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T H E M A G A Z INE O F t h e c a l i f o r n i a M A RITI M E a c a d e m y

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Meet Cal Maritime’s 14th President: Thomas Cropper p.14

Transportation Secretary Visits Cal Maritime 4 | Standout Scholars 8 | Remembering Admiral rizza 12

From the President

President Thomas Cropper

How lucky can one be? I work with great people on a beautiful campus in support of a mission that is both worthy and noble. We enjoy support from our local community, dynamic families, passionate alumni, attentive industry leaders, and generous donors. As a result, I am grateful to consider myself among the very luckiest of academic stewards. We are well into the fall semester as I write and I still wear a smile from ear to ear as I begin each day. You would too if you had the opportunity to interact with the professionals at Cal Maritime. From an engaged faculty to a tried and true staff, everyone here works for the benefit of our primary focus — our Corps of Cadets. The Cal Maritime shoreside team worked diligently throughout the summer to prepare for our highest enrollment ever (975) and our largest incoming freshman/transfer class (328), while our seagoing team conducted a training cruise in the Pacific and Caribbean. (Make sure to check out the time-lapse video created by Cadet Ancil Hoffman on our YouTube page at CalMaritimevideos). The campus community is now in full swing providing a phenomenal education to our nation’s future maritime professionals. As much as I have been impressed by our faculty and staff, there is one facet of cadet education that I would like to highlight. Many of our alumni are “giving back” to Cal Maritime in a very powerful and meaningful way by partnering with our faculty in the classroom to share their perspectives, experiences, and wisdom. I cannot imagine a better way to contribute to our mission. I join our faculty in inviting every one of our alumni to become a vibrant part of the daily life of our campus. Having past graduates here to reinforce classroom learning makes the kind of education we provide better and more relevant. I look forward to having our alumni back at their alma mater to inspire the next generation of global maritime leaders. There are many things to be proud about at Cal Maritime. Whether it be the many opportunities that Cal Maritime provided for your diverse careers, the camaraderie that you have sustained over many years, our continuing excellence in cutting-edge instruction or the winning tradition in small-college athletic competition — it is all still here! We are also a university that is “on the grow,” as a result of generous alumni who want to promote our legacy of excellence and a campus team that is poised for a brighter future. I am looking forward to working with the many great partners that make up the Cal Maritime team. It is an honor and a privilege to be your president. Sincerely,

Thomas A. Cropper President

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Cal Maritime Fall 2012 Cal Maritime is published by the California Maritime Academy Foundation, Inc. in partnership with the Office of University Advancement for alumni, parents, and friends of Cal Maritime. CMA foundation/ Office of University Advancement Beverly Byl Vice President for University Advancement Executive Director, CMA Foundation Public Affairs and Communications Jennifer Whitty Director of Public Affairs and Communications Alumni Relations Silvia Regalado Director of Development and Alumni Affairs


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14 Getting to Know Cal Maritime’s 14th President

Rear Admiral Thomas A. Cropper took over the helm as Cal Maritime’s 14th president on July 1, 2012. After his first 90 days, he sat down with Cal Maritime magazine to share why his new position makes him feel like the “luckiest man in California.”


Cal Maritime Receives High Honors in National College Rankings U.S. News & World Report and Forbes give campus high marks for value and quality of education


Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood Visits Cal Maritime Campus visit marks first ever by any Secretary of Transportation

8 Editor Jennifer Whitty Photography Ben Ailes Jake Brown

Standout Scholars Meet Hearst/CSU Scholar Stevan Edgecombe, and Teeson Scholars Rachel Neuharth and William Lindsey

12 Remembering Admiral

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Joseph P. Rizza The campus community mourns the loss of President Emeritus Admiral Joseph P. Rizza

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28 Quick Pics

Photos from Homecoming and Day on the Bay

Cover: Cal Maritime’s 14th President, RADM Thomas A. Cropper, gets cozy with Keema the bear.

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campusnews Osher Foundation Supports Transfer Students Through Scholarship Endowment The Bernard Osher Foundation has given a gift of $500,000 to Cal Maritime to create a scholarship program for California community college transfer students. The gift establishes an endowment to award up to five $5,000 scholarships each year to college transfer students from California. Cal Maritime’s first Osher Scholars will be selected for the 2013-14 academic year. To be eligible for the

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Grant to Fund Student Mental Health Initiative. Cal Maritime has been awarded a $110,000 grant from the CSU Office of the Chancellor to provide a comprehensive Student Mental Health Initiative that will focus on de-stigmatizing the need for, and use of, mental health services. The funds will be used to provide mental health promotion and outreach programs on campus in partnership with Solano County Mental Health Services and the California Mental Health Services Authority. The initiative will consist of establishing a suicide prevention program following the Air Force model and national best practices, and will include the creation of a student peer education program that will incorporate skills from bystander training.


Cal Maritime Serves all Three Major Piloting Groups in California. On Thursday, August 23 the Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun voted to award Cal Maritime with a three-year contract for pilot training. The campus, via its department of extended learning, now provides pilot training for all three of the largest piloting organizations in California — Long Beach, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.


new scholarships, students must transfer from a California community college with a minimum of 60 semester hours or 90 quarter units. They must also demonstrate financial need as well as academic promise. Students can apply for the scholarship through Cal Maritime’s Osher Scholarship Endowment Web page. Bernard Osher, a respected businessman and community leader, founded the Bernard Osher Foundation in 1977. The Foundation, which is headquartered in San Francisco, seeks to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts.


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eDF Renewables Donates Wind Turbine. Professors Tom Nordenholz and Robert Jackson, and equipment technician Randy Thomas have been working with eDF Renewables, an owner and operator of several large wind farms in the nearby Solano Wind Resource Area, to acquire a donated US Windpower 100 kW wind turbine for static display in Cal Maritime’s Power Laboratory. This turbine will serve as an educational tool in explaining wind energy technology. This model of wind turbine once dominated the wind farms of California, and its success led directly to the development of the much larger — but technologically similar — wind turbines of today. Cal Maritime Continues to Push the Envelope on Green Shipping. Cal Maritime is working with a group from the Glosten Associates on a trial study of the Marine Vessel Environmental Performance (MVeP) assessment methodology. Developed by a wide range of technical experts under the leadership of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, the MVeP consists of emissionsspecific estimates of a vessel’s impact on the natural environment. This assessment methodology will be practiced and reviewed by Cal Maritime onboard the Training Ship Golden Bear to calculate the effect of 10 dominant air and effluent emissions. Further, Cal Maritime will review the practicality of evaluating technologies that promise to reduce environmental impact as measured by the MVeP assessment methodology.

Dr. Nael Aly Named New Academic Dean A 28-year veteran of California State University, Stanislaus, Dr. Nael Aly has been named Cal Maritime’s new academic dean. Aly, who began his duties in July, most recently served as a professor in the Department of Production and Operations Management for CSU Stanislaus. Reporting to Dr. Gerald Jakubowski, provost and vice president for academic affairs, Aly has direct responsibility for working with department chairs and faculty on issues of curriculum and instruction. He will also work closely with faculty on professional development, classroom facilities, and with the Center for Engagement, Teaching, and Learning. Prior to joining Cal Maritime, Aly served in a number of administrative positions for CSU Stanislaus, including as founding director of the Executive Master of Business Administration Program, 16 years as department chair, and dean of the College of Business Administration. He is considered to be one of the top experts in the quality management and lean enterprise fields. He has designed and conducted training programs on the subjects to international organizations and such California companies as Proctor and Gamble, Campbell Soup,

Gallo Glass, Foster Farms, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Blue Diamond, and Banquet Foods. Aly’s professional activities are extensive. He is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and American Society for Quality. He is also a member of American Production and Inventory Control Society, Production and Operations Management Society, Business Honor Society (Beta Gamma Sigma), Engineering Honor Society (Tau Beta Pi), Industrial Engineering Honor Society (Alpha Pi Mu), Honor Society for Collegiate Schools of Business (Beta Gamma Sigma), Honor Society (Phi Kappa Phi), and the Honors Organization for Financial Information Professionals (Beta Alpha Psi). Aly received his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in production engineering from Alexandria University in Egypt, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Oklahoma.

Cal Maritime Receives High Honors in National College Rankings Cal Maritime once again received high marks in the 2012 college rankings. U.S. News & World Report ranked Cal Maritime as the No. 1 public college in the west, and No. 2 among all undergraduate colleges in the west. The U.S. News & World Report rankings come on the heels of the Forbes Best Colleges report, which placed Cal Maritime in the Top 25 Best Buy Colleges in the nation. The

report highlights the colleges and universities in the nation that provide students with the best bang for their educational buck, based on teaching, career prospects, graduation rates, and the levels of debt graduates tend to amass. “Both the U.S. News & World Report and Forbes rankings are a testament to the collaborative efforts of our dedicated and talented faculty, staff, and students,” said Cal Maritime President Thomas Cropper. “These rankings recognize the hard work of our entire campus over many challenging years, and I want to thank the Cal Maritime community for their many contributions that made this national recognition possible.”

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Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood Visits Cal Maritime Takes part in commissioning ceremony for President Thomas Cropper

On Thursday, October 11, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood visited Cal Maritime, marking the first campus visit ever by a Transportation Secretary. His visit marked the first visit in campus history by a Secretary of Transportation. While on campus, LaHood took part in the commissioning ceremony of Cal Maritime’s newly appointed president Thomas Cropper,

commissioning ceremony of President Cropper and accompanied Secretary LaHood during the campus and ship visit. Having the nation’s transportation leader on campus was fitting, given that his visit coincided with Cal Maritime’s inaugural Leadership Development Day. Just prior to the day’s opening keynote session by leadership consultant Greg McKeown, Secretary LaHood addressed

“We want to keep it that way. We will keep it that way, with our investments, with our leadership, knowing that there are many, many outstanding young people ready, willing, and well trained and well educated to take on the kind of responsibility that the maritime industry will provide to all of you.” The day after the campus visit, the Department of Transportation

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood (holding hat) with cadets, MARAD administrator David Matsuda (in red tie), Captain Harry Bolton (left) and President Cropper (right). q

p During his visit, Secretary Ray LaHood administered the oath of office during the ceremony commissioning President Cropper as a Rear Admiral in the United States Maritime Service. Cropper’s wife, Heather, held the Bible upon which his hand was placed as he took his oath of office. addressed the cadets, and toured the Training Ship Golden Bear. Highlights during the ship tour included a demonstration of the ship’s ballast water treatment testing facility and a visit to the onboard navigation lab. Secretary LaHood was joined by Maritime Administrator David Matsuda, who provided remarks during the


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the cadets who filled Rizza Auditorium. During his remarks, LaHood affirmed the administration’s support for the maritime industry and its investment in our country’s ports, which he called the economic engine for creating jobs and opportunities. “The future is bright; I don’t know if it’s ever been brighter,” said LaHood.

announced that Cal Maritime and the five other state maritime academies are each being awarded an additional $400,000, funding made available from the sale of obsolete vessels from the Maritime Administration’s National Defense Reserve Fleet.

Dr. Donna Nincic with VIMARU Ocean Politics students

Cal Maritime and vietnam maritime university celebrate a decade of collaboration Cal Maritime is celebrating a nearly decade-long collaboration with Vietnam Maritime University (VIMARU). Located in Haiphong, Vietnam, VIMARU is the leading maritime university in Vietnam and serves approximately 16,000 students. Representatives from Cal Maritime and VIMARU first began discussions for partnering together at the General Assembly of the International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU) in 2004. Since then, the relationship between both universities has been made official with a number of Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) that culminated in the development of a Bachelor of Arts program in Global Studies and Maritime Affairs (GSMA) for VIMARU. The MOUs specifically included: n Cooperation in curriculum development n VIMARU faculty/administrators taking classes at Cal Maritime n Cal Maritime faculty teaching in Haiphong at the VIMARU campus At the same time, Cal Maritime also agreed to host Dr. Nguyen Thanh Thuy as Cal Maritime’s first Fulbright Scholar; she joined the Department of Maritime Policy and Management from Fall 2010–Spring 2011. Cal Maritime-VIMARU GSMA Program Beginning in Spring 2011, 15 VIMARU faculty and administrators have spent a semester on the Cal Maritime campus, taking classes in the GSMA program, discussing course content, and teaching pedagogies with Cal Maritime faculty. During their time on the Cal Maritime campus, they live in on-campus housing and have the status of “students” participating fully in courses. The model is one of “instructing the instructor,” with Cal Maritime faculty teaching the VIMARU guests so that they may return to

their Haiphong campus and teach the classes there. During Summer 2011, Cal Maritime faculty traveled for the first time to Haiphong to teach GSMA courses to the students enrolled in VIMARU’s GSMA program, which is now in its second year. To date, Cal Maritime’s visiting faculty and courses taught have included Matt Dudman, Macroeconomics; Khalid Bachkar, Global Logistics; Donna Nincic, Ocean Politics; Michele VanHoeck, Information Fluency; Julie Chisholm, Critical Thinking; and Ryan Dudley, Introduction to International Relations. All courses are taught in English. “During our time at the VIMARU campus, we were generously and graciously hosted by VIMARU faculty and staff, with many meals, events and sightseeing activities planned for us,” said Dr. Donna Nincic, director of Cal Maritime’s ABS School of Maritime Policy and Management. “A highlight for all of us — apart from the chance to work with highly motivated and exceptional Vietnamese students — was surely the visit to Ha Long Bay, a UN World Heritage site.” International Experience An unexpected benefit of Cal Maritime’s relationship with VIMARU occurred in Summer 2011, when cadets from the International Business and Logistics (IBL) and GSMA students scheduled to visit Japan and Korea saw their trip cancelled due to the tragic earthquake and tsunami. VIMARU stepped in and agreed to host our students instead, resulting in a most memorable experience for all concerned. The visit went so well, Cal Maritime cadets returned in Summer 2012 for their International Experience and are already looking forward to visiting again next summer. “Not only do we both benefit from this international partnership, but it is one that continues to reinforce Cal Maritime’s greater presence in the global maritime world,” added Nincic.

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Alumni, Parents, and Industry Tee Up To Support Cadets The California Maritime Academy Foundation held its 14th Annual Golf Classic on September 10th at the Green Valley Country Club. Approximately 120 golfers, which included alumni, parents, and industry supporters, joined together for a day on the green in support of the cadets of Cal Maritime. The continued investment from the tournament’s gold and major sponsors helped to raise more than $40,000 in scholarship support, including funding for the Captain Fred Henning and Dr. B.C. Kingsbury Scholarship Endowments. Cadets Heather Dean, MT ‘13, Steven Schreckengost, GSMA ‘13, and Will Duff, IBL ‘13, all of whom benefitted through scholarship support raised through last year’s tournament, were in attendance during the dinner and awards ceremony. The venue provided them an opportunity to personally thank the participants for their support. “No number of ‘thank yous’ will ever be enough to express how truly grateful I am for this scholarship,” said Steven Schreckengost, a recipient of the Captain Fred Henning

Memorial Scholarship, which is funded entirely through proceeds from the Golf Classic. “But, as my first attempt of many, ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you!’” Save the date for next year’s Golf Classic, which will be held on Monday, September 16, 2013. To see the full list of sponsors of this year’s tournament visit

Heather Dean, Class of 2013 Perhaps no one can express the importance of the CMA Foundation Golf Classic more than a student who has directly benefitted from it. A marine transportation major, Heather Dean is the recipient of the B.C. Kingsbury Memorial Scholarship, one of the endowments funded through the annual tournament. Dean arrived at Cal Maritime in a roundabout way. A 2006 Digital Media graduate from Sacramento State, she began her career sailing the world as a videographer and editor for a major cruise ship company, producing promotional videos for the passengers. She quickly observed that the officers on the ship seemed to be having more fun than she was, and it all clicked for her. Now in her last year as a marine transportation cadet, Heather is confident about her new career path. “For my commercial cruise I sailed with the Military Sealift Command (MSC), a civilian-operated support fleet to the Navy,” said Dean. We provided fuel and supplies to U.S. carrier groups prepositioned in the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean, and I loved it! I’ve already been offered a third mate position with MSC, and I can’t wait to graduate and go to work.” Dean, who is currently the Division 4 Deck Commanding Officer, says scholarship support has helped her to focus on her heavy workload and succeed with her leadership responsibilities, without having to take on additional student loans. To the industry, alumni, and friends who supported and participated in the annual golf classic, she offers her thanks. “Your support means that, as an older student who finally found my calling, I can return to school and pursue my real passion,” she said. “I can’t put into words how much that means to me, except to say that you have my gratitude for life. Thank you.”


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A group of Cal Maritime USS Iowa volunteers from last semester were able to tour the battleship in its new home at the Port of Los Angeles when the TS Golden Bear stopped in San Pedro in June.

From Soup to Mutts, Cal Maritime Cadets Perform Record Number of Community Service Hours Whether they were fighting to keep local neighborhoods safe, serving the homeless, restoring a historic WWII battleship, or tutoring local elementary students, Cal Maritime cadets logged a record number of community service hours during the 2011/2012 academic year. In total, nearly 135 Cal Maritime cadets performed 3,500 hours of community service for nearly 20 community partner organizations. The service learning opportunities made available to cadets are organized through the campus Center for Community Engagement, which promotes community service and volunteerism among students. Given that Cal Maritime is one of the 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU), community service learning conducted by students helps to support the CSU’s efforts to serve the economic, public policy, and social needs of our state. It also provides the added benefit of feeling a sense of accomplishment that comes from serving the community at large. “Working with the youth of Benicia and Vallejo was an amazing opportunity,” said Jason Drouyor ‘14, a global studies and maritime affairs student who volunteers with a local Boy Scouts of America troop. “Without a doubt, I have learned and taken away more from the experience then I could ever hope to give back.”

Solano County community organizations that were served by the volunteer efforts of Cal Maritime students during the 2011/2012 academic year include: Fighting Back Partnership, Habitat for Humanity of Napa and Solano, Grace Patterson Elementary, Christian Help Center, First Baptist Church Soup Kitchen, Mare Island Technology Academy, Humane Society of the North Bay, and the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation. In addition, cadets logged hundreds of volunteer hours during the spring assisting in a major transformation of the USS Iowa, a World War II battleship that is now berthed at the Port of Los Angeles. Prior to being transported from the San Francisco Bay to Southern California, a team of Cal Maritime engineering cadets played an integral role in the transformation of the battleship into an interactive and educational museum. “Week after week these cadets crawled through the bowels of the ship, closing hundreds and hundreds of void covers, and meticulously tracking their progress — an essential task before departure,” said Sue Schmidt, volunteer coordinator for the Pacific Battleship Center. “They would emerge at the end of long days, filthy, exhausted, grinning from ear to ear — and then would return again the next day or week to do it again.”

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Stevan Edgecombe Named 2012 Hearst/ CSU Scholar

An emigrant from the Bahamas, Stevan Edgecombe, GSMA ‘15, came to California with the dream of building a better future for himself and his family. While working his way through the U.S. immigration process, he experienced layoffs and homelessness. Yet through it all, he kept his focus, trying to set a good example for his children. “Like most parents, my wife and I want our children to make a positive contribution to society and to have the options that a good education can give them,” said Edgecombe. “I know that my focus on getting my education is a good example for them and increases their likelihood of attending college.” For his resiliency in overcoming profound personal hardships, Edgecombe was one of 23 students honored by the California State University as a 2012 William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustee Award recipient. The award, which is among the highest forms of recognition for student achievement in the CSU, ranges from $3,000 to $10,000 and


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is given annually to one student from each of the 23 CSU campuses. In addition to demonstrating financial need, awardees must also have experienced personal hardship and possess other attributes of merit, including superior academic performance, exemplary community service, and significant personal achievements. “The award represents a vote of confidence in you as a student, as well as an acknowledgement of the adversity you have overcome,” said CSU student trustee and 2010 Hearst/ CSU scholar Jillian Ruddell during a September 18th ceremony recognizing Edgecombe and his fellow recipients. “The CSU is privileged to have you as students. Your current and future achievements are something we all celebrate.” Edgecombe is currently in his second year at Cal Maritime, where he is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in global studies and maritime affairs and maintains a 3.6 GPA. He has been an active member of the

campus community, representing the university at maritime-related conferences and participating on the campus Unity Council, which helps to promote diversity among the campus community. He also currently serves as co-coordinator of Cal Maritime’s community service learning program. When he graduates, Edgecombe plans to pursue a career as a marine surveyor, focusing on maritime loss prevention, risk management and incident investigation. He also wants to help educate African American youth about the variety of career opportunities available in the maritime industry. “I want to actively encourage young people of color to seriously consider the maritime sphere as a career option,” said Edgecombe. “Because the ocean is perhaps not a part of their everyday experience, I believe some young African Americans are unaware of the vast array of careers available both at sea and ashore.”

Cal Maritime cadets Rachel Neuharth, GSMA ‘14, and William Lindsey, GSMA ‘15, have been awarded the Admiral Douglas H. Teeson Scholarship to attend the Maritime Studies Program at Williams-Mystic in Mystic, Connecticut for the Fall 2012 term. The scholarship is valued at $37,000 and covers all expenses associated with the WilliamsMystic Maritime Studies Program. Housed at Mystic Seaport — The Museum of America and the Sea — and administered by Williams College, the prestigious Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program brings together approximately two dozen students hand-picked each term for a onesemester interdisciplinary ocean and coastal studies program integrating marine science, maritime history, ocean policy, and literature of the sea. Sailing on the Atlantic, traveling the Pacific Coast, and exploring the Gulf of Mexico on field seminars, students spend 15 weeks studying the 75 percent of our world that is covered in water. Neuharth and Lindsey, who are both majoring in global studies and maritime affairs, were selected based upon their demonstrated character and interest in integrating their major concentration with a comprehensive and interdisciplinary study of the world’s oceans and seas. The studies and work of Teeson Scholars reflect Admiral

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Douglas H. Teeson’s commitment to the health and safety of the oceans, through his career service in the United States Coast Guard and at Mystic Seaport Museum. “The Williams Mystic Program has a long and distinguished record of providing the kinds of hands-on experiential learning in which Cal Maritime takes such pride,” said Dr. Timothy Lynch, associate professor and chair of Cal Maritime’s Department of Maritime Policy and Management. “It is a tremendous honor for our students to be selected. This opportunity speaks volumes about not just their individual talents and abilities, but also the reputation that our global studies and maritime affairs program has earned on a national level. We hope that their contributions to Williams-Mystic matches those they have shown to our own program.” “Cal Maritime is a special school in that it allows me to have a close association with my professors, who have a passion for what they are teaching,” said Lindsey, who is from Huntington Beach, CA, and hopes to join the FBI when he graduates. “They have given me the inspiration and guidance I have needed to succeed.” “My favorite part of Cal Maritime is the people,” added Neuharth, who is from Yelm, WA and will graduate in 2014. “My friends and fellow students are like family, and the faculty is amazing in how helpful they are and how they are concerned for your personal success. The experience of Cal Maritime is like none other, with the training ship and strait giving an amazing backdrop to an education I can’t get anywhere else.” Since it was first awarded in 2008, four Cal Maritime cadets have been honored with the Teeson Scholarship.

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CELEBRATING OUR FACULTY AND STAFF evelyn andrews (Registrar) was invited to speak at the 14th Annual BbWorld conference in New Orleans on July 12th. The event drew more than 2,500 attendees who explored the latest strategies and best practices in education and technology. Andrews’ presentation was titled “The Need for Speed — How Cal Maritime is Shifting DataDriven Enrollment Management into High Gear.”

Dr. Khalid Bachkar (Assistant Professor, ABS School of Maritime Policy and Management) served as Conference Co-Chair for the 12th Annual International Academy of African Business and Development Conference (IAABD) held in Morocco in May. He also presented three of his papers at the conference: “Mitigating Security Risk in the Global Container Supply Chains: an Overview and Research Agenda,” “Managing Disruption Risks in Nigerian Healthcare Logistics and Supply Chain,” and “Lean Management Approach to Improving Healthcare Supply Chain in Nigeria.” In addition, Bachkar was interviewed for a story about the expansion of the Panama Canal and the resulting long and costly battle among U.S. ports for the business of handling supersized container ships filled with goods from Asia. The story, which was originally written for Investigative Newsource, was featured on the home page of MSNBC and received more than 50,000 views. The Board of Trustees of the California State University (CSU), conferred the title of President Emeritus of The California Maritime Academy on Dr. William B. Eisenhardt during its September board meeting. Eisenhardt, who served as president of Cal Maritime from 2001–2012, spent his life and career in the service of this country and higher education, and in view of his contributions, the Board resolved that it is fitting he be recognized by the CSU.

Jonathan Fischer (Assistant Professor, Engineering Technology) was selected as the recipient for the Best Presenter Award at the American Society for Engineering Education’s 2012 Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration for his presentation “A Hands-On Project to Improve Mechanical Analysis Skills: A Comparative Study.”


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Jim Gutierrez (Professor, Mechanical Engineering) was nominated to serve on a Research Panel for the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in Washington D.C. NAS is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use for the public good. In his role as panelist, he will further develop a research statement utilizing composite material used for infrastructure projects nationwide. He will then be tasked to review all of the research proposals, select a university to conduct the research, and review the research to ensure that NAS receives quality research and deliverables per the research statement and contract. Elaine Kociolek (Early Assessment Coordinator) and Vivienne McClendon (Director, Center for Engagement, Teaching and Learning) recently presented “Making Soft Skills Tangible: Linking Social Media, Community Engagement, and College Success” at the Collaborative Alliance for Post-Secondary Success in Seaside, California. Additionally, they attended the 11th Annual International Conference on Diversity at the University of British Columbia. Kociolek and McClendon also presented a paper at the University of New Mexico 2012 Mentoring Conference in October on “Leading Lights: Developing Continuums of Mentoring.”

Dr. Timothy Lynch (Chair, ABS School of Maritime Policy and Management) recently completed a multi-year project for the National Park Service that resulted in the publication of a historic resource study for the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. “Beyond the Golden Gate: A Maritime History of California” is the first attempt to tell the story of California from a maritime perspective. The volume’s 12 chapters trace the development of California from pre-history to post-containerization, based on years of archival research, troves of primary and secondary sources, and richly illustrated with several dozen images. The work is an important corrective resource to the field of maritime history, which often discounts West Coast events in favor of New England accounts. It is hoped that the volume will serve as a touchstone for further research leading scholars to reconsider California’s connection to the sea.

Dr. Donna Nincic (Director, ABS School of Maritime Policy and Management) was part of a briefing team from the Naval Post Graduate School for the US Naval Forces Europe/US Naval Forces Africa — Africa Partnership Station in Naples, Italy. Nincic gave briefings on Maritime Piracy in Africa, and Maritime Security Capacity Building and spoke on the role maritime academies could play in enhancing the maritime security environment in Africa. She also presented a paper on “Maritime Security in the Arctic: The Threat from NonState Actors” at the 13th Annual General Assembly of the International Association of Maritime Universities in St. John’s, Canada, October 15-17, 2012. Professors Thomas Nordenholz (Mechanical Engineering) and Robert Jackson (Engineering Technology), are participating in a large Department of Energy-funded project in offshore wind energy technology development with a team of experienced wind energy engineers and other experts. The project goal is to design and test a new type of large wind turbine rotor (160 meter) with two blades and adjustable flaps to control power. The new rotor is specifically for offshore deployment. Captain Scott Powell (Assistant Professor, Marine Transportation) presented his paper “Through the Power of Simulation: A Radar Pedagogy Paradigm Shift?” in September at the International Navigation Simulator Lecturer Conference, (INSLC) 17, in Rostock, Germany. He also chaired a conference session at the INSLC event. Cal Maritime’s head men’s basketball coach Bryan Rooney was the recipient of the prestigious 2012 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Coach of Character Award for the California Pacific Conference. The Coach of Character Award is an annual award given to a head coach of an NAIA institution. The nominee must be employed by the institution a minimum of five years and must be clearly outstanding in embracing the

five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character initiative that includes methods of teaching character through sport, community leadership through volunteering, service or other means. Rooney was also named the Cal Pac Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the season. In his five years, Rooney has been recognized as the Coach of the Year three times.

Scott Saarheim (MV II, Marine Transportation) was a panelist at the 2012 Annual Assembly Meeting and Conference of the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime (RTCM) Services. The panel discussed the modernization of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). Saarheim will also be part of a working group tasked with the modernization of the GMDSS which reports to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Subcommittee on Radiocommunications and Search and Rescue (COMSAR). In January he will be presenting at the next session of the COMSAR Sub-Committee (COMSAR 17) in London. This summer, Dr. Cynthia Trevisan (Assistant Professor, Science and Mathematics) presented three papers at the Meeting of the Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics in Orange County, California. She also published the following papers in peer-reviewed journals: “Imaging Polyatomic Molecules in Three Dimensions Using Molecular Frame Photoelectron Angular Distributions,” “Probing the Dynamics of Dissociation of Methane Following Core Ionization Using Three-Dimensional Molecular Frame Photoelectron Angular Distributions,” and “Imaging Molecular Geometries with Molecular Frame Photoelectron Angular Distributions from Core Hole Ionization.” Her work was also published in the Chemistry World online journal in an article called “Exploding Molecule Provides 3-D Bond Images.” Cal Maritime’s sports medicine department, led by head athletic trainer Jeff Ward, won the 2012 California Pacific Conference Sports Medicine Award. The award is given yearly to the top athletic training staff in the conference and is conducted by a vote of the coaches in each league sport.

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Cal Maritime Mourns Loss of President Emeritus, Admiral Joseph P. Rizza

The Cal Maritime campus community is mourning the loss of President Emeritus Admiral Joseph P. Rizza, who served as president of Cal Maritime from 1972-1983. Admiral Rizza passed away on Friday, October 5, 2012 at the age of 96. To commemorate his life and the many contributions he made during his 11-year presidency, Cal Maritime held a special tribute in his honor during morning formation on Wednesday, October 10th. “Admiral Rizza was a scholar, a statesman, a warrior and a leader,” said Cal Maritime President Thomas Cropper. “He navigated Cal Maritime during the most tumultuous period in its history. He was told that saving the academy was ‘mission impossible.’ But hearing that, this fighter left the skeptics to argue and he went to work.” That work included resurrecting this campus with the largest construction projects ever, expanding the three-year course of instruction to a four-year degree, admitting and graduating the first women, and battling the budget


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cutbacks from the state and federal governments. Also during his presidency, the academy for the first time became a fully accredited institution of higher education. “I never worked so hard, but it was a work of love,” Admiral Rizza said in an interview reflecting on his presidency for an article that appeared in the Fall 2005 issue of the Cal Maritime magazine. “The toughest job was convincing the legislature that we needed an adequate budget. I told them that well educated and trained maritime academy graduates were essential to develop the great maritime industry, shipbuilding, and international commerce of California. I had a heck of a job convincing them to fund the Academy, and I think I did well.” During the ceremony, Corps Executive Officer Andrew Kelly took a moment to encourage his fellow cadets to honor Admiral Rizza’s legacy by striving for greatness. “Admiral Rizza really pushed to try to make this academy as good as he could and as beneficial for all of the cadets as he could,” said Kelly. “I think that should be a motivation to us all today — keep up that training, keep making ourselves better, and keep putting excellent cadets out into the industry.” Special guests in attendance during the on-campus tribute included Admiral Rizza’s grandson, Mike Monroe ‘79 and his wife Lisa. Mike reflected upon his grandfather’s many contributions, and noted that even after retiring as

president 30 years ago, he followed and reveled in the progress that Cal Maritime has made. “I can tell you with total conviction that he is looking down on us now and he is humbled, proud and extremely appreciative,” said Monroe. “Thank you so much for this most generous show of support and gratitude to a man up there who still cares about this institution, who you are, and where you are going.”

Cadet Derek Santos ‘15 holds the flag prior to raising it at half staff during the formation tribute to Admiral Rizza.

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Meet Cal Maritime’s 14th President When Cal Maritime’s new president asks, “What Time is it?” cadets know there is only one correct answer: “Maritime!” It is that unbridled enthusiasm that Thomas Cropper, Cal Maritime’s new president, brings to work with him every day. Read on to learn more about Cal Maritime’s 14th president, Rear Admiral Thomas Cropper.

What attracted you to Cal Maritime? Little did I know that it would be my son Tom’s attendance at Cal Maritime that would spur me to pursue the opportunity of the presidency. As I was contemplating how I would like to serve after a very fulfilling career in the US Navy, I was drawn to leadership roles in higher education. I enjoyed the many years I had spent with highly motivated young people on the sea and I found that to be the most satisfying aspect of my assignments. When my son told me in Fall 2011 that President Bill Eisenhardt would be retiring, I knew right away that this could be the place for me. What really gave me the confidence in the institution was the incredible transformation that I saw in my own son. Cal Maritime provided my son with a superb education, developed and honed his leadership skills, and inspired him with the confidence and poise to succeed after graduation. You’re probably not going to find that powerful a confirmation of your own path — from your child — more than once in a lifetime.

“Cal Maritime provided my son with a superb education, developed and honed his leadership skills, and inspired him with the confidence and poise to succeed after graduation.” What do you see as Cal Maritime’s strengths? Well, there are so many great aspects of this institution. First, Cal Maritime has a rich history and a unique educational mission. Second, we know what we’re about – we’re about everything maritime. We have phenomenal support from our parents, alumni, and the maritime profession; we have worldclass faculty who thrive in hands-on instruction in increasingly modern facilities; and we have a dedicated staff who pour their hearts into making things right on campus. Third, we’re the only maritime academy on the Pacific Rim during what


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is clearly America’s Pacific century, and that gives us huge opportunities going forward. Finally, the school attracts a highly motivated cohort of young men and women who will enter, and ultimately lead, the global maritime profession over the next 50 years. We have the opportunity to literally shape California’s future through the efforts of these dedicated people — students, faculty, staff, alumni, families, and industry partners all working together.

What do you see as Cal Maritime’s biggest challenges? Every organization has challenges and we are no different. The State of California has disinvested $750 million in higher education over the last several years. This reduction in funding has placed a great strain on our ability to deliver world-class educational experiences to our graduates. Budget cuts also make it difficult to execute strategic plans involving program expansion, new construction, renovations, and faculty hiring. Our team has worked miracles to ensure that we deliver on our promise of providing an unmatched education. That kind of dedication takes a lot out of our people and they amaze me every day with their resilience and tenacity.

What is unique about Cal Maritime? Three big things come to mind. First, we have an educational curriculum that tightly focuses on opportunities in the maritime profession and is supported by the dedicated Training Ship, Golden Bear. Second, we have a Corps of Cadets in which the students govern themselves. Those same cadets run practically every evolution during Golden Bear summer cruises with supervision by our highly accomplished mariners. Third, every cadet is provided with leadership training and education, as well as opportunities to exercise peer leadership through the Corps, athletics, student clubs, and community service. The vibrant combination of these three facets of Cal Maritime cannot be found anywhere else along the Pacific Rim. It sets us apart in a very compelling way.

What excites you most about the position? I believe that Cal Maritime has incredible opportunities over the next two decades to reinforce its reputation as the education leader for the global maritime community. We will maintain our core values and mission by continuing to educate and train licensed and non-licensed maritime professionals through our uniformed Corps of Cadets, even as we grow. We will remain relevant by sustaining ourselves somewhere between what I call the leading and “bleeding” edge, where we stay up to speed on cutting edge practices and test out innovative ideas for the maritime profession. We will also work with industry leaders to ensure that we are preparing our graduates for the immediate challenges of the profession, while investing in programs and research that help to shape its future. I have had the good fortune to confer with our industry leaders, alumni, and faculty and they are ready to explore opportunities in oceanography, deep sea exploration, sustainable wind and wave energy, biofuels, marine insurance, and maritime transportation management. The prospect of pursuing these phenomenal opportunities makes my job exceptionally rewarding.

Your son is a Cal Maritime Class of 2012 graduate. What perspective does that allow you to bring to your presidency? I watched my son grow in maturity during his time here, so I can identify with parents who wonder whether their son or daughter is “getting it” as far as the approaching demands of adulthood are concerned. The grand majority of our cadets do get it, or will get it. There are many caring people here devoted to helping them succeed. I also understand the “black holes” of information that exist when your cadet gets busy or doesn’t share information with the team on the home front. That experience led me to work with our director of communications to set up our Cal Maritime Families Facebook page. I also listened carefully as a parent. My son’s experiences as a cadet and as an athlete allowed me to meet a good number of his peers, and the insights they shared with me, well before I was president, still influence my perspectives today. Constant attention to the art of listening remains helpful to me.

You have been in your position for 90 days, what are some of your initial impressions about the campus? I have had the opportunity over the past three months to embark on two major efforts. The first initiative was what we called “The Education of the President.” This consisted

Thomas Cropper Age: 53 Born: Leonardtown, MD Grew up: Maryland and Pennsylvania Education: Graduated from Iowa State University with an undergraduate degree in engineering operations. He graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval War College earning a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies. He holds additional master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee (aviation systems) and the Catholic University of America (world politics). Naval Career: Enjoyed a 31-year career in the U.S. Navy prior to joining Cal Maritime. He was designated a naval aviator in 1982, followed by operational assignments with 3 aircraft carrier-based jet squadrons. He went on to serve as the commanding officer of a F/A-18 strike fighter squadron and as commander of the air wing aboard USS Nimitz. Most recently, Cropper directed education and at-sea training for Navy ships and aviation squadrons deploying to the western Pacific and the Middle East. In his Navy career, Cropper embarked on eight extended deployments. Career Highlights: Served as military assistant in the Office of Secretary of Defense William Cohen; headed the Joint Chiefs of Staff Working Group chartered with the development of national level security strategy; and led and managed 24,000 people in combat operations as deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces, U.S. Central Command. Family: Married to Heather Cropper for 31 years. Their two daughters (Ashley, 28 and Lauren, 23) attended CSU

campuses and their son (Tommy, 24) is a Class of 2012 alumnus of Cal Maritime. Interests: Watersports, reading Arrived at Morrow Cove: Began his term as Cal Maritime’s 14th president on July 1, 2012. of a series of tutorials from everyone on campus outlining their activities, goals, challenges and opportunities. I was “in class” every day for three to four hours learning about our team. The second effort was what I call “Management by Walking Around.” As a result of both of these ventures, I learned a great deal about our campus, our programs and our people. My initial impression was, “Wow, look at what happens here, quietly, without any fanfare, day after day.” I was really impressed by the huge number of small acts of service that our people were committing each day. I witnessed a real sense of service and stewardship in our faculty and staff that told me just how lucky I was to be here.

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coverstory Have there been any surprises so far? Former presidents Jerry Aspland and Bill Eisenhardt said that the hike up the stairs was a doozy. No surprises there. My son said that Mom’s macaroons were awesome. No surprise there either. More seriously, there have not been any surprises. My wife, Heather, and I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many of the faculty and staff as well as the parents and families of our cadets. We both feel very blessed to be part of Cal Maritime.

Thomas and Heather Cropper

How important is Cal Maritime in providing the workforce to fuel the maritime industry? I think that if we thought about a movie titled, “A Day Without Cal Maritime,” we’d see a very scary picture. Imagine an industry without self-disciplined professionalism, tested leadership, ethical decision making, or global and cultural awareness. These traits are all learned at Cal Maritime and they are highly valued by leaders within the global maritime profession. Whether it is our licensed officers at sea, our business and logistics graduates managing ports, our global maritime studies graduates in the insurance, legal and policy fields, or our engineering technology graduates running major plant operations, Cal Maritime is absolutely essential to the health of the global maritime profession and the prosperity of Americans on the Pacific coast from Hawaii to Alaska to California!

How has your 31-year Navy career prepared you for the Cal Maritime presidency? I was fortunate to lead in Navy organizations ranging in size from 300 — 24,000 people, part of the most diverse organization in America. As a maritime professional, I had the opportunity to work alongside coalition and maritime partner professionals who shared a common vision and mission. Whether I was at sea working with international mariners, ashore training and educating sailors, or assigned


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to headquarters dealing with policy and planning assignments, I was learning the skills that would help me to lead. Throughout my career, I learned two bedrock principles that still guide me — the intrinsic value of individual people and the incredible value of collaboration. I have carried these skills, experiences, and values forward into my new position here and I believe that they will be invaluable to me at Cal Maritime.

What can people who will be working with you expect? Well, not only should they expect it, they deserve to be treated as valued teammates. If anything, I’d be happy if they were surprised at how collaboratively a former military officer behaves. It is amusing to watch Hollywood stereotypes shattered when we don’t barge into a room and begin issuing orders! Whether it is in shared governance with the faculty, strategic planning with senior staff, or committee and service work by campus teams, I look forward to hearing and learning what my colleagues have to say. I am also sure that our team will hear a lot of the word “we” instead of “I” from me in the months ahead. They should also expect a lot of passion and energy because I am absolutely committed to the mission of Cal Maritime.

“Cal Maritime is absolutely essential to the health of the global maritime profession and the prosperity of Americans on the Pacific coast from Hawaii to Alaska to California!”

What can your alumni expect from you? First, they should expect me to do a lot of listening. Second, they should expect me to confer with them on a frequent and routine basis. I understand my role as one of stewardship of our institution and their alma mater. I will do everything I can to sustain the excellence and reputation of Cal Maritime. I really want our alumni to take an active role in the daily life of our campus. Their close relationship with Cal Maritime does not end but rather begins in a very special way at commencement. They have earned title to the property, so to speak, and I’d love for them to check in on us to help us stay relevant.

What role do you see parents and family members of our cadets playing in the life of Cal Maritime?

Is there anything that people will be surprised to learn about you?

There are so many wonderful things happening at Cal Maritime on a weekly basis — athletics, guest speakers, special events, industry visits — and I’d hate for our cadet’s parents and families to miss out on opportunities to participate. I warmly welcome our Cal Maritime families to join us on campus frequently. They’ll have a chance to meet our incredible staff, faculty, alumni, cadets, and other cadet families. Our new sports field at Bodnar Field is already drawing parents of our cadets, and even some parents of alumni!

I’m not sure. I think they know that I love to laugh, usually at myself. I believe that you can’t command respect, you earn it. I try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, and would ask for it to be returned in kind. I assume that each person wakes up each day wanting to give their best. Despite the old saying that 10 percent of the people take up 90 percent of your time, I like to focus 90 percent of my time on the 90 percent who quietly make it happen.

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Marv Christopher Named Athletic Director of the Year He has always been an MVP in our book, but now it is official. Cal Maritime’s athletic director Marv Christopher was selected by a vote of his peers as the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) California Pacific Conference Athletic Director of the Year for the 2011–2012 season. Christopher, who has served as Cal Maritime’s director of athletics since 2004, has overseen the Cal Maritime Keelhaulers’ rise in the California Pacific Conference. Last year, the Keelhaulers had marked improvements in all of the

conference-sponsored sports, including the men’s basketball team’s historic achievement of going undefeated in California Pacific Conference play and the school’s first berth into the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Championships. He also served a vital role in the conference’s expansion to southern California and Arizona. Christopher is responsible for the management and supervision of Cal Maritime’s Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation, which includes such intercollegiate and intramural sports programs as men’s and women’s basketball, crew, golf,

rugby, sailing, water polo, and women’s volleyball. “I am truly honored to have been selected by my peers as the 2011–12 California Pacific Conference Athletic Director of the Year,” said Christopher. “This honor comes to me only because of the support of Cal Maritime’s administration, faculty, and a very dedicated and hardworking coaching staff. I would like to thank my Cal Pac colleagues for this honor and for the pleasure of working with a very dedicated group of directors and a commissioner, whose vision for the Cal Pac Conference will afford a very bright future.”

New Cross Country Team Hits the Ground Running

cal maritime Team heads to the charles The Cal Maritime crew team traveled to Boston this fall to compete in the Head Of The Charles, the largest two-day regatta in the world. Approximately 9,000 athletes, from national and international clubs descended upon Boston on October 20-21 for the 5,000-meter head race. In a head race, competitors typically start one after the other in 15-second intervals, playing an extended game of cat and mouse for the length of the course. Finish times are calculated to determine winners. The Keelhaulers were represented by the varsity four — a four-man boat with a coxswain. Their time of 18 minutes and 19 seconds placed them 30th out of 56 teams, by far Cal Maritime’s best finish at the regatta. In addition to besting Massachusetts Maritime


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Academy and Kings Point, they also beat much larger schools, such as Penn State and Notre Dame. Men’s Waterpolo Team Goes Undefeated in Conference Play The Keelhaulers men’s water polo team put forth an impressive effort this season, going undefeated in conference play. The team went well into post season, beating Stanford 11-7 and Chico 8-6, but lost the final game of the CWPA Northern Championships to perennial powerhouse, UC Berkeley 11-6. The Maritime team can boast high level play from defender sophomore Andrew Butler, sophomore attacker Mitchell Kobayashi, senior sprinter Mark Higgins, and junior center Brandon Teepan. The team looks to return next year more seasoned and ready to take on all comers.

Cal Maritime is in its inaugural season for men’s and women’s cross country, with 15 men and 5 women competing in the California Pacific Conference. Freshman Alex Maldonado, sophomores Brent Moore and Scott Zane, and juniors Paul Beck and Jake Van Riper anchor the men’s team. Ancil Hoffman and Daniel Than are currently the only two seniors on the men’s squad. The women’s team has only two sophomores, Sandra FrancoCisneros and Konnor Triplett-Gold. The rest of the team are freshmen, Alexa Magda, Kelly Amezquita, and Elizabeth Duchetta. “It has been a great experience working with this group,” said head coach Jeff Ward. “There is a great team dynamic and having the opportunity to start a new program is always rewarding. We are looking forward to growing the program in the future and we’re off to a great start.”


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From the Alumni President Our Alumni Association and your board serve our cadets by promoting the University, and its traditions, pride, and status as a leader among the maritime academies and as a world class institution. We actively support opportunities for the growth and development of the students and alumni, for the benefit of the individuals, the Association, and Cal Maritime. Cal Maritime graduates know we don’t need huge numbers to get things done, but we all must do our part to make things happen. Many graduates have risen to the challenge by:

Corps of Cadets returns to traditional divisional structure


Participating in regional Summer Send Offs to welcome incoming cadets


Participating in Orientation and being on hand to talk about their career paths


Participating by mentoring in our Fall Senior Class Barbecue


Helping to make Homecoming Weekend 2012 a true celebration for our campus

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Supporting the Maritime Fund

Corps of Cadets has returned

These are all great starting points for this coming year and the Alumni Association Board is excited about the opportunities that lie ahead to continue supporting our cadets and our alma mater. Like the alumni before us who left their mark on us during our formative years, we ask for your participation in the activities of the Alumni Association that best fit your passion for connecting to the cadets and your alma mater. How can you help?

to a traditional divisional structure? To honor the occasion, on August 29, 2012, individual “colors” were conferred upon the 12


Be the expert in the room: serve as a guest speaker in a class

discipline-specific divisions.


Sell maritime education: help recruit the new class of cadets at local college fairs

Division commanders were


Find the needle in the haystack: help us locate our “lost” alumni Connect the dots: organize a class reunion for Homecoming 2013

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Fund the vision: make a contribution to the Maritime Fund


Mold the future: serve as a mentor to a cadet


Build excellence: serve as an Alumni Board member and support the growth of Cal Maritime and its programs

As a graduate, you understand the value of investing in our cadets. I invite you to begin (and continue) investing in the cadets that are following in our footsteps and the institution that gave us the foundation for our careers. For more information about getting involved and supporting the Alumni Association, contact me at or contact the Office of Alumni Affairs Office Best regards,

their new guidons by their respective divisional faculty. The historic role of divisional faculty has been restored as a demonstration of the central leadership role of faculty in the personal and professional development of Cal Maritime cadets. Divisional faculty were hand-picked by the cadets, and serve as mentors, coaches, professional

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resources, and training advisors to their divisions.

Class Notes, Fall 2012 Class of 1956

oil offshore and produce into a pipeline to an oil terminal on shore. For the past nine months, George has been living in Paris and shares that this was not the place he expected to be working, or a job he expected to be doing, when considering career options after graduating from CMA in 1965. But who would complain?

Class Scribe: Thomas Lytle, The Classes of 1956 and 1957 enjoyed a joint reunion in the Monterey Bay area in late October. Bud Schmeltz reports he is once again able to read the paper and watch TV. He was afflicted with macular degeneration and the surgical implant of a microscopic digital lens in Honolulu has provided significant visual assistance. In his on-going campaign fighting for the victims of Project SHAD (Shipboard Hazard and Defense), Jack Alderson addressed the California State Association of County Veteran Affairs Officers in Sacramento on April 10th. He addressed the group regarding SHAD issues and reported on the progress of his and Congressman Thompson’s efforts on behalf of the men exposed to chemical and biological warfare agents in the middle 1960’s. Tom Lytle shared the establishment of the Cosmic Chowder Marching Society’s Executive Committee headed by Chairman Dave Winters ‘62, Chief Executive Officer Bob Piazza ‘65, and Tom serving as Attorney and Parliamentarian.

Class of 1965 Class Scribe: Robert Piazza, Bob Piazza and his wife, Penny, celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary in September. Bob (and his company Price Pump Company) were

Cosmic Chowder Society recently awarded an order from GE to provide the pumps to cool their MRI units. Price Pump continues to provide pumps to Intel for their CPU chip test and grading test stands. Captain John Porter reports seeing classmate Mike Mitchell two months ago in Oakland when Mike came in as a 3rd Mate on a Sealand container ship. Mike is probably one of the only classmates that still sails regularly. John continues to inspect ships but only on a part-time basis. George Stiehl has been working at large oil companies most of his career, with the majority of his service under Unocal. In 2005, he moved to Chevron and has been working in Houston in upstream support of projects involving floating production, storage or drilling. Most of his projects are joint ventures with other oil companies. He recently supported Moho Nord, which is an offshore field in the Gulf of Guinea in the Republic of Congo, with the operating partner being the French oil major, Total. As a result of design changes suggested by George, Total invited him to participate in the project as hull manager for their Floating Production Unit, which will process

George Stiehl

Class of 1961

Class Scribe: Byron Bader, The Class of 1961, led by Byron Bader, was very active last year as they celebrated their 50th Class Reunion at CMA. In an effort to support their Academy and our current cadets, they all pitched in to support a class gift towards the completion of the Navigational Laboratory aboard the Training Ship Golden Bear. This effort has won them placement in our annual Class Challenge as the winners in the categories of Most Improved Class Giving Percentage and Highest Participation Within a Class. Congratulations, Class of 1961!

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alumninews The Class of 1961 is on the move! Thomas Burke recently relocated to Merlin, OR; John West has moved to Emmett, ID; and this past Spring AJ Miranti was planning a move to México. Be sure to stay in contact!

Cadets Dane Goddard and Nicole Carman with alumni Paul Sunnergren and Byron Bader from the Class of 1961.

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Class Scribe: Ken Passé, Paul Silver reports that he is “just plugging away” on his new novel. The first novel took about 30 years to write. The second one shouldn’t take quite so long! Paul Nave continues working (will it ever end?), as a marine project manager for Carlile Transportation (of Ice Road Trucker Fame). He recently completed logistical work for Shell Logistics in support of their Arctic drilling venture in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas this summer, as well as managing the demobilization of a land drilling rig from Barrow to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska over a period of five weeks and 16 barge loads of cargo. Paul’s wife, Mary, continues working as the chief accountant for a major Seattle-based law group, and is considering possible retirement early next year.


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Ray (Lee) McAlister will be retiring from St. Joseph’s Medical Center of Stockton on December 28th after more than 41 years of service in the plant operations/maintenance departments. Ray reports that his retirement plans are to not go to work. He has two young grandsons to entertain and places to go and things to do. The first “thing” is to play golf with classmate Bob Rogers in Oregon.

reminiscing about the good old days at the Academy. It was a great start for their trip. When they returned from Alaska, their youngest son Jon was married in mid-June. With the marriage, Gus and Marie became instant (step) grandparents. At the end of August, David (their third son) and his wife Kristen, announced that they are expecting twins next April, their first children.

Craig Roberts and his wife, Nancy, will be in Durango, CO later this Fall enjoying a week with classmate Bob Rogers and his wife, Cathy. They have been talking about a trip like this for years and finally pulled the trigger! It’s Bob’s fault, he is always very busy. Craig and Nancy’s daughter Corinne was a guest on KQED’s Check Please Bay Area earlier this year, so they attended the taping and got to see the behind-the-scenes operation.

A waterfront rumor has it that Wayne Clifton retired on August 3rd, after 40 years of service with an insurance company.

Kim Magnuson reported in from his current trip to Cornwall, England, where he and his wife, Barbara, are visiting their daughter, her husband, and two grandkids, who live in Cornwall. Kim has also visited Buckland Abbey, the home of Sir Francis Drake, whom Kim refers to as a real captain, and first British circumnavigator and winner of the battle with the Spanish Armada. Kim hopes to connect with John Harvey ‘67, as he lives in England. Kim says that they are enjoying spoiling the grandkids, while sightseeing. Gus Fischer and his wife, Marie, flew to Seattle at the end of May to catch a ship for a seven-day cruise to Alaska. They flew a day early in order to meet with Ken and Ann Passé and Paul and Mary Nave and enjoy a great salmon and teriyaki chicken dinner. It was an excellent evening…for wining, dining, catching up on old friendships, discussing family events and

Bob Reynolds reports that life has recently been moving along at a noneventful pace. However, he looks back fondly upon a memorable event with two other Cal Maritime grads.

Barron, Dohm, and Reynolds Captains Joe Barron ‘70, Eric Dohm ‘70, and Bob Reynolds ‘69 went on a three-week sailing adventure aboard their chartered 50 ft. sloop during Sept. 2010. Along with their wives, they sailed the Greek waters of the Corinthian Gulf and the Cyclades islands, all effectively planned by Joe and Eric. A good time was had by all! Both Joe and Bob are enjoying their retirement from Chevron Shipping Co. and Eric also retired from Chevron after 20 years, then from the San Francisco Bar Pilots after 17 years. Yes, after three weeks of tight living quarters, they still do speak to each other!

Mississippi River. She is powered by a reciprocating steam engine, which turns the paddlewheel shown.

Class of 1972 reunion. From left to right: Larry Pullin, Todd Braman, Greg Turner, Charlie Lulley, Al Norton, Bruce Porter, Dennis Bryant, John Cota, John Withers, Steve Smith, Steve Fedornak, Jim Eldridge, Mark Foulk, Don Whitecar, Kevin “Gomer” Traylor, Casey Cooper, and Dave Huff (not pictured).

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Class Scribe: Jim Eldridge, The California Maritime Academy’s Class of 1972 held a 40 year reunion celebration onboard the M/V California Hornblower. The dinner cruise was held the evening of Saturday, October 6th and was attended by more than 30 classmates, wives, and friends. All enjoyed the catching up, dining, music, cruising, and fireworks on the Bay as part of the San Francisco Fleet Week celebrations.

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Class Scribe: Mike Jessner, Julia Clopton has joined the Elliott Bay Design Group’s Seattle office as a marine engineer. Julia brings more than seven years of marine engineering experience and is a licensed Merchant Mariner with Unlimited 2nd Assistant Engineer Gas Turbine and 3rd Assistant Engineer Steam and Diesel ratings. She has more than three years of sea time gathered aboard oceanographic research vessels and commercial

oil tankers. Julia also has four years experience working on marine systems designs, including piping and HVAC systems, and mechanical and machinery design.

McLemore and Catino Sean Connelly has joined the Office of Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett as a legislative aide. Sean recently completed a California Capitol Fellowship with the California Military Department, more commonly known as the California National Guard (CNG). Sean served as the Joint Chiefs of Staff Executive Officer for Colonel Robert Spano, Director of the Joint Chiefs and earned the California Medal of Merit — the fourth highest award the CNG can give.

Julia Clopton

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Class Scribe: Shireen Blau, You never know when you are going to run into a Cal Maritime grad. Recently, Al McLemore ‘71 worked with Ada Catino ‘10 aboard the steamboat American Queen. Al was serving as the 2nd assistant engineer and Ada was serving as 3rd assistant engineer. The American Queen is the largest steamboat on the

Sean Connelly with State Majority Leader Ellen Corbett

We want to hear from you! Tell your fellow CMA Alumni what you’re up to by sending submissions via e-mail to or to the scribe listed for your class.

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Thank you! Your generosity makes a difference to the cadets at Cal Maritime. Last year, you helped us reach a record year of financial support. We invite you to find your name in our online Honor Roll of Donors. Go to to see your name and learn more about how you and our other generous donors are helping Cal Maritime and our cadets excel.

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Crossed the final bar Class of 1940 John Clague passed away on April 28, 2012. His life centered on his family and being of service to his community. Beginning with his pre-war attendance at The California Maritime Academy and continuing through his active duty with the Navy, he rose to the rank of captain. He served in the Navy during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in the liberation of the Philippines. He was a founding member of Point Loma Presbyterian Community Church. John also loved the outdoors, enjoying frequent fishing and camping trips to the eastern Sierra and Baja, California. He had a loving, kind nature that was a constant in his life up until his passing.

Class of 1953 Thomas Vernon Hunter, Jr. passed away on July 5, 2012 following a vigilant battle with emphysema. Tom served in the United States Navy in active and then reserve duty for over 30 years, finally retiring with the rank of commander. When he left active military duty he worked in the field of health and life insurance and owned his own agency until the time of his death. His hobbies included woodworking, ballroom dancing, musical theater and travel, but his ultimate passion was sailing with friends aboard his sloop, the Sonrisa. Contributions can be made in Tom Hunter’s memory to the California Maritime Academy Foundation, 200 Maritime Academy Drive, Vallejo, CA 94590.

Class of 1954 Kenneth George Doty passed away on July 12, 2012. Ken spent 32 years in the Navy (active and reserve) and retired with the rank of captain in 1986. He worked as a general contractor/builder/ developer in Glendale, CA starting Doty Development and Construction Co. in 1976, and retiring in 2008. In those 32 years he specialized in building custom homes, commercial buildings, wine cellars, and finally

hospital remodeling. He was an avid skier, tennis player and golfer. He made many excellent wines (and a few real duds) with the “Dwarfs” in the wine cellar he built. He loved good friends, good wine, and a good party. He especially loved his family.

Class of 1961 Earl Paul Philpott passed away on July 2, 2012. Earl served for two years in the U.S. Army and went on to be a chief engineer on ships before retiring in 1997. On February 2, 2002, he married Alice J. Grabowski MyersPhilpott. Earl was a volunteer at the Columbia River Maritime Museum and was interested in woodworking and model trains. He is survived by his wife, three stepchildren, five step-grandchildren, and one step-great-grandchild. While we do not have complete biographical information we are sad to report that William H. Burrell passed away on July 15, 2012.

Class of 1964 Randolph “Randy” Sautner passed away on June 28, 2012. Randy traveled the world as chief and port engineer for American President Lines, Ltd., which also commissioned Randy to author the book American Mail Line, Limited 1926–1974, Brooks and Randy Sautner a historical reference. with Shireen Blau ‘10 and Alex Pearl ’11 enjoying Homecoming Randy was a senior Weekend 2009 and Randy’s building engineer for 45th Class Reunion. the city and county of San Francisco before retiring in 2004. He never completely left the maritime industry and continued to work occasionally as an engineering consultant for the Maritime Administration, Maersk Lines, Ltd. and other organizations. He was a Lieutenant in the Naval Reserve (inactive duty) and was the recipient of the Vietnam Sealift Medal. Randy enjoyed building and restoring homes, small cars, hiking, golfing, and the many road

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alumninews trips he and wife, Brooks, took together. He was a dedicated Yosemite Association volunteer, a member of the Friends of Lassen Park Association, volunteer driver for Shriner’s hospital transporting children between Chico and Sacramento, and a proponent for Habitat for Humanity. Randy will be best remembered for being a selfless, courageous man who smiled his way through a long battle with cancer. Randy is survived by his wife, Brooks, two daughters, a son, and two grandsons.

Class of 1967 William F. Brown ‘67 passed away on July 23, 2012 after a long battle with cancer. Many of you will remember Bill for his friendly demeanor, gift for gab, and his ham radio skills (WB6IWB Maritime Mobile!) — when, during cruise, he so generously patched phone calls for the middies to call home. After graduation, Bill shipped out with American Export-Isbrandtsen Lines as 3rd and 2nd engineer for three years before moving ashore for various engineering jobs, including a sevenyear position with the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Bill eventually settled in with EFCO USA, Inc. from which he retired in 2008 as CEO after 25 years of service. He was an avid photographer, artist, and an engineer at heart who lived his life to the fullest. When diagnosed with cancer 18 years ago, he was given only five years to live to which he replied, “I still have too many things to do in life!” And from there he forged ahead with courage and a positive outlook. Bill leaves behind his wife of 29 years, Cigdem, and three adult children. While we do not have complete biographical information, we are sad to report that Richard Domnitz passed away on May 31, 2012.

Class of 2009 Donald Salter passed away unexpectedly on June 1, 2012, at his home in Santa Cruz. Donald was a great visionary and intellectual, well-educated and well-read,

who traveled the world, crossing the equator more than a dozen times. Between 2010 and 2012 he was employed by Liberty Maritime Corporation, holding a position that took him to ports all over the world. In particular, Donald worked on grain transport vessels, conducting humanitarian aid missions to impoverished nations in Africa. Donald was an accomplished surfer, sailor, and all around waterman. He loved to surf, but more importantly, he loved the friendship and camaraderie that came with the sport. Donald had great plans for the future, including graduate school, the business side of shipping and management, a surfing expedition to Indonesia, and starting a family of his own. His family, friends, his alumni from CMA, his fellow Mariners, and the surfing community will forever love him. Beloved Faculty and Staff George Nicholas Christodoulou a retired faculty member, passed away on May 17, 2012. George was born in Larnaca, Cypress, on April 4, 1934 and spent his youth in England and Wales. He ultimately married a British lass, Jean, to whom he remained devoted for more than 50 years. George was an officer in the British Merchant Navy for more than 22 years. In 1977, George moved his family to the United States, but continued to work in maritime shipping until he retired from life at sea. Retirement, however, didn’t mean an end to his connection to the ocean, and in 1981 he began teaching marine diesel engineering at Cal Maritime. In 2006, George “retired” again, and moved to Idaho. To George, retired didn’t translate to “slow down,” and he continued to be active with family and in the community. One of his favorite titles was that of “soccer coach extraordinaire!” George was a Mason, reaching the 33rd degree of Free Masonry as a member of the orders of York, Scottish Rite, and the Knights Templar. George is survived by his wife, Jean, their three children, and seven grandchildren.

submitting information: Send information about the passing of a Cal Maritime graduate to Photos should be sent as .jpg files at the highest possible resolution. Hard copies of newspaper clippings, photos or other materials can be sent to: Office of Alumni Affairs, The California Maritime Academy, 200 Maritime Academy Drive, Vallejo, CA 94590.


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Paul O’Bannon, who served as Cal Maritime’s librarian for approximately 30 years before retiring in 1999, passed away on May 19, 2012. Even after his retirement, O’Bannon continued to volunteer on campus in support of the Library’s Campus History Collections. Perhaps this tribute from Brandon J.M., editor of the 1993-1994 Hawespipe, best conveys the impact he had on the campus and cadets: “It is my belief that the yearbook dedication, if one is given, should be a very personal choice of the editor. In my case, I dedicate the book to [Paul O’Bannon], president emeritus admiral joseph p. rizza Cal Maritime President Emeritus Admiral Joseph P. Rizza, who served as president of Cal Maritime from 1972-1983, died of congestive heart failure on October 5, 2012 at Sharp Coronado Hospital at the age of 97. Rizza was born January 30, 1915, in Johnstown, PA. He graduated from the Pennsylvania Maritime Academy in 1936. Following his graduation from the maritime academy, he sailed for six years with the U.S. Lines Steam Ship Co. out of New York. He joined the Navy at the onset of World War II and fought in numerous major amphibious assaults in the Pacific Theater. He returned to school, graduating cum laude in political science from the University of Washington in 1951, and received his master’s degree in political science from Boston University in 1958, while

someone who is without a doubt my best friend on the CMA staff… I admittedly spent much of my time “working” at the library’s office debating Academy politics, history, and other what-have-yous. In the summer of 1993, I worked in the library full-time helping coordinate the computerization of the library — probably the biggest undertaking the library has seen in its history. None of this would be possible, however, without the direction of the senior librarian and “head curmudgeon,” a title of his own choosing. This man means a great deal to me — in addition to employer, he has been a friend, mentor, and simply someone to talk to. My Cal Maritime experience would have been darker and dryer without him.”


working evenings and weekends as an instructor and chairman of the Strategy and Tactics Department at the U.S. Naval War College in Rhode Island. From 1960 to 1963, he played a key role in building Korea’s navy as commander of the U.S. Naval Advisory Group to the Republic of Korean Navy. In the mid-1960s, he served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff as Far East politico-military planner in the Plans and Policy Directorate, where he was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal for outstanding performance. In 1968, he was personally chosen by Adm. Elmo Zumwalt to be his chief of staff, overseeing all allied navies in the Vietnam War. After being offered the presidency of The California Maritime Academy by then California governor, Ronald Reagan, he accepted and began his 11-year term in August of 1972. He is credited with navigating Cal Maritime during the most tumultuous period in campus history, fighting the budget cutback

battles with federal and state governments. During his tenure, Cal Maritime accepted and graduated its first women cadets, became accredited, changed from a three- to four-year course of study, and underwent one of the largest campus construction programs in its history. A supporter of Cal Maritime until his passing, Rizza belonged to several organizations, including the Council of American Master Mariners, Navy League San Diego, Coronado Roundtable as president emeritus, World Affairs Council-San Diego as director, San Diego Civil Service Commission as president, Propeller Club Port of San Diego as president emeritus, and the Coronado Rotary Club. Rizza is survived by his second wife, Fran Walker Rizza of Coronado, grandsons Phillip and Michael Monroe, a 1979 graduate of Cal Maritime. He also leaves behind six great-grandchildren. To read about the campus tribute to President Emeritus Rizza, please see page 12.

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A young Spiderman admires his newly painted face. A little cub enjoys her Day on the Bay aboard the TS Golden Bear. u


Cadet Paula Tuziak and Class of ‘62 alum Walt Leuth.

Cadet volunteers Natalie Laconsay and Dana Conrad strike a pose.


Terry Purdom ‘62 presents Tom Cropper with a $31,000 check to fund the Class of 1962 Scholarship Endowment. u The kids and kids at heart from the Class of 1987.



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The Class of 1982 held a private barbecue on the waterfront in honor of their 30th reunion.


Coming Home

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Homecoming Weekend with a fresh line up of Lesley Grant and her son Sebastian Grant enjoy marshmallows, a bonfire — and a hug — on the waterfront after Homecoming Dinner.


activities for alumni, parents, and cadets. Activities included faculty and alumni panel presentations; campus, simulator, and ship tours; divisional competitions; a human-sized hamster ball; video game truck, Keema Kids’ Korner, and a number of student-led activities in which guests participated. During Homecoming Day, guests donned colorful beads that represented their affiliation with Cal Maritime, and collected pirate doubloons that were deposited in one of four cadet divisional containers. The cadet division with the most doubloons at the end of the evening — Division 4 — won $1,000 from the Alumni Association. Day on the Bay proved to be a spectacular event with great weather, food, music, and more Blue Angel flyovers than in years past! It’s not too early to begin planning for Homecoming Weekend 2013. Alumni reunion classes ending in 3s and 8s should contact Robyn Christopher, special events and alumni coordinator, at for more information about starting the planning process.

q Classmates from the Class of ‘62 onboard the TS Golden Bear for Day on the Bay: (left to right) Doug Finley, Jerry Aspland, Darryl Mayberry, and William McDermott.

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eventcalendar 2012 Dec. 14 Last Day of Fall Instruction Dec. 17–21

Final Examination Period


Dec. 23–Jan. 11 Winter Recess

2013 Jan. 7–10 U.S. Coast Guard Examinations Jan. 14

Spring Semester Instruction Begins

Jan. 21

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday

Jan. 22

13th Annual Cal Maritime Career Fair Cal Maritime Gym, Contact:

Mar. 1–2

Pearls of Power (POP): Women Helping Women Conference. For Cadets and Alumnae. Cal Maritime Campus, Contact:

Shop the CAL MARITIME BOOKSTORE for the best selection of CMA gear.

Mar. 9 Cal Maritime’s Annual Gala Westin St. Francis, San Francisco Mar. 18–22

Spring Break

Apr. 6 Changeover Dance Craneway Pavilion, Richmond Apr. 1 Cesar Chavez Day Holiday Apr. 13 Cal Maritime Day for Admitted Students Contact: May 8

Summer Training Cruise Begins Watches Commence at 1600

May 11 Commencement for Class of 2013 May 12

TS Golden Bear Departs Campus

July 12 Cruise Ends

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Cal Maritime Magazine - Winter 2012  

Cal Maritime magazine is published by the Office of University Advancement for alumni, parents, and friends of The California Maritime Acade...

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