September 2013 News Releases

Monday September 30, 2013
Contact: Haven Campbell, PR & Event Graduate Assistant, Career Services, 304-696-2370

More than 90 employers expected to attend this fall's Career Expo

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Career Services will conduct its annual Fall Career Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room on the Huntington campus.

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

More than 90 employers are expected to have recruiters at the event, representing the areas of customer service, IT/computer science, health care, media sales, engineering, insurance/financial services, corrections, retail management and many others. A continually updated list of employers planning to attend the Career Expo is available at

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

This fall's Career Expo is expected to be one of the largest in recent years. Debby Stoler, assistant director for development and outreach, said, "We are excited about the number of companies attending the Expo this fall.  We should have over 90 tables occupied, the most we have had for the last couple of years.  New and growing businesses are providing good employment opportunities for our students and alumni."

Leading up to the event, the "Resume Doctor," Senior Career Counselor Mirek Bialk of Career Services, will be reviewing resumes for students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 1-2 in the Memorial Student Center lobby.

Career Services also will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, for resume review, tips on networking, and free printing of business cards and copies of students' resumes. No appointment is necessary.  Students may also call Career Services for an appointment to create or review their resumes with a career counselor.

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

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

'Arts & Bots' coming to RCBI in October

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Huntington-area middle school students will have an opportunity to design, build and program their own robots at "Arts & Bots," an after-school camp hosted at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) in October.

The camp, co-sponsored by Marshall University's June Harless Center and RCBI, will be conducted at the RCBI Huntington Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, 1050 Fourth Ave.  The camp will begin Oct. 1 and continue each Monday and Tuesday through Oct. 21.

"Arts & Bots" integrates technology, literature and history through the use of familiar art supplies, circuit boards, lights, motors and sensors while promoting technological literacy and informal learning. The registration fee for the six-session camp is $160. For more information or to sign up, contact Carrie-Meghan Quick at 304-481-0544 or e-mail

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Friday September 27, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Despite tough competition, Thundering Word performs well in first event of year

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Thundering Word, Marshall University's Speech and Debate team, competed successfully last weekend at its first tournament of the year.

Several top teams in the nation competed at the Forensic Fiesta at Western Kentucky University, including Western Kentucky,  Illinois State, Miami (Ohio), Gustavus-Adolphus College, William Carey University, Southwest Baptist University, the University of Alabama, Mississippi and the University of Kentucky.

Marshall finished third in combined speech and debate sweepstakes for the weekend tournaments.

MU placed fourth in Debate Sweepstakes and fifth in Individual Events Sweepstakes during the second half of the swing tournament on Sunday, placing behind Alabama, William Carey, Illinois State and Western Kentucky.

"This was a great first outing for the Thundering Word," said Coach Danny Ray. "We normally don't run into this caliber of competition this early in the season. Our results were better this year at this tournament than they have ever been. Our future is very exciting."

Next up for the Word are Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 28 and Illinois State on Oct. 5.

Here are the individual results from last weekend:

  • Victoria Ledford, Junior, honors Pre-med Communication Studies major from Erwin, Tenn., placed fifth in Individual Sweepstakes, second in Persuasive Speaking and fifth in Rhetorical Criticism.
  • Matt Osteen, Junior, honors Communication Studies and Political Science major from Jefferson, W.Va., was the ninth-best speaker in Lincoln Douglas Debate and a Quarter Finalist. He also placed sixth in Rhetorical Criticism.
  • Devan Sample, Junior, honors English major from Martinsburg, W.Va., placed second in Poetry Interpretation.
  • Logan Spence, Freshman, Game Design major from Davie, Fla., was the top novice and sixth in Informative Speaking.

Team results also included preliminary-round points from the entire team. Those contributing were:

  • Juliet Djietror, Junior, Biomedical Sciences, Pre-med major from Mt. Pleasant, Mich., competed in Prose, Dramatic Interpretation and Persuasive Speaking.
  • Taryss Mandt, Sophomore, Geology major from Alexandria, Va., competed in Prose, Poetry and Informative Speaking.
  • Kai Stewart, Senior, Social Work major from Parkersburg, W.Va., competed in Lincoln Douglas Debate and Impromptu Speaking.
  • Garrett Walker, Junior, Spanish, Pre-med major from Shady Spring, W.Va., competed in After Dinner Speaking, Rhetorical Criticism, Impromptu and Extemporaneous Speaking.
  • Joe Garton, Junior, Finance major from Huntington, competed in Lincoln Douglas Debate and Extemporaneous Speaking.
  • Alyssa Hager, Freshman, Broadcasting major from West Hamlin, W.Va., competed in Persuasion and Prose.

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Friday September 27, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Second 'We Are ... Family Unity Walk Celebration' is Oct. 1 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's second annual "We Are ... Family Unity Walk Celebration," an event created in 2012 to give all Marshall students, faculty and staff an opportunity to celebrate their unity and the fact that they are all members of the same "family," will take place at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1, on the Huntington campus.

More than 1,100 students, representing 44 university student organizations, athletic teams, resident halls, fraternities, sororities and others, took part in last year's first event, and even a much greater number of students and "teams" are expected this year. But, there are some changes in the logistics of the event.

Rather than a celebratory walk just a short distance to the Memorial Student Center plaza, this year's walk, with an anticipated attendance of more than 1,500 students and alumni, begins at the Marshall Recreation Center at 6 p.m. "The Unity Walk" will be enhanced by group banners, cheers, chants and music.

Upon arrival at the plaza, festive music will continue, followed by group introductions, and short motivational remarks by President Stephen J. Kopp and women's basketball Coach Matthew Daniel. The event will conclude with a We Are the World Choral number and announcement of the 2013 homecoming court, another change from recent years. Free food and music at the plaza await those who participate in the Unity Walk.

"Last year we celebrated as a family for the first time in this manner," said Maurice Cooley, director of the Center for African American Students and creator of this event that is now slated as an annual affair. "This year, we have raised our excitement level throughout campus as we look forward to celebrating once again. We are Marshall and we are one. We invite all Marshall University students, staff, faculty and alumni, along with the Marshall community, to come and enjoy this most festive walk with us as we again demonstrate our loyalty, unity, inclusiveness and oneness."

All students, organizations, resident teams, athletic teams, fraternities and sororities are invited to take part. The Unity Walk is sponsored by the Student Resource Center, Student Affairs, Greek Affairs, MU Athletics, Housing and Residence Life, INTO, Alumni Affairs, and the Center for African American Students.

Participants also are invited to take part in a Unity Walk Banner Contest. To be considered, participants must march with their banners, which will be judged based on:

  • Creativity: relationship to the homecoming theme (Mardi Gras Marshall Style)
  • School spirit
  • Organizational branding (What does your banner say about your group?)

Prizes will be awarded to the residence halls and organizations scoring the highest in the judging. Anyone with questions may contact Amy Lorenz at

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Friday September 27, 2013
Contact: Pat Dickson, University Communications, (304) 696-7153

Former Miss Marshall and husband to serve as parade grand marshals

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - On a chilly autumn  day in 1966,  Ben Hale stood at midfield in Fairfield Stadium attempting to plant a kiss on his dream girl, who had just been crowned  "Miss Marshall"  before a huge homecoming crowd.  But, "she pulled away, saying I would mess up her make-up," Hale, who was her escort onto the field, recently reminisced.
The kiss on the field may have gone awry, but luckily their relationship didn't, because today the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hale - she's the former Jan Jenkins - and they have been married for 46 years with two daughters and three grandsons.  And on Saturday, Oct. 5, they're returning to Huntington to serve as grand marshals of the 2013 Marshall University homecoming parade.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. in downtown Huntington on 4th Avenue in front of the Cabell County Courthouse. It continues east to 12th Street where it turns right, then travels one block over to 5th Avenue. It then turns left on 5th and continues to Joan C. Edwards Stadium at 20th Street.

Marshall plays its homecoming football game at the stadium at 2 p.m., taking on the University of Texas at San Antonio.
The couple is thrilled to serve as grand marshals, because, according to Ben Hale, "We had the time of our lives at Marshall." The Huntington natives met in the ninth grade when Jan Hale, who attended West Junior High School, was invited to dances at Cammack Junior High, which Ben Hale attended.

Growing up in Huntington, Ben Hale, now a senior partner at Smith and Hale LLC in Columbus, Ohio, spent a freshman semester at another college before joining Jan at Marshall, where she was an art education major.  He quickly became the quintessential "Big Man on Campus," excelling academically, athletically and socially.  He graduated at the top of his class with a B.B.A. in Management, ran track, played football and was an active participant in Greek life as a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.
Jan Hale recalls her days at Marshall as a happy whirl of activities.  "I hardly had time to study, I was having so much fun," she said with a laugh.  "Since I was a 'townie,' so many of my friends were at Marshall as well.  We still keep in touch, go to the beach together and have reunions."

Both Hales are always eager to get back to their Huntington roots.  Ben Hale makes a concerted effort to stay connected to many former high school and Marshall classmates who remain close friends.
"We're looking forward to reuniting with old friends and family members during the upcoming homecoming festivities," Jan Hale says.

Jan Hale was a popular figure on campus as well, taking part in numerous activities.   Before she was elected "Miss Marshall," the PKAs named her their "Dream Girl."  Ben Hale and his fraternity brothers built the float on which Miss Marshall 1966 and her court rode, which was bannered with the slogan, "PKA's Dream Girl." The only thing that marred that perfect day for the Hales was Marshall's 35-15 loss to the University of Louisville.

The couple married in August 1967, shortly after they graduated, and headed for Columbus, Ohio, where Ben Hale had been accepted into The Ohio State University Law School.  He joined Smith and Hale right after graduation in 1970 and has remained with the firm since that time.  Jan Hale taught art in area schools for several years.  Today the couple lives in New Albany, Ohio, close to their daughters and grandsons.

To date the homecoming parade has approximately 50 units signed up, but there will be more coming, according to Jordan Wooldridge, chief of staff for the Marshall University Student Government Association and one of the parade organizers.  Along with marching bands, Marshall fraternities, sororities and other organizations, local businesses and groups such as Little Victories, there will be appearances by Huntington Mayor Steve Williams, Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp and the current Miss West Virginia, Miranda Harrison, a Marshall student.
"We are still accepting applications for anyone who wants to be in the parade," Wooldridge said. "We want to have as many groups as possible participate, so we're encouraging groups to apply."

Applications can be found online at

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Thursday September 26, 2013
Contact: Megan Archer, Alumni and Outreach Coordinator, College of Health Professions, 304-696-2616

College of Health Professions dean elected new board member of respiratory group

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Michael Prewitt, dean of the Marshall University College of Health Professions, has been elected to serve as a board member for the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, which is sponsored by the American College of Chest Physicians.

Prewitt has served as a site visitor for the commission for more than 20 years. He will be the first non-physician representative from the organization to serve on the board, according to Tom Smalling, executive director of the commission.

"Becoming a member of the board will allow me to learn more about the accreditation process after the site visit has been conducted," Prewitt said. "This can only strengthen the goals and objectives we have for our departments within the College of Health Professions and for the university as a whole."

Smalling said that as a non-physician, Prewitt will provide a "unique insight."

"(He) has the appropriate credentials and demonstrates a strong involvement in respiratory care," Smalling said.

Darcy Marciniuk, president of the American College of Chest Physicians, said Prewitt has been a member of the organization since 2000 and an elected fellow since 2001. With his extensive experience in the industry, Marciniuk said, Prewitt was a natural choice for the position.

"Prewitt has an impressive background in respiratory care, from his involvement as director for the respiratory care program at University of Missouri-Columbia for over 20 years to his continued participation in our organization," Marciniuk said. "Being the first non-physician representative to sit on the board for the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care,  he will bring something new to the table."

As a long-time member of the American College of Chest Physicians, Prewitt will provide input based on the perspectives and experiences he's gained during his 13 years with the organization. Prewitt said he will travel to Bedford, Texas in November for the first board meeting to officially begin his four-year term.

Since 2000, Prewitt has been a member of the Allied Health and Respiratory Care American College of Chest Physicians NetWorks and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Allied Health NetWork section. As a commission board member, he will be eligible for two consecutive four-year terms.

For more information on the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, visit online. For more information on the American College of Chest Physicians, visit

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

Spin-a-thon at Marshall to raise money for charity

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Erin Hickok, a personal trainer with the Marshall Recreation Center, is hosting a Spin-a-thon to raise money for her charity, Team Healthier Generation.

"Spin for a healthier generation" is Thursday, Oct. 10, and includes two spinning sessions - the first one at 7 p.m., and the second one at 8 p.m., both at the recreation center on Marshall's Huntington campus. Members and non-members are invited to participate in one or both of the sessions.

Hickok is training to run in the New York Marathon, which takes place Nov. 3.  In conjunction with training for the marathon, Erin is also running to raise $3,500 for Team Healthier Generation.  Team Healthier Generation is a charity aimed at ending childhood obesity.

For Hickok, the purpose of her training is not so much about running the New York Marathon as it is helping the Huntington community and her home state end an issue that is much larger than just one marathon.  While Team Healthier Generation is helping her accomplish her personal goal of running a marathon, it also is helping her accomplish her ultimate goal, which is to help end childhood obesity nationwide.

All proceeds go directly to her  charity.  To participate, register at the Welcome Desk of the Marshall Recreation Center.  The cost is $15 per person to participate, and any additional donations will also be accepted at that time.

Hickok can only receive cash and checks made payable to "Alliance for a Healthier Generation."  There will be prizes as well as free bottled water for all who participate.  No donation is too big or too small - every dollar counts.

For more information, contact Hickok at

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

'Big Pink Volleyball' tournament to benefit Path to the Cure

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "Big Pink Volleyball," a tournament featuring a bright pink volleyball measuring four feet in diameter, will be played Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Marshall Recreation Center on the Huntington campus.

The event will benefit St. Mary's Path to the Cure, a foundation that is operated locally and raises money to prevent and treat breast cancer.

The tournament is similar to one played at Western Illinois University, which has raised nearly $100,000 and sparked breast cancer events at more than 15 colleges and universities across the United States.

Participants must form a group with at least four players and register prior to the tournament at the Recreation Center Welcome Desk, or at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena during the Path to the Cure race packet pick-up on Saturday, Sept.  28.

There also will be an opportunity to sign up on race day at the Rec Center tent. The cost to participate is $5 and must be paid by cash or check made payable to the Campus Rec Club. T-shirts also will be available for purchase for an additional $10 for short sleeves and $13 for long sleeves.

Four different categories of teams will compete. They are Student Clubs/Organizations, Residence Halls, Business-Corporate, and Independent. The last day for teams to sign up is Monday, Oct. 14.

"Marshall Rec Center is putting on this event to help bring awareness to breast cancer through a positive and active volleyball tournament," said Dan Belcher, event coordinator for the tournament. "The challenge of playing with such a large ball will also add to the fun!"

A captain's meeting is planned for Thursday, Oct. 17,  at either 5 p.m. or 8 p.m. Attendance is mandatory for all team captains and the tournament schedule, including game times, will be given out at the meeting.

All proceeds raised will be given to Path to the Cure during halftime of Marshall's home football game against UAB on Nov. 9 . There are several sponsorship opportunities available including T-shirts and signage at the event. For more information, contact Michele Muth at or 304-696-2943 or Belcher at by Friday Oct. 11.

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

Et Cetera to host grad school Q&A panel Thursday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Et Cetera, a student-produced literary magazine at Marshall University, is hosting a graduate school Q&A panel at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, in Corbly Hall room 306 on the Huntington campus.

A panel of faculty members will discuss topics relating to applying for graduate school in English fields such as creative writing, literature, composition and rhetoric.  A question and answer period will follow.

The panel's aim is to address any concerns that students who are planning to enroll in graduate studies might have, according to Michelle Hogmire, editor-in-chief of Et Cetera. Refreshments will be served following the meeting.

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Wednesday September 25, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Winners announced in annual O'Hanlon essay contest

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Laurel Peace, a sophomore education major from Proctorville, Ohio, took first place in the 5th annual Dan O'Hanlon Essay Competition at Marshall University.

Peace received $1,500 and runner-up Adam Shaver, a senior pre-med biology major from Huntington, received $750. The winners were announced in a brief ceremony Monday in the Memorial Student Center's John Marshall Room on the Huntington campus.

The Dan O'Hanlon Constitution Week and John Marshall Celebration Essay Competition, first conducted in 2009, was created with a $50,000 anonymous donation. Its purpose is to encourage Marshall University undergraduate students to study the historical and contemporary significance of the Constitution of the United States of America and the effect the Marshall court had in establishing the importance of the Supreme Court.

O'Hanlon served as professor and chair of the Marshall University Criminal Justice Department and dedicated his life to the legal system and helping people in the region. Marshall, for whom Marshall University was named, was the third Chief Justice of the United States, serving from Feb. 4, 1801, to his death in 1835. Under his leadership, the Supreme Court became a powerful branch of government that complements the legislative and executive branches.

Peace said she was surprised when informed that she had won.

"I thought there would be a lot of pre-law and political science students entering the contest," she said. "And I thought that they would have the advantage." But once she read the material, she became not only interested in the question, but passionate about it. Peace said she hopes to one day be a 6th-grade teacher.

Patricia Proctor, director of the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy, said Shaver is a great leader in Marshall's Honors College.

"He is very engaging and thoughtful and it came through in his essay," she said.

This year's Dan O'Hanlon essay question focused on the work of Louis Michael Seidman, Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown University Law Center and a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.  In his recent book, On Constitutional Disobedience, Seidman argues that we should reconsider whether the U.S. Constitution should be the supreme law of the land or whether we should consider it merely one source of values that influences us in deciding what laws and policies are best for our society.  Students were asked to read his book, and other materials offering different perspectives, and opine on his arguments.

"This question might be considered a bit surprising here at Marshall University, where we spend much of September celebrating both John Marshall's and the Constitution's birthdays and even have a Center for Constitutional Democracy," Proctor said.  "It is useful, however, for all of us to have our conventional assumptions challenged and to revisit whether our ideas can be improved upon.  The students' essays were a great opportunity for them to think `out of the box' and they rose to the challenge."

The students - and the rest of the community - will have the opportunity to meet Professor Seidman Nov. 5 when he will be the featured presenter in the Amicus Curiae Lecture Series sponsored by the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy, with funding from the West Virginia Humanities Council.


Photo: Laurel Peace, right, won the Dan O'Hanlon Essay Contest and Adam Shaver, left, finished second. Photo by Amanda Williams/Marshall University.

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Wednesday September 25, 2013
Contact: Leah Payne, Director of Public Affairs, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine to host traveling art exhibit

'Opening Doors' celebrates contributions of African-American academic surgeons

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Beginning this week and continuing until Nov. 2, the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine will host the traveling art exhibit, "Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons," in the lobby of the Marshall University Medical Center on the campus of Cabell Huntington Hospital. 

The exhibit tells the stories of four pioneering African American surgeons and educators who  exemplified excellence in their fields and believed in the importance of mentoring younger physicians and surgeons.  Other academic surgeons from around the country also are featured in the exhibit.

"We are so pleased to offer this free exhibit to our community," said Dr. Shelvy Campbell, assistant dean for diversity at the SOM.  "I encourage visitors to our medical campus to take a moment and enjoy the remarkable stories brought to life on these panels."

The Opening Doors exhibit has been traveling to medical schools and academic medical centers since 2007. It was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, Baltimore, Md.

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

Homecoming car bash set for Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Buskirk Field

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - WMUL-FM, Marshall University's student radio station, will be demolishing its 12th vehicle from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, on Buskirk Field on Marshall's Huntington campus as part of homecoming activities.

The car to be bashed is a Ford Thunderbird donated by Kelly's Radiator Service. The Thunderbird will be painted orange, white and blue, the colors of the University of Texas at San Antonio, Marshall's homecoming opponent. The car will be smashed by Marshall students, faculty and community members.

"It's a great opportunity for everyone, not just students, to get some stress out and show some Marshall pride," Promotions Director Amanda Reesman said. "It a homecoming tradition we are proud and excited to keep going."

Participants will pay $1 to bash the car for two minutes. WMUL-FM will provide the gloves, sledgehammers and goggles.

"Homecoming is an exciting time but it also falls right before midterms," Reesman said. "The car bash will provide a way to show your Marshall pride and to take out some of the stress of worrying about midterms."

The dollar admission will provide participants with two minutes of full access to the Thunderbird.

For more information, contact Reesman at or at 724-272-1132.

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Monday September 23, 2013
Contact: Leah C. Payne, Director of Public Affairs, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, (304) 696-7153

Marshall cardiologist named American Heart Association fellow

HUNTINGTON, W.VA. Paulette S. Wehner, M.D., FAHA, senior associate dean for graduate medical education and a professor in the department of cardiovascular service in the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, was named a fellow of the American Heart Association at its September meeting in New Orleans.

The fellowship distinction is conferred for outstanding and sustained scientific contributions in cardiovascular diseases and stroke; and volunteer leadership and service to the American Heart Association.

Wehner, a Kingwood, W.Va., native, is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and earned her medical degree at Marshall, where she also did her residency and fellowship training.

In congratulating Wehner, Joseph I. Shapiro, dean of the School of Medicine, said her contributions to the School of Medicine and the health care of the community are exceptional.

"Dr. Wehner is first and foremost an outstanding clinician," he said. "She cares deeply about her patients and works expertly to give them high quality cardiovascular care. Secondly, she is a dedicated and gifted professor preparing our students, residents and cardiology fellows for their careers in medicine."

Wehner, an active researcher involved in several projects, is the principal site investigator at St. Mary's Medical Center for Yale University's research study of older persons who are admitted to the hospital with heart attacks.

She also is one of two West Virginia physicians honored in the Local Legends project of the National Library of Medicine in 2005. A member of the Marshall faculty since 1995, she has repeatedly been honored by medical students through awards such as "Outstanding Attending of the Year" and "Outstanding Program Director."

She is a member of the medical honorary society Alpha Omega Alpha, as well as a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, which she is currently serving as governor in West Virginia. She also is a fellow in the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians. Wehner is currently the president of the School of Medicine's Alumni Association.

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Monday September 23, 2013
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, 304-746-2038

Marshall faculty members to present 'American Originals' for trombone Sept. 29

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

The program, titled "American Originals," will feature compositions by Henry Cowell, Samuel Barber, David Amram and Alec Wilder.

"We're exploring a wide range of American styles, ranging from the Colonial era to modern jazz," Stroeher said. "Samuel Barber is one of America's most well-known composers, primarily due to his 'Adagio for Strings,' which was used in several films, including Platoon. David Amram wrote film scores for classic films such as Splendor in the Grass and The Manchurian Candidate, and Alec Wilder composed popular songs for Frank Sinatra, among many others."

Vauth is in his second year at Marshall after having taught at Auburn University. He holds degrees from the Hochschule fr Musik in Hannover, Germany, and the Eastman School of Music. He has won several competitions in Europe, and performs throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Stroeher, who is professor of trombone at Marshall, also performs as principal trombonist in the Huntington Symphony and bass trombonist in the Landau Eugene Murphy big band. He has previously performed with the St. Louis Symphony, the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Temptations, Frank Sinatra Jr. and in a number of other shows. He holds degrees from the University of North Texas and the New England Conservatory of Music.

The concert is free and open to the public. For further information, contact the School of Music and Theatre at 304-696-3117.


Photo: Marshall University music faculty members Dr. Michael Stroeher, trombone, and Dr. Henning Vauth, piano, rehearse in preparation for their 'American Originals' program Sunday, Sept. 29.

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Monday September 23, 2013
Contact: Nancy Pelphrey, Assistant Director, Alumni Affairs, 304-696-3134

University gets ready to celebrate homecoming with a Mardi Gras theme

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Mardi Gras, Marshall University style, will be observed with music, picnics, parades, floats, a football game and a host of other activities as the university celebrates homecoming week Sept. 30-Oct. 6.

A highlight of the week is the matchup of the Thundering Herd football team with first-time opponent, the University of Texas San Antonio Roadrunners, at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5 at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. 

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

The grand marshals of the homecoming parade are Benjamin "Benny" Hale Jr. and Jan Jenkins Hale, who were crowned "Mr. and Miss Marshall" at halftime during the 1966 homecoming football game.  Now married and living in Columbus, Ohio, the couple will lead the parade, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct.5, in downtown Huntington. 

Homecoming is sponsored in part by Bridgeport Equipment and Tools.

"We're thankful to have such tremendous support from our local business partners,"  Matt Hayes, executive director of alumni affairs, said.  "It's a win-win scenario in that the business gains additional exposure and recognition while we meet the needs of our guests at these events. Businesses that wish to become involved may contact Nancy Pelphrey at 304-696-3134 for more information."

Here is a breakdown of homecoming week events and activities:

Monday, Sept. 30

  • Office decorating contest.  Offices are asked to decorate using the homecoming theme with prizes to be awarded on Friday, Oct. 4, at the Picnic on the Plaza.

Thursday, Oct. 3

  • 10 a.m. - Office decoration judging begins

Friday, Oct. 4: Green and White Day

  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Free picnic on the Memorial Student Center Plaza with music, prizes, games and lunch. This is the first official alumni event of homecoming weekend.  Co-sponsored by the Alumni Association and the Office of Development.
  • Noon to 3:30 p.m. - Family check-in for Parents and Family Weekend, Office of Student Affairs in Memorial Student Center
  • 3 to 6 p.m. - Black Alumni Association registration, Pullman Plaza, second floor
  • 6 to 8 p.m. - Champagne reception in the lobby of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center
  • 7 p.m. - Volleyball, MU vs. Tulane, Cam Henderson Center
  • 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. - Welcome back champagne reception/silent auction, Erickson Alumni Center, sponsored by the Black Alumni Association with funds from the auction to go to the Janis Winkfield Scholarship 
  • 8 p.m. - MU Theatre presentation in the Experimental Theatre of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center
  • 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.  - Laid-back Friday after-party sponsored by the Black Alumni Association, Inc.

Saturday, Oct. 5

  • 9 a.m. - 18th Annual 5K Alum Run. The course starts on Veterans Boulevard near Pullman Square.  The entry fee is $20 for early registration and $25 for late registration.   Contact Joe DeLapa at
  • 8:30 a.m. - Breakfast with the President, in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center. Breakfast will begin after a brief greeting and comments by President Stephen J. Kopp.
  • 9 a.m. - Black Alumni Association business meeting/registration, Marshall University Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center
  • 10 a.m. - Homecoming parade, starting in downtown Huntington and ending at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Tailgate blast on the field next to the Harless Dining Hall
  • Reveal of the new Marco costume will take place pre-game, just before kick-off
  • 2 p.m. - Kickoff for the Marshall vs. University of Texas San Antonio game, Joan C. Edwards Stadium
  • 8 p.m. - NPHC Step Show, Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center
  • 9 p.m. -  Rhoyal Affair Black Alumni dance/silent auction, Pullman Plaza Grande Ballroom; music by Hybrid Soul Project.  Sponsored by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. 

Sunday, Oct. 6

  • 9 a.m. - Prayer Breakfast, Kentucky Room, Pullman Plaza; speaker, Bishop Frederick M. Brown with music by Rodney Boyden

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Friday September 20, 2013
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964

RCBI locations across the state to celebrate National Manufacturing Day Oct. 4 with open houses

Huntington event to also feature symposium and luncheon

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing invites the community to join its celebration of National Manufacturing Day Friday, Oct. 4.

The institute will be hosting demonstrations and tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers in Huntington (1050 Fourth Ave.), South Charleston (100 Angus E. Peyton Dr.) and Bridgeport (2400 E. Benedum Industrial Dr.). The events are free and open to the public.

"Manufacturing Day is for everyone," said Charlotte Weber, director and CEO of RCBI. "The day's activities will highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation's economy with special attention focused on today's advanced manufacturing, including additive manufacturing with 3-D printers. RCBI is proud to play a role in the nationwide resurgence of manufacturing.

"We hope to attract a large crowd at each of our statewide Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers as we celebrate manufacturers, entrepreneurs and innovators in West Virginia."

According to Weber, events at the Huntington location also will include a Manufacturing Institute Industry Partners Symposium. The symposium will begin at 11:30 a.m. with remarks by U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, followed by networking opportunities and a luncheon.

She added, "The symposium will strategically connect RCBI's entrepreneurial manufacturing clients with academic and government experts and other industry partners to discuss current opportunities in manufacturing, identify opportunities for collaboration and learn about current research activities."

Reservations for those who plan to attend the symposium and luncheon in Huntington are due by 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. No reservations are necessary for the demonstrations and tours at any of the locations.

To register or receive more information, call (800) 469-RCBI (7224) or visit

Directions to each of the locations are available on the website.

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Friday September 20, 2013
Contact: Mary Thomasson, Marshall University Forensic Science Center, 304-691-8961

Marshall DNA analyst presents property crimes research at International Association for Identification conference

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Season E. Seferyn, M.S.F.S, a parentage DNA analyst at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center, presented findings from a property crimes project at a conference sponsored by the International Association for Identification earlier this month.
The Marshall University Forensic Science Center provided DNA analysis on evidence from 1,227 property crimes cases for the Miami-Dade Police Department Crime Laboratory from February 2007 through July 2009 as part of a collaborative effort coordinated by the National Institute of Justice. The project involved the identification of criminals by generating DNA profiles and entry of the profiles into CODIS, the COmbined DNA Index System. Information continues to be gathered on hits generated in CODIS to identify single perpetrators with multiple crimes and to identify serial events.
The presentation, titled "A Crime Scene Snapshot: A Look into Property Crime Cases from Miami, Fla.," addressed findings from DNA test results of evidentiary items recovered from crime scenes. The information presented at the conference is expected to assist crime scene investigators with collection of evidence that may yield the best results from DNA testing, thus identifying the perpetrator. Items were classified into categories including house, clothing, vehicle, tools and weapons. Evidence containing oral samples, blood and "touch" samples yielded DNA profiles from perpetrators.
The IAI held its 98th Annual International Educational Conference Aug. 4-10, in Providence, R.I. The annual conference attracts more than 1,000 participants and features workshops and presentations given by leading experts in forensic identification and related fields.
This project was supported by award numbers 2005-MU-BX-K020, 2008-DN-BX-K219, and 2009-IJ-CX-K111 awarded by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice.
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Friday September 20, 2013
Contact: Patricia Proctor, Director of the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy, (304) 696-7153

Lecture by James Simon begins Amicus Curiae lecture series Oct. 8

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -James F. Simon, a noted author and commentator on the United States Supreme Court, will give the first lecture in Marshall University's Amicus Curiae lecture series. Simon will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center.

"We are thrilled to have James Simon as a speaker in the lecture series," said Patricia Proctor, director of the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy at Marshall. "He is a wonderful writer with great insight into the history and the politics of the Supreme Court, and he is going to talk about a fascinating time in our political and judicial history."

Simon will speak on the subject of his most recent book, FDR and Chief Justice Hughes: The President, The Supreme Court and the Epic Battle Over the New Deal, the third in a trilogy on clashes between American presidents and chief justices at critical times in American history.  He also will compare Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes to Chief Justice John Roberts (and Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Barack Obama) focusing particularly on the court's Affordable Health Care Act decision. 

Simon, who is dean emeritus and Martin Professor of Law emeritus of New York Law School, has written eight books on American history, law and politics. FDR and Chief Justice Hughes  (Simon & Schuster, 2012) has been widely praised, with Jeffrey Toobin - the country's preeminent commentator on the Supreme Court - calling it "an elegant dual biography of the incomparable FDR and a formidable Chief Justice" and Bob Woodward describing it as "a spectacular book, brilliantly conceived and executed."  Jean Edward Smith, former member of the Marshall University political science faculty and himself the author of the highly acclaimed and award-winning FDR, calls Simon's book a "marvelously written, meticulously researched study" of the relationship between FDR and Chief Justice Hughes.

Simon was a commentator in the PBS series The Supreme Court and has been a legal affairs correspondent and contributing editor for Time magazine.  He has lectured frequently in the United States and abroad. His other books include Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney:  Slavery, Secession, and the President's War Powers; What Kind of Nation: Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, and the Epic Struggle to Create a United States (which was named a New York Times Notable Book); Independent Journey: The Life of William O. Douglas; The Antagonists:  Felix Frankfurter, Hugo Black and Civil Liberties in Modern America, and The Center Holds:  The Power Struggle Inside the Rehnquist Court.  

The next lecture in the series will feature Louis Michael Seidman, professor of constitutional law at the Georgetown University Law Center and author of the book On Constitutional Disobedience. That event will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, also at Foundation Hall.


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Thursday September 19, 2013
Contact: Mary Thomasson, Marshall University Forensic Science Center, 304-691-8961

Marshall University Forensic Science Center staff and students receive glimpse into the future of rapid DNA analysis

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Forensic Science graduate students and DNA analysts saw first-hand their DNA profiles being generated in under 90 minutes using rapid DNA analysis, an emerging biometrics technology that may revolutionize how certain crimes are solved.
Dr. Terry W. Fenger, director of the Marshall University Forensic Science Center, said the demonstration of the biometric technology was an unusual opportunity.  "Rapid DNA analysis technology drastically reduces DNA analysis time, and we got to see a glimpse into the future of serving justice," he said.
Representatives from GE Healthcare Life Sciences demonstrated the DNAscanTM Rapid DNA AnalysisTM System in the Marshall University Forensic Science Center DNA training laboratory last week. The instrument is a fully automated rapid STR (short tandem repeat) system with integrated data analysis and Expert System software for forensic testing and research.
West Virginia State Police Crime Laboratory representatives and officers from the Huntington Police Department also were on hand to see the state-of-the-art system in action and learn how the technology may affect crime investigations in the future.
GE Healthcare Life Sciences representative Len Goren said the equipment's applications may benefit law enforcement, forensic crime laboratories, military and intelligence agencies, and border control efforts. In the future, it may aid with the identification of victims of mass disasters and also aid in tracing people during missing persons investigations, he added.
The automated system processes samples on a fully integrated "lab-on-a-chip," a disposable cartridge that performs all stages of DNA analysis. Goren said the system provides a called STR profile from five individual single-source DNA swabs in less than 85 min.
Fenger said the demonstration provided important information for the DNA analysts working forensic cases as well as faculty and students in the academic program.
"Rapid DNA analysis is a hot topic in the field of forensic science, and it is critical that our staff be apprised of scientific developments and technologies in the area of DNA analysis," he said. "Our students also benefitted from the demonstration because they got to see firsthand how the future of solving crimes may be evolving, and our instructors can integrate the most current scientific information into our curriculum."
According to the FBI's website, rapid DNA describes the fully automated (hands-free) process of developing a CODIS Core STR profile from a reference sample buccal swab.  The "swab in - profile out" process consists of automated extraction, amplification, separation, detection and allele calling without human intervention.


Photos: (Above) The photo illustrates how law enforcement agencies would use the GE Healthcare Life Sciences DNAscanTM Rapid DNA AnalysisTM System to process DNA profiles at the time suspects are processed in police agency booking stations. (Below) The BioChipSet Cassette, a disposable cartridge that performs all stages of DNA analysis, is inserted into the DNAscanTM Rapid DNA AnalysisTM System. Photos courtesy of GE Healthcare Life Sciences.

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Thursday September 19, 2013
Contact: Elizabeth Appell Sheets, Office of Community Engagement, 304-696-2285

Students plan baby shower to benefit pediatric addiction recovery center and ask Marshall community to donate specific items

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students are planning a baby shower to benefit Lily's Place, a new nonprofit pediatric addiction recovery center in Huntington scheduled to open its doors later this month.

Organizers are asking students, faculty, staff and members of the community to bring specific items to the Memorial Student Center lobby, Thursday, Sept. 26, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Participants dropping off their donations can expect a festive baby shower atmosphere complete with cake, punch and all the trimmings, according to Elizabeth Appell Sheets, director of Marshall's Office of Community Engagement.

Lily's Place is in need of the following items: baby laundry detergent, baby powder with cornstarch, baby bath gel, baby lotion, wipes, newborn diapers, size one diapers, cloth diapers, pacifiers, latex and nonlatex gloves and file folders. The items should not be wrapped.

"We are asking everyone in the Marshall University community to donate at least one item from the list for Lily's Place," Sheets said. "The items are not expensive at all, so it should not be a burden for students. We just want Lily's Place organizers to know that we support them and their efforts to provide special care to innocent infants suffering from prenatal drug exposure."

The event is sponsored by Gamma Beta Phi, an academic honor and service organization for students with GPAs of 3.0 or higher; Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed community service fraternity; as well as the Office of Community Engagement. The baby shower is in conjunction with Governor Tomblin's Day to Serve, an annual effort to strengthen communities through volunteer service.

"We chose Lily's Place because several students already have been heavily involved with helping the nonprofit get set up," Sheets said. "It's due to open its doors to babies in need on Sept. 29 and we want to do all we can to help."

The mission of Lily's Place is to provide immediate, short-term medical care to infants suffering from prenatal drug exposure and to provide education and support services to the families of substance-abused babies.
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Monday September 16, 2013
Contact: Leah C. Payne, Director of Public Affairs, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, 304-691-1713

Marshall University School of Pharmacy sponsors International Symposium on Safe Medicine

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. The Marshall University School of Pharmacy, along with several other conference partners, is sponsoring the 2013 International Symposium on Safe Medicine (ISSM) beginning tomorrow in Charleston. The conference, which has historically been held in the state of Maine, brings together pharmacists, physicians, toxicologists, educators and others for sessions on prescription drug use, abuse, return and disposal.

Dr. Kevin W. Yingling, dean of the School of Pharmacy and a speaker for the event, said the escalation of prescription drug abuse across the United States makes it imperative for health care professionals to collaborate with others in the field.

"There are many facets of the prescription drug abuse issue that need to be addressed," Yingling said. "This symposium exposes health care professionals to educational topics like best practices in medication prescribing, creating public policies about drug diversion, the roles of pharmacists in medication therapy management and even environmental issues impacted by the unsafe disposal of medications."

Dr. John V. Schloss is professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Science at the Marshall School of Pharmacy and is one of the organizers of past ISSM conferences in Maine.

"Prior to joining the Marshall University School of Pharmacy, I was heavily involved with the conference planning in Portland," Schloss said. "There are many parallels between Maine and West Virginia that contribute to their common problem in prescription drug abuse. This symposium has facilitated cross-disciplinary approaches to solving the drug abuse problems, not just in West Virginia, but across various states."

The conference also features speakers from Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, the MU Forensic Science Center and the College of Health Professions. Additional speakers are from the Pew Prescription Project, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and various companies and universities.

The symposium is being held in conjunction with West Virginia's Integrated Behavioral Health Conference.

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Wednesday September 11, 2013
Contact: Leah C. Payne, Public Affairs Director, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, (304) 691-1713

Marshall School of Medicine researchers to present findings at American Heart Association meeting

Eight abstracts accepted for scientific session on high blood pressure

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. Researchers from Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, in collaboration with international partners in China and Italy and colleagues in the United States, will present their findings at the 2013 American Heart Association's High Blood Pressure Research Scientific Sessions later this week in New Orleans.

"We are very pleased that all eight of our research abstracts were accepted for presentation at this world-class conference," said Nader G. Abraham, Ph.D., Dr. H.C., FAHA, vice dean for research at the School of Medicine. "Marshall is truly expanding its medical research footprint and is being recognized at the international level."

In making the announcement, Abraham said research from Marshall scientists and clinicians includes findings on heart disease, obesity, fatty liver, and hypertension. 

"Much of our research here at Marshall is focused on the issues that plague our population in West Virginia and really the entire Appalachian region," Abraham said. "For instance, the project that the dean, Joseph Shapiro, and I have been working on with researchers from Beijing and the National Institute of Environmental Health Science in North Carolina has found that there are small, special fatty acids that can improve heart attack mediated damage to prevent further damage, which may eventually lead to developments in new therapies and prevention."

Click to view PDF of the eight abstracts.


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Wednesday September 11, 2013
Contact: Maurice Cooley, Director, Center for African American Students, 304-696-5430

Four scholarships to honor victims of Birmingham church bombing, 50 years later

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - An anonymous donor has given $2,000 to set up four $500 scholarships at Marshall University in memory of four young girls who were killed in a racially motivated church bombing in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963.

Raquel Whitmore, Rebecca Britton, Donavia Beltran and Jasmine Felder, who are current Marshall University students, will receive the scholarships at a presentation and remembrance of the bombing at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Drinko Library Atrium on the Huntington campus.

The African American 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham was nearly destroyed by a bomb placed there on Sunday, Sept. 15, 1963. The blast killed the four girls, who ranged from ages 11 to 14, and injured 23 others as they attended Sunday school classes. The church had been a rallying point for civil rights activities during the spring of that year and was a meeting place for civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph Abernathy and Fred Shuttlesworth.

"During the past summer a local donor, who wants to remain anonymous, contacted the MU Foundation office and offered to set up these gifts," said Maurice Cooley, director of the Center for African American Students.  "She had just finished reading Carolyn Maull McKinstry's book, While the World Watched, about those events and she was so moved that she was inspired to offer these gifts."

The donor's requests were simple, Cooley said.  In addition to anonymity, she requested that the recipients be current African American female students at Marshall, that the awards be given before the anniversary date of the bombing and that each scholarship bear the name of one of the bombing victims: Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair. In addition, the donor has purchased four copies of McKinstry's book, which will be presented to the scholarship recipients during the event.

Cooley will give opening remarks, give a presentation about the events that are being commemorated, and offer a short reading on that era and the church bombings.  He will be assisted by Krystle Davis, program director of scholarship and donor relations at the foundation, who has also been instrumental in planning this event.

Cooley says he has not yet had an opportunity to speak to the donor but says he is sincerely impressed by the "heartfelt kindness and the sensitivity that this one person experienced and acted on to positively impact the lives of others. In offering this gift she told a staff member that it is the recipients who are important and not the person who is giving it." 

The public is welcome to attend the Sept. 12 presentation, Cooley said.  For additional information, contact Marshall's Center for African American Students at 304-696-6705. 

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Tuesday September 10, 2013
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, 304-746-2013

Marshall to test MU Alert emergency messaging system

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -Marshall University communications officials will conduct a test of the MU Alert emergency messaging system at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18.

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

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

The most recent test of the system occurred Jan. 30.

The MU Alert system, which is operated by Marshall and delivered thru the Blackboard Connect service, allows Marshall students, faculty and staff to provide several methods for the university to use when making emergency contacts. Most common are text messages, cell phone calls and e-mail. Those in the active Marshall community (faculty, staff and students) who would like to subscribe or update their information for this test are asked to visit the myMU page at, log in, click on the MU Alert red triangle and complete their subscription or update by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17. Others external to the campuses or centers (i.e. news media, alumni, campus neighbors) should watch other outlets, such as the Marshall website, Twitter, Facebook, etc., for relevant news releases.

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Tuesday September 10, 2013
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Arts and Media, 304-696-3296

Guest saxophonist to visit Marshall Sept. 12

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's jazz studies program will welcome guest artist Dr. Gordon Towell Thursday, Sept. 12. He will be on the Huntington campus working with students during the day and performing at 8 p.m. in the Jomie Jazz Forum with members of the Marshall music faculty.

Towell, a saxophonist, is a jazz faculty member at Morehouse State University in Kentucky and a member of Landau Eugene Murphy's band.

"Gordon is a superb saxophonist and jazz educator," said Dr. Martin Saunders, professor of trumpet and director of jazz studies at Marshall. "He is versed in many different styles, and he will demonstrate that on Thursday night.  Having been on the Landau band with him for a couple of years now, I can tell you that he Gordon is the consummate musician and gentleman, and I'm excited for our students to learn from his expertise."

The performance at 8 p.m. Thursday is free and open to the public. Performing with Towell will be the jazz faculty rhythm section, which includes Jay Flippin, piano; Jeffrey Thomasson, guitar; Steve Heffner, bass; and Steve Hall,  drums.

Call the School of Music and Theatre at 304-696-3117 for more information.

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Tuesday September 10, 2013
Contact: Megan Archer, Alumni and Outreach Coordinator, College of Health Professions, (304) 696-7153

Integrated Behavioral Health Conference available to Marshall University students

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's College of Health Professions will play a key role as a partner for the inaugural West Virginia Integrated Behavioral Health Conference Tuesday, Sept. 17, through Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, W.Va. Marshall students will receive a discounted rate to enroll in the conference. 

Dr. William Pewen, assistant professor of public health and family medicine at Marshall, said the meeting will bring together professionals from diverse fields, including physicians, social workers, pharmacists, nurses, law enforcement officers, legal advocates and others. Participants will have the opportunity both to enhance their own skills and learn how to better collaborate with other professionals.

"This is the first time so many disciplines have been brought together to confront our region's behavioral health needs," Pewen said. "From substance abuse to child welfare to disabilities - this meeting could mark a sea change in improving public health in West Virginia and throughout the Appalachian region."

The conference will feature internationally and locally recognized presenters who will examine the state of integrated health care. Among these is Dr. Daniel Carlat, who serves as director of the Prescription Project in Washington, D.C., and is responsible for the oversight of the Pew Charitable Trusts' initiatives on medical conflicts of interest.

"Dr. Carlat brings a key perspective to our concurrent meeting of the International Symposium on Safe Medicine as an expert in how conflicts of interest influence the use of prescription drugs," Pewen said. "The chance to attend a meeting of this sort should be a compelling opportunity for health professionals and concerned members of the public."

Dr. John Schloss, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Science and Research at Marshall's School of Pharmacy, was also involved as an organizer for the safe medicine component of the conference.  

Students can register for $35 per day with lunch included.  Registration for non-students is $249. For more information on attending this conference, visit online.

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Monday September 9, 2013
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Arts and Media, 304-696-3296

Music faculty members, guest alumnus to perform trio recital Sept. 23

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Pianist John Ingram, violinist Dr. Elizabeth Reed Smith and flutist Dr. Wendell Dobbs will present a full program of music from the 20th century at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall University's Huntington campus. Featured on the program will be works by Martinu, Ibert and Rota.

Smith and Dobbs are members of the Marshall music faculty. For Ingram, this is a return to Marshall. Dobbs said that in the 1980s, Ingram pursued a graduate degree at Marshall studying piano with Kenneth Marchant. He then became a doctoral candidate in the piano performance program at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. His career led him in another direction, though, and he's been a grant writer, mostly for nonprofits, for many years. In recent times he's felt the attraction of music once again.

The program will begin with Bohuslav Martinu's Madrigal Sonata. The native Czech composer, who also spent time in Paris and the United States, composed in the neo-classical style as developed by Igor Stravinsky. Stravinsky was also an influence on the compositional style of Nino Rota, whose trio will end the program. Rota is best remembered as the Italian prodigy who came to America and composed music for 150 movies including ones by Fellini ("8 1/2"), Zeffirelli ("Romeo and Juliet"), and Coppola ("The Godfather"). Between the Martinu and Rota works will be Jacques Ibert's Two Interludes. Like Rota, Ibert was active in writing music for movies, though, also like Rota, his compositional output was extraordinarily diverse and defied categorization.

The program is free and open to the public. Call Marshall's School of Music and Theatre at 304-696-3117 for more information.

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Monday September 9, 2013
Contact: Dr. Rachael Peckham, Associate Professor of English, 304-696-3649

Visiting Writers Series to begin Thursday, Sept. 19, with two poets

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will welcome two visiting poets,Will Schutt and Marcus Wicker, in the first program of the university's A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series of the 2013-2014 academic year. They will read from their works beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Gallery 842, which is located at 842 4th Ave. in Huntington.
Schutt is the 2012 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize and author of the collection Westerly. A graduate of Oberlin College and Hollins University, he is the recipient of fellowships from the James Merrill House and the Stadler Center for Poetry. His poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in Agni, FIELD, The New Republic, The Southern Review and elsewhere.
Wicker is the 2012 winner of the National Poetry Series and author of Maybe the Saddest Thing. A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., he was the recipient of a 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship. He also has held fellowships from Cave Canem, the Fine Arts Work Center and Indiana University, where he received his Master of Fine Arts degree. Wicker's work has appeared in Poetry, Beloit, Third Coast and Ninth Letter, among other journals. He is assistant professor of English at the University of Southern Indiana and the poetry editor of Southern Indiana Review.
A casual "Coffee and Conversation" hour with the poets also will take place Sept. 19, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the 3rd-floor atrium of the Drinko Library on Marshall's Huntington campus.
Both events are free and open to the public. They are sponsored by the Center for African American Students, the English department and the College of Liberal Arts at Marshall.

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Friday September 6, 2013
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Arts and Media, 304-696-3296

Gallery 842 to open juried exhibition Friday, Sept. 6

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Gallery 842 will host its 3rd annual juried exhibition, which will open at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, with light refreshments and art from the Huntington community and beyond.

Approximately 25 artists and 40 works are represented in the show, including students in Marshall University's art department as well as other entries from across the region, said John Farley, director of Marshall University galleries.

"In this particular juried exhibit, the competition was open to artists working in any medium, addressing any theme, student or professional," Farley explained. "It will be a diverse cross-section of contemporary art that reflects the Huntington and Marshall University art communities, as well as artists practicing throughout the region."

Farley noted that juried competitions are a great way for artists to gauge the quality and development of their work against that of their peers.

"As an artist, it's a chance to see what others are making, where you fit in - or not, network, gain exposure, polish your presentation skills, learn from others and think about what you are making in a broader context," Farley said. "This specific competition can be of particular benefit to students, in the sense that they are pitting themselves and their work against artists who may have far more experience, education and so on. It is a worthwhile challenge, and an opportunity to grow, learn and hone their craft."

Katherine Cox juried this year's competition. Cox holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla. Her drawings have been exhibited in galleries throughout the mid-Atlantic region, including recent solo and invitational shows at the Muse Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, and the Art Store in Charleston, W.Va. Cox is currently the director of education at the Huntington Museum of Art.

Admission to Gallery 842 is free and open to the public from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through. The 3rd Annual Juried Exhibition runs through Friday, Oct. 18.

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Friday September 6, 2013
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Arts and Media, 304-696-3296

'Band Day' tomorrow features Marching Thunder, 11 high school bands

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Marching Thunder will play host to 11 high school bands for a mass halftime show at Marshall's home football game against Gardner-Webb University Saturday, Sept. 7.

"This show will honor our veterans and military personnel, as well as pay tribute to the victims and families of the 9-11 tragedy," said Steve Barnett, director of bands at Marshall.

The Marching Thunder will begin by performing the opening selection of their current halftime show. The high school bands will then march onto the field and join them in the "Armed Forces Medley" and several other selections. The show will conclude with the massed bands' performance of "Sons of Marshall."

The high school bands participating, along with the names of their directors, are as follows:

Fairland High School Band, Keith Carper
Oak Hill High School Band, Timothy M. Mullens
Summers County High School Band, James Messenger
East High School Band, Elizabeth Gowdy
Liberty High School Band, Thomas Day
Symmes Valley High School Band, Matt Jarvis
Fayetteville High School Band, Stephanie Sumner
Tug Valley High School Band, Deanna Holderby
Greenbrier East High School Band, Jim Allder
South Gallia High School Band, Cassandra Thompson-Chapman
Wayne High School Band, Brian Dunfee

The football game starts at 6:30 p.m. For further information on band day, contact Marshall's School of Music and Theatre at 304-696-3117.

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Thursday September 5, 2013
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, 304-746-2038

WMUL student broadcasters named national finalist

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Student broadcasters from WMUL-FM, Marshall University's public radio station, were named a national finalist in the 2012 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) National Mark of Excellence Contest in the radio category of Best All-Around Newscast.

The award was presented at the SPJ National Convention and Excellence in Journalism 2013 Conference Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim, Calif.

Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, professor of Radio-Television Production and Management in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University and faculty manager of WMUL-FM, said that the students competed with other broadcasting students who won regional first-place awards for best all-around radio newscast, from colleges and universities across the nation representing SPJ's 12 regions. 
"Our radio students have established a tradition at WMUL-FM of being able to successfully compete at the national level with other student journalists," Bailey said.  "This national finalist award is further evidence of the quality of the work performed by our talented broadcasting students at WMUL-FM, the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and the College of Arts and Media."

The national finalist award-winning entry in the Best All-Around Newscast 4-year college/university category from Marshall is:

Best All-Around Newscast

The "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," broadcast and made available online Friday, Feb. 24, 2012. The students who participated are Adam Rogers, producer, a senior from Charleston; Leannda Carey, co-anchor, a recent MAJ graduate from Wellsburg; Marcus Constantino, co-anchor, a senior from Bramwell; Joshua Rose, weather,  a senior from Olney, Md.; and Nathan Barham, sports, a recent MAJ graduate from Youngsville, N.C.

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Thursday September 5, 2013
Contact: Megan Archer, Alumni and Outreach Coordinator, College of Health Professions,

Communication Disorders to host reaccreditation visit

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) will conduct a reaccreditation site visit for Marshall's M.S. program in Communication Disorders later this month.

A four-member team, chaired by Dr. Theresa Bartolotta of Seton Hall University, will be on campus Sept. 19-20 to meet with students, key administrators and all members of the academic and clinical faculty.

The CAA is seeking public comment as part of its review of the graduate education programs in audiology or speech-language pathology. A public meeting will take place from 4:30 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, in Smith Hall 134. Individuals with an interest in the Department of Communication Disorders or the Marshall University Speech and Hearing Center are especially encouraged to attend the public meeting.

A copy of the standards of accreditation and information on the CAA's policy on public comment may be obtained by contacting the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) accreditation office at 800-498-2071, ASHA's Web site at or ASHA at 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Md. 20850.

For further information, contact Department Chair Dr. Karen McNealy at 304-696-3634 or e-mail

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Wednesday September 4, 2013
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, (304) 696-7153

Constitution Week features quoits, Simon Perry book signing, visit from early Freedom Rider

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Simon Perry, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Marshall University, will sign copies of his book, Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson: By Their Deeds You Shall Know Them, Tuesday, Sept. 17, on Marshall's Huntington campus.

Perry, the John Deaver Drinko Fellow for the academic year 1994-1995, will sign his books beginning at 7 p.m. in the third-floor atrium of the Drinko Library.

The event is part of Marshall's annual celebration of Constitution Week, which features activities - such as the popular quoits competition - throughout much of September. September 17 is Constitution Day.

"The Drinko Academy is pleased to publish Simon Perry's recent book," said Dr. Alan Gould, director of the Drinko Academy. "It's been a personal pleasure for me to be Simon's colleague and friend for nearly 40 years and he, although now retired, rightfully deserves his unofficial title of dean of the faculty."

Perry's role as a faculty member at Marshall from 1962 through 2010 made his 47-year tenure as a faculty member the longest in the history of the institution.  He earned a reputation as an outstanding educator and received numerous prestigious awards during his illustrious career, including Marshall's Distinguished Faculty Award.   Two separate governors presented him with the Distinguished West Virginian Award.  In a poll recently conducted by MU's Office of Alumni Affairs, Perry was named the Outstanding Teacher at Marshall University.

The Dr. Simon D. Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy was created by the College of Liberal Arts to honor him along with John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, for whom the university is named.  The purpose of the center is to promote the study of government, the constitution, and the work of John Marshall and the Supreme Court.  It is an interdisciplinary academic program that promotes the teaching and original research regarding the formation and evolution of the U.S. Constitution and examines its importance in contemporary legal, political and civil and cultural matters.

Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson:  By Their Deeds You Shall Know Them can be purchased for $24.95 plus $6 for shipping and handling  through The Drinko Academy.

Quoits/John Marshall Birthday Cake

One of the highlights of Constitution Week in recent years at Marshall has been the quoits competition on the west end of Buskirk Field. Teams of faculty, staff, students, fraternities and sororities can sign up now to play in the tournament that begins on Tuesday, Sept. 10, and continues through Friday, Sept. 13.

To sign up, participants need to stop by the quoits pits between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, e-mail Kristen Pack at, or call her at 304-696-3183. The deadline for team registration is 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9.

The President's Invitational Quoits Media Challenge is at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24. It will be preceded by the cutting of John Marshall's birthday cake on the Memorial Student Center plaza at 11 a.m. by President Stephen J. Kopp.

Quoits, a game in which rings of iron are pitched at stakes much like horseshoes, was the favorite game of John Marshall. 

Also planned during Constitution Week:

  • 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23 - Announcement of the winner of the Judge Dan O'Hanlon Constitution Week and John Marshall Celebration Essay Competition in the student center's John Marshall Room.
  • 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 - The Robert C. Byrd Forum on Civic Responsibility in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre features Early Freedom Rider Ms. Joan C. Browning. Her address is titled "Oh the Places That Freedom Riding Take Me."

    Browning, who lives on a hillside in the Irish Corner District of Greenbrier County, writes and lectures at colleges and universities on her personal experiences as a white woman in the civil rights movement.

    On the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides, she was feted all across the country, including as a guest of Congress at the premiere of the documentary about the Freedom Rides, as a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and at a meeting requested by President Barack Obama. She has been a  guest lecturer at more than 75 colleges and universities.

    In addition to speaking at the Byrd forum, Browning will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, also in the Francis-Booth Theatre. That address is titled, "The Constitution and Civil Rights."
  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 - Amicus Curiae Lecture. The guest speaker will be James E. Simon, dean emeritus of New York Law School. His address will take place at the Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center.

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Wednesday September 4, 2013
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304-746-1964

Oct. 3 gala to celebrate West Virginia's coal mining people and communities

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - On Thursday, Oct. 3, miners, industry leaders, community members and others will gather at Tamarack in Beckley for a gala reception, dinner and awards ceremony to celebrate the past, present and future of West Virginia's coal mining enterprise.

According to organizers, the purpose of the annual "Miners' Celebration" is to recognize all those who play a role in the state's mining industry.

"The West Virginia mining industry is very important to us, for example, as a destination for jobs for many graduates from our safety technology program," said Dr. Tony Szwilski, chairman of the event planning committee and director of Marshall University's Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences. "The industry depends upon thousands of individuals in a number of different roles and every person whether they work as a safety engineer, miner, environmental professional or equipment supplier contributes to each ton of coal produced, as do countless community leaders, educators and mining families.

"The mining industry owes its success to every one of them. This event is intended to honor and recognize the contributions of everyone involved. Last year's celebration was a rousing success and we look forward to this year's program being even bigger and better."

Szwilski said one of the highlights of the gala will be the "Because of You" awards presented to several individuals for their significant contributions to West Virginia's coal-mining community. This year's honorees include:

  • James H. "Buck" Harless of Gilbert, whose success in the coal and timber industries and commitment to the people of southern West Virginia have inspired him to become one of the state's leading philanthropists (Community Investment Award);
  • Geneva Steele of Paynesville, who helped lead the effort to build the McDowell County Miners' Memorial in Bradshaw and has worked with the local historical society to preserve the area's coal mining heritage (Community Involvement Award);
  • Jim Dean of Morgantown, who heads West Virginia University's mining and industrial extension program and served as acting director of the state's Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training following the Sago and Aracoma mine disasters (Safety Professional Award);
  • Jennie Henthorn of St. Albans, who is the owner of Henthorn Environmental Services and a recognized authority on state and federal water quality standards and environmental permitting (Environmental Professional Award);
  • Roger Owensby of Bluefield, who is the director of the mining engineering technology program at Bluefield State College and a certified mine foreman-fireboss (Educator of the Year Award); and
  • Katharine Fredriksen of Pittsburgh, who is the senior vice president of environmental strategy and regulatory affairs for CONSOL Energy Inc. (Women in Mining Award).

Internationally recognized musician and songwriter John Ellison, who grew up in the mining community of Landgraff in McDowell County, will be on hand at the event to accept a special "Spirit of the Coalfields" award. A member of the 1960s group the Soul Brothers Six, Ellison is best known for writing the song "Some Kind of Wonderful" one of the most-recorded songs in history. He is dedicating his award to the memory of his father, who worked in the mines in McDowell County.

"Rocket Boys" author Homer Hickam, the recipient of last year's "Spirit of the Coalfields" award, will present a new award, the "Homer Hickam Collier Award," to a working coal miner who epitomizes the spirit, dedication and skills of the mining profession. The 2013 recipient, Scott Lancianese of Mount Hope, is a third-generation West Virginia miner who has worked in the industry for 36 years, including the last 16 as a superintendent for Alpha Natural Resources.

Szwilski added that representatives of the Coal Heritage Highway Authority/National Coal Heritage Area also will be on hand to present the Nick Joe Rahall Award for Outstanding Achievements in Coal Heritage Preservation, the Coal Heritage Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Coal Heritage Marketing Award and the Coal Heritage Research and Documentation Award.
The free reception will begin at 5 p.m. in the Tamarack atrium. Entertainment will be provided by singer-songwriter Reagan Boggs, who wrote "Thank You - Miner's Song" as a tribute to the men and women who work in the mines. A native of the mining community Pound, Va., Boggs is currently playing shows with Nashville-based group The Coal Men.

Dinner and the awards ceremony, which require a ticket, will begin at 6 p.m. in the ballroom. Tickets are $50/person. To purchase tickets or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, call 304-696-4029.

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

Sponsors include Brickstreet Insurance, Marshall University, State Electric Supply Company and the West Virginia Division of Energy.

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Tuesday September 3, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall University graduate student receives McManus Fellowship

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Amber Epling, a political science graduate student at Marshall University, recently received the McManus Fellowship, the West Virginia Legislature's most prestigious internship.

The McManus Fellowship is available to second-year graduate students concentrating in public administration.

As the 2014 McManus Fellow, Epling will conduct research for the House Committee on the Judiciary.

"My primary role will be in the spring when the Legislature is in session," Epling said. "It'll be a lot of sitting in on committee meetings, taking notes, doing research for proposed legislation and presenting bills."

Epling, who is from Gallipolis, Ohio, earned her undergraduate degree in 2004 from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

The fellowship is named for Lew McManus, who served in the West Virginia House of Delegates from 1966 to 1976, including three terms as speaker.

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Tuesday September 3, 2013
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Arts and Media, 304-696-3296

Woodwind quintet to feature modern, period instruments

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Three Marshall University music faculty members will be joined by two guest instrumentalists for a program at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, that the performers are calling "Music from the Age of Invention." The concert will take place in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus.

The performers include Dr. Wendell Dobbs, flute, Dr. Stephen Lawson, horn, and Kay Lawson, bassoon, who all teach at Marshall. The guest performers are Curtis Foster, oboe, and Dr. Richard Spece, clarinet. The group has chosen to call themselves the Maelzel Metronome Woodwind Quintet, referring to the Age of Invention in the early 19th century, when inventions such as Maelzel's time-keeping contraption and musical and technical innovations marked the artistic landscape in Europe.

Though woodwind quintet music has been well represented on Marshall's Huntington campus in the past, Dobbs said, this particular program will be different since all involved will perform not only on modern instruments, but also on historical reproductions of instruments that existed in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The instruments vary considerably from their modern counterparts. They naturally sound differently and they require a whole new technique when playing.

This repertoire of music for five wind instruments began life in late 18th- and early 19th-century Paris when numerous multi-movement works featuring the five winds of the classical era orchestra - flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn - were composed by Anton Reicha, Franz Danzi and others. (Though the horn is not a woodwind instrument, the convenient name "woodwind quintet" has described the combination for many generations.) The program on Sept. 18 will feature works by Reicha and Danzi, as well as a third by Giuseppe Maria Cambini.

Dobbs noted that "historically informed" performances on period instruments, as these historical reproductions are called, are gaining more attention on many college campuses and on the classical music scene in many major American cities. "In essence, we hear the same sounds as the composers and musicians from the era and this informs our decisions on numerous aspects of the music and indeed permits us and our audience to understand the music in ways that may be obscured by the louder, more homogenized sounds of modern instruments," he said.

The two guest artists are very involved in performance on period instruments. Foster lives in Seattle, Wash., and has performed with many of the important historical music groups in the United States, including the Baroque orchestras of Seattle, St. Louis, Baltimore and Madison. He is a graduate of Indiana University's Early Music Institute, where he studied with Washington McClain. Spece teaches at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus and performs regularly with a host of groups including Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Ama Deus Ensemble, California Bach Society, Magnificat, Classical Consort, Concert Spirituel and Opera Lafayette. He is also a founding member of Circa 1800 Chamber Winds.

The two guests are sponsored by contributions from the Marshall University John Deaver Drinko Academy and First Presbyterian Church in Huntington.

A slightly abbreviated repeat performance will occur at First Presbyterian Church, part of the MUsic Alive! Series, at noon Friday, Sept. 20. The church is located at 1015 5th Ave.

Both programs are free and open to the public. Call the Marshall University School of Music and Theatre at 304-696-3117 for more information.


Photos: Guest artists Curtis Foster (above)and Dr. Richard Spece will appear with Marshall University music faculty members Sept. 18.

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Tuesday September 3, 2013
Contact: Karen Kirtley, Senior Vice President of Administration,, 304-696-3328

Final draft of master plan to be reviewed at open house Monday, Sept. 9

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A final draft version of Marshall University's master plan for all campuses will be reviewed by the community at an open house Monday, Sept. 9.

The event will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in room BE5 of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus. All members of the university and Huntington communities are invited to attend, said Dr. Karen Kirtley, Marshall's senior vice president of administration.

"This will be a final opportunity to see the plan before it is presented to our Board of Governors," Kirtley said.

The Campus Master Plan will be presented to the Marshall University Board of Governors Oct. 30 and subsequently the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. Further information on the planning process can be found on the Marshall University website at

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