Latest Letter from Sean
Greetings Class of 1979,
39th Anniversary of our Graduation and Commissioning!
Hoist your glasses high today and toast the great Class of 1979
in celebration of our many remarkable achievements and in honor
of those who have left us too soon.
week, Janet and I had the great honor to attend some of the
festivities associated with Commissioning Week at the Naval
Academy. Specifically, on Wednesday we enjoyed a picnic lunch on
Hospital Point followed by the Blue Angels’ performance over the
Severn – even ran into two great classmates! The next day, we
were back for the Color Parade and the Awards and Prizes
Ceremony where I presented the Class of 1979 Trident Scholar
prize, a Ship’s Clock, to Midshipman First Class Carter Burn, a
Minnesotan who was the top Graduate entering the Marine Corps.
Prior to hitting TBS, though, Carter will be spending a year at
the University of Pennsylvania under the McMullen Fellowship.
Carter sent me a very nice thank-you note expressing his
gratitude to the entire class for the ‘incredible experience” he
enjoyed as a Trident Scholar in his “Firstie Year.”
last Friday, 5/25, Carter and about 1,040 of his closest friends
joined the ranks of Naval Academy Alumni, and more importantly,
took their turn standing the watch. Congratulations to the Class
of 2018. We are in good hands!
this talk about anniversaries leads to my big reminder that next
year, unbelievable as it is, will be 2019, or the Year of our 40th
Reunion. The Class of 1979 40-Year Reunion will be held in
Annapolis over a weekend in mid-to-late September 2019 to be
determined upon release of the Navy Football Schedule, probably
in late February. Save those weekend dates. Expect the same
great reunion experience we have enjoyed every five years, only
this time, we should expect a record turnout of classmates. And
a reminder, this is open to ALL classmates who raised their hand
in T-Court on July 7, 1975. No excuses – everyone, including our
beloved widows, should plan to attend.
back on April 30th I attended the Council of Class
Presidents Meeting in Annapolis. This group gathers twice each
year to get the gouge on what’s happening on the yard, in the
Alumni Association, and in Navy sports and provides a forum to
share ideas among the classes. In general, a positive outlook
was presented. Diggers and fillers are at it - building Hopper
Hall – the new Cyber Building – behind Rickover, which is itself
undergoing a $52M overhaul. Hopper Hall is expected to open in
late 2019, so we may get to see it brand new at our 40th.
Finally, I want to share a message from the USNA Foundation
about the All-Academy Challenge that begins tomorrow:
have made some exciting improvements to the management of the
All Academy Challenge this year. One is the Leaderboard-by-Class
that we have already told you about. Another is the ability to
track the impact your All Academy Challenge email is having on
your classmates using a link to the AAC site that registers a
“hit” in our database whenever one of your classmates clicks on
that link. All you need to do is to copy and paste the link
below into your emails that you send out to your classmates. In
fact, you can use this link anywhere you can drop a link into:
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin or a text message.
the Challenge closes we will tell you how many classmates
clicked on “your” link.
Additionally, since your class is on an active Class Project,
please encourage your classmates to donate to it when they make
their gifts on the AAC site. When they click on the
Donate, Contribute or Give Now
buttons they will be taken to a giving form. There they should
enter their class number in the Search field, hit Return and
then click on their class crest when it appears. Then follow the
rest of the instructions. Their gift will be split between your
class project funds using the percentages we agreed upon when we
executed our MOU.
call Melissa Nelson at 410-295-4117 or email her at
you have any questions.
Navy! Beat Everybody!
beginning tomorrow, please get your credit card out, click on my
designated link above, and make a donation. Remember, the All
Academy Challenge is all about percentages of giving. The
Academy with the highest percentage of graduates making
donations, no matter how big or small (there is a $5 minimum)