Tuesday March 31, 2015
Contact: Beth Caruthers, College of Arts and Media, 304-696-3296

Belarusian-American pianist Olga Krayterman to perform as guest artist at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -Award-winning pianist Dr. Olga Krayterman will perform works by Bach, Chopin, Liszt and Scriabin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 3, at Smith Recital Hall on Marshall University's Huntington campus. The program is free and open to the public.

Dr. Henning Vauth, assistant professor of piano in the School of Music and Theatre at Marshall University and a fellow Eastman School of Music graduate, said, "Olga is smart, kind, a wonderful pianist, and represents the great Russian tradition of piano playing. I am looking forward to welcoming her to Marshall's campus."

"Her visit is going to be invaluable for my piano students," Vauth said.

Krayterman has won the 2013 Young Artist Prize of the National Federation of Music Clubs, first prizes at the Concours International de Piano du Moulin d'And� in France, the Stravinsky Competition, the Southeastern Piano Festival in South Carolina, and a prize at the Thousand Island International Piano Competition. She made her orchestral debut with the South Carolina Philharmonic when she was 17 years old, playing Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto.

She received her doctoral degree from the Eastman School of Music and is currently serving as instructor at Eastman and the Eastman Community School, where in 2014 she was awarded the Jack L. Frank Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The artist also will hold a master class for Marshall students at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Smith Recital Hall. For more information about guest artists at Marshall University's School of Music and Theatre, please visit

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Tuesday March 31, 2015
Contact: Pat Dickson, University Communications, 304-746-1971

MU veteran, son interviewed on MSNBC about support for HeForShe campaign

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Last November when Marine combat veteran Tim Brooks was coaching his son Austin's tee-ball team,  he was pleased but not surprised when the five-year-old  stood up for a female teammate who was being harassed by a couple of the boys.

"Girls can't play baseball!" they scoffed and got Austin's immediate retort, "Girls can too play baseball; girls are just as good as boys are."

Brooks, a Marshall University biology major, is a gender equality advocate for the HeForShe solidarity campaign, which was developed by the United Nations Women council to include men and boys into the feminist movement.

Last fall, Brooks was impressed enough by a speech on the topic by Harry Potter actress Emma Watson,  who is this year's UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, to sign on to advocate gender equality. He began by having a talk with Austin about its importance.

And  as a result,  father and son, along with Dr. Dawn Howerton, assistant professor of psychology and women's studies at Marshall University, were interviewed by Richard Lui on MSNBC about the growing movement to support HeForShe, and Tim Brooks' advocacy, not only with  his son's teammates, but also with college students and soon to be veterans' groups.

Immediately after the tee-ball incident Brooks, a medically discharged veteran with multiple combat tours,  gathered the team together and talked with them about respecting their teammates regardless of  gender.

The team agreed the right thing to do is not to judge someone because of his or her gender.   Word of the father and son's actions came to the attention of HeForShe and UN Women and resulted in their being named the "HeForShe Men of the Month" for March 2015.

"The HeForShe campaign is a wonderful transformation of the feminist movement," said Howerton.  "The campaign brings men to the table and helps to make everyone welcome, invited and included in the conversation."

Brooks' future goals include speaking to veterans' groups about gender equality, setting up a HeForShe group at Marshall University, and organizing a HeForShe 5K run.

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Monday March 30, 2015
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marco auditions to take place at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Would you like to be the front man for Marshall University?

It is a simple, but cool, role to play. He wears Kelly green, has horns, and rides a motorcycle on a football field. Kids love him. Fans adore him. Rivals fear him.

He goes by the name of ... Marco.

If you are a Marshall University student, you could be Marco, all the while enjoying the perks that come with being him.

Marshall University students who want to represent the university in a very fun way are invited to try out for the role of Marco, MU's award-winning mascot.

Marshall is seeking three students to play Marco - two of whom will be working with the Athletic Department and one of whom will be working with the Office of University Communications.

Students selected to play Marco with the Athletic Department will receive some amazing perks, such as:

-  $1,000 per-semester scholarship
-  Free textbook rental from the University Bookstore during semester(s) employed
-  Free on-campus parking
-  Travel with athletic teams
-  Nike Apparel cheer clothing, including shoes
-  Strength trainer
-  Handler to help during games

Students selected to portray Marco with the Office of University Communications will receive the following compensation:

-  Student assistant position
-  $12/hour + travel expense reimbursement for appearances
-  Travel apparel
-  Free on-campus parking

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Friday, April 10. To apply, go to and click on Apply Now.

Each applicant will be asked to come to the Office of University Communications (Old Main 213) the week of April 13 for an information session about what it takes to be Marco. Tryouts with the cheer squad will then take place at a site and time to be determined.

Marco is seen practically everywhere - at sporting events, university functions and as a "spokes-bison" at selected private events. He could be traveling with an athletic team as a part of the cheer squad, or he could be helping blow out the candles at a child's birthday party. Or, he could be taking part in another part of university life. You never know what might come up!

Marco will attend all home and some away football games and home men's and women's basketball contests, including home contests during university class breaks.  Marco will attend away contests as determined by the Department of Athletics.

Marco will attend numerous official university functions and alumni events, such as groundbreakings, open houses, homecoming festivities, student recruitment and community events. Marco also will attend some private functions, such as birthday parties, as designated and approved by the Office of University Communications.

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Monday March 30, 2015
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Two faculty members to read from their books Thursday, April 2

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Department of English will present two of its faculty members, Dr. Sarah A. Chavez and Dr. Joel Peckham, in a literary reading and book signing event this week. It will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in the Shawkey Room in the Memorial Student Center on the university's Huntington campus.

Chavez, assistant professor of English at Marshall, is a mestiza born and raised in the California Central Valley. She worked every job from farm laborer, to janitor and maintenance, to barista, to waitress, and finally administrative assistant for a Native American drug and alcohol recovery home before going back to school to pursue writing and teaching. She is the author of the chapbook, All Day, Talking, published by Dancing Girl Press (2014) and holds a Ph.D. in English with a focus in poetry and ethnic studies from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in North Dakota Quarterly, Spoon River Poetry Review, Luna Luna Magazine and So to Speak: Feminist Journal of Language and Art, among others. Her manuscript, This, Like So Much, was an Honorable Mention for the 2013 Quercus Review Press Poetry Book Contest. More information is online at

Peckham is an assistant professor of regional literature and creative writing at Marshall. A scholar of American literature and a creative writer as well as a former Fulbright Scholar, his reviews, essays, scholarly articles, and poetry have been published in numerous journals, including American Literature, Ascent, The Black Warrior Review, The Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Rattle, River Teeth, The Southern Review, The Sun, Texas Studies in Language and Literature, and Yankee Magazine.   He is the author of the memoir of Resisting Elegy. His collection of poems include Nightwalking, The Heat of What Comes, Movers and Shakers, and his newest collection, God's Bicycle. His website may be viewed at

For further information, persons may contact Dr. Carrie Oeding, assistant professor of English at Marshall, by phone at 304-696-6645 or by e-mail at

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Monday March 30, 2015
Contact: Leah C. Payne, Director of Public Affairs, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, 304-691-1713

School of Medicine announces national student leadership team

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Four medical students at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine have been chosen by their peers to serve on the Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) to the national Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC.)

The OSR seeks to ensure that students actively participate in their medical education and gives medical students a voice in academic medicine at both the national and local level.

The Marshall students selected for OSR are:

-          Justin M. Pacor, a first-year medical student from Montauk, New York
-          Lauren M. Burgunder, a second-year medical student San Diego, California
-          Anna C. Clarke, a third-year medical student from Charleston, West Virginia
-          Brad A. Leath, a third-year medical student from Westmoreland, Tennessee

Once selected, students serve until they graduate.

"I am very excited to begin this collaborative initiative with the OSR representatives," said Amy M. Smith, B.S.N., M.Ed., assistant dean for student affairs.   "Not only will they do an excellent job at representing our medical school on a national level, but they will also be a voice of the students and act as a resource for students and administration."

One of the goals of the Marshall OSR team is to form an interdisciplinary alliance with other health care students from Marshall University which will be named the Marshall University Health Professions Senate.

The students hope to establish a system for professional and social cooperation and collaboration among the graduate health professions. The senate will serve to mediate the concerns that are relative to the well-being of students and ultimately collaborate on community involvement.


Photo: Students newly selected for the Organization of Student Representatives to the American Association of Medical Colleges are, from left to right, Justin Pacor, Brad Leath, Anna Clark and Lauren Burgunder.

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Friday March 27, 2015
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Researcher to receive national award from American Association of Anatomists

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Friday March 27, 2015
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More than 95 employers expected to attend this spring's Career Expo

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Career Services will conduct its annual Spring Career Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room on the Huntington campus.

The expo is open to all Marshall students, faculty and alumni.  Recruiters will be sharing information on part-time, full-time and internship positions.

More than 95 employers are expected to have recruiters at the event, representing the areas of business, IT/computer science, healthcare, education, corrections, and many others. A continually updated list of employers planning to attend the Career Expo is available at

Denise Hogsett, director of Career Services, said students are encouraged to dress professionally and come prepared with multiple copies of their resumes. Hogsett said even if students are not looking for a job, attending the expo presents an excellent networking opportunity.

In preparation for the event, students may visit Career Services to receive information and assistance with building a professional resume,  tips on talking to recruiters and networking effectively, and how to introduce yourself to recruiters at any networking event (your '30-second commercial').

The Career Services' Resume Doctor, Mirek Bialk, also will be in the Memorial Student Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 6 and 7 for walk-up help with resumes and other Career Expo information for students.

If you have questions about the event, please contact Debby Stoler in Career Services by phone at 304-696-6679 or by e-mail at, or the Career Services front desk by phone at 304-696-2370 or by e-mail at

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Friday March 27, 2015
Contact: Sheanna M. Spence, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, 304-691-1639

School of Medicine alumni establish three new scholarships

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Three new scholarships were recently created through the generous gifts of Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine alumni.

The Drs. Mitch Charles and Paulette S. Wehner Scholarship was created by Mitch Charles, M.D., Class of 1988, and Paulette Wehner, M.D., Class of 1989. Dr. Charles is an emergency room physician for Cabell Huntington Hospital and a member of the School of Medicine faculty. Dr. Wehner is a cardiologist with Marshall Cardiology and serves as the vice dean for graduate medical education for the School of Medicine. This scholarship will be awarded to an entering medical student from Pike County, Ky., or Preston County, W.Va. The award is renewable for three additional years pending normal academic progress.

The Sanjeev S. Sharma, M.D., and Barbara A. Lahr, M.D., Scholarship was established by Sanjeev Sharma, M.D., Class of 1993, and his wife,  Barbara Lahr, M.D. Dr. Sharma is a board-certified radiation oncologist at Premier Radiation Oncology Inc. at St. Mary's Medical Center and serves as the administrative chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology for the School of Medicine. Dr. Lahr is a graduate of the University of Iowa Medical School and is a board-certified radiologist at the Huntington VA Medical Center. The $1,000 award is renewable for three additional years pending normal academic progress. 

The Philip N. Zambos, M.D., Scholarship was established by Phil Zambos, M.D. Dr. Zambos is a Raleigh County, W.Va., native who works as a radiologist and is a member of the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Class of 1984. Zambos' scholarship was created through the school's "Adopt a Medical Student" program. This award is renewable for three additional years pending normal academic progress.

"On behalf of the School of Medicine, we are all so excited to have such dedicated alumni supporting future physicians through their scholarships," said Linda Holmes, director of development and alumni affairs for the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. "Loyalty and support are the backbones of our success to provide more scholarship support to our students."

For more information on the scholarships or to make a gift to the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, please contact Linda Holmes at 304-691-1711 or go to

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Thursday March 26, 2015
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Nationally known, award-winning Civil War author and lecturer to speak at Marshall University on April 15

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Richard McMurry, a freelance writer and speaker whose specialization is the American Civil War, will visit Marshall University's Huntington campus on Wednesday, April 15, to present two lectures related to the Civil War.

At 4 p.m. Wednesday, McMurry will speak in the Drinko Atrium, located on the third floor of the Drinko Library, with the primary audience being the university's students, faculty and staff.� The title of this lecture is "A New Framework for Civil War Military History." Seating will be limited.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, McMurry will deliver a lecture that is free and open to the public.� This lecture will take place in the Shawkey Room of the Memorial Student Center, with light refreshments being provided.� It is titled "The Common 'Folk' of the Civil War."

McMurry's appearance at Marshall is hosted by the Marshall University Libraries and the Library Associates.

McMurry is a native of Atlanta. He attended the public schools in that city and in Decatur, Georgia. In 1961, he received a B.A. degree in history from Virginia Military Institute. He served two years active duty in the United States Army, most of the time as the Personnel Management Officer at Fort Campbell, Kentucky (1961-1963). He received an honorable discharge from the Reserves in 1967. Entering graduate school at Emory University in September 1963, he received an M.A. degree in June 1964 and a Ph.D. in June 1967.

From 1967 until l981, McMurry taught history at Valdosta (Georgia) State College. He taught as an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University from 1981 to 1988. Since 1988, he has been a freelance writer and speaker and has served as a guide/historian for many tour and cruise groups.

McMurry has authored more than one 100 articles on various facets of the American Civil War. In 1994, two of his books - John Bell Hood and the War for Southern Independence and Two Great Rebel Armies: An Essay in Confederate Military History - were listed among the 100 best modem Civil War books as selected by the magazine, Civil War.

The former work received both the Mrs. Simon Baruch University Award, presented by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Fletcher Pratt Award, presented by the New York Civil War Round Table. In 1999, McMurry published Virginia Military Institute Alumni in the Civil War: In Bello Praesidium. His history of the 1864 military operations in North Georgia - Atlanta 1864: Last Chance for the Confederacy - was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2000 as a volume in the Great Campaigns of the Civil War series.

The Austin (Texas) Civil War Round Table selected the book for the 2001 Daniel M. & Marilyn W. Laney Prize awarded for distinguished scholarship and writing on the military or political history of the Civil War. McMurry's book, The Fourth Battle of Winchester: Toward a New Civil War Paradigm, was published in 2002 by Kent State University Press.

McMurry also has edited or co-edited several works - notably, Footprints of a Regiment (1987) by William H. Andrews; An Uncompromising Secessionist: The Civil War of George Knox Miller, 8th (Wade's) Confederate Cavalry (2007); and (with Gordon B. McKinney) the microfilm edition of The Papers of Zebulon B. Vance (1996).

In 2005, the Civil War Round Table of Chicago presented McMurry with its Nevins-Freeman Award for outstanding work in Civil War history. In 2010, he received the Charles L. Dufour Award from the New Orleans Civil War Round Table in recognition of his achievements in preserving the heritage of the Civil War.

McMurry has spoken to Civil War groups; high school, college, and university students; historical, literary� and library societies; and civic clubs in 30 states and the District of Columbia. He is a member of numerous historical societies and is active in such organizations as the Civil War Trust and the Organization of American Historians. He presently lives and writes in Dalton, Georgia.

For more information on McMurry's visit to Marshall, contact Nat DeBruin, University Archivist and Manuscripts Librarian, at 304-696-3524, or Jack Dickinson, bibliographer of the Rosanna A. Blake Library of Confederate History in MU's Special Collections, at 304-696-3097.

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Wednesday March 25, 2015
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Rivas awarded NEH Summer Stipends award to work on book

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Zelideth Maria Rivas, an assistant professor of Japanese in Marshall University's Department of Modern Languages, has been awarded a "very competitive" National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends award, according to Dr. R.B. Bookwalter, dean of the university's College of Liberal Arts.

Rivas is the only recipient of the Summer Stipend award in West Virginia. The award will help her work toward completion of a book she has titled "Caught In-Between: Competing Nationalisms of Japanese in Brazil."

"Dr. Rivas is an energetic and imaginative teacher and scholar," Bookwalter said. "We are very fortunate to have her here at Marshall and we are extremely pleased that the NEH has recognized and supported her project."

Rivas said, "I am honored that this award will support the completion of my book through travel to Japan and time to revise existing chapters. More importantly, I am excited for the recognition this brings to the Department of Modern Languages, the College of Liberal Arts and Marshall University."

Here is her abstract for the project:

"From the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil, to Hamamatsu, Japan, a large diasporic population of Japanese Brazilians is ever present in media, politics and the economy as symbols of kinship and citizenship with singular national identities. And yet, these identities move beyond dualistic constructions of Japanese or Brazilian. As an NEH Summer Stipend Fellow, I will investigate these claims in my book, Caught In-Between: Competing Nationalisms of Japanese in Brazil while completing the final research needed in Japan during the summer of 2015.

"Here, I use an interdisciplinary approach to examine historical documents alongside cultural production by immigrants to Brazil and returnees in Japan, spanning 1908-present. I explore Japanese Brazilian memoirs, short stories, poetry, and film, as well as Japanese and Brazilian novels, television dramas, and other media to argue that the articulation of identity captured by the immigrants and their descendants escapes monolithic national categories that also expand our understanding of citizenship and race. This book is the first to inquire into Japanese Brazilian cultural production. My research highlights the potential of cultural production for modern globalization, emphasizing that Japan is not a 'closed nation.' "

NEH Chairman William Adams said, "In the 50 years since NEH's founding, the endowment has supported excellence in the humanities by funding far-reaching research, preservation projects and public programs. The grants announced today continue that tradition, making valuable humanities collections, exhibitions, documentaries, and educational resources available to communities across the country."

Each Summer Stipends recipient is required to devote two consecutive months of full-time work to his or her project.

Rivas came to Marshall from Grinnell College in 2012. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California (Berkeley) in 2009.

She was a 2014 recipient of Marshall's Pickens-Queen Excellence in Teaching Award.

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Monday March 23, 2015
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Student group to host 'Questions Trivia Night' April 11

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Knightlight Communications, a student public relations agency at Marshall University, is hosting the fifth annual "Questions Trivia Night" on Saturday, April 11, at the Marshall University Foundation Hall on the Huntington campus.

Doors and bar open at 6 p.m. and dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 and include dinner, a drink, a raffle ticket and a night of trivia.

"Questions Trivia Night" will benefit the River Valley Child Development Services TIPS scholarship program. TIPS (Tuition Investment Program Support) provides families with scholarship money to make sure their child has proper care.

Tickets can be purchased through Knightlight Communications. The night will include five rounds of trivia. The raffle will include donations from several local businesses and merchandise from the Marshall Athletic Department. Come out for a night of fun and help local children get the child care they need at River Valley Child Development Services.

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Friday March 20, 2015
Contact: Beth Caruthers, College of Arts and Media, 304-696-3296

Music faculty, graduate student play with Mannheim Rocket Orchestra

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Several Marshall University music faculty members and the John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps started spring break with a bang March 13, performing at the inaugural concert of the Mannheim Rocket Orchestra in the historic Monumental Church in downtown Richmond, Virginia.

The Mannheim Rocket Orchestra is the brainchild of Dr. Richard Spece, virtuoso clarinetist and conductor who specializes in historically informed musical practice. He has been a guest on Marshall's Huntington campus on several occasions over the past few years and has a close rapport with several of Marshall's music faculty.

Promotion for the event promised, "200-year-old music performed on 200-year-old instruments in a 200-year-old church," and indeed that was the case.

A 24-piece orchestra using either actual antique instruments or reproductions of instruments from the late 18th century performed two symphonies from the era, Mozart's Symphony No. 40 and Beethoven's Symphony No. 1. The location, a 200-year-old church, was commissioned by Richmond civic leader John Marshall, fourth Chief Justice of the United States and for whom Marshall University was named, as a monument to those who lost their lives in a tragic theater fire on the same site. John Marshall offered the inaugural address at the church in 1814.

Marshall music faculty members Kay Lawson, Dr. Stephen Lawson, Dr. Richard Kravchak and Dr. Wendell Dobbs performed with the Mannheim Rocket Orchestra, as did Marshall University graduate student Brittany White. Other members of the orchestra hailed from near and far Montreal to Seattle. Many of the string performers perform together regularly in Washington, DC.

Historically informed performances on period instruments is a common occurrence throughout Europe. The practice has gathered momentum in the U.S. in the past several decades. The goal is to perform in a fashion that replicates, as closely as research will permit, the sonority and style that would have been heard in the period when the music was created. To this same end, Spece has appeared as clarinetist with members of the Marshall music faculty, performing woodwind quintets by Reicha, Danzi and Cambini on period instruments. In this logical next step, Spece assigned clarinet duties to other artists and took up the baton to lead the Mannheim Rocket Orchestra.

Members of Marshall University's John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps began the event with a brief program of music from the era of the War of 1812. Their performance featured tunes from the French, Creole and Cajun communities, followed by tunes from the frontier tradition, such as Andrew Jackson's favorite, "The Hunters of Kentucky." The corps ended with Francis Scott Key's "The Defence (sic) of Fort McHenry," set to the traditional tune "Anacreon in Heaven," which Americans now recognize as our National Anthem.

The following day the John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps performed for enthusiastic members of the Junior Colonial Williamsburg Fife and Drum Corps at their rehearsal facility in Colonial Williamsburg.

Reaction to the event from Richmond Times-Dispatch music critic and cultural writer Clarke Bustard can be read at� Scroll down to the March 13 Review: Mannheim Rocket, Richard Spece conducting.

For more information about Marshall University's School of Music and Theatre, visit


Photos: (Above) Marshall University music faculty members (from left) Dr. Richard Kravchak, Kay Lawson, Dr. Wendell Dobbs and Dr. Stephen Lawson stand with graduate student Brittany White (second from left). (Below) Marshall music faculty Dr. Wendell Dobbs (right) plays with the Mannheim Rocket Orchestra alongside graduate student Brittany White.

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Friday March 20, 2015
Contact: Leah C. Payne, Director of Public Affairs, School of Medicine and Pharmacy, 304-691-1713

Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine announces results of national match for graduating seniors

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Like graduating medical students across the country, Marshall University's fourth-year students were notified today where they will be spending the next three to seven years of their medical training.

In all, 63 students learned their residency placements at noon during a "Match Day" ceremony in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room on the Huntington campus when they opened envelopes containing their residency decisions.

"I am pleased to congratulate our soon-to-be graduates. We share their excitement as they prepare to go on in their training," said Joseph I. Shapiro, M.D., dean of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

Just over 48 percent of graduating seniors will enter fields defined as primary care in West Virginia--family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, internal medicine/pediatrics, and pediatrics--continuing Marshall's mission of educating physicians for the nation's rural areas. In addition, about  one-third of the class will remain in West Virginia, with more than a dozen new doctors staying for training at Marshall.

Amy Smith, R.N., M.Ed., assistant dean of student affairs, said Marshall had students match into several competitive fields of medicine."Our students placed into fields including anesthesiology, radiology, orthopaedics and dermatology," Smith said.  "Marshall students are heading to programs at Dartmouth, Tufts, Wake Forest, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt and the University of Florida.  Additionally, we had students match into great programs in primary care across the country."

Marshall's department of psychiatry also marked its inaugural match as a residency program. Four graduating medical students, including two from Marshall, matched into the four available slots.

The National Residency Matching Program connects graduating seniors with graduate medical programs across the country using an algorithm that pairs the preferences of applicants with the preferences of residency programs, resulting in a best result for graduating students.


Photo: Fourth-year medical students prepare for Match Day by practicing their envelope pose.

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Thursday March 19, 2015
Contact: Kelli Mayes, Marshall Technology Outreach Center, 304-696-3325

High school students can receive scholarships for Marshall online summer courses

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Up to 50 eligible high school students participating in Marshall University's Online College Courses in the High Schools (OCCHS) Program will receive a reduced rate for online courses offered during the 2015 summer school terms.

"The OCCHS program is an integral part of Marshall University's ongoing K-12 outreach efforts," said Kelli R. Mayes, director of the Marshall Technology Outreach Center. "It allows students to get an early start on their college careers."

For each of the four summer sessions offered this year, eligible students will pay $25 per credit hour instead of the regular online course fee.  This makes most courses, which are three credit hours, cost only $75. "This is a significant discount for parents who are trying to save for college," said Mayes. "The normal OCCHS rate is $134 per credit hour, so our hope is to provide some financial support when kids are out of school and more available to take online courses during the summer."

During summer 2015, nearly 50 courses are being offered in the high school program from an array of academic disciplines such as anthropology, chemistry, economics, geography, health sciences, history, integrated science, journalism, mathematics, music, public health, psychology, sociology and more.

Marshall's OCCHS program offers qualified, highly motivated and self-disciplined high school students the opportunity to take Marshall University courses online - 100 percent via the Internet. "Some students can get up to their first year completed while they're still in high school," said Tyler Sharp, the outreach assistant for the Marshall Technology Outreach Center.

Online courses at Marshall are developed by university professors and reflect the same scope and depth of material offered in the traditional college classroom.  Students earn the same college credit as they would earn in on-campus classes. While some courses may require a textbook that can be purchased online, all of the learning tools students need - syllabi, e-mail, assignments, tests, and communications - are included in each course. Marshall University Online serves thousands of distance education students worldwide.

To qualify for the OCCHS program, students must meet the following conditions:

  • Be currently enrolled in high school and possess a minimum GPA of 3.0;
  •  Submit a transcript and letter(s) of recommendation from a school counselor or principal;
  • Have the following minimum scores to take math and English classes:
    o Math ACT 19/SAT 460 & above, depending on course;
    o English ACT 18/SAT 450;
  • Complete an admissions application; submit application and materials to the Marshall Technology Outreach Center (a member of the staff will assist prospective students with the admission process).

High school students or their parents may visit the OCCHS website for details regarding admission to Marshall University and registration for summer courses offered during 2015 at

Mayes said that questions may be directed to the Marshall Technology Outreach Center by e-mail at or by phone at 304-696-7084.
Marshall's summer school dates are as follows: Intersession, May 11 to June 5; Session 1, May 18 to Aug. 7; Session 2, June 8 to July 10; Session 3, July 14 to Aug. 14.

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Thursday March 19, 2015
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History professor finalist for professor of year award

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. William Palmer, a professor of history at Marshall University, was among five finalists for the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia's 2014 professor of the year award, the winner of which was named Tuesday evening in a ceremony at the Culture Center in Charleston.

Palmer, who was selected as Marshall's Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award winner for 2013-2014, has been teaching history at Marshall University since 1984, when he was hired as an assistant professor. He became a full professor at MU in 1992.

Although he did not win professor of the year, Palmer said he was still honored.

"All of the finalists were extremely impressive," Palmer said. "I was just honored to be among them."

Zachary Loughman, an assistant professor of biology at West Liberty University, was named the professor of the year by the Faculty Merit Foundation.� Lisa Di Bartolomeo, director of the Slavic and Eastern European studies program at West Virginia University, was first runner-up.

Joining Palmer as the other finalists were Powsiri Klinkhachorn, professor of computer science and electrical engineering at WVU, and Harald Menz, professor of world languages and culture at Bethany College.

Palmer was introduced to the crowd at Tuesday's event by Dr. Gayle Ormiston, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs, at Marshall.

"Dr. Palmer has taught over forty different courses in his time at Marshall and over 6,000 students," Ormiston said. "He has also won several of the university's most prestigious awards for faculty, including the Marshall and Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Teacher Award in 1997, the Distinguished Artist and Scholar Award in 2008, and the Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Member Award in 2014."

"His work with our students is most remarkable, given what he assumes to be true about students of history in short, that they are capable of discipline-specific historiographical work at any level, from freshman to graduate."

Dr. Kateryna Schray, a professor in the department of English, said, "Dr. Bill Palmer is truly an outstanding teacher, scholar, and campus citizen, earning the respect and admiration of students and colleagues alike. His many contributions to Marshall are invaluable, his energy is impressive, and his commitment to teaching is inspiring.

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