December 9, 2015

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  • Winter commencement to honor more than 1,100 graduates

    Marshall University will honor 1,131 graduates from July and August 2015 and students who are tentatively scheduled to graduate in December at the annual winter commencement at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in downtown Huntington. Because the winter commencement continues to grow in numbers, the families of the graduates attending this year’s ceremony are urged to arrive early, Registrar Roberta Ferguson said. “We expect to have a big crowd, just like we had at last year’s ceremony,” Ferguson said. “Winter commencement is a festive event, in part because of the holidays and – of course – ...
  • Reminder: Annual Human Resources open house is today, Dec. 9

    Human Resource Services and Equity Programs invites faculty and staff to their annual holiday open house, which will take place Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Old Main 323.
  • New specialty license plate features Marco

    Marshall’s Office of Alumni Relations unveiled a new design for the university’s official West Virginia license plate this week. The new plate features a large outline of the face of Marshall’s beloved mascot Marco. It replaces the current design, which has the school’s athletic logo. The new plate, which is available to alumni, students, employees and fans, can be ordered through the Office of Alumni Relations and will be issued by the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Starting immediately, the DMV will begin mailing plates to those who currently have a Marshall specialty license plate and have ordered the new design. For ...
  • Reminder: Family Holiday Party is Dec. 10

    President and Mrs. Gary White invite Marshall faculty and staff and their families to attend the annual Family Holiday Party from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center. Santa is expected to make an appearance at 5:45 p.m., giving children an opportunity to have their photos taken with him. In addition, there will be crafts, cookie decorating, a Lego presentation and lots of good food. The cost of the event is underwritten by Sodexo. State funds will not be used.
  • United Way campaign underway; deadline is next week

    Marshall University has a proud history of supporting United Way of the River Cities and the many important causes it represents, said Interim President Gary White Monday in an e-mailed announcement of this year’s campaign. “The university family has consistently been a top contributor to United Way’s annual workplace campaign,” White said, “and in just the last three years we have helped close to 3,000 people right here in this community! “Because of your great support last year, we were able to increase our workplace campaign by a remarkable 38% and we hope to continue that trend as we kick off this ...
  • Deadline nears for Classified Staff holiday projects

    Donations for the Classified Staff’s Homeless and Needy Christmas bags  project and items for the Veterans Home  must be dropped off no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, December 10. Items needed include toothbrushes, toothpaste, individually wrapped bars of soap, men and women’s deodorants, Little Debbie Christmas cakes, individually wrapped candy canes, men’s toiletries, shaving accessories including razors, shaving cream and aftershave, mouthwash (nonalcoholic), tissues, laundry detergent, hair care products (brush and comb) denture care (cleaner, cups tablets), pocket T-shirts, men’s new socks and large size flannel shirts, decks of cards, card and board games and wrapped snacks (cookies, chips, etc.). Items can be dropped off at ...
  • Foundation reports #Giving Tuesday a success for Marshall; Family Campaign kicks off

    Marshall University’s kick-off of the year-end giving campaign, which took place last week on #Giving Tuesday, was a success, according to Griffin Talbott, director of annual giving at the Marshall University Foundation. “We often note how proud we are of our Marshall alumni and friends and their generosity,” he said. “On #GivingTuesday, we received gifts totaling nearly $18,250, with $7,350 going to the Marshall University Foundation Grant for West Virginia! We are ecstatic!” As part of the global day dedicated to giving back, Huntington Mayor Steve Williams issued a proclamation designating December 1 as #GivingTuesday for Huntington, in the Brad D. Smith ...
  • Biomedical sciences program issues Fall 2015 magazine

    Marshall University’s Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program has invited the Marshall community to enjoy reading the Fall 2015 issue of “We Are…Bridging Medicine and Science,” according to Diana Maue, graduate recruitment and communication coordinator for the program. The online link to the publication is
  • Nursing students attend sessions on forensic science and the role of DNA in sexual assaults

    School of Nursing students learned about forensic science last week so they can gain a better understanding of the role Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) play in providing the best DNA evidence in sexual assault cases. In a two-day program, Dr. Terry W. Fenger, director of the Forensic Science Graduate Program, taught the nursing students from Dr. Nancy Elkins’ class about the process of DNA testing on sexual assault kits and providing detailed documentation related to sexual assault investigations. It is the first time these types of classroom sessions and tours about forensic science have been offered to Marshall’s nursing students. The future ...
  • Bookstore offering sale prices through tomorrow, Dec. 10

    The Marshall Bookstore is offering a 48-hour sale on apparel and gift items which runs from today through Thursday, Dec. 10. The sale features a 20% discount for one item; 25% for two;  and 30% for three or more items. Some exclusions do apply.
  • Renowned Manhattan eye surgeon joins Marshall Health

    Rene S. Rodriguez-Sains, M.D., FACS, joined the faculty of the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine as an associate professor and member of Marshall Eye Surgeons, a department of Marshall Health, on Dec. 1. Rodriguez-Sains also serves as the chief of ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery within the department of ophthalmology. He has been in private practice for more than 30 years in New York City as an ophthalmic plastic surgeon, ophthalmologist and ophthalmic oncologist. He specializes in ophthalmic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. “We are most fortunate to have a physician of Dr. Rodriguez-Sains’ stature and experience relocate to southern West Virginia,” ...
  • Marshall professor emeritus to be featured expert on BBC Radio Wales

    This month, Marshall Professor Emeritus Dr. David Woodward will be a historical consultant as part of a BBC Radio Wales series. The series, “Lloyd George’s War,” examines David Lloyd George’s influence on World War I. “People think of Winston Churchill and the Second World War but rarely talk about Lloyd George and the First World War,” program producer Ashley Byrne said. “Yet arguably he had a more difficult war. We’d never fought a war like it.” Woodward, a history professor at Marshall for 37 years, spoke with Byrne during a Dec. 4 remote interview from  WMUL-FM studios. The conversation, which will be ...
  • Faculty achievement: Dr. Jessica Hanna

    Dr. Jessica Hanna, a faculty member in the Leadership Studies/Adult and Technical Education program, received an award as outstanding graduate student paper submission at the Southern Regional Conference on Education Administration. This award was based on research she conducted on the quality differences between dissertations from online and traditional doctoral programs. She defended her dissertation in November 2015.

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