Thursday April 24, 2014
Contact: Megan Archer, Alumni and Outreach Coordinator, College of Health Professions, 304-488-8863

Marshall College of Health Professions to host first Research and Practice Day April 25

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University College of Health Professions will hold its first Research and Practice Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the Drinko Library on Marshall's Huntington campus.

Dr. William Pewen, associate dean of research for the college and organizer of the event, said Research and Practice Day will showcase oral and poster presentations submitted by undergraduate and graduate students across disciplines.

"In a growing college of nearly 100 faculty and over 2500 students, this event will highlight just a small slice of our work in innovation and research," Pewen said. "This meeting offers students valuable experience in communicating their achievements and developing professional collaborations."

Dr. Michael Prewitt, dean of the college, said this is one of the few times in the academic year that everyone in the school community gathers to learn about the research taking place within the College of Health Professions.

"Research and Practice Day is a campus-wide event to promote faculty and student development," Prewitt said. "Through the exchange of exciting research and conversation, students will have the opportunity to network with peers and colleagues and develop their skills in research and practice."

This year's entries include projects that focus on communication disorders in Appalachia, smartphone applications in medicine as well as many innovative nursing practices. Awards will be given to the best graduate and undergraduate submissions in both the research and practice categories.

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Thursday April 24, 2014
Contact: Megan Archer, Alumni and Outreach Coordinator, College of Health Professions, 304-488-8863

Marshall School of Nursing to hold 2nd annual Evidence-Based Nursing Conference

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -  Marshall University faculty and students from the School of Nursing will present research at the 2nd annual Evidence-Based Nursing Conference at Cabell Huntington Hospital from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 25.

Dr. Denise Landry, chair of the Marshall School of Nursing, said there was a need within the academic community to have students exposed to evidence-based practice (EBP).

This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to present a plan for change utilizing evidence-based practice," Landry said. "Implementation of EBP is a challenging endeavor for all health care agencies. The Marshall School of Nursing introduces our students to this process as part of their educational experience. We hope to instill in our students and graduates a confidence in the process of implementing change based on EBP as they move forward in their nursing careers."

The conference is sponsored by the Marshall University College of Health Professions, the Nu Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and Cabell Huntington Hospital. Currently, Cabell Huntington Hospital is the largest clinical site for students within the Marshall School of Nursing.

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Thursday April 24, 2014
Contact: Beth Caruthers, College of Arts and Media, 304-696-3296

Inaugural College of Arts and Media convocation to honor 189 students

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Sixty-five endowed scholarships and 125 tuition scholarships will pass into students' hands at Marshall University's inaugural College of Arts and Media convocation at 2 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse on Marshall's Huntington campus. 

Dr. Richard Kravchak, director of the School of Music and Theatre at Marshall, said his award-winning students gain more than financial assistance from the accolades.

"The recognition that they're excelling in their chosen professions that's truly wonderful," Kravchak said.

Endowed scholarships are exclusive, some requiring candidates to display talent in their fields, others to maintain above-average grades or participate in extra-curricular activities. Faculty and directors of the respective schools art and design, journalism and mass communications or music and theatre decide most recipients for them. College-wide awards are even more coveted. The competition for those eight awards is bigger and better and recipients are usually selected with help from the dean.

"With so many exciting opportunities arising for our new college, it's especially important to take the time to show students that their hard work doesn't go without merit," said Don Van Horn, dean of the College of Arts and Media.

The new College of Arts and Media combined the College of Fine Arts with the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications last July. A major venture of the newly established college is the downtown Visual Arts Center, slated to open its doors across from Pullman Square later this year.

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Wednesday April 23, 2014
Contact: Rhonda Frye, University Communications, (304) 696-3958

Auditions for Marco to take place Sunday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Auditions to become the next Marco, Marshall's beloved and national award-winning mascot, are 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

This year's Marco was played by two Marshall students, Ben Heil, 19, a junior nursing major from Dayton, Ohio, and Drew Navy, 22, a senior College of Liberal Arts major from Huntington. The next talented bison impersonator will have big hooves to fill. Marco won the 2013-14 Conference USA mascot championship as voted by fans across the country. And, one of the judges of this year's auditions, and an official Marshall mascot consultant, is Dr. Allen Young, who won the national mascot championship in the 1990s when he was an undergraduate.

In addition to the adoration of his thunder-clapping fans, the next Marco will enjoy a partial tuition waiver, free choice parking across from the student center, a book voucher and the privilege of traveling with the Herd's outstanding athletic teams.

Next year marks the 50-year anniversary of Marco the mascot. Since then, dozens of Herd faithful have played the role of Marco, thousands have worn his likeness on their clothing or displayed it on their cars and homes, and millions have seen him on national TV. This Sunday, one or two lucky students will be selected to be the next Marco as he approaches a half-century of cheers for the Thundering Herd.

Applications for Marco are still being accepted. To apply to be Marco, visit

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Wednesday April 23, 2014
Contact: Matt Turner, Chief of Staff, (304) 696-6713

Marshall Board approves budget for 2015

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Board of Governors today approved the institution's budget for fiscal year 2015.

"We've achieved a balanced budget without furloughs or layoffs due to the hard work of our Budget Work Group," said Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp. "These group members include faculty, staff, students and administrators who have worked tirelessly in addition to their regular duties, alongside the finance and budget offices, to prepare the budget. All of us at Marshall owe them our thanks."

"It was truly a collaborative effort," said Mary Ellen Heuton, the university's chief financial officer. "We needed to overcome a reduction of nearly $900 per West Virginia student in state appropriations in just the last two years."

The budget includes a tuition increase of about 4 to 6 percent for undergraduate students, which is $155 per semester for full-time, in-state students, $290 per semester for out-of-state students and $325 per semester for students in the "metro" areas in Kentucky and Ohio. Tuition for graduate students will increase similarly, from 4 to 6 percent, with a few exceptions in the professional schools.

"Marshall University continues to be an outstanding value for students in this region," Kopp said. "Although we never like to take the action of raising tuition, the university is faced with cuts in state appropriations for the second year in a row. This budget will allow us to continue to provide outstanding education and student support services while keeping Marshall on sound financial footing."

The board also approved new policies for promotion, tenure and salaries for faculty members, which had been passed previously by the university's Faculty Senate. Board members elected Mike Sellards as the next chairman of the board, which will become effective at the June meeting. He succeeds Dr. Joe Touma, whose term as chairman is expiring, although he remains a member of the board.

Also at the meeting, the board approved proposals to plan three new degree programs: a Bachelor of Arts in the Arts; a Bachelor of Arts in Sport Management; and a Master of Science in Computer Science.

Dr. Andrew Nichols, a Marshall College of Information Technology and Engineering associate professor and a traffic engineer, was recognized by Dr. Paul Hill, chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, for his research to make roadways safer and more efficient. Nichols was featured on the cover of the most recent issue of Neuron, the West Virginia journal of science and research.

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Wednesday April 23, 2014
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Sixteen individuals, Mid-Ohio Valley Club to be honored at awards banquet

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Sixteen individuals and one club will be honored at the Marshall University Alumni Association's 77th annual Alumni Awards Banquet, sponsored by Ohio Valley Bank, Saturday, April 26, in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room on Marshall University's Huntington campus. The awards banquet highlights Marshall's 2014 Alumni Weekend, which takes place Friday and Saturday, April 25-26. Honoring distinguished alumni, friends and students, the banquet starts at 7 p.m. Cost to attend the banquet is $75 per person or $140 per couple. Contact Nancy Pelphrey by phone at 304-696-3134 or by e-mail at for more information.
Here is a complete list of the distinguished alumni award winners for 2014, who will be honored at the banquet:

National Awards

Distinguished Alumnus Award - Dr. Eric R. George

Dr. Eric R. George is a hand surgeon practicing medicine in Louisiana. A native of Huntington and a graduate of Huntington East High School, he received his medical degree from Marshall. He completed General Trauma Surgery Residency at Michigan State University, then completed a fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Grand Rapids Area Medical Education Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. George currently is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, La., and adjunct assist professor of orthopaedics in the Department of Orthopaedics at Tulane. His practice, the Hand Center of Louisiana, is a state-of-the-art facility which treats NFL players and key players in the oil and gas industries, among other businesses, and is the largest in the Gulf South region. He owns a luxury hospital, the Omega Hospital, and several ambulatory surgery centers, urgent care clinics, and assisted living centers.

He earned his undergraduate degree - a bachelor of science in chemistry - in 1985, and graduated from MU's School of Medicine in 1989. His success has not come easily. At Marshall, he was diagnosed with dyslexia, and reading at barely a high school level. Dr. Pat Brown, associate dean of academic and student affairs, said, "Still, he was getting C's where others were failing. I caught a glimpse of what must be phenomenal intelligence." George still calls Huntington home. "We still like to get a Stewart's hot dog, a Tudor's biscuit and go to a Marshall game," he said. Last year, a Marshall University Society of Yeager Scholarship was provided by George in memory of his late brother, Aaron C. George, a fighter pilot who was killed in a crash. Through his philanthropic endeavors, Eric George is major contributor to many causes including the St. Martin's Episcopal School George Cottage, for early education of pre-school children in New Orleans, La., and through his children's foundation. Chloe and Cassidy George developed a school for orphans in Mombasa, Kenya.

Alumnus Community Achievement Award - Karen Williams


Karen Williams is a native of Charleston's west side. She attended Glenwood Elementary, Woodrow Wilson Junior High and Stonewall Jackson High School. Once Williams graduated from Marshall University in 1975, she immediately started teaching at Glenwood Elementary. During her five years of teaching at Glenwood, she discovered one of her major loves and passions was reading. This love was passed on to her students and the community and resulted in her obtaining her first master's degree from MU in reading K-12. This move allowed her to give back to the community working with the Kanawha Home for Children, being a reading specialist at the district level and being an advocate for reading and literacy in the Kanawha Valley area.

Her commitment to community and literacy are exhibited in her involvement with numerous organizations that place emphasis on  reading and a solid education and how it is imperative that this starts in our homes and communities. She has been the national and state chair of the Association for Developmental Education, on the board and an active member of Kanawha County International Reading Association, on the Board of Directors and a clinician of the Literacy Volunteers of Kanawha County, charter member of the Charleston District Outreach Ministries Tutor Training, a member of the National Dropout Prevention Network and the Kanawha  County Literacy Coalition. Throughout her life, she has placed emphasis on giving back to her community and its residents.

Distinguished Service Award - Charles C. Lanham

Charles C. Lanham had a distinguished career in banking for 55 years after graduating from Marshall College in the spring of 1952. While developing his banking career, he served his alma mater on numerous high levels for decades. Lanham was active for many years with the Alumni Association in Huntington and later became actively involved with the Mason/Gallia/Meigs chapter located in Point Pleasant. He nurtured that chapter which provided thousands of dollars for scholarships for the Big green. In 1977, Lahham was honored by the Alumni Association with the Alumnus Community Achievement Award.

Lanham served for 12 years on the President's Advisory Board, the forerunner to the current Board of Governors. He also served on three presidential search committees, selecting in order Dr. John Barker, Dr. Dale Nitzschke and Dr. Robert Hayes. Lanham served for more than 30 years on the board of Directors of the MU Foundation. For his active and productive work in  supporting the MU library, Lanham was honored in 2005 with the John Drinko Distinguished Service Award. And, the Mid-Ohio Valley Center, hailed as a "godsend" to the region by local leaders, is now owned free and clear by Marshall University, thanks in large part to Lanham's effforts. "Over the past 19 years, the time the MOVC has been in existence, the center has served thousands of Marshall University students, which is a direct connection back to the vision of one man, Mr. Charles Lanaham," said Homer Preece, director of the center. Jim Farley, president of Nursing Care Management and past Distinguished Alumnus winner said, "The only thing that exceeds these accomplishments is the man himself, as he is described by many as a man of character, honesty, integrity and with a humble, easygoing personality."

Club of the Year - Mid-Ohio Valley Club

The Mid-Ohio Valley Club, which directly influenced the decision of 12 students to attend Marshall University through scholarships awarded, is the Club of the Year. The club raised enough money to award 11 $1,000 scholarships to local students, not only from Wood County, but surrounding counties as well as a result of its annual scholarship and fundraising banquet in March 2013. He banquet drew a crowd of 274 people, including local alumni, parents, students and Marshall officials. The club also was awarded one $3,000 medical school scholarship to a local student attending Marshall's School of Medicine. The Mid-Ohio Valley Club also co-sponsors the "Rally in the alley," an annual summer coaches' tour stop at the North End Tavern in Parkersburg. In the past four years, the club has donated $11,750 in total to the MU Foundation for the Vision Campaign, which included $4,000 in 2013.

Nancy Pelphrey Herd Village Scholarship - Kristopher Pack and Katelyn Daly

Kristopher Pack of Beckley is a member of Marshall's cheerleading squad, and he is majoring in nursing. Jessica Maynard, Pack's clinical instructor during his sophomore year at MU, said he has displayed "a high degree of integrity, responsibility, and ambition. Mr. Pack is a dependable team player and expresses a drive for learning and patient interaction." Among his volunteer activities are Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity philanthropics; Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Homes for our Troops; Humane Society; RAINN, Ronald McDonald House charities and Race for the Cure.

Katelyn Daly of Vienna, W.Va., is an environmental science major and a member of the marching band. Among her volunteer activities are the MU Campus Flood (a religious organization); Team Amplify (drama team), CYG Refuge (a youth group) and  membership in the 19th St. Church of God. She also teaches swimming during the summer. "I have found Kaelyn to be very professional in her approach to class and assignments," said Samuel T. Colvin, who teaches Daley in his IST 321 Resolution of Environmental Problems class. "She is faithful in attendance and submits quality work in a timely fashion."

Nate Ruffin Scholarship Award - London Straughter

London Straughter is from Charleston, W.Va., the son of Karl and Teresa Straughter. Before attending Marshall University in the fall of 2011, he attended West Virginia University Institute of Technology on a baseball scholarship. He currently is a senior at Marshall majoring in Management, Marketing, and Energy Management with a minor in Entrepreneurship. After graduation, he plans to continue his studies at Marshall, as he pursues a master's in business administration and a master's of science in human resource management. He said he is heavily involved on campus and is proud to be considered a "son of Marshall."

Young Alumni Award - James Lester

James Lester graduated from Marshall in 2007. The winner of the young alumni award is 35 years years old or younger, an active member of the alumni association, shows outstanding achievement in their field of endeavor, has a personal commitment to their community and demonstrates personal commitment to Marshall University and its students. Lester is a counselor with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and a doctoral candidate in the field of psychology.  As a disabled military Veteran, he strives to improve the lives and liberties of his fellow veterans and others with disabilities, not only professionally, but also by serving several organizations and agencies around the state on boards of directors, advisory groups, and multiple committees. Lester makes it his personal aim for his ripples in the world to be constructive and long-lasting. He believes it is important to help in any way, whether it is sitting back and quietly providing monetary donations, getting on the phone and advocating for support from local politicians, volunteering at local centers, or by serving on committees or boards.

Carolyn Hunter Faculty Service Award - Adam M. Franks, M.D.

Adam M. Franks is an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Health at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.  A 1994 graduate of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Dr. Franks completed a residency in family medicine at Marshall and a fellowship in advanced maternal care (surgical obstetrics) at the University of Tennessee-Memphis.   Since joining the faculty at Marshall in 2001, Franks has provided comprehensive primary care at Marshall Family Medicine in Lavalette in Wayne County.  In his nomination letter for the Carolyn B. Hunter-Distinguished Faculty Award,  Dr. Stephen Petrany, chairman of the department, described Franks as a dedicated physician, outstanding scholar and committed community volunteer. Franks has served as an assistant scoutmaster and medical officer for the Tri-State Area Boy Scout Council, is an active member and Elder at  Highlawn Presbyterian Church and a volunteer coach for the Wayne County Youth Soccer League.

Awards of Distinction

College of Education and Professional Development - Charles R. Shuff

Charles R. Shuff grew up in Huntington. He graduated from Huntington High School and then Marshall University, earning a B.A. in physical education and social studies. As a professional educator, Shuff  spent his entire career in the Prince Georges County Public School System  (1968-2004) in Maryland, primarily teaching physical education. Shuff also coaches soccer at Suitland High School in Maryland. He was recognized in 1984 by the Prince Georges Journal (Newspaper) as co-coach of the year. In 1987, he was selected as the MAHPERD Elementary Physical Education teacher of the year for Prince Georges County. Shuff retired from teaching in Prince Georges County in 2004 after 36 years of service, educating children. Today, he lives in Annapolis Maryland, where he enjoys following the Herd and keeping up with things happening at Marshall.

College of Business - John C. Burris (awarded posthumously)

John C. Burris' musical ability earned him a full scholarship to Duke University after graduating as salutatorian of Wahama High School in 1973. He chose, however, Marshall University's academic scholarship to study business administration, graduating summa cum laude in 1977. After graduation, AT&T and Lucent Technologies offered Burris a position in its management trainee program.  His tenure with the phone company took him all over the world.  He began with assignments in the Mid-Atlantic region living in West Virginia, Virginia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In 1991, Burris became the Managing Director/Vice President-Europe for the AT&T Business Products joint venture in London.  His success in this part of the world led to him being sent to Sydney, Australia, and then Hong Kong as the Managing Director/VP for Asia Pacific.  He engineered the entire infrastructure of the organization. In 1994, Burris returned to the United States as the VP and General Manager of the Gulf States Area and settled in Fort Lauderdale.  In 1998, he was chosen for Leaders Council, the highest honor in Lucent Technologies. In 1999, Burris joined Citrix Systems for a 10-year run.  He was a key contributor to the company's growth with revenues increasing from $400 million to $1.4 billion.

College of Information technology and Engineering - Charles Neighborgall

Charles Neighborgall, who was born in Huntington, has worked his entire career at the Neighborgall Construction Company. He started as a water boy, and now he is Chairman of the Board of Directors. He has been a laborer, carpenter, assistant estimator, estimator, assistant project manager, project manager, senior project manager, general manager, vice president, chief operating officer, president and chief executive officer. During this time, the company put nearly a billion dollars worth of commercial and institutional building construction in place. Neighborgall earned a bachelor of engineering science degree at Marshall in 1967 and currently serves as an advisory board member for the engineering program. He has remained very active with ties to many organizations at Marshall, such as the Artists Series, the Society of Yeager Scholars, he Alumni Association, the Thunder Club, the Big Green and the Quarterback Club.

College of Liberal Arts -- Aubrey King

Aubrey King received his B.A. degree magna cum laude from Marshall in 1963.While at MU, he majored in political science with minors in economics and history and was a four-year member of the Marshall debate team. Born and raised in Iaeger in McDowell County, he was a 1959 graduate of Iaeger High School. After graduating from Marshall, he was awarded a Rotary International Fellowship for a year's study at the Indian School of International Studies in New Deli, India. He later received his master's degree in political science from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. King has spent more than three decades as a professional lobbyist in Washington, D.C., where he has represented diverse trade associations and other clients. He also has been an adjunct lecturer at George Washington University, teaching the politics of tourism and recreation.

Marshall University School of Medicine - R. Mark Hatfield

R. Mark Hatfield, O.D., M.D., F.A.C.S., is founder and managing member of Retina Consultants, PLLC, in Charleston.   After earning a doctor of optometry degree from Illinois College of Optometry, he received his M.D. degree from the Marshall University School of Medicine in 1983.  He completed a surgical internship at Marshall, an ophthalmology residency at the University of Illinois School of Medicine, and a vitreoretinal fellowship at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's in Chicago.  Hatfield has been honored with numerous awards over his career including Outstanding Student Awards in 1980 and 1981 and was elected to membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society while at Marshall.   Last year, he received the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary Distinguished Alumnus Award and was named by the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Alumni Association as the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus.  

In addition to his medical practice, Hatfield is a busy lecturer who has presented at a number of professional meetings, including ones sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control, the West Virginia Optometric Association and the West Virginia Academy of Ophthalmology.   He is a generous supporter of Marshall University and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.  A native of Logan, Hatfield is married to the former Monica Wilton, former chair of the Marshall Foundation and a two-time Marshall graduate. They are the parents of three adult children.

College of Arts and Media - William Campbell and Leslie Petteys

William "Skip" Campbell was born in Huntington in Memorial Hospital (now the location of the Food Fair on 1st Street and 6th Avenue). He spent most of his boyhood shuttling between a little farm in southern Ohio and his mother's ancestral home in Huntington because of his brother, Don's, bout with rheumatic fever which necessitated the family being close to a hospital. Skip attended a number of different schools due to his brother's illness. He joined the Navy reserve in 1964 after graduating from Huntington High School. In 1968, he returned to Huntington and earned a degree in math from Marshall. After graduating from MU, he taught math and computer science at South Point High School in South Point, Ohio, for 17 years. In 1989, Campbell retired from teaching and opened up Huntington Software (a local computer software company), and ran it until 2002. In 2002, he started working at River Valley Child Development Services in Huntington. He retired from RVCDS in 2011 and is living with his wife, Leslie Petteys, in the family's ancestral home on 7th Avenue. Skip loves all forms of art and is eager to help with art education in Huntington.

Dr. Leslie Petteys is professor emeritus of piano and graduate studies in music at Marshall. Her work in American music and interest in women composers gained Petteys national recognition. She contributed numerous articles to scholarly journals and publications and has been invited to present lectures and lecture-recitals for the national meetings of several scholarly associations. She has performed as a solo and collaborative pianist in 13 states and the District of Columbia. Her greatest joy at Marshall was her work with students, many of whom have gone on to become teachers and professional musicians. Since retirement, she continues to work with young people as a mentor. Petteys and her husband, William "Skip" Campbell, have recently become active members in the city-wide committee, River to Rail project, and in various other projects to preserve and beautify the west end of Huntington.

College of Health Professions - Kelly Levy

Kelly Levy, who originally is from Springfield, Ohio, has dedicated her life to giving back to those in the Tri-State communities. Currently, she serves as vice president of family service at Hospice of Huntington where she is responsible for developing and coordinating bereavement, chaplain, social work and volunteer programs for hospice patients and their families. Levy graduated cum laude from Marshall in 1983 with her bachelor's degree in social work. She now serves on the university's social work advisory board and also as a field instructor for the work practicum students. She remains active in the National Association of Social Workers.

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Tuesday April 22, 2014
Contact: Beth Caruthers, College of Arts and Media, (304) 696-3296

Accomplished classics CEO to return to Huntington for lecture

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. Darius Arya, archaeologist, professor, documentary host and co-founder and CEO of the American Institute for Roman Culture, will present "How can we tell stories successfully about history through social and digital media?" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in the Shawkey Dining Room in the Memorial Student Center.

A Huntington native, Arya said he developed a passion for history, Latin and the Romans in none other than our city's schools. That passion would take him on a journey from Huntington, across the United States, to Rome and back a couple of times, and finally back to Rome where he works with AIRC to tell Rome's story, in part through social and digital media.

Having been overseas for the majority of this century, Arya said he is happy to be coming back to his hometown to speak about his work in Rome. He said he is looking forward to exploring ways to engage the Huntington community, as well as students from many disciplines, including history, the classics, mass communications, journalism, and art and design.

"It's all in order to talk about how we can preserve our common history and heritage through new media outlets," Arya said.

Arya has appeared as a guest lecturer, expert and host for numerous documentaries, including ones for the Discovery Channel, the History Channel and the National Geographic Channel, while AIRC's social media sites have more than 50,000 followers, likes and pins.

Arya received his bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. He first studied in Rome in 1992, and returned to the city in 1998 on a Fulbright Fellowship. He is a Rome Prize recipient from the American Academy in Rome in 2000 and received a fellowship from the university.

For more information about AIRC, visit


Photos: (Above) Dr. Darius Arya, who is originally from Huntington, will speak at Marshall University April 29. (Below) The American Institute for Roman Culture celebrated Rome's 2,766th birthday April 21 with this picture on its Twitter account, @saverome.

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Monday April 21, 2014
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Dr. William Palmer selected as Outstanding Faculty Award winner

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Dr. William Palmer, a professor of history at Marshall University, has been selected as MU's Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award winner for 2013-2014.

Palmer will receive $5,000 through a grant from Charles B. and Mary Jo Locke Hedrick. The award is named in honor of Charles Hedrick's father, Charles E. Hedrick, a former history professor and later Chairman of the Graduate Council, and one of the founders of Marshall's graduate program.

Marshall's Center for Teaching and Learning announced the Hedrick Award and two others honoring four faculty members. They are:

Marshall & Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Teacher Award: Dr. Judith Silver, professor, department of mathematics.
Pickens-Queen Excellence in Teaching Award: Dr. Anne Axel, assistant professor, department of biological sciences; Dr. Kristen Lillvis, assistant professor, department of English; Dr. Zelideth Maria Rivas, assistant professor, department of modern languages.

Here is a brief look at the awards and the winners:

Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award

This award recognizes a full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty member who has a minimum of seven years teaching experience at Marshall and has a record of outstanding classroom teaching, scholarship, research and creative activities.

Dr. William Palmer 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.

"He is and for years has been an outstanding faculty member who excels in all areas of faculty responsibility," said Dr. Robert Sawrey, a recently retired history professor at Marshall. "It is difficult to imagine any other MU faculty member more qualified to receive this prestigious award.

"He is a stunningly brilliant example of the quality of instruction we desire to have across the entire campus."

Palmer said he teaches "on the assumption that history is a way of learning about how human beings operate just as much as psychology, anthropology, political science and sociology are."

He says his fundamental goal in the courses he teaches is to help students learn the methodologies of history and to think historically. "Thinking historically means that students should be able to utilize the basic tools of historical analysis such as objectivity in studying the past, how to read and analyze primary source documents, and the importance of placing events in context. From a historian's point of view, these tools are the essence of critical thinking."

Because  of  his experience in Yeager Scholars 272: Seminar in the Arts and History, Palmer said he also utilizes a great deal of material from music and visual arts in his teaching, and uses PowerPoint to present it.

Dr. Kateryna Schray, a professor in the department of English, has long been a strong supporter of Palmer.

"Dr. Bill Palmer is truly an outstanding teacher, scholar, and campus citizen, earning the respect and admiration of students and colleagues alike," Schray said. "His many contributions to Marshall are invaluable, his energy is impressive, and his commitment to teaching is inspiring. I am proud to be part of a university that can boast of such faculty."

Dr. Kevin Barksdale, an associate professor of history, also praised Palmer.

"I believe Bill Palmer is as committed and gifted a teacher as anyone I have ever worked with," Barksdale said. "His classrooms are lively and his courses are challenging (just ask his students). He teaches a wide range of innovative history courses that always find a welcoming student body. Out of the classroom, Bill devotes huge blocks of time to his students. The hallway outside of our offices is always filled with students waiting to meet with Bill. I often overhear his conversations with students and am impressed with the rapport he has developed with many of them."

Palmer earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maine in Orono, Maine, in 1981.

Marshall & Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Teacher Award

This award includes a $3,000 stipend, and all tenured or tenure-track faculty members at or above the rank of assistant professor who have completed six or more years of service at Marshall are eligible.

Dr. Judith Silver has been teaching at Marshall since 1989, when she was hired as an assistant professor. She likes to compare math to creating art.

"Once you  have  learned  the basics, it is like mastering scales on a piano," Silver said. "Then, you are free to put feeling in the song, or to create your own beautiful proof of a mathematical idea."

Silver said she tries to create a relaxed classroom for her students.

"I believe that a relaxed classroom atmosphere is essential to achieving maximal student learning," Silver said. "I do everything I can to reduce student stress and make my classes enjoyable and memorable. In each class, I feature a "student star of the day" by showing successful homework or quizzes via the overhead projector. Most of all, I believe that learning is greatly enhanced by encouraging questions."

Dr. Alfred Akinsete, chair of the math department, describes Silver as "a teacher of teachers."

"She has mentored, and continues to mentor, a large number of faculty and graduate students and teaching assistants," he said.

Professor Evelyn Pupplo-Cody said of Silver, "In the 30 years that I have known Judy, I have never heard anyone say a negative thing about her. Her colleagues appreciate all of her hard work and dedication to her job and to Marshall University. Her students appreciate her focus, clarity and fairness. I have a great admiration for Judy and what she has accomplished here at Marshall."
Silver earned her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Kentucky in August 1988.

Pickens-Queen Excellence in Teaching Award

Each of these three award winners receives a $1,000 stipend. The award honors outstanding junior faculty. All faculty members teaching on a full-time, tenured or tenure track appointment who are at the instructor or assistant professor rank and who have completed one to five years of service at Marshall are eligible.

Dr. Anne Axel came to Marshall in August 2012 from the University of Michigan, where she had been since September 2009. She is an assistant professor of biology and remote sensing in MU's department of biological sciences.
Axel takes a simple approach to teaching.

My first rule of thumb is that learning should be taken seriously, but it should also be enjoyable," she said. "I show my students that it's OK to laugh in class. Each day, I start with an amazing photo, a screenshot of a relevant news item, or something silly.

"I ask students to tell me what they know about the image. I share my excitement with them, and we chat about how it's related to something we have seen in class. Sometimes, they ask great questions that just can't be ignored, so I allow the short detour. This is important because, here, at this moment you can see students beginning to take responsibility for their own learning!"

Dr. David Mallory, chair of the department of biological sciences, said that Axel's nomination for this award was very much a "no-brainer."

"She is the ideal instructor," Mallory said. "Students are at ease and eager to interact with her. She integrates her research/field experience and creates an excitement that is contagious!"

Axel earned her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2011.

Dr. Kristen Lillvis came to Marshall in 2012 from the University of Kansas. She is an assistant professor in Marshall's English department.

Lillvis says she is drawn to the idea of multiplicity: the multiplicity of perspectives she believes students must engage with in order to understand course texts and their contexts, the multiplicity of options students have to choose from when deciding how to communicate their ideas, and the multiplicity of ways in which English courses shape students' lives in and outside of academia.

"The most important skills I want to help students master through and within these multiplicities are critical thinking, reading and writing," Lillvis said.

Dr. Jane Hill, chair of the English department, described Lillvis as "a walking advertisement for collegiality and student-centered teaching."

"Kristen Lillvis is universally respected, consummately professional, productive in her scholarship (she published two articles in refereed outlets in her first year), and an unimaginably fortunate addition to the MU faculty."

Lillvis earned her Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Kansas.

Dr. Zelideth Maria Rivas came to Marshall from Grinnell College in 2012. At Marshall, she is an assistant professor in Japanese.

Dr. Caroline Perkins, chair of the department of modern languages, said Rivas "is a rigorous teacher, yet her classroom is warm, open and relaxed. Her classes are highly structured, yet she flows seamlessly from topic to activity and back to topic. She uses technology extremely effectively and maintains an environment of active learning. Her students in the classroom are engaged and involved and she gets good results from majors and non-majors alike."

Perkins said Rivas maintains her involvement with students outside of the classroom. She has organized a Japanese Tea Club and oversees the bake sales that support the club.

"Generally, when I see her on the floor she is with one or more students," Perkins said. "Generally, when I pass the open door of her office she has a student with her. She works very long hours but I never see her without a smile."

Rivas said mentorship is one of the key components of her teaching philosophy.
"Experiencing the intellectual and individual growth of my students is one of the  highlights of this process," she said. "Working at a campus with a high rate of first-generation students, I strive to encourage student retainment through active involvement and mentorship."

Rivas earned her Ph.D. from the University of California (Berkeley) in 2009.

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Green-White game, fountain ceremony, banquet highlight Alumni Weekend

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University alumni, current students, and friends of the university will be welcomed to the Huntington campus for a weekend of activities Friday and Saturday, April 25-26, to celebrate Alumni Weekend 2014.

Among the events planned during the two days are the annual Green and White football game, the annual fountain ceremony and the 77th annual Alumni Awards Banquet, all on Saturday.

Events taking place include:

Friday, April 25

6 p.m. - Dinner theatre, a Marshall University theatre production of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew,  includes dinner, the play and coffee and conversation with the director afterwards in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.   The Cost of tickets is $38 a person and can be obtained by calling the Alumni Office at 304-696-3134.

Saturday, April 26

9 a.m. - Class Breakfast celebrating the golden anniversary of the Grand Class who graduated in 1964, along with those who graduated before and afterward.   The breakfast takes place in the Grand Ballroom of the MU Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center. Tickets are $20 per person and may be obtained by contacting the Alumni Office at 304-696-3134.

11 a.m. - Fountain ceremony to turn on the Memorial Fountain on the student center plaza after it was silenced last year on Nov. 14.

2 p.m. - Kickoff of the Green and White Spring Football Game at the Joan C. Edwards Football Stadium. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased by calling the Marshall Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-THE- HERD or 304-696-HERD.

6:30 p.m. - 77th annual Awards banquet, sponsored by Ohio Valley Bank and honoring distinguished alumni and friends, takes place in the Don Morris Room of the MU Memorial Student Center.  Several awards will be given out.  The cost is $75 per person or $140 a couple. Tickets may be obtained by calling 304-696-3134.

"We are very excited to have Ohio Valley Bank as a sponsor for the 77th annual Alumni Weekend Awards Banquet," said Matt Hayes, executive director of Marshall University Alumni Association. "It is partners such as our friends at Ohio Valley Bank that allow the alumni relations office the opportunity to offer such quality events."

"We are very grateful for the support of our marketing partners and sponsors.  Our collaborative efforts allow us to drive additional creativity into our events, making each experience more memorable and enjoyable for our guests."
"From Shakespeare Dinner Theatre on Friday evening to our annual awards banquet on Saturday, this year will be a spectacular experience for everyone involved," he continued. "Honoring the Class of 1964, along with the members of our Grand Class, each gathering is sure to once again make alumni weekend a first-class event." 

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Burris, Hale, Marsteller and Smith to join College of Business Hall of Fame

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's College of Business Advisory Board has voted four highly successful business leaders into the COB's Hall of Fame.

The 2014 Hall of Fame inductees are John C. Burris, Ben W. Hale Jr., Brent Marsteller and James C. Smith.

The College of Business 2014 induction ceremony will take place Monday, May 5, beginning with a VIP reception at 5:30 p.m. at the MU Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center.  The induction ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m.

This ceremony is an acknowledgement of success in their professional careers for at least 25 years, contributions to the college and university, and a display of the highest moral character and reputation, according to Dr. Haiyang Chen, dean of the College of Business.

"We are extremely pleased to recognize the achievements of these inductees," Chen said. "Each and every one of them has risen to the top of his profession and sets a great example for our students."

The latest inductees bring the total to 94, dating back to the first inductees 20 years ago.

A few individual tickets remain for the ceremony at $300 apiece. For more information, please contact Sandy Hutchison at 304-696-3319 or Molly Robertson at 343-696-2316. Here is an introduction of the four inductees:

John C. Burris

After graduating as salutatorian of Wahama High School in 1973, Burris' musical ability earned him a full scholarship to Duke University in its music program.  Instead, he chose Marshall University's academic scholarship to study business administration, graduating summa cum laude in 1977.

After graduation, AT&T and Lucent Technologies offered Burris a position in its management trainee program.  His tenure with the phone company took him all over the world.  He began with assignments in the Mid-Atlantic region living in West Virginia, Virginia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

In 1991, Burris became the Managing Director/Vice President-Europe for the AT&T Business Products joint venture in London.  His success in this part of the world led to him being sent to Sydney, Australia, and then Hong Kong as the Managing Director/VP for Asia Pacific.  He engineered the entire infrastructure of the organization. In 1994, Burris returned to the United States as the VP and General Manager of the Gulf States Area and settled in Fort Lauderdale.  In 1998, he was chosen for Leaders Council, the highest honor in Lucent Technologies.

In 1999, Burris joined Citrix Systems for a 10-year run.  He was a key contributor to the company's growth with revenues increasing from $400 million to $1.4 billion. Under his direction, Citrix was recognized by Forbes as one of the 25 fastest-growing technology companies in the United States, rising to number 11 and the top security company on the 2012 list.In 2008, Burris joined Sourcefire Inc., as its CEO. 

Burris passed away on Friday, October 19, 2012, at his Annapolis, Md., home. He is survived by his wife, Ann M. Burris. He had a combined gift of wisdom, fairness and compassion that he so effortlessly coupled with humor and a leadership style that inspired all around to perform at their highest levels. 

Ben W. Hale Jr.

Hale attended Marshall University, earning a B.B.A. in 1967.  He graduated at the top of his class at Marshall. He also ran track, played football and was an active participant in the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.  He also was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa.  He then attended law school at The Ohio State University. After graduating cum laude from Ohio State in 1970, he immediately went to work for the law firm of Smith and Tobin (now Smith & Hale LLC), where his law practice has specialized in the area of real estate development. Hale has played a significant role in most of the major real estate development in Central Ohio during this time. 

Ben also has been active over the years outside of his law practice. He has served on the Franklin County Board of Mental Retardation and Development Disabilities Board off and on for nearly 30 years and has twice been the board's chairman. He received the 2004 Ray Ferguson Award from the Ohio Association of County Boards as the outstanding advocate for those with mental disabilities in the State of Ohio. He also was a founding member and first chairman of Creative Housing Inc., a nonprofit corporation established to provide community housing alternatives for individuals who have mental and developmental disabilities. The Creative Housing model that Hale helped create is now being used around Ohio and other states.

Hale is most proud of his involvement with the Pullman Square development in his hometown of Huntington. The construction of Pullman Square has revitalized downtown Huntington. The Herald-Dispatch newspaper named Hale as one of the outstanding citizens of Huntington for his efforts to help bring Pullman Square to the city.

Hale is a member of the Yeager Board of Directors, a Thunder Club Prospect, and attends the Thunder in The Shoe Tailgate in Ohio.  He and his wife of 40 years, Jan, served as Grand Marshals at the 2013 Homecoming Parade. The couple lives in New Albany. They have two daughters and three grandsons.

Brent Marsteller

Marsteller is the president and chief executive officer of Cabell Huntington Hospital Inc. He graduated from Marshall University, where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraterniy, with a B.B.A. in 1970. After earning his master's degree in hospital administration in 1974, he took a job as assistant administrator at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital in Parkersburg, the first of several West Virginia hospital jobs he would eventually hold.

Over his career, Marsteller has held other leadership positions at Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling; Martin's Ferry Hospital; East Ohio Regional Hospital; Sun Coast Hospital in Largo, Fla.; Good Samaritan Health Systems in West Palm Beach, Fla., Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley; and Gulf Coast Medical Center in Panama City, Fla. But in 2000, he got the job of his dreams when he came back home to Huntington.

During his tenure, Marsteller has overseen construction of the $30 million Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center and the $85 million North Patient Tower and has led the hospital in achieving state and national quality awards for excellence in programs such as orthopedics, joint replacement and cancer care.

He is member of American College of Healthcare Executives, where he has achieved the level of FACHE (Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives). He served on the MU Board of Governors, was past chairman of the West Virginia Hospital Association, immediate past chairman of the Huntington Area Development Council, and serves on boards of several other organizations.

Marsteller is a member of the Green Board, West Virginia Round Table, Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation Board, Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce Board, and Advantage Valley Board.

Over the past two years, Brent Marsteller has been highlighted nationally and internationally for his efforts to improve health and nutrition in the Huntington/Ashland/ Ironton Tri-State region. Long before Chef Jamie Oliver came to town to shoot "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution," Marsteller was working hard behind the scenes to address the issue of obesity and obesity-related disease in our communities. He committed $100,000 to extend Oliver's school lunch makeover program to all 26 Cabell County schools and $50,000 to enable the continued operations of "Huntington's Kitchen" on Third Avenue. He resides in Huntington with his wife, Sharon.

James C. Smith

Smith, president and chief executive officer of Thomson Reuters, is a 1981 graduate of Marshall, which he attended on a football scholarship. He leads a company of 60,000 people in 140 countries who provide critical news, information and technology to leading decision makers around the world. The company's products primarily serve professionals in the legal, regulatory and financial markets and reported revenues of $12.8 billion in 2012.

Smith is a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum and the board of directors of the Brazil-U.S. Business Council. He also serves on the international advisory boards of British American Business and the Atlantic Council.

Smith's football career at Marshall was cut short by knee injuries in each of his first two years, but he still enjoyed a full, engaging college experience. He stayed involved with the football program, serving as a student assistant on Coach Sonny Randle's staff. He also was active in student affairs and participated in the university's honors program before graduating magna cum laude.

Except for the 1970 plane crash, Smith said he knew nothing about Marshall before being recruited to play football. But he accepted the scholarship - which he continued to receive until graduating, despite not playing - and never regretted choosing Marshall. Smith began his career as a journalist and was managing editor of the Charleston Daily Mail when it was acquired by Thomson Newspapers in 1987. He rose through the ranks at Thomson Newspapers to become responsible for operations in North America.

Following the divesture of Thomson's newspaper business in 2000, Smith moved to the professional publishing side of the company, where he was responsible for a number of businesses serving the legal, regulatory and academic markets. He also served as global head of human resources before becoming chief operating officer of The Thomson Corporation. Following the acquisition of Reuters in 2008, Smith ran the professional division of the combined company. He was named chief executive in January 2012.

In his current position, Smith spends much of his time traveling, often to other countries. He splits time among offices in New York, London and Stamford, Conn., where he and his wife, Pam Kushmerick, maintain their home. He has four sons.

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AIDE Conference at Marshall attracts national speakers

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will serve as host of the 2014 Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence (AIDE) Conference, a four-day event focusing on investigations with digital evidence, information security, open source intelligence, cell phone seizure certification and electronic discovery.

The fifth annual conference will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21-22 and April 24-25 at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center and at the Capital Conference Center in Charleston.

The Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence is a regional not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the legal, technical and public sectors, as well as business professionals for whom digital evidence is part and parcel of their work. AIDE exists to help network administrators, digital forensics practitioners, law enforcement, and legal professionals survive - and even thrive - in the ever-changing landscape where technology and the law meet. Fostering collaboration among practitioners, students, and academics, AIDE aims to improve access to information, develop solutions to practical problems, and narrow the gap between the accessing and use of digital evidence and traditional physical evidence in the law.

Speakers in the Huntington session are from Purdue University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Nuix, Lockheed Martin, Marshall University, Fairmont State University, the West Virginia State Police, and more.

On Friday, April 25, in Charleston, nationally recognized Craig Ball, a trial lawyer, certified computer forensic examiner, law professor and electronic evidence expert, will be the keynote speaker for the e-discovery portion of the conference at the Capital Conference Center. Ball has dedicated his career to teaching the bench and bar about forensic technology and trial tactics.

Cost to attend is free for all students. For others, it is either $60 for the Information Security and Digital Forensics, or $120 for Electronic Discovery portions of the conference.

To see the Huntington schedule, visit: To see the Charleston schedule, visit: To register, go to

Other speakers include Dr. Marcus Rogers of Purdue University, Dr. Gary Kessler, of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Dave Kennedy, the founder and principal security consultant for TrustedSec. Kennedy testified before Congress regarding the security of He has also made appearances on Fox News, BBC and other media outlets.

A full list of speakers and the schedule can be found here:

Lawyers, judges, digital forensic examiners, network security professionals, and law enforcement personnel are all stakeholders when it comes to digital evidence.

Sponsors for this year's conference are:
-          Jackson Kelly PLLC;
-          Marshall University Department of Integrated Science & Technology;
-          Marshall University Forensic Science Center;
-          Marshall University Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology;
-          Syngress Publishing;
-          McGraw Hill Education;
-          Make It Urz.

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'Donning of Kente' to take place May 1

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The 2014 Donning of Kente Celebration will take place Thursday, May 1, at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

The event is sponsored by Marshall's Office of Intercultural Affairs and the Center for African American Students. The ceremony, chiefly and traditionally presented for students of African/African-American ancestry, is an inclusive ceremony open to all students graduating in the spring or summer of 2014.

The Donning of Kente embraces the experience and symbolism associated with the Kente cloth, adopted by the Ashanti Nation of Ghana. The tradition dates to the16th century West African practice of recognizing an individual's extraordinary achievements.

"The Donning of Kente ceremony is by far the most awesome and the most prestigious ceremony that our university students of African and African American ancestry and others choose to participate in," said Maurice Cooley, associate vice president for intercultural affairs. "It is the greatest one that we have throughout the year because it recognizes the great accomplishments of all the years of hard work through this pre-16th century West African tradition around the kente. We celebrate this day with the deans of all of our colleges, the president and provost."

The ceremony will begin with a processional and musical performance by the MU African Dance and Drum Ensemble. Michelle Douglas, director of the Office of Human Resources at Marshall, will deliver the Kente speech.

The students will line up in the student center lobby beginning at 4:15 p.m., with participating deans and faculty lining up on the second floor of the Performing arts center at 4:30 p.m. The ceremony is set to begin at 5 p.m.

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Advertising majors win district competition

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Advertising majors from the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University won first place and won "Best Presentation" Saturday, April 5, in the District 5 American Advertising Federation's National Student Advertising Competition in Louisville, Ky.

The 10-member team from the advertising capstone class was asked by the sponsor, Mary Kay, to propose a campaign to increase awareness, improve perception and generate consideration of their products among the 18- to 25-year-old market. Judges ranked their campaign plans book and presentation first among the eight schools participating from District 5, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. The students' work will be entered into the semi-finals.

Laura Der, account executive of the team said, "Competitions like this remind us why we love this industry and why we are choosing to dedicate our lives to it. We are extremely proud to be able to represent Marshall University on this level. Our win sheds light on what an outstanding advertising program we have here. Competing next to some of the best programs in the country with a campaign we created is definitely an experience we will not forget."

During the semester classmates researched Mary Kay's advertising problems, divined insights, proposed a media plan, wrote campaign strategies, created a campaign theme and prepared advertising and marketing communications samples. Their decisions and strategies were condensed into a 27-page "plans book" that was scored by judges in mid-March, followed by a 20-minute live presentation before a panel of advertising professionals in April.

Janet Dooley, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Media, said the strategic underpinning of the project was its strength. "The students started generating original research about the target last fall. Insights they gained from those projects led them to a logical and compelling message for Mary Kay."

The American Advertising Federation in Washington, D.C., governs the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC). Each year the federation solicits national sponsors who prepare a "real world" case study outlining a current advertising challenge.

Judges for the competition were Jennifer Shaffer, manager of Integrated Brand Marketing at Mary Kay, Dallas, Texas; Bob Renock, partner and creative director, Zero Echo Media, Evansville, Ind.; Lindsey Armstrong, designer and senior art director, Redpepper  Integrated Marketing, Nashville, Tenn.; and Terry Followell, brand manager, Oliver Winery, Bloomington, Ind.

John Carroll University placed second and the University of Kentucky took third in the District 5 event.

Marshall's team members include: Megan Adkins, a senior from Ashton, W.Va.; Abigail Amor, a senior from Culloden, W.Va.; Lauryn Corey, a senior from Ashland, Ky.; Laura Der, a senior from Clarksville, Ind.; Kaylee Hall, a senior from St. Marys, W.Va.; Allison Lake, a senior from Ona, W.Va.; Molly Miloscia, a senior from Stow, Ohio; Caitlin Taylor, a senior from Bluefield, W.Va.; Jennifer Tucker, a senior from Lavalette, W.Va.; and Clifford "Angus" Walsh, a senior from Arlington, Va.

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Jacobs-Jones named senior vice president for operations

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Brandi D. Jacobs-Jones, director of administration and finance for the City of Huntington since 2007, has been named senior vice president for operations at Marshall University, President Stephen J. Kopp announced today.

She replaces Dr. Karen Kirtley, senior vice president for administration, who will retire at the end of this month. Jacobs-Jones will begin her duties at Marshall on May 12.

"I'm delighted Ms. Jacobs-Jones has accepted this key leadership position," said Kopp. "We have a number of challenges ahead as an institution and the wealth of experience she brings from her various roles with the city, combined with her considerable interpersonal skills, will be invaluable. Additionally, Marshall University and Huntington have a wonderful partnership and her relationships with the city will help us continue to foster that collaboration. I anticipate she will be an excellent fit in this role and look forward to a smooth transition."

Jacobs-Jones said that she is excited about being part of the university's leadership team.

She said, "I consider it an honor and a joy to return to serve my alma mater. Both our community and the state's success are dependent upon the scholars and workforce developed by Marshall University. This is a time of great change and challenge in public higher education, and I look forward to transitioning my skills and experience to support the institution and its mission."

Jacobs-Jones has served three mayors as the city's director of administration and finance. In that role, she provided oversight and management to a number of municipal departments, including finance, human resources, information technology and purchasing. She has managed a number of multi-disciplinary initiatives including River to Rail and the City of Huntington's component of the West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program. She also has served as acting public works director, with responsibility for the divisions of building maintenance, street, floodwall, traffic engineering, motor pool and inspections and compliance.

Prior to working for the city, she served four years as the outreach coordinator/development officer for Ebenezer Medical Outreach Inc. in Huntington, where she managed health education outreach programs and was responsible for the agency's volunteer recruitment and management, fundraising, human resources and marketing functions. From 2001 to 2003, she was a housing and urban development fellow at Eastern Kentucky University.

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

She is the recipient of numerous awards, including being 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. While a student at Marshall, she was president of the university's Student Government Association.

She has served as a member of the adjunct faculty of Marshall's Department of Political Science. In addition, 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.
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Monday April 14, 2014
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Marshall Department of Communication Disorders receives continuing accreditation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The graduate program in speech-language pathology at Marshall University's Department of Communication Disorders has been awarded continuing accreditation from the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA).

As of February 22, 2014, the CAA voted to re-accredit the program for a period of eight years beginning Dec. 1, 2013 and continuing through Nov. 20, 2021.  The program was originally accredited in 1992.

Dr. Karen McNealy, chair of the Department of Communication Disorders, said accreditation was awarded as a result of an on-site visit from last fall and would not have been possible without the continued support of Marshall University and, specifically, the College of Health Professions.

"We are very grateful for the dedicated faculty within our department and the college administration," McNealy said. "We have been re-accredited for a full eight years which is the maximum number of years for any speech-language pathology program. This is considered a national distinction and we are quite proud of that."

McNealy said receiving continuing accreditation ensures the success of students within the Department of Communication Disorders.

"In order for students to practice in their field they must graduate from an accredited institution to obtain licensing and certification," McNealy said. "Graduates of our program are employed as speech-language pathologists across the U.S."

Dr. Michael W. Prewitt, dean of the College of Health Professions, said he commends his colleagues for their commitment to this program.

"As demonstrated by the efforts to receive program accreditation, we can see continuous improvement for health professions education at Marshall University," Prewitt said.

Currently, the Department of Communication Disorders is home to the Marshall University Speech and Hearing Center, the Scottish Rite Childhood Speech and Language Program, The Luke Lee Listening, Language and Learning Lab, The Oshel Parent Education Program and the Stuttering Clinic.

For more information on the Marshall Department of Communication Disorders, please visit online.

For further information on the CAA's accreditation process, please visit online or by contacting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

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