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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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Athletic Director's Update

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.

Army Returns to Collegiate Rugby 7s Championship
11/30/2016

Army West Point Mens Rugby 2016The Army West Point men's rugby team will return to the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby 7s Championship for the 2017 tournament. Army is one of 16 teams who have been selected to compete in this year's tournament with eight of the 24 slots still needing to be occupied. Two of those spots will be filled on the pitch as the winners of the Las Vegas Invitational and Heart of America Classic will automatically earn a berth into the tournament. All of the 16 teams currently in the field are returners from a season ago, headlined by California. The Golden Bears have hoisted the Pete Dawkins Trophy each of the last four years. Read More

CDT Caudullo ’18 Shining at RMC
11/30/2016

CDT Caudullo ’18 Shining at RMCCDT Alexandra Caudullo ’18, Operations Research Major in the Department of Math, is currently spending the semester on exchange at the Royal Military College of Canada. In addition to taking courses on Cryptology, the Foundations of Probability, and a Political Science course taught in French, CDT Caudullo has earned her SCUBA qualification and made progress toward completing the requirements for a private pilot's license. She recently successfully completed her first solo flight. CDT Caudullo has been an excellent ambassador for USMA and D/Math. She's been having success in the classroom, and has continued to demonstrate exceptional leadership skills through her active participation and full engagement in the RMC experience.

Four Reach Double Figures in Win over FDU
11/29/2016

The Army West Point women's basketball team opened Monday's action with a 13-0 lead and never looked back during an 86-58 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson at Christl Arena. Army builds its winning streak to four games and improves to 5-1, while Fairleigh Dickinson drops to 2-4. Click here for the video recap: https://youtu.be/DfrDx_mpkfk. Reigning Patriot League Player of the Week, sophomore Madison Hovren, posted her second straight double-double, with a career-best 23 points and a career-high-tying 13 rebounds, while shooting 7-of-12 from the floor and 9-of-11 at the foul line. Junior Daizjah Morris finished with a season-high 14 points and classmate Janae McNeal recorded 12 points and five assists. Sophomore Jess Lewis tallied 10 points and five assists. Courtney Blankenship and Amina Markovic paced Fairleigh Dickinson with 13 points apiece. Read More

Army Cracks Top 10 in National Rankings
11/29/2016

Army Cracks Top 10 in National RankingsArmy West Point's ranked wrestlers improved upon their positions in the top 20 according to InterMat, FloWrestling and The Open Mat on Tuesday, despite a dormant week. Senior co-captains Logan Everett (141 lbs.) and Russ Parsons (157 lbs.), as well as sophomore 197-pounder Rocco Caywood, remained ranked in all three polls. Everett moved up one spot to 16th in the InterMat rankings, while holding steady at the No. 12 position for FloWrestling and The Open Mat. The Tioga, PA, native has compiled a 9-3 overall record, while going 2-1 in duals to begin his senior campaign. He has also recorded three bonus point victories with two pins and a technical fall. Parsons jumped three spots according to The Open Mat to eighth, becoming the first Cadet under head coach Kevin Ward to crack the top 10. The Clinton, NJ, native remained 11th in the InterMat poll and 10th in the FloWrestling rankings. He has accumulated 11 victories in 12 matches (2-1 in duals) with six bonus point wins (three technical falls and three major decisions). Read More

Madison Hovren Lands Weekly Honors
11/29/2016

Madison Hovren Lands Weekly HonorsSophomore forward Madison Hovren was selected as Patriot League Player of the Week for the first time in her career on Monday. Hovren was also named the Army Athletic Association's Athlete of the Week for the first time. Hovren averaged a double-double with 19.0 points per game and 11.0 rebounds per game in a pair of Army wins last week. The Black Knights defeated Air Force, 75-47, on Nov. 23 before earning a 68-60 road win at Dartmouth on Nov. 26. A native of Spokane, WA, Hovren matched career highs of 22 points and nine rebounds in the win over Air Force and posted her first double-double, with 16 points and a new career-best 13 boards in the Dartmouth game. She finished the week 17-of-33 (.515 percent) from the floor, while also averaging three steals per outing. Read More

Women’s Basketball Races Past Air Force
11/29/2016

The Army West Point women's basketball team took a 5-4 advantage 4:40 into the opening quarter and didn't look back in an eventual 75-47 victory over Air Force last Wednesday night at Christl Arena. Army wins its second in a row to improve to 3-1, while Air Force remains winless, falling to 0-4. Click here for the video recap: https://youtu.be/EF-v50dwkdE. Sophomore Madison Hovren matched career highs of 22 points and nine rebounds and scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half. Junior Destinee Morris also tallied a career best with 17 points off the bench. Read More

Army Wins New York City Thriller
11/29/2016

Army Wins New York City ThrillerThe Army West Point men's basketball team rallied to overcome a late 11-point second-half deficit to earn a huge road victory over Columbia, 88-83, last Wednesday night. Following a back-and-forth affair, Columbia led 75-64 with a little less than eight minutes remaining on the clock. Army would not waiver though using a 20-6 run to pull in front 84-81 with 50 seconds left to play. The Lions tried to answer and even pulled within 84-83 following two made free throws from Nate Hickman, but the Black Knights held strong. After being fouled John Emezie stepped up and drained two from the charity stripe to make it a three-point ballgame. Read More

Athletic Director's Update
11/29/2016

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Investment Club Travels to Virtu Financial
11/25/2016

Investment Club Travels to Virtu FinancialThe West Point Investment Club travelled to Virtu Financial in NYC. Virtu, founded by Vincent Viola, is a market maker for securities traded on stock exchanges all around the world. They use a combination of proprietary algorithms and software to complete trades at a very high frequency in order to minimize their exposure time and limit any trading risks. The club met with Tony Manganiello ’77 and Tim Strabbing, a former USNA Brigade Commander (first captain equivalent) as well as other members of the Virtu staff. Tony explained Virtu's place in the security trading industry, and the importance of technology and proper risk analysis to their business model.

Cadet Competitive Cyber Team Highest Finish at CSAW
11/25/2016

Cadet Competitive Cyber Team Highest Finish at CSAWThe Cadet Competitive Cyber Team (C3T) placed 9th in the Cybersecurity Awareness Week (CSAW) North American Undergraduate Championships over Veteran’s Day Weekend. Hosted by the NYU Tandon School of Engineering in Brooklyn, NY, the C3T competed against the best cybersecurity Capture the Flag teams from the US and Canada. Seeded 14th after the preliminary qualification event in September, the team of four cadets advanced five spots finishing with 1101 points. This is the highest finish ever in the annual CSAW CTF Final Round for C3T (known on the scoreboard as BitsForEveryone). The participating cadets were Parker (’18, G4), Maixner (’18, C2), Shockley (’18, B4), and Trate (’18, B3). Team coaches at the event were LTC Moody (EECS) and MAJ Bundt (ACI).

Criminology Visit to Sing Sing Correctional Facility
11/25/2016

Criminology Visit to Sing Sing Correctional Facility32 students in PL393 Criminology and the Criminal Justice System and a sociology faculty member visited Sing Sing Correctional Facility for an all-day tour of the facility. This educational trip provided myriad insights into life in a maximum security prison, bringing the concept of a pure total institution to life. From conversations with correctional officers and the Superintendent, to a conversation with an inmate during lunch, to walking tours throughout the organization, students learned about numerous features of life inside Sing Sing. Additionally, the Superintendent of Sing Sing Correctional Facility, Mr. Mike Capra, visited PL393 classes prior to their trip to provide a short lecture and exchange in a question and answer session with cadets and faculty about Sing Sing and other timely topics about the US Criminal Justice System.

C3MO attends the ALLIES Conference
11/25/2016

C3MO attends the ALLIES ConferenceThe 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. Tufts University hosted a memorable Veterans Day ceremony to start the weekend. 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.

Alpine Skiing Train in Killington
11/25/2016

Alpine Skiing Train in KillingtonMasterfit President and CEO Mr. Cohen brought along two of his master boot fitters to Cullum Hall to ensure the Army Alpiners have an exceptionally custom fit to get the most out of their performance on the ski runs this season. The Army Alpine Ski Team is headed up this year by its' Captain Aryne Riley ’17. The Army Alpine freestyle component is headed up by Jon (J.P.) Paul ’18. The team has talent and depth it has not seen in many years. After a few days of dryland training, the team headed up to Killington, VT for Veteran's Day weekend for a couple days of training on snow, to get the team back in their gear and bring back latent muscle memory to start shredding again for the upcoming season. While at Killington, Assistant OIC, Mr. Nate Loeb, OIC Bob Ryan, and Team Captain Aryne Riley took advantage of Veteran's Day and deposited a portion of SSG Leonard Loeb's remains (Veteran Medic of WWII - France and Germany) in the Green Mountains. SSG Loeb was a great lover of the outdoors and his son Nate picked Killington and the Army Ski Team as an appropriate venue and forum for the dedication to his Dad.

Lab Exercise at the Aachen MOUT Site
11/24/2016

Lab Exercise at the Aachen MOUT SiteInstrumentation and Shielding cadets conducted a laboratory exercise at the Aachen MOUT site (Military Operations on Urban Terrain) on Camp Buckner. The exercise serves as a course culminating experience in that it allows cadets to integrate their classroom knowledge of radiation hazards and apply that knowledge in a field environment. Using radiation detection equipment, cadets conducted radiological surveys to locate, characterize, and identify radioactive isotopes hidden at the site. Cadets served in leadership roles on survey teams and then communicated the results of their radiological survey, and their advice on the advisability and risk of occupying the Aachen MOUT site, to an operational commander. This exercised the ability of cadets to articulate the science and appropriately communicate strategic messages. COL Reed (BTO) and COL Hartke (PaNE Deputy Head) acted as operational commanders and were briefed by the cadet teams.

Model UN Forum Travels to Oxford University
11/24/2016

Model UN Forum Travels to Oxford UniversityFive First Class Cadets of the United States Military Academy Model United Nations team traveled to Oxford University in the United Kingdom to participate in its prestigious OxIMUN conference. For the Firsties, this was an incredible opportunity both to explore London and Oxford, and to engage with college students from all over Europe and the world. Committees were intense, and included topics such as the Suffragette movement in 1913 Britain, facing off against the Cabinet of the Prime Minister of the time in a dynamic crisis simulation precluding World War I as well as a meeting of the Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Assembly of the United Nations and a rare opportunity to represent the United States in the United Nations Security Council. At the end of the weekend, every member of the West Point team was individually recognized for excellence in his or her committee. This gave the USMA team the highest overall ratio of awardees/competitors in the small delegation category, making the team effectively the "Best" Small Delegation and solidifying their position as one of the most well-rounded and competitive teams not only in the United States, but in the world. Awards: CDT Bagdadi (Commendation, Cabinet of the British Prime Minister, 1913). CDT Arya (Diplomacy, Suffragette Movement of England, 1913). CDT Singh (Diplomacy, SOCHUM). CDT Engel (Commendation, UN Office for Outer Space Affairs). CDT Hogestyn (Honorable Mention, UNSC).

Arts in the Armed Forces in New York City
11/24/2016

Cadets from the Creative Writing Forum, EN367 Drama elective, theatre arts guild, and PL300 attended a performance of Stephen Belber’s play, Tape. Arts in the Armed Forces, a non-profit that brings top quality theatre to military audiences for free in order to bridge the gap between military and performing arts communities, performed the play for their annual fundraising event in New York City. Adam Driver (AITAF’s founder), Pablo Tell Schreiber, and Keri Russell gave an incredible performance that focused on the dialogue of the play as opposed to the production value. With only the use of floor mics and music stands, the actors gripped a sold out crowd at Studio 54, powerfully depicting the value behind a sincere apology ten years following a date rape. The crowd was then afforded an opportunity to ask questions of the actors and the writer.

Cadets Visit the United States Strategic Command
11/24/2016

Cadets Visit the United States Strategic CommandCadets in the Department of Social Sciences’ International Affairs special projects course, visited United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM) Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska in order to familiarize themselves with the command’s mission and identify a research area that can enhance the organization’s ability to deter our adversaries and assure our allies. This course is part of a pilot project beginning next semester that will offer an alternative to the thesis option with the intent of providing cadets with an experience that synthesizes their field of study in a project for a real world “customer.” Four first class cadets and two faculty advisors from the International Affairs program met with USSTRATCOM’s Chief of Staff, MG Dickinson, who shared a brief overview of the organization’s mission and the Army’s role in it. The group also received a brief from USSTRATCOM’s historian who explained the evolution of the entity to its evolving mission set today with respect to deterrence and assurance. These introductory presentations were followed by a series of engaging meetings with the USSTRATCOM design team, Army strategists, representatives from USSTRATCOM’s Academic Alliance, and a team of experts focused on cyber issues. The cadets have narrowed their research topic to cyber deterrence, making this last meeting particularly helpful in providing them context for their project. The cadets took advantage of these opportunities to ask questions and came away from the trip having learned a great deal about USSTRATCOM, established contacts with relevant subject-matter experts, and well-positioned develop a research question that will help the organization accomplish its mission.

Alpha Kappa Delta Induction Ceremony
11/24/2016

Alpha Kappa Delta Induction CeremonySociology hosted Professor Randall Collins, one of the preeminent scholars in the field of sociology, as presider over the annual honors society induction ceremony. The Alpha Kappa Delta society honors those sociology students who maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher in sociology programs. Cadet Samantha Bradley and Captain Jessica Dawson were both inducted. Professor Randall Collins spoke after the ceremony on the Sociology of Combat from a micro interactionist perspective, drawing heavily on evidence which suggests that violence is both difficult to execute for most individuals but that there are also certain pathways that enable people to engage in violent activities. This is contrary to folk perceptions that violence is somehow easy for most people to engage in.

Parsons Garners AAA Athlete of the Week Honors
11/23/2016

Senior 157-pounder Russ Parsons of the Army West Point wrestling team was named the Army Athletic Association's Athlete of the Week after going undefeated on the week. Parsons compiled a perfect 5-0 record in the Golden State, including three bonus point wins. The Clinton, N.J., native began with a 5-3 decision over Colt Shorts in Army's 23-10 victory over Cal Poly for its first win of the season, and continued on Sunday with his fourth-career individual title. Click here for the video: https://youtu.be/2Gbb06fo4kA. He opened the Roadrunner Open with a convincing 19-1 tech. fall before notching back-to-back major decisions. His second first-place finish of the season was capped with a 6-2 decision over Purdue's Alex Griffin. Parsons' career record now stands at 66-26, including a 15-5 mark in dual matches. The co-captain of the Black Knights has also comprised 25 bonus point victories with five falls, nine tech. falls and 11 major decisions. Read More

Climbing Trains in the Shawangunk Mountain Range
11/23/2016

Climbing Trains in the Shawagunks Mountain RangeThe Climbing Team took six cadets and two instructors to the Shawangunks Mountain Range in New Paltz, NY, to participate in a day of out-door climbing. Building on the technical foundations learned in the indoor climbing gym, cadets were able to build anchor points atop the cliff, and then safely rappel down. In addition, cadets George ’19, Maddox ’19 and Cicci ’19, were able to test their strength and technique on multiple Top Ropes. Utilizing traditional climbing systems, placing gear and building anchors, Cadets Finch and Joiner were able to complete multi-pitch routes and use multiple rappels to descend safely to the ground.

Cadet Staff Ride to the Vanderbilt Mansion
11/23/2016

Cadet Staff Ride to the Vanderbilt MansionCPTs Lambert and Flores led a staff ride to Hyde Park and the Vanderbilt Mansion. Cadets examined the legacy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his role during the Great Depression and World War II. At the Vanderbilt Mansion, they discussed the Progressive Era. They also looked at how the family acquired and squandered a vast fortune during the period.

SAME at the 76th Annual Scholarship Fund Dinner Dance
11/23/2016

Society of American Engineers at the 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 New York City. 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 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 the United States Military Academy.

Cadets Collaborate with Columbia University Students
11/23/2016

SE450 Cadets Collaborate with Columbia University StudentsTwo SE450 Project Teams comprised of three cadets each conducted an Interim Progress Review (IPR) with students and faculty from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) in New Your City. The cadet teams each briefed their work in a classroom setting of approximately 20 students and faculty. The cadets summarized their research and explained the systems approach they are using to recommend an “Urban Beach” design for the Gansevoort Peninsula to the Hudson River Park Trust. The Gansevoort Peninsula is a stretch of land along the Hudson River between Pier 52 and Pier 53 that is currently not in use for the public. The Hudson River Park Trust wants to implement an “urban beach” concept that utilizes emerging trends in sustainable urbanization.

SOSH Cadets Visit the Pentagon
11/23/2016

Cadets Visit the PentagonLTC Handler, MAJ Colas, and CPT(P) Webb traveled to the Pentagon with five cadets to visit the Office of Net Assessment as part of their initial briefing for SS491. SS491 is the Department of Social Sciences’ ‘special projects’ course which will give cadets the chance to work on a ‘real-world’ project with a ‘real world’ customer. Dr. Andrew May, the Deputy Director of the Office of Net Assessment, briefed the cadets on the mission of ONA and some ways to approach their particular research problem, which will focus on long term strategies of competition with Russia and China. The cadets left the Pentagon with a greater understanding of ONA’s role as an internal think tank and are well-positioned to develop their research question and proposed strategies over the course of the next semester.

Investment Forum visits CNBC Mad Money
11/23/2016

Investment Forum visits CNBC Mad MoneyThe trip to CNBC for a taping of Mad Money with Jim Cramer went well. The Cadets represented USMA positively and got to see Jim interview Alex Gorsky, CEO of Johnson & Johnson, and Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks. They also participated in the special Veteran's Day show by asking Jim questions throughout, to include his famous lightning round.

Cadets Pounce on the Coasties
11/22/2016

The West Point Association of Graduates would like to congratulate the following USMA Cadets that went 3 - 0 vs. the US Coast Guard Academy in Amateur Bouts as a Prelude to Rosa-Iwasa IBF Junior Featherweight Eliminator at the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, presented by National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA).

  1. Cadet Jonah Hershman ’17 - 175 lbs.
  2. Cadet Mike Garrett ’18 - 147 lbs.
  3. Cadet Salvador Chavez ’18 - Heavyweight
CDT Nattiel Selected as 2017 Rhodes Scholar
11/22/2016

The West Point Association of Graduates congratulates Cadet Christian E. Nattiel on his selection as a 2017 United States Rhodes Scholarship Winner. Cadet Nattiel is double-majoring in mathematical sciences and philosophy. He is interested in narratives of struggle, social justice, and self-determination. Christian served as the president of the Cultural Affairs Seminar, which champions diversity and inspires cadets through mentorship and tutoring. He was awarded the Superintendent’s Award for Achievement, the Distinguished Cadet Award, and the Black Engineer of the Year Award for Military Leadership. Christian is a member of the men’s handball team. At the University of Oxford, he will pursue an MSc in Comparative Social Policy, followed by the Master of Public Policy. For more on Rhodes Scholarships, visit: http://s3.amazonaws.com/rhodesscholars-fileshare/final_press_release_2016.pdf

17 Black Knights Named to All-CSFL Teams
11/22/2016

Army Sprint Football 2016Seventeen members of the Army West Point sprint football team were named to the All-Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) teams, the league announced Monday afternoon. Seven Black Knights were named to the first team, while five garnered both second team and honorable mention recognition. Penn's quarterback Mike McCurdy earned the Bob Cullen Trophy as the CSFL Player of the Year, while quarterback Michael Marino from Chestnut Hill was named the league's Freshman of the Year. Ty Galyean, Luke Fazzari, John Abercrombie, Seth Wills, Angelo Matz, Matthew Tamburri and Christian Hess were all named to the league's first team. Galyean earned his second postseason award from the CSFL after being awarded honorable mention recognition last season. The junior from Rogers, Ark., set career highs in receptions (20), receiving yards (340) and touchdowns (7). He finished third in the league in scoring and 10th in receiving yards per game. Fazarri notched his second-consecutive All-CSFL First Team honor as the team's center. The senior from Walla Walla, Wash., helped Army's offense amass nearly 2,500 yards. Read More

Cadets Participate in the NYC Veterans Day Parade
11/22/2016

Cadets Participate in the NYC Veterans Day ParadeThe New York City (NYC) Department of Veteran Services (DVS) invited CPT(P) Motupalli (DSE) and some cadets to participate in the NYC Veterans Day Parade on 11 November as guests of the Mayor. The Parade, produced by the United War Veterans Council, is our nation’s largest celebration of veterans. The Parade carries on the traditions of the New York City Veterans Day Parade, which in turn traces its roots back to earlier parades organized by veterans of the American Revolution and the War of 1812.

Equestrian at Pompton Plains Zone 3 IHSA
11/22/2016

Equestrian at Pompton Plains Zone 3 IHSAThe Army West Point Equestrian Team travelled to the North Jersey Equestrian Center at Pompton Plains, NJ for a Zone 3, Region 3 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) English Hunter Seat competition hosted by William Paterson University. Also competing were riders from Centenary University, Drew University, Marist College, Sarah Lawrence College, SUNY New Paltz, Stevens Institute of Technology, Vassar College, and William Paterson University. Cadets represented USMA well with excellent performances in individual classes. Rachael Schloo ’20 won first place in Open Equitation over Fences and Merle Kreye ’17 (Germany exchange cadet) placed second in Intermediate Equitation on the Flat. In spite of difficult rides, Matilda Brady ’19 took third place in Novice Equitation over Fences and Novice Equitation on the Flat and Robert Seals ’20 placed second in Advanced Walk-Trot-Canter Equitation. In Beginner Walk-Trot-Canter, Madeline Suba ’19 placed second. In Walk-Trot Equitation, Kyle Many ’17 placed first and Taylor Krug ’20 placed second.

West Point SWE Chapter Attends WE16
11/22/2016

West Point SWE Chapter Attends WE16The officers from the West Point Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Chapter attended WE16, which is an annual event administered by the SWE. WE16 is the world’s largest conference and career fair for women in engineering and technology. The conference consists of hundreds of workshops, keynote speeches, and mentorship sessions and were attended by more than 9,000 professional and collegiate engineers. Cadets attended the collegiate welcome luncheon and various briefings and working groups, to include talks on effective communication, negotiation, women in the oil and energy industry. Cadets also attended the conference career fair and learned from how various companies were striving to increase organizational diversity.

Cycling at the Northhampton International Cyclocross
11/22/2016

Cycling at the Northhampton International CyclocrossAnother elite performance by Army Cycling team over Veterans Day Weekend at Northhampton International Cyclocross. The race drew over 1700 cyclists and housed the largest Men’s Pro UCI Elite event ever. They started the day with Ammon Okazaki’s strong performance and finish in the top 15 in his field of over 150 riders. Elizabeth Huuki also managed to crack the top 15 in her field of over 70 cyclists. Tristan Manderfeld followed with a stunning performance in the Men’s Pro UCI C2 event, competing alongside current National Champion Jeremy Powers, UCI World Team Member Joe Dombroski, and Pan-American Champ Curtis White. Army West Point Cycling Team presented National Champion, Jeremy Powers with a Stars and Stripes West Point Jersey before the start of the race. This was symbolic because current national champions are allowed to wear the stars and stripes to show off their national championship. Presenting the Jersey was the CIC Tristan Manderfeld and after the race Jeremy Powers tweeted out some pictures to his over 25,000 followers.

The Cadet SOSH Run
11/22/2016

The Cadet SOSH RunThe biannual SOSH Run took place on 14 November. International Affairs faculty and family members provided cookies to cadets who turned in their papers, and CPT(P) Webb used his Italian espresso machine to supply free lattes for all attendees. Highlights included a visit by the Army mules, a drone that attempted to deliver a paper (and subsequently crashed), and a Tyrannosaurus Rex that rode to the finish line on a scooter. SOSH Faculty also dressed in costume in order to boost cadets’ morale and help make the event more memorable.

"No Greater Love" Special Cadet Screening
11/22/2016

"No Greater Love" Special Cadet ScreeningDirector/Producer Justin Roberts brought his film No Greater Love to West Point for a special screening before the theatrical release in the coming months. CPT Kevin Mott, who is featured in the film, also flew in from Stanford University where he is currently a Downing Scholar with the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. The film depicts the journey of an Infantry Battalion in the Kunar River Valley of Afghanistan through the eyes of the Soldier. Justin’s goal in creating this film is to start the conversation about the need for the military and society to begin thinking about how to integrate Soldiers returning from war back into the community. It is through the loss and struggle, as the film suggests, that strong bonds between Soldiers develop. However, those bonds are difficult to maintain when soldiers redeploy.

Branch Night Class of 2017
11/22/2016

Branch Night electrifies First Year cadets like no other event, save for Graduation. “We are super excited, super pumped up,” said CDT Bobby Provine ’17 as he and his E-4 company mates entered Eisenhower Auditorium for the event.
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Army Scores Senior Day Win Over Morgan State
11/21/2016

The Army West Point football team powered its way to a 60-3 win over Morgan State on Saturday afternoon as Army celebrated Senior Day at Michie Stadium. The Black Knights jumped out to a 13-0 lead after the first quarter thanks to touchdown runs by Andy Davidson and Ahmad Bradshaw, while the defense did their part by shutting down the Bears. Click here for the video recap: https://youtu.be/ettHf2GwVwQ. Army piled on 16 more points in the second quarter to take a 29-3 lead at halftime. Davidson finished with 111 yards and two scores, while Cole Macek totaled 108 yards on just seven carries to go along with two touchdowns. Read More

History Students visit the Battlefields of Saratoga
11/21/2016

History Students visit the Battlefields of SaratogaLTC Sculley, MAJ Herman, CPT Hope and CPT Kiser led cadets on the Saratoga Staff Ride. Cadets visited Fort Ticonderoga, Mount Defiance, and the battlefields of Saratoga to study the first major American victory in the Revolutionary War. The staff ride was also able to see the battlefield from the air thanks to the National Guard, who provided UH-60s for the ride back to West Point.

Eight Black Knights Place at Roadrunner Open
11/21/2016

CDT Russ Parsons '17The Army West Point wrestling team closed out its trip to the Golden State by placing eight of 10 wrestlers at the Roadrunner Open, hosted by CSU Bakersfield, at Clovis High School on Sunday. Army competed to a combined record of 35-13 with 17 bonus point victories (two falls, five technical falls and 10 major decisions). Eight of the 10 Cadets opened the tournament with a bonus point victory. All 10 wrestlers advanced to the quarterfinals, while seven made it to the semifinals. Senior co-captain Russ Parsons won his fourth tournament title at 157 lbs. Parsons has placed in 13 of the 15 tournaments he has competed at in his collegiate career, with the exceptions being his two NCAA appearances. Parsons documented his 25th-career bonus point victory, including his 10th major decision today. Fellow senior co-captain Logan Everett nearly had his second victory of the season over a top-five opponent, falling 2-1 in the 141-pound finals to second-ranked Joey McKenna of Stanford. Junior 149-pounder Matt Kelly earned his 25th-career victory with a 3-2 decision over Purdue's Jeremy Golding in the third-place bout. Read More

Cadets Tie Russian History to The Cherry Orchard
11/21/2016

Cadets Tie Russian History to The Cherry OrchardSixteen cadets along with LTC Kimball and CPT Chang traveled to New York City to attend the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard. Cadets remarked during and after the performance on how Russian History helped them better understand the underlying metaphors of Chekov’s tale about a family of Russian nobles faced with losing their land to the forces of modernity. Many of the themes emphasized in the Department’s Russian history courses, including gender dynamics, socio-economic forces, and literature as a vehicle for historical understanding, featured prominently in the production.

Army Wins at Terrier Invite
11/21/2016

CDT Tom Ottman '19The Army West Point men's swimming and diving team claimed first place on Sunday at the Terrier Invite hosted by Boston University. "We had a tremendous team effort. Our goal was to win the meet and we were able to do that. I think it sets us up in a good position to battle Navy in 13 days, and for the rest of the season. We had a lot of people step up today and it was a great win from top to bottom." Said head coach Mickey Wender. Tom Ottman set a pool record in his first place finish in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 15:22.66. Ottman bested the next closest finisher by over 17 seconds en route to the victory. The Black Knights saw six swimmers finish in the top eight of the 200 breaststroke, including Joe Daniels, Ty Dang and Larry Quintana, who finished first, second and third with respective times of 2:01.51, 2:01.90 and 2:04.08. Johnny Ellery took home the top spot in the 200 butterfly with a mark of 1:48.70, while Peter Mikheyev finished just behind him in 1:48.81. Read More

Drill Team Event Multi-Tasking
11/21/2016

Drill Team Event Multi-TaskingThe Black Knight Drill Team supported four separate events. Four cadets on the team took center court at the Barclay center to perform a special exhibition performance for the halftime show of the Brooklyn Nets vs. Charlotte hornets game. Simultaneously, the team supported the Women’s Army Rugby team against Air Force with a 10-cadet exhibition routine during halftime. The next morning, the team performed their signature Platoon Exhibition routine on the plain prior to the cadet review. This was the same routine that won them first place at the National Drill Competition last year. They then took the field with bayonets fixed for the halftime show of the Army vs. Air Force game with a modified version of their signature performance. The team’s ability to simultaneously support multiple events while maintaining high levels of excellence in basic and exhibition drill is a huge testament to the team’s leadership has reorganized and developed this young team.

Morrison Has Career Night vs. Central Arkansas
11/21/2016

Morrison Has Career Night vs. Central ArkansasThe Army West Point men's basketball team dropped another close decision here Sunday afternoon in the final contest of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational regional games. The Black Knights outscored Central Arkansas in the second period but it wasn't enough to overcome a seven-point halftime deficit, eventually falling 81-76. Three reached double digits for Army with Luke Morrison's career-high 19 points leading the way. The junior matched his career best effort from behind the arc, hitting 5-of-8 from downtown. He also recorded three assists, which was a career high as well. Read More

LTG(R) Grisoli Speaks with Civil & Military Engineering
11/21/2016

LTG(R) Grisoli Speaks with Civil & Military Engineering The civil engineering club hosted a luncheon with former director of the Army Staff and Corps of Engineer Chief of Civil Works, LTG(R) Bill Grisoli. The speaker provided a unique perspective of senior leadership and how decisions are made at the highest levels. LTG(R) Grisoli explained how leaders must navigate complex environments with competing requirements and multiple constraints, and, ultimately, assess risk and select a course of action. Approximately 45 cadets and faculty attended this event.

Athletic Director's Update
11/18/2016

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Athletic Director's Update

Feature Friday: The Strength of the First Captain
11/18/2016

The First Captain of the United States Corps of Cadets is the highest rank one can achieve while at the academy. Click here to watch the video: https://youtu.be/X3AnpvjVmOY. Hugh McConnell not only has his responsibilities to the Corps, but he is also a vital member of the strength team and acts as a Strength Coach to the Army West Point sprint football squad. Story

BSA Nuclear Science Merit Badge Workshop
11/18/2016

BSA Nuclear Science Merit Badge WorkshopPNE hosted a Nuclear Science Merit Badge Workshop for local Boy Scouts of America. During the seven hours of activities the Scouts were able to complete all of the requirements to earn the merit badge. The event was made possible through the volunteer efforts of CDTs Beecher (G2, NEN0, ’17), Bouvier (E1, PHY0H, ‘18), Sundberg (I4, NEN0, ’17), Kroc (C2, NEN0, ’17), and PANE Faculty CPT Kaminski, Dr. Moretti, and LTC Schools.

French Language Cadets Service-Learning Experience
11/18/2016

French Language Cadets Service-Learning ExperienceCadets in LF475 participated in a Service-Learning experience on at the Monroe-Woodbury Middle School. Thirteen Cadets and Dr. Praud spent the day with Madame Long and Madame Hutter's 7th and 8th grade French classes. For the 7th graders, the Cadets prepared a presentation on French-speaking countries. At the end of the presentation, the Cadets engaged with the 7th graders with a game of Jeopardy, rewarding the students with euros or Swiss francs for remembering new facts about these francophone countries. In the 8th grade classes, the students practiced their French conversation skills with the Cadets and honed their vocabulary skills through an engaging and competitive game of Pictionary.

CDT Benjamin Presents at the Technical Symposium
11/18/2016

CDT Benjamin Presents at the Technical SymposiumDr. Richard Wolfel and CDT Matthew Benjamin traveled to Aberdeen Proving Grounds to participate in the 24th ARL/USMA Technical Symposium. CDT Benjamin presented a paper, entitled "System of Systems: Dense Urban Environments. The paper showed the results of CDT Benjamin's AIAD to ARL's Complex Ground Systems Branch/Human Research and Engineering Directorate. His paper looked at the evolution of Dense Urban Doctrine in the Army, the identification of key urban systems and the initial development of a Common Operating Picture on Dense Urban Areas for Civil Affairs in particular, but with an eye towards informing evolving Army doctrine on Dense Urban Operations.

Bryn Garners Academic Honors from Patriot League
11/18/2016

CDT Megan Bryn 1'8Junior libero Megan Bryn of the Army West Point volleyball team has been named Patriot League Academic All-League, announced by the organization on Thursday. Voting was conducted by the League's nine volleyball sports information contacts who could not cast ballots for their own student-athletes. Bryn is an International Relations major at the academy with a minor in Terrorism Studies and boasts a 3.746 grade-point average. Last year, she was named the Colonel George K. Osborn III Award winner at the U.S. Military Academy as the top International Relations student. The Ashburn, VA, native dons the Superintendent's Award for ranking in the top five percent of her class across all three pillars; academics, military and physical. Bryn is a two-time Center for Enhanced Performance Scholar-Athlete of the Month and has been named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll for all eligible semesters. Read More

Cadet Fine Arts Forum visits Whitney Museum of American Art
11/18/2016

Cadet Fine Arts Forum visits Whitney Museum of American ArtSeven cadets traveled to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. While there, the cadets were able to view works from several significant contemporary artists including New York's own Carmen Herrera.

Philosophy Forum Presents Thomas Noah
11/18/2016

Philosophy Forum Presents Thomas NoahThomas Noah speaks to cadets and faculty on Winning Hearts and Minds (WHAM) during the Philosophy Forum last month. Noah argued that traditional "Winning Hearts and Minds" strategies rely upon a problematic psychology of emotion versus reason, and, therefore, almost exclusively focus on economic and security incentives to motivate cooperation; instead, a more realistic psychology of motivation suggests that, in order to secure corporation, WHAM strategies should also target socially conditional preferences.

ASEM International Annual Conference in Charlotte
11/18/2016

ASEM International Annual Conference in CharlotteAmerican Society of Engineering Management (ASEM) International Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC. Several cadets and members of the faculty from the Department of Systems Engineering (DSE) recently attended the annual ASEM conference where they presented several papers, competed in a case study competition, and received a number of distinguished awards. Four DSE cadets competed against four other schools in the Student Case Study Competition, and with only six hours and no outside resources or communication, the team used their knowledge of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management techniques to develop a solution to a real world problem. The team performed exceptionally well and narrowly missed first place. The Department of Systems Engineering also received three awards: the 2016 ASEM Founders Award for the Best Undergraduate Program in Engineering Management presented to LTC Richards, the Merritt A. Williamson Best International Conference Paper Award presented to LTC Enos (current PhD student returning to the Department) and CPT Smith ’11, as well Dr. Farr receiving the 2016 ASEM Meritorious Service Award - Outstanding Non-Board Member. Also in attendance and supporting the Cadets and Department were BG(R) Kays and his wife Jeane (first Department Head for the Department of Systems Engineering (1989-1998)), LTC Evangelista, LTC Schreiner, and CPT Salem.

Handball Trains with the USA Women's Handball Team
11/18/2016

Handball Trains with the USA Women's Handball TeamWest Point’s Women’s Team Handball traveled to Auburn, Alabama to train with the USA Women’s Handball Team. After a full day of traveling on Friday, the weekend began with an 80-minute scrimmage with West Point’s Black and Gold teams against Team USA. The next day, Team USA hosted a tailgate and the West Point Teams attended an Auburn football game on military appreciation day. The teams had fun cheering the War Eagles to victory against Vanderbilt and enjoyed a special half time show dedicated to the armed services. West Point’s Black and Gold Team also attended a psychophysiology class on how to reach optimal performance levels in games. It was a much needed class for the stressed out cadets. They practiced various breathing and visualization techniques and learned the importance of hydration. On the final day of the trip, Team USA’s coach led the West Point teams through a series of drills to improve shooting, footwork, passing, and ball placement. The weekend ended with West Point’s Black and Gold teams playing two close games against Team USA. It was a successful weekend and the three teams bonded over good sportsmanship.

ASCE Teaches at Cornwall Central H.S.
11/17/2016

ASCE Teaches at Cornwall Central H.S.The civil engineering club participated in Engineer Day at Cornwall Central High School. The cadets and faculty joined with local professional engineers to teach all of the high school math classes for a day. In addition to class material, the engineers and cadets discussed why they chose to pursue engineering. With 10 professional engineers, three faculty, and seven cadets, they covered 44 classes that day, making contact with over 1000 high school students ranging from freshman to seniors.

Cadet visit the U.S. Supreme Court
11/17/2016

Cadet visit the U.S. Supreme CourtCadets taking the Advanced Constitutional Law seminar visited the US Supreme Court and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. After observing an oral argument before the full Court concerning the jurisdiction of the federal courts under the Constitution’s Article III, the cadets met with Justice Ginsburg. She talked about significant court decisions involving the Equal Protection Clause and answered questions posed by the cadets about her experiences on the Court. The cadets also toured the Capitol building. The trip section was led by the Department of Law’s Constitutional Law Chair, Tony DiSarro, and LTC Michael Kramer.

Cyber Policy Team Achieves Excellence
11/17/2016

Cyber Policy Team Achieves ExcellenceThe USMA Cyber Policy Team achieved excellence, by placing first at the Atlantic Council's Cyber 9/12 regional policy competition at Columbia University. Competing against 21 other teams, mostly from graduate schools, the USMA team was the only undergraduate team to make it to the finals, beating three other teams (two from Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs and one from Tuft's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. The cadets formed an interdisciplinary team, from multiple academic disciplines, that drew upon their knowledge of international affairs, cybersecurity, national security, and international law to demonstrate their mastery of policy concepts in the cyber domain. (http://sipadcg.org/cyber-912-awards/)

The team was made up of Cadets: Dancer - International Relations, ’17; Fairfield - Human Geography, ’18; Maixner - Computer Science, ’17; and Wissman - Systems Engineering, ’17. They were led by CPT Rhoades, CY (D/SOC and ACI) as their coach and MAJ Schultz, CY (ACI) as their assistant coach. The cadets spent countless hours ahead of time preparing for this competition and during the competition they worked through the night after the first day of the competition to prepare for their semi-final round brief that received many accolades from the judges and their competition. The other teams remarked that they were impressed with the West Pointers and their ability to handle pressure, as well as their knowledge of cyber policy. They received similar accolades from the judges in the final round. Their first place finish guaranteed them a slot in the Atlantic Council's Cyber 9/12 national competition this coming spring. Additionally, LTC Handler (D/SOC) served as one of the four final round judges and MAJ Lonergan (ACI) and Dr. Borghard (D/SOC) served as preliminary round judges. Other faculty from D/SOC, D/EECS, and ACI helped observe cadet practice briefs and provided feedback leading up to the competition, demonstrating the interdisciplinary and collaborative needs of cyber.

Mixed Martial Arts at Cornell ECTC
11/17/2016

Mixed Martial Arts at Cornell ECTCThe cadets of the Army Martial Arts Team fought their hardest at Cornell University in the second Eastern Collegiate Taekwondo Conference (ECTC) tournament of the season. The team, suffering several injuries, stayed highly competitive with diminished numbers. In the Men’s Black Belt Division, A1 team Ziwei Peng and Matt Galea progressed to quarter-finals without a middleweight fighter. The A2 team with Anthony Chargualaf and David Kim progressed just as far in their bracket without a heavyweight fighter. On the Women’s Black Belt team, rookies Nicole Nettles and Taylor Reim showed strong performances by ending matches quickly with high volumes of body hits. In the Colored Belt Men’s Division, the B1 team with Eli Eichenberger, Will Xu, and Ellis Valdez took third. The A2 team with Takhyun Cho, who ended his last match with a knockout, and Halsey Smith dominated the Colored Belt Men’s Division, fighting to second place.

SOSH SSG for Future Army Framework
11/17/2016

The Department of Social Sciences (SOSH) faculty hosted three CSA Strategic Studies Group (SSG) Fellows conducting research for a project to create a conceptual framework for the Army in 2025-2050. The fellows met with eight faculty members to discuss the U.S. domestic political context and its influence on the requirements that will be expected of our Army and the means available. The session, which lasted approximately two and half hours, focused on an assessment of several assumptions underpinning an earlier SSG report examining global trends in the international system and technology. Among other topics, the group discussed possible directions for the use of cyber capabilities, the U.S. position in light of potential competitors like Russia and China, trends in political polarization, and the plausible range of operations that the Army may be tasked with in the near future. The visiting fellows stated that the session was valuable for their ongoing research and plan to continue the discussion with our faculty as they work through the broader project. In addition, the opportunity to assist fellow officers outside of SOSH was an excellent experience for the faculty group, which included first- and second-year rotators, as well as a program director, and has sparked interest among the junior faculty in continuing outreach to the operational and institutional Army.

CTC Annual NYC Trip Section
11/17/2016

CTC Annual NYC Trip Section46 cadets and faculty from the Terrorism Studies minor conducted the CTC's annual New York City trip section. In the morning, the cadets received personalized tours of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. In the afternoon, the cadets received a briefing on current terrorist threats to New York City from the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Theatre Arts Guild takes in a Broadway Show
11/17/2016

Theatre Arts Guild takes in a Broadway ShowCDTs explored New York City, and saw an excellent Broadway show. As an added treat, a cast member talked to the cadets before the show and asked if they wanted a personal tour of the stage after the show. Mr. Michael Genet and Mr. Peter Scolari took great pride in sharing their work and advice with the cadets, and the group met several other actors from the show. All of the actors were surprised and delighted to learn that West Point has a Theatre club. Mr. Genet and Mr. Scolari repeatedly expressed their admiration for the cadets, and the cadets finished the evening equally inspired.

Club Hockey Supports Youth Clinic
11/16/2016

Club Hockey Supports Youth ClinicSometimes hockey is about more than wins and losses. It's about giving back to the game the players love, inspiring youth to achieve their on-ice best, and role-modeling leadership and character. As a prelude to the third annual Royal Cup face-off against Navy, Club Hockey players skated with Reading-area youth hockey players in a 90-minute clinic. Male and female skaters ranged in ability and age, from those in their first season on ice to early teens. Players worked on skating skills, puck handling, goaltending, and scoring. West Point team captain Zach Cohen ’17 was joined by fellow Black Knights including Wyomissing-Reading native Drew Lysakowski ’17, Jake Brown ’17, Jake Stachurski ’20, Caleb Septer ’20, and Jeston Rademaker ’20. Coaches and members of the Penn State Berks Ice Lions (ACHA DII) also skated with clinic attendees.

Cadets visit Google in NYC
11/16/2016

Cadets visit Google in NYC21 Management Cadets, three Management Instructors and one Engineering Psychology Instructor visited Google NYC in order to immerse cadets in the corporate culture by fusing course content with real world application. During the visit Google Executives led discussions on Culture, Human Resources Management, Leadership, and Innovation. All topics were just recently covered in the Introduction to Management Course for Management Majors. Cadets were fully participative and attentive during the discussions, synthesizing the corporate world with the course material. The reciprocating event occurs during the spring semester when the Management Program hosts Google and we lead interactive discussions on character, ethics, and leadership.

Four in Double Digits Spark Army Win
11/16/2016

CDT Thomas Funk '20The Army West Point men's basketball team registered its first victory of the season Tuesday night in its home opener against Mount Saint Mary (NY). The Black Knights saw four cadet-athletes reach double-digits with Luke Morrison's 14 points leading the way. Also hitting twin figures was Jordan Fox (12 points), Scott Mammel (11 points) and Thomas Funk (10 points). Fox and Funk both registered career highs, while Mammel matched his. Morrison came one-point shy of equaling his best career effort. Leading Army on the boards was rookie Matthew Wilson, who posted his first career double-figure rebounding night. The first-year grabbed 10, including eight on the defensive glass. Mac Hoffman was a close second notching nine rebounds to go along with his six points. Funk and Fox added five assists each, to lead all players, while John Miller registered his first two career blocks. Army started the game hitting three consecutive 3-pointers to create an early 9-0 lead. Read More

Aviation Gets in some Great Training
11/16/2016

Aviation Gets in some Great TrainingIn spite of windy conditions, the Flying Team conducted some great training. Team CIC, Alaina Kappner, led an orientation of the Hudson Corridor, flying two teammates down the Hudson River, past the NYC skyline and back, some of the busiest airspace in the world. CDT Taylor successfully completed his Biennial Flight Review, a check ride required by the FAA every two years.

Bockrath Headlines Army’s Patriot League Honors
11/16/2016

CDT Carolyn Bockrath  '18Following a 20-10 season and clinching the third seed in the league tournament, four members of the Army West Point volleyball team have garnered All-Patriot League accolades. Junior Carolyn Bockrath was voted onto the first team, while senior Olivia Fairfield, junior Vanessa Wesley and freshman Allie Strong earned second team recognition. "We are so proud of our team's work ethic and focus this season," said head coach Alma Kovaci Lee. "This year, our starting line-up consist of four freshmen that play a major role in our team's success. To have a 20-win season (with a tough pre-season schedule) with as many freshmen on the line-up as we've had this season shows how great the culture is on this team. Olivia Fairfield, our only senior, has lead and continued to lead our team selflessly. The junior class has also stepped up and it is so great to see." For the third straight season, Bockrath has garnered All-League awards from the Patriot League. The middle blocker earned the first team honors for the 2016 season after being given second team honors in 2014 and 2015, and being named the Rookie of the Year in 2014. "Carol is incredibly passionate about the game," said Kovaci Lee. "She is extremely competitive and more than anything, she hates to lose. Her mental toughness and competitive spirit is easily seen not only in matches, but also in any small warm-up games we play in practice." The Newport Beach, CA, native led the team and conference in hitting percentage for the second straight year with a .378 average. Bockrath boasts a 3.03 points per set average off of 150 kills and adds 0.38 blocks per set. She totaled eight double-digit kill matches, two of which she hit over .600. Read More

Cadets Celebrate Dia de los Muertos
11/16/2016

Cadets Celebrate Dia de los MuertosOn 2 November, the Spanish Language and Cultural Club celebrated “Día de los Muertos”, or the Day of the Dead at the Train Station in West Point. This holiday focuses on family and friends that have passed away. Their loved ones commemorate their death by celebrating it and ensuring their spirit is not forgotten. Dr. Amell and the Cadets enjoyed the day with food, decorations, and a skull for each characteristic of the holiday. The Cadets enjoyed being able to integrate themselves into a Mexican cultural event.

MacAfee, Franco Pick up AHA Weekly Honors
11/16/2016

CDT Dominic Franco '20The Army West Point hockey team had two members gain weekly awards from the Atlantic Hockey Association after a weekend sweep over Canisius. Dominic Franco was named the Rookie of the Week, while Dalton MacAfee garnered Defenseman of the Week accolades. Franco led the Black Knights with five points in the team's 3-0 and 5-2 victories over the Golden Griffins. The freshman had a hand in all three goals on Friday night off two assists and his first career goal. Then on Saturday, he tallied his second goal and third assist of the weekend. The Portsmouth, RI, native was part of a line that combined for 13 points over the two games. Franco is now tied for first on the team in points with seven. He is tied for third in the league in rookie scoring with 0.78 points per game which also ranks him 25th in the nation. Along with being named the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week and the Atlantic Hockey Association Rookie of the Week, Franco was named the second Star of Division I hockey awarded by the NCAA. MacAfee tallied two points over the weekend for Army off a goal and an assist. He assisted Tipper Higgins on the redirect on Friday night and netted his own on Saturday to post a +4 performance on the weekend. The Needham, MA, native is part of the second-rank scoring defense in the nation that posts 1.33 points per game. He is also a member of the second-best penalty killing defense in the country with a .918 efficiency. Read More

STEM Motivates Math Interests in Cadets through MIMSS
11/16/2016

STEM Motivates Math Interests in Cadets through MIMSSThe Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM via the Minorities in Mathematics Speakers Series (MIMSS) recently had visits from guest speakers. They hosted Dr. Bobby Wilson, C.L.D Moore Instructor at MIT. Dr. Wilson presented on “Interplay Between Fractals, Projections and Differentiability” to USMA cadets and faculty. Attendees were introduced to the notion of geometric measure theory involving fractal sets, their projections and the relationship between the projections of differential curves and unrectifiable sets. Link to his talk: https://youtu.be/Y5uJwYbb1t4. Dr. Rajesh Ganesan co-hosted with the Math Operations Research Symposium. Dr. Ganesan is an associate professor of systems engineering and operations research at George Mason University in Farfax, VA. He presented on “Adaptive Cyber Defense: Dynamic Scheduling of Cybersecurity Analysts to maintain Level of Operational Effectiveness Using Reinforcement Learning” to USMA cadets and faculty. Attendees were introduced to a reinforcement learning-based stochastic dynamic programming optimization model that incorporates the estimates of future demand on alert analysis, and responds by scheduling regular and on-call cyber-security analysts to maintain a desired level of operational effectiveness. Link to his talk: https://youtu.be/zWMnPw4PFFI

Strong Garners Rookie of the Week Accolades
11/16/2016

CDT Allie Strong '20After helping lead the Army West Point volleyball team to a 2-0 weekend and clinch a spot in the Patriot League Tournament, Allie Strong was named the league's Rookie of the Week. Strong notched a team-high 25 kills over the weekend with 13 coming against Lehigh and 12 versus Bucknell. The freshman averaged 3.57 kills per set and added three service aces and 16 digs. The Overland Park, KS, native ranks second in the league for service aces per set with a season average of 0.41, and is first in league-only statistics with 0.54 per set. Strong leads Army with 3.38 points per set on the season and posts 2.80 kills per set. The Black Knights solidified their No. 3 seed in the Patriot League Tournament with Friday night's 3-1 win over Lehigh. Read More

Marketing Cadets visit Blkbox Marketing Firm
11/16/2016

Marketing Cadets visit Blkbox Marketing FirmBSL cadets in the MG380 Marketing course traveled to New York City to meet with leaders from the Blkbox marketing firm. Cadets engaged with leaders on topics of branding, strategy, influence and persuasion. The event provided cadets the opportunity to integrate business and marketing content from across the course and discuss how marketing skills are relevant and impactful for Army leaders. Blkbox was founded and led by USMA graduates Dionna McPhatter, Keenan Beasley, and Jermaine Clark.

Cadets in Land Use Planning visit the Solaire
11/16/2016

Cadets in Land Use Planning visit the Solaire23 Cadets enrolled in Dr. Richmond’s EV391a, Land Use Planning and Management, visited the first environmentally friendly residential tower in Manhattan, the Solaire. Cadets got a tour and were able to experience the technology used to make this a “green” building. In the afternoon, Cadets explored the highline to see how this once functioning elevated streetcar was turned into a park and tourist destination, thereby transforming the urban space.

SCUSA 68 “Democracy and Democratization: Challenges and Opportunities”
11/15/2016

SCUSA 68 “Democracy and Democratization: Challenges and Opportunities”Student delegates from 130 colleges and universities nationwide, and from 25 foreign countries, descended upon West Point from November 9 to November 12 for the 68th annual Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA). Started in 1948 to discuss how to rebuild Europe in the wake of World War II, SCUSA attracts outstanding scholars and practitioners each year to guide hundreds of students through discussions of some of the most important foreign policy problems facing the United States.

This year’s SCUSA was themed “Democracy & Democratization: Challenges & Opportunities” and featured 15 panel discussions on topics related to this theme, including political radicalism, ethno-religious conflict, economic development, democracy promotion, and several national or regional roundtables (Europe, Iran, Latin America, etc.). Led by CPOCs, or a Cadet Point of Contact, each panel, comprised of between 10 and 20 student delegates, discussed scholarly papers relevant to its topic, generated problem statements and courses of action surrounding that topic, and drafted a policy paper influenced by their discussion that could potentially impact U.S. foreign policy.

Endowed by the West Point Class of 1971 and the Olmsted Foundation, this year’s SCUSA featured a keynote address by Dr. Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations. While primarily an academic conference, SCUSA is also about fostering relationships: as Colonel Suzanne Nielsen ’90, Professor and Head of the Department of Social Sciences (host department for SCUSA), says, “Given the importance of strong civil-military relations for the health of American democracy, it is our hope that SCUSA will strengthen mutual understanding and trust among conference participants.” 

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Wilson Earns First Patriot League Weekly Honor
11/15/2016

Wilson Earns First Patriot League Weekly HonorArmy West Point men's basketball saw first-year Matthew Wilson named Patriot League the Rock Rookie of the Week on Monday after his impressive performance over the weekend. The Alexandria, KY, native earned the league's first rookie weekly honor of the season. Wilson scored 10 points in his collegiate debut Friday in Army's 91-77 loss at No. 5 Oregon. Wilson finished second on the team in scoring, hitting 5-of-7 attempts from the field in his 17 minutes. The rookie recorded six of those 10 points in the second half alone. He also added two rebounds on the night. Read More

Polish Culture Forum Volunteers at the NYC Marathon
11/15/2016

Polish Culture Forum Volunteers at the NYC MarathonKosciuszko Squadron Polish Culture Forum assisted groups from the Greater-New York Polish community and other volunteer groups to run a water station at the 13th mile of the New York City Marathon. Begun in 1970, the NYC Marathon this year hosted over 50,000 runners. Kosciuszko Squadron cadets also provided water and cheers for Cadets from the West Point Marathon Team as they passed the station. After a full day of work at the event, Cadets went to the Polish neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, to enjoy authentic Polish cuisine at Karczma Restaurant before heading back to West Point.

Two Triathlon Members at the USA DLN Championships
11/15/2016

Two Triathlon Members at the USA DLN ChampionshipsTwo members of the Army West Point Triathlon team participated in the USA Triathlon Draft Legal National Championships in New Orleans, LA. The men’s race was for age groups 18-24 and the women’s race was combined with the NCAA triathlon emerging sport for women National Championships. CDT Teresa Groton ’18, competed in the women’s race. She was 4th out of the water and 11th overall in a very deep and competitive field that included amateur and professional triathletes from across the United States. CDT Jacob Slife ’18, finished 3rd in the men’s race. Because of his finish, Jacob qualified for the draft-legal World Championships held in Rotterdam, Netherlands in September 2017.

Borman ’50 Speaks to the Department of Mathematical Sciences
11/15/2016

Borman ’50 Speaks to the Department of Mathematical SciencesThe Department of Mathematical Sciences hosted Colonel (retired) Frank Borman ’50, as a guest speaker for the Math Forum and as a course-wide guest lecturer for MA103. Colonel Borman taught thermodynamics and fluid mechanics at West Point from 1957-1960, served as an astronaut with NASA from 1960 to 1970, and as Chief Executive Officer of Eastern Air Lines from 1975 to 1986. In 1965, Colonel Borman set a 14-day spaceflight endurance record in Gemini 7. In 1969, he served as the Commander of Apollo 8, which was the first mission to fly around the Moon. He was the first of only 24 humans to ever fly to or around the Moon. He also served as the Chairman of the Special Commission on the United States Military Academy. In December 1976, the commission published a landmark paper, known as the "Borman Report", which detailed the commission's examination of the Honor System at West Point in response to the cheating scandal in Electrical Engineering in the early to mid-1970s.

Several of the commission's recommendations, including greater emphasis on education and training, standardized enforcement, and more opportunities for rehabilitation in lieu of dismissal, were adopted by the Academy and serve as key elements of the current Honor System. During the Math Forum, Colonel Borman met with approximately 100 upper class cadets majoring in math, operations research, and several other STEM disciplines. During the MA103 course lecture, Colonel Borman spoke to about 930 members of the class of 2020. In both events, Colonel Borman spoke about several of his personal experiences as a cadet at West Point, as a junior officer and pilot on active duty in the Air Force, and as an astronaut. He highlighted the importance of developing personal character and maintaining integrity. He also spoke about the primacy of being dedicated to mission and doing one's duty no matter how difficult or challenging the circumstances. He articulated his view that the space race of the 1960s between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. was a component of the Cold War. Colonel Borman believes we "tied" the Soviets in Korea, lost in Vietnam, but won decisively in space. He attributes the success of the NASA space program in the 1960s to the fantastic and collaborative leadership team, a dedicated and self-less workforce of over 400,000 people, and a top-to-bottom commitment to mission success by all who were associated with NASA. Colonel Borman ended each session with cadets by answering their questions, and staying at the platform to take pictures and sign autographs. Colonel Borman brought the house down when one cadet asked about his best and most memorable experience as a cadet when he responded, without hesitation, "Graduation!"

STEM Majors Analyze the Green Rio Pool
11/15/2016

STEM Majors Analyze the Rio Green PoolCadets in MA205, the multivariable calculus course required by STEM majors under the recent curriculum change, spent the last week analyzing a real world scenario. Do you remember the swimming pool that turned green at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio? MA205 students assumed the role of analysts tasked to model the problem and apply a calculus-based solution to address that very issue (out of control algae growth). The junior analysts were then asked to present their findings and recommendations to the International Olympic Committee (IOC); played by members of the USCC tactical team, club OICs/ORs, and ODIA coaching staff; on how to proceed. Ironically, the real challenge for the cadets was not the calculus but having to communicate the complex mathematical approach in terms easily digestible by the non-technical audience - the IOC. Over the course of three days 320 MA205 students conducted 120 briefs to select audiences consisting of dozens of tactical officers and NCOs and members of the coaching staffs from at least eight different sports and clubs. These non-faculty volunteers, representing over 90 mock IOC members distributed across all briefings, were critical in providing realism to the scenario and developmental feedback to the cadets.

CME Cadets and Faculty Present at ARL Technical Symposium
11/15/2016

CME Cadets and Faculty Present at ARL Technical SymposiumMultiple members of the Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering showcased posters and delivered 20 minute presentations at the annual Army Research Lab (ARL) – USMA Technical Symposium (AUTS) at the Aberdeen Proving Ground. The following were presentators. Contaminant Dispersion by CDT Byers ’17, CDT Divito ’17, CDT White ’17, and LTC Benson. Pilot Testing on the Physiological and Biomechanical Effects of Varied Trunk-Pelvic Load Distribution by CDT Sroka ’19. Simulating Rubber Under Impact: Pseudo-Elastic Model vs. Viscoelastic UMAT by Dr. Freidenberg and Dr. Wei Lee. Ultra-High Performance Concrete Pore Reduction through Pressurization by CDT Oyedeji ’18, Mr. Kilczewski, Dr. Conley, and Dr. Pittari III. Ballistic Performance of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) by CDT Moran ’17 and Dr. Randow. Borne Loading Redistribution by CDT Vest ’17 and Dr. Boynton. Analysis of Bone Patellar Tendon Bone Graft Fixation for ACL Reconstruction using Porcine Model by CDT O’Conor ’17, CDT Ortega ’17, CDT Paneral ’17, Dr. Antosh, and LTC Posner.

ASCE Luncheon with Prominent Forensic Engineers
11/15/2016

ASCE Luncheon with Prominent Forensic EngineersThe civil engineering club hosted a luncheon with forensic engineers Jaret Lynch and John Cocca from Wiss, Janey, Elstner & Associates. The speakers provided a brief introduction to forensic engineering and then provided several recent case-studies. The case studies included identified issues both during construction and building occupancy, and in several cases resulted in a collapse. They discussed their investigations and ultimately what caused each problem, and then they discussed how to repair the problems if applicable. Approximately 45 cadets and faculty attended this event.

Army Completes Weekend Sweep over Canisius
11/14/2016

The Army West Point hockey team completed its weekend sweep of Canisius Saturday night with a 5-2 victory at Tate Rink. The Black Knights have now denied the Golden Griffins a win in the team's last four meetings. Army improved to 6-3-1 overall with tonight's win and are now 6-2-0 in Atlantic Hockey and have secured the top spot for the fifth consecutive week. The Black Knights hold a 6-2-1 lead over the Griffins in the last nine meetings. This weekend's 2-0 mark is the first time that Army has swept a weekend series since facing Niagara on the road last January. Five goals are the most that the Black Knights have netted this season and most since March 4 when they blanked AIC 5-0 in the AHA Opening Round. Click here for the video recap: https://youtu.be/ZTRK_fd8Gto. Dominic Franco and his linemates of Michael Wilson and Tipper Higgins had another impressive night for the Cadets as they tallied six points to tack on to last night's seven. Franco netted the first goal of the night for Army and was assisted by Wilson and Higgins. Conor Andrle got in on the scoring action for the Black Knights and netted the team's second goal of the evening with help from Wilson and Mike Preston. Higgins scored a goal for the second night in a row as well after successful passes from Preston and Franco. Dalton MacAfee netted his second of the year and the team's fourth of the night. He was assisted by Garrett Peterson who recorded his first point of the season and by Trevor Fidler. Taylor Maruya closed-out Army's five-goal night with the helpers from Zach Evancho and Brendan Soucie. Parker Gahagen improves to 6-2-1 this season after stopping 32 shots. Read More

CLD STEM encourages STEM through Robotics
11/14/2016

CLD STEM encourages STEM through RoboticsThe Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM traveled to Atlanta, GA and Spartanburg, SC to conduct a mobile STEM workshop using VEX Robotics for LEADS and Spartanburg/Union Alumni Society, respectively. Both workshops targeted students from surrounding schools and neighborhoods garnering support and participation from over 50 middle schoolers. 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. CDT’s Ni Daniel Zheng, Derrick Engram and Nikiay Comer spent the remainder of the morning assisting the students in building their “unmanned ground vehicles.” The afternoon witnessed the students attempting a scenario where they employed their unmanned ground vehicles” to deliver supplies to victims of a natural disaster. Small prizes being awarded to the most exceptional students.

Women’s Rugby Advances Past Norwich
11/14/2016

The Army West Point women's rugby team started quick and defeated Norwich, 46-7, in the National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) quarterfinals Saturday morning at the Anderson Rugby Complex. The Black Knights improve to 5-4 on the season, while Norwich ends its 2016-17 campaign at 3-6. Click here for the video recap: https://youtu.be/t02cW3djXmY. Army improves to 3-2 against Norwich as a varsity program. The Black Knights defense has allowed two tries in their last three matches. Sophomore wing Jill Bottarini scored her first-career try to open the scoring. Fellow sophomore Zye Crittington recorded multiple tries for the third time this season. Freshman Sally Varner has scored in back-to-back contests. Read More

Engineering Students work on Pollepel Island
11/14/2016

Engineering Students work on Pollepel IslandCivil and Mechanical Engineering students emplaced footings for Bannerman Bridge on Pollepel Island. Civil engineering majors emplaced six concrete footings, as part of their capstone design project. The project involves three teams that will each design a pedestrian bridge to span a 40-foot-wide ravine near the Bannerman residence on Pollepel Island. The teams developed and emplaced common footings for the bridge, and will brief their design options to the Bannerman Castle Trust, and organization that manages restoration efforts on the island, in early December. The Bannerman Castle Trust will select the design they like the best, and then all three teams will come together to build it during the spring of 2017.

Army Sweeps Bucknell on Senior Day
11/14/2016

For the second straight year, the Army West Point volleyball team captured 20 regular season wins after sweeping Bucknell 3-0 on Saturday for Senior Day. Army improved to 20-10 overall and 12-4 in the Patriot League with tonight's win to secure the third seed in the tournament standings. Allie Strong led the Black Knights offensively with 12 kills and also tallied eight digs. Carolyn Bockrath also notched double-digit kills with 10, while Olivia Fairfield and Sydney Morriss trailed with seven apiece and Amber Clay had six. Click here for the video recap: https://youtu.be/4eUcFONZKeo. Clay and Shannel Chong both posted 12 digs and Nikki Lum recorded 11. Lum centered Army's offense with 27 assists and was helped by Haven Bethune who tallied 11. The first set was a little too close for comfort for the Black Knights as Bucknell trailed by just two points before Army would go on a 9-4 run to finish the set at 25-18. The Cadets held Bucknell to a .205 hitting percentage and allowed them just one block. Read More

Cadet Trip to the Tuck School of Business
11/14/2016

Cadet Trip to the Tuck School of BusinessCadets from BS&L’s Management major and their Instructor, CPT Borland, visited The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College to engage with graduate students, USMA Alumni, and the Tuck Veteran’s Group from 19-20 October. Cadets got to attend graduate level courses and discuss future career opportunities with both active and reserve service members. Furthermore, they gained a better understanding of the relevance their management education has towards their future roles as commissioned leaders of character. BS&L has an ongoing relationship with Tuck (one of the country’s best business schools) and annually a few cadets will spend their summer AIAD as part of an ongoing informal engagement between BS&L and Dartmouth College.

Women’s Basketball Opens with Win at LIU Brooklyn
11/14/2016

The Army West Point women's basketball team kicked off its season with a 68-47 defeat of LIU Brooklyn on Saturday evening at the Steinberg Wellness Center. Army opens 1-0 for the second year in a row, while LIU Brooklyn starts the season 0-1. Sophomore Madison Hovren led all scorers with a career-high 22 points, while classmate Jess Lewis also reached double figures, with a career-best 12 points. Hovren also paced the Black Knights with six rebounds, while junior Aliyah Murray also pulled down six boards to go with her nine points off the bench. Aja Boyd led LIU Brooklyn with nine points and seven rebounds. The Cadets limited the Blackbirds to 10 or fewer points in the first three quarters, including a game-low eight points by the hosts during the third period. Army improves 5-1 all-time versus LIU Brooklyn. The Black Knights move to 19-21 in season openers and 5-6 in season openers under 11th-year head coach Dave Magarity. Army forced 32 turnovers. The Cadets totaled 20 steals for the first time since registering 22 against Merchant Marine on Nov. 30, 2006. Hovren scored 22 points for her first-career 20-point game. Lewis reached a career high with 12 points. Read More

CIA Students Meet the Cadet in the Red Sash
11/14/2016

CIA Students Meet the Cadet in the Red Sash10 chefs and three faculty members from the Culinary Institute of America visited West Point as part of the USMA-Culinary Institute of America (CIA) exchange program. As soon as the chefs stepped off their bus, they were greeted by the Cadet in the Red Sash, who proceeded to lead a Mini-R-Day to introduce the chefs to an important part of the cadet experience. For the rest of the day, they had an introduction to weapons, ate lunch in the Mess Hall, took a tour of the kitchen, observed the IOCT, and did some light PT. They also participated in a roundtable with cadets discussing the differences and similarities in their liberal arts education and training for a profession. The exchange is in its fourth year and is an integral part of West Point outreach to the local community and as a civil-military opportunity. Cadets also visited the CIA and became chefs for a day!

Army Hangs with No. 5 Oregon
11/14/2016

The Army West Point men's basketball team put up a fight Friday night in its season opener at No. 5 Oregon. The Ducks created a 49-31 lead at the break, but the Black Knights slowly started to chip away at the deficit. Army ultimately outscored its nationally ranked opponent 46-42 in the second 20 minutes but weren't able to complete the full comeback, dropping a 91-77 decision. Head coach Jimmy Allen's squad pulled within nine on two occasions through the second period thanks in part to a solid half from Kennedy Edwards. The senior finished with a team-best 17 points after having only tallied two in the opening period of play. First-year Matthew Wilson was the other Black Knight to post double digits, earning 10 points in the game. Read More

Marathon at First Ever TCS NYC Marathon
11/14/2016

Marathon at First Ever TCS NYC MarathonThe Army West Point Marathon Team competed in their first ever TCS NYC Marathon. With over 52,000 runners, the team had some phenomenal finishes including CDT Aaqib Syed ’18 who placed 85th overall with a 2:37:57 and CDT Morgan Chewning-Kulick ’17 who ran 2:44:51 to come in 186th (still top 0.4%!). 14 cadets on the team qualified for the Boston Marathon to include first time marathoners CDT Nicole Carter ’17, CDT Dan Whitefield ’19, and CDT Ryan French ’20.

Women's Boxing Out-Fights Air Force
11/14/2016

Women's Boxing Out-Fights Air ForceThe Army West Point Women's Boxing team won the annual competition against Air Force as part of the Beat Air Force weekend. Fighters Briana Dorsey ’19, Kayla Matute ’19, Janel Tracy ’20, and Julianna Fustolo ’20 all won their bouts and brought home the victory for Army with a 4-3 record (4 wins & 3 losses).

Athletic Director's Update
11/14/2016

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Athletic Director's Update

Civil & Military Engineering Visits CPV Valley Energy
11/10/2016

Civil & Military Engineering Visits CPV Valley EnergyMembers of the Civil & Military Engineering Club visited the CPV Valley Energy construction site in Middletown, NY. This was a follow up event to the ASCE Business Dinner. The cadets on the trip were: Metz, Austin, Parmer, Wiener, Belardo-Flowers, Chung, Cox, and Doyle; with the OIC Mr. Rahul Verma. Cadets had the opportunity to interact with professional engineers and observe construction that spanned several classroom topics- steel, concrete, hydrology, geotechnical, and construction management.

Strings Ensemble Visits Lincoln Center
11/10/2016

Strings Ensemble Visits Lincoln CenterThe Cadet Strings Ensemble took a trip to Lincoln Center which was a very successful trip. The trip benefited their club by allowing them to see the pinnacle of artistry and technique in the world. This trip was planned and executed by 95% of the Cadet Club leadership, which is a huge improvement from the past. They are very appreciative of the support of their club and this excellent opportunity.

Korean-American Relations Trip to Englewood Cliffs
11/10/2016

Korean-American Relations Trip to Englewood Cliffs24 Cadets got to dine at a Korean restaurant in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. The cadets were able to enjoy the famed food offered by the restaurant as well as the Korean culture from the atmosphere, staff, and cuisine. Some of the more experienced club members were able to teach the newer members more about the club, and we were able to continue to build civil-military relations with that Korean community in New Jersey. After dinner, the cadets stopped by H-Mart, a Korean market, where cadets were able to explore more Korean food, Korean snacks, and the cultural atmosphere in the market.

Clark Lands Patriot League Academic Honor
11/10/2016

Army West Point senior defender Christian Clark was one of 11 men's soccer players named to the Academic All-Patriot League team, the conference announced Wednesday. The year marks the second time Clark has been included on the Academic All-Patriot League squad, after earning mention as a junior. To qualify for Academic All-Patriot League, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore and have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or higher. The player must also be a starter or regular contributor to his team's success. Also a three-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll qualifier, Clark is a Physics major at the Academy and carries a cumulative GPA of 3.894. Earlier this week, he was chosen to the All-Patriot League third team for the second season in a row after playing and starting in 13 matches for the Black Knights and finishing with two goals and an assist. Read More

Vietnamese-American Forum Visits Vu ’85
11/10/2016

Vietnamese-American Forum Visits Vu ’85The Vietnamese-American Cadets Association traveled to the home of Mr. Peter Vu ’85. This trip was in response to Mr. Vu’s invitation to the club for a barbeque at his home. Mr. Vu prepared traditional Asian dishes, such as kalbi beef short ribs and Thai chicken green curry, as well as typical barbeque fare. The relaxed setting allowed the cadets to socialize with each other and enabled the 4th Class cadets, many who were meeting each other for the first or second time, to get to know each other better. This contributed to building up the foundation of the club and the Vietnamese-American community at West Point. Over the course of the day, Mr. Vu shared his many interests that he has acquired in civilian life, including cooking, photography, and the game of chess. He also provided mentorship to the cadets by sharing his experiences as the first Vietnamese-American graduate of West Point and his time as an officer. His story served to inspire all of the Vietnamese-American cadets that were fortunate enough to share the day with him. Upon returning to West Point, the cadets were glad to have been able to interact with and learn from Mr. Vu. In follow-up communications with Mr. Vu, he also expressed his appreciation for cadets wanting to visit him and allowing him to continue to serve cadets and West Point. At least once a semester, Mr. Vu and VACA has maintained their relationship by either Mr. Vu visiting West Point or the club visiting his home. This trip was the latest in a series of interactions between Mr. Vu and Vietnamese-American cadets that began two years ago and the latest effort by VACA to build relationships with the Vietnamese-American graduates of West Point.

Functional Fitness Club at CrossFit New Windsor
11/10/2016

Functional Fitness Club at CrossFit New WindsorThe purpose of the trip was to build relations with CrossFit New Windsor. While doing so, the team supported an organization that fundraises money in order to help women pay for breast examinations and increase their chances of identifying cancer early on. Their positive ties with neighboring CrossFit gyms allows them to branch out, represent West Point and get some workouts in.

Scuba Club NAUI Certification
11/10/2016

Scuba Club NAUI CertificationRecently the Scuba Club certified 21 cadets as NAUI basic Scuba divers. Twice a week for the past month students have attended classes and pool sessions administered by 15 Scuba Club members. Dives at Dutch Springs were led by the team’s instructors, dive-masters and dive controllers.

King Honored with Defender of Nation Award
11/9/2016

CDT Andrew King '17The Charlotte Touchdown Club announced today that Andrew King is the recipient of its inaugural Defender of the Nation Award sponsored by The Independence Fund. The Defender of the Nation Award celebrates our nation's military academies and their many outstanding-student athletes according to John Rocco Executive Director Charlotte Touchdown Club. Rocco commented, "Congratulations to Andrew King as the first recipient of the Defender of the Nation award, which is sponsored by The Independence Fund. We look forward to honoring King at this year's Bronko Nagurski Awards Banquet on December 5." Recipient of The Defender of the Nation Award was selected from the nation's military academies and institutions including West Point, Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, The Citadel, Coast Guard Academy, Norwich University, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M and Virginia Military Institute and is 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

Equestrian Hosts a Zone 3 Region 3 IHSA
11/9/2016

Equestrian Hosts a Zone 3 Region 3 IHSAArmy West Point Equestrian hosted a Zone 3 Region 3 IHSA English Hunter Seat competition at Centenary College. Cadets competed against athletes from Centenary University, Drew University, Marist College, Sarah Lawrence College, SUNY New Paltz, Stevens Institute of Technology, Vassar College, and William Paterson. The team finished fourth overall, only one point behind the third-place team. Early in the show, Charlotte Hereford ’20 won first place in Novice Equitation over Fences and Merle Kreye ’17, (German exchange cadet) placed third in Intermediate Equitation over Fences. Hereford would later place third in Novice Equitation on the Flat and Kreye would go on to place second in Intermediate Equitation on the Flat. Matilda Brady ’19 also placed third in Novice Equitation on the Flat. Robert Seals ’20 took first place in Beginner Walk/Trot/Canter Equitation, his second consecutive win of the season. In Walk/Trot Equitation, Mike Murray ’17 won first place and Kyle Many ’17 placed second. Also worth recognizing are those cadets who competed at new levels this week. Matilda Brady completed in Novice Equitation over Fences, her first class over fences; Charlotte Hereford also competed in Novice Equitation over Fences and on the Flat for the first time. Katie Silecchia ’19 competed in Novice Equitation on the Flat for the first time, and Madeline Suba competed in her first Beginner Walk/Trot/Canter Equitation class. In addition to the equestrian events, the team competed in an intercollegiate costume contest in observance of Halloween.

Triathlon at the Ironman 70.3 CNC in Austin
11/9/2016

Triathlon at the Ironman 70.3 CNC in AustinThe Army West Point Triathlon Team successfully defended its position as the Ironman 70.3 Collegiate National Champions in Austin, TX. This was the eighth consecutive championship. Eighteen members of the team completed the event which included a 56-mile bike and a 13.1 mile run. CDTs De Vries ’19 and Conger ’19 were the 1st and 2nd Place collegiate women and CDTs O'Donnell ’17 and Varrato ’17 were the 2nd and 3rd place collegiate men. De Vries and Conger also earned qualification spots to the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Chattanooga, TN in September 2017.

Women's Boxing at Church Street Boxing Gym
11/9/2016

CDT Amira Mohamed spars against a CSBG fighterThe Women’s Boxing team traveled to New York City to engage in exhibition training at their Coach’s gym, Church Street Boxing gym. This is a trip section we participate in multiple times each semester, and is extremely beneficial for the development of our fighters. This iteration of the trip section was focused on preparing the fighters that are engaging in Army vs. Air Force later the same week. Those girls sparred NYC fighters, and trained all morning to solidify their muscle memory and ring awareness. Overall the trips section went smoothly, and the training was well worth it.

Photo: CDT Amira Mohamed spars against a CSBG fighter

Cadets Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art
11/9/2016

Cadets Visit the Metropolitan Museum of ArtFour Cadets and 1 DFL faculty member viewed the Islamic Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) in NYC. The MET houses the most extensive collection of Islamic art objects in the world. Cadets practiced their Arabic and Persian reading skills to interpret manuscripts from around the Islamic world. Afterward Cadets dined at a Ayan, Lebanese restaurant. Cadets used their Arabic to order food and maintained conversation with the waiters in Arabic.

Bethune Tabbed Army's Athlete of the Week
11/9/2016

After posting 80 assists over two games, freshman setter Haven Bethune was named the Army West Point Athletics Athlete of the Week and the Patriot League Rookie of the Week. Bethune centered Army's offense during a two-win weekend with victories over Lafayette (3-0) and a five set thriller over service academy rival Navy. Click here to watch the video: https://youtu.be/-GhQkP8Ua5o. The rookie had a career-high 55 assists against the Mids on Saturday to average 11.0 per set. The Chattanooga, TN, native also tallied 19 digs on the weekend and 13 against Navy to post the fifth double-double performance of her career. Bethune now ranks fourth in the Patriot League with an 8.60 assists per set average. Read More

Model UN Forum at the Nat'l Collegiate Security Conference
11/8/2016

Model UN Forum at the Nat'l Collegiate Security ConferenceThe West Point Model United Nations Debate team traveled to Bethesda, MD to compete at the National Collegiate Security Conference, hosted by Georgetown University. NCSC is one of the largest and most competitive Mode UN Conferences of the year, featuring over 550 delegates from over 40 different schools, including top-five teams such as the University of Chicago, New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, and Florida International University. Testing a new training approach, and fielding an exceptionally young and relatively inexperienced team, the USMA delegation passionately debated issues from the Cold War to civil conflict in Sierra Leone. At the end of the weekend, the West Point team emerged as the Best Small Delegation for NCSC XLVI - the first place award for the conference - beating out Florida International University, New York University, and dozens of other schools and cementing a place among the top teams in the nation. Individual Awards CDT Lowe: Verbal Commendation, CDT Siebman: Verbal Commendation, CDT Stoffel: Verbal Commendation, CDT Krishnan: Best Delegate, CDT McCurry: Outstanding Delegate, CDT Berry: Outstanding Delegate, CDT Mcvicar: Outstanding Delegate.

Rifle Places 2nd at Air Force
11/8/2016

Rifle Places 2nd at Air ForceThe Army West Point rifle team came in second at the President's trophy match behind No. 5 Air Force, while taking down No. 15 Navy and Coast Guard. There were two different types of scoring in the quad match. For President's Trophy each team had eight cadets compete, taking the top four scores. For NCAA scoring each team picks five cadets, but takes only the top four scores. Air Force led the pack scoring a 4698 as it outscored the other service academies in both air rifle (2376) and smallbore (2322). The Black Knights came in second with an aggregate score of 4646 shooting 2344 in air rifle and 2302 in smallbore. Navy captured third scoring 4607 with 2272 in smallbore and 2335 in air rifle. Rounding out the scoring was Coast Guard accumulating and aggregate score of 4474 with a 2272 in air rifle and a 2202 in smallbore. Read More

Catholic Chapel Choir Sing Musical Liturgy
11/8/2016

Catholic Chapel Choir Sing Musical LiturgyThe Catholic Choir traveled to Kenilworth, NJ. The trip was a great developmental experience for cadets and a success for West Point outreach. The 14 Cadets were housed with families of the host parish, St. Theresa's of Kenilworth, New Jersey. The Catholic Choir sang the musical liturgy during one Mass on Saturday and two on Sunday for the total congregation of approximately 1,400. To express appreciation, the hosts provided transportation and tickets for the cadets to see Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway. Now in its 24th year, the relationship between the Catholic Choir and Kenilworth has fostered enormous good will, a steady stream of potential admissions candidates, and at least one USMA graduate.

Dang Breaks Plebe Breaststroke Record
11/8/2016

Dang Breaks Plebe Breaststroke RecordAlthough men's swimming and diving fell to Columbia and Penn Ty Dang highlighted the evening as he broke the Plebe (first-year) record in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2 minutes and 00.91 seconds. The record had not been broken since 2013 by Colin Kanzari. Dang also took home a third-place finish in the 100 breaststroke after clocking a time of 54.48 seconds. "Today was a great learning experience, and we're disappointed in outcome, but we know we're better than what we showed today," head coach Mickey Wender said. "We will learn and improve for the next meet. We're disappointed, but we understand what we need to do to get to the next level." "Ty has been tremendous for us all year," said Wender. "Tonight was only the tip of the iceberg for him. He's a talented swimmer, and we're really proud of him. He's only going to get better from here." Josh Sembrano tied for first with Michal Zyla of Columbia in the 100 backstroke with a mark of 49.82 seconds, and also took fourth in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:50.77. Read More

Volleyball Wins Thriller over Navy
11/7/2016

The Army West Point volleyball team topped service academy rival Navy Saturday night in a five set thriller. The Black Knights and Midshipmen traded sets throughout the night, but a 5-0 run by the Cadets sealed the victory in the tiebreaker. Army improved to 18-10 overall and 10-4 in the Patriot League with tonight's win. The Black Knights were led by a 55-assist performance by freshman Haven Bethune. Click here to watch the video recap: https://youtu.be/PjzOnhWpi38. She also notched 13 digs to record a double-double. Allie Strong also recorded a double-double off 13 kills and 22 digs. Carolyn Bockrath led the team with 16 kills and a .452 hitting percentage. Amber Clay tallied nine digs in the match and six kills, while Vanessa Wesley had 11 kills and three blocks. Olivia Fairfield recorded 11 points and Shannel Chong had 15 digs. Read More

Combat Weapons Team Law Enforcement Pistol Clinic
11/7/2016

Combat Weapons Team Law Enforcement Pistol ClinicThe Army West Point Combat Weapons Team hosted a basic pistol clinic at the Tronsrue Marksmanship Center and an intermediate pistol and carbine clinic. More than 35 law enforcement professionals representing local, state and federal agencies, to include NYPD, participated in the two clinics. Instruction was solely led by cadet members of the team. The clinic curriculum demonstrated the team’s collective knowledge and skill of tactical shooting. The plans of instruction included pistol draw. Rifle transition drills, accuracy drills, use of cover, forward, backward and lateral movement drills. Training concluded with several “stress tests” which were designed to incorporate all skills reviewed throughout the day. The team proudly celebrated its 11th year of hosting this clinic.

Wrestling Posts Strong Showing at Southeast Open
11/7/2016

Wrestling Posts Strong Showing at Southeast OpenThe Army West Point wrestling team opened the season with a solid performance at the Southeast Open, hosted by Virginia Tech, on Sunday. 39 Black Knights competed in the season-opening tournament, including 16 making their collegiate debuts. Army posted an overall record of 96-68 with 31 bonus-point wins (16 falls, 11 tech. falls and four major decisions). The Black Knights went 5-11 against ranked opponents. Army had the most freshman/sophomore podium finishes with nine and were second in the open bracket with six. Senior team co-captain Logan Everett pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the opening weekend, taking down fifth-ranked Joey Ward from North Carolina, 7-4, in the 141-pound semifinals. Senior co-captain Russ Parsons claimed the 157-pound open title by going 5-0 with a technical fall and a major decision. Freshman Ben Harvey claimed the 174-pound freshman/sophomore title by going 5-0 with one major decision. Freshman Noah Hanau pinned Austin Emerson in 50 seconds, the fastest pin for a Cadet since Brian Harvey did so against Eric Fimbers of the Gateway Bible Institute in 0:19 last season on Dec. 4 at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Read More

Cadets, Faculty and Family Help Habitat for Humanity
11/7/2016

Cadets, Faculty and Family Help Habitat for HumanityPhysics and Nuclear Engineering (PaNE) recently took a trip to Newburgh, NY to support a Habitat for Humanity Team Build in a neighborhood where housing upgrades are desperately needed. PaNE Cadets, faculty and family members joined forces to help provide housing for needy families in the neighboring community. 3 Cadets, 4 faculty and 3 family members participated.

Club Hockey Back in the Win Column
11/7/2016

Club Hockey Back in the Win ColumnClub Hockey got back in the win column, notching a 4-0 shutout over Fairfield University, running its record to 9-3-0., and earning the program's first-ever ranking at #8 in the ACHA Division II Southeast Refion. On November 12 at 2 pm Eastern, Army and Navy (ACHA DI) hit the ice at Santander Arena in Reading, PA, for the 3rd Annual Royal Cup. ESPN3 features the matchup as its ACHA Game of the Week. Follow @ArmyClubHockey for game updates or the Periscope streaming video and track your favorite cadets on and off the ice.

Feature Friday: The Marshall Plaque
11/4/2016

There are college football traditions all over this country, but few have more significance than touching the Marshall Plaque before running onto Blaik Field at Michie Stadium. At every game, home or away, Army West Point Football players will take the field after placing their hands as they pass by the bronze Marshall Plaque which is held by an Army officer with affiliations to the team. Click here to watch the video: https://youtu.be/jdPYFYwvO3w. The wording on a bronze plaque, placed near the southeast corner of Michie Stadium, has been recognized over the years as a splendid compliment, not only to West Point, but also to the long line of West Point football players who are a unique breed, indeed. Gen. George C. Marshall, then-Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army, needed an officer to train and lead a ranger-type battalion on a secret mission. He requested the Secretary of the General Staff to obtain this officer. Little did the famous Virginia Military Institute graduate realize, but he was furnishing the words that later were to become of utmost importance to the U.S. Military Academy. His orders were simple and concise. Read More

Athletic Director's Update
11/4/2016

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Athletic Director's Update

Bryn Named First Team Academic All-District
11/4/2016

CDT Megan Bryn '18Junior libero Megan Bryn of the Army West Point volleyball team has been named First Team Academic All-District by College Sports Information Directors of America. The 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District® volleyball teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. All First Team Academic All-District honorees will advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballots, where first-, second- and third-team All-America selections take place. The Academic All-America teams will be selected by vote of the Academic All-Americat® committee and CoSIDA Board of Directors, with the women's volleyball selections announced December 5-8. Read More

Chief Pfeifer Speaks with Cadets
11/4/2016

Chief Pfeifer Speaks with CadetsChief Joseph Pfeifer, chief of Counterterrorism and Emergency Preparedness in the New York Fire Department and a CTC senior fellow, spoke to cadets taking SS464: Homeland Security and Defense during Dean's Hour. Chief Pfeifer discussed the importance of leadership and the decision-making process during times of crisis. Chief Pfeifer was the first chief at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and he provided the cadets with an in-depth look at his thought process during that difficult time. Chief Pfeifer also discussed the important lessons that were learned from that crisis, which were put into action during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and he outlined his perspectives on potential attacks against the homeland that will require the cadets’ leadership.

Kim Earns D1A Rugby Player of the Month Accolades
11/4/2016

CDT Jon Kim '18Junior fly half Jon Kim of the Army West Point men's rugby team was named the D1A Rugby Player of the Month for October. Kim started in all four matches during October for the Black Knights and led the offensive attack with 61 points. The Gardena, CA, native scored one try, 13 conversions and 10 penalty kicks in that span, including a varsity single-game record five PKs against Wheeling Jesuit on the 15th. He added a try and four conversions against the Cardinals for the second-most points in a single game by a Cadet since the fall 2014 season. "Jon has been on a rapidly improving path this entire fall, and in October it's only accelerated," said head Coach Matt Sherman. "He gets a lot of accolades for his kicking, as he should, but he's also been instrumental in running our attack with ball in hand. Read More

Habitat for Humanity Trip to Yonkers
11/4/2016

Habitat for Humanity Trip to Yonkers11 cadets from Company I3, along with MAJ Brewer, traveled to Chappaqua, NY to help transition an old church and Quaker meeting location into affordable living quarters, in a very affluent community, for two families. Some of these cadets were a part of the initial teardown phase of this project in the spring last semester. During this trip, the cadets were handling jackhammers, shovels, tampers, and picks in order to break concrete around the house and refill trenches with the surrounding dirt mound which saved H4H over $3,000 they would have paid a local contractor to do. Overall, CDTs Nolan, Gould, Daigle, Shyamkumar, Vogel, Brehm, Rapp, Batista, Gilbert, Jaquish, and Abercrombie enjoyed the work at this site and felt a sense of accomplishment after their service to the community.

Cycling at the Collegiate Mountain Nationals
11/4/2016

Cycling at the Collegiate Mountain NationalsMud, rain, snow and tears... Chilling pain and gusty winds dampened the spirits of the competitors. Making it a test of intestinal fortitude. This is the second year in a row that the Cycling Team has attended Collegiate Mountain Nationals. Riders battled fierce competition, heavy rain, wind, and even snow for the duration of the competition. CDT Preston Pritchard ’18, CDT Wyatt Gengler ’19, and CDT Daniel Forquer ’17 traveled to the hills of Snowshoe, West Virginia to compete in the USAC Collegiate Mountain National Competition in Cross Country and Short Track Cross Country.

The Regional Meeting of the American Assoc. of Physics Teachers
11/4/2016

The Regional Meeting of the American Assoc. of Physics TeachersDr. Paula Fekete and Cadets Nguyen and Hellmers attended the regional meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers at Wesleyan University. The two cadets are currently working on a PH489 project in the New Cadet Observatory with Dr. Fekete. Their attendance and presentation at the meeting marked their “first ever” at a scientific conference. The talk was entitled the “History of the West Point Observatories and a History of Astronomy Instruction at the US Military Academy.” They also attended the opening session of the conference in which several demonstrations, originally presented at the first AAPT National Meeting, held at Wesleyan 66 years ago in 1950 were “resurrected” among other interesting, but more recent, demos. Cadets were most impressed by the presentation of Dr. Linda Dake of Utica College. Her talk, entitled “A Multi-Level Seminar for Physics Majors: A Good Deal for Everyone” presented Utica College’s approach to developing and maintaining an engaging and welcoming environment in their small physics department to all physics majors. Cadet Nguyen left the meeting with the idea of trying to implement this model at their own local SPS Club’s meetings, attempting to bring physics faculty and cadets together to discuss physics in the popular science literature.

Gahagen Garners Goalie of the Month Honors
11/3/2016

CDT Parker Gahagen '17Firstie goaltender Parker Gahagen was named the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Month after helping the Army West Point hockey team get off to its best start since the 2006-07 season, going 3-2-1 overall and 3-1-0 in league play in October. Gahagen leads Atlantic Hockey in both goals against average and save percentage with 1.33 and 0.955 marks, respectively. Those numbers also rank him fourth in the nation behind a trio of Ivy League/ECAC goalies. He has backstopped the top penalty-killing unit in Atlantic Hockey, allowing just three power-play goals in 43 attempts, a 93.0 percent kill rate. Gahagen also posted back-to-back shutouts to open league play, helping him carry a scoreless streak of over 142 minutes during the month. Read More

Guest Speaker from the Center for Oral History
11/3/2016

Guest Speaker from the Center for Oral HistoryLTC Rick Black from the Department of History’s Center for Oral History served as a guest speaker for PL361: Qualitative Research Methods, a Sociology elective taught by Dr. Morten Ender in BS&L. The cadets in the class had just finished several lessons on interviewing skills, and LTC Black focused on oral histories, using several interviews from the Center for Oral History’s “African-American Military Experience” archive to reinforce to the cadets the skills he spoke about during the class. He also discussed methods used to prepare for the interviews, different interviewing techniques, and the technical considerations for collecting oral histories.

Solomonides, Lindsay Honored by CEP
11/3/2016

CDT Andrew Solomonides '19 and CDT Shelby Lindsay '18The Center for Enhanced Performance at West Point has started a Corps Squad Scholar of the Month award and November's honorees are Andrew Solomonides and Shelby Lindsay. Each month, the Center for Enhanced Performance will highlight the top male and female corps squad athletes at West Point. The Corps Squad (Athletics) Scholar of the Month award recognizes those who demonstrate excellence in the classroom as well as on the athletic field. Lindsay is a two-time captain with a 3.7 APSC, 3.4 MPSC, 3.6 PPSC and 3.7 QPA in her major, Operations Research with Honors. According to one of the officer representatives, she "just crushes is it both academically and on the field." She attacks each practice with enthusiasm and strong desire to improve and win. On the team, Solomonides is consistently competing for one of the top spots. Earlier this year, he qualified for the National Junior Olympics in Colorado Springs, one of the highest-level matches for competitors under 21 in the United States. Read More

Young Men & Women's Hebrew Assoc. Hosts Cadets
11/3/2016

Young Men & Women's Hebrew Assoc. Hosts CadetsThe staff of the Shorefront (Brooklyn) Young Men and Women’s Hebrew Association (YM/W HA) hosted 63 Russian-Language Cadets, providing them the opportunity to speak in small groups with Russian-speaking residents of the area, including a number of WWII veterans. The Cadets then had the chance to sample Russian cuisine for lunch and engage in additional activities while immersed in a Russian-speaking environment. Cadets developed a greater understanding of the Russian émigré community in the United States and made a positive impression on the local community.

Shea Adds Academic All-League Nod
11/3/2016

CDT Clare Shea '18Clare Shea of Army West Point women's soccer earned her second conference honor of the week as she was named to the Academic All-Patriot League team on Wednesday. Earlier this week she was also named to the All-Patriot League First Team. Shea, an Operations Research major, holds a 3.829 cumulative GPA and was named to the academic team for the first time in her career. The Allendale, N.J., native was one of just two players to have started all 18 games this season for the Black Knights. She led Army in assists, points, shots, shots on goal, and was tied for tops on the team in goals and game-winners. On the year, Shea recorded 39 shots, with 25 of them being on frame. Read More

Federal Judge Visits Advanced Constitutional Law Class
11/3/2016

Federal Judge Visits Advanced Constitutional Law ClassUS Chief District Court Judge Colleen McMahon visited with cadets in the Advanced Constitutional Law seminar taught by Department of Law Professor and Constitutional Law Chair, Tony DiSarro. Judge McMahon was appointed to the federal district court by President Clinton in 1998 and currently serves as the Chief Judge for the Southern District in Manhattan. Chief Judge McMahon had a lively discussion with the cadets about searches and seizures and the 4th Amendment. She also recounted conversations she had with late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia with regard to interpreting this constitutional right.

Skeet & Trap Compete with the Peconic River Sportsmen
11/3/2016

Skeet & Trap Compete with the Peconic River SportsmenThe Army Skeet and Trap team traveled to Manorville NY to compete in an interclub match up with the Peconic River Sportsmen. The Sporting clays event consisted of 15 stations totaling 100 targets presented around the venues scenic property. The Cadets, faced with the challenge of gusty winds over 30 MPH were able to break as many targets as the conditions permitted and put up a team score of 709 prevailing over Peconic's 658. High gun for Army was CDT James Manni with a 79. Afterwards Peconic hosted the cadets to a team dinner to reminisce of the day's shoot and to recognize the top guns for both teams. Peconic is looking forward to February when the Sportsmen visit West Point and attempt to even the season score. As tradition would have it, the Peconic River Sportsmen were tremendous hosts yet again going above and beyond to ensure the cadets enjoyed their visit to Long island.

Epps Nets 10th of the Season in 1-0 Win
11/2/2016

CDT Rex Epps '20Freshman Rex Epps scored his Patriot League-leading 10th goal of the year to send the Army West Point men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory in a nonconference match against Fairleigh Dickinson on Tuesday night at University Stadium. Army improves to 9-6-2 overall following the victory, while Fairleigh Dickinson falls to 3-10-3. Epps netted the only goal of the game in the 75th minute on an assist from senior Trase Stapley. Stapley beat a pair of Fairleigh Dickinson defenders before sending a low cross to the middle of the 18-yard box, where Epps scored on a high, hard shot that cleared the reach of goalkeeper Sebastian Ferreira. Freshman Justin Stoll made two saves in the first half for the Black Knights and junior Christian Nolasco didn't face a shot during the second half, as the two combined for Army's fifth clean sheet of the season. Read More

WPOCT at the OCR World Championships
11/2/2016

WPOCT at the OCR World ChampionshipsThe West Point Obstacle Course Team (WPOCT) participated in OCR World Championships at Blue Mountain in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada. The team fitted four teams: two pro and two amateur. The race was composed of four legs each focusing on a different specialization in Obstacle Course Racing. Therefore, within the three-man teams, one racer specialized in technique, one in speed, and one in strength. The legs were comprised of 10 obstacles, a 5km sprint through hills with four running obstacles, and an 800m ski slope run while carrying 60lb sandbags, respectively. The fourth leg tested teamwork and innovation where the entire team conquered obstacles together. The competitors ranged from a numerous assortment of countries to include a team from Sandhurst Military Academy. This was a remarkable opportunity for the team to display their expertise on the international field while representing the United States, the United States Military Academy, and the US Army.

Poe Named Army's Athlete of the Week
11/2/2016

Senior wide receiver Edgar Poe was selected as the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week after his performance in the win over Wake Forest. Poe finished with a career high 122 receiving yards on four catches and scored Army's first touchdown of the afternoon in the 21-13 come-from-behind win against the Demon Deacons. It was the third 100-yard receiving game for Poe, who had reached the mark twice last season. Click here to watch the video: https://youtu.be/tyq9RX558UY. He hauled in a 43-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw to put the Black Knights up midway through the first quarter. Poe also caught a 35 yard pass from Bradshaw in the second quarter and then had a huge catch in the fourth frame that put Army in business at the Wake Forest 26-yard line. Bradshaw would score four plays later to give Army the lead. Read More

Cadets Attend Spoken Word Poetry Event in Albany
11/2/2016

Cadets Attend Spoken Word Poetry Event in AlbanyCadets in the Creative Writing Forum attended a spoken word poetry event in Albany, NY. The event was part of a tour that renowned spoken word poets Andrea Gibson and Sarah Kay recently began. Sarah Kay, who teaches poetry internationally and has been featured in a Ted Talk entitled “If I Should Have a Daughter” began the event with three powerful poems about human experiences. She was followed by Andrea Gibson who is known for holding no punches when it comes to current social issues. Cadets had an opportunity to meet and take pictures with the two performers.

Soucie Earns AHA Rookie of the Week Accolades
11/2/2016

CDT Brendan Soucie '20After scoring two goals in Army's weekend series at Robert Morris, freshman forward Brendan Soucie has been named the Atlantic Hockey Association Rookie of the Week, announced by the league Tuesday. Soucie scored two goals over the weekend for the Black Knights. The South Dennis, Mass., native notched his second career goal of the year Friday night with a bar-down shot to put the Cadets up 1-0. He then tallied the game winner on Saturday night, his second game winning goal of the season. The Black Knights improved to 3-2-1 on the year and 3-1-0 in AHA contests with their weekend split with the Colonials. Soucie ranks tied for third in rookie scoring, and is knotted at fifth with a 1.0 goals per game average. Read More

Dr. Kaufman Speaks about Transitional Justice
11/2/2016

Dr. Kaufman Speaks about Transitional JusticeDr. Zachary Kaufman, currently a Senior Fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School and Yale University's Genocide Studies Program, spoke to faculty and cadets in LTC Steven Gariepy’s International Law class about his most recent book, United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice: Principles, Politics, and Pragmatics. Kaufman, a guest of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, will soon be taking a position at the Pentagon as the Senior Advisor on Atrocity Prevention and Response. He visited the Academy to meet with Dr. David Frey, Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, who has worked closely with the previous two Senior Advisors. A Marshall Scholar and a member of the Marshall Board, Dr. Kaufman also spoke with cadets applying for the Marshall Scholarship.

Rifle Defeats Morehead State
11/1/2016

CDT Marvin Lewis '17Senior Marvin Lewis fired a career-high 593 in air rifle, just four points off the school record, and classmate Danielle Cuomo led the way in Smallbore as both earned medalist honors leading the Army West Point rifle team (2-2) to a 4640-4614 victory over Morehead State Sunday. The Black Knights swept both disciplines, along with claiming the top two individuals in each, posting a 2289 to the Eagles' 2279 in Smallbore while besting them behind a season-high 2351 mark in air rifle to Morehead State's 2335. Lewis set the pace for the No. 16 Black Knights over the weekend, recording Army's top scores in both disciplines Saturday against No. 6 Kentucky, then claimed first place in air rifle against the Eagles at the Bolton Rifle Range on Sunday. Read More

Cadets Showcase METL Analysis Tool
11/1/2016

Cadets Showcase METL Analysis ToolCadets Gustavo Maldonado ’17, Bryce Wikins ’17, and Kevin Talty ’18 briefed their capstone project to the US Army South Commander, Major General Chinn. The Cadets are investigating ways to improve the Army’s Training Information System to allow more efficient, effective, and intuitive access to training information. They have created a web-based platform that automates the METL crosswalk procedure, produces a network graph, and applies Google’s search algorithm to identify structurally important tasks. The Cadets will present their tool to the Training Management Directorate with the potential to be incorporated into the Digital Training Management System. This research project is affiliated with the USMA Network Science center. LTC Scioletti, MAJ Bacon, MAJ Fidler, and CPT Warnke serve on the advisory panel.

Recent Advances & Future Capabilities Reviewed with GEN Chinn
11/1/2016

Recent Advances & Future Capabilities Reviewed with GEN Chinn The Department of Mathematical Sciences shared recent advances from Network Science Center research, with Major General K.K. Chinn, Commanding General for U.S. Army South. Discussion included advances in: frameworks for undermining or strengthening social networks, network insights into team dynamics, characterizing ambiguous environments with multi-layer networks, and quantifying error in dark networks. Future work discussed included: identification of influential personnel and organizations in multi-layer networks; using networks to identify organizational capability mismatches in operating environments; and analyzing asymmetric advantages and risks. U.S. Army South is responsible for Theater Security Cooperation in the Southern hemisphere in order to strengthen regional security and counter transnational threats in defense of the homeland.

Shea, Cassalia Earn Postseason Honors
11/1/2016

Shea, Cassalia Earn Postseason HonorsThe Patriot League announced Monday that Army West Point women's soccer players Clare Shea and Jordan Cassalia were honored with all-conference nods. Shea earned first team accolades, while Cassalia was tabbed to the second team. This was Shea's second-career postseason acknowledgment as she was also named to the All-Patriot League Third Team back in 2014. Shea was one of just two players to have started all 18 games this season for Army. The junior led the Black Knights in assists, points, shots, shots on goal, and was tied for tops on the team in goals and game-winners. She was an offensive threat for the Cadets, recording a team-best 39 shots on the year, with 25 of them being on frame. Read More

Civil Engineer Cadets visit Blakeslee Prestress Inc.
11/1/2016

Civil Engineer Cadets visit Blakeslee Prestress Inc.Blakeslee Prestress Inc. hosted the cadets enrolled in the CME Department’s Concrete Course, CE483. Cadets received presentations on structural modeling software, pre-stressed concrete beam behavior, and a facility tour from the company leadership. This was the 10th year that Blakeslee has hosted this event. 28 cadets and four staff and faculty attended the event.

Dr. Primack visits Senior Seminar in Advanced Literary Study
11/1/2016

Dr. Primack visits Senior Seminar in Advanced Literary StudyDr. Richard Primack visited West Point from Boston University. Professor of Biology at BU, Dr. Primack is Editor-in-Chief of the international journal, Biological Conservation, and author of the acclaimed book, Walden Warming. After a vital two-hour session with cadets in Dr. McGowan's EN433: Senior Seminar in Advanced Literary Study, this year studying "Migration Arts," Dr. Primack visited West point's Special Collections where he had a chance to explore rare 19th century journals and field records kept by West Point scholars. Afterwards, Dr. Primack joined faculty and cadets in the West Point Club for lunch and wide-ranging conversation.

McGraw Lands Rookie of the Week Mention
11/1/2016

McGraw Lands Rookie of the Week MentionFreshman Zac McGraw earned Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors for the first time in his career on Monday. He becomes the third Army freshman to draw a conference weekly award after Rex Epps was named Rookie of the Week twice and Keenan O'Shea landed Patriot League Midfielder of the Week praise once. McGraw turned in a three-point performance during Army's 2-1 double-overtime victory at Colgate on Oct. 26. The freshman defender tallied the primary assist on a goal from Nick Williams in the 84th minute of the match before netting the game winner with just 44 seconds remaining in double overtime. Read More

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