Virtual Toast to Fork Union
On May 1, 2020, over a hundred alumni toasted FUMA. Due to the ongoing pandemic, we were unable to gather for an in-person event so we met virtually for alumni activities. Classes participated in breakout rooms to catch up with friends and share stories.
We hope to celebrate Alumni Day at FUMA on Saturday, May 22, 2021. Stay tuned.
Cloud Technologies: How the Cloud Can Help You and Your Business Now, and In the Future.
Fork Union Alumni Scott Pleasants '91 (left) of Liberty University and DMG Today, along with Rick Trinidad '92, 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 education and how rapidly changing technology is affecting schools and learning.
Over 75 alumni and friends joined for an update on the documentary film featuring FUMA's Naismith National Basketball Hall of Fame nominee 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's Sydney Johnson '92, featured in the photo. Click on the photo for a preview of the film.
FUMA Social - Raleigh, NC
Usually there is a full house to greet FUMA President David Coggins when he arrives at the North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh, North Carolina. Like everything in 2020, this year was different. Hosts Stephen Ashby '94, Jeff Weatherspoon '74, and 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 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, Durham, and Chapel Hill residents, mark your calendars for Tuesday November 9th, 2021. We hope to meet in-person this fall at the North Ridge Country Club.
Northern Virginia and Washington, DC residents, we hope to see you on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at the Army - Navy Country Club in Alexandria for a FUMA social. This event will be hosted by the Class of '79.
If you are interested in sponsoring an event in your region, please contact Kate Goad at firstname.lastname@example.org
1st Annual FUMA Fall Golf Classic
Champion Paul Dwyer '76
Adapting under pandemic circumstances, the FUMA Fall Golf Classic was a virtual event. Golfers could play on any course in the world. Players completed their rounds, playing stroke play and recording their scores online, using the 18birdies app. Using the Peoria Scoring Systems, each players handicap was calculated by adding the strokes over par on six selected holes and multiplying that number by three. Players deducted this amount from the gross score. Sound confusing?
In the end, Paul Dwyer ’76 of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, edged out Cory Wessel ’04 of Raleigh, North Carolina to win 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
Bill Drewry ’86 hosted an apolitical discussion looking back at the relationship of previous presidential elections and financial markets. Market commentators and even Presidents have used the performance of the stock market as a barometer of presidential effectiveness, but data does not support this. Instead, the key drivers of the stock market have proven to be earnings and economic growth. Drewry advised that investors would be wise to think critically before making investment decisions.