On a recent Saturday evening, midshipmen from the University’s Naval ROTC program gathered for their annual Dining Out Ceremony, held this year at the Erns Commons.
Dining Out is a formal affair and Naval tradition, usually held following a battle or significant accomplishment, for the officers of a ship to celebrate the victory.
During the U.Va. ceremony, midshipmen joked with each other over a buffet dinner of prime rib and chicken roasted with walnuts, all catered by U.Va. Dining Services, and there were consequences for those who “broke” the rules. Infractions such as rising without permission, not laughing at the guest of honor’s jokes, improper toasting procedures or wearing an ugly bowtie resulted in on-the-spot punishments like having the “violator” sing a song. Continue reading…
| Monday, April 1st | By: Rebecca @4:19 pm |
UVA Today’s Matt Kelly reports:
U.S. Navy Capt. Edward A. Davis was remembered recently as a friend, a mentor, a hero and an optimistic man.
Davis, who died in 2006 of pancreatic cancer, had been a prisoner of war in the “Hanoi Hilton,” and after he was released, he came to U.Va. to complete his graduate work in international relations. While he was a student, he also served as an associate professor and executive officer at the Naval ROTC program, where he taught leadership to fourth-year students from 1976 to 1979.
Now, Connor Watkins, 17, son of Tim Watkins, the recently former commanding officer at the Naval ROTC program, has crafted a memorial to Davis, a display case in the corner of the naval wardroom in Maury Hall with items marking Davis’ life. Watkins, a student at Monticello High School, put together the memorial as an Eagle Scout project.
| Thursday, May 3rd | By: Dan @2:21 pm |