Oct. 31, 2008
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -
For the 12th straight year, the Big Green Scholarship Foundation and Marshall University student athletes get to say thanks to their benefactors. This most gratifying event happens on Nov. 6 when representatives of endowed athletic scholarships will break bread with the students who are getting a college education thanks to the endowment fund. The annual Big Green Endowment Dinner will be held in the Don Morris Room at the Memorial Student Center.
The featured speaker will be Mark F. Sheridan, M.D., who was a member MU's men's swimming team that won four straight Southern Conference championships (1977-80) and who was a four-time All-Southern Conference swimmer. He then coached the MU men's team from 1981 to 1983 while he earned his M.S. in biology. After graduating from the MU School of Medicine in 1987, Dr. Sheridan interned with the U.S. Army and then entered general practice in Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery--in Hawaii and Florida. He has been practicing at the Tri-State Otolaryngology on Stonecrest Drive since he returned to Huntington in 1998.
"It's great to have a speaker of Dr. Sheridan's stature talking to our student-athletes and their benefactors," says John Sutherland, executive director of the Big Green Scholarship Foundation. "His education came from a Big Green scholarship and he has become a very accomplished surgeon, who has given back to his university, his country and to his community."
Mary Lue Light, coordinator of the Big Green Endowment Program, says the benefactors attending "are always impressed with the quality and character of our student-athletes. The rapport between the students and the benefactors is one of the highlights of the evening."
The Big Green endowment program continues to grow. The fund includes over 100 endowments, 18 valued at more than $100,000, another 37 above $50,000 and 42 more above $25,000.