News and Notes
Faces Behind the FUMA Masks
(Top Left Corner, Clockwise) Stephen Ashby '94 with wife Shellie of Raleigh, NC, Ashley Sheppard '89 Cary, NC, Bob Beavers '83 Chicago, IL, Charles Brady '04 Bedford, TX, Don Majkowski '83 Johns Creek, GA, Jamal Thomas '92 Richmond, VA, Mike Redden '01 Randolph, NJ, Jorge A. Rubio Cruz '92 Herndon, VA, Robert Jones '88 Cary, NC, Cong Minh Bui '17 Ho Chi Minh City, Paul Mosley '05 and wife Joy of North Topsail, NC, Gaines Lott '61 Corpus Christi, TX, Patrick McDowell '96 Philadelphia, PA, Joe Davidson '03 Jamison, PA, Justin Dennis '95 Portsmouth, VA, Doug Springman '59 and wife Sabastiana of Hot Springs, VA.
Evening with Admissions
The Fork Union Advancement Office had to pivot quickly and depend upon the digital world to attract new boys to enroll for the 2020-2021 school year. One of the key drivers to our successful enrollment during the pandemic was the alums who took the time to meet with families virtually during our Evening with Admissions events. Umar Muhammad '96, Woody Staub '80, Bennett Wales '09, Jacob Ruby '10, Buddy Ryland '87, William Lott '19, and Josh Henriques '18 all volunteered to help promote Fork Union Military Academy!
Connecting in Cairo
Brothers Ahmed Khalil '19 and Samir Khalil '17 along with Shereef Alkhateeb '19 and Albdulrahaman Albunnia '22 connected to enjoy the Great Pyramids in Cairo, Eygpt.
Class of 1985
Remembering Wayne Lander '85 - On behalf of Wallace "Buddy" Ryland '87, he and his classmates would like to remember the late Wayne Lander '85 who passed away on January 1, 2021. "Wayne was a great person." Wayne's son Walker Lander '17 also attended FUMA for 4 years before matriculating to the United States Naval Academy. Walker was awarded the "Distinguished Cadet" in 2017. This award from the alumni association is one of the highest honors to be received by a cadet and recognizes his outstanding contributions as a member of the Corps of Cadets. We miss you Wayne, your wonderful legacy lives on through your beautiful family.
Class of 1987
Wallace "Buddy" Ryland '87 delivered an excellent chapel message during the fall to a socially distant FUMA Corps of Cadets. In addition to his chapel talk, Buddy returned in November to hold a business workshop for the post graduate cadets on the importance of networking via social media platforms such as LinkedIn. Buddy's son Will Ryland '24 is currently a first year cadet at the academy. To read more about Buddy's love for Fork Union Military Academy and the importance of volunteer work CLICK HERE.
Class of 2000
Lee French '00 returned to campus during the fall with Skyline Tent Company to help FUMA provide more outdoor activity space for the cadets due to COVID-19 restrictions.
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