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Alumni Relive Memories on MMA Campus

Home is where the heart is.  Those feelings were expressed by nearly 200 MMA alumni who returned to Mexico, Mo. for the school’s Homecoming celebration Sept. 28-30.  Alumni from as far back as the 1940s came from near and far to visit the school that was once – and possibly still is – a home away from home.

Friday – First Glimpses of Campus

Homecoming events kicked off Friday morning at the Mexico Country Club.  About 15 alums took an early weekend and enjoyed a scramble golf tournament accompanied by a luncheon.  The competitive atmosphere continued to the soccer field Friday afternoon, as a handful of alums challenged the varsity soccer team on the pitch but fell 4-2 to the cadets.

After a busy afternoon of athletics and competition, alumni were treated to a special Homecoming Review.  Alumni were invited to inspect the cadets along with MMA president, Mr. Charles A. McGeorge.  The long line of alumni spanned Colonels Field as they trooped the line.  The alumni were also invited to take part in the presentation of rings to MMA senior cadets.  Many said they were honored to be a part of this significant moment. The day concluded with some socializing at the Mexico Country Club for the Alumni Barbeque.

Alumni were invited to “troop the line” with President McGeorge and former Alumni Association president Dave Telford ’65.  (Photo by Taps editor Dillion Brown-Dawson ’14)

Saturday – A Day of Honor and Remembrance

Saturday was a day of recognition and appreciation for many of MMA’s alums.  The day began with the fifth annual donor breakfast, held in Barnard Hall.  After updating the donors on the progress MMA has seen in the last year, Mr. McGeorge and Director of Advancement Dan Fowler presented donors with awards to thank them for their generous contributions.

PHOTOS:  Check out all the festivities from Homecoming Weekend

Many of Saturday’s events brought everyone to Colonels Field, beginning with a dress parade.  Similar to a review, the dress parade was the first at MMA in recent memory.  Following the parade was the alumni drilldown, during which alums headed to the field to see just how much they remember from their time at MMA.  Paul Petit ’85 of Mission, Texas won the drilldown. The ten best alums then squared off against the ten best current cadets in the sweepstakes drill, with Carlos Anda ’95 (center below) winning the event.

Academy executive officer LTC Jim Medley keeps an eye on alumni during the drilldown competition.  (Photo by Eagle reporter Blake Gorman ’13)

After some time at Colonels Field, attendees headed to the Centennial Gymtorium for the Alumni Awards Convocation.  George Cline ’46, although not able to attend, was presented with the LTC Paul Gillette ’70 Distinguished Alumnus Award, recognizing him for his past contributions and dedication to MMA.  The school also recognized two donors for achieving a lifetime giving milestone.  Former president and alumnus Charles R. Stribling, III ’44 and his wife Winnie became members of the Legacy Society for their contributions, and R. Stribling Koster and his wife Janie were added to the 1889 Society for their giving.

Alumni then joined cadets by falling into formation and marching to noon mess, with several former band members picking up instruments and playing alongside members of the MMA band. This was yet another chance to relive their MMA experience. After sharing more memories about the mess hall from their days at MMA, the alums made their way back to Colonels Field for the Homecoming football game against Central High School (Kansas City).  Despite a defeat on the football field, many alumni recalled their athletic days during the game. During halftime of the football game, Charlie Company accepted the plaque for the Barracks Decorating Contest for the second year in a row, as judged by the alumni wives.

Alumni joined the mess formation and found themselves back in the role they had while at MMA.

Manager of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund Terry Logue ’72 and outgoing Alumni Association president Dave Telford ’65 also announced the induction of the undefeated, state runner-up 1992 MMA tennis team.  Because Walt Diehl, the coach in 1992, was unable to attend Homecoming, Logue and Telford accepted the award on his behalf.

Hats, t-shirts, and jackets flew off the shelves at the Quartermaster’s souvenir tent as alums were eager to show their support once again.  The cool, crisp fall weather made for a very pleasant afternoon of football.

Saturday concluded with a dinner and dance at the Mexico Elks Lodge.  Former MMA Alumni Association president Telford, of Omaha, Neb., installed Jesus Soriano ’82, of O’Fallon, Mo. as the 2012-2013 president of the association for the next year.

The Class of 1992 proudly accepted the Class of ’55 plaque for attendance and philanthropy, raising the most contributions during Homecoming weekend.

Sunday – Wrapping Up the Weekend

On Sunday, Soriano was honored as the new MMA Alumni Association President during Review.  One unique part of this year’s Homecoming festivities included a review at the Mexico, Mo. community’s local festival, Walk Back in Time, at the Audrain County Historical Society.  Cadets showcased the review to community members and veterans.

Veterans of the community were invited to ‘troop the line’ at review during Sunday’s “Walk Back in Time” event at the Audrain County Historical Society.  (Photo by Taps editor Dalton Blackwell ’14)

Tom Reynolds ’61 of Bellefontaine, Ohio was the alumni speaker at evening Vespers.

Many alumni stayed for the duration of Homecoming and took part in events that jogged their memories of their days at MMA.  Some came from nearby Mexico, Mo., and others came from as far as Thailand.  They shared laughs, their MMA pride, took time to honor other alums, and even had a few tears.  But perhaps most importantly, they were able to return to a place many still consider a second home.

Help Celebrate Another Year at MMA!

Missouri Military Academy has touched the lives of many people since its founding in 1889 and will continue to do so for generations.  Today we are asking you and every member of the MMA family to show their support for MMA and the tradition of military school education by giving $18.89 before the end of the MMA fiscal year – May 31, 2012.

If you believe in MMA and what we do, take some time to donate $18.89 online or mail a check to:

 Missouri Military Academy

204 North Grand St.

Mexico, MO 65265

If you have questions about gifts or donations, contact Director of Advancement Dan Fowler.

MMA Supporters Convene in St. Louis for Maroon and Gold

Friends of Missouri Military Academy gathered at one famous St. Louis location for the 2012 version of the school’s annual fundraising event, Maroon and Gold.

170 guests attended the event, which was held in the Chase Park Plaza’s Starlight Ballroom.  According to Director of Advancement Dan Fowler, the auction grossed nearly $54,000 for the Academy’s Annual Fund.

Guests were encouraged to take part in the silent and live auctions, as well as a catered dinner.  Items such as a guitar signed by the living members of Led Zeppelin, a jersey signed by the 2011 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, vacation packages, and game tickets were up for grabs as the night began.

In addition to the auction portion of the event, attendees heard comments from MMA Board of Trustees chairman R. Strib Koster, Academy president MajGen Robert Flanagan, and senior cadet Jared Roberts ’12.

This will be MajGen Flanagan’s final Maroon and Gold before retiring in June.  He addressed the crowd and thanked them for their support during his time leading the school.

PHOTOS:  Check out the Maroon and Gold 2012 photo album on Flickr

Roberts, who will graduate in May, also noted the effects his MMA experience had on his planned future endeavors.

Even though this year’s event has just concluded, stay tuned as school administrators will be setting the date for next year’s Maroon and Gold!

Gold Dome Adorns New Stribling Hall

Construction crews have completed the assembly of a gold dome on top of Missouri Military Academy’s new administration building, Stribling Hall.

The dome replaces the silver dome that sat on top of the old building from 1900 to 2011.  It is one of the finishing touches on Stribling Hall’s construction. MMA alumni, faculty, community members, and all three living MMA presidents were on site to witness the historic event. Four members of the class of 1971 traveled from the St. Louis area to be present.

Alumni from the class of 1971 (pictured L to R):  Buff Chance ’71, Raymond Stotlar ’71, Rick Frahm ’71 and Jack Heutel ’71.

The 8,000-pound dome was hoisted to the top of the building around 10:00 a.m. Monday under sunny skies, despite a slight breeze.

VIDEO:  See the dome make its way to the top of Stribling Hall

Once the dome was in place, spectators were invited inside for a reception and tours of the building, which is still under construction and slated for completion in early May. During the reception,  MMA president MajGen Robert M. Flanagan, USMC (Ret.) gave remarks, when he revealed the history of the gold dome – the idea was first conceived by MMA alum Les Barnard ’48, of Flossmoor, Ill. The dome will be one of the few gold domes in the state of Missouri.

Director of Advancement Dan Fowler then presented commemorative crystal mementos to the on-site members of the Gold Dome Society, a fundraising initiative introduced in September 2011.  He announced that the names of the Gold Dome Society members will be displayed in the rotunda of Stribling Hall.

Guests were then invited to tour the building. When the tours were complete, many spectators were surprised to see MajGen Flanagan lifted to the top of the dome alongside two workers to assist with the placement of the dome’s pole.

PHOTOS:  Check out photos on Flickr from the dome placement

Upon its May completion, Stribling Hall will also be only the second LEED-certified building in Audrain County.  The United States Green Building Council awards organizations and business with LEED certification, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.  In 2009, MMA became the only LEED-certified high school in Missouri.

The next steps in Stribling Hall’s construction include finishing the areas around the top of the building and the placement of a time capsule inside the back terrace before laying its concrete surface.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled during MMA’s Commencement Weekend May 24-26.  Alumni, cadets, faculty and staff, and friends of the Academy will be invited to attend the ceremony, where school officials will dedicate the new Stribling Hall.

Parents’ Committee Achieves Goal for Baseball Tarp Fund

The Missouri Military Academy Parents’ Committee has announced it has surpassed its goal in one of its fundraising efforts.  Over $4,000 in donations will result in the purchase of a tarp for Calvert Field.  Spring rains have caused a number of cancellations, shortening recent seasons, and the addition of a tarp and other maintenance equipment will help make sure the Colonels are on the field for each game from now on.

The effort was spearheaded by Mike and Tracy Skinner of St. Jacob, Ill., parents of senior baseball player Travis Skinner. The Skinners, who are also members of the MMA Parents’ Committee, promoted the campaign to parents and alumni beginning Homecoming weekend, and by Valentine weekend, the group met their $4,000 goal.

Contributions made in memory of Chris Horton ’03, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in September, were also counted toward the total.  Horton was also a baseball player at MMA.

Calvert Field in 2011.  The tarp will arrive in time for the Spring 2012 baseball season.

Fundraising for the baseball stadium will continue.  Future donations and contributions will be used to make other improvements to the baseball facilities, such as the dugouts.

If you’d like to contribute to the Chris Horton ’03 Baseball Fund, contact Dan Fowler or Ashley Thomas in the Advancement Office.