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Celebrate 150 Years of Mountaineers!

The best part? You're Invited! 

Join us for the 22nd Annual Marmaduke Dent Benefit on October 27, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. at The Erickson Alumni Center at Statler Wilson Commons.

Celebrate West Virginia University's BIG 150th Birthday before the WVU-Oklahoma State showdown by joining us for a great evening with fellow Mountaineers and guests! Dance to live music, take part in our birthday party games, photo booth and more at the best birthday party you've been to yet!  *And, of course, there will be cake! 

Break out your best blue and gold casual attire and help us blow out the candles at our signature event of the year! 

Cost: $75/person, $140/couple. To register, click here.

On The Menu

We're cooking up something great for this party! Check out our menu below!


Chicken Tortilla

Fire Roasted Wild Mushroom

Smoked Brisket 3 Bean Chili


Roasted Beet Salad with Artisan Greens, Goat Cheese and Balsamic Glaze

Chop House Salad with Bacon Crumbles, Egg, Smoked Cheddar and Croutons

Grandma’s Potato Salad

Assorted Breads and Dinner Rolls


Beer Braised Beef Brisket with Whole Grain Mustard Sauce

Smoked Bone in Pork Chops with Sweet Onion Jam

Grilled Chicken Laredo with Roasted Tomatoes, Avocados, Poblano Peppers and Queso Cheese Sauce

Pan Seared Wild Salmon with Green Chile Hollandaise

Ten Spiced Dry Rubbed Pork Ribs with Yuengling Barbecue


Southwestern Creamed Corn

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Loaded Mashed Potatoes

Grilled Asparagus with a Chili Lime Butter

White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese

Parmesan Risotto with Brandied Button Mushrooms


Chocolate Sheet Birthday Cake served with Ice Cream

Assorted Fruit and Cream Pies

Warm Toffee Caramel Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Caramel Apple Granny

150th Specialty Cocktails

The Birthday Cake Martini, Marmaduke Mountain Water, The Dent 


We are pleased to offer Uber rides for guests of our 2017 Marmaduke Dent event. Uber drivers will be available from 8-10 p.m. to provide safe travel home if you feel you have had too much to drink. Discounts for riders will be given for attendees of the event. For more information about Uber Morgantown, visit


Sponsorships for the 22nd Annual Marmaduke Dent Dinner are available! Please contact Nicole Riggleman, for more information.


Who is Marmaduke H. Dent?

Marmaduke H. Dent was born in Monongalia County in the town of Granville on April 18, 1849. West Virginia University opened in 1867, and he became the firstWVU graduate in 1870 and the first president of the WVU Alumni Association.

After a lifetime of career achievements – among them a deputy clerk, a lawyer, and a judge on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals – Marmaduke H. Dent possessed true Mountaineer spirit.

In 1993, the Marmaduke Dent Society, which provides sustaining support for alumni programs and operations, was founded in honor of Mr. Dent.

The Marmaduke H. Dent Society

Founded in 1993, the Marmaduke H. Dent Society recognizes the thoughtful generosity of those loyal benefactors of the West Virginia University Alumni Association who want to continue the Association’s traditions by providing additional financial support for the future of the organization.

Named for WVU’s first graduate and first president of the Alumni Association, the Dent Society recognizes lifetime cumulative giving through membership donation levels ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 or more. Contributions are invested in an endowment to ensure a steady stream of income, and only the earnings from the endowment are expended.

The Dent Society provides sustaining support for alumni programs and operations, including long-term support determined by the WVU Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Qualifying donors to the Dent Society receive appropriate acknowledgment with a plaque inside The Erickson Alumni Center, invitations to annual Dent Society events, listing in alumni publications, recognition for all Foundation giving levels, and invitations to special athletic events.

All gifts should be made to The Dent Society, WVU Foundation (Tax Identification Number 55-6017181) for the benefit of the WVU Alumni Association.

For more information on how you can join the Marmaduke H. Dent Society, contactNicole Riggleman at 304-293-0971 or