Thursday, November 06, 2008
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153

CNN correspondent Joe Johns grand marshal of MU homecoming parade

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – CNN correspondent Joe Johns, a 1980 Marshall University graduate, will serve as grand marshal of Marshall’s homecoming parade, Student Body President Matt James announced today.

The homecoming parade on Saturday, Nov. 15, featuring the theme Go Green…Go Herd! and sponsored by the Student Government Association, begins at noon downtown at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena and ends at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Johns, who was a four-year standout track and field performer while consistently earning dean’s-list honors at Marshall, joined CNN as a congressional correspondent in January 2004 after covering Capitol Hill for NBC News for more than 10 years.

For CNN, he reports on government accountability, waste and fraud for Anderson Cooper 360° and other programs throughout the network. In addition to his bachelor of arts degree in political science from Marshall, Johns has a law degree from American University.

Homecoming activities begin Monday, Nov. 10 and continue through Saturday, Nov. 15. Highlights include the homecoming concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, featuring the Steve Miller Band, and the Marshall Thundering Herd’s Conference USA football game with the University of Central Florida at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 at the stadium.

Here is a look at some of the other activities planned during homecoming week Nov. 10-15:

Monday, Nov. 10

Employees are asked to decorate their offices to promote homecoming 2008, using the theme, Go Green...Go Herd! Prizes will be awarded at the Coaches Breakfast Friday morning.

Students can get short-sleeved t-shirts airbrushed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 to 4 p.m. on the Memorial Student Center plaza. Also, electronic voting for Mr. and Miss Marshall begins at 10 a.m. for Marshall students.

Tuesday, Nov. 11

Voting for Mr. and Miss Marshall continues until 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 12


Students can get their t-shirts airbrushed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the student center plaza.


The naming of the homecoming court will take place in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center between noon and 1:30 p.m.


From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., students will have the opportunity to enter a money machine in the student center and grab as much money as they can.


Thursday, Nov. 13


Office decoration judging will begin at 1 p.m.


From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., students can play games such as NCAA Challenge, Rock Band, Mario Kart and cornhole on the student center plaza. 

Friday, Nov. 14
Green & White Day

The first official Marshall University Alumni Association event of homecoming weekend is the Coaches Breakfast at the Erickson Alumni Center from 6 to 10 a.m. This live radio broadcast lets those present as well as radio listeners get to know some of Marshall’s coaches. The DAWG 93.7 FM will start broadcasting at 6 a.m.; the coaches will join in throughout the broadcast. The winner of the office decorating contest will be announced.

The Pi Kappa Alphas of the ’50s will have their traditional biennial reunion with a dinner-dance at 6 p.m. at the Palms Room, 314 9th St. (second floor).

The homecoming concert featuring the Steve Miller Band starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Big Sandy Superstore arena in downtown Huntington. The concert is sponsored by the Alumni Association and the Student Activities Programming Board. A pre-concert reception, featuring hors d’oeuvres and a wine and beer cash bar, will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hall of Fame Café. Cost for the reception is $10 per person.  

Saturday, Nov. 15

The MU Alumni Association’s Lunch Under the Tent will take place at the corner of 5th Avenue and 20th Street. The tailgate begins at 1 p.m. and tickets are $10 per person. Call 304-696-2901 for reservations.

The College of Health Professions is having an “elegant tailgate” from noon to 2:30 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center Shawkey Dining Room. Guests are invited to watch the homecoming parade from the student center balcony, visit with faculty and other alumni, share memories and look around campus at all the changes that have occurred since they graduated. The tailgate is the kickoff of the 10-year celebration of the COHP as a college.

The Step Show, sponsored by the National Pan-Hellenic Council, will take place after the game at 8 p.m. in the Jean Carlo Stephenson Auditorium in Huntington City Hall. Tickets are $15. Call 304-696-2283.

The Pi Kappa Alpha post-game BBQ party will take place at the Palms Room, 314 9th St. (second floor).

Alumni Association and homecoming sponsors include: West Virginia Delegate Doug Reynolds, Bank of America, Marshall University Bookstore, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Pepsi Bottling Group, West Virginia Steel and Marshall’s Student Activities Programming Board.

“We have an exciting homecoming planned,” said Tish Littlehales, director of alumni relations at Marshall. “We’re looking forward to having alumni and friends back to campus to enjoy homecoming 2008 festivities where there truly will be something for everyone.”

For further information, contact:  Office of University Communications
Marshall University | 213 Old Main | Huntington, WV 25755-1090
Fax: (304) 696-3197