Emory & Henry College Executives Participate in National Symposium, Skydive with Golden Knights Solidifying ROTC Connection

by Billy Chandler
Emory & Henry College Vice President for Enrollment Management and External Affairs Jennifer Pearce and Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives Ryan Bowyer were invited to Fort Knox, Ky. on Tuesday, July 12 through Friday, July 15 to observe leadership training and learn more about the training that Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets receive. They participated in a portion of the basic training that cadets receive, including a 65-foot rappel tower and a tandem parachute jump with the Golden Knights, the U.S. Army’s nationally recognized Parachute Team.

“It was an absolute honor to be able to connect with colleagues from across the country,” said Bowyer. Bowyer was invited to represent the College at this year’s U.S. Army Cadet Command (USACC) “Center of Influence” symposium by 7th Brigade commander COL Brent Clemmer, which included the rappel tower and confidence course.

Emory & Henry College offers opportunities for ROTC cadets to work and learn alongside peers and professors at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). ROTC classes lead cadets through a four-year degree including leadership training and support from experts in their fields. ROTC cadets receive tools, training and experience to graduate with a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.

“It was fantastic to hear how other campuses support their ROTC cadets, and it’s given our team here at Emory & Henry new and exciting ideas,” Bowyer continued. Topics at the symposium included “The Future of Higher Education” and “Diversity and How to Attract Under-served Populations.”

“This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent Emory & Henry College and our ROTC program,” said Pearce, who participated in the tandem parachute jump with the Golden Knights. Pearce and the Golden Knights took flight from Addington Field at the Elizabethtown Regional Airport in Elizabethtown, Ky.

“Training and jumping with the selected Golden Knights was an awe-inspiring experience. They are very dedicated to our country, diligent to details and committed to their craft. It was an honor to fly and jump 14,000 feet with them. I was in good hands like our entire country is with our U.S. military.”

Pearce adds that she looks forward to more high school and college students considering the ROTC program as part of their future at E&H which can lead to free tuition and a fulfilled life full of adventure.

Emory & Henry has commissioned three officers from its ROTC since it started in 2018 under the direction and leadership of retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Charlie Quillin. Quillin and the cadre of soldiers that operate the ROTC program serve as mentors and support for cadets at the College. The program has seven enrolled cadets on track to graduating with a commission in the U.S. Army, Army Reserves or Army National Guard as Second Lieutenants. Emory & Henry College is currently enrolling interested students in the ROTC program on campus. Families and students can learn more at www.emoryhenry.edu/rotc.

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2974-emory-henry-breaks-ground-on-new-multisport"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry Breaks Ground on new MultiSport Complex" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2974-emory-henry-breaks-ground-on-new-multisport">Emory & Henry Breaks Ground on new MultiSport Complex for the Region Thanks to Generous Lead Gift of $4 Million from Food City</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Hundreds of Emory & Henry College students and thousands of middle and high school students will soon be playing sports including lacrosse, track and field and soccer at the new MultiSport Complex at exit 26 just off the I-81 Emory & Henry Education Corridor. Emory & Henry spans facilities from Marion to Bristol in Virginia serving more than 1,400 students. It is estimated that the new complex will be ready for use by fall 2024.</p><a href="/live/news/2974-emory-henry-breaks-ground-on-new-multisport" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3568-376-students-recognized-for-spring-2024-deans-list"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15919_emory-henry-college-deans-list-2024.rev.1715720135.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15919_emory-henry-college-deans-list-2024.rev.1715720135.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15919_emory-henry-college-deans-list-2024.rev.1715720135.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15919_emory-henry-college-deans-list-2024.rev.1715720135.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15919_emory-henry-college-deans-list-2024.rev.1715720135.jpg" alt="Wiley Hall, Emory & Henry administration building with yellow flowers" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15919_emory-henry-college-deans-list-2024.rev.1715720135.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15919_emory-henry-college-deans-list-2024.rev.1715720135.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3568-376-students-recognized-for-spring-2024-deans-list">376 Students Recognized for Spring 2024 Dean’s List</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Congratulations to the students who were recognized for their academic achievement in the spring 2024 Dean’s List. For inclusion on the Dean’s List, the student must be enrolled full-time and receive at least a 3.6 GPA for the semester.</p><a href="/live/news/3568-376-students-recognized-for-spring-2024-deans-list" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3505-gov-youngkin-approves-emory-henry-and-regional"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/155/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/788,0,2612,1825/15406_HEALS-HealthcareExcellenceAcademyLabSchoolMeeting_11-27-23_0118.rev.1708369114.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/155/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/788,0,2612,1825/15406_HEALS-HealthcareExcellenceAcademyLabSchoolMeeting_11-27-23_0118.rev.1708369114.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/155/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/788,0,2612,1825/15406_HEALS-HealthcareExcellenceAcademyLabSchoolMeeting_11-27-23_0118.rev.1708369114.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/155/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/788,0,2612,1825/15406_HEALS-HealthcareExcellenceAcademyLabSchoolMeeting_11-27-23_0118.rev.1708369114.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/155/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/788,0,2612,1825/15406_HEALS-HealthcareExcellenceAcademyLabSchoolMeeting_11-27-23_0118.rev.1708369114.jpg" alt="People on assembly stage with a presentation projected on a screen" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/155/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/788,0,2612,1825/15406_HEALS-HealthcareExcellenceAcademyLabSchoolMeeting_11-27-23_0118.rev.1708369114.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/155/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/788,0,2612,1825/15406_HEALS-HealthcareExcellenceAcademyLabSchoolMeeting_11-27-23_0118.rev.1708369114.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1824" data-max-h="1825" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3505-gov-youngkin-approves-emory-henry-and-regional">Gov. Youngkin Approves Emory & Henry and Regional Partners to Move Forward with Southwest Virginia Lab School Plans</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Emory & Henry College Approved as One of Six New Lab Schools in Virginia by Governor Glenn Youngkin To Help Address the Healthcare Workforce Shortage</p><a href="/live/news/3505-gov-youngkin-approves-emory-henry-and-regional" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3504-emory-henry-lauds-students-with-academic-and-community-"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15807_Awards-Day_4-21-24_336.rev.1714077366.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15807_Awards-Day_4-21-24_336.rev.1714077366.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15807_Awards-Day_4-21-24_336.rev.1714077366.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15807_Awards-Day_4-21-24_336.rev.1714077366.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15807_Awards-Day_4-21-24_336.rev.1714077366.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry Biology Department awards winners at the Awards Day on Sunday, April 21 at Emory & Henry College." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15807_Awards-Day_4-21-24_336.rev.1714077366.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15807_Awards-Day_4-21-24_336.rev.1714077366.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3504-emory-henry-lauds-students-with-academic-and-community-">Emory & Henry Lauds Students with Academic and Community Awards</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Emory & Henry Students Celebrate Academic Accomplishments at the 2024 Awards Day Convocation</p><a href="/live/news/3504-emory-henry-lauds-students-with-academic-and-community-" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3117-emory-henry-college-welcomes-largest-amount-of"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14468_EH-Week-of-Welcome-Orientation-Sessions-August2023_0713.rev.1693339722.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14468_EH-Week-of-Welcome-Orientation-Sessions-August2023_0713.rev.1693339722.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14468_EH-Week-of-Welcome-Orientation-Sessions-August2023_0713.rev.1693339722.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14468_EH-Week-of-Welcome-Orientation-Sessions-August2023_0713.rev.1693339722.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14468_EH-Week-of-Welcome-Orientation-Sessions-August2023_0713.rev.1693339722.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry College climbed to 1,105 residents this fall, the largest number of undergraduate students on the Emory campus since 2004!" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14468_EH-Week-of-Welcome-Orientation-Sessions-August2023_0713.rev.1693339722.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14468_EH-Week-of-Welcome-Orientation-Sessions-August2023_0713.rev.1693339722.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3117-emory-henry-college-welcomes-largest-amount-of">Emory & Henry College Welcomes Largest Amount of Undergraduate Students to its Emory, Virginia Campus Since 2004</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> The population of Southwest Virginia increased by 1,105 residents this fall with the largest number of undergraduate Emory & Henry College students to attend classes on its Emory campus since 2004, representing a 2.1% increase over the previous year.</p><a href="/live/news/3117-emory-henry-college-welcomes-largest-amount-of" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3408-emory-henry-recognizes-those-who-are-committed-to-servi"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2134/15632_Hope-Awards-2024.rev.1712930829.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2134/15632_Hope-Awards-2024.rev.1712930829.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2134/15632_Hope-Awards-2024.rev.1712930829.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2134/15632_Hope-Awards-2024.rev.1712930829.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2134/15632_Hope-Awards-2024.rev.1712930829.jpg" alt="Hope Award recipients" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2134/15632_Hope-Awards-2024.rev.1712930829.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2134/15632_Hope-Awards-2024.rev.1712930829.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2131" data-max-h="2134" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3408-emory-henry-recognizes-those-who-are-committed-to-servi">Emory & Henry Recognizes Those Who are Committed to Service with Hope Awards</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> The Hope Awards were recently presented by the Appalachian Center for Civic Life at Emory & Henry to six outstanding members of Emory & Henry College faculty, staff, a graduate and an undergraduate student, a community member and an organization or service project.</p><a href="/live/news/3408-emory-henry-recognizes-those-who-are-committed-to-servi" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>