Thursday August 21, 2014
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Career Expo for first Physical Therapy graduating class is Tuesday, Aug. 26

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - In an effort to assist students as they begin their job searches, as well as health care organizations that might be hiring, Marshall University Career Services has partnered with the MU School of Physical Therapy to present the first Physical Therapy Career Expo from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the PT School.

The Marshall School of Physical Therapy will graduate its first class in May 2015. The school is located at 2847 5th Ave. in Huntington.

More than a dozen health care organizations will have table displays and communicate with the soon-to-be graduates, sharing company and employment information.

Confirmed attendees include:

Cabell Huntington Hospital, Charleston Area Medical Center, Genesis Rehabilitation Services, HCR Manorcare, Holzer Medical Center, Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Premier Physical and Occupational Therapy, Rebound Physical Therapy, St. Mary's Medical Center, Teays Physical Therapy Center,   Williamson and Beckley ARH Hospitals.

For more information on this Career Expo, contact Debby Stoler in Career Services at 304-696-6679 or

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Wednesday August 20, 2014
Contact: Mallory Jarrell, Marketing and Branding Coordinator, 304-696-3490

Herd supporters encouraged to participate in Green Fridays

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University fans show their support and pride for the Thundering Herd in many different ways, one of which is by wearing their green Marshall gear every Friday throughout the football season in celebration of Green Fridays.

Marshall kicks off this season's Green Fridays on Aug. 29 - the day before the Herd's season-opening game at Miami (Ohio) - by participating in the 10th annual National College Colors Day. Fans across the nation are encouraged to wear their college colors and support their favorite university.

College Colors Day, organized by the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), coincides with "back to school" and the kickoff of intercollegiate athletics. By participating in College Colors Day, Marshall is continuing a tradition of encouraging members of the MU community to wear their Thundering Herd gear on this special day.

The university continues this practice throughout football season with the annual Green Fridays promotion, asking its employees, students and fans everywhere to participate.

In addition, employees of local businesses, schools and other organizations may take part in a contest in which they wear their Marshall gear and have the opportunity to win prizes from the university. Organizations must register with Mallory Jarrell, Marshall University marketing and branding coordinator, to be eligible to win. Registration is available at

Organizational participants will be asked for their location and the number of participating employees. A winner will be chosen every Friday before a home football game throughout football season.

Individual fans also can show their pride and possibly win prizes this year by entering the Fan of the Week contest. To enter the contest, Herd fans are asked to submit a photo of themselves in their Marshall gear through the contest page at or use #HerdGreenFridays on Instagram.

As for the organizational winners, a Fan of the Week will be chosen every Friday before a home football game throughout football season. Winners will be notified by e-mail if they have been chosen.

The winner will receive a $50 gift card to the Marshall University bookstore, courtesy of the bookstore.

For more information, contact Jarrell at 304-696-3490 or by e-mail at

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Wednesday August 20, 2014
Contact: Margie Phillips, Sustainability Department, (304) 696-2992

Sustainability Department welcomes students with bike tour of city and campus garden tours

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Sustainability Department is hosting a Critical Mass Bike Ride and two Campus Garden Tours to welcome students for the Fall semester.

New students are invited to explore their new home away from home during an hour-long Critical Mass Bike Ride through the City of Huntington on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 6:50 p.m.

"The event is open to all members of the Marshall University community - new and returning students, faculty, staff and community members," said Margie Phillips, manager of the Sustainability Department, which is sponsoring the event. "This is the perfect way to see the city, make new friends and work off some pre-semester jitters! And, of course, it's environmentally responsible."

Riders are to meet at the Marshall University Recreation Center at 6:50 p.m. The ride will depart promptly at 7 p.m. and wind through Huntington including popular destinations:

-  Ritter Park and Fountain
-  Memorial Arch
-  Memorial Park
-  Central City
-  Wild Ramp
-  City Hall
-  Courthouse
-  Harris Riverfront Park
-  Heritage Station
-  Pullman Square
-  Marshall Hall of Fame Caf�
-  Huntington Cycle and Sport

Students, faculty or staff without a bike are encouraged to arrive at the Recreation Center earlier to check out for free one of the 13 bikes in the Eco Cycle Bike Loan Program provided by Marshall's Sustainability Department. Bikes are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and you must present your Marshall ID and a credit card to reserve your bike. To learn more about the bike loan program and to see a map of the ride, go to

Students, parents, faculty and staff are also invited to learn more about the Sustainability Department's student gardens and green initiatives on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 5 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m. Both tours leave from the Memorial Student Center and will showcase the Student Vegetable Garden with a Pollinator Garden, Monarch Waystation, Butterfly Garden, Rain Garden, Native Herb Garden and the Science Building's Rooftop Garden.  During the tour, Be Marshall Green initiatives will be discussed including Marshall recycling efforts, OASIS Bottle Fill Stations, composting efforts, Marshall's greenhouse, recycling compactor, shredding program, Eco Cycle Bike Loan Program, how to be green in your residence hall and the Enterprise Car Share Program. 

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Tuesday August 19, 2014
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

BB&T continues support for capitalism center at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University today received the seventh installment in a series of gifts from BB&T supporting the BB&T Center for the Advancement of American Capitalism at MU's College of Business.

David L. Helmer, Senior Vice President and Regional Corporate Banking Manager for BB&T, presented the latest check for $100,000 to Marshall President Dr. Stephen J. Kopp.

Marshall's Center for the Advancement of American Capitalism sponsors a lecture series and upper-division course in capitalism for business students, among other activities.

"The course has been very intriguing for our students and the objective of the program has been more than met," Kopp said. "We're very proud of our association with BB&T."


Photo: David L. Helmer, Senior Vice President and Regional Corporate Banking Manager for BB&T, third from left, presents a check for $100,000 to Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp, second from left, in support of the BB&T Center for the Advancement of American Capitalism at MU's College of Business. Also representing BB&T is Patrick Murphy, second from right. The center is under the direction of Dr. Calvin Kent, left. Dr. Haiyang Chen, right, is dean of Marshall's College of Business. The presentation took place today in the Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center on MU's Huntington campus. The BB&T Foundation also presented Marshall with a second check for $15,000. Photo by Rick Haye/Marshall University.

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Monday August 18, 2014
Contact: Beth Caruthers, College of Arts and Media, 304-696-3296

Marshall University Choral Union rehearsals begin Sept. 8

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - If you're interested in being a part of a unique choral ensemble that combines talented students with enthusiastic, choral music-loving members of the greater Huntington community, Marshall University Choral Union Conductor Robert Wray knows the place for you.

Open to any interested community members, Marshall University's Choral Union will hold its first rehearsal of Handel's "Messiah" at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 8, in room 150 of Smith Music Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus.

Following about a dozen Monday rehearsals, the group will perform with Marshall University's orchestra at 7:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, and Sunday, Dec. 7, respectively, at the Fifth Avenue Baptist Church in downtown Huntington.

" 'Messiah' is arguably the most well-known large work for a chorus and orchestra," Wray said. "It's a great opportunity as a conductor to be able to perform these types of works."

Wray said this work of Handel tells the story of Jesus Christ, from Isaiah's prophecy of salvation to the acclamation of the Messiah. It was first performed in London in the eighteenth century.

There are no membership fees to be a part of the group, but members are responsible for the purchase of their own music. For more information about joining the Marshall University Choral Union, contact Wray by phone at 304-696-2399 or by e-mail at To stay up to date on rehearsals, visit the group's Facebook page at
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Friday August 15, 2014
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall and Mountwest team up to offer collaborative programs

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -  The Marshall University College of Health Professions and Mountwest Community & Technical College have joined together to provide collaborative programs that will allow students to earn an Associate of Science degree at Mountwest and then transfer to Marshall for a bachelor's degree.

Dr. Carol Perry, dean of the Liberal Arts & Transfer Division at Mountwest, said for many students, higher education is an intimidating undertaking. Perry said collaborative programs such as these help ease the transition of transfer students by providing a clear pathway to earning a bachelor's degree.

"By starting at a community and technical college, students can enjoy smaller class sizes, adjust to postsecondary education and build their self-confidence," Perry said. "Students also can earn a credential that will provide them with something to build upon as they continue their academic endeavors to obtain a baccalaureate degree."

Perry said the program also will allow students to take on less debt while starting their academic career, which is an important factor to consider when pursuing higher education.

Dr. Michael Prewitt, dean of the College of Health Professions, said this partnership will provide a mutually beneficial relationship for both institutions and their students.

"We are seeing a reduction in high school graduates in the state. An increase in the transfer student population will help to combat this and hopefully work toward improving the overall economic development within our community," Prewitt said. "Because our students will be able to make a seamless transition from a two-year to a four-year program, we can help them succeed while improving overall retention and graduation rates."

Collaborative programs will be offered in the fields of athletic training, biomechanics, communication disorders, dietetics, exercise science, health sciences, medical imaging, medical lab technology, nursing, public health, respiratory care, social work and sport management/marketing.

"This is a forward-looking opportunity to redesign and rethink the collaboration between the community colleges and the senior institutions by providing students open pathways to pursue a wide array of degree opportunities," said Dr. David Pittenger, Marshall's interim associate vice president for outreach and continuing studies and dean of the graduate college. "It gives the students flexibility in terms of their long-term planning. This is a model that Marshall University is eager to pursue with the community colleges in the region so that we can better address our responsibility to provide accessibility to high quality education to all West Virginia students."

For more information on Mountwest, visit For more information on Marshall's College of Health Professions, visit

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Thursday August 14, 2014
Contact: Leah C. Payne, Director of Public Affairs, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, 304-691-1713

School of Medicine names new assistant dean of student affairs

Amy M. Smith promoted to new role

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Amy M. Smith, BSN, M.Ed., has been appointed assistant dean of student affairs at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, the school's dean, Joseph I. Shapiro, M.D., announced today. Smith began her new role Aug. 1.

"I'm very excited about Ms. Amy Smith for this position," Shapiro said.  "She has a terrific connection with our students; in fact, during the search process students spontaneously came together to endorse her candidacy. She is also a dedicated and caring teacher who understands the unique mission of our medical school. I couldn't be more pleased that she has taken on this expanded role with the school."

Since 2009, Smith has worked at the School of Medicine as the assistant director of medical education, specifically directing the clinical skills center and standardized patient program. Prior to joining the school, she served as the director of women's and children's services at Cabell Huntington Hospital, as well as nurse manager for the neonatal intensive care unit at CHH.

"I would like to thank the search committee and Dr. Shapiro for allowing me to serve in this position," Smith said. "I feel very humbled and blessed to be given the responsibility to work with a team of outstanding faculty, staff and administrators that will work together to meet the needs of the medical students.  I am looking forward to moving future physicians into the next chapters of their lives."

Smith received her diploma in nursing from St. Mary's School of Nursing in 1990.  She then completed a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix and a master's in education from the University of Cincinnati.

She serves on various committees at the School of Medicine including Admissions, Curriculum, Multicultural Advisory and Interprofessional Education.   Smith received the Student Appreciation Award in May 2012 and the Dean's Award for Excellence in Collaboration in 2014.

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Wednesday August 13, 2014
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall freshmen to be greeted with numerous Week of Welcome activities

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - When Marshall University begins fall classes on Monday, Aug. 25, its freshmen will be well prepared and - hopefully - comfortable in their new surroundings.

At least that is the plan, said Dr. Gayle Ormiston, MU's provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. As usual, Marshall officials have planned a large number of fun and informative activities for the incoming freshmen as part of the annual Week of Welcome (WOW), which runs from Wednesday, Aug. 20, through Sunday, Aug. 24, on MU's Huntington campus.

"Week of Welcome is exactly that - a week dedicated to all freshmen, a week welcoming them to Marshall University," Ormiston said. "It is important that the freshmen feel comfortable with the university before classes start on Aug. 25. We really want to make the transition into college as smooth and easy as possible for all of our new students."

In the days leading up to the start of classes, about 1,700 freshmen will take part in WOW activities. The freshmen will actually begin their first class at Marshall during Week of Welcome. The UNI 100 Freshman First Class is an introduction to academic structures and expectations of college life. Those who successfully complete the course earn one hour of elective credit.

The course is made up of two parts: (1) attending large group sessions and small class sessions during Week of Welcome, and (2) attending seven additional 50-minute class sessions, once per week in the first seven weeks of the semester.

"The excitement is building as Week of Welcome will be here in just a few days," said Sherri Stepp, director of Marshall's University College. "Staff and student volunteers are getting everything ready for the event to begin.� We are preparing to stuff student packets, unpacking boxes of T-shirts and making sure all of our class sessions and social events are ready when the students arrive."

Stepp said MU has worked all year to plan this event to welcome its new students and help them feel at home at Marshall.

"It's a great time to meet new people, explore new ideas and just get acquainted with campus and the Huntington community," she said.� "We will provide them with information that will support their entire experience at Marshall University and we hope to have a lot of fun."

Week of Welcome and UNI 100 provide an opportunity for students to arrive early to campus and make new friends, Stepp said. They will meet President (Stephen) Kopp at the President's Convocation, meet their academic deans at their college sessions, and begin learning the things they need to know to help them be successful students both academically and socially.

Among the most popular events of WOW are the family picnic, the President's Convocation and the group photo. The picnic will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, on the student center plaza. The group photo will be taken at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the John Marshall Statue, located in the circle between Old Main and the Drinko Library.

The convocation, held in recent years at the Cam Henderson Center, starts at 9:45 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center in downtown Huntington. Students will meet in their UNI 100 classrooms at 8:30 a.m., walk to the John Marshall statue, then head west on 4th Avenue to the Keith-Albee at 9:15 a.m. At the conclusion of the convocation the students will walk back to campus in time for 11 a.m. sessions.

The convocation will be streamed live at

Commuter students and students living on campus will need to check in for Week of Welcome on Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the Marshall Recreation Center. For any commuter students who cannot check in on Wednesday, there will be a short registration time on Thursday morning before the Freshman First Class session in the Henderson Center arena.

The complete WOW schedule is available at

Here is a brief look at some of the fun and informational events scheduled during Marshall's Week of Welcome:

Wednesday, Aug. 20
10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. - WOW registration and T-shirt pick-up, for residence hall and commuter students, Recreation Center basketball courts.

3:30 p.m. - Students are invited to visit the practice field and watch the Marching Thunder perform while learning the Marshall songs and cheers they will hear at athletic events.

5 to 6:30 p.m. - Family picnic, Memorial Student Center plaza. Enjoy free food, the Marching Thunder, and live music by student bands. Sponsored by Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.

9 p.m. - Hypnotist Kevin Hurley Show, Memorial student Center, room BE 5 (lower level). Hurley's unique stage hypnosis, comedy, and magic has been requested by Fortune 500 companies, celebrities, royalty, a former U.S. president and more than 400 college campuses. Admission is free for students with MU ID. Sponsored by Student Activities and Campus Activity Board.

9 p.m. to midnight - First Night Block Party, Marshall Recreation Center. The night will be filled with entertainment, such as relay races, black light climbing, world class musical chairs, inflatables, and much more. For those who want a late-night snack, pizza, drinks, and snow cones will be provided. The Rec Center will also be open throughout the night for swimming, workouts, and basketball.� Sponsored by Marshall Recreation Center, Center for African American Students, and Office of Intercultural Affairs.

Thursday, Aug. 21
7:30 to 8:15 a.m. - WOW registration and T-shirt pick-up for commuter students, Cam Henderson Center concourse.

8:30 to 9:15 a.m. - Freshman First Class, Cam Henderson Center arena. This session will introduce students to staff from the Student Resource Center, Student Affairs, and Housing and Residence Life who will lead interactive activities to get students energized for their first semester at Marshall.

9:15 to 9:45 a.m. - Freshman class photo, John Marshall Statue, near Old Main and the Drinko Library.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Herd compass, Memorial Student Center plaza. Students may look for MU staff and students stationed under a green tent to provide them with directions to WOW activities, their� classrooms, and other useful� MU information. Sponsored by Student Involvement, Career Services and University College.

4 to 5 p.m. - Meet & Greet with fraternity and sorority leadership, Memorial Student Center BE 5 (lower level).

4 to 6 p.m. - Intramural sports sampler, Marshall Recreation Center. Features friendly competition, including a variety of basketball and football competitions, such as a free throw shoot-out, as well as punt, pass, and kick. Sponsored by the Marshall Recreation Center.

5 to 6 p.m. - Garden Tours, Memorial Student Center plaza. Students may tour the Marshall University Gardens, plus discover the Green initiatives on campus. Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability.

5 to 7 p.m. - Revolution Cookout, Christian Center lawn. Enjoy great fellowship.

5:30 to 7 p.m. - Design on Wheels, Buskirk Field. Paint with Wine and Design. Local artists will help students create their own Marshall masterpiece. Sponsored by Housing and Residence Life.

7 to 8 p.m. - Critical Mass Bike Ride through the City of Huntington, Marshall Recreation Center. Plan to leave promptly at 7 p.m. and return in approximately one hour. Sponsored by Office of Sustainability.�

7 to 9 p.m. - Fitness Class Sampler, features free 30-minute classes, Marshall Recreation Center. Classes include: Indoor Cycling, Zumba, Cardio and Strength, and Yoga. Sponsored by Marshall Recreation Center.

8:30 to 11 p.m. - Cosmic Frisbee, Buskirk Field. Students are invited to come and play (or watch) an insane game of Glow in the Dark Ultimate Frisbee.� Sponsored by CRU.

9 p.m. - Screen on the Green, Recreation Center Field, features a night at the movies, with free popcorn and soda. Sponsored by Marshall Recreation Center and Housing and Residence Life.

Friday, Aug. 22
9:45 to 10:30 a.m. - President's Convocation, Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Herd compass, Memorial Student Center plaza. Students may look for MU staff and students stationed under a green tent to provide them with directions to WOW activities, their� classrooms, and other useful� MU information.

3 to 4 p.m. - Meet college deans. Students will meet the deans and the associate deans and staffs of their respective colleges.

4 to 5 p.m. - John Marshall Emerging Leaders information session, Memorial Student Center room BE 5 (lower level).

5 to 6 p.m. - UnRaveled!, Harless Media Room. The group UnRaveled! will be providing a great learning experience in the needle arts of crocheting and knitting. All experience levels welcome. Crocheting and/or knitting is a great way to be creative, productive, and relieve stress. Sponsored by UnRaveled! Student Organization.

6 to 9 p.m. - Thundering Herd kickoff party, Pullman Square in downtown Huntington; features music, activities, football player autographs, cheerleaders, the dance team and Marco.

7 p.m. - Six Appeal, Pullman Square in downtown Huntington. Features a world class vocal ensemble infused with impeccable comedic timing and the energy and vitality of a rock band. Sponsored by Student Activities and Campus Activities Board.

Saturday, Aug. 23
10 to 11 a.m. - Garden Tours, Memorial Student Center plaza. Students may tour the Marshall University Gardens, plus discover the Green initiatives on campus. Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability.

Noon to 3 p.m. - RecFest, Marshall Recreation Center, featuring more than 100 venders, door prizes, giveaways, activities and food; Sponsored by Marshall Recreation Center.

1 to 5 p.m. - Target, Huntington Mall, Wal-Mart Shuttle, MUPD parking lot. Transportation will be provided every hour on the hour until 5 p.m. in the MUPD parking lot across 5th Avenue from Twin Towers. Sponsored by Student Involvement.

3 to 6 p.m. - Marshall football season kickoff party, Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Features a scrimmage that only MU students may attend.

7 to 9 p.m. - Fitness Class sampler, features free 30-minute classes, Marshall Recreation Center. Classes include Indoor Cycling, Zumba, Cardio and Strength, and Yoga. Sponsored by Marshall Recreation Center.

7 to 9 p.m. - Coffee House/Open Mic, Harless Media Room. Sponsored by Revolution.

8 to 10 p.m. - CRU Freshman Mixer, Marco's (lower level of Memorial Student Center).

9 to 11 p.m. - Party Hearty, First-Year Residence Halls. Residents will be able to wear beer goggles and ride golf carts with MUPD, while learning how to stay safe out on the town. Sponsored by First-Year Residence Halls and Housing & Residence Life.

Sunday, Aug. 24
1 to 4 p.m. - Classroom schedule walk-through. Students may bring their schedules to the Memorial Student Center plaza. Sponsored by Housing & Residence Life.

1 to 5 p.m. - Target/Huntington Mall/Wal-Mart shuttle, begins in the MUPD parking lot, located across 5th Avenue from Twin Towers. Sponsored by Student Involvement.

1 p.m. - MU women's soccer vs. VCU in the team's home opener at the Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.

4 to 6 p.m. - Intramural sports sampler, Marshall Recreation Center. Features friendly competition, including a variety of basketball and football competitions, such as a free throw shoot-out, as well as punt, pass, and kick. Sponsored by the Marshall Recreation Center.

4:30 to 6 p.m. - Design on Wheels, Buskirk Field. Paint with Wine and Design. Local artists will help students create their own Marshall masterpieces. Sponsored by Housing and Residence Life.

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Monday August 11, 2014
Contact: Leah C. Payne, Director of Public Affairs, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, 304-691-1713

Marshall Health opens new community pharmacy at medical center

Facility to provide inpatient and outpatient services

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall Health, in partnership with the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, the Marshall University School of Pharmacy and Cabell Huntington Hospital, has opened a new community pharmacy offering patients access to prescription medications at the Marshall University Medical Center.

Marshall Pharmacy is a convenient option for patients and the public visiting the health sciences campus, as well as hospital and medical center staff.  It offers a full range of prescription medication services, including personalized pharmacist services, and carries limited over-the-counter medications and diabetic and medical supplies.

Future plans include delivering discharge medications to Cabell Huntington Hospital inpatients before they leave the hospital, and delivering prescription medications directly to patients upon leaving the doctor's office.

The Marshall Pharmacy is staffed by professional registered pharmacists and pharmacy technicians and accepts most major prescription drug plans.  There are plans to add additional insurance plans in the coming months.

"Marshall is continuing its commitment to our patients and our community by providing high quality pharmacy services at this new facility," said Beth Hammers, executive director of Marshall Health. "Our on-site pharmacy is a tremendous asset for our patients and employees and will enhance the educational experience for our students at the Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine."

In describing the new pharmacy and its educational impact, Dr. Kevin W. Yingling, dean of the School of Pharmacy, called it a key milestone in the growth of the health sciences programs at Marshall. He emphasized the impact of medication therapy management delivered by pharmacists in ambulatory practice settings has proven value for improving patient safety and clinical outcomes.

"I can't stress enough the importance of this new venture, which allows better collaboration among physicians, pharmacists and other health care providers, which in turn provides interdisciplinary education that is absolutely crucial in today's health care arena," Yingling said.   "Working as a team with our colleagues at the School of Medicine and Marshall Health enhances the experiences for all our students."

Dr. Joseph I. Shapiro, dean of the School of Medicine, said the opening of the Marshall Pharmacy reflects the changing health care landscape.

"The collaborative effort among our university counterparts and our hospital partner is indicative of the relationships that must exist as we move forward in the health care arena," Shapiro said.   "These partnerships allow us to be more patient focused and deliver high-quality care for the region."

"The new Marshall Pharmacy is a welcomed addition to our campus because it delivers an important health care service for our patients by making an easier transition from hospital to home," said Kevin Fowler, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Cabell Huntington Hospital. "The pharmacy is easily accessible for patients attending appointments with their physicians at Marshall or picking up new medications following a hospital stay, and for patients receiving treatments at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center. The pharmacy offers patients a convenient option following procedures or treatments by eliminating an extra stop when they're heading home to continue their recovery. This is a unique opportunity to provide patients with on-site education about their medications that coincides with the doctor's visit, typically resulting in improved outcomes and safety."

The Marshall Pharmacy is led by Brian Gallagher, R.Ph., JD, director of pharmacy services and Ben Kelly, R.Ph., the managing pharmacist. The service is located at the front entrance of the Marshall University Medical Center.  It is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Patients may access pharmacy services by calling 304-691-6879 (MURx) or by visiting and selecting "Pharmacy"  under "Services." A smartphone app is also available for download through the iTunes(R) Store or Amazon's Android app store.

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Monday August 11, 2014
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'Tech Up' helps nontraditional students with technology concerns

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "Tech Up," a program designed to help nontraditional students succeed at Marshall University by being technologically up to speed by the time they take their first course, is being offered at MU for the second consecutive year.

Steve Hensley, dean of student affairs at Marshall, said many of MU's students, particularly those who have been out of school for a few years, are not as tech-savvy as they would like - or need - to be.

"Tech Up is designed for students of the generation before technology was an everyday part of our lives," Hensley said. "Sometimes, students who are a little older come back to school and have good learning abilities and they're going to be great students, but they don't have the technology expertise in negotiating the electronic environment we find in many classes."

Many people, Hensley said, don't know the basics simply because they never had to use computers before in their everyday lives.

"Sometimes it's as simple as using e-mail, and Blackboard (a global technology company used for online course delivery at Marshall) e-mail is a step beyond that," Hensley said. "So, we start with the very basic levels of how to access Marshall e-mail and the Marshall web page and we go from there. We kind of give students a short course in utilizing technology."

Last year, about 25 students attended the Tech Up sessions, Hensley said.

"The students who participated reported that they learned a lot and they felt very confident in their ability to do what they do online," Hensley said. "For one thing, the classes are conducted in a computer lab; it's not just talking to people, it's them actually doing it themselves. And, our computing people enjoy helping people get teched up."

IT (Information Technology) personnel will conduct the "Tech Up" sessions. They are scheduled from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 (during the Week of Welcome), in Drinko Library 138; and, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 (during the first week of classes), also in Drinko 138.

To reserve a space, students may call the Office of Student Affairs at 304-696-6422, or e-mail

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Thursday August 7, 2014
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Nine MU students to spend 2014-2015 academic year studying in Japan

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Nine students from Marshall University will be going to Japan for the 2014-2015 academic year to study at two institutions: Kansai Gaidai University and Chukyo University.

"I am thrilled that these students will have the opportunity to study abroad in Japan.  This will be a life-changing experience and will lead to great opportunities in the future," said Dr. R. B. Bookwalter, dean of Marshall's College of Liberal Arts.

Seven students will be attending Kansai Gaidai University in the Osaka prefecture. They are:

  • Michael Joseph Haverty (Parkersburg, W.Va. -- Japanese major with a double minor in Asian Studies and International Affairs);
  • Leah Goss (Fairmont and Elkins, W.Va. -- Double major in Japanese and Visual Arts with an emphasis in photography);
  • Kyle Elliot Walters (Cowen, W.Va. -- Double major in International Affairs and Japanese);
  • Lucy J. Ward (Huntington, W.Va. -- Double major in International Business and Japanese);
  • Kiersten Ward (Pineville, W.Va. -- Double major in Geography and Japanese);
  • Savannah Henry (Boyd County, Ky. -- Double major in Japanese and Visual Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design); and,
  • Brianna McLaughlin (Beaver, W.Va. - Japanese major).

    Two students will be attending Chukyo University in the Nagoya prefecture. They are:

  • Katherine Green (Beckley, W.Va. -- Japanese major with a minor in English); and,
  • Shaina Wallace (Lewisburg, W.Va. -- Triple major in Japanese, English and Education).

Together, the group will receive more than $34,000 from the following awards: Art Department Tuition Waiver, Kimbler Award, Art Department Scholarship, River Cities Scholarship, Cracker Barrel Foundation International Scholarship, American Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Scholarship, Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship and Morgan-Stanley Bridging Scholarship.

"I am deeply grateful for the financial support of our benefactors, whose generosity makes it possible for students to take advantage of an opportunity that some would otherwise have to pass up," Bookwalter said. "I greatly appreciate the excellent work of the Modern Languages program, Dr. [Caroline] Perkins, Dr. [Natsuki] Anderson, Dr. [Zelideth] Rivas and Ms. Kawada Webb, in preparing these students for their work in Japan and for nurturing the partnerships that have helped this program grow."

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Tuesday August 5, 2014
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Smith, McComas assume interim roles at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Gayle Ormiston, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Marshall University, today announced that two university administrators have assumed new roles.

Dr. Sherri Smith, executive director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, has accepted an interim appointment as associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of undergraduate studies.  Smith's appointment took effect July 28, 2014, and runs through June 30, 2015. 

Also, Ormiston announced that Dr. Karen McComas, assistant director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, has agreed to serve as executive director of the center in an interim appointment, which began July 28, 2014, and runs through June 30, 2015.

"I look forward to the many positive contributions Sherri and Karen will undoubtedly make to advancing student persistence and success initiatives, positive learning experiences, and supporting faculty professional development and success," Ormiston said.

Smith served as the director of the Service Learning Program from its inception in 2002 until she was appointed director of the Center for Teaching and Learning in 2008.

As part of a service learning course that she taught, Smith founded Dress for Success River Cities in 2006 and also served as executive director until July 2009. This nonprofit organization provides appropriate attire and a social network to disadvantaged women who are seeking a new career.

Smith earned a BA in 1986 in English and Journalism Education from Marshall; an MA in 1989 in Theology and Ethics from Northern Theological Seminary; an MA in 1993 in English from Northwestern University; and a Ph.D. in 2000 in Victorian Literature, with a doctoral certification in women's studies from Indiana University.

As a member of the English department faculty from 1999 to 2008, she has taught numerous courses at Marshall, including British Literature; 19th Century British Novel, Pre-Raphaelite Literature and Introduction to Women' Studies. She has also taught First Year Seminar during her appointment in the Center for Teaching and Learning.

McComas joined the faculty of Marshall University in August of 1986, teaching and supervising in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the Communication Disorders department. Previously, she worked as a speech-language pathologist in the public school systems of Carter County, Kentucky, and Lincoln County, West Virginia, from 1978 to 1986.

McComas earned a BA in 1977 and an MA in 1978 in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Marshall. In 2011, she earned a doctoral degree, majoring in Curriculum and Instruction with an area of emphasis in social inquiry.

She has taught numerous courses at Marshall, including the capstone course for undergraduate students majoring in Communication Disorders, phonological disorders, and therapeutic procedures. McComas' research interests include the development of research identities in women, the cultural practices of a community of research practice, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

In addition to her duties in the Center for Teaching and Learning, McComas also serves as the university's NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative.

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Monday August 4, 2014
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Dean's list available on Marshall website

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The names of Marshall University students who made the dean's list for the Spring 2014 semester are available on the Marshall website for use by the media.

To make the dean's list, students must have a 3.3 or above grade point average for a minimum of 12 hours. Marshall has 2,564 students included on the website. Students who requested their names not be published are excluded from the list.

Many students and their parents have requested that Marshall make the dean's list available to publications that cover their hometowns.

Each student's name, hometown, county (for West Virginia) and state are included on the dean's list, which is accessible at

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Friday August 1, 2014
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Marshall University administrators assume new roles

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp today announced that two university administrators have assumed new roles.

Senior Vice President for Operations Brandi Jacobs-Jones has been promoted and assumed additional responsibilities as the chief of staff/liaison to the Marshall University Board of Governors, reporting directly to the president. In this new capacity, Jacobs-Jones will continue to serve as senior vice president for operations, while also providing executive-level support to the president and working with the board.

Ginny Painter, communications director for the Marshall University Research Corporation  (MURC) since 2009, has been promoted and named interim senior vice president for communications and marketing. In her new position, Painter will have responsibility for the university's overall communications, media and public relations, research-based messaging, marketing and branding activities. She will continue to provide support for key MURC communications initiatives.

Jacob-Jones joined Marshall earlier this year. Prior to that, she served three Huntington mayors as the city's director of administration and finance. She also has served the city as acting public works director. She worked as the outreach coordinator/development officer for Ebenezer Medical Outreach Inc. in Huntington, and from 2001 to 2003, she was a housing and urban development fellow at Eastern Kentucky University.

"I am quite proud to announce the promotions of these two dynamic individuals to their respective senior leadership positions at Marshall University," Kopp said. "They both bring considerable experience, expertise and savvy to their new roles. I look forward to their many leadership contributions and the many fine achievements they will realize on behalf of advancing our university."

"During her brief time with us, Brandi has distinguished herself as a highly motivated and dedicated person of remarkable capacity. I am confident she will do an outstanding job in her new role as chief of staff, while continuing to perform well in her relatively new role as senior vice president for operations.

"I have had the privilege of working closely with Ginny on various important budget and marketing initiatives and have been impressed by her resourcefulness, dedication and commitment to excellence. She is also a very driven and focused person who will provide strong leadership and vision for the University's strategic and integrated marketing, public relations and communications functions."

Jacobs-Jones was named to the West Virginia State Journal "Generation Next 40 Under 40" in 2012. The West Virginia Women's Commission recognized her in 2010 with the Lena Lowe Yost Award for Women in Public Service, and in 2009, she received the U.S. Department of Justice Award for Public Service. In 2005, she received the Neighborhood Institute Community Service Award and was named the Mountain State Bar Association Citizen of the Year.

She is a member of the boards of directors of the Huntington Urban Renewal Authority, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Tri-State and the Child Development Academy at Marshall University.

Jacobs-Jones has a master's degree in public administration from Eastern Kentucky University and a regents bachelor of arts degree from Marshall.

Painter has more than 25 years' experience in higher education, nonprofit and government communications and administration, including at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the University of Charleston. She also has served as communications director and deputy commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and in communications roles for the state affiliate of the American Lung Association and Black Diamond Girl Scout Council.

She is on the boards of directors of the West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust and TechConnect West Virginia.

In 2001, the West Virginia chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) recognized Painter with its prestigious Practitioner of the Year award, and she has received the organization's Chapter Service Award twice. She was honored with the Distinguished West Virginian Award in 2009 for her work on the new West Virginia State Museum.

She has a bachelor's degree in journalism/public relations from Marshall University and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Charleston.

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Friday August 1, 2014
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Marshall Psychology faculty, students present session at Comic-Con

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Two faculty members from Marshall University's psychology department, along with two doctoral students, presented a session at the 45th Comic-Con International Convention in San Diego. Comic-Con is an educational corporation that creates awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms.

Dr. April Fugett and Dr. Keith Beard, as well as doctoral students Elijah Wise and Britani Black, presented "From Spider-Man to Darth Vader - How Your Personality Influences Our Favorite Characters." The session was attended by nearly 200 people.

The researchers surveyed more than 400 people from across the country on the characters that they liked and with which they identified. Participants took a personality test as well. From there, the researchers looked to see if there was any relationship between personality characteristics found from the test and the characters that participants liked and identified with.

The study results showed that people who like pop culture characters are often imaginative, like variety and have numerous interests. They also tend to be energetic, talkative, optimistic and friendly. 

"There were also differences between the characters selected based on gender, income and age," Fugett said. "Younger individuals tended to like characters from more recent movies such as characters from Batman, The Avengers and X-Men, and Hunger Games, while those older individuals tended to like more classic characters like those in Star Wars and Star Trek."

For the students, the presentation was an exciting opportunity.

"I hadn't presented at many conferences or conventions, and this was huge," Black said. "It was Comic-Con! For someone who loves pop culture and does research in that area, there isn't really anything bigger than that."

"Never in my life did I expect that I could discuss the character profile of Batman through a psychological lens, in an academic way, and as part of an international conference," Wise added.

"Not only is it a great thing when you can talk about the research you have been working on," Beard said, "but to involve students in it and for the outcome to be as exciting as presenting at Comic-Con, is something that I am very glad I could help facilitate and allow these students to experience."


Photo: From left, Dr. Keith Beard, professor of psychology; Britani Black and Elijah Wise, doctoral students in psychology; and Dr. April Fugett, associate professor of psychology, represented Marshall University at the Comic-Con International Convention July 24-27.

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