Friday May 29, 2015
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Cooley receives 'Who's Who in West Virginia Business' award

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Maurice Cooley, Marshall University associate vice president for intercultural affairs, yesterday was named one of 13 recipients of the 2015 West Virginia State Journal "Who's Who in West Virginia Business" award.

The annual award honors people who bring strength and vitality to communities across the state through their leadership. More than 200 entrepreneurs, educators and other professionals from across the state have received the award since its inception in 1993.

Cooley has worked at Marshall for nearly 12 years for the first 11 as director of the Center for African American Students and since January 2014 in his current position.

During his time at the university, he has been instrumental in designing a number of signature programs for minority and underrepresented students, including the Marshall University Society of Black Scholars, the Health Science and Technology Academy Summer Institute, the Donning of Kente celebration, the annual Diversity Breakfast, the Unity Walk and the Black  Alumni Connections Network.

He also is responsible for creating and leading the programs and individualized interventions that led to Marshall being nationally recognized in a 2010 report, "Big Gaps, Small Gaps: Some Colleges and Universities Do Better Than Others in Graduating African-American Students," published by The Education Trust. The study found Marshall is among the most successful universities in the country at graduating African American students at the same rate as white students.

In his current role, Cooley has made it a priority to work with the international community at Marshall. He has carefully remade the former Office of Multicultural Affairs into a dynamic Office of Intercultural Affairs, with the vision of better preparing all Marshall students to live and work in a global community. As part of his goals for that office, he is developing immersion programs to help the university's international student body become an integral part of the Marshall community, and, in turn, is working to help American students learn and grow through interaction with their international classmates.

"The role of a university is to help students learn skills and knowledge in their area of study, and to prepare people to live life in an inclusive society," he says. "When our students graduate ... there is a strong likelihood they will be working in settings and businesses with people from all over the world."

Marshall University Interim President Gary G. White said, "Maurice is one of the finest individuals I have ever had the good fortune to know. He has made, and continues to make, a very real difference on our campus every single day. I congratulate him for this award. It's very well deserved."

Before joining Marshall, Cooley worked in social services for 25 years as a clinician, psychotherapist and program director with the Prestera Center. He also served as a divorce custody mediator with the local family law court.

A Lewisburg native, Cooley has a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in counseling, both from Marshall. He served in the U.S. Army for three years. He and his wife, Deborah, who also is a Marshall graduate, have two children, McKenzie and Luke. McKenzie graduated from Marshall in 2014 and recently completed her first year of law school. Luke is a sophomore at Marshall.

To learn more about Cooley and the "Who's Who in West Virginia Business" award, visit


Photo: Maurice Cooley (right) receives the Who's Who in West Virginia Business award from Sen. Joe Manchin III. Photo courtesy of the State Journal.

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Friday May 29, 2015
Contact: Megan Archer, College of Health Professions, 304-488-8863

Kindermusik program returns to Marshall University Speech and Hearing Center June 13

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Kindermusik, an internationally recognized program that promotes childhood development through music, will be offered by the Marshall University Speech and Hearing Center beginning June 13.

Every lesson is embedded with developmental milestones children should be aiming toward, according to Carrie Wellman, licensed Kindermusik teacher and a 2013 graduate of the university's Department of Communication Disorders.

"When you walk into a Kindermusik classroom, it looks like we are having a lot of fun, but in fact, we are challenging the brain to develop at a faster rate through music and movement," Wellman said. "Research has shown that thirty minutes of Kindermusik a week is linked to a 32 percent literacy gain."

Wellman said Kindermusik has not been offered at Marshall University since 2007 and she hopes to continue the program into the fall and spring semesters.

"This program is unlike any other - we allow the children to express themselves without a rigorous, structured setting while encouraging activity and independent thinking," Wellman said. "Kindermusik is so successful because we do not worry about the child fitting the lesson plan, but rather, the lesson plan fitting the child so they can have fun and learn at same time."

Pam Holland, clinical director for the Speech and Hearing Center, said she realized the benefits of Kindermusik firsthand after enrolling her own children in the program.

"This program facilitates socialization, develops language through music and play and teaches parents strategies to utilize at home with their children," Holland said. "I hope the families learn to see the world of language through the eyes and ears of their children as I did."

As director, Holland also hopes Kindermusik will encourage more families to take advantage of the services offered through the Marshall Speech and Hearing Center.

Kindermusik classes are used by over 2 million families in over 70 countries, according to the program's website. The cost for the Marshall University Kindermusik program will be $95 per child, which includes tuition and take-home materials for parents to use outside of the classroom.

A free class will be offered at 11 a.m. June 6, in the Speech and Hearing Center on Marshall's Huntington campus. The seven-week Kindermusik program will begin June 13 and end Aug. 1 with three classes offered at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. and only 12 students allowed per class. To learn more about Kindermusik and how you can enroll your child, contact Wellman at 304-730-2837, e-mail or visit online.

To learn more about the Marshall University Speech and Hearing Center and the services they offer for children, contact Holland at or visit online.


Photo: Carrie Wellman, 23, of Greenup, Kentucky, has been a licensed Kindermusik teacher since October 2014. Wellman said children ages 0-7 can take advantage of the Kindermusik program at Marshall University, beginning June 13, with a free class offered 11 a.m. Saturday, June 6, at the Speech and Hearing Center.

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Thursday May 28, 2015
Contact: George Carico, West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall University, 304-696-5456

Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall collaborates with Coalfield Development Corp. on 'Reclaim Appalachia' Initiative

EPA provides federal funding for the project in southern West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS) and the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall, a state-mandated program of CEGAS, have partnered with the Coalfield Development Corporation to provide an environmental workforce training program in southern West Virginia.

The US Department of Environmental Protection Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization is providing a total of $192,300 in federal funding for graduates to develop wider skill sets that improve their ability to secure full-time, sustainable employment in the environmental field, which includes chemical safety, water quality improvement, and various aspects of hazardous and solid waste management. This program will target unemployed and underemployed young adults, veterans and coal miners of Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln and Mingo Counties.

The Reclaim Appalachia: Quality Environmental Jobs Initiative  will include 218 hours of instruction in lead and asbestos abatement; 40-hour HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response training); lead renovation, repair and painting; mold awareness, methamphetamine lab cleanup; chemical inventory, storage and handling; site surveying and blueprint reading; and several job readiness and life skills training courses. Participants will earn state or federal certifications and licenses, and advanced-level participants will obtain an Associate Degree from Mountwest Community and Technical College upon completion of the program.

Brandon Dennison, Coalfield Development Corporation's Executive Director, stated that "Environmentally impacted employment sectors are becoming crucial to a more diversified job readiness strategy for our state.  This program will help to ensure that the communities within southern West Virginia's coalfields reap the economic benefits derived from these remediation activities."

"Our Brownfields Center here at Marshall was able to play a key role in putting this successful application together, and we believe these efforts will have a positive impact here in southern West Virginia," said George Carico, Director of the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall University.

Key partners include the West Virginia Region 2 Workforce Investment Board, Wayne County Economic Development Authority, Southern West Virginia Community Action Council, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Veterans Employment Council, and several environmental and community-based organizations.

Questions about the initiative can be directed to: Teresa Buckland, Marshall University-CEGAS, 304-696-3568,; or, Brandon Dennison, Coalfield Development Corporation, 304-501-4755,

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Thursday May 28, 2015
Contact: Sandra Stroebel, College of Education and Professional Development, (304) 696-7153

Summer enrichment program offered to Charleston students in grades K-12

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's College of Education and Professional Development is offering a Summer Enrichment Program at Elk Elementary Center, located at 3320 Pennsylvania Ave. in Charleston, for students in grades K-12.

The program, designed to provide children with activity-based learning experiences in writing, reading and math, runs from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, June 15 through July 16. About 100 to 120 children are expected to attend the program.

The program utilizes about 50 supervised graduate students from MU's Graduate School of Education and Professional Development in clinical experiences leading to certification or licensure in special education, school counseling and school psychology. As this is a full inclusion program, both regular and special education students will participate.

The theme of this year's program is "Window to the World."

To register, call Dr. Sandra Stroebel at 304-746-2032, or e-mail her at

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Friday May 22, 2015
Contact: Mary Thomasson, Marshall University Forensic Science Center, 304-691-8961

Marshall University Forensic Science Graduate Program receives donations for the Paul H. and Dixie O. Nicely Scholarship

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Forensic Science Graduate Program was presented with $1,500 in donations to the Paul H. and Dixie O. Nicely Scholarship fund at the reception for the nationally recognized program's 19th graduating class.

Michael J. Farrell, Esq., presented the check on behalf of numerous contributors to Dr. Terry W. Fenger, director of the program. Gifts were made by Farrell; Tamela J. White, Esq.; Erik W. Legg, Esq.; Les and Denise Spears; Jill Stevens; Sam and Val Schiedler; David Miller and Dr. Terry Fenger and his wife, Sandy.

The Paul H. and Dixie O. Nicely Scholarship for the Marshall University Forensic Science Graduate Program was founded by White in honor of her parents.  The scholarship benefits West Virginia and metro-area students who are accepted into the master's degree program and demonstrate high academic performance and financial need during their undergraduate education.

"The Marshall University Forensic Science Program is the National Leader in Forensic Science Graduate Education," said White.  "Matters of national and state security, ranging from anti-terrorism to victim rights to digital forensics, are within this program's expertise.  Dr. Fenger, Dr. Staton and the entire team of faculty and support staff are commended for the dedication and invaluable services provided.  This scholarship is but one way that a community citizen can support the program and Marshall University."

Fenger said he hopes the endowed scholarship will encourage students from West Virginia to apply to Marshall's Forensic Science Graduate Program and seek opportunities for higher paying jobs and careers in this exciting and important field.

"Contributions to this scholarship are important because this is the only scholarship that has been established to provide students in Marshall's Master of Forensic Science program with financial assistance to help pay for their education," said Fenger.  "The scholarship will help support our students so they can make a difference in our society by serving the greater good to make our communities safer and serve justice through scientific forensic methods."

Fenger presented Farrell and White with plaques from Marshall's Forensic Science Center to recognize their long-term contributions to the forensic science graduate program and improving forensic science education.

Fenger said Farrell has been instrumental in the development of the program going back to the early 1990s when he was on the West Virginia Board of Trustees, and he continues to provide advice and support. 

"It is easy to support the best Forensic Science master's program in the United States," Farrell said. "I am grateful to Dr. Fenger and Dr. Pam Staton for their tireless dedication to this scientific cornerstone that provides reliable certainty to the administration of the criminal justice system."

Farrell also reminded students and graduates of the program that it is currently number one in the country for highest overall student test scores on the American Board of Criminalistics assessment test as of 2014.  During the spring semester, students in the Class of 2015 took the exam, and the academic program is awaiting the results.

More than 50 percent of the 19 graduates of the program's Class of 2015 have obtained jobs and most of the others have pending offers.  To date, 292 students have graduated from the nationally recognized, FEPAC-accredited program since 1997.

Donations to the fund may be sent to:
Paul H. and Dixie O. Nicely Scholarship Fund
c/o The Marshall University Foundation
519 John Marshall Dr.
Huntington, W.Va. 25703

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Friday May 22, 2015
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall's annual Service Awards Luncheon set for June 23

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's 31st annual Service Awards Luncheon will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, in the Don Morris Room in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

In addition to the service awards, the Employee of the Year will be named during the luncheon.

The following is the list of university staff members who will receive awards:

For 10 Years of Service:  

Phillip Adkins, Jason Bays, Mark Bays, Helen Bonham, Johnny Bradley, Averill Burriss, Dyanna Collins, Ivory Damron, Carl Dillman, Tara Helton, Andrew Hutchinson, Jennifer Jimison, Samuel Kincaid, Paula Kouns, Zachary Littleton, Helen Majdalany, Ernest Maynard, Luetta McCallister, Linda McKee, Scott Morehouse, Carolyn O'Lynn, Kelli Price, Christine Risch, Julia Schreiber, Jody Scott, Michael Smith, Carl Smith, Erica Thomas and Russell Tomblin

For 15 Years of Service: 

Scott Ballou, Tara Hensley, Carol Hurula, William James, Anita Mathis, Cyndi Miller, Cynthia Obregon, Tamara Reynolds, Carolyn Scwarz, Sherri Smith, Mary Waller and Philann White

For 20 Years of Service:

Mary Adkins, Kevin Bannon, Jean Ann Bevans, Roy Bias, C. Jill Burcham, Ernest Cartwright, Joann Haley, Gary Hall, Elizabeth Hanrahan, Susan Luther, Martha Mozingo, Rhonda Mullins, Babette Napier, Jan Parker, Alice Roberts, John Smith, Denise Smith, Jason Sturgill, Jeffrey Tomblin, Leonard Varney, Robert Walker and Lance West

For 25 Years of Service: 

Lisa Allen, Karen Beach, Debra Chapman, Sandra Clements, Robert Collier, F. Layton Cottrill, Mark Gale, Melissa Gebhardt, Sandra Hicks, Thomas Jessup, Denise Lawhon, James Parker, Ann Pofahl, Bonnie Ross, Sabrina Simpson, William Thornhill, Meena Wadhwa, Susan Weinstein, Vickie White, Suzann Workman and Katherine Zimmerman

For 30 Years of Service:

Betty Adkins, John Bailey, Linda Beaver, Merry Brown, William Burdette, Edna Diane Cole, Jan Fox, Patricia Gallagher, Karen Haney, Ronnie Hicks, Randy Layne, Richard Petit Jr., and Victoria Seguin

For 35 Years of Service:

Carla Adkins, Timothy Calvert, Dennis Casey, Jerri Clagg, Russell Dobbins, James Jones, Edna Justice, Thomas Laney, Richard Osburn, Jacqueline Smith and Jack Wilson

For 40 Years of Service: 
Patsy Dickson, Jeffery Edwards, Nadine Hamrick and Cynthia Warren

Retirees to date:
Teresa Bailey, Linda Beaver, Judy Blevins, Linda Bowen, Betty Cook, Darlene Cordle, Ruby Dean, Dana Edmonds, D. Sharon Gates, Kent Hayes, Douglas Hennig, Stephen Hensley, Deborah Hicks, Anita Hill, Edna Justice, Frances Mooney, Elizabeth Nickell, Nancy Pelphrey, Richard Petit, Gael Setliff, John Smith,  Kristine Standifur, Ivan Swanson and Wilma Gay Thomas


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Fluffy Scrambled Eggs, Biscuits and Gravy, Pancakes with Syrup, Crispy Bacon and Sausage, Home Fried Potatoes, Mini Muffins and Fresh Fruit Compote. 
Orange Juice, Coffee/Decaf, Hot Tea and Ice Water. 

In addition to fresh fruit, diabetics will be able to choose sugar-free syrup and jelly.

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Thursday May 21, 2015
Contact: Megan Archer, College of Health Professions, 304-488-8863

Marshall social work faculty receives WVHEPC Outreach to Mexico grant award

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Peggy Proudfoot Harman of the Marshall University College of Health Professions has received a $3,000 grant to participate in a West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Outreach to Mexico program.

The grant will provide a professional development opportunity for selected faculty members from West Virginia colleges in HEPC to visit Puebla.

Harman, an assistant professor in the college's Department of Social Work, said this project is an indicator of Marshall University's dedication to creating a university environment that fosters cultural diversity.

"As a native West Virginian I am extremely proud of Marshall University's focus on creating an atmosphere that is diverse and academically challenging," Harman said. "I feel very fortunate to be one of the recipients of this grant and I hope to make valuable faculty and student connections while on the trip."

Harman said she hopes to connect with international faculty in her field to develop research collaborations with the ultimate goal of increasing visibility of her department and Marshall University.

"Our purpose as social workers requires that we are extremely knowledgeable about cultures and lifestyles in order to be competent at our practice," Harman said. "During this trip, I hope to establish a broader learning environment that will encourage students from Puebla to travel to Marshall to explore our program and to provide opportunities for our students to study in Puebla."

Dr. Clark Egnor, Director of International Programs for the WVHEPC, said this statewide initiative seeks to develop academic and research linkages with institutions in Puebla through faculty networking and promotion of student mobility between West Virginia and Puebla.

"I am very pleased to see that Marshall University will be represented on this very important higher education mission to Mexico," Egnor said. "I value the efforts of our faculty who have dedicated time to this project and I am optimistic that this effort will result in greater exchange of students between Mexico and West Virginia in the future."

Harman will be joined in Puebla by the dean of the college, Dr. Michael Prewitt, and Marshall University College of Business employee Lisa Williamson. Four students from Marshall University will travel June 5-23 with faculty to Puebla for this study abroad opportunity. For more information on the Puebla study abroad trip, visit or contact Marshall's study abroad office at 304-696-2379. To learn more about Marshall's Department of Social Work, visit


Photo: Dr. Peggy Proudfoot Harman, originally from Randolph County, West Virginia, will travel to Puebla, Mexico, June 5-23, with four students from Marshall University, one student from Fairmont State University, one student from Concord University and one student from West Virginia State University.

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Wednesday May 20, 2015
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

New scholarship honors longtime educator, Larry Prichard

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Larry Prichard strove during his nearly 35 years as an educator  to see that all children received the best education possible.

"He championed the right of every child," Myrtle Prichard said of her late husband.

That is why she donated $101,000 to establish, through the Marshall University Foundation Inc., an endowed scholarship in Larry Prichard's honor. Included in the total was a $1,000 expendable gift so the scholarship could be awarded beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year, while the rest of the gift is initially invested. An incoming freshman will be announced as the recipient at the upcoming East Carter High School Awards Assembly later this month.

"I hope what he believed so strongly in and always strove for will never be forgotten: the right of all children to receive the best education possible," Myrtle Prichard said. "This was his legacy. If you wish to honor him, be good to a child."

Larry Prichard was a native of West Virginia and a graduate of Marshall University, where he earned a master's plus 45 in education administration in 1975, after receiving his Bachelor of Arts in 1972. He was superintendent of schools in Carter County, Kentucky, from 1997 to 2006, and was primarily responsible for Carter County receiving a public library; the last county in Kentucky to do so.

"To him, this was unacceptable," Myrtle Prichard said. "He believed the best way to change your life was to change someone else's. His favorite quote was by Jesse Stuart: 'I am firm in my belief that a teacher lives on and on through his students. Good teaching is forever and the teacher is immortal.' "

Announcement of establishment of the fund, known as the Larry Prichard Memorial Scholarship, took place in a ceremony today in the Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center, on the Huntington campus.

Recipients will be incoming freshmen with first preference to students pursuing degrees in education who are residents of Carter County, Kentucky. Second preference will be students from Carter County, pursuing any majors. Third preference will be students from West Virginia, pursuing degrees in education.

All recipients must be in good academic standing with 3.0 GPAs or higher. This award will allow for a new freshman to be chosen each year, and for a total of four students to be recipients of this scholarship at one time.

"Having himself come from humble beginnings, he saw to it that no child was ever discriminated against, regardless of race, creed or status," Myrtle Prichard said.


Photo: From left, Rick Robinson, senior director of development with the College of Education and Professional Development; Myrtle Prichard; Dr. Sissy Isaacs, associate dean of the College of Education and Professional Development; Melissa Neace, Myrtle Prichard's daughter; Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the Marshall Foundation Inc.; and Dillon Neace, Melissa Neace's son and Myrtle Prichard's grandson, pose for a photo around an oversize check of $101,000, presented by Myrtle Prichard to the Marshall Foundation to establish the Larry Prichard Memorial Scholarship. Photo by Rick Haye/Marshall University.  

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Monday May 18, 2015
Contact: Sheanna M. Spence, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, 304-691-1639

School of Medicine to host 'Outstanding in Our Field 2' June 6

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine will host "Outstanding in Our Field 2," co-sponsored by Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary's Medical Center, June 6.

The scholarship fundraiser will take place on a large farm in Proctorville, Ohio, at the home of Dr. Bobby Miller (Class of 1997) and Eric Hardin-Miller. This year's event will feature a traditional Brazilian feast, beginning with a reception at 6 p.m. and followed by dinner and dancing from 7 to 11 p.m.

This dining experience will feature Chef Kevin Fowler, president and CEO of Cabell Huntington Hospital; Sous Chef Dr. Joseph Shapiro, dean of the School of Medicine; Executive Chef Don Sallada of Cabell Huntington Hospital; and Sommelier Judge Dan O'Hanlon. Dinner will be served by current medical school students.

Music will be provided by "The Jillettes" with Dr. Donnah Wolodkin Whitaker (Class of 1984). Attire is "country casual."

In addition to event co-sponsors Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary's Medical Center, other sponsors to date include Valley Health; Maxor National Pharmacy Services Company; Radiology Inc.; Retina Consultants; Thomas Health System; Galaxy Distributing of West Virginia; King's Daughters Medical Center; Pleasant Valley Hospital; Edward Tucker Architects Inc.; Marshall OB/GYN; Dr. and Mrs. Maurice A. Mufson; Joseph P. Assaley, M.D.; Farrell, White & Legg PLLC; Highmark West Virginia; and Marshall Health.

Tickets are $125 per person. Additional sponsorships are available. For additional information or to make a reservation, please contact Tami Fletcher by phone at 304-691-1701 or by e-mail at

This is the second year MU JCESOM has hosted the event. All proceeds go to support medical student scholarships.

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Thursday May 14, 2015
Contact: Leah C. Payne, Director of Public Affairs, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, (304) 691-1713

Longtime Marshall Pediatrics physician named West Virginia's Pediatrician of the Year

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. Norman C. Cottrill, D.O., a board-certified pediatrician with the department of pediatrics at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine has been named the 2015  Pediatrician of the Year by the West Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Cottrill is an assistant professor of pediatrics and has been with Marshall Pediatrics since 1998.

"We are so pleased that Dr. Cottrill has been recognized with this honor," said Dr. Joseph Evans, chairman of the department of pediatrics. "He is loved by his patients and their families and truly represents what a pediatrician should be. "

A 1987 graduate of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Cottrill completed a residency in pediatrics at West Virginia University and has a clinical interest in ambulatory pediatrics. He practices at the Marshall Pediatrics Teays Valley office. In addition, he and Dr. Mary. S. "Mitzi" Payne, a pediatric neurologist with Marshall Neuroscience, evaluate and treat pediatric concussion patients at the Marshall University Medical Center.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 304-691-8870.

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Thursday May 14, 2015
Contact: Megan Archer, College of Health Professions, 304-488-8863

Success of Marshall's Center for Wellness in the Arts prompts program expansion

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Since August 2014, the Marshall University Center for Wellness in the Arts (CWA) has provided health and wellness education to the university's performing arts students through a collaboration between the College of Arts and Media and the College of Health Professions. Due to the positive response from participants and the amazing impact on student success, the CWA will expand the services offered in years to come, according to college deans Don Van Horn and Dr. Michael Prewitt.

"Over 150 performing arts students utilized the training provided by the Center for Wellness in the Arts and each of them said they saw improvements in their craft, whether it was more agility on stage or less anxiety when performing," Van Horn said. "We could see a difference on stage during the performance of 'Cabaret' this past spring after our theatre students went through the CWA's conditioning program. Just after three weeks, we were able to see a difference in their hip flexor mobility, upper body strength and overall physical activity. Thanks to the work done by both colleges, we now have measurable outcomes that show us exactly how successful this project has been."

This is just the beginning of what the CWA has to offer its students, according to Prewitt.

"Marshall University will continue to offer this destination program for students interested in improving health and wellness within their given professions," Prewitt said. "We believe that by incorporating health and wellness training as a necessary element into our degree programs, we convey the idea that this type of training isn't optional. It remains an integral part of a process, which makes it possible for dancers, actors, musicians and all artists to reach and maintain their highest levels of performance."

In the upcoming academic year, the CWA will offer the following services:

  • Injury prevention sessions with certified athletic trainers
  • Performance anxiety workshops with health scientists
  • Nutrition and weight management training with registered dietitians
  • Agility and mobility training with exercise scientists
  • Baseline hearing assessments, vocal education and treatment with speech-language pathologists
  • Vision training to improve reaction times in performances with exercise physiologists

For more information on the Marshall University Center for Wellness in the Arts, contact Prewitt by e-mailing or by calling 304-696-2616, or contact Van Horn by e-mailing or by calling 304-696-2964. Visit the Marshall CWA Facebook page at


Photos: Over 150 performing arts students worked with Marshall University's Center for Wellness in the Arts to improve their overall health and wellness this past year. Activities through the CWA included injury prevention, performance anxiety training and nutrition workshops. (Above) Elliot Smithson (far left) is shown leading warm-ups for theatre students in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse before they began rehearsals for their fall semester play, "Tom Sawyer." (Below) Kate Colclough, a local high school senior, worked with the hurdles to improve her hip flexor mobility, in preparation for the spring production of "Cabaret."

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Tuesday May 12, 2015
Contact: Leah C. Payne, Director of Public Affairs, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, 304-691-1713

Marshall School of Pharmacy wraps up third academic year with student awards ceremony

World's largest professional pharmaceutical fraternity chapter also established at SoP

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University School of Pharmacy celebrated completion of its third academic year last week with a student awards ceremony, establishment of a pharmaceutical fraternity chapter and selection of "Preceptors of the Year."

First-, second- and third-year pharmacy students were recognized for excellence in several different areas including academics, professionalism and community outreach. In addition, five pharmacy students were selected for departmental awards by the school's faculty.� They included:

Department of Pharmacy Practice, Administration and Research:

  • Justin M. Powell, first-year pharmacy student
  • Elizabeth A. Canterbury, second-year pharmacy student
  • Delilah Navarro, third-year pharmacy student

Department of Pharmaceutical Science and Research:

  • Timothy S. Deeb, first-year pharmacy student
  • Benjamin G. Frederick, second-year pharmacy student
  • Delilah Navarro, third-year pharmacy student

The School of Pharmacy also marked the installation of the school's chapter of Kappa Psi, the world's largest professional pharmaceutical fraternity. The Marshall chapter, Zeta Kappa, received its official charter May 2 and 27 students were initiated.

Also recognized for honors this academic year were the School of Pharmacy's preceptors. Preceptors work with pharmacy students in real-world settings to ensure students gain skills through hands-on experiences. The following preceptors were selected by each class for Preceptor of the Year Awards:

-----Class of 2016-----

  • Aaron Sizemore, Pharm. D., Faculty/St. Mary's Medical Center
  • Ashley Brown, Pharm. D., Faculty/Prestera Center
  • Samantha Grabo, Pharm. D., Marshall Health
  • Jason Plummer, R.Ph., Coal Grove Pharmacy
  • Chris Waugh, Pharm. D., VA Medical Center, Huntington
-----Class of 2017-----
  • Brad Stultz, R. Ph., Stultz Pharmacy
  • Craig Lewandowski, Pharm.D., River Park Hospital

-----Class of 2018-----

  • Jason Baier, Pharm. D., King's Daughters Medical Center, Ironton
  • Ric Griffith, R.Ph., Griffith & Feil Pharmacy
  • Sonya Muncy, R.Ph., Gallaher's Pharmacy
  • Joey Nash, Pharm.D., VA Medical Center, Huntington

In the fall, Marshall's School of Pharmacy will welcome its fourth class, which will bring the school to full operating capacity. In spring of 2016, the inaugural class will graduate.


Photo: Members of the newly formed chapter of Kappa Psi at Marshall University School of Pharmacy pose for a group photo Saturday, May 2.

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Monday May 11, 2015
Contact: Leah C. Payne, Director of PublicAffairs,Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, (304) 696-7153

Pediatric plastic surgeon Peter D. Ray, M.D., joins Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Peter D. Ray, M.D., a board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric plastic surgeon who specializes cleft and craniofacial surgery, has joined the department of surgery at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.  

He was most recently at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) where he served as assistant professor of surgery and provided treatment to children with cleft and craniofacial conditions, as well as children with deformities secondary to trauma or burns.  

"We are thrilled to have Dr. Ray join us at Marshall Surgery," said Adel A. Faltaous, M.D., chief of the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery. "Dr. Ray is a gifted and highly-skilled pediatric plastic surgeon who is an excellent addition to our team.  He will be able to provide surgical care for children  who, in many cases,  have had to travel outside the region to receive such care. Dr. Ray is also well trained to take care of adult plastic and reconstructive surgery needs."

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Ray earned his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He completed a residency in general surgery and a residency in plastic surgery at University of Alabama under Luis O. Vasconez, M.D.  His subspecialty training in pediatric cleft and craniofacial surgery was also at UAB under the direction of John H. Grant III, M.D.

Ray's interests in academic research includes grant support on several projects that include building a translational research program tailored to stem cell behavior and wound healing in reconstructive surgery patient populations.   

A member of the United States Army Reserves, Ray has traveled the world to perform surgery in underserved countries.

Ray is accepting new adult and pediatric patients in the offices of Marshall Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery located at the East Hills Professional Center, 5185 Route 60 East, Suite 26. The phone number is 304-691-8910.

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Friday May 8, 2015
Contact: Michele Muth, Assistant Director of Marketing and Memberships, Marshall Recreation Center, (304) 696-7153

Marshall Recreation Center announces summer swim lessons

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall Recreation Center is offering swim lessons for children of all ages for summer 2015. Six-week long sessions are set to begin May 18 and will run through June 28 for the first session. An additional session will run from July 6 through Aug. 16.

All classes are taught in the Recreation Center indoor pool. The cost for the classes is $30 for Recreation Center members and $45 for non-members. There will be an option to receive Early Bird pricing for the second summer session. Signing up by June 28 will save participants $5 for the session.

In addition to the regularly scheduled classes, two new Parent/Tot class times have been added at 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For more information about swim lessons or to register please call 304-696-4732, visit or contact Dan Belcher, Assistant Director of Facilities and Operations, by phone at 304-696-4651 or by e-mail at

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Friday May 8, 2015
Contact: Leah C. Payne, Director of Public Affairs, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, 304-691-1713

Riley Selected as May Resident of the Month

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Thomas Dailey Riley IV, M.D., has been selected as the May Resident of the Month at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Paulette S. Wehner, M.D., vice dean and designated institutional official for graduate medical education, announced today. 

Riley is currently finishing his last (fifth) year as a chief resident in orthopaedics.

"Dr. Riley was nominated by one of his former senior residents," Wehner said.  "To be recognized by a senior resident speaks volumes about his demonstration of exemplary characteristics."  

Jonathan Salava, M.D., was that senior resident and now serves as a faculty member and  assistant director of the residency program.  He wrote in his nomination letter, "�what sets Dr. Riley apart is his ability to be very efficient, while leaving patients, and those who work with him, with a great appreciation for his compassion   His junior and fellow seniors have nothing but respect for him."

Riley obtained his doctor of medicine degree from Temple University School of Medicine and holds a master's in Biological Sciences from Drexel University.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Villanova University. 

While completing his studies, Riley obtained research experience at Temple University and volunteered for "America Reads," a preschool and grade school tutoring and teaching program. 

After completing his residency training next month, Riley will enter a sports fellowship in Miami.  

As part of his recognition of the May Resident of the Month, Riley will receive items including a certificate of recognition and a designated parking spot. 


Photo: Thomas Dailey Riley IV, M.D., (left) receives his May Resident of the Month award from Jonathan Salava, M.D., assistant director of the orthopaedic residency program.

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