In the last column I wrote that we would have our 2017 Program Report available so that you can see what we did during the year. When you download and look through the report, you’ll see why we say that we’re small but busy! The programs we’ve fostered and the impact they’ve had is a testament to our donors, our volunteers, our trustees, and especially our staff. Thanks to all. I would appreciate any feedback that you have for us on the report and on our programs. We only get better when learn from what we’ve done.
Our Programs Committee, led by Chair Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Rich Keller has approved our 2018 program of work for the family programs. Through the generosity of the JE Dunn and Northrop Grumman Corporations, two of our long term family program donors, and Pioneer Financial, our newest family program donor, we have been able to step up our game significantly in our efforts to enrich the lives of our military and their families. This year, we will provide greater support to the Ike Skelton Combined Arms Research Library for their youth reading programs and their support to the graduate education mission. We will be providing additional support to the International Military Student program, especially their family programs, in a number of areas. We are pleased to be able to support an academic elective for our students – A710 Total Fitness: The Leader’s Mind, Body, & Spirit. We will again provide the take-away materials for the spouses’ seminar classes conducted by Army Community Services. Based on input from leaders in the college, we will be offering competitive financial student aid scholarships this spring through the Fort Leavenworth Spouses Club. We’re also looking at a series of extra-curricular meetings on topics of interest to our student and faculty spouses throughout the year. We’re pleased to be able to offer more and better programs for our military and their families.
We are excited to be working with the School for Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) for the spring National Security Round Table (NSRT) on April 3 and 4. We have a diverse and impressive list of business and civic leaders signed up to attend. The Foundation supports the NSRT with logistics and brings in the participants, but the College conducts the event. SAMS is hosting this particular NSRT and they have an excellent program planned, which should really be great. Our support to the NSRT is made possible by grants from the Ferguson Hotel Development, LLC, owner of the Fairfield Inn in Leavenworth, and Geiger Ready Mix, also of Leavenworth.
We are in the final stages of preparation for the 9th Annual Ethics Symposium to be held April 30 and May 1 for the entire class. The symposium has grown over the years and this one promises to be great with three panel discussions, two distinguished keynote speakers, and some 30 papers being presented by students, faculty, and outside participants. Our support to the Ethics Symposium is made possible through our General Hugh Shelton Distinguished Visiting Professor of Ethics Program endowed by the Perot Foundation.
We continue to solicit volunteers and donors for our programs, without your help, we can’t do what we do. Thank you for your support to 2017, we look forward to a great 2018!