September 2012 Press Releases

Friday September 28, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall students, faculty to learn about opportunities to study, teach abroad Oct. 5

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -  Marshall University will sponsor its first KIIS International Study Abroad Fair for students and faculty beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

KIIS, the Kentucky Institute for International Studies, is a nonprofit consortium of colleges and universities that allows students to study abroad in both semester and summer programs in more than 20 countries from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Marshall became the first university outside of Kentucky to become a part of this consortium, and now faculty and students can teach and study through the KIIS program

The day's activities will begin with a faculty informational breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. for those faculty members who are already involved in the program and those who are interested in teaching their courses abroad for the summer of 2014. Any faculty member who would like to attend the breakfast must make a reservation to attend. Reservations may be made by sending an e-mail to Ryan Warner, Study Abroad Coordinator, at

The event will then be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for students to discuss their 2013 summer study abroad options with faculty from Marshall and other KIIS consortium members.

Seven Marshall faculty members were selected to teach during the Summer 2013 term in the KIIS program. They include Dr. Wendell Dobbs, France (College of Fine Arts); Dr. Mark Zanter, Austria (College of Fine Arts); Dr. Shawn Schulenberg, Chile (College of Liberal Arts);  Dr. Marybeth Beller, Turkey (College of Liberal Arts);  Dr. Dallas Brozik, Canada (College of Business), Ian Hagarty, Italy (College of Fine Arts); and Dr. Slav Gratchev, Spain (College of Liberal Arts).

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Friday September 28, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

College of Liberal Arts plans homecoming tailgate Oct. 6

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's College of Liberal Arts (COLA) is sponsoring a homecoming tailgate from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, on the green space between Harless Dining Hall and City National Branch Bank at 5th Avenue and 18th Street.

The tailgate will be located beside the Tailgate Blast, which is sponsored by the Marshall University Alumni Association, Black Alumni Association and Parents and Family Weekend.

Dr. David J. Pittenger, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and his wife, Denise, are hosting the COLA tailgate. David Pittenger said the menu includes homemade gumbo, bread and other treats, along with beer, wine and "a good time for all." He plans to do the cooking.

Cost to attend the COLA tailgate is $15.

For more information or to RSVP, call David Pittenger at 304-696-2731.


Photo: Dr. David Pittenger, dean of Marshall's College of Liberal Arts, plans to cook for the college's homecoming tailgate party.

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

17th annual Alum Run 5k set for Saturday, Oct. 6

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The 17th annual Alum Run 5k, a popular event for area runners and walkers, will once again take place during Marshall University's homecoming weekend, starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in Huntington.


Runners and walkers are invited and anyone (including non-alumni) may participate.


The Alum Run 5k will take participants from Marshall's campus into downtown Huntington and back to the campus to finish the 3.1-mile course.  The course, which was used last year and in past runs, is nearly 100 percent flat and straight.


There are several ways to register. Forms are available at the Marshall Recreation Center, located at 402 Thundering Herd Dr. (corner of 20th Street and 5th Avenue), near Joan C. Edwards Stadium. They also are available on the Rec Center's website ( or through


The pre-race registration price is $20, which is good through Oct. 5. The cost is $25 if registration is submitted on the day of the race. Cash or check (payable to MU Campus Rec Club) is accepted. Credit Cards are also accepted through the online registration portal on


Race packet pick-up will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in the lobby of the Recreation Center. Late packet pick-up and race-day registration will be from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. in front of Cam Henderson Center.


Participants will be treated to a post-race celebration and an awards ceremony, starting at about 9:15 a.m. at the Recreation Center. Refreshments and beverages will be available, and participants may use the center's shower and locker facilities.


For additional information concerning the race, visit, or contact the race Director, Kayla Dodd, by phone at 304-542-7490, or by e-mail at

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Thursday September 27, 2012
Contact: Haven Campbell, Career Services Graduate Assistant, 304-696-2370

More than 70 employers expected to attend this fall's Career Expo

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Career Services will conduct its annual Fall Career Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room on the Huntington campus.


The expo is open to all Marshall students, faculty and alumni.  Recruiters will be sharing information on part-time, full-time and internship positions.


More than 70 employers are expected to have recruiters at the event, representing the areas of customer service, IT/computer science, health care, media sales, insurance/financial services, corrections, retail management and many others.


A continually updated list of employers planning to attend the Career Expo is available at


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


Leading up to the event, the Resume Doctor, Senior Career Counselor Mirek Bialk of Career Services, will be reviewing resumes for students on from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Memorial Student Center lobby.  No appointment is necessary.


For more information about the event, contact Debby Stoler in Career Services at 304-696-6679 or, or the Career Services front desk at 304-696-2370 or  


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Thursday September 27, 2012
Contact: Leah C. Payne, Public Affairs Director, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, (304) 691-1713

Marshall University School of Pharmacy students volunteer at SeniorFest

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - More than 20 Marshall University School of Pharmacy students will participate in Cabell Huntington Hospital's 2012 SeniorFest Saturday, Sept. 29, at the hospital.


The students will assist with CHH's pharmacy project where hospital pharmacists will educate seniors on Medicare Part D information and also provide information about prescription medicines.   Pharmacy students will also volunteer in general areas for the event.


"This is an excellent venue for our pharmacy students to be involved in the well-being of our community," said Dr. Robert B. Stanton, assistant dean for the office of experiential education at the School of Pharmacy.  "I am very proud that so many of our students are willing to give up their free time on a Saturday to help with such a worthy cause."


Dr. Kimberly  Broedell-Zaugg, chairman of the department  of pharmacy practice and administration at the School of Pharmacy, said the experience is a valuable one for students.


"The School of Pharmacy at Marshall is very excited about being involved with SeniorFest at Cabell Huntington Hospital," she said. "This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to interact with older community members, local health care providers, and to serve the Tri-State area."


CHH's SeniorFest is open to anyone age 50 and over.   Dozens of screenings, medication reviews and  flu shots will be available.    Joy Pelfrey, director of senior services at Cabell Huntington, said the assistance from pharmacy students is greatly appreciated.


"We're so excited to have the student pharmacists participate in this year's event," Pelfrey said.   "This will be an enriching experience for them.  They will work one-to-one with seniors assisting with the issues seniors face with the delicate balance between the disease process, medications used to treat them in a safe manner and the ability to have the resources available to purchase their meds."


The Marshall University School of Pharmacy opened its inaugural program to 80 students last month.

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Tuesday September 25, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Kristina Pollard is new director of Marshall's H.E.L.P. Center

She is a former high school assistant principal in Mississippi

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  - Kristina Pollard recently was named just the third director of Marshall University's H.E.L.P. (Higher Education for Learning Problems) Center, Dr. Robert Bookwalter, dean of the College of Education, has announced.

Pollard came to Marshall from the DeSoto County School District in Hernando, Miss., where she was the assistant principal at Horn Lake High School.

"The H.E.L.P. program is one of the top programs in the nation for providing services to help students with learning challenges succeed in college," Bookwalter said. "The program has grown since Dr. Barbara Guyer founded it over 30 years ago and has thrived under the leadership of Lynne Weston.  We are fortunate to have hired Kristina Pollard as Lynne's successor.

Pollard, who was born and raised in San Diego, assumed her new position Aug. 1. Weston retired from Marshall that same day.

"Kristina has had a successful career as a teacher and administrator and has experience working in special education programs," Bookwalter said. "She is enthusiastic, innovative and committed to providing the best services to our students.  We look forward to the continued growth of the H.E.L.P. program under Kristina's leadership."

One of her primary responsibilities at Horn Lake was supervising the special education department, a position that provided her with a wealth of experience and knowledge before she came to Huntington.

"I came to Huntington with the expectation of continuing my quest to serve young people," she said. "It is a blessing to be able to do so through the H.E.L.P. Center and its purpose for serving individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. When I saw the position online I knew I could effectively lead this team with my educational experiences and skills."

Her husband, Lytrel, coaches cornerbacks for the Thundering Herd football team. He was hired in February, and Kristina joined him in Huntington after the school year ended in Mississippi.

Pollard said she loves her job and the whole purpose behind the H.E.L.P. program. Currently, 200 students are in the program, along with 75 tutors and 10 full-time staff members.

"Helping young people reach their goals makes me feel very good," she said. "The whole idea, the dream Dr. Guyer had, is absolutely amazing. The respect for the program, the impact it has ... it's absolutely astonishing that there are not more programs like this."

Pollard said her vision for H.E.L.P. is to maintain its standards of excellence while moving it to the "next level."

Pollard received her B.S. from Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., and her M.Ed. from William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Miss., and she is currently completing her Ed.S. from Walden University. She has been in education since 1998, beginning her teaching career in the Dallas Public Schools.

She and Lytrel have two sons, Tylor and Klabron.


Photo: Kristina Pollard is the third director of Marshall's H.E.L.P. (Higher Education for Learning Problems) Center. Photo courtesy of Marshall University.

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Friday September 21, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

President Kopp to give State of the University address Tuesday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp will give his annual State of the University address when the fall general faculty meeting convenes at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on the Huntington campus.

Other items on the agenda include welcoming remarks by the faculty senate chair, Dr. Eldon Larsen; introduction of new administrators by provost Dr. Gayle Ormiston;  the introduction of 80 new faculty by Larsen,  Dr. Joseph Werthammer, Chief medical officer and senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, and Dr. Kevin Yingling, dean of the School of Pharmacy; and a State of the Faculty address by Larsen. 

All faculty, staff, students and members of the public are invited to attend. Following the meeting a reception to honor the new university personnel will be held in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center. 

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Friday September 21, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Henderson Center briefly evacuated due to HVAC unit malfunction

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - At about 9:30 this morning, smoke alarms were activated in the Henderson Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus due to the malfunction of a rooftop HVAC unit motor. There was no active fire, but the failure of the HVAC motor created smoke, which entered the building, causing the alarms to sound. 

As a precaution, Marshall safety officials evacuated the Henderson Center and Gullickson Hall and contacted the Huntington Fire Department to inspect the buildings. No injuries or other damage were reported. The smoke has since been cleared and public safety officials have allowed employees and students to re-enter. 

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Friday September 21, 2012
Contact: Mary Thomasson, Marshall University Forensic Science Center,, 304-691-8961

Marshall University professor presents research at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. J. Graham Rankin, professor of the Marshall University forensic science graduate program, presented research results to develop a field method for identifying the hallucinogenic herb Salvia divinorum Sept. 12 at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.


Rankin presented the seminar to students and faculty of the forensic chemistry program within the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at IUPUI as part of its regular seminar series.


Forensic chemistry graduate students in Marshall's graduate program conducted the research the field method using Attenuated Total Reflectance Infrared Spectroscopy (ATR-IR) technology.   Begun in 2010, graduate student research on the project will continue for at least another year with analysis of more than 500 more samples representing more than 300 species of Salvia. 


Salvia divinorum is becoming more prevalent, especially among college students, because it is legal in most states, and a recent law signed by President Obama in July made many of the common synthetic cannabinoids ("Spice" products) illegal.  It is commonly smoked like marijuana and is said to give a marijuana-like high although it contains a different hallucinogen from marijuana or Spice products. It has few distinguishing botanical characteristics unlike marijuana and no simple color test that can be performed at the time of seizure. Thus, a simple screening test is needed. 


ATR-IR instruments are now being used in the onsite investigation of meth labs, and many law enforcement agencies have this equipment available for other uses.


Graduates of Marshall's graduate program who contributed to the research previously were Elise Chom and Rebecca Mead.  Forensic science graduate students currently working on the research are Shaina Chang, Michelle Ball and Matt Brewer. 


A manuscript based on this work has been submitted to the Journal of Forensic Science for publication.  The manuscript is currently in the peer review process.

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Friday September 21, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall to 'remember the past, Thunder into the Future' at homecoming

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's celebration of 175 years of service continues this fall with a Homecoming theme of "Happy 175th Birthday Marshall, Remember the Past, Thunder into the Future."

Homecoming week is Oct. 1-6, culminating with the Thundering Herd football team playing the University of Tulsa in a Conference USA game at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

"We'll have a full slate of diverse activities for students, staff, alumni and Marshall supporters," said Nancy Pelphrey, coordinator of alumni programs. "The university continues to grow year by year, so those alumni who haven't been back to campus for a while are in for a real treat. There will be something for everyone this year and we're looking for a great turnout."

Art Weisberg, a Huntington philanthropist and president of Arthur's Enterprises, will be the grand marshal in the homecoming parade, which begins at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in downtown Huntington.

Here is a breakdown of homecoming week events and activities:

Homecoming events
Monday, Oct. 1

Office decorating contest.  Offices are asked to decorate using the homecoming theme with prizes to be awarded on Friday, Oct. 5, at the Picnic on the Plaza.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Plazapalooza, Memorial Student Center

Tuesday, Oct. 2

Noon, T-shirt giveaway and homecoming court announced, Memorial Student Center

Thursday, Oct. 4

11 a.m. - Office decoration judging begins.

Friday, Oct. 5
Green and White Day

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Free picnic on the Memorial Student Center Plaza with music, prizes, games and lunch. This is the first official alumni event of homecoming weekend.

Noon to 3:30 p.m. - Family check-in for Parents and Family Weekend, Office of Student Affairs in Memorial Student Center

3 to 6 p.m. - Black Alumni Association registration in the Memorial Student Center lobby

4 to 6 p.m. - Deans' reception gives students' families a chance to meet with the deans and leadership from other Marshall University offices, third-floor atrium of the Drinko Library.

6 p.m. - Marshall women's volleyball game with East Carolina University, Cam Henderson Center. Admission is free to all Parents and Family Weekend visitors.

7:30 to 9:30 p.m. - Champagne Welcome Reception. The MU Alumni Association and the Black Alumni Association will be co-hosting the reception at the Marshall University Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center.  The cost is $25 per person.  For information or to make a reservation, contact Fran Jackson at 304-696-6705 or

10 p.m. to 1 a.m. - Black Alumni Association's Laid Back Friday after party (an evening of music, fun and games) in the Memorial Student Center basement

Saturday, Oct. 6

9 a.m. - 5K Alum Run. The course starts on Third Avenue between 19th and 20th streets and will end near the front of Cam Henderson Center.  The entry fee is $20 for early registration and $25 for late registration.  The event is sponsored by the Marshall Recreation Center. To register, contact Michele Muth at

9:30 a.m. - Breakfast with the President, for those attending Parents and Family Weekend, will take place in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center. Breakfast will begin after a brief greeting and comments by Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp.

10 a.m. - Black Alumni Association business meeting/registration, Marshall University Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center, conference room

11:30 a.m. - Homecoming parade, starting in downtown Huntington and ending at Joan C. Edwards Stadium

1 to 3 p.m. - Tailgate Blast. The MU Alumni Association, Black Alumni Association and Parents and Family Weekend are celebrating at 18th Street and 5th Avenue with a tailgate party.  Cost is $25 per person. In addition, the College of Liberal Arts is sponsoring a tailgate party during the Tailgate Blast, hosted by Dean David Pittenger and his wife, Denise. Call Betty Cook at 304-696-2835 with questions and to RSVP.

3:30 p.m. - The Thundering Herd plays the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in the homecoming football game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium

8 p.m. - NPHC Stepshow in the Big Sandy Superstore Arena

9 p.m. to 1 a.m. - A Red Carpet Affair. Black Alumni dance sponsored by Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center. The Epsilon Delta chapter at Marshall will be celebrating 50 years on MU's campus.


Sunday, Oct. 7

9  a.m. - Black Alumni Association Prayer/Memorial Service at Pullman Plaza Hotel


For more information on homecoming or to make a reservation, call the alumni office at 304-696-2901 or 304-696-3134.

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

'Dysfunctional U.S. politics of today' topic of lecture to be delivered at Marshall University by Thomas E. Mann

Speaker has been a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,

PBS Newshour with Judy Woodruff and Morning Joe


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Thomas E. Mann, W. Averell Harriman chair and senior fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution, will be the first speaker in this fall's Amicus Curiae (Friend of the Court) Lecture Series on Constitutional Democracy at Marshall University.


Mann will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center, on MU's Huntington campus. The event is free to the public.


Mann will discuss the long-term political trends leading to what he calls "the dysfunctional U.S. politics of today" and offer detailed and striking prescriptions for what it will take to change the situation.


After the lecture, Mann will sign copies of The New York Times bestseller, It's Even Worse Than It Looks; How The American Constitutional System Collided With The New Politics Of Extremism, which he co-authored with Norman J. Ornstein.


"More than any time in my lifetime, the United States is challenged at home and so is our place in the world," said Paul A. Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve. "When Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein get together to sound a loud alarm about the way our political system is being torn apart, it's time to listen - and listen hard.


"Then the tough part - how do we restore some sense of common purpose, of working together to make our government work? Mann and Ornstein set out ways to rebuild political bridges, beginning right now. We better get to work."


Mann has made recent media appearances with The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Morning Joe, The Rachel Maddow Show, The Diane Rehm Show and PBS Newshour with Judy Woodruff.


The Amicus Curiae series is presented by the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy with support by a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council.

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Wednesday September 19, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Renowned scholar to discuss 'The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World

Speaker has been featured on the cover of Time magazine

and on TV's 'Oprah' and 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Stephen Prothero, who has been described by Newsweek magazine as "a world religions scholar with the soul of a late-night comic," will deliver a public lecture Friday, Sept. 28, at Marshall University.


Prothero, chair of the department of religion at Boston University, is the featured speaker in the third annual da Vinci Lecture, presented by Marshall's Honors College and the office of the provost. The public lecture and discussion begin at 7 p.m. in room BE 5 on the lower level of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.


Prothero's lecture is titled God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run The World And Why Their Differences Matter - the same title as his book published in 2010. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy.


"He is an exciting speaker, very provocative," said Dr. Clayton McNearney, a professor in Marshall's department of Religious Studies who has heard Prothero speak. "He can situate a discussion of American religion within a global context. Students will come away having learned something."


Prothero's bestselling books inspired a cover story in Time magazine and he also has appeared on Oprah, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, National Public Radio and other top national media outlets. He writes and reviews for The New York Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Salon, and other publications. He holds degrees in American Religion from Harvard and Yale.


Prothero is the author of numerous other books, including the critically acclaimed The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation; Religious Literacy; and American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon.


He is a regular contributor to's Belief Blog, a frequent guest on NPR, a speaker on religious literacy at the White House, and a prolific writer for professional journals and the popular press.



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Monday September 17, 2012
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts,, (304) 696-3296

Work of Michael Paxton to adorn Gallery 842 walls--literally

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Gallery 842 will exhibit large-scale chalk and pastel drawings by Michael K. Paxton, an artist based in Chicago and a Marshall University alumnus, executed directly on the gallery walls. Titled Riven, this production has involved months of coordination and several intensive days of collaborative work with students on site, according to John Farley, director of the gallery.

"We are excited and proud to bring such a distinguished alumnus and his work back to Marshall University, the Huntington community, and the surrounding region," Farley said. "Michael's success serves as an example to our students. There is no educational substitute for the interaction and hands-on experience gained by working one-on-one with an accomplished artist - not to mention 'one of our own.' "

Paxton will give a public presentation discussing his artistic career at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in Smith Hall 154 on Marshall's Huntington campus. An opening reception will take place from 6 to 8  Friday evening, Sept. 21, at Gallery 842, which is located at 842 4th Ave. in Huntington.

"Michael Paxton is a highly accomplished artist who got his education at Marshall University," said Don Van Horn, dean of the College of Fine Arts at Marshall. "Bringing him back to campus so that he can share his expertise and insights with our students is a privilege for us.  He graduated from Marshall and has gone on to enjoy a highly productive career so he can help our students understand what the demands are of a practicing artist."

The son of fifth-generation West Virginians, Paxton grew up in Raleigh and Wayne counties in West Virginia and received a B. A. in art from Marshall University in 1975. Granted a full fellowship to the graduate program of the art department of the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., he received his M.F.A. in drawing and painting in 1979. Paxton was a visiting artist at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1981. Two years later he and his wife moved to Chicago, where he has maintained a studio ever since.

"My drawing is a search for a deeper understanding of space, place and the complicated experience of sensation and vision," Paxton said. "Although I try to reduce the influence of illustrating any literary meaning in my drawings, the fact that I am a sixth-generation West Virginian - my early life and young adulthood in deep Appalachia, as well as the curse of coal that has plagued my family, home and mountains - can't help but have an influence on my work and choices that I make."

"As a young incoming freshman to Marshall University in 1971, 41 years ago this month, I had a very limited exposure and education in the fine arts," Paxton said. "I was driven then mostly by a creative burning desire to do something, make something, to be an artist of some sorts. Through the concentrated efforts of the late June Kilgore, my mentor, and others like Michael Cornfeld and Beverly Twitchell, my hunger was force fed and nurtured by their dedication to give me the very strongest foundation, which I have built my career on ever since."

With more than 35 years of concentrated work dedicated to the art of drawing, Paxton is a veteran of numerous exhibitions and installations. From Enoch to Strange Creek, a traveling installation that deals with his family's long history in Clay and Braxton counties of West Virginia, has been featured in one-person exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center; the Muskegon Museum of Art in Muskegon, Mich.; the Miami University Museum of Art, Oxford, Ohio; the Laura Mesaros Gallery at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va.; and the Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling, W.Va.

This past summer, he participated in a residency with the Air Le Parc Project and Research Center in Pampelonne, France. Work has recently been published in the 2012 Studio Visit Magazine, and also in Linework, an Anthology of Comics and Graphics, published by Columbia College Chicago. He also was recently featured in a group exhibition, Rights, Radicals + Revolutions, during the spring of 2012 at Columbia College Chicago and at the same time was awarded a Faculty Development Grant from the Center for Teaching Excellence, Columbia College Chicago.

Paxton has been featured as a visiting artist at Miami University; West Virginia University; Loyola University in Chicago; Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill.; and the Snow City Arts Foundation in Chicago, among others. Paxton's work is included in a long list of public, private and corporate collections. He has been an adjunct instructor in drawing and painting in the art and design department of Columbia College Chicago since 2005.

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Monday September 17, 2012
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Campus organizations, Huntington Area Food Bank to host Hunger Bowl

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Huntington Area Food Bank, along with Marshall University's Student Government Association and offices of Community Engagement, Service Learning, Student Activities and Fraternity and Sorority Life, will host a flag football tournament to benefit the Huntington Area Food Bank and promote Hunger Action Month during Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's Day to Serve.

The inaugural Hunger Bowl will take place from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Buskirk Field on Marshall University's Huntington campus. Huntington Area Food Bank will have donation barrels in the Memorial Student Center from Monday, Sept. 24, through Friday, Sept. 28, for those who wish to donate nonperishable foods.

"When the office of Community Engagement contacted us we were excited to work with them," said Scott Frasure, Director of Development for the Huntington Area Food Bank. "They wanted to promote the governor's Day to Serve as well as Hunger Action Month in a way that could get the entire university involved. So we got together and came up with what we think is a great way to raise food, funds and awareness. We are looking forward to the inaugural Hunger Bowl being a successful event for Huntington Area Food Bank and Marshall University."

To register a flag football team for this event visit Teams will consist of six members and registration is $15 per team. The deadline to register is Thursday, Sept. 27.

The winning team will be awarded the inaugural Hunger Bowl trophy and a Marshall University prize basket. All students, faculty and student organizations are encouraged to participate in this event. The overall goal is to raise enough food and monetary donations to equate to 1,200 meals.

Elizabeth Sheets with the Marshall University Office of Community Engagement said she knew her office would participate when she read that Gov. Tomblin had declared Sept. 29 as West Virginia Day to Serve.

"Upon further research, I discovered that Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia are also joining this day to serve, and they are focusing their volunteer efforts on supporting food banks across their states and the District of Columbia," Sheets said. "I thought it would be a great idea to partner with the Huntington Area Food Bank.  Although the governor didn't give a specific area of service, in one of his earlier statements declaring this day to serve he applauded the efforts by the West Virginia State Fair for its successful food drive earlier this summer.  I just looked at it as a 'win-win!' Marshall students love to give back, and the Huntington Area Food Bank serves several counties within our state."

The Huntington Area Food Bank is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization affiliated with Feeding America, the largest hunger relief agency in the United States. It services 260 agencies in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.

HAFB receives products from Feeding America, USDA, local donors, regional grocers, restaurants, farmers, food manufacturers and food processors. It distributes these perishable and non-perishable items free or at a discounted price which assists in covering its maintenance and transportation expenses.

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Friday September 14, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

National Forensic Tournament coming to Huntington next spring

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  - An estimated 900 to 1,200 students and coaches from around the country will be in Huntington for the five-day NFA (National Forensic Association) Tournament April 18-22, said Dr. David J. Pittenger, dean of MU's College of Liberal Arts.

"This is quite a feather in the cap for the college and the university," Pittenger said. "Clearly, the event will have a notable economic impact on the city and will allow Marshall University to display its charm, hospitality and innovative academic programs."

Marshall got the nod to serve as host of the tournament for a number of reasons, Pittenger said.

"It's a competitive process," he said, "and we earned the honor. We'd hosted tournaments in the past so we know how it's done. And, we're in a relatively good-sized metropolitan area so we're able to handle a large number of teams and competitors. Also, we've been very successful recently in speech and debate. We're very proud of this accomplishment."

Danny Ray, who coaches the Thundering Word, Marshall's speech and debate team, said about 40 states will be represented.

"It's big. Our entire campus will be used," Ray said. "More than 100 schools from all over will participate. It's national exposure for Marshall, plus it will bring in about $2 million to the community and university."

Ray said Marshall served as host of the tournament in 1985 and 1991. He said there are other national tournaments, but this one "is the one that is most important to most schools."

The Thundering Word will compete in the national tournament. Each school normally brings several judges, but using two judges per round means the host school (Marshall) likely will have to provide 40 to 50 judges to cover shortages.

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Friday September 14, 2012
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Guitar duo to give two recitals in Huntington

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Saborio-Alves Duo, guitarists Dr. Julio Alves, who is on the music faculty of Marshall University, and Andrés Saborio, will perform on two recitals beginning Sept. 24.

The first performance will take place at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus. The next evening, Tuesday, Sept. 25, the duo will perform at 7 p.m. at  Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church in Huntington.

The two artists recently performed this program in Costa Rica for the celebration of the Brazilian independence day. It features several Brazilian music styles (choro, maxixe, baiao, valsa-choro, jongo, and frevo) and also a Costa Rican bolero. Some of the compositions were originally written for two guitars, while others were arranged from works for other instruments.

Saborio currently teaches at the University of Costa Rica and at the Universidad Nacional. He won several prizes in international guitar competitions, including first place in the V Festival y Concurso Internacional de Guitarra de Cochabamba, Bolivia, in 2008; third place in the  I Concurso Internacional de Guitarra de Culiacan, Mexico  in 2008; and second place in the 7th Annual Competition in the Performance of Music from Spain and Latin America, Indiana University in 2004.  He has performed as a soloist and as a chamber musician in Costa Rica's main theaters as well as in the United States, Mexico, Holland, Spain, Germany, Nicaragua, Panama, Brazil, Bolivia and Cuba.

"To play in a duo with a virtuoso guitarist such as Andrés Saborio will simply be an extremely rewarding musical experience," Alves, who has been at Marshall since 2006, said. "In my mind, we are like two kids just about to enter into a playground …. we look forward to engaging the audiences in this fun atmosphere. I would like to invite everybody in our local community for a relaxing hour where people can enjoy standards of the Brazilian Choro literature in arrangements that promote entertaining dialogues between the two guitars."

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Friday September 14, 2012
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Leading scientist in autism to present at the Marshall University School of Medicine

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Martha Herbert, an assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, will give a presentation from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in the Harless Auditorium at the Marshall University Medical School.

The presentation, titled The Autism Revolution: From Broken Brain to Chronic Treatable Systemic Condition, is co-sponsored by the West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall University and the Marshall University School of Medicine, department of pediatrics.

It is open to the public and admission is free, but anyone wanting to attend must register at

Herbert also is a pediatric neurologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and an affiliate of the Harvard-MIT-MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, where she is director of the TRANSCEND Research Program (Treatment Research and Neuroscience Evaluation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders).

"Dr. Herbert is one of the world's leading medical scientists in the field of autism," said Dr. Barbara Becker-Cottrill, executive director of the West Virginia Autism Training Center at MU. "She is moving the field beyond the conventional view that autism is a hard-wired impairment that cannot be fixed to a view that looks at autism as a whole body condition that is a collection of problems that can improve with proper treatment.

"Medical professionals, therapists, educators, families of children with autism spectrum disorders and the community at large will gain greater insight into what Dr. Herbert calls a revolution in how we think, and what we do about autism."

Herbert earned her medical degree at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Prior to her medical training she obtained a doctoral degree at the University of California, Santa Cruz, studying evolution and development of learning processes in biology and culture in the History of Consciousness program, and then did postdoctoral work in the philosophy and history of science.

She trained in pediatrics at Cornell University Medical Center and in neurology and child neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where she has remained.

Herbert's new book, The Autism Revolution: Whole Body Strategies for Making Life All it Can Be, will be for sale at the presentation.

For more information, contact Becker-Cottrill at 304-696-2332 or 304-544-3085.

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Thursday September 13, 2012
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Marshall-connected artists' work on display in Charleston, Huntington

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Two artists with Marshall University connections have been chosen to exhibit work in the Inspired: A West Virginia Series of Juried Exhibitions, which is on display at the Culture Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston.

MU art gallery director John Farley and ceramics graduate and current graduate student Tommy Warf were both invited to exhibit work in this exhibition.

In addition, Farley and Marshall artists Dan Cook, Miyuki Cook and Jason Kiley will exhibit artwork in Exhibition 2012, which is an invited juried show that takes place biannually at the Huntington Museum of Art.

Charleston's Inspired series was designed to celebrate West Virginia's sesquicentennial.

"It's an honor to be given the opportunity to display additional works at the Culture Center as part of the Inspired series," Farley said. "For myself - and the other artists as well - it is a chance to view our winning works in a broader context, and give the public a more complete sense of what motivates us as artists."

"It is very flattering to have our work shown with the best of the best artists from our state," Warf added. "It is moments like this that make me feel as though I am a true artist and not just the lucky student."

The Inspired exhibition opened Monday and will continue through Sunday, Feb. 10. The gallery is free and open to the public.

Huntington's Exhibition 2012, sponsored by the Tri-State Arts Association, opened Sunday and will continue until Saturday, Oct. 21.

Since 1953 the Tri-State Arts Association's purpose has been to encourage and promote a public interest in and understanding of all schools of art, as well as develop a closer relationship between art and the community, said Libby Varner, the 2012 exhibition chairperson.

"This exhibition encompasses that goal," Varner said. "The dynamic artistry in this area cannot be denied and all of the artwork submitted to this show was wonderful. The TSAA encourages all artists to indulge in their visions."


Photo: Tommy Warf, left, with The West Virginia Coal Ladies Auxiliary, 2011, mixed clays and John Farley with Don Kinnard: When We Die, We will Die with Our Arms Unbound, 2011, colored pencil. The two works were chosen for the Inspired series at the Culture Center in Charleston.

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Monday September 10, 2012
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Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine students and faculty inducted into national honor society

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Twelve 4th-year medical students at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine were inducted today into the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) in a ceremony at the Harless Auditorium in the Marshall University Medical Center.

The society, established in 2002, is an association of individuals and medical school chapters whose members are selected as exemplars of empathy, compassion, altruism, integrity and service in working with patients, their families and others in the field of medicine.

The GHHS is an initiative of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation which was created in 1988 by Dr. Arnold P. Gold and his wife Dr. Sandra Gold in an effort to nurture and preserve the tradition of the caring physician.   The Gold Humanism Honor Society now celebrates 10 years and 101 chapters in the United States and Canada.

"My husband and I are delighted to represent the Arnold P. Gold Foundation at this inaugural induction of the Gold Humanism Honor Society," Dr. Sandra Gold said. "The creation of this new chapter signifies the students and faculty at Marshall place high value on the interpersonal skills and attitudes that are essential for excellent patient care."

Dr. Joseph I. Shapiro, dean of the School of Medicine, was honored in 2002 with the Arnold P. Gold-Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Humanism in Medicine Award.

"The GHHS honors that aspect of being a health care provider which I think is most admirable. Of the different distinctions that I've been fortunate enough to receive, being selected as an honoree from the GHHS in 2002 is probably the one I'm proudest of," Shapiro said.

Shapiro went on to say he's extremely proud of the Marshall students and Marshall faculty who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to excellence and compassion in patient care and are now being inducted.

The following students were inducted into the honorary:

  • Brian Abadir, Proctorville, Ohio
  • Matthew Q. Christiansen, Gandeeville, W.Va.
  • Matthew B. Curry, Huntington, W.Va.
  • John B. Epling, Summersville, W.Va.
  • Joshua A. Hess, Hurricane, W.Va.
  • Caleb R. Huff, Glenwood, W.Va.
  • Jacob T. Kilgore, Kenova, W.Va.
  • P. Gordon McLemore, Murray, Utah
  • Bi Mo, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Kathleen H. Richardson, Long Valley, N.J.
  • Melissa A. Rowe, Huntington, W.Va.
  • Adam T. Short, South Charleston, W.Va.


Several faculty members were also inducted into the society and recognized as recipients of The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.   They include: Dr. Renee S. Domanico, associate professor, pediatrics; Dr. Shirley M. Neitch, professor, internal medicine; and Dr. Gerard J. Oakley, professor, obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Darshana T. Shah, professor, pathology and associate dean of faculty affairs & professional development was also inducted and will serve as chapter advisor.

Attending today's ceremony was Dr. Richard I. Levin, newly-selected President and CEO of the Gold Foundation.   Levin formerly served as vice principal for health affairs and dean of the faculty of medicine at McGill University in Montreal, as well as vice dean for education, faculty and academic affairs at New York University.

In addition to creating the Gold Humanism Honor Society, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation is credited with starting the White Coat Ceremony welcoming medical students into their first year of education.  The White Coat Ceremony or a similar rite of passage takes place at more than 90 percent of the schools of medicine and osteopathy in the United States.   The Foundation also facilitates nearly a dozen other programs all geared toward nurturing the relationship between physician and patient.

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Friday September 7, 2012
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Conference and reception to celebrate state's coal mining enterprise

"Rocket Boys" author Homer Hickam among those to be honored with awards

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Representatives of the state's mining industry will gather at Tamarack in Beckley on Thursday, Oct. 4, for the 2012 Miners' Celebration a conference and reception to celebrate the past, present and future of West Virginia's coal mining enterprise.

The free program will begin at 3 p.m. with a series of short presentations to highlight successes in coalfield community development. Speakers will include West Virginia Adjutant General Maj. General James A. Hoyer, Rachel Lester of the West Virginia Division of Energy's Office of Coalfield Community Development, coalfields historian Stan Bumgardner and Gary Hartley of The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.

The reception and light buffet will begin at 5:30 p.m. and is open to all conference attendees. McDowell County native and bestselling author Homer Hickam, who wrote "Rocket Boys" and other memoirs about growing up in the mining community of Coalwood, will be on hand to accept a special "Spirit of the Coalfields" award and to participate in the program.

Conference organizers also will present "Because of You" awards to recognize nine individuals for their significant contributions to West Virginia's coalfields heritage in the following categories:  Community Re-Investment, Community Involvement, Engineer, Safety Professional, Equipment Innovation, Management Professional, Women in Mining, Educator of the Year and Coal Miner of the Year. The Coal Heritage Highway Authority/National Coal Heritage Area will present several awards, including the Nick Joe Rahall Award for Outstanding Achievements in Coal Heritage Preservation, the Coal Heritage Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Coal Heritage Marketing Award and the Coal Heritage Research and Documentation Award.

The program will conclude with a salute to those who led the community effort to build a memorial to the victims of the Upper Big Branch mine disaster. The monument, which stands along state Route 3 in Whitesville, was dedicated on July 27.

"West Virginia's mining industry depends upon thousands of individuals in many different roles," said Dr. Tony Szwilski, chairman of the conference planning committee and director of Marshall University's Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences. "Every one of these people whether they are miners, safety engineers, environmental professionals, equipment suppliers, community leaders or teachers contributes to each ton of coal produced.

"It is because of them the mining industry is successful. This event is intended to honor and recognize the contributions of everyone involved in what we call our state's mining 'ecosystem.' "

Szwilski said the Miners' Celebration is a cooperative project of the Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences at Marshall University; the National Coal Heritage Area; Strategic Solutions LLC; the United Mine Workers of America; the West Virginia Coal Association; and the West Virginia Division of Energy, Office of Coalfield Community Development.

Sponsors include Brickstreet Insurance, Marshall University, State Electric Supply Co., the West Virginia Division of Energy and West Virginia Executive magazine. Contributors are Alpha Natural Resources, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP and The State Journal.

The conference and reception are free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested. To register online or for more information about the Miners' Celebration, visit

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Friday September 7, 2012
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Marshall medical alumni celebrate 'Milestones and Memories' homecoming with events

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Alumni of the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine gather in Huntington today and Saturday for the 26th annual alumni weekend.

Today's events include continuing medical education sessions featuring the Dr. Tara and Indu Wable Sharma Annual Memorial Lecture with keynote speaker Henri J. Roca III, M.D., beginning at 2:15 p.m. The lecture will take place in the Harless Auditorium at the Marshall University Medical Center.

Roca is the medical director at Greenwich Hospital Center for Integrative Medicine and a medical school professor at both Louisiana State University and Yale.   Roca graduated from medical school at LSU and completed residency training at Marshall.

The day rounds out with an alumni banquet at 6:30 p.m. in the Don Morris Room of the Marshall University Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus where Sen. Ron Stollings, M.D., Class of 1982, will be recognized as the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus.

Stollings is board-certified in internal medicine and has a private practice in Madison.   He has served West Virginians as a state senator in the West Virginia Legislature since 2006 and is chairman of the Senate Health and Human Resources committee.   He is a former member of the Higher Education Policy Commission and past president of the West Virginia Medical Association.

Additional weekend activities include a Saturday morning meet and greet with Dr. Joseph I. Shapiro, dean of the School of Medicine, and a tailgate prior to the 7 p.m. game against Western Carolina. The meet and green starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Marshall University Medical Center, and the tailgate begins at 4:30 p.m. on the field behind the Robert "Bobby" L. Pruett Training Complex on Third Avenue.

Classes celebrating with reunions this year are the Class of 1982, Class of 1987, Class of 1992, Class of 1997, Class of 2002 and the Class of 2007.

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Friday September 7, 2012
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Washington Post columnist to read from her memoir at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Washington Post columnist Donna Britt will read publicly from her memoir, Brothers (& Me), at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Marshall University.

The reading, which is free to the public, will take place in Smith Hall 154 on Marshall's Huntington campus. Britt's appearance is part of the Visiting Writers Series at MU, which is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the English Department.

Britt wrote for The Detroit Free Press and USA Today before she joined The Washington Post as a columnist in 1991. Her column explores issues of race relations in America, gender politics, popular trends, books, film, music and various other topics.

She was born in Gary, Ind., the sole daughter in a family of four. She studied film at Hampton University before going on to earn a master's degree from the University of Michigan. During her last year in Ann Arbor, her older brother Darrell was shot to death by Gary police - the subject of Brothers (& Me), which was listed as one of "10 Titles to Pick Up Now" in  O Magazine.

Britt has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in journalism, and she received a Distinguished Writing Award for commentary and column writing from the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

For more information, contact Dr. Rachael Peckham in Marshall's Department of English at 304-696-3649.

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Thursday September 6, 2012
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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, Sept. 12.

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 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 Jan. 25.

The MU Alert system, which is operated by Marshall and delivered thru the Blackboard Connect™ service, 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, log in, click on the MU Alert red triangle and complete their subscription or update by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11. 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.

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Thursday September 6, 2012
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Grant allows June Harless Center to expand Arts and Bots funding

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development in the College of Education at Marshall University was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from Alcon Laboratories, Inc., to expand funding for the Arts and Bots project.

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

Arts and Bots is one of several projects implemented by the Harless CREATE satellite, a branch of Carnegie Mellon University's CREATE Lab at the June Harless Center.  The satellite integrates robotics and technology initiatives in West Virginia schools including Marshall University Professional Development Schools. This initiative aligns with the mission of the Harless Center to provide leadership in education initiatives for West Virginia educators and students.

The grant, which was originally designed to encourage middle school girls' interest in STEM topics, was expanded to include both genders and a larger age group due to its success.  The funds will be used to provide teachers stipends, equipment and support to 16 teachers in eight schools. In addition, it will enable educators and rural communities in West Virginia a real-time portal to the flow of cutting edge technologies and programs being developed at the lab in Pittsburgh.

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

For more information, contact Dr. Stan Maynard at or visit and

Also, anyone  interested in supporting the June Harless Center programs within the College of Education may contact Rick Robinson in the Marshall Foundation by phone at 304-696-7081, or by e-mail at

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Wednesday September 5, 2012
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Estate planning seminar offered Sept. 13 at Marshall Foundation Hall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Foundation, Inc., is sponsoring an estate planning seminar Thursday, Sept. 13, at the MU Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center.

Howard "Buck" Crews and James Graley, attorneys with Campbell Woods, PLLC, will present the seminar titled "Create an Estate Plan that Works for You." They will discuss topics such as impending tax law changes, charitable giving, wills, trusts and annuities.

The event, which is free to the public, runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Foundation Hall, which is located at 519 John Marshall Dr. on the Huntington campus. Refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

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Wednesday September 5, 2012
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MU students needed to carry flags for Healing Field® 9/11 flag memorial

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students will take part in Huntington's second annual Healing Field® 9/11 flag memorial by carrying American flags in a march from the Marshall Recreation Center on the Huntington campus to Spring Hill Cemetery at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7.

Student Body President Ray Harrell said he is asking 75 students to each carry a flag to the cemetery, where they will be placed in the field in honor of the 75 victims of the 1970 Marshall plane crash. Students interested in participating may call Harrell at 954-495-5181. The website for the event is

A brief ceremony will follow the march.

Three thousand full-sized United States flags will fly on eight poles in perfect rows at Spring Hill, which is located at 1427 Norway Ave. The living display of heroism will symbolize a patriotic tribute to the strength and unity of Americans.

Flags will be posted from Friday through Tuesday, Sept. 11.

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Wednesday September 5, 2012
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Tri-State restaurants invited to participate in Marshall University's 49th annual International Festival on Saturday, Nov. 3

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - International restaurants from throughout the Tri-State Area will be participating in Marshall University's 49th annual International Festival, scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the SMG-managed Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

Restaurants can still apply for a spot in the festival. Participants will receive a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales and promotion of their restaurant. The deadline to apply is Friday, Sept. 14, and space is limited. The application form can be downloaded from the Marshall University Center for International Programs website at

In past years, the festival has taken place in the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's Huntington campus. However, as the event's popularity has grown, so, too, has the need for a larger venue. As the largest entertainment venue in the Tri-State, Big Sandy Superstore Arena hosts concerts, family shows, trade shows, regional and state athletic competitions.

"Typically, over 1,000 people will attend," said Dr. Clark Egnor, executive director of Marshall's Center for International Programs. "But we anticipate many more people will attend this year with the participation of the restaurants and the larger venue."

Admission to the festival is free and the event is open to the public.

In addition to the international foods prepared by restaurants, the International Festival will also feature music and dance from around the world along with displays representing more than 60 countries and cultures provided by Marshall University international students and the Tri-State international community, in partnership with Cabell County Schools and Mountwest Community and Technical College.

"The international festival events are the perfect opportunity for students, faculty, staff and members of the community to enjoy the international diversity and global opportunities found on the Marshall campus and in the surrounding community," Egnor said.  Currently, Marshall enrolls more than 400 international students from 60 countries.  Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp has set a goal for Marshall to double the number of international students in the next three years.

Each restaurant will offer tastings of its signature menu items.  Egnor said that by purchasing food tickets, guests can sample a variety of foods from all over the world at a very affordable price.  "Festivalgoers," he said, "will have an opportunity to easily explore new restaurants and sample different international dishes they would not ordinarily try. You won't walk away hungry."

For further details about Marshall University's annual International Festival, contact the Center for International Programs at 304-696-6265, e-mail, or visit the International Festival website at

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Wednesday September 5, 2012
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Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine students participate in national addiction education program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Three medical students at Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine each attended an intensive addiction education institute  at the Betty Ford Institute in California this summer.

The three second-year students, Aaron M. Dom, from Wellersburg, Pa., William D. Hall, from Fairfax, Va., and Mindy Becker Hodge of Ashland, Ky., attended three different sessions which focused on giving them the opportunity to become part of the world renowned Betty Ford Center experience.

Instead of participation in a classroom setting, the students learn by integration into the daily life of either a patient in treatment or participants in the family program of the center.

"Addiction sends out shock waves to everyone associated with the patient," Dom said. "While I knew I would see some patients with addiction in my future practice, I learned that I'm more likely to see the family members who are impacted by their loved one's addiction. This was a great opportunity to see addiction from a family member's perspective."

Students Hall and Hodge also agreed that the experience was incredibly beneficial.

"Addiction in all forms is a huge problem, particularly in our Appalachian area," Hodge said.  "This institute helped me learn how to do a better job of managing the medical case and better relate to my patients."

Hall said one of the most important aspects of the training for him "was the realization that addiction is truly a disease and can be treated."  Additionally, he hoped by participating he'd learn some of the ways to defeat the stigma of mental illness and addiction.

Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine students have been chosen to attend the Institute since 2005.

"We are delighted that our students have been selected to participate in this program which only invites about 100 students every year," said Dr. Marie Veitia, associate dean for student affairs.  "It is a great opportunity for them to learn about addiction in a manner that is unique and not available locally."

The mission of the Betty Ford Institute is to conduct and support collaborative programs of prevention, education and research that will lead to a reduction in the effects of addictive disease on individuals - especially parents and children in family settings - as well as on organizations and communities.


Photos: Medical students Aaron Dom (above), Mindy Hodge (middle), and WIlliam Hall (below) attended seminars at the Betty Ford Institute in California this summer.

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Tuesday September 4, 2012
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Amicus Curiae Lecture Series continues with five notable speakers

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Five lectures featuring notable scholars and opinion leaders who will talk about the Constitution and important matters in the nation's political process will be delivered during the 2012-2013 academic year at Marshall University.

Each lecture is part of a series on the Constitution of the United States of America titled Amicus Curiae, or Friend of the Court.

The Amicus Curiae Lecture Series on Constitutional Democracy, which debuted a year ago, is sponsored by Marshall's Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy and the College of Liberal Arts, with financial support from the West Virginia Humanities Council.

All five lectures will take place at the Marshall University Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center, on the Huntington campus.

"We are extremely fortunate to have the support of the West Virginia Humanities Council and Simon D. Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy for this lecture series," said Dr. David J. Pittenger, dean of Marshall's College of Liberal Arts. "The Amicus Curiae Lecture Series is a classroom to the greater Huntington community. We hope that all people who want to learn more about this great nation and its Constitution will join us for these informative and provocative lectures."

Patricia Proctor, director of the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy, said the excellent attendance during the first year of the Amicus Curiae Lecture Series "demonstrated that both the Marshall community and the community at large are passionately interested in issues related to our democracy.

"This year, we are thrilled with both the caliber of the lecturers and the relevance of the topics they will address," Proctor said. "We have an acknowledged expert on Congress coming to discuss the dysfunction plaguing our national politics and to offer solutions.  We have the director of the Center for Jacksonian America coming to talk about the election Jackson alleged was stolen from him.  In November, an internationally-known expert on the presidency will discuss the failures of the electoral college - a particularly relevant issue in an election year.

"In the spring, the co-author of The Great Decision - a Supreme Court litigator and former White House counsel to President Clinton - is coming to discuss Marbury v. Madison and the political context surrounding John Marshall's most important decision during the week of its 210th anniversary.  Finally, in April, we have a Marshall alumnus, who graduated from Harvard Law School and has spent his career in the Department of Justice, coming to discuss civil rights."

Here is a brief look at each speaker and his topic:

7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 - Dr. Thomas E. Mann, the W. Averell Harriman chair and senior fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution, will speak on Congress's role in governance and its current performance in fulfilling its mandate as outlined in the Constitution.  He posits that there have been worse times for Congress, but comparable periods include the run-up to the Civil War and to the War of 1812. Mann is the co-author, with Dr. Norman Ornstein, of The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track
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