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NPS Foundation News: March 2018 Winter 2017

Mark Your Calendar: Naval Postgraduate School Foundation

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Our 2018 America’s Heroes Charity Golf Tournament is happening Aug. 21 at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club in Pebble Beach. It’s an event you don’t want to miss! Come enjoy 18 spectacular holes of golf with gorgeous coastline views while raising money for wounded veterans and their families.

A Note from Our President, Bill Warner

It is an exciting time to be part of the NPS Foundation. In the past few months, we fully funded the first group of research projects through our growing Defense Innovation Fund, established a new "Grand Strategy" speaker series to bring nationally acclaimed experts to NPS, welcomed two new staff members and trustees to grow our team, and accepted grants from organizations like the Monterey Peninsula Foundation. We are also in a time of transition as we begin the search for a new executive director. Our former director, Tim Callaham, led the foundation to many accomplishments, and we wish him the very best. In the interim, our Director of Development Meredith Terrian has assumed the role of executive director while we initiate a search to fill the position long-term. Meredith has formed many key partnerships with organizations and donors, and I have full confidence in her ability to continue advancing the mission of the foundation. If you can recommend a candidate, please direct him or her to the position profile at Through this time of transition, we continue to move full steam ahead. Building an alumni network and expanding funding for innovative research is just the beginning of our plan to generate even greater impact for our nation's premier military graduate institution. But we couldn't do it without your generosity. When you support the NPS Foundation, you invest in the next generation of military leaders and advance innovation in the Navy and the Department of Defense. Thank you for partnering with us. With your help, our next chapter will be even greater than this one. PAGE 1

Student Life Nine Clubs, Nine Ways to Get Involved Our clubs help students and their families take advantage of all the Monterey Peninsula has to offer. Together, club members have hiked Mt. Whitney, biked 100+ miles to Paso Robles, volunteered at the AT&T Pro-Am Golf Tournament, ran the Big Sur Marathon, given demonstrations at the Salinas Valley Comic Con, and much more. To join a club, students pay a fee to become a foundation member. After this initial payment, we aim to minimize any costs associated with club activities. This includes event entry fees, necessary equipment and tools, and more. To help fund our clubs, host a club event, or get in contact with a club leader, call us at 831-656-2339 or email

Student Member Spotlight: Scott and Sue Moore If you’re involved in one or more of our nine clubs, you’ve likely run into Scott and Sue Moore. Previously a NPS student, Scott has been a longtime member of the cycle club. Returning to NPS to teach in 2012, he and his wife Sue are now both foundation members and active in the cycle club, running club, golf club and skydiving club, of which Scott is the president.

Why did you join the foundation? Sue: The relationships formed within the clubs are a major benefit. I've made friends from every branch of the military and international friends as well. The running and cycling clubs have kept me motivated to stay fit, too. Scott: Sue and I are now able to do what others did for us when we came back to the peninsula; help new students and faculty engage with the NPS community and local area organizations to get the most out of being in this beautiful area while giving back in so many ways. The friends we have made because of our relationship to the NPS Foundation are truly priceless.

Best foundation memory? Sue: The Grand Winter Ball. I have volunteered since 2013 doing various tasks like addressing invitations, decorating the ballroom and helping with cleanup. Attending the ball is the culmination of this work, and it's a wonderful celebration with the foundation community. Scott: Climbing Mount Whitney with Bill Warner and his sister along with many students and staff of NPS twice. Also the bike club trips to San Francisco and Paso Robles.

Scott and Sue Moore at the 2017 Grand Winter Ball


Five Projects Receive Full Funding through Defense Innovation Fund   The Defense Innovation Fund (DIF) Seed Program provides the initial capital necessary to develop research projects that improve national security and war-fighting capabilities. It allows students to partner with NPS professors on innovative research and includes three phases to fuel research projects from concept to completion. We recently selected the program’s first set of phase three projects to receive a combined $270,000 for their first quarter of research. Read our Seed Spotlight to learn about one of them. There are several other projects of the same high caliber that still need funding to move into phase three. To donate, visit or call 831-656-2339.

Seed Program Phases Open call for research proposals Selected projects receive $10,000 each to develop a detailed plan Selected projects receive 100 percent funding to complete research 

“By giving initial capital to bring these projects to phase three, ideas from some of our nation’s brightest service members and civilians are transformed into tangible differences in the Department of Defense.”

Seed Project Spotlight:

Defense Acquisition Case Study Development Led by retired Army Col. Ray Jones, lecturer with the Graduate School for Business and Public Policy.

The Problem: There are currently no case studies on defense acquisition processes in the U.S. Given these processes ensure we acquire weapon and information systems to best-equip our military, a lack of case studies is a missed learning opportunity for both current and future leaders.

The Solution: This research team is creating case studies to directly support classroom learning and policy development for both Department of Defense (DoD) leadership and NPS students. By analyzing these case studies, students and DoD managers can develop a leadership-focused approach to solving problems, rather than simply enforcing regulations. To learn more about our fully funded projects, visit NPS FOUNDATION NEWS


What is the Makers Club An inside look at one of our most unique clubs Ever heard of the “Maker Movement?” It’s essentially the next level of DIY projects, focusing on inventing self-made products that are customizable and innovative. The NPS Foundation Maker’s Club does just that. Fueled by the premise of the maker movement, they have brewed beer, made leather belts, built a 3D printer kit, created personal solar chargers, and more. In December, club members went to the Salinas Valley Comic Con to serve the community. Bringing self-made projects and gear to display, they also offered free solder lessons. People from age 4 to 65 learned how to solder and kept the circuits they made.

Above: Club members participate in a leather working workshop Left: Club members get together to brew their own beer

“If you want to try your hand at some new DIY hobby (woodworking, beer brewing, robotics, surfboard making, programming, sewing, etc.), chances are someone in the club knows how to do it, knows someone who knows how to do it, or wants to learn too. It's one big show-and-tell for all our hobbies. I've learned new skills and made new friends with shared interests who I otherwise wouldn’t have crossed paths with.” –Matt Audette, Makers Club Vice President

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Foundation Focus: March 2018  
Foundation Focus: March 2018