"To perpetuate the history
and memories of the United States Naval Academy and the members of the
Class of 1963 thereof, and to encourage and assist the growth and development
of the United States Naval Academy."
Class of 1963 Legacy-1963 Center for Academic Excellence (63 CAE)
"In a sense, our Legacy will be 'a gift that keeps giving.' It will not be a one time effort, project, or contribution. Rather, it will provide a continuum between the past and the future. "
2/28/14--Carl Kolon's Son's Blog on the value of the Naval Academy Education and his Thanks for the Foundation's Help for His Own Education
Click Here to read classmate Carl Kolon's son, Matt Kolon's web entry from his blog , concerning the acceptance as a member of the class of 2018 of his son and Carl's grandson. In his post, he cites the class of 1963 which assisted him through the class foundation as a prime reason for thinking so highly of the Naval Academy.
1/31/14--2013 Year End Financials
Click Here for the end of 2013 financial statement
1/9/14 USNA Wedgwood China
Mike and Bonnie Blackledge proud new parents of the USNA Wedgwood china sent this photo complimented by the small sterling Reed & Barton "Windsor" individual nut dishes, c. 1940, number X 958 and Napkin rings emblazoned with our Class Crest (40th Reunion?). Martha Stewart would be proud.:
12/24/13 Naval Academy Wedgwood China sold to support CAE
Remember that Sandy Stoddard won the USNA Wedgwood china at the 50th reunion, already had a set and offered it for sale to support the CAE (see 11/6/13 entry below).
Michael Krause reports that Michael Blackledge is now the proud owner of the china. Here's what Blackie sent to Mike Krause:
Gentlemen: I can report that the two FedEx boxes arrived today, 23 Dec 2013.
As some of you may be aware, we are often Breaking Bad in Albuquerque. Thus this evening when we unpacked the entire set, we were impressed and relieved as to how well everything was packed and what great shape everything was in. We also are tremendously impressed by the quality and the condition of the Wedgwood plates, bread and butter plates, and cups and saucers. This was a generous gift, first by Michael Krause, and secondly by Sandy Stoddard. Bonnie and I are pleased that we can provide a good home for this impressive set of china, and that the Class of 1963 Center for Academic Excellence has benefited twice from your generosity.
Christmas Eve Eve was an earlier than expected arrival of the FedEx shipment, and provided a most beautiful way to start the Christmas season here in New Mexico. Hopefully, Jim, you - and your P.O.Box, and the CAE - have received my check as well.
Bonnie and I again thank each of you for the part you played in this transaction, and as Bugs Bunny might say, if you ever make that wrong left turn at Albuquerque, please stop in at Toro Street and have a cup of tea on us - and the USNA CAE Wedgwood.
Merry Christmas to all,
- Blackie and Bonnie - and Bugs
12/6/13 CAE Endorsement from Class of 2010 from Dave Moore
On Wednesday I was walking along a trail through some California woodlands and two women in their twenties approached from the opposite direction. This one gal broke into a big smile and said "You are in the Class of '63". This startled me for a second because I forgot I was wearing my USNA 63 ballcap.
She rapidly closed the final distance between us and said "You're the guys who build the Academic Center. I'm in the Class of 2010 and if it had not been for the Academic Center, I never would have graduated".
We talked for a few more minutes and she remained animated and effusive about the CAE.
11/6/13 Naval Academy Wedgwood China offered for Sale to support CAE
Sandy Stoddard who won the grand prize at the 50th Reunion CAE Raffle of a 12 place setting of Naval Academy Wedgwood china has offered the set to another classmate with the proceeds going to the CAE. As it turns out, Sandy and Bunny received a set of Naval Academy china in 1965 and have graciously offered the raffle prize to another classmate for $3,000 (or best offer). Offers below $3000 will be entertained until December 31, 2013. Each place setting consists of a dinner plate each with a scene of the Academy between 1850 and 1934; a cup and saucer; and a bread plate. The set is in the popular Staffordshire Blue motif.
Details on the china can be seen at www.usnawedgwood.com
Anyone interested in purchasing or making an offer to for this complete set of unique antique china should contact Mike Krause at email@example.com
10/8/13 CAE Photos from Spencer Johnson
Two photos showing the donor plaque and the beautiful mural in the CAE.
63 CAE Update 9/10/13 from David Puckett
The Class of 1963 has chosen the 63 CAE as its Legacy gift to USNA in an effort to support USNA, as most Classes in the past have done through Class gifts. We chose this project for our gift before our 40th reunion. We did not want to donate for another monument or statue at USNA. As education of the children of deceased Classmates has been our major effort to memorialize our Class since 1974, the education effort of the 63 CAE seemed to fit our legacy. At the 40th reunion we donated more than $1.2 Million to this project. Since that reunion, a review was conducted as to making a further gift for our 50th reunion. A decision was made that further support of the 63 CAE still met our education effort of the past and was an excellent way to continue to memorialize our Class.
The 63 CAE provides study skills, tutoring in the more difficult subjects such as math and chemistry, organization for the in the hall tutoring sessions held by some of the Mids who are doing well in a specific subject, writing and reading improvement programs and general education counseling. Recently 600 + plebes are using the 63 CAE and 1400 + upperclassmen, about half the Brigade. In the Class of 2013 one grad who graduated 14th and was awarded a Rhodes scholarship used the 63 CAE during her second class year. As the 63 CAE is now between the 7th and 8th wing access to the Mids has improved.
As we all had Classmates who had terrific academic problems, the 63 CAE is helping to improve this situation. Today the academic failure rate is less than 5 %. Overall the attrition rate is about 15% but that reflects some who decide the Academy is not for them. The recurring question is always, if this program is so important why, doesn't the government fund the program in its entirety.
In the past the funding of the 63 CAE was about 60% government and 40% private donations, similar to other programs at USNA other than the instruction itself. This will be changing as government funds are reduced, however the needs of the 63 CAE are increasing. By 2020 the expectation is that the percentage will be reversed. THE KEY HERE IS THAT PRIVATE FUNDING PROVIDES THE MARGIN OF EXCELLENCE!
To date, including donations for deceased Classmates, 64% of our graduating Classmates (561 of 875) have made a contribution to the 63 CAE. That is a good start, but more is needed.
Presently, we have funds donated or committed in the amount of $5.7 million including the funds committed at our 40th reunion. We still need more to reach our goal of 100% participation and $6,300,000!! Please help!!
63 CAE Company Competition
Final Report of the CAE Company Competition from Phillip MarsdenThe spreadsheet shown below contains the final status of our Company Competition to raise funds for the Class of 1963 CAE. There was quite a flurry of activity just prior to the 50th Reunion that resulted in the following: Seventy three percent of the Class are now listed as donors First and Twenty-fourth Companies reached 100% participation and were honored as Color Companies at the Reunion Twenty-third Company came in a close second with 95% We recognized 100% of our deceased classmates Nineteen Companies met or exceeded the individual company goal of at least 63% participation My hat's off to the two color companies for achieving 100% participation! I know how much work that entailed. I also appreciated the opportunity to work with all of you on this competition. Thanks for all your support over the last year.
This letter provides information and instructions for the 63 CAE Company Competition. Click Here (HTML) or Click Here (Word) 63 CAE Company Competition Letter
Class of 1963 CAE Pledge Form 2011,Class of 1963 CAE Bequest Forms 2011 and Class President letter--Note: this information will remain here at the top of the entries. Click Here (Adobe Reader) Class of 1963 CAE Pledge Form 2013
Planned Giving form for Married Donor (SIB) (Microsoft Word)
Planned Giving form for Single Donor (SIB) (Microsoft Word)
Letter from Spenser Johnson and David Puckett concerning Fundraising for the Center for Academic ExcellenceClick Here CAE Fundraising Letter
The last "push" for CAE Raffle Ticket Sales will take place at registration for the 50th at Loew's Hotel in Annapolis Thursday 10/23/2013 from 0900 to 1630 and on Friday 10/24/2013 from 0800 to 1200.
I'd like to get some volunteers to help in these final sale prior to the drawing at the Class Dinner Saturday evening 10/25. I have set up a schedule (See attached Watch Bill) in essentially two hour "watches". Husband and wife teams would be welcome, as well as "stags". So far we have sold about $30,000 worth of tickets and have $20,000 still available.
If anyone is interested in helping out, please send me an email with preferred watch hours per the attached watch schedule, which dovetails with Bill Earner's registration schedule at Loew's Hotel. Since I signed up for golf on Thursday at 0900, I need someone to kick off the operation and I will meet with them for breakfast Thursday morning to pass along the Watch Bill, tickets, etc. If folks are unable to do the entire two-hour watch, let me know and I will attempt to adjust accordingly. If you'd like to help out, send me your cell number and email address along with preferred times. It would probably be best to have two guys on watch at the same time...
All one has to do is have the buyers fill out the ticket stub(s) and collect a check (Tickets are $50 each). Then give the buyer the tickets and retain the stub for the drawing Saturday evening. Leave the checks and stubs in an envelope that I will provide at the hotel desk in my name and I will pick them up Saturday. I am not staying at Loew's, but will stop by.
A form to purchase the tickets is available on the class website at Click Here.
Looking forward to seeing everyone in about 5.5 weeks!
PS: I will be out of contact from this Thursday until a week from Wednesday as I will be in the Fatherland (TEXAS) hunting wild Hawgs! I can be reached at email firstname.lastname@example.org or on cell at 203-249-4876. Thanks in advance for your consideration.
Michael S. Krause
As of today, 92 individual classmates have purchased a total of 328 raffle tickets. Ticket sales total $16,410 including $250 or 5 tickets on consignment. Sevearl classmates have followed up initial purchases made last year with additional purchases this year. The drawing will be held at our 50th Reunion Class Dinner on Friday 25 October 2013 in Annapolis. You need not be present to win.
The Grand Prize is a twelve place setting of Naval Academy Wedgwood China commissioned by the USNA Alumni Association in 1934 donated by Mike and Kathy Krause.
The First Prize is a weekend at Mike and Sheila Bonsignore’s home in Santa Barbara, CA for two couples. The weekend to include one dinner at the Bonsignore’s lovely home in the Montecito Hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean with wines from Mike’s cellar plus a dinner at a “hot” restaurant in Santa Barbara also with wines from Mike’s cellar and a tour of the Santa Barbara area wine country.
The Runner Up will receive a bottle of Chateau Lafite Vintage 2000 Bordeaux wine from Ken and Sandy Metviner’s wine cellar.
We recently added two additional prizes: A week at Al and Sally Griggs’ Lake House on beautiful Lake Sunapee, NH. Photos of the Griggs' Sunapee home can be seen at: Click Here. (Webmaster had to request access to view the photos)
Ollie Donelan has donated a 1962 Army Game football with Wayne Hardin's and Roger Staubach's signatures as well as several of our classmates including chairman of the ALINTC, Ron Klemick. Photo below
We still have over six hundred tickets available for classmates and friends. Spencer Johnson has tickets in Annapolis and Tim Cook has a few on the west coast that they would be glad to sell. The raffle offers participants a chance to support the Center for Academic Excellence and possibly win a very significant and memorable prize.
A form to purchase the tickets is available on the class website at Click Here. or contact Mike Krause directly at email@example.com or at 203-249-4876 and he will arrange a paperless purchase transaction!
Click Here for the special pre-50th reunion 2013 Newsletter
Click Here for the June 2013 Newsletter
Instructions Click Here
Sample Request Letter Click Here
Mike Blackledge has pointed out that "Qualified Charitable Distribution was re-instated by "fiscal cliff" legislation (and extended for the next few days, i.e., to the end of the January for Tax Year 2012 purposes). The advantage to classmates is that any such charitable distribution is not counted toward the amount taxed under their MRD. Besides the tax advantage for Tax Year 2012, we can do a similar distribution this year (prior to 50th, let's say) for Tax Year 2013."
Here's a Wall Street Journal note:
Mike also provided a sample letter which you can send to your IRA institution or you can just call them: Click Here
This is a good way to support the CAE and save yourself some taxes.
View Financial Statement at Click Here
View Spencer's remarks at Click Here
View Dr. Bukowski's letter in PDF at Click Here
The CAE move from the Library to the Levy Center is complete.. The ribbon-cutting for the CAE is confirmed for Friday 21 September at 1300. VADM Miller will attend. You are invited to attend with a small contingent of classmates. I suggest no more than 10. Bruce Bukowski was unable to reschedule the event to the following Friday per your request. However, he said he would be happy to conduct a tour for any of your classmates who may be in town on the last weekend in September.(Webmaster Note: If you'd like to attend I suggest you contact Spencer well beforehand)
So far, we have sold 163 tickets of the 1,000 available raising a total of $8,160 toward our goal of $50,000 (One person purchased a ticket for $60.00, that’s why the total does not compute exactly).
Anyone interested in purchasing tickets can send the application form posted on the website to me along with a check for $50.00 per ticket or contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The brochure for the 50th Reunion CAE Raffle can be viewed in PDF at Click Here
The order form for raffle tickets which you can print out is Here
Following the success of the Silent Auction at the Mid Term Reunion, the Class of 1963 Foundation and the Class of 1963 along with the 50th Reunion Committee led by Bill Earner are supporting a Raffle to be held during the 50th Reunion in Annapolis. Among the items to be raffled are a complete set of twelve place settings of antique Wedgwood Naval Academy plates, cups, saucers and bread plates donated by Mike and Kathy Krause in the Staffordshire Blue color. The background on these plates can be reviewed at Click Here.
In addition to this very desirable and collectable set is a weekend for two couples at Mike and Sheila Bonsignore’s home in Santa Barbara, California and a bottle of Chateau Lafite Rothschild from the exceptional Bordeaux vintage of 2000 donated by Ken and Sandy Metviner.
The value of each of these raffle items is in excess of $3,000. A total of 1,000 raffle tickets will be sold starting in the spring of 2012 until the 50th Reunion at $50.00 each. The $50,000 proceeds from the raffle will support the Class of 1963 Center for Academic Excellence.
Dr. Bukowski's Letter
It is my pleasure to announce that Dr. Bruce Bukowski has accepted our offer to serve as Director of the Class of 1963 Center for Academic Excellence at the Naval Academy. Bruce is the current Director of Academic Advising and Exploration Center at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, and he has an extensive background and reputation in the area of academic support centers. Bruce will begin work at the Academy on July 11. The official news release is attached.
I want to thank the entire search committee, led by Dr. Christine Copper, for its extraordinary work in bringing many superb candidates to the Yard and for helping to lure Dr. Bukowski to the Academy. We owe them many thanks for leading this process so effectively.
Andrew T. Phillips
Academic Dean and Provost
Click Here 2010 Stewardship report on the CAE.
Dear Spence, Dave, and Ken!
This is a great time for me to thank you again for the generous and important support the Class of 1963 has provided for the CAE. As you know, we've talked several times over the past year about the importance of the CAE, and its associated accomplishments.
You may also be aware that we recently concluded an external "review" of the CAE. This is a normal process that we undertake for every academic program at the Academy. On a regular cycle of every five years, we invite a team of three external consultants (typically experts in the discipline under review) to come to the Academy and give us their best advice about what we're doing well and what we could improve. It turns out that it had been about 15 years since the last CAE review, so we felt this assessment of our work was really important to do now. And we're very pleased with the result- we're doing many, many things very well.
As strong supporters of the CAE, I thought you might like to read the following remark made by the visiting committee, which I think summarizes quite well the impact that this program makes:
"Among the most notable assets of the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) is its dedicated and experienced staff. All clearly understand and support the USNA and CAE mission and are committed to developing midshipmen into outstanding young officers. These same attributes were also observed in the community members who provide evening tutoring services. Every midshipman we interviewed spoke glowingly of the CAE staff. Many said they would not still be at USNA without the help and support they received from CAE personnel. These midshipmen benefited from the small class sizes, the individualized attention and the student learning-focused pedagogy. This approach really helped them grasp course material and increased their confidence to perform in the classroom and in the Brigade. Several midshipmen reported CAE staff remained in contact with them long after they had completed their CAE programs."
Thanks again for your support. As you can see from the quote above, the CAE has been doing outstanding work in support of the midshipmen, and your funding has made a considerable difference!
We are proposing a commemorative plaque for the 63 CAE, listing the major donors, congregated by "striper" levels: for example, a six-figure gift gets you six stripes.
Here is your chance to wear as many stripes as you want!
$100,000 6 striper
$63,000 5 striper
$37,600 4 striper
$18,900 3 striper
$12,600 2 striper
$6,300 1 striper
Note from Dave Driskell (7/25/12):I would like to add my $.02 worth. As a Blue and Gold Officer for the past seven years I am personally aware of several midshipmen that credit the CAE for successful matriculation at USNA. This is the jewel in our collective crown in addition to being the gift that keeps on giving. My check is in the mail. (I thought I had already donated !!) Exchange of notes between Larry Marsh and the parents of a member of 2013 (1/25/10):From Brenda and Michael Owen:
Dear Mr. Marsh,
I am sure you do not remember us from the I-Day picnic, but my husband and I were so impressed and honored to meet you. You were so gracious to sit with us for awhile recalling your days on the yard. Our daughter Kelsey is a plebe in the class of 2013.
Your class acted so generously in providing the Academic Excellence Center. We want to assure you those efforts were not in vain. Our daughter has made good use of the facility. Because of you and others the links in the chain can remain strong and students can receive the help they need. ( Kelsey did end the first semester with a 3.38).
Thank you again for your service to our country and your contributions to the Naval Academy.
Michael and Brenda Owen
And from Larry:
Dear Michael and Brenda,
I sincerely thank you for your kind and thoughtful e-mail. I am glad Kelsey is doing well and completed her first Plebe semester with such an impressive GPA! And, I am especially pleased that the Center for Academic Excellence has made a big difference in her studies. It is feedback like yours that pleases me and my Class of 1963 Classmates. I am forwarding your e-mail and my response on to our Class President and the President of our Class Foundation, both of whom will certainly enjoy and appreciate your words as much as I have. I am sure they will in turn share it further with all our Classmates. Thanks again!
I know you had a good time watching the NAVY-Army game this year, and the Texas Bowl. My wife (also copied on this e-mail) and I were in Philadelphia for the great win on 12 December, and, of course, we were glued to our TV on New Years Eve. GO NAVY!
Thank you again, and all of us in The Link in The Chain (Class of 1963- "Quality '63!") continue to wish Kelsey and both of you the very best. We look forward to seeing you again in "The Yard" very soon. Stay in touch.
RADM, USN (Retired)
USNA, Class of 1963
Thank you for the work you and others have put into the Center For Academic Excellence initiative.
For me it represents a very personal reality as in 1963 I faced a re-exam (my first and only) first class year, June week about 10 days away. In those days there was no organized, directed help available. If lucky (I wasn't) a slash classmate would help prepare otherwise it was...good luck. I squeaked by and graduated on time.
Looking at the CAE and its established track record I can't help but think of my experience and of the many classmates we lost over the four year stint on the Severn that would have, SHOULD have graduated with us had this program existed.
I can't fix the past but CAN affect the future. Thus my pledge.
August 9, 2009--Letter from Foundation President David Pucett to the new Academic Dean Andrew T. Phillips, and his reply to David and Class President Spencer JohnsonDr Phillips, welcome aboard!! I enjoyed reading about you in the last Shipmate and I wish you every success!
I would also like to introduce myself. I am the President of the Class of 1963 Foundation. As you are no doubt aware, our Class supports the '63 Center for Academic Excellence and we are in the middle of a fund raising effort to provide at least another $1,963,000 to the Center at our 50th reunion. From time to time, Dr Miller has made himself available to help us in this effort and I would like to ask you if you would be willing to do the same. At this time, I do not have a specific request but I wanted to introduce myself and welcome you aboard. I look forward to meeting you sometime when I am in Annapolis.
If I, or our Class, can help you in any way please no not hesitate to contact me or our Class President, Spencer Johnson.
---And Dean Andrew T. Phillips' reply:---
Hello David and Spence,
I appreciate the email and of course the very gracious support for the Class of 63 CAE. I had the great pleasure of spending some time with Spence at Ogle Hall on Friday, and then again at the Parade this morning. We got to talk quite a bit about your plans, and I'm most eager to help in any way that you see fit.
Please feel free to call any time-- I'm happy to set aside time to talk with you all whenever you like.
We're all very grateful for the support provided by the Class of 1963. It has made such a big difference for midshipmen. In case you did not know, our attrition due to academic reasons is now down to about 3% over 4 years. That's incredible-it used to be above 20%. And fully 75% of ALL midshipmen make use of the CAE every year now. So, I have no doubt that your support for that Center is a central reason for our success.
Please stay in touch, and best regards!
CAE 2007-2008 Annual Review(Adobe Reader document)
Presentation by CAE staff for our reunion of 1963
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) (Being Revised)
A friend of mine just sent me an article from the Investors Daily about Col Ripley. It reminded me that as we were both pall bearers for ADM Minter and waiting to start the service he was telling stories about his early meetings with the ADM while a Midshipman in academic trouble. What a help the 63 CAE would have been for him and what a loss to the Service if he had not graduated.Webmaster note--John Walter Ripley (June 29, 1939-October 28, 2008) was a United States Marine Corps officer who received the Navy Cross for his actions in combat during the Vietnam War. On Easter morning 1972, Captain Ripley, while under intense enemy fire, blew up a bridge to stop a major invasion. The story of "Ripley at the Bridge" is legendary in the Marine Corps and is captured in a diorama at the United States Naval Academy. His story is required reading for academy students.
One other story, I have forgotten to tell. When I was at the Pitt Navy game and Judi and I were leaving, a young man in civilian dress came up to me and said thanks to you and your Class and its Academic Center, I am still a Midshipman. At first I wondered what was going on then I remembered I was wearing my 63 CAE button!! Great idea from Ken Metviner, so please wear your button when near USNA!!
November 2010 Newsletter (Click Here)
This letter contains information on:
Legacy Gift Fund Raising
Silent Auction at the Mid-term Reunion: See donation form
April 30, 2010 Balance Sheet
Click on Planned Giving 2010 Letter
December 31, 2008 Balance Sheet
June 2008 Foundation Newsletter/Balance Sheet
October 2007 Foundation Newsletter/Balance Sheet
January 2007 Foundation Newsletter/Balance Sheet
July 5, 2006-- Letter from W. C. Miller (requires Adobe Reader) USNA Academic Dean and Provost regarding the Class of 1963 Center for Academic Excellence. The Class Foundation is presently discussing further funding.
June 2006 Foundation Newsletter/Balance Sheet
June 2005 Foundation Newsletter/Balance Sheet from Foundation President, Dave Puckett
Dave Puckett asks: "In the linked letter we have asked for volunteers for two trustee vacancies by July 31. As we are late please consider this deadline August 31. After the nominating committee has a list of volunteers, they will select 3 to 4 candidates to fill the two open vacancies for your vote. Geographical considerations, "new blood" and commitment to the Class and Foundation's mission will be evaluated in determining the slate for your review. "
November 2004 Foundation Newsletter/Balance Sheet from Foundation President, Dave Puckett (Requires Acrobat Reader)
October 18, 2004--USNA63 Foundation 2004 Trustee election Letter from Dave Puckett
May 2004 Foundation Newsletter/Balance Sheet from Foundation President, Dave Puckett (Requires Acrobat Reader)
A Word from Foundation President, Jim Ring Summary of Foundation Assistance Provided Foundation Charter Thank You Notes from Beneficiaries
Classmates, first let me thank you for your response to the Class Foundation Survey. Our purpose was to get your input as to the future and I believe your thoughts have been clearly provided. The summary of the findings and what we see as our next steps is at Class of 1963 Foundation Survey Results.
If you have any comments or concerns please do not hesitate to send them to me or any member of the Board.
Class Foundation President
9 August 2009
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