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Women’s Basketball Earns Road Win at Holy Cross
1/19/2017

CDT Jess Lewis '19Cow Aliyah Murray and yearling Jess Lewis turned in career performances to help send the Army West Point women's basketball team to a 67-59 Patriot League win over Holy Cross on Wednesday evening at the Hart Center. Army wins its third in a row to improve to 14-4 overall and 5-2 in the Patriot League, while Holy Cross falls to 4-14 and 2-5. Lewis netted a career-high 22 points to lead all scorers, while making a career-best six three-pointers on 6-of-10 shooting from deep. Murray posted her second double-double of the season, and the third of her career, with 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Read More

Brown, Nunnery Bring Home Patriot League Honors
1/19/2017

CDTs Briyah Brown '18 and Bethany Nunnery '20Army West Point women's track and field team brought home two Patriot League Weekly honors for their performances at the Virginia Tech Invitational. Briyah Brown captured her second straight M-F Athletic Patriot League Female Field Athlete of the Week and freshman Bethany Nunnery was selected as M-F Athletic Patriot League Female Rookie of the Week. Brown placed third in the shot put at the Virginia Tech Invitational with a toss of 14.52 meters. Her shot put distance is behind only her own for the top mark in the Patriot League this season. She also finished fourth in the weight throw with a toss of 17.30 meters, the second-best mark in the Patriot League this season. Nunnery captured gold in the 5,000-meter run at the Virginia Tech Invitational with a time of 17:45.93. Her time is the second-best in the Patriot League and 35th-fastest in the nation this season. Read More

Brigade Leadership & Character Development
1/19/2017

Brigade Leadership & Character DevelopmentThe History Department was honored to have a role in the leadership and character development for the second semester Brigade leadership for the Corps of Cadets. The Military Division of the Department helped the cadets explore the leadership lessons from the Battle of Gettysburg and reflected upon the eternal truths that can be gleaned from the examples of Cushing, Bigelow, McGilvery, Chamberlain, Mackenzie and others and how we can learn from their example to forge stronger teams today. historians, LTC Siry, MAJ Griswold, MAJ Herman, CPT Hope, CPT Hatzinger, and CPT Garner helped inspire and motivate Cadets with their passion for teaching and leading.

Women's Boxing at the Home Show
1/19/2017

Women's Boxing at the Home ShowA phenomenal performance by the Army West Point Women's Boxing team at the Army West Point Home show. CDT Obiomon, CDT Fustolo and CDT Radcliff all won their bouts. Army competed against Coast Guard, UCONN, and Shippensburg universities.

Alpine & Freestyle Ski Mid-Atlantic Conference
1/19/2017

Alpine & Freestyle Ski Mid-Atlantic ConferenceThe Army Alpine and Freestyle Ski Teams participated in their first Mid-Atlantic Conference race of the season at Hunter Mt., NY. Of particular note was this was the first time an Army Snow Sports team fielded "freestyle" competitors! The Army freestyle athletes made their presence known as Plebe Aidan McCarthy finished first-place in both the slope-style and the rail-jam events as a free-skier. Class of ’18 & Freestyle Captain Jon Paul finished 7th in Snowboard slopestyle and 13th in the Snowboard jam. Plebe Dante D'agostaro finished 13th in Snowboard slopestyle and a 10th in the snowboard rail jam. The Army Free stylists are expected to improve every week as they get more and more experience in competition.

The Alpine squad had a great showing for their first race finishing 2nd overall in both Giant Slalom (GS) and Slalom (SL) events. Harkins ’18 finished a hot first in GS and 3rd in SL. Newcomer Flanagan ’20, finished 6th in GS and 4th in SL. Captain Riley ’17, finished 7th in GS and 8th in SL. Trust ’18, and newcomer Walters ’20, had top 10 finishes in GS and SL respectively. Returning racers Felch, Mueser and Young, all members of the Class of ’19, and Plebes Whitlow and Carter also made strong runs in both disciplines. For the lady shredders, newcomers Harvey ’20, finished 3rd in SL and "Cat" Hall finished 8th in GS. Veteran racer and women's Captain Blaise Paulo also had strong finishes in both GS and SL. As a team the Army women finished 2nd in SL and 3rd in GS. The Army Alpine and Free Ski Teams are back on the Mountain Top!

Army Blanks AIC; Gahagen Picks up 5th Shutout
1/18/2017

CDT Parker Gahagen '17Led by Parker Gahagen's 18 saves, the Army West Point hockey team blanked American International on Tuesday night by a score of 2-0 at the Mass Mutual Center. The game was scoreless through the first two periods, but a shorthanded goal by Ryan Nick with 2:45 to go in the contest gave the Black Knights their 12th win of the season and an important two league points. Army improves to 12-8-3 overall and 11-6-1 in the AHA. The two points earned today gives the Black Knights solo control in the league with 23 points. Gahagen recorded his fifth shutout of the season and ninth of his career. He is tied for second in the Cadets' record book for single-season shutouts and second among career marks. He still leads the nation in shutouts this season with the five. Team captain Nick and assistant captain Tyler Pham were Army's goal scorers in Tuesday night's game. Read More

Civil Rights Cadets Listen to Bobby Seale
1/18/2017

Civil Rights Cadets Listen to Bobby SealeProfessor Anil Mukerjee led an academic trip section to the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center in Harlem NY to attend a talk given by Bobby Seale, one of the founders of the Black Panther Party. The occasion was the launch of their new book of photographs documenting the early years of the Black Panthers in California: Power to the People, The World of the Black Panthers. Cadets attending were alumni of the Civil Rights Staff ride run jointly by the Departments of History and Law as well as those undertaking research as part of the Diversity Office Research thread. The talk is one of many in the series "Black Power 50 Talks" organized by the New York Public Library to commemorate fifty years of the Black Power movement.

Goff Named AAA Athlete of the Week
1/18/2017

Firstie All-Arounder Nathan Goff of the Army West Point gymnastics team was named the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week after his outstanding performance at the West Point Open. The firstie was sixth in the All-Around (80.25) competition during Friday night's team finals. Click here for the video: https://youtu.be/a8qGeK9XJnI. Goff excelled on the High Bar and Parallel Bars and moved forward in both events for Saturday's individual finals. Goff turned in a 14.25 to trail Penn State's Dominic DiFulvio's winning mark of 14.75 on the High Bar. The Army All-Arounder's score bettered his mark of 14.00 that he set in prelims Friday evening. He then placed third on the Parallel Bars with a score of 13.65. Read More

Cadets Studying Abroad Re-Join the Corps
1/18/2017

The more than 100 Cadets studying at more than 25 international institutions across the globe have all returned to USMA and re-integrated into the Corps of Cadets. There are numerous standouts from every language and from every institution. For instance, Cadet Claire Wang Studying in Taiwan was the first Chinese Language Cadet to score a Superior rating on her OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview), following a semester abroad.

Marathon 247-Mile Relay Run
1/18/2017

Marathon 247-Mile Relay RunThe Army West Point Marathon Team kept the tradition of the Army Navy Ball Run alive in 2016 with a 247-mile relay run from West Point, NY to Baltimore, MD. Upon arriving at M&T Bank Stadium the Army West Point Marathon Team presents the game ball to the Commandant of Cadets, BG Holland and the USCC CSM, CSM Rippelmeyer. It took 40 hours to run the ball through New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. The Marathon Team presents the game ball to the First Captain at the 50-yard line just before kickoff. The Black Knights would go on to use that football in their victory over the Midshipmen.

Two Cadets Earn Title in Smallbore vs. Nebraska
1/17/2017

Army Rifle Team 2017The Army West Point rifle team fell to Nebraska 4,665-4,647 in a Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) match Monday at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center. The Black Knights edged the Huskers in smalbore by two points (2301-2299) with Payne Nunn and Marvin Lewis tying for first-place honors with identical 582s - four points ahead of the visitor's top shooter. Nebraska outpointed Army by 20 points in air rifle (2366-2346) to claim the victory. The Huskers took the top two spots with scores of 1170 and 1169. Payne Nunn and Marvin Lewis captured the next two spots with scores of 1168 and 1167, respectfully. Danielle Cuomo (1158) and Nathan Brewer (1154) rounded out the rest of Army's scoring. Read More

Army Defeats Colgate and Lafayette in Tri-Meet
1/17/2017

Army Swimming and Diving 2017The Army West Point women's swimming and diving team defeated Colgate and Lafayette in a tri-meet on Monday afternoon. The Black Knights won by scores of 177-106 over the Raiders, and 210-64 over the Leopards, to improve to 5-3 (4-1, Patriot League) on the season. The 200-yard medley relay team of Cecelia Croman, Kara Wineinger, Kelly Hamilton and Jenna Forrester took first with a time of 1:47.22. Bridget Ritter touched the wall first in the 1000-yard freestyle in 10:45.70. Croman and Bailey Smith went 1-2 in the 100-yard backstroke with times of 57.72 seconds and 58.99 seconds respectively.

The Army West Point men's swimming and diving team defeated Colgate and Lafayette in a tri-meet on Monday afternoon. The Black Knights won by scores of 181-108 over the Raiders, and 188-81 over the Leopards, to improve to 5-3 (4-1, Patriot League) on the season. The 200-yard medley relay team of Josh Sembrano, Joseph Daniels, Jason Rodriguez and Evin Rude won with a time of 1:32.35. Sembrano and Rude placed 1-2 in the 100-yard backstroke with respective times of 49.60 seconds and 50.02 seconds. Devin McCall touched the wall first in the 1000-yard freestyle with a mark of 9:55.19, besting the competition by over eight seconds.

Black Knights Welcome Gio to the Family
1/17/2017

The Army West Point men's lacrosse family welcomed its newest member on Monday as Giovanni Toribio signed on to be adopted by the Black Knights. Gio is an energetic 4-year old from Ossining, NY, who was recently diagnosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma and was connected with the Black Knights through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. Click here to watch the video: https://youtu.be/2lr-4RdE63s. The team welcomed Gio into its team photo on Monday in Foley Athletic Center and then had an official signing in the locker room of the Foley, Enners, Nathe Lacrosse Center. Jaclyn Murphy, the founder of FOJ Foundation, and her father Denis Murphy both spoke about the program and also introduced Gio. His mother, Lauren, told her son's story to the team as they readied for practice. Full Story »

Women’s Basketball Grabs 53-51 Win Over American
1/17/2017

The Army West Point women's basketball team erased an early 11-point deficit and held on for a 53-51 Patriot League win over American on Sunday afternoon at Christl Arena. Army improves to 13-4 overall and 4-2 in the Patriot League with the victory, while American drops to 7-10 and 4-2. Click here for the video recap: https://youtu.be/kftvBx-RPzo. Cow Destinee Morris made her first career start and led all players with 16 points. Cow Aliyah Murray finished with 11 points and eight rebounds, while Yearling Jess Lewis tallied 10 points and a career-best seven boards. Yearling Madison Hovren added seven points and seven rebounds, and Cow Daizjah Morris netted seven points. Read More

Goff Medals in Two Events at West Point Open
1/17/2017

CDT Nathan Goff '18Cow Nathan Goff was runner-up on high bar and third on parallel bars, and classmate Seth Cannon earned the silver on vault turning in Army West Point's top performances in the individual finals of the West Point Gymnastics Open Saturday evening at Christl Arena. Penn State and Nebraska, ranked fifth and seventh, respectively in the Collegiate Gymnastics Association (CGA) pre-season coaches' poll, dominated the individual finals claiming first and second. Goff denied themoin high bar after turning in a 14.25 to trail Penn State's Dominic DiFulvio's winning mark of 14.75. The Army all-arounder's score bettered his mark of 14.00 that he set in prelims Friday evening. In addition to winning a medal on high bar, Goff took third on parallel bars posting a 13.65 where Nebraska’s Daniel Leal (14.67) and Penn State's Franz Card (14.05) grabbed the top two slots. Read More

Cadets Bring Home Gold on Second Day of VT Invite
1/17/2017

CDT Jose Santana '17The Army West Point men's track and field team finish the second day of the Virginia Tech Invitational with two athletes capturing individual titles. Track Events Jose Santana brings home the first gold of the meet for the Black Knights in the 400m dash with a time of 49.07s. Trevor Touchton (1:51.84) and Tyrell Maddox (1:54.27) continued the team's success in the 800m run placing third and fourth, respectfully. Kevin Dyer (21.98s) and Andre Vaughn (22.51s) cracked the top ten in the 200m dash placing fifth and ninth, respectfully. The Black Knights were the lone competitors in the 5000m run, led by Robert Santoyo (14:45.24) and Jacob Fong (14:48.15). Read More

Lachina Invited to All-American Identification Camp
1/13/2017

CDT Jake Lachina '17Firstie fullback Jake Lachina of the Army West Point men's rugby team has been invited by the AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans coaching staff to attend the Identification Camp at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center from Jan. 14-16. Lachina will be one of 57 premier student-athletes to attend the camp. "We received more than 300 nominations, which meant we had some tough calls to make, but this is a good problem to have," said head coach Gavin Hickie. "We recognize the challenge of identifying the country's top talent through the collegiate game, but we continue to cast the net wide and are encouraged to see that there are so many ambitious and talented student-athletes playing the game." Read More

Foster to Receive Ralph DiLullo Award
1/13/2017

Baseball coach Jim FosterNewly hired Army West Point baseball coach Jim Foster will be recognized by the New York Professional Baseball Hot Stove League on January 27. Foster earned the organization's Ralph DiLullo Award, which is given out annually to one collegiate coach for their significant contributions to college baseball. "Jim is a well deserving recipient of our Ralph DiLullo Award," the organization's secretary treasurer Billy Blitzer said. "He has helped our professional scouts find different talents throughout the years, which has been very beneficial in growing the game of baseball." Foster became Army's 18th head coach in program history on June 23. Prior to that he served as the associate head coach at Boston College. Last season alone the Eagles advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals, falling one game shy of the College World Series. In addition, Foster mentored Justin Dunn during his tenure in Chestnut Hill, MA, who was drafted 19th overall by the New York Mets in the 2016 MLB First-Year Players Draft. That selection was tied for the highest Eagles' pitcher ever taken in program history. Dunn finished last year with an ERA of 2.06, which was fourth on BC's single-season record list. Read More

Track and Field Captures Three Patriot League Honors
1/13/2017

Lee Bars, Ben Sims and Briyah Brown, Track and Field Captures Three Patriot League HonorsArmy West Point men's and women's track and field teams bring home three Patriot League honors on Wednesday. Ben Sims was named the M-F Athletic Patriot League Male Track Athlete of the Week, Lee Bares was named Male Field Athlete of the Week and Briyah Brown captured Female Field Athlete of the Week honors. Sims won the 60-meter dash at the Wagner College Invitational by turning in an IC4A-qualifying time of 6.81. Sims' time is the best in the Patriot League this season and tied for 22nd-best time in NCAA Division I. Bares won gold at the Wagner Invitational by vaulting over the bar at 4.95 meters to earn an IC4A-qualifying mark. Bares now has the top-two vaults in the Patriot League this season, having also cleared 5.06 meters in the Crowell Open in December. Brown set an Army program record in the shot put, placing second with a throw of 15.27 meters at the Wagner College Invitational. Brown's throw is the best in the Patriot League this season and tied for 15th-best in NCAA Division I. Brown also finished eighth in the weight throw, with a distance of 15.61 meters. Read More

Hovren’s Double-Double Fuels Army Past Colgate
1/12/2017

CDT Madison Hovren '19Yearling Madison Hovren netted 30 points and tied an Army single-game record with 22 rebounds to lead the Army West Point women's basketball team to a 76-69 win over Colgate in Patriot League action on Wednesday afternoon at Cotterell Court. Army improves to 12-4 overall and 3-2 in the Patriot League with the win, while Colgate falls to 5-11 and 2-3. Hovren finished with at least 30 points for the second time this season after scoring a career-best 35 against Lafayette on Jan. 5. The sophomore's 22 rebounds matched the team single-game record set by Army Hall-of-Famer Pam Pearson (USMA '86) on Jan. 2, 1984 against St. Francis (Ill.). The double-double is her fifth in a row and 11th of the year. Read More

King Selected to East-West Shrine Game Roster
1/12/2017

CDT Andrew King '17Firstie linebacker Andrew King will participate in the 92nd East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, FL, on January 21 at 3 p.m. The game is going to be live on NFL Network and broadcast live on SB Nation Radio and Sirius XM NFL Channel 88. To view the acceptances and team rosters, Click Here. King will be among the top talent from college football at Tropicana Field and is set to play for the East squad. The three-year starter had an outstanding year for the Black Knights with a career best 97 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss. The co-captain ended his career with 255 total tackles and 35.5 tackles for loss in 39 career games. In addition to King, Army will have another representative at the game as head equipment manager Nick Determan is the equipment manager for the game as well. Created by the Shriners in 1925, the East-West Shrine Game was the nation's first college all-star football game. The game is driven by the desire to support Shriners Hospitals for Children in its mission to help children in need of expert medical care. Read More

Athletic Director's Update
1/11/2017

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Athletic Director's Update

Parachute Brings Home Gold
1/11/2017

Parachute Brings Home GoldMembers of the West Point Parachute Team won multiple gold medals during winter break at the 2016 U.S. Parachute Association National Collegiate Parachuting (USPA) Championships, the oldest and biggest collegiate skydiving event in the world, held at Skydive Arizona, south of Phoenix. This year's championships drew 80 collegiate skydivers from around the country to compete for the title of national collegiate champion in four spectacular skydiving disciplines: Formation Skydiving, Vertical Formation Skydiving, Sport Accuracy and Classic Accuracy.

USMA cadets won gold in both the 2-way and 6-way formation skydiving events. In formation skydiving, the team leaps from an aircraft more than two miles above the ground and then races against the clock to form prescribed geometric formations in freefall before opening their parachutes. Two-way team members are Cadets Michael Colella and Camm Johnson. Six-way team members are Cadets Zachary Beavor, Aleksa Davis, Joseph Presti, Ishmael Raheem, Jacob Shepherd and Clinton Wallace.

In addition, West Point's John Snurkowski took gold in the classic accuracy competition, in which jumpers exit an airplane more than 3,000 feet in the air and then steer their parachutes and try to land on a dime-sized dot on a landing tuffet. West Point also won the team sport accuracy event. In this event, skydivers try to land their parachutes as close as possible to a target while flying across the ground at high speeds. Team members are Davis, Presti, Raheem and Kristopher Hayhurst. Additionally, Cadet Thomas Rounds won gold in individual novice sport accuracy.

Photo courtesy of David Cherry

Parsons Tabbed as Army’s Athlete of the Week
1/11/2017

The Army Athletic Association named firstie wrestler Russ Parsons as its Athlete of the Week for his 3-0 performance at the American Duals last weekend. Parsons improved to 16-3 on the season and 5-1 in duals, a mark that is tied for the team lead. The Clinton, NJ, native notched win No. 70 of his career with a 6-2 decision over Cole Moseley of American before defeating Wyoming's 12th-ranked 157-pounder, Archie Colgan, 6-1. Click here for the video: https://youtu.be/H8llmKhOjmU. The team's co-captain's efforts helped the Black Knights earn their first win against a ranked opponent since 2011-12 when it defeated 25th-ranked Harvard, 24-17. Army went 2-1 on the weekend, earning wins over American (18-15) and 23rd-ranked Wyoming, 18-12, after dropping its opening match to North Carolina, 6-25. The Black Knights are .500 on the season at 3-3 and 1-1 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA). Read More

Johnson Receives Preseason Accolades
1/11/2017

CDT Cole Johnson '17Firstie attackman Cole Johnson received preseason accolades from Inside Lacrosse as he was named a Preseason Second Team All-American. Johnson enters his final season after one of the best offensive years in Army lacrosse history with 73 points in 17 games in 2016. He tallied 35 goals and 38 assists. He was on the Tewaaraton Award Watch List and a first team All-Patriot League performer. The 73 points scored were the second most all-time for a single season in Army's 99-year lacrosse history. Johnson was second in the Patriot League in points per game at 4.29 and second in assists per game at 2.24. He had an unbelievable stretch of five games where he scored seven more points for a total of 35 points and had multi-point games in all but two games in 2016. Johnson had 11 points in the three Patriot League Tournament contests as well. Read More

Hovren Collects Fifth Player of the Week Honor
1/10/2017

CDT Madison Hovren '19Yearling Madison Hovren was named Patriot League Player of the Week for the second week in a row, and for the fifth time this season, after posting a pair of double-doubles last week. The Patriot League Player of the Week recognition is the fifth this season for Hovren, and is also the fifth of her career. Hovren averaged 27.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in two games last week, including a 76-73 triple overtime-win against Lafayette on Jan. 5 and a 71-62 setback at Loyola on Jan. 8. The yearling scored a career-high 35 points and added 10 boards, three blocks and three assists in the triple-overtime victory versus Lafayette. She went 17-of-23 from the foul line, with her 17 free throws marking a career high. Hovren netted all seven of Army's points in the third overtime period to help the Black Knights come away with the three-point win. Hovren led Army with 19 points and 10 rebounds in the Loyola game. Read More

Women's Swimming and Diving Tops Lehigh
1/10/2017

CDT Kelly Hamilton '17The Army West Point women's swimming and diving team defeated Lehigh, 170-128, at Crandall Pool. The victory marked the Black Knights' first Patriot League win of the season. he 400-yard medley relay team comprised of Kelly Hamilton, Kara Wineinger, Kaylie Breslin and Bailey Smith took home first place with a time of 3:54.43. Hamilton also nabbed second in the 100-yard freestyle with a mark of 52.44 seconds. Sabrina Mortell blew away the competition in the 1000-yard freestyle by almost eight seconds, with a clocking of 10:29.70. Kara Wineinger and Jess Ambrose went 1-2 in the women's 100-yard breaststroke with marks of 1:05.65 and 11:06.48, respectively. Army swept the top-four spots in the women's 100-yard backstroke, led by Hamilton, who finished first in 56.72 seconds. Cecilia Croman (58.49 seconds), Kim Sembrano (59.08 seconds) and Josephine Marsh (59.75 seconds) rounded out the next three spots for the Black Knights. Marsh finished first and Jess Burkett took second in the women's 200-yard backstroke with times of 2:05.16 and 2:05.64, respectively. In the diving portion of the meet, Serica Hallstead claimed the top spot in the three-meter with a score of 258.15. Jorie Mason finished second with a mark of 200.25. Read More

Army Nabs First Patriot League Victory Against Loyola
1/9/2017

CDT John Emezie '19The Army West Point men's basketball team led wire-to-wire Sunday afternoon to register their first Patriot League victory of the early season. Army started hot and never really looked back defeating a strong Loyola team, 66-57. The Black Knights showcased solid defense in the opening period, holding the Greyhounds to just 19 points on 30.8 percent shooting. The Greyhounds' 19 points marked Army's best defensive effort in an opening period of play and second best defensive half overall this season. Army held a slim 7-6 advantage just five minutes into the contest. The Black Knights added on using a 13-0 run to break the game open at 20-6. Army kept its visitor scoreless for a little less than seven and a half minutes during that span. The Cadets then continued to control the game, taking the 29-19 lead into the locker room. Read More

Wrestling Tops Wyoming, American at AU Duals
1/9/2017

CDT Trevor Smith '17The Army West Point wrestling team battled its way to a 2-1 record at the American Duals, defeating American, 18-15, and 23rd-ranked Wyoming, 18-12, on Saturday at Bender Arena. The Tar Heels posted a perfect 3-0 record on the day to improve to 4-2 on the season, while the Black Knights jump to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) contests. American's 1-2 showing puts then at 3-3 as well and 0-2 in EIWA action. The Cowboys, who entered the event as the only team ranked by InterMat, dropped all three of its matches, falling to 1-4 on the year. The Black Knights improve to 5-1 versus American and 2-0 opposite Wyoming all-time. This was the first Army win over a ranked team since the 2011-12 season when it defeated 25th-ranked Harvard, 24-17. Firsties Russ Parsons and Samson Imonode went 3-0 on the day, improving to a team-best 5-1 in duals. Read More

Cadets Post Strong Showing at Wagner Invite
1/9/2017

Mens Track and FieldThe Army West Point men's track and field team had a strong showing at the Wagner Invitational on Friday. The 60-meter dash featured a win from sophomore Ben Sims with a season high time of 6.81 seconds. Sims was joined by Tyler Davis in third, Kevin Dyer in fifth and Andre Vaughn in seventh with time of 6.88, 6.95 and 7.02 seconds, respectively. Dyer also placed second in the 200-meter dash with a clocking of 22.03 seconds to go along with senior Jose Santana who placed eighth with a time of 22.62 seconds. First-year Tyrell Maddox continued to stand out in the 500 meters placing third with a time of 1:04.76. The 800-meter run featured four Black Knights in the top ten with Trevor Touchton notching third (1:57.35), Anthony Boswell placing fourth (1:57.39), Nick Causey crossing in fifth (1:57.40) and John Monday earning ninth (1:58.84). The mile featured first-year standouts Keagan Smith finishing sixth with a clocking of 4:20.92 and Roman Ollar placing eighth with a time of 4:22.33. The Cadets took fourth through seventh in the 3000 meters lead by Robert Santoyo (8:31.59). Read More

Cadets and Falcons Skate to a Draw at the JAR
1/9/2017

CDT Brendan Soucie '20After taking an early lead, the Army West Point hockey team tied Bentley 5-5 in the final game of the weekend series. The Black Knights (10-7-3, 9-5-1 AHA) tied their first Atlantic Hockey matchup of the season after the Falcons netted the final three goals of the game which forced the extra time. Zach Evancho, Brendan Soucie, Conor Andrle and Alex Wilkinson scored Army's goals with Soucie netting two. Parker Gahagen finished the night with 30 saves. Evancho increased his point streak to seven games. Over the stretch, he has posted eight points for the Cadets. It was also his seventh power play goal of the season to rank him second nationally this season. Wilkinson's assist was his ninth of the year, the most of an Army defender this year. Tyler Pham dished out his sixth assist in the last six games for Army to increase his total on the year to 10. He and freshman Dominic Franco are the only two Cadets with double-digit assist totals. Read More

Army Wins Triple-Overtime Thriller Over Lafayette
1/6/2017

Cow Janae McNeal made game-tying shots at the end of the regulation and the end of double overtime during Army's 76-73 triple-overtime win against Lafayette in a Patriot League contest on Thursday night at Christl Arena. Army improves to 11-3 overall and 2-1 in the Patriot League following the win, while Lafayette drops to 1-14 and 0-3. McNeal hit a buzzer-beating lay-up with 1.2 seconds left in regulation to tie the score at 55-55. Click here for the video recap: https://youtu.be/4V-cDQZAO1w. The lay-up was reviewed and the call stood as a made lay-up. She added a jumper with five ticks left in double overtime to again deadlock the game, this time at 69-69 to send the game to triple overtime. Army outscored Lafayette, 7-4, in the third overtime period to seal the win. Yearling Madison Hovren scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed 10 boards for her third straight double-double, and her ninth of the season. McNeal finished with 15 points and seven rebounds and yearling Jess Lewis tallied nine points. Cow Destinee Morris had eight points and five steals and classmate Daizjah Morris also added five steals, as the Black Knights recorded 17 steals on the night. Read More

Epps Named to CSN All-Freshman Squad
1/6/2017

CDT Rex Epps '20Forward Plebe Rex Epps was recently selected to the College Soccer News All-Freshman third team after tying for first in the Patriot League with 11 goals during his first season at West Point. Epps was one of 35 freshman from the NCAA Division I ranks to be honored by College Soccer News, and was one of two from the Patriot League to be recognized, along with Loyola's Brian Saramago (second team). Epps scored 11 goals in 2016 to tie for first in the Patriot League with Bucknell's Sebastiaan Blickman. His 11 goals this past season were the most by a Black Knight since John Brence scored 12 times in 1988. Epps also led the Patriot League with five game-winning goals and started in all 18 of Army's matches. Read More

Army Prepares for Bentley and Frozen Fenway
1/5/2017

Army Prepares for Bentley and Frozen FenwayRiding a four-game unbeaten streak, the Army West Point hockey team returns to Atlantic Hockey action Thursday and Friday night against Bentley. It is a special weekend for the two squads as the Black Knights and Falcons will first square-off at Frozen Fenway as part of the outdoor winter series held in Boston. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. at the home of the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. It is the current Black Knights' first time playing in an outdoor rink. Although the West Point hockey program was started on an outdoor frozen pond on the banks of the Hudson, the Cadets' last outing on a frozen pond was in 2012 when they faced AIC at Rentschler Field in February of 2011 and won 4-1. Friday night's contest will be back at Bentley's Ryan Skating Arena with a 7:05 p.m. start to wrap-up the weekend. Read More

Gahagen Picks up Goalie of the Month Accolades
1/5/2017

CDT Parker Gahagen '17After posting a 4-1-1 record in the month of December, Firstie Parker Gahagen of the Army West Point hockey team was recognized as the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Month for the second time this season. The Buffalo, NY native is riding a four-game unbeaten streak, the longest of his career, and notched a career-high 48 saves against Colgate on Saturday night. Gahagen allowed just eight goals in December for a goals against average of 1.32. He also boasted 189 stops last month to give him a .959 save percentage. This season, Gahagen leads the nation in shutouts with four. He ranks third in the nation with a .943 saves percentage, and in goals against average at 1.66. The Black Knights' defense has also been successful and is second nationally, allowing just 1.78 goals per game. Gahagen also backs the team's penalty kill unit which has the second-best kill rate in the country at .899. Read More

Bradshaw Named Army's Athlete of the Week
1/4/2017

Following his brilliant performance against North Texas in the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl, Cow quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw was named the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week. Bradshaw led his team to its first bowl victory since 2010 with 129 rushing yards, including a career-long 65-yard touchdown run. The 129 rushing yards were the second most for a quarterback in Cotton Bowl Stadium history, passing Texas' Vince Young, who ran for 127 yards against Oklahoma in 2003. Click here for the video: https://youtu.be/GeUb4VaH7I4. Navy's Chris McCoy owns the records with 273 yards in 1995. The Chicago native marched Army down the field for five scoring drives, including two of 10 or more plays. He rushed for seven yards in overtime and pitched the ball to Jordan Asberry on 4th-and-goal, leading to the eventual game winning touchdown as Army won 38-31 over North Texas. Bradshaw was named the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl's Most Valuable Player and was also 2-for-3 through the air for 53 yards, including a 38-yard pass to Tyler Campbell. Read More

Madison Hovren Lands Player of the Week Nod
1/4/2017

CDT Madison Hovren '19Yearling forward Madison Hovren garnered Patriot League Player of the Week honors for the fourth time this season on Tuesday, after notching a pair of double-doubles to begin Patriot League action. The Patriot League Player of the Week recognition is the fourth this season for Hovren, and is also the fourth of her career. Hovren averaged 25.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game in two contests to start Patriot League competition. She netted a career-high 28 points and added 13 rebounds in Army's 75-71 win over Lehigh on December 30. Hovren made four free throws in the final 1:08 of the game to help the Cadets seal the victory, and made a career-best 12 free throws on a 12-for-12 shooting night from the line. Read More

Evancho Collects AHA Rookie of the Week Honors
1/4/2017

CDT Zach Evancho '20Following a two-point weekend at the Ledyard Classic, Plebe Zach Evancho of the Army West Point hockey team has been named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week, announced by the league yesterday. This is Evancho's first nod from the league in his career, and he is the third Black Knight to receive Rookie of the Week distinction for the 2016-17 season. The Buffalo, NY native extended his point streak to five games with an assist opposite Dartmouth in the team's 2-2 tie and the game-winning goal against Colgate. Evancho has been a constant for the Cadets on the power play and netted his fifth of the year this past weekend against Colgate. Currently, Evancho ranks second for Army in points with 13. He led the team during the month of December on four goals and two assists. Read More

Gahagen Backstops Army to Win Over Colgate
1/3/2017

CDT Parker Gahagen '17The Army West Point hockey team scored four unanswered goals, including two on the power play, and Parker Gahagen made 48 saves to overtake Colgate, 4-1, on Saturday evening at the Ledyard Bank Classic at Dartmouth. Colgate (4-11-4) got the first lead of the game with Tim Harrison scoring early in the second period as he put home a rebound in front. Parker Gahagen stood tall in net after giving up the first goal of the game. The net-minder made a career-high 48 saves for his 10th win of the year. Gahagen's previous high was 45 against Holy Cross in 2014. Army (10-6-2) responded after Harrison's tally with three unanswered goals in the middle frame to take a 3-1 lead into the final frame. Trevor Fidler scored 29 seconds after Harrison and then Zach Evancho and Brendan Soucie added power play goals. Read More

Fox Goes for Career High against Bucknell
1/3/2017

CDT Jordan Fox '19The Army West Point men's basketball team battled a strong Bucknell squad here last night but came up just short, 84-76. Jordan Fox had himself a night though posting a career-best 26 points on 8-of-13 shooting to lead all scorers. The sophomore added 4-of-6 makes from long range, while going a perfect 6-for-6 at the free throw line. His 26 points marked the fourth time this season the Jackson County, KY, native reached 20-plus points. Matt Wilson added 15 points after finishing the night 7-of-10 from the floor. The rookie went 1-for-3 at the charity stripe and finished as Army's second-best rebounder with seven. Leading the Cadets on the boards was Mac Hoffman, who pulled down eight. First-year Tommy Funk handed out a team-best five assists, while sophomore John Emezie recorded a career-best four steals. Read More

STEM Seminar with O’Neill High School
12/30/2016

STEM Seminar with O’Neill High SchoolIn conjunction with the USMAPS Math Department and faculty members from D/Systems Engineering, D/Math hosted 80 Algebra I students and five faculty members from James I. O'Neill High School in Highland Falls for a full-day STEM seminar recently. The students participated in several hands-on workshops including bridge building, drone flying and flight planning, robotics, origami, and projectile motion. During each workshop, students were introduced to the basic math models underlying the activity, were given short calculation problems requiring the application of Algebra I skills, and then were asked to develop a hands-on solution for an applied problem. The students also toured the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic and received an information briefing on the cadet honor code. During the opening ice breaker, it was discovered that the O'Neill students have some special insights. The day began with a warm-up activity during which the students were asked to make "coolness" graphs. That is, the y-axis was defined from not cool to really cool, and the students could define the x-axis however they wanted. They then had to draw an appropriate graph to reflect how "cool" the entry on the x-axis was. The winning entry, voted on by a panel of "expert" judges, selected the "football wins" graph. The graph showed "Army" football wins as really cool and "Navy" football wins as uncool!

Wilson Honored Again by Patriot League
12/29/2016

CDT Matt Wilson '20Army West Point men's basketball player Matt Wilson earned his third The Rock Patriot League Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week honor on Tuesday. The first-year averaging 17.5 points and 6.0 rebounds to help the Black Knights split their final two non-conference games against St. Bonaventure and Binghamton. He scored 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds in a 92-83 loss to St. Bonaventure, before scoring 15 points to go along with five rebounds and two assists in a victory over Binghamton two days later. The Alexandria, Ky., native currently leads the Patriot League with a 65.5 field goal percentage and is among the freshman leaders in scoring (11.4 ppg) and rebounding (5.3 rpg). Army also saw guard Jordan Fox named honorable mention after averaging 15.0 points and 7.5 assists over the week. Read More

Cadet Soldier Centric SE Project 2
12/29/2016

Cadet Soldier Centric SE Project 2The second project briefing summarized work to date on a small unit energy consumption model. This model builds energy consumption estimates from validated operational mission summaries for small units, energy consumption specifications collected on Soldier equipment, and equipment configuration profiles. The model also considers power generation equipment and tactical power charging opportunities. Progress to date includes a prototype model written in python with an Excel based user interface and data configuration file. The model has been designed in a scalable manner, capable of adapting to changes in mission summaries, equipment configurations, and equipment energy consumption specifications. The project team has benefited from numerous meetings with engineers and scientists from the Natick Soldier RDEC, the Naval Surface Warfare Center (Dahlgren), the Maneuver Center of Excellence, and PEO Soldier. PM SWAR intends to use this model to support battery load estimates for future equipment ensembles. The small unit energy consumption model cadet capstone team includes Cadets Larry, Malm-Annan, Maldonado, and Arcilla.

Army Wins Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl
12/28/2016

The Army West Point football team got some revenge Tuesday afternoon when it defeated North Texas 38-31 in overtime to win the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl. The victory marked Army's first bowl win since 2010 and the first time the Black Knights reached eight wins since the 1996 season. Army closed out the year with three straight victories including an iconic win a little more than two weeks ago in Baltimore over rival Navy. Click here for the video recap: https://youtu.be/XWdHykIg6pY. Tuesday's game was much different from the two teams earlier meeting back on Oct. 22 in which the Black Knights turned the ball over a season-high seven times. Army controlled much of the opening two quarters but a late rally from North Texas pulled the Mean Green to within 24-21 at the break. Heading into the final quarter, Army maintained a slim 31-28 edge until there were 28 seconds remaining. The Mean Green, forced with 4th-and-2, kicked the game-tying field goal from 37 yards out to eventually send the contest into overtime. Read More

Cadet Soldier Centric SE Project 1
12/28/2016

Cadet Soldier Centric SE Project 1Soldier Load Effects Measurement Methodology The first project briefing summarized work to date on the development of a Soldier load effects measurement methodology. This cadet group leveraged an existing measurement system, the Load Effects Assessment Program – Army (LEAP-A) obstacle course. The cadets led an interdisciplinary experiment with kinesiology faculty, Dr. Hewit and Dr. Jaffe, from the Department of Physical Education (DPE). During the month of October, the experimental team collected data on 35 cadets and officers that completed the LEAP-A course, totaling over 28 hours of experimentation. The experiment occurred on the River Courts and occupied approximately ½ acre of field space. Personnel from PEO Soldier and the Maneuver Battle Lab, Fort Benning, supported obstacle course setup and removal. Data collected includes individual obstacle times, aggregate course time, heart rate, electromyography (EMG, muscle contraction data), vertical jump, horizontal and vertical transfer performance, motion capture video of three obstacles, and pressure plate measurement. The research team will investigate load effects measurement methodologies and propose improvements, both inclusive and exclusive of the LEAP-A. The client for this study, PM SWAR, ultimately needs a better understanding of load limits and an assessment methodology capable of supporting current and future materiel acquisition decisions. The Soldier load effects measurement methodology cadet capstone team includes Cadets Murray, Pattillo, Robertson, and Ross.

Cadets Relate the Principles of Vibration
12/27/2016

Cadets Relate the Principles of Vibration 28 Cadets from the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering’s Vibrations Engineering course (MC486) spent an afternoon learning about acoustic principles with SFC Branden Lane from the USMA Band. This learning experience gave cadets the opportunity to relate the vibration principles they learned throughout the course toward a new context. After orienting the cadets to the basic physical principles governing musical instrument operation, SFC Lane explained how physical space may affect sound quality. The lab culminated with SFC Lane demonstrating how modern mixing software can be used to enhance the quality of a person’s singing.

Feature Friday: A Home Away from Home
12/23/2016

Being a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy is as challenging as it is rewarding. Having a strong support system is essential to surviving the 47-month leadership development program. Click here for the video: https://youtu.be/UZvjxO42E4M. For some cadet-athletes, having their siblings not only at the academy along with them, but on the same team makes all the difference in making West Point a home away from home. Army West Point

Army Kicks Off Bowl Practice Prep In Dallas
12/23/2016

The Army West Point football team touched down in Texas and quickly jumped back into the swing of things on Thursday night. The Black Knights regrouped after a couple days off for their first practice in the Lone Star State. The warmer weather when the Black Knights landed quickly disappeared once the sun went down to make for a chilly practice at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Click here for the video: https://youtu.be/mbnuIGTBTik. Army was familiar with its practice facility as the Cadets used Southern Methodist University amenities. SMU was the site of the Black Knights' last bowl game in which Army defeated the Mustangs 16-14 to win the 2010 Armed Forces Bowl. The hype around Thursday's practice felt just like that bowl game as players were excited about having the opportunity to spend a couple more days together out on the gridiron. Read More

CDT Fidler ’19 Impressive Headstand Ice Glide
12/22/2016

Talk about getting your head into the game. Check out this highly-entertaining clip the House of Highlights shared of cadet Trevor Fidler gliding the length of West Point’s Tate Rink in a perfect headstand. Fidler, is a yearling from Massachusetts who has been perfecting his on-ice headstand glide since at least 2014: His form has much improved in the last two years. Read More

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Army Downs Binghamton in Out-Of-Conference Finale
12/22/2016

The Army West Point men's basketball team closed out its non-league action Wednesday night with a 71-60 victory over Binghamton. The Black Knights have now strung together four-straight wins in Christl Arena for the first time since the 2012-13 season. It was a two-point Army lead with 7:29 remaining after Binghamton's Timmy Rose converted on a layup to pull the visitors to within 55-53. The Black Knights, however, would use a 16-4 run over a five-minute span to ultimately seal their sixth win of the season. Click here for the video recap: https://youtu.be/GRrjKe5MUF4. The Bearcats added one final 3-pointer with 24 seconds remaining but the deficit proved too large as the Cadets held on for the 11-point victory. Leading the way for the Black Knights was rookie Matt Wilson, who recorded 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting. He was also a perfect 3-for-3 from the free throw line. Closing out Army's double-digit scoring was Luke Morrison with his 13 points. The junior finished 5-of-11 from the floor, 2-of-7 from 3-point range and 1-of-2 from the charity stripe. He has now registered twin figures in four games this season, including back-to-back contest. Read More

CME Cadets Test Their Balsa Gliders
12/21/2016

CME Cadets Test Their Balsa GlidersWest Point Civil & Mechanical Engineering Cadets in ME481, Aircraft Performance and Stability, tested their balsa gliders in Gillis Field House as part of the Glider Design Competition.

Madison Hovren Named AAA Athlete of the Week
12/21/2016

Sophomore Madison Hovren was honored as Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week after scoring 20 points in Army's 90-48 win over Mercy College on Dec. 17. The AAA Athlete of the Week nod is the second this season for Hovren, and is also the second of her career. Hovren led all scorers with 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting and 4-of-4 free-throw shooting in the Mercy game, while adding seven rebounds and two steals. Click here to watch the video: https://youtu.be/_UCgoFRfXpE. A three-time Patriot League Player of the Week selection so far this season, Hovren leads the league in scoring (19.0 points per game) and field goal percentage (.510) and ranks second with 9.9 rebounds per game. Hovren has six double-doubles this year, with all six coming consecutively from Nov. 26 to Dec. 11. She has also scored in double figures during all 11 games, including a career-high 23 points against Fairleigh Dickinson on Nov. 28. Read More

Parachute Team gets Home Cooked Food from MMN
12/21/2016

Parachute Team gets Home Cooked Food from MMNThe West Point Parachute Team is in Arizona to compete at Collegiate Nationals over the holiday break. They had the chance to eat some delicious home cooked food, thanks to the Military Mama Network. The team was very appreciative of their generosity and support.

End of Semester CME Remembrance Run
12/20/2016

End of Semester CME Rememberance RunAt the end of each semester, West Point Civil & Mechanical Engineering Faculty, Staff and Cadets Run to Remember those of the CME Family who made the ultimate sacrifice. Be Thou at Peace.

Army Battles St. Bonaventure in Close One
12/20/2016

CDT Jordan Fox '19The Army West Point men's basketball team dropped a hard-fought decision here Monday night to St. Bonaventure, 92-83. Throughout the course of the contest there were 14 lead changes and 10 tie scores. It was a one-possession game until there was 3:19 remaining. The Bonnies then saw Jaylen Adams drain his second 3-pointer of the night to hand St. Bonaventure the 81-75 edge. From that point on, key makes at the free throw line handed the home team the nine-point victory. Of the Bonnies final 13 points, 11 were from the charity stripe in the last two minutes and 30 seconds of play. Adams finished the game matching his career-best effort with 31 points. He went 7-of-12 from the floor, 3-of-6 from long range and 14-of-17 from the charity stripe. For Army, Jordan Fox and Matt Wilson both matched their career-highs with 22 and 20 points, respectively. Fox went 8-of-12 from the floor and 4-of-8 from downtown, while Wilson did the majority of his scoring from inside the paint, finishing 7-of-13. He added 6-of-7 makes from the free throw line as well. Luke Morrison also reached double digit for the third time this season, scoring all of his 12 points in the opening half of play. The junior drained 4-of-7 from behind-the-arc, which was one shy of matching his career-best effort. Wilson led the team on the boards with seven rebounds, while Tommy Funk handed out a team-best seven assists. Read More

Cadet Abroad Using Free Time to Help Students
12/20/2016

Cadet Abroad Using Free Time to Help StudentsCadet Matlack who is currently on a Semester Abroad Program studying Persian in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, has been volunteering in his free time to help Tajik students hoping to study in the United States prepare for TOEFL

Army West Point Play of the Week
12/20/2016

Cadet Cori Schnell weaves around three defenders and finishes with the layup while drawing contact to earn Play of the Week honors. Click here for the video: https://youtu.be/BkfRD0lVgf8. Go Army West Point

Army Improves to 9-2 with Win Over Mercy
12/19/2016

The Army West Point women's basketball team closed out the nonleague portion of its schedule with a 90-48 victory over Mercy College on Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena. Army finishes nonconference play 9-2 after the win, while Mercy falls to 1-9 overall. Click here for the video recap: https://youtu.be/H59H6SQtZVI. Sophomore Madison Hovren led Army with a game-high 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting, while adding a game-high-tying seven rebounds. Junior Destinee Morris added 12 points off the bench, knocking down 4-of-6 from three-point range, and freshman Morgann Yancey tallied a career-best 12 points on a perfect 4-of-4 showing from long range. Read More

Sokal Speaks on Subterranean Warfare & Emerging Tech
12/19/2016

Sokal Speaks on Subterranean Warfare & Emerging TechBrigadier General Nechemya Sokal, chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces’ Technology Branch, spoke with cadets on subterranean warfare and emerging technologies. How should modern militaries adapt when they discover that their adversaries are literally tunneling beneath them? How does the pervasiveness of social media on the battlefield affect the way wars are fought? What impact will increasingly autonomous systems, 3-D printing and cutting-edge off-the-shelf technology have on tomorrow’s battlefield? These were among the questions discussed by BG Nechemya Sokal at an event organized by the Modern War Institute (MWI) at West Point. MWI Director Colonel Liam Collins first asked Sokal about Israeli Forces’ experiences with subterranean warfare. Tunnels have long been used for smuggling purposes in the region, Sokal said. Many of the buildings in Gaza are connected by these underground passageways. Read More

Army Lacrosse Outreach in NYC
12/19/2016

Army Lacrosse Outreach in NYCThe Army West Point Lacrosse team conducted a community outreach in Harlem, New York. During a clinic, the Black Knight players taught the Harlem Youth the game of Lacrosse and Leadership lessons. Cadets taught various fundamentals and techniques used in the game of lacrosse. Read More

Athletic Director's Update
12/16/2016

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Feature Friday: One For The Ages
12/16/2016

Army Navy Game 2016There are significant moments in our lives that leave lasting impressions. Experiences that make you take a step back and embrace all of its glory. For Army West Point football fans, December 10th was one of those moments. For the last 15 years the Black Knights watched their arch-rival Navy steal win after win out from underneath their grasp. Nothing is more painful in sports than watching your nemesis flaunt a victory in front of your face. And to have to relive it not once, not twice, but 14 times in a row. For three hours last Saturday, Army was flooded by emotion, pride and desire and it all came together in one shining moment as the clock finally hit 00:00 at 6:15 p.m. -- the streak was finally over, forever. With 15 years' worth of cadet agony weighted on their shoulders, the pain of losing one of their own brothers, and the desire to say enough is enough, the Black Knights finally prevailed 21-17 in a historic night. From that point on, a new streak began…Army West Point

Judge Bianco & Purpura ’91 Discuss Sixth Amendment
12/16/2016

Judge Bianco & Purpura ’91 Discuss Sixth AmendmentUS District Court Judge Joseph Bianco visited with cadets in the Advanced Constitutional Law seminar taught by the Department’s Constitutional Law Chair, Tony DiSarro. Judge Bianco was appointed to the federal bench in 2006. Prior to that, he headed the Counterterrorism Section of the Department of Justice and the Terrorism Unit of the US Attorney's Office. Joining Judge Bianco was practicing lawyer, Michael Purpura ’91 a federal prosecutor and counsel at the White House. Judge Bianco and Mr. Purpura spoke with the cadets about the 6th Amendment right of a defendant to confront all witnesses against him. This right, which encompasses allowing defense counsel to cross-examine the witness, complicates terrorism prosecutions, as Judge Bianco and Mr. Purpura both explained. The cadets explored Confrontation Clause challenges in terrorism cases where key evidence comes from foreign law enforcement agents or domestic covert agents.

10 Named to Phil Steele’s Postseason Team
12/16/2016

CDTs Andrew King '17 and Xavier Moss '17The Army West Point football team was well represented on the Phil Steele's College Football Preview Postseason All-Independent Teams. Amongst the athletes named were seniors Andrew King and Xavier Moss, who both earned first team honors on defense. Notching second team accolades were Andy Davidson, Darnell Woolfolk, Edgar Poe, Bryce Holland and Justin Gilbert on offense and John Voit, Jeremy Timpf, and Alex Aukerman on defense. The Army offense has recorded 40 rushing touchdowns this season and posts 327.8 rushing yards per game, which ranks second in the nation. On the defensive end, the Black Knights rank fourth in total defense and passing yards allowed giving up only 281.6 and 158.3 yards per contest, respectively. The Cadets are also first in the country in first down defense allowing just 169. Phil Steele's College Football Preview is one of the nation's most informative preseason football magazines and has always released Preseason and Postseason All-American teams as well as All-Conference teams. For a full list of All- Conference teams, please visit PhilSteele.com. Read More

Fencing at the Lampell Invitational
12/16/2016

Fencing at the Lampell InvitationalThe Women’s Fencing Squad co-hosted the Matt Lampell ’42 Invitational at Vassar College. Matt Lampell competed on the Fencing Team and went on to Coach Vassar College. He was also a good friend to the Army West Point Fencing Team, and still is. This Invitational is an annual event to honor him. In the Team Event, the women defeated four of their opponents: Queens College by a score of 14-13; Long Island University by a score of 17-10; City College of NY at 21-6 and Yeshiva University at 15-12. The women only dropped losses to host Vassar College and University of Florida. In the Individual Results, CDT Sun on the Foil Squad finished in First Place with a record of 20-1, the only woman with 1 loss for the entire day. Right on her heels was CDT Sharpsten of the Sabre Squad with a record of 19-2 (there was a tie for second place). West Point’s other high place for the day was Epee Fencer CDT Yang coming in at 12-9. In Weapon Results, the Foil Squad came in at 5-2 for one of the highest finishes at the Invitational. The Men’s Fencing Squad competed in MAAC Conference matches. The men came away with a 3-2 record defeating conference rivals Rutgers (15-12), Lafayette (15-12) and College of NJ (15-12) while only losing to Drew (12-15) and Division I Cornell (9-18). The Men had top performers in results at the dual meets and highlighted in each weapon at the competition were CDT Papa in the Weapon of Sabre at 11-4, CDT Kurtzahn and CDT Griffin both in the Weapon of Foil (Dan’s record was 11-3 and Tyler’s 10-5); and in the Weapon of Epee it was both CDT Johnson (10-5) and CDT Sparano (9-3). The overall record for the Men in Conference Standings puts them in the Top 20% of all Teams.

Orienteering Takes First at Service Academy Championship
12/15/2016

Orienteering Takes First at Service Academy ChampionshipThe USMA Orienteering Team travelled to Baltimore, MD earlier this month in order to beat Navy and Coast Guard in the Second Annual Service Academy Orienteering Championship. The competition served as a prelude to the Army-Navy Football Game. Quantico Orienteering Club hosted the event in which USMA raced male and female competitors across three different course Divisions-Orange, Green, and Red. The “O-Team” earned their Blue and Gold Stars sweeping each division by a wide margin; out of all five races, only one Navy or Coast Guard competitor finished in the top 5. The team was spearheaded by excellent runs from both seasoned veterans of the team and up-and coming talent. USMA snagged every first place finish, with CDT Saponari ’20 winning Men’s Orange with a time of 41:24, CDT Bordelon ’20 winning Women’s Orange with a time of 1:25:28, CDT Evans ’18 winning Men’s Green with a time of 54:01, CDT Johnson ’18 winning Women’s Green with a time of 1:34:18, and CDT Bruce ’18 winning Men’s Red with a time of 1:02:21. CDT O’Conor ’17 established this competition last year while on semester exchange at the Naval Academy. He oversaw training of the Midshipmen’s first Orienteers. This year, CDT Bruce ’18 has trained a team of Coast Guard Cadets while on exchange at the Coast Guard Academy. We are excited to see these programs grow and develop into expert navigators and look forward to future competitions on the fields of friendly strife.

USASOC Fellow LTC Solheim Briefs Cadets
12/15/2016

USASOC Fellow LTC Solheim Briefs CadetsThe Combating Terrorism Center welcomed its former USASOC Fellow, LTC Solheim, back to West Point for a series of engagements. LTC Solheim brought several members of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, which he commands, with him. During the three-day visit, LTC Solheim and his team lectured to the CTC’s counterterrorism course, SS465; received briefings from the CTC’s Africa experts; participated in PL300: Military Leadership classes; attended a group cadet presentation in DS460: Insurgency and Counterinsurgency; presented a secret-level briefing to Terrorism minors and members of the Irregular Warfare Group; and engaged with leadership at the Simon Center.

Rex Epps Honored on NSCAA All-Region Squad
12/14/2016

CDT Rex Epps '20Freshman forward Rex Epps was recognized on the All-Northeast Region second team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Epps was one of 33 players to be selected All-Northeast Region, and one of 12 Patriot League players to land the honor. Epps led Army with 11 goals this past fall to mark the most by a Black Knight since John Brence scored 12 goals in 1988. Epps led the Patriot League with five game-winning goals and started in all 18 of Army's matches. A native of Irmo, SC, Epps was chosen to the All-Patriot League third team following the regular season and won Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors twice during the campaign. Epps scored Army's first goal the Patriot League quarterfinals against eventual conference-champion Colgate on November 8. Read More

COL Gagnon visits with Cadets Studying in Hamburg
12/14/2016

COL Gagnon visit with Cadets Studying in HamburgCOL Mark Gagnon conducted a Semester Exchange site visit at the University of the Armed Forces, Hamburg, Germany, also known as the Helmut Schmidt University. Cadets Parker, Riford, and Poston are studying in Hamburg as part of the Semester Exchange program. COL Gagnon met with the Cadets, the Director of the International Office, Dr. Nassua, the Senior Military program director, COL Dobschall (German Army), and a tactical officer, Captain-lieutenant Longen. Dr. Nassua pointed out the recent upsurge in interest at Helmut Schmidt for the exchange program and gave high accolades to the current cohort of Cadets in Germany. After lunch in the university's mess hall, COL Gagnon visited the Cadets' living spaces and met some of their classmates. Since 2007, the Semester Exchange program with Germany has provided opportunities for USMA Cadets of all academic backgrounds to study for a semester at the University of the Armed Forces in in Hamburg and Munich and offered German Cadets the chance to study at USMA.

Soucie Tabbed AHA Player of the Week
12/14/2016

CDT Brendan Soucie '20After posting a hat trick on Saturday in Army hockey's 8-1 win over Holy Cross, freshman Brendan Soucie was recognized by the Atlantic Hockey Association as the Player of the Week. This is the first time Soucie has been named the Player of the Week as he garnered Rookie of the Week honors on Nov. 1. He is the first freshman of the 2016-17 season to be given a Player of the Week nod over rookie honors, the last being awarded to Dan McLaughlin from Canisius last February. The Cadets picked up four points with two wins over the Crusaders last weekend. The Black Knights defeated Holy Cross 4-2 on Friday and continued their momentum into Saturday's game where they won 8-1. The eight goals on Saturday were the most scored by Army since 2010. The stat sheet featured 14 players with at least a point. Soucie's performance stands out to most though as he posted his first career hat trick while adding an assist in the dominating victory. He is the first Cadet since Maurice Alvarez (2013) to record a hat trick. Read More

Mixed Martial Arts Dominates Navy at Warrior Cup
12/14/2016

Mixed Martial Arts Dominates Navy at Warrior CupThe Army Martial Arts Team dominated Navy at the first Army-Navy Taekwondo Warrior Cup with a cumulative score of 82-46. The tournament followed the new NCAA rules, adding a tag team system in place of the traditional single-fighter focused system. There were three tag team matches. CDTs Smith and Eichenberger won the Colored Belt Heavy-weight fight with a score of 22-11, CDTs Kim and Chick won the Women’s Black Belt fight with a score of 17-2, while Peng and Nettles won the Men’s Black Belt fight with a score of 20-10. The singles matches saw strong performances as well from CDTs Chargualaf, Nettles, and Galea. Galea finished off the competition with an outstanding final score of 13-4. Additionally, CDT Eichenberger received the award for the best fighter at the tournament. The Army victory was an important step for both teams, serving as both a learning experience and one of the first tournaments to use NCAA rules.

Hovren Lands Third Straight Player of the Week Nod
12/13/2016

CDT Madison Hovren '19Madison Hovren earned Patriot League Player of the Week praise for the third consecutive week after posing three double-doubles last week. The Patriot League Player of the Week recognition is the third this season for Hovren, and is also the third of her career. Hovren averaged 17.0 points and 12.3 rebounds last week and helped Army go 2-1, including victories over Wagner and Delaware. The sophomore forward finished with 18 points and 10 boards in an 85-40 win over Wagner on Dec. 5 before recording 17 points and career highs of 17 rebounds and five blocks in a loss at Minnesota. Her 17 rebounds were the most by an Army player since Jen Hazlett ’14 had 16 boards against Boston University on Feb. 26, 2014. Hovren followed up the Minnesota game with her third double-double of the week, totaling 16 points and 10 rebounds to help lead Army to a 61-47 victory over Delaware. The double-double against the Blue Hens was her sixth in a row. Read More

US Customs & Border Protection Lecture at USMA
12/13/2016

The Deputy Director of the Combating Terrorism Center, Mr. Brian Dodwell, together with the Director of Research at the Combating Terrorism Center, Dr. Daniel Milton, were invited to provide the keynote address to a conference hosted by the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. Leadership from U.S. Customs and Border Protection at JFK Airport in New York City traveled to West Point to lecture to cadets in the Combating Terrorism Center’s SS464: Homeland Security and Defense. The CBP guests discussed their work on border protection efforts both at the airport, which supports a high volume of incoming international flights in addition to domestic traffic, and throughout the United States. They also provided cadets with examples of individuals being successfully interdicted, questioned, and searched by CBP officials at the airport.

2016 Cyclocross Conference Champions
12/13/2016

Cycling Cyclocross Conference Champions Cyclocross season concluded with the Army West Point Cycling Team being crowned 2016 Eastern Conference Cycling Champions. Manderfeld ’17 led the team to cross. Mergen ’20, Murdock ’20, Seaward ’20, Morrow ’20, Huuki ’20, Gudenkauf ’20 and returning superstars Englert ’19, Gengler’19 and Stapleton ’19 made significant contributions that added to the 200-point margin of victory over the nearest two challengers UVM and MIT out of the 30 Eastern Conference Cross Colleges. Season award highlights: CIC Manderfeld ’17 demonstrated to the team his desire, passion and perseverance by catapulting up the season rankings to finish 2nd overall Men's “A”. Allen ’18 and Okazaki ’19- Men's “B” 2nd/3rd overall podium and the Women, Ho and Stapleton Women's B 2nd/3rd overall podium finishers. Next Stop Nationals.

Cadets Meet with MG Zhang
12/13/2016

DFL and the Chinese section assisted the West Point Command team with a visit by People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Major General Zhang Mingcai. After a USMA tour, MG Zhang met with the Commandant, BG Holland, to discuss past, present, and future West Point/China relationships. After this office call, MG Zhang met with COL Ebner, DFL Department Head, and discussed potential future USMA/DFL and PLA cooperation. Afterwards, MG Zhang and his staff received a command brief from Dr. Gallagher. Lastly, Cadets in LC475 Chinese Media asked questions of MG Zhang and discussed current geopolitical affairs. Throughout the morning, Dr. Gallagher of the Chinese section was absolutely instrumental in hosting MG Zhang and facilitating communication with West Point leadership.

Streak Over, Army Ends Navy's Run with 21-17 Win
12/12/2016

Army Football with the Secretary's Trophy 2016The Army West Point football team recorded a long-awaited victory over No. 25 Navy 21-17 in the 117th Army-Navy Game presented by USAA on Saturday afternoon. Army ended a 14-year unbeaten streak in the series in front of 71,600 fans at M&T Bank Stadium and secured its first win in America's Game since earning a 26-17 victory in 2001. Click here for the video recap: https://youtu.be/G_DpPp4-xW0. Army finishes the regular season at 7-5, while Navy closes out its regular season with a mark of 9-4. Army maintained a 7-0 advantage after one quarter, thanks to a 1-yard touchdown run from Andy Davidson. Davidson's rush capped a 14-play, 66-yard drive for the Black Knights that used 7:39 off the game clock. The sophomore crossed the goal line again with another 1-yard scamper midway through the second quarter and the Black Knights entered the locker room up, 14-0. This marked the first time since 2009 Army blanked the Midshipmen in the first half of play. Read More

Senior ESPN Analyst Brian Burke Guest Lecture
12/12/2016

Senior ESPN Analyst Brian Burke Guest LectureThe Department of Mathematical Sciences hosted Mr. Brian Burke, Senior Analyst at ESPN, for a series of guest lectures on sports analytics. Mr. Burke is USNA class of 1993, and a former FA-18 pilot. He specializes in the use of Bayes theorem to inform NFL draft decisions as well as analysis of in-game probability-of-victory decisions. In addition to his work with ESPN, he serves as a consultant for several NFL teams. Mr. Burke visited sections of MA206 and MA371, and he presented a seminar to a combined audience of over 30 faculty members and nearly 40 cadets.

Balanced Effort Sends Army Past Delaware
12/12/2016

CDT Destinee Morris '18The Army West Point women's basketball team got back on the winning track with a 61-47 victory over Delaware on Sunday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Center. Army improves to 8-2 on the year following the win, while Delaware falls to 6-4. Sophomore Madison Hovren finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds for her sixth straight double-double, while junior Destinee Morris netted 11 points off the bench. Junior Aliyah Murray came two points shy of a double-double, with eight points and 11 rebounds. Junior Janae McNeal notched eight points, three assists and three steals, and sophomore Jess Lewis totaled seven points. Read More

Glee Club Performs at the New York Public Library
12/12/2016

Glee Club Performs at the New York Public LibraryThe Glee Club traveled to New York City for the New York Public Library's annual Holiday Open House. On the steps of the historic main branch of the library on 5th Avenue, the Club performed a section of holiday favorites for a large crowd. After the performance, members of the Glee Club joined others celebrating the season, extending West Point's reach to the population of New York City.

Soucie's Hat Trick Boosts Army Past Holy Cross
12/12/2016

CDT Brendan Soucie '20Led by freshman forward Brendan Soucie, the Army West Point hockey team dominated Holy Cross 8-1 on Saturday. Soucie recorded his first career hat trick as the Black Knights scored the most goals since the 2010 season. Army improved to 9-6-1 on the year and 9-4-0 in Atlantic Hockey. The Black Knights completed the sweep on the weekend which gave them sole possession of the top spot in the league with 18 points. The eight goals scored tonight, was the most by the Cadets since defeating AIC 8-6 in 2010. Soucie's hat trick was Army's first since the 2013 season by Maurice Alvarez. Conor Andrle, Tipper Higgins, Ryan Nick, Zach Evancho and Dalton MacAfee were the Black Knight's goal scorers in game two of the series against the Crusaders. Apart from Soucie, MacAfee also netted multiple goals in the contest. Brendan McGuire had a team-high two assists on the night as 14 Cadets contributed in tonight's scoring efforts. Parker Gahagen made 31 saves in the contest and allowed just one. Read More

Attorney General Lynch Speaks with Cadets
12/12/2016

Attorney General Lynch Speaks with Cadets“At a time when rhetoric and ideology divide us, and bitterness and mistrust tear at the fabric of our democracy, we need you to model service to a larger cause. We need you to remind us that our responsibility as Americans is to promote the welfare of all our people; to protect the vulnerable and the weak; and to ensure that the nation we leave for our children is better than the one our parents inherited. We need you to bring us back to the heart of our greatness, the beauty of our different voices, paths and faces coming together as one people. We need you to remind us of what we have achieved together, in the early motto of this great country: E pluribus unum. Out of many, one.”—Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch speaking at West Point. Read More

CDT Lachance ’17 Inspires Corps Through Video
12/9/2016

Cadet Austin Lachance '17Prior to his sophomore year Austin Lachance had no knowledge of videography, had never edited film and had zero experience with production. Fast forward two years and Lachance is the Corps’ first-ever Brigade Video Captain, a leadership position he helped create, and has taken the Army-Navy spirit season to the next level. Lachance is determined to inspire his peers and other Army fans through video, ultimately spearheading the day when, not if, Army beats Navy.

It all started with a good idea - Prior to the Army-Navy game of 2014, Lachance came up with an idea for a spirit video. Problem was, all he had was an idea. After talking to Cadets (now graduates) Cameron Novak and Tessa Knight, Lachance was able to put his idea into action. Novak had the equipment and editing know-how while Knight had the creativity and production capabilities to facilitate Lachance’s proposal. After coordinating multiple entities, trial and error, and numerous man hours, “A Secret and Dangerous Spirit Mission” was born. Full Story »

Army set for America’s Game against the Midshipmen
12/9/2016

Army Navy Spirit Lunch - Sub Smashing 2016The Army-Navy Game, presented by USAA, is ready to kickoff at 3 p.m. on CBS as the Black Knights take on the Midshipmen in Baltimore on Saturday. Click here to see photos from the Spirit Lunch.

In addition to the national broadcast, the game can be heard on the Army Sports Network and on the TuneIn App. Read More

Feature Friday: Poetry In Motion
12/9/2016

"I was a child and she was a child, in this kingdom by the sea, but we loved with a love that was more than love, I and my Annabel Lee." Those are words from a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe. It's also the favorite poem of Edgar Allen Poe – Army West Point's wide receiver of the same name as the famous poet. There are a few similarities between these two men. Both have showcased their creative side, both have written impressive poems and probably the biggest similarity is that both attended the United States Military Academy. Poe the poet never graduated. But one of Army's best receivers in recent years will graduate with a degree in law and legal studies. The past Poe is the current Poe's favorite poet, and those poems have truly inspired the senior in his own works of art. "The beauty of how poetic Annabel Lee is and the underlying message behind it is absolutely genius," Poe said. "That's kind of why I like Edgar Allan Poe. He has all these abstract kind of ideas and it makes you think a little bit more than just what may be seen at face value." Read More

King ’17 Remembers Jackson ’19
12/9/2016

I play football at Army. I am part of a brotherhood. A family. I am brothers not only with my teammates, but also with every Army player who came before me. We are playing for them at the same time we are playing for each other. We bleed together on the football field before we bleed together on the battlefield. That’s not just talk. That’s very real. A West Point graduate, Maj. Andrew D. Byers, was killed in action last month in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Everybody who goes to a service academy knows the stakes. But I never thought I would lose one of my brothers while we were still at school together — while we were still teammates. West Point prepares you for many things, but not for something like that. It was Sunday morning, September 11. It was sunny and warm and I was feeling good. No, scratch that. We were feeling good. We had just beaten Rice 31–14 the day before in our home-opener. Army was 2–0 for the first time in 20 years. And as I walked up the hill to Michie Stadium for practice that morning, my mind was already turning to UTEP, our next opponent. Practices the day after a game are normally pretty intense. Our day off is Monday, so we try to go hard on Sunday. We’re only in helmets, but we get after it. Something was different this time, though. Instead of going straight to lift before our team meeting, our coaches told us to go to the auditorium — Coach Monken wanted to talk to us. I took my seat in the meeting room along with the rest of the guys. Something was up, but we had no idea what. Read More

Fong named to Patriot League All-Academic
12/9/2016

CDT Jacob Fong '17Senior Jacob Fong of the Army West Point men's cross country team has been named to the Patriot League All-Academic team, announced by the organization on Wednesday. Voting was conducted by the league's 10 cross country sports information contacts who could not vote for their own student-athletes. The Saginaw, MI native is an International Relations and Chinese major at the academy and holds a 3.637 grade-point average. This year he helped the Black Knights earn second place at the Patriot League Championships, where he finished eighth (25:08.0) in a field of 106 runners. This is the highest Army has scored since 2008. Read More

CLD STEM Motivates Middle School Students
12/9/2016

CLD STEM Motivates Middle School StudentsThe Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM traveled to Mulberry and Largo, FL to conduct two STEM Workshops for the College for Every Student Program. In all, 79 middle school students attended the workshops to design and program “portable unmanned ground vehicles.” The students first received a presentation on the benefits of pursuing STEM education and how USMA, the Nation’s first school of engineering, teaches those skills to cadets. CDTs Horne and Chick spent the remainder of the morning assisting the students in building their “unmanned ground vehicles.” The afternoon witnessed the students attempting to navigate an obstacle course. Small prizes were awarded to the most exceptional students.

Brinson, Hamilton Take Home Honors from CEP
12/9/2016

CDTs Brinson '19 and Hamilton '17The Center for Enhanced Performance has named football's Kenneth Brinson and swimming and diving's Kelly Hamilton as its Corps Squad Scholars for the month of November. Kenneth Brinson consistently performs at a high level academically. So far after his plebe year he carries a 4.046 CQPA. As of today for AY17-1, CDT Brinson has a 3.90 for his grades nearing the 15-week mark. He continues to perform at the highest level while also devoting a significant time to athletics as a starter for the Army Defense at Outside Linebacker. Even though, Brinson is not required to attend the Army Football team's evening study halls, he attends every night they are offered and offers his expertise as a tutor for other players. Undoubtedly, his hard work and academic success has helped others on the team to succeed. Brinson is a defensive impact player for Army and Brinson currently has good military standing and he received a B for his MD grade at 15-week grades. Read More

Visit to the West Point Recycling Center
12/9/2016

Visit to the West Point Recycling CenterCadets taking EV300 (Environmental Science) traveled to the West Point Recycling Center. While there, the Cadets learned from West Point Recycling Center personnel, Marvin and Roberto, about recycle operations and power generation from solar panels and a wind turbine. The Cadets gained an appreciation for what the Corps of Cadets can do to improve recycle operations which in turn may enable more MWR support to the variety of activities available on West Point.

Fencing at the Annual Vassar Dual Meet
12/9/2016

Fencing at the Annual Vassar Dual MeetThe Army West Point Fencing Team travelled to Vassar College to take part in the annual dual meet season opener and was the only club team invited to this all varsity team event. The Men split the day with a record of 3-5 defeating Hunter, Yeshiva and Lafayette by very close scores (14-13, 16-11, 14-13). CDT Papa ranked high for the Men in the weapon of Sabre with a record of 15-9, with cadets Pleake and Gastello rounding out the squad, which also went on to defeat Sacred Heart by a score of 7-2 (the first time West Point defeated Sacred Heart in Sabre). CDT Johnson finished at 0.500 for the Men in the weapon of Epee. The Women had one of their best days at the season opener finishing 4-2, defeating Incarnate Word, Queens College, Yeshiva and City College of NY by scores of 14-13, 18-9, 24-3, and 20-7. CDT Sun won first place as the highest finish for a woman at the competition with a record of 17-1. CDT Yang in the weapon of epee had a record of 13-4, and CDT Wiegel at 9-7 for the day. The Women’s Sabre Squad completed the day at 4-2, one of the highest finishes for a weapon, with CDT Sharpsten coming in at 15-3, CDT Peace at 11-7 and CDT Schroeder garnering a record of 9-9.

Obstacle Course Racing Team at the F.I.T. VII Challenge
12/9/2016

Obstacle Course Racing Team at the F.I.T. VII ChallengeThe Obstacle Course Racing Team participated in the F.I.T VII Challenge in Cumberland, RI. The race was 3.55 miles with over 1000ft in elevation change and 30 obstacles. The team competed extremely well placing at the top of both the men's and women's divisions. At the top of the men’s division were CDTs Zenger ’17, Hansen ’18 and Hill ’19 placing 3rd, 5th, and 9th respectively. At the top of the women’s division were CDTs Dodaro ’19 and Head ’17 placing 2nd and 3rd respectively for the women’s overall division. The team has grown much in strength, audacity, and cohesion this semester.

Athletic Director's Update
12/9/2016

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Athletic Director's Update

King ’17 Receives Defender of the Nation Award
12/8/2016

Cadet Andrew King '17Cadet Andrew King is the recipient of the inaugural Defender of the Nation Award. The recipient of The Defender of the Nation Award is selected from one of the nation’s military academies including Air Force Academy, The Citadel, Coast Guard Academy, Naval Academy, Norwich University, Texas A&M University, Virginia Tech, VMI and West Point. The recipient is awarded based on exceptional leadership qualities on the field, in the classroom and in the community. The recipient must also exhibit a high standard of integrity by leading through example. Read More

CDT Johnson ’19 Talks to High School Students
12/8/2016

CDT Johnson ’19Reed Johnson spoke to the students at New England High School about what it is like to be a cadet at USMA. Johnson spoke to the students as part of a program called the Cadet Public Relations Council. Johnson talked about what it is like attending West Point, and the traditions of the elite academy. He spoke about his daily routine and how he attends school seven months out of the year along with military training the rest of the year. During high school, Johnson set out to become a leader and always had an intention to go to the military. His leadership experience included Student Council, and Future Business Leaders of America. He also was the North Dakota Boys State Governor, and attended Boys Nation while in high school. “West Point cares a lot about your character. [The] biggest thing to do is focus on being a good person and not having any discipline issues, working hard. Having your teachers seeing you as a leader within the school, that cares about people and legitimately wants to help them,” he said. “Academics are important as well,” Johnson said. “You want to make sure you are preparing for the ACT and SAT. They also want you to stay in shape as well and they measure that through a fitness test.” Read More

Civil-Military Relations Conference at Tufts University
12/8/2016

Civil-Military Relations Conference at Tufts UniversityThe Cadet Community on Civil-Military Operations (C3MO) attended the Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services (ALLIES) Civil-Military Relations Conference at Tufts University. Students from Wellesley College, the University of North Georgia, and the Naval Academy joined USMA cadets and Tufts University students in a weekend geared toward narrowing the civ-mil divide. Cadets attended panels and breakout sessions on two topics: “Defining War in the Twenty-First Century” and the “New Front Lines: America’s Military and the Fight Against Disease”. The conference culminated in a Crisis Simulation. During the Crisis Simulation cadets worked with midshipmen and civilians to manage and solve a crisis modeled after a South China Sea scenario. This conference improved cadet understanding of the nature of modern warfare. It also helped build relationships between the United States Military Academy and the other attending schools. Cadets were able to practice communicating with their civilian counterparts and furthered their knowledge of international relations, Civil-Military Operations, and their role as future military leaders in our increasingly complex world.

Army Makes It Three Straight with Win Over Air Force
12/8/2016

The Army West Point men's basketball team controlled much of Wednesday night's contest against service-academy rival Air Force, defeating the Falcons 79-71. Army's third-straight win also marked its third consecutive victory over Air Force. The Falcons led 9-7 just five minutes into the game but that would be the only time the visitors would hold the advantage. Army answered with 11-straight to pull in front, 18-9, at the 11:48 mark of the opening period. Click here for the video recap: https://youtu.be/tKmQWNURpY0. Over the next seven-and-a-half minutes, the Black Knights used another 18-4 run to increase their edge to the largest of the game at 36-13. Army maintained that double-digit lead until the Falcons sparked a small rally with 3:44 remaining in the contest. A good free throw from Air Force's Zach Kocur cut the Black Knights' margin down to 71-64 but the Falcons wouldn't get any closer than that, as Army held on down the stretch for the eight-point victory. Read More

76th Annual Scholarship Fund Dinner Dance
12/8/2016

76th Annual Scholarship Fund Dinner DanceFaculty from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering and Systems Engineering took eight Cadets from seven different departments to the 76th Annual Scholarship Fund Dinner Dance sponsored by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) – New York City Post. The event was held in the grand ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in NYC. The USMA SAME student chapter is a multidisciplinary academic club which exposes Cadets to public/private engineering partnerships which are instrumental to the infrastructure of our nation in times of peace and war. SAME is dedicated to STEM initiatives and awarded over 180 academic scholarships (over 30 presented at the banquet) to students from over 75 universities from across the country. Five of the eight Cadets were each awarded a $500 scholarship for their exemplary character, academic, military and physical performance as the top Cadet (ranked by CQPA) in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Management, Computer Science, and Civil Engineering. The other three Cadets included the SAME Club Cadet-in-Charge and two new club members. Guest speakers for the evening included LTG Semonite, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chief of Engineers; MG Green, Air Force Director of Civil Engineers; Rear Admiral Randall Gardner, Chief Engineer Officer of the United States Public Health Services, and other military and civilian leaders from academia, industry, and government agencies. Participation in this event enabled enrichment of West Point’s interaction with New York City as well demonstrates the variety of academic programs available at USMA.

Equestrian Region 3 Intercollegiate Show
12/8/2016

Equestrian Region 3 Intercollegiate ShowThe Army West Point Equestrian Team travelled to Centenary Equestrian Center in Long Valley, NJ for a Zone 3, Region 3 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) English Hunter Seat competition hosted by the Stevens Institute of Technology. Also competing were riders from Centenary University, Drew University, Marist College, Sarah Lawrence College, SUNY New Paltz, Vassar College, and William Paterson University. Cadets represented USMA well with excellent performances in individual classes. Vinson ’17 placed third in her very first Novice Fences class and Brady also placed third in her Novice Fences class. Hereford ’20 placed third in Novice Flat. In Beginner Walk-Trot-Canter, Grundy ’18, the team’s resident midshipman for the semester, placed second and Suba ’19 placed first. In addition, both Murray ’17 and Mayes ’20 placed first in their Walk-Trot classes. This shot was the last race for our two exchange students, Kreye (Germany) and Grundy (Navy), who will be sorely missed. The team in currently ranked fourth in the region. This was the final IHSA show of the season, but the team will continue to practice throughout the winter in order to prepare for when competitions resume early next semester.

Cadets Serve the Homeless in Albany
12/8/2016

Cadets Serve the Homeless in AlbanyMembers of the West Point Church of Christ traveled to Albany, NY to provide support to the Capital City Rescue Missions and serve homeless in the area. Cadets led chapel service prior to serving meals to the homeless. Homeless Veterans in the area were recognized and honored with a special meal and gifts. Cadets and Church Family members also assisted the Rescue Mission with various tasks in housekeeping, construction, and administration. They also went to New Hope Ministries "Rebuilding the City" to help set up for a banquet honoring homeless Veterans in the Albany, NY region.

Class of 2017 Rhodes, Marshall, Schwarzman Scholars Announced
12/7/2016

CDT Christian Nattiel was named as one of 32 U.S. 2017 Rhodes Scholars. The Rhodes Scholarship is an international award for graduate study at the University of Oxford. CDT Sam Ruppert will be a Marshall Scholar, one of up to 40 young Americans selected to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. CDTs Mark McGinnis, Collin Parker, Timothy McLaughlin, Bethany Russell, and Don Dalisay were named as Schwarzman Scholars. Schwarzman Scholars receive an award for a year of graduate study at the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Gahagen Named AHA Goalie of the Week
12/7/2016

CDT Parker Gahagen '17After posting his fourth shutout of the season, senior goaltender Parker Gahagen has been named Atlantic Hockey's Goalie of the Week for the third time this year, announced by the league on Tuesday. While stopping 25 shots and allowing no goals in Friday's 1-0 win over AIC, Gahagen is now first in the nation for blanking opponents. It was the 11th game this season that he has made at least 20 saves. On Saturday, the Buffalo, NY native made 32 saves on 34 shots against Brown. This marked the fourth game of 2016 that Gahagen has stopped over 30 shots. Apart from being first in the nation for shutouts, Gahagen ranks third with a 1.72 goals against average and fourth in saves percentage (.939). He backs the No. 2 scoring defense in the nation (1.86) and the second-ranked penalty killing unit with a .913 efficiency. Read More

Army Orienteering Competes in the Traverse
12/7/2016

Army Orienteering Compes in the TraverseThe orienteering team traveled to Amherst, MA to compete in the Traverse. The 13-kilometer course, hosted by the New England Orienteering Club, gave the team the opportunity to challenge their orienteering skills and endurance. The 600m of elevation change, cold weather, and thick brush tested the mettle of the Army West Point Orienteering team. Despite the early morning onset of snow, the team took the course head-on and had several outstanding performances. Placing above many elite runners, CDT Evans ’18 took 5th place with a total time of 2 hours and 17 minutes. Following close behind was Team Captain Sitarz ’17 with a time of 2 hours and 19 minutes. Among the newest members of the team, CDT Saponari ’20 placed 15th with a time of 2 hours and 43 minutes. This was CDT Saponari’s longest and most technical traditional orienteering course since beginning orienteering in August. This meet allowed each team member to assess their abilities and they will finish the semester with specific training goals in mind to prepare for their final meet of the season, the long anticipated 2nd Annual Army-Navy Orienteering meet!

Cadets Visit the Wheelabrator Facility
12/7/2016

Cadets Visit the Wheelabrator FacilityWestchester L.P. generates approximately 60,000 kW of electricity, enough to supply 67,000 New York homes, by burning household and commercial trash from throughout Westchester County. Cadets saw firsthand how 2,250 tons of waste per day is incinerated and then converted to mechanical energy before being distributed onto the electrical grid. Cadets also learned about air pollution control devices that are used to ensure that the exhaust gases meet federal emission standards. After visiting the Wheelabrator facility, Cadets visited the capped Sprout Brook landfill in Cortlandt Manor to see where the ash from Wheelabrator used to be stored.

Collegiate Club Water Polo National Championship
12/7/2016

Collegiate Club Water Polo National ChampionshipThe Army West Point Water Polo team competed at the Collegiate Club Water Polo National Championship for the first time since 2002. The team started the season unranked and rose steadily throughout the year. The Army team finished the weekend with a 12th place finish including a victory over the #11 team in the country Florida State University. Lee ’18 was named the MVP and 1st team all-conference of the New York Division. Cagney ’17 and Stark ’19 also received 1st team all-conference honors while Ward ’18 and Cowley ’19 were named 2nd team all-conference.

Trip to the AISES National Conference
12/7/2016

Trip to the AISES National ConferenceLTC Ware, Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, served as the Officer Representative for the trip section to Minneapolis, MN for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society’s (AISES) National Conference. This trip was in support of the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity (ODIEO) to educate Native American students with STEM backgrounds on the mission, culture and academic program of USMA. Cadets Ges, Kyburz and Macklin of the ODIEO Native American Heritage Forum attended the conference and provided information at the USMA-sponsored booth. The AISES conference, again achieving record attendance, attracted 200 exhibitors, hosted 40 professional and student tracks, and had over 1800 conference registrations, which included students, educators, universities, businesses, government agencies and other influencers. The conference received support from various government agencies to include the US Army Corps of Engineers, Air Force, Navy, CIA, and several agencies and bureaus from the Department of the Interior. The conference also had participation from several top tier academic institutions to include Harvard University, Yale University, Dartmouth University, Cornell University, Columbia University, the USAFA, and Queen’s University (Canada). The cadets also teamed with other students and young professional to design, construct and brief a prototype drone "selfie stick" in a 30-minute exercise. The drone prototype had 3D camera capabilities plus GPS tracking and stabilization using nothing more than two cell phones and basic 3M office supplies. AISES recently recognized USMA as one of the top colleges and universities for Native Americans in STEM education.

Chinese Foreign Language Cadets get Traditional
12/7/2016

Chinese Foreign Language Cadets get TraditionalOver 80 LC203 Cadets learned about the Chinese tradition of making dumplings during Chinese New Year. The Cadets and their instructors made hundreds of dumplings from scratch, using rolled dough, beef and vegetable filling, and soy sauce. Culinary tradition is a significant part of culture and Cadets were excited to deepen their cultural knowledge beyond the language.

Women’s Basketball Cruises to Win Over Wagner
12/6/2016

The Army West Point women's basketball team capped its three-game home stand with an 85-40 victory over Wagner on Monday night at Christl Arena. Army takes its winning streak to six games and improves to 7-1, while Wagner drops to 1-7. Reigning Patriot League Player of the Week, sophomore Madison Hovren, notched her fourth consecutive double-double, totaling 18 points and 10 boards to go along with four steals. Click here to watch the video recap: https://youtu.be/o8NBl57SnBc. Junior Janae McNeal added 12 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals, while classmate Daizjah Morris chipped in nine points, four rebounds and three steals. Sophomore Jess Lewis finished with eight points and juniors Margaret Anne Hubbell and Aliyah Murray tallied seven points apiece, with Murray adding six rebounds and three assists. Julia McClure led the way for Wagner with a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double, and Kerstie Phills added 11 points and seven boards. Read More

AIChE National Student Conference
12/6/2016

AIChE National Student Conference6 cadets attended the AIChE National Student Conference. Cadets attended several academic forums to include starting a chem-e car for the club, petroleum flow issues in industry, and chemical engineering in home brewing. These gave the cadets an opportunity to attend lectures of their choice and receive information from industry leaders. The following day the cadets attended poster presentations for chem-e cars. Over 40 teams were presenting and this gave the cadets access to their peers in other universities as well as garner information on building their own chem-e car for the spring regional conference. That afternoon was the chem-e car competition. This incite will be critical for their own chem-e car build. They briefed their poster to many judges and peers to include an AIChE Fellow Dr. Eckhardt. They presented on the chemical engineering problems and solutions of the Kicking Mule Brewery. Not only was their topic unique but it was presented expertly and all who saw it were impressed by their professionalism and knowledge.

Hovren Awarded Patriot League Player of the Week
12/6/2016

CDT Madison Hovren '19Sophomore forward Madison Hovren was voted Patriot League Player of the Week for the second week in a row on Monday after helping Army pick up a pair of wins last week. The Patriot League Player of the Week recognition is the second of Hovren's career after she was honored a week ago. Hovren posted a pair of double-doubles last week and finished with an averages of 20.0 points per game and 11.5 rebounds per game. Hovren totaled career highs of 23 points and 13 rebounds, while shooting 7-of-12 from the field and 9-of-11 at the line, in Army's 86-58 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on Nov. 28. Read More

Judge Sidney Stein visits Business Law
12/6/2016

Judge Sidney Stein visits Business LawUS District Court Judge Sidney Stein visited with cadets in the Business Law class taught by Department of Law Professor and Constitutional Law Chair, Tony DiSarro. Judge Stein was appointed to the federal district in 1995 and currently presides at the Southern District Courthouse located in Manhattan. Judge Stein had an engaging discussion with the cadets about the law of contracts and how those principles apply to typical commercial transactions and business scenarios.

Wilson Earns Patriot League Nods
12/6/2016

CDT Matt Wilson 20Army West Point men's basketball first-year Matt Wilson was tabbed the Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the second time this season. Wilson earned rookie of the week honors after scoring in double figures in both of Army's victories last week. He averaging 12.5 points over two games and shot 78.6 percent from the floor. Wilson finished 7-for-9 from the floor for 15 points in a decisive victory over Fairleigh Dickinson. Then on Saturday, Wilson went 4-of-5 from the floor for 10 points, while pulling down eight rebounds. The Alexandria, KY native leads the Patriot League with a 74.1 field goal percentage (40-for-54), while averaging 5.3 rebounds per game. Read More

DAF Visits Bloomberg News and the New York Times
12/6/2016

DAF Visits Bloomberg News and the New York TimesFor its final trip section of the semester, the Domestic Affairs Forum (DAF) - sponsored by the American Politics stem in the Department of Social Sciences - visited Bloomberg News and The New York Times in Manhattan. Cadets met with anchors, producers, journalists, editors, and foreign correspondents to discuss the 2016 election, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a changing media landscape for the twenty first century.

Mixed Martial Arts with a Strong First Half
12/6/2016

Mixed Martial Arts with a Strong First HalfThe Army Martial Arts Team, with the outstanding support from the West Point Parents club and Old Grads, finished the first half of the ECTC season with strong performances. With several cadets still recovering from injuries, the team pushed through to third place overall in Division 1 against teams over twice its size. Cadets Valdez, Cho, Xu, and Smith dominated the Color Belt Men’s Division, taking first place. All Black Belt Teams, with cadets Galea, Nettles, and Eichenberger on A1, Chargualaf, Kim, and Peng on A2, and Reim and Kim on Women’s A1 all placed fifth in their respective divisions. One Team, One Fight!

Hallstead Tabbed with Patriot Weekly Honors
12/6/2016

CDT Serica Hallstead '20One member of the Army West Point women's swimming and diving team earned Patriot League weekly nods, while another was tabbed an honorable mention. Serica Hallstead earned the Patriot League Female Diver of the Week, while Kelly Hamilton received an honorable mention praise from the league. Hallstead had a strong showing in the Black Knights' dual met with rival Navy this past weekend, as she won the one-meter and three-meter diving events. In the one-meter event, the first-year tallied a final score of 256.42, nearly 20 points better than the next competitor. In the three-meter diving portion of the meet, Hallstead recorded a score of 264.37 to win by more than seven points over teammate Kathryn Seyer (256.79 points). Read More

Army Accepts Bid to Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl
12/5/2016

Football Zaxbys Heart of Dallas Bowl 2016The Army West Point football team is heading back to Texas after accepting a bid to the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl held at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas, on Dec. 27. Army will face off against North Texas with kickoff scheduled for 12 p.m. Eastern Time. The game will be carried live on ESPN. "We are proud to accept an invitational to play in the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl and represent the United States Military Academy," said Army West Point Athletic Director Boo Corrigan. "The players, coaches and staff have put in a lot of hard work this season and to be rewarded by playing in the postseason for the first time since 2010 is extremely special. I know Coach Monken and his team are thankful for the opportunity given to them by ESPN Events and Zaxby's, along with all the partners of the game and look forward to playing in the great city of Dallas." Army started the season 3-0 with victories over Temple, Rice, and Texas-El Paso, before taking wins against Wake Forest and Morgan State to remain in the hunt for a bowl bid. "Our team is excited about representing the United States Military Academy in the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl," Army head coach Jeff Monken said. "We are thrilled to be back in the postseason as it is a goal of ours each year to play in a bowl game. This opportunity to play in the Heart of Dallas Bowl is representative of a tremendous effort by our players and staff throughout this season." Read More

Obstacle Course in the Spartan Fenway Sprint
12/5/2016

Obstacle Course in the Spartan Fenway Sprint16 members of the Obstacle Course Racing Team participated in the Spartan Fenway Sprint at Fenway Stadium in Boston, MA. The team competed extremely well with cadets Zenger ’17 and Gould ’19 as the team’s top finishers for the men’s and women’s races respectively. CDT Zenger placed 1st in the men's open division and CDT Gould placed 8th in the female open division. The race was just over 3 miles with 20+ obstacles. The team also partnered with the race director and coordinators to volunteer before their race. The team escorted Gold Star Family Members onto the field for the opening ceremonies and National Anthem before the race. They spent the morning building relations with Gold Star members and families who shared common interest, stories, and experiences from the military.

Six Reach Double Figures in 76-56 Win
12/5/2016

The Army West Point men's basketball team used a massive second-half surge to take down St. Francis Brooklyn Saturday afternoon, 76-56. The Terriers knotted the score at 34-34 two and a half minutes into the second period, but a quick 11-0 run over the next four minutes began a 36-8 Black Knights rally. That handed the home team a comfortable 70-42 advantage with just under eight minutes to play. From that point on, Army maintained its double-digit edge to secure the 20-point win and its fourth victory of the year. The Black Knights saw six players reach double figures for the first time this season. Jacob Kessler posted a career-high 16 points after going nearly perfect on the night. Click here for the video recap: https://youtu.be/n8h8K_wV9OY. The sophomore finished 7-of-7 from the floor, 2-of-2 from behind-the-arc and 0-1 from the charity stripe. He added four rebounds, which was one shy of matching his career best effort. The Richmond, Va., native compiled two assists and two steals on the night as well. Joining Kessler in double digits was Tommy Funk, Jordan Fox, John Emezie, Kennedy Edwards and Matt Wilson, who all notched 10 points in the game. Funk's final point total matched his career high, while Emezie and Wilson have both now extended their double-figure scoring streaks to five games. Wilson and Mac Hoffman were tops on the team with eight rebounds each, while Fox dished out a career-high eight assists to lead all players. Read More

Glee Club Honors Vets at Carnegie Hall
12/5/2016

Glee Club Honors Vets at Carnegie Hall73 cadet members of the Glee Club performed in the concert "Honoring Our Veterans" at the world-famous Carnegie Hall on Veterans Day. In conjunction with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, the New Amsterdam Singers, and the Young New Yorkers Chorus. They sang in the New York premiere of Runestad's stirring "Dreams of the Fallen" and the incomparable Ninth Symphony of Beethoven.

Women’s Basketball Tops St. Francis Brooklyn
12/5/2016

The Army West Point women's basketball team picked up its fifth win in a row, defeating St. Francis Brooklyn 69-46, on Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena. Army also improved its home winning streak to 21 contests. Army improves to 6-1 on the year after the victory, while St. Francis Brooklyn falls to 1-6. Click here for the video recap: https://youtu.be/v6xUN30S63E. Sophomore Madison Hovren finished with a game-high 17 points and 10 rebounds for her third straight double-double to led four Army scorers in double figures. Junior Janae McNeal reached double digits for the third game in a row and totaled 12 points, five assists and four steals, while classmates Destinee Morris and Lena' Hicks netted 11 points and 10 points, respectively. Read More

CLS Cadets Attend ABRCMS
12/5/2016

CLS Cadets Attend ABRCMSThree Life Science majors presented their research at the 16th Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABCRMS) in Tampa, FL. Notably, two USMA cadets were selected for partial travel grants to support their conference attendance. One of the largest undergraduate conferences in the nation, ABRCMS featured over 1,800 students presenting and discussing their research within several biomedical disciplines. Cadet Isham (PIR ’18) spearheads the group of research cadets as they investigate various aspects of a military relevant bacteria, Acinetobacter baumannii. Cadet Zhu (D/CLS ’19), a travel award recipient, presented “Relationship Between Surface Roughness and Biofilm Formation of Acinetobacter baumannii”. Cadet Obiomon (D/CLS ’19), also a travel award recipient, presented “The Epidemiology of the Transmission of Acinetobacter in the Deployed Military Environment”. Cadet Volenec, (D/CLS ’19) presented her work on “Developing a Model Method to Assess Biofilm Formation”. Upon conclusion of the 4-day conference, CDT Zhu was recognized during the awards ceremony for his outstanding poster presentation in the microbiology category.

Army Sets Records in Star Meet Loss to Navy
12/5/2016

Army Sets Records in Star Meet Loss to Navy Several academy, pool and plebe records fell as the Army West Point men's swimming and diving team lost to Navy in the Star Match, 156.5-143.5, on Saturday afternoon at Crandall Pool. The trio of Sean Regan, Johnny Ellery and Peter Mikheyev swept the top three spots in the 200 butterfly with marks of 1:45.85, 1:46.32 and 1:48.18, respectively. For Regan, it was an academy record, while Ellery posted a new plebe mark. Mikheyev also set an academy and pool record in winning the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:48.44. Tom Ottman won the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:06.47. The sophomore also won the 500 freestyle by touching the wall in 4:26.09. Evin Rude posted a new academy record as he touched the wall first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:36.77. Rude also tied for first in the 100 freestyle clocking in at 44.76 seconds. Josh Sembrano tied his own academy record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 48.39 seconds. Sembrano and Mike Stanchi went first and second in the 200 backstroke with marks of 1:46.90 and 1:47.22, respectively. Joe Daniels recorded an academy record in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 53.35 seconds, while teammate Ty Dang broke the plebe record in 54.50 seconds. Ty Dang broke his own plebe record and set an academy record with a time of 1:56.05 in the 200 breaststroke. Dang broke a 29-year old academy record previously held by John VanSant. Junior Jason Rodriguez took home the top spot in the 100 butterfly with a time of 47.90 seconds. In the 1-meter diving portion of the meet, Bradley Buchter recorded a pool record with a final score of 344.25. Read More

CLS Research Highlighted at the NYASM Conference
12/5/2016

CLS Research Highlighted at the NYASM ConferenceCadet Jordan Isham presented at the Eastern New York American Society for Microbiology (ASM) meeting in Albany, New York. Cadet Isham’s talk entitled “Preventing Nosocomial Infections in an Age of Multi-Drug Resistance: Attacking the Biofilm” discussed findings of the research group. He was accompanied by the A/Director of the Center for Molecular Science LTC Hill and his research advisor LTC Eslinger. Jordan was one of four students selected to address the meeting based on the scientific merit of 30 submitted abstracts. Cadet Isham an International Studies major decided to pursue life science research based on his own interests outside of the classroom. Jordan is completing his third semester of Independent Research.

Athletic Director's Update
12/5/2016

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Zx Ventures Speaks with Cadets
12/2/2016

Zx Ventures Speaks with CadetsThe Management Program hosted Zx Ventures, the venture capital arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev for a lunch & learn session. 30 cadets and 3 management instructors hosted 16 members of Zx in the Black, Gold, & Grey Room of the Cadet Mess. The group discussed the beverage industry and venture capital as well as directly relevant topics such as decision making and risk management strategies. The cadets also enjoyed small group discussions with industry leaders on the topics of lean startups and innovation.

Cadets abroad in Taiwan Complete a Marathon
12/2/2016

Cadets abroad in Taiwan Complete a MarathonCadets Clarkin, Callas, Wang, Schafer, Zhu, and Grindley studying abroad in Taiwan participated in a marathon in Yishan, Taiwan. All six started and completed the marathon after months of preparation for the event. The Cadets were among only a handful of foreigners participating in the event, as it was away from the capitol city.

MG Nichols ’81 Sits Down with Cadets
12/2/2016

MG Nichols ’81 Sits Down with CadetsMG Camille Nichols sat down with cadets from the Society of Women Engineers during her visit for her 35th reunion. Having graduated from West Point in 1981, the second class of women, she was able to share her unique take on her time while at the Academy. Upon graduating, she became an Engineer officer. MG Nichols was also a member of the 1984 Olympic team handball team. Cadets were able to sit down and have a personal interaction with the current Director of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office for the Secretary of Defense. After sharing her life experiences with the group, cadets were able to ask questions and advice for the remainder of the luncheon.

Model Arab League at the Northeast Regional Competition
12/2/2016

Model Arab League at the Northeast Regional CompetitionTen Cadets from the Model Arab League traveled to Boston, MA for the Northeast Regional Model Arab League at the University of Northeastern. The Cadets represented the country of Egypt in five different councils (Joint Defense Council, Council on Palestinian Affairs, Council on Political Affairs, Council of Arab Social Affairs, and Council of Arab Environment Affairs). Cadet Macklin, was recognized as an Outstanding Delegate. The Northeast Regional competition is a qualifying event for the Model Arab League National competition in the spring.

Ethics Debate Team Wins First Place
12/2/2016

Ethics Debate Team Wins First PlaceWest Point’s Ethics Debate Team won first place at the Northeast Regional Competition. The team, consisting of five debaters, Cadets Sandoval ’17, Hernandez ’17, Laval-Leyva ’17, Kehn ’18, and Frederickson ’20, recovered from a loss in the first round and went on to win five matches in a row, including an upset win in the final against reigning champions, Tufts University. Under the direction of CDT Sandoval, the team distinguished itself with its civility, incisive argumentation, and constructive commentary. Utilizing skills that West Point cultivates better than any other institution, the debaters responded to last minute shakeups to the team structure with coolness, quick thinking, and cooperative spirit. While all the members of the team made special contributions, CDT Frederickson deserves special mention. He was participating in his first debate and had not been expecting to compete until a few days prior to the competition. As luck would have it, the cases CDT Frederickson was responsible for were called in the second round (after the initial loss) and in the final round. In each case, CDT Frederickson handled the situation with grace, deftly articulating the team’s position and showing deep understanding of the issues. As a result of this win, the Ethics Debate Team will compete in the National Competition in Dallas, Texas in early 2017. This is another example of the department’s commitment to developing cadet’s ethical reasoning, civic responsibility, and effective communication.

Franco Tabbed AHA Rookie of the Month
12/2/2016

CDT Dominic Franco '20After posting eight points in the month of November, Dominic Franco has been named the Atlantic Hockey Associate Rookie of the Month, announced by the league. Franco has continued to stand out on the Black Knights' stat sheet. The freshman has garnered at least one point in four consecutive games, the longest streak of any Cadet this season. The Portsmouth, RI native posted three points back on Nov. 11, when Army blanked the Griffins 3-0. On the next night, he added two points in the 5-2 win. Franco recorded a goal and an assist in Friday's loss to RIT and a helper in the second game of the series as well. The Army West Point hockey team is back in action at Tate Rink this Friday and Saturday with games against Atlantic Hockey Foe American International and Brown from the ECAC. The puck will drop at 7:05 p.m. on both nights from West Point, NY. Read More

HVCF Trip to Storm King Art Center
12/2/2016

HVCF Trip to Storm King Art CenterMembers of the Hudson Valley Cultural Forum traveled to Storm King Art Center in Cornwall on Hudson to tour its extensive grounds. Mrs. Tully oriented Cadets to the sculptural works near the visitor center, and Cadets then took a 45-minute tram ride to view the sculptures in the outlying parts of the park. In the afternoon, Cadets traveled to Katonah for its famous poetry series, where Paul Muldoon, Pulitzer-prize winning poet and poetry editor of The New Yorker, read a selection of his works and took questions from the assembled audience. The Katonah Poetry Series is entering its 50th year, and its organizers expressed interest in having regular Cadet attendance at future series offerings.

Dr. Colleen Eils Guest Lectures
12/2/2016

Dr. Colleen Eils Guest LecturesDr. Colleen Eils visited Patrick Query's EN351: World Literature class for four days of discussion on the Salvador Plascencia novel The People of Paper. A specialist in contemporary metafiction, Dr. Eils led the class through investigations of gender, representation, war, surveillance, and the porous line between reality and fiction in this experimental novel. Dr. Eils tells her students that in the study of literature we resolve nothing; rather, we learn to ask more and more questions. In these meetings, Cadets pursued question after question toward a richer understanding of the ways writing and reading, speech and silence, and looking and hiding shape lives on the page and off it.

Cadets Compete at Morocco International Debate
12/2/2016

Model Arab League Competes at Morocco International DebateEight cadets from the Model Arab League traveled to Rabat, Morocco to compete in the Morocco International debate hosted by the Université Internationale de Rabat. In addition to the cadets, the debate featured high profile US Model Arab League programs and students from Moroccan universities. At the conclusion of the debate, the cadets returned to West Point with outstanding delegate and honorary delegation honors. The club provided two delegations to the competition, representing the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Slitting into four different committees, the cadets tested their rigorous preparation against some of the thorniest issues facing the Middle East. Aside from the debate itself, the cadets learned a great deal about planning and executing an event that crosses different funding sources, Combatant Command Areas of Responsibility, and Force Protection measures. The cadets were also able to visit the much of the Moroccan capital. Complimenting their club activities, the Cadets seized the opportunity to gain an understanding of modern Moroccan society, culture, and its historical roots with France, Spain, and the United States.

Cadets meet with PRC Law Expert Qianfan Zhang
12/2/2016

Cadets meet with PRC Law Expert Qianfan ZhangAs part of a CLCRS / DoD Minerva Grant Research Project into the Discourse Analysis of "Socialist Rule of Law with Chinese Characteristics," LTC Gregory led cadets Ruppert, Bishop, Young, White, and Harte on a Trip Section in Beijing to meet with Chinese judicial officials and legal scholars as well as to experience Chinese judicial procedures. The cadets observed a full trial at the Beijing Haidian District People's Court and engaged in an extensive review of the case file; as well as explanation of Chinese judicial procedure and question and answer session with Judge Fan and Judge Jiang. Each of the cadets will prepare a brief report detailing their observations that will be included as part of this DoD Research project. Afterwards, the cadets were hosted by well-known constitutional legal scholar Professor Qianfan Zhang for a lunch discussion at Peking University Law School. The day's events, which were conducted entirely in the Chinese language and were only possible because of the cadets' language ability, were the capstone of a four-day China trip section that included multiple cultural outings and discussions with Chinese citizens from all walks of life. Overall, the trip made a valuable contribution to our understanding of Chinese Rule of Law efforts and discourse as well as served as an intense language-culture immersion activity.

NE Cadets visit Indian Point Energy Center
12/2/2016

Cadets visit Indian Point Energy CenterCadets in NE300 Nuclear Engineering recently had the opportunity to tour the nuclear reactors at the Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC) in Buchanan, NY. This trip section is conducted every semester for NE300 and gives cadets a chance to see the principles of nuclear engineering applied on an industrial scale. Both NE majors and those enrolled in the NE sequence got to participate. It is valuable for all cadets, regardless of their major, to learn about the commercial nuclear power industry. Visiting an operating nuclear power plant is the best way to expose cadets to the scale of the operation as well as the layers of security and safety measures in place.

Army Lands 10 on All-Rugby East Teams
12/1/2016

Ten members of the Army West Point men's rugby team garnered All-Rugby East recognition, including senior 8-man, Ben Lemon, who also earned the Rugby East Academic Achievement Award, the conference announced Wednesday. Rugby East Champion Penn State earned Player of the Year (Chris Burian) and Forward of the Year (Rob Irimescu), in addition to the most first team honors with five. Back of the Year honors went to Mike Scarcella of Iona, while Freshman of the Year went to Kutztown's Jackson Clark. Army, who was the runner-up, tied with Kutztown for the most overall honorees with 10 apiece. Read More

Dr. Bain visits the Department of Math
12/1/2016

Dr. Bain visits the Department of MathThe Department of Math had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Ken Bain, historian, educator, and President, Best Teachers Institute, for a discussion about teaching and learning. Dr. Bain is the award-winning author of "What the Best College Teachers Do" and "What the Best College Students Do". Over 25 faculty members from the Department of Math were joined by over 25 faculty members from USMAPS, BS&L, and DEP for two informative, interactive, and engaging give-and-take discussions about how to effectively help students pursue deep learning. One of the key themes discussed was the importance of designing educational experiences that involve students in answering "good" questions. Dr. Bain defined a "good" question as one that stimulates the students' curiosity, places them in a situation that will challenge their pre-existing mental models, and is consequential or realistically meaningful. A second theme focused on the challenges of finding a balance between the creation of a learning environment in which students are able to try, fail, get feedback, and try again vice designing assessment processes that feed merit based ranking metrics, which often promote strategic rather than deep learning.

Cadets Learn about Equine-Assisted Therapy
12/1/2016

Cadets Learn about Equine-Assisted TherapyCadets enrolled in PL376 (Abnormal Psychology) visited Topfield Equestrian Center in Cold Spring, NY to learn about the use of equine-assisted therapy in assisting people overcome physical, psychological and emotional barriers. Equine-assisted therapy covers a range of treatments that includes activities with horses and to promote physical, occupational, and emotional growth in people with a variety of mental health disorders.

Management Prgm Hosts EMCOR Executive Leaders
12/1/2016

Management Prgm Hosts EMCOR Executive LeadersThe Management Program hosted five executive leaders from EMCOR to share their leadership and management experiences with the cadets in MG381 – Introduction to Management. Over 200 cadets each attended four breakout sessions on the topics of Corporate Structure, Strategy, Financial Reporting, and Investor Relations. The event wrapped up with an in-depth look at leadership from the CEO’s perspective. EMCOR is a Fortune 500 firm that specializes in mechanical and electrical construction and industrial and energy infrastructure. EMCOR Leaders included its CEO, Tony Guzzi ’86, CFO Mark Pompa, General Counsel Maxine Mauricio, EVP for Strategy John Cimina, and EVP for Shared Services Kevin Matz.

Solid Shooting Leads Army to Victory
12/1/2016

The Army West Point men's basketball team defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, 97-78, Wednesday night in Christl Arena. The Black Knights were impressive from all aspects of the floor, shooting a season-high 60.3 percent for the game. Army added 12-of-23 makes from behind-the-arc as well for 52.2 percent shooting, which was also a season high. Click here to watch the video recap: https://youtu.be/B59iItWjTjc. FDU jumped out to the 5-3 advantage just two minutes into the contest but that would be the last time the Knights would lead. Army then used an 11-2 rally over a little more than five minutes to create separation between the teams at 14-7. The Black Knights remained in front at a comfortable margin for the rest of the game to secure their third win of the season. Read More

Cadets Attend Fireside Chat with GEN Perkins ’80
12/1/2016

Cadets attend Fireside Chat with GEN Perkins ’80Cadets and faculty from across the academy attended a fireside chat in Robinson Auditorium facilitated by GEN (R) Lloyd J. Austin, III, BS&L’s Class of ’51 Chair for the Study of Leadership with GEN David Perkins, Commander, US Training & Doctrine Command. The lecture focused on the topic of “Decision Making” in the context of mission command, particularly centering on the importance of trust between senior and subordinate commanders. GEN Perkins served as a Brigade Commander under GEN Austin’s leadership during the initial phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and was responsible for leading his unit on two Thunder Runs into Bagdad. This seminar re-examined some of the key events and critical decision points of a historically impactful operation with a lens that has significant relevancy and applicability in today’s complex and ever changing environment.

Hsu ’92 COO at HPE Lectures Cadets
12/1/2016

Hsu ’92 COO at HPE Lectures CadetsSeveral Cadets and Faculty attended a lecture with Mr. Chris Hsu ’92. Mr. Hsu discussed his leadership philosophy and recent experience at Hewlett Packard. Mr. Hsu led the recent HP split (into HP Enterprise and HP Inc.) and is the current Executive Vice President and General Manager of HPE Software and the Chief Operating Officer of HPE. This lecture provided Cadets and Faculty a greater understanding and appreciation for leadership at the large corporate level and reinforced the importance of Authenticity and Character in our leaders.

SWE Cadets Hosts Military Prep School Students
12/1/2016

SWE Cadets Hosts PMA StudentsCadets from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) along with faculty from the Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM (CLDSTEM) hosted students from Phoenix Military Academy and other Chicago military prep schools. Their day consisted of a tour around West Point, a panel discussion with various STEM cadets on their experiences as a cadet and the importance of pursuing further education in a STEM discipline. After lunch, the students participated in an interactive workshop on the importance of developing renewable energy technologies. During the workshop the cadets demonstrated to the students how blade design impacts the output of wind turbines. The students then assembled their own wind turbines and conducted experiments varying the pitch of the blades to alter the power output. The workshop closed with the students participating in a competition where they designed their own blades from different materials such as plastic, Styrofoam, and cardstock to determine which team could generate the most energy from their turbine.

Engineering Cadets at STEAM Parents Night
12/1/2016

Engineering Cadets at STEAM Parents NightCadets from West Point’s three diversity-based engineering clubs joined forces at Vail’s Gate Science Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) Academy Parents Night. Cadets from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) along with faculty from the Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM (CLDSTEM) conducted several small workshops for the elementary-age students. The students participated in interactive workshops that focused on the importance of creativity, critical thinking, and design in STEM. During the workshop, the cadets worked with small groups of children through many different activities all designed to challenge students in STEAM fields. The workshop allowed for students and parents to interact with cadets and learn about West Point, the Army, and STEAM in practical applications.

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