Front & Center News from Fork Union Military Academy–September 21, 2018

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Stories in this issue:

  • College Day 2018
  • Discover Fork Union: Columbus Day Admission Event - October 8th
  • College Road Trip to the University of Virginia
  • Family Weekend Schedule
  • Our Online Photo Galleries
  • Col. and Mrs. Coggins host international students at their home
  • Arritt Court Dedication and more in this week's Blue Devil Report
  • "Having to shine my shoes every morning at FUMA taught me..."
Col. Coggins serves up the birthday cake to all cadets and employees celebrating birthdays in the month of September.

College Day 2018

The fall of the year is an important season for our seniors and postgraduates as they search and then select the college or university of their choice. At Fork Union Military Academy, we provide assistance and guidance in this process.

On Thursday, 50 college and university admissions representatives visited our campus to share valuable information with our cadets about their respective schools. Cadets had the opportunity to converse with as many schools as possible during the time allotted and to gather literature on each institution.

Fork Union benefits from this Virginia Tour each year, offered by the Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (VACRAO). This organization holds over 75 regional fairs a year. Fork Union also extends an invitation each year to our local Armed Services recruiters. Recruiters from the Air Force, Army, and Marines attended yesterday’s event to talk to cadets interested in military service.

Our annual College Day is sponsored by the Guidance Department.

Brigadier General Bill Dyer stopped by to visit Cadet Stockwell Sullivan, a family friend, this past week

Discover Fork Union

Columbus Day Admission Event - October 8th

Fork Union Military Academy is proud of the fact that 84% of the families who take the time to visit Fork Union decide that it is the right school for their son.

Many families are drawn to the excellent academic and athletic reputation of Fork Union. And some prefer the structure, accountability, and routine of a military school. Perhaps it's just the stunning Virginia setting.

Mark your calendars now for our Discover Fork Union Columbus Day Admissions Event to be held on campus on Monday, October 8th, beginning at 9:30 AM. This would be a great opportunity for you to extend the invitation to any of your family, friends, and neighbors who might benefit from Fork Union Military Academy to learn more about us.

Are you ready to join the Corps of Cadets?

If you are thinking of attending Fork Union Military Academy, we want you to know that we are looking forward to receiving your application and getting to know you—and, we hope, welcoming you to our campus.

We want you to be a part of us. Won't you take a few moments and apply now?

College Road Trip to the University of Virginia

Our first College Road Trip of the year is scheduled for Friday, October 5th, to the University of Virginia.

These monthly road trips, sponsored by our Guidance Department, provide a great opportunity for our Upper School cadets to not only learn about the college or university being visited, but also to learn about the college selection process, in general. Realizing that these road trips might conflict with a cadet’s athletic commitment, we encourage the scheduling of college visits on their own during weekend leaves and vacations.

The Academy allows for “College Leaves”, permitting two days of missed class for Seniors and Academic Postgraduates and one day of missed class for Juniors. (Postgraduate athletes must communicate with their coaches regarding college leaves.) Cadets must apply for “College Leaves” in advance, completing a leave form that is available in the Guidance Department.

Cadets interested in attending our College Road Trips must sign up in the Guidance Department. Space is limited.

Family Weekend Schedule

The schedule for our annual Family and Parents Weekend has been published. Mark your calendars to be on campus October 19th and 20th.

Friday, October 19th​

  • 2:00PM - 5:00PM - Parent/Teacher Conferences - Conferences will take place in the teachers' classrooms and are by appointment only! Please contact your Cadet’s teacher in advance to schedule a personal conference. https://www.forkunion.com/directory/staff
  • 2:30PM – 4:30PM – Family Tailgate at the Fork Union stadium (Parade Field) - There will be a tailgate tent set up next to the press box with burgers, hotdogs, watermelon and drinks. Please bring a side (last name A-K) or dessert (last name L-Z) to share. Email shannonh@fuma.org with your cadet’s name, the total number attending, and what you plan to contribute to the tailgate. Please take into account you will not have access to electricity or cooling for your dish and bringing an item is optional and appreciated. Don’t forget to visit the Parents Association tent to buy your FUMA gear and raffle tickets.
  • 4:30PM - Prep Soccer vs. Steward School at the Fork Union stadium (Parade Field) – Show your spirit, and enjoy the soccer match and fellowship with your cadet! Cadets are allowed to attend the tailgate and soccer match with their families. Families, please inform your son you are attending and meet him at the game for the tailgate and free time.
  • 4:30PM – 6:00PM – Free Time – Families can enjoy free time and dinner with their cadet(s) on campus (dinner will be served in the Estes Dining Hall from 4:30PM-6:00PM). The Social Center will be open during this time for families to hang out and have a little fun. Cadets will need to return to Jacobson Hall by 6:00PM to prepare for Retreat. Cadets cannot leave campus.
  • 6:30PM - Retreat on Fraley Circle - Come watch your cadet in action. Cadets will return to Jacobson Hall after retreat for cleanup.
  • 7:00 - 8:00PM – "What's Next?" Seminar and Address from the President in Wicker Chapel - Presentation by our Guidance Office regarding the college application process. It is geared toward Upper School parents, but all are welcome. This will be the first of two opportunities you will have to participate in this seminar.

Saturday, October 20th

  • 8:00AM - 9:00AM - "What's Next?" – Seminar and Address from the President Wicker Chapel - Final presentation by our Guidance Office regarding the college application process.
  • 9:00AM - 11:00AM - Open House in the Estes Athletic Center - Families are invited to meet and mingle with teachers, advisors and staff. There will be booths to visit, including FUMA's Famous Peanuts, Jostens class rings and graduation products, Woodworking Club, Interact Club, an Art Show, and a photographer for family photos. New this year the Parents Association will have homemade apple butter and apple sauce for purchase. FUMA t-shirt orders can be placed, orders can be picked up from campus or shipped to your home before Holiday Break. Don’t forget to participate in the raffle and get your FUMA swag. Light refreshments will be provided in the lobby of the Estes Athletic Center.
  • 9:00AM - 11:00AM - Social Center - LifeTouch Photography will be providing an opportunity to take formal family photos with your cadet.
  • 9:00AM - 11:00AM - Barracks Visitation in Jacobson Hall - Tour your cadets FUMA home and meet his TAC Officer, as well as the rest of the Commandant’s Department.
  • 11:30AM - First Call Formation on Fraley Circle - Take in the beauty of all the State Flags as cadets prepare for the first parade of the year.
  • 11:45AM - Parade on Parade Field - Join us on the reviewing line for pass in review.
  • 12:30PM – Cadets dismissed for leave.
  • 12:30 -1:30PM - Lunch in the Estes Dining Hall – Lunch will be provided for cadets’ parents/guardians and grandparents. Meal tickets for other family members may be purchased in the Estes Dining Hall.

While You’re Here – Please Visit

Business Office:

  • Friday 8:30AM-4:30PM
  • Saturday 8:30AM-11:30AM​


  • Friday 2:00PM-5:00PM
  • Saturday 9:00AM-11:00AM​

Sabre Shop:

  • Friday 11:30AM-6:00PM
  • Saturday 8:00AM-1:00PM​

Academy Museum:

Come by and explore the Academy's 119 years of history.

  • Saturday 9:30-11:30AM​

Additional Athletic Events:

  • Friday, October 19th at 3:30 –Prep Football at Collegiate School
  • Sunday, October 21st– PG Football at Frostburg State University


  • FUMA’s Famous Peanuts: a favorite at Family Weekend for many years, are once again on sale. At $10 per bag, they make perfect gifts for family and friends. Each purchase also comes with a recipe book.
  • New! Apple Butter & Apple Sauce: a favorite at Family Weekend for many years, are once again on sale. At $10 per bag, they make perfect gifts for family and friends. Each purchase also comes with a recipe book.
  • Raffle: The Parents Association will be hosting a raffle tickets are 1 ticket for $10 or 3 for $20.
  • The Woodworking Club will be selling some of their works so make sure to check them out and see some of the awesome items cadets have made.
  • Box Tops for Education Due: Submit your box tops during Family Weekend to ensure they are included in our fall drive. Turn them in to Parents Association volunteers during Friday's family tailgate or at Saturday's open house. Happy clipping!

Other Things to See and Do

There are plenty of things to do and see if you are staying in the area. Including, Monticello, Michie Tavern, Carter Mountain Orchard, fall corn mazes at Liberty Mills Farm, Wintergreen Resort, local vineyards for the adults, and two amusement parks within driving distance: Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion. Also consider visiting Fluvanna’s local shops and attractions while in the area. Fork Union Gift Shop & Pharmacy, Sal’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, the Village Restaurant, LazySRanch, or Fruit Hill Orchard.

Pre-Exam Pastries

Our Online Photo Galleries

Do you want to see what life is like at Fork Union Military Academy? One great way to keep in visual touch with the Academy is by visiting our online photo galleries located at http://photos.forkunion.com.

There you will find more than a quarter-million photos (a bit over 276,000 images at last count) organized in galleries by month and school year, dating back over the past decade. We publish more than 20,000 images per school year, covering special events, games, ceremonies, and daily life on campus.

Our online photo galleries are hosted by Smugmug, one of the internet's oldest and best photo hosting/sharing providers. You can share your favorite photo links on your social media feeds, subscribe to an RSS feed to stay updated on recent uploads, and purchase any size photo print, or photo merchandise such as coffee mugs, mouse pads, and more...all featuring your selected photo.

Navigation Menu

The photo galleries are very easy to navigate. The main menu has only four items from which to choose:

  • Home
  • Current School Year
  • Past School Years
  • Search

Selecting "Current School Year" takes you to a page with folders by month. Clicking on a folder will display all the available photo galleries for that month.

Selecting "Past School Years" will let you choose any academic year in the past decade. You can then browse the folders by month to locate the gallery you want to view.

There is also a "Search" link that will let you type in keywords to look for gallery titles, phrases in the gallery description, or text that might appear in photo captions or tags.

Like, Share, and Buy Photos

See a photo that you want to buy? Think that picture of your cadet would make a great coffee mug, poster, or mouse pad? Just click on the "Buy Photos" link to select and customize your photo merchandise.

Share great photos with your friends on social media by clicking on the "Like" or "Tweet" or "G+" buttons at the top of the page, or by sharing a link to an individual photo or photo gallery.

Support Fork Union by Buying Photo Gifts

The money you spend on photo prints and photo merchandise helps support the Academy! A full 85% of the profit on the products you buy comes back directly to Fork Union Military Academy. We keep our prices as low as we can for you, and we use the profits made to help pay the costs of maintaining our online galleries and producing great photographs each year. It's a win-win solution that's helps you hold on to valuable memories, and helps us to document them for you.

Col. and Mrs. Coggins host international students at their home

Col. David Coggins and his wife Kelli, hosted a barbeque dinner at Careby Hall, the President's home, this past week for the international students attending Fork Union Military Academy.

Careby Hall was originally the residence of Dr. William E. Hatcher, who founded Fork Union Military Academy in 1898. The historic home now belongs to the Academy and has been the Fork Union home of the school's presidents in recent decades.

Col. and Mrs. Coggins treated to the cadets to an American-style barbecue meal of hamburgers and hot dogs, with chocolate chip cookies for dessert. Col. Coggins also invited cadets into his home to see some of the musical instruments and other items he had collected from various cultures around the world during his service in the United States Marine Corps.

Coach Fletcher Arritt takes the first shot on Arritt Court

Arritt Court Dedication and more in this week's Blue Devil Report

Have you read this week's Blue Devil Report? If not, you have missed out on some great stories!

The weekly newsletter of Fork Union Athletics, the Blue Devil Report has the full stories you'll want to read on the important news this week from the athletics world at Fork Union Military Academy.

Arritt Court Dedication

Coach Fletcher Arritt and his wife Betty Jean at the dedication of the Arritt Court

The Betty Jean and Fletcher Arritt Court was dedicated this week as a large crowd of former players, national basketball journalists, alumni, and friends gathered in the Thomas Gymnasium to honor Coach Fletcher Arritt and his wife, Betty Jean.

Muscles and Manners

Members of the postgraduate football team learned about table manners, thank you notes, and more at an etiquette class taught by Karen Bowles, the founder of the Etiquette School of the Commonwealth. Under Mrs. Bowles tutelage, the players learned how to eat both American-style and Continental-style as well as basic table manners, and also learned how to write a proper handwritten thank you note.

Read these stories and more in the Blue Devil Report

"Having to shine my shoes every morning at FUMA taught me..."

While surfing through social media recently, we came across this post from Fork Union Military Academy alumnus Travis Canby:

While attending FUMA (@forkunion) we had to keep our shoes ultra shined and if we failed we were handed a 'tour' as punishment. Oh what's that you ask? What's a tour? It's horrible. You're made to wear a full military uniform, holding a heavy rifle while marching back and forth continuously for 45 minutes up an intense incline. Needless to say, I learned to shine my shoes quickly. If the inspector couldn't see his reflection in the tip of your shoes you failed. Instantly awarded 1 tour, thanks, bye. Shining away this morning I thought "this is just like life..." :: My shoes haven't received proper and consistent care and therefore lost their shine. In life when we stray from the consistent behaviors and daily routine which makes our life better - the colors start to fade. Life becomes dull and more difficult. Having to shine my shoes every morning at FUMA taught me the importance of mental strength, sticking to a positive ritual and reaping the benefits. When your body, mind and soul are operating at intense levels it's hard to fail. I encourage you to implement a new positive practice in your day. Are you a candidate? Ask yourself these questions...Where is your mental strength and health right now? Could it improve? Are you bigger than your excuses? Do you keep saying..'I'll start tomorrow?' Are you breaking a sweat once a day releasing toxins or letting them build in your body? Are you meditating? Have you taken the first step towards that idea you have? We can all step it up. Maintain your shoes, shine daily. Elevate and separate. Conquer. Repeat.

Having to shine my shoes every morning at FUMA taught me the importance of mental strength, sticking to a positive ritual and reaping the benefits. When your body, mind and soul are operating at intense levels it's hard to fail.

Travis Canby (FUMA PG Class of 2001) attended Fork Union Military Academy and played basketball for Coach Fletcher Arritt. He earned an NCAA D1 scholarship to Kansas State University from which he graduated with honors. Canby went on to play basketball professionally in Germany.

Travis Canby (FUMA PG Class of 2001)

Today, you can find Travis in Los Angeles, California where he founded Canby & Co., a real estate firm specializing in luxury properties from Los Angeles to San Diego.

It seems that learning the importance of shining your shoes—and the importance of paying attention to the details in life and being accountable—really can pay off.

If you're looking for a real estate professional in Southern California who understand FUMA values, you should give Travis Canby a call. Learn more about his firm at http://www.canbyandco.com.

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Photos by: COL Al Williamson, Kate Pendergrass, Dan Thompson, & Charles Thomas

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