The University of Richmond Spider Battalion concluded the 2007–2008 academic year with a game of ultimate rugby that pitted the senior cadets and cadre against the freshmen, sophomore and junior cadets.

Richmond’s ROTC program had an exceptional year and met its goal of commissioning qualified and diverse leaders of character.

Field training exercises culminated in a three-ship Blackhawk air assault into Fort Pickett in April. At the Brigade’s Joint Field Training Exercise, which included nine schools from North Carolina and Virginia, Richmond’s cadets earned two of the top three honor awards for overall tactical and fitness performance.

Richmond recruited a record number of first-year scholarship students in 2007. Eighteen students completed their first year as cadets, and another 15 are set to join the battalion this fall.

A record number of lateral entry sophomores (10 in total) will attend the Leader’s Training Course at Fort Knox this summer. Other first-, second- and third-year cadets are attending Airborne School, Air Assault School and Cadet Field Training at West Point.

Military science and leadership faculty also received recognition. Lt. Col. Gillem was recognized as the Professor of Military Science of the Year for North Carolina and Virginia universities. Colin Nelson, the battalion’s logistics tech, was also recognized.

The Spider Battalion hosted its annual Military Ball this spring, which was attended by 125 students and faculty.