Parent and Family Newsletter

November, 2017

A Message from the Vice President for Student Affairs, Cedric Gathings

Dear Families,

It is hard to believe we are over halfway through the fall 2017 semester! We had a great Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend and are excited to see you all next year! It has been a busy semester and there are more great things to come. The Division of Student Affairs will continue to host a variety of events this semester and to keep up-to-date, follow us on twitter @mustudentaff. Here at Marshall, the Division of Student Affairs is dedicated to our students' success and I want to let you know a little of what we can do to make our Sons and Daughters of Marshall Successful. This month I am going to focus on Student Advocacy & Success and how we can work together!

The Office of Student Advocacy & Success is dedicated to helping our students find their voice and utilize all of the outstanding resources Marshall University & the Huntington community have to offer. The halfway point of the semester is the time when students realize they do need to utilize the resources whether it is getting connected with a tutor, the Writing Center, or they are struggling with time management. The Office of Student Advocacy & Success will work with your student to ensure they have the resources needed. Visit the website for contact information and an overview of the office.

Again, our student’s academic and social success is our priority and Student Affairs is available to work with you and your student.

Go Herd!

Cedric Gathings

Vice President for Student Affairs

Fall Break 2017 Airport Shuttle to Yeager Airport

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Our shuttles will run from Marshall University to Yeager Airport (Nov 17, 18) and back again (Nov 26). Please register ASAP to be included on the shuttle lists.

To register, please visit

For more information, contact Michael Circle (304-696-6833 ,

Dr. Kateryna Schray: Student Affairs Outstanding Faculty Partner October 2017

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The Office of Student Affairs is always thankful for passionate professors and talented teachers all across Marshall who work diligently to help students accomplish their goals. In October, Dr. Kateryna Schray was selected as our Outstanding Faculty Partner for her devotion to student success and her compassionate work with the Herd Path Partner Program.
The Herd Path Partner Program is our way of showing our students we care about their success. Posters, like the those above, can be seen all over our campus, encouraging students to go to class. The whole point of the Herd Path Program is to make sure that students are okay when they miss classes and to support them in any way that we can as a University. Transitioning to college is not always easy – students fall behind in their coursework, get homesick, get heart-broken, get overwhelmed, etc. We’re all human after all. Missing classes is a first sign that a student is having trouble, and we want to do everything we can to ensure their academic success and general well-being.

Cedric Gathings, our Vice President for Student Affairs said he was thrilled to present Dr. Schray with this award.

"The dedication and support she provides our students demonstrates her commitment to their academic excellence," he said. "She understands the importance of a strong partnership between academic affairs and student affairs."

Dr. Schray earned her Ph.D. in Medieval Literature from the University of North Carolina in 1997. She received her bachelor’s degree from La Salle University and her master’s from Georgetown University. She was named the Marshall University Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award Recipient for 2012-13, and was the keynote speaker at the university’s Winter Commencement last December. She also received the Pickens-Queen Excellence in Teaching Award in 2001 and the Reynolds Outstanding Teaching Award in 2009.

We in Student Affairs look forward to the great work by Dr. Schray and all of our Herd Path Partners.

Featured Family - The Higgins Family

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Jordan Higgins (third from right) is a digital forensics major from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her family joined us for Parent and Family Weekend, seeing a great opportunity to support Jordan in her endeavors at Marshall University.

While making her college selection, Jordan felt welcomed at Marshall by the friendly, caring atmosphere of the campus. Add to that the status of her major, #1 in the country in digital forensics, and Marshall was exactly what the Higgins crew were looking for.

The Higgins have always been a supportive family for Jordan and her two sisters. During their time in various athletic programs, the three siblings have worked hard to show each other the care and support known in their family, staying positive and working together to get through life's obstacles. It was this care that brought this #MarshallUFamily to Parent and Family Weekend and this familial love that makes them our Featured Family.

5 Tips to Help Students Get the Most of Their Academic Advising Appointment

1. Schedule an appointment. Students should have had their advising appointment before fall break.

2. Show up a few minutes early. Advisors are very busy during advising season and showing up a few minutes early shows respect and can also help students get the most of their time.

3. Do research. Students can go into their myMU to look at classes to add or go to to see the classes available for Spring 2018.

4. Be prepared. Come with a list of classes to discuss with their advisor. Utilize Degree Works which has a check list

5. Ask questions! We want our students to get the most of their education and advising appointments. Students should ask questions about the classes they will be taking to make sure they are successful.

Refer a Student to Green and White Day

Green and White Day

Friday, November 10, 2017

8:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Space Available

Up to 3 guests allowed

Registration period closes Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Green and White Day is an event intended for high school juniors and seniors who would like a more in-depth look at what Marshall University has to offer. Students and parents will have the opportunity to meet with professors, tour campus and hear from current students about all things Marshall.

If your high school junior or senior student would like to attend, and learn more about Marshall University, please visit to register!

Upcoming Athletic Events

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November Events


11/11/17 - vs. WKU, Huntington, W.Va. 6:30 p.m. ET

11/18/17 - @ UTSA, San Antonio, Tx. 7:00 p.m. ET

11/25/17 - vs. Southern Miss, Huntington, W.Va. 2:30 p.m. ET

Men's Basketball

11/10/17 - vs. Tennessee-Martin, Huntington, W.Va. 8:00 p.m. ET

11/13/17 - vs. Southern, Huntington, W.Va. 7:00 p.m. ET

11/16/17 - @ Morehead State, Morehead, Ky. 7:00 p.m. ET

11/19/17 - @ Illinois Champaign, Ill. 5:00 p.m. ET

11/22/17 - vs. North Carolina Central, Huntington, W.Va. 8:00 p.m. ET

11/26/17 - vs. Concord, Huntington, W.Va. 4:00 p.m. ET

11/29/17 - @ William & Mary, Williamsburg, Va. 7:00 p.m. ET

Women's Basketball

11/10/17 - vs. Longwood, Huntington, W.Va. 5:00 p.m. ET

11/15/17 - vs. Penn State, Huntington, W.Va. 6:00 p.m. ET

11/19/17 - @ Cleveland State, Cleveland, Ohio 2:00 p.m. ET

11/22/17 - vs. Ohio, Huntington, W.Va. 5:00 p.m. ET

11/26/17 - @ Kentucky, Lexington, Ky. 2:00 p.m. ET

11/30/17 - vs. Winthrop, Huntington, W.Va. 6:00 p.m. ET

Men's Soccer

11/08/17 - Quarterfinals, Norfolk, Va. All Day

11/10/17 - Semifinals, Norfolk, Va. All Day

11/12/17 - Championship, Norfolk, Va. All Day


11/08/17 - @ UTEP, El Paso, Texas 8:00 p.m. ET

11/11/17 - vs. UAB, Huntington, W.Va. 2:00 p.m. ET

Conference USA Championship

11/17/17 - Day One, Bowling Green, Ky. TBA (See Athletic Calendar)

11/18/17 - Day Two, Bowling Green, Ky. TBA (See Athletic Calendar)

11/19/17 - Day Three, Bowling Green, Ky. TBA (See Athletic Calendar)

Academic Calendar (Nov. - Dec.)

Monday, November 6 – Friday, November 17
Advance registration for spring semester
(open only to currently enrolled students)

Tuesday, November 14
Last day to drop 2nd 8 weeks courses

Saturday, November 18, Noon
Residence halls close

Monday. November 20
Advance registration for spring semester (open to admitted and readmitted students)

Monday, November 20 – Saturday, November 25
Thanksgiving Break
Classes dismissed

Thursday, November 23 – Friday, November 24
Thanksgiving Holiday
University closed

Sunday, November 26, 9:00 a.m.
Residence halls open

Monday, November 27
Classes resume

Monday, December 4 – Friday, December 8
“Dead week”

Friday, December 8
Last class day
Last day to completely withdraw from fall semester

Saturday, December 9
Exam day for Saturday classes
Some common finals

Monday, December 11
Exam day

Tuesday, December 12
Exam day

Wednesday, December 13
Study Day
Exams resume at 3:00 p.m. for Wednesday evening classes

Thursday, December 14
Approved Thesis/Dissertation must be submitted to the EDT website
Electronic Thesis and Dissertation form and graduation fee receipt submitted to the Graduate College Office

Thursday, December 14
Exam Day

Friday, December 15
Exam day

Saturday, December 16, TBD
Winter Commencement, Big Sandy Superstore Arena

Sunday, December 17, Noon
Residence halls close

Monday, December 18, Noon
Final Grades due

Friday, December 22, 2017 – Monday, January 1, 2018
Winter break, University closed

Thursday, December 28 – Friday, December 29

Student Service Offices Open 10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

(Admissions, Bursar, Financial Aid, Registrar)