State Capital to turn kelley green tomorrow
Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 00:02
Charleston will be painted kelly green Wednesday for Marshall Day at the Capitol building.
Numerous Marshall University colleges and programs will set up tables and displays in the rotunda of the Capitol for the day.
Lalena Price, Marshall public relations specialist, said there will be a display in the well area, featuring the success of the West Virginia Research Trust Fund, or Bucks for Brains,
Ginny Painter, communications director for Marshall University Research Corporation, said the university is using this year’s Marshall Day as an opportunity to thank the legislators and donors for their support of the Bucks for Brains initiative.
“Representatives from a number of programs and departments benefitting from the Bucks for Brains endowments will be there to meet the legislators and general public, and to talk about their research,” Painter said.
Bucks for Brains is a trust fund created by West Virginia legislature in 2008. The legislature challenged Marshall to raise $15 million in private funds dedicated to research and promised to match the gifts and donations with the trust fund.
Painter said the university raised the $15 million last month, resulting in $30 million benefiting the university.
“In all, we had approximately 170 donors who stepped forward to help us meet our goal,” Painter said. “It was a big accomplishment for Marshall.”
All the funds are permanently endowed, meaning that only the investments earned can be spent on research. This ensures that all the earnings generated will continue to have a positive impact on the university.
Painter said the impact of the program could already be seen.
“Bucks for Brains-funded scientists at the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research are developing tissue repair techniques that could someday improve the lives of people everywhere who suffer from heart disease, burns and wounds, sports injuries and other conditions,” Painter said.
The funds are also supporting researchers at the Nick J. Rahall II Appalachian Institute and research at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, the College of Information Technology and Engineering and the College of Science. The funds will also support new faculty and scientists in the university’s planned sports medicine translational research center and will also help fund a number of new facilities of campus, Painter said.
The 16 endowments are funded through the trust, increasing the university’s overall endowments by more than 15 percent.
According to the Bucks for Brains website, West Virginia must build its capacity for research in order to participate in the global economy and create lasting job opportunities, which will stop talented citizens from leaving the state.
“This research will help prepare students for tomorrow’s workforce, advance life-changing research at Marshall, create high-wage jobs and engine for economic development and improve the quality of life throughout the region,” Painter said.
Marshall Day at the Capitol will start at 9 a.m. and will last until 1 p.m. Alumni Affairs will have special giveaways and the Fife and Drums Corps will play in the House Chambers.
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