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V-program unit flags were dedicated to President Emeritus Everett Case by "His Boys." The flags will stand in the lower lobby of Persson Hall. At the ceremony were, from left, Charles Gillespie '49, Ray Otis '49, Robert Schwartz '49, George Greene '48 and President Neil Grabois.
Long may they wave|
On Saturday morning of reunion the V-12, V-5, V-7 Unit flags were dedicated to President Emeritus Everett Case and will be displayed in a permanent case in the Persson Hall lobby.
LTSG George F Greene Jr '49 USNR-Ret, CO Colgate V-12, V-5, V-7 and WTS, who presided over the ceremony, made the following remarks: "July 1, 1943 saw the arrival of the first V-5 cadets at the Naval Training Center, Colgate University. Soon after, the first V-12 Navy and Marines arrived for Deck, Supply, Platoon Officer, Pre-Med and Pre-Dental training. In 1942, the then-new president of Colgate, Everett Needham Case, had gone to Washington to see what Colgate could do for the war effort. V-12, V-5 and, later, V-7 and the War Training Service (WTS), were the results.
"With only 12 civilian students in residence on campus at the time, President Case's securing of the V-Programs enabled Colgate to remain open throughout the war (the Board of Trustees had voted to close unless more students could be found). President Case's efforts 'saved Colgate' and forever changed the lives of 5000-plus Naval and Marine officer candidates, many of whom returned after the war to graduate from the university.
"In fact, of all the 131 V-12 schools in the program, Colgate had the largest percentage of its V-cadets return after the war. These flags have been dedicated to Ev Case with love and affection by the surviving members of the units, 'His Boys,' as he always called us, today, June 5, 1999, some 56 years after the first of us arrived at NTC Colgate. In 1988 the wartime V-Programs were reconstituted and have had several well-attended reunions since. The vast majority of the 'V-Guys' are to be found in the classes of '47, '48, '49 and a few in '50. The largest number are to be found in this year's 50th Reunion Class of 1949. Many of us started with one class and graduated with another. I myself started with '48 and graduated with '49. I feel this entitles me to two 50th reunions. President Case cannot be with us today, but our remarks have been conveyed to him. He was informed of our intention to do this in 1995 and has a framed photo of the V-12 Color Guard taken at that time. Godspeed to our president, Ev Case. I wish to thank RuthAnn Loveless, John Birk '74 and Kurt Loesch '48 (honorary V-Guy), for their help in this endeavour. I also wish to thank Col. George Mayer, USMC for being my partner in the reconstitution of the Colgate Naval and Marine Units. I also wish to thank all the unit members who made this specifically and financially possible. A 4.0 performance!" JH
The Kindermusik family
by Rebecca CostelloMichael and Cindy Russo Dougherty, who are both from the Class of '82, are working to change the world for children with music.
"I want to bring back the days when families got around the piano every night," said Michael, who played clarinet and sang in choir as a schoolchild. As president of Kindermusik, a music education publisher that also trains teachers in its own special method of instruction, he is making steps toward that vision.
The Kindermusik curriculum offers developmentally appropriate classes that teach small children the fundamentals of music -- pitch, rhythm, steady beat -- where the focus is on fun.
"It's always a happy experience," remarked Cindy, a former Swinging 'Gate and chorister. She is a licensed Kindermusik instructor (there are 4,000 worldwide) who teaches the three earliest of the four levels, from infants up to preschool-aged children. Activities, with groups of children and their parents facilitated by a teacher through a cappella singing, are geared to promote the highest comfort level, with no expectations for performance. There's lots of pretending to music -- a caterpillar becoming a butterfly, for example. "Those are my favorite. Children are so uninhibited. When you're in the class, you wish you could let yourself go like them. They are the best pretenders in the world."
As Michael recently told the Wall Street Journal, there is a "major philosophical difference" between Kindermusik and other programs: "Most are designed to instruct children in how to make music. In our case, music is used as a vehicle to promote the social, emotional, cognitive and physical learning as well."
"We hope we will instill a love of music," said Cindy, "so that when they do reach the right level they will take up an instrument and be ready for the rigors of practice and discipline."
The goal, though, is for the Kindermusik child to become developed across all those dimensions, even if they never do pursue an instrument.
Kindermusik has grown significantly. Michael joined in 1997 when they were doing $3 million in revenue and had 1,700 customers. Previously, he was educational director at Gymboree, a children's education and apparel company. Gymboree had been trying, unsuccessfully, to develop a music program when Michael discovered Kindermusik.
After attempting a joint venture, Kindermusik's founder, an opera singer who lacked the business training to realize his company's fullest potential, wished to retire and "suggested that I could build the company," said Michael.
Dougherty used his business school background (he holds a Stanford MBA) to "fix what was broken." They streamlined operations, moved to new facilities, and brought their product development in-house, which "has made us more focused on who our customer is. This past year we did $11 million and had 4,000 customers." Now the focus is on capitalizing on their marketplace leadership.
As a Kindermusik educator, Cindy becomes an unofficial sounding board for Michael as well as a voice for the Kindermusik instructors when changes are considered. "I can help by giving him the perspective of the educator's needs," she explained, "and I can help teachers embrace change in positive ways."
Kindermusik fits in well with the Doughertys' home life. Cindy, a former middle and high school English and history teacher, teaches two days a week, leaving plenty of time for their three daughters, who are all musically involved. Sarah, 10, plays piano, and Frances, 7, Suzuki cello. Ellie, 4, has just completed her latest Kindermusik curriculum with another teacher from Cindy's studio.
"You tend to pass on to your kids what your own interests are. Music is a huge part of family life for us," said Cindy. "We hope parents will understand that music is a great source of joy in life."
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