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Maritime Academy to award
admiral an honorary degree
Posted: 05/02/2009 01:01:00 AM PDT
Robert E. Kramek will address the 2009 California Maritime Academy graduates in
a commencement ceremony today at the Vallejo campus.
Nearly 1,000 students, faculty, staff and families and
friends of graduates will gather under a large tent for the 2 p.m. ceremonies.
In recognition of the swine flu scare, school officials
are advising anyone with flu-like symptoms to stay at home, Cal-Maritime
spokesman Doug Webster said.
The school will have portable sinks for campus visitors
to wash their hands at the ceremony and the ceremony will be posted on the
school Web site at www.csum.edu for those unable to attend, Webster said.
Some 157 students will graduate today, and honors and
recognition will be given for outstanding students and scholars. Students headed
for U.S. Navy, the Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine service will also take part
in morning commissioning ceremonies.
Kramek also will be presented with an honorary degree for
service to the maritime industry.
Formerly the U.S. Coast Guard commandant, Kramek retired
from that post as a four star admiral. He most recently served as president and
chief operating officer and board member of the American Bureau of Shipping
Since departing ABS, Kramek has led the Society of Naval
Architects and Marine Engineers and helped establish new society chapters in
Canada and Greece. He currently serves as a maritime advisor and consultant and
is a member of several corporate and nonprofit boards.
Doug Webster W: (707)
Director of Public Relations C: (707)
California Maritime Academy E:
200 Maritime Academy Dr. Vallejo, CA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CAL MARITIME 2009 SUMMER TRAINING VOYAGE TO
(Vallejo, CA May 1, 2009)
On Sunday, May 3, 2009, the
day after commencement, the California Maritime Academys 500-foot Training Ship
Golden Bear will depart the campus dock in Vallejo at 7:45 a.m. on its
way to South America. The ship will carry a contingent of over 200 cadets,
faculty and staff on the first of two two-month training voyages with stops this
year in Panama, Chile, Ecuador and Mexico*. The ship will return to Long Beach
at the end of June for "changeover." At that time, a second contingent of cadets
(including over 100 students from the Texas Maritime Academy in Galveston, TX**)
will go aboard and repeat the ships South American itinerary before returning
to Vallejo August 30th.
Every student at Cal Maritime, a part of the California
State University (CSU) system, takes part in at least one training voyage during
their four-year undergraduate education. During the voyage, students essentially
run the ship, under the supervision of experienced faculty and staff. The
University is now celebrating its 80th anniversary, and the training voyage has
been an integral part of the schools training program since its founding in
For students pursuing degrees in Marine Transportation or
Maritime Engineering, a special license is required, certifying that they have
met international maritime training standards which include required hours at
sea and in shoreside simulation. Maritime track students take part in at least
two training voyages and often are involved in summer co-op learning experiences
with commercial businesses during their summer "off time" as well.
For students enrolled in mechanical and facilities
engineering, global studies and maritime affairs or international business and
logistics, classes in their fields continue aboard ship and ashore. Global
studies and business majors, for example, will undertake field trips to learn
more about the cultures, business policies and infrastructures of countries
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"Cal Maritimes training cruise program offers our
students a unique global perspective," explains University President William
B. Eisenhardt. "I often tell people that it can be an eye-opening experience for
a young student to walk off our ship into a foreign country where they are no
longer in the majority and may not speak the local language. They get a better
understanding of the diversity of the world and how other countries view the
U.S. and their own neighbors. Couple that positive experience with our rigorous
academic and leadership programs ,and we believe we are producing some of the
most mature, focused and committed graduates in the CSU system."
Modern shipboard communications technologies now enable
the public to "ride along" throughout the summer via the Internet. A visit to
www.csum.edu, and a click on the home page link to Follow the Voyage
2009 will open the door to daily reports and photos, sent from the ship for
posting on the campus web. The postings include reports of daily activities,
candid photos, reports on the ships overall itinerary, its daily position and
weather, and background reports on countries visited. Visitors can even set up
RSS alerts when new information is added to those parts of the FTV site they are
most interested in. Videos taken during last years training cruise can be found
by visiting the sites Campus News section.
"This year," explains Golden Bear skipper Capt.
Harry Bolton, "the training voyage will begin with a day-long set of maneuvering
exercises on San Francisco Bay on Sunday the 3rd. TSGB will conclude the day by
docking at San Francisco Pier 27 for the night where it will host a reception
for Cal Maritime alumni and friends." Monday morning the 4th, the ship will sail
through the Golden Gate as it heads out on its four-month, 22,000 mile voyage of
education, learning and discovery for another generation of Cal Maritime
*The Mexican call at Puerto Vallarta is set for late
June. In light of the outbreak of swine flu in the area and its spread, ship
staff will regularly monitor the latest local conditions and make final
decisions about specific calls at the appropriate time.
**Cal Maritime and the Texas Maritime Academy are among
seven four-year maritime academies in the U.S. and Cal Maritime is the only such
facility in the western U.S. As not all U.S. maritime academies have their own
operating training ship, Texas cadets travel aboard Golden Bear each summer as
part of a cooperative agreement enabling them to obtain the time at sea required
for their licensure.
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