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Delaware Valley Chapter presents awards.

NDIA'S Delaware Valley Chapter recently presented its 2003 ROTC and the Sidney Ross Young American Awards to cadets and midshipmen from ROTC units at 13 universities in the Philadelphia area.

Recipients were selected for outstanding academic performances and dedication to the ROTC program. The Delaware Valley Chapter chooses one cadet or midshipmen to receive the Sidney Ross Young American Award, based on scholarly achievement (preferably in science or engineering), demonstrated leadership, service to community or university and participation in university athletics or activities.

In 2003, this award was presented to Cadet Matthew R. Russak, from St. Joseph's University's Air Force ROTC Detachment 750. Russak is a senior with a double major in computer science and computer engineering.

The award was established in 2000 to honor the late Sidney Ross, a native Philadelphian and a longtime member of NDIA and its predecessor organizations. Ross served NDIA in several capacities at the national level and as a member of the chapter's board of directors. Award recipients included:

* Cadet Sgt. Maj. Brian Rotante, Army ROTC, Lehigh University.

* Cadet Capt. Christopher Poponak, Army ROTC, Drexel University.

* Cadet Cpl. Rebekah L. Strock, Army ROTC, University of Pennsylvania.

* Cadet Cpl. Matt Klohocker, Army ROTC, MCP Hahnemann University.

* Cadet Maj. Hans Lokodi, Army ROTC, Temple University.

* Cadet Logan M. Kent, Army ROTC, Valley Forge Military College.

* Midshipman First Class Amelia Zellander, Navy ROTC, University of Pennsylvania.

Midshipman First Class Carolyn DiMaria, Navy ROTC, Villanova University.

* Cadet Michael Schanne, Army ROTC, Villanova University.

* Cadet Harold L. Ellwanger III, Air Force ROTC, University of Delaware.

* Cadet Major Peter Hegseth, Army ROTC, Princeton University.

* Cadet Mathew R. Russak, Air Force ROTC, St. Joseph's University.

Director Dick Riegel Retires

Richard A. Riegel, Col., USAF (Ret.), is retiring for a second time after five years as director of operations for NDIA. Before joining NDIA, Riegel served 30 years in the U.S. Air Force, with a wide variety of assignments as staff officer, program manager and commander throughout the United States, Asia and Europe.

Riegel also worked as a senior management analyst for the District of Columbia government, where he planned the consolidation of financial management organizations. In addition, he was a special consultant for Fidelity Technologies Corporation, in Reading, Pa.

In the Air Force, Riegel served as chief of administration for the Inter-American Defense College, in Washington, D.C.; commander of the 401st Combat Support Group, at the Torrejon Air Base, in Spain; vice commander of the 513th Airborne Command and Control Wing in the Royal Air Force, in Mildenhall, U.K.; commander of the 961st Airborne Warning and Control Squadron at Kadena Air Force Base, Japan; commander of the 7th Airborne Command and Control Squadron at the Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. He also served as Special Operations and Activities Program manager at Langley Air Force Base, Va.

Staffers Become Certified Meeting Planners

NDIA staff members Derek Jenks and Ailg4e DeKleine have received their Certified Meeting Planner credentials (CMP).

Associate Operations Director Angie DeKleine, who has been with NDIA for six years, said she obtained her CMP, because "I wanted to improve my skills and gain knowledge in the meetings, convention and exhibits industry, and apply that enhanced knowledge to the meetings and events that I'm responsible for at NDIA."

Derek Jenks, associate director of exhibits at NDIA, said that he sought a CMP, "because it is the standard to be measured by in the meetings industry." To achieve certification, an individual must have:

* A minimum of three years experience in meeting management.

* Current, full-time employment as a meeting manager. (Applications are accepted from applicants who have been unemployed for less than 12 months.)

* Responsibility and accountability for the successful completion of meetings.

Applicants fill out forms, which rate their education and experience. To be considered for certification, an applicant must score a minimum of 90 out of 150 possible points.
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