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From the President

President Thomas Cropper

HONOR. BELIEVE. LEAD. Three words that imply — and absolutely require — action. Three words which remain dormant and empty without it. Honor. As we go forward as a university, we will honor our heritage, we will honor our history, and we will honor what author Alex Haley called our “roots.” We will honor those who have gone before us. We will honor our merchant marine heritage, a heritage marked by bravery, by sacrifice and by blood, sweat and toil. That heritage has been invested in our alumni since our first graduating class in August 1933. That heritage is our lifeblood and I am proud to be its steward. Working at sea is incredibly hard. It requires intelligence, resilience and a sense of adventure. Succeeding at sea requires patience, teamwork, and integrity. These attributes of professionalism are imbued in every Cal Maritime graduate in classrooms, on athletic fields and aboard our training ship. Perhaps most of all, a career in the maritime profession demands servant leadership. This idea of service is one we hold dear. Service requires vigilance and sacrifice. Service matters. Real service embodies commitment with no expectation of anything in return. It means service to something beyond self, something beyond the tangible and often something beyond the predictable. And real service brings the greatest successes, over and over again. Believe. I invite you to believe in our institution and in our mission — passionately, completely, without reservation and without apology. Collegiate higher education is much, much more than a job and more than a profession. It is a calling, one demanding that we be “all in,” that we put the mission first. Our mission at Cal Maritime is straightforward: train, educate and develop graduates for positions of progressively challenging leadership within the global maritime profession; and to serve as the premier source of maritime expertise for business, government and education. That mission is embodied in our Corps of Cadets and in a world-class faculty rich in experience, knowledge and spirit. Alongside them are a group of devoted staff who have also answered the calling. They are creative, thoughtful and action-oriented. They want our faculty and our students to succeed and they go to remarkable lengths to produce amazing results. Lead. Leading is not always easy, especially if you lead from the front. Leading creates personal vulnerability and risk. Leading means one has to answer critics. Every one of us, whether we reside in the faculty, staff, student, or alumni community, must meet the challenge of leading this incredible university into its bright future. We must confront uncertainty with confidence, counter cynicism with grounded optimism, and propel this tremendous academy forward into the 21st century. We must lead with energy and conviction, bound by the values that make us great, and not be chained to habit, tradition or a false nostalgia for the “good old days” — because the good days are now. The good days lie ahead. We must steer by the stars ahead, not by the wake behind us, if we are to achieve the promise that lies within us. As your president, it is an absolute pleasure to serve Cal Maritime in meeting our mission and to faithfully act in the best interests of your academy and university. I profoundly understand the promise inherent in these three words of action: Honor. Believe. Lead. They will guide me every day. I promise. Sincerely,

Thomas A. Cropper President

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Cal Maritime WINTER 2014 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. DIVISION OF UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT Beverly Byl Vice President for University Advancement Executive Director, CMA Foundation Bobby King Director of Public Affairs and Communications Chelsea McClain Special Events and Alumni Affairs Coordinator Silvia Regalado Senior Development Officer



The Inauguration of the President President Cropper encourages attendees to “Honor. Believe. Lead.” New Dining Center Opens The waterfront facility wins awards and praise.



Aubrey Trujillo Web and Social Media Specialist

CSU Chancellor Visits Campus Timothy White makes his first official visit to Cal Maritime. Community Ambassadors Program Launches New program provides first-year students with local support.

The Maritime Fund benefits the entire campus.

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Honor. Believe. Lead.

President Tom Cropper’s inaugural address

INAUGURATIONS AT UNIVERSITIES have for centuries been an opportunity for a new president to outline his or her vision for the institution. The Inauguration of President Tom Cropper on October 11 was the first such ceremony at Cal Maritime. Inauguration ceremonies are typically held several months after the president assumes the duties of office. This gives the new president time to get a feel for the school and its

High Marks for Cal Maritime in Annual College Rankings CAL MARITIME once again received high grades from U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings. Cal Maritime is the number one best public college in the western region and the number one best value in the west. In the overall rankings among western regional colleges, Cal Maritime placed second. The U.S. News and World Report rankings follow the Forbes report on America’s top colleges which listed Cal Maritime as the number three best value among all California colleges and universities. “These rankings reflect the hard work of our faculty and staff and also the high quality of students that we are able to attract to the University,” said Cal Maritime


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many stakeholders and constituencies and to consider the direction he or she would like to take the school. President Cropper spent the last year walking the campus, talking to cadets, listening to faculty and staff, and observing operations. As a result, he created a vision based on what he saw and heard. The Inauguration served as an opportunity to take that vision to a wider audience. The event reflected that vision: Honor. Believe. Lead. The theme was based on the idea of honoring Cal Maritime’s heritage while reflecting a belief in the mission and a commitment to lead the way to an even greater future. “The good days are now,” Cropper told attendees who gathered for the ceremony in Rizza Auditorium. “The good days also lie ahead. We must steer by the stars ahead, not by the wake behind us, if we are to achieve the promise that lies within us.” The event brought together people with a direct interest in Cal Maritime’s future success. It presented a unique opportunity to assemble these many constituencies to excite and engage them about the vision for the future. University presidential inaugurations are special and, in the case of Cal Maritime, a first.

President Tom Cropper. “Cal Maritime is integral to the economy of the Bay Area, the state of California, and the maritime industries. These rankings reflect how seriously we take our responsibilities as an institution.” Cal Maritime is the only U.S. maritime academy on the Pacific Rim. Graduates boast a placement rate of around 94 percent and have excellent career opportunities on land, in ports, and at sea. The unique Cal Maritime program combines classroom learning with applied technology, leadership development and global awareness, preparing students for careers in engineering, transportation, international relations, business, and global logistics. Forbes’ rankings are calculated by taking the overall quality rank in Forbes’ annual list of top colleges and taking into account tuition and fees. The magazine’s quality rank assesses schools on teaching, career prospects, graduation rates, and the levels of debt graduates carry.

Day on the Bay may not have featured the traditional itinerary, but attendees enjoyed a beautiful cruise around the San Francisco Bay, complete with great food and entertainment.

Day on the Bay 2013 Makes the Most of Unusual Circumstances WITH MOST FLEET WEEK ACTIVITIES canceled due to sequestration, Cal Maritime’s annual Day on the Bay went ahead and made the most of the unusual circumstances. Attendees at this year’s event got a unique tour of the San Francisco Bay. The T.S. Golden Bear cruised around Angel Island, past the original campus of the California Maritime Academy, then known as the California Nautical School. The trip also took the ship beneath both the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges.

Alumni Return to Changed Campus During Homecoming Weekend ALUMNI FROM ALL CLASSES return to campus for Cal Maritime Homecoming festivities, but special emphasis is placed on inviting classes celebrating milestone anniversaries. Hundreds of alumni, family, and friends visited Cal Maritime for Homecoming 2013 and saw the many recent changes to campus. Among the highlights of the Saturday activities was the luncheon at the president’s home for the Class of 1963’s 50-year reunion. Meanwhile the fun continued down on the Quad with music, activities for families, barbecue lunch, and the traditional beer garden. Sail boat rides, campus tours, and presentations by faculty and alumni were also held throughout the day. The homecoming dinner was served in the recently completed Dining Center. Bob Exner, the Class of 1963’s scholarship chairman, presented President Cropper with a check for $50,640.63 to create an endowed scholarship for cadets in the name of the Class of 1963. Also, the Class of June 1943 celebrated their 70th Reunion at the dinner. The classmates who were in attendance at the dinner received a rousing ovation from the attendees.

 Cal Maritime Senior Development Officer Silvia Regalado presents Edward Johannessen (June ’43) with a plaque honoring the June Class of 1943’s contributions to the Maritime Fund. The June Class of 1943 had the highest rate of giving participation of any graduating class. ƒHomecoming activities included fun for the whole family.

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campusnews (l-r) President Tom Cropper, CSU Assistant Vice-Chancellor Elvyra San Juan, Vice President Steve Kreta, Vice President Kurt Lohide, Controller Ken Toet, University Planner Roger Jaeckel, Associate Vice President Steve Mastro, Executive Director of Enterprise Services Diane Rawicz, Director of Facilities Operations Bob Brown, and Chief of Police Roseann Richard.

Campus Celebrates Opening of New Waterfront Dining Center CAL MARITIME’S NEW DINING CENTER replaces the previous dining hall constructed in the 1950s. The old facility was initially designed to handle 130 students during meals. The new Dining Center features breathtaking waterfront views from two stories and a mezzanine level. The 26,000 square foot Dining Center seats 400 for meals and 272 for banquets. It was designed to host conferences and events on campus, as well as daily meals for cadets. Representatives from FLAD Architects; McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.; Chartwells; the CSU Chancellor’s Office of Campus Planning, Design and Construction; invited guests; and Cal Maritime students, faculty and staff were in attendance. The facility’s design won the Best Practice Award for Higher Education


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Energy Efficiency and Sustainability from the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference. Construction was funded through fees paid by cadets on their meal plans. “Cal Maritime’s sparkling new Dining Center represents a tremendous qualityof-life improvement for our cadets,” said Kurt Lohide, Vice President for Administration and Finance. “They demonstrated great foresight and resolve in agreeing to fund the new building through their dining fees. As a result of their efforts, we have a great facility which will provide superior food services to CMA cadets far into the future.” “With this new dining facility, we are beginning an era of high quality facilities that reflect the excellence of our education, training, and the CSU as a whole,” said Kevin Sweeney, executive

president of the Associated Students of California Maritime Academy. “In four years, our students won’t have experienced the old mess deck,” said President Tom Cropper. “But this Dining Center won’t be old news, it will still be great news.” The site of the Dining Center was originally the home of the campus bookstore, which was relocated to a remodeled building that previously housed racquetball courts. McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. served as the general contractor for the new campus bookstore, which opened in January 2013. The 3,500 square foot brick and mortar bookstore includes a first floor and mezzanine level stocked with textbooks, supplies, uniforms, gifts, and clothing. The campus bookstore is operated by Follett.

CONSTRUCTION CREATES VERY DIFFERENT FRONT DOOR TO CAMPUS IT USED TO BE you could drive right past Cal Maritime’s campus and be unaware that it was there, but two significant construction projects are changing the view along Maritime Academy Drive. It is almost impossible to drive past campus on Sonoma Boulevard and Interstate 80 without noticing the new Physical Education and Water Survival Training Center rising up along the entry to campus. The new facility is scheduled to open next fall and will accommodate more supporters than ever for athletics events such as men’s and women’s basketball, and will also offer a significant upgrade for many licensure preparation activities. The new Center replaces Mayo Hall, built in 1945, which was the first permanent structure to be constructed on campus after Cal Maritime relocated to Morrow Cove. The trip past the construction of the new Physical Education and Water Survival Training Center will soon take visitors to

As it rises, the new Physical Education and Water Survival Training Center is becoming the most high-profile building on the Cal Maritime campus, visible to drivers on Sonoma Blvd. and beyond. the new campus front gate, which is part of another current construction project. A new Cal Maritime Police Building will be in place early in 2014. Alongside the new police facility, the campus will have a new front gate and pedestrian entry way. The project also includes a new campus Emergency Operations Center. The two construction projects will create a very different first impression for visitors to Cal Maritime’s campus.

Completed Renovation Projects Greet Cadets Returning to Campus IN-PROCESS CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS were not the only changes that greeted cadets who returned to campus last fall. Many changes had been completed during the summer months while students were largely gone from Cal Maritime. Rizza Auditorium received a complete facelift, with new paint, seating, and other improvements. The changes left the largest indoor gathering place almost unrecognizable. The Administration Building now is a more welcoming

Newly renovated Rizza Auditorium was the venue for the Inauguration of President Tom Cropper.

place to campus visitors, with a renovated lobby including a new seating and reception arrangement and striking Cal Maritime logo on the wall. Campus life is highlighted with current and historical photos, trophies trumpeting achievements, and historical memorabilia. Perhaps most importantly to students, many updates were made to residence halls and classrooms on campus. Updated technology, new coats of paint and furniture, and other changes have upgraded the look of campus significantly.

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CSU Chancellor Timothy White Makes First Official Visit to Cal Maritime

Congressman Jerry McNerney addresses the eTeam Wind Energy Conference. IN SEPTEMBER, Cal Maritime was host to the fall meeting of a group known as the eTeam. The meeting is a venue to discuss wind energy near-term challenges and long-term development projects. “California and Denmark are really leaders in the wind energy industry,” said Kevin Jackson, one of the presenters at the conference. “And now it has spread all around the world. One of the things we’re looking at as an industry is how we are going to train all of these people who are getting involved.” Among the attendees and presenters were people from all corners of the growing wind industry and from all over the U.S. Some came from as far away as Denmark and Spain. With the conference taking place at Cal Maritime, offshore wind was a topic of conversation. The many benefits and challenges of wind power were covered extensively. “Wind power has captured the public imagination,” Congressman Jerry McNerney told the group. “Wind power is seen as an image of the future.”


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(L-R) Associated Students of the California Maritime Academy President Kevin Sweeney, California State University Chancellor Tim White, and Corps Commander Ryan Kozlowski during the chancellor’s tour of campus. NEW CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY CHANCELLOR Timothy White made his first official visit to the Cal Maritime campus in October. White took office as the CSU chancellor in January of 2013. During his first year, he visited all 23 campuses to meet with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members. Chancellor White visited the Training Ship Golden Bear in Southern California earlier this year during the annual training cruise. The two-day visit included classroom stops, a tour of campus, and meetings with various groups from on and off campus. “I learned a great deal about the campus and the community,” said White after his visit. “It is clear that Cal Maritime’s students, faculty and staff are making a difference in the lives of many people. Despite the challenges we face, our successes will come with the work we do together.” Timothy P. White was born in Argentina. He and his parents immigrated to Canada and then to California when he was still young. He is a firstgeneration college graduate, having attended Diablo Valley Community College, Fresno State, CSU East Bay, and received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He spent two years as a post-doctoral scholar in physiology at the University of Michigan, and he is internationally recognized for his research in muscle plasticity, injury, and aging. His academic career started at Ann Arbor before moving to Cal Berkeley, Oregon State, the University of Idaho, and the University of California, Riverside.

TECHNOLOGY UPGRADES TOUCH ALL CORNERS OF CAMPUS CAL MARITIME CADETS, FACULTY, AND STAFF have benefitted from some significant technology updates in the last year. The entire network infrastructure on campus was replaced, resulting in better reliability and speed along with redundancy to reduce the likelihood of outages. The campus community saw increased speed with the upgrade. The Training Ship Golden Bear received a satellite system upgrade. This upgrade has significantly improved ship-to-shore communication, allowing those on the ship to communicate more easily and inexpensively with loved ones back home during Cruise. Phone charges were reduced dramatically. The upgrade also improved bandwidth and reliability, with the promise of everything getting even better in the future since it came with a free upgrade in 2014 to the latest satellite technology. Campus email has also been updated. Among the many benefits are increased compatibility with smart phones and tablets as well as more features with web-based email. “These upgrades stabilize the foundation and provide better technology to the students, faculty and staff of Cal

A crane removing the T.S. Golden Bear’s old radome. The new system provides upgraded satellite communication for cadets, faculty, and staff on the ship.

Maritime,” said Christopher Zachlod, director of infrastructure services. Other changes include a wi-fi network in the Dining Center that provides a robust network connection to the rest of campus. Also, a system is now in place to allow video streaming from the press box of Bodnar Field. This means that many events held at the athletics field can be streamed live on the athletics website The Library also received a significant boost when dumb terminals were replaced with high-performance PCs with 24-inch monitors. The entire campus has benefitted from expanded IT Help Desk service.

Cal Maritime Partnering for Important Training Initiatives CAL MARITIME is engaging in fruitful partnerships with companies and organizations that have benefits well beyond the boundaries of campus. One such partnership is collaboration with Chevron on the establishment of a Maritime Safety and Security Center. Cal Maritime and Chevron are building a team of professionals focused on the attainment of competencies that span the full spectrum of maritime safety and security. This partnership is the first national model for a fullyintegrated, maritime-focused safety and security center.

The Center — opening in Richmond in 2014 — will provide support for practical training in: n Fire preparedness, mitigation and response n Modeling, simulation, operational tactics and practical environmental and HAZMAT field response n General security programs n All hazards disaster preparedness, mitigation and response n Focused practical applications in preparing for, combating and mitigating maritime associated terrorism

Cal Maritime has also begun offering training in Southern California through its Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center (MLETC). The training center is located at the Port of Los Angeles. The first course offered at the MLETC was for Vessel Personnel with Specific Security Duties. For more information about the Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center or the Maritime Safety and Security Center, email or call 707-654-1157.

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CAL MARITIME ALUM HONORS CONGRESSMAN FOR ASSISTING VETERANS U.S. REP. MIKE THOMPSON (CA) was honored by a Cal Maritime alumnus in November for Thompson’s years of work in assisting service members who were subjected to chemical weapons testing. Thompson worked to make sure the veterans receive full medical care and disability compensation for medical conditions connected to their service. Thompson was presented the award by Cal Maritime graduate and former Senior Navy Officer Jack Alderson (’56). In late 2002, the U.S. Department of Defense revealed for the first time that between 1962 and 1974 it had tested harmful chemical and biological agents by spraying them on ships and

sailors. These tests, known as Project 112, which included Project Shipboard Hazard and Defense (SHAD), exposed at least 6,000 service members without their knowledge to harmful chemical and biological weapons. Alderson commanded some of the ships used in the Project 112/SHAD experiments. He has since seen his own health — and that of many of his fellow veterans — deteriorate. He requested Thompson’s assistance in uncovering


Cal Maritime students (l-r) David Reynolds, Eric Williams, Rebecca Jacobs, Halley Hogan, Taylor Sullivan and Jeff Brusky visit the shopping center at Sonoma Blvd. and Redwood Parkway during Storm Solano, an initiative to raise awareness in the area about California Maritime Academy and its programs.


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any links between the health problems and Project 112/SHAD. “It is a high honor to receive this recognition from a true American hero,” said Thompson. “I will not stop working until every veteran who was unknowingly subjected to these harmful chemical tests gets the full benefits they have earned.” The award was presented at a ceremony in the new Dining Center and attended by Cal Maritime cadets, faculty and staff members.

HOW MANY TIMES have you heard, “Cal Maritime is the best-kept secret in the Bay Area” or some variation on that theme? Well, why would we want to keep Cal Maritime secret? This fall, cadets dispersed into Solano County to spread the secret all around the area. The effort, dubbed “Storm Solano” sought to spread the word about Cal Maritime and its programs to area residents. Cadets visited area businesses to ask them to post stickers touting “Our Hometown California State University.” Business owners who choose to do so can opt in to publicizing discounts to the Cal Maritime family. But the main focus of the effort is to spread the word about Cal Maritime, the Bay Area’s best-kept secret.

Community Ambassadors Program Provides First-Year Students With Local Support STARTING COLLEGE can be a stressful time in life, especially if you’re moving to an unfamiliar area. First-year students at Cal Maritime now have the opportunity to make a local connection that will help with that transition through the new Community Ambassadors Club. The intent of the program is to provide a sense of family to incoming freshmen as they meet the challenges associated with a demanding first year. Families sign up to host a cadet and support them by helping them learn more about the area, taking them out to dinner, or just providing a local support system.

Cadet Awarded Bronze Presidential Service Award CADET ZACH PAPADAKIS was awarded a bronze Presidential Service Award over the summer for the work he did on the restoration of the USS Iowa. Papadakis was one of 22 Cal Maritime students who completed nearly 750 hours of service with the non-profit Pacific Battleship Center in the spring of 2012. The students were responsible for assisting with restoration efforts on the USS Iowa, a World War II battleship, as the vessel underwent repairs in preparation for opening as an interactive naval museum. Students gained a tremendous amount of hands-on technical experience, and knowledge of the history of their chosen industry, while assisting in preparing the Iowa for its public opening.

Prospective ambassadors become connected to cadets through JoEllen Myslik, the Community Ambassadors Club Coordinator. “The name says it all — Community Ambassadors Club — these people have become ambassadors for the community,” said Myslik. “The cadets have gotten out and seen parts of the community that they wouldn’t have seen. And the ambassadors in many cases have become more familiar with Cal Maritime. In that way, the cadets have become ambassadors for the campus.” For more information about the Community Ambassadors Club, visit

“We literally could not have pulled this off without the cadets,” said Sue Schmidt, Volunteer Coordinator for the Pacific Battleship Center. For his part, Papadakis enjoyed the experience. He found artwork and poems from the crew of the Iowa still intact on the ship. “I just loved it so much. I went back every weekend,” Papadakis said. “It’s an experience that you’re not going to be able to replicate.” The recognition that he received came as a surprise. “I was in contact with the people on the Iowa, and I got an email that there was a package coming for me,” he explained. “It was a letter from the President of the United States. I was absolutely floored.” He also received a piece of history for the recognition of his efforts when he attended an awards banquet on the U.S.S. Iowa.

Zach Papadakis “They thanked everyone by name,” he said. “We got a plaque made from the teak decking that had been pulled up from the ship. Original teak decking from the U.S.S. Iowa. When it has that history involved, that’s what makes it so cool.”

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Fund Allows Cal Maritime to Go Above and Beyond Cadet Anwar Khalil Abdul-Azim brought the benefits of his Maritime Fund grant back to campus. THE MARITIME FUND allows the University to go above and beyond — providing grants of up to $500 for students, faculty and staff to attend academic and industry conferences and competitions, to purchase specialized equipment or software, or for professional development. Spreading the distribution of grants from the Maritime Fund in amounts at this level allows for a greater impact with more members of the Cal Maritime family. One grant from the fund can have far-reaching impact, affecting more than just the recipient of the funding. Anwar Khalil Abdul-Azim’s recent award from the Maritime Fund is a great example. When Anwar, a junior cadet at Cal Maritime, received assistance that supplemented the scholarship he had received to attend the APICS Conference in Orlando, Florida, he decided he didn’t want to keep the experience to himself. APICS, formerly American Production and Inventory Control Society, is the leading association for supply chain and operations management. Plenty of Anwar’s Cal Maritime classmates would love

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the opportunity he was afforded. “I decided, why not give them the opportunity to benefit vicariously through my experience at the conference,” he said. So Anwar set up a page on Facebook dedicated to sharing the experience. Then he promoted the page to other cadets. At the conference, Anwar made several contacts that eventually led to an internship, all while wearing his Cal Maritime uniform. “I got picked out of the crowd again and again because of the uniform,” Anwar said. His next step will be on campus. Anwar’s unique opportunity is leading to the establishment of a student chapter of APICS, which will provide current and future cadets with experiences that will enrich their education and enhance their professional lives. “There’s tremendous interest among my classmates in starting a student APICS chapter on campus and attending future events,” explained Anwar. He has already begun the process of starting a student chapter at Cal Maritime. For information about making a gift to the Maritime Fund, visit or call 707-654-1246. Your investment impacts the education of future leaders in the maritime industry.

Through past grants from the Maritime Fund: One cadet got the opportunity to network and secure an internship; A faculty member and a student presented jointly at an international conference; A group of cadets completed a senior project that benefits the entire campus. What impact will your gift make? Invest in Cal Maritime. Make an impact on the education of future leaders in the maritime industry at

Estate Gift from Cal Maritime Professor Will Provide Engineering Scholarships ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY PROFESSOR Terry Mancilla understands the commitment and dedication it takes to succeed as a cadet at Cal Maritime. He sees it every day in the engineering courses that he teaches. “People who come here are already motivated,” he explained. “They don’t necessarily have the opportunity to work after school or during the summer in order to supplement their income.” Mancilla has chosen to make a planned gift from his estate to fund scholarships at Cal Maritime. He received assistance for his own education through the GI Bill, thanks to his military service. Later, he

attended San Francisco State University and Cal-Berkeley before a 33-year career at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies. After retiring in 2006, he realized a lifetime dream of teaching, first at San Francisco State University and — since 2009 — at Cal Maritime. In the current economic climate, Mancilla recognizes the importance of charitable gifts to institutions of higher learning. There are lots of opportunities for giving, but he chose a scholarship fund because he believes that finances should not be an obstacle to education. The Terrance E. Mancilla Scholarship Endowment will award two scholarships

per year for Engineering Technology students: one for an incoming freshman and a second for a junior cadet. Recognition will be shown for female cadets, recognizing that women are still a minority in the field. Also, applicants will need to demonstrate academic abilities and financial need. “If you take a look at our curriculum, it’s a big commitment,” said Mancilla. “Some students are talented, but they don’t have the resources…things are expensive.” For information about how estate planning can benefit the cadets of Cal Maritime, contact Beverly Byl, Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the California Maritime Academy Foundation at bbyl@ or 707-654-1037.

Foundation Scholarships Make a Big Impact SCHOLARSHIPS OFTEN MEAN the difference between success in college and not being able to stay afloat. Financial assistance is a critical piece of the puzzle for many cadets at Cal Maritime. One such student is Michael David Thompson. Thompson grew up in Los Angeles with a passion for the ocean, enjoying fishing, surfing, swimming, and boating. Two weeks after he graduated from high school, he bought a one-way ticket to Kodiak, Alaska in the hopes of becoming a commercial fisherman. He found a deckhand job his first day on the dock. “Over the next few years, I worked on multiple boats over a range of fisheries,” Thompson said. “Before my first winter there, I ended up on one of Alaska’s top producing king crab boats. Ultimately, I earned the riches of experience which no money can obtain.” After two-and-a-half years, Thompson returned home

to help his family with a struggling business. After a few years, he set his sights on school at Cal Maritime. Because of his unusual circumstances, returning to school several years after graduating from high school, there were several complicating factors. First he needed to take community college courses to prepare him for entrance into Cal Maritime. “I worked 60 hours a week just to pay rent and bills,” Thompson explained. No financial aid was available the first year. Now, thanks to a scholarship from the California Maritime Academy Foundation, Thompson is able to put the focus on school. “As a sophomore MET cadet, my workload is quite extensive, and much of my day is comprised of lectures, labs, and studying,” Thompson explained. “I’m extremely grateful to be a recipient of the scholarship. It’s extremely difficult to work a job into the equation.” “As a third generation engineer, I am honored to be a part of this school.” For information about how you can help cadets like Michael, visit or call 707-654-1246.

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Maritime Fund Aids Faculty-Student Collaboration A GRANT FROM THE MARITIME FUND allowed a faculty member and a cadet with similar interests to collaborate on a presentation at the 14th Annual General Assembly of the International Association of Maritime Universities. Scott Green and Junior Cadet Jeff Musal co-presented Filling the Void: True Assessment of Students’ Actual Operations Knowledge at the conference at Constanta Maritime University in Romania in October. “We were just talking one day about how [Green] was teaching the class,” Musal said. “We were throwing ideas back and forth.” “Jeff’s ideas about teaching methods dovetailed perfectly with one of the presentations I would be giving at the conference,” Green explained. The presentation had to do with the system called “The Talking Engine Room.” The idea of the system — which Green uses in his class — is based on the fact that you have to give students all of the pieces to the puzzle that an engineer will have on the ship. Cadets can ask questions about things that will be happening in certain situations. These are specific incidents or symptoms that cannot be replicated by a simulator.

Jeff Musal Scott Green and Cadet embly Ass al speak at the Gener ation oci Ass l ona ati ern of the Int . ies of Maritime Universit

“It gives them an opportunity to show what they know,” said Green. “Added to what the simulator already does, they’ll be much better prepared. Simulators can’t replicate the entire ship.” Thanks to assistance from the Maritime Fund, Green and Musal each received a grant of $500 and were able to attend the conference and jointly explain this innovative learning technique. Musal is the first engineering student from Cal Maritime to attend the IAMU General Assembly, and the first cadet to participate in the main program instead of the separate student-centric program. “I believe this experience and others like it can enhance the mentoring process,” said Green. “Not just between faculty and students, but also between students as they gain valuable experience.”

Cadets Chosen for Panetta Institute Experiences THIS YEAR, two Cal Maritime cadets benefitted from programs at the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, a nonpartisan center for the study of public policy. ASCMA President Kevin Sweeney attended a leadership seminar, and Gregory Lawrence, a Coast Guard veteran, participated in the Congressional Internship Program. Each year, the Panetta Institute brings together student body presidents and other elected


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student leaders from the 26 campuses to help them hone their leadership skills and develop strategies for addressing campus, community and national problems. “The Panetta Institute was the single greatest experience I’ve had in developing my leadership skills and knowledge of how to be an effective leader,” said Sweeney. “The speakers were exceptional, and being allowed to spend a week with Leon Panetta was a once in a

lifetime experience.” In the fall, the Panetta Institute hosts students for its Congressional Internship Program, beginning in mid-August with an intensive twoweek course at the Institute and continuing through mid-November in Washington, D.C. Interns are nominated by the presidents of their respective campuses and approved for participation by the Panetta Institute and a representative from the CSU Chancellor’s Office.

CAL MARITIME was invited to represent its support of women involved in the international movement of goods at the 2013 Women in Trade Luncheon. Cadets Crystal Clark, Mikaella McLeod and Stephanie Terriquez attended the event, hosted by the Port of Long Beach in November. The three International Business & Logistics cadets attended along with representatives from Cal Maritime’s offices of Admissions and Career Services. Cadet Terriquez was invited to speak on the panel alongside successful women from the maritime trade industry. Cal Maritime was also an exhibitor, talking to high school girls from the Long Beach area. The luncheon was part of an ongoing industry-wide effort to encourage young women to explore the educational and career opportunities which are plentiful in the maritime trade industry.

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Cadets Crystal Clark (l) and Makaella McLeod at the Women in Trade Luncheon.

Class Project Aims to Broaden Public Awareness of Arctic Issues April 3-4, 2014 California Maritime Academy Vallejo, CA Developing the Maritime Information Environment Sponsored by

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DR. DONNA NINCIC’S POLAR POLITICS class has taken a step out of the classroom to broaden the public awareness of political, environmental, and maritime issues that surround the Arctic region. The class’ objective is to increase awareness of regional concerns and the changing arena through a social media campaign titled “Arctic for Everyone.” Through planning and careful consideration, cadets created an unbiased and non-partisan Facebook page, Twitter account, and blog which represent issues

through evidence and fact. The cadets behind Arctic for Everyone believe this is a stride in the right direction to highlight the changing times in the Arctic and the hope to increase public awareness. The Arctic for Everyone campaign serves as an example of how cadets at the California Maritime Academy reach beyond the classroom by displaying and practically applying the knowledge of the university and students. Check it out at www.facebook. com/arcticforeveryone.

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Crowley Presents Scholarships to Three Cadets CROWLEY AWARDED three Thomas B. Crowley, Sr. Memorial scholarships to Cal Maritime students Andrew Leonard, Jeff Harcq and James McSweeney during the 2013 Containerization and Intermodal Institute (Connie) awards presentation dinner in Long Beach, California. The annual event is attended by hundreds of maritime and transportation professionals. Leonard, a native of Glendale, Arizona, has had a long-time passion of the water and boating, and began researching maritime academies while still in high school. He now serves as the residential assistant (RA) for his freshman class, is a member of the Associated Students of the California Maritime Academy and is

an active supporter of the greater City of Vallejo. While Leonard has not settled on a particular path in the maritime industry, he has a goal to achieve the rank of master in the future. When Harcq applied to Cal Maritime, he had already obtained his 50-ton master’s license and had more than 10 years’ experience as a mechanic for the Correct Craft boat dealer in San Diego. As a student, he has fully embraced his role as a valuable mentor for his younger classmates by sharing his real-world experiences in the classroom. Though Harcq has not formally decided on an exact career path after graduation, he has set his sights on the research and tug industries. McSweeney’s path to Cal Maritime was one filled with self discovery and life-changing moments. After a diagnosis of dyslexia in middle school, he made the decision to forgo college upon

graduating from high school in exchange for a deckhand position aboard a fishing boat in Alaska. During one of the fishing seasons, McSweeney was approached by a Cal Maritime alumnus who encouraged McSweeney to return to school and obtain his U.S. Coast Guard 3rd Mate Unlimited License along with a Bachelor of Science degree in marine transportation. After returning to school, he transferred to Cal Maritime. where he currently holds a 3.7 GPA and the role of squad leader for his class. Leonard, Harcq and McSweeney are just several of the more than 200 students from CMA and other maritime academies and select institutions throughout the country to receive a Thomas B. Crowley, Sr., Memorial scholarship since 1984. All cadets were selected for their strong academic records, leadership capacity and financial need.

CAL MARITIME TEAM PARTICIPATING IN WIND ENERGY COMPETITION CAL MARITIME is one of ten schools participating in the U.S. Department of Energy’s inaugural Collegiate Wind Competition. The event challenges undergraduate students from multiple disciplines to design, build, and test a wind turbine to perform according to a customized, market data-derived business plan. Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing sources of electricity in the U.S., and the industry requires a skilled workforce with talented people from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds. The Energy Department’s competition engages students in a project that provides real-world experience as they prepare to enter the workforce. Over the next year, students teams from the 10 universities across the country will design and construct a lightweight, transportable wind turbine that can be used to power small electronic devices. The competition culminates with a trip in the spring of 2014 when the teams will compete head-to-head.


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The participating teams were chosen through a competitive process which required them to demonstrate commitment to the project as well as organization and project planning, fundraising and team support, curriculum and integration, and collaboration and testing. Each team’s prototype wind turbine will be tested in a wind tunnel under specific conditions and scored for performance, operational safety, component durability and system reliability. Business plans will be evaluated as well. The team with the best overall score will see their turbine featured at the Energy Department’s headquarters near the National Mall. Sponsors of the program include the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Cal Maritime’s team members are Sasha Barnett, Alec Calder, Glenn Fuller, Eric Johnson, and Gerald Spencer from Mechanical Engineering and Ian Medina, Grace Paranjape, Ramiro Parocua, Jennifer Ramos Ortiz, and H. Morgan Seel from International Business and Logistics.

(L-R) 4/C Sean Barlow, MST3 Blaine Meserve-Nibley, 4/C Maxwell Daubner, 2/C Joshua Smith on Veterans Day on November 11th at the Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, CA. The cadets were observing a Veterans Day ceremony as representatives of the Coast Guard’s Auxiliary University Program and the California Maritime Academy.

MARITIME ACADEMY PREPARES FUTURE GUARDSMEN by Petty Officer 3rd Class Blaine Meserve-Nibley

Maritime Academy Prepares Future Guardsmen by Petty Officer 3rd Class Blaine Meserve-Nibley THE COAST GUARD needs skilled individuals to bring unique experiences and training into the service. As such, the Coast Guard is heavily invested in a number of programs available to cadets at seven federal and state maritime academies. This year, three officers and two enlisted reserve members joined the Coast Guard’s ranks from Cal Maritime. Ensign Thomas Hernandez, Ensign Micah Howell, and Ensign Robert Bobuk III were part of the California Maritime Academy PreCommissioning Pilot Program (CMAPP), a direct commissioning opportunity for cadets earning a Coast Guard maritime license. The three received their assignments within the fleet aboard Coast Guard Cutters Thetis, Waesche, and Alex Haley. Hernandez said he was looking forward to getting to the fleet after four years spent at Cal Maritime. “It has taught me so much, and I am thankful for the program which helped prepare me.” During their commissioning ceremony, Coast Guard Capt. Gregory Stump, commander of Sector San Francisco, and retired Coast Guard Capt. P.J. Maguire wished the newly commissioned officers good luck in the fleet. Addressing the ensigns, Maguire said, “A leader cares about each and every one of their people.” Cal Maritime President Tom Cropper lauded the CMAPP program and its newly commissioned officers, saying, “I am grateful to the Coast Guard leadership for the superb opportunities that CMAPP provides to our cadets. I am absolutely confident that these three new officers will serve our nation admirably.” While the program is no longer accepting new applicants, the Coast Guard has other opportunities for cadets seeking to serve, including Maritime Academy Graduate, Select Reserve, and the Auxiliary University Program.

The Auxiliary University Program is new to Cal Maritime and allows cadets to affiliate with the Coast Guard Auxiliary. The AUP gives students valuable training in a variety of Coast Guard missions and allows them to apply for multiple internships throughout the fleet. Lt.j.g. Joseph Schlosser, assigned to the Coast Guard Recruiting Command, explained the Coast Guard’s goals for the Maritime Academy. “The Coast Guard’s focus right now is to harbor and propel cadet interest in the service during their academic tenure.” Schlosser added that through implementations like the Auxiliary University Program and improved awareness of Officer Candidate School and MARGRAD, the Coast Guard allows cadets to identify if it’s the best fit for them. In turn, the Coast Guard gains a highly qualified, motivated and genuinely interested pool of potential officer candidates. This summer, cadets Blake Abraham and Kevin Prochnow attended boot camp to serve as Coast Guard reservists while studying at the academy. The reserve force offers excellent opportunities for cadets seeking job experience and training in their field of study, allowing them to be competitive in the tough job market. “My education at the Maritime Academy greatly augments my time with the Coast Guard,” said Seaman Abraham. “My degree, Global Studies and Maritime Affairs, focuses on maritime history, law, environmental concerns, and current maritime affairs which greatly increases my understanding of Coast Guard missions and function.” The Coast Guard programs at the Academy are supported by three officers, two petty officers, and numerous Auxiliarists from the local flotilla.

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Meryl Chew, Lydia Nelson, Ariel Riboli, Rose Hendrix, Taylor Sullivan, Emelia Sween, Madison Shapiro

CAL MARITIME CADETS ATTEND WOMEN ON THE WATER SEVEN FEMALE CADETS from Cal Maritime attended the 2013 Women on the Water Conference at SUNY Maritime College. Women on the Water brings together cadets from the federal and state merchant marine academies and colleges with professional mariners who are leaders in different sectors of the maritime industry. The event offers opportunities for cadets to learn about careers directly from successful women and to hear about current issues in the maritime industry.

Vice President for Student Affairs Steve Kreta attended the conference with Cadets Meryl Chew, Lydia Nelson, Ariel Riboli, Rose Hendrix, Taylor Sullivan, Emelia Sween, and Madison Shapiro. While at the conference, the group got to visit with three Cal Maritime alumni: Ashlee Stannard (’09), Lexy Nielson (’05), and Samaro Bannister. Women on the Water is a MARAD-sponsored event in its sixth year. Cadets attending the conference lived on the Training Ship Empire State.

Cal Maritime Group Attends Counter-Piracy Conference in the Philippines DR. DONNA NINCIC AND THREE CAL MARITIME CADETS — Muad Mused (MT ‘14), Rachel Neuharth (GSMA ‘14) and Emily Keyes (GSMA ‘15) — spent a week this September attending a counterpiracy conference in Manila, Philippines. The goal of the Extended Association of Southeast Asian Nations CounterPiracy Conference was to highlight the plight of seafarers captured by pirates, and to discuss ways of supporting and assisting them and their families during their time as hostages. The conference


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was opened by the vice president of the Philippines and co-hosted by the US Maritime Administration and the Government of the Philippines, with additional support from the US State Department, the TK Foundation and the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Program (MPHRP). Dr. Nincic was an invited speaker and gave a presentation on Current Trends in Maritime Piracy. Other speakers included the head of maritime security for the International Maritime Organization, the

Director of the International Maritime Bureau, the Director of MPHRP, a hostage negotiator, and several seafarers who had been captured and held hostage. The conference ended with a series of recommendations to governments, international and humanitarian organizations, and academia to further cadet training, education, and preparation for the continued threat of maritime piracy. After the conference, the Cal Maritime group spent three days hosted by the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific. During their stay, they participated in a realistic anti-piracy simulation. Cadet Muad Mused was selected to be the OOD for the exercise. He and the bridge team managed to successfully repel the simulated attack.

Two Cadets Chosen To Attend Prestigious Program TWO CAL MARITIME CADETS are recipients of the Admiral Douglas H. Teeson scholarship, allowing them to attend the prestigious Williams-Mystic Program this year. Cadets Garrett Weston of Fresno and Alex Youngs of Sacramento are both Global Studies and Maritime Affairs (GSMA) majors. They will study with some of the world’s preeminent scholars in maritime science, maritime history, maritime literature, and oceans policy as they earn transfer credits from Williams College that count towards the GSMA degree. “I am excited about this opportunity,” said Alex Youngs. “I want this semester to be hard and rewarding at the same time.” “What excites me most about the program is the opportunity to travel the country, while also getting a hands-on education about the United States’ maritime realm,” said Weston. “Ordinarily, this experience comes with a hefty price tag in excess of $30,000, but through the efforts of folks on both coasts this has been waived for our student representatives,” said Tim Lynch, Associate Professor of Maritime History and Chair of the Department of Maritime Policy and Management at Cal Maritime’s ABS School of Maritime Policy and Management. Weston and Youngs are the seventh and eighth GSMA students to participate in this program thanks to a quarter million dollars in scholarship money that has been raised for the major. “The Williams-Mystic Program is more than just taking classes; it is an experience which I will remember for the rest of my life,” said Will Lindsey, a former recipient of the

Teeson Scholarship. “The program immersed me in hands-on education, dealing with people I would be working with in my industry.” Youngs was chosen as one of two students to author and present a traditional Hawaiian ceremony during a field seminar. The ceremony, called an oli, is to request permission to enter a place, and to state why the visit is desired. “It is an honor to be chosen to be one of those representing a group and presenting the oli,” said Dr. James T. Carlton, professor of marine sciences at Williams College. “Williams-Mystic is a life-changing semester,” said Lynch. “Along with a focus on conducting original research in all of these disciplines, students are also immersed in hands-on, experiential learning at Mystic Seaport, the nation’s largest maritime museum. To understand the breadth and depth of how the oceans have influenced human endeavor, they go to sea on a 130-foot sailing research vessel, explore the bayous and shores of Louisiana, and travel along the Pacific coast. This fall, they will sail to Hawaii.” A class of 20 students — typically representing 15 different colleges and as many different majors — comes together to interact closely with faculty, working under the philosophy that approaching complex challenges through cross-disciplinary thinking offers a striking method to better understand the past, present, and future of the world’s oceans. Described by the majority of alumni as the most important semester of their college career, Williams-Mystic is structured to create a unique and dynamic educational experience.

After this year, the CSU will have nearly three million alumni. The CSU is the largest source of skilled workers in California. For every dollar the state invests in the university, the impact of CSU-related expenditures alone creates $5.43 in total spending impact. When the impact of the enhanced earnings of CSU graduates is included, the ratio rises to $23 in total spending impact for every dollar the state invests in the CSU.









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Faculty and Staff Milestones CAPTAIN SAM PECOTA AND DR. DONNA NINCIC have been named the first holders of Cal Maritime’s new Distinguished Professorships. Captain Sam Pecota has been selected to hold the Jacobsen, Stevens, Aspland Families Distinguished Professorship in Maritime Transportation. Captain Pecota will hold the position for five semesters beginning this fall and will continue to conduct research in his field of expertise, E-Navigation. Dr. Donna Nincic has been selected to hold the Cropper Family Distinguished Professorship in the ABS School of Maritime Policy and Management. Dr. Nincic will hold the position for three years beginning this fall and will continue research in Maritime Security. The Distinguished Professorships provide funding for an associate professor or professor to pursue research or scholarly activities, including funding for travel expenses to attend conferences or other opportunities. “Distinguished professorships are awarded to faculty to recognize their achieved excellence in research and scholarly activity and to support continued growth in their research endeavors,” said Dr. Gerald Jakubowski, provost at Cal Maritime. “The establishment of Distinguished Professorships is a wonderful acknowledgement of the research so many faculty members at Cal Maritime have been doing for years, and in so many maritime-related fields,” said Nincic. “While our first priority is — and always will be — teaching, many of us are also researchers. We enjoy the privilege of being able to speak to the key maritime issues of the day, and many of us feel strongly that being good scholars actually makes us better teachers.” “Distinguished professorships, endowed chairs and other forms of outside support of faculty scholarly activities are vital to the continued relevance and enhancement of the curriculum at Cal Maritime and indeed all the California State Universities,” said Pecota. “Although the CSU mission is primarily one of educating and training undergraduate students, the scholarship of teaching and learning must be encouraged


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Charlie Arms, Cal Maritime’s director of sailing, attended the U.S. Sailing National Faculty meeting and contributed to the Safety, Rescue and Support text book. She also was appointed chairman of the Education Division. In addition, Arms was an umpire for the America’s Cup, held in San Francisco Bay.

to ensure we are delivering the very best, most up to date academic programs.” The Maritime Transportation professorship was created through a gift from the families of Tom Jacobsen, Paul Stevens, and Jerry Aspland. Captain Jerry Aspland (Cal Maritime Class of 62) is the current chair of the Cal Maritime Foundation Board and Cal Maritime President Emeritus. Captain Thomas A. Jacobsen (Cal Maritime Class of 88), president and CEO of Jacobsen Pilot Service, has more than 30 years of experience in the maritime industry. Paul E. Stevens, chairman and CEO of Foss Maritime, is a member of the Cal Maritime Foundation Board. The Cropper Family Distinguished Professorship was created through a gift from Cal Maritime President Thomas A. Cropper and his wife, Anne Heather Cropper. Distinguished professorship awards provide support to help attract and retain outstanding faculty. A donor opportunity exists in the engineering area at Cal Maritime to create a third distinguished professorship. REINFORCED POLYMER MATRIX SYNTACTIC FOAMS, coauthored by Dr. Dinesh Pinisetty (Assistant Professor, Engineering Technology) was published by Springer Books. The book collects one of Dr. Pinisetty’s research projects on materials properties.

Stephen Mastro was selected as the 2013 recipient of the Kenneth K. Henning Award, presented by the American Academy of Certified Public Managers (AACPM). The award — AACPM’s highest honor — was presented at a banquet held during the 25th anniversary professional development symposium of the Academy, held in Boise, Idaho in September. The Henning award recognizes contributions to the Society, the community and the prestige of the Certified Public Manager image. FIRST EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION AWARDS PRESENTED This year, through the new Employee Recognition Awards, Cal Maritime recognized faculty and staff members who have provided exceptional service; worked in collaboration in furthering the mission of the University; gone beyond what is expected of them in their work; and contributed to a team in the past year. The 2013 Presidential Award went to Roger Jaeckel, University Planner. During the last fiscal year, Jaeckel managed over $50 million of high-visibility projects which are transforming Cal Maritime into a better place to live, work and learn. The Presidential Team Award was presented to the Facilities Department for its response to a flood situation on campus. The President’s Cabinet Award was given to employees or teams who demonstrate consistently outstanding contributions to Cal Maritime. This year, they went to Vineeta Dhillon and James Dalske. A President’s Cabinet Team Award was given to the Financial Aid Task Force as well as the Campus Remodel and Upgrade Project. Faculty Recognition Awards were presented to Bunny Paine-Clemes, Lloyd Kitazono, and Steve Pronchick. The Divisional Distinguished Colleague Awards were presented to an employee within each division who exemplifies an exceptional level of work performance while displaying a high regard and loyalty toward Cal Maritime and their job responsibilities. The winners were:

Academic Affairs: Michael Noonan Administration and Finance: Rick Miner n University Advancement: Silvia Regalado n Student Affairs: Palin Berkana-Wycoff n Marine Programs: Richard Muller n n

2013 Division Team Achievement Awards were presented to teams of employees who collaborate on a project, process or other significant initiative. Awards were presented in the following areas: n Academic Affairs: Registrar’s New Enrollment and Scheduling Software Project n Administration and Finance: IT Campus Network Upgrades & CNI Project n University Advancement: 2012 Homecoming Committee n Student Affairs: Pearls of Power (POP) Conference n Marine Programs: TSGB Ballast Water Treatment Facility

President Tom Cropper presents University Planner Roger Jaeckel with the 2013 Presidential Award.

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Christopher Wins AD of the Year for the Second Time in Two Years CAL MARITIME’S MARV CHRISTOPHER is Athletics Director of the Year in the California Pacific Conference for the second year in a row. “Marv is a terrific gentleman, a fantastic representative of his institution, and a good friend to the conference,” said Cal Pac Commissioner Don Ott. Christopher has overseen the rise of Keelhauler athletics in the conference, including an upgraded Bodnar Field and the construction of a new Physical Education and Aquatics Center. In 2012-13, Cal Maritime added cross country, improved in all of the conference-sponsored sports, and celebrated the

MEN’S BASKETBALL PICKED TO WIN CAL PAC CAL MARITIME MEN’S BASKETBALL program was ranked #22 in the first NAIA National Poll of the season — the highest the program has been recognized. Cal Maritime is coming off the best season in school history as the Keelhaulers finished 25-7 and advanced to the Sweet 16 at the NAIA National Tournament. Five seniors return this season, including California Pacific Conference Defensive Player of the Year Jaquai Wiley and All Conference selections Anthony Simi and Casey Healy. “This is a great honor for our program. Our teams have worked extremely hard the past few seasons and this distinction speaks to the commitment of the individuals and groups that have come before this year’s team. The 2013-14 Keelhaulers are capable of building upon these past successes provided our culture is one of togetherness and selflessness,” said Head Coach Bryan Rooney. In addition to the national recognition, the Keelhaulers were also picked to win the California Pacific Conference in a vote by the conference’s coaches. Receiving four of the possible seven votes, the Keelhaulers were followed by William Jessup University, Menlo College, UC Merced, La Sierra University, Simpson University, and Pacific Union College.


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men’s basketball teams’ historic back-to-back titles, including advancing to the second round of the NAIA championship. Christopher also serves as the head golf coach at Cal Maritime, which hosted the 2013 Cal Pac Championships. “I am truly honored to have been selected by my peers as the 2012-13 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.”

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HARBOR CUP 2014 March 7–9 | Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta Harbor Cup

The Cal Maritime Sailing team with their trophy for winning the Kennedy Cup. L-R Eileen Welch, Andrew Lamb, Harry Antrobus, Chris Vilicich, Ryan Lynch, Scott Doyle, Dillon Lancaster, Corey Lynch, and Coach Parker Mitchell.

Cal Maritime Wins College Big Boat National Championship. Cal Maritime is the 2013 Kennedy Cup Intercollegiate Big Boat National Champions. The Kennedy Cup Regatta at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland featured ten teams from around the country. Navy beat out the University of Michigan for second place.

Jeff Ward Named Athletic Trainer of the Year CAL MARITIME’S JEFF WARD was named the 2012–13 NAIA-ATA Athletic Trainer of the Year, as selected by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics-Athletic Trainers Association (NAIA-ATA) Scholarship and Awards Committee. Ward becomes the first from Cal Maritime to receive the honor. Ward has been the head athletic trainer for the past eight years and earned his master’s degree from Saint Mary’s College. The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is chaired by Ward, which saw him arrange the Jim Capoot Memorial Games. This fundraising event helped to raise scholarship money for children of a police officer killed in the line of duty. Ward also created an annual scholarship for a selected member of the SAAC. In addition to his athletic training, he serves as head coach for

the men’s and women’s cross country programs. Ward is an active member of the Vallejo community, leading a campus-wide cancer awareness campaign that involved a bone marrow donor drive. He co-sponsored a “Biggest Loser” competition for the campus community. He arranged exercise and nutrition plans and implemented discussion groups. “Jeff has many qualities that help him excel at his job,” said Marvin Christopher, Cal Maritime Athletic Director. “His ability to garner trust and respect from those around him creates an environment in the training room where individuals want to be. His

Jeff Ward integrity is unquestioned, and he utilizes his experiences with the Champions of Character and Positive Coaching Alliance to promote core values of the Champions of Character.”

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Cal Maritime Athletic Department Earns Prestigious Award CALIFORNIA MARITIME ACADEMY was named a Five-Star Institution as part of the NAIA’s Champions of Character program for the fourth consecutive year. Cal Maritime scored a remarkable 97 points out of a possible 100, ranking the institution fourth in the nation. The Champions of Character Scorecard measures each institution’s commitment to the NAIA Champions of Character program. Points are earned in five key areas:

conduct in competition, character training, character recognition, academic focus and character promotion. Since 1937, the NAIA has administered programs and championships in proper balance with the overall educational experience. In 2000, the NAIA reaffirmed its purpose to enhance the character-building aspects of sport. Through the Champions of Character program, the NAIA seeks to create an environment in which

every student-athlete, coach, official and spectator is committed to the true spirit of competition through five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. “This well-deserved recognition represents the hard work our coaches and players have put into representing Cal Maritime in the most positive way,” said Cal Maritime’s Athletic Director Marv Christopher. “Cal Maritime is a truly special place and I am privileged to lead a department with so many individuals who take great pride in living the core values of the Champions of Character initiative.”

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MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER Hamilton Chang was named the top male student athlete in the California Pacific Conference for 2012-13. Chang, a two-year starter and captain of the team during his senior year, helped the Keelhaulers to a 46-17 record overall. Chang led the Keelhaulers into the second round of the NAIA national championships in 2013 before being selected as the California Pacific Conference Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year. “Hamilton is one of the best leaders I have been around in terms of leading by example,” CMA head coach Bryan Rooney said. “He holds himself to an extremely high standard in the classroom, in the campus community, and on the basketball court. His quest for excellence is contagious and has greatly influenced Cal Maritime.” Chang is a native of Riverside, California. He has served as a tutor and participated in the basketball program’s literacy program at Grace Patterson Elementary School in Vallejo.


From the Alumni President IN EARLY OCTOBER, I had the honor and privilege to participate in the Inauguration Ceremony for Cal Maritime President Thomas Cropper. A number of participants made presentations during the ceremony, but clearly the most important of the presentations came from President Cropper himself. He was in the fortunate position of having already spent 15 months on the campus, and he been able to talk with and listen to industry representatives, alumni, virtually every faculty and staff member, as well as many of the cadets. In that time, he gained a solid understanding of their views of current campus activities and future needs. The President combined what he learned with his own views to develop his vision for the future: “Honor, Believe, Lead.” The traditions of the Academy include the values of personal responsibility, leadership and teamwork, developed through the shared experiences of alumni while cadets at our Academy. Upperclassmen have always helped underclassmen; alumni have always helped other alumni, as well as current cadets. Now there are some new opportunities to provide that assistance. Your Alumni Association Board of Directors has set some specific goals for the Association for the coming year. You can help achieve these goals by investing your time. The goals are separated into three categories: ENGAGING THE YOUNG ALUMNI/CADETS n Cal Maritime Mentoring – Offer academic, career and life advice to a current cadet. n Connect a Cadet to Industry – Offer to introduce a group of cadets to your career and your industry. Provide a facility tour. Help them understand your business. n Alumni in the Classroom – Be a single presenter or part of a panel discussion on campus; talk about your industry. No one knows it better than you! n Internship/Co-Op Placement – Help place one of the many cadets who need to identify summer internships. ENGAGING OTHER ALUMNI n Cal Maritime Mentoring – Noted above, mentoring is not necessarily restricted to current cadets. Help another grad! n “Lost” Alumni – Be the Class Scribe. Help to locate contact information for more classmates, so they will be aware of events and progress on campus.

RECOGNIZING SERVICE n Distinguished Alumni Award – Nominate a grad who has demonstrated a significant career and support for Cal Maritime. n Rising Star Alumni Award – Nominate young grad, within 15 years after graduation, who has, in that short period of time, already made an impact on society. These are activities that will have focus and action from your Association in the coming year. Please join the Directors, with a few hours of your time. Think back to your learning time at Cal Maritime and remember how rewarding it was to help someone else. Help the current cadets, help your fellow alumni and support the Academy. It’s what we’ve always done! It’s what we’ll do in the future! Sincerely,

Ken Passé Alumni Association President

Golden Bear Facility Certified to Test Ballast Water Treatment Systems CAL MARITIME’S Golden Bear Facility is one of only four locations in the world that has been certified by the United States Coast Guard to perform ballast water treatment system testing to meet environmental standards set by the Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency. The Golden Bear Facility is the only system in the world that can do both land-based and shipboard testing at the same site. The plug and play platform at the facility is completely unique, and will allow for the most economical system for retrofitting ships to meet the new standards. Check out the next edition of Cal Maritime magazine for more details.

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Class Notes, Winter 2014 CLASS OF JUNE 1943 by Ed Johannessen The Big Event for the Class of June 1943 was the observance of our 70th anniversary during this year’s homecoming. We were the first class admitted after the Pearl Harbor attack and the beginning of WWII and the last class to have the now extinct T.S. Golden State. Originally, there were only 36 of us. Six washed out and 30 graduated. Over the years, we have remained close and managed to celebrate some kind of reunion every five years. Of the 30, only six now remain, and only three were able to attend our 70th reunion: Ralph Moore, Art Morrison, and your scribe – Ed Johannessen…all deck. Thanks to the gracious hospitality of President Thomas Cropper and the efforts of Alumni President Ken Passé, our unprecedented 70th at this year’s Homecoming became our most memorable as we were honored during the Homecoming Dinner in the beautiful new dining room overlooking the Bay — an unforgettable evening for which we are most grateful. And our thanks to all who made it possible. Earlier in the year, Class energizer bunny, Art Morrison (Capt. USCG ret.), accompanied by son John, enjoyed a

two-week South American cruise which started in Rio de Janeiro and ended in Valparaiso, Chili – with stops in between in such places as Buenos Aires, Falkland Islands, Antarctic, Straits of Magellan, Cape Horn and Ushuaia, Argentina.

CLASS OF 1956 by Tom Lytle

Class of 1956 The Class of 1956 held a mini reunion three days and nights at Monterey, California on September 22, 23, 24 and 25, 2013. Attending were Tom Lytle, Fran and Ralph Brown, Jim Bryant, Aldy Alderson, Sue and Jack Hutchison, Tony Budlong, and Melva and Bill Hermes. They were joined for dinner one evening by Pari and Dennis Gerber, E-57, and Bunky and Duane Waters, E-55. Jim Bryant, Charles Miller and Tom Lytle attended 2013 Homecoming Dinner, picture above. Standing Manny Aschemeyer, D-63.

he 2013 Summer Send Offs were bigger than ever, giving more incoming T students a regional support network of alumni and current Cal Maritime students. Alumni, incoming students, and their families attended the events held in Huntington Beach, Honolulu, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, Settle, San Mateo, Benicia, and Ventura. For information about participating in 2014 Summer Send Offs email Pascha McAlister (’07) at presidentelect@alumni.

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Bader, Phinney, Sunnergren Byron Bader reports having a nice luncheon in Milpitas this past Summer in July with your Scribe, Glenn Phinney E’61 and Paul Sunnergren E’61. Just catching up on Glenn’s plating business expansion.” See photo attached.

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Larry McGovern E’61, wrote and advised that he’ll be attending a conference in Geneva, Switzerland this year to present an Engineering report on work completed on GEOSS project Architecture and work with small UAV’s performing Agricultural surveys on drought conditions. Eighty (80) Ministers from other countries will be attending. Oh yeah, Larry still finds time to fly too. He just can’t seem to get enough of the wild blue yonder! Dwight Peters E’61 and wife Mary participated in the Veterans Day Parade in Modesto with their Central Valley Knights Car Club. This is the classmate to look up if you’re interested in car collections. Wayne Ronning E’61 advises please note....I have a new email address – Dwight Peters and Byron Bader attended the inauguration of Admiral Thomas Cropper on Friday, Oct. 11th during the 2013 CMA Class Reunion Homecoming Weekend. Bader then

attended the private dinner for the Class of ‘63 at Hiddenbrook Country Club that evening and met more alumni and their wives and significant others. Captain Manny Aschmeyer D’63, was reunion coordinator for his class.

CLASS OF 1969 During Homecoming Weekend 2013, classmates Bob Reynolds, Craig Roberts, Joe Conway and Ken Passe met with Daniel “Adam” Tuten, ‘16MT, the fourth, and most recent, recipient of the Class of 1969 Endowed Scholarship. Over lunch, Adam explained his path to Cal Maritime and his plans for the future. Naturally,

Cal Maritime alumni working aboard the Transocean drillship Discoverer Enterprise in the Gulf of Mexico. Pictured above from left to right are: 3rd Mate Jessica Schember, 3rd Mate Josh Lander, Master Jonathan Lenters, 2nd Mate Juluan Rose, 3rd Mate Will Akers, (not pictured 3rd Mater Taylor Carpenter, class of 2012). Cal Maritime has always had a very strong presence on the West Coast – today that presence is unmistakable on the Gulf Coast as well. From workboats to drillships, Cal Maritime voices can be heard over VHF throughout the Gulf, and pictures of their vessels are a fixture on Facebook. With several newbuild ultra-deepwater drillships under construction in the industry, including six for Transocean, Cal Maritime alumni will have many more opportunities to enter the ranks in the years to come.

L–R Bob Reynolds, Cadet Adam Tuten, Craig Roberts, Ken Passe, Joe Conway the retired guys had plenty of advice for Adam! Meeting with the class scholarship recipient continues to be a most rewarding experience! Marie and Gus Fischer flew back to Philadelphia in August to visit the area and spend time with Linda and Wayne Clifton. With Wayne as their tour guide, they visited Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and stood by the “Rocky” statue at the Civic Center, then continued on to Washington, DC for all those tourist sites. In their down time, they sat outdoors on Wayne and Linda’s deck, sipped wine, taking in the local wildlife, watching the fish in Wayne’s koi pond and catching up on news. Joe Gaspers reports that he’s repeating the “same old story”. Retired…likes to fish and go boating. He keeps busy with projects around the house. He and Rachel try to escape the winter by traveling to warmer places. John and Gail Urbanik celebrated the marriage of their daughter Kelly on the North Fork of Long Island, New York, in early September. Kelly is the Winemaker for Macari Vineyards in Mattituck, New York. Also attending the wedding were classmates Nancy and Craig Roberts, Sue and Ken “KD” Davis, as well as Ann and Ken Passé.

For fall vacation (when retired people take a trip is it a vacation?), Linda and Ray McAlister traveled to Portland, Maine, and made an eleven day, 1600 mile drive down country roads. The circle route took them through Maine (lots of “Watch for Moose” signs, but never saw one), New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut (Mystic pizza and Mystic Seaport), back through Massachusetts (Salem... full of witches before Halloween), New Hampshire (so shut down that even McDonald’s was boarded up for the season) and back to Maine for one more lobster roll and slice of blueberry pie, enjoying the ever colorful leaves along the way.

John Kessler Although Matson recently called him out for one last shifting, John Kessler plans to formally retire on 1 December. He had originally planned to retire last year, but working that one more year was not that much of a stretch for him, as he feels that sailing has been “frankly a great escape from normal life.” In his new-found retirement, John plans to spend summers with his wife Karen at their cabin near South Lake Tahoe and winters in Paradise. He is still playing with cars, but will now have time to finish all the projects he has started. Says John, “That’s what I tell others but I know I’ll never finish.

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My tombstone will say, “Wait a minute! I’m not done yet...” I guess I just got started a little later than the other guys or am just a little slower.”

Andrew Bohn, Matthew Fenton (L-R) Captain Andrew Bohn, USMC CMA Class of 2005 (D), Captain Matthew Fenton, USN (Ret.) Class of 1982 (E). The Annual Mess Night of the Trafalgar Night Irregulars at the Aberdeen Boat Club in Hong Kong. Captain Bohn is stationed with the 3rd Marine Reconnaissance Battalion of the 3rd Marne Division in Okinawa, and Captain Fenton is a Marine Engineer with the consultancy firm of Brookes Bell Hong Kong.

chemistry professor). Also in August, Ryan left his position as a prosecutor for the United States Federal Trade Commission and began work as a tenure-track law professor at Southern Illinois University School of Law. John Seckinger (’84), vice president for business development for Aimar, is living in Panama, having moved there two years ago from Guatemala. He and his wife report they are getting adapted to Panamanian life while being busy building the new Panama office of Aimar, a Shipping line agent as well as a logistics company with offices located throughout Central America. He and his wife have a 30-foot motor cat and spend weekends and holidays fishing, diving or boating. Classmates Jon Berman E’86 Military Sealift Command Headquarters and Jon Furukawa D’86 National Transportation Safety Board attended an ISM course at the NTSB back in December 2012. Gladys Wiggins (‘01), deputy director of the Yuma International Airport, was named interim airport director.


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4th Thursday in Washington, DC metro area. Alumni got together at the Capitol City Brewery in October. Brian Lane (04D) (Not pictured) (l-r) Eric Cooper (05D), Jon Furukawa (86D), Spencer Snapp 06-D, Brian Ellis (892E)

We want to hear from you! Tell your fellow Cal Maritime Alumni what you’re up to by sending submissions to or to the scribe listed for your class on the alumni website alumni. (Click on Class Notes, then Class Scribes). We want your photos of the next generation of Cal Maritime cadets! Send those baby photos along. Dress them up in some Cal Maritime gear, if you have any.

Aubrey Trujillo, Matt Trujillo (’05), Jessica Holte, and Ryan Holte (’05) at the Holte’s wedding in Atlanta. Ryan Holte (‘05 CMA FET grad) was married on August 3, 2013 to Jessica Reynierson (now Jessica Holte) in Atlanta, GA. In attendance were Ryan’s best man, Zack Clark (‘05 CMA FET grad), Matt Trujillo (‘05 CMA FET grad), and Dr. Jim Wheeler (CMA

Chris Hammond (’06) was upgraded to Master Mariner in May 2012 and was awarded an MBA in Shipping and Logistics in December. He is still working as a chief mate on a large private yacht, VAVA II.

Summer and Grayson Waller Thomas Waller (’03), Sailing Master now with Transocean, had another child. Grayson Waller was born August 30, 2013. Pictured here with sister Summer Waller, two-and-a-half.

Sheila LaFleur, Class Scribe for the Class of 2002’s email address appeared incorrectly in a previous editions of the magazine. She can be contacted at sheilamaude@

Clark Named 2013 Rising Star CAMERON CLARK (ME ’03) is the 2013 Rising Star Alumni Award recipient. Following graduation, he worked for APL, Matson and OSG while serving as a member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association. Eventually, Clark landed at Hornblower Cruises & Events as a special projects assistant. At Hornblower, he has managed some of Hornblower’s emerging technology projects and the development of its integrated management system. Under his leadership, Hornblower was awarded Green Business of the Year by the San Francisco Business Times in 2008. In 2008 he took the role of project manager for the Hornblower Hybrid,

managing the project from beginning to end. Clark determined which vessels would be retrofitted and what equipment to use to create the most environmentally-friendly vessel. He also managed the crew that worked on the project. With the successful introduction of Hornblower Hybrid in 2008, Hornblower became the first passenger vessel company to introduce a hybrid ferry in the U.S. Clark was promoted to Vice President and General Manager for Hornblower’s New York port, overseeing its newest location on the east coast. Recognizing the importance of supporting his alma mater and its current student body, Cameron has given of his time and expertise to serve

on career panels, talk with students about their interests, and promote Cal Maritime as a great institution of higher learning. Clark received his MBA from Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business in 2007.

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Alumnus Matthew Krog Finds New Applications for Skills Learned at Cal Maritime AS WITH MANY CAL MARITIME GRADUATES, Matthew Krog’s journey has taken a few unexpected, albeit positive, turns. After graduating from Cal Maritime in 1981, Krog went from a 10-year career as a merchant marine where he held every position from deck hand to navigator, to his current position of vice president of Lamin-Art, a U.S.based, privately held company that has supplied the commercial architecture and design industry with innovative laminates for more than 50 years.. The insight into other countries — as well as the communication and leadership skills — he gained through Cal Maritime and the maritime industry have proven invaluable in his career today. “I’ve said to both of my children that the best education I could ever give them is travel and exposure to cultures all over the world,” says Krog. “That was certainly facilitated for me while at Cal Maritime and sailing internationally.”


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Pointing to his exposure to the Japanese culture, Krog finds the ability to understand other cultures to be an essential skill in life and in business. “In business, you have to learn to deal with people in all sorts of environments,” Krog said. “For example, having had the exposure to the Japanese culture while sailing in and out of Japan has helped me now in dealing with our vendors.” Krog’s decision to make the move out of the maritime industry and into the corporate world was based on a desire to spend more time with his family. After looking for shore-side work, he was struggling to find a position that he found stimulating and had a clear course for future advancement. About that same time, his father Don Krog, who had purchased Lamin-Art in 1982 and relocated it to the Mid-West, was looking to fill an operations position. “I was on my way back to the West Coast, having delivered a ship in the U.K., and I came through Chicago. My

father needed to find someone with a strong operational background that he could trust — and I was in need of a position where I could use my skills.” Now, after twenty-five years with Lamin-Art, Krog still finds use for the skills he learned in the maritime industry. In addition to the cultural and communication skills, there are many aspects of Lamin-Art’s business that tie to the maritime industry. Lamin-Art partners with interior designers, architects and fabricators to design and develop decorative materials for various commercial projects, with one industry segment being cruise ship interiors. By developing IMOcertified products that are designed to make a cruise ship as beautiful as the places she travels, Krog is able to stay connected to the industry. Krog is able to stay connected to the industry he grew up in by developing materials that are both beautiful and sturdy enough to endure the elements of the sea, as well as making them IMO-certified. “I’m lucky in that I’ve been able to utilize my maritime experience in developing materials for the cruise ship industry — and other interior installations like hotels and retail environments. “From understanding interior design needs and industry nomenclature to the requirements that USCG and IMO have, Krog is well versed in the industry. “Knowing what happens in a ship yard and having my familiarization with ships gives me credibility, as well as insight into what people are looking for and what they’re talking about,” Krog said. Despite all his successes, Krog still feels the tug of the sea. “I miss it.” Krog said. “I still hold my Master unlimited license, and work at staying current with the industry developments.”

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While we do not have complete biographical information, we are sad to report that Gordon J. Fake passed away on May 20, 2013.

Captain Raymond Andrew Wood II passed away at his home on May 18, 2013. Ray was a retired Ship Master and enjoyed reading, travel, and solitaire. He leaves behind his loving wife of 42 years, Susan; a daughter; a son; and two granddaughters. A memorial service was held in Arizona in the fall.

CLASS OF 1947 Richard Donald Fiedler, 86, passed away on eptember 11, 2013. A lifelong resident of the Pasadena area, he headed the family business Crown Fence Company which was started by his father in 1923. Following his graduation from Cal Maritime he joined the U.S. Naval Reserve before beginning his career. He was preceded in death by wife June Winslow. He is survived by his current wife, JoAnn and his three children by his first marriage and six grandchildren.

CLASS OF 1953 While we do not have complete biographical information, we are sad to report that Richard Sellers passed away on September 18, 2013.

CLASS OF 1954 William Curtis McAdoo passed away on June 21, 2013. He was raised and educated in Vallejo, and was a member of the Navy Reserves while attending Cal Maritime. He entered the Navy after graduation in 1954 and served for 27 years, retiring as a Commander. He is survived by his wife Shirley, a daughter, a son, two grandchildren, four sisters and a large extended family. Fred A. Varni passed away on December 2, 2011 in his native Modesto, California. While at CMA, Fred served as class president and Company Commander and participated in sports. Upon graduation, Fred served in the Navy, assigned to MSTS in Pusan, Korea. After his assigned duty, Fred returned to Modesto and operated the family bottling and distribution business with his brothers. His interests included gardening and mushroom gathering in the Sierras. Fred is survived by his wife Mary Anna, his two sons and six grandchildren.

CLASS OF JULY 1963 Stan Willis passed away in September. Stan started his career with Standard Oil, and later joined MM&P and sailed out of San Pedro, eventually getting his Master Mariner’s License and gaining a permanent Chief Mate’s job with SeaLand. Stan was active with the local chapter of CAMM, serving as Secretarytreasurer for many years. Robert G. Tompkins passed away on July 27 at his home in Mendocino County. Robert, a resident of Novato for 34 years, leaves his wife of 51 years, Shirley, as well as two daughters, a son, and seven granddaughters. His professional career as a Marine Engineer included Chief Engineer for passenger ships for Matson. He supervised ship repair for Sea River Maritime, Exxon. Robert enjoyed his retirement traveling, cooking, baking bread, and cheering for his granddaughters’ volleyball and softball teams.

CLASS OF 1967 James C. Hallett, age 66, died on March 11, 2013. Jim worked for Matson Navigation Company in San Francisco for 31 years. Respected and admired by all who knew him, Jim will be remembered for his work ethic, his sharp mind, and perhaps most for his infectious smile. Jim leaves behind his wife Viola, as well as a son, two daughters and six grandchildren, his

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mother, two siblings and a large extended family. Jim lived with joy, enthusiasm, a great love of his family, nature and music.

CLASS OF 1969 Gael Craig Kubli passed away on June 19, 2013 in Granada, Nicaragua, where he lived. He earned his degree in marine engineering from Cal Maritime while playing for the Cal Maritime basketball team. He joined the Merchant Marine in 1969 and began a career as an engineer on commercial vessels. Eventually, he returned to the Bay Area where he worked with the Cal Maritime Alumni Association. He was preceded in death by his wife, Debbie. He is survived by his two children.

CLASS OF 1975 Sterling Kent Abel, of Fairfield, California passed away on May 9, 2013 at his home in Vacaville. He was the youngest graduate of Cal Maritime to ever receive a Chief Engineer’s License. From 1983 to 1984 he held various responsibilities on steam and diesel vessels. In 1994, he accepted a position as Port Engineer at Pear Harbor. He is survived by his wife Sonja, his son, brother, and sister.

CLASS OF 1979 Capt. Elizabeth J. Gedney (Beth) departed life on June 20, 2013. At the time of her death she was the Director of Safety, Security & Risk Management for the Passenger Vessel Association, a position that she had held since 2004. Prior to that, she served on PVA’s Board of Directors. After graduation from CMA, Beth had been employed by Foss Towing Co. Following a break from the industry, to ensure her daughters got the right start in life, Beth joined the then startup company of Clipper Navigation in Seattle. She was a part of the team that ensured Clipper became the successful enterprise that it is today. During her career in the industry Beth earned a Master Mariner’s license for 1600 tons. She was posthumously awarded the Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award by the Department


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of Homeland Security. The proclamation that accompanied the award said that her “observations, ideas, perspective, good humor, and above all her sincere desire to improve safety within the maritime community, were a welcome and highly valued attribute that will be missed.” The award was presented to her family in August at a celebration of her life held on board the Royal Argosy, Pier 57 in Seattle. Beth’s former employer Clipper Navigation of Seattle sponsored the program. Beth is survived by her husband Bert Brehm, her twin daughters, and three grandchildren. Kevin John Odell died on August 10, 2013. He was three days past his 60th birthday. He earned undergraduate degrees from the University of California at San Diego (philosophy) and Cal Maritime. He sailed many years with Exxon, after which he attended law school at the University of San Francisco, graduating in 1991. He practiced maritime law with the firm of Emard Danoff Port Tamulski & Paetzold in San Francisco. Kevin loved the sea, skateboarding, and surfing. But he loved his family most of all, and said that being a father was the best job he ever had. He is survived by his wife Christine Silva, four children (from his previous marriage to Nora McGowan Odell, who passed away in 2002), and one grandchild.

CLASS OF 1983 Timothy M. Holl, 54, passed away on May 18, 2013. After graduation, Tim had a short foray into tugs at Crowley Maritime, but then went to sea aboard the Apex tanker Golden Endeavor. He earned his second mate’s license, but in 1986, he was drawn back to the tugs and returned to Crowley. At Crowley, Tim worked as a tug captain and company pilot for 10 years out of San Francisco until the company closed its local operations. Tim then worked as a captain in virtually every maritime enterprise on San Francisco Bay — launches, ferry boats, dredging, ship assist tugs, and towing barges of all types at

several different companies — eventually gaining 19 years of towing experience. In 2004, Tim was accepted into the San Francisco Bar Pilot apprentice program and he became a fully licensed San Francisco Bar Pilot in 2005. Tim was an avid outdoorsman, mastering and enjoying the challenges of sailing, surfing, skiing, white water kayaking, rock and ice climbing, back packing and snow camping. Tim is survived by his wife Laura and two sons.

HONORING FRIENDS OF CAL MARITIME Captain John G. Denham passed away on October 10, 2013. He was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Merchant Marine Reserve and joined the regular Navy in 1955. During his 27-year Naval career Capt. Denham had the honor of being the Commanding Officer of the USS Estero AK5, USS Ozbourn DD846 and USS Sacramento AOEI and retiring as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Weapons Station in Concord, California. Upon retirement he established new careers as a San Francisco Bar Pilot, a Director of Education at Cal Maritime, a consultant for American President Lines, LTD, and as an expert witness in legal cases concerning maritime law. Capt. Denham was issued his Master Mariner License in 1971. He is survived by his wife, Dottie (Helk) Denham; two daughters; and two grandsons. Capt. Denham authored three published novels and contributed articles to numerous professional maritime magazines. Lee R. Kerschner, 82, of Weimar, CA, passed away on August 5, 2013. Lee pursued a very fulfilling and prestigious career in higher education, spanning more than 45 years, which included positions as vice chancellor for administrative affairs in the California State University Chancellor’s Office; executive director of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education; executive director of the National Association of Trade

and Technical Schools and executive secretary of its Accrediting Commission; executive director of the California Commission for the Review of the Master Plan for Higher Education; senior vice chancellor for academic affairs in the California State University Chancellor’s Office; interim-president of California State University, Stanislaus; executive vice chancellor/ chief operating officer for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities; and special assistant to the President of the California Maritime Academy. His career began in 1961 at CSU Fullerton, where he was a founding member of the political science department and later served as statewide dean of faculty. His distinguished military service culminated in his retirement as a Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve. Throughout the years Lee became a mentor and academic advisor to the many students and colleagues who had the privilege of working with him. He was greatly loved by his family colleagues and friends and will be missed tremendously. Lee is survived by his wife of 55 years, Helga (Koller) Kerschner, one daughter, four sons, 16 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren (the 4th on the way), and his sister. Correction: The Summer edition of Cal Maritime magazine erroneously included Raymond Andrew Wood’s photo with an item about Fred Varni. Both entries are reprinted here as they should have appeared. 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 Public Affairs, The California Maritime Academy, 200 Maritime Academy Drive, Vallejo, CA 94590.

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ƒ Division 4E defeated 2D for the 2013 Divisional Flag Football Championship.

‚ The T.S. Golden Bear returned to campus this fall with a new paint job.


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‚ Alumni Association President Elect Pascha McAlister and President Ken Passé address attendees during the Homecoming Dinner in the new Dining Center.

 CSU Chancellor Timothy White and President Tom Cropper lead a procession of cadets past other students lining Morrow Cove Road during the Inauguration ceremony.

„ On Veteran’s Day, MIDN Benjamin Tamone (kneeling), and MIDN Serge Balian (saluting) presented LCDR Emile Topp’s gravesite with a bouquet of flowers at the San Francisco National Cemetery – Presidio. LCDR Topp was Cal Maritime’s first president. The two also visited an unmarked gravesite where they were photographed.

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14th Annual Cal Maritime Career Fair

January 21

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