fountainThe Marshall University Memorial Student Center serves as a living memorial to those killed in the November 14, 1970 plane crash. Opened in 1971, the Memorial Student Center underwent major renovation during 1997-98, culminating in the opening of a 7,000 square foot wing on the west end of the building to house the university bookstore. The Memorial Student Center maintains the goal of providing services, facilities, conveniences and amenities to enhance life for our University community. The MSC Operations Office is responsible for business operations in the Student Center and for the implementation of contract operations, including campus-wide vending and ATM contracts with various banks. The Memorial Student Center also has a recreation area, dining areas, Catering Office, student service related offices, the Marshall Bookstore, and numerous rooms that can be scheduled for meetings, special events and conferences.

About the Memorial Student Center Fountain…

The Marshall University Fountain reminds us of the lives that were lost in a plane crash on the night of November 14, 1970. This loss included Marshall’s football team, coaches, and many community athletic boosters. The fountain, weighing 6,500 pounds and standing 13 feet high, was designed by artist and sculptor Harry Bertoia.  The fountain was dedicated to the Marshall community by Marshall’s President, John G. Barker, on November 12, 1972.

The fountain form speaks of continuation, perpetuation, and in short, of life… “The living rather than commemorating death itself in the waters of life, rising, renewing, reaching to express, upward growth, immortality, eternality.” – Harry Bertoia, designer of the Marshall Memorial Fountain.


The Memorial Student Center Management Office is located in suite 2W6. The hours for the office are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.  William “Tootie” Carter serves as business manager of the MSC and reports to the Senior Vice President for Operations.

Tootie Carter
Email: carterw@marshall.edu
Phone: 304-696-2528

Facility use and scheduling information is available through the Facilities Scheduling Office, located in room 2W20 of the Student Center. Further information, including room sizes, capacities, and layout options is available here.