Dr. Mark Studeny, professor and chair of the department of cardiology at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, has been named the inaugural Bernard C. and Pansy P. Wellington Professor of Cardiology.
The professorship is funded by a generous $800,000 grant facilitated by Robert H. Beymer, chairman of the board of First Sentry Bank and trustee of the Bernard C. and Pansy P. Wellington Foundation. The gift will support medical education and cardiovascular research at Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Cardiovascular disease remains the number one cause of death in our region, as well as the United States. The endowment provides opportunities to explore new avenues available for prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.
"It is a tremendous honor to be named as the first Wellington Professor," Studeny said. "We are grateful for this wonderful gift which will benefit the people of our region. I am excited to expand our work into the disease processes that affect so many in our area."
"Pansy Wellington graduated from Marshall and she absolutely loved the school," Beymer said. "She was a kind, caring person and I know Pansy would be pleased that so many people will be helped through this gift to the School of Medicine."
Additionally, the gift has the option of supporting a scholarship for a medical student. For information on this gift or to make a gift to the School of Medicine, please contact Linda Holmes, director of development and alumni affairs, at 304-691-1711.
Sixty-five endowed scholarships and 125 tuition scholarships passed 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.
"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.