Niagara University ROTC named top program with MacArthur Award selectionby jmaloni
Niagara University's ROTC program will be presented with the prestigious MacArthur Award at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 10, in recognition of its cadets' performance during the 2012-13 school year. The presentation will take place in St. Vincent's Hall (Room 407) on the university's campus.
Only eight schools are chosen from among the 273 senior ROTC units nationwide for the MacArthur Award, which is based on a combination of the achievement of the school's commissioning mission and its cadets' performance and standing on the Cadet Command's National Order of Merit List, and its cadet retention rate.
The Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., Niagara University president, will accept the award from Dr. Michael Anderson, deputy commander of the Second ROTC Brigade.
Presented by the U.S. Army Cadet Command and the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation, the honor acknowledges the ideals of "duty, honor and country," as advocated by MacArthur.
Cadet Command and the MacArthur Foundation have given the awards each year since 1989.
Since its re-establishment as a host ROTC program in 1999, the Niagara University Purple Eagle Battalion has been recognized as the No. 1 program in the nation (2004) and previously earned the MacArthur Award in 2008.
"We are humbled to be selected for this prestigious honor, which is truly a testament to the values, dedication and commitment of our cadets and the support of the entire university community," noted Lt. Col. Paul Dansereau, professor of military science. "This really reinforces Niagara University's status as a premier preparatory institution for Army ROTC cadets."
For more information on Niagara University's ROTC program, visit http://purple.niagara.edu/rotc.