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06-15-2012

Clarkson University Army ROTC Students Commissioned

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The Army ROTC Golden Knight Battalion at Clarkson University commissioned ten cadets into the U.S. Army at the annual spring commissioning on May 11.

The Army ROTC Golden Knight Battalion at Clarkson University commissioned cadets into the U.S. Army at the annual spring commissioning in May. Front row (l to r): David Pecka, Krystal Cummings, Jennifer Zanghi, Kevin Lambert, Mark Saunders, Patrick Hughes and Timothy Swartz. Back row: Mike Fensterer, Timothy Nevin, Russell Austin, Matthew Edgette, William Snyder, Kevin O’Connor, Matthew Wilsey, Chris Coveleski, Joshua Risewick, and Jared Kiser. Missing: Jonathan Waterman, Vidal Garza, Vladimir Pratt, and Hector Vazquezcruz.The ceremony featured comments by University President Tony Collins and guest speaker retired Lt. Gen. John L. Woodward Jr. A product of Air Force ROTC, Woodward's final position before retiring was as the deputy chief of staff for communications and information and deputy chief information officer at U.S. Air Force Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The ceremony also included the swearing in of the new officers, the pinning of their gold bars by family members, and the traditional first salute, known as the silver dollar salute.

Receiving their commissions were seniors Russell S. Austin, an innovation and entrepreneurship major from Canandaigua, N.Y.; Christopher V. Coveleski, global supply chain management, Ilion, N.Y.; Matthew L. Edgette, civil engineering, Ballston Spa, N.Y.; Michael R. Fensterer, global supply chain management, Lynbrook, N.Y.; Timothy C. Nevin, innovation and entrepreneurship, Canandaigua, N.Y.; Chris J. O’Connor, mechanical engineering, Schenectady, N.Y.; David J. Pecka, civil engineering, Elmira, N.Y.; Joshua M. Risewick, chemical engineering, Le Roy, N.Y.; Jonathan M. Waterman, professional studies, New Hartford, N.Y.; and Jennifer L. Zanghi, mechanical engineering, Cassadaga, N.Y.

Also recognized and commissioned the following week were SUNY Potsdam cadets Vidal C. Garza, politics, Plano, Texas; Jared L. Kiser, business administration, Paris, Mo.; Kevin G. Lambert, history, Potsdam, N.Y.; Vladimir J. Pratt, politics, Saratoga, N.Y.; Mark E. Saunders, business administration, Kingston, Jamaica; Hector J. Vazquezcruz, economics, Ponce, Puerto Rico; and Matthew J. Wilsey, criminal justice and sociology, Greece, N.Y.; and St. Lawrence University students Krystal M. Cummings, sociology, Bow, N.H.; William H. Snyder, anthropology, Copenhagen, N.Y.; and Timothy S. Swartz, history, Cape Vincent, N.Y.  Patrick Hughes, innovation and entrepreneurship, Fairport, N.Y., graduated from Clarkson and will commission later this summer.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: The Army ROTC Golden Knight Battalion at Clarkson University commissioned cadets into the U.S. Army at the annual spring commissioning in May. Front row (l to r): David Pecka, Krystal Cummings, Jennifer Zanghi, Kevin Lambert, Mark Saunders, Patrick Hughes and Timothy Swartz. Back row: Mike Fensterer, Timothy Nevin, Russell Austin, Matthew Edgette, William Snyder, Kevin O’Connor, Matthew Wilsey, Chris Coveleski, Joshua Risewick, and Jared Kiser. Missing: Jonathan Waterman, Vidal Garza, Vladimir Pratt, and Hector Vazquezcruz.

See a related video at http://youtu.be/fXUC06nJAQE .

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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