The Newsletter for Marshall University                                    Oct. 21, 2020

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Marco and students

Marshall offers test-optional choice for incoming freshmen

Marshall University has announced new admission and scholarship opportunities for qualified freshmen who do not submit ACT or SAT standardized test scores with their applications. Applicants without scores may qualify for admission while simultaneously qualifying for test-optional, guaranteed, merit-based scholarships, beginning with the Fall 2021 semester. The scholarships will be available to students from West Virginia, nonresidents, and residents of counties …

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Marshall Cirrus plane

Aviation Maintenance Technology program receives major boost from Appalachian Regional Commission

Marshall University’s Aviation Technology and Maintenance program moved a significant step closer to takeoff with the announcement Wednesday of a $1.36 million grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to fund startup and operating costs. The new Marshall program is a collaborative effort among Marshall University, the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) and Mountwest Community and Technical College. “The ARC …

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Matt Christiansen

Christiansen named director of DHHR’s Office of Drug Control Policy

Gov. Jim Justice has announced the appointment of Dr. Matthew Christiansen as director of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ (DHHR) Office of Drug Control Policy.  Christiansen replaces Bob Hansen who has announced his retirement. “West Virginia’s drug crisis has not taken a break even though we are experiencing a worldwide pandemic,” Gov. Justice said.  “Luckily, Dr. …

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Congratulations, Amber Bentley!

Please join University College in congratulating Amber Bentley on her retirement on October 23, 2020.  While the COVID-19 pandemic is preventing us from having a retirement event, we would like to encourage her friends and colleagues to shower her with cards, notes and e-mail expressing gratitude for her many years of service to the university and our students. May the …

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Pharmacy student receiving white coat

School of Pharmacy presents white coats to first-year pharmacy students

The Marshall University School of Pharmacy officially welcomed its newest class of pharmacy students at its ninth annual White Coat Ceremony, Saturday, Oct. 17 at Stephen J. Kopp Hall in Huntington. This year’s ceremony was adapted to accommodate mask and social distance mandates.  Each of the 69 students arrived at Kopp Hall with no more than two guests at a …

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Psychology Clinic to offer virtual group therapy sessions focused on stress, depression

The Marshall University Psychology Clinic will be hosting free, virtual group meetings beginning this month. One is aimed at helping those experiencing high levels of stress, and the other is focused on those battling depression – both of which are at elevated levels because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The sessions are open to the Marshall community and the public. The …

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Yeager Medallions

Application cycle for Marshall’s Society of Yeager Scholars underway

The 2021 application cycle for the Society of Yeager Scholars at Marshall University is now open, with a change in the admission requirements. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a lack of testing availability, the baseline test score of a 30 ACT or 1370 SAT is recommended, rather than required. The Yeager program is a competitive, full-ride undergraduate scholarship program …

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Marshall Orthopaedics to host streaming event on joint replacement options

Marshall Orthopaedics  will conduct a live streaming event Thursday, Oct. 22, from 7 to 7:45 p.m. on their Facebook page so participants can learn about joint replacement options from Marshall Health's experienced orthopaedic surgeons.

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Deborah Koester

School of Medicine taps Dr. Deborah Koester to lead community health division

The Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine has named Deborah Koester, Ph.D., program director of its community health division.  She succeeds Richard Crespo, Ph.D., who retired in September. Koester is an assistant professor in the department of family and community health at the School of Medicine.  She has a doctor of nursing practice in public health, health policy and preparedness …

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Marshall University announces DOE-funded research project: sub-pilot-scale production of high-value products from U.S. coals

Marshall’s Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS) and the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) are collaborating on a $1.9 million Department of Energy-funded project with the Universities of Utah and Wyoming. Dr. Tony Szwilski is the director of CEGAS, interim chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and project co-principal investigator. “The project is part of …

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Kate Impastato

Marshall Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery announces addition of Kate Impastato, M.D.

Marshall Health’s department of surgery and Mountain Health Network hospitals (Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center) welcome Kate Impastato, M.D., to their team of providers and faculty at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Impastato specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and has a special interest in facial reanimation following trauma, Bell’s Palsy or cancer; breast reductions …

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Marco Yung

Marco Yung, M.D., joins Marshall Health as general surgeon

Marco Yung, M.D., joins the teams of surgeons at Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall Health and Mountain Health Network hospitals (Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center). Yung, a board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeon, has been named an assistant professor in the department of surgery at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. He specializes in general …

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Andrew Venardi, David Denning

Venardi named Resident of the Month for September

Andrew S. Venardi, M.D. (left), has been named September Resident of the Month at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, announced Paulette S. Wehner, M.D., vice dean of graduate medical education at the school. “We have been fortunate to have Dr. Venardi serve as chair and vice chair of the House Staff Quality Improvement Council during the …

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Megan Russell

School of Pharmacy staff member recognized for contributions to student enrollment

Megan Russell, director of recruitment and development for the Marshall University School of Pharmacy, has been appointed president of the West Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (WVACRAO). She has also been selected by her peers throughout the state to receive the Rick Snow Award, which honors distinguished young professionals in college admissions, records or enrollment management and …

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Graphic for WVATC Gala

Autism Training Center to host fundraiser Dec. 5

Save the Date! The WV Autism Training Center invites you to join us for our first virtual fundraising event, to be held on Dec. 5, 2020 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. EST. “Stories From The Spectrum,” will include inspiring stories from individuals supported by the center’s statewide direct service and college support programs, their families, and professors with whom we’ve …

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First Generation Hashtag

Marshall faculty and staff encouraged to use first generation e-mail signature

Message from the TRIO programs at Marshall for faculty and staff: The Marshall University student body is composed of a large number of first-generation students. These students, whose parents have not obtained a four-year degree, often experience unique challenges and have a diminished and/or uninformed support system. This year, since we cannot hold our celebration of these students on the …

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Passion into Practice T-Shirt

Psychology Clinic, School of Medicine participate in T-shirt fundraiser

The School of Medicine and the Psychology Clinic have joined with various other organizations to sell a T-shirt with the phrase "Putting Passion Into Practice" with a logo on the front. The back of the shirt has the logos of all the participating organizations: Huntington City Mission, Harmony House, the Marshall Psychology Clinic, River Valley Child Development Services, One Mind …

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Herd for the Homeless Logo

Message from the Staff Council

Dear Marshall Family: The chaos created by the pandemic is impacting so many lives, many who were already struggling. In the midst of this chaos, one thing is certain – the need for warm coats, hats and gloves will be greater than previous years. Sadly, we won’t be able to offer the multiple community-wide collection points or hold the annual distribution …

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Coronavirus Statistics:

New Cases Since October 7, 2020
   Students: 18
   Faculty: 0
   Staff*: 1

* 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.

The most recent information is always available at www.marshall.edu/coronavirus/dashboard.

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The next regular issue of We Are...Marshall will be distributed Oct. 28, 2020. Please send items for consideration to WAMnewsletter@marshall.edu by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, 2020.

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