About the Memorial Student Center…

The Memorial Student Center exists as a living memorial to those killed in the November 14, 1970 plane crash. The Student Center maintains a continuing goal of providing facilities, services, 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.

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 also has a Recreation Area, dining areas, Catering Office, student service related offices, the Campus ID Office, an Electronic Post Office, and numerous rooms that can be scheduled for meetings, special events and conferences.

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. The Business Manager, William “Tootie” Carter, reports to the Senior Vice-President for Operations.

Facility use and scheduling information is available through the Facilities Scheduling Office, located in room 2W17 of the Student Center. Further information, including room sizes, capacities, and layout options is available here.

About the Student Center Fountain…
The Marshall 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, 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)

A commemorative ceremony is held each year on the Memorial Student Center plaza in remembrance of those lost to the University and the community.

Marshall University Vision Statement

Marshall University, an exemplar of excellence in teaching and learning, will continue to place its highest priority on providing outstanding undergraduate and graduate education, resulting in national recognition in academics and in scholarly, artistic, and creative achievement. Marshall’s students will graduate well prepared for the responsibilities of life within a culturally diverse and globally interdependent society. Marshall will address the changing needs of the state and the region and will return to the community and state an outstanding value for the resources invested in the University.


Student Center Mission Statement

The Memorial Student Center’s mission is to create and maintain an atmosphere that encourages each individual’s self-development by providing facilities, services, conveniences, and amenities to enhance life.

Our goal is to operate all functions of the Memorial Student Center and the Facilities Scheduling Office in accordance with the Marshall University Statement of Professional Ethics and NACAS (National Association of College Auxiliary Services) in commitment to enhancing the profession of auxiliary and campus support services in higher education.
Marshall University is a multi-campus public university providing innovative undergraduate and graduate education that contributes to the development of society and the individual. The University actively facilitates learning through preservation, discovery, synthesis, and dissemination of knowledge –
(full statement).