News From Fort Schuyler

September 26, 2000 - Volume 4, No. 30

HOMECOMING - Homecoming 2000 featured spectacular weather, events for young and old, ample food and drink, and most importantly, an opportunity to renew and strengthen bonds of friendship. Highlights included honoring the Class of 1940 and the Golden Anniversary Class of 1950 with a pass-in-review by the new Class of 2004, the presentation by the Alumni Association of $65,000 for scholarships, dedication of the "Faces and Places" panel which completed Heritage Hall, and the unveiling of several new displays in the Maritime Industry Museum, including the model of the EMPIRE STATE IV built by BARRY MARSH, Class of 1986. Homecoming initiated a whole range of events planned for this semester, which include a Career Fair, a Graduate School Lecture Series, a continuation of the Humanities Department Film Series, and an active recruiting season featuring multiple Sunday Open Houses for prospective students.

CLASS OF 1930 IN THE NEWS - The current issue of Steamboat Bill magazine (Spring 2000) features the profile of Commodore LEROY ALEXANDERSON, Class of 1930, written by JIM WHALEN, Class of 1962, which appeared in the Fall 1998 issue of the Alumni Bulletin. The reprint is augmented by a picture of the Commodore with Captain Ron Warwick of the QE2 that was taken in July 1999. Commodore Alexanderson, who commanded the legendary S.S. UNITED STATES, celebrated his 90th birthday in June.

JOB FAIR IS COMING - The Fall Career Fair, organized by the College Placement Office, takes place on Tuesday, October 17 in the Special Events Room. According to information mounted on the Alumni Association website, "Participation will be on a first registered, first served basis." Participating companies will have the option of scheduling job interviews on October 18. For details and registration information go to:

ASK FATHER LIAM - Seminarian LIAM QUINLAN served as chaplain during the Summer Sea Terms in 1996 and 1997. According to a profile titled, "Once a lawyer, now a priest, Quinlan found his calling," in the September 11 Danbury News-Times, Liam was ordained a priest in May 1999 and presides over St. Augustine's Cathedral in Bridgeport, CT. Thanks to ex-Ship's Librarian STEVE STICH for the heads up about this article, which can be found at:

FROM THE ARK ONWARD - Faculty from our Graduate School of International Transportation Management and the Chartering and Shipping Institute (CSI) will be the featured speakers in a series of free evening lectures this Fall entitled, "Maritime Casualties Through the Ages." The October 12 kick-off lecture, "Historical Perspective," will be given by Professor JEFFREY WEISS, Class of 1978, the Director of the Graduate School. On October 19, Prof. DENNIS F. COONEY, Class of 1979, will speak on "Limitation of Liability." The series will conclude with a discussion of "Meteorological and Related Causes," by Dr. AUSTIN DOOLEY, Class of 1968. All the lectures will take place at 7:00 PM in the Lecture Hall of the Marvin-Tode Science-Engineering Building.

MI CASA ES SU CASA - The Office of Admissions is extending a welcome to prospective students by scheduling three additional Sunday Open Houses in addition to the very successful one already held on September 24 (Oct 29, November 19 and December 10 - the college's 126th birthday.) Alumni, cadets, staff and friends of the college are urged to let their favorite high school students know about these Open Houses so that they will have an opportunity to talk to faculty and admissions personnel about the school and its programs, see the campus and tour the Training Ship.

The new Secretary of the Washington DC Chapter of the Alumni Association, CHRIS AVERSANO, Class of 1994, sent a note to area alumni reminding them that "One of the best ways to recruit is through having an alumnus work a booth at a local (to your area) College Fair night. The graduates of MC can spin a good yarn about the good old days, and we are real people with real experience who attended a college where the students 'earn more than a degree.'"

SAILING TEAM UPDATE - ERIKA AMON, Class of 2003, placed ninth in the Women's Laser BYO Radial held at Old Dominion College in Virginia on September 9-10, while the Varsity Offshore Sailing Team was the overall winner of the Captain's Island Race at a different venue. On the next weekend they won their division in the Greenwich Cup race. Earlier in the summer, the offshore sailors also captured the Jack Sussi Memorial Academy Trophy, beating Annapolis and Kings Point in the 24th annual Around Long Island Regatta (ALIR 2000) which began on July 27. FRED MEYER, Class of 2001 and KRIS WERNER, Offshore Coach, sailed the college offshore yacht, R-WAVE, in this demanding 190 mile race which began at Sheepshead Bay and ended at the Glen Cove breakwater near the Sea Cliff Yacht Club. For more details go to:

WAR FILM FESTIVAL - This semester's Monday Evening Film Program, organized by Humanities Department Professors JOHN ROCCO and ED TASSINARI, features war films. The program kicked off on September 25 with Stanley Kubrick's "Paths of Glory." All films are shown in the ECC's A/V Room at the Luce Library.

MUSEUM IS A WINNER - The Maritime Industry Museum received the Steamship Historical Society of America's C.Bradford Mitchell Award this summer. The award "recognizes a single achievement that contributes to the society's goals." The award was accepted on behalf of the museum by Captain JAMES McNAMARA, Class of 1964, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Museum.

SCHOOLSHIP JOHN W. BROWN ALUMNI - The S.S. JOHN W. BROWN Alumni Association has sent out a call to all graduates, faculty and staff of that school to join their association. Contact