Health professions students needed as healthcare services continue to grow (Herald-Dispatch)

“The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the industry will experience the most employment growth and the most jobs by 2024. Health care support occupations and health care practitioners and technical occupations are projected to be the two fastest-growing occupational groups, projected to contribute the most new jobs, with a combined increase of 2.3 million in employment, representing about 1 in 4 new jobs.” – Taylor Struck, The Herald-Dispatch.

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MU partners with South Korea’s YongPyong Resort for student internships at 2018 Winter Olympics

The College of Health Professions is providing global internship opportunities for its students during the 2017-18 winter season at YongPyong Resort in South Korea – a venue which will host the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic ski and snowboard events.

Students in the college’s Department of Sport Management will have the chance to work exclusively with Dr. Seong-ik Baek, a supervisor in the Yongpyong Resort’s Snowboard School. Learn more.


DARCO-Sponsored Scholarship Opportunity: Deadline is Feb. 3

Announcing the SPRING 2017 DARCO-Sponsored, Solution-Oriented, Interdisciplinary Design Project Competition with Marshall University.

Have you ever sprained your ankle, broken a bone in your foot, or had foot surgery? If so, you’ve probably worn a DARCO-brand post-op or rehabilitative boot, brace, sleeve, or splint.

Darco International, a Huntington-based manufacturer and world leader in design of post-op and rehabilitative footwear, will sponsor three interdisciplinary teams of Marshall students during the Spring 2017 semester in a solution-oriented design competition.

Darrel Darby, President of DARCO International, will make a presentation on Wednesday, January 25 at 9:30 am in the Memorial Student Center Room 2W37 to launch the student application period to apply to be part of this project. Darby’s presentation is a key opportunity for students to learn about this sponsored project, to hear the story of DARCO, to personally meeting Darby and to be inspired by his passion for saving lives through the design and technology of rehabilitative footwear.

Eighteen students, six from the School of Art & Design, six from the College of Health Professions and six from the College of Information Technology and Engineering, will be selected through an application process to form three interdisciplinary teams. The teams will be presented with a problem identified by DARCO International, and over a period not to exceed nine weeks, the student teams will research and develop solutions.

To be eligible, a student must:

  • Be a major in one of the following units: College of Information Technology and Engineering, College of Health Professions or the School of Art & Design
  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Complete an application by February 3, 2017. Applications are available online and can be emailed or dropped off to your academic deans.

Participating students will receive orientation and a stipend; and an additional financial prize will be awarded to the students on the team with the best solution as determined by DARCO. Intellectual property remains with DARCO International. Faculty in these colleges are strongly encouraged to share this opportunity with their students.

Sport management student earns congressional honor for volunteer work at local hospital

For the second time in her life, Culloden native Tiffani Webb was awarded recognition from U.S. Congress during a ceremony Tuesday morning at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., and Kevin Fowler, president and chief executive officer of the hospital, presented Webb with the Congressional Award gold medal for her volunteer work at the hospital. Learn more here.

Dr. Gravano named to board of directors for Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy

Dr. Tamara Gravano of the Marshall University College of Health Professions has been named as a director to the board for the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.

Gravano, director of clinical education and an associate professor in the college’s School of Physical Therapy, said she will serve on the board for the next four years, kicking off her term at the annual members’ meeting in San Antonio this February. Learn more here.

Faculty member provides youth communication training to local day care staff

Sandra Kemper of the Marshall University College of Health Professions conducted an educational training session titled “Developmental Milestones in Communication” with staff at Kiwanis Daycare at 5:45 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14, in the university’s Shawkey Dining Room in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

Kemper, an assistant professor in the college’s Department of Communication Disorders, said students in her “Field Experiences in Speech and Language” service-learning course have been working with the local day care all semester. Learn more here.