Alumni Association to host annual Alumni Weekend festivities April 24-25

AnthonyCrutchfieldMarshall University and the Marshall University Alumni Association will host its annual Alumni Weekend, April 24-25, with a variety of events held throughout the weekend, all leading up to the 78th annual Alumni Awards Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

“Marshall University’s Alumni Weekend is a unique opportunity to bring alumni and friends of Marshall University together for a weekend of fellowship and celebration of the many memories made right here in Huntington,” said Matt Hayes, executive director of alumni relations. “This is our opportunity to recognize and honor the achievements of our notable alumni, while giving them an opportunity to reflect on their time here at Marshall and to see the great strides the university has made over the past few years. We look forward to welcoming alumni of all ages to Alumni Weekend 2015.”

The 2015 edition of Marshall University’s Alumni Weekend will include a number of events held on and around campus, including dinner theatre, a special breakfast honoring the Class of 1965, the Green and White spring football game and the Alumni Awards Banquet.

Among the many special honorees in attendance at this year’s event will be Gen. Anthony Crutchfield, deputy commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, who has been named recipient of the Marshall University Distinguished Alumnus Award, MUAA’s highest honor.

Other award recipients include Dr. Elizabeth Murray, recipient of the Distinguished Service to Marshall Award, Melissa Browning, recipient of the Community Service Award, and a number of additional honorees including MUAA Club of the Year, scholarship awards and awards from many of Marshall University’s colleges.

“My wife and I are very much looking forward to the entire Alumni Weekend experience,” Crutchfield said. “We are very honored by this award and we look forward to returning to campus and reuniting with our Marshall family.”

The Marshall University Alumni Weekend will kick off on Friday, April 24 with a dinner theatre in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre inside the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. followed by Marshall Theatre’s production of “Clybourne Park.”

Alumni Weekend will continue on Saturday, April 25, with a Class Breakfast honoring the 50-year reunion of the Class of 1965, plus those who graduated prior to 1965 as members of the Grand Class. Breakfast and a special presentation will begin at 9 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center.

Also on Saturday, April 25, alums will have an opportunity to participate in the Fountain Ceremony on the Memorial Student Center Plaza at 11 a.m., followed by the Marshall Thundering Herd Green and White spring football game at 2 p.m.

The weekend will conclude with the banquet honoring distinguished alumni and friends on Saturday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center.

Tickets to the annual Alumni Weekend are available online at or by calling ext.6-3134. For more information, visit the MUAA website at or e-mail


Photo: Gen. Anthony Crutchfield will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award at the banquet April 25.