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Thundering Word places in national competition

May. 19, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University's Thundering Word, competing as the smallest entry in the largest division, received a team sweepstakes award for the first time in 28 years in the National Forensic Association National Tournament hosted by Marshall last month.

Marshall finished 10th in the President's Division 1 and 22nd overall out of 83 teams.

Bradley University finished first overall, followed by Western Kentucky University and the University of Texas at Austin.

Students competing for Marshall included: Matt Osteen, a sophomore pre-med chemistry major from Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; Joshua Gainer, a junior political science major from Parkersburg, W.Va.; Christian Adams, a junior pre-med psychology Honors student from Culloden, W.Va.; Victoria Ledford, a sophomore pre-med chemistry Honors student from Burnsville, W.Va.; Marji McCoy, a sophomore pre-med chemistry major from Beckley, W.Va.; Juliet Djietror, a sophomore biomedical science major from Ghana; Garrett Walker, a sophomore Spanish major from Shady Spring, W.Va.; Erin Jorden, a freshman history education major from Wheeling, W.Va.; Taryss Mandt, a freshman University College student from Arlington, Va.

Health Informatics program one of three accredited in state

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University's Master of Science in Health Informatics degree program was awarded national accreditation April 19 from the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management.

It is one of three nationally accredited programs in the United States, joining the University of Illinois at Chicago and Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Ore. It is also the only accredited, graduate-level program in health informatics in West Virginia.

Bruce Felder, manager of human resources at Cabell Huntington Hospital, said the program at Marshall is shedding light on how technology and one's ability to become self-sufficient can spill over into the gigantic, multi-faceted industry of health care.

"In today's age, we can buy, sell, exchange money, goods and services without leaving home," Felder said. "In the future, visiting your doctor, making appointments and viewing your medical records will be common practice, all from a mobile device. Students will be the infrastructure, bridge and crossroad between technology and health care information."

The program received 10-year accreditation and will participate in a designated on-site visit in one year in order to continue to meet accreditation requirements.