Official Newsletter of the Marshall University Alumni Association | December 2020
Diversity – Integrity – Loyalty – Pride – Respect
We Are...Thankful
Greetings Herd Alums!

As we exit the Thanksgiving season and prepare for a new year, we are reminded of what we are truly thankful for - you!

  • We are thankful for our gift givers, those that support scholarships and change the lives of Marshall University students.
  • We are thankful for our talent givers, those that provide to the university via their natural gifts and abilities.
  • We are thankful for our time givers, those that give back to Marshall through dedication and devotion.

To each of you that give back to Marshall University in big and small ways, we want to say thank you! Marshall couldn't exist without the generous support of alumni and supporters just like you.

As we enter a new year, we are excited for what we can do together to help Marshall rise to new heights and provide for our students and alumni all around the world.

Until then, enjoy reading this edition of Sons & Daughters. GO HERD!

Office of Alumni Relations
Matt Hayes
Larry Crum
Kasey Stevens
Marshall remembers 50th anniversary of plane crash

Nov. 14, 2020 marked 50 years since Southern Airways Flight 932 crashed with 75 Thundering Herd teammates, coaches, staff, supporters and flight crew members on board.

On Saturday, Nov. 14, at 9 a.m., the 50th annual Memorial Fountain Ceremony was held on the plaza with special presentations and numerous guest speakers including student body president Anna Williams, Grammy award winning singer Michael W. Smith, head football coach Doc Holliday, athletic director Mike Hamrick, director of alumni relations Matt Hayes, Marshall president Jerry Gilbert and special guest speaker Lucianne Call.

While the waters may have stopped flowing from the Memorial Fountain, our love and remembrance of the 75 and the entire Marshall family lives on. If you missed the beautiful 50th Memorial Fountain Ceremony, check out photos from the event, along with a link to rewatch the ceremony below.

December is officially here!

Winter may not be here just yet, but you couldn't tell that this morning with a blanket of snow dusting campus overnight. Check out the photos above taken today (Dec. 1) on the Marshall campus! We hope it puts you in the holiday spirit!
Faculty, staff going above and beyond to help students during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for everyone in the Marshall family. Instruction and learning have changed. Jobs and responsibilities have been altered. Even with all the new efforts that are required, members of the Marshall faculty and staff have gone beyond the call of duty to help students who are struggling during these trying times.

From delivering care packages and takeout to quarantined students, to bringing in therapy animals for much-needed respite, their efforts have been broad and conscientious to make sure that students know that they are not alone this semester and their concerns are being heard. Some have anonymously donated masks, hand sanitizer, ice cream sandwiches – anything to make students’ lives easier and raise their spirits.

Virtual presentation at Marshall to feature U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Dec. 4
The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum at Marshall University will host a virtual presentation by U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. The presentation is open to all.

Burnis Morris, director of the Woodson Lyceum, said the surgeon general’s presentation comes at a time when our region and state are most concerned about health-related issues.

A virtual Herd Holiday
Marshall University invites the Marshall family to celebrate a Herd Holiday throughout the entire month of December!

Check the website for more information about plans for this annual event sponsored by Marshall's Office of University Communications and Division of Student Affairs.
Herd caps emotional 50th anniversary week with convincing win, moves to 7-0

In the locker room after the Saturday, Nov. 14 game against MTSU, Doc Holliday clutched the facemask of a helmet and held it in the air. He pointed to the side of the helmet – to the number 75 – as the team surrounded him.

"This is what it's all about," Holliday told his team following Marshall's 42-14 win against Middle Tennessee at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

The win, which came on the 50th anniversary of the Southern Airways Flight 932 crash that claimed the lives of 75 people, was the culmination of an emotional week of ceremonies and remembrances. The 37 players who died in the crash 50 years ago were awarded posthumous degrees on Friday of that week. The Thundering Herd coaches and players, on the way to the team hotel Friday night, stopped at Spring Hill Cemetery and visited the Marshall Memorial to pay their respects. The annual fountain ceremony was held that Saturday morning.

Thundering Herd football ranked No. 15 in latest AP poll
Marshall Football improved in both national polls Sunday and is now ranked 15th. Marshall (7-0, 4-0) will host Rice (1-2, 1-2) Saturday at noon in Joan C. Edwards Stadium in what will serve as Senior Day for the Thundering Herd.
Get the latest COVID-19 updates from campus
Marshall recently published a COVID-19 dashboard that displays real-time data in an effort to keep students, employees, alumni and the surrounding community informed daily.

Alumni Spotlight: Kenny Wolfe

A Fire Truck With History
Anyone who has been around Huntington knows—Marshall is special to the community.

It holds a treasured place in our hearts, for more than just the reason than it’s a college city. Our community is united by a lot but remembered around this time of year is the events of November 14, 1970. A tragic day that struck the campus, the city and our community, with so many dear lives lost.

In the time since this tragedy, Marshall continues to grow, persevere and honor the memory of those who lost their lives.

Someone who is helping preserve the memory of those lost in the tragedy is Marshall University Alumnus and Chesapeake, Ohio, local Kenny Wolfe.

About four years ago, Kenny Wolfe noticed an old fire truck and decided to take it upon himself to do something about it—to honor the 75.

Alumni News, Chapters
and Member Benefits
Happy Holidays from The Herd!

From all of us at the Marshall University Alumni Association, Office of Alumni Relations and the Marshall University Foundation, we want to wish you and your family Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year! We can't wait to see what 2021 holds for Marshall University!
MUAA Member Benefits Corner
Get a Marshall vanity license plate today!
Show your Marshall pride at home and on the highway with a Marshall University Alumni vanity license plate!

Plates are currently available for purchase in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia, with an Ohio plate coming soon! To purchase a plate, visit or download the form for your state in the links below.

Don’t see a plate for your state? Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or by phone at 304-696-2901 and we will research starting a program in your area.

Alumni Perks
Save big this holiday season!

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Well look no further! Marshall's Alumni Perks program has discounts on thousands of items throughout the month of December available to the Marshall alumni community. Save on everything from memberships to travel to the latest NFL gear at the NFL Shop.

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!
Did you know?
Each day this fall inside the renovated Memorial Student Center, the film We Are Marshall is played on loop for students, alumni and supporters to enjoy.

It is truly a moving experience paired with the Memorial Fountain just outside and the interactive display inside the MSC dedicated to the 75.

To learn more about those lost in the Nov. 14 Marshall plane crash and the story of the Young Thundering Herd, visit
Alumni Chapter Spotlight:
We are thankful for our alumni chapters!
It's the most wonderful time of the year! At the end of a wildly unpredictable year, we wanted to express how thankful we are for our alumni chapter leaders and members.

We are so impressed with how our chapters have adapted to the pandemic, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • The Cincinnati chapter continued their leadership meetings virtually and continued to engage with their members through their social media platforms.

  • The Mid-Ohio Valley chapter shifted their annual fundraiser online to a virtual auction and raised just over $7,000. 

  • The Beckley/Southern Coalfields chapter created an online t-shirt fundraiser in honor of the 50th anniversary of the plane crash. The chapter also hosted their annual golf fundraiser this summer, socially-distanced, and raised $8,000.

  • Other chapters have hosted virtual happy hours and have stayed connected with each other online.

If you're not currently connected with an alumni chapter, now is a great time to do so! You can stay involved without leaving the comfort of your couch. Check out our listing of alumni chapters on our website: to find one in your area today!
Moving in and out of the dormitory wasn’t much different in 1959 than it is today. Prichard Hall, in the background, was a women’s residence hall then, but later was converted to university offices. The parking lot is now the site of the addition to the Science Building.
Marshall Foundation
News and Updates
Articles of Gratitude:
Autumn 2020
"Higher education is a key to success in life. Without our universities, that road becomes very narrow. As the first in my family to graduate from college, I know the personal and financial struggles I endured to graduate; it was tough. The scholarships and aid that are offered to students are a lifeline for their success," said Marshall alumnus, donor and tireless advocate for students and alumni, Bernie Coston.

Learn more about how individuals such as Bernie are making an impact in the lives of students in this edition of Articles of Gratitude.

Foundation holds contest for School of Art and Design
The Marshall University Foundation Inc., hosted its first holiday card design competition in conjunction with Marshall University’s School of Art and Design.

With the task of drawing their favorite place on campus for the foundation’s annual holiday card, students created vibrant autumn scenes and spectacular hues of hope to send warm visuals of gratitude to the university’s donors.

Ohio Valley Bank recognized for level of lifetime giving
Ohio Valley Bank is one of 13 new members welcomed into the Marshall University Foundation Inc.’s President’s Circle Society this fall.

Recognizing individuals and organizations that have lifetime giving ranging from $100,000 to $250,000, the President’s Circle is one of six lifetime giving societies that the foundation recognizes.

Scholarship established for first-generation college students
Pete and Barbara Chiericozzi have recently established the Chiericozzi-Bruce Scholarship at Marshall University to support full-time undergraduate students.

First preference will go to students who are first-generation students and residents of West Virginia who are starting their sophomore year of study in good academic standing and demonstrate both drive and need for one academic year, per standards of Marshall University’s Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Pete Chiericozzi, a native of McDowell County, West Virginia, came to Huntington to study at Marshall and received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1966. He had a long and successful career in the paper industry and retired from the U.S. Air Force as a lieutenant colonel. His wife, Barbara, a Huntington native, graduated from Miami University with a degree in nursing. The couple aspires to provide students with opportunities to advance and enhance their life’s potential while also honoring the Chiericozzi family and Wallace Bruce, Barbara Chiericozzi’s late father.

Professor publishes chapter in new book, 'Sport and the Pandemic'

The new book “Sport and the Pandemic” contains a chapter from Marshall University’s director of sport tourism and hospitality management program, Dr. Jennifer Mak. The chapter is titled “The Effect of COVID-19 on Hong Kong Sports.” The chapter was written through a collaboration between Mak and Siu Yin Cheung of Hong Kong Baptist University. They analyzed how athletics in Hong Kong were affected during the first 100 days of the coronavirus pandemic.

Dennison, Matthews named iCenter's first entrepreneurs in residence

The Marshall University Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (iCenter), part of the Lewis College of Business, has announced Brandon Dennison and Collin Meadows as its inaugural cohort of entrepreneurs in residence (EIRs). The EIR program is made possible through the Simulated Workplace Entrepreneurship Education Pathway (SWEEP) grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

Officer earns top academic honors at academy

Marshall University Police Department Patrolman Taylor J. Eastes, who joined the department in May, has earned the valedictorian award for the highest academic achievement in his graduating class at the West Virginia State Police Academy. There were 38 individuals in Eastes’ class who completed the training in November. In addition to his position with MUPD, Eastes is a student at Marshall studying cyber forensics and security.

Psychology Clinic to host support group for those feeling the mental effects of life during a pandemic

The Marshall University Psychology Clinic will host a weekly virtual support group focused on the impact of COVID-19. It will be from 5-6 p.m. Thursdays, beginning on Nov. 19 and continuing for eight weeks. Topics discussed in this group will include various issues many individuals have experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The group will meet via Microsoft Teams, and is free to participants.

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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