Marshall to celebrate ‘Day at the Capitol’ today

JohnMarshallFifeandDrumMarshall University representatives will pack the upper rotunda of the State Capitol in Charleston Wednesday, Feb. 20, in celebration of the annual Marshall Day at the Capitol.

Marshall staff, faculty, students and alumni will be at the capitol from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., greeting visitors and interacting with legislators. Nearly 40 displays promoting a variety of programs will be set up during the event, which is being organized by the MU Alumni Association.

At this year’s event, the Marshall community will celebrate meeting its goal of raising $15 million in private donations for research which, along with the match from the state’s “Bucks for Brains” West Virginia Research Trust Fund, has led to the creation of 16 new research endowments at Marshall and a 15 percent increase in the university’s overall endowment. In all, 170 private donors gave “Bucks for Brains” gifts ranging from less than $50 to $5 million, all in support of research at Marshall.

“We look forward to Marshall Day at the Capitol each year, and I think the legislators enjoy seeing all the Kelly green and learning what’s new with our university,” said Nancy Pelphrey, coordinator of alumni programs with the alumni association. “We are proud to let them know that we are strong and still growing, and thrilled that the university met its fund-raising goal for research, which means a total benefit to Marshall of $30 million. We’re using this year’s event as an opportunity to thank members of the legislature for their support of this important program.”

The John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps will perform and resolutions will be read in the House and the Senate declaring Feb. 20 “Marshall University Day.” Fun features of Marshall Day at the Capitol include free giveaways, including popcorn and soft drinks.

For more information, contact the alumni association at 304-696-2901.


Photo: The John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps participated in Marshall Day at the Capitol in 2012 and will do so again this year.