Herd Holiday

Herd Holiday 2020
Marshall University invites you to celebrate a Herd Holiday the entire month of December! Explore the tabs on this page for activities, book readings, contests, recipes, performances and more. Don’t forget to show us how you are celebrating by using #HerdHoliday and tagging @MarshallU on social media!

Santa Marco
Santa-Marco’s favorite part of Herd Holiday is taking photos with the Marshall Family. Since we can’t do that this year, he has helped us make a few fun, digital options for everyone to try. Check out our Instagram stickers to add a little Marshall cheer to your social posts and stories. Download Marco’s holiday card or choose the customizable PDF option to add your own photo and message. Then, email or print to share with your friends and family.

Herd Holiday Grand Prize

For a chance to win a special, socially distanced photo shoot with Santa-Marco, post a photo on social media showing us how you are celebrating a Herd Holiday at home this year! One lucky winner will be randomly selected and announced on the @MarshallU social channels Monday, December 14.

Contest Rules

Entries must be posted by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, December 13, 2020.
Photos must be posted to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and must include #HerdHoliday and tag @MarshallU.
Check your privacy settings! If your social media account or post is private, we will not be able to see your entry.
All contest submissions must be family friendly. Marshall University holds the right to disqualify and delete any entries deemed inappropriate or a misrepresentation of the Marshall University brand.
Contest winner must be able to travel to the Huntington campus for a 30-minute photoshoot to be scheduled the week of Dec. 14.

For additional information, please contact socialmedia@marshall.edu.

Holiday Fun at Home

Gingerbread House Decorating Contest

The Division of Student Affairs has challenged a few of our campus departments in a friendly gingerbread decorating contest and we need the help of our entire #MarshallUFamily in selecting a winner!

Marshall themed gingerbread house

Contest Voting

Contest voting begins December 7 on the @MarshallU Facebook page.

A photo album consisting of photos from each team will be posted at www.facebook.com/marshallu on Monday, Dec. 7.
The photo of the gingerbread house with the most likes by noon on Monday, December 21 will be the contest winner.

Participate from Home

We would LOVE to see gingerbread creations from our entire Marshall Family! Take a photo of your Herd Holiday inspired gingerbread house and post it to social media using #HerdHoliday and tag @MarshallU! Don’t forget to make sure your post is public so we can see it.

Herd Holiday Coloring Book

Download, print and color our Herd Holiday Coloring Book created by the Marshall University Foundation. Show us your masterpieces by posting them on social media using #HerdHoliday and tag @MarshallU! Don’t forget to make sure your post is public so we can see it.
Herd Holiday Coloring Book

Write and Mail a Letter to Santa

Drop your Santa letters in Santa’s mailbox at the Marshall University Bookstore.

Don’t forget to post a photo while mailing your letter using #HerdHoliday and tagging @MarshallU for a chance to win a Marshall Bookstore gift card. Contest ends December 24. Don’t forget to make sure your post is public so we can see it.

Printable Santa Letter Template

Make Christmas Slime

Check out the video below to make Christmas Slime with the College of Education and Professional Development!

Make Reindeer Food

Join the Marshall University School of Pharmacy in making Reindeer Bait for Christmas Eve!

Reindeer Food graphic

Mix Up Something Delicious

Join Marshall Dietetics and the Nutrition Education Program to make healthy holiday treats for the whole family!

DIY Candy Cane Ornaments

Make a DIY candy cane ornament with student teachers from our College of Education and Professional Development!

Dr. Marco’s Scavenger Hunt

Join Marshall Health, the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and Dr. Marco for a fun, holiday scavenger hunt!

View Dr. Marco’s Scavenger Hunt

Spread Holiday Cheer

Holiday Readings

The Night Before Christmas read by Marshall University President, Jerry Gilbert
Mooseltoe read by the Dr. Mindy Backus, professor in the College of Education and Professional Development

Holiday Music

Jingle Bells performed by Herd Men’s Basketball
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer performed by the Division of Student Affairs
Deck the Halls performed by Marshall University Bands
Old Main Carolers
3rd Avenue Holiday Concert

Holiday Dance Performances

O Holy Night performed by senior company dancers from True Impact Performing Arts
Scrooge meets Marley from A Christmas Carol performed by senior company dancers from True Impact Performing Arts
Shop with Marco & Jingle
Visit the Marshall University Bookstore this holiday season to drop your letters to Santa in our special mailbox. Don’t forget to post a photo while mailing your letter using #HerdHoliday and tagging @MarshallU for a chance to win a Marshall Bookstore gift card.

Marco and Jingle Shop the Marshall Bookstore

Are you looking for the perfect gifts for all of the Herd Fans on your list this holiday season? Check out what Marco and Jingle found on their recent trip to the Marshall Bookstore. Don’t forget to follow @MarshallU on Facebook and Instagram through December 24 for chances to win some of #MarcosFavoriteThings!

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Gift with Purchase

The Marshall University Bookstore is offering a FREE GIFT with purchases of $25 or more while supplies last this holiday season. Shop in store Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or mention Herd Holiday in the comments at checkout when shopping marshallustore.com

Shop Online

Can’t make it to the store this year? No problem! Shop online at marshallustore.com.

Marco’s Favorite Things

Marco is celebrating the holiday season by sharing a few of his favorite things! Follow @MarshallU on Facebook and Instagram Dec. 1- 24 to find out how you can win #‎MarcosFavoriteThings‬!

For Your Hungry Herd
Marshall University Dietetics and its Nutrition Education Program have provided healthy holiday recipes for our Marshall family to try this holiday season.
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Recipes from Past Marco’s Favorite Things

#HerdHoliday Contests

Herd Holiday Grand Prize Contest

Santa-Marco with a family at Herd Holiday in 2019
For a chance to win a special, socially distanced photo shoot with Santa-Marco, post a photo on social media showing us how you are celebrating a Herd Holiday at home this year! One lucky winner will be randomly selected and announced on the @MarshallU social channels Monday, December 14. Contest Rules

Gingerbread Contest

Marshall themed gingerbread house

Vote for your favorite gingerbread house December 7-21 on the @MarshallU Facebook page.

We want to see gingerbread creations from our entire Marshall Family! Take a photo of your Herd Holiday inspired gingerbread house and post it to social media using #HerdHoliday and tag @MarshallU! Don’t forget to make sure your post is public so we can see it.

Letters to Santa Contest

Post a photo dropping your letter to Santa in our special mailbox at the Marshall University Bookstore using #HerdHoliday and tagging @MarshallU for a chance to win a Marshall Bookstore gift card. Contest Details

Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Marshall Athletics is hosting a virtual scavenger hunt. Post a photo of the items on social media above using #HerdHoliday and tagging @MarshallU for a chance to win a Marco bobble head. Don’t forget to make sure your post is public so we can see it.

Marco’s Favorite Things

Marco's Favorite Things advertisement

Marco is celebrating the holiday season by sharing a few of his favorite things! Follow @MarshallU on Facebook and Instagram Dec. 1- 24 to find out how you can win! Visit our Marco’s Favorite Things

page for a list of our contest winners.

Dr. Marco’s Scavenger Hunt

Join Marshall Health, the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and Dr. Marco for a fun, holiday scavenger hunt!

View Dr. Marco’s Scavenger Hunt

Marco's Favorite Things

Marco is celebrating the holiday season by sharing a few of his favorite things! Follow @MarshallU on Facebook and Instagram Dec. 1- 24 to find out how you can win! #‎MarcosFavoriteThings‬

2020 Marco’s Favorite Things Contest

2020 Contest Winners:

December 1: Gift with purchase from the Marshall University Bookstore

December 2: Facebook winner Jeremy Samples

December 3: Instagram winner Jennifer Edwards

December 4: Facebook winner Dianne Ash

December 5: Facebook winner Jason N. Stephanie Cummings

December 6: Instagram winner Emily Backus

December 7: Facebook winner Vincent Richards

December 8: Instagram winner Adriene Pauley

December 9: Facebook winner Rita Mayes Adams

December 10: Facebook winner Michelle Ishida

December 11: Instagram winner Shayla Patton

December 12: Facebook winner Michelle Dozier

December 13: Facebook winner Heather Nicholas

December 14: Instagram winner Nevae Nichole

December 15: Instagram winner Lynn Merritt Sommerville

December 16: Facebook winner Scott Daniels

December 17: Instagram winner Clay Willis

 

Are you a contest winner? Contact socialmedia@marshall.edu for details.

 

Shop for items featured in Marco’s Favorite Things

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Homefield Apparel

Hometown Sportswear

Marshall Health

Marshall University Bookstore

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