June 2013 News Releases

Friday June 28, 2013
Contact: Megan Archer, Alumni and Outreach Coordinator, College of Health Professions, (304) 696-7153

Marshall School of Physical Therapy receives Hedrick Grant for Teaching Innovation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Penny Kroll and Dr. Rania Karim of the Marshall University School of Physical Therapy have received the Hedrick Program Grant for Teaching Innovation for the 2013-14 academic year.

Kroll is director of the School of Physical Therapy and Karim is an assistant professor with the school.

The Hedrick Grant is given annually from the Faculty Development Office in the Center for Teaching and Learning at Marshall. The grant funds an award of up to $5,000 for a project that supports innovations in teaching at the program level.

"As clinicians we realize the importance of working together across disciplines," Kroll said. "We have joined with the College of Health Profession's Department of Communication Disorders and School of Nursing as well as the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and School of Pharmacy to continue our inter-professional education (IPE) initiative."

Approximately 320 students were brought together this past spring for three, three-hour seminars. They participated in activities designed to encourage inter-professional education, which occurs when "students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective learning."

With the aid of the Hedrick Grant, Karim said students can build on these experiences and continue their interactions with different professionals to learn about improving patient care.

"If we can get our students exposed to this collaborative environment of working with individuals of different disciplines, we create meaningful interactions that improve student outcomes," Karim said. "Growing up in this educational environment will allow them to be more prepared for real-world situations. That's our ultimate goal."

Both Kroll and Karim agree the need for inter-professional education is greater than ever due to miscommunication among health care workers, which can result in many costly medical errors. Pam Holland, director of clinical education in the Department of Communication Disorders, said the changing landscape of health care is one reason why inter-professional education is so important.

"Students we are educating now will be working in a changing environment," Holland said. "It is essential, now more than ever, to have a solid understanding of how other professionals can contribute to the care of a patient and see others' knowledge and skills as equally important."

Holland, one of the faculty organizers for the inter-professional education sessions, said she was not surprised to hear about the School of Physical Therapy's grant award.

"This is a great example of innovation that benefits both faculty and students as well as the community for years to come through the quality of health care received," Holland said. "The fact that the IPE initiative is a collaborative endeavor across several disciplines further supports the recognition provided through the grant."


Photo: Students from the College of Health Profession's Department of Communication Disorders, School of Physical Therapy and School of Nursing joined with the Joan C. Edwards Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy last spring for the first ever inter-professional education (IPE) seminar at the St. Mary's Center for Education. These seminars will continue into fall 2013 with the help of the Hedrick Grant.

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Friday June 28, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall scholarships memorialize educator John E. Huxley

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The John E. Huxley memorial scholarships for physical therapy and special education have been established by the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., according to Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the foundation.

These endowed and renewable awards will go to full-time Marshall University students who are residents of West Virginia, in good academic standing (2.5 GPA or higher) and are majoring in Physical Therapy and Special Education, respectively. The award recipients will be chosen by the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

The awards were established to memorialize John E. Huxley, who spent his life as an educator, teaching in Kanawha and Boone counties and at Charleston Catholic High School. He also worked for the West Virginia State Department of Education in the Office of Special Education. Most recently, Huxley was the Director of Distance Education at the Marshall University Graduate School of Education and Professional Development.

These scholarships will be available for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Anyone wanting to contribute to the John E. Huxley Memorial Scholarship for Physical Therapy or the John E. Huxley Memorial Scholarship for Special Education may do so by sending a check payable to: The Marshall University Foundation, Inc., 519 John Marshall Dr., Huntington, WV 25703 and listing the specific scholarship on the memo line.

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Thursday June 27, 2013
Contact: Lalena Price, University Communications, 304-746-1989

Advance only tickets on sale now for Marshall University's 16th annual Paint the Capital City Green rally

CHARLESTON, W.Va.- Tickets are on sale for the 16th annual Paint the Capital City Green celebration coming to Charleston Embassy Suites on Thursday, Aug. 22.

Thundering Herd fans will hear from Doc Holliday, Marshall University's head football coach, athletic director Mike Hamrick and President Stephen J. Kopp, as well as key members of this year's team as they talk about the future of Marshall University football.

Fans will also enjoy a pep rally atmosphere that includes a tailgate spread, entertainment by mascot Marco, the cheerleading squad, dance team and members of the Marshall University Marching Thunder.

Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. and the formal program begins at 7:30 p.m.

Advance only tickets are $50 and must be purchased by close of business on Friday, Aug. 16, to be entered into a drawing for the opportunity to win admission and hotel accommodations for two to Marshall's game at Florida Atlantic University Oct. 12 in Boca Raton.

For ticket information, call the Big Green Scholarship Foundation at 304-696-7138 or e-mail paintthecapital@marshall.edu.

The event, presented by Friends of Coal, is the nation's largest indoor pep rally for Thundering Herd alumni, fans and friends. Paint the Capital City Green is hosted by the Big Green Scholarship Foundation and the Marshall University Alumni Association. Event proceeds benefit the Big Green Scholarship Foundation and the Marshall University Alumni Association.

For more information, contact Lalena Price, M.B.A |Marshall University Communications, 304-746-1989 | pricel@marshall.edu.

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Thursday June 27, 2013
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964

Marshall University selected to help implement energy and power curriculum for high school students

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University has been selected by the Southern Regional Education Board to help implement an energy and power program of study for high school students in West Virginia and other states.

As part of SREB's Advanced Career program, faculty members from Marshall's College of Information Technology and Engineering are working with the West Virginia Department of Education to launch a sequence of four courses intended to increase the number of students who leave high school prepared for further study, advanced training and careers in energy and power.

Engineering professor Dr. Richard Begley, who is directing the project at Marshall, said the field of energy and power was selected for the project because of its importance to West Virginia's economy. The project is one of several similar initiatives SREB is developing in partnership with its member states.

"The Advanced Career program focuses on high-wage, skilled fields important to the participating state's economy," Begley added. "The goal is to deliver courses that start students down the path toward a recognized industry certificate, a community/technical college certificate, or an associate or bachelor's degree in that field."

According to Begley, the new courses were designed by teams from universities and high schools in partnership with industry experts. The curriculum incorporates a hands-on approach with experiments that use energy and power measurement instruments, data software and computer simulations. Participating students will learn to apply mathematical and scientific concepts, and will use technology and engineering to solve real-world problems found in the energy and power industry.

SREB Senior Vice President Gene Bottoms said, "This is what modern career-tech education looks like. Because the aim is to graduate more students with more options, the program is available to any and all mainstream students. It flips the switch for those students who aren't sparked by traditional teaching styles and gives them a new way to learn. It's a path we must take to not only graduate more students, but to prepare them for what comes after high school."

Begley said Marshall's primary role in the project will be training high school teachers to deliver the curriculum. Sessions to train selected West Virginia teachers will be held this summer. The trained teachers will pilot the new courses during the upcoming school year and next summer will help train teachers from other states.

Dr. Wael Zatar, dean of Marshall's College of Information Technology and Engineering, said the cooperative project is testament to the quality of the university's engineering faculty.

"The fact that our college was selected by SREB to help implement this program in West Virginia speaks volumes about our faculty, their skills and their dedication to helping students learn at all levels," he said. "Work force development is at the heart of everything we do and this new curriculum will play a vital role in preparing high school students to continue their educations and contribute to our state's economic future."

West Virginia Superintendent of Schools James B. Phares said, "We welcome the opportunity to be part of this partnership with Marshall University and the SREB. This project promises to increase the level of engagement, motivation and effort for many students, while meeting a growing work force need in West Virginia, where energy and power play an important role in our economy. We look forward to sharing our work with other states in the Advanced Career consortium in the future."

Dr. Gayle Ormiston, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Marshall, congratulated Begley and Zatar, saying, "We are pleased to be part of this important cooperative program with SREB and the West Virginia Department of Education. Thank you to Dr. Begley and Dean Zatar for their leadership. The hands-on approach of the Advanced Career program is perfectly suited to the style of teaching and learning we embrace here at Marshall."

The Atlanta-based Southern Regional Education Board is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving public education in its 16 member states. Visit www.sreb.org.

For more information about the Advanced Career program at Marshall, contact Begley at 304-696-3438 or begley@marshall.edu.

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Thursday June 27, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, 304-696-7153

Tobacco ban takes effect Monday, July 1, at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Beginning Monday, July 1, the use of all tobacco products will be prohibited on any property owned or controlled by Marshall University.

The tobacco policy was passed unanimously by Marshall's Board of Governors June 11, and takes effect Monday. It applies to faculty, staff, students, contractors, vendors and visitors. No advertising, sale or free sampling of tobacco products will be allowed on any Marshall campus.

Amy Saunders, director of Marshall's student health programs, said Marshall is making the move to improve the health of its students, faculty and staff. She said more than 800 colleges and universities across the nation have done the same.

"I hope everyone will be respectful of our policy and help us to make our campus healthier and safer for everybody," Saunders said. "It's a policy and, like any policy, we expect everybody to follow it. It's change, and it's change for the better."

The policy includes an exception for events that attract a large number of off-campus visitors. Such events may be exempted on a case-by-case basis with the approval of the Vice President for Administration, provided that all smoking be restricted to designated outdoor smoking areas.

Tobacco waste containers will be removed beginning Monday, and signs reminding faculty, staff and students of the tobacco ban will be placed around campus soon. Saunders said her organization will be setting up programs to help students, faculty and staff with cessation efforts.

Saunders said she has received numerous calls since the policy was passed June 11.

"A lot of people are happy about the tobacco policy," she said. "We do expect people to comply."

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Wednesday June 26, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Traditional change of command ceremony conducted by Marines at MU

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -The U.S. Marine Corps conducted a traditional change of command ceremony today on the plaza of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Maj. Lauren Edwards, a native of Smiths Grove, Ky., and a recent graduate of Marshall with a Master of Arts degree in leadership studies, relinquished command of Recruiting Station Charleston to Maj. Gabriel Diana of Columbus.

Edwards spent three years as commanding officer at Recruiting Station Charleston, which is located in Ona. She next is headed to the Naval Command and Staff College in Newport, R.I.

Diana served with 1st Battalion 9th Marines as the Commanding Officer Headquarters and Service Support Company and the Battalion Operations Officer from September 2009 to June 2012. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1996.

Today's ceremony was attended by families of each Marine, along with an assembled company of command, honored guests and other dignitaries.


Photos: (Above) Maj. Gabriel Diana, left, and Maj. Lauren Edwards stand together during today's change of command ceremony at Marshall University. (Below) Maj. Gabriel Diana, left, holds the U.S. Marine Corps flag after receiving it from Maj. Lauren Edwards, right, in today's change of command ceremony at Marshall University. Edwards relinquished command of Recruiting Station Charleston to Diana in the ceremony. Photos by Rick Haye/Marshall University.

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Monday June 24, 2013
Contact: Megan Archer, Assistant to the Dean, College of Health Professions, 304-696-2624

Assistant professor's presentation detailing her research expected to boost world-wide collaboration for MU community

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Monika Sawhney, an assistant professor with the Marshall University College of Health Professions, will give a presentation on her research of health care economics, titled "The performance of India's health care system: Evidence from a stochastic frontier analysis."

Sawhney will give her presentation at the ninth International Health Economics Association (iHEA) World Congress from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, July 8, in Sydney, Australia.

"I am very excited to see what other researchers have been working on in the area of health economics," Sawhney said. "This opens many doors for the Marshall community to be able to collaborate with scholars around the world on future research initiatives."
"My research involves the basic principle of efficiency," Sawhney said. "We have so many economic challenges all over the world. In order to be efficient, we have to implement the best health care practices. One of the ways to do this is to make efficient use of available resources."

Sawhney is director of the Public Health program at Marshall. She said this is a very timely topic for not only developing countries such as India, but for nations across the globe as well as states within the U.S., especially West Virginia.

"Many national and local governments - both in the developing and developed world - are faced with the possibility of a decline in resources for health and other social sectors," Sawhney said. "This conference will provide an opportunity to be exposed to cutting-edge research that can help policymakers implement strategies that encourage high levels of efficiency."

Tom Getzen, iHEA executive director, said more than 1,000 researchers representing more than 60 countries will attend the event.

"This is a large forum where like-minded people can present their ideas and connect with one another on a global front," Getzen said. "This is a great way for researchers to get feedback on their methodology and meet others interested in the field of health economics. Those attending this conference have presented work that meets an international standard."

Sawhney said she is thrilled to be given an opportunity to share her knowledge with others in her field.

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Monday June 24, 2013
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964

Researcher lands NIH grant to study mechanisms of human reproduction

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Guo-Zhang Zhu, an associate professor of biology at Marshall University, has received a two-year, $148,800 grant from the National Institutes of Health for his work to study the processes of human reproduction.

Research in Zhu's lab focuses on understanding the molecular basis of fertilization and early embryonic development.

He says that in addition to helping scientists understand the mechanisms of cell differentiation and development, the study funded through NIH's National Institute of Child Health and Human Development may offer insights into the causes of infertility in men and lead to new strategies for assisted reproduction and male contraception.

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development sponsors research on human development; maternal, child, and family health; reproductive biology and population issues; and medical rehabilitation.

Zhu previously was awarded a three-year NIH grant worth $212,792.

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Friday June 21, 2013
Contact: Leah Payne, Public Affairs Director, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, (304) 696-7153

Newly enacted pharmacy legislation allows for health care advances

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Officials with the Marshall University School of Pharmacy say legislation adopted  by the 2013 West Virginia Legislature and signed into law by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin paves the way for new educational opportunities and also modernizes pharmacy practice in the state.
Brian A. Gallagher, director of pharmacy services at the school, said the legislation expands collaborative practice between pharmacists and physicians and replaces outdated policy from the 1990s.

"The changes provide the opportunity for pharmacists to be more active members of the health care team by managing medications for patients in conjunction with the patient's physician," he said.  "Allowing cooperation among health care professionals in the community setting improves the quality of care and provides increased access while decreasing overall costs."

Gallagher says under the new law pharmacists will be able to partner with physicians to provide specific patient care functions under certain conditions and limitations.

Dr. Kevin W. Yingling, dean of the Marshall University School of Pharmacy, applauded the efforts of lawmakers for revamping the decades-old pharmacy act which, he says, now allows for enhanced  patient care outcomes through medication therapy management by pharmacists and for broader experiential opportunities for pharmacy students.

"The modernization of the pharmacy practice act moves West Virginia forward in pharmacy education and ultimately means better and more accessible health care for patients," Yingling said.  "I commend the West Virginia Legislature, in particular Delegate Don C. Perdue and Senator Ron D. Stollings, and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin for their dedication to shepherding this much-needed initiative into law."

The Larry W. Border Pharmacy Practice Act is named in memory of longtime delegate and pharmacist Larry W. Border, who passed away in 2011.   Perdue, of Wayne County, a sponsor of the legislation and also a pharmacist, said the new legislation is the culmination of years of work by those in the academic, clinical and community areas.

"This particular legislation had been in process for three years," Perdue said. "The assistance of Dean  Yingling, the folks at the Marshall University School of Pharmacy and pharmacy professionals across the state were critical in getting a version passed that was appealing to both professionals and the public."

Stollings agreed, saying, "The work of Dr. Yingling and others at Marshall certainly helped facilitate the passage of this much-needed update to the Pharmacy Practice Act.  Health care of the future is all about teamwork and the new law provides a framework for that collaboration to occur."

The new law takes effect July 1.

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Friday June 21, 2013
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, 304-746-2038

Hensley receives Distinguished Service Award from organization of student personnel administrators

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Thursday June 20, 2013
Contact: Pat Dickson, University Communications, (304) 696-7153

Recent MU grad headed back to Turkey to study the language

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A recent Marshall University graduate has been awarded a U.S.  Department of State Critical Language Scholarship for the second consecutive year. The scholarship will allow her to spend two months this summer in Turkey studying the Turkish language.

Mary Harper of South Charleston, W.Va., who received a B.A. degree in International Affairs from Marshall last month, left today (June 20) for Bursa, a city in northwestern Turkey, where she will engage  in intensive language institutes.

Harper is returning to Turkey after spending several weeks there last year studying in Ankara, Turkey's capital city.

The Critical Language Scholarship program is part of a government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages.

Harper, the daughter of Rich and Peggy Harper, also of South Charleston, was one of approximately 600 undergraduate and graduate students nationally who received a C.L.S. Scholarship to study abroad.

This trip actually marks Harper's third visit to Turkey.  She credits her interest in the Turkish language to a friendship she developed with an international student with whom she was paired in Marshall's Learning English for Academic Purposes (LEAP) program. The friendship led to an invitation to visit her friend's home in Turkey where Harper said she developed a strong interest in the Turkish culture and its language.

Harper will be pursuing a master's degree in English as a Second Language this fall at West Virginia University.  She hopes to return to Turkey as a teacher working primarily with refugees.

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Tuesday June 18, 2013
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964

University announces hydroelectric demonstration and education project at Morris Creek Watershed

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences and the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall University have announced the installation of a hydro generator to be used as a demonstration and education project in the Morris Creek Watershed near Montgomery.

Installed in conjunction with the Morris Creek Watershed Association, the hydro generator is using acid mine drainage discharge as its water source. It is the latest in a series of projects the university is conducting in partnership with the West Virginia Division of Energy's Office of Coalfield Community Development to demonstrate renewable energy applications on former surface-mined properties.

The Morris Creek Watershed is located in an extensively mined area of Kanawha and Fayette counties. According to George Carico, director of the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center, mining has not occurred in the watershed since the late 1980s but acid mine drainage discharges are present.

He says water from a discharge has been diverted to provide the water source for the generator. After the water passes through the generator, it is directed back into the main stream for treatment before entering Morris Creek.

Power generated from the 1.3 kilowatt system is being used to charge the Morris Creek Watershed Association's stream monitoring equipment and meeting facility. The association is monitoring the generator's performance and will be offering informational tours of the system as part of its ongoing educational program.

Carico worked with the West Virginia Division of Energy to find a suitable site to demonstrate this type of renewable energy. He says that while the project provides renewable energy to the watershed association, it also has a great deal of educational value.

"We're seeing an increasing interest in various types of renewable energy all around the state," he adds. "Electricity generated from hydropower is definitely not new, but using mine water discharge as a power source is.

"This system, though quite small in terms of electrical generation capacity, will help people better understand this particular type of renewable energy. With the Morris Creek Watershed Association providing educational outreach programs, members of the local community and students and teachers, as well as other watershed groups, will get to see close up how hydropower in the right setting can provide a reliable power supply."

A total of $14,000 in federal and local funding was provided for the project, including $7,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission and $7,000 in cash and in-kind funding from the Morris Creek Watershed Association. The association's match included engineering expertise and support from the West Virginia University Institute of Technology and Bridgemont Community and Technical College.

For more information about the project, contact Carico at 304-696-5456 or carico@marshall.edu. To schedule a site tour, contact Mike King of the Morris Creek Watershed Association at 304-442-4185 or mikewvoa@suddenlink.net.

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Friday June 14, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Application process begins for Fall Graduate Scholarship Tuition Waivers

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Applications are now being accepted for the Marshall University Graduate Scholarship Tuition Waiver program for the fall 2013 semester, according to Dr. Donna Spindel, dean of the Graduate College. The program provides tuition assistance for a limited number of Marshall University graduate students and Marshall University full-time faculty and staff employees.

Applicants must be currently admitted and enrolled in a graduate degree-granting or certificate program at Marshall University.  Up to three hours of waiver for graduate coursework will be awarded to qualified applicants. The waiver does not cover online courses.

The awarding of waivers is competitive and is made on the basis of academic achievement and promise, Spindel said. Beginning with the fall semester of 2013, students are eligible for one award in three consecutive semesters (i.e., a student who receives an award in fall 2013 is not eligible for another award until fall 2014; a student who receives an award in spring 2014 is not eligible for another award until Spring 2015; a student who receives an award in summer 2014 is not eligible for another award until summer 2015). In addition, beginning with the fall 2013 scholarship waiver period, students are limited to a maximum of four awards. (Past awards do not apply.)

Deadline for the applications is Friday, July 26. Applicants who are awarded waivers will be notified by e-mail. Waivers are posted to student accounts within 10 business days of approval and registration. Award recipients are responsible for any amount not covered by the waiver. Balances must be paid by the tuition/fee due date noted on the Bursar website at www.marshall.edu/bursar.

Applicants must be registered for graduate courses for fall 2013 by Friday, Aug. 9, in order to receive a waiver. Spindel said applicants are encouraged to register for classes at the same time they submit a waiver application. Waivers for students who are not registered by Aug. 9 will be assigned to other qualified applicants.

Applications are available in the Graduate College office (Old Main 113) on the Huntington campus, through a student's academic department office on the South Charleston campus, or online at http://www.marshall.edu/graduate/forms/tuitionwaiverapplication.pdf. Completed waiver applications may be mailed, emailed, faxed or submitted in person.

For complete information please see: www.marshall.edu/graduate/graduate-scholarship-tuition-waiver/ or contact the Graduate College office at 304-696-6606.

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Thursday June 13, 2013
Contact: Christine Anderson, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Ohio Valley Bank establishes scholarship for students served by Point Pleasant center

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. - Full-time students at Marshall University's Mid-Ohio Valley Center (MOVC) will benefit from a new scholarship fund established by the Ohio Valley Bank.

"As a locally based business, Ohio Valley Bank is a longtime partner of the Mid-Ohio Valley Center as it works toward academic excellence," said Homer Preece, director of the center. "We are pleased to get this scholarship program under way."

The scholarship agreement was announced yesterday at the bank's Point Pleasant location by Mario Liberatore, president of Ohio Valley Bank Point Pleasant and a longtime member of the MOVC Board of Advisors; Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp; and Dr. Ronald G. Area, chief executive officer of the Marshall University Foundation Inc., which will administer the fund. "

"I am very happy to be a part of a community bank like Ohio Valley Bank, who takes great pride in helping the youth in our area," Liberatore said. "This scholarship is an example of many ways that we help Mason County and all the other communities that we serve."

Plans call for each recipient of the scholarship to be a full-time sophomore, junior or senior at MOVC, with a minimum 2.5 grade point average. Priority will be given to students in Mason County first, then Gallia and Meigs counties in Ohio. The award will be renewable for up to four years if the recipient remains in good academic standing with a 2.5 grade point average. Recipients will be selected by the director of the center, with assistance from the Board of Advisors and Marshall's Office of Student Financial Assistance. The first scholarship is expected to be awarded during the 2014-2015 academic year.


Photo: Mario Liberatore, president, Ohio Valley Bank Point Pleasant, presents a copy of the guidelines for a scholarship fund for students of Marshall University's Mid-Ohio Valley Center, to Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp. From left: Jeffrey E. Smith, chairman, Ohio Valley Bank; Tom Wiseman, president and CEO, Ohio Valley Bank; Kopp; Liberatore; Christine Anderson, assistant vice president for development, Marshall University Foundation; Dr. Ronald Area, CEO of the Marshall University Foundation; and Homer Preece, director of Marshall's Mid-Ohio Valley Center. Photo by Tyler Kes.

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Wednesday June 12, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

First session of orientation set for June 18 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The first of three New Student Orientation sessions at Marshall University this summer will take place June 18-21 on the Huntington campus. Orientation also is planned July 9-12 and Aug 1-2.

Students who have been admitted for fall 2013 and have paid their $100 enrollment deposit are eligible to register for a New Student Orientation session. The sessions are designed to get students started on the path to success as Marshall students.

"It's really their first day as Marshall University students, their first day on campus," said Beth Wolfe, director of recruitment at Marshall. "The most valuable part is the time they spend with their advisers to go over their schedules, and really the whole four-year plan."

A program specifically designed for parents also is available, Wolfe said.

"Whether it's their first child or their fifth child going to college, they will receive some valuable information on how to support their son or daughter and help him or her to be successful," she said.

Here are the dates for orientation:

June 18 - (Honors College students only)
June 19, 20, 21 (registration for all three days is closed)
July 9, 10, 11, 12 (registration for July 9 is closed.
Aug. 1,2

Wolfe said each orientation session is a busy, half-day program that includes many activities. A maximum of 225 students may attend each session, with an estimated 180-200 attending the Honors College session. At orientation, students can:

  • register for fall classes and discuss their schedule with an adviserlearn about campus housing or the resources available to commuter students
  • get their pictures taken for their student I.D.'s
  • learn about campus IT resources
  • take a tour of campus
  • attend a financial aid workshop

Call the orientation office at 304-696-2354 for more information or visit http://muwww-new.marshall.edu/recruitment/orientation.

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Tuesday June 11, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

MU board approves tobacco ban, 2013-2014 operating budget

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Board of Governors today approved a policy banning tobacco products on campus and approved the university's proposed budget for operating expenses for Fiscal Year 2013-2014 today in a meeting on the Huntington campus.

The tobacco policy applies to any and all indoor and outdoor locations. However, events that attract a large number of off-campus visitors to Marshall's campus may be exempted on a case-by-case basis, provided that all smoking be restricted to designated outdoor smoking areas.

The tobacco policy goes into effect Monday, July 1.

"We are so happy that our campus is making this move to improve the health of our students, faculty and staff," said Amy Saunders, director of Marshall's student health programs. "We are joining more than 800 colleges and universities across the nation that have taken this stance against tobacco use."

Saunders said her organization will soon be setting up programs to help students, faculty and staff with cessation efforts.

Also in today's meeting, the Board of Governors unanimously approved the university's proposed budget for operating expenses of $196,434,905 for Fiscal Year 2013-2014.  Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp praised the recently-formed budget working group, consisting of faculty, deans, staff and student representatives, for its role in preparing the balanced budget. The group will continue with additional constituent representatives.

"We worked very diligently together in solving the problem that was presented to us as a result of reductions in state appropriations and increased projections of expenditures," President Kopp said. "We started out with a $6.8 million deficit and tailored that down to a balanced budget with about a $43,000 projected surplus.

"We did it through a great deal of give and take and sharing of information. It's a reflection of what happens when folks can work together and do work together."

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Tuesday June 11, 2013
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964

Cancer researcher presents technology developed to help personalize chemotherapy

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University biomedical sciences researcher Dr. Pier Paolo Claudio traveled to a national medical meeting in Chicago earlier this month to present a technology he and his colleagues think will help physicians personalize chemotherapy for cancer treatment.

Claudio's presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology focused on ChemoID, a system he has developed with Marshall biology professor Dr. Jagan Valluri to measure the sensitivity of patients' tumors to chemotherapy drugs.

"Oncologists every day face many challenges in determining the best course of therapy for an individual cancer patient," says Claudio. "The basic problem is that patients with similar diagnoses don't always respond to the same chemotherapy. This technology we have developed could help physicians select the appropriate chemotherapy for an individual patient giving them an edge in the fight against cancer."

He says ChemoID is the first chemosensitivity test for both cancer stem-like cells and bulk tumor cells.

According to Claudio, cancer stem-like cells are a small, resilient subset of cells found in tumors. Current anticancer therapies are imperfect because they target the tumor without treating the root of the cancer the small subpopulation of these tumor-initiating cancer stem cells thought to be responsible for recurrences. The result is that the tumor often shrinks but soon grows back. In addition, the stem-like cells appear to be preferentially resistant to both standard chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

He says more evaluation of the technology is needed, but a clinical trial on a small number of patients found ChemoID 100 percent accurate in predicting which drug is more effective in treating patients affected by brain cancer if the cancer stem-like cells are evaluated.

The upshot for a cancer patient, he says, is that ChemoID may make possible personalized treatment by predicting the most effective drug combination to successfully target that specific patient's cancer increasing the chance the drugs will work and perhaps reducing side effects by helping the patient avoid unnecessary drugs.

Claudio acknowledged the contributions of Dr. Anthony Alberico, chairman of the Department of Neuroscience at the university's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, for providing the clinical samples, as well as his co-investigators at the school of medicine, McKown Translational Genomics Research Institute and Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Monday June 10, 2013
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, 304-696-3296

Marshall music alumnus McCoy to participate in Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Yuri McCoy, a Huntington native and Marshall University music alumnus, has been invited to participate in the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition beginning Tuesday, June 18, and continuing through Saturday, June 22.

The competition features Longwood's 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ, a panel of distinguished judges and live performances by young organists from countries such as South Korea, Bulgaria, France, Russia and New Zealand.  The winner receives a prize of $40,000.

Longwood Gardens is the former weekend home of Pierre S. du Pont, founder of  E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.

McCoy received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree magna cum laude from Marshall in 2008. While living in Huntington, he held several organ posts in and around the city, most recently at St. John's Episcopal Church, and played violin with both the Huntington Symphony and the Marshall University Orchestra. He received his Master of Music degree in the fall of 2010 from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, and is now studying at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Texas.

While an undergraduate, he attended the Cortona Contemporary Music Festival (now soundSCAPE) in Cortona, Italy. He studied with Thomas Rosenkranz and Nathanael May during the week-long festival. At Marshall, he was the winner of the Concert of Soloists Competition, the West Virginia Music Teachers Association's Mountain State Collegiate Piano Competition and the Belle and Lynum Jackson Competion. While pursuing his master's degree, he was the only pianist from the University of Hawai'i selected to perform in a master class given by the legendary pianist Leon Fleisher in 2008.

McCoy's fifth-grade grade music teacher in Huntington, Harriet Tucker, said she is thrilled that he has been chosen for this competition. "He is very, very talented," Tucker said. "I think Patricia Green taught him in third grade, and saw it even before me, that he was very talented. He worked with me through high school, and by the time he was a junior, he gave a recital by himself."

Further information on the competition is available online at www.longwoodgardens.org/OrganCompetition.html.

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Monday June 10, 2013
Contact: Pat Dickson, University Communications, 304-746-1971

Project makes Glenwood Estate more publicly accessible

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Graduate Humanities Program is hosting another installment of the Glenwood Project, a three-part initiative now in its final phase that seeks to make the Glenwood Estate on Charleston's West Side more publicly accessible through archaeological and historical analysis.

The stately Georgian-style mansion sits on the corner of Orchard Street and Park Avenue, just a short distance from Stonewall Jackson Middle School. It is a rich repository of the history of Charleston and the Kanawha Valley as well as of the estate's early owners, whose names would become familiar to Charlestonians through the streets that today bear their names.

On June 30, the public can get a glimpse into the colorful past of the estate, learn about its rich history and share his or her memories through Glenwood Memories/Histories, a presentation of the Glenwood Project which will take place at the pre-Civil War estate. The program is free and open to the public and will include:

-  1 p.m. - The Glenwood Project, Dr. Luke Eric Lassiter, program director of the Graduate Humanities Program;

-  1:15 p.m. - Oral Histories of Glenwood, Dr. Elizabeth Campbell, faculty member in the Marshall University Graduate School of Education and Professional Development;

-  1:30 p.m. - Historic Glenwood: Window on the West Side, Dr. Billy Joe Peyton of West Virginia State University and the MU Graduate Humanities Program;

-  2:15 p.m. - Landscape Archeology, Glenwood and the Road to Urbanization, Dr. Robert Maslowski of the Marshall University Graduate Humanities Program;

-  3 p.m. - Sharing Memories of Glenwood

Glenwood was built in 1852 by James Laidley on a vast 366-acre tract that stretched from the current Delaware Avenue, Somerset Drive and the Chandler Branch Drive of Edgewood Hills to the Kanawha River.

Laidley, the founder of the Charleston newspaper, The Western Register, was forced by financial reverses to sell the home in 1857 to George W. Summers.

Portions of the estate were sold off as it was passed down through generations until 1978 when the final owner, Summers' great-granddaughter, Lucy Quarrier, deeded it to the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies, which later became part of Marshall University.

Glenwood is now owned and maintained by the Historic Glenwood Foundation, which formerly was the Marshall University Graduate College Foundation.

"It provides a unique history into the complex history of Charleston, the Kanawha Valley and West Virginia," Lassiter said. "Much of the estate's history is contained in the documents and materials at Glenwood."

An objective of the Glenwood Project is to facilitate public engagement in a variety of ways, including an archival database, public workshops and seminars such as this one, development of the Marshall University Graduate Humanities curriculum, and other activities.

The Glenwood Project is funded through a partnership with the West Virginia Humanities Council, Council of West Virginia Archaeology, Kanawha Valley Historical and Preservation Society, Historic Glenwood Foundation, Marshall University Graduate School of Education and Professional Development and Marshall University College of Liberal Arts.

For additional information, call 304-746-1923 or e-mail lassiter@marshall.edu.

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Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964

Nomination deadline extended to June 28 for Miners' Celebration 'Because of You' awards

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The deadline to submit nominations for "Because of You" awards to honor people who have made significant contributions to West Virginia's coal mining enterprise and the state's mining heritage has been extended to June 28.
Awards in nearly a dozen categories will be presented at a gala dinner and awards ceremony planned as part of this year's "Spirit of the Coalfields" Miners' Celebration to be held Oct. 3 at Tamarack in Beckley.
According to event organizers, representatives of the state's mining industry and community leaders will gather at the event to recognize miners, engineers, safety and environmental professionals and community members.
"Many of our engineering graduates find employment in West Virginia's mining industry, which depends upon thousands of individuals in a number of different roles," said Dr. Tony Szwilski, chairman of the event planning committee and director of Marshall University's Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences. "Every person who works in the industry whether they are a safety engineer, miner, environmental professional or equipment supplier contributes to each ton of coal produced, as do countless community leaders, educators and mining families.
"It is because of every one of them that the mining industry is successful. This event is intended to honor and recognize the contributions of everyone involved. Last year's celebration was a rousing success and we look forward to this year's program being even bigger and better."
According to Szwilski, "Because of You" awards will be presented in the following categories:  Equipment Innovation, Safety Professional, Women in Mining, Community Investment, Environmental Professional, Engineering Professional, Community Involvement, Management Professional and Educator of the Year. In addition, the Homer Hickam Collier Award and Spirit of the Coalfields Award will be presented.
Representatives of the Coal Heritage Highway Authority/National Coal Heritage Area will be on hand to present several of that organization's top 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 "Spirit of the Coalfields" Miners' Celebration gala dinner and awards ceremony is a ticketed event and will begin at 6 p.m. Szwilski added that the program also will feature exhibits and presentations focusing on a variety of aspects of the mining industry, beginning at 1 p.m.
To nominate someone for the "Because of You" awards or for more information about the Miners' Celebration, visit http://muwww-new.marshall.edu/cegas/events/mcc/ or contact Teresa Buckland at 304-696-3568 or buckland@marshall.edu.
For more information about the Coal Heritage Highway Authority/National Coal Heritage Area awards, call 304-465-3720 or e-mail info@coalheritage.org.
The Miners' Celebration is a cooperative project of the Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences at Marshall University; the National Coal Heritage Area; the United Mine Workers of America; the West Virginia Coal Association; Strategic Solutions LLC; and the West Virginia Division of Energy, Office of Coalfield Community Development.

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Monday June 3, 2013
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, 304-696-3296

Jazz-MU-Tazz music camp starts June 10; closing performance is June 15

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's School of Music and Theatre will host its 15th Jazz-MU-Tazz festival, a jazz camp for high school students, June 10 to 15 on the Huntington campus. The camp will culminate with a concert performance at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Pullman Square.

Students who attend Jazz-MU-Tazz participate in rehearsals, discussion forums and jam sessions. Throughout the week, they perform in big bands and combos while learning about jazz improvisation, history and theory.

This year, Jazz-MU-Tazz participants will work with, in addition to Marshall music faculty, guest artist Dr. Sim Flora, a jazz trombone player and professor emeritus of music theory and jazz studies at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark. Flora's unique and varied career has included public school teaching in southern Illinois, freelance trombone work on the West Coast and in the St. Louis area, and a seven-year tenure as musical director at Six Flags Over St. Louis. He has served on the faculty of Clark Terry's All-American Jazz Camps and various university summer jazz camps. He currently is on staff with the prestigious Alessi Seminar for trombonists.

"The concert at Pullman Square provides a terrific, informal venue for these aspiring musicians to showcase their talents," said Dr. Ed Bingham, professor of music and director of jazz studies at Marshall. "Music making, especially jazz, is a creative activity that is heightened by communication between musicians and their audience. The entertainment provided by these aspiring jazz musicians will be enjoyable to the audience and will help encourage these young musicians to further their creative abilities."

A native of southern Illinois, Flora earned his Ph.D. in music education at the University of Oklahoma, his Master of Music Education at Ouachita Baptist University and a Bachelor of Music from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Ill. He has presented master classes and directed all-state and regional honor bands throughout the United States. He has appeared as a guest artist with many university and community bands and trombone choirs, with The United States Air Force Band and has twice been featured soloist at the Eastern Trombone Workshop. He continues to maintain a busy performance schedule and will perform with the Murray State University trombone choir at the International Trombone Festival later this month.

Flora has instrumental arrangements published by Southern Music, choral anthems published by the G. Lorenz Company and children's songs published by LifeWay Christian Resources. He is an artist for the Michael Rath Trombone Company and plays custom-built Rath trombones.

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Monday June 3, 2013
Contact: Megan Archer, Assistant to the Dean, College of Health Professions,, 304-696-2624

St. Mary's Center for Education to host health professions academy for local high school students

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - St. Mary's Medical Center will host a health professions academy this week for high school students interested in learning more about careers in health care.

Dr. Shelia Kyle, director of the School of Nursing for the St. Mary's Center for Education, said this is a great opportunity for high school sophomores and juniors to explore possible jobs in several health care disciplines.

"Students will get a behind-the-scenes look into the versatile world of health care," Kyle said. "As they move through different areas of the Center for Education they will be shadowing medical imaging faculty, RNs and respiratory therapists to observe their responsibilities."

During the three-day academy, selected students will join health care professionals as they demonstrate care for simulated patients at St. Mary's Center for Education. Experienced faculty will help students begin to plan for health care careers as they learn about the education necessary for becoming health care professionals.

"We offer activities which include sessions for learning basic health care skills, first aid and CPR certification training," Kyle said. "At the end we also give the students a stethoscope and T-shirt to take home."

In addition to these activities, Kyle said students will be given the chance to experience a mock trauma with local EMS in attendance.

Dr. Michael W. Prewitt, dean of the Marshall University College of Health Professions, said the partnership between St. Mary's and Marshall University offers future students an advantage to identify the wealth of career possibilities available in the college.

"Many high school students may not be aware of the vast amount of opportunities available through our cooperative programs at St. Mary's Center for Education," Prewitt said. "We are very proud of our partnership with St. Mary's and look forward to collaborating more with them in the future."

The academy will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 4 to 6 at the St. Mary's Center for Education, 2825 5th Ave., Huntington. Students in the 10th and 11th grades were required to have an overall grade point average of at least 3.0, a counselor recommendation and parental consent to participate.

For more information on the health professions academy, please call 304-526-1415 or visit http://www.st-marys.org/education_training/center_for_education.

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