Welcome to the Herd!

Parent and Family Newsletter Sept, '17

We Are... #SonsofMarshall #DaughtersofMarshall


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

It is September and that means the start of another great school year at Marshall University and we are so excited! Whether you are the family of a new or returning Son or Daughter of Marshall, we hope you and your family find everything you need this year. If you have any questions, ask! Our friendly Student Affairs staff is always ready to help you and our students with anything and everything Marshall.

This year, we want our students to get more involved and YOU can help us achieve that goal! Encourage your student to sign up for one of our 200 + student organizations and attend the variety of student-driven events on campus. We have rolled out a brand new tool to help your child get more involved with the Thundering Herd community. Herdlink can connect our students to a wealth of student organizations and activities. Be it a 5K Walk/Run, community service project, or a planned day at Cedar Point Amusement Park, our Sons and Daughters of Marshall can find it on Herdlink and get involved!

This fall we look forward to an amazing Homecoming Week (October 9-14) full of events and host to our annual Family weekend! (register at www.marshall.edu/parents) The week will be accented by the annual Homecoming Parade through Huntington, the Thundering Herd - Vs. - Old Dominion football game, a soccer match between our boys and the Kentucky Wild Cats and more!

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates throughout the school year! Use the #MarshallUFamily and #SonsofMarshall / #DaughtersofMarshall to show your Herd Pride!

We are looking forward to a great year of learning, growing and fun! Remember to ask if you have any questions at all. Go Herd!

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5 tips to help your student transition successfully to Marshall

1. Become a Pro at Time Management

· At first glance it will seem like they have all the time in the world to complete their readings and assignments—not true! Encourage your student to start scheduling time for homework from day one.

· Use a planner. Write everything down. Trust us, they will thank you later!

2. Master the Art of Self Advocacy

· There is a resource on Marshall’s campus for everything your student will need! Health Services, Tutoring Services, Counseling Center, Writing Center, Career Services, and so many more! – just ask and we’ll get them connected to the right resource!

· Marshall University has a Code of Conduct with the rights and responsibilities and an Undergraduate Catalog that tells your student anything they need to know about policies and academic information.

3. Create a Professional & Social Network (Get Involved)!

· A student’s network should consist of peers (study groups!), their advisor (so many courses!), their professors (the key to success in each class!), and the Student Affairs Advocate and Success Specialist (any questions you or your student have).

· Creating a network is vital to success in college so that they get the support, help, and guidance needed to cross the finish line and be successful every semester.

· Encourage your student to get involved in one club or organization on campus. There is something for everyone. They can visit the Office of Student Activities and the Office of Student Involvement for more information. They can visit HerdLink https://marshall.campuslabs.com/engage/ to discover opportunities.

4. Improve Their Study Skills

· No one is born with superior study skills—they have to learn them!

· Textbook reading, listening, note-taking, test preparation and test taking are all areas that require a specific skill set to be successful.

· Encourage your student to reach out to the Student Advocate & Success Specialist at michelle.barbour@marshall.edu to work on a success plan.

5. Know your Goals

· Think beyond today. Set goals for the semester, the year, and their career!

· When you do not have goals, your motivation will quickly decline. Students should set a academic and professional goals.

· Utilize the Career Services Center, find a professional mentor, and a personal mentor.

For more information on how to help your student successfully transition to college, contact Michelle Barbour in the office of Student Advocacy and Success at michelle.barbour@marshall.edu

Meet Dr. Avinandan “Avi” Mukherjee,

Dean of the College of Business

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Dr. Avinandan “Avi” Mukherjee has been appointed dean of the university’s Lewis College of Business. Most recently, Dr. Mukherjee served as dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing and international business at Clayton State University in Atlanta. In his previous role, Mukherjee has overseen robust growth in enrollment and endowments; the creation of a number of new international partnerships; and successful five-year Maintenance of Accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. He also established a new administrative structure; seven new academic programs, including M.B.A. concentrations in human resource leadership and sports and entertainment management, as well as executive development programs and post-MBA certificates.

He also has a uniquely international academic and professional background, having studied in four countries and taught in 10. He has published a book and more than 100 scholarly articles in leading peer-reviewed journals. His published research has been cited more than 3,000 times. He also is the founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing published by Emerald. He has served on corporate and chamber boards, directed executive development programs and consulted with companies in the U.S., U.K., Denmark, India, Bangladesh, Singapore and Malaysia.

Mukherjee’s international background and experience will be beneficial to the college and will add an extra dimension to Marshall’s ability to recruit international students and faculty members. Mukherjee said, “I am honored and delighted to be selected as dean of the Lewis College of Business, and am truly excited about this new leadership opportunity. What especially attracted me to Marshall is the strong legacy, the visionary leadership of President [Jerome] Gilbert, successful alumni, a symbiotic town-gown relationship and the ‘We Are Marshall school spirit’.

Prior to serving as dean at Clayton State, Mukherjee was chairman of the marketing department in the School of Business at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

He has been a visiting faculty at Rutgers Business School, New Jersey Institute of Technology, INSEAD, Copenhagen Business School, ESC Toulouse (now Toulouse Business School) and Kathmandu University, among others. He earned his Ph.D. in marketing at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, India, which is consistently ranked among the top 100 business schools in the world. Part of his doctoral work was conducted at the ESSEC Business School in Paris and his research was affiliated with the International Motor Vehicle Program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. He completed the prestigious ITP program from IMD Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) Program from Harvard University.

Student Services Highlight: The Marshall University Counseling Center

Marshall University’s Counseling Center is committed to providing you with the opportunity to explore concerns with a professional counselor in a confidential setting. We offer services to help you attain both personal and academic goals. Services may include, but are not limited to, counseling focused on mental health symptoms such as depression and anxiety, including test anxiety, stress management, conflict resolution, anger management, and relationship concerns. The center recognizes the college years are a time of accelerated growth, significant challenges, and considerable stress. We are here to help you manage the variety of concerns that may arise during your college career.

By Appointment: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

We recommend you make an appointment with the

Counseling Center to insure a counseling professional will be available to discuss your concerns.

Walk-In Hours: Monday-Friday 1 – 4 p.m.

During walk-in hours, students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. A counselor will work with you to determine your needs and the most appropriate intervention.

Emergency/Crisis Counseling: In the event of an

emergency, an Marshall University Counseling Center staff member is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be reached by call 304-696-3111 during regular office hours or by contacting the Marshall University Police Department at 304-696-4357 outside of office hours.

Marshall Artist Series Announces Upcoming Season

The 81st season of the Marshall Artists Series will include Stephen Stills and Judy Collins; Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt; the Yonder Mountain String Band; Broadway’s smash hits “Kinky Boots,” “Chicago” and “A Night With Janis Joplin”; and more. The deadline to purchase or renew season ticket packages is Friday, Aug. 4.

“Thanks to our strategic partnerships with businesses like Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center, we are able to propel arts and education for generations to come,” said Penny Watkins, executive director of the Marshall Artists Series. “We are thankful for the vision, commitment and investment our partners make to help our young people and community at large continue to grow as global thinkers.”

Created in 1936 by Marshall University to educate, enrich, expose and entertain, the Marshall Artists Series has always been at the forefront in presenting arts and entertainment, said Angela Jones, director of external affairs and marketing of the series.

“In fact, we are the second oldest organization of its kind in the United States,” she said. “At 81 years old, the Marshall Artists Series is resilient and continually operates with an entrepreneurial mindset. This has allowed us to create jobs, drive tourism and bring educational opportunities to over 6,000 school children and over 7500 university students – free of charge – to our performances each year. We are still innovating and there is no end in sight.”

“Our 2017 – 2018 lineup is a music lover’s dream,” Watkins said. “We have rock, folk, jazz, swing, country, bluegrass and more, rolled into one incredible musical journey, from folk legends Stephen Stills and Judy Collins, to singer-songwriters Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt in an acoustic evening, to pop hitmaker Five For Fighting performing along with a string quartet. Hip bluegrass innovators Yonder Mountain String Band will break the boundaries of what the word ‘bluegrass’ means. We have the best of Broadway musicals, including ‘Kinky Boots,’, ‘Chicago,’ ‘A Night with Janis Joplin’ and the new Broadway hit based on the history of the beloved hymn, ‘Amazing Grace.’ The State Ballet Theater of Russia makes a much-anticipated return visit with the beloved ballet, ‘Sleeping Beauty.’ Additionally, ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage’ will bring the Peanuts gang to life just in time for the holidays. Plus, country music’s Maren Morris brings her HERO Tour to Huntington.”

Marshall Artist Series Dates:

Sept. 20 - Leslie Jones 7:30 p.m. - Keith Albee Performing Arts Center

Sept. 21-24 - Fall International Film Festival

Oct. 2 - Stephen Stills and Judy Collins 7:30 p.m. - Keith Albee Performing Arts Center

Oct. 12 - Maren Morris 8:00 p.m. - Keith Albee Performing Arts Center

Oct 26 - Kinky Boots 7:30 p.m. - Keith Albee Performing Arts Center

Come Cheer The Thundering Herd to Victory!

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September Events


Sept. 16 - vs Kent State 6:30 p.m. - Joan C. Edwards Stadium

Sept. 30 - @ Cincinnati - Time TBA - Cincinnati, OH

Mens Soccer:

Sept. 13 - vs Eastern Illinois 5:00 p.m. - Hoops Family Field

Sept. 16 - vs South Carolina 1:00 p.m. - Hoops Family Field

Sept. 20 - @ Northern Kentucky 7:00 p.m. - Kentucky

Sept. 26 - @ Fort Wayne 5:00 p.m. - Fort Wayne, IN

Sept. 30 - vs New Mexico 7:00 p.m. - Hoops Family Field

Womens Soccer:

Sept. 15 - @ UNC Charlotte 7:00 p.m. - Charlotte

Sept. 17 - @ High Point 1:00 p.m. - High Point, NC

Sept. 21 - vs North Texas 7:00 p.m. - Hoops Family Field

Sept. 24 - vs Southern Miss 1:00 p.m. - Hoops Family Field

Sept. 29 - vs Louisiana Tech 7:00 p.m. - Hoops Family Field

Academic Calendar

September 15, Friday
Application for December graduation due in academic dean's office

September 22, Friday
Last Day to Drop 1st 8 Weeks Courses

October 2, Monday
Final draft of thesis/dissertation delivered to committee chair

October 9, Monday, Noon
Freshmen/Sophomore midterm grades due

October 11, Wednesday
1st 8 weeks courses end

October 12, Thursday
2nd 8 weeks courses begin

October 23, Monday
Students should schedule appointments with advisors
to prepare for advance registration.
(Required for students who have mandatory advising holds)

October 27, Friday
Last day to drop a full semester individual course

October 30, Monday
Recommended date to apply for May 2017 graduation

October 30, Monday - December 8, Friday
Complete withdrawals only
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