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ROTC To Induct Three Alumni Into Hall of Fame

ROTC To Induct Three Alumni Into Hall of Fame

10/7/2010
 

West Virginia State University
ROTC to Induct Three Alumni Into Hall of Fame

They served their country in the military. Now, their alma mater is honoring them for their devotion to duty. The West Virginia State University Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 15 in the Davis Fine Arts Theater. Three WVSU alumni will be inducted. The event is a part of the University's Homecoming celebration the week of October 11 - 16

This year's inductees are Dr. Roscoe Brown, a former member of the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II; Judge Ronald L. Graham, a United States District Judge; and Major Celetia Stephens Kramer, a helicopter pilot, and test pilot.

Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. is Director for the Center for Urban Education Policy and University Professor at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. He is past President of Bronx Community College of CUNY and former Director of the Institute of Afro American Affairs at New York University. He served on the faculty and West Virginia State University and as a full professor at New York University's School of Education. A native of Washington DC, Dr. Brown earned a doctorate from New York University.

As Director of the Center for Urban Education Policy Dr. Brown's work focuses on the role of school-based management and parental involvement in school reform. A specialist in educational measurement, Dr. Brown has served as a consultant for the Educational Testing Service and serves on the Technical Advisory Committee for the New Jersey State Educational Assessment program.

Dr. Brown serves on several national boards including Boys and Girls Clubs of America, American Council of Education, and the boards of the YMCA of Greater New York and the Fund for the City of New York. He is Chairman of the board of directors of the Greater Harlem Nursing Home, the Urban Issues Group, and the Sports Foundation.

Dr. Brown is a former Army Air Force Captain, commanded the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group (the Tuskegee Airmen) in World War II and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with eight Oak Leaf Clusters.

An avid runner, he was completed the New York City Marathon nine times. Dr. Brown is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who Among Black Americans, and Who's Who in American Education.

 

 

Judge Donald L. Graham, a native of Salisbury NC, was appointed as a United States District Judge in 1991. Judge Graham graduated from West Virginia State University magna cum laude, and earned his law degree from The Ohio State University College of Law.

After joining the Judge Advocate General's Corps, United States Army, with an initial active duty assignment in West Germany, he transferred to Homestead Air Force Base, FL. Judge Graham was discharged from active duty in 1979 and retired from the U.S. Army Reserves in 1999 as a Lieutenant Colonel receiving several awards and commendations for his active and reserve duty. Judge Graham served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Chief of the Narcotics Unit and Chief of the Special Prosecutions Unit. He went into private practice as the founding partner in the firm of Raskin and Graham, PA in Miami Florida.

He serves as an Adjunct Instructor in the U.S. Department of Justice Trial Advocacy Program, and is a lecturer on behalf of the Department of Justice and Department of Commerce in the Phillippines, Peoples Republic of China, Nepal, Uganda and Botswana.

He is a member of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, Board of Directors of the Performing Arts Center for Greater Miami Trust, Orange Bowl Committee, Network Miami Magazine, and Just the Beginning Foundation.

 

Major Celetia A. Stephens Kramer is a 1980 cum laude graduate of WVSU. While at "State" she served on the Student Government Association, received the Outstanding Cadet Award, and Outstanding Military Graduate. She was selected Miss Pershing Riffle for two years. In addition to her military training she has completed graduate study at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Salem-Teikyo University, Colorado State University and American University.

Major Kramer served 23 years with the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserves and National Guard as a heliocopter pilot, test pilot, battalion executive officer, aircraft maintenance officer, Blackhawk Fielding Officer and Company Commander with tours of duty at Ft. Eustis, WV Army National Guard, Ft. Bragg, Ft. Rucker, Vermont Army National Guard, Iowa Reserve Center, Ft. Campbell South Korea, and Japan. She was the 24th woman in the Department of Defense to earn aviator wings and the first woman in the Department of Defense to fly and test fly the UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter.

She has earned many awards and honors. She was the youngest woman to be included in the WV Celebrate Women Awards and inducted into the WV Women's Hall of Fame. She was awarded the Sikorsky Rescue Award fo saving a life using a helicopter; chosen as one of the Most Admired Women of the Decade, Woman of the Year, One of the 2000 Most Notable American Women. Her military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Aviator Badge, and Senior Aviator Badge for 17 years of accident free military aviation service.

Celetia founded the Crossed Sabers Stable in June 1996 in West Union, WV and the Second Wind Adoption Program in 1998 in order to respond to the huge need for safe healthy homes for horses. In 2008 she founded the Mountain State Horse School. She is an Equine Instructor and Trainer and is a seasoned expert witness in the areas of equine operations and equine welfare and well as military affairs.

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