South Carolina State University

SC State University Alumnus, Captain Michael T. Pope Named Top Recruiting Operations Officer Tuesday, June 26, 2012
SC State University alumnus, Capt. Michael T. Pope, ‘03 was recently named the top Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) recruiting operations officer and received the U.S. Army Cadet Command Award for Excellence. Capt. Pope was commissioned through SC State's Bulldog Battalion in 2003.

An Anderson, S.C. native, Capt. Pope serves as the recruiting operations officer at Santa Clara University located in Santa Clara, Calif.; one of the oldest Army ROTC programs on the west coast. He manages marketing, recruiting, and also serves as the battalion's primary scholarship management officer.

Capt. Pope is extremely thankful for the support he receives from the Santa Clara community; as the battalion has met or exceeded its commissioning mission for the last three years. Pope also recruits cadets from Stanford University and San Jose State University. Capt. Pope is ecstatic about being named as the top recruiting officer."This position has brought me back full circle from when I began my career as a cadet at SC State University. It's provided me the opportunity to open doors so that the next generation can obtain higher education,” said Pope.

"Throughout my career I've had the opportunity to receive mentorship and guidance from several Bulldog Battalion Alumni. Their reoccurring message has been that dedication and hard work pays off. This award is a direct reflection of the values instilled in me by SC State University and the Bulldog Battalion. As I prepare to move on to my next position as the executive officer for the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) office in New Orleans. I plan to continue to use the knowledge gained in this position to mentor high school students,” he continued.  

SC State Alumnus Nominated Brigadier General Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Col. Bruce Crawford was recently nominated for the leading position of brigadier general. Crawford was truly humbled when he received the great news.

"Being selected to join the general officer ranks has truly been a humbling experience, especially when you take into account the groundwork and efforts of so many people over the past 25 years that have made this all possible,” says Crawford.  "My initial reaction was the recognition that my family and I have truly been blessed, based on the realization that there are many qualified officers who could have been selected,” declares Crawford.

It was Crawford's family principles that he kept throughout his life which positioned him for leadership. Raised by an encouraging single-parent mother in Columbia, S.C. who taught him and his other three siblings the importance of a sense of self-worth, Crawford had a desire to strive for more. His father, a veteran, taught him the importance of education and the value of self-discipline and character. His grandparents, who could barely read or write, placed in Crawford values and morals to live by. "I was always taught to treat people with dignity and respect, regardless of their station in life or class,” says Crawford.  As the oldest of four siblings, Crawford has always led by example.

Crawford first heard of SC State University through his high school instructor, Clarence W. Hill, who now serves as an assistant professor of electrical engineering at SC State.  Hill became a friend and mentor to Crawford. "Clarence W. Hill, an army veteran, was the first to mention the Army ROTC program and electrical engineering as an option at the University. He instilled in me that by enrolling in the Army ROTC program I was a part of something much greater than myself,” declares Crawford.  "It gave me and many others a sense of immense pride in the Army ROTC program and our history.”