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Capitol rotunda receives kelly green makeover

The Parthenon

Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Updated: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 23:02

The upper rotunda of the West Virginia Capitol building was kelly green for Marshall Day, Wednesday.

Nancy Pelfrey, assistant director of alumni relations, said the day was an opportunity for students and professors to show off what they do and interact with members of legislature.

“We do Marshall University at the Capitol once a year during the legislative session,” Pelfrey said. “It is an opportunity for us to come here and show the legislators what Marshall does on a daily basis and what all the state dollars are going to. We just want the state leaders to be as proud of Marshall as we are.”

The Marshall University Fife and Drum Corps performed the national anthem and “West Virginia Hills” for the House of Representatives. The House and Senate recognized various Marshall students, faculty and programs. Both Houses read resolutions recognizing Marshall.

Colleges, programs and groups, including the Student Resource Center, the Recreation Center and Housing and Residence Life, set up more than 30 different booths.

Bradley Leonard, junior visual arts major from Huntington, was one of the attendants for the Student Support Services booth.

“We’ve had a really successful day,” Leonard said. “We have had a lot of people come by and ask questions. I feel really confident in how it’s going.”

Many booths had free giveaways and prizes, such as t-shirts from the office of recruitment, and had information about each respective group. Alumni relations served free popcorn and refreshments.

The university also showcased its success of the Bucks for Brains initiative with displays featuring each of the 16 new endowments and the donors to the program.  
John M. Maher, vice president for research, said Bucks for Brains is a state funded program for research that was created by legislature in 2008. The state challenged Marshall to raise $15 million dollars, which they would match, resulting in $30 million dollars for the university to be used towards research.

“We have endowments that are there to support primarily faculty research,” Maher said.  “But we also have endowments that are there to support undergraduate research scholarships and we also have graduate scholarship-type opportunities that are there.”

Maher also said the university was able to raise $15 million a year and a half before the deadline, and have more money waiting to be matched along with more donors who want to participate in the program.

“In the beginning, I think folks thought Marshall University wasn’t going to be able to do it,” Maher said. “Little old Marshall wasn’t going to able to raise $15 million dollars, but we did it.”

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