October 2013 News Releases

Thursday October 31, 2013
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, 304-746-2038

'Textbook War' journalist to present a new radio documentary about culture war battles over Texas curriculum

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Trey Kay, producer of "The Great Textbook War," a radio report about the 1974 Kanawha Textbook Controversy, will return to Marshall University's Huntington campus to present his new radio documentary about the culture war battles over public school curriculum content in Texas.

A special advance listening session of "Long Game: Texas' Ongoing Battle for the Direction of the Classroom" for the Marshall community will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the John Deaver Drinko Library, room 402. The presentation of the documentary will be followed by a panel discussion that will include Kay and Dr. Kathy Seelinger, professor of education at Marshall. The presentation is open to the public and admission is free, although seating may be limited.

"Long Game" will be broadcast on West Virginia Public Radio at 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7.

"The story of the Kanawha textbook controversy was an example of where the nation was in the early'70s regarding culture wars and education," Kay said. "Texas is a great example of where those battles are today. For more than a half a century, citizens of the Lone Star State have had intense, emotional battles over what children should and should not be taught in public school classrooms."

The hour-long "Long Game" begins with a focus on the recent controversy over an online set of lesson plans widely used in Texas schools. "Tea Party" parents believed these lessons to be pro-Communist, anti-Christian and pro-Islam. Earlier this year, they successfully pushed to remove the lessons from Texas schools.  The piece moves on to discuss how an unlikely conservative, religious couple created an organization powerful enough to force textbook publishers to alter books.  The documentary closes by examining the battle over what science textbooks should teach about evolution in public school classrooms. 
"The Great Textbook War" was honored with Peabody, Murrow and DuPont awards. Kay also has contributed numerous reports to national programs, including This American Life, Marketplace, Morning Edition, American RadioWorks, Studio 360 and Frontline.  In 2005, he shared a Peabody for his contribution to Studio 360's "American Icons: Moby Dick" program. 

"Long Game" was made possible by the Spencer Fellowship for Education Reporting at Columbia University's School of Journalism, with additional funding provided by the Fund for Investigative Journalism, Marist College, the CRC Foundation and Friends of West Virginia Public Broadcasting. 


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Thursday October 31, 2013
Contact: Tiffany Bajus, Communications Specialist, 304-696-6397

International Festival is Nov. 9 at Big Sandy Superstore Arena

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The 50th Annual Marshall University International Festival is scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Huntington's Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Admission to the festival is free and the event is open to the public. Food tickets will be available for purchase, allowing guests to sample a variety of dishes from all around the world.

For the second year, the festival will take place at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, to accommodate the event's need for additional space. It was previously on Marshall's Huntington campus.

"Last year, we had more than 4,000 people visit the festival, and it was one of the most exciting and well-attended international events in our region," said Dr. Tammy Johnson, executive director of admissions and international student services.  "We are looking forward to an even bigger crowd this year."

By moving the festival to the larger location, organizers were also able to invite area restaurants to join in the celebration. This year, the festival will feature 11 different food vendors. Each restaurant will offer tastings of signature menu items for guests to purchase.

In addition to the international foods, the 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.

"The International Festival is a perfect fit with Marshall's efforts to increase international enrollment and involvement on campus," Johnson said. "The festival provides a tremendous opportunity for our students, faculty and staff to interact with the Huntington community at large. It's a wonderful event for everyone who attends."

The students are the heart of the festival from hosting booths representing their home countries to entertaining the crowd with cultural music and dance, said Jyotsna Patel, who is with the Marshall University Center for International Programs.

"Our students really enjoy and look forward to participating in the festival each year," Johnson said. "They enjoy telling others about their home countries and their cultures. A lot of time and work is put into preparing for the event."

Dr. Clark Egnor, director of international programs with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, said the festival "demonstrates that Marshall University and the Huntington Tri-State community are welcoming to people from around the world.

"As we strive to prepare our citizens to live, work and compete in the global economy, Marshall's International Festival serves as a great example for other universities and communities across West Virginia to follow," Egnor said.

Participating restaurants at the festival include: Julian's Market, Chateau D'Italia, Towers Market Place at Marshall University, Jug and Kilt, The Original Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse, Cedar Market, La Famiglia, El Rachito, Nawab Indian Cuisine, River & Rail Bakery and New China Garden Buffet.

Food tickets will be available for purchase at the festival or in advance at the Marshall University Memorial Student Center on Friday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For further details about Marshall University's annual International Festival, contact the Center for International Programs at 304-696-6265, e-mail cip@marshall.edu, or visit the International Festival website at http://www.marshall.edu/cip/festival/.


Photos: Scenes from the 2012 International Festival at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, W.Va. Photos by Rick Haye/Marshall University.

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Thursday October 31, 2013
Contact: Leah C. Payne, Director of Public Affairs, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, 304-691-1713

Marshall School of Medicine receives high marks for its strong clinical conflict-of-interest policies

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. A national study by the Institute of Medicine as a Profession (IMAP) on clinical conflict-of-interest (COI) policies shows the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine has some of the strongest policies among American medical schools.

The analysis was published in the October issue of Academic Medicine and reviewed clinical COI policies that seek to limit ties to industry including managing gifts and meals from pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, along with physicians' consulting and speaking engagements for company-sponsored events.

According to the report, Marshall has a policy strength average score of 2.4 on a scale of 0 to 3, placing it in the 94th percentile.

"Having these policies in place is important to maintain strong ethical practices and conflict-free relationships," said Joseph I. Shapiro, dean of the School of Medicine. "We continue to work toward an environment that elevates transparency and openness."

Overall, the 2011 study showed schools have made great progress in developing policies to limit industry influence as compared to a 2008 study, although no school met all standards as defined by IMAP.

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Wednesday October 30, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown is the featured Amicus Curiae speaker at MU

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Louis Michael Seidman, the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, will be the featured Amicus Curiae Series speaker at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Marshall University Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson alumni Center, on the Huntington campus.

Seidman describes his talk, On Constitutional Disobedience, as follows:

"More than two centuries after its ratification, most Americans are still infatuated with their Constitution.  And yet, despite years of hagiography for the founders and worship of the text that they produced, atheists and agnostics have survived.  Throughout our history, many of our most revered political figures have expressed doubts about the Constitution.   Constitutional skepticism has been at the heart of some of our most important political battles, and it has preoccupied some of our leading political thinkers.  It is as American as apple pie."

Seidman's talk is based on his book of the same title, On Constitutional Disobedience, which was released this year by Oxford University Press.

The Amicus Curiae Lecture Series on Constitutional Democracy is sponsored by Marshall's Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy, and supported by a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council.
"Professor Seidman is a tremendously distinguished constitutional scholar," said Patricia Proctor, director of the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy. "He is a graduate of Harvard Law School.  Among other accomplishments, he clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, observing the workings of the Supreme Court from the inside while assisting one of the greatest civil rights lawyers in history.  Professor Seidman has taught at Georgetown - one of the country's finest law schools - for almost 40 years.  His most recent book, On Constitutional Disobedience, has received widespread attention for its controversial ideas; it is also very thought-provoking.  We are honored that Professor Seidman has agreed to participate in the lecture series and look forward to welcoming him to Marshall."

In addition to On Constitutional Disobedience, Seidman is the author of Silence and Freedom; Equal Protection of the Law; and Our Unsettled Constitution: A New Defense of Constitutionalism and Judicial Review, and the co-author of five textbooks on Constitutional law.

Each lecture in the Amicus Curiae series is approved for one hour of West Virginia Continuing Legal Education credit.

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Wednesday October 30, 2013
Contact: Matt Turner, Chief of Staff, 304-696-2300

Marshall University to host series of forums focused on higher education funding in West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp has announced a series of forums designed for faculty, students and members of the community to discuss an anticipated second round of budget cuts to state higher education funding. Forums will be held next week on three of the university's campuses.

The forums, which are sponsored by the Office of the President and the Marshall University Faculty Senate, will be moderated by Beth Vorhees, news director for West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Each forum begins at 6 p.m. and will run as follows:

  • Monday, Nov. 4, at the Marshall University Mid-Ohio Valley Center, Point Pleasant;
  • Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Marshall University John Deaver Drinko Library, Third Floor Atrium, Huntington; and,
  • Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Marshall University South Charleston Campus Library, South Charleston.

Legislators and representatives from the governor's office as well as members of the Higher Education Policy Commission have been invited to attend. The forums are all open to the public.

This year, higher education institutions in West Virginia underwent a 7.5 percent cut to their state budget appropriations and have been asked to submit budgets reflecting cuts of another 7.5 percent for next year. The forums have been designed to give the public an opportunity to learn about budget cuts and their impact as well as to ask questions.

President Kopp said that the responsibility of funding public higher education is being shifted increasingly to students and their families.

"Our students and their families are the ones who experience the direct financial impact," Kopp said. "But we also need to evaluate the long-term effects of cuts to public higher education funding in terms of their implications for future state economic development. Additional cuts portend lasting implications for our state and region."

Dr. Marybeth Beller is a political science faculty member and chairwoman of the Faculty Senate Legislative Affairs Committee. She said when cuts are made to state funding for higher education, tuition often increases while services decline and programs are eliminated entirely.

"It felt critical to work on this early with President Kopp to make sure everyone understands the vast impact including causing the state's economic development to suffer that additional cuts would have on higher education," Beller said. "We're not asking for more funding, but we definitely don't want to be cut again."

Beller cited statistics from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, The Value of Public Higher Education, in which Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce stated that by 2018, the State of West Virginia needs to produce an additional 20,000 college degrees just to sustain its current economy. The report notes that although this figure seems intimidating, this goal can be accomplished by increasing degree completion rates of students already enrolled in the in the two- and four-year systems as well as through enrollment increases.

The article also stated that by 2020, 51 percent of West Virginia jobs will require an associate degree or higher. Currently, only 27 percent of West Virginians fall in that category.

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Tuesday October 29, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University recognized as a Phi Kappa Phi Chapter of Merit

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines recently recognized the Marshall University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi as a Chapter of Merit. The award is given to chapters that excel in recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engaging the community of scholars in service to others.

The Chapter of Merit distinction is a part of the society's Chapter Recognition Program, which acknowledged 69 chapters with recognition this year, including 50 as Chapters of Merit.

"Phi Kappa Phi is proud of all its chapters, but we are pleased to offer special recognition to those who have achieved the status of Chapter of Merit and Chapter of Excellence," said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. "The efforts of chapter officers to promote academic excellence on their campuses demonstrate their strong commitment to the mission of Phi Kappa Phi and to their students." By receiving the Chapter of Merit distinction, the Marshall University chapter is recognized as a thriving organization that meets regularly, holds annual initiations and applies frequently for Phi Kappa Phi's select awards, grants and fellowships.

"I am pleased that the Marshall University chapter was honored as a Chapter of Merit," said Chapter President Dr. Todd L. Green. "It means a lot to us as we are a young chapter, having been established in 2010. We are fortunate to have such high quality student and faculty members."

Chapters achieving the Chapter of Merit distinction receive:
-  a commendation letter from the society sent to chapter officers and campus administration
-  special recognition on the society's website and publications
-  a specially designed logo for use in chapter communications
-  recognition advertisements in local media and educational journals
-  a $100 award

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The society has chapters at more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines.

For more information on Phi Kappa Phi, please call 800-804-9880 or visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org.

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Monday October 28, 2013
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964

Marshall alumna named 2013 Outstanding Woman in Technology at 'Spirit of Innovation' awards

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Two-time Marshall University graduate Dr. Stephanie A. Skolik was recognized as one of West Virginia's top innovators last week at the TechConnectWV "Spirit of Innovation" awards banquet.

An ophthalmologist and president and CEO of the Huntington Retina Center, Skolik was honored with the 2013 Outstanding Woman in Technology award for her retinopathy research and invention of devices to assist with eye surgery. She is the founder of the American Retina Research Foundation and heads up Eyedea Inc., an ophthalmic invention company.

Approximately 20 years ago, she observed that patients with long-term diabetes and co-existing arthritis seemed far less likely than their non-arthritic counterparts to develop diabetic retinopathy, the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in American adults. The disease is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina.

Skolik hypothesized that the inflammatory joint proteins were providing a sort of innate protection. The search for the identity of this protective factor is the focus of her research. If the protective factor can be identified, it may be a critical link to understanding diabetes itself and could eventually lead to a "diabetes vaccine."

Dr. Jan I. Fox, Marshall's senior vice president for information technology and chief information officer, said she has known Skolik since high school, when they were debate partners.

"Stephanie Skolik epitomizes entrepreneurship. When I think of innovation, technology and a strong female leader, it is her name that comes to mind," said Fox. "When she needed something for her work that was not available, she would just create a new device for ophthalmic surgery. Most people could only dream of holding a single patent, but she holds multiple patents for ophthalmic medical devices.

"Above all, she has used her intellect and skills to improve the lives of West Virginians. Eleven years ago she established the non-profit American Retina Research Foundation, which is based in Huntington, to provide financial support for diabetic retinopathy research. Her heart is as large as her talent."

Skolik earned a bachelor's degree from Marshall in 1981 and graduated from the university's school of medicine in 1985. She was a finalist in the U.S. Olympic Trials in basketball in 1980 and a Rhodes Scholarship finalist in 1981.

In addition to being an assistant professor at Marshall's medical school from 1994 to 1999, she has been a clinical instructor and fellow at the Yale University School of Medicine. From 1998 to 2002, she was a guest researcher at the highly acclaimed National Eye Institute in Bethesda, Md.

TechConnectWV is a non-profit coalition committed to the advancement of the high-tech economy in West Virginia. The awards banquet was held Tuesday in Morgantown.

Anne Barth, TechConnect's executive director, said, "The 'Spirit of Innovation' program is an opportunity to spotlight success stories throughout the state, and recognize the people and organizations that support innovation-based economic development. By showcasing these creative efforts and the people behind them, we hope to inspire others who may have an entrepreneurial spirit. The 33 nominations received for this inaugural awards program demonstrate that in West Virginia, the innovation economy is not just a concept it's a reality."

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

'Fraught fantasies' conversation with authors takes place Nov. 4 at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Women's Studies Program will be a hosting a conversation with authors Kallypso Masters and Ann Mayburn and Marshall Assistant Professor of English Jill Treftz. The discussion, titled "Fraught Fantasies: Feminism, Erotic Literature, and BDSM," will focus on women as writers and consumers of erotic literature and the controversies surrounding recent bestselling books such as Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.

Masters, a bestselling author in the U.S., writes emotional and realistic novels including the captivating Rescue Me series. She has been writing full-time since May 2011. Masters at Arms was her debut novel (published in August 2011), followed by Nobody's Angel, Nobody's Hero and Nobody's Perfect.
Mayburn is an award-winning author of more than 30 erotica and romance novels including the Prides of the Moon series and Wild Lilly.  She is influenced by mythology and fairy tales and has written historical, paranormal and contemporary romance novels.

Treftz holds a Ph.D. from Penn State. She teaches and writes about nineteenth-century British literature, fantasy and romance fiction. She is interested in representations of female desire in literature. 

The conversation will be moderated by Leah Tolliver, the coordinator of the Women's Center at Marshall.

"Fraught Fantasies" will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, in Drinko Library 402.  A reception and book signing with the authors will follow at 8 p.m. in the third-floor Drinko Atrium. Books by Masters and Mayburn will be available for purchase.  

This event is free and open to the public.

Please contact Laura Michele Diener at 304-696-2954 or Leah Tolliver at 304-696-3112 with questions.

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Friday October 25, 2013
Contact: Lalena Price, Communications Coordinator, (304) 696-7153

Marshall students have top number of proposals in statewide business plan competition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - If the numbers of students participating in a statewide business plan competition are indicative of an entrepreneurial spirit at Marshall University, professors here say their students are "thundering loud" with it.
Marshall University students have submitted the most entries in this year's West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition, which is sponsored by the BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at West Virginia University. Out of a record 235 entries from 11 state universities and colleges, 107 are the work of Marshall students.
The annual competition showcases the desire to start West Virginia businesses and gives college students the opportunity to win $10,000 worth of goods and services toward transforming their business idea into reality. The second round of the competition will be hosted by Marshall University on the Huntington campus Nov. 22.
Elizabeth Reusch, assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship in Marshall's College of Business, is impressed with the enthusiasm of the students who submitted their ideas.
"Given the size of Marshall University, 107 is an impressive number," Reusch said. "I think everybody should be wowed by the fact that so many of our students are willing to take a chance on their ideas. Entering a fledgling idea into a competition like this takes a lot of guts.
"In West Virginia, approximately 97 percent of our economy is based around thriving small businesses. If we want to help ensure the future success of West Virginia, we need to encourage our students to think like entrepreneurs. I am superbly proud of our students."
She said two years ago, Marshall had five plans in the competition. Last year, 70 students took the plunge, with two plans making it to the semi-final round.
Even if no Marshall students make it into Round 2 for the semi-finals, Reusch said the fact that so many took a chance on their ideas is admirable. "We know most successful entrepreneurs fail spectacularly with their first few ideas. I'd like to see our students get that out of the way, learn that sometimes great ideas aren't profitable and that business plans are beneficial to helping determine what ideas will and won't work."
The complete list of institutions and number of submissions includes: Bluefield State College, 4; Concord University, 4; Fairmont State University, 3; Glenville State College, 1; Marshall University, 107; Shepherd University, 11; University of Charleston, 2; West Liberty University, 5; West Virginia State University, 3; West Virginia University, 94; and WVU at Parkersburg, 1.
There are three rounds in the business plan competition. Round 1 requires a 3-page summary of a business idea, which will be scored by a panel of judges using a scoring rubric. Up to 10 teams in each category will be selected to advance to Round 2, which will be hosted by Marshall. This semi-final round consists of three levels - a feasibility study, a two-minute elevator pitch, and a series of interviews. The top five teams in each category emerging from the semi-finals will advance to the final round, which will be held at WVU.
In the final round, teams will be given comprehensive instruction and support in developing a complete business plan, a business coach/mentor, and a stipend of $1,000 to cover costs associated with developing their business. Each finalist team submits a 20-page business plan to a panel of judges and then makes an oral presentation to a panel. One team per category will be awarded a $10,000 prize in April. Categories include: Hospitality and Tourism, Lifestyle and Innovation and a new STEM-related business category that covers engineering, technology, energy and health care.
For more information about the annual statewide collegiate business plan competition, please visit http://www.be.wvu.edu/bpc.

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Thursday October 24, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Countdown to Commencement is Nov. 5-6 at Marshall University

Graduates can take care of pre-commencement responsibilities in central location

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will conduct its semi-annual Countdown to Commencement Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 5 and 6,  in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room on the Huntington campus.

The purpose of Countdown to Commencement is to assist those participating in this year's winter commencement, set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at Cam Henderson Center, in preparation for the event. It is designed to assist graduates in communicating with campus administrative offices in a central location.

"Countdown to Commencement is very well attended, both by the spring graduates and the winter graduates," MU Registrar Roberta Ferguson said. "With everything in a central location, it saves them a lot of running as they take care of pre-commencement responsibilities. We encourage everyone who plans to take part in the December ceremony to stop by the Don Morris Room on November 5th or 6th."

Countdown to Commencement is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. It is for July, August and tentative December 2013 graduates.

The following services will be available at Countdown to Commencement:

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

Marshall University Bookstore - Students can be measured for and purchase their caps and gowns, as well as purchase tassels, diploma frames, class rings and much more.

Jostens - Students can purchase their Marshall University Class of 2013 rings. Ring packages start at $238.90. Packages include a custom ring, wooden display box and a 10-year extended warranty. Also, students can order graduation announcements.

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

Framing Success - Diploma frames will be available for purchase.

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

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

Office of the Bursar - Students may talk with staff about anything concerning their student accounts, holds, account balances and loan exit counseling materials.

Financial Aid - Students may pick up information about upcoming financial aid workshops in which they may learn about default prevention, debt management, loan repayment, loan consolidation and loan forgiveness/cancellation programs. They also will have the opportunity to complete their loan exit counseling.

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

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

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

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Thursday October 24, 2013
Contact: Leah Payne, Director of Public Affairs, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University School of Pharmacy students participate in national drug diversion project

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  - Nearly two dozen Marshall University School of Pharmacy students will join other community groups around the Tri-state area for Saturday's 7th National Take-Back Initiative, an effort to safely dispose of prescription medications.
School of Pharmacy organizer and second-year student Lindsey McKinney of McLean, Va., says the event is important because it increases awareness about proper drug disposal.

"As a school, we are bridging gaps between health care, law officers, and the public," she said.  "If the public knows that drug take-back, drop-off locations are available, we as a community may be able to decrease the probability that prescription drugs end up in the wrong hands for illicit or unsafe use."

Saturday's event has multiple locations around the region.   Marshall pharmacy students will be stationed at the following locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

o          Huntington Police Department, Douglass Center, 1448 10th Ave.
o          Cabell County Sheriff's Department, CVS,  5179 U.S. 60 E.
o          Milton Police, Milton Pre-K School, 1302 U.S. 60, Milton
o          Kenova Police, Kenova  Fire Department,  1600 Pine St., Kenova
o          Wayne Police, Wayne Police Department, 10328 Rt. 152, Wayne

The national campaign aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.  The U.S. Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency sponsor the event on the federal level. Locally, the Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership and law enforcement agencies are leading the project.


Media note: 2nd-year student Lindsey McKinney will be available for interviews at the Milton location.

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Wednesday October 23, 2013
Contact: Crystal Stewart, Program Manager, Information Technology / MUOnLine, 304-696-2970

Marshall awarded 2014 Military Friendly Schools Designation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University has been named to Victory Media's Military Friendly Schools® list for 2014, according to Crystal Stewart, program manager for information technology/MUOnLine at the university.

The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

"Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows Marshall University's commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students," said Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. "The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools." 

The Military Friendly Schools® media and website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences.  The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year's list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.  These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

"Potential military students are encouraged to virtually attend the upcoming Military Friendly Schools Virtual College Fair, Wednesday, Nov. 20," Stewart said. "The fair will provide an opportunity for service members, spouses and veterans to engage with Marshall while searching for a school and is especially efficient for introducing service members deployed overseas or those still in uniform to our education programs."

Those who would like to attend the virtual college fair may register at www.militaryfriendly.com/events, Stewart said.

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results composing the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.

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Wednesday October 23, 2013
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Communications, 304-746-2038

Solo exhibit features paintings by visiting artist Morgan Craig

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Philadelphia-based painter Morgan Craig will be featured in a solo exhibition at Marshall University's Gallery 842. A public reception for the artist will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, with a brief lecture at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
Craig creates large-scale paintings of dilapidated and abandoned interior spaces, often portraying the ruins of urban dwellings, factories, asylums and penitentiaries. He has found inspiration for his work in locations ranging from defunct factories in Detroit to forbidden nuclear zones in Russia to restricted industrial islands in Australia. The artist describes these structures as "both repositories and vehicles for memory that profoundly influence culture and identity." Craig's paintings address the demise of the American Dream, as well as the human component of these vacant spaces the imprint of the men and women who spent the vast majority of their lives working within these now-spent buildings.

"We're very excited to welcome an artist of Craig's caliber to our community," said Marshall University gallery director John Farley. "Many of the architectural settings depicted look all too familiar - equal parts beauty and poignancy. As downtown Huntington seeks to rebuild, rebrand and reinvent itself, Craig's paintings provide an important vehicle for discourse."

Craig received an M.F.A. in painting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a B.F.A. in painting with teacher certification from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, also in Philadelphia. He has been featured in periodicals including New American Paintings, American Art Collector Magazine and Direct Art Magazine. Craig has shown at SOFA Chicago; the Goggleworks Center for the Arts in Reading, Pa.; the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, Va.; the Current Gallery in Baltimore; and the Lawrence Asher Gallery in Los Angeles, among others.
The exhibition at Marshall University will be on display until Dec. 6. Located at 842 4th Ave in Huntington, Gallery 842 is free and open to the public from noon to  7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.


Image: "The Heartbeat of America" (2011) is an oil painting on linen, 72" x 54" by artist Morgan Craig, whose work will be on display at Gallery 842 until Dec. 6.

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Tuesday October 22, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Army veteran takes over as director of military and veterans affairs at MU

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Tommy Reynolds, a Marshall University graduate and United States Army veteran, is the new director of military and veterans affairs at MU.

Reynolds, 28, replaces Kelly Sweetman, who resigned this summer. He assumed his duties Sept. 16.

More than 500 military veterans are enrolled at Marshall this semester. Reynolds said he wants to help them transition from military life to higher education life, "to help them navigate (the website) and do the same things I had to do." He has redone the military and veterans affairs website and is creating a brochure.

"Just finding the veterans on campus is difficult," he said. "My main goal is to make military veterans feel at home at Marshall. I want them to be a part of the college experience and feel at home."

Reynolds is a native of Point Pleasant, W.Va., and a 2003 graduate of Point Pleasant High School. He joined the Army right after high school and served five years, including a 15-month tour of Iraq as an infantry paratrooper with the 82nd airborne division.

After being discharged from the Army, Reynolds went to work at a steel mill in New Haven, W.Va. While there, he decided to enroll at Marshall, where he earned a social work degree.

"I wanted to be a social worker to help veterans," he said.

While a student at Marshall, Reynolds worked in the military and veterans affairs office under Sweetman. Steve Hensley, dean of student affairs, said Marshall is fortunate that it didn't have to look far to find Sweetman's replacement, although an extensive search was conducted.

"I'm very proud of Tommy," Hensley said. "He's a combat veteran, and he earned his degree through the very program that we support, the modern GI Bill. He is very energetic and extremely committed to providing support for our veterans."

For the past few years, Reynolds has been involved in raising money for the Wounded Warriors Project in Delaware, Ohio. His wife, Linsey, is from Fairmont, W.Va., and they have a 22-month-old son, Jaxx Reynolds.

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Tuesday October 22, 2013
Contact: Megan Archer, Alumni and Outreach Coordinator, College of Health Professions, 304-488-8863

Marshall COHP/St. Mary's School of Respiratory Care celebrate Respiratory Care Week

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University College of Health Professions and the St. Mary's School of Respiratory Care are celebrating Respiratory Care Week Oct. 20 - 26.

This annual event recognizes the respiratory care profession and promotes awareness of lung health issues, according to Christopher Trotter, assistant professor at the Marshall/St. Mary's cooperative School of Respiratory Care.

"Respiratory care professionals from around the world come together in their communities to celebrate, motivate, educate, inspire and learn more about our field," Trotter said. "We do this by hosting activities to honor and reward respiratory therapists for their contributions."

This year, the School of Respiratory Care is hosting a picnic and wiffleball tournament for all respiratory care students and staff. The picnic will begin at noon, Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Coonskin Park in the Gorman Shelter in Charleston, W.Va., with the wiffleball tournament and other activities to follow.

"Through these fun activities, students can create a positive and enjoyable connection to their field," Trotter said. "It also allows students the opportunity to network and build relationships with potential employers."

"We are very proud of the accomplishments of our respiratory care staff and students," said Dr. Michael Prewitt, dean of the College of Health Professions. "With initiatives such as these, our students will become actively involved in their field and hopefully take roles in related organizations such as the West Virginia Society for Respiratory Care or the American Association for Respiratory Care."

To find out more information about these events or to learn more about St. Mary's School of Respiratory Care, please contact Trotter at Christopher.trotter@st-marys.org or visit www.marshall.edu/cohp online.

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Monday October 21, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

New instructor for Extra Mile 5k class teaches first session today

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall Recreation Center is welcoming a new instructor for the Extra Mile 5k class this semester. Julia Galloway, a Huntington native and member of the Marshall University cross country team, begins teaching the first session today (Monday, Oct. 21), and continues until Nov. 11. The class costs $23 for Rec Center members and $29 for non-members.
The class will be moved indoors during inclement weather to avoid obstacles in training.  More course dates are to follow. Prospective participants can register at the Membership Services Desk in the MRC or through the Rec Center's online portal at www.marshallcampusrec.com.
The Extra Mile 5k class prepares beginners and avid runners alike to take a step further with group training that improves speed and endurance. "I want to teach this class to improve fitness for everyone and I hope to see a wide range of ages from teenagers to seniors," Galloway said. "The class is for first-time runners and those who just want to shave time off their personal best."
For more information on the Marshall Recreation Center or to register for the course please visit http://www.marshallcampusrec.com/ or call 304-696-4732.
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Monday October 21, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall to conduct annual Volunteer Fair Oct. 23

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will conduct its annual Volunteer Fair Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Memorial Student Center lobby on the Huntington campus.

The office of community engagement invites everyone to participate in the fair, which runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Parking is available in the 6th Avenue parking garage.

"This will be an opportunity to recruit student volunteers as well as promote the services of your organization," said Elizabeth Sheets, director of the office of community engagement. "It's the chance for agencies to come on campus and get the students involved. We have students who are looking to volunteer. It's a chance for them to meet with the agencies and see what their needs are."

So far, 18 agencies have signed up to participate in the volunteer fair. More are welcome, Sheets said.

"We'd be glad to have them," she said.

Persons may call Sheets at 304-696-2285 or e-mail her at appell1@marshall.edu for more information.

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Friday October 18, 2013
Contact: Leah C. Payne, Director of Public Affairs, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, 304-691-1713

Marshall School of Medicine biomedical science students to co-host conference in Charleston

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Biomedical science students from Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, in collaboration with students from West Virginia University, the University of Kentucky and Ohio University, will host the second annual Appalachian Regional Cell Conference (ARCC) in Charleston next week.

The conference is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center at Charleston Area Medical Center, and is funded by a grant from the American Society for Cell Biology.

"The ARCC is unique because it is a student-driven research conference," said M. Allison Wolf, one of the conference organizers and a doctoral student at Marshall.  "This is a wonderful opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the field of cell biology to network and share resources. It also provides a platform to showcase the emerging center of student research in Appalachia."

In addition to Wolf, Marshall doctoral students Johannes Fahrmann and Miranda Carper were members of the conference's organizing committee.

The conference will feature keynote speaker, Dr. John J. Kopchick, Distinguished Professor and Goll-Ohio Eminent Scholar, Edison Biotechnology Institute & Department of Biomedical Sciences, Ohio University.   

Registration is available at http://tinyurl.com/ARCC2013.

For more information contact Wolf at 304-696-3576.

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Thursday October 17, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Career Services to feature etiquette expert at upcoming dinner

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Career Services will hold its bi-annual Etiquette Dinner, featuring etiquette consultant Terri Thompson, on Wednesday, Oct. 23.

During the four-course meal, Thompson will offer business etiquette tips for handling dinner-time interviews and networking events, along with answers to any questions students might have.

"Terri has a wonderful way of making the students feel at ease, while maintaining a real sense of professionalism," said Debby Stoler, Assistant Director for Development and Outreach with MU Career Services. 

All current Marshall students are welcome to attend. However, juniors and seniors will be given preference. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. in room BE5, located in the basement of the Memorial Student Center.  Doors open at 6 p.m. Professional dress is required.

Tickets must be picked up in advance at the Career Services' Center. A $5 reservation fee is required but will be refunded at the dinner. Cancellations must be made within 72 hours of the event to receive a full refund.

This fall will mark the ninth time Thompson has conducted the event. Thompson is an etiquette coach and reinvention expert who started the companies Etiquette in Action and Swizzle Stick Speaking. Throughout her career, she has helped thousands develop professional poise, confident communication skills and personal polish.

For more information, contact Career Services at 304-696-2370 or visit career-services@marshall.edu.

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Thursday October 17, 2013
Contact: Leah Payne, Director of Public Affairs, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, 304-691-1713

National science and medicine policy advisor visits Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Phyllis Frosst, senior policy fellow at the Personalized Medicine Coalition in Washington, D.C., and former senior advisor for the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, will visit Marshall University at noon on Friday to talk with students about career options in the biomedical science field.

The talk is in Room 102 at the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center on the Huntington campus.

Dr. Richard M. Niles, senior associate dean for biomedical sciences at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, says Frosst's visit is part of a new immersion program for doctoral biomedical students aimed at introducing them to graduate school academics, expanding career opportunities and team building skills.

"We implemented our new program, Transforming Interdisciplinary Graduate Education (TIGRE), over the summer with a Biomedical Boot Camp where students learned many of the skills necessary to succeed," he said.   "One component of TIGRE includes exposing our students to the variety of opportunities available in the biomedical field."

Niles says the TIGRE program also will offer doctoral students the opportunity for an internship in the growing biomedical field.

"When I started my career, most jobs for researchers were in laboratories or academics," he said.  "Now the field includes positions in industry, technical and science writing, biotechnology patent law and science and medicine policy.  Dr. Frosst will focus on what's happening at the federal level and allow students a glimpse into a biomedical sciences job that isn't in a lab."

Frosst is with the Personalized Medicine Coalition in Washington, D.C., which represents a broad spectrum of academic, industrial, patient, provider and payer organizations that work on personalized medicine concepts and products that ultimately benefit patients.

Prior to her current position, she was a senior advisor for Policy, Communications and Strategic Alliances at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and head of Policy and Program Analysis at the National Human Genome Institute, both at the National Institutes of Health.  Frosst holds bachelor's and master's degrees with honors from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and a doctorate in Cell and Molecular Structure and Chemistry from The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif. 

Niles says Friday's talk is geared toward biomedical science graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, but all students are welcome to attend.

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Wednesday October 16, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall places second in Individual Events Sweepstakes at UK

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Thundering Word Speech and Debate Team placed second in Individual Events Sweepstakes this past weekend at the Bluegrass Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky.

Fourteen teams competed, including Bowling Green State University, which finished first, and Carson-Newman University, which was third. Some of the other teams in the tournament were Ohio University, Texas Christian University, the University of Kentucky and Alderson Broaddus University.

"This is the best team finish we have had this season and we only had one-half of the team competing," said Marshall Coach Danny Ray.

The team received second place in Individual Events Team Sweepstakes and third place in Combined Debate and Individual Events Team Sweepstakes. Additionally, all of Marshall's traveling team members received individual awards.

Alyssa Hager, a freshman broadcasting major from West Hamlin, W.Va., was first and top novice in Radio Broadcasting, first and top novice in Prose Interpretation, fourth in Persuasive Speaking, and took fifth place and top novice in Duo Interpretation with Logan Spence.

Victoria Ledford, a junior pre-med, honors, communication studies major from Erwin, Tenn., was second in Persuasive Speaking, third in Duo Interpretation with DeVan Sample, and fourth in Communication Analysis.

Logan Spence, a freshman game design major from Davie, Fla., was third and top novice in Informative Speaking, and fifth and top novice in Duo Interpretation with Alyssa Hager.

Garrett Walker, a junior pre-med and Spanish major from Shady Spring, W.Va., was fifth in Communication Analysis and fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking.

DeVan Sample, a junior honors English/Japanese major from Martinsburg, W.Va., took third place in Duo Interpretation with Victoria Ledford and was fifth in Dramatic Interpretation.

Spencer Stephens, a junior political science major from Wayne, W.Va., placed sixth in Extemporaneous Speaking. This was Stephens' first competition in forensics.

Joe Garton, a junior finance major from Huntington, placed third in Radio Broadcasting.

The Thundering Word travels to the University of Central Missouri this weekend and will host the fifth-annual Chief Justice Speech and Debate Tournament on October 25-26. This event will be open to the public.

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Wednesday October 16, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Founder of ChannelNet, Paula Tompkins, to speak at her alma mater Oct. 31

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Paula Tompkins, a Marshall University alumna and CEO/founder of the marketing and sales firm ChannelNet, will speak on the Huntington campus Thursday, Oct. 31. Her presentation, which will take place at 5 p.m. at Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center, is titled "Energy, Empowerment and Enterprise."

"This will be an interesting and enlightening presentation about the incredible success of an alumna from Marshall," said Dr. Ronald G. Area, CEO of the Marshall University Foundation Inc. "Paula will be very entertaining, for sure."

ChannelNet, founded in 1985, specializes in multichannel marketing and sales solutions based on Internet technology. The company's client list includes automobile companies such as Ford, GM and Toyota; technology companies such as IBM and Intel; retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy's; and other consumer retailers such as Coca Cola, La-Z-Boy and Benjamin Moore Paints.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required by Saturday, Oct. 19, by calling 304-696-3321 or e-mailing vance50@marshall.edu. Dress is business and light refreshments will be served.

Tompkins, who was a business major at Marshall, is an acknowledged pioneer in using technology to facilitate multichannel sales and service. In the past 25 years, she has helped a multitude of the world's leading companies use technology to sell their products and build customer relationships. She began her career working in sales and marketing at 3M, General Electric, and several technology start-ups. Among other achievements, she was instrumental in the design and marketing of early personal computers, including the Actrix and Grid, the first true portable computers. She also invented Skytray, an interactive electronic advertising medium targeted to airline passengers, for Altus Corporation.

Her early foray into interactive selling fueled her belief that the personal computer was a persuasive communication platform for selling and buying. Since founding ChannelNet (formerly The SoftAd Group) in 1985, she has led the company to create multichannel marketplace solutions based on the best available technologies from early iterations of multimedia, through CD-ROM and client/server technology, and on to the Internet.

As an expert in using technology to improve sales and service processes, Tompkins is a much sought-after resource for journalists and authors, and as a conference panelist and keynote speaker. She has appeared on television in Tom Peters' "Thriving on Chaos" and PBS' "The Nightly Business Report," as well as on National Public Radio's "Money Talks."

She has lectured at Columbia University's School of Business, the University of California at Berkeley's Haas School of Business, and Stanford University.

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Tuesday October 15, 2013
Contact: Leah Payne, Director of Public Affairs, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, 304-691-1713

Marshall University School of Medicine announces new scholarships

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Five new academic scholarships have been announced at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine which will assist medical students with educational costs.    The following is a listing of the newly created scholarships:

  • The Peggy (Margaret) Theis Scholarship is a scholarship fund established by the family of Peggy Theis, a long-time employee of the School of Medicine who died in 2013.  In creating the scholarship, her family noted Peggy's compassion and interest in others which was exhibited through her daily service to students, faculty and staff.  Once fully endowed, the scholarship will be awarded to a female, first-year medical student who is the first physician in her family and has a financial need as per standards set by the Office of Student Financial Assistance.
  • The Thomas and Dora Cyrus Memorial Scholarship is an expendable scholarship created by Dr. Pamela A. Cyrus, SOM Class of 1989.    Dr. Cyrus established the scholarship in honor of her parents.  It will assist a first-year medical student and is renewable.
  • The Kowalski Family Scholarship is an endowed fund established by Dr. David C. Kowalski, Class of 1987, Dr. Joseph M. Kowalski, Class of 1984, Dr. Paul V. Kowalski, Class of 1984, Dr. Bruce J. Kowalski, Class of 1991, and their mother, Kathleen Reedy.   In creating the scholarship, the family requested the recipient be a first-year medical student who has a strong academic record and a common sense grasp of and use of academic and clinical material.  The award is renewable for three years pending normal academic progress.
  • The Dr. Franklin D. Shuler Expendable Scholarship is a scholarship fund established by Cynthia Howe Murray and Thomas J. Murray in honor of Dr. Shuler for outstanding medical care.   The recipient of this one-time award will be a 4th -year medical student who has demonstrated an interest in orthopaedics.   The award will be given for five years.
  • The Dr. Mark and Monica Hatfield "Adopt a Medical Student" is a fund endowed by Dr. R. Mark Hatfield, Class of '83, and Mrs. Monica Hatfield, both loyal supporters of the School of Medicine. The recipient of the award will be a medical student selected by the School of Medicine's Scholarship Committee in cooperation with the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Linda Holmes, director of development and alumni affairs, said creation of the scholarships, particularly the Adopt a Medical Student concept, is absolutely essential to assist students in defraying the cost of a medical education and also helps students reduce their medical school debt.

"We are so pleased at the School of Medicine to develop scholarships and scholarship programs that assist our students with the cost of their education," she said.   "Along with the usual endowed and expendable scholarships, we have added another program, 'Adopt a Medical Student,' thanks to the generous contributions of the Hatfields. This program allows the donor to support a medical student for four years while also endowing a scholarship."

For more information on making scholarship gifts to the School of Medicine, contact Holmes at 304-691-1711.

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Tuesday October 15, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Janna Levin, professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University, to deliver da Vinci Lecture

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Janna Levin, a professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University, is the 2013 da Vinci lecturer at Marshall University.

Levin speaks at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in room BE5 on the lower level of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus. Her lecture on "The Third Culture" is free to the public.

Levin was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2012. Her scientific research concerns the early universe, chaos and black holes. Her second book - the novel A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines - won the PEN/Bingham Fellowship for Writers that "honors an exceptionally talented fiction writer whose debut work ... represents distinguished literary achievement ..." It was also a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award for "a distinguished book of first fiction."

She is the author of the popular science book, How the Universe Got its Spots: Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space.

In her talk about a growing movement deemed "The Third Culture," Levin discusses the crossover between the arts and the sciences, sharing stunning examples - such as a Brooklyn collective of artists, designers, roboticists, engineers and biologists - of a new intellectual culture being born.

Levin holds a B.A. in physics and astronomy from Barnard College with a concentration in Philosophy, and a Ph.D. in physics from MIT. She did research at the Center for Particle Astrophysics at the University of California-Berkeley before moving to the United Kingdom to work at Cambridge University in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.

Just before returning to New York, Levin was the first scientist-in-residence at the Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing at Oxford University with an award from the National Endowment for Science, Technology, and Arts. She has written for many artists and appeared on several radio and television programs.

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Monday October 14, 2013
Contact: Rachel Peckham, Associate Professor of English, (304) 696-7153

Next event in Visiting Writers Series to feature Marshall professor

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - John Van Kirk, fiction writer and professor of English at Marshall University, will be featured at the next reading in the A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series on the university's Huntington campus.

The reading will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in Smith Hall, room 154, with a book-signing immediately following.

Van Kirk will read from his debut novel, Song for Chance, which has been called by Publishers Weekly "a passionate, elegiac tale about the excesses of sex, drugs, and rock and roll over a tortured musician's lifetime."

Van Kirk joined the U.S. Navy in January of 1980. He graduated from flight school as a naval aviator and served for three years in the Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 7, based in Jacksonville, Fla. In 1989, Van Kirk joined the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Maryland, where he studied with Joyce Kornblatt, Howard Norman and Stanley Plumly. After two years of sailing and traveling internationally, he joined the Marshall faculty, where he has balanced a dual career as a writer and teacher since 1993. The recipient of an O. Henry Award and the Fiction Prize at The Iowa Review, Van Kirk's work has appeared widely in The New York Times Magazine, The Hudson Review, West Branch, Kestrel, The Sonora Review and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, among several other journals and anthologies.

The Visiting Writers Series receives support from the College of Liberal Arts and the Honors College at Marshall University.

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Monday October 14, 2013
Contact: Leah Payne, Director of Public Affairs, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, 304-691-1713

Fruth Pharmacy provides Marshall University with scholarship support gifts

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University announced today it has received two separate gifts for student scholarships totaling $24,000 from West Virginia-based Fruth Pharmacy. 

Dr. Kevin Yingling, R.Ph, M.D., dean of the School of Pharmacy, said the relationship with Fruth Pharmacy is of significant importance to the emerging school and developing of team-based health care in our region.  

"We are so grateful for the support of Lynne Fruth and the entire Fruth Pharmacy family," Yingling said.  "As a West Virginia-based pharmacy, they understand that pharmacy education is essential to ensuring better health outcomes for those in our state and region.  The Fruth team has become a very valuable part of our family at Marshall."

In addition to the $11,000 gift to the School of Pharmacy, the company also presented the university with a generous $13,000 gift for the Fruth Pharmacy Scholarship. Established in 1995, this scholarship is awarded to qualifying employees, or relatives of active employees of Fruth Pharmacy who are enrolled full- or part-time at Marshall University.

"The scholarship support Fruth Pharmacy provides has grown increasingly important to our students as the cost of higher education continues to rise. Fruth Pharmacy understands the importance of educational access and we are grateful for their partnership with us," said Christine Anderson, associate vice president of development at Marshall University.


Photo:  Dr. Kevin Yingling, dean of the School of Pharmacy, left, accepts a gift from Lynne Fruth, president and chairman of the board, Fruth Pharmacy, Inc., and Tim Weber, director of pharmacy administration and procurement, Fruth Pharmacy, Inc.

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

Marshall Recreation Center to host 'Haunted Rec'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Marshall Recreation Center will have its annual "Haunted Rec" from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Haunted Rec is free to the public and offers an array of Halloween-themed events for kids of all ages.  There will be a haunted house, a ghoulish obstacle course, and an "Eat This, Not That" challenge complete with prizes.

All kids are encouraged to wear their costumes and to bring swimming suits. A screening of the movie "Hotel Transylvania" will take place in the pool at 7 p.m.

Parents wanting to join in on the Halloween fun can take a class that teaches the dance performed in Michael Jackson's "Thriller" while their kids enjoy the movie screening. The cost of the class is $8 and all proceeds will go to Erin Hickok, a personal trainer at the Rec Center, who will be running in the New York Marathon on Nov. 3

Hickok will be running for Team Healthier Generation, a national program working to prevent childhood obesity.  The funds will not only make it possible for Hickok to run in the marathon, but to raise money for the Healthier Generation Alliance as well.

For more information on the Marshall University Recreation Center, visit http://www.marshallcampusrec.com/, or for more information about Team Healthier Generation, visit http://www.healthiergeneration.org.

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

First Marshall Preview Day set for Monday, Oct. 14

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will conduct the first of four Preview Days planned during the current academic year Monday, Oct. 14.

Students who already have been admitted as freshmen next fall are invited to attend Preview Day.

"They literally get a preview on what it's like to be a Marshall student," said Beth Wolfe, Marshall's director of recruitment. "And, they will get in-depth information on what they need to do next to get enrolled for the fall."

Wolfe said the students will actually sit in on a class to find out what that is going to be like.

Parents are invited to attend, as well, because "they are an important part of this process," Wolfe said. A session is planned for the parents while the students are sitting in on the class. About 30-35 students are expected to attend the first Preview Day, but the numbers are expected to rise at later Preview Days, Wolfe said.

"It's actually a nice way to start easing into it," she said. "We are excited about kicking things off Monday."

Future Preview Days are scheduled Dec. 2, Jan. 27 and March 31.

The schedule for Monday's Preview Day is:

  • 8 a.m.. - check-in and welcome breakfast in Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room
  • 9 a.m. to noon - rotations of parent program in BE5 with students observing classes, session with their college, and workshop on next steps for enrollment
  • Noon - lunch
  • 1 p.m. - financial aid session on net price calculator
  • 2 p.m. - student services/activities panel
  • 3 p.m. - living/learning community tour

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Friday October 11, 2013
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Marshall University hosts blood drive on South Charleston campus

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is hosting a blood drive for the American Red Cross on its South Charleston campus from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16. Donors have the option of giving blood or making a double-red cell donation during the drive.

No appointment is necessary, but donors can call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter mugrad to make an appointment.

All blood types are needed, but Red Cross officials have issued special alerts requesting both O-negative and O-positive blood.

The South Charleston campus is located at 100 Angus E. Peyton Dr., just off of the Kanawha Turnpike. Parking is free and convenient.

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

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Wednesday October 9, 2013
Contact: Dr. Majed Khader, University Libraries, (304) 696-7153

'Created Equal' film screenings, reception to take place Oct. 14-16

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The first two films in the "Created Equal" program will be shown on Marshall University's Huntington campus beginning Monday, Oct. 14.

Marshall University is one of 473 institutions across the country awarded a set of four powerful documentary films ("The Abolitionists," "Slavery by Another Name," "Freedom Riders" and "The Loving Story") as part of the "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" grant, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities that uses the power of documentary films to spark public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America.

On Monday, Oct. 14, the Emmy-nominated PBS mini-series, "The Abolitionists," will be shown in the Drinko Library Auditorium, Room DL 402, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, Oct. 15, the powerful PBS documentary, "Slavery By Another Name," will be shown in the Drinko Library Auditorium, Room DL 402, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Both screenings are free and open to the public, and the community is encouraged to attend.

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, Dr. David J. Trowbridge, director of the African and African American Studies program at Marshall and Burnis Morris, Carter G. Woodson Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications, will lead a facilitated discussion with special guest Sylvia Ridgeway, the president of the West Virginia Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, in the Drinko Library Auditorium, Room DL 402, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Ridgeway, a lifelong Huntington resident and Marshall alumna, was honored by The Huntington Herald-Dipatch as the Citizen of the Year for 2012 for her work as the driving force behind the NAACP in West Virginia.

The facilitated discussion will be immediately followed by a public reception with beverages and light refreshments provided by the MU Libraries in the Drinko Library Atrium, giving students, faculty, staff and the community an opportunity to interact and have informal chats about the importance of civil rights in the U.S.

The Marshall University Libraries will offer additional Created Equal programming to celebrate African American History Month in February, including public film screenings of "Freedom Riders" and "The Loving Story."

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Wednesday October 9, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

NSF grant to integrate robotics technology into middle school courses in Mingo County and Pennsylvania

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - An innovative program that introduces robotic technology into non-technical middle school classes will be used by rural West Virginia and suburban Pittsburgh schools in a federally funded research project to identify and nurture students with an affinity for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

All 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students in Mingo County Schools and all 7th- and 8th-grade students at Springdale Junior-Senior High School in Allegheny Valley, PA - a total of 900 children annually - will use robotic kits developed at Carnegie Mellon University. They will use the kits to complete at least one project or assignment each year in required courses such as health, earth science and language arts.

The three-year Creative Robotics project, supported by a $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant, seeks to increase the number and diversity of students in the STEM education pipeline.

"We're particularly interested in finding students who may not realize they have STEM-related talents or interests, or who otherwise have slipped through the cracks," said Dr. Illah Nourbakhsh, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) professor of robotics and the project's principal investigator. "Integrating robotics technology into classes such as art or health will give every student multiple opportunities to discover their STEM potential. At the same time, robotics can help make those courses more compelling, which helps all students."

In addition to CMU and the Mingo County and Allegheny Valley school districts, the project includes faculty and staff members in the colleges of education at Marshall and West Liberty Universities in West Virginia including the June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development. 

The CREATE Lab in the CMU Robotics Institute set the stage for this new project in 2006 when it launched a program called Robot Diaries, which later became known as Arts & Bots. The idea was to foster interest in technology at the middle school level, particularly among girls. Rather than focusing on building robots, Arts & Bots used robotic kits to enable students and teachers to turn almost any arts and crafts project into a robot, or something akin to a kinetic sculpture.

The kit, called Hummingbird, consists of a customized control board along with a variety of lights, sensors and motors that can be connected to the controller without soldering. Students program their creations with an easy-to-learn, drag-and-drop environment that requires no prior experience with programming.

The CREATE Lab and the June Harless Center at Marshall train teachers on how to use the kits in their classes. Approximately 1,100 students and about 200 educators in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio, as well as Brazil and the United Kingdom, have participated in Arts & Bots thus far.

In most cases, however, participation has been limited to a course or two, or just a handful of teachers in each school. With the new Creative Robotics project, Arts & Bots will be introduced into required core courses that all students take.

Andrew Leviski, principal at Springdale High and a co-principal invesigator with Nourbakhsh, said one of his teachers, Sue Mellon, introduced Arts & Bots to the school's language arts course several years ago, with encouraging results. In poetry lessons, for example, students have created what he described as "dioramas on steroids."

Students have used Hummingbird for such projects as a replica of Star Wars' R2D2, a "coin monster" for an ancient coin exhibit, and models of the human arm and its musculature for a high school anatomy class. Hummingbird is sold through a CMU spinoff company, BirdBrain Technologies.

"It's been a wonderful opportunity for our students," Leviski said, noting it helped identify several Springdale students with STEM abilities that teachers hadn't previously recognized. Now, Arts & Bots will expand to include the school's 7th-grade health classes and 8th-grade arts and science courses. "It will involve all of our kids, not just some of our best and brightest," he added.

Faculty members at West Liberty and Marshall Universities as well as June Harless Center staff will work with CMU researchers to develop curriculum and bolster teacher training. Dr. Harold Blanco, associate professor of education and instructional technology at Marshall and co-principal investigator, also emphasized the importance of integrating Arts & Bots into pre-service teacher candidate training.

"My goal is to give them the tools needed to not only integrate technology in the classroom but to show them how technology can be multidisciplinary," Blanco said. "I want my students to graduate already knowing the tools and having skills to implement technology in the classroom."

Jennifer Cross, a project coordinator with Emily Hamner in the CREATE Lab, said teachers will undergo training this fall, with the goal of introducing the Arts & Bots units into their classes next spring. Feedback from the teachers also will play an important role in refining the project. "It's not just a one-way street," she said.

The Arts & Bots program was created with the support of the Heinz Endowments, the National Science Foundation and the Benedum Foundation. Marshall University's June Harless Center and West Liberty University are part of a CREATE Lab Satellite Network, which also includes West Virginia University and Carlow University in Pittsburgh. The network, with support and direction from the Benedum Foundation, provides outreach in each community for the lab's technology projects.

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Wednesday October 9, 2013
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Presentation on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, Lily's Place services to be given Oct. 18 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -  Dr. Sean Loudin, medical director at Lily's Place, and Mary Calhoun Brown, secretary and treasurer with the Lily's Place board of directors, will give a presentation titled "Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and Lily's Place" Friday, Oct. 18, at Marshall University.

The presentation will provide information related to services offered by Lily's Place, a pediatric addiction recovery center, and the ever-growing problem of neonatal addiction. It will take place at noon in room BE5 on the lower level of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

The event is hosted by Marshall University Student Health Education Programs, The Women's Center, Women's Studies and the Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership.

Refreshments will be provided. Attendees are asked to bring a package of diapers, size newborn or 1.

Call 304-696-4103 for more information.

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Tuesday October 8, 2013
Contact: Leah Payne, Director of Public Affairs, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, 304-691-1713

Marshall School of Pharmacy announces activities for awareness month

Governor and mayor issue proclamations declaring October Pharmacists Month

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. The Marshall University School of Pharmacy is marking American Pharmacists Month with several student-initiated activities including a poster contest in Cabell County Schools.

The "Above the Influence" Poster Contest, which is sponsored in partnership with the Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership (CCSAPP),   is open to all 5th-grade, middle-school and high-school students in Cabell County.  Winners will be announced at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14 at the School of Pharmacy.

"Through previous volunteer work with CCSAPP, I have seen the value of the work that they do with students. I wanted to find a way for MUSOP students to have that same impact on area youth, " said Brittany Williams, a second-year student at the School of Pharmacy and Student Executive Council treasurer. "Given that October is American Pharmacists Month and National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, I thought this was a great way to involve MU School of Pharmacy students in these efforts."

The month-long observance is intended to bring attention to the vital contributions pharmacists make to health care through improved medication use and advanced patient care. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Huntington Mayor Steve Williams are both issuing proclamations for the state and the city recognizing pharmacists for their important role in health care in West Virginia and the nation.

Additional pharmacy awareness activities at Marshall during October include the following:

  • Pharmacy Student Luncheon with special guest Huntington Mayor Steve Williams, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, Don Morris Room, Memorial Student Center. The event also features Brian Gallagher, R.Ph., JD, director of special projects for Marshall Health, who will speak on "What is Going on in Washington and Why Should I Care?" Students will gather for a group picture at 1 p.m. at the Memorial Fountain.
  • Poster Contest Award Ceremony
    6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14, lower level of the Coon Education Building, Marshall University School of Pharmacy   
  • Operation Immunization Awareness (Poster Education)
    Noon-6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the Memorial Student Center
    4 p.m.-7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17 at CVS Pharmacy located at 8th Avenue and 20th Street
  • National Take-Back Initiative
    10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, at various locations in Cabell and Wayne counties. Pharmacy students will participate in the national drug diversion project where unused medications may be turned in for safe disposal. Here is a partial list of locations in the area:
                Huntington Police Department, Douglass Center, 1448 10th Avenue
                West Virginia State Police, Headquarters, 3339 U.S. Route 60 East
                Cabell County Sheriff's Department, CVS,  5179 U.S. Route 60 East
                Milton Police, Milton Pre-K School, 1302 U.S. Route 60, Milton
                Kenova Police, Kenova  Fire Department.,  1600 Pine Street, Kenova
                Wayne Police, Wayne Police Department, 10328 Route 152, Wayne

MUSOP students are also participating in several internal events during the month including intramural sports activities and a formal dance.

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Tuesday October 8, 2013
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Awea Duo, guest pianist to appear at Marshall Oct. 21

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Awea Duo, consisting of Mas Sugihara, saxophone, and Jennifer Brimson Cooper, flute, will give a recital on Marshall University's Huntington campus Monday, Oct. 21.  The performance will take place at 8 p.m. in Smith Recital Hall and also will include pianist Eunbyol Ko.

Until recently the three musicians were colleagues at Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky., but Sugihara is now on the faculty at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. However, the Awea Duo continues to perform, having made more than 20 appearances including recitals at the Flute Society of Kentucky Festival, the Florida Flute Association convention, the National Flute Association convention, the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 7 conference, as well as at Santa Catarina State University and Goias Federal University in Brazil.
"It is our goal to expand available literature for this instrumentation while having a great time working and performing together," Cooper said.

"This is a program not to be missed," said Dr. Wendell Dobbs, professor of music at Marshall. "Here's an opportunity to hear great artists performing new, cutting-edge repertoire."

The program will include works from Brazil, France, Germany, Serbia, Russia and China, as well as the United States. It is free and open to the public. Call the School of Music and Theatre at 304-696-3117 for more information.


(Photos) The Awea Duo (above) and Eunbyol Ko will perform at Marshall University Monday, Oct. 21.

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Monday October 7, 2013
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INTO Marshall Center to celebrate grand opening Thursday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - INTO Marshall will celebrate its grand opening at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the INTO Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

INTO  officials will host tours of the facility as well as a reception following a ribbon cutting. INTO Marshall is located at East Hall, former home of the Marshall Community and Technical

"This isn't just the opening of a new building," said Eric Fry, the INTO center director. "It is a transformative event placing Marshall University firmly on the world stage.  Marshall graduates from West Virginia, the United States and across the globe will have the benefit of a degree from a university that is known far and wide and soon, our American and international students will have a global stage from which to share West Virginia's beautiful quality of life and business-friendly atmosphere."

INTO is a private company that forms innovative joint venture partnerships with leading universities to expand opportunities for higher education, ensuring student success and transforming lives. Students benefit from university-designed programs, university-led teaching, and supportive university environments while enjoying full access to university campus facilities, resources and services.

Since 2006, the company has successfully launched partnerships with 17 universities in the United Kingdom, United States and Asia.

The INTO Center was renovated this summer at a cost of $2.3 million. Approximately 165 students make up the first INTO Marshall class.

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Friday October 4, 2013
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Marshall's bond rating of 'AA-' affirmed by Fitch Ratings

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - More than $86 million in Marshall University revenue bonds have had their 'AA-' ratings affirmed by Fitch Ratings, university officials announced today.
In the affirmation document, Fitch said that the rating reflects "historically stable student enrollment and demand for auxiliary facilities." It also said that it expects Marshall to manage effectively through any cuts in state operating appropriations.
"This is yet another indication that Marshall has been fiscally responsible and managed its money well," said Marshall President Dr. Stephen J. Kopp. "We thank the members of our Board of Governors, both past and present, for their direction and expertise."  The support of the university's faculty and staff is also important, he said, in keeping the university on solid ground.
The affirmation specifically made reference to $51.9 million in university revenue bonds, series 2011; and $34.8 million in university refunding revenue bonds, series 2010.
Fitch Ratings is part of the Fitch Group, a global organization specializing in financial information services, with operations in more than 30 countries. It is located online at www.fitchratings.com.

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Friday October 4, 2013
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Application process under way for graduate tuition waivers at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Applications are now being accepted for the Graduate Scholarship Tuition Waiver program for the spring 2014 semester, according to Dr. David J. Pittenger, interim dean of the Graduate College. The program provides tuition assistance for a limited number of 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.  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, Pittenger said. Students are eligible for one award in three consecutive semesters (i.e., a student who received 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, Nov. 8. 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 spring 2014 by Friday, Nov. 22, in order to receive a waiver. Pittenger 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 Nov. 22 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 via a link from www.marshall.edu/graduate/graduate-scholarship-tuition-waiver. Completed waiver applications may be mailed, e-mailed, 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 6-6606.

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Friday October 4, 2013
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Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine gets nod of approval from LCME

Probation lifted; school moves forward under approved plan

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.--The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree in United States and Canada, has removed probationary status for the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, University President Stephen J. Kopp announced today.

"This milestone has not been easily achieved and has involved a systemic culture change within the medical school," Kopp said. "Dean Joseph Shapiro addressed the issues with precision and tenacity and has created a vision for an even better medical school.  I sincerely thank our faculty, staff, students, Governor Tomblin, Senator Plymale, our legislators and everyone involved throughout the Medical School and our Marshall University community for their incredible hard work."

A LCME site team visited the school in June for a limited survey with administrators, faculty and students and then reported its findings to the entire LCME Board of Directors.   The Board voted to lift the probation at its meeting this past week and Dean Shapiro was notified during a telephone call Friday morning.

"We will have more details when we receive the formal letter from the LCME, but I did not want to wait to share this fantastic news with our friends and the folks who have worked so diligently to make this happen," Shapiro said.  "With our accreditation status now solid, we can move forward. I want to thank everyone for their incredible efforts and am encouraged that our future is bright."
Shapiro emphasized that the review process gathered information from all constituencies.   

"We've worked to create a culture of innovation and creativity in response to the LCME's review," he said. "Our students, residents, faculty and staff have been encouraged to provide input and their ideas have helped us shape what we think is an excellent model for medical education."

Kopp commended the Board of Governors for its support of the university's plan to address the LCME concerns. He extended special thanks to Dr. Robert Nerhood, who served a crucial leadership role as interim dean of the School of Medicine, laying the foundation for Dr. Shapiro and the resultant success.

He said Marshall and the medical school will remain vigilant and continue to set the bar for improvement higher. "Accreditation compliance work is ongoing and an incumbent responsibility of all concerned."

The School of Medicine was placed on probation in June 2011 after the LCME cited nine standards in noncompliance, one standard in compliance with a need for monitoring and three standards in transition.  The entire time the school remained fully accredited.

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Director of Multi-Robot Systems Lab at Rice featured speaker at Yeager Scholars Symposium

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. James McLurkin, director of the Multi-Robot Systems Lab at Rice University, will be the featured speaker Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the annual Society of Yeager Scholars Symposium at Marshall University.

The event begins at 7 p.m. and takes place in room BE5, located on the lower level of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus. It is free to the public.

McLurkin's lecture is titled "Man and Machine: Exploring the Future of Humanity and Robotics." He will speak on swarm robotics. Measuring 4.5 inches, McLurkin's swarm robots are programmed to emulate the behavior of bees, with capabilities to cluster, disperse, follow and orbit. Equipped with bump sensors, a self-charger, a radio modem and an audio system, they are autonomous yet travel in a fleet. When one robot makes a discovery, it signals the group to execute the task together.

The swarm robots were originally built under a team McLurkin managed at iRobot in Massachusetts.

McLurkin received his S.B. in Electrical Engineering from MIT, his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and his S.M. and Ph.D. in computer science from MIT. McLurkin began his postdoctoral appointment at the University of Washington in 2008; he is using probabilistic models for algorithm development. His words of advice to aspiring inventors: "Empowerment and go."

A question-and-answer session and a reception will follow the lecture, which is sponsored by the Marshall Honors College, the Pace Family and Wells Fargo Insurance.

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Tuesday October 1, 2013
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Marshall to present 'The Magic Flute' Oct. 19 and 20

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's School of Music and Theatre will present a fully staged production of Mozart's The Magic Flute, sung in English, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. Both performances will take place at the  Jean Carlo Stephenson Auditorium in Huntington City Hall.

The Marshall Symphony Orchestra, directed by Dr. Elizabeth Reed Smith, joins the MU Opera Theatre, under the direction of Linda Dobbs, in Mozart's musical fantasy that has become the world's most frequently performed opera. Scene and lighting design by are by Lang Reynolds, professor of theatre at Marshall.

"The Magic Flute has something for every member of the audience," Dobbs said. "Children will delight in Papageno's antics and the bewitching spells of the magic flute, while adults may ponder the symbolism of the Enlightenment and the Masonic imagery provided by Mozart and his librettist, Emanuel Schikenader. Everyone will marvel at the Queen of the Night and go home humming. We have a wonderful cast and orchestra and we are thrilled to share this much-loved opera with our Huntington audiences."

The Magic Flute is both whimsical and profound, Dobbs added. It is a beguiling tale of the star-crossed lovers, Tamino and Pamina, and a loveable but lonely bird-catcher as the three search for love and struggle to attain wisdom. During their journey, they must overcome hatred, temptation, and dangerous trials but, aided by a magic flute and benevolent guidance, they are all proven worthy. The tale is woven together by the extraordinarily tuneful and enchanting music of Mozart. The Magic Flute is a perfect opera for the entire family, she said.

General admission tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12 and groups. Marshall students are admitted free with current IDs. Tickets are available at the door or by calling the School of Music and Theatre at 304-696-3117.


Photo: Laura Campbell (left) and Robert Nunez preview their roles in Marshall University's production of Mozart's Magic Flute, which will take place Oct. 19-20. Photo by Rick Haye/Marshall University.

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Tuesday October 1, 2013
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Marshall graduate student chosen as PROGENY research finalist

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A Marshall University student has been chosen as a finalist for the American Speech-Language Hearing Association's (ASHA) 6th annual PROGENY research program Nov. 13-17 in Chicago, Ill.

Sara Henson, 22, of Harts, W.Va., is a first-year graduate assistant in the Marshall University Department of Communication Disorders. Henson conducted her research on the social, political and cultural considerations of individuals with disabilities in Appalachia. She will share this research in a poster presentation during the annual ASHA conference in November.

"PROGENY stands for PROmoting the future GENeration of researchers," said Dr. Karen McComas, assistant director for the Center for Teaching and Learning. "That is exactly what we do at Marshall - we have created CoRP, our Community of Research Practice, to encourage our students to engage in research projects which allow them to pursue an academic-research career."

Henson said she started her research project "just to explore my own curiosities about my field and discover other research ideas."

"The primary aim for the study was to develop an understanding of the lives of people with disabilities and how the Appalachian culture affects their experiences," Henson said. "When I started the research project, it wasn't to get an award or to be a presenter at ASHA."

Henson is one of four students chosen from Marshall to attend this year's ASHA conference, McComas said. Graduate students in the Department of Communication Disorders, Megan Foster, Hillary Johnson and Jordan Lewis, will join Henson at the conference to present their own research projects.

McComas, who also serves as a professor of communication disorders, said the department's Community of Research Practice group is the main way these students learn about research and the opportunities offered through the PROGENY program.

McComas said developing research skills enhances a student's clinical capabilities and prepares them to be evidence-based practitioners. Since the Community of Research Practice group began in 2008, Marshall has had six students represented in the PROGENY program in the past five years.

"No matter the size of your school or department, it is possible to have a distinct and important impact on a whole discipline," McComas said. "We are very proud of our involvement with this organization because it highlights the work done by our students who do it because they love it, not because they have to."

The Community of Research Practice sessions are held at 9 a.m. every Friday in Smith Hall 113 on the Huntington campus.  Students can learn more about these sessions by visiting www.marshall.edu/corp online. To find out more about ASHA, visit www.asha.org, or to learn about PROGENY, visit  www.asha.org/Research/PROGENY/ online. 

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Tuesday October 1, 2013
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Marshall offers new sonography program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students now have the chance to learn a medical technique used every day in hospitals around the word.

With the collaboration between the Marshall College of Health Professions and the St. Mary's School of Medical Imaging, a bachelor of science degree in medical imaging with an emphasis in diagnostic medical sonography will be offered to students who have completed their sophomore year in medical imaging.

Sonography, a painless medical procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce visual images of organs, tissues and blood flow inside the body, is considered interchangeable with "ultrasound" due to the use of these sound waves to create an image.

Dr. Rita Fisher, director of the St. Mary's School of Medical Imaging, said Marshall's program will be the only accredited bachelor's degree program in the state that offers its students the choice to specialize in abdominal, vascular or echo sonography.

"We wanted to be able to offer all three modalities so our students can choose what truly interests them," Fisher said. "This field is advancing because the equipment is relatively inexpensive and patients don't have to worry about radiation exposure. In the next year, we hope to add another instructor to develop coursework with breast sonography."

Nancy MacClellan, clinical coordinator of the sonography program, said growth is expected to continue for this profession and graduates should expect to find jobs immediately after completing the program.

"Our graduates will have opportunities for employment in hospital ultrasound departments, clinics and physicians' private offices to name a few," MacClellan said. "St. Mary's Medical Center is the reason why we even considered offering this degree because they are desperately in need of sonographers, so it's a win-win for everyone. We do a lot of clinical rotations through the hospital and the sonographers there go above and beyond to make sure our students gain great experiences and become experts in their field."

Chelsea Belcher, 20, of Peytona, W.Va., is a junior in the medical imaging program and plans to study cardiovascular sonography. Belcher will be asked to sit for her first board exam this year to ensure she will be ready for the specialty exams that will qualify her for employment upon graduation.

"Many sonographers are losing their jobs because they aren't passing their boards. In this program, we are made to pass the physics boards before we even graduate," Belcher said. "It makes such a difference to have people in our corner who want us to succeed. You don't just get that anywhere."

The St. Mary's medical imaging program accepts 24 students a year and eight of those students will be chosen for the sonography track. For more information on enrolling in the program, contact Fisher at rita.fisher@st-marys.org or MacClellan at nancy.macclellan@st-marys.org.


Photo: Since August 2013, the sonography program has been offered to selected students in the St. Mary's School of Medical Imaging. The program will graduate its first class in 2015. Pictured left to right are Grace Carter, Chelsea Belcher, Jasmine Smith, Kristen Blankenship, Crystal Bryant, Erica Browning and Tabby Price.

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Tuesday October 1, 2013
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Graduate College Fair will feature programs, services Oct. 16

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Graduate College will sponsor a Graduate College Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16,  in the Memorial Student Center lobby on Marshall's Huntington campus.

Representatives from a number of Marshall units will be available to talk with students about their graduate programs and services. Expected to be present are representatives of the Graduate College, the College of Business, the College of Information Technology and Engineering, the College of Health Professions, Journalism, Adult and Technical Education, Technology Management, English, Physical Therapy, Biomedical Sciences, Forensic Science, Graduate Admissions, Financial Aid, Career Services, Veterans Affairs, Public Health, History, Nursing, Criminal Justice, Physical and Applied Sciences, Humanities, Political Science, School of Pharmacy, Sociology and Anthropology and the Chancellor's Scholars program.  All will be available to talk with students about their respective programs.

Students who complete an information card will be eligible for door prizes, which include two $20 gift cards from the Marshall University bookstore and Marshall t-shirts from the Graduate College.

The Graduate College Fair is free and open to everyone, according to fair organizers.

For further information, contact the Graduate College at 304-696-6606.

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