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Military Science to commission largest Army ROTC cadet class in 18 years

Thursday, May 8, 2008

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Media Contact: Susan Slupecki

ARLINGTON - Fifteen cadets from The University of Texas at Arlington Military Science Department will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Army during the Spring 2008 Commissioning Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10, in the Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St. Jerry W. Thomas, class of 1963 (Arlington State College), UT Arlington’s Distinguished Alumni in 2000 and member of the Military Science Department Hall of Honor, is the featured guest speaker.

This will be the largest single commissioning since 1990, when the department commissioned 18 cadets. The UT Arlington Military Science Department partners with several universities in which students complete their primary academics at the partner school and participate in the UT Arlington Army ROTC program at the same time. Partner schools include the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of North Texas, the University of Dallas, Southern Methodist University, Dallas Baptist University, Texas A&M Commerce and all of the Dallas County Community Colleges.

The Spring 2008 Commissioning Class is as follows:

Gregory J. Abide, Political Science – University of Dallas
Michael C. Agbay, Business Administration – UT Arlington
Cynthia A. Anderson, Nursing – UT Arlington
Tony Ariza, Civil Engineering – UT Arlington
Robert A. Calkins, History – UT Arlington
Tara M. Conroy, Criminal Justice – University of North Texas
James M. Gordon, History – UT Arlington
Natassia L. Holland, Nursing – UT Arlington
Mikhail J. Jackson, Political Science – UT Arlington
Brandon G. Lopes-Baca, Advertising – UT Arlington
David A. Neveau, Economics – UT Arlington
Sophie J. Reitz, Sociology – UT Arlington
Sambriddhi Rimal, Criminal Justice – UT Arlington
Jeremy P. Sumruld, Criminal Justice – UT Arlington
James M. Williamson, Interdisciplinary Studies, focusing in Biology and Chemistry – UT Arlington

The ceremony is open to the public and will be followed by a reception. Contact LTC Kevin R. Smith at (817) 272-5652 or for more information.


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