UD Student Receives Governor’s Cup ROTC Award

Apr 30, 2018 | University Relations staff

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Cadet Lt. Col. Johnathan James, of the University of Dubuque Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), recently received the Governor’s Cup Award. Ten ROTC students across Iowa earned the award for leadership, academics, and military achievement.

“It was an incredible honor to receive this award. I had no idea before I was told I was nominated. I didn’t expect to actually be selected, so it was a bit of a surprise as well,” James said.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds presented the awards on Wednesday, April 25, at the Iowa National Guard Joint Forces Headquarters in Johnston, Iowa.

James, a senior wellness and exercise science major, has been in the Army since 2010.

“I decided to come to the University of Dubuque and join ROTC because I had always wanted to earn a college degree, and I figured through the ROTC was the best way to do it,” he said.

In May, James will commission as a second lieutenant. He will work as a recruiter for the ROTC program until the beginning of July, when he will go to the Basic Officer Leader Course in San Antonio, Texas.