2020 Marine Corps University Foundation Awards
The following awards are continued from the MCUF 2020 Summer Magazine. Awards were issued at the end of the 2020 academic year.
BKCIC Creative Writing Contest
Brigadier General Thomas V. Draude Award
The Expeditionary Warfare School International Military Student Award for Excellence
Center for Operational Cultural Leaning Writing Award
Dr. Elihu Rose Award for Teaching Excellence
BKCIC Creative Writing Contest:
The Marine Corps University Foundation (MCUF) and the Krulak Center partnered to present the 2019 Creative Writing Competition to those students that were enrolled in a resident or non-resident MCU program and any Marine assigned to sister-service PME. The writing prompt for this year’s contest was “How do we modernize/change the training and education of future warfighters to face the realities of the evolving operating environment in order to out-think and outfight our adversaries?” It was exciting to see the large number of submissions from across the breadth of the University; Officer and Enlisted, Resident and Non-Resident. Thank you to all who participated with your bold and thoughtful essays. This year’s Essay contest winners were:
1st place – Maj Stephanie Mafrici, USMC – “Teaching How to Fight for Communications Superiority in the Information Age”
2nd place – Maj Eric Hovey, USMC – “The Power of Language”
3rd place – Staff Sergeant Beau Curtis, USMC – “Standard Bearers and Creative Writing”
Honorable Mention – Maj Brian Kerg, USMC – “ManNIE”
2020 Brigadier General Thomas V. Draude Award:
The Brigadier General Thomas V. Draude, USMC (Ret) Award for Exceptional Scholarship is awarded to individuals from the College of Distance Education and Training’s Expeditionary Warfare School Blended Seminar Program and Distance Education Program who authored a superior, highly thoughtful, extra-curricular essay linking their curriculum to the Commandant’s Professional Reading List. This award is made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor.
This year’s recipient for the Expeditionary Warfare School Distance Education Program Award for Exceptional Scholarship was presented to Captain Matthew C. Brockelmeyer, USMC for his paper titled: “The Future Of The Marine Corps Through The Lens Of Ian Leslie’s “Curious: The Desire To Know And Why Your Future Depends On It”
This year’s recipient for the Expeditionary Warfare School Blended Seminar Program Award for Exceptional Scholarship was Captain Charlie Dowling, USMC for his paper titled: “Monsoon and Maneuver”.
The Expeditionary Warfare School International Military Student Award for Excellence:
The Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS) International Military Student Award for Excellence is presented by the Foundation to the EWS International Officer who has most contributed to the study of the Profession of Arms while attending EWS. The 2020 recipient is Capt Miquel Ruiz Del Arbol Moro, Spain.
The Center for Operational Cultural Leaning (CAOCL) Writing Award recognizes a student from the College of Distance Education and Training and is given for superior research and writing on the influence of culture on military operations, planning, decision making, or critical social science challenges in national security affairs. The CAOCL Writing Award recipient for 2020 is Captain Kate Sullivan, USMC for her paper “Gender Perspectives, Reverse Planning: Remove gender as a qualifier in order to strengthen credibility and change long-term gender norms.”
Dr. Elihu Rose Award for Teaching Excellence:
The Dr. Elihu Rose Award for Teaching Excellence is presented annually to an Officer, Enlisted and Civilian instructor of the Marine Corps University in recognition of their superior teaching, performance, dedication to students, and commitment to Professional Military Education and leadership during the academic year. Established in 1994 by the family of Dr. Elihu Rose, then a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, this award recognizes the best of the best across the University.
The Marine Corps University’s Outstanding Military Officer Instructor for Academic Year 2019-20 is Major Daniel J. O’Connell, USMC, from the Expeditionary Warfare School.
The Marine Corps University’s Outstanding Enlisted Instructor for Academic Year 2019-20 is Gunnery Sergeant Michael A. Gallucci, USMC from the Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Quantico.
The Marine Corps University’s Outstanding Civilian Professor for Academic Year 2019-20 is Dr. Lauren Mackenize from the Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning.
These selections not only recognize their teaching successes, but also acknowledges the overall contributions they have made this academic year to the total educational experience of the College’s students.