Families and friends of Capitol students, along with esteemed faculty and staff members, will gather in the Arvum Gudelsky Memorial Auditorium on Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 3 p.m. for the annual Honors Convocation, held to recognize the hard work and academic achievements of the Capitol students within the past year.
Among the awards recognized will be dean’s list students, Space Operations Institute awards, scholarship recipients and several academic honor society awards. Last year, 37 students on the dean’s list, 14 Alpha Chi honor society inductees, 14 Space Operations Institute award recipients, and over 100 scholarship recipients were honored at the convocation for their continued commitment to excellence.
“With 80 percent of our students receiving financial aid and scholarships, it’s important to honor those scholarship recipients who represent our esteemed, academically talented student body,” says Dr. Michael Wood, Capitol’s president. “Taking the time to highlight their successes in such challenging times is a motivation for them and for everyone involved in their education.”
Speaking at this year’s convocation and addressing "The Meaning of Leadership in Today's Society" will be Brigadier General Peter C. Hinz, the assistant division commander – Support, 29th Infantry Division. As such he assists the Commanding General with oversight of divisional units for operational deployments and for units’ attaining and sustaining a high degree of readiness to mobilize and deploy for federal and state missions. General Hinz’s civilian occupation is chief of staff to the adjutant general for Maryland. He also serves as chief of staff for the Maryland Military Department, which consists of the Joint Forces Headquarters, the Maryland Air National Guard, the Maryland Army National Guard, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, and the Maryland Defense Force.
General Hinz was commissioned in 1979 through the Maryland Army National Guard Officer’s Candidate School. Prior to receiving his commission, General Hinz served on active duty in the United States Army which included assignment to the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, as a courier specialist for the Armed Forces Courier Service and in the Maryland Army National Guard as an enlisted member of the 121st Engineer Battalion. He has held many unit, battalion, and brigade level assignments and primary staff positions. General Hinz commanded the 121st Engineer Battalion and the 58th Troop Command. He also served as director of facilities for the Maryland Army National Guard. He has both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Frostburg State University, and has studied at the United States Army War College.