POTSDAM - The Army ROTC Golden Knight Battalion at Clarkson University commissioned 10 cadets into the U.S. Army at the annual spring commissioning.
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.
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, from left: 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.
Jennifer Zanghi of Cassadaga was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. Zanghi graduated from Clarkson University on May 12, and majored in mechanical engineering.
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, 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.