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Marshall launches degree-tracking tool

Nov. 11, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University has launched DegreeWorks, a degree-auditing and tracking tool for both faculty and students.

DegreeWorks is used to track students' academic achievement based on the requirements for his or her selected major as determined by the Marshall course catalog.

Using DegreeWorks, students and faculty can view the students' academic progress toward a degree, review the requirements already completed, and use the provided information to plan out the remaining requirements to complete a degree.

Corley Dennison, associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of undergraduate studies, said the program is easy to use and will assist students with class registration.

"DegreeWorks allows students up to the minute tracking on the path to graduation," Dennison said. "With a couple of mouse clicks, students will see the courses they've taken and the classes they need to take."

DegreeWorks provides students with information that helps them focus on academic goals and how to achieve them. The program also includes a feature to help students who are considering changing majors.

To learn more about DegreeWorks, visit www.marshall.edu/degreeworks or contact the Student Resource Center.

Students can log in to DegreeWorks and begin using its reporting and auditing capabilities. To do so, students should log in to myMU, and click on the DegreeWorks link on the Student Information tab.

DEP contracts with Geography Department

HUNTINGTON -- The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has sub-contracted with Marshall University's Geography Department to employ student interns.

They will convert paper mine maps to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) database format.

The contract for the GeoMine project is a renewal of a previous contract that lasted from December 2011 to September 2012. The current contract, which provides an additional $129,000 in funding from the DEP, runs through December 2013.

"Our Department of Geography offers an outstanding education that allows students to learn both the political-economic-historical perspective of geography as well as the powerful tools used to create complex maps using GIS technology," said David Pittenger, dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

James M. Leonard, a geography professor and director of the Geography Department GIS Lab, said the contract has so far employed 12 different undergraduate and graduate students. He said the GeoMine project is a joint venture among several federal agencies, notably the U.S. Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation, and Enforcement and several state-level environmental protection agencies, including the WVDEP.

Marshall fraternity collects for Toys for Tots

HUNTINGTON -- A Marshall University fraternity is taking collections in November for Toys for Tots, calling it Pikes for Tikes.

Members of Pi Kappa Alpha will be manning a table in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays throughout November, excluding Nov. 19-23, which is Thanksgiving break.

Students will be accepting new, unopened toys or cash or check donations. Members of the Marine Corps will then come and pick up the toys in early December.

Cameron Wadley said those who want to make a cash or check donation should include their address so a receipt for the toys the fraternity members purchase will be sent back to them.

Wadley also is working to set up community collection events during the weekends leading up to early December.

For more information, contact Wadley at 240-409-4103 or by email at wadley@live.marshall.edu. Checks can be sent to Pikes for Tikes, 1411 5th Ave., Huntington, WV 25755.

Marshall senior is new president of military engineering council

HUNTINGTON -- Nathan S. O'Kane, a Marshall University senior from Alexandria, Va., is the new president of the National Student Council for the Society of American Military Engineers.

"It's an honor, absolutely," O'Kane said of being elected in January of 2012 and taking office as president at the beginning of the 2012 fall semester. "I'm very proud to do this. It feels good to represent Marshall University."

The society is considered the premier professional military engineering association in the United States, facilitating interaction between the public and private sectors to enhance engineering support to national security.

Its membership comprises more than 20,000 leaders representing the uniformed military services as well as numerous government agencies, nonprofit associations, academic institutions and private-sector firms.

O'Kane will graduate from Marshall in May with a bachelor's degree in engineering.