Virtual Toast to Fork Union
On May 1st, 2020, over 100 alumni virtually joined to toast Fork Union Military Academy and honor alumni we lost in the previous year. Classes also participated in break-out rooms to catch-up and share stories. Due to the ongoing pandemic, we were unable to hold Alumni Weekend as an in-person event in 2020. Although we were disappointed that we couldn't gather on campus for Alumni Weekend, we were excited to bring Alumni Weekend to you – virtually!
We hope to have an outdoor in-person Alumni Day Saturday May 22nd, 2021.
Cloud Technologies: How the Cloud Can Help You and Your Business Now, and In the Future.
Webinar Hosted By Scott Pleasants '91 & Rick Trinidad '92
Fork Union Alumni Scott Pleasants (left) of Liberty University and DMG Today, along with Rick Trinidad, Department of Defense Solutions and Amazon Web Services, joined FUMA alumni and friends to discuss how the cloud can help you and your business now and in the future. There was also an emphasis on the educational sector and how rapidly changing technology is affecting the way schools operate and boys learn.
The Passing Game
Over 75 alumni and friends joined for an update on the documentary film featuring FUMA's own Naismith Hall of Fame nominated basketball coach Fletcher Arritt '60. The film by award winning producer Phil Wall '04 is in post production and features many former FUMA players like Princeton University legend Sydney Johnson '92 featured to the left. Click on the photo for a preview of the film.
FUMA Social - Raleigh, NC
Hosted by Stephen Ashby '94, Jeff Weatherspoon '74 & Cory Wessel '04
Usually there is a full house to greet FUMA President Col. David Coggins when he arrives at the North Ridge Country Club. Like everything in 2020, this year was different. Hosts Stephen Ashby '94, Jeff Weatherspoon '74 & Cory Wessel '04 did an excellent job of organizing a virtual event so alumni, parents and friends could connect and hear updates on the academy. Col. Coggins along with Mike Goad, FUMA's Academic Dean, shared visons for the academy along with adjustments that have been made due to COVID-19. Band and Choir Director Daniel Signor also detailed the exciting things happening in the fine arts department.
Raleigh and surrounding area residents, mark your calendars for Tuesday November 9th, 2021. We hope to be in-person this fall!
Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. residents please mark your calendars for Thursday October 7th, 2021 for a FUMA social at the Army Navy Country Club in Alexandria. This event is hosted by Stuart Harrison '79 and Fred Baerenz '79.
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1st Annual FUMA Fall Golf Classic
Champion Paul Dwyer '76 of Old Orchard Beach, Maine
The FUMA Fall Golf Classic was a virtual golf tournament where golfers could play on any course, anywhere in the world. Using the 18birdies app, golfers recorded their scores online. With the Peoria Scoring Systems, six holes were secretly selected as the scoring holes. Golfers do not know which holes have been selected. Players teed off and completed their rounds, playing stroke play and scoring in the normal fashion. A Peoria handicap was calculated by adding the player’s strokes over par on the selected hole, and multiplying that number by three. That was the player’s allowance to be deducted from the gross score. In the end Paul Dwyer '76 edged out Cory Wessel '04 for the right to hoist the handcrafted Chris 'Nothnagle Trophy'.
We look forward to the 2nd Annual FUMA Fall Golf Classic this coming October!
10 Truths No Matter Who Wins
Webinar Hosted by Financial Advisor Bill Drewry '86
Bill Drewry '86 hosted an apolitical discussion looking back at previous presidential elections and how the financial markets reacted. Politics and investing have always been spoken about in the same breath. Market commentators, and even presidents, have linked the performance of the stock market as a sort of barometer of a president's effectiveness.But the data doesn't support this link, and investors would be wise to think critically before making investment decisions. Long-term performance of the market has shown almost no relationship with government policies. Instead, the key drivers of stock market performance have proven to be earnings and economic growth.