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05-20-2014

Clarkson University Army ROTC Students Commissioned

The Army ROTC Golden Knight Battalion at Clarkson University commissioned eight cadets into the U.S. Army at the annual spring commissioning on May 9.

 Front row (left to right): Tanner Jones, Rebecca Hyatt, Matthew Flynn, Timothy Dudley, Andrew Nelden, and Kevin O’Connor. Second row: Hector Ruiz, Eric O’Donnell, Taylor Mextorf, Matthew Brosseau, Taylor Macci, Nicholas Carrara. Missing: Michael Matroniano and Taylor Phillips.The ceremony featured comments by Clarkson University President Tony Collins and guest speaker Col. Timothy J. LaBarge. LaBarge was a graduate of St. Lawrence University and currently serves as the commander of the 105th Airlift Wing, Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, N.Y.

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 Matthew Brosseau, mechanical engineering, St. Albans, Vt.; Matthew Flynn, political science & law studies minor, Canton, N.Y.; Tanner Jones, global supply chain management, Erlanger, Ky.; Michael Matroniano, engineering and management, Fairport, N.Y.; Taylor Mextorf, history & literature, Albany, N.Y.; Andrew Nelden, history, Felts Mills, N.Y.; Kevin O’Connor, global supply chain management, Duanesburg, N.Y.; and Eric O’Donnell, civil engineering, Oriskany, N.Y. Hector Ruiz, psychology, Bronx, N.Y.; will receive his commission following training this summer.

Also recognized and commissioned the following week were SUNY Potsdam cadets Nicholas Carrara, biology, Potsdam, N.Y.; Timothy Dudley, business administration, Elizabethtown, Ky.; Rebecca Hyatt, psychology, Ogdensburg, N.Y.; and Taylor Phillips, political science & Middle Eastern studies, Marathon, N.Y.; and St Lawrence University student Taylor Macci, mathematics & economics, Canajoharie, N.Y.

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 recently commissioned cadets into the U.S. Army. Front row (left to right): Tanner Jones, Rebecca Hyatt, Matthew Flynn, Timothy Dudley, Andrew Nelden, and Kevin O’Connor. Second row: Hector Ruiz, Eric O’Donnell, Taylor Mextorf, Matthew Brosseau, Taylor Macci, Nicholas Carrara. Missing: Michael Matroniano and Taylor Phillips.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/army-rotc-2014.jpg .]

[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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