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FUMA Prep Football to play nationally-broadcast game on ESPN

The prep football team at Fork Union Military Academy will face off with Hermitage High School of Richmond, Virginia in a nationally-broadcast football game carried by the ESPN network on Saturday, August 25, 2012. The game will be hosted at Oscar C. Smith High School in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Last year, ESPN broadcast thirteen high school games on their channels.

Hermitage High School has one of the best players in the state in running back Derrick Green, who is weighing scholarship offers from at least two dozen college programs. Fork Union is led by nationally-ranked quarterback Christian Hackenburg who has committed to play next year for Penn State.

Plans are underway for this game and FUMA hopes to have a large contingent of staff, cadets, alumni, and friends on hand to cheer on our Blue Devils. 

JOIN US for a Tailgate before the Football Game!!!

Throw on your blue and red to show your Fork Union pride and come join us at River Oak Church before the game!!!

  • Food & drinks available for purchase from Nader's Bistro (Nader Hagez, class of '95)
  • Ticket Will Call and Sales
  • Alumni Registry & Parent's Association Table
  • FUMA Apparel & Gear for Purchase
  • Raffle for FUMA Gifts & Prizes

After the game, head on back to the church for a post-game gathering with the football team!!

Timeline of Events
11:00 am: Tailgate begins
3:00 pm: FUMA vs. Hermitage kick-off
6:30 pm: Post-game celebration with the football team

River Oak Church (located less than a mile from the stadium)
255 Great Bridge Blvd Chesapeake, VA 23320

**Please note that both River Oak Church and Oscar Smith High School have a strict no alcohol or tobacco policy.


Enterovirus precautions for parents

Fork Union Military Academy is requesting the assistance of our parents and families in preventing the possible spread of illnesses within our Corps of Cadets. The past couple of weeks have seen a rise in reported cases of Enterovirus D68 across the country, including several suspected cases in central Virginia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Virginia's Department of Health have provided some common sense guidelines for limiting any possible outbreaks of this highly contagious illness.

Enteroviruses are quite common, with more than one hundred types of enteroviruses identified, and these viruses can cause a variety of symptoms. The Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is similar to a rhinovirus which causes the common cold, but whereas colds may start with fever, cough, and runny nose, EV-D68 seems to only cause a fever in 25-30% of reported cases, and it can quickly lead to more significant respiratory symptoms including coughing and wheezing. 

With many of our young men going home on leave in the upcoming days, it is important to be aware of such illnesses and take appropriate precautions to prevent the spread of this virus and other illnesses in our Corps of Cadets. 

Laptop Policy Information

FUMA will once again be incorporating laptop computers into our classrooms for all Upper School Students. The following information is to help you understand what we will be implementing and to solicit any questions or comments that you may have.

All cadets are required to bring a laptop which meets the specifications outlined below. 

While we have been a school with a one-to-one ratio of computers to students for some years, we believe the advances in information technology that continue to occur will allow us to better educate and prepare our cadets for college if we have this technology available to all students all of the time.

Our goal is to support the process of student learning and to develop a core set of skills that will help them be better students and prepare them for college and the "real world" of careers. We intend to continue to emphasize the use of technology as a tool for gathering and organizing information for useful purposes rather than as entertainment.

Any questions related to laptops for next year can be directed to MAJ Scott Krogh ( – 434-842-4375

The specifications for the required laptops are as follows:

  • Must have Windows 7 or better (Windows 8)
  • Must have at least 4 GB of RAM (required to run Windows 7 or better)
  • Must have 50 GB or more of FREE Hard-Drive Space (the overall size isn't as important as the free space)
  • Must have an Ethernet (Wired) Connection (for Jacobson Hall) and Wireless Connection (for Classroom/Rest of Campus)
  • Operating System must be in English
  • Macs are permitted, but must have a Windows partition on them for the classroom environment.
  • School will provide access to the Microsoft Office Suite for the students.
  • Must be a full-functioning Laptop (not a tablet, phone, e-reader, etc.)

Fork Union Hosts College Admissions Roundtable

Admissions officers representing a dozen colleges and universities participated in a College and University Admissions Roundtable discussion for faculty and staff in the Guy Beatty Library on the campus of Fork Union Military Academy on Wednesday morning. For more than two hours, the college admissions personnel discussed the characteristics of their school's ideal admissions candidates and answered questions from the teachers in attendance.

"Our vision in hosting this seminar is for our staff and faculty to learn directly from the front line of college admissions offices how best to prepare our cadets for success on these college campuses," explains COL Todd Giszack, the Academic Dean at Fork Union Military Academy. "As a college preparatory school," Giszack continued, "it is vital that our programs be on the leading edge of preparing young men for success after high school."

The roundtable brought together admissions professionals from the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth University, James Madison University, Christopher Newport University, University of Mary Washington, Radford University, Roanoke College, Bluefield College, Randolph Macon College, Bridgewater College, and Virginia Wesleyan College. Such a large gathering of college admissions officers for a panel discussion was unprecendented in this region in recent memory, and demonstrates Fork Union Military Academy's commitment to leadership as a college preparatory institution. 

Important Info Regarding PG Football Game Against Apprentice School

The PG Football game scheduled for Friday, August 22, against the Apprentice School may be postponed until Saturday, the 23, due to inclement weather.

Please call Coach Shuman Thursday night for updates on this matter.

The #IceBucketChallenge is accepted by Chaplain James Benson

Following his nomination by Coach Brian Hurlocker, the Chaplain of Fork Union Military Academy, stepped forward with some nominations of his own. You'll have to watch the video to see who is next in line to face the icy bath, but let's just say we liked Chaplain Benson's shout out to our last football team to win the State Championship. Nice way to motivate this year's team!

Coach Brian Hurlocker accepts the #IceBucketChallenge

Coach Brian Hurlocker, head prep football coach at Fork Union Military Academy, today accepted the challenge from his former roomate to participate in the #IceBucketChallenge to help raise awareness and donations for research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. According to the loose rules of this social media campaign, once a person is "nominated" to participate, he or she has 24 hours to either post a video online of themselves dumping a bucket of ice water on their heads, or make a contribution to ALS research. They then nominate up to three other individuals to take up the challenge.

With the help of his prep football players, Coach Hurlocker endured an industrial-sized 44-gallon can of icy water being poured over his head. He then promptly nominated FUMA's Chapain, James Benson, to face what he now calls the "Ice Can Challenge."

Check-In Dates and Reminders for Cadets Entering for Fall

The new school year is fast approaching and more than one hundred football players are already on campus at Fork Union Military Academy in preseason training camps. The rest of our students will return to our upper school and middle school in the days ahead.

Check-In Dates

All check-ins begin at 0800 in the morning.

  • August 18 - Upper School officer candidates report for leadership training
  • August 18 - Prep soccer players report
  • August 25 - Postgraduate basketball players report
  • August 25 - New middle school cadets report
  • August 25 - New international cadets report (middle school & upper school)
  • August 26 - New upper school cadets report (including all rising 9th graders from FUMA's middle school)
  • August 28 - Returning upper school and middle school cadets report
  • August 29 - Classes begin

Health Forms

All new and returning students are required to have an up-to-date physical and health form on file prior to enrolling each year. You may download the health form and related information from the Download Forms section of our website.

Upper School Laptop Information

All upper school students (grades 9 to 12 and postgraduates) will need to arrive on campus with a laptop computer that meets our specifications. Information regarding laptop specifications may be found at

Upon arrival on campus, all laptops must be turned in for configuration by our staff at the Perkins Technology Center to ensure they meet our specifications and for installation of required software. This process takes a few days, and the laptop will be returned to the student upon completion of this configuration.

Fork Union's Ali Khalafalla ranked as #2 top individual performances of 2013-2014

Scrimmage Play magazine recently published their list of the "Top 10 Individual Performances" of the 2013-2014 school year, and Fork Union's own Ali Khalafalla came in ranked at #2 for his dominating performance at the VISAA Swimming State Championship meet. Congratulations, Ali!



Coach Shuman making an impact at Virginia Tech. No, not THAT Coach Shuman, the other one.

Coach Shuman is continuing to make an impact at Virginia Tech these days. Coach Ryan Shuman, that is. The son of legendary football coach John Shuman, Ryan is the Olympic Sports Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at Virginia Tech. Having played football as a three-year starter for the Hokies, Ryan continued on as a graduate assistant while pursuing his masters degree, and now is a full-time staff member.

As the articles below in the Roanoke and Richmond newspapers describe it, Coach Shuman sounds like a chip off of the old block, coaching with the same level of skill and quiet, self-deprecating humor for which his famous father is known.



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