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Riverside Military Academy SUMMER 2012

“Leaders require wisdom to weather the storms of responsibility and a brave heart to comprehend the thorns of criticism that accompany positions of authority.” – Dr. James H. Benson, Col, USMC (Ret)


BULLETIN BOARD d. r a H y d tu S s! te a D m Exa )

Thanksgiving Furlough:

Begins November 16 at 4 p.m. Ends November 25 at 9 p.m ..

(seniors mandatory Sept. 8 ACT ) (seniors mandatory Oct. 6 SAT homores & juniors) op (s AT PS Oct. 17 Oct. 27 ACT Nov. 3 SAT Dec. 1

Holiday Furlough:

Begins December 21 at 4 p.m. Ends January 6 at 9 p.m.


Get Uniform Ready for Cadet Photos on Saturday, Sept. 29. 154 Riverside cadets received credit for 1,78 4 hours of community service work from June 201 1-May 2012. Many of these cadets worked at home duri ng their school breaks for other organizations, while othe rs took advantage of the variety of opportunities we offered throughout the school year. We are proud of these young men and their efforts to serve others.



Letter from Riverside’s President........................................................2 Riverside Military Academy: A Distinct Experience.............................3 Class of 2012 College Acceptances...................................................3 Riverside Military Academy 2012 Commencement Overview.........4-7 Spring Break 2012 – Cadets Span Continents..............................8-10 Military Ball 2012 Highlights............................................................11 Cadets and Faculty Doing Great Things......................................12-13 Riverside Symphonic Winds Performs at LGPE.................................14 Riverside Cadet Featured in Youth Art Month Exhibit......................14 Engineering Team Competes in Competition at GA Tech.................15 Riverside Cadets Earn Eagle Scout Award........................................15 LTC Richard Moore Named as Dean of Enrollment...........................16 Riverside Initiates Get Fit Program....................................................16 Letter from Riverside’s Commandant of Cadets...............................17 Constituting America Co-Founder Addresses Corps........................18 English Department Writing Contest Winners.................................18 A+ Athletics.....................................................................................19 Advancement Section 2012 Homecoming Overview..........................................................20 Riverside Military Academy 2011-12 Annual Giving Report.............23 Letter from Riverside’s Alumni Council Chairman Bud Oakey, ’75....30 Gonzalez-Canto, ’86 Elected to Mexican Senate.............................31 2012 Distinguished Alumni to be Honored at Homecoming............32 Cadet Leaders: Where Are They Now?...........................................33 River Rats Network Through Alumni Socials...............................34-35 Richard “Dick” Nichols to be Honored for 50 Years of Service.........36 Shore Family Created Endowed Scholarship....................................36 Riverside Alumnus Felipe Valls, ‘50 Builds Family Empire..................37 Dreams of a Spy Life Began at Riverside..........................................38 Crash Site Discovered for WWII Pilot and RMA Alumnus.................39 Beach Bum Bissos Travel to the Bahamas.........................................40 Alumni Class Notes....................................................................41-43 Cover photo from the 2012 Commencement ceremony courtesy of Steve Biggers Studios.

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In This Issue:


August 1, 2012 RIVERSIDE, Reaching for Greatness! I am competitive by nature; some might say my zeal to win makes me hard to work for or live with, especially if you’re my family. Thankfully, with the passage of time I have learned to corral my impatience for success to a degree. With that as a backdrop, let me share our financial progress over the past four years:


Operating Revenue 2008-2009

Operating Expenses 2009-2010


402 400

363 Enrollment





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$ in Millions







This progress is in light of a forbidding economy and would not be possible without the leadership of a committed and engaged Board of Trustees and Board of Visitors. Someone once wrote, “No organization ever achieves maximum effectiveness across the spectrum of its domains.” It seems that when one operational area or process peaks, another slips. Nonetheless, we must always seek excellence across the spectrum of our operations. On the days when the work ahead seems onerous, I look at my department heads and realize that we are blessed. There is none better than LtCol Kevin Jarrard who leads and manages resident life and cadet affairs. Our JROTC Department led by SGM Jeff Chandler has no weakness, and I am grateful to the U.S. Army for providing such professionals.

Kelly Smith, CFO, heads a business office that in professionalism and customer service exceeds any I have seen. The academic program has improved significantly under LTC Jim Robison. LTC Rich Moore, our new Dean of Enrollment Management, brings a breadth of experience and a passion for the military style of education. Amanda Griffin and Adriane Seymour have advanced Riverside by raising needed funds and marketing the Academy in creative and effective ways. LTC Tony Fritchle, SgtMaj Jorge Sosa, and Nelda Browning, our Executive Secretary, have dramatically increased the efficiency of my office. Athletic Director and Coach Marc Paglia has worked with me to rebuild several of our athletic programs. Coach Gary Downs (former professional football player) assumed the reigns of the football program, and he and his new staff more than doubled the turnout for spring practice. Similarly, we promoted Coach Lazarus Chennault to head basketball coach. His success as our J.V. coach earned him his first head coaching job. Finally, we hired Coach Greg Peters, the teaching pro at The Club at Edinburg, to coach our already successful varsity tennis team. We are looking for a banner year athletically. As we move forward in 2012-2013 in search of greatness, again I seek your assistance. We must raise funds to supplement our tuition revenue, please help. When you receive my Annual Fund letter this fall, step up to the plate if you will. Secondly, come to Homecoming October 26-27. I promise that you will be glad you did. For the Corps,

Dr. James H. Benson Colonel, USMC (Ret)

“No pressure, no diamonds.” —Anonymous


Riverside Military Academy: A Distinct Experience By Dr. James Curry Robison, LTC, USAR (Ret), Academic Dean

Unique. It is a legitimate word, but I avoid it because it is now misused so often. A dining experience is “unique.” A children’s choir is “unique.” They might be really good, but if they are indeed unique, there is nothing else like them anywhere in the world. The word is an absolute and has no degrees of comparison like other words such as perfect or full. When a commercial describes a car as the “most unique on the road,” I cringe. Some schools like to say they are unique. Since there are other good military schools in the world, Riverside Military Academy is not unique, but it is distinctive. We do certain things in certain ways to get certain results. Riverside is distinctive in many ways. The campus is big and beautiful, the Corps of Cadets is unmatched in the Atlanta parade, and the school has a century of history. Our student body is a remarkable mix of young men – some are candidates for Military Service Academies, and some need all of the structure and guidance they can get. All of these cadets have regular daily military and academic requirements. They must groom and dress properly, clean their rooms properly, and march properly.

This regimentation is meant to support academic life. Dressing alike, marching in straight lines, and learning to take and give orders effectively are disciplines that help young men become more responsible students. They are accountable for their homework just as they are accountable for their uniforms. Teachers and TACs alike have noticed that behavior in the classrooms and barracks suffers when we depart from our routine daily activities. Tactics instructors in the Army are quick to point out that “hope is not a course of action.” However, at Riverside, we are in the discipline-and-hope business. We work within a paradox. On one hand we offer a disciplined environment with rules and boundaries. On the other hand, we are eager for cadets to make the virtues of discipline their own, to outgrow what we have provided. But nobody can make anybody else learn. So we present the knowledge and skills in an orderly environment, and we hope they stick. Our hope is for our cadets to internalize the distinctions of this environment. I have seen boys come to us prepared to succeed from the first day. I have seen others who arrive in disarray then grab hold of the rope we throw them and turn themselves around. We are, by definition and mission statement, a college preparatory school, but we want more than college for our cadets. We hope they will lead productive lives, and we are pleased when we see young men turn our hopes into their actions.

Riverside Military Academy Class of 2012 College Acceptances Andrew College

Guilford College

Ohio State University

University of Central Florida

Appalachian State University

Hamline University

Oklahoma State University

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Arizona State University-Tempe

Illinois Institute of Technology

Palm Beach State College

University of Idaho

Armstrong Atlantic University

Indiana University-Bloomington

Purdue University

University of Illinois

Auburn University

IONA New Rochelle

Reinhardt University

University of Mississippi

Augusta State University

Jacksonville University

Rollins College

University of New Hampshire

Baylor University

Keiser University-College of Golf

Santa Fe College

University of North Alabama

Berry College

Kennesaw State University

Savannah College of Art and Design

Boston University

Lewis-Clark State College

University of North CarolinaCharlotte

California Maritime Academy

Lipscomb University

Savannah College of Art and DesignAtlanta

Louisiana State University

Southern Polytechnic State University

University of San Francisco

Maine Maritime Academy

Southern Wesleyan University

University of South Carolina

Manhattan College

Spring Hill College

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Embry-Riddle University-Daytona

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

St. John’s University

University of Texas-San Antonio

Fairfield University

Mercer University


University of West Georgia

Florida Institute of Technology

Miami Dade Community College


U.S. Military Academy-West Point

Florida Southern University

Michigan State University

SUNY-Stony Brook

U.S. Naval Academy

Murray State University

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Valdosta State University

New York Institute of Technology

Texas Tech University

Webber International University West Virginia University

Georgia Gwinnett College

North Georgia College & State University

The Citadel University of Alabama

Western Carolina University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Northwestern Polytechnic University

University of Arizona

Western Kentucky University

Georgia Southern University

Northwood University

University of Arkansas

Western State College of Colorado

Georgia State University

Norwich University

University of California-Davis

Wright State University

Oglethorpe University

University of California-San Diego

Clark Atlanta University Coastal Carolina University Drexel University

Full Sail University Gainesville State College Georgia College & State University

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University of North Dakota



Gonzalez Canto, ’86, Delivers Commencement Speech Felix Gonzalez Canto, ’86, former governor of the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico, delivered the 2012 Commencement speech on May 12 and challenged the class of 2012 to continue their aspiration in becoming leaders. A native of Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Gonzalez Canto attended Riverside from grades 8-12. He was battalion commander his senior year as well as class president every year from grades 8-11. He has served as an RMA Board of Trustee member since 2010. Following graduation from RMA, Gonzalez Canto earned a degree in economics from the Technological and Higher Studies Institute in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. Prior to entering the public sector, he was the coordinator of advisors for the Center of Finance and Economics at the Institute. He also served as advisor to the president of CANACO on the subject of external commerce. He has held numerous political positions, both appointed and elected, prior to serving as governor of Quintana Roo from 2005 to 2011. His elected positions include mayor of Cozumel from 1999 to 2002; federal representative of the 59th Legislature of Congress of the Union for District 1, Quintana Roo; secretary of the committee of tourism of the Chamber of Representatives of the Congress of the Union; and representative of Mexico before the Central American Parliament in 2004. Among his many accolades and awards, he includes the Douglas MacArthur Award presented to him personally by General MacArthur’s widow at Riverside Military Academy in 1986. According to Colonel Jim Benson, President of Riverside, “Felix Gonzalez Canto is one of Riverside’s most distinguished alumni who could at some time become the first RMA graduate to be a Head of State.” Gonzalez Canto was recently elected to the Senate in Mexico. He and his wife, Narcedalia Martin Villanueva, have two children – Victoria Patricia and Felix Lenin.


Riverside Names Class of 2012 Valedictorian and Salutatorian By Julie A. Smith C/MAJ Alec H. Ruppenthal was named Valedictorian for the class of 2012 by achieving the highest GPA of 98.1. A member of the Battalion Staff, C/MAJ Ruppenthal served as Honor Court Chairman for the RMA Corps of Cadets, which consists of more than 400 students. All Riverside cadets commit to the following honor code: A cadet will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do. The Honor Court Chairman and the company honor representatives educate cadets about the Honor Code and uphold the honor system at Riverside. Ruppenthal was a member of both the National Honor Society (NHS) and the Horton Society. He earned membership in the NHS by demonstrating the qualities held in high esteem by the society: scholarship, service, leadership, and character. The Horton Society, one of Riverside Military Academy’s oldest and most prestigious organizations, was named in honor of Colonel O.R. Horton who served Riverside from 1919-1939. The Society embraces school spirit and seeks to emulate the highest ideals of integrity and selfless service. He attended RMA since 2006 when he entered the Academy in the 7th grade. He was chosen as Riverside’s STAR Student for this academic year. He participated on the RMA varsity baseball, cross country, and swim teams. He was voted MIP of the cross country team, and he received the JROTC Superior Cadet Award.

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Cadet Ruppenthal will attend the United States Naval Academy. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Ruppenthal of Gainesville, Georgia. With a GPA of 93.8, C/CPT Adam E. Bashir was selected as Salutatorian of this year’s graduating class. He also received the Sons of the American Revolution Award that is given to a junior or senior who has been recognized for a high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, soldierly bearing, and military excellence. As Bravo Company Commander, C/CPT Bashir’s duties included commanding and instructing the company at all formations, ensuring company preparedness and knowledge of the chain of command, and executing orders, directives, and policies received. He was a member of the National Honor Society, the Debate team, and the JETS club at Riverside. He was also an RMA Honor Council representative. Cadet Bashir will attend Auburn University where he has received an Achievement Scholarship. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Lofti Bashir of Selma, Alabama. Riverside Military Academy congratulates these young men on their outstanding academic accomplishments!


CLASS OF 2012 Commencement Week Honors and Awards By Adriane K. Seymour

Riverside Military Academy has a long-standing tradition of bestowing several major awards in the week leading up to Commencement and during the ceremonies themselves.

Miss Lucile E. Beaver, daughter of General Sandy Beaver, presented the Sandy Beaver Medal of General Excellence to this year’s awardee and Battalion Commander, C/LTC Turner Dowling of Key West, Florida.This award is named for General Sandy Beaver, president and chairman of the board at Riverside for 56 years, dating from 1913 to 1969, and is the highest honor given to a senior.

The awards given out each year during this special week recognize senior cadets who have gone above and beyond the call of their leadership in the fields of JROTC, music, community service, leadership, athletics, and commitment to the Riverside Corps of Cadets. The class of 2012 graduated 84 cadets from 11 countries and earned over $2,000,000 in collegiate scholarships. Class valedictorian, C/MAJ Alec Ruppenthal received an extraordinary two appointments to Military Service Academies – the United States Military Academy– West Point and the United States Naval Academy. He selected the Naval Academy and is currently in Annapolis, Maryland, participating in plebe summer before his freshman year begins. Three graduates chose to enlist immediately in active service and are currently in the middle of basic training. The remaining 80 graduates are heading off to colleges and universities all over the world to begin new chapters in their lives. We wish all of the 84 graduates much success in their chosen paths.

2011-12 Commencement Award Winners

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Spring Break 2012

Riverside Cadets Impressed by German Culture Over Spring Break 2012, we had the amazing opportunity to travel to Europe with Riverside’s German teacher, Herr Bill Morgan. We both thought of the trip as a good opportunity to learn more about the German culture and language. We came away from the trip surprised by how much better it was than we had imagined! Here are some thoughts we wanted to share about our trip: WILLIAM KELLY: I have a hard time saying what the highlight of the trip was for me. Some of my favorite activities included the bicycle tours, the tour of the BMW factory in Munich, the day spent in Wittenberg where the Protestant Reformation was started by Martin Luther, and the Erdinger Brewery visit. It’s hard to say what the highlight of the trip was – we did so much! I’m glad we were fueled by consistently great food! ALEC GALLAGHER: We never had a less-than-exceptional meal during our trip. Germany was already one of my favorite nations, and I like it even more now after experiencing German cuisine at its finest! We saw so much of the country and even got to spend a day in Salzburg, Austria. The German rail system was amazing, and traveling across the country on the high-speed ICE train was great… though experiencing the Autobahn in rental cars was great, too. For me, the highlight was definitely getting to snowboard in the Alps of Southern Germany. I love to snowboard and do it every opportunity I get, but it’s completely different in the Alps. We were able to take a gondola ride from the ski area to the top of the Zugspitze, the highest point in Germany. The view was easily the most amazing thing I have ever seen. When we arrived in Germany, I was shocked to find that all of the customs I learned about in class were actually true. I never expected to have learned as much in such a short amount of time during the school year. WILLIAM KELLY: I agree. In looking back, it is obvious that I had learned a lot before the trip, but I know that I learned and absorbed more about the German language over Spring Break than I ever could in a classroom. This trip provided a fun-filled learning experience that I think is hard to find anywhere else. ALEC GALLAGHER: I would highly recommend attending the trip to Germany over Spring Break 2013 to anyone. The trip was a great experience. Mr. Bill Morgan is the German teacher at Riverside Military Academy. He has traveled throughout Germany with Riverside cadets during Spring Break for the past four consecutive years. For more information about the German program at Riverside or the annual Spring Break trip to Germany, please contact


“I learned more...about the German language over Spring Break than I ever could in a classroom.” —William Kelly “I never expected to have learned as much in such a short amount of time during the school year.” —Alec Gallagher

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Spring Break 2012

Cadets Span Continents A Chance Encounter C/CPL Will Quanstrom was returning from spring break in Florida when he spotted the AirTran dolphin that RMA Fine Arts Department Chairman Mitch Freeman designed for the airline as part of the 2011 Dolphin exhibit sponsored by the Georgia Aquarium. Its permanent home is now in the AirTran terminal of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Fun in the Dominican Republic C/CPT Zane Andrews, C/2LT Robert Bauer, C/1SG Christopher Oster traveled home with C/1LT Luis Cruz during spring break to stay with his family in the Dominican Republic. They enjoyed some fun in the sun as they traveled around the island. The four RMA cadets are pictured along with other friends from the Dominican Republic. Cadet Wharton Travels to Russia C/CPL Cam Wharton and his father experienced many historic buildings during their father/son trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia during spring break.

Cadet Wiese Scales Camelback Mountain C/2LT Cameron Wiese and his family took the opportunity to conquer the steep ascent to the top of Camelback Mountain (2714 ft.) in Arizona during spring break. Cadet Wiese made the 3 mile up/down extreme hike on the Cholla trail look easy as he quickly traversed the trails and rock structures to the summit. He is pictured sitting on top of the summit. Cadet Clontz and Family Set Sail C/SGT Tyler Clontz and his family spent the week sailing around Grenada. Cadet Clontz also enjoyed some fishing and water sports.

Cadet John-Mark MacFarlane Visits West Point During the break C/SFC MacFarlane visited his fellow Brother in Blue Fernando Weiner, ’10 and current sophomore at the United States Military Academy – West Point to get a feel for cadet life at West Point. After spending the day touring the campus with Fernando and the admissions team, Cadet MacFarlane toured the town of West Point, New York.


Cadet Stoner Wins Division C/PFC Quintin Stoner won Grand Champion of his division in the Rolling Hills horse show held at Wills Park Equestrian Center Alpharetta, GA.

Internal Drill Competition Awards:

Riverside’s JROTC Department conducted its annual Military Ball in March. The event was planned,

Best Drilled Guidon: Alpha Co.

organized, and executed by the LET IV class.

Some aspects of event planning were completed before Christmas furlough. When classes

resumed in January, cadets were hard at work planning the meal, seating chart, and the schedule beginning with the Corps parade in the morning. Although the event was mandatory only for the JROTC cadets, cadets in grades 7-8 were invited to attend the dinner that evening.

The Military Ball began with a social hour on Lanier Quad to allow cadets time to meet their

dates before the formal procession. As the trumpet sounded to begin the evening’s ceremonies, members of the executive staff, their guests, and the guest speaker proceeded through the saber

Best Drilled Old Boy: C/PFC Stephen Wechsler Best Drilled Squad: Charlie Co. Best Drilled Platoon: Alpha Co., 1st Platoon Best Drilled Company: Alpha Co.

arch to the receiving line inside Alumni Dining Hall. All cadets with invited guests were able to go The dining hall was packed with over 400 cadets and guests.

Rappel Arch Badges (52 ft. rappel tower):

C/2LT Harrison Clark

through the receiving line to introduce their guest to the executive staff and special guest speaker. Dinner began with a series of toasts for special recognition with a final toast to the young

ladies in attendance. At the end of dinner, everyone was treated to a speech by Riverside’s

C/2LT Nicholas Danielak

Executive Officer, LTC Anthony Fritchle. An awards ceremony and Drill Team demonstration

C/SGT Spencer Jackson

preceded a fun-filled evening of music and dancing.

C/SGT Austin Johnson

C/2LT William Kelly

Thanks go to our cadets for another great Military Ball. The next one is just around the corner!

C/2LT Louis Miller

2012 Military Bal

From the Desk of SGM Chandler:

C/1LT Christopher Mouton C/SSG Andres Payne SGM Jefferey W. Chandler

C/2LT Miguel Peña

Senior Army Instructor, JROTC

C/SFC Christian Phares C/SFC Philip Raffray

C/2LT Benjamin Rozeboom C/CPT Victor Salcido C/2LT Kurtis Smithley C/2LT Caleb Wigley

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Cadets & Faculty. . .

STAR Teacher and Student Riverside congratulates C/MAJ Alec Ruppenthal on his selection as STAR student for the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program. The STAR program honors Georgia’s outstanding high school seniors and the teachers who have been instrumental in their academic development. Ruppenthal, from Gainesville, Georgia, served on the Battalion Staff as Honor Council representative. He was a member of the National Honor Society and the Horton Society at RMA. He will attend the United States Naval Academy in the fall. Ruppenthal chose Mr. Dennis Bagwell as his STAR teacher. Bagwell, who has worked at Riverside since 2007, teaches social studies. Paglia Honored as Master Teacher RMA instructor, coach, and Athletic Director Marc Paglia was honored in March as one of 10 Master Teachers in Gainesville and Hall County. Coach Paglia has been with Riverside for 29 years and serves as Athletic Director and head swimming coach. He teaches Advanced Placement Calculus. Over 250 school superintendents, presidents, educators, and family members were in attendance to honor these 10 outstanding educators.

Cadets Win 7th Place in National Video Competition C/2LT Kurtis Smithley and C/MSG Nick Tsangarides won 7th place in a nationwide German video competition after writing/ directing/producing a fantastic music video! The Goethe Institute organized a competition through its website encouraging students from around the world to produce a music video for a song by the group Madsen. Each cadet had to dissect and analyze one of the songs, complete several assignments based on that song, and ultimately to produce a video which could be entered into the competition. Smithley and Tsangarides produced their video interpretation of Madsen’s song Lass die Liebe Regieren (“Let Love Reign”).

C/2LT Kurtis Smithley

C/MSG Nick Tsangarides

Sims Selected for GHP Finalist C/SFC Michael Sims, an upcoming senior at Riverside, has been selected in Social Studies for the Governor’s Honor Program (GHP). The four week summer program began on June 24. The GHP is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors held at Valdosta State University and funded through the Georgia General Assembly. The 2012 program marks the 49th year since its introduction. More than 2,800 students C/SFC Michael Sims

from across the state interviewed and auditioned for the 2012 program. While attending GHP, students spend mornings in their major area of nomination and afternoons studying another subject area. The curriculum is challenging and engaging, and evenings are filled with seminars, activities, and concerts. RMA sophomore cadets SSG Harrison Summerour (Math) and SGT Benjamin Jobson (Music – Violin) were also designated as alternates for the 2012 program. Cadets Selected for Youth Leadership Hall County Rising seniors C/SFC Michael Sims and C/2LT Skyler Toney have been selected to represent RMA as part of the 2012-13 Youth Leadership Hall County class. C/2LT Skyler Toney Youth Leadership Hall County is sponsored by the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce. The program offers students the opportunity to work with adult leaders in the Gainesville community through a series of day-long, interactive and informative seminars. Sessions focus on leadership skills, successful teamwork, community awareness, diversity, and business & social etiquette. Candidates selected for this program are interviewed by a committee comprised of educators and members of the Gainesville business community.YLHC kicks off on September 6. C/SGT Jobson Earns Band Superior Benjamin Jobson earned a superior rating for his Junior Festival Piano Audition in March. This was his 9th consecutive superior. C/SGT Benjamin Jobson


Doing gre t Things! LTC Hendricks Presents at National Military Symposium In June, LTC Jim Hendricks, RMA physics instructor, presented a lecture to a wide audience of scholars and the general public attending the Society for Military History War of 1812 Symposium held at the University of Southern Indiana. He is co-author of “They Were Too Drunk With Firewater and Fear.” Hendricks presented his research and findings on the 1812 Northwest territorial operations & court of inquiry of Kentucky Major General Samuel Hopkins.

In 2009, LTC Hendricks and his coauthor, Mr. Richard Ferguson, were given the honorary titles of “Kentucky Colonels” by Governor Steven L. Beshear for their research in relation to this novel. Cadet Savage Attends Forum on National Security This spring, C/SGT Jordan Savage joined other outstanding high school students from across the United States and took part in a unique career development C/SGT Jordan Savage program in our nation’s capital.

During the six-day program, the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security (NYLF/NS): Exploring American Diplomacy, Intelligence and Defense introduced students to the challenging careers in national security, intelligence, the diplomatic corps and more. The curriculum for the Forum on National Security is based on actual world events. Throughout the program, students use critical thinking, leadership and public speaking skills to tackle the complexity of national decision-making as they examine how the U.S. plans for peace and prepares for crisis. They employ a crisis decisionmaking process similar to that employed by the nation’s top policy makers.

C/2LT Cameron Wiese Presents Award at Northeast GA Business Hall of Fame By Adriane K. Seymour In an event to benefit Junior Achievement of Georgia, three local business icons were inducted into the Northeast Georgia Business Hall of Fame on April 12th. One of the honorees inducted was the late John Jacobs, Jr.,’40. Mr. Jacobs was honored for his involvement in the economic and civic development of northeast Georgia and the entire state. Mr. Jacobs, a World War II veteran, founded what is now known as Jacobs Media and was inducted into the Georgia Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1998. Jacobs worked to create a partnership between Jacobs Media and Brenau University’s journalism students. His involvement also included the Riverside Military Academy Board of Trustees, The History Center, the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, the Gainesville Kiwanis Club and the Gainesville Jaycees. C/2LT Cameron Wiese was chosen to present the award to Pictured above are Mr. David Phillips, JA Fellows advisor, C/2LT Mrs. Martha Jacobs who accepted the award on her late husband’s Cameron Wiese, Mrs. John Jacobs, and C/SFC Alonzo Louis. behalf. Cadet Wiese currently serves as the president of the RMA Junior Achievement Fellows (JA Fellow) program which was established on campus in the spring of 2012. JA Fellows is the pinnacle business and leadership experience for 9th-12th grade students. As a JA Fellows, students develop the skills and knowledge that will set them apart when competing for scholarships, college acceptance and eventually a spot in the global marketplace. Through this in-depth, leadership and entrepreneurship program, students gain realworld business experience by working in teams of 15-20 to conceptualize, capitalize and manage their own small business.

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Riverside Symphonic Winds Performs at LGPE By Julie A. Smith The Riverside Military Academy Symphonic Winds performed at Reinhardt College on March 8 for the Georgia Music Educators Association’s (GMEA) Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE). This was the first time Riverside has ever participated in the LGPE. The RMA Symphonic Winds, consisting of 33 cadets in grades 8-12, performed a Level III program for three GMEA adjudicators at the Reinhardt Performing Arts Center. Our cadets made a great impression on the audience during their group performance in the auditorium. The RMA Symphonic Winds then moved to the sight-reading room to study a new piece of music for only six minutes before performing it for a judge. The judge was very impressed with the ability of Riverside cadets to perform a piece so well with such a short time to study it. The RMA Symphonic Winds received an excellent score of four straight superiors. “I am incredibly proud of these cadets - not only for their outstanding performance, but also for their teamwork, dedication, and work ethic leading up to the event,” states RMA Band Director Katy Wilson.

Riverside Cadet Featured in Youth Art Month Exhibit C/CPL Scott Baker’s “Untitled” bronze was awarded 3rd place in the 9th grade level of the Youth Art Month contest held at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville. Sponsored by the Gainesville Kiwanis Club, Youth Art Month is a 30-day exhibit which showcases the work of many talented young artists in Gainesville and Hall County during the month of March.

Over 430 art entries from grades 5-12 were submitted for consideration. Ten Riverside

cadets entered a grand total of 20 works of art and Scott is the first Riverside cadet to earn entry in the art show on top of being awarded 3rd place in his age division. Congratulations to Cadet Baker! 14

Engineering Team competes in competition at GA Tech Riverside’s Junior Engineering Technical Society (J.E.T.S.) was one of 11 participating schools who entered the “Engineering Healthier Lives” competition held in April at Georgia Tech. Formed in 2011, this was the first engineering competition in which our team participated. We are proud to announce that the team placed 3rd overall and received a special bronze medallion. Special thanks to the J.E.T.S. team co-advisors Mr. Robert Hunter and LTC Jim Hendricks for leading these cadets into their first competition. We would also like to thank Ms. Lisa Bronson our parent sponsor of the engineering team.

RMA Cadets Earn Eagle Scout Award By Adriane K. Seymour

Eagle Scouts are a different breed. You know it; I know it. To become an Eagle Scout, a young man must fully embrace all 12 points of the Boy Scout Law. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages prior to going before the Eagle Scout Board of Review. The title of Eagle Scout is held for life, thus giving rise to the phrase “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.” Once these young men achieve the top pinnacle in Scouting, from then on they will be held to a higher standard and a lot more will be expected of them by their fellow Scouts as well as others. Although more than 2 million Scouts have earned the rank of Eagle that represents less than 1 percent of the U.S. adult male population. Currently, according to BSA statistics, only four of every 100 boys who join Boy Scouts will earn its top rank. The fact that a boy is an Eagle Scout has always carried with it a special significance, not only in Scouting but also as he enters higher education, business or industry, and community service. 2012 marks the centennial anniversary of the Eagle Scout Award, and to commemorate the Eagle Scout centennial a special-edition patch is available for those who earn the Eagle Scout Award this year. Four Riverside Military Academy cadets will proudly wear this special emblem on their scouting uniforms. C/SSG Justin Yesner, C/2LT Ian Parvin-Asher, C/SGT Sam Manzo and C/SSG Sam Bishop earned this distinguished award in 2012. They have been active members of Boy Scout Troop 26 in Gainesville (RMA’s local troop) in addition to the troops from their respective hometowns. These four outstanding cadets join the ranks of many alumni who earned the Eagle Scout badge during their years at Riverside. Congratulations Eagle Scouts. Pictured left to right: RMA teacher and coach Jim Myers, C/2LT Ian Parvin-Asher and C/SSG Joshua Haughton during Ian’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor.

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Lieutenant Colonel Moore Returns to Riverside as Dean of Enrollment LTC Richard Moore is excited to be back at Riverside after being away for 4 1/2 years. He returns as the Dean of Enrollment Management and Financial Affairs. LTC Moore departed RMA in October 2007 to take a two-year position in Iraq working as a civilian Counter-Insurgency advisor with U.S. Army Military Transition Teams preparing the Iraqi Army to function without U.S. oversight. He then spent the following two years in Afghanistan managing civilian aviation assets contracted to move cargo and personnel around the country for NATO. He brings more than 10 years experience back to RMA where he has served as a TAC Officer, Deputy Commandant, Commandant, and Deputy Superintendent. He first came to Riverside after retiring from the U.S. Army and has over 20 years of experience in the Armed Forces. He served in Okinawa, Korea, and Germany before joining the U.S. Army Special Forces. As a “Green Beret” he served in the 7th Special Forces Group, dedicated to Latin America, where he was deployed to several different countries in Central and South America. LTC Moore has received many awards including the Army Meritorious Service Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Combat Medic Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Special Forces Tab, and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award. He and wife Marilyn, residents of Gainesville, have two grown sons and two grandchildren.

Riverside Initiates Get Fit Program By Amy Booth, Director of Academy Activities

In November 2012, Riverside initiated the Get Fit program to assist cadets struggling with weight loss and physical fitness. Cadets who volunteered for this opportunity rose at 5 a.m. Monday through Friday for an hour-long workout and ate specially prepared meals. Within the first month of workouts and proper eating, 22 young men lost a combined 188 pounds. As the months passed, several of these young men each lost 30 plus pounds. “In having the pleasure and honor of working with the cadets at Riverside Military Academy, our crew of instructors – Dr. Cindy Starke and Dr. Lynn Carter and I all found ourselves challenged and blessed to be a part of some pretty incredible transformations,” said Melanie Churchwell, Get Fit instructor. Weight loss and fitness aside, this program also helped these young men build confidence in their abilities. “Get Fit did a lot more than just help me lose weight, it taught me a new way of life. The things I learned at Get Fit will carry through the rest of my life,” stated Alec McQueen, RMA ’12. One young man never thought he would be able to run a mile. He has since completed several 5K races and is working toward a half marathon. Churchwell said, “We saw confidence grow along with self respect and an inner command of each cadet’s dignity and worth. We are proud of what our inaugural crew accomplished and look forward to being a part of many more transformations to come.”


“We expect Riverside graduates to understand that their word is their bond, that their integrity is not for sale, and that the strong have an obligation to protect and defend the weak.” August 1, 2012 Dear Riverside Parents, Alumni, and Friends: Recently, I had the opportunity to spend some time with Lieutenant Colonel Sabin Gianelloni, USA (Ret), RMA ’55. He passed along a Wall Street Journal editorial entitled: “A Leaderless World.” This essay reminded me that the most desperate need of our time is ethical leadership. I am thankful to be working at an institution dedicated to addressing this issue. As I have often reiterated to parents, cadets, and friends of RMA, the military component of a Riverside education is not the end, but the means to the end. The end result should be a young man armed with the tools he needs to continue his maturation into a principled leader. The lessons learned through this paradigm apply to any chosen field of endeavor. From the boardroom to the courtroom to the operating room – organizations need leaders and Riverside is committed to producing them. At Riverside Military Academy, the theory of leadership is taught through our Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) curriculum provided by the U.S. Army. Each 9th through 12th grade cadet at RMA is required to take JROTC classes. The practical application of these theories takes place in the barracks or our “leadership laboratories.” In this environment, cadet leaders are given complex problems, and they must use the lessons they have been taught to apply creative solutions that involve persuading, directing, and influencing their peers to accomplish a common goal. In this process, they are provided with advice and counsel by their TAC Officers who supervise the barracks. The TAC-cadet relationship is critical to the leader development continuum. TACs provide encouragement, correction, and mentoring to the fledgling leaders. Additionally, leader development is fostered in other areas of campus life. History classes are enriched by biographical sketches of great figures, group projects in chemistry class create leadership opportunities, and the athletic fields remind us that physical courage is often a distinguishing characteristic of leaders. Undergirding the entire model is the consistent and relentless focus on character development. Remember, our crisis is the absence of ethical leaders. From our bi-monthly Distinguished Speaker Series and the accompanying faculty-facilitated seminar sessions to the Cadet Honor Code, the Academy recognizes that without an ethical foundation, leaders are just competent crooks and charlatans. We expect Riverside graduates to understand that their word is their bond, that their integrity is not for sale, and that the strong have an obligation to protect and defend the weak. For over a century, Riverside has produced ethical leaders who have made a difference in the world around them. The need for this type of leadership is greater than ever, so let us re-dedicate ourselves to the work of perpetuating this noble cause. For the Corps,

Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Jarrard, USMCR Commandant of Cadets

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Constituting America Co-Founder Addresses Riverside’s Corps Actress, producer, and radio show host Janine Turner, known for her role as Maggie O’Connell in the highly acclaimed television show Northern Exposure, visited the Riverside Military Academy campus on March 26. She spoke with the RMA Corps of Cadets about “Constituting America” and the importance and relevancy of the U.S. Constitution and the founding principles of our nation. Constituting America is an organization in which Turner is very actively involved as the Founder and Co-Chair (along with Cathy Gillespie). She is also an inspirational guest speaker for the foundation. Constituting America’s mission is to utilize the culture and multi-media outreach such as music, film, internet, and social media to reach, educate and inform America’s adults and students about the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the foundation it sets forth regarding our freedoms and rights. Turner’s daughter, Juliette, also told the Corps of Cadets about the foundation’s “We the People 9.17 Contest,” which is designed to commemorate the U.S. Constitution at schools throughout the nation each September 17, Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. Students entering the contest can win prizes including scholarship money by submitting a PSA, short film, song, or essay. Juliette serves as the National Youth Director for the organization.

English Department Announces RMA Writing Contest Winners By Julie A. Smith During spring semester 2012, the English Department at Riverside created the RMA Writing Contest to encourage writing and recognize excellence in written composition among our Corps of Cadets. Contest categories included Essay, Poetry, and Short Fiction. Cadets were encouraged to submit new writing, but they were also allowed to submit assignments previously completed for their classes. All entries were required to be 750 words or less and submitted to the English Department by March 31. Winners were selected from participants in two groups: grades 7-9 and grades 10-12. Winners received gift certificates that were graciously provided by local vendors including Dairy Queen, Longstreet Café, Outback Steakhouse, Papa John’s, Taco Bell, and Yonah Burger. RMA teachers selected winners from each category grouped by grade level. The grand prize winner was selected by Board of Trustees member Captain P. Alexander Fraser, USN (Ret). The grand prize, a Barnes and Noble gift certificate for $100, was awarded to C/CPL Liam Mahoney. Congratulations to all contest winners!


RMA Writing Contest Winners Grades 7-9 Essay: C/SGT Stephen Winbery Grades 7-9 Poetry: C/CPL Liam Mahoney Grades 7-9 Short Fiction: C/SGT Michael Weishaar Grades 10-12 Essay: C/2LT Ian Parvin-Asher Grades 10-12 Poetry: C/2LT Kurtis Smithley Grades 10-12 Short Fiction: C/SFC Min Young An

A+ Athletics By Marc Paglia, RMA Athletic Director

All of Riverside’s 2012-2013 athletic programs have the promise of their most exciting and competitive seasons ever. RMA already has many very talented returning cadets on the team rosters along with numerous new recruits who are full of promise as athletic team members. They will all help to ensure impressive success across the spectrum of every sport. In order to guide and grow these programs, Riverside has built an incomparable coaching staff with a newly acquired football staff. Leading the charge is head coach & former NFL professional football player Gary Downs, who will be assisted by strength and conditioning coach Gary Papka, defensive coordinator Kelly Davis, offensive coordinator Ron Green, and defensive backs coach Sam Hilton. RMA has also restructured the basketball program with the appointment of former Western Carolina star Lazarus Chennault as the head coach and Zeb Lackey as an assistant coach and head JV Coach. Dennis Bagwell and Trevor Bishop will be in charge of building a strong and competitive 7th-8th grade prep basketball program. The tennis program will be strongly enhanced with the hiring of a local tennis pro, Gregg Peters, who was the head tennis coach at The Club at Edgewater from 2003-2009. He is now the head tennis pro at The Club at Edinburgh. Along with its first-class facilities, each of Riverside’s 13 sports has extremely competent and experienced coaches who not only develop successful athletes, but also develop young men of high character and integrity.

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Varsity sports offered in 2012-13: Baseball Basketball Crew Cross Country Football Golf Lacrosse Riflery Soccer Swimming Tennis Track and Field Wrestling


Alumni Hit the Jackpot with Homecoming 2012 Networking and seeing old friends is the unofficial theme of this year’s alumni Homecoming weekend October 26-27. An expanded schedule and new events will provide alumni time to visit and hang out together.

“Homecoming reunion is the one time we can get together, have fun, reminisce, and just laugh.” —Bud Oakey


All alumni are invited to Homecoming. The reunion classes are ’42, ’52, ’62, ’72, ’82, ’92, and ’02. In addition, five year reunions are encouraged for the classes of ’47, ’57, ’67, ’77, ’87, ’97 and ’07. “Our best friends in life have been the guys we grew up with at Riverside,” says Bud Oakey, ’75, chairman of the Alumni Council. “In our very busy lives we get little opportunity to gather and fellowship. Homecoming reunion is the one time we can get together, have fun, reminisce, and just laugh.” “We are working to make this year’s reunion more fun. Join us in October, and tell all your classmates to join us. It’s not expensive and will be a good time for all.” Early bird alumni who want to play a Friday round of golf with Coach Errol Bisso and other alumni must be at Chattahoochee Country Club by 8 a.m. All other alumni will be welcomed to campus on Friday beginning at 12 p.m. for registration in the foyer of Lanier Hall. The Goomba Grill will be open for lunch and hanging out all afternoon. Last year alumni requested more opportunities to tour campus, therefore, this year cadet-led tours will be available for alumni on Friday afternoon. A new event for Friday is the Alumni Networking Reception Honoring the Distinguished Alumnus, Abe Mitchell, ’52, and the Distinguished Young Alumnus, Bubba Boisfontaine, ’87. In addition, Col. Dick Nichols will be honored for his 50 years of service to Riverside. Other staff and faculty from Riverside’s past are also being invited to attend. The reception is from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at the Gainesville Civic Center. An RMA bus will transport alumni to and from the reception and have alumni back in time for the game or to go back to the hotel for networking. However, surprises are in store at the football game against Glascock County, so alumni will want to stick around. The annual alumni knockout drill has been moved to the Sandy Beaver Quad on Saturday afternoon following lunch. No alumnus can use the sticky track surface as an excuse for being knocked out early! Saturday’s schedule includes the Corps’ Homecoming parade with the addition of a uniformed all-alumni Honor Guard and Color Guard to pay tribute to all alumni lost in service to our country. All alumni will form up and march with the Corps for Pass in Review at the conclusion of the parade. The biggest change to this year’s Homecoming is the replacement of the alumni dinner with a casino night. The setting is the Chattahoochee Country Club, and a professional gaming company will outfit the club for black jack, roulette, Texas hold ‘em, and craps. Guests will play with “funny money” to be turned in for chances to win outstanding raffle prizes.Alumni who want to promote their businesses with their Riverside brothers can purchase gaming table sponsorships starting at $100. Or, alumni may choose to sponsor and underwrite the Friday evening reception to promote your business to brother Rats. In addition, a silent auction will give alumni a chance to bid on Riverside memorabilia, trips, jewelry, and more. Proceeds from casino night will offset the cost of the event as well as fund Alumni Association programs such as efforts to find and reconnect with Riverside alumni and holding regional gatherings throughout the United States. The proceeds will also support efforts to provide tuition assistance and other programs identified as important to the alumni. To register for Homecoming events, go to on the home page. For additional information, email or call Errol Bisso at 770-532-6251, ext. 2132.

Homecoming 2012 Alumni Schedule FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2012 Time:



8:00 a.m.

Tee Time for Golf (Optional – Contact Errol Bisso to sign up)

Chattahoochee Country Club

Alumni Networking Reception Honoring RMA Distinguished Alumni Homecoming Football Game vs Glascock County

Gainesville Civic Center (Shuttle bus from RMA provided) Maginnis Field

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Alumni Registration/Campus Tours/Goomba Grill open


Time: 7:45 a.m.

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.– 1:15 p.m. 1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.


Alumni Of�ice – Lanier Hall



Alumni/Cadet Formation & Breakfast with Company (Alumni form and eat w/ respective Company) Alumni Association Meeting

Lanier Quad & Alumni Hall Alumni Hall

Alumni Council Meeting

Heritage Conference Room, Lanier Hall Wolf Mountain Vineyards

Women of RMA Alumni Wine Tasting (Transportation provided by RMA) President’s Remarks, Musical Presentation, & Awards Ceremony

SBC Theater

Alumni Lunch

Goomba Grill

Alumni Knock Out Drill

Sandy Beaver Center Quad

Corps of Cadets Parade - Alumni Pass in Review

Maginnis Field

Alumni Casino Night and Silent Auction

Chattahoochee Country Club

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Please complete the form below and return to: Alumni Of�ice, Riverside Military Academy. 2001 Riverside Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501 Or you may register online at: Class Year:

Spouse/Guest Name: E-Mail

REGISTRATION Cost: (per person) Event:

Number Attending:

Alumni Networking Reception Breakfast with Corps of Cadets Women of RMA Alumni Wine Tasting Alumni Lunch Alumni Casino Night

Enclosed is my check for a total of: Please charge my credit card: Card Number: CVV2 Code:

$ $

Street Address:

Through 10/19

After 10/19

$12.00 $5.00 $25.00

$14.00 $8.00 $28.00

Total Due:

$8.00 $10.00 $25.00 $28.00 PAYMENT INFORMATION (Please make checks payable to Riverside Military Academy) Visa MC Amex (Please Circle One) Expiration / Zip Code:

Football game tickets must be purchased separately at gate. Price: $7.00 each. Children 6 and under are free. For more information, please call the RMA Alumni Of�ice at 770-532-6251 ext. 2132 or 2212.

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Riverside Military Academy Riverside Military Academy 2012 Homecoming/Parents’ Weekend 2012 Homecoming/Parents’ Weekend October 26th-27th October 26th-27th


REGISTRATION FORM Please print all information. Please print all information.

Cadet Name


Parents’ Names Phone # To help us plan for meals and other events, please annotate those activities listed below that you plan on attending. By pre-registering for these events, your tickets for these events will be ready for you to pickup at each event. Be sure to include grandparents, siblings and other family members who may be attending. Please include your cadet in your Tailgate Party count. DO NOT include cadets in your reservation for all other events, as there is no additional charge for them at these events. Please note that the cost per event increases if your RSVP is received after October 19, 2012. Refunds will not be granted for reservation cancellations received after October 19, 2012.

Friday, October 26th Parent/Cadet Lunch, 11:30 a.m., Alumni Hall Tailgate Party, 5:00 p.m., Sandy Beaver Quad Tailgate Party Cadet fee Saturday, October 27th Parent Lunch, 12:00 p.m., Alumni Hall

Cost per person before 10/19

Cost per person after 10/19

$5 $10 $6

$8 $12 $8

x x x




# of reservations


Total due

Payment enclosed (please make checks payable to Riverside Military Academy).

Please charge my cadet’s account for the total due (the charge will appear on the monthly statement).

Please return this completed form no later than October 19th to Amy Booth via fax or mail. Fax: 678-291-3363 Mail: Parent Programs Office Riverside Military Academy 2001 Riverside Drive Gainesville, GA 30501




Riverside Military Academy

2011-2012 Annual Giving The RMA Board of Trustees and administration are pleased to present the following giving report. To all of you whose names appear on the following pages, we say, “Thank you!” Annual giving for 2011-2012 (June 1, 2011 – May 31, 2012) totaled $918,667, once again surpassing previous years’ giving in a single year. The generosity of many made this achievement possible, even in the face of economic head winds. Every donation, no matter the size, whether it was a gift of carpet or a multi-thousand dollar gift from a foundation, made a difference. Chin up bars for cadets exist where there were none, teachers use new laptops instead of outdated desk top computers, the library has new audio/ visual equipment and additional magazine subscriptions, and, when you call Riverside, you’re talking into a brand new phone system that isn’t 15 years old! See what a difference you make? Perhaps most significantly, many of your gifts make it possible for us to offer incoming families the tuition assistance they need to make a Riverside education possible for their sons. Highlights of the last fiscal year include: •O  ver 50 alumni raised $4,000 to honor Errol and Barbara Bisso for their 50 years of service to Riverside •A  lumni attendance at Homecoming set a new record with 173 registered •R  iverside received a $20,000 grant from the SunTrust Bank Trusteed Foundation – Florence C. and Harry L. English Memorial Fund •A  matching challenge gift from parents Bob and Wendi Mahoney resulted in $28,125 from 15 donors to purchase laptops for the faculty •A  lmost 400 inscribed bricks have been added to Memorial Plaza. Net profit to date to Riverside is almost $55,000 and sales continue!


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Dear Alumni, Parents, and Friends of the Academy:

Giving History (dollars in 000,000)


FY ’12


FY ‘11


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FY ‘07

$297,083 $103,171

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Annual Fund Participation Board of Trustees 4% Board of Visitors 4%

Friends 30%



Summer is visiting time, even at Riverside. Each day prospective cadets and their families tour the campus, organizations rent our facilities for camps, and alumni (many now with a wife and children) journey back to Riverside.Though we miss the energy of the cadets on campus, summertime at Riverside gives us the chance to show our hospitality to a variety of visitors. Just today, trustees and staff from a five-year-old military charter school in Ocala, Florida, visited at the suggestion of Ocala RMA alumnus,Terry Crawford, ’63. He suggested they make a trek to see what a military school with over 100 years of experience can accomplish. For me, as we toured the campus, seeing Riverside through visitors’ eyes was like the first view of Oz.They gazed upward in silence in the Sandy Beaver Center rotunda. After mental math, they decided the John L. Beaver Field House is at least 44,000 square feet.They asked about the size of the maintenance staff that keeps such a large campus immaculate. I began to see it through their fresh eyes. Riverside is an amazing place, and it’s not just because of the buildings. As we ate lunch with our guests, the diligence and vision of our faculty,TACs, and staff glowed. It’s obvious – Riverside can be the premier military college preparatory school in America.The ingredients are here. Ingredients are the 84 graduates pictured on the cover who recently joined the ranks of alumni. Among our esteemed alumni featured in this issue are the accomplished entrepreneur Cuban-American Felipe Valls of Miami, ’50, page 37, and television actor and former battalion commander Pablo Espinosa, ’87, whose story is on page 33. And, then there are all of you – parents, alumni, faculty, and grandparents who give generously to Riverside. Once again, you made this a record-setting year for fundraising; together we raised $918,917 – that’s $2.4 million since 2009.Thank you for being the ingredient that makes Riverside special and successful. As we move into fall, don’t let the visiting end. You are welcome to stop by Riverside and be amazed all over again, or for the very first time.

Alumni 44% Parents 11% Grandparents 1%

Amanda K. Griffin, CFRE Vice President for Advancement

Faculty and Staff 6%



Riverside Military Academy is grateful for the support of its alumni, cadet families, and friends.The information in this Advancement section is prepared by the Office for Advancement and represents unaudited numbers to include gifts received between June 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012. Every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the listings. Please contact Amanda Griffin, vice president for advancement, at 770-538-2924, if you have questions or comments. Cumulative Giving Societies The following donors are recognized for cumulative giving from 2002 through May 31, 2012. Thank you for your years of giving back to Riverside Military Academy! Fusilier Society ($100,000-$199,999) Anonymous A Bob W. Bush, Sr., ’49 PB, † Charles A. James, ’64 BT Kenneth and Rachel McKelvey In honor of the soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq BT Carl Stecker P Chris Whitlock BV Leadership Society ($75,000-$99,999) Aztec Energy Partners, Robert Eidson CP Mrs. Jerry B. Blackstock In memory of Jerry B. Blackstock, ’62 BT Gregory and Christi Fisher PB Howard and Holly Kalmenson, ’49 A Corps Society ($50,000-$74,999) Terry and Chris Clontz BT Alec and Shelia Fraser BT Paul A. Gross, ’56 BT Karl R. Katterjohn, ’64 BV Fred and Nancy Kennedy, ’64 BT The Justin and Valere Potter Foundation FN Seth Wagner, ’56 AC Guidon Society ($10,000-$49,999) Tony Aeck F Alumni of Cozumel, Mexico A Anonymous (2) A Anonymous BV Aramark CP

Arthur & Helen Baer Charitable Foundation FN Ruben A. Barahona, ’89 BV BB&T CP James and Mary Benson FS F Steve Biggers Studios Lawrence J. Blum, ’47 A Estate of Bobby W. Bush, Sr. In memory of Bob W. Bush, Sr., ’49 PB Jim Cavanaugh F Carlos and Sandy Cervantes, ’59 BT Corner Drugs CP Al and Ginny Crumley PB Robert and Stephanie Eidson BV Ben/Joyce Eisenberg Foundation FN Thomas and Angela Finn BV Richard and Mary Fisher GP Raymond and Nila Fordyce, ’61 BV Bernard and Marcia Freeman, ’58 BT Guy and Linda Gardner F Jay A. Glazer, ’64 BV Casey and Susan Graybeal BV John Horne F Drew W. Horner, ’78 BV John W. Jacobs, Jr., ’40 PB, † Steven and Dawn Keig F, Steve Garrett CP Bob and Wendi Mahoney In memory of Harold Stanley Young P Jon and Karen McRae BT Ira J. Middleberg, ’66 BT Herbert D. Miller, ’61 A Donald H. Misner, ’53 PB

James and Evanda Moore F Henry and Charlotte Moore F J. Stephen Morris Memorial Fund A Dick Nichols In memory of Terry Maginnis BT Susanna M. Oslin Trust In memory of George P. Oslin, Class of 1913 F Eleanor M. Parkes BV PepsiCo Foundation Matching Gifts Program CP James and Jacquelin Post F Frank and Jennie Rikard, ’56 A Robert P. Rothman PB Audreanna Schmidt F Leslie T. Smith, ’63 A Kent and Pam Starke In memory of R.E. Cutchin USMC F SunTrust Bank Trusteed Foundations Florence C. and Harry L. English Memorial Fund FN Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. CP Robert Van Beever, ’56 A David and Rita Wardlaw F Jeff and Bonnie Weiner, ’66 In honor of Jake Weiner BT William Welbon, ’42 A, † Gregory and Carole Werd, ’56 BV Michael and Charity Whitney F Chad and Cindy Williamson P Keith and Jennifer Wood BV Wayne and Shawn Wunderlich P Andrew C. Zager, ’88 BV

Constituency Key BT . . . . . Board of Trustees BV . . . . . Board of Visitors AC . . . . . Alumni Council PB . . . . . Past Board Member

A . . . . . . Alumnus P . . . . . . Parent GP . . . . . Grandparent F . . . . . . . Friend of the Academy

CP . . . . . Corporation FN . . . . . Foundation FS . . . . . . Faculty/Staff † . . . . . . Deceased


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Annual Giving The following donors are recognized for their annual giving gifts given between June 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012.Thank you for your support! Sandy Beaver Society ($5,000-$9,999) Anonymous GP Dozier Family Foundation FN Felix Gonzalez Canto, ’86 BT Jeffrey and Bonnie Hinkle F David and Linda Hock P Gerard and Charlene Kaiser P Jim and Lyn LaVallee P Tony and Jessica McWhorter P Berthold and Madeleine Oster P Brian D. Shore, ’92 A Steven and Pamela Shore P E. Bomer Smith, ’61 A 1907 Society ($2,000-$4,999) Robert and Elison Atkinson, ’73 A David and Rosemary Balos P Richard and Nino Bates P Barbara Bolton P Charles and Ruby Brown P Brian and Kristin Daniel BT Roland and Kimberly Dumas P Scott Dwyer, ’92 A Arnold and Joyce Evans BT Robert and Leslie Fowler BV M. Feild Gomila, ’56 A Amanda K. Griffin FS Stuart Hamilton P Lynne Henderson FS Tony and Cathy Herdener F Pat Higdon, Jr., ’57 In memory of Pat and Virginia Higdon A Kevin and Kelly Jarrard FS Todd and Rebecca Jordan F Jason and Chi Kindland P Ted and Afton LaVallee GP Brian Logan, ’92 A Dick and Patti Luna BV Macy’s Foundation CP Matthew and Bethany Magnus F David Mandt, Sr., ’61 A Anthony and Patricia Manzo GP Christopher and Dena Manzo P Allen and Meg Nivens BT Rick Owens and Kari Blaho-Owens P Jeffrey and Linda Pine F Elizabeth M. Quanstrom In honor of Mr. and Mrs. Edward F. Higgins P John C. A. Reimers, ’65 A Brian Ribeiro and Marie Trenga F

Ravi and Seshu Sarma Stanley and Kelly Smith Elizabeth Wall


President’s Society ($1,000-$1,999) Gary M. Alembik, ’81 A David Alphin, ’65 A Anonymous P Allyn Ayers, ’65 In honor of Errol Bisso, ’61 A John D. Bassett, ’55 A FS Jeff and Belinda Chandler Conrad C. Conti, ’58 A Charles H. Cook, ’74 AC Britt and Robin Daniel FS Bruce F. Davis, ’81 In honor of Errol Bisso’s 50th reunion year A Alex Deitch, ’98 BV John B. Delcambre, ’66 A Jeremiah F. Eames, ’61 A Christian Egizio, ’95 A Jay L. Elrod F Hayden and Jane Estrada F Rick and Caroline Harvey P Roland M. Hausmann, ’61 In memory of Jack Hopson, ’61 A Dennis Hite, ’55 In memory of Stephen Hite, ’57 A Howie and Allison Johnson P J. Murray Jones, ’44 A Dan and Kathryn Kaufman BT Frank Kersnowski, ’53 A Walter and Valeria Krasnansky F FS Michael Levine Vernon J. Mallu, ’69 In memory of A.Vernon Jannotta, RADM, USNR Wallace B. Mallu, LCDR, USNR Our Greatest Generation A John and Sheila McCleary FS Jay and Lynn Mitchell F Domingo R. Moreira, ’63 A Salvador and Alejandra Nava P The Norton Agency CP Ashley D. Pace, Jr., ’37 A Marc and Mary Paglia FS Russ and Betsy Pearson P Leroy and Shirley Raffel, ’44 A Marja Robinson F Jim and Louise Robison FS Henry L. Roediger, III, ’65 A

Craig Ruff P E.J. Salcines, ’56 PB Pegge Marriott Sheffield GP John C. Sipple A Walter E. Smith, Jr., ’58 A Jorge and Sabina Sosa FS Richard and Marleen Springston In honor of cadets Stephen Maguire, Ihechi Uzoije, and Caleb Wigley FS Andrew Talkington, ’71 A Raymond Y. Thomasson, ’69 A P Keith and Jodi Toney James R.Van Arsdale, ’79 BV Kent G.Vickers, ’55 A Thomas H. Walker FS Samuel D. Weil, ’66 A TeDoc and Carol Williams, ’60 In honor of Errol and Barbara Bisso A Samuel A. Wilson, Jr., ’60 A Riverside Sabers ($400-$999) Eduardo E. Acosta, ’60 A Gard Andresen In honor of the dedication of the Clontz family and in memory of Charla L. Andresen GP Alene Arenas FS Dennis Bagwell FS David and Dawn Bailey FS Gordon D. Batcheller F Jeff Bishop, ’86 A Norman P. Blake, Jr., ’60 A Richard L. Brashear, ’56 A Lisa Bronson P CP Bryant Builders, David Bryant Nigel Campbell In honor of Lt. Col. Kevin Jarrard, SgtMaj Jorge Sosa, Dr. David Phillips, and 1SG Andy Williams P Carroll Daniel Construction Company CP Adam and Lynn Carter FS Charles M. Cassidy, ’59 In memory of Roger Stribling, ’59 A CP Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia Compass Group (Flik) CP Chris and Christine Constantine P Jo Ann Cripps FS David and Rhonda Crook FS Christopher Dicus, ’97 A Eight O’ Clock Coffee Co, Joe Navin CP England & Company, Sandford P. England F


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ANNUAL GIVING REPORT 2011-2012 Riverside Sabers ($400-$999) Julio and Elizabeth Escalante F Antonio and Anita Feliciano, ’81 A Mitch and Nicoleta Freeman FS Audra Galiano P Gwen Gallagher-Howard P Warren and Missy Gardner, ’71 A Stephen and Diana Gasparro P John Gianelloni, ’94 A Sabin and Patricia Gianelloni, ’55 A Donald and Celia Gilner, ’55 In honor of the good work that Amanda K. Griffin does for RMA A Joe Gordon, ’96 BV Richard and Jane Halliley FS Kelley Hanes FS Ken and Maggie Harms, ’56 A Enrique Herrero, Jr., ’82 In honor of Coach Errol Bisso, ’61 A Illinois Tool Works Foundation CP Industrial Developments International CP Alex Kachler, ’85 A James D. Kalmenson, ’77 BT Choong Hyun and Min Joung Kim P Leonard Kolod, ’51 A James H. Kreger, 61 A J.C. Laucirica, ’82 A Dallas and Emily Loewen FS E.T. Lopez, ’84 AC Frank and Chantal Machover, ’59 A John F. Mandt, Sr., ’56 AC Sam A. Marks, ’35 A Jake Martin & Son Contractors, Inc. In memory of Bill Morris, ’58 CP Matthews Printing Company CP Dennis and Trish McCraven FS Milton Martin Honda CP Kirk Morris, ’83 A Lesly G. Murray In memory of Jerry B. Blackstock, ’62 F John A. Noble, ’55 In memory of B.E. Noble, ’57 A North Georgia Baseball Experience F Whitney Owens, ’79 BV Danny and Brenda Palmer FS Pearle Vision CP Publix Super Markets, Inc. CP Bob Quackenboss F Republic Services CP Barney and Shari Rothgery, ’55 A Hector Salas FS David and Karen Schulze FS Helen Sexton FS Allen and Adriane Seymour FS Coy and Maria Stuart, ’75 A

Warren Tobin, ’61 George and Ruth Turner Willis Investment Counsel


Riverside Rifles (Below $399) Felipe Alvarez, ’85 A Eric and Laurie Andreozzi P Joseph and Terri Andrews P Worth Andrews, III F Anonymous In memory of Sandy Beaver F Richard M. Aronson, ’49 A Onie Attimy F Afif H. Baalbaki, ’90 A Robert M. Baird, Jr., ’83 A Ronnie Baldwin FS P Matt and Danielle Barnes Lotfi and Bonnie Bashir P Ozzie and Debbie Bauer P Richard A. Benton, ’70 A Jordan M. Bernstein, ’55 A Errol and Barbara Bisso, ’61 A Marvin E. Black, ’43 A Royal and Wanda Bliss In memory of Bill Morris, ’58 F Richard and JoAnn Bobb In memory of Jerry B. Blackstock, ’62 F Bubba Boisfontaine, ’87 BV Robert P. Bordes, ’69 A Laurie Bouchard F Box Tops for Education CP John R. Boyd A Joel Hill and Julia Branch Hill P Reid and Bette Bronson GP Stanley Brown, ’48 A Nelda S. Browning In honor of Col and Mrs. Benson, and in honor of Jeff and Bonnie Weiner FS Timothy A. Browning, ’68 In memory of William H. Savey, Jr., ’68 A Frank A. Bucino, ’68 A John C. Bullard, ’43 A Michael K. Bullard, ’87 A Jack and Pat Burd PB Thomas and Missy Burnam P Thomas W. Caddoo, ’90 A Sumner R. Cahoon, ’49 AC Arthur D. Canales, ’81 A Bernard Cane, ’74 AC C. Neal Carter, ’57 A Franck Chantayan, ’84 A Richard and Mary Cimino In honor of Robert A. Cimino, ’01 F Cisco Systems, Inc. CP Tracy M. Clark P

Jorge Clavijo P Tim and Sonya Coalson P Roberto Contreras, ’92 A Counte and Jackie Cooley BT David and Laurie Cope P Corps of Cadets 2011 In memory of Austin Shea, ’11 A Christopher A. Cotter, ’88 A Chris F. Cotter F Justin B. Creech, ’88 AC Tony and Janet Curtsinger GP J. Michael Cutshaw, ’68 In memory of Howard Ramagli, ’68 A Karen Danz FS Tom and Michelle Davis BV Jorge De Cardenas, ’87 A F Deborah T. Dearybury Victor Disharoon, ’72 AC Ed and Patricia Dowling P James and Judith Earle, ’57 A Ronald Eisler, ’48 A Osaretin John Eke and Family F Okide Ezigbo F Rick Farmer, ’64 A Andrew and Susan Farrell, ’65 In honor of Andrew D. Farrell, ’65 A Marty Fields, ’85 A Amado Finales, ’52 In honor of Coronel Vidal A Stuart A. Fine, ’56 A Craig W. Finley, ’88 A Leo F. Flotron, ’55 A Glen Ford, ’52 A Joe Frantz, ’87 A Vaughn and Jacqueline Freeman, ’45 A Jason J. Frost, ’88 A Justin and Holly Gallagher, ’90 A James P. Galvin, Sr., ’67 A Sheldon and Joanne Gantz, ’53 In memory of John L. Beaver A F Jordi Garces Melero Bill Glisson, ’78 AC A William Goldberg, ’72 Tina Grayson P Jay Green, ’62 A Adam L. Greer, ’88 A Steve Hadaway FS James and Vicki Hamlin In memory of James F. Hamlin, Jr., ’98 F Brian P. Hanson, ’92 A Leonard C. Harber, ’44 A Alan D. Hargraves, ’72 A Bernard C. Harris, ’47 In memory of Woodruff C. Harris A


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ANNUAL GIVING REPORT 2011-2012 Riverside Rifles (Below $399) Wendy Harris P Maureen Haughton P Morris L. Hayes, ’47 A Jack Henderson, ’62 A Tim, Melanie, Lara, and Haley Hensey In memory of Austin Shea, ’11 F Paul C. Herrmann, ’45 A Andrew R. Hildreth, ’54 A Thomas G. Hill, III, ’60 A Villa S. Hizer In honor of the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus, Errol Bisso, and in memory of his classmate, Courtney Hizer, ’61 F Charles B. Hogan, ’76 A Jerry Horner, ’84 A Mark and Margaret Hughes P H. Taft Hunt, III, ’98 AC Richard C. Hyatt, ’51 A David H. Jaffee, ’69 A Marsha James FS Barbara Johnson F Robert D. Jones, Jr., ’56 AC Seth Judd, ’87 A Ronald and Theresa Kazmier P Colton L. Keig, ’09 A Edward M. Kessler, ’46 A Bill and Lee Krein, ’58 A Kurt J. Kremlick, Jr. A Stefan U. Krupp, ’01 A Robert and Loretta Kwass, ’53 In honor of Sidney J. Kwass A P Dada and Bola Labinjo Holly LaCamera In memory of Austin Shea, ’11 F Jody and Nancy Lail BT Richard A. Lang, Jr., ’56 BV Richard E. Langford, ’44 A James and Eleanor LaRocco F Hector Laya, ’88 A Robert E. Leak, ’52 A James and Judy Leicht, ’66 A Robert L. Lindsey, III, ’80 AC Philip B. Lohr A Patrick and Glenda Lowenthal P Orlando O. Lynch P Ricardo and Nancy Madero P Anthony and Nwamaka Madichie P Sam and Carolyn Magill In memory of Bill Morris, ’58 F Terry Maginnis In memory of Col. Bill Maginnis F, † Mark and Vicki Maguire P Robert and Lynn Marascalco F

Michael and Lora Marcano P Bob Martin FS William W. Masters, ’50 In memory of J.Ted Oliver, ’50, and in honor of the Class of 1950 A Raul E. Mathison, ’81 A Steve C. McCabe, ’71 A William and Sandra McCallum F William J. McConnell, Sr., ’58 In memory of Bill Morris, ’58 A Michael S. McCoy F John B. McKernan, ’88 A O. Jon McRae, III, ’04 A Michael Michaelis, ’85 A Susan Miller P Scott A. Monahan, ’87 AC Roy and Barbara Moore F Scott Morris, ’82 A Diane Mouton P John Munroe P Jim and Glenda Myers FS Eddy A. Navarro, ’55 In honor of Lt. Col. Joseph P. Seymoe A John B. North, Jr., ’54 A Steve Norton, ’85 A Bud Oakey, ’75 BT William P. Obier, III, ’70 In memory of Col. May, Col. Curtis, Col. Maginnis, and Maj.Trice A Jim and Laura O’Bryan F Alexander Palazuelos, ’83 A John Payne and Louane Hann P Jonathan L. Pike, ’78 A Ross H. Pittman, Jr., ’56 BV Paul B. Posner, ’56 In honor of Errol Bisso, ’61 AC Potts Bros. Farm F In memory of Bill Morris, ’58 Dick Quinn, ’56 A Alex Ramsey, ’87 A Mitch Rauch, ’84 A William and Michelle Reed F Revolution Rowing F John J. Rhine, ’82 A Bob and Amy Richardson GP Brent and Charlotte Roaderick In memory of Bill Morris, ’58 F Laurie Roderick F Cesar Rodriguez, ’76 A Luis C. Rodriguez, ’10 A Barbara Rogers FS Russell S. Root, ’63 A Clint J. Ross, ’88 A David J. Ross, ’83 A

Fred W. Rowe,V, ’02 A William and Gretchen Ruppenthal P Kimberly Sachs P Karen B. Salamone P Ernest Samusson, Jr., ’37 A Michael and Anne Sanders FS Philip T. Scott A Brian and Bronwyn Scott P Richard W. Sexton, ’03 A Patrick and Suzanne Shea In memory of Austin Shea, ’11 F Paul Sheehy In memory of Jerry B. Blackstock, ’62 F Philip and Ellen Sheffield P Bo Kyung Shin P Janet S. Siebrasse FS FS Julie Smith Ron P. Smith FS William J. Smith, Sr., ’69 A RK and Bethanie Smithley P Steve Snider, ’58 A Roy J. Spencer, Jr., ’61 A Matthew W. Stanley, ’75 A Oscar J. Starnes, III, ’73 A State Farm Insurance, Jim C. Kennedy F William W. Stirling, ’61 A Robert H. Stoddard, ’64 A Charles Stoner, ’82 A Robert D. Strong FS William E. Swinson, Jr., ’53 A Robert M. Thaxton, ’89 A Ian and Elaine Thurley P James C. Trapnell, Jr., ’45 A Hoa N. Truong P Kirk Turner FS Sonja Vass P Franz and Marilee Vogt, ’62 A Sharon Walbridge GP Dariusz and Magdalena Walczak F Anis and Lily Wassif P Jim Watts, ’85 A Jack and Judie Wells, ’61 A William P. Whelchel, Jr., ’43 In memory of A. Frank Wiegand A Michael B. Whyte, ’71 A John L. Wiggins, III, ’70 A John E. Wilbanks, ’61 A Richard S. Wojno, ’70 A Emory and Margaret Wood In honor of Warren C.Wood, ’04 F P David C.Young James Young, ’78 AC



ANNUAL GIVING REPORT 2011-2012 Foundations SunTrust Bank Trusteed Foundations Florence C. and Harry L. English Memorial Fund The Justin and Valere Potter Foundation Dozier Family Foundation Matching Corporate Gifts Illinois Tool Works Foundation Industrial Developments International JustGive (Cisco Systems, Inc.) Macy’s Foundation PepsiCo Foundation Matching Gifts Program TimeWarner Employee Grant Programs UBS Matching Gift Program Corporate Gifts Aztec Energy Partners BB&T Box Tops for Education Bryant Builders

Cajun Crawlers Carroll Daniel Construction Company Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia Compass Group (Flik) Corner Drugs Eight O’ Clock Coffee Co England & Company Jake Martin & Son Contractors, Inc. Matthews Printing Company Milton Martin Honda North Georgia Baseball Experience The Norton Agency Pearle Vision Publix Super Markets, Inc. Republic Services Revolution Rowing State Farm Insurance Steve Biggers Studios Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Willis Investment Counsel

In-Kind Gifts James and Mary Benson Kenneth B. Bess, ’87 Jeff and Belinda Chandler Robert and Stephanie Eidson Hayden and Jane Estrada Steve Garrett, Bill Glisson, ’78, Southeastern Turf Richard and Jane Halliley Henry County Public Library Hilton Garden Inn Herbert D. Miller, ’61 Jim and Glenda Myers Salvador and Alejandra Nava Bud Oakey, ’75 Barney and Shari Rothgery, ’55 Kenneth R. Schmidt Allen and Adriane Seymour Richard and Marleen Springston Robert D. Strong Arnold Watkins


Blue Devils Live On The 1974 football season was the birth of the Blue Devils. The new mascot was enthusiastically approved by the Corps, who cast their vote for the Blue Devils to replace the Blue Battalion. A second mascot change occurred in 2002, but the Blue Devils still live large in the memories of many alumni. Some alumni are keeping the name alive and present at Riverside today. Joe Gordon, ’96, John Gianelloni, ’94, and Bubba Boisfontaine, Can you name the two cadets in this photo ’87, are rallying support to build the Riverside Blue Devil Alumni and the year the photo was taken? E-mail Endowment. To date they have raised over $5,000 toward the with your answer endowed fund that will help with tuition assistance or other cadet and Academy needs. The larger the endowment grows, the more earnings there will be to put to work. “The way to make this meaningful is to generate mass participation,” said Gordon. “With our extensive network of classmates, annual contributions of $100 to $250 will enable us to grow the endowment.” Boisfontaine and classmates are also keeping the Blue Devil name alive with retro football jerseys for this year’s Homecoming game on Friday, October 25. The Blue Devil jerseys will be purchased by alumni for the football players to wear this year and in future Homecoming games. The alumni-based campaign to raise $5,000 for the jerseys has the approval of Gary Downs, RMA’s new football coach, and will hopefully become a new RMA Homecoming tradition. Donations of any amount are welcome and encouraged to either project and can be made online at (designate the gift to the BD endowment or to BD jerseys). Checks can also be made payable to RMA and mailed to 2001 Riverside Dr., Gainesville, GA 30501. All gifts are tax deductible. For more information, contact or


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Dear Parents, We have just completed one of the best years in Riverside’s history. Dr. Benson, Col. Jarrard, SGM Chandler, and their staffs are doing an outstanding job fostering our next generation of leaders. The 2012 Class produced 84 graduates. Three have enlisted in the military; one was accepted to two service academies and opted for the Naval Academy. The remainder will enter college this fall. How many schools can claim this accomplishment? As a Riverside alumnus, your son understands right and wrong. He knows how to think and how to manage himself and his time. He has respect for others and himself. Can he express this understanding? Probably not. It took most of us many years to attribute these characteristics to Riverside. Most alumni will tell you that our best life-long friendships are the guys we lived, studied, drilled, and socialized with at Riverside. These are the people we depend on today and will for years to come. Let me tell you a story of personal regret. While I claim Riverside emotionally as my alma mater, I am not a graduate. My mom was a widow raising a teenage son by herself; my father died when he was 52, and my sisters were grown. I enrolled at Augusta Military Academy in the sixth grade and transferred to Riverside in the eighth grade when my mom moved to Atlanta to be closer to her parents. But, in the spring of my sophomore year at Riverside, I decided I knew what was best for me. I went AWOL from the Hollywood campus and hopped on a plane to Atlanta. I walked into my mother’s house, told her I missed being home, and I didn’t want to go back to Riverside next year. Because I have a persuasive and, some might say, stubborn personality, she relented. While not as dramatic, I know many of you parents hear a similar message. Your sons complain about the structure. They gripe about their TACS, teachers, and the food. They complain about being away from girlfriends or not having young ladies around to date. They beg you to let them return home to date, drive, hang out with their buddies, and live a “normal” life. Don’t buy it. These fleeting benefits don’t add up to the lessons of leadership learned at Riverside. While not a graduate, I am an alumnus of Riverside. Coach Bisso, Col. Nichols, Maj. Wilson. Maj. Hancock, Coach Quesada helped mold my life, character, drive, and morals – my success. The best thing my mom gave me was an RMA education, and my regret was not completing it. Do not allow your son to make the same mistake. Thank you for entrusting your son to Riverside, and thank you for hearing me out. Wherever your son is on his Riverside journey, the alumni will proudly welcome him to our ranks one day.

Bud Oakey, ’75, Chairman, Riverside Military Academy Alumni Council



Changes to the RMA Board of Trustees McKelvey joins Board of Trustees at Riverside Mr. Kenneth L. McKelvey, Chairman and CEO of Defender Resorts, Inc., recently joined the Riverside Board of Trustees. Defender Resorts is involved with vacation ownership property management, resales, and rentals. It represents 19 timeshare resorts located predominantly in the southeastern U.S. and the Caribbean. McKelvey is a CPA recognized by the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) Educational Institute as a Registered Resort Professional. He is a licensed builder in South Carolina and a Real Estate Broker in both North and South Carolina. He currently serves on the ARDA’s Investment Committee and Management Committee. He is Chairman of the ARDA-Resort Owners Coalition Executive Council and is past Chairman of ARDA-Carolina. He also serves as a member of the ARDA Board of Directors and as a member of its Executive Committee as well as a Trustee. He is a member of the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors and the Myrtle Beach Tourism Committee. Previously, McKelvey was partner and principal in a CPA firm for 15 years and controller and financial vice president for a large privately-held industrial maintenance and real estate development firm. He and his wife, Rachel, are parents of current RMA cadet Gage Bolden.

Riverside adds Cooley to Board of Trustees Mr. Counte Cooley, President/ Owner of Electronic Sales Company (ESC), Inc., is another recent addition to the RMA Board of Trustees. He began helping out ESC alongside his dad in 1958. From 1967-72, Cooley served in the Georgia National Guard Infantry with training in advanced infantry before returning to lead his dad’s company in 1972. Cooley served two years as president and four years as director of the Georgia Burglar and Fire Alarm Association. He served two years as vice president of the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association and three years as a member of their Strategic Planning Committee. Recently, he was involved in chartering the new Georgia Electronic Life Safety and Systems Association (GELSSA), and he is serving on its Board of Directors. In 2011, he was named to the Georgia State Construction Industry Licensing Board: Division of Low Voltage Contracts by Governor Nathan Deal. This Division serves to safeguard the public against faulty, inadequate, insufficient or unsafe electrical, plumbing, conditioned air or low voltage contracting, installation or repair. He is president and major stockholder of Georgia Powder Coating, and he serves on the Finance Committee of the Chattahoochee Country Club. Cooley, along with wife Jackie, is co-founder of the For Her Glory foundation, which provides wigs for cancer patients lacking the means to obtain them.

Gonzalez-Canto, ’86 Elected to Mexican Senate By Amanda K. Griffin, CFRE Felix Gonzalez Canto, RMA class of ’86 and Board of Trustee member, has been elected to the Mexican Senate from his home state of Quintana Roo. Gonzalez is no stranger to politics. He was Quintana Roo’s governor from 2005 to 2011 and served as mayor of Cozumel from 1999-2002. At Riverside Gonzalez was Battalion Commander and class president his senior year and received the Douglas MacArthur Award presented to him personally by General MacArthur’s widow at Riverside Military Academy in 1986. He returned to Mexico and graduated from the Technological and Higher Studies Institute in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. He was a popular and capable governor and his election to the Senate came in a win with unprecedented voter participation. He is a member of the PRI party, which also placed a new president in office. Gonzalez was RMA’s commencement speaker for the Class of 2012.


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Distinguished Alumni Mitchell Named Distinguished Alumnus By Amanda K. Griffin, CFRE Abraham Alvin Mitchell of Mobile, Alabama has been named Riverside Military Academy’s Distinguished Alumnus for 2012. He entered RMA in 1947 and graduated in 1952 as Battalion Commander and valedictorian of his class. “Abe was an outstanding cadet in his day at Riverside and has exemplified leadership and success in business and philanthropy; he is a credit to this Academy and its alumni,” said RMA president, Dr. James H. Benson, Col USMC, (Ret). “We are honored to name him as this year’s Distinguished Alumnus.” Following graduation from RMA, Mitchell attended the Wharton School of Finance at the University of PA and received his law degree from the University of Alabama and LL.M. taxation degree from the New York University School of Law. In the 1950s, Abe and his brother, Mayer Mitchell, a Riverside class of ’49 graduate, joined forces in Mobile and created The Mitchell Company, which became one of the southeast’s largest real estate companies specializing in single-family homes, apartments, and shopping centers. The brothers eventually sold the company, and it still remains a vibrant employer and developer of retail, commercial, and residential properties. Mitchell currently runs Mitchell Brothers, Inc., which focuses on investments and philanthropic support of the community. Mayer Mitchell passed away in 2007. Mitchell is one of Alabama’s best known philanthropists in support of higher education providing over $40 million to the University of South Alabama (USA) in Mobile. Abe, along with Mayer and his wife, contributed $22 million to support the University’s cancer research institute, which is named the Mitchell Cancer Institute. Mitchell has endowed USA’s Mitchell College of Business, plus he funded the largest private scholarship program at USA, providing full academic scholarships to 28 superior business students annually. He assisted with funds to build the Mitchell Center arena and has endowed three faculty chairs in the USA College of Medicine. He also supports a Jewish camp, Ramah Darom, in Clayton, Georgia, among many other non-profit and cultural organizations. In 2006, the Civitan Club of Mobile named Mitchell the Mobilian of the Year. Mitchell has been involved with his alma mater since the early 2000s when the Alumni Council was formed and efforts to find missing alumni were initiated at Riverside. His support in recent years, in the form of challenge grants to alumni and RMA donors, has been instrumental in the Academy’s fundraising initiatives.

Boisfontaine to Receive Distinguished Young Alumnus Award By Amanda K. Griffin, CFRE Arthur “Bubba” Maxwell Boisfontaine of New Orleans, Louisiana has been named Riverside Military Academy’s first Distinguished Young Alumnus for 2012. He graduated from RMA in 1987 and will be honored during Riverside’s Homecoming October 26-27. “Bubba’s entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm for his work, his hometown, and his alma mater make him an outstanding choice for the first awarding of this honor,” said RMA President, Dr. James H. Benson, Col USMC (Ret). “We are honored to name him as this year’s Distinguished Young Alumnus.” Following RMA, Boisfontaine attended Marion Military Institute before returning home to New Orleans. He is a founding partner of Crystal Clear Imaging (CCI), a 13-year-old signage company with offices in New Orleans and San Francisco. CCI is the official signage solutions partner for the New Orleans Saints and Hornets as well as the Golden State Warriors. CCI recently provided all signage for the NCAA Final Four Tournament and has been selected to create, print, and install all signage for Super Bowl XLVII in 2013 in New Orleans. Boisfontaine, who lost his home to flooding in Hurricane Katrina, has given back to his city by participating in foundations and philanthropic causes to help rebuild New Orleans, particularly as it impacts children and sports activities. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Coach Sean Payton’s “Play It Forward Foundation” where he helped raise over $1.8 million for children in need. He is a member of the Tulane University Athletic Advisory Council and a member and past chairman of the Development Committee for St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. He was a member of the NFL/United Way national Play 60 Campaign, a post-Katrina project to build a walking track and provide exercise equipment for a playground flooded during Katrina. Boisfontaine is also a founding member and coordinator for Viking Fest, which supports and maintains youth sports at Lakeview Playground. Boisfontaine is married to Ashley Kutash Boisfontaine. They are the parents of Brandon, 12, and Madison, 10.



Cadet leaders: Where Are They Now?

Catching up with Pablo Espinosa, ‘87 By Amanda K. Griffin, CFRE

Pablo Espinosa, ’87, lived the life of a military school cadet, and now he is advising Hollywood script writers on how to get it right for a television pilot. Espinosa lives in Los Angeles and has been working as an actor for over 20 years. “In 1991 I returned to California from Florida, and I decided to give acting a go,” says Espinosa. “I enrolled in classes to wrap my head around this craft. This is my 20th year in the Screen Actors Guild, and proudly I say there is nothing else I’d rather do.” Espinosa, or Espi, has appeared in “Desperate Housewives,” “24,” “The Defenders,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and numerous other television series and movies. “I’m also currently in a few TV pilots and collaborating/ advising on a TV pilot called ‘Cadets.’You can imagine what that’s about!” Espinosa is the youngest of three sons born to parents who left Cuba during the Communist revolution. “They came here with nothing but my father’s medical school degree from the University of Havana, and they ended up providing a good life for us.” Espinosa grew up in Orange County, CA, and attended Southern California Military Academy in Signal Hill, CA for four years starting in fifth grade. He transferred to Riverside in ninth grade. “For a young kid from the West Coast, I actually had to find Georgia on the map! My parents were divorcing, I was going to be staying in ‘barracks,’ and I did not know what to expect,” says Espinosa. “At one point I almost quit, but I endured. I think this endurance during tough times is one of the keys of the “Rat Brothers” friendship/ brotherhood.” Espinosa gravitated to the marksmanship program and was on the rifle team for four years. He was team captain his senior year. Espinosa states, “This might be why I’m a firearms aficionado and a life member of the NRA.”

For some cadets becoming Battalion Commander is a goal – for Espinosa it was a sudden opportunity. “At the last dress parade my junior year, the school colors were given to a cadet, meaning he was going to be next year’s BC. During the summer leadership camp a change was made, and it was announced that I was to be the BC.” “I was in shock and so were the other cadet officers. That decision seemed to polarize the cadet officer staff. Regardless, it was a challenge that was before me,” recalls Espinosa.

“Riverside defines me....” Following Riverside, he attended a community college in Florida and considered a military career. Then governor of Florida, Lawton Chiles, awarded Espinosa one of two recommendations from Florida to the USMA at West Point. He declined the appointment, but he still has the letter. Espinosa is the father of Alana, 10, and Dimitri, 8. He spends his free time at the shooting range, riding dirt bikes, hiking, and camping. When asked if Riverside had a life-long impact on him, Espinosa can hardly answer quickly enough. “Riverside defines me. It made me into the man I am. Whenever I get rejected, and there is a lot of that in Hollywood, I get back on my feet and carry on, and I never lose sight of my goals. I call it ‘stick to it-ness.’” “I walked away from Riverside with a sense of discipline, athleticism, respect, our motto, endurance, perseverance, and, of course, what ‘Goomba’ had written on his chalk board, COPE.” “Riverside has been the single biggest influence in my life on the elemental aspects of life. It taught me that everything is possible if you put your mind to it,” states Espinosa.


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Riverside Alumni Meet Up Through Networking Socials RMA staff and alumni have gathered in five cities since January for networking and state-of-the-school reports. Felipe Valls, ’50, hosted 61 Riverside guests February 23 at his beautiful restaurant, Casa Juancho, in Miami. The private dining room was filled with Riverside graduates and their guests. The highlight of the Miami trip was the presentation of Riverside class rings to Valls and Henry Costa, ’61.Valls and Costa ordered the replacement rings through Riverside. Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant was the setting for an intimate gathering of alumni in Charlotte, North Carolina in April. Grant Jones, ’93, helped organize the event along with Tom Caddoo, ’90. Herb Miller, ’61, and his wife, Glenda, hosted Riverside at their log house in Lynch Station,Virginia. Jeff Dombroff, ’62; Dick Potekhen, ’63; Bud Oakey, ’75, and Riverside staff attended along with guests and spouses. The Millers donated unsigned and signed prints of Civil War history to Riverside’s growing military art collection. In conjunction with the May Alumni Council meeting, an alumni BBQ was held at the family park on campus following the mid-day commencement ceremony. Among those attending were Victor Disharoon, ’72, Bud Oakey, ’75, Scott Monahan, ’87, Ken Bess, ’87, Michael Finn, ’08 and Andrew Protz, ’02. Oakey grilled, provided cigars, and the Bensons and Bissos hung out with the alumni until the sun went down. Dallas hosts David Mandt, ’61, and his wife, Carol, and Brad Munn, ’89, gathered a crowd at Maggiano’s Little Italy including Chris Lancaster, ’85, Cedric Diggs, ’93, Khristian Demedeiros, ’91, Howard Pailet, ’67 from Houston, and Herbert Yuttal, ’48.

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Upcoming Alumni Socials Mark your calendars for one of these alumni socials. Details will be posted at Aug 31 – Sept 3 (Labor Day weekend) Knoxville, TN Host: Dan Rawls, ‘85 Location: Home of Dan and Susan Rawls







September 22 Nashville, TN Host: Brian Shore ‘92 Location: Home of Brian and Rachel Shore October 20 Washington, D.C. Host: Bud Oakey, ‘75 Location: Army and Navy Club November 15 Birmingham, AL Hosts: Seymour West, ’67 and Richard Bisso, ’85 Location: TBD


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Riverside’s Art Collection Grows with Alumnus’ Gift Riverside’s collection of military art has grown with the recent donation of a collection of framed prints depicting scenes from the Civil War. Herb Miller, ’61, made the donation of the 12 works of art after reading about the Riverside collection in Reveille. The majority of the prints, most signed and numbered, have been hung in the E.C. May Commandant’s Lobby in Lanier Hall. “We are grateful to Herb for thinking of Riverside as a a home for this beautiful collection of prints,” said Dr. James H. Benson, Col. USMC (Ret).

Feb. 2, 2013 Miami, FL Host: Domingo Moreira, ‘63 Location: Home of Domingo and Brenda Moreira March 9, 2013 Palm Beach, FL Host: Frank Maurno, ‘60 Location: Home of Frank and Suzanne Moaurno May 14, 2013 Savannah, GA Host: Barry Longwater, ‘65 Location: Home of Barry Longwater


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Dick Nichols to be Honored at Homecoming - 50 Years at RMA By Amanda K. Griffin, CFRE

The voice of Riverside athletics and an admired teacher and coach, Col. Dick Nichols will be honored at Homecoming for 50 years of service to the Academy.

C/2LT Skyler Toney was the 2012 recipient of the Richard Nichols Coaches Award, the highest athletic award given to a Riverside cadet. During the 2011-12 school year, Skyler was a member of the football, swimming and track teams. He was a member of the 200 and 400 yard freestyle relay team that advanced to the State swim meet. At that meet, he also participated in the individual 50 and 400 yard freestyle relay events. This spring, Skyler placed 2nd in the State Track and Field Pole Vault championship, clearing the bar at 13'-00. In addition to the Richard Nichols Coaches Award, he also earned the MVP award for the swimming team and MIP award for the track team.

Nichols, Distinguished Alumnus Abe Mitchell, ’52, and Distinguished Young Alumnus Bubba Boisfontaine, ’87, will be honored at an alumni reception on Friday, Oct. 26 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Gainesville Civic Center. The honorees will also be recognized at Saturday’s Homecoming parade on Maginnis Field. Nichols is a native of Cynthiava, KY and a graduate of the University of Kentucky. He came to RMA in 1962 as a social studies teacher and basketball coach. Immediately popular with cadets, the 1964 Bayonet was dedicated to Nichols. The yearbook was dedicated to him again in 1974 and 1983. He served as activities director, associate principal, and he was also named athletic director in 1976. That year he ended his 13 year stretch as head basketball coach, having amassed over 100 victories. He remained athletic director until his retirement in 2000. In 1980-81 every varsity sport had a winning record under his leadership. While on the faculty, Nichols worked for six different heads of school: Sandy Beaver, James K. Mooney, Bill Maginnis, David Williams, Jim Martin, and Michael Hughes. He was named to the RMA Board of Trustees in 2006. “In the simplest of terms, Dick is one of the finest and most capable people to ever work at Riverside,” said Errol Bisso, ’61, director of alumni relations and wrestling coach. “It is a testament to his friendship with the alumni that many of them consider him a friend and call on him for advice.” In his retirement, when he isn’t busy calling a Riverside athletic event, Nichols travels the world, is an avid bridge player, and a community volunteer.

Shore Family Creates Endowed Scholarship Alumnus Brian Shore, ’92 and wife Rachel, along with Brian’s parents, Dr. Steven and Mrs. Pamela Shore, have set up an endowed scholarship to benefit a single mother in need of financial assistance to send her son to Riverside. The scholarship was endowed with an initial gift of $10,000, and the Shore family encourages other donors to contribute toward this greatly needed scholarship fund. The greater the endowment, the more tuition assistance an incoming cadet can receive from the fund. “Often we see single mothers who know Riverside is the best place for their sons, but simply can’t afford the tuition,” said Amanda Griffin, vice president for advancement. “We are grateful to the Shore family for creating a vehicle for these moms to receive assistance.” The fund is named in honor of two of Brian Shore’s most memorable RMA staff members – First Sergeant Lonnie Miller and Master Sergeant Max Bennett Scholarship Fund. “First Sergeant Miller and Master Sergeant Bennett were two unmistakable leaders at Riverside that left an indelible mark on hundreds and potentially thousands of students,” said Brian. “I often speak

of 1st Sgt. Miller as my “Acting Father” to honor his memory and personal contribution to my development as a leader and young man.” “Master Sgt. Bennett would always entertain the company of a curious student, listen and offer sound advice. These men were universally respected for their authenticity, contribution to defend our country and to develop the next generation of leaders. They weren’t perfect; however, they were perfect for us,” added Brian. Dr. and Mrs. Shore have a son, Adam, who is a rising junior at Riverside, and they are grateful for the Academy’s impact on this second generation of the family. “Being able to create a permanent endowment with my father and family is an amazing honor,” said Brian. “At the risk of sounding trite, ‘To whom much is given, much will be required’ seems appropriate. It is our sincere hope that our fellow Alumni will feel as passionate to support our Alma Mater and honor our past teachers with their contribution.” “Riverside will always be a special place for our family and will continue to receive our support,” stated Brian.



Entrepreneur Valls Builds a Family Empire By Amanda K. Griffin, CFRE

Like many young men from prosperous Cuban families, Felipe A. Valls, Sr. came to Riverside Military Academy for a superior education. Valls entered the Academy in 1947, graduated in 1950 and returned to his home country. During his time in Cuba, Felipe A.Valls, Sr., explored many business opportunities. He owned two large gas stations, a restaurant, the Lido Supperclub and an auto parts distribution operation. He also opened a large plant that manufactured paper bags for the cement industry and was in the process of building an iron mining plant with the well-known German company, Krupp’s. Mr.Valls represented different American companies such as the Brockway Bottle Co., which supplied bottles to different liquor companies in Cuba: Bacardi Company, “Hatuey Beer” and others. In addition to all this, Mr.Valls also had a restaurant equipment company, and he imported espresso coffee machines from Italy and Spain. In 1960, Felipe Valls, Sr., returned to America. However, this time it was for completely different reasons: for freedom and to save his family and his life as he fled from Castro’s communist regime. Valls left all of his many successes in Cuba and arrived in Miami penniless. He eventually found a job with a company that sold restaurant equipment, something with which he already had previous experience in Cuba. It was not long before he saw the opportunity of importing espresso machines from Europe, and he then opened International Equipment Company, which sold restaurant equipment such as refrigeration, coffee machines and air conditioners to restaurants.

The equipment sold quickly and Valls decided to open outdoor Cuban coffee stands. He first bought Badia’s Restaurant on 8th and 16th Avenue, and after that he opened Versailles Restaurant, the business on 8th Street and 35th Avenue that would put him on the map. Little did Valls imagine that the small 120 seat restaurant he first opened would one day grow to seat 450 and be regarded as one of Miami’s landmarks amongst the Cuban community. In 2011,Versailles Restaurant celebrated its 40th anniversary; it has become and continues to be an icon in Little Havana, where its patrons feel they are a little closer to their homeland and the culture they left behind. Aside from the Cuban community, locals, tourists, celebrities and politicians alike all make their way to Versailles to see and be seen. Clinton, Bush, Reagan, Willy Chirino, Olga Guillot, Julio and Enrique Iglesias, Jay Z, Beyonce, Gloria Estefan, the Beach Boys, Pitbull, Robert Duvall and the like, have all visited this spot, where the pulse of Miami is felt and measured. A few years after Valls opened Versailles, he began to open the well-known chain of Cuban restaurants, La Carreta. At present, the Valls family employs around 2,000 people and their businesses include Versailles, multiple locations of La Carreta Restaurant chain, Casa Juancho, commercial real estate ventures, and various businesses at the Miami International Airport where you can find La Carreta Restaurant, Café Versailles, Café Carretas and a host of other restaurants and food concepts. Valls is emblematic of the remarkable economic success of Cubans in the U.S., what some have called “The Great Cuban Miracle”. The Miami Herald compared him to Midas when they called him the man with the golden touch because every business in which he is involved is a success… “turned to gold.” Valls resides in Miami with his family. He considers himself fortunate to have his son, Felipe Valls Jr., as his partner, who has brought their empire into today’s world as well as his daughters and grandchildren. They have all contributed to this family’s success and legacy.


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Col Pietsch is pictured with his granddaughter, Christine Hamalainen, at the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) annual meeting at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, in June.The OSS was organized during World War II and was the first effort by the United States to implement a centralized system of strategic intelligence and is the predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Special Operations Command.

Dreams of a Spy Life Began at Riverside By Amanda K. Griffin, CFRE

“Lost Horizon,” a book by English writer James Hilton, introduced to RMA cadets in 1938 by English teacher, Gordon Jones, set a young cadet on a remarkable career. Col. William H. “Bill” Pietsch Jr., ’38, was captivated by the story of the British secret service agent, Hugh Conway, and his adventures in Shangri-La. “I loved his book,” said Pietsch, who lives today in Kensington, Maryland, with his wife, Rose Marie. Pietsch, a native of New York State, came to Riverside because of a friendship between his father and General Sandy Beaver, then Academy president. Upon graduation from Riverside in 1938, at the age of 15, he concentrated on gaining admission to the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. After obtaining a waiver from the Secretary of War, Henry Stimson, with the approval of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, he entered the academy at the age of 16, the youngest cadet to win an appointment in modern history. In June 1942, Cadet First Sergeant Pietsch was telephoned by his father, who told his son he had been contacted by WWI comrade Bill Donovan, who had just been

appointed Coordinator of Information Services. Pietsch’s father said, “Bill Donovan wants you to know that your class will graduate early, did you know that? You will be assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division for training at Fort Benning and at Fort Bragg, did you know that? After you complete this training, you will report to Bill Donovan at his headquarters at 2430 E St, NW in Washington D.C. Can you remember this?’Yes sir!” replied his son, who was unaware of the impact Bill Donovan would have on his young life. In January, 1943, Bill Pietsch graduated from West Point at the age of 20 – the youngest man in his class. Before the end of 1943, he was personally recruited for service in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) by Donovan where the interview with Donovan consisted of a single question, “Do you consider yourself lucky?” And Bill Pietsch Jr. replied immediately, “Yes, sir!” On the direct order of President Roosevelt, Pietsch became a guest at a Spartan mountain camp called “Shangri-La.” This was President Roosevelt’s retreat in northern Maryland (later to be renamed Camp David by President Eisenhower). Pietsch was introduced to Sir William Stephenson, the principle intelligence advisor to Prime Minister Winston Churchill during WW II. He is best known by his wartime intelligence codename “Intrepid.” Pietsch was accepted by Sir William Stephenson as the third American officer to be “seconded” to the British Secret Service,

SOE Executive. He was designated OSS-003. Pietsch parachuted into Nazi-occupied France to make contact with the French resistance and help them obtain weapons, ammunition, and transportation in preparation for linking up with General Patton’s Third Army and General Patch’s Seventh Army. The mission was accomplished near the town of Auxerre, in the Province of Burgundy, and resulted in the liberation of Burgundy. General Eisenhower described this as a key event in his “Crusade in Europe.” Following World War II, Pietsch’s Russian language skills took him on numerous missions behind the “Iron Curtain” followed by forays into various Arab countries and Viet Nam. Written in a 50-year commemorative edition of the West Point yearbook, Pietsch said, “Our efforts delighted President Kennedy, who truly appreciated skillful covert operations. More recently there have been kind words from President Reagan and President H.W. Bush.” Pietsch retired after more than 30 years as a career Special Operations Officer. Today, he serves as senior vice president, a member of the board of directors, and a member of the executive committee for The OSS



Crash Site discovered for WWII Pilot and RMA Alumnus James Browne, a 1940 graduate of Riverside, earned his private pilot’s certificate while a cadet at RMA, but nothing, including military training with the Royal Air Force, prepared him to “fly the Hump.” Society. He also remains active as a Red Cross volunteer, a Homeland Defense Advisor, and as a consultant on military support for civil authority. His Riverside memories, in addition to “Lost Horizon,” include a 1938 Easter trip to Cuba with a fellow RMA cadet and friend whose father was a high-ranking official in the Cuban government. He sent a gunboat from Cuba to pick up the boys in Miami. What does OSS-003 have to say about Riverside, where his life’s story was shaped? “Riverside provided the foundation for all of the events that followed my years as a Riverside cadet,” said Pietsch. “I would never have gotten into West Point without the confidence instilled in me by Sandy Beaver, all the instructors, and even my fellow cadets.” The OSS Society celebrates the historic accomplishments of the Office of Strategic Services, the World War II predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. special Operations Command, and educates the American public about the importance of strategic intelligence and special operations to the preservation of freedom.

A perilous, Himalayan no-man’s land, the Hump became a graveyard for hundreds of fearless WWII-era fliers who battled Japanese fighters and impossible weather. He was just 21 years old on Nov. 17, 1942 when he took the co-pilot’s seat of a C-47 bound for Dinjan, India from Kunming, China. The wings of Browne’s aircraft iced over. The best guess is that it stalled out and dropped like a rock, landing in the rugged mountain jungle. Browne, the pilot, and a Chinese crewman were listed as missing in action. The C-47 remained hidden until last fall when Clayton Kuhles, a self-described “professional adventurer” from Arizona, and MIA Recoveries targeted the summit ridge of Cangshan Mountain in Burma as the likely site of the crash. Two attempts were scrubbed due to weather, but after hacking through bamboo and high-altitude grass, he recovered a piece of the C-47 that contained the construction number of the plane. It matched the manufacturer’s record proving beyond doubt that this was Browne’s plane. Browne’s cousin, Bob Willett, now 85 and retired in Florida, recalls the anguish of his aunt and uncle after they lost their only child. “They never recovered or became the people they were before,” states Willett. The death of an older cousin whom he idolized was “like an open wound” for Willett, who joined the China National Aviation Corp. Association, a collection of former pilots who had once flown The Hump. He met Kuhles at a 2005 reunion in San Francisco where he told him about Jimmy’s plane and how his loved one was never recovered. “Jim’s resting place just southwest of Dali, China, on Cangshan Mountain is now known,” says Willett.


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The Bissos send their thanks to the following alumni who made the trip possible:

Beach Bum Bissos By James Malcolm, ’86

Editor’s Note: Last fall Coach Errol Bisso, director of alumni relations, celebrated 50 years at RMA. Alumni raised funds to send Coach and “Mama Bisso” to the Bahamas for a week.The trip was organized by James Malcolm, ’86, director of Marketing, Sales and Public Relations, Lindroth Development Company LTD. Coach Errol Bisso and Mrs. Barbara Bisso arrived in Nassau, Bahamas on June 5. I welcomed them and drove them to Paradise Island and The Atlantis Resort where the Bissos were upgraded to an 11th floor suite in the centrally located Coral Towers with a view of the resort property and the Atlantic Ocean. (The upgrade was made possible by Atlantis’ head engineer, a friend and graduate of Johnson High School in Hall County, Georgia.) The Bissos spent two nights at the resort, and Coach even rode some of the water slides, including the “Leap of Faith” that takes one down through the shark tank. On Wednesday evening, I hosted the Bissos for dinner at the famous “Poop Deck” restaurant where Coach enjoyed stone crabs and Mrs. Bisso ate a Hog Snapper (a local delicacy). They boarded a high-speed ferry for the three-hour trip to Harbour Island, Eleuthera on Thursday. They were greeted on arrival there by more of the Malcolm family before checking into a lovely cottage called “Flanders House,” a two bedroom hill-top cottage with sweeping views of the harbor and the island of Eleuthera. Equipped with a golf cart for exploring the island, the Bissos spent their mornings at the famous Pink Sand beach, mid-day napping to avoid the tropical heat, and afternoons cruising the island on their golf cart. (Harbour Island is only three miles long by half a mile wide). After five days of total seclusion and relaxation they departed Harbour Island and flew back to Nassau via private charter, a six-seat Piper Aztec, which we believe is the smallest plane Coach has ever flown in. In Nassau, they connected with Air Tran for the return flight to Atlanta. They arrived at RMA safe and sound and much tanner!

S. David Alphin, ’65 Felipe E. Alvarez, ’85 Robert M. Baird, ’83 Bubba Boisfontaine, ’87 Michael K. Bullard, ’87 Thomas W. Caddoo, ’90 Arthur D. Canales, ’81 Franck D. Chantayan, ’84 Christopher A. Cotter, ’88 Justin B. Creech, ’88 Jorge L. De Cardenas, ’87 Joseph M. Fields, ’85 Raymond B. Fordyce, ’61 Joseph E. Frantz, ’87 Bernard M. Freeman, ’58 Jason J. Frost, ’88 Bill Glisson, ’78 Adam L. Greer, ’88 Kenneth I. Harms, ’56 Roland M. Hausmann, ’61 Enrique Herrero, ’82 Charles B. Hogan, ’76 Gerald R. Horner, ’84 Seth Judd, ’87 Alexander Kachler, ’85 J. C. Laucirica, ’82 Hector J. Laya, ’88 James K. Leicht, ’66 Raul E. Mathison, ’81 John B. McKernan, ’88 Michael E. Michaelis, ’85 Scott A. Monahan, ’87 J. Scott Morris, ’82 Kirk Morris, ’83 Ralph S. Norton, ’85 William P. Obier, ’70 Jonathan L. Pike, ’78 Alexander R. Ramsey, ’87 Mitchell J. Rauch, ’84 John J. Rhine, ’82 Cesar H. Rodriguez, ’76 Clint J. Ross, ’88 David J. Ross, ’83 Charles K. Stoner, ’82 Coy R. Stuart, ’75 M. Franz Vogt, ’62 Jim E. Watts, ’85 Sam Weil, ’66 Jeff Weiner, ’66 John E. Wells, ’61 John L. Wiggins, ’70 Richard S. Wojno, ’70 Andy Zager, ’88



ALUMNI CLASS NOTES Class Announcements:

Frank C. Parker is the city manager in Statesboro, GA.

Class of 1942 Alan J. Robinson retired in 2004 when his family seafood canning business was sold. He has remained active with an import mail order business.

James A. Ponce of St. Augustine, Florida, is the creator of the Conch House Resort and Restaurant, where he worked for 30 years. He is retired now and has three children.

Class of 1947 Eugene M. Schlossberg of St. Augustine Beach, Florida, attended Georgia Tech and majored in industrial management. He is the father of four children. He serves as a consultant for World Gym and as competition bodybuilding promoter. Class of 1954 David K. Hollis is the second generation owner of the Citizens Community Bank in Hahira, Georgia. Class of 1962 Phil H. Black (left), former realtor, contractor, and veteran banker, is running for the South Carolina District 2 Congressional seat. Joel W. Collins is an attorney in Columbia, South Carolina. He also teaches constitutional law at the South Carolina Honors College. Ricardo Martinez-Abreu, lives in Miami. He is married and has three children and three grandchildren. Class of 1963 Alan I. Greene joined the Coast Guard and graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa. He currently resides in St. Augustine, Florida. He owns the Sunshine Shop which has been voted the best swimwear store numerous times.

Class of 1964 William J. Coulston attended Temple University and majored in architecture and construction. He started his own construction company and retired after 40 years. He now owns a hardware store along with his son and grandson in Limerick, Pennsylvania. William E. Holt attended the University of South Carolina and worked in textiles until 2008 when he retired. He has a daughter and three grandchildren. His wife, Gaye, is running for State Representative in South Carolina. Class of 1965 William E. Martin, of Orange Park, Florida, left the military as a 1st Lt. after spending 10 years in the Army Reserves. He now buys real estate properties to rent or flip. He heads up a local real estate club that meets regularly to discuss how to buy, sell, and make money in today’s market. Class of 1967 James P. Galvin is Cardio Pulmonary Department Manager at Emory University Hospital. He received a business degree from Georgia State University and a degree in cardio pulmonary technology from Georgia State University. Class of 1969 Daniel K. Aiken recently transferred to Sweden and is working in marketing.

Riverside welcomed back to campus two alumni for March’s Parent’s Day parade. Col Benson (center) is pictured with Walter Smith, ’58 (left) and Stuart Shulman, ’41 (right), both of Palm Beach, Florida. Shulman’s visit was his first to campus since being a cadet, and he had not had contact with the school for over 50 years. Margaret Blackstock, RMA trustee who is assisting the alumni office track down “missing alumni,” found Shulman’s address in Palm Beach. Shulman was befriended by area alumni and attended the Miami alumni mixer last February. It is with regret that the alumni office learned of Shulman’s death on June 25. “My dad spoke very fondly of his time at Riverside,” said his son, Harry Shulman. Riverside is grateful for the brief time we had with former Cadet Shulman before his passing.


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ALUMNI CLASS NOTES Class of 1977 Rolando R. Santos graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1981 as a marine engineer. He was recently appointed as the chairman for Hull and Machinery for the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS). SAMS is recognized as the leading organization for the accreditation of marine surveyors. Class of 1980 Earl Dabbs, Jr. is the co-founder of Dabbs Williams Construction in Statesboro, Georgia. He has additional offices in Savannah and Augusta. He has over 30 years experience in the construction business. Robert L. Lindsey runs the sleep clinic for Piedmont Mountain Hospital. He has a master’s degree in psychology and has taught at several small colleges in the area. Class of 1982 LTC Richard A. Faulkner (left) submitted a case study of the Synchronized Redeployment and Operational Tracker (SPOT) to the Computerworld Honors Program for review. After review and qualification to meet strict selection criteria, his case study was granted Laureate status and he was recognized publicly at a medal ceremony in Washington D.C. on June 1, 2009.

Class of 1988 Hugo H. Saenz Mora resides in Bogota, Columbia. He received his B.A. in International Affairs from Northern Arizona University and his Masters Degree in Defense and Security Analysis from the University of Lancaster in the United Kingdom. He has worked at different jobs in Academia in Bogota. Hugo works at his family printing business in addition to working as a freelance Defense and Security Analyst in Bogota. Jeremy M. Siegel graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1993 and now resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Class of 1991 Lamont D. Artis is working in Ghana developing modern townships in partnership with the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing. His company has been asked to build 30,000 homes for all government workers to purchase. The developments include water, sewer, parks, and schools. H. Landon Moxley welcomed his new son, Archer William Moxley, who was born at home at 7:07 p.m. on April 9 at 8 lbs, 20¼ inches. His children, Hunter, Baylin, Drake, and Jenna are excited to see their new brother.

Class of 1983 John S. Wilbert is a chef at 30 Degree Blue Restaurant in Panama City, Florida.

Class of 1992 Benjamin A. Harris is a commercial developer in Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

Class of 1984

Class of 1993 Thomas G. Harris is currently finishing college after recently retiring from the Army. He is the author of the book “A Georgia Love Story” about a soldier, Chett Hargis, who has recently returned from a year in Iraq.

Bobby “Chip” Edwards (pictured left with his flight crew) retired from the United States Air Force at Dyess AFB in Abilene, Texas, on June 1st after 23 years of service. Chip flew a C-130 for 22 years. Class of 1986 William R. Scott (right), of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, is engaged to Michelle Schottman. They plan to wed in December. Class of 1987 Danny Z. Fabian is a chartered fishing guide at his company, Fabian Fishing Charters, in Goodland, Florida. Scott D. Applegate, RMA ’87, has been selected for promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. MAJ(P) Applegate is an Information Systems Management Officer currently on sabatical from the force, pursuing a PhD in Information Technology at George Mason University where his studies focus on cyber conflict. He has over 21 years of enlisted and officer service in the Army and served in both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. MAJ(P) Applegate is married to the former Sara Elizabeth Minarik and they have two children, Preston Scott, 3, and Marley Page, who was born on Valentines Day earlier this year.

Class of 1995 Capt. Anthony G. Davis, USMC, has been promoted to Major. He is moving to Ft. Benning, Georgia, with wife Erin and two children - Madison, age five, and Jackson, two months. He has been assigned to the Infantry School as an instructor at the Maneuver Captains Career Course. Class of 1996 S. Ryan Honey (right) is a print broker in Cleveland, Georgia. He and his wife, Jenny, welcomed their son Connor on July 1. Class of 2003 William B. McCameron is opening up Brewery 85, a production brewery, with his friend Jeremy Caldwell in Greenville, South Carolina. They plan on distributing their beer in local bars by fall of 2013.



Class of 2004 David K. Elam II is a financial professional associate with Prudential, the Southern Financial Group, in Atlanta. He is a graduate of Harvard University where he was president of the men’s club lacrosse team.


Laurence D. Adams, ’65 (1/2/2011)

Sam A. Marks, ’35 (8/8/2012)

Theodore T. Bache, ’58 (1/9/2012)

Gary J. Martin, ’62 (8/25/2011)

Christopher Gault (Berger), ’63 Richard M. McGrew, Jr., ’47 (8/16/2011) (3/10/2011)

Class of 2007 Taylor C. Walters is pursuing a bachelor’s of science in architecture from Georgia Tech. He has one semester left to complete his degree and completed a summer internship at Lord, Aeck, and Sargent in Atlanta, the firm who designed Riverside’s Sandy Beaver Center and participated in the master plan of RMA.

Alan H. Birdsall, ’40 (6/24/2011)

Charles E. Messer, ’53 (3/15/2010)

Robert C. Biszantz, Jr., ’64 (1/16/2011)

James J. Miller, ’65 (3/9/2012)

William C. Boehmer, Sr., ’36 (4/28/2012)

William H. O’Dell, ’43 (5/1/2010)

Class of 2010 Brandon R. McKinney transferred from Georgia Military College to Tuskegee University to play tight end for the Tuskegee Golden Tigers.

Robert L. Brown, ’60 (9/8/2011)

Robert J. Patterson, Jr., ’43 (2/25/2011)

Bruce H. Buchholzer, ’48 (2/20/2012)

Carmine Petteruti, ’43 (3/18/2010)

Clayton E. Chandler, ’72 (1/31/2012)

Donald O. Phelps, ’43 (1/4/2012)

Jonathan T. Faulk, ’62 (1/15/2012)

Robert R. Radell, ’54 (6/13/2011)

Phillip L. Forrester, ’52 (3/8/2012)

Theodore S. Rader, Jr., ’47 (5/10/2011)

Leonard B. Fox, Jr., ’41 (2/10/2012)

William C. Rivers, Jr., 1942-43 (4/4/1997)

Lucien C. Gamble, ’44 (3/7/2010)

Paul D. Ross, ’63 (9/26/2011)

Richard L. Glatzer, ’51 (10/21/2010)

Robert T. Seaman, ’43 (2/18/2011)

Robert A. Gray, ’64 (4/7/2011)

Stuart M. Shulman, ’41 (6/25/2012)

Ira M. Greenblatt, ’43 (1/25/2011)

Delbert O. Smith, ’63 (5/15/2010)

Allen S. Hale, ’43 (9/7/2011)

John Z. Solomon, III, ’53 (12/6/2009)

Richard L. Hinson, Jr., ’44 (6/16/2012)

Herman J. Spoto, ’67 (1/11/2012)

John A. Hollmeyer, ’62 (1/23/2012)

Donald G. St. Onge, ’46 (1/6/2012)

Walter R. Holloway, ’47 (2/5/2011)

Wyville L. Thornbury, II, ’57 (1/29/2012)

Arthur V. Kage, ’43 (1/11/2010)

Martin S. Tritt, ’51 (6/18/2012)

Lawrence A. Karst, ’68 (1/28/2012)

Ernest L. Walker, 1962-65 (8/4/2011)

Donald E. Kiser, ’66 (9/12/2011)

Louis R. Walker, ’43 (6/4/2011)

Eugene S. Korash, ’53 (2/5/2010)

Edward White, ’60 (4/26/2012)

Class of 2012 Jordan M. Koevenig, (pictured left, with his parents) had his Army swearing-in ceremony May 29 and then reported to Fort Benning. Alec Ruppenthal (pictured left, on the left) reported to the US Naval Academy in early July to begin his plebe summer in Annapolis, MD.

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President Dr. James H. Benson, Col, USMC (Ret)

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Board of Trustees Miss Lucile E. Beaver, Emerita Mr. Paul A. Gross, ’56, Chairman Mr. Frederick J. Kennedy, ’64, Vice Chairman Ira J. Middleberg, Esq., ’66, Treasurer Mr. S. Terry Clontz, Secretary Mrs. Jerry B. Blackstock Mr. Carlos A. Cervantes, ’59 Mr. Counte L. Cooley Mr. C. Brian Daniel Mr. Arnold B. Evans Mr. P. Alexander Fraser Mr. Bernard M. Freeman, ’58 Mr. Felix A. Gonzalez Canto, ’86 Mr. Charles A. James, ’64 Mr. James D. Kalmenson, ’77 Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman Mr. C. J. “Jody” Lail, Jr. Mr. Kenneth L. McKelvey Mr. O. Jon McRae, Jr. Mr. Richard M. Nichols Mr. J. Allen Nivens, Jr. Mr. Daniel G. Oakey, ’75 Jeffrey S. Weiner, Esq., ’66

Alumni Council Mr. Daniel G. Oakey, ’75, Chairman Mr. Errol J. Bisso, ’61, Alumni Relations Director Mr. Kenneth B. Bess, ’87 Mr. Sumner R. Cahoon, Jr., ’49 Mr. Bernard G. Cane, ’74 Capt. Charles H. Cook, ’74 Mr. Justin B. Creech, ’88 Mr.Victor L. Disharoon, ’72 Mr. Bernard M. Freeman, ’58 Mr. Jay A. Glazer, ’64 Mr. William T. Glisson, ’78 Mr. Harold T. Hunt, III, ’98 Mr. Robert D. Jones, ’56 Mr. Kim M. Kanakis, ’75 Mr. Robert L. Lindsey, III, ’80 Mr. Ernest T. Lopez, ’84 Dr. John F. Mandt, ’56 Mr. Scott A. Monahan, ’87 Mr. Paul B. Posner, ’56 Judge E.J. Salcines, ’56 Mr. Seth Wagner, ’56 Mr. James C.Young, ’78 Board of Visitors As of July 6, 2012

Mr. Gregory F. Werd, ’56, Chairman Mr. Alexander C. Deitch, ’98, Vice Chairman Ms. Brenda Bahel Mr. Ruben A. Barahona, ’89

Mr. Arthur M. Boisfontaine, ’87 Mr. James T. Davis, Jr. Mr. Robert F. Eidson, Jr. Mr. Christian Eiroa, ’89 Mr. Sean E. Fennelly Mr. Thomas M. Finn Mr. Raymond B. Fordyce, ’61 Mr. Robert L. Fowler, Jr. Mr. Jay A. Glazer, ’64 Mr. Joseph M. Gordon, ’96 Mrs. Susan L. Graybeal Mr. Drew W. Horner, ’78 Judge Steve C. Jones Maj. Karl R. Katterjohn, ’64 Mr. Marc D. Kutter Mr. Richard A. Lang, Jr., ’56 Mr. Richard A. Luna Mr. Fredy E. Marrufo, ’90 Mrs. Kayanne S. Massey Mr. Whitney H. Owens, ’79 Mr.Victor M. Pacheco, ’01 Mr. Thomas H. Paris, III Mrs. Eleanor M. Parkes Mr. Robert G. Pennington Mr. Ross H. Pittman, Jr., ’56 Mrs. Jo Anne Reed Mr. H. Jerome Russell Mr. W. Michael Strickland Mr. James R.Van Arsdale, ’79 Mr. F. Chris Whitlock Mr. Clark Wiese Mr. W. Keith Wood Mr. Andrew C. Zager, ’88

Purchase your brick for the Riverside Memorial Plaza Honor Project! Mark your reunion year with the purchase of an inscribed brick to honor your class, fellow River Rat, or a favorite coach or teacher. Purchase between now and October 5th to ensure that your brick is in Memorial Plaza in time for Homecoming! Complete and mail this form or order online, under the “Giving� section of

ORDER FORM (please print clearly and be sure to double-check your spelling) I would like to purchase ____ 4" x 8" brick paver(s) at $125 each 3 lines per brick (max) with 18 characters per line, including spaces and punctuation 1
















































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I would like to purchase _______ 8" x 8" brick paver(s) at $250 each 5 lines per brick (max) with 18 characters per line, including spaces and punctuation 1





















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Brick paver purchases are tax deductible. Individuals ordering pavers will receive a letter verifying the order which also serves as a receipt for the donation. Riverside has established guidelines for brick inscriptions and reserves the right to reject any submission. For more information, contact Karen Schulze in the advancement office at (770) 532-6251 ext. 4506 or email

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Upcoming Events

Event times and locations are subject to change. August 23

ROC (New Cadet) Registration

October 27


August 25

Returning Cadets Registration

November 3


August 27

First Day of Class

November 10 Veterans Day Parade (Atlanta)

September 8-9

Band Camp

November 16-24

Thanksgiving Furlough

September 8

ACT (seniors mandatory)

December 1


September 15-16

Band Camp

December 2

Christmas on Green Street

September 21

ROC Parade

December 8


September 29

Cadet Photos

October 6

SAT (seniors mandatory)

December 14 Employee Appreciation Parade, Holiday Concert, Banquet

October 17

PSAT (sophomores & juniors)

December 22-Jan.6

Holiday Furlough

October 17, 18, 20

Fine Arts Fall Play

January 7

First Day of Class

October 25

Band/Chorus Fall Concert

January 16

ROC Registration

October 26-27

Homecoming & Parents weekend

January 16-18

First Semester Exams

January 26


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Reveille Summer 2012 Issue  

Reveille is a bi-annual publication of Riverside Military Academy.

Reveille Summer 2012 Issue  

Reveille is a bi-annual publication of Riverside Military Academy.