Starting today, you may be hearing a lot of noise about the All-Academy Challenge. While the ultimate goal is to beat the other service academies in alumni participation, there is also a competition amongst the classes. As many of you know, I work at WPAOG. So of course I encourage you to contribute. But I don’t want you to do it because I’m asking. I’d rather you do it for your own reasons. The rules are pretty loose. Every gift, between May 30 and June 3, to any fund you designate, counts. And $5 is all it takes.
Some classes are really pressing full court on this. (Kind of like Kiko, when we’re in a class gift campaign for a reunion.) I promise not to do that to you. No guilt trips. No badgering. Just this simple one-time request. To just think about it.
Our class participation in (ever) giving back is over 70% – double the overall grad participation rate. I think we could be that dark horse coming in quietly and taking the title away from the Class of 1972. (I’m just saying…they’ve won five years in a row and will be completely insufferable if they win again.)
Our Country We Strengthen,
87’s own Amy Underwood did an interview on WHSV channel 3 in Harrisburg, VA about women in American Military History. Watch it on WHSV’s website.
Having Jame Gagliano as one of CNN’s law enforcement experts helps with class exposure. 87’s Army Navy tailgate made CNN this morning.
We have received word that Trent Andrews passed away on October 7th.
Trent is survived by his wife of 24 years, Jan Gordon Andrews; his four children, Kayla, Trent Jacob (TJ), Juliana, and Joel; and two brothers, Todd Andrews and Troy Andrews.
BLUF: Our email communications are changing. We are moving to WPAOG’s distro1987 mailing list from the current class email list firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is new and how does it affect me?
There are three significant changes:
- Our main email channel will become WPAOG’s distro1987 mailing list
- Our old email@example.com mailing list will take over for the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list
- Most of our interactions are now on Facebook (not really a change but acknowledging the reality)
The WPAOG “distro1987” mailing list is now our main news list for the class instead of the old email@example.com mailing list. WPAOG maintains this list for each class and no additional work is required by us. Whenever WPAOG receives an individual update of contact information, the list is automatically updated. If you want to receive information from the class of 1987 via email on occasion, ensure WPAOG has your latest information.
This change will allow us to continue to reach as many of us as we can quickly but without the overhead and maintenance of keeping email addresses current manually. Posting to this list is limited to a handful of people so traffic will be quite limited.
The second change is the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list is going to be retired and the email@example.com mailing list will take its place as the discussion forum. For those of you who were not members of the -forum list do not worry, you will be removed from the list membership and only those who asked to be forum members will remain on the list. This change may be difficult for some to remember so we are exploring ways to make sure email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org ends up in the right place.
There is not much traffic on the -forum mailing list these days so the addresses are growing old and stale. If we continue to see very limited traffic on the discussion list, it will be retired. We are going to give it about a year and see where things stand next summer.
Meanwhile our Facebook groups have been our primary means of communicating with each other. We have a USMA 1987 Facebook page where news is periodically posted. We have our main Facebook group, a tailgating group and a USMA ’87 women’s group. These have taken the place of what the old -forum mailing list used to do.
For those of you who do not want to use Facebook or to give WPAOG your contact information you can simply check the class website. It takes minimal effort to Google the class and find us on the web. It won’t be hard to find us in 2022 and learn what we are doing for our 35th reunion. If you miss out it will only because you did not make the effort. (more…)