program fellows welcomed
By Daniel Friend
University students had the benefit of counsel from a retired four-star
U.S. Air Force general last week.
Robert H. "Doc"
Foglesong founder, president and CEO of the Appalachian Leadership
and Education Foundation greeted his newest recruits during
a talk at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Shepherdstown.
view, this is a fundamental time in our nation's history,"
Foglesong told ALEF fellows. He said the current energy and financial
crises and wars abroad have created a "perfect storm"
that makes electing the next president a crucial decision for every
voter. He calls himself "apolitical" and encourages ALEF's
fellows to "listen very carefully to what the candidates are
saying" before voting in November.
Leadership and Education Foundation & Centers for Excellence
were founded in 2006 after Foglesong retired from the military.
The northern Center for Excellence is based on Shepherd's campus.
The foundation seeks candidates to attend the Centers for Excellence
who earn an academic education under a full scholarship while learning
character development and leadership. Students already enrolled
in college also participate.
ALEF fellows to consider the economic and energy challenges the
country now faces and how they can be overcome. At West Virginia
University, Foglesong earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical
engineering in 1968, a Master of Science degree in chemical engineering
in 1969 and a Doctor of Philosophy in chemical engineering in 1971.
an energy strategy and the courage to pull the trigger on it,"
Foglesong said. Congress turned its back on the current U.S. energy
crisis by failing to reach a compromise and produce results, instead
taking a 38-day vacation, he said. The
United States must capitalize on the natural resources we have instead
of focusing on ways to find more oil, said Foglesong. (He drives
a hybrid automobile.) Natural gas, coal, solar, and nuclear energy
sources need to be tapped, he said.
should steer clean coal and gas initiatives, he said.
"We ought to be in the lead for determining the best way to
use coal and natural gas," Foglesong said. With about a fourth
of the world's coal reserves, the United States shouldn't be relying
so heavily on foreign fuel sources, he said. "We are the Saudi
Arabia of coal."
"I believe that West Virginia ought to be the leading proponent
of research (and) development," Foglesong said. "I think
that's our future. And, by the way, what all that does is bring
jobs to the State of West Virginia. We
have an ideal opportunity, I believe, to step into the breach right
now enrolled at Shepherd include Anthony Bellissimo,
Chelsea Tipton, Sarah Crickenberger, Darrell Johnson, Jeremy Brock,
Westley Jenkins, Brittany Kirkpatrick, Alex Lemley, Robert McDonough
and Jonelle Westbrook.
goal is to give less fortunate West Virginia high school graduates
a leg up to ultimately run businesses in the Mountain State. The
program now has 45 participants at Concord, Marshall and Shepherd
universities. Students have logged more than 3,000 hours of community
service and talked to some 2,500 K-12 students.
for Excellence are small enough so that each participant can be
mentored and receive one-on-one instruction, Foglesong said, noting
the attrition rate for the program is "zero." That's compared
to the typical 25 to 30 percent attrition rate at most land grant
schools. "The system works to keep these young men and women
focused," he said.
Mingo County native, was commander of the U.S. Air Forces in Northern
Europe and air component commander at the U.S. European Command
in Ramstein Airbase in Germany.
his wings at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. His aviation career
includes more than 4,400 flying hours, primarily in fighter and
training assignments in the F-16, F-15, A-10 and AT/T-38. He has
been a commander six times. His staff tours include duty as Assistant
to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C;
Commander, 12th Air Force; Commander, U.S. Southern Command Air
Forces; Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations and Vice
Chief of Staff at Headquarters U.S. Air Force.
has begun for the Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation's
2009 academic year. On
Oct. 15, the new scholarship application goes online at www.alefwv.com
Or contact the Foundation at P.O. Box 1307, Charleston WV 25325
or 1 (800) 540-2533.