Poly Mail                                                                                               September 2017

Poly Celebrates A Centenarian
Joseph E. Siegmund Jr. '35 celebrates his 100th birthday!

Happy Birthday to Joseph E. Siegmund, Jr. '35 who turned 100 years young on August 9, 2017! The Poly family sends wishes for health and happiness for years to come!
Poly Air Force JRTC Wins 2017 CEO's Cup for Best Annual JROTC Unit in Baltimore City
On September 26, 2017 Poly's Air Force JROTC unit was named the 2017 Best Annual JROTC in Baltimore City. Dr Sonja Santelises, CEO, presented the trophy to a group of Poly cadets during the district's school board commissioners meeting. The CEO's Cup was created to provide all Baltimore City Public Schools JROTC cadets the opportunity to participate in city-wide activities and competitions and promote esprit de corps, teamwork and self-confidence among JROTC cadets. Cadets participated in seven events throughout the 2016-2017 school year including a 5K Run, Academic and Leadership Bowl, Raider's Challenge, Drill Competition, and Community Service Project. Points were awarded based on how well the JROTC units did in each event. From the first event to the last, Poly cadets were committed to winning the CEO's Cup. They took 1st place in 12 individual/team categories, including 1st place overall in the Raider's Challenge and Drill Competition. Cadets also showed their Poly Pride by helping to collect and assemble 800 care packages for local military and their families! While the CEO's Cup will be proudly displayed in the JROTC showcase for the next year, cadets know they need to work hard if they want to keep the traveling trophy at Poly. When asked about a repeat in 2018, the Corps Commander, Cadet Major Ronnie Huggins, stated confidently that the cadets are ready for the challenge, recalling Aristotle's famous words, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."

CollegeBound Scholar of the Year 2016 Makes Poly Proud
This summer, I'Shea Boyd '16, currently studying at University of Maryland, College Park, interned for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) in the Protection and Controls Department. 
I'Shea Boyd '16
She writes: "I absolutely loved my time at BGE. Everyone in the company was down to earth, welcoming, and willing to share their knowledge. The best parts about interning were the people I met, and how included I felt in my department. I had the opportunity to further develop my communication and technical skills, through engaging with my coworkers, presenting at company meetings, and working on my assigned project. Both my manager and mentor were invested in making this internship worthwhile for me. My mentor always kept me challenged by assigning me relevant work and alowing me to work on an actual company project. The most valuable lesson that I learned during my internship is the importance of having confidence in my work. No one will be confident in my work if I am not. Confidence in my work is needed when I am first assigned a task or requesting a task. Confidence is also needed as I work to complete an assignment. I have to believe in my ability to complete any assignment or find the resources needed to do so. Lastly, confidence is needed when I report the outcome of my work."

2017 Alumni Dinner Tickets Now on Sale
The 130th Annual Poly Alumni Dinner Meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 5:30 pm at Martin's West. Business to be conducted at the meeting includes the nomination of the following directors to serve a two year term beginning Jan 01, 2018 thru Dec. 31, 2019: John L. Crew '83, Alicia Howard '00, and Richard Roth '55. Tickets for this great event are on sale now and can be purchased online here.
In Memorium
The Poly family is saddened to learn of the passing of the following community members:
  • Carl Oliver Clark '55
    Carl O. Clark '55
    Dr. Carl Oliver Clark transitioned on August 8, 2017 at the age of 81. Clark, an educator who touched the lives of many people, was the first African American to graduate from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1955. He earned his bachelor's degree from Morgan State University in 1958. In 1976, he was the first African-American to receive a PhD degree in Physics from the University of South Carolina. In 1984, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the American Association of Physics Teachers. He was inducted into the BPI Hall of Fame in 2004 and named Polytechnic Distinguished Award Winner in 2005. A celebration of his life can be found here.
  • Harvey D. Kushner '48: Harvey Kushner '48 passed away July 31 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA at the age of 86.  During his tenured and successful career, he chaired the Commission on Higher Education and Technology that led to two graduate education campuses for the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland. He was a co-founder of the Montgomery County High Technology Council (today known as the Maryland Tech Council), and for six years served as its first chairman. He was a former member of the National Advisory Council of the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins and the board of visitors of the Biotechnology Institute and former chairman of the board of visitors of the School for Public Affairs, both at the University of Maryland.
  • Ronald L. Ward, Jr. '37:
    Ronald L. Ward '37
    On August 30, 2017, Ronald L. Ward Jr, 96, passed peacefully with his family by his side. He was well known in the sailing/racing world and held many awards for his contribution to the administration of the sport. While being known for his sailing accomplishments, his greater contributions were as a research engineer for the U.S. Navy as an expert on sub propulsion system seals, retiring in 1977 as a department head at the Navy Ship R&D Center in Annapolis. His Navy civilian career was interrupted during WWII, where he served for 2 ½ years, and participated in the Normandy Invasion. Prior to his Navy service, he worked for the B&O Railroad and Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Co.
Save the date!
The 31st Annual Poly/City Golf Tournament will be held next summer on Monday, July 16, 2018 at the Country Club of Maryland. Check out pictures and results from the 2017 Poly/City Golf Tournament here. Hope to see you there in 2018!

Support the BPIAA through Annual Dues
For just $30 per year or a $200 one-time, lifetime dues payment, you can support the efforts of the BPI Alumni Association! Annual or life memberships are now available, and please note that the Board of Directors has voted to end the partial life payment program. Members participating in this program are being asked to send in the remainder of their payments and become Life Members. Your generous contributions allow the BPIAA to continue the programs and scholarships for the students of Poly. To pay your dues today go to www.bpi.edu/alumnidues . As always, thank you for your support!

Reunion Calendar
Check out a list of upcoming reunions for all of the latest information! If you have updated reunion information, or need to add your class reunion to the list, please contact the Alumni Association at alumni@bpi.edu or 410-889-7659. Need help planning your class reunion? Check out the new BPI Reunion Planning Guide! Upcoming reunions include:
  • Class of '67: The last class of the North Avenue location will celebrate their 50th reunion on Monday October 16, 2017 at Winters Run Golf Club. Click here for more event information or contact:   manlys@verizon.net(410) 206-7066; Denny Moran (443) 790 5699, winedog@ymail.com;  Skip Shiflett shiflettskip@aol.com (410)-879-6444 with any questions.
  • Class of 1977: Reunion Nov. 4, 2017 Poly/City Game and then meet at Café Hon afterwards for cash bar and menu! Contact: Charlie Shaw Charles.Shaw@RADNET.COM 
  • Class of 1962:  55th Reunion October 6-7, 2017 Friday October 6, 2017: 10 AM Tour of the "New" Poly, optional informal lunch at Miss Shirley's; 1 PM Optional Golf at Fox Hollow.
    Saturday, October 7, 2017: 1-5PM Barbecue on the Bay, Mayo Beach Park Contact: Doug Magill, dmagill@att.net.   
  • Class of 2007: 10 Year Reunion on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 at  La Fontaine Bleue- Glen Burnie from 9:00 pm -1:00am. Tickets: Single $85, Couple $160, Table for 10 $800. Formal attire. Click here for more info & to purchase tickets. Contact: Attilah Edges or Airis Thomas. Send pictures/videos for the slideshow and songs for the playlist to poly2007reunion@gmail.com
  • Class of 2008: 10th Reunion tentative plans are for an evening event on Saturday November 10, 2018, same day as the Poly/City game. More information to follow. Contacts: Elisha (Clayton) Urquhart; TyKera MarrowTavon Hannah.
  • Class of 1996: The class of '96 will be hosting its 21st year class reunion on Friday, October 6, 2017 7-11pm at the Engineer's Club. Tickets are $65.Contact: Cinnamon Green or Robert Mercer at bpialumni1996@gmail.com or 443-380-3691.
  • '71 Varsity Lacrosse Reunion: Members of the '71 Varsity Lacrosse team are looking for other members for a get together! If you were a member of this team, please contact Ken Lackey at Klackey534@aol.com
  • Class of 2009: Plans for the Class of 2009's 10 Year Reunion are underway! For more information, please contact the committee lead, Erin Wilson at erin.wilson710@gmail.com
In last month's newsletter, Walter Geer's class year was incorrectly listed as 1975. He was a graduate of the class of 1970. We regret this error.

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