Homecoming Week to begin Monday

PrintJim Justice, a Marshall University alumni and owner of the famed Greenbrier resort, along with wife Cathy, daughter Jill, and son, Jay, have been selected as Grand Marshals for Marshall’s 2014 Homecoming parade, set for Saturday Oct. 11.

The Justices have a proud Marshall history. Jim Justice received a B.B.A. degree in 1974, followed by a M.B.A. in 1976.  Cathy Justice graduated in 1974 and Jill received her degree in 2007.

“We are thrilled to have the Justice family with us for Homecoming,” said a statement from the MU Alumni Association. Homecoming is a time, the association says, to “Wear your green, show your Marshall pride, reunite with old friends, make new friends, interact with alumni and students and reminisce about your days here.”

Jim Justice is credited with bringing the world-class resort back into the news with the addition of a new restaurant and casino and especially the PGA golf tournament, the first ever in West Virginia. The tournament opened in 2010 to glowing reviews and has continued to flourish, annually drawing top flight golfers and their fans to the Mountain State. The resort’s addition of a training camp for the New Orleans Saints professional football team this past summer brought legions of fans to the Greenbrier Valley area as well.

This year’s Homecoming theme is “Marco’s Favorite Heroes and Toughest Villains” with the following events scheduled:

Monday, Oct. 6

Office decorating contest begins.

4:30 p.m. – Third Annual Unity walk Celebration, Memorial Student Center Plaza

Thursday, Oct. 9

9 a.m.  – Office decoration judging begins

Friday, Oct. 10

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Free picnic on the plaza with music, prizes, games and lunch.  This is the first official alumni event of homecoming weekend.

7 p.m. – Pep Rally on Buskirk Field.  The Marching Thunder, Marco and cheerleaders will make an appearance.

7:30 -9:30  p.m. – Welcome Back Champagne Reception co-hosted by the Marshall University Alumni Association and the Black Alumni Association in the Don Morris Room in the Memorial Student Center. The cost is $25 per person for advance registration and $30 the day of the event.  For reservations contact Fran Jackson at jacksonf@marshall.edu  or Nancy Pelphrey at pelphrey@marshall.edu.

Saturday, Oct. 11

8 a.m. – 5K Alum Run.  The course starts on Veterans Blvd. and ends near Pullman Square.  The entry fee is $20 for early registration and $25 beginning Oct. 1.  The run is co-sponsored by the MU Alumni Association and the Huntington Lions Club.  To register contact David Specht at spechtl@frontier.com

9 a.m. Homecoming Parade.

9 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. – Tailgate Blast, $25 per person.

Noon, Kickoff. The Thundering Herd takes on Middle Tennessee’s Blue Raiders in the Homecoming game.  Crowning of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall 2014 will take place at halftime.  For tickets call 304 696-HERD.