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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.

The Joseph Sisters

Joseph Sisters

Blending classic country sounds with a modern appeal and style, the Joseph Sisters plan to open the next chapter of country music. There was a time in country music when family bands dominated the airwaves and the girls next door were the best singing group in the county. Moving ahead to today, The Joseph Sisters plan to bring the family band back to the limelight.

When asked “Are you really sisters?” YES, Marybeth, Jamie, and Shalyn are sisters and all three agree that they are each others best friends.

Hailing from Wheeling, WV the home of WWVA and the Wheeling Jamboree, one of the longest running country music shows next to the Opry. The ladies grew up in a landscape full of blue-collar, hard working families where country music dominated the airwaves.

The Joseph Sisters have been singing together since before they can remember. Their initial performances were at church and school functions where Shalyn reminisces about standing on a box so that she could reach the microphone.

Marybeth, Jamie, and Shalyn’s distinctive timbres blend into vivacious harmonies, creating the perfect marriage of tradition and modern sound. The Joseph Sisters are best described with a Marie Osmond quote, “Little bit of Country, a little bit of Rock and Roll.” They have a rich harmony that only siblings can bring to the show.

Marybeth is the first born, she brings the artistry and smooth soulful voice to the group. She co-writes songs and works behind the scenes ever improving the group’s sound. She has a heart of gold and absolutely adores cats.

Jamie, the middle child, brings the high harmony and sings lead. She has the middle child attitude and her motto is you only live once. She is the leader on stage and commands the crowd. One day she hopes to own a farm where she can foster her love for animals.

Shalyn is the youngest Joseph. She is influenced by many different artists and styles. Shalyn is a huge Taylor Swift fan and truly admires Taylor’s business sense and style. Her quirky and brutally honest sense of humor keeps the band laughing and on their toes. Shalyn’s unique outlook on life helps her to find the good in any situation.

Their single “Crazy in Love” makes its radio debut in February 2016. “Crazy in Love” is a fun track about first love and the crazy things that you do to be together. A Chase Bryant (Take it on Back) co-write, this Steve Marcantonio (Maddie & Tae, Blake Shelton) recorded single delivers a fresh approach to female country music with an interchanging lead vocal and stacked harmonies. The Joseph Sisters are shifting country back to feel good times and love, and away from the saturation of “bro-country” and the party.

Their unique sound landed them a spot at the “Super Bowl of Country Music” Jamboree in the Hills and a chance to showcase their talent at Third and Lindsey in Nashville. The ladies are emerging as one of the fastest growing country groups in the mid-Atlantic region playing a countless number of fairs, festivals, and events. They have landed opening slots for Toby Keith, Jerrod Neimann, Aaron Lewis, Phill Vasser, Raelynn, Waterloo Revival, Josh Thompson, and The Oak Ridge Boys. The Joseph Sisters have also performed at West Virginia University BIG 12 sports events and at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Join The Joseph Sisters as they attempt to turn the page back to a time when country was centered on family, friendship, tradition, and love. Stay tuned as Marybeth, Jamie, and Shalyn craft the next chapter of country music.

Learn more about The Joseph Sisters 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

Thank you to this year's sponsors!

Brickstreet Insurance

United Bank

MVB Bank


Morgantown Printing and Binding


The Thrasher Group

Bob and Malene Davis

WVU College of Business & Economics

FNB Wealth Management Group

Freedom Automotive 

Wayne and Kathy Richards

North Central

Dr. Timothy and Victoria Sears

Debbie and Mike Hart

Jim Bill and Sharon Harvey


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