School of Nursing granted full continuing accreditation

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) granted full continuing accreditation to the both the master’s nursing program, including the post-master’s certificate options, and the baccalaureate nursing program. The next scheduled evaluation visit is Fall 2026.

Congratulations to the leadership, faculty and staff within our School of Nursing! Learn more by visiting

Third annual Walk for Hope to raise awareness for campus suicide prevention

Marshall University’s Suicide Prevention Education Across Campus (MU-SPEAC) grant funded program will host the 3rd annual Walk for Hope: Campus Suicide Prevention and Education event 6:30 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, April 16 on the university’s Memorial Student Center plaza.

Paula Rymer, a faculty member in the Master of Social Work program, said Walk for Hope originated a few years ago with a local walk she organized in eastern Kentucky to promote education and awareness in the areas of suicide and mental health. Learn more.

Annual fundraiser to raise money for children with speech and hearing disorders

The 12th annual Scottish Rite Spring Dinner will be held at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 6, at the Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall on the university’s Huntington campus. Master of ceremonies for the evening will be John Bowen, also known as “Big John,” who serves as morning show host at 93.7 The Dawg. A silent auction and a live auction will take place with items including a 55-inch smart TV, a weeklong stay at Hilton Head Island and an autographed basketball signed by the entire Marshall University men’s basketball team. Learn more.

Board of Governors approves Doctor of Nursing Practice degree

he Marshall University Board of Governors (BOG) today approved plans for a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, a degree that allows nurses to practice at the highest level of professional nursing.

Marshall’s College of Health Professions and its School of Nursing will administer the new degree, which is described in the planning documents as a natural extension of the university’s popular family nurse practitioner program. Administrators say the program will deliver convenient access to those in southern West Virginia where no program currently exists. It will also be delivered completely online, meaning students from across the country will be able to enroll.   It’s anticipated that 25 nurses will graduate annually from the program once it’s up and running.

The proposed start date is fall 2019. Learn more here.

Visiting scholar invents sport to increase activity in youth, seniors

Dr. EungSoo Oh, lamenting low student participation in physical education classes around the world, invented something to get students moving – a brand-new sport.

Oh shared the sport, called FunEBall, with Marshall students at the Marshall Recreation Center.

FunEBall combines elements of dodgeball and volleyball to create a low-impact, collaborative game, perfect for people of all ages and ability levels. Unlike dodgeball, FunEBall teaches players to throw the ball to, rather than at, one another. The game encourages positive play in young people, while exercising a child’s natural throwing motion. Like volleyball, teams form on either side of a net, but the ball is thrown over the net rather than spiked or served downward.

Learn more here.