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Protein Families. Cristina Pinto-Bailey Dr. She has published extensively, including books and articles on Latin American literature, her own creative works, and translations of Brazilian literature into English. Schroepfer enlisted in the United States Marine Corps upon graduating high school.

He later deployed to Al-Anbar province, Iraq and worked as an Arabic translator for the remainder of his enlistment.

Shihab Mohammed Shihab obtained his M. Before coming to VMI in fall , Mr. He has taught a variety of topics, including the Arabic language all levels , Arabic media, and Arabic societies. Moreover, he is a native Arabic speaker and is able to communicate in more than six dialects Iraqi, Egyptian, Syrian, Lebanese, most dialects of Arab Gulf countries as well as Modern Standard Arabic. He has experience tutoring and working with upper-level college and post-graduate students from the Defense Language Institute DLI and the Department of State.

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Shihab has more than five years of experience in both written and oral, written translation documents, literary works, conferences, etc. Department Head Professor Ph. Sunnen, Ph. Sunnen received his Ph. Although a medievalist by virtue of his interest in Arthurian tales and their Germanic versions, he has concentrated his research and teaching on 20th-century Germany in recent years.

His main interests at present revolve around the Resistance both military and civilian in Germany against the Nazi regime and the efforts to save refugees from war-torn Europe. Mohamed Taifi Ph. She obtained her doctorate from Stanford University in Her primary research interests include traditional Chinese drama, gender representation, and more recently, the interplay of theater, media and popular culture.

Colonel John E. Janet H. Minnix, longtime and beloved physics professor, died Nov. He earned a Master of Science degree in physics and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in experimental physics from the University of Virginia and the University of North Carolina, respectively. This began his 40 consecutive years of teaching at the Institute, broken only by postgraduate studies at the University of North Carolina. Throughout his time in the department, he was deeply engaged in its constant efforts to improve the curriculum, expand its course offerings and engage cadets and the wider community.

The Institute presented him with its Distinguished Teaching Award in , citing his skills as a teacher and his willingness to be accessible to his students. Alumni probably also remember him for the popular physics demonstrations that he conducted with his longtime colleague, close friend and fellow Roanoke College alumnus, D. Rae Carpenter. They went on to make the demonstrations available to schools and teachers mainly through the Dick and Rae Physics Demo Notebook, which contains physics demonstrations and remains in print.

Minnix and Carpenter were proud of the fact that the book has been purchased on every continent except Antarctica. Minnix was an enthusiastic promoter of life-long science education, believing that science and mathematics should be more widely understood and appreciated. Bureau of Indian Affairs. He also was involved with the Virginia Junior Academy of Science. It should be no surprise that his successful academic career and. Minnix high level of professional citizenship were widely recognized. Somehow, Minnix also found the time to serve the Lexington community. As a member of Lexington Presbyterian Church since his arrival in Lexington, he served as an elder and the clerk of the session, as well as a member of several boards and committees.

Minnix was predeceased by his wife, Marian Montague Chapman Minnix, to whom he was married for 61 years. He is survived by his two sons, Jeffrey B. Box ; Lexington, Virginia, Credit card gifts can be made at www. Photos by 23images Photography. While he was pondering future career choices and looking into HCI, Sharpe had another internal debate — whether or not to serve in the military.

An Institute Honors full-scholarship cadet who was honored in many ways for his academic achievement at VMI, Sharpe began. This certainly encompasses computers but also — and perhaps more importantly — means using precise language to communicate to a specific audience. And that you can only do through the English language. NASA was responding to the findings of the investigation into the Columbia space shuttle explosion. In response to the investigation, a nascent group was initially tasked with writing requirements for a new problem reporting system. The space shuttle program had well over 25 separate problem reporting systems, Sharpe explained.

It was designed to do that. The team looked at everything from Navy vessels, which had many similarities with NASA systems, to nuclear reactors as models. Fast forward a decade-plus, and Sharpe is the assistant chief of the human-machine integration division. The simplest example of that is problem reporting.

They also work on preflight verification systems and often add capabilities — like linking vehicle parts supply. Sharpe working on a project at NASA. He majored in computer science, and minored in writing, French and math. Industry-speak aside, the real challenge, Sharpe said, is not actually gathering data. Those are the kind of areas where we do forward-looking research and development so we can plow. His experience at VMI, Sharpe said, has been helpful to him in his professional life.

You go back to those simple things. Service has long been important to Ryan D. He chose VMI mainly because it offered an education that would prepare him to be an Army officer. After a short time serving with the 3rd Infantry Division, he became a rifle platoon leader with the 75th Ranger Regiment in As part of the national response to the Sept. Although immersed in a demanding and rewarding job, he was well aware of the continuing fighting in Afghanistan and the increasing violence in Iraq. That event propelled him back toward service. The next year, he moved from Capitol Hill to the Pentagon.

Initially hired as a special assistant to the Issue 2. Smith School of Business. Every quarter, for example, they scrutinize costs and The call to serve in the government came again in the late spring of , when, on the advice of then-Defense Secretary James Mattis, whom revenues, and they evaluate manufacturing processes continually to McCarthy had first met in Afghanistan in , President Trump nomi- see how they can be made more efficient. The Senate what the military can offer business in one word: Values. This sustains trust up and down the chain immediately thereafter. But, there was a bit of twist.

With the secretary of of command. When companies adopt those same values, they make the Army post vacant at the time, he served as the acting secretary of themselves better in so many ways. It is the Information Age. If you go there with than a few. Considering strong values, it will add a its free-wheeling high-tech certain conviction to them.

Service is important they be at Ranger School, in and maintain a bridge to the to McCarthy, who began serving his country as an Army infantry officer. It took more dynamic parts of the a cocky kid from Chicago and private sector, and Austin is one of the hubs of entrepreneurial spirit in the United States. While McCarthy is mindful of the benefits that technology has had — develop as a cadet and a leader. All of them introduced me to the never dismiss them. An example is the power of repetition. Before I teacher-coach-mentor leadership model. They were sincerely interested was deployed to Afghanistan, I had fired my personal weapon and in me.

They were patient with me, but they never stopped pushing me my unit had used particular systems and executed certain maneuvers to be a better athlete, student and cadet. As individuals and as units, therefore, we were well-trained in the fundamentals of the battlefield: How to move, Infantry Officer Basic Course was in the summer of Bissell how to communicate and how to fight.

It also allowed me to take part in an important event dominate the battlefield. However, all in all, VMI managed military relationship can give the other. From business, he says, the the transition well, and the presence of women has made the Institute a military can learn the value of metrics. And I am proud to have been in a small way a part of that. He served 22 years in the Air Force as a doctor, service that included deployment during Operation Desert Shield on the advance team that established a 1,bed surgical hospital. For the past two decades, he has been in academic medicine, training physicians in his specialty of obstetrics and gynecology as well as critical care.

He now is the chairman of the obstetrics and gynecology department at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. It is most interesting to note, therefore, that, well into his 1st Class year at VMI and when he was the highest standing cadet in the biology department, Hankins had no plans to be a physician. I protested and told him that I wanted to be a forest ranger. I guess those test scores Dr. Despite the somewhat unconventional way he entered the Well into his 1st Class year, he had no intentions of going into medicine.

The tradition, he was told, was not his to break. The award made me resolve to As passionate as he is about his profession, he is just as passionate about be the best officer I could be, and that set the tone for my military career. Although, he admits, in the early weeks of his rat year, he questioned Asked what else he had learned at VMI that stuck with him, he replied, his decision to attend. When I was a resident, I was expected to put in about It was the last time I did anything without due diligence. It was a very hours a week.

While it was demanding, my VMI experience taught valuable lesson. As a cadet, he received the William Brent never commanded a unit in combat; however, I have led surgical teams. VMI taught me that in such situations a leader must be calm and maintain his composure. It means something. It stays with you. Gary has carried that into his work. It made all the rest of it look rosy.

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His mother did, too. But, it took some time. But, over time, she too came to love the school. She rarely took it off. In fact, by the time she died, you could barely make out any of its detail. They had initially planned to make a substantial gift as a bequest. That changed when their financial adviser assured them that their resources were such that they could make an immediate donation. This scholarship is a way to make an investment in cadets just like people did in me. The cadet asked if we were interested in donating to VMI. Hankins worked with Steve Maconi and J.

Hankins are doing a lot with this scholarship. They also consider it as helping VMI accomplish its mission of providing the country with the sound leaders it will always need. Hankins want the scholarship to help VMI in another way. Reflections on a Gift By J. It has inspired him in everything he has done throughout his career, throughout his life. In fact, his deep appreciation for that award — and the people who established it — was so obvious that I made it a point to learn more about Bell as a cadet and a soldier.

I was so moved by what I learned that, when traveling in late with my son, Tyler, from New Jersey to Richmond, I made a special stop at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. There, I told Tyler his story, and together we found his name. Now, after working with donors and learning what inspires their generosity, I fully realize how profound and enduring the impact of philanthropy at VMI truly is.

Each gift, no matter the size, is important; not only because it enriches the experience of every cadet, but also because it forges an unbreakable bond between the person who gives the gift and those who benefit from it — be it current cadets or those in future generations. Bob Moreschi, dean of the faculty, was content to spend his professional years teaching finance and working closely with cadets.

He was appointed department head and — parallel to his thoughts in — thought he could happily spend the remainder of his working years as department head. I had a wonderful group of colleagues. They were very professional and did the work they were supposed to do, and then some. Last year, when then-dean Brig. Smith Jr. Moreschi was happily in his fifth year heading the ECBU department and initially unsure if he should give those suggestions consideration. Would I enjoy the job? That, to me, is the one drawback to the position.

In the spring semester, he was able to fit cadet interaction back into his schedule when he began teaching an honors forum for Institute Honors cadets. Moreschi serves as a moderator and facilitator for the course, a weekly cadet-led discussion group. A definite upside to being the dean is schedule management, Moreschi noted. As a department head, he taught two courses per semester, managed human and financial resources and had a steady stream of both faculty and cadets popping into his office. As dean, his schedule is significantly more structured, and he has the ability to make uninterrupted appointments on his calendar.

After assuming the role of dean, Moreschi had two main learning curves: Understanding. Last summer, he began by visiting departments to learn about and see facilities firsthand and continues to make an intentional effort to leave Smith Hall to visit departments regularly. There are not a lot of layers of people to do things. We have responsibilities to make decisions but also to do the work. A review of the faculty evaluation and tenure and promotion process is on the horizon for next year, he said.

The core curriculum — which was put into place about 12 years ago — was due for review. Are we doing what we said we would do? Has course content drifted? Was that drift for the better? Data regarding the core curriculum is being reviewed and — along with developing the new curriculum — will continue through the summer. One possible change is adding civics — not just U. This is particularly significant at VMI, where over 50 percent of graduates serve in the military.

The course structure and hours are being finalized, and a course will tentatively be submitted to the academic board next spring. The awards have been presented annually since by the U. Army Cadet Command and the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation. They recognize the ideals of duty, honor and country, as advocated by MacArthur, one of only five men in modern times to rise to the rank of General of the Army. He explained that there are a total of schools across the nation offering Army ROTC, making the competition for the highest number of commissions especially fierce.

For the Institute Brass, the trip was another chance to bond as a group, because all six of the cadets traveling to New Zealand had been to Morocco with the ensemble in April The cadets and Col. John Brodie Hon. Once in Auckland, the group had a few days to recuperate from jet lag before heading out to explore. In contrast to Morocco, where the native language is French and the food is sometimes unfamiliar, New Zealanders speak English and eat many dishes popular in the United States, Dimirack noted.

While most Institute Brass trips involve multiple concerts, the trip to New Zealand was a bit unusual because the group only performed twice. Photos courtesy John Brodie Hon. That, Brodie and the cadets explained, had to do with the season and the schedule: Since the endof-year holidays coincide with warm weather in New Zealand, nearly everyone takes a vacation.

Instead of performing in schools and at the U. At the concerts, attendance would often start out quite small but the numbers would grow quickly as the music drew people in, with many listeners staying to talk to the cadets afterward. Trips such as the ones to Morocco and New Zealand, Dimirack noted, have helped her learn to work with others in a way that family trips have not.

The CLE selects an annual leadership theme, explained Col. Pat Looney, CLE deputy director, and further selects speakers whose message fit the yearly theme. The task force, comprised of elite forces from across the U. On Oct. Above all this, helicopters provided intelligence via radio.

Shortly after the mission began a young ranger, Todd Blackburn, missed the rope and — instead of sliding down the rope and landing on the street below — fell 70 feet, sustaining serious head and neck injuries. Struecker, who was part of the convoy, was ordered to return to the compound with Blackburn.

In the midst of this was a man who was an oasis of calm, Struecker remembered, and asked if the man was present. The man, Dr. Rob Marsh, was in the audience. When he stood, Struecker credited him for saving the lives of not only Blackburn but countless others, and the audience burst into applause. The small convoy had made it back to the base but a more difficult task still lay ahead for Struecker and his men.

At this point, two Black Hawk helicopters had been shot down, and someone needed to go back into the city to secure the sites and rescue the personnel who had been onboard. Someone was Struecker, and his men. If you drive your men through what you just went through, every one of your men will die tonight. If we go back out into those city streets, all of us are going to die. I have a wife at home. But I knew ordering him to do it might be counterproductive. Is it raw power? Glory and awards are also not enough motivation, Struecker said.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt had proposed large cuts in the military. Even knowing he would likely need to tender his resignation after speaking, MacArthur still defended the military. What Struecker meant for the audience to grasp was the difficulty — for MacArthur and anyone else — to be a courageous leader.

I will follow that woman, even to my death, because I believe in them. He was well-known among his peers for his faith. Following the battle, he was barraged with questions from fellow Rangers about that faith. Soon after, he began serving as an Army chaplain. Both will commission in the military following graduation: Josephson as an Army infantry officer, and Skerry in the Marine Corps. His whole company got torn apart. Both cadets also expressed their thankfulness to be attending an institution like VMI.

He said he was excited to come and talk to us. Twelve years ago, Jason Schroepfer, Ph. How did this come to pass? Schroepfer grew up in Ramona, California, a small town in the eastern foothills of the Laguna Mountains. As they told me about what they had experienced in boot camp and beyond, I became even more interested in what the Marines offered. After that, he was chosen to study the version of Arabic spoken in Egypt for another four months. He was deployed to Iraq in and In , then-Sgt.

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Schroepfer decided to leave the Marines. He planned to go directly into contracting, using his expertise and experience with Arabic. However, that would have meant continuing to spend long stretches of time away from home. Accepted at all of them, he decided to go to the University of California, Berkley. There, he majored in Near East languages and literature, focusing on Arabic and Persian.

After graduating with highest distinction in December , he was faced with another choice. I used these recordings to write a thumbnail grammar of an undocumented dialect and study the linguistic variation in their accents. The feeling of being part of a team with my colleagues and with the cadets is palpable and harkens back to my Marine Corps days. They are not afraid of taking on demanding tasks.


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Although cadets certainly learn to speak, read and write Arabic, Schroepfer is pleased that, at VMI, culture is integral to what cadets learn. It is very beneficial to this effort that we have professors from Morocco, Algeria and Iraq in the department. We were able to bring cadets to his talk.

But, there is no generic Arabic. Just like English, it varies from place to place, often based on things like class and ethnicity. Jason Schroepfer, Ph. Dan Earl, head Keydet basketball coach, understands the dedication and focus grown on a basketball court. Six — because knee and back injuries necessitated two redshirt seasons. He followed his college career by playing in European leagues and stateside. The fact that injuries can be mentally devastating for young athletes is something Earl appreciates firsthand.

He remembers — pre-injury — dreading a tough college practice. You realize how much you love it. With empathy, he helps his athletes, both the healthy and the injured — and the Keydets had more than their fair share of the latter this past season — realize that the scores are important but life continues after the final buzzer. We want to compete the right way — the VMI way. For drill work, it means dribbling hard and snapping passes. Discipline in these small things can equal last-second success during games. He and his coaching staff target hundreds of players and cull those leads down to two or three future Keydets.

Athletics hours of game films to building relationships with players. Louis, is in his second year with the Keydets. Obviously you want to get a great education, and basketball is a full-time job sometimes. The Keydet Club raises money for. He spent six years at Penn State, red-shirting two different years due to knee and back injuries. Photo courtesy Penn State Athletics. Many alumni donate financially to support VMI athletics, but they often take the extra step of getting involved with the players by not only attending games but getting to know players personally.

Someday, every basketball player takes a final walk off the court, and Earl hopes he is impacting the somedays of his athletes. I was struck by the breadth and depth of focus for each plan. There is a plan led by accomplished leaders and coaches that is worthy of our endorsement, attention and support.

The plan is based on five pillars: Successful cadet-athletes, modern facilities, experienced leaders, appropriate scheduling and fiscal responsibility. These are set against the backdrop of pursuing greater competitiveness without sacrificing the VMI experience — honor, integrity and discipline. Successful Cadet-Athletes The mission of VMI to develop educated and honorable leaders is measured by the quality of our graduates. The bonds among cadet-athletes are strengthened in barracks and on the playing field.

The following objectives ensure cadet-athletes become successful graduates: 1. Attract and retain athletes who want what VMI wants: Discipline, honor, character. Improve grade point averages and graduation rates comparable to Corps overall. Enhance the culture — One Corps: Mutual respect, wellness and fitness considerations for all cadets. Expect the highest degree of sportsmanship from the Corps. Establish a viable program for a ninth semester for athletes. Progress has been strong on many levels. In every aspect, cadet-athlete achievement is on-par.

This achievement is truly uncommon in NCAA athletics. This was accomplished by a well-established plan and a concerted focus by the coaches and staff to support numerous academic achievements in the midst of an already full VMI schedule. Cadet-athletes know a bright future awaits them beyond their competitive years, and they take their education seriously.

Cadet-athletes are all in on the field and in barracks. They are recognized as leaders among their peers. In the past three years, an NCAA athlete has been elected as class president twice, as honor court president, and athletes have been promoted to regimental commander, the most senior ranking cadet.

Of the three incoming seniors on the basketball team, two hold rank. Enhancements in nutrition for the Corps have benefited athletes. Dining services contractor Parkhurst concentrates on from-scratch cooking with fresh ingredients and local sourcing, resulting in healthy food. An increased number of practice fields allow coaches greater flexibility when scheduling practice and competitions. Work will begin soon on a new aquatic center, giving our swimming, diving and water polo teams the home they deserve while they continue to improve personal best times and scores. The aquatic center use will span across the cocurricular program, including ROTC training opportunities.

The recently-opened Corps Physical Training Facility provides a venue for practice and indoor track events, even the SoCon championship. Admissions statistics across the nation tell us that modern athletics facilities are one of the highest influencers in college decisions for. New facilities also improve the fan experience and potential funding sources, like ticket sales and sponsorships. It truly is a source of pride to all. Experienced Leaders Facilities are only one ingredient in the formula of athletic success. It is essential that we retain administrators and coaches with solid professional experience and strong character who are committed to improving the academic performance and graduation rates of cadet-athletes.

Our athletic director, Dr. Dave Diles, fills his role as a seasoned administrator committed to the mission of VMI and a fiscally sound program. His management has been instrumental in attracting head coaches of character. Our coaches have infused their teams with a determination to compete at the highest level with a will to win. Diles has successfully secured partnerships with uniform sponsors like Under Armour and he has re-established brand identity standards and logo guidelines, ensuring a professional approach to team uniforms.

A more robust ninth semester opportunity gives coaches flexibility in recruiting and training. A ninth semester is a personal decision between an athlete and a coach. Because VMI cadets have their sights squarely focused on their futures beyond VMI, many are ready to serve the world after eight semesters. An additional influencer when recruiting coaches is the funding available to build their teams. VMI is not the ordinary college experience and our ability to cast a wide net for athletes who will thrive in this environment is significant to their success.

Appropriate Scheduling Most VMI teams compete in the Southern Conference, a solid academic conference with intensely competitive sports teams. Approximately 17 years ago while considering. The big money games, or game guarantees, on our schedule point to the complexities of NCAA athletics today. These games generate large revenue for the annual budget.

This practice is not unique to VMI. Last year, every member of SoCon played at least one big money game. These types of competitions and scheduling can lighten significantly as financial support allows. Under Gen. Diles spearheaded a five-year plan, endorsed by the BOV. The plan — which Diles accomplished in three years — resulted in a debt-free athletics program which generates enough cash flow annually to pay for operations without going back into debt. This was a particularly herculean effort due to costs associated with changing conferences.

Each year, VMI loses coaches to colleges with larger payrolls. The athlete-coach relationship directly. Continuity in coaching is also a critical component of a successful recruiting program. The VMI athletic program operates at a smaller financial capacity than peer institutions. With the lowest operations budget in the SoCon, it is difficult to pay competitive salaries. Finally, we must continue to provide our coaches with recruiting support by raising scholarships to the maximum limit allowed by the NCAA, a distinctively important component of the plan to build competitiveness.

It is important that we enable our coaches to compete at the highest level of scholarship support allowed, not simply what we can afford. Thanks to truly outstanding private support, VMI provides scholarship equivalencies with a minimum goal set at 50 percent out-of-state tuition values. We are competing for talented students who would thrive in the VMI system, but their decision is largely based on finances. To best understand the major funding streams available to VMI athletics, see the box following this article. Summary The future is bright for VMI athletics.

Facilities have been created and renovated and cadet success in the classroom and barracks has never been better. With amazing private support, we have improved scholarship capacity by 64 percent since , and we continue to pursue the maximum. Each year begins with a fiscally sound budget, accomplishing goals with a limited income. By making an investment in the Keydet Club, members are investing in high-character cadet athletes — many of whom would otherwise be unable to attend VMI.

Scholarships provide coaches the ability to compete against other schools for top talent both in state and out-of-state. The Alumni Agencies continues to aspire to a fully funded, level playing field.

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Our inspiration is based on one motivator: Cadets. It is all about the cadets. Cadet-athletes are disciplined, dedicated and they know they can be competitive with the best — and they can win. They are putting in hours of training both in season and out, they sacrifice social opportunities to keep their grades up, they think about the big picture and they excel in barracks.

They simply ask that you believe in them. The Institute has a strong, well-thought plan that is assessed and considered daily. We, at the Agencies, are not in the business to make operational decisions on how to best run an athletic program. We will stay in the business of providing opportunity and improving competitiveness by securing resources in support of scholarships, We are counting on loyal VMI alumni, families and friends to help us fill the gap.

The Current Landscape: A Case for Support In addition to a portion of funding that comes from the NCAA, Division I athletic programs have several income streams available that support the operations and scholarship capacity annually. There are four athletics funding streams described below. For VMI, three of the four are limited by student enrollment and location.

This is an astounding achievement and one of which we can all be proud. Although we are highly regarded for this outstanding show of support, it does not yet level the playing field in other areas. Student Athletic Fees: These fees, charged to every enrolled student, enhance available operations dollars and the number of available scholarships. Universities with larger student enrollments bring in millions of dollars annually simply based on student population. A secondary — but very real — pressure for VMI is to limit athletic fees to a reasonable level while balancing revenue requirements.

Large schools with venues that host thousands of people, along with significant national television exposure, are of interest to sponsors due to the audience they reach. The Keydets will open the season Aug. A six-game home slate, the first since , will be played at Foster Stadium this fall beginning with the home opener Sept. Other home dates include Robert Morris Sept. Southern Conference play for the Keydets begins Sept. Season tickets will go on sale in early summer. Go to www. Kickoff times will be listed at a later date. Ashton finished 16th in the triple jump with a distance of Brooks set a new school record at the meet with a He placed 16th in the event at the ECAC championships.

Those 38 points propelled Parham into VMI record books, as he became the 41st player in Institute basketball history to score 1, points in a career. Photo by Jason Hall. The future is bright for the program, as a pair of freshmen had outstanding seasons. At the championships, the men finished seventh in a field of 21 teams, and the women were 15 out of GPA of 3.

Bringing such a large group to this meet brought out a great team atmosphere that certainly contributed to our success both individually and as a team. Setting 25 new varsity records and 22 new rat [freshman] records in just one season is a major milestone for the program, so this will be a season to remember. Richards had one of the best seasons in program history. Wrestling at pounds, he earned the SoCon Wrestler of the Week honor a league-record five times.