Official Newsletter of the Marshall University Alumni Association | Aug 4, 2020
Diversity – Integrity – Loyalty – Pride – Respect
A New Normal
Greetings Herd Alums!

When the calendar flipped over to 2020 just seven short months ago, who could have ever imagined what was in store for us as individuals and as a country?

A worldwide pandemic has shifted the focus for many of us from a bigger picture to a smaller, more focused worldview. Without warning, we in the office of alumni relations suddenly went from worrying about dinner options at awards banquets and securing venues in major cities for alumni events, to focusing on the health and well being of our families and our colleagues.

We have gone from meetings in board rooms to Microsoft Teams or other virtual platforms often from our remote locations. We have learned to host meetings and events in virtual spaces. We've learned that not all events have to be in-person to be enjoyable. We've learned a lot of new things in the past few months that have changed the way that we operate, but one thing that hasn't changed since the onset of the pandemic is our passion for our alumni family. We remain committed to serving you and finding new and innovative ways to interact, entertain, and bring us all together in the name of Marshall University!

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

Office of Alumni Relations
Matt Hayes
Larry Crum
Kasey Stevens
Students return to campus in August
Marshall's comprehensive return-to-campus gets underway this month as students, faculty and staff prepare for a modified semester using a mixture of face-to-face classes, online classes and hybrid learning environments.

Additionally, university offices and facilities have reopened with restrictions, including Drinko Library, Memorial Student Center, The Rec and more.

Aug. 8 commencement ceremony cancelled
Marshall University announced it has cancelled the commencement ceremony tentatively scheduled for Aug. 8 at the Joan C. Edwards Stadium. The ceremony had already been delayed from May 2 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Update Your Contact Information Today!
We are proud to announce that, after a few minor hiccups, the all-new is up and running and available for you to take advantage of! Be sure to bookmark the new site and visit often. has everything you need to keep in touch with your alma mater including the latest alumni events and news from your alumni association. You can learn about alumni chapters and how to get involved in your community. Also, check out the latest membership benefits including discounts on everything from travel to dining, and keep in touch with classmates and friends. Log-on today to update your information and stay up-to-date on the latest from campus.
Like our new website? Notice something out of place? Let us know by taking our website survey linked here.
Additional fall courses transitioning to live, remote instruction
Due to the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the region and similar actions being taken by other universities across the country, Marshall will be transitioning more fall courses to virtual delivery than originally planned.

Stay up-to-date with the latest coronavirus updates from Marshall University
Keep informed on the latest news and updates from campus as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Marshall men's basketball releases 2020-21 schedule
Marshall men's basketball head coach Dan D'Antoni released the team's 2020-21 schedule last month, highlighted by 16 home games and road contests at Xavier, Virginia Tech and Kentucky.

Marshall U License Plates
Show your Marshall pride on the highway of your state!

Official Marshall plates are available in West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Click on the state above that matches where you live to download the form for a Marshall University vanity plate. Please keep in mind that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a delay in processing paperwork. Please allow yourself plenty of time to receive your plate.

Additionally, the MUAA has received numerous requests for a Marshall vanity plate in Ohio. If you live in the state of Ohio and wish to pledge to receive a plate should they become available, please CLICK HERE. The Ohio BMV requires a minimum of 150 residents in order to make the plate available. For more information please contact the MUAA office at (304) 696-2901.
Alumni Spotlight: Mary Anna Ball
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Some individuals gravitate toward a particular passion or profession based on life experiences. Others go out and develop the skills needed to chase their dreams. And then there are those who are born to do something.

Mary Anna Ball was born to be a dancer.

Alumni News, Chapters
and Member Benefits
#HerdHomecoming 2020
While the details of #HerdHomecoming 2020 are still in limbo due to the ongoing pandemic, the Office of Alumni Relations is actively engaged in planning fun options for alumni across the country to take part in virtually, as well as in-person if it is deemed safe to do so by the currently scheduled October 24 date.

In the meantime, we would like to hear from you! Do you have any ideas for fun, interactive virtual events for Homecoming? Would you like to see certain members of the campus community available for live video chats? Would you be interested in a virtual tour of new facilities on campus? Let us know what you are interested in by sending us an email at! We hope to have a full schedule and more information available to you in the coming weeks.
MUAA Member Benefits Corner
Nationwide Insurance

Nationwide is proud to offer MUAA members exclusive, active member-only insurance discounts. CLICK HERE to start saving today!
Nationwide is on your side.
Alumni Perks

Save on everything from dining to travel using the all-new MUAA Alumni Perks program! CLICK HERE and register to receive custom savings only available to Marshall alumni!
The Marshall University Alumni Association would like to remind you to #maskup when in public to help stop the spread of COVID-19. For those who want to go out in style, there are several great Marshall masks available at our partners Hometown Sportswear and the Marshall University Bookstore!
Chapter Spotlight of the Month: Nashville Chapter
Finding a sense of belonging and home in a new city can be tough, especially in a city of almost 700,000, with the metropolitan population edging on 2 million people. In the past few years, the Nashville Marshall University Alumni Chapter started up to give members of the Marshall Family a Herd connection in the Volunteer State.

The chapter is led by three Marshall Alumni in Nashville, Jim Reynolds, Levi Jerome and Aaron Ryan. Ryan is a 2010 graduate and joined the chapter when he first moved to the Music City.
"The alumni in our chapter are incredibly engaged and invested in the success of both the chapter and of Marshall in general, so it's been great to see people so excited and willing to get involved. Of course COVID has put a lot of our plans on hold, but we know that once we're able to all get together again, we have an enthusiastic group of alumni who are always eager to connect and help each other (and our chapter) out," Ryan said.
Members of the Marshall Family getting to reminisce on their days at Marshall are part of what alumni chapters are all about, along with networking with other alumni, celebrating Marshall and so much more.
"Definitely hanging out with other fans and alumni at the Marshall-MTSU games when the Herd plays here. Nashville is lucky to be within about an hours' drive of both Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee State University, so we have at least one football game basically in our backyard every year. It's a great opportunity to reconnect with other Marshall fans and alumni, both those who come in from out of town and those who live in the area," Ryan said.
The football game in the Music City's backyard this year is scheduled for October 10 at Western Kentucky. As someone who joined a new chapter in a big city, Ryan offers advice for those on the fence about joining a chapter.
"Joining an alumni chapter is such a great way to meet new people and to network—because no matter what, you have at least one thing in common with everybody in the group," Ryan said. "You'll always be surprised at how many Marshall alumni there are in your area, no matter where you live, and an alumni chapter can help you stay connected (or reconnect) to Marshall, while also giving you the opportunity to make new connections that you may never have found otherwise. Plus it's always nice to have a group of Herd fans to watch the games with!"
Ryan said a benefit of joining an alumni chapter is that members can be as involved as they want.
"Our groups are only as strong as our members, and our chapter wants to be here to support alumni and Marshall in any way that we can, so we're always looking for new and fun ways to stay connected and help our members," Ryan said.
If you're local to Nashville, join the chapter on Facebook here.
If you're looking for an alumni chapter in your area, view all of the Marshall University Alumni Chapters here.
Marshall University fell victim of the 1937 flood in the pre-floodwall days, as did much of the rest of the Ohio River Valley. In the photo, flood waters mirror Morrow Library with water halfway up the Shawkey Student Union in the background.
Marshall Foundation
News and Updates
Donor Spotlight:
Gene and Sue Crum
"You could say that our favorite thing about Marshall is that we found each other and have been married for 62 years," says Sue Crum, a Marshall alumna, Class of 1959.

Your Impact Changed A Life!
This spring, students like Josephine were quarantined on Marshall University's campus. In times of uncertainty, gracious individuals supported our Student Emergency Fund and Food Pantry, helping students like Josephine. Read her story of heartfelt gratitude in the link below.

Download Your Very Own MU Coloring Book!
Enjoy your very own Marshall University coloring book! This 11-page book features everything from the newly renovated Memorial Student Center, to Marshall's leading Forensic Science program, the new Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation and much more! From coloring books to recipes and more, visit the Marshall University Foundation Facebook page for much more fun! Print your coloring book in the link below.

Scholarship created to encourage pharmacy students from the Fairfield community

Gayle A. Brazeau, Ph.D, dean of the Marshall University School of Pharmacy, and Daniel Brazeau, Ph.D, associate professor at the school, have endowed the Fairfield Community Pharmacy Scholarship.

Endowment established in memory of Dr. Nell Bailey

Grant and Kheng McGuire recently established the Nell Bailey Endowment for the Society of Yeager Scholars. Dr. Nell Bailey, who passed away in 2018, was the first woman to be appointed vice president at Marshall when she was named vice president and dean of student affairs in 1984.

Program Spotlight: MU School of Pharmacy
When Marshall University’s School of Pharmacy (MUSOP) officially opened in 2012, few could have imagined how quickly the program would blossom.

In just eight years, the School of Pharmacy has graduated hundreds of talented young individuals and recently moved the program from its initial location in Spring Valley at the Coon Education Building to the brand new, state-of-the-art Stephen J. Kopp Hall on Marshall University’s Health Sciences campus in downtown Huntington. Kopp Hall was dedicated in September of 2019.

New Physician Assistant program earns accreditation - provisional status

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. has granted accreditation-provisional status to the new Physician Assistant program at Marshall.

School of Medicine one of nine schools to offer Mission Act scholarships to veterans

The Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine was selected as one of nine medical schools to offer a new scholarship for veterans pursuing a career in medicine.

President Gilbert invites public to read 'Just Mercy' and join in virtual discussion groups

Marshall University President Jerome A. Gilbert invites the public to join him and the university's students, faculty and staff in reading and discussing the 2014 New York Times Bestseller "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption."

Students to receive financial help to offset fall e-delivery fees

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Marshall officials have announced the school will be providing financial assistance to all students who register for fall e-courses. The effort is intended to help students who may prefer to take at least some e-courses for the fall semester.

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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