Lt. Col. Robert Stavnes, head, UNI Department of Military Science, (319) 273-6178
James O'Connor University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The achievements of University of Northern Iowa Army ROTC cadets were honored during a recent awards ceremony on the UNI campus.
This year, recipients of the Department of the Army Superior Cadet award were: Cadet Benjamin Seibert, an English major from Waukee; Cadet Mariah Schweitzer, a criminology/sociology major from Grandview; Cadet Eric Chamberlin, a physics major from Waterloo; and Cadet Virginia Cortez, a psychology major from Traer. This award is presented annually to the outstanding ROTC cadet in each year of military science instruction. To be eligible for this award, recipients must be a regularly enrolled ROTC cadet, be in the top 25 percent of both ROTC and academic class standing, and have demonstrated officer potential. Seibert also received Cadet Honors. Schweitzer also received the Dean's List Award and the Platinum Medal Athlete Award. Cortez also received Cadet Honors.
The George C. Marshall Award was presented to Cadet Kathy Dykstra, a general studies major from Monroe. This award is given annually to the most outstanding fourth-year military science cadet who has demonstrated superior leadership and scholastic abilities. She also received the Dean's List Award, and the Platinum Medal Athlete Award.
The recipient of the Governor's Cup Award was Cadet Joshua Boesen, a business management major from Waterloo. This award is presented to the most outstanding Military Science IV cadet in each ROTC program throughout Iowa. The winner of this award must have demonstrated a superior level of leadership ability. Boesen also received a Dean's List Award.
Cadet Paul Horner, a criminology major from Clinton, received the Association of the United States Army Commendation Award. This award is given on the basis of the cadet's contribution to advancing the standing of the military science department through leadership. The award consists of a medal and certificate. Additionally, Horner received a Dean's List Award.
The Association of the United States Army also gave the AUSA Military History Award, by presenting two books to an outstanding cadet for excellence in the study of military history. The recipient of this award was Cadet Allan Hetteen, a history major from Coon Rapids, Minn. The AUSA Freedom Chapter Award, a certificate presented for distinguished leadership potential and motivation to serve the country was presented to the President of the AUSA Panther chapter, Cadet Dustin Kay, a leisure services major from Cedar Falls.
The Reserve Officers' Association Award was presented to cadets in each level of the Army ROTC program. The award is presented to cadets in good standing in all military aspects who have displayed outstanding potential to serve as an army officer. Freshmen receive a bronze medal, sophomores a silver medal and juniors a gold medal.
The Gold Award was presented to Cadet Cory Huinker, a management information systems major from Ossian. The Silver Award was given to Cadet Justin High, a health promotions major from Manchester. The Bronze Award was given to Cadet Thomas Slykuis, a criminology major from Knoxville. High also received Cadet honors and the Gold Medal Athlete Award.
The American Legion Awards are presented to cadets at each institution for general military and scholastic excellence. The recipients of this award must be in the top 25 percent of their class in academic and ROTC subjects and show outstanding qualities in military leadership, discipline, character and citizenship. The recipients of the American Legion Scholastic Excellence Gold Award were Cadet Melanie Meyer, an English major from Kellogg; and Cadet Charles Davis, a psychology major Muscatine. Meyer also received the Dean's List Award. Davis also received Cadet Honors. The recipients of the American Legion Military Excellence Award were Cadet Paul Godson, a management information systems major from Waterloo, and Cadet Jared Gevock, a criminology major from Fairfield. Godson also received Cadet Honors and the Gold Medal Athlete Award. Gevock also received the Dean's List Award.
Cadet Brian Gienau, a management information systems major from Dunkerton, was presented with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Award. This award is given annually to a cadet at each institution who has excelled in military science or an ROTC programmed activity; is in good standing, academically and militarily; and has demonstrated achievement and concentrated effort in military and academic subjects and/or demonstrated capability and diligence in a related activity of the ROTC program.
Cadet Joseph Earp, an education history major from Elkader, and Cadet Jared Parmater, a communications major from Vinton, were presented with the National Sojourners Award. This award is given to those who have contributed the most to encourage and demonstrate Americanism within the corps of cadets on campus. The recipient must be a sophomore completing the second year of military science training, who has indicated a commitment to enter the advanced course, or a junior completing the third year of military science; be in the top 25 percent of the academic class; have encouraged and demonstrated the ideals of Americanism by deed and/or conduct; and have demonstrated a potential for outstanding leadership. Earp also received the Gold Medal Athlete Award and Cadet Honors. Meyer also received the American Legion Scholastic Excellence and Dean's List Awards.
Cadet Danielle Cooper, a general studies major from Cedar Rapids, received the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Award. The DAR presents this award annually to an ROTC cadet at each institution for outstanding ability and achievement. The recipient must be in the top 25 percent of the ROTC and academic classes; have demonstrated qualities of loyalty and patriotism, dependability and good character, and adherence to military discipline; and have leadership ability and a fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of ROTC training. Cooper also received the Duty, Honor and Loyalty Award as the cadet who had given the most time and effort to the ROTC program.
The recipients of the Military Order of the World Wars Award were: bronze (freshman) pendant winner Cadet Matthew Brus, a finance major from Denison; silver (sophomore) pendant winner Cadet Kyle Mahannah, a criminology major from Dubuque; and gold (junior) pendant winner Cadet Cory Goodall, an elementary education major from Delmar. The recipients of these awards must: be in good standing in all military aspects and scholastics at the time of their selection; have shown marked improvement in military and scholastic grades; and have indicated by grades, extracurricular activities or individual endeavor, a desire to serve his or her country. Mahannah also received Cadet Honors.
The Society of the War of 1812 Award was presented to Cadet Stacey Lyon, a political communication major from Independence. This award is presented annually to one outstanding cadet from each host institution and the recipient must be a sophomore in good academic standing and of high moral character. Additionally Lyon was presented with the Cadet of the Semester Basic Award for excellence throughout the year; Dean's List Award; and Gold Medal Athlete Awards.
The Retired Officers' Association Award (TROA) was presented to Cadet Andrew Kilgore, a criminology major from Saint Charles. The TROA ROTC medal recognizes outstanding ROTC cadets who show exceptional potential for military leadership. In addition to good academic standing and high moral character, the recipient must show evidence of a high order of loyalty to his or her ROTC unit, college and country, and demonstrate exceptional potential for military leadership. Kilgore also received the Gold Medal Athlete Award.
The American Veterans of World War II (AMVETS) Award was presented to Cadet Zachary Schlake, a math major from Luana. This award is made annually to a cadet for diligence in the discharge of duty and the willingness to serve. The recipient must be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in the ROTC advanced course, and in good standing in all military aspects and all scholastic grades.
The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Award was presented to Cadet John Burman, a history major from Hampton. The award is presented to a meritorious cadet enrolled in the first year of either the four-or two-year program, who shows a high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, soldierly bearing and excellence.
The Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America Award was presented to Cadet Deborah Dykstra, a general studies major from Monroe. This award is presented annually to an ROTC basic course cadet who has excelled in a specific military science course or related activity. Recipients must: be enrolled as either an MS I or MS II cadet; be in the top 25 percent of their ROTC class; have accomplished a degree of excellence in military history, American history or a related course; and have demonstrated similar or related accomplishments reflecting the ideals of patriotism.
The United States Automobile Association Spirit Award was presented to Cadet Sheldon Klein, a management technology major from Dysart. This award is presented to an individual with tremendous leadership potential and true warrior spirit. Additionally Klein received the Platinum Medal Athlete and Dean's List Awards.
The Robert L. Hibbs Leadership Award is presented to the cadet with tremendous fortitude to lead under difficult circumstances. This year, it was presented to Cadet Timothy Page, a marketing major from Des Moines; Cadet Dale Hight, a criminology major from Cedar Rapids; and Cadet Jason Boesen, a general studies major from Waterloo .
The Shugart-Gordon Selfless Service Award is given for selfless service and the skill to keep fellow cadets trained and prepared to fight for the next objective. Cadet Michael Minard, a real estate finance major from Elkader; Cadet Adam Kilgore, a criminology major from Ankeny; and Cadet Blake Derouchy, a criminology major from Newton were recognized. Additionally, Minard and Derouchy received the Platinum Medal Athlete Award.
The Dr. M.B. Smith Award for Military Excellence is given in honor of past University of Northern Iowa professor, Dr. Smith, who avidly supported ROTC and was a World War II veteran. Those recognized were: Cadet Jenna Rang, a nursing major from Dubuque; Cadet Wade Welsh, a biology major from Alden; Cadet Jennifer Bruner, an engineering major from Oelwein; and Cadet Nic Jones, a management technology major from Altoona. Rang also received the Platinum Medal Athlete, and Dean's List Awards. Jones also received the Dean's List Award.
Additionally receiving the Platinum Medal Athlete Award was Cadet Brock Bockenstedt, a communications major from Dyersville. The award is given to cadets who score a perfect 300 on their APFT tests. The Gold Medal Platinum Athlete Award is given to cadets who score between a 290-299 on their APFT tests. Cadet Blake Derouchy, a criminology major from Newton also received this award.
Other individuals receiving Cadet Honors, not previously mentioned, were: Cadet Curtis Rubendall, a technology education major from Aurelu; and Cadet Justin Zevenbergen, a computer science major from Sioux Center. Rubendall also received the Platinum Medal Athlete Award.
Civilians also received acknowledgement from the Department of the Army for their key roles in supporting and promoting Army ROTC at UNI. The Commander's Award for Public Service was presented to: Greg Allen, of KCNZ Radio and Rebecca Klein. The Veteran Recognition Awards were presented to VFW Post 2208, Waverly; AMVETS Post 79, Waverly; American Legion Post 176, Waverly; and AMVETS Post 49, Cedar Falls.