Official Newsletter of the Marshall University Alumni Association | April 2021
Diversity – Integrity – Loyalty – Pride – Respect
It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Spring
Spring has sprung at Marshall University!

After a - lets just call it 'challenging' - winter, the trees and flowers are finally starting to bloom on campus. Baseball and softball games are being played. Students are out enjoying the sun. It is almost like things are back to normal. Almost.

The Marshall University Alumni Association, and university as a whole, are doing everything in their power to return to normal while still taking all of the necessary steps and precautions to assure that students, faculty, staff and alumni are all safe.

But we are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. There will be an in-person graduation in the spring. The fall semester is currently scheduled to return to full in-person instruction. Alumni chapters around the country have been given the green light to return to in-person meetings and events while following local guidelines. And, right now, Homecoming is looking very, very promising.

While we aren't celebrating just yet, we have our party gear out and are ready to go when we can!

Enjoy reading this edition of Sons & Daughters. GO HERD!

Office of Alumni Relations
Matt Hayes
Larry Crum
Kasey Stevens
Groundbreaking held for aviation maintenance program at MU

Officials with Marshall University and Mountwest Community & Technical College, along with the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI), ceremonially broke ground at Huntington Tri-State Airport for their joint Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) program on Friday, March 26.

Facilities construction for the new program includes renovations to an existing hangar, as well as a makeover for an old armory at Tri-State that will house laboratory and classroom space. Total renovation cost is $2.7 million.

The event was attended by federal, state and local officials, as well as aviation industry partners including Delta Air Lines, which announced the program would receive Delta Education support.

Currently under review by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Higher Learning Commission, the program is set to welcome students in spring 2022 and will feature hands-on instruction for a career field that is forecast to grow at a high rate in coming years.

You're invited to celebrate Huntington's Sesquicentennial in 2021!

The 150th Anniversary of Huntington will highlight the past, present and future of the city. The year-long campaign will focus on positive stories within the city’s neighborhoods and beyond through various events, collaborations, initiatives and more. The vision is to showcase that Huntington is “always home,” no matter where you find yourself. Learn more at
Mountain Stage lineup set for April 16 concert at The Joan
Ona has joined the lineup on the outdoor concert to be held on the Huntington campus at the Joan C. Edwards Stadium on Friday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. This event will be held rain or shine.

Mountain Stage is proud to announce Huntington’s own Ona will be added to the City of Huntington’s 150th Anniversary Celebration. Mountain Stage’s lineup will also feature singer-songwriter and prolific pianist, A.J. Croce, as well as the powerhouse Alabama-based rock-and-roll soul band St. Paul and the Broken Bones, and blues singer Shemekia Copeland.
All seating in the Joan C. Edwards Stadium on the Huntington campus of Marshall University will be general admission. Seating will be socially distanced. Doors at the stadium will open at 6:30 p.m. All local, state and federal guidelines regarding COVID-19 in place at that time will be enforced.

General admission tickets for this performance of Mountain Stage are $60. Price includes all taxes and fees. To purchase tickets, visit, or call the Marshall Artists Series at 304-696-6656, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Win Tickets To Mountain Stage Concert April 16!
Want to win a party 4-pack of tickets to see the Mountain Stage concert on Friday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Joan C. Edwards Stadium?

Visit the MUAA Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages later this week and tell us what you love most about #MyHuntington as The City of Huntington celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2021!
Online pottery sale to benefit community food bank
Marshall University’s School of Art & Design and the Pottery Place will host the 18th annual Empty Bowls fundraising pottery sale event next month. For the second year, the pottery sale will be online and will last from April 1 to 30 at Proceeds go to the Facing Hunger Food Bank.

Bowls created by Marshall art students will be sold online for $20 per bowl, with each bowl sold providing 180 meals for those in need.

The traditional one-day, soup lunch event that is the usual format for this longstanding Marshall tradition was canceled last year due to the pandemic, but the pottery sale itself was rescued by the Pottery Place, whose owner, Marshall graduate Jessica Stone, offered to sell the bowls on her company website. Last year’s event raised $9,128 for the food bank, helping the food bank provide over 89,000 meals. Over the past 17 years, the event has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the food bank.

Relive the incredible TEDxMarshallU: RISING
Marshall University hosted its 3rd annual TEDxMarshallU event organized by students and faculty last month and you can relive this moving and incredible event!

The theme for this year’s event was “RISING,” to honor the 50th anniversary of the Marshall community rising from the ashes of the November 1970 plane crash and highlighting ideas and initiatives that are helping our community rise in education, economic development, and mental health and persevere through adversity.

Academic agreements pave path to advanced degrees
The path to advanced degrees, including a doctorate in pharmacy and a master’s in accountancy, just became a little easier for students at Glenville State College, thanks to an agreement with Marshall University.

Nursing students on front line of vaccine distribution
Marshall University nursing students have been on the front line of the COVID-19 vaccination clinics this winter. With a need for those qualified to give the vaccine, Marshall administration looked to its most qualified students, nursing students in the College of Health Professions.

Green and White Game to take place on April 17
The 2021 Green and White Game will take place on Saturday, April 17 at 3 p.m. at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

This year's Marshall Spring Game will feature the green team versus the white team in a four quarter, game-like setting. Due to COVID-19 protocols, all seats will be reserved for the game. Get your tickets today!

Herd men's soccer continue to make history

Marshall made history last month with first national Top 10 ranking

The Marshall men's soccer team dropped from No. 8 to No. 13 in the national poll this week, but head coach Chris Grassie believes this year's team is playing better than the 2019 team that advanced to the Sweet 16. A look at the numbers that support the belief that the Thundering Herd will be "dangerous" in April.

Alumni Spotlight:
Brian & Katy Chrisman

Crowns, Cleats & A MarshallU Love Story
Every great love story has a great beginning.

They are often born in the little moments that make up our daily lives. They are the moments and life decisions that seem inconsequential at the time but are the basis for a love that can last the ages.

Decisions like what sport to play as a child. What university to attend. And whether to take a chance on someone you meet.

Take, for instance, Brian and Katy Chrisman. The two were thousands of miles apart, one raised in the cities of Pennsylvania and the other in the mountains of Colorado, both brought together by their passion for sport and one university.

Marshall University.

Alumni News, Chapters
and Member Benefits
83rd Alumni Awards Banquet Postponed to 2022
The 83rd annual Alumni Awards Banquet, originally scheduled for April 2021, has been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The new date for the annual celebration of outstanding alumni, university supporters and students is Saturday, April 9, 2022.

Highlighting the list of more than a dozen honorees at the awards banquet when it resumes are Brad and Alys Smith who are being honored by the MUAA. Brad Smith has been selected as the recipient of the Marshall University Distinguished Alumni award, while Alys Smith has been selected as the recipient of the Distinguished Service to Marshall University award, two of Marshall’s highest honors. William Joseph Kehoe and Cathy Burns have been selected as co-recipients of the Outstanding Community Achievement award, and Jeff McKay will receive the Distinguished Young Alumni award.

Other awards scheduled for the evening will include MUAA Chapter of the Year, scholarship awards and honors from many of Marshall University’s colleges.
Check us out on social @MarshallUAlumni
Looking for us on social media?

The Marshall Alumni Association has rebranded its social media platforms to make it easier to find us and all of the great Marshall alumni related content. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @MarshallUAlumni
Marshall Alumni podcast coming soon!
Hey Herd fans, listen up!

The Marshall University Alumni Association is currently developing an alumni podcast featuring news, updates and alumni interviews debuting later this year!

Do you know an alum that would be a great guest on our show? Let us know at and stay tuned for more information about how to listen!
Follow Office of Career Education on Instagram
Herd Alums on Instagram! Be sure to follow @marshallucareer for events and job opportunities posted by the Office of Career Education!

And for additional information about jobs and how we can help, visit
Alumni Chapters returning to 'normal'!
We think Ana and Elsa said it best- for the "First Time in Forever" we're starting to regain some normalcy!

That also means some great news for chapters - we are advising that chapters can meet in person and require them to continue to follow local municipal, county, and state guidelines when meeting. We simply ask they notify our office about in-person meetings by emailing our office at

We are thrilled life is starting to look a little bit more like it used to and hope you feel the same!

If you're looking for an alumni chapter in your area, check out our Chapter Map or contact us at
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Marshall Foundation
News and Updates
Alumni establish scholarship for College of Arts and Media

Harvey J. and Kimberly Austin recently established the Harvey J. and Kimberly Austin Family Scholarship, which supports graphic design or video production students in Marshall University’s College of Arts and Media.

Harvey Austin graduated from Marshall University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design and serves as the vice president and managing director of video and creative production for Syneos Health. Kimberly Austin graduated from Marshall University Joan C. Edward School of Medicine in 2001 and is now a physician at OhioHealth in Columbus, Ohio. Together, they have one daughter, Aja.

Harvey Austin says he learned many lessons during his time at Marshall but believes the ability to lead a team and invest in the growth and advancement of others has been most beneficial in his career.

“Art and design have always been important to me. When I was entering college, the idea of having a career in the arts was always a dream of mine,” he said. “There have been so many technical and creative advances in the industry within the last two decades. Those advances are attracting many students who never thought about studying design and production in college. I think it’s more important to encourage careers in the arts and give financial assistance to students aspiring to make the world a more creative place.”

Marshall Rises is the university’s largest fundraising effort to date. The comprehensive campaign includes five pillars where support is most needed:

1. Enhancing the Student Experience
2. Expanding Academics and Growing our Reputation
3. Creating an Environment of Innovative Learning
4. Forming a Foundation of Research and Creative Discovery
5. Deepening Community Partnerships

In March 2021, 576 donors made 860 gifts towards the five pillars as we approach our goal of $150 million!

Artifacts of Appreciation:
Brianne Covington
"When I found out I was receiving scholarships, I felt joy and relief. I remember feeling so proud that all my hard work had paid off. It felt as if it really meant something since I had something to show for it. Scholarships mean opportunity. Without my scholarships, I simply wouldn't be where I am today," said Brianne Covington of Martinsburg, West Virginia.

Artifacts of Appreciation:
Lucy Bell
"Scholarships mean that you have the chance to pursue your education without financial burden and that takes immense pressure off students. Personally, I see scholarships as an opportunity to further yourself in your overall life. I had worked so hard to earn my scholarships and it had been a long process, much of which I was not sure was going to end in victory. I was very emotional and grateful," said Lucy Bell of Eleanor, West Virginia.

Alumni honored through scholarship for Marshall's College of Education and Professional Development

Marshall University alumna Jennifer Bailey recently established the Harry and Barbara Raczok Scholarship to honor her late parents.

Harry Raczok graduated from Marshall in 1964 with degrees in biology and health and physical education. He also completed his master’s at Marshall and was pursuing a Ph.D. in plant physiology at the University of Maryland in the 1960s. After circumstances required him to abandon that pursuit, he joined the faculty of Marshall as an associate professor of biology.

Barbara Raczock enrolled at Marshall and caught Harry’s eye. The couple married in the Campus Christian Center on June 30, 1974. At that time, Barbara decided to focus on her role as a wife and mother. Eleven years later, she returned to Marshall and completed the remaining three years of her degree in just one and a half years, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in education in 1987. She returned in 2004 to complete a Master of Arts in reading education.

Harry Raczock resigned from Marshall’s biology department in 1978 and began his career as a public-school biology and life science teacher. His career ended at Buffalo High School in Putnam County, West Virginia. Barbara Raczock taught at Kellogg in Huntington, then for a few years at Byrd Elementary in Graniteville, South Carolina, and then returned to West Virginia and taught at Buffalo Elementary School.

Marshall School of Medicine announces Match Day results

Fourth-year students from the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine found out today where they will train for the next three to seven years. A total of 75 students from the Class of 2021 students matched, representing a 100% match rate for the class.

Doctor of Business Admin. program to begin in fall 2021

Marshall University’s Brad D. Smith Graduate School of Business in the Lewis College of Business is launching a Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) program in August, and is now accepting student applications.

Computer science graduate student wins national Student Research Competition

Marshall University graduate student Vishwanshi Joshi, a student in Marshall’s Department of Computer Sciences and Electrical Engineering, was named a winner of the Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) Student Research Competition (SRC) 2021, hosted by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and Microsoft..

Marshall to offer in-person Green and White Day open houses

Marshall University has announced the availability of in-person Green and White Day open house events on Friday, April 16, and Saturday, April 17. The Green and White Day open house events provide students with the opportunity to tour Marshall’s award-winning campus, get in-depth information about their intended academic major, and meet with faculty members and academic experts at the interactive Academic Showcase.

NOTICE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many events in the Marshall community have been postponed or cancelled. Please CLICK HERE for updates and additional information. We remain focused and committed to offering the #MarshallUFamily the very best in events, updates and membership services to enjoy during this pandemic. We Are...MARSHALL!
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