Parent and Family Newsletter

January 2018

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A Message from Vice President for Student Affairs, Cedric Gathings

We hope your family had a wonderful Holiday Season! We are excited to welcome our students back to the spring 2018 semester and know working together we can help our students achieve greatness! The spring 2018 semester will be just as busy as fall and we want our students to continue to push themselves academically and explore all of the amazing activities and experiences Marshall has to offer.

Remember to encourage your student to reach out to the Division of Student Affairs for tips on academic and social support. We all know sometimes our students need a little nudge to seek out resources and we can help your students. Student Affairs welcomes questions and wants to continue to support you and your student throughout their college career. At any time throughout the semester if you have questions or concerns don’t hesitate contact us.

We look forward to continuing to work with you and your family this semester!

Go Herd!

Cedric Gathings

Vice President for Student Affairs

Welcome Back!

We are very excited to begin our 2018 Spring semester here at Marshall University and welcoming back our students from their winter break.
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Housing is reopening, classrooms are being filled and campus is once again filled with the sounds of students. Green is returning early to Huntington, West Virginia as families and students wear their Kelly Green pride on their sleeves. Literally!

Though the semester is new, our goal in Student Affairs is not. We strive to help your student reach their dream lives, guiding them to support and advocacy services all across campus. We are in the business of success and at Marshall University, business is thriving.

Academic resources, such as our Writing Center, Tutoring Services, and Women's Center, are already open and offering aid in whatever ways they can give. Student Life activities, hosted by the Campus Activities Board and Fraternity and Sorority Life, are already happening! Encourage your young-adult to learn more about our programs, events and fun activities to help them ease their minds and find some relaxation and stress relief.

Most importantly, a new semester means a new opportunity to GET INVOLVED! We have 200 Student-Run organizations on campus. If your student has not been involved yet, empower them to reach out and find a group with some common ground. While studying is the most important thing one can do in college, it must be supplemented with some well-earned down time. This leads to better study habits, higher grades and increased chances of success. Learn more about our student groups and clubs (and much more!) by visiting Herdlink today! Or, get involved with our Office of Community Engagement, which offers a variety of charitable causes to better your Marshall and Huntington communities!

For more information on our student services, please visit If you have any questions on how to empower your student to utilize these amazing resources, call us!

In this issue:

  1. MLK Day of Service
  2. Campus Safety
  3. Tips to Help Your Student Tackle the Spring Semester
  4. Career Prep Timeline (From CollegiateParent)
  5. New Scholarship Opportunities
  6. Athletic Schedule
  7. Academic Calendar (Jan-Feb)
  8. Contact Student Affairs

MLK: Day of Service

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Register NOW and join the President’s Commission on Diversity, Equality, & Inclusion and the Office of Student Affairs on Friday, January 19th, for a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. This one-day event serves to honor the legacy of Dr. King by addressing social problems such as poverty, racism, and other injustices.

Marshall students, staff, faculty, student organizations, and other groups are encouraged and welcomed to participate.

Registering guarantees that you will receive a free breakfast beginning at 8:30 and a t-shirt for participating.

A Message from Marshall President Dr. Jerome Gilbert and Director of Public Safety Jim Terry

Dear Marshall University family,

We know many of you are concerned, as are we, about the recent events in Huntington. Although these criminal acts did not occur on our campus, you can be assured that university leadership and the Marshall University Police Department take the responsibility for the health and safety of our Marshall family extremely seriously.

We’d like to take this opportunity to remind parents that we have a relatively insulated campus with a dedicated, full-time police force of 22 officers. We have a safe campus and will continue to be a strong community partner with federal, state, county and local law enforcement to ensure our on-campus community is protected.

We would also like to remind you of the following campus safety programs we have in place:

· Help Phones

· Safe Escort Program

· MUAlert

For information about our emergency communications procedures, please visit

To learn how Marshall is proactively protecting our campus community, including safety tips, please visit

We encourage you to have your student review and update their settings to ensure they receive messages through MU Alert, our Emergency Messaging System. The myMu portal allows students to manage their own contact information and choose the contact methods they prefer. They should simply go to myMu and log in. After logging in, they can click the MU Alert icon in the upper left of the screen. They can then enter/update their contact information and click "Save" to finish.

We appreciate your support and cooperation. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have questions or concerns.


Jerome A. Gilbert, Ph.D.


Jim Terry

Director of Public Safety

Chief, Marshall University Police Department

Tips to Help Your Student Tackle the Spring Semester

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1. Start fresh-It is a New Year and new semester. Sometimes students have a rough semester. Help us encourage your student to learn from the past semester, but to not get discouraged if they didn’t get the GPA they want or maybe one class was a little tough. A positive attitude and outlook can make all the difference.

2. Remember-Class attendance is still important. Class attendance is the key to academic success and students need to remember being in class and participating is just as important as outside studying.

3. Resources resources resources! Just because it is the spring semester doesn’t mean students should not use resources. Different classes and different professors can bring new challenges. Remember Marshall has a resource for almost anything. Student Affairs can connect your student with the resources for success. If your young adult needs to get a handle on all the resources offered at Marshall University, encourage them to check out our upcoming January 9th Spring 2018 Resource Fair. Beginning at 11 a.m. students will get a chance to see our extensive services list in action in the Memorial Student Center.

4. Get involved! Maybe your student didn’t get as involved as they wanted. They still can! We have something for everyone and our Office of Student Involvement, Office of Community Outreach & Volunteer Services and Office of Leadership and Student Activities can assist.

5. Look toward the future-Whether it is your student’s first year at Marshall or they are a veteran Marshall student spring semester is when your student needs to start thinking about summer plans that will help build their resume. Part-time jobs, internships, study abroad, volunteer experiences are great ways for your student to start gaining experiences. And, guess what? Marshall has the resources to help!

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Career Prep Timeline

Career prep kicks into high gear senior year, but forward-looking students (and parents!) know it can start almost as soon as freshmen settle in on campus.

Here are guidelines to help you — and your student — understand what can and should be done each year.

1st year — Explore career options

With so many new experiences, it’s easy to overlook career-related activities. But with no deadlines looming, the first year of college is the perfect time to seek out information on a variety of fields. Three strategies to suggest:

  1. Join new organizations to get a feel for different areas of interest and possible related careers.
  2. Attend career fairs. Although your student may not be eligible for an internship or co-op position quite yet, this is a great chance to see how career fairs work without the pressure to impress everyone they meet. Your student can make note of:
    • Which companies are participating
    • What positions they’re hiring for
    • What qualifications they’re looking for (major, GPA, year in school, past experience, etc.)
  3. Conduct informational interviews and job shadow. Often overlooked by students, these are terrific ways to get a real sense for what a particular job is like day-to-day as well as to start building a professional network.

Internship: A one-term employment period, usually full-time during the summer but occasionally part-time during the semester. Internships can be paid or unpaid, and are usually related to a student’s field of study.

Full Article (2nd-4th year Prepwork)

For more information on Marshall's resources for career opportunities, visit our Office of Career Education at Or, contact the Career Services Center Fifth Avenue and 17th Street/304-696-2370

New Scholarship Opportunities

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Foundation establishes Charles and Victoria Rappold Scholarship

The Charles and Victoria Rappold Scholarship has been established as a renewable scholarship for West Virginia residents who are undergraduate students in good academic standing.

The Rappolds say they established the scholarship because they wanted to help West Virginia students have some of the same opportunities they have had in life.

“Our primary reason for giving to Marshall is that we feel a good education is often the key to a successful and happy life,” said Charles Rappold. “Because I had the advantage of a good education at Marshall, my wife and I wanted to assist, in some small way, others to have that advantage as well.”

Charles Rappold is a 1970 graduate of St. Joseph Catholic High School in Huntington and a 1974 graduate of Marshall University. After receiving his bachelor’s degrees in history and political science from Marshall, he attended law school at the University of Virginia.

After completing his education, he worked as an associate attorney before holding a variety of executive positions at The Bank of New York for 18 years. In 2014, he retired from the Convergex Group as vice chairman and chief operating officer.

He added, “The best advice for today’s students is to think carefully about the career they might want to pursue after college, pick a major that will provide a solid foundation for that career, pick a minor that will provide some diversity to their education, and work very, very diligently.”

For questions about a student’s eligibility for the Charles and Victoria Rappold Scholarship, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at Marshall University. For questions about starting a scholarship at Marshall, please contact Krystle Davis at the Marshall University Foundation by phone at 304-696-6781 or by e-mail at

For more scholarship opportunities, visit

Upcoming Athletic Events

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January Events

Mens Basketball

01/06/18 - vs. Western Kentucky *Huntington, W.Va. 7:00 p.m. ET

01/11/18 - @ Charlotte *Charlotte, N.C. 7:00 p.m. ET

01/13/18 - @ Old Dominion *Norfolk, Va. TBA

01/18/18 - vs. Middle Tennessee State *Huntington, W.Va. 8:00 p.m. ET

01/20/18 - vs. UAB *Huntington, W.Va. 7:00 p.m. ET

01/27/18 - @ Western Kentucky *Bowling Green, Ky. 7:00 p.m. ET

Womens Basketball

01/05/18 - @ Florida Atlantic *Boca Raton, Fla. 7:00 p.m. ET

01/07/18 - @ Florida International *Miami, Fla. 2:00 p.m. ET

01/13/18 - vs. Louisiana Tech *Huntington, W.Va. 1:00 p.m. ET

01/18/18 - @ Old Dominion *Norfolk, Va. 7:00 p.m. ET

01/21/18 - vs. Western Kentucky *Huntington, W.Va. 1:00 p.m. ET

01/26/18 - vs. Middle Tennessee State *Huntington, W.Va. 6:00 p.m. ET

01/28/18 - vs. Florida International *Huntington, W.Va. 1:00 p.m. ET

Academic Calender

January, 2018 - February, 2018

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
University reopens

Tuesday, January 2– Friday, January 5
Registration/Schedule adjustments

Sunday, January 7, 9 a.m.
Residence halls open

Monday, January 8, 8 a.m.
First Day of Classes

Monday, January 8 – Friday, January 12
Late registration/schedule adjustment (add-drop)

Friday, January 12
Last day to add a class

Monday. January 15
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – University closed

Tuesday, January 16
“W” Withdrawal period begins

Friday, February 2
Applications for May graduation due in dean’s office

Friday, February 9
Last day to drop 1st eight weeks courses

Monday, February 19
Final draft of thesis/dissertation delivered to committee chair

Monday, February 26, Noon
Freshmen/Sophomore mid-term grades due

Wednesday, February 28
1st 8 weeks courses end