News Makers, December 2014

On December 5, 2nd Lt. Alexander U. Cox, MO G 2014, was named the 2014 Air Force Cadet of the Year at a ceremony at the Pentagon. Cox earned both a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, summa cum laude, and a master’s in aerospace engineering from Washington University in 2014. Read the news release

“The Cadet of the Year award goes to the most outstanding cadet from the Air Force commissioning program, which includes Officer Training School, the Air Force Academy and the Air Force ROTC. A board reviews the cadets’ records of military performance, academics and physical fitness and selects a winner annually. The Air Force said that as a cadet, Cox consistently exhibited the utmost excellence in leadership, academics, fitness and character. As commander of the 207th Wing, he led a program that raised the grade point average from 14th to fourth regionally, placing them in the top 10 percent of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps.”

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An article from The Daily Astorian (OR), profiled Carolyn A. Propst, FL A ’84, who previously worked for more than two decades as a navigation flight controller for NASA at Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. She most recently worked as a technical lead at United Space Alliance.

After her retirement in 2011, she moved to Cannon Beach, OR, where she just recently joined the city’s public works committee. She has also spent time volunteering with the North Coast Land Conservancy and as the treasurer of the Cannon Beach Arts Association. Propst is an avid photographer and jewelry maker.

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Thomas M. Botts, WY A ’77, received the Distinguished Alumni Award during the 2013 University of Wyoming (UW) Homecoming. He is currently an executive director of the Wood Group. He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UW. Click here for more details

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