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Cadet Ryan Boodee and Luke Sollitt, his research mentor and assistant professor of physics, were recently invited by NASA to attend the Shuttle Atlantis Rollover event, when the last of NASA's orbiters was officially handed over to Kennedy Space Center's Visitor Center for museum display. During the event Boodee and Sollitt participated in XCOR Aerospace's display, talking about the Atsa Suborbital Observatory project.

Pamela Corwin, a biology student in the Graduate College, won the Best Student Poster contest at the S.C. Water Resources conference held at Clemson University in October. Corwin is researching how seasonal and ecological changes affect bird species. It is the second time her work has been noticed. Last spring her research was recognized by the Southeast branch of the American Fisheries Society.

Cadets Leleia Hsia and Micah Moore have been elected to leadership positions in the campus chapter of Phi Kappa Phi collegiate honor society. Hsia, a senior electrical engineering and Spanish double major from Charleston, S.C., is vice president while Moore, a senior political science major from Franklin Springs, Ga., will serve as secretary-treasurer. After graduation, Hsia will commission into the Air Force. Moore will commission a Marine Corps officer.

Cadets Eugene Pak and Michael D'Amelio this fall are taking part in Semester at Sea, a unique study abroad program in which students sail aboard a 590-foot passenger ship that serves as a floating university. Among the 15 Ports of Call are Galway and Dubin, Ireland; Casablanca, Morocco; Tema, Ghana; Cape Town, South Africa; Buenos Aires; Argentina, and Montevideo, Uruguay. In port, students are participating in field labs that correspond directly to their class syllabus, and help them learn about local culture and customs.

Cadets William Livingston, '14, and Peyton McVey, '13 placed first and second respectively in the El Cid Toastdawgs humorous speech and evaluation contest for Area 11. A civil engineering major from Charleston, Livingston, who poked fun at critics of eating fast food in his speech, advances to the Sept. 22 Division A round of the Toastmasters International competition.

Cadet Cody Edelman is the 2012 Corps-wide Speaking Competition winner. Edelman’s winning speech entitled “There Was a Time,” was the best of five speeches presented in the final round of the Corps-wide Speaking Competition hosted by the Oral Communications Lab.

Cadet Nick Slater, ’13, has been awarded a one-year Rotary Club scholarship to study at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Slater will begin his Trinity College studies in the fall of 2013.

Rising Regimental Public Affairs Officer Angel Johnson is spending her summer as a volunteer teacher in Ghana thanks to a School of Humanities and Social Sciences Summer Study Scholarship. An Air Force contract, Cadet Johnson is also doing research on the educational system’s impact on the African nation’s economy. She will blog about her trip at http://angelgoestoghana.blogspot.com/