The Newsletter for Marshall University                                       April 29, 2020

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Marshall President Jerome Gilbert

University making tentative plans to offer on-campus classes for fall semester

President Gilbert sent the following message Monday, April 27: Dear Marshall University community, Let me start by saying how incredibly proud I am to be your president, now perhaps even more than ever. Over the past weeks, I have repeatedly been awed, inspired and almost brought to tears by the dedication to our educational mission by our faculty and staff, …

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School of Medicine Graduation Set

School of Medicine to celebrate Class of 2020 with virtual ceremony

A virtual graduation ceremony for for the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine will be available for viewing Friday, May 1, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MUSOMWV) or YouTube (www.youtube.com/HerdVideo). This annual celebration was shifted to a virtual ceremony due to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and social distancing requirements. The ceremony is expected to include recorded interviews from School of Medicine …

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Graphic congratulating Class of 2020 with hashtag

Marshall celebrating Class of 2020 on social media

Marshall has postponed May 2 commencement exercises due to the coronavirus pandemic and plans to hold a formal commencement ceremony for spring 2020 graduates when it is safe to do so. While the formal ceremony has been postponed, the semester completion date and timeline for students earning their degrees has not been affected. To help students commemorate the milestone of …

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Board of Governors receives update on university operations during COVID-19 crisis

Acknowledging unprecedented circumstances and in its first-ever online meeting, the Marshall University Board of Governors met Thursday, April 23, and received an update on the university’s operations during the COVID-19 pandemic and approved a new degree program and student fee schedule, but tabled action on the university’s budget because of fluid financial conditions. “It is amazing to me, and really …

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All summer orientation sessions to take place online

Marshall University announced Monday, April 27,  that all new student orientation sessions will be conducted online this summer in keeping with safety and health guidelines as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New student orientation, a requirement for all incoming freshmen and transfer students, serves as the formal introduction to the university. Students can expect an exciting …

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N95 Mask Deconamination April 2020

N95 mask decontamination for community health care organizations available through Cabell Huntington Hospital, Marshall Health

With limited supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) across the country, Cabell Huntington Hospital (CHH) and Marshall Health are working together to help local health care organizations decontaminate N95 respirator masks for reuse. N95 masks are tight-fitting respirators that filter out at least 95% of particles in the air, including large and small particles. The Xenex LightStrike™ Pulsed Xenon UV …

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Zac Doss being interviewed online

Marshall student Zac Doss wins award in ‘NextGen: The Voices of Tomorrow’

Zac Doss, a fourth-year student majoring in voice and English, has received the Chip Hand Prize for Vocal Excellence at the “NextGen: The Voices of Tomorrow” competition sponsored by the American Pops Orchestra. The award carries with it a cash prize and possible performing opportunities. “Winning the competition turned out to be a really nice surprise,” Doss, who is from …

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Kevin Conaway and Jerrod Justice

Jerrod Justice, M.D., named April Resident of the Month at School of Medicine

The Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine has named Jerrod D. Justice, M.D., its Resident of the Month for April, announced Paulette S. Wehner, M.D., vice dean of graduate medical education at the school. Justice is completing his fourth and final year as an obstetrics and gynecology resident. “Medical residents are in a unique position during this pandemic,” Wehner said. …

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Alpha Omega Alpha New Members at Marshall Spring 2020

School of Medicine selects new members for medical honor society

The Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine selected six medical students, three resident physicians and two faculty members for membership into Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society. New members are traditionally inducted during a ceremony each spring. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the induction ceremony for 2020 has been canceled. Student inductees are selected from among the top quartile …

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Badge for 30 Best College for Students with Learning Disabilities

H.E.L.P. Center earns recognition for Marshall

Because of the H.E.L.P. Center's outstanding programs for students with learning disabilities, Marshall has been named among the 30 Best Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities by College Consensus. Learn more at https://www.collegeconsensus.com/rankings/best-colleges-for-students-with-learning-disabilities/.

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Kimberly Hill

Athletic training student awarded scholarship from NATA Research and Education Foundation

Kimberly Hill, a first-year graduate student in the Marshall University Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training (PMSAT) program, has been awarded the William Prentice / MAATA (D3) Scholarship from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Research and Education Foundation. Hill, a 21-year old Martinsburg native, is the only student in West Virginia to receive the $2,300 national scholarship. She …

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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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Stephen Jones and Family

Alumnus commits support for aspiring pediatricians

Stephen M. Jones, M.D., a practicing pediatrician and Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine alumnus, along with his wife, Taryn Jones, have established the Dr. Stephen M. Jones Scholarship for aspiring pediatricians. “I would not be the physician leader I am today without the solid education and rich experiences I received at Marshall University,” said Jones, who is the founder …

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Graphic for Virtual Career Expo

Marshall to host virtual Career Expo for students next week

In response to COVID-19, Marshall University’s Office of Career Education will conduct a virtual Career Expo from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, on the university’s JobTrax web site. The event is for all majors seeking full-time, part-time and internship positions, and companies seeking employees in those categories. “With the rapidly evolving situation regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus, Marshall University …

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Flyer for Allies training 04-3020

Training offered for Autism Allies

The Allies Supporting Autism Spectrum Diversity initiative wants to enable Marshall University to broaden student support through an enhanced understanding of autism, the strategies known to be helpful and the creation of welcoming spaces to foster development. Trained allies will promote understanding and acceptance of individuals with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) in their professional and personal lives in order to …

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Blood test offers early warning of chemotherapy-related heart problems

Marshall University scientists have identified a collection of biomarkers that together signal that a person's cancer treatment may be harming their heart. After further validation, the biomarkers could eventually allow doctors to assess cardiovascular side effects of chemotherapy with a simple blood test early in the treatment process. Heart problems are a side effect of several cancer therapies. Anthracyclines, a …

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iPED Logo

Spring 2020 iPED (Virtual) Regional Conference on Teaching and Learning set for May 6; theme is 'Student Success: The Educational Imperative'

What is success? Merriam-Webster defines success as "a favorable or desired outcome." For students, success is broader than checking boxes on a program of study.  Indeed, EAB’s Student Success Collaborative claims that student success goes beyond having a successful classroom experience. "For students, success consists not just of good grades and steady progress toward graduation, but a holistic sense …

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Empty Bowls 2020

The Pottery Place teams up with Marshall to provide online alternative to Empty Bowls

The Marshall University School of Art and Design is partnering with The Pottery Place to sell bowls online as an alternative to the Empty Bowls fundraising event, which was canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jessica Stone, owner of The Pottery Place in Huntington and Charleston, has listed over 500 bowls and T-shirts on The Pottery Place website …

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Arguing until Doomsday book cover

Faculty Achievement: Dr. Michael Woods

Dr. Michael E. Woods's new book, Arguing Until Doomsday, has been published this week by the University of North Carolina Press. "The inspiration for the book came while I was doing research for my first book (Emotional and Sectional Conflict in the Antebellum United States)," Woods, who is associate professor of history, said. "I came across a surprisingly large …

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WMUL-FM takes home awards from national competitions

WMUL-FM takes home awards from national competitions

Students from Marshall’s public radio station, WMUL-FM, have received a number of awards recently, including earning 19 awards at the 2019 Vega Digital Awards, as well as being honored with seven awards during the 80th Annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Conference’s 11th Annual Awards Ceremony in March and 15 recognitions in the International AVA Digital Awards 2020 Competition in February.  They …

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The next regular issue of We Are...Marshall will be distributed May 6, 2020. Please send items for consideration to WAMnewsletter@marshall.edu by 5 p.m. Monday, May 4, 2020.

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