The three are cadets in the university’s ROTC program. One went to Liberia, another to Germany and the third to Romania.
The Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency Program typically allows for hundreds of cadets to travel and explore different lifestyles and cultures while participating in either humanitarian or military efforts.
The program is competitive and an honor for those who participate, said 2nd Lt. Brett Harris, an ROTC recruiter at Hampton University.
“(Selection means) you’re a cadet that showed they were interested in doing work outside of the walls of ROTC,” Harris said. “And it’s on a competitive basis, meaning we don’t have a million slots to give. So having three slots for an eligible 25 cadets is kind of a big deal. All of the people who were selected to go were the top notch of their class. The Army supports sending cadets over to certain countries that we have alliances with. Essentially it’s an experiment and an experience.”
Pierce Watson traveled to Germany and saw the military side of things, along with lots of hiking.
“I earned Gold in marksmanship, and I also earned the Edelweiss Award, which is awarded to those who are proficient in mountaineering,” Watson said in a news release from HU. “I was especially excited to have gotten the opportunity to network with a few German soldiers whom I plan to stay in contact with.”
Brian Battle worked with orphanages in Liberia and said in the release it was a “humbling experience. … Interacting with the people here has truly given me a perspective on life.”
“The Army’s birthday was on June 14, so we decided to take our new counterparts out to town and enjoy coffee and donuts in order to explain the history of such an important day,” Donmanique Hardy said about his experience in Romania. “As our time began to close in Romania, we taught them American dances and were incredibly entertained.”
CNU awarded grant for recycling
Christopher Newport University has been awarded $1,000 from Keep Virginia Beautiful to continue the university’s recycling efforts.
The grant, one of 30 doled out across the state in June, will support a project between CNU’s Sustainability Committee and student assembly to teach the university community about items that can be recycled.
New wheeled recycling bins will be bought and, come fall, student volunteers will take them to university events and encourage recycling.
“The ultimate goal with this project is to encourage students to incorporate sustainability into their everyday lives,” Student Assembly President Michael Bamisile said in a news release. “It was exciting to develop the idea of creating volunteer event recycling staff to attend major university functions to educate students about the importance of recycling and actually facilitate recycling at the events. This grant gives our students the ability to make the project possible.”
Keep Virginia Beautiful has provided more than $110,000 to 140 organizations through the state since 2011, according to a release from the University.