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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.

Where are they now? Anthony Wurl ’09

Terry Logue ’72, Eagle contributor

Anthony Wurl has been busy since his graduation from Missouri Military Academy in 2009.

Wurl will graduate from Purdue University in May of 2013 with a degree in Nuclear Engineering. And, he will be debt free. He has worked full-time in the fast-food industry and then the second shift at the Subaru plant in Lafayette, Indiana, while taking a full class load. Since paying off his school debts, he started the energy club at Purdue last spring, the Purdue Energy Forum.  On Friday, September 14, Wurl will introduce U.S. Senator Richard Lugar as the keynote speaker at the 4th annual Collegiate Energy Summit on the Purdue University campus.

For Wurl, the MMA experience helped make this all possible. “It takes quite a lot of heart to push through the stress and challenges associated with maximizing your capabilities to earn that degree others would have easily abandoned,” said Wurl. “But, at MMA I was taught to set the bar high, to reach out beyond my own abilities, and make something of myself. During my time at MMA, competition drove us to breaking point and we often risked everything to achieve the most minuscule amounts of recognition. When others in college are exposed to the temptations of immoral actions and self-indulgence, I have been able to stay vigilant, focused and press on. That attitude is what has carried me through. MMA made me tough.”

Although he has lived frugally in college, Wurl credits MMA with providing him a high level of independence and memories which he utilizes in his life. “My bed sheets are still those from my room at MMA. I can live by my own means, taking only what I need now”, remarked Wurl. ”I have a solid work ethic from MMA and I could not be more thankful. There are also those memories that I will always have of friends and brotherhood. What we gained from that school is more than anyone could ever ask for.”

To read more about what Wurl has been doing during his college tenure, click the links below:

Purdue Energy Forum: http://www.purdueenergyforum.org

Senator Lugar story: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2012/Q3/u.s.-sen.-lugar-to-headline-collegiate-energy-summit-at-purdue.html

Anthony Wurl was Delta Company Commander, varsity football and track captain, and a Dramateer during his time at MMA.

If you are an MMA alumnus and want to let us know what you are up to these days, drop us a line!  Contact Terry Logue ’72, Alumni Relations and Annual Fund Manager.

Logue ’72 Added to MMA Advancement Staff

David Terrell “Terry” Logue will report on September 10 as the Manager of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund at his alma mater, Missouri Military Academy. Prior to his MMA appointment, Logue was the Associate Director of Athletics and a physical education instructor at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. Mr. Logue will work in the Office of Advancement.

Logue graduated from MMA in 1972. He earned a B.A. in Psychology and Political Science at Westminster College and a Master of Sports Science from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala. He also earned a certificate from The Academy of Radio Broadcasting in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Logue’s professional experience is in broadcast, public relations and collegiate athletics. From 1998-2004, he was the Director of Athletics at Westminster College. During that time, he reorganized and doubled the athletic staff and led one of the most successful periods since Westminster College joined the NCAA in the early 90s. In 2004 he stepped down as the Director of Athletics and remained at Westminster College as the Assistant Director of Athletics, in which position he taught additional courses in athletic administration, sports history and sports sociology.

He is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA), College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), and the National Association of Sports Public Address Announcers (NASPAA).

“I have always been proud to be a graduate of Missouri Military Academy and for some time I’vewanted to return in some capacity. This is a great opportunity and it is an honor to be able to return and be a part of the team which will provide others the opportunity to receive the quality education I received,” said Logue. “My initial goal is to help broaden the base of alumni engagement and strengthen the Academy’s position as we enter a new phase in MMA’s history.”

MMA Remembers Leslie C. Barnard ’48

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Les and Joanne Barnard cut the ribbon during the Barnard Hall dedication in October 2009.

The MMA community is mourning the loss of alumnus and philanthropist Leslie C. Barnard ’48, of Flossmoor, Ill., who passed away on July 12. The students participating in MMA’s summer camp and school took a moment during dinner Thursday evening to remember a man they’ve never met – but whose legacy is present all around them.

The family will hold a celebration of life at Mr. Barnard’s hotel in downtown Chicago on Saturday, July 14 at 1 p.m.

Les Barnard attended Missouri Military Academy from 1945 until he graduated in 1948. He long remembered his time at Missouri Military Academy as a transformative experience and attributed his success as an entrepreneur to his MMA education. He was prosperous in the construction, real estate and hotel industries.

At MMA, he was widely respected by his classmates, the board of trustees, staff and faculty as a kind man of excellent character. Mr. Barnard was a loving husband to his wife, Joanne, a proud father of children Nancy Barnard Knox, Stephen Barnard and Ross Barnard, and a grandfather to their children.

Mr. Barnard was a lifelong supporter of Missouri Military Academy. Former Missouri Military Academy president and chairman of the board, Charles R. Stribling III ’44, remembers Mr. Barnard as an “incredibly loyal” alumnus who was among the first to step up and serve the MMA Alumni Association when it was revived sometime after World War II. He served as the Association president in the 1950s.

In 2009, he decided to make the gift of a lifetime, contributing $3 million to construct MMA’s academic building, which was named Barnard Hall in his honor. A modern, state-of-the-art facility that transformed the way MMA cadets learn, Barnard Hall was the first LEED-certified high school constructed in the state of Missouri.

Mr. Barnard’s gift remains the largest single contribution in Missouri Military Academy history. He found tremendous personal gratification from philanthropy, and once mentioned that he considered the dedication of Barnard Hall among the best moments in his life. In his public remarks during the dedication, he encouraged those in attendance to experience the great feeling that comes from philanthropic contribution.

In many ways, Barnard Hall is a symbol of Les himself: Elegant. Innovative. Welcoming. Supportive of a cadet’s ability to learn and grow. And in those walls, his spirit lives on at Missouri Military Academy.

Other members of the MMA community shared their thoughts about Les Barnard:

“Les will always be remembered as not only an accomplished cadet and later a highly successful businessman, but also as one of the Academy’s most generous benefactors and philanthropists. His vision and support in spearheading the construction of Barnard Hall will leave a lasting imprint on MMA cadets for generations to come.” R. Stribling Koster, chairman of the MMA board of trustees

“Generous is not even enough. He truly loved the school.” Ron Kelly, MMA president, 1993-2007

“I am saddened to hear of Les Barnard’s passing. Saddened because he was a good friend and because he was a man of character who will be missed by many.  Les was a successful entrepreneur who worked hard all his life and he always attributed his success to the values and lessons he learned at MMA. I’ll miss Les, so will many others.”  – Robert M. Flanagan, USMC (Ret), MMA president, 2007-2012

“Due to the extraordinary generosity of one of MMA’s own, Les Barnard, we have an academic building that is conducive to the intellectual development of today’s youth. So many of our cadets will benefit from Barnard Hall for years to come.” – Francesco Giuseffi, MMA Dean of Academics

“Les was a good student at MMA, and a very good friend.” Classmate and close friend SMSgt Albert Brown USAF (Ret), MMA class of 1948

“I am very sad to hear this. Les was a great person. We will miss him tremendously.” Classmate Wallace Beckley ’48

“Les and his wife Joanne have truly been transformational figures at MMA.   Their commitment to the institution and its Cadets is manifest in the beautiful state of the art Barnard Hall which serves each Cadet and members of our faculty and staff every day.   We will all truly miss this wonderful son of MMA.” – Charles A. “Tony” McGeorge, current MMA president