Numerous summer projects completed on Huntington campus

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Gateway signs were constructed on the north and south corners of 5th Avenue and Hal Greer Boulevard.
Gateway signs were constructed on the north and south corners of 5th Avenue and Hal Greer Boulevard.
HUNTINGTON, WV – In recent months, Marshall University’s Huntington campus has undergone nearly $12 million in major infrastructure improvements.


To many of the thousands of students and faculty returning to campus this week for Week of Welcome, some of the projects are quite visible – new sidewalks and other concrete work, fresh paint and new furniture, lighted signs, 600 new windows in Smith Hall, and new green and white banners hung throughout campus. Other projects, such as new roofs, new air conditioning systems and sanitary piping, are not so visible.


But, all are important and most were completed in time for Wednesday’s start of Week of Welcome activities, and the beginning of fall classes on Monday, Aug. 22. Marshall will celebrate 175 years since its founding in 1837 this school year.


The Twin Towers cafeteria underwent a $1 million renovation this summer.
The Twin Towers cafeteria underwent a $1 million renovation this summer.
Photos by Rick Haye/Marshall University

“It’s been a very busy summer,” said Karen Kirtley, assistant vice president for administration at Marshall. “Numerous projects have been completed throughout campus. The returning students, faculty and staff are seeing a more aesthetically pleasing Huntington campus, with new furnishings, upgraded classrooms, technology enhancements, a new dining hall in Twin Towers … just a lot of improvements throughout campus.”


Noticeable to the Marshall community and drivers passing through are two new lighted gateway signs on the north and south corners of 5th Avenue and Hal Greer Boulevard.


“We think the new gateway signs are a vast improvement on what was there previously,” Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said.


Workers have been busy basically since May completing numerous projects, large and small, both inside and outside on the Huntington campus and at off-campus sites such as the Forensic Science Center and the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center.


Funds for many of the projects came from the $17.6 million in East Bond project money which Marshall received to address deferred maintenance issues.


According to Ronnie May, manager of project operations at Marshall, some of the larger projects included:


·         A build-out of the top floor of the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center, including 10,500 square feet of space for a Translational Genomic Research Institute. This facility is designed to assist the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine’s basic science and clinical researchers in more rapidly translating genomic-based laboratory research to practical patient care applications, with a particular focus on cancer research. Cost was $2.7 million.

·         Replacement of about 600 windows in Smith Hall, along with sanitary piping replacement throughout the building. Cost was $2.7 million.

·         Replacement of roofs on the Drinko Library, Cam Henderson Center, the Science Building and Gullickson Hall. Cost was more than $2 million.

·         Installation of a dehumidification system and new heating and air conditioning in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Cost was $1.7 million.

·         Renovation of Twin Towers Cafeteria. Cost was $1 million and the project was financed by Sodexo.

·         Reconfiguring of the DNA laboratory at the Forensic Science Center, increasing capacity for processing forensic cases. The National Institute of Justice paid for that work with money reserved for the renovation of existing labs. Cost was $850,000.

·         New air conditioning and UPS upgrade in the Drinko Library. Cost was $600,000.

·         Upgrading of women’s tennis, swimming and soccer locker rooms. Cost was $200,000.


Marshall’s physical plant department concentrated on classroom and academic building improvements. Mark Cutlip, director of the physical plant, said work was done in many buildings on campus.  The pool in Cam Henderson Center, for instance was cleaned and regrouted, and new pool drain covers were installed.


Extensive work was done at Harris Hall and Corbly Hall. In Harris, ceiling tiles and floor tiles were replaced, lighting repaired, 38 classrooms and offices painted and renovations completed for ADA services. In Corbly, ceilings in 52 rooms were cleaned, fixed seating (approximately 300 seats) was replaced, and floor tiles and rubber bases on all hallways was replaced.


Among the other buildings upgraded, repaired or simply spruced up were the Morrow Library, Drinko Library, the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center, Old Main, Myers Hall, Jenkins Hall and Gullickson Hall.


Inside, worn and torn carpets were replaced, lighting improved, air conditioning units replaced, hallways and walls painted and blinds replaced.


Outside, bad and worn sidewalks were replaced, addressing ADA issues, campus signage, banners and flags were updated, and beautification projects throughout campus were completed.


Personnel changes


Changes in personnel also occurred this summer. In addition to about 70 new faculty, administrative changes included:


·         Andrew Gooding, an instructor in Marshall’s Department of Integrated Science and Technology since 1999, named the new director of MU’s Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) program;


·         Dr. Robert Bookwalter named dean of the Marshall University College of Education. He had been interim dean of the College of Education and Human Services since June 2010.


·         Dr. Robert C. Nerhood named interim dean of the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.


·         Patricia Proctor, a Huntington attorney and Marshall University alumna, named founding director of the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy at Marshall.


·         Jason Corriher named assistant athletic director for media relations. He came to Marshall from Ohio University.


Academic Programs

New degree:

B.S. in Public Health


New areas of emphasis within majors:

B.S., Medical Imaging:


Cardiovascular/Interventional Advance Practice

CT/MRI Advance Practice Track

M I Management Advance Practice Track

RT Completion



B.A., Communication Studies: Health Communication


B.S., Physics: Applied Physics; Bio Physics; Medical Physics


RBA: Anthropology, Sociology


M.A.J.: Health Care Public Relations


M.S., Biological Sciences:  Organismal, Evolutionary, and Ecological Biology


Ed.D., Leadership Studies:  Community College Administration


Ed.S., Education Specialist:  Career & Technical Center Teaching


M.A., English: Teaching English Speakers of other Languages (TESOL)


New Graduate Certificates:


Program Evaluation

Clinical Psychology

Digital Forensics

Digital Communications

Media Management

Integrated Strategic Communications

Public History

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