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Blue & Gray Magazine Article: The April 1999 issue of the Blue & Gray Magazine contains an article about VMI Cadets at the Battle of New Market. You can check out a bit of the article at the magazine's website: http://www.bluegraymagazine.com/. The introduction to the article is written by Lt. Col. Keith Gibson '71.

Now You Really Have A Recent to Read the Sports Page: Ryan Glynn is VMI '96. Looks like the launching of a promising baseball career.

Glynn's a winner without the win

The Virginian-Pilot
Copyright 1998, Landmark Communications Inc.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- According to the strict record of baseball, Portsmouth's Ryan Glynn was not a winner Tuesday night in his first major league start for the Texas Rangers.

Some fans in Section 107 at Tropicana Field knew something very different.

``I always told Ryan the Lord gave him a gift, and what he did with it was his gift back,'' said Eileen Glynn as the youngest of her four sons buzzed 92 mph fastballs at the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. ``It's all in what you do with it.''

The record will show that Ryan Glynn, a lean 24-year-old righthander out of Churchland High School and Virginia Military Institute, did just fine.

Not well enough to put a W next to his name in the box score; Glynn was unable to finish five innings to officially qualify for the win in the Rangers' 7-2 triumph.

But in 4 innings, Glynn was good enough to strike out Jose Canseco, the hulking American League home run leader, with runners on first and third to end a fourth-inning threat dripping with danger.

Good enough to prevent Wade Boggs, the future Hall of Famer, from inching any closer to the 3,000-hit mark in two at-bats. Good enough, ultimately, to limit Tampa Bay to two runs, spicing seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts.

However, after Fred McGriff doubled to lead off the fifth inning, John Flaherty lined out to the leftfield wall. With the lefthanded Boggs on his way to the plate, another veteran lefthanded hitter Paul Sorrento on deck and Glynn approaching 100 pitches for the night, Rangers manager Johnny Oates decided the kid's evening should end.

Sure, Glynn might have gotten two more outs, completed five innings and left with a 5-2 lead.

He also could have been moments away from bad memories that would have overshadowed all that was good about Tuesday night -- for Glynn, for his mom and dad, two of his brothers, his sister-in-law and a few other friends and family members in the seats.

So Oates, who was raised and still lives outside Richmond, took the walk to the mound. He motioned for lefthanded reliever Mike Venafro -- another rookie and a fellow Virginian from Chantilly -- who wound up earning his first big-league victory.

And then, with a few words and a pat on the back, Oates sent Glynn off. Into his future.

``The whole Tidewater area can be proud,'' Oates said. ``I just told him that, as a manager, when you send a guy out there like that you want to do everything in your power to give him the chance to get the win.

``But I just thought . . . that I'd gone as far as I could. He'll get many, many more opportunities for that first win. I told him not to be satisfied with the way he pitched, but to be happy with it.''

Glynn didn't have to be told twice.

``I looked right at him and said, `Johnny, whatever we have to do to win,' '' said Glynn, who was actually making his third major league appearance after two brief relief stints last week.

``This team's goal is to win a world championship. And if it means I have to pitch 4 my first start and not pick up a win, that is fine with me.''

The game started at 7:05. But the Rangers might mark the time of Glynn's true arrival as Canseco's at-bat in the fourth inning.

Glynn had struck out Canseco last week in Texas, but that was while doing mop-up duty. This was trouble brewing, Canseco filling the batter's box, waving the bat that's launched 17 home runs so far, his left forearm padded in protective armor, runners on the corners, ahead 2-0 in the count.

Glynn battled back to 2-2 with sliders, refusing to yield with fastballs. The fastball came next, and Canseco fouled it back. So, geared for the fastball, Canseco waved at the low, biting curveball that came next.

Inning over, and point made . . . the point being that it was the kind of pitch that winners make. The kind of pitch Glynn made all the time in his backyard wiffle-ball games, in Portsmouth's youth leagues, pretending he was Braves' star Tom Glavine.

The kind of moment that launches careers. That fills the heart and mind with pride. And endless possibilities.

More From the Alumni Association Minutes: The following provides additional excerpts from the minutes of the April 10 Alumni Association Board meeting.

James Adams '71 provided the Report of the Foundation - Mr. Adams reported that annual giving set a record last year in terms of dollars. The concern is the decreased rate during FY98 - fewer alumni giving more money. A concerned effort was made to increase participation. Currently in FY99, we are up about 9.9% in dollars contributed to Annual Giving, 12.3% in participation. This is more significant and efforts will be made to get more people back into the family and new alumni contributors.

The class agent system is a good system but it needs more help. Class agents have a big job to do keeping class members informed of all the happenings at the Institute. Fund raising is not necessarily the strong point of a particular class agent. We are in the process of creating a class stewardship, where if the class agent desires, we will go out and recruit BR's in the class ultimately to have a group or a committee of stewards to assist the class agents with a ration of 50 to 1 or 25 to 1.
BRs will be contacted by phone and by mail and there will be open communication at all times. A real emphasis will be placed on what their donation does for VMI. At one time VMI alumni enjoyed the claim that alumni participation was as high as 50% which placed us among the leaders of this country in colleges and alumni participation. Last year, VMI alumni were at 31%. To some extent, VMI is a victim because we count much more honestly than some other institutions. And the rule is that if you attended VMI for one semester (enrolled in VMI and left in good standing) you are in the count. As fundraisers our goal will be to raise the participation by our alumni.

We're also keenly aware that annual giving has not done a good job in barracks. We're going to work on this problem. We need to inform the Corps of the benefits of alumni giving to them.

Another area of concern for the Foundation is the subject of donations made to restricted funds not being credited to Annual Giving for a particular class. That will change so that the class will get credit. The other subject of concern is the athletic situation and, in particular, the funding of athletics as it relates to Annual Giving. Annual Giving is composed of two parts. The Annual Fund is the Foundation part. People give unrestricted gifts to the Annual Fund of the Foundation and those funds are to be used for any purpose of VMI other than athletics. The other arm of Annual Giving is the Keydet Club Scholarship Fund, that is unrestricted gifts to the scholarship fund which means that these funds can be used for any sport or any purpose under the scholarship umbrellas. Those gifts are restricted to athletic scholarships. The problem is the cost of running the athletic program. It's great to have kids on scholarship but what if there's no team. You've got coaches' salaries, facilities, travel costs, recruiting and all of those things have to come out of the revenue stream in other areas. Starting with the next fiscal year, July 1, 1999, we will introduce a third arm of annual giving. It's a test. We don't know what the reaction of our alumni will be. We don't know if this will be a permanent or temporary addition and only time will tell us. What we are doing is a concerted educational campaign by mail with letters from the Superintendent and the Development Board to explain to alumni constituencies the cost of running the athletic program at VMI. The final step of that program will be to announce the Athletic Operations Fund of Annual Giving, a third leg asking for gifts for the athletic program. The response by our alumni body to that call is going to help the Institute determine the level of support we have for athletics.

Donnie Ross '74 provided the Report of the Keydet Club - Mr. Ross vice president of the VMI Keydet Club, Inc. presented data on giving to the Alumni Educational Fund for nine months. That total giving to date was $713,544, representing an increase of 10.31% over FY98; and total donors was 2,581, a 5.52% increase over FY98.

Paul Maini '66 provided the Report of the Executive Vice President - Mr. Maini reported that to date we have had 70 alumni meetings, chapter events, dinners and New Cadet Recruiting events that have been attended by approximately 3,500 alumni across the country. A couple of highlights to note are some innovations that have taken place in the Potomac River Chapter in Roanoke and most recently in the Tidewater Chapter where they have started monthly networking breakfast meetings, which have been extremely successful. Coach McCombs and General Bunting both have been supportive of our chapter speaker requests.

Mr. Maini announced to the board that Margaret Jones Tait would retire on June 30, 1999. Margaret will continue to work the big events throughout the fall of 1999 in order to help with the transition of the new person.

Mr. Maini reminded the board of the Red, White and Yellow Pages effort, which will go forward again this year. Forms for ads for this publication are available for your convenience in the Alumni office.

The VMI At War project is ongoing with some 430 responses being received thus far. Mr. Maini encouraged everyone to return the forms as soon as possible. The Legislative Reception in Richmond on February 13th was most successful. The 3rd Alumni College will be held July 11 - 17, 1999, and will complete the campaigns of Stonewall Jackson in this session.

Mr. Maini complimented Bert Deacon for his dedication to the board as president and stated his gratitude for his leadership and cooperative attitude.

Mr. Deacon next recognized Clifford Foster of the VMI Club of Richmond and Curran Bowman, president of the Atlanta Chapter for the strong leadership given to their respective chapters.

Cyber Corps Items Update: The VMI athletics office has accepted the request to sell Cyber Corps t-shirts, etc. This week the athletics office will be supplied with some samples of the stuff we'll be selling. If ultimate approval is granted I should be able to begin taking orders in the next week or so.

That's it for this week.

Yours in the Spirit,
RB Lane '75

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