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NATION-LEADING ROTC PROGRAM
IS SOLID FOUNDATION FOR SRU’S ONE-OF-A-KIND MINOR IN
Pa. -- When Slippery Rock University created its leadership minor,
the only one in the state, it was building on the solid strength of
its Army ROTC Program.
evidence of the quality of SRU’s Reserve Office Training
Corps comes in the form of the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Award
proclaiming the unit as the “Best Small School” in the
region. Some 270 similar programs across the U.S. competed for the
honor, which is awarded to one unit in each of three regions across
the U.S. The MacArthur Award recognizes exemplary performance in
training Army officers.
the third time in nine years, the MacArthur plaque was presented to
the SRU Army ROTC Program at ceremonies held in Orlando, Fla.
Accepting the latest honor was Lt. Col. Steven Stevens, chair of
the university’s military science department. “This
award gives tremendous recognition for the hard work of our cadets
and the entire cadre, especially those enrolled in our leadership
minor,” he explained. The SRU program also earned the
MacArthur Award in 1993 and 1995.
annual award is given jointly by the MacArthur Foundation and the
U.S. Army Cadet Command to the top programs in each of the
Army’s Cadet Command's regions. The SRU unit was named the
best unit for 2002 in the First Region, headquartered at Ft. Bragg,
N.C. The award is named for the late Gen. Douglas MacArthur who
commanded forces in the Pacific during World War II and headed the
occupation force in Japan following the war. He also served as UN
commander during the Korean War.
award is presented to ROTC units that exceed established evaluation
standards and exceed yearly commissioning goals. The SRU unit had
planned to commission seven, second lieutenants and exceeded its
goal by three. Criteria for the award also include overall academic
and leadership performance.
honor is certainly befitting the quality of our ROTC
Program,” said Dr. Bruce Russell, dean of the College of
Business, Information and Social Sciences. “We are proud of
their hard work and the quality of leadership created within the
program by our military science faculty. I congratulate both the
faculty and the students for their diligence and perseverance in
developing leadership skills and for expanding the leadership minor
within the program.”
created its leadership minor within the ROTC Program two years ago
as a way of instilling multiple leadership traits and abilities in
cadets. The program requires 25 credit-hours focused on Army ROTC
courses such as “Principles of Leadership” and
“Leadership Dimensions and Concepts.” In addition, it
focuses on leadership through a number of hands-on laboratories
where cadets are given responsibilities, mission goals, objectives
and tasks with the chance to put their classroom leadership work
addition, SRU’s ROTC Program, which consistently ranks in the
nation’s top 10 percent of all ROTC units, recently received
two Liberty Brigade Commander’s Certificates with one
including $1,000 cash for attaining the third-highest mission
percentage within the second brigade. The funds will be used for
equipment and cadet travel.
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