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Marshall to host virtual presentation with U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams

 

US Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum at Marshall University will host a virtual presentation by U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. The presentation is open to all and can be seen at https://tinyurl.com/y48dkmdo.

Professor Burnis Morris, director of The Woodson Lyceum, said the surgeon general’s presentation comes at a time when our region and state are most concerned about health-related issues.

“As the nation’s doctor, Dr. Adams is busy with the pandemic and other issues, but he chose to spend his afternoon with us,” Morris said. “I first invited Dr. Adams more than a year ago, having seen him preside at a Black History Month event at the White House that was broadcast on C-SPAN. He was scheduled to speak in February during our Black History Month program, but he was stuck at the airport and couldn’t get a flight out. However, he generously put us back on the schedule, probably during his busiest time.”

The Woodson Lyceum and its cosponsors, Marshall Health and Mountain Health Network, also are using this event as an occasion to update and inform the surgeon general, as well as educate the community, about health-related issues our region and state are confronting. Dr. Joseph Shapiro, dean of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, will moderate a panel of leading experts who will provide information most people will be hearing for the first time, but need to know.

“We are very excited about the upcoming virtual visit of the Surgeon General,” Shapiro said. “His earlier visit to Huntington pre-COVID was very, very well received, and it is wonderful that we have this second, albeit virtual visit, to our region. During this virtual visit, academic leaders will present a number of public health topics which will provoke interesting discussions with the Surgeon General.”

Vice Admiral Adams is the nation’s 20th Surgeon General. He earned bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and psychology from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in public health from the University of California at Berkeley. Adams studied medicine and earned his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine, and is a board-certified anesthesiologist.

He has previously served as the Indiana State Health Commissioner from 2014 to 2017, where he oversaw Indiana’s response to the state’s unprecedented HIV outbreak, a result of needle-sharing among users of injectable drugs.

Adams now oversees the operations of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, which has nearly 6,100 uniformed health officers who serve to promote, protect and advance the health and safety of the people of the United States.

As Surgeon General, Adams’ motto has been “better health through better partnerships,” and he has been committed to maintaining strong relationships with the public health community and building partnerships with nontraditional partners.

The Woodson Lyceum at Marshall University was founded in 2016 as a forum on Black History, education and a free press. Its programs are inspired by the teachings of Woodson – a graduate and former principal of the Douglass school in Huntington, former West Virginia coal miner, the Father of Black History and creator of Black History Month. Woodson supported Black History and education throughout the year, as does The Woodson Lyceum. The program was founded as a collaboration between the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the Drinko Academy.

The Carter G. Woodson 2021 Black History Essay Competition for Students in Grades 10-12 and at Marshall University

New Deadline

The Carter G. Woodson 2021 Black History Essay Competition

for Students in Grades 10-12 and at Marshall University

Sponsor : Omega Psi Phi, Marshall University

Cosponsor : The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum,

Marshall University

Contact:

Corey Cunningham, cunningha189@marshall. edu,

or Professor Burnis Morris, morrisb@marshall.edu .

Eligibility:

There are four separate divisions for the competition based on three high school levels — for

students in grades 10, 11, and 12 — and one level for all Marshall University students.

Prizes:

$100 each to winners in grades 10, 11, and 12; $150 to the Marshall University winner

Deadline:

By 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020

Theme:

The 2021 local Black History theme is “Diversity and Racial Justice.” For background on the

theme and information about Dr. Woodson, a former Huntington educator, and Father of Black

History, please visit:

Carter G. Woodson: The Early Years, 1875 – 1903

https://www.herald-dispatch.com/opinion/burnis-r-morris-woodson-s-black-history-blueprint-lai

d-out/article_bb37e7bf-f281-5411-9ff4-b58aa878eb4d.html

Criteria

Essays will be judged on

● The extent to which students effectively express the need for diversity and racial justice

in keeping with Dr. Woodson’s Work.

● Correct use of spelling, grammar, and sentence structure.

● Organization, arguments, and conclusions also will be considered by judges.

Format

Please note the following requirements:

1. The student’s name and grade level should be typed on the top left of the page (line 1).

Marshall students should state their names, year in school, and major on the top line.

2. On line 2, type the essay’s — “Need for Diversity and Racial Justice” — flush left or

centered. Begin the composition on line 3, flush left. Separate paragraphs with line

spaces.

3. Page setup should be 1-inch margins, and text should be double-spaced using a 12-point

font in Times New Roman. Essays should be submitted only in Microsoft Word. Please

avoid Google docs because they often require permissions that correspondents forget to

provide.

4. Create a name for the Word doc to be attached in this style: Your

Lastname_BlackHistoryEssay_2021 (Example: Morris_BlackHistoryEssay_2021).

Submission

Scan the entry form (located below) and email it with the essay as on attachments to Professor

Burnis Morris, The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum: morrisb@marshall.edu . Students may also

print the form and essay and mail them to Professor Burnis Morris, SOJMC, 1 John Drive,

Marshall University, Huntington, WV 25755. Contact us if you prefer to hand deliver the printed

documents. However, the deadline for entries to reach us remains unchanged.

Deadline by 5 p.m., Sunday, November 22, 2020

Background

Dr. Carter G. Woodson is considered the Father of Black History. He received his high school

diploma from Frederick Douglass High School in Huntington, West Virginia, in 1896, and

returned four years later as principal. A statue of Dr. Woodson is located at 820 Hall Greer

Blvd., in Huntington. About Dr. Woodson: www.marshall.edu/woodsonlyceum/

Other Important Information

● Winners must complete paperwork for payments of the awards.

● Winners (including parents/guardians of minors) grant permission for use of the winning

essays in printed forms and online in various promotions.

● Winners are expected to attend the awards program, which will likely be virtual, in

February dinner at Marshall in February.

● Visit www.marshall.edu/woodsonlyceum , where this information also will be available.

Application and Consent Form to Be Submitted with Essay

I am submitting the attached essay for consideration in the 2020-2021 Carter G. Woodson

Black History Essay Contest. I understand that by entering this contest if my essay is selected

as a winner, I am granting Omega Psi Phi and Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum at Marshall

University permission to publish and use my essay in all of their promotions.

Print or type Name of Student ___________ _____________________ Age ____________

Student’s Street Address _____________________ City ______________ State_______

Student’s email address _____________________ Phone# _________________

Grade in school or year in college _____ Name of school __________________________

Location of school City___________, State ______

Are you a Marshall Student _____ If yes, what is your major? _______________________

Signature of student _______________________

Signature of Parent or Guardian if Student is under 18 ________________________

Print or type name of parent or guardian _________________ Phone# __________________

Parent or guardian’s email ______________________________

Complete the above form and scan and attach it to the essay. Students also may print the

form and mail the typed essay. Email: morrisb@marshall.edu . Or US mail: Professor Burnis

Morris, The Carter G. Woodson Lyceum, 1 John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25755

The Carter G. Woodson 2020 Black History Essay Competition

Announcing an Inspiring, Rewarding Opportunity

The Carter G. Woodson 2020 Black History Essay Competition for Students in Grades 10-12 and at Marshall University

Sponsor: Omega Psi Phi, Marshall University

Cosponsor: The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum, Marshall University

Contact:

Corey Cunningham, cunningha189.live.marshall.edu

or Professor Burnis Morris, morrisb@marshall.edu.

Eligibility:

There are four separate divisions for the competition based on three high school levels — for students in grades 10, 11 and 12 — and one level for all Marshall University students.

Prizes:

$100 to each winner in grades 10, 11 and 12; $200 to the Marshall University winner

Deadline:

By 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 27, 2020

Theme:

The 2020 National Black History theme is “African Americans and the Vote.” Students should address some aspect of this theme. For background on theme and information about Dr. Woodson, a former Huntington educator and Father of Black History, please visit: https://asalh.org/black-history-themes/

Criteria

Essays will be judged on

  • The extent to which the essay effectively explores and expresses understanding of the 2020 Black History theme.
  • Organization of the essay, including arguments and conclusion.
  • Correct use of grammar and accurate spelling and punctuation.

High school students should write at least 600 words. Marshall students should write at least 750 words.

Format

Please note the following requirements:

  1. The student’s name and grade level should be typed on the top left of the page (line 1). Marshall students should state their names, year in school and major on the top line.
  2. On line 2, type the essay’s title — “African Americans and the Vote” — flush left or centered. Begin the composition on line 3, flush left. Separate paragraphs with one line spaces.
  3. Page setup should be 1-inch margins, and text should be double-spaced using 12-point font in Times New Roman. Essays should be submitted only in Microsoft Word.
  4. Create a name for the Word doc to be attached in this style: Your Lastname_BlackHistoryEssay_2020 (Example: Morris_BlackHistoryEssay_2020).

Submission

Scan the application/consent form on page 2 and email it with the essay as separate attachments to Professor Burnis Morris, The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum: morrisb@marshall.edu. Students may also print the form and essay and mail them to Professor Burnis Morris, The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum, SOJMC, 1 John Drive, Marshall University, Huntington, WV 25755. Contact us if you prefer to hand deliver the printed documents. However, the deadline for entries to reach us remains unchanged.

Deadline by 5 p.m., Jan. 27, 2020

 

Background

Dr. Carter G. Woodson is considered the Father of Black History. He received his high school diploma from Frederick Douglass High School in Huntington, West Virginia, in 1896, and returned four years later as principal. A statue of Dr. Woodson is located at 820 Hall Greer Blvd., in Huntington.

Other Important Information

  • Winners must complete paperwork for payments of the awards.
  • Winners (including parents/guardians of minors) grant permission for use of the winning essays in print and online in various promotions.
  • Winners are expected to attend the awards dinner at Marshall in February.

Application and Consent Form to Be Submitted with Essay

Complete the above form and scan and attach it with the essay. Students also may print the form and mail the typed essay. Email: morrisb@marshall.edu. Or US mail: Professor Burnis Morris, The Carter G. Woodson Lyceum, SOJMC, 1 John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25755