Best ROTC in Nation

Seattle U’s program wins prestigious award
2011-03-02
By Mike Thee
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Photo Credit: Chris Joseph Taylor

Seattle University’s Army ROTC program has won the Outstanding Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Award. SU was selected best in the nation from among 273 Army ROTC programs. The award recognizes the contributions made by cadets enrolled in the ROTC program and the commanding officers’ efforts to build the officer corps of the U.S. Army. This is the third time SU has won the award.    

“We are very honored to receive this award,” said Lieutenant Colonel Eric Farquharson, chair of the Department of Military Science in the College of Arts and Sciences. “SU Army ROTC has had a long tradition of excellence having won this award in 1997 and 2000, and it is very satisfying for the program to be back on top again. Of course, the credit goes to the cadets, cadre and staff who have made this program what it is today. This award is about what a team can accomplish, not what a single person can do. I just feel honored and blessed to be on this team.”   

The award, which covers the 2009-2010 academic year, is sponsored by the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, a civilian organization that promotes patriotism and a respect for the character and heroism of the founders and patriots of America. The recognition is based on a number of criteria, including cadet retention, scholarships awarded, the number of cadets commissioned and their performance on the Leadership Development and Assessment Course.   

The university was informed of the Outstanding Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Award in a memorandum from Department of the Army Headquarters. SU will formally receive the award at an upcoming ceremony. Receiving the second place award is the University of Mississippi’s ROTC program; the third place winner is Cameron University in Lawton, Okla.