Podcast: Inside the Blue Mountain Battalion - Dickinson College ROTC

Image of the 50-foot-tall rappel tower at Fort Indiantown Gap.

The rappel tower at Fort Indiantown Gap. Photo by Craig Layne.


We join Dickinson College ROTC Cadets in the Blue Mountain Battalion on a training exercise, and we learn how ROTC deepens the liberal-arts experience. Associate Professor of Mathematics Jeff Forrester reveals the answer to last episode’s puzzler, and his new question asks you to “rise to the challenge.” Email your answer to thegood@dickinson.edu by Dec. 31, 2019, for a chance to win Dickinson swag. Plus, President Margee Ensign tells us about Dickinson’s leadership in fostering civilian-military cooperation.



Inside the Blue Mountain Battalion

We visit the Blue Mountain Battalion during a recent two-day training exercise at Fort Indiantown Gap, and we hear from valued emeritus Board of Trustee member, Distinguished Alumni Award-winner and ROTC Hall of Fame inductee Sherwood “Woody” Goldberg ’63. More stories about Dickinson’s distinguished ROTC graduates are featured on the ROTC news page.

Puzzler: Rising to the Challenge

“It all started with a promise, a commitment really, more than 11 years ago. Dickinson stepping up to the plate and leading the way, forging a future we can all be proud of. And we're almost there. To what do I refer to? This daunting problem has been characterized in many ways and is sometimes referred to as a ‘big blanket’ though definitely not one for snuggling. For us, it was a 19,000-ton blanket—and that’s a whole lot of blanket. Can you really go from 19,000 tons to zero? How do you get it done?  Apply a little ingenuity, a dash of technology, laser-like focus, and more than a few changes in behavior. And we’re poised to do it. Next year it’s going to happen.  And so, our question for this episode is: What amazing achievement do our clues point to?”

Listen to the new question at the 2:02 mark below.

Email your answer to thegood@dickinson.edu by Dec. 31, 2019, for a chance to win Dickinson swag.

President Margee Ensign

President Ensign discusses Dickinson’s leadership role in fostering dialog between the civilian and military worlds.

The Good is produced by Craig Layne and Christine Baksi in association with Dickinson College's Office of Marketing & Communications. Craig Layne is the host. The podcast's theme music was composed by Jong Ho Choi '18. 

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Published November 8, 2019