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Cadet Activities, April 18

Women's Rugby, Champions of  Cherry Blossom Rugby TournamentThe Men’s Team Handball Club secures eighth consecutive National Championship, the Women's team followes suit seizing the College National Championships, and Women’s Ruby takes the title in the 48th Annual Cherry Blossom Rugby Tournament.

Read more here.

Dean's Weekly, April 18

Ground Zero Tour:   Cadets and Faculty on the 102nd floor observation deck of the Freedom TowerThe West Point Civil and Military Engineering club toured the ongoing construction site at Ground Zero in Manhattan, going inside both One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower) and the new state-of-the-art transportation hub known as “The Oculus”.  The highlight of the trip for Cadets and faculty in attendance was the exclusive access to the Freedom Tower’s observation deck, located 102 floors above Ground Zero. Cadets were able to learn from the amazing synchronization of labor, construction management techniques, steel and concrete use, and overall engineering and architectural brilliance that is encompassed on the site to memorialize the lives lost on 11 September 2001. At the culmination of the tour, Cadets were given an opportunity to write their names on the wall of the observation deck, a very memorable experience for all.

“Ethics of War” Conference:  Fourteen cadets attended the first annual Ethics of War Conference jointly sponsored by Villanova University and USMA at Villanova University.  The undergraduate conference focused on contemporary issues in just war theory and the ethics of war. Eleven cadets participated in the conference by presenting panel papers with students from Villanova. The conference offered a unique experience by bringing together a diverse audience from the military with prominent experts from across academic disciplines interested in the ethics of war. Commenting on the conference’s benefits, Cadet First Class Billy White, an Art, Philosophy, and Literature major, said the panels “reminded [him] how important ethical questions are to being an officer in the United States Army.” He claimed that the “value of face-to-face access with the foremost leaders on the ethics of killing” was his “most valuable interaction with academia while at the Academy.”

11th annual Persian Parade:  USMA Cadets are handed flowers by one of the participants in the 11th annual Persian Parade in New York City.Seven LZ204 Basic Persian II Cadets visited NYC to watch the 11th annual Persian Parade marking the start of spring, which is celebrated in many Central Asian countries including the main Persian speaking ones: Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Iran.

Iraqi émigré Fiction Author Hassan Blasim:  The Department of English and Philosophy in conjunction with the Department of Foreign Languages co-hosted a reading by Iraqi émigré fiction author Hassan Blasim. Blasim read from his collection of short stories The Corpse Exhibition and Other Stories of Iraq (2014) and answered questions about his experiences as an artist in Iraq and after his emigration to Finland in 2004. The Corpse Exhibition features macabre, surreal, humorous, and sad stories about daily life in Iraq during the Iran-Iraq War, the Gulf War, under Saddam Hussein’s oppressive regime, and after Hussein’s removal by American and coalition forces in 2003.

National Undergraduate Literature Conference:  Cadet Greg Davis '17 delivered a paper at the National Undergraduate Literature Conference at Weber State University in Ogden, UT. This undergraduate literature conference is in its 29th year, and Cadet Davis is the 1st USMA cadet ever to participate in it. Cadet Davis's paper "How to Tell a True Western" used Tim O'Brien's famous short story "How to Tell a True War Story" to explore how Cormac McCarthy's novel "No Country for Old Men" challenges the genre of the "Western Novel."

USMA Ethics Debate Team:  The USMA Ethics Debate Team took second place at the first-annual Military Ethics Case Competition held at Annapolis. Hosted by the USNA Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, the competition featured teams from USNA, USMMA, UVA, and George Washington University. Five teams presented prepared arguments on the topic of battlefield mercy killing directed toward enemy soldiers. The competition was judged by faculty members of the Stockdale Center and other local professionals, many with extensive military experience.

Keepers of the Peace Native American Powwow

On May 4th, the Native American Heritage Forum (NAHF) will host their annual event at the Trophy Point amphitheater. It is designed to serve as a recruiting tool by demonstrating to prospective Native American and other minority cadets that West Point is an inclusive environment where all races and ethnicities are welcome and celebrated. Although this is predominantly a Native American event, the powwow is a celebration of diversity for all. American Indians have participated with distinction in the United States Military for more than 200 years. This powwow celebrates their contributions to the nation and portrays West Point as a place where Native Americans are supported while transitioning from civilian to cadet life and beyond.

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2014 Sandhurst Results

Fifty-seven teams representing U.S. and international military academies and ROTC programs put months of preparation and training to the test during the 48th annual Sandhurst Military Skills Competition April 11-12 at West Point, hosted by the U.S. Military Academy’s Department of Military Instruction. The defending champions from 2013, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, claimed another victory as their Blue squad earned the Reginald E. Johnson Memorial Plaque. The companies of 1st Regiment earned the Sandhurst Trophy with the best aggregate score among the four regiments in the Corps of Cadets. The Company H-3 team won the Sandhurst Streamer as the highest placing team among the 36 competing from the Corps of Cadets. Photo by Mike Strasser/USMA PAO

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President to Speak at West Point Graduation

The White House announced yesterday the President of the United States, Barack Obama, will be the graduation speaker for the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2014. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 28. For more information, click here.



West Point Wins RecycleMania Photo Contest

First Place Photo:   United States Military Academy's "Dirt Man"A photo featuring Dirtman and CDT Carissa Pekney ’16, won 1st place in the national RecycleMania Photo contest. The competition was sponsored by the National Wildlife Foundation (NWF) and is featured on the NWF and RecyleMania websites at www.nwf.org/rmcontest and www.recyclemaniacs.org. The photograph, taken by Dr. Jon Malinowski (G&EnE) will be recognized in a national RecycleMania press release and at the Portland Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference. Additionally, the photo will be featured on the RecycleMania homepage during next year’s competition. Results for this year’s RecycleMania competition will be released TODAY.  As of a week ago, West Point was in 4th place in the per capita classic (lbs recycled per person) and 2nd place in corrugated cardboard category.  Go Army, Beat Trash!

Cadet Activities, April 11

Equestrian ClubIt has been a busy week for Cadets!  Check-out what's been happening with the Corps by clicking here.




Dean's Weekly, April 11

EP380 Cadets & Japanese Tea Ceremony: Cadets David Jerome and Patrick Monfort participate in the Japanese Tea Ceremony. The Kanji characters on the scroll mean harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility. Members of the Omotesenke Domonkai discussed the cultural meaning of the Japanese Tea Ceremony (chanoyu) and demonstrated the ceremony for cadets enrolled in EP380 (Eastern Thought) and for cadets who are members of the Japanese Forum. Each cadet received a serving of tea and Japanese dessert (wagashi), and two cadets were able to participate in the ceremony. The Tea Ceremony illustrated many of the ideas that cadets have studied in EP380.

Annual West Point-Wharton Leadership Exchange:  20 undergraduate students from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business along with 15 cadets participated in the West Point-Wharton Leadership Exchange. Activities included briefings on the West Point Leadership Development System (WPLDS), weapons and military equipment static displays, the Leadership Reaction Course (LRC), the Engagement Skills Trainer, eating Meals Ready to Eat (MRE), a leadership discussion between students and instructors, and an After Action Review (AAR). Each Fall, BS&L sends a group of cadets to learn from Wharton students in Philadelphia, while each Spring, Wharton sends a reciprocal group to West Point.

Quadrotor Testing:  modified quadrotorUSMA Cadets Anthony Grady (Company H1, Class of 2014), Trevor Knowles (C2, ’14), Jay Trexler (D2, ’14), and Kevin Zander (H1, ’14), and research engineers from the Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC) conducted tunnel navigation testing with their modified quadrotor at Picatinny Arsenal’s Homeland Defense site.  The Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) Quadrotor project is part of ME496, Mechanical Engineering Capstone; the project is supported by the Rapid Equipping Force (REF) Grand Challenge.

Engineering Annual Honor Society Induction:  The dinner celebrated the academic, moral, and social achievements of sixteen cadets majoring in electrical engineering, seventeen cadets majoring in computer science, and five cadets majoring in information technology as well as two members of the EE&CS faculty. This ceremony was made possible by a generous donation by Professor and Mrs. Harry Van Trees, a USMA ’52 grad, and MIT Professor of Electrical Engineering.

Student American Nuclear Society (ANS) Conference:  14 cadets from the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering presented work from their capstone experience NE496/496 and from their independent studies NE498/PH489 at the Student American Nuclear Society (ANS) Conference held at Penn State University.  Two cadets earned distinction with Best Undergraduate Paper in their respective technical sessions: Cadet Dan Murphy (NENO 2014) for his work on modeling nuclear weapons effects in New York City and Cadet Steven Sloan (NENO 2014) for his work in analyzing new nuclear reactor fuel cladding.

Cadet Writing Fellows Papers:  Cadets Matt Williams (’15), Matt Hager (’16), Melissa Wells (’15), and Judy Farrow (’15) recently presented papers at the Ninth Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing, hosted by the University of Connecticut.At the the University of Connecticut’s Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing, Cadet Writing Fellows, Judy Farrow (’15), Matt Hager (’16), Melissa Wells (’15), and Matt Williams (’15) participated in a panel.  Their panel, “Maximizing Peer-to-Peer (Author)ity: Voice, Risk, and Process According to the West Point Writing Fellows,” explored the challenges that first-year college writers face from their unique perspectives as peer consultants at the newly established West Point Writing Center. Connecting their experiences tutoring fellow cadets to extensive research in the field of composition studies, the Writing Fellows took up issues that often hinder the development of student writers.

GEN(R) Stanley McChrystal Guest Lecturer:  GEN McChrystal spoke to DSS First Class Cadets from the program’s capstone course, DS498 Colloquium in Military Affairs, and a few other select programs. His talk focused on his efforts as the JSOC commander to balance efficiency and adaptability in the JSOC organizational design to meet the challenges of the contemporary operating environment.

Law Majors in Italy:  Law Major Cadets Meghan Mitchiner, Gabrielle Mangru, Allyson Hauptman, Brianna Miller, James Doyle, Andrew Fitzsimmons, and Jared Heslop at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in Sanremo, Italy.7 law majors traveled to Sanremo, Italy, where the cadets competed in the International Institute of Humanitarian Law’s 13th Annual Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) Competition for Military Academies. The competition introduced cadets to the legal concerns of multi-national operations in an international, multi-cultural, and linguistically-diversified setting. Cadet Jared Heslop's team won second place in the overall competition for best mixed team.

West Point Negotiation Workshop: BS&L's West Point Negotiation Project ran a negotiation education workshop for approximately 85 participants, including 43 West Point cadets, 29 visiting cadets, and 13 officers.  During the workshop, cadets learned the importance of negotiation as a leader competency, were introduced to a framework for systematic analysis of negotiation situations, and practiced negotiating in a series of role-playing exercises including a team competition. Cadets also heard from guest speakers who helped them understand how they will use negotiation as junior officers.

Dean's Weekly, April 4

Cadets and Robotic Surgery:  Mr. Peter Carnegie, USMA ’95, and the cadets in the robotic surgery room at the Nicholson Center of the Florida Hospital in Celebration, FL.Mr. Peter Carnegie ’95, CEO of Minimally Invasive Solutions, LLC, kindly sponsored six cadets to be trained on a Da Vinci robotic surgery system while repairing heart valves on a human cadaver at the Nicholson Center at Florida Hospital in Celebration, FL. The six Cows, Cadets Kristen Barta, Luke Brunea, Stephen Chong, Lisa Junta, John Marinelli, and Jeremy McMurray, are majoring in Life Science or Physics, are all enrolled in the premedical program, and all aspire to become Army physicians.  Mr. Carnegie’s classmate, Dr. Nakizito Kazigo, MD and USMA ’95, helped guide the cadets through the anatomy and surgery lessons using the robotic system.

Introduction to Philosophy Guest lecture by SSG John Diem and Mr. Justin Watt:  Over 100 cadets PY201 (Philosophy), sat down to have an intimate discussion with SSG John Diem and Mr. Justin Watt about their war experiences during one of the most violent periods of the Iraq War. During the talk, Diem and Watt explored the moral challenges of war. In particular, Mr. Watt explained to cadets the reasons why he reported the rape and murder of an Iraqi family by U.S. soldiers in Mahmudiyah, Iraq in 2006. Watt and Diem, members of the same platoon, spoke candidly with the cadets about the murders and the moral reasons for reporting the crimes.  This incident and the subsequent investigations were described in Jim Frederick’s 2010 bestseller "Black Hearts".

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships:  Cadet Damon Paulo (EECS/MATH) and Cadet Geoffrey Moores (EECS/PHYSICS) were awarded the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.  Additionally, Cadet Joseph Hannigan (EECS) was given an honorable mention.

Cadet Hernandez - Chicago Police Department:  Cadet Guillermo “Willie” Hernandez was recognized for his outstanding efforts by the Chicago Police Superintendent, Garry McCarthy. Hernandez worked with the Chicago Police to train them on the GANG (“GANG Analyzes Networks and Geography”) software.  The police are currently using this software to perform advanced social network analysis on the activities of criminal street gangs.

Cadet Activities, April 4

West Point Karate takes National Championship in three divisions,  the Law Enforcement and Tactics club trained with Rockland County Police Academy, and  Cadet Regina Parker becomes first cadet in recent history to become an Aviation certified Ground Instructor.

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Julian Mok to Attend West Point

Last week, Kentucky's Sixth Congressional District held a Letter of Intent Ceremony for Sayre School student Julian Mok. Julian was appointed to attend West Point where she will play Division I tennis. 

"This accomplishment is a true testament to Julian's strong athletic ability, academic success and most importantly, her character. I am proud of her decision to serve her country and wish her the best of luck at West Point!" said Kentucky Congressman Andy Barr.

 Photo: Julian Mok and Congressman Andy Barr.


Cadet Activities, March 28

The Scuba team trains in Mexico over Spring Break.The Skeet & Trap team conquers rival Yale to bring the Hudson Cup home again!  Read all about this, and  many clubs' Spring Break training by clicking here.

Dean's Weekly, March 28

Uganda African Environmental Stability Project:  Cadets and their 89 new friends from Kimera Road Primary School pose for a picture.Four Cadets on the spring African Environmental Stability Project went to Kasubi, Uganda to conduct research focused on clean water, sanitation, environmental law and energy in urban and rural areas. The highlight of the visit to Kasubi came when Cadets visited a primary school for slum pre-K through 6th graders. While in Uganda Cadets also visited farms in the far western districts, learning how sustainable, diverse, and symbiotic farming practices are being used to support agrarian livelihoods in the face of a changing climate.

Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition:  Law Majors Cadets Kyle Gicewicz, Josh Cooper, and Matt Wheeler competed in this three day competition sponsored by the American Red Cross.  The competition attracted students interested in international humanitarian law (IHL).  The Clara Barton Competition was an experiential learning competition designed to introduce students to real-world challenges facing IHL practitioners during armed conflict. The USMA cadets held their own competing against law school students from Harvard, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, and UVA, as well as Air Force Academy cadets.

K’NEXercise – Building Construction Managers:  Team “Ballerz 2.0” poses with their winning Bridge project. From left to right: CDTs Dustin Homan, Rey Molina, Brad Wagner, Project Manager Christian McCollum, and Shirley Albritton.Cadets enrolled in CE450, Construction Management, competed in the K’NEXercise competition that requires teams to prepare estimates, bids, and construction schedules, and then execute the construction of the awarded project using rapid setting concrete and K’NEX components. This semester, for the first time, there was a first place tie for the tower project. The winning teams in the Bridge, Hall, and Tower projects were led by Cadets Andy Laubach, Christian McCollum, Ben Miller, and Chelsea Sapirman.

Civ-Mil Dynamics in NATO:  The Center for the study of Civil-Military Operations (CSCMO) welcomed LTG David Hogg ’81, U.S. Military Representative to the NATO Military Committee, for a Dean’s Hour lecture. His topic was the “The Future of NATO; Its Changing Role in Europe and How it Facilitates US-European Interaction on a Global Scale”. He demonstrated the civil-military design of the alliance and explained how NATO operates to serve the collective alliance and defense issues for all of the individual member states. He also spent time giving an insider’s account of how the alliance was dealing with the recent crisis in Ukraine. 

Functional Mobility Screen:  E-Psych cadets in PL394 "Anthropometrics and Biomechanics" visited the Physical Therapy clinic at Arvin CPFC to learn about the Functional Mobility Screen.E-Psych cadets in PL394 Anthropometrics and Biomechanics visited the Physical Therapy clinic at Arvin CPFC to learn about the Functional Mobility Screen. This anthropometric and biomechanical tool offers a simple way to test humans on the strength and flexibility and offers a glimpse into their injury risk backed by research. The Dean (in the far right of the photo) stopped by to visit and watch some cadets go through the screen.

World class neurosurgeon lecture in CEP:  Dr. Mark McLaughlin, medical director for the Princeton Brain and Spine Center, presented a special lecture for the CEP’s PL 360 Psychology of Elite Performance class. Dr McLaughlin shared case studies highlighting the importance of mental self-control in order to execute precisely under life-threatening conditions. Using actual neurosurgical instruments as teaching aids he made connections between performance in competitive sports, medical care, and leadership.

Army Rugby Texas Tour 2014

Last week, the West Point Men’s Rugby Team travelled to Texas during Spring Break to train and play several Division 1 Rugby matches for a chance to secure a spot in the National Championship Tournament. The Cadets were welcomed and hosted by MG Phipps '82, CG Division West, Fort Hood. Check out some photos and the DVIDS article highlighting this awesome trip! 


“So Others May Dream:” The Class of 2017 Crest Unveiling

One of the highlights of Plebe-Parent Weekend, the Class of 2017 unveiled its Crest on Saturday night at a banquet in the Mess Hall. Cadet Michelle Golonka ’17, the Class’ Ring & Crest Committee Chairman, told guests in attendance that 2017’s Crest incorporated numerous ideas from her class members. Like all USMA Class Crests since 1903, the one for the Class of 2017 features an eagle; however, 2017’s eagle is positioned in a way so that, while it protects the world it encompasses in its wings, it doesn’t appear overbearing (no talons are showing). Their eagle also has seven wing tips, which Golonka said is meant to represent the seven continents of the world. Concerning the U.S. flag, a staple of Class Crests of late, the Class of 2017’s Crest displays six stars and seven stripes, signifying the 50-year affiliation with the Class of 1967. Golonka said, “This was done so that we are reminded of those who came before us and that we are here not only to be the standard, but to exceed it as a class.” Colonel (Retired) John James ’67 and Dr. Thomas Parr ’67 were on hand at the ceremony to represent the 50-Year Affiliation Class. The Crest also features a globe and, on it, a star for West Point. Golonka told the audience, “This star represents where we are and the importance of West Point because it is not like any other place on Earth.” Lastly, the Crest features a gold-colored 17 in Roman Numerals, representing the second lieutenant bar that the cadets hope to wear one day, and it displays a banner with the Class Motto. 

After Cadet Golonka’s remarks, Lieutenant General Robert Caslen ’75, USMA’s 59th Superintendent, spoke to the plebes and introduced the banquet’s guest speaker, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Dan Jollota, a former UMSA Aviation Detachment Commander, who has served in the Army for nearly four decades, including a 1993 assignment as a Black Hawk pilot in Somalia, made famous by the 2001 movie Black Hawk Down. Jollota spoke to the plebes about the value of teamwork, citing his experience in the Battle of Mogadishu. “The mission takes on a whole new meaning when it involves the life of your teammates,” Jollota said. “Your friends and teammates are what will make your difficult experiences in the Army bearable.” Jollota also congratulated the Class of 2017, of which his daughter is a part, for accomplishing so much together in only a few short months. “You are already comprehending the significance of service to your country,” he said, “and grasping the meaning of your Class Motto: ‘So others may dream.’”


Spring Break 2014: Cadet Activities and Programs

This week, while many college students are  heading for the beach, West Point Cadets will be traveling to Italy, Uganda, and the Netherlands—to name a few—for continued studies and competition. Detailed below are the numerous cadet programs and events taking place during this year’s Spring break.

Cadet Gabrielle Mangru '14 will travel to Kampala, Uganda to conduct research on water vulnerability issues connected to the rule of law. Mangru will continue work on her senior thesis under the supervision of Dr. Robert J. Goldstein, Professor of Law, and in consultation with members of the Geography & Environmental Engineering Department at West Point. After completing her research in Uganda, Mangru will fly directly to San Remo, Italy to compete with fellow cadets in the Law of Armed Conflict competition.

The Civil Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence (CCOE) will host “The CCOE’s 2014 International Cadet Event” from 17-21 March 2014 in Enschede, the Netherlands.The CCOE’s 2014 International Cadet Event will provide an opportunity for future officers to gain awareness and knowledge of Civil Military interaction (CMI) and Civil Military Co-operation (CIMIC) early in their military carriers. The cadets will also be introduced to the benefits and challenges of synchronized action in a multinational environment.

Through the Office of Admission's Cadet Public Relations Council, potential Academy candidates will have the opportunity to talk with cadets and ask questions about cadet life, West Point academics, and student activities. These opportunities are facilitated through congressional offices and civic organizations that invite cadets to speak at community events.

Below is a list of all DCA Activities taking place throughout the break: 

Big Brother & Big Sisters Highland Falls Elementary 12-13 Mar/Highland Falls, NY 
Paintball PSP Dallas Paintball Tournament 14 Mar/Dallas, TX  
Tactics (Small Unit) Live Fire Ranges 14 Mar/Cortland Manor, NY 
Combat Weapons NATIONALS 15 Mar/Fort Benning, GA  
Crew Women’s Crew Spring Training, Rollins Invitational's Regatta 15-22 Mar/Eglin AFB, FL  
Crew Men’s Crew Spring Training 15-17 Mar/Clemson, SC 
Pistol NATIONALS 15 Mar/Fort Benning, GA 
Triathlon Training Trip 15-18 Mar/Scottsdale, AZ 
Fencing North America Cup Sabre Championships 16 Mar/Memphis, TN 
Scuba Scuba Diving Trips 16 Mar/Cancun, Mexico 
Debate (Model United Nations Forum) World Model United Nations Championship 17 Mar/Brussels, Belgium
Parachute Joint Training 17 Mar/Cocoa, FL 
Rugby (Men) Rugby Matches 20 Mar/Austin, TX  


Cadet Activities, March 14

Cycling athletes qualify for Collegiate Nationals, Boxing Team hosts annual Brigade Boxing Open, and the Debate Team is ranked #10 in the country.

Read all about these and more here.

Dean's Weekly, March 14

G&EnE STEM Outreach II:  CDT Samuel discusses airborne imagery with STEM participants.Cadets Sallena Samuel and Leyla Baggson, along with members from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, helped support the inaugural “STEM for Girls” Workshop held at West Point. The workshop provided an opportunity for high school-age girls to interact with cadets and USMA faculty while exploring STEM activities.

Cadet Derrick Hall - GEM Fellowship:  Cadet Derrick Hall '14 has been awarded the MS in Engineering Fellowship by the GEM Foundation. He has been accepted to the College of Science at Purdue University to pursue a Masters in Chemistry.

Cadet Seth Harbol - ACS College Recognition Award:  The Mid-Hudson Section of the American Chemical Society announced that Cadet Seth Harbol, Class of 2014, has been chosen as a recipient of the College Recognition Award for 2014.

Castle Lecture with Meg Whitman:  Meg Wihtman answers cadet questions after the Castle lecture.Meg Whitman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett Packard, was the guest speaker at the James C. and Dorothy P. Castle Lecture Series.  Her talk was entitled “Leadership in the Digital Age”.   Highlights of her comments included her insights into where technology is going and how that might impact the military, what leadership challenges are impacted by technology, and how she has managed her career.

EV482 - Military Geography Lecture:  Cadets enrolled in EV482 received a lecture by Dr. Jack Clarke titled “Armed Forces in Civil Security.” Dr. Clarke is a Professor of Defense Management and Strategic Studies and the Director of the Program on Civil Security at the Marshall Center in Garmisch, Germany.  From this discussion, Cadets learned how their counterparts, particularly in NATO countries, are often assigned roles and missions that differ greatly from how the US Army is employed domestically.

The Role of the System Architect:  Cadets from the Department of Systems Engineering attended an evening lecture titled “The Role of the System Architect.” Dr. Jeffrey Poulin '82 presented the lecture and is the Master Architect for Lockheed Martin and a subject matter expert.  He discussed where the system architect fits in the development of highly complex and technologically advanced systems such as automated mail sorting systems and helicopters.

Dean's Weekly, March 7

Advanced General Chemistry Cadets - Waste to Energy:  Cadets in CH152 Advanced General Chemistry are working with researchers from the US Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory and The Center for Environmental Science and Technology (CEST) at SUNY Cobleskill on a DoD-sponsored grant that will analyze the operation of a prototype unit and later design a deployable rotary kiln gasification system. This allows cadets to tackle two Army problems simultaneously: disposal of waste and consumption of fuel on contingency operating bases. The gasifier system burns trash to produce fuel that can be used by an Army generator.

Top Ethics Essay:  Cadet Cody Bye’s essay entitled “Saving lives and preventing damage during a natural disaster” was selected as the top ethics essay among the CivilEngineering First Cass cadets at West Point.

Sociology Majors:  Sociology majors participated in a VTC with recent graduates of the Sociology program in order to understand the utility of Sociology in the operational Army. 1LT Yacenia Diaz ’11 and 2LT Triada Cross ’13 both stationed at Fort Hood, TX, spoke to cadets about the ways West Point prepared them for their leadership experiences in the Army.

Hatton Sumners Student Leadership Conference:  Cadets from the Psychology Program attended the Hatton Sumners Student Leadership Conference at the LBJ School of Public Service, University of Texas-Austin.  The purpose of the conference was to inspire its attendees and highlight some of the leadership challenges these student leaders will face, while providing the platform for the development of stronger networks of emerging leaders.

War Council – Ukraine Teams:  DSS organized a multi-disciplinary, academic, and professional forum to discuss the many perspectives on the crisis in the Crimea, as well as potential American responses.  Topics Included Historical Background, Geostrategic Dimensions, International Relations, Social/Cultural Perspective, and Military Strategic Considerations.

Cadet Activities, March 7

Men's FencingCadet Gus Williams clinches West Point's first-ever sabre championship title, Men's Climbing team takes 1st and 2nd at the Gravity Vault, and the Foreign Language & Culture Forum travels to D.C.

Read about these and more by clicking here.

Cadet Activities, February 28

Ultimate Frisbee goes undefeated in Boston Midnight Madness tournamentWest Point Pistol beats Navy, Ultimate Frisbee goes undefeated in Boston Midnight Madness tournament, the Equestrian team places as the Reserve high point team in the region...

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Dean's Weekly, February 28

ME450 Stability Lab: ME450, Mechanical Design of Army Systems, Stability Lab43 cadets took part in the ME450, Mechanical Design of Army Systems, Stability Lab.  Pedestrians walking within sight of the Plain were treated to the sight of numerous projectiles, in the shape of finned and non-finned Nerf™ balls, being launched on ballistic trajectories that achieved max ranges up to 286 feet from point of launch. Student teams measured launch position variables, maximum range and angle at peak altitude to compare actual trajectories to predicted trajectories from a Pre-Lab exercise. One of the key points of the lab was to learn about the importance of fins and placement of weight in stabilizing a projectile in flight.

“Army Applications of Air Quality Monitoring”:  Cadets in EV397 Air Pollution Engineering heard guest Lecturers Mr. Paul Hopp and Mr. John Cevis of U.S. Army Public Health Command as they presented “Army Applications of Air Quality Monitoring”.   The lecturers familiarized cadets with some of the equipment used in these studies and enabled cadets to see the application of their studies to both operational and research monitoring tasks in the Army.

EP380 Eastern Thought:  EP380 elective, Eastern Thought, hosted guest lectures by CPT Jason Halub, USMA D/History.  By explaining the major political and cultural events relevant to the Eastern philosophical tradition, CPT Halub enriched the EP380 students’ understanding of the ideas they are encountering in the course.

EV379 Photogrammetry:  EV379 Photogrammetry Cadets pose with the General Managers Mary and Ken Potter, Vice President John Schmitt and others.The class was given a tour of Keystone Aerial Survey Inc. in Philadelphia, PA.  Cadets were given a tour in small groups of the business that conducts “cradle-to-grave aerial” survey operations including traditional black and white film photography to aerial laser scanning. They are one of a few very successful US aerial survey firms.

Independence and Valley Forge National Historic Parks:  Sixty cadets enrolled in Plebe core history courses visited Independence and Valley Forge National Historic Parks to expand their understanding of the origins and context of the American Revolution along with the forces that led to the creation of the Constitution.  Cadets experienced life as a Continental Soldier during the winter of 1777-1778, including what it was like to live in log hut barracks, drill with von Steuben, fire a flintlock musket, and work at Washington's headquarters.

Service Academy Design Challenge 2014 (ME496 – Capstone Team): The “Heavy Lifters” tested equipment with the 106th Rescue Wing at Francis Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton BeachThe “Heavy Lifters” tested equipment with the 106th Rescue Wing at Francis Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach. Cadets trained with equipment used by Air Force Parajumpers in search and recovery missions, and learned the essentials in basic lift techniques, cribbing loads, and safety procedures as they develop their novel system to lift 45,000 lb overturned vehicles from rough terrain in this year’s annual challenge. The cadets will compete against Air Force and Navy, and follow 17 other universities at Arnold Air Force Base, TN on April 18th to demonstrate their system.

Colloquium in Psychology:  As part of their Capstone project, cadets conducted workshops in Organizational Structure, Building Cohesion and Crisis Leadership for 11 school principals from NYC Public Schools. 

2014 Thayer Award Recipient: Condoleezza Rice

Dr. Condoleeza RiceThe West Point Association of Graduates and the United States Military Academy have announced that Condoleezza Rice will receive the SYLVANUS THAYER AWARD on Monday, October 6, 2014.
Condoleezza Rice is currently at Stanford University as a professor of Political Economy in the Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution; and a professor of Political Science.
From January 2005-2009, Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001-2005, the first woman to hold the position.
From 1989 through March 1991, Rice served on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff. She served as Director; Senior Director of Soviet and East European Affairs; and Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice also served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Dr. Rice says, “I am truly honored to be the 2014 Thayer Award Recipient and I look forward to visiting West Point again next fall.”

Cadet Activities, February 22

Men's Boxing at LHU Boxing Invitational.Team Handball prepares to host 1st Annual CPT Scott Pace (USMA 2005) Memorial Invitational Tournament, Men's Boxing has gold place finish in LHU Invitational, and  Montanineering Club has strong showing.

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Dean's Weekly, February 21

D/GENE and CLS Collaboration – EV488 (Solid and Hazardous Waste Management):  Ms. Mahlet Tsegaye explains process controls to Cadets Bonny Bradway Katie Doody.The D/CLS Chemical Engineering program supported the EV488 mass-transfer lab with the use of their packed tower absorption column.  The lab challenge for the cadets was to model the packed column absorber to investigate carbon capture and storage strategies proposed by the DOE.

Cadet Satellite Project:  D/PaNE's cadet satellite project, the "A-Sphere" radar calibration target, was presented to the DoD Space Experiment Review Board (SERB). The intent of the DoD SERB is to review and select candidate experiments for launch funding. The A-Sphere was well received, and the International Space Station (ISS) representative was interested in having this satellite deployed from the ISS.

EV388a Trip to Tilcon Quarries:  EV388a at the Bear Mountain Geology Mine.Cadets in EV388a – Physical Geology, conducted a trip section to view the geology of the Hudson Valley. The cadets visited two Tilcon Quarries in the area. The Tompkins Cove dolomite quarry and the Haverstraw basalt quarry. The trip ended at the Bear Mountain Geology Museum to show the strategic importance of West Point during the American Revolution due to the iron mining and processing operations that occurred in the local area.

Premiere of the Monument’s MenCadets from PL488D and Bill Murray at the premiere of the movie Monument’s Men at the Ziegfeld Theater in NYC.Cadets from PL488D: Colloquium in Sociology course attended the premiere of the movie Monument’s Men at the Ziegfeld Theater in NYC. The cadets met with Mr. Harry Ettinger, the only surviving member of the group of soldiers whose mission it was to save and return great works of art during World War II. Cadets also had the opportunity to meet with Mr. Robert Edsel, the author of the book upon which the movie is based.  The cadets also met several of the actors in the movie including Mr. George Clooney, Mr. Matt Damon, Mr. Bill Murray, Mr. John Goodman, and Mr. Bob Balaban.

West Point Glee Club and the West Point Alumni Glee Club Concert

In their first-ever joint concert at West Point, the cadets of the West Point Glee Club host the West Point Alumni Glee Club on Friday, February 28th at 7:30 p.m. at Eisenhower Hall Theater. The combined one-hundred plus voices will celebrate the musical traditions of USMA, the U.S. Military and our Nation. The concert is open to the public and free of charge.

The West Point Glee Club is one of the U.S. Military Academy's most visible cadet organizations. For over one hundred years, its members have touched audiences around the world with a model depiction of the Corps of Cadets through live performance in the nation's finest concert halls, national network and feature film appearances, and CD and DVD recordings. The Glee Club enhances life at West Point through its traditional and ceremonial duties, and represents West Point and the U.S. Army at official events. 

Capitalizing on the large number of graduates in the National Capital area, the West Point Alumni Glee Club was established in 2007. Members average almost 20 years of active duty service with over 75% being combat veterans.



Cadet Activities, February 15

Army Women’s Team Handball start league play strong at 2-0. Men's fencing clinch exciting victory over rivals NJIT.  Army Climbing makes the most of the ice.

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Network Science - USMA’s Newest Education Minor

Starting next year, as the USMA Class of 2017 looks at their disciplinary offerings, they will find an exciting and modern five-course minor in Network Science. This undergraduate program may be one of the very first at the undergraduate level with the specific Network Science title.  Network Science topics have been taught in courses in many disciplines for decades.  But until now, these courses have never had a focused home or title.

Dean's Weekly, February 14

Competitive Cyber Team:  The Cadet Competitive Cyber Team (C3T) travelled to the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) campus in Pittsburgh, PA for the Service Academy Cyber Stakes, sponsored by DARPA. Teams of cadets and midshipmen from the USNA, AFA, and USMA split into groups and competed over three days in small teams, or individually, in a series of cyber challenges.  The C3T won awards in software exploitation, malware reverse engineering, breaking cryptography, and lock picking.

Distinguished Leaders Series:  BS&L hosted LTG (R) Ken Hunzeker '75 and Mr. Pat McArevey '78 for a leadership discussion with a small group of 35 select cadets and faculty as part of the Distinguished Leaders Series.  Afterwards, the speakers joined a "Leading Organizations through Change" class.

EV489 Research Meeting:  Picture: (L to R) Mr Anton Rozich, Cadet Lawrence Cavins (Company H-1), Cadet Christian   Carron (Company F-1) and Dr. Alan Rozich meet to discuss the application of microbial fuel   cells to treat wastewater.Environmental Engineering majors Cadets Christian Carron and Lawrence Cavins collaborated with Dr. Alan Rozich, P.E. and Mr. Anton Rozich of BioConversion Solutions (BCS), LLC.  The research collaboration will support the Firsties' independent study project to use novel treatment strategies to enable potentially more complete biodegradation of wastewater produced in operational settings such as forward operating bases. This research project supports a DARPA grant that is investigating advances in biotechnology to decrease the energy required to treat wastewater.

EV 396 Guest Lecture:  Dr. Dwight D. Bowman, a Professor of Parasitology at Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, gave presentations to Environmental Biological Systems Cadets. Dr. Bowman introduced a wide-range of protozoans, worms, and other parasitic organisms encountered around the world and discussed methods of transmission. Dr. Bowman also advised Cadets on preventive measures and provided vivid images of the consequences of not preparing for the medical threat in regions where they may soon lead Soldiers.

The Mock Trial Team:  The team travelled to Yale University to participate in the American Mock Trial Association’s Regional Tournament. USMA finished with a record of 2-2, resulting in a tenth place finish out of 24 teams. Cadet Kiam Boerema was one of 12 students honored as an Outstanding Attorney for his role as a prosecutor.

New Paltz 4H Club Visit:  Cadet Seamus Bann guides a 4H’er through start line operations on the West Point ChemE “Race   Track” in the Chemical Engineering Unit Operations Lab.Chemical Engineering Cadets helped host 30 members of the New Paltz 4H club.  The events included the WP Chocolate Factory (lead by Head of Confectionery David Arrowchis '14, and Leland Foster the Head of Confectionery), and a Fuel Cell Car Competition (lead by Aaron Beyea '14, Seamus Bann '15, and Reed Pyers '15).  Special recognition to the following cadets who dedicated time for a this special (STEM) service project: Aaron Beyea '14, Mark McCormick '14, Seamus Bann '15, Reed Pyers '15, David Arrowchis '14, and Leland Foster ‘15.

Soldier Design Competition:  12 Cadet design teams are gearing-up for the annual Soldier Design Competition with M.I.T.  This RDECOM-sponsored event is held each year to develop solutions to satisfy soldier and first-responder equipment needs.

American Society of Civil Engineers Workshop:  The West Point Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) attended the Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders in Indianapolis, IN. 

Center for Advanced Navigation Technologies Collaboration:  Cadets Anthony Grady, Jay Trexler, and Trevor Knowles attended a research meeting from the Center for Advanced Navigation Technologies (ANT) at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) in support of their capstone project for Mechanical System Design. This project seeks to localize a miniature UAV in a GPS-denied environment.

Management Majors and ODK:  Management majors and members of ODK National Leadership Honor   Society travelled to NYC to attend broadening management classes at the Columbia Business   SchoolManagement majors and members of ODK National Leadership Honor Society travelled to NYC to attend broadening management classes at the Columbia Business School.  While there, they also meet with leaders at Google and Facebook.

Quantitative Finance Summit:  Honor Cadets Jason Lee, Wesley Mathews, Max Flanagan, and Nick George attended this event hosted by Rutgers Business school at the American Museum of Finance on Wall Street.  All four of the cadets are completing thesis projects with topics in computational finance.

Aviators Collaboration:  By request of  the US Army Aviation Missile Research and Development Center (AMRDEC) out of Redstone Arsenal, Systems Engineering Cadets travelled to Fort Campbell, KY to participate in a working group with aviators from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR).  AMRDEC has asked the cadets for help reducing the start-up time of future Army aircraft to less than five minutes. Old Grads Mr. Bill Crawford '80 and the 160th SOAR Deputy Commander, COL Gerblick '93, were on-hand to participate in the workshop with the cadets. 

West Point Cadet Saves Woman's Life

They say military training is about preparing, drilling, preparing and drilling some more.

Whitewater High School graduate Robert Fetters can testify to that. A senior cadet at West Point, Fetters was assigned temporarily to the Pentagon earlier this summer when he instinctively used his training to save a woman’s life.

Fetters and some friends were at the Metro station in Washington, D.C., having celebrated the last day of their internship with a night on the town, when he heard a scream. A woman had fallen onto the train tracks and her legs had been severed by the train. 

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Dean's Weekly, February 7

Columbia University Symposium – Women, Soft Power, and the New Diplomacy:  (left to right) Cadets Duckwall (’15) Moore (’14), and Mangru (’14), pose for a picture with panelists (left to right) Dr. Victoria Phillips, Dr. Alice Kessler-Harris, Amb. Fay Hartog-Levin, COL Stephanie Tutton, and Dr. Victoria de Grazia at the Women anColumbia University’s Blinken European Institute hosted faculty and cadets from USMA to exchange thoughts on women and soft power diplomacy.

Cadet Capstone Team Research:  Capstone research entitled "Data Collection, Fusion, and Visualization for Decision Making in Stability Operations" conducted by Cadets David Blum, Nathan Gustafson, Emily Kern, and Jessica Waggoner was presented at New York University-Wagner's "Conflict, Security and Development" series.  Cadets Daniel Sprouse, Alexander Carpenter, and Cameron Carter were part of a team that briefed Ms. Allison Hickey, Under Secretary for Benefits at the Veterans Administration, on some emerging results of their senior capstone project focused on providing analytical support for the veterans claims process.

African American Arts Forum in NYCAAAF Cadets met Jesse JacksonAAAF Cadets explored “Harlem and the Arts, Then and Now.” The trip included a walking tour of Harlem, with stops at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the longtime home of the famed poet Langston Hughes, and lunch at Sylvia’s, a landmark soul food restaurant.  While lunching they happened to meet the Reverend Jesse Jackson, who eagerly talked with them about their experiences at West Point.  The also caught a matinee showing of the brand new Broadway musical smash "After Midnight", afterwhich they saw the electrifying opening performances of the season for the Apollo Theater’s legendary Amateur Night.

Homeless Outreach Program Estimate (HOPE) in NYC:  43 cadets braved the frigid temperatures to participate in NYC’s Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE).  Cadets met with the NYC commissioner of homeless services and learned about survey methodology, data collection methods, homelessness, poverty, and some of the strategies for dealing with both the methodological and social problems of homelessness.

RecycleMania Competition:  The USCC Energy and Environmental (E2O) Cadet Chain of Command sponsored this year’s installment of the annual Recycling Sculpture Competition. "Dirtman", Professor Emeritus of the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, announced the winner of the Recycling Sculpture Competition, Company C1. In the first week of pre-season RecycleMania Competition, West Point was 1st place in the cardboard division and 2nd place in the per capita classic. RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.

Cadet Activities, February 7

The Combat Weapons Team dominates the 2014 All Army Competition, Climbing Club participates in first Collegiate Climbing Series competition of the year, Glee Club performs in PepsiCo's Celebration of Veterans...

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Dean's Weekly, January 31

Language Training Programs and 7th Special Forces Group:    Language Training Programs and 7th Special Forces GroupCadets from DFL visited the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) to conduct research in language acquisition in regionally aligned forces as part of DARPA‘s Tri-Service-Academy Research Challenge. Cadets Francis Ambrogio, Seth Lynn, Aaron Skinner and Scott Williams observed language classes and live-fire training exercises, interviewed language students and faculty, and participated in PT with members of the 7SFG.

CALDOL Leader Challenge:  All 144 cadet platoons conducted "Leader Challenge - Reporting Loyalty" sessions as part of their Professional Military Ethic Education program. This session engaged cadets in an actual, recent dilemma faced by a 2010 graduate and challenged them to think deeply and creatively about both their values and ethical issues they will likely face as officers.

Forty Years of Silence a film by Dr. Randy Olson:  Cadet members of the West Point Film Club, as well as cadets taking Jurisprudence (LW 495), Criminal Law (LW 472), and those who participated in 2013 West Point Civil Rights Staff Ride met with filmmaker Randy Olson to watch and discuss his film Forty Years of Silence. The film is about Mr. Olson‘s father, the late COL John Olson, USMA Class of 1939, who was a POW in the Philippines following the Bataan Death March. COL Olson was imprisoned at Camp O'Donnell and later the ranking officer at Cabanatuan prison. The film documented COL Olson's experience both during and after the war.

EN102 Poetry Lab:  CDT Benjamin Lemon (C2, ’17) and CDT Johnny Villagomez (H1, ’17) enjoy perusing 1929 and 1936 editions of Pegasus Remounts, a collection of poetry and verse “to suit every mood.”Cadets “grip hands” with poetry and art from “The Corps of an Earlier Day” during a poetry lab with the help of the Jefferson Library‘s Special Collections Department. Students explored various forms of cadet artistic expression found in several publications, including Pegasus Remounts, The Pointer, and The Circle in the Spiral. Two guiding questions for this special lesson were inspired by Aristotle: Does poetry provide a safe outlet for the release of intense emotions, and does poetry model the valuable experience of passing from ignorance to knowledge?

Cadets Visit NBC Headquarters:  Cadets enrolled in MG 380, Marketing, travelled to NBC headquarters to attend the taping of "Taking the Hill" hosted by former Congressman and member of the West Point Board of Visitors, Patrick Murphy. Cadets are engaged in developing a marketing plan and executing marketing actions in support of the "Taking the Hill" program and the Military and Veteran causes it highlights.

“Hacker” Convention in DC:  Cadets attended the Shmoocon “Hacker” Convention in DC to gain insight into the "hacker" community, learn the newest exploits and defenses, and to establish relationships with cybersecurity professionals from all walks of life.

Bridge Design Contest: The Center for STEM (CSE) kicked off the Engineering Encounters Bridge Contest featuring the West Point Bridge Designer Software. The West Point software has been downloaded nearly 8,000 times.

MIT Soldier Design Competition: The Nuclear Engineering Program will have two teams competing in the initial rounds for the MIT Soldier Design Competition.  Cadets Richard Calvin and Eric Nelson of Team 1 are modeling and experimenting with heat deposition in pyroelectric crystals to generate an electronic potential to drive current.  Cadets Alex Kendl and Loannis Wallingford of Team 2 are working on a follow-on implementation of last year‘s UAV radiological survey.

British Officer Lt. Gen. Gordon Messenger:  Lt. Gen. Messenger paid a visit to DS455 Comparative Military Systems as part of his trip to West Point. DS455 students happened to be in the U.K. block of instruction, so he provided timely insight into current British defense policy. Additionally, the capstone group working for the Joint Staff (J5) on the future of U.S.-U.K. defense relations had lunch with Lt. Gen. Messenger, giving them an opportunity to receive a senior British officer‘s perspective as they plan their study.

Class of 2014 Post Night


On January 30th members of the Class of 2014 learned where they will post after graduation. Watch as future 2LT's from Infantry, Armor, Engineering, Military Police and the Chemical Corps find out where their first assignments will be. 

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Cadet Activities, January 30

The Fencing Team, Chess Team, and Water Polo participated in West Point’s annual exchange with RMC in Kingston, Ontario and came back victorious. The Debate Teams shine at recent competitions. The Pistol team sweeps Olympic Training Center matches.

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Cadet Activities, January 24

The Pistol Team bests The Citadel and the Coast Guard Academty, Men's Fencing rank first in the conference, and the Alpine Skiing Club returns. 

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Dean's Weekly, Jan 23

Army Debate Beats Navy:  Debate beats NavyArmy Debate Team Captains CDT Leslie Cornelius '14 and CDT Rob “Turtle” Hurd '14 participated in a public debate against representatives from the US Naval Academy debate team. They argued in favor of the resolution Resolved: Drones are a detriment to national security. CDTs Hurd and Cornelius beat Navy on a 2-1 decision by a 3-judge panel.

Journal Publication of Cadet Work:  2LTs Alex Sagues and Ben Miller published the results of their Mechanical Engineering capstone in the Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power. The article, entitled “Three-Dimensional Mass Fraction Distribution of a Spray Measured by X-Ray Computed Tomography”, details technical research that was sponsored, in part, by the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) through the Mathematical Sciences Center of Excellence for the past 2 years.

Foreign Languages:  The Chinese-language section held their first meeting of CS490 Applied Cyberspace Linguistics – Chinese.  Spanish-language majors Aaron Skinner and Scott Williams recently departed to Florida to begin work with the 7th Special Forces Group on their proposed LN490 special project, “LREC Programs for Regionally Aligned Forces: Curriculum and Assessment for the 7th Special Forces Group.” The innovative study looks at language proficiency as an enabling skill for all members of a Regionally Aligned unit.

Cadet Activities, January 17

The Triathlon Team earns awards at HITS Series, the Glee Club performs at the Apollo, and Cadets visit Isreal.

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Dean's Weekly, January 17

West Point Research in Popular Science Magazine:  The January print edition of Popular Science includes an article entitled “Building A Social Network Of Crime” that features the ORCA (Organizational, Relationship, and Contact Analyzer) software which was developed at the West Point Network Science Center under funding from the Army Research Office.  The cadets involved in this project include Bradley Fischl, Joseph Hannigan, Guillermo Hernandez, Evan Kenney, Jacob Lademan, Damon Paulo, Luke Saul, and Christian Young. This software is designed to analyze social networks of criminals to help police generate leads in cases relating to gang violence. To read the article in Popular Science, click here

West Point’s Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) National Leadership Honor Society Induction:  West Point’s ODK National Leadership Honor Society chapter welcomed ten new upper-class Management and Leadership majors at its annual induction ceremony.  This year’s inductees, Cadets Mike Santee, Jeff Knutson, Patrick Laird, Blaine Brown, Brian Scheel, Primo Ramirez, Collum Magee, Mac Lalor, Christa Mckee, and Peyton Jarrell, were selected based on their superb character and having earned a GPA that places them in the top 1/3 of their major.

PL300 Guest Lectures:  PL300 Military Leadership welcomed two guest speakers who discussed characteristics of leaders in extreme, life-threatening situations, which retired BG Kolditz termed "In Extremis Leadership." FBI Special Agent and former MP Officer and NY SWAT Team Leader Tim Latterner shared stories of fugitive arrests and patrols embedded with SEAL teams in Afghanistan. Army CPT Chris Cordova shared his experience from the Taliban attack on COP Keating in October 2009 where he was the senior medical officer on the ground. Both leaders shared their personal experiences with cadets about leading in extreme situations and focused not only on building strong relationships with your subordinates beforehand, but also conducting realistic and challenging training that builds competence and confidence in you as a leader as well as in your subordinates.

Electrical Engineering Best-in-Course Awards:  The Electrical Engineering Program presented its semi-annual Best in Course awards to its majors. Receiving awards from the class of 2014 were: Cadet Mark Mihalik for EE482 and Cadet Pongat (Dome) Taephanitcharoen for EE401 and EE 480. Receiving awards from the class of 2015 were: Cadet Matthew Kane for EE362 and Cadet David Chacko for EE377 and EE381.

Make A Wish Visit:  The Center for Enhanced Performance and the Parachute team hosted a young boy from the Make A Wish foundation and granted his wish to be a cadet for a day. With the support of the cadets around him, the young man prepared with mental drills and then put on his gear and successfully completed his first virtual Jump. 

Detroit LEADS Conference:  Some Cadets supported the 2014 Detroit West Point Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity through Science (LEADS), Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Conference in Detroit, MI.  Cadets were able to discuss the significance of ethics and engineering and their importance to leadership and society.

New Class of 2013 Insignia Represents Focus on Energy, Environment

The E2O staff will be wearing the Energy and Environmental Officer insignia on their uniforms beginning this week. This is the first insignia change for the Corps of Cadets in decades. Class of 2013 Cadet John Hurdt, Company I-4, holds out a deck of the playing cards recently. The cards feature slogans developed last year by cadets that focus on the importance of recycling. During a recent E2O meeting, Maj. Andrew Pfluger, Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, presents the insignia cadets on the Energy and Environmental staff will be wearing on their uniforms for the first time this week. 




Maintaining the Long Gray Line

"You remembered your first day [and] your last day. Everything in between was a blur."

That's how Ken O'Sullivan recalls his cadet experience at the United States Military Academy at West Point in the early 1960s. The Long Gray Line—a phrase used to symbolize centuries of academy graduates—was more an idea than a feeling fostered among cadets. The few graduates O'Sullivan recalls encountering during his days at West Point were instructors or administrators at the New York institution.

But that's changing, he says, in part through the West Point Association of Graduates' 50-Year Affiliation Program.

"The academy wants you to see the Long Gray Line in everything you do," O'Sullivan says.
West Point established its 50-Year Affiliation Program in the mid-1990s, when the academy and its alumni association expanded interaction between cadets and graduates. Several institution leaders, including General John Abizaid, West Point's commandant at the time, recognized the importance of involving alumni when cadets reached key milestones.

"There has always been cadet-alumni interaction during homecoming and the alumni exercises [before graduation and commissioning as officers], but there had not been as many opportunities for developing personal relationships as the affiliation program has accomplished," says Lt. Col. Jim Johnston, the Association of Graduates' vice president for alumni support.

West Point's affirmation ceremonyWest Point's 50-Year Affiliation Program is similar to the U.S. Naval Academy's Another Link in the Chain program in its basic functions. Representatives of the alumni class are expected to host a Reception Day event to speak with the parents of incoming West Point cadets. They provide speakers for significant academy traditions, such as the affirmation ceremony (when cadets renew their commitment to the Army) and the branch-notification ceremony (when fourth-year cadets learn what part of the Army they will join after graduation). The alumni also present a class flag to the cadets.

When O'Sullivan's Class of 1963 began its relationship with the academy's Class of 2013, the alumni were invited to work with West Point's William E. Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic. The center recruits members of the 50-Year Affiliation Program's alumni classes to serve as guest leaders of seminars that cadets needed to attend. The seminars cover important but difficult-to-articulate academy values such as honor and leadership. Alumni help stimulate discussions with the cadets, using real-life examples from their academy days and as soldiers and military and civilian leaders.

O'Sullivan enjoyed watching initially hesitant cadets deepen their relationships with alumni as they progressed through the academy.

"Once these young men and women get past their first year, when everything they're doing is scrutinized, they open up—whether it's about the seminar subject matter or more personal things," he says. "Some of my classmates were like a dad to these cadets."

The combination of traditional 50-Year Affiliation Program highlights and involvement in the Simon Center's seminars was "a great shot in the arm" for the Class of 1963, O'Sullivan says. "We were trying to do something for the cadets, but I think we got as much out of it as they did. Maybe even more."

Photos: USMA cadets and alumni from their 50-Year Affiliation Program class gather often throughout the cadets' time at West Point. Highlights include the affirmation ceremony (top and middle photo), when cadets receive honor coins (bottom) from the alumni class, and the Ring Melt ceremony (bottom photo) when several alumni-donated rings are melted to become part of the younger class's mementos.

(Publication and photography credits courtesy of CASE Currents Magazine)


Dean’s Weekly, January 10

Systems Engineering Capstone Project:  :  The History Department hosted a Civil Rights Seminar which included two USMA ’56 graduates discussing their experiences with forcibly desegregating schools in Arkansas.  As part of their Systems Engineering Capstone,  Cadets Jackson Matheson, Frank Fink, Neal Covell, and Patrick Hart installed a Slingshot Tag-Track-Locate (TTL) GPS repeater at the OSD Technical Support and Operational Assessment (TSOA) 14-1 Activity at Camp Roberts, California.  The project is focused on developing a ground truth assessment process for determining the accuracy of Army ground radar systems being used in deployable force protection. Their pilot experiment was in collaboration with U.S. Army NVESD, Dept of Energy Special Technologies Laboratory, and ARL Unique Mission Cell.

Civil Rights Seminar:  The History Department hosted a Civil Rights Seminar which included two USMA ’56 graduates discussing their experiences with forcibly desegregating schools in Arkansas.  These two graduates served with the 101st Airborne surrounding Little Rock Central High and protecting the Little Rock Nine in 1957.

A Visit with the First Lady:  Cadet Allie Sutherland, a Systems Engineering major and recipient of a Rotary Scholarship, visited COL Ricardo Morales in the White House. COL Morales, who has been selected to be the Deputy Head of the Systems Department, is currently serving as the Executive Director of Joining Forces and works directly for the First Lady. While there, the two met in the First Lady’s personal office (no pictures allowed!) to discuss Mrs. Obama’s the Joining Forces initiative (http://www.whitehouse.gov/joiningforces) and her future education options

XH 415 “Genocide” and HI 345 “Modern Africa” Joint Exercise:  The exercise was developed as a cooperative project, bringing together the Peacekeeping and Security Operations Institute of the Army War College, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at West Point, and the Department of History. The exercise required cadets to develop and then critique a mission analysis in response to a potential mass atrocity scenario in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Most Read Climate Change Blog:  Cadet Ashley Ziegler's blog post: "India's Assam Shows Second-Order, Dangerous Effects of Climate Change in South Asia" was one of the most-read posts of last year on New Security Beat: http://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2013/12/top-10-posts-2013-2/#.UsWWKPRDt8E. Her post is the culmination of the work she did this past summer as an intern at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC.

Cadet Activities Update, January 9

The Parachute Team competed in the National Collegiate Parachuting Championships at the Lake Wales Skydiving Center in FL.  The team brought home a total of 25 medals in Individual and Team Classic Accuracy.

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Jeff Monken Named Army Football Coach

Jeff Monken, the highly successful head coach at Georgia Southern University, has been named Army’s new head football coach, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Boo Corrigan announced today.

Monken, one of the preeminent option coaches in the country, becomes Army’s 37th individual head coach to lead the Black Knights’ historic football program.

The Jeff Monken introductory press conference will be offered free of charge via Knight Vision at www.goARMYsports.com on December 30 at 11 a.m.

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Dean's Weekly, December 20

C&ME's Boat for Bonfire:  C&ME Builds Boat for BonfireThe USS Conflagration was burned to a cinder in the annual Beat Navy Bonfire. This modern stealth frigate was built in the Mahan Dry Dock by a variety of CME Cadets.

Photojournalist Michael Kamber with EN101:  Award-winning war photojournalist Michael Kamber met with the EN101 cadets in the course’s "Future of Democracy" module. Kamber is the author of the recently published Iraq War photograph anthology Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories from Iraq. Kamber's presentation helped cadets understand how the power of images and media can affect both public opinion and important decision makers.

Video Conference on Moral Dilemmas in War: Philosophy 201 hosted a video conference talk with Mr. Justin Watt.  In 2006, Watt was a PFC serving in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division and he reported a war crime committed by members of his platoon. Cadets discussed the moral complexities and challenges of war with Mr. Watt and applied logical and ethical reasoning to deliberate on moral dilemmas related to war and tensions between military service and concepts of personal autonomy.

Table Top Exercise: Cadets in NE450 Nuclear Weapons Effects & SS483 National Security Seminar, conducted a Tabletop Exercise hosted by National Defense University’s (NDU) Center for Study of WMD to examine Iran’s nuclear ambitions and US strategic options.

Cadet Activities, December 19

Men's boxing bests Navy, Mule riders get USA Today write-up, and more.

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Dean's Weekly, December 13

Net Zero Energy Dream Home Designs:  Cadets proudly display their model homes and some   of the issues of Fine Homebuilding Magazine that   inspired their designs.Cadets in CE490: Special Topics in Civil Engineering – Energy Efficient Buildings gave presentations during CME’s first annual “Showcase of Homes.”  For the course project, each student chose a unique location where he or she wants to someday build his or her dream home. They created two designs: one that uses standard construction practices and one that uses net zero energy design techniques. The students modeled the energy performance of the two homes and conducted an economic analysis, comparing the two homes over the course of a 30-year loan. Most students were able to achieve a significant positive net present value for their decision to build a net zero energy house as opposed to their “reference” house.

Experimental Psychology Research Project:  Cadets Louis Beto, Michael Leffer, and Michael Tougher used the CEP’s Dynavision Visual Reaction Training System to gather data on the effects of different sleep levels on reaction time from 26 cadet subjects for their PL462 Experimental Psychology research project.

MC478/CE491 Trip Section:  Cadets from MC478  attended a one day seminar at Columbia University on Performance-Based Design for Earthquake Engineering of building structures.  The seminar was hosted by Ashraf Habibullah, the President and CEO of Computers and Structures, Inc. (CSI). CSI is the maker of SAP and ETABS, two powerful software packages for structural analysis that are used world-wide for the most difficult designs, such as the world’s tallest structure, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Native American Heritage Month Observance:  Cadets and community members participate in some of the social dances.Cadets from the Native American Heritage Forum, in conjunction with the USMA Equal Opportunity Office and the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic, hosted the 2013 Native American Indian Heritage Month Observance in the Riverside Café, Eisenhower Hall. The event included food sampling, children’s crafts, and educational displays. The main event was a presentation by the Redhawk Dance Troup, who performed a number of vibrant routines and involved the crowd in some Native American social dances.

Goethals' Infrastructure Challenge:  Fifteen cadets from the Civil Engineering, Engineering Management, American Politics, Economics, and Comparative Politics majors participated in the small scale pilot of the Goethals' Infrastructure Challenge.

Human Rights Watch at Philosophy Forum:  Two scholars from Human Rights Watch (HRW) visited the Philosophy Forum to discuss their position on fully autonomous weapon systems, or “killer robots.” These weapon systems would be able to select and engage targets without human intervention.

Cadet Activities Update, December 12

Army Equestrian leads region, Inline Hockey named tournament champions, and more.

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Army Spirit and Confidence High for Game

Army fans packed the West Point Club ballroom, Blackjack slapped high-fives with kids and colonels, and the Cadet Spirit Band played traditional fight songs while the Rabble Rousers pumped everyone up with their passion. The Superintendent, Commandant, and Dean lead the room in performing “The Rocket” (pictured), and even the Secretary of the Army, the Honorable John McHugh, was present at the festivities to shout “Beat Navy!” Yes, spirit and confidence was overflowing at the last Army Spirit Luncheon of the 2013 season, nearly 48 hours before the 114th Army-Navy Game. During his address to the crowd, Army Head Coach, Rich Ellerson, told stories of the resilience of his team’s senior captains, each of whom had overcome injuries and adversity in their Army football careers to make it to this game. “Their stories of resilience are a reflection of this football team,” said Ellerson, “and because we have made the sacrifice and paid the price, we have great expectations for Saturday… We Believe!” Tom Holloway ’14, linebacker and team co-captain, said that he and his teammates are “ready to change history” on Saturday, while Mike Kime '14, tackle and co-captain, said, “Records go out the window with Army-Navy; the game’s outcome is determined by passion and who wants it more.” After 11 years of heartbreak, is there any doubt who wants it more? GO ARMY! BEAT NAVY!

Dean's Weekly, December 6

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE):  Cadets from the West Point Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers attended the Region 1 Fall Conference in Happauge, NY. The theme of this year's conference was Leadership and Engineering in Harmony.  Chapter president Cadet Barry Ball won a second place award for the conference's elevator pitch competition.

International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition:  CDT Dan Eichner presented a talk as a finalist for the American Society of Mechanical Engineering's Young Engineer Award in San Diego, CA. The presentation was titled “Utilizing X-ray Computed Tomography in Spray Nozzle Analysis” and was the result of collaborative work done during an independent study and a summer AIAD at Stanford University.

American Physical Society – Division of Fluid Dynamics Conference:  Cadet Jon Tennis presented a talk entitled "Characterization of Electrostatic Spray to Fluid Mechanics" at the American Physical Society – Division of Fluid Dynamics Conference.

SIP-Hut:  A small team of engineering cadets and faculty have been working on a project for the last two years to develop and demonstrate an energy efficient replacement for the standard barracks hut (B-HUT).  The energy test results demonstrated that the SIP-Hut used only 10% of the energy required to heat the B-Hut and maintained a more even climate. Additionally, a SIP-Hut can be built in less than half the time.

Cadet Activities, December 5

Fencing defeats Navy, Strings Ensemble play the New York Historical Society, Women's Boxing travel to LA, and more!

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Two USMA Cadets Named Rhodes Scholars for 2014

Two United States Military Academy seniors are among the 32 Americans named Sunday as Rhodes scholars. The scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the prestigious Oxford University in England.

Cadet Calla Glavin of Birmingham, MI, majors in mathematical sciences, and is Cadet Brigade Headquarters Company Commander, founding editor and editor-in-chief of the Past in Review student newspaper, and president of the society of women engineers. She is also goalkeeper for the Army women’s lacrosse team, and a Big Brother Big Sister mentor. As a student researcher at the disease biophysics group at Harvard University she has developed a mathematical model for a novel method of nanofiber formation for use in wound healing, and at the Los Alamos National Laboratories she worked on algal biofuels. She intends to do the M.Sc. in applied statistics at Oxford.

Cadet Erin A. T. Mauldin of Albuquerque, NM, majors in international history. A Truman Scholar, she ranks first academically in her class and second in academics, military leadership and athletics combined. She serves as regimental commander, competes on the Sandhurst (military skills) team, is co-captain of the Academy crossfit club and is the only non-French woman ever to graduate from the French Commando School. Erin also volunteers to provide support to local students near West Point. As a result of her efforts and environmental interests, the Corps of Cadets implemented a new waste management system. She also helped to develop a biogas digester project in Uganda. Erin plans to do the M.Sc. in nature, science and environmental policy at Oxford.  

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Class of 2014 Branch Night

Some were transparently anxious: “Did I do enough to get my first choice?” pondered one firstie. Some masked their apprehension with sarcasm: “I’m confident that I’ll get one of my top 16 choices,” joked another. But after the members of the Class of 2014 tore open their envelopes and saw the branch insignia inside, nervousness became excitement as they finally learned their identity beyond “cadet” in the profession of arms.  See photos here.

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Dean's Weekly, November 22

Astronomy Club:  Astronomy Club captures JupiterSeventeen cadets from the Astronomy Club recently went to Redoubt Four to take a look at Jupiter and its four Galilean moons through three Dobsonians telescopes as well as a 5-inch Celestron SkyProdigy .

Department of Law:  Cadets taking Advanced Constitutional Law visited the Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in Fernandez v. California, a case involving the Fourteenth Amendment and a warrantless search of a home. Afterwards, the cadets met with Justice Alito to discuss serving on the court and his approach to judicial decision making. Also, cadets majoring in law traveled to NYC to the Southern District of New York court room of Chief U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska. There cadets observed the federal sentencing case against Jeremy Hammond, who had pled guilty to illegally accessing computer systems. Later, Chief Judge Preska met with the cadets to answer their questions about the case and about judicial duties. The cadets also met with Judge Dennis Jacobs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Judge Jacobs met with the cadets in his chambers in the Circuit Court, answering their questions about the federal appellate process.

Civil-Military Relations with Habitat for Humanity:  A cadet cordon lines the walk to a veteran’s new home in NewburghThe Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations (CSCMO) and the Cadet Community on Civil-Military Operation‘s (C3MO) organized a group of cadets to participate in the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh‘s Veteran‘s Build dedication, where a home was built specifically for a veteran in need. the group of cadets formed a cordon guiding the homeowner to her new home.

EN102 Literature Academy Idol Competition:  CDT Christian Doyle as Richard III (1st place winner).The Department of English and Philosophy held its "Academy Idol" Shakespearean monologue competition for students in the fall sections of EN102 Literature. Eight finalists performed monologues from a variety of Renaissance era plays including Hamlet, The Tempest, Doctor Faustus, and Henry V. CDT David Lane placed third for his portrayal of King Henry V; CDT Danielle Nuszkowski placed second for her portrayal of Margaret of Anjou; and CDT Christian Doyle was named the Fall 2013 Academy Idol for his portrayal of Richard III.

Simulation Exercise with NYU Journalism School:  Cadets from DS350 Military Communications conducted an exercise in the West Point Simulation Center with graduate students from NYU's School of Journalism. The exercise consisted of three round-robin events: 1) Cadets conducted a simulation of a humanitarian operation with journalism students acting as embedded reporters, 2) Cadets and journalism students executed a mock press conference and 3) cadets coached journalism students through scenarios on the Engagement Skills Trainer.

Colbert Report:  Cadets from DAF on the set of the Colbert ReportCadets from the Domestic Affairs Forum visited the set of the Colbert Report in NYC. The purpose of the trip was to allow cadets to consider the role of political satire in American political discourse. Cadets had the opportunity to watch a taping of the show before having a discussion with Mrs. Meredith Bennett, one of the co-executive producers of the show, about the writing, production, and political significance of the Colbert Report.

Cadet Activities, November 22

Karate takes gold, Drill team places first, Pistol team bests VMI & Citadel, and more...

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Women's Army Rugby Qualifies for Final 4

This past weekend, the women's rugby team qualified for the ACRA finals by beating Buffalo 78-0, and Dartmouth 48-5. In both games the women dominated their opponents, playing aggressive rugby in each match. West Point hosted three of the four brackets of the women's sweet sixteen at the Anderson Rugby complex with 12 games played over Saturday and Sunday. Army is accompanied in the Final Four by Navy, Norwich, and Northern Iowa. On 7 December the ACRA Division I Semis will begin at 1:00pm with Norwich vs. Northern Iowa, and at 3:00pm Army will face Navy. On 8 December, the Division I Championship game is scheduled for 2:00pm. For more information, click here or visit the Women's Rugby Facebook page. 


Did You See It?

Minotaur I lifted off from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on November 19, creating an arc of light that was visible to nearly all parts of the eastern United States. Identified as the ORS-3 mission, it carried a record-breaking 29 satellites into orbit, including Black Knight Satellite 1 (BKSat1), UMSA’s first satellite in space. According to LTC Daniel Bennett, Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, “BKSat1 is a multi-discipline project intended to provide cadets operational knowledge and experience with spacecraft development and design.” In particular, BKSat1 aims to demonstrate an experimental passive attitude control system, which is supposed to stop the cube-shaped satellite from spinning out of control when it is ejected from the rocket. BKSat1 will also send an assortment of telemetry data as well as pictures back to a ground station at USMA. Speaking of pictures, John Pellino, USMA DPTMS, captured this shot from the grounds of West Point (Fort Putnam) as the rocket blazed across the night sky.

Dean's Weekly, November 15

Cadets and Former VP Cheney, Vassar students at WP, Cadets receive awards, and more...

Beaches of Normandy: CDTs Chad Sweatt, Peter Lee, and Rozier Cody (attending the Université Catholique de Lille) visited various memorials along Omaha Beach in remembrance of French SAP cadets paid tribute to the veterans who landed on the beaches of Normandy during WWII by visiting memorials at Omaha Beach with their French Cadet counterparts

Vassar Students at West Point: A “Day-in-the-Life-of-a-Cadet”:  The Department of English and Philosophy’s Mellon Foundation West Point-Vassar Initiative hosted 15 Vassar students for a "Day-in-the-Life-of-a-Cadet." Vassar students attended classes with cadet sponsors, ate meals in the Cadet Mess Hall, engaged targets at the electronic simulation range, and ran the Indoor Obstacle Course, and attended the Army football game against WKU.  Among the guests were Vassar's president, Dr. Catherine Hill, and 11 military veterans attending Vassar on full scholarships as part of the school's commitment to "bridging the civil-military divide."

Moles Student Award:  CDT Butler with Mr. Paul Schmall, PE, Chairman of The Moles Education CommitteeCadet Cameron Butler received an award from The Moles as the top cadet in the USMA civil engineering program. The Moles is an organization (www.themoles.net) composed of individuals now or formerly engaged in the construction of tunnel, subway, sewer, foundation, marine, sub-aqueous or other heavy construction projects. The members include leaders of the nation’s largest civil engineering and construction companies.

LTG (RET) Leslie R. Groves Commemoration: Seven Nuclear Engineering (NENO) cadets executed a service mission in Washington, DC over the Veteran’s Day weekend in support of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) commemoration of LTG (RET) Leslie R. Groves '18 and his contributions as Director of the Manhattan Project.

Theater of War:  12 cadets from the Cadet Fine Arts Philosophy Forum and a variety of Behavioral Science and Leadership classes attended Theater of War, a dramatic reading of the classic Greek play Ajax by Sophocles, at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY. Theater of War specializes in staging classic theater that address military subjects associated with redeployment and the after-effects of war.  The trip section was the latest endeavor of the Mellon Foundation West Point-Vassar Initiative designed to bridge the civil-military divide.

American Veterans Center Annual Conference:  14 cadets from the Defense & Strategic Studies program attended the American Veterans Center Conference in Washington, DC.  The conference seeks to connect past generations of American Veterans with current and future generations of service members. The conference featured guest such as CPT Jerry Yellin, WWII Army Air Corp fighter pilot, Chester Nez, the last living Navajo “code-talker”, multiple veterans from the Korean War and Vietnam War, and current Navy SEALs.

SS373: The American Presidency:  SS373 Cadets visit with Vice President Dick CheneyCadets from SS373 spent three days in Washington DC to speak with members and former members of the Executive Branch as part of their course examination of the American Presidency. While in Washington, cadets met with members of the National Security Council as well as with the former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney.

Wheelabrator Westchester L.P:  53 Cadets from USMA’s Environmental Science class (EV301) travelled to Peekskill, NY, to view the generation of energy from combusting municipal solid waste. Wheelabrator Westchester L.P. generates approximately 60,000 kW of electricity, enough to supply 88,000 New York homes.

Society of American Military Engineers Scholarship Dinner:   Eight West Point Cadets (one from each of the Academy’s engineering programs) attended the SAME's Annual Scholarship Dinner at NYC’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The event included an awards ceremony honoring three cadets for academic achievement. USMA’s award recipients included Cadet Stuart Baker, who received the LTG and Mrs. R.L. Van Antwerp Scholarship; Cadet Geoffrey Moores received the MG and Mrs. Russ Fuhrman Scholarship; and Cadet Holly Schlotterbeck received the Maher Z. Labib Memorial Scholarship.

“Mad Money” Veterans Day Special:  Cadets from the Investment Club were invited to join Jim Cramer on “Mad Money” for his Veterans Day special. Cadets were interviewed on air about the Club’s activities and their experiences as West Point cadets.

Cadet Activities, November 14

Climbing Team dominates AF, USMA women top ranked athletes at fencing invitational, Orienteering has exceptional showing at U.S. Ultra-long Competition...

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Dean's Weekly, November 8

Model UN:  The West Point Model UN teamThe West Point Model United Nations team travelled to the United Kingdom to participate in the Oxford International Model United Nations (OxIMUN) competition. This conference included universities representing 6 continents, with a total of over 600 participants. The West Point Model UN team was awarded Best Small Delegation. GO ARMY!

Sociology Majors in Sing-Sing Prison:  30 Cadets enrolled in PL393 visited Sing-Sing Prison (Introduction to Criminology) for an inside look at the penitentiary system in America. The cadets toured the facilities, spoke with the superintendent, corrections officers, and inmates, ate in the prison mess hall, viewed the commissary, and learned how the system operates.

A Visit to Mercedes-Benz –USA: Leadership and Management  Cadets visit Mercedes-Benz Leadership and Management majors visited the Mercedes-Benz –USA headquarters in Montvale, NJ.  Cadets participated in a day-long integrative experience that combined elements of operations management, human resources, leading organizational change, and marketing in a competitive, complex, international environment. Cadets discussed leadership and cultural change with the Mercedes-Benz–USA CEO, Steve Cannon '86, and engaged in discussions with the principal directors for marketing, public relations, customer experience, supply-chain management, and personnel.

Gordon Institute of Business Science:  The Leadership and Management Sciences program  in BS&L hosted students from the Gordon Institute of Business Science at the University Pretoria,  Johannesburg, South Africa.  Business students from Gordon participated in discussions on leadership development and cross-cultural leadership.

Culinary Institute of America Trip:  cadets from XH407 visit the Culinary Institute of American Following up on the CIA's visit to West Point on the anniversary of September 11th, the CIA hosted ten cadets from XH407 Advanced Critical Thought for a day in the kitchens of Hyde Park.  The cadets  divided into teams to prepare two different 8-course Farm-to-Fork menus highlighting local Hudson Valley ingredients. After sharing the fruits of their labor in the CIA dining hall, the group concluded the day with a roundtable discussion about the unexpected similarities of their two professions.

Wharton School of Business Semi-Annual Leadership Venture Program:  Seventeen cadets travelled to the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business as part of an ongoing, semi-annual leadership venture program. Each Fall, the Department of BS&L sends a group of cadets to learn from Wharton students in Philadelphia, while each Spring, Wharton sends a reciprocal group to West Point, exchanging ideas about leadership and management between the World's premier undergraduate management program and the World's premier undergraduate leadership development institution.

EV391A (Land Use Planning and Management) NYC Trip: Cadets enrolled in EV391A went to NYC to tour the Solaire, the Irish Hunger Memorial, and the Highline. The objectives of the field trip were to observe how public space is used and to visit America's first environmentally advanced residential tower.

Cadet Activities, November 7

Judo beats Air Force, Engineers & Scientists for a Sustainable World Club volunteers on trail, and more!

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Veteran's Day Boxing Invitational


On Sunday, Novemebr 10th, the Collegiate Boxing Invitational will take place in Arlington, VA. This special Veteran's Day match-up will pit the Service Academies against one another in spirited competition. Come salute our Veterans and support West Point in this an action-packed collegiate boxing event! Find out more information here. 

14 Incredibly Impressive Students At West Point

Acceptance alone is an impressive feat, but these 14 cadets go above and beyond the call of duty and show what it means to be a student at West Point. Meet 14 cadets who go above and beyond the call of duty and show what it means to be a student at "America's finest military academy!"  

West Point Recognized as Top Tech School

Technological industry professionals from Business Insider’s annual college survey ranked West Point as the eighth best tech school in the country. Techies considered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to be the best tech college, and the other top six schools varied only slightly from the original list of top 50 colleges in America. UPenn and Dartmouth fell off the top 10 when ranked by techies, and were replaced by the University of Chicago and the United States Military Academy (numbers 11 and 12, respectively, on the original list). The colleges were ranked on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest possible rating. See the official list of the top 10 colleges in the U.S., according to tech professionals here.

Dean's Weekly, November 1

McDonald Cadet Leadership Conference:  2013 McDonald Cadet Leadership ConferenceThis year, 76 undergraduate students and cadet fellows attended, including 41 undergraduates from top-tiered domestic private, public, and liberal arts institutions throughout the United States, 16 international undergraduate students from Russia, Brazil, China, Singapore, India, United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Canada, and 21 cadets and midshipman from USMA and USNA. The conference is crafted to serve as a transformational leadership experience for young undergraduate students who have demonstrated a passion and the potential for leadership with the goal of influencing leadership globally.

The USMA Mock Trial Team:  Seven cadets from the team participated in the Coast Guard Academy's 7th Annual Guardian Mock Trial Tournament, in New London, CT. During the three day event, the USMA team competed against 19 other schools from all over the country, utilizing the American Mock Trial Association's format and rules of evidence.

Philosophy Forum:  Hosted  Professor Nancy Sherman from Georgetown University in the Haig Room of the Jefferson Library. Professor Sherman presented a portion of the research she is currently conducting under a Guggenheim Fellowship examining moral trauma and moral recovery.

Madaline Kenyon ’17 Breaks IOCT Record

The Indoor Obstacle Course Test has challenged cadets for more than 60 years at West Point. Out of the thousands that have come before her, no female cadet has ever completed it faster than Class of 2017 Cadet Madaline Kenyon. At 2 minutes and 26 seconds, she recently set the new female record - a mark that had been held for more than 20 years by Class of 1989's Tanya Cheek. Kenyon said being a track athlete helps, but the Duanesburg, N.Y., native credits her Indoor Obstacle Course Test, known as the IOCT, success to years of gymnastics."The physical aspects of military movement and the IOCT are very similar to what I learned doing gymnastics. It's something that I did for eight years and something that I loved and worked at," Kenyon said. Read more. 

Cadet Activities, November 1

Triathlon Team awarded Ironman 70.3 Collegiate National Champs, Cadet Ortiz defends National collegiate Boxing title, Society of Women Engineers attend national conference.

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Band of Sisters

They used to borrow each other's skinny jeans and dresses. Now they borrow ACU nametapes, black shoe polish and M16 cleaning kits. They are sisters, biologically and in arms, and they are all cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Three siblings at West Point at the same time is unusual. Three sisters at West Point at the same time with USMA graduates for parents--well, there's a first time for everything.

The Efaw sisters--Alexandra (Class of 2014), Anastasia (Class of 2016) and Arianna (Class of 2017) were bred to go to West Point.

"Yeah we're pure-bloods," Anastasia jokes. "West Point is in our DNA."

It all began when Amy Blanchard and Andy Efaw graduated from West Point with the Class of 1989 and were married six months later. Not long after came Alexandra, and then over the next 10 years arrived Anastasia, Arianna, Andrew Jr., and Aimee Katerina at an average of two-year intervals (though their mom denies any truth to the rumor that the Army inspired all the "A" names).
With so much West Point in their blood, the Efaw household was managed with what some might describe as martial law.

"Think of the Von Trapp family minus the "sound of music," and that was pretty much us," Arianna said.

"Yeah, West Point feels just like home."

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Sprint Football (7-0): Army 17, Navy 7

Coach (LTC) Mark West’s Sprint team completed their second consecutive unbeaten season with a dominating victory over Navy at Shea Stadium Saturday. Junior QB James Wartski ran for 78 yds, passed for 240 and a TD as Army built a 17-0 lead at halftime. Army’s defense limited the Middies to one first down in the first half (on a penalty) and sacked the Navy QB three times.

Yearling wide receiver Tucker Van Dyke caught 6 passes for 71 yds and a TD, yearling Warren Kay contributed two PAT’s and a field goal, and plebe Marqus Burrell scored a touchdown.
For the season, Army scored 263 points while giving up only 43, an average game score of 37-6.

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Dean's Weekly, Oct 25

German SAP:  German SAPCadets O’Keefe, Smith, Knapp, and Kneram shared the American tradition of Halloween pumpkin carving with fellow students at the Helmut Schmidt University (HSU) in Hamburg, Germany.

Phi Kappa Phi National Chapter of Excellence:  The national headquarters of Phi Kappa Phi selected the USMA chapter as one of nineteen “Chapters of Excellence” for meeting and exceeding criteria based on chapter leadership, scholarship and award nominations, public relations, activities, and initiatives. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

French SAP:  Cadets attending French SAP at the Military Academy of Saint-Cyr joined French cadets for a two-week field training exercise (FTX) known as Caylus. During the FTX, cadets trained on the conduct of field survival skills, assaulting an objective, hostage rescue, key leader engagement, live fire exercise, employment of grenades, and helicopter operations. 

EN102 Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Workshop:  Cadets enrolled in the advanced sections of EN102 Literature participated in a two-hour workshop with professional actors and teaching artists from the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.

Engineering Psychology Paintball Study:  E-Psych cadets were asked to measure the relationship between simulated hearing loss and performance in paintball scenarios. The objective of the study was to investigate the current standards of hearing loss barring US Military personnel from duty through a functional simulation investigation.

Network Science in High School:  The Network Science Center at West Point (NSC) has been working with New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), Boston University, Binghamton University, and local schools on a project called NetSci High to bring the study of networks to high school students. The goal of this effort is to prepare the next generation of scientists and policy makers to understand and solve some of the world’s most complex problems.

Cadet Activities, Oct 25

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Trading Paces: West Point Cadets Trade Places with Culinary Students

West Point Cadet Christer Horstman was on a mission — to cut pork chops. He and nine other U.S. Military Academy cadets crossed the Hudson River last week to pair with Culinary Institute of America students for a day under a novel exchange program. The future chefs and Army officers found common ground by cooking a dinner for themselves as a team.

West Point and the Culinary Institute are only about 25 miles apart, but the two Hudson Valley schools seem worlds apart. West Point forges cadets into Army officers through a rigorous program that includes marching and academic courses such as nuclear engineering. The institute — also known as the CIA — turns out top chefs trained in multiple cuisines and the fine points of kitchen technique.

One school drills, the other grills.

Institute President Tim Ryan said a complementary pair of daylong student exchanges this fall nudged the students out of their comfort zone and gave them fresh perspectives. And people at both schools argued that they’re not really so different. Each school sends graduates into a single profession. Discipline is crucial at both places and graduates are trained to be leaders — be it in a kitchen or in a desert. Maj. Brian Babcock-Lumish, West Point International Relations instructor, came up with the student exchange idea last summer after meeting an institute professor at a local food event. The exchange launched in September with 10 culinary students clad in white button-up jackets touring the gray stone buildings of the academy for a day and sitting in on a class.

On Thursday, October 17, the institute became the host. Supervising chef Howie Velie gave the students the overall mission of cooking a dinner made with local ingredients from the Hudson Valley. Ten cadets guided by 10 culinary students prepared foie gras, pumpkin soup and apple strudel in a crammed and steamy kitchen classroom. Cadets in toques and combat boots gingerly sliced onions and paprika in contrast to the staccato chopping of their culinary counterparts.

The cadets, used to long marches and heavy packs, adjusted to a different kind of pressure. They learned how to mince, sear, grate and roast on a tight deadline. Horstman and the other cadets said the terminology was new but the regimentation wasn’t. “It is way more hectic in a kitchen than I ever imagined, but the team work and everything is really familiar, I think, to us at West Point,” said Cadet Calla Glavin. “I actually think they may work longer days than we do.

Training Day: Cadets Learn About The Illegal Wildlife Trade

On October 2nd The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point came together to examine illegal wildlife items, including a preserved elephant’s foot, commonly found for sale in areas where U.S. soldiers are deployed. Dr. Heidi Kretser, Livelihoods and Conservation Coordinator for WCS, talked to 150 cadets about illegal wildlife trafficking, the dangers of purchasing illegal wildlife items while stationed overseas, and how the consequences of such actions can have an effect on their careers and missions.

“The cadets were very receptive to this information” said Kretser. “Many were unfamiliar with the laws and potential consequences for soldiers related to the purchase of illegal wildlife products, and to the species put at risk by these crimes. In addition, they made the connection on how the purchase and transport of such products can result in the inadvertent support of organized crime, threats associated with disease, and the depletion of scarce and/or culturally significant natural resources.”

Law enforcement authorities are finding that organized crime groups that smuggle weapons and drugs are increasingly involved with the trade of illegal wildlife – a trade that is estimated to reach into the billions of dollars while threatening U.S. security. Some of the wildlife products found on bases in Afghanistan and Iraq include claws, teeth, pelts, meat, horns, and ivory products, which come from locally or globally threatened or endangered species.

To raise awareness, Kretser has spoken to cadets for the last four years at West Point, Fort Drum, and to other units being deployed to Afghanistan. Cadets, however, are particularly important as they will step into leadership roles in the military. In addition, WCS has created a series of outreach tools in an ongoing initiative supported by the DoD Legacy Program.

WCS, with support from USAID, is also working in Afghanistan to train military personnel about the dangers – to both wildlife and to the military – of purchasing and transporting illegal wildlife products. President Obama recently created a Presidential Task Force that includes a senior representative from the DoD and WCS President and CEO, Cristián Samper, among others.

(Photo Credit: Maj. Rob Nahabedian. West Point cadets look through illegal wildlife items commonly found for sale in areas where U.S. soldiers are deployed)

Dean's Weekly, Oct 18

Wolf conservation, mental skills training, CALDOL and more...

EV471 - Wolf Conservation Center:  Environmental Science majors of the Class of 2014 visited the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) in New Salem, NY.Environmental Science majors of the Class of 2014 visited the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) in New Salem, NY. The WCC was established to promote wolf conservation by teaching about wolves, their relationship to the environment, and the human role in protecting their future. Environmental Science majors were exposed to all sides of the issue to include wolf biology, habitat requirements, and issues for and against the reintroduction of wolves.

Mental Skills Training with CO I2:  Nearly fifty members of Co. I2 participated in mental skills training as part of their Company's Military Development training plan. The training package included small group, round-robin training in use of visualization to achieve “mental reps”, how to self-regulate though use of tactical breathing, how we think about a performance demand or talk to ourselves – matters! “confidence” and finally the cadets put these skills to the test during application drills in the Kinesthetic Lab. Cadet Lieutenant Joseph Dooley, Co. I2 Military Development Officer coordinated the training with the CEP as a precursor to subsequent military training sessions in combatives and small unit tactics scheduled this semester.

West Point’s Center for the Advancement of Leader Development & Organizational Learning (CALDOL):  All 144 platoons in the Corps of Cadets executed the second “Leader Challenge” professional-development workshop of the semester during commandant's hour as part of the Simon Centers Professional Military Ethic Education (PMEE) program. Each platoon-level workshop was led by its respective cadet platoon leader and supervised by a staff or faculty mentor.

French: French-SAP Cadets at the Military Academy in St Cyr participate in a ceremony in Paris at LesCadets attending SAP at the Military Academy of Saint-Cyr joined French cadets for a ceremony in Paris at Les Invalids where Saint-Cyrien “bazars” (team leaders) meet their “binomes” (plebes) for the first time.

AOG Design Showcase: First class cadets in ME404, Mechanical Engineering Design, had the opportunity to show off their ability to create and innovate.   As a vehicle for teaching the design process in context, the 90 ME majors in the class of 2014 formed 27 teams to design a device that would commemorate their time at West Point. Pat Harris '79 from the AOG served as the client for the project and was on hand with other AOG representatives to judge the final prototypes.

One Great and Grateful Citizen: The 2013 Thayer Award

Annually, since 1958, the Thayer Award has recognized a lifetime of service of a great American. This year’s recipient, the Honorable Madeleine K. Albright, wanted to recognize the great American service men and women she has encountered over her lifetime.

Early in her acceptance speech before the Corps of Cadets, Dr. Albright acknowledged the remarkable list of Thayer Award recipients to which she now belongs and said the one with whom she most wanted to share the stage was the 2002 winner—The American Soldier. From her time as young refugee in England during World War II watching “the Yanks” come to Europe’s aid, to her time as the 64th Secretary of State visiting soldiers stationed overseas, Dr. Albright said that she has always been impressed by their enthusiasm and commitment and, “as one citizen,” acknowledged an “enormous debt to those who have chosen to contribute their energy and talents to the armed forces of our country.”

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Cadet Activities, Oct 18

Triathlon Team: CDT Kelly Kingma competed in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.Cadet Kelly Kingma ’14, co-captain of the West Point Triathlon team, travelled to Kona, Hawaii to compete in the Ironman World Championships on 12 October. Kelly qualified for the World Championships by winning her division at Ironman St. Croix in May 2013. This is Kingma’s second time at Kona. This year she bested her personal record at the 140.6-mile race consisting of 2.4-mile open water swim, a 112-mile bike and full 26.2-mile marathon. She had an outstanding finishing time of 10 hours and 29 minutes. Kelly finished 6th overall in her division of 18-24 year old women and was the 120th woman to finish the race.

Rugby (Women): travelled to Boston College, securing their slot in this year’s ACRA Finals with their 77-8 victory over Boston College.

Climbing (Mountaineering): Eight cadets were able to spend the day learning climbing skills and making decisions and managing fear while leading and following climbing routes up to 5.9. Members of the team also practiced climbing technique bouldering up to V9.

Team Handball (Men): Competed in the Annual Thanksgiving Tournament in Montreal, Canada, earning 4th and 8th place in a very tough competition comprised of some of the best Clubs from Canada and the United States.

Foreign Language and Culture Forum (Portuguese): The soccer component of the Portuguese Language Forum competed against Temple and University of Delaware in a homecoming tournament hosted by the University of Delaware. The team won the first game against Temple 4-1 but lost in a heated battle to Delaware 1-0.

Debate (Speech & Parliamentary Forum): West Point’s American Parliamentary Debate Association (APDA) Speech Team travelled to Harvard to participate in the largest APDA tournament in the team’s history. West Point debated topics ranging from the right to donate an organ to the obligation of countries to clear space debris.

Water Polo: CDT Andrew Laubach and Jacob Chisholm (goalie) look to block a shot against Villanova University.Travelled to Villanova University in a four game tournament that included Masters and NCAA teams. Army went 1-3.ASCE: The Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) attended the Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC. The conference theme was “Civil Engineers – the Foundation of the Nation.”

Pistol: Travelled to Columbus, OH to compete in the Buckeye Invitational Pistol Match. Although the Pistol Team shot an excellent early season aggregate score of 6237, it wasn't enough to best the varsity team from Ohio State. The Buckeyes shot an outstanding 6411 to win the event.

Crew: CrewParticipated in the Navy Day regatta in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The men’s varsity four placed 15th out of 22 competitors. In the eight person boat race West Point placed 13th with the USMA8A boat and 15th with the USMA8B boat out of 32 competitors. The women’s varsity four placed 3rd out of 10 competitors. The women’s varsity eight placed 5th out of 21 competitors. The women’s JV placed 10th out of 10 competitors. The women’s novice four placed 5th out of 7 competitors. The women’s novice eight boat placed 3rd out of 9 competitors. The men’s novice eight placed 16th out of 23 boats. The men’s novice four placed 8th out of 10 competitors

Parachute Team: Travelled down to Nashua, NH to practice indoor skydiving at the Skyventures Wind Tunnel.

The Rock Bands Club:  Performed at Black Knights Alley prior to the Army vs. Eastern Michigan football game.

Skeet & Trap: Put in a strong performance at the 2013 East Coast Regional Clay Target Championships in Manassas, VA taking 3rd place as a team in two separate trap competitions.

2 BN, 1REG:  Held the Empire Game Night in the Grant Courtyard.

Pentathletes:  35 Pentathletes were invited to the Dean’s Quarters for a dinner celebrating their academic, physical and military success.

Cadet Activities, Oct 10

The Pistol Team takes Northeast Regionals and more...

Spirit Support Group:  Spirit Support Group completed its mission of motivating Army and Boston College fans at the Boston College Homecoming game.Despite the impacts of the government shutdown, the Spirit Support Group completed its mission of motivating Army and Boston College fans at the Boston College Homecoming game.  The Spirit Group withstood a 9-hour boomerang bus ride and beautiful weather to support the West Point Society of New England and the Army Team.

Pistol:  Four members of the Pistol Team travelled to Auburn, ME to compete in the Northeast Regional Qualifier against UVM, Harvard, and New Hampshire.  The Pistol Team placed first in the collegiate rim fire division and had the top three individual scores with Plebe Dashiel Andrews shooting a 48.35,  Firstie Julian Trent shooting a 49.77 and Firstie Garrett Kennedy shooting a 54.02. 

Boxing:  The women travelled to Coach Jackie Atkin’s Long Branch Gleason’s Gym in New Jersey to assist in the Junior Olympics Finals. The men sparred at a Police Athletic League gym in Hillburn, NY.

1st BN, 1st REG:  1st BN, 1st REG Talent ShowHeld a talent show in Legion Square.

Equestrian Team:  Travelled to Briarwood Farm in Somerville, NJ to compete in a Zone 3 Region 3 English show hosted by the Drew Equestrian Team.  The team placed third in the show and is now second overall in the Regional standing.  There were three 1st place finishes, four 2nd place finishes and two 3rd place finishes.  

Debate (Speech & Parliamentary Forum):  The team competed at Yale this past weekend.   

Gospel Choir:  The West Point Gospel Choir performed three musical selections, including the USMA alma mater, at the first of the Inspire Dinner Series in the Washington Ballroom at the Thayer Hotel. 

Rugby (Women):  Lost at Quinnipiac University, 39-27. 

Dean's Weekly, October 10

Flight Labs, Guest Lectures, and more...

Flight labs for ME481: Lab Instructor MAJ Goyings with CDTs Peter Marx and Chris Hufana The D/C&ME Flight Section conducted flight labs in the Department’s Cessna-182 Skylane to demonstrate the relationship between aerodynamic theory and real-world application

Environmental Science Guest Lecture:  Dr. Heidi Kretser of the Wildlife Conservation Society lectured cadets enrolled in EV300 Environmental about her current work with DoD on combating the illegal wildlife trade in Afghanistan.  The Center for the Study of Civil and Military Operations (CSCMO) graciously funded this opportunity for cadets.

Lecture in Severe Weather Risk: Dr. Grady Dixon, an associate professor at Mississippi State University, gave two lectures on severe weather and focused on storm chasing in the Plains and on the science involved in evaluating tornado risk across the United States. The talks were sponsored by the Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations (CSCMO).

Civil Engineering Cadets:  West Point Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers15 Civil Engineering Cadets and Faculty from the West Point Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers participated in a community service project at the Walter Hoving Home in Garrison, NY.

Vassar Trip Section:  25 West Point cadets went to Vassar College to take part in events commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement March on Washington and to explore issues associated with the military, race, and social change. The trip section was the latest activity of the Mellon Foundation West Point-Vassar Initiative “Bridging the Civil-Military Divide". 

Combating Terrorism Center:  The Combating Terrorism Center was proud to host Mr. Juan Zarate (former Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Counterterrorism) who delivered the annual Yearling Class Lecture to over 1,000 cadets. This annual event is an opportunity for cadets to learn more about terrorism/counterterrorism from a leading figure within the field and serves as an introduction to the CTC’s Terrorism Minor Program to all second year students.

2013 AOG Design Showcase

The cadets of ME404: Mechanical Engineering Design want to sell you the perfect West Point gift, 27 of them in fact. The class held its annual design contest in the Haig Room of Jefferson Library today, displaying an array of prototypes that cadet teams conceived, designed, and built in the hopes of selling their product in WPAOG's Gift Shop. 

The ME Showcase used to be limited to just ring storage devices designed by individual cadets, but practicality forced the course to modify its approach this year with WPAOG’s help. “We have 90 majors in the Class of 2014 and another 120 in the Class of 2013 and don’t have the shop space or capacity to do individual ring storage devices any longer,” said COL Bobby G. Crawford ’85, ME Division Director. On the first day of class this semester, Pat Harris ’79, WPAOG’s Director of Business Operations, came to ME404 to give the cadets a crash-course in gift shop marketing and asked them to design a graduation gift that WPAOG’s Gift Shop could sell. “Having an external client such as WPAOG better represents the design process,” said Crawford, since it forced cadets to consider price points, shipping concerns, and shelf space as factors in their design. 

Cadets designed a number of interesting gifts, from the $5 “Bottle Opener of Athena” to the $150 “West Point Deluxe Humidor.” There was even a West Point toilet seat, engraved with “Flush Navy” inside the lid. They also acknowledged learning a lot about the engineering process during the project, especially regarding the time element in design. “Coming up with an idea is easy,” said CDT Holly Schlotterbeck ’14, “but putting all the pieces together takes a while.”

At the end of the showcase, Harris named three designs he believed best represented the form, function, and emotional aspects needed in a graduation gift. These were a set of glass coasters laser-etched with the West Point crest, a West Point-inspired chess set, and a lighted display case complete with (ironically) a ring storage box (pictured). Visitors to the 2013 AOG Design Showcase, which is a WPAOG supported initiative funded in part by the department's Academic Enrichment Program, also got to vote on their favorite designs. The winners will be announced soon on ME’s Facebook page

See photos from the 2013 AOG Design Showcase.

Cadet Activities, Sept 27

Water Polo: Opened league play against rival Columbia, US Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and New York University (NYU). West Point finished the weekend with overwhelming victories against Columbis (11-8), USMMA (23-5), RPI (17-3) and NYU (16-6).

Foreign Language & Culture Forum (German): Participated in the 56th Annual German-American Steuben Parade.  As the group marched the 20 blocks up 5th Avenue, they were called to from the sides with kind words of support for the Army, their service to the nation and for Army’s ability to beat Navy.

Judo: After five weeks of try outs and intensive training, West Point Judo started its season off at the Hudson Cup in North Bergen, NJ. Among those who excelled were Chase Snow (1st place in the Men’s 66kg Senior Novice divisionz), Patrick Diehl (gold in the Men’s 100kg Black Belt division, and Senior Men’s division), Caroline Patton (gold in the women’s 63kg Black Belt division), and Sara Roberts (1st place in the Women’s Senior Novice division.)

Rugby (Women): Lost to Norwich WRFC, 48-12.  

Rock Bands Club: The Rock Band Club performed at Black Knight Alley prior to the Army vs. Wake Forest football game

Pipes & Drums: Supported the Army team and its fans for the Wake Forest vs. Army football game on Saturday. The band then traveled to Peekskill, NY to perform as part of the Hudson Valley Irish Festival held on the Peekskill Waterfront.

Glee Club: Honored over 40 living Medal of Honor recipients on the Battlefield at Gettysburg and simultaneously celebrating the 150th anniversary of the battle and President Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address.

Dean's Weekly, Sept 27

C3T Beats Navy, Foreign Languages Update, and more...

Biodiversity Lab: Cadets in 10 sections of Environmental Science (EV300, the first course in the three course environmental engineering sequence) weathered unseasonably hot and humid weather to complete biodiversity field work in the Flirtation Walk area. Cadets will plot their data, develop an empirical model to describe species richness, and analyze factors impacting biological diversity in the local area.

Cadet Competitive Cyber Team: The Cadet Competitive Cyber Team (C3T) competed in the 2013 NYU-Poly Cyber Security Awareness Week Capture the Flag (CSAW CTF) qualifying round. CSAW CTF is an annual, international Cyber Security challenge hosted by the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) and is among the premiere annual collegiate cyber security competitions. The C3T finished the competition tied for 14th place from among almost 350 undergraduate teams, soundly defeating the Naval Academy team.

Senior Seminar:  COL Italo Bastianelli, OB/GYN at Keller Army Hospital, visited Senior Seminar (EP433) class to provide perspectives on the efforts of bio-engineers, geneticists, and obstetricians to enable the birth of healthy children. COL Bastianelli discussed a number of diverse topics including protocols for in vitro insemination, the progress achieved by scientists to clone mammals and the efforts to clone humans, the emergence of surrogates as an option for women who cannot or do not wish to carry a child to term, the laboratory production of human organs, and the efforts to identify human genomes to defeat diseases or design a superior human.

2013 International Water Technologies for Emerging Regions Conference:  The Center for the Study of Civil and Military Operations (CSCMO) funded the opportunity for Cadet Bonny Bradway ‘14, Cadet Ethan Dewart '14 to attend the 2013 International Water Technologies for Emerging Regions (WaTER) Conference at the University of Oklahoma.  Cadet Bradway presented a poster titled "Two Years in Kasiisi: Lessons Learned Building Biogas Digesters in Western Uganda". Cadet Dewart presented a poster titled "Construction of an Anaerobic Digester in Rural Uganda".

Russian-language:  SAP Cadets in Kiev, Ukraine went on an excursion to Sevastopol this weekend and experienced swimming in the Black Sea. Next week they will travel to Georgia to study the Georgia-Russia conflict in context. SAP Cadets in Odessa arrived after a two-week immersion program in Daugavpils, Latvia.

Chinese-Language:  Five Cadets at Fu Jen University in Taipei, Taiwan visited the Guo Yuan Ye Mooncake factory. This was a trip organized by the language to branch out and interact with native Taiwanese-speakers in an authentic context.  Additionally in the Chinese SAP, Cadets Lau, Hsu, Neir, and Boccard at the Jilin University in Changchun, China were invited to attend the first-year cadet military training graduation as well as visiting their first actual Chinese home.

Germany:  Cadets in Germany are completing a 4-week language immersion program at the German Army Officer School in Dresden before beginning their studies in Hamburg.

Austria:  USMA Cadets Westervelt, Roberts, Reyhan, and King are completing a 3-week infantry tactics course and language immersion at the Austrian Infantry Training Center in Eastern Austria.

Language or International Club key events:  The Model Arab League has begun to select Cadets and prepare them for the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (NCUSAR) Policymakers‘ Conference in Washington, DC, 22-23 Oct.

Debate team:  Cadets Taylor Allen, Bradley Hodgkins and Robert Hurd visited Bard college to participate in a public debate about the use of drones. Almost 200 students, faculty, and other members of the greater Bard community people filled an auditorium to hear cadets and Bard students debate the merits of America's drone policy.

International Security Studies Course:  Dr. Azza Karam from the UN Population Fund visited Sosh to join the International Security Studies course (SS486) and a section of MX400 to discuss the relationship of religion and politics. Dr. Karam discussed the current role of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and how the UN and NGOs can facilitate contributions to economic and political development in fragile states.

Astronomy Club:  Members of the Astronomy Club participated in the first stargazing session of the season.

Researchers Group and Popular Science:  The research team including Cadets Bradley Fischl, Joseph Hannigan, Guillermo Hernandez, Evan Kenney, Jacob Lademan, Damon Paulo, Christian Young gave a software demonstration of the Organization, Relationship, and Contact Analyzer (ORCA) software and were interviewed by a writer from Popular Science. ORCA, which is designed to aide intelligence analysis for law enforcement operations against violent street gangs, has gotten a lot of publicity lately from BBC Future, NBC News, MIT Technology Review, Small Wars Journal, and Government Technology. It analyzes data from police arrests to create a social network of links between gang members. The team has collaborated on this project with Prof. Richard Medina from George Mason University, Dr. Patrick Roos from University of Maryland, and Dr. Gerardo Simari from Oxford University.

Dean’s Weekly, Sept 20

Ecological Reesearch, Picatinny Arsenal, and more…

Ecological Research:  Firsties of EV471 (Ecology) traveled to Wilkins Pond to take ecological samples as part of their term project research. Students sampled organisms, soils, water, herbs, shrubs, saplings, and trees in wetland and upland ecosystems and were assigned another ecological area for which they will be responsible to collect data, and using statistics, compare this data to the control. Students will be required to write a scientific report, give an oral presentation, and create a poster as part of their term project research. The techniques and scientific methods learned provide the students the tools to evaluate ecological change and human impacts on the environment, and skills to present this information to an audience.

Advanced General Chemistry at Picatinny Arsenal:  Cadets enrolled in Advanced General Chemistry (CH151) attended a trip section to the US Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command Armament, Research, Development and Engineering Center (RDECOM, ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ. Cadets and faculty were welcomed by COL James P. Ross, USMA ’90, before touring the facilities.

Mascot Recycling Race: The H2 and B2 mascots race to be the first to properly recycle their plastic bottle!The USCC Energy and Environmental (E2O) Cadet Chain of Command sponsored a mascot recycling race during the Army vs. Stanford football game.  . Mascots from 2nd Regiment participated in the race aimed at retrieving recyclable bottles and depositing them in a recycling container. Fans were reminded of the importance of recycling inside the stadium and while tailgating. Green Guides assisted with the mascot race and were also present throughout the stadium helping to direct fans to the nearest recycling container to recycle their refuse appropriately.

Cadet Activities, Sept 19

Parachute Jumps with the COMM, Sailing Team Beats Navy, and more....

Parachute Team: Parachute TeamTwenty-seven cadets from the USMA Parachute Team conducted training at Gardner, NY and the Plain, completing 426 jumps. The Team completed their 10th declared jump, two cadets completed their 300th jump,  and three cadets finished their 100th jump during the two week block. Jumps of particular interest included the Commandant of Cadets joining them with a jump onto the Plain, and also five team members conducting a demonstration into the USMA-Stanford football game that was televised on national TV.

Rugby (Women): Traveled to Springfield, MA to face off American International College (AIC) in the first game of conference play. Despite AIC’s clear size advantage, Army was able to utilize its speed and agility for a hard-fought 51-41 victory.

Sailing Team: Participated in the Spirit Rider Regatta.  The team sailed well in moderate to high wind conditions placing 3rd in the division and 1st over all the collegiate teams, including the Naval Academy. The following day, the team attended a 9/11 memorial service and participated in a personalized tour of the museum, memorial, and Ground Zero by a FDNY firefighter.

Skeet & Trap: Took on the members of the Peconic River Sportsmen’s Club (PRSC), resulting in an improbable tie with 468 targets broken by each side. The two teams will be able to break the tie next spring when PRSC hosts West Point at their club on Long Island.

Combat Weapons Team: Ten members competed in the Long Island Pistol Championship.

Triathlon Team: Parachute TeamThe Triathlon Team traveled to Lebanon, NJ to compete in the Buckman Sprint Distance Triathlon.   Three cadets earned awards with Cadet Dylan Morgan ’16 placing 2nd in the collegiate male category, Cadet Connor Wernecke ’16 placing 3rd, and Cadet Cat Sedy ’16 placing 5th in the collegiate female category.

Climbing Team: Traveled to climb the Gunks. 

Water Polo: Kicked off its season opening tournament against three high-caliber teams in Penn State, University of Rochester and state rival, Cornell University.  Unfortunately, West Point struggled to contain Cornell’s offense in the second half leading to a 15-11 lost.

Spectrum: Ten cadets from Spectrum attended the GLAAD Manhattan event in New York City. The cadets were able to examine the best way to contribute to GLAAD’s anti-bullying campaign.

Equestrian Team: Parachute Teamtraveled to Saugerties, NY to attend the Zoetis Million Grand Prix horse show. The members of the team and the USMA Color Guard performed the opening ceremony for the main event. Two of the team’s plebes, Moira Fontenot and Alexandra Vinson, sang the National Anthem as the Color Guard presented the colors.

Spirit: The Spirit Support Group turned in an exceptional performance in support of Army Football’s first away game at Ball State.

Chemical Engineering Club: Led by Cadet Aaron Beyea, AIChE club President, members “Scorched Stanford!” with controlled detonations of hydrogen balloons in front of Barlett Hall.

Dean’s Weekly, Sept 13

EP333: Cultural Studies Trip Section, CALDOL

EP333: Cultural Studies attended a performance of King LearEP333: Cultural Studies Trip Section:  10 cadets from EP333: Cultural Studies attended a performance of King Lear, performed by the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival at Boscobel.  EP333 is focused on the intersection between Shakespeare and Philosophy, and the cadets had just finished reading and discussing King Lear in class.

West Point’s Center for the Advancement of Leader Development & Organizational Learning (CALDOL):  All 144 platoons in the Corps of Cadets executed a “Leader Challenge” professional-development workshop during commandant’s hour as part of the Simon Center’s Professional Military Ethic Education (PME2) program. Each platoon-level workshop was led by its respective cadet platoon leader and supervised by a staff or faculty mentor. That morning, CALDOL conducted a Leader Challenge orientation and preparation session for 36 members of the 50-year-affiliate classes of 1964, 1965, and 1966, familiarizing them with both the Leader Challenge Method and that workshop’s specific scenario.

Former Assistant Professor Named President of Nicholls State

Bruce MurphyDr. Bruce T. Murphy was unanimously named the fifth president of Nicholls State University by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System. 

“We’ve got the colonels for the Colonels (the school mascot),” said UL System board member Jimmie “Beau” Martin who made the motion to appoint Murphy. Both president-elect Murphy and his wife, Jeanne Picariello Murphy, are retired from the U.S. Army. They earned the rank of lieutenant colonel and colonel, respectively.

During his interview with the board, Murphy detailed his goals for the university including establishing relationships, conducting a thorough academic program review, and growing enrollment and the university’s mission of serving the region and beyond.

UL System President Sandra Woodley praised Murphy’s extensive experience in leadership roles. “He has a unique blend of higher education leadership and military experience,” she said.

Prior to his current position at Air University, Murphy served as the founding dean of the School of Business at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. He was also founding director of the graduate program in organizational leadership and chair of the Walker School of Business at Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania. He taught military science at Vanderbilt University and leadership at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Altogether, he spent 21 years in military service.

“I have over 30 years of service in a uniform and a suit. That has taught me duty, commitment, and honor,” Murphy said. “I will always give my best to any organization I’m affiliated with and advance and protect it.”

Weekend's Game Has Special Meaning for Shaw, Stanford

Stanford Coach David ShawStanford coach David Shaw sat his players down this week to make sure they understood this year's annual East Coast trip carries special meaning.

Not because it's crucial for the Cardinal to get coaches out on distant recruiting trips, which it is. Or because it will be the only time friends and families for some players can attend a game this year, which it will be.

No, it's because of the opponent: Army.

"We're playing against young men that are willing to do some of the things that we're not willing to do down the road," Shaw said Tuesday. "Our freedom is in their hands. We love them, we appreciate them."

And this week, they will try to beat them.

The matchup between No. 5 Stanford (1-0) and Army (1-1) at West Point on Saturday has a historical significance for the Cardinal and personal significance to Shaw. 

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Pittsburgh Penguins to Train at West Point

Pittsburgh Penguins at West PointWith the college hockey season just around the corner, Tate Rink will be buzzing earlier than normal this season as the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League announced they will spend September 27-29 training on Army’s home ice. It marks the third time the Penguins have visited West Point and the first time since 2008 an NHL team has trained at the Academy.

The Penguins’ last stay on the banks of the Hudson came in 2007 when they spent three days training, along with focusing on leadership development and team bonding. Once again, that will be the goal in later this month for the three-time Stanley Cup champions. The team is expected to work out at Tate Rink with select sessions open to the public, utilize Kimsey Athletic Center, eat at the cadet mess hall and spend time with cadets, getting a rare glimpse into their daily lives.

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