AMU Announces 2013 Alumni Award Winners

Charles Town, WV, April 26, 2013 –American Military University (AMU), part of American Public University System (APUS), today announced its 2013 alumni award recipients: Anthony Lowman, Distinguished Graduate Award; Michelle Matheis, Alumni University Service Award Thomas McClung, Alumni Community Service Award; and Andres Rosario, Alumni Education Award.

“As a university, we firmly believe in celebrating and recognizing our outstanding students, alumni, and faculty for their dedication to service, education, and their professional field,” said Nicole Wolf, associate vice president of student and alumni programs. “These awards recognize our exceptional alumni who have demonstrated academic excellence while making significant contributions to AMU, their communities, and their country.”

Anthony Lowman of Hagerstown, MD, received the Distinguished Graduate Award for making significant contributions to his community and demonstrating a strong interest in a lifetime of public service. He received his Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice from AMU in 2013, and is pursuing a Master’s in public administration with a concentration in disaster management. A 19- year member of the New Windsor Maryland Volunteer Fire Department, he has been praised by his colleagues for outstanding work and has held leadership positions in emergency medical services. 

Michelle Matheis of Stamford, CT, received the Alumni University Service Award for her exceptional service to AMU. She received her Master of Arts in management in 2010. After receiving her degree, she was appointed as president of her local Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) chapter and collaborated to publish SHRM’s first newsletter, The Gazette. In addition, she has become a mentor with the Global Mentor Network and is a member of the Foundations of Excellence, a service nonprofit.

Thomas McClung of Hagerstown, MD, received the Alumni Community Service Award for distinctive service to his community. In 2011, he received a Master of Arts in military history from AMU. He has been involved for over ten years in presenting multiple interpretive programs for the public on behalf of the Montgomery County Maryland Historical Society and as an historical interpreter in the Life on the Farm program at Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane, VA. He has provided interpretive programs for students in public school classrooms and at community and organizational meetings. He volunteers at the Newcomer House Contact Station and visitor center at Antietam National Battlefield for the Washington County Maryland Convention and Visitors Bureau and for the sesquicentennial activities on the battlefield for the National Park Service.

Andres Rosario of St. Cloud, FL, received the Alumni Education Award for his excellence in higher education and his commitment to inspiring others. In 2012, he received a Bachelor of Arts in transportation and logistics management from AMU and will complete course requirements for a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in global business management in May 2013. Rosario earned the award for supporting the university by serving as a mentor and mentoring with the Global Mentor Network. 

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