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15 Minute Lecture: Ginny Walsh '17 on Air Force ROTC
15 Minute Lecture: Ginny Walsh '17 on Air Force ROTC

St. Mark's alumna Ginny Walsh '17 returned to campus on Monday, January 8, to deliver the first "15-minute lecture" of the year. This lecture series, sponsored by the SM Dean of Students office, features alumni, faculty, current St. Markers, and special guests talking about topics of interest and importance to them. Walsh, a freshman at the University of New Hampshire, spoke about her participation in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) there.

Dean of Students David Vachris introduced Walsh to a gathering of interested students and adults in the Parkman Room. Cadet 4th Class Walsh then shared information about the Air Force ROTC program, both at UNH and in general at colleges and universities throughout the country. She spoke about the scholarships and benefits of the program, including its engendering a sense of community and the encouraging and instilling of leadership skills. She talked about her own experiences and her appreciation for the Air Force's emphasis on service, integrity, and excellence.

At the end of her 15 minutes, Walsh took questions from the audience. When asked why she chose the Air Force, she highlighted the opportunities for women in the USAF, pointing out that all military operational specialties are open to women in the Air Force, unlike, as yet, the other service branches. Head of School John C. Warren '74 said how proud he was of Walsh, as she exemplified the St. Mark's mission of leading lives of leadership and service.

Afterward, Cadet Walsh posed for photographs with Mr. Warren, with her grandfather, with her brother—current St. Marker Gordon Walsh '20—and with SM faculty member Jeniene Matthews of the English Department, herself an Air Force veteran (Jeniene A. Matthews, Esq., A1C USAF). Ginny Walsh's father is alumnus Ian Walsh, SM Class of 1985, who served as a Marine Corps officer from 1989-1996.