Official Newsletter of the Marshall University Alumni Association | October 2020
Diversity – Integrity – Loyalty – Pride – Respect
A New Kind Of Homecoming
Greetings Herd Alums!

As hard as it is to believe, October is here! That means fall, football and, of course, Homecoming! As stated in the last alumni newsletter, this year's Homecoming looks a little bit different due to restrictions brought about by the pandemic. But while we won't physically be together this fall, we here in the Office of Alumni Relations are looking forward to bringing you a full week of fun and interactive Homecoming activities - right from your living space!

Below you will get a taste of this year's Homecoming experience, or you can visit for the complete schedule. In this issue you will also read about a couple of fascinating Marshall alumni, you will learn about all of the things that Marshall is doing to honor the 75 during the 50th anniversary of the Marshall plane crash, and you will find out how Herd football is handling its 2-0 start.

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

Office of Alumni Relations
Matt Hayes
Larry Crum
Kasey Stevens
Herd @ Home
Marshall Announces Complete Virtual Homecoming Schedule!

Alumni from across the globe are invited to celebrate Marshall University’s Virtual Homecoming titled "Herd @ Home" the week of October 19-24.

This year’s virtual opportunities will include campus tours; thought-provoking discussions; social activities, opportunities to hear from students and President Gilbert; live events; game nights; and much more! A sample of activities can be found below - for the full schedule of events and online registration please visit

1) Mark your calendar for October 19-24, 2020
2) RSVP through our online registration to gain access to events
3) Call dibs on your favorite chair
4) Charge your computer/phone
5) Grab your favorite snacks and beverages
6) Get ready for an amazing Homecoming experience

  • Homecoming Stampede Virtual 5K
  • Social Hour w/ President Gilbert
  • #HerdHomecoming Good Morning Yoga
  • Bingo, Jeopardy and Trivia Game Nights
  • Exploring Marshall online miniseries
  • Traditions Live!
  • Career Services Webinar
  • Virtual Wine Tasting
  • Virtual Parade
  • "We Are Marshall" Drive-In Movie Night
  • Marshall vs. FAU Homecoming Game
  • Visit for registration information and the complete schedule!

Marshall University Alumni Association
U.S. News & World Report ranks Marshall in top tier of nation's universities once again
For the second consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” rankings have recognized Marshall University among the nation’s top higher education institutions.

Get the official 'Herd @ Home' Homecoming shirt!
“I was there!”

Everybody loves a good event t-shirt from their favorite events and activities and since we are all in this together, remember the most unique Homecoming in Marshall history with the official Homecoming 2020 shirt!

Get the official “Herd @ Home” t-shirt for $15 with a portion of the proceeds going toward student scholarships.

Homecoming Game
Tickets On Sale Now!

Limited number of single game tickets available
Tickets for Marshall's Homecoming game against Florida Atlantic University set for Saturday, October 24 at 2:30 p.m. went on sale on Monday.

There will be a limited number of tickets available for purchase, so get your tickets today to assure premium seating at the game. Marshall hopes to have another great crowd to cheer on The Herd!
Participate in COVID-19 research survey
You are invited to participate in a survey entitled COVID-19 Vaccination Survey designed to determine the likelihood of you choosing to get vaccinated once a vaccine becomes approved and available. The study is being conducted by Principal Investigator Dr. Juan R. Sanabria and other investigators from Marshall University and has been approved by the Marshall University Institutional Review Board (IRB).
This survey is comprised of 6 questions and is expected to take 1-3 minutes to be completed. Your replies will be anonymous, so do not type your name anywhere on the form.

Marshall-MTSU game moved to noon on Nov. 14
Kickoff for the Marshall-Middle Tennessee football game, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 14, has been moved to 12 p.m. at the request of CBS Sports Network. The annual Memorial Fountain Ceremony will now take place at 9 a.m.

Allen Meadows named Homecoming Grand Marshal

Marshall University and the Marshall University Alumni Association are excited to announce that alumnus Allen Meadows will serve as grand marshal for Marshall’s 2020 virtual Homecoming set for the week of October 19-24.

Meadows is a prominent member of the Young Thundering Herd and a pillar in the Huntington community. He will serve in the role at the annual Homecoming Parade – this year taking place online on Marshall University’s social media channels – and at several activities throughout the week.

He will head a unique all-virtual Homecoming, Herd @ Home, brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. All events will take place on Marshall’s social media channels and on various live services.

“We are so very excited to honor Allen as our Grand Marshal in this truly unique Homecoming celebration,” said Matt Hayes, Executive Director of Alumni Relations. “While we are disappointed that we will not be able to gather in-person this year, we are excited to bring alumni, students and supporters a full slate of incredible events and activities online that are completely free and open to all members of the Marshall family. And we very much look forward to having Allen with us throughout this week of activities as he truly symbolizes everything that is great about Marshall University.”

Team chemistry important to Marshall football success
There is a picture attached to this story that shows multiple players on Marshall's defense leaping for joy.

Take a long, hard look at it. They're not leaping for themselves; they're leaping for each other. That is the mark of a good team.

Alumni Spotlight: Courtney Charles
Courtney M. Charles has led a fascinating life thus far in his professional career.

At only 43 years old, Charles has quickly ascended the ranks of the Toronto Raptors NBA franchise, going from wide-eyed intern in 2006 to a major executive within the championship-winning organization in a whirlwind couple of years.

“It is amazing then looking back,” Charles recalls, “just how close that success came to never materializing.”

Fresh off earning his master’s degree in Science (Health and Physical Education) from Marshall University in 2005, Charles returned to his hometown of Toronto, Ontario, in early 2006 and began his journey with the Raptors organization as an intern. Excited to be with a professional team at the precipice of his burgeoning career, Charles was immediately met with the reality of life within the world of professional sports.

Alumni News, Chapters
and Member Benefits
We Will Never Forget

50th Anniversary Banners Placed On Campus
50th Anniversary banners honoring our 75 #SonsAndDaughtersOfMarshall lost in the November 14, 1970 plane crash began going up around campus in September. The banners will be on display through the spring.

The Memorial Fountain Ceremony, remembering the 50th anniversary of the plane crash, will take place on November 14, 2020. Visit the website for more details as we get closer to the date.

Learn more about the banners, check out an interactive map showing the location of each banner honoring a member of the 75 on campus, and visit the official "Never Forget" website in the links below.

Bertoia Exhibit to celebrate work of artist who created Marshall Memorial Fountain
To observe the 50th Anniversary this fall of the Marshall University plane crash, the Huntington Museum of Art will present an exhibition of work by Harry Bertoia, the artist who created the Marshall Memorial Fountain.

This exhibit will be on view in HMA's Switzer Gallery from Sept. 19 through Jan. 3, 2021. An exhibit of Marshall Memorial Fountain photographs by David Pittenger will be on view during the run of the Bertoia exhibition.

MUAA Member Benefits Corner
Alumni Perks

Whether you're planning a weekend getaway or booking travel in the New Year, don't pay full price. CLICK HERE for some helpful online deals exclusively for Herd Alums to save you money on whatever your needs may be.

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!
Chapter Spotlight of the Month:
The Alumni Chapter Experience
The Marshall Family bond is strong, a bond that does not end when you leave campus. On the other hand, the college experience is unique—you are never again surrounded by such a large group of your peers with similar interests and goals in life. After the stage is walked across and the pomp and circumstance plays—what do you do?

Often recent graduates move to new cities for new jobs, with a limited knowledge of the new place. What if navigating a new job, city and lifestyle could be made more familiar? What if you were able to connect with folks who had a similar college experience? That’s exactly what our alumni chapters help do. Reaching alumni with 23 active chapters across 11 states and Washington, D.C., alumni chapters are the representation of the Marshall Family across the globe.

Under the guidance and direction of Marshall University, the Marshall University Alumni Association and the Marshall Foundation, an alumni chapter provides engagement opportunities for Thundering Herd alumni in a specific area. That may be a specific city or an entire region—each chapter is different.

Each alumni chapter provides its members the means to stay connected to Marshall, while offering unique events and opportunities to give back to the university, and have fun all in the name of Marshall. Individual chapters host university speakers, sponsor game watching parties for sporting events, cultivate relationships with prospective local students, fundraise for scholarships and other projects, and provide opportunities for fellowship and fun for their members. By leading and participating in chapters, alumni are given the tremendous opportunity to give back, find familiar faces in big cities, share their Marshall experience and make a difference for the whole Marshall family.

The list below is reflective of our current active alumni chapters, segmented by state:

Arizona - Phoenix

Florida - Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Ocala, Palm Beach, Space Coast, Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg, The Villages

Georgia - Atlanta

Hawaii - Honolulu

New York - New York City

North Carolina - Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington

Ohio - Canton, Cincinnati, Columbus

South Carolina - Charleston

Tennessee - Nashville

Texas - Houston

Virginia - Richmond

Washington D.C. 

West Virginia - Beckley, Charleston, Lewisburg, Lincoln County, Parkersburg/Mid-Ohio Valley

Want to join one of our existing alumni chapters? Visit our website,, or email us at to get connected. Is your area not represented on the list above? Reach out to us by email or call 304-696-2901 for information on starting a chapter in your area. We would love to help you stay connected to the Marshall Family, no matter how far from campus your career, family or dreams take you.
When is the last time you took your boat on a nice leisurely trip around campus?

In this view of 16th Street between 3rd and 5th Avenues, you can see the entirety of campus swallowed in water from the 1913 flood in Huntington. This disaster, and an even worse flood in 1937, led to the floodwall being constructed in 1943.
Marshall Foundation
News and Updates
Artifacts of Appreciation:
Lexi Adkins
"When I first received the Yeager Scholarship, I was overjoyed and grateful that I could attend college without a financial burden. Now, as a rising senior, I realize that the most valuable part of this scholarship is the program. I have enjoyed and embraced the benefits of the Yeager Scholarship, but the bonds I have created are invaluable," said Lexi Adkins, a member of the John and Betty Sue Kinzer Class of 2021.

Help Marco Find His Seat At Joan C. Edwards Stadium
Help Marco find his seat at Joan C. Edwards Stadium! The Marshall University Foundation is pleased to provide fun activities for the entire family during the pandemic. From coloring books to recipes and more, visit the Marshall University Foundation Facebook page for much more fun! And print your own copy of the maze at the link below!

Employers encouraged to register for Virtual Career Expos

The Marshall University Office of Career Education is hosting four virtual career expos in October, with discounts available to companies who would like to attend more than one event. Each virtual career fair focuses on a different set of majors, which gives employers the opportunity to choose which expos best suit their needs.

57th Annual International Festival returns November 7

West Virginia’s oldest and longest running international festival featuring international foods, world music, dance and displays representing many different countries and cultures returns Nov. 7 from 4-8 p.m. The virtual event will feature performances, a silent auction and much more!

Accelerated B.S./Ph.D. program introduced at Marshall

An accelerated program that allows students to earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in seven years, compared to the traditional nine years, is now available at Marshall University. The program is open to academically qualified rising sophomores majoring in biological sciences as well as high school students interested in pursuing a career in research.

Marshall to host virtual Green & White Day Open House Oct. 9

High school juniors and seniors are invited to visit us for Marshall University's Fall 2020 Virtual Green & White Day Open House, beginning Oct. 9. During this event you can join President Gilbert on a bike tour of campus, explore over 150 majors and programs, learn about the admissions process and check out financial aid opportunities. Register today and on Oct. 9 MU will send an exclusive link to virtual Green & White Day 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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