February 2012 Press Releases

Wednesday February 29, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Spin-a-thon proceeds to benefit PATH project

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine's American Medical Association, in participation with the Marshall Recreation Center, will conduct the Pedal for PATH Spin-a-thon, a fundraising event in which all proceeds go directly to the PATH Project.

The event takes place at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 15, at the recreation center on MU's Huntington campus.

PATH is the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health, a proposed 60-plus mile trail system for the city of Huntington named for Dr. Paul Ambrose, a Marshall graduate who perished at the Pentagon in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.  

As he was dedicated to family health and preventative medicine to fight obesity, his family has taken this charge in his absence to help make Huntington a healthier, happier place.  In addition to the PATH project, the Ambroses have been staunch supporters of the MUSOM community, having sponsored many scholarships. 

Those interested in taking part in the Spin-a-thon can register for $20 online at  http://www.active.com/cycling/huntington-wv/pedal-for-path-2012.   All participants will receive a t-shirt as well as have the opportunity to win door prizes.

For any additional information, contact AMA Wellness Chair Sammy Hodroge at hodroge@marshall.edu and 304-380-8709.

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Tuesday February 28, 2012
Contact: April Biser, , co-director, Public Relations Campaign Club,, 304-613-0769

Public Relations Campaign Club conducting penny drive for River Valley Child Development Services (RVCDS)

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Public Relations Campaign Club at Marshall University is conducting a penny drive for River Valley Child Development Services. The drive began yesterday and continues through Friday, March 9 in the First Year Residence Halls on the Huntington campus.

Participants include residents of both the North and South First Year Residence Halls, which consist of eight floors each. Residents are competing against each other to raise the most money for the RVCDS campaign. The floor that raises the most money will receive a floor party.

The penny jars are located on the first floor of each First Year Residence Hall and are labeled by floor for students to donate/raise money for RVCDS.

The penny jars will be collected at noon on March 9. The floor party will take place the following week. All proceeds from the event will go to RVCDS.

The penny drive is the first of a series of events the Public Relations Campaign Club will host over the next few months to raise money for RVCDS.

For more information contact campaign directors April Biser at 304-613-0769 and Erin Shaver at 304-544-7002 or e-mail rvcds@marshall.edu.

RVCDS was established in 1971 and continues today as one of the top daytime child care facilities in the Tri-State. It serves more than 8,500 people a year with more than 140 employees; 74 percent of the staff holds college degrees.

For more information about River Valley Child Development Services contact Executive Director Suzi Brodof at sbrodof@rvcds.org, or its Huntington branch by phone at 304-523-3417.

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Monday February 27, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Distinguished writer to read at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Distinguished fiction writer and West Virginia native Jayne Anne Phillips will read from her work at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre on Marshall University's Huntington campus.  A book signing will follow in the lobby of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

Also on March 8, Phillips will address students and the community and discuss the craft of writing at an afternoon session, at 3:30 p.m. in the Shawkey Room of the Memorial Student Center.

Both events are free, and the public is invited.

Phillips is the author of eight books, including most recently the National Book Award Finalist, Lark and Termite.  She was born and raised in West Virginia.  Featured in Newsweek, Phillips' first story collection, Black Tickets, was lauded by Raymond Carver as a collection of "stories unlike any in our literature."  Nadine Gordimer has called her "the best short story writer since Eudora Welty."  Phillips' first novel, Machine Dreams,was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and chosen by the New York Times Book Review as one of 12 Best Books of the Year.

Phillips' works have been translated and published in 12 languages.  She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships.  Her work has appeared most recently in Harper's, Granta, Doubletake, and the Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction.  She has taught at Harvard University, Williams College and Boston University, and is currently Professor of English and Director of the MFA Program at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

The Visiting Writers Series is supported by the Marshall English Department, the College of Liberal Arts and the West Virginia Humanities Council. For more information, call Art Stringer in the English Department at 304-696-2403.

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Friday February 24, 2012
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts,, 304-696-3296

Music faculty members to give duo recital Sunday, March 4

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Elizabeth Reed Smith, violin, and Dr. Henning Vauth, piano, of the Marshall University music faculty, will present a duo recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 4 in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus.  The program is free and open to the public.

Both musicians earned their doctoral degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. Smith earned a bachelor's degree from Eastman and a master's degree from Yale University before returning to Eastman for her doctorate, and is well known to local audiences. Vauth, a native of Germany, also received degrees from the Hochschule fr Musik und Theater in Hannover, Germany, the Ecole Normale de Musique (Alfred Cortot) in Paris and Western Michigan University. He was on the faculty of Auburn University before coming to Marshall last fall.

The duo will perform the Violin Sonata No. 2 in D minor by Robert Schumann and Morton Gould's little-known Suite for Violin and Piano.

"The Schumann second sonata is the less often played of his two sonatas for violin and piano, and yet was written partly because the composer wasn't satisfied with his first sonata," Smith said. "Titled 'Grosse [Large] Sonata,' the work takes approximately twice as long as the first sonata, and is quite intense. When we first discussed doing a program together, Henning suggested that it was a piece he'd always wanted to play, and I was delighted, because I had never learned it either ... The work explores the gamut of emotions, and is a masterpiece."

After choosing the Schumann sonata as the centerpiece to the program, the musicians met in Vauth's office with a stack of music to try out. Smith said the Gould jumped out at them as a really interesting piece.

"Written in 1945, it covers a variety of styles popular in the 1940s, from boogie woogie to blues to a hoedown, with nods to Broadway and to the Russian composer Prokofiev," Smith said. "We were surprised to find that it has not been recorded; this presents challenges to the performers, because we cannot find out how someone else has solved problems, and yet it is liberating as well, because we have no preconceived notions of interpretation. We hope that after the intensity of the Schumann sonata, the audience will really enjoy Gould's quintessential American music."

Vauth said that as a newer faculty member of Marshall's Department of Music, he's pleased for the opportunity to perform with colleagues.

"I like to emphasize that one of the many perks of my job at Marshall is to perform with wonderful colleagues and to get to work on repertoire that I have always wanted to play," Vauth said. "For me, teaching and performing go hand in hand - by constantly having to solve problems myself during performance preparation and on stage, I feel I am better equipped to help my students solve their own problems. The second Schumann violin sonata has been one of my favorite pieces for years and I am glad to perform it now with such an accomplished violinist as Dr. Smith. Both pieces on the program (Schumann and Gould) are truly collaborative in nature and require not only individual virtuosity but two partners who 'get along.' "

For further information on this program or music at Marshall University, contact the Department of Music at 304-696-3117.

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Friday February 24, 2012
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts,, 304-696-3296

World-class English hornist to perform at Marshall University Monday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Thomas Stacy, the English hornist of the New York Philharmonic from 1972 to 2010, will present a recital at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in Smith Music Hall on Marshall University's Huntington campus. Performing with Stacy will be three members of the Marshall Department of Music: Dr. Julio Alves, guitar; Marlayna Maynard, soprano; and Dr. Henning Vauth, piano.

On Sunday, Feb. 26, Stacy also will teach a master class at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, also in Smith Recital Hall.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Dr. Ann Marie Bingham, associate professor of clarinet and oboe at Marshall, studied English horn with Stacy and says she has long hoped that he could give a recital and a master class in Huntington. "Mr. Stacy is one of the best English horn players ever," Bingham said. "Hearing someone of his caliber performing a solo recital is a great opportunity. His concert will be quite diverse and will include music that everyone will find enjoyable."

Bingham added that she is delighted that her students at Marshall and others from the Tri-state region will be able to interact with Stacy, who not only is a world class performer but an exceptional teacher. "The most important thing I learned from him is to never give up. If you don't accomplish something as soon as you think you should, keep thinking about it and working on it until you master it," Bingham said.

"I am an optimist as a teacher an honest but positive pedagogue and it's not always easy to reconcile the two," Stacy said. "I seize upon students' innate strengths and often the weaknesses will follow along with just a little nudge." 

Stacy now teaches exclusively at the Manhattan School of Music, but has also taught at the Juilliard School and Mannes College, all in New York City.

Bingham worked off and on with Stacy for eight years, attending his yearly seminars in California and studying privately with him. 

Bingham said Stacy is responsible for the largest expansion of solo English horn repertory in history and several of the pieces on the Monday evening program were written specifically for him.

Stacy's residency at Marshall is funded by the Marshall University  Department of Music and the Joan C. Edwards Distinguished Professors of the Arts Endowment of the Marshall University College of Fine Arts.

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Friday February 24, 2012
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964

Marshall University to celebrate 175 years of education at State Capitol on Tuesday

 HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - As the oldest public institution of higher learning in West Virginia, Marshall University is celebrating 175 years of education in 2012. On Tuesday, Feb. 28, the university's faculty, staff, students and alumni will head to the State Capitol to mark the milestone.

Members of the Marshall community will greet visitors and interact with lawmakers in the Upper Rotunda from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The institution's namesake John Marshall, as portrayed by theater professor Jack Cirillo, also will be on hand. Visitors will be treated to historical displays as well as information about the university's 12 colleges featuring 159 majors and 105 degrees.

Resolutions will be read in the House of Delegates and the Senate declaring Feb. 28 to be "Marshall University Day," and the John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps will play in the Senate chamber at approximately 10:45 a.m. Marshall students will be introduced in both chambers at approximately 11 a.m., and at noon, Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp will make a special presentation to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in the Governor's Reception Room.

The event is organized by the MU Alumni Association.

In addition to a flurry of green and white, visitors can expect giveaways, including the alumni association's signature popcorn in commemorative containers and soft drinks. Marco, the mascot of the Thundering Herd, also will be in attendance. Visitors can speak with representatives from a variety of programs from athletics and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine to research and journalism, according to Nancy Pelphrey, coordinator of alumni programs.

"Marshall Day at the Capitol is a great opportunity for our state leaders and other visitors to see what we do on a daily basis and what we have to offer on our campuses in Huntington, South Charleston and Point Pleasant," Pelphrey said. "The 'We are Marshall' spirit is never more evident than at our State Capitol on Marshall University Day, and with 2012 marking 175 years, visitors can expect to see some very special touches to the event."

For more information, contact the alumni association at (304) 696-2901.


About Marshall University

Marshall was founded in 1837 as an academy to educate local children. Named after John Marshall, chief justice of the United States from 1801-35, the academy was elevated to a college by the Virginia General Assembly in 1858. In 1961, the West Virginia Legislature awarded university status to the institution.

Today, Marshall University is one of the region's most dynamic universities, serving students from 47 states and more than 60 countries. Marshall offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs, and competes in Division I intercollegiate sports in Conference USA. Located in Huntington, West Virginia, Marshall is known for its beautiful campus, dedicated professors, small class size, successful graduates and great value.


Photos: (Above) As part of Marshall University Day at the State Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 28, the John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps will perform at approximately 10:45 a.m. in the Senate chamber. Photo by Rick Haye/Marshall University. (Below) Marshall students are shown here in 1870 on the steps of what is now known as Old Main. Photo courtesy of Marshall University.

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Thursday February 23, 2012
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of FIne Arts,, 304-696-3296

Marshall University to host Festival of New Music March 1-4

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -  Marshall University will host its third Festival of New Music March 1 to 4, featuring guest artists Tim Price, a composer and multi-instrumentalist from San Francisco, and the Ankara University Soloists String Quartet from Turkey.

The string quartet's program March 2 will include the U.S. premiere of a work by Necil Akses and a new work by Dr. Mark Zanter, professor of composition at Marshall. In addition to scheduled concerts, there will be lecture presentations given by guest artists on a range of topics.

"The concert music of our time is moving, exciting and relevant," Zanter, who is coordinating the festival, said. "At Marshall we have a commitment to producing this festival to bringing recent music into the lives of our audiences."

Other Marshall music faculty members and students will also perform during the festival, including Ad Hoc, HZS, Marlayna Maynard, Alanna Cushing, the Violauta Duo, Dr. George Palton, Dr. Henning Vauth and the Marshall University Contemporary Music Ensemble. Composers featured on this year's festival in addition to Akses, Price and Zanter are Lowell Liebermann, Ned Rorem, Zachary Merritt and Krzysztof Penderecki.

  • Concert 1 at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1, Smith Recital Hall on Marshall University's Huntington campus

  • Concert 2, MUsic Alive series, "Chamber Music Today," at noon Friday, March 2, at First Presbyterian Church, 1015 5th Avenue, Huntington, W.Va.

  • Concert 3 at 8 p.m. Friday March 2, Jomie Jazz Forum on Marshall University's Huntington campus

  • Concert 4 at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 4, Tamarack Center for the Arts, Beckley, W.Va.

This year's Festival of New Music is supported by the Marshall University Department of Music, the College of Fine Arts, and the Joan C. Edwards Distinguished Professors of the Arts Endowment through the College of Fine Arts.

For more information, persons may contact Zanter by e-mail at zanter@marshall.edu or visit the Department of Music website at www.marshall.edu/cofa/music.

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Thursday February 23, 2012
Contact: Dr. Keith Beard, Director, Psychology Clinic,, 304-696-2781

Marshall University Psychology Clinic forming a transgender therapy group

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Psychology Clinic will offer a support group for transgendered individuals starting in March. This group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday evenings for ten weeks with group facilitators Claire Carpenter Phillips and Hend Alsulaiman. 

The group is currently being formed and available slots in the group are limited, said Dr. Keith Beard, professor of psychology and director of the Psychology Clinic. The group is available to Marshall University students and staff, as well as members of the community who identify as transgendered, and it will focus on specific issues that transgendered people deal with regularly. 

"People who feel as if they don't 'fit' in the body they were born with can have multiple obstacles and adjustments to deal with in their lives," Beard said. "They often feel very isolated and alone."

"To add to this, many in the transgendered community must cope with the additional issues of being transgendered and living in rural, Appalachian areas," Phillips said. "There is a need for support for these people in our area and my hope is that this group provides a safe, supportive environment for them to discuss, process and gain guidance on important issues related to being transgendered."

"Society tends to categorize people according to their race, gender and religion," Alsulaiman said. "Being placed in certain categories could cause a person to experience discrimination by others in the society. Likewise, those who identify as transgendered are often living in our society but don't feel like they easily go into the category of 'male' or 'female' and this could be harder to deal with."

"To add to these feelings of not 'fitting in,' those in the transgendered community are often 'lumped together' with the gay and lesbian population, even though they are often dealing with different issues," Beard added. "We hope that this group will help those dealing with transgender concerns consider issues that they might not have thought about that will need to be dealt with as they become more comfortable with themselves and become the gender they feel they should be."

Those interested in the group may contact Phillips by phone at (304) 696-2772, option 2, extension 22773 or via e-mail at carpenter112@marshall.edu; Alsulaiman by e-mail at hend33@gmail.com; or the Marshall University Psychology Clinic by phone at 304-696-2772. 

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Wednesday February 22, 2012
Contact: Lalena Price, University Communciations,, 304-746-1989

Japan Today: After the earthquake

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will present a documentary on the rebuilding of the Iwate prefecture of Japan after the devastating earthquake that crippled the region nearly one year ago in March.

"Wave: Restart from the Rubble" will be shown Monday, Feb. 27, in the basement of the Memorial Student Center, Room BE5, at 4 p.m. After the showing there will be a reception and a special musical performance. The event is free and open to the public and is presented by the Japanese Program in the Department of Modern Languages, College of Liberal Arts, MU Japan Club and the Japan Outreach Coordinator with support from the West Virginia Department of Education, the Consulate General of Japan, the Japan Foundation of New York and the Toyota Foundation of West Virginia.

Dr. Natsuki Anderson, associate professor and coordinator of the Japanese Program, said she is pleased to bring this documentary to the Marshall community, particularly for those who supported the people of Japan during and after the tragedy.

"When Japan experienced the Tohoku Kanto earthquake, the horrible event made us rethink nuclear plants around the world," Anderson said. "It also connected people in many ways to support the affected people in Japan. At Marshall University, disaster relief events were held by our Japan Club and many people in the community joined us."

Anderson said that in one of those efforts a Japanese company with an office in Barboursville, Nippon Tungsten U.S.A., donated funding to make special T-shirts for the Japan Club to sell to raise funds.

"Now I hope we can show some appreciation to all of the people who care about Japan through the presentation of this special event," Anderson said.

"Wave: Restart from the Rubble," which was provided by the Consulate General of Japan, will be followed by a reception and a performance of Koto music by Yumi Kurosawa. Kurosawa, is a native of Japan who plays both 13 and 20-string Koto. The musician has toured in Canada, Germany, Malaysia, Russia and the United States.

"I hope many people on campus and in the community can attend this special event and continue to support Japan in many different ways," Anderson said.

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Wednesday February 22, 2012
Contact: Debby Stoler, Career Services,, 304-696-6679

More than 60 employers expected to attend spring Career Expo

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Career Services will conduct its annual Spring Career Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room on the Huntington campus. The event is open to all Marshall students, faculty and alumni.  Recruiters will be sharing information on part-time, full-time and internship positions.

More than 60 employers are expected to have recruiters at the event, representing the areas of customer service, IT/computer science, health care, media sales, insurance/financial services, corrections, retail management and many others. A continually updated list of employers planning to attend the Career Expo is available online at https://marshall-csm.symplicity.com/events.

Denise Hogsett, director of Career Services, said students are encouraged to dress professionally and come prepared with multiple copies of their resumes. Hogsett said even if students are not looking for a job, attending the expo presents an excellent networking opportunity.

In preparation for the event, the "Resume Doctor," Senior Career Counselor Mirek Bialk of Career Services, will be reviewing resumes for students from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28,  in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center.  No appointment is necessary.

Questions about the event may be directed to  Debby Stoler in Career Services by phone at 304-696-6679 or by e-mail to stolerd@marshall.edu or to the Career Services front desk by phone at 304-696-2370 or by e-mail at career-services@marshall.edu.  


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Wednesday February 22, 2012
Contact: Dr. Keith Beard, Director, Psychology Clinic,, 304-696-2781

Psychology Clinic to address men's body image concerns

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Psychology Clinic will offer a group for men with body image problems, said Dr. Keith Beard, professor of psychology at Marshall and director of the clinic. 

Body image is an issue that can affect men as well as women, Beard said. Our views about our bodies can have a negative impact on variety of areas, including self-esteem and relationships.

"We often hear about the impact that the media have on women and their body image," Beard said. "Men are also bombarded with images and messages about how they should look. This can create a lot of pressure, stress, depression and anxiety for certain men."

"This is a great opportunity for men to talk in a safe environment about an issue that is very common, although rarely addressed," said Nathan Brusich, one of the group facilitators.

The group is open to men from the community as well as the Marshall community.  It will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m., beginning in early March. The group will continue for 8 weeks.  Those who are interested should contact the Marshall University Psychology Clinic by phone at 304-696-2772 or e-mail Brusich at brusich@marshall.edu for further information.

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Wednesday February 22, 2012
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts,, 304-696-3296

Art faculty members' work on display in 'OH + 5'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Two members of the Marshall University Department of Art and Design have been chosen to show their work in an art exhibition in Ohio.

Daniel Kaufmann and Frederick Bartolovic, both assistant professors, are represented in the Dairy Barn Arts Center's OH + 5 exhibition in Athens, Ohio.

"As an artist, I think it is important to stay active and show your work as much as possible," Kaufmann said. 

Bartolovic said since he just started teaching at Marshall last fall, he had been trying to find more places to exhibit his work.

"I have been trying to find the more prestigious venues locally to exhibit and sell my artwork," Bartolovic said. "The Dairy Barn is definitely one of them, hosting juried shows regularly for all different kinds of work."

According to the show's website, OH + 5 is a biennial juried art exhibition that includes all art media. It features artists from Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Bartolovic said there were about 250 entries submitted to the show, and only 63 pieces were accepted. There were three people on the jury panel.

"The piece I submitted was a piece titled 'Divided,' created in 2010," Bartolovic said. "It is a sculptural wall hanging from a series of work which attempts to visually discuss ideas of order versus chaos. In this particular piece, chaos seems to be crowding in on order and structure."

Kaufmann said he presented a series of photographs that document the Superfund site around the state of West Virginia.

"I am very happy to be part of the exhibition," Kaufmann said. "The show as a whole showed a wide range of very strong and interesting work."

The exhibit started Jan. 13 and ends March 10.


Photo: "Divided," by Marshall art and design faculty member Frederick Bartolovic, is on display in the OH + 5 exhibition in Athens, Ohio.

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Monday February 20, 2012
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts,, 304-696-3296

Music students receive recognition for superior performance

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Approximately 170 individual performers and small ensembles at the elementary and secondary school levels from Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo and Wayne counties participated in West Virginia Music Educators Association Region 2 Solo and Ensemble Festival Saturday, Feb. 11. The event was hosted by the Marshall University Department of Music on the university's Huntington campus.

"This is a chance for students to learn and display their individual musicianship," said Dr. Michael Stroeher, Marshall professor of music and festival coordinator. "Performing by yourself rather than as part of a large group is another level of ability. It takes a lot of hard work, preparation, and even courage. I congratulate everyone who participated, and especially the teachers who helped them. This was by far the best festival we've had since I've been running it, both in the number of participants and the number of superior ratings."

The following students received certificates for superior performance:

Village of Barboursville Elementary School
Bilen Zeric, Piano Solo
Eleni Zeric, Piano Solo

Beverly Hills Middle School
Heather Petrie, Trumpet Solo

Cabell Midland High School
Ben Morris, Alto Sax Solo
Saxophone Quartet
Katie Morrison, Euphonium Solo;
Alaina Krantz, Vocal Solo

Ceredo-Kenova Middle School
Wright and Frasher, Alto Sax Duet
Allison Cruz, Oboe Solo
Hayden Wright, Alto Sax Solo
Kady Caudill, Clarinet Solo
Brown and Porter, Alto Sax Duet
Katelyn Hensley, Flute Solo
Laken Jarrell, Vocal Solo
Taylor Perdue, Vocal Solo
O'Bryan, Holley, Wellman, Trombone Trio
Paige Waller, Baritone Solo
Abby Chaffins, Trumpet Solo
Cobb and Brumfield  Trumpet Duet

Chapmanville High School
Chamber Choir
Women's Ensemble

Lincoln County High School
Allyson Ashworth, Bass Clarinet Solo
Emily Madden, Flute Solo
Cooper/Hager/Kirkendoll/Dunlap, Brass Quartet
Hildreth and Hager, Brass Duet
Ashleigh Adkins, Trumpet Solo
Shelby Hildreth, Trumpet Duet
Dustin Cooper, Euphonium Solo
Caleb Cook, Marimba Solo

New Haven Elementary School
Tiger Music Ensembles One, Two, and Three

Our Lady of Fatima School
Mary Piaskowski, Flute Solo
Bojena Gross, Clarinet Solo
Araam Karimpour, Clarinet Solo
Emily Bannon, Trombone Solo
Tom Piaskowski, Clarinet Solo
Woodward and Gross, Woodwind Duet
Kelci Parker, Clarinet Solo
Olivia Woodward, Clarinet Solo
Jacob Gross, Saxophone Solo
Woodward and Olishirazi, Wind Duet
Emily Branam, Trombone Solo
Stanley Mattam, Trombone Solo
Grace Adkins, Trumpet Solo
Christopher Simoni, Trombone Solo

Point Pleasant High School
Watson/Bateman/Smith, Flute Trio
Olivia Pyles, Flute Solo
Salyers and Birchfield, Clarinet Duet
Fultz/Hernandez/Abedlla, Saxophone Trio
Fisher and Fisher, Trumpet Duet
Katie Moody, Trumpet Solo
Josie Fisher, Trumpet Solo
Brook Fisher, Trumpet Solo
Three Steel Pan Ensembles

Spring Valley High School
Tiffani Elliott, Clarinet Solo
Mary Milam, Clarinet Solo
Hallie Trader, Alto Sax Solo
Lucy Ward, Alto Sax Solo
Makayla Gilkerson, Clarinet Solos
Adam O'Neal, Baritone and Tenor Sax Sax Solos
Shelby Napier, Flute Solo
Flute Ensemble
Edan May, Soprano Solo
Megan Jordan, Soprano Solo
Samuel McGuffin, Baritone Solo
Levi Kelly, Baritone Solo
Colten Brumfield, Trumpet Solo
Austin Caldwell, Trumpet Solo
Matt Bailey, Trombone Solo
Anthony Reynolds, Tuba Solo
Dunn/May/Houdyschell, Horn Trio
Brass Quintet

Tug Valley High School
Michael Messer, Snare Drum Solo

Wahama High School
Cadence Weaver, Alto Sax Solo
Kaylor and Weaver, Alto Sax Duet
Jourdan Scott, Trumpet Solo
Steven Gibbs, Snare Drum Solo

Wayne High School
Olivia Watson, Alto Solo
Cera Holland, Alto Solo

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Friday February 17, 2012
Contact: Maurice Cooley, Director, Center for African American Students' Programs,, 304-696-5430

BRAIN STORM! game show features African American trivia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - BRAIN STORM!, a team trivia game show based entirely on African American trivia, is coming to Marshall University's Huntington campus on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

The production, presented to Marshall by Simplified Entertainment of New York, begins at 7 p.m. in room BE5 of the Memorial Student Center. It is sponsored by Marshall's Center for African American Students' Programs and helps promote February as African American History Month.

During the trivia game show, the entire audience plays at the same time. A 10-foot video screen displays the questions for all to see. A flashy stage display with an energetic host keeps the action going while the audience uses remote control handsets.

Participants "brainstorm" it out for the best answer. Categories include politics, medicine, drama, television, music, sports and others. Students and community groups are encouraged to form their own teams of four to eight participants.

Church groups, friendship groups, clubs, fraternities, sororities, class groups, student organizations and residence halls are examples of possible participants. It is free to play, and the winning teams receive cash prizes.

For more information, persons visit the Center for African American Students' Programs in room 1W25 of the Memorial Student Center or call Director Maurice Cooley at 304-696-5430.

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Friday February 17, 2012
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, 304-746-2038

Marshall announces top-scoring freshmen on Collegiate Learning Assessment

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Last September, 101 Marshall University freshmen voluntarily took the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA), a test that measures students' critical thinking, analytic reasoning, problem solving and written communication skills.

Dr. Mary Reynolds, director of assessment at Marshall, said the CLA is an open-ended test in which the students do a lot of writing and solve real-world problems.

The following students were among those who scored the highest on the test. They are listed in alphabetical order with their hometowns, majors and colleges:

Tyler  A.  Bonnett Crab Orchard W.Va. Physics College of Science Cassidy    Dutcher Kenova W.Va. English College of Liberal Arts Katherine  A.  Erich Franklin Pa. Biological Sciences College of Science Alexandra  J.  Franke Reynoldsburg Ohio Public Relations School of Journalism
and Mass Communications Danielle  N.  Gallagher Buffalo W.Va. Secondary Education/Biology College of Education/
College of Science Glen  S.  Godby III Saint Albans W.Va. Biological Sciences College of Science Joshua  A.  Leonard Milton W.Va. Biological Sciences College of Science Jesse  C.  Lewis Huntington W.Va. Biological Sciences College of Science Anna  E.  Schutt Spencer W.Va. Anthropology/
Biological Sciences College of Liberal Arts/
College of Science Hayli  J.  Swartz Minford Ohio Biological Sciences College of Science Allison  R.  Van Diest Inwood W.Va. History College of Liberal Arts

For more information, contact Reynolds at 304-696-2987.

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Friday February 17, 2012
Contact: Leah Clark Payne, Public Affairs Director, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy,, 304-691-1713

Marshall University School of Medicine provides specialty care in Mingo County

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. Marshall University School of Medicine physicians will begin providing specialty health care later this month at the Larry Joe Harless Community and Health Center in Gilbert as part of a state-wide initiative to deliver health care to the most rural parts of West Virginia.

Dr. Melissa Lester, an interventional cardiologist, is scheduled to begin seeing patients Friday, Feb. 24. Interventional cardiology applies non-surgical techniques to diagnose and treat certain conditions that affect the heart.

Lester is a southern West Virginia native who graduated from the Pikeville School of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed an internal medicine residency at Charleston Area Medical Center followed by a cardiology fellowship at Marshall and also an interventional cardiology fellowship at the University of Louisville.

In addition to Lester's monthly visits, the School of Medicine will also send an endocrinologist every month.   Endocrinologists are specialists in the treatment of diseases like diabetes as well as gland issues including the thyroid.

"We are such a rural community and it's difficult for our residents, particularly our elderly, to get to the larger cities to see a specialist," said Cheryl Mitchem, executive director of the Harless Center.  "This is an exciting time for our center and our region."

The Harless Health Center is a collaborative partnership that includes West Virginia University School of Medicine, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Marshall University School of Medicine, the town of Gilbert, and the Harless Center to provide  health services to the region.

"The School of Medicine at Marshall University is committed to providing health care in the most rural areas of our state.  It's part of our mission," said Jennifer Plymale, Director of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Rural Health.  "In addition to the medical care we will be providing area residents, this location will also provide an opportunity for our internal medicine residents to experience rural medicine."

The U.S. Department of Health Resources and Service Administration awarded the center nearly $3 million in 2010 to help renovate the community center to create the health care clinic.  The funding request was spearheaded by the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd.

For more information or to schedule appointments contact Mitchem at 304-664-2500, ext. 102.

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Thursday February 16, 2012
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964

Applications being accepted for undergraduate research fellowships

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is now accepting applications for the 2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) fellowship program.

SURE will support undergraduate researchers over a 10-week period from May 14 through July 27.The program has been conducted at Marshall since 2005, and is funded through the West Virginia Research Challenge Fund, administered by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, Division of Science and Research. The SURE program is designed specifically to enable West Virginia undergraduate students to work in labs at Marshall. Each student will receivea stipend of $4,000 plus support for travel.

"Anyone who is an undergraduate in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields at Marshall University is eligible to perform research at Marshall through the SURE program," said Dr. Michael Norton, professor of chemistry and director of the university's SURE program.

Last summer, a number of Marshall students received SURE fellowships, including Kevin Adkins, (chemistry), Emily Beckelhimer (biology), Sumaiya Chaudhry (biology), Lori Coyner (biology), John Cuchta (geology), Megan Graham (biology), Evan Riley (chemistry), Margaret Stephens (biology), Erica Thompson (integrated science and technology), Megan Welch (integrated science and technology) and Benjamin Woodworth (biology). Summaries of past SURE students' projects are available on the SURE website atwww.marshall.edu/SURE.

Application forms are available on the website and will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24.

For additional information, contact Norton by phone at (304) 696-6627 or by e-mail at norton@marshall.edu.

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Thursday February 16, 2012
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, 304-746-2038

Area high school seniors and juniors at Marshall for Engineering Career Day

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Huntington post of the Society of American Military Engineers will host Engineering Career Day (ECD) for approximately 140 high school seniors and juniors from the tri-state area on Thursday, Feb. 23, at Marshall University on the Huntington campus.


ECD also will attract about 100 teachers, industry leaders, engineering professionals and military officers. Congressman Nick J. Rahall, D-W.Va., will give the keynote speech during lunch, which begins at noon.


Jeff Huffman, an assistant professor of engineering at Marshall and faculty adviser for the student chapter of SAME-ASCE (a dual chapter involved with both the Society of American Military Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers), said a select audience of students will attend the event.  "This a great opportunity for high school students to learn about careers in engineering and Marshall University's engineering program," Huffman said. 


ECD is part of National Engineers Week, which takes place Feb. 19-25. All ECD events will take place in Marshall's Memorial Student Center, as follows:


8:15-8:55 a.m.         Registration

9:00-9:15 a.m.         Opening Ceremony and Welcome by Dr. Stephen J. Kopp,

                                Marshall University President

9:15 a.m.-Noon       Concurrent Workshops

Session 1:    3-D Laser Scanning

                    Darius Hensley, PE, Woolpert Inc.

Session 2:    West Point Bridge Design - ASCE

                    Jerry Elkins, TRC Solutions

                    Jason Merritt, EECPSC

Session 3:    Robotics in Manufacturing

                    Toyota Motor Manufacturing

Session 4:    Exhibits

                    Presented by local engineering employers and universities

Noon                       Luncheon

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Wednesday February 15, 2012
Contact: Burnis Morris, School of Journalism and Mass Communications,, 304-696-4635

Visiting historian to discuss discovered Carter Woodson manuscript

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Daryl Michael Scott, a Howard University historian, will be on Marshall University's Huntington campus next week to discuss his discovery of a lost manuscript by Dr. Carter G. Woodson.

The event will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in room BE5 of the Memorial Student Center. It is free and open to the public. A reception, sponsored by the MU Information Technology Library Associates, will follow.

Scott, who is also vice president of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (founded by Woodson in 1915), will discuss how he discovered the manuscript in a storage container about five years ago and authenticated it.

Scott's visit is being sponsored by the Marshall's School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Division of Multicultural Affairs, Center for African American Students' Programs, and African and African American Studies program, as well as the MU Information Technology Library Associates and the Cabell County Schools. While in Huntington, Scott also will make a presentation to social studies teachers and students at Huntington High School.

Woodson was a graduate of Douglass High School in Huntington and later served as the school's principal, as well as dean of what is now West Virginia State University. He was the second African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University and the only offspring of former slaves to receive a doctorate in history from any university. Widely known as the "father of African American history," Woodson came up with the idea for Negro History Week in 1926, which is now Black History Month. In addition to founding the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, he started the influential "Journal of Negro History" in 1916.

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Wednesday February 15, 2012
Contact: Tracy Straub, Office of Development,, 304-696-6214

Marshall staff making its dollar HERD through Family Campaign

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Family Campaign has surpassed the halfway mark of its $100,000 goal by raising $72,000 with fewer than six months left in the campaign. University officials are optimistic that faculty and staff will step up to the challenge and give.

"Employees can support the area of their choice," said Christine Anderson, assistant vice president for development. "From helping students to caring for our beautiful Huntington campus, each gift makes a difference."

The Marshall University Foundation Inc., which is the fundraising arm for the university, currently has 75 percent of its own employees who are donors to the family campaign.

"Each gift reflects a sincere belief in the work being done at Marshall. It's a vote of confidence in the university and its future," Anderson said.

All gifts are tax deductible as permitted by law and also qualify a donor for the benefits of the Marshall University Alumni Association.

For more information, visit www.marshall.edu/foundation/family.php, call 304-696-6214, or contact Tracy Straub, program director, scholarships and donor relations, in the office of development by phone at 304-696-6781 or by e-mail at Straub5@marshall.edu.

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Wednesday February 15, 2012
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964

Cancer researchers to lead sessions at upcoming biosciences conferences

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University cancer researchers Dr. Pier Paolo Claudio and Dr. Piyali Dasgupta have been invited to lead sessions at two upcoming international conferences.

Claudio, who is an associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, will lead a session, "Cancer Biology and Therapy," as part of the World Molecular & Cell Biology Online Conference later this month.

The conference will feature more than 60 professors and researchers giving oral presentations during 14 sessions spread over three days.

Claudio, who directs a laboratory in the new Charles H. McKown, M.D., Translational Genomic Research Institute at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center, will also give a talk, "Developing an Effective Targeted Gene Therapy System for Prostate Cancer with the Potential to Translate from the Laboratory to the Clinic," during the program.

Research in Claudio's lab focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms governing the development of cancers to help develop new strategies for treatment.

Dasgupta, an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacol­ogy, Physiology and Toxicology, will co-chair a minisymposium titled "Modeling Cancer:  Biological and Therapeutic Implications" at the Experimental Biology Conference to be held in San Diego in April.

The annual conference draws more than 14,000 scientists and exhibitors from universities, government agencies, private corporations and non-profit organizations.

Dasgupta's research examines how the components of tobacco can promote the progression of lung cancer. In 2011, she was recognized with the university's "John and Frances Rucker Graduate Advisor Award."

For more information, contact Claudio at (304) 696-3516 or claudiop@marshall.edu, or Dasgupta at (304) 696-3612 or dasgupta@marshall.edu.

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Wednesday February 15, 2012
Contact: Maurice Cooley, Director, Center for African American Students' Programs,, 304-696-6705

Annual Soul Food Feast is Sunday, Feb. 26, at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The annual Soul Food Feast, a gathering to socialize and experience the soulful taste of traditional African American foods prepared by local chefs, takes place Sunday, Feb. 26, at Marshall University.

Maurice Cooley, director of the Center for African American Students' Programs at MU, said the Soul Food Feast starts at 2 p.m. in the John Marshall Dining Room, which is located on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's Huntington campus.

"It is a joyful time to celebrate the spirit of love while enjoying  the company  and conversation with family, friends, faculty, students and others from throughout the community, enhanced by some of the most appetizing and traditional African American dishes," Cooley said.

The buffet will include chitterlings, crispy fried chicken, barbequed ribs, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, candied yams, potato salad, beverages and an assortment of tasty desserts.

Tickets for the event, which is open to the public, are $12 for adults and $6 for students of all ages. Tickets are available at the door, but also may be purchased in advance at the center's office, which is located in room 1W25 in the Memorial Student Center.

For more information, persons may contact Marshall's Center for African American Students' Programs by phone at 304-696-6705 or Cooley by e-mail at cooley@marshall.edu.

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Tuesday February 14, 2012
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964

Four computer science students selected for national supercomputing program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Four Marshall University undergraduates are among 90 students nationwide who have been selected to participate in the 2011-2012 EPSCoR Cyberinfrastructure Student Engagement Program.

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), the year-long program is designed to provide students opportunities to learn more about cyberinfrastructure a term commonly used to refer to computational systems, data and information management, visualization environments and people, all linked together by collaborative software and advanced networks.

In the program, students will study high-performance and high-throughput computing, virtual organizations, data mining, data management, file systems/storage, visualization, networking and cloud services. The goal is to help them understand the potential of technology and supercomputing to enhance learning and research, and to train them to serve as cyberinfrastructure ambassadors on their own campuses.

The Marshall students selected to participate include Alex King, a senior from Fairmont; Mitchell Browning, a senior from Poca; Finley Hammond, a senior from Huntington; and Brandon Posey, a sophomore from Scott Depot. All four are computer science majors.

Dr. Paulus Wahjudi, assistant professor of computer science at Marshall, said, "Having four students selected for this program is testimony to the quality of our program and our students. This is a great opportunity for them. They are excited to get started and we look forward to having them contribute to our cyberinfrastructure community here at Marshall."

Dr. John Maher, Marshall's vice president for research, said, "Marshall has one of the most powerful computing clusters available at any institution in the region, so having our students prepared to take full advantage of the opportunities it presents is vital. I congratulate our students for being selected."

Participants will receive full financial support for the program, including travel expenses to attend an orientation meeting at Clemson University later this month and an end-of-year finale. Students also will participate in bimonthly webinars through September. Successful completion of the training program will qualify them for an expense-paid trip to SC12, an international supercomputing conference to be held in November in Salt Lake City.

For more information, contact Wahjudi at wahjudi@marshall.edu or (304) 696-5443.

To learn more about EPSCoR in West Virginia, visit www.wvresearch.org.

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Monday February 13, 2012
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964

Scientist receives $60,000 grant to explore link between obesity and cancer

 HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A Marshall University researcher has been awarded a one-year, $60,000 grant from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Foundation.

The grant to Dr. Travis Salisbury, an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Toxicology at the university's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, will help further his work to better understand the connections between obesity and cancer.

According to Salisbury, epidemiological reports have shown that obesity increases human risk for several types of cancers but scientists are not really sure why. His lab is exploring one possibility.

"Our data shows that adipocytes, or fat cells, secrete factors that stimulate human breast cancer cells to grow rapidly," said Salisbury. "We have discovered that blocking the activity of a specific receptor the aryl hydrocarbon receptor or AHR in the cancer cells reduces their capacity for growth in an adipocyte-rich environment."

He said the study funded through the grant will focus on this link between adipocyte-supported cancer growth and the AHR.

"For several decades, AHR has been studied for its roles in toxicology; however, our recent work suggests that this receptor could be a new therapeutic target for treating cancer in the context of obesity," he said. "It is quite exciting to think that our findings will provide not only a better understanding of the relationship between obesity and increased cancer risk, but may also suggest future treatments for cancer."

For more information, contact Salisbury at salisburyt@marshall.edu or (304) 696-7314.

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Thursday February 9, 2012
Contact: Leah Clark Payne, Public Affairs Director, Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine,, 304-691-1713

Marshall University Physicians & Surgeons announces promotions

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - University Physicians & Surgeons (UP&S) and Dr. Robert Nerhood, interim dean of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University (SOM), have announced the promotions of several executive leaders. The promotions were effective Jan. 2.

  • Beth "Buffy" Hammers, Executive Director. Hammers has more than 20 years of experience with UP&S, having held numerous positions from graduate student to director of compliance & risk management and chief operating officer. She is a two-time Marshall University graduate, having completed both her bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration. As executive director Hammers will serve as the chief administrative officer for both the School of Medicine and UP&S. The following members of the executive team will assist her:

    • Joshua Dorsey, Chief Operating Officer. Dorsey most recently served as department administrator for Orthopaedics. He has a bachelor's degree in Health Services Management from the University of Kentucky and a master's in Health Administration from the Ohio State University. As chief operating officer, Dorsey will manage daily operations of UP&S and the School of Medicine including all facilities, clinic operations, human resources, purchasing and related operational functions.

    • Michael McCarthy, Chief Information Officer. McCarthy will continue in his role as CIO for both the School of Medicine and UP&S, coordinating all information technology support, including network and communications support systems and hardware and software applications support. McCarthy is a 20-plus-year veteran with Marshall and is a two-time Marshall graduate with both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree. He was a Yeager Scholar as an undergraduate.

    • John M. "Matt" Straub, Chief Financial Officer. Straub most recently served as director of patient accounting and revenue management and as surgery department administrator. He holds two degrees from Marshall University, both a bachelor's and a master's in business administration. He also is a certified public accountant. Straub will lead the financial accounting, reporting, budgeting and all associated activities for both the School of Medicine and UP&S.

    University Physicians and Surgeons is a multi-specialty group practice with more than 200 medical providers. With more than a dozen facilities, including the Marshall University Medical Center on the campus of Cabell Huntington Hospital, the physicians and staff of UP&S are committed to excellence - excellence in medical education and excellence in patient care.

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Wednesday February 8, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall student advances to Hollywood Week competition on American Idol

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Chase Likens, a Marshall University student, has advanced to Hollywood Week on American Idol. Hollywood Week airs tonight and Thursday on WVAH-11, beginning at 8 p.m. each day.

Likens, a junior from Point Pleasant, said he is uncertain if or when his Hollywood Week performance will be televised.

"We only know once it's shown," he said.

Likens is a theater performance major at Marshall. He sings country music.

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Wednesday February 8, 2012
Contact: Leah Clark Payne, Public Affairs Director, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy,, 304-691-1713

Marshall University School of Pharmacy reaches next step toward accreditation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University School of Pharmacy (SOP) has been granted an on-site evaluation visit by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), moving the School of Pharmacy forward in the accreditation process.

Dr. Kevin Yingling, dean of the School of Pharmacy, Dr. Glenn Anderson, associate dean of academic affairs, and Dr. John Schloss, chairman of the department of pharmaceutical sciences and research,  presented the university's pre-candidate application proposal to the ACPE's Board of Directors in late January and Marshall was formally notified of the Board's favorable decision this week. The site visit is scheduled to occur in late spring.

"Marshall University continues to move ahead with a cohesive, well-conceived plan for the School of Pharmacy. The action taken by the ACPE Board is very affirming in this regard," said Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp.  "I commend Dr. Kevin Yingling and our faculty and administrators for their hard work toward establishing what will become one of the region's finest pharmacy programs. The progress that has been achieved is certainly very exciting, and we can all take pride in the noteworthy successes that have been achieved."

Yingling said this is great news for the School of Pharmacy and the entire region.

"We are continuing to hire faculty, prepare our facilities, develop policies and curriculum, and of course, interview prospective students," he said.

The comprehensive visit, and subsequently its approval to continue, is the final step in the pre-candidate accreditation process, allowing the School of Pharmacy to begin its classes this fall. Pre-candidate accreditation status denotes a developmental program, which is expected to mature according to the ACPE's plans and timetable. The accreditation process also includes two other major phases, candidate accreditation status and full accreditation status, which will culminate with the graduation of the first class.

Applications for the first class are being accepted until March 1.   For more information visit the school's website, http://www.marshall.edu/pharmacy.

For further information contact Leah Clark Payne at 304-691-1713.

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Tuesday February 7, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Cleopatra latest subject for Body Shots presentation at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Body Shots VI: Cleopatra will be presented in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre, located inside the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1.

The performance will be preceded at 7 p.m. by a reception and an art show in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center featuring works by Marshall students and faculty. Admission to the reception, art show and Cleopatra performance is free to the public.

Now in its sixth year, Body Shots continues to be a unique collaborative effort involving Marshall students and faculty from across disciplines exploring themes relating to gender and the body, according to Greta Rensenbrink, director of Women's Studies at Marshall.

"This year we have participants from Classics, Psychology, Political Science, Fine Arts and Design and English, among others," Rensenbrink said. "Performers will use a host of creative forms - prose, theater, performance art, painting and sculpture - to explore the many faces of the legendary Egyptian queen."

Rensenbrink said Cleopatra is an endlessly fascinating and complicated historical and cultural figure, making her a perfect subject for Body Shots. 

Body Shots is sponsored by the Department of Art and Design, Women's Studies, the Women's Center, the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of History.

For more information, contact Rensenbrink by phone at 304-696-2955 or by e-mail at rensenbrink@marshall.edu.

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Tuesday February 7, 2012
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964

Technology Transfer Office to present international patent seminar

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Technology Transfer Office will present a free seminar focusing on international patent protection from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. this Thursday, Feb. 9, in Room 349 of the Drinko Library on Marshall's campus in Huntington.

The session will be led by attorney Terry Wright of the firm Stites & Harbison PLLC in Louisville, Ky. He is one of 16 registered patent attorneys at the firm and is a member of the Intellectual Property and Technology Service Group. His practice focuses on patent‐related aspects of intellectual property, including patent drafting, patent prosecution, and counseling clients about infringement, validity and patentability.

Wright has a background in life sciences and experience with academic research in the areas of cardiovascular biology, molecular and cellular biology, pharmacology and biotechnology. He counsels companies and university technology transfer/licensing offices regarding strategies for protecting patent‐based intellectual property.

The program is free but reservations are requested. Send reservations to tto@marshall.edu. For more information, contact Amy Melton at 304-696-4365.

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Tuesday February 7, 2012
Contact: Elizabeth A. Ayers, M.S.,, Public Information Officer, Cabell-Huntington Health Department , 304-523-6483

Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) clinic at Marshall Feb. 13

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Cabell-Huntington Health Department will have a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) clinic at Marshall University from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13.

This free STD testing will include urine screening for gonorrhea and chlamydia and oral HIV testing (no-needle testing).  Call 304-696-6839 to make an appointment and to find out the location of the clinic.

This clinic is for people who want screening only.  No physical exams will be performed.  Someone having symptoms should see his or her doctor or go to the Health Department at 2 p.m. Tuesdays or 2 p.m. Thursdays.

Any sexually active person can become infected with an STD.  Symptoms may or may not be present which is why routine testing is highly recommended.   

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Monday February 6, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Fiction writer Donald Ray Pollock to read from his work at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Fiction writer Donald Ray Pollock will read from his work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Shawkey Room of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Pollock's novel, The Devil All the Time, has recently been published by Random House and has been praised in reviews by The New York Times, The Washington Post, the LA Times and others. USA Today raves: "Donald Ray Pollock's terrifying new novel is an unsettling masterwork."

His first book of short stories, Knockemstiff, won the 2009 PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship.  His work has appeared in The New York Times, Third Coast, The Journal, Sou'wester, River Styx, Boulevard, Folio, Granta, Washington Square  and The Berkeley Fiction Review

Pollock grew up in southern Ohio, in a holler named Knockemstiff.  He dropped out of high school at 17 to work in a meat packing plant, and then spent 32 years employed in a paper mill in Chillicothe, Ohio, where he still lives and teaches writing.

The Marshall University Visiting Writers Series recently announced its spring schedule of author appearances. In addition to Pollock, authors to appear include West Virginia writer Jayne Anne Phillips and poet Kathryn Kirkpatrick.  Series Coordinator Prof. Art Stringer says this spring's events "highlight the power of stories" and offer a rich variety of voices.

For more information, call Stringer at 304-696-2403.

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Monday February 6, 2012
Contact: Angela Holley, , 304-696-2201

Marshall to host College Goal Sunday event Feb. 12

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Huntington campus will be among the hosts of the 3rd annual College Goal Sunday event in West Virginia from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, in the Community and Technical College building (Mountwest Community and Technical College). Workshops also will be offered at 18 other locations across the state, including Marshall's Mid-Ohio Valley Center in Point Pleasant.

Anyone who plans to attend a two-year or four-year college in the next 12 months can (and should) attend a College Goal Sunday workshop, said Angela L. Holley, director of Marshall's Heart of Appalachia Talent Search Program. The workshops are open to everyone, regardless of age or income. High school seniors, current college students and adults who want to go to college may attend. Registration is not required but is encouraged to help alleviate wait times for those attending.

College Goal Sunday is an opportunity for students and families to get free help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Local financial aid professionals will offer one-on-one, confidential support to anyone planning to attend college.

Persons may visit www.cfwv.com for details, including locations and a list of what to bring.

College Goal Sunday is staffed by professionals who will maintain the confidentiality and security of families' financial records, Holley said. College Goal Sunday is coordinated by the College Foundation of West Virginia, the West Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the YMCA, GEAR UP and TRiO. 

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Friday February 3, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

WMUL students receive 10 awards in AVA Awards Competition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from WMUL-FM, Marshall University's public radio station, received four Platinum Awards, four Gold Awards and two Honorable Mention Awards in the International AVA Awards 2011 Competition.

The winners were named in a letter dated Friday, Jan. 13, from Arlington, Texas.   This marks WMUL-FM's first time competing in this particular contest and all 10 entries received some type of recognition.

The AVA Awards contest is an international competition that recognizes outstanding creative professionals involved in the concept, direction, design and production of media that are part of the evolution of digital communication.  Work ranges from audio and video productions, to websites that present interactive components such as animation, blogs and podcasts - to interactive social media sites - to other forms of user-generated communication.

The AVA's prestigious Platinum Award is presented to those entries judged to be among the most outstanding submissions in the competition. The Gold Award is presented to those entries judged to exceed the high standards of the industry.  Honorable Mention certificates are granted to those entries that meet the expectations of the judges. 

"These AVA Awards are a tribute to the continual quality and commitment to the news and sports coverage, creative programming, station promotion, and having an online presence that our broadcast students exhibit in competition with professional practitioners," said Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, professor of Radio - Television Production and Management in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University and faculty manager of WMUL-FM.

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

  • Newscast: "The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," broadcast Friday, Oct. 1, 2010. The students who participated in the newscast were Robert Iddings, a recent graduate from St. Albans, producer; Leannda Carey, a graduate student from Wellsburg, anchor; Adam Cavalier, a recent master's graduate from Montgomery, anchor; and Jimmy Sanders, a senior from Stroudsburg, Pa., sports anchor.

  • Radio Sports Program: "Herd Roundup," broadcast and made available online Friday, April 29, 2011. The students who participated in "Herd Roundup" were Adam Cavalier, co-host and producer, and Aaron Payne, a senior from Winfield, co-host and producer.

  • Promo: "Tenth Annual Car Bash," an in-house promotional announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM's Promotion Announcement rotation from Tuesday, Oct. 11 through Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, written and produced by Aaron Payne.

  • Overall website: WMUL-FM's website is www.marshall.edu/wmul. The 2011 webmaster for WMUL-FM Online was Tyler Kes, a junior from Burnsville, Minn.

The Gold Award-winning entries are in the following categories:

  • Radio Regularly Scheduled Program: "Mecha Colossus, Episode 5," a comedy program broadcast Tuesday, April 26, 2011, written and produced by Morgan Shillingburg, a recent graduate from Charleston, and Aaron Payne.

  • Sports Package: "The Mitch Express," written and produced by Adam Cavalier, was broadcast during the "Tournament of State Champions" from Mitch Stadium in Kenova, W.Va., Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010.

  • Promo: "Word on the Street," an in-house promotional announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM's Promotion Announcement rotation from Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, through the present time, written and produced by Aaron Payne.

  • Sports Play-By-Play: WMUL-FM's broadcast of the Marshall University versus Bowling Green State University football game played at Doyt Perry Stadium in Bowling Green, Ohio, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010.  The students calling the game were football play-by-play announcer Adam Cavalier; color commentator Robert Iddings; and engineer Scott Hall, a graduate from Stephens City, Va.

The Honorable Mention Award-winning entries are in the following categories:

  • News package: "Coping with Disaster:  Montcoal, West Virginia," by Leannda Carey, broadcast in the 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" and made available online Friday, April 9, 2010.
  • Sports package: "Facing the 3-3 Stack," by Leannda Carey, broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Friday, Sept. 10, 2010.

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Friday February 3, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

3rd Annual Financial Aid Awareness Week to take place at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Office of Student Financial Assistance will present a week of programs and events regarding financial aid beginning Monday, Feb. 6. Included will be advice, reminders about financial aid filing deadlines, information on ways to receive aid and other information to assist with college financial aid planning and money skills.

"We want to underscore the importance of students filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the preferred filing deadline of March 1, 2012, to ensure they maximize their eligibility for financial aid," said Kathy Bialk, director of student financial assistance at Marshall. "Also, we want to remind West Virginia residents that April 16 is the deadline to file the FAFSA for West Virginia Higher Education Grant consideration."

From Monday to Thursday, a table will be set up in the Memorial Student Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for students to pick up financial aid resource handouts, ask questions and be reminded of financial aid and scholarship application deadlines.

Highlighting the program will be two hour-long workshops for students:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 8 "Having Loan Debt Worries?"

  • Thursday, Feb. 9 "Ultimate Money Skills: College"

Both workshops will take place at the Student Resource Center (2W16) in the Memorial Student Center from noon to 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served and there will be a raffle for a prize at each of these events.

"Calm your concerns about completing the FAFSA," Bialk said. "Completion of the FAFSA has gotten easier. Students and parents now have the ability to retrieve their federal income tax information from the IRS while they file the FAFSA."

Bialk said about 74 percent of Marshall University undergraduate students receive financial assistance in the form of grants, loans, student employment and/or academic scholarships. The Office of Student Assistance awards approximately $138 million in financial aid to undergraduate, graduate and medical students.

Students who have questions or want more information about this event may contact Bialk by phone at 304-696-2281 or by e-mail at bialkk@marshall.edu. Reservations for the workshops may be made by posting on the office's Facebook wall at http://www.marshall.edu/sfafacebook.

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Thursday February 2, 2012
Contact: Stephanie Shrewsbury, Outreach Coordinator, Biological Sciences,, 304-696-3987

'Dine and Discover' series begins Feb. 7

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -  Marshall University's College of Science will begin its community lecture series, "Dine and Discover," for the spring semester at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Black Sheep Burritos and Brews, 1555 3rd Ave. in Huntington. Daniel Kaufman, assistant professor of art and design at Marshall, will present "Imaging the Landscape."

Kaufman's talk will be about Superfund sites, including what they are and a brief history, using Love Canal in New York as an example.

Stephanie Shrewsbury, Outreach Coordinator for the Department of Biological Sciences at Marshall, said that the lecture series will shift its format somewhat in order to include historical and current human dynamics (e.g., sociology-, psychology-, anthropology-, history- or literature-related) that have helped shaped the regional community, or projections of how the community may develop in the near future.

"Our regional flavor is maintained," Shrewsbury said, "and the topic shift allows us to take advantage of the great talent and research being done at Marshall that relate to our region but are not directly related to the Ohio River."

The series will continue at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

For further information, visit the program's website at www.marshall.edu/dineanddiscover.

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Thursday February 2, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Amicus Curiae resumes Feb. 10 at Marshall with the first of three lectures on the Constitution

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A lecture series on the Constitution of the United States of America titled Amicus Curiae, or Friend of the Court, continues this spring at Marshall University with three events featuring three visiting professors.

The series, which debuted last fall with three lectures, is sponsored by Marshall's Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy and the College of Liberal Arts, with financial support from the West Virginia Humanities Council.

The lectures, which will take place in the MU Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center on Marshall's Huntington campus, are scheduled Friday, Feb. 10, Thursday, Feb. 23, and Tuesday, March 6.

"The Amicus Curiae Lecture Series, through the support of the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy and the West Virginia Humanities Council, has allowed the College of Liberal Arts to bring notable scholars to the community to talk about the Constitution," said Dr. David J. Pittenger, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. "These presentations allow us to learn more about this important document that defines this great nation. I believe that John Marshall would be extremely proud that the students and citizens of the greater Huntington area are participating in these timely presentations."   

Frederick Schauer, the David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 10.  His lecture is titled, "Does the Constitution Matter?"

Schauer teaches Constitutional Law, Evidence and Jurisprudence. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and former holder of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Schauer has written extensively on freedom of speech and the press, constitutional law and theory, evidence, legal reasoning and the philosophy of law.

Dr. Stephen Middleton, a professor of history and director of African American Studies at Mississippi State University, will deliver the second lecture at 7 p.m. Feb. 23. He will speak on "Four Elements of Progressive Constitutional Change, the Expansion of Civil Rights and the Popular and Legal Assault on Reform, 1865-1883."

Middleton is the author of  The Black Laws: Race and the Legal Process in Early Ohio. He has written extensively on race and the law. His current research projects include the legal construction of whiteness in antebellum America.

The third lecture, called "Remember the Ladies: The History of Women and the Constitution," will take place at 7:30 p.m. March 6 and be delivered by Dean Joyce E. McConnell from the West Virginia University College of Law.

McConnell's speech traces the 236-year journey of women and the Constitution starting with Abigail Adams  -- wife of then-Massachusetts representative to the Continental Congress John Adams - and ending with current perspectives of individual Justices of the United States Supreme Court. McConnell is the William J. Maier Jr. Dean of the West Virginia University College of Law, and has served as the chair of the Section on Women in Legal Education for the Association of American Law Schools.

Admission to the Amicus Curiae lecture series is free to the public.

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Wednesday February 1, 2012
Contact: Liz Deal,, , 610-952-2510

V-Day Marshall joins global effort to stop violence against women and girls

Benefit production of The Vagina Monologues planned Feb. 9-11 at Marco's

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will present a three-night only benefit reading of Eve Ensler's award-wining play The Vagina Monologues at 8 p.m. daily Feb. 9-11 at Marco's in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the event.  All proceeds from the benefit will go to Branches Domestic Violence Shelter in Huntington and the V-Day campaign to end violence against women and girls.

Last year more than 5,800 V-Day benefits were held around the world, raising funds and awareness toward ending violence against women. These highly successful events raised more than $5 million. Marshall University has joined this global movement as part of the V‑Day 2012 College Campaign.

Hailed by The New York Times as "funny" and "poignant" and by the Daily News as "intelligent" and "courageous," The Vagina Monologues, which was first performed off-Broadway by Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women's experiences.

Ensler has performed the play to great acclaim throughout the world - from Zagreb to Santa Barbara, from London to Seattle, from Jerusalem to Oklahoma City.  Villard Books/Random House first published The Vagina Monologues, which includes a foreword by Gloria Steinem, in February 1998.  A special edition was released in hardcover and paperback in February 2008 in honor of V-Day's 10-year anniversary.

Branches Domestic Violence Shelter is a non-profit agency providing shelter to victims of domestic violence, operating in Huntington and the surrounding area.  The shelter is committed to the belief that everyone has the right to live without the fear of violence.

Branches offers residents the chance to rest and heal in a safe environment with help from a staff of professionals and trained volunteers who assess the victims' situations, examine alternatives, and establish plans of action designed to deal most effectively with the violent relationships from which they have fled.

To learn more about V‑Day Marshall, call 610-952-2510 or e-mail the organization at vdaymarshall2012@gmail.com. To learn more about V‑Day and its campaigns visit www.vday.org.  For information about Branches Domestic Violence Shelter visit www.branchesdvs.org.

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