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In Memoriam: Jeff Dixon
From Matt Holman – I’m heartbroken to announce the loss of a ’96 classmate. Jeff Dixon passed away last Sunday. A giant personality, hugely talented human being, friend to all and 12th Co. legend, he’ll be missed. Services will be held in Westminster, MD next Thursday afternoon. Details are below for any in the area or from afar who would like to honor Jeff.
For those in the area, call hours are Thursday, 15 November at Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, Westminster, MD (see link for details, directions, and obituary).
DC Metro Area Open House for Prospective USNA Candidates
The DC chapter of the USNA Alumni Association is hosting a Fall Open House on 17 October for students from Virginia, Maryland, and the District interested in attending the Naval Academy. Candidates from 7th through 11th grade and one parent are funded by the chapter. It is a cool event every year! Please check out the registration link (below) and spread the word to friends and neighbors.
Please contact John Costello if you have questions, have trouble with the registration form, or make a game-day decision. You can also call the chapter directly at 703-960-6804 to get added to the access roster.
’96 Class Gift and Annual Donations
Email sent via Classmail 10/9/18
A note from our Class Project Chairman, Brian Reardon:
Although we are waiting for the new Naval Academy Foundation website to be fully operational before we formally kickoff our Class Project fundraising (expected November 2018), I wanted to give you information so if you donate to the Foundation during their annual fund drive, you can choose to give to the overall 96 CLASS GIFT or one of the subsets of the class gift (like the bench refurbishment).
From the 96/Foundation MOU:
“Class Project: The Class of 1996 has elected to support conservation of the First and Second-Class Benches and their supporting plinths and cannon (Bench Conservation), Project Based Learning (PBL), Athletic Excellence (AE) and the Naval Academy Fund (NAF).”
The overall fundraising goal for the project is at least $600,000, comprising four components:
(50% of the total goal) for the Bench Conservation
(27% of the total goal) for Project Based Learning
(8% of the total goal) for Athletic Excellence
(15% of the total goal) for the Naval Academy Fund
If you don’t like these pre-fixed percentage, then feel free to choose your own percentages; but they must be one of these 4 to count toward our 30-Year Gift. And if you don’t like these 4 choices, then feel free to choose whatever you would like.
As a reminder once we kickoff the campaign (~Nov), we will experimenting with a method for Class Participation by establishing a pledge of $30 a month for 96 months. Think of it as a subscription service like Netflix. We expect to have a direct webform provided to the Class soon, but if you want to get in early, you can set up that pledge with the Foundation by calling (401) 295-4100. If you get a solicitation call or choose to mail in a new pledge with the form provided in Shipmate, you can also set up a recurring pledge. The quick math is that $30 for 96 months is a yearly pledge of $360 for 8 years. This aligns with our 30th reunion.
More to follow once we have a webform for our Class Gift. Our goal is similar to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief….100% contact.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me any questions.
’96 Navy Football Jerseys
Email sent via Classmail 7/27/18
This was posted on Facebook but we wanted to reach all of you that aren’t on there.
Nikki Battaglia set up a deal with a company to purchase personalized Navy jerseys for $130 (at-cost) and part of the proceeds will go to our class gift that we just established! It’s a win for everyone.
Just follow the link, order your jersey (I might suggest 96 as the number), and they will mail it to you directly.
Here is the link for the kids jerseys.
There is no deadline but we don’t know how long they will keep it open for the deal.
If you know someone that isn’t from our class, they could still buy one and put whatever other stupid number they want on it….and we get the $30 toward our class gift!
All Academy Challenge: 31 May – 04 June
The annual All Academy Challenge began today and runs through 04 June. This is a friendly rivalry between the Service Academy that focuses on % of participation (NOT amount donated). If you would like to throw in a little donation, follow this link:
As of the 8 hour mark, 1996 is on the leaderboard in 10th place among all USNA classes. To see the leaderboard, check out this link:
Remember that this is completely separate from our actual fundraising campaign that will kick off very shortly. But anything donated during the challenge will be credited toward our class. BEAT ARMY!!!
From the President: Class Project Update and MOU Signed
Email sent via Classmail 5/29/18
Class of 1996,
I’m happy to announce that after of about a year in work, we finally have our MOU signed between our class, USNA, and the Alumni Association. Based on feedback from you all and alignment with USNA priorities, here is our “Class Project”:
Conservation of the First and Second-Class Benches and their supporting plinths and cannon (Bench Conservation) – 50% ($300k). See attached photos
Project Based Learning (PBL) – 27%
Athletic Excellence (AE) – 8%
Naval Academy Fund (NAF) – 15%
Shortly, our class project/funraising lead (Brian Reardon) will start our campaign to start raising funds so I won’t steal his thunder. If you have specific questions, he’ll be able to answer them.
I did want to point out, that if you don’t like the ratio we picked, you can designate the proportion of your donation and where it goes to as long (as it’s one of the four items). If you don’t like any of the four, then you can still give to whatever you want and it will count toward our lifetime giving amount but not our project.
Coincidently, the All-Academy Challenge will be starting this Wednesday. The point of this is to get the highest participation rate (versus highest dollar value) between all the Academies. If you would like to donate during the Challenge, it will count toward our Project but it isn’t directly a part of our fundraising effort.
Keep an eye our for details!
In Memoriam: Teresa Elders
It is with a sad heart that I report Teresa Elaine Elders, “Tee”, passed away on April 15, 2018, after a four and a half year battle against ovarian cancer. She was a bright light in this world and positively impacted all the people she met. I feel blessed to have known her. Tee lived life to the fullest and was so tough, she completed a triathlon with me in October 2017, just one week after a chemotherapy treatment. She was Commanding Officer of the USS Cape St. George (CG 71). Attached is a photo of us at her change of command (in March 2017), and photos of her leading her Crew, which is how she wants to be remembered. She received the Legion of Merit award for her outstanding leadership of the Crew, and will be posthumously promoted to Captain. Her memorial service was held on April 21, 2018 and was attended by classmates Brian Taddiken, Amy Brooks, Christie O’Connell, Frank Okata, and Peter Kim. Frank gave a moving eulogy at the service, as did Tee’s brother, Thomas Elders (’98). I was lucky to be able to spend time with her during her last days and she asked that donations be made to a charity called Nine Girls Ask, which is funding ovarian cancer research. She is survived by her husband, David McCue, daughter Rachel McCue, brother Thomas Elders, and mother Min Elders. Rest in peace dear Teresa, you will remain in our hearts forever. – Michelle (Baumbich) Gray
From the President: Class Updates and Spring COCP Report
Email sent via Classmail 5/4/18
Greetings Class of 96!
I recently attending the bi-annual Council of Class Presidents (COCP) at the Academy. I wanted to pass along some of the things we talked about and keep you all informed on what is going on with our alma mater.
Official minutes from the previous council (Fall 2017): Fall 2017 COCP
Unofficial minutes from current council: Spring 2018 COCP Minutes from Nagel
Briefing from the Alumni Association and Foundation: Spring 2018 Foundation
Briefing from the Academic Dean: Spring 2018 Dean
- In sad news, I assume that most of you heard about the recent passing of our friend and classmate Teresa Elders on 15 April. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers. Please send any donations to NineGirlsAsk.
- Let me know if you want your football parking pass at the 1996 tailgate spot.
- A sincere appreciation for those COMPANY REPS that have been working with Shane “Bruce” Mcdonald to update your company’s databases. There are still pockets of classmates out there that don’t have current e-mail addresses in there.
- Our 30 Year REUNION PLANNING COMMITTEE has been plugging away at initial planning activities. With the football schedule getting published in Feb, the key is to have as much planned as possible so that you can execute a plan quickly. They are taking into account your responses from the 20-year survey and other classes lessons learned. Please thank Thomas Leahy for leading the charge!
- Lastly, an update on our 30-Year reunion class gift. Brian Reardon has been working with USNA to get our MOU written and signed. Unfortunately, it probably won’t be done by the May All-Academy Challenge so anything we donate that week will not count towards our fundraising goal. Brian did great work trying to balance USNA strategic objectives, 96 Class desires, and realistic plans to come up with our fundraising goal.
Have a great weekend!
Service Academies Global Summit (SAGS) 2018
The 4th Annual Service Academies Global Summit (SAGS) will be held 13-15 June 2018 in Arlington, VA, at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel. SAGS is a fantastic opportunity for grads to come together to reconnect, build relationships, mentor, and collaborate. Shared from a member of the planning team:
The summit theme is “Gripping Hands – Unifying Our Communities to Make a Difference Together” and the graduates in attendance will be from a broad range of academy generations and professional backgrounds, with leadership roles in numerous sectors. The Summit is always an inspiring, energizing and special gathering, and its purpose is to develop, inspire, and promote fellowship, leadership, professional development and service for the worldwide “super-community” of Academy graduates from the five U.S. service academies. The Summit is an extraordinary opportunity for learning, interaction, collaboration and exposure to new ideas and opportunities from speakers in exciting locales across the world. The Summit is a non-profit endeavor organized by graduates of all five U.S. service academies and is open to spouses/partners and guests of attending graduates. Links to the past summits’ videos, programs and photos are on the website.
We’re delighted to announce that Alex Gorsky, West Point ’82 and CEO of Johnson&Johnson, will be the kickoff speaker on Wednesday, June 13. Please check out our website for latest speakers from all five service academies and latest agenda. We are expecting all five Academy Superintendents to attend this year, a unique part of this summit, which boasts a flavorful and interesting menu of events, speakers, and activities that foster growth, reflection and meaningful connection. We’d love for you to join us and please see attached flyer for highlights on select speakers.
Hope to see you there!
Career Corner: LinkedIn Thought of the Day
How’s your LinkedIn profile these days? Are you wondering if it’s optimized for potential transitions in your career? Here’s another solid piece of work by John Tunison about careers and transitions in the form of a power point presentation he put together on making sure your LinkedIn profile is up to snuff. Check it out!
- In Memoriam: Jeff Dixon November 10, 2018
- DC Metro Area Open House for Prospective USNA Candidates October 10, 2018
- ’96 Class Gift and Annual Donations October 9, 2018
- ’96 Navy Football Jerseys October 9, 2018
- All Academy Challenge: 31 May – 04 June May 31, 2018
- From the President: Class Project Update and MOU Signed May 29, 2018
- In Memoriam: Teresa Elders May 29, 2018
- From the President: Class Updates and Spring COCP Report May 29, 2018
- Service Academies Global Summit (SAGS) 2018 May 28, 2018
- Career Corner: LinkedIn Thought of the Day February 20, 2018
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