Herd fans invited to reception before Marshall-West Virginia men’s game today

Friends and fans of Marshall University are invited to gather in the South Hall of the Charleston Civic Center today (Wednesday, Dec. 5) for a free reception that will precede the annual Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic men’s basketball game between Marshall and West Virginia University.

The Marshall University Alumni Association is hosting the reception, which is sponsored by Pepsi and runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The first 175 people to arrive will receive a free 175th anniversary Kelly green T-shirt.

“Every Thundering Herd fan attending the game is encouraged to attend the reception,” said Nancy Pelphrey, coordinator of alumni programs. “We love packing the South Hall wall-to-wall with fans wearing Kelly green as we prepare to take on WVU. This is always one of our most well-attended and fun events of the year and this year will be no different.”

Pelphrey said the T-shirt giveaway is part of Marshall University 175th anniversary celebration, which has been ongoing for the past year.

“The reception and the T-shirt giveaway will bring to a fitting conclusion the celebration of our 175 years as a university,” Pelphrey said. “Hopefully we can celebrate with victories Tuesday over WVU in the women’s game and Wednesday in the men’s game.”

The MU and WVU women square off at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the civic center. The public is invited to a free reception sponsored by the Big Green that starts at 6 p.m. in Parlor A at the civic center. Complimentary appetizers and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and Coach Matt Daniel is expected to stop by.

Wednesday’s reception, which is free to the public, features complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a DJ providing music. The MU pep band and cheerleaders will stop by, as will Thundering Herd mascot Marco and the dance team.

Representatives from 14 campus organizations will take part in the reception, setting up displays and sharing information with visitors. Those planning displays are the College of Health Professions, the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development, Outreach and Continuing Studies, Career Services, the College of Business, the Marshall University Research Corporation, Planned Giving/Office of Development, the Office of Recruitment, the School of Medicine, the College of Education, the College of Fine Arts, Information Technology, the College of Information Technology and Engineering, and the School of Pharmacy.

For more information on the reception, call Pelphrey at 304-696-3134. Click on the graphic to view larger size.