The Newsletter for Marshall University                                     March 25, 2020

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Message from the President

President Gilbert sent the following e-mail yesterday to faculty and staff: Dear Marshall University faculty and staff, I’m writing to you from a nearly deserted campus in the midst of what can only be described as unprecedented circumstances. Most of our Marshall community is displaced from their “normal” work environments and it is certainly a trying time for all of …

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Building access reduced in view of stay-at-home order

Per the stay-at-home order from Governor Justice, Marshall’s physical campuses were effectively closed last night at 8 p.m. All buildings have been locked and will remain locked until further notice. Employees who must access their offices, etc., should ensure they bring their key(s) and/or employee ID swipe card(s) with them when they come to campus. Physical Plant and the Marshall University Police …

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Drive-through COVID-19 testing center underway in Huntington

Marshall Health, Mountain Health Network and the Cabell-Huntington Health Department have opened drive-through testing centers at St. Mary’s Center for Education (CFE) at 2853 5th Avenue (10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday-Friday) and Marshall University Medical Center/Cabell Huntington Hospital (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday). Individuals should bring their insurance information and a valid ID. A physician order is no …

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Marshall faculty, staff step up to assist with protective gear, sanitizer

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Marshall professor spearheading effort to make surgical masks from high-end furnace filters

Dr. Suzanne Strait, who has taught thousands of West Virginia’s health care workers in her anatomy class in the College of Science, is spearheading an effort to rapidly produce surgical masks made from high-end furnace filters, and is looking for help from locals who can sew and are not immunocompromised. She’s teamed up with former students Patricia Rogers and Dr. …

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School of Pharmacy makes, donates hand sanitizer to local Huntington charities, police and fire departments

Marshall's School of Pharmacy made FDA-approved hand sanitizer several times in the last two weeks to donate to various charities around Huntington, as well as the Huntington Police Department and the Huntington Fire Department. Faculty members made and delivered a batch of hand sanitizer to local charities, including Harmony House, on March 17. Another batch was made March 23 to …

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Office of Environmental Health and Safety collecting Personal Protective Equipment for local agencies

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Marshall’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety is coordinating the collection of personal protective equipment including gloves, face masks, gowns, hand sanitizers and more from various campus departments to be distributed to local agencies. University departments can drop off donations to the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center’s loading dock between 8 a.m. …

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Gayle Brazeau honored with distinguished pharmacy educator award

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) has recognized Gayle A. Brazeau, Ph.D., dean of the Marshall University School of Pharmacy, for her excellence as a teacher, outstanding achievements as an author and mentor, and overall impact on pharmacy education and the profession. She will receive the Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award during the 2020 AACP Annual Meeting in …

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Emotional support information available through PEIA

Optum, part of UnitedHealth Group, is opening its Emotional-Support Help Line. Professionally trained, mental health staff are there to support people who may be suffering from fear or stress created by COVID-19. Optum’s Emotional-Support Help Line number is 866-342-6892 and will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service is free of charge and open to all PEIA members.

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Counseling Center continues to serve students

The Counseling Center has issued the following for students: Marshall University is OPEN. Although access to most buildings and offices is restricted to provide appropriate physical distancing for students and employees, the Counseling Center staff are still available by phone, video sessions, and e-mail. To schedule an appointment from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., please contact us …

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Accounts Payable to accept e-mailed invoices, receipts

Here is a message from Melody Freeman, manager of accounts payable senior: "In light of our current situation, please know that all invoices and receipts can be e-mailed directly to our Accounts Payable office at acctspayable@marshall.edu, and there is no need to send the original invoice in campus mail at this time. "Please sign and stamp invoices as certified and …

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Holiday observance set for March 27

As was announced in December, Gov. Jim Justice excused public employees from a half-day of work on Friday, Dec. 24, 2019. Since Marshall University was already scheduled to be closed on Christmas Eve, the university’s holiday calendar has been adjusted to utilize the governor’s proclamation and observe the holiday on Friday, March 27, 2020. Offices will close at noon and …

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Match Day 2020

School of Medicine announces 2020 Match Day results

Sixty-five medical students from the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine found out Friday where they will train for the next three to seven years. Coordinated by the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), the main residency match process uses a complicated algorithm that pairs the preferences of applicants with the preferences of residency programs, resulting in a best result for …

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School of Medicine announces Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion award winners

Each year, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine recognizes schools of medicine and pharmacy staff members, residents and students who best create a safe, positive and nurturing environment that promotes achievement for all. The 2020 Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion award winners are as follows: The Drs. Joseph B. and …

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Office of Assessment and Quality Initiatives begins newsletter

Marshall's Office of Assessment and Quality Initiatives has instituted a newsletter that will inform the university community of upcoming surveys, survey results and success stories from departments that have utilized assessment services. 

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PEIA issues update via e-mail

The Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) sent the following e-mail to its policyholders: Dear PEIA Policyholder, We wanted to give you an update on how PEIA is responding to the pandemic. In accordance with Governor Justice's order, PEIA's office is closed. Much of our staff is working remotely, but we are unable to answer phone calls directly. If you need …

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Please note: Most events scheduled for March and April have been cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Please check the most recent cancellation information on the Announcements web page (http://www.marshall.edu/announcements) or with the event’s organizers.

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The next regular issue of We Are...Marshall will be distributed April 1, 2020. Please send items for consideration to WAMnewsletter@marshall.edu by 5 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2020.

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To read the content of this newsletter online, please click on the following link: www.marshall.edu/wamnewsletter/March-25-2020.

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