WVSU and MU’s ROTC students to face off in scrimmage event

Contact: Dr. Donna Simon

Oct. 10, 2012


WVSU and MU’s ROTC students to face off in scrimmage event

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) at West Virginia State University will host the Ranger Challenge Scrimmage Friday, Oct. 12, at 9 a.m. on campus and at Shawnee Park in Dunbar.

Eleven students from WVSU will compete against Marshall University’s ROTC team, racing against time to correctly perform a number of challenging events, including first aid medical treatment and evacuation, grenade assault, rifle assembly, log-carry, stream-crossingusing a 120-foot rope and a zodiac boat race.

“We welcome students, faculty, staff and the community to come watch and cheer on our Yellow Jackets,” said LTC Tony Taylor, professor in the Military Science Department at WVSU. “Go State!”

The scrimmage serves to prepare WVSU students for actual competition to be held in Fort Pickett, Va., Oct. 25-28. The Yellow Jackets will face off against more than 30 universities along the eastern coast at the annual event, including West Virginia University. Teams will compete for best and fastest teams. In 2011, WVSU placed 10th out of more than 20 similar-sized programs.

“There’s a bit of a rivalry between WVSU and MU at this sporting event,” says Dr. Robert Harrison, dean of WVSU’s College of Professional Studies. “WVSU has traditionally beaten Marshall in the regional contest, but last year, they beat us.” Harrison said a ceremonial trophy has been created and will be awarded to the victor of the two schools.

Organizers are inviting the WVSU community to watch the activities on the Quad outside Ferrell Hall, stressing that no real weapons or explosives will be used on campus. WVSU President Brian O. Hemphill will begin the day by welcoming the crowd at 9 a.m. The boat race will take place at Shawnee Park at the end of the day, around 1 p.m.

West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, WV. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.


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