January 2012 News Releases

Tuesday January 31, 2012
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, 304-696-3296

Marshall Jazz Festival to feature the Dirty Dozen Brass Band

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's annual Jazz Festival will feature the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, which has toured with performers such as David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Dr. John and the Black Crowes. The festival will begin Thursday, Feb. 2 and conclude Feb. 4 at the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse on Marshall's Huntington campus.

True to form, the festival is about students, teachers, and professionals working and playing music together, said Dr. Ed Bingham, professor of music and director of jazz studies at Marshall. The event will also include performances by Marshall students and faculty and serves as a learning festival for younger students. Several high school bands will perform this year.

"I think anyone who enjoys live music, dancing and having a good time will like the Dirty Dozen Brass Band," said Daniel Romanoff, manager of the group.  "They are kind of like a party band in that way. Anyone who likes to have fun will enjoy their set."

The Jazz Festival is one of Marshall University's longest running events, Bingham said. It began in 1970, and the tradition is still going strong.

"It's exciting that we are able to share this music with the community and showcase student musicians working together with Marshall faculty and with the professional musicians of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band," Bingham said.

"We're expecting 13 high schools and middle schools to participate," Bingham said. "That's double the number from previous years. The chance to feature a big-name ensemble at this year's festival is going to be a strong draw for the audiences."

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will be conducting a workshop for the students before they perform on Saturday.

"I'm most excited to see the school groups and to meet the students who will hopefully develop a love of jazz music," Bingham said. "These young people represent the future of this art form."

Following is a schedule of public events for the festival:

  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, Joan C. Edwards Playhouse: Opening concert featuring Cabell Midland High School, Bridgeport High School at 8 p.m. and Bluetrane, the Marshall jazz faculty combo, at 8:30 p.m.

  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, Joan C. Edwards Playhouse: Marshall University Jazz Ensemble 12.0 and the Sean Parsons Quintet at 8:30 p.m.

  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, Joan C. Edwards Playhouse: Thundering Herd All-Stars Combo and Big Band and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at 8:30 p.m. Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $10 for adults and $5 for Marshall University students, faculty and staff.

For more information, contact Bingham by phone at 304-696-3147 or by e-mail at bingham@marshall.edu.


Photo: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will appear at the Marshall University Jazz Festival Feb. 4.


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Tuesday January 31, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Thundering Word takes third among 15 teams in tournament at OU

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Thundering Word finished third this past weekend in the Appalachian Swing Speech and Debate Tournament at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Only Bowling Green State University and defending national champion Western Kentucky finished ahead of Marshall in the 15-team tournament.

The Thundering Word is host to the 41st annual John Marshall High School Invitational Tournament Feb. 10-11 on the Huntington campus. The team's next competition is Feb. 24-25 when Marshall competes to defend the state championship.

Here are results of Marshall's competitors from the tournament at OU:

Appalachian Swing at Ohio University
Day 1

Ryan Jackson, senior political science major from Huntington, fourth in Programmed Oral Interpretation.

Hailey Lara, sophomore honors student from Huntington, fourth in Rhetorical Criticism, fourth in JV (first or second year in college forensics) Persuasion, fourth in JV Prose and fourth in JV Dramatic Duo Interpretation with Ona sophomore biomedical sciences major, Christian Adams. Adams was also third in JV After-Dinner Speaking.

Jacquelyn Stalnaker, freshman Spanish major from Philippi, W.Va., first in JV Impromptu Speaking, fourth in JV After-Dinner Speaking and fourth in JV Informative Speaking.

Devan Sample, freshman English major from Martinsburg, W.Va., second in JV Programmed Oral Interpretation.

Victoria Ledford, freshman chemistry major from Braxton, W.Va., fifth in JV After-Dinner Speaking and sixth in JV Prose Interpretation.

Mary Margaret Chaffee, freshman international relations major from Terra Alta, W.Va., sixth in JV After-Dinner Speaking.

Sabrina Tabbassum, freshman political science major from Oxnard, Calif., fourth in JV Extemporaneous Speaking.

OU Alumni Swing
Day 2

Ryan Jackson, sixth in Poetry Interpretation, third in Dramatic Interpretation, second in Programmed Oral Interpretation and tied for fifth in Quadrathon, which is an individual sweepstakes event for contestants in four or more events.

Hailey Lara, sixth in Rhetorical Criticism, second in JV Persuasion, sixth in JV Prose Interpretation and second in JV Dramatic Duo with Christian Adams.

Christian Adams, third in JV After-Dinner Speaking

Jacqueline Stalnaker, sixth in JV Informative  Speaking and sixth in JV After-Dinner Speaking.

Victoria Ledford, fifth in JV After-Dinner Speaking and fifth in JV Prose.

Mary Margaret Chaffee, sixth in JV Impromptu Speaking and fourth in JV After-Dinner Speaking

Sabrina Tabassum, fourth in JV Extemporaneous Speaking

Devan Sample, second in JV Programmed Oral Interpretation.

The other teams competing were Seton Hall University, George Mason University, Ohio State University, Ohio University, Miami (OH) University, Ohio Valley University, Marietta College, Marion University, Butler University, Malone University, Ball State University and Cedarville University.

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Monday January 30, 2012
Contact: Leah Clark Payne, Public Affairs Director for Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy,, 304-691-1713

Marshall University cancer research included in Department of Defense publication

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Ongoing research by two Marshall University scientists has been published in the latest program book for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs' Breast Cancer Research Program (CDMRP).

Dr. Elaine Hardman, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, and Dr. Philippe Georgel, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, are specifically looking at whether maternal consumption of omega-3 fatty acid, found in some plants and fatty fish, can reduce the risk of breast cancer in the offspring.

Their project, funded by a grant from the Department of Defense in 2010,will determine if there are any specific gene expression changes induced by omega-3 consumption in the offspring by feeding pregnant mice a diet containing canola oil (a source of omega-3) or a diet containing corn oil (not an omega-3 source).

"I think the things that made our research especially interesting were the high quality preliminary data that we had to get the grant funding and relevance for a very practical way, a simple dietary change, to prevent breast cancer," Dr. Hardman said.  "We expect to have our complete results published in the fall."

CDMRP was developed in 1992 through a grass-roots effort generated by breast cancer advocacy groups.  Since then, CDMRP has received more than $6.5 billion in appropriations from its inception through fiscal year 2011. Funds for the CDMRP are added to the U.S. Department of Defense budget, and are allocated for support of individual research programs.

For more information, contact Hardman at 304-696-7339 or Leah Clark Payne at 304-691-1713.


Photo: Ongoing research by Marshall University scientists Dr. Philippe Georgel, left, and Dr. Elaine Hardman has been published in the latest program book for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs' Breast Cancer Research Program (CDMRP). Photo by Rick Haye/Marshall University.

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Monday January 30, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Heuton, Kirtley promoted at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Two members of Marshall University's administrative staff have been promoted, President Stephen J. Kopp announced today.

Mary Ellen Heuton has been promoted to chief financial officer after a year as interim CFO. And, Dr. Karen Kirtley has been named senior vice president for administration after serving as interim senior vice president for finance and administration for the past year.

"I am extremely pleased to announce the promotions of Mary Ellen and Karen," Kopp said. "We are indebted to both for their excellent work this past year at a very exciting and crucial time in the history of Marshall University. As we are getting ready to start major construction on or near our Huntington campus, we are grateful to Mary Ellen and Karen for the work they did in helping us secure more than $50 million in bonds toward these projects. I look forward to working closely with them in the future."

Heuton joined Marshall as controller in 2009 after serving as director of advancement services and controller of the supporting organizations at Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga.  Previous work experience includes positions in real estate, software and public accounting.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time so far here at Marshall and am excited by the opportunity to make a further contribution to this great university," Heuton said. "Knowing that what we do in the finance area has such a big impact on our students, faculty and staff as well as our city and state makes me proud to be part of the university team."

Heuton, a native of Atlanta, Ga., is a certified public accountant with a bachelor of science in management and minors in accounting as well as industrial and organizational psychology from Georgia Institute of Technology. She was recently awarded an MBA from Auburn University with a concentration in management information systems.  She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, and was initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi while at Auburn.

Kirtley, a native of Huntington, received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Marshall, and a doctor of education from West Virginia University.  She has been a member of the staff for more than 30 years and prior to the appointment of Senior Vice President of Administration served at Marshall  as director of auxiliary operations, assistant vice president of administration, and interim senior vice president for finance and administration.

Her management responsibilities include housing and residence life, physical plant, purchasing, student center operations, safety and health, campus I.D, print services and mail services.  Kirtley also serves as the university liaison and contract administrator for food services and the bookstore.

"I am very happy to continue my role in administration and operations at Marshall University and am very appreciative of this opportunity," Kirtley said. "We have a wonderful staff that works so diligently with the various operations on campus and I am truly pleased to be a part of the work we do now and excited about the plans for the future.  It has always been and will continue to be a pleasure to be a part of this great university."

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Monday January 23, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

WMUL students receive 26 awards in fall 2011 competition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Students from WMUL-FM, Marshall University's public radio station, enjoyed a successful fall 2011 in competition with other colleges and universities across the country, picking up 26 awards for a variety of work.

The awards began in September when two WMUL student broadcasters received awards in the 2010 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) National Mark of Excellence Contest in the categories of Radio Sports Reporting and Radio News Reporting.

"Our radio students have established a tradition at WMUL-FM of being able to successfully compete at the national level with other student journalists," said Dr. Chuck 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 national first-place award-winning entry from Marshall was:

  • Radio Sports Reporting: "The Mitch Express," written and produced by Adam Cavalier, a recent master's degree graduate from Montgomery, which was broadcast during the "Tournament of State Champions" from Mitch Stadium in Kenova, W.Va., Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010.

The national finalist award-winning entry from Marshall was:

  • Radio News Reporting: "Coping with Disaster: Montcoal, West Virginia," by Leannda Carey, a graduate student from Wellsburg, broadcast during the 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Friday, April 9, 2010.

"Leannda Carey has received numerous other awards for her coverage of the Upper Big Branch mine explosion and this national finalist award is further evidence of the quality of the work performed by our talented broadcasting students at WMUL-FM and the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications," Bailey added.

CBI Awards

WMUL students received one first-place and four finalist awards in the 90th annual National College Media Convention/2011 Collegiate Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) National Student Radio Production Awards Ceremony in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Oct. 28.

The first-place award-winning entry was:

  • Best 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, a senior from Winfield.

The finalist award-winning entries were:

  • Best Radio Documentary/Public Affairs: "Minding the Meters: Huntington Municipal Parking Board," written and produced by Leannda Carey, broadcast during "Aircheck" Thursday, April 28, 2011.
  • Best Radio Newscast: "The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," broadcast Friday, Oct. 1, 2010. Students participating in the broadcast were Robert Iddings, a 2011 graduate from St. Albans, producer; Leannda Carey, anchor; Adam Cavalier, anchor; and Jimmy Sanders, a senior from Stroudsburg, Pa., sports anchor.
  • Best Radio 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 Adam Cavalier, play-by-play announcer; Robert Iddings, color commentator; and Scott Hall, a graduate from Stephens City, Va., engineer.
  • Best Podcast: "Herd Roundup," with hosts Adam Cavalier and Aaron Payne, made available online Friday, April 29, 2011.

ACP Competition

WMUL received a second-place Podcast Best of Show award at the 90th annual National College Media Convention/2011 Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) College Competition ceremony in the Oceans Ballroom at the Renaissance Sea World in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 30.

The Podcast Best of Show runner-up award-winning entry was a regular 30-minute daily newscast that airs Monday through Friday during Marshall fall and spring semesters. The entry was:

  • "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," broadcast Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011. The students who participated in the newscast were Adam Rogers, a sophomore from Charleston, producer; Aaron Payne, anchor; Leannda Carey, anchor; Jerry Smith, a senior from Huntington, weather; and Kyle Gibson, a sophomore from Bluefield, sports.
  • "This runner-up finish in this relatively new realm of media speaks well for Marshall University as it demonstrates that its students are working with new technologies which will help prepare them for the changing digital media landscape," Bailey said.

MarCom Creative Awards

WMUL students  received two Platinum Awards, five Gold Awards and four Honorable Mention Awards in the MarCom Creative Awards 2011 Competition.  The winners were named Nov. 7, 2011.

The MarCom Creative Awards contest is an international competition that recognizes achievement by marketing and communication practitioners.  Entries are judged by industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.  There were almost 5,000 entries in the MarCom Creative Awards 2011 Competition.

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

  • Radio Sports Program: "Herd Roundup," broadcast and made available online Friday, April 29, 2011. The students who participated were Adam Cavalier, co-host and producer, and Aaron Payne, co-host and producer.
  • Sports Play-By-Play: WMUL-FM's broadcast of the Marshall University versus the Ohio State University football game played at the Horseshoe in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010.  The students calling the game were Robert Iddings, play-by-play; Adam Cavalier, color; and Aaron Payne, engineer.

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

  • Public Affairs Program: "Campus Concern" is a weekly 30-minute public affairs program that was broadcast Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010.  The student host of this edition about "Cold War Propaganda" was Adam Cavalier.
  • News Feature Package: "The Drumline," written and produced by Adam Cavalier, which was broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," and made available online Wednesday, Oct. 13, 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.
  • Promo: "Captain WMUL," an in-house promotional announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM's Promotion Announcement rotation from Tuesday, April 12, 2011, through the present time, written and produced by Todd Shillingburg.
  • 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 Honorable Mention Award-winning entries 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, producer; Leannda Carey, anchor; Adam Cavalier, anchor; and Jimmy Sanders, sports anchor.
  • Newscast: "The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," broadcast Friday, Oct. 15, 2010.  The students who participated in the newscast were Robert Iddings, producer; Adam Cavalier, anchor; Leannda Carey, anchor; and Aaron Payne, sports anchor.
  • News Feature Package: "Serving Students: Jessica Jordan," by Leannda Carey, broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," Friday, Dec. 3 2010.
  • Sports Package: "Whiteside versus Jordan," by Robert Iddings, broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010.

Davey Awards

Students from WMUL received one Gold Award and six Silver Awards in the Seventh Annual International Davey Awards Competition for 2011.  The winners were named Dec. 15.

The International Davey Awards are creative awards focused exclusively on honoring outstanding creative work from the best small firms worldwide. The International Davey Awards level the playing field so entrants compete with only their peers.  There were nearly 4,000 entries in the International Davey Awards Competition for 2011 from ad agencies, radio stations, production firms, in-house creative professionals, graphic designers, design firms and public relations firms. 

The Gold Award-winning entry by WMUL-FM was:

  • Radio News Feature Package: "Serving Students: Jessica Jordan," by Leannda Carey, broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," Friday, Dec.  3, 2010.

"This is an accomplishment for WMUL-FM to win its first ever gold Davey Award for a news feature by Leannda Carey," Bailey said. "In addition, it is gratifying to be recognized with silver awards for writing and producing 30-minute daily newscasts and enlightening news feature packages.       

The Silver Award-winning entries by WMUL-FM were:

  • Radio News Program: "The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," broadcast Friday, Oct. 1, 2010. The students who participated in the newscast were Robert Iddings, producer; Leannda Carey, anchor; Adam Cavalier, anchor; and Jimmy Sanders, sports anchor.
  • Radio News Program: "The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," broadcast Friday, Oct. 15, 2010. The students who participated in the newscast were Robert Iddings, producer; Adam Cavalier, anchor; Leannda Carey, anchor; and Aaron Payne, sports anchor.
  • Radio News Feature 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.
  • Radio News Feature Package: "Casey Gore:  Rockstar," by Aaron Payne, broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," Tuesday, April 26, 2011.
  • Radio 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.
  • Radio Sports Package: "The New NCAA Bat Rule" by Aaron Payne, broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," Friday, May 10, 2011.

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Monday January 23, 2012
Contact: Maurice Cooley, Director, Center for African American Students' Programs,, 304-696-5430

Play by local artist describes search for her father

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "Snapshot," a play by local artist Carmen Mitzi Sinnott, will be performed in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse on Marshall University's Huntington campus at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9.

The play is about Sinnott's search for her African American father, Lorenzo Batts, a popular and talented Huntington native who left for the Vietnam War before she was born.  Her answers to finding her father for the first time were found lying in an album of faded photos. Fusing words, dance, music and film, this story chronicles the quest of a mixed-race daughter from southern Appalachia who eventually finds her father in Hawaii.

Batts was a graduate of St. Joseph's High School in Huntington, class of 1966, and the lead soul singer of the local Rhythm and Blues group, The Explosive Dynamiks. At age 20, he was drafted and fought in the Vietnam War. He returned to Huntington having been severely wounded in combat and suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In 1978, he left Huntington and was never seen there again.

Using photographs and film accompanied by a soundtrack of R&B tracks, Sinnott plays 15 different characters and gives a personal account of her search for Batts.

Sinnott has performed "Snapshot" on three continents. Her performance in the show was nominated for Best Actress at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The play also received a special selection at the Cape Town Festival in South Africa and the International Women's Theatre Festival in Tornio, Finland. She was the recipient of a Brooklyn, N.Y., Arts Council artist grant and an Art Meets Activism grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

The Feb. 9 performance is presented by All Here Together Productions, as well as Marshall University's Center for African American Students' Programs and Center for International Programs.

For further information, persons may contact Maurice Cooley, director of Marshall's Center for African American Students' Programs, by e-mail at cooley@marshall.edu or by phone at 304-696-5430.


Photos: (Above) Carmen Mitzi Sinnott will perform her play, "Snapshot," on Marshall University's Huntington campus Feb. 9. (Below) The Explosive Dynamiks, a 1960s R&B group, featured lead singer Lorenzo Batts (first row, center), the object of the search in the play "Snapshot."

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Monday January 23, 2012
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts,, 304-696-3296

Trombone, piano faculty members to give recital Jan. 29

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University faculty members Dr. Michael Stroeher, trombone, and Dr. Henning Vauth, piano, will present a recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, in the Smith Recital Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus.

"It's been a real pleasure preparing for this performance with Henning," Stroeher said. "He's a pianist and musician of the highest quality. We're fortunate to have him here."

The first half of the program is in the Romantic tradition, Stroeher said, with pieces by Camille Saint-Sans and Axel Jorgensen. The second half is the concerto by Philip Sparke, a contemporary English composer who writes in an almost popular style, with the last movement being a samba.

Stroeher is professor of trombone and euphonium at Marshall.  He received degrees from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the University of North Texas. He has taught in the St. Louis Public Schools and at Idaho State University, Phillips University and Augusta State University. He serves as principal trombonist in the Huntington Symphony and is a member of Bluetrane, the faculty jazz combo, and the Marshall faculty brass quintet. He has performed with the St. Louis Symphony; the Aspen Festival Orchestra; the Greenville, Augusta, West Virginia and Ohio Valley symphonies; the South Carolina Philharmonic; and for numerous shows, including Frank Sinatra Jr., Bugs Bunny on Broadway, Video Games Live and, most recently, Landau Eugene Murphy.

Vauth is assistant professor of piano and coordinator of keyboard studies at Marshall. He is a Laureate of the Concours Grieg International Competition for Pianists, Norway, and the IBLA Grand Prize International Competition, Italy, and has performed at Alice Tully Hall in New York City; Konzerthaus, Berlin; and  Salle Munch in Paris. Vauth earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music, with further studies at Hochschule fr Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover; Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris and Western Michigan University. He previously served on the faculty of Auburn University and has published peer-reviewed articles in Human Movement Science and Movement Disorders.

The program is free and open to the public. For further information, contact the Marshall Department of Music at 304-696-3117.

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Friday January 20, 2012
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts,, 304-696-3296

Guest lecture on ceramics to take place Thursday, Jan. 26

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Department of Art and Design will present a lecture by Jeff Chown, the North American representative for Blaauw Products, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in the Marshall University ceramics studio. The event is free and open to the public.

Blaauw Products is a manufacturer of kilns and similar equipment based in the Netherlands. Chown will be speaking about his experience with ceramics, art, kilns and life in general, said Frederick Bartolovic, an assistant professor of art and design at Marshall who specializes in ceramics.

"Jeff has extensive ceramics experience both in art and industry," Bartolovic said. "Anyone interested in architecture, industrial design, sculpture and, obviously, ceramics will definitely enjoy this talk."

The ceramics studio is located in Marshall's art warehouse building near the intersection of 20th Street and 2nd Avenue in Huntington.

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Friday January 20, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

MU military director awarded Salutes Plaque


 HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Kelly Sweetman, Director of Military and Veterans Affairs at Marshall University, received a prestigious United States Air Force Salutes Plaque Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Memorial Student Center on MU's Huntington campus.

The Salutes Plaque is awarded to individuals who are very involved in the military community and help the Air Force complete its mission.

"It is an honor to receive this award," Sweetman said. "I, the faculty and staff at Marshall have worked very hard to get out into our military community and set up programs and events to support our veterans, current service members and their families. It is something we are both proud of and honored to do. These men and women are our heroes and we want them in our Marshall community."

Col. Francine N. Nelson, commander of the 338th Recruiting Squadron at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, presented the award to Sweetman. U.S. Air Force recruiter Tech. Sgt. Nathan C. Shaw nominated Sweetman, whom he called "my best Huntington contact."

"She has been instrumental in lead generation from the campus, has allowed me to be at career fairs at no charge to the squadron, and holds military and spouse functions for local area active and reserve/guard personnel," Shaw said in the nomination. "She coordinates luncheons with local educators and is the point of contact for all recruiting personnel in the area at Marshall."

Sweetman has been at Marshall since June 2010.


Photo: Kelly Sweetman, middle, receives a Salutes Plaque from Col. Francine N. Nelson , left, Thursday at Marshall University's Memorial Student Center. To the right is Tech. Sgt. Nathan C. Shaw, who nominated Sweetman for the award. Photo by Rick Haye/Marshall University.

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Friday January 20, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall to test MU Alert emergency messaging system

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -Marshall University communications officials will conduct a test of the MU Alert emergency messaging system at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Marshall community members who are subscribed to MU Alert are asked to be sure that they have received the message that morning. If a message has not been received by noon, a subscriber should review and update his or her contact information in the myMU/MU Alert Web interface. If this contact information was already correct, but a message was still not received, then he or she should send an e-mail to mualert@marshall.edu with details on which contact method (text, e-mail, voice) did not work as expected.

"This test is part of our plan to test the system at least once per semester," said Jim Terry, director of public safety for the university. "As always, our primary concern is protecting the safety and health of university community members."

The most recent test of the system occurred Sept. 7.

The MU Alert system, which is operated by Marshall in partnership with third-party vendor Everbridge, allows Marshall students, faculty and staff to provide several methods for the university to use when making emergency contacts. Most common are text messages, cell phone calls and e-mail. Those in the active Marshall community (faculty, staff and students) who would like to subscribe or update their information for this test are asked to visit the myMU page at www.marshall.edu/MyMU, log in, click on the MU Alert red triangle and complete their subscription or update by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24. Others external to the campuses or centers (i.e. news media, alumni, campus neighbors) should watch other outlets, such as the Marshall website, Twitter, Facebook, etc., for relevant news releases.

Everbridge is a leading provider of emergency notification services to colleges and universities, health care systems, government agencies and municipalities.

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Thursday January 19, 2012
Contact: Leah Clark Payne, Public Affairs Director, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, 304-691-1713

Marshall University School of Pharmacy moves forward with addition of new faculty

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. Marshall University's School of Pharmacy has named six new faculty members with more than a century's worth of combined experience in pharmaceutical  science,  clinical research and  pharmacy education.

"The addition of these accomplished, dedicated and knowledgeable professionals certainly adds to the diverse, robust team of faculty we are building at the School of Pharmacy," said Dr. Kevin Yingling, dean of the School of Pharmacy.  "Marshall University is developing a dynamic academic health center where pharmacy students will learn from a team of interdisciplinary health care professors."

The six new faculty members include a researcher who with his colleagues has received scientific funding in excess of $11 million, a pharmacist certified in oncology specialization, two pharmacists with residency training, and a pharmacy professor with more than 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical research and education.

Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp said the naming of these faculty members underscores the university's commitment to the school as it prepares to welcome the first class this fall.

"Dr. Yingling has assembled an outstanding leadership team of experienced administrators. The addition of this complement of accomplished, high-caliber faculty members to the School of Pharmacy adds considerable depth and expertise to the major departments of pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice," Kopp said. "Additionally, support for faculty hiring and research startups has been provided to such an extent that the school is quickly emerging as one of the top 50 schools of pharmacy in the country with respect to faculty research."

The new faculty members are as follows:

-               Dr. Stephanie L. Anderson, named associate professor of pharmacy practice in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration. Anderson received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Arkansas in 2000 and completed an accredited primary care residency at the University of Oklahoma in 2001. She most recently practiced as a pharmacist with the Department of Veterans Affairs. She has presented sessions at more than 20 local, regional and national conferences.

-              Dr. Eric Blough, named associate professor and Director of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Department of Pharmaceutical Science and Research.  Blough received his Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the Ohio State University. He most recently served as director of the Marshall University Center for Diagnostic Nanosystems and as an associate professor of biological sciences.  A prolific researcher and publisher, he and his colleagues have received more than $11 million in research awards since 1998 and have published more than 50 articles.

-              Dr. Lisa Frazier, named assistant professor of pharmacy practice in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration.  Frazier received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky in 1994.  She comes to Marshall from Holzer Health Systems, where she served as Director of Pharmacy.  Additionally, Frazier is certified as an oncology pharmacy specialist and has presented sessions at dozens of health care conferences.

-              Dr. Hasan Koc, named assistant professor and Director of Pharmacometrics and Pharmacoanalysis. Koc earned his Ph.D. in chemistry at New Mexico State University in 1997 and most recently served as assistant professor of chemistry at Pennsylvania State University.  He is the author of more than three dozen academic research papers.

-               Dr. John Krstenansky, named professor and Director of Medicinal Chemistry, Department of Pharmaceutical Science and Research.  With more than 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical research and education, Krstenansky has an extensive background in the scholarship and practice of pharmaceutical research. Krstenansky completed a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1983.  He also has a master's degree in business administration.

-               Dr. Janet Wolcott, named assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration.  Wolcott received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky in 1998 and has more than 20 years of experience in pharmacy practice and education.  Additionally, she completed a one-year pharmacy practice residency.  Most recently, Wolcott served as Clinical Pharmacist Critical Care and Pharmacy Residency Director at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

For complete biographical information on new faculty members, please contact Karen Barker, School of Pharmacy at 304-696-7302 or Leah Payne at 304-691-1713. School of Pharmacy information is available at www.marshall.edu/pharmacy.

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Thursday January 19, 2012
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32 Marshall students among participants in Undergraduate Research Day

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Thirty-two students from Marshall University will be among 106 students from throughout West Virginia who will present their discoveries in poster format in the 9th annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Charleston on Thursday, Jan. 26.

The event, which takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the Capitol rotunda, helps members of the state Legislature and the executive branch understand the importance of undergraduate research by talking directly with the students who produced these projects. The projects are original research and the posters are designed for a general audience.

"This is a fun event for both students and members of the Legislature," said Dr. Michael Castellani, professor and chair of Marshall's chemistry department, and co-chair of the event's organizing committee. "Students engage in original research projects for as long as four years and this event provides them a chance to share their work with delegates and senators."

The posters will be in the areas of biochemistry, biology, chemical engineering, chemistry, communications, computer science/information technology, economics, engineering, English, environmental sciences, environmental studies, geology, mathematics, physics and psychology.

In addition to Marshall, the other 14 universities and colleges represented are Alderson-Broaddus College, Bluefield State College, Concord University, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Ohio Valley University, Shepherd University, the University of Charleston, West Liberty University, West Virginia State University, West Virginia University, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Wheeling Jesuit University and WVU Institute of Technology.

"Descriptions of some projects are distributed worldwide and much of the work is on par with that done at the best universities in the country," Castellani said. "This event provides a unique opportunity for members of the Legislature to see an aspect of higher education that is normally hidden from public view, but is one of the most important tools for developing students for entry into the workplace or postgraduate education."

The following is a list of Marshall University's participants, along with their home counties or cities, disciplines, research posters and advisers:

  • Chris Akers, Kanawha County (Geology), "Is There a Link between Meteorite Impacts and Landslides in Valles Marineris?" - Andrew Schedl, adviser

  • Devin Albrecht, Cabell County (Computer Science/Information Technology), "Multimedia Web-based Lab Equipment Training and Tracking Application System" - Jonathan Thompson, adviser

  • James Blackburn, Mingo County, and Jasmine Norwood, Cabell County  (Psychology), "Treating Addicts with Preoccupied Attachment" - Marc Lindberg, adviser

  • Mark Carroll, South Point, Ohio, and Matt Ferguson, Cabell County (Computer Science/Information Technology), "RSS with TTS" - Venkat Gudivada, adviser

  • Allison Combs, Mercer County, and Sara Lilly, Raleigh County (Chemistry), "Exploring the Molecular Structure of Methyl Pyruvate" - Laura McCunn, adviser

  • David Facemyer, Putnam County (Physics), "Hybrid Phonoriton in Organic-Semiconductor Heterostructures" - Que Huong Nguyen, adviser

  • Daniel Kissel, Cabell County, and James Figler, Cabell County (Computer Science/Information Technology), "Code, Compile, and Chat Client" - Hyoil Han, adviser

  • John Fowler, Putnam County (Art & Design), program cover design - Mary Grassell, adviser

  • Nitish Garg, Cabell County, and Tim Hall, Cabell County (Computer Science/Information Technology), "Spotection" - Paulus Wahjudi, adviser

  • Joseph Hall, South Point, Ohio (Computer Science/Information Technology), "Document Retrieval to Identify Evidence of Protein Roles" - Hyoil Han, adviser

  • Kristen Keown, Wayne County, and Courtney Hatten, Wayne County (Chemistry), "Exploring the Structure of 2-Chloroallyl Alcohol" - Laura McCunn, adviser

  • John Lilly, Mercer County, and Cecil Rappold, Kanawha County (Computer Science/Information Technology), "MUBuddy" - Jonathan Thompson, adviser

  • Jessica Parsley, Cabell County, and Kathleen Pletka, Cabell County (Psychology), "Treating Addicts with Anxious Resistant Attachments" - Marc Lindberg, adviser

  • Duong Thach, Cabell County, and Luu Pham, Cabell County (Computer Science/Information Technology), "An Interactive System for Personalized eLearning" - Venkat Gudivada, adviser

  • Britni Ross, Putnam County, Amy Whitt, Cabell County, and Megan Powell, Cabell County (Psychology), "Avoidant Attachment Style" - Marc Lindberg, adviser

  • Katelyn Sheler, Manchester, Mich., and Heather Stewart, Cabell County (Psychology), "Careers Study" - Paige Muellerleile, adviser

  • Stephen Turley, Kanawha County, and Warren Shelton, Proctorville, Ohio (Computer Science/Information Technology), "Lockout" - Hyoil Han, adviser

  • Sean Sovine, Cabell County (Mathematics), "The Implicational Logic" - Carl Mummert, adviser

  • Edwin Warnick, Proctorville, Ohio (Computer Science/Information Technology), "CRES - Cyber-security Research and Education System" - Paulus Wahjudi, adviser


For more information on Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol, contact Castellani at 304-696-6486.

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Gallery 842 to open 'Thermal Traces' this weekend

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "Thermal Traces," the latest exhibition at Gallery 842, will open to the public with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. this Friday evening, Jan. 20. The exhibition will feature encaustic (hot wax) paintings by three artists: Kristy Deetz, Lorraine Glessner and Reni Gower, who curated the exhibit.

Once an obsolete technique with roots that stretch back to Egyptian antiquity, encaustic art is now recognized both for its beauty and versatility, said John Farley, director of Marshall University's art galleries, including Gallery 842. This exhibition features the seductive surface, luminous color and ethereal image-layering unique to the encaustic medium. Each of the three artists approaches the process from a distinctive perspective that includes scraping, burning, burnishing, incising or pouring as well as painting, printmaking, collage or sculpture. Numerous conceptual links connect each artist's interest in this material. Buried images, personal narrative and hidden codes infuse these works with materiality.

"We are very excited to exhibit the work of three artists so actively involved in the resurgence of encaustic as a contemporary art medium," Farley said. "Viewers of the exhibit will be rewarded with beautiful work, executed in a technique that is perhaps new to the average visitor. It will be a unique experience."

Deetz is associate professor and chair of the art department at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Deetz carves, burns and paints with encaustic techniques on wooden surfaces. The "Earth Texts" series in this exhibition includes autobiographical explorations that create visual metaphors of the book form.

Glessner is assistant professor at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. Glessner works with many layers of rubbings and distressed, stained or printed materials that are submerged in translucent layers of wax. Her current work is inspired by photographs of gritty urban details focused on holes, cracks, smudges, graffiti and signage.

Gower is professor of art in the painting and printmaking department at Virginia Commonwealth University. Gower incorporates collage and several additive and subtractive methods in her encaustic process. By painting, stamping, or scraping many layers of motifs and patterns onto textural collage surfaces, she creates complex readings of space, color, and content.

Gallery 842, located at 842 4th Ave. in Huntington, is open to the public from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.


Photo: Fugue 300, by Reni Gower, is a part of the exhibition at Gallery 842 called "Thermal Traces."

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Student receives grant to study diabetic retinopathy

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A Marshall University biology student has been awarded a grant to conduct research on diabetic retinopathy, a common eye disease during which excessive growth of blood vessels causes damage to the retina.

Clay M. Crabtree, a senior from Kenova, will receive the $1,800 Grants-in-Aid of Research award from the national science society Sigma Xi. The award will help fund his project to test potential treatments for the disease, which is the leading cause of blindness among working-age Americans.

According to Crabtree, cigarette smoking is a risk factor for diabetic retinopathy because nicotine promotes the growth of blood vessels.

"Agents that can block the actions of nicotine should be useful for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy," he continued. "My research involves testing three of these compounds for their ability to block the growth of new vessels in the retina."

Crabtree's mentor, Dr. Piyali Dasgupta of Marshall's Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Toxicology, said the grant will give Crabtree the opportunity to further his education through hands-on experience conducting research that could have a real impact on the health of people across the region.

"The findings from Clay's project will be highly relevant to West Virginia because our state has a large number of diabetic patients who are active smokers," she added. "It is a very commendable achievement to receive one of these grants and I look forward to seeing his project progress."

Sigma Xi promotes the scientific enterprise and honors scientific achievement. The organization's Grants-in-Aid of Research program, with funds designated from the National Academy of Sciences, provides undergraduate and graduate students with up to $2,500 for vision-related research.

Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of laboratory equipment necessary to complete their research project.

According to Sigma Xi, the Grants-in-Aid of Research program is highly competitive and only approximately 20 percent of applicants receive funding.

For more information, contact Dasgupta at 304-696-3612.

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Choral Union seeking singers for spring semester

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Choral Union invites interested singers to join for the spring 2012 semester. Rehearsals are held each Tuesday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in room 150 of Smith Music Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus.

This spring, the choir will perform music of Ralph Vaughan Williams and John Rutter, as well as an array of opera choruses in conjunction with the MU Opera Theater. Performances will take place in February and April. Directing will be William Murphy, a graduate student in music at Marshall.

The Choral Union welcomes adult singers from throughout the Tri-state. No audition is required, but previous musical experience is helpful.

For further information, please contact the Marshall Department of Music office at 304-696-3117.

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Visiting Writers Series sets spring readings

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Visiting Writers Series has announced its spring schedule of author appearances.

Series coordinator Prof. Art Stringer said noted poets and prose-writers from around the region will be reading from "exciting" new work. He said this spring's events "highlight the power of stories and will offer a rich variety of voices."

Fiction writer Donald Ray Pollock will read at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the Shawkey Room of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.  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.

The Devil All the Time is his recently released first novel, praised in reviews by The New York Times, The Washington Post, the LA Times, and others.  He works and teaches in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Distinguished writer Jayne Anne Phillips will read from her work at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre on the Huntington campus.  Her talk on craft and the writing life will be held earlier that day at 3:30 pm in the Shawkey Room. She is the author of eight books, most recently the National Book Award Finalist, Lark and Termite.

Phillips was born and raised in West Virginia. Her 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 the 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.

Poet Kathryn Kirkpatrick will read at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 5 in the Shawkey Room.  She is the author of four collections of poems, most recently Unaccountable Weather.  She is also the editor of Border Crossings: Irish Women Writers and National Identities (University of Alabama Press, 2000). Her poems have appeared widely in such journals as Calyx, Carolina Quarterly, Cortland Review, Epoch, The Florida Review, The Hollins Critic, Kalliope, Shenandoah, The South Carolina Review, Southern Poetry Review, Sundog and other magazines.  She teaches at Appalachian State University.

Visiting Writers Series readings are free and open to the public.  The series is supported by the Marshall English Department, the College of Liberal Arts and the West Virginia Humanities Council.

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


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Herd fans invited to Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic reception before Marshall-West Virginia game

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic pre-game reception conducted by the Marshall University Alumni Association on Wednesday, Jan. 18, will feature the first of many special events celebrating Marshall's 175th anniversary.


The first 175 people entering the reception will receive long-sleeved Kelly green "We Are Marshall" t-shirts. Admission to the reception, which begins at 6 p.m. in the South Hall of the Charleston Civic Center, is free. It precedes the men's basketball game between Marshall and West Virginia University, which starts at 7:30 p.m.


The women's game, in past years played as part of a Capital Classic doubleheader, will be played the night before, with tipoff set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17.


Tish Littlehales, Marshall's director of alumni relations, expects the typical big, boisterous crowd at the Capital Classic reception preceding the men's game.


"We have so much to be thankful for at Marshall University," Littlehales said. "Not only are our men's and women's basketball teams enjoying tremendous success this season, but the university community is witnessing some history making changes on campus in this, our 175th year.


"We want to fill the South Hall with wall to wall Kelly green Wednesday, not only in support of the basketball team, but also to show our love for Marshall University."


The reception, which is free for all friends and fans of Marshall, is sponsored by CSX Transportation, ELCO Mechanical, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Pepsico and Marshall University. Thundering Herd mascot Marco, the Herd cheerleaders, the dance team and the pep band will attend the event, which will feature giveaways, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.


Representatives from several campus organizations will take part in the reception, setting up displays and sharing information with visitors. Those planning displays are:


The W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications; Career Services; the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development; the Office of Outreach and Continuing Studies; the College of Business; the College of Health Professions; the Marshall University Research Corp.; the College of Fine Arts; the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine; the School of Pharmacy; the College of Education; the Office of Recruitment, and Information Technology.


A pre-game tailgate party, sponsored by the Big Green, will precede the women's game on Tuesday. It will take place at 6 p.m. in Parlor A of the Civic Center and is free to anyone who has purchased a ticket to the women's game. MU Coach Royce Chadwick will speak at 6:15 p.m.


The tailgate will feature snacks, such as chips and salsa, soft drinks and water. For more information, call the Big Green at 304-696-5449.


For more information on the Capital Classic reception, contact Nancy Pelphrey with the Alumni Association at 304-696-3134.

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Marshall University Clinical Psychology doctoral program reaccredited

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's psychology department has received notification from the American Psychological Association that its doctoral program in clinical psychology has achieved accreditation once again.

APA accreditation is the nationally accepted standard for excellence in clinical training, according to Dr. Stephen J. Kopp, president of Marshall University.

"It is no surprise to me that our clinical psychology program continues to earn the American Psychological Association's seal of approval," Kopp said. "Our dedicated faculty and staff work extremely hard to prepare our students for the diverse professional challenges they will face. Through a variety of real-world approaches to education, our doctoral-level clinical psychology students not only learn what they need to help future clients, they also get to serve the people of our region through their work at Marshall's public clinics. I am proud of the outstanding accomplishments of our faculty, staff and students in the Psychology Department."

The primary objective of Marshall's program is to prepare doctoral-level professional psychologists to develop, provide, supervise and evaluate high quality mental health services for citizens of the state of West Virginia and beyond.

"In West Virginia, the current standard for credentialing clinical psychologists is below that of many other states," Kopp said. "The state accepts the master's degree as sufficient professional qualification for clinical psychology practice. Our lawmakers are exploring the possibility of raising those standards to doctoral level. When they do, prospective students will find Marshall's program already at the forefront of preparing doctoral students for contemporary practice in the field of clinical psychology."

Marshall's program comprises coursework, extensive field training and a research experience. It requires a five-year commitment, but first applicants must make the cut. Approximately 45 students are in the program at any given time and just 10 slots open up each year to a multitude of applicants. Clinical psychology students spend the first four years of the program working on campus - in the classroom and in the university's public clinics - followed by one full year of internship. Beyond that, all students must successfully complete the dissertation process.

Dr. Steven Mewaldt, chair of Marshall's Psychology Department, said the recent re-accreditation shows that the program is on track and that its curriculum and actual student outcomes have met or exceeded national standards.

"The fact that our students graduate from a nationally accredited program will help open doors for them across the country as they seek internships, post-doctoral training and licensure, as well as job opportunities," Mewaldt said.

Marshall's program boasts a multitude of students who are the first in their families to earn doctoral degrees and many students in the program are from rural or economically challenged areas making them uniquely sensitive to serving more isolated populations. In fact, approximately 85 percent of the graduates from Marshall's clinical psychology program do at least a portion of their practice serving rural and underserved areas, particularly in Appalachia.

Dr. David J. Pittenger, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said the accreditation report is an important affirmation of the good work the department does.

"I was especially proud to speak with the accreditation team members who complimented the high level of professionalism and collegiality of our students and faculty," Pittenger said. "Having an accredited Psy.D. program in West Virginia is essential as the state does not have adequate numbers of doctoral-level psychologists who can provide and supervise therapy for people with emotional and behavioral problems. The Marshall program is innovative as it trains students specifically to work in rural communities, especially the Appalachian region."

Dr. Marianna Footo-Linz is coordinator of the clinical psychology program. She worked closely with the accreditation team during the site visit.

"The site visit team was very impressed with our students," she said. "They commented on their commitment, the high quality of their intellect and the level of their skills. Our students truly impressed them and that certainly helps the accreditation team truly understand our mission here."

Footo-Linz said Marshall's program encourages graduates to establish innovative programs that meet the unique needs of rural communities. While at Marshall, students must log substantive time at one of the university's clinics where they serve a need in the community while honing their skills in patient service, needs assessment, program planning and evaluation. These are skills that will serve them well when they graduate and establish programs in underserved areas, Footo-Linz said.

This most recent site visit by the APA's Commission on Accreditation grants accreditation to the program through 2018.  The APA Commission on Accreditation is recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education and the Council of Higher Education Accreditation as the national accrediting authority for professional education and training in psychology.

For more information about Marshall University's Clinical Psychology doctoral program, visit www.marshall.edu/psych.

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Payne named director of public affairs for Marshall University schools of pharmacy, medicine

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Leah Clark Payne has been named director of public affairs for the Marshall University School of Pharmacy and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, effective Jan. 16.

A native of Charleston, Payne has worked for more than two decades in radio and television news, public relations and advertising, most recently as the media communications specialist in Marshall's Office of University Communications.

She started her career as a radio news journalist at WTCR in Huntington before moving to Lexington, Ky., where she served as midday news anchor for WVLK-AM. She also served as a news producer for WKYT-TV in Lexington and as a broadcast information specialist for the University of Kentucky.

After returning to Huntington in 1996, Payne freelanced as a healthcare marketing writer for The Herald-Dispatch and also worked in the paper's advertising department.

"I am very excited to begin working with the talented team of educators, clinicians and staff at both schools," she said. "In my role as public affairs director, I look forward to serving as a community advocate to promote Marshall University's commitment to better healthcare for all West Virginians. We are incredibly blessed to have the resources of a medical school and pharmacy school in our region. I'm excited to be part of it."

Dr. Robert C. Nerhood, interim dean of the medical school, said, "We are delighted to welcome Ms. Payne as the new director of public affairs. She brings a wealth of expertise to this role with the added benefit of personal knowledge and experience with Marshall University."

Dr. Kevin W. Yingling, dean of the pharmacy school, said, "The School of Pharmacy is extremely fortunate to have Ms. Payne as a member of our team. Her passion for Marshall, her connectivity within the region and her enthusiasm for this new challenge are particularly valuable attributes. We look forward to benefiting from her extensive experience and history of success as she assists us in promoting the school."

Payne was presented with the 1990 Barry Bingham Senior Media Award for excellence in reporting on mental health issues during her time at WVLK. In 2010, she was honored as a Star Volunteer by the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce for her work with the chamber's Downtown Live Committee.

She has bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism, both from Marshall.

For more information, contact Payne at edwardl@marshall.edu or 304-634-5559.

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MU-ADVANCE names faculty fellows, awards mini-grants

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's MU-ADVANCE program has named four faculty fellows and awarded five mini-grants as part of the program to enhance the research and professional development of female faculty members in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

MU-ADVANCE is funded through a National Science Foundation (NSF) initiative called "Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers," or ADVANCE for short. The national program supports projects, like the one at Marshall, to help institutions transform long-standing practices and academic climate that discourage women from pursuing careers in high-tech fields.

MU-ADVANCE faculty fellowships, intended for tenure-track faculty members, are awarded competitively based on a formal research proposal submitted by each applicant. Each of the four faculty fellows selected this year will receive $15,000 to be used for her research, and $5,000 for a senior research collaborator to help foster her professional development and success while preparing for tenure. 

This year's faculty fellows include Dr. Kristi Fondren, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, who uses the Appalachian Trail and its hikers to analyze how humans develop relationships with the environment; Dr. Hyoil Han, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, who is working to develop a system to help biomedical researchers quickly access evidence-based literature regarding breast cancer; Dr. Elizabeth Niese, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics, who will use her award to further her work in algebraic combinatorics and to provide research opportunities for math students at Marshall; and Dr. Maria Serrat, assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy and Pathology, whose research uses real-time imaging to determine the impact of environmental factors like nutrition, temperature and physical activity on bone elongation.

Serrat said, "The MU-ADVANCE fellowships allowed me to establish and maintain a formal collaboration with a senior faculty mentor from Cornell University, whose expertise in biophysical imaging was critical to the progression of my microscopy research here at Marshall."

For Serrat, this newest grant is a continuation of the faculty fellowship award she received last year. She is also one of five MU-ADVANCE mini-grant recipients this year.

The mini-grants are awarded in amounts up to $1,000, and fund tuition for professional development courses, registration and travel expenses for national meetings, development of grant proposals, interdisciplinary research efforts and manuscript preparation.

All five of this year's mini-grant recipients are assistant professors at Marshall and, in addition to Serrat, include Dr. April Fugett-Fuller and Dr. Jennifer Tiano of the Department of Psychology, Dr. Anna Mummert of the Department of Mathematics, and Dr. Bin Wang of the Department of Chemistry.

"The best thing about the fellowships and mini-grants, in addition to the research funding, is that they provide a structure for outlining your professional goals and a means for documenting when and how you will achieve them," added Serrat. "MU-ADVANCE recognizes that it is hard being a new assistant professor, and their funding opportunities have been invaluable to my professional development by helping me articulate and carry out a research plan alongside my teaching and service commitments."

According to Dr. Marcia A. Harrison, professor of biological sciences at Marshall and the principal investigator on the MU-ADVANCE grant from NSF, the fellowships and mini-grants complement the recruitment, retention and policy efforts undertaken at the university over the past five years as part of the program.

"MU-ADVANCE's support of networking has been crucial in enhancing faculty career development," Harrison said. "The fellowships and mini-grants provide networking opportunities by funding travel to professional conferences and workshops, and laboratory visits to connect faculty members with other professionals worldwide.

"The program also sponsors campus networking events to foster collegiality and collaborations at Marshall, and has brought in experts to teach faculty critical career advancement skills like writing, delegation and time management."

According to the NSF, women continue to be significantly underrepresented in almost all science and engineering fields. In fact, although 41 percent of all faculty members at Marshall are women, only 27 percent of science, technology, engineering and mathematics faculty members are female.

Research indicates that the lack of women's full participation in science and engineering academic careers is unrelated to their ability, interest and technical skills, but is more often a systemic consequence of the culture and organizational structure at institutions of higher education. Difficulty balancing work and family demands also plays a key role.

The MU-ADVANCE program was established in 2006 with a $1.2 million NSF grant. In 2009, Marshall's program was awarded funding for an additional two years, funded in part through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

For more information about MU-ADVANCE, contact Harrison at harrison@marshall.edu or visit www.marshall.edu/mu-advance.


Photos: From top, Dr. Kristi Fondren, assistant professor of sociology; Dr. Hyoil Han, associate professor of computer science; Dr. Elizabeth Niese, assistant professor of mathematics; and Dr. Maria Serrat, assistant professor of anatomy and pathology; all of whom are this year's MU-ADVANCE faculty fellows.


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Allied Realty Company gift to support Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research

Donation to be matched by state's trust fund

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University today announced it has received a $100,000 gift from Allied Realty Company to support the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research.

Including the donation announced today, Allied Realty Company has contributed a total of $350,000 over the past four years to benefit research at the institute.

The company's latest donation is expected to be matched through the state's "Bucks for Brains" West Virginia Research Trust Fund. The previous years' gifts have already been matched, for a cumulative benefit to Marshall of $700,000.

Allied Realty Company President Rebecca Polan said the institute's role of conducting commercially viable bioscience research at the university and facilitating partnerships with outside companies is vital to the future of Huntington and the entire region.

"Huntington is a special community, and we are proud to call it home - not only for our family of companies - but for many of our employees, partners, clients, friends and family as well," she said. "Our primary focus is on Marshall University, which we consider to be the gateway organization for improving the Tri-State's economy by educating our citizens for the knowledge economy.

"We are directing our focus to help Marshall expand its role as a research institution, which can transform us from a manufacturing center into a world class generator of intellectual property."

Dr. Stephen J. Kopp, president of Marshall University, thanked the company for its contribution, saying, "Allied Realty Company has once again shown incredible support for the important work being done at the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research. I salute Rebecca Polan and everyone at Allied for recognizing the institute's growing role in advancing local and regional economic development. We are indeed fortunate to have Allied as a corporate citizen and benefactor in our community."

Dr. Ron Area, chief executive officer of the Marshall University Foundation Inc., added, "We are once again in the pleasant position of extending appreciation to Allied Realty Company for another generous contribution to support research at Marshall. This is a significant gift and one that will continue to benefit the university and the community for years to come."

Allied Realty Company is the corporate hub for a full-service global logistics business with more than 2.5 million square feet of commercial, manufacturing and distribution holdings in downtown Huntington, Kenova, Nitro and Parkersburg; Paris, Ky.; and Waynesboro and Harrisonburg, Va.

The Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research was founded in 2008 with the goal of developing a focused program of pioneering research dedicated to producing patentable scientific breakthroughs and creating new high-tech businesses based on those discoveries. The institute is building on existing areas of research strength at Marshall and providing opportunities for collaborations with scientists already working at the university. 

The state Legislature created the West Virginia Research Trust Fund in 2008 with an initial appropriation of $50 million - $15 million for Marshall and $35 million for West Virginia University. The universities can tap into this fund to double private gifts that support specific research initiatives linked to economic development, health care and job growth. Including the donation from Allied Realty, Marshall has raised more than $9.2 million in gifts and pledges toward its $15 million goal.

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Tuesday January 10, 2012
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Play based on fictional meeting between King, Malcolm X takes place Jan. 16 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - In reality, the meeting never actually took place, but if it had the conjecture is that two of the most important men of their time would have engaged in an ardent and heartfelt debate on the struggle for equal rights in the 1960s. 

In honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Marshall University's department of multicultural affairs is presenting "The Meeting," an acclaimed play that depicts a fictional meeting between two of the strongest voices of the civil rights movement, King and Malcolm X.

The event, which is free to the public, takes place at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on Marshall's Huntington campus.

"The Meeting" takes place in a Harlem, N.Y., hotel room where the two civil rights leaders, both of whom would soon be felled by assassins' bullets, meet for a spirited debate about the era's civil rights struggle.  Differing in philosophy, but alike in mutual respect for each other, the play explores the clash of wills and conflicting beliefs which both men honor in the other but cannot accept in themselves.

As part of the program, approximately 14 Marshall University undergraduate members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will pay tribute to the women of the civil rights movement, specifically the wives of the two men, Coretta Scott King and Dr. Betty Shabazz. During the program sorority members will acknowledge and highlight the roles Coretta King and Shabazz played in the civil rights movement.

In addition, the Martin Luther King Jr. Male Chorus, headquartered in Charleston, W.Va., will perform.  The highly regarded chorus has performed for events around the state including the nationally televised memorial service for U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd and the West Virginia House of Delegates opening.

"We want this to be an evening of something unique that will engage and educate as well as entertain," said Mary Clark, coordinator in Marshall's department of multicultural affairs.

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Tuesday January 10, 2012
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Career Services announces new hire to build intensive internship program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Jennifer Brown, an Ashland, Ky., native, has joined Career Services at Marshall University as program manager for internships and experiential learning. She began her duties Jan. 3. 

Brown's main area of responsibility will be developing a more robust experiential learning component for career services that encompasses a wide variety of internship opportunities locally, regionally and nationally.

"We are thrilled Jennifer is on board at Career Services," Denise Hogsett, director of Career Services, said.  "She will build our internships and cultivate dozens of opportunities for Marshall students.  Additionally, she will oversee the Marshall Mentor Network program through Job Trax (online Marshall employment database) by adding new mentors and making students aware of the possibilities of having a mentor through the program."

"Internships are essential for students and I'm thrilled to be part of the process here at Marshall," Brown said. "I completed several internships during my undergraduate and graduate education.   I believe in the process and know how important they are to a student's collegiate experience."

Brown is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky.  She did her graduate work at Loyola University in Chicago.

For more information contact Brown at 304-696-3396.


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Monday January 9, 2012
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26th annual Student Juried Exhibition starts today

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The 26th annual Student Juried Exhibition, a juried exhibit of artwork created by undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Art and Design, will be displayed in the Birke Art Gallery on Marshall University's Huntington campus beginning Monday, Jan. 9.

In a juried exhibition, art is submitted and pieces to be exhibited are chosen by jurors.

John Farley, Marshall University graduate and gallery director, emphasized the eclectic nature of the show. "In a great juried exhibition there is a little something to suit everyone's taste. It is a place one can visit for recognizable, palatable staples; however, the viewer may also encounter something a little less familiar and, in this way, begin to broaden his own visual sensibilities."

The jurors for the 2012 exhibition are Mark Tobin Moore and Jennifer Reis.

Moore earned a B.A. in Studio Art at the University of Charleston in Charleston, W.Va. He followed that degree with an M.A. in painting and printmaking from Marshall University and M.F.A. in painting from West Virginia University.

"While I've been a juror before, this is my first time for Marshall," Moore said. "The show has some exemplary pieces and it's pretty similar to other student juried exhibitions - there are similar kinds of concerns expressed. There is a lot of skill evident in real and abstract expressions and a reflection of contemporary concerns in the arts."

Moore, who recently served as an adjunct faculty member in the Humanities graduate program at Marshall, said he's always pleased to serve as a juror for an exhibition.

"It's always an honor," he said, "and this time it was a surprise. I got my first graduate degree here, from 1983 to 1985 in art."

Reis, currently assistant professor and gallery director at Morehead State University, is both an arts professional as well as a practicing artist. She has a B.F.A. from the Columbus College of Art, an M.A. in museum studies from Syracuse University, and an M.A. in studio art with an art education emphasis from Morehead State University.  

Reis also noted the eclectic nature of the exhibition.

"There's a diversity of media," she said, "and that all levels of student progress are shown is good, too it's interesting to see a show with freshmen to graduate levels coming out of the same department. It seems that there is use of found objects in a number of the pieces that I saw, and that certain areas, like photography, are well represented and the ceramics pieces are strong. It's clear to me, from looking at the work, by the time the students are juniors or seniors, they are pushed to think more conceptually, in an experimental mode - which is good."

Reis explained that in order to be a juror, she must think more like a curator and less like an artist.

"I jury a fair amount of shows and my perspective as a juror is to put on my gallery director hat and take off my artist hat. Sometimes you have to let go of your personal aesthetic bias. I think as a juror, I'm always looking for a high level of craft [is it] well made, does it have a concept that is strong and original, not derivative, and is it presented well?"

There will be a reception and award ceremony from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13. The event is free and open to the public.  

The Birke Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays. It is located in Smith Hall, on Marshall's Huntington campus, located on 3rd Avenue at the corner of Hal Greer Blvd.


Photos: "West Virginia Rugged," a photograph by Eric Clark (above), and "Charlotte Carries the Burden," a ceramic piece by Tommy Warf (below), are among the pieces accepted for the student juried exhibition at Marshall University.

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Thursday January 5, 2012
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Marshall University assists Mount View High School with solar panel installation project

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS) and the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall are partnering with the West Virginia Division of Energy (WVDOE) Office of Coalfield Community Development on a project to install a solar panel system at Mount View High School near Welch.

The project is just one of several the groups are cooperating on to demonstrate renewable energy applications on surface-mined properties. 

According to George Carico, project coordinator with the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center, who assisted the WVDOE in locating a site where solar panels could be installed for demonstrating this type of renewable energy, Mount View is located on a high ridge formerly a surface mine site with extensive "sky-view" well situated for a solar panel array system. 

Carico added that while the project will provide renewable energy to the school in the form of solar energy, its educational aspect is also important.

"While solar panels have been around for a number of years, most people don't fully understand the various aspects, both positive and negative, of this type of renewable energy.  At Mount View High School, the students, teachers, parents and members of the community will be getting first-hand knowledge. We'll be educating a wide variety of people about this energy resource."

The system at Mount View will consist of approximately 22 panels with a total rated output of 5.5 kilowatts, mounted on the school's rooftop, which includes a viewing platform where students, teachers and other interested parties will be able to view the panels up close. The system also will include monitors to evaluate performance, and the results will be incorporated into students' science projects.

Students in the school's Health Sciences and Technology Academy program will use the solar panels to gather data and conduct research about solar energy and ozone levels.

Dr. Tony Szwilski, CEGAS director, said the Mount View initiative, combined with other projects within the CEGAS/WVDOE partnership, illustrate the approach Marshall is taking to evaluate renewable energy resources across West Virginia and to educate the public about their potential.

He added, "This project, along with our other ongoing wind and biomass projects with the WVDOE, demonstrates how we're taking a progressive role in assessing wind, solar and biomass energy resource potential on surface-mined lands. We're pleased to be a key player in this venture."

A total of $55,000 in federal and county funding is being provided for the Mount View project, including $45,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission and $10,000 from the McDowell County Board of Education. The solar panel system is expected to be installed early this year.

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Thursday January 5, 2012
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Metered parking lot closed on Marshall's Huntington campus

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The metered parking lot located on John Marshall Drive between 5th and 6th avenues on Marshall University's  Huntington campus has been closed to allow construction of the new parking garage to begin, according to Marshall's Office of Public Safety. This is a lot that is often used by visitors and commuter students. 


Those seeking campus parking may purchase temporary parking permits at Marshall's parking office, which is located at 5th Avenue and 18th Street across from the Twin Towers residence halls.  Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The daily price is $2 to park on the campus surface lots or in the 3rd Avenue garage.


Construction of the new parking garage is expected to begin Jan. 9. 

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Wednesday January 4, 2012
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MU Foundation annual report wins CASE award

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Foundation's 2009-2010 annual report, titled "Words to Live By," has been selected for a Gold Award in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District II Accolades Awards program.

"We are absolutely thrilled to receive this award by CASE District II in the annual or institutional report category," said Dr. Ronald Area, CEO of the Marshall University Foundation Inc. "This is the first time the Marshall University Foundation has received a gold award in this category, and, in terms of universities of our size, to win the gold for this type of publication is a real accomplishment for our staff."

"We are honored to receive this award," said Kristi Arrowood, Director of Foundation Development and Strategic Programs. "There are some renowned institutions, some of which are recognized world-wide, in our district. To be selected as the best in our category is outstanding."

The University of Guelph, located in Ontario, Canada, received the Silver Award, Buffalo State College received the Bronze Award, and Honorable Mention went to St. Joseph's University. The awards will be presented during the district's annual conference in New York City Jan. 22 to 24.

Among the other schools in District II are Boston College, West Virginia University, Rutgers, Temple, Harvard, Dartmouth, George Washington, Johns Hopkins and Pittsburgh.

Arrowood said the winning piece was a traditional report of the year's activities, including student profiles, donor lists and financial information. They used a theme of four key inspirational, mission-defining words: respect, diversity, pride and integrity, all of which are engraved in the granite medallion in the rotunda of the Marshall University Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center.

"We were able to tell stories of why our alums, our faculty and our friends have chosen to give back to Marshall University," Arrowood said. "At the same time we featured students who represent those same characteristics, who also are living by those four words. Those words are what we at the foundation strive to live by daily."

Todd Marcum, a Marshall alumnus who is a principal of the advertising agency Access in Roanoke, Va., developed the concept and text for the piece.

"Most of us expanded our understanding of the world and developed principles at Marshall that we take with us throughout life," Marcum said. " 'Words to Live By' seemed like a theme that allowed us to both showcase the beautiful Foundation Hall and talk about the values that make Marshall University great."

According to the CASE website, the organization is "is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas."

"Words to Live By," along with the 2010-2011 annual report, is available online at http://www.marshall.edu/foundation/annualReport.php.

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Wednesday January 4, 2012
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Marshall University Maintains Prestigious AACSB accreditation for College of Business and Accounting Department

HUNTINGTON, W.VA. The College of Business at Marshall University has successfully maintained its business accreditation as well as its accounting accreditation by AACSB International The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

AACSB International is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in both business and accounting.

Dr. Stephen J. Kopp, president of Marshall University, said this endorsement from AACSB means that the College of Business and its Accounting Department underwent a rigorous review, satisfied a number of demanding standards and demonstrated evidence of ongoing improvement.

"I'm proud of our College of Business faculty, staff, students and advisory board for their commitment to meeting or exceeding the standards set forth by the AACSB," Kopp said. "This point-in-time distinction speaks well of both our College of Business and its Accounting Division. It also signals the importance of elevating our expectations and pursuing an even greater commitment to advancing evidence-based outcomes that distinguish our business programs as among the best in the world."

Marshall University is one of two institutions in West Virginia to hold AACSB accreditation. As of December 2011, only 643 schools of business worldwide are AACSB accredited and only 176 institutions have AACSB's additional accounting accreditation.

To maintain business accreditation, programs undergo a rigorous internal review every five years, at which they must demonstrate a continued commitment to the 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.

To maintain accounting accreditation, an institution must first earn or maintain AACSB Business Accreditation as well as meet an additional 15 standards that are specific to the discipline and profession of accounting.

Dr. Chong Kim, dean of Marshall's College of Business, said he is extremely pleased with the outcome of the recent five-year review and is honored to serve as the dean of an AACSB-accredited school.

"Our faculty, staff, students and advisory board members worked hard to make this happen with strong support from President Stephen Kopp and Provost Gayle Ormiston," Kim said. "I believe our College of Business and our Accounting Division provide a world-class business education to our students.  Current business students, our alumni, community leaders and all West Virginians should be proud of this accomplishment."

Dr. Jeffrey J. Archambault is head of the Division of Accountancy and Legal Environment at Marshall University. He was equally pleased with the result of the strict AACSB review.

"The accounting faculty work very hard to provide the best education possible," Archambault said. "Members of the advisory board not only help us to continually improve our programs, but also provide outstanding opportunities for our students.  I am proud of our AACSB accreditation and the teamwork it represents."

Jerry Trapnell is vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International.

"It takes a great deal of self-evaluation and determination to earn and maintain AACSB accreditation," Trapnell said. "Schools not only must meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty and staff must make a commitment to ongoing improvement to ensure continued delivery of high-quality education to students." 

To learn more about Marshall University's College of Business and its Accounting Division, visit www.marshall.edu/lcob. To learn more about AACSB accreditation, visit www.aacsb.edu/accreditation.

About AACSB International
AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), founded in 1916, is an association of almost 1,200 educational institutions, businesses and other organizations in 78 countries. AACSB's mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services. AACSB Accreditation is the benchmark of quality worldwide and most widely sought after by business schools less than 5% worldwide have earned the achievement. As the premier accreditation body for institutions offering bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting, the association also conducts a wide array of conferences and seminar programs at locations throughout the world. AACSB's global headquarters is located in Tampa, Florida, USA and its Asia Pacific Headquarters is located in Singapore. For more information, please visit: www.aacsb.edu.


Photo: Dr. Chong Kim, dean of the Marshall University College of Business.

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Tuesday January 3, 2012
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Annual FluteWorks to feature principal flutist of West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Lindsey Goodman, principal flutist of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, will be on Marshall University's Huntington campus as guest artist for the Department of Music's annual FluteWorks from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Jomie Jazz Center.

"As always, there will be lots of playing for all participants throughout the day at FluteWorks," said Dr. Wendell Dobbs, professor of flute at Marshall, who is coordinating the event. "Mark your calendars and don't miss this day of truly extraordinary flute playing."

The event is designed for all flutists from Grade 6 through college level, Dobbs said. Cost is $20 per participant, payable at the registration Jan. 21. Lunch is included in the registration fee.

Highlighting the morning will be a master class conducted by Goodman, at which several student flutists will play. Dobbs said that to be considered, a student must send a CD recording of his or her playing to him (c/o Department of Music, Marshall University, 1 John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25755) postmarked by Friday, Jan. 6.

Other activities during the day will include rehearsals for the Thunder Flute Ensemble, made up of FluteWorks participants; a performance of electroacoustic music by Goodman, and a performance of Lowell Liebermann's flute and guitar sonata by Dobbs and Julio Alves, associate professor of guitar at Marshall. The closing concert, featuring the Thunder Flute Ensemble, will take place at 4 p.m. at the Jomie Jazz Center.

Goodman will also perform at Marshall at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in Smith Music Hall on the Huntington campus, with pianist Robert Frankenberry. The two artists make up a duo called "Chrysalis," which is named for a work composed by Gilda Lyons that they commissioned and which will be performed Jan. 19.

For further information on FluteWorks, persons may contact Dobbs by e-mail at dobbs@marshall.edu or by phone at 304-696-2359.

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