May 5, 2005

Washington: Dennis Rowe recognized for support to school and community

Dr. Dennis Rowe’s community professional honors were entered into the March 9 Congressional Record. A small award ceremony honoring the event was held in April at MITRE. Left to right: Bill Albright, MITRE’s director of Quality of Work Life and Benefits; Antonio Watson, Career Communications, Inc. representative (CCI sponsors the Black Engineer of the Year Award program); Dennis Rowe; John Jenkins, Prince William County, Virginia, Board of County Supervisors; and MITRE President and CEO Marty Faga.

Dr. Dennis Rowe, a CAASD systems engineer, was recently honored by the Dale City Civic Association in Woodbridge, Va., as the 2004 Volunteer of the Year for his many contributions to the community.

He was one of several individuals recognized at a special ceremony at the Dale City Veterans of Foreign Wars Banquet Hall on Saturday, Jan. 29.

In recent years, Rowe has been involved in the lives of numerous Prince William County students. He has conducted seminars on SAT and ACT preparation, and has taught hundreds of students tips and techniques that have helped them significantly increase test scores.

He has also worked with students one-on-one to help them enhance college admission opportunities.

According to Myca Gray, assistant principal at Gar-Field High School in Woodbridge, VA, numerous students achieved qualifying scores for NCAA and ROTC scholarships, and for the United States Service Academy appointments as a direct result of Rowe’s efforts.

During the summer, Rowe leads groups of students from Prince William County high schools and middle schools in an academic and vocational enrichment program. This week-long program, Reach for Tomorrow (RFT), is designed to motivate students about their future.

It highlights the rewards of academic excellence, exposes students to new and interesting academic and work environments, and inspires young people to work hard at the start of high school, a critical time in their educational careers.

As a result of their RFT experience, participants demonstrate a significant shift in their attitudes toward education. Rowe will lead a Reach for Tomorrow group again this coming summer, and students will visit MITRE as well as other technology and academic organizations.

Rowe’s professional and volunteer accomplishments were entered in the March 9 Congressional Record by Congressman Tom Davis of Virginia. The Congressional Record entry was presented to Rowe by John Jenkins of the Prince William County, Va., Board of Supervisors, at a small ceremony at MITRE in mid-April.

In the Record, Davis noted: “Dr. Rowe has touched the lives of numerous students and educators. He should be honored and commended for his dedication to the RFT program and the surrounding community. Through his instruction and guidance, Dr. Rowe has enabled students to realize their potential and become successful adults.”

Dr. Dennis Rowe receives his Volunteer of the Year certificate from Kathleen Seefeldt, a longtime member and former chair of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors.