Sunday, March 9, 2008

Clayton State University’s First ROTC Scholarship Awarded

Photo: Douglasville’s Oriskany Carr receives the first Clayton State ROTC scholarship. Left to right: Chuck Waggoner, Dean of the Clayton State School of Nursing Dr. Lisa Eichelberger, Carr, Clayton State Provost Dr. Sharon Hoffman, Kevin Anderson. (Erin Fender photo)
Clayton State University recently welcomed Col. Chuck Waggoner, ROTC Eastern commander, and the new Clayton State University cadre, with a reception that also recognized the awarding of the University’s first ROTC scholarship.

The reception, hosted by Clayton State Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Sharon Hoffman, welcomed the new Clayton State University cadre; Maj. Peter W. Almedia, Sgt. 1st Class Curtis Ricks, human resource technician Sylvia Simmons, and a Gold Bar recruiter.

Waggoner, along with Lt. Col. Kevin Anderson, professor of Military Science at Georgia State University, presented the first ROTC scholarship awarded at Clayton State University to Oriskany Carr (Douglasville).

“I am very excited to come to Clayton State and I am very thankful for the scholarship I have received,” said Carr.

Carr is a senior at Chapel Hill High School and will begin the pre-nursing program at Clayton State fall 2008. Her father is a retired master sergeant.

The Clayton State University ROTC program will begin with the fall 2008 semester and will be initially introduced as a military science (MS) program for freshman and sophomores. The ROTC program will begin as a full partnership program with Georgia State University.

“The goal is to quickly do well and earn an invitation to expand the program to include MS programs for juniors and seniors,” says Dr. Mannie E. Hall., Clayton State director of Academic Outreach. “Finally, it is important to reinforce that Interim Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences Dr. John Campbell skillfully formulated the MS curriculum pieces up to this point, which is much appreciated.”

The value of the new Clayton State University MS program is the availability of the robust ROTC scholarships for Clayton State students who want to become future Army officers.

For more information about the new Clayton State University Military Science ROTC program, contact Hall at manniehall@clayton.edu or (678) 466-5053.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

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