TxGC Foundation Sponsors Robotics Competition

The TxGC Foundation is proud to announce its participation and sponsorship of the 2019 Ft. Bend ISD SE Texas Regional SeaPerch Qualifier: Underwater Robotics Competition.

Please join us, as we sponsor our first ever SeaPerch Regional Competition. This is an underwater robotics challenge designed to engage elementary, middle, and high school students in STEM activities. We are looking for your support to attend the event and cheer on the teams and help us promote interest in applying to USNA. 

  • Saturday March 2
  • Competition runs from 9 to 3
  • FBISD Aquatics Practice Facility
  • 16701 Bissonnet St.
  • Contact Chris Black ‘07 at chrblack07@gmail.com for questions

 

March Lunch Now On Sale

Thursday March 21 11:30am @ Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kithcen.
Dr. Joseph J. Thomas is the Director, Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership and former Class of ’61 Chair and Distinguished Professor of Leadership Education and ADM Jay Johnson Research Professor in Leadership and Ethics. He is also a past Director, John A. Lejeune Leadership Institute, Marine Corps University. As an active duty Marine his assignments included 1st and 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, 26 Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1, Assistant Professor of Naval Science at the University of Notre Dame, 6th Battalion Officer at the US Naval Academy, and Head of Training Management and Evaluation/Senior Education Officer at Marine Corps Training and Education Command.

Trustee Note: Called to Serve, Daring to Lead

By now you should have seen some of the emails, Facebook posts, mail-outs, web ads, about the Naval Academy Campaign, “Called to Serve, Daring to Lead,” led by the Alumni Association.  Some of you may have also seen the recent news articles in both the Annapolis Capital Gazette and Navy Times regarding the Naval Academy’s deteriorating infrastructure.  Please understand, if you don’t already…

While public funding makes the Naval Academy good, it’s private philanthropy that makes the Naval Academy great.

As your TxGC, Alumni Association, Trustee, this past November, I was fortunate enough to attend the public phase launch of the Naval Academy Campaign (aka Called to Serve, Daring to Lead).  There is so much that I did, and did not understand, even after being a Midshipman (not so long ago) and serving in active duty, back at USNA.  Although it is taxpayer dollars that help support the core mission of USNA, it is not enough to ensure USNA truly competes at the highest levels with America’s best universities, in addition to other service academies.

You directly support initiatives including the Academy’s Center for Cyber Security Studies, the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership and related programs, international programs, the Midshipmen Welfare Fund, distinguished visiting professorships and in the next phase, the continuing renovation and expansion of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, and the construction of a future Alumni Association and Foundation Center.

TWO WAYS YOU CAN HELP

  1. Called to Serve, Daring to Lead: Donate directly to the Naval Academy Campaign.
    The goal is $400 Million, but $373 Million has already been raise thanks to some very generous Alumni. So help USNA exceed the push for the remaining $23 Million.
  2. Donate to our TxGC Foundation (Houston): Maybe you’re not bought into USNA really needing the money?  Maybe you just want to support USNA, but in an impactful way, here in Houston? Then support our [TxGC] Foundation.  We directly support the mission of USNA by giving scholarships for local candidates (in need) attending USNA Summer Seminar and Summer STEM, and most recently, are assisting USNA Admissions by helping fund STEM programs at Houston area middle schools, sparking interest and awareness of USNA.

In either scenario, know that your money will go to good use, helping ensure the future success and excellence of the Naval Academy.

Thank you for making me your TxGC representative on the Board of Trustees.  As your Trustee, I sit on the Alumni Association’s Admissions Committee, and am the Vice Chair of the Member Services Committee, and attend committee meetings in May and December, in Annapolis.  Please feel free to reach out to me with your ideas, questions, or concerns.

Very Respectfully,

John Augusto ’02

2019 Chapter & Foundation Election Results

Congratulations. to our new Chapter & Foundation officers for 2019.  Thank you for volunteering to serve the TxGC.

Chapter
President: Bret Leach
VP: Dan Hanley
Secretary: John Augusto
Treasurer: Rich Bulger
Board: Ed Klein, Bart Jealous, Jim Davis, Royce Engler, Rick Bush, Chris Black, Ken Franks, Bill Pritchett

Foundation
President: Ken Franks
VP: Chris Black
Secretary: Bart Jealous
Treasurer: Drew Sims
Board: Lashaundra Collins, Haley Carter, Matt Guyton, Bret Leach, Mike Vlachakis, Matt Guyton, Chris Sims, Tim Fenn, Jeff White

Cy-Creek’s Edgerton USNA ’98 Awarded Darby Award

Commander David Edgerton, USNA ’98 Naval Submarine League’s RADM Jack M. Darby Award has been awarded the for inspirational leadership and excellence of command.  The Naval Submarine League awards one officer from the Submarine Force, annually, based on outside nomination.  The award is presented at the White House in Washington, DC.

Commander Edgerton, hails from Houston, graduating from Cypress-Creek High School (Cypress-Fairbanks ISD) in 1994.  In 2015, he was selected as a distinguished graduate for Cy-Creek, and added to the Cy-Creek Wall of Honor which recognizes outstanding lifetime achievements and significant contributions made by former students.  He received his appointment to the US Naval Academy from Senator Phil Gramm.  His Blue & Gold Officer was Paul Marshall ’65.  He graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1998, service selecting Submarines.  He is currently the Operations Director at US 7th FLEET, in Yokosuka, Japan. He is formerly, the Commanding Officer of USS COLUMBIA (SSN 771).

In 1998, David was awarded the Michael Smith ’67 (now the Smith-McCool) Sword, from the USNA Alumni Association, Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, for having the highest order of merit, for Midshipmen from the Houston area, his graduation year.

TxGC Wins 2018 Distinguished Chapter Award

Congratulations and thank you to all of our TxGC Alumni.  Because of you and your participation, we’ve won the 2018 Distinguished Chapter Award, for the Central Region.  The award is given by the US Naval Academy Alumni Association to the top Alumni Chapter for each region.  The award is given to the top Chapter based on a variety of categories, including number of dues-paying members, Alumni and Board participation, number and variety of events, and community outreach.   Over the past several years the TxGC Board has worked hard to create value to our Alumni members in the form of more events and benefits, as well as increasing how the Chapter gives back to our local Veteran community, as well as back to the Naval Academy.  Through the formation of the TxGC Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, we have stepped up our philanthropy and partnerships in our area, with the intent to give back.

Thank you again to all of our TxGC Alumni.  Without you, we would not have been able to be awarded.