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Big Green Donor of the Week - Dot Hicks

Dec. 6, 2010

Marshall Athletics has had the fortune over the past 40 years to have Dr. Dorothy Hicks as an ambassador and benefactor for the Thundering Herd. Not only is "Dot" a Distinguished Honorary Alumni recipient, but she is a member of the President's Circle, John Marshall and Heritage Societies, benefitting students and her teaching peers alike.

Dot's time here at Marshall began in 1969 when she was a member of the faculty and she remained an educator in that position for 30 years! She also coached Women's Golf, Tennis, Badminton, and Volleyball, and worked as an Associate Athletic Director and Faculty Representative for MU Athletics. If we had more space we could list all of her awards and accomplishments, but that wouldn't leave any space for the rest of this weeks' stories!

Dot was honored recently when the new softball stadium was named the Dot Hicks Softball Complex, and she has been a tireless fundraiser for the project, as well as other athletic facility endeavors. She has established four endowed scholarships in athletics for Women's Basketball, Golf, Tennis, and Volleyball.

Dot has done so much for student-athletes at Marshall and her motivation for doing so reflects the kind of person she is. We are so blessed to have Dot as a part of the Marshall family; a teacher and a friend like none other.

Education: BS and MA from Peabody College, Doctorate of Educ. from the Univ. of Tennessee

Favorite Marshall Athletes: Chad Pennington and MU Hall of Famer Brenda Dennis (Women's Basketball and Volleyball 1971-74)

Favorite Marshall Moments: The Women's Basketball team winning the 1997 Southern Conference Tournament and a trip to the NCAA's, and "The Miracle in Mobile" when the Herd came back to beat ECU in the 2001 GMAC Bowl.

Why I Give to the Big Green: "Since 1969, MU sports have been a major factor in my life. I went to college on a Kiwanis Club scholarship. So, I now proudly give to the Big Green Scholarship Foundation to support our student- athletes."