Monday, September 23, 2013
Contact: Nancy Pelphrey, Assistant Director, Alumni Affairs 304-696-3134

University gets ready to celebrate homecoming with a Mardi Gras theme

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Mardi Gras, Marshall University style, will be observed with music, picnics, parades, floats, a football game and a host of other activities as the university celebrates homecoming week Sept. 30-Oct. 6.

A highlight of the week is the matchup of the Thundering Herd football team with first-time opponent, the University of Texas San Antonio Roadrunners, at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5 at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. 

“We'll have a full slate of diverse activities for students, staff, alumni and Marshall supporters," said Nancy Pelphrey, assistant director of alumni affairs. "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."

The grand marshals of the homecoming parade are Benjamin “Benny” Hale Jr. and Jan Jenkins Hale, who were crowned “Mr. and Miss Marshall” at halftime during the 1966 homecoming football game.  Now married and living in Columbus, Ohio, the couple will lead the parade, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct.5, in downtown Huntington. 

Homecoming is sponsored in part by Bridgeport Equipment and Tools.

“We’re thankful to have such tremendous support from our local business partners,”  Matt Hayes, executive director of alumni affairs, said.  “It’s a win-win scenario in that the business gains additional exposure and recognition while we meet the needs of our guests at these events. Businesses that wish to become involved may contact Nancy Pelphrey at 304-696-3134 for more information.”

Here is a breakdown of homecoming week events and activities:

Monday, Sept. 30

Thursday, Oct. 3

Friday, Oct. 4: Green and White Day

Saturday, Oct. 5

Sunday, Oct. 6

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