital forensics and digital forensic evidence and its impact on the criminal justice system, Fenger said. Continuing education and informational presentations are provided routinely to stakeholders including arson and criminal investigators, law enforcement, attorneys and judges.

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Distinguished scholar on history of African diaspora to deliver lecture Oct. 6

Event is part of Hispanic Heritage Month activities at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Herman Bennett, a distinguished scholar on the history of the African diaspora, with a particular focus on Latin American history, will deliver a lecture on Afro-Latin America Thursday, Oct. 6, at Marshall University.

Bennett's lecture, titled "The Archive of an Unimagined Past: The 'Black' Presence in New Spain's Recorded History," begins at 6 p.m. and takes place in Room BE 5 on the lower level of the Memorial Student Center on MU's Huntington campus. It is free to the public.

The lecture is the second of four Hispanic Heritage Month activities sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs; the Center for International Programs; the Center for African-American Students' Programs; the College of Liberal Arts; the departments of Modern Languages, History,  Political Science,  Geography, Music and Biology; and the Marshall Artists Series.

Through his work, Bennett has called for scholars to broaden the critical inquiry of race and ethnicity in the colonial world. His books include Colonial Blackness: A History of Afro-Mexico and Africans in Colonial Mexico: Absolutism, Christianity and Afro-Creole Consciousness.

The next event in the Hispanic Heritage Month series is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center when  Quique Sinesi and Berta Rojas perform a guitar concert.

For more information on the series, call Dr. Cristina Burgueno at 304-696-2746.

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