Monday, February 18, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153

Marshall Day at the Capitol is Wednesday, Feb. 20

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University representatives will pack the upper rotunda of the State Capitol in Charleston Wednesday, Feb. 20, in celebration of the annual Marshall Day at the Capitol. 

Marshall staff, faculty, students and alumni will be at the capitol from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., greeting visitors and interacting with legislators. Nearly 40 displays promoting a variety of programs will be set up during the event, which is being organized by the MU Alumni Association.

At this year’s event, the Marshall community will celebrate meeting its goal of raising $15 million in private donations for research which, along with the match from the state’s “Bucks for Brains” West Virginia Research Trust Fund, has led to the creation of 16 new research endowments at Marshall and a 15 percent increase in the university’s overall endowment. In all, 170 private donors gave “Bucks for Brains” gifts ranging from less than $50 to $5 million, all in support of research at Marshall.

“We look forward to Marshall Day at the Capitol each year, and I think the legislators enjoy seeing all the Kelly green and learning what’s new with our university,” said Nancy Pelphrey, assistant director of alumni relations. “We are proud to let them know that we are strong and still growing, and thrilled that the university met its fund-raising goal for research, which means a total benefit to Marshall of $30 million. We’re using this year’s event as an opportunity to thank members of the legislature for their support of this important program.”

The John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps will perform and resolutions will be read in the House and the Senate declaring Feb. 20 “Marshall University Day.” Fun features of Marshall Day at the Capitol include free giveaways, including popcorn and soft drinks.

Marshall representatives planning to attend include: Regents Bachelor of Arts; College of Health Professions; College of Liberal Arts; West Virginia Autism Training Center; Financial Aid; Mid-Ohio Valley Center and Teays Valley Regional Center; Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences; College of Education; College of Information Technology and Engineering; Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing;

Luke Lee Listening, Language and Learning Lab; Marshall University School of Medicine; TRIO programs; Graduate College; School of Pharmacy; Marshall Recreation Center; Marshall University Research Corp.; ROTC, Biomedical Sciences; Graduate Humanities Program; Career Services;

Information Technology; College of Fine Arts; Graduate School of Education and Professional Development; Outreach and Continuing Studies; School of Journalism and Mass Communications; Student Resource Center; University College; College of Business; Marshall University Alumni Association; Housing and Residence Life and Multicultural Affairs/African American Students’ Programs.

For more information, contact the alumni association at 304-696-2901.

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