Campus: CSU Fresno -- August 10, 2005

Former Fresno State President's Medalist Van Dusen Is Nation's Top ROTC Graduate

Second Lt. Adam M. Van Dusen (US Army), recipient of the President's Medal at California State University, Fresno in 2004, was honored as the top Army ROTC graduate in the nation last week.

Van Dusen, who is currently assigned to Fort Story, Va., was selected from among the more than 4,000 other Army ROTC graduates in 2004 to receive the Raytheon/Hughes Trophy in recognition of his achievements.

He received the award in a special ceremony hosted Aug. 2 at historic Fort Monroe by Gen. Kevin P. Byrnes, who serves as commanding general of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command.

Established in 1964 by the Hughes Aircraft Corporation, the Raytheon/Hughes Trophy Award recognizes the top Army ROTC graduate in the nation annually.

Van Dusen, 23, earned the prestigious award by excelling in all areas of the demanding Army ROTC curriculum while simultaneously attaining a perfect 4.0 grade-point average at Fresno.

For his efforts at Fresno State, he was named Dean's Medalist for the college of social sciences and then was selected form among the ten dean's medalists named each year as the Class of 2004's President's Medal by Fresno State President John D. Welty.

"On a campus of more than 21,000 students, it is difficult to imagine that one student could stand out to the extent that Adam did," Welty said.

While an ROTC student at Fresno State, Van Dusen was ranked No. 1 out of 4,681 senior students nationwide in the Army ROTC National Order of Merit in 2003.

"Second Lt. Van Dusen is perhaps the best well-rounded student I have ever met in my tenure at Fresno State," said the dean of the College of Social Sciences Luz Gonzalez. "He was clearly the best choice because of his strong history of academic excellence and superb leadership qualities."

Lt. Col. Joel B. Manning, professor of military science at Fresno State, also praised the selection of Van Dusen for the award.

"What continues to distinguish Adam from most other high achievers is that he is a selfless leader who uses his knowledge and abilities to make others better," said Manning.

Van Dusen is a 2004 graduate of the Transportation Officer Basic Course at Fort Eustis, Va., and currently serves as a platoon leader in the 119th Cargo Transfer Company at Fort Story.

As a graduate of Army ROTC, Van Dusen is among the more than 500,000 men and women who have become Army officers as a result of their participation in ROTC.

Many graduates of the program attribute their success in careers in government and industry to the training they received while Army ROTC cadets.

Among the many distinguished graduates of the ROTC program are former Secretary of State Colin Powell and Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton.

Contact: Tom Uribes (559) 278-5366 or 246-1717

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