Friday, September 21, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153

Marshall to ‘remember the past, Thunder into the Future’ at homecoming

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University’s celebration of 175 years of service continues this fall with a Homecoming theme of “Happy 175th Birthday Marshall, Remember the Past, Thunder into the Future.”

Homecoming week is Oct. 1-6, culminating with the Thundering Herd football team playing the University of Tulsa in a Conference USA game at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

“We’ll have a full slate of diverse activities for students, staff, alumni and Marshall supporters,” said Nancy Pelphrey, coordinator of alumni programs. “The university continues to grow year by year, so those alumni who haven’t been back to campus for a while are in for a real treat. There will be something for everyone this year and we’re looking for a great turnout.”

Art Weisberg, a Huntington philanthropist and president of Arthur’s Enterprises, will be the grand marshal in the homecoming parade, which begins at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in downtown Huntington.

Here is a breakdown of homecoming week events and activities:

Homecoming events
Monday, Oct. 1

Office decorating contest.  Offices are asked to decorate using the homecoming theme with prizes to be awarded on Friday, Oct. 5, at the Picnic on the Plaza.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Plazapalooza, Memorial Student Center

Tuesday, Oct. 2

Noon, T-shirt giveaway and homecoming court announced, Memorial Student Center

Thursday, Oct. 4

11 a.m. – Office decoration judging begins.

Friday, Oct. 5
Green and White Day

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Free picnic on the Memorial Student Center Plaza with music, prizes, games and lunch. This is the first official alumni event of homecoming weekend.

Noon to 3:30 p.m. – Family check-in for Parents and Family Weekend, Office of Student Affairs in Memorial Student Center

3 to 6 p.m. – Black Alumni Association registration in the Memorial Student Center lobby

4 to 6 p.m. – Deans’ reception gives students’ families a chance to meet with the deans and leadership from other Marshall University offices, third-floor atrium of the Drinko Library.

6 p.m. – Marshall women’s volleyball game with East Carolina University, Cam Henderson Center. Admission is free to all Parents and Family Weekend visitors.

7:30 to 9:30 p.m. – Champagne Welcome Reception. The MU Alumni Association and the Black Alumni Association will be co-hosting the reception at the Marshall University Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center.  The cost is $25 per person.  For information or to make a reservation, contact Fran Jackson at 304-696-6705 or

10 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Black Alumni Association’s Laid Back Friday after party (an evening of music, fun and games) in the Memorial Student Center basement

Saturday, Oct. 6

9 a.m. – 5K Alum Run. The course starts on Third Avenue between 19th and 20th streets and will end near the front of Cam Henderson Center.  The entry fee is $20 for early registration and $25 for late registration.  The event is sponsored by the Marshall Recreation Center. To register, contact Michele Muth at

9:30 a.m. – Breakfast with the President, for those attending Parents and Family Weekend, will take place in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center. Breakfast will begin after a brief greeting and comments by Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp.

10 a.m. – Black Alumni Association business meeting/registration, Marshall University Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center, conference room

11:30 a.m. – Homecoming parade, starting in downtown Huntington and ending at Joan C. Edwards Stadium

1 to 3 p.m. – Tailgate Blast. The MU Alumni Association, Black Alumni Association and Parents and Family Weekend are celebrating at 18th Street and 5th Avenue with a tailgate party.  Cost is $25 per person. In addition, the College of Liberal Arts is sponsoring a tailgate party during the Tailgate Blast, hosted by Dean David Pittenger and his wife, Denise. Call Betty Cook at 304-696-2835 with questions and to RSVP.

3:30 p.m. – The Thundering Herd plays the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in the homecoming football game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium

8 p.m. – NPHC Stepshow in the Big Sandy Superstore Arena

9 p.m. to 1 a.m. – A Red Carpet Affair. Black Alumni dance sponsored by Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center. The Epsilon Delta chapter at Marshall will be celebrating 50 years on MU’s campus.


Sunday, Oct. 7

9  a.m. – Black Alumni Association Prayer/Memorial Service at Pullman Plaza Hotel


For more information on homecoming or to make a reservation, call the alumni office at 304-696-2901 or 304-696-3134.

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