The University of Toledo Army ROTC Program will hold its annual Fall Kickoff Friday, Aug. 16.The event, which is in its fifth year, will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. outside of the Health Education Center on UT’s Main Campus.
“It is a very informal setting,” said retired Lt. Col. Geoffrey Ovenden, assistant professor of military science. “It’s an opportunity for students to have fun while learning about our organization and program. New and returning students will be involved.”
Any UT student with an interest in the Army ROTC Program is encouraged to attend. More than 200 students attended last year’s event.
This year’s Fall Kickoff will include a rock climbing wall, paintball target range, and military vehicle and equipment displays. There also will be individual skills performance events, including pull-ups and football toss.
In addition to the social aspects of the event, it is designed to inform new UT students about trying out the Army ROTC Program.
“We certainly welcome students to get involved with the Army ROTC Program this fall,” Ovenden said. “Students can always take the introductory course with no obligation or commitment to Army ROTC.”
“It is a great way for students to come out and see what we are all about,” said Becca Ruehl, a junior majoring in biology and third-year Army ROTC cadet. “Students can come out and have some food and meet the ROTC family.”
Ruehl just returned from Romania through an Army ROTC international exchange program that placed her with the Romanian military. She had the chance to experience another military culture while she learned to climb mountains and help Romanians learn English.
The Fall Kickoff will be run by existing Army ROTC cadets, and Ruehl will be on hand to discuss the opportunities open to Army ROTC students.
For more information, contact Ovenden at 419.530.4696 or firstname.lastname@example.org.