October 2011

Help FUMA's Fellowship of Christian Athletes Support Operation 25:40

"The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'" -  Matthew 25:40

Fork Union Military Academy's FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) Huddle is reaching out to our local churches and the community to help us hold our first annual Operation 25:40, which will take place on FUMA's campus December 10, 2011. The goal of this operation is to help local families in need. 

Our FCA Huddle plans to serve a meal with homemade desserts, have a dramatic retelling of the real Christmas story, give away some awesome prizes, offer families the chance to have a family portrait taken, and allow the kids to meet Santa and receive special gifts. We also hope to send each family away with gift bags of essential food and non-food items. 

In order to make Operation 25:40 a success, we need your help.

To all parents, cadet family members and/or guardians, you can help FUMA's FCA in the following ways: 

The 4 Fs of Fall Health

As I gaze about the FUMA campus and surrounding countryside, I want to share a quote of Faith Baldwin's. "Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees."
Fall is certainly here, and along with its magnificence and beauty, it brings changing health challenges. The flu season has begun, allergies are in full swing, and colds are on the rise. 
Prevention is the best solution. These are the "4 Fs" of a healthy season:
1. Fill up on great seasonal fruits and vegetables. While "tricks and treats" abound, consider passing up that fat producing candy and pies for foods that are high in fiber, low in fat, and full of vitamins and minerals.
2. Faithfully and fastidiously wash your hands, especially before eating. Any germs to which you may be exposed by touching surfaces in the classroom, office, bathroom, or through a handshake, can be cleansed away with thorough, effective scrubbing and rinsing of your hands. 
3. Fit in time for a simple, safe, and effective exercise program. It must be tailored to your lifestyle and schedule so you are able to accomplish your personal goals. 
4. Flu shots are another easy way of avoiding illness. While they are not 100% effective, they do greatly lessen the chance of serious complications and even death secondary to the flu. 

Academic Honors for 2010-2011

On Friday morning, October 28th, after Commandant's Call the following cadets will be presented with medals by RADM J. Scott Burhoe for receiving either Dean's List or Honor Roll for the 2010-2011 year.

To earn Dean's List for the year a cadet must have attained a grade of "A" in all five academic classes for the 2010-2011 school year. To earn Honor Roll for the year he must have earned grades of "A" or "B" in all five academic classes for the 2010-2011 school year.
Dean's List
Alexander, John
Bernard, Leonard
Bonner, Dallas
Chae, Daniel
Corrie, Jordan
Gam, Jeonghan
Jang, JinYoung
Leger, Anthony
Park, Woo Soung
Welch, Brandon
Xu, Lingding
Yang, DaiRu

Honor Roll
Akowski, David
Arroyo, Luis
Bamisile, Michael
Beale, Matthew
Bryan, Adam
Carmine, Matthew
Carson, Robert
Carter, Charlie
Collins, Alexander
Devine, William (Scott)
Doub, Louis
Dyer, Brandon
Edwards, Zachary
Giacoma, Gregory
Groft, Logan
Grunau, Jasher
Hackenburg, Christian
Hillegass, Blaine
Hopewell, Jarrett
Jackson, Bryce
Jacobson, Jesse
Jang, Won Seok
Joslyn, Stephen
Justice, Luke
Kang, Seok Won
Keuper, Christian
Kim, Yong Hun
Kimbrough, Hunter
Lamb, Kyle
Lentner, Ryan
McIlnay, James (Cannon)
Pastore, Abram
Raymond, Louis
Ross, John A
Saleh, Mohamed
Siegel, Brett
Stevens, Ronald
Stone, Austin
Stone, Jonathan
Suders, Ryan
Yang, Kaiwen
Watson, Cody
Wright, Denver
Wright, Dondre
Yang, DaiXu
Yost, Jack


Find the Good and Praise It

Last night I presented awards at the Virginia Military School Rifle League banquet, held right here at the Fork Union Village Restaurant. Fork Union Military Academy won the state tournament and regular season championship  for the third consecutive year. Cadet Daniel Nix won the most individual awards, and the team is positioned to have another terrific year in 2012.  Congratulations to the cadets and the coaches, CPT James Benson and CPT Mike Pavlansky. 
This week we welcomed several new cadets, and reflected on the excitement of last week and the weekend. We had beautiful weather for Parents Weekend, and enjoyed very positive interaction with our parents, grandparents, and families.  My comment after the Corps was formed and placed at parade rest was: “I’ve been doing this for over 34 years, and seen many parades, but haven’t seen it done any better than this.”  It was an impressive display, and I could see the pride in each cadet as they passed in review.
On Monday I visited another military prep school in Virginia. I enjoyed learning from an experienced president, and it gave me a renewed appreciation for the expansive and well-manicured campus of FUMA. It also showed me how our new dormitory will help us outpace other boarding schools…and reminded me of our uniqueness as a Christian, college-preparatory, residential boarding school that uses the best elements of the military.

Meet Bruce Patterson - Fine Arts Chair

Name: Bruce Patterson Title: Chairman of Fine Arts  Years at FUMA:  14

Thanks to the Parents!

Thank you FUMA Parents for coming out to a great Parents Weekend at Fork Union Military Academy the weekend of October 21, 2011!  Thank you for the fellowship at an outstanding dinner!  Thank you for supporting the Parents Association with your bids at our live auction!  Thank you for spending time with your sons' teachers!  Thank you for watching the Cadets' first parade of the year!  Have a great rest of the fall season!  

Admissions coming to New York and the Philadelphia area Nov. 5 and 6

Next week we will be travelling to New York and Mt. Laurel NJ to host Admissions events for prospective families. Saturday November 5th we will be at the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel from 9am to 1 pm. Sunday November 6th we travel to the Philadelphia area and will host an event at the Courtyard Mt. Laurel, NJ from 1pm to 4pm.

Our next enrollment dates are January 3rd for our upper school and January 16th for the middle school. I will be accompanied by the Assistant to the President of Fork Union Military Academy. If you are interested in Fork Union for the current school year, or if you are looking ahead to next year, please stop by and visit with us.

Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel
Two Times Square
714 Seventh Avenue at W. 48th Street
New York, New York 10036
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Courtyard Mt. Laurel
1000 Century Parkway
Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054
1:00 to 4:00 pm

Kudos to the Corps of Cadets

I would like to express a multitude of kudos to the Corps of Cadets for their outstanding performance during the Parent's Weekend Parade.The key leaders had several practices prior to the parade but due to inclement weather, picture day, and a trip to Washington, D.C., we only mustered one Corps practice. For those that witnessed the Corps performance, you would not have guessed there was only one practice as a combined Corps. Hats off to the combined Corps!!!!

We are currently gearing-up for the Veteran's Day Ceremony which is 11 November 2011. The ceremony will begin at Hatcher Hall at 6:30 PM with Retreat ,(sunset flag lowering ceremony), followed by movement to the  campus Veteran's Memorial. The speaker for the ceremony is Rear Admiral Burhoe, President of FUMA.

On 28 October the Commandant's Dept. will announce the Winning Company and Zero Demerit cadets who are eligible for an earned leave on 4 November. It's my pleasure to announce that as of this writing there are 184 cadets eligible for the Zero Demerit leave. The winning company remains "classified information" until Friday, 28 October.

How are plans coming along for the rapidly approaching Thanksgiving Leave?

Many thanks to all for your support.

Best regards,


LTC Williamson





Admissions Director at Tyson's Corner Center October 22 and 23

I will be at the kiosk in Tyson's Corner Center this weekend, Saturday and Sunday. We are preparing to begin our second term in the upper school and term 3 begins right after the Christmas holiday. Our rolling admission policy means that it is never too late to consider enrollment. If you are interested in learning more about Fork Union Military Academy, please stop by. The kiosk is located in the mall, outside Macy's second floor entrance.

Prep Football vs. Collegiate broadcast today

The Prep Football team's game today will be broadcast live starting at 2:45pm on WHAN Radio, 102.9 FM and 1430 AM, AND a special stream of the broadcast will be available at 2:45pm on WHAN's "Hanover County Game of the Week" page, at the link below!

Link: Listen To Collegiate/Fork Union LIVE HERE!

Focused on the Mission

When I greeted the newest cadets and their parents, I committed to publishing a weekly blog, and shared that I knew there would be weeks when my entry would simply say: “too busy this week to report on what happened.” Well today is one of those days…and this week one of those weeks.

Last night we hosted a dinner for our Board of Trustees in the Guy Beatty Library. Yes, we ate dinner in the library.

It was a terrific night with the customary excellent food provided by our own dining hall staff, and it capped seven hours of meetings where we developed a plan to complete the new dormitory, and discussed admissions, athletics, academics, and of course the financial health of Fork Union Military Academy, and its bright future. Later this morning we will have discussions with the full Board.

I was reminded of why I chose to work at FUMA. There are no finer people in the world…and everyone here is focused on the mission of the school, which is to educate, develop, and inspire young men in a college preparatory, Christian, residential environment. Because of the commitment of our Board, Faculty, and Staff, cadets learn confidence, responsibility, leadership, and discipline in a positive atmosphere of mental, physical, and spiritual growth.

The Academy is looking its very best, thanks to the hard work of our maintenance staff…and within hours of concluding our Board meeting, we will be hosting Parents Weekend.

So, please forgive me for making such a short entry…or thank me…but be assured that next week I’ll be back.

Go Board of Trustees! Go Parents! Go FUMA!


Remind Your Senior Cadet To Get Those College Applications Done

Since alot of you will be on the FUMA campus for Parents Weekend, the Guidance Department encourages you to talk with your son if he is a senior to start on his college applications and have them completed before the Christmas Break. The holidays are approaching fast - now that fall is in the air - and we joke with the seniors all the time telling them, "You don't want to be sitting under the Christmas tree doing college applications!"  We will remind them too, of course, but this coming weekend please talk to them about filling out their college applications in order to get the ball rolling and get them to thinking.  We would like for them to apply to at least 5 colleges.

If you have questions, please contact any of our Guidance Department staff at 434/842-4203.