Events for alumni, faculty/staff and friends return this summer

MUCrabfest2013Two popular alumni events are coming up this summer, the  annual  Maryland Crabfest and cookout set for later this month and the  Paint the Capital City Green gala, which is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 22 in Charleston.

The Crabfest will take place at Bill and Phyllis Eaton’s farm at 300 Walnut Grove Farm Lane in Centreville, Md., Saturday, June 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $25 per person, with children and current MU students with a Marshall ID admitted free.  Reservations must be made by June 18. This is the eighth year that Phyllis, a 1963 graduate, and her husband, Bill, have hosted this event.

Special guests will be President Stephen J. Kopp; Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the Marshall Foundation;  Matt Hayes, Executive Director of Alumni Relations and others. For additional information,  contact the Alumni Office at ext. 6-3134 or 6-2901 or go to

PainttheCapitalCityGreenPaint the Capital City Green, the nation’s largest indoor pep rally for Thundering Herd alumni, fans and friends, is set for Thursday, Aug. 23 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston.  Fans can enjoy a pep rally atmosphere that includes a tailgate spread,  entertainment by Marco, the cheerleading squad, dance teams and members of the Marshall Marching Thunder.  The tailgate begins at 6 p.m. with the program to follow at 7.

Traditionally President Kopp, Head Football Coach Doc Holliday and Athletic Director Mike Hamrick are on hand to meet with fans.  The cost is $50 per person.  The event is sponsored by Friends of Coal and is hosted by the Big Green Scholarship Foundation and the MU Alumni Association. Tickets are now on sale and to sponsor a table, contact Nancy Pelphrey at ext. 6-3134. For additional information e-mail