The Newsletter for Marshall University                                     Sept. 16, 2020

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Old Main in summer

U.S. News & World Report ranks Marshall in top tier of nation’s universities once again

For the second consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” rankings have recognized Marshall University among the nation’s top higher education institutions. The magazine’s 2021 edition, released today, ranked the university’s College of Engineering and Computer Sciences among the “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (#110)” and the Brad D. Smith Schools of Business among the country’s “Best Undergraduate Business …

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Jerome Gilbert, July 2020

President Gilbert sends message regarding budget, temporary salary reductions

President Gilbert sent the following message to faculty and staff Sept. 10: “I am writing this message to update you on fall enrollment projections and our budget situation. As of this week, it looks like we are going to end up with an overall fall enrollment decrease of at least 4.6%, or 541 students. While the enrollment numbers may appear …

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Marshall introduces accelerated B.S./Ph.D. program

An accelerated program that allows students to earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in seven years, compared to the traditional nine years, is now available at Marshall. “This innovative B.S./Ph.D. program is one of very few such programs in the country and the only one that is structured to be completed in …

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School of Pharmacy to hold food drive for Facing Hunger Food Bank Friday

The Marshall School of Pharmacy is once again hosting a drive-thru food collection for the Facing Hunger Food Bank Friday, Sept. 18, between 1 and 4 pm. Donors may enter the Charleston Avenue side of Stephen J. Kopp Hall and exit via 11th Street. Non-perishable food items and cash will be accepted. “Our food drive back in May collected a van-load …

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Marshall pharmacy students to host Hurricane Relief Drive

Marshall University School of Pharmacy’s Class of 2024 is hosting a Hurricane Laura Relief drive-thru collection Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday, Sept. 20, from 1-5 pm. “When category four hurricane hit the Louisiana/Texas border last month, many people lost their homes and jobs,” said Dianne Ash, Class of 2024 School of Pharmacy student. “We …

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Nominees named for Staff Council special election

The Classified Staff Council Special Election will take place electronically beginning next Thursday, Sept. 17 at 6 a.m. and continue through Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 11:59 p.m. The following employees are running in this special election: Running for the Position of Chair: Tony Waugh – Physical Plant Running for the 2 Open Seats on EEO 30 – Other Professionals Meg …

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Neurodiversity Day graphic

Neurodiversity Day Zoom meeting to take place Sept. 25

UniCare, an Anthem Company, along with the West Virginia Autism Training Center, invites you to join the 3rd annual Neurodiversity Day events on Friday, Sept. 25 from 2 to 5:30 p.m. EST. This event is free to join and will be hosted over Zoom. 

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Illustration for RCBI apprenticeships

Apprenticeships: A West Virginia workforce solution

Are you searching for a new approach to training? Then it’s time to consider apprenticeship.  Apprenticeship programs in advanced manufacturing not only improve internal training, but also boost recruitment and retention efforts. Apprenticeship Works at the Robert C. Byrd Institute and the Apprenticeship in Motion team from the West Virginia Development Office are partnering on a webinar for manufacturers. The …

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Center of Excellence for Recovery receives innovative grant

The Marshall University Center of Excellence for Recovery was awarded a nearly $1.5 million federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to develop and empower a pipeline of diverse student leaders who are ready to collaborate with their campuses and communities around addressing substance misuse issues. The grant will allow the Center of Excellence for …

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Employers encouraged to register for MU’s Virtual Career Expos

The Marshall University Office of Career Education is hosting four virtual career expos this fall, with discounts available to companies who would like to attend more than one event. Each virtual career fair focuses on a different set of majors, which gives employers the opportunity to choose which expos best suit their needs, according to Jennifer Brown, assistant director for …

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Yi-Po Chiu

Faculty member completes prestigious APTA Fellowship

Dr. Yi-Po Chiu, director of admissions and associate professor in the School of Physical Therapy, has successfully completed the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Fellowship in Education Leadership, formerly called the Education Leadership Institute (ELI) Fellowship. Chiu was one of only 18 fellows across the country to graduate last month. The fellowship is a 52-week curriculum delivered over a 13-month …

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Suzanne Konz

Marshall biomechanics director stays busy during sabbatical, earning award and professional appointment

Dr. Suzanne Konz, director of the Marshall biomechanics programs, was on sabbatical last year, during which time she earned the Dr. C. Harmon Brown award from USA Track and Field and was appointed chair of the National Athletics Trainers’ Association (NATA) Committee on Professional Ethics. The Brown award is made annually to an individual whose work in the sports medicine …

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Athletic training graduate's research accepted for publication

Marshall alumna Emily Pratt’s research investigating carpal tunnel syndrome in performing artists has been published in the Journal Medical Problems of Performing Artists. Her study, "Musicians Have Thicker Median Nerve Cross Sectional Area and More Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Than Non-Musicians," was published Sept. 1. To conduct the study, Pratt worked with Marshall’s School of Music to compare musicians’ rates …

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Application period underway for Sarah Denman Faces of Appalachia award; deadline is Dec. 31

The purpose of this fellowship award, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia (CSEGA), is to promote scholarship on gender, race, and/or ethnicity in Appalachia.  The fellowship is awarded annually to a full-time Marshall University faculty member.  The Sarah Denman Faces of Appalachia Fellow, who is selected by the CSEGA Advisory Board and announced …

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Reminder: Human Resources adds internal postings website

Due to COVID-19, an internal postings website has been created. Marshall University strives to advertise jobs in multiple places to attract a diverse and well qualified pool of candidates.  In limited cases, some jobs may be advertised internally for the following reasons: A job may have unique requirements that would be best filled by an internal candidate. To aid in …

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Sentinel surveillance testing for COVID-19 continues

The university’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety is partnering with Marshall Health and the Cabell-Huntington Health Department for the next phase of COVID-19 testing, which began on the Huntington campus on Sept. 8 and will continue through Nov. 20. This phase—referred to as sentinel surveillance testing—means the university will be continually testing randomized cross sections of cohorts from across …

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Coronavirus Statistics for Reporting Period 9/6-9/12/2020:

New Confirmed Student Cases:  7
New Confirmed Employee* Cases: 2
Students in Off-Campus Quarantine/Isolation: 87
Students in On-Campus Quarantine/Isolation: 16
Employees* in Off-Campus Quarantine/Isolation: 13

* Includes auxiliary employees (Sodexo, Aetna, Rec Center, etc.)

All testing is being done in partnership with Marshall Health, Cabell Huntington Hospital, Pleasant Valley Hospital, QLabs Inc. and MedExpress Urgent Care.

QUARANTINE refers to the separation of an individual who is known to have been exposed to COVID-19 from others who are not known to be exposed.

ISOLATION refers to the separation of an individual who is positive for COVID-19 from others who are not sick.

The most recent information, including daily sentinel surveillance results, is always available at www.marshall.edu/coronavirus.

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The next regular issue of We Are...Marshall will be distributed Sept. 23, 2020. Please send items for consideration to WAMnewsletter@marshall.edu by 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, 2020.

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