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Senior VP for Administration

Welcome to the Memorial Student Center...

Marshall University Vision Statement

Marshall University, an exemplar of excellence in teaching and learning, will continue to place its highest priority on providing outstanding undergraduate and graduate education, resulting in national recognition in academics and in scholarly, artistic, and creative achievement.  Marshall's students will graduate well prepared for the responsibilities of life within a culturally diverse and globally interdependent society.  Marshall will address the changing needs of the state and the region and will return to the community and state an outstanding value for the resources invested in the University.

Marshall University Mission Statement


Student Center Mission Statement

The Memorial Student Center's mission is to create and maintain an atmosphere that encourages each individual's self-development by providing facilities,  services, conveniences, and amenities to enhance life.

Our goal is to operate all functions of the Memorial Student Center and the Facilities Scheduling Office in accordance with the Marshall University Statement of Professional Ethics and NACAS (National Association of College Auxiliary Services) in commitment to enhancing the profession of auxiliary and campus support services in higher education.

Marshall University is a multi-campus public university providing innovative undergraduate and graduate education that contributes to the development of society and the individual.  The University actively facilitates learning through preservation, discovery, synthesis, and dissemination of knowledge -
(full statement).

About the Student Center...

The Memorial Student Center exists as a living memorial to those killed in the November 14, 1970 plane crash.  The Student Center maintains a continuing goal of providing facilities, services, conveniences and amenities to enhance life for our University community.  The MSC Operations Office is responsible for business operations in the Student Center and for the implementation of several contract operations, including campus-wide vending contracts and an ATM contract with a campus banking component.

Opened in 1971, the Memorial Student Center underwent major renovation during 1997-98 culminating in the opening of a 7,000 square foot wing on the west end of the building to house the university bookstore.  In addition to the Bookstore, the Memorial Student Center also houses a Recreation Area, several dining areas and a Catering Office, student service related offices, the Marshall University ID Office, an Electronic Post Office, and numerous rooms that can be scheduled for meetings and conferences.  Follow the links in the navigation bar at the left to learn more about these areas.

The Memorial Student Center Management Office is located in suite 2W6.  The hours for the office are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.  The Business Manager, William "Tootie" Carter, reports to the Senior Vice-President for Administration.

Facility use and scheduling information is available through the Facilities Scheduling Office, located in room 2W17 of the Student Center.  Further information, including room sizes, capacities, and layout options is available by clicking the "Facilities Scheduling" button on the navigation bar.

About the Student Center Fountain...

The Marshall fountain reminds us of the lives that were taken on the night of November 14, 1970.  The community lost its football team, coaches, and many community athletic boosters.  The fountain, weighing 6,500 pounds and standing 13 feet high, was designed by artist and sculptor Harry Bertoia.  The fountain was dedicated to the Marshall community by Marshall's President, John G. Barker, on November 12, 1972. 

The fountain form speaks of continuation, perpetuation, in short, of life... "The living rather than commemorating death itself in the waters of life, rising, renewing, reaching to express, upward growth, immortality, eternality."  (Harry Bertoia)

A commemorative ceremony is held each year on the Memorial Student Center plaza in remembrance of those lost to the University and the community. 

Multi-Purpose Facility Now Open!

The Memorial Student Center has renovated part of the lower level and opened a new multi-purpose facility.  Suitable for meetings, banquets, wedding receptions, job fairs, conferences and lectures, to name just a few, this facility is open to use by Marshall University departments or organizations, and to the general public.  The main facility (BE-5) is a 4,000 square foot room suitable for groups up to 250 persons.  It boasts state of the art technology including smart classroom capabilities, a mulitmedia podium, wired ethernet network connection at the podium, wireless networking thoughout the room, 5 high definition projection systems, a 52" LCD television in the foyer that can be synced with the video feed from the main room, and programmable lighting that can be dimmed by remote control.

A separate reception area, complete with seating and a coat room, serves as a foyer to the main room.  A secondary "break-out" or small conference room (BE-4) opens off the foyer and offers additional meeting space or can be used for event staging by groups using the main room.  

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BE-5, meeting/panel setup with audience (refreshments at the rear of the room)..

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BE-5, meeting/panel setup with audience (refreshments at the rear of the room)..

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BE-5, banquet set-up (rear of the room showing the main entrance doors).


BE-5 multi-purpose facility (foyer).

Computer Lab on lower level...

In a partnership between Student Center Operations and University Computing Services, a new computer lab is now open in the Memorial Student Center.  Located on the lower level of the building, this lab contains 20 computer stations as well as a print station.  These state-of-the-art computers are identical to those found in the Drinko Library 24 Hour Study Center which is managed and operated by University Computing Services.  The computers provide the full complement of academic and research software found in other University Computing Facility Sites (UCF Sites) operated by University Computing Services.  The Memorial Student Center's extended hours make this an ideal location for the expansion of access to computers for student use.

Computer Lab Hours:*

Monday - Friday

8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.


5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.


1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

*The MSC Computer Lab is closed during the summer.  Please use the Drinko Study Center.

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Interested in holding a conference or event at Marshall?

Our Summer Conference Planner is now on-line.  Just click on "Conferences" in the menu bar.  To request a hard copy of this brochure, contact the Office of Facilites Scheduling at 304-696-3125, or e-mail Linda Bowen, our Facilities Scheduling Manager.

Interested in student employment in the Memorial Student Center?

The Memorial Student Center supplements its full-time staff with a large number of student workers.  Priority is given to students who are working under the Work-Study Program offered through the Financial Aid Office.  These students are complemented by several Student Assistant positions.  All student workers must be full-time students and in good academic standing.  The Memorial Student Center's Student Employee Handbook is available on-line here

Want to know what's going on?

Check out Web Viewer, a campus calendar function of Resource 25, the University's scheduling package.  To check out today's events, visit the Marshall University main page at http://www.marshall.edu/default.asp and click on "calendar".

Looking for contact information or maps?

Clicking on the guide button in the left window or at the bottom of any MSC website page will take you to a guide page that includes a map of campus showing our location, plus floor by floor maps of our building to help you find your way, and our building hours for your convenience.  If you need contact information on a Memorial Student Center staff member, our telephone numbers and e-mail addresses are listed here: MSC Staff Directory


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