Homecoming Schedule of Events

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  • Name of Event:: Office Decorating Contest
  • Date:: All week
  • Time:: All Day
  • Sponsoring Organization:: Marshall University Alumni Association

Event Description:: Decorate your office for Marshall Homecoming 2016 and show your Herd pride! The Marshall University Alumni Association will be judging campus offices on Thursday, October 13 and will hand out awards in a number of categories including Large Office – Best Fits Theme, Small Office – Best Fits Theme, Large Office – Most Creative, Small Office – Most Creative, Large Office – Most Attractive, Small Office – Most Attractive, Online Fan Vote


  • Name of Event:: Thundering Pomp Competition
  • Date:: Monday to Thursday
  • Time:: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday
  • Sponsoring Organization:: Office of Student Activities

Event Description:: Competing student organizations will be asked to create a ‘pomp’ piece to be used in the Homecoming parade on their float.


  • Name of Event:: Penny Wars
  • Date:: Monday to Thursday
  • Time:: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sponsoring Organization:: Office of Student Activities

Event Description:: Organizations with the most pennies in their jar will win their respective category. Silver coins and dollar bills count as negative points. The winning organizations will receive half of the money collected in their category, the other half will be donated to the philanthropy of their choosing.


  • Name of Event:: Canned Food Art
  • Date:: Tuesday, October 11
  • Time:: Noon
  • Sponsoring Organization:: Office of Student Activities

Event Description: Participating organizations will be tasked with building a self-sustaining structure out of canned food related to the Homecoming theme. All food items collected will be donated to the Huntington City Mission.


  • Name of Event:: Unity Walk
  • Date:: Tuesday, October 11
  • Time:: 5PM
  • Sponsoring Organization:: Intercultural Affairs

Event Description: The Unity Walk is a celebration of student organizations, groups, teams, fraternities, sororities, residence halls and faculty in being a part of the Marshall University family.


  • Name of Event:: Meet the Court
  • Date:: Tuesday, October 11
  • Time:: 6:30 p.m.
  • Sponsoring Organization:: Office of Student Activities

Event Description: Each of our homecoming court candidates will have a chance to introduce themselves to attendees and explain why they should be the next Mr. or Miss Marshall.


  • Name of Event:: So MU Think You Can Dance
  • Date:: Wednesday October 12
  • Time:: Noon
  • Sponsoring Organization:: Office of Student Activities

Event Description: Organizations will have a chance to showcase their sweet 1920s dance moves to all of those in attendance. 


  • Name of Event:: Pomp Judging
  • Date:: Thursday, October 13
  • Time:: Noon
  • Sponsoring Organization:: Office of Student Activities

Event Description: Pomping will conclude with the judging of each organization’s homecoming parade pomp pieces for their floats.


  • Name of Event:: Marshall Homecoming Parade
  • Date:: Thursday, October 13
  • Time:: 6:30 p.m.
  • Sponsoring Organization:: Marshall University Student Government Association

Event Description:: The parade will take place on 5th Avenue beginning on 12th street and ending at Harless Dining Hall between 17th and 18th streets on 5th Avenue. The Parade will showcase entries from multiple businesses, student organizations, high school marching bands, political figures and more!


  • Name of Event:: Yell Like Hell
  • Date:: Thursday, October 13
  • Time:: 6:30 p.m.
  • Sponsoring Organization:: Office of Student Activities

Event Description:: Show your Herd homecoming pride for your organization to see which group has the most spirit. Participating organizations will create a unique ‘chant’ to shout along the parade route to get the crowd going and in the mood for a big Herd homecoming win!


  • Name of Event:: Pep Rally and Bonfire
  • Date:: Thursday, October 13
  • Time:: 8:00 p.m., Immediately following parade
  • Sponsoring Organization:: University Communications, Office of Student Activities, Marshall Athletics

Event Description:: Annual pep rally and bonfire following the parade with entertainment and activities. Our university coaches and team members will be on hand to meet students.


  • Name of Event:: Rock the Rec
  • Date:: Thursday, October 13
  • Time:: 9:30 p.m.
  • Sponsoring Organization:: Marshall Athletics

Event Description:: Opening night of basketball practice.


  • Name of Event:: Picnic on the Plaza
  • Date:: Friday, October 14
  • Time:: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Sponsoring Organization:: Marshall University Alumni Association

Event Description:: Marshall’s largest and most exciting on-campus Homecoming party returns in 2016! The Marshall University Alumni Association will host its annual Picnic on the Plaza on Friday, October 14 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. with free food and drinks, a live DJ and plenty of fun with the Marshall University Marching Thunder, university staff and the Thundering Herd football team as alumni, students and faculty celebrate Homecoming 2016!


  • Name of Event:: College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE) Tours of the Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex
  • Date:: Friday, October 14
  • Time:: 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
  • Sponsoring Organization:: College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE)

Event Description:: Tours of the Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex, 1700 block of Third Ave, . Meet at the J. Churchill Hodges Atrium.


  • Name of Event:: Parents & Family Weekend Wine Reception
  • Date:: Friday, October 14
  • Time:: 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Sponsoring Organization:: Student Affairs and Parent Programs

Event Description:: Post-registration wine reception and family photos in the Rotunda/Lobby of Foundation Hall. Senior level administrators and deans will be invited to join us.


  • Name of Event:: Reception and Dance Party
  • Date:: Friday, October 14
  • Time:: 6:30 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
  • Sponsoring Organization:: MU Black Alumni Association 

Event Description:: Meet and greet reception at Pullman Plaza Hotel followed by a comedy show and dance party.


  • Name of Event:: Alum Run
  • Date:: Saturday, October 15
  • Time:: 8:00 a.m.
  • Sponsoring Organization:: Marshall University Alumni Association

Event Description:: Course: Typical downtown Huntington 5k. Starting line at Pullman Square-to 5th Ave.-20th St. – 3rd. Ave.-Finish line Pullman Square Entry Fees: $20.00-early registration prior to 10 Oct., 2016 $25.00-late registration after 10 Oct., 2016 T-Shirts for the first 250 registrations. Registration fees are NON-Refundable Age Groups: Age Groups 1-12, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ Awards: Award for top overall male and female finisher. Awards for male and female finishers in each age group. Charity Information: All proceeds from this race will benefit the Southeast Huntington Lions Club. The main emphasis of the Lions club is the preservation and conservation of sight. Our club provides eye exams, eye glasses, and eye surgery when necessary to needy individuals. The club also provides support to the West Virginia Sight Foundation, Leader Dog and Pilot Dog for the blind. More Information: If you would like to be a sponsor for this event, please request a sponsorship form from David Specht:e-mail:specht1@frontier.com


  • Name of Event:: Sigma Sigma Sigma Homecoming Breakfast
  • Date:: Saturday, October 15
  • Time:: 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
  • Sponsoring Organization:: Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority

Event Description: Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority is hosting a breakfast with a silent auction at the Sorority house for Alumni and friends at the Sorority house, 1639 Sixth Ave. The Alumni Chapter will also have representatives in attendance. Alumni interested in Huntington Tri-State Sigma Alumnae events call 614-905-0527.


  • Name of Event:: Marshall University Alumni Association – Tailgate
  • Date:: Saturday, October 15
  • Time:: Noon – Kickoff
  • Sponsoring Organization:: Marshall University Alumni Association, Student Affairs and Parent Programs

Event Description:: Tailgate with the Marshall University Alumni Association! Party with our live DJ, enjoy games, guest speakers and relax in our Herd Hangout tent. The tailgate party is free, or you can pay $10 per person for a meal and drink tickets. Party with the MUAA in Harless Field beginning at noon.


  • Name of Event:: Men’s Soccer vs. FIU
  • Date:: Saturday, October 15
  • Time:: 1:00 p.m.
  • Sponsoring Organization:: Marshall University Athletics

Event Description:: Cheer on Marshall Men’s Soccer as they take on conference rival FIU at the Veteran’s Memorial Soccer Complex.


  • Name of Event:: Marshall University Homecoming Game
  • Date:: Saturday, October 15
  • Time:: 7:00 p.m.
  • Sponsoring Organization:: Marshall University

Event Description:: Join the Thundering Herd as they take on Florida Atlantic University in the Joan C. Edwards Stadium.


  • Name of Event:: Halftime Thunder Cup
  • Date:: Saturday, October 15
  • Time:: Halftime
  • Sponsoring Organization:: Office of Student Activities

Event Description: OSA will present the winners of the Thunder Cup Competition.


  • Name of Event:: Halftime Parade Winner Presentation
  • Date:: Saturday, October 15
  • Time:: Halftime
  • Sponsoring Organization:: Marshall University Alumni Association, Student Government Association

Event Description:: The MUAA and SGA will present a check and prizes to the top bands and top floats from the Marshall University Homecoming Parade.


  • Name of Event:: Mr and Miss Marshall
  • Date:: Saturday, October 15
  • Time:: Halftime
  • Sponsoring Organization:: Office of Student Activities

Event Description:: The 2016 winners of Mr. and Miss Marshall will be announced during the game in the Joan C. Edwards Stadium.


  • Name of Event:: Casino Night
  • Date:: Saturday, October 15
  • Time:: 9:30 p.m.-2:00 a.m.
  • Sponsoring Organization:: MU Black Alumni Association 

Event Description:: Casino Night at the Pullman Plaza Hotel with dinner and dancing.


 

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