Department of Dietetics opens community food pantry in downtown Huntington

Marshall University’s Department of Dietetics is opening a food pantry for university faculty, staff, students and community members. The pantry will open Tuesday, Nov. 14, and will be located at the university’s Department of Dietetics building in downtown Huntington.

Fox said the pantry will be open 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays at 233 Pullman Center at 907 Third Avenue in Huntington. To make a non-perishable donation, contact Kelli Williams at or Fox at and they will make arrangements to pick up the food donation or have it dropped off. Monetary donations are also accepted and will be used to purchase food from Facing Hunger Food Bank.

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Marshall and BridgeValley to offer nursing and regents degrees

In a ceremony held on the South Charleston campus of BridgeValley Community and Technical College, Marshall University and BridgeValley signed agreements that the institutions will cooperate to offer two bachelor’s degrees.

The agreements allow BridgeValley students to earn either a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree or a Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) degree at Marshall while finishing their coursework at BridgeValley. The new degree options are available to students enrolled at BridgeValley’s campuses in both South Charleston and Montgomery.

The agreements will permit students who graduate from BridgeValley’s associate nursing degree program to smoothly transfer to Marshall to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Nursing through the university’s online RN to BSN program. Learn more.

Marshall marathoner pays it forward by raising funds for children with hearing loss

Neil Johnson has been blessed with the ability to hear through the cutting-edge science of a cochlear implant. Now, he has decided to pay it forward and raise funds for The Luke Lee Listening and Language Lab, also known as “The L,” which is the first preschool program in West Virginia providing listening and spoken language instruction for children with hearing loss.

Johnson said he is raising money for this cause because it’s close to his heart.

“I am seeking sponsorship of $1, $2 and $3 per mile as I run the Marshall University Marathon on Nov. 5,” Johnson said. “All proceeds will benefit The L because their goal is to teach deaf children to listen and speak through the use of state-of-the-art technology, including hearing aids and cochlear implants.”

Learn more about Johnson’s fundraising efforts for The L by visiting his Facebook event page.


100 Mile Meal to take place Oct. 26

Last year, over 300 universities across the U.S. organized events to celebrate Food Day and for the fourth year, Marshall University will continue to join the movement. Food Day, a nationwide celebration of healthful and affordable foods, advocates for better food policies on a local, state and federal level.

Heather Hardyman, president of Marshall’s Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, said the organization has partnered with Marshall’s Dining Services, Marshall Recreation Center, WVU Extension, the Wild Ramp and Marshall’s sustainability Department to host a 100 Mile Meal tonight in Towers Marketplace. Learn more.

Luke Lee Listening and Learning lab to host annual Speakeasy Gala

The Luke Lee Listening and Language Lab at Marshall University will host its annual Speakeasy Gala to raise funds for children with hearing loss. This year’s gala will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Guyan Country Club.

Ticket sales start at $75 for general admission with opportunities for a VIP experience. To purchase, visit or call 304-696-3455 before Friday, Oct. 27. The annual gala is presented by Touma Hearing Centers and sponsored by HIMG, Handley Law LLC, Joseph B. Touma, Cabell Huntington Hospital, Marshall Pediatrics and Dan and Jo Ann Garrett.

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