POTSDAM - The Army ROTC Golden Knight Battalion at Clarkson University commissioned 10 cadets into the U.S. Army at the annual spring commissioning on May 11.
The ceremony featured comments by University President Tony Collins and guest speaker retired Lt. Gen. John L. Woodward Jr. A product of Air Force ROTC, Woodward’s final position before retiring was as the deputy chief of staff for communications and information and deputy chief information officer at U.S. Air Force Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The ceremony also included the swearing in of the new officers, the pinning of their gold bars by family members, and the traditional first salute, known as the silver dollar salute.
Receiving their commissions were seniors Russell S. Austin, an innovation and entrepreneurship major from Canandaigua, N.Y.; Christopher V. Coveleski, global supply chain management, Ilion, N.Y.; Matthew L. Edgette, civil engineering, Ballston Spa, N.Y.; Michael R. Fensterer, global supply chain management, Lynbrook, N.Y.; Timothy C. Nevin, innovation and entrepreneurship, Canandaigua, N.Y.; Chris J. O’Connor, mechanical engineering, Schenectady, N.Y.; David J. Pecka, civil engineering, Elmira, N.Y.; Joshua M. Risewick, chemical engineering, Le Roy, N.Y.; Jonathan M. Waterman, professional studies, New Hartford, N.Y.; and Jennifer L. Zanghi, mechanical engineering, Cassadaga, N.Y.
Also recognized and commissioned the following week were SUNY Potsdam cadets Vidal C. Garza, politics, Plano, Texas; Jared L. Kiser, business administration, Paris, Mo.; Kevin G. Lambert, history, Potsdam, N.Y.; Vladimir J. Pratt, politics, Saratoga, N.Y.; Mark E. Saunders, business administration, Kingston, Jamaica; Hector J. Vazquezcruz, economics, Ponce, Puerto Rico; and Matthew J. Wilsey, criminal justice and sociology, Greece, N.Y.; and St. Lawrence University students Krystal M. Cummings, sociology, Bow, N.H.; William H. Snyder, anthropology, Copenhagen, N.Y.; and Timothy S. Swartz, history, Cape Vincent, N.Y. Patrick Hughes, innovation and entrepreneurship, Fairport, N.Y., graduated from Clarkson and will commissioned later this summer.