Dean Participates in Air Force ROTC Distinguished Educators’ Visit

Photo of Dr. Loretta Prater, dean of the College of Health and Human Services

Dr. Loretta Prater is attending the Air Force ROTC Distinguished Educators’ Visit at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., this week.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

June 18, 2009 – Dr. Loretta Prater, dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Southeast Missouri State University, has been nominated to attend the annual Air Force ROTC Distinguished Educators’ Visit at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

Prater began a four-day visit Wednesday when she joined 40 educators from across the United States to learn more about and to get first-hand experience with the U.S. Air Force and the Air Force ROTC.

During the visit, Prater will meet other educators, receive tours of the base and the education facilities, gain exposure to actual field training, and even observe a graduation ceremony.  Prater will also dine with actual cadets and participate in field training with them.  Discussions about academic scholarships and other opportunities within ROTC also are available to the educators during the visit.  

“I’m hoping that I get a chance to learn more about other ROTC programs,” Prater said. 

Through these activities, the leadership, teamwork, and organization of the Air Force ROTC are shown to the educators.

“The leadership opportunities are really tremendous through this program,” said Prater, “It’s a good program all the way around.

“I want to incorporate our ROTC unit into other college activities and let students know how great the leadership opportunities are through ROTC,” she said.

This educators’ visit is Prater’s first, but she said, “I’m very pleased to have this opportunity and to learn more about ROTC.”