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Citadel News Service

For Release
Nov. 5, 2004

 Alumni association honors outstanding graduates

           The Citadel Alumni Association today honored four outstanding alumni and named a fifth person an honorary life member.

           Honored were:

  • Harmannus "Harry" van Bergen, Class of 1957 - Alumnus of the Year
  • William S. Stafford, Class of '78 - Alumni Association District Director of the Year.
  • James V. Mazzone, Class of '60 - Citadel Club President of the Year
  • Ernest F. Hollings, Class of '42 - Distinguished Life Member
  • Daniel K. Inouye - Honorary Life Member

           "These men have earned the respect and gratitude of cadets and alumni alike, and in all their endeavors and accomplishments have always reflected favorably upon the traditions of The Citadel and The Citadel Alumni Association," said Mike Rogers, executive director of The Citadel Alumni Association.

           van Bergen, president of the van Bergen Co. and a Johns Island, S.C., resident, was instrumental in the restoration of the 90-foot-tall bell tower next to Summerall Chapel. Van Bergen's Dutch ancestors' foundry cast the carillon's bells, which were partially damaged by Hurricane Hugo. The carillon is one of the largest Dutch bell installations in the Western Hemisphere. It was cast at the famous Royal Bergen Bellfoundries in Heiligerlee, the Netherlands. The restoration project was completed this year with the help of van Bergen's classmates from 1957.

           A resident of Kingwood, Texas, Stafford, who represents Citadel alumni west of the Mississippi, was honored for his unmatched personal commitment to the association and the groundwork he has helped lay for membership growth. He is chairman of the association's strategic planning committee.

           "Bill's energy and intelligence have been instrumental in advancing the CAA Strategic Plan and in enhancing the overall efforts of the CAA to reach out to Citadel alumni," Rogers said. "His personal commitment to the CAA is unmatched and the groundwork he has accomplished to date will cause greater growth in the future."

           Mazzone, of White Plains, N.Y., is the first recipient of the Citadel Club President of the Year Award. The award was developed to recognize Mazzone's outstanding leadership in revitalizing Citadel alumni in the greater Northeast area. Mazzone is credited revitalizing the Mid-Hudson Valley-Western Connecticut Citadel Club.

         "His energy, love of this college, and hard work are an example to all club presidents around the country," Rogers said. "Starting with nothing, Jim Mazzone has taken the Mid-Hudson Valley-Western Connecticut Citadel club and transformed it into a dynamic and vital club that Citadel alumni are drawn to because of the many activities Jim has initiated. Jim has set the standard. Let all other club presidents follow."

         Hollings, an Isle of Palms, S.C., resident when he isn't in Washington, D.C., has served his country and his college with distinction for over 50 years. His contributions to The Citadel and its alumni are impossible to measure, Rogers said. Hollings was instrumental in securing federal assistance to help rebuild Padgett-Thomas Barracks after it was closed in 2000 for safety reasons. The $28 million rebuilding project was completed and the barracks was reopened in August.

           "It seems fitting that we, The Citadel Alumni Association, honor Fritz Hollings with this Distinguished Life Member Award as a small token of our appreciation for those Citadel values he has invoked through a lifetime of public service," Rogers said.

         Inouye, a U.S. senator from Hawaii, helped the college securing funding to build a rifle range. Once completed, the rifle range will allow the college's co-ed rifle team to be more competitive nationally and to host NCAA tournaments. The new range will benefit not only the Corps of Cadets, but also the local law enforcement community and their training efforts and work protecting the local community in conjunction with Homeland Security efforts.

         "Senator Daniel K. Inouye, the distinguished senator from the great state of Hawaii, has displayed great courage, both on the battlefield and in the halls of Congress," Rogers said. "Sen. Inouye has a special place in his heart for The Citadel and the Citadel Alumni Association has a place in our hearts for the senator. His assistance to this college in its time of need is greatly appreciated and we are honored to now have him among our ranks."




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